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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096040/calcium-a-predictor-of-interventional-treatment-failure-across-all-fields-of-cardiovascular-medicine
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EDITORIAL
Alessio Mattesini, Carlo Di Mario
In this substudy of the ADAPT-DES trial Généreux et al. compared two years outcomes according to the presence or absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) as assessed by coronary angiography. Coronary calcification was an independent predictor of interventional treatment failure and a higher incidence of both ischemic events and bleeding. The cohort with CAC was older with a higher prevalence of risk factors and comorbidities and an increased anatomical complexity of the target lesions, explaining only in part the worse outcome of the CAC population that persisted at multivariate analysis...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095950/ct-coronary-angiography-vs-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-the-occupational-assessment-of-military-aircrew
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Iain Parsons, Chris Pavitt, Rebecca Chamley, Jo d'Arcy, Ed Nicol
INTRODUCTION: To ensure flight safety military aircrew undergo regular clinical and occupational assessment. Coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) has been established as an imaging modality to noninvasively assess coronary artery disease (CAD). CT coronary angiography (CTCA) potentially offers a more accurate assessment of CAD, but has not been formally assessed in military aircrew. This retrospective cohort study is designed to compare the theoretical differences in downstream investigations and occupational outcomes in aircrew with suspected CAD comparing CTCA with existing CACS pathways...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092292/epicardial-collaterals-spasm-as-a-cause-of-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Vincenzo Vetrugno, Francesco Fracassi, Osama Shoeib, Domenico D'Amario, Giampaolo Niccoli, Filippo Crea
ST elevation myocardial infarction in a 61-year-old man with a history of previous coronary artery bypass grafts. Spasm of collaterals to the circumflex coronary artery was the cause of acute presentation and was successfully treated by intracoronary nitrates. Chronic therapy with calcium channel blockers was added in the discharge medications chart.
January 13, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090040/outcomes-of-brugada-syndrome-patients-with-coronary-artery-vasospasm
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Shingo Kujime, Harumizu Sakurada, Naoki Saito, Yoshinari Enomoto, Naoshi Ito, Keijiro Nakamura, Seiji Fukamizu, Tamotsu Tejima, Yuzuru Yambe, Mitsuhiro Nishizaki, Mahito Noro, Masayasu Hiraoka, Kaoru Sugi
Objective To evaluate the outcomes of patients with concomitant Brugada syndrome and coronary artery vasospasm. Methods Patients diagnosed with Brugada syndrome with an implantable cardiac defibrillator were retrospectively investigated, and the coexistence of vasospasm was evaluated. The clinical features and outcomes were evaluated, especially in patients with coexistent vasospasm. A provocation test using acetylcholine was performed in patients confirmed to have no organic stenosis on percutaneous coronary angiography to confirm the presence of vasospasm...
2017: Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073952/alcohol-and-coronary-artery-calcification-an-investigation-using-alcohol-flushing-as-an-instrumental-variable
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Kyung Eun Yun, Yoosoo Chang, Sung-Cheol Yun, George Davey Smith, Seungho Ryu, Sung-Il Cho, Eun Chul Chung, Hocheol Shin, Young-Ho Khang
BACKGROUND: We examined whether alcohol flushing could be used as an instrumental variable (IV) and investigated the effect of alcohol consumption on coronary calcification using alcohol flushing status as an IV. METHODS: We analysed cross-sectional data from 24 681 Korean adults (20 696 men and 3985 women) who had been administered a questionnaire assessing alcohol consumption and alcohol flushing, as well as a coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurement. The associations of alcohol flushing status with potential confounders and alcohol consumption were examined...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068560/effect-of-sarpogrelate-a-selective-5-ht2a-receptor-antagonist-on-characteristics-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Dong-Hwa Lee, Eun Ju Chun, Jee Hye Hur, Se Hee Min, Jie-Eun Lee, Tae Jung Oh, Kyoung Min Kim, Hak Chul Jang, Seung Jin Han, Doo Kyoung Kang, Hae Jin Kim, Soo Lim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarpogrelate, a 5-hydroxytryptamine type 2A antagonist, is a potential antiplatelet agent. We performed a randomized study to evaluate the effect of sarpogrelate on vascular health in Korean patients with diabetes. METHODS: Forty diabetic patients aged 58.6 ± 6.8 years with 10-75% coronary artery stenosis, as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography, were randomly assigned to sarpogrelate 300 mg/day plus aspirin 100 mg/day (SPG + ASA group) or aspirin 100 mg/day alone (ASA group) for 6 months...
December 10, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068529/impact-of-high-dose-statins-on-vitamin-d-levels-and-platelet-function-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Monica Verdoia, Patrizia Pergolini, Roberta Rolla, Matteo Nardin, Alon Schaffer, Lucia Barbieri, Veronica Daffara, Paolo Marino, Giorgio Bellomo, Harry Suryapranata, Giuseppe De Luca
BACKGROUND: Statins represent a pivotal treatment in coronary artery disease, offering a reduction in cardiovascular risk even beyond their lipid-lowering action. However, the mechanism of these "pleiotropic" benefits of statins is poorly understood. Vitamin D has been suggested as a potential mediator of the anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and vascular protecting effects of statins. Aim of present study was to assess the impact of a high-intensity statin therapy on vitamin D levels and platelet function in patients with coronary artery disease...
