Background and aims: The precursor peptide of vasopressin, copeptin, has previously been linked to increased risk of developing diabetes mellitus, coronary artery disease and cardiovascular mortality. Whether elevated copeptin is associated with markers of atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis in the general population is not known. Methods: In this population-based, cross-sectional study, coronary artery calcium score (CACS), carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (c-f PWV) and fasting plasma copeptin were measured in 5303 individuals in the Swedish cardiopulmonary bioimage study (SCAPIS). Multivariable logistic regression models were used to analyze the associations between copeptin and high CACS (>100) and high c-f PWV (>10 m/s), respectively. Results: The number of individuals with high CACS and c-f PWV increased across increasing tertile of copeptin (11.7%, 13.3% and 16.3% for CACS and 6.9%, 8.5% and 10.6% for c-f PWV). The top tertile of copeptin was, compared with reference tertile 1, significantly associated with both high CACS and high c-f PWV after adjustment for age, sex, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, HDL, triglycerides, BMI, smoking status, creatinine and high sensitive CRP with an odds ratio (OR) of 1.260 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.022–1.555) for CACS and OR 1.389 (95% CI: 1.069–1.807) for PWV. Conclusions: Copeptin is associated with both coronary atherosclerosis and increased arterial stiffness in the general population. Our data indicates that copeptin may be a useful marker in the assessment of cardiovascular risk.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)64-68
Publication statusPublished - 2021

Subject classification (UKÄ)

  • Cardiac and Cardiovascular Systems

Free keywords

  • Arteriosclerosis
  • Atherosclerosis
  • Copeptin
  • Coronary calcium score
  • Pulse wave velocity
  • Vasopressin


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