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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812405/simple-screening-tools-predict-death-and-cardiovascular-events-in-patients-with-rheumatic-disease
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M Breunig, S Kleinert, S Lehmann, C Kneitz, M Feuchtenberger, H-P Tony, C E Angermann, G Ertl, S Störk
OBJECTIVES: Patients with rheumatic disease (RD) have an increased mortality risk compared with the general population, mainly due to cardiovascular disease (CVD). We aimed to identify patients at high risk of CVD and mortality by comparing three screening tools suitable for clinical practice. METHOD: In this prospective, single-centre study, consecutive patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), systemic autoimmune disease (SAI), or spondyloarthritides (SpA) including psoriatic arthritis underwent a comprehensive cardiovascular risk assessment...
August 16, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811999/quantitative-analysis-of-epicardial-fat-volume-effects-of-scanning-protocol-and-reproducibility-of-measurements-in-non-contrast-cardiac-ct-vs-coronary-ct-angiography
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Luigia D'Errico, Francesco Salituri, Marco Ciardetti, Riccardo Favilla, Alessandro Mazzarisi, Giuseppe Coppini, Carlo Bartolozzi, Paoli Marraccini
BACKGROUND: Several studies have focused on the role of epicardial fat in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease (CVD). The main purpose of the study was to evaluate a computerized method for the quantitative analysis of epicardial fat volume (EFV) by non-contrast cardiac CT (NCT) for coronary calcium scan and coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA). METHODS: Thirty patients (61±12.5 years, 73% male, body mass index (BMI) =25.9±6.3 kg/m(2)) referred to our Institution for suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) underwent NCT and coronary CTA...
June 2017: Quantitative Imaging in Medicine and Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811734/differential-response-to-exercise-in-african-americans-with-high-levels-of-inflammation
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Jan Kretzschmar, Dianne M Babbitt, Keith M Diaz, Deborah L Feairheller, Kathleen M Sturgeon, Amanda M Perkins-Ball, Sheara T Williamson, Chenyi Ling, Heather Grimm, Michael D Brown
PURPOSE: Systemic inflammation, measured by C-reactive protein (CRP), is an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality. We investigated whether aerobic exercise training (AEXT) affects African Americans with high inflammation (HI) the same way it does African Americans with low inflammation (LI) in terms of CVD risk factors. METHODS: 23 African Americans with CRP levels <3 mg/L (LI) and 14 African Americans with CRP ≥3 mg/L (HI) underwent six months of AEXT...
2017: Ethnicity & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811526/observation-of-the-unexpected-morphology-of-graphene-wrinkle-on-copper-substrate
#4
Wen Wang, Shudu Yang, Ashu Wang
Graphene, a two-dimensional material, has a wide range of unique properties and could be used in the development of varieties of mechanic, electronic and photonic devices, therefore methods to synthesis large-area high-quality graphene films are urgently required. Chemical vapor deposition (CVD) has been of particular interest recently due to its simplicity and low cost. However, because of the mismatch of thermal expansion coefficients, high densities of wrinkles are commonly observed. Despite their prevalence and potential impact on large-scale graphene properties, relatively little is known about their structural morphology and formation mechanism...
August 15, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811385/circulating-mir-200c-is-up-regulated-in-paediatric-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia-and-correlates-with-mir-33a-b-levels-implication-of-a-zeb1-dependent-mechanism
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Marco D'Agostino, Francesco Martino, Sara Sileno, Francesco Barilla, Sara Beji, Lorenza Marchetti, Fabio Maria Gangi, Luca Persico, Mario Picozza, Anna Montali, Eliana Martino, Cristina Zanoni, Daniele Avitabile, Sandro Parrotto, Maurizio C Capogrossi, Alessandra Magenta
Hypercholesterolaemia provokes reactive oxygen species (ROS) increase and is a major risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD) development. We previously showed that circulating microRNA(miR)-33a/b expression levels were up-regulated in children with familial hypercholesterolaemia (FH). miR-33a/b control cholesterol homoeostasis and recently miR-33b has been demonstrated to directly target the transcription factor ZEB1. The latter acts in a negative feedback-loop with miR-200 family. Our previous studies showed that the ROS-dependent miR-200c up-regulation induces endothelial dysfunction and provokes a ZEB1-dependent apoptosis and senescence...
