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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28437601/maternal-hemodynamics-in-normal-pregnancies-reference-ranges-and-the-role-of-maternal-characteristics
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Dimuthu Vinayagam, Baskaran Thilaganathan, Oliver Stirrup, Elena Mantovani, Asma Khalil
OBJECTIVES: The main aim of this study was to construct reference ranges of the maternal central hemodynamic parameters during pregnancy. The second aim was to determine the maternal and pregnancy characteristics, which influence these hemodynamic parameters. METHODS: This was a prospective cohort study of low-risk pregnant women attending for routine antenatal care at St George's Hospital, London. The exclusion criteria included any medical disorder present at the time of study recruitment, or development of hypertension or intrauterine fetal growth restriction following study recruitment...
April 24, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436705/pharmacologically-increasing-collateral-perfusion-during-acute-stroke-using-a-carboxyhemoglobin-gas-transfer-agent-sanguinate%C3%A2-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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Marilyn J Cipolla, Italo Linfante, Abe Abuchowski, Ronald Jubin, Siu-Lung Chan
Similar to patients with chronic hypertension, spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) develop fast core progression during middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) resulting in large final infarct volumes. We investigated the effect of Sanguinate™ (SG), a PEGylated carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) gas transfer agent, on changes in collateral and reperfusion cerebral blood flow and brain injury in SHR during 2 h of MCAO. SG (8 mL/kg) or vehicle ( n = 6-8/group) was infused i.v. after 30 or 90 min of ischemia with 2 h reperfusion...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Cerebral Blood Flow and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435120/the-role-of-platelets-in-hemostasis-and-the-effects-of-snake-venom-toxins-on-platelet-function
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Mayara Ribeiro de Queiroz, Bruna Barbosa de Sousa, Déborah Fernanda da Cunha Pereira, Carla Cristine Neves Mamede, Mariana Santos Matias, Nadia Cristina Gomes de Morais, Júnia de Oliveira Costa, Fábio de Oliveira
The human body has a set of physiological processes, known as hemostasis, which keeps the blood fluid and free of clots in normal vessels; in the case of vascular injury, this process induces the local formation of a hemostatic plug, preventing hemorrhage. The hemostatic system in humans presents complex physiological interactions that involve platelets, plasma proteins, endothelial and subendothelial structures. Disequilibrium in the regulatory mechanisms that control the growth and the size of the thrombus is one of the factors that favors the development of diseases related to vascular disorders such as myocardial infarction and stroke, which are among the leading causes of death in the western world...
April 20, 2017: Toxicon: Official Journal of the International Society on Toxinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435084/optimization-of-behavioural-tests-for-the-prediction-of-outcomes-in-mouse-models-of-focal-middle-cerebral-artery-occlusion
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Zhuoyu Wen, Xiaomeng Xu, Lili Xu, Lian Yang, Xiaohui Xu, Juehu A Zhu, Li Wu, Yongjun Jiang, Xinfeng Liu
Intraluminal middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) is the most widely used model of stroke. We aimed to predict the outcome of MCAO using a combination of fine behavioural tests for the prediction of unsuccessful surgery in mice leading to no infarction, haemorrhage and unexpected death. MCAO was performed on adult mice under the guidance of laser-Doppler flowmetry (LDF) to warrant a decrease in regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) in the MCA territory. Four outcomes of MCAO were defined according to histological analysis: infarction, no infarction, haemorrhage and unexpected death (death within 24 h post-surgery)...
April 20, 2017: Brain Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434467/abdominal-and-auricular-acupuncture-reduces-blood-pressure-in-hypertensive-patients
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Hamid Abdi, Maryam Tayefi, Seyed Reza Moallem, Baxiao Zhao, Mojtaba Fayaz, Hossein Mohaddes Ardabili, Akram-Alsadat Razavi, Mahsa Darbandi, Sara Darbandi, Parisa Abbasi, Gordon A Ferns, Majid Ghayour-Mobarhan
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension is an important risk factor of cardiovascular disease (CVD), which is associated with premature death, myocardial infarction, stroke, peripheral vascular disease, and renal disease. The goal of the present study was to use a randomized controlled clinical trial to explore and compare the effectiveness of abdominal and auricular acupuncture on blood pressure in 440 subjects with and without obesity. METHODS: Four hundred participants were recruited and randomized to one of four groups: cases and controls receiving auricular acupuncture (204 subjects) and cases and controls receiving abdominal electroacupuncture (196 subjects)...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434461/effect-of-black-tea-consumption-on-radial-blood-pulse-spectrum-and-cognitive-health
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Chi-Wei Chang, Sheng-Hung Wang, Ming-Yie Jan, Wei-Kung Wang
Black tea consumption has been proven to improve endothelial function and to lower the risk of stroke and cognitive impairment. Several effects of black tea on cardiovascular system had been surveyed. However, the black tea effect on pressure pulse spectrum remains unknown. The study was aimed to investigate the influence of black tea on radial blood pressure and Pulse Spectrum. Fourteen healthy subjects received water and single doses of black tea (0.05g/Kg) in separate weeks. The radial blood pressure and pulse wave were measured and the pressure pulses were evaluated using harmonic analysis...
