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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110211/methyl-mercury-but-not-inorganic-mercury-associated-with-higher-blood-pressure-during-pregnancy
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Ellen M Wells, Julie B Herbstman, Yu Hong Lin, Joseph R Hibbeln, Rolf U Halden, Frank R Witter, Lynn R Goldman
Prior studies addressing associations between mercury and blood pressure have produced inconsistent findings; some of this may result from measuring total instead of speciated mercury. This cross-sectional study of 263 pregnant women assessed total mercury, speciated mercury, selenium, and n-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids in umbilical cord blood and blood pressure during labor and delivery. Models with a) total mercury or b) methyl and inorganic mercury were evaluated. Regression models adjusted for maternal age, race/ethnicity, prepregnancy body mass index, neighborhood income, parity, smoking, n-3 fatty acids and selenium...
January 18, 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28108854/elective-icp-monitoring-how-long-is-long-enough
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S D Thompson, A Coutts, C L Craven, A K Toma, L W Thorne, L D Watkins
BACKGROUND: Intracranial pressure monitoring is commonly undertaken to assess and manage acute patients following head injury. However, ICP monitoring can also be a useful diagnostic tool in the management of CSF dynamics in elective patients. To date, there is little published research to suggest how long these elective patients require ICP monitoring in order to gain an accurate picture of a patient's ICP dynamics. At the author's institution, a minimum of 48-h data collection is currently undertaken in patients with a suspected ICP abnormality...
January 20, 2017: Acta Neurochirurgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28106663/the-role-of-laser-doppler-flowmetry-tests-serum-angiopoietin-2-asymmetric-and-symmetric-dimethylarginine-to-predict-outcome-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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János Nemcsik, Orsolya Cseprekál, József Egresits, Jan Kielstein, Philipp Kümpers, Alexander Lukasz, Ádám Tabák, Adrienn Marton, Zsófia K Németh, Zoltán Járai, Gabriella Godina, László Sallai, Katalin Farkas, István Kiss, András Tislér
OBJECTIVE: The role of biochemical and functional markers of microvascular dysfunction to predict cardiovascular outcomes in nondialyzed chronic kidney disease (CKD) remains unclear. In this prospective cohort study, we assessed whether biochemical [serum level of angiopoietin-2 (Ang-2), asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginin] and functional (laser Doppler flowmetry) measures of microvascular function predicted cardiovascular events, cardiovascular and all-cause mortality in CKD patients...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105372/association-between-central-blood-pressure-arterial-stiffness-and-mild-cognitive-impairment
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R Suleman, R Padwal, P Hamilton, A Senthilselvan, K Alagiakrishnan
BACKGROUND: To determine the relationship between central blood pressure (CBP) indices and mild cognitive impairment (MCI) in adults over the age of 50. METHODS: A cross-sectional study conducted using a non-invasive SphygmoCor XCEL device. CBP indices and brachial blood pressure were measured in 50 inpatients and outpatients. MCI was assessed using the Montreal Cognitive Assessment (MoCA) instrument and by the European Consortium Criteria (ECC). RESULTS: Seventy-six percent of subjects had hypertension, and 52% were diagnosed as having MCI using the ECC...
2017: Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104534/reflection-magnitude-a-measure-of-arterial-stiffness-predicts-incident-heart-failure-in-men-but-not-women-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Rebecca C Chester, Jeff A Gornbein, W Gregory Hundley, Preethi Srikanthan, Karol E Watson, Tamara Horwich
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness is a risk factor for heart failure (HF) and is higher in women. Our objective was to investigate gender differences between arterial stiffness and incident HF in the Multi-ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) population. METHODS AND RESULTS: Applanation tonometry from 5,959 participants (52.8% women) was used to calculate augmentation index (AIx), pulse pressure amplification (PPA) and reflection magnitude (RM). Sex-specific risk of HF was assessed using a competing risk regression model...
