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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073952/alcohol-and-coronary-artery-calcification-an-investigation-using-alcohol-flushing-as-an-instrumental-variable
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Kyung Eun Yun, Yoosoo Chang, Sung-Cheol Yun, George Davey Smith, Seungho Ryu, Sung-Il Cho, Eun Chul Chung, Hocheol Shin, Young-Ho Khang
BACKGROUND: We examined whether alcohol flushing could be used as an instrumental variable (IV) and investigated the effect of alcohol consumption on coronary calcification using alcohol flushing status as an IV. METHODS: We analysed cross-sectional data from 24 681 Korean adults (20 696 men and 3985 women) who had been administered a questionnaire assessing alcohol consumption and alcohol flushing, as well as a coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurement. The associations of alcohol flushing status with potential confounders and alcohol consumption were examined...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073567/the-influence-of-native-aortic-valve-calcium-and-transcatheter-valve-oversize-on-the-need-for-pacemaker-implantation-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-insertion
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Fu'ad Al-Azzam, Kevin L Greason, Chayakrit Krittanawong, Eric E Williamson, Christopher J McLeod, Katherine S King, Verghese Mathew
OBJECTIVE: Native aortic valve calcium and transcatheter aortic valve oversize have been reported to predict pacemaker implantation after transcatheter aortic valve insertion. We reviewed our experience to better understand the association. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the records of 300 patients with no prior permanent pacemaker implantation who underwent transcatheter aortic valve insertion from November 2008 to February 2015. Valve oversize was calculated using area...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070737/in-silico-analysis-of-the-anti-hypertensive-drugs-impact-on-myocardial-oxygen-balance
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A Guala, D Leone, A Milan, L Ridolfi
Hypertension is a very common pathology, and its clinical treatment largely relies on different drugs. Some of these drugs exhibit specific protective functions in addition to those resulting from blood pressure reduction. In this work, we study the impact of commonly used anti-hypertensive drugs (RAAS, [Formula: see text] and calcium channel blockers) on myocardial oxygen supply-consumption balance, which plays a crucial role in type 2 myocardial infarction. To this aim, 42 wash-out hypertensive patients were selected, a number of measured data were used to set a validated multi-scale cardiovascular model to subject-specific conditions, and the administration of different drugs was suitably simulated...
January 9, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068560/effect-of-sarpogrelate-a-selective-5-ht2a-receptor-antagonist-on-characteristics-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Dong-Hwa Lee, Eun Ju Chun, Jee Hye Hur, Se Hee Min, Jie-Eun Lee, Tae Jung Oh, Kyoung Min Kim, Hak Chul Jang, Seung Jin Han, Doo Kyoung Kang, Hae Jin Kim, Soo Lim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarpogrelate, a 5-hydroxytryptamine type 2A antagonist, is a potential antiplatelet agent. We performed a randomized study to evaluate the effect of sarpogrelate on vascular health in Korean patients with diabetes. METHODS: Forty diabetic patients aged 58.6 ± 6.8 years with 10-75% coronary artery stenosis, as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography, were randomly assigned to sarpogrelate 300 mg/day plus aspirin 100 mg/day (SPG + ASA group) or aspirin 100 mg/day alone (ASA group) for 6 months...
December 10, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068529/impact-of-high-dose-statins-on-vitamin-d-levels-and-platelet-function-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Monica Verdoia, Patrizia Pergolini, Roberta Rolla, Matteo Nardin, Alon Schaffer, Lucia Barbieri, Veronica Daffara, Paolo Marino, Giorgio Bellomo, Harry Suryapranata, Giuseppe De Luca
BACKGROUND: Statins represent a pivotal treatment in coronary artery disease, offering a reduction in cardiovascular risk even beyond their lipid-lowering action. However, the mechanism of these "pleiotropic" benefits of statins is poorly understood. Vitamin D has been suggested as a potential mediator of the anti-inflammatory, anti-thrombotic and vascular protecting effects of statins. Aim of present study was to assess the impact of a high-intensity statin therapy on vitamin D levels and platelet function in patients with coronary artery disease...
