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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429599/lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-and-risk-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cardiovascular-events-in-community-based-older-adults-in-china
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Chunxiu Wang, Xianghua Fang, Yang Hua, Yutong Liu, Zhongying Zhang, Xiang Gu, Xiaoguang Wu, Zhe Tang, Shaochen Guan, Hongjun Liu, Beibei Liu, Xiuhai Guo, Xunming Ji
We explored the associations between lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) level and carotid atherosclerosis with all phenotypes and cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in Chinese older adults. A total of 1257 adults aged ≥55 years who were free of CVD were enrolled in this cohort study. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 level was evaluated in 3 categories: Lp-PLA2 < 175, 175≤ Lp-PLA2 < 223, and Lp-PLA2 ≥ 223 ng/mL. The highest level of Lp-PLA2 was independently associated with common carotid artery intima-media thickening (≥1...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429349/association-between-the-severity-of-newly-diagnosed-obstructive-sleep-apnea-and-subclinical-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-patients-without-overt-cardiovascular-disease
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K Theodoropoulos, D Lykouras, K Karkoulias, D Damania, K Leou, O Lagiou, O A Meelu, A Rigopoulou, G D Dangas, G Hahalis, K Spiropoulos, I Starakis
OBJECTIVE: Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA) has been associated with both subclinical and accelerated atherosclerosis; however, it still remains unknown whether this association is unique or is mediated by the higher burden of co-existing cardio-metabolic disorders frequently seen in patients with OSA. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 40 subjects without clinically diagnosed cardiovascular disease (CVD) referred for polysomnography test were included in the study. Subjects with apnea/hypopnea index (AHI > 15/h) were classified as moderate/severe OSA...
April 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424820/microparticles-during-long-term-follow-up-after-acute-myocardial-infarction-association-to-atherosclerotic-burden-and-risk-of-cardiovascular-events
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Christina Christersson, Åsa Thulin, Agneta Siegbahn
Microparticles (MPs) are formed from platelets (PMPs), endothelial cells (EMPs) and monocytes (MMPs), and in acute myocardial infarction (MI), there is an increase of MPs in the culprit artery. In this study MPs were evaluated in whole blood in 105 patients with MI at five time-points during a two-year follow-up (FU). Patients with non-ST-elevated MI had higher concentrations of CD41+MPs compared to ST-elevated MI patients (p=0.024). The concentrations of PMPs in whole blood increased during the time period (p<0...
April 20, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28420050/carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-arterial-stiffness-in-pediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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N Su-Angka, A Khositseth, S Vilaiyuk, K Tangnararatchakit, W Prangwatanagul
Objectives The carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and carotid arterial stiffness index (CASI) act as the surrogate markers of atherosclerosis. We aim to assess CIMT and CASI in pediatric systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Methods Patients ≤ 20 years old fulfilling diagnostic criteria for SLE were enrolled. Patients with active smoking, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, arterial thrombosis, family history of hypercholesterolemia, chronic liver disease, or other chronic severe diseases were excluded...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416412/successful-treatment-of-symptomatic-intracranial-carotid-artery-stenosis-using-a-24-mm-long-bare-metal-coronary-stent
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Azeem A Rehman, Ryan C Turner, Brandon P Lucke-Wold, SoHyun Boo
BACKGROUND: Intracranial arterial atherosclerosis represents a common cause of stroke. Despite aggressive and optimal medical management, many patients will unfortunately suffer additional cerebrovascular events. The role of endovascular intervention for intracranial atherosclerotic disease continues to be uncertain, particularly in regard to extensive, symptomatic stenosis. CASE DESCRIPTION: We present a case of a 42-year-old male with a complex medical history who presented with recurrent ischemic stroke in the ipsilateral hemisphere despite optimal medical management...
April 14, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28415614/connexin40-controls-endothelial-activation-by-dampening-nfkb-activation
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Jean-Francois Denis, Ke Ludwig Scheckenbach, Anna Pfenniger, Merlijn J Meens, Rob Krams, Lucile Miquerol, Steven Taffet, Marc Chanson, Mario Delmar, Brenda R Kwak
Connexins are proteins forming gap junction channels for intercellular communication. Connexin40 (Cx40) is highly expressed by endothelial cells (ECs) of healthy arteries but this expression is lost in ECs overlying atherosclerotic plaques. Low/oscillatory shear stress observed in bends and bifurcations of arteries is atherogenic partly through activation of the pro-inflammatory NFκB pathway in ECs. In this study, we investigated the relation between shear stress, Cx40 and NFκB. Shear stress-modifying casts were placed around carotid arteries of mice expressing eGFP under the Cx40 promoter (Cx40+/eGFP)...
