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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734900/molecular-imaging-in-stem-cell-based-therapies-of-cardiac-diseases
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REVIEW
Xiang Li, Marcus Hacker
In the past 15years, despite regenerative medicine has shown great potential for cardiovascular diseases, the outcome and safety of stem cell transplantation has shown controversial results in the published literature. Medical imaging might be useful for monitoring and quantification transplanted cells within the heart and to serially characterize the effects of stem cell therapy of the myocardium. From the multiple available noninvasive imaging techniques, magnetic resonance imaging and nuclear imaging by positron (PET) or single photon emission computer tomography (SPECT) are the most used clinical approaches to follow the fate of transplanted stem cells in vivo...
July 19, 2017: Advanced Drug Delivery Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726262/double-aortic-arch-anomalies-in-children-a-systematic-20-year-single-center-study
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M Kaldararova, I Simkova, I Varga, P Tittel, M Kardos, M Ondriska, V Vrsanska, J Masura
INTRODUCTION: Aortic arch anomalies underlie numerous congenital disorders. Effectively diagnosing and treating them requires close understanding of cardiovascular embryology. As our Center serves the entire pediatric population of our country, we performed a comprehensive retrospective analysis of all aortic arch anomalies diagnosed at our Center over the past 20 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 40 children with aortic arch anomalies, distinguishing two defect types: Group 1 displayed ring-forming anomalies, and Group 2 other types of aortic arch anomalies that did not form a vascular ring...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725938/declining-radiation-dose-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-german-cardiac-ct-registry-experience-2009-2014
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Axel Schmermund, Mohamed Marwan, Jörg Hausleiter, Sebastian Barth, Oliver Bruder, Sebastian Kerber, Grigorius Korosoglou, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Stephen Schröder, Steffen Schneider, Jochen Senges, Stephan Achenbach
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as a test to rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a low to intermediate pre-test probability of the disease. We used the database of the German CT registry, collected between 2009 and 2014 in a broad patient population, to analyze contemporary radiation dose associated with coronary CTA in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The prospective observational registry included a total of 7061 patients ≥18 years, referred to 12 participating centers for a clinically indicated cardiac CT examination...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720136/bilateral-multiple-pulmonary-artery-aneurysms-associated-with-cavitary-pulmonary-tuberculosis-a-case-report
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Pedro Pallangyo, Frederick Lyimo, Smita Bhalia, Hilda Makungu, Bashir Nyangasa, Flora Lwakatare, Pal Suranyi, Mohamed Janabi
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery aneurysms constitute <1% of aneurysms occurring in the thoracic cavity. Congenital cardiac defects are responsible for the majority (>50%) of cases, however, pulmonary artery aneurysm is a rare sequelae of pulmonary tuberculosis reported in about 5% of patients with chronic cavitary tuberculosis on autopsy. The natural history of this potentially fatal condition remains poorly understood and guidelines for optimal management are controversial. CASE PRESENTATION: A 24-year-old man, a nursing student of African descent, was referred to us from an up-country regional hospital with a 4-week history of recurrent episodes of breathlessness, awareness of heartbeats and coughing blood 3 weeks after completing a 6-month course of anti-tuberculosis drugs...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720123/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-an-adult-human-population-serial-observations-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Kihei Yoneyama, Bharath A Venkatesh, David A Bluemke, Robyn L McClelland, João A C Lima
The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is the first large-scale multi-ethnic population study in the U.S. to use advanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. MESA participants were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline between 2000 and 2002, and were followed up between 2009 and 2011 with repeated CMR examinations as part of MESA. CMR allows the clinician to visualize and accurately quantify volume and dimensions of all four cardiac chambers; measure systolic and diastolic ventricular function; assess myocardial fibrosis; assess vessel lumen size, vessel wall morphology, and vessel stiffness...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719492/fifty-men-3510-marathons-cardiac-risk-factors-and-coronary-artery-calcium-scores
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William O Roberts, Robert S Schwartz, Ross F Garberich, Samantha Carlson, Thomas Knickelbine, Jonathan G Schwartz, Gretchen Peichel, John R Lesser, Kelly Wickstrom, Kevin M Harris
INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE: Many male marathon runners have elevated coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores despite high physical activity. We examined the association between CAC scores, cardiovascular risk factors, and lifestyle habits in long term marathoners. METHODS: We recruited men who had run ≥1 marathon annually for 25 consecutive years. CAC was assessed using coronary computed tomography angiography. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CAD) risk factors were measured with a 12-lead ECG, serum lipid panel, height, weight, resting blood pressure and heart rate, and a risk factor questionnaire...
