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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789875/ct-angiography-in-the-lower-extremity-peripheral-artery-disease-feasibility-of-an-ultra-low-volume-contrast-media-protocol
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Barbora Horehledova, Casper Mihl, Gianluca Milanese, Rutger Brans, Nienke G Eijsvoogel, Babs M F Hendriks, Joachim E Wildberger, Marco Das
PURPOSE: The ALARA principle is not only relevant for effective dose (ED) reduction, but also applicable for contrast media (CM) management. Therefore, the aim was to evaluate the feasibility of an ultra-low CM protocol in the assessment of peripheral artery disease (PAD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty PAD patients were scanned on third-generation dual-source computed tomography, from diaphragm to the forefoot, as follows: tube voltage: 70 kV, reference effective tube current: 90 mAs, collimation: 192 × 2 × 0...
May 22, 2018: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29786836/initiating-life-long-aerobic-exercise-4-5-days-week-before-or-near-age-50-years-is-this-the-holy-grail-of-preventing-age-related-central-artery-stiffness
#2
Gary L Pierce
Stiffening of the large elastic central arteries, including the aorta and carotid arteries, occurs with advancing age in sedentary adults and predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) events independent of blood pressure and other risk factors. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
May 22, 2018: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785049/involvement-of-inhibitor-kappa-b-kinase-2-ikk2-in-the-regulation-of-vascular-tone
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Youngin Kwon, Soo-Kyoung Choi, Seonhee Byeon, Young-Ho Lee
Inhibitor kappa B kinase 2 (IKK2) plays an essential role in the activation of nuclear factor kappa B (NF-kB). Recently, it has been suggested that IKK2 acts as a myosin light chain kinase (MLCK) and contributes to vasoconstriction in mouse aorta. However, the underlying mechanisms are still unknown. Therefore, we investigated whether IKK2 acts as a MLCK or regulates the activity of myosin light chain phosphatase (MLCP). Pressure myograph was used to measure vascular tone in rat mesenteric arteries. Immunofluorescence staining was performed to identify phosphorylation levels of MLC (ser19), MYPT1 (thr853 and thr696) and CPI-17 (thr38)...
May 21, 2018: Laboratory Investigation; a Journal of Technical Methods and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784901/symptomatic-total-aortic-occlusion
#4
Bogdan Dutu, Dumitru Zdrenghea, Dana Pop, Gabriel Cismaru, Alexandru Martis, Adrian C Iancu
BACKGROUND Aortic occlusion, whether acute or subacute, is a rare but very serious entity with disastrous consequences if not treated in a timely fashion. Rapid diagnosis is crucial in this setting. In surgically treated patients there is a high degree of mortality and morbidity; therefore, percutaneous revascularization, whenever possible and independent of the available techniques, is much more desirable. CASE REPORT A 62-year-old woman with a history of diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and peripheral vascular disease, with previous femoral-femoral bypass for right common iliac artery occlusion, and with recent conventional angiography showing near occlusion of the ostial left common iliac artery (the donor vessel for the previous bypass), was referred to our hospital for conventional angioplasty...
May 22, 2018: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782425/increased-arterial-stiffness-in-a-cohort-of-pediatric-takayasu-arteritis-patients-in-toronto-adversely-affects-left-ventricular-mechanics
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Heynric B Grotenhuis, Florence A Aeschlimann, Wei Hui, Cameron Slorach, Rae S M Yeung, Susanne M Benseler, Timothy J Bradley, Lars Grosse-Wortmann
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: Takayasu arteritis (TA) is characterized by extensive aortic, large and midsize arterial wall inflammation. The aim of this study was to assess the morphological and elastic properties of the aorta and large arteries and the impact on left ventricular (LV) mechanics in children with TA. METHODS: Seven pediatric TA patients (6 female patients, 13.8 ± 3.2 years) were assessed with magnetic resonance imaging, vascular ultrasound, applanation tonometry, and echocardiography from February 2015 until July 2017 and compared with 7 age- and sex-matched controls...