April 2017: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433650/long-noncoding-rna-malat1-is-a-potent-autophagy-inducer-protecting-brain-microvascular-endothelial-cells-against-oxygen-glucose-deprivation-reoxygenation-induced-injure-by-sponing-mir-26b-and-upregulating-ulk2-expression
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Zhijun Li, Jing Li, Na Tang
Brain microvascular endothelial cell (BMEC) injury induced by ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) is the initial stage of blood-brain barrier (BBB) disruption, which results in a poor prognosis in ischemic stroke patients. Autophagy has been shown to have protective effects on BMECs against cerebral ischemic insults. However, molecular mechanism of BMEC autophagy during I/R is unclear. Long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) are emerging as new factors involved in cell autophagy. LncRNA Malat1 is one of the most highly upregulated I/R or OGD/R-responsive endothelial lncRNA and plays a protective role in BMECs against cerebral ischemic insults...
April 19, 2017: Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433509/transcutaneous-aortic-valve-implantation-using-the-carotid-artery-access-feasibility-and-clinical-outcomes
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Zacharenia Kallinikou, Alexandre Berger, Patrick Ruchat, Gregory Khatchatourov, Isabelle Fleisch, Branislav Korkodelovic, Emmanuel Henchoz, René-Andréas Marti, Stéphane Cook, Mario Togni, Jean-Jacques Goy
BACKGROUND: Transcarotid access is an alternative route for transcutaneous aortic valve implantation (TAVI) in patients with impossible transfemoral access. AIMS: We evaluated the safety, effectiveness and early and late clinical outcomes of CoreValve(®) implantation via the common carotid artery. METHODS: Eighteen patients (10 men, 8 women; mean age 84±5 years) at high surgical risk (mean EuroSCORE II 16±13%) with significant peripheral artery disease underwent TAVI via common carotid artery access under general anaesthesia...
April 19, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432266/baseline-blood-pressure-effect-on-the-benefit-and-safety-of-intra-arterial-treatment-in-mr-clean-multicenter-randomized-clinical-trial-of-endovascular-treatment-of-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-the-netherlands
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Maxim J H L Mulder, Saliha Ergezen, Hester F Lingsma, Olvert A Berkhemer, Puck S S Fransen, Debbie Beumer, Lucie A van den Berg, Geert Lycklama À Nijeholt, Bart J Emmer, H Bart van der Worp, Paul J Nederkoorn, Yvo B W E M Roos, Robert J van Oostenbrugge, Wim H van Zwam, Charles B L M Majoie, Aad van der Lugt, Diederik W J Dippel
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: High blood pressure (BP) is associated with poor outcome and the occurrence of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage in acute ischemic stroke. Whether BP influences the benefit or safety of intra-arterial treatment (IAT) is not known. We aimed to assess the relation of BP with functional outcome, occurrence of symptomatic intracranial hemorrhage and effect of IAT. METHODS: This is a post hoc analysis of the MR CLEAN (Multicenter Randomized Clinical Trial of Endovascular Treatment of Acute Ischemic Stroke in the Netherlands)...
April 21, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432265/artemida-trial-a-randomized-trial-of-efficacy-12-months-international-double-blind-actovegin-a-randomized-controlled-trial-to-assess-the-efficacy-of-actovegin-in-poststroke-cognitive-impairment
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Alla Guekht, Ingmar Skoog, Sally Edmundson, Vladimir Zakharov, Amos D Korczyn
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Poststroke cognitive impairment is a debilitating consequence of stroke. The aim of this study was to assess whether Actovegin confers cognitive benefit in patients who have had an ischemic stroke. METHODS: This was a 12-month, parallel-group, randomized, multicenter, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Eligible patients were ≥60 years of age with a Montreal Cognitive Assessment test score of ≤25 points. Patients were randomized into 2 groups within 1 week of acute supratentorial ischemic stroke in a 1:1 ratio: Actovegin (a deproteinized hemoderivative of calf blood, 2000 mg/d for ≤20 intravenous infusions followed by 1200 mg/d orally) or placebo for 6 months...
