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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289532/association-between-high-cystatin-c-levels-and-carotid-atherosclerosis
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Toshiyuki Kobayashi, Hirohide Yokokawa, Kazutoshi Fujibayashi, Tomomi Haniu, Teruhiko Hisaoka, Hiroshi Fukuda, Toshio Naito
AIM: To investigate the association between carotid atherosclerosis and cystatin C (CysC) and to determine the optimal CysC cut-off value. METHODS: One hundred twenty-eight subjects were included in this study. Atherosclerosis was defined as a maximum carotid plaque thickness (MCPT) of greater than 2 mm. A receiver operating characteristic curve analysis was used to determine the diagnostic value of serum CysC for atherosclerosis. The subjects were divided into two groups according to the CysC cut-off value...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289530/consumption-of-energy-beverage-is-associated-with-attenuation-of-arterial-endothelial-flow-mediated-dilatation
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John P Higgins, Benjamin Yang, Nikki E Herrin, Santi Yarlagadda, George T Le, Brandon L Ortiz, Asif Ali, Stephen C Infanger
AIM: To investigate whether consumption of an energy drink will acutely impair endothelial function in young healthy adults. METHODS: Energy drinks are being consumed more and more worldwide, and have been associated with some deaths in adolescents and young adults, especially when consumed while exercising. After fasting and not smoking for at least 8 h prior, eleven medical students (9 males) received an electrocardiogram, blood pressure and pulse check, and underwent baseline testing (BL) of endothelial function using the technique of endothelium-dependent flow mediated dilatation (FMD) with high-resolution ultrasound (according to recommended guidelines of the University of Wisconsin Atherosclerosis Imaging Research Program Core Laboratory)...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275938/role-of-coronary-calcium-for-risk-stratification-and-prognostication
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REVIEW
Negin Nezarat, Michael Kim, Matthew Budoff
A multitude of studies now support the understanding that an increased coronary artery calcium (CAC) score represents advanced atherosclerosis and high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and, as such, should be treated with conventional therapies for those considered high risk. Data is now available to guide treatment with aspirin, statins, and lifestyle management. The new ACC/AHA 2013 guidelines support intensifying statin therapy when the CAC is ≥75th percentile for age, sex, and ethnicity/race or when the calcium score is ≥300 Agatston units...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275419/early-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-coronary-heart-disease-in-symptomatic-subjects-with-advanced-vascular-atherosclerosis-of-the-carotid-artery-type-iii-and-iv-b-findings-using-ultrasound
#4
Ansgar Adams, Waldemar Bojara, Klaus Schunk
BACKGROUND: A study was conducted as to whether the early diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD) in symptomatic patients with advanced atherosclerosis of the carotid artery was more successful using ultrasound technology than exercise electrocardiography (ECG). METHODS: Within the scope of an occupational screening program using subjects from diverse employment sectors, people were given the opportunity to determine their risk of heart attack. During the study, the total plaque area (TPA), the maximum plaque thickness in the carotid artery and the PROCAM scores of 3,513 healthy men and 2,088 healthy women between the ages of 20 and 65 were determined...
February 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28262215/aerobic-exercise-suppresses-atherosclerosis-through-adiponectin-nuclear-transcription-factor-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway-in-apolipoprotein-e-deficient-mice
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Weidong Wu, Haiying Wang, Guangfa Jiao, Jingjing Yue, Guowei Wang
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the therapeutic effect of aerobic exercise on atherosclerosis (AS) in apolipoprotein E-deficient mice and the adiponectin (ApN)-nuclear transcription factor κB (NF-κB) pathway involved in the related anti-inflammation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: ApoE-deficient mice with AS (AS+C), and ApoE-deficient mice with AS and aerobic exercise (AS+E) were investigated for body weight and visceral fat. Pathomorphology of the aortic vascular wall was qualitatively and quantitatively evaluated with hematoxylin-eosin staining...
March 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254386/the-role-of-exercise-training-and-the-endocannabinoid-system-in-atherosclerotic-plaque-burden-and-composition-in-apo-e-deficient-mice
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Michalis Katsimpoulas, Nikolaos E Kadoglou, Petros Moustardas, Alkistis Kapelouzou, Eleni Dede, Nikolaos Kostomitsopoulos, Panayotis E Karayannacos, Alkiviadis Kostakis, Christos D Liapis
INTRODUCTION: We investigated the effect of combining exercise training and treatment with an endocannabinoid receptor 1 inhibitor (Rimonabant) on atherosclerosis burden and composition. METHODS: Forty-eight apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE-/-) mice were kept on a 16-week high-fat diet. Mice were then placed on a normal diet and were randomized to the following groups with n=12 mice for 6 more weeks: 1) Control (Co) - no intervention; 2) Exercise (Ex) - exercise training on treadmill; 3) Rimonabant (Ri) - oral administration of rimonabant (10 mg/kg/day); or 4) Rimonabant+Exercise (RiEx) - combination of Ri and Ex groups treatment...
