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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921324/statins-and-mortality-the-untold-story
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Michael S Kostapanos, Moses S Elisaf
Statins are first-line evidence-based drugs for the management of dyslipidaemias and to reduce the risk of cardiovascular events. However, statin clinical trials have shown marginally significant benefits on mortality, especially in the primary prevention setting. A major limitation of those trials is their relatively short follow-up. A reduced number of fatal events within a 5-year follow-up make mortality benefits unlikely to arise. This is particularly relevant for the primary prevention trials, whereby the risk of cardiovascular death is low...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921043/metabolic-vascular-syndrome-new-insights-into-a-multidimensional-network-of-risk-factors-and-diseases
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REVIEW
Gerhard H Scholz, Markolf Hanefeld
BACKGROUND: Since 1981, we have used the term metabolic syndrome to describe an association of a dysregulation in lipid metabolism (high triglycerides, low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, disturbed glucose homeostasis (enhanced fasting and/or prandial glucose), gout, and hypertension), with android obesity being based on a common soil (overnutrition, reduced physical activity, sociocultural factors, and genetic predisposition). We hypothesized that main traits of the syndrome occur early and are tightly connected with hyperinsulinemia/insulin resistance, procoagulation, and cardiovascular diseases...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914500/effect-of-l-arginine-asymmetric-dimethylarginine-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-on-ischemic-heart-disease-risk-a-mendelian-randomization-study
#3
Shiu Lun Au Yeung, Shi Lin Lin, Hung San Hugh Simon Lam, Catherine Mary Schooling
BACKGROUND: l-arginine is a commonly consumed dietary conditional essential amino acid found in food items and supplements, which is closely related to asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA) and symmetric dimethylarginine (SDMA). l-arginine is thought to increase nitric oxide and be cardioprotective, whereas ADMA and SDMA may inhibit nitric oxide synthesis and increase cardiovascular disease risk. Unexpectedly, l-arginine increased mortality in a small trial. To clarify the effects of these potential targets of intervention, we assessed the risk of ischemic heart disease (IHD) by genetically determined l-arginine, ADMA, and SDMA...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910864/renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system-gene-polymorphisms-in-gestational-hypertension-and-preeclampsia-a-case-control-gene-association-study
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Xun Li, Hongzhuan Tan, Shujin Zhou, Shimin Hu, Tianyi Zhang, Yangfen Li, Qianru Dou, Zhiwei Lai, Fenglei Chen
Pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH, including preeclampsia [PE] and gestational hypertension [GH]) and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) have some metabolic changes and risk factors in common. Many studies have reported associations between single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) of renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) genes and CVDs (particularly hypertension), and their findings have provided candidate SNPs for research on genetic correlates of PIH. We explored the association between hypertension-related RAAS SNPs and PIH in a Chinese population...
December 2, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910804/sudden-cardiac-death-a-nationwide-cohort-study-among-the-young
#5
Bjarke Risgaard
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a tragic event affecting millions of individuals worldwide. Although several studies have investigated the epidemiology of SCD, these studies may have been affected by reporting and referral biases, which are reflected in the very different incidence rates and causes of deaths that have previously been reported. Among SCD victims aged < 36 years, inherited cardiac diseases are well known to play an important role. However, the extent to which inherited cardiac diseases also play a role in SCD victims aged < 50 years has not been completely described...
December 2016: Danish Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908540/the-role-of-race-and-ethnicity-in-sleep-circadian-rhythms-and-cardiovascular-health
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REVIEW
Kieren J Egan, Kristen L Knutson, Alexandre C Pereira, Malcolm von Schantz
In recent years, strong evidence has emerged suggesting that insufficient duration, quality, and/or timing of sleep are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), and various mechanisms for this association have been proposed. Such associations may be related to endophenotypic features of the sleep homeostat and the circadian oscillator, or may be state-like effects of the environment. Here, we review recent literature on sleep, circadian rhythms and CVD with a specific emphasis on differences between racial/ethnic groups...
