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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731888/elevated-plasma-levels-of-mac-2-binding-protein-predict-poor-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome
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Hao Xie, Zhun Zhang, Liming Chen, Pu Zhang, Yuqi Cui, Hang Liu, Hongrui Ma, Yufan Jiang, Ying Wang, Le Yang, Hongpeng Wu, Lianqun Cui
BACKGROUND: Mac-2 binding protein (M2BP) is an inflammatory glycoprotein associated with carotid atherosclerosis and all-cause mortality in patients with suspected coronary artery diseases. We aimed to explore the potential association of plasma M2BP levels with unstable plaque morphology and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We compared plasma M2BP levels among three groups: 216 patients with ACS, 82 patients with stable angina pectoris, and 50 controls...
July 20, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728065/c-reactive-protein-in-atherosclerosis-a-risk-marker-but-not-a-causal-factor-a-13-year-population-based-longitudinal-study-the-troms%C3%A3-study
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Agnethe Eltoft, Kjell Arne Arntzen, John-Bjarne Hansen, Tom Wilsgaard, Ellisiv B Mathiesen, Stein Harald Johnsen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: CRP predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) in large epidemiologic studies. The aim of the present study was to elucidate the role of CRP in atherosclerosis formation and progression in a prospective population-based study. METHODS: 6503 middle-aged subjects from The Tromsø study had serum CRP, carotid ultrasound and complete covariate data collected at baseline in 1994. Of these, 4730 and 2917 attended follow-up surveys with repeated assessments in 2001 and 2007, respectively...
July 5, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726649/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-as-a-marker-of-vulnerable-atherosclerotic-plaque-in-patients-with-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
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P Štefanič, I Kopolovets, Z Hertelyová, Š Tóth, M Frankovičová
The aim of this study was to compare the concentration of inflammatory vascular markers and morphological structure of atherosclerotic plaque in symptomatic and asymptomatic patients with the stenosis of internal carotid artery (ICA). The research was carried out in 70 patients with hemodynamically significant stenosis of ICA out of which 40 (57%) were asymptomatic patients and 30 (43%) were symptomatic patients, of which 20 patients (66%) have had a stroke, or transient ischemic attack (TIA), 10 patients (33%)...
June 2017: Georgian Medical News
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725323/the-elevation-of-cardio-ankle-vascular-index-in-a-patient-with-malignant-lymphoma-treated-with-a-combination-therapy-of-rituximab-and-cyclophosphamide-doxorubicin-vincristine-and-prednisolone
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Naomi Shimizu, Noriko Ban, Yasuhiro Watanabe, Asami Rikitake, Rena Watanabe, Sho Tanaka, Yuta Sato, Haruki Imamura, Hidetoshi Kawana, Takashi Yamaguchi, Atsuhito Saiki, Ichiro Tatsuno, Kohji Shirai
An increased risk of arteriosclerosis has been noted in cancer survivors. Currently, there are only a few reports available that consider the risk of arteriosclerosis in patients treated with chemotherapy. Patients with an advanced stage B-cell malignant lymphoma are typically treated with a combination therapy of rituximab and cyclophosphamide, doxorubicin, vincristine, and prednisolone (R-CHOP). Complications such as diabetes mellitus (DM), hyperlipidemia (HL), and osteoporosis due to prednisolone and cardiotoxicity due to anthracyclines are well known...
August 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721838/increased-serum-ferritin-levels-are-independently-associated-with-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-women
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Haiyan Xu, Yanqi Song, Jing Xu, Yeqing Gu, Qing Zhang, Li Liu, Ge Meng, Hongmei Wu, Yang Xia, Xue Bao, Hongbin Shi, Qian Su, Liyun Fang, Fei Yu, Huijun Yang, Shaomei Sun, Xing Wang, Ming Zhou, Qiyu Jia, Guolin Wang, Kun Song, Yuntang Wu, Zhong Sun, Kaijun Niu
Previous studies have supported the theory that there is a positive association between ferritin and carotid atherosclerosis in Western people. Diet plays an important role in determining serum ferritin concentration. Asian dietary patterns are different from Western dietary patterns, implying that there may be a difference in the association of ferritin with carotid atherosclerosis between Asian and Western people. However, few studies focus on the association between ferritin and carotid atherosclerosis among Asians...
