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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28531568/macronutrient-and-alcohol-intake-is-associated-with-intermuscular-adipose-tissue-in-a-randomly-selected-group-of-younger-and-older-men-and-women
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Kajsa Sjöholm, Lena Gripeteg, Ingrid Larsson
BACKGROUND: Alcohol and macronutrient intake have been found to be related to general and central body fat distribution. Intermuscular adipose tissue (IMAT) is a small ectopic fat depot located within the muscle bundles. IMAT is important for muscle function, mobility and energy homeostasis and also associated with cardiovascular- and diabetes-related risk factors. AIM: To test the hypothesis that macronutrient and alcohol intake is associated with IMAT. METHODS: 50 men and 50 women, randomly selected from the general population formed height- and weight-representative age groups of 50 younger (27-31 years) and 50 older (57-61 years) subjects...
June 2016: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526385/prevalence-of-skeletal-muscle-mass-loss-and-its-association-with-swallowing-function-after-cardiovascular-surgery
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Hidetaka Wakabayashi, Rimiko Takahashi, Naoko Watanabe, Hideyuki Oritsu, Yoshitaka Shimizu
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of skeletal muscle mass loss and its association with swallowing function in patients with dysphagia after cardiovascular surgery. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed in 65 consecutive patients with dysphagia after cardiovascular surgery who were prescribed speech therapy. Skeletal muscle index (SMI) was calculated as total psoas muscle area assessed via abdominal computed tomography divided by height squared...
June 2017: Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516090/lower-aorto-iliac-bifurcation-position-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-a-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Nketi I Forbang, Matthew A Allison, Michael H Criqui
BACKGROUND: With increasing age, a downward shift of the aorto-iliac bifurcation relative to the lumbar spine occurs. A lower bifurcation position is an independent marker for adverse vascular aging and is associated with increased burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors; however, the associations between lower bifurcation position and CVD events remain unknown. METHODS: Abdominal computed tomography scans were used to measure the aorto-iliac bifurcation distance (AIBD, distance from the aorto-iliac bifurcation to the L5/S1 disc space)...
October 2016: Aorta (Stamford, Conn.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514823/-fulminant-course-of-a-clostridium-perfringens-infection-with-pathognomonic-ct-finding
#4
Christoph Alexander Stückle, Christopher Sonntag, Magdalena Kulik, Thorsten Nitschke
History and clinical findings A 74-year old woman was accepted by the emergency room with severe chest and abdominal pain. She complained about regurgitation after ingestion of food followed by sharp pain in her breast. Investigations A first examination of the patient showed a tachypnoea und tachycardia up to 122 beats per minute, the body temperature measured on admission was 38.7 °C. Due to hemolysis only a few of the requested parameters could be evaluated. CRP was increased with 8.32 mg/dl. The hemoglobin dropped from 12...
May 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28505975/reduced-cardiovascular-functions-in%C3%A2-patients-with-alzheimer-s-disease
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Wang-Sheng Jin, Xian-Le Bu, Ye-Ran Wang, Ling Li, Wei-Wei Li, Yu-Hui Liu, Chi Zhu, Xiu-Qing Yao, Yang Chen, Chang-Yue Gao, Tao Zhang, Chang-Yue Gao, Hua-Dong Zhou, Fan Zeng, Yan-Jiang Wang
Previous studies have suggested that cardiovascular functions might play a critical role in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. However, the relationship among heart function, blood flow of cerebral vessels, and AD remains unclear. In the present study, AD patients (n = 34) and age- and gender-matched cognitively normal controls (n = 34) were recruited. Comorbidity information was collected. The ejection fraction was measured using echocardiography, and the mean velocity, pulsatility index (PI), and resistance index (RI) of the basilar artery (BA), left terminal internal carotid artery (LTICA), and right terminal internal carotid artery (RTICA) were measured using transcranial Doppler...
