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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453577/abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-screening-program-using-hand-held-ultrasound-in-primary-healthcare
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Antoni Sisó-Almirall, Belchin Kostov, Marta Navarro González, Daniel Cararach Salami, Alfonso Pérez Jiménez, Rosa Gilabert Solé, Concepció Bru Saumell, Lluís Donoso Bach, Mireia Villalta Martí, Luis González-de Paz, Rafael Ruiz Riera, Vicenç Riambau Alonso, Nihan Acar-Denizli, Marta Farré Almacellas, Manuel Ramos-Casals, Jaume Benavent Àreu
We determined the feasibility of abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) screening program led by family physicians in public primary healthcare setting using hand-held ultrasound device. The potential study population was 11,214 men aged ≥ 60 years attended by three urban, public primary healthcare centers. Participants were recruited by randomly-selected telephone calls. Ultrasound examinations were performed by four trained family physicians with a hand-held ultrasound device (Vscan®). AAA observed were verified by confirmatory imaging using standard ultrasound or computed tomography...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453510/is-aspirin-associated-with-diabetic-retinopathy-the-singapore-epidemiology-of-eye-disease-seed-study
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Yuan Shi, Yih-Chung Tham, Ning Cheung, Jacqueline Chua, Gavin Tan, Paul Mitchell, Jie Jin Wang, Yin Bun Cheung, Ching-Yu Cheng, Tien Yin Wong
BACKGROUND/AIMS: To determine the association between aspirin use and diabetic retinopathy (DR) among persons with diabetes, in a population-based, cross-sectional study. METHODS: Subjects with diabetes aged >40 years from the Singapore Epidemiology of Eye Diseases Study were enrolled in this study. Retinal photographs were graded for DR according to the modified Airlie House classification system. Vision threatening diabetic retinopathy (VTDR) was defined as the presence of severe non-proliferative DR, or proliferative DR, or clinically significant macular oedema...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449059/marijuana-use-impacts-midlife-cardiovascular-events-in-hiv-infected-men
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David R Lorenz, Anupriya Dutta, Shibani S Mukerji, Alex Holman, Hajime Uno, Dana Gabuzda
Background.: Marijuana use is prevalent among persons infected with HIV, but its long-term effects on HIV disease progression and comorbidities are unknown. Methods.: A prospective study of 558 HIV-infected men enrolled in the Multicenter AIDS Cohort Study between 1990-2010: 182 HIV seroconverters and 376 with viral suppression on combination antiretroviral therapy (ART). Associations between heavy marijuana use and HIV disease markers or white blood cell (WBC) count were examined using mixed-effects and linear regression models...
April 25, 2017: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449050/cardioscape-mapping-the-cardiovascular-funding-landscape-in-europe
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Axel Radlach Pries, Anastasia Naoum, Helmut Habazettl, Mathias Dunkel, Robert Preissner, Caroline J Coats, Ana Tornada, Francesco Orso, Frans Van de Werf, David A Wood
Aims: The burden of cardiovascular disease is increasing worldwide, which has to be reflected by cardiovascular (CV) research in Europe. CardioScape, a FP7 funded project initiated by the European Society of Cardiology (ESC), identified where CV research is performed, how it is funded and by whom. It could be transformed into an on-line and up-to-date resource of great relevance for researchers, funding bodies and policymakers and could be a role model for mapping CV research funding in Europe and beyond...
April 25, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449027/lipoprotein-a-and-the-risk-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-the-european-population-results-from-the-biomarcare-consortium
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Christoph Waldeyer, Nataliya Makarova, Tanja Zeller, Renate B Schnabel, Fabian J Brunner, Torben Jørgensen, Allan Linneberg, Teemu Niiranen, Veikko Salomaa, Pekka Jousilahti, John Yarnell, Marco M Ferrario, Giovanni Veronesi, Paolo Brambilla, Stefano G Signorini, Licia Iacoviello, Simona Costanzo, Simona Giampaoli, Luigi Palmieri, Christa Meisinger, Barbara Thorand, Frank Kee, Wolfgang Koenig, Francisco Ojeda, Jukka Kontto, Ulf Landmesser, Kari Kuulasmaa, Stefan Blankenberg
Aims: As promising compounds to lower Lipoprotein(a) (Lp(a)) are emerging, the need for a precise characterization and comparability of the Lp(a)-associated cardiovascular risk is increasing. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the distribution of Lp(a) concentrations across the European population, to characterize the association with cardiovascular outcomes and to provide high comparability of the Lp(a)-associated cardiovascular risk by use of centrally determined Lp(a) concentrations. Methods and results: Based on the Biomarkers for Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Europe (BiomarCaRE)-project, we analysed data of 56 804 participants from 7 prospective population-based cohorts across Europe with a maximum follow-up of 24 years...