June 3, 2016: Sleep Medicine Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908349/truncating-flnc-mutations-are-associated-with-high-risk-dilated-and-arrhythmogenic-cardiomyopathies
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Martín F Ortiz-Genga, Sofía Cuenca, Matteo Dal Ferro, Esther Zorio, Ricardo Salgado-Aranda, Vicente Climent, Laura Padrón-Barthe, Iria Duro-Aguado, Juan Jiménez-Jáimez, Víctor M Hidalgo-Olivares, Enrique García-Campo, Chiara Lanzillo, M Paz Suárez-Mier, Hagith Yonath, Sonia Marcos-Alonso, Juan P Ochoa, José L Santomé, Diego García-Giustiniani, Jorge L Rodríguez-Garrido, Fernando Domínguez, Marco Merlo, Julián Palomino, María L Peña, Juan P Trujillo, Alicia Martín-Vila, Davide Stolfo, Pilar Molina, Enrique Lara-Pezzi, Francisco E Calvo-Iglesias, Eyal Nof, Leonardo Calò, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Juan R Gimeno-Blanes, Michael Arad, Pablo García-Pavía, Lorenzo Monserrat
BACKGROUND: Filamin C (encoded by the FLNC gene) is essential for sarcomere attachment to the plasmatic membrane. FLNC mutations have been associated with myofibrillar myopathies, and cardiac involvement has been reported in some carriers. Accordingly, since 2012, the authors have included FLNC in the genetic screening of patients with inherited cardiomyopathies and sudden death. OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to demonstrate the association between truncating mutations in FLNC and the development of high-risk dilated and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathies...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906007/what-happens-to-cardiovascular-system-behind-the-undetectable-level-of-hiv-viremia
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REVIEW
Gabriella d'Ettorre, Giancarlo Ceccarelli, Paolo Pavone, Pietro Vittozzi, Gabriella De Girolamo, Ivan Schietroma, Sara Serafino, Noemi Giustini, Vincenzo Vullo
Despite the combined antiretroviral therapy has improved the length and quality of life of HIV infected patients, the survival of these patients is always decreased compared with the general population. This is the consequence of non-infectious illnesses including cardio vascular diseases. In fact large studies have indicated an increased risk of coronary atherosclerotic disease, myocardial infarction even in HIV patients on cART. In HIV infected patients several factors may contribute to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular problems: life-style, metabolic parameters, genetic predisposition, viral factors, immune activation, chronic inflammation and side effects of antiretroviral therapy...
April 27, 2016: AIDS Research and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905470/a-previously-unreported-impact-of-a-pla2g7-gene-polymorphism-on-the-plasma-levels-of-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-activity-and-mass
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Yue Qi, Dong Zhao, Zhangrong Jia, Wei Wang, Miao Wang, Jiayi Sun, Jun Liu, Yan Li, Wuxiang Xie, Jing Liu
Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) levels are associated with the development of atherosclerosis. We aimed to assess the genetic determinants of Lp-PLA2 activity and mass by genotyping multiple polymorphisms in PLA2G7, the gene encoding Lp-PLA2, among 1258 participants from the Chinese Multi-provincial Cohort Study-Beijing Project. The Sequenom MassARRAY system, Taqman assay and direct sequencing were adopted. For the first time, the rs13218408 polymorphism was found to be significantly associated with reduced Lp-PLA2 levels...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904507/impact-of-variants-in-cetp-and-apo-ai-genes-on-serum-hdl-cholesterol-levels-in-men-and-women-from-the-polish-population
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Marta Włodarczyk, Małgorzata Wrzosek, Grażyna Nowicka, Beata Jabłonowska-Lietz
INTRODUCTION: Polymorphisms in the cholesterol ester transfer protein (CETP) gene and apolipoprotein AI (apo AI) gene are identified as the most common genetic factors influencing high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL cholesterol) levels. Low HDL cholesterol is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease. We investigated the effect of the TaqIB polymorphism of the CETP gene and the 75G/A polymorphism of the apo AI gene on the HDL cholesterol concentration in a sample of Polish adults...
December 1, 2016: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900865/-treatment-of-dyslipidemia-is-here-still-place-for-cetp-inhibitors
#11
Ján Murín, Miroslav Pernický, Soňa Kiňová
In the treatment of dyslipidemias about 5-6 years back a new class of drugs emerged, CETP (cholesteryl ester transfer protein)-inhibitors. Their benefit was due to an increase of HDL-cholesterol (HDL-C) serum levels. This treatment mode was supported by epidemiological and clinical studies, as people with high serum HDL-C levels suffered less from cardiovascular (CV) events. Three studies with CETP inhibitors (ILLUMINATE with torcetrapib, dal-OUTCOMES with dalcetrapib and ACCELERATE with evacetrapib) were unfortunately negative, and torcetrapib was even harmful to patients due to an increase of aldosterone serum levels...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899944/epidemiology-and-genetics-of-ventricular-fibrillation-during-acute-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Charlotte Glinge, Stefan Sattler, Reza Jabbari, Jacob Tfelt-Hansen
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) from ventricular fibrillation (VF) during coronary artery disease (CAD) is a leading cause of total and cardiovascular mortality, and in more than half of SCD cases VF occurs as the first symptom of CAD. Several epidemiological studies have shown that sudden death of a family member is a risk factor for SCD and VF during acute myocardial infarction (MI), independent of traditional risk factors including family history of MI, suggesting a genetic component in the susceptibility to VF...
