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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547208/pulse-wave-velocity-and-augmentation-index-are-not-independently-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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M Robustillo-Villarino, J J Alegre-Sancho, E Rodilla-Sala, A Corrales, J Llorca, M A Gonzalez-Gay, P H Dessein
Arterial stiffness can enhance cardiovascular risk by increasing atherogenesis or adverse hemodynamic effects. We examined whether the arterial stiffness markers of aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and the augmentation index (AIx) are independently associated with carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). PWV and AIx were determined by brachial oscillometry using the Mobil-O-Graph® system and carotid IMT and plaque by ultrasound in 194 consecutive RA patients without established cardiovascular disease, chronic kidney disease, and diabetes at disease onset...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547004/ocular-arterial-occlusive-disorders-and-carotid-artery-disease
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Sohan Singh Hayreh, M Bridget Zimmerman
OBJECTIVE: To compare prevalence of carotid artery disease and its various types of lesions in different types of ocular arterial occlusive disorders. DESIGN: Cohort study. SUBJECTS: 614 consecutive patients (728 eyes) with ocular arterial occlusive disorders. METHODS: At first visit, all patients had a detailed ophthalmic and medical history, comprehensive ophthalmic evaluation, and carotid artery evaluation (by Doppler/angiography) on the side of ocular arterial occlusion, and echocardiography...
January 2017: Ophthalmol Retina
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543774/spectral-signal-density-of-carotid-plaque-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography
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Exequiel Reynoso, Gastón A Rodriguez-Granillo, Carlos Capunay, Alejandro Deviggiano, Francisco Meli, Patricia Carrascosa
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Plaque characterization using virtual monochromatic imaging derived from dual-energy computed tomography (CT) angiography requires the determination of normal signal density values of each plaque component. We sought to explore the signal density values of carotid plaque components using dual-energy compared to conventional single-energy CT angiography (CTA), and to establish the energy level with the largest differences between plaque components. METHODS: The present prospective study involved consecutive patients referred for carotid artery evaluation by CTA...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Neuroimaging: Official Journal of the American Society of Neuroimaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543093/relationship-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-asymptomatic-diabetic-patients-a-prospective-multicenter-study
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Anand Jeevarethinam, Shreenidhi Venuraju, Alain Dumo, Sherezade Ruano, Vishal S Mehta, Miranda Rosenthal, Devaki Nair, Mark Cohen, Daniel Darko, Avijit Lahiri, Roby Rakhit
BACKGROUND: The value of screening sub-clinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) remains controversial. HYPOTHESIS: An integrated model incorporating carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid plaque with traditional risk factors can be used to predict prevalence and severity of coronary artery calcification in asymptomatic T2DM patients. METHODS: A cohort of 262 asymptomatic T2DM patients were prospectively studied with carotid ultrasound to evaluate CIMT and carotid plaque and also a computed tomography coronary artery calcium (CT-CAC) scan...
May 25, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542803/early-gestational-age-at-preeclampsia-onset-is-associated-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-12-years-after-delivery
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Martin Christensen, Camilla Skovhus Kronborg, Rasmus Kirkeskov Carlsen, Nikolaj Eldrup, Ulla Breth Knudsen
Women with a history of preeclampsia have increased risk of cardiovascular disease later in life. However, it is unclear if early gestational age at preeclampsia onset is associated with higher cardiovascular disease risk. This study aimed to test the association between gestational age at preeclampsia onset (including the early-onset/late-onset preeclampsia distinction) and subclinical atherosclerosis and arterial stiffness in age-matched women 12 years after index pregnancy MATERIAL AND METHODS: Eligible participants were identified in two Danish registries...
