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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641407/efficacy-of-ezetimibe-combined-with-atorvastatin-in-treatment-of-carotid-artery-plaque-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-complicated-with-coronary-heart-disease
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Jing Wang, Xiao-Bo Ai, Fei Wang, Yao-Wu Zou, Li Li, Xiao-Lei Yi
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy of ezetimibe combined with atorvastatin in treatment of carotid artery plaque in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus complicated with coronary heart disease (CHD). METHODS: A total of 100 patients with carotid atherosclerosis (CAS) confirmed by ultrasound and diagnosed with type 2 diabetes mellitus and CHD were randomly assigned to atorvastatin group (atorvastatin 20 mg/d) or combined treatment group (ezetimibe 10 mg/d and atorvastatin 20 mg/d)...
June 21, 2017: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633641/expression-levels-of-atherosclerosis-associated-mir-143-and-mir-145-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-hyperhomocysteinaemia
#2
Kejian Liu, Saiyare Xuekelati, Yue Zhang, Yin Yin, Yue Li, Rui Chai, Xinwei Li, Yi Peng, Jiangdong Wu, Xiaomei Guo
BACKGROUND: An elevated level of homocysteine (Hcy) in the blood is designated hyperhomocysteinaemia (Hhcy) and is regarded as a strong risk factor for the development of atherosclerosis (ATH), although the association remains controversial. Considered to be essential gene expression regulators, micro-RNAs (miRNAs) modulate cardiovascular disease development and thus can be regarded as potential biomarkers and therapeutic targets in atherosclerosis. The aim of the current study is to investigate the expression levels of atherosclerosis-associated miR-143 and miR-145 in Hhcy patients and predict the progress of atherosclerosis in Hhcy patients...
June 20, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630235/ultrasound-markers-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cognition-the-northern-manhattan-study
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Hannah Gardener, Michelle R Caunca, Chuanhui Dong, Ying Kuen Cheung, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ralph L Sacco, Tatjana Rundek, Clinton B Wright
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ultrasound markers of carotid atherosclerosis may be related to cognitive status. We hypothesized that individuals with greater carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and carotid plaque burden would exhibit worse cognition. METHODS: One thousand one hundred sixty-six stroke-free participants from the NOMAS (Northern Manhattan Study) underwent carotid ultrasound and neuropsychological examination. Among them, 826 underwent a second neuropsychological examination an average of 5 years later...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630210/short-telomeres-but-not-telomere-attrition-rates-are-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis
#4
Simon Toupance, Carlos Labat, Mohamed Temmar, Patrick Rossignol, Masayuki Kimura, Abraham Aviv, Athanase Benetos
Short telomeres are associated with atherosclerosis. However, the temporal relationship between atherosclerosis and telomere length is unclear. The objective of this work was to examine the temporal formation and progression of carotid atherosclerotic plaques in relation to telomere dynamics. In a longitudinal study, comprising 154 French men and women (aged 31-76 years at baseline), carotid plaques were quantified by echography, and telomere length on leucocytes was measured by Southern blots at baseline and follow-up examinations...
June 19, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629953/3d-black-blood-mr-angiography-of-the-carotid-arteries-a-simple-sequence-for-plaque-hemorrhage-and-stenosis-evaluation
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Monica Sigovan, Clément Bidet, Sébastien Bros, Loic Boussel, Laura Mechtouff, Philip M Robson, Zahi A Fayad, Antoine Millon, Philippe Douek
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the diagnostic performance of a new three-dimensional T1-weighted turbo-spin-echo sequence (3D T1-w TSE) compared to 3D contrast-enhanced angiography (CE-MRA) for stenosis measurement and compared to 2D T1-w TSE for intra-plaque hemorrhage (IPH) detection. METHODS: Eighty three patients underwent carotid MRI, using a new elliptic-centric phase encoding T1-weighted 3D TSE sequence in addition to the clinical protocol. Two observers evaluated image quality, presence of flow artifacts, and presence of intra-plaque hemorrhage, and computed the NASCET degree of stenosis for CE-MRA and for the new sequence...
