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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768320/monocyte-chemoattractant-protein-1-as-a-predictor-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-receiving-coronary-angiography
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Simon A Mahler, Thomas C Register, Robert F Riley, Ralph B D'Agostino, Jason P Stopyra, Chadwick D Miller
BACKGROUND: Animal studies suggest that monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1) is a promising biomarker for coronary artery atherosclerosis (CAA), but human studies have been inconclusive. OBJECTIVE: To determine potential relationships between plasma MCP-1 and CAA in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS: A secondary analysis of 150 patients enrolled in emergency department chest pain risk stratification clinical investigations was conducted...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29763593/midlife-vascular-risk-factors-and-midlife-cognitive-status-in-relation-to-prevalence-of-mild-cognitive-impairment-and-dementia-in-later-life-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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David S Knopman, Rebecca F Gottesman, A Richey Sharrett, Amanda L Tapia, Sonia DavisThomas, B Gwen Windham, Laura Coker, Andrea L C Schneider, Alvaro Alonso, Josef Coresh, Marilyn S Albert, Thomas H Mosley
INTRODUCTION: The interplay between midlife vascular risk factors and midlife cognitive function with later life mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and dementia (DEM) is not well understood. METHODS: In the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, cardiovascular risk factors and cognition were assessed in midlife, ages 45-64 years. In 2011-2013, 20-25 years later, all consenting Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities participants underwent a cognitive and neurological evaluation and were given adjudicated diagnoses of cognitively normal, MCI, or DEM...
May 12, 2018: Alzheimer's & Dementia: the Journal of the Alzheimer's Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761548/variation-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-with-body-mass-index-in-healthy-adults-of-black-african-descent
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Adesola Abiodun Asaleye, Kolawole Thomas Braimoh, Olalekan Ibukun Oyinloye, Christianah Mopelola Asaleye, Adeleye Dorcas Omisore
OBJECTIVES: Studies have shown that common carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measured by B-mode sonography increases with body mass index (BMI) among subjects with cardiovascular diseases in different populations. However, association of body fat and subclinical atherosclerosis in the absence of these cardiovascular diseases is understudied. We aimed to evaluate the correlation between BMI and CIMT in a healthy adult population of black African ancestry. METHODS: This is a cross-sectional prospective study in 300 consecutive apparently healthy subjects aged 18 to 70 years without history of hypertension, dyslipidemia, diabetes mellitus, and renal disease...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755836/vitamin-d-deficiency-and-degree-of-coronary-artery-luminal-stenosis-in-women-undergoing-coronary-angiography-a-prospective-observational-study
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Chris Morgan, Andreas Kyvernitakis, Roy Cho, Orestis Pappas, Karthikeyan Ranganathan, Michael R Fischer, Venkatraman Srinivasan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Low serum 25-OH D levels are associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recent studies have linked 25-OH D deficiency with the presence of CAD. Women, especially post-menopausal, tend to suffer from accelerated atherosclerosis, along with vitamin D deficiency. In the present study we sought to investigate whether there is a direct association of coronary artery luminal stenosis with 25-OH D deficiency in women. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled women aged >40 who were scheduled to undergo elective coronary angiography between 3/2011 and 10/2016 in a prospective observational study...
2018: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753425/-the-contribution-of-systematic-implementation-of-cardiovascular-explorations-for-the-detection-of-cardiac-sources-of-embolism-in-patients-with-stroke-about-230-patients
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A Hadi, L Bendriss, A Khatouri
OBJECTIVES: Ischemic stroke are estimated at 80% of all strokes. Embolism of cardiac origin accounts for around 20% of them. The aim of our study is to report the contribution of cardiovascular investigations performed as a routine during the evaluation of patients with ischemic stroke. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This is a retrospective study of ischemic stroke cases collated in Cardiology department of the military hospital of Marrakech between January 2010 and December 2014...
May 9, 2018: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29749361/risk-factors-for-ruptured-intracranial-aneurysms
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Guang-Xian Wang, Dong Zhang, Zhi-Ping Wang, Liu-Qing Yang, Hua Yang, Wen Li
Background & objectives: The treatment of unruptured intracranial aneurysms (IAs) remains controversial; the ability to predict the risk of rupture for an aneurysm would be of clinical value. The aim of this study was to determine and evaluate the predictive value of the risk factors of IA rupture. Methods: This retrospective study involved 379 consecutive patients with 441 aneurysms between August 2011 and July 2014. Based on clinical data and computed tomography angiography findings, the potential of risk factors to predict the aneurysmal rupture was assessed using statistical methods...
