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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636844/clonal-hematopoiesis-and-risk-of-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease
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Siddhartha Jaiswal, Pradeep Natarajan, Alexander J Silver, Christopher J Gibson, Alexander G Bick, Eugenia Shvartz, Marie McConkey, Namrata Gupta, Stacey Gabriel, Diego Ardissino, Usman Baber, Roxana Mehran, Valentin Fuster, John Danesh, Philippe Frossard, Danish Saleheen, Olle Melander, Galina K Sukhova, Donna Neuberg, Peter Libby, Sekar Kathiresan, Benjamin L Ebert
Background Clonal hematopoiesis of indeterminate potential (CHIP), which is defined as the presence of an expanded somatic blood-cell clone in persons without other hematologic abnormalities, is common among older persons and is associated with an increased risk of hematologic cancer. We previously found preliminary evidence for an association between CHIP and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, but the nature of this association was unclear. Methods We used whole-exome sequencing to detect the presence of CHIP in peripheral-blood cells and associated such presence with coronary heart disease using samples from four case-control studies that together enrolled 4726 participants with coronary heart disease and 3529 controls...
June 21, 2017: New England Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636491/atherosclerosis-induced-by-a-high-cholesterol-and-high-fat-diet-in-the-inbred-strain-of-the-wuzhishan-miniature-pig
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Yuqiong Zhao, Lei Xiang, Yaqian Liu, Miaomiao Niu, Jifang Yuan, Hua Chen
Coronary artery disease has a significant genetic predisposition, which mainly results from atherosclerosis. Miniature pig is an excellent model to investigate atherosclerosis. This study investigated whether the occurrence and development of atherosclerosis in the Wuzhishan miniature pigs (WZSPs) that were closely bred 12 generations had better consistency. The WZSPs (n = 9) were fed a high-cholesterol and high-fat diet (HCFD). After continuous feeding, 3 WZSPs each were sacrificed at 6, 8, and 12 months, respectively, and the general clinical manifestations and serological indexes were detected...
June 21, 2017: Animal Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634593/carcinoid-heart-disease-starting-from-heart-failure
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Nicole Bertin, Serena Favretto, Francesco Pelizzo, Lucio Mos, Franco Pertoldi, Olga Vriz
Carcinoid syndrome is the constellation of symptoms mediated by humoral factors produced by some carcinoid tumors. It consists primarily of vasomotor symptoms, gastrointestinal hypermotility, hypotension, and bronchospasm, due to the production and release of vasoactive substances. Carcinoid heart disease occurs in more than 50% of patients with carcinoid syndrome; in some cases, it represents the initial manifestation of the disease. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor admitted to the emergency room for fatigue and heart failure...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632651/imaging-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#4
Stephanie S Gaydos, Akos Varga-Szemes, Rochelle N Judd, Pal Suranyi, David Gregg
There has been tremendous growth in the population of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) over the last few decades because of advances in medical care. Whereas some cases are cured during childhood, most patients instead undergo palliation, which leaves them at risk for late complications. Lifelong clinical follow-up involving serial multimodality imaging is helpful to monitor and guide the treatment of late complications. Imaging of these individuals is challenging because of their unique anatomy and therefore requires careful consideration on a case-by-case basis...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28631316/recannulation-of-the-axillary-artery-in-aortic-and-complex-cardiac-surgery
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Philippa Jane Temple Bowers, Manu Narain Mathur
OBJECTIVES: Axillary artery cannulation has been used as an alternative site for cardiopulmonary bypass during surgery for aortic dissections and aneurysmal disease of the ascending aorta and arch. This study reports our experience with reusing the axillary artery for cardiopulmonary bypass during complex aortic and cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of a single surgeon's experience of recannulating the axillary artery for redo operations in complex aortic surgery...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629780/is-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-a-safe-option-for-chronic-dialysis-patients
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Giuseppe Gatti, Andrea Perrotti, Antonio Fiore, Eric Bergoend, Sidney Chocron, Jean-Paul Couetil, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo
BACKGROUND: The use of bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafting has been proposed for dialysis patients with multivessel coronary artery disease, primarily because of hypothetical long-term survival benefits. AIMS: To investigate the outcome of BITA grafting in dialysis patients. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis of the use of BITA grafting in 105 consecutive patients with end-stage renal failure on chronic dialysis in three European centres with extensive experience in BITA...
June 16, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623120/association-between-ischemic-stroke-and-erdheim-chester-disease-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
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Guillaume Fargeot, Sabrina Stefanizzi, Sebastien Depuydt, Frederic Klapczynski, Alain Ameri
Erdheim-Chester disease (ECD) is a rare form of non-Langerhans cell histiocytosis characterized by a xanthogranulomatous infiltration of tissues by spumous histiocytes. Neurological involvement is frequent, but ischemic strokes have been exceptionally described. We report the case of a 68-year-old woman who presented with an acute ischemic stroke associated with a multisystemic disorder including insipidus diabetes, infiltration of the aorta and the carotid arteries, perirenal infiltration, aortitis, and lytic bone lesions...
