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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216252/calcification-of-the-splenic-iliac-and-breast-arteries-and-risk-of-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-mortality
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Eva J E Hendriks, Joline W J Beulens, Pim A de Jong, Yvonne T van der Schouw, Wei-Ning Sun, C Michael Wright, Michael H Criqui, Matthew A Allison, Joachim H Ix
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CVD risks associated with coronary artery calcification (CAC) and aortic calcification (AC) are well known, but less is known about other calcified arteries. We aimed to assess the associations of arterial calcification in the breast, splenic, and internal and external iliac arteries with CVD risk factors and mortality. METHODS: We conducted a case-cohort study nested in a cohort of 5196 individuals who self-referred or were referred by a health care provider for whole body computed tomography (CT), including a random subcohort (n = 395) and total and CVD mortality cases (n = 298 and n = 90), who died during a median follow-up of 9...
January 30, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209366/quantifying-aortic-valve-calcification-using-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Abdulrahman M Alqahtani, Kevin E Boczar, Vinay Kansal, Kwan Chan, Girish Dwivedi, Benjamin J W Chow
INTRODUCTION: Aortic valve calcification (AVC) has been associated with major adverse cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. We sought to develop and validate a method to quantify AVC using coronary CT angiography (CTA). METHODS: Of 59 patients who underwent both non-contrast and contrast enhanced coronary CTA, 25 patients served as the derivation cohort and 34 patients served as the validation cohort. For non-contrast enhanced CT, quantification of AVC was performed using the Agatston method for coronary artery calcification (CAC)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205492/significant-inverse-association-of-equol-producer-status-with-coronary-artery-calcification-but-not-dietary-isoflavones-in-healthy-japanese-men
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Vasudha Ahuja, Katsuyuki Miura, Abhishek Vishnu, Akira Fujiyoshi, Rhobert Evans, Maryam Zaid, Naoko Miyagawa, Takashi Hisamatsu, Aya Kadota, Tomonori Okamura, Hirotsugu Ueshima, Akira Sekikawa
Equol, a metabolite of the dietary isoflavone daidzein, is produced by the action of gut bacteria in some individuals who are termed as equol-producers. It is proposed to have stronger atheroprotective properties than dietary isoflavones. We examined a cross-sectional association of dietary isoflavones and equol-producer status with coronary artery calcification (CAC), a biomarker of coronary atherosclerosis, among men in Japan. A population-based sample of 272 Japanese men aged 40-49 years recruited from 2004 to 2007 was examined for serum isoflavones, serum equol, CAC and other factors...
January 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196265/association-of-coronary-artery-calcium-in-adults-aged-32-to-46-years-with-incident-coronary-heart-disease-and-death
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John Jeffrey Carr, David R Jacobs, James G Terry, Christina M Shay, Stephen Sidney, Kiang Liu, Pamela J Schreiner, Cora E Lewis, James M Shikany, Jared P Reis, David C Goff
Importance: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD); however, prognostic data on CAC are limited in younger adults. Objective: To determine if CAC in adults aged 32 to 46 years is associated with incident clinical CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality during 12.5 years of follow-up. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study is a prospective community-based study that recruited 5115 black and white participants aged 18 to 30 years from March 25, 1985, to June 7, 1986...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174196/sex-differences-in-the-performance-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-compared-with-functional-testing-in-evaluating-stable-chest-pain-subanalysis-of-the-multicenter-randomized-crescent-trial-calcium-imaging-and-selective-ct-angiography-in-comparison-to-functional
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Marisa Lubbers, Adriaan Coenen, Tobias Bruning, Tjebbe Galema, Jurgen Akkerhuis, Boudewijn Krenning, Paul Musters, Mohamed Ouhlous, Ahno Liem, Andre Niezen, Admir Dedic, Ron van Domburg, Miriam Hunink, Koen Nieman
