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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432452/fluorescent-angioscopic-imaging-of-calcium-phosphate-tribasic-precursor-of-hydroxyapatite-the-major-calcium-deposit-in-human-coronary-plaques
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Takanobu Kobayashi, Osamu Nakagawa, Seiichiro Shirai, Ei Shimoyama, Nobuyuki Hiruta, Yasumi Uchida
Coronary calcification is a risk factor for ischemic heart disease. Hydroxyapatite that is formed by polymerization from calcium phosphate tribasic (CPT) is the major constituent of coronary calcium deposits. If CPT could be visualized, coronary calcification could be predicted and prevented. We discovered that when CPT and collagen I, the main constituent of collagen fibers, are mixed with lac dye (LD) and then exposed to fluorescent light excited at 345 ± 15 nm and emitted at 420 nm, a purple fluorescence that is characteristic of CPT only is elicited...
April 21, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429221/associations-of-osteocalcin-osteoprotegerin-and-calcitonin-with-inflammation-biomarkers-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-of-coronary-arteries
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Ya V Polonskaya, E V Kashtanova, I S Murashov, A M Volkov, A V Kurguzov, A M Chernyavsky, Yu I Ragino
We studied associations of osteocalcin, osteoprotegerin, and calcitonin with markers of inflammation in atherosclerotic plaques in coronary arteries and assessed the influence of these biomolecules on calcification of atherosclerotic plaques. The initial stage of calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is characterized by activation of inflammatory processes, which is seen from increased levels of proinflammatory biomarkers (IL-6, IL 8, TNF-α, and IL-1β). Progressive calcification of atherosclerotic plaques is accompanied by insignificant accumulation of calcitonin and osteoprotegerin...
April 21, 2017: Bulletin of Experimental Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428481/serum-tartrate-resistant-acid-phosphatase-5b-levels-are-associated-with-the-severity-and-extent-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Taichirou Morisawa, Akihiro Nakagomi, Keiichi Kohashi, Yoshiki Kusama, Wataru Shimizu
AIMS: Tartrate-resistant acid phosphatase (TRACP)-5b and osteoprotegerin (OPG) are specific and sensitive markers of bone resorption in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and chronic kidney disease (CKD). The TRACP-5b level is associated with the severity of RA and CKD, while the OPG level is associated with the severity of coronary atherosclerosis and calcification, and can predict a poor outcome in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the impact of TRACP-5b on coronary atherosclerosis in CAD patients remains unclear...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427597/intentional-percutaneous-laceration-of%C3%A2-the%C3%A2-anterior-mitral-leaflet-to-prevent%C3%A2-outflow%C3%A2-obstruction-during-transcatheter-mitral-valve-replacement-first-in-human%C3%A2-experience
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Vasilis C Babaliaros, Adam B Greenbaum, Jaffar M Khan, Toby Rogers, Dee Dee Wang, Marvin H Eng, William W O'Neill, Gaetano Paone, Vinod H Thourani, Stamatios Lerakis, Dennis W Kim, Marcus Y Chen, Robert J Lederman
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to use a new catheter technique to split the anterior mitral valve leaflet (AML) and prevent iatrogenic left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction immediately before transcatheter mitral valve replacement (TMVR). BACKGROUND: LVOT obstruction is a life-threatening complication of TMVR, caused by septal displacement of the AML. METHODS: The procedure was used in patients with severe mitral valve disease and prohibitive surgical risk...
April 24, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427294/increased-phagocytic-nadph-oxidase-activity-associates-with-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-men
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Oscar Beloqui, María U Moreno, Gorka San José, Álvaro Pejenaute, Adriana Cortés, Manuel F Landecho, Javier Díez, Ana Fortuño, Guillermo Zalba
Vascular calcification is a common feature in atherosclerosis and associates with cardiovascular events. Oxidative stress may be involved in the pathogenesis of vascular calcification. Previous studies have shown that the phagocytic NADPH oxidase is associated with atherosclerosis. The objective of the present study was to investigate the association between phagocytic NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production and coronary artery calcium (CAC). NADPH oxidase-mediated superoxide production was determined by chemiluminescence and CAC by computed tomography in 159 asymptomatic men free of overt clinical atherosclerosis...
