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Fabian Plank, Christoph Beyer, Guy Friedrich, Markus Stühlinger, Florian Hintringer, Wolfgang Dichtl, Matthias Wildauer, Gudrun Feuchtner
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin K antagonists (VKA) are associated with increased vascular calcification which may lead to an elevated cardiovascular risk. If the direct anticoagulants (DOACs) have similar negative vascular effects is unknown. We evaluated the influence of different anticoagulation strategies on coronary artery disease (CAD) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: Overall 702 consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) who underwent CTA for AF ablation planning were enrolled and stratified according to their anticoagulation into VKA, DOAC (all agents) and a control group without oral anticoagulation...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Qian Wu, Mengmeng Yu, Yuehua Li, Wenbin Li, Zhigang Lu, Meng Wei, Jing Yan, Jiayin Zhang
Objective: To investigate the morphological changes of coronary chronic total occlusion (CTO) as determined by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) follow-up using semi-automated quantitative analysis. Materials and Methods: Thirty patients with 31 CTO lesions confirmed by invasive coronary angiography and baseline/follow-up CCTA were retrospectively included. CTOs were quantitatively analyzed by a semi-automated coronary plaque analysis software (Coronary Plaque Analysis, version 2...
March 2018: Korean Journal of Radiology: Official Journal of the Korean Radiological Society
Susama Rani Mandal, Avinav Bharati, Rezvan Ravanfar Haghighi, Sudhir Arava, Ruma Ray, Priya Jagia, Sanjiv Sharma, Sabyasachi Chatterjee, Millo Tabin, Munish Sharma, Sanjay Sharma, Pratik Kumar
PURPOSE: In this study non-calcified plaque composition is evaluated by Dual Energy CT (DECT). Energy Dispersive X-ray Spectroscopy (EDS) has been used to study the Plaque composition. An attempt has been made to explain the DECT results with EDS analysis. METHODS: Thirty-two ex-vivo human cadaver coronary artery samples were scanned by DECT and data was evaluated to calculate their effective atomic number and electron density (Zeff & ρe ) by inversion method...
January 2018: Physica Medica: PM
Milica Bozic, Nerea Méndez-Barbero, Carmen Gutiérrez-Muñoz, Angels Betriu, Jesús Egido, Elvira Fernández, Jose L Martín-Ventura, Jose M Valdivielso, Luis M Blanco-Colio
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Vascular calcification (VC) and atherosclerosis are associated with an increased cardiovascular morbimortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD). Osteoprotegerin (OPG) and osteopontin (OPN) are involved in both VC and CKD. Soluble tumor necrosis factor-like weak inducer of apoptosis (sTWEAK) has been related to cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that OPG, OPN and sTWEAK levels may be associated with a higher prevalence of cardiovascular outcomes in patients with CKD...
March 2018: Atherosclerosis
Rolf Symons, Younhee Choi, Tyler E Cork, Mark A Ahlman, Marissa Mallek, David A Bluemke, Veit Sandfort
BACKGROUND: To optimize spectral coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) for quantification of coronary artery plaque components. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-one subjects were prospectively enrolled (88.2% male) (NCT02740699). Dual energy coronary CTA was performed at 90/Sn150 kVp using a 3rd generation dual-source CT scanner (SOMATOM Force, Siemens Healthcare). Dual energy images were reconstructed with a) linear mixed blending of 90 and Sn150 kVp data, b) virtual monoenergetic algorithm from 40 to 150 keV (at 10- keV intervals), and c) noise-optimized virtual monoenergetic algorithm from 40 to 150 keV...
February 1, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Martin Tibuakuu, Di Zhao, Ankita Saxena, Todd T Brown, Lisa P Jacobson, Frank J Palella, Mallory D Witt, Susan L Koletar, Joseph B Margolick, Eliseo Guallar, Sai Krishna C Korada, Matthew J Budoff, Wendy S Post, Erin D Michos
BACKGROUND: HIV-infected individuals are at increased risk for both sarcopenia and cardiovascular disease. Whether an association between low muscle mass and subclinical coronary artery disease (CAD) exists, and if it is modified by HIV serostatus, are unknown. METHODS: We performed cross-sectional analysis of 513 male MACS participants (72% HIV-infected) who underwent mid-thigh computed tomography (CT) and non-contrast cardiac CT for coronary artery calcium (CAC) during 2010-2013...
January 30, 2018: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Atsuhiro Senoo, Toshiro Kitagawa, Shinya Torimaki, Hideya Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Sentani, Shinya Takahashi, Yumiko Kubo, Wataru Yasui, Taijiro Sueda, Yasuki Kihara
The means by which epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) could influence coronary plaque progression biologically remain unclear. We investigated the association between the histological findings of EAT and coronary plaque characteristics assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). We enrolled 34 patients in whom one or more coronary plaques containing non-calcified components were detected on CCTA before cardiac surgery [coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) or non-CABG]. We evaluated visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area, EAT volume, and coronary plaque characteristics including minimum computed tomography density (CTD) and vascular Remodeling Index (RI)...
