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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910111/cystatin-c-and-epicardial-adipose-tissue-as-noninvasive-predictors-of-cardiovascular-risk-in-acromegaly
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Anna Aulinas, Iris Crespo, David Viladés, Ruben Leta, Eulàlia Urgell, Betina Biagetti, Susan M Webb, Elena Valassi
BACKGROUND: Acromegaly (ACRO) is associated with elevated cardiovascular risk, although the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is unclear. Increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) and elevated cystatin-C (Cys-C) levels are cardiovascular risk factors, also related to the progression of CAD in several populations. AIMS: To measure the severity and extent of CAD in patients with ACRO and to determine whether either EAT or Cys-C reflect higher cardiovascular risk in patients with ACRO than in healthy controls...
November 7, 2016: Clinical Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907878/ultrasound-in-cardiac-trauma
#2
Theodosios Saranteas, Andreas F Mavrogenis, Christina Mandila, John Poularas, Fotios Panou
In the perioperative period, the emergency department or the intensive care unit accurate assessment of variable chest pain requires meticulous knowledge, diagnostic skills, and suitable usage of various diagnostic modalities. In addition, in polytrauma patients, cardiac injury including aortic dissection, pulmonary embolism, acute myocardial infarction, and pericardial effusion should be immediately revealed and treated. In these patients, arrhythmias, mainly tachycardia, cardiac murmurs, or hypotension must alert physicians to suspect cardiovascular trauma, which would potentially be life threatening...
November 5, 2016: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906089/esophageal-perforation-after-perioperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-a-case-report
#3
Hyun-Chang Kim, Jung-Hyou Oh, Yong-Cheol Lee
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography is widely used in cardiac surgery. Transesophageal echocardiography probe insertion and manipulation can injure the esophagus. CASE PRESENTATION: A 76-year-old Asian man was admitted to our hospital for coronary artery bypass graft revascularization surgery. A right carotid endarterectomy was successfully performed 2 days before coronary artery bypass graft revascularization surgery. After the coronary artery bypass graft revascularization surgery was done successfully, postoperative computed tomography and esophagography revealed perforation of the middle esophagus...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904757/brain-hemorrhage-after-electrical-burn-injury-case-report-and-probable-mechanism
#4
Gutierrez Aceves Guillermo Axayacalt, Ceja Espinosa Alejandro, Rios Alanis Marcos, Ruiz Flores Milton Inocencio, Herrera Gonzalez Jose Alfredo
BACKGROUND: High-voltage electric injury may induce lesion in different organs. In addition to the local tissue damage, electrical injuries may lead to neurological deficits, musculoskeletal damage, and cardiovascular injury. Severe vascular damage may occur making the blood vessels involved prone to thrombosis and spontaneous rupture. CASE DESCRIPTION: Here, we present the case of a 39-year-old male who suffered an electrical burn with high tension wire causing intracranial bleeding...
2016: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904032/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction%C3%A3-epidemiology-pathogenesis-prognosis-diagnosis-risk-factors-and-therapy
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Cheng Chen, Janet Wei, Ahmed AlBadri, Parham Zarrini, C Noel Bairey Merz
Angina has traditionally been thought to be caused by obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). However, a substantial number of patients with angina are found to not have obstructive CAD when undergoing coronary angiography. A significant proportion of these patients have coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), characterized by heightened sensitivity to vasoconstrictor stimuli and limited microvascular vasodilator capacity. With the advent of non-invasive and invasive techniques, the coronary microvasculature has been more extensively studied in the past 2 decades...
