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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165641/effects-of-nitrate-supplementation-in-trained-and-untrained-muscle-is-modest-with-initial-high-plasma-nitrite-levels
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Peter M Christensen, Nanna K Petersen, Signe N Friis, Eddie Weitzberg, Lars Nybo
Nitrate (NO3(-) ) supplementation resulting in higher plasma nitrite (NO2(-) ) is reported to lower resting mean arterial blood pressure (MAP) and oxygen uptake (VO2 ) during submaximal exercise in non-athletic populations, whereas effects in general are absent in endurance trained individuals. To test whether physiological effects of NO3(-) supplementation depend on local muscular training status or cardiovascular fitness, male endurance-trained cyclists (CYC, n=9, VO2 -max: 64±3 ml/min/kg; mean±SD) and recreational active subjects serving as a control group (CON, n=8, 46±3 ml/min/kg), acutely consumed nitrate-rich beetroot-juice ([NO3(-) ] ~9 mmol) (NIT) or placebo (PLA) with assessment of resting MAP and energy expenditure during moderate intensity (~50% VO2 -max) and incremental leg cycling (LEG-ex) and arm cranking exercise (ARM-ex)...
February 6, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164545/plasma-zonulin-and-its-association-with-kidney-function-severity-of-heart-failure-and-metabolic-inflammation
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Thomas B Dschietzig, Felix Boschann, Jana Ruppert, Franz P Armbruster, Andreas Meinitzer, Dragic Bankovic, Veselin Mitrovic, Christoph Melzer
BACKGROUND: The tight junction regulator zonulin has attracted clinical attention as a biomarker of increased gastrointestinal permeability. Recent work also suggests zonulin to represent a general regulator of tissue barriers and a player in metabolic inflammation. Here, we investigated the associations of zonulin with chronic heart failure (CHF), kidney function, and metabolic inflammation. METHODS: Using multiple linear regression (Generalized Linear Model), this study determined the association of plasma zonulin with different laboratory and clinical parameters in 225 patients carrying automatic implantable cardioverters/defibrillators (AICD) for primary or secondary prevention...
December 1, 2016: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150283/knowledge-on-cardio-vascular-risk-factors-improves-effectiveness-of-rehabilitation-following-acute-coronary
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Wojciech S Kapko, Łukasz Krzych
BACKGROUND AND AIM: There is clear association between knowledge on healthy lifestyle and intensity of healthy behaviours, especially among young people. We sought to verify this hypothesis among patients after acute coronary syndrome who were subjected to early in-hospital complex cardiac rehabilitation (CCR) by assessing relationship between initial knowledge on cardio-vascular risk factors and efficiency of rehabilitation. METHODS: 205 consecutive patients (153 man; age 62±9 years) hospitalized between 05...
February 2, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143438/medication-adherence-in-randomized-controlled-trials-evaluating-cardiovascular-or-mortality-outcomes-in-dialysis-patients-a-systematic-review
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Karumathil M Murali, Judy Mullan, Jenny H C Chen, Steven Roodenrys, Maureen Lonergan
BACKGROUND: Medication non-adherence is common among renal dialysis patients. High degrees of non-adherence in randomized controlled trials (RCTs) can lead to failure to detect a true treatment effect. Cardio-protective pharmacological interventions have shown no consistent benefit in RCTs involving dialysis patients. Whether non-adherence contributes to this lack of efficacy is unknown. We aimed to investigate how medication adherence and drug discontinuation were assessed, reported and addressed in RCTs, evaluating cardiovascular or mortality outcomes in dialysis patients...
