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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148412/psychological-comorbidities-associated-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-greek-patients-with-primary-sj%C3%A3-gren-s-syndrome-a-potential-contribution-of-sleep-impairment
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Theofanis Karageorgas, Dimitrios Ioakeimidis, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVES: Impaired sleep and psychological disorders are increasingly recognised as prevalent comorbidities in patients with primary Sjögren's syndrome (pSS), as well as important contributors of atherosclerosis in the general population. In the current study we sought to explore a potential role of psychological comorbidities in the pronounced atherosclerotic risk of pSS patients. METHODS: Fifty-nine pSS patients fulfilling the ACR/EULAR criteria completed specific validated questionnaires assessing fatigue, depression, anxiety and sleep disturbances...
November 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142811/carotid-artery-stiffness-and-development-of-hypertension-in-people-with-paraplegia-and-no-overt-cardiovascular-disease-a-7-year-follow-up-study
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Olga Vriz, Nicole Bertin, Arianna Ius, Emiliana Bizzarini, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Antonini-Canterin
Objectives: The aim of this study was to compare arterial stiffness between people with paraplegia and able-bodied persons (ABPs) and to assess cardiovascular markers that may be predictive of the development of arterial hypertension in people with spinal cord injury (SCI). Setting: This study was conducted at rehabilitation Hospital, Udine (Italy). Methods: Fifty-seven patients with SCI were prospectively enrolled and compared with 88 healthy ABPs...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29140571/is-overactive-bladder-microvasculature-disease-a-component-of-systemic-atheroscleorosis
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Ahmet Ozgur Yeniel, Ahmet Mete Ergenoglu, Reci Meseri, Erkan Kismali, Anıl Ari, Gulgun Kavukcu, Hikmet H Aydin, Handan Ak, Sevcan Atay, Ismail Mete Itil
AIMS: To evaluate the relationship between overactive bladder (OAB) and systemic atherosclerosis in a cohort of women. METHODS: In this case-control study, we assessed atherosclerosis indicators, such as Framingham risk scores and carotid and femoral artery intima-media thickness, and evaluated possible bladder wall responses to atherosclerosis using endovaginal color Doppler ultrasound and the detection of urinary cytokines in women with OAB and in controls. Quantitative assessment of blood perfusion at the bladder neck was performed using a method that allows for the dynamic monitoring of flow in a predefined region of interest at every point of the cardiac cycle...
November 15, 2017: Neurourology and Urodynamics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29135355/changes-in-ocular-hemodynamics-after-carotid-artery-angioplasty-and-stenting-caas-in-patients-with-different-severity-of-ocular-ischemic-syndrome
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Feiyan Ma, Jing Su, Qingli Shang, Jingxue Ma, Tongdi Zhang, Xin Wang, Honglei Ma, Jianghua Yu
PURPOSE: To evaluate the effects of carotid artery angioplasty and stenting (CAAS) on patients who were diagnosed with ocular ischemic syndrome (OIS). METHODS: Sixty-four eyes of 64 OIS patients with ipsilateral internal carotid artery stenosis ≥70% were included in the study. The study eyes were divided into two groups according to the presence of iris neovascularization: NVI-absent group and NVI-present group, with 32 eyes, respectively. All patients received ocular treatment modality according to the presence of non-perfusion area (pan-retinal photocoagulation) and intraocular pressure (medical treatment included timolol maleate eye drops combined with brinzolamide eye drop; trabeculectomy and cyclophotocoagulation)...
November 14, 2017: Current Eye Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131095/intracranial-internal-carotid-artery-wall-calcification-in-ischemic-strokes-treated-with-thrombolysis
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Miguel Tábuas-Pereira, João Sargento-Freitas, Fernando Silva, Joana Parra, Patrícia Mendes, Vera Seara, Miguel Mesquita, Mariana Baptista, Gustavo Cordeiro, Luis Cunha
BACKGROUND: Calcifications are an important element of atherosclerotic plaques and have been used as a marker of atherosclerosis and clinical outcome predictor in different vascular territories. CT-scan, performed in the acute ischemic stroke setting, can reliably detect intracranial arterial calcifications. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between intracranial internal carotid artery calcification and functional outcome, symptomatic intracerebral hemorrhage (sICH), recanalization, and death...
