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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550587/epicardial-adipose-tissue-is-associated-with-high-risk-plaque-feature-progression-in-non-culprit-lesions
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Yahang Tan, Jia Zhou, Ying Zhou, Xiaobo Yang, Jing Wang, Yundai Chen
Several studies have suggested a link between epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and high-risk plaques (HRPs); however, little is known about the association between EAT volume and HRP progression in non-culprit lesions (NCLs). Therefore, we evaluated whether EAT can independently predict HRP characteristic progression in NCLs by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). In this single-centre trial, we analysed 131 consecutive patients (median age 61 years, male 72.52%) undergoing CCTA with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) for culprit lesions...
May 26, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550355/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-using-128-slice-dual-source-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-severe-calcification
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Suguru Sato, Yosuke Horii, Norihiko Yoshimura, Takuya Yagi, Hidefumi Aoyama
PURPOSE: To compare coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) and coronary angiography (CAG) with regard to luminal graphic definition of calcified segments using 128-slice dual-source computed tomography (DSCT), specifically for patients with an Agatston score >400. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Of 1148 consecutive patients who underwent coronary CTA using a 128-slice DSCT, 132 subjects had severe calcification with an Agatston score >400. Thirty-nine of the 132 patients who had undergone CAG within 3 months before or after coronary CTA were included...
May 26, 2017: Japanese Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549694/d-dimer-is-associated-with-arterial-and-venous-coronary-artery-bypass-graft-occlusion
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Alessandro Parolari, Laura Cavallotti, Daniele Andreini, Veronika Myasoedova, Cristina Banfi, Marina Camera, Paolo Poggio, Fabio Barili, GianLuca Pontone, Luciana Mussoni, Chiara Centenaro, Francesco Alamanni, Elena Tremoli
OBJECTIVE: In this observational prospective study, we assessed the role of clinical variables and circulating biomarkers in graft occlusion at 18 months to identify a signature for graft occlusion. METHODS: A total of 330 patients undergoing primary elective coronary artery bypass grafting were enrolled. Blood collection for biomarker assessment was performed before surgery and discharge. Patients were then scheduled to undergo coronary computed tomography angiography at 18 months follow-up, and 179 patients underwent coronary computed tomography angiography 18 ± 2 months postoperatively...
April 27, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549614/validation-and-comparison-of-four-models-to-calculate-pretest-probability-of-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-in-a-chinese-population-a-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-study
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Jia Zhou, Yujie Liu, Lingyu Huang, Yahang Tan, Xingchen Li, Hong Zhang, Yanhe Ma, Ying Zhang
OBJECTIVE: We sought to compare the performance of the updated Diamond-Forrester method (UDFM), Duke clinical score (DCS), Genders clinical model (GCM) and Genders extended model (GEM) in a Chinese population referred to coronary computed tomography angiography (coronary CTA). BACKGROUND: The reliability of existing models to calculate the pretest proability (PTP) of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) have not been fully investigated, especially in a Chinese population...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549022/pictorial-review-of-surgical-anatomy-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
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Carlo N De Cecco, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, José M Madrid Pérez, Marwen Eid, Pal Suranyi, Virginia W Lesslie, Gorka Bastarrika
The survival rate of patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) has dramatically improved over the last 2 decades because of technological and surgical advances in diagnosis and treatment, respectively. The vast majority of CHD patients are, in fact, amenable to treatment by either device closure or surgery. Considering the wide spectrum of surgical procedures and complex native and derived anatomy, continuous and detailed follow-up is of paramount importance. Cardiac magnetic resonance and cardiac computed tomography angiography are the cornerstones of diagnosis and follow-up of CHD, allowing for comprehensive noninvasive assessment of the heart, coronary tree, and intrathoracic great vessels, along with both morphological and functional evaluation...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548975/factor-vii-activating-protease-sex-related-association-with-coronary-artery-calcification
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Ramshanker Ramanathan, Jørgen B Gram, Niels Peter R Sand, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Axel C P Diederichsen, Frank Vitzthum, Herbert Schwarz, Johannes J Sidelmann
: Factor VII-activating protease (FSAP) may regulate development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We evaluated sex differences in FSAP measures and examined the association between FSAP and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in a middle-aged population. Participants were randomly selected citizens aged 50 or 60 without CVD, diabetes mellitus, Marburg I polymorphism, or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). FSAP protein concentration (total FSAP), FSAP urokinase-activating capacity (FSAP GP), and FSAP GP/total FSAP (specific FSAP activity) were measured...