August 15, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809621/cardiovascular-risk-factors-and-mortality-in-children-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Abdullahi Mudi, Caroline Dickens, Cecil Levy, Daynia Ballot
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) begins early in children with chronic kidney disease (CKD), and its progression is determined by the presence of single or multiple cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs). OBJECTIVE: To determine the prevalence of CVRFs in children with CKD and their association with mortality in children on chronic dialysis. METHODS: This comparative cross-sectional study recruited children aged 5 - 18 years with all stages of CKD...
July 28, 2017: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808581/decade-pilot-decision-aid-action-planning-and-follow-up-support-for-patients-to-reduce-the-10-year-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-a-protocol-of-a-randomized-controlled-pilot-trial
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Iris Tinsel, Achim Siegel, Claudia Schmoor, Anika Buchholz, Wilhelm Niebling
BACKGROUND: A healthy lifestyle can reduce cardiovascular risk (CVR) and prevent premature death. Usually most patients at increased CVR have difficulties implementing the necessary health behavior changes, such as smoking cessation, increasing of physical activity, healthy diet, stress reduction, etc. In this pilot study, a new intervention (DECADE) that includes a cardiovascular risk calculation, evidence-based decision aids, action planning, and follow-up support for patients to reduce their 10-year risk of cardiovascular diseases will be tested in primary care...
2017: Pilot and Feasibility Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808498/functional-cellular-and-molecular-remodeling-of-the-heart-under-influence-of-oxidative-cigarette-tobacco-smoke
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REVIEW
Abdullah Kaplan, Emna Abidi, Rana Ghali, George W Booz, Firas Kobeissy, Fouad A Zouein
Passive and active chronic cigarette smoking (CS) remains an international epidemic and a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) development. CS-induced cardiac damage is divided into two major and interchangeable mechanisms: (1) direct adverse effects on the myocardium causing smoking cardiomyopathy and (2) indirect effects on the myocardium by fueling comorbidities such as atherosclerotic syndromes and hypertension that eventually damage and remodel the heart. To date, our understanding of cardiac remodeling following acute and chronic smoking exposure is not well elucidated...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807461/the-effects-of-statins-on-exercise-and-physical-activity
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REVIEW
Adam M Noyes, Paul D Thompson
OBJECTIVE: We sought to review studies examining the effect of statins on symptoms of exercise tolerance, markers of muscle injury and activity levels in physical active individuals. BACKGROUND: Statin therapy reduces atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. Regular physical activity is also associated with reduced CVD events, but statin therapy can produce muscle complaints, which may be more frequent in physically active individuals. We reviewed the literature to determine the effects of statins on symptoms, exercise performance and activity levels in physically active individuals...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807393/treatment-trends-effectiveness-and-safety-of-statins-on-lipid-goal-attainment-in-chinese-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-patients-a-multicenter-retrospective-cohort-study
#10
Yundai Chen, Dandan Li, Jing Jing, Hongbing Yan, Jinghua Liu, Zhujun Shen, Stefan James, Christoph Varenhorst
PURPOSE: Limited data exist on the use of statins in Chinese patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) treated with percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore conducted this study to observe the usage trend and the effectiveness of statins on LDL-C goal attainment and other lipid parameters among PCI-treated patients. METHODS: This multicenter, retrospective, observational, longitudinal cohort study was conducted in PCI-treated patients with CAD between July 1, 2011, and February 28, 2015...
