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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143147/-esc-guidelines-2017-on-peripheral-arterial-diseases-summary-of-the-most-important-recommendations-and-innovations
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C Espinola-Klein
The current European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on peripheral arterial diseases include recommendations on diagnostics and treatment of atherosclerotic manifestations in peripheral arteries. Because of the high coincidence of atherosclerosis in different arterial territories, screening for other atherosclerotic lesions is necessary in patients with clinical symptoms in one vascular bed. Consistent treatment of cardiovascular risk factors is important in all patients with peripheral atherosclerosis...
November 15, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141531/statins-in-aortic-disease
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Vicky Tsigkou, Gerasimos Siasos, Eva Mpletsa, Maria-Paraskevi Panoilia, Aggeliki Papastavrou, Giorgos Kokosias, Evangelos Oikonomou, Marina Zaromitidou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Numerous studies indicate that statins have also multiple beneficial actions (known as 'pleiotropic actions') on cardiovascular system through the improvement of endothelial dysfunction, inflammation, oxidative stress, increased arterial thrombosis, and the stabilization of the atherosclerotic plaque. Aortic disease primarily consists of aortic valve stenosis, aortic valve regurgitation, aneurysm disease, and genetic disorders such as Marfan syndrome, bicuspid aortic valve and aortic coarctation...
November 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128090/crocus-sativus-l-aqueous-extract-reduces-atherogenesis-increases-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability-and-improves-glucose-control-in-diabetic-atherosclerotic-animals
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Ei Christodoulou, N P E Kadoglou, M Stasinopoulou, O A Konstandi, C Kenoutis, Z I Kakazanis, A Rizakou, N Kostomitsopoulos, G Valsami
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to evaluate a possible atheroprotective effect of saffron aqueous extract (SFE), and its potential anti-inflammatory mechanisms, in apoE knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice. METHODS: Fifty male, ApoE(-/-) mice, fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks, were randomized into 5 groups: (1) baseline group, euthanatized, without intervention, (2) three saffron groups, receiving HFD and 30,60,90 mg/kg/day of SFE, respectively, for four weeks, per os through gavage, after reconstitution in water for injection (WFI), (3) control group (COG), receiving daily HFD and the same volume of WFI (four weeks)...
November 1, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29125024/wingspan-stent-delivery-catheter-fracture-and-the-trap-technique-for-endovascular-salvage
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Manoj Jagani, Huy M Do, Jeremy J Heit
Background Intracranial atherosclerotic disease may result in ischemic infarction and has a high rate of recurrent ischemic strokes despite medical therapy. Patients who fail medical therapy may undergo endovascular treatment with cerebral artery angioplasty and possible Wingspan stent placement. We present a unique case of Wingspan delivery microcatheter fracture that resulted in a retained foreign body and an endovascular salvage maneuver. Case description An elderly patient presented with an acute ischemic stroke due to a severe stenosis in the proximal left middle cerebral artery (MCA)...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121522/effects-of-vitamin-k-antagonist-on-aortic-valve-degeneration-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-prospective-4-year-observational-study
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Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Yukihiro Koretsune, Takashi Akasaka, Akira Kisanuki, Nobuyuki Ohte, Takashi Takenaka, Masaaki Takeuchi, Kiyoshi Yoshida, Kazunori Iwade, Yuji Okuyama, Yutaka Hirano, Yasuharu Takeda, Yasumasa Tsukamoto, Yoshiharu Kinugasa, Satoshi Nakatani, Takashi Sakamoto, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takashi Sozu, Tohru Masuyama
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is high in elder subjects. Our previous observational study suggested that vitamin K antagonist (VKA) promotes aortic valve degeneration, a principal cause of aortic stenosis in the elderly, and that angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) attenuates its progression. This study aimed to prospectively investigate these observations in non-valvular AF patients. METHODS: Of enrolled 430 patients with calcification on no or one aortic valve leaflet, all of the planned 4-year follow-up data were obtained in 122 non-valvular AF patients treated with warfarin (warfarin group) and 101 patients with cardiovascular diseases and without AF and prescription of warfarin (non-warfarin group)...
