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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29762755/obstructive-sleep-apnea-during-rem-sleep-is-associated-with-early-signs-of-atherosclerosis-in-women
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Mirjam Ljunggren, Eva Lindberg, Karl A Franklin, Patrik Öhagen, Marita Larsson, Jenny Theorell-Haglöw, Tord Naessén
Study Objectives: While obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with overall cardiovascular disease and mortality, the association with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease is less clear, especially in women. Recently, it has been suggested that OSA during REM sleep, associated with long apneas and deep desaturations, could have severe cardio-metabolic consequences. The aim of this study was to investigate whether OSA during REM sleep is associated with early signs of atherosclerosis in a population-based sample of women...
May 14, 2018: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29739796/prevalence-of-carotid-plaque-in-a-63-to-65-year-old-norwegian-cohort-from-the-general-population-the-ace-akershus-cardiac-examination-1950-study
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Håkon Ihle-Hansen, Thea Vigen, Hege Ihle-Hansen, Ole Morten Rønning, Trygve Berge, Bente Thommessen, Magnus Nakrem Lyngbakken, Eivind Bjørkan Orstad, Steve Enger, Ståle Nygård, Helge Røsjø, Arnljot Tveit
BACKGROUND: New data on extracranial carotid atherosclerosis are needed, as improved ultrasound techniques may detect more atherosclerosis, the definition of plaque has changed over the years, and better cardiovascular risk control in the population may have changed patterns of carotid arterial wall disease and actual prevalence of established cardiovascular disease. We investigated the prevalence of atherosclerotic carotid plaques and carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and their relation to cardiovascular risk factors in a middle-aged cohort from the general population...
May 8, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29713306/association-between-carotid-artery-function-and-structure-in-the-northern-manhattan-study
#3
David Della-Morte, Hannah Gardener, Chuanhui Dong, Matthew Markert, Digna Cabral, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ralph L Sacco, Tatjana Rundek
Background and purpose: Carotid plaque (CP), carotid intima media thickness (cIMT), and stiffness (STIFF) are pre-clinical markers of atherosclerosis and predictors of cerebrovascular disease (CVD). We sought to investigate whether STIFF is a significant determinant of cIMT and CP, which may provide an insight into the mechanism by which STIFF adds to the risk of CVD. Methods: We analyzed 876 stroke-free subjects from the Northern Manhattan Study with available ultrasound measures...
2018: Frontiers in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622968/atherosclerosis-in-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-patients-with-and-without-liver-cirrhosis
#4
Ashraf Abd El-Khalik Barakat, Fatma Mohammad Nasr, Amna Ahmed Metwaly, Sherif Morsy, Mervat Eldamarawy
Background: Chronic Hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection and liver cirrhosis may be associated with atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD). There are two phases to atherosclerosis, Subclinical and Clinical. Assessment of atherosclerosis may be started at its Subclinical phase by the evaluation of Epicardial Fat Thickness (EpFT) and Carotid Intima Thickness (CIMT). Aim of the study: The aim of the study was to evaluate Clinical and Subclinical atherosclerosis in chronic HCV patients with and without liver cirrhosis by evaluating CIMT and EpFT and correlating the results with Child-Pugh functional scoring of cirrhosis as well as with ultrasound and laboratory parameters that define the severity of liver disease...
June 2017: The Egyptian heart journal: (EHJ): official bulletin of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29603491/assessment-of-epicardial-fat-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-gestational-hypertension
#5
Cihan Altin, Mustafa Yilmaz, Hasmet M Ozsoy, Esin Gezmis, Serdar Balci, Mustafa A Tekindal, Leyla E Sade, Haldun Muderrisoglu
AIM: Gestational hypertension (GHT) is a common disorder of pregnancy characterized by new onset hypertension without the presence of detectable proteinuria after 20 weeks of gestation. Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) are suggested as new predictors of subclinical atherosclerosis. Although the relationship between these parameters and essential hypertension has been demonstrated, this association in patients with GHT is still unknown. We aimed to investigate CIMT and EFT in patients with GHT...
