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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630603/elevated-il-37-levels-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-severe-coronary-artery-calcification
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Meng Chai, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Wei Ji, Qing Yang, Yu-Yang Liu, Ying-Xin Zhao, Dong-Mei Shi, Wei Liu, Li-Xia Yang, Lin-Lin Zhang, Jing Liang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a predictor of cardiovascular events and plaque burden and is closely associated with chronic inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly discovered member of the IL-1 family and is considered an anti-inflammatory cytokine. Our recent study on mice indicated that IL-37 could attenuate atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, which suggests that IL-37 could be associated with the development of atherosclerosis and related diseases...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616554/alpha2a-adrenergic-receptor-and-enos-genetic-polymorphisms-are-associated-with-exercise-muscle-vasodilatation-in-apparently-healthy-individuals
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Rafael Amorim Belo Nunes, Lucia Pereira Barroso, Alexandre da Costa Pereira, Maria Urbana Pinto Brandão Rondon, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, José Eduardo Krieger, Alfredo José Mansur
PURPOSE: Muscle vasodilatation during exercise has been associated with cardiovascular health and may be influenced by genetic variability. The purpose of this study was to evaluate functional genetic polymorphisms of physiologic pathways related to the regulation of the cardiovascular function (alpha-adrenergic receptors, endothelial nitric oxide synthase and bradykinin B2 receptor) and exercise muscle vasodilatation in apparently healthy men and women. METHODS: We enrolled 689 individuals without established cardiovascular disease that had attended a check-up program...
December 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607128/relationship-of-hypertension-to-coronary-atherosclerosis-and-cardiac-events-in-patients-with-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography
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Rine Nakanishi, Lohendran Baskaran, Heidi Gransar, Matthew J Budoff, Stephan Achenbach, Mouaz Al-Mallah, Filippo Cademartiri, Tracy Q Callister, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Benjamin J W Chow, Augustin DeLago, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Ricardo Cury, Gudrun Feuchtner, Yong-Jin Kim, Jonathon Leipsic, Philipp A Kaufmann, Erica Maffei, Gilbert Raff, Leslee J Shaw, Todd C Villines, Allison Dunning, Hugo Marques, Gianluca Pontone, Daniele Andreini, Ronen Rubinshtein, Jeroen Bax, Erica Jones, Niree Hindoyan, Millie Gomez, Fay Y Lin, James K Min, Daniel S Berman
Hypertension is an atherosclerosis factor and is associated with cardiovascular risk. We investigated the relationship between hypertension and the presence, extent, and severity of coronary atherosclerosis in coronary computed tomographic angiography and cardiac events risk. Of 17 181 patients enrolled in the CONFIRM registry (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes: An International Multicenter Registry) who underwent ≥64-detector row coronary computed tomographic angiography, we identified 14 803 patients without known coronary artery disease...
June 12, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606654/management-of-marfan-syndrome-during-pregnancy-a-real-world-experience-from-a-joint-cardiac-obstetric-service
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Joanna C E-S Lim, Matthew Cauldwell, Roshni R Patel, Anselm Uebing, Ruth A Curry, Mark R Johnson, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lorna Swan
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy in Marfan Syndrome (MFS) is associated with increased maternal risk of cardiovascular events. Given the maternal and genetic risks, pre-conception counselling is essential to facilitate informed choices. Multidisciplinary antenatal care with regular imaging is mandatory and best delivered through a Joint Cardiac Obstetric Service (JCOS). The aim of this study was to compare the care delivered in a JCOS against recognised international standards (European Society of Cardiology (ESC))...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28598562/genetic-polymorphisms-and-folate-status
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REVIEW
Mami Hiraoka, Yasuo Kagawa
Moderate hyperhomocysteinemia-induced low folate status is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease, dementia, and depression. Folate is an essential cofactor in the one-carbon metabolism pathway and is necessary in amino acid metabolism, purine and thymidylate synthesis, and DNA methylation. In the folate cycle and homocysteine metabolism, folate, vitamin B12, vitamin B6, and vitamin B2 are important cofactors. Many enzymes are involved in folate transport and uptake, the folate pathway, and homocysteine (Hcy) metabolism, and various polymorphisms have been documented in these enzymes...