January 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104105/effects-of-amlodipine-and-valsartan-on-blood-pressure-variability-and-pulse-wave-velocity-in-hypertensive-patients
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Rufeng Shi, Kai Liu, Di Shi, Qi Liu, Xiaoping Chen
OBJECTIVES: Antihypertensive therapy is effective to control blood pressure (BP) and to prevent cardiovascular events, but the further treatment strategies for patients who cannot achieve goal BP with low-dose monotherapy is still under dispute. Our study investigates the effects of high-dose amlodipine and valsartan and their low-dose combination on blood pressure variability (BPV) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) to provide references for clinical medication. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This study was a prospective, randomized, parallel, case-controlled trial performed in a medical center...
January 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102499/aortic-radial-pulse-wave-velocity-ratio-in-end-stage-renal-disease-patients-association-with-age-body-tissue-hydration-status-renal-failure-etiology-and-five-years-of-hemodialysis
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Daniel Bia, Rodolfo Valtuille, Cintia Galli, Sandra Wray, Ricardo Armentano, Yanina Zócalo, Edmundo Cabrera-Fischer
INTRODUCTION: The etiology of the end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and the hydration status may be involved in the arterial stiffening process observed in hemodialyzed patients. The ratio between carotid-femoral and carotid-radial pulse wave velocity (PWV ratio) was recently proposed to characterize the patient-specific stiffening process. AIMS: to analyze: (1) the PWV-ratio in healthy and hemodialyzed subjects, analyzing potential changes associated to etiologies of the ESRD, (2) the PWV-ratio and hydration status using multiple-frequency bioimpedance and, (3) the effects of hemodialysis on PWV-ratio in a 5-year follow-up...
January 19, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102355/determining-arterial-wave-transit-time-from-a-single-aortic-pressure-pulse-in-rats-vascular-impulse-response-analysis
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Ru-Wen Chang, Chun-Yi Chang, Liang-Chuan Lai, Ming-Shiou Wu, Tai-Horng Young, Yih-Sharng Chen, Chih-Hsien Wang, Kuo-Chu Chang
Arterial wave transit time (τw) in the lower body circulation is an effective biomarker of cardiovascular risk that substantially affects systolic workload imposed on the heart. This study evaluated a method for determining τw from the vascular impulse response on the basis of the measured aortic pressure and an assumed triangular flow (Q(tri)). The base of the unknown Q(tri) was constructed with a duration set equal to ejection time. The timing of the peak triangle was derived using a fourth-order derivative of the pressure waveform...
January 19, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101819/high-central-aortic-rather-than-brachial-blood-pressure-is-associated-with-carotid-wall-remodeling-and-increased-arterial-stiffness-in-childhood
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Gonzalo Peluso, Victoria García-Espinosa, Santiago Curcio, Marco Marota, Juan Castro, Pedro Chiesa, Gustavo Giachetto, Daniel Bia, Yanina Zócalo
INTRODUCTION: In adults, central blood pressure (cBP) is reported to associate target organ damages (TODs) rather than peripheral blood pressure (pBP). However, data regarding the association of pre-clinical TODs with cBP and pBP in pediatric populations are scarce. AIM: To evaluate in children and adolescents the importance of cBP and pBP levels, in terms of their association with hemodynamic and vascular changes. METHODS: 315 subjects [age (mean/range) 12/8-18 years] were included...
January 19, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101654/cell-viability-and-shock-wave-amplitudes-in-the-endothelium-of-porcine-cornea-exposed-to-ultrashort-laser-pulses
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Syed Asad Hussain, Carles Milián, Caroline Crotti, Laura Kowalczuk, Fatima Alahyane, Zacaria Essaïdi, Arnaud Couairon, Marie-Claire Schanne-Klein, Karsten Plamann
PURPOSE: Some forms of keratoplasty assisted by ultrashort-pulse lasers require performing laser cuts close to the endothelium, which requires the knowledge of "safe" values concerning incision depth and pulse energy preserving endothelial cell viability. Our study aims to determine the thresholds for cell death in porcine corneas exposed to ultrashort laser pulses, in terms of laser pulse energy and nearness of the impacts to the endothelium. METHODS: Using a laboratory laser set-up, lamellar cuts were induced while varying pulse energies and distances from the endothelium...