December 28, 2016: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28067454/concomitant-use-of-calcium-channel-blockers-with-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-and-re-hospitalization-for-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Chen-Yu Wang, Zhen-Fang Lin, Chii-Ming Lee, Yi-Wen Tsai, Ting-Ying Huang, Li-Jiuan Shen, Fei-Yuan Hsiao
BACKGROUND: Existing studies suggested that concomitant use of calcium channel blockers (CCBs) may interfere with the antiplatelet effect of clopidogrel. The objective of this study was to examine the effect of concomitant use of CCBs and clopidogrel on risks of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) re-hospitalization in patients receiving percutaneous coronary intervention. METHODS: Using the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database, we identified 51 925 patients who were admitted for newly diagnosed ACS, received percutaneous coronary intervention, and used clopidogrel within 1 year after discharge...
January 9, 2017: Pharmacoepidemiology and Drug Safety
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049234/chronic-kidney-disease-mineral-bone-disorder-in-korean-patients-a-report-from-the-korean-cohort-study-for-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-know-ckd
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Chang Seong Kim, Eun Hui Bae, Seong Kwon Ma, Seung Hyeok Han, Kyu Beck Lee, Joongyub Lee, Kook Hwan Oh, Dong Wan Chae, Soo Wan Kim
This study examined the characteristics of biochemical parameters, bone diseases, and vascular calcification in Korean patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) not yet on dialysis. Serum levels of fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23), intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25D), and 1,25-dihydroxyvitamin D3 (1,25D); lumbar spine, total hip, and femur neck bone mineral densities; and brachial-to-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) representing vascular calcification were measured at baseline for 2,238 CKD patients in the KoreaN Cohort Study for Outcomes in Patients With CKD (KNOW-CKD)...
February 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049233/baseline-cardiovascular-characteristics-of-adult-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-from-the-korean-cohort-study-for-outcomes-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-know-ckd
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Hyoungnae Kim, Tae Hyun Yoo, Kyu Hun Choi, Kook Hwan Oh, Joongyub Lee, Soo Wan Kim, Tae Hee Kim, Suah Sung, Seung Hyeok Han
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the most common cause of death in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We report the baseline cardiovascular characteristics of 2,238 participants by using the data of the KoreaN Cohort Study for Outcomes in Patients With Chronic Kidney Disease (KNOW-CKD) study. The cohort comprises 5 subcohorts according to the cause of CKD: glomerulonephritis (GN), diabetic nephropathy (DN), hypertensive nephropathy (HTN), polycystic kidney disease (PKD), and unclassified. The average estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) was 50...
February 2017: Journal of Korean Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28047135/su-c-206-02-estimating-coronary-artery-plaque-composition-with-a-combined-dual-energy-and-single-energy-qct-optimization-model
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M Goodsitt, H Chan, K Watcharotone, B Nan, E Christodoulou
PURPOSE: A study was performed to evaluate the accuracy of a combined dual-energy/single-energy QCT optimization model for estimating the volume fractions of fat, cholesterol, protein, fibrous tissue, and calcium in coronary artery plaque. METHODS: This model uses 80kVp-140kVp CT# data to distinguish calcium, and Gaussian component analysis based on the 140kVp CT#'s of the pure materials to distinguish the other constituents. An experimental study was performed with a thorax section phantom (CIRS, Inc...
