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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640873/healthy-aging-of-the-left-ventricle-in-relationship-to-cardiovascular-risk-factors-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#1
Chia-Ying Liu, Shenghan Lai, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Harjit Chahal, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Joao A C Lima, David A Bluemke
BACKGROUND: Understanding the relationship of cardiovascular structure and function to age is confounded by the high prevalence of traditional risk factors in the United States. The purpose of the study is to compare left ventricular (LV) and aortic structural, and functional parameters in individuals with and without traditional risk factors in a population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: 3015 study participants (48% men, age 55-94, mean 69.01±9.17 years) in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging from 2010-2012...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632653/imaging-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease-part-ii-advanced-cmr-techniques
#2
Anurag Sahu, Timothy C Slesnick
Because of great strides in medical care, survival into adulthood has become a common expectation in patients suffering from nearly all forms of congenital heart disease. As this aging population expands, the utilization of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in their care continues to grow. Magnetic resonance technology has developed exponentially over the last 2 decades, and several advanced techniques for imaging adults with congenital heart disease have moved from the purely research arena into routine clinical care...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630204/a-low-molecular-weight-alginate-oligosaccharide-disrupts-pseudomonal-microcolony-formation-and-enhances-antibiotic-effectiveness
#3
Manon F Pritchard, Lydia C Powell, Alison A Jack, Kate Powell, Konrad Beck, Hannah Florance, Julian Forton, Philip D Rye, Arne Dessen, Katja E Hill, David W Thomas
In chronic respiratory disease the formation of dense, 3-dimensional 'micro colonies' by Pseudomonas aeruginosa within the airway plays an important role in contributing to resistance to treatment. An in vitro biofilm model of pseudomonal microcolony formation using artificial sputum (AS) medium was established to study the effects of low molecular weight alginate oligomers (OligoG CF-5/20) on pseudomonal growth, microcolony formation and the efficacy of colistin. The studies employed clinical cystic fibrosis (CF) isolates (n=3) and reference non-mucoid and mucoid multi-drug resistant (MDR) CF isolates (n=7)...
June 19, 2017: Antimicrobial Agents and Chemotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629772/impact-of-the-cardiovascular-system-associated-adipose-tissue-on-atherosclerotic-pathology
#4
REVIEW
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Andrey V Grechko, Veronika A Myasoedova, Alexandra A Melnichenko, Alexander N Orekhov
Cardiac obesity makes an important contribution to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. One of the important pathways of this contribution is the inflammatory process that takes place in the adipose tissue. In this review, we consider the role of the cardiovascular system-associated fat in atherosclerotic cardiovascular pathology and a non-atherosclerotic cause of coronary artery disease, such as atrial fibrillation. Cardiovascular system-associated fat not only serves as the energy store, but also releases adipokines that control local and systemic metabolism, heart/vascular function and vessel tone, and a number of vasodilating and anti-inflammatory substances...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629605/ct-findings-in-11-patients-with-tafro-syndrome-a-variant-of-multicentric-castleman-s-disease
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T Kiguchi, C Sato, K Takai, Y Nakai, Y Kaneko, M Matsuki
AIM: To assess detailed computed tomography (CT) findings in patients with the recently described thrombocytopenia, anasarca, fever, reticulin fibrosis, and organomegaly (TAFRO) syndrome, in order to contribute to imaging interpretation in the challenging diagnosis of this disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and waived the need for informed consent. Eleven patients (six men, five women; mean age, 52.5 years) with confirmed TAFRO syndrome were included in this study...