November 29, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903540/greater-volume-but-not-higher-density-of-abdominal-aortic-calcium-is-associated-with-increased-cardiovascular-disease-risk-mesa-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Nketi I Forbang, Erin D Michos, Robyn L McClelland, Rosemay A Remigio-Baker, Matthew A Allison, Veit Sandfort, Joachim H Ix, Isac Thomas, Dena E Rifkin, Michael H Criqui
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) independently and similarly predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. The standard AAC and CAC score, the Agatston method, upweights for greater calcium density, thereby modeling higher calcium density as a CVD hazard. METHODS AND RESULTS: Computed tomography scans were used to measure AAC and CAC volume and density in a multiethnic cohort of community-dwelling individuals, and Cox proportional hazard was used to determine their independent association with incident coronary heart disease (CHD, defined as myocardial infarction, resuscitated cardiac arrest, or CHD death), cardiovascular disease (CVD, defined as CHD plus stroke and stroke death), and all-cause mortality...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900990/prognostic-value-of-gai-s-plaque-score-and-agatston-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-functionally-significant-coronary-artery-stenosis
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Chuang Zhang, Shuang Yang, Lu-Yue Gai, Zhi-Qi Han, Qian Xin, Xiao-Bo Yang, Jun-Jie Yang, Qin-Hua Jin
BACKGROUND: The prognostic values of the coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) score for predicting future cardiovascular events have been previously demonstrated in numerous studies. However, few studies have used the rich information available from CCTA to detect functionally significant coronary lesions. We sought to compare the prognostic values of Gai's plaque score and the coronary artery calcium score (CACS) of CCTA for predicting functionally significant coronary lesions, using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the gold standard...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900641/cardiovascular-pet-mr-we-need-evidence-not-hype
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EDITORIAL
Afshin Farzaneh-Far, Raymond Y Kwong
Recent introduction of hybrid positron emission tomography/magnetic resonance (PET/MR) scanners has created excitement regarding potential applications in cardiovascular medicine. This has led to a number of optimistic assessments of its potential value in the nuclear cardiology literature, although most published data are still at the feasibility or pre-clinical level. Such excitement is understandable and provides "fuel" for generation of the necessary clinical validation studies, which will be required. Given the current scrutiny from payers and government agencies to reduce the costs of cardiac imaging, the responsibility for showing additive benefit lies on the shoulders of those advocating for new, more expensive technologies...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899941/influence-of-increased-epicardial-adipose-tissue-volume-on-1-year-in-stent-restenosis-in-patients-who-received-coronary-stent-implantation
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Ying Zhou, Hua-Wei Zhang, Feng Tian, Jin-Song Chen, Tian-Wen Han, Ya-Hang Tan, Jia Zhou, Tao Zhang, Jing Jing, Yun-Dai Chen
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) is significantly associated with the formation and composition of coronary atherosclerotic plaque, cardiac events and the clinical prognosis of coronary heart disease. But, whether increased EAT deposition may affect the incidence of in-stent restenosis (ISR) is currently unclear. This study used coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as a mean to investigate whether increased EAT volume was associated with ISR. METHODS: A total of 364 patients who underwent 64-slice CCTA examination for the evaluation of suspected coronary artery disease, and subsequently underwent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for the first time, and then accepted coronary angiography (CA) follow-up for ISR examination in one year, were retrospectively included in this study...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899146/impact-of-visceral-fat-on-gene-expression-profile-in-peripheral-blood-cells-in-obese-japanese-subjects
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Yoshinari Obata, Norikazu Maeda, Yuya Yamada, Koji Yamamoto, Seiji Nakamura, Masaya Yamaoka, Yoshimitsu Tanaka, Shigeki Masuda, Hirofumi Nagao, Shiro Fukuda, Yuya Fujishima, Shunbun Kita, Hitoshi Nishizawa, Tohru Funahashi, Ken-Ichi Matsubara, Yuji Matsuzawa, Iichiro Shimomura
BACKGROUND: Visceral fat plays a central role in the development of metabolic syndrome and atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases. The association of visceral fat accumulation with cardio-metabolic diseases has been reported, but the impact of visceral fat on the gene expression profile in peripheral blood cells remains to be determined. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of visceral fat area (VFA) and subcutaneous fat area (SFA) on the gene expression profile in peripheral blood cells of obese subjects...
