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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601234/comparison-of-echocardiographic-findings-in-patients-with-nonfunctioning-adrenal-incidentalomas
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Narin Nasıroglu Imga, Ozgul Ucar Elalmıs, Mazhar Muslum Tuna, Bercem Aycıcek Dogan, Deniz Sahın, Tugba Gursoy, Yavuz Yalcın, Dilek Berker, Serdar Guler
Adrenal incidentalomas (AIs) are usually discovered incidentally after imaging unrelated to adrenal glands. We aimed to evaluate standard risk factors for systemic atherosclerosis and echocardiographic changes in patients with nonfunctioning AIs and compare them with normal subjects. We evaluated 70 patients diagnosed with AIs and 51 healthy controls. Mean levels were determined for HbA1c, LDL, uric acid, fasting plasma insulin, HOMA, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR), and these values were found to be significantly higher in the patients than the controls...
June 2017: Kaohsiung Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28574108/comparative-in-vivo-analysis-of-the-role-of-the-adventitia-and-the-endothelium-on-arterial-mechanical-function-relevance-for-aortic-counterpulsation
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Daniel Bia, Yanina Zócalo, Sandra Wray, Edmundo I Cabrera-Fischer
PURPOSE: The comparative effect of the intimal and adventitial layers on arterial biomechanics control, in basal and altered conditions, remains to be elucidated. This study aimed (1) to characterize the arterial conduit (CF) and buffering (distensibility) function of the iliac arteries in in vivo animals, in which the intimal and adventitial layers were removed; (2) to determine the effects of intra-aortic ballon pumping (IABP) on simultaneously de-adventitialized (DA) and de-endothelialized (DE) iliac arteries before and after induced heart failure...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559496/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-cardiovascular-function-and-the-brain-is-dementia-a-cardiovascular-driven-disease
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REVIEW
Albert de Roos, Jeroen van der Grond, Gary Mitchell, Jos Westenberg
The proximal aorta acts as a coupling device between heart and brain perfusion, modulating the amount of pressure and flow pulsatility transmitted into the cerebral microcirculation. Stiffening of the proximal aorta is strongly associated with age and hypertension. The detrimental effects of aortic stiffening may result in brain damage as well as heart failure. The resulting cerebral small vessel disease and heart failure may contribute to early cognitive decline and (vascular) dementia. This pathophysiological sequence of events underscores the role of cardiovascular disease as a contributory mechanism in causing cognitive decline and dementia and potentially may provide a starting point for prevention and treatment...
May 30, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538380/acute-effects-of-cinacalcet-on-arterial-stiffness-and-ventricular-function-in-hemodialysis-patients-a-randomized-double-blinded-crossover-study
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Aurélie Poulin, Pierre-Luc Bellemare, Catherine Fortier, Fabrice Mac-Way, Simon Desmeules, Karine Marquis, Valérie Gaudreault, Marcel Lebel, Mohsen Agharazii
BACKGROUND: Serum calcium concentration (Ca) plays an essential role in a vascular muscle tone and myocardial contractility. Previously, we showed that acutely lowering Ca by hemodialysis reduced arterial stiffness. Cinacalcet is a calcimimetic that lowers Ca and parathyroid hormone (PTH). The aim of the present study was to examine whether acute lowering of Ca by cinacalcet improves vascular stiffness and myocardial diastolic dysfunction. METHOD: This is a double-blinded randomized placebo-controlled crossover study that included 21 adult patients with end-stage kidney disease undergoing chronic hemodialysis...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535202/clinical-implications-of-hypothermic-ventricular-fibrillation-versus-beating-heart-technique-during-cardiopulmonary-bypass-for-pulmonary-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot
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Ji-Hyun Lee, Ji-Eun Lee, Jungho Shin, In-Kyung Song, Hee-Soo Kim, Chong-Sung Kim, Woong-Han Kim, Jin-Tae Kim
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to compare the effects of hypothermic ventricular fibrillation and beating-heart techniques during cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) on postoperative outcomes after simple pulmonary valve replacement in patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (TOF). METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the data of 47 patients with repaired tetralogy of Fallot at a single institution, who received pulmonary valve replacement under the ventricular fibrillation or beating-heart technique without cardioplegic cardiac arrest during CPB between January 2005 and April 2015...
