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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28822510/high-versus-low-dose-statin-therapy-in-indian-patients-with-acute-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-thrombolysis
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K Priti, Anand Agrawal, Bhanwar L Ranwa
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to compare high dose versus low dose statin therapy in Indian patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) undergoing thrombolysis. BACKGROUND: Randomized trials have demonstrated that statin treatment reduced major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) in patients with stable angina pectoris and acute coronary syndrome. However, randomized studies of statin therapy in Indian patients with STEMI are scarce. METHODS: Of 1859 patients with acute STEMI, 1027 eligible patients were randomized to 80-mg (n=512) or 10-mg (n=515) atorvastatin...
July 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
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Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820484/platelet-aggregometry-testing-molecular-mechanisms-techniques-and-clinical-implications
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REVIEW
Katalin Koltai, Gabor Kesmarky, Gergely Feher, Antal Tibold, Kalman Toth
Platelets play a fundamental role in normal hemostasis, while their inherited or acquired dysfunctions are involved in a variety of bleeding disorders or thrombotic events. Several laboratory methodologies or point-of-care testing methods are currently available for clinical and experimental settings. These methods describe different aspects of platelet function based on platelet aggregation, platelet adhesion, the viscoelastic properties during clot formation, the evaluation of thromboxane metabolism or certain flow cytometry techniques...
August 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819363/combined-analysis-of-endothelial-hematopoietic-and-mesenchymal-stem-cell-compartments-shows-simultaneous-but-independent-effects-of-age-and-heart-disease
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Carine Ghem, Lucinara Dadda Dias, Roberto Tofani Sant'Anna, Renato A K Kalil, Melissa Markoski, Nance Beyer Nardi
Clinical trials using stem cell therapy for heart diseases have not reproduced the initial positive results obtained with animal models. This might be explained by a decreased regenerative capacity of stem cells collected from the patients. This work aimed at the simultaneous investigation of endothelial stem/progenitor cells (EPCs), mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (MSCs), and hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSCs) in sternal bone marrow samples of patients with ischemic or valvular heart disease, using flow cytometry and colony assays...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819361/unilateral-headache-status-after-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-placement
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Garret M Weber, Alan L Gass, Shalvi B Parikh
INTRODUCTION: Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) counterpulsation is a catheter-based treatment for coronary artery disease and decompensated heart failure to increase coronary blood flow and improve cardiac output. IABP is generally well tolerated, and complications are usually related to peripheral vasculature or red blood cell and platelet consumption. The usual insertion site via femoral artery renders the patient bedbound. Recently, axillary artery has been used in patients with atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease and documented small arteries or in those awaiting transplant to ensure ambulation and prevent deconditioning...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817662/single-scan-rest-stress-imaging-with-99mtc-sestamibi-and-cadmium-zinc-telluride-based-spect-for-hyperemic-flow-quantification-a-feasibility-study-evaluated-with-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Yu-Hua Dean Fang, Yuan-Chang Liu, Kung-Chu Ho, Feng-Cheng Kuo, Ching-Fang Yang, Tzu-Chen Yen, I-Chang Hsieh
INTRODUCTION: We aimed to evaluate whether the hyperemic myocardial blood flow (MBF) can be estimated using cadmium zinc telluride (CZT)-based single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) cameras with a single, rapid rest/stress dynamic scan. Dynamic contrast-enhanced (DCE) cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was used as a reference modality for flow measurement. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The proposed protocol included both the rest and stress acquisitions within a 24-min scan...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817458/noninvasive-derivation-of-fractional-flow-reserve-from-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-a-review
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Stewart M Benton, Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, Taylor M Duguay, U Joseph Schoepf, Richard R Bayer
Coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA) has evolved as a rapid and highly sensitive method for the exclusion of obstructive coronary artery disease. Unfortunately, as it pertains to moderate and severe lesions, the ability to discriminate between those that are hemodynamically significant and those that are nonobstructive is lacking. Consequently, this deficiency can result in a significant number of unnecessary referrals for invasive angiography that yields nonobstructive results. Fractional flow reserve (FFR), which assesses the hemodynamic significance of a specific lesion, when performed during invasive angiography, results in improved patient outcomes compared with visual stenosis assessment alone...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815291/prognostic-value-of-atherosclerotic-burden-and-coronary-vascular-function-in-patients-with-suspected-coronary-artery-disease
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Roberta Assante, Wanda Acampa, Emilia Zampella, Parthiban Arumugam, Carmela Nappi, Valeria Gaudieri, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Mariarosaria Panico, Mario Magliulo, Christine M Tonge, Mario Petretta, Alberto Cuocolo
PURPOSE: To evaluate the prognostic value of coronary atherosclerotic burden, assessed by coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, and coronary vascular function, assessed by coronary flow reserve (CFR) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We studied 436 patients undergoing hybrid (82)Rb positron emission tomography/computed tomography imaging. CAC score was measured according to the Agatston method, and patients were categorized into three groups (0, <400, and ≥400)...
