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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233836/radiomic-features-are-superior-to-conventional-quantitative-computed-tomographic-metrics-to-identify-coronary-plaques-with-napkin-ring-sign
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Márton Kolossváry, Júlia Karády, Bálint Szilveszter, Pieter Kitslaar, Udo Hoffmann, Béla Merkely, Pál Maurovich-Horvat
BACKGROUND: Napkin-ring sign (NRS) is an independent prognostic imaging marker of major adverse cardiac events. However, identification of NRS is challenging because of its qualitative nature. Radiomics is the process of extracting thousands of quantitative parameters from medical images to create big-data data sets that can identify distinct patterns in radiological images. Therefore, we sought to determine whether radiomic analysis improves the identification of NRS plaques. METHODS AND RESULTS: From 2674 patients referred to coronary computed tomographic angiography caused by stable chest pain, expert readers identified 30 patients with NRS plaques and matched these with 30 non-NRS plaques with similar degree of calcification, luminal obstruction, localization, and imaging parameters...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233634/epicardial-adipose-tissue-density-and-volume-are-related-to-subclinical-atherosclerosis-inflammation-and-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Markus Goeller, Stephan Achenbach, Mohamed Marwan, Mhairi K Doris, Sebastien Cadet, Frederic Commandeur, Xi Chen, Piotr J Slomka, Heidi Gransar, J Jane Cao, Nathan D Wong, Moritz H Albrecht, Alan Rozanski, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Daniel S Berman, Damini Dey
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and density are related to early atherosclerosis, plaque inflammation and major adverse cardiac events (MACE, cardiac death and myocardial infarction) in asymptomatic subjects. METHODS: EAT volume and density were quantified from non-contrast cardiac CT in 456 asymptomatic individuals (age 60.3 ± 8.3; 68% with CCS>0) from the prospective EISNER trial. EAT volume and density were examined in relation to coronary calcium score (CCS), inflammatory biomarkers and MACE...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227975/high-phosphate-induced-calcification-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-is-associated-with-the-tlr4-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-signaling-pathway
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Daohai Zhang, Xianjin Bi, Yong Liu, Yinghui Huang, Jiachuan Xiong, Xinli Xu, Tangli Xiao, Yanlin Yu, Wei Jiang, Yunjian Huang, Jingbo Zhang, Bo Zhang, Jinghong Zhao
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Hyperphosphatemia is one of the most notable features of chronic kidney disease (CKD). Numerous epidemiological and clinical studies have found that high serum phosphate concentrations are associated with calcification in the coronary arteries. However, the mechanisms underlying the vascular calcification induced by high phosphate have not been understood fully. METHODS: Vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) were cultured in high-phosphate media to induce vascular calcification, which was detected by Alizarin red S staining...
December 8, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29227122/-hamartoma-of-mature-cardiac-myocytes-autopsy-case-report
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Šárka Hadravská, Magdaléna Dubová, Markéta Miesbauerová, Petr Mukenšnabl, Ondřej Daum, Alois Mádle, Karel Smetana
Hamartoma of mature cardiac myocytes (HMCM) is a rare benign pseudoneoplastic myocardial lesion. We describe a case of 39-year-old Bulgarian woman living in the Czech Republic, who died because of rupture of anterior communicating artery aneurysm, and severe bronchopneumonia. An incidental finding at the autopsy was a whitish unencapsulated and not sharply demarcated tumor of the left ventricle and adjacent area of interventricular septum, which protruded above the plane of section. Microscopically the tumor consisted of various different forms of disorganized hypertrophic mature cardiac myocytes without vacuolization of cytoplasm, focally in a "herringbone" pattern...
