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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815091/-spice-synthetic-marijuana-induced-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-case-series
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E Ul Haq, A Shafiq, A A Khan, A A Awan, S Ezad, W J Minteer, B Omar
Marijuana is the most widely abused "recreational" substance in the United States, with highest prevalence in young adults. It is reported to cause ischemic strokes, hepatitis, anxiety, and psychosis. Although it is associated with dose dependent tachycardia and can lead to coronary vasospasm, it has not been directly related to acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Marijuana induced coronary vasospasm can result in endothelial denudation at the site of a vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque in response to hemodynamic stressors, potentially causing an AMI...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814233/statins-in-acute-coronary-syndromes
#2
Manolis Vavuranakis, Maria Kariori, Gerasimos Siasos, Konstantinos Kalogeras, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) frequently experience recurrent adverse events from the cardiovascular system comparing to either healthy individuals or individuals with stable coronary artery disease. This is attributed to the inflammatory cascade that is activated during ACS resulting in increased risk for rupture of vulnerable plaques. OBJECTIVE: Therefore, it is of great importance to avoid recurrent events with treatment aiming at secondary prevention which includes the management of lipid profile besides alteration in the lifestyle and habits...
August 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813611/intrauterine-growth-restricted-yucatan-miniature-pigs-experience-early-catch-up-growth-leading-to-greater-adiposity-and-impaired-lipid-metabolism-as-young-adults
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Semone B Myrie, Leslie L McKnight, J Christopher King, John J McGuire, Bruce N Van Vliet, Sukhinder K Cheema, Robert F Bertolo
Early nutrition has critical influences on cardiovascular disease risk in adulthood. The study objectives were to evaluate the impact of low birth weight on fasting and postprandial lipid metabolism and endothelium function in Yucatan miniature pigs. Intrauterine growth-restricted (IUGR) piglets (n = 6, 3 d old, 0.73 ± 0.04 kg) were paired with normal weight (NW) same-sex littermates (n = 6, 1.11 ± 0.05 kg) and fed milk replacer ad libitum for 4 wk. Thereafter, all pigs were fed a standard diet ad libitum for 5 h/d with growth, intakes and blood samples collected for 8 mo...
August 16, 2017: Applied Physiology, Nutrition, and Metabolism, Physiologie Appliquée, Nutrition et Métabolisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808885/the-association-of-epicardial-fat-volume-with-coronary-characteristics-and-clinical-outcome
#4
Kohichiro Iwasaki, Norio Urabe, Atsushi Kitagawa, Toshihiko Nagao
Recent studies have demonstrated the relationship between epicardial fat volume (EFV) and coronary atherosclerosis, but their association is modest at best. Our purpose is to elucidate the association of epicardial fat with coronary characteristics and clinical outcome. We performed coronary computed tomographic angiography in 651 patients and divided them into three groups according to tertiles of EFV; low-tertile (n = 215), 36-123 ml; middle-tertile (n = 218), 124-165 ml; high-tertile (n = 218), 166-489 ml...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808185/establishment-of-a-rat-model-with-diet-induced-coronary-atherosclerosis
#5
Mingming Gao, Guo Xin, Xu Qiu, Yuhui Wang, George Liu
Coronary atherosclerotic disease is a serious disease in humans, but no suitable animal model is available currently for further studies. We used apolipoprotein E gene knockout (ApoE KO) rats to induce hypercholesterolemia through a special high cholesterol/bile salt diet (Paigen diet), then analyzed aortic and coronary atherosclerosis lesions and the myocardial injury in order to establish a novel small animal model of coronary atherosclerosis. Plasma cholesterol of ApoE KO rats increased 7.6-fold compared with wild-type rats after 8 weeks on the Paigen diet...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804537/an-integrated-approach-to-coronary-heart-disease-diagnosis-and-clinical-management
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REVIEW
Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Concetta Schiano, Carlo Cavaliere, Carlo Tedeschi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Claudio Napoli
The major issue in coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and management is that symptoms onset in an advanced state of disease. Despite the availability of several clinical risk scores, the prediction of cardiovascular events is lacking, and many patients at risk are not well stratified according to the canonical risk factors alone. Therefore, adequate risk assessment remains the most challenging issue. Recently, the integration of imaging data with biochemical markers in a radiogenomic framework has been proposed in many fields of medicine as well as in cardiology...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803421/quantitative-coronary-plaque-analysis-predicts-high-risk-plaque-morphology-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-results-from-the-romicat-ii-trial
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Ting Liu, Pál Maurovich-Horvat, Thomas Mayrhofer, Stefan B Puchner, Michael T Lu, Khristine Ghemigian, Pieter H Kitslaar, Alexander Broersen, Amit Pursnani, Udo Hoffmann, Maros Ferencik
Semi-automated software can provide quantitative assessment of atherosclerotic plaques on coronary CT angiography (CTA). The relationship between established qualitative high-risk plaque features and quantitative plaque measurements has not been studied. We analyzed the association between quantitative plaque measurements and qualitative high-risk plaque features on coronary CTA. We included 260 patients with plaque who underwent coronary CTA in the Rule Out Myocardial Infarction/Ischemia Using Computer Assisted Tomography (ROMICAT) II trial...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799447/a-higher-volume-of-fibrotic-tissue-on-virtual-histology-prior-to-coronary-stent-implantation-predisposes-to-more-pronounced-neointima-proliferation
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Steven Haine, Kristien Wouters, Hielko Miljoen, Tom Vandendriessche, Marc Claeys, Johan Bosmans, Christiaan Vrints
BACKGROUND: Since neointima smooth muscle cells (SMC) mainly originate from the vessel wall, we investigated whether atherosclerotic plaque composition influences subsequent in-stent neointima proliferation and restenosis. METHODS: We performed intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) with virtual histology in 98 patients prior to elective bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation in de novo coronary artery lesions. Virtual histology variables pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were related to in-stent neointima proliferation six months after implantation assessed as late luminal loss of 0...
August 11, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799067/mir-448-promotes-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-proliferation-and-migration-in-through-directly-targeting-mef2c
#9
Weimin Li, Ruihong Zhang, Li Sui, Xiaojian Hong, Mao Yang
Abnormal proliferation and migration of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a critical process in various cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease (CAD), atherosclerosis, stroke, and hypertension. MicroRNAs (miRNAs) are small, short, and noncoding RNAs that inhibit gene expression through binding to the 3'-UTR (3' untranslated regions) of target gene mRNAs. We showed that the expression of miR-448 was upregulated in VSMCs from coronary atherosclerotic plaques compared with normal coronary artery tissues...
August 11, 2017: Environmental Science and Pollution Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797740/framework-for-detection-and-localization-of-coronary-non-calcified-plaques-in-cardiac-cta-using-mean-radial-profiles
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Muhammad Moazzam Jawaid, Atif Riaz, Ronak Rajani, Constantino Carlos Reyes-Aldasoro, Greg Slabaugh
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The high mortality rate associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) has driven intensive research in cardiac imaging and image analysis. The advent of computed tomography angiography (CTA) has turned non-invasive diagnosis of cardiovascular anomalies into reality as calcified coronary plaques can be easily identified due to their high intensity values. However, the detection of non-calcified plaques in CTA is still a challenging problem because of lower intensity values, which are often similar to the nearby blood and muscle tissues...
