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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728065/c-reactive-protein-in-atherosclerosis-a-risk-marker-but-not-a-causal-factor-a-13-year-population-based-longitudinal-study-the-troms%C3%A3-study
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Agnethe Eltoft, Kjell Arne Arntzen, John-Bjarne Hansen, Tom Wilsgaard, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Stein Harald Johnsen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CRP predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) in large epidemiologic studies. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the role of CRP in atherosclerosis formation and progression in a prospective population-based study. METHODS: 6503 middle-aged subjects from The Tromsø study had serum CRP, carotid ultrasound and complete covariate data collected at baseline in 1994. Of these, 4730 and 2917 attended follow-up surveys with repeated assessments in 2001 and 2007, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727542/single-session-high-intensity-focused-ultrasound-treatment-for-persistent-or-relapsed-graves-disease-preliminary-experience-in-a-prospective-study
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Brian Hung-Hin Lang, Yu-Cho Woo, Ian Yat-Hin Wong, Keith Wan-Hang Chiu
Purpose To evaluate the safety and efficacy of ultrasonography (US)-guided high-intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU) ablation as a treatment for medically refractory Graves disease (GD). Materials and Methods After ethics approval, a prospective trial (NCT02685514) was performed from November 2015 to February 2016. Thirty patients underwent ablation of the entire right and left thyroid lobes, with areas near the tracheal-esophageal groove and common carotid artery left unablated. Serum thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH), free T4 (FT4), antithyroid autoantibodies, and TSH receptor (TSHR) antibody levels were evaluated afterward, and US color Doppler, US volumetry, and eye assessment were performed...
July 20, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727357/-spontaneous-carotid-and-vertebral-dissections
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Roman Sztajzel, Fabienne Perren, Patrik Michel
Dissections of the cervical arteries account for approximately 15-20 % of all strokes in young patients. Clinically they present with laterocervical and/or hemicranial pain associated to a Horner syndrome in case of carotid dissection and a posterior cervical pain associated to headache in the occipital area in case of vertebral dissection. A multifactorial origin is often suggested, resulting from the combination of a weakness of the arterial wall, hereditary or not, of environmental factors such minor trauma or a previous infection and also of the presence of a certain number of vascular risk factors such as high blood pressure or migraines...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727356/-management-of-carotid-artery-stenosis
#4
Francesco Puccinelli, Marco Roffi, Nicolas Murith, Roman Sztajzel
Carotid artery atherosclerosis remains one of the major causes of stroke. The efficacy of carotid artery recanalization has already been established and is considered significant for symptomatic stenosis >70% and moderate for stenosis between 50-69 %. Regarding asymptomatic stenosis, carotid artery recanalization should be reserved for carefully selected patients with a stenosis between 70-90 % and an estimated procedural risk at less than 3 %. Two therapeutic options are currently available : angioplasty with stent placement and endarterectomy...
April 26, 2017: Revue Médicale Suisse
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726976/absence-of-transforming-growth-factor-beta-1-in-murine-platelets-reduces-neointima-formation-without-affecting-arterial-thrombosis
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Katrin Schaefer, Eva Schütz, Magdalena L Bochenek, Dennis R Riehl, Markus Bosmann, Thomas Münzel, Stavros Konstantinides, Katrin Schäfer
Platelet degranulation at the site of vascular injury prevents bleeding and may affect the chronic vascular wound healing response. Transforming Growth Factor (TGF)-β1 is a major component of platelet α-granules known to accumulating in thrombi. It was our aim to determine the role of TGFβ1 released from activated platelets for neointima formation following arterial injury and thrombosis. Mice with platelet-specific deletion of TGFβ1 (Plt.TGFβ-KO) underwent carotid artery injury. Immunoassays confirmed the absence of active TGFβ1 in platelet releasates and plasma of Plt...
