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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445944/angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-overexpression-protects-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy-by-multiple-mechanisms-in-rats
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Hui Ma, Jing Kong, Yu-Lin Wang, Jun-Long Li, Nai-Hao Hei, Xin-Ran Cao, Jing-Jing Yang, Wen-Jiang Yan, Wen-Jing Liang, Hong-Yan Dai, Bo Dong
Angiotensin-converting enzyme 2 (ACE2) is considered a potential therapeutic target of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS) for the treatment of cardiovascular diseases. We aimed to explore the effects of ACE2 overexpression on doxorubicin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. Rats were randomly divided into treatment and control groups. The rats of treatment group were injected intraperitoneally with 6 doses of doxorubicin (2.5 mg/kg) within a period of two weeks. Two weeks after the initial injection of doxorubicin, these rats were randomly divided into Mock, Ad-EGFP, Ad-ACE2, and Cilazapril groups...
April 11, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444478/the-association-between-geometry-and-wall-stress-in-emergently-repaired-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Sathyajeeth S Chauhan, Carlos A Gutierrez, Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Victor De Oliveira, Satish C Muluk, Mark K Eskandari, Ender A Finol
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a prevalent cardiovascular disease characterized by the focal dilation of the aorta, which supplies blood to all the organs and tissues in the systemic circulation. With the AAA increasing in diameter over time, the risk of aneurysm rupture is generally associated with the size of the aneurysm. If diagnosed on time, intervention is recommended to prevent AAA rupture. The criterion to decide on surgical intervention is determined by measuring the maximum diameter of the aneurysm relative to the critical value of 5...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444317/undocumented-and-documented-migrants-with-chronic-diseases-in-family-practice-in-the-netherlands
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Jonathan S O van de Sande, Maria E T C van den Muijsenbergh
Background.: Undocumented migrants (UM) face many barriers in accessing healthcare. It is unknown how these affect the care of UM with chronic diseases in general practices. In the Netherlands, a General practitioner (GP) is the gatekeeper to the healthcare system and primary care provider for UM. Objective.: To get insight into GP care for chronic diseases in UM compared with documented migrants (DM). Methods.: A survey study of medical records of UM and DM in five general practices in the Netherlands with extensive experience in caring for UM...
April 21, 2017: Family Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444175/predictive-value-of-telomere-length-on-outcome-following-acute-myocardial-infarction-evidence-for-contrasting-effects-of-vascular-vs-blood-oxidative-stress
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Marios Margaritis, Fabio Sanna, George Lazaros, Ioannis Akoumianakis, Sheena Patel, Alexios S Antonopoulos, Chloe Duke, Laura Herdman, Costas Psarros, Evangelos K Oikonomou, Cheerag Shirodaria, Mario Petrou, Rana Sayeed, George Krasopoulos, Regent Lee, Dimitris Tousoulis, Keith M Channon, Charalambos Antoniades
Aims: Experimental evidence suggests that telomere length (TL) is shortened by oxidative DNA damage, reflecting biological aging. We explore the value of blood (BTL) and vascular TL (VTL) as biomarkers of systemic/vascular oxidative stress in humans and test the clinical predictive value of BTL in acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Methods and results: In a prospective cohort of 290 patients surviving recent AMI, BTL measured on admission was a strong predictor of all-cause [hazard ratio (HR) [95% confidence interval (CI)]: 3...
April 24, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443680/periodic-breathing-during-incremental-exercise
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Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Ugo Corrà, Michele Emdin
Periodic breathing during incremental cardiopulmonary exercise testing is a regularly recurring waxing and waning of tidal volume due to oscillations in central respiratory drive. Periodic breathing is a sign of respiratory control system instability, which may occur at rest or during exercise. The possible mechanisms responsible of exertional periodic breathing might be related to any instability of the ventilatory regulation caused by: 1) increased circulatory delay (i.e., circulation time from the lung to the brain and chemoreceptors, due to reduced cardiac index leading to delay in information transfer), 2) increase in controller gain (i...