January 31, 2018: Heart and Vessels
David B Rubin, Harris A Ahmad, Michael O'Neal, Sophie Bennett, Sally Lettis, Dmitry V Galkin, Courtney Crim
Background: Patients with COPD are at risk for life-threatening pneumonia. Although anatomical abnormalities in the thorax may predispose to pneumonia, those abnormalities identified on routine chest X-rays (CXRs) in patients with COPD have not been studied to better understand pneumonia risk. Methods: We conducted a post hoc exploratory analysis of data from two replicate year-long clinical trials assessing the impact of fluticasone furoate-vilanterol versus vilanterol alone on COPD exacerbations (GSK studies: HZC102871/NCT01009463 and HZC102970/NCT01017952)...
2018: International Journal of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease
Damini Dey, Sara Gaur, Kristian A Ovrehus, Piotr J Slomka, Julian Betancur, Markus Goeller, Michaela M Hell, Heidi Gransar, Daniel S Berman, Stephan Achenbach, Hans Erik Botker, Jesper Moller Jensen, Jens Flensted Lassen, Bjarne Linde Norgaard
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to investigate if lesion-specific ischaemia by invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) can be predicted by an integrated machine learning (ML) ischaemia risk score from quantitative plaque measures from coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). METHODS: In a multicentre trial of 254 patients, CTA and invasive coronary angiography were performed, with FFR in 484 vessels. CTA data sets were analysed by semi-automated software to quantify stenosis and non-calcified (NCP), low-density NCP (LD-NCP, < 30 HU), calcified and total plaque volumes, contrast density difference (CDD, maximum difference in luminal attenuation per unit area) and plaque length...
January 19, 2018: European Radiology
Seung Bum Lee, Gyung-Min Park, Jong-Young Lee, Byung Uk Lee, Jae Ho Park, Byung Gyu Kim, Seok Won Jung, In Du Jeong, Sung-Jo Bang, Jung Woo Shin, Neung Hwa Park, Dong Hyun Yang, Joon-Won Kang, Tae-Hwan Lim, Hong-Kyu Kim, Jaewon Choe, Han Chu Lee
BACKGROUND & AIMS: There are limited data on the association between non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis. This study investigated the influence of NAFLD on subclinical coronary atherosclerosis as detected by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in an asymptomatic population. METHODS: A total of 5,121 consecutive asymptomatic individuals with no prior history of coronary artery disease or significant alcohol intake voluntarily underwent abdominal ultrasonography and CCTA as part of a general health examination...
December 20, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
Aladdin Riad, Chandrakala Aluganti Narasimhulu, Pragney Deme, Sampath Parthasarathy
AIM: In this study, we tested the hypothesis that lipid peroxide-derived dicarboxylic acids, by virtue of their ability bind to calcium, might be involved in atherosclerotic calcification. We determined the ability of azelaic acid (AzA) to promote calcification in human aortic smooth muscle cells (HASMC), identified AzA in human calcified atherosclerotic lesions, and compared its levels with control and non-calcified atherosclerotic lesions. RESULTS: HASMCs efficiently converted 9-oxononanoic acid (ONA), a lipid peroxide derived monocarboxylic aldehyde, to AzA...
December 14, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
Lucio Dell'Atti, Andrea Benedetto Galosi
PURPOSE: Non-palpable isolated septal plaques of the penis are likely present in a significant number of patients affected by erectile dysfunction (ED) and penile pain without deformity or curvature. The aim of this study was to evaluate the ultrasound (US) patterns observed in patients investigated for ED or penile pain without curvature. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 386 patients who underwent an initial colour-Doppler ultrasonography (CDU) of the penis for DE and/or penile pain without curvature...
December 7, 2017: International Braz J Urol: Official Journal of the Brazilian Society of Urology
Daisuke Hachinohe, Yoshifumi Kashima, Daitaro Kanno, Ken Kobayashi, Takuro Sugie, Umihiko Kaneko, Yutaka Tadano, Tomohiko Watanabe, Hidemasa Shitan, Tsutomu Fujita
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the clinical outcomes of rotational atherectomy (RA) followed by new-generation drug-eluting stent (DES) implantation in patients with an extensive amount of calcified and fibrotic plaque. BACKGROUND: RA followed by new-generation DES implantation for complex lesions has not been thoroughly evaluated. METHODS: A total of 744 consecutive patients (770 lesions) treated with new-generation DES implantation following RA for de novo lesions between January 2013 and November 2015 were retrospectively identified using our institutional database...
December 5, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
Andrea Milzi, Mathias Burgmaier, Kathrin Burgmaier, Martin Hellmich, Nikolaus Marx, Sebastian Reith
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) are at high risk for cardiovascular events, which usually arise from the rupture of a vulnerable coronary plaque. The minimal fibrous cap thickness (FCT) overlying a necrotic lipid core is an established predictor for plaque rupture. Recently, coronary calcification has emerged as a relevant feature of plaque vulnerability. However, the impact of T2DM on these morphological plaque parameters is largely unexplored. Therefore, this study aimed to compare differences of coronary plaque morphology in patients with and without T2DM with a particular focus on coronary calcification...