BACKGROUND: Cardiac computed tomography (CT) represents an alternative diagnostic strategy for women with suspected coronary artery disease, with potential benefits in terms of effectiveness and cost-efficiency. METHODS AND RESULTS: The CRESCENT trial (Calcium Imaging and Selective CT Angiography in Comparison to Functional Testing for Suspected Coronary Artery Disease) prospectively randomized 350 patients with stable angina (55% women; aged 55±10 years), mostly with an intermediate coronary artery disease probability, between cardiac CT and functional testing...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168514/limits-of-the-possible-diagnostic-image-quality-in-coronary-angiography-with-third-generation-dual-source-ct
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Marco M Ochs, Fabian Aus dem Siepen, Thomas Fritz, Florian Andre, Gitsios Gitsioudis, Grigorios Korosoglou, Sebastian Seitz, Yuriy Bogomazov, Christopher L Schlett, Roman Sokiranski, Andre Sommer, Friedemann Gückel, Matthias Brado, Hans-Ulrich Kauczor, Johannes Görich, Matthias G W Friedrich, Hugo A Katus, Sebastian J Buss
BACKGROUND: The usage of coronary CT angiography (CTA) is appropriate in patients with acute or chronic chest pain; however the diagnostic accuracy may be challenged with increased Agatston score (AS), increased heart rate, arrhythmia and severe obesity. Thus, we aim to determine the potential of the recently introduced third-generation dual-source CT (DSCT) for CTA in a 'real-life' clinical setting. METHODS: Two hundred and sixty-eight consecutive patients (age: 67 ± 10 years; BMI: 27 ± 5 kg/m²; 61% male) undergoing clinically indicated CTA with DSCT were included in the retrospective single-center analysis...
February 6, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167282/comparison-of-low-dose-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-using-low-tube-current-technique-and-hybrid-iterative-reconstruction-vs-filtered-back-projection
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Nada Sulaiman, Jeanette Soon, Jong Kwan Park, Christopher Naoum, Shaw-Hua Kueh, Philipp Blanke, Darra Murphy, Jennifer Ellis, Cameron J Hague, Jonathon Leipsic
INTRODUCTION: We sought to validate whether low dose CACS CT with hybrid IR (HIR) could replace standard dose filtered back projection (FBP). METHOD: We enrolled 100 patients to undergo low dose CACS CT with HIR, in addition to routine full dose FBP. RESULTS: No significant difference between full and low dose CT in Agatston score 138.2±360.6 vs. 137.3±356.4 (p=0.272) or calcium mass score 19±48.3 vs. 18.7±49 (p=0.8), respectively. Bland-Altman analysis showed no systematic bias...
February 2, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166422/relation-of-heart-rate-recovery-after-exercise-testing-to-coronary-artery-calcification
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Sae Young Jae, Sudhir Kurl, Jari A Laukkanen, Eun Sun Yoon, Yoon-Ho Choi, Bo Fernhall, Barry A Franklin
BACKGROUND: We examined whether slow heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise testing as an estimate of impaired autonomic function is related to coronary artery calcification (CAC), an emerging marker of coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS: We evaluated 2088 men who participated in a health screening program that included measures of CAC and peak or symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing. HRR was calculated as the difference between peak heart rate during exercise testing and the heart rate at 2 minutes of recovery after peak exercise...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137715/postmenopausal-women-with-greater-paracardial-fat-have-more-coronary-artery-calcification-than-premenopausal-women-the-study-of-women-s-health-across-the-nation-swan-cardiovascular-fat-ancillary-study
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Samar R El Khoudary, Kelly J Shields, Imke Janssen, Matthew J Budoff, Susan A Everson-Rose, Lynda H Powell, Karen A Matthews
BACKGROUND: Volumes of paracardial adipose tissue (PAT) and epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) are greater after menopause. Interestingly, PAT but not EAT is associated with estradiol decline, suggesting a potential role of menopause in PAT accumulation. We assessed whether volumes of heart fat depot (EAT and PAT) were associated with coronary artery calcification (CAC) in women at midlife and whether these associations were modified by menopausal status and estradiol levels. METHODS AND RESULTS: EAT and PAT volumes and CAC were measured using electron beam computed tomography scans...
