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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431106/ultrasound-cut-off-values-for-intima-media-thickness-of-temporal-facial-and-axillary-arteries-in-giant-cell-arteritis
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Valentin S Schäfer, Aaron Juche, Sofia Ramiro, Andreas Krause, Wolfgang A Schmidt
Objective.: To evaluate the intima-media thickness (IMT) of arteries involved in GCA for determining cut-off values. Methods.: Forty newly diagnosed GCA patients in a fast-track GCA clinic and 40 age- and sex-matched controls were included. IMT measurement was performed at or within 24 h after diagnosis. The common superficial temporal arteries with their frontal and parietal branches and the facial arteries were bilaterally examined with a 10-22 MHz probe and the axillary artery with a 6-18 MHz probe...
April 20, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428451/the-relation-between-serum-endostatin-level-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-healthy-residents-of-japan-results-from-the-kyushu-and-okinawa-population-study-kops
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Yoshifumi Kato, Norihiro Furusyo, Yuuki Tanaka, Takatsugu Ueyama, Sho Yamasaki, Masayuki Murata, Jun Hayashi
AIM: To examine the association between the serum endostatin levels and subclinical atherosclerosis independent of traditional risk factors in a healthy Japanese population. METHODS: Among 1,057 residents who attended free public physical examinations between 2010 and 2011, we evaluated the data of 648 healthy residents for whom the serum endostatin level and common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) were successfully measured. RESULTS: The median endostatin level was 63...
April 20, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428025/adipokines-as-atherothrombotic-risk-factors-in-obese-subjects-associations-with-haemostatic-markers-and-common-carotid-wall%C3%A2-thickness
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É Csongrádi, M Káplár, B Nagy, C A Koch, A Juhász, L Bajnok, Z Varga, I Seres, Z Karányi, M T Magyar, L Oláh, A Facskó, J Kappelmayer, G Paragh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Some crucial associations between obesity-related altered adipokine levels and the main factors of atherosclerotic, atherothrombotic processes are not fully known. We analysed the relationships of classic adipokines, namely leptin, resistin, adiponectin, tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6) with the markers of platelet activation, including mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet surface/soluble P-selectin, platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs), the parameters of coagulation abnormalities and common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in obese patients with or without atherosclerotic comorbidities in comparison to age- and sex-matched controls...
March 8, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426788/association-between-hemoglobin-glycation-index-with-insulin-resistance-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-non-diabetic-individuals
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Maria Adelaide Marini, Teresa Vanessa Fiorentino, Elena Succurro, Elisabetta Pedace, Francesco Andreozzi, Angela Sciacqua, Francesco Perticone, Giorgio Sesti
Hemoglobin glycation index (HGI), defined as the difference between the observed HbA1c value and the value of HbA1c predicted from plasma glucose levels, represents a measure of the degree of non-enzymatic glycation of hemoglobin and it has been found to be positively associated with micro- and macro-vascular complications in subjects with type 2 diabetes. To investigate the pathophysiological abnormalities responsible for the increased cardiovascular risk of patients with higher HGI, we evaluated the association of HGI with cardio-metabolic characteristics in nondiabetic offspring of type 2 diabetic individuals...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420817/association-of-kidney-dysfunction-with-asymptomatic-cerebrovascular-abnormalities-in-a-japanese-population-with-health-checkups
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Kaori Hayashi, Michiyo Takayama, Takeshi Kanda, Kazuhiro Kashiwagi, Akihito Hishikawa, Yasushi Iwao, Hiroshi Itoh
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular disease is a major cause of mortality and morbidity. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is prevalent in stroke patients. This study evaluated the correlation between kidney dysfunction and asymptomatic findings on carotid ultrasonography (US) and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in a Japanese population with health checkups.Methods and Results:In total, 1,716 subjects aged 40-80 years, who received health checkups from January 1 to December 31, 2015, were included...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411021/improvement-in-cardiovascular-risk-in-women-after-bariatric-surgery-as-measured-by-carotid-intima-media-thickness-comparison-of-sleeve-gastrectomy-versus-gastric-bypass
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Jesús M Gómez-Martin, Enrique Aracil, Julio Galindo, Héctor F Escobar-Morreale, José A Balsa, José I Botella-Carretero
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery may diminish cardiovascular risk (CVR) and its associated mortality. However, studies that compare these effects with different techniques are scarce. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the changes in CVR as estimated by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) after obesity surgery in women with high CVR as defined by the presence of metabolic syndrome. SETTING: Academic hospital. METHODS: We studied 40 severely obese women, of whom 20 received laparoscopic Roux en Y gastric bypass (RYGB) and 20 received sleeve gastrectomy (SG)...