June 9, 2017: Congenital Anomalies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591861/diagnostic-reference-levels-in-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-a-systematic-review
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Ali B Alhailiy, Patrick C Brennan, Mark F McEntee, Peter L Kench, Elaine A Ryan
Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a commonly used diagnostic tool for cardiovascular disease. Despite constant improvements to imaging technologies, the radiation dose to patients from CCTA remains a concern when using this procedure. There remains a need for optimisation of CCTA procedures and accurate dose monitoring to reduce the potential risk of cancer. Establishing diagnostic reference levels (DRLs) allows for the assessment of radiation dose variations, enabling strategies aimed at standardising doses across radiological centres...
June 7, 2017: Radiation Protection Dosimetry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28591321/effects-of-a-single-bout-of-resistance-exercise-in-different-volumes-on-endothelium-adaptations-in-healthy-animals
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Marcelo Mendonça Mota, Tharciano Luiz Teixeira Braga da Silva, Fabricio Nunes Macedo, Thássio Ricardo Ribeiro Mesquita, Lucindo José Quintans, Valter Joviniano de Santana-Filho, Sandra Lauton-Santos, Márcio Roberto Viana Santos
Background: Resistance exercise (RE) has been recommended for patients with cardiovascular diseases. Recently, a few studies have demonstrated that the intensity of a single bout of RE has an effect on endothelial adaptations to exercise. However, there is no data about the effects of different volumes of RE on endothelium function. Objective: The aim of the study was to evaluate the effects of different volumes of RE in a single bout on endothelium-dependent vasodilatation and nitric oxide (NO) synthesis in the mesenteric artery of healthy animals...
May 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28589378/erratum-to-automatic-determination-of-cardiovascular-risk-by-ct-attenuation-correction-maps-in-rb-82-pet-ct
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Ivana Išgum, Bob D de Vos, Jelmer M Wolterink, Damini Dey, Daniel S Berman, Mathieu Rubeaux, Tim Leiner, Piotr J Slomka
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
June 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28586961/long-term-results-of-a-highly-performing-conformal-electron-therapy-technique-for-chest-wall-irradiation-after-mastectomy
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Noemie Grellier Adedjouma, Marion Chevrier, Alain Fourquet, Emilie Costa, Haoping Xu, Frederique Berger, Francois Campana, Fatima Laki, Philippe Beuzeboc, Delphine Lefeuvre, Nathalie Fournier-Bidoz, Youlia M Kirova
PURPOSE: To evaluate locoregional control and survival after mastectomy, as well as toxicity, in patients irradiated by a previously described postmastectomy highly conformal electron beam radiation therapy technique (PMERT). METHODS AND MATERIALS: We included all women irradiated by postmastectomy electron beam radiation therapy for nonmetastatic breast cancer between 2007 and 2011 in our department. Acute and late toxicities were retrospectively assessed using Common Terminology Criteria for Adverse Events version 3...
May 1, 2017: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28580809/cardiovascular-imaging-environment-will-the-future-be-cloud-based
#10
Nadine Kawel-Boehm, David A Bluemke
In cardiovascular CT and MR imaging large datasets have to be stored, post-processed, analyzed and distributed. Beside basic assessment of volume and function in cardiac magnetic resonance imaging e.g., more sophisticated quantitative analysis is requested requiring specific software. Several institutions cannot afford various types of software and provide expertise to perform sophisticated analysis. Areas covered: Various cloud services exist related to data storage and analysis specifically for cardiovascular CT and MR imaging...
