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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549500/greater-preclinical-atherosclerosis-in-treated-monogenic-familial-hypercholesterolemia-vs-polygenic-hypercholesterolemia
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Mahtab Sharifi, Elizabeth Higginson, Sven Bos, Angela Gallivan, Darren Harvey, Ka Wah Li, Amali Abeysekera, Angela Haddon, Helen Ashby, Kate E Shipman, Jackie A Cooper, Marta Futema, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Eric J G Sijbrands, Mourad Labib, Devaki Nair, Steve E Humphries
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common inherited disorder of low density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-C) metabolism. It is associated with higher risk of premature coronary heart disease. Around 60% of patients with a clinical diagnosis of FH do not have a detectable mutation in the genes causing FH and are most likely to have a polygenic cause for their raised LDL-C. We assessed the degree of preclinical atherosclerosis in treated patients with monogenic FH versus polygenic hypercholesterolemia...
May 13, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547671/is-coronary-calcium-scoring-too-late-total-body-arterial-calcium-burden-in-patients-without-known-cad-and-normal-mpi
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Adel H A Allam, Randall C Thompson, Michael A Eskander, Mohamed A Mandour Ali, Ayman Sadek, Chris J Rowan, M Linda Sutherland, James D Sutherland, Bruno Frohlich, David E Michalik, Caleb E Finch, Jagat Narula, Gregory S Thomas, L Samuel Wann
BACKGROUND: Patients with normal myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have a good prognosis. However, pre-clinical coronary and extracoronary atherosclerosis may exist in the absence of myocardial ischemia. METHODS: 154 Egyptian patients (mean age 53 years) underwent whole-body non-contrast CT following normal MPI. RESULTS: Atherosclerosis in the form of calcification was observed in ≥1 vascular bed in 115 of 154 (75%) patients. This included the iliofemoral (62%), abdominal aorta (53%), thoracic aorta (47%), coronary (47%), and carotid (25%) vascular beds...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
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/28546219/inos-derived-nitric-oxide-induces-integrin-linked-kinase-endocytic-lysosome-mediated-degradation-in-the-vascular-endothelium
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Paula Reventun, Matilde Alique, Irene Cuadrado, Susana Marquez, Rocio Toro, Carlos Zaragoza, Marta Saura
OBJECTIVE: ILK (integrin-linked kinase) plays a key role in controlling vasomotor tone and is decreased in atherosclerosis. The objective of this study is to test whether nitric oxide (NO) regulates ILK in vascular remodeling. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We found a striking correlation between increased levels of inducible nitric oxide and decreased ILK levels in human atherosclerosis and in a mouse model of vascular remodeling (carotid artery ligation) comparing with inducible NO synthase knockout mice...
May 25, 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545441/association-between-antibodies-to-carbamylated-proteins-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Francesca Romana Spinelli, Arbi Pecani, Francesco Ciciarello, Tania Colasanti, Manuela Di Franco, Francesca Miranda, Fabrizio Conti, Guido Valesini, Cristiano Alessandri
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients carry a high risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The excess of cardiovascular disease cannot be entirely explained by traditional risk factors and the immune system contributes to the development of atherosclerosis. Moreover, post-translational modifications such as citrullination and carbamylation have been linked to inflammation and atherosclerosis. Anti-carbamylated proteins antibodies (anti-CarP) are a new subset of autoantibodies identified in RA patients...
May 25, 2017: BMC Musculoskeletal Disorders
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/28542133/protein-disulfide-isomerase-mediated-apoptosis-and-proliferation-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-induced-by-mechanical-stress-and-advanced-glycosylation-end-products-result-in-diabetic-mouse-vein-graft-atherosclerosis
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Suning Ping, Shuying Liu, Yuhuan Zhou, Ziqing Li, Yuhuang Li, Kefeng Liu, Adham Sa Bardeesi, Linli Wang, Jingbo Chen, Lie Deng, Jingjing Wang, Hong Wang, Dadi Chen, Zhengyu Zhang, Puyi Sheng, Chaohong Li
Protein disulfide isomerase (PDI) involves cell survival and death. Whether PDI mediates mechanical stretch stress (SS) and/or advanced glycosylation end products (AGEs) -triggered simultaneous increases in proliferation and apoptosis of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs) is unknown. Here, we hypothesized that different expression levels of PDI trigger completely opposite cell fates among the different VSMC subtypes. Mouse veins were grafted into carotid arteries of non-diabetic and diabetic mice for 8 weeks; the grafted veins underwent simultaneous increases in proliferation and apoptosis, which triggered vein graft arterializations in non-diabetic or atherosclerosis in diabetic mice...
May 25, 2017: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539704/comparison-of-antidiabetic-medications-during-the-treatment-of-atherosclerosis-in-t2dm-patients
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Xiaojie Liu, Tao Mei, Wei Chen, Shandong Ye
Type 2 diabetes is often associated with arterial atherosclerosis in large blood vessels. We set out to elucidate whether commonly used antidiabetic drugs metformin, sitagliptin, and pioglitazone will reduce atherosclerosis in T2DM patients. We enrolled 176 individuals with type 2 diabetes, which were divided into four treatment groups according to different oral drugs: metformin alone, sitagliptin alone, pioglitazone alone, or combination of metformin and sitagliptin. We assessed changes in glycometabolism, lipid metabolism, cytokine released, and carotid artery intima-media thickness as the readout for improvement in atherosclerosis...
2017: Mediators of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539213/medical-management-of-asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis
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Aaron W Aday, Joshua A Beckman
Carotid artery atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for both stroke and cardiovascular disease. Appropriate management of asymptomatic patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) remains unclear. Although several randomized clinical trials support revascularization in asymptomatic patients with severe CAS to reduce stroke risk, the participants in these trials did not receive optimal medical therapy (OMT) by today's standards. For many individuals, medical therapy may provide excellent risk reduction without the periprocedural risk of endarterectomy or stenting...
