Case Report: Supernormal Vascular Aging in Leningrad Siege Survivors

Oxana Rotar, Maria Boyarinova, Ekaterina Moguchaya, Kristina Tolkunova, Nikita Kolosov, Valeriia Rezapova, Olga Freylikhman, Dmitrii Usoltsev, Olesya Melnik, Alexey Sergushichev, Vladislav Solntsev, Anna Kostareva, Elena Dubinina, Trudy Voortman, Christine Stevens, Mark J. Daly, Alexandra Konradi, Evgeny Shlyakhto, Mykyta Artomov

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Age-related changes in the vascular system play an important role in the biological age and lifespan of a person and maybe affected from an early age onward. One of the indicators of changes in the vascular system is arterial wall stiffness and its main measure, i.e., carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV). We examined arterial wall stiffness in a sample of 305 Leningrad Siege survivors to assess how hunger and stressful conditions during fetal development and early childhood affected the state of the cardiovascular system at a later age and what factors may neutralize the negative impact sustained in early childhood. Here, we presented an evaluation of two unique patients with supernormal vascular aging (SUPERNOVA) phenotype from this cohort and described the details of congruence between hereditary resistance and practiced lifestyle yielding slower biological aging rate.

Original languageEnglish
Article number843439
JournalFrontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
StatePublished - May 23 2022


  • aging
  • deep phenotyping
  • pulse wave velocity (PWV)
  • starvation
  • supernormal vascular aging


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