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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336939/locating-the-human-cardiac-conduction-system-using-a-3d-model-of-its-nutritious-arteries
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Yu Xu, Yukun Peng, Rongmei Qu, Guorong Zheng, Feiyan Feng, Yan Feng, Linying He, Shanli He, Zeyu Li, Chang Liu, Zhaoming Xiao, Jun Ouyang, Jingxing Dai
It is difficult for anatomists to dissect the human cardiac conduction system (CCS) on specimens as well as for cardiovascular clinicians to locate the CCS during cardiac operations. Here, we demonstrate a new method for locating the CCS using a 3D model of its nutritious arteries. First, we perfused the coronary arteries with contrast material and then acquired a set of data of thin computer tomography (CT) scans. Then, we generated a 3D model of the coronary artery and distinguished the arteries that supply the CCS...
March 23, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336558/remnant-cholesterol-elicits-arterial-wall-inflammation-and-a-multilevel-cellular-immune-response-in-humans
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Sophie J Bernelot Moens, Simone L Verweij, Johan G Schnitzler, Lotte C A Stiekema, Merijn Bos, Anne Langsted, Carlijn Kuijk, Siroon Bekkering, Carlijn Voermans, Hein J Verberne, Børge G Nordestgaard, Erik S G Stroes, Jeffrey Kroon
OBJECTIVE: Mendelian randomization studies revealed a causal role for remnant cholesterol in cardiovascular disease. Remnant particles accumulate in the arterial wall, potentially propagating local and systemic inflammation. We evaluated the impact of remnant cholesterol on arterial wall inflammation, circulating monocytes, and bone marrow in patients with familial dysbetalipoproteinemia (FD). APPROACH AND RESULTS: Arterial wall inflammation and bone marrow activity were measured using (18)F-FDG PET/CT...
March 23, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335909/erratum-to-2016-scct-str-guidelines-for-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-of-noncontrast-noncardiac-chest-ct-scans-a-report-of-the-society-of-cardiovascular-computed-tomography-and-society-of-thoracic-radiology-j-cardiovasc-comput-tomogr-11-2017-74-84
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Harvey S Hecht, Paul Cronin, Michael J Blaha, Matthew J Budoff, Ella A Kazerooni, Jagat Narula, David Yankelevitz, Suhny Abbara
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330662/pericardial-but-not-hepatic-fat-by-ct-is-associated-with-cv-outcomes-and%C3%A2-structure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#4
Ravi V Shah, Amanda Anderson, Jingzhong Ding, Matthew Budoff, Oliver Rider, Steffen E Petersen, Majken Karoline Jensen, Manja Koch, Matthew Allison, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Jessica Wisocky, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Kenneth Mukamal, Joao A C Lima, Venkatesh L Murthy
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to determine the associations between local (pericardial) fat and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and cardiac remodeling independent of markers of overall adiposity. BACKGROUND: The impact of pericardial fat-a local fat depot encasing the heart-on myocardial function and long-term CV prognosis independent of systemic consequences of adiposity or hepatic fat is an area of active debate. METHODS: We studied 4,234 participants enrolled in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) study with concomitant cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography (CT) measurements for pericardial fat volume and hepatic attenuation (a measure of liver fat)...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330658/nonobstructive-coronary-artery-disease-by-coronary-ct-angiography-improves%C3%A2-risk-stratification-and-allocation%C3%A2-of-statin%C3%A2-therapy
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Hamed Emami, Richard A P Takx, Thomas Mayrhofer, Sumbal Janjua, Jakob Park, Amit Pursnani, Ahmed Tawakol, Michael T Lu, Maros Ferencik, Udo Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine prognostic value of nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) for atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events and to determine whether incorporation of this information into the pooled cohort equation reclassifies recommendations for statin therapy as defined by the 2013 guidelines for cholesterol management of the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association (ACC/AHA). BACKGROUND: Detection of nonobstructive CAD by coronary computed tomography angiography may improve risk stratification and permit individualized and more appropriate allocation of statin therapy...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321775/presence-and-extent-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-defined-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-presenting-with-syncope
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S Altintas, T Dinh, N G H M Marcks, M Kok, A J J Aerts, B Weijs, Y Blaauw, J E Wildberger, M Das, B L J H Kietselaer, H J G M Crijns
BACKGROUND: In syncope patients, presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with poor prognosis. However, data concerning CAD prevalence in syncope patients without known cardiovascular disease are lacking. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate presence and extent of CAD in syncope patients. METHODS: We included 142 consecutive patients presenting with syncope at the outpatient cardiology clinic who underwent coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography...
