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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332048/frequency-of-cardiovascular-genetic-risk-factors-in-a-calabrian-population-and-their-effects-on-dementia
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Raffaele Maletta, Nicoletta Smirne, Livia Bernardi, Maria Anfossi, Maura Gallo, Maria Elena Conidi, Rosanna Colao, Gianfranco Puccio, Sabrina A M Curcio, Valentina Laganà, Francesca Frangipane, Chiara Cupidi, Maria Mirabelli, Franca Vasso, Giusi Torchia, Maria G Muraca, Raffaele Di Lorenzo, Giuseppina Rose, Alberto Montesanto, Giuseppe Passarino, Amalia C Bruni
BACKGROUND: Several genetic variants playing a key role in cholesterol levels, blood pressure, and vascular dysfunction influence the risk of Alzheimer's disease (AD) and vascular dementia (VaD). The many meta-analysis studies carried out on large numbers of samples in different populations have not provided clear results to date, because a trans-ethnic shift of risk genotypes in different populations is often observed. OBJECTIVES: To determine genotypes allele frequencies of the polymorphisms most frequently identified to be correlated with cardio-cerebrovascular disease and AD in a Southern Italy population and to investigate their possible association with dementia...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29332042/protective-effects-of-indian-spice-curcumin-against-amyloid-%C3%AE-in-alzheimer-s-disease
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P Hemachandra Reddy, Maria Manczak, Xiangling Yin, Mary Catherine Grady, Andrew Mitchell, Sahil Tonk, Chandra Sekhar Kuruva, Jasvinder Singh Bhatti, Ramesh Kandimalla, Murali Vijayan, Subodh Kumar, Rui Wang, Jangampalli Adi Pradeepkiran, Gilbert Ogunmokun, Kavya Thamarai, Kandi Quesada, Annette Boles, Arubala P Reddy
The purpose of our article is to assess the current understanding of Indian spice, curcumin, against amyloid-β (Aβ)-induced toxicity in Alzheimer's disease (AD) pathogenesis. Natural products, such as ginger, curcumin, and gingko biloba have been used as diets and dietary supplements to treat human diseases, including cancer, cardiovascular, respiratory, infectious, diabetes, obesity, metabolic syndromes, and neurological disorders. Products derived from plants are known to have protective effects, including anti-inflammatory, antioxidant, anti-arthritis, pro-healing, and boosting memory cognitive functions...
2018: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331986/sex-differences-in-impact-of-coronary-artery-calcification-to-predict-coronary-artery-disease
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Yoko M Nakao, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Masahiro Higashi, Teruo Noguchi, Mitsuru Ohishi, Isao Kubota, Hiroyuki Tsutsui, Tomohiro Kawasaki, Yutaka Furukawa, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hideaki Morita, Kunihiro Nishimura, Akiko Kada, Yoichi Goto, Tomonori Okamura, Chuwa Tei, Hitonobu Tomoike, Hiroaki Naito, Satoshi Yasuda
OBJECTIVE: To assess sex-specific differences regarding use of conventional risks and coronary artery calcification (CAC) to detect coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary CT angiography (CCTA). METHODS: The Nationwide Gender-specific Atherosclerosis Determinants Estimation and Ischemic Cardiovascular Disease Prospective Cohort study is a prospective, multicentre, nationwide cohort study. Candidates with suspected CAD aged 50-74 years enrolled from 2008 to 2012...
January 13, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331960/pregnancy-loss-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-mexican-women
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Sandra A Hartasanchez, Mario Flores-Torres, Adriana Monge, Elsa Yunes, Beatriz Rodriguez, Carlos Cantu-Brito, Daniela Colaci, Hector Lamadrid-Figueroa, Ruy Lopez-Ridaura, Martin Lajous
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease in women often develops without conventional risk factors. Prenatal loss is a common pregnancy outcome that may result in physiological changes can increase the potential future risk of cardiovascular disease. Insufficient information exists regarding the impact of pregnancy loss on early markers of cardiovascular disease risk. METHODS AND RESULTS: Cross-sectional analysis of 1767 disease-free women from the MTC (Mexican Teachers' Cohort) who had been pregnant was used to evaluate the relationship between pregnancy loss and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT)...
