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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28218798/shear-wave-elastography-imaging-for-the-features-of-symptomatic-carotid-plaques-a-feasibility-study
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Zhe Lou, Jun Yang, Li Tang, Youhe Jin, Jinsong Zhang, Chao Liu, Qiaobei Li
OBJECTIVES: Shear wave elastography (SWE) was performed to evaluate the Young's modulus of carotid plaques in patients presenting with cerebrovascular incidents, to estimate the clinical value and feasibility of this approach. METHODS: Sixty-one patients (mean age, 65 years; 45 men) underwent common duplex ultrasonic examination and SWE evaluation. The patients were divided into the symptomatic and asymptomatic groups based on the presence of unilateral focal neurological symptoms...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28217385/silent-ischemic-lesion-laterality-in-asymptomatic-internal-carotid-artery-stenosis-relates-to-reduced-cerebral-vasoreactivity
#2
Makoto Isozaki, Hiroharu Kataoka, Kazuhito Fukushima, Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Naoaki Yamada, Hidehiro Iida, Koji Iihara
BACKGROUND: We investigated the relationship between silent ischemic lesions, defined as hyperintense lesions on T2-weighted magnetic resonance imaging scans of brain white matter and cerebral hemodynamics (baseline cerebral blood flow and cerebral vasoreactivity). METHODS: Between January 2007 and December 2012, 61 patients with asymptomatic internal carotid artery stenosis were evaluated for asymptomatic silent ischemic lesions, acute infarction, and cerebral hemodynamics...
2017: Surgical Neurology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190714/carotid-endarterectomy-should-not-be-based-on-consensus-statement-duplex-velocity-criteria
#3
Jesse A Columbo, Bjoern D Suckow, Claire L Griffin, Jack L Cronenwett, Philip P Goodney, Timothy G Lukovits, Robert M Zwolak, Mark F Fillinger
OBJECTIVE: Randomized trials support carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in asymptomatic patients with ≥60% internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. The widely referenced Society for Radiologists in Ultrasound Consensus Statement on carotid duplex ultrasound (CDUS) imaging indicates that an ICA peak systolic velocity (PSV) ≥230 cm/s corresponds to a ≥70% ICA stenosis, leading to the potential conclusion that asymptomatic patients with an ICA PSV ≥230 cm/s would benefit from CEA. Our goal was to determine the natural history stroke risk of asymptomatic patients who might have undergone CEA based on consensus statement PSV of ≥230 cm/s but instead were treated medically based on more conservative CDUS imaging criteria...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190616/plasma-levels-of-vasostatin-1-a-chromogranin-a-fragment-are-associated-with-carotid-artery-maximum-stenosis-a-pilot-study
#4
Tiziana Bachetti, Alberto Ferrari Bardile, Teresa Lucia Aloi, Barbara Colombo, Emma Assi, Giuseppina Savino, Andrea Vercelli, Roberto Colombo, Angelo Corti
BACKGROUND: Chromogranin A (CgA), a circulating protein released by the neuroendocrine system, can regulate vascular physiology and angiogenesis. Full-length CgA (CgA1-439) and its fragment CgA1-76 (called vasostatin-1, VS-1) preserve the physiological integrity of the endothelial barrier function and are antiangiogenic, whereas CgA1-373 is proangiogenic. We investigated whether these polypeptides are altered in patients with various degrees of carotid artery atherosclerosis. METHODS: We studied 81 patients with carotid artery atherosclerosis, asymptomatic for cerebrovascular diseases...
February 6, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185650/usefulness-of-a-systematic-screening-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-people-with-type%C3%A2-2-diabetes-for-cardiovascular-risk-reclassification
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Marjorie Helfre, Claire Grange, Benjamin Riche, Delphine Maucort-Boulch, Charles Thivolet, Julien Vouillarmet
AIMS: Routine screening of carotid atherosclerosis lesions is frequently suggested for people with type 2 diabetes, the presence of a carotid lesion being associated with a significant increase risk for vascular events. However, the impact of this strategy on medical management is not validated. We herein question the usefulness of such screening. METHODS: We assessed the prevalence and severity of carotid lesions in 337 consecutive people with type 2 diabetes without known cardiovascular disease who underwent a systematic carotid duplex ultrasonography...