May 11, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502500/the-association-between-dietary-cholesterol-intake-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-korean-adults-the-kangbuk-samsung-health-study
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Eun-Jung Rhee, Seungho Ryu, Jong-Young Lee, Sung Ho Lee, EunSun Cheong, Se Eun Park, Cheol-Young Park, Yu Sam Won, Joon Mo Kim, Dong-Sik Cho, Hye-Kyung Chung, Ki Chul Sung
BACKGROUND: The Scientific Report of the Dietary Guidelines Advisory Committee (2015) concluded that restriction of dietary cholesterol is unnecessary in most adults for the prevention of cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to assess the risk for subclinical atherosclerosis according to coronary artery calcium score (CACS), based on dietary cholesterol intake in apparently healthy Korean adults. METHODS: This was a cross-sectional study performed in 30,068 participants (mean age 40...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499609/achilles-tendon-xanthomas-are-associated-with-the-presence-and-burden-of-subclinical-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia-a-pilot-study
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Leonardo C Mangili, Marcio H Miname, Pamela R S Silva, Marcio S Bittencourt, Viviane Z Rocha, Otavio C Mangili, Wilson Salgado Filho, Ana P Chacra, Cinthia E Jannes, Alexandre C Pereira, Raul D Santos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Achilles tendon xanthomas (ATX) are a sign of long-term exposure to high blood cholesterol in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) patients, which have been associated with cardiovascular disease. We evaluated the ATX association with the presence and extent of subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: 102 FH patients diagnosed by US-MEDPED criteria (67% with genetically proven FH), with median LDL-C 279 mg/dL (interquartile range: 240; 313), asymptomatic for cardiovascular disease, underwent computed tomography angiography and coronary artery calcium (CAC) quantification...
April 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493399/diagnosis-of-fatty-liver-by-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-score
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Sarah E Kerut, John T Balart, Edmund K Kerut, Michael R McMullan
Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may range from simple steatosis to fibrosis and cirrhosis. It is associated with the development of coronary artery calcification and appears to be an independent predictor of future adverse cardiovascular events. As the presence of a fatty liver appears to portray an independent increased risk, it may be beneficial to note this on coronary artery calcium scoring reports. Determination of fatty liver is relatively easy to perform. We discuss the method used by the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) study for determination of fatty liver from CT coronary artery calcium scoring acquisitions, which may be implemented in clinical analysis...
May 11, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28491157/infracardiac-type-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-return-with-obstruction-and-dilatation-of-portal-vein
#9
Felipe Aluja Jaramillo, Cristian Hernandez, Juan Pablo Garzón, Angela Paola Sánchez Herrera, Martha Lucia Velasco Morales
Total anomalous pulmonary venous return (TAPVR), also known as total anomalous pulmonary venous connection, is a congenital cardiovascular malformation that presents itself in the neonatal period, with cyanosis and tachypnea. There are 4 types of TAPVR with the mixed type being the least common. Any type of TAPVR may be associated with obstruction as result of flow redirection through the liver parenchyma before it may return to the heart, but infracardiac is the most common one. We report a case of a 10-hour-old female, with a mixed (cardiac and infracardiac) TAVPR with obstruction, that showed drainage to the coronary sinus and the portal vein, as the other classic findings in TAVPR, made with computed tomography angiography and echocardiogram...