November 29, 2016: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890524/the-dancavas-pilot-study-of-multifaceted-screening-for-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease-in-men-and-women-aged-65-74%C3%A2-years
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T V Kvist, J S Lindholt, L M Rasmussen, R Søgaard, J Lambrechtsen, F H Steffensen, L Frost, M H Olsen, H Mickley, J Hallas, G Urbonaviciene, M Busk, K Egstrup, A C P Diederichsen
OBJECTIVE/BACKGROUND: This pilot study of a large population based randomised screening trial investigated feasibility, acceptability, and relevance (prevalence of clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease [CVD] and proportion receiving insufficient prevention) of a multifaceted screening for CVD. METHODS: In total, 2060 randomly selected Danish men and women aged 65-74 years were offered (i) low dose non-contrast computed tomography to detect coronary artery calcification (CAC) and aortic/iliac aneurysms; (ii) detection of atrial fibrillation (AF); (iii) brachial and ankle blood pressure measurements; and (iv) blood levels of cholesterol and hemoglobin A1c...
November 24, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887644/copenhagen-comorbidity-in-hiv-infection-cocomo-study-a-study-protocol-for-a-longitudinal-non-interventional-assessment-of-non-aids-comorbidity-in-hiv-infection-in-denmark
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Andreas Ronit, Judith Haissman, Ditte Marie Kirkegaard-Klitbo, Thomas Skårup Kristensen, Anne-Mette Lebech, Thomas Benfield, Jan Gerstoft, Henrik Ullum, Lars Køber, Andreas Kjær, Klaus Kofoed, Jørgen Vestbo, Børge Nordestgaard, Jens Lundgren, Susanne Dam Nielsen
BACKGROUND: Modern combination antiretroviral therapy (cART) has improved survival for people living with HIV (PLWHIV). Non-AIDS comorbidities have replaced opportunistic infections as leading causes of mortality and morbidity, and are becoming a key health concern as this population continues to age. The aim of this study is to estimate the prevalence and incidence of non-AIDS comorbidity among PLWHIV in Denmark in the cART era and to determine risk factors contributing to the pathogenesis...
November 26, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887576/carotid-arterial-wall-inflammation-in-peripheral-artery-disease-is-augmented-by-type-2-diabetes-a-cross-sectional-study
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Sophie J Bernelot Moens, Robert M Stoekenbroek, Fleur M van der Valk, Simone L Verweij, Mark J W Koelemay, Hein J Verberne, Max Nieuwdorp, Erik S G Stroes
BACKGROUND: Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) are at increased risk of secondary events, which is exaggerated in the presence of type 2 diabetes mellitus. Diabetes is associated with a systemic pro-inflammatory state. We therefore investigated the cumulative impact of PAD and type 2 diabetes on carotid arterial wall inflammation. As recent data suggest a detrimental role of exogenous insulin on cardiovascular disease, we also included a group of insulin users. RESULTS: (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography with computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) imaging showed increased carotid arterial wall inflammation, assessed as target-to-background ratio (TBR), in PAD patients without diabetes (PAD-only: n = 11, 1...
November 25, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886161/cardiac-ct-in-the-emergency-department-in-the-era-of-highly-sensitive-troponins-is-there-still-a-role
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Admir Dedic, Koen Nieman, Udo Hoffmann, Maros Ferencik
INTRODUCTION: Physicians practicing cardiovascular medicine are every day confronted with patients presenting with symptoms suggestive of an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Over the years, there have been substantial technical advances, such as the introduction of new non-invasive imaging techniques and the introduction of new highly sensitive cardiac biomarkers. EVIDENCE ACQUISITION AND SYNTHESIS: Physicians have adopted these new assets and have become more experienced with them thus improving medical care...
November 25, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884951/glycaemic-control-by-monoamine-oxidase-inhibition-in-a-patient-with-type-1-diabetes
#15
Hamlin Emory, Neptune Mizrahi
We present clinical, electroencephalographic and low-resolution electromagnetic tomography data that support combined treatment with insulin and a monoamine oxidase inhibitor in a patient with type 1 diabetes. We suggest that brain imaging data can identify a subgroup of patients who are likely to benefit from an insulin regimen and monoamine oxidase inhibition to improve glycaemic control, cardiovascular function, normalize the circadian rhythm and restore perception of glycaemic awareness.
