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Cardiovascular Disease and Back Pain Connection

Information on back pain and function, general functional status, cardiovascular history, and general lifestyle variables obtained from 1,492 elderly white women found that those women with cardiovascular disease were more likely to have back pain and disability as a result of the back pain than those women free of cardiovascular disease.

Follow-up examinations showed the back-related disability was more than twice as likely to have worsened in the cardiovascular disease group.

The study found that 82 women had arterial disease, 443 had a history of cardiovascular disease, and 277 had vertebral fractures; 58 women had one or more additional vertebral fractures during the follow-up period. Results indicate that back problems in elderly women are associated with self-reported cardiovascular disease, but not with objectively assessed lower-extremity arterial disease.

Vogt MT, Nevitt MC, Cauley JA. Back problems and atherosclerosis. The study of osteoporotic fractures. Spine, Dec. 1997;22(23), pp2741-7.

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