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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444996/breast-arterial-calcification-association-with-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-and-implications-for-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-in-women
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REVIEW
Angela J Ryan, Andrew D Choi, Brian G Choi, Jannet F Lewis
Breast arterial calcification (BAC) is a type of medial artery calcification that can be seen incidentally on mammography. Studies have suggested association of BAC with cardiovascular risk factors, coronary artery disease (CAD), and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recently published studies have also suggested a modest correlation of BAC with coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring. Roughly 40 million mammograms are already performed annually in the United States with overlap in patients that undergo CAD screening via CAC scoring...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444995/peripheral-artery-disease-and-risk-of-adverse-outcomes-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#2
Pratik B Sandesara, Muhammad Hammadah, Ayman Samman-Tahhan, Heval M Kelli, Wesley T O'Neal
BACKGROUND: Peripheral artery disease (PAD) in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is associated with an increased mortality risk, but the risk of individual outcomes associated with PAD in this patient group is less clear. HYPOTHESIS: PAD is associated with adverse outcomes in HFpEF, including hospitalization and specific cardiovascular outcomes. METHODS: We examined the association between PAD and adverse outcomes in 3385 patients with HFpEF (mean age, 69 ± 9...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444977/efficacy-of-postoperative-prophylactic-antibiotics-in-reducing-permanent-pacemaker-infections
#3
Wen-Huang Lee, Ting-Chun Huang, Li-Jen Lin, Po-Tseng Lee, Chih-Chan Lin, Cheng-Han Lee, Ting-Hsing Chao, Yi-Heng Li, Ju-Yi Chen
BACKGROUND: Despite limited evidence, postoperative prophylactic antibiotics are often used in the setting of permanent pacemaker implantation or replacement. The aim of this study is to investigate the efficacy of postoperative antibiotics. HYPOTHESIS: Postoperative prophylactic antibiotics may be not clinically useful. METHODS: We recruited 367 consecutive patients undergoing permanent pacemaker implantation or generator replacement at a tertiary referral center...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444976/association-of-lipoprotein-a-with-long-term-mortality-following-coronary-angiography-or-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#4
Zhe Feng, Hua-Long Li, Wei-Jie Bei, Xiao-Sheng Guo, Kun Wang, Shi-Xin Yi, De-Mou Luo, Xi-da Li, Shi-Qun Chen, Peng Ran, Peng-Yuan Chen, Sheikh Mohammed Shariful Islam, Ji-Yan Chen, Yong Liu, Ying-Ling Zhou
BACKGROUND: There is no consistent evidence to suggest the association of plasma lipoprotein(a) (Lp[a]) with long-term mortality in patients undergoing coronary angiography (CAG) or percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). HYPOTHESIS: Level of Lp(a) is associated with long-term mortality following CAG or PCI. METHODS: We enrolled 1684 patients with plasma Lp(a) data undergoing CAG or PCI between April 2009 and December 2013. The patients were divided into 2 groups: a low-Lp(a) group (Lp[a] <16...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444966/correlation-between-genetic-polymorphisms-within-the-mapk1-hif-1-ho-1-signaling-pathway-and-risk-or-prognosis-of-perimenopausal-coronary-artery-disease
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Nan Guo, Nan Zhang, Liqiu Yan, Xufen Cao, Jiawang Wang, Yunfei Wang
BACKGROUND: Mitogen-activated protein kinase-1 (MAPK1), as well as its downstream factors of hypoxia-inducible factor-1 (HIF-1) and heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1), have been documented to be involved in modulating development of coronary artery disease (CAD). HYPOTHESIS: Genetic mutations within the MAPK1/HIF-1/HO-1 signaling pathway could alter the risk of perimenopausal CAD in Chinese patients. METHODS: Peripheral blood samples were gathered from 589 CAD patients and 860 healthy controls, and 12 potential single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were obtained from HapMap database and previously published studies...
April 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430369/quantitative-segmental-analysis-of-myocardial-perfusion-to-differentiate-stress-cardiomyopathy-from-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-myocardial-contrast-echocardiography-study
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Sun-Yang Min, Jong-Min Song, Yewon Shin, Min-Jung Sin, Dae-Hee Kim, Duk-Hyun Kang, Jae-Kwan Song
BACKGROUND: Both stress cardiomyopathy (SCMP) and acute myocardial infarction (AMI) present with similar clinical symptoms and signs, and apical akinesis. HYPOTHESIS: Quantitative segmental analysis of myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) helps to differentiate AMI from SCMP. METHODS: Real-time MCE was performed in 33 consecutive patients who presented with an acute symptom/sign and a new apical akinesis on echocardiography. In 18 left ventricular (LV) myocardial segments, a replenishment curve was obtained in each segment to measure peak plateau myocardial contrast intensity (MCI) (A) and the replenishment curve slope (β)...