February 3, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409069/efficiency-of-crizotinib-on-an-alk-positive-inflammatory-myofibroblastic-tumor-of-the-central-nervous-system-a-case-report
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Anas Chennouf, Elizabeth Arslanian, David Roberge, France Berthelet, Michel Bojanowski, Jean-Paul Bahary, Laura Masucci, Karl Belanger, Marie Florescu, Philip Wong
Inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors (IMT) of the central nervous system (CNS) are rare entities that have a predilection for local recurrences. Approximately half of the inflammatory myofibroblastic tumors contain translocations that result in the over-expression of the anaplastic lymphoma kinase (ALK) gene. We hereby present the case of a patient diagnosed with a left parieto-occipital IMT that recurred after multiple surgeries and radiotherapy. Immuno-histochemical examination of the tumor demonstrated ALK overexpression and the presence of an ALK rearrangement observed in lung cancers...
March 2, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407816/automatic-identification-of-variables-in-epidemiological-datasets-using-logic-regression
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Matthias W Lorenz, Negin Ashtiani Abdi, Frank Scheckenbach, Anja Pflug, Alpaslan Bülbül, Alberico L Catapano, Stefan Agewall, Marat Ezhov, Michiel L Bots, Stefan Kiechl, Andreas Orth
BACKGROUND: For an individual participant data (IPD) meta-analysis, multiple datasets must be transformed in a consistent format, e.g. using uniform variable names. When large numbers of datasets have to be processed, this can be a time-consuming and error-prone task. Automated or semi-automated identification of variables can help to reduce the workload and improve the data quality. For semi-automation high sensitivity in the recognition of matching variables is particularly important, because it allows creating software which for a target variable presents a choice of source variables, from which a user can choose the matching one, with only low risk of having missed a correct source variable...
April 13, 2017: BMC Medical Informatics and Decision Making
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28405483/treatment-results-in-serpiginous-choroiditis-and-multifocal-serpiginoid-choroiditis-associated-with-latent-tuberculosis
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Merih Oray, Zaur Zakiev, Tülin Çağatay, İlknur Tuğal-Tutkun
OBJECTIVES: To compare the results of systemic antitubercular therapy (ATT) and immunomodulatory therapy (IMT) in patients with serpiginous choroiditis (SC) or multifocal serpiginoid choroiditis (MSC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: The clinical records of 28 patients with SC and MSC were reviewed. Patients were divided into 2 groups according to the treatment applied. Group 1 included 12 patients with MSC and 5 with SC treated with ATT and corticosteroid (CS); group 2 included 9 patients with MSC and 2 with SC treated with conventional IMT, interferon alpha-2a, and/or CS monotherapy...
April 2017: Turkish Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384127/which-is-the-ideal-marker-for-early-atherosclerosis-in-obstructive-sleep-apnea-osa-carotid-intima-media-thickness-or-mean-platelet-volume
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Nurhan Sarioglu, Gulen Demirpolat, Fuat Erel, Mehmet Kose
BACKGROUND Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is known to be closely associated with cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is widely used for assessment of atherosclerosis. Mean platelet volume (MPV) is a new marker associated with atherothrombosis. In this study, we aimed to detect early atherosclerosis by measuring carotid intima-media thickness and to investigate the relationship between MPV and IMT and OSA severity. MATERIAL AND METHODS The study population consisted of 158 patients who underwent polysomnography and did not have any overt cardiac disease or risk factors...