July 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726796/three-year-change-in-endothelin-1-and-markers-of-vascular-remodelling-in-a-bi-ethnic-south-african-cohort-the-sabpa-study
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C S du Plooy, C M C Mels, H W Huisman, R Kruger
South Africans are at high risk for developing cardiovascular disease. Endothelin-1 is known for its vasoconstrictive properties and its ability to contribute to vascular structural changes. In this study we investigated the association of change in endothelin-1 levels and change in markers implicated in vascular remodelling after 3 years. Serum endothelin-1 levels and markers of vascular remodelling such as carotid intima-media thickness, carotid cross-sectional wall area (CSWA) and arterial compliance were measured...
July 20, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726649/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-as-a-marker-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
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P Štefanič, I Kopolovets, Z Hertelyová, Š Tóth, M Frankovičová
The aim of this study was to compare the concentration of inflammatory vascular markers and morphological structure of atherosclerotic plaque in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with the stenosis of internal carotid artery (ICA). The research was carried out in 70 patients with hemodynamically significant stenosis of ICA out of which 40 (57%) were asymptomatic patients and 30 (43%) were symptomatic patients, of which 20 patients (66%) have had a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), 10 patients (33%)...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726204/association-of-level-of-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-with-intima-media-thickness-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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K S Benimetskaya, Yu I Ragino, E V Shakhtshneider, K V Makarenkova, Yu V Shchepina, E M Stakhneva, M I Voevoda
We studied association of PCSK9 protein with the carotid artery intima-media thickness in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (N=53; age 49.9±6.9 years) treated with statins. Blood level of PCSK9 protein was measured by ELISA; ultrasonography of the carotid arteries with measurement of the thickness of the intima-media complex of the common carotid arteries in the distal segment for 10 mm from the bifurcation on the far wall of the vessel was performed in on-line mode. The mean values were calculated for both sides, the maximum mean value was included in the analysis...
July 18, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725917/double-inter-internal-carotid-artery-communication-through-intercavernous-anastomosis-and-posterior-communicating-artery-associated-with-multiple-intracranial-artery-segmental-agenesis-aplasia
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Yae Won Park, Joonsang Yoo, Dong Joon Kim
Segmental internal carotid artery (ICA) and basilar artery (BA) agenesis/aplasia are rare vascular anomalies. We report an extremely rare case of combined ICA, BA, and A1 segmental absence presenting with double inter-ICA collateral communication through the intercavernous anastomosis and posterior communicating arteries. The patient presented with diplopia and transient ischemic attack. The pathogenesis of the anatomic anomalies and clinical symptoms are discussed.
July 19, 2017: Surgical and Radiologic Anatomy: SRA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725323/the-elevation-of-cardio-ankle-vascular-index-in-a-patient-with-malignant-lymphoma-treated-with-a-combination-therapy-of-rituximab-and-cyclophosphamide-doxorubicin-vincristine-and-prednisolone
#10
Naomi Shimizu, Noriko Ban, Yasuhiro Watanabe, Asami Rikitake, Rena Watanabe, Sho Tanaka, Yuta Sato, Haruki Imamura, Hidetoshi Kawana, Takashi Yamaguchi, Atsuhito Saiki, Ichiro Tatsuno, Kohji Shirai
An increased risk of arteriosclerosis has been noted in cancer survivors. Currently, there are only a few reports available that consider the risk of arteriosclerosis in patients treated with chemotherapy. Patients with an advanced stage B-cell malignant lymphoma are typically treated with a combination therapy of rituximab and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP). Complications such as diabetes mellitus (DM), hyperlipidemia (HL), and osteoporosis due to prednisolone and cardiotoxicity due to anthracyclines are well known...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724946/diastolic-augmentation-index-improves-radial-augmentation-index-in-assessing-arterial-stiffness
#11
Yang Yao, Liling Hao, Lisheng Xu, Yahui Zhang, Lin Qi, Yingxian Sun, Benqiang Yang, Frans N van de Vosse, Yudong Yao
Arterial stiffness is an important risk factor for cardiovascular events. Radial augmentation index (AI r ) can be more conveniently measured compared with carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV). However, the performance of AI r in assessing arterial stiffness is limited. This study proposes a novel index AI rd , a combination of AI r and diastolic augmentation index (AI d ) with a weight α, to achieve better performance over AI r in assessing arterial stiffness. 120 subjects (43 ± 21 years old) were enrolled...