April 20, 2017: Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28426428/vascular-calcification-the-role-of-micrornas
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Stelina Alkagiet, Konstantinos Tziomalos
Vascular calcification represents the deposition of calcium phosphate salts in the tunica media of the vascular wall. It occurs during aging but is accelerated and pronounced in patients with diabetes mellitus, chronic kidney disease (CKD) and established cardiovascular disease. Due to the loss of elasticity of the vessel wall, vascular calcification might result in left ventricular hypertrophy and compromise coronary perfusion. Accordingly, several studies showed that vascular calcification is associated with increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality...
April 20, 2017: Biomolecular Concepts
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425255/aortic-valve-sclerosis-is-associated-with-the-extent-of-coronaryartery-disease-in-stable-coronary-artery-disease
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Selim Topcu, Uğur Aksu, Kamuran Kalkan, Oktay Gülcü, Arzu Kalayci Karabay, Enbiya Aksakal, İbrahim Halil Tanboğa, Serdar Sevimli
BACKGROUND/AIM: Aortic valve sclerosis (AVS) is characterized by lipid deposition and calcific infiltration on the edge of aortic leaflets without significant restriction of motion. The SYNTAX Score (SS) is an important method for evaluating coronary artery disease (CAD). Many studies showed that there is an important relation between the SS and undesired cardiac outcomes. In our study, we investigated the correlation between the SS and AVS by including both ACS and stable CAD cases. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We enrolled 543 patients with CAD who underwent coronary angiography into this cross-sectional study between September 2013 and September 2014...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425027/10-year-results-of-on-x-bileaflet-mechanical-heart-valve-in-the-aortic-position-low-target-inr-regimen-in-japanese
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Hideki Teshima, Masahiko Ikebuchi, Yosuke Miyamoto, Ryuta Tai, Toshikazu Sano, Yusuke Kinugasa, Hiroyuki Irie
OBJECTIVES: This study was designed to establish clinical outcomes after aortic valve replacement (AVR) with On-X bileaflet mechanical heart valve. METHODS: Between 2006 and 2014, AVR was performed to 686 patients. Of them, 78 patients using On-X valve were enrolled. The mean age was 65 ± 11 years (ranged 33-85); 65% were men; and 81% were in sinus rhythm preoperatively. Calcific or degenerative tricuspid aortic valve was present in 73%. Concomitant procedures included coronary artery bypass grafting (22%), Bentall (8%), mitral valve procedure (3%) and other (9%)...
April 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420816/coronary-atherosclerotic-plaque-characteristics-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors%C3%A3-insights-from-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Roberta De Rosa, Mariuca Vasa-Nicotera, David M Leistner, Sophia M Reis, Claudia E Thome, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Stephan Fichtlscherer, Andreas M Zeiher
BACKGROUND: The association between cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) and the risk of coronary events is widely acknowledged. Whether individual risk factors may be associated with distinct plaque characteristics is currently unclear. We investigated the relationship between CVRF and coronary plaque burden and phenotype.Methods and Results:We assessed coronary atherosclerotic plaque characteristics by optical coherence tomography in 67 patients with stable coronary artery disease undergoing coronary angiography...
April 14, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419118/fatty-liver-disease-determines-the-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-a-metabolically-healthy-obese-population
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Yu Mi Kang, Chang Hee Jung, Yun Kyung Cho, Seung Eun Lee, Min Jung Lee, Jenie Yoonoo Hwang, Eun Hee Kim, Joong-Yeol Park, Woo Je Lee, Hong-Kyu Kim
OBJECTIVES: Metabolically healthy obese (MHO) phenotype describes an obese state with a favorable metabolic profile. However, the prognosis of this subpopulation remains controversial. We aimed to examine whether MHO phenotype is associated with progression of atherosclerotic activity, reflected as the changes in coronary artery calcification (CAC) over time. If so, we sought to determine the role of fatty liver disease (FLD), the hallmark of hepatic steatosis, in this progression. METHODS: We enrolled 1,240 asymptomatic subjects who underwent repeated CAC score measurement during routine health examinations...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417604/rotational-atherectomy-in-the-subadventitial-space-to-allow-safe-and-successful-chronic-total-occlusion-recanalization-pushing-the-limit-further
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Giuliana Capretti, Mauro Carlino, Antonio Colombo, Lorenzo Azzalini
Dissection and re-entry (DR) techniques have played a key role in the increase of success rates of chronic total occlusion (CTO) recanalization. DR usually allows wiring complex occlusions, even in case of important calcification. In extreme cases, such as in balloon failure-to-cross, rotational atherectomy (RA) might be decisive. However, according to experts' recommendations, RA should not be performed in dissection planes because of the high risk of perforation and further extending the dissection, so that its use after DR might be limited...