July 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717556/thorax-computed-tomography-findings-in-patients-with-erectile-dysfunction
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Mustafa Resorlu, Muhammet Arslan, Ozan Karatag, Gurhan Adam
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus, smoking, dyslipidemia, and obesity play an important role in the etiology of erectile dysfunction, particularly in cases with vascular insufficiency. These risk factors also target the lungs due to their systemic effects. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with penile vascular insufficiency determined at Doppler ultrasonography and undergoing thoracic computerized tomography for various reasons were included in this study. A history of acute thoracic trauma, pneumonic consolidation, or pelvic surgery and trauma were regarded as exclusion criteria...
2017: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711515/longitudinal-changes-in-visceral-and-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-and-metabolic-syndrome-results-from-the-multicultural-community-health-assessment-trial-m-chat
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Andrew W Tu, Karin H Humphries, Scott A Lear
AIM: Few studies have examined whether longitudinal changes in visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), independent of each other, are associated with the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MetS). The objective of this study was to examine the longitudinal effects of VAT and SAT on MetS and metabolic risk factors in a multi-ethnic sample of Canadians followed for 5-years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 598 adults of the Multicultural Community Health Assessment Trial (M-CHAT) were included in this study...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709751/does-muscle-atrophy-and-fatty-infiltration-plateau-or-persist-in-chronic-spinal-cord-injury
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Cameron D Moore, B Catharine Craven, Lehana Thabane, Alexandra Papaioannou, Jonathan D Adachi, Lora M Giangregorio
Atrophy and fatty infiltration of lower extremity muscle after spinal cord injury (SCI) predisposes individuals to metabolic syndrome and related diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The objective of this study was to prospectively measure changes in muscle atrophy and fat content of distal lower extremity muscles and explore related factors in a cohort of adults with chronic SCI and diverse impairments. Muscle cross-sectional area and density were calculated from peripheral quantitative computed tomography scans of the 66% site of the calf from 70 participants with chronic SCI (50 male, mean age 49 years, C2-T12, American Spinal Injury Association Impairment Scale A-D) at study enrollment and annually for 2 years...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Clinical Densitometry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705554/atrial-function-atrial-volume-and-cardiovascular-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-a-study-of-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Laust Dupont, Simon Winther, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Peter Bomholt, Hans Erik Bøtker, Morten Bøttcher, Per Ivarsen, My Svensson
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Previous studies using 2-dimensional echocardiography show that left atrial end-diastolic volume (LAEDV) predicts cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in patients with CKD. However, contrast-enhanced cardiac CT may offers a more precise measure of atrial dimensions and function than 2-dimensional echocardiography and may provide improved predictionof patient outcome. AIM: The aim of the present study was to examine the association of LAEDV and left atrial ejection fraction (LAEF) assessed by CT with left ventricle end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), left ventricular mass, left ventricular ejection fraction and N-terminal plasma-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-PRO-BNP)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705342/unruptured-multiple-intracranial-aneurysms-associated-with-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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N Belfeki, K Argillos, R Dahmani, A Fkihi, N Velmans
Behçet's disease is a systemic inflammatory disorder with a wide variety of cardiovascular complications. Intracranial aneurysm is extremely rare. Herein, we are presenting a 41-year-old male with Behçet's disease and a headache. A cranial computed tomography scan angiography showed unruptured right supra cavernus internal carotid aneurysm and right sylvian artery aneurysm. Treatment consisted of prednisone and azathioprine. Control imaging showed no aneurysm.
