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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227428/calcification-detection-of-abdominal-aorta-in-ct-images-and-3d-visualization-in-vr-devices
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Jose A Garcia-Berna, Juan M Sanchez-Gomez, Judith Hermanns, Gines Garcia-Mateos, Jose L Fernandez-Aleman, Jose A Garcia-Berna, Juan M Sanchez-Gomez, Judith Hermanns, Gines Garcia-Mateos, Jose L Fernandez-Aleman, Jose L Fernandez-Aleman, Jose A Garcia-Berna, Judith Hermanns, Juan M Sanchez-Gomez, Gines Garcia-Mateos
Automatic calcification detection in abdominal aorta consists of a set of computer vision techniques to quantify the amount of calcium that is found around this artery. Knowing that information, it is possible to perform statistical studies that relate vascular diseases with the presence of calcium in these structures. To facilitate the detection in CT images, a contrast is usually injected into the circulatory system of the patients to distinguish the aorta from other body tissues and organs. This contrast increases the absorption of X-rays by human blood, making it easier the measurement of calcifications...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223004/sudden-cardiac-death-among-hemodialysis-patients
#2
Melissa S Makar, Patrick H Pun
Hemodialysis patients carry a large burden of cardiovascular disease; most onerous is the high risk for sudden cardiac death. Defining sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and understanding its pathogenesis are challenging, but inferences from the existing literature reveal differences between sudden cardiac death among hemodialysis patients and the general population. Vascular calcifications and left ventricular hypertrophy may play a role in the pathophysiology of sudden cardiac death, whereas traditional cardiovascular risk factors seem to have a more muted effect...
February 17, 2017: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28221665/totally-percutaneous-versus-surgical-cut-down-femoral-artery-access-for-elective-bifurcated-abdominal-endovascular-aneurysm-repair
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REVIEW
Madelaine Gimzewska, Alexander Ir Jackson, Su Ern Yeoh, Mike Clarke
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are a vascular condition with significant risk attached, particularly if they rupture. It is, therefore, critical to identify and repair these as an elective procedure before they rupture and require emergency surgery. Repair has traditionally been an open surgical technique that required a large incision across the abdomen. Endovascular abdominal aortic aneurysm repairs (EVARs) are now a common alternative. In this procedure, the common femoral artery is exposed via a cut-down approach and a graft introduced to the aneurysm in this way...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219134/-role-of-nuclear-factor-of-activated-t-cells-cytoplasmic-1-on-vascular-calcification-in-rats-with-chronic-renal-failure
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J X Zhang, J S Xu, Y Y Han, Y L Bai, L W Cui, H R Zhang, S L Zhang
Objective: To explore the role of nuclear factor of activated T-cells cytoplasmic 1 (NFATc1) on vascular calcification in chronic renal failure rats. Methods: Nineteen male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into three groups: sham-operated group (n=6), 5/6 Nephrectomy (Nx) group (n=6), 5/6 Nx+ calcitriol group (n=7). Vascular calcification was determined by von Kossa staining and orthocresolphthalein complexone (OCPC) method. Protein expressions of NFATc1 and runt-related transcription factor 2 (Runx2) in aortas were measured by immunohistochemistry...
February 14, 2017: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216508/-idiopathic-mesenteric-phlebosclerosis-one-case-report-and-literature-review
#5
Yonghong Jiang, Shan Huang, Kequan Chen, Xueqing Chen
Idiopathic mesenteric phlebosclerosis (IMP) is a rare disease and it is easy to be misdiagnosed, which is characterized by intestinal obstruction symptoms, such as abdominal pain, bloating and vomiting. In this study, a case of IMP was observed and the literatures were reviewed. Computed tomography shows funicular high-density shadow and vascular calcification shadow along the vessels around the bowels. Narrow band imaging (M-NBI) endoscopy revealed the disappeared honeycomb capillary, the disordered microvascular structure and the increased density of blood vessels...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216252/calcification-of-the-splenic-iliac-and-breast-arteries-and-risk-of-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-mortality
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Eva J E Hendriks, Joline W J Beulens, Pim A de Jong, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Wei-Ning Sun, C Michael Wright, Michael H Criqui, Matthew A Allison, Joachim H Ix
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CVD risks associated with coronary artery calcification (CAC) and aortic calcification (AC) are well known, but less is known about other calcified arteries. We aimed to assess the associations of arterial calcification in the breast, splenic, and internal and external iliac arteries with CVD risk factors and mortality. METHODS: We conducted a case-cohort study nested in a cohort of 5196 individuals who self-referred or were referred by a health care provider for whole body computed tomography (CT), including a random subcohort (n = 395) and total and CVD mortality cases (n = 298 and n = 90), who died during a median follow-up of 9...
