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Much evidence indicates that metabolic syndrome is a risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease, but whether metabolic syndrome is an independent risk factor for early atherosclerosis in the individuals with only minor hemodynamic abnormalities, if any, is not well investigated. Here we have investigated the association between metabolic syndrome and carotid atherosclerosis in individuals with blood pressure of Ͻ140/90 mm Hg. Between 1994 and 2003, 8143 subjects underwent generaldoi:10.1161/01.hyp.0000233466.24345.2e pmid:16880351 fatcat:gktji4lgazgg5h5nhnkritkacm