November 6, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117648/serum-neuron-specific-enolase-as-a-marker-of-brain-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-patients-undergoing-carotid-endarterectomy
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Marek Iłżecki, Joanna Iłżecka, Stanisław Przywara, Piotr Terlecki, Aneta Grabarska, Andrzej Stepulak, Tomasz Zubilewicz
In patients with atherosclerotic stenosis of the extracranial segment of internal carotid artery, surgical intervention is an effective method to prevent cerebral ischemic stroke. However, this surgical procedure may cause vascular brain damage. The aim of the study was to investigate consequential brain ischemia-reperfusion injury by measuring the cerebral specific marker, neuron-specific (NSE), in serum of patients having undergone internal carotid endarterectomy (CEA). The study involved 25 patients that underwent CEA due to internal carotid artery stenosis...
December 2016: Acta Clinica Croatica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29113853/hyperkinetic-transient-ischemic-attacks-preceding-deep-ganglionic-infarction-in-a-patient-with-a-treated-parasellar-chondrosarcoma
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Michael W Ruff, Adip G Bhargav, Stephen W English, James P Klaas
A 44-year-old right-handed female with a past medical history of parasellar chondrosarcoma status post-surgical debulking and proton beam therapy (70 Gy) three years prior to presentation experienced several hours of brief, repetitive episodes of transient hemiballism and dystonia; this was followed by abrupt onset of fixed hemiparesis and dysarthria weeks later, ipsilateral to her prior hyperkinetic movements. She was found to have total occlusion of the right middle cerebral artery with focal stenosis of the proximal right A-1 segment of the anterior cerebral artery adjacent to the remnants of the chondrosarcoma...
November 4, 2017: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111093/biomarkers-of-cerebral-microembolic-signals
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REVIEW
Ruihua Yin, Aijun Ma, Xudong Pan, Shaonan Yang
Stroke is a major cause of mortality and morbidity around the world. Microembolic signals (MES), as the markers of unstable atherosclerotic plaque, can predict the occurrence and prognosis of ischemic stroke (IS). MES can also assess the efficacy of antithrombotic agents and predict the recurrence probability of IS. Unstable plaques are the main source of MES; thus, numerous biomarkers of atherosclerotic plaque instability are highly likely to predict the presence of MES. This study aims to review recent biomarker candidates for MES or microembolism...
October 27, 2017: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29111018/embolic-stroke-of-undetermined-source-the-role-of-the-nonstenotic-carotid-plaque
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Zachary Bulwa, Ajay Gupta
Cryptogenic stroke, or stroke of undetermined cause, presents a remarkably challenging dilemma for the treating physician as there are limited therapeutic options to prevent recurrence. Roughly one third of transient ischemic attacks (TIAs) and ischemic strokes are classified as cryptogenic, with an even greater proportion in young patients. While classification systems have been successfully used in trials to refine therapeutic approaches specific to subtype, there has been little progress made in secondary prevention of cryptogenic stroke...
November 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110103/ct-imaging-of-the-vulnerable-plaque
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REVIEW
Gary R Small, Benjamin J W Chow
Acute coronary syndromes are most often the result of vulnerable atherosclerotic plaque events. Plaques events occur when intimal fibroatheroma in the coronary artery wall becomes vulnerable to erosion or rupture. Such vulnerable plaques can be distinguished from quiescent atheroma by features that have been defined through histopathology and invasive imaging. A challenge for coronary CT angiography has been to identify vulnerable plaques non-invasively. Were this possible, CT angiography could offer comprehensive vessel assessment including stenosis severity and plaque characteristics with the hope of reducing acute coronary events through timely intervention...