May 25, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28544826/preoperative-computed-tomography-scan-analysis-of-interleaflets-triangles-to-guide-aortic-root-repair-procedures
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Claudia Romagnoni, Andrea Mangini, Monica Contino, Rubina Rosa, Sonia Ippolito, Guido Gelpi, Carlo Antona
BACKGROUND: Stabilization of the ventriculo-aortic junction (VAJ) is gaining increasing interest in the context of aortic valve repair, since its dilation is a well-recognized risk factor for long-term repair failure. Interleaflets triangles are key elements of the VAJ, but cannot be completely visualized using echocardiography. A three-dimensional (3D) reconstruction of electrocardiogram-triggered computed tomography (CT) scan images allows an analysis of the real dimensions and anatomic characteristics of the subcommissural triangles...
January 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543093/relationship-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Anand Jeevarethinam, Shreenidhi Venuraju, Alain Dumo, Sherezade Ruano, Vishal S Mehta, Miranda Rosenthal, Devaki Nair, Mark Cohen, Daniel Darko, Avijit Lahiri, Roby Rakhit
BACKGROUND: The value of screening sub-clinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains controversial. HYPOTHESIS: An integrated model incorporating carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque with traditional risk factors can be used to predict prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic T2DM patients. METHODS: A cohort of 262 asymptomatic T2DM patients were prospectively studied with carotid ultrasound to evaluate CIMT and carotid plaque and also a computed tomography coronary artery calcium (CT-CAC) scan...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540215/myocardial-flow-reserve-mfr-with-positron-emission-tomography-pet-computed-tomography-ct-clinical-impact-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis
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REVIEW
Maria Cecilia Ziadi
In recent years, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has emerged as a robust tool for the diagnosis, risk stratification and management of patients with known or established coronary artery disease (CAD). Cardiac PET/CT imaging affords key advantages compared to single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) that encompass: (I) improved diagnostic accuracy; (II) decreased radiation exposure due to the utilization of short-lived radiopharmaceuticals, and importantly; (III) the ability to quantify noninvasively myocardial blood flow (MBF) in absolute terms, that is in ml per minute per gram of tissue...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540212/infarct-characterization-using-ct
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REVIEW
Ludovico La Grutta, Patrizia Toia, Erica Maffei, Filippo Cademartiri, Roberto Lagalla, Massimo Midiri
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a major cause of death and disability worldwide. The incidence is not expected to diminish, despite better prevention, diagnosis and treatment, because of the ageing population in industrialized countries and unhealthy lifestyles in developing countries. Nowadays it is highly requested an imaging tool able to evaluate MI and viability. Technology improvements determined an expansion of clinical indications from coronary plaque evaluation to functional applications (perfusion, ischemia and viability after MI) integrating additional phases and information in the mainstream examination...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540210/integration-of-non-invasive-functional-assessments-with-anatomical-risk-stratification-in-complex-coronary-artery-disease-the-non-invasive-functional-syntax-score
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Carlos Collet, Yoshinobu Onuma, Yosuke Miyazaki, Marie-Angèle Morel, Patrick W Serruys
Since the early days of coronary angiography, the extension and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) have been used for risk stratification. The SYNTAX score objectively characterizes CAD in patients with multivessel disease. Furthermore, recalculating the SYNTAX score by the incorporation of the functional component coronary stenosis (i.e., FFR) increases the discrimination for the risk of adverse events. The calculation of the SYNTAX score derived from non-invasive modalities such as coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has emerged as a mean to obtain the SYNTAX score before invasive cardiac catheterization...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540209/myocardial-blood-flow-quantification-for-evaluation-of-coronary-artery-disease-by-computed-tomography
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REVIEW
Filippo Cademartiri, Sara Seitun, Alberto Clemente, Ludovico La Grutta, Patrizia Toia, Giuseppe Runza, Massimo Midiri, Erica Maffei
During the last decade coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) has become the preeminent non-invasive imaging modality to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) with high accuracy. However, CTA has a limited value in assessing the hemodynamic significance of a given stenosis due to a modest specificity and positive predictive value. In recent years, different CT techniques for detecting myocardial ischemia have emerged, such as CT-derived fractional flow reserve (FFR-CT), transluminal attenuation gradient (TAG), and myocardial CT perfusion (CTP) imaging...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540208/myocardial-ct-perfusion-imaging-for-ischemia-detection
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REVIEW
Patricia Carrascosa, Carlos Capunay
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) plays an important role in many specific scenarios such as in symptomatic patients with intermediate pretest of coronary artery disease (CAD), as well as in the triage of patients with acute chest pain with TIMI risk ≤2. However, it cannot detect the presence of associated ischemia, which is critical for clinical decision making among patients with moderate to severe stenosis. Although functional information can be obtained with different non-invasive tools, cardiac CT is the unique modality that can perform a comprehensive evaluation of coronary anatomy plus the functional significance of lesions...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540199/role-of-different-imaging-modalities-of-vascular-calcification-in-predicting-outcomes-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#14
