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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28943454/coronary-artery-calcium-quantification-on-first-second-and-third-generation-dual-source-ct-a-comparison-study
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Marleen Vonder, Gert Jan Pelgrim, Sèvrin E M Huijsse, Holger Haubenreisser, Mathias Meyer, Peter M A van Ooijen, Matthijs Oudkerk, Thomas Henzler, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
BACKGROUND: Differences in coronary artery calcium (CAC) quantification of successive CT systems of one vendor could impact results of CAC screening and progression studies. The purpose of this study is to compare CAC quantification between three generations of dual-source computed tomography (DSCT) systems. METHODS: Three DSCT generations were used to repeatedly scan an anthropomorphic chest phantom and three inserts. The first and second insert contained 100 small and nine large calcifications, respectively, to determine detectability, and the Agatston and (calibrated) mass score, respectively...
September 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28938959/rheumatoid-arthritis-complicates-noninvasive-whole-blood-gene-expression-testing-for-coronary-artery-disease
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Ryan Jessee, Erica Peart, Phil Beineke, Steven Rosenberg, James A Wingrove, William E Kraus, Kim M Huffman
BACKGROUND: Our objective was to evaluate an age- and sex-specific gene expression score (ASGES) previously validated to detect obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). METHODS: We evaluated 20 pairs of nondiabetic coronary patients with and without RA, selected by matching on age, sex, race, body mass index, tobacco use, and number of diseased coronary vessels. Peripheral blood gene expression levels of 23 CAD-associated genes were measured, and a previously validated CAD risk score including age, sex, and gene expression levels (Corus CAD) was computed...
October 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28937491/improved-calcium-scoring-at-dual-energy-computed-tomography-angiography-using-a-high-z-contrast-element-and-novel-material-separation-technique
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Jack W Lambert, Yuxin Sun, Karen G Ordovas, Robert G Gould, Sizhe Wang, Benjamin M Yeh
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to compare the accuracy of existing dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography coronary artery calcium scoring methods to those obtained using an experimental tungsten-based contrast material and a recently described contrast material extraction process (CMEP). METHODS: Phantom coronary arteries of varied diameters, with different densities and arcs of simulated calcified plaque, were sequentially filled with water, iodine, and tungsten contrast materials and scanned within a thorax phantom at rapid-kVp-switching dual-energy CT...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28931782/tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-gene-expression-in-epicardial-adipose-tissue-is-related-to-coronary-atherosclerosis-assessed-by-computed-tomography
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Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Takuya Hattori, Kazuhiro Sentani, Shinya Takahashi, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Wataru Yasui, Taijiro Sueda, Yasuki Kihara
AIMS: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α reportedly has key pro-inflammatory properties in both atherosclerosis and adipocytes. To further investigate the biologic impact of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the relationship between TNF-α gene expression in EAT and clinically-assessed coronary atherosclerosis on computed tomography (CT). METHODS: We studied 47 patients before cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting [CABG], n=26; non-CABG, n=21), assessing visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area, EAT volume, coronary calcium score (CCS), and the presence of non- and/or partially-calcified coronary plaque (NCP) on CT angiography...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923811/coronary-artery-calcium-progression-is-associated-with-cardiovascular-events-among-asymptomatic-individuals-from-the-north-texas-primary-care-practice-based-research-network-nortex-pbrn
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Roberto Cardarelli, Alexandria Hall, Wade Rankin
BACKGROUND: Although incidental coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been established as a surrogate measure for atherosclerotic plaque burden, little is known about its progression and the associated risks. This study looks at the association of select cardiovascular risk factors with the progression of CAC over a 2-year period and the relationship between CAC progression and experiencing a composite cardiovascular disease (CVD) event. METHODS: Repeated CAC measurements were obtained for 311 asymptomatic participants aged >44 years, who were recruited from a collaborative network of primary care clinics...
September 2017: Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine: JABFM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28923331/effects-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-on-coronary-artery-calcification-progression-according-to-high-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-levels
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Da Young Lee, Ji Hyun Kim, Se Eun Park, Cheol-Young Park, Ki-Won Oh, Sung-Woo Park, Eun-Jung Rhee, Won-Young Lee
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Previous studies reported that many patients are at high risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD) despite achieving recommended low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels. Therefore, we investigated whether the association between LDL-C and the risk for incident CVD differed according to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels using coronary artery calcium score (CACS) progression as a surrogate marker for predicting CVD. METHODS: We investigated 2132 Korean men in a health screening program, in which CACS was measured at baseline and after 4 years...
