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Seul-Gee Lee, Jaewon Oh, Sung-Kyung Bong, Jung-Sun Kim, Seil Park, Sehoon Kim, Sungha Park, Sang-Hak Lee, Yangsoo Jang
AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a well-known cause of cardiovascular disease and is associated with a variety of inflammatory reactions. However, an adequate large-animal model of advanced plaques to investigate the pathophysiology of atherosclerosis is lacking. Therefore, we developed and assessed a swine model of advanced atherosclerotic plaques with macrophage polarization. METHODS: Mini-pigs were fed a 2% high-cholesterol diet for 7 weeks followed by withdrawal periods of 4 weeks...
2018: PloS One
George A Karpouzas, Joel Estis, Panteha Rezaeian, John Todd, Matthew J Budoff
Objectives: Patients with RA display greater occult coronary atherosclerosis burden and experience higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality compared with controls. We here explored whether pro-inflammatory cytokines and high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI), a biomarker of myocardial injury, correlated with plaque burden and cardiovascular events (CVEs) in RA. Methods: We evaluated 150 patients with 64-slice coronary CT angiography. Coronary artery calcium, number of segments with plaque (segment involvement score), stenotic severity and plaque burden were assessed...
March 14, 2018: Rheumatology
Ali R Keramati, Lisa R Yanek, Kruthika Iyer, Margaret A Taub, Ingo Ruczinski, Diane M Becker, Lewis C Becker, Nauder Faraday, Rasika A Mathias
Coronary artery disease (CAD) remains a major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide. The aggregation of activated platelets on a ruptured atherosclerotic plaque is a critical step in most acute cardiovascular events like myocardial infarction. Platelet aggregation both at baseline and after aspirin is highly heritable. Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified a common variant within the first intron of the platelet endothelial aggregation receptor1 (PEAR1), to be robustly associated with platelet aggregation...
March 19, 2018: Platelets
Masafumi Nakayama, Masaharu Hirano, Sonoka Goto, Akifumi Watanabe, Takashi Uchiyama
A 40-year-old man was admitted to our hospital for chest pain after smoking. Coronary computed tomography angiography showed severe stenosis in the left anterior descending artery. The stenosis site had no plaque on stretched curved multiplanar reconstruction and short-axis images. Coronary angiography revealed improvement of the severe stenosis after the intracoronary administration of isosorbide dinitrate in the left anterior descending artery. Intravascular ultrasound demonstrated negative remodeling without a plaque and diffuse intima with media thickening at the stenosis site...
February 2018: Radiology Case Reports
Shuang Chen, Zi-Qing Ye, Zhi-Wen Li, Chun-Xiao Zhao, Guang-Jin Chen, Jun-Zhuo Zhou, Chuan Wang, Rui-Li Huang, Yong-Dun Hong
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: For many years, our hospital has been successfully using the empirical Wenyang Huoxue Jiedu formula (WHJF) to treat coronary heart disease. Modern theories of acute coronary syndrome mainly focus on rupture of thin-cap fibroatheromas (TCFAs), which is closely related to the release of vascular endothelial growth factor and its receptor (VEGF/VEGFR). AIM OF STUDY: We investigated the effects of WHJF on the formation of TCFA plaques and the potential mechanism (VEGF/VEGFR signaling pathway)...
March 15, 2018: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
Warren R Heymann
A 75-year-old man had been monitoring his glucose using a blood glucose monitoring system at the same body site for at least 20 years (>7300 needlesticks). The asymptomatic skin lesion had been present for many years. He used the same site because it hurt less than the fingers and bled well. His medical history was remarkable for diabetes mellitus, hypertension, coronary artery disease, and a pacemaker. His medications included glipizide, metformin, carvedilol, furosemide, lisinopril, amlodipine, clopidogrel, and aspirin...