June 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629621/differential-effect-of-obesity-on-prevalence-of-cardiac-and-carotid-target-organ-damage-in-hypertension-the-campania-salute-network
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Costantino Mancusi, Eva Gerdts, Maria Angela Losi, Andrea D'Amato, Maria Virginia Manzi, Grazia Canciello, Valentina Trimarco, Nicola De Luca, Giovanni de Simone, Raffaele Izzo
BACKGROUND: Whether increasing body mass index (BMI) is independently associated with parallel increased prevalence of hypertensive vascular and cardiac target organ damage (TOD) needs further clarification. METHODS: We analyzed 8815 hypertensive patients without prevalent cardiovascular disease, participating in the Campania Salute Network, grouped into BMI classes (normal 20-24.9kg/m(2), overweight 25-29.9kg/m(2) and obese ≥30kg/m(2)). Vascular and cardiac TOD was defined as ultrasound plaque (intima-media thickness>1...
June 10, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627096/high-titer-of-anti-citrullinated-peptide-antibody-is-a-risk-factor-for-severe-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-the-tomorrow-study
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Tadashi Okano, Kentaro Inui, Yuko Sugioka, Kenichi Sugioka, Yoshiki Matsumura, Shinji Takahashi, Masahiro Tada, Kenji Mamoto, Shigeyuki Wakitani, Tatsuya Koike, Hiroaki Nakamura
AIM: Cardiovascular disease is one of the complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). We researched the morbidity and severity of existing carotid atherosclerosis plaque and associated risk factors in patients with RA. METHOD: This study included 413 participants, including 208 patients with RA and 205 age- and sex-matched healthy volunteers. Carotid ultrasound, clinical data collection and assessment of cardiovascular risk factors were performed. Atherosclerotic plaque was defined as an intima-media thickness ≥ 1...
June 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623743/repeated-measurements-of-serum-concentrations-of-tnf-alpha-interleukin-6-and-interleukin-10-in-the-evaluation-of-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-progression
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Przemyslaw Puz, Anetta Lasek-Bal
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The inflammatory process (with TNFα, interleukin-6 and interleukin-10 involvement) plays a key role in the development, progression and destabilization of atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of this study was to assess the importance of double-checked measurements of TNFα, interleukin-6 (IL-6) and interleukin-10 (Il-10) serum levels in patients with internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis to determine the dynamics of changes in the stenosis degree and in the ultrasound plaque morphology...
June 3, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623250/adamts-7-is-associated-with-a-high-risk-plaque-phenotype-in-human-atherosclerosis
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Eva Bengtsson, Karin Hultman, Pontus Dunér, Giuseppe Asciutto, Peter Almgren, Marju Orho-Melander, Olle Melander, Jan Nilsson, Anna Hultgårdh-Nilsson, Isabel Gonçalves
Several large-scale genome-wide association studies have identified single-nucleotide polymorphisms in the genomic region of A Disintegrin And Metalloproteinase with ThromboSpondin type 1 repeats (ADAMTS)-7 and associations to coronary artery disease. Experimental studies have provided evidence for a functional role of ADAMTS-7 in both injury-induced vascular neointima formation and development of atherosclerotic lesions. However, whether ADAMTS-7 is associated with a specific plaque phenotype in humans has not been investigated...
June 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615715/rnaseq-based-transcriptomics-study-of-smcs-from-carotid-atherosclerotic-plaque-bmp2-and-ids-proteins-are-crucial-regulators-of-plaque-stability
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Iraide Alloza, Haize Goikuria, Juan Luis Idro, Juan Carlos Triviño, José María Fernández Velasco, Elena Elizagaray, María García-Barcina, Genoveva Montoya-Murillo, Esther Sarasola, Reyes Vega Manrique, Maria Del Mar Freijo, Koen Vandenbroeck
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a risk factor to develop cerebrovascular disease. Atheroma plaque can become instable and provoke a cerebrovascular event or else remain stable as asymptomatic type. The exact mechanism involved in plaque destabilization is not known but includes among other events smooth muscle cell (SMC) differentiation. The goal of this study was to perform thorough analysis of gene expression differences in SMCs isolated from carotid symptomatic versus asymptomatic plaques. Comparative transcriptomics analysis of SMCs based on RNAseq technology identified 67 significant differentially expressed genes and 143 significant differentially expressed isoforms in symptomatic SMCs compared with asymptomatic...