November 13, 2017: European Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129735/arterial-stiffness-and-cerebral-hemodynamic-pulsatility-during-cognitive-engagement-in-younger-and-older-adults
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Kevin S Heffernan, Jacqueline A Augustine, Wesley K Lefferts, Nicole L Spartano, William E Hughes, Randall S Jorgensen, Brooks B Gump
This study examined central artery stiffness and hemodynamic pulsatility during cognitive engagement in younger and older adults. METHODS: Vascular-hemodynamic measures were completed in 19 younger (age 35±1yrs) and 20 older (age 69±2yrs) adults at rest and during a Stroop task. Aortic stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity, PWV) and carotid pulse pressure (PP) were assessed using applanation tonometry. Carotid stiffness was assessed as a single-point PWV using Doppler Ultrasound...
November 9, 2017: Experimental Gerontology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127268/sickle-mice-are-sensitive-to-hypoxia-ischemia-induced-stroke-but-respond-to-tissue-type-plasminogen-activator-treatment
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Yu-Yo Sun, Jolly Lee, Henry Huang, Mary B Wagner, Clinton H Joiner, David R Archer, Chia-Yi Kuan
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The effects of lytic stroke therapy in patients with sickle cell anemia are unknown, although a recent study suggested that coexistent sickle cell anemia does not increase the risk of cerebral hemorrhage. This finding calls for systemic analysis of the effects of thrombolytic stroke therapy, first in humanized sickle mice, and then in patients. There is also a need for additional predictive markers of sickle cell anemia-associated vasculopathy. METHODS: We used Doppler ultrasound to examine the carotid artery of Townes sickle mice tested their responses to repetitive mild hypoxia-ischemia- and transient hypoxia-ischemia-induced stroke at 3 or 6 months of age, respectively...
November 10, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29112741/atherosclerosis-as-a-potential-pitfall-in-the-diagnosis-of-giant-cell-arteritis
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Eugenio De Miguel, Luis M Beltran, Irene Monjo, Francesco Deodati, Wolfgang A Schmidt, Juan Garcia-Puig
Objectives: To explore whether the increase in the intima-media thickness (IMT) in arteriosclerotic disease correlates with the increase in the IMT in temporal arteries (TAs) and if that could mimic the US GCA halo sign. Methods: Consecutive patients ⩾50 years old with high vascular risk and without signs or symptoms of GCA were included. The carotid US IMT measurements were obtained using a standardized software radiofrequency-tracking technology. Colour Doppler US and grey-scale measurements of the IMT in the branches of both TAs were performed by a second sonographer using a 22 MHz probe...
November 2, 2017: Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097021/zygomatico-orbital-artery-the-largest-artery-in-the-temporal-area
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Dong Hun Choi, Jeung Ryeol Eom, Jeong Woo Lee, Jung Dug Yang, Ho Yun Chung, Byung Chae Cho, Kang Young Choi
The zygomatico-orbital artery is the largest artery in the temporal area. With the increasing number of reconstructive and aesthetic surgeries in the area, in-depth understanding of this artery is needed. Thus, the aim of this anatomical study was to determine more information on the zygomatico-orbital artery using contrast-enhanced three-dimensional computer tomography (CT) and color-flow Doppler sonography. On the basis of CT images taken between October 2015 and October 2016 for diagnosing and treating maxillofacial conditions, 50 patients were selected...
October 16, 2017: Journal of Plastic, Reconstructive & Aesthetic Surgery: JPRAS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29095241/effects-of-cerebral-blood-flow-and-vessel-conditions-on-speech-recognition-in-patients-with-postlingual-adult-cochlear-implant-predictable-factors-for-the-efficacy-of-cochlear-implant
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Takashi Ishino, Mahmoud Ali Ragaee, Tatsuya Maruhashi, Masato Kajikawa, Yukihito Higashi, Toru Sonoyama, Sachio Takeno, Katsuhiro Hirakawa
OBJECTIVES: Cochlear implantation (CI) has been the most successful procedure for restoring hearing in a patient with severe and profound hearing loss. However, possibly owing to the variable brain functions of each patient, its performance and the associated patient satisfaction are widely variable. The authors hypothesize that peripheral and cerebral circulation can be assessed by noninvasive and globally available methods, yielding superior presurgical predictive factors of the performance of CI in adult patients with postlingual hearing loss who are scheduled to undergo CI...