March 22, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414714/excess-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-a-matter-of-renal-involvement-case-control-study-of-281-sle-patients-and-281-individually-matched-population-controls
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Johanna T Gustafsson, Marie Herlitz Lindberg, Iva Gunnarsson, Susanne Pettersson, Kerstin Elvin, John Öhrvik, Anders Larsson, Kerstin Jensen-Urstad, Elisabet Svenungsson
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), is a heterogeneous disease which predominantly affects young females (90%). SLE is associated with a shorter life expectancy than in the general population. Standardized mortality ratios (SMR) of 2.4 have been reported, which is comparable to diabetes. In modern societies cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the major cause of premature mortality. Accelerated atherosclerosis is generally assumed to be the underlying cause for SLE related CVD...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413240/detection-of-increased-vasa-vasorum-in-artery-walls-improving-ct-number-accuracy-using-image-deconvolution
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Kishore Rajendran, Shuai Leng, Steven M Jorgensen, Dilbar Abdurakhimova, Erik L Ritman, Cynthia H McCollough
Changes in arterial wall perfusion are an indicator of early atherosclerosis. This is characterized by an increased spatial density of vasa vasorum (VV), the micro-vessels that supply oxygen and nutrients to the arterial wall. Detection of increased VV during contrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) imaging is limited due to contamination from blooming effect from the contrast-enhanced lumen. We report the application of an image deconvolution technique using a measured system point-spread function, on CT data obtained from a photon-counting CT system to reduce blooming and to improve the CT number accuracy of arterial wall, which enhances detection of increased VV...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412430/incremental-prognostic-value-of-stress-echocardiography-with-carotid-ultrasound-for-suspected-cad
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Shahram Ahmadvazir, Benoy N Shah, Konstantinos Zacharias, Roxy Senior
OBJECTIVES: This study hypothesized that ischemia and atherosclerosis assessment by ultrasound (US) may provide incremental prognostic information in patients with new-onset chest pain who do not have coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: The clinical significance of atherosclerosis assessment by carotid US in patients undergoing stress echocardiography (SE) in such patients is unknown. METHODS: Consecutive patients with suspected angina but no history of CAD underwent simultaneous SE and US prospectively to assess myocardial ischemia and carotid plaque burden (CPB), respectively...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28410687/the-evaluation-of-the-feasibility-of-carotid-sparing-intensity-modulated-radiation-therapy-technique-for-comprehensive-breast-irradiation
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Ozge Petek Erpolat, Muge Akmansu, Serap Catli Dinc, Koray Akkan, Huseyin Bora
PURPOSE: To investigate the feasibility of carotid sparing intensity modulated radiation therapy (CS-IMRT) to minimize the radiation dose to carotid arteries for comprehensive irradiation of breast cancer patients who have risk factors for atherosclerosis. The dose distribution of CS-IMRT technique and the conventional irradiation technique were also compared. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Ten patients who were previously treated with comprehensive three-dimensional conformal radiation therapy (3DCRT) were selected...
April 2017: Physica Medica: PM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408933/endovascular-stent-grafting-for-aortic-arch-aneurysm-in-aortoiliac-occlusive-disease-following-aortic-arch-debranching-and-aortobifemoral-reconstruction
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Didem Melis Oztas, Cagla Canbay, Yilmaz Onal, Metin Onur Beyaz, Omer Ali Sayin, Mehmet Barburoglu, Mehmet Buget, Mesut Yornuk, Aziz Ari, Murat Ugurlucan, Bulent Acunas, Ufuk Alpagut, Enver Dayioglu
Treatment of thoracic aortic aneurysms constitutes high mortality and morbidity rates despite improvements in surgery, anesthesia, and technology. Endovascular stent grafting may be an alternative therapy with lower risks when compared with conventional techniques. However, sometimes the branches of the aortic arch may require transport to the proximal segments prior to successful thoracic aortic endovascular stent grafting. Atherosclerosis is accounted among the etiology of both aneurysms and occlusive diseases that can coexist in the same patient...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408707/admixture-mapping-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-and-subsequent-clinical-events-among-african-americans-in-2-large-cohort-studies
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Aditi Shendre, Howard Wiener, Marguerite R Irvin, Degui Zhi, Nita A Limdi, Edgar T Overton, Christina L Wassel, Jasmin Divers, Jerome I Rotter, Wendy S Post, Sadeep Shrestha
BACKGROUND: Local ancestry may contribute to the disproportionate burden of subclinical and clinical cardiovascular disease among admixed African Americans compared with other populations, suggesting a rationale for admixture mapping. METHODS AND RESULTS: We estimated local European ancestry (LEA) using Local Ancestry inference in adMixed Populations using Linkage Disequilibrium method (LAMP-LD) and evaluated the association with common carotid artery intima-media thickness (cCIMT) using multivariable linear regression analysis among 1554 African Americans from MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis)...