April 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917674/prognostic-value-of-risk-factors-calcium%C3%A2-score-coronary-cta-myocardial%C3%A2-perfusion-imaging-and-invasive%C3%A2-coronary-angiography-in-kidney%C3%A2-transplantation-candidates
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Simon Winther, My Svensson, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Laust Dupont Rasmussen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Lars Christian Gormsen, Kirsten Bouchelouche, Hans Erik Bøtker, Per Ivarsen, Morten Bøttcher
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to perform a prospective head-to-head comparison of the predictive value of clinical risk factors and a variety of cardiac imaging modalities including coronary artery calcium score (CACS), coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA), single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT), and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) on major adverse cardiac events (MACE) and all-cause mortality in kidney transplantation candidates. BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend screening for coronary artery disease in kidney transplantation candidates...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916890/coronary-calcium-score-influences-referral-for-invasive-coronary-angiography-after-normal-myocardial-perfusion-spect
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Shu Yokota, Mohamed Mouden, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Elsemiek Engbers, Pieter L Jager, Jorik R Timmer, Siert Knollema
BACKGROUND: In patients with normal SPECT but persistent complaints, invasive angiography may exclude obstructive coronary disease. We assessed whether high coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores are associated with increased referral for invasive angiography following normal SPECT. METHODS AND RESULTS: 2286 consecutive patients (mean age 60 ± 12, 39% male) with normal SPECT were assessed. All patients underwent simultaneous CAC scoring. Patients were categorized into four groups based on their CAC score: CAC = 0 (n = 694), CAC 1 to 100 (n = 891), CAC 101 to 400 (n = 368), and CAC >400 (n = 333)...
September 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916241/relationship-of-echocardiographic-epicardial-fat-thickness-and-epicardial-fat-volume-by-computed-tomography-with-coronary-artery-calcification-data-from-the-caesar-study
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Byung Jin Kim, Jung Gyu Kang, Sung Ho Lee, Jong Young Lee, Ki Chul Sung, Bum Soo Kim, Jin Ho Kang
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: No study has assessed the association between echocardiographic epicardial fat thickness (EFT) and computed tomography (CT)-based epicardial fat volume (EFV) and coronary artery calcification. The aim of this study is to evaluate the association between EFT and EFV and coronary artery calcification. METHODS: Among the 2,299 individuals enrolled in the CArdiometabolic risk, Epicardial fat, and Subclinical Atherosclerosis Registry (CAESAR) study, 2,276 (1,851 men; mean age 45 ± 8...
September 12, 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904076/residual-angina-after-elective-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus
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Anna Grodzinsky, Mikhail Kosiborod, Fengming Tang, Philip G Jones, Darren K McGuire, John A Spertus, John F Beltrame, Jae-Sik Jang, Abhinav Goyal, Neel M Butala, Robert W Yeh, Suzanne V Arnold
BACKGROUND: Previous studies suggest that among patients with stable coronary artery disease, patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) have less angina and more silent ischemia when compared with those without DM. However, the burden of angina in diabetic versus nondiabetic patients after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been recently examined. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a 10-site US PCI registry, we assessed angina before and at 1, 6, and 12 months after elective PCI with the Seattle Angina Questionnaire angina frequency score (range, 0-100, higher=better)...
September 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899385/coronary-artery-calcium-score-plays-an-important-role-for-cardiovascular-risk-stratification-in-the-statin-benefit-groups-of-asymptomatic-individuals
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Dong-Hyeon Lee, Ho-Joong Youn, Hae-Ok Jung, Kiyuk Chang, Yun-Seok Choi, Jung Im Jung
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to describe and analyze the relationship between statin benefit groups based on statin-intensity class of drugs and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) in an asymptomatic Korean population. METHODS: A total of 3914 asymptomatic individuals (mean age: 55 ± 10 years; male: female = 2649: 1265) who underwent MDCT for health examination between January 2009 and December 2012 were retrospectively enrolled...
September 12, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28895189/-diagnosis-of-a-hiatal-hernia-from-a-ct-coronary-artery-calcium-scan
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Edmund Kenneth Kerut, John T Balart
Identification of a hiatal hernia by computed tomography (CT) scanning, and particularly with axial imaging from a coronary artery calcium score exam, is often subjective. There are several CT features that are diagnostic or at least suggestive of a hiatal hernia. As a hiatal hernia may be the etiology of a chest pain syndrome, it is important to be aware of CT findings suggestive of such.
September 12, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28892753/the-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-estimated-non-invasively-in-patients-with-essential-hypertension-environmentally-exposed-to-cigarette-smoke
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Paweł Gać, Przemysław Jaźwiec, Małgorzata Poręba, Grzegorz Mazur, Krystyna Pawlas, Małgorzata Sobieszczańska, Rafał Poręba
BACKGROUND: The relationship between environmental exposure of non-smokers to cigarette smoke and the coronary artery calcium scores has not been sufficiently documented. The aim of the study was to identify the relationship between environmental exposure to cigarette smoke and the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) estimated non-invasively through measurement of coronary artery calcium score by computed tomography in patients with essential hypertension. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study was conducted on 67 patients with essential hypertension, non-smokers environmentally exposed to cigarette smoke (group A) and on 67 patients with essential hypertension, non-smokers not exposed to cigarette smoke (group B), selected using the case to case...