January 29, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28131807/-prevalence-and-extension-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-cardiovascular-asymptomatic-mexican-population-genetics-of-atherosclerotic-disease-study
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Carlos Posadas-Romero, Fabiola López-Bautista, Marco A Rodas-Díaz, Rosalinda Posadas-Sánchez, Eric Kimura-Hayama, Juan G Juárez-Rojas, Aida X Medina-Urrutia, Guillermo C Cardoso-Saldaña, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón, Esteban Jorge-Galarza
OBJECTIVE: The prevalence of coronary artery calcification (CAC), a specific marker of atherosclerosis, is unknown in Mexico. Our aim was to investigate the prevalence and quantity of CAC and its associations with cardiovascular risk factors in Mexican population. METHODS: CAC was measured by multidetector computed tomography in asymptomatic subjects who participated in the Genetics of Atherosclerotic Disease study. Cardiovascular risk factors and medication were recorded...
January 25, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28128540/determinants-of-aortic-regurgitation-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-an-observational-study-using-multi-slice-computed-tomography-msct-guided-sizing
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Zouhair Rahhab, Nahid El Faquir, Ramón Rodríguez-Olivares, Claire Ren, Nicolas VAN Mieghem, Marcel L Geleijnse, Carl Schultz, Ron VAN Domburg, Peter P DE Jaegere
BACKGROUND: To explore the determinants of aortic regurgitation (AR) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) using Multi Slice Computed Tomography (MSCT) instead of echocardiography-guided sizing. METHODS: Determinants of AR were assessed in 313 consecutive patients who underwent TAVI with the Medtronic(MCS, n=259) or Edwards Sapien or XT(ESV, n=54) using MSCT- guided sizing. AR was assessed by angiography immediately after TAVI (n=313, Sellers) and by echocardiography at discharge (n=285, VARC-2)...
January 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127214/impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-on-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-and-postprocedural-complications
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Rami M Abazid, M Obadah Kattea, Osama A Smettei, Yasir Beshir, Haitham Sakr
BACKGROUND: Excessive coronary calcification can lead to adverse outcomes after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). We therefore evaluated the impact of coronary calcium score (CCS) measured by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) on immediate complications of PCI and rate of restenosis. METHODS: We performed a single-center retrospective analysis of 84 patients with coronary stenosis diagnosed by MDCT who underwent PCI. The Agatston method was used to measure total, target-vessel, and segmental (stent deployment site) CCS...
January 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102510/influence-of-dose-reduction-and-iterative-reconstruction-on-ct-calcium-scores-a-multi-manufacturer-dynamic-phantom-study
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N R van der Werf, M J Willemink, T P Willems, M J W Greuter, T Leiner
To evaluate the influence of dose reduction in combination with iterative reconstruction (IR) on coronary calcium scores (CCS) in a dynamic phantom on state-of-the-art CT systems from different manufacturers. Calcified inserts in an anthropomorphic chest phantom were translated at 20 mm/s corresponding to heart rates between 60 and 75 bpm. The inserts were scanned five times with routinely used CCS protocols at reference dose and 40 and 80% dose reduction on four high-end CT systems. Filtered back projection (FBP) and increasing levels of IR were applied...
January 19, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073567/the-influence-of-native-aortic-valve-calcium-and-transcatheter-valve-oversize-on-the-need-for-pacemaker-implantation-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-insertion
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Fu'ad Al-Azzam, Kevin L Greason, Chayakrit Krittanawong, Eric E Williamson, Christopher J McLeod, Katherine S King, Verghese Mathew
OBJECTIVE: Native aortic valve calcium and transcatheter aortic valve oversize have been reported to predict pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve insertion. We reviewed our experience to better understand the association. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 300 patients with no prior permanent pacemaker implantation who underwent transcatheter aortic valve insertion from November 2008 to February 2015. Valve oversize was calculated using area...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28041705/using-coronary-calcification-to-exclude-an-ischemic-etiology-for-cardiomyopathy-a-validation-study-and-systematic-review
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Manuja Premaratne, Mohabbat Shamsaei, Jonathan D H Chow, Tony Haddad, Fernanda Erthal, Helen Curran, Yeung Yam, Agnieszka Szczotka, Lisa Mielniczuk, George A Wells, Rob S Beanlands, Alomgir Hossain, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Preliminary data suggests the absence of coronary artery calcification (CAC) excludes ischemic etiologies of cardiomyopathy. We prospectively validate and perform a systematic review to determine the utility of an Agatston score=0 to exclude the diagnosis of ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with newly diagnosed LV dysfunction were prospectively enrolled. Patients underwent CAC imaging and were followed until an etiologic diagnosis of cardiomyopathy was made...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036114/does-statins-promote-vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Zhimin Chen, Abdul Rashid Qureshi, Paolo Parini, Eva Hurt-Camejo, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Peter Barany, Armand Jaminon, Leon J Schurgers, Olof Heimburger, Bengt Lindholm, Peter Stenvinkel
BACKGROUND: In end-stage renal disease (ESRD), coronary artery calcification (CAC) and inflammation contribute to cardiovascular disease (CVD). Statins do not improve survival in ESRD patients and their effect on vascular calcification is unclear. We explored associations between CAC, inflammatory biomarkers, statins and mortality in ESRD. MATERIAL AND METHODS: In 240 ESRD patients (63% males; median age 56 years) from cohorts including 86 recipients of living donor kidney transplant (LD-Rtx), 96 incident dialysis patients and 58 prevalent peritoneal dialysis patients, associations of CAC score (Agatston Units, AUs), interleukin-6 (IL-6) with high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tumour necrosis factor (TNF), use of statins and all-cause mortality were analysed...
