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Coronary Artery Calcium

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
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
Michael H Criqui, Victor Aboyans, Matthew A Allison, Julie O Denenberg, Nketi Forbang, Mary M McDermott, Christina L Wassel, Nathan D Wong
We reviewed published MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) study articles concerning peripheral arterial disease, subclavian stenosis (SS), abdominal aortic calcium (AAC), and thoracic artery calcium (TAC). Important findings include, compared to non-Hispanic whites, lower ankle-brachial index (ABI) and more SS in African Americans, and higher ABI and less SS in Hispanic and Chinese Americans. Abnormal ABI and brachial pressure differences were associated with other subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) measures...
September 2016: Global Heart
Michael J Blaha, Joseph Yeboah, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Kiang Liu, Richard Kronmal, Philip Greenland
When the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) began, the Framingham risk score was the preferred tool for 10-year global coronary heart disease risk assessment; however, the Framingham risk score had limitations including derivation in a homogenous population lacking racial and ethnic diversity and exclusive reliance on traditional risk factors without consideration of most subclinical disease measures. MESA was designed to study the prognostic value of subclinical atherosclerosis and other risk markers in a multiethnic population...
September 2016: Global Heart
Alicja E Grzegorzewska, Mateusz Paciorkowski, Adrianna Mostowska, Bartosz Frycz, Wojciech Warchoł, Ireneusz Stolarek, Marek Figlerowicz, Paweł P Jagodziński
Nephrolithiasis, secondary hyperparathyroidism (sHPT), and cardiovascular complications are associated with disturbances in Ca handling and contribute to morbidity/mortality during haemodialysis (HD). Calcimimetics, activators of the calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR), provide an effective means of reducing parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion in sHPT. Polymorphism in CaSR gene (CASR) influences Ca-related parameters, however it was not shown in HD patients for CASR rs7652589. The minor allele at this polymorphism modifies the binding sites of transcription factors and CaSR expression...
October 14, 2016: Scientific Reports
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
Ji Hyun Lee, Donghee Han, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Asim Rizvi, Heidi Gransar, Hyung-Bok Park, Hyo Eun Park, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jidong Sung, Sung Hak Park, Hae-Won Han, James K Min, Hyuk-Jae Chang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine whether zero coronary artery calcium (CAC) score is associated with favorable prognosis of all-cause mortality (ACM) according to a panel of conventional risk factors (RF) in asymptomatic Korean adults.Methods and Results:A total of 48,215 individuals were stratified according to presence/absence of CAC, and the following RF were examined: hypertension, diabetes, current smoking, high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol...
October 4, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Henry D De'Ath, Kathryn Oakland, Karim Brohi
BACKGROUND: Arterial calcification on Computerised Tomography (CT) is a marker of cardiovascular disease. It is predictive of future adverse cardiac events and mortality in many disease states. The incidence of arterial disease and its impact on outcomes of the injured is not known. The objectives of this study were to describe the incidence of arterial calcification in trauma patients, and establish its impact on mortality. METHODS: A retrospective cohort study of all injured patients aged over 45 years presenting to a major trauma centre over a 34-month period...
October 10, 2016: Scandinavian Journal of Trauma, Resuscitation and Emergency Medicine
Tetsuma Kawaji, Hiroki Shiomi, Hiroshi Morishita, Takeshi Morimoto, Charles A Taylor, Shotaro Kanao, Koji Koizumi, Satoshi Kozawa, Kazuhisa Morihiro, Hirotoshi Watanabe, Junichi Tazaki, Masao Imai, Naritatsu Saito, Satoshi Shizuta, Koh Ono, Kaori Togashi, Takeshi Kimura
Non-invasive fractional flow reserve measured by coronary computed tomography angiography (FFRCT) has demonstrated a high diagnostic accuracy for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) in selected patients in prior clinical trials. However, feasibility of FFRCT in unselected population have not been fully evaluated. Among 60 consecutive patients who had suspected significant CAD by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and were planned to undergo invasive coronary angiography, 48 patients were enrolled in this study comparing FFRCT with invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) without any exclusion criteria for the quality of CCTA image...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Elsemiek M Engbers, Jorik R Timmer, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Mohamed Mouden, Siert Knollema, Pieter L Jager
The coronary artery calcium (CAC) score provides independent prognostic value on top of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We sought to determine whether the prognostic value of the CAC score in patients with normal SPECT MPI is gender specific. We studied 3,705 consecutive symptomatic patients without a history of coronary artery disease with normal SPECT MPI. All patients underwent concomitant CAC scoring, which was categorized as CAC score 0, 1 to 99, 100 to 399, 400 to 999, or ≥1,000...
August 30, 2016: American 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
Leonardo C Mangili, Otavio C Mangili, Márcio S Bittencourt, Márcio H Miname, Paulo H Harada, Leonardo M Lima, Carlos E Rochitte, Raul D Santos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic disorder characterized by elevated blood cholesterol, increased prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis and high risk of premature coronary heart disease. However, this risk is not explained solely by elevated LDL-cholesterol concentrations, and other factors may influence atherosclerosis development. There is evidence that increased adiposity may predispose to atherosclerosis in FH. Epicardial fat has been associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in the general population...