May 21, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539201/the-association-between-ghrelin-levels-and-markers-of-arterial-stiffness-and-inflammatory-markers-in-saudi-subjects-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Tarek Mohamed Ali, Osama Mahmoud Mehanna, Ahmad El Askary
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness is a principal cardiovascular risk factor. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a predisposing factor to arterial stiffness and persistent MetS circumstances can deteriorate the arterial stiffness severity. Low concentrations of plasma ghrelin are meticulously connected to arterial stiffness. This work targeted to judge the relationship between plasma ghrelin levels and intima-media thickness (IMT) and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) as markers of arterial stiffness and inflammatory markers and in Saudi subjects with MetS...
May 12, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
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/28526767/migraine-and-cerebrovascular-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-ischemic-stroke
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Hendrikus J A van Os, Inge A Mulder, Alexander Broersen, Ale Algra, Irene C van der Schaaf, L Jaap Kappelle, Birgitta K Velthuis, Gisela M Terwindt, Wouter J Schonewille, Marieke C Visser, Michel D Ferrari, Marianne A A van Walderveen, Marieke J H Wermer
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Migraine is a well-established risk factor for ischemic stroke, but migraine is also related to other vascular diseases. This study aims to investigate the association between migraine and cerebrovascular atherosclerosis in patients with acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: We retrieved data on patients with ischemic stroke from the DUST (Dutch Acute Stroke Study). Migraine history was assessed with a migraine screener and confirmed by telephone interview based on the ICHD criteria (International Classification of Headache Disorders)...
May 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
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/28524151/-etiopathogenesis-of-ocular-ischemic-syndrome
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D К Makhkamova
Ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS) is a collection of symptoms of carotid and ophthalmic artery disease of common genesis accompanied by ischemia of eyeball membranes. Specifically, the intraocular blood flow becomes impaired due to inflow reduction or arrest, while the venous outflow remains patent. Causes of OIS include arterial hypertension, atherosclerosis, diabetes, aortoarteritis and other vascular diseases. Clinical features depend on the extent, nature, and site of vascular involvement as well as the concurrent pathology...
2017: Vestnik Oftalmologii
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521653/matrix-metalloproteinase-3-gene-polymorphism-rs3025058-affects-markers-atherosclerosis-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Aleš Pleskovič, Marija Šantl Letonja, Andreja Cokan Vujkovac, Jovana Nikolajević Starčević, Martin Caprnda, Eduard Curilla, Ioana Mozos, Peter Kruzliak, Robert Prosecky, Daniel Petrovič
BACKGROUND: The study was designed to test the possible association between either polymorphisms of the matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) gene (rs17576, rs3918242) or the MMP-3 5A/6A gene polymorphism (rs3025058) with markers of carotid atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). The second aim of the study was to demonstrate an association between either the rs17576, rs3918242 or rs3025058 and subclinical markers of coronary artery disease in the same subset of patients with T2DM...
May 19, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520469/carotid-versus-coronary-atherosclerosis-burdens-in-acute-compared-with-chronic-symptomatic-coronary-artery-disease
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Stéphanie LeBlanc, Karine Bibeau, Olivier F Bertrand, Valérie Lévesque, Béatrice Deschênes St-Pierre, Philippe Pibarot, Jean-Pierre Després, Eric Larose
Prediction of coronary events remains elusive. Carotid atherosclerosis may be a surrogate for coronary risk, as carotid and coronary diseases occur simultaneously - albeit at times with a weak association - depending on clinical presentation. We investigated carotid and coronary atherosclerosis in men with new-onset unstable coronary artery disease (CAD) presenting with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) vs. long-standing severe chronic stable angina (CSA). Bilateral carotid artery and 3-vessel coronary artery atherosclerosis burdens were measured within 1 month, respectively, by 3D-volumetric carotid magnetic resonance imaging and coronary angiography-derived modified CASS-50 score...
May 18, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28512721/mid-term-risk-for-subclinical-atherosclerosis-and-chronic-myocarditis-in-children-with-kawasaki-disease-and-transient-coronary-abnormalities
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Mansingh Parihar, Surjit Singh, Pandiarajan Vignesh, Anju Gupta, Manojkumar Rohit
There is evidence for premature atherosclerosis and systemic arterial stiffening during follow-up of children with Kawasaki disease (KD) and coronary artery abnormalities (CAA). Moreover, patients with KD may also have subclinical myocardial involvement and inhomogeneous ventricular repolarization. The inhomogeneous ventricular repolarization manifests as increased QT dispersion on electrocardiography. There is a paucity of studies in endothelial dysfunction and QT dispersion in children with KD and transient CAA...
May 17, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508856/microvascular-complications-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-are-associated-with-plaque-score-in-the-carotid-arteries
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Wojciech Bartman, Katarzyna Nabrdalik, Hanna Kwiendacz, Tomasz Sawczyn, Andrzej Tomasik, Krystyna Pierzchała, Monika Adamczyk-Sowa, Agnieszka Machowska-Majchrzak, Beata Łabuz-Roszak, Władysław Grzeszczak, Janusz Gumprecht
INTRODUCTION    The "common soil" hypothesis suggests that diabetic micro- and macroangiopathy arise from a similar pathophysiological has been once proposed. It is well documented that carotid artery atherosclerosis in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with cardiovascular complications; however, whether microvascular complications are similarly related remains unclear. OBJECTIVES    We aimed to explore whether plaque score or common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) is associated with the macroangiopathic or microangiopathic complications of T2DM...
May 16, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
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