May 23, 2017: Acta Obstetricia et Gynecologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542516/evaluation-of-the-systemic-micro-and-macrovasculature-in-stable-angina-a-case-control-study
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Ulf Neisius, Erin Olson, Sabrina H Rossi, Hagar A Ibrahim, Gemma Currie, Anna F Dominiczak, Christian Delles
AIMS: The diagnosis of stable angina involves the use of probability estimates based on clinical presentation, age, gender and cardiovascular risk factors. In view of the link between the cardiac and systemic vasculature we tested whether non-invasive measures of systemic micro- and macrovascular structure and function differentiate between individuals with flow-limiting coronary artery disease (CAD) and those with normal coronary arteries (NCA). METHODS AND RESULTS: We recruited 84 patients undergoing elective coronary angiography for investigation of symptoms of stable angina...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542096/modified-dual-energy-algorithm-for-calcified-plaque-removal-evaluation-in-carotid-computed-tomography-angiography-and-comparison-with-digital-subtraction-angiography
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Manoj Mannil, Jaychandran Ramachandran, Ilaria Vittoria de Martini, Susanne Wegener, Bernhard Schmidt, Thomas Flohr, Bernhard Krauss, Antonios Valavanis, Hatem Alkadhi, Sebastian Winklhofer
OBJECTIVES: Computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a valuable tool for the assessment of carotid artery stenosis. However, blooming artifacts from calcified plaques might result in an overestimation of the stenosis grade. The aim of this study was to investigate a new dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) technique with a modified 3-material decomposition algorithm for calcium removal in extracranial carotid artery stenosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective, institutional review board-approved study, 30 calcified carotid plaques in 22 patients (15 men; mean age, 73 ± 10 years) with clinical suspicion of stroke were included...
May 24, 2017: Investigative Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541017/extracranial-internal-carotid-artery-calcium-volume-measurement-using-computer-tomography
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Hediyeh Baradaran, Chuen R Ng, Ajay Gupta, Norliza M Noor, Khalid W Al-Dasuqi, Edward E Mtui, Omar M Rijal, Argiris Giannopoulos, Andrew Nicolaides, John R Laird, Luca Saba, Jasjit S Suri
BACKGROUND: The extent of calcium volume in the carotid arteries of contrast-based Computer Tomography (CT) is a valuable indicator of stroke risk. This study presents an automated, simple and fast calcium volume computation system. Since the high contrast agent can sometimes obscure the presence of calcium in the CT slices, it is therefore necessary to identify these slices before the corrected volume can be estimated. METHODS: The system typically consists of segmenting the calcium region from the CT scan into slices based on Hounsfield Unit-based threshold, and subsequently computing the summation of the calcium areas in each slice...
May 24, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537907/sirt1-inhibition-promotes-atherosclerosis-through-impaired-autophagy
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Xiaofeng Yang, Jingyuan Wei, Yanhao He, Ting Jing, Yanxiang Li, Yunfang Xiao, Bo Wang, Weirong Wang, Jiye Zhang, Rong Lin
SIRT1, a highly conserved NAD+-dependent protein deacetylase, plays a pivotal role in the pathogenesis and therapy of atherosclerosis (AS). The aim of this study is to investigate the potential effects of SIRT1 on AS in ApoE-/- mice and the underlying mechanisms of autophagy in an ox-LDL-stimulated human monocyte cell line, THP-1. In vivo, the accelerated atherosclerotic progression of mice was established by carotid collar placement; then, mice were treated for 4 weeks with a SIRT1-specific inhibitor, EX-527...
May 8, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537783/association-of-mild-to-moderate-reduction-in-glomerular-filtration-rate-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-postmenopausal-women
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Florina Parv, Andrei Beceanu, Rodica Avram, Romulus Zorin Timar, Bogdan Timar, Florica Gadalean
BACKGROUND: Due to loss of hormonal protective effects, postmenopausal women have an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is a well-established risk factor for CV disease, but little is known whether mild-to-moderate kidney dysfunction is associated with atherosclerosis burden in the postmenopausal asymptomatic women. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Subclinical atherosclerosis was evaluated in 125 postmenopausal women with no clinical form of atherosclerosis, by carotid and femoral ultrasonography, ankle-brachial index (ABI), and flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
May 24, 2017: Journal of Women's Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28529262/investigations-of-carotid-stenosis-to-identify-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaque-and-determine-individual-stroke-risk
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Madieke I Liem, Fiona Kennedy, Leo H Bonati, Aad van der Lugt, Bram F Coolen, Aart J Nederveen, Hans R Jager, Martin M Brown, Paul J Nederkoorn
Selection of patients with atherosclerotic carotid stenosis for revascularization is mainly based on the degree of luminal narrowing of the carotid artery. However, identification of other features of plaque apart from the degree of stenosis could enable better selection for intervention if they are also associated with the occurrence of stroke. Before these risk factors can possibly play a role in treatment decisions, their prognostic value needs to be proven. The purpose of this narrative review is to summarize current knowledge regarding the risk factors for stroke in patients with carotid stenosis, how they can be determined, and to what extent they predict stroke, based on recent literature...