June 16, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624925/liver-fibrosis-in-vivo-evaluation-using-intravoxel-incoherent-motion-derived-histogram-metrics-with-histopathologic-findings-at-3-0-t
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Fubi Hu, Ru Yang, Zixing Huang, Min Wang, Hanmei Zhang, Xu Yan, Bin Song
PURPOSE: To retrospectively determine the feasibility of intravoxel incoherent motion (IVIM) imaging based on histogram analysis for the staging of liver fibrosis (LF) using histopathologic findings as the reference standard. METHODS: 56 consecutive patients (14 men, 42 women; age range, 15-76, years) with chronic liver diseases (CLDs) were studied using IVIM-DWI with 9 b-values (0, 25, 50, 75, 100, 150, 200, 500, 800 s/mm(2)) at 3.0 T. Fibrosis stage was evaluated using the METAVIR scoring system...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624924/evaluation-of-hepatic-fibrosis-a-review-from-the-society-of-abdominal-radiology-disease-focus-panel
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REVIEW
Jeanne M Horowitz, Sudhakar K Venkatesh, Richard L Ehman, Kartik Jhaveri, Patrick Kamath, Michael A Ohliger, Anthony E Samir, Alvin C Silva, Bachir Taouli, Michael S Torbenson, Michael L Wells, Benjamin Yeh, Frank H Miller
Hepatic fibrosis is potentially reversible; however early diagnosis is necessary for treatment in order to halt progression to cirrhosis and development of complications including portal hypertension and hepatocellular carcinoma. Morphologic signs of cirrhosis on ultrasound (US), computed tomography (CT), and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) alone are unreliable and are seen with more advanced disease. Newer imaging techniques to diagnose liver fibrosis are reliable and accurate, and include magnetic resonance elastography and US elastography (one-dimensional transient elastography and point shear wave elastography or acoustic radiation force impulse imaging)...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624923/a-comparison-of-enhancement-patterns-on-dynamic-enhanced-ct-and-survival-between-patients-with-pancreatic-neuroendocrine-tumors-with-and-without-intratumoral-fibrosis
#8
Cherry Kim, Jae Ho Byun, Seung-Mo Hong, Soyeon An, Jin Hee Kim, Seung Soo Lee, Hyoung Jung Kim
PURPOSE: To compare CT findings and survival between patients with pancreatic neuroendocrine tumors (pNETs) with and without fibrosis. METHODS: Forty-five pNET patients with intratumoral fibrosis (group A) were matched for age, gender, and tumor size and grade with 45 pNET patients without (group B), and CT images were retrospectively reviewed. Hounsfield units (HUs) of tumors in unenhanced, arterial and portal phases, HU ratio (tumor to normal parenchyma) in each phase, enhancement patterns, visible enhancement pattern changes, and survival were compared...
June 17, 2017: Abdominal Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620752/fatty-metaplasia-quantification-and-impact-on-regional-myocardial-function-as-assessed-by-advanced-cardiac-mr-imaging
#9
Tomas Lapinskas, Bernhard Schnackenburg, Marc Kouwenhoven, Rolf Gebker, Alexander Berger, Remigijus Zaliunas, Burkert Pieske, Sebastian Kelle
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to investigate the advantages of recently developed cardiac imaging techniques of fat-water separation and feature tracking to characterize better individuals with chronic myocardial infarction (MI). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty patients who had a previous MI underwent CMR imaging. The study protocol included routine cine and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) technique. In addition, mDixon LGE imaging was performed in every patient. Left ventricular (LV) circumferential (EccLV) and radial (ErrLV) strain were calculated using dedicated software (CMR(42), Circle, Calgary, Canada)...
June 15, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620681/cardiac-t1-mapping-in-congenital-heart-disease-bolus-vs-infusion-protocols-for-measurements-of-myocardial-extracellular-volume-fraction
#10
Nadya Al-Wakeel-Marquard, Sanaz Rastin, Frédéric Muench, Darach O H-Ici, Sevim Yilmaz, Felix Berger, Titus Kuehne, Daniel R Messroghli
Myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) reflecting diffuse myocardial fibrosis can be measured with T1 mapping cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) before and after the application of a gadolinium-based extracellular contrast agent. The equilibrium between blood and myocardium contrast concentration required for ECV measurements can be obtained with a primed contrast infusion (equilibrium contrast-CMR). We hypothesized that equilibrium can also be achieved with a single contrast bolus to accurately measure diffuse myocardial fibrosis in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616762/a-systematic-comparison-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-and-high-resolution-histological-fibrosis-quantification-in-a-chronic-porcine-infarct-model
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Johannes M I H Gho, René van Es, Frebus J van Slochteren, Sanne J Jansen Of Lorkeers, Allard J Hauer, Joep W M van Oorschot, Pieter A Doevendans, Tim Leiner, Aryan Vink, Folkert W Asselbergs, Steven A J Chamuleau
The noninvasive reference standard for myocardial fibrosis detection on cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) is late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Currently there is no consensus on the preferred method for LGE quantification. Moreover myocardial wall thickening (WT) and strain are measures of regional deformation and function. The aim of this research was to systematically compare in vivo CMR parameters, such as LGE, WT and strain, with histological fibrosis quantification. Eight weeks after 90 min ischemia/reperfusion of the LAD artery, 16 pigs underwent in vivo Cine and LGE CMR...