December 28, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047135/su-c-206-02-estimating-coronary-artery-plaque-composition-with-a-combined-dual-energy-and-single-energy-qct-optimization-model
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M Goodsitt, H Chan, K Watcharotone, B Nan, E Christodoulou
PURPOSE: A study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of a combined dual-energy/single-energy QCT optimization model for estimating the volume fractions of fat, cholesterol, protein, fibrous tissue, and calcium in coronary artery plaque. METHODS: This model uses 80kVp-140kVp CT# data to distinguish calcium, and Gaussian component analysis based on the 140kVp CT#'s of the pure materials to distinguish the other constituents. An experimental study was performed with a thorax section phantom (CIRS, Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040293/prevalence-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-calcification-based-on-the-epidemiologic-pattern-a-propensity-matched-comparison-of-asymptomatic-korean-and-chinese-adults
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Donghee Han, Yang Gao, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Heidi Gransar, Ji Hyun Lee, Asim Rizvi, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jidong Sung, Hae-Won Han, Sung Hak Park, James K Min, Bin Lu, Hyuk-Jae Chang
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors substantially influence cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. We aimed to explore epidemiologic trends in coronary artery calcium scores (CACS), as a marker of CVD, along with possible differences by geographic area and study period in separate East Asian populations. METHODS: We generated 3 matched groups (n=702) using a propensity scoring approach derived from a Korean (N=48,901) and Chinese cohort (N=927) as follows: (1) A recent Chinese group and (2) recent Korean group, both of whom underwent CACS scanning from 2012-2014; and (3) a past Korean group who underwent CACS scanning 8-10years before the index group (2002-2006)...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031683/left-main-coronary-spasm-an-extremely-rare-entity-with-possible-life-threatening-complications
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A Al Emam, N Sricharoen
Coronary artery spasm is a known cause of acute coronary syndrome. However, left main coronary spasm is an extremely rare entity and can present in different ways depending on the duration and severity of the spasm. We present a 44-year-old female patient who presented with transient ST elevation in the lead aVR and ST depression in the lateral and inferior leads. Coronary angiography showed mid left main and ostial right coronary artery spasm that significantly improved after intracoronary nitroglycerine administration...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029026/waist-circumference-as-a-marker-of-obesity-is-more-predictive-of-coronary-artery-calcification-than-body-mass-index-in-apparently-healthy-korean-adults-the-kangbuk-samsung-health-study
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Jongsin Park, Eun Seo Lee, Da Young Lee, Jihyun Kim, Se Eun Park, Cheol Young Park, Won Young Lee, Ki Won Oh, Sung Woo Park, Eun Jung Rhee
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the risk for coronary artery calcification (CAC) according to groups subdivided by body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) in apparently healthy Korean adults. METHODS: Thirty-three thousand four hundred and thirty-two participants (mean age, 42 years) in a health screening program were divided into three groups according to BMI: <23 kg/m² (normal), 23 to 25 kg/m² (overweight), and >25 kg/m² (obese). In addition, the participants were divided into two groups according to WC...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028974/myocardial-ischaemia-coronary-atherosclerosis-and-pulmonary-pressure-elevation-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-patients
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Agnieszka Padjas, Wojciech Płazak, Magdalena Celińska-Lowenhoff, Adam Mazurek, Carlo Perricone, Piotr Podolec, Jacek Musiał
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic events in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) involve venous and arterial circulation with the possible involvement of coronary or pulmonary microcirculation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and on myocardial ischaemia assessed by single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), coronary atherosclerosis assessed by multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) and pulmonary pressure assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS)...
November 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028693/a-study-of-coronary-bifurcation-shape-in-a-normal-population
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Pau Medrano-Gracia, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, Susann Beier, Chris Ellis, Chunliang Wang, Örjan Smedby, Alistair Young, Brett Cowan
During percutaneous coronary intervention, stents are placed in narrowings of the arteries to restore normal blood flow. Despite improvements in stent design, deployment techniques and drug-eluting coatings, restenosis and stent thrombosis remain a significant problem. Population stent design based on statistical shape analysis may improve clinical outcomes. Computed tomographic (CT) coronary angiography scans from 211 patients with a zero calcium score, no stenoses and no intermediate artery, were used to create statistical shape models of 446 major coronary artery bifurcations (left main, first diagonal and obtuse marginal and right coronary crux)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028450/syntax-score-in-patients-with-high-computed-tomography-coronary-calcium-score
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Madhav Hegde, Ravindran Rajendran
OBJECTIVES: To study the conventional coronary angiogram ( CA) findings in patients with high coronary calcium on multidetector computed tomogram. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients with coronary calcium high enough in its extent and location to interfere with the interpretation of a contrast-filled coronary artery for a significant lesion were studied with conventional CA. Framingham risk score (FRS), computed tomography (CT) coronary calcium score (CCS), and SYNTAX score (SS) from the CA were calculated by separate investigators who were blinded to other scores...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027742/prognostic-value-of-ct-derived-left-atrial-and-left-ventricular-measures-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Richard A P Takx, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, U Joseph Schoepf, John W Nance, Fabian Bamberg, Joseph A Abro, Christine M Carr, Sheldon E Litwin, Paul Apfaltrer
PURPOSE: To determine which left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) parameters are associated with future major adverse cardiac event (MACE) and whether these measurements have independent prognostic value beyond risk factors and computed tomography (CT)-derived coronary artery disease measures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis was performed under an IRB waiver and in HIPAA compliance. Subjects underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) using a dual-source CT system for acute chest pain evaluation...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026916/antianginal-medications-and-long-term-outcomes-after-elective-catheterization-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Lan Shen, John P Vavalle, Samuel Broderick, Linda K Shaw, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Antianginal medications are a class I recommendation by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for stable ischemic heart disease. We sought to better understand guidance in drug selection and real-life outcomes of antianginal medication use. HYPOTHESIS: In patients with stable ischemic heart disease, antianginal medications lower mortality. METHODS: We evaluated 5608 patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on elective cardiac catheterization with follow-up through self-administered questionnaires...