January 31, 2017: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28114138/plasma-gelsolin-and-its-association-with-mortality-and-hospitalization-in-chronic-hemodialysis-patients
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Cesar Flores Gama, Laura M Rosales, Georges Ouellet, Yanna Dou, Stephan Thijssen, Len Usvyat, Hanjie Zhang, Viktoriya Kuntsevich, Nathan W Levin, Peter Kotanko
BACKGROUND: Human plasma gelsolin (pGSN) is an actin-binding protein that is secreted into the extracellular fluid, with the skeletal muscle and myocardial tissues being its major source. Depletion of pGSN has been shown to be related to a variety of inflammatory and clinical conditions. METHODS: pGSN levels were prospectively determined in prevalent maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients from 3 U.S. dialysis centers. Demographics (age, time since dialysis initiation, race, gender, body height and weight, comorbidities), inflammatory markers (C reactive protein, CRP; interleukin 6, IL-6), free triiodothyronine (fT3), and routine laboratory parameters were obtained...
January 24, 2017: Blood Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101117/maternal-mortality-ratio-and-causes-of-death-in-iri-between-2009-and-2012
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Marzieh Vahiddastjerdy, Nasrin Changizi, Abas Habibollahi, Leila Janani, Zahra Farahani, Farah Babaee
Objective: The Maternal Mortality Ratio is an important health indicator. We presented the distribution and causes of maternal mortality in Islamic Republic of Iran. Materials and methods: After provision of an electronic Registry system for date entry, a descriptive-retrospective data collection had been performed for all maternal Deaths in March 2009- March 2012. All maternal deaths and their demographic characteristic were identified by using medical registries, death certificates, and relevant codes according to International Classification of Diseases (ICD-9) during pregnancy, labor, and 42 days after parturition...
September 2016: Journal of Family & Reproductive Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092932/the-burden-of-infectious-and-cardiovascular-diseases-in-india-from-2004-to-2014
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Kajori Banerjee, Laxmi Kant Dwivedi
OBJECTIVES: In India, both communicable and non-communicable diseases have been argued to disproportionately affect certain socioeconomic strata of the population. Using the 60th (2004) and 71st (2014) rounds of the National Sample Survey, this study assessed the balance between infectious diseases and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) from 2004 to 2014, as well as changes in the disease burden in various socioeconomic and demographic subpopulations. METHODS: Prevalence rates, hospitalization rates, case fatality rates, and share of in-patients deaths were estimated to compare the disease burdens at these time points...
2016: Epidemiology and Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087173/at-the-heart-of-the-problem-a-person-centred-developmental-perspective-on-the-link-between-alcohol-consumption-and-cardio-vascular-events
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Valéria Lima Passos, Sven Klijn, Kevin van Zandvoort, Latifa Abidi, Paul Lemmens
INTRODUCTION: The cardio-protective effect of alcohol has been the subject of a long-standing scientific controversy. Emerging evidence remains equivocal, as the validity of the dose-dependent J-shape association is tainted by conceptual, theoretical and methodological problems. A major impediment for a resolution on the matter is the lack of a life-long developmental approach to pinpoint alcohol's specific impact on the risk for cardio-vascular events (CVE). OBJECTIVE: Using retrospective and prospective individual-level data of alcohol consumption (AC) we applied a model-based clustering technique to uncover life-course trajectories of AC and explored their links to CVE...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071025/the-effect-of-thermal-treatment-on-antioxidant-capacity-and-pigment-contents-in-separated-betalain-fractions
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Katarzyna Mikołajczyk-Bator, Sylwia Pawlak
BACKGROUND: Increased consumption of fruits and vegetables significantly reduces the risk of cardio-vascular disease. This beneficial effect on the human organism is ascribed to the antioxidant compounds these foods contain. Unfortunately, many products, particularly vegetables, need to be subjected to thermal processing before consumption. The aim of this study was to determine the effect of such thermal treatment on the antioxidant capacity and pigment contents in separated fractions of violet pigments (betacyanins) and yellow pigments (betaxanthins and betacyanins)...
