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H H Liu, X M Gao, Y Li, Y Wu, L Zhou, J Z Mai, M Guo, Z Q Nie, Y Q Ou, Y F Wu, X Q Liu, L C Zhao
Objective: To explore the relationship between overnight urinary sodium to potassium ratio and the risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Methods: A subsample of 10 percent of the participants (35-59 years old) from the People's Republic of China-United States Collaborative Study of Cardiovascular and Cardiopulmonary Epidemiology (prospective survey) were used. Three consecutive overnight urine samples were collected in the autumn of 1983-1984 and the spring in 1985-1986, respectively. Urinary sodium and potassium were detected and calculated for 8 hours excretion...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Peter Ueda, Thomas Wai-Chun Lung, Yuan Lu, Joshua A Salomon, Kazem Rahimi, Philip Clarke, Goodarz Danaei
BACKGROUND: The updated national guidelines for cardiovascular risk assessment and lipid modification in the UK and US expand the indications for statin therapy in primary prevention to adults with moderate risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but many adults at high CVD risk remain untreated in both countries. We set out to identify treatment gaps in English and American adults at moderate and high risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and to estimate the number of CVD events that would be prevented from expanding statin therapy to those who are currently untreated...
2018: PloS One
Anthony S Wierzbicki, Timothy M Reynolds, Adie Viljoen
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: A number of novel trials have assessed the efficacy of new lipid-lowering therapies in cardiovascular disease (CVD). RECENT FINDINGS: Proprotein convertase subtilisin kexin-9 inhibitors reduce low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) by 50-55%. A CVD outcome trial in patients with acute coronary syndromes with evolocumab achieved a LDL-C of 0.8 mmol/l (31 mg/dl) and a 20% relative risk reduction in CVD events in 2.2 years. Cholesterol ester transfer protein inhibitors raise high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and can lower LDL-C...
March 19, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Robert M Stoekenbroek, John J P Kastelein
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This review describes the pivotal role of genetic insights and technologies in the discovery of proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) and the rapid development of PCSK9 inhibitors - a revolutionary new class of lipid-lowering agents. RECENT FINDINGS: PCSK9 was discovered as a the third gene implicated in familial hypercholesterolemia. Population genetics studies, enabled by technological advances, were instrumental in validating PCSK9 as a therapeutic target...
March 20, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Carlos Menendez-Castro, Wolfgang Rascher, Andrea Hartner
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is a fetal pathology which leads to increased risk for certain neonatal complications. Furthermore, clinical and experimental studies revealed that IUGR is associated with a significantly higher incidence of metabolic, renal and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) later in life. One hypothesis for the higher risk of CVD after IUGR postulates that IUGR induces metabolic alterations that then lead to CVD.This minireview focuses on recent studies which demonstrate that IUGR is followed by early primary cardiovascular alterations which may directly progress to CVD later in life...
March 20, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Pediatrics
Hongkang Wang, Jinkai Wang, Sanmu Xie, Wenxing Liu, Chunming Niu
To address the volume change-induced pulverization problem of tin-based anodes, a concept using hollow carbon nanoballs (HCNBs) as buffering supports is herein proposed. HCNBs with hollow interior, flexibility and graphitic crystallization are first prepared by a combined method of chemical vapor deposition (CVD) and template-synthesis using CH4 as the carbon source and CaCO3 as the conformal template. The ultrafine SnO2 nanoparticles are loaded onto the HCNBs (denoted as SnO2@HCNBs) via pyrolysis of tin(ii) 2-ethylhexanoate at 300 °C in air...
March 21, 2018: Nanoscale
Lidia Capotosto, Francesco Massoni, Simone De Sio, Serafino Ricci, Antonio Vitarelli
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) still remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality and consequently early diagnosis is of paramount importance. Working conditions can be regarded as an additional risk factor for CVD. Since different aspects of the job may affect vascular health differently, it is important to consider occupation from multiple perspectives to better assess occupational impacts on health. Standard echocardiography has several targets in the cardiac population, as the assessment of myocardial performance, valvular and/or congenital heart disease, and hemodynamics...