May 19, 2018: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29773990/atorvastatin-inhibits-inflammatory-response-attenuates-lipid-deposition-and-improves-the-stability-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaques-by-modulating-autophagy
#6
Shi Peng, Long-Wei Xu, Xin-Yu Che, Qing-Qing Xiao, Jun Pu, Qin Shao, Ben He
Atherosclerosis is a chronic disease comprising intima malfunction and arterial inflammation. Recent studies have demonstrated that autophagy could inhibit inflammatory response in atherosclerosis and exert subsequent atheroprotective effects. Our previous study also demonstrated the role of autophagy in the inhibition of inflammation by atorvastatin in vitro . Therefore, in the present study, we aimed to determine whether atorvastatin could upregulate autophagy to inhibit inflammatory cytokines secretion, lipid accumulation, and improve vulnerable plaque stability, both in vitro and in vivo ...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29769130/diagnostic-accuracy-of-low-dose-dual-source-cardiac-computed-tomography-as-compared-to-surgery-in-univentricular-heart-patients
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Narumol Chaosuwannakit, Pattarapong Makarawate
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the ability of low radiation dose dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) to depict the features of morphological univentricular heart and to define accuracy by comparing findings with surgery. METHODS: Low radiation dose dual-source cardiac computed tomography (CCT) of 33 cases of functional univentricular heart preliminary diagnosis by echocardiography compared with the results of surgery were retrospectively analyzed (aged 1 day to 4 years, median 5 months)...
May 16, 2018: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761362/pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-left-heart-disease-diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-ct-in-chronic-systolic-heart-failure
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Geoffrey C Colin, Bernhard L Gerber, Christophe de Meester de Ravenstein, David Byl, Anna Dietz, Michele Kamga, Agnes Pasquet, David Vancraeynest, Jean-Louis Vanoverschelde, Anne-Marie D'Hondt, Benoit Ghaye, Anne-Catherine Pouleur
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the ability of chest computed tomography (CT) to predict pulmonary hypertension (PH) and outcome in chronic heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). METHODS: We reviewed 119 consecutive patients with HFrEF by CT, transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and right heart catheterization (RHC). CT-derived pulmonary artery (PA) diameter and PA to ascending aorta diameter ratio (PA:A ratio), left atrial, right atrial, right ventricular (RV) and left ventricular volumes were correlated with RHC mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP) ...
May 14, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755101/-outcome-of-surgical-treatment-of-locally-advanced-lung-cancer-after-induction-chemoradiotherapy
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Masayuki Tanahashi, Haruhiro Yukiue, Eriko Suzuki, Naoko Yoshii, Shinsuke Kitazawa, Yasunori Kaminuma, Hiroshi Niwa
OBJECTIVE: The outcome of surgical treatment of non-small-cell lung cancer after induction chemoradiotherapy was investigated. SUBJECTS: The subjects were 74 patients with non-small-cell lung cancer who received induction chemoradiotherapy( ICRT) between 1998 and 2016. ICRT was administered to pT3 lung cancer invading the chest wall(20 patients), pT4 lung cancer invading the adjacent organ(22 patients), and cN2 lung cancer(32 patients). cN2 was confirmed by mediastinoscopy(13 patients) and endobronchial ultrasound-guided transbronchial needle aspiration(EBUS-TBNA)(19 patients)...
April 2018: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753395/quantitative-extent-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-the-major-epicardial-coronary-arteries-in-patients-with-fatal-coronary-heart-disease-in-coronary-endarterectomy-specimens-in-aorta-coronary-saphenous-venous-conduits-and-means-to-prevent-the-plaques-a-review
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William C Roberts
This review tries to answer the following 15 questions: Is atherosclerosis a systemic or a regional disease? Is atherosclerosis in any particular region focal or diffuse? What is the quantity of atherosclerotic plaques in endarterectomy specimens of the right coronary artery in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) compared to that in the right coronary artery in patients with fatal coronary artery disease? How do the units used for measuring arterial narrowing by angiography compare to the units used for measuring arterial narrowing at necropsy? What do atherosclerotic plaques consist of in coronary arteries in patients with fatal coronary disease? What is the quantity of atherosclerotic plaque in bypassed -vs- non-bypassed native coronary arteries in patients dying early (<60 days) or late (>60 days) after coronary artery bypass grafting? What is the frequency of acute coronary lesions and multi-luminal channels at necropsy in patients with unstable angina pectoris, sudden coronary death, and acute myocardial infarction? What is the mechanism of luminal widening by angioplasty in the coronary arteries? What observations suggest that atherosclerotic plaques are the result at least in part of organization of thrombi? Is atherosclerosis a multifactoral or a unifactoral disease? What characteristics distinguish carnivores and herbivores? What are reasonable guidelines for whom to treat with lipid-altering agents? What is the rule of 5 and the rule of 7 in statin therapy? What is the effect of lipid lowering drug therapy on coronary luminal narrowing? What are some requisites for a healthy life?...