May 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527353/mechanical-behavior-of-the-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-assessed-by-biaxial-tests-in-the-rat-xenograft-model
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Louise Marais, Mustapha Zidi
This paper addresses the mechanical biaxial behavior of degraded arteries obtained by the rat xenograft model. For that, a pressure myograph was used to perform extension-inflation tests on abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs). Furthermore, residual stresses in the aneurismal wall were assessed by opening angle tests. Thus, the changes in mechanical behavior between native murine aortas, decellularized guinea pig aortas (the grafts) and degraded aortas (AAAs) were investigated. It was shown that decellularized and degraded aortas exhibited a different mechanical behavior than native murine aortas...
May 12, 2017: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526073/pulse-wave-velocity-and-cardiac-autonomic-function-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#7
Stamatina Chorepsima, Ioanna Eleftheriadou, Anastasios Tentolouris, Ioannis Moyssakis, Athanasios Protogerou, Alexandros Kokkinos, Petros P Sfikakis, Nikolaos Tentolouris
BACKGROUND: Increased carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV) has been associated with incident cardiovascular disease, independently of traditional risk factors. Cardiac autonomic dysfunction is a common complication of diabetes and has been associated with reduced aortic distensibility. However, the association of cardiac autonomic dysfunction with PWV is not known. In this study we examined the association between cardiac autonomic function and PWV in subjects with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
May 19, 2017: BMC Endocrine Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490606/comparison-of-10-murine-models-reveals-a-distinct-biomechanical-phenotype-in-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms
#8
C Bellini, M R Bersi, A W Caulk, J Ferruzzi, D M Milewicz, F Ramirez, D B Rifkin, G Tellides, H Yanagisawa, J D Humphrey
Thoracic aortic aneurysms are life-threatening lesions that afflict young and old individuals alike. They frequently associate with genetic mutations and are characterized by reduced elastic fibre integrity, dysfunctional smooth muscle cells, improperly remodelled collagen and pooled mucoid material. There is a pressing need to understand better the compromised structural integrity of the aorta that results from these genetic mutations and renders the wall vulnerable to dilatation, dissection or rupture. In this paper, we compare the biaxial mechanical properties of the ascending aorta from 10 murine models: wild-type controls, acute elastase-treated, and eight models with genetic mutations affecting extracellular matrix proteins, transmembrane receptors, cytoskeletal proteins, or intracellular signalling molecules...
May 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486843/emergent-endovascular-repair-of-challenging-aortocaval-fistula-with-hostile-anatomy
#9
Yuewei Wang, Wenjuan Yu, Yongxin Li, Haofu Wang
Aortocaval fistula (ACF) is a rare complication. Endovascular repair is an option for this fatal condition. However, endoleak and persistent fistula may occur and lead to technical failure. We performed endovascular repair for 3 cases of challenging ACF with hostile anatomy. Patient 1 was an 80-year-old man who complained of abdominal distension and lower limb edema for 15 days. He had renal and cardiac dysfunction. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed an ACF and extreme tortuosity of right iliac artery...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484713/quantitative-aortic-distensibility-measurement-using-ct-in-patients-with-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-reproducibility-and-clinical-relevance
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Yunfei Zha, Gongling Peng, Liang Li, Chunying Yang, Xuesong Lu, Zhoufeng Peng
Purpose. To investigate the reproducibility of aortic distensibility (D) measurement using CT and assess its clinical relevance in patients with infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA). Methods. 54 patients with infrarenal abdominal aortic aneurysm were studied to determine their distensibility by using 64-MDCT. Aortic cross-sectional area changes were determined at two positions of the aorta, immediately below the lowest renal artery (level 1.) and at the level of its maximal diameter (level 2.) by semiautomatic segmentation...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458850/extensive-small-bowel-intramural-haematoma-secondary-to-warfarin
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Alexandra M Limmer, Zackariah Clement
Intramural haematoma is a rare complication of oral anticoagulant therapy, occurring in  1 in 2500 patients treated with warfarin. This report describes a 71-year-old gentleman who presented with tachycardia, vomiting and abdominal distension on a background of anticoagulation for a metallic aortic valve. He was found to have a supratherapeutic international normalized ratio (INR) of 9.9 with an extensive small bowel intramural haematoma and secondary small bowel obstruction. He was successfully managed non-operatively with fluid resuscitation, INR reversal, bowel rest and nasogastric decompression...