June 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28620320/abnormal-haemodynamic-flow-patterns-in-bicuspid-pulmonary-valve-disease
#8
Malenka M Bissell, Margaret Loudon, Stefan Neubauer, Saul G Myerson
Abnormal flow patterns in the aortas of those with bicuspid aortic valves (BAVs) are increasingly recognized as important in the pathogenesis of aortic dilatation but pulmonary flow patterns in bicuspid pulmonary valves have not been studied. Bicuspid pulmonary valve disease is rare and a small numbers of case reports describe concomitant pulmonary artery dilation similar to the dilation of the ascending aorta, which is often seen in BAVs disease. We examined three cases of bicuspid pulmonary valve disease, 10 healthy volunteers and 10 patients with BAV disease but a tricuspid pulmonary valve...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619955/pulmonary-artery-to-aorta-ratio-and-risk-of-all-cause-mortality-in-the-general-population-the-rotterdam-study
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Natalie Terzikhan, Daniel Bos, Lies Lahousse, Lennard Wolff, Katia M C Verhamme, Maarten J G Leening, Janine F Felix, Henning Gall, Hossein A Ghofrani, Oscar H Franco, M Arfan Ikram, Bruno H Stricker, Aad van der Lugt, Guy Brusselle
A pulmonary artery to aorta ratio (PA:A) >1 is a proxy of pulmonary hypertension. It is not known whether this measure carries prognostic information in the general population and in individuals with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD).Between 2003 and 2006, 2197 participants from the population-based Rotterdam Study (mean±sd age 69.7±6.7 years; 51.3% female), underwent cardiac computed tomography (CT) scanning with PA:A quantification, defined as the ratio between the diameters of the pulmonary artery and the aorta...
June 2017: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614819/osteoprotegerin-is-the-strongest-predictor-for-progression-of-arterial-calcification-in-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Marcela Avila, Carmen Mora, María Del Carmen Prado, Miriam Zavala, Ramón Paniagua
BACKGROUND: Arterial calcification (AC) is frequent in patients with end stage renal disease and is also considered a risk factor for later morbidity and mortality. However, long-term factors associated with the process are not well known. We analyzed the trends over time of biomarkers related with development and progression of AC in incident patients on peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS: We performed a prospective study with 186 patients on PD followed up for 1 year...
June 15, 2017: American Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614093/central-diastolic-pressure-decay-mediates-the-relationship-between-aortic-stiffness-and-myocardial-viability-potential-implications-for-aortosclerosis-induced-myocardial-ischemia
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Junichiro Hashimoto, Sadayoshi Ito
OBJECTIVE: Stiffening of the aorta often precedes coronary events, but little is known about the aetiological mechanism. We hypothesized that the predisposition to myocardial ischemia could be attributable to aortosclerosis-induced alterations in the central haemodynamics during diastole. METHODS: Using noninvasive tonometry and ultrasonography, we investigated the arterial pressure pulse waveforms, pulse wave velocities (PWVs) and compliance in 222 patients with hypertension...
June 16, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611395/shear-stress-induces-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-transcription-factor-snail
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Marwa M Mahmoud, Jovana Serbanovic-Canic, Shuang Feng, Celine Souilhol, Rouyu Xing, Sarah Hsiao, Akiko Mammoto, Jing Chen, Markus Ariaans, Sheila E Francis, Kim Van der Heiden, Victoria Ridger, Paul C Evans
Blood flow influences atherosclerosis by generating wall shear stress, which alters endothelial cell (EC) physiology. Low shear stress induces dedifferentiation of EC through a process termed endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). The mechanisms underlying shear stress-regulation of EndMT are uncertain. Here we investigated the role of the transcription factor Snail in low shear stress-induced EndMT. Studies of cultured EC exposed to flow revealed that low shear stress induced Snail expression. Using gene silencing it was demonstrated that Snail positively regulated the expression of EndMT markers (Slug, N-cadherin, α-SMA) in EC exposed to low shear stress...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609765/transcatheter-treatment-of-aortopulmonary-window-with-a-symmetrical-membranous-ventricular-septal-occluder
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Hai-Xia Xu, Dong-Dong Zheng, Min Pan, Xiao-Fei Li
Aortopulmonary window (APW), the presence of a communication between aorta and pulmonary artery, is a rare congenital heart disease, and surgical intervention is the standard for closure. Recently, several cases have been treated with transcatheter device occluders. Here, we report an APW patient treated successfully using a transcatheter closure with a symmetrical membranous ventricular septal occluder. We are the first to report on a case treated with this type of occluder for APW.