March 20, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320601/coronary-atherosclerosis-in-indigenous-south-american-tsimane-a-cross-sectional-cohort-study
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Hillard Kaplan, Randall C Thompson, Benjamin C Trumble, L Samuel Wann, Adel H Allam, Bret Beheim, Bruno Frohlich, M Linda Sutherland, James D Sutherland, Jonathan Stieglitz, Daniel Eid Rodriguez, David E Michalik, Chris J Rowan, Guido P Lombardi, Ram Bedi, Angela R Garcia, James K Min, Jagat Narula, Caleb E Finch, Michael Gurven, Gregory S Thomas
BACKGROUND: Conventional coronary artery disease risk factors might potentially explain at least 90% of the attributable risk of coronary artery disease. To better understand the association between the pre-industrial lifestyle and low prevalence of coronary artery disease risk factors, we examined the Tsimane, a Bolivian population living a subsistence lifestyle of hunting, gathering, fishing, and farming with few cardiovascular risk factors, but high infectious inflammatory burden. METHODS: We did a cross-sectional cohort study including all individuals who self-identified as Tsimane and who were aged 40 years or older...
March 16, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318443/cardiac-ct-imaging-for-ischemic-stroke-current-and-evolving-clinical-applications
#8
Jin Hur, Byoung Wook Choi
While the etiology of ischemic stroke is heterogeneous, approximately 20%-40% of all stroke cases result from cardiac or aortic origin. Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has become the reference standard modality for the detection of potential sources of cerebral embolism. Because of the advances in computed tomographic (CT) technology, cardiac CT can be used in the evaluation of potential cardioembolic sources. During the past decade, cardiac CT has been tested and compared with TEE for the diagnosis of cardioembolic sources...
April 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
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Simon Antoine Sarr, Abdou Majib Gaye, Fatou Aw, Jean de Dieu Nzambaza, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Mouhamadou Bamba Ndiaye, Adama Kane, Maboury Diao, Serigne Abdou Ba
BACKGROUND Cardiac lymphoma is a rare entity, defined by the non-extra cardiac location at diagnosis. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 32-year-old female with no particular medical history, who presented with right heart failure with recurrent ascites and pleural effusion. There was a progressive worsening exertional dyspnea. On admission, examination revealed an irregular tachycardia at 170 beats per minute (bpm) and congestive heart failure. The electrocardiogram scored full tachyarrhythmia by atrial fibrillation with an average ventricular rate of 179 cycles per minute...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28315007/central-obesity-and-risks-of-cardiovascular-events-and-mortality-in-prevalent-hemodialysis-patients
#10
Heba Wahid El Said, Osama Mahmoud Mohamed, Tamer Wahid El Said, Ahmed Bahaa El Serwi
BACKGROUND: To date, no attempt has been made to assess the best anthropometric method for defining abdominal adiposity in hemodialysis (HD) patients or to determine whether the quantity of intra-abdominal fat relates to morbidity and mortality in that population. We aimed to describe the prevalence of central obesity in HD patients and to investigate the relationship between central obesity assessed by anthropometric variables, and composite outcomes, cardiovascular morbidity and mortality among HD patients and whether this parameter correlates with intra-abdominal fat assessed by computed tomography scan (CT scan)...
March 17, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303063/a-case-report-of-idiopathic-iliopsoas-hematoma-which-occurred-soon-after-transfer-to-the-wheelchair-after-total-hip-arthroplasty
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Tomoo Okumura, Hiroshi Fujita, Hideto Harada, Ryuuichi Nishimura, Tomohiro Tominaga
A 79-year-old woman was diagnosed with osteoarthritis of the left hip and scheduled for total hip arthroplasty. As two lesions were detected in branches of the coronary arteries, she was treated with catheter treatment. The patient was receiving anticoagulant treatment, which was suspended eight days before the operation; however, heparin was started at 6 days before the operation and was stopped 9 hours before the operation. On the 2nd postoperative day soon after transfer to the wheel chair, she was feeling unwell and was suffering from severe pain in her left buttock and left thigh...
