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Xiuqing Tian, Rui Guo, Yujiao Zhang, Lingling Xu, Xianbing Liu, Yinglong Hou
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of sympathetic overactivity on the immune system involved in the imbalance of T helper (Th) lymphocytes, we investigated the correlation between autonomic dysregulation and the generation of regulatory T (Treg) and Th1 chemokines in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: Blood samples obtained from patients with coronary artery disease and controls were analyzed for levels of Th1 and Treg cells and their associated cytokines by flow cytometry...
October 21, 2016: Neuroimmunomodulation
Jeong-Min Kim, Kwang-Yeol Park, Dong-Woo Shin, Moo-Seok Park, Oh-Sang Kwon
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Elevated serum homocysteine level is known to be associated with increased risk of vascular event due to endothelial senescence. We investigated the association between serum homocysteine level and cerebral arteriosclerosis status including intracranial vascular calcification and atherosclerosis burden. METHODS: We identified 1193 consecutive patients (mean age = 68.6 ± 12.7, 537 female patients) who were admitted with acute cerebral infarction or transient ischemic attack from a single university medical center...
October 13, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Jeong Bae Park
High pressure of the blood in artery is a common condition and it is closely related to cardiovascular (CV) diseases in future. Blood pressure itself is the most important criteria for hypertension prognosis but attempts are being made to detect hypertensive vascular changes early. Healthy arteries are flexible, strong and elastic but if the condition of high blood pressure persists, arteries turn narrow, thick and stiff, become a condition of arteriosclerosis. And so now, pulse wave velocity (PWV) which measures arteriosclerosis became one of the clinically significant method that evaluates CV risks among patients in hypertension (yes, it is also very important for general population), detects biological changes in blood vessels caused by hypertension, and it is known as a guide for hypertension management...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chen Chi, Yi Zhang, Kai Wang, Le Wang, Bin Bai, Shikai Yu, Yuyan Lu, Jianhui Zhuang
OBJECTIVE: Central blood pressure (BP) is reported to associate with target organ damages (TODs) better than brachial BP. However, data regarding the association of TODs with central and brachial BP in the community-dwelling health elderly are scare. We therefore hypothesized that TODs are better associated with central than brachial blood pressure (BP) in the elderly community-based population, with considering all hypertensive TODs, namely left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction (DD), carotid plaque, arteriosclerosis and microalbuminuria...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
George Bakris
Resistant hypertension is defined as a blood pressure above 140/90 mmHg despite adherence to a combination of at least three optimally dosed antihypertensive medications, one of which is a diuretic. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is one of the more common patient comorbidities associated with resistant hypertension. Recommended low-salt diet and triple antihypertensive drug regimens that include a diuretic, should be complemented by the sequential addition of other antihypertensive drugs. CKD is associated with premature vascular ageing, characterized by accelerated arteriosclerosis or atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Kohji Shirai
BACKGROUND: The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) is a new arterial stiffness index of the arterial tree from the origin of the aorta to the ankle, and was essentially derived from the stiffness parameterβtheory proposed by Hayashi. The conspicuous feature of CAVI is independency from blood pressure at the time of measurement. AIM: The purpose is to clarify the meaning of CAVI as a surrogate marker of arteriosclerosis, and also the role of CAVI in the blood pressure control system...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Koichi Morisaki, Takuya Matsumoto, Yutaka Matsubara, Kentaro Inoue, Yukihiko Aoyagi, Daisuke Matsuda, Shinichi Tanaka, Jun Okadome, Yoshihiko Maehara
We herein report a case of a rare complication of spinal cord ischemia (SCI) following endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR). Computed tomography showed stenosis and calcification of bilateral iliac arteries and a saccular aneurysm of the terminal aorta. Paraplegia occurred soon after balloon angioplasty of iliac arteries and EVAR. Cerebrospinal fluid drainage was not performed because the patient was on dual antiplatelet drugs. The patient was treated with intravenous methylpredonisolone and naloxone; however, this did not improve his paraplegia...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Ricardo Brandina, Katia Ramos Moreira Leite, Emerson Pereira Gregório, Karen Barros Parron Fernandes, Miguel Srougi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the association of histopathological parameters in non-neoplastic renal parenchyma with development of new onset chronic kidney disease (CKD) after radical nephrectomy. METHODS: Data were extracted from 222 patients who underwent radical nephrectomy. The Modification of Diet in Renal Disease (MDRD) formula was used. The study end point was development of CKD, defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) of less than 60ml/minute/1,73m(2)...
October 7, 2016: Urology
A S Dalum, K H Kristthorsdottir, D J Griffiths, K Bjørklund, T T Poppe
Spontaneous mortality of seemingly healthy, farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) is an increasing problem in Norwegian aquaculture. In this study, we present a morphological study of the previously undescribed syndrome of arteriosclerosis of the ventral aorta and epicarditis of the adjacent bulbus arteriosus found in farmed Atlantic salmon, with wild-captured fish as a control group. Both the ventral aorta and epicardium are vital for correct arterial compliance and vascular resistance in the respiratory capillaries of the gills...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Christian Freise, Nadja Kretzschmar, Uwe Querfeld
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcifications such as arteriosclerosis, which is characterized by a calcificiation of the tunica media, represent major comorbidities e.g. in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). An essential step during the development of arteriosclerosis is the transdifferentiation/calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) resembling osteogenesis. The matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and -9 were shown to promote these VSMC calcifications and their inhibition is of therapeutic value to prevent arteriosclerosis in preclinical studies...