July 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724881/effect-of-carotid-endarterectomy-on-retinal-function-in-asymptomatic-patients-with-hemodynamically-significant-carotid-artery-stenosis
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Anna Machalińska, Aleksandra Kowalska-Budek, Miłosz Piotr Kawa, Arkadiusz Kazimierczak, Krzysztof Safranow, Marta Kirkiewicz, Paweł Rynio, Grażyna Wilk, Wojciech Lubiński, Piotr Gutowski, Bogusław Machaliński
INTRODUCTION    The corrective effect of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) on disturbed ophthalmic artery flow in patients with a significant internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS) presenting with ocular ischemic syndrome (i.e., symptomatic patients) is well established. However, no clear evidence exists regarding the efficacy of CEA for improvement of neuro-retinal function in patients without symptoms of ocular ischemic syndrome. OBJECTIVES    We determined the effects of CEA on retinal function in asymptomatic patients with hemodynamically significant internal carotid artery stenosis...
July 19, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724570/childhood-thyroid-function-body-composition-and-cardiovascular-function
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Mirjana Barjaktarovic, Tim Korevaar, Romy Gaillard, Yolanda B de Rijke, Theo J Visser, Vincent Wv Jaddoe, Robin P Peeters
OBJECTIVE: The cardiovascular system is a known target for thyroid hormone. Early-life cardiovascular alterations may lead to a higher risk of cardiovascular disease in adulthood. Little is known about the effects of thyroid hormone on cardiovascular function during childhood, including the role of body composition in this association. DESIGN: Population-based prospective cohort of children (N=4251, median age 6 years, 95% range 5.7-8.0 years). METHODS: Thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) and free thyroxine (FT4) concentrations were measured to assess thyroid function...
July 19, 2017: European Journal of Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724547/long-term-effects-of-a-renin-inhibitor-versus-a-thiazide-diuretic-on-arterial-stiffness-and-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-in-elderly-hypertensive-patients
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Yoshiyuki Okada, Shigeki Shibata, Naoki Fujimoto, Stuart Alexander Best, Benjamin D Levine, Qi Fu
Arterial stiffness and cardiac function are important predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with hypertension even with adequate blood pressure (BP) control. We evaluated whether a direct renin inhibitor, aliskiren, reduces arterial stiffness and modulates left ventricular function compared with a diuretic, hydrochlorothiazide, in elderly hypertensives. Twenty one hypertensives [67±14 (SD) yrs] were randomly assigned to receive 6-month aliskiren (n=11) or hydrochlorothiazide (n=10) based therapy...
July 19, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724057/impaired-flow-mediated-dilation-response-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus-with-a-mean-disease-duration-of-4-1-years
#15
Lúcia Helena Bonalume Tacito, Antonio Carlos Pires, Juan Carlos Yugar-Toledo
Objective: This study aimed at assessing the endothelial function in patients with Type 1 diabetes (T1DM) using flow-mediated dilation (FMD) response and carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT). Materials and methods: This study enrolled 32 T1DM patients (mean disease duration 4.1 years) and 28 age-matched controls (CTL Group). Endothelial function and CIMT were assessed with high-resolution ultrasound using standardized offline measurements. Results: FMD was significantly lower in patients in the T1DM Group (8...
