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Journal of the American Heart Association

María S Brea, Romina G Díaz, Daiana S Escudero, Claudia I Caldiz, Enrique L Portiansky, Patricio E Morgan, Néstor G Pérez
BACKGROUND: Myocardial stretch increases force biphasically: the Frank-Starling mechanism followed by the slow force response (SFR). Based on pharmacological strategies, we proposed that epidermal growth factor (EGF) receptor (EGFR or ErbB1) activation is crucial for SFR development. Pharmacological inhibitors could block ErbB4, a member of the ErbB family present in the adult heart. We aimed to specifically test the role of EGFR activation after stretch, with an interference RNA incorporated into a lentiviral vector (small hairpin RNA [shRNA]-EGFR)...
October 15, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Julio A Chirinos, Scott R Akers, Lien Trieu, Harry Ischiropoulos, Paschalis-Thomas Doulias, Ali Tariq, Izzah Vassim, Maheswara R Koppula, Amer Ahmed Syed, Haideliza Soto-Calderon, Raymond R Townsend, Thomas P Cappola, Kenneth B Margulies, Payman Zamani
BACKGROUND: Stable plasma nitric oxide (NO) metabolites (NOM), composed predominantly of nitrate and nitrite, are attractive biomarkers of NO bioavailability. NOM levels integrate the influence of NO-synthase-derived NO production/metabolism, dietary intake of inorganic nitrate/nitrite, and clearance of NOM. Furthermore, nitrate and nitrite, the most abundant NOM, can be reduced to NO via the nitrate-nitrite-NO pathway. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared serum NOM among subjects without heart failure (n=126), subjects with heart failure and preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF; n=43), and subjects with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF; n=32)...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Adam L Beckman, Emily M Bucholz, Weiwei Zhang, Xiao Xu, Rachel P Dreyer, Kelly M Strait, John A Spertus, Harlan M Krumholz, Erica S Spatz
BACKGROUND: Financial barriers to health care are associated with worse outcomes following acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Yet, it is unknown whether the prevalence of financial barriers and their relationship with post-AMI outcomes vary by sex among young adults. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed sex differences in patient-reported financial barriers among adults aged <55 years with AMI using data from the Variation in Recovery: Role of Gender on Outcomes of Young AMI Patients study...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Kozeta Miliku, Nienke E Bergen, Hanneke Bakker, Albert Hofman, Eric A P Steegers, Romy Gaillard, Vincent W V Jaddoe
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive disorders in pregnancy may affect the cardiovascular risk of offspring. We examined the associations of maternal blood pressure throughout pregnancy and hypertensive disorders in pregnancy with childhood blood pressure of offspring. Specific focus was on the comparison with paternal blood pressure effects, the identification of critical periods, and the role of birth outcomes and childhood body mass index in the observed associations. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study was embedded in a population-based prospective cohort study among 5310 mothers and fathers and their children...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Jeremiah R Brown, Richard J Solomon, R Brooks Robey, Meg E Plomondon, Thomas M Maddox, Emily J Marshall, Elizabeth L Nichols, Michael E Matheny, Thomas T Tsai, John S Rumsfeld, Richard E Lee, Mark J Sarnak
BACKGROUND: Studies of kidney disease associated with cardiac catheterization typically rely on billing records rather than laboratory data. We examined the associations between percutaneous coronary interventions, acute kidney injury, and chronic kidney disease progression using comprehensive Veterans Affairs clinical and laboratory databases. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients undergoing percutaneous coronary interventions between 2005 and 2010 (N=24 405) were identified in the Veterans Affairs Clinical Assessment, Reporting, and Tracking registry and examined for associated acute kidney injury and chronic kidney disease development or progression relative to 24 405 matched population controls...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Amanda J Kennedy, Peiran Yang, Cai Read, Rhoda E Kuc, Lucy Yang, Emily J A Taylor, Colin W Taylor, Janet J Maguire, Anthony P Davenport
BACKGROUND: Circulating levels of chemerin are significantly higher in hypertensive patients and positively correlate with blood pressure. Chemerin activates chemokine-like receptor 1 (CMKLR1 or ChemR23) and is proposed to activate the "orphan" G-protein-coupled receptor 1 (GPR1), which has been linked with hypertension. Our aim was to localize chemerin, CMKLR1, and GPR1 in the human vasculature and determine whether 1 or both of these receptors mediate vasoconstriction. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using immunohistochemistry and molecular biology in conduit arteries and veins and resistance vessels, we localized chemerin to endothelium, smooth muscle, and adventitia and found that CMKLR1 and GPR1 were widely expressed in smooth muscle...
