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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28058808/repeatability-of-ectopic-beats-from-48-hr-ambulatory-electrocardiography-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-aric-study
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Michelle L Meyer, Elsayed Z Soliman, Lisa M Wruck, Thomas H Mosley, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Anna K Poon, Eric A Whitsel, Alvaro Alonso, Gerardo Heiss, Laura R Loehr
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to characterize the repeatability of ectopic beats, defined by premature atrial contractions (PACs) and premature ventricular contractions (PVCs), on ambulatory electrocardiogram (aECG) monitoring and evaluate the effect of length of aECG monitoring on the repeatability estimates. METHODS: This analysis includes 95 randomly selected participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study (ARIC; 2011-2013). The participants wore a Holter monitor for two, 48-hr periods separated by a mean of 38 days following an identical, standardized protocol...
January 6, 2017: Annals of Noninvasive Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052405/myocardial-layer-specific-analysis-in-patients-with-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Zhaoting Leng, Rongjuan Li, Yijia Li, Lvya Wang, Yueli Wang, Ya Yang
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is the most common and serious monogenic disorder of lipid metabolism, causing premature coronary heart disease (CHD) due to accelerated atherosclerosis from birth, and the study of left ventricular (LV) function of this disease is seldom. The purpose of this study was to explore the value of layer-specific strain on assessing the early damage of LV function in asymptomatic and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) well-preserved patients with heterozygous FH (HeFH)...
January 3, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052272/ischemic-stroke-in-young-adults-of-northern-china-characteristics-and-risk-factors-for-recurrence
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Fang Li, Li Yang, Rui Yang, Wei Xu, Fu-Ping Chen, Nan Li, Jin-Biao Zhang
BACKGROUND: Young adults accounted for 10-14% of ischemic stroke patients. The risk factors may differ in this population from elder patients. In addition, the factors associated with stroke recurrence in this population have not been well investigated. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to investigate the characteristics and risk factors associated with recurrence of ischemic stroke in young adults. METHODS: Clinical data of 1,395 patients of age 18-45 years who were treated between 2008 and 2014 in 3 centers located in northern China was reviewed...
January 5, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28050181/factors-associated-with-depressive-symptoms-in-young-adults-with-coronary-artery-disease-tehran-heart-center-s-premature-coronary-atherosclerosis-cohort-thc-pac-study
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Seyed Hesameddin Abbasi, Seyed Ebrahim Kassaian, Saeed Sadeghian, Abbasali Karimi, Soheil Saadat, Flora Peyvandi, Arash Jalali, Tahereh Davarpasand, Shahin Akhondzadh, Nazila Shahmansouri, Masoumeh Lotfi-Tokaldany, Maryam Amiri Abchouyeh, Farah Ayatollahzade Isfahani, Frits Rosendaal
Objective: Depressed coronary artery disease (CAD) patients may experience a poorer prognosis than non-depressed patients. The aim of this study was to find the associated factors for depressive symptoms in young adults with CAD. Method: This was a cross-sectional study within Tehran Heart Center's Premature Coronary Atherosclerosis Cohort (THC-PAC) study. Young adult CAD patients (men ≤ 45 year-old and women ≤ 55 year-old) were visited from March 2013 to February 2014. Demographic, clinical and laboratory data were collected and all patients were asked to fill in the Beck Depression Inventory II...
October 2016: Iranian Journal of Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045034/premature-senescence-of-endothelial-cells-upon-chronic-exposure-to-tnf%C3%AE-can-be-prevented-by-n-acetyl-cysteine-and-plumericin
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Shafaat Y Khan, Ezzat M Awad, Andre Oszwald, Manuel Mayr, Xiaoke Yin, Birgit Waltenberger, Hermann Stuppner, Markus Lipovac, Pavel Uhrin, Johannes M Breuss
Cellular senescence is characterized by a permanent cell-cycle arrest and a pro-inflammatory secretory phenotype, and can be induced by a variety of stimuli, including ionizing radiation, oxidative stress, and inflammation. In endothelial cells, this phenomenon might contribute to vascular disease. Plasma levels of the inflammatory cytokine tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) are increased in age-related and chronic conditions such as atherosclerosis, rheumatoid arthritis, psoriasis, and Crohn's disease. Although TNFα is a known activator of the central inflammatory mediator NF-κB, and can induce the intracellular generation of reactive oxygen species (ROS), the question whether TNFα can induce senescence has not been answered conclusively...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036158/premature-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-sclerosis-patients-its-relation-to-disease-parameters-and-to-traditional-risk-factors
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Manal M Sedky Abdou, Soha M El Desouky, Khaled M Helmy El Kaffas, Abeer M Ahmed Hassan
AIM: To detect premature atherosclerosis in systemic sclerosis (SSc) patients and its relation to disease parameters and traditional risk factors. METHOD: This study included 40 SSc patients and 40 healthy age and sex matched controls. All patients were subjected to full history taking, clinical examination, relevant laboratory and radiological investigations. Doppler ultrasonography (US) of the common carotid was performed to measure intima-media thickness (ccIMT) and Doppler US of the brachial artery was performed to measure flow mediated dilatation (FMD)...
