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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210975/alcohol-and-cardiovascular-disease-how-much-is-too-much
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Augustin Toma, Guillaume Paré, Darryl P Leong
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Previous research suggests that low-moderate alcohol consumption may have cardioprotective effects, while heavy or binge-pattern drinking is harmful. New evidence and research methodology may inform safe thresholds of alcohol use. This review examines recent evidence regarding alcohol's effect on cardiovascular disease, with a special consideration of pattern, drink type, and total quantity. RECENT FINDINGS: New epidemiologic research confirms the potential harmful cardiovascular effects of heavy episodic alcohol use and does not support the previous observation that low-moderate alcohol use protects against stroke...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210974/mobile-health-mhealth-technology-for-the-management-of-hypertension-and-hyperlipidemia-slow-start-but-loads-of-potential
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Hasan Rehman, Ayeesha K Kamal, Pamela B Morris, Saleem Sayani, Anwar T Merchant, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension and hyperlipidemia represent two major risk factors for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. Mobile health or mHealth is defined as the use of mobile phone and wireless technologies to support the achievement of health objectives. Management of hypertension, and to some extent hyperlipidemia, has often employed mHealth interventions given lower cost and greater patient engagement compared to traditional methods. These interventions include the use of text messaging, wireless devices, and mobile phone applications...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194569/the-role-of-inflammation-in-cardiovascular-outcome
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Fabrizio Montecucco, Luca Liberale, Aldo Bonaventura, Alessandra Vecchiè, Franco Dallegri, Federico Carbone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to update the pathophysiological role of innate immune response in the cardiovascular (CV) disease outcomes, particularly focusing on coronary atherosclerosis and heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: Inflammatory processes comprised with the innate immunity reaction are believed to actively trigger CV disease development and final clinical events. For instance, by releasing proteases and neutrophil extracellular traps, neutrophil recruitment and activation might strongly influence atherosclerotic plaque stability...
March 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185154/the-role-of-adipocytokines-in-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Luca Liberale, Aldo Bonaventura, Alessandra Vecchiè, Casula Matteo, Franco Dallegri, Fabrizio Montecucco, Federico Carbone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this review is to overview the pathophysiological role of adipocytokines in atherogenesis, focusing on their potential role as biomarkers of coronary disease. RECENT FINDINGS: Several lines of evidence indicated adipose tissue not only as depot but rather as an endocrine organ. In this context, the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory adipocytokines has been shown to critically regulate vascular homeostasis in both physiological and pathophysiological conditions...
February 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185153/role-of-the-gut-on-glucose-homeostasis-lesson-learned-from-metabolic-surgery
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V Kamvissi-Lorenz, M Raffaelli, S Bornstein, G Mingrone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Bariatric surgery was initially intended to reduce weight, and only subsequently was the remission of type two diabetes (T2D) observed as a collateral event. At the moment, the term "metabolic surgery" is used to underline the fact that this type of surgery is performed specifically to treat diabetes and its metabolic complications, such as hyperlipidemia. RECENT FINDINGS: Randomized, controlled studies have recently supported the use of bariatric surgery, and in particular of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and biliopancreatic diversion (BPD) as an effective treatment for decompensated T2D...
February 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161836/what-we-learned-with-recent-network-meta-analyses-on-atherosclerosis-prevention-and-treatment
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Arturo Giordano, Mariangela Peruzzi, Antonino G M Marullo, Giacomo Frati, Sebastiano Sciarretta, Giovanni Napolitano, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The management of atherosclerosis requires a complex integration of the knowledge on its pathophysiology, patient values, and the synthesis of the global scientific evidence informing on its prevention and treatment. Novel statistical methods such as umbrella reviews and network meta-analyses (NMAs) offer a unique opportunity for integrating different sources of evidence stemming from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) or internally valid observational studies. We aimed to provide an updated perspective on the most important contributions of recent network meta-analyses on atherosclerosis prevention and treatment...
February 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130654/the-genetic-architecture-of-coronary-artery-disease-current-knowledge-and-future-opportunities
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Jaana Hartiala, William S Schwartzman, Julian Gabbay, Anatole Ghazalpour, Brian J Bennett, Hooman Allayee
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We provide an overview of our current understanding of the genetic architecture of coronary artery disease (CAD) and discuss areas of research that provide excellent opportunities for further exploration. RECENT FINDINGS: Large-scale studies in human populations, coupled with rapid advances in genetic technologies over the last decade, have clearly established the association of common genetic variation with risk of CAD. However, the effect sizes of the susceptibility alleles are for the most part modest and collectively explain only a small fraction of the overall heritability...
