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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647935/evaluation-of-patients-with-acute-chest-pain-using-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-prognostic-implications-of-mildly-abnormal-scans
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Ronen Goldkorn, Alexey Naimushin, Roy Beigel, Ekaterina Naimushin, Michael Narodetski, Shlomi Matetzky
BACKGROUND: While patients presenting to emergency departments (ER) with chest pain are increasingly managed in chest pain units (CPU) that utilize accelerated diagnostic protocols for risk stratification, such as single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), data are lacking regarding the prognostic implications of mildly abnormal scans in this population. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the prognostic implications of mildly abnormal SPECT MPI results in patients with acute chest pain...
June 2017: Israel Medical Association Journal: IMAJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647774/automatic-identification-of-coronary-tree-anatomy-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Qing Cao, Alexander Broersen, Michiel A de Graaf, Pieter H Kitslaar, Guanyu Yang, Arthur J Scholte, Boudewijn P F Lelieveldt, Johan H C Reiber, Jouke Dijkstra
An automatic coronary artery tree labeling algorithm is described to identify the anatomical segments of the extracted centerlines from coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) images. This method will facilitate the automatic lesion reporting and risk stratification of cardiovascular disease. Three-dimensional (3D) models for both right dominant (RD) and left dominant (LD) coronary circulations were built. All labels in the model were matched with their possible candidates in the extracted tree to find the optimal labeling result...
June 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646403/routine-ct-angiography-to-detect-severe-coronary-artery-disease-prior-to-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#3
S Chava, G Gentchos, A Abernethy, B Leavitt, E Terrien, H L Dauerman
Patients undergoing TAVR undergo routine CT angiography (CTA) to assess aorto-iliac pathology and annular dimensions. While coronary CTA may exclude severe CAD in younger patients, its efficacy in defining CAD severity prior to TAVR may be limited. We retrospectively studied 50 consecutive patients undergoing both invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and routine pre-TAVR CTA. Severe CAD was defined as ≥50% stenosis by quantitative coronary angiography and compared to a blinded CTA visual estimation of ≥50% stenosis...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646251/cardiac-dose-sparing-effects-of-deep-inspiration-breath-hold-in-left-breast-irradiation-is-imrt-more-beneficial-than-vmat
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Mazen Sakka, Leonie Kunzelmann, Martin Metzger, Gerhard G Grabenbauer
BACKGROUND: Given the reduction in death from breast cancer, as well as improvements in overall survival, adjuvant radiotherapy is considered the standard treatment for breast cancer. However, left-sided breast irradiation was associated with an increased rate of fatal cardiovascular events due to incidental irradiation of the heart. Recently, considerable efforts have been made to minimize cardiac toxicity of left-sided breast irradiation by new treatment methods such as deep-inspiration breath-hold (DIBH) and new radiation techniques, particularly intensity modulated radiotherapy (IMRT) and volumetric modulated arc therapy (VMAT)...
June 23, 2017: Strahlentherapie und Onkologie: Organ der Deutschen Röntgengesellschaft ... [et Al]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645983/the-effect-of-magnesium-supplementation-on-vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-randomised-clinical-trial-magical-ckd-essential-study-design-and-rationale
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Iain Bressendorff, Ditte Hansen, Morten Schou, Charlotte Kragelund, Lisbet Brandi
INTRODUCTION: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality, which is thought to be caused by increased propensity towards vascular calcification (VC). Magnesium (Mg) inhibits phosphate-induced VC in vitro and in animal models and serum Mg is inversely associated with cardiovascular mortality in predialysis CKD and in end-stage renal disease. This paper will describe the design and rationale of a randomised double-blinded placebo-controlled multicentre clinical trial, which will investigate whether oral Mg supplementation can prevent the progression of coronary artery calcification (CAC) in subjects with predialysis CKD...
