Increased stroke risk and lipoprotein(a) in a multiethnic community: The northern manhattan stroke study

Bernadette Boden-Albala, Douglas E. Kargman, I. Feng Lin, Myunghee C. Paik, Ralph L. Sacco, Lars Berglund

Research output: Contribution to journalArticlepeer-review


Context: Elevated lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is associated with ischemic stroke (IS) among Whites, but data is sparse for non-White populations. Objective: Using a population-based case-control study design with subjects from the Northern Manhattan Stroke Study, we assessed whether Lp(a) levels were independently associated with IS risk among Whites, Blacks and Hispanics. Design and Setting: Lp(a) levels were measured in 317 IS cases (mean age 69 ± 13 years; 56% women; 16% Whites, 31% Blacks and 52% Hispanics) and 413 community-based controls, matched by age, race/ethnicity and gender. In-person assessments included demographics, socioeconomic status, presence of vascular risk factors and fasting lipid levels. Logistic regression was used to determine the independent association of Lp(a) and IS. Stratified analyses investigated gender and race/ethnic differences. Results: Mean Lp(a) levels were greater among cases than controls (46.3 ± 41.0 vs. 38.9 ± 38.2 mg/dl; p < 0.01). After adjusting for stroke risk factors (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease, cigarette smoking), lipid levels, and socioeconomic status, Lp(a) levels ≥30 mg/dl were independently associated with an increased stroke risk in the overall cohort (adjusted odds ratio, OR, 1.8, 95% confidence interval, CI, 1.20-2.6; p = 0.004). There was a significant linear dose-response relationship between Lp(a) levels and IS risk. The association between IS risk and Lp(a) ≥30 mg/dl was more pronounced among men (adjusted OR 2.0, 95% CI 1.1-3.5; p = 0.02) and among Blacks (adjusted OR 2.7, 95% CI 1.2-6.2; p = 0.02). Conclusion: Elevated Lp(a) levels were significantly and independently associated with increased stroke risk, suggesting that Lp(a) is a risk factor for IS across White, Black and Hispanic race/ethnic groups.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)237-243
Number of pages7
JournalCerebrovascular Diseases
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2010


  • Ischemic stroke
  • Lipoprotein(a)
  • Northern Manhattan Stroke Study

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neurology
  • Clinical Neurology
  • Cardiology and Cardiovascular Medicine


Dive into the research topics of 'Increased stroke risk and lipoprotein(a) in a multiethnic community: The northern manhattan stroke study'. Together they form a unique fingerprint.

Cite this