April 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28408371/leukocyte-overexpression-of-intracellular-nampt-attenuates-atherosclerosis-by-regulating-ppar%C3%AE-dependent-monocyte-differentiation-and-function
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Beatriz Bermudez, Tuva B Dahl, Indira Medina, Mathijs Groeneweg, Sverre Holm, Sergio Montserrat-de la Paz, Mat Rousch, Jeroen J T Otten, Veronica Herias, Lourdes M Varela, Trine Ranheim, Arne Yndestad, Almudena Ortega-Gomez, Rocio Abia, Laszlo Nagy, Pal Aukrust, Francisco J G Muriana, Bente Halvorsen, Erik A L Biessen
OBJECTIVE: Extracellular nicotinamide phosphoribosyltransferase (eNAMPT) mediates inflammatory and potentially proatherogenic effects, whereas the role of intracellular NAMPT (iNAMPT), the rate limiting enzyme in the salvage pathway of nicotinamide adenine dinucleotide (NAD)(+) generation, in atherogenesis is largely unknown. Here we investigated the effects of iNAMPT overexpression in leukocytes on inflammation and atherosclerosis. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Low-density lipoprotein receptor-deficient mice with hematopoietic overexpression of human iNAMPT (iNAMPT(hi)), on a western type diet, showed attenuated plaque burden with features of lesion stabilization...
April 13, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407989/prevalence-of-calcified-carotid-artery-atheromas-on-digital%C3%A2-panoramic-images-among-perimenopausal-and%C3%A2-postmenopausal-african-american-women
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Nona Aghazadehsanai, Tina I Chang, Neal R Garrett, Arthur H Friedlander
OBJECTIVE: Health care disparities, often of an obscure nature, result in African American women (AAw) having enhanced risk of adverse cardiovascular events. Therefore, we sought to determine the prevalence of calcified carotid artery atheromas (CCAA), a validated risk indicator of these events, on their digital panoramic images. STUDY DESIGN: Comprehensive electronic medical records and digital panoramic images of self-identified AAw aged ≥45 years treated between 2007 and 2014 were retrieved from a Veterans Affairs Dental Service...
May 2017: Oral Surgery, Oral Medicine, Oral Pathology and Oral Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28406244/cortistatin-reduces-atherosclerosis-in-hyperlipidemic-apoe-deficient-mice-and-the-formation-of-foam-cells
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Virginia Delgado-Maroto, Raquel Benitez, Irene Forte-Lago, Maria Morell, Elena Maganto-Garcia, Luciana Souza-Moreira, Francisco O'Valle, Mario Duran-Prado, Andrew H Lichtman, Elena Gonzalez-Rey, Mario Delgado
Atherosclerosis is a chronic inflammatory cardiovascular disease that is responsible of high mortality worldwide. Evidence indicates that maladaptive autoimmune responses in the arterial wall play critical roles in the process of atherosclerosis. Cortistatin is a neuropeptide expressed in the vascular system and atherosclerotic plaques that regulates vascular calcification and neointimal formation, and inhibits inflammation in different experimental models of autoimmune diseases. Its role in inflammatory cardiovascular disorders is largely unexplored...
