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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239051/coronary-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-male-marathon-runners
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Christof Burgstahler, Hans Cipowicz, Christoph Thomas, Christoph Schabel, Stefanie Mangold, Dominik Ketelsen, Claus D Claussen, Andreas M Niess, Ilias Tsiflikas
The aim of the study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of carotid ultrasound (CU) to predict coronary atherosclerosis in asymptomatic male marathon runners. A total of 49 male marathon runners older than 45 years(mean age 53.3±7.2 years, range 45-74 years) received CU and cardiac CT angiography(CTA) including calcium scoring(CS). Results of CU and CTA were classified binary: 1. Absence of atherosclerosis and 2. presence of atherosclerosis. The extend of atherosclerosis was not primary end-point of the study...
December 14, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233634/epicardial-adipose-tissue-density-and-volume-are-related-to-subclinical-atherosclerosis-inflammation-and-major-adverse-cardiac-events-in-asymptomatic-subjects
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Markus Goeller, Stephan Achenbach, Mohamed Marwan, Mhairi K Doris, Sebastien Cadet, Frederic Commandeur, Xi Chen, Piotr J Slomka, Heidi Gransar, J Jane Cao, Nathan D Wong, Moritz H Albrecht, Alan Rozanski, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Daniel S Berman, Damini Dey
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and density are related to early atherosclerosis, plaque inflammation and major adverse cardiac events (MACE, cardiac death and myocardial infarction) in asymptomatic subjects. METHODS: EAT volume and density were quantified from non-contrast cardiac CT in 456 asymptomatic individuals (age 60.3 ± 8.3; 68% with CCS>0) from the prospective EISNER trial. EAT volume and density were examined in relation to coronary calcium score (CCS), inflammatory biomarkers and MACE...
November 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29225032/calcification-of-thoracic-and-abdominal-aneurysms-is-associated-with-mortality-and-morbidity
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Mohammed M Chowdhury, Lukasz P Zieliński, James J Sun, Simon Lambracos, Jonathan R Boyle, Seamus C Harrison, James H F Rudd, Patrick A Coughlin
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular events are common in people with aortic aneurysms. Arterial calcification is a recognised predictor of cardiovascular outcomes in coronary artery disease. Whether calcification within abdominal and thoracic aneurysm walls is correlated with poor cardiovascular outcomes is not known. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Calcium scores were derived from computed tomography (CT) scans of consecutive patients with either infrarenal (AAA) or descending thoracic aneurysms (TAA) using the modified Agatston score...
December 7, 2017: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29220061/comparison-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-estimating-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-fatty-liver-disease
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Hyun-Jin Kim, Hyung-Bok Park, Yongsung Suh, Yoon-Hyeong Cho, Eui-Seok Hwang, Deok-Kyu Cho, Tae-Young Choi
INTRODUCTION: Fatty liver disease (FLD) is correlated with cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) can noninvasively identify subclinical atherosclerosis and predict risk for cardiovascular events. This study evaluated CIMT and CACS measurements to detect subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with and without FLD. METHODS: Patients who underwent carotid and abdominal ultrasounds as well as cardiac computed tomography (CT) scans were evaluated retrospectively...
December 8, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29202484/usefulness-of-martin-s-method-for-estimation-of-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-in-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Soie Chung
OBJECTIVE: This study was conducted to validate Martin's method in coronary atherosclerosis in comparison with Friedewald's equation. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: A total of 299 participants with a coronary artery calcium score (CACS) ≥ 300 and a serum triglyceride (TG) level < 400 mg/dL at Seoul National University Hospital Healthcare System Gangnam Center, Seoul, Korea were enrolled in this study. The Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) was directly measured with a homogeneous assay (DLDL) and estimated by both Friedewald's equation (FLDL) and Martin's method (MLDL)...
December 4, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198984/relation-of-an-echocardiographic-based-cardiac-calcium-score-to-mitral-stenosis-severity-and-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Siyuan P Sheng, Lucius A Howell, Melissa C Caughey, Michael Yeung, John P Vavalle
Patients with calcific aortic stenosis (AS) often have diffuse cardiac calcification involving the mitral valve apparatus and coronary arteries. We examined the association between global cardiac calcification quantified by a previously validated echocardiographic calcium score (eCS) with the severity of mitral stenosis (MS) and coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a clinical diagnosis of severe calcific AS. In this sample of 147 patients (mean age 81 ± 9 years, 50% male), 81 patients (55%) were determined by echocardiography to have some degree of MS...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29196542/cardiac-myosin-binding-protein-c-is-a-novel-marker-of-myocardial-injury-and-fibrosis-in-aortic-stenosis
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Atul Anand, Calvin Chin, Anoop S V Shah, Jacek Kwieciński, Alex Vesey, Joanna Cowell, Ekkehard Weber, Thomas Kaier, David E Newby, Marc Dweck, Michael S Marber, Nicholas L Mills
OBJECTIVE: Cardiac myosin-binding protein C (cMyC) is an abundant sarcomeric protein and novel highly specific marker of myocardial injury. Myocyte death characterises the transition from hypertrophy to replacement myocardial fibrosis in advanced aortic stenosis. We hypothesised that serum cMyC concentrations would be associated with cardiac structure and outcomes in patients with aortic stenosis. METHODS: cMyC was measured in two cohorts in which serum had previously been prospectively collected: a mechanism cohort of patients with aortic stenosis (n=161) and healthy controls (n=46) who underwent cardiac MRI, and an outcome cohort with aortic stenosis (n=104) followed for a median of 11...
