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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212823/cyp-epoxygenase-derived-h2o2-is-involved-in-the-endothelium-derived-hyperpolarization-edh-and-relaxation-of-intrarenal-arteries
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Mercedes Muñoz, Maria Elvira López-Oliva, Estéfano Pinilla, María Pilar Martínez, Ana Sánchez, Claudia Rodríguez, Albino García-Sacristán, Medardo Hernández, Luis Rivera, Dolores Prieto
Reactive oxygen species (ROS) like hydrogen peroxide (H2O2) are involved in the in endothelium-derived hyperpolarization (EDH)-type relaxant responses of coronary and mesenteric arterioles. The role of ROS in kidney vascular function has mainly been investigated in the context of harmful ROS generation associated to kidney disease. The present study was sought to investigate whether H2O2 is involved in the endothelium-dependent relaxations of intrarenal arteries as well the possible endothelial sources of ROS generation involved in these responses...
February 14, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212796/sodium-calcium-exchanger-in-pig-coronary-artery
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A K Grover
This review focuses on the sodium-calcium exchangers (NCX) in the left anterior descending coronary artery smooth muscle. Bathing tissues in Na(+)-substituted solutions caused them to contract. In cultured smooth muscle cells, it increased the cytosolic Ca(2+) concentration and extracellular entry of (45)Ca(2+). All three activities were attributed to NCX since they were inhibited by NCX inhibitors. The tissues also expressed the sarco/endoplasmic reticulum (SER) Ca(2+) pump SERCA2b whose activity was much greater than that of NCX...
2017: Advances in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209366/quantifying-aortic-valve-calcification-using-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
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Abdulrahman M Alqahtani, Kevin E Boczar, Vinay Kansal, Kwan Chan, Girish Dwivedi, Benjamin J W Chow
INTRODUCTION: Aortic valve calcification (AVC) has been associated with major adverse cardiovascular events and all-cause mortality. We sought to develop and validate a method to quantify AVC using coronary CT angiography (CTA). METHODS: Of 59 patients who underwent both non-contrast and contrast enhanced coronary CTA, 25 patients served as the derivation cohort and 34 patients served as the validation cohort. For non-contrast enhanced CT, quantification of AVC was performed using the Agatston method for coronary artery calcification (CAC)...
January 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208116/factors-determining-left-main-coronary-artery-luminal-area
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Konstantinos Dean Boudoulas, Peter M Bittenbender, Haikady N Nagaraja, Omar Kahaly, Jennifer A Dickerson, Subha V Raman, Ernest L Mazzaferri, Charles A Bush
BACKGROUND: A certain minimal luminal cross-sectional area has been traditionally used in clinical practice as a cut-off value to determine severity of left main coronary artery (LMCA) stenosis. The severity of stenosis, however, depends on the baseline luminal area (ie, area prior to stenosis), which may vary among individuals. The present study was undertaken to define normal LMCA luminal area using current technology in vivo. METHODS: LMCA luminal area was determined using multislice computed tomography coronary angiography...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205074/coronary-artery-calcium-scanning-in-symptomatic-patients-ready-for-use-as-a-gatekeeper-for-further-testing
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EDITORIAL
Alan Rozanski, Daniel S Berman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202259/coronary-artery-calcium-score-as-a-predictor-for-incident-stroke-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Kongkiat Chaikriangkrai, Hye Yeon Jhun, Ghanshyam Palamaner Subash Shantha, Aref Bin Abdulhak, Gardar Sigurdsson, Faisal Nabi, John J Mahmarian, Su Min Chang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is a well-established test for risk stratifying asymptomatic patients for overall cardiovascular or coronary events. However; the prognostic value for incident stroke remains controversial. The objective of this study was to investigate the predictive value of CACS obtained by non-contrast electrocardiogram-gated computed tomography for incident stroke. METHODS: We searched PubMed, EMBASE, Cochrane databases for prospective longitudinal studies of CACS which reported the incidence of stroke...
February 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196817/comparison-of-carotid-plaque-score-and-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-predicting-cardiovascular-disease-events-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Adam D Gepner, Rebekah Young, Joseph A Delaney, Matthew J Budoff, Joseph F Polak, Michael J Blaha, Wendy S Post, Erin D Michos, Joel Kaufman, James H Stein
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) predicts coronary heart disease (CHD) events better than carotid wall plaque presence; however, differences in the utility of CAC burden and carotid plaque burden across the spectrum of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: CVD, CHD and stroke/transient ischemic attack (TIA) events were evaluated prospectively in a multiethnic cohort without CVD at baseline. Carotid plaque score was determined by the number of ultrasound-detected plaques in the common, bifurcation, and internal carotid artery segments...
February 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196265/association-of-coronary-artery-calcium-in-adults-aged-32-to-46-years-with-incident-coronary-heart-disease-and-death
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John Jeffrey Carr, David R Jacobs, James G Terry, Christina M Shay, Stephen Sidney, Kiang Liu, Pamela J Schreiner, Cora E Lewis, James M Shikany, Jared P Reis, David C Goff
Importance: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and cardiovascular disease (CVD); however, prognostic data on CAC are limited in younger adults. Objective: To determine if CAC in adults aged 32 to 46 years is associated with incident clinical CHD, CVD, and all-cause mortality during 12.5 years of follow-up. Design, Setting, and Participants: The Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study is a prospective community-based study that recruited 5115 black and white participants aged 18 to 30 years from March 25, 1985, to June 7, 1986...