December 30, 2016: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031688/premature-atherosclerosis-and-drug-eluting-stent-restenosis-in-an-adult-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta
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Mutlu Gungor, Mustafa Aparci, Ali C Özer
Mild form of osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) may have a normal life span. However, cardiovascular complications including aortic and valvular heart disease, and coronary artery disease may complicate the life period. We presented a patient with mild form of OI and premature coronary atherosclerosis. He had been performed primary percutaneous angioplasty and drug eluting stent implantation to left anterior descending coronary artery osteal lesion. Then he presented with unstable angina pectoris due to the diffuse in-stent restenosis and a highly critical lesion adjacent to previously stented segment...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012444/carotid-artery-plaques-and-intima-medial-thickness-in-familial-hypercholesteraemic-patients-on-long-term-statin-therapy-a-case-control-study
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Sven Bos, Martijne H C Duvekot, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Monique T Mulder, Arend F L Schinkel, Koen Nieman, Gerald F Watts, Eric J G Sijbrands, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Statins reduce subclinical atherosclerosis and premature atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). However, some FH patients still develop ASCVD despite statin therapy. We compared subclinical atherosclerosis assessed by carotid plaque presence and intima media thickness (C-IMT), in long-term statin-treated FH patients and healthy controls. Furthermore, we analysed whether carotid ultrasonography findings associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis...
December 2, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27991713/roles-of-the-gut-in-the-metabolic-syndrome-an-overview
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REVIEW
L Fändriks
The metabolic syndrome is a cluster of risk factors (central obesity, hyperglycaemia, dyslipidaemia and arterial hypertension), indicating an increased risk of diabetes, cardiovascular disease and premature mortality. The gastrointestinal tract is seldom discussed as an organ system of principal importance for metabolic diseases. The present overview connects various metabolic research lines into an integrative physiological context in which the gastrointestinal tract is included. Strong evidence for the involvement of the gut in the metabolic syndrome derives from the powerful effects of weight-reducing (bariatric) gastrointestinal surgery...
December 19, 2016: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27976558/carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-arterial-stiffness-as-early-markers-of-atherosclerosis-in-pediatric-celiac-disease
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Arzu Meltem Demir, Zarife Kuloğlu, Aytaç Yaman, Suat Fitöz, Gökhan Nergizoğlu, Aydan Kansu
The association between pediatric celiac disease (CD) and atherosclerosis is unknown. Our aim was to investigate whether pediatric CD patients have an increased risk of atherosclerosis. We evaluated the premature atherosclerosis by pulse wave velocity (PWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT). A total of 37 CD patients (20 girls, mean age 13±3.3 years) and 36 healthy age and sex matched controls were enrolled. Mean duration of CD was 47.1±32.3 months and 40.5% of patients had positive tissue transglutaminase antibody (tTg) IgA...
2016: Turkish Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968902/homozygous-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-in-china-a-genotype-phenotype-analysis-of-cross-sectional-data
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Long Jiang, Ze-Min Kuang, Xiao-Dong Pan, Ren-Qiang Yang, Xiao-Shu Cheng, Lu-Ya Wang
BACKGROUND: Homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia is a rare life-threatening disease characterised by markedly elevated LDL cholesterol concentrations and accelerated atherosclerosis. Few studies have focused specifically on this group of patients, especially in China. We set out to investigate the phenotypical characteristics and the genotype-phenotype correlations of homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia in China. METHODS: In this analysis of cross-sectional data, we collected data from patients with suspected homozygous familial hypercholesterolaemia from ten clinical hospitals in mainland China from 2003 to 2015...