December 1, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29195787/high-risk-plaque-and-calcification-detected-by-coronary-ct-angiography-to-predict-future-cardiovascular-events-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Nobuo Tomizawa, Kodai Yamamoto, Shinichi Inoh, Takeshi Nojo, Sunao Nakamura
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to investigate whether high-risk plaque (HRP) and calcium assessed by coronary computed tomography (CT) could predict future cardiovascular events after second-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) placement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 317 patients from December 2012 to April 2015 who underwent coronary CT followed by DES placement. HRP was defined as a plaque with positive remodeling and low attenuation or a plaque with a napkin-ring sign...
November 29, 2017: Academic Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188297/coronary-calcium-score-and-cardiovascular-risk-in-elderly-populations-further-considerations
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Julio C Sauza-Sosa, Victor A Ferrari, Lilia M Sierra-Galan
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 29, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29188289/coronary-calcium-score-and-cardiovascular-risk-in-elderly-populations-reply
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Philip Greenland, Yuichiro Yano, Donald M Lloyd-Jones
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 29, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29174140/relation-of-coronary-artery-calcium-and-extra-coronary-aortic-calcium-to-incident-hypertension-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Amer I Aladin, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Shereen H Rasool, Zeina Dardari, Joseph Yeboah, Khurram Nasir, Matthew J Budoff, Bruce M Psaty, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, John W McEvoy
Arterial calcification reflects an atherosclerotic process associated with vascular stiffness. Whether baseline coronary artery calcium (CAC) and extra-coronary calcium (ECC), measured using noncontrast computed tomography imaging, are associated with incident hypertension is poorly understood. We studied participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis without measured or self-reported hypertension at baseline. Incident hypertension was defined by blood pressure criteria (BP, ≥140/90 mmHg), BP medication use, or both, and was assessed at in-person visits...
October 24, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29171773/fitness-attenuates-the-prevalence-of-increased-coronary-artery-calcium-in-individuals-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Elin Ekblom-Bak, Örjan Ekblom, Erika Fagman, Oskar Angerås, Caroline Schmidt, Annika Rosengren, Mats Börjesson, Göran Bergström
Background The association between cardiorespiratory fitness, physical activity and coronary artery calcium (CAC) is unclear, and whether higher levels of fitness attenuate CAC prevalence in subjects with metabolic syndrome is not fully elucidated. The present study aims to: a) investigate the independent association of fitness on the prevalence of CAC, after adjustment for moderate-to-vigorous physical activity and sedentary time, and b) study the possible attenuation of increased CAC by higher fitness, in participants with metabolic syndrome...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29168268/lifetime-marijuana-use-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-the-coronary-artery-risk-development-in-young-adults-cardia-study
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Reto Auer, Stephen Sidney, David Goff, Eric Vittinghoff, Mark J Pletcher, Norrina B Allen, Jared P Reis, Cora E Lewis, Jeffrey Carr, Jamal S Rana
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Unlike tobacco, the effect of marijuana smoke on subclinical atherosclerosis, a surrogate measure for cardiovascular disease, is not known. This study aimed to determine the association between lifetime exposure to marijuana and measures of subclinical atherosclerosis in mid-life. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: We used data from the US-based Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, a cohort of black and white men and women aged 18-30 years at baseline in 1985-86, with up to 7 follow-up exams over 25 years...
November 22, 2017: Addiction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153576/coronary-artery-calcium-and-long-term%C3%A2-risk-of-death-myocardial%C3%A2-infarction-and-stroke-the-walter-reed-cohort-study
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Joshua D Mitchell, Robert Paisley, Patrick Moon, Eric Novak, Todd C Villines
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the long-term risk of death and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) outcomes, including stroke, in a real-world cohort that underwent coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring. BACKGROUND: Large-scale, long-term studies assessing the independent relationship of CAC for prediction of ASCVD events, to include stroke, in young, low-risk patients are uncommon outside of the clinical trial setting. METHODS: A total of 23,637 consecutive subjects without ASCVD who underwent CAC scoring from 1997 to 2009 were studied...