June 23, 2017: BMJ Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645858/vascular-adaptation-pattern-formation-and-cross-validation-between-an-agent-based-model-and-a-dynamical-system
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Marc Garbey, Stefano Casarin, Scott A Berceli
Myocardial infarction is the global leading cause of mortality (Go AS et al. 2014). Coronary artery occlusion is its main etiology and it is commonly treated by Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) surgery (Wilson CT 2007). The long-term outcome remains unsatisfactory (Benedetto U 2016). The vein faces the phenomenon of restenosis during the post-surgery, which consists of re-occlusion of the lumen and usually requires secondary intervention even within one year after the initial surgery (Harskamp RE 2013). We propose an extensive study of the restenosis phenomenon by implementing two mathematical models previously developed: a heuristic Dynamical System (DS) (Garbey M and Berceli SA 2013), and a stochastic Agent Based Model (ABM) (Garbey M et al...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Theoretical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645476/relation-of-coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-risk-of-cancer-from-a-danish-population-based-follow-up-study-in-patients-who-underwent-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Nicklas Vinter, Amanda M S Christesen, Leif S Mortensen, Jes S Lindholt, Søren P Johnsen, Anne Tjønneland, Lars Frost
Evidence of a causal link between atherosclerosis and cancer is sparse and conflicting. Therefore, we examined the association between extent of coronary atherosclerosis determined by coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and risk of cancer. We conducted a historical population-based cohort study of 28,549 cancer-free patients identified in the Western Denmark Heart Registry. All patients underwent cardiac computed tomography for measurement of CACS for suspected coronary artery disease. The outcome was an incident cancer diagnosis: total, tobacco-related, lung, prostate, breast, and colorectal...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645471/association-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-with-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease-predicted-by-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Min Young Seo, Jin-Young Lee, Joo-Yong Hahn, Gwanghui Ryu, Sang Duk Hong, Hun-Jong Dhong, Seung-Kyu Chung, Hyo Yeol Kim
The aim of this study is to determine the association among various sleep parameters for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and subclinical cardiovascular disease measured by coronary artery calcium (CAC) score. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 461 patients who underwent both polysomnography (PSG) and coronary artery computed tomography to evaluate CAC score. For each participant, coronary artery computed tomography was conducted within 12 months of PSG. We evaluated the possible association among various PSG parameters by evaluating overnight-attended PSG and CAC...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641844/the-in%C3%A2-vivo-morphology-of-post-infarct-ventricular-septal-defect-and-the-implications%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-closure
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Mark C K Hamilton, Jonathan C L Rodrigues, Robin P Martin, Nathan E Manghat, Mark S Turner
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to define the dynamic in vivo morphology of post-infarct ventricular septal defect (PIVSD), which has not been previously described in living patients. BACKGROUND: PIVSD is a devastating complication of acute myocardial infarction. METHODS: The anatomic features of PIVSD, as demonstrated by computed tomography or magnetic resonance imaging, were retrospectively reviewed. RESULTS: Thirty-two PIVSDs were assessed, 16 left coronary artery and 16 right coronary artery PIVSDs...
June 26, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640320/molecular-signature-of-coronary-stent-thrombosis-oxidative-stress-and-innate-immunity-cells
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Judit Cubedo, Ana Blasco, Teresa Padro, Ilaria Ramaiola, Oriol Juan-Babot, Javier Goicolea, José Antonio Fernández-Díaz, Juan Francisco Oteo, Lina Badimon
The clinical impact of in-stent thrombosis is high because it is associated with high mortality and 20 % of the patients suffer a recurrent event within the two following years. The aim of this study was to characterise the morphologic and proteomic profile of in-stent thrombi (IST) in comparison to thrombi developed on native coronary arteries (CT) to identify a differential molecular signature. The study included 45 patients with ST-elevation-myocardial-infarction (STEMI) treated by primary-percutaneous-intervention and thrombus aspiration: 21 had IST and 24 had CT...
June 22, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639400/motion-estimation-for-cardiac-functional-analysis-using-two-x-ray-computed-tomography-scans
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George S K Fung, Luisa Ciuffo, Hiroshi Ashikaga, Katsuyuki Taguchi
PURPOSE: This work concerns computed tomography (CT)-based cardiac functional analysis (CFA) with a reduced radiation dose. As CT-CFA requires images over the entire heartbeat, the scans are often performed at 10-20% of the tube current settings that are typically used for coronary CT angiography. A large image noise then degrades the accuracy of motion estimation. Moreover, even if the scan was performed during the sinus rhythm, the cardiac motion observed in CT images may not be cyclic with patients with atrial fibrillation...
June 22, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639359/interobserver-variability-in-the-classification-of-congenital-coronary-abnormalities-a-substudy-of-the-anomalous-connections-of-the-coronary-arteries-registry
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Athanasios Koutsoukis, Xavier Halna du Fretay, Patrick Dupouy, Phalla Ou, Jean-Pierre Laissy, Jean-Michel Juliard, Fabien Hyafil, Pierre Aubry
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of anomalous connections of the coronary arteries (ANOCOR) requires an appropriate identification for the management of the patients involved. We studied the observer variability in the description and classification of ANOCOR between a nonexpert group of physicians and a group of expert physicians, using the ANOCOR cohort. PATIENTS AND DESIGN: Consecutive patients identified by 71 referring cardiologists were included in the ANOCOR cohort...
June 21, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637960/pacemaker-induced-metallic-artifacts-in-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-clinical-feasibility-of-single-energy-metal-artifact-reduction-technique
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Tomoya Takayanagi, Takehiro Arai, Makoto Amanuma, Tomonari Sano, Masato Ichiba, Kazumasa Ishizaka, Takako Sekine, Hideyuki Matsutani, Hitomi Morita, Shinichi Takase
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in patients with pacemaker suffers from metallic lead-induced artifacts, which often interfere with accurate assessment of coronary luminal stenosis. The purpose of this study was to assess a frequency of the lead-induced artifacts and artifact-suppression effect by the single energy metal artifact reduction (SEMAR) technique. METHODS: Forty-one patients with a dual-chamber pacemaker were evaluated using a 320 multi-detector row CT (MDCT)...