June 2016: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040293/prevalence-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-calcification-based-on-the-epidemiologic-pattern-a-propensity-matched-comparison-of-asymptomatic-korean-and-chinese-adults
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Donghee Han, Yang Gao, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Heidi Gransar, Ji Hyun Lee, Asim Rizvi, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jidong Sung, Hae-Won Han, Sung Hak Park, James K Min, Bin Lu, Hyuk-Jae Chang
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors substantially influence cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. We aimed to explore epidemiologic trends in coronary artery calcium scores (CACS), as a marker of CVD, along with possible differences by geographic area and study period in separate East Asian populations. METHODS: We generated 3 matched groups (n=702) using a propensity scoring approach derived from a Korean (N=48,901) and Chinese cohort (N=927) as follows: (1) A recent Chinese group and (2) recent Korean group, both of whom underwent CACS scanning from 2012-2014; and (3) a past Korean group who underwent CACS scanning 8-10years before the index group (2002-2006)...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040057/the-effects-of-mebudipine-on-myocardial-arrhythmia-induced-by-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-isolated-rat-heart
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R Ghiasi, M Mohammadi, M Majidinia, B Yousefi, A Ghiasi, R Badalzadeh
Reperfusion of the heart after an ischemic insult may lead to potentially lethal arrhythmias and cardimyocyte cell death via apoptosis and necrosis. In addition, previous studies showed that calcium channel blockers may have a protective role in the myocardium against arrhythmia and irreversible tissue injury. Therefore, this study was aimed to investigate the effects of mebudipine on myocardial arrhythmias and tissue injury induced by ischemia/reperfusion injury in isolated rat hearts. Male Wistar rats (250‑300g) were randomly divided to Sham group (without ischemia), control group (ischemia without drug), drug group (ischemia with mebudipine 0...
November 30, 2016: Cellular and Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033543/thoracic-aortic-calcium-cardiovascular-disease-events-and-all-cause-mortality-in-asymptomatic-individuals-with-zero-coronary-calcium-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Joonseok Kim, Matthew J Budoff, Khurram Nasir, Nathan D Wong, Joseph Yeboah, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Steve Shea, Zeina A Dardari, Roger S Blumenthal, Michael J Blaha, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: TAC is associated with incident CVD and all-cause mortality. Nevertheless, the independent 10-year prognostic value of TAC in individuals with CAC = 0 beyond traditional risk factors is not well established. METHODS: 3415 MESA participants with baseline CAC = 0 were followed for CHD, CVD events and all-cause mortality. TAC was measured in the ascending and descending aorta in all participants and quantified using Agatston's score. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards regression models were used to study the associations between TAC and incident CHD, CVD events and all-cause mortality...
December 10, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031683/left-main-coronary-spasm-an-extremely-rare-entity-with-possible-life-threatening-complications
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A Al Emam, N Sricharoen
Coronary artery spasm is a known cause of acute coronary syndrome. However, left main coronary spasm is an extremely rare entity and can present in different ways depending on the duration and severity of the spasm. We present a 44-year-old female patient who presented with transient ST elevation in the lead aVR and ST depression in the lateral and inferior leads. Coronary angiography showed mid left main and ostial right coronary artery spasm that significantly improved after intracoronary nitroglycerine administration...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029026/waist-circumference-as-a-marker-of-obesity-is-more-predictive-of-coronary-artery-calcification-than-body-mass-index-in-apparently-healthy-korean-adults-the-kangbuk-samsung-health-study
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Jongsin Park, Eun Seo Lee, Da Young Lee, Jihyun Kim, Se Eun Park, Cheol Young Park, Won Young Lee, Ki Won Oh, Sung Woo Park, Eun Jung Rhee
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the risk for coronary artery calcification (CAC) according to groups subdivided by body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) in apparently healthy Korean adults. METHODS: Thirty-three thousand four hundred and thirty-two participants (mean age, 42 years) in a health screening program were divided into three groups according to BMI: <23 kg/m² (normal), 23 to 25 kg/m² (overweight), and >25 kg/m² (obese). In addition, the participants were divided into two groups according to WC...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028974/myocardial-ischaemia-coronary-atherosclerosis-and-pulmonary-pressure-elevation-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-patients
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Agnieszka Padjas, Wojciech Płazak, Magdalena Celińska-Lowenhoff, Adam Mazurek, Carlo Perricone, Piotr Podolec, Jacek Musiał
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic events in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) involve venous and arterial circulation with the possible involvement of coronary or pulmonary microcirculation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and on myocardial ischaemia assessed by single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), coronary atherosclerosis assessed by multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) and pulmonary pressure assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS)...