June 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613935/obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-subclinical-interstitial-lung-disease-in-mesa
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John S Kim, Anna J Podolanczuk, Priya Borker, Steven M Kawut, Ganesh Raghu, Joel D Kaufman, Karen D Hinckley Stukovsky, Eric A Hoffman, R Graham Barr, Daniel J Gottlieb, Susan S Redline, David J Lederer
RATIONALE: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been postulated to contribute to idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis by promoting alveolar epithelial injury via tractional forces and intermittent hypoxia. OBJECTIVE: To determine whether OSA is associated with subclinical interstitial lung disease (ILD) and with biomarkers of alveolar epithelial injury and remodeling. METHODS: We performed cross-sectional analyses of 1,690 community-dwelling adults who underwent 15-channel in-home polysomnography and thoracic computed tomography (CT) imaging in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis...
June 14, 2017: Annals of the American Thoracic Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612277/3-0%C3%A2-t-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-for-semi-quantitative-evaluation-of-coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Liang Yin, Hai-Yan Xu, Sui-Sheng Zheng, Ying Zhu, Jiang-Xi Xiao, Wei Zhou, Si-Si Yu, Liang-Geng Gong
This study aimed to assess coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) differences in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) first-pass perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement imaging. Forty-seven patients with HCM and twenty-one healthy volunteers underwent CMR at rest. Imaging protocols included short axis cine, first-pass myocardial perfusion, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Left ventricular end-diastolic wall thickness (EDTH), LGE, time to peak (Tpeak), maximal up-slope (Slopemax), and peak signal intensity (SIpeak) were assessed for each myocardial segment...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612067/stretch-dependent-changes-in-molecular-conformation-in-fibronectin-nanofibers
#14
John M Szymanski, Emily N Sevcik, Kairui Zhang, Adam W Feinberg
Fibronectin (FN) is an extracellular matrix (ECM) glycoprotein that plays an important role in a wide range of biological processes including embryonic development, wound healing, and fibrosis. Recent evidence has demonstrated that FN is mechanosensitive, where the application of force induces conformational changes within the FN molecule to expose otherwise cryptic binding domains. However, it has proven technically challenging to dynamically monitor how the nanostructure of FN fibers changes as a result of force-induced extension, due in part to the inherent complexity of FN networks within tissue and cell-generated extracellular matrix (ECM)...
June 14, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611243/optimization-of-a-collagen-targeted-positron-emission-tomography-probe-for-molecular-imaging-of-pulmonary-fibrosis
#15
Pauline Désogère, Luis F Tapias, Tyson A Rietz, Nicholas Rotile, Francesco Blasi, Helen Day, Justin Elliot, Bryan C Fuchs, Michael Lanuti, Peter Caravan
There is a large unmet need for a simple, accurate, non-invasive, quantitative and high resolution imaging modality to detect lung fibrosis at early stage and to monitor disease progression. Overexpression of collagen is a hallmark of organ fibrosis. Here, we describe the optimization of a collagen-targeted positron emission tomography (PET) probe for staging pulmonary fibrosis. Methods: Six peptides were synthesized, conjugated to a copper chelator, and radiolabeled with copper-64. The collagen affinity of each probe was measured in a plate-based assay...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611116/recent-advances-in-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-techniques-and-applications
#16
Michael Salerno, Behzad Sharif, Håkan Arheden, Andreas Kumar, Leon Axel, Debiao Li, Stefan Neubauer
Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging has become the gold standard for evaluating myocardial function, volumes, and scarring. Additionally, cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging is unique in its comprehensive tissue characterization, including assessment of myocardial edema, myocardial siderosis, myocardial perfusion, and diffuse myocardial fibrosis. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging has become an indispensable tool in the evaluation of congenital heart disease, heart failure, cardiac masses, pericardial disease, and coronary artery disease...