November 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151454/changes-in-serum-fibroblast-growth-factor-23-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Hideaki Takahashi, Michishige Ozeki, Tomohiro Fujisaka, Hideaki Morita, Shu-Ichi Fujita, Yoshihiro Takeda, Kensaku Shibata, Koichi Sohmiya, Masaaki Hoshiga, Junko Tamaki, Nobukazu Ishizaka
BACKGROUND: Fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) induces cardiac remodeling. We investigated the changes in serum FGF23 levels in patients diagnosed with acute myocardial infarction (AMI).Methods and Results:A total of 44 patients diagnosed with AMI were included in the current study. All patients underwent emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The median of peak creatine kinase (CK) and CKMB values was 1,816 U/L and 159 U/L, respectively. Serum levels of FGF23, calcium, and inorganic phosphate (iP) were measured before PCI, and on days 1, 3, 5, 7 after PCI...
November 18, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149718/coronary-risk-assessment-at-x-ray-dose-equivalent-ungated-chest-ct-results-of-a-multi-reader-study
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Michael Messerli, Lukas Hechelhammer, Sebastian Leschka, René Warschkow, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of ultra-low dose chest CT with tin filtration for ordinal coronary artery calcium (CAC) risk scoring. METHODS: 50 patients were prospectively included and underwent clinical standard dose chest CT (1.8±0.7mSv) and ultra-low dose CT (0.13±0.01mSv). Four radiologists estimated presence and extent of CAC. RESULTS: Weighted kappa values for CAC were 0.76-0.97 in standard dose and 0.75-0.95 in ultra-low dose CT (p<0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146023/longitudinal-associations-of-pericardial-and-intrathoracic-fat-with-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-from-the-framingham-heart-study
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Udo Hoffmann, Joseph M Massaro, Christopher J O'Donnell, Emelia J Benjamin, Michelle T Long
Cross-sectional studies have shown that pericardial fat is associated with atherosclerotic burden above and beyond generalized and central adiposity. Whether pericardial fat is longitudinally associated with coronary artery calcium (CAC) has not been firmly established. We examined the associations between cardiac ectopic fat including pericardial and intrathoracic fat with CAC progression and incidence in a community-based study setting. Study participants were from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Third Generation Cohorts who underwent multidetector computed tomography at 2 consecutive examinations (2002 to 2005 and 2008 to 2011) for the assessment of CAC...
October 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145946/predicting-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-low-risk%C3%A2-individuals-ideal-cardiovascular-health-score-and-fuster-bewat-score
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Juan Miguel Fernández-Alvira, Valentín Fuster, Stuart Pocock, Javier Sanz, Leticia Fernández-Friera, Martín Laclaustra, Rodrigo Fernández-Jiménez, José Mendiguren, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Borja Ibáñez, Héctor Bueno
BACKGROUND: The ideal cardiovascular health score (ICHS) is recommended for use in primary prevention. Simpler tools not requiring laboratory tests, such as the Fuster-BEWAT (blood pressure [B], exercise [E], weight [W], alimentation [A], and tobacco [T]) score (FBS), are also available. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of ICHS and FBS in predicting the presence and extent of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: A total of 3,983 participants 40 to 54 years of age were enrolled in the PESA (Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis) cohort...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145895/comparative-analysis-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-and-t-for-their-association-with-coronary-computed-tomography-assessed-calcium-scoring-represented-by-the-agatston-score
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Jonas Rusnak, Michael Behnes, Thomas Henzler, Nadine Reckord, Nils Vogler, Mathias Meyer, Ursula Hoffmann, Michele Natale, Julia Hoffmann, Sonja Hamed, Kathrin Weidner, Siegfried Lang, Agnibh Mukherji, Holger Haubenreisser, Stefan O Schoenberg, Martin Borggrefe, Thomas Bertsch, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the association between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) and coronary calcium concentration (CAC) detected by coronary computed tomography (CCT) and evaluated with the Agatston score in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients undergoing CCT during routine clinical care were enrolled prospectively. CCT was indicated for patients with a low to intermediate pretest probability for CAD...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143297/impact-of-trimetazidine-treatment-on-5-year-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-significant-coronary-artery-spasm-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Yong Hoon Kim, Ae-Young Her, Seung-Woon Rha, Byoung Geol Choi, Se Yeon Choi, Jae Kyeong Byun, Ahmed Mashaly, Yoonjee Park, Won Young Jang, Woohyeun Kim, Jah Yeon Choi, Eun Jin Park, Jin Oh Na, Cheol Ung Choi, Hong Euy Lim, Eung Ju Kim, Chang Gyu Park, Hong Seog Seo, Dong Joo Oh
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the additive benefit of trimetazidine with well-known antispasmodic agents such as calcium channel blockers and nitrate in patients with significant coronary artery spasm (CAS) as assessed by acetylcholine provocation test up to 5 years. METHODS: A total 1727 patients with significant CAS were enrolled. They were divided into two groups: a trimetazidine group (trimetazidine, diltiazem, and nitrate, n = 695), and control group (diltiazem and nitrate, n = 473)...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
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