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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930197/red-blood-cell-eicosapentaenoic-acid-inversely-relates-to-mri-assessed-carotid-plaque-lipid-core-burden-in-elders-at-high-cardiovascular-risk
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Núria Bargalló, Rosa Gilabert, Edwin-Saúl Romero-Mamani, Montserrat Cofán, Philip C Calder, Montserrat Fitó, Dolores Corella, Jordi Salas-Salvadó, Miguel Ruiz-Canela, Ramon Estruch, Emilio Ros, Aleix Sala-Vila
Supplemental marine omega-3 eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) has an anti-atherosclerotic effect. Clinical research on EPA supplied by the regular diet and atherosclerosis is scarce. In the framework of the PREvención con DIeta MEDiterránea (PREDIMED) trial, we conducted a cross-sectional study in 161 older individuals at high vascular risk grouped into different stages of carotid atherosclerosis severity, including those without ultrasound-detected atheroma plaque (n = 38), with plaques <2.0 mm thick (n = 65), and with plaques ≥2...
September 20, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929697/-effects-of-berberine-on-serum-inflammatory-factors-and-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-patients-with-acute-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
#2
Ying Li, Pei Wang, Mei-Jing Chai, Fan Yang, Hong-Shan Li, Jing Zhao, Huan Wang, Dan-Dan Lu
This study aims to analyze the effect of berberine on serum inflammatory factors and carotid atherosclerotic plaques in ppatients with acute cerebral ischemic stroke(AIS). In the study, 120 patients with AIS were randomly divided into berberine group(n=60) and general group (n=60). The 60 cases in the general group were provided with general therapy according to the latest guidelines of diagnosis and treatment of AIS. The berberine group received berberine 300 mg(tid) in addition to the therapy of the general group...
November 2016: Zhongguo Zhong Yao za Zhi, Zhongguo Zhongyao Zazhi, China Journal of Chinese Materia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28920704/endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-a-potential-mechanism-for-atherosclerosis-plaque-progression-and-destabilization
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Afang Li, Wenxi Peng, Xiaodan Xia, Rongqing Li, Yu Wang, Dangheng Wei
Endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) is a cellular reprogramming mechanism by which endothelial cells acquire a mesenchymal phenotype. EndMT is associated with fibroproliferative diseases, such as cancer progression and metastasis and cardiac and kidney fibrosis, and this condition has been extensively investigated over the past decade. Recently, studies showed that EndMT contributes to the initiation and progression of atherosclerotic lesion and plaque destabilization. Unstable atherosclerotic plaque rupture and subsequent thrombosis are the main pathological causes of acute cardiovascular events...
September 18, 2017: DNA and Cell Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28916789/whole-body-and-hematopoietic-adam8-deficiency-does-not-influence-advanced-atherosclerotic-lesion-development-despite-its-association-with-human-plaque-progression
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Kosta Theodorou, Emiel P C van der Vorst, Marion J Gijbels, Ine M J Wolfs, Mike Jeurissen, Thomas L Theelen, Judith C Sluimer, Erwin Wijnands, Jack P Cleutjens, Yu Li, Yvonne Jansen, Christian Weber, Andreas Ludwig, Jacob F Bentzon, Jörg W Bartsch, Erik A L Biessen, Marjo M P C Donners
Although A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase 8 (ADAM8) is not crucial for tissue development and homeostasis, it has been implicated in various inflammatory diseases by regulating processes like immune cell recruitment and activation. ADAM8 expression has been associated with human atherosclerosis development and myocardial infarction, however a causal role of ADAM8 in atherosclerosis has not been investigated thus far. In this study, we examined the expression of ADAM8 in early and progressed human atherosclerotic lesions, in which ADAM8 was significantly upregulated in vulnerable lesions...