July 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Hyun Suk Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is now more common in adults than in children due to improvements in fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric care, and surgical techniques leading to dramatically increased survivability into adulthood. Adult patients with CHD, regardless of prior cardiac surgery, experience further cardiac problems or therapeutic challenges; therefore, a non-invasive, easily accessible echocardiographic examination is an essential follow-up tool. Among echocardiographic modalities, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provides better delineation of spatial relationships in complex cardiac geometries and more accurate volumetric information without geometric assumptions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703931/rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-trial-of-apixaban-vs-warfarin-to-evaluate-atherosclerotic-calcification-and-vulnerable-plaque-progression
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Kazuhiro Osawa, Rine Nakanishi, Theingi Tiffany Win, Dong Li, Sina Rahmani, Negin Nezarat, Nasim Sheidaee, Matthew J Budoff
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are known to increase vascular calcification, suggesting increased cardiovascular disease events. Apixaban is an oral direct factor Xa inhibitor superior to warfarin at preventing stroke or systemic embolism and may stabilize coronary atherosclerosis. The potential benefits of avoiding VKA therapy and the favorable effects of factor Xa inhibitors could contribute to cardiovascular disease event reduction. We hypothesized that apixaban inhibits vascular calcification and coronary atherosclerosis progression compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28700275/guideline-based-statin-eligibility-cancer-events-and-noncardiovascular-mortality-in-the-framingham-heart-study
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Amit Pursnani, Joseph M Massaro, Ralph B D'Agostino, Christopher J O'Donnell, Udo Hoffmann
Purpose Cancer and cardiovascular disease share risk factors, and there is some evidence that statins reduce cancer mortality. We sought to determine the accuracy of the 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association statin eligibility criteria to identify individuals at a higher risk of developing cancer or of dying as a result of cancer or other noncardiovascular causes. Methods We included 2,196 participants (50.5 ± 8.1 years of age; 55% female) who were statin naïve and free of cancer at baseline from the offspring and third-generation cohorts of the community-based longitudinal Framingham Heart Study...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Clinical Oncology: Official Journal of the American Society of Clinical Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697847/the-impact-of-serum-trans-fatty-acids-concentration-on-plaque-vulnerability-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-assessment-via-optical-coherence-tomography
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Yoshinori Nagasawa, Toshiro Shinke, Ryuji Toh, Tatsuro Ishida, Hiromasa Otake, Tomofumi Takaya, Daisuke Sugiyama, Takayosi Toba, Masaru Kuroda, Hachidai Takahashi, Daisuke Terashita, Natsuko Tahara, Yuto Shinkura, Kenzo Uzu, Daiji Kashiwagi, Koji Kuroda, Yuichiro Nagano, Hiroyuki Yamamoto, Kenichi Yanaka, Yoshiro Tsukiyama, Ken-Ichi Hirata
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent epidemiological studies have showed that excessive intake of trans fatty acids (TFA) can be a residual risk for the development of coronary artery disease (CAD) even under medical management, including statins. This study aimed at investigating the association between lipid profile, including serum TFA concentration, and plaque vulnerability using optical coherence tomography (OCT). METHODS: The level of serum elaidic acid, a major TFA component, was measured using gas chromatography in 161 consecutively enrolled patients with CAD under guideline-directed risk factor management...