April 6, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383828/associations-between-arterial-structure-and-function-and-serum-levels-of-liver-enzymes-in-obese-adolescents
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Elim Man, Pik-To Cheung, Yiu-Fai Cheung
AIM: To determine the structural and functional alterations of systemic arteries in obese adolescents and their relationships with adiposity, metabolic and lipid profile, and serum liver enzyme levels. METHODS: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), carotid stiffness index, and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) were measured in 56 obese adolescents and 58 lean controls. Obese adolescents had additional liver ultrasound and determination of fasting blood indices of glucose metabolism and lipid profile, and serum levels of liver enzymes...
April 6, 2017: Journal of Paediatrics and Child Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382660/the-effects-of-threshold-inspiratory-muscle-training-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-copd-disease-a-randomized-experimental-study
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Han-Yu Chuang, Hsiao Yun Chang, Yueh-Yen Fang, Su-Er Guo
AIMS: To investigate the effects of threshold inspiratory muscle training (IMT) in patients with stages II through IV chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) using maximum inspiratory pressure (PImax), baseline dyspnoea index (BDI), 6-minute walk test (6MWT), and quality of life (QoL). BACKGROUND: A threshold inspiratory muscle training device provides pressure for inspiratory muscle strength, but there is limited information on the effects of threshold inspiratory muscle training starting at low pressure training...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Clinical Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28377558/pentraxin-3-as-a-new-indicator-of-cardiovascular%C3%A2-related-death-in-patients-with-advanced-chronic-kidney-disease
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Marcin Krzanowski, Katarzyna Krzanowska, Mariusz Gajda, Paulina Dumnicka, Artur Dziewierz, Karolina Woziwodzka, Jan A Litwin, Władysław Sułowicz
INTRODUCTION    Pentraxin3 (PTX3) play an important role in the inflammatory response, taking part in recognizing pathogens and damaged tissues. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess the relationship between PTX3 levels and all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients during five-year observation period.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    The study comprised 78 patients (51 hemodialyzed, 27 predialysis). The examined parameters included PTX3, calcium, phosphate, iPTH, interleukin-6 (IL-6), fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF-23), osteopontin (OPN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), osteocalcin (OC), osteopontin (OPN), osteoprotegerin (OPG), osteocalcin, tumor necrosis factor receptor II (TNF-R II), transforming growth factor-β (TGF-β), hepatocyte growth factor (HGF), stromal cell-derived factor α (SDF1α), and thrombomodulin (TM)...
February 27, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376791/definition-of-common-carotid-wall-thickness-affects-risk-classification-in-relation-to-degree-of-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-the-plaque-at-risk-parisk-study
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J Steinbuch, A C van Dijk, Fhbm Schreuder, Mtb Truijman, J Hendrikse, P J Nederkoorn, A van der Lugt, E Hermeling, Apg Hoeks, W H Mess
BACKGROUND: Mean or maximal intima-media thickness (IMT) is commonly used as surrogate endpoint in intervention studies. However, the effect of normalization by surrounding or median IMT or by diameter is unknown. In addition, it is unclear whether IMT inhomogeneity is a useful predictor beyond common wall parameters like maximal wall thickness, either absolute or normalized to IMT or lumen size. We investigated the interrelationship of common carotid artery (CCA) thickness parameters and their association with the ipsilateral internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis degree...
April 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28375105/the-intervention-effect-of-zinc-supplementation-on-irbesartan-treatment-for-atherosclerosis-of-apoe-mice
#15
Shuang Li, Ke Wang, Guofang Xu, Jia Ji, Chuan Qin
To explore the influence of zinc supplementation on irbesartan treatment for atherosclerosis of ApoE gene-deleted mice. Atherosclerosis model mice induced by normal feed were randomly divided into ApoE(-/-) control group, irbesartan group and zinc sulfate+ irbesartan group, 6 mice each group; C57BL/6J mice with normal feed were regarded as blank control group (n=6). Blank control group and ApoE-/- control group were not given any medical treatment, and irbesartan group were treated with irbesartan (50mg/kg/d), and zinc sulfate+irbesartan group were given zinc sulfate (25mmol/L) treatment besides the administration of irbesartan group...