April 21, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432115/effects-of-exercise-on-vascular-function-structure-and-health-in-humans
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Daniel J Green, Kurt J Smith
Physical activity has profound impacts on the vasculature in humans. Acute exercise induces immediate changes in artery function, whereas repeated episodic bouts of exercise induce chronic functional adaptation and, ultimately, structural arterial remodeling. The nature of these changes in function and structure are dependent on the characteristics of the training load and may be modulated by other factors such as exercise-induced inflammation and oxidative stress. The clinical implications of these physiological adaptations are profound...
April 21, 2017: Cold Spring Harbor Perspectives in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431990/a-common-polymorphism-decreases-lrp1-mrna-stability-and-is-associated-with-increased-plasma-factor-viii-levels
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Jiann-Der Lee, Kuang-Ming Hsiao, Pey-Jium Chang, Chih-Cheng Chen, Ya-Wen Kuo, Yen-Chu Huang, Huan-Lin Hsu, Ya-Hui Lin, Chih-Ying Wu, Ying-Chih Huang, Meng Lee, Chia-Yu Hsu, Yi-Ting Pan, Chih-Yu Kuo, Chun-Hsien Lin
The low-density lipoprotein receptor-related protein 1 (LRP1) gene is associated with increased levels of plasma factor VIII (FVIII). We aimed to explore eight functional genetic LRP1 variants for their potential roles in regulating FVIII levels and acute ischemic stroke (AIS). This genetic association study enrolled 192 patients with AIS and 134 controls. There were no significant differences in the genetic frequency of the eight functional single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) between the control and AIS groups...
April 18, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431669/after-the-leader-trial-and-sustain-6-how-do-we-explain-the-cardiovascular-benefits-of-some-glp-1-receptor-agonists
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B Vergès, B Charbonnel
Recent cardiovascular outcome trials - the LEADER with liragutide and SUSTAIN-6 with semaglutide - have shown significant reductions of major cardiovascular (CV) events with these glucagon-like peptide (GLP)-1 receptor agonists. Progressive separation of the treatment and placebo curves, starting clearly between 12 and 18 months of the trial period, and significant reductions in the risk of myocardial infarction and stroke, indicate that the beneficial CV effects observed with GLP-1 receptor agonists could be due to an antiatherogenic effect...
April 2017: Diabetes & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431614/permeability-surface-area-product-analysis-in-malignant-brain-edema-prediction-a-pilot-study
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O Volny, P Cimflova, T-Y Lee, B K Menon, C D d'Esterre
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Using an extended CT perfusion acquisition (150s), we sought to determine the association between perfusion parameters and malignant edema after ischemic stroke. METHODS: Patients (from prospective study PROVE-IT, NCT02184936) with terminal internal carotid artery±proximal middle cerebral occlusion were involved. CTA was assessed for clot location and status of leptomeningeal collaterals. The following CTP parameters were calculated within the ischemic territory and contralaterally: permeability surface area product (PS), cerebral blood flow (CBF) and cerebral blood volume (CBV)...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431600/assessment-of-on-treatment-platelet-reactivity-and-relationship-with-cerebral-micro-embolic-signals-in-asymptomatic-and-symptomatic-carotid-stenosis
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Justin A Kinsella, W Oliver Tobin, Sean Tierney, Timothy M Feeley, Bridget Egan, Tara Coughlan, D Ronan Collins, Desmond O'Neill, Joseph A Harbison, Colin P Doherty, Prakash Madhavan, Dermot J Moore, Sean M O'Neill, Mary-Paula Colgan, Maher Saqqur, Raymond P Murphy, Niamh Moran, George Hamilton, Dominick J H McCabe
INTRODUCTION: The relationship between on-treatment platelet reactivity and cerebral micro-embolic signals (MES) is unknown, and has not been previously simultaneously assessed in asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid stenosis patients. METHODS: Consecutive eligible patients with ≥50% asymptomatic or recently symptomatic carotid stenosis (≤4weeks following TIA/ischaemic stroke) were recruited to this pilot study. Symptomatic patients were followed up to the 'late' phase (≥3months) following symptom onset or carotid intervention; longitudinal data were analysed from symptomatic patients with data available at both time-points...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431590/delays-in-door-to-needle-time-for-acute-ischemic-stroke-in-the-emergency-department-a-comprehensive-stroke-center-experience