March 27, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748059/experience-with-the-axillary-artery-as-an-arterial-cannulation-site-in-patients-with-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection
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Arpit Talwar, Elvina Wiadji, Manu N Mathur
BACKGROUND: The optimal arterial cannulation site in patients undergoing surgical management of acute type A aortic dissection (ATAAD) remains controversial. The axillary artery is rarely involved in the dissection process, provides antegrade flow in the descending aorta and minimises intraoperative malperfusion. The purpose of this study is to evaluate a single surgeon's experience of axillary artery cannulation for ATAAD repair. METHODS: All consecutive patients over a 15-year period having surgical repair of ATAAD were included in this study...
March 29, 2018: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29746848/nitric-oxide-alterations-in-cardiovascular-system-of-rats-with-parkinsonism-induced-by-6-ohda-and-submitted-to-previous-exercise
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Lorena de Jager, Eric Diego Turossi Amorim, Bruno Fernando Cruz Lucchetti, Fernanda Novi Cortegoso Lopes, Carlos Cesar Crestani, Phileno Pinge-Filho, Marli Cardoso Martins-Pinge
Studies showed that physical exercise decreases the risk of developing Parkinson's disease (PD) as slowing its progression. During aerobic training, nitric oxide (NO) increases in the substantia nigra pars compacta (SNpc) of individuals with PD. However, no study has evaluated the effects of exercise on peripheral NO levels and its modulatory effects on cardiovascular dysfunctions of subjects with PD. Trained (T) or sedentary (S) animals underwent stereotactic surgery for bilateral 6-hydroxydopamine (6-OHDA) or vehicle microinfusion (Sham group)...
May 7, 2018: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742989/femoral-artery-aneurysm-repair-in-a-patient-with-a-fibrillin-2-mutation
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Thomas Ratschiller, Hannes Müller, Thomas Schachner, Franz Fellner, Gregor Sulzbacher, Andreas Zierer
Degenerative femoral artery aneurysms are uncommon and often associated with aneurysm in other distributions. We report a case of a 68-year-old man with multianeurysmal disease involving the aorta, iliac, femoral, and popliteal arteries managed interdisciplinary by stent-graft placement and open surgical repair. Genetic testing revealed a variant in the FBN2 gene encoding fibrillin-2, an important component of microfibrils. We detail arterial reconstruction of the femoral artery and discuss incidence, diagnosis, and therapy of femoral artery aneurysms...
January 1, 2018: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29742511/decellularized-pancreas-matrix-scaffolds-for-tissue-engineering-using-ductal-or-arterial-catheterization
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Javad Hashemi, Parvin Pasalar, Masoud Soleimani, Ehsan Arefian, Reza Khorramirouz, Aram Akbarzadeh, Fariba Ghorbani, Seyed Ehsan Enderami, Abdol Mohammad Kajbafzadeh
INTRODUCTION: Diabetes is known as a worldwide disease with a great burden on society. Since therapeutic options cover a limited number of target points, new therapeutic strategies in the field of regenerative medicine are considered. Bioscaffolds along with islet cells would provide bioengineered tissue as a substitute for β-cells. The perfusion-decellularization technique is considered to create such scaffolds since they mimic the compositional, architectural, and biomechanical nature of a native organ...
May 9, 2018: Cells, Tissues, Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29736852/thoracic-involvement-in-erdheim-chester-disease-computed-tomography-imaging-findings-and-their-association-with-the-braf-v600e-mutation
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S Mojdeh Mirmomen, Arlene Sirajuddin, Moozhan Nikpanah, Rolf Symons, Anna K Paschall, Ioannis Papageorgiou, William A Gahl, Kevin O'Brien, Juvianee I Estrada-Veras, Ashkan A Malayeri
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the computed tomography (CT) thoracic findings in Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) and evaluate the association of these findings with the BRAFV600E mutation. METHODS: This was a prospective study of patients with ECD (n=61, men=46) who underwent thoracic CT imaging. CT examinations were independently interpreted by two experienced radiologists. Association of imaging findings with BRAFV600E was achieved via the Chi-square or Fisher's exact test and odds ratios (OR) with 95% confidence intervals (CI), as appropriate...