August 1, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797412/optical-coherence-tomography-characterization-of-coronary-lithoplasty-for-treatment-of-calcified-lesions-first-description
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Ziad A Ali, Todd J Brinton, Jonathan M Hill, Akiko Maehara, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Keyvan Karimi Galougahi, Uday Illindala, Matthias Götberg, Robert Whitbourn, Nicolas Van Mieghem, Ian T Meredith, Carlo Di Mario, Jean Fajadet
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the mechanistic effects of a novel balloon-based lithoplasty system on heavily calcified coronary lesions and subsequent stent placement using optical coherence tomography (OCT). BACKGROUND: The Shockwave Coronary Rx Lithoplasty System (Shockwave Medical, Fremont, California) delivers localized, lithotripsy-enhanced disruption of calcium within the target lesion (i.e., lithoplasty) for vessel preparation before stent implantation...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797410/prevalence-predictors-and-clinical-presentation-of-a-calcified-nodule-as-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography
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Tetsumin Lee, Gary S Mintz, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Wenbin Zhang, Yang Cao, Eisuke Usui, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Tadashi Murai, Taishi Yonetsu, Tsunekazu Kakuta, Akiko Maehara
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the anatomic characteristics and clinical presentation associated with a calcified nodule (CN) as assessed by optical coherence tomography. BACKGROUND: CN is an unusual but demonstrable cause of acute coronary syndromes (ACS). METHODS: We studied 889 de novo culprit lesions in 889 patients (48% ACS) who underwent optical coherence tomography before intervention. CN was defined as an eruptive accumulation of nodular calcification (small fractured calcifications)...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797408/in-vivo-calcium-detection-by-comparing-optical-coherence-tomography-intravascular-ultrasound-and-angiography
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Xiao Wang, Mitsuaki Matsumura, Gary S Mintz, Tetsumin Lee, Wenbin Zhang, Yang Cao, Akiko Fujino, Yongqing Lin, Eisuke Usui, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Tadashi Murai, Taishi Yonetsu, Tsunekazu Kakuta, Akiko Maehara
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate optical coherence tomography (OCT) and intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) versus coronary angiography in the assessment of target lesion calcification and its effect on stent expansion. BACKGROUND: IVUS is more sensitive than angiography in the detection of coronary artery calcium, but the relationship among IVUS, OCT, and angiography has not been studied. METHODS: Overall, 440 lesions (440 patients with stable angina) underwent OCT- and IVUS-guided stent implantation...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797402/the-identification-of-calcified-coronary-plaque-is-associated-with-initiation-and-continuation-of-pharmacological-and-lifestyle-preventive-therapies-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Ankur Gupta, Emily Lau, Ravi Varshney, Edward A Hulten, Michael Cheezum, Marcio S Bittencourt, Michael J Blaha, Nathan D Wong, Roger S Blumenthal, Matthew J Budoff, Craig A Umscheid, Khurram Nasir, Ron Blankstein
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the odds of initiation or continuation of pharmacological and lifestyle preventive therapies in patients with nonzero versus zero coronary artery calcium (CAC) score detected on cardiac computed tomography. BACKGROUND: Detection of calcified coronary plaque could serve as a motivational tool for physicians and patients to intensify preventive therapies. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE (Excerpta Medica database), Web of Science, Cochrane CENTRAL (Cochrane central register of controlled trials), ClinicalTrials...
August 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28797349/biomarker-based-risk-model-to-predict%C3%A2-cardiovascular-mortality-in-patients%C3%A2-with%C3%A2-stable%C3%A2-coronary%C3%A2-disease
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Daniel Lindholm, Johan Lindbäck, Paul W Armstrong, Andrzej Budaj, Christopher P Cannon, Christopher B Granger, Emil Hagström, Claes Held, Wolfgang Koenig, Ollie Östlund, Ralph A H Stewart, Joseph Soffer, Harvey D White, Robbert J de Winter, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Agneta Siegbahn, Marcus E Kleber, Alexander Dressel, Tanja B Grammer, Winfried März, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Currently, there is no generally accepted model to predict outcomes in stable coronary heart disease (CHD). OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated and compared the prognostic value of biomarkers and clinical variables to develop a biomarker-based prediction model in patients with stable CHD. METHODS: In a prospective, randomized trial cohort of 13,164 patients with stable CHD, we analyzed several candidate biomarkers and clinical variables and used multivariable Cox regression to develop a clinical prediction model based on the most important markers...
August 15, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793863/cardiovascular-risk-and-dyslipidemia-among-persons-living-with-hiv-a-review
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REVIEW
Paolo Maggi, Antonio Di Biagio, Stefano Rusconi, Stefania Cicalini, Maurizio D'Abbraccio, Gabriella d'Ettorre, Canio Martinelli, Giuseppe Nunnari, Laura Sighinolfi, Vincenzo Spagnuolo, Nicola Squillace
BACKGROUND: Aim of this review is to focus the attention on people living with HIV infection at risk of developing a cardiovascular event. What is or what would be the most suitable antiretroviral therapy? Which statin or fibrate to reduce the risk? How to influence behavior and lifestyles? DISCUSSION: Prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk remains the first and essential step in a medical intervention on these patients. The lifestyle modification, including smoking cessation, increased physical activity, weight reduction, and the education on healthy dietary practices are the main instruments...