2017: Ceskoslovenská Patologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225032/calcification-of-thoracic-and-abdominal-aneurysms-is-associated-with-mortality-and-morbidity
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Mohammed M Chowdhury, Lukasz P Zieliński, James J Sun, Simon Lambracos, Jonathan R Boyle, Seamus C Harrison, James H F Rudd, Patrick A Coughlin
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular events are common in people with aortic aneurysms. Arterial calcification is a recognised predictor of cardiovascular outcomes in coronary artery disease. Whether calcification within abdominal and thoracic aneurysm walls is correlated with poor cardiovascular outcomes is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Calcium scores were derived from computed tomography (CT) scans of consecutive patients with either infrarenal (AAA) or descending thoracic aneurysms (TAA) using the modified Agatston score...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29224054/lesion-characteristics-and-procedural-outcomes-of-re-attempted-percutaneous-coronary-interventions-for-chronic-total-occlusion
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Masaki Tanabe, Kenji Kodama, Kohei Asada, Takeo Kunitomo
This study was performed to investigate lesion characteristics and procedural outcomes of re-attempted percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for chronic total occlusion (CTO). Prior failure of percutaneous revascularization of CTO has been identified as an independent predictor of failure at subsequent attempts. However, procedural outcomes of re-attempted PCI for CTO have not been elucidated. We evaluated lesion characteristics and procedural outcomes in 310 consecutive patients undergoing CTO-PCI, and compared the results between re-attempted (n = 59) and initial procedures (n = 251)...
December 9, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29222954/evaluation-of-motion-artifact-metrics-for-coronary-ct-angiography
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Hongfeng Ma, Eric Gros, Aniko Szabo, Scott G Baginski, Zachary R Laste, Naveen M Kulkarni, Darin Okerlund, Taly G Schmidt
PURPOSE: This study quantified the performance of coronary artery motion artifact metrics relative to human observer ratings. Motion artifact metrics have been used as part of motion correction and best-phase selection algorithms for Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA). However, the lack of ground truth makes it difficult to validate how well the metrics quantify the level of motion artifact. This study investigated five motion artifact metrics, including two novel metrics, using a dynamic phantom, clinical CCTA images, and an observer study that provided ground truth motion artifact scores from a series of pairwise comparisons...
December 9, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220755/coronary-artery-calcification-predicts-cardiovascular-complications-after-sepsis
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Vedant A Gupta, Matthew Sousa, Nathan Kraitman, Rahul Annabathula, Olga Vsevolozhskaya, Steve W Leung, Vincent L Sorrell
PURPOSE: Sepsis is a highly prevalent and fatal condition, with reported cardiovascular event rates as high as 25-30% at 1year. Risk stratification in septic patients has been extremely limited. MATERIAL AND METHODS: 267 septic patients with detectable troponin levels, APACHE II scores, and CT scans of the chest or abdomen were assessed. Patients with a recent cardiac intervention were excluded. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) was identified as present or absent on body CT scans...
December 2, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220533/androgens-irregular-menses-and-risk-of-diabetes-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-the-diabetes-prevention-program
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Catherine Kim, Vanita R Aroda, Ronald B Goldberg, Naji Younes, Sharon L Edelstein, MaryLou Carrion-Petersen, David A Ehrmann
Context: It is unclear whether relative elevations in androgens or irregular menses (IM) are associated with greater cardiometabolic risk among women who are already overweight and glucose intolerant. Research Design and Methods: We conducted a secondary analysis of Diabetes Prevention Program (DPP) and the DPP Outcomes Study (DPPOS). Participants included women with sex hormone measurements who did not use exogenous estrogen (n=1422). We examined whether free androgen index (FAI) or IM were associated with diabetes risk during the DPP/DPPOS or with coronary artery calcification (CAC) at DPPOS year 10...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29212987/association-of-coronary-artery-calcification-with-estimated-coronary-heart-disease-risk-from-prediction-models-in-a-community-based-sample-of-japanese-men-the-shiga-epidemiological-study-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-sessa
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Akira Fujiyoshi, Hisatomi Arima, Sachiko Tanaka-Mizuno, Takahashi Hisamatsu, Sayaka Kadowaki, Aya Kadota, Maryam Zaid, Akira Sekikawa, Takashi Yamamoto, Minoru Horie, Katsuyuki Miura, Hirotsugu Ueshima
AIM: The clinical significance of coronary artery calcification (CAC) is not fully determined in general East Asian populations where background coronary heart disease (CHD) is less common than in USA/Western countries. We cross-sectionally assessed the association between CAC and estimated CHD risk as well as each major risk factor in general Japanese men. METHODS: Participants were 996 randomly selected Japanese men aged 40-79 y, free of stroke, myocardial infarction, or revascularization...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210840/conoscere-e-curare-il-cuore-1986-2016-how-the-heart-has-changed
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Alessandro Boccanelli
: The demographic transition, with longer life expectancy, is mainly due to prevention and care of atherosclerotic vascular and heart disease. The cardiovascular patient is now much older and often presents with coexisting geriatric syndromes that affect healthcare goals, outcomes, and the process of care. Numerous mechanisms at cellular level are responsible for cardiovascular aging such as replicative senescence, apoptosis, proteins misfolding, and inflammation. Aging-related modifications are increase in left-ventricular mass, increased left atrial size, myocardial collagen deposition, and calcium deposition in valvular structures and the coronary arteries...