June 2017: Radiology case reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28488348/pulmonary-artery-stiffness-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-copd-and-emphysema-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa-copd-study
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Chia-Ying Liu, Megha Parikh, David A Bluemke, Pallavi Balte, James Carr, Stephen Dashnaw, Hooman D Poor, Antoinette S Gomes, Eric A Hoffman, Steven M Kawut, Joao A C Lima, David A McAllister, Martin A Prince, Jens Vogel-Claussen, R Graham Barr
PURPOSE: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and particularly emphysema are characterized by stiffness of the aorta, due in part to accelerated elastin degradation in the lungs and aorta. Stiffness of the pulmonary arteries (PAs) may also be increased in COPD and emphysema, but data are lacking. We assessed PA stiffness using MRI in patients with COPD and related these measurements to COPD severity and percent emphysema. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) COPD Study recruited 290 participants, age 50-79 years with 10 or more packyears and free of clinical cardiovascular disease...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483812/coronary-plaque-characterization-in-psoriasis-reveals-high-risk-features-which-improve-following-treatment-in-a-prospective-observational-study
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Joseph B Lerman, Aditya A Joshi, Abhishek Chaturvedi, Tsion M Aberra, Amit K Dey, Justin A Rodante, Taufiq Salahuddin, Jonathan H Chung, Anshuma Rana, Heather L Teague, Jashin J Wu, Martin P Playford, Benjamin N Lockshin, Marcus Y Chen, Veit Sandfort, David A Bluemke, Nehal N Mehta
Background -Psoriasis, a chronic inflammatory disease associated with an accelerated risk of MI, provides an ideal human model to study inflammatory atherogenesis in vivo We hypothesized that the increased cardiovascular risk observed in psoriasis would be partially attributable to an elevated subclinical coronary artery disease (CAD) burden composed of non-calcified plaques with high-risk features. However, inadequate efforts have been made to directly measure CAD in this vulnerable population. As such, we sought to compare total (TB) and non-calcified (NCB) coronary plaque burden, and high-risk plaque (HRP) prevalence, between psoriasis patients (n=105), hyperlipidemic patients eligible for statin therapy under NCEP-ATP III guidelines (n=100) who were ~10 years older, and non-psoriasis healthy volunteers (HV) (n=25)...
May 8, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483581/prognostic-value-of-segment-involvement-score-compared-to-other-measures-of-coronary-atherosclerosis-by-computed-tomography-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Chadi Ayoub, Fernanda Erthal, Mahmoud A Abdelsalam, M Hassan Murad, Zhen Wang, Patricia J Erwin, Graham S Hillis, Leonard Kritharides, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: The segment involvement score (SIS) is a semiquantitative measure of the extent of atherosclerosis burden by coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). We sought to evaluate by meta-analysis the prognostic value of SIS, and to compare it with other CTA measures of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Electronic databases from 1946 to January 2016 were searched. Studies reporting SIS, or an equivalent measure by coronary CTA, and clinical outcomes were included...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28479451/prognostic-value-of-aortoiliac-calcification-score-in-kidney-transplantation-recipients
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Bertrand Chavent, Nicolas Maillard, Claire Boutet, Jean-Noël Albertini, Ambroise Duprey, Jean-Pierre Favre
BACKGROUND: Kidney recipients are increasingly older with arterial disease and extended arterial calcifications. In a kidney transplantation population, the prognosis value of aortic and iliac calcifications remains poorly explored. We aimed to assess the impact of pre-transplantation Aortoiliac vascular calcifications on patients, grafts survival and cardiovascular events. METHODS: This retrospective study included kidney transplantation patients from 2006 to 2012 for whom we had available pre-surgery abdominal computed tomography results (n=100)...
May 4, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28464401/prevalence-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-japanese-patients-with-psoriasis-a-close-correlation-with-bilateral-diagonal-earlobe-creases
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Masaru Honma, Takashi Shibuya, Takeshi Iwasaki, Shin Iinuma, Noriyoshi Takahashi, Mari Kishibe, Masako Minami-Hori, Akemi Ishida-Yamamoto
Psoriasis is a multifactorial inflammatory disorder, in which the inflammation affects not only the skin but also the other internal organs, and can induce cardiovascular and cerebrovascular involvements. However, few predictive factors of cardiovascular diseases have been clarified in patients with psoriasis. This study was performed to verify whether diagonal earlobe creases (ELC) can reflect the hidden comorbidities in Japanese psoriatic patients. Prevalence and subtypes of ELC were analyzed in patients with psoriatic and with non-psoriatic skin diseases, and the correlation with coronary artery calcification (CAC) or fatty liver (FL) detected by computed tomography...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28463971/pulmonary-hyperinflation-due-to-gas-trapping-and-pulmonary-artery-size-the-mesa-copd-study
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Hooman D Poor, Steven M Kawut, Chia-Ying Liu, Benjamin M Smith, Eric A Hoffman, João A Lima, Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Erin D Michos, Martin R Prince, R Graham Barr
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Since pulmonary artery (PA) size increases in pulmonary hypertension, we measured PA cross-sectional area using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to test the hypothesis that pulmonary hyperinflation due to gas trapping is associated with PA cross-sectional area in COPD. METHODS: The MESA COPD Study recruited participants with COPD and controls from two population-based cohort studies ages 50-79 years with 10 or more pack-years and free of clinical cardiovascular disease...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28460854/diagonal-earlobe-crease-frank-s-sign-a-predictor-of-cerebral-vascular-events
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Saleh Nazzal, Basem Hijazi, Luai Khalila, Arnon Blum
BACKGROUND: Frank's sign was first described in 1973 by an American physician (T. Frank). It is a diagonal crease in the earlobe which starts from the tragus to the edge of the auricle in an angle of 45 degrees in varying depths. Frank sign was described as a predictor of future coronary heart disease and peripheral vascular diseases. The aim of the study was to examine the association between Frank sign and the development of ischemic stroke. METHODS: A prospective study that enrolled consecutive patients admitted with an acute ischemic stroke...