October 31, 2017: Ear and Hearing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094424/fetal-sheep-central-hemodynamics-and-cardiac-function-during-ascending-aorta-occlusion
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Heikki Huhta, Juulia Junno, Mervi Haapsamo, Tiina Erkinaro, Pasi Ohtonen, Lowell E Davis, A Roger Hohimer, Ganesh Acharya, Juha Rasanen
Fetal aortic isthmus (AoI) allows communication between left (LV) and right (RV) ventricular outputs and represents arterial watershed between the brachiocephalic (brain) and subdiaphragmatic (placenta) circulations. To understand the capability of AoI to maintain the balance between upper and lower body circulations, we performed a complete fetal ascending aorta occlusion in 9 chronically instrumented sheep at near term gestation. We hypothesized that the occlusion would significantly decrease LV output and concomitantly increase RV output in order to maintain adequate systemic cardiac output and perfusion pressure to the fetal brain circulation through retrograde filling of the AoI...
November 2, 2017: Experimental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091301/il-6-promoter-polymorphism-increased-risks-of-recurrent-stroke-in-the-young-patients-with-moderate-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis
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Ou Minghui, Cuiping Yao, Xiaoping Ma, Xiangluan Xing, Wenting He, Huanmin Gao
Interleukin-6 (IL-6) is a pleiotropic cytokine with both pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory properties. Increased serum IL-6 is associated with higher risk of cerebral vascular diseases, however, the circulating levels of IL-6 vary greatly between individuals for bioenvironmental or genetic interferes by IL-6 transcription therefore this study was to investigate if IL-6 promoter polymorphisms predict the recurrence of young stroke. 94 patients with moderate internal carotid artery stenosis and 94 healthy subjects were selected...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29063904/study-of-carotid-intimal-medial-thickness-in-essential-hypertension-with-or-without-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
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Himanshu Khutan, Simmi Aggarwal, K S Kajal, Ravinder Garg, Rupinderjeet Kaur, Amanpreet Kaur
INTRODUCTION: Hypertension and atherosclerosis though separate entities, are interrelated as hypertension plays an important role in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study was undertaken to study the association of carotid intimal medial thickness with left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) in hypertensive patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Hundred hypertensives (JNC-7, Stage 1 and 2) between 30 and 55 years were enrolled in this prospective observational study conducted at a tertiary care teaching institute of Punjab, India...
October 2017: Annals of African Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29056995/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-symptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis-after-carotid-artery-revascularization
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Rafał Badacz, Anna Kabłak-Ziembicka, Małgorzata Urbańczyk-Zawadzka, Robert P Banyś, Piotr Musiałek, Piotr Odrowąż-Pieniążek, Mariusz Trystuła, Jan Ścigalski, Krzysztof Żmudka, Tadeusz Przewłocki
INTRODUCTION: About 30% of patients with carotid artery stenosis (CAS) develop dementia after a cerebral ischemic event (CIE), and 20-50% suffer from CIE recurrence during 6 months. Carotid artery revascularization (CAR) may prevent CIE recurrence, at the cost of new microembolic lesions (MES). The impact of CAR on cognitive function is debatable. AIM: To assess functional and cognitive outcome, cerebral flow on transcranial Doppler (TCD) and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in patients with symptomatic CAS referred for CAR...
2017: Postępy W Kardiologii Interwencyjnej, Advances in Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29055729/central-retinal-artery-occlusion-without-underlying-chronic-ocular-ischemic-syndrome-may-lead-to-neovascular-glaucoma
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A Degoumois, S Miocque, E Denion
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence and etiology of neovascular glaucoma (NVG) as a complication of central retinal artery occlusion (CRAO) is a debated issue. According to some authors, NVG associated with CRAO always involves underlying chronic ocular ischemic syndrome (COIS) as a primum movens for CRAO. However, we describe 5 cases of NVG following CRAO with no underlying COIS, confirmed by carotid Doppler studies and ultrasound color Doppler imaging (USCDI) of the ophthalmic artery (OA)...
