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Association of the time course of Chinese visceral adiposity index accumulation with cardiovascular events in patients with hypertension



The Chinese visceral adiposity index (CVAI), a simple surrogate measure of visceral fat, is significantly associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk in the general population. This study aimed to evaluate the association of cumulative CVAI (cumCVAI) exposure and its accumulation time course with CVD risk among patients with hypertension.


This prospective study involved 15,350 patients with hypertension from the Kailuan Study who were evaluated at least three times in the observation period of 2006 to 2014 (2006–2007, 2010–2011, and 2014–2015) and who were free of myocardial infarction and stroke before 2014. The cumCVAI was calculated as the weighted sum of the mean CVAI for each time interval (value × time). The time course of CVAI accumulation was categorized by splitting the overall accumulation into early (cumCVAI06 − 10) and late (cumCVAI10 − 14) accumulation, or the slope of CVAI versus time from 2006 to 2014 into positive and negative.


During the 6.59-year follow-up period, 1,184 new-onset CVD events were recorded. After adjusting for confounding variables, the hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for CVD were 1.35 (1.13–1.61) in the highest quartile of cumCVAI, 1.35 (1.14–1.61) in the highest quartile of the time-weighted average CVAI, 1.26 (1.12–1.43) in those with a cumulative burden > 0, and 1.43 (1.14–1.78) for the group with a 10-year exposure duration. When considering the time course of CVAI accumulation, the HR (95% CI) for CVD was 1.33 (1.11–1.59) for early cumCVAI. When considering the combined effect of cumCVAI accumulation and its time course, the HR (95% CI) for CVD was 1.22 (1.03–1.46) for cumCVAI ≥ median with a positive slope.


In this study, incident CVD risk depended on both long-term high cumCVAI exposure and the duration of high CVAI exposure among patients with hypertension. Early CVAI accumulation resulted in a greater risk increase than later CVAI accumulation, emphasizing the importance of optimal CVAI control in early life.


Cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains the most prominent cause of mortality and permanent disability worldwide [1, 2]. Stroke affected more than 523 million people in 2019 and accounts for 18.6 million CVD-related deaths annually [1]. Existing evidence suggests that overweight and hypertension are independent risk factors for CVD [3]. An umbrella review of 12 systematic reviews and 53 meta-analyses [4] suggested that being overweight (high body mass index [BMI]) contributed to 4 million deaths in 2015, over two thirds of which were attributable to CVD. Additionally, with every 5 kg/m2 increase in BMI, the risk of CVD increases by 10%. Fuchs et al. [5] found that a blood pressure of > 115/75 mmHg (1 mmHg = 0.133 kPa) combined with each incremental increase in blood pressure of 20/10 mmHg is associated with an approximately two-fold increase in CVD risk. A previous study showed that in contrast to a single risk factor, being overweight combined with the presence of hypertension puts individuals at an increased risk of CVD development [6]. Considering that overweight and hypertension tend to co-exist, early detection and prevention, as well as control measures, for both risk factors could confer cardiovascular benefit.

Both basic experiments and interventional trials have demonstrated that visceral obesity is a determinant risk factor for adverse CVD-related events in individuals who are classed as overweight [7]. However, although there are uniform standards for blood pressure measurement, the gold-standard techniques for assessing visceral obesity, namely magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), bioelectrical impedance analysis, and computed tomography (CT), are limited in clinical practice and in epidemiological promotion due to their technical complexity, high cost, and potential risk of radiation exposure [8, 9]. Moreover, simple indices, such as the waist-to-hip ratio and waist circumference (WC), cannot be used to accurately assess the amount of visceral fat [10].

The Chinese visceral adiposity index (CVAI), which combines traditional indicators with lipid parameters, is a novel surrogate index that shows high concordance with the validation results of CT [11,12,13]. Wan et al. [14] showed that measuring the CVAI could improve CVD risk prediction compared with traditional indices. However, previous studies have been confined to a single time point measurement of CVAI, which is insufficient to accurately reflect the longitudinal effect of cumulative CVAI on CVD risk over time.

In this prospective cohort study of the Chinese population, this research is the first to explore the association between the time course of CVAI accumulation and future CVD among patients with hypertension.


Study design and population

The city of Tangshan had approximately 7.72 million inhabitants in 2022, and its demographic composition, urban and rural distribution, industrial layout, and per capita gross domestic product are similar to those at the national level. The city is situated approximately 150 km from southeast Beijing. Therefore, socioeconomically, the population of this study can be regarded as being representative, at least to some extent.

