Joint associations of peripheral artery disease and accelerometry-based physical activity with mortality: The Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL)

Atherosclerosis. 2022 Apr;347:55-62. doi: 10.1016/j.atherosclerosis.2022.03.008. Epub 2022 Mar 14.


Background and aims: Peripheral artery disease (PAD) and lower levels of physical activity are both associated with higher mortality. Yet, their joint prognostic impact has not been systematically examined, especially in Hispanics/Latinos, and with objective measures. We aimed to examine the joint associations of PAD and physical activity with mortality in the Hispanic Community Health Study/Study of Latinos (HCHS/SOL).

Methods: We studied 7,620 Hispanic/Latino adults aged 45-74 years at baseline (2008-2011) who underwent assessment of PAD with ankle-brachial index (ABI) and physical activity with hip-worn accelerometry. We calculated four physical activity measures: sedentary time, light activity, moderate/vigorous activity, and total activity counts. We quantified the relationship between ABI and mortality overall, and by tertiles of activity measures in restricted cubic splines, using multivariable Cox models accounting for sampling weights. We also assessed cross-categories of ABI and activity measures with mortality.

Results: During a median follow up of 7.1 years, 314 participants died. We observed a U-shaped association of ABI with mortality overall (e.g., hazard ratio 1.80 [95%CI 1.20-2.80] at ABI 0.7 vs 1.2). This U-shaped association was generally consistent after stratifying by activity measures, but an elevated mortality risk for higher ABI was not evident in the most active tertile based on sedentary time, time in light activity, and total activity counts. In the cross-category analysis of ABI and physical activity, the highest mortality risk was consistently seen in abnormal ABI (≤0.9 or >1.4) plus the least active tertile (e.g., HR 5.61 [3.31-9.51] for light activity), compared to referent ABI (0.9-1.4) plus the other more active two tertiles, with no interactions between ABI and activity measure.

Conclusions: Abnormal ABI and lower accelerometry-based physical activity were independently and jointly associated with mortality in Hispanics, suggesting the importance of simultaneously evaluating leg vascular condition and physical activity.

Keywords: Accelerometer; Cardiovascular disease; Peripheral artery disease; Physical activity; Study of Latinos.

Publication types

  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Accelerometry
  • Ankle Brachial Index
  • Exercise
  • Hispanic or Latino
  • Humans
  • Peripheral Arterial Disease* / diagnosis
  • Public Health*
  • Risk Factors