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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28636511/feasibility-of-low-dose-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-used-in-atrial-fibrillation-patients
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Chenglin Zhao, Mengxi Jiang, Jianxin Liu, Li Gao, Xiaoying Wang
OBJECTIVE: The diagnosis of coronary artery disease (CAD) in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) requires a large exposure dosage or repeated examinations. This study evaluates the feasibility of using low-dose CCTA in the double prospectively ECG-triggered high-pitch spiral acquisition mode (Double Flash Spiral mode). METHODS: Twenty-eight AF patients with suspected CAD were recruited. Double Flash Spiral mode (tube voltage 100 kVp) and iterative reconstruction was used for CCTA examination...
March 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633967/the-effects-of-chronic-faah-inhibition-on-myocardial-lipid-metabolism-in-normotensive-and-doca-salt-hypertensive-rats
#2
Agnieszka Polak, Ewa Harasim-Symbor, Barbara Malinowska, Irena Kasacka, Anna Pędzińska-Betiuk, Jolanta Weresa, Adrian Chabowski
AIMS: There is significant evidence that the endocannabinoid system (ECS) takes part in the regulation of the cardiovascular system in hypertension. It is quite well established that hypertension causes several changes in the heart metabolism, but it is still unknown whether the ECS affects this process. Therefore, we investigated the influence of prolonged ECS activation on myocardial lipid metabolism in deoxycorticosterone acetate (DOCA)-salt hypertensive rats by chronic fatty acid amide hydrolase (FAAH) inhibition...
June 17, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629772/impact-of-the-cardiovascular-system-associated-adipose-tissue-on-atherosclerotic-pathology
#3
REVIEW
Dimitry A Chistiakov, Andrey V Grechko, Veronika A Myasoedova, Alexandra A Melnichenko, Alexander N Orekhov
Cardiac obesity makes an important contribution to the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease. One of the important pathways of this contribution is the inflammatory process that takes place in the adipose tissue. In this review, we consider the role of the cardiovascular system-associated fat in atherosclerotic cardiovascular pathology and a non-atherosclerotic cause of coronary artery disease, such as atrial fibrillation. Cardiovascular system-associated fat not only serves as the energy store, but also releases adipokines that control local and systemic metabolism, heart/vascular function and vessel tone, and a number of vasodilating and anti-inflammatory substances...
June 8, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629622/optical-coherence-tomography-compared-with-fractional-flow-reserve-guided-approach-in-acute-coronary-syndromes-a-propensity-matched-analysis
#4
Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Mario Iannaccone, Ovidio De Filippo, Antonio Maria Leone, Giampaolo Niccoli, Filippo Zilio, Fabrizio Ugo, Enrico Cerrato, Massimo Fineschi, Massimo Mancone, Stefano Rigattieri, Nicolas Amabile, Marco Ferlini, Gennaro Sardella, Alberto Cresti, Umberto Barbero, Pascal Motreff, Francesco Colombo, Salvatore Colangelo, Roberto Garbo, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Corrado Tamburino, Antonio Montefusco, Pierlugi Omedè, Claudio Moretti, Maurizio D'amico, Geraud Souteyrand, Fiorenzo Gaita, Ugo Limbruno, Andrea Picchi
AIM: To compare in patients with ACS (acute coronary syndromes) a PCI (percutaneous coronary intervention) approach based on FFR (fractional flow reserve) vs. one based on OCT (optical coherence tomography). METHODS AND RESULTS: Consecutive patients admitted for ACS and treated with a PCI approach based on OCT or on FFR (recruited in two different studies) were compared and matched with propensity score analysis. Target Lesion revascularization (TLR) was the primary end point, while major adverse cardiovascular events [MACEs defined as the composite of death from cardiac causes, non-fatal MI, clinically driven target vessel revascularization (TVR), or re-hospitalization due to unstable angina] were the secondary ones...
