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H Deng, Y Dai, H Lu, S-S Li, L Gao, D-L Zhu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the relationship between bone metabolic indicators and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) in healthy middle-aged men. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The bone metabolic indicators of 232 healthy middle-age men with NAFLD (NAFLD group) and 308 healthy controls without fatty liver (Control group) were measured, including non-collagenous osteocalcin, the procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP), beta-C-terminal telopeptide of type I collagen (β-CTX)...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
T Zhang, C Zhang, R-X Chen, B Shao, G-A Liu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) with coronary artery lesion quantitative score Syntax Score (SX score) and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 115 patients with OSAHS admitted to the Department of Cardiology in our hospital from January 2011 to June 2015 were selected. Philips Respironics Alice 5 Polysomnography was used for sleep monitoring...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Ankita Sharma, Monu, Sagarika Biswas
BACKGROUND: Transthyretin (TTR) is the transporter protein (55 kDA) that carries retinol binding protein and thyroxin (T4) in its functional tetramer form. Presence of mutation in this protein (TTR) may lead to the dissociation of tetramers to monomer which unfolds and self associates to form amyloid aggregates. Aggregation of this protein has been found to be associated with various life threatening disorders such as coronary artery disease (CAD) which is the major cause of mortality and morbidity worldwide...
March 20, 2018: Current Computer-aided Drug Design
Martin Gřiva, Jiří Šťastný, Marie Lazárová, Helena Krejčíková
Chronic heart failure is a progressive disease with an increasing prevalence. In spite of all medical progress (or thanks to it), it is finally one of the most common causes of death. Palliative care is an approach aimed to improve the quality of life of patients and their families in cases of life-threatening illness. Therefore, the use of palliative care in cardiology is entirely relevant. Estimating the course and prognosis of a patient with chronic heart failure is difficult despite many prognostic tools...
2018: Casopís Lékar̆ů C̆eských
Andrew L Lopez, Irina V Larina
The heart is a dynamic organ that quickly undergoes morphological and mechanical changes through early embryonic development. Characterizing these early moments is important for our understanding of proper embryonic development and the treatment of heart disease. Traditionally, tomographic imaging modalities and fluorescence-based microscopy are excellent approaches to visualize structural features and gene expression patterns, respectively, and connect aberrant gene programs to pathological phenotypes. However, these approaches usually require static samples or fluorescent markers, which can limit how much information we can derive from the dynamic and mechanical changes that regulate heart development...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Yu-Qing Zhou, Lindsay S Cahill, John G Sled
Genetically engineered mice have been widely used for studying cardiovascular development, physiology and diseases. In the past decade, high frequency ultrasound imaging technology has been significantly advanced and applied to observe the cardiovascular structure, function, and blood flow dynamics with high spatial and temporal resolution in mice. This noninvasive imaging approach has made possible longitudinal studies of the mouse embryo/fetus in utero. In this chapter, we describe detailed methods for: (1) the assessment of the structure, function, and flow dynamics of the developing heart of the mouse embryo during middle gestation (E10...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Lei Shen, Jian Liu, Jin-Kang Li, Meng Xu, Lang Yuan, Guo-Qin Zhang, Jian-Yi Wang, Yu-Juan Huang
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that the incidence of crochetage on the R wave in inferior limb leads can be used for the diagnosis of pediatric secundum atrial septal defect (ASD). Two hundred fifty-six children with secundum ASD (case cohort) and 256 age- and gender-matched children without heart disease (control cohort) were included in the study. Statistical analyses were performed to test the relationship between the ASD and the crochetage on the R wave with a single lead and three leads, respectively...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
John B Gordon, Jane C Burns
Background: A growing population of young adults is presenting to cardiologists with late manifestations of Kawasaki disease (KD) that include cardiomyopathy, ischemia, and infarction. The management of these conditions differs in important ways from atherosclerotic heart disease, and yet there is little awareness in the adult cardiology community regarding the special challenges posed by the cardiovascular sequelae of KD. Methods: Observations were made on a population of 140 adult KD patients enrolled in the San Diego Adult KD Collaborative Study...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Manphool Singhal, Pankaj Gupta, Surjit Singh, Niranjan Khandelwal