September 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28861889/red-yeast-rice-prevents-atherosclerosis-through-regulating-inflammatory-signaling-pathways
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Min Wu, Wen-Gao Zhang, Long-Tao Liu
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effects of red yeast rice (RYR) on blood lipid levels, aortic atherosclerosis (AS), and plaque stability in apolipoprotein E gene knockout (ApoE-/-) mice. METHODS: Twenty-four ApoE-/- mice were fed with a high-fat diet starting from 6 weeks of age. Mice were randomized into three groups (n = 8 in each group): model group (ApoE-/- group), RYR group (ApoE-/- + RYR group), and simvastatin group (ApoE-/- + simvastatin group). Eight 6-week-old C57BL/6 mice were assigned as the control group and fed with a basic diet...
September 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28843802/a-recurrent-case-of-ischemic-stroke-caused-by-vasospasm-due-to-giant-cell-arteritis
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Reina Kawamura, Atsushi Mizuma, Maiko Kouchi, Eiichiro Nagata, Wakoh Takahashi, Shunya Takizawa
A 73-year-old man was admitted with sudden right upper-limb weakness. He had a temporal headache on the left side and had a 4-month history of fever. Meandering of the left temporal artery (TA) with induration and high inflammatory responses (white blood cell count 22,500 per microliter, C-reactive protein 35.0 mg/dL, and elevated sedimentation rate [ESR] 80 mm/h) were observed. Glycometabolism and lipid metabolism were normal, and autoimmune antibodies were negative. Cultivation tests revealed no bacteria in either blood culture or cerebrospinal fluid...
August 23, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818258/imaging-of-high-risk-carotid-plaques-ultrasound
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Rafael S Cires-Drouet, Mahvash Mozafarian, Amir Ali, Siddhartha Sikdar, Brajesh K Lal
Duplex ultrasonography has a well-established role in the assessment of the degree of stenosis caused by carotid atherosclerosis. This assessment is derived from Doppler velocity changes induced by the narrowing lumen of the artery. New research into the mechanisms for plaque rupture and atheroembolic stroke indicates that the degree of narrowing is an imperfect predictor of stroke risk, and that other factors, such as plaque composition and remodeling and biomechanical forces acting on the plaque, can play a role...
March 2017: Seminars in Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808190/cholesterol-crystal-embolization-following-plaque-rupture-a-systemic-disease-with-unusual-features
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Firas Ghanem, Deepthi Vodnala, Jagadeesh K Kalavakunta, Sridevi Durga, Noah Thormeier, Prem Subramaniyam, Scott Abela, George S Abela
Cholesterol crystal embolic (CCE) syndrome is often a clinically challenging condition that has a poor prognostic implication. It is a result of plaque rupture with release of cholesterol crystals into the circulation that embolize into various tissue organs. Plaque rupture seems to be triggered by an expanding necrotic core during cholesterol crystallization forming sharp tipped crystals that perforate and tear the fibrous cap. Embolizing cholesterol crystals then initiate both local and systemic inflammation that eventually lead to vascular fibrosis and obstruction causing symptoms that can mimic other vasculitic conditions...
January 19, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766865/trapping-as-retrieval-technique-to-resolve-a-ruptured-and-entrapped-coronary-balloon-catheter
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Javier León Jiménez, Jessica Roa Garrido, Santiago Jesús Camacho Freire, José Francisco Díaz Fernández
A 69 year old male, with a previous percutaneous revascularization of the mid-circumflex with a bare metal stent in 2007 was admitted to our centre for unstable angina. The angiography showed a severely calcified coronary tree with a functionally severe plaque on the proximal left anterior descending artery (LAD) and a critical focal lesion on the proximal right coronary artery. After a high pressure predilation on the proximal LAD, the balloon ruptured causing a retrograde LAD-left main (LM) dissection that was rapidly sealed with three overlapping zotarolimus-eluting stents from medial LAD to LM...