June 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627932/short-term-prognostic-effect-of-prior-cerebrovascular-and-peripheral-artery-disease-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-can-we-do-better
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Filipa Cordeiro, Pedro S Mateus, Alberto Ferreira, Silvia Leao, Miguel Moz, J Ilidio Moreira
BACKGROUND: We sought to evaluate the impact of prior cerebrovascular and/or peripheral arterial disease (PAD) on in-hospital outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndromes. METHODS: From 1 October 2010 to 26 February 2016, 13,904 acute coronary syndrome patients were enrolled in a national multicentre registry. They were divided into four groups: prior stroke/transient ischaemic attack (stroke/TIA); prior PAD; prior stroke/TIA and PAD; none. The endpoints included in-hospital mortality and a composite endpoint of death, re-infarction and stroke during hospitalization...
June 1, 2017: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624754/automatic-segmentation-of-the-lumen-region-in-intravascular-images-of-the-coronary-artery
#6
Danilo Samuel Jodas, Aledir Silveira Pereira, João Manuel R S Tavares
Image assessment of the arterial system plays an important role in the diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases. The segmentation of the lumen and media-adventitia in intravascular (IVUS) images of the coronary artery is the first step towards the evaluation of the morphology of the vessel under analysis and the identification of possible atherosclerotic lesions. In this study, a fully automatic method for the segmentation of the lumen in IVUS images of the coronary artery is presented. The proposed method relies on the K-means algorithm and the mean roundness to identify the region corresponding to the potential lumen...
June 10, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623669/outcomes-after-successful-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-of-calcified-lesions-using-rotational-atherectomy-cutting-balloon-angioplasty-or-balloon-only-angioplasty-before-drug-eluting-stent-implantation
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Björn Redfors, Akiko Maehara, Bernhard Witzenbichler, Giora Weisz, Thomas D Stuckey, Timothy D Henry, Thomas McAndrew, Roxana Mehran, Ajay J Kirtane, Gregg W Stone, Philippe Généreux
OBJECTIVES: To report adverse event rates after rotational atherectomy (RA) with contemporary drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation and compare RA to cutting balloon (CB) angioplasty and balloon-only angioplasty (BA) in the all-comers ADAPT-DES trial. BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of calcified lesions is increasingly common and is associated with a high risk of adverse events. RA can ablate calcified plaque and facilitate stent delivery; however, in conjunction with first-generation DES, RA was not superior to BA alone in regard to adverse events...
June 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623013/low-qrs-voltage-on-presenting-electrocardiogram-predicts-multi-vessel-disease-in-anterior-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction
#8
Akihiro Kobayashi, Naoki Misumida, Shunsuke Aoi, Yumiko Kanei
BACKGROUND: Low QRS voltage was reported to predict adverse outcomes in acute myocardial infarction in the pre-thrombolytic era. However, the association between low voltage and angiographic findings has not been fully addressed. METHODS: We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with anterior ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Low QRS voltage was defined as either peak to peak QRS complex voltage <1.0mV in all precordial leads or <0...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622946/estimation-of-myocardial-flow-reserve-utilizing-an-ultrafast-cardiac-spect-comparison-with-coronary-angiography-fractional-flow-reserve-and-the-syntax-score
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Masao Miyagawa, Yoshiko Nishiyama, Teruyoshi Uetani, Akiyoshi Ogimoto, Shuntaro Ikeda, Hayato Ishimura, Emiri Watanabe, Rami Tashiro, Yuki Tanabe, Teruhito Kido, Akira Kurata, Teruhito Mochizuki
BACKGROUND: Quantitative assessment of myocardial flow reserve (MFR) by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is challenging but may facilitate evaluation of multi-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We enrolled 153 patients with suspected or known CAD, referred for pharmacological stress MPI. They underwent a (99m)Tc-perfusion stress/rest SPECT with an ultrafast cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT) camera. Dynamic data were acquired and time-activity curves fitted to a 1-tissue compartment analysis with input function...
June 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622581/assessment-of-atherosclerotic-luminal-narrowing-of-coronary-arteries-based-on-morphometrically-generated-visual-guides
#10
Rolf F Barth, David A Kellough, Patricia Allenby, Luke E Blower, Scott H Hammond, Greg M Allenby, L Maximilian Buja
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Determination of the degree of stenosis of atherosclerotic coronary arteries is an important part of postmortem examination of the heart, but, unfortunately, estimation of the degree of luminal narrowing can be imprecise and tends to be approximations. Visual guides can be useful to assess this, but earlier attempts to develop such guides did not employ digital technology. Using this approach, we have developed two computer-generated morphometric guides to estimate the degree of luminal narrowing of atherosclerotic coronary arteries...