November 6, 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29109739/a-case-of-polyarteritis-nodosa-presenting-as-rapidly-progressing-intermittent-claudication-of-right-leg
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Chathuranga Lakmal Fonseka, Sampath Rukshani Galappaththi, Dayakshi Abeyaratne, Nirmali Tissera, Lalith Wijayaratne
Background: Polyarteritis nodosa (PAN) is a medium vessel vasculitis which causes significant morbidity and mortality. Usually, it presents with constitutional symptoms with angiographic evidence of aneurysms or segmental stenosis of arteries of mesenteric or renal vasculature. It is exceedingly uncommon for PAN to present with symptomatic progressive intermittent claudication. Case Presentation: We describe a 60-year-old male who presented with rapidly progressive intermittent claudication of his right leg...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103607/experience-with-an-on-site-coronary-computed-tomography-derived-fractional-flow-reserve-algorithm-for-the-assessment-of-intermediate-coronary-stenoses
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Patrick M Donnelly, Márton Kolossváry, Júlia Karády, Peter A Ball, Stephanie Kelly, Donna Fitzsimons, Mark S Spence, Csilla Celeng, Tamás Horváth, Bálint Szilveszter, Hendrik W van Es, Martin J Swaans, Béla Merkely, Pál Maurovich-Horvat
Fractional flow reserve (FFR) derived from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is a new technique for the diagnosis of ischemic coronary artery stenoses. The aim of this prospective study was to evaluate the diagnostic performance of a novel on-site computed tomography-based fractional flow reserve algorithm (CT-FFR) compared with invasive FFR as the gold standard, and to determine whether its diagnostic performance is affected by interobserver variations in lumen segmentation. We enrolled 44 consecutive patients (64...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103477/atherosclerotic-plaque-features-and-distribution-in-bilateral-carotid-arteries-of-asymptomatic-elderly-population-a-3d-multicontrast-mr-vessel-wall-imaging-study
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Ying Cai, Le He, Chun Yuan, Huijun Chen, Qiang Zhang, Rui Li, Cheng Li, Xihai Zhao
PURPOSE: This study sought to investigate the characteristics of morphology, compositions and distribution of carotid atherosclerotic plaques in asymptomatic elderly population using three dimensional (3D) multicontrast magnetic resonance vessel wall imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 146 asymptomatic elderly subjects (≥60years) were recruited and underwent 3D multicontrast MR vessel wall imaging for bilateral carotid arteries on a 3.0T MR scanner. The presence of carotid atherosclerotic plaque was determined and the stenosis was measured...
November 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101839/community-based-statins-and-advanced-carotid-plaque-role-of-cd163-positive-macrophages-in-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-activity-in-atherosclerotic-plaque
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Fumiyuki Otsuka, XiaoQing Zhao, Hugh H Trout, Ye Qiao, Bruce A Wasserman, Masataka Nakano, Colin H Macphee, Martin Brandt, Sue Krug-Gourley, Liang Guo, Elena R Ladich, Qi Cheng, Harry R Davis, Aloke V Finn, Renu Virmani, Frank D Kolodgie
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), an enzymatic inflammatory biomarker primarily bound to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is associated with an approximate twofold increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Despite indications that circulating Lp-PLA2 is sensitive to statins, it remains largely unknown whether statin usage exerts local effects on Lp-PLA2 expression at the site of atheromatous plaque. METHODS: Carotid plaques (n = 38) were prospectively collected from symptomatic (n = 18) and asymptomatic (n = 20) patients with (n = 20) or without (n = 18) documented statin history...
October 14, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097799/dual-targeting-improves-capture-of-ultrasound-microbubbles-towards-activated-platelets-but-yields-no-additional-benefit-for-imaging-of-arterial-thrombosis
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F Günther, T Heidt, M Kramer, E Khanicheh, A L Klibanov, A Geibel-Zehender, E A Ferrante, I Hilgendorf, D Wolf, A Zirlik, J Reinöhl, C Bode, K Peter, B A Kaufmann, C von Zur Mühlen
Platelets can be found on the surface of inflamed and ruptured atherosclerotic plaques. Thus, targeting of activated platelets may allow for molecular imaging of vulnerable atherosclerotic lesions. We here investigated microbubbles (MB) functionalized with the selectin ligand sialyl Lewis(a) individually (MBsLea) or dually with sLe(a) and an antibody targeting ligand-induced binding sites of the activated GPIIb/IIIa receptor (MBDual). Assessed by in vitro flow chamber, targeted MB exhibited increased adhesion to platelets as compared to MBControl...