November 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29210019/pathology-of-stent-implantation-in-internal-mammary-artery
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Hiroyoshi Mori, Ryan Braumann, Sho Torii, Hiroyuki Jinnouchi, Emanuel Harari, Robert Kutys, Maria Romero, Renu Virmani, Aloke Finn
The internal mammary artery (IMA) is the most durable conduit for bypassing the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). However, little is known about how the IMA reacts histologically to stent implantation. From CVPath stent registry (1048 lesions, 614 cases), we obtained 4 stent lesions (2 bare metal stents, 2 drug-eluting stents) involving IMA grafts. The mean age of our patients was 63 years and the duration of stent implantation in the IMA ranged from 5 days to 5 years...
December 5, 2017: Cardiovascular Intervention and Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198984/relation-of-an-echocardiographic-based-cardiac-calcium-score-to-mitral-stenosis-severity-and-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Siyuan P Sheng, Lucius A Howell, Melissa C Caughey, Michael Yeung, John P Vavalle
Patients with calcific aortic stenosis (AS) often have diffuse cardiac calcification involving the mitral valve apparatus and coronary arteries. We examined the association between global cardiac calcification quantified by a previously validated echocardiographic calcium score (eCS) with the severity of mitral stenosis (MS) and coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a clinical diagnosis of severe calcific AS. In this sample of 147 patients (mean age 81 ± 9 years, 50% male), 81 patients (55%) were determined by echocardiography to have some degree of MS...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198686/orthotopic-kidney-transplantation-in-an-elderly-patient-with-various-severe-comorbid-conditions-a-case-report
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H Sasaki, R Nakazawa, T Iwata, W Usuba, H Yoshie, E Fujimoto, H Metoki, Y Katsuoka, K Aida, H Kudo, K Koitabashi, M Yazawa, Y Shibagaki, Y Marui, T Chikaraishi
In recent years, the frequency of high-risk kidney transplantations has increased. We report a case in which a 72-year-old man with various severe comorbidities (prostate cancer, diabetes mellitus, complete atrioventricular block, coronary artery stenosis, severe stenosis of the popliteal arteries, and severe calcification of the iliac arteries) who received an orthotopic kidney transplantation. To prevent the occurrence of acute limb ischemia due to the steal phenomenon (caused by the kidney graft), we decided that a heterotopic kidney transplantation involving the iliac arteries was not an appropriate option...
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29197025/german-cardiac-ct-registry-indications-procedural-data-and-clinical-consequences-in-7061-patients-undergoing-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Mohamed Marwan, Stephan Achenbach, Grigorios Korosoglou, Axel Schmermund, Steffen Schneider, Oliver Bruder, Jörg Hausleiter, Stephen Schroeder, Sebastian Barth, Sebastian Kerber, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Jochen Senges
Cardiac computed tomography permits quantification of coronary calcification as well as detection of coronary artery stenoses after contrast enhancement. Moreover, cardiac CT offers high-resolution morphologic and functional imaging of cardiac structures which is valuable for various structural heart disease interventions and electrophysiology procedures. So far, only limited data exist regarding the spectrum of indications, image acquisition parameters as well as results and clinical consequences of cardiac CT examinations using state-of-the-art CT systems in experienced centers...