July 13, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724035/spontaneous-carotid-dissection
#16
Carolina Dutra Queiroz Flumignan, Ronald Luiz Gomes Flumignan, Luis Carlos Uta Nakano, Jorge Eduardo de Amorim
Carotid dissection is a rare occurrence but it is the main cause of stroke in individuals aged less than 45 years, and can be the etiology in up to 25% of strokes in young adults. We report a case with classic image of ying yang on vascular ultrasound, which was treated according to the best available medical evidence, yielding a favorable outcome.
May 2017: Revista da Associação Médica Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722696/hematocrit-and-serum-hemoglobin-do-not-influence-values-in-computed-tomography-perfusion-of-patients-with-acute-ischemic-stroke
#17
Grzegorz Marek Karwacki, Matthias Richard Benz, Anthony Joseph Tyndall, Stephan Ulmer
OBJECTIVE: There is a correlation between both serum hemoglobin (HGB) and hematocrit (HCT) and attenuation values of vessels in noncontrast-enhanced computed tomography (NECT), which could influence calculated perfusion maps in CT perfusion. METHODS: We retrospectively included 45 patients, who presented with acute new neurological symptoms and underwent NECT and CT perfusion (128-row multi detector scanner, coverage: 6.9 cm craniocaudally; 80 kV; 200 mAs; temporal resolution: 2 seconds using 40 mL Ultravist 370 at a flow rate of 5 mL/s) on admission and a follow-up MRI within 1 week of admission...
July 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721838/increased-serum-ferritin-levels-are-independently-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-women
#18
Haiyan Xu, Yanqi Song, Jing Xu, Yeqing Gu, Qing Zhang, Li Liu, Ge Meng, Hongmei Wu, Yang Xia, Xue Bao, Hongbin Shi, Qian Su, Liyun Fang, Fei Yu, Huijun Yang, Shaomei Sun, Xing Wang, Ming Zhou, Qiyu Jia, Guolin Wang, Kun Song, Yuntang Wu, Zhong Sun, Kaijun Niu
Previous studies have supported the theory that there is a positive association between ferritin and carotid atherosclerosis in Western people. Diet plays an important role in determining serum ferritin concentration. Asian dietary patterns are different from Western dietary patterns, implying that there may be a difference in the association of ferritin with carotid atherosclerosis between Asian and Western people. However, few studies focus on the association between ferritin and carotid atherosclerosis among Asians...
June 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721332/to-stent-or-not-to-stent-a-tale-of-two-occlusions
#19
Ali S Haider, Lyndon K Lee, Tijani Osumah, Saira Alli, Umair Khan, Steven Vayalumkal, Aida Kafai Golahmadi, Richa Thakur, Phu Nguyen, Kennith F Layton
Stenting and balloon angioplasty, along with mechanical thrombectomy, have gained notability as adjunctive treatment options to intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (IV-tPA) for tandem internal carotid artery (ICA) and middle cerebral artery (MCA) occlusions (TIM occlusions). Acute ischemic strokes (AISs) secondary to TIM occlusions are associated with poor patient outcomes primarily due to low recanalization rates following intravenous thrombolysis, consequently prompting the need for more invasive recanalization efforts...
June 17, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721152/clinical-syntax-score-a-good-predictor-for-renal-artery-stenosis-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-analysis-from-the-ren-acs-trial
#20
Alexandru Burlacu, Dimitrie Siriopol, Ionut Nistor, Luminita Voroneanu, Igor Nedelciuc, Cristian Statescu, Adrian Covic
INTRODUCTION: In ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients, multisite artery disease represents a serious issue influencing evolution, outcomes and prognosis. We evaluated for the first time the power of the Myocardial Infarction SYNTAX Score (MI SS) and Clinical SYNTAX Score (MI CSS) as predictors for renal artery stenosis (RAS) in STEMI. We also stratified the study population according to the two scores, and identified the variables correlated with the higher score. MATERIAL AND METHODS: We used data from the REN-ACS study, which included 181 consecutive patients prospectively investigated for presence of RAS (through renal angiography), arterial stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, cf-PWV) and hydration status (bioimpedance)...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
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