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute idiopathic vasculitis affecting infants and children. Coronary artery abnormalities and myocarditis are the major cardiovascular complications of KD. Coronary artery abnormalities develop in 15-25% of untreated KD. Two-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography has hitherto been considered the modality of choice for evaluation of children with KD. There are, however, several limitations inherent to echocardiography - including limited evaluation of distal vessels, left circumflex artery and poor acoustic window in growing children...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Hala S Hamza, Wessam A Raouf, Asmaa Z Zaher, Hala M Agha
Background: Echocardiographic features of acute Kawasaki disease (KD) have not been well characterized in Egyptian children. This study aimed to provide insight into the pattern of cardiac involvement in Egyptian children with Kawasaki disease, focusing on echocardiographic coronary abnormalities and their associated risk predictors. Methods and Results: Medical records of 64 KD patients from 2012 to 2016 were retrospectively analyzed with recalculation of coronary artery z-scores during the first eight weeks after fever onset...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Fuyong Jiao, Ankur Kumar Jindal, Vignesh Pandiarajan, Raju Khubchandani, Nutan Kamath, Tapas Sabui, Rakesh Mondal, Priyankar Pal, Surjit Singh
Kawasaki disease (KD) is recognized as a leading cause of acquired heart disease in children in developed countries. Although global in distribution, Japan records the highest incidence of KD in the world. Epidemiological reports from the two most populous countries in the world, namely China and India, indicate that KD is now being increasingly recognized. Whether this increased reporting is due to increased ascertainment, or is due to a true increase in incidence, remains a matter of conjecture. The diagnosis and management of KD in developing countries is a challenging proposition...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Julia Christina Gross, Laura Cecilia Zelarayán
Wnt signaling is an important pathway in health and disease and a key regulator of stem cell maintenance, differentiation, and proliferation. During heart development, Wnt signaling controls specification, proliferation and differentiation of cardiovascular cells. In this regard, the role of activated Wnt signaling in cardiogenesis is well defined. However, the knowledge about signaling transmission has been challenged. Recently, the packaging of hydrophobic Wnt proteins on extracellular vesicles (EVs) has emerged as a mechanism to facilitate their extracellular spreading and their functioning as morphogens...
2018: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
Jun-Il Yoo, Yong-Chan Ha
Sarcopenia was listed in the International Classification of Diseases, Tenth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-10-CM) as M62.84, on October 1, 2016. Sarcopenia is primarily associated with metabolic diseases, such as diabetes, obesity, and cachexia, as well as chronic renal failure, congestive heart failure, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Sarcopenia is also significantly associated with osteoporosis in elderly populations and the combined disease is defined as osteosarcopenia. Several studies have confirmed that sarcopenia and osteoporosis (osteosarcopenia) share common risk factors and biological pathways...
February 2018: Journal of Bone Metabolism
Jeong Hee Lee, Eung Do Kim, Eun Jung Jun, Hyoung Sun Yoo, Joon Woo Lee
Background: The purpose of this paper is to provide technology trends and information regarding market and prospects in stents used for human blood vessels in Korea and the world.A stent is a medical device in the form of a cylindrical metal net used to normalize flow when blood or other bodily fluids such as biliary fluids are obstructed in blood vessels, gastrointestinal tracts, etc. by inserting the stent into a narrowed or clogged area. Stents are classified into vascular and non-vascular stents...
2018: Biomaterials Research
Eric K Ofori, Freda D Intiful, Matilda Asante, George A Asare, Patrick K Adjei, Rebecca K Steele-Dadzie, Anna Amoako-Mensah, Daniel Mensah, Seth K Angmorterh
Cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are listed as one of the main causes of mortality and morbidity by the World Health Organization. The World Heart Federation lists overweight/obesity, blood lipid profile, and blood pressure as some of the modifiable risk factors to developing CVDs. This study sought to determine the prevalence of some of these modifiable risk factors among University of Ghana students. One hundred and twenty students were sampled for the study. Lipid profile parameters such as high-density lipoprotein (HDL), total cholesterol (TC), and total triglycerides (TG) were measured using the Vitros 5-IFS chemistry analyzer (NY, USA)...