March 2017: Journal of Surgical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28379521/arterial-aging-mediates-the-effect-of-tnf-a-and-ace-polymorphisms-on-mental-health-in-elderly-individuals-insights-from-ikaria-study
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George Georgiopoulos, Christina Chrysohoou, Alessandra Errigo, Gianni Pes, Vasiliki Metaxa, Marina Zaromytidou, John Skoumas, Maria Kariori, George Lazaros, Georgia Vogiatzi, Michel Poulain, Dimitris Tousoulis, Christos Pitsavos, Christodoulos Stefanadis
Background: Aging is characterized by an insidious decline in cognitive function. Several genetic and lifestyle factors have been implicated in the increased risk or early onset of dementia We sought to assess the role of tumor necrosis factor (TNF) and angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) polymorphisms on the development of impaired mental health in respect to indices ïf arterial aging in nonagenarian individuals. Design: 178 consecutive subjects above 75 years that permanently inhabit in the island of Ikaria, Greece were recruited...
April 3, 2017: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28359981/increased-aortic-intima-media-thickness-following-kawasaki-disease
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Katherine Yh Chen, Diana Zannino, Nigel Curtis, Michael Cheung, David Burgner
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The cardiovascular risk following Kawasaki disease (KD), especially in those without coronary artery changes or with regressed coronary artery lesions, is unclear. We assessed markers of early atherosclerosis in individuals following KD, including those with and without coronary artery abnormalities. METHODS: We performed a cross-sectional case-control study of 60 patients (25 with always normal coronary arteries and 35 with abnormalities) and 60 controls, at least two years after KD...
May 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327475/free-breathing-black-blood-cine-fast-spin-echo-imaging-for-measuring-abdominal-aortic-wall-distensibility-a-feasibility-study
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Jyh-Miin Lin, Andrew J Patterson, Tzu-Cheng Chao, Chengcheng Zhu, Hing-Chiu Chang, Jason Mendes, Hsiao-Wen Chung, Jonathan H Gillard, Martin J Graves
The paper reports a free-breathing black-blood CINE fast-spin echo (FSE) technique for measuring abdominal aortic wall motion. The free-breathing CINE FSE includes the following MR techniques: (1) variable-density sampling with fast iterative reconstruction; (2) inner-volume imaging; and (3) a blood-suppression preparation pulse. The proposed technique was evaluated in eight healthy subjects. The inner-volume imaging significantly reduced the intraluminal artifacts of respiratory motion (p  =  0.015)...
May 21, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299609/ascending-aortic-distensibility-and-target-organ-damage-in-primary-hypertension-without-diabetes
#15
Chong-Fu Jia, Zhao-Qian Wang, Xi-Xia Sun, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Yu-Jie Zou, Yi-Nong Jiang
To investigate the relationship between ascending aortic distensibility (AAD) and hypertensive target organ damage (TOD) and its potential value in prediction. One hundred and sixty seven primary hypertension inpatients who underwent coronary CTA examination were enrolled into our study. Retrospective ECG-triggering scanning mode were applied and the images were reconstructed every 5% phase in the entire R-R interval. Maximum and minimum ascending aortic areas as well as the AAD value were calculated on the interested slice...