September 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899403/meta-analysis-of-genome-wide-association-studies-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-identifies-four-new-disease-specific-risk-loci
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Gregory T Jones, Gerard Tromp, Helena Kuivaniemi, Solveig Gretarsdottir, Annette F Baas, Betti Giusti, Ewa Strauss, Femke N van 't Hof, Thomas Webb, Robert Erdman, Marylyn D Ritchie, James R Elmore, Anurag Verma, Sarah Pendergrass, Iftikhar J Kullo, Zi Ye, Peggy L Peissig, Omri Gottesman, Shefali S Verma, Jennifer Malinowski, Laura J Rasmussen-Torvik, Kenneth Borthwick, Diane T Smelser, David R Crosslin, Mariza de Andrade, Evan J Ryer, Catherine A McCarty, Erwin P Bottinger, Jennifer A Pacheco, Dana C Crawford, David S Carrell, Glenn S Gerhard, David P Franklin, David J Carey, Victoria L Phillips, Michael J Williams, Wenhua Wei, Ross Blair, Andrew A Hill, Thodur M Vasudevan, David R Lewis, Ian A Thomson, Jo Krysa, Geraldine B Hill, Justin Roake, Tony R Merriman, Grzegorz Oszkinis, Silvia Galora, Claudia Saracini, Rosanna Abbate, Raffaele Pulli, Carlo Pratesi, Athanasios Saratzis, Anna Verissimo, Suzannah J Bumpstead, Stephen A Badger, Rachel E Clough, Gillian W Cockerill, Hany Hafez, D J Scott, T S Futers, Simon P Romaine, Katherine Bridge, Kathryn J Griffin, Marc A Bailey, Alberto Smith, Matt M Thompson, Frank van Bockxmeer, Stefan E Matthiasson, Gudmar Thorleifsson, Unnur Thorsteinsdottir, Jan D Blankensteijn, Joep A Teijink, Cisca Wijmenga, Jacqueline de Graaf, Lambertus A Kiemeney, Jes S Lindholt, Anne E Hughes, Declan T Bradley, Kathleen Stirrups, Jonathan Golledge, Paul E Norman, Janet T Powell, Steve E Humphries, Stephen E Hamby, Alison H Goodall, Christopher P Nelson, Natzi Sakalihasan, Audrey Courtois, Robert E Ferrell, Per Eriksson, Lasse Folkersen, Anders Franco-Cereceda, John D Eicher, Andrew D Johnson, Christer Betsholtz, Arno Ruusalepp, Oscar Franzén, Eric Schadt, Johan L Björkegren, Leonard Lipovich, Anne M Drolet, Eric Verhoeven, Clark J Zeebregts, Robert H Geelkerken, Marc R van Sambeek, Steven M van Sterkenburg, Jean-Paul P de Vries, Kari Stefansson, John R Thompson, Paul I de Bakker, Panos Deloukas, Robert D Sayers, Seamus Harrison, Andre M van Rij, Nilesh J Samani, Matthew J Bown
RATIONALE: Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a complex disease with both genetic and environmental risk factors. Together, 6 previously identified risk loci only explain a small proportion of the heritability of AAA. OBJECTIVE: To identify additional AAA risk loci using data from all available genome-wide association studies (GWAS). METHODS AND RESULTS: Through a meta-analysis of 6 GWAS datasets and a validation study totalling 10,204 cases and 107,766 controls we identified 4 new AAA risk loci: 1q32...
November 29, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894865/the-genetic-component-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortic-dilation-an-exome-wide-association-study
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Marina Gago-Díaz, María Brion, Pastora Gallego, Francisco Calvo, Juan Robledo-Carmona, Daniel Saura, Violeta Sánchez, Javier Bermejo, Teresa Sevilla, Christopher Newton-Cheh, Ángel Carracedo, J Daniel Muehlschlegel, David García-Dorado, Simon C Body, Artur Evangelista
BACKGROUND: Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common cardiovascular congenital malformation affecting 2% of the general population. The incidence of life-threatening complications, the high heritability, and familial clustering rates support the interest in identifying risk or protective genetic factors. The main objective of the present study was to identify population-based genetic variation associated with bicuspid aortic valve and concomitant ascending aortic dilation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional exome-wide association study was conducted in 565 Spanish cases and 484 controls...