February 6, 2017: Annales D'endocrinologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165646/simultaneous-noncontrast-angiography-and-intraplaque-hemorrhage-snap-imaging-comparison-with-contrast-enhanced-mr-angiography-for-measuring-carotid-stenosis
#6
Hongge Shu, Jie Sun, Thomas S Hatsukami, Niranjan Balu, Daniel S Hippe, Haining Liu, Ted R Kohler, Wenzhen Zhu, Chun Yuan
PURPOSE: To evaluate in a proof-of-concept study the feasibility of Simultaneous Noncontrast Angiography and intraPlaque hemorrhage (SNAP) imaging as a clinical magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) technique for measuring carotid stenosis. There is a growing interest in detecting intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH) during the clinical management of carotid disease, yet luminal stenosis has remained indispensable during clinical decision-making. SNAP imaging has been proposed as a novel IPH imaging technique that provides carotid MRA with no added scan time...
February 6, 2017: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161565/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-bleeding-after-carotid-endarterectomy-results-of-a-prospective-study
#7
Giulio Illuminati, Fabrice Schneider, Giulia Pizzardi, Federica Masci, Francesco G Calio, Jean-Baptiste Ricco
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the risk of bleeding and other postoperative complications of carotid endarterectomy (CEA) in patients receiving dual antiplatelet therapy (DAPT). METHODS: From January 2005 to December 2015, 188 consecutive patients undergoing CEA and receiving DAPT (aspirin 100 mg + clopidogrel 75 mg) were enrolled in a prospective study. All of them underwent coronary artery stenting with drug-eluting stents during the 6 months preceding CEA...
February 1, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157748/large-artery-atherosclerotic-occlusive-disease
#8
John W Cole
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Extracranial or intracranial large artery atherosclerosis is often identified as a potential etiologic cause for ischemic stroke and transient ischemic attack. Given the high prevalence of large artery atherosclerosis in the general population, determining whether an identified atherosclerotic lesion is truly the cause of a patient's symptomatology can be difficult. In all cases, optimally treating each patient to minimize future stroke risk is paramount. Extracranial or intracranial large artery atherosclerosis can be broadly compartmentalized into four distinct clinical scenarios based upon the individual patient's history, examination, and anatomic imaging findings: asymptomatic and symptomatic extracranial carotid stenosis, intracranial atherosclerosis, and extracranial vertebral artery atherosclerotic disease...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154099/stroke-caused-by-extracranial-disease
#9
Kevin M Barrett, Thomas G Brott
Extracranial internal carotid artery atherosclerotic occlusive disease is a common ischemic stroke mechanism. Vascular risk factor control remains the cornerstone of stroke prevention in patients with both asymptomatic and symptomatic carotid occlusive diseases. Intensive medical therapy refers to the contemporary approach of antiplatelet therapy, blood pressure control, low-density lipoprotein reduction, and lifestyle modification to reduce stroke risk. Carotid revascularization with endarterectomy or angioplasty and stenting are established treatments for patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis ≥70%...
February 3, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28124515/anatomic-criteria-determining-high-risk-carotid-surgery-patients
#10
Pavlos Tsantilas, Andreas Kuehnl, Erich Brenner, Hans H Eckstein
BACKGROUND: Based on randomized trials, carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is the standard procedure for patients with a 50-99% symptomatic carotid stenosis and carefully selected patients with an asymptomatic high-grade carotid stenosis. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a technical alternative for patients with a high surgical risk or difficult anatomic conditions (e.g., recurrent stenosis). This study aims to provide an overview of anatomic factors associated with a higher risk of CEA complications...
January 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28121957/prevalence-and-risk-factors-for-atherosclerotic-carotid-stenosis-and-plaque-a-population-based-screening-study
#11
Shin Young Woo, Jin Hyun Joh, Sang-Ah Han, Ho-Chul Park
Atherosclerotic carotid stenosis (ACS) is a major cause of ischemic stroke. Screening for asymptomatic ACS is important to identify the patients who require longitudinal surveillance, medication, or endovascular surgery. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence and risk factors for ACS and carotid plaque (CP) in Korea using a population-based screening study.We recruited participants during visits to several community welfare centers in Korea. The baseline characteristics of the study population were collected...