November 2, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097042/clinical-characteristics-and-outcome-of-isolated-infrarenal-aortic-stenosis-in-young-patients
#16
Spyridon Monastiriotis, Shang Loh, Apostolos Tassiopoulos, Nicos Labropoulos
OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify young patients with isolated infrarenal aortic atherosclerotic stenosis and to determine the clinical characteristics and midterm results of angioplasty and stenting. METHODS: Data from patients younger than 50 years with significant infrarenal aortic stenosis and at least 1 year of follow-up were prospectively collected. Patients with coexistent suprarenal or iliofemoral disease and Takayasu arteritis were excluded...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096833/specific-lp-a-apheresis-a-tool-to-prove-lipoprotein-a-atherogenicity
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S N Pokrovsky, O I Afanasieva, M S Safarova, T V Balakhonova, Yu G Matchin, I Y U Adamova, G A Konovalov, M V Ezhov
BACKGROUND: An elevated lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) level is observed in more than 30% of patients with stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). We conducted an investigation of the effects of specific Lp(a) apheresis on the progression of atherosclerosis in SIHD patients with Lp(a) levels greater than 50 mg/dL. METHODS: We prospectively enrolled 15 patients diagnosed with SIHD based on symptom-driven coronary angiography findings, with Lp(a) ≥50 mg/dL and a low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) ≤2...
November 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096569/association-between-procalcitonin-levels-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients
#18
Yun Zhang, Zhonglun Chen, Yufeng Tang, Wanying Shan, Ling Wang, Jian Shi, Qian Luo, Jinfeng Duan, Gelin Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSES: Procalcitonin has been suggested as a new risk factor in atherosclerotic disease. However, whether procalcitonin levels are associated with the risk of carotid atherosclerosis remains unclear. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between procalcitonin levels and carotid atherosclerosis among patients with first-ever acute ischemic stroke. METHODS: Two hundred and thirty consecutive patients were prospectively enrolled in this study...
November 3, 2017: International Journal of Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094913/secondary-hypertension-discovering-the-underlying-cause
#19
Lesley Charles, Jean Triscott, Bonnie Dobbs
Most patients with hypertension have no clear etiology and are classified as having primary hypertension. However, 5% to 10% of these patients may have secondary hypertension, which indicates an underlying and potentially reversible cause. The prevalence and potential etiologies of secondary hypertension vary by age. The most common causes in children are renal parenchymal disease and coarctation of the aorta. In adults 65 years and older, atherosclerotic renal artery stenosis, renal failure, and hypothyroidism are common causes...
October 1, 2017: American Family Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091892/nitric-oxide-bioavailability-dysfunction-involves-in-atherosclerosis
#20
REVIEW
Jing-Yi Chen, Zi-Xin Ye, Xiu-Fen Wang, Jian Chang, Mei-Wen Yang, Hua-Hua Zhong, Fen-Fang Hong, Shu-Long Yang
The pathological characteristics of atherosclerosis (AS) include lipid accumulation, fibrosis formation and atherosclerotic plaque produced in artery intima, which leads to vascular sclerosis, lumen stenosis and irritates the ischemic changes of corresponding organs. Endothelial dysfunction was closely associated with AS. Nitric oxide (NO) is a multifunctional signaling molecule involved in the maintenance of metabolic and cardiovascular homeostasis. NO is also a potent endogenous vasodilator and enters for the key processes that suppresses the formation vascular lesion even AS...
October 27, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
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