March 30, 2018: Journal of Obstetrics and Gynaecology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29571589/impact-of-weight-loss-on-epicardial-fat-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-after-laparoscopic-sleeve-gastrectomy-a-prospective-study
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C Altin, V Erol, E Aydin, M Yilmaz, M A Tekindal, L E Sade, H Gulay, H Muderrisoglu
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is one of the leading causes of mortality in obese patients. We aimed to investigate the influence of significant weight loss following laparoscopic sleeve gastrectomy (LSG) on carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and epicardial fat thickness (EFT) which are the independent predictors of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients were recruited for standard indications. A total of 105 patients (79 women and 26 men) with the mean age of 43...
February 9, 2018: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29550752/delayed-flow-mediated-vasodilation-and-critical-coronary-stenosis
#7
Concetta Irace, Salvatore De Rosa, Cesare Tripolino, Giuseppe Ambrosio, Caterina Covello, Ennio Abramo, Claudio Carallo, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Daniele Torella, Agostino Gnasso, Ciro Indolfi
Endothelial dysfunction, wall thickening and plaque are progressive manifestations of atherosclerosis. Delayed or absent brachial artery dilation after ischemic stimulus has been associated with severity of extracoronary and coronary atherosclerosis. In the current study, we aimed to verify if delayed or absent dilation associates with critical coronary stenosis. We also evaluated the association between coronary stenosis, carotid artery wall thickness and peripheral artery disease. Endothelial function was investigated by flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery up to 3 min after ischemia, and patients classified as early, late or no dilators...
March 17, 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29508407/moderate-preterm-birth-affects-right-ventricular-structure-and-function-and-pulmonary-artery-blood-flow-in-adult-sheep
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Marshall M Mrocki, Vivian B Nguyen, Paul Lombardo, Megan R Sutherland, Jonathan G Bensley, Ilias Nitsos, Beth J Allison, Richard Harding, Robert De Matteo, Michal Schneider, Graeme R Polglase, M Jane Black
KEY POINTS: Preterm birth occurs when the heart muscle is immature and ill-prepared for the changes in heart and lung function at birth. MRI imaging studies show differences in the growth and function of the heart of young adults born preterm, with the effects more pronounced in the right ventricle. The findings of this study, conducted in sheep, showed that following moderate preterm birth the right ventricular wall was thinner in adulthood, with a reduction in the number and size of the heart muscle cells; in addition, there was impaired blood flow in the main artery leading from the right ventricle to the lungs...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29501539/contribution-of-mthfr-gene-variants-in-lupus-related-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Maira Giannelou, Andrianos Nezos, Sofia Fragkioudaki, Dimitra Kasara, Kyriaki Maselou, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Dimitris Ioakeimidis, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVE: Elevated concentrations of homocysteine have been previously identified as an independent risk factor for subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Given that heightened homocysteine levels are known to be strongly influenced by genetic factors, in the current study we investigated the contribution of high homocysteine levels as well as of functional polymorphisms of the gene encoding for the enzyme 5, 10- methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) to atherosclerotic disease characterizing SLE patients...
March 6, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477746/orthogonal-b-mode-evaluation-of-common-carotid-artery-plaques-reveals-the-absence-of-outward-remodeling
#10
J Steinbuch, F H B M Schreuder, K D Reesink, A P G Hoeks, W H Mess
To properly assess morphologic and dynamic parameters of arteries and plaques, we propose the concept of orthogonal distance measurements, that is, measurements made perpendicular to the local lumen axis rather than along the ultrasound beam (vertical direction for a linear array). The aim of this study was to compare orthogonal and vertical artery and lumen diameters at the site of a plaque in the common carotid artery (CCA). Moreover, we investigated the interrelationship of orthogonal diameters and plaque size and the association of artery parameters with plaque echogenicity...