June 2017: British Journal of Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716586/comparison-of-three-dimensional-t1-weighted-magnetic-resonance-and-contrast-enhanced-ultrasound-plaque-images-for-severe-stenosis-of-the-cervical-carotid-artery
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Yasuyoshi Shimada, Kohki Oikawa, Shunrou Fujiwara, Yasushi Ogasawara, Yuiko Sato, Shinsuke Narumi, Tadayoshi Kato, Kazumasa Oura, Yasuo Terayama, Makoto Sasaki, Kentaro Fujimoto, Jun Yoshida, Kuniaki Ogasawara
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Magnetic resonance (MR) and contrast-enhanced ultrasound assess characteristics and neovascularization, respectively, of the carotid plaque. The purpose of the present study was to clarify how findings of contrast-enhanced ultrasound plaque imaging are related to those of 3-dimensional (3D) fast spin echo (FSE) T1-weighted MR plaque imaging (WI) in severe stenosis (≥70%) of the cervical carotid artery. METHODS: Fifty-three patients underwent 3D FSE T1-WI and contrast-enhanced ultrasound...
July 14, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716557/is-the-score-chart-underestimating-the-real-cardiovascular-cv-risk-of-patients-with-psoriatic-arthritis-prevalence-of-subclinical-cv-disease-detected-by-carotid-ultrasound
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María Paz Martínez-Vidal, Cristina Fernández-Carballido
OBJECTIVES: To analyse the cardiovascular risk according to the SCORE chart in a series of patients with psoriatic arthritis, and to study the presence of subclinical cardiovascular disease by carotid ultrasound. METHODS: Cross-sectional descriptive study of patients with psoriatic arthritis attended in a tertiary hospital. The presence of classical cardiovascular risk factors and the clinical characteristics of the patients were recorded. The cardiovascular risk was calculated with SCORE, calibrated for Spain...
July 14, 2017: Joint, Bone, Spine: Revue du Rhumatisme
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715441/mri-based-patient-specific-human-carotid-atherosclerotic-vessel-material-property-variations-in-patients-vessel-location-and-long-term-follow-up
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Qingyu Wang, Gador Canton, Jian Guo, Xiaoya Guo, Thomas S Hatsukami, Kristen L Billiar, Chun Yuan, Zheyang Wu, Dalin Tang
BACKGROUND: Image-based computational models are widely used to determine atherosclerotic plaque stress/strain conditions and investigate their association with plaque progression and rupture. However, patient-specific vessel material properties are in general lacking in those models, limiting the accuracy of their stress/strain measurements. A noninvasive approach of combining in vivo 3D multi-contrast and Cine magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and computational modeling was introduced to quantify patient-specific carotid plaque material properties for potential plaque model improvements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715090/learning-based-automated-segmentation-of-the-carotid-artery-vessel-wall-in-dual-sequence-mri-using-subdivision-surface-fitting
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Shan Gao, Ronald Van't Klooster, Pieter H Kitslaar, Bram F Coolen, Alexandra M van den Berg, Loek P Smits, Rahil Shahzad, Denis P Shamonin, Patrick J H de Koning, Aart J Nederveen, Rob J van der Geest
PURPOSE: The quantification of vessel wall morphology and plaque burden requires vessel segmentation, which is generally performed by manual delineations. The purpose of our work is to develop and evaluate a new 3D model-based approach for carotid artery wall segmentation from dual-sequence MRI. METHODS: The proposed method segments the lumen and outer wall surfaces including the bifurcation region by fitting a subdivision surface constructed hierarchical-tree model to the image data...
