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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29787872/development-of-a-preoperative-simulation-technique-for-carotid-endarterectomy-in-patients-with-contrast-contraindications
#1
Shunsuke Nomura, Motohiro Hayashi, Tatsuya Ishikawa, Koji Yamaguchi, Takakazu Kawamata
OBJECTIVE: Vascular and osteological parameters, such as the heights of the carotid bifurcation and distal end of the plaque, are important preoperative considerations for patients undergoing carotid stenosis procedures such as carotid endarterectomy. However, for patients with contrast contraindications such as allergies or nephropathies, three-dimensional computed tomography angiography (3D-CTA) is unavailable, and preoperative evaluation remains challenging. In the present study, we aimed to develop a preoperative simulation for use in patients with contrast-contraindicated carotid stenosis...
May 19, 2018: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753395/quantitative-extent-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-the-major-epicardial-coronary-arteries-in-patients-with-fatal-coronary-heart-disease-in-coronary-endarterectomy-specimens-in-aorta-coronary-saphenous-venous-conduits-and-means-to-prevent-the-plaques-a-review
#2
William C Roberts
This review tries to answer the following 15 questions: Is atherosclerosis a systemic or a regional disease? Is atherosclerosis in any particular region focal or diffuse? What is the quantity of atherosclerotic plaques in endarterectomy specimens of the right coronary artery in patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) compared to that in the right coronary artery in patients with fatal coronary artery disease? How do the units used for measuring arterial narrowing by angiography compare to the units used for measuring arterial narrowing at necropsy? What do atherosclerotic plaques consist of in coronary arteries in patients with fatal coronary disease? What is the quantity of atherosclerotic plaque in bypassed -vs- non-bypassed native coronary arteries in patients dying early (<60 days) or late (>60 days) after coronary artery bypass grafting? What is the frequency of acute coronary lesions and multi-luminal channels at necropsy in patients with unstable angina pectoris, sudden coronary death, and acute myocardial infarction? What is the mechanism of luminal widening by angioplasty in the coronary arteries? What observations suggest that atherosclerotic plaques are the result at least in part of organization of thrombi? Is atherosclerosis a multifactoral or a unifactoral disease? What characteristics distinguish carnivores and herbivores? What are reasonable guidelines for whom to treat with lipid-altering agents? What is the rule of 5 and the rule of 7 in statin therapy? What is the effect of lipid lowering drug therapy on coronary luminal narrowing? What are some requisites for a healthy life?...
March 27, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29700689/imaging-inflammation-in-atherosclerotic-plaques-just-make-it-easy
#3
EDITORIAL
Fabien Hyafil, Jonathan Vigne
The presence of inflammatory cells is a hallmark of unstable atherosclerotic plaques. Several imaging approaches have been developed for the noninvasive detection of inflammatory activities in atherosclerotic plaques. Positron emission tomography (PET) imaging with the injection of 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) is currently the most widely used imaging technique to evaluate the density of activated macrophages in atherosclerotic plaques. Nevertheless, FDG-PET imaging has logistical and technical constraints that represent an important obstacle to the wider use of this approach for the evaluation of patients with atherosclerosis...
April 26, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29674769/helicobacter-cinaedi-associated-carotid-arteritis
#4
Shinichiro Nakao, Hideharu Hagiya, Keigo Kimura, Tomomi Mitsui, Akane Oyama, Kazuhiro Hongyo, Yusuke Takahashi, Futoshi Nakagami, Kazunori Tomono, Hiromi Rakugi
A 65-year-old Japanese man with bilateral carotid atherosclerosis presented with right neck pain and fever. Contrast-enhanced computed tomography suggested carotid arteritis, and carotid ultrasonography showed an unstable plaque. The patient developed a cerebral embolism, causing a transient ischemic attack. Helicobacter cinaedi was detected in blood culture, and H. cinaedi-associated carotid arteritis was diagnosed. Empirical antibiotic therapy was administered for 6 weeks. After readmission for recurrent fever, he was treated another 8 weeks...
April 2018: Acta Medica Okayama
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29669944/neutrophil-subsets-and-their-gene-signature-associate-with-vascular-inflammation-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-lupus
#5
Philip M Carlucci, Monica M Purmalek, Amit K Dey, Yenealem Temesgen-Oyelakin, Simantini Sakhardande, Aditya A Joshi, Joseph B Lerman, Alice Fike, Michael Davis, Jonathan H Chung, Martin P Playford, Mohammad Naqi, Pragnesh Mistry, Gustavo Gutierrez-Cruz, Stefania Dell'Orso, Faiza Naz, Taufiq Salahuddin, Balaji Natarajan, Zerai Manna, Wanxia L Tsai, Sarthak Gupta, Peter Grayson, Heather Teague, Marcus Y Chen, Hong-Wei Sun, Sarfaraz Hasni, Nehal N Mehta, Mariana J Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is associated with enhanced risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease not explained by Framingham risk score (FRS). Immune dysregulation associated to a distinct subset of lupus proinflammatory neutrophils (low density granulocytes; LDGs) may play key roles in conferring enhanced CV risk. This study assessed if lupus LDGs are associated with in vivo vascular dysfunction and inflammation and coronary plaque. METHODS: SLE subjects and healthy controls underwent multimodal phenotyping of vascular disease by quantifying vascular inflammation (18F-fluorodeoxyglucose-PET/CT [18F-FDG-PET/CT]), arterial dysfunction (EndoPAT and cardio-ankle vascular index), and coronary plaque burden (coronary CT angiography)...