November 24, 2016: Diabetes & Vascular Disease Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884313/normal-body-mass-index-with-central-obesity-has-increased-risk-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-korean-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
#16
Mi Jung Lee, Jung Tak Park, Kyoung Sook Park, Young Eun Kwon, Seung Hyeok Han, Shin-Wook Kang, Kyu Hun Choi, Kook-Hwan Oh, Sue Kyung Park, Dong Wan Chae, Kyubeck Lee, Young-Hwan Hwang, Soo Wan Kim, Yeong Hoon Kim, Sun Woo Kang, Joongyub Lee, Curie Ahn, Tae-Hyun Yoo
In chronic kidney disease (CKD), overweight and mild obesity have shown the lowest cardiovascular (CV) risk. However, central obesity has been directly associated with CV risk in these patients. This bidirectional relationship of body mass index (BMI) and central obesity prompted us to evaluate CV risk based on a combination of BMI and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR) in nondialysis CKD patients. We included 1078 patients with CKD stage 2 through 5 (nondialysis) enrolled in a nationwide prospective cohort of Korea...
December 2016: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881570/excess-cardiovascular-risk-in-women-relative-to-men-referred-for-coronary-angiography-is-associated-with-severely-impaired-coronary-flow-reserve-not-obstructive-disease
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Viviany R Taqueti, Leslee J Shaw, Nancy R Cook, Venkatesh L Murthy, Nishant R Shah, Courtney R Foster, Jon Hainer, Ron Blankstein, Sharmila Dorbala, Marcelo F Di Carli
BACKGROUND: -Cardiovascular disease (CVD) fatality rates are higher for women as compared with men, yet obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is less prevalent in women. Coronary flow reserve (CFR), an integrated measure of large and small vessel CAD and myocardial ischemia, identifies patients at risk for CVD death, but is not routinely measured in clinical practice. We sought to investigate the impact of sex, CFR, and angiographic CAD severity on adverse cardiovascular events. METHODS: -Consecutive patients (N=329, 43% women) referred for invasive coronary angiography after stress testing with myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography (PET) and with left ventricular ejection fraction >40% were followed (median 3...
November 14, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873503/increased-risk-of-cardiovascular-events-in-stroke-patients-who-had-not-undergone-evaluation-for-coronary-artery-disease
#18
Young Dae Kim, Dongbeom Song, Hyo Suk Nam, Donghoon Choi, Jung Sun Kim, Byeong Keuk Kim, Hyuk Jae Chang, Hye Yeon Choi, Kijeong Lee, Joonsang Yoo, Hye Sun Lee, Chung Mo Nam, Ji Hoe Heo
PURPOSE: Although asymptomatic coronary artery occlusive disease is common in stroke patients, the long-term advantages of undergoing evaluation for coronary arterial disease using multi-detector coronary computed tomography (MDCT) have not been well established in stroke patients. We compared long-term cardio-cerebrovascular outcomes between patients who underwent MDCT and those who did not. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a retrospective study in a prospective cohort of consecutive ischemic stroke patients...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873498/the-impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-vascular-biomarkers-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
#19
Jeonggeun Moon, Chan Joo Lee, Sang Hak Lee, Seok Min Kang, Donghoon Choi, Tae Hyun Yoo, Sungha Park
PURPOSE: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is the most common cause of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and an important risk factor for cardiovascular (CV) disease. We investigated the impact of DM on subclinical CV damage by comprehensive screening protocol in ESRD patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Echocardiography, coronary computed tomography angiogram, 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, and central blood pressure with pulse wave velocity (PWV) were performed in 91 ESRD patients from the Cardiovascular and Metabolic disease Etiology Research Center-HIgh risk cohort...
January 2017: Yonsei Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872849/automated-segmentation-of-coronary-arteries-based-on-statistical-region-growing-and-heuristic-decision-method
#20
Yun Tian, Yutong Pan, Fuqing Duan, Shifeng Zhao, Qingjun Wang, Wei Wang
The segmentation of coronary arteries is a vital process that helps cardiovascular radiologists detect and quantify stenosis. In this paper, we propose a fully automated coronary artery segmentation from cardiac data volume. The method is built on a statistics region growing together with a heuristic decision. First, the heart region is extracted using a multi-atlas-based approach. Second, the vessel structures are enhanced via a 3D multiscale line filter. Next, seed points are detected automatically through a threshold preprocessing and a subsequent morphological operation...
2016: BioMed Research International
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