October 2016: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27939304/pooling-and-expanding-registries-of-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-to-assess-gaps-in-care-and-improve-disease-management-and-outcomes-rationale-and-design-of-the-global-eas-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-studies-collaboration
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Antonio J Vallejo-Vaz, Asif Akram, Sreenivasa Rao Kondapally Seshasai, Della Cole, Gerald F Watts, G Kees Hovingh, John J P Kastelein, Pedro Mata, Frederick J Raal, Raul D Santos, Handrean Soran, Tomas Freiberger, Marianne Abifadel, Carlos A Aguilar-Salinas, Fahad Alnouri, Rodrigo Alonso, Khalid Al-Rasadi, Maciej Banach, Martin P Bogsrud, Mafalda Bourbon, Eric Bruckert, Josip Car, Richard Ceska, Pablo Corral, Olivier Descamps, Hans Dieplinger, Can T Do, Ronen Durst, Marat V Ezhov, Zlatko Fras, Dan Gaita, Isabel M Gaspar, Jaques Genest, Mariko Harada-Shiba, Lixin Jiang, Meral Kayikcioglu, Carolyn S P Lam, Gustavs Latkovskis, Ulrich Laufs, Evangelos Liberopoulos, Jie Lin, Nan Lin, Vincent Maher, Nelson Majano, A David Marais, Winfried März, Erkin Mirrakhimov, André R Miserez, Olena Mitchenko, Hapizah Nawawi, Lennart Nilsson, Børge G Nordestgaard, György Paragh, Zaneta Petrulioniene, Belma Pojskic, Željko Reiner, Amirhossein Sahebkar, Lourdes E Santos, Heribert Schunkert, Abdullah Shehab, M Naceur Slimane, Mario Stoll, Ta-Chen Su, Andrey Susekov, Myra Tilney, Brian Tomlinson, Alexandros D Tselepis, Branislav Vohnout, Elisabeth Widén, Shizuya Yamashita, Alberico L Catapano, Kausik K Ray
BACKGROUND: The potential for global collaborations to better inform public health policy regarding major non-communicable diseases has been successfully demonstrated by several large-scale international consortia. However, the true public health impact of familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH), a common genetic disorder associated with premature cardiovascular disease, is yet to be reliably ascertained using similar approaches. The European Atherosclerosis Society FH Studies Collaboration (EAS FHSC) is a new initiative of international stakeholders which will help establish a global FH registry to generate large-scale, robust data on the burden of FH worldwide...
December 2016: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904029/coronary-artery-calcium-and-carotid-artery-intima-media-thickness-and-plaque-clinical-use-in-need-of-clarification
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Maryam Zaid, Akira Fujiyoshi, Aya Kadota, Robert D Abbott, Katsuyuki Miura
Atherosclerosis begins in early life and has a long latent period prior to onset of clinical disease. Measures of subclinical atherosclerosis, therefore, may have important implications for research and clinical practice of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD). In this review, we focus on coronary artery calcium (CAC) and carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and plaque as many population-based studies have investigated these measures due to their non-invasive features and ease of administration...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891422/panvascular-disease-in-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-treated-with-endovascular-simultaneous-bilateral-carotid-stenting
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Anand Alurkar, Lakshmi Sudha Prasanna Karanam, Shripal Shah, Pandurang Mare
Familial Hypercholesterolaemia (FH) is a monogenic autosomal dominant disorder affecting 1 in 500 individuals. We report a case of 32-year-old female with FH, previously not on any treatment, who presented with recurrent bilateral Middle Cerebral Artery (MCA) territory strokes and dyspnoea on exertion due to severe panvascualar disease involving descending aorta, innominate, subclavian, common carotid, internal carotid and coronary vessels. Her complete clinical work up was done and was started on lipid lowering drug treatment and low calorie diet...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882428/progression-of-noncalcified-and-calcified-coronary-plaque-by-ct-angiography-in-sle
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Aisha Khan, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Adnan N Kiani, Laurence S Magder, Michelle Petri
Premature coronary artery disease remains the major cause of late death in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Coronary artery calcium (CAC) represents an advanced stage of atherosclerosis, whereas noncalcified coronary atherosclerotic plaque (NCP) typically is more prone to trigger acute coronary events. The aim of this study was to assess the stability of NCP over time and identify factors associated with changes in NCP in patients with SLE. CT coronary angiography and calcium scanning were performed at baseline and follow-up in thirty-six SLE patients...
