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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419771/aspects-of-carotid-structure-and-function-in-health-and-different-stages-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#1
Anna M Asp, Carin Wallquist, Anette Rickenlund, Britta Hylander, Stefan H Jacobson, Kenneth Caidahl, Maria J Eriksson
INTRODUCTION: Arterial remodelling and stiffening have been demonstrated in end-stage renal disease (ESRD). The presence of vascular alterations in earlier-stage chronic kidney disease (CKD) is less studied. We evaluated vascular structure and function in mild-to-moderate CKD (stages 2-3) compared with healthy subjects and advanced CKD (stages 4-5). METHODS: Carotid ultrasound was performed in 103 non-dialysis CKD patients and 54 healthy controls. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and common carotid artery (CCA) diameter were measured...
April 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419687/skeletal-muscle-analyses-agreement-between-non-contrast-and-contrast-ct-scan-measurements-of-skeletal-muscle-area-and-mean-muscle-attenuation
#2
Anne van der Werf, Ingeborg M Dekker, Martijn R Meijerink, Nicolette J Wierdsma, Marian A E de van der Schueren, Jacqueline A E Langius
Low skeletal muscle area (SMA) and muscle radiation attenuation (MRA) have been associated with poor prognosis in various patient populations. Both non-contrast and contrast CT scans are used to determine SMA and MRA. The effect of the use of a contrast agent on SMA and MRA is unknown. Therefore, we investigated agreement between these two scan options. SMA and MRA of 41 healthy individuals were analysed on a paired non-contrast and contrast single CT scan, and agreement between paired scan results was assessed with use of Bland-Altman plots, intraclass correlation coefficients (ICCs), standard error of measurements (SEM) and smallest detectable differences at a 95% confidence level (SDD95 )...
April 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414877/accelerated-point-of-muscle-deoxygenation-during-the-20-m-shuttle-run-test
#3
Daisuke Kume, Akira Iguchi, Hiroshi Endoh
This study examined whether the point of accelerated deoxygenation of active muscle occurs during the 20-m shuttle run test (20mSRT) and, if so, whether it is associated with exercise performance in the test. Twenty-nine male subjects performed the 20mSRT, and concentration changes in oxyhaemoglobin (ΔOxy-Hb) and deoxyhaemoglobin (ΔDeoxy-Hb) in the m. vastus lateralis were measured using a portable near-infrared spectroscopy device. The difference between the relative concentration changes in ΔOxy-Hb and ΔDeoxy-Hb (Δ[Oxy-Hb - Deoxy-Hb]) was regarded as the muscle oxygenation index...
April 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402088/the-mozart-study-a-relation-between-dynamic-hyperinflation-and-physical-activity-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
#4
R W van Leuteren, S Dijkhuis, F H C de Jongh, P D L P M van der Valk, M Tabak, M G J Brusse-Keizer
BACKGROUND: Many patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) experience dyspnoea during exercise, resulting in a reduction of physical activity (PA). Dynamic hyperinflation (DH) is seen as a major cause of dyspnoea in COPD. OBJECTIVE: The objective of the current study was to investigate the relationship between DH, in terms of the amount of DH and the development and recovery rate of DH in patients with COPD, and PA. METHODS: Thirty-five patients with stable COPD were included from an outpatient clinic (14 GOLD II and 21 GOLD III, median age 65)...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402079/inverse-association-between-size-of-the-lipid-rich-necrotic-core-and-vascularization-in-human-carotid-plaques
#5
Ola Hjelmgren, Lars Johansson, Ulrica Prahl, Caroline Schmidt, Göran M L Bergström
PURPOSE: To study the relationship between the size of the lipid-rich necrotic core measured by MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) and the level of plaque vascularization measured by contrast-enhanced ultrasound, in human carotid plaques. Further, to compare the size of lipid-rich necrotic core from MRI to plaque echogenicity. METHODS: Thirty-one subjects with carotid plaques underwent standard B-mode ultrasound, contrast-enhanced ultrasound and MRI. The lipid-rich necrotic core was quantified using MRI...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402078/total-atherosclerotic-burden-measured-by-magnetic-resonance-imaging-is-related-to-five-year-decline-in-cognitive-function
#6
Tomas Hansen, Lena Kilander, Håkan Ahlström, Lars Lind
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to explore whether total atherosclerotic burden is related to future decline in performance on cognitive tests. METHODS: The total atherosclerotic burden (TAS) was assessed by whole-body magnetic resonance angiography (WBMRA) in 305 subjects at age 70 in the study Prospective Investigation of Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS). The mini-mental state examination (MMSE) and trail making tests (TMT) A and B were evaluated at ages 75 and 80 in 190 of those subjects...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402045/brachial-blood-flow-under-relative-levels-of-blood-flow-restriction-is-decreased-in-a-nonlinear-fashion
#7
J Grant Mouser, Carl J Ade, Christopher D Black, Debra A Bemben, Michael G Bemben
INTRODUCTION: Blood flow restriction (BFR), the application of external pressure to occlude venous return and restrict arterial inflow, has been shown to increase muscular size and strength when combined with low-load resistance exercise. BFR in the research setting uses a wide range of pressures, applying a pressure based upon an individual's systolic pressure or a percentage of occlusion pressure; not a directly determined reduction in blood flow. The relationship between relative pressure and blood flow has not been established...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402044/reported-normal-values-and-weighted-means-for-commonly-used-echocardiography-pulsed-doppler-and-tissue-doppler-measurements
