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The aim of the Western Region Initiative to Gather Information on Atherosclerosis (WINGA) is to study the development of symptomatic carotid atherosclerosis in men and women.

Study population and examinations

The WINGA-study-population is under recruitment and consists of a number of sub-studies recruiting populations from the large WINGA-population. The large WINGA population consists of digital patient records of all patients undergoing clinical, diagnostic carotid ultrasound examinations within the Greater Gothenburg region in western Sweden.

The Greater Gothenburg region consists of 9 municipalities with a total of 755.457 inhabitants (2009) and its need for carotid ultrasound diagnostics are exclusively served by three diagnostic centers at three different hospitals within and around the city. Current local stroke guidelines state that all acute minor strokes/TIA with suspected carotid involvement should undergo carotid vascular diagnostics within 48 hours using ultrasound as first choice. As a result, the three centers perform around 2.100 examinations each year.

The WINGA-study is aiming to use this populations as an infrastructure for studies on the pathophysiology of development of symptomatic atherosclerosis, diagnostics and epidemiology of recurrent stroke in large artery disease. More information will be available at the end of 2010.


Contact Information

Göran Bergström

The Wallenberg Laboratory, Sahlgrenska University Hospital, SE-413 45 Göteborg, Sweden

Visiting Address:
Bruna Stråket 16

+46 (0)31 342 8011

+46 (0)31 82 76 14

Page Manager: Anna Hallén|Last update: 7/12/2012

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