January 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27872172/urea-a-true-uremic-toxin-the-empire-strikes-back
#16
REVIEW
Wei Ling Lau, Nosratola D Vaziri
Blood levels of urea rise with progressive decline in kidney function. Older studies examining acute urea infusion suggested that urea was well-tolerated at levels 8-10× above normal values. More recent in vitro and in vivo work argue the opposite and demonstrate both direct and indirect toxicities of urea, which probably promote the premature aging phenotype that is pervasive in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Elevated urea at concentrations typically encountered in uremic patients induces disintegration of the gut epithelial barrier, leading to translocation of bacterial toxins into the bloodstream and systemic inflammation...
January 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27870764/anti-ro-and-concomitant-anti-la-autoantibodies-strongly-associated-with-anti-oxldl-or-anti-phospholipid-antibody-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
#17
Biji Theyilamannil Kurien, James Fesmire, Camille Jean Anderson, Robert Hal Scofield
BACKGROUND: Premature atherosclerosis is observed in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Oxidative modification of LDL is associated with atherosclerotic plaque formation. OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that anti-oxidized LDL (oxLDL) and anti-phospholipid (APL) in SLE sera would segregate with specific antibody subsets, and that anti-oxLDL antibodies will linger in circulation over an extended period. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Sixty-seven SLE and control subjects and two SLE subjects with sera collected longitudinally for 13 years were tested for anti-oxLDL and IgG/IgM/IgA APL antibodies...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical Rheumatology: Practical Reports on Rheumatic & Musculoskeletal Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866019/dysregulated-fatty-acid-metabolism-in-coronary-ectasia-an-extended-lipidomic-analysis
#18
Usama Boles, Rui Climaco Pinto, Santosh David, Abdullah S Abdullah, Michael Y Henein
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery ectasia (CAE) is not an uncommon clinical condition, which could be associated with adverse outcome. The exact pathophysiology of the disease is poorly understood and is commonly interpreted as a variant of atherosclerosis. In this study, we sought to undertake lipidomic profiling of a group of CAE patients in an attempt to achieve better understanding of its disturbed metabolism. METHODS: Untargeted lipid profiling and complementary modelling strategies were employed to compare serum samples from 16 patients with CAE (mean age 63...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835952/lipoprotein-cholesterol-fractions-are-related-to-markers-of-inflammation-in-children-and-adolescents-with-juvenile-idiopathic-arthritis-a-cross-sectional-study
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Anna-Helene Bohr, Freddy Karup Pedersen, Claus Henrik Nielsen, Klaus Gottlob Müller
BACKGROUND: The purpose of the study is to determine levels of total cholesterol (TC), low-density, and high-density lipoprotein fractions of cholesterol (LDLc and HDLc), in patients with juvenile idiopathic arthritis (JIA), and relate those to disease activity, overweight, and physical activity (PA), testing the hypothesis that the levels of cholesterol fractions are associated with inflammation as well as with overweight and low PA. METHODS: Two hundred ten patients with JIA were included in this descriptive cross-sectional study...
November 11, 2016: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27831903/calciprotein-particles-as-potential-etiologic-agents-of-idiopathic-preterm-birth
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Lydia L Shook, Catalin S Buhimschi, Antonette T Dulay, Megan E McCarthy, John T Hardy, Christina M Duzyj Buniak, Guomao Zhao, Irina A Buhimschi
Preterm birth (PTB) is a leading cause of neonatal morbidity and mortality and is often preceded by preterm premature rupture of the membranes (PPROM) without an identifiable cause. Pathological calcification, the deposition of hydroxyapatite (HA) in nonskeletal tissues, has been implicated in degenerative diseases including atherosclerosis and aneurism rupture. Among pathogenic mechanisms, the aberrant aggregation of HA into calciprotein particles (CPPs) and the HA-induced differentiation of mesenchymal cells into osteoblasts (ectopic osteogenesis) have been implicated...
November 9, 2016: Science Translational Medicine
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