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abdominal aortic calcification

Teppei Okamoto, Shingo Hatakeyama, Hirotake Kodama, Hirotaka Horiguchi, Yuka Kubota, Koichi Kido, Masaki Momota, Shogo Hosogoe, Yoshimi Tanaka, Tooru Takashima, Fumitada Saitoh, Tadashi Suzuki, Chikara Ohyama
BACKGROUND: Although aortic calcification has a significant negative impact on prognosis in patients on hemodialysis (HD), risk factors for aortic calcification progression remain unclear. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between malnutrition and aortic calcification progression in patients on HD. METHODS: Between April 2015 and October 2016, we treated 232 patients on HD. Of those, we retrospectively evaluated data from 184 patients who had had regular blood tests and computed tomography (CT) scans...
March 20, 2018: BMC Nephrology
Rami O Tadros, Alex Sher, Martin Kang, Ageliki Vouyouka, Windsor Ting, Daniel Han, Michael Marin, Peter Faries
OBJECTIVE: The ideal treatment option for patients with complex aneurysm morphology remains highly debated. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) with active fixation on outcomes in patients with complex aneurysm morphology. METHODS: There were 340 consecutive patients who underwent EVAR using active fixation devices, 234 with active infrarenal fixation (AIF; Gore Excluder; W. L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz) and 106 with active suprarenal fixation (ASF; 85 Medtronic Endurant [Medtronic, Santa Rosa, Calif] and 21 Cook Zenith [Cook Medical, Bloomington, Ind])...
March 13, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Mathieu van Steenberghe, Thomas Schubert, Caroline Bouzin, Carlo Caravaggio, Yves Guiot, Daela Xhema, Pierre Gianello
BACKGROUND: There is a need for small caliber vascular prosthesis. Synthetic grafts are hindered by thrombogenicity and rapid occlusion. Decellularized matrices could be an alternative. We assessed in vitro and in vivo the biocompatibility of porcine artery treated with a chemical/physical process for decellularization and graft securization with non/conventional pathogens inactivation. METHODS: Porcine carotid arteries (PCA) were treated. First, biopsies (n=4/tissue) were performed before/after treatment to assess decellularization (HE / DAPI / DNA / Miller)...
February 28, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Lian He, Wan-Yu He, La-Ta A, Wen-Ling Yang, Ai-Hua Zhang
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Vascular calcification, which involves an active cellular transformation of vascular smooth muscle cells into bone forming cells, is prevalent and predicts mortality in dialysis patients. Its mechanisms are complex and unclear. We presume that irisin, a newly identified myokine also may play roles in vascular calcification in hemodialysis patients. This study aims to evaluate serum irisin levels and establish their relation to vascular calcification and other parameters in hemodialysis patients...
February 22, 2018: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Ruben V C Buijs, Eva L Leemans, Marcel Greuter, Ignace F J Tielliu, Clark J Zeebregts, Tineke P Willems
OBJECTIVE: Quantification software for coronary calcification is often used to measure abdominal aortic calcification on computed tomography (CT) images. However, there is no evidence substantiating the reliability and accuracy of these tools in this setting. Differences in coronary and abdominal CT acquisition and presence of intravascular contrast may affect the results of these tools. Therefore, this study investigates the effects of CT acquisition parameters and iodine contrast on automated quantification of aortic calcium on CT...
2018: PloS One
Julia Dangelmaier, Daniel Bar-Ness, Heiner Daerr, Daniela Muenzel, Salim Si-Mohamed, Sebastian Ehn, Alexander A Fingerle, Melanie A Kimm, Felix K Kopp, Loic Boussel, Ewald Roessl, Franz Pfeiffer, Ernst J Rummeny, Roland Proksa, Philippe Douek, Peter B Noël
OBJECTIVES: After endovascular aortic repair (EVAR), discrimination of endoleaks and intra-aneurysmatic calcifications within the aneurysm often requires multiphase computed tomography (CT). Spectral photon-counting CT (SPCCT) in combination with a two-contrast agent injection protocol may provide reliable detection of endoleaks with a single CT acquisition. METHODS: To evaluate the feasibility of SPCCT, the stent-lined compartment of an abdominal aortic aneurysm phantom was filled with a mixture of iodine and gadolinium mimicking enhanced blood...