December 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
Agnes Szentpetery, Gerard M Healy, Darragh Brady, Muhammad Haroon, Phil Gallagher, Ciaran E Redmond, Hannah Fleming, John Duignan, Jonathan D Dodd, Oliver FitzGerald
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effect of metabolic syndrome and psoriatic disease-related variables on coronary plaque burden in psoriatic arthritis (PsA) patients. METHODS: Fifty PsA patients without symptoms of coronary artery disease (CAD) (25 with metabolic syndrome and 25 without metabolic syndrome) and 50 age- and sex-matched controls underwent 64-slice coronary computed tomography angiography. Plaque localization, segment involvement score (SIS), segment stenosis score (SSS), and total plaque volume (TPV) were calculated...
March 2018: Arthritis & Rheumatology
Gary C Chan, Jasmin Divers, Gregory B Russell, Carl D Langefeld, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Fang-Chi Hsu, Jianzhao Xu, S Carrie Smith, Nicholette D Palmer, Pamela J Hicks, Donald W Bowden, Thomas C Register, Lijun Ma, J Jeffrey Carr, Barry I Freedman
OBJECTIVE: Cardiovascular and renal complications contribute to higher mortality in patients with diabetes. We assessed novel and conventional predictors of mortality in African American-Diabetes Heart Study (AA-DHS) participants. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: Associations between mortality and subclinical atherosclerosis, urine albumin-to-creatinine ratio (UACR), estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), plasma fibroblast growth factor 23 (FGF23) concentration, African ancestry proportion, and apolipoprotein L1 genotypes (APOL1) were assessed in 513 African Americans with type 2 diabetes; analyses were performed using Cox proportional hazards models...
January 2018: Diabetes Care
Hasan B Altinsoy, Ozkan Alatas, Hidayet Kayancicek, Erhan Hafiz, Omer F Dogan
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate the bilateral forehand circulation using a 64-channel multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) as a noninvasive method to define criteria for an upper extremity arterial anatomy and pathology prior to the use of arterial conduits. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty-five patients with coronary artery disease who underwent total arterial coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) were randomly selected for this prospective study. MDCT angiography was performed for 110 examinations of forearm and hand arterial anatomy...
July 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
Michaela M Hell, Manish Motwani, Yuka Otaki, Sebastien Cadet, Heidi Gransar, Romalisa Miranda-Peats, Jacob Valk, Piotr J Slomka, Victor Y Cheng, Alan Rozanski, Balaji K Tamarappoo, Sean Hayes, Stephan Achenbach, Daniel S Berman, Damini Dey
Aims: Adverse plaque characteristics determined by coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) have been associated with future cardiac events. Our aim was to investigate whether quantitative global per-patient plaque characteristics from coronary CTA can predict subsequent cardiac death during long-term follow-up. Methods and results: Out of 2748 patients without prior history of coronary artery disease undergoing CTA with dual-source CT, 32 patients suffered cardiac death (mean follow-up of 5 ± 2 years)...
December 1, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Toshiro Kitagawa, Hideya Yamamoto, Takuya Hattori, Kazuhiro Sentani, Shinya Takahashi, Atsuhiro Senoo, Yumiko Kubo, Wataru Yasui, Taijiro Sueda, Yasuki Kihara
AIMS: Tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α reportedly has key pro-inflammatory properties in both atherosclerosis and adipocytes. To further investigate the biologic impact of epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) on coronary atherosclerosis, we evaluated the relationship between TNF-α gene expression in EAT and clinically-assessed coronary atherosclerosis on computed tomography (CT). METHODS: We studied 47 patients before cardiac surgery (coronary artery bypass grafting [CABG], n=26; non-CABG, n=21), assessing visceral adipose tissue (VAT) area, EAT volume, coronary calcium score (CCS), and the presence of non- and/or partially-calcified coronary plaque (NCP) on CT angiography...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
Suman Srinivasa, Michael T Lu, Kathleen V Fitch, Travis R Hallett, Timothy K O'Malley, Lauren A Stone, Amanda Martin, Alexandra J Coromilas, Tricia H Burdo, Virginia A Triant, Janet Lo, Sara E Looby, Tomas G Neilan, Markella V Zanni
BACKGROUND: Mechanisms underlying the heightened myocardial infarction risk among HIV-infected women (versus non-HIV-infected women) remain unclear. Our objectives were to assess epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume and its associations among asymptomatic women with and without HIV. METHODS: Fifty-five HIV-infected and 27 non-HIV-infected women without known cardiovascular disease who underwent cardiac CT and metabolic/immune phenotyping were included. EAT volume derived from CT was compared among women with and without HIV, and within-group EAT associations were assessed...
September 20, 2017: Antiviral Therapy
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