April 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386036/silent-brain-infarctions-and-leukoaraiosis-in-patients-with-retinal-ischemia-a-prospective-single-center-observational-study
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Amir Golsari, Diana Bittersohl, Bastian Cheng, Pia Griem, Christoph Beck, Andrea Hassenstein, Max Nedelmann, Tim Magnus, Jens Fiehler, Christian Gerloff, Götz Thomalla
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: We aimed to determine the incidence of co-occurring cerebral ischemia, extent of cerebral small vessel disease, and vascular risk profile of patients with acute retinal ischemia. METHODS: RETIS (Frequency of Acute Silent Brain Infarction and Systematic Evaluation of Stroke Risk in Retinal Ischemia) was a single-center, prospective, observational study comprising ophthalmologic examination, brain magnetic resonance imaging, and extensive diagnostic work-up of vascular risk factors and stroke cause...
April 6, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28385306/detection-of-atherosclerotic-inflammation-by-68-ga-dotatate-pet-compared-to-18-f-fdg-pet-imaging
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Jason M Tarkin, Francis R Joshi, Nicholas R Evans, Mohammed M Chowdhury, Nichola L Figg, Aarti V Shah, Lakshi T Starks, Abel Martin-Garrido, Roido Manavaki, Emma Yu, Rhoda E Kuc, Luigi Grassi, Roman Kreuzhuber, Myrto A Kostadima, Mattia Frontini, Peter J Kirkpatrick, Patrick A Coughlin, Deepa Gopalan, Tim D Fryer, John R Buscombe, Ashley M Groves, Willem H Ouwehand, Martin R Bennett, Elizabeth A Warburton, Anthony P Davenport, James H F Rudd
BACKGROUND: Inflammation drives atherosclerotic plaque rupture. Although inflammation can be measured using fluorine-18-labeled fluorodeoxyglucose positron emission tomography ([(18)F]FDG PET), [(18)F]FDG lacks cell specificity, and coronary imaging is unreliable because of myocardial spillover. OBJECTIVES: This study tested the efficacy of gallium-68-labeled DOTATATE ((68)Ga-DOTATATE), a somatostatin receptor subtype-2 (SST2)-binding PET tracer, for imaging atherosclerotic inflammation...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28380485/subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-prior-pulmonary-thromboembolism
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Zafer Buyukterzi, Meral Buyukterzi, Ercan Kurtipek, Mehmet Sertac Alpaydin, Sukru Karaarslan
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have indicated that endothelial dysfunction (ED) is common in patients with prior history of pulmonary thromboembolism (PTE). Based on the established relationship between ED and atherosclerosis, in this study, we aimed to investigate carotid intima- media thickness (cIMT) as a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis in patients who had prior history of PTE. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Medical records of patients who had undergone transthoracic echocardiography in Konya Training and Research Hospital, included those that had a history of PTE, and age- and gender- matched patients without any history of PTE, were reviewed and echocardiographic findings and cIMT measurements were recorded...
April 4, 2017: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28372866/increased-interarm-blood-pressure-difference-is-associated-with-autonomic-dysfunction-and-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-chest-pain-and-no-history-of-coronary-artery-disease
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Hui-Jeong Hwang, Il Suk Sohn, Dong-Hee Kim, Chang-Bum Park, Jin-Man Cho, Chong-Jin Kim
OBJECTIVES: Interarm blood pressure (BP) difference has been reported to be associated with atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular death. We were to investigate associations of interarm systolic blood pressure (SBP) difference with heart rate recovery (HRR) after exercise, an index of autonomic function, and carotid atherosclerotic markers, and to evaluate the association of interarm SBP difference with concurrent coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: A total of 995 consecutive patients who underwent treadmill stress echocardiography with chest pain but no history of CAD were enrolled...
March 20, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28367862/asymptomatic-plaques-of-lower-peripheral-arteries-and-their-association-with-cardiovascular-disease-an-autopsy-study
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Eriko Nakamura, Yuichiro Sato, Takashi Iwakiri, Atsushi Yamashita, Sayaka Moriguchi-Goto, Kazunari Maekawa, Toshihiro Gi, Yujiro Asada
AIM: Patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) have a high prevalence of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality; however, majority of patients with PAD are asymptomatic. This study aimed to histologically evaluate whether asymptomatic, lower extremity artery plaques are associated with systemic atherosclerosis and the onset of cardiovascular disease (CVD) events using autopsy cases. METHODS: We histologically investigated the atherosclerotic plaques of the common iliac, common carotid, coronary, and renal arteries from 121 autopsy cases without symptoms of PAD (mean age:67...
March 31, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
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