January 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214287/association-of-warfarin-with-congestive-heart-failure-and-peripheral-artery-occlusive-disease-in-hemodialysis-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Kuo-Hua Lee, Szu-Yuan Li, Jin-Sin Liu, Chi-Ting Huang, Ying-Ying Chen, Yao-Ping Lin, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Der-Cherng Tarng
BACKGROUND: The effect of warfarin on the risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease is unknown among chronic hemodialysis patients with atrial fibrillation (HD-AF). METHODS: Population-based propensity score and prescription time-distribution matched cohort study including 6719 HD-AF patients with CHA2DS2-VASc score ≥ 2 were divided into warfarin users and nonusers and followed-up for CV events and death. RESULTS: Warfarin treatment in HD-AF patients with AF preceding HD was associated with higher risks of developing congestive heart failure [hazard ratio (HR)=1...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213903/specifics-of-fetuin-a-levels-in-distinct-types-of-chronic-heart-failure
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Michael Lichtenauer, Bernhard Wernly, Vera Paar, Ilonka Rohm, Christian Jung, Atilla Yilmaz, Uta C Hoppe, Paul Christian Schulze, Daniel Kretzschmar, Rudin Pistulli
INTRODUCTION: Fetuin-A has been described to correlate inversely with vascular calcification both in animal models but also in patients with heart and renal disease. In this current study, we sought to investigate whether fetuin-A might be a useful marker for the discrimination of ischemic (ICM) from dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). METHODS: A total of 124 non-consecutive patients were included in this study, 59 patients suffered from ICM and 65 patients from DCM. Serum samples were obtained during out-patient visits and analyzed for fetuin-A by ELISA...
February 18, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209631/hdpscs-fabricate-a-vascularised-woven-bone-tissue-a-new-tool-in-bone-tissue-engineering
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Francesca Paino, Marcella La Noce, Alessandra Giuliani, Alfredo De Rosa, Serena Mazzoni, Luigi Laino, Evzen Amler, Gianpaolo Papaccio, Vincenzo Desiderio, Virginia Tirino
Human dental pulp stem cells (hDPSCs) are mesenchymal stem cells successfully used in human bone tissue engineering. To better establish if these cells can lead to a bone tissue ready to be grafted, we checked DPSCs for their osteogenic and angiogenic differentiation capabilities with the specific aim to obtain a new tool for bone transplantation. Therefore, hDPSCs were specifically selected from the stromal-vascular dental pulp fraction, using appropriate markers and cultured. Growth curves, expression of bone-related markers, calcification, angiogenesis as well as in vivo transplantation assay were performed...
February 16, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208829/calcium-signaling-in-interstitial-cells-focus-on-telocytes
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REVIEW
Beatrice Mihaela Radu, Adela Banciu, Daniel Dumitru Banciu, Mihai Radu, Dragos Cretoiu, Sanda Maria Cretoiu
In this review, we describe the current knowledge on calcium signaling pathways in interstitial cells with a special focus on interstitial cells of Cajal (ICCs), interstitial Cajal-like cells (ICLCs), and telocytes. In detail, we present the generation of Ca(2+) oscillations, the inositol triphosphate (IP₃)/Ca(2+) signaling pathway and modulation exerted by cytokines and vasoactive agents on calcium signaling in interstitial cells. We discuss the physiology and alterations of calcium signaling in interstitial cells, and in particular in telocytes...