March 2018: Food Science & Nutrition
Om P Kurmi, Liming Li, Kourtney J Davis, Jenny Wang, Derrick A Bennett, Ka Hung Chan, Ling Yang, Yiping Chen, Yu Guo, Zheng Bian, Junshi Chen, Liuping Wei, Donghui Jin, Rory Collins, Richard Peto, Zhengming Chen
Background: China has high COPD rates, even among never-regular smokers. Little is known about nonrespiratory disease risks, especially vascular morbidity and mortality after developing airflow obstruction (AFO) in Chinese adults. Objective: We aimed to investigate the prospective association of prevalent AFO with major vascular morbidity and mortality. Materials and methods: In 2004-2008, a nationwide prospective cohort study recruited 512,891 men and women aged 30-79 years from 10 diverse localities across China, tracking cause-specific mortality and coded episodes of hospitalization for 9 years...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Samaneh Asgari, Hengameh Abdi, Alireza Mahdavi Hezaveh, Alireza Moghisi, Koorosh Etemad, Hassan Riahi Beni, Davood Khalili
To compare the burden of statin therapy according to the Third Adult Treatment Panel (ATP-III) and the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association (ACC/AHA) guidelines the Survey of Risk Factors of Non-Communicable Disease (SuRFNCD)-2011of Iran was used. A survey analysis associated with sex and age categorization was run. Of total 3496 persons (1322 men) aged 40-70 years, based on the ACC/AHA guidelines, about 46.5% were eligible to receive moderate- to high-intensity statin therapy. Based on the ATP-III guidelines, 17...
March 21, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fei Chen, Yong Peng, Mao Chen
Cardiac involvement in idiopathic inflammatory myopathies (IIMs) attracts more attention than it ever did because of its morbidity and impact on worse prognosis, although the accurate information needs further epidemiological studies. Early identification and intervention for the diseased heart may help improve the clinical outcomes of IIMs with cardiac involvement. Cardiac troponin assays, allowing for sensitive detection of minor myocardium injury, may provide a new way for early detection for heart involvement in IIMs...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Arthur J Vaught, Evan M Braunstein, Jagar Jasem, Xuan Yuan, Igor Makhlin, Solange Eloundou, Andrea C Baines, Samuel A Merrill, Shruti Chaturvedi, Karin Blakemore, C John Sperati, Robert A Brodsky
BACKGROUND: HELLP (hemolysis, elevated liver enzymes, and low platelets) syndrome is a severe variant of hypertensive disorders of pregnancy affecting approximately 1% of all pregnancies, and has significant maternal and fetal morbidity. Previously, we showed that upregulation of the alternative pathway of complement (APC) plays a role in HELLP syndrome. We hypothesize that HELLP syndrome follows a 2-hit disease model similar to atypical hemolytic uremic syndrome (aHUS), requiring both genetic susceptibility and an environmental risk factor...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
Styliani Vakrou, Ryuya Fukunaga, D Brian Foster, Lars Sorensen, Yamin Liu, Yufan Guan, Kirubel Woldemichael, Roberto Pineda-Reyes, Ting Liu, Jill C Tardiff, Leslie A Leinwand, Carlo G Tocchetti, Theodore P Abraham, Brian O'Rourke, Miguel A Aon, M Roselle Abraham
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) stems from mutations in sarcomeric proteins that elicit distinct biophysical sequelae, which in turn may yield radically different intracellular signaling and molecular pathologic profiles. These signaling events remain largely unaddressed by clinical trials that have selected patients based on clinical HCM diagnosis, irrespective of genotype. In this study, we determined how two mouse models of HCM differ, with respect to cellular/mitochondrial function and molecular biosignatures, at an early stage of disease...
March 22, 2018: JCI Insight
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