July 2016: Acta Scientiarum Polonorum. Technologia Alimentaria
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28059859/pro-inflammatory-cytokines-mediate-gpcr-dysfunction
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Maradumane L Mohan, Neelakantan T Vasudevan, Sathyamangla V Naga Prasad
Pro-inflammatory reaction by the body occurs acutely in response to injury that is considered primarily beneficial. However, sustained pro-inflammatory cytokines observed with chronic pathologies such as metabolic syndrome, cancer, and arthritis are detrimental and in many cases is a major cardio-vascular risk factor. Pro-inflammatory cytokines such as interleulin-1 (IL-1), IL-6, and tumor necrosis factor α (TNFα) have long been implicated in cardiovascular risk and considered to be a major underlying cause for heart failure...
December 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28042644/cardiovascular-comorbidities-in-acromegaly-an-update-on-their-diagnosis-and-management
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REVIEW
Ana M Ramos-Leví, Mónica Marazuela
Comorbidities related to the cardiovascular system are one of the most prevalent in patients with acromegaly, and contribute to an increased risk of morbidity and all-cause mortality. Specifically, hypertension, cardiomyopathy, heart valve disease, arrhythmias, atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease, and cardiac dysfunction may be frequent findings. Although the underlying physiopathology for each comorbidity may not be fully elucidated, uncontrolled growth hormone/insulin-like growth factor 1 excess, age, prolonged disease duration, and coexistence of other cardio-vascular risk factors are significant influencing variables...
February 2017: Endocrine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040349/-effect-of-drugs-for-osteoporosis-on-cardiovascular-diseases-and-effect-of-cardio-vascular-drugs-on-osteoporosis
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Michel Laroche, Yannick Degboe, Hubert Blain, Véronique Breuil, Roland Chapurlat, Bernard Cortet, Bruno Sutter
Osteoporosis and cardiovascular diseases are epidemiologically associated. Calcification phenomena of atherosclerotic plaque involve cytokines and growth factors also involved in bone remodeling. Drugs given for either of these two conditions could act on these mechanisms. Can osteoporosis drugs have an influence on the occurrence of cardiovascular events? Conversely, can the treatment of hypertension alter the course of osteoporosis? It is possible that administration of high doses of calcium (1g/day) in patients who already have important dietary intake can increase the risk of myocardial infarction...
December 28, 2016: La Presse Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28032340/the-burden-of-common-skin-diseases-assessed-with-the-eq5d-a-european-multi-centre-study-in-13-countries
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F Balieva, J Kupfer, L Lien, U Gieler, A Y Finlay, L Tomas-Aragonés, F Poot, L Misery, F Sampogna, H van Middendorp, J A Halvorsen, J C Szepietowski, A Lvov, S E Marrón, M S Salek, F J Dalgard
BACKGROUND: Generic instruments measuring health related quality of life (HRQoL), like EQ5D, enable comparison of skin diseases with healthy populations and non-dermatological medical conditions, as well as calculation of utility data. OBJECTIVES: The aims were to measure HRQoL in patients with common skin diseases and healthy controls across Europe using the EQ5D. METHODS: This multi-center observational cross-sectional study was conducted in 13 European countries...
December 29, 2016: British Journal of Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007671/magnesium-based-interventions-for-normal-kidney-function-and-chronic-kidney-disease
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Ziad A Massy, Ionut Nistor, Mugurel Apetrii, Vincent M Brandenburg, Jordi Bover, Pieter Evenepoel, David Goldsmith, Sandro Mazzaferro, Pablo Urena-Torres, Marc G Vervloet, Mario Cozzolino, Adrian Covic, On Behalf Of Ckd-Mbd Working Group Of Era-Edta
Magnesium (Mg) is one of the most important cations in the body, playing an essential role in biological systems as co-factor for more than 300 essential enzymatic reactions. In the general population, low levels of Mg are associated with a high risk of cardio-vascular disease (CVD). Despite the accumulating literature data, the effect of Mg administration on mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients has never been investigated as a primary end-point. We conducted a systematic search of studies assessing the benefits and harms of Mg in CKD (stages 1 to 5 and 5D), and considered all randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and quasi-RCTs evaluating Mg-based interventions in CKD...
