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Cardiovascular risk prediction

Luca Liberale, Fabrizio Montecucco, Ilaria Casetta, Silva Saraceni, Alessandro Trentini, Marina Padroni, Franco Dallegri, François Mach, Enrico Fainardi, Federico Carbone
BACKGROUND: Soluble mediators have been investigated to predict the prognosis of acute ischemic stroke (AIS). Among them, proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK9) might have both clinical and pathophysiological relevance. MATERIALS AND METHODS: All available serum samples from a cohort of patients with first AIS (n=72) were tested for PCSK9 and included in this sub-study analysis. The primary endpoint investigated the predictive value of early PCSK9 level variations (ΔPCSK9) from AIS onset to day 7 or from day 1 to day 7, towards a 90-day outcome by modified Rankin Scale (mRS)...
October 19, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
Davoud Kazemi-Saleh, Pooya Koosha, Masoumeh Sadeghi, Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Reza Karbasi-Afshar, Mansoureh Boshtam, Shahram Oveis-Gharan
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies have been conducted on the predictive effects of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) on cardiovascular events. Few studies have been conducted to investigate the effects of adiponectin for the prediction of the incident of cardiovascular events in the Middle East area. This study compared the predictive effect of hs-CRP and adiponectin on healthy volunteers for the prediction of cerebrovascular disease (CVD). METHODS: This nested case-control in original Isfahan Cohort Study (ICS) was conducted from 2001 to 2011...
May 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
Dmitry V Burdin, Alexey A Kolobov, Chad Brocker, Alexey A Soshnev, Nikolay Samusik, Anton V Demyanov, Silke Brilloff, Natalia Jarzebska, Jens Martens-Lobenhoffer, Maren Mieth, Renke Maas, Stefan R Bornstein, Stefanie M Bode-Böger, Frank Gonzalez, Norbert Weiss, Roman N Rodionov
Elevated levels of circulating asymmetric and symmetric dimethylarginines (ADMA and SDMA) predict and potentially contribute to end organ damage in cardiovascular diseases. Alanine-glyoxylate aminotransferase 2 (AGXT2) regulates systemic levels of ADMA and SDMA, and also of beta-aminoisobutyric acid (BAIB)-a modulator of lipid metabolism. We identified a putative binding site for hepatic nuclear factor 4 α (HNF4α) in AGXT2 promoter sequence. In a luciferase reporter assay we found a 75% decrease in activity of Agxt2 core promoter after disruption of the HNF4α binding site...
October 18, 2016: Scientific Reports
Farag E Salama, Qasem A Anass, Abdelnaem A Abdelrahman, Elsayed B Saeed
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and arterial stiffness are useful markers of subclinical atherosclerosis and significantly correlate with various metabolic risk factors. Chemerin is one of the adipokines that may represent a link between obesity and inflammation and may be a potential candidate playing a role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular complications. Therefore, we studied the relationship of chemerin levels with atherosclerosis as measured by CIMT in diabetic CKD patients, either predialysis or on hemodialysis (HD)...
September 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
Fulvia Gloria-Bottini, Anna Neri, Luca Coppeta, Andrea Magrini, Egidio Bottini
OBJECTIVE: The birth weight/placental weight ratio has an important predictive value for perinatal mortality and morbidity and for cardiovascular diseases in adult life. In this study, we compared the birth weight/placental weight (BW/PW) ratio and the correlation between the two parameters in diabetic women with that observed in healthy women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 347 consecutive newborn infants from healthy puerperae, 164 newborns from puerperae with gestational diabetes, 148 newborns from puerperae with preexisting type 1 diabetes, and 40 newborns from puerperae with preexisting type 2 diabetes have been studied from the White population of Rome...
October 2016: Taiwanese Journal of Obstetrics & Gynecology
Esma R Isenovic, Zoran Gluvic, Bozidarka Zaric, Ivana Resanovic, Milan Obradovic, Aleksandar Mitrovic, Djordje Radak
Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a leading public health and clinical challenge worldwide. MetS represents a group of interelated risk factors that predict cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and diabetes mellitus (DM). Its prevalence ranges between 10 and 84%, depending of the geographic region, urban or rural environment, individual demographic characteristics of the population studied (sex, age, racial and ethnic origin), as well as the criteria used to define MetS. Persons with MetS have higher mortality rate when compared with people without MetS, primarily caused by progressive atherosclerosis, accelerated by pro-inflammatory and pro-coagulation components of MetS...