June 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610723/pathophysiology-of-paroxysmal-and-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-rotors-foci-and-fibrosis
#17
REVIEW
Dennis H Lau, Dominik Linz, Ulrich Schotten, Rajiv Mahajan, Prashanthan Sanders, Jonathan M Kalman
Recent advances in our understanding of the mechanisms underlying atrial fibrillation (AF) have further underscored the complex pathophysiological basis of the arrhythmia. It has become apparent that the current clinical classification of AF does not reflect the severity of the underlying atrial disease. Atrial fibrosis has been identified as the key structural change in different substrates that are responsible for the perpetuation of AF. Three-dimensional electroanatomical mapping and late gadolinium-enhanced magnetic resonance imaging are novel modalities that can be used to facilitate identification and quantitation of atrial fibrosis for improved delineation of the AF substrate...
May 24, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608326/identification-of-myocardial-diffuse-fibrosis-by-11-heartbeat-molli-t-1-mapping-averaging-to-improve-precision-and-correlation-with-collagen-volume-fraction
#18
Vassilios S Vassiliou, Katharina Wassilew, Donnie Cameron, Ee Ling Heng, Evangelia Nyktari, George Asimakopoulos, Anthony de Souza, Shivraman Giri, Iain Pierce, Andrew Jabbour, David Firmin, Michael Frenneaux, Peter Gatehouse, Dudley J Pennell, Sanjay K Prasad
OBJECTIVES: Our objectives involved identifying whether repeated averaging in basal and mid left ventricular myocardial levels improves precision and correlation with collagen volume fraction for 11 heartbeat MOLLI T 1 mapping versus assessment at a single ventricular level. MATERIALS AND METHODS: For assessment of T 1 mapping precision, a cohort of 15 healthy volunteers underwent two CMR scans on separate days using an 11 heartbeat MOLLI with a 5(3)3 beat scheme to measure native T 1 and a 4(1)3(1)2 beat post-contrast scheme to measure post-contrast T 1, allowing calculation of partition coefficient and ECV...
June 12, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607615/diffuse-interstitial-fibrosis-assessed-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-dispersion-of-ventricular-repolarization-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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David Hurtado-de-Mendoza, Celia P Corona-Villalobos, Iraklis Pozios, Jorge Gonzales, Yalda Soleimanifard, Sanjay Sivalokanathan, Diego Montoya-Cerrillo, Styliani Vakrou, Ihab Kamel, Wilfredo Mormontoy-Laurel, Ketty Dolores-Cerna, Jacsel Suarez, Sergio Perez-Melo, David A Bluemke, Theodore P Abraham, Stefan L Zimmerman, M Roselle Abraham
BACKGROUND: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is characterized by myocyte hypertrophy, disarray, fibrosis, and increased risk for ventricular arrhythmias. Increased QT dispersion has been reported in patients with HCM, but the underlying mechanisms have not been completely elucidated. In this study, we examined the relationship between diffuse interstitial fibrosis, replacement fibrosis, QTc dispersion and ventricular arrhythmias in patients with HCM. We hypothesized that fibrosis would slow impulse propagation and increase dispersion of ventricular repolarization, resulting in increased QTc dispersion on surface electrocardiogram (ECG) and ventricular arrhythmias...
June 2017: Journal of Arrhythmia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606026/subclinical-myocardial-disease-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-spectroscopy-in-healthy-hiv-hepatitis-c-virus-coinfected-persons
#20
Kara W Chew, Chia-Ying Liu, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Diana Liao, Tamara B Horwich, João A C Lima, David A Bluemke, J Paul Finn, Adeel A Butt, Judith S Currier
Objective The contribution of hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection to the risk of heart failure in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV)-coinfected persons is unknown. The objective was to characterize cardiac function and morphology in HIV-treated coinfected persons. Methods In a cross-sectional study, HIV-infected patients virologically suppressed on antiretroviral therapy without known cardiovascular disease or diabetes mellitus underwent cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and spectroscopy for measures of cardiac function, myocardial fibrosis, and steatosis...
January 1, 2017: Journal of International Medical Research
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