#8
REVIEW
Magnus Dencker, Martin Stagmo
Pulsed Doppler (PW) and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) measurements are part of every echocardiography examination for evaluation of left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and filling pressure. The purpose of this study was to summarize published data on normal values for PW and TDI measurements. A PubMed search was performed on the 10th of October 2016 to identify relevant articles. Studies were considered relevant if they included more than 200 healthy individuals. A total of 13 studies were identified. Of these, 13 studies with 7777 subjects reported PW measurement over the mitral valve, six studies with 4082 subjects reported PW measurement in the pulmonary vein and 10 studies with 5988 subjects reported TDI...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402023/heart-rate-recovery-improvement-in-patients-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-exercise-training-%C3%AE-blocker-therapy-or-both
#9
Wladimir M Medeiros, Fabio A de Luca, Alcides R de Figueredo Júnior, Felipe A R Mendes, Carlos Gun
Heart rate recovery (HRR) is a strong mortality predictor. Exercise training (ET) and β-blocker therapy have significant impact on the HRR of patients following myocardial infarction (MI). However, the combination of ET and β-blocker therapy, as well as its effectiveness in patients with a more compromised HRR (≤12 bpm), has been under-studied. Male patients (n = 64) post-MI were divided: Training + β-blocker (n = 19), Training (n = 15), β-blocker (n = 11) and Control (n = 19). Participants performed an ergometric test before and after 3 months of intervention...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28402021/validation-of-non-invasive-haemodynamic-methods-in-patients-with-liver-disease-the-finometer-and-the-task-force-monitor
#10
Jane M Brittain, Troels M Busk, Søren Møller
Patients with advanced cirrhosis often present a hyperdynamic circulation characterized by a decrease in systolic and diastolic blood pressure (SBP and DBP), and an increase in heart rate (HR) and cardiac output (CO). Accurate assessment of the altered circulation can be performed invasively; however, due to the disadvantages of this approach, non-invasive methods are warranted. The purpose of this study was to compare continuous non-invasive measurements of haemodynamic variables by the Finometer and the Task Force Monitor with simultaneous invasive measurements...
April 12, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251802/a-more-precise-repeatable-and-diagnostic-alternative-to-surface-electromyography-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-utility-of-acoustic-myography
#11
Adrian P Harrison
Acoustic myography (AMG) enables a detailed and accurate measurement of those muscles involved in a particular movement and is independent of electrical signals between the nerve and muscle, measuring solely muscle contractions, unlike surface electromyography (sEMG). With modern amplifiers and digital sound recording systems, measurements during physical activity both inside and outside a laboratory setting are now possible and accurate. Muscle sound gives a representation of the work of each muscle group during a complex movement, and under certain forms of movement even reveals both concentric and eccentric activity, something that sEMG is incapable of...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251784/the-acute-muscular-response-to-blood-flow-restricted-exercise-with-very-low-relative-pressure
#12
Matthew B Jessee, Kevin T Mattocks, Samuel L Buckner, J Grant Mouser, Brittany R Counts, Scott J Dankel, Gilberto C Laurentino, Jeremy P Loenneke
To investigate the acute responses to blood flow-restricted (BFR) exercise across low, moderate and high relative pressures. Muscle thickness, maximal voluntary contraction (MVC) and electromyography (EMG) amplitude were assessed following exercise with six different BFR pressures: 0%, 10%, 20%, 30%, 50% and 90% of arterial occlusion pressure (AOP). There were differences between each time point within each condition for muscle thickness, which increased postexercise [+0·47 (0·40, 0·54) cm] and then trended towards baseline...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251781/-123-i-mibg-imaging-for-detection-of-anthracycline-induced-cardiomyopathy
#13
REVIEW
Adam H Laursen, Jens Jakob Thune, Martin Hutchings, Philip Hasbak, Andreas Kjaer, Marie B Elming, Rasmus S Ripa
Due to improvements in early detection and treatment of malignant disease, the population of cancer survivors is constantly expanding. Cancer survivors are faced with chemotherapy-related long-term side effects, including irreversible cardiac injury with risk of heart failure (HF). Numerous antineoplastic regimens are associated with risk of cardiac side effects, but anthracyclines in particular carry a severe risk of cardiotoxicity. Currently, serial echocardiographic evaluation of resting left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is the gold standard for monitoring anthracycline-induced cardiac side effects from chemotherapy...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251780/comparison-between-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-b-mode-ultrasound-in-detecting-and-estimating-the-extent-of-human-carotid-atherosclerosis
#14
Ola Hjelmgren, Caroline Schmidt, Lars Johansson, Göran M L Bergström
BACKGROUND: In MRI studies of carotid plaques, ultrasound is used to find plaques, which are later imaged using MRI. The performance in plaque detection has not been compared between the modalities. The aim of the current study was to compare the performance of MRI and ultrasound in detecting carotid artery plaques and measuring extent of atherosclerosis. METHODS: Subjects with at least one plaque (height≥2·5 mm) on ultrasound were imaged using MRI. The number of plaques and their height was measured in both modalities; plaque area and volume were analysed on ultrasound and MRI, respectively...