April 24, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448891/plasma-ferritin-c-reactive-protein-and-risk-of-incident-type-2-diabetes-in-singapore-chinese-men-and-women
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Ye-Li Wang, Woon-Puay Koh, Jian-Min Yuan, An Pan
AIMS: Ferritin is postulated to be involved in diabetogenesis as a marker of iron stores. We prospectively examined the association between ferritin levels and type 2 diabetes (T2D) risk in a Chinese population. METHODS: Plasma ferritin concentrations were assayed among 485 diabetes cases and 485 controls nested within the Singapore Chinese Health Study. Cases and controls were matched on age, gender, date of blood collection, and dialect group. Participants were free of diagnosed diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and cancer at blood collection (1999-2004)...
April 13, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448601/determinants-of-coronary-flow-reserve-in-non-diabetic-patients-with-chest-pain-without-myocardial-perfusion-defects
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Helena U Westergren, Erik Michaëlsson, Juuso I Blomster, Tasso Miliotis, Sara Svedlund, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Microvascular dysfunction could be responsible for chest pain in patients without myocardial perfusion defects. We evaluated microvascular function using ultrasound-assessed coronary flow reserve (CFR) in patients with chest pain and normal myocardial perfusion scintigram. Secondly, we investigated association between cardiovascular parameters and decreased CFR in a sex specific manner. METHODS: A total of 202 (128 women) non-diabetic patients with chest pain and suspected myocardial ischemia, but without myocardial perfusion defects on myocardial perfusion scintigram, were enrolled and underwent CFR examination and blood sampling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448584/sarcopenia-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-not-yet-on-dialysis-analysis-of-the-prevalence-and-associated-factors
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Viviane Angelina de Souza, Dílmerson Oliveira, Sérgio Ribeiro Barbosa, José Otávio do Amaral Corrêa, Fernando Antônio Basile Colugnati, Henrique Novais Mansur, Natália Maria da Silva Fernandes, Marcus Gomes Bastos
INTRODUCTION: Sarcopenia is a chronic condition that is associated with aging and characterized by a reduction of muscle mass, strength, and function. Sarcopenia is prevalent in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) and associated with increased morbidity and mortality, as well as cardiovascular complications. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the prevalence of sarcopenia in patients with CKD not yet on dialysis and its correlation with clinical and laboratory variables and inflammatory markers...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448582/comparison-of-multiple-obesity-indices-for-cardiovascular-disease-risk-classification-in-south-asian-adults-the-carrs-study
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Shivani A Patel, Mohan Deepa, Roopa Shivashankar, Mohammed K Ali, Deksha Kapoor, Ruby Gupta, Dorothy Lall, Nikhil Tandon, Viswanathan Mohan, M Masood Kadir, Zafar Fatmi, Dorairaj Prabhakaran, K M Venkat Narayan
BACKGROUND: We comparatively assessed the performance of six simple obesity indices to identify adults with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors in a diverse and contemporary South Asian population. METHODS: 8,892 participants aged 20-60 years in 2010-2011 were analyzed. Six obesity indices were examined: body mass index (BMI), waist circumference (WC), waist-height ratio (WHtR), waist-hip ratio (WHR), log of the sum of triceps and subscapular skin fold thickness (LTS), and percent body fat derived from bioelectric impedance analysis (BIA)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448497/examination-of-an-ehealth-literacy-scale-and-a-health-literacy-scale-in-a-population-with-moderate-to-high-cardiovascular-risk-rasch-analyses