June 14, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613418/differences-in-optic-nerve-head-microcirculation-between-evening-and-morning-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Tomoaki Shiba, Mao Takahashi, Tadashi Matsumoto, Yuichi Hori
PURPOSE: To determine whether differences or variation of blood flow in the optic nerve head (ONH) are independent risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We studied 144 consecutive patients whose ocular blood flow in the ONH was measured in the evening and morning by laser speckle flowgraphy (LSFG). We analysed the mean blur rate (MBR) throughout the ONH (MBR-A) and in the tissue (MBR-T) and vessels (MBR-V) in the ONH. We also evaluated the MBR-T, -V and -A values obtained in the evening and morning and the variation (Δ) between evening and morning values in each group...
June 14, 2017: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611395/shear-stress-induces-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-via-the-transcription-factor-snail
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Marwa M Mahmoud, Jovana Serbanovic-Canic, Shuang Feng, Celine Souilhol, Rouyu Xing, Sarah Hsiao, Akiko Mammoto, Jing Chen, Markus Ariaans, Sheila E Francis, Kim Van der Heiden, Victoria Ridger, Paul C Evans
Blood flow influences atherosclerosis by generating wall shear stress, which alters endothelial cell (EC) physiology. Low shear stress induces dedifferentiation of EC through a process termed endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). The mechanisms underlying shear stress-regulation of EndMT are uncertain. Here we investigated the role of the transcription factor Snail in low shear stress-induced EndMT. Studies of cultured EC exposed to flow revealed that low shear stress induced Snail expression. Using gene silencing it was demonstrated that Snail positively regulated the expression of EndMT markers (Slug, N-cadherin, α-SMA) in EC exposed to low shear stress...
June 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611148/failure-to-account-for-practice-effects-leads-to-clinical-misinterpretation-of-cognitive-outcome-following-carotid-endarterectomy
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Christopher J Marley, Andrew Sinnott, Judith E Hall, Gareth Morris-Stiff, Paul V Woodsford, Michael H Lewis, Damian M Bailey
Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a surgical procedure to remove stenotic atherosclerotic plaque from the origin of the carotid artery to reduce the risk of major stroke. Its impact on postoperative cognitive function (POCF) remains controversial; complicated, in part, by a traditional failure to account for practice effects incurred during consecutive psychometric testing. To address this for the first time, we performed psychometric testing (learning and memory, working memory, attention and information processing, and visuomotor coordination) in 15 male patients aged 68 ± 8 years with symptomatic carotid stenosis the day before and 24 h following elective CEA (two consecutive tests, 48 h apart)...
June 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610945/atherosclerosis-associated-with-dynamic-inflammation-changes-after-multifactorial-intervention-in-short-duration-type-2-diabetes-a-randomized-controlled-10-year-follow-up-trial
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Chunhong Shi, Lili Men, Cuiping Yu, Junjie Yao, Ran Bai, Yu Yang, Lipeng Sun, Guohua Sun, Guirong Song, Yuhong Zhang, Qian Xing, Jianling Du
PURPOSE: To analyze the impact of dynamic changes in inflammation on atherosclerosis in short-duration type 2 diabetes after multifactorial intervention. METHODS: In this randomized controlled study, a total of 150 type 2 diabetes patients who had a mean age of 49.8±7.3years, 51% male, with disease duration <1year and without evidence of atherosclerosis were randomized into an intensive intervention group (IG), in which patients received multiple risk factors intervention by the special project team and tried to reach the pre-determined intervention goals, and a conventional group (CG), in which patients received standard diabetes care by the clinic doctor...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610589/high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-t-is-a-biomarker-for-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematous-patients-a-cross-sectional-controlled-study
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Gillian Divard, Rachid Abbas, Camille Chenevier-Gobeaux, Noémie Chanson, Brigitte Escoubet, Marie-Paule Chauveheid, Antoine Dossier, Thomas Papo, Monique Dehoux, Karim Sacre
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the main cause of death in systemic lupus erythematous (SLE) patients. The Framingham score underestimates the risk for CVD in this population. Our study aimed to determine whether serum high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T (HS-cTnT) might help to identify SLE patients at risk for CVD. METHODS: The presence of carotid plaques was prospectively assessed by ultrasound in 63 consecutive SLE patients asymptomatic for CVD and 18 controls...
June 13, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609831/impact-of-vitamin-d-deficiency-on-subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-a-pooled-analysis-of-cohort-studies
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Roberta Lupoli, Andrea Vaccaro, Pasquale Ambrosino, Paolo Poggio, Manuela Amato, Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno
Context: Vitamin D deficiency patients have an increased cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and carotid plaques are markers of subclinical atherosclerosis and predictors of CV events. Objective: To perform a meta-analysis of studies evaluating the impact of Vitamin D deficiency on common carotid artery IMT (CCA-IMT) and on the prevalence of carotid plaques. Data Sources: Studies were systematically searched in the PubMed, Web of Science, Scopus and EMBASE databases...