The detailed methodology and study design have been described previously [14, 15]. At its simplest, 101,510 employees (81,110 men; age range 18–98 years) from the Kailuan Corporation underwent baseline examination, with follow-up every 2 years thereafter. At follow-up, questionnaires were completed to collect participant information on lifestyle, demographics, disease history, and drug history, as well as anthropometric measurements and biochemical indicators. The annual occurrence of CVD was verified by reviewing the diagnostic records and medical insurance system of the Kailuan Group.

The long-term cumulative CVAI was determined from the data of 19,258 patients with hypertension who were evaluated at least three times during the period between 2006 and 2014 (2006–2007, 2010–2011, and 2014–2015). Among these patients, 2,613 patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI) and stroke before 2014 were excluded, and 1,295 patients with missing data for triglyceride (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c), WC, or BMI before 2014 were excluded. Therefore, 15,350 patients with hypertension were included in the analysis (Fig. 1). All of the participants provided written informed consent, and the study protocol was approved by the ethics committee of Kailuan General Hospital.

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Calculation of cumulative CVAI (cumCVAI), time-weighted average (TWA)-cumCVAI, cumulative burden, duration of high CVAI, and early versus late cumCVAI

1. CVAI was calculated as follows [14]:

CVAI (Female) = 39.76 × Lg [fasting TG (mmol/L)] + 1.71 × age + 4.32 × BMI + 1.12 × WC (cm) − 11.66 × fasting HDL-c (mmol/L) − 187.32.

CVAI (Male) = 22.00 × Lg [fasting TG (mmol/L)] + 0.68 × age + 0.03 × BMI + 4.00 × WC. (cm) − 16.32 × fasting HDL-c (mmol/L) − 267.93.

2. CumCVAI was calculated as follows [16]:

CumCVAI = [(CVAI06 + CVAI08)  /2 × (time1–2)] + [(CVAI08 + CVAI10) / 2 × (time2–3)] + … + [(CVAI12 + CVAI14)  /2 × (time4–5).

where CVAI06, CVAI08, CVAI10, CVAI12, and CVAI14 represent the CVAI at the first, second, third, fourth, and fifth examinations, and time1–2, time2–3, time3–4, and time4–5 indicate the time intervals between consecutive visits in years. The means of time1–2, time2–3, time3–4, and time4–5 were 2.06, 1.95, 2.26, and 2.11 years, respectively.

3. TWA-cumCVAI was calculated as follows [17]:

TWA-cumCVAI = cumCVAI/(time1–5), where time1–5 indicates the total measurement period.

4. The cumulative burden was calculated as follows [18]:

Cumulative burden = [(CVAI06 + CVAI08) / 2 − cutoff value] × (time1–2) + [(CVAI08 + CVAI10)/ 2 − cutoff value] × (time2–3) + … + [(CVAI12 + CVAI14) /2 − cutoff value × (time4–5)].

Currently, there is no recognized cutoff value for CVAI. This research determined the cutoff value for the receiver operating characteristic curve (110.6) using R software ( The value was considered 0 when the values between two consecutive examinations were < 0, as described previously [19].

5. Duration of high CVAI was calculated as follows:

High CVAI was defined as CVAI values of ≥ 110.6. The duration of high CVAI was determined as the number of visits with high CVAI values across the five checks, classified as 0 years (a high CVAI value never occurred), 2 years (a high value occurred once), 4 years (a high value occurred twice), 6 years (a high value occurred three times), 8 years (a high value occurred four times), and 10 years (a high value occurred at all five examinations) [20].

6. The time course of CVAI accumulation was calculated as follows [21]:

The time course of CVAI accumulation was split into two, as follows: the cumCVAI between 2006 and 2010 (cumCVAI06–10) and the cumCVAI between 2010 and 2014 (cumCVAI10–14), indicating early and late CVAI exposure, respectively. Additionally, the slope of CVAI versus time from 2006 to 2014 was calculated using the least-squares principle and linear regression, where a negative or positive slope indicated a decrease or increase in CVAI over time.