August 11, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807030/combined-effect-of-metformin-with-ascorbic-acid-versus-acetyl-salicylic-acid-on-diabetes-related-cardiovascular-complication-a-12-month-single-blind-multicenter-randomized-control-trial
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Syed Wasif Gillani, Syed Azhar Syed Sulaiman, Mohi Iqbal Mohammad Abdul, Mirza R Baig
BACKGROUND: We aimed to investigate the efficacy of ascorbic acid and acetylsalicylic acid among type II diabetes mellitus patients using metformin (only) for diabetes management therapy. METHOD: A 12-month single blinded multicenter randomized control trial was designed to investigate the measured variables [Glycated Hemoglobin (HbA1c), Renal function, Albumin Creatinine Ratio (ACR) etc.]. The trial was randomized into 2 experimental parallel arms (ascorbic acid vs acetylsalicylic acid) were blinded with study supplements in combination with metformin and findings were compared to control arm with metformin alone and blinded with placebo...
August 14, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806190/the-challenges-of-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-9-inhibitors-for-lipid-guidelines-and-models-of-care
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Anthony S Wierzbicki
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The article reviews the challenges facing cardiovascular disease (CVD) guidelines committees. RECENT FINDINGS: Clinical trials in high-risk populations have shown additional CVD event reduction with ezetimibe and proprotein convertase subtilisin-kexin-9 inhibitors. These trials recruit middle-aged secondary prevention populations, whereas increasingly the population at risk of CVD comprises the elderly in primary prevention. Some major guidelines have moved from a lipid-target to a risk-based approach...
August 12, 2017: Current Opinion in Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805655/transfer-of-cvd-grown-graphene-for-room-temperature-gas-sensors
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Federica Rigoni, Rishi Maiti, Camilla Baratto, Maurizio Donarelli, Jennifer MacLeod, Bahrati Gupta, Mei Lyu, Andrea Ponzoni, Giorgio Sberveglieri, Nunzio Motta, Guido Faglia
An easy transfer procedure to obtain graphene-based gas sensing devices operating at room temperature is presented. Starting from chemical vapor deposition (CVD)-grown graphene on copper foil, we obtained single layer graphene which could be transferred onto arbitrary substrates. In particular, we placed single layer graphene on top of a SiO<sub>2</sub>/Si substrate with pre-patterned Pt electrodes to realize a chemiresistor gas sensor able to operate at room temperature. The responses to ammonia (10, 20, 30 ppm) and nitrogen dioxide (1, 2, 3 ppm) are shown at different values of relative humidity, in dark and under 254 nm UV light...
August 14, 2017: Nanotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805463/oxygen-uptake-at-aerobic-threshold-is-inversely-associated-with-fatal-cardiovascular-and-all-cause-mortality-events
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Setor K Kunutsor, Sudhir Kurl, Hassan Khan, Francesco Zaccardi, Rainer Rauramaa, Jari A Laukkanen
PURPOSE: We aimed to assess the associations of oxygen uptake at aerobic threshold (VO2 at AT) with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality. DESIGN: VO2 at AT was assessed in 1,663 middle-aged men in a cohort study. Hazard ratios (HRs) were calculated for sudden cardiac death (SCD), fatal coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD), and all-cause mortality. RESULTS: During a median follow-up of 25.6 years, 138 SCDs, 209 fatal CHDs, 333 fatal CVDs, and 719 all-cause mortality events occurred...
August 14, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804458/induced-pluripotent-stem-cells-derived-mesenchymal-stem-cells-attenuate-cigarette-smoke-induced-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction
#15
Yingmin Liang, Xiang Li, Yuelin Zhang, Sze Chun Yeung, Zhe Zhen, Mary S M Ip, Hung Fat Tse, Qizhou Lian, Judith C W Mak
The strong relationship between cigarette smoking and cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been well-documented, but the mechanisms by which smoking increases CVD risk appear to be multifactorial and incompletely understood. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) are regarded as an important candidate for cell-based therapy in CVD. We hypothesized that MSCs derived from induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC-MSCs) or bone marrow (BM-MSCs) might alleviate cigarette smoke (CS)-induced cardiac injury. This study aimed to investigate the effects of BM-MSCs or iPSC-MSCs on CS-induced changes in serum and cardiac lipid profiles, oxidative stress and inflammation as well as cardiac function in a rat model of passive smoking...