February 2017: Nagoya Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302592/spectral-detector-ct-for-cardiovascular-applications
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Prabhakar Rajiah, Suhny Abbara, Sandra Simon Halliburton
Spectral detector computed tomography (SDCT) is a novel technology that uses two layers of detectors to simultaneously collect low and high energy data. Spectral data is used to generate conventional polyenergetic images as well as dedicated spectral images including virtual monoenergetic and material composition (iodine-only, virtual unenhanced, effective atomic number) images. This paper provides an overview of SDCT technology and a description of some spectral image types. The potential utility of SDCT for cardiovascular imaging and the impact of this new technology on radiation and contrast dose are discussed through presentation of initial patient studies performed on a SDCT scanner...
March 17, 2017: Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology: Official Journal of the Turkish Society of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302035/translational-multimodality-neuroimaging
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Sushil K Sharma
Recently high-resolution, noninvasive, multimodality in-vivo molecular imaging with PET, SPECT, CT and MRI, employing fusion algorithms has revolutionized personalized medicine. However, specific radiopharmaceuticals (RPs) for the accurate diagnosis and effective treatment of progressive neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, drug addiction, and other cognitive impairments still remain in developmental phase. Currently, multimodality fusion neuroimaging is utilized for the determination of: pharmacokinetics and pre-clinical development of radiopharmaceuticals (RPs); in-vivo monitoring of stem cell transplantation therapy; nicotinic acetylcholine receptors (nAChRs) investigations; and regional cerebral blood flow and glucose metabolism in cognitively-impaired subjects employing noninvasive microPET and nano-SPECT imaging...
March 15, 2017: Current Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28300293/coronary-artery-calcification-is-common-on-nongated-chest-computed-tomography-imaging
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Revathi Balakrishnan, Brian Nguyen, Roy Raad, Robert Donnino, David P Naidich, Jill E Jacobs, Harmony R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification as assessed by computed tomography (CT) is a validated predictor of cardiovascular risk, whether identified on a dedicated cardiac study or on a routine non-gated chest CT. The prevalence of incidentally detected coronary artery calcification on non-gated chest CT imaging and consistency of reporting have not been well characterized. HYPOTHESIS: Coronary calcification is present on chest CT in some patients not taking statin therapy and may be under-reported...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299838/pilot-cohort-study-on-the-potential-role-of-tcf7l2-rs7903146-on-ischemic-heart-disease-among-non-diabetic-kidney-transplant-recipients
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Marco Quaglia, Claudio Musetti, Guido Merlotti, Armando A Genazzani, Sarah Cargnin, Tiziana Cena, Vincenzo Cantaluppi, Salvatore Terrazzino
BACKGROUND: TCF7L2 rs7903146 C>T polymorphism is associated with diabetes in the general population but its independent impact on cardiovascular disease is debated. On this basis we investigated its association with major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in a single-center cohort of non-diabetic kidney transplant recipients (KTRs). METHODS: Patients with pre-transplant diabetes were excluded and patients who developed post-transplant diabetes were censored at time of diagnosis...
March 16, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298172/potential-prognostic-biomarkers-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-fetal-macrosomia-the-impact-of-gestational-diabetes
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Despina D Briana, Κleopatra Germanou, Μaria Boutsikou, Theodora Boutsikou, Νikolaos Athanasopoulos, Αntonios Μarmarinos, Dimitrios Gourgiotis, Αriadne Malamitsi-Puchner
OBJECTIVE: Fetal macrosomia is associated with cardiac hypertrophy and increased cardiovascular risk. Cardiac biomarkers may play diagnostic/prognostic role in cardiovascular disease. We tested whether cardiac biomarkers are differentially expressed in cord blood samples of full-term singleton large-for-gestational-age (LGA), as compared to appropriate-for-gestational-age (AGA) pregnancies. METHODS: Cardiotrophin-1 (CT-1), Titin, pentraxin (PTX-3) and soluble CD36 (sCD36) concentrations were determined in 80 cord blood samples from a) LGA pregnancies due to maternal diabetes (n = 8), overweight/obese (n = 11), excessive weight gain (n = 7), without specific pathology (n = 14), b) AGA normal pregnancies (controls, n = 40)...