June 13, 2017: Expert Review of Medical Devices
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28575302/impact-of-computed-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-following-computed-tomography-coronary-angiography-on-downstream-referral-for-invasive-coronary-angiography-revascularization-and-outcome-at-12-months
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Alexander R van Rosendael, Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Michiel A de Graaf, Erik W van Zwet, J Wouter Jukema, Jeroen J Bax, Lucia J Kroft, Arthur J Scholte
Aims: The aim of this study was to assess the impact of adding stress computed tomography (CT) myocardial perfusion (CTP) to coronary CT angiography (CTA) on downstream referral for invasive coronary angiography (ICA), revascularization, and outcome in patients presenting with new-onset chest pain. Methods and results: Three hundred and eighty-four patients were referred for cardiac CT. Patients with lesions ≥50% stenosis underwent subsequently stress CTP. Perfusion scans were considered abnormal if a defect was observed in ≥ 1 segment...
May 29, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28570260/comparison-of-non-contrast-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-computed-tomography-angiography-for-aortic-annular-sizing-before-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Jing Wang, Dinesh H Jagasia, Yamuna R Kondapally, Howard C Herrmann, Yuchi Han
BACKGROUND: Accurate measurement of aortic annulus is crucial before transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Computed tomography (CT) angiography is the most commonly utilized method, but requires contrast administration. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging is a promising alternative modality to provide aortic annulus measurements. Few studies have compared the clinical feasibility and accuracy of non-contrast CMR to contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) angiography in order to provide a non-contrast alternative to CT annular sizing...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28558715/modern-peptide-biomarkers-and-echocardiography-in-cardiac-healthy-haemodialysis-patients
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Franz Maximilian Rasche, Stephan Stoebe, Thomas Ebert, Silvana Feige, Andreas Hagendorff, Wilma Gertrud Rasche, Filip Barinka, Volker Busch, Ulrich Sack, Jochen G Schneider, Stephan Schiekofer
BACKGROUND: In this prospective study, we aimed to assess the haemodynamic changes before and after haemodialysis (HD) in cardiac healthy subjects on chronic HD by imaging methods and endocrine markers of fluid balance. METHODS: Mid-regional pro-atrial natriuretic peptide (MR-proANP), N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), vasopressin (AVP) and copeptin (CT-proAVP), metanephrines and normetanephrines, renin and aldosterone, standard transthoracic echocardiography and diameter of vena cava inferior (VCID) were performed in 20 patients with end stage renal disease (CKD5D) before and after HD and were stratified in residual excretion (RE, less or more 0...
May 30, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28557188/descending-aorta-to-right-atrial-fistula-presenting-with-neonatal-collapse
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Andrew B Ho, Alan G Magee, Nicholas Hayes
Here, we report a four-day old neonate presenting with cardiovascular collapse secondary to a descending aorta to right atrial fistula. Echocardiography was suggestive of the diagnosis and confirmed with computed tomographic (CT) imaging. The fistula was successfully occluded via cardiac catheterization using an Amplatzer Vascular Plug II implanted from the right atrial aspect. This report includes the first CT imaging of this extremely rare congenital defect as well as detailing the first successful transcatheter occlusion of this particular lesion...
May 30, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28555039/fads-gene-polymorphisms-fatty-acid-desaturase-activities-and-hdl-c-in-type-2-diabetes
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Meng-Chuan Huang, Wen-Tsan Chang, Hsin-Yu Chang, Hsin-Fang Chung, Fang-Pei Chen, Ya-Fang Huang, Chih-Cheng Hsu, Shang-Jyh Hwang
Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) correlate with risk of dyslipidemia and cardiovascular diseases. Fatty acid desaturase (FADS) single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) modulate circulating PUFA concentrations. This study examined influence of FADS1 and FADS2 genetic variants on desaturase activities and blood lipid concentrations in type 2 diabetes patients, and further assessed their interrelationships. Selected SNPs (FADS1: rs174547, rs174548, rs174550; FADS2: rs174575, rs174576, rs174583, rs498793 and rs2727270) were genotyped in 820 type 2 diabetes patients and compared with those reported in the HapMap...