April 26, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443506/catestain-a-master-regulator-of-cardiovascular-functions
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Sushil K Mahata, Malapaka Kiranmayi, Nitish R Mahapatra
Cardiovascular disease (CVD), the most common cause of death globally, accounts for ~30% of all deaths worldwide. Hypertension is a common contributor to morbidity and mortality from CVD. The plasma concentration of chromogranin A (CgA) is elevated in patients with CVD as well as patients with established human essential hypertension and heart failure (HF). In contrast, the plasma level of the CgA-derived peptide catestatin (CST) is diminished in human essential hypertension. Low conversion of CgA-to-CST has been associated with increased mortality in patients hospitalized with acute HF...
April 24, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443337/inhaled-nanoparticles-accumulate-at-sites-of-vascular-disease
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Mark R Miller, Jennifer B Raftis, Jeremy P Langrish, Steven G McLean, Pawitrabhorn Samutrtai, Shea P Connell, Simon Wilson, Alex T Vesey, Paul H B Fokkens, A John F Boere, Petra Krystek, Colin J Campbell, Patrick W F Hadoke, Ken Donaldson, Flemming R Cassee, David E Newby, Rodger Duffin, Nicholas L Mills
The development of engineered nanomaterials is growing exponentially, despite concerns over their potential similarities to environmental nanoparticles that are associated with significant cardiorespiratory morbidity and mortality. The mechanisms through which inhalation of nanoparticles could trigger acute cardiovascular events are emerging, but a fundamental unanswered question remains: Do inhaled nanoparticles translocate from the lung in man and directly contribute to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease? In complementary clinical and experimental studies, we used gold nanoparticles to evaluate particle translocation, permitting detection by high-resolution inductively coupled mass spectrometry and Raman microscopy...
April 26, 2017: ACS Nano
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28443142/effects-of-androgen-deprivation-therapy-on-hypercoagulability-in-prostate-cancer-patients-a-prospective-longitudinal-study
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Harmanpreet Kaur, D Robert Siemens, Angela Black, Sylvia Robb, Spencer Barr, Charles H Graham, Maha Othman
INTRODUCTION: Androgen-deprivation therapy (ADT) is the mainstay of systemic therapy for advanced prostate cancer (PCa), but has significant adverse effects, including increasing concern for cardiovascular (CV) and thromboembolic (TE) complications. This study carefully investigates any relationship between ADT use and hypercoagulability as a possible mechanism of these adverse effects. METHODS: We performed a prospective, longitudinal study in a cohort of patients with advanced PCa initiating ADT (n=18)...
January 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442571/beta-2-adrenergic-receptor-activation-mobilizes-intracellular-calcium-via-a-non-canonical-camp-independent-signaling-pathway
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Monica Galaz-Montoya, Sara J Wright, Gustavo J Rodriguez, Olivier Lichtarge, Theodore G Wensel
Beta adrenergic receptors (βARs) are G protein-coupled receptors essential for physiological responses to the hormones/neurotransmitters epinephrine and norepinephrine which are found in the nervous system and throughout the body. They are the targets of numerous widely used drugs, especially in the case of the most extensively studied βAR, β2AR, whose ligands are used for asthma and cardiovascular disease. βARs signal through Gαs G proteins and via activation of adenylyl cyclase and cAMP-dependent protein kinase, but some alternative downstream pathways have also been proposed, which could be important for understanding normal physiological functioning of β2AR signaling and its disruption in disease...
April 25, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442382/relationship-between-sensorimotor-peripheral-nerve-function-and-indicators-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-function-in-older-adults-from-the-health-aging-and-body-composition-study
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Brittney S Lange-Maia, Anne B Newman, John M Jakicic, Jane A Cauley, Robert M Boudreau, Ann V Schwartz, Eleanor M Simonsick, Suzanne Satterfield, Aaron I Vinik, Sasa Zivkovic, Tamara B Harris, Elsa S Strotmeyer
BACKGROUND: Age-related peripheral nervous system (PNS) impairments are highly prevalent in older adults. Although sensorimotor and cardiovascular autonomic function have been shown to be related in persons with diabetes, the nature of the relationship in general community-dwelling older adult populations is unknown. METHODS: Health, Aging and Body Composition participants (n=2399, age=76.5±2.9years, 52% women, 38% black) underwent peripheral nerve testing at the 2000/01 clinic visit...