April 1, 2016: Magnesium Research: Official Organ of the International Society for the Development of Research on Magnesium
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005084/-comorbidity-diseases-in-adults-with-diagnosed-interstitial-lung-diseases-among-inhabitants-of-the-silesian-voivodeship-poland
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Ewa Niewiadomska, Małgorzata Kowalska, Jan E Zejda
BACKGROUND: Interstitial lung diseases form a group of chronic diseases associated with a significant worsening of the quality of life. Proper management of these diseases involves the recognition and treatment of comorbidities, so it implies high direct and indirect costs of therapy. The lack of epidemiological data on the total incidence of interstitial diseases in Poland, as well as of information on their increasing incidence in other European countries justify investigations into epidemiological situation in the Silesian voivodeship (the southern region of Poland)...
December 22, 2016: Medycyna Pracy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27941640/fibroblast-growth-factor-23-a-potential-uremic-toxin
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REVIEW
Piotr Kuczera, Marcin Adamczak, Andrzej Wiecek
Fibroblast growth factor-23 (FGF23) is a circulating member of the FGF family produced mainly by the osteocytes and osteoblasts that can act as a hormone. The main action of FGF23 is to lower phosphatemia via the reduction of urinary phosphate reabsorption and the decrease of 1,25(OH)₂-D generation in the kidney. In the course of chronic kidney disease (CKD), plasma FGF23 concentration rises early, most probably to compensate the inability of the deteriorating kidneys to excrete an adequate amount of phosphate...
December 8, 2016: Toxins
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931559/role-of-cardiac-renin-angiotensin-system-in-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-and-preconditioning-of-heart
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REVIEW
Vimal Agrawal, Jeetendra Kumar Gupta, Shaiba Sana Qureshi, Vishal Kumar Vishwakarma
Cardio-vascular diseases are the leading cause of morbidity and mortality. Ischemia is a state of oxygen deprivation in tissues, whereas reperfusion is restoration of blood flow in ischemic tissues. Myocardial damage of tissue during reperfusion after ischemic insult is known as myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury. It induces damage to cardiac muscle via increasing expression of oxygen, sodium and calcium ions which are responsible in the activation of proteases and cell death. Heart renin angiotensin system (RAS) plays an important role in the myocardial ischemia and reperfusion injury...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27929930/validation-of-a-predictive-scoring-system-for-deep-sternal-wound-infection-after-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-in-a-cohort-of-french-patients
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Andrea Perrotti, Giuseppe Gatti, Enrica Dorigo, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo, Sidney Chocron
BACKGROUND: The Gatti score is a weighted scoring system based on risk factors for deep sternal wound infection (DSWI) that was created in an Italian center to predict DSWI risk after bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafting. No external evaluation based on validation samples derived from other surgical centers has been performed. The aim of this study is to perform this validation. PATIENTS AND METHODS: During 2015, BITA grafts were used as skeletonized conduits in all 255 consecutive patients with multi-vessel coronary disease who underwent isolated coronary bypass surgery at the Department of Thoracic and Cardio-Vascular Surgery, University Hospital Jean Minjoz, Besançon, France...
February 2017: Surgical Infections
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925712/quantitative-assessment-of-nutrition-in-patients-with-polycystic-ovary-syndrome-pcos
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Małgorzata Szczuko, Magdalena Skowronek, Marta Zapałowska-Chwyć, Andrzej Starczewski
Background: PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is called a pathology of the XX century and affects at least 10-15% women of childbearing age. The therapy involves pharmacotherapy of hormonal imbalance, as well as the change of lifestyle, including the diet. Objective: Performing the quantitative assessment of components of diets of women with PCOS, comparing the results with current dietary standards for Polish people and defining dietary requirements for the patients...
2016: Roczniki Państwowego Zakładu Higieny
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