2018: Skinmed
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
Joo Myung Lee, Gilwoo Choi, Bon-Kwon Koo, Doyeon Hwang, Jonghanne Park, Jinlong Zhang, Kyung-Jin Kim, Yaliang Tong, Hyun Jin Kim, Leo Grady, Joon-Hyung Doh, Chang-Wook Nam, Eun-Seok Shin, Young-Seok Cho, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jin-Ho Choi, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Evald Christiansen, Koen Niemen, Hiromasa Otake, Martin Penicka, Bernard de Bruyne, Takashi Kubo, Takashi Akasaka, Jagat Narula, Pamela S Douglas, Charles A Taylor, Hyo-Soo Kim
OBJECTIVES: We investigated the utility of noninvasive hemodynamic assessment in the identification of high-risk plaques that caused subsequent acute coronary syndrome (ACS). BACKGROUND: ACS is a critical event that impacts the prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. However, the role of hemodynamic factors in the development of ACS is not well-known. METHODS: Seventy-two patients with clearly documented ACS and available coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA) acquired between 1 month and 2 years before the development of ACS were included...
March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Edward D Nicol, Ronak Rajani
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March 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Charalambos Vlachopoulos, Christos Georgakopoulos, Iosif Koutagiar, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Peripheral artery disease (PAD) affects approximately one in five persons older than 70 years of age and it is often present in patients with concomitant vascular disease in different body territories (e.g. coronary artery disease). Diagnosis at an early stage is important in order to achieve improvement in patient's symptoms and prognosis. Remarkable improvements in the field of noninvasive and invasive imaging techniques have led to an advanced level the management of patients with PAD. Throughout this review article, the clinically available diagnostic modalities in PAD are presented...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Pharmacology
Marieke A Hillaert, Hester M den Ruijter, Imo E Hoefer, Eef G Lentjes, Gert J de Borst, Jean-Paul P M de Vries, Pieter A Doevendans, Gerard Pasterkamp, Leo Timmers
BACKGROUND: The renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system is increasingly being recognized to play an important role in the development and clinical course of cardiovascular diseases. Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system activation is associated with clinical outcome in various populations of cardiovascular patients, such as patients with coronary artery, peripheral artery, and cerebrovascular disease. In this study, we investigated the associations between plasma renin and aldosterone concentrations and atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and secondary vascular events in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Mengmeng Yu, Wenbin Li, Zhigang Lu, Meng Wei, Jing Yan, Jiayin Zhang
AIMS: To investigate the quantitative baseline CT plaque characterization of unrevascularized non-culpritintermediate coronary stenosis and its association with lesion volume progression and long-term prognosis. METHODS: Patients with baseline coronary CT angiography (CCTA) and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and at least one unrevascularized non-culprit intermediate coronary stenosis were prospectively enrolled for this study. All patients were followed up by a second CCTA at 1-year to 1...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jiannan Dai, Lei Xing, Haibo Jia, Yinchun Zhu, Shaotao Zhang, Sining Hu, Lin Lin, Lijia Ma, Huimin Liu, Maoen Xu, Xuefeng Ren, Huai Yu, Lulu Li, Yanan Zou, Shaosong Zhang, Gary S Mintz, Jingbo Hou, Bo Yu
Aims: Plaque erosion is a significant substrate of acute coronary thrombosis. This study sought to determine in vivo predictors of plaque erosion in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Methods and results: A prospective series of 822 STEMI patients underwent pre-intervention optical coherence tomography. Using established diagnostic criteria, 209 had plaque erosion (25.4%) and 564 had plaque rupture (68.6%). Plaque erosion was more frequent in women <50 years when compared with those ≥50 years of age (P = 0...
March 13, 2018: European Heart Journal
Sarah A Aroner, Manja Koch, Kenneth J Mukamal, Jeremy D Furtado, James H Stein, Matthew C Tattersall, Robyn L McClelland, Majken K Jensen
BACKGROUND: Apolipoprotein C-III (apoC-III), a small proinflammatory protein present on 6% to 7% of high-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles, defines a subspecies of HDL adversely associated with coronary heart disease in primarily white cohorts. In a multi-ethnic population free of clinical cardiovascular disease, we evaluated the relationship between apoC-III-defined HDL subspecies and subclinical markers of atherosclerotic pathology. METHODS AND RESULTS: We investigated cross-sectional associations between apolipoprotein A-I concentrations of apoC-III-defined HDL subspecies, measured via ELISA and imaging measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, among 4659 participants in the MESA (The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) at baseline (2000-2002)...