January 18, 2017: Graefe's Archive for Clinical and Experimental Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098965/continuous-tuning-of-phase-transition-temperature-in-vo2-thin-films-on-c-cut-sapphire-substrates-via-strain-variation
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Jie Jian, Xuejing Wang, Leigang Li, Meng Fan, Wenrui Zhang, Jijie Huang, Zhimin Qi, Haiyan Wang
Vanadium dioxide (VO2) thin films with controlled thicknesses are deposited on c-cut sapphire substrates with Al-doped ZnO (AZO) buffer layers by pulsed laser deposition. The surface roughness of AZO buffer layers is varied by controlling oxygen pressure during growth. The strain in the VO2 lattice is found to be dependent on the VO2 thickness and the VO2/AZO interface roughness. The semiconductor-to-metal transition (SMT) properties of VO2 thin films are characterized and the transition temperature (Tc) is successfully tuned by the VO2 thickness as well as the VO2/AZO interface roughness...
January 18, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098831/a-fast-multimodal-ectopic-beat-detection-method-applied-for-blood-pressure-estimation-based-on-pulse-wave-velocity-measurements-in-wearable-sensors
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Maik Pflugradt, Kai Geissdoerfer, Matthias Goernig, Reinhold Orglmeister
Automatic detection of ectopic beats has become a thoroughly researched topic, with literature providing manifold proposals typically incorporating morphological analysis of the electrocardiogram (ECG). Although being well understood, its utilization is often neglected, especially in practical monitoring situations like online evaluation of signals acquired in wearable sensors. Continuous blood pressure estimation based on pulse wave velocity considerations is a prominent example, which depends on careful fiducial point extraction and is therefore seriously affected during periods of increased occurring extrasystoles...
January 14, 2017: Sensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28098104/evaluation-of-arterial-stiffness-in-nondiabetic-chronic-kidney-disease-patients
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Bodanapu Mastanvalli, Kolla Praveen Kumar, Desai Madhav, P L Venkata Pakki Reddy, Shaik Mahaboob Vali
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a growing problem worldwide. Clinical and epidemiologic studies have shown that structural and functional changes that occur in major arteries are a major contributing factor to the high mortality in uremic patients. Recent studies have shown a stepwise increase of the carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV) from CKD Stage 1 to Stage 5. We evaluated the cfPWV and augmentation index (AIx), as indirect markers of arterial stiffness in patients with nondiabetic CKD and compared the values with normal population; we also evaluated the relationship between various stages of CKD and arterial stiffness markers...
January 2017: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28097009/statin-utilisation-in-a-real-world-setting-a-retrospective-analysis-in-relation-to-arterial-and-cardiovascular-autonomic-function
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John D Sluyter, Alun D Hughes, Andrew Lowe, Carlos A Camargo, Robert K R Scragg
Randomized trials suggest that statin treatment may lower blood pressure and influence cardiovascular autonomic function (CVAF), but the impact of duration of usage, discontinuation, and adherence to this therapy is unknown. We examined these issues with regard to blood pressure (BP)-related variables in a large, population-based study. Participants were 4942 adults (58% male; aged 50-84 years): 2179 on statin treatment and 2763 untreated. Days of utilization, adherence (proportion of days covered ≥0.8), and discontinuation (non-use for ≥30 days immediately prior to BP measurement) of three statins (atorvastatin, pravastatin, and simvastatin) over a period of up to 2 years was monitored retrospectively from electronic databases...
December 2016: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096150/hemodynamic-determinants-of-the-short-term-blood-pressure-variability-differential-roles-of-arterial-stiffness-and-wave-reflection
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Pai-Feng Hsu, Hao-Min Cheng, Shih-Hsien Sung, Shao-Yuan Chuang, Edward G Lakatta, Frank C P Yin, Pesus Chou, Chen-Huan Chen
BACKGROUND: A high 24-hour ambulatory diastolic (DBP) but not systolic (SBP) blood pressure variability (BPV) is significantly predictive of long-term cardiovascular mortality in untreated hypertensive subjects, independent of office or 24-hour SBP. The present study was aimed to investigate hemodynamic factors that are independently associated with systolic and diastolic BPV from the 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM). METHODS: A cohort of 624 normotensive and 633 untreated hypertensive participants with baseline ABPM was drawn from a community-based survey...