Data collection and definitions

Information on demographics (sex, age, and educational attainment), lifestyle variables (physical activity, alcohol consumption, and smoking), and clinical characteristics (medication history and disease history) was collected via questionnaires. Physical examinations included measurements of WC, weight, and height. Weight was accurate to 0.1 kg, and height was accurate to 1 mm. BMI was calculated as body mass (kg)/ height (m)2 [22, 23]. Physical exercise was classified as “never or sometimes” or “often.” Smoking was classified as “never or previous smoker” or “current smoker.” Drinking was classified as “never or previous drinker” or “current drinker.” Hypertension was defined on the basis of either a history of hypertension (self-reported), treatment with anti-hypertensive medications, or a blood pressure of ≥ 140/90 mmHg [24]. Diabetes mellitus was defined as a history of diabetes mellitus diagnosed by a doctor (self-reported), the use of hypoglycemic drugs, or a fasting blood glucose (FBG) of ≥ 7.0 mmol/L [25].

For the laboratory examinations, venous blood was collected in the morning after the participant had fasted for at least 8 h. The sera from all participants were analyzed by centralized testing at Kailuan General Hospital using a Hitachi automated biochemical analyzer (Hitachi 747; Hitachi, Tokyo, Japan). Triacylglycerol (TG) was determined using the glycerol-phosphate oxidase-peroxidase coupling method. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) and HDL-c were determined using the direct method, and total cholesterol (TC) was determined using the TC oxidase method.

Outcome assessment

The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiovascular events during follow-up, namely MI and stroke. The start of follow-up was the date of the 2014 annual health examination, and individuals were followed up until 31 December 2021. The diagnoses of CVDs were based on the codes from the 10th Revision of the International Classification of Diseases (hemorrhagic stroke: I60–I61; ischemic stroke: I63; MI: I21) [26, 27]. A database of CVD diagnoses, which was updated annually throughout the follow-up period, was created using data from the Municipal Social Insurance Institution. Endpoint event adjudication was performed by trained medical personnel using abstracted information from inpatient medical records and medical insurance data.

Statistical analysis

SAS 9.4 software (SAS Institute, Cary, NC, US) was used for the statistical analyses. Categorical variables were compared using the chi-square test, while continuous variables were compared using the Kruskal–Wallis test or analysis of variance on the basis of whether the data were normally distributed. A P value of < 0.05 was considered statistically significant.

The incidence density (cases per 1,000 person-years) and accumulated incidence were measured. Kaplan–Meier analyses were used to calculate the cumulative incidences of CVDs of different categories of CVAI indicators, and the log-rank test was used for statistical comparisons. Hazard ratios (HRs) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) were evaluated by multivariate Cox proportional hazards regression models between CVDs and cumCVAI indicators in the following categories: (i) cumCVAI (quartile 1: <267,892.09 as the reference group); (ii) TWA-cumCVAI (quartile 1: <88.03 as the reference group); (iii) cumulative burden (cumulative burden = 0 as the reference group); and (iv) when the combined effect of CVAI accumulation and its time course was considered, the subjects were split into four groups on the basis of the direction of the slope (negative or positive) and the median cumCVAI (332,983.38). Adjustments were made for sex and age in Model (1) Adjustments were made for current smoker, current alcohol drinker, physical activity, education level, sex, and age in Model (2) Further adjustments were made for FBG; estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR); LDL-c; high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP); systolic blood pressure (SBP); and use of lipid-lowering drugs, hypoglycemic drugs, and anti-hypertensive drugs in Model (3) This research tested the proportional hazards assumption using Schoenfeld residuals.

To evaluate the impact of cumCVAI-associated indicators by category on CVD risk, we performed hierarchical analyses by sex (male vs. female), normal blood pressure attainment status (yes vs. no), and age (< 60 vs. ≥ 60 years) as exploratory analyses. Furthermore, to verify the robustness of the results, we performed several validation analyses. Specifically, Fine–Gray competing risk models were used, considering non-CVD death as a competing event. Moreover, to avoid reverse causality, we excluded subjects who developed CVDs with a follow-up duration of less than the first year. This research also excluded participants who did not undergo five consecutive examinations from 2006 to 2014, participants with a history of hepatitis, and participants with data in repeat analyses. We also used the net reclassification index (NRI), C-index, and integrated discrimination improvement (IDI) to evaluate the improvement in the prediction performance of the CVAI and cumCVAI for CVD beyond traditional risk factors.