January 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28110259/ipsilateral-plaques-display-higher-t1-signals-than-contralateral-plaques-in-recently-symptomatic-patients-with-bilateral-carotid-intraplaque-hemorrhage
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Xianling Wang, Jie Sun, Xihai Zhao, Daniel S Hippe, Thomas S Hatsukami, Jin Liu, Rui Li, Gador Canton, Yan Song, Chun Yuan
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Prospective studies have shown a strong association between carotid intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH), detected by magnetic resonance imaging (MRI), and cerebrovascular ischemic events. However, IPH is also observed in a substantial number of asymptomatic patients. We hypothesized that there are differences in the characteristics of IPH+ plaques associated with recent symptoms, compared to IPH+ plaques not associated with recent symptoms. METHODS: Patients with recent (≤2 weeks) anterior circulation ischemic events were scanned using a standardized multisequence protocol...
January 12, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095924/sonolysis-in-prevention-of-brain-infarctions-during-internal-carotid-endarterectomy-sonobirdie-trial-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Tomáš Hrbáč, David Netuka, Vladimír Beneš, Vladimír Nosáľ, Petra Kešnerová, Aleš Tomek, Táňa Fadrná, Vladimír Beneš, Jiří Fiedler, Vladimír Přibáň, Miroslav Brozman, Kateřina Langová, Roman Herzig, David Školoudík
BACKGROUND: Carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is a beneficial procedure for selected patients with an internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis. Surgical risk of CEA varies from between 2 and 15%. The aim of the study is to demonstrate the safety and effectiveness of sonolysis (continual transcranial Doppler monitoring, TCD) using a 2-MHz diagnostic probe with maximal diagnostic energy on the reduction of the incidence of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA) and brain infarction detected using magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) by the activation of the endogenous fibrinolytic system during CEA...
January 17, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078914/appropriate-patient-selection-for-carotid-revascularization-procedures-is-urgently-needed
#14
Kosmas I Paraskevas, Frank J Veith, Dimitri P Mikhailidis, Christos D Liapis
The identification/selection of appropriate patient subgroups with asymptomatic carotid artery stenosis and the performance of prophylactic carotid endarterectomy (CEA)/carotid artery stenting (CAS) exclusively on these asymptomatic patient subgroups is currently one of the "hottest" topics in vascular surgery. It is now clear that offering CEA/CAS to asymptomatic carotid patients based only on the degree of carotid stenosis is unjustified and scientifically flawed. On the other hand, offering only best medical therapy to every asymptomatic patient, irrespective of certain high-risk criteria (such as the detection of microemboli by transcranial Doppler, intraplaque hemorrhage, silent embolic infarcts on brain computed tomography/magnetic resonance imaging, elevated biomarkers, family history), is equally wrong...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059705/emergent-endovascular-management-of-long-segment-and-flow-limiting-carotid-artery-dissections-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-intervention-with-multiple-tandem-stents
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S A Ansari, A L Kühn, A R Honarmand, M Khan, M C Hurley, M B Potts, B S Jahromi, A Shaibani, M J Gounis, A K Wakhloo, A S Puri
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Although most cervical dissections are managed medically, emergent endovascular treatment may become necessary in the presence of intracranial large-vessel occlusions, flow-limiting and long-segment dissections with impending occlusion, and/or hypoperfusion-related ischemia at risk of infarction. We investigated the role of emergent endovascular stenting of long-segment carotid dissections in the acute ischemic stroke setting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively studied long-segment carotid dissections requiring stent reconstruction with multiple tandem stents (≥3 stents) and presenting with acute (<12 hours) ischemic stroke symptoms (NIHSS score, ≥4)...
January 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28002752/coronary-atherosclerosis-burden-by-coronary-computed-tomography-in-type-ii-diabetes-with-preclinical-non-obstructive-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-without-inducible-myocardial-ischemia
#16
Vittorio Palmieri, Enzo Gravino, Cesare Russo, Armenio Salvati, Carmelo Lombardi, Rosario Sauro, Giuseppe Rosato
AIMS: To quantify cardiovascular risk in persons with type-2 diabetes (DM) and established carotid atherosclerosis, without inducible myocardial ischemia by stress imaging. METHODS: We selected clinically healthy DM and subjects without DM (nonDM, controls) with non-obstructive carotid atherosclerosis and without significant coronary artery disease (CAD) by stress echocardiography. Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFR) was assessed during stress echocardiography...