October 14, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Venkatesh L Murthy, Siddique A Abbasi, Juned Siddique, Laura A Colangelo, Jared Reis, Bharath A Venkatesh, J Jeffrey Carr, James G Terry, Sarah M Camhi, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Sarah de Ferranti, Saumya Das, Jane Freedman, Mercedes R Carnethon, Cora E Lewis, Joao A C Lima, Ravi V Shah
BACKGROUND: Despite evidence suggesting that early metabolic dysfunction impacts cardiovascular disease risk, current guidelines focus on risk assessments later in life, missing early transitions in metabolic risk that may represent opportunities for averting the development of cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 4420 young adults in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study, we defined a "metabolic" risk score based on components of the Third Report of the Adult Treatment Panel's definition of metabolic syndrome...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Zhixin Liu, Rachael Moorin, John Worthington, Geoffrey Tofler, Mark Bartlett, Rabia Khan, Yeqin Zuo
BACKGROUND: The National Prescribing Service (NPS) MedicineWise Stroke Prevention Program, which was implemented nationally in 2009-2010 in Australia, sought to improve antithrombotic prescribing in stroke prevention using dedicated interventions that target general practitioners. This study evaluated the impact of the NPS MedicineWise Stroke Prevention Program on antithrombotic prescribing and primary stroke hospitalizations. METHOD AND RESULTS: This population-based time series study used administrative health data linked to 45 and Up Study participants with a high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) to assess the possible impact of the NPS MedicineWise program on first-time aspirin prescriptions and primary stroke-related hospitalizations...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Allan D Sniderman, Shofiqul Islam, Matthew McQueen, Michael Pencina, Curt D Furberg, George Thanassoulis, Salim Yusuf
BACKGROUND: Higher concentrations of the apolipoprotein B (apoB) lipoproteins increase the risk of cardiovascular disease. However, whether the risk associated with apoB lipoproteins varies with age has not been well examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We determined the associations for total cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-cholesterol (LDL-C), non-high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (non-HDL-C), apoB, apolipoprotein A-I (apoA-I), and HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) with myocardial infarction at different ages in 11 760 controls and 8998 myocardial infarction cases of the INTERHEART Study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Joseph A Ladapo, Udo Hoffmann, Kerry L Lee, Adrian Coles, Megan Huang, Daniel B Mark, Rowena J Dolor, Robert A Pelberg, Matthew Budoff, Gardar Sigurdsson, Harry W Severance, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Diagnostic testing in the care of patients newly presenting with symptoms suggestive of coronary artery disease may influence risk factor management, independent of test type or test results. However, little is known about changes in medications and lifestyle after anatomical or functional testing. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined what factors influenced preventive medical therapy and lifestyle practices at 60 days among 10 003 symptomatic patients (53% women; mean age 61 years) randomly assigned to anatomical testing with coronary computed tomographic angiography or functional testing (NCT01174550)...
October 12, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Qi Zhong, Kai Zhou, Qiao-Li Liang, Sen Lin, Yan-Chun Wang, Xiao-Yi Xiong, Zhao-You Meng, Ting Zhao, Wen-Yao Zhu, Yuan-Rui Yang, Mao-Fan Liao, Qiu-Wen Gong, Liang Liu, Ao Xiong, Junwei Hao, Jian Wang, Qing-Wu Yang
BACKGROUND: Neuroinflammation plays a key role in intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH)-induced secondary brain injury, but the specific roles of peripheral inflammatory cells such as macrophages and lymphocytes remain unknown. The purpose of this study was to explore the roles of macrophages, T lymphocytes, and the cytokines they secrete as potential targets for treating secondary brain injury after ICH. METHODS AND RESULTS: Our results showed that peripheral macrophages and T lymphocytes successively infiltrated the brain, with macrophage counts peaking 1 day after ICH and T-lymphocyte counts peaking after 4 days...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Ibhar Al Mheid, Heval Mohamed Kelli, Yi-An Ko, Muhammad Hammadah, Hina Ahmed, Salim Hayek, Viola Vaccarino, Thomas R Ziegler, Greg Gibson, Michelle Lampl, R Wayne Alexander, Ken Brigham, Greg S Martin, Arshed A Quyyumi
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle modifications are first-line measures for cardiovascular disease prevention. Whether lifestyle intervention also preserves cardiovascular health is less clear. Our study examined the role of a Health Partner-administered lifestyle intervention on metrics of ideal cardiovascular health. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 711 university employees (48±11 years; 66% women, 72% Caucasian/22.5% African Americans) enrolled in a program that promoted healthier lifestyles at Emory University (Atlanta, GA)...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
John J B Anderson, Bridget Kruszka, Joseph A C Delaney, Ka He, Gregory L Burke, Alvaro Alonso, Diane E Bild, Matthew Budoff, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND: Recent randomized data suggest that calcium supplements may be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Using a longitudinal cohort study, we assessed the association between calcium intake, from both foods and supplements, and atherosclerosis, as measured by coronary artery calcification (CAC). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 5448 adults free of clinically diagnosed CVD (52% female; aged 45-84 years) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Barbara Anna Danek, Aris Karatasakis, Dimitri Karmpaliotis, Khaldoon Alaswad, Robert W Yeh, Farouc A Jaffer, Mitul P Patel, Ehtisham Mahmud, William L Lombardi, Michael R Wyman, J Aaron Grantham, Anthony Doing, David E Kandzari, Nicholas J Lembo, Santiago Garcia, Catalin Toma, Jeffrey W Moses, Ajay J Kirtane, Manish A Parikh, Ziad A Ali, Judit Karacsonyi, Bavana V Rangan, Craig A Thompson, Subhash Banerjee, Emmanouil S Brilakis