February 13, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202017/association-between-metformin-use-and-below-the-knee-arterial-calcification-score-in-type-2-diabetic-patients
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Aurélien Mary, Agnes Hartemann, Sophie Liabeuf, Carole Elodie Aubert, Salim Kemel, Joe Elie Salem, Philippe Cluzel, Aurélie Lenglet, Ziad A Massy, Jean-Daniel Lalau, Romuald Mentaverri, Olivier Bourron, Saïd Kamel
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcification (VC) is common in type 2 diabetes, and is associated with cardiovascular complications. Recent preclinical data suggest that metformin inhibits VC both in vitro and in animal models. However, metformin's effects in patients with diabetic VC have not previously been characterized. The present study investigated the association between metformin use and lower-limb arterial calcification in patients with type 2 diabetes and high cardiovascular risk. METHODS: The DIACART cross-sectional cohort study included 198 patients with type 2 diabetes but without severe chronic kidney disease...
February 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196941/histopathological-differences-between-the-anterior-and-posterior-brain-arteries-as-a-function-of-aging
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William Roth, Susan Morgello, James Goldman, Jay P Mohr, Mitchell S V Elkind, Randolph S Marshall, Jose Gutierrez
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We tested the hypothesis that posterior brain arteries differ pathologically from anterior brain arteries and that this difference varies with age. METHODS: Brain large arteries from 194 autopsied individuals (mean age 56±17 years, 63% men, 25% nonwhite, 17% with brain infarcts) were analyzed to obtain the areas of arterial layers and lumen as well as the relative content of elastin, collagen, and amyloid. Visual rating was used to determine the prevalence of atheroma, calcification, vasa vasorum, pattern of intima thickening, and internal elastic lamina gaps...
February 14, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195846/color-doppler-ultrasound-assessment-of-activity-in-keloids
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Nelson Lobos, Ximena Wortsman, Fernando Valenzuela, Faustino Alonso
BACKGROUND: The assessment of activity in keloids may be critical for defining their management. There is a lack of clinical scorings designed for the evaluation of keloids and biopsies may be contraindicated. OBJECTIVE: To assess the sonographic activity of keloids in comparison with clinical scoring. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A retrospective study of the clinical and color Doppler ultrasound (CDU) images of patients medically derived to CDU with the diagnosis of keloid was performed...
February 9, 2017: Dermatologic Surgery: Official Publication for American Society for Dermatologic Surgery [et Al.]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194903/vitamin-k-antagonist-therapy-is-a-risk-factor-for-ulcer-development-and-death-among-dialyzed-patients
#14
Andreana De Mauri, Massimo Torreggiani, Marco Brambilla, Doriana Chiarinotti
Peripheral artery disease is a common complication among dialyzed patients. Since Vitamin K antagonists promote metastatic calcifications and these are the main determinants of vascular damage, we investigated their role in the development of lower limb ulcers in dialyzed patients. We retrospectively enrolled 316 dialyzed patients, aged 68 ± 15 years, 65% male, 32% diabetic, 43% with ischemic heart disease and followed them for 36 ± 25 months. 60 patients assumed Vitamin K antagonists: they were older, with a higher prevalence of heart disease, at greater risk of death and they developed more ulcers and underwent more lower limb amputations compared to the rest of our cohort...
February 14, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194476/-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-chronic-kidney-disease
#15
M Girndt
Chronic kidney disease is defined by decreased glomerular filtration rate or proteinuria. Diabetic nephropathy and hypertensive renal damage are responsible for the majority of cases. The initiation of therapy has to consider if causal treatment of the underlying disease is possible and indicated. In all patients, even if specific treatment is not possible, therapy should aim at reducing progression of kidney failure. Chronic kidney diseases tend to intrinsic deterioration that persists after cessation of the causative damaging pathomechanism...