May 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359513/vascular-characteristics-in-young-women-effect-of-extensive-endurance-training-or-a-sedentary-lifestyle
#11
N Bjarnegård, T Länne, M Cinthio, J Ekstrand, K Hedman, E Nylander, J Henriksson
AIM: To explore whether high-level endurance training in early age has an influence on the arterial wall properties in young women. METHODS: Forty-seven athletes (ATH) and 52 controls (CTR), all 17-25 years of age, were further divided into runners (RUN), whole-body endurance athletes (WBA), sedentary controls (SC) and normally active controls (AC). Two-dimensional ultrasound scanning of the carotid arteries was conducted to determine local common carotid artery (CCA) geometry and wall distensibility...
January 22, 2018: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29260577/coronary-computed-tomography-in-heart-transplant-patients-detection-of-significant-stenosis-and-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy-image-quality-and-radiation-dose
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Anne Günther, Lars Aaberge, Andreas Abildgaard, Asgrimur Ragnarsson, Thor Edvardsen, Jarl Jakobsen, Rune Andersen
Background Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is an accelerated form of atherosclerosis unique to heart transplant (HTX) patients. Purpose To investigate the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis and CAV, determinants of image quality, and the radiation dose in coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) of HTX patients with 64-slice multidetector CT (64-MDCT). Material and Methods Fifty-two HTX recipients scheduled for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) were prospectively enrolled and underwent CCTA before ICA with intravascular ultrasound (IVUS)...
January 1, 2017: Acta Radiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195108/novel-combined-index-of-cardiometabolic-risk-related-to-periarterial-fat-improves-the-clinical-prediction-for-coronary-artery-disease-complexity
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Maciej Haberka, Michał Lelek, Tomasz Bochenek, Adam Kowalówka, Rafał Młynarski, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Zbigniew Gąsior
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular (CV) risk assessment based on conventional risk factors has a limited performance in the prediction of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Therefore, our aim was to provide a complete assessment on the associations between single or combined cardiovascular ultrasound indexes and the complexity of CAD in high and very-high risk patients. METHODS: Two hundred fifteen patients scheduled for elective coronary angiography were enrolled in the study (F/M: 80/135 pts; age: 61...
January 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150363/development-of-a-3-french-dual-frequency-intravascular-ultrasound-catheter
#14
Chelsea E Munding, Emmanuel Chérin, Isaac Jourard, Jill J Weyers, David E Goertz, Brian K Courtney, F Stuart Foster
Coronary plaque morphology, including plaque size and fibrous cap thickness, is thought to contribute to the risk of plaque rupture and future cardiac events. Dual-frequency intravascular ultrasound has been proposed as a possible technique to visualize both large-scale features and superficial detail of coronary plaque; however, it has not been found to be feasible within the constraints of a clinically functional intravascular ultrasound catheter. In this study, we describe the design and fabrication of a dual-frequency catheter using a bidirectional transducer stack with center frequencies of approximately 30 and 80 MHz...
January 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148586/a-dynamic-ultrasound-simulation-of-a-pulsating-three-layered-cca-for-validation-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-and-blood-velocity-estimation-algorithms
#15
Xiao Hu, Yufeng Zhang, Guanghui Cai, Kexin Zhang, Li Deng, Lian Gao, Suya Han, Jianhua Chen
PURPOSE: A dynamic ultrasound simulation model for the common carotid artery (CCA) with three arterial layers for validation of two-dimensional wall motion and blood velocity estimation algorithms is proposed in the present study. This model describes layers with not only characteristics of echo distributions conforming to clinical ones but also varying thicknesses, axial, and radial displacements with pulsatile blood pressure during a cardiac cycle. METHODS: The modeling process is as follows: first, a geometrical model according with the clinical structure size of a CCA is built based on the preset layer thicknesses and the diameter of lumen...