August 16, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813561/comparison-of-coronary-ct-angiography-spect-pet-and-hybrid-imaging-for-diagnosis-of-ischemic-heart-disease-determined-by-fractional-flow-reserve
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Ibrahim Danad, Pieter G Raijmakers, Roel S Driessen, Jonathon Leipsic, Rekha Raju, Chris Naoum, Juhani Knuuti, Maija Mäki, Richard S Underwood, James K Min, Kimberly Elmore, Wynand J Stuijfzand, Niels van Royen, Igor I Tulevski, Aernout G Somsen, Marc C Huisman, Arthur A van Lingen, Martijn W Heymans, Peter M van de Ven, Cornelis van Kuijk, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Albert C van Rossum, Paul Knaapen
Importance: At present, the choice of noninvasive testing for a diagnosis of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) is ambiguous, but nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging with single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) or positron emission tomography (PET) and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is predominantly used for this purpose. However, to date, prospective head-to-head studies are lacking regarding the diagnostic accuracy of these imaging modalities. Furthermore, the combination of anatomical and functional assessments configuring a hybrid approach may yield improved accuracy...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811171/molecular-sensors-of-blood-flow-in-endothelial-cells
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REVIEW
Sara Baratchi, Khashayar Khoshmanesh, Owen L Woodman, Simon Potocnik, Karlheinz Peter, Peter McIntyre
Mechanical stress from blood flow has a significant effect on endothelial physiology, with a key role in initiating vasoregulatory signals. Disturbances in blood flow, such as in regions of disease-associated stenosis, arterial branch points, and sharp turns, can induce proatherogenic phenotypes in endothelial cells. The disruption of vascular homeostasis as a result of endothelial dysfunction may contribute to early and late stages of atherosclerosis, the underlying cause of coronary artery disease. In-depth knowledge of the mechanobiology of endothelial cells is essential to identifying mechanosensory complexes involved in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis...
August 12, 2017: Trends in Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810251/a-prospective-randomized-open-label-blinded-endpoint-study-exploring-platelet-response-to-half-dose-prasugrel-and-ticagrelor-in-patients-with-the-acute-coronary-syndrome-hope-tailor-study
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Cai De Jin, Moo Hyun Kim, Junghee Bang, Victor Serebruany
BACKGROUND: The optimal dosing of novel oral P2Y12 receptor platelet inhibitors such as prasugrel or ticagrelor is unclear and especially challenging in East Asians. We hypothesize that half-dose prasugrel and ticagrelor may be sufficient for long-term maintenance management in Korean patients with the acute coronary syndrome (ACS) compared with conventional dosages. DESIGN: HOPE-TAILOR (Half Dose of Prasugrel and Ticagrelor in Platelet Response after Acute Coronary Syndromes) is a prospective, randomized, open-label, blinded, endpoint (PROBE) single-center, clinical trial...
August 16, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809723/nitroglycerin-derived-pd-pa-for-the-assessment-of-intermediate-coronary-lesions
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Zeev Israeli, Rodrigo Bagur, Dorian Murariu, Sabrina Wall, Mistre Alemayehu, Yasir Parviz, Pantelis Diamantouros, Shahar Lavi
OBJECTIVES: To assess the predictive value of Pd/Pa after nitroglycerin administration (Pd/Pa[N]) as compared with standard fractional flow reserve (FFR). METHODS: Consecutive patients with intermediate coronary lesions assessed by FFR between January 2014 and October 2015 were included. We measured Pd/Pa at baseline, Pd/Pa(N), and Pd/Pa after incremental doses of intracoronary adenosine. RESULTS: A total of 134 patients (27% females; mean age, 65 years) were included...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808841/prognostic-significance-of-myocardial-energy-expenditure-and-myocardial-efficiency-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mehmet S Cetin, Elif H Ozcan Cetin, Ugur Canpolat, Hatice Sasmaz, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydogdu
In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients, myocardial blood flow (MBF), myocardial energy expenditure (MEE), myocardial efficiency has been poorly evaluated because of the necessity of invasive procedures in the determination of these parameters. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can provide reliable data for MEE, MBF (via coronary sinus (CS) flows). Also, myocardial efficiency can be evaluated by the MEE to MBF ratio. We aim to assess MBF, MEE and energy efficiency and the prognostic value of these parameters in HFrEF...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808694/human-serum-albumin-and-oxidative-stress-in-preeclamptic-women-and-the-mechanism-of-albumin-for-stress-reduction
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Hiroyuki Kinoshita, Kazushi Watanabe, Toshiharu Azma, Guo-Gang Feng, Takahiko Akahori, Hisaki Hayashi, Motohiko Sato, Yoshihiro Fujiwara, Akihiko Wakatsuki
AIMS: The present study to address one of the mechanisms in preeclampsia, examined whether levels of oxidative stress, human serum albumin, and endothelial function correlate in pregnant women and whether human serum albumin reduces levels of superoxide produced by NADPH oxidase activation in the human vascular smooth muscle cells. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Pregnant women with (Preeclampsia group, n = 33) and without preeclampsia (Normal group, n = 37) were recruited to determine levels of reactive oxygen species (serum diacron-reactive oxygen metabolite [d-ROM]), and the flow-mediated dilation (FMD)...
