The objectives of this doctoral thesis are to address the contribution of blood pressure to the presence of subclinical target-organ damage and the development of adverse health complications that associate with a poor life course of aging. This thesis focuses on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring to provide the most accurate information about the blood pressure level and variability over a 24-hour period. Moreover, by investigating the role of novel markers, including imaging markers and biomarkers, this thesis also provides possible pathophysiological and biological mechanisms that might explain the association between vascular risk factors and adverse health complications. We envisage that the results of our study will contribute to the refinement of risk stratification of major micro- (ophthalmological, neurological) and macro‑vascular (neurological, cardiovascular) complications associated with poor aging.
Melgarejo, J. D. (2022). Assessment and Risk Stratification of Ageing-Related Target Organ Damage and Adverse Health Outcomes in the General Population [Dissertation, KU Leuven]. https://lup.be/products/225635