April 28, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458703/the-association-between-gallstone-disease-and-plaque-in-the-abdominopelvic-arteries
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Halil İbrahim Serin, Yunus Keser Yilmaz, Yaşar Turan, Ergin Arslan, Mustafa Fatih Erkoç, Aytaç Doğan, Mehmet Celikbilek
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to assess the atheromatous plaque, in the abdominopelvic arteries as a marker of cardiac risk in patients with or without gallstone disease (GD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 136 patients were enrolled in this cross-sectional study. Forty-eight patients had GD and the remaining 88 patients did not. The presence or absence of gallstones was noted during abdominal ultrasonography while vascular risk factors such as plaque formation, intima-media thickness, plaque calcification, mural thrombus, stenosis, aneurysm, and inflammation were recorded during an abdominopelvic computed tomography scan...
2017: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456681/early-coronary-calcifications-are-related-to-cholesterol-burden-in-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Antonio Gallo, Philippe Giral, Alain Carrié, Valérie Carreau, Sophie Béliard, Randa Bittar, Marianna Maranghi, Marcello Arca, Philippe Cluzel, Alban Redheuil, Eric Bruckert, David Rosenbaum
BACKGROUND: The identification of high-risk patients with heterozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HeFH) that may benefit from early treatment is challenging. Coronary Artery Calcification (CAC) score accounts for coronary atherosclerotic burden. It has proven its accuracy in cardiovascular risk assessment in the general population but data in HeFH are lacking. OBJECTIVE: The aim of our study was to assess CAC prevalence and its relationship with lifelong cholesterol exposure, calculated by total cholesterol burden (TCB) in patients with HeFH...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454833/changes-in-cardiovascular-medication-after-coronary-artery-calcium-scanning-and-normal-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-symptomatic-patients
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Elsemiek M Engbers, Jorik R Timmer, Mohamed Mouden, Siert Knollema, Pieter L Jager, Jan Paul Ottervanger
The impact of coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring on subsequent changes in cardiovascular medication use in symptomatic patients with normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) findings is not well established. The aim of the current study was to evaluate changes in aspirin and statin use in patients suspected for coronary artery disease after CAC scoring and normal single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) MPI. METHODS: In the current study, 1,033 stable symptomatic patients without a known history of coronary artery disease with normal SPECT MPI who underwent concomitant CAC scoring were included...
April 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454832/rationale-and-design-of-the-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-for-selective-cardiac-catheterization-relation-to-cardiovascular-outcomes-cost-effectiveness-and-quality-of-life-conserve-trial
#20
Sang-Eun Lee, Fay Y Lin, Yao Lu, Hyuk-Jae Chang, James K Min
Although coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) has shown promise as a "gatekeeper" to invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in longitudinal cohort studies, it remains unknown whether the strategy of selective ICA by initial performance of CCTA is either safe or effective when compared with a direct ICA strategy in patients with an American Heart Association (AHA)/American College of Cardiology (ACC) guideline-directed indication for ICA. OBJECTIVES: The CONSERVE trial is a prospective randomized multicenter trial to determine the clinical effectiveness of "selective catheterization" vs "direct catheterization" strategies for stable patients with suspected but without known coronary artery disease, who meet AHA/ACC guideline indication for ICA...
April 2017: American Heart Journal
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