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Siroon Bekkering, Inge van den Munckhof, Tim Nielen, Evert Lamfers, Charles Dinarello, Joost Rutten, Jacqueline de Graaf, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, Marc E R Gomes, Niels P Riksen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We have recently reported that monocytes can undergo functional and transcriptional reprogramming towards a long-term pro-inflammatory phenotype after brief in vitro exposure to atherogenic stimuli such as oxidized LDL. This process is termed 'trained immunity', and is mediated by epigenetic remodeling and a metabolic switch towards increased aerobic glycolysis. We hypothesize that trained immunity contributes to atherogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the inflammatory phenotype and epigenetic remodeling of monocytes from patients with and without established atherosclerosis...
October 12, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Oholi Tovia-Brodie, Bernard Belhassen, Aharon Glick, Haim Shmilovich, Galit Aviram, Raphael Rosso, Yoav Michowitz
INTRODUCTION: A new imaging software (CARTO® Segmentation Module, Biosense Webster) allows pre-procedural 3-D reconstruction of all heart chambers based on cardiac CT. We describe our initial experience with the new module during ablation of ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighteen consecutive patients with idiopathic ventricular arrhythmias or ischemic ventricular tachycardia (VT) were studied. In the latter group, a combined endocardial and epicardial ablation was performed...
October 20, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
Yoshie Kurita, Kakuya Kitagawa, Yusuke Kurobe, Shiro Nakamori, Hiroshi Nakajima, Kaoru Dohi, Masaaki Ito, Hajime Sakuma
This article describes data related to a research article titled "Estimation of myocardial extracellular volume fraction with cardiac CT in subjects without clinical coronary artery disease: A feasibility study", Kurita et al. (in press) [1]. Myocardial extracellular volume fraction (ECV) is an imaging biomarker that can elevate in various heart diseases. This article describes correlation between CT-derived and MRI-derived ECV in 24 myocardial segments in 8 patients. CT-derived ECV was obtained from pre-contrast and delayed-phase images acquired by using dual-source CT system...
June 2016: Data in Brief
Yoriaki Matsumoto, Takanori Masuda, Yukari Yamashita, Takayuki Oku, Hirofumi Uyama, Tomoyasu Sato, Naoyuki Imada
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the association of vessel visibility and radiation dose using contrast-to-noise ratio (CNR) method with low tube voltage in coronary computed tomography angiography (c-CTA). METHODS: We performed electrocardiogram-gated scan of 2.0-mm diameter simulated vessel in the center of the cardiac phantom by the use of a 64-detector CT scanner. Reference CNR was calculated from the target coronary CT number (CTnumberA; 350 Hounsfield units [HU]), epicardial fat CT number (CTnumberB; -100 HU), and target epicardial fat standard deviation (SD) number (SDB; 25 HU) at the 120 kV...
2016: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
M C Burg, P Lunkenheimer, P Niederer, C Brune, K Redmann, M Smerup, U Spiegel, F Becker, D Maintz, W Heindel, R H Anderson
Purpose: There are ongoing arguments as to how cardiomyocytes are aggregated together within the ventricular walls. We used pneumatic distension through the coronary arteries to exaggerate the gaps between the aggregated cardiomyocytes, analyzing the pattern revealed using computed tomography, and validating our findings by histology. Methods: We distended 10 porcine hearts, arresting 4 in diastole by infusion of cardioplegic solutions, and 4 in systole by injection of barium chloride. Mural architecture was revealed by computed tomography, measuring also the angulations of the long chains of cardiomyocytes...
November 2016: RöFo: Fortschritte Auf Dem Gebiete der Röntgenstrahlen und der Nuklearmedizin
Vladimir Dedovic, Goran Stankovic
Despite permanent improvement in success rate and technical developments, chronic total occlusion (CTO) remains undertreated by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Dedicated CTO operators from Japan, Europe and USA perform these procedures with success rate beyond 90%, but there is still huge gap between this group of specialists and broader population of PCI operators. Recently proposed CTO scores can be used for patients' selection according to the CTO operators' experience. Patients with low CTO score values may be suitable for less experienced operators at the beginning of the CTO PCI learning curve, while more complex CTOs (higher CTO score values) should be differed to CTO experts...