May 28, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549293/automated-recognition-of-the-pericardium-contour-on-processed-ct-images-using-genetic-algorithms
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É O Rodrigues, L O Rodrigues, L S N Oliveira, A Conci, P Liatsis
This work proposes the use of Genetic Algorithms (GA) in tracing and recognizing the pericardium contour of the human heart using Computed Tomography (CT) images. We assume that each slice of the pericardium can be modelled by an ellipse, the parameters of which need to be optimally determined. An optimal ellipse would be one that closely follows the pericardium contour and, consequently, separates appropriately the epicardial and mediastinal fats of the human heart. Tracing and automatically identifying the pericardium contour aids in medical diagnosis...
May 17, 2017: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28548975/factor-vii-activating-protease-sex-related-association-with-coronary-artery-calcification
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Ramshanker Ramanathan, Jørgen B Gram, Niels Peter R Sand, Bjarne L Nørgaard, Axel C P Diederichsen, Frank Vitzthum, Herbert Schwarz, Johannes J Sidelmann
: Factor VII-activating protease (FSAP) may regulate development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). We evaluated sex differences in FSAP measures and examined the association between FSAP and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in a middle-aged population. Participants were randomly selected citizens aged 50 or 60 without CVD, diabetes mellitus, Marburg I polymorphism, or hormone replacement therapy (HRT). FSAP protein concentration (total FSAP), FSAP urokinase-activating capacity (FSAP GP), and FSAP GP/total FSAP (specific FSAP activity) were measured...
May 25, 2017: Blood Coagulation & Fibrinolysis: An International Journal in Haemostasis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540283/associations-of-mthfr-c677t-polymorphism-with-insulin-resistance-results-of-nurse-study-nursing-unacquainted-related-stress-etiologies
#18
Motahareh Kheradmand, Zhila Maghbooli, Sedigheh Salemi, Mahnaz Sanjari
BACKGROUND: The insulin resistance syndrome is one of the major contributors of metabolic syndrome, diabetes Type 2 and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. A common mutation (677C to T; Ala to Val) in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene is associated with decreased specific MTHFR activity and elevation of the homocysteine. The aim of this study is investigation of association between MTHFR 677C > T polymorphism with insulin resistance by using HOMA (Homeostasis Model Assessment) index in nurses who are potentially prone to develop insulin resistance because of unfavorable effects of shift work...
2017: Journal of Diabetes and Metabolic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540199/role-of-different-imaging-modalities-of-vascular-calcification-in-predicting-outcomes-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#19
REVIEW
Sinee Disthabanchong, Sarinya Boongird
Vascular calcification (VC) is common among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The severity of VC is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events and mortality. Risk factors for VC include traditional cardiovascular risk factors as well as CKD-related risk factors such as increased calcium and phosphate load. VC is observed in arteries of all sizes from small arterioles to aorta, both in the intima and the media of arterial wall. Several imaging techniques have been utilized in the evaluation of the extent and the severity of VC...
May 6, 2017: World Journal of Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28538388/myxedema-coma-a-case-report-of-pediatric-emergency-care
#20
Yueniu Zhu, Wenjuan Qiu, Mengyan Deng, Xiaodong Zhu
RAIONALE: Myxedema coma (MC) is extremely rare but lethal in pediatric patients with hypothyroidism leading to altered mental status and hypothermia. But there is no clinical guideline for such cases. PATIENT CONCERNS: A 6-year-old Chinese girl presented with coma and hypothermia preceded by pneumonia. Her lab results were: free thyroxin (T4) 4.18 pmol/L and thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) > 150 μIU/mL with extremely elevated anti-thyroid peroxidase (TPO-Ab) and anti-thyroglobulin...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
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