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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078510/relationship-between-framingham-risk-score-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-carotid-plaques-an-in-vivo-study-using-multi-contrast-mri
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Feiyu Li, Xiaoying Wang
The assessment and management of early-stage atherosclerosis are important for the prevention of cardiovascular disease (CVD). In this study, we used multi-contrast magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the carotid plaque feature in asymptomatic, at-risk subjects; we also evaluated the correlation between MRI findings and Framingham risk score (FRS). One hundred sixty-six asymptomatic individuals with risk factors for CVD underwent multi-contrast MRI. After the arterial morphology and plaque components were outlined, the differences in carotid plaque burden among the various risk categories were analyzed...
January 4, 2017: Science China. Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049656/hdl-efflux-capacity-hdl-particle-size-and-high-risk-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-a-cohort-of-asymptomatic-older-adults-the-chicago-healthy-aging-study
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R Kannan Mutharasan, C Shad Thaxton, Jarett Berry, Martha L Daviglus, Chun Yuan, Jie Sun, Colby Ayers, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, John T Wilkins
HDL efflux capacity and particle size are associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease events in middle age, however it is unclear if these associations are present at older ages. We sampled 402 Chicago Healthy Aging Study participants who underwent carotid MR assessment for lipid rich necrotic core plaque (LRNC). We measured HDL particle size, HDL particle number, and HDL efflux capacity. We quantified the associations between HDL particle size and HDL efflux and the presence of LRNC and HDL particle number, and HDL efflux capacity using adjusted linear and logistic regression models...
January 3, 2017: Journal of Lipid Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012444/carotid-artery-plaques-and-intima-medial-thickness-in-familial-hypercholesteraemic-patients-on-long-term-statin-therapy-a-case-control-study
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Sven Bos, Martijne H C Duvekot, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Monique T Mulder, Arend F L Schinkel, Koen Nieman, Gerald F Watts, Eric J G Sijbrands, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Statins reduce subclinical atherosclerosis and premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). However, some FH patients still develop ASCVD despite statin therapy. We compared subclinical atherosclerosis assessed by carotid plaque presence and intima media thickness (C-IMT), in long-term statin-treated FH patients and healthy controls. Furthermore, we analysed whether carotid ultrasonography findings associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis...
December 2, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002752/coronary-atherosclerosis-burden-by-coronary-computed-tomography-in-type-ii-diabetes-with-preclinical-non-obstructive-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-without-inducible-myocardial-ischemia
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Vittorio Palmieri, Enzo Gravino, Cesare Russo, Armenio Salvati, Carmelo Lombardi, Rosario Sauro, Giuseppe Rosato
AIMS: To quantify cardiovascular risk in persons with type-2 diabetes (DM) and established carotid atherosclerosis, without inducible myocardial ischemia by stress imaging. METHODS: We selected clinically healthy DM and subjects without DM (nonDM, controls) with non-obstructive carotid atherosclerosis and without significant coronary artery disease (CAD) by stress echocardiography. Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFR) was assessed during stress echocardiography...
December 5, 2016: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931554/a-study-to-derive-distribution-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-to-determine-its-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-nationwide-indian-population-score-india
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Ravi R Kasliwal, Manish Bansal, Nagaraj Desai, Bhavesh Kotak, Ammar Raza, Hardik Vasnawala, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: There is presently no data to describe normal distribution of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an established measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Indian subjects. METHODS: In this multi-centric study, 1229 subjects with age ≥30 years and no previous cardiovascular disease (CVD) underwent CVD risk factor assessment and CIMT measurement. Mean far wall common carotid artery IMT was measured on both sides and averaged. RESULTS: Mean age of the subjects was 48...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913124/lower-expression-of-genes-involved-in-protection-against-oxidative-stress-in-symptomatic-carotid-atherosclerosis
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Nuria Zamora-González, Jesús Crespo-Sanjuán, M Dolores Calvo-Nieves, Diego Sánchez, M Dolores Ganfornina, Gerardo Martínez, Beatriz Aguirre-Gervás, J Antonio González-Fajardo
OBJECTIVE: Oxidative stress is increased in atherosclerosis, manifested both in blood and tissue (atherosclerotic plaque). We aim at describing the expression of a number of genes related to oxidative stress response in carotid atherosclerotic plaques and their relation to symtomatic state. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We have studied the mRNA expression levels for genes related to oxidative stress in a population of 44 patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy, according to the presence (24 patients) or absence (20 patients) of symptoms...