April 19, 2018: JCI Insight
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29606297/ultra-rapid-progression-of-coronary-artery-disease-or-undiagnosed-unstable-plaque-a-brief-review-from-a-case-report
#6
REVIEW
Fernando Montenegro Sá, Catarina Ruivo, Luís Graça Santos, Alexandre Antunes, Francisco Campos Soares, José Baptista, João Morais
Coronary artery disease rarely manifests itself in the first decades of life, which explains why this population is underrepresented in clinical studies. The mechanisms and natural history of the disease seem to differ between this population and older patients. Recent studies suggest a more rapid disease progression in youth, presenting more unstable atherosclerotic plaques, although this correlation has yet to be proven. In this paper, we present the case of a 41-year-old man who presented with a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction, with percutaneous coronary intervention of the culprit lesion (70-90% lesion at bifurcation of the circumflex artery with the first marginal obtuse artery and a sub-occlusive lesion of the ramus intermedius)...
March 29, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29602139/new-methods-to-image-unstable-atherosclerotic-plaques
#7
REVIEW
Jack P M Andrews, Zahi A Fayad, Marc R Dweck
Atherosclerotic plaque rupture is the primary mechanism responsible for myocardial infarction and stroke, the top two killers worldwide. Despite being potentially fatal, the ubiquitous prevalence of atherosclerosis amongst the middle aged and elderly renders individual events relatively rare. This makes the accurate prediction of MI and stroke challenging. Advances in imaging techniques now allow detailed assessments of plaque morphology and disease activity. Both CT and MR can identify certain unstable plaque characteristics thought to be associated with an increased risk of rupture and events...
March 14, 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29598820/the-role-of-obesity-in-carotid-plaque-instability-interaction-with-age-gender-and-cardiovascular-risk-factors
#8
Valentina Rovella, Lucia Anemona, Marina Cardellini, Manuel Scimeca, Andrea Saggini, Giuseppe Santeusanio, Elena Bonanno, Manuela Montanaro, Iacopo Maria Legramante, Arnaldo Ippoliti, Nicola Di Daniele, Massimo Federici, Alessandro Mauriello
BACKGROUND: In the last decade, several studies have reported an unexpected and seemingly paradoxical inverse correlation between BMI and incidence of cardiovascular diseases. This so called "obesity paradox effect" has been mainly investigated through imaging methods instead of histologic evaluation, which is still the best method to study the instability of carotid plaque. Therefore, the purpose of our study was to evaluate by histology the role of obesity in destabilization of carotid plaques and the interaction with age, gender and other major cerebrovascular risk factors...
March 29, 2018: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29548756/ultrasound-molecular-imaging-of-atherosclerosis-using-small-peptide-targeting-ligands-against-endothelial-markers-of-inflammation-and-oxidative-stress
#9
Federico Moccetti, Craig C Weinkauf, Brian P Davidson, J Todd Belcik, Edmund R Marinelli, Evan Unger, Jonathan R Lindner
The aim of this study was to evaluate a panel of endothelium-targeted microbubble (MB) ultrasound contrast agents bearing small peptide ligands as a human-ready approach for molecular imaging of markers of high-risk atherosclerotic plaque. Small peptide ligands with established affinity for human P-selectin, VCAM-1, LOX-1 and von Willebrand factor (VWF) were conjugated to the surface of lipid-stabilized MBs. Contrast-enhanced ultrasound (CEUS) molecular imaging of the thoracic aorta was performed in wild-type and gene-targeted mice with advanced atherosclerosis (DKO)...
June 2018: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29529630/can-aortic-balloon-occlusion-reduce-blood-loss-during-resection-of-sacral-tumors-that-extend-into-the-lower-lumber-spine
#10
Yidan Zhang, Wei Guo, Xiaodong Tang, Rongli Yang, Taiqiang Yan, Sen Dong, Shidong Wang, Nikolas Zaphiros
BACKGROUND: Although aortic balloon occlusion has been shown to reduce blood loss during sacral tumor resections, it has not been validated in larger sacral tumors involving the lower lumbar spine. If such an approach were shown to be associated with less blood loss, it might aid the tumor surgeon in resecting these difficult tumors. QUESTIONS/PURPOSES: (1) Is the use of aortic balloon occlusion associated with reduced blood loss in sacral tumor resections when the lower lumbar spine is also involved? (2) Does the use of the aortic balloon prolong total operating time? (3) What complications are associated with the use of a balloon? METHODS: We retrospectively studied all 56 patients diagnosed with sacral tumors involving the lower lumbar spine (L4, L5) who were treated surgically between 2004 and 2015 at our institute...