December 2016: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025424/morphological-features-of-coronary-plaques-in-whhlmi-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus-an-animal-model-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Satoshi Yamada, Tomonari Koike, Takayuki Nakagawa, Nobue Kuniyoshi, Yu Ying, Hiroyuki Itabe, Atsushi Yamashita, Yuji Asada, Masashi Shiomi
In order to examine their suitability for studies on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the features of coronary atherosclerotic plaques in myocardial infarction-prone Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHLMI) rabbits, a spontaneous animal model for coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. Coronary segments of the hearts of 187 WHHLMI rabbits (10-29 months old) were sectioned serially and stained histopathologically and immunohistologically. Progression of coronary lesions was prominent in rabbits that had died suddenly...
December 27, 2016: Experimental Animals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024655/prevalence-by-computed-tomographic-angiography-of-coronary-plaques-in-south-asian-and-white-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-at-low-and-high-risk-using-four-cardiovascular-risk-scores-ukpds-frs-ascvd-and-jbs3
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Sanjay N Gobardhan, Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Alexander R van Rosendael, Erik W van Zwet, Cornelis J Roos, Pranobe V Oemrawsingh, Aan V Kharagjitsingh, J Wouter Jukema, Victoria Delgado, Martin J Schalij, Jeroen J Bax, Arthur J H A Scholte
The aim of this study was to explore the association between various cardiovascular (CV) risk scores and coronary atherosclerotic burden on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) in South Asians with type 2 diabetes mellitus and matched whites. Asymptomatic type 2 diabetic South Asians and whites were matched for age, gender, body mass index, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Ten-year CV risk was estimated using different risk scores (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study [UKPDS], Framingham Risk Score [FRS], AtheroSclerotic CardioVascular Disease [ASCVD], and Joint British Societies for the prevention of CVD [JBS3]) and categorized into low- and high-risk groups...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018585/parathyroid-hormone-reflects-adiposity-and-cardiometabolic-indices-but-not-bone-density-in-normal-men
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Emma O Billington, Greg D Gamble, Ian R Reid
Hyperparathyroidism may be associated with skeletal and cardiovascular abnormalities, but it is unclear whether these associations exist for high-normal levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). We assessed relationships between PTH and anthropometric, skeletal and cardiometabolic indices in normal men. Body composition, blood pressure, biochemistry and bone mineral density (BMD) were evaluated in 151 healthy men. BMD was reassessed at 2 years, and coronary artery calcium (CAC) was measured at 3.5 years. Relationships between PTH and other baseline characteristics, CAC scores and change in BMD were evaluated...
2016: BoneKEy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012648/impact-of-vasomotion-type-on-prognosis-of-coronary-artery-spasm-induced-by-acetylcholine-provocation-test-of-left-coronary-artery
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Eun Mi Lee, Man Ho Choi, Hong Seog Seo, Hyun Ki Kim, Nam-Ho Kim, Cheol Ung Choi, Jin Won Kim, Hong Euy Lim, Eung Ju Kim, Seung-Woon Rha, Chang Gyu Park, Dong Joo Oh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The impact of vasomotion types on long-term clinical outcomes in patients with coronary artery spasm (CAS) induced by the acetylcholine provocation test (ACH-test) remains unclear. METHODS: We evaluated 4644 consecutive patients with typical resting chest pain (CP), but no angiographically significant coronary artery lesion (<50% stenosis), who underwent an ACH-test. According to their vasomotor response, patients were categorized into four types: normal vasomotion (no CP, no ischemic electrocardiographic changes, and no vasoconstriction), microvascular spasm (CP with <75% vasoconstriction but with CP relief after nitroglycerin infusion), epicardial spasm (CP with ≥75% vasoconstriction), and ACH-test inconclusive (vasoconstriction and/or electrocardiographic changes, but no CP)...
September 16, 2016: Atherosclerosis
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