April 18, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413071/performance-of-ultra-low-dose-ct-for-the-evaluation-of-coronary-calcification-a-direct-comparison-with-coronary-calcium-score
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V V Silveira de Souza, F Soares Torres, B Hochhegger, G Watte, G Sartori, F Lucchese, B Azambuja Gonçalves
AIM: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of ultra-low-dose computed tomography (ULDCT) in comparison to standard coronary calcium score (CCS) acquisition for the evaluation of coronary artery calcification (CAC). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Standard CCS acquisition and ULDCT were performed in patients referred for coronary CT angiography for the evaluation of coronary artery disease. CAC in ULDCT was graded subjectively using a four-point scale (from 0, no calcification, to 3, severe calcification) for the complete study and for each individual coronary segment...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411192/socioeconomic-status-interacts-with-the-genetic-effect-of-a-chromosome-9p21-3-common-variant-to-influence-coronary-artery-calcification-and-incident-coronary-events-in-the-heinz-nixdorf-recall-study-risk-factors-evaluation-of-coronary-calcium-and-lifestyle
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Börge Schmidt, Stefanie Frölich, Nico Dragano, Mirjam Frank, Lewin Eisele, Sonali Pechlivanis, Andreas J Forstner, Markus M Nöthen, Amir A Mahabadi, Raimund Erbel, Susanne Moebus, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
BACKGROUND: Genetic variants of a locus within the chromosome 9p21.3 region are consistently associated with coronary artery disease and coronary artery calcification (CAC). The aim of this study was to examine whether a 9p21.3 common variant interacts with socioeconomic status (SES) to influence CAC and incident coronary events in a population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS: 9p21.3 single nucleotide polymorphism rs2891168 was genotyped in 4116 participants of the Heinz Nixdorf Recall study...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28411031/prognostic-value-of-visually-detected-coronary-artery-calcification-on-unenhanced-non-gated-thoracic-computed-tomography-for-prediction-of-non-fatal-myocardial-infarction-and-all-cause-mortality
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Lisa Shao, Andrew T Yan, Gerald Lebovic, Harvey H Wong, Anish Kirpalani, Djeven P Deva
PURPOSE: To determine the prognostic value of visually detected coronary artery calcification (CAC) on unenhanced non-gated thoracic computed tomography (CT) for non-fatal myocardial infarction (MI) and all-cause mortality. METHODS: This retrospective single-centre cohort study comprised of 410 consecutive patients aged 40-80 years without any known cardiovascular disease at baseline. CT images without electrocardiogram-gating were acquired for a variety of respiratory medicine indications...
March 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407126/mitral-valve-replacement-in-severely-calcified-mitral-valve-annulus-a-10-year-experience
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Kareem Salhiyyah, Hassan Kattach, Ahmed Ashoub, Diana Patrick, Szabolcs Miskolczi, Geoffrey Tsang, Sunil K Ohri, Clifford W Barlow, Theodore Velissaris, Steve Livesey
OBJECTIVES: Severe calcification in the mitral valve annulus is a challenging problem during mitral valve surgery. We describe our experience with mitral valve replacement in severely calcified mitral valve without decalcification of the annulus. METHODS: Between April 2001 and July 2011, 61 patients underwent mitral valve replacement with severe mitral annulus calcification without decalcification of the annulus. This retrospective study was performed to assess the surgical and the long-term postoperative outcomes in this group...