August 2, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28765884/enhanced-expression-of-natriuretic-peptide-receptor-a-and-b-in-neutrophils-of-culprit-lesions-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Masashi Nakagawa, Takahiko Naruko, Kenichi Sugioka, Chizuko Kitabayashi, Nobuyuki Shirai, Masahiko Takagi, Minoru Yoshiyama, Masahiko Ohsawa, Makiko Ueda
Natriuretic peptides and their specific receptors have been suggested to have regulatory effects on smooth muscle cell (SMC) growth and inflammatory cell reactions. However, the roles of natriuretic peptide receptor A (NPR‑A) and B (NPR‑B) in unstable plaques remain to be studied in detail. Frozen sections from 82 coronary artery segments were used. These segments were obtained at autopsy from 13 patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI; 7 ruptured and 6 eroded plaques) and from 30 patients with non‑cardiovascular diseases...
September 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764841/non-st-elevation-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-comprehensive-review
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Tamunoinemi Bob-Manuel, Ikechuckwu Ifedili, Guy Reed, Uzoma N Ibebuogu, Rami N Khouzam
Non-ST elevation-acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) includes NSTE myocardial infarction and unstable angina. This patient population forms approximately two-thirds of all hospital admissions for ACS in the United States each year and is associated with an in-hospital mortality of 5%. NSTE-ACS is primarily due to an acute change in the supply and demand balance of coronary perfusion and myocardial oxygen consumption, because of the significant coronary artery obstruction presenting as plaque rupture or erosion...
September 2017: Current Problems in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28757518/pathological-quantification-of-carotid-artery-plaque-instability-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-endarterectomy
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Takao Konishi, Naohiro Funayama, Tadashi Yamamoto, Tohru Morita, Daisuke Hotta, Ryota Nomura, Yusuke Nakagaki, Takeo Murahashi, Kenji Kamiyama, Tetsuyuki Yoshimoto, Takeshi Aoki, Hiroshi Nishihara, Shinya Tanaka
BACKGROUND: Unstable atherosclerotic carotid plaques cause cerebral thromboemboli and ischemic events. However, this instability has not been pathologically quantified, so we sought to quantify it in patients undergoing carotid endarterectomy (CEA).Methods and Results:Carotid plaques were collected during CEA from 67 symptomatic and 15 asymptomatic patients between May 2015 and August 2016. The specimens were stained with hematoxylin-eosin and elastica-Masson. Immunohistochemistry was performed using an endothelial-specific antibody to CD31, CD 34 and PDGFRβ...
July 29, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754436/sex-differences-in-coronary-atherosclerosis-progression-and-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Hui Gu, Yang Gao, Haiping Wang, Zhihui Hou, Lei Han, Ximing Wang, Bin Lu
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the influence of coronary atherosclerosis progression on the risk of major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Similarly, differences between men and women regarding atherosclerosis progression are poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the progression of coronary atherosclerosis by coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) in men and women, and to evaluate its prognostic value regarding MACE. METHODS: This study included 1046 patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) who underwent serial coronary CTA because of new or worsening symptoms or because follow-up coronary CTA had been recommended by attending physicians...
July 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754399/relation-between-superficial-calcifications-and-plaque-rupture-an-optical-coherence-tomography-study
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Yefei Zhan, Yingying Zhang, Jingbo Hou, Guochang Lin, Bo Yu
BACKGROUND: There are several forms of calcium deposition, which play different roles in the stability of the coronary artery. It remains unknown whether certain calcification morphological characteristics determine rupture of lipid-rich lesions in the same plaque in acute coronary syndrome (ACS). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 550 patients with ACS between May 2008 and October 2014, who had undergone preintervention optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging examination...
August 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739184/carotid-plaque-instability-is-not-related-to-quantity-but-to-elemental-composition-of-calcification
#15
S Bischetti, M Scimeca, E Bonanno, M Federici, L Anemona, R Menghini, S Casella, M Cardellini, A Ippoliti, A Mauriello
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent studies highlighted the role of calcification processes in the clinical progression of chronic cardiovascular diseases. In this study we investigated the relationship between the chemical composition of calcification and atherosclerotic plaque stability in carotid arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS: To this end, we characterized the calcification on 229 carotid plaques, by morphology, immunohistochemistry, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis...