November 2017: Journal Français D'ophtalmologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053913/morphological-changes-of-the-internal-carotid-artery-prevalence-and-characteristics-a-clinic-and-ultrasonographic-study-in-a-series-of-19-804-patients-over-25-years-old
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Hugo F G Martins, Alexandra Mayer, Paulo Batista, Fátima Soares, Vanessa Almeida, Ana Júlia Pedro, Victor Oliveira
BACKGROUND: Morphological changes of the internal carotid arteries (McICA) are frequently found during cervical ultrasound studies. However, McICA's etiology remains controversial. During this study, the prevalence and demographic characteristics of McICA such as kinking, coiling or looping, identified by Doppler ultrasound, were analysed and its relationship with vascular risk factors and stroke was assessed. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed by analysing 19,804 patients between Jan 2000 and Jun 2012 who were submitted to cervical ultrasonographic study...
October 20, 2017: European Journal of Neurology: the Official Journal of the European Federation of Neurological Societies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29053451/spatially-resolved-mr-compatible-doppler-ultrasound-proof-of-concept-for-triggering-of-diagnostic-quality-cardiovascular-mri-for-function-and-flow-quantification-at-3t
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Lindsey A Crowe, Gibran Manasseh, Aneta Chmielewski, Anne-Lise Hachulla, Daniel Speicher, Andreas Greiser, Hajo Muller, Thomas De Perrot, Jean-Paul Vallee, Rares Salomir
OBJECTIVES: We demonstrate the use of a Magnetic-Resonance (MR)-compatible ultrasound (US) imaging probe using spatially-resolved Doppler for diagnostic quality cardiovascular MR imaging as an initial step towards hybrid US/MR fetal imaging. METHODS: A newly developed technology for a dedicated MR-compatible phased array ultrasound-imaging probe acquired pulsed color Doppler carotid images, which were converted in near-real time to a trigger signal for cardiac cine and flow quantification MRI...
October 17, 2017: IEEE Transactions on Bio-medical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29049525/impact-of-the-haga-braincare-strategy-on-the-burden-of-haemodynamic-and-embolic-strokes-related-to-cardiac-surgery
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Friso Duynstee, Ruud W M Keunen, Agnes van Sonderen, Ali M Keyhan-Falsafi, Gerard J F Hoohenkerk, Gayleen Stephens, Erik Teeuws, Jan W K van Alphen, Dénes L J Tavy, Arne Mosch, Sebastiaan F T M de Bruijn, Hans van Overhagen, Frank E E Treurniet, Lucas C van Dijk, Paulien M van Kampen
OBJECTIVES: This study prospectively evaluates the impact of the Haga Braincare Strategy (HBS) on the occurrence of haemodynamic and embolic stroke in a cohort of patients who underwent coronay artery bypass grafting (CABG), valve replacement of a combination of both types of surgery between 2012 and 2015 at the Haga Teaching Hospitals. METHODS: The HBS is a dual strategy based on a preoperative vascular work-up of the cerebral circulation by transcranial Doppler and a perioperative monitoring of the cerebral circulation by cerebral oximetry...
November 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044294/serum-levels-of-anti-pon1-and-anti-hdl-antibodies-as-potential-biomarkers-of-premature-atherosclerosis-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Patricia López, Javier Rodríguez-Carrio, Aleida Martínez-Zapico, Ángel I Pérez-Álvarez, Raquel López-Mejías, Lorena Benavente, Lourdes Mozo Mozo, Luis Caminal-Montero, Miguel A González-Gay, Ana Suárez
The present study aimed to evaluate the possible role of immunoglobulin G (IgG) antibodies against high-density lipoproteins (HDL) and paraoxonase 1 (PON1) as possible biomarkers of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). To this end, levels of these autoantibodies, PON1 activity and total antioxidant capacity were quantified in serum samples from 198 SLE patients, 100 healthy controls (HC) and 42 non-autoimmune individuals with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. PON1 rs662 polymorphism was analysed in a subgroup of patients and controls...
October 10, 2017: Thrombosis and Haemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29044080/amalric-sign-an-augur-of-ophthalmic-artery-occlusion
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Prathibha Hande, Babi Sinha, Shivani Nayak, Srilakshmi Srinivasan, Jyothi Shetty
A 75-year-old man presented to us with sudden onset of profound vision loss in his right eye and was identified as suffering from an ophthalmic artery occlusion. Apart from the retinal whitening and box-carring of the retinal arteries, there were characteristic triangular patches of retinal whitening in the midperipheral temporal fundus indicating a previous lateral posterior choroidal artery occlusion. The patient was a chronic smoker and had dyslipidemia. The carotid Doppler study showed complete occlusion of the internal carotid artery...
October 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
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