January 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093466/effects-of-sacubitril-valsartan-versus-olmesartan-on-central-hemodynamics-in-the-elderly-with-systolic-hypertension-the-parameter-study
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Bryan Williams, John R Cockcroft, Kazuomi Kario, Dion H Zappe, Patrick C Brunel, Qian Wang, Weinong Guo
Effective treatment of systolic hypertension in elderly patients remains a major therapeutic challenge. A multicenter, double-blind, randomized controlled trial with sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696), a first-in-class angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor, was conducted to determine its effects versus olmesartan (angiotensin receptor blocker) on central aortic pressures, in elderly patients (aged ≥60 years) with systolic hypertension and pulse pressure >60 mm Hg, indicative of arterial stiffness. Patients (n=454; mean age, 67...
January 16, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28093005/cardiac-and-respiratory-effects-of-deep-regional-hyperthermia-using-an-8-mhz-radiofrequency-capacitive-device-on-patients-with-cancer
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Rieko Izukura, Hajime Imada, Nobuko Hashiguchi, Hiroyuki Sawatari, Takayuki Ohguri, Mami Miyazono, Shin Ohta, Chizuko Takakura, Keiko Yamasaki, Chie Magota, Kanae Fujita, Hiromi Kuroda, Hideki Hirata, Tomoko Ohkusa, Akiko Chishaki
PURPOSE: Hyperthermia (HT), an adjuvant therapy for variable cancers, may cause physiological changes in the patients, which may lead to cardiovascular problems. Among various HT treatments, the physiological effects of deep regional HT are still unclear. We examined the physiological alterations throughout deep regional HT to improve the HT safety. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Thirty-one patients (age: 61±12 years) with cancer received HT in the thoracic or upper abdominal regions using an 8-MHz radiofrequency-capacitive-device for 50 min...
January 16, 2017: International Journal of Hyperthermia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092462/adolescent-cardiovascular-functional-and-structural-outcomes-of-growth-trajectories-from-infancy-prospective-community-based-study
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Alanna N Hanvey, Fiona K Mensah, Susan A Clifford, Melissa Wake
BACKGROUND: Adult BMI trajectories outperform single BMI measurements as predictors of cardiovascular mortality; however, it is unknown whether this also holds in childhood. We aimed to identify BMI trajectory categories from birth to adolescence, and examine their associations with adolescent cardiovascular function and structure. METHODS: Adolescents from a community-based prospective birth cohort completed 11-16 BMI measurements between birth and adolescence...
January 16, 2017: Childhood Obesity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091517/unraveling-the-enhanced-oxygen-vacancy-formation-in-complex-oxides-during-annealing-and-growth
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Felix V E Hensling, Chencheng Xu, Felix Gunkel, Regina Dittmann
The reduction of oxides during annealing and growth in low pressure processes is a widely known problem. We hence investigate the influence of mere annealing and of growth in vacuum systems to shed light on the reasons behind the reduction of perovskites. When comparing the existing literature regarding the reduction of the perovskite model material SrTiO3 it is conspicuous that one finds different oxygen pressures required to achieve reduction for vacuum annealing and for chemically controlled reducing atmospheres...
January 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091404/left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-aortic-stiffness-in-middle-aged-patients-with-the-first-episode-of-atrial-fibrillation
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Alev Kilicgedik, Suleyman Ç Efe, Ahmet S Gürbüz, Emrah Acar, Mehmet F Yılmaz, Aslan Erdoğan, Gökhan Kahveci, Ibrahim A Izgi, Cevat Kirma
BACKGROUND: In the early stages of atrial remodeling, aortic stiffness might be an indication of an atrial myopathy, in particular, atrial fibrosis. This study aimed to investigate the association between left atrial (LA) mechanical function, assessed by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography, and aortic stiffness in middle-aged patients with the first episode of nonvalvular atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: This prospective study included 34 consecutive patients with the first episode of AF, who were admitted to Kartal Koşuyolu Research and Training Hospital between May 2013 and October 2015, and 31 age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
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