September 1, 2017: Environmental Toxicology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28886899/frailty-and-subclinical-coronary-atherosclerosis-the-multicenter-aids-cohort-study-macs
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Sai Krishna C Korada, Di Zhao, Martin Tibuakuu, Todd T Brown, Lisa P Jacobson, Eliseo Guallar, Robert K Bolan, Frank J Palella, Joseph B Margolick, Jeremy J Martinson, Matthew J Budoff, Wendy S Post, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Frailty and cardiovascular disease share many risk factors. We evaluated whether frailty is independently associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis and whether any relationships differ by HIV-serostatus. METHODS: We studied 976 [62% HIV-infected] male participants of the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study who underwent assessment of frailty and non-contrast cardiac CT scanning; of these, 747 men also underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA)...
August 26, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28871240/in-vivo-and-in-vitro-analysis-in-coronary-artery-disease-related-to-type-2-diabetes
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Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Marco Aiello, Marco Salvatore, Carlo Cavaliere
AIM: The leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) is coronary artery disease (CAD), a condition often asymptomatic but severe in these patients. Although glucose metabolism impairment and oxidative stress are known actors in the endothelial dysfunction/remodeling that occurs in diabetic patients, the relationship between cardiovascular disorders and DM is not fully understood. We have performed both an in vivo imaging and in vitro molecular analysis to investigate diabetic-specific CAD alterations...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28867263/effects-of-hyperthyroidism-on-coronary-artery-disease-a%C3%A2-computed-tomography-angiography-study
#16
Christoph Beyer, Fabian Plank, Guy Friedrich, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
BACKGROUND: Changes in thyroid hormone concentration can negatively affect the cardiovascular system. Subclinical hyperthyroidism has been linked to an increase of cardiovascular heart disease, however, clinical effects and significance are still uncertain. Therefore, we analyzed coronary computed tomography angiographies of patients with overt and subclinical hyperthyroidism for quantitative parameters and plaque morphology. METHODS: Seven hundred forty-four (47...
October 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28865096/the-predictive-value-of-coronary-artery-calcium-detected-by-computed-tomography-in-a-prospective-study-on-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy-in-heart-transplant-patients
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Anne Günther, Rune Andersen, Einar Gude, Jarl Jakobsen, Thor Edvardsen, Leiv Sandvik, Andreas Abildgaard, Lars Aaberge, Lars Gullestad
The predictive value of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in heart transplant (HTX) patients is not established. We explored if the absence of CAC on computed tomography (CT) could exclude moderate and severe cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV₂₋₃; the International Society for Heart and Lung Transplantation [ISHLT] recommended nomenclature) and significant coronary artery stenosis (diameter reduction ≥50%), and predict long-term clinical outcomes. HTX recipients (n=133) were prospectively included and underwent CT for CAC scoring and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) 7...
September 2, 2017: Transplant International: Official Journal of the European Society for Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28864316/relation-of-diastolic-blood-pressure-and-coronary-artery-calcium-to-coronary-events-and-outcomes-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#18
Faisal Rahman, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Michael J Blaha, Khurram Nasir, Matthew J Budoff, Bruce M Psaty, Wendy S Post, Roger S Blumenthal, John W McEvoy
Diastolic blood pressure has a J-curve relation with coronary heart disease and death. Because this association is thought to reflect reduced coronary perfusion at low diastolic blood pressure, we hypothesized that the J-curve would be most pronounced in persons with coronary artery calcium. In 6,811 participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis, we used Cox models to examine if diastolic blood pressure category is associated with coronary heart disease events, stroke, and mortality. Analyses were conducted in the sample overall and after stratification by coronary artery calcium score...
August 8, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860893/calcification-remodeling-index-characterized-by-cardiac-ct-as-a-novel-parameter-to-predict-the-use-of-rotational-atherectomy-for-coronary-intervention-of-lesions-with-moderate-to-severe-calcification
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Mengmeng Yu, Yuehua Li, Wenbin Li, Zhigang Lu, Meng Wei, Jiayin Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To assess the feasibility of calcification characterization by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) to predict the use of rotational atherectomy (RA) for coronary intervention of lesions with moderate to severe calcification. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with calcified lesions treated by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) who underwent both CCTA and invasive coronary angiography were retrospectively included in this study. Calcification remodeling index was calculated as the ratio of the smallest vessel cross-sectional area of the lesion to the proximal reference luminal area...
September 2017: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28860220/interleukin-18-enhances-vascular-calcification-and-osteogenic-differentiation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-through-trpm7-activation
#20
Kun Zhang, Yinyin Zhang, Weijing Feng, Renhua Chen, Jie Chen, Rhian M Touyz, Jingfeng Wang, Hui Huang
OBJECTIVE: Vascular calcification (VC) is an important predictor of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Osteogenic differentiation of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is a key mechanism of VC. Recent studies show that IL-18 (interleukin-18) favors VC while TRPM7 (transient receptor potential melastatin 7) channel upregulation inhibits VC. However, the relationship between IL-18 and TRPM7 is unclear. We questioned whether IL-18 enhances VC and osteogenic differentiation of VSMCs through TRPM7 channel activation...
August 31, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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