December 30, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033543/thoracic-aortic-calcium-cardiovascular-disease-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-asymptomatic-individuals-with-zero-coronary-calcium-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Joonseok Kim, Matthew J Budoff, Khurram Nasir, Nathan D Wong, Joseph Yeboah, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Steve Shea, Zeina A Dardari, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: TAC is associated with incident CVD and all-cause mortality. Nevertheless, the independent 10-year prognostic value of TAC in individuals with CAC = 0 beyond traditional risk factors is not well established. METHODS: 3415 MESA participants with baseline CAC = 0 were followed for CHD, CVD events and all-cause mortality. TAC was measured in the ascending and descending aorta in all participants and quantified using Agatston's score. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to study the associations between TAC and incident CHD, CVD events and all-cause mortality...
February 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007496/cardiovascular-health-metrics-among-south-asian-adults-in-the-united-states-prevalence-and-associations-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Sameera A Talegawkar, Yichen Jin, Namratha R Kandula, Alka M Kanaya
South Asians, a fast growing ethnic group in the US, have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared to the general population. We examined the prevalence and distribution of the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 cardiovascular health (CVH) metrics using data from Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study, and cross-sectional associations between number of CVH metrics in the ideal range with subclinical atherosclerosis assessed using coronary artery calcium (CAC) measured using cardiac computed tomography and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measured using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography...
March 2017: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986261/accuracy-and-radiation-dose-reduction-using-low-voltage-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-with-tin-filtration
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Moritz H Albrecht, Akos Varga-Szemes, Taylor M Duguay, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Christian Canstein, Bernhard Schmidt, Thomas Allmendinger, Sheldon E Litwin, Pamela B Morris, Thomas G Flohr, Ellen Hoffmann, U Joseph Schoepf
This study prospectively investigated the accuracy and radiation dose reduction of CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) using a 100 kVp acquisition protocol with tin filtration (Sn100 kVp) compared with the standard 120 kVp acquisition protocol; 70 patients (59% men, 62.1 ± 10.7 years) who underwent a clinically indicated CACS acquisition using the standard 120 kVp protocol on a third-generation dual-source CT system were enrolled. An additional Sn100 kVp CACS scan was performed. Agatston scores and categories, percentile-based risk categorization, and radiation dose estimates were derived from 120 and Sn100 kVp studies and compared...
February 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27974951/automated-agatston-score-computation-in-a-large-dataset-of-non-ecg-gated-chest-computed-tomography
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Germán González, George R Washko, Raúl San José Estépar
The Agatston score, computed from ECG-gated computed tomography (CT), is a well established metric of coronary artery disease. It has been recently shown that the Agatston score computed from chest CT (non ECG-gated) studies is highly correlated with the Agatston score computed from cardiac CT scans. In this work we present an automated method to compute the Agatston score from chest CT images. Coronary arteries calcifications (CACs) are defined as voxels contained within the coronary arteries with a value greater or equal to 130 Hounsfield Units (HU)...
April 2016: Proceedings of the IEEE International Symposium on Biomedical Imaging: from Nano to Macro
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