August 2017: Heliyon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807722/coronary-microvascular-dysfunction-is-not-associated-with-a-history-of-reproductive-risk-factors-in-women-with-angina-pectoris-an-ipower-substudy
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Hannah Elena Suhrs, Anna Meta Kristensen, Anna Bay Rask, Marie Mide Michelsen, Daria Frestad, Naja Dam Mygind, Kira Bové, Eva Prescott
BACKGROUND: Reproductive risk factors such as preeclampsia and recurrent miscarriages have been associated with adverse cardiovascular (CV) events. Underlying coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) may be a common denominator. PURPOSE: We investigated whether a history of reproductive risk factors was associated with CMD in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Participants from the iPOWER study, including women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (<50% stenosis), were invited to complete an electronic survey regarding reproductive risk factors: recurrent miscarriages, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, rhesus immunity, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopausal status as well as migraine and Raynaud phenomenon...
August 11, 2017: Maturitas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805949/the-reversible-p2y12-antagonist-act-246475-causes-significantly-less-blood-loss-than-ticagrelor-at-equivalent-antithrombotic-efficacy-in-rat
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Markus Rey, Markus Kramberg, Patrick Hess, Keith Morrison, Roland Ernst, Franck Haag, Edgar Weber, Martine Clozel, Martine Baumann, Eva Caroff, Francis Hubler, Markus A Riederer, Beat Steiner
The P2Y12 receptor is a validated target for prevention of major adverse cardiovascular events in patients with acute coronary syndrome. The aim of this study was to compare two direct-acting, reversible P2Y12 antagonists, ACT-246475 and ticagrelor, in a rat thrombosis model by simultaneous quantification of their antithrombotic efficacy and surgery-induced blood loss. Blood flow velocity was assessed in the carotid artery after FeCl3 -induced thrombus formation using a Doppler flow probe. At the same time, blood loss after surgical wounding of the spleen was quantified...
October 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805032/improving-outcomes-after-cabg-and-pci
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EDITORIAL
Robert D Safian
Within 1 year of coronary artery bypass surgery , 64% of percutaneous coronary interventions were performed for graft failure and 36% for native vessel disease. Predictors of graft failure were small diameter of the graft and native vessel, poor distal run-off, and disease distal to the graft. In the near future, cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and fractional flow reserve by CT (FFRct) will incorporate accurate determination of coronary anatomy and the presence and extent of myocardial ischemia...
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804537/an-integrated-approach-to-coronary-heart-disease-diagnosis-and-clinical-management
#18
REVIEW
Teresa Infante, Ernesto Forte, Concetta Schiano, Carlo Cavaliere, Carlo Tedeschi, Andrea Soricelli, Marco Salvatore, Claudio Napoli
The major issue in coronary heart disease (CHD) diagnosis and management is that symptoms onset in an advanced state of disease. Despite the availability of several clinical risk scores, the prediction of cardiovascular events is lacking, and many patients at risk are not well stratified according to the canonical risk factors alone. Therefore, adequate risk assessment remains the most challenging issue. Recently, the integration of imaging data with biochemical markers in a radiogenomic framework has been proposed in many fields of medicine as well as in cardiology...
2017: American Journal of Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804238/percutaneous-closure-of-the-aorto-ostial-origin-of-a-coronary-artery-saphenous-bypass-graft-with-a-large-pseudoaneurysm-using-the-amplatzer-muscular-ventricular-septal-defect-occluder
#19
Nicolas W Shammas, Majid Z Chammas, Jon Robken, Dale Geiss
We report the case of a 76-year-old male patient with a history of coronary artery bypass graft surgery presented with a large pseudoaneurysm emerging from a previously occluded saphenous bypass graft (SVG). A largely contained hematoma is seen in the mediastinum on computed tomography angiography (CTA) of the chest. Flow was seen from the ascending aorta into the pseudoaneurysm through the aorto-ostial opening of the bypass graft. Closure of the aorto-ostial origin of the graft was performed using the AMPLATZER muscular ventricular septal defect (VSD) occluder (St Jude's Medical, St...
September 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28802571/omega-3-polyunsaturated-fatty-acids-improve-endothelial-function-in-humans-at-risk-for-atherosclerosis-a-review
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REVIEW
Kayla R Zehr, Mary K Walker
Epidemiology studies and clinical trials show that omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids (n-3 PUFAs) can prevent atherosclerotic morbidity and evidence suggests this may be mediated by improving endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction is characterized by reduced vasodilation and a pro-inflammatory, pro-thrombotic state, and is an early pathological event in the development of atherosclerosis. Flow-mediated dilation (FMD), a gold standard for assessing endothelial dysfunction, is a predictor of future cardiovascular events and coronary heart disease risk...
August 9, 2017: Prostaglandins & Other Lipid Mediators
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