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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531826/how-many-familial-hypercholesterolemia-patients-are-eligible-for-pcsk9-inhibition
#1
Luis Masana, Nuria Plana, Sofia Pérez-Calahorra, Daiana Ibarretxe, Itziar Lamiquiz-Moneo, Juan Pedro-Botet, Manuel Suárez-Tembra, Pedro Valdivielso, Emilio Ortega, Fernando Civeira
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a high cardiovascular risk condition. Less than 20% of patients achieve the LDL targets. Although PCSK9 inhibitors improve control and reduce cardiovascular events, official recommendations for their use are restrictive. We aim to assess the number of FH patients suitable for PCSK9 inhibition according to the European guidelines. METHODS: A total of 2685 FH patients, with a minimum follow-up of 6 months, included in the Dyslipidemia Registry of the Spanish Arteriosclerosis Society, were sorted according to the intensity of their lipid-lowering therapy (LLT) and LDL cholesterol levels achieved...
May 12, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531825/oral-health-and-cardiovascular-disease-risk-in-a-cohort-of-periodontitis-patients
#2
Anders Holmlund, Erik Lampa, Lars Lind
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The aim of this study was to determine whether oral health is uniformly associated with three different cardiovascular diseases (CVDs), including myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, and heart failure (HF), which has not been studied previously. METHODS: A full mouth investigation was performed in 8999 individuals referred to a specialized periodontology clinic between 1979 and 2012. The number of deepened pockets (NDP), number of teeth (NT), and bleeding on probing (BOP) were investigated...
May 11, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527370/atherosclerotic-dyslipidemia-revealed-by-plasma-lipidomics-on-apoe-mice-fed-a-high-fat-diet
#3
Yanyan Chen, Shiyuan Wen, Miaomiao Jiang, Yan Zhu, Liqin Ding, Hong Shi, Pengzhi Dong, Jing Yang, Yue Yang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The pathological process of atherosclerosis is closely related to lipid accumulation at arterial wall caused by lipoproteins transporting lipids through blood. In this study, we investigate the lipid composition in the plasma of apolipoprotein E deficient (ApoE(-/-)) mice fed a high-fat diet to reveal atherosclerosis-induced dyslipidemia. METHODS: ApoE(-/-) and corresponding wild-type C57BL/6J mice were used as the pathology model and control, respectively, and were fed a high-fat or normal diet...
May 11, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527371/lutein-exerts-anti-inflammatory-effects-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#4
Rosanna W S Chung, Per Leanderson, Anna K Lundberg, Lena Jonasson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Many coronary artery disease (CAD) patients exhibit chronic low-grade inflammation. Carotenoids are anti-oxidants with potential anti-inflammatory properties. Here, we first assessed relationships between interleukin (IL)-6 and individual carotenoids in plasma from CAD patients. Based on the results, we proceeded to assess anti-inflammatory effects of one carotenoid, lutein, in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMCs) from CAD patients. METHODS: Lutein + zeaxanthin (isomers with lutein being dominant), β-cryptoxanthin, lycopene, α- and β-carotene and IL-6 were measured in plasma from 134 patients with stable angina (SA) and 59 patients with acute coronary syndrome...
May 6, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511049/the-omega-3-index-and-relative-risk-for-coronary-heart-disease-mortality-estimation-from-10-cohort-studies
#5
William S Harris, Liana Del Gobbo, Nathan L Tintle
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: A recent 19-cohort meta-analysis examined the relationships between biomarkers of omega-3 fatty acids and risk for coronary heart disease (CHD). That study did not, however, report hazard ratios (HRs) specifically as a function of erythrocyte eicosapentaenoic (EPA) plus docosahexaenoic (DHA) levels, a metric called the Omega-3 Index in which EPA + DHA content is expressed as a percent of total fatty acids. The Omega-3 Index has been used in several recent studies and is a validated biomarker of omega-3 fatty acid tissue levels, but additional data are needed to confirm (or refute) the originally-proposed clinical cut-points of <4% (higher risk) and 8%-12% (lower risk)...