November 29, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27907041/carotid-atherosclerosis-cerebrospinal-fluid-pressure-and-retinal-vessel-diameters-the-asymptomatic-polyvascular-abnormalities-in-community-study
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Jing Yan Yang, Xuan Yang, Yang Li, Jie Xu, Yong Zhou, An Xin Wang, Xiang Gao, Liang Xu, Shou Ling Wu, Wen Bin Wei, Xing Quan Zhao, Jost B Jonas
PURPOSE: To assess relationships between carotid artery atherosclerosis and retinal arteriolar and venular diameters. METHODS: The community-based longitudinal Asymptomatic Polyvascular Abnormalities Community Study (APAC) included a sub-population of the Kailuan study which consisted of 101,510 employees and retirees of a coal mining industry. Based on the Chinese National Census 2010 and excluding individuals with history of cerebrovascular ischemic events, 4004 individuals were included into the APAC...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904029/coronary-artery-calcium-and-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-and-plaque-clinical-use-in-need-of-clarification
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Maryam Zaid, Akira Fujiyoshi, Aya Kadota, Robert D Abbott, Katsuyuki Miura
Atherosclerosis begins in early life and has a long latent period prior to onset of clinical disease. Measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, therefore, may have important implications for research and clinical practice of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). In this review, we focus on coronary artery calcium (CAC) and carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and plaque as many population-based studies have investigated these measures due to their non-invasive features and ease of administration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875340/which-patients-with-asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-benefit-from-revascularization
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A Ross Naylor
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To summarize why there are polarized opinions regarding the management of patients with asymptomatic carotid disease and whether it is possible to identify patients who might benefit from carotid interventions. RECENT FINDINGS: Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy Versus Stenting Trial and Asymptomatic Carotid Trial 1 (ACT-1) recently concluded that outcomes after carotid endarterectomy and carotid stenting were not significantly different in asymptomatic patients and that procedural risks were below the accepted 3% threshold...
February 2017: Current Opinion in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872105/multiethnic-exome-wide-association-study-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Pradeep Natarajan, Joshua C Bis, Lawrence F Bielak, Amanda J Cox, Marcus Dörr, Mary F Feitosa, Nora Franceschini, Xiuqing Guo, Shih-Jen Hwang, Aaron Isaacs, Min A Jhun, Maryam Kavousi, Ruifang Li-Gao, Leo-Pekka Lyytikäinen, Riccardo E Marioni, Ulf Schminke, Nathan O Stitziel, Hayato Tada, Jessica van Setten, Albert V Smith, Dina Vojinovic, Lisa R Yanek, Jie Yao, Laura M Yerges-Armstrong, Najaf Amin, Usman Baber, Ingrid B Borecki, J Jeffrey Carr, Yii-Der Ida Chen, L Adrienne Cupples, Pim A de Jong, Harry de Koning, Bob D de Vos, Ayse Demirkan, Valentin Fuster, Oscar H Franco, Mark O Goodarzi, Tamara B Harris, Susan R Heckbert, Gerardo Heiss, Udo Hoffmann, Albert Hofman, Ivana Išgum, J Wouter Jukema, Mika Kähönen, Sharon L R Kardia, Brian G Kral, Lenore J Launer, Joe Massaro, Roxana Mehran, Braxton D Mitchell, Thomas H Mosley, Renée de Mutsert, Anne B Newman, Khanh-Dung Nguyen, Kari E North, Jeffrey R O'Connell, Matthijs Oudkerk, James S Pankow, Gina M Peloso, Wendy Post, Michael A Province, Laura M Raffield, Olli T Raitakari, Dermot F Reilly, Fernando Rivadeneira, Frits Rosendaal, Samantha Sartori, Kent D Taylor, Alexander Teumer, Stella Trompet, Stephen T Turner, Andre G Uitterlinden, Dhananjay Vaidya, Aad van der Lugt, Uwe Völker, Joanna M Wardlaw, Christina L Wassel, Stefan Weiss, Mary K Wojczynski, Diane M Becker, Lewis C Becker, Eric Boerwinkle, Donald W Bowden, Ian J Deary, Abbas Dehghan, Stephan B Felix, Vilmundur Gudnason, Terho Lehtimäki, Rasika Mathias, Dennis O Mook-Kanamori, Bruce M Psaty, Daniel J Rader, Jerome I Rotter, James G Wilson, Cornelia M van Duijn, Henry Völzke, Sekar Kathiresan, Patricia A Peyser, Christopher J O'Donnell
BACKGROUND: The burden of subclinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic individuals is heritable and associated with elevated risk of developing clinical coronary heart disease. We sought to identify genetic variants in protein-coding regions associated with subclinical atherosclerosis and the risk of subsequent coronary heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied a total of 25 109 European ancestry and African ancestry participants with coronary artery calcification (CAC) measured by cardiac computed tomography and 52 869 participants with common carotid intima-media thickness measured by ultrasonography within the CHARGE Consortium (Cohorts for Heart and Aging Research in Genomic Epidemiology)...