October 7, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Inderjeet Verma, Pawan Krishan, Ashit Syngle
OBJECTIVE: Accelerated atherosclerosis associated with an enhanced inflammatory state, which characterizes ankylosing spondylitis (AS), is the leading cause of increased cardiovascular risk. The objective of this study was to assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) as a surrogate for subclinical atherosclerosis in AS patients and its possible correlation with disease-related clinical parameters. METHODS: We performed a prospective study of 30 consecutive patients meeting modified New York criteria for AS compared to 25 controls matched for age and sex...
December 2015: Rheumatol Ther
Philipe de Souto Barreto, Matteo Cesari, Sandrine Andrieu, Bruno Vellas, Yves Rolland
INTRODUCTION: The minimum frequency of physical activity associated with reduced risk for onset of several chronic diseases is not well established. Therefore, this study examined, in a large sample of citizens from 16 European countries, the predictive value of physical activity frequency and intensity on the incidence of heart diseases, cerebrovascular diseases, diabetes, cancer of any subtype, breast cancer, and colon/rectum cancer. METHODS: Using data from the longitudinal Survey of Health, Ageing, and Retirement in Europe, the long-term associations of physical activity with incident diseases in people aged ≥50 years were investigated...
October 13, 2016: American Journal of Preventive Medicine
Jung Hyun Lee, Hyungseon Yeom, Hyeon Chang Kim, Il Suh, Mi Kyung Kim, Min-Ho Shin, Dong Hoon Shin, Sang-Baek Koh, Song Vogue Ahn, Tae-Yong Lee, So Yeon Ryu, Jae-Sok Song, Hong-Soon Choe, Young-Hoon Lee, Bo Youl Choi
OBJECTIVES: C-reactive protein (CRP), an inflammatory biomarker, has been widely used as a preclinical marker predictive of morbidity and mortality. Although many studies have reported a positive association between CRP and mortality, uncertainty still remains about this association in various populations, especially in rural Korea. METHODS: A total of 23 233 middle-aged participants (8862 men and 14 371 women) who were free from cardiovascular disease, cancer, and acute inflammation (defined by a CRP level ≥10 mg/L) were drawn from 11 rural communities in Korea between 2005 and 2011...
September 2016: Journal of Preventive Medicine and Public Health, Yebang Ŭihakhoe Chi
Rafel Ramos, Xavier Albert, Joan Sala, Maria Garcia-Gil, Roberto Elosua, Jaume Marrugat, Anna Ponjoan, María Grau, Manel Morales, Antoni Rubió, Pedro Ortuño, Lia Alves-Cabratosa, Ruth Martí-Lluch
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of unrecognized myocardial infarction (UMI) remains an open question in epidemiological and clinical studies, inhibiting effective secondary prevention of myocardial infarction. We aimed to determine the prevalence and incidence of Q-wave UMI in asymptomatic individuals aged 35 to 74years, and to ascertain the positive predictive value (PPV) of asymptomatic Q-wave to diagnose UMI. METHODS: Two population-based cross-sectional studies were conducted, in 2000 (with 10-year follow-up) and in 2005...
October 5, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Lea Azour, Michael A Kadoch, Thomas J Ward, Corey D Eber, Adam H Jacobi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is often identified on routine chest computed tomography (CT). The purpose of our study was to evaluate whether ordinal scoring of CAC on non-gated, routine chest CT is an accurate predictor of Agatston score ranges in a community-based population, and in particular to determine the accuracy of an ordinal score of zero on routine chest CT. METHODS: Two thoracic radiologists reviewed consecutive same-day ECG-gated and routine non-gated chest CT scans of 222 individuals...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Andrea Igoren Guaricci, Gianluca Pontone, Laura Fusini, Maria De Luca, Francesco Pio Cafarelli, Marco Guglielmo, Andrea Baggiano, Virginia Beltrama, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Saima Mushtaq, Edoardo Conte, Giuseppe Guglielmi, Daniele Andreini, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Matteo Di Biase, Antonio L Bartorelli, Mauro Pepi
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between an incremental model including cardiovascular risk factors, carotid disease, and inflammatory biomarkers to predict the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 134 consecutive and asymptomatic intermediate-risk patients (mean age 61 ± 9 years, 52% men) were enrolled. Each subject underwent circulating levels assessment of interleukin (IL)-2r, IL-6, IL-8, IL-10, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and carotid and coronary artery evaluation using carotid ultrasound and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA), respectively...
October 14, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Alain G Bertoni, Holly Kramer, Karol Watson, Wendy S Post
Diabetes mellitus is a major cardiovascular risk factor and its prevalence has been increasing globally. This review examines the contributions of the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis), a diverse American cohort (6,814 adults ages 45 to 84, recruited from 2000 to 2002, 50% female, 62% nonwhite) toward understanding the relationship between diabetes and clinical and subclinical cardiovascular disease. People with diabetes have a high burden of subclinical vascular disease as measured by coronary artery calcification (CAC), carotid artery intima-media thickness, valvular calcification, and alterations in left ventricular structure...