March 2, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205417/muscle-activation-and-heart-rate-responses-to-a-side-step-interval-exercise
#15
Robert S Thiebaud, Takashi Abe, Jonathan C Bravo, Nicolas Giovannitti, Avery P Sullivan
BACKGROUND: The side-step test is commonly used to assess agility. Side-step interval exercise may also be a potential way to improve cardiorespiratory and muscular fitness. However, the acute heart rate and muscle activation response to this type of exercise is not well established. In addition, different tempos can influence these responses. The purpose of this study was to determine the acute heart rate and muscle activation responses of a side-step interval exercise to different exercise tempos...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168868/oesophageal-doppler-guided-optimization-of-cardiac-output-does-not-increase-visceral-microvascular-blood-flow-in-healthy-volunteers
#16
Thomas P Heinink, David J Read, William K Mitchell, Ashish Bhalla, Jonathan N Lund, Bethan E Phillips, John P Williams
BACKGROUND: Oesophageal Doppler monitoring (ODM) is used clinically to optimize cardiac output (CO) and guide fluid therapy. Despite limited experimental evidence, it is assumed that increasing CO increases visceral microvascular blood flow (MBF). We used contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) to assess whether ODM-guided optimization of CO altered MBF. METHODS: Sixteen healthy male volunteers (62 ± 3·4 years) were studied. Baseline measurements of CO were recorded via ODM...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168822/circumferential-strain-by-velocity-vector-imaging-and-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-validation-against-sonomicrometry-in-an-aortic-phantom
#17
Johan Petrini, Maria J Eriksson, Kenneth Caidahl, Matilda Larsson
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of arterial deformation and mechanics using strain analysis on ultrasound greyscale images has gained increasing scientific interest. The aim of this study was to validate in vitro measurements of circumferential strain by velocity vector imaging (VVI) and speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) against sonomicrometry as a reference method. METHOD: Two polyvinyl alcohol phantoms sized to mimic the descending aorta were constructed and connected to a pulsatile flow pump to obtain high-resistance flow profiles...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168802/validation-of-impedance-cardiography-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#18
Marios Panagiotou, Ioannis Vogiatzis, Geeshath Jayasekera, Zafeiris Louvaris, Alison Mackenzie, Neil Mcglinchey, Julien S Baker, Alistair C Church, Andrew J Peacock, Martin K Johnson
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive methods of measuring cardiac output are highly desirable in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We therefore sought to validate impedance cardiography (ICG) against thermodilution (TD) and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) in the measurement of cardiac output in patients under investigation for PAH. METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional study was performed to compare single-point measurements of cardiac output obtained by impedance cardiography (COICG ) technology (PhysioFlow(®) ) with (i) contemporaneous TD measurements (COTD ) at rest and steady-state exercise during right heart catheterization and (ii) CMR measurements (COCMR ) at rest obtained within 72 h...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168798/-18-f-fdg-pet-ct-for-planning-external-beam-radiotherapy-alters-therapy-in-11-of-581-patients
#19
Charlotte Birk Christensen, Annika Loft-Jakobsen, Per Munck Af Rosenschöld, Liselotte Højgaard, Henrik Roed, Anne K Berthelsen
BACKGROUND: (18) F-FDG PET/CT (FDG PET/CT) used in radiotherapy planning for extra-cerebral malignancy may reveal metastases to distant sites that may affect the choice of therapy. AIM: To investigate the role of FDG PET/CT on treatment strategy changes induced by the use of PET/CT as part of the radiotherapy planning. 'A major change of treatment strategy' was defined as either including more lesions in the gross tumour volume (GTV) distant from the primary tumour or a change in treatment modalities...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168796/plasma-biomarker-levels-and-non-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-determined-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#20
Elin B Brolin, Stefan Agewall, Kerstin Cederlund, Christina Ekenbäck, Loghman Henareh, Karin Malmqvist, Andreas Rück, Anders Svensson, Per Tornvall
PURPOSE: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and several circulating biomarkers have prognostic value regarding cardiovascular disease (CVD) events, but their association is incompletely studied. We aimed to investigate whether markers of lipid metabolism, inflammation and kidney function could predict non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) determined by coronary CTA, in a low-to-intermediate-risk group. METHODS: Coronary CTA and laboratory testing were performed for 115 subjects (45-70 years), with low prevalence of CVD risk factors, predominantly low-to-intermediate Framingham risk and normal or mildly reduced kidney function...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
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