January 2018: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140571/is-overactive-bladder-microvasculature-disease-a-component-of-systemic-atheroscleorosis
#16
Ahmet Ozgur Yeniel, Ahmet Mete Ergenoglu, Reci Meseri, Erkan Kismali, Anıl Ari, Gulgun Kavukcu, Hikmet H Aydin, Handan Ak, Sevcan Atay, Ismail Mete Itil
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between overactive bladder (OAB) and systemic atherosclerosis in a cohort of women. METHODS: In this case-control study, we assessed atherosclerosis indicators, such as Framingham risk scores and carotid and femoral artery intima-media thickness, and evaluated possible bladder wall responses to atherosclerosis using endovaginal color Doppler ultrasound and the detection of urinary cytokines in women with OAB and in controls. Quantitative assessment of blood perfusion at the bladder neck was performed using a method that allows for the dynamic monitoring of flow in a predefined region of interest at every point of the cardiac cycle...
November 15, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120452/vascular-aging-and-cardiac-maladaptation-in-growth-restricted-preterm-infants
#17
A Sehgal, B J Allison, S M Gwini, S Menahem, S L Miller, G R Polglase
OBJECTIVE: To assess arterial morphology and mechanics in preterm infants with fetal growth restriction (FGR) compared with those appropriate for gestational age (AGA) in the early neonatal period. STUDY DESIGN: This observational study involved 20 preterm FGR infants (28 to 32 weeks) of gestational age (GA) and birth weight (BW) <10th centile and 20 preterm AGA infants. Vascular ultrasound was performed to measure aortic properties. RESULTS: GA and BW of FGR and AGA infants were 29...
January 2018: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29034729/visualization-of-plaque-distribution-in-a-curved-artery-three-dimensional-intravascular-ultrasound-imaging
#18
Ahnryul Choi, David D McPherson, Hyunggun Kim
Intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging provides an excellent tool for evaluation of the type, morphology, extent, and severity of an atheromatous plaque. 3 D IVUS imaging offers additive information pertaining to morphology of the arterial structures and volumetric plaque distributions. A new 3 D IVUS visualization technique was developed to provide 3 D structural information of a curved artery. A virtual 3 D curved arterial phantom consisting of varying cross-sectional shapes, wall thicknesses, and acoustic intensity information was utilized to validate the nonlinear interpolation technique to create intermediary 2 D IVUS images...
October 16, 2017: Computer Assisted Surgery (Abingdon, England)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28935983/model-based-vascular-elastography-improves-the-detection-of-flow-induced-carotid-artery-remodeling-in-mice
#19
Vyacheslav A Korshunov, Hexuan Wang, Rifat Ahmed, Deanne M Mickelsen, Qian Zhou, Chen Yan, Marvin M Doyley
Increased arterial thickness measured with ultrasound correlates with future cardiovascular events, but conventional ultrasound imaging techniques cannot distinguish between intima, media, or atherosclerotic plaque in the carotid artery. In this work, we evaluated how well vascular elastography can detect intimal changes in a mouse model of carotid remodeling. We ligated the left external and internal branches of the carotid artery of male FVB mice and performed sham operations for 2 weeks. High-resolution ultrasound imaging accurately detected lower blood velocities and low blood volume flow in the carotid arteries after ligation in FVB mice...
September 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934533/carotid-artery-wall-thickness-in-obese-and-nonobese-adults-with-obstructive-sleep-apnea-before-and-following-positive-airway-pressure-treatment
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Jinyoung Kim, Emile R Mohler, Brendan T Keenan, David Maislin, Erna Sif Arnardottir, Thorarinn Gislason, Bryndis Benediktsdottir, Sigrun Gudmundsdottir, Andrea Sifferman, Bethany Staley, Frances M Pack, Greg Maislin, Julio A Chirinos, Raymond R Townsend, Allan I Pack, Samuel T Kuna
Study objectives: Debate persists as to whether obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis. The purpose of this study was to compare carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), an early sign of atherosclerosis, in obese and nonobese adults with OSA before and following positive airway pressure (PAP) treatment. Methods: A total of 206 adults newly diagnosed with OSA with an apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) of 15-75 events/hour and 53 controls with AHI <10 were studied...
September 1, 2017: Sleep
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