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cardiovascular computed tomography

Ana Claudia Gomes Pereira Petisco, Jorge Eduardo Assef, Carlos Alberto de Jesus, Mohamed Hassan Saleh, Jose Eduardo Martins Barbosa, David Costa de Souza Le Bihan, Ibraim Masciarelli França Pinto, Simone Rolim Fernandes Fontes Pedra, Rodrigo Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality among women in several countries. Early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis (SA) could enable the adoption of preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular events. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of SA in Brazilian asymptomatic postmenopausal women in Framingham Risk Score (FRS) low and intermediate groups. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) scans were performed in 138 asymptomatic postmenopausal women (56.1 ± 4.9 years of age) to survey for coronary artery and aortic calcification (CT scan) and assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and identify carotid plaques (US)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Francisco Sampaio, Nuno Bettencourt, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Vasco Gama
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Obesity is an important cardiovascular risk factor and the location of fat deposits seems to be an important determinant of its metabolic impact. Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) exerts a harmful effect on metabolic homeostasis, but few longitudinal studies have evaluated the prognostic impact of the ratio of VAT to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). This study aimed to evaluate whether the VAT/SAT ratio was associated with all-cause mortality and cardiac events...
October 17, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Nathan Elie Frenk, Fernando Sebastianes, Antonio Marcondes Lerario, Maria Candida Barisson Villares Fragoso, Berenice Bilharinho Mendonca, Marcos Roberto de Menezes
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the safety and long-term efficacy of computed tomography-guided percutaneous ethanol ablation for benign primary and secondary hyperfunctioning adrenal disorders. METHOD: We retrospectively evaluated the long-term results of nine patients treated with computed tomography-guided percutaneous ethanol ablation: eight subjects who presented with primary adrenal disorders, such as pheochromocytoma, primary macronodular adrenal hyperplasia and aldosterone-producing adenoma, and one subject with Cushing disease refractory to conventional treatment...
October 1, 2016: Clinics
H Fukasawa, M Kaneko, H Niwa, T Matsuyama, H Yasuda, H Kumagai, R Furuya
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Higher body mass index appears protective in hemodialysis patients, although it remains to be determined which component of muscle or fat mass is primarily associated with this survival advantage. SUBJECTS/METHODS: Eighty-one hemodialysis patients in our institution were prospectively followed from July 2011 to August 2015. Muscle and fat mass were evaluated by measuring the cross-sectional areas of the thigh and abdomen using computed tomography...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Nutrition
Charbel Saade, Fadi El-Merhi, Bassam El-Achkar, Racha Kerek, Thomas J Vogl, Gilbert Georges Maroun, Lamia Jamjoom, Hussain Al-Mohiy, Lena Naffa
CLINICAL RELEVANCE STATEMENT: Caudocranial scan direction and contrast injection timing based on measured patient vessel dynamics can significantly improve arterial and aneurysmal opacification and reduce both contrast and radiation dose in the assessment of thoracic aortic aneurysms (TAA) using helical thoracic computed tomography angiography (CTA). OBJECTIVES: To investigate opacification of the thoracic aorta and TAA using a caudocranial scan direction and a patient-specific contrast protocol...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
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
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
Lea Azour, Michael A Kadoch, Thomas J Ward, Corey D Eber, Adam H Jacobi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is often identified on routine chest computed tomography (CT). The purpose of our study was to evaluate whether ordinal scoring of CAC on non-gated, routine chest CT is an accurate predictor of Agatston score ranges in a community-based population, and in particular to determine the accuracy of an ordinal score of zero on routine chest CT. METHODS: Two thoracic radiologists reviewed consecutive same-day ECG-gated and routine non-gated chest CT scans of 222 individuals...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Gianluca Pontone, Laura Fusini, Maria De Luca, Francesco Pio Cafarelli, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Saima Mushtaq, Edoardo Conte, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Daniele Andreini, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Matteo Di Biase, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between an incremental model including cardiovascular risk factors, carotid disease, and inflammatory biomarkers to predict the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 134 consecutive and asymptomatic intermediate-risk patients (mean age 61 ± 9 years, 52% men) were enrolled. Each subject underwent circulating levels assessment of interleukin (IL)-2r, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and carotid and coronary artery evaluation using carotid ultrasound and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), respectively...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Michael Messerli, Fabian Rengier, Lotus Desbiolles, Niklas F Ehl, Ralf W Bauer, Sebastian Leschka, Hatem Alkadhi, Simon Wildermuth, Claas P Nähle
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (ADMIRE) on the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores by computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients underwent CAC imaging with dual-source 192-slice CT. Agatston, volume and mass score were calculated from filtered back projection (FBP) and iterative reconstructions with different levels of ADMIRE. Friedman test and Wilcoxon rank sum test were used for multiple comparisons of CAC values and the difference ratio among different ADMIRE groups using FBP as reference...
October 11, 2016: Academic Radiology
Lijie Zhu, Jingjing Liu, Chuanyu Gao, Wenli Zhao, Jing Que, Xianpei Wang, Datun Qi, Jun Liu, Wentao Xiao, Juanjuan Yan, Wentao Li, You Zhang, Honghui Yang
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes substantially increases the risk of cardiovascular disease (CAD) and is associated with an increased risk of CAD mortality. The purpose of this study was to investigate the differences in coronary artery plaque, coronary artery calcification (CAC) measured in outpatients with and without type 2 diabetes, and the occurrence rate of a major adverse cardiac event (MACE) throughout follow-up with the same patients. METHODS: Five hundred eighty-eight outpatients with suspected CAD comprising 208 diabetic and 380 non-diabetic patients were enrolled in this study...