September 30, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Dominic Ruh, Sivaraman Subramanian, Stanislav Sherman, Johannes Ruhhammer, Michael Theodor, Lebrecht Dirk, Katharina Foerster, Claudia Heilmann, Friedhelm Beyersdorf, Hans Zappe, Andreas Seifert
Most cardiovascular diseases, such as arteriosclerosis and hypertension, are directly linked to pathological changes in hemodynamics, i.e. the complex coupling of blood pressure, blood flow and arterial distension. To improve the current understanding of cardiovascular diseases and pave the way for novel cardiovascular diagnostics, innovative tools are required that measure pressure, flow, and distension waveforms with yet unattained spatiotemporal resolution. In this context, miniaturized implantable solutions for continuously measuring these parameters over the long-term are of particular interest...
September 1, 2016: Biomedical Optics Express
Ángel Brea, Xavier Pintó, Juan F Ascaso, Mariano Blasco, Ángel Díaz, Pedro González-Santos, Antonio Hernández Mijares, Teresa Mantilla, Jesús Millán, Juan Pedro-Botet
Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a series of histologically lesions similar to those induced by alcohol consumption in people with very little or no liver damage. The importance of NAFLD is its high prevalence in the Western world and, from the point of view of the liver, in its gradual progression from steatosis to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis, and liver cancer. During the last decade it has been observed that NAFLD leads to an increased cardiovascular risk with acceleration of arteriosclerosis and events related to it, being the main cause of its morbidity and mortality...
September 27, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
Ángel Brea, Xavier Pintó, Juan F Ascaso, Mariano Blasco, Ángel Díaz, Pedro González-Santos, Antonio Hernández-Mijares, Teresa Mantilla, Jesús Millán, Juan Pedro-Botet
Disease nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) comprises a series of histologically similar to those induced by alcohol consumption in people with very little or no liver damage same. The importance of NAFLD is its high prevalence in our Western societies, from the point of view liver in its progressive evolution from steatosis to steatohepatitis, cirrhosis and liver cancer. During the last decade it has been observed that NAFLD leads to an increased cardiovascular risk with accelerated atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events, the leading cause of morbidity and mortality...
September 27, 2016: Clínica e Investigación en Arteriosclerosis
Ko-Onn Lee, Chin-Meng Khoo, Balram Chowbay, Yiong-Huak Chan, Meng-Kwoon Sim
Des-aspartate-angiotensin I (DAA-I) is an endogenous angiotensin peptide and a prototype angiotensin receptor agonist (ARA). It acts on the angiotensin AT1 receptor and antagonises the deleterious actions of angiotensin II. DAA-I attenuates animal models of human disease in which angiotensin II has been implicated, such as cardiac hypertrophy, neointima formation, arteriosclerosis, renal failure, post-infarction injuries, diabetes, viral infection, chemical-induced inflammation, heat stroke, cancer, and gamma radiation lethality...
September 28, 2016: Drugs in R&D
Fumi Kawakami, Priya Rao, Pheroze Tamboli, Christopher G Wood, Jose A Karam
PURPOSE: The aim of this study is to evaluate histological changes in tumor-parenchymal interface in clear cell renal cell carcinoma (ccRCC) after neoadjuvant axitinib treatment. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We obtained clinical and pathology materials from 23 ccRCC patients treated with neoadjuvant axitinib in a phase II clinical trial, and from 23 matched patients with ccRCC that had upfront surgery. Histology of the tumor pseudocapsule and peritumoral kidney parenchymal change was evaluated and compared between the 2 cohorts...
September 24, 2016: Journal of Urology
Vadim Z Lankin, Alla K Tikhaze
We have provided an overview, based on the literature and our data. In accordance with the theory of D. Harman free radical processes cause damages that can accumulate and contribute to aging of the organism. Atherosclerosis and diabetes are developing for a long time so they are manifested predominantly in old age. We found an increase in the level of free radical peroxidation products and decrease in the activity of antioxidant enzymes in the tissues of animals with experimental atherosclerosis. Similar changes were found by in the blood of patients with atherosclerosis and aortic autopsy material with atherosclerotic lesions...
September 26, 2016: Current Aging Science
Miguel Diaz, Hans Degens, Luc Vanhees, Clare Austin, May Azzawi
Aging is a major risk factor for the development of cardiovascular disease. Despite a significant reduction in the mortality and morbidity rates over the last decade, the socio-economic burden of cardiovascular disease is still substantial. Consequently, there is a considerable need for alternative strategies, such as nutraceutical supplementation, that delay the functional vascular decline present in the elderly. Compromised autophagy and oxidative stress (OS) are considered major causes of the age-related endothelial dysfunction...
September 22, 2016: Experimental Gerontology
Shinya Takahashi, Ryuta Kikuchi, Kimiharu Ambe, Toshihiro Nakagawa, Satoshi Takada, Takashi Ohno, Hiroki Watanabe
Type I diabetes, an autoimmune disease, induces insulin deficiency, which then disrupts vascular endothelial cell function, affecting blood and lymphatic vessels. Nitric oxide (NO) is an immune-induced destructive mediator in type I diabetes, and inhibition of its production promotes arteriosclerosis. In this study, lymphangiogenesis and expression of NO synthase (NOS) during the healing process after tooth extraction were investigated immunohistochemically in control (C57BL) and Akita mice as a diabetes model...
2016: Bulletin of Tokyo Dental College
Paul G Ince, Thais Minett, Gill Forster, Carol Brayne, Stephen B Wharton
INTRODUCTION: Microinfarcts, small ischaemic foci common in ageing brain, are associated with dementia and gait dysfunction. We determined their relationship to dementia, mobility and cerebrovascular disease in an older population-representative brain donor cohort. These data on microinfarcts were evaluated in relation to pathological assessments of clinically significant cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). METHODS: Microinfarcts were assessed in the MRC Cognitive Function and Ageing Study (n=331)...
September 24, 2016: Neuropathology and Applied Neurobiology
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