January 13, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29331302/bone-matrix-microdamage-and-vascular-changes-characterize-bone-marrow-lesions-in-the-subchondral-bone-of-knee-osteoarthritis
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Dzenita Muratovic, David M Findlay, Flavia M Cicuttini, Anita E Wluka, Yea-Rin Lee, Julia S Kuliwaba
INTRODUCTION: Bone marrow lesions (BMLs) in the subchondral bone in osteoarthritis (OA) are suggested to be multifactorial, although the pathogenic mechanisms are unknown. Bone metabolism and cardiovascular risk factors associate with BML in epidemiologic studies. However, there are no studies at the tissue level investigating the relationship between these processes and BML. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between BMLs in the tibial plateau (TP) of knee OA and bone matrix microdamage, osteocyte density and vascular changes...
January 10, 2018: Bone
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330854/combined-spinal-epidural-vs-spinal-anaesthesia-for-caesarean-section-meta-analysis-and-trial-sequential-analysis
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M Klimek, R Rossaint, M van de Velde, M Heesen
Combined spinal-epidural and single-shot spinal anaesthesia are both used for caesarean section. It has been claimed in individual trials that combined spinal-epidural is associated with higher sensory spread and greater cardiovascular stability. We set out to gather all available evidence. We performed: a systematic literature search to identify randomised controlled trials comparing combined spinal-epidural with spinal anaesthesia for caesarean section: conventional meta-analysis; trial-sequential analysis; and assessment of trial quality using the Grading of Recommendations Assessment, Development, and Evaluation (GRADE) system...
January 13, 2018: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330703/association-between-atrial-ventricular-and-vascular-morphofunctional-alterations-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Alessandro Maloberti, Marta Riva, Marijana Tadic, Carlo Valena, Paolo Villa, Ilenia Boggioni, Maria Rosa Pozzi, Guido Grassi
INTRODUCTION: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) represents a risk of non-fatal and cardiovascular events. The aim of the present study was to evaluate simultaneously left and right atrial and ventricular function, as well as arterial stiffness, in RA patients. METHODS: This cross-sectional study included 55 consecutive RA patients and 55 healthy age and gender-matched controls. Blood pressure and arterial stiffness were assessed in all participants, who also underwent a complete echocardiographic examination...
January 12, 2018: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330643/antihypertensive-medication-and-dementia-risk-in-older-adult-african-americans-with-hypertension-a-prospective-cohort-study
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Michael D Murray, Hugh C Hendrie, Kathleen A Lane, Mengjie Zheng, Roberta Ambuehl, Shanshan Li, Frederick W Unverzagt, Christopher M Callahan, Sujuan Gao
BACKGROUND: African Americans are especially at risk of hypertension and dementia. Antihypertensive medications reduce the risk of cardiovascular events, but may also reduce the risk of dementia. OBJECTIVE: To assess the longitudinal effects of antihypertensive medications and blood pressure on the onset of incident dementia in a cohort of African Americans. DESIGN: Prospective cohort. PARTICIPANTS: 1236 community-dwelling patients from an inner-city public health care system, aged 65 years and older, with a history of hypertension but no history of dementia, and who had at least three primary care visits and a prescription filled for any medication...
January 12, 2018: Journal of General Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330256/osteoprotegerin-is-associated-with-major-bleeding-but-not-with-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndromes-insights-from-the-plato-platelet-inhibition-and-patient-outcomes-trial
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Thor Ueland, Axel Åkerblom, Tatevik Ghukasyan, Annika E Michelsen, Pål Aukrust, Richard C Becker, Maria Bertilsson, Anders Himmelmann, Stefan K James, Agneta Siegbahn, Robert F Storey, Frederic Kontny, Lars Wallentin
BACKGROUND: Elevated levels of osteoprotegerin, a secreted tumor necrosis factor-related molecule, might be associated with adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease. We measured plasma osteoprotegerin concentrations on hospital admission, at discharge, and at 1 and 6 months after discharge in a predefined subset (n=5135) of patients with acute coronary syndromes in the PLATO (Platelet Inhibition and Patient Outcomes) trial. METHODS AND RESULTS: The associations between osteoprotegerin and the composite end point of cardiovascular death, nonprocedural spontaneous myocardial infarction or stroke, and non-coronary artery bypass grafting major bleeding during 1 year of follow-up were assessed by Cox proportional hazards models...
January 12, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29330133/the-evaluation-of-drug-induced-changes-in-left-ventricular-function-in-pentobarbital-anesthetized-dogs
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Yevgeniya E Koshman, Brett R Herzberg, Terese R Seifert, James S Polakowski, Scott W Mittelstadt
INTRODUCTION: The goal of this study was to determine whether assessment of myocardial contractility and hemodynamics in an anesthetized dog model, could consistently detect drug-induced changes in the inotropic state of the heart using drugs known to have clinically relevant positive and negative effects on myocardial contractility. METHODS: Derived parameters included: diastolic, systolic and mean arterial BP, peak systolic LVP, HR, end-diastolic LVP, and LVdP/dtmax as the primary contractility index...