February 19, 2018: European Radiology
Joshua R Lewis, John T Schousboe, Wai H Lim, Germaine Wong, Kevin E Wilson, Kun Zhu, Peter L Thompson, Douglas P Kiel, Richard L Prince
Lateral spine images are captured using bone densitometers for vertebral fracture assessment (VFA) in older women. Abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) is commonly seen on these images however the long-term prognosis in women with AAC remains uncertain. In a prospective study of 1,052 community-dwelling ambulant Caucasian women over 70 years AAC24 scores were calculated from digital lateral spine images captured during bone density testing in 1998 or 1999. Cardiovascular risk factors were assessed in 1998 while 14...
February 14, 2018: Journal of Bone and Mineral Research: the Official Journal of the American Society for Bone and Mineral Research
Pinming Liu, Shaoling Zhang, Jingwei Gao, Ying Lin, Guangzi Shi, Wanbing He, Rhian M Touyz, Li Yan, Hui Huang
Patients with primary aldosteronism (PA) have increased risk of target-organ damage, among which vascular calcification is an important indicator of cardiovascular mortality. 14, 15-Epoxyeicosatrienoic acid (14, 15-EET) has been shown to have beneficial effects in vascular remodeling. However, whether 14, 15-EET associates with vascular calcification in PA is unknown. Thus, we aimed to investigate the association between 14, 15-EET and abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) in patients with PA. Sixty-nine patients with PA and 69 controls with essential hypertension, matched for age, sex, and blood pressure, were studied...
February 12, 2018: Hypertension
Marina Dias-Neto, Emmanuel Neves, Fábio Sousa-Nunes, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, Sérgio Sampaio
BACKGROUND: The main objective of this study was to assess the correlation between three semiquantitative and one computerized method based on Agatston Score (AS), when measuring abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) in abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) patients. Secondary aim was to access differences in AAC upon clinical variables, when different methods of calcium scoring are used. METHODS: This was an observational, retrospective, cross-sectional study. A database of AAA patients consecutively submitted to elective repair between 2008 and 2015 was used...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Rachael O Forsythe, Marc R Dweck, Olivia M B McBride, Alex T Vesey, Scott I Semple, Anoop S V Shah, Philip D Adamson, William A Wallace, Jakub Kaczynski, Weiyang Ho, Edwin J R van Beek, Calum D Gray, Alison Fletcher, Christophe Lucatelli, Aleksander Marin, Paul Burns, Andrew Tambyraja, Roderick T A Chalmers, Graeme Weir, Neil Mitchard, Adriana Tavares, Jennifer M J Robson, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Fluorine-18-sodium fluoride (18 F-NaF) uptake is a marker of active vascular calcification associated with high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. OBJECTIVES: In patients with abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA), the authors assessed whether18 F-NaF positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) predicts AAA growth and clinical outcomes. METHODS: In prospective case-control (n = 20 per group) and longitudinal cohort (n = 72) studies, patients with AAA (aortic diameter >40 mm) and control subjects (aortic diameter <30 mm) underwent abdominal ultrasound,18 F-NaF PET-CT, CT angiography, and calcium scoring...
February 6, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Hung-Chih Chen, Che-Yi Chou, Hsuan-Jen Lin, Chiu-Ching Huang, Chiz-Tzung Chang
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) score in dialysis patients was associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in cross-sectional study, but the use of AAC score in the CAD occurrence prediction was not clear. We aimed to use AAC score in the estimation of CAD occurrence in middle-aged peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients. METHODS: Middle-aged (45-65 years old) PD patients were recruited and followed up until CAD occurrence, patient mortality, or PD failure...
February 5, 2018: Nephrology
Yuan Wang, Hasan Jilaihawi, Guanyuan Song, Moyang Wang, Bin Lv, Hao Wang, Guannan Niu, Zheng Zhou, Yongjian Wu
To characterize the anatomy of aorto-iliofemoral arterial tree according to aortic valve phenotype by CT in patients referred for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). We retrospectively enrolled 215 patients screened for TAVR who underwent CT. Dimensions, calcification, vascular tortuosity index score and other putative risk features of 13 different regions were evaluated for bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) morphology. The study consisted of 44% BAVs with younger age than TAVs...
February 2, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Satu M Mäkelä, Markku Asola, Henrik Hadimeri, James G Heaf, Maija Heiro, Leena Kauppila, Susanne Ljungman, Mai Ots-Rosenberg, Johan V Povlsen, Björn Rogland, Petra Roessel, Jana Uhlinova, Maarit Vainiotalo, Maria K Svensson, Heini Huhtala, Heikki Saha
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease and vascular calcifications contribute significantly to the outcome of dialysis patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic role of severity of abdominal aortic calcifications and peripheral arterial disease on outcome of peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients using methods easily available in everyday clinical practice. METHODS: We enrolled 249 PD patients (mean age 61 years, 67% male) in this prospective, observational, multicenter study from 2009 to 2013...