March 14, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Naser Ahmadi, Fereshteh Hajsadeghi, Vahid Nabavi, Garth Olango, Mohammed Molla, Matthew Budoff, Nutan Vaidya, Javier Quintana, Robert Pynoos, Peter Hauser, Rachel Yehuda
OBJECTIVE: Coronary-distensibility-index (CDI) impairments reflect endothelial-dependent process associated with vulnerable-plaque composition. This study investigates the relation of impaired-CDI with posttraumatic-stress-disorder (PTSD) and their predictive value for major-adverse-cardiovascular events (MACE). METHODS: This study involved 246 patients (age: 63±10 years, 12% women) with (n=50) and without (n=196) PTSD, who underwent computed-tomography angiography (CTA) to determine coronary artery disease (CAD) and CDI...
March 14, 2018: Psychosomatic Medicine
Maxime M Vroegindewey, Anne-Sophie Schuurman, Isabella Kardys, Sharda S Anroedh, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Jurgen Ligthart, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Evelyn Regar, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Patrick W Serruys, Eric Boersma, Martijn Akkerhuis
AIMS: To examine the relationship between the anatomical SYNTAX score (SXscore), derived from all three coronary arteries, and coronary wall pathology measured by radiofrequency-intravascular ultrasound (RF-IVUS) and near-infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) in a single non-culprit segment. METHODS AND RESULTS: In referred for coronary angiography (N=88) or PCI (N=592) for stable angina or acute coronary syndrome, the SYNTAX score calculator ( was used to determine SXscore before PCI, if applicable...
March 13, 2018: EuroIntervention
Paolo Severino, Andrea D'Amato, Lucrezia Netti, Mariateresa Pucci, Marialaura De Marchis, Raffaele Palmirotta, Maurizio Volterrani, Massimo Mancone, Francesco Fedele
Diabetes mellitus is one the strongest risk factors for cardiovascular disease and, in particular, for ischemic heart disease (IHD). The pathophysiology of myocardial ischemia in diabetic patients is complex and not fully understood: some diabetic patients have mainly coronary stenosis obstructing blood flow to the myocardium; others present with coronary microvascular disease with an absence of plaques in the epicardial vessels. Ion channels acting in the cross-talk between the myocardial energy state and coronary blood flow may play a role in the pathophysiology of IHD in diabetic patients...
March 10, 2018: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Yan Sun, Xiao-Li Liu, Dai Zhang, Fang Liu, Yu-Jing Cheng, Yue Ma, Yu-Jie Zhou, Ying-Xin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Intraplaque angiogenesis, the process of generating new blood vessels mediated by endothelial cells, contributes to plaque growth, intraplaque hemorrhage, and thromboembolic events. Platelet-derived exosomes (PLT-EXOs) affect angiogenesis in multiple ways. The ability of miR-126, one of the best-characterized miRNAs that regulates angiogenesis, carried by PLT-EXOs to influence angiogenesis via the regulation of the proliferation and migration of endothelial cells is unknown...
March 13, 2018: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Rosalinda Posadas-Sánchez, Javier Angeles-Martínez, Nonanzit Pérez-Hernández, José Manuel Rodríguez-Pérez, Fabiola López-Bautista, Carmina Flores-Dominguez, José Manuel Fragoso, Carlos Posadas-Romero, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón
Interleukin 10 (IL-10) is an anti-inflammatory cytokine with a protective role in the formation and the development of the atherosclerotic plaque. The aim of the present study was to establish if IL-10 gene polymorphisms are associated with the development of premature coronary artery disease (pCAD) and cardiovascular risk factors in Mexican individuals. Three IL-10 gene polymorphisms [-592C/A (rs1800872), -819C/T (rs1800871), and -1082 A/G (rs1800896)] and IL-10 plasma levels were analyzed in 2266 individuals (1160 pCAD patients and 1106 healthy controls)...
March 8, 2018: Cytokine
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