February 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130653/addressing-knowledge-gaps-in-the-2013-acc-aha-guideline-on-the-assessment-of-cardiovascular-risk-a-review-of-recent-coronary-artery-calcium-literature
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Vasanth Sathiyakumar, Roger S Blumenthal, Khurram Nasir, Seth S Martin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been proposed as an integrator of information from traditionally measured, non-traditionally measured, and unmeasured risk factors for coronary atherosclerosis. The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association Guideline on the Assessment of Cardiovascular Risk identified several knowledge gaps regarding CAC, including radiation risks, cost-effectiveness, and improving discrimination and reclassification of estimated risk over the Pooled Cohort Equations in the ACC/AHA Atherosclerotic Cardiovascular Disease Estimator...
February 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127710/vitamin-d-calcium-and-cardiovascular-disease-a-d-vantageous-or-d-etrimental-an-era-of-uncertainty
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Kathleen Chin, Lawrence J Appel, Erin D Michos
While the function of vitamin D in regulating calcium homeostasis is well established, there has been growing interest in its role in the prevention of numerous chronic diseases, including cardiovascular disease (CVD). There is mounting epidemiological evidence suggesting that vitamin D deficiency is linked to increased CVD risk. However, the results of previous vitamin D supplementation trials have yielded mixed results in regards to cardiovascular health, and the results of ongoing large-scale randomized controlled trials are not yet available...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120314/evaluating-periodontal-treatment-to-prevent-cardiovascular-disease-challenges-and-possible-solutions
#10
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Anwar T Merchant, Salim S Virani
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Periodontal disease is correlated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in observational studies, but a causal connection has not been established. The empirical evidence linking periodontal disease and CVD consists of a large body of observational and mechanistic studies, but a limited number of clinical trials evaluating the effects of periodontal treatment on surrogate CVD endpoints. RECENT FINDINGS: No randomized controlled trial has been conducted to evaluate the effect of periodontal treatment on CVD risk...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108860/early-cardioversion-in-atrial-fibrillation-earlier-is-better-but-not-always-and-maybe-not-immediately
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Paloma G Piña, Alexandru B Chicos
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia in humans. One of its important features is the tendency to become more persistent over time, even in the absence of underlying progressive heart disease. Conversion and maintenance of sinus rhythm by pharmacological or electrical methods become increasingly difficult the longer the arrhythmia persists. Electrical, mechanical, structural, and autonomic remodeling processes have been implicated in the mechanisms of AF initiation, perpetuation, and progression...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102478/influence-of-inflammation-and-atherosclerosis-in-atrial-fibrillation
#12
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Rose Mary Ferreira Lisboa da Silva
BACKGROUND: Inflammation markers have been associated with cardiovascular diseases including atrial fibrillation. This arrhythmia is the most frequent, with an incidence of 38/1000 person-years. PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aims of this study are to discuss the association between inflammation, atherosclerosis and atrial fibrillation and its clinical implications. Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory disease and inflammation is a triggering factor of atherosclerotic plaque rupture...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097467/strenuous-exercise-and-cardiovascular-disease-outcomes
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Jonathan H Kim, Aaron L Baggish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes several issues at the forefront of recent controversies involving the appropriate exercise dose including epidemiologic data describing mortality trends in those who engage in high levels of physical activity and recent observational data suggesting adverse cardiovascular outcomes among long-term endurance athletes. RECENT FINDINGS: The benefits of habitual and moderate levels of exercise on cardiovascular disease outcomes in the general population have been well established...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830569/a-review-on-atherosclerotic-biology-wall-stiffness-physics-of-elasticity-and-its-ultrasound-based-measurement
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Anoop K Patel, Harman S Suri, Jaskaran Singh, Dinesh Kumar, Shoaib Shafique, Andrew Nicolaides, Sanjay K Jain, Luca Saba, Ajay Gupta, John R Laird, Argiris Giannopoulos, Jasjit S Suri
Functional and structural changes in the common carotid artery are biomarkers for cardiovascular risk. Current methods for measuring functional changes include pulse wave velocity, compliance, distensibility, strain, stress, stiffness, and elasticity derived from arterial waveforms. The review is focused on the ultrasound-based carotid artery elasticity and stiffness measurements covering the physics of elasticity and linking it to biological evolution of arterial stiffness. The paper also presents evolution of plaque with a focus on the pathophysiologic cascade leading to arterial hardening...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822682/the-different-facets-of-dyslipidemia-and-hypertension-in-atherosclerosis