May 20, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527587/relationship-between-carotid-computed-tomography-dual-energy-and-brain-leukoaraiosis
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Luca Saba, Roberto Sanfilippo, Antonella Balestrieri, Fulvio Zaccagna, Giovanni Maria Argiolas, Jasjit S Suri, Roberto Montisci
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to assess if there is a correlation between the carotid computed tomography (CT) Hounsfield unit (HU)-based plaque attenuation values measured using dual-energy CT (DECT) scanner and brain leukoaraiosis (LA). METHODS: Fifty consecutive patients (34 males, 16 females; mean age, 69 years; age range, 46-84 years) who underwent carotid CT and brain magnetic resonance imaging were included in the study. CT examinations were performed with a DECT scanner, and LA lesion volume quantification was performed using a semiautomated segmentation technique...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525388/association-between-body-mass-index-and-presence-of-carotid-plaque-among-low-income-adults-aged-45-years-and-older-a-population-based-cross-sectional-study-in-rural-china
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Yongzhong Lou, Bin Li, Lan Su, Zhenhong Mu, Minghao Sun, Hongfei Gu, Jingxian Ni, Yanan Wu, Jun Tu, Jinghua Wang, Xianjia Ning
Carotid plaque is a good surrogate endpoint for assessing arterial atherosclerosis, and atherosclerosis is a reliable predictor of cardiovascular diseases. However, the effect of body mass index on carotid plaque is unknown. Therefore, we aimed to explore the association between body mass index and carotid plaque in a low-income Chinese population. Residents aged ≥45 years and free of stroke and cardiovascular diseases were enrolled and divided into four groups based on body mass index. B-mode ultrasonography was performed to measure carotid plaque...
May 4, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523582/first-in-human-radiation-dosimetry-of-68-ga-nodaga-rgdyk
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Silvano Gnesin, Periklis Mitsakis, Francesco Cicone, Emmanuel Deshayes, Vincent Dunet, Augusto F Gallino, Marek Kosinski, Sébastien Baechler, Franz Buchegger, David Viertl, John O Prior
BACKGROUND: Integrin-targeting radiopharmaceuticals have potential broad applications, spanning from cancer theranostics to cardiovascular diseases. We have previously reported preclinical dosimetry results of (68)Ga-NODAGA-RGDyK in mice. This study presents the first human dosimetry of (68)Ga-NODAGA-RGDyK in the five consecutive patients included in a clinical imaging protocol of carotid atherosclerotic plaques. Five male patients underwent whole-body time-of-flight (TOF) PET/CT scans 10, 60 and 120 min after tracer injection (200 MBq)...
December 2017: EJNMMI Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522299/most-advisable-strategy-in-search-of-asymptomatic-target-organ-damage-in-hypertensive-patients
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J Abellán-Huerta, L Prieto-Valiente, L Consuegra-Sánchez, S Montoro-García, A B Salguero-Merino, R Morales-López, J Abellán-Alemán, F Soria-Arcos
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the diagnostic potential of seven examinations in order to define the most suitable strategy for target organ damage (TOD) search in hypertensive patients. METHODS: This is a descriptive, cross-sectional study. 153 consecutive treated and essential hypertensive patients were enrolled. Patients with established cardiovascular or chronic renal disease (stage ≥4) were excluded. TOD search was assessed by: glomerular filtration rate (GFR), albumin/creatinine ratio (ACR), electrocardiogram (ECG), echocardiogram (ECO), ankle-brachial index (ABI), pulse wave velocity (PWV), and carotid ultrasound (intima media thickness and presence of plaques)...