May 30, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28619104/individualized-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-based-on-platelet-function-testing-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
#11
Yijiang Zhou, Yanwei Wang, Yutao Wu, Chaoyang Huang, Hui Yan, Weiguo Zhu, Weiwei Xu, Li Zhang, Jianhua Zhu
BACKGROUND: High on-treatment platelet reactivity (HPR) represents a strong risk factor for thrombotic events after PCI. We aim to evaluate the efficacy and safety of individualizing intensified dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) in PCI-treated patients with HPR based on platelet function testing (PFT). METHODS: Electronic databases were searched for randomized control trials that reported the clinical outcomes of using an intensified antiplatelet protocol with P2Y12 receptor inhibitor comparing with standard maintenance dose of clopidogrel on the basis of platelet function testing...
June 15, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616560/successful-revascularization-improves-long-term-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-chronic-coronary-total-occlusion
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Tomohiko Teramoto, Etsuo Tsuchikane, Masanori Yamamoto, Hitoshi Matsuo, Yoshiaki Kawase, Yoriyasu Suzuki, Seiji Kanou, Tetsurou Shimura, Hirotomo Sato, Maoto Habara, Kenya Nasu, Masashi Kimura, Yoshihisa Kinoshita, Mitsuyasu Terashima, Tetsuo Matsubara, Takahiko Suzuki
BACKGROUND: Following the development of breakthrough techniques for percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in the treatment of chronic total occlusions (CTO), the initial success rate of PCI in CTO lesions (CTO-PCI) has improved; however, there are few reports regarding the effects of successful CTO revascularization on long-term mortality in Japan. The aim of this study was to compare the long-term clinical outcomes of patients with successful versus failed CTO recanalization and to identify related factors...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613418/differences-in-optic-nerve-head-microcirculation-between-evening-and-morning-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#13
Tomoaki Shiba, Mao Takahashi, Tadashi Matsumoto, Yuichi Hori
PURPOSE: To determine whether differences or variation of blood flow in the optic nerve head (ONH) are independent risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We studied 144 consecutive patients whose ocular blood flow in the ONH was measured in the evening and morning by laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG). We analysed the mean blur rate (MBR) throughout the ONH (MBR-A) and in the tissue (MBR-T) and vessels (MBR-V) in the ONH. We also evaluated the MBR-T, -V and -A values obtained in the evening and morning and the variation (Δ) between evening and morning values in each group...
June 14, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612908/association-between-fractional-flow-reserve-and-duke-treadmill-score-in-patients-with-single-vessel-disease
#14
Süleyman Kalaycı, Belma Kalaycı, Ekrem Şahan, Asiye Ayça Ayyılmaz Boyacı
BACKGROUND: Duke Treadmill score (DTS) is an index that provides prognostic information calculated at exercise stress test (EST). Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is an invasive method used to evaluate intermediate coronary stenosis. The direct relation of DTS and FFR has not been studied to date. AIM: The present study aims to investigate the relationship between the Duke Treadmill score (DTS) and fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: The study population consisted of a total of 106 patients who have single-vessel disease, as confirmed by the coronary angiography (CAG), performed following EST, and whose FFRs have been measured...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612416/percutaneous-coronary-interventions-in-diabetics-the-never-ending-challenge
#15
EDITORIAL
Jorge A Belardi, Alfonsina Candiello
Diabetes mellitus (DM) is a multisystem disorder and a recognized risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) and DM patient are particularly challenging for revascularization. In this "real world" retrospective study post-PCI DM patients showed a high risk profile compared to the non-DM group, given by the higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors, multiple vessel disease, and renal dysfunction, with the highest rates seen in the ITDM. Only ITDM patients present higher 30-day mortality compared to non-DM patients in the urgent and primary PCI setting...