September 9, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Hwa Seon Shin, Mi Jung Park, Kyung Nyeo Jeon, Jae Min Cho, Kyung Soo Bae, Dae Seob Choi, Jae Boem Na, Ho Cheol Choi, Hye Young Choi, Ji Eun Kim, Soo Bueum Cho, Sung Eun Park
BACKGROUND: Until now, there has been no study on the relationship between the calcification of the lower extremity arteries and significant coronary arterial disease (CAD). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether lower extremity calcium scores (LECS) are associated with CAD and whether this can predict multivessel-CAD in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 103 PAD patients without cardiac symptoms or known CAD...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Levent Cerit, Hatice Kemal, Kamil Gulsen, Barcin Ozcem, Zeynep Cerit, Hamza Duygu
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency is associated with many diverse cardiovascular disorders, such as hypertension, heart failure, stroke, coronary artery disease and atrial fibrillation. The relationship between Vitamin D and the development of atrial fibrillation after coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) has not been studied. Therefore, we assessed the relationship between Vitamin D and the development of postoperative atrial fibrillation (POAF) after CABG. METHODS: Medical records of consecutive patients who underwent CABG surgery were retrospectively reviewed for the development of atrial fibrillation in the postoperative period...
August 2, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Olli Hartiala, Sami Kajander, Juhani Knuuti, Heikki Ukkonen, Antti Saraste, Irina Rinta-Kiikka, Sakari Kainulainen, Mika Kähönen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Tomi Laitinen, Terho Lehtimäki, Jorma S A Viikari, Jaakko Hartiala, Markus Juonala, Olli T Raitakari, Costan G Magnussen
BACKGROUND: Risk factors measured in early life have been shown to predict coronary artery calcium (CAC) in adulthood. However, limited data exist on when risk factor profiles of those who develop CAC diverge from those who do not. We investigated the associations of coronary heart disease risk factor trajectories beginning in adolescence and CAC measured at middle-age. METHODS: CAC was measured among 589 participants aged 39-45years in whom cardiovascular risk factors (serum lipids, blood pressure, body mass index, physical activity, smoking habits, and fruit, vegetable, fish, and butter intake) had been collected in 1980, 1983, 1986, 2001, and 2007 as part of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Veeravich Jaruvongvanich, Kamonkiat Wirunsawanya, Anawin Sanguankeo, Sikarin Upala
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated increased cardiovascular events and mortality. Coronary artery calcium scanning (CAC) is the robust predictor of coronary events in the asymptomatic individuals. Several recent studies have investigated the association between NAFLD and this surrogate marker. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to better characterize the association between NAFLD and CAC. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched through May 2016...
September 17, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
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
Jason A Bartos, Timothy R Matsuura, Adamantios Tsangaris, Matthew Olson, Scott H McKnite, Jennifer N Rees, Karen Haman, Kadambari Chandra Shekar, Matthias L Riess, Frank S Bates, Joseph M Metzger, Demetris Yannopoulos
BACKGROUND: Poloxamer 188 (P188) is a nonionic triblock copolymer believed to prevent cellular injury after ischemia and reperfusion. OBJECTIVES: This study compared intracoronary infusion of P188 immediately after reperfusion with delayed infusion through a peripheral intravenous catheter in a porcine model of ST segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Cellular and mitochondrial injury were assessed. METHODS: STEMI was induced in 55 pigs using 45 minutes of endovascular coronary artery occlusion...
June 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
Jin San Lee, Danbee Kang, Young Kyoung Jang, Hee Jin Kim, Duk L Na, Hee Young Shin, Mira Kang, Jin-Ju Yang, Jong-Min Lee, Juyoun Lee, Yeo Jin Kim, Key-Chung Park, Eliseo Guallar, Sang Won Seo, Juhee Cho
To evaluate the association between coronary artery calcium (CAC) and cortical thickness in a large sample of cognitively normal individuals, with special emphasis in determining if the association thickness has regional brain specificity and if it is mediated by white matter hyperintensities (WMH). A total of 512 participants were included in this study. CAC scores were assessed by multi-detector computed tomography. Cortical thickness was measured using a surface-based method. Linear mixed models were used to assess the association between CAC scores and cortical thickness...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Martin Prince Alphonse, Trang T Duong, Chisato Shumitzu, Truong Long Hoang, Brian W McCrindle, Alessandra Franco, Stéphane Schurmans, Dana J Philpott, Martin L Hibberd, Jane Burns, Taco W Kuijpers, Rae S M Yeung
Kawasaki disease (KD) is a multisystem vasculitis that predominantly targets the coronary arteries in children. Phenotypic similarities between KD and recurrent fever syndromes point to the potential role of inflammasome activation in KD. Mutations in NLRP3 are associated with recurrent fever/autoinflammatory syndromes. We show that the KD-associated genetic polymorphism in inositol-triphosphate 3-kinase C (ITPKC) (rs28493229) has important functional consequences, governing ITPKC protein levels and thereby intracellular calcium, which in turn regulates NLRP3 expression and production of IL-1β and IL-18...
September 30, 2016: Journal of Immunology: Official Journal of the American Association of Immunologists
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