July 17, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714271/influence-of-residual-renal-function-in-carotid-modeling-as-a-marker-of-early-atherosclerosis-in-dialysis-patients
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Merita Rroji, Nereida Spahia, Saimir Seferi, Myftar Barbullushi, Goce Spasovski
Atherosclerosis is frequently present in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) treated with dialysis. We evaluated the association between residual renal function (RRF), phosphate level, inflammation and other risk factors in carotid modeling as a marker of early atherosclerosis in peritoneal dialysis (PD) compared with hemodialysis (HD) patients. We studied 39 stable PD and 53 HD patients on renal replacement therapy (RRT) for 3 to 36 months duration. B-mode ultrasonography was used to determine carotid artery intima media thickness (CIMT)...
July 17, 2017: Therapeutic Apheresis and Dialysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712870/tissue-factor-pathway-inhibitor-attenuates-er-stress-induced-inflammation-in-human-m2-polarized-macrophages
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Sandra Espada, Benedicte Stavik, Sverre Holm, Ellen Lund Sagen, Vigdis Bjerkeli, Mona Skjelland, Tuva B Dahl, Terje Espevik, Sandip Kanse, Per Morten Sandset, Grethe Skretting, Bente Halvorsen
Endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress has been shown to play a key role during the initiation and clinical progression of the cardiovascular diseases, such as atherosclerosis. We have recently shown that expression of tissue factor pathway inhibitor (TFPI) in human monocyte-derived macrophages (MDMs) was induced by cholesterol crystals (CC). In the present study we aimed to determine the role of TFPI under ER stress conditions using human MDMs. qRT-PCR and immunohistochemistry analysis were performed to determine the presence of the ER stress marker CCAAT/enhancer binding protein homologous protein (CHOP) and TFPI in a human carotid plaque material and also in human MDMs polarized into pro-inflammatory M1 or anti-inflammatory M2 populations...
July 13, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712815/asymptomatic-carotid-stenosis-is-associated-with-cognitive%C3%A2-impairment
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Brajesh K Lal, Moira C Dux, Siddhartha Sikdar, Carly Goldstein, Amir A Khan, John Yokemick, Limin Zhao
BACKGROUND: Cerebrovascular risk factors (eg, hypertension, coronary artery disease) and stroke can lead to vascular cognitive impairment. The Asymptomatic Carotid Stenosis and Cognitive Function study evaluated the isolated impact of asymptomatic carotid stenosis (no prior ipsilateral or contralateral stroke or transient ischemic attack) on cognitive function. Cerebrovascular hemodynamic and carotid plaque characteristics were analyzed to elucidate potential mechanisms affecting cognition...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712720/manual-aspiration-thrombectomy-in-patients-with-acute-stroke-related-calcified-cerebral-emboli
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Esther Koh, Hyo Sung Kwak, Gyung-Ho Chung
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effectiveness of mechanical aspiration thrombectomy (MAT) in patients with acute ischemic stroke from calcified cerebral emboli. METHODS: Procedural results were reviewed for acute stroke patients with clinically neurological deficits who underwent recanalization from October 2012 through September 2015. Initial imaging studies and cerebral angiography were analyzed. RESULTS: Of the total number of patients with acute stroke, 5 patients were confirmed to have acute ischemic stroke by calcified cerebral emboli...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711401/performance-of-acoustic-radiation-force-impulse-ultrasound-imaging-for-carotid-plaque-characterization-with-histologic-validation
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Tomasz J Czernuszewicz, Jonathon W Homeister, Melissa C Caughey, Yue Wang, Hongtu Zhu, Benjamin Y Huang, Ellie R Lee, Carlos A Zamora, Mark A Farber, Joseph J Fulton, Peter F Ford, William A Marston, Raghuveer Vallabhaneni, Timothy C Nichols, Caterina M Gallippi
OBJECTIVE: Stroke is commonly caused by thromboembolic events originating from ruptured carotid plaque with vulnerable composition. This study assessed the performance of acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging, a noninvasive ultrasound elasticity imaging method, for delineating the composition of human carotid plaque in vivo with histologic validation. METHODS: Carotid ARFI images were captured before surgery in 25 patients undergoing clinically indicated carotid endarterectomy...