February 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195141/a-mendelian-randomization-study-of-the-effect-of-calcium-on-coronary-artery-disease-myocardial-infarction-and-their-risk-factors
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Lin Xu, Shi Lin Lin, C Mary Schooling
Meta-analyses of randomized controlled trials (RCTs) suggest calcium could have adverse effects on cardiovascular disease, although these findings are controversial. To clarify, we assessed whether people with genetically higher calcium had a higher risk of coronary artery disease (CAD), myocardial infarction (MI) and their risk factors. We used a two-sample Mendelian randomization study. We identified genetic variants (single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs)) that independently contributed to serum calcium at genome-wide significance which we applied to large extensively genotyped studies of CAD, MI, diabetes, lipids, glycaemic traits and adiposity to obtain unconfounded estimates, with body mass index (BMI) as a control outcome...
February 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193446/usefulness-of-calcium-scoring-as-a-screening-examination-in-patients-with-a-history-of-kawasaki-disease
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Andrew M Kahn, Matthew J Budoff, Lori B Daniels, Jun Oyamada, John B Gordon, Jane C Burns
Subsets of patients with a remote history of Kawasaki disease (KD) have coronary artery aneurysms with associated risks of late morbidity. In a pilot study, we previously showed that computed tomography (CT) coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring detects late CAC in patients with aneurysms and a remote history of KD. We performed CT calcium volume scoring in 166 subjects (median age 19.5 years) with a remote history of KD (median interval from KD to CT 15.1 years). Coronary arteries were classified as normal (n = 100), transiently dilated (n = 23), persistently dilated (n = 10), remodeled aneurysm (n = 9), or aneurysm (n = 24) based on echocardiography...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183844/association-between-posterior-left-atrial-adipose-tissue-mass-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Alexander R van Rosendael, Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Philippe J van Rosendael, Melissa Leung, Jeff M Smit, Antti Saraste, Juhani Knuuti, Rob J van der Geest, Britt W H van der Arend, Erik W van Zwet, Arthur J Scholte, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: Epicardial adipose tissue located close to the atrial wall can change the electric conduction of the left atrium, potentially leading to atrial fibrillation (AF). The aim of this study was to assess whether an increased atrial adipose tissue mass posterior to the left atrium is related to AF independent of demographical and cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two hundred patients with AF and 200 patients without AF who underwent computed tomographic angiography were included...
February 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174198/the-puzzle-of-noninvasive-testing-in-women-filling-in-the-pieces-with-the-crescent-trial-calcium-imaging-and-selective-ct-angiography-in-comparison-to-functional-testing-for-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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EDITORIAL
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174196/sex-differences-in-the-performance-of-cardiac-computed-tomography-compared-with-functional-testing-in-evaluating-stable-chest-pain-subanalysis-of-the-multicenter-randomized-crescent-trial-calcium-imaging-and-selective-ct-angiography-in-comparison-to-functional
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Marisa Lubbers, Adriaan Coenen, Tobias Bruning, Tjebbe Galema, Jurgen Akkerhuis, Boudewijn Krenning, Paul Musters, Mohamed Ouhlous, Ahno Liem, Andre Niezen, Admir Dedic, Ron van Domburg, Miriam Hunink, Koen Nieman
BACKGROUND: Cardiac computed tomography (CT) represents an alternative diagnostic strategy for women with suspected coronary artery disease, with potential benefits in terms of effectiveness and cost-efficiency. METHODS AND RESULTS: The CRESCENT trial (Calcium Imaging and Selective CT Angiography in Comparison to Functional Testing for Suspected Coronary Artery Disease) prospectively randomized 350 patients with stable angina (55% women; aged 55±10 years), mostly with an intermediate coronary artery disease probability, between cardiac CT and functional testing...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28174168/cardiac-overexpression-of-s100a6-attenuates-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-and-reduces-infarct-size-after-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion
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Azadeh Mofid, Nadav S Newman, Paul J H Lee, Cynthia Abbasi, Pratiek N Matkar, Dmitriy Rudenko, Michael A Kuliszewski, Hao H Chen, Kolsoom Afrasiabi, James N Tsoporis, Anthony O Gramolini, Kim A Connelly, Thomas G Parker, Howard Leong-Poi
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyocyte-specific transgenic mice overexpressing S100A6, a member of the family of EF-hand calcium-binding proteins, develop less cardiac hypertrophy, interstitial fibrosis, and myocyte apoptosis after permanent coronary ligation, findings that support S100A6 as a potential therapeutic target after acute myocardial infarction. Our purpose was to investigate S100A6 gene therapy for acute myocardial ischemia-reperfusion. METHODS AND RESULTS: We first performed in vitro studies to examine the effects of S100A6 overexpression and knockdown in rat neonatal cardiomyocytes...