2018: BioMed Research International
Asokan Devarajan
The prevalence of kidney stones and cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) are increasing throughout the world. Both diseases are chronic and characterized by accumulation of oxidized proteins and lipids in the renal tissue and arterial wall, respectively. Emerging studies have revealed a positive association between nephrolithiasis and CVDs. Based on preclinical and clinical evidences, this review discusses: (i) stone forming risk factors, crystal nucleation, aggregation, injury-induced crystal retention, and stone formation, (ii) CVD risk factors such as dyslipidemia, perturbation of gut microbiome, obesity, free radical-induced lipoprotein oxidation, and retention in the arterial wall, subsequent foam cell formation, and atherosclerosis, (iii) mechanism by which stone forming risk factors such as oxalate, calcium, uric acid, and infection contribute toward CVDs, and (iv) how CVD risk factors, such as cholesterol, phospholipids, and uric acid, contribute to kidney stone formation are described...
March 30, 2018: Clinical Science (1979-)
William S Harris, Nathan L Tintle, Mark R Etherton, Ramachandran S Vasan
BACKGROUND: The extent to which omega-3 fatty acid status is related to risk for death from any cause and for incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) remains controversial. OBJECTIVE: To examine these associations in the Framingham Heart Study. DESIGN: Prospective and observational. SETTING: Framingham Heart Study Offspring cohort. MEASUREMENTS: The exposure marker was red blood cell levels of eicosapentaenoic and docosahexaenoic acids (the Omega-3 Index) measured at baseline...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
Priya Reddy, Joseph Leong, Ishwarlal Jialal
AIMS: Metabolic Syndrome (MetS) is a cluster of cardio-metabolic risk factors characterized by low-grade inflammation which confers an increased risk for type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and cardiovascular disease (CVD). Prior studies have linked elevated branched chain amino acids (BCAA) and aromatic amino acids (AAA) with T2DM and CVD. Due to the paucity of data in MetS, the aim of this study was to investigate the status of amino acids as early biomarkers of nascent MetS patients without T2DM and CVD or smoking...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Olga C Damman, Suzanne I Vonk, Maaike J Van den Haak, Charlotte M J van Hooijdonk, Danielle R M Timmermans
OBJECTIVE: To study how comprehension of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk is influenced by: (1) infographics about qualitative risk information, with/without risk numbers; (2) which qualitative risk dimension is emphasized; (3) heart age vs. traditional risk format. METHODS: For aim 1, a 2 (infographics versus text) x 2 (risk number versus no risk number) between-subjects design was used. For aim 2, three pieces of information were tested within-subjects. Aim 3 used a simple comparison group...
March 11, 2018: Patient Education and Counseling
Rasha Babiker, Khalifa Elmusharaf, Michael B Keogh, Amal M Saeed
BACKGROUND: There is a strong association between cardiometabolic risk and adipose tissue dysfunction with great consequences on type 2 diabetic patients. Visceral Adiposity Index (VAI) is an indirect clinical marker of adipose tissue dysfunction. Gum Arabic (GA) is a safe dietary fiber, an exudate of Acacia Senegal. Gum Arabic had shown lipid lowering effect in both humans and animals. The aim of this trial was to determine the effect of GA supplementation on anthropometric obesity marker, Visceral Adiposity Index (VAI) and blood pressure in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus...
March 20, 2018: Lipids in Health and Disease
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Imai H, Furukawa TA, Hayashi SU, et al. (2017) Risk perception, self-efficacy, trust for physician, depression, and behavior modification in diabetic patients. Journal of Health Psychology. E pub ahead of print 7 July 2017. DOI: 10.1177/1359105317718057. The author omitted to include one of the funders in the Funding statement. The online version of this article has been corrected. The authors disclosed receipt of the following financial support for the research, authorship, and/or publication of this article: This work was supported by grants from the Japan Agency for Medical Research and Development (Practical Research Project for Life-Style related Diseases including CVD and Diabetes), the Ministry of Health, Labour and Welfare of Japan (Strategic Outcomes Research Program for Research on Diabetes; Comprehensive Research on Life-Style Related Diseases including CVD and Diabetes H25-016), JSPS KAKENHI under Grant No...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Health Psychology
Xiaowei Cong, Xijin Xu, Long Xu, Minghui Li, Cheng Xu, Qilin Qin, Xia Huo
Air pollution is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), and cardiovascular regulatory changes in childhood contribute to the development and progression of cardiovascular events at older ages. The aim of the study was to investigate the effect of air pollutant exposure on the child sympatho-adrenomedullary (SAM) system, which plays a vital role in regulating and controlling the cardiovascular system. Two plasma biomarkers (plasma epinephrine and norepinephrine) of SAM activity and heart rate were measured in preschool children (n = 228) living in Guiyu, and native (n = 104) and non-native children (n = 91) living in a reference area (Haojiang) for >1 year...