February 13, 2017: Der Internist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193134/non-coronary-vascular-calcification-bone-mineral-density-and-muscle-mass-in-institutionalized-frail-nonagenarians
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Fernando Idoate, Eduardo L Cadore, Alvaro Casas-Herrero, Fabricio Zambom-Ferraresi, Nicolas Martinez-Velilla, Leocadio Rodriguez-Mañas, Pedro M Azkarate, Martim Bottaro, Robison Ramírez-Vélez, Mikel Izquierdo
The purpose of this study was to compare the vascular calcification at thoracic (TAC) and ab-dominal (AAC) aorta, iliac (IAC) and femoral (FAC) arteries, and bone mineral density (BMD) of the lumbar vertebrae between frail and robust nonagenarians, as well as to verify the associations between vascular calcification with BMD, muscle tissue quality and quantity in both groups. Forty-two elderly subjects participated in this study: 29 institutionalized frail (92.0±3.2 years) and 13 ro-bust (89.0±4.0 years) elderly participants...
February 14, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192277/cdkn2a-p16ink4-a-expression-is-associated-with-vascular-progeria-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#17
Peter Stenvinkel, Karin Luttropp, Dagmara McGuinness, Anna Witasp, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Annika Wernerson, Louise Nordfors, Martin Schalling, Jonaz Ripsweden, Lars Wennberg, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Bárány, Hannes Olauson, Paul G Shiels
Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) display a progeric vascular phenotype linked to apoptosis, cellular senescence and osteogenic transformation. This has proven intractable to modelling appropriately in model organisms. We have therefore investigated this directly in man, using for the first time validated cellular biomarkers of ageing (CDKN2A/p16(INK4a), SA-β-Gal) in arterial biopsies from 61 CKD patients undergoing living donor renal transplantation. We demonstrate that in the uremic milieu, increased arterial expression of CDKN2A/p16(INK4a) associated with vascular progeria in CKD, independently of chronological age...
February 9, 2017: Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189120/does-the-opg-rankl-system-contribute-to-the-bone-vascular-axis-in-chronic-kidney-disease-a-systematic-review
#18
REVIEW
Beata Znorko, Ewa Oksztulska-Kolanek, Małgorzata Michałowska, Tomasz Kamiński, Krystyna Pawlak
Vascular calcification (VC) is highly prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and is strongly associated with cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Accumulating evidence over the past decade has challenged the hypothesis of close interaction between bone and VC what raises the possibility of a common underlying pathophysiological mechanism. Lately, bone regulatory proteins such as: osteoprotegerin (OPG) and Receptor Activator for Nuclear Factor κB Ligand (RANKL) has attracted attention of researchers as a possible key mediators of bone-vascular calcification imbalance...
February 8, 2017: Advances in Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28189040/an-anti-%C3%AE-v%C3%AE-3-antibody-inhibits-coronary-artery-atherosclerosis-in-diabetic-pigs
#19
L A Maile, W H Busby, G Xi, K P Gollahan, W Flowers, N Gafbacik, S Gafbacik, K Stewart, E P Merricks, T C Nichols, D A Bellinger, D R Clemmons
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Diabetes is a major risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis. Hyperglycemia stimulates vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) to secrete ligands that bind to the αVβ3 integrin, a receptor that regulates VSMC proliferation and migration. This study determined whether an antibody that had previously been shown to block αVβ3 activation and to inhibit VSMC proliferation and migration in vitro, inhibited the development of atherosclerosis in diabetic pigs. METHODS: Twenty diabetic pigs were maintained on a high fat diet for 22 weeks...
January 27, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28187467/protective-effects-of-ellagic-acid-on-cardiovascular-injuries-caused-by-hypertension-in-rats
#20
Juliana Bahia Reis Jordão, Hellen Karine Paes Porto, Flávio Marques Lopes, Aline Carvalho Batista, Matheus Lavorenti Rocha
Ellagic acid is described as having antioxidant and antiproliferative properties. Hence, it was hypothesized that ellagic acid could improve cardiovascular damage caused by hypertension. In this work, hypertension was induced in rats with Nω-Nitro-L-arginine methyl ester hydrochloride (60 mg/kg/day in drinking water) for 6 weeks. Ellagic acid was coadministered (10 or 30 mg/kg/day by gavage) between the second and sixth week. Blood pressure was recorded every week by tail-cuff plethysmography. After 6 weeks, the rats were sacrificed, the hearts and kidneys were weighed, and blood was collected...
February 10, 2017: Planta Medica
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