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Table 11 The relation between HGF concentration and the degree of carotid atherosclerosis according to (IMT)

From: Paradoxical role of hepatocyte growth factor in ischemic stroke: stroke risk/stroke recovery

  Severity of atherosclerosis K test (P value)
No (IMT ≤ 0.8 mm) Mild (IMT 0.9–1 mm) Moderate (IMT 1.1–1.9 mm) Severe (IMT ≥ 2 mm)
HGFconc. (ng/ml)
 X ± SD 0.41 ± 0.09 0.32 ± 0.15 0.61 ± 0.04 0.77 ± 0.04 75.4
 Range 0.15–0.50 0.17–0.59 0.54–0.70 0.71–0.85 (< 0.001)*
  1. X mean, SD standard deviation, K Kruskal–Wallis test, *highly significant, HGF hepatocyte growth factor, IMT intimal medial thickness