November 16, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202852/association-of-serum-uric-acid-levels-with-leg-ischemia-in-patients-with-peripheral-arterial-disease-after-treatment
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Yoko Sotoda, Shigeki Hirooka, Hiroyuki Orita, Ichiro Wakabayashi
AIM: We investigated the relationships of serum uric acid levels with the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD) after treatment. METHODS: Subjects were male patients diagnosed with PAD. Atherosclerosis at the common carotid artery was evaluated based on its intima-media thickness (IMT). Leg arterial flow was evaluated by measuring ankle-brachial index (ABI) and exercise-induced decrease in ABI. RESULTS: Among various risk factors including age, blood pressure, adiposity, estimated glomerular filtration rate, and blood lipid, blood glucose, uric acid, fibrinogen and C-reactive protein levels, only uric acid levels showed significant correlations with ABI [Pearson's correlation coefficient, -0...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190797/endothelial-function-in-children-and-adolescents-is-mainly-influenced-by-age-sex-and-physical-activity%C3%A3-an-analysis-of-reactive-hyperemic-peripheral-artery-tonometry
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Ulrike M Mueller, Claudia Walther, Jennifer Adam, Kati Fikenzer, Sandra Erbs, Meinhard Mende, Volker Adams, Axel Linke, Gerhard Schuler
BACKGROUND: As adolescents rarely experience cardiovascular events, surrogate markers of atherosclerosis are useful to justify and monitor effects of primary prevention and therapy of risk factors. Endothelial function assessed by reactive hyperemic peripheral arterial tonometry (RH-PAT) resulting in a reactive hyperemic index (RHI) is a noninvasive method with limited data for use in children and adolescents.Methods and Results:We performed a total of 931 RHI measurements in 445 high-school students, aged 10-17 years, over a time period of 5 years...
February 11, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166422/relation-of-heart-rate-recovery-after-exercise-testing-to-coronary-artery-calcification
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Sae Young Jae, Sudhir Kurl, Jari A Laukkanen, Eun Sun Yoon, Yoon-Ho Choi, Bo Fernhall, Barry A Franklin
BACKGROUND: We examined whether slow heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise testing as an estimate of impaired autonomic function is related to coronary artery calcification (CAC), an emerging marker of coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS: We evaluated 2088 men who participated in a health screening program that included measures of CAC and peak or symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing. HRR was calculated as the difference between peak heart rate during exercise testing and the heart rate at 2 minutes of recovery after peak exercise...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159811/using-heat-as-a-therapeutic-tool-for-the-aging-vascular-tree
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Ryan McGinn, Martin P Poirier, Glen P Kenny
Healthy aging in humans is associated with progressive deterioration of various organ systems, the cardiovascular system being one of the most notable. Young arteries have a pronounced ability to dilate and constrict to mediate changes in blood flow in response to various stimuli (e.g. exposure to a cold or hot environment). With increasing age, complex structural and functional changes to the blood vessels occur which are further exacerbated by common comorbidities including hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hypercholesterolemia...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155616/crosstalk-between-oxidative-and-nitrosative-stress-and-arterial-stiffness
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Ioana Mozos, Constantin Tudor Luca
Arterial stiffness, the expression of reduced arterial elasticity, is an effective predictor of cardiovascular disorders. Oxidative stress is an imbalance between exposure to toxic reactive oxygen species (ROS) and antioxidant systems. The increase in reactive nitrogen species (RNS) is termed nitrosative stress. We review the main mechanisms and products linking arterial stiffness with oxidative and nitrosative stress in several disorders, focusing on recent experimental and clinical data, and the mechanisms explaining benefits of antioxidant therapy...
February 1, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150485/obesity-and-cardiovascular-diseases
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Sergey Kachur, Carl J Lavie, Alban DE Schutter, Richard V Milani, Hector O Ventura
Obesity is increasingly more common in post-industrial societies, and the burden of childhood obesity is increasing. The major effects of obesity on cardiovascular (CV) health are mediated through the risk of metabolic syndrome (insulin-resistance, dyslipidemia, and hypertension), such that an absence of these risk factors in obese individuals may not be associated with increased mortality risk. In individuals already diagnosed with chronic CV disease (CVD), the overweight and class I obese have significant associations with improved survival...
February 1, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28144449/intermediate-risk-chronic-stable-angina-neutrophil-lymphocyte-ratio-and-fibrinogen-levels-improved-predicting-angiographically-detected-coronary-artery-disease
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Habib Haybar, Ahmad Ahmadzadeh, Ahmadreza Assareh, Nader Afshari, Mohammadreza Bozorgmanesh, Mahdis Vakili
BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) is the leading cause of death worldwide. Research indicates that coronary atherosclerosis is the most frequent cause of CHD. Evidence is scarce concerning the clinical efficacy of fibrinogen or neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) measurement in risk-stratifying patients with chronic stable angina. OBJECTIVES: To examine the independent and incremental prognostic value of fibrinogen and neutrophil-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) for angiographically-detected coronary artery disease (CAD)...