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Sarah S Richtering, Rebecca Morris, Sze-Ee Soh, Anna Barker, Fiona Bampi, Lis Neubeck, Genevieve Coorey, John Mulley, John Chalmers, Tim Usherwood, David Peiris, Clara K Chow, Julie Redfern
INTRODUCTION: Electronic health (eHealth) strategies are evolving making it important to have valid scales to assess eHealth and health literacy. Item response theory methods, such as the Rasch measurement model, are increasingly used for the psychometric evaluation of scales. This paper aims to examine the internal construct validity of an eHealth and health literacy scale using Rasch analysis in a population with moderate to high cardiovascular disease risk. METHODS: The first 397 participants of the CONNECT study completed the electronic health Literacy Scale (eHEALS) and the Health Literacy Questionnaire (HLQ)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448446/renalase-protects-against-renal-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-activation-of-the-erk-signaling-pathways
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Yiru Wu, Liyan Wang, Dai Deng, Qidong Zhang, Wenhu Liu
Renal interstitial fibrosis is a common pathway for the progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) to end-stage renal disease. Renalase, acting as a signaling molecule, has been reported to have cardiovascular and renal protective effects. However, its role in renal fibrosis remains unknown. In this study, we evaluated the therapeutic efficacy of renalase in rats with complete unilateral ureteral obstruction (UUO) and examined the inhibitory effects of renalase on transforming growth factor-β1 (TGF-β1)-induced epithelial-mesenchymal transition (EMT) in human proximal renal tubular epithelial (HK-2) cells...
April 27, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448277/long-term-consequences-of-obesity-on-female-fertility-and-the-health-of-the-offspring
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Suchitra Chandrasekaran, Genevieve Neal-Perry
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity has reached near epidemic levels among reproductive age women with a myriad of consequences. Obesity adversely affects the maternal milieu by creating conditions that decrease fertility and increase the risk of gestational diabetes, hypertensive disease in pregnancy, fetal growth abnormalities and congenital anomalies. The effects of obesity are not limited to pregnancy. Indeed, beyond the immediate postpartum period, obese women maintain a higher prevalence of insulin resistance and cardiovascular disease...
April 26, 2017: Current Opinion in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448093/overweight-and-abdominal-obesity-association-with-all-cause-and-cardiovascular-mortality-in-the-elderly-aged-80-and-over-a-cohort-study
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C N David, R B Mello, N M Bruscato, E H Moriguchi
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the association between overweight and abdominal obesity with all-cause and cardiovascular mortality in the elderly aged 80 and over. DESIGN: A prospective cohort study. SETTING: A population-based study of community-dwelling very elderly adults in a city in southern Brazil. PARTICIPANTS: 236 very elderly adults, number that represents 85% of the population aged 80 and over living in the city in the period (mean age 83...
2017: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447747/lycium%C3%A2-barbarum-polysaccharide-exhibits-cardioprotection-in-an-experimental-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-damage
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Ya-Min Hou, Jie Wang, Xian-Zhao Zhang
Cardiovascular diseases are a major cause of mortality and disability worldwide. The present study investigated the cardio-protective effects of polysaccharides extracted from Lycium barbarum (LB), the fruit of which is traditionally used in Chinese medicine. Polysaccharides were characterized using Fourier transform infrared spectroscopy and high‑performance liquid chromatography techniques. The present study demonstrated that LB polysaccharides are composed of glucose and fructose monosaccharides in a molar ratio of 1:2...