March 2018: Clinical Orthopaedics and related Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29525542/prognosis-of-anatomic-coronary-artery-disease-without-myocardial-ischemia-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-detects-high-risk-patients-even-in-cases-of-negative-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-findings
#11
Heesun Lee, Yeonyee E Yoon, Wonjae Lee, Hong-Mi Choi, Jun-Bean Park, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Hyo Eun Park, Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Su-Yeon Choi, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Joo-Hee Zo, Dae-Won Sohn
BACKGROUND: While coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) provides comprehensive anatomic evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD) with prognostic implications, clinically, the focus is usually placed on presence or absence of functionally significant CAD. Herein, we aimed to suggest a new risk stratification strategy using CCTA in patients with anatomic CAD but without myocardial ischemia on single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS: Consecutive patients (n=798) with CAD on CCTA who underwent SPECT for evaluation of myocardial ischemia were retrospectively evaluated...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29509372/lipid-derivatives-of-arachidonic-acid-used-as-markers-of-atherosclerotic-plaque-instability-a-pilot-study
#12
Aleksander Falkowski, Iwona Gorący, Mariusz Kaczmarczyk, Marcin Szemitko, Hubert Bogacki, Julia Kostka
BACKGROUND: To compare the results of computer estimation of atherosclerotic plaque with biochemical data and ascertain any relationship with the occurrence of stroke. METHODS: The study involved 20 atherosclerotic plaques causing 70-99% stenosis of internal carotid arteries (ICA). Ultrasonographic examination (USG) images of plaques were analyzed using a computer program. A histogram was obtained for each plaque and a gray scale median (GSM) was determined for each histogram in order to measure the echogenicity of an examined plaque...
March 6, 2018: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29507564/the-usefulness-of-duplex-doppler-ultrasound-in-the-angiological-and-dermatological-diagnosis-of-patients-with-blue-toe-syndrome
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Katarzyna Pawlaczyk, Marcin Gabriel, Daria A Strzelecka-Węklar, Zbigniew Krasiński, Michal Stanisic, Zofia Gabriel, Łukasz Dzieciuchowicz, Zygmunt Adamski
Introduction: Peripheral microembolism is one of the most frequent causes of acute limb ischemia. In order to effectively prevent relapses it is essential to localize and eliminate the source of embolism. Aim: To evaluate the role of Duplex Doppler ultrasound examination in identifying the causes of blue toe syndrome (BTS). Material and methods: The group of 165 patients with clinical symptoms of BTS on their upper limbs ( n = 16) and lower limbs ( n = 149) was investigated...
October 2017: Postȩpy Dermatologii i Alergologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29503393/treatment-strategy-based-on-plaque-vulnerability-and-the-treatment-risk-evaluation-for-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
#14
Yoshiro Ito, Wataro Tsuruta, Yasunobu Nakai, Tomoji Takigawa, Aiki Marushima, Tomohiko Masumoto, Yuji Matsumaru, Eiichi Ishikawa, Akira Matsumura
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) and carotid artery stenting (CAS) are not appropriate treatment procedure for internal carotid artery stenosis (ICAS) in some patients. The importance of plaque vulnerability and the treatment risk evaluation has been reported. We analyzed whether treatment selection contributes to the outcome. We retrospectively examined 121 patients who underwent CEA or CAS. Treatment was selected based on plaque vulnerability and the treatment risk evaluation. We selected CAS for patients with stable plaques and CEA for patients with unstable plaques, and considered the other treatment for high-risk patients...
May 15, 2018: Neurologia Medico-chirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29503197/local-delivery-of-mir-21-stabilizes-fibrous-caps-in-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-lesions
#15
Hong Jin, Daniel Y Li, Ekaterina Chernogubova, Changyan Sun, Albert Busch, Suzanne M Eken, Peter Saliba-Gustafsson, Hanna Winter, Greg Winski, Uwe Raaz, Isabel N Schellinger, Nancy Simon, Renate Hegenloh, Ljubica Perisic Matic, Maja Jagodic, Ewa Ehrenborg, Jaroslav Pelisek, Hans-Henning Eckstein, Ulf Hedin, Alexandra Backlund, Lars Maegdefessel
miRNAs are potential regulators of carotid artery stenosis and concordant vulnerable atherosclerotic plaques. Hence, we analyzed miRNA expression in laser captured micro-dissected fibrous caps of either ruptured or stable plaques (n = 10 each), discovering that miR-21 was significantly downregulated in unstable lesions. To functionally evaluate miR-21 in plaque vulnerability, miR-21 and miR-21/apolipoprotein-E double-deficient mice (Apoe-/- miR-21-/- ) were assessed. miR-21-/- mice lacked sufficient smooth muscle cell proliferation in response to carotid ligation injury...