April 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28422300/platelet-reactivity-in-response-to-loading-dose-of-atorvastatin-or-rosuvastatin-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-disease-before-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-statiplat-randomized-study
#7
Cosmo Godino, Anna Giulia Pavon, Antonio Mangieri, Anna Salerno, Michela Cera, Alberto Monello, Alaide Chieffo, Valeria Magni, Alberto Cappelletti, Alberto Margonato, Antonio Colombo
BACKGROUND: The acute effects of statin loading dose (LD) on platelet reactivity in patients with chronic stable angina (CSA) are not completely clear. HYPOTHESIS: We hypothesized that LDs of atorvastatin and rosuvastatin have different pharmacodynamic acute effects on platelet aggregability in CSA patients with baseline normal platelet reactivity while on dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). METHODS: From September 2011 to February 2014, all consecutive CSA patients on chronic DAPT (aspirin and clopidogrel) were evaluated before elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
April 19, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409845/procedural-success-and-intra-hospital-outcome-related-to-left-atrial-appendage-morphology-in-patients-that-receive-an-interventional-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#8
Christian Fastner, Michael Behnes, Benjamin Sartorius, Annika Wenke, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Uzair Ansari, Ishar-Singh Gill, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: The interventional left atrial appendage (LAA) closure represents an emerging alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in certain atrial fibrillation patients. Preliminary results have suggested high procedural success rates and fewer peri-interventional complications; however, there persists an insufficient understanding of the role of many underlying confounding variables (e.g., anatomical characteristics). HYPOTHESIS: It was investigated whether varying LAA morphologies influence procedural success as well as in-hospital outcome...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409835/long-term-outcomes-with-aspiration-thrombectomy-for-patients-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-trials
#9
REVIEW
Akram Y Elgendy, Islam Y Elgendy, Ahmed N Mahmoud, Anthony A Bavry
Randomized clinical trials that examined long-term clinical outcomes of routine aspiration thrombectomy prior to primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction have yielded different results. We hypothesized that the routine use of manual thrombus aspiration prior to primary PCI lacks long-term clinical benefits. Electronic databases were searched for randomized trials comparing routine aspiration thrombectomy and conventional PCI. We included only trials that reported clinical outcomes beyond 6 months...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394443/noninvasive-predictors-of-perioperative-atrial-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-tetralogy-of-fallot-undergoing-pulmonary-valve-replacement
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Daniel Cortez, Waseem Barham, Emily Ruckdeschel, Nandita Sharma, Anthony C McCanta, Johannes von Alvensleben, William H Sauer, Kathryn K Collins, Joseph Kay, Sonali Patel, Duy T Nguyen
BACKGROUND: Patients with tetralogy of Fallot (TOF) have increased risk of atrial arrhythmias. HYPOTHESIS: A measure of atrial dispersion, the P-wave vector magnitude (Pvm), can identify patients at risk for perioperative atrial flutter (AFL) or intra-atrial re-entrant tachycardia (IART) in a large TOF cohort. METHODS: We performed a blinded, retrospective analysis of 158 TOF patients undergoing pulmonary valve replacement between 1997 and 2015...
April 10, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387960/optimal-secondary-prevention-medication-use-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-with-nonobstructive-coronary-artery-disease-is-modified-by-management-strategy-insights-from-the-triumph-registry
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Reynaria Pitts, Stacie L Daugherty, Fengming Tang, Philip Jones, P Michael Ho, Thomas T Tsai, John Spertus, Thomas M Maddox
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and nonobstructive coronary artery disease (nonobCAD) may be perceived to be at lower risk for cardiac events, relative to those with obstructive CAD (obCAD), and thus less likely to receive optimal preventive medications in the year following AMI. HYPOTHESIS: We aimed to determine if AMI patients with nonobCAD, compared to obCAD, received lower rates of prevention medications in the year following AMI...
April 7, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343371/response-to-expression-of-programmed-cell-death-1-and-its-ligand-b7-homolog-1-in-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-from-patients-with-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
#12
LETTER
Mihai Capilna, Diana Opincariu, Erzsebet Lazar
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 26, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337784/response-to-letter-to-the-editor-regarding-the-manuscript-expression-of-programmed-cell-death-1-and-its-ligand-b7-homolog-1-in-peripheral-blood-lymphocytes-from-patients-with-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
#13
LETTER
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337781/rationale-and-design-of-a-multicenter-international-and-collaborative-coronary-artery-aneurysm-registry-caar
#14
Iván J Núñez-Gil, Luis Nombela-Franco, Rodrigo Bagur, Mario Bollati, Enrico Cerrato, Emilio Alfonso, Christoph Liebetrau, José María De la Torre Hernandez, Benjamín Camacho, Rafael Mila, Ignacio J Amat-Santos, Fernando Alfonso, Ramón Rodríguez-Olivares, Santiago J Camacho Freire, Íñigo Lozano, Víctor Alfonso Jiménez Díaz, Davide Piraino, Roberto Adriano Latini, Gisela Feltes, Jose Antonio Linares, Massimo Mancone, Alfonso Ielasi, Alejandro Sánchez-Grande Flecha, Agustín Fernández Cisnal, Fabrizio Ugo, Jesús M Jiménez Mazuecos, Pierluigi Omedè, Marco Pavani, Pedro A Villablanca, Boshra F Louka, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz
Coronary artery aneurysm is defined as a coronary dilation that exceeds the diameter of adjacent segments or the diameter of the patient's largest normal coronary vessel by 1.5×. It is an uncommon disease that has been diagnosed with increasing frequency since the widespread appearance of coronary angiography. The published incidence varies from 1.5% to 5%, suggesting male dominance and a predilection for the right coronary artery. Although several causes have been described, atherosclerosis accounts for ≥50% of coronary aneurysms in adults...