Baseline characteristics

Of the 15,350 eligible subjects included in the analysis, the mean age was 58.92 ± 10.65 years, and 82.42% of the participants were male. The baseline characteristics of the participants according to the joint effect of cumCVAI and its time course are shown in Table 1. Compared with the group with cumCVAI < median and slope < 0, subjects in the other groups were more likely to have higher LDL-c, TG, TC, SBP, BMI, hs-CRP, diastolic blood pressure (DBP), and FBG values, as well as a higher prevalence of lipid-lowering drug, anti-diabetic drug, and anti-hypertensive drug use, and diabetes mellitus.

Table 1 Baseline characteristics of the participants stratified by cumCVAI and CVAI slope

Association of cumCVAI, TWA-cumCVAI, cumulative burden, and duration of high CVAI with CVD risk

During the follow-up period of up to 6.54 years (2015–2021), 1,184 new-onset CVD events were documented (355 cases of MI, 800 cases of stroke, and 29 cases of combined MI and stroke). Additionally, the incidence density and cumulative incidence rate for CVD were 12.46 per 1,000 person-years and 7.71%, respectively. Table 2 shows the incidence density of CVD and the multivariate HRs for the cumCVAI parameters. The incidence density of CVD per 1,000 person-years increased gradually according to the quartiles of cumCVAI, ranging from 8.23 (95% CI 7.17–9.44) in quartile 1 to 16.03 (95% CI 14.46–17.76) in quartile 4. Additionally, the fully adjusted HR (95% CI) was significantly higher in quartile 2 [1.21 (1.01–1.45)], quartile 3 [1.29 (1.07–1.54)], and quartile 4 [1.35 (1.13–1.61)] than in quartile 1. To examine whether the association was affected by the single measurement of CVAI, we additionally adjusted for CVAI in 2006 and 2014 on the basis of the above models, respectively. The trend in the analysis of the effect of TWA-cumCVAI on CVD risk was consistent with that of cumCVAI (Supplementary Table S1).

Table 2 Hazard ratios and 95% confidence intervals for CVD risk stratified by cumulative CVAI indicators

Similar trends were seen for cumCVAI and high CVAI duration. For those with a cumulative burden > 0, the CVD risk increased by 126% (HR 1.26, 95% CI 1.12–1.43) compared with a cumulative burden ≤ 0. Compared with participants in the group with no high CVAI values (0 years), the HRs (95% CIs) for CVD risk were 1.21 (0.99–1.49) in the 2-year group, 1.18 (0.95–1.45) in the 4-year group, 1.39 (1.13–1.70) in the 6-year group, 1.42 (1.15–1.74) in the 8-year group, and 1.43 (1.14–1.78) in the 10-year group.

Early vs. late cumCVAI measurement and CVD risk

The periods of cumCVAI measurements were evaluated by dividing the overall observation period (2006–2014) into early (cumSUA06 − 08) and late (cumSUA08–10) periods (Table 3). Compared with the lowest group (quartile 1), the HRs (95% CIs) for the highest group (quartile 4) in the early and late periods were 1.33 (1.11–1.59) and 1.24 (1.04–1.49), respectively.

Table 3 Association of the time course of CVAI accumulation with CVD risk

When the combined effect of cumCVAI and early versus late measurement was considered, subjects with cumCVAI ≥ median and a positive slope had the highest CVD risk (HR 1.22, 95% CI 1.03–1.46) when compared with those with a negative slope and cumCVAI < median.

Hierarchical analyses and sensitivity analyses

Initially, we observed significant interactions between age (≤ 60 years vs. >60 years) and cumCVAI, TWA-cumCVAI, cumulative burden, duration of high CVAI exposure, and early versus late cumCVAI measurement (P for interaction < 0.05). The relative risk of CVD was higher for those aged ≤ 60 years. Additionally, even though these associations were not significantly different in the sex and blood pressure attainment status subgroups (P for interaction > 0.05), the relative CVD risk might be higher among men and those who did not achieve optimal blood pressure status (Table 4).

Table 4 Hazard ratios for the outcomes by cumulative CVAI indicators stratified by age, sex, and blood pressure target attainment

The association of cumCVAI with CVD risk was essentially unchanged after performing the Fine–Gray competing risks analysis excluding the subjects who developed CVD with the period of follow-up being less than 1 year (n = 275), the subjects who did not undergo five consecutive examinations from 2006 to 2014 (n = 3,625), and subjects with hepatitis (n = 747) (Table 5).

Table 5 Sensitivity analyses for the association between cumulative CVAI indicators and CVD.