May 9, 2017: Journal of Clinical Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602632/brachial-ankle-pulse-wave-velocity-as-a-predictor-of-silent-cerebral-embolism-after-carotid-artery-stenting
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Tomoaki Murakami, Hajime Nakamura, Takeo Nishida, Tomohiko Ozaki, Katsunori Asai, Tomoki Kidani, Yoshinori Kadono, Manabu Sakaguchi, Toshiki Yoshimine, Haruhiko Kishima
BACKGROUND: In neuroendovascular therapy, the effect of arterial stiffness on postprocedural cerebral thromboembolism is unknown. In this observational study, we examined the relationship between cerebral thromboembolism after carotid artery stenting and arterial stiffness. METHODS: From April 2015 to February 2017, we enrolled consecutive patients undergoing scheduled carotid artery stenting in our institution. In all patients, preprocedural brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity was used to assess arterial stiffness, whereas the number of new cerebral ischemic lesions on diffusion-weighted magnetic resonance imaging was assessed after treatment...
June 8, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602434/carotid-plaque-thickness-and-common-carotid-imt-show-additive-value-in-cardiovascular-risk-prediction-and-reclassification
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Mauro Amato, Fabrizio Veglia, Ulf de Faire, Philippe Giral, Rainer Rauramaa, Andries J Smit, Sudhir Kurl, Alessio Ravani, Beatrice Frigerio, Daniela Sansaro, Alice Bonomi, Calogero C Tedesco, Samuela Castelnuovo, Elmo Mannarino, Steve E Humphries, Anders Hamsten, Elena Tremoli, Damiano Baldassarre
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Carotid plaque size and the mean common carotid intima-media thickness measured in plaque-free areas (PF CC-IMTmean) have been identified as predictors of vascular events (VEs), but their complementarity in risk prediction and stratification is still unresolved. The aim of this study was to evaluate the independence of carotid plaque thickness and PF CC-IMTmean in cardiovascular risk prediction and risk stratification. METHODS: The IMPROVE-study is a European cohort (n = 3703), where the thickness of the largest plaque detected in the whole carotid tree was indexed as cIMTmax...
May 19, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602121/frailty-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-diseases-in-older-persons-the-age-gene-environment-susceptibility-reykjavik-study
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Nicola Veronese, Kristin Sigeirsdottir, Gudny Eiriksdottir, Elisa Marques, Didier Chalhoub, Caroline Phillips, Lenore Launer, Stefania Maggi, Vilmundur Gudnason, Tamara B Harris
Frailty is a risk factor for cardiovascular diseases (CVD), but the studies available have not considered the presence of sub-clinical atherosclerotic disease as potential confounders. We investigated the association between frailty and the onset of CVD independently of sub-clinical atherosclerotic disease. For this reason, a sample of 3818 older participants participating in the Age, Gene/Environment SusceptibilityReykjavik Study (AGESReykjavik) without CVD at baseline was followed for a median of 8...
June 10, 2017: Rejuvenation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599905/potential-of-new-generation-double-layer-micromesh-stent-for-carotid-artery-stenting-in-patients-with-unstable-plaque-%C3%A2-a-preliminary-result-using-ofdi-analysis-%C3%A2
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Kiyofumi Yamada, Shinichi Yoshimura, Masatomo Miura, Takuya Kanamaru, Seigo Shindo, Kazutaka Uchida, Manabu Shirakawa, Masahiko Shibuya, Takahiro Imanaka, Masaharu Ishihara, Tohru Masuyama, Reiichi Ishikura, Masanori Kawasaki
BACKGROUND: One of the disadvantages of carotid artery stenting (CAS) is high incidence of distal embolism (DE) during or after the procedure. It has been reported that unstable plaque cases are at high risk of DE and plaque protrusion (PP) after stent placement which will become a cause of post procedural ischemic complications. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to compare the rate and size of PP between CASPER stent which is a new generation double-layer micromesh stent and conventional stents detected by optical frequency domain imaging (OFDI) and to evaluate the efficacy of CAS with CASPER stent for cases with unstable plaque...
June 6, 2017: World Neurosurgery
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