March 7, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447480/predictive-and-explanatory-factors-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-people-with-adequately-controlled-type-2-diabetes
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Nahid Hashemi Madani, Faramarz Ismail-Beigi, Mohammad E Khamseh, Mojtaba Malek, Ameneh Ebrahimi Valojerdi
Aims To explore the predictive and explanatory factors on the incidence of cardiovascular disease and the impact of visit-to-visit variability (VVV) of risk factors on incident cardiovascular disease in people with type 2 diabetes with no history of prior cardiovascular disease. Methods We performed a historical cohort study (2008-2011) on 481 people with type 2 diabetes and no history of cardiovascular disease. Cardiovascular risk factors were assessed at baseline and repeatedly during follow-up. The predictive analysis included the variables at enrollment, and explanatory analyses were based on mean of the variables measured repeatedly...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446517/a-novel-%C3%AE-calcitonin-gene-related-peptide-analogue-protects-against-end-organ-damage-in-experimental-hypertension-cardiac-hypertrophy-and-heart-failure
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Aisah A Aubdool, Pratish Thakore, Fulye Argunhan, Sarah-Jane Smillie, Moritz Schnelle, Salil Srivastava, Khadija M Alawi, Elena Wilde, Jennifer Mitchell, Keith Farrell-Dillon, Daniel A Richards, Giuseppe Maltese, Richard C Siow, Manasi Nandi, James E Clark, Ajay M Shah, Anette Sams, Susan D Brain
Background -Research into the therapeutic potential of α-calcitonin gene-related peptide (α-CGRP) has been limited due to its peptide nature and short half-life. Here, we evaluate whether a novel potent and long lasting (t½ ≥ 7h) acylated α-CGRP analogue (αAnalogue) could alleviate and reverse cardiovascular disease in two distinct murine models of hypertension and heart failure in vivoMethods -The ability of the αAnalogue to act selectively via the CGRP pathway was shown in skin using a CGRP receptor antagonist...
April 26, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446163/exploratory-analysis-of-the-neutrophil-to-lymphocyte-ratio-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Lars Harbaum, Kaaja M Baaske, Marcel Simon, Tim Oqueka, Christoph Sinning, Antonia Glatzel, Nicole Lüneburg, Karsten Sydow, Carsten Bokemeyer, Hans Klose
BACKGROUND: Chronic inflammation emerges as a feature of the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) in experimental models. Alterations of circulating cell subsets have been observed in patients with PAH. We aimed to assess associations of the white blood cell count with disease severity and outcome in patients with PAH. METHODS: The total and differential white blood cell count was related to functional parameters, pulmonary hemodynamics and transplantation-free survival in 77 patients with PAH in an observational single center study...
April 26, 2017: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445425/association-of-long-term-near-highway-exposure-to-ultrafine-particles-with-cardiovascular-diseases-diabetes-and-hypertension
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Yu Li, Kevin J Lane, Laura Corlin, Allison P Patton, John L Durant, Mohan Thanikachalam, Mark Woodin, Molin Wang, Doug Brugge
Ultrafine particle (UFP) concentrations are elevated near busy roadways, however, their effects on prevalence of cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, and hypertension are not well understood. To investigate these associations, data on demographics, diseases, medication use, and time of activities were collected by in-home surveys for 704 participants in three pairs of near-highway and urban background neighborhoods in and near Boston (MA, USA). Body mass index (BMI) was measured for a subset of 435 participants...
April 26, 2017: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445310/diagnostic-accuracy-of-serum-alanine-aminotransferase-as-biomarker-for-nonalcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-insulin-resistance-in-healthy-subjects-using-3t-mr-spectroscopy
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Jose Luis Martin-Rodriguez, Jorge Gonzalez-Cantero, Alvaro Gonzalez-Cantero, Juan Pedro Arrebola, Jorge Luis Gonzalez-Calvin
Recognition of the close relationship of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with diabetes mellitus 2, obesity, metabolic syndrome, and cardiovascular disease has stimulated growing interest in NAFLD as a public health problem. Serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT) has been proposed as a marker of NAFLD, but levels are within the range currently considered "normal" in a large proportion of NAFLD subjects.The aim of the study was to determine the diagnostic accuracy of serum ALT for identifying individuals with NAFLD, using 3-Tesla (T) magnetic resonance spectroscopy (H-MRS)...
April 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444478/the-association-between-geometry-and-wall-stress-in-emergently-repaired-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Sathyajeeth S Chauhan, Carlos A Gutierrez, Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Victor De Oliveira, Satish C Muluk, Mark K Eskandari, Ender A Finol
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a prevalent cardiovascular disease characterized by the focal dilation of the aorta, which supplies blood to all the organs and tissues in the systemic circulation. With the AAA increasing in diameter over time, the risk of aneurysm rupture is generally associated with the size of the aneurysm. If diagnosed on time, intervention is recommended to prevent AAA rupture. The criterion to decide on surgical intervention is determined by measuring the maximum diameter of the aneurysm relative to the critical value of 5...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
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