November 2016: Pakistan Journal of Pharmaceutical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28374705/-effects-of-chronic-tabacco-smoking-on-the-cerebral-blood-flow
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N V Zakharchuk, V A Nevzorova, V M Chertok, N S Sarafanova
AIM: To study an effect of chronic smoking on cerebral hemodynamics and cerebrovascular reactivity in different segments of the arterial system of the brain in men. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Male patients enrolled in the study were divided into two groups: controls (n=11) and smokers (n=24) with index 30.7 pack-year smoking history. Haemorheological parameters: viscosity of blood, aggregation of erythrocytes, hematocrit, fibrinogen were evaluated in both groups. Using carotid duplex ultrasound (MyLab 50 Esaote, Italy), intima-media thickness (IMT) of common carotid arteries (CCA) was measured...
2017: Zhurnal Nevrologii i Psikhiatrii Imeni S.S. Korsakova
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372866/increased-interarm-blood-pressure-difference-is-associated-with-autonomic-dysfunction-and-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-chest-pain-and-no-history-of-coronary-artery-disease
#17
Hui-Jeong Hwang, Il Suk Sohn, Dong-Hee Kim, Chang-Bum Park, Jin-Man Cho, Chong-Jin Kim
OBJECTIVES: Interarm blood pressure (BP) difference has been reported to be associated with atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular death. We were to investigate associations of interarm systolic blood pressure (SBP) difference with heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise, an index of autonomic function, and carotid atherosclerotic markers, and to evaluate the association of interarm SBP difference with concurrent coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: A total of 995 consecutive patients who underwent treadmill stress echocardiography with chest pain but no history of CAD were enrolled...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364498/sleep-characteristics-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-among-midlife-women
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Rebecca C Thurston, Yuefang Chang, Roland von Känel, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, J Richard Jennings, Martica H Hall, Nanette Santoro, Daniel J Buysse, Karen A Matthews
Introduction: Midlife, which encompasses the menopause transition in women, can be a time of disrupted sleep and accelerated atherosclerosis accumulation. Short or poor sleep quality has been associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk; few studies have investigated relations among midlife women. We tested whether shorter actigraphy sleep time or poorer subjective sleep quality was associated with carotid atherosclerosis among midlife women. Aims and Methods: Two hundred fifty-six peri- and postmenopausal women aged 40-60 years completed 3 days of wrist actigraphy, hot flash monitoring, questionnaires (Pittsburgh Sleep Quality Index [PSQI], Berlin), a blood draw, and carotid ultrasound [intima media thickness (IMT), plaque]...
February 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28363402/effect-of-roux-en-y-gastric-bypass-on-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-chinese-obese-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Jie Chen, Haoyong Yu, Li Chen, Lei Wu, Bing Hu, Yuqian Bao, Lixin Jiang
BACKGROUND: The effect of Roux-en-Y gastric bypass (RYGB) on carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT) in obese patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) has not been well studied. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effect of RYGB on C-IMT and the relationship between C-IMT and some cardiovascular risk factors 12 months after surgery on Chinese obese patients with T2D. SETTING: University hospital, China. METHODS: Thirty-three consecutive obese patients with T2D and 18 healthy volunteers matched in age and sex were enrolled in this retrospective study...
February 3, 2017: Surgery for Obesity and related Diseases: Official Journal of the American Society for Bariatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361809/association-of-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-cardiometabolic-risk-factors-with-early-atherosclerosis-in-an-adult-population-in-southern-italy
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Carmelo Antonio Caserta, Alfonso Mele, Pasquale Surace, Luigina Ferrigno, Angela Amante, Arianna Messineo, Carmelo Vacalebre, Fulvia Amato, Damiano Baldassarre, Mauro Amato, Fabrizio Marcucci, Massimo Zuin
AIM: The prevalence of risk factors for cardiovascular and metabolic diseases was investigated in an adult population of the city of Cittanova, Southern Italy. METHODS: The study was conducted among 992 randomly selected adults aged 18-75 years, between April 2009 and January 2011. RESULTS: Prevalence rates of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD), overweight, obesity, and metabolic syndrome (MS) were 24.8%, 41.5%, 27.1%, and 34.4%, respectively...
January 2017: Annali Dell'Istituto Superiore di Sanità
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