August 9, 2017: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790123/prognostic-significance-of-nonobstructive-left-main-coronary-artery-disease-in-women-versus-men-long-term-outcomes-from-the-confirm-coronary-ct-angiography-evaluation-for-clinical-outcomes-an-international-multicenter-registry
#17
Joe X Xie, Parham Eshtehardi, Tina Varghese, Abhinav Goyal, Puja K Mehta, William Kang, Jonathon Leipsic, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, C Noel Bairey Merz, Daniel S Berman, Heidi Gransar, Matthew J Budoff, Stephan Achenbach, Tracy Q Callister, Hugo Marques, Ronen Rubinshtein, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Filippo Cademartiri, Erica Maffei, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Gilbert Raff, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Gudrun Feuchtner, Philipp A Kaufmann, Todd C Villines, Benjamin J W Chow, James K Min, Leslee J Shaw
BACKGROUND: Patients with obstructive (≥50% stenosis) left main (LM) coronary artery disease (CAD) are at high risk for adverse events; prior studies have also documented worse outcomes among women than men with severe multivessel/LM CAD. However, the prognostic significance of nonobstructive (1%-49% stenosis) LM CAD, including sex-specific differences, has not been previously examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the long-term CONFIRM (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation For Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter) registry, patients underwent elective coronary computed tomographic angiography for suspected CAD and were followed for 5 years...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789941/effect-of-the-ratio-of-coronary-arterial-lumen-volume-to-left-ventricle-myocardial-mass-derived-from-coronary-ct-angiography-on-fractional-flow-reserve
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Charles A Taylor, Sara Gaur, Jonathon Leipsic, Stephan Achenbach, Daniel S Berman, Jesper M Jensen, Damini Dey, Hans Erik Bøtker, Hyun Jin Kim, Sophie Khem, Alan Wilk, Christopher K Zarins, Hiram Bezerra, John Lesser, Brian Ko, Jagat Narula, Amir Ahmadi, Kristian A Øvrehus, Fred St Goar, Bernard De Bruyne, Bjarne L Nørgaard
BACKGROUND: We hypothesize that in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD), lower values of the ratio of total epicardial coronary arterial lumen volume to left ventricular myocardial mass (V/M) result in lower fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: V/M was computed in 238 patients from the NXT trial who underwent coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) and FFR measurement in 438 vessels. Nitroglycerin was administered prior to CT, QCA and FFR acquisition...
August 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789689/impact-of-cd14-cd16-monocytes-on-plaque-vulnerability-in-diabetic-and-non-diabetic-patients-with-asymptomatic-coronary-artery-disease-a-cross-sectional-study
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Naofumi Yoshida, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Toshiro Shinke, Hiromasa Otake, Masaru Kuroda, Daisuke Terashita, Hachidai Takahashi, Kazuhiko Sakaguchi, Yushi Hirota, Takuo Emoto, Hilman Zulkifli Amin, Taiji Mizoguchi, Tomohiro Hayashi, Naoto Sasaki, Tomoya Yamashita, Wataru Ogawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
BACKGROUND: Previously, we have reported that daily glucose fluctuations could affect coronary plaque vulnerability, but the underlying mechanisms remained unclear. This study sought to investigate the impact of CD14(++)CD16(+) monocytes on plaque vulnerability, as assessed by virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS), as well as their relationship to fluctuating glucose levels in patients with asymptomatic coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Fifty-one patients with asymptomatic CAD, who were undergoing lipid-lowering therapy and underwent VH-IVUS evaluation for angiographically mild to moderate lesions, were enrolled in the study...
August 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28780661/unique-presentations-and-etiologies-of-myocardial-infarction-in-women
#20
REVIEW
Marysia S Tweet, Patricia Best, Sharonne N Hayes
Despite recent efforts to reduce cardiovascular disease, it remains the leading cause of morbidity and mortality among women, particularly younger women. When compared to men, women have more inpatient complications, mortality, heart failure, and stroke following acute myocardial infarction (AMI) despite having less obstructive coronary artery disease. Moreover, women are less likely to have AMI from plaque rupture than men, and more likely to experience alternate etiologies of AMI including plaque erosion and spontaneous coronary artery dissection...
September 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
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