January 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998650/identification-of-hemodynamically-compromised-regions-by-means-of-cerebral-blood-volume-mapping-utilizing-computed-tomography-perfusion-imaging
#17
Satoshi Takahashi, Yoshio Tanizaki, Kazunori Akaji, Hiroaki Kimura, Takehiro Katano, Kentaro Suzuki, Yoichi Mochizuki, Satoka Shidoh, Masaki Nakazawa, Kazunari Yoshida, Ban Mihara
The aim of the study was to evaluate the potential role of computed tomography perfusion (CTP) imaging in identifying hemodynamically compromised regions in patients with occlusive cerebrovascular disease. Twelve patients diagnosed with either occlusion or severe stenosis of the internal carotid artery or the M1 portion of the middle cerebral artery underwent CTP imaging. The data was analyzed by an automated ROI-determining software. Patients were classified into two subgroups: an asymptomatic group consisting of three patients in whom perfusion pressure distal to the site of occlusion/stenosis (PPdis) could be maintained in spite of the arterial occlusion/stenosis, and a symptomatic group consisting of nine patients in whom PPdis could not be maintained enough to avoid watershed infarction...
December 17, 2016: Journal of Clinical Neuroscience: Official Journal of the Neurosurgical Society of Australasia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922252/update-on-new-stents-and-protection-devices-for-carotid-artery-stenting-what-we-know-what-we-learnt-recently-and-what-we-need-to-know
#18
REVIEW
Dimitrios N Nikas, Xenofon Makos, Tomoyuki Umemoto, George Liappas, Andrea Pacchioni, Narek Zakarian, Bernhard Reimers
Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is considered an alternative option to carotid endarterectomy (CEA) for significant carotid stenosis, in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Comparing to CEA, CAS offers significant advantages. The most important arise from the minimally invasive nature of the procedure, which reduces the surgical complications and adds significant comfort to the patient, without compromising the efficacy. Nowadays, CAS can achieve acute and long-term outcome results comparable to CEA, maintaining low rates of periprocedural embolic events...
February 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905692/remote-pre-procedural-ischemic-stroke-was-the-strongest-risk-for-stroke-and-death-associated-with-carotid-stenting-a-single-center-experience
#19
Mária Rašiová, Ľubomír Špak, Ľudmila Farkašová, Štefan Pataky, Martin Koščo, Marek Hudák, Matej Moščovič, Norbert Leško
BACKGROUND: The goal of carotid artery stenting (CAS) is to decrease the stroke risk in patients with carotid stenosis. This procedure carries an immediate risk of stroke and death and many patients do not benefit from it, especially asymptomatic patients. Patient selection for carotid procedure who benefit from procedure and who is the procedure hazardous for is important. Remote ischemic stroke is known risk factor for stroke reccurence during surgery. The aim of our study was to determine the periprocedural complication risk (within 30 days after CAS) associated with carotid stenting (stroke, death) between patients with remote pre- procedural ischemic stroke and without it; to analyse periprocedural risk in other specific patient subgroups treated with CAS and to determine the impact of observed variables on all- cause mortality during long-term follow-up...
December 1, 2016: International Angiology: a Journal of the International Union of Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901325/asymptomatic-carotid-artery-stenosis-who-should-be-screened-who-should-be-treated-and-how-should-we-treat-them
#20
REVIEW
Djurre D DE Waard, Dylan Morris, Gert J DE Borst, Richard Bulbulia, Alison Halliday
Although stopping smoking, lowering blood pressure and reducing lipid levels will reduce global stroke risk and cardiovascular mortality, these remain leading causes of death and disability especially in ageing populations. Further prevention strategies are needed and, in the first part of this review, we explore the potential benefits of appropriate screening for carotid artery disease to reduce stroke and identify those who may have related cardiac disease. Although whole-population carotid screening is an inefficient and costly means of identifying candidates with tight carotid stenosis who might warrant intervention, it can identify many people with lower levels of stenosis who may benefit from cardiovascular risk-reducing medications...
February 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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