April 22, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442310/copd-osa-overlap-syndrome-evolving-evidence-regarding-epidemiology-clinical-consequences-and-management
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REVIEW
Walter T McNicholas
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSA) are both highly prevalent, which implies that both disorders occurring together (overlap syndrome) is likely to be common based on chance association alone. However, different clinical COPD phenotypes influence the likelihood of co-existing OSA in that the increased lung volumes and low body mass index (BMI) associated with the predominant emphysema phenotype protects against OSA, whereas the higher likelihood of peripheral edema and increased BMI associated with the predominant chronic bronchitis phenotype promotes OSA...
April 22, 2017: Chest
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442125/relation-of-risk-factors-and-abdominal-aortic-calcium-to-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-from-the-framingham-heart-study
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Oyere K Onuma, Karol Pencina, Saadia Qazi, Joseph M Massaro, Ralph B D'Agostino, Michael L Chuang, Caroline S Fox, Udo Hoffmann, Christopher J O'Donnell
Coronary artery calcium (CAC) and abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) permit assessment of the presence and burden of coronary and systemic atherosclerosis. Risk factors for progression of CAC and AAC and the association of AAC with CAC progression have not been well characterized in a community-dwelling cohort. We studied 1,959 asymptomatic participants from the Framingham Heart Study who underwent serial MDCT scans with a median interval of 6.1 years. Primary outcomes were (a) the incidence of CAC and AAC (CAC >0 and AAC >0 with baseline CAC = 0 and AAC = 0) and (b) absolute progression of CAC (CAC > baseline CAC and AAC > baseline AAC)...
May 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441951/minimal-clinically-important-difference-for-the-6-min-walk-test-literature-review-and-application-to-morquio-a-syndrome
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Rudolf Schrover, Kathryn Evans, Roberto Giugliani, Ian Noble, Kaustuv Bhattacharya
Morquio A syndrome is an ultra-rare, inherited lysosomal storage disorder associated with progressive, multi-systemic clinical impairments, causing gradual loss of functional capacity and endurance, impaired quality of life, and early mortality. Studies in Morquio A patients have used the 6-min walk test (6MWT) to assess functionality and endurance and to evaluate disease progression or efficacy of treatment. The objective of the present study was to review minimal clinically important differences (MCIDs) for the 6MWT reported for disease states that widely use the 6MWT to evaluate clinical benefit and to discuss the results in view of the challenges in estimating MCID for ultra-rare diseases, using the case of elosulfase alfa in Morquio A patients...
April 26, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441697/hypertension-management-in-a-population-of-older-adults-in-rural-south-africa
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Thiago Veiga Jardim, Sheridan Reiger, Shafika Abrahams-Gessel, F Xavier Gomez-Olive, Ryan G Wagner, Alisha Wade, Till W Bärnighausen, Joshua Salomon, Stephen Tollman, Thomas A Gaziano
OBJECTIVE: Assess awareness, treatment, and control of hypertension, as an indication of its management, in rural South Africa, especially regarding modifiers of these variables. METHODS: A population-representative sample of adults aged at least 40 years residing in the rural Agincourt subdistrict (Mpumalanga Province) covered by a long-term health and sociodemographic surveillance system was recruited. In-person interviews, physical exams, and dried blood spots were collected...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441692/physiological-role-of-endothelin-1-in-flow-mediated-vasodilatation-in-humans-and-impact-of-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Jérémy Bellien, Michèle Iacob, Christelle Monteil, Isabelle Rémy-Jouet, Clothilde Roche, Thomas Duflot, Cathy Vendeville, Laurence Gutierrez, Christian Thuillez, Vincent Richard, Robinson Joannidès
OBJECTIVES: The current study addressed the hypothesis that the local decrease in endothelin-1 (ET-1) bioavailability during sustained flow increases contributes to endothelium-dependent, flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) of conduit arteries and is altered in presence of cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: In nine young healthy individuals, the decrease in local ET-1 plasma levels and radial artery FMD in response to hand skin heating (from 34 to 44 °C) was not affected by endothelin type A (ETA) receptor blockade, achieved using the brachial infusion of BQ-123 (100 nmol/min per l of forearm), as compared with physiological saline (0...