March 24, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333397/cardiac-device-implantations-in-obese-patients-success-rates-and-complications
#15
Philipp Attanasio, Philipp Lacour, Andrea Ernert, Burkert Pieske, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Florian Blaschke, Francesco Dalle Vedove, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with increased complications and potentially worse outcomes for various cardiac interventions. This study analyzed the success rate and complication rates associated with implantation of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) in obese patients. HYPOTHESIS: Success rates are lower and complication rates higher in obese patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing CIED implantation between 2011 and 2015 in our hospital were included...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333373/ventricular-arrhythmias-in-patients-with-newly-diagnosed-nonischemic-cardiomyopathy-insights-from-the-prolong-study
#16
David Duncker, Thorben König, Stephan Hohmann, Johann Bauersachs, Christian Veltmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with nonischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM) reportedly have low incidence of appropriate shocks from wearable cardioverter-defibrillators (WCDs). A recent study questions the benefit from primary preventive implantation of implantable cardioverter-defibrillators in NICM. We therefore analyzed a subgroup of patients with NICM from the PROLONG study. HYPOTHESIS: Patients with newly diagnosed NICM show a risk for ventricular tachyarrhythmia. METHODS: The PROLONG study included 167 patients with newly diagnosed heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% with a WCD...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328015/pcsk9-inhibitor-access-barriers-issues-and-recommendations-improving-the-access-process-for-patients-clinicians-and-payers
#17
REVIEW
Seth J Baum, Peter P Toth, James A Underberg, Paul Jellinger, Joyce Ross, Katherine Wilemon
The proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 inhibitors or monoclonal antibodies likely represent the greatest advance in lipid management in 30 years. In 2015 the US Food and Drug Administration approved both alirocumab and evolocumab for high-risk patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) and clinical atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease requiring additional lowering of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol. Though many lipid specialists, cardiovascular disease prevention experts, endocrinologists, and others prescribed the drugs on label, they found their directives denied 80% to 90% of the time...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326559/a-phase-1-study-to-evaluate-the-safety-and-ldl-cholesterol-lowering-effects-of-rg7652-a-fully-human-monoclonal-antibody-against-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9
#18
Amos Baruch, Diana Luca, Robert S Kahn, Kyra J Cowan, Maya Leabman, Nageshwar R Budha, Cecilia P C Chiu, Yan Wu, Daniel Kirchhofer, Andrew Peterson, John C Davis, Whittemore G Tingley
BACKGROUND: Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) downregulates low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptors, thereby leading to a rise in circulating LDL cholesterol (LDL-C). RG7652 is a fully human monoclonal antibody against PCSK9. This placebo-controlled, phase 1 ascending-dose study in healthy subjects evaluated the safety of RG7652 and its efficacy as a potential LDL-C-lowering drug. HYPOTHESIS: Anti-PCSK9 antibody therapy safely and effectively reduces LDL-C...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323322/adaptations-following-an-intermittent-hypoxia-hyperoxia-training-in-coronary-artery-disease-patients-a-controlled-study
#19
Oleg Glazachev, Phylipp Kopylov, Davide Susta, Elena Dudnik, Elena Zagaynaya
BACKGROUND: Repeated exposure to intermittent normobaric hypoxia improves exercise tolerance in cardiac patients. Little is known on the effects of intermittent normobaric hypoxia-hyperoxia exposure in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients (New York Heart Association II-III). HYPOTHESIS: IHHT improves exercise tolerance, cardiometabolic profile, and quality of life in CAD patients. METHODS: The study design was a nonrandomized, controlled, before-and-after trial...
March 21, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300293/coronary-artery-calcification-is-common-on-nongated-chest-computed-tomography-imaging
#20
Revathi Balakrishnan, Brian Nguyen, Roy Raad, Robert Donnino, David P Naidich, Jill E Jacobs, Harmony R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification as assessed by computed tomography (CT) is a validated predictor of cardiovascular risk, whether identified on a dedicated cardiac study or on a routine non-gated chest CT. The prevalence of incidentally detected coronary artery calcification on non-gated chest CT imaging and consistency of reporting have not been well characterized. HYPOTHESIS: Coronary calcification is present on chest CT in some patients not taking statin therapy and may be under-reported...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
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