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Ashkan Mowla, Jordan Doyle, Navdeep S Lail, Hamidreza Rajabzadeh-Oghaz, Christopher Deline, Peyman Shirani, Marilou Ching, Annemarie Crumlish, Deborah A Steck, David Janicke, Elad I Levy, Robert N Sawyer
BACKGROUND: Current American Stroke Association guidelines recommend initiating intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) for acute ischemic stroke (AIS) within 60min of patient arrival, given the benefits of IVT for AIS are time dependent. This study aimed to identify the delaying factors in door-to-needle time (DTN) in the emergency department of one of the largest comprehensive stroke centers in New York State. We also recommended measures to reduce the delays. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of all AIS patients who received IVT in our emergency department patients between April 1, 2012 and December 31, 2015 to identify those with a DTN time of >60min...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431475/validation-of-the-essen-stroke-risk-score-in-different-subtypes-of-ischemic-stroke
#17
Yi Liu, Yongjun Wang, William A Li, Aoshuang Yan, Yilong Wang
OBJECTIVE: Predictive scores are important tools for stratifying patients based on their risk of future vascular events and for selecting preventive therapies. The aim of this study is to validate the Essen Stroke Risk Score (ESRS) for stratifying stroke recurrence in different subtypes of non-atrial fibrillation ischemic stroke in a large Chinese cohort. METHODS: Data were derived from the Blood pressure and clinical Outcome in Stroke Survivors registry, which includes a cohort of 2204 stroke patients...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430966/decreased-thromboembolic-stroke-but-not-atherosclerosis-or-vascular-remodeling-in-mice-with-rock2-deficient-platelets
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Nikola Sladojevic, Goo Taeg Oh, Hyung-Hwan Kim, Lea M Beaulieu, Hervé Falet, Karol Kaminski, Jane E Freedman, James K Liao
Aims: Rho-associated coiled-coil containing kinase (ROCK)-2 is an important mediator of the actin cytoskeleton. Because changes in the actin cytoskeleton are critical for platelet function, we hypothesized that ROCK2 in platelets will play important role in thrombosis and can be potentially a target for therapeutic intervention in thromboembolic stroke. Methods and Results: We generated platelet-specific ROCK2-deficient mice (ROCK2 Plt-/- ) from conditional ROCK2 fl°x/fl°x and platelet factor (PF)-4-Cre transgenic mice...
April 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430947/electrocardiographic-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-predicts-cardiovascular-morbidity-and-mortality-in-hypertensive-patients-the-allhat-study
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Casper N Bang, Elsayed Z Soliman, Lara M Simpson, Barry R Davis, Richard B Devereux, Peter M Okin
BACKGROUND: Electrocardiographic (ECG) left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is a strong predictor of cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. However, the predictive value of ECG LVH in treated hypertensive patients remains unclear. METHODS: A total of 33,357 patients (aged ≥ 55 years) with hypertension and at least 1 other coronary heart disease (CHD) risk factor were randomized to chlorthalidone, amlodipine, or lisinopril. The outcome of the present study was all-cause mortality; and secondary endpoints were CHD, nonfatal myocardial infarction (MI), stroke, angina, heart failure (HF), and peripheral arterial disease...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430838/elevated-pulse-pressure-levels-are-associated-with-increased-in-hospital-mortality-in-acute-spontaneous-intracerebral-hemorrhage
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Jason J Chang, Yasser Khorchid, Kira Dillard, Ali Kerro, Lucia Goodwin Burgess, Georgy Cherkassky, Nitin Goyal, Kristina Chapple, Anne W Alexandrov, David Buechner, Andrei V Alexandrov, Georgios Tsivgoulis
OBJECTIVES: Clinical outcome after intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH) remains poor. Definitive phase-3 trials in ICH have failed to demonstrate improved outcomes with intensive systolic blood pressure (SBP) lowering. We sought to determine whether other BP parameters-diastolic BP (DBP), pulse pressure (PP), and mean arterial pressure (MAP)-showed an association with clinical outcome in ICH. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed a prospective cohort of 672 patients with spontaneous ICH and documented demographic characteristics, stroke severity, and neuroimaging parameters...
April 19, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
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