September 2016: Iranian Red Crescent Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128058/apolipoprotein-a-antisense-oligonucleotides-a-new-treatment-option-for-lowering-elevated-lipoprotein-a
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Julia Schreml, Ioanna Gouni-Berthold
BACKGROUND: Lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] is a particle similar to LDL that contains an additional protein called apolipoprotein(a) [apo(a)]. Recent epidemiologic and Mendelian randomization studies have provided evidence that Lp(a) may be causally related to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). While the risk association between Lp(a) concentrations and CVD is weak it seems to be continuous in shape and without an obvious threshold for Lp(a) levels. METHODS: Circulating concentrations of Lp(a) are genetically determined and desirable levels are < 50 mg/dl...
January 25, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28115916/pro-coagulant-activity-during-exercise-testing-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Joanna Cwikiel, Ingebjorg Seljeflot, Eivind Berge, Harald Arnesen, Kristian Wachtell, Hilde Ulsaker, Arnljot Flaa
BACKGROUND: Strenuous exercise may trigger myocardial infarction through increased pro-coagulant activity. We aimed to investigate whether patients referred for exercise testing, who were found to have angiographically verified coronary artery disease (CAD), have a more hypercoagulable profile during exercise testing than those without CAD. METHODS: Patients with symptoms of stable CAD were examined with exercise electrocardiography on bicycle ergometer. Venous blood samples were taken at rest and within 5 min after end of exercise...
2017: Thrombosis Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108464/lower-extremity-peripheral-artery-disease-and-quality-of-life-among-older-individuals-in-the-community
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Aozhou Wu, Josef Coresh, Elizabeth Selvin, Hirofumi Tanaka, Gerardo Heiss, Alan T Hirsch, Bernard G Jaar, Kunihiro Matsushita
BACKGROUND: Evidence regarding the association of lower extremity peripheral arterial disease with quality of life (QOL) is mainly from selected clinical populations or relatively small clinical cohorts. Thus, we investigated this association in community-derived populations. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using data of 5115 participants aged 66 to 90 years from visit 5 (2011-2013) of the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study, we quantified the associations of ankle-brachial index (ABI) with several QOL parameters, including 12-item Short-Form Health Survey (SF-12), after accounting for potential confounders using linear and logistic regression models...
January 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097467/strenuous-exercise-and-cardiovascular-disease-outcomes
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REVIEW
Jonathan H Kim, Aaron L Baggish
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review summarizes several issues at the forefront of recent controversies involving the appropriate exercise dose including epidemiologic data describing mortality trends in those who engage in high levels of physical activity and recent observational data suggesting adverse cardiovascular outcomes among long-term endurance athletes. RECENT FINDINGS: The benefits of habitual and moderate levels of exercise on cardiovascular disease outcomes in the general population have been well established...
January 2017: Current Atherosclerosis Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28094226/relationship-between-age-and-cardiometabolic-index-in-japanese-men-and-women
#18
Ichiro Wakabayashi
BACKGROUND: Cardiometabolic index (CMI) is a new discriminator of the risk of diabetes and has been reported to be associated with the degree of atherosclerosis. However, it is unknown whether and how age influences CMI. METHODS: The subjects were Japanese men (n=35684) and women (n=18793) aged ≥35 and ≤70 years who had received periodic health examinations at workplaces. CMI and its association with diabetes were compared among different age groups in men and women...
January 13, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078998/lipoprotein-a-management-pharmacological-and-apheretic-treatment
#19
Ruth Hanssen, Ioanna Gouni-Berthold
Lipoprotein (a) [Lp(a)] is an low-density lipoprotein (LDL)-like particle with an additional apolipoprotein, apolipoprotein (a), [apo(a)] attached to apolipoprotein B. Recent epidemiologic and Mendelian randomization studies have provided evidence that Lp(a) is causally related to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD). The risk association between Lp(a) concentrations and CVD is still controversial but seems to be continuous and without an obvious threshold Lp(a) level. Circulating concentrations of Lp(a) are genetically determined; desirable levels are amplt; 50 mg/dl...
January 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067100/effects-of-a-single-bout-of-strenuous-exercise-on-platelet-activation-in-female-apoe-ldlr-mice
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K Przyborowski, H Kassassir, M Wojewoda, K Kmiecik, B Sitek, K Siewiera, A Zakrzewska, A M Rudolf, R Kostogrys, C Watala, J A Zoladz, S Chlopicki
Strenuous physical exercise leads to platelet activation that is normally counterbalanced by the production of endothelium-derived anti-platelet mediators, including prostacyclin (PGI2) and nitric oxide (NO). However, in the case of endothelial dysfunction, e.g. in atherosclerosis, there exists an increased risk for intravascular thrombosis during exercise that might be due to an impairment in endothelial anti-platelet mechanisms. In the present work, we evaluated platelet activation at rest and following a single bout of strenuous treadmill exercise in female ApoE/LDLR(-)(/-) mice with early (3-month-old) and advanced (7-month-old) atherosclerosis compared to female age-matched WT mice...
January 9, 2017: Platelets
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