June 28, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28696252/thermoneutrality-but-not-ucp1-deficiency-suppresses-monocyte-mobilization-into-blood
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Jesse W Williams, Andrew F Elvington, Stoyan Ivanov, Skyler Kessler, Hannah Luehmann, Osamu Baba, Brian T Saunders, Ki-Wook Kim, Michael W Johnson, Clarissa S Craft, Jae-Hoon Choi, Mary G Sorci-Thomas, Bernd H Zinselmeyer, Jonathan R Brestoff, Yongjian Liu, Gwendalyn J Randolph
Rationale: Ambient temperature is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease. Cold weather increases cardiovascular events, but paradoxically, cold exposure is metabolically protective due to UCP1-dependent thermogenesis. Objective: We sought to determine the differential effects of ambient environmental temperature challenge and UCP1 activation in relation to cardiovascular disease progression. Methods and Results: Using mouse models of atherosclerosis housed at three different ambient temperatures, we observed that cold temperature enhanced while thermoneutral housing temperature inhibited atherosclerotic plaque growth, as did deficiency in UCP1...
July 10, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695478/the-prognostic-impact-of-additional-intrathoracic-findings-in-patients-with-cancer-related-pulmonary-embolism
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P Jiménez-Fonseca, A Carmona-Bayonas, C Font, J Plasencia-Martínez, D Calvo-Temprano, R Otero, C Beato, M Biosca, M Sánchez, M Benegas, D Varona, L Faez, M Antonio, I de la Haba, O Madridano, M P Solis, A Ramchandani, E Castañón, P J Marchena, M Martín, F Ayala de la Peña, V Vicente
AIM: To assess the prevalence and prognostic significance of additional intrathoracic findings (AIFs) in patients with cancer and pulmonary embolism (PE). AIFs were considered alterations other than the characteristic ones intrinsic to PE or changes in cardiovascular morphology. METHODS: Subjects have been taken from a Spanish national multidisciplinary and multicenter study of PE and cancer who were treated between 2004 and 2015. The endpoint was the appearance of serious complications or death within 15 days...
July 10, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692481/differences-in-coronary-plaque-characteristics-between-patients-with-and-those-without-peripheral-arterial-disease
#18
Krzysztof L Bryniarski, Erika Yamamoto, Higuma Takumi, Lei Xing, Thomas Zanchin, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Hang Lee, Ik-Kyung Jang
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular mortality of patients with combined peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) is twice as high as that in those with either disease alone. It is known that patients with PAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention have a higher incidence of adverse cardiac events such as myocardial infarction or target vessel revascularization. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we compared the detailed characteristics of culprit and nonculprit plaques between patients with and those without PAD using optical coherence tomography...
July 7, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28691192/bilirubin-coating-attenuates-the-inflammatory-response-to-everolimus-coated-stents
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In-Ho Bae, Dae Sung Park, So-Youn Lee, Eun-Jae Jang, Jae-Won Shim, Kyung-Seob Lim, Jun-Kyu Park, Ju Han Kim, Doo Sun Sim, Myung Ho Jeong
The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of bilirubin- and/or everolimus (EVL)-coated stents to prevent arterial neointimal hyperplasia and inflammation in vitro and in vivo. The stents were prepared by spray coating bare metal stents (BMS) with bilirubin and/or EVL. Study groups were divided into (1) BMS, (2) bilirubin-coated stents (BES), (3) commercialized stents (Synergy™; EES), and (4) bilirubin/EVL-coated stents (B-EES). The coating thickness and drug release rates were comparable to previous reports (i...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28690953/venous-diversion-surgery-revisited-a-baffling-situation
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Jessica R Klassen, Davinder S Jassal, Brett Memauri, Malek Kass, James W Tam, Jonathan Windram, David Ross, Nasir Shaikh
With the increasing number of survivors with congenital heart disease (CHD) reaching adulthood, it is important for the clinician to be familiar with the various surgical options performed in this growing patient population. We describe the case of a 65-year-old female who presented with hypoxia and right-to-left shunting following a surgical repair of an atrial septal defect (ASD) secundum and anomalous pulmonary veins with a partial atrial diversion procedure in childhood. The use of multimodality cardiovascular imaging using echocardiography, computed tomography, magnetic resonance imaging, and invasive cardiac catheterization was complementary in the preoperative diagnosis and management of this unique baffling situation...
June 6, 2017: Curēus
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