October 19, 2016: Panminerva Medica
Toshihiro Shoji, Sho Okada, Yuji Ohno, Atsushi Nakagomi, Yoshihide Fujimoto, Yosihio Kobayashi
OBJECTIVE: Pulse wave velocity is a non-invasive method that is useful not only for estimating arterial stiffness but also screening cardiovascular events in the general population. Upstroke time (UT) and % mean artery pressure (% MAP) are novel, adjunctive indices for arterial stiffness that are derived from morphology analysis of the pulse wave during brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) measurement. Several studies have shown the association between UT and coronary artery calcification score as assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Satoshi Umemura
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is a heterogeneous group of disorders including both sporadic and familial forms (familial hyperaldosteronism type I, II and III). PA is the most frequent endocrine cause of secondary hypertension and associated with a higher rate of cardiovascular complications, compared with essential hypertension.Here I review the recent progress in understanding of the genetic and molecular mechanisms leading to autonomous aldosterone production in PA.Systematic screening detects primary aldosteronism in 5 to 10% of all patients with hypertension and in approximately 20% of patients with resistant hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Girish Dwivedi, Yingwei Liu, Shrankhala Tewari, Joao Inacio, Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA) has the ability to detect, characterize, and quantify atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic power of CCTA-quantified plaque subtypes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients with adverse events and 36 Morise score-matched patients who remained event free on follow-up were identified. Using CCTA images, plaque subtype volumes in the major epicardial arteries were analyzed using predetermined attenuation ranges in Hounsfield units (HU): 1 to 30 HU (low attenuating), 31 to 70 HU (intermediate attenuating), 71 to 150 HU (high attenuating), and mean coronary lumen+2 SD to 1000 HU (calcified)...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Jin Gu, He-Shui Shi, Ping Han, Jie Yu, Gui-Na Ma, Sheng Wu
This study sought to compare the image quality and radiation dose of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) from prospectively triggered 128-slice CT (128-MSCT) versus dual-source 64-slice CT (DSCT). The study was approved by the Medical Ethics Committee at Tongji Medical College of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Eighty consecutive patients with stable heart rates lower than 70 bpm were enrolled. Forty patients were scanned with 128-MSCT, and the other 40 patients were scanned with DSCT...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Raúl Alberto Borracci, Natalia Ayala, Paola Renes, Norberto Gustavo Allende
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery perforation associated to cardiac tamponade is an uncommon life-threatening complication of percutaneous coronary intervention, and the occurrence of subepicardial or intramyocardial hematoma without hemopericardium is even rarer. CLINICAL CASE: We describe the case of a 72 year-old woman with a subepicardial hematoma after percutaneous coronary intervention, who required urgent left internal mammary artery graft to anterior descending artery surgery...
October 14, 2016: Cirugia y Cirujanos
Mohit D Gupta, M P Girish, Sudhansu Sekhar Parida, Sanjay Tyagi
Intercoronary communications (ICC) or open-ended coronary circulation is rare. We describe intercoronary communication in a case of chronic total occlusion, and discuss the pathophysiological and clinical significance of these rare entities. The present case also demonstrates the anatomical presence of ICC despite angiographic absence for the first time using CT coronary angiography.