June 14, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599682/bilateral-ocular-ischemia-induced-blindness-as-a-presenting-manifestation-of-takayasu-arteritis-a-case-report
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Pedro Pallangyo, Emmanuel Epafra, Paulina Nicholaus, Frederick Lyimo, Parvina Kazahura, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Takayasu arteritis is a granulomatous panarteritis that predominantly affects the aorta and its major branches. The initial manifestations of this large-vessel vasculitis are usually nonspecific; however, as the disease progresses, typical symptoms of arterial occlusion, aneurysmal formation, and vascular pain become evident. Ischemic ocular complications of Takayasu arteritis which could lead to complete loss of vision are not uncommon and depend on the obliterated portion(s) of carotid(s), the intensity and rate of progression of ocular vascular insufficiency, and sufficiency of the collateral blood supply to the eye...
June 10, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599258/prognostic-impact-of-subclinical-or-manifest-extracoronary-artery-diseases-after-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Maja Eriksson Östman, Fredrik Calais, Andreas Rosenblad, Ole Fröbert, Jerzy Leppert, Pär Hedberg
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: In patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), clinically overt extracoronary artery diseases (ECADs), including claudication or previous strokes, are associated with poor outcomes. Subclinical ECADs detected by screening are common among such patients. We aimed to evaluate the prognostic impact of subclinical versus symptomatic ECADs in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). METHODS: In a prospective observational study, 654 consecutive patients diagnosed with AMI underwent ankle brachial index (ABI) measurements and ultrasonographic screening of the carotid arteries and abdominal aorta...
May 26, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597771/first-in-child-use-of-the-oral-selective-prostacyclin-ip-receptor-agonist-selexipag-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Lianne M Geerdink, Harald Bertram, Georg Hansmann
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a complex disease with a poor prognosis. Selexipag is a selective prostacyclin receptor agonist with vasodilatory, anti-proliferative, anti-inflammatory, and pro-angiogenic properties. However, no clinical data on its therapeutic use in children with PAH are currently available. Here, we report the case of a 12-year-old girl who presented in World Health Organization (WHO) functional class III and right ventricular (RV) failure with recurrent syncope, dizziness, and progressive fatigue for two years...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28596039/assessment-of-aortic-wall-thrombus-predicts-outcomes-of-endovascular-repair-of-complex-aortic-aneurysms-using-fenestrated-and-branched-endografts
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Mauricio Ribeiro, Gustavo S Oderich, Thanila Macedo, Terri J Vrtiska, Jan Hofer, Julia Chini, Bernardo Mendes, Stephen Cha
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this study was to investigate the correlation between atherothrombotic aortic wall thrombus (AWT) and clinical outcomes in patients treated by fenestrated-branched endovascular aortic repair (F-BEVAR) and present a new classification system for assessment of AWT burden. METHODS: The clinical data of 301 patients treated for pararenal and thoracoabdominal aortic aneurysms (TAAAs) by F-BEVAR was reviewed. The study excluded 89 patients with extent I to III TAAA because of extensive laminated thrombus within the aneurysm sac...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594659/repeat-revascularization-after-minimally-invasive-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-is-it-a-problem
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Maria L Rodriguez, Harry R Lapierre, Benjamin F Sohmer, Marc A Ruel
OBJECTIVE: Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting (MICS CABG) via a small left thoracotomy is a novel technique for coronary revascularization that is increasingly used around the world. However, multivessel MICS CABG is difficult, and concerns about repeat revascularization (RR) have been raised. This longitudinal study describes the rates of RR among patients who have undergone MICS CABG and identifies targets for improvement. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed on the 306 MICS CABG patients operated on by a single surgeon from 2005 to 2015...
June 7, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28593612/an-obesity-paradox-increased-body-mass-index-is-associated-with-decreased-aortic-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Rolf F Barth, L Maximilian Buja, Lei Cao, Sergey V Brodsky
Brodsky et al. (Cardiovasc Pathol 25(6), 515-520, 2016) recently have reported that there was an unexpected and highly significant inverse correlation between body mass index (BMI) and atherosclerosis of the aortas of morbidly obese decedents (BMI >40 kg/m(2)). In a series of 304 decedents, 65 of whom were morbidly obese, minimal or no atherosclerosis was seen in 46 of them (70%) versus 20 (30%) who had severe atherosclerosis (P = 0.008). This obesity paradox was unexpected and raises important questions about the etiology and pathogenesis of atherosclerosis, which will be the subject of this commentary...
July 2017: Current Hypertension Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592383/long-term-outcome-prediction-by-functional-parameters-derived-from-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Dominik C Benz, Fran Mikulicic, Christoph Gräni, Dominic Moret, Mathias Possner, Olivier F Clerc, Annina A Studer Bruengger, Oliver Gaemperli, Ronny R Buechel, Aju P Pazhenkottil, Philipp A Kaufmann
BACKGROUND: Estimation of hemodynamic relevance of a coronary stenosis from coronary computed angiography (CCTA) has raised substantial interest. Recently, the corrected coronary opacification (CCO) decrease and the transluminal attenuation gradient (TAG) have been suggested as faster alternatives to the FFRCT. The aim of the study was to evaluate whether the diagnostic accuracy of CCO decrease and TAG translates into an added prognostic value in patients evaluated for coronary artery disease (CAD)...
May 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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