Predictive value of CVAI and cumCVAI for new-onset CVD

Changes in the C-index, IDI, and NRI were used to compare the accuracy between CVAI and cumCVAI, which are based on the conventional risk factors for CVD. When adding the cumCVAI to the conventional model, the values of IDI, NRI, and C-index were 0.0005 (0.0001–0.0009; P = 0.01), 0.1642 (0.1053–0.2231; P < 0.01), and 0.6573 (0.6428–0.671; P < 0.01), respectively (Table S2). Compared with the CVAI, the IDI, C-index, and NRI improved after adding cumCVAI to the conventional model.


In this prospective study, a high cumCVAI accelerated the development of adverse CVD-associated events. In particular, early cumulative exposures were substantially higher than those in later years. Additionally, a dependent association between high cumCVAI and CVD risk may exist for age, sex, and optimal blood pressure control. Interestingly, the predictive value of long-term monitoring of dynamic changes in CVAI compared to baseline CVAI is potentially more significant for CVD risk.

Similar to the findings of the current study, which demonstrated that CVAI is closely related to CVD development [14, 28, 29], one previous cross-sectional study regarded CVAI as a predictor of the incidence of CVD [14]. Wang et al. [28] studied a cohort of 9,280 Chinese women with up to 6.59 years of follow-up and found that a high CVD risk was associated with a high baseline CVAI. The current study differs from previous observational studies [30, 31], which involved only a single CVAI measurement in the general population. In this study, an increased risk of CVD was associated with a high cumCVAI among patients with hypertension during the observation window of up to 8 years. Compared with those in quartile 1, the CVD risk was highest in individuals in quartile 4, with an adjusted HR (95% CI) of 1.35 (1.13–1.61). Moreover, with additional adjustment for baseline CVAI, the risk could not attenuate the effect (HR 1.27, 95% CI 1.07–1.50). The long-term cumulative effect appears to be superior to the baseline CVAI regarding the development of new-onset CVD. Thus, automatic extraction of useful information from electronic medical records and the automatically generated indicator, CVAI, which is an important screening indicator, are of great significance and value for patients with hypertension who are at a high risk of developing CVD. Given that electronic medical records allow the rapid integration of data across multiple time points, using these records can provide effective evidence for CVD prevention.

The present study demonstrated that cumCVAI is an independent risk factor for CVD and that the effects on CVD risk at different stages during the observation window are not universally identical. Compared with late measurement (HR 1.24, 95% CI 1.04–1.49), the magnitude of the association appeared more prominent with cumCVAI in earlier life (HR 1.33, 95% CI 1.11–1.59). The results showed lower CVAI values later in the observation period, even when the values were low enough to result in the same accumulation at the same time point. This finding indicates that the lifetime risk cannot be fully reversed with earlier in life. Previous Mendelian randomization studies [32, 33] and the CARDIA cohort study [21] in the US derived a similar conclusion, suggesting that early exposure to elevated LDL-c is associated with significant adverse CVD events later in life. These studies underscore the significance of achieving optimal CVAI early in life.

Notably, given the combined effect of cumCVAI and its time course, the results indicate that the CVD risk increased by 22% in subjects with cumCVAI ≥ median and a positive slope when compared with the reference group. Thus, the risk does not just rely on the magnitude of cumCVAI, but also its time course. Therefore, this study proposes that slope variation and exposure stage can be quantified by time course in the modulation of CVD risk [34]. Future basic experiments, clinical trials, and other related studies on how to quantify the time course will provide potential reference values.

In addition to the above result, the association between high cumCVAI and CVD risk was age-dependent in subjects with hypertension, and was significantly higher in participants aged < 60 years. Two previous studies have reported that even with the same exposure to risk factors, the risk of developing CVD in patients aged < 60 years is higher than in the elderly population, which is in accordance with previous studies reported by Qiao et al. [35] and Cai et al. [30]. Furthermore, this research found a positive association between cumCVAI and CVD risk among men who did not achieve optimal blood pressure control (DBP ≥ 90 mmHg and/or SBP ≥ 140 mmHg), although there was no significant interaction. This finding indicates that achieving early and prolonged optimal blood pressure control among patients with hypertension protects from CVD risk. This intervention provides a strong basis for reducing CVD risk in high-risk individuals with high CVAI values and hypertension, particularly men.