January 31, 2018: Peritoneal Dialysis International: Journal of the International Society for Peritoneal Dialysis
Cristina Căpuşă, Gabriel Ştefan, Simona Stancu, Mariana Lipan, Lilach Daniel Tsur, Gabriel Mircescu
The effect of chronic metabolic acidosis (MA) on cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the setting of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is largely unknown. Therefore, we aimed to study this relationship in nondialysis CKD patients.This cross-sectional, single-center study prospectively enrolled 95 clinically stable CKD patients (median age 61 (58, 65) years, 60% male, median eGFR 27 (22, 32) mL/min). Data on CKD etiology, CVD history, CVD traditional, and nontraditional risk factors were obtained. Also, markers of subclinical CVD were assessed: intima-media thickness (IMT), abdominal aortic calcifications (Kauppila score-AACs), cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), ankle-brachial index (ABI), ejection fraction, and interventricular septum thickness...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Emilie Frey Bendix, Eskild Johansen, Thomas Ringgaard, Martin Wolder, Jakob Starup-Linde
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A systematic literature review was performed to evaluate diabetes mellitus (DM) as a risk factor of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC), and address factors that might contribute to the development of AAC in DM patients. RECENT FINDINGS: DM is an independent risk factor of AAC development. Bone metabolism along with lifestyle factors among DM patients makes them more prone to AAC. Hip and vertebral fractures, high phosphate, smoking, hypertension, and low osteocalcin could make DM patients prone to AAC...
February 2018: Current Osteoporosis Reports
Christos Karathanos, Konstantinos Spanos, George Kouvelos, Athanasios Athanasoulas, Stylianos Koutsias, Miltiadis Matsagkas, Athanasios D Giannoukas
BACKGROUND: To assess the relation of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) diameter with the proximal neck anatomy (PNA) hostility and to evaluate its impact on the endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) outcomes with the use of newer generation endografts. METHODS: Retrospective analysis of single institution's recorded data from February 2009 to April 2016. Patients' characteristics, co-morbidities, aortic morphology, perioperative characteristics and outcomes were analyzed...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Eva Gravesen, Maria Lerche Mace, Anders Nordholm, Jacob Hofman-Bang, Keith Hruska, Carsten Haagen Nielsen, Andreas Kjær, Klaus Olgaard, Ewa Lewin
Hyperphosphatemia and vascular calcification are frequent complications of chronic renal failure and bone morphogenetic protein 7 (BMP7) has been shown to protect against development of vascular calcification in uremia. The present investigation examined the potential reversibility of established uremic vascular calcification by treatment of uremic rats with BMP7. A control model of isogenic transplantation of a calcified aorta from uremic rats into healthy littermates examined whether normalization of the uremic environment reversed vascular calcification...
2018: PloS One
Leticia Fernández-Friera, Valentín Fuster, Beatriz López-Melgar, Belén Oliva, José M García-Ruiz, José Mendiguren, Héctor Bueno, Stuart Pocock, Borja Ibáñez, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Javier Sanz
BACKGROUND: Absence of cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) is traditionally considered low risk for atherosclerosis; however, individuals without CVRFs, as currently defined, still have events. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to identify predictors of subclinical atherosclerosis in CVRF-free individuals. METHODS: Participants from the PESA (Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis) study (n = 4,184) without conventional CVRFs were evaluated (n = 1,779; 45...
December 19, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Sinee Disthabanchong, Kotcharat Vipattawat, Bunyong Phakdeekitcharoen, Chagriya Kitiyakara, Vasant Sumethkul
PURPOSE: Vascular calcification is common in chronic kidney disease (CKD) and predicts poor patient outcomes. While computed tomography is the gold standard for evaluation of vascular calcification, plain radiograph offers a simpler and less costly alternative. The calcification of abdominal aorta, iliac and femoral arteries has been evaluated by plain radiograph, but the data on their outcome predictabilities are still limited. The present study investigated the role of abdominal aortic calcification (AAC) and pelvic arterial calcification (PAC) in predicting overall morality in non-dialysis CKD stages 2-5 (CKD 2-5), maintenance hemodialysis (HD) and long-term kidney transplant (KT) patients...
February 2018: International Urology and Nephrology
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...
January 2018: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
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