2017: Nihon Hoshasen Gijutsu Gakkai Zasshi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637880/a-study-comparing-vein-integrity-and-clinical-outcomes-vico-in-open-vein-harvesting-and-two-types-of-endoscopic-vein-harvesting-for-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting-the-vico-randomised-clinical-trial
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Bhuvaneswari Krishnamoorthy, William R Critchley, Alexander J Thompson, Katherine Payne, Julie Morris, Rajamiyer V Venkateswaran, Ann L Caress, James E Fildes, Nizar Yonan
Background -Current consensus statements maintain that endoscopic vein harvesting (EVH) should be standard care in coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) but vein quality and clinical outcomes have been questioned. The Vein Integrity and Clinical Outcome (VICO) trial was designed to assess the impact of different vein harvesting methods on vessel damage and if this contributes to clinical outcomes following CABG. Methods -A single centre, randomised clinical trial of patients undergoing CABG with an internal mammary artery, and with one to four vein grafts were recruited...
June 21, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637776/targeting-of-extracellular-rna-reduces-edema-formation-and-infarct-size-and-improves-survival-after-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Philipp Stieger, Jan-Marcus Daniel, Christiane Thölen, Jochen Dutzmann, Kai Knöpp, Dursun Gündüz, Muhammad Aslam, Marian Kampschulte, Alexander Langheinrich, Silvia Fischer, Hector Cabrera-Fuentes, Yong Wang, Kai C Wollert, Johann Bauersachs, Rüdiger Braun-Dullaeus, Klaus T Preissner, Daniel G Sedding
BACKGROUND: Following myocardial infarction (MI), peri-infarct myocardial edema formation further impairs cardiac function. Extracellular RNA (eRNA) released from injured cells strongly increases vascular permeability. This study aimed to assess the role of eRNA in MI-induced cardiac edema formation, infarct size, cardiac function, and survival after acute MI and to evaluate the therapeutic potential of ribonuclease 1 (RNase-1) treatment as an eRNA-degrading intervention. METHODS AND RESULTS: C57BL/6J mice were subjected to MI by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending coronary artery...
June 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637704/the-structure-function-remodeling-in-rabbit-hearts-of-myocardial-infarction
#16
Haotian Wu, Li Li, Pei Niu, Xu Huang, Jinyi Liu, Fengshun Zhang, Wenzeng Shen, Wenchang Tan, Yiling Wu, Yunlong Huo
Animal models are of importance to investigate basic mechanisms for ischemic heart failure (HF). The objective of the study was to create a rabbit model through multiple coronary artery ligations to investigate the postoperative structure-function remodeling of the left ventricle (LV) and coronary arterial trees. Here, we hypothesize that the interplay of the degenerated coronary vasculature and increased ventricle wall stress relevant to cardiac fibrosis in vicinity of myocardial infarction (MI) precipitates the incidence and progression of ischemic HF Echocardiographic measurements showed an approximately monotonic drop of fractional shortening and ejection fraction from 40% and 73% down to 28% and 58% as well as persistent enlargement of LV cavity and slight mitral regurgitation at postoperative 12 weeks...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637586/soluble-lr11-associates-with-aortic-root-calcification-in-asymptomatic-treated-male-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
#17
Ranitha Vongpromek, Sven Bos, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Hideaki Bujo, Meizi Jiang, Koen Nieman, Wolfgang Schneider, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Eric J G Sijbrands, Monique T Mulder
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite statin treatment, a high prevalence of severe vascular calcification is found in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). We assessed the relation between the circulating soluble form of low-density lipoprotein receptor relative with 11 ligand-binding repeats (sLR11), a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and vascular calcification in asymptomatic statin-treated heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: In 123 asymptomatic heterozygous FH patients (age 40-69 years), aortic root (ARC), aortic valve (AVC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) were determined with CT-based calcium scoring expressed in Agatston units...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
#18
Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28632651/imaging-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#19
Stephanie S Gaydos, Akos Varga-Szemes, Rochelle N Judd, Pal Suranyi, David Gregg
There has been tremendous growth in the population of adults with congenital heart disease (CHD) over the last few decades because of advances in medical care. Whereas some cases are cured during childhood, most patients instead undergo palliation, which leaves them at risk for late complications. Lifelong clinical follow-up involving serial multimodality imaging is helpful to monitor and guide the treatment of late complications. Imaging of these individuals is challenging because of their unique anatomy and therefore requires careful consideration on a case-by-case basis...
July 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630603/elevated-il-37-levels-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-severe-coronary-artery-calcification
#20
Meng Chai, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Wei Ji, Qing Yang, Yu-Yang Liu, Ying-Xin Zhao, Dong-Mei Shi, Wei Liu, Li-Xia Yang, Lin-Lin Zhang, Jing Liang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a predictor of cardiovascular events and plaque burden and is closely associated with chronic inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly discovered member of the IL-1 family and is considered an anti-inflammatory cytokine. Our recent study on mice indicated that IL-37 could attenuate atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, which suggests that IL-37 could be associated with the development of atherosclerosis and related diseases...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
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