March 16, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285332/the-role-of-l-arginine-l-homoarginine-nitric-oxide-pathway-for-aortic-distensibility-and-intima-media-thickness-in-stroke-patients
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Arash Haghikia, Georgi Radoslavov Yanchev, Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Erik Hanff, Nils Bledau, Christian Widera, Kristina Sonnenschein, Aiden Haghikia, Karin Weissenborn, Johann Bauersachs, Udo Bavendiek, Dimitrios Tsikas
Asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and L-homoarginine (hArg) are L-arginine (Arg) metabolites derived from different pathways. Protein arginine N-methyltransferase (PRMT) and subsequent proteolysis of proteins containing methylarginine residues release ADMA. Arginine:glycine amidinotransferase (AGAT) converts Arg to hArg and guanidinoacetate (GAA). While high concentrations of ADMA and low concentrations of hArg in the blood have been established as cardiovascular risk markers, the cardiovascular relevance of GAA is still unexplored...
March 11, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285118/dynamic-changes-in-aortic-vascular-stiffness-in-patients-bridged-to-transplant%C3%A2-with-continuous-flow-left%C3%A2-ventricular-assist-devices
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Amit C Patel, R Blair Dodson, William K Cornwell, Kendall S Hunter, Joseph C Cleveland, Andreas Brieke, JoAnn Lindenfeld, Amrut V Ambardekar
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to measure aortic vascular stiffness from orthotopic heart transplant (OHT) patients exposed to varying types of flow as a result of the presence or absence of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) support pre-OHT. BACKGROUND: The effects of continuous-flow LVADs (CF-LVADs) on vascular properties are unknown, but may contribute to the pathophysiology of CF-LVAD complications such as stroke, hypertension, and bleeding. METHODS: Echocardiograms were reviewed from 172 OHT patients immediately before LVAD and at 3 time points post-OHT: baseline, 6 months, and 1 year...
March 4, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254817/deficient-circumferential-growth-is-the-primary-determinant-of-aortic-obstruction-attributable-to-partial-elastin-deficiency
#18
Yang Jiao, Guangxin Li, Arina Korneva, Alexander W Caulk, Lingfeng Qin, Matthew R Bersi, Qingle Li, Wei Li, Robert P Mecham, Jay D Humphrey, George Tellides
OBJECTIVE: Williams syndrome is characterized by obstructive aortopathy attributable to heterozygous loss of ELN, the gene encoding elastin. Lesions are thought to result primarily from excessive smooth muscle cell (SMC) proliferation and consequent medial expansion, although an initially smaller caliber and increased stiffness of the aorta may contribute to luminal narrowing. The relative contributions of such abnormalities to the obstructive phenotype had not been defined. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We quantified determinants of luminal stenosis in thoracic aortas of Eln(-/-) mice incompletely rescued by human ELN...
May 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253335/effects-of-age-associated-regional-changes-in-aortic-stiffness-on-human-hemodynamics-revealed-by-computational-modeling
#19
Federica Cuomo, Sara Roccabianca, Desmond Dillon-Murphy, Nan Xiao, Jay D Humphrey, C Alberto Figueroa
Although considered by many as the gold standard clinical measure of arterial stiffness, carotid-to-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV) averages material and geometric properties over a large portion of the central arterial tree. Given that such properties may evolve differentially as a function of region in cases of hypertension and aging, among other conditions, there is a need to evaluate the potential utility of cf-PWV as an early diagnostic of progressive vascular stiffening. In this paper, we introduce a data-driven fluid-solid-interaction computational model of the human aorta to simulate effects of aging-related changes in regional wall properties (e...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248531/baseline-values-of-cardiovascular-and-respiratory-parameters-predict-response-to-acute-hypoxia-in-young-healthy-men
#20
V N Melnikov, S G Krivoschekov, V E Divert, T G Komlyagina, N S Consedine
The majority of the available works have studied distinct hypoxic responses of respiratory and cardiovascular systems. This study examines how these systems interact while responding to hypoxia and whether baseline metrics moderate reactions to a hypoxic challenge. Central hemodynamic, aortic wave reflection, and gas exchange parameters were measured in 27 trained young men before and after 10-min normobaric isocapnic hypoxia (10 % O2). Associations were assessed by correlation and multiple regression analyses...
February 28, 2017: Physiological Research
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