January 9, 2018: Journal of Pharmacological and Toxicological Methods
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329975/risk-of-suicide-and-non-fatal-self-harm-after-bariatric-surgery-results-from-two-matched-cohort-studies
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Martin Neovius, Gustaf Bruze, Peter Jacobson, Kajsa Sjöholm, Kari Johansson, Fredrik Granath, Johan Sundström, Ingmar Näslund, Claude Marcus, Johan Ottosson, Markku Peltonen, Lena M S Carlsson
BACKGROUND: Bariatric surgery reduces mortality, but might have adverse effects on mental health. We assessed the risk of suicide and self-harm after bariatric surgery compared with non-surgical obesity treatment. METHODS: Suicide and non-fatal self-harm events retrieved from nationwide Swedish registers were examined in two cohorts. The non-randomised, prospective Swedish Obese Subjects (SOS) study compared bariatric surgery (n=2010; 1369 vertical-banded gastroplasty, 376 gastric banding, and 265 gastric bypass) with usual care (n=2037; recruitment 1987-2001)...
January 9, 2018: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329881/defining-and-mitigating-the-challenges-of-an-older-and-obese-population-in-minimally-invasive-gynecologic-cancer-surgery
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Andrea R Hagemann, Carolyn K McCourt, Swarup S Varaday, Kathleen N Moore
The incidence of endometrial cancer (EC) is steadily increasing due in large part to an aging world population and rise in rates of obesity. Patients with obesity and advancing age can be seen as vulnerable populations, as they are both often subject to physician bias regarding surgical choices and assumptions regarding long-term outcomes. As we operate on an older and/or obese patient population, it is increasingly important that we adopt peri-operative management strategies and surgical techniques to best serve this complex patient population...
January 9, 2018: Gynecologic Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329818/hybrid-imaging-in-ischemic-heart-disease
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Andreas A Giannopoulos, Oliver Gaemperli
Hybrid imaging for ischemic heart disease refers to the fusion of information from a single or usually from multiple cardiovascular imaging modalities enabling synergistic assessment of the presence, the extent, and the severity of coronary atherosclerotic disease along with the hemodynamic significance of lesions and/or with evaluation of the myocardial function. A combination of coronary computed tomography angiography with myocardial perfusion imaging, such as single-photon emission computed tomography and positron emission tomography, has been adopted in several centers and implemented in international coronary artery disease management guidelines...
January 9, 2018: Revista Española de Cardiología
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29329763/efficacy-and-safety-of-varenicline-for-smoking-cessation-in-people-living-with-hiv-in-france-anrs-144-inter-activ-a-randomised-controlled-phase-3-clinical-trial
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Patrick Mercié, Julie Arsandaux, Christine Katlama, Samuel Ferret, Aurélie Beuscart, Christian Spadone, Claudine Duvivier, Jacques Reynes, Nathalie Wirth, Laetitia Moinot, Antoine Bénard, David Zucman, Xavier Duval, Jean-Michel Molina, Bruno Spire, Catherine Fagard, Geneviève Chêne
BACKGROUND: Tobacco smoking is common in people living with HIV, but high-quality evidence on interventions for smoking cessation is not available in this population. We aimed to assess the efficacy and safety of varenicline with counselling to aid smoking cessation in people living with HIV. METHODS: The ANRS 144 Inter-ACTIV randomised, parallel, double-blind, multicentre, placebo-controlled phase 3 trial was done at 30 clinical hospital sites in France. People living with HIV who had smoked at least ten cigarettes per day for 1 year or longer, were motivated to stop smoking, were not dependent on another psychoactive substance, and had no history of depression or suicide attempt were eligible...
January 9, 2018: Lancet HIV
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29328450/mybl2-protects-against-h9c2-injury-induced-by-hypoxia-via-akt-and-nf%C3%A2-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathways
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Mingfeng Shao, Zexiang Ren, Rongjun Zhang
Cardiovascular diseases have become one of the major public health problems in many countries. The downregulation of MYBL2 was found in H9c2 and native cardiomyocytes cells after hypoxia treatment. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of MYB proto‑oncogene like 2 (MYBL2) on H9c2 injury induced by hypoxia. Reverse transcription‑quantitative polymerase chain reaction and western blot were performed on H9c2 cells to determine the mRNA and protein levels of MYBL2, respectively. Small interfering RNA (siRNA) was employed to downregulate MYBL2 expression in H9c2 cells to investigate changes in cell proliferation and apoptosis...