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Tanveer Ahmad, Shankaragouda Patil, Ashwini Kumar Pasarad, Nandakumar Neralakere Maheshwarappa, Kolkebaile Sadanand Kishore
Paragangliomas, extra-adrenal pheochromocytomas, are rare catecholamine-secreting tumor. A 34-year-old lady admitted with diagnosis of ST elevation acute myocardial infarction with cardiogenic shock. Left ventricular function, severely depressed, returned to normal after initial stabilization. Coronary angiogram was normal. A para-aortic paraganglioma was diagnosed during the patient's work-up with biochemical studies, computed tomography of abdomen and functional radioisotopes imaging and was eventually surgically resected...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Sang Min Park, Haemin Jeong, Kyung-Soon Hong, Christopher Kim
BACKGROUND: In a patient underwent aortic valve replacement (AVR) due to bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) insufficiency without marked dilation of ascending aorta, the development of delayed-typed aneurysmal complication of ascending aorta has been often reported because the dilated aorta tends to grow insidiously with age. CASE SUMMARY: A 58-year-old man who underwent AVR with mechanical valve due to severe aortic regurgitation secondary to BAV 7 years previously presented with exertional chest discomfort for 1 year...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kara M Whitaker, Andrew O Odegaard, David R Jacobs, Stephen Sidney, Mark A Pereira
PURPOSE: We examined whether sedentary lifestyle habits and physical activity level are associated with abdominal visceral adipose tissue (VAT), subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT), and liver attenuation, independently of each other and potential confounders. METHODS: Analysis of 3,010 African American and Caucasian men and women, aged 42-59 years, from the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) study who completed multiple-slice abdominal computed tomography (CT) in 2010-2011...
October 3, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
Agnieszka Młynarska, Rafał Młynarski, Krzysztof S Gołba, Maciej Sosnowski
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that small differences in the anatomy of the coronary venous tree might be one of the factors responsible for the differences in the respond for cardiac resynchronization depending on a patient's gender. METHODS: The cardiac computed tomography scans with retrospective gating were performed on 315 subjects (aged 58.3 ± 11.6; 117 women) according to the clinical criteria. The standard protocol for coronary arteries was used during scanning...
October 17, 2016: Kardiologia Polska
Mark Doyle, Gerald M Pohost, C Noel Bairey Merz, Leslee J Shaw, George Sopko, William J Rogers, Barry L Sharaf, Carl J Pepine, Diane V Thompson, Geetha Rayarao, Lindsey Tauxe, Sheryl F Kelsey, Robert W W Biederman
BACKGROUND: We introduce an algorithmic approach to optimize diagnostic and prognostic value of gated cardiac single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) and magnetic resonance (MR) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) modalities in women with suspected myocardial ischemia. The novel approach: bio-informatics assessment schema (BIAS) forms a mathematical model utilizing MPI data and cardiac metrics generated by one modality to predict the MPI status of another modality. The model identifies cardiac features that either enhance or mask the image-based evidence of ischemia...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
Jack H Boyd, Vedant S Pargaonkar, David H Scoville, Ian S Rogers, Takumi Kimura, Shigemitsu Tanaka, Ryotaro Yamada, Michael P Fischbein, Jennifer A Tremmel, Robert Scott Mitchell, Ingela Schnittger
BACKGROUND: Left anterior descending artery myocardial bridges (MBs) range from clinically insignificant incidental angiographic findings to a potential cause of sudden cardiac death. Within this spectrum, a group of patients with isolated, symptomatic, and hemodynamically significant MBs despite maximally tolerated medical therapy exist for whom the optimal treatment is controversial. We evaluated supraarterial myotomy, or surgical unroofing, of the left anterior descending MBs as an isolated procedure in these patients...
October 1, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Sara Gaur, Charles A Taylor, Jesper M Jensen, Hans Erik Bøtker, Evald H Christiansen, Anne K Kaltoft, Niels R Holm, Jonathon Leipsic, Christopher K Zarins, Stephan Achenbach, Sophie Khem, Alan Wilk, Hiram G Bezerra, Jens F Lassen, Bjarne L Nørgaard
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine the diagnostic performance of noninvasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) (FFRCT) for the diagnosis of lesion-specific ischemia in nonculprit vessels of patients with recent in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). BACKGROUND: In patients with stable angina, FFRCT has high diagnostic performance in identification of ischemia-causing lesions. The potential value of FFRCT for assessment of multivessel disease in patients with recent STEMI has not been evaluated...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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