November 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028693/a-study-of-coronary-bifurcation-shape-in-a-normal-population
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Pau Medrano-Gracia, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, Susann Beier, Chris Ellis, Chunliang Wang, Örjan Smedby, Alistair Young, Brett Cowan
During percutaneous coronary intervention, stents are placed in narrowings of the arteries to restore normal blood flow. Despite improvements in stent design, deployment techniques and drug-eluting coatings, restenosis and stent thrombosis remain a significant problem. Population stent design based on statistical shape analysis may improve clinical outcomes. Computed tomographic (CT) coronary angiography scans from 211 patients with a zero calcium score, no stenoses and no intermediate artery, were used to create statistical shape models of 446 major coronary artery bifurcations (left main, first diagonal and obtuse marginal and right coronary crux)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028450/syntax-score-in-patients-with-high-computed-tomography-coronary-calcium-score
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Madhav Hegde, Ravindran Rajendran
OBJECTIVES: To study the conventional coronary angiogram ( CA) findings in patients with high coronary calcium on multidetector computed tomogram. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients with coronary calcium high enough in its extent and location to interfere with the interpretation of a contrast-filled coronary artery for a significant lesion were studied with conventional CA. Framingham risk score (FRS), computed tomography (CT) coronary calcium score (CCS), and SYNTAX score (SS) from the CA were calculated by separate investigators who were blinded to other scores...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027742/prognostic-value-of-ct-derived-left-atrial-and-left-ventricular-measures-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Richard A P Takx, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, U Joseph Schoepf, John W Nance, Fabian Bamberg, Joseph A Abro, Christine M Carr, Sheldon E Litwin, Paul Apfaltrer
PURPOSE: To determine which left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) parameters are associated with future major adverse cardiac event (MACE) and whether these measurements have independent prognostic value beyond risk factors and computed tomography (CT)-derived coronary artery disease measures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis was performed under an IRB waiver and in HIPAA compliance. Subjects underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) using a dual-source CT system for acute chest pain evaluation...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28026916/antianginal-medications-and-long-term-outcomes-after-elective-catheterization-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Lan Shen, John P Vavalle, Samuel Broderick, Linda K Shaw, Pamela S Douglas
BACKGROUND: Antianginal medications are a class I recommendation by the American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines for stable ischemic heart disease. We sought to better understand guidance in drug selection and real-life outcomes of antianginal medication use. HYPOTHESIS: In patients with stable ischemic heart disease, antianginal medications lower mortality. METHODS: We evaluated 5608 patients with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on elective cardiac catheterization with follow-up through self-administered questionnaires...
December 2016: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025424/morphological-features-of-coronary-plaques-in-whhlmi-rabbits-oryctolagus-cuniculus-an-animal-model-for-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Satoshi Yamada, Tomonari Koike, Takayuki Nakagawa, Nobue Kuniyoshi, Yu Ying, Hiroyuki Itabe, Atsushi Yamashita, Yuji Asada, Masashi Shiomi
In order to examine their suitability for studies on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the features of coronary atherosclerotic plaques in myocardial infarction-prone Watanabe heritable hyperlipidemic (WHHLMI) rabbits, a spontaneous animal model for coronary atherosclerosis and myocardial infarction. Coronary segments of the hearts of 187 WHHLMI rabbits (10-29 months old) were sectioned serially and stained histopathologically and immunohistologically. Progression of coronary lesions was prominent in rabbits that had died suddenly...
December 27, 2016: Experimental Animals
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