June 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612280/mid-term-and-long-term-safety-and-efficacy-of-bioresorbable-vascular-scaffolds-versus-metallic-everolimus-eluting-stents-in-coronary-artery-disease-a%C3%A2-weighted-meta-analysis-of-seven-randomised-controlled-trials-including-5577-patients
#16
J Elias, I M van Dongen, R P Kraak, R Y G Tijssen, B E P M Claessen, J G P Tijssen, R J de Winter, J J Piek, J J Wykrzykowska, J P S Henriques
AIMS: Mid- and long-term safety and efficacy of the Absorb bioresorbable vascular scaffold (BVS) have been studied in randomised trials; however, most were not individually powered for clinical endpoints. We performed a weighted meta-analysis comparing mid- and long-term outcomes in patients treated with the BVS compared with the Xience metallic stent. METHODS AND RESULTS: Randomised trials comparing the BVS and Xience were identified by searching MEDLINE, EMBASE and conference abstracts...
June 13, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611879/pitfalls-in-electrocardiographic-diagnosis-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-in-low-risk-chest-pain
#17
REVIEW
Semhar Z Tewelde, Amal Mattu, William J Brady
Less than half of patients with a chest pain history indicative of acute coronary syndrome have a diagnostic electrocardiogram (ECG) on initial presentation to the emergency department. The physician must dissect the ECG for elusive, but perilous, characteristics that are often missed by machine analysis. ST depression is interpreted and often suggestive of ischemia; however, when exclusive to leads V1-V3 with concomitant tall R waves and upright T waves, a posterior infarction should first and foremost be suspected...
June 2017: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611782/long-term-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-outcomes-of-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-in-the-era-of-second-generation-drug-eluting-stents
#18
Wojciech Wańha, Damian Kawecki, Tomasz Roleder, Aleksandra Pluta, Kamil Marcinkiewicz, Beata Morawiec, Janusz Dola, Sylwia Gładysz, Tomasz Pawłowski, Grzegorz Smolka, Andrzej Ochała, Ewa Nowalany-Kozielska, Wojciech Wojakowski
BACKGROUND: The following registry (Katowice-Zabrze retrospective registry) aimed to assess the influence of a chronic kidney disease (CKD) on long-term clinical outcomes in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using either first-generation (DES-I) or second-generation (DES-II) drug-eluting stents. METHODS: The study group consisted of 1,908 consecutive patients, of whom 331 (17.3%) had CKD. CKD was defined as an estimated glomerular filtration rate of <60 mL/min/m(2)...
February 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611075/identification-and-functional-characterization-of-hypoxia-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress-regulating-lncrna-hyperlnc-in-pericytes
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Florian C Bischoff, Astrid Werner, David John, Jes-Niels Boeckel, Maria-Theodora Melissari, Phillip Grote, Simone F Glaser, Shemsi Demolli, Shizuka Uchida, Katharina M Michalik, Benjamin Meder, Hugo A Katus, Jan Haas, Wei Chen, Soni S Pullamsetti, Werner Seeger, Andreas M Zeiher, Stefanie Dimmeler, Christoph M Zehendner
Rationale: Pericytes are essential for vessel maturation and endothelial barrier function. Long non-coding RNAs (lncRNAs) regulate many cellular functions, but their role in pericyte biology remains unexplored. Objective: Here we investigate the effect of Hypoxia-Induced Endoplasmic Reticulum Stress Regulating lncRNA (HypERlnc, also known as ENSG00000262454) on pericyte function in vitro and its regulation in human heart failure and idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension. Methods and Results: RNA sequencing in human primary pericytes (hPCs) identified hypoxia regulated lncRNAs, including HypERlnc...
June 13, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611006/intensive-versus-moderate-atorvastatin-therapy-and-one-year-graft-patency-after-cabg-rationale-and-design-of-the-active-aggressive-cholesterol-therapy-to-inhibit-vein-graft-events-randomized-controlled-trial-nct01528709
#20
Alexander Kulik, Amy M Abreu, Viviana Boronat, Marc Ruel
RATIONALE: Saphenous vein graft disease remains a major limitation of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG). Statin therapy inhibits the development of vein graft disease and improves outcomes after CABG. However, it is unclear whether treatment with high-dose statins will further slow the process of vein graft disease and improve graft patency, as compared to conventional moderate doses. Therefore, the goal of this study will be to evaluate the efficacy of high-dose statin therapy versus moderate-dose statin therapy for the prevention of saphenous vein graft occlusion following CABG...
June 10, 2017: Contemporary Clinical Trials
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