December 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27803393/combined-effects-of-inflammatory-status-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-a-12-year-follow-up-study
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Florian J Mayer, Christoph J Binder, Oswald F Wagner, Martin Schillinger, Erich Minar, Wolfgang Mlekusch, Dimitris Tsiantoulas, Georg Goliasch, Matthias Hoke
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Inflammatory responses play a key role in atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to assess the prognostic value of hsCRP (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) and to evaluate whether degree of carotid stenosis and serum levels of hsCRP jointly predict long-term mortality in asymptomatic patients with carotid atherosclerosis. METHODS: One thousand sixty-five patients with neurological asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis as evaluated by duplex sonography were prospectively followed for cause-specific mortality...
December 2016: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27771154/incretin-treatment-and-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability-role-of-adiponectin-appl1-signaling-pathway
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Michelangela Barbieri, Raffaele Marfella, Antonietta Esposito, Maria Rosaria Rizzo, Edith Angellotti, Ciro Mauro, Mario Siniscalchi, Fabio Chirico, Pasquale Caiazzo, Fulvio Furbatto, Alessandro Bellis, Nunzia D'Onofrio, Milena Vitiello, Franca Ferraraccio, Giuseppe Paolisso, Maria Luisa Balestrieri
AIMS: Glucagon like peptide 1 (GLP-1) analogues and dipeptidyl peptidase IV (DPP-4) inhibitors reduce atherosclerosis progression in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients and are associated with morphological and compositional characteristics of stable plaque phenotype. GLP-1 promotes the secretion of adiponectin which exerts anti-inflammatory effects through the adaptor protein PH domain and leucine zipper containing 1 (APPL1). The potential role of APPL1 expression in the evolution of atherosclerotic plaque in TDM2 patients has not previously evaluated...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27766451/high-prevalence-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-brazilian-postmenopausal-women-with-low-and-intermediate-risk-by-framingham-score
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Ana Claudia Gomes Pereira Petisco, Jorge Eduardo Assef, Carlos Alberto de Jesus, Mohamed Hassan Saleh, Jose Eduardo Martins Barbosa, David Costa de Souza Le Bihan, Ibraim Masciarelli França Pinto, Simone Rolim Fernandes Fontes Pedra, Rodrigo Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality among women in several countries. Early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis (SA) could enable the adoption of preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular events. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of SA in Brazilian asymptomatic postmenopausal women in Framingham Risk Score (FRS) low and intermediate groups. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) scans were performed in 138 asymptomatic postmenopausal women (56.1 ± 4.9 years of age) to survey for coronary artery and aortic calcification (CT scan) and assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and identify carotid plaques (US)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27764724/innate-immune-cell-activation-and-epigenetic-remodeling-in-symptomatic-and-asymptomatic-atherosclerosis-in-humans-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Siroon Bekkering, Inge van den Munckhof, Tim Nielen, Evert Lamfers, Charles Dinarello, Joost Rutten, Jacqueline de Graaf, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, Marc E R Gomes, Niels P Riksen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We have recently reported that monocytes can undergo functional and transcriptional reprogramming towards a long-term pro-inflammatory phenotype after brief in vitro exposure to atherogenic stimuli such as oxidized LDL. This process is termed 'trained immunity', and is mediated by epigenetic remodeling and a metabolic switch towards increased aerobic glycolysis. We hypothesize that trained immunity contributes to atherogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the inflammatory phenotype and epigenetic remodeling of monocytes from patients with and without established atherosclerosis...
October 12, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27752526/data-on-consistency-among-different-methods-to-assess-atherosclerotic-plaque-echogenicity-on-standard-ultrasound-and-intraplaque-neovascularization-on-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-imaging-in-human-carotid-artery
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Mattia Cattaneo, Daniel Staub, Alessandra P Porretta, Jeanne Marie Gallino, Paolo Santini, Costanzo Limoni, Rolf Wyttenbach, Augusto Gallino
Here we provide the correlation among different carotid ultrasound (US) variables to assess echogenicity n standard carotid US and to assess intraplaque neovascularization on contrast enhanced US. We recruited 45 consecutive subjects with an asymptomatic≥50% carotid artery stenosis. Carotid plaque echogenicity at standard US was visually graded according to Gray-Weale classification (GW) and measured by the greyscale median (GSM), a semi-automated computerized measurement performed by Adobe Photoshop(®)...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27751505/circulating-cd14-and-cd14-high-cd16-classical-monocytes-are-reduced-in-patients-with-signs-of-plaque-neovascularization-in-the-carotid-artery
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Enrico Ammirati, Francesco Moroni, Marco Magnoni, Simona Di Terlizzi, Chiara Villa, Federico Sizzano, Alessio Palini, Katia Garlaschelli, Fernanda Tripiciano, Isabella Scotti, Alberico Luigi Catapano, Angelo A Manfredi, Giuseppe Danilo Norata, Paolo G Camici
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Monocytes are known to play a key role in the initiation and progression of atherosclerosis and contribute to plaque destabilization through the generation of signals that promote inflammation and neoangiogenesis. In humans, studies investigating the features of circulating monocytes in advanced atherosclerotic lesions are lacking. METHODS: Patients (mean age 69 years, 56% males) with intermediate asymptomatic carotid stenosis (40-70% in diameter) were evaluated for maximal stenosis in common carotid artery, carotid bulb and internal carotid artery, overall disease burden as estimated with total plaque area (TPA), greyscale and neovascularization in 244 advanced carotid plaques...