This study demonstrated that fluctuations in the CVAI over time were associated with CVD; however, the exact physiological mechanism explaining the association between CVAI and CVD remains unclear. This research speculates that this phenomenon might be related to the following. First, previous studies have indicated that the CVAI can be used as a simple and reliable surrogate measure of visceral fat in Asian populations [14, 36], which is closely associated with CVD risk. Visceral fat is generally considered “sick fat” and may have a crucial effect on the development of metabolic diseases, such as CVD and insulin resistance [37, 38]. Second, chronic inflammation has been highlighted as a mediator that can accelerate the progression of CVD outcomes associated with visceral fat accumulation. Visceral fat produces various cytokines and proinflammatory hormones, which may lead to a pro-inflammatory response and induce endothelial injury [39, 40]. Similarly, in this study, hs-CRP was higher in the high cumCVAI group than in the low cumCVAI group, and was likely to be associated with a high CVD risk, further verifying the accuracy of the results. Third, in addition to inherited genetic factors, we found that individuals in the high cumCVAI group had high SBP, DBP, FBG, LDL-c, and BMI values, and the majority were alcohol drinkers or smokers, which are primary CVD risk factors. However, biologically meaningful effects might not have been eliminated, even with adjustment for the above confounders. Thus, the risk of CVD was obviously elevated, which could have been due to the synergistic effects of these factors.

The present findings have important value for the prevention and management of CVD among patients with hypertension. Currently, the CVAI is widely used clinically as a surrogate indicator of visceral obesity, further refining the assessment of CVD risk. More attention should be given to the long-term hazards associated with the cumulative exposure and long duration of high CVAI values, rather than focusing on only a single CVAI measurement during routine clinical evaluation. Using data from electronic medical records, CVAI values were automatically generated from traditional indicators, and we utilized repeated measurement data at different time points to capture the dynamic cumulative changes. Thus, measures for implementing electronic medical record information management and popularizing personal dynamic monitoring devices will provide future directions for the primary prevention of CVD. Importantly, considering that the lifetime CVD risk depends on early cumulative exposure to risk factors, identification of high-risk individuals and timely intervention to reduce cardiovascular symptoms and events has relevant practical implications.

This study has some notable strengths. First, the data used in this research were obtained from a large, longitudinal, and well-designed cohort to evaluate the association between cumulative CVAI exposure and its time course on the risk of developing adverse outcomes among patients with hypertension. Moreover, the Kailuan Study adopted a standardized protocol for multiple potential confounders, including anthropometric measurements, lifestyle behaviors, and laboratory indicators, to ensure the quality of data collection.

Despite these strengths, there are still limitations in this research. First, although as much data as possible were collected for potential confounders, other relevant factors, such as environmental changes, were not considered owing to the limitations of the study design. Second, this study used an urban agglomeration from northern China as the research cohort; therefore, the results may not be completely generalizable to other populations. However, the homogeneity of the population in this study lends reliability to the results. Third, CVAI values may be subject to measurement bias. Additionally, MRI and CT, the gold-standard techniques for assessing visceral fat, were not used to verify coherence with the actual amount of visceral fat and the CVAI values owing to the large sample size and limited research funds.


In summary, this study implies that incident CVD risk relies on both high cumCVAI exposure, and even more so on the long-term duration of high CVAI exposure among patients with hypertension. Furthermore, this risk is considered to be regulated by the time course of CVAI accumulation (i.e., early exposure). Thus, close long-term monitoring of dynamic CVAI changes and early control of lipid metabolism could provide a theoretical basis for CVD event prevention among patients with hypertension. The current study suggests that the CVAI should be tightly controlled to achieve comprehensive cardiovascular benefit.

Data Availability

The datasets supporting the conclusions of this article are available in the [repository name] repository, [unique persistent identifier and hyperlink to dataset(s) in http:// format].



Chinese visceral adiposity index


Cardiovascular disease




Fasting blood glucose


Myocardial infarction


High-density lipoprotein cholesterol


Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol


High-sensitivity C-reactive protein


Total cholesterol


Systolic blood pressure


Diastolic blood pressure


Estimated glomerular filtration rate


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The authors thank all of the members of the Kailuan Study Team for their contributions and the participants who contributed their data. We thank Emily Woodhouse, PhD, from Liwen Bianji (Edanz) ( for editing the English text of a draft of this manuscript.



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Wu, Y., Xu, W., Guo, L. et al. Association of the time course of Chinese visceral adiposity index accumulation with cardiovascular events in patients with hypertension. Lipids Health Dis 22, 90 (2023).

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