January 2018: Indian Journal of Medical Research
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/29724303/-correlation-of-coronary-artery-tortuosity-caused-by-myocardial-bridge-with-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Ji Wei An, Xin Bin Zhao, He Liang Zhao, Wei Zhou
Objective To evaluate the potential correlation between coronary artery tortuosity caused by myocardial bridge and coronary atherosclerosis. Methods The data of 88 patients with suspected coronary heart disease in the Affiliated Hospital of North China University of Science and Technology during the period from March 2015 to June 2016 were retrospectively analyzed.Coronary artery tortuosity caused by myocardial bridge was diagnozed by computed tomography coronary angiography.Meanwhile,the contemporary data of patients diagnosed with coronary artery tortuosity without myocardial bridge were selected as the control group...
April 28, 2018: Zhongguo Yi Xue Ke Xue Yuan Xue Bao. Acta Academiae Medicinae Sinicae
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29720835/combination-of-garcinia-cambogia-extract-and-pear-pomace-extract-additively-suppresses-adipogenesis-and-enhances-lipolysis-in-3t3-l1-cells
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Kushal Sharma, Siwon Kang, Dalseong Gong, Sung-Hwa Oh, Eun-Young Park, Min-Ho Oak, Eunyoung Yi
Background: Inhibition of adipogenesis has been a therapeutic target for reducing obesity and obesity-related disorders such as diabetes, hypertension, atherosclerosis, and cancer. For decades, anti-adipogenic potential of many herbal extracts has been investigated. One example is Garcinia cambogia extract (GE) containing (-)-hydroxycitric acid as an active ingredient. GE is currently marketed as a weight loss supplement, used alone or with other ingredients. Pear pomace extract (PE), another natural product, has been also shown to have anti-adipogenic activity in a recent report...
April 2018: Pharmacognosy Magazine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29712720/metabolic-disorders-during-pregnancy-and-postpartum-cardiometabolic-risk
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Angelo Maria Patti, Kalliopi Pafili, Nikolaos Papanas, Manfredi Rizzo
Hormonal changes during pregnancy can trigger gestational diabetes (GDM), which is constantly increasing. Its main characteristic is pronounced insulin resistance, but it appears to be a multifactorial process involving several metabolic factors; taken together, the latter lead to silent or clinically evident cardiovascular (CV) events. Insulin resistance and central adiposity are of crucial importance in the development of metabolic syndrome and they appear to correlate with CV risk factors, including hypertension and atherogenic dyslipidaemia...
April 30, 2018: Endocrine Connections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29705998/photoacoustic-imaging-system-visualizes-restoration-of-peripheral-oxygenation-in-psoriatic-lesions
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Y Ishida, A Otsuka, T Honda, Y Asao, H Sekiguchi, A Yoshikawa, T Yagi, K Kabashima
Photoacoustic imaging (PAI) is an emerging technology that enables visualization of vasculatures and pigmented tissue in vivo1 . PAI has been used for the detection of cancers such as melanoma, thyroid cancer and breast cancer in pre-clinical studies2,3 . To date, no study has used PAI to assess a systemic, internal disease. Many systemic diseases such as hypertension and diabetes cause atherosclerosis (a macrovascular disease) and arteriosclerosis (a microvascular disease). While atherosclerosis is readily evaluated by clinical tests such as sonographic study of the common carotid arteries, arteriosclerosis cannot be readily assessed...
April 28, 2018: Journal of the European Academy of Dermatology and Venereology: JEADV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29704244/age-related-trends-in-cardiometabolic-disease-among-adults-with-cerebral-palsy
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Mark D Peterson, Neil Kamdar, Edward A Hurvitz
AIM: To examine the longitudinal trends of cardiometabolic diseases in a large sample of adults with cerebral palsy (CP). METHOD: The Optum Clinformatics Data Mart is a de-identified nationwide claims database of beneficiaries from a single private payer. Beneficiaries were included if they had an International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification code for a diagnosis of CP. Adults with at least 3 years of continuous enrollment on a single plan between 2002 and 2009 were included in the final analyses (n=2659)...
April 27, 2018: Developmental Medicine and Child Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29701384/endothelial-function-and-vascular-properties-in-severe-aortic-stenosis-before-and-after-aortic-valve-replacement-surgery
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Renata Melo, Francisca A Saraiva, Ana Filipa Ferreira, Soraia Moreira, Raquel Moreira, Rui J Cerqueira, Mário J Amorim, Paulo Pinho, André P Lourenço, Adelino F Leite-Moreira
INTRODUCTION: The degenerative process that results in aortic valve stenosis (AS) has pathophysiological features similar to the atherosclerotic process. We therefore hypothesized that, as in atherosclerosis, endothelial and vascular dysfunction could be a pathophysiologic feature of AS. AIM: To evaluate endothelial function before and after aortic valve replacement (AVR) surgery in patients with severe AS. To correlate endothelial function with severity of AS and clinical profile...