July 13, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709148/impact-of-chronic-methamphetamine-treatment-on-the-atherosclerosis-formation-in-apoe-mice-fed-a-high-cholesterol-diet
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Pengfei Zhu, Lun Li, Bo Gao, Mingjing Zhang, Yuting Wang, Ye Gu, Liqun Hu
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that methamphetamine could promote atherosclerosis (AS) in ApoE-/- mice fed normal chow. We herein observed the impact of methamphetamine on AS in ApoE-/- mice fed a high cholesterol diet and explored the potential mechanisms.Results and Materials and Methods: Male ApoE-/- mice fed a high cholesterol diet were treated with saline (NS, n = 5) or methamphetamine [8 mg/kg/day (M8, n = 6) through intraperitoneal injection] for 24 weeks. Afterwards, the percentage area of atheromatous plaque in aortic root (44...
July 5, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706202/near-infrared-autofluorescence-induced-by-intraplaque-hemorrhage-and-heme-degradation-as-marker-for-high-risk-atherosclerotic-plaques
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Nay Min Htun, Yung Chih Chen, Bock Lim, Tara Schiller, Ghassan J Maghzal, Alex L Huang, Kirstin D Elgass, Jennifer Rivera, Hans G Schneider, Bayden R Wood, Roland Stocker, Karlheinz Peter
Atherosclerosis is a major cause of mortality and morbidity, which is mainly driven by complications such as myocardial infarction and stroke. These complications are caused by thrombotic arterial occlusion localized at the site of high-risk atherosclerotic plaques, of which early detection and therapeutic stabilization are urgently needed. Here we show that near-infrared autofluorescence is associated with the presence of intraplaque hemorrhage and heme degradation products, particularly bilirubin by using our recently created mouse model, which uniquely reflects plaque instability as seen in humans, and human carotid endarterectomy samples...
July 13, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706118/carotid-stenosis-role-of-plaque-morphology-in-recurrent-stroke-risk
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Thananan Thammongkolchai, Anum Riaz, Sophia Sundararajan
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July 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706117/age-specific-sex-differences-in-magnetic-resonance-imaging-depicted-carotid-intraplaque-hemorrhage
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Navneet Singh, Alan R Moody, Bowen Zhang, Isabella Kaminski, Kush Kapur, Stephanie Chiu, Pascal N Tyrrell
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Stroke rates are higher in men compared with women in the fourth through seventh decades of life, and higher rates may result from differences in carotid intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH), an unstable atherosclerotic plaque component. We report age-specific sex differences in the presence of magnetic resonance imaging-depicted carotid IPH. METHODS: Patients (n=1115) underwent magnetic resonance imaging for carotid IPH between 2005 and 2014. Low-grade carotid stenosis patients (n=906) without prior endarterectomy were eligible for this cross-sectional study...
July 13, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705824/carotid-plaque-morphology-and-ischemic-vascular-brain-disease-on-mri
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Q J A van den Bouwhuijsen, M W Vernooij, B F J Verhaaren, H A Vrooman, W J Niessen, G P Krestin, M A Ikram, O H Franco, A van der Lugt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vulnerable carotid plaque components are reported to increase the risk of cerebrovascular events. Yet, the relation between plaque composition and subclinical ischemic brain disease is not known. We studied, in the general population, the association between carotid atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and ischemic brain disease on MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 951 participants underwent both carotid MR imaging and brain MR imaging...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705310/subclinical-atherosclerosis-burden-by-3d%C3%A2-ultrasound-in-mid-life-the-pesa-study
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Beatriz López-Melgar, Leticia Fernández-Friera, Belén Oliva, José Manuel García-Ruiz, José Luis Peñalvo, Sandra Gómez-Talavera, Javier Sánchez-González, José María Mendiguren, Borja Ibáñez, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Javier Sanz, Valentín Fuster
BACKGROUND: Detection of subclinical atherosclerosis improves risk prediction beyond cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs) and risk scores, but quantification of plaque burden may improve it further. Novel 3-dimensional vascular ultrasound (3DVUS) provides accurate volumetric quantification of plaque burden. OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated associations between 3DVUS-based plaque burden and CVRFs and explored potential added value over simple plaque detection. METHODS: The authors included 3,860 (92...
July 18, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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