2016: SpringerPlus
John J B Anderson, Bridget Kruszka, Joseph A C Delaney, Ka He, Gregory L Burke, Alvaro Alonso, Diane E Bild, Matthew Budoff, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND: Recent randomized data suggest that calcium supplements may be associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Using a longitudinal cohort study, we assessed the association between calcium intake, from both foods and supplements, and atherosclerosis, as measured by coronary artery calcification (CAC). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 5448 adults free of clinically diagnosed CVD (52% female; aged 45-84 years) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Jiantao Ma, Shih-Jen Hwang, Alison Pedley, Joseph M Massaro, Udo Hoffmann, Raymond T Chung, Emelia J Benjamin, Daniel Levy, Caroline S Fox, Michelle T Long
BACKGROUND & AIMS: The relations of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease to cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors are not fully understood. The objective of our study is to explore the bi-directional relationships of fatty liver to CVD risk factors. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated whether liver fat predicted the development of CVD risk factors and whether CVD risk factors predicted new onset fatty liver during 6 years of follow up in middle- to older-aged Framingham Heart Study participants...
October 8, 2016: Journal of Hepatology
Jean-François Sarrazin, François Philippon, Mikaël Trottier, Michel Tessier
Cardiovascular implantable electronic device (CIED) infection and prosthetic valve endocarditis (PVE) remain a diagnostic challenge. Cardiac imaging plays an important role in the diagnosis and management of patients with CIED infection or PVE. Over the past few years, cardiac radionuclide imaging has gained a key role in the diagnosis of these patients, and in assessing the need for surgery, mainly in the most difficult cases. Both (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography/computed tomography ((18)F-FDG PET/CT) and radiolabelled white blood cell single-photon emission computed tomography/computed tomography (WBC SPECT/CT) have been studied in these situations...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Eduardo Pozo, Pilar Agudo-Quilez, Antonio Rojas-González, Teresa Alvarado, María José Olivera, Luis Jesús Jiménez-Borreguero, Fernando Alfonso
Myocardial infarction and sudden cardiac death are frequently the first manifestation of coronary artery disease. For this reason, screening of asymptomatic coronary atherosclerosis has become an attractive field of research in cardiovascular medicine. Necropsy studies have described histopathological changes associated with the development of acute coronary events. In this regard, thin-cap fibroatheroma has been identified as the main vulnerable coronary plaque feature. Hence, many imaging techniques, such as coronary computed tomography, cardiac magnetic resonance or positron emission tomography, have tried to detect noninvasively these histomorphological characteristics with different approaches...
September 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Young-Mi Eun, Sung-Goo Kang, Sang-Wook Song
BACKGROUND: Prediabetes is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). While the association of impaired glucose tolerance with CVD has been shown in many studies, the relationship between impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and CVD remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores of participants with normal fasting glucose versus those with IFG, according to fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels, and to assess whether differences in CAC scores were independent of important confounders...
September 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
Eunjin Bae, Eun Yong Seong, Byoung-Geun Han, Dong Ki Kim, Chun Soo Lim, Shin-Wook Kang, Cheol Whee Park, Chan-Duck Kim, Byung Chul Shin, Sung Gyun Kim, Wookyung Chung, Jae Yoon Park, Joo Yeon Lee, Yon Su Kim
Introduction Patients with chronic kidney disease have an extremely high risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). In patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), coronary artery calcification (CAC) is associated with increased mortality from CVD. Methods The present study aimed to investigate the risk factors for CAC in Korean patients with incident dialysis. Data on 423 patients with ESRD who started dialysis therapy between December 2012 and March 2014 were obtained from 10 university-affiliated hospitals...
October 5, 2016: Hemodialysis International
Iván Ferraz-Amaro, Robert Winchester, Peter K Gregersen, Richard J Reynolds, Mary Chester Wasko, Anette Oeser, Cecilia P Chung, C Michael Stein, Jon T Giles, Joan M Bathon
OBJECTIVE: Coronary artery disease (CAD) in the general population is characterized by an increased frequency of particular susceptibility single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs). Since CAD is increased in rheumatoid arthritis (RA), we sought to determine whether the frequency of these SNPs are increased in RA patients with CAD, hypothesizing that RA could enhance CAD risk by acting through established genetic pathways predisposing to CAD. METHODS: CAD was assessed by coronary artery calcification (CAC) using computed-tomography in 561 patients with RA...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Laura Geraldino-Pardilla, Jon T Giles, Jeremy Sokolove, Afshin Zartoshti, William H Robinson, Matthew Budoff, Robert Detrano, Sabahat Bokhari, Joan M Bathon
OBJECTIVE: Citrullinated proteins have been found within atherosclerotic plaque. However, to date studies evaluating the association between anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs) and imaging measures of atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been limited to citrullinated-fibrinogen or citrullinated-vimentin seroreactivities and rendered contradictory results. Therefore, our objective was to evaluate this association using an extended panel of ACPAs in a larger sample of RA patients without clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
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