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Sinee Disthabanchong, Sarinya Boongird
Vascular calcification (VC) is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The severity of VC is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Risk factors for VC include traditional cardiovascular risk factors as well as CKD-related risk factors such as increased calcium and phosphate load. VC is observed in arteries of all sizes from small arterioles to aorta, both in the intima and the media of arterial wall. Several imaging techniques have been utilized in the evaluation of the extent and the severity of VC...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540072/standard-imaging-techniques-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Arash Salemi, Berhane M Worku
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has become a widely accepted therapeutic option for patients with severe, symptomatic aortic stenosis at intermediate, high, or extreme risk for conventional surgery as determined through a heart team approach. Two valve prostheses are currently available and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved in the United States for TAVR: the self-expandable Medtronic CoreValve (Medtronic, Inc., Minneapolis, MN, USA) and the balloon-expandable Edwards Sapien Valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine CA, USA)...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540071/ct-angio-for-the-evaluation-of-graft-patency
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REVIEW
Davide Di Lazzaro, Federico Crusco
Invasive coronary angiography (ICA) is the traditional method for the follow-up of graft patency in coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) patients. Nevertheless, the advent of multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) opened new perspectives for using a noninvasive, equally reliable method to study CABG patients. This review article will analyze the current feasibility of modern multi-slice MDCT, as well as its future perspectives.
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536897/validation-of-myocardial-perfusion-quantification-by-dynamic-ct-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-heart-model
#17
Gert Jan Pelgrim, Marco Das, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Marly van Assen, Frits W Prinzen, Marco Stijnen, Matthijs Oudkerk, Joachim E Wildberger, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
To test the accuracy of quantification of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using computed tomography (CT) in ex-vivo porcine models. Five isolated porcine hearts were perfused according to Langendorff. Hearts were perfused using retrograde flow through the aorta and blood flow, blood pressure and heart rate were monitored throughout the experiment. An inflatable cuff was placed around the circumflex (Cx) artery to create stenosis grades which were monitored using a pressure wire, analysing perfusion at several fractional flow reserve values of 1...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28535198/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-for-recurrent-valsalva-sinus-re-dissection-and-severe-aortic-regurgitation-shortly-after-surgery-for-type-a-aortic-dissection
#18
Elena Caporali, Giovanni Pedrazzini, Stefanos Demertzis, Enrico Ferrari
Delayed aortic regurgitation following Valsalva sinus re-dissection is a well-known complication that can occur at any time after surgery for type-A aortic dissection without root replacement. We describe a case of acute type-A dissection in an 81-year-old lady successfully treated with aortic valve resuspension and ascending aorta replacement with a 28-mm vascular graft. A month later, the patient was readmitted for worsening heart failure and a transthoracic echocardiogram showed severe aortic regurgitation secondary to non-coronary Valsalva sinus re-dissection and non-coronary aortic valve leaflet prolapse also confirmed at computed tomography scan...
May 23, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28534102/circulating-microaggregates-during-cardiac-surgery-precedes-postoperative-stroke
#19
Zühre Uz, Dan M J Milstein, Can Ince, Bastian A J M de Mol
Postoperative stroke and encephalopathy are potentially serious complications associated with coronary artery bypass grafting. In this case report a 78-year-old male patient receiving routine elective cardiac surgery presented with microaggregations in the sublingual microcirculation while on cardiopulmonary bypass that was undetected by routine intraoperative anticoagulation assessment. Microaggregates identified using video microscopy on his sublingual microcirculation during the procedure preceded a stroke postoperatively...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533317/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-illicit-anabolic-androgenic-steroid-use
#20
Aaron L Baggish, Rory B Weiner, Gen Kanayama, James I Hudson, Michael T Lu, Udo Hoffmann, Harrison G Pope
BACKGROUND: Millions of individuals have used illicit anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), but the long-term cardiovascular associations of these drugs remain incompletely understood. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional cohort design, we recruited 140 experienced male weightlifters 34 to 54 years of age, comprising 86 men reporting ≥2 years of cumulative lifetime AAS use and 54 nonusing men. Using transthoracic echocardiography and coronary computed tomography angiography, we assessed 3 primary outcome measures: left ventricular (LV) systolic function (left ventricular ejection fraction), LV diastolic function (early relaxation velocity), and coronary atherosclerosis (coronary artery plaque volume)...
May 23, 2017: Circulation
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