May 15, 2017: Hipertensión y Riesgo Vascular
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522147/cardiovascular-risk-in-advanced-na%C3%A3-ve-hiv-infected-patients-starting-antiretroviral-therapy-comparison-of-three-different-regimens-prevaleat-ii-cohort
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Paolo Maggi, Chiara Bellacosa, Armando Leone, Anna Volpe, Elena Delfina Ricci, Nicoletta Ladisa, Stefania Cicalini, Elisabetta Grilli, Rosaria Viglietti, Antonio Chirianni, Lara Ines Bellazzi, Renato Maserati, Canio Martinelli, Paola Corsi, Benedetto Maurizio Celesia, Federica Sozio, Gioacchino Angarano
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: PREVALEAT (PREmature VAscular LEsions and Antiretroviral Therapy) II is a multicenter, longitudinal cohort study aimed at the evaluation of cardiovascular risk among advanced HIV-positive, treatment-naïve patients starting their first therapy. We hypothesized that these patients, present a higher cardiovascular (CV) risk. METHODS: The study included all consecutive naïve patients with less than 200 CD4 cells/ml starting antiretroviral therapy...
May 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521772/feasibility-and-relevance-of-compound-strain-imaging-in-non-stenotic-arteries-comparison-between-individuals-with-cardiovascular-diseases-and-healthy-controls
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Martijn F H Maessen, Thijs M H Eijsvogels, Ayla Grotens, Maria T E Hopman, Dick H J Thijssen, Hendrik H G Hansen
BACKGROUND: Compound strain imaging is a novel method to noninvasively evaluate arterial wall deformation which has recently shown to enable differentiation between fibrous and (fibro-)atheromatous plaques in patients with severe stenosis. We tested the hypothesis that compound strain imaging is feasible in non-stenotic arteries and provides incremental discriminative power to traditional measures of vascular health (i.e., distensibility coefficient (DC), central pulse wave velocity [cPWV], and intima-media thickness [IMT]) for differentiating between participants with and without a history of cardiovascular diseases (CVD)...
May 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513228/relationship-between-chop-gadd153-and-unstable-human-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque
#18
Suping Wang, Meiyan Zhang, Zanhua Liu, Wuyang Yang, Junwei Shi, Victor Dean, Dong Chen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The signaling protein C/EBP homologous protein (CHOP) and corresponding growth-arrest-and-DNA-damage-inducible gene 153 (GADD153) is associated with endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS), which can lead to apoptosis. Our study aims to elucidate the role of CHOP/GADD153 in unstable atherosclerotic (AS) plaque formation isolated from confounding factors such as diabetes mellitus, primary hyperlipidemia, autoimmune deficiencies/abnormalities, essential hypertension, chronic heart failure, chronic kidney disease, and smoking...
May 17, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511669/fasting-levels-of-growth-hormone-are-associated-with-carotid-intima-media-thickness-but-are-not-affected-by-fluvastatin-treatment
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Erik Hallengren, Peter Almgren, Maria Rosvall, Gerd Östling, Margaretha Persson, Andreas Bergmann, Joachim Struck, Gunnar Engström, Bo Hedblad, Olle Melander
BACKGROUND: Growth hormone (GH) has been linked to cardiovascular disease but the exact mechanism of this association is still unclear. We here test if the fasting levels of GH are cross-sectionally associated with carotid intima media thickness (IMT) and whether treatment with fluvastatin affects the fasting level of GH. METHODS: We examined the association between GH and IMT in 4425 individuals (aged 46-68 years) included in the baseline examination (1991-1994) of the Malmö Diet and Cancer cardiovascular cohort (MDC-CC)...
May 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511475/colour-doppler-evaluation-of-extracranial-carotid-artery-in-patients-presenting-with-acute-ischemic-stroke-and-correlation-with-various-risk-factors
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Samrin Haq, Manoj Mathur, Jasvir Singh, Navkiran Kaur, Raminderpal Singh Sibia, Rajesh Badhan
INTRODUCTION: Stroke is defined as an abrupt onset of neurologic deficit due to vascular cause. It is one of the leading causes of mortality and morbidity all over the world making early diagnosis and treatment inevitable. Lesions of extra cranial carotid arteries are implicated in majority of cases of acute ischemic stroke. Carotid Doppler is a non-invasive imaging technique, with sensitivity approaching that of angiography. Computed Tomography (CT) plays a major role to assess the site and nature of the lesion in patients with acute ischemic stroke...
March 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
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