January 8, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327778/impact-of-physical-activity-and-body-mass-index-in-cardiovascular-and-musculoskeletal-health-a-review
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Morad Chughtai, Chukwuweike U Gwam, Nequesha Mohamed, Anton Khlopas, Nipun Sodhi, Assem A Sultan, Anil Bhave, Michael A Mont
Due to an increasing elderly population coupled with a growing obesity epidemic, there has been an increased prevalence in cardiovascular and musculoskeletal diseases. This has led to an increased burden in healthcare expenditures, now estimated to be over 17.8% of gross domestic product. As a result, physical activity has been increasingly encouraged due to its potential prophylactic effects on health. Recent reports have demonstrated a relationship between physical activity and body mass index (BMI) on cardiovascular and musculoskeletal health...
December 22, 2017: Surgical Technology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327345/serum-lipoprotein-a-predicts-acute-coronary-syndromes-in-patients-with-severe-carotid-stenosis
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Fabio Rigamonti, Federico Carbone, Fabrizio Montecucco, Aldo Bonaventura, Luca Liberale, Fabienne Burger, Aline Roth, Maria Bertolotto, Giovanni Spinella, Bianca Pane, Domenico Palombo, Aldo Pende, Franco Dallegri, François Mach, Stefano Bertolini, Livia Pisciotta
Different cut-off values of serum lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] were recently identified in order to better stratify cardiovascular risk categories. Both pathophysiological and prognostic values of Lp(a) remain unclear. Here, the prognostic value of Lp(a) and its correlation with intraplaque features were assessed in patients with severe carotid artery stenosis undergoing endarterectomy (n=180). The cut-off value of 10 mg/dL for serum Lp(a) was selected to predict 24-month follow-up acute coronary syndrome (ACS). In addition, the association between serum Lp(a) and intraplaque lipids, collagen, inflammatory and vascular cells was assessed...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327139/galectin-3-levels-relate-in-children-to-total-body-fat-abdominal-fat-body-fat-distribution-and-cardiac-size
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Magnus Dencker, Daniel Arvidsson, Magnus K Karlsson, Per Wollmer, Lars B Andersen, Ola Thorsson
Galectin-3 has recently been proposed as a novel biomarker for cardiovascular disease in adults. The purpose of this investigation was to assess relationships between galectin-3 levels and total body fat, abdominal fat, body fat distribution, aerobic fitness, blood pressure, left ventricular mass, left atrial size, and increase in body fat over a 2-year period in a population-based sample of children. Our study included 170 children aged 8-11 years. Total fat mass and abdominal fat were measured by dual-energy x-ray absorptiometry (DXA)...
January 11, 2018: European Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29327063/systemic-inflammation-and-evidence-of-a-cardio-splenic-axis-in-patients-with-psoriasis
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Kasper F Hjuler, Lars C Gormsen, Mikkel H Vendelbo, Alexander Egeberg, Jakob Nielsen, Lars Iversen
The spleen is thought to play a role in atherosclerosis-associated immunity and cardiovascular research has indicated the existence of a cardio-splenic axis. The aim of this study was to assess splenic 18F-fluorodeoxyglucose uptake as a measure of systemic inflammation in patients with untreated psoriasis compared with historical controls assessed by positron emission tomography-computed tomography. Patients with moderate-to-severe psoriasis (n = 12, age 61.4 ± 4.1 years, 83% men, mean  Psoriasis Area Severity Index score of 14...
December 20, 2017: Acta Dermato-venereologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29326315/plasma-n-3-and-n-6-fatty-acids-are-differentially-related-to-carotid-plaque-and-its-progression-mesa-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Brian T Steffen, Weihua Guan, James H Stein, Mathew C Tattersall, Joel D Kaufman, Veit Sandfort, Moyses Szklo, Michael Y Tsai
OBJECTIVE: ω-3 (n-3) fatty acids (FAs) have long been considered healthful dietary components, yet recent clinical trials have questioned their cardiovascular benefits. By contrast, the ω-6 (n-6) FAs have been considered harmful, proatherogenic macronutrients, despite an absence of empirical evidence supporting this hypothesis. We aimed to determine whether plasma n-3 and n-6 FAs are related to risk of carotid plaque and its progression in 3327 participants of the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis)...
January 11, 2018: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
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