May 6, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522147/cardiovascular-risk-in-advanced-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-comparison-of-three-different-regimens-prevaleat-ii-cohort
#6
Paolo Maggi, Chiara Bellacosa, Armando Leone, Anna Volpe, Elena Delfina Ricci, Nicoletta Ladisa, Stefania Cicalini, Elisabetta Grilli, Rosaria Viglietti, Antonio Chirianni, Lara Ines Bellazzi, Renato Maserati, Canio Martinelli, Paola Corsi, Benedetto Maurizio Celesia, Federica Sozio, Gioacchino Angarano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: PREVALEAT (PREmature VAscular LEsions and Antiretroviral Therapy) II is a multicenter, longitudinal cohort study aimed at the evaluation of cardiovascular risk among advanced HIV-positive, treatment-naïve patients starting their first therapy. We hypothesized that these patients, present a higher cardiovascular (CV) risk. METHODS: The study included all consecutive naïve patients with less than 200 CD4 cells/ml starting antiretroviral therapy...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500865/dihydromyricetin-ameliorates-atherosclerosis-in-ldl-receptor-deficient-mice
#7
Ting Ting Liu, Yi Zeng, Kun Tang, XueMeng Chen, Wei Zhang, Xiao Le Xu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Dihydromyricetin, the most abundant flavonoid in Ampelopsis grossedentata, exerts numerous pharmacological activities, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, hepatoprotective, and lipid regulatory activities; however, its protective effect against atherosclerosis remains poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the effects of dihydromyricetin on high fat diet (HFD)-induced atherosclerosis using LDL receptor deficient (LDLr(-/-)) mice. METHODS: Blood samples were collected for determination of serum lipid profiles, oxidized LDL (ox-LDL) and pro-inflammatory cytokines...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526473/coronary-flow-reserve-is-reduced-in-sarcoidosis
#8
Seref Kul, Gonul Aciksari Kutlu, Tolga Sinan Guvenc, Murat Kavas, Kenan Demircioglu, Yusuf Yilmaz, Halil Ibrahim Yakar, Asiye Kanbay, Sibel Boga, Mustafa Caliskan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarcoidosis is a multisystem disease with frequent cardiac involvement, albeit manifest cardiac disease is rare. Though epicardial coronary arteries are not frequently involved, microvascular disease is rather common in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. The mechanism of microvascular involvement has not been elaborated yet. The aim of this study is to investigate coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) using transthoracic echocardiography in patients with sarcoidosis but without known atherosclerotic coronary artery disease or risk factors for atherosclerosis...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522145/wnt-signaling-a-novel-pathway-regulating-blood-pressure-state-of-the-art-review
#9
REVIEW
Maen D Abou Ziki, Arya Mani
Recent antihypertensive trials show conflicting results on blood pressure (BP) targets in patient populations with different metabolic profiles, with lowest benefit from tight BP control observed in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This paradox could arise from the heterogeneity of study populations and underscores the importance of precision medicine initiatives towards understanding and treating hypertension. Wnt signaling pathways and genetic variations in its signaling peptides have been recently associated with metabolic syndrome, hypertension and diabetes, generating a breakthrough for advancement of precision medicine in the field of hypertension...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521186/timely-diagnosis-of-sitosterolemia-by-next-generation-sequencing-in-two-children-with-severe-hypercholesterolemia
#10
Paola Sabrina Buonuomo, Lorenzo Iughetti, Livia Pisciotta, Claudio Rabacchi, Francesco Papadia, Patrizia Bruzzi, Albina Tummolo, Andrea Bartuli, Claudio Cortese, Stefano Bertolini, Sebastiano Calandra
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Severe hypercholesterolemia associated or not with xanthomas in a child may suggest the diagnosis of homozygous autosomal dominant hypercholesterolemia (ADH), autosomal recessive hypercholesterolemia (ARH) or sitosterolemia, depending on the transmission of hypercholesterolemia in the patient's family. Sitosterolemia is a recessive disorder characterized by high plasma levels of cholesterol and plant sterols due to mutations in the ABCG5 or the ABCG8 gene, leading to a loss of function of the ATP-binding cassette (ABC) heterodimer transporter G5-G8...
May 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531827/safety-and-performance-of-the-second-generation-enlightn%C3%A2-renal-denervation-system-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-uncontrolled-hypertension
#11
Stephen G Worthley, Gerard T Wilkins, Mark W Webster, Joseph K Montarello, Sinny Delacroix, Robert J Whitbourn, Roderic J Warren
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Catheter-based renal denervation for the treatment of drug-resistant hypertension has been intensively investigated in recent years. To date, only limited data have been published using multi-electrode radiofrequency ablation systems that can deliver lesions with a pre-determined pattern. This study was designed to evaluate the safety and performance of the second generation EnligHTN™ Renal Denervation System. METHODS: This first-in-human, prospective, multi-center, non-randomized study included 39 patients (62% male, mean age 63 years, and mean baseline office blood pressure 174/93 mmHg) with drug-resistant hypertension...
May 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499608/fat-or-fit-the-big-oxymoron-of-metabolically-healthy-obesity
#12
EDITORIAL
Donato Santovito
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
May 2, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499609/achilles-tendon-xanthomas-are-associated-with-the-presence-and-burden-of-subclinical-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia-a-pilot-study
#13
Leonardo C Mangili, Marcio H Miname, Pamela R S Silva, Marcio S Bittencourt, Viviane Z Rocha, Otavio C Mangili, Wilson Salgado Filho, Ana P Chacra, Cinthia E Jannes, Alexandre C Pereira, Raul D Santos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Achilles tendon xanthomas (ATX) are a sign of long-term exposure to high blood cholesterol in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) patients, which have been associated with cardiovascular disease. We evaluated the ATX association with the presence and extent of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: 102 FH patients diagnosed by US-MEDPED criteria (67% with genetically proven FH), with median LDL-C 279 mg/dL (interquartile range: 240; 313), asymptomatic for cardiovascular disease, underwent computed tomography angiography and coronary artery calcium (CAC) quantification...