December 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27743954/quantification-of-lipid-rich-core-in-carotid-atherosclerosis-using-magnetic-resonance-t2%C3%A2-mapping-relation-to-clinical-presentation
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Joshua T Chai, Luca Biasiolli, Linqing Li, Mohammad Alkhalil, Francesca Galassi, Chris Darby, Alison W Halliday, Linda Hands, Timothy Magee, Jeremy Perkins, Ed Sideso, Ashok Handa, Peter Jezzard, Matthew D Robson, Robin P Choudhury
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to: 1) provide tissue validation of quantitative T2 mapping to measure plaque lipid content; and 2) investigate whether this technique could discern differences in plaque characteristics between symptom-related and non-symptom-related carotid plaques. BACKGROUND: Noninvasive plaque lipid quantification is appealing both for stratification in treatment selection and as a possible predictor of future plaque rupture. However, current cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) methods are insensitive, require a coalesced mass of lipid core, and rely on multicontrast acquisition with contrast media and extensive post-processing...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27742537/no-association-between-high-sensitivity-c-reactive-protein-and-carotid-intima-media-progression-the-apac-study
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Anxin Wang, Xiaoya Huang, Xiaoxue Liu, Zhaoping Su, Jianwei Wu, Shuohua Chen, Xuemei Liu, Chunyu Ruan, Xiuhua Guo, Shouling Wu, Xingquan Zhao
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: High-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) is a risk indicator for atherosclerosis. However, the association between hs-CRP and early carotid atherosclerosis progression is not well established. We undertook a prospective, community-based, observational study to address this question. METHODS: Common carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and hs-CRP values were measured at baseline and after 2 years of follow-up in subjects ≥40 years of age who were participating in the Asymptomatic Polyvascular Abnormalities Community study...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27714714/evaluation-of-mean-platelet-volume-and-platelet-distribution-width-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-intermediate-carotid-artery-plaque
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Fatih Yılmaz, Erkan Köklü, Filiz Kizilirmak Yilmaz, Elif Sarıönder Gencer, Ahmet Şükrü Alparslan, Özlem Yıldırımtürk
BACKGROUND: Platelets play a significant role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. In atherosclerotic plaques, the risk of plaque rupture is more crucial than the severity of stenosis they cause. Non-calcified carotid artery plaques are more unstable than calcified plaques, and they are associated with a higher risk of rupture, thromboembolism and consequently, stroke. AIM: Purpose of the present study is to compare calcified and non-calcified plaques that cause intermediate carotid artery stenosis with respect to mean platelet volume (MPV) and platelet distribution width (PDW)...
October 7, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27690642/regulatory-t-cd4%C3%A2-%C3%A2-cd25-lymphocytes-increase-in-symptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis
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Flavia Del Porto, Noemi Cifani, Maria Proietta, Sara Perrotta, Raffaele Dito, Cira di Gioia, Raffaella Carletti, Luigi Rizzo, Gianluigi Orgera, Michele Rossi, Livia Ferri, Luigi Tritapepe, Maurizio Taurino
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a multifactorial disease characterized by an immune-inflammatory remodeling of the arterial wall. Treg and Th17 subpopulations are detectable inside atherosclerotic plaque; however, their behavior in symptomatic carotid artery stenosis (CAS) is not fully elucidated. The aim of this study was to evaluate Th17 and Treg subsets and their ratio in patients affected by symptomatic and asymptomatic CAS. METHODS: 14 patients with symptomatic CAS (CAS-S group), 41 patients with asymptomatic CAS (CAS-A group), 32 subjects with traditional cardiovascular risk factors (RF group), and 10 healthy subjects (HS group) were enrolled...
December 8, 2016: Annals of Medicine
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