November 25, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893808/common-polymorphisms-in-the-5-lipoxygenase-pathway-and-risk-of-incident-myocardial-infarction-a-danish-case-cohort-study
#15
Anders Gammelmark, Michael S Nielsen, Søren Lundbye-Christensen, Anne Tjønneland, Erik B Schmidt, Kim Overvad
BACKGROUND: The 5-lipoxygenase pathway (5-LOX) has been implicated in the development of cardiovascular disease and studies have suggested that genetic polymorphisms related to key enzymes in this pathway may confer risk of myocardial infarction (MI). This study investigated the association of pre-selected genetic polymorphisms in four candidate genes of 5-LOX (arachidonate 5-lipoxygenase and its activating protein (ALOX-5 and FLAP), leukotriene A4 hydroxylase (LTA4-H) and leukotriene C4 synthase (LTC4-S)) with incident MI...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891353/association-of-c-reactive-protein-rs1205-gene-polymorphism-with-susceptibility-to-psoriasis-in-south-indian-tamils
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Anjana Sudhesan, Medha Rajappa, Laxmisha Chandrashekar, Palghat Hariharan Ananthanarayanan, Devinder Mohan Thappa, Santhosh Satheesh, Adithan Chandrasekaran, Panneer Devaraju
INTRODUCTION: Psoriasis is a multi-factorial heritable T-helper Th-1/Th-17 mediated inflammatory disease, affecting the skin. It is associated with co-morbidities such as Cardiovascular Disease (CVD). C-Reactive Protein (CRP) is a good inflammatory marker. CRP rs1205 polymorphism is associated with circulating plasma CRP levels. Although there is association between the rs1205 Single Nucleotide Polymorphism (SNP) and CVD, there are no prior reports regarding the association of CRP rs1205 SNP with psoriasis susceptibility...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891067/are-healthy-smokers-really-healthy
#17
REVIEW
Zijing Zhou, Ping Chen, Hong Peng
Cigarette smoke contains more than 4500 chemicals which have toxic, mutagenic and carcinogenic effects. Strong evidences have shown that current smokers take a significantly higher risk of cardiovascular diseases, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung cancer than nonsmokers. However, less attention has been paid to the smoking induced abnormalities in the individuals defined as healthy smokers who are normal with spirometry, radiographic images, routine physical exam and categorized as healthy control group in many researches...
2016: Tobacco Induced Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888869/latest-advances-in-chronic-pancreatitis
#18
J Enrique Domínguez-Muñoz
This article summarizes some of the recent and clinically relevant advances in chronic pancreatitis. These advances mainly concern the definition of the disease, the etiological diagnosis of idiopathic disease, the correlation between fibrosis degree and pancreatic secretion in the early stages of chronic pancreatitis, the treatment of the disease and of pain, the clinical relevance of pancreatic exocrine insufficiency, and the diagnosis of autoimmune pancreatitis. A new mechanistic definition of chronic pancreatitis has been proposed...
September 2016: Gastroenterología y Hepatología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888760/relationship-between-selected-dna-polymorphisms-and-coronary-artery-disease-complications
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Marcin Wirtwein, Olle Melander, Marketa Sjőgren, Michal Hoffmann, Krzysztof Narkiewicz, Marcin Gruchala, Wojciech Sobiczewski
BACKGROUND: Coronary heart disease (CHD) development is complex in origin, with contributions from well-defined lifestyle and not well-determined genetic risk factors. The aim of this study is to report the relationship between certain SNPs and the risk of cardiovascular (CV) complications in patients with CAD confirmed by coronary angiography. METHODS: In the present study, 1345 subjects with CHD were included. The median follow-up period was 8.6years. 19 SNPs were investigated for any association with Major Advanced CV Events (MACE), Acute Coronary Syndromes (ACS) and Revascularizations...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882376/plasma-levels-of-the-anti-coagulation-protein-c-and-the-risk-of-ischaemic-heart-disease-a-mendelian-randomisation-study
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C Mary Schooling, Yi Zhong
Protein C is an environmentally modifiable anticoagulant, which protects against venous thrombosis, whether it also protects against ischaemic heart disease is unclear, based on observational studies and relatively small genetic studies. It was our study aim to clarify the role of protein C in ischaemic heart disease the risk of coronary artery disease/myocardial infarction (CAD/MI) was assessed according to genetically predicted protein C in very large studies. Associations with lipids and diabetes were similarly assessed to rule out effects via traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors...
November 24, 2016: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
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