September 2016: Global Heart
Kazuhiro Osawa, Rine Nakanishi, Matthew Budoff
Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is an established marker of subclinical atherosclerosis and an independent predictor of future coronary heart disease in the asymptomatic primary prevention population, particularly in the intermediate risk cohort. CAC also helps in reclassifying those patients and their risk of cardiovascular events into higher or lower risk categories. MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) is a National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored population-based medical research study involving 6,814 men and women from 6 U...
September 2016: Global Heart
Seon-Ah Cha, Jae-Seung Yun, Tae-Seok Lim, Kyoungil Min, Ki-Ho Song, Ki-Dong Yoo, Yong-Moon Park, Yu-Bae Ahn, Seung-Hyun Ko
Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN) is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) and mortality in patients with type 2 diabetes. This study evaluated the relationship between CAN and recurrent CVD in type 2 diabetes. A total of 206 patients with type 2 diabetes who had a history of CVD within 3 years of enrollment were consecutively recruited from January 2001 to December 2009 and followed-up until December 2015. Cardiovascular autonomic function tests were performed using the following heart rate variability parameters: expiration-to-inspiration ratio, response to Valsalva maneuver and standing...
2016: PloS One
Ye-Li Wang, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, An Pan
AIMS: To assess the association between liver enzymes and the risk of type 2 diabetes (T2D) in a Chinese population. METHODS: A nested case-control study comprising 571 T2D cases and 571 matched controls was conducted within the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase (AST), alkaline phosphatase (ALP), and lactate dehydrogenase (LDH) were quantified in baseline plasma collected from them, while γ-glutamyltransferase (GGT) was assayed among 255 T2D cases with baseline hemoglobin A1c <6...
2016: BMJ Open Diabetes Research & Care
Santosh Kumar Sinha, Shalini Garg, Ramesh Thakur, Vinay Krishna, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel, Mahamdula Razi, Umeshwar Pandey, Chandra Mohan Varma
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing of surgery in patients with chronic organic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) continues to be debated, especially for those who are asymptomatic. The aim of the study was to determine independent and additive prognostic value of exercise brain natriuretic peptide (eBNP) in patients with severe asymptomatic MR and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: Two hundred twenty-three consecutive patients with severe MR defined by effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) area ≥ 40 mm(2) and/or residual volume ≥ 60 mL, LVEF > 60%, and normal LV end-systolic diameter < 40 mm underwent symptom limited exercise treadmill test (TMT)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Aldo Bonaventura, François Mach, Aline Roth, Sébastien Lenglet, Fabienne Burger, Karim J Brandt, Aldo Pende, Maria Bertolotto, Giovanni Spinella, Bianca Pane, Domenico Palombo, Franco Dallegri, Michele Cea, Nicolas Vuilleumier, Fabrizio Montecucco, Federico Carbone
Serum c-reactive protein (CRP) was suggested for the assessment of intermediate cardiovascular (CV) risk. Here, systemic or intraplaque CRP levels were investigated as predictors of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs) in patients with severe carotid stenosis. CRP levels were assessed in the serum and within different portions (upstream and downstream) of carotid plaques of 217 patients undergoing endarterectomy. The association between CRP and intraplaque lipids, collagen, neutrophils, smooth muscle cells (SMC), and macrophage subsets was determined...
2016: Mediators of Inflammation
Jianxing Yu, Yuchun Tao, Yuhui Tao, Sen Yang, Yaqin Yu, Bo Li, Lina Jin
BACKGROUND: CVD risk factors (hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes) and MetS are closely related to obesity. The selection of an optimal cut-off for various obesity indices is particularly important to predict CVD risk factors and MetS. METHODS: Sixteen thousand seven hundred sixty-six participants aged 18-79 were recruited in Jilin Province in 2012. Five obesity indices, including BMI, WC, WHR, WHtR and BAI were investigated. ROC analyses were used to evaluate the predictive ability and determine the optimal cut-off values of the obesity indices for CVD risk factors and MetS...
October 13, 2016: BMC Public Health
Ole Fredrik Andorsen, Luai Awad Ahmed, Nina Emaus, Elise Klouman
BACKGROUND: The long-term consequences of chronic pain and/or stiffness from the musculoskeletal system (musculoskeletal complaints: MSCs) have not been well explored. The aims of this study were to investigate whether MSCs reported at baseline influence all-cause and cause-specific mortality during 21 years follow-up of a general Northern Norwegian adult population. METHODS: A total of 26,977 men and women aged 25-97 years who participated in the 1994-1995 survey of the Tromsø study (response rate 77%) were included in the present prospective cohort study...
2016: PloS One
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