September 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28738484/-correlation-between-serum-inflammatory-cytokine-levels-and-fibrous-cap-thickness-of-fibrofatty-plaque-in-coronary-culprit-lesions
#16
Y Zhong, F Ye, W You, Z M Wu
Objective: To identify the correlation between serum inflammatory cytokine levels including high sensitive C reactive protein (hs-CRP) and lipoprotein associated phospholipase (Lp-PLA2) and the fibrous cap thickness of fibrofatty plaque in coronary culprit lesions. Methods: Clinical data of 117 patients with selective coronary artery angiography diagnosed coronary artery disease admitted to our hospital from January 2015 to January 2016 were retrospective analyzed. According to type of coronary disease, patients were divided into 3 subgroups: SAP group (containing 47 stable angina patients), UAP group (containing 52 unstable angina patients), and NSTEMI group(containing 18 acute non ST segment elevation myocardial infarction patients)...
July 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731888/elevated-plasma-levels-of-mac-2-binding-protein-predict-poor-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
#17
Hao Xie, Zhun Zhang, Liming Chen, Pu Zhang, Yuqi Cui, Hang Liu, Hongrui Ma, Yufan Jiang, Ying Wang, Le Yang, Hongpeng Wu, Lianqun Cui
BACKGROUND: Mac-2 binding protein (M2BP) is an inflammatory glycoprotein associated with carotid atherosclerosis and all-cause mortality in patients with suspected coronary artery diseases. We aimed to explore the potential association of plasma M2BP levels with unstable plaque morphology and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We compared plasma M2BP levels among three groups: 216 patients with ACS, 82 patients with stable angina pectoris, and 50 controls...
July 20, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706117/age-specific-sex-differences-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-depicted-carotid-intraplaque-hemorrhage
#18
Navneet Singh, Alan R Moody, Bowen Zhang, Isabella Kaminski, Kush Kapur, Stephanie Chiu, Pascal N Tyrrell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke rates are higher in men compared with women in the fourth through seventh decades of life, and higher rates may result from differences in carotid intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH), an unstable atherosclerotic plaque component. We report age-specific sex differences in the presence of magnetic resonance imaging-depicted carotid IPH. METHODS: Patients (n=1115) underwent magnetic resonance imaging for carotid IPH between 2005 and 2014. Low-grade carotid stenosis patients (n=906) without prior endarterectomy were eligible for this cross-sectional study...
August 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689783/immune-complexes-containing-malondialdehyde-mda-ldl-induce-apoptosis-in-human-macrophages
#19
Gabriel Virella, Kelsey Wilson, Johnathon Elkes, Samar M Hammad, Hussein A Rajab, Yanchun Li, Charlyne Chassereau, Yan Huang, Maria Lopes-Virella
Immune complexes (IC) containing predominantly malondialdehyde-LDL and the corresponding autoantibodies (MDA-LDL IC) predict acute cardiovascular events, while IC rich in oxidized LDL (oxLDL IC) predict cardiovascular disease progression. Our objective was to determine mechanisms that could explain these prognostic differences. We compared the effects of the interaction of oxLDL, MDA-LDL and the corresponding IC with human macrophages focusing on apoptosis, metalloproteinases, and proinflammatory cytokines...
July 6, 2017: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686117/predicting-ischemic-stroke-after-carotid-artery-stenting-based-on-proximal-calcification-and-the-jellyfish-sign
#20
Nobuhiko Ichinose, Seiji Hama, Toshio Tsuji, Zu Soh, Hideaki Hayashi, Yoshihiro Kiura, Shigeyuki Sakamoto, Takahito Okazaki, Daizo Ishii, Katsuhiro Shinagawa, Kaoru Kurisu
OBJECTIVE Carotid artery stenting (CAS) has been considered to prevent ischemic strokes caused by stenosis of the cervical carotid artery. The most common complication of CAS is new cerebral infarction. The authors have previously reported that the jellyfish sign-the rise and fall of the mobile component of the carotid plaque surface detected by carotid ultrasonography-suggests thinning and rupture of the fibrous cap over the unstable plaque content, such as the lipid-rich necrotic core or internal plaque hemorrhage...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Neurosurgery
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