#15
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Jessica Hurtubise, Krystie McLellan, Kevin Durr, Oluwadara Onasanya, Daniel Nwabuko, Joseph Fomusi Ndisang
Atherosclerosis is the narrowing of arteries due to the accumulation of macrophages overloaded with lipids resulting in foam cell formation, and these events occur preferentially at the branching points of arteries which are particularly susceptible to hyperlipidemic stress-induced inflammation and oxidative stress. The different stages of atherogenesis rely on oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, and inflammation, and hypertension or dyslipidemia can independently trigger these stages. Dyslipidemia and hypertension are pathological conditions that damage the endothelium, triggering cell proliferation, vascular remodeling, apoptosis, and increased cellular permeability with increased adhesion molecules that bind monocytes and T lymphocytes to create a vicious cocktail of pathophysiological factors...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822681/chronic-toxic-metal-exposure-and-cardiovascular-disease-mechanisms-of-risk-and-emerging-role-of-chelation-therapy
#16
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Ehimen C Aneni, Esteban Escolar, Gervasio A Lamas
Over the last few decades, there has been a growing body of epidemiologic evidence linking chronic toxic metal exposure to cardiovascular disease-related morbidity and mortality. The recent and unexpectedly positive findings from a randomized, double-blind, multicenter trial of metal chelation for the secondary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (Trial to Assess Chelation Therapy (TACT)) have focused the discussion on the role of chronic exposure to toxic metals in the development and propagation of cardiovascular disease and the role of toxic metal chelation therapy in the secondary prevention of cardiovascular disease...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27822680/heterogeneity-of-coronary-plaque-morphology-and-natural-history-current-understanding-and-clinical-significance
#17
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Marina Zaromytidou, Antonios P Antoniadis, Gerasimos Siasos, Ahmet Umit Coskun, Ioannis Andreou, Michail I Papafaklis, Michelle Lucier, Charles L Feldman, Peter H Stone
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Despite the important progress in identifying high-risk atherosclerotic plaques, many key elements are elusive. Advanced imaging modalities provide valuable information about the anatomic and functional plaque characteristics and underscore the presence of multiple plaque morphologies. However, how the heterogeneity of atherosclerotic plaque can alter our current understanding of coronary artery disease is not fully understood. RECENT FINDINGS: Along the length of an individual plaque, the morphology patterns display marked heterogeneity...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27817160/novel-anti-glycemic-drugs-and-reduction-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-diabetes-expectations-realized-promises-unmet
#18
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James H Flory, Jenny K Ukena, James S Floyd
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose is to review evidence on cardiovascular risks and benefits of new treatments for type 2 diabetes mellitus. RECENT FINDINGS: In response to guidance issued by the Food and Drug Administration, thousands of patients have been enrolled in large randomized trials evaluating the cardiovascular effects of the three newest diabetes drug classes: glucagon-like peptide-1 (GLP-1) receptor agonists, sodium glucose cotransporter 2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors, and dipeptidyl peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815829/genetics-current-and-future-role-in-the-prevention-and-management-of-coronary-artery-disease
#19
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Robert Roberts
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study is to review genetic risk variants for coronary artery disease (CAD) and how they will change the management and prevention of CAD currently and in the future. RECENT FINDINGS: Through the efforts of international consortia, 58 genetic risk variants for CAD of genome-wide significance have been replicated in appropriate independent populations. Only one third of these variants mediate their risk through known conventional risk factors for CAD...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27815828/transcriptomic-signature-of-atherosclerosis-in-the-peripheral-blood-fact-or-fiction
#20
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Hsiao-Huei Chen, Alexandre F R Stewart
The notion that gene expression signatures in blood can serve as biomarkers of disease states is not new. In the case of atherosclerosis, and coronary artery disease in particular, whether changes in gene expression in peripheral blood mononuclear cells reflects disease processes occurring in the vessel wall remains controversial. When comparing 15 studies that identified 706 differentially expressed genes, only 23 genes were replicated in 2 to 3 studies, at most. This low level of replication may reflect sample sizes too small to overcome heterogeneity in the response to disease...
December 2016: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
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