April 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535426/new-role-of-pcsk9-in-atherosclerotic-inflammation-promotion-involving-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#14
Zhi-Han Tang, Juan Peng, Zhong Ren, Jing Yang, Ting-Ting Li, Tao-Hua Li, Zuo Wang, Dang-Heng Wei, Lu-Shan Liu, Xi-Long Zheng, Zhi-Sheng Jiang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin 9 (PCSK9) has emerged as a popular target in the development of new cholesterol-lowering drugs and therapeutic interventions for atherosclerosis. PCSK9 could accelerate atherosclerosis through mechanisms beyond the degradation of the hepatic low-density lipoprotein receptor. Several clinical studies suggested that PCSK9 is involved in atherosclerotic inflammation. Accordingly, this study aimed to explore the role of PCSK9 in vascular inflammation that promotes atherosclerotic progression...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528743/-18-f-sodium-fluoride-positron-emission-tomography-for-molecular-imaging-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-based-on-computed-tomography-analysis
#15
Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Shinya Toshimitsu, Ko Sasaki, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Fuminari Tatsugami, Kazuo Awai, Yutaka Hirokawa, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at evaluating the relation of (18)F-sodium fluoride ((18)F-NaF) uptake on positron emission tomography (PET) to coronary atherosclerosis detected and assessed by computed tomography (CT). METHODS: Thirty-two patients with one or more coronary atherosclerotic lesions detected on cardiac CT underwent (18)F-NaF PET/CT. Each coronary atherosclerotic lesion was evaluated on CT angiography for plaque types (calcified plaque [CP], non-calcified plaque [NCP], partially calcified plaque [PCP]), and the presence of CT-based high-risk features (minimum CT density <30 Hounsfield units and vascular remodeling index >1...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521185/association-of-aortic-perivascular-adipose-tissue-density-with-aortic-calcification-in-women-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#16
Kelly J Shields, Samar R El Khoudary, Joseph M Ahearn, Susan Manzi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Women with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Perivascular adipose tissue (PVAT) surrounds the vascular wall, is associated with CVD risk factors, and may contribute to premature CVD in SLE. We previously found greater volumes of aortic PVAT associated with aortic calcification (AC) in female SLE patients. There is recent evidence that not only volume but adipose density may also be indicative of inflammation...
April 29, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502381/linking-lysosomal-acid-lipase-insufficiency-to-the-development-of-cryptogenic-cirrhosis
#17
EDITORIAL
Robert C Block, Babak Razani
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 25, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486149/dietary-supplementation-with-long-chain-monounsaturated-fatty-acid-isomers-decreases-atherosclerosis-and-alters-lipoprotein-proteomes-in-ldlr-mice
#18
Zhi-Hong Yang, Scott M Gordon, Denis Sviridov, Shuibang Wang, Robert L Danner, Milton Pryor, Boris Vaisman, Yuka Shichijo, Nobushige Doisaki, Alan T Remaley
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Concentrated fish oils, containing a mixture of long-chain monounsaturated fatty acids (LCMUFA) with aliphatic chains longer than 18 C atoms (i.e., C20:1 and C22:1), have been shown to attenuate atherosclerosis development in mouse models. It is not clear, however, how individual LCMUFA isomers may act on atherosclerosis. METHODS: In the present study, we used saury fish oil-derived concentrates enriched in either C20:1 or C22:1 isomer fractions to investigate their individual effect on atherosclerosis and lipoprotein metabolism...
April 25, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482222/noninvasive-detection-of-increased-carotid-artery-temperature-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-predicts-major-cardiovascular-events-at-one-year-results-from-a-prospective-multicenter-study
#19
Konstantinos Toutouzas, Georgios Benetos, Iosif Koutagiar, Nikolaos Barampoutis, Fotini Mitropoulou, Periklis Davlouros, Petros P Sfikakis, Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Elias Siores, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Limited prospective data have been reported regarding the impact of carotid inflammation on cardiovascular events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Microwave radiometry (MWR) is a noninvasive, simple method that has been used for evaluation of carotid artery temperature which, when increased, predicts 'inflamed' plaques with vulnerable characteristics. We prospectively tested the hypothesis that increased carotid artery temperature predicts future cerebro- and cardiovascular events in patients with CAD...
April 23, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28478195/type-a-personality-and-mortality-competitiveness-but-not-speed-is-associated-with-increased-risk
#20
Tina Lohse, Sabine Rohrmann, Aline Richard, Matthias Bopp, David Faeh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Type A behavior pattern (TABP) is a possible risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, existing evidence is conflicting, also because studies did not examine underlying traits separately. In this study, we investigated whether all-cause and CVD mortality were associated with the Bortner Scale, a measure of TABP, in particular with its subscales competitiveness and speed. METHODS: Information on Bortner Scale and covariates of 9921 participants was collected at baseline in two cross-sectional studies that were linked with mortality information, yielding a follow-up of up to 37 years...
April 22, 2017: Atherosclerosis
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