May 7, 2018: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29731785/aortic-coarctation-never-too-late-to-diagnose-never-too-late-to-treat
#16
L Conti, S Borg Savona, T Spiteri, J Degiovanni, A Borg, M Caruana
We present two cases of severe aortic coarctation detected in adulthood and who underwent successful relief by transcatheter stent deployment using a new covered stent, Optimus® stent (AndraTec GmbH Koblenz, Germany). One patient is a 46-year old female with resistant arterial hypertension, in whom coarctation was suspected on a follow-up transthoracic echocardiogram for bicuspid aortic valve disease and subsequently confirmed on magnetic resonance imaging. The second patient is a 68-year old male whose coarctation was diagnosed incidentally at coronary angiography being performed as part of the preoperative work-up for severe aortic stenosis...
July 2017: Images in Paediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730724/patient-related-factors-influencing-detectability-of-coronary-arteries-in-320-row-ct-angiography-in-infants-with-complex-congenital-heart-disease
#17
Yuzo Yamasaki, Satoshi Kawanami, Takeshi Kamitani, Koji Sagiyama, Seitaro Shin, Takuya Hino, Hazumu Nagata, Hidetake Yabuuchi, Michinobu Nagao, Hiroshi Honda
To investigate the performance of second-generation 320-row computed tomographic (CT) angiography (CTA) in detecting coronary arteries and identify factors influencing visibility of the coronary arteries in infants with complex congenital heart disease (CHD). Data of 60 infants (aged 0-2 years, median 2 months) with complex CHD who underwent examination using 320-row CTA with low-dose prospective electrocardiogram-triggered volume target scanning were reviewed. The coronary arteries of each infant were assessed using a 0-4-point scoring system based on the number of coronary segments with a visible course...
May 5, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29730345/hemiarch-reconstruction-vs-clamped-aortic-anastomosis-for-concomitant-ascending-aortic-aneurysm
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Ibrahim Sultan, Valentino Bianco, Ibrahim Yajzi, Arman Kilic, Keith Dufendach, Arturo Cardounel, Andrew D Althouse, Ahmad Masri, Forozan Navid, Thomas G Gleason
BACKGROUND: Deep hypothermic circulatory arrest (DHCA) is often avoided in patients with concomitant ascending aortic pathology when treating other cardiac disease to avoid increased risk of morbidity and mortality. We hypothesized that the use of DHCA with retrograde cerebral perfusion (RCP) does not add incremental risk to ascending aortic replacement alone in the setting of concomitant cardiac surgery. METHODS: 408 ascending aortic ± hemiarch replacements and aortic (root)/mitral/tricuspid valve(s), CABG, or MAZE procedures were performed for concomitant cardiac disease...
May 3, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29719804/unilateral-pulmonary-artery-agenesis-an-unusual-cause-of-unilateral-ards
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Lakshmi Saladi, Swati Roy, Gilda Diaz-Fuentes
Unilateral pulmonary artery agenesis (UPAA) is a rare malformation that can present as an isolated anomaly or may be associated with certain congenital cardiac anomalies, such as tetralogy of Fallot, atrial septal defect, coarctation of aorta, right aortic arch, truncus arteriosus and pulmonary atresia. Clinical presentation is non-specific which makes the diagnosis elusive; chronic dyspnea, hemoptysis or recurrent infections are the most common manifestations. Patients may remain asymptomatic until adulthood...
2018: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29716795/metformin-prevents-the-development-of-severe-chronic-kidney-disease-and-its-associated-mineral-and-bone-disorder
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Ellen Neven, Benjamin Vervaet, Kerstin Brand, Ulrike Gottwald-Hostalek, Britt Opdebeeck, Annelies De Maré, Anja Verhulst, Jean-Daniel Lalau, Said Kamel, Marc E De Broe, Patrick C D'Haese
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) causes dysregulation of mineral metabolism, vascular calcification and renal osteodystrophy, an entity called 'CKD-Mineral and Bone Disorder' (CKD-MBD). Here we determine whether metformin, an anti-diabetic drug, exerts favorable effects on progressive, severe CKD and concomitant mineral metabolism disturbances. Rats with CKD-MBD, induced by a 0.25% adenine diet for eight weeks, were treated with 200 mg/kg/day metformin or vehicle from one week after CKD induction onward. Severe, stable CKD along with marked hyperphosphatemia and hypocalcemia developed in these rats which led to arterial calcification and high bone turnover disease...
April 28, 2018: Kidney International
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