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Trait Antagonism and the Progression of Arterial Thickening

Title: Trait Antagonism and the Progression of Arterial Thickening: Women with Antagonistic Traits Have Similar Carotid Arterial Thickness as Men.
Name(s): Sutin, Angelina, author
Scuteri, Angelo, author
Lakatta, Edward, author
Tarasov, Kirill, author
Ferrucci, Luigi, author
Costa, Paul, author
Schlessinger, David, author
Uda, Manuela, author
Terracciano, Antonio, author
Type of Resource: text
Genre: Text
Issuance: serial
Date Issued: 2010
Physical Form: computer
online resource
Extent: 1 online resource
Language(s): English
Abstract/Description: A large body of evidence links antagonism-related traits with cardiovascular outcomes, but less is known about how psychological traits are associated with intermediate markers of cardiovascular disease. Using a large, community-based sample from Sardinia, Italy (n=5614), this study examined how trait antagonism (low agreeableness) and its facets are associated with carotid artery intima-media thickness, a measure of arterial thickening. Controlling for demographic and cardiovascular risk factors, low agreeableness and, in particular, low straightforwardness and low compliance, were associated with greater carotid thickening, measured concurrently and prospectively, and with increases in intima-media thickness over 3 years. Indeed, those in the bottom 10% of agreeableness had a 40% increase in risk for elevated intima-media thickness. Although men have thicker arterial walls, women with antagonistic traits had similar carotid thickening as antagonistic men. Antagonistic individuals, especially those who are manipulative and aggressive, have greater increases in arterial thickening, independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors.
Identifier: FSU_migr_mhs-0022 (IID), 10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.110.155317 (DOI)
Keywords: intima-media thickness, antagonism, anger, atherosclerosis, personality
Uncontrolled subjects: Adolescent, Adult, Aged, Aged, 80 and over, Cardiovascular Diseases, Carotid Arteries, Carotid Artery Diseases, Cholesterol, Disease Progression, Female, Hostility, Humans, Italy, Logistic Models, Male, Middle Aged, Stress, Psychological, Triglycerides, Tunica Intima, Young Adult
Note: Published in final edited form as: Hypertension. 2010 October ; 56(4): 617–622. doi:10.1161/HYPERTENSIONAHA.110.155317
Citation: Sutin AR, Scuteri A, Lakatta EG, Tarasov KV, Ferrucci L, Costa PT Jr, Schlessinger D, Uda M, & Terracciano A. (2010). Trait antagonism and the progression of arterial thickening: women with antagonistic traits have similar carotid arterial thickness as men. Hypertension, 56(4):617-22.
Subject(s): Cardiology
Cardiovascular system -- Diseases
Cardiovascular system
Respiratory organs
Medical sciences
Mental health
Social psychiatry
Social aspects
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Owner Institution: FSU
Is Part of Series: Behavioral Sciences and Social Medicine Faculty Publications.
Is Part Of: Hypertension.
Issue: 4, 56

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Sutin, A., Scuteri, A., Lakatta, E., Tarasov, K., Ferrucci, L., Costa, P., … Terracciano, A. (2010). Trait Antagonism and the Progression of Arterial Thickening: Women with Antagonistic Traits Have Similar Carotid Arterial Thickness as Men. Hypertension. Retrieved from