March 17, 2018: Environment International
Jes M Sanders, Alexandra B Steverson, Anna E Pawlowski, Daniel Schneider, Chad J Achenbach, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Matthew J Feinstein
BACKGROUND: Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected (HIV+) persons have elevated risks for various manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD). No studies to our knowledge have compared atrial fibrillation (AF) and atrial flutter (AFL) prevalence and associated characteristics for HIV+ persons and matched uninfected controls. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Persons with diagnoses of HIV receiving care at a large urban academic medical center were frequency-matched 1:2 on age, sex, race, zip code, and clinic location with uninfected persons...
2018: PloS One
Kunal N Karmali, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Joep van der Leeuw, David C Goff, Salim Yusuf, Alberto Zanchetti, Paul Glasziou, Rodney Jackson, Mark Woodward, Anthony Rodgers, Bruce C Neal, Eivind Berge, Koon Teo, Barry R Davis, John Chalmers, Carl Pepine, Kazem Rahimi, Johan Sundström
BACKGROUND: Clinical practice guidelines have traditionally recommended blood pressure treatment based primarily on blood pressure thresholds. In contrast, using predicted cardiovascular risk has been advocated as a more effective strategy to guide treatment decisions for cardiovascular disease (CVD) prevention. We aimed to compare outcomes from a blood pressure-lowering treatment strategy based on predicted cardiovascular risk with one based on systolic blood pressure (SBP) level. METHODS AND FINDINGS: We used individual participant data from the Blood Pressure Lowering Treatment Trialists' Collaboration (BPLTTC) from 1995 to 2013...
March 2018: PLoS Medicine
Izabela Gosk-Bierska, Maria Misterska-Skóra, Marta Wasilewska, Małgorzata Bilińska, Jerzy Gosk, Rajmund Adamiec, Magdalena Koszewicz
BACKGROUND: The pathogenesis of secondary Raynaud's phenomenon (SRP) associated with connective tissue diseases (CTD) is not entirely understood. Nervous system dysfunction and microangiopathy are considered to be causes of this pathology. OBJECTIVES: Peripheral and autonomic nervous system function, the stage of microangiopathy, and the relationships between these in patients with SRP were analyzed. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In the study, 20 patients with CTD-related SRP and 30 healthy controls were subject to capillaroscopy, standard conduction velocity tests and conduction velocity distribution (CVD) tests in ulnar and peroneal nerves, heart rate variability (HRV), and sympathetic skin response (SSR) tests...
March 20, 2018: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
Y H Lee, G G Song
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to assess the all-cause and cause-specific standardized mortality ratios (SMRs) in patients with giant cell arteritis (GCA). METHODS: We surveyed studies examining all-cause and/or cause-specific SMRs in patients with GCA compared to the general population, using MEDLINE, EMBASE, Cochrane databases, and manual searches. We then performed a meta-analysis of all-cause, sex-specific, region-specific, and cause-specific SMRs in patients with GCA...
March 20, 2018: Zeitschrift Für Rheumatologie
Martin Konečný, Miroslav Bartosik, Jindrich Mach, Vojtěch Švarc, David Nezval, Jakub Piastek, Pavel Procházka, Aleš Cahlík, Tomas Sikola
The article shows how the dynamic mapping of surface potential (SP) measured by Kelvin Probe Force Microscopy in combination with a calculation of diffusion-like equation and the theory based on the Brunauer-Emmett-Teller (BET) model of water condensation and electron hopping can provide the information concerning the resistivity of low conductive surfaces and their water coverage. This is enabled by a study of charge transport between isolated and grounded graphene sheets on a silicon dioxide surface at different relative humidity (RH) with regard to the use of graphene in ambient electronic circuits, and especially in sensors...
March 20, 2018: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
Richard F Gillum
For over four decades the National Medical Association (NMA) and the Association of Black Cardiologists (ABC) have sought to bring to national attention the disparate burden of cardiovascular disease (CVD) among African Americans. However, systematic inquiry has been inadequate into the burden of CVD in the poor countries of Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) and the African diaspora in the Americas outside the USA. However, recently, the Global Burden of Disease Study (GBD) has offered new tools for such inquiry. Several initial efforts in that direction using 2010 data have been published...
March 19, 2018: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
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