February 7, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171827/vascular-inflammation-and-media-calcification-are-already-present-in-early-stages-of-chronic-kidney-disease
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Kerstin Benz, Ildiko Varga, Daniel Neureiter, Valentina Campean, Christoph Daniel, Christian Heim, Albrecht Reimann, Michael Weyand, Karl F Hilgers, Kerstin Amann
BACKGROUND: While patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have a high prevalence of classical coronary risk factors, there is increasing evidence that atherosclerosis is different in renal compared to nonrenal patients. Therefore, the present study compares changes in different vessels obtained at cardiac surgery between patients with early and advanced CKD and nonrenal control patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty patients undergoing cardiac bypass surgery were divided into three groups: (i) 24 control patients with creatinine <1...
January 23, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168532/high-calcium-magnesium-ratio-in-hair-is-associated-with-coronary-artery-calcification-in-middle-aged-and-elderly-individuals
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Byoungjin Park, Mi-Hyun Kim, Choong Keun Cha, Yong-Jae Lee, Kyong-Chol Kim
The interaction between calcium and magnesium as a risk modifier for cardiovascular disease (CVD) has been largely overlooked in previous studies, for the strict regulatory system in blood has been thought to keep such homeostatic interactions under tight control. This study aimed to investigate the association between calcium-magnesium ratio in hair and subclinical coronary artery calcification. Using multiple linear regression analysis, we examined the associations between calcium-magnesium ratio in hair and the coronary calcium score (CCS) in 216 Koreans aged 40 years and above (122 men and 94 women)...
February 6, 2017: Biological Trace Element Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167282/comparison-of-low-dose-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-using-low-tube-current-technique-and-hybrid-iterative-reconstruction-vs-filtered-back-projection
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Nada Sulaiman, Jeanette Soon, Jong Kwan Park, Christopher Naoum, Shaw-Hua Kueh, Philipp Blanke, Darra Murphy, Jennifer Ellis, Cameron J Hague, Jonathon Leipsic
INTRODUCTION: We sought to validate whether low dose CACS CT with hybrid IR (HIR) could replace standard dose filtered back projection (FBP). METHOD: We enrolled 100 patients to undergo low dose CACS CT with HIR, in addition to routine full dose FBP. RESULTS: No significant difference between full and low dose CT in Agatston score 138.2±360.6 vs. 137.3±356.4 (p=0.272) or calcium mass score 19±48.3 vs. 18.7±49 (p=0.8), respectively. Bland-Altman analysis showed no systematic bias...
February 2, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28166422/relation-of-heart-rate-recovery-after-exercise-testing-to-coronary-artery-calcification
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Sae Young Jae, Sudhir Kurl, Jari A Laukkanen, Eun Sun Yoon, Yoon-Ho Choi, Bo Fernhall, Barry A Franklin
BACKGROUND: We examined whether slow heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise testing as an estimate of impaired autonomic function is related to coronary artery calcification (CAC), an emerging marker of coronary atherosclerosis. METHODS: We evaluated 2088 men who participated in a health screening program that included measures of CAC and peak or symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing. HRR was calculated as the difference between peak heart rate during exercise testing and the heart rate at 2 minutes of recovery after peak exercise...
February 6, 2017: Annals of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164397/four-main-active-ingredients-derived-from-a-traditional-chinese-medicine-guanxin-shutong-capsule-cause-cardioprotection-during-myocardial-ischemia-injury-calcium-overload-suppression
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Feng Liu, Zhuang-Zhuang Huang, Yu-Hong Sun, Ting Li, Dong-Hua Yang, Gang Xu, Ying-Ying Su, Tao Zhang
Guanxin Shutong capsule is a traditional Chinese medicine for the treatment of myocardial ischemia (MI). Previous studies have shown that the formula has four main active ingredients (FMAI), protocatechuic acid, cryptotanshinone, borneol, and eugenol. However, the mechanisms of action of these FMAI against MI injury are still not well known. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the protective effects of the FMAI on MI in vitro and in vivo. In vitro, rat neonatal cardiomyocytes were isolated, the cell viability and apoptosis rate were, respectively, measured by 3-(4,5-dimethylthiazol-2-yl)-2,5-diphenyltetrazolium bromide (MTT) method and fluorescence activating cell sorter, and the intracellular calcium concentration ([Ca(2+) ]i ) and CaM and CaMKII δ mRNA as well as protein levels were determined...
February 6, 2017: Phytotherapy Research: PTR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164120/coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-in-combination-with-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-the-preoperative-cardiac-evaluation-of-liver-transplant-recipients
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REVIEW
Jae Moon Choi, Yu-Gyeong Kong, Joon-Won Kang, Young-Kug Kim
Liver transplantation is the best treatment option for early-stage hepatocellular carcinoma, liver cirrhosis, fulminant liver failure, and end-stage liver diseases. Even though advances in surgical techniques and perioperative care have improved postoperative outcomes, perioperative cardiovascular complications are a leading cause of postoperative morbidity and mortality following liver transplantation. Ischemic coronary artery disease (CAD) and cardiomyopathy are the most common cardiovascular diseases and could be negative predictors of postoperative outcomes in liver transplant recipients...
2017: BioMed Research International
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