April 11, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396860/aortic-valve-replacement-for-moderate-aortic-stenosis-with-severe-calcification-and-left-ventricualr-dysfunction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Nikhil Narang, Roberto M Lang, Vladimir M Liarski, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Marion A Hofmann Bowman
A 55-year-old man with a history of erosive, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and interstitial lung disease presented with shortness of breath. Echocardiography showed new-onset severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction with an ejection fraction (EF) of 15% and moderately increased mean aortic valve gradient of 20 mmHg in a trileaflet aortic valve with severe sclero-calcific degeneration. Coronary angiography revealed no significant obstructive coronary disease. Invasive hemodynamic studies and dobutamine stress echocardiography were consistent with moderate aortic stenosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28392544/impact-of-renal-functional-morphological-dynamics-on-the-calcification-of-coronary-and-abdominal-arteries-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Takeo Ichii, Ryota Morimoto, Takahiro Okumura, Hideki Ishii, Yosuke Tatami, Dai Yamamoto, Soichiro Aoki, Hiroaki Hiraiwa, Kenji Furusawa, Toru Kondo, Naoki Watanabe, Naoaki Kano, Kenji Fukaya, Akinori Sawamura, Susumu Suzuki, Yoshinari Yasuda, Toyoaki Murohara
AIM: Fast-progressing vascular calcification (VC) is accompanied by renal atrophy and functional deterioration along with atherosclerosis in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the relationship between VC progression and renal functional and/or morphological changes remains unclear. METHODS: We included 70 asymptomatic patients with CKD without hemodialysis in our study. To identify temporal variations, the coronary artery calcification score (CACS), abdominal aortic calcification index (ACI), and renal parenchymal volume index (RPVI) were determined via spiral computed tomography scans taken during the study...
April 8, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391286/basal-ganglia-calcification-with-tetanic-seizure-suggest-mitochondrial-disorder
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Josef Finsterer, Barbara Enzelsberger, Adam Bastowansky
BACKGROUND Basal ganglia calcification (BGC) is a rare sporadic or hereditary central nervous system (CNS) abnormality, characterized by symmetric or asymmetric calcification of the basal ganglia. CASE REPORT We report the case of a 65-year-old Gypsy female who was admitted for a tetanic seizure, and who had a history of polyneuropathy, restless-leg syndrome, retinopathy, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, osteoporosis with consecutive hyperkyphosis, cervicalgia, lumbalgia, struma nodosa requiring thyroidectomy and consecutive hypothyroidism, adipositas, resection of a vocal chord polyp, arterial hypertension, coronary heart disease, atheromatosis of the aorta, peripheral artery disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, steatosis hepatis, mild renal insufficiency, long-term hypocalcemia, hyperphosphatemia, impingement syndrome, spondylarthrosis of the lumbar spine, and hysterectomy...
April 9, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389507/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-predicts-guidewire-crossing-and-success-of-percutaneous-intervention-for-chronic-total-occlusion-korean-multicenter-cto-ct-registry-score-as-a-tool-for-assessing-difficulty-in-chronic-total-occlusion-percutaneous-coronary
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Cheol-Woong Yu, Hyun-Jong Lee, Jon Suh, Nae-Hee Lee, Sang-Min Park, Taek Kyu Park, Jeong Hoon Yang, Young Bin Song, Joo-Yong Hahn, Seung Hyuk Choi, Hyeon-Cheol Gwon, Sang-Hoon Lee, Yeon Hyeon Choe, Sung Mok Kim, Jin-Ho Choi
BACKGROUND: We developed a model that predicts difficulty of percutaneous coronary intervention for coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) using coronary computed tomographic angiography. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 684 CTO lesions with preprocedural computed tomographic angiography were enrolled from 4 centers. Data were randomly divided into derivation and validation datasets at 2:1 ratio. The end point was successful guidewire crossing ≤30 minutes, which was met in 50%...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28388944/renal-function-had-an-independent-relationship-with-coronary-artery-calcification-in-chinese-elderly-men
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Shihui Fu, Zhao Zhang, Leiming Luo, Ping Ye
BACKGROUND: Although previous studies have analyzed the relationship between renal function and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in pre-dialysis and dialysis patients, limited studies have discussed the relationship between renal function and CAC in Chinese elderly men without obvious damage of renal function. The present study was designed to explore the relationship between renal function and CAC in Chinese elderly men without obvious damage of renal function. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was carried out in 105 male participants older than 60 years with glomerular filtration rate (GFR) ≥ 45 ml/min/1...
April 7, 2017: BMC Geriatrics
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