BACKGROUND: High success rates are achievable for chronic total occlusion (CTO) percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using the hybrid approach, but periprocedural complications remain of concern. Although scores estimating success and efficiency in CTO PCI have been developed, there is currently no available score for estimation of the risk for periprocedural complications. We sought to develop a scoring tool for prediction of periprocedural complications during CTO PCI. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data from 1569 CTO PCIs in the Prospective Global Registry for the Study of Chronic Total Occlusion Intervention (PROGRESS CTO) using a derivation and validation sampling ratio of 2:1...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Eun-Jae Lee, Yong-Pil Cho, Sang-Hun Lee, Ji Sung Lee, Hyo Jung Nam, Bum Joon Kim, Tae-Won Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Jong S Kim, Sun U Kwon
BACKGROUND: Hemodynamic tandem intracranial lesions (TILs) on intracranial magnetic resonance angiography, which develop flow dependently, have been overlooked clinically in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy. As they represent severe baseline hemodynamic compromise at the segment, they may be associated with distinctive clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: We assessed 304 consecutive carotid endarterectomy cases treated over 3 years. Included cases had both preoperative and postoperative intracranial 3-dimensional time-of-flight magnetic resonance angiography, of which signal intensities are flow dependent, and postoperative diffusion-weighted imaging (≤3 days following carotid endarterectomy)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Yuan Hung, Tze-Fan Chao, Chia-Jen Liu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Jo-Nan Liao, Fa-Po Chung, Wen-Yu Lin, Wei-Shiang Lin, Shu-Meng Cheng, Tzeng-Ji Chen, Gregory Y H Lip, Shih-Ann Chen
BACKGROUND: Recent studies demonstrated that oral anticoagulants (OACs) should be considered for patients with atrial fibrillation and 1 risk factor in addition to sex. Because age is an important determinant of ischemic stroke, the strategy for stroke prevention may be different for these patients in different age strata. The aim of this study was to investigate whether OACs should be considered for patients aged 20 to 49 years with atrial fibrillation and a CHA2DS2-VASc score of 1 (men) or 2 (women)...
October 4, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Nuri Kodaman, Melinda C Aldrich, Rafal Sobota, Folkert W Asselbergs, Nancy J Brown, Jason H Moore, Scott M Williams
BACKGROUND: Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is diagnosed by the presence of at least 3 of the following: obesity, hypertension, hyperglycemia, hypertriglyceridemia, and low high-density lipoprotein. Individuals with MetS also typically have elevated plasma levels of the antifibrinolytic factor, plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), but the relationships between PAI-1 and MetS diagnostic criteria are not clear. Understanding these relationships can elucidate the relevance of MetS to cardiovascular disease risk, because PAI-1 is associated with ischemic events and directly involved in thrombosis...
October 3, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Samuel Hernandez-Anzaldo, Vesna Brglez, Bianca Hemmeryckx, Dickson Leung, Janos G Filep, Jean E Vance, Dennis E Vance, Zamaneh Kassiri, Roger H Lijnen, Gérard Lambeau, Carlos Fernandez-Patron
BACKGROUND: The development of atherosclerosis is strongly linked to disorders of cholesterol metabolism. Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) are dysregulated in patients and animal models with atherosclerosis. Whether systemic MMP activity influences cholesterol metabolism is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined MMP-9-deficient (Mmp9(-/-)) mice and found them to have abnormal lipid gene transcriptional responses to dietary cholesterol supplementation. As opposed to Mmp9(+/+) (wild-type) mice, Mmp9(-/-) mice failed to decrease the hepatic expression of sterol regulatory element binding protein 2 pathway genes, which control hepatic cholesterol biosynthesis and uptake...
September 30, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Ezgi Yetim, Mehmet Akif Topcuoglu, Ugur Canpolat, Rahsan Gocmen, Kader K Oguz, Necla Ozer, Kudret Aytemir, Ethem Murat Arsava
BACKGROUND: Short-lasting (<30 s), nonsustained episodes of atrial fibrillation (NS-AF) are considered a risk factor for future development of paroxysmal or persistent AF. Nonetheless, their causal role in stroke pathogenesis is currently unknown. In this study we determined the frequency of NS-AF, together with the associated clinical and imaging features, in stroke-free controls and ischemic stroke patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 332 controls, ≥50 years of age and no prior history of stroke or AF, were evaluated with 24-hour Holter monitoring for the presence of <30-s-long AF episodes...
September 30, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Hoang H Nguyen, Shabana Shahanavaz, George F Van Hare, David T Balzer, Ramzi Nicolas, Jennifer N Avari Silva
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous pulmonary valve implantation (PPVI) is first-line therapy for some congenital heart disease patients with right ventricular outflow tract dysfunction. The hemodynamics improvements after PPVI are well documented, but little is known about its effects on the electrophysiologic substrate. The objective of this study is to assess the short- and medium-term electrophysiologic substrate changes and elucidate postprocedure arrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS: A retrospective chart review of patients undergoing PPVI from May 2010 to April 2015 was performed...
September 30, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
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