July 2017: Revista Portuguesa de Cirurgia Cardio-torácica e Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29688450/morphological-features-of-the-thoracic-aorta-and-supra-aortic-branches-in-patients-with-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-in-china
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Jin-Lin Wu, Liang Zhang, Jun-Tao Qiu, Cun-Tao Yu
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to investigate the morphological characteristics of the dissected thoracic aorta and brachiocephalic arteries within the Chinese population. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of computed tomography scans of 387 patients with acute Type A aortic dissection was carried out. The dimensions of the thoracic aorta at multiple levels and other imaging characteristics were studied. RESULTS: The patients with a maximum diameter ≥55 mm accounted for less than one-third of the population...
April 24, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29688324/determinants-of-long-term-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-angina-but-without-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Francesco Radico, Marco Zimarino, Fabio Fulgenzi, Fabrizio Ricci, Marta Di Nicola, Lasse Jespersen, Su Min Chang, Karin H Humphries, Mario Marzilli, Raffaele De Caterina
Aims: The long-term prognosis of angina in patients without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is uncertain. To assess the incidence of long-term adverse outcomes in such patients. Methods and results: We searched PubMed, Cochrane Library, the Embase database, and the Clinical Trials Registry for studies published in English until January 2017, assessing the composite primary outcome of all-cause death and non-fatal myocardial infarction using random-effects models to estimate pooled incidences...
April 23, 2018: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29686432/targeting-autophagy-in-obesity-from-pathophysiology-to-management
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REVIEW
Yingmei Zhang, James R Sowers, Jun Ren
Obesity poses a severe threat to human health, including the increased prevalence of hypertension, insulin resistance, diabetes mellitus, cancer, inflammation, sleep apnoea and other chronic diseases. Current therapies focus mainly on suppressing caloric intake, but the efficacy of this approach remains poor. A better understanding of the pathophysiology of obesity will be essential for the management of obesity and its complications. Knowledge gained over the past three decades regarding the aetiological mechanisms underpinning obesity has provided a framework that emphasizes energy imbalance and neurohormonal dysregulation, which are tightly regulated by autophagy...
April 23, 2018: Nature Reviews. Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29681053/diagnostic-value-of-plasma-pentraxin3-level-for-diagnosis-of-erectile-dysfunction
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Ali Erhan Eren, Ahmet Resit Ersay, Emrah Demirci, Cabir Alan, Gökhan Basturk
PURPOSE: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is a sexual dysfunction described as the inability to develop or maintain an erection of the penis adequate for sexual intercourse, and its prevalence increases with age. Seen as a common sexual disorder worldwide, organic causes are the underlying reason for 80 percent of ED cases, with the most characteristic pathology responsible for organic ED being atherosclerosis. This study investigates the diagnostic value of plasma PTX-3 levels in arterial ED...
April 19, 2018: Urology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29679391/cardiovascular-effects-of-sitagliptin-an-anti-diabetes-medicine
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REVIEW
Yi Zhou, Zhiying Guo, Wenjing Yan, Wen Wang
Dipeptidyl-peptidase-4 (DPP-4) inhibitors, as the most recent available anti-diabetic agents, were generally used in clinical treatment of type 2 diabetes (T2DM). In addition to anti-diabetic effects, the five most widely used DPP-4 inhibitors (sitagliptin, vildagliptin, saxagliptin, linagliptin and alogliptin) also exert cardiovascular protective effects. In recent years, increasing studies suggest that sitagliptin shows pleiotropic impacts towards the cardiovascular system either with or without diabetes...
April 21, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29668759/parametric-model-fitting-based-approach-for-retinal-blood-vessel-caliber-estimation-in-eye-fundus-images
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Teresa Araújo, Ana Maria Mendonça, Aurélio Campilho
BACKGROUND: Changes in the retinal vessel caliber are associated with a variety of major diseases, namely diabetes, hypertension and atherosclerosis. The clinical assessment of these changes in fundus images is tiresome and prone to errors and thus automatic methods are desirable for objective and precise caliber measurement. However, the variability of blood vessel appearance, image quality and resolution make the development of these tools a non-trivial task. METHOLODOGY: A method for the estimation of vessel caliber in eye fundus images via vessel cross-sectional intensity profile model fitting is herein proposed...
2018: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29663586/adiposity-body-composition-and-ventricular-arterial-stiffness-in-the-elderly-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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Miguel M Fernandes-Silva, Amil M Shah, Brian Claggett, Susan Cheng, Hirofumi Tanaka, Odilson M Silvestre, Wilson Nadruz, Barry A Borlaug, Scott D Solomon
AIM: Weight gain appears to accelerate age-related ventricular-arterial stiffening, which has been implicated in the development of heart failure (HF), but it is unclear whether body fat accumulation underpins this association. We evaluated the relationship of adiposity, using measures of body composition, with ventricular-arterial stiffness among the elderly in the community. METHODS AND RESULTS: Adiposity was accessed through body mass index (BMI), waist circumference, and body fat percentage...
April 16, 2018: European Journal of Heart Failure
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