March 15, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292859/-18-f-fluoride-and-18-f-fluorodeoxyglucose-positron-emission-tomography-after-transient-ischemic-attack-or-minor-ischemic-stroke-case-control-study
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Alex T Vesey, William S A Jenkins, Agnese Irkle, Alastair Moss, Greg Sng, Rachael O Forsythe, Tim Clark, Gemma Roberts, Alison Fletcher, Christophe Lucatelli, James H F Rudd, Anthony P Davenport, Nicholas L Mills, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Martin Dennis, William N Whiteley, Edwin J R van Beek, Marc R Dweck, David E Newby
BACKGROUND: Combined positron emission tomography (PET) and computed tomography (CT) can assess both anatomy and biology of carotid atherosclerosis. We sought to assess whether (18)F-fluoride or (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose can identify culprit and high-risk carotid plaque. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed (18)F-fluoride and (18)F-fluorodeoxyglucose PET/CT in 26 patients after recent transient ischemic attack or minor ischemic stroke: 18 patients with culprit carotid stenosis awaiting carotid endarterectomy and 8 controls without culprit carotid atheroma...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292858/predictive-value-of-age-and-sex-specific-nomograms-of-global-plaque-burden-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-for-major-cardiac-events
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Christopher Naoum, Daniel S Berman, Amir Ahmadi, Philipp Blanke, Heidi Gransar, Jagat Narula, Leslee J Shaw, Leonard Kritharides, Stephan Achenbach, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Daniele Andreini, Matthew J Budoff, Filippo Cademartiri, Tracy Q Callister, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Kavitha Chinnaiyan, Benjamin Chow, Ricardo C Cury, Augustin DeLago, Allison Dunning, Gudrun Feuchtner, Martin Hadamitzky, Joerg Hausleiter, Philipp A Kaufmann, Yong-Jin Kim, Erica Maffei, Hugo Marquez, Gianluca Pontone, Gilbert Raff, Ronen Rubinshtein, Todd C Villines, James Min, Jonathon Leipsic
BACKGROUND: Age-adjusted coronary artery disease (CAD) burden identified on coronary computed tomography angiography predicts major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE) risk; however, it seldom contributes to clinical decision making because of a lack of nomographic data. We aimed to develop clinically pragmatic age- and sex-specific nomograms of CAD burden using coronary computed tomography angiography and to validate their prognostic use. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients prospectively enrolled in phase I of the CONFIRM registry (Coronary CT Angiography Evaluation for Clinical Outcomes) were included (derivation cohort: n=21,132; 46% female) to develop CAD nomograms based on age-sex percentiles of segment involvement score (SIS) at each year of life (40-79 years)...
March 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292668/free-dna-precipitates-calcium-phosphate-apatite-crystals-in-the-arterial-wall-in%C3%A2-vivo
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Raphaël Coscas, Marie Bensussan, Marie-Paule Jacob, Liliane Louedec, Ziad Massy, Jeremy Sadoine, Michel Daudon, Catherine Chaussain, Dominique Bazin, Jean-Baptiste Michel
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The arterial wall calcium score and circulating free DNA levels are now used in clinical practice as biomarkers of cardiovascular risk. Calcium phosphate apatite retention in the arterial wall necessitates precipitation on an anionic platform. Here, we explore the role of tissue-free DNA as such a platform. METHODS: The first step consisted of histological observation of samples from human and rat calcified arteries. Various stains were used to evaluate colocalization of free DNA with calcified tissue (alizarin red, fluorescent Hoechst, DNA immunostaining and TUNEL assay)...
March 4, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291826/endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-and-emphysema
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Margaret F Doyle, Russell P Tracy, Megha A Parikh, Eric A Hoffman, Daichi Shimbo, John H M Austin, Benjamin M Smith, Katja Hueper, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Joao Lima, Antoinette Gomes, Karol Watson, Steven Kawut, R Graham Barr
Endothelial injury is implicated in the pathogenesis of COPD and emphysema; however the role of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs), a marker of endothelial cell repair, and circulating endothelial cells (CECs), a marker of endothelial cell injury, in COPD and its subphenotypes is unresolved. We hypothesized that endothelial progenitor cell populations would be decreased in COPD and emphysema and that circulating endothelial cells would be increased. Associations with other subphenotypes were examined. The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis COPD Study recruited smokers with COPD and controls age 50-79 years without clinical cardiovascular disease...
2017: PloS One
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