April 4, 2018: Molecular Therapy: the Journal of the American Society of Gene Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29502204/ampk%C3%AE-inactivation-destabilizes-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-streptozotocin-induced-diabetic-mice-through-ap-2%C3%AE-mirna-124-axis
#16
Wen-Jing Liang, Sheng-Nan Zhou, Mei-Rong Shan, Xue-Qin Wang, Miao Zhang, Yuan Chen, Yun Zhang, Shuang-Xi Wang, Tao Guo
Diabetes mellitus is one of risk factors of cardiovascular diseases including atherosclerosis. Whether and how diabetes promotes the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque is not fully understood. Here, we show that streptozotocin-induced type 1 diabetes reduced collagen synthesis, leading to the formation of unstable atherosclerotic plaque induced by collar placement around carotid in apolipoprotein E knockout (Apoe-/- ) mice. These detrimental effects of hyperglycemia on plaque stability were reversed by metformin in vivo without altering the levels of blood glucose and lipids...
May 2018: Journal of Molecular Medicine: Official Organ of the "Gesellschaft Deutscher Naturforscher und Ärzte"
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29481375/etiology-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-after-noncardiac-surgery
#17
Mohammad A Helwani, Amit Amin, Paul Lavigne, Srikar Rao, Shari Oesterreich, Eslam Samaha, Jamie C Brown, Peter Nagele
BACKGROUND: The objective of this investigation was to determine the etiology of perioperative acute coronary syndrome with a particular emphasis on thrombosis versus demand ischemia. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, adult patients were identified who underwent coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome within 30 days of noncardiac surgery at a major tertiary hospital between January 2008 and July 2015. Angiograms were independently reviewed by two interventional cardiologists who were blinded to clinical data and outcomes...
June 2018: Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29477560/atherosclerosis-imaging-to-refine-cardiovascular-risk-assessment-in-diabetic-patients-computed-tomography-and-positron-emission-tomography-applications
#18
REVIEW
Paolo Raggi
The lifetime cardiovascular risk of a diabetic patient is approximately 4-5 times higher than that of an age and sex matched individual without diabetes mellitus. Despite the well-publicized cardiovascular risk equivalence of diabetes mellitus, it has become apparent that not all diabetic patients are equally at high-risk and many patients may have a level of risk similar to that of the general population. Cardiovascular imaging has been employed to address the dilemma of a more accurate risk stratification of diabetic patients...
April 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29444453/efferocytosis-in-atherosclerotic-lesions-malfunctioning-regulatory-pathways-and-control-mechanisms
#19
REVIEW
Amir Tajbakhsh, Mehdi Rezaee, Petri T Kovanen, Amirhossein Sahebkar
Atherosclerosis is a dynamic and progressive inflammatory process in the intimal layer of large and medium-sized arteries, and it is the major contributor to the atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ACVD), the leading cause of death worldwide. In an atherosclerotic plaque, phagocytosis of apoptotic cells occurs through an intricate process designated efferocytosis. Defective efferocytosis has emerged as a causal factor in the etiopathogenesis of atherosclerosis and its progression into overt ACVD. Both specialized phagocytes (macrophages and dendritic cells) and non-specialized cells with phagocytic capabilities (smooth muscle and endothelial cells) are involved in the efferocytotic process...
February 11, 2018: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29422264/perilipin-2-levels-are-increased-in-patients-with-in-stent-neoatherosclerosis-a-clue-to-mechanisms-of-accelerated-plaque-formation-after-drug-eluting-stent-implantation
#20
Giampaolo Niccoli, Domenico D'Amario, Josip A Borovac, Erminio Santangelo, Giancarla Scalone, Francesco Fracassi, Rocco Vergallo, Vincenzo Vetrugno, Giorgia Copponi, Anna Severino, Giovanna Liuzzo, Asiia Imaeva, Andrea Siracusano, Filippo Crea
BACKGROUND: Perilipin 2 (PLIN2) is a protein that potentially facilitates atherogenesis in native coronary arteries or arteries with an implanted drug-eluting stent (DES). The aim of the study was to determine PLIN2 protein levels in peripheral monocytes of enrolled subjects and compare them between patients with native coronary artery disease (CAD) and those with an in-stent restenosis (ISR) due to neoatherosclerosis occurring >1 year after DES implantation. METHODS: Forty-two patients were prospectively enrolled in the study in 3:1 fashion and underwent coronary catheterization...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
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