June 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441428/increased-long-term-risk-of-major-adverse-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-carbon-monoxide-poisoning-a-population-based-study-in-taiwan
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Chung-Shun Wong, Ying-Chin Lin, Li-Chin Sung, Tzu-Ting Chen, Hon-Ping Ma, Yung-Ho Hsu, Shin-Han Tsai, Yuh-Feng Lin, Mei-Yi Wu
BACKGROUND: Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning may cause toxicity to the cardiovascular system. However, the association between CO poisoning and the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) remains unestablished. We investigated the incidence of MACE after CO poisoning in Taiwan and evaluated whether CO-poisoned individuals had a higher risk of MACE than did the general population. METHODS: Using Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD) during 2005-2013, a nationwide population-based cohort study was conducted among patients who experienced CO poisoning between 2005 and 2013...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440795/multimodal-chest-surface-motion-data-for-respiratory-and-cardiovascular-monitoring-applications
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Ghufran Shafiq, Kalyana Chakravarthy Veluvolu
Chest surface motion is of significant importance as it contains information of respiratory and cardiac systems together with the complex coupling between these two systems. Chest surface motion is not only critical in radiotherapy, but also useful in personalized systems for continuous cardiorespiratory monitoring. In this dataset, a multimodal setup is employed to simultaneously acquire cardiorespiratory signals. These signals include high-density trunk surface motion (from 16 distinct locations) with VICON motion capture system, nasal breathing from a thermal sensor, respiratory effort from a strain belt and electrocardiogram in lead-II configuration...
April 25, 2017: Scientific Data
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440254/combined-branch-retinal-vein-and-branch-retinal-artery-occlusion-clinical-features-systemic-associations-and-outcomes
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Sabyasachi Sengupta, Utsab Pan
PURPOSE: Retinal vascular occlusions affecting both the arterial and venous systems are rare events. Combined branch retinal artery (BRAO) and vein (BRVO) occlusion are exceedingly rare and not well characterized. METHODS: Six patients with combined BRAO and BRVO underwent a comprehensive eye examination, fundus fluorescein angiography, optical coherence tomography, and cardiovascular evaluation. RESULTS: Mean age at presentation was 54 ± 7...
March 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440199/anti-hyperglycemic-agents-for-the-treatment-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-role-in-cardioprotection-during-the-last-decade
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Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Lale Tokgozoglu
Type 2 diabetic patients are known to have a tendency to develop cardiovascular (CV) disease (CVD), and related unfavourable outcomes such as heart failure, myocardial infarction (MI), cerebrovascular events (eg. stroke), and related mortality. Long- term clinical trials have revealed contradictory findings regarding the relationship between glycemic control and CV benefits due to variations in the key characteristics of the study population. During the last decade, number of pharmacological agents used for glucose- lowering in the treatment of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) has increased owing to the introduction of dipeptidyl peptidase- IV (DPP- IV) inhibitors, glucagon- like peptide- 1 (GLP- 1) receptor agonists, and sodium-glucose co-transporter 2 (SGLT- 2) inhibitors...
April 23, 2017: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28439951/incidence-and-risk-factors-of-hypotension-after-intravenous-fosphenytoin-administration
#20
H K Kim, I G Hwang, I-S Koh, D W Kim
WHAT IS KNOWN AND OBJECTIVE: Fosphenytoin (FOS) administered intravenously offers several benefits over intravenously administered phenytoin, including a faster infusion rate, decreased pain and irritation at the infusion site, and fewer cardiovascular complications. However, some studies suggest that the intravenous administration of FOS in some patients may also induce adverse cardiovascular events. Here, we investigated the clinical characteristics of patients who experienced hypotension following an intravenous infusion of a FOS loading dose...
April 24, 2017: Journal of Clinical Pharmacy and Therapeutics
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