2017: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803595/vitamin-d-intake-and-risk-of-cvd-and-all-cause-mortality-evidence-from-the-caerphilly-prospective-cohort-study
#16
Jing Guo, John R Cockcroft, Peter C Elwood, Janet E Pickering, Julie A Lovegrove, David I Givens
OBJECTIVE: Prospective data on the associations between vitamin D intake and risk of CVD and all-cause mortality are limited and inconclusive. The aim of the present study was to investigate the associations between vitamin D intake and CVD risk and all-cause mortality in the Caerphilly Prospective Cohort Study. DESIGN: The associations of vitamin D intake with CVD risk markers were examined cross-sectionally at baseline and longitudinally at 5-year, 10-year and >20-year follow-ups...
August 14, 2017: Public Health Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803324/decreased-serum-l-arginine-and-l-citrulline-levels-in-major-depression
#17
S Hess, G Baker, G Gyenes, R Tsuyuki, S Newman, Jean-Michel Le Melledo
RATIONALE: It has been suggested that endothelial dysfunction caused by a decreased endothelial production of nitric oxide (NO) may contribute to the consistently observed increased risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in physically healthy patients suffering from major depression (MD). NO is a gas synthesized from Larginine (a conditionally essential amino acid) and oxygen by endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS). The end products of NO production include both NO and L-citrulline...
August 13, 2017: Psychopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803127/direct-antioxidant-properties-of-methotrexate-inhibition-of-malondialdehyde-acetaldehyde-protein-adduct-formation-and-superoxide-scavenging
#18
Matthew C Zimmerman, Dahn L Clemens, Michael J Duryee, Cleofes Sarmiento, Andrew Chiou, Carlos D Hunter, Jun Tian, Lynell W Klassen, James R O'Dell, Geoffrey M Thiele, Ted R Mikuls, Daniel R Anderson
Methotrexate (MTX) is an immunosuppressant commonly used for the treatment of autoimmune diseases. Recent observations have shown that patients treated with MTX also exhibit a reduced risk for the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Although MTX reduces systemic inflammation and tissue damage, the mechanisms by which MTX exerts these beneficial effects are not entirely known. We have previously demonstrated that protein adducts formed by the interaction of malondialdehyde (MDA) and acetaldehyde (AA), known as MAA-protein adducts, are present in diseased tissues of individuals with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or CVD...
August 2, 2017: Redox Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802803/metformin-reduces-all-cause-mortality-and-diseases-of-ageing-independent-of-its-effect-on-diabetes-control-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#19
REVIEW
Jared M Campbell, Susan M Bellman, Matthew D Stephenson, Karolina Lisy
This systematic review investigated whether the insulin sensitiser metformin has a geroprotective effect in humans. Pubmed and Embase were searched along with databases of unpublished studies. Eligible research investigated the effect of metformin on all-cause mortality or diseases of ageing relative to non-diabetic populations or diabetics receiving other therapies with adjustment for disease control achieved. Overall, 260 full-texts were reviewed and 53 met the inclusion criteria. Diabetics taking metformin had significantly lower all-cause mortality than non-diabetics (hazard ratio (HR)=0...
August 9, 2017: Ageing Research Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802735/incidence-of-cardiovascular-events-and-vascular-interventions-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
#20
Suzanne E Engelen, Yolanda van der Graaf, Manon C Stam-Slob, Diederick E Grobbee, Maarten J Cramer, L Jaap Kappelle, Gert J de Borst, Frank L J Visseren, Jan Westerink
OBJECTIVE: Diabetes mellitus is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The vascular burden in terms of incidence of cardiovascular events (CVE) and vascular interventions is however poorly quantified. In this study we evaluated the incidence rates of CVE and vascular interventions in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) with and without cardiovascular disease (CVD) in comparison to patients without type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In a cohort of 9...
July 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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