December 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195787/high-risk-plaque-and-calcification-detected-by-coronary-ct-angiography-to-predict-future-cardiovascular-events-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Nobuo Tomizawa, Kodai Yamamoto, Shinichi Inoh, Takeshi Nojo, Sunao Nakamura
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether high-risk plaque (HRP) and calcium assessed by coronary computed tomography (CT) could predict future cardiovascular events after second-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 317 patients from December 2012 to April 2015 who underwent coronary CT followed by DES placement. HRP was defined as a plaque with positive remodeling and low attenuation or a plaque with a napkin-ring sign...
November 29, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195505/type-2-diabetes-mellitus-is-associated-with-a-lower-fibrous-cap-thickness-but-has-no-impact-on-calcification-morphology-an-intracoronary-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Andrea Milzi, Mathias Burgmaier, Kathrin Burgmaier, Martin Hellmich, Nikolaus Marx, Sebastian Reith
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are at high risk for cardiovascular events, which usually arise from the rupture of a vulnerable coronary plaque. The minimal fibrous cap thickness (FCT) overlying a necrotic lipid core is an established predictor for plaque rupture. Recently, coronary calcification has emerged as a relevant feature of plaque vulnerability. However, the impact of T2DM on these morphological plaque parameters is largely unexplored. Therefore, this study aimed to compare differences of coronary plaque morphology in patients with and without T2DM with a particular focus on coronary calcification...
December 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195109/association-of-alcohol-consumption-and-aortic-calcification-in-healthy-men-aged-40-49-years-for-the-era-jump-study
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Hemant Mahajan, Jina Choo, Kamal Masaki, Akira Fujiyoshi, Jingchuan Guo, Takashi Hisamatsu, Rhobert Evans, Siyi Shangguan, Bradley Willcox, Tomonori Okamura, Abhishek Vishnu, Emma Barinas-Mitchell, Vasudha Ahuja, Katsuyuki Miura, Lewis Kuller, Chol Shin, Hirotsugu Ueshima, Akira Sekikawa
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Several studies have reported a significant inverse association of light to moderate alcohol consumption with coronary heart disease (CHD). However, studies assessing the relationship between alcohol consumption and atherosclerosis have reported inconsistent results. The current study was conducted to determine the relationship between alcohol consumption and aortic calcification. METHODS: We addressed the research question using data from the population-based ERA-JUMP Study, comprising of 1006 healthy men aged 40-49 years, without clinical cardiovascular diseases, from four race/ethnicities: 301 Whites, 103 African American, 292 Japanese American, and 310 Japanese in Japan...
November 21, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29194090/the-association-between-uric-acid-levels-and-different-clinical-manifestations-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Trine R Larsen, Oke Gerke, Axel C P Diederichsen, Jess Lambrechtsen, Flemming H Steffensen, Niels P Sand, Lotte Saaby, Steen Antonsen, Hans Mickley
AIMS: Uric acid (UA) has been associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. To further assess the role of UA role in coronary artery disease, we investigated UA levels in both healthy asymptomatic middle-aged individuals and in different subgroups of hospitalized patients with suspected or definite myocardial infarction (MI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The severity of coronary artery calcification (CAC) was examined in asymptomatic individuals (n=1039) using a noncontrast computed tomography scan...
November 29, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29189397/patterns-of-coronary-calcification-and-their-impact-on-the-diagnostic-accuracy-of-computed-tomography-coronary-angiography
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Dariusz Noll, Mariusz Kruk, Marcin Demkow, Jerzy Pręgowski, Edyta Kaczmarska, Karolina Kryczka, Radosław Pracoń, Zofia Dzielińska, Justyna Śleszycka, Adam Witkowski, Witold Rużyłło, Cezary Kępka
OBJECTIVE: Despite coronary calcifications being a major factor affecting the diagnostic accuracy of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), there is a lack of established criteria for categorizing calcifications. We aimed to evaluate patterns of coronary calcification based on quantitative radiodensity and size parameters to provide coronary calcium categories and assess their impact on the accuracy of coronary CTA. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed length, maximum thickness, volume, mean density, and maximum density of coronary calcium and divided each of these parameters into tertiles...
November 16, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
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