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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28719492/fifty-men-3510-marathons-cardiac-risk-factors-and-coronary-artery-calcium-scores
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William O Roberts, Robert S Schwartz, Ross F Garberich, Samantha Carlson, Thomas Knickelbine, Jonathan G Schwartz, Gretchen Peichel, John R Lesser, Kelly Wickstrom, Kevin M Harris
INTRODUCTION/PURPOSE: Many male marathon runners have elevated coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores despite high physical activity. We examined the association between CAC scores, cardiovascular risk factors, and lifestyle habits in long term marathoners. METHODS: We recruited men who had run ≥1 marathon annually for 25 consecutive years. CAC was assessed using coronary computed tomography angiography. Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (CAD) risk factors were measured with a 12-lead ECG, serum lipid panel, height, weight, resting blood pressure and heart rate, and a risk factor questionnaire...
July 17, 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710871/detection-and-quantification-of-coronary-calcium-from-dual-energy-chest-x-rays-phantom-feasibility-study
#2
Bo Zhou, Di Wen, Katelyn Nye, Robert C Gilkeson, Brendan Eck, David Jordan, David L Wilson
PURPOSE: We have demonstrated the ability to identify coronary calcium, a reliable biomarker of coronary artery disease, using non-gated, 2-shot, dual energy (DE) chest x-ray imaging. Here we will use digital simulations, backed up by measurements, to characterize DE calcium signals and the role of potential confounds such as beam hardening, x-ray scatter, cardiac motion, and pulmonary artery pulsation. For the DE calcium signal, we will consider quantification, as compared to CT calcium score, and visualization...
July 15, 2017: Medical Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686633/increased-risk-for-development-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-subjects-with-non-alcoholic-fatty-liver-disease-and-systemic-inflammation
#3
Jihyun Kim, Da Young Lee, Se Eun Park, Cheol-Young Park, Won-Young Lee, Ki-Won Oh, Sung-Woo Park, Eun-Jung Rhee
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have suggested the importance of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and systemic inflammation in the development of atherosclerosis. The aim of this study was to compare the risk for coronary artery calcification (CAC) development according to the status of NAFLD and inflammation over four years of follow-up in subjects without baseline CAC. METHODS: A total of 1,575 participants in a health screening program were divided into four groups according to baseline NAFLD state and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) (median 0...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28674321/incremental-prognostic-value-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-high-risk-plaque-characteristics-in-asymptomatic-patients
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Kazuhisa Takamura, Shinichiro Fujimoto, Takeshi Kondo, Makoto Hiki, Yuko Kawaguchi, Etsuro Kato, Hiroyuki Daida
AIM: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) findings of positive remodeling (index >1.1) and low-attenuation plaque (<30 Hounsfield units) are recognized as CT-verified high-risk plaque (CT-HRP). Therefore, we investigated the incremental prognostic value of evaluation of plaque characteristics using CCTA in asymptomatic patients. METHODS: Overall, 495 consecutive patients without any known coronary artery disease who underwent CCTA were included in this study...
July 1, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28670030/coronary-artery-calcium-score-current-status
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Priscilla Ornellas Neves, Joalbo Andrade, Henry Monção
The coronary artery calcium score plays an Important role In cardiovascular risk stratification, showing a significant association with the medium- or long-term occurrence of major cardiovascular events. Here, we discuss the following: protocols for the acquisition and quantification of the coronary artery calcium score by multidetector computed tomography; the role of the coronary artery calcium score in coronary risk stratification and its comparison with other clinical scores; its indications, interpretation, and prognosis in asymptomatic patients; and its use in patients who are symptomatic or have diabetes...
May 2017: Radiologia Brasileira
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668419/dose-reduction-techniques-in-coronary-calcium-scoring-the-effect-of-iterative-reconstruction-combined-with-low-tube-voltage-on-calcium-scores-in-a-thoracic-phantom
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Marleen Vonder, Gert Jan Pelgrim, Mathias Meyer, Thomas Henzler, Matthijs Oudkerk, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
OBJECTIVES: To define a dose-reduced coronary calcium CT protocol that provides similar calcium score values as a conventional 120kVp protocol. METHODS: A thorax phantom containing 100 calcifications was scanned with the reference protocol (120kVp, 90 ref mAs, FBP) and 30 dose-reduced protocols (70-110kVp, 90 ref mAs, FBP and iterative reconstruction (IR) levels 1-5) with 3rd generation dual-source CT. For protocols that yielded similar detectability and calcium scores as the reference protocol, additional scans were acquired at reduced ref mAs...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663384/ct-angiography-images-of-coronary-artery-stenosis-provide-a-better-prediction-of-risk-than-traditional-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes-a-long-term-study-of-clinical-outcomes
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Kwan Yong Lee, Byung-Hee Hwang, Tae-Hoon Kim, Chan Jun Kim, Jin-Jin Kim, Eun-Ho Choo, Ik Jun Choi, Young Choi, Ha-Wook Park, Yoon-Seok Koh, Pum-Joon Kim, Jong Min Lee, Mi-Jeong Kim, Doo Soo Jeon, Jae-Hyoung Cho, Jung Im Jung, Ki-Bae Seung, Kiyuk Chang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the efficacy of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in predicting the long-term risks in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes and compared it with traditional risk factors. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We analyzed 933 patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes who underwent CCTA. Stenosis was considered obstructive (≥50%) in each coronary artery segment using CCTA. The extent and severity scores for coronary artery disease (CAD) were evaluated...
June 29, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28662835/ct-angiography-to-evaluate-coronary-artery-disease-and-revascularization-requirement-before-trans-catheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Alexia Rossi, Carlo N De Cecco, Simon R O Kennon, Lu Zou, Felix G Meinel, William Toscano, Sabrina Segreto, Stephan Achenbach, Jörg Hausleiter, U Joseph Schoepf, Francesca Pugliese
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) and aortic stenosis share pathophysiological mechanisms and risk factors. We evaluated the clinical utility of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) to identify CAD and revascularization requirement in patients with severe aortic stenosis considered for transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: Consecutive patients without known CAD underwent calcium scoring, CTA and invasive coronary angiography (ICA)...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645476/relation-of-coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-risk-of-cancer-from-a-danish-population-based-follow-up-study-in-patients-who-underwent-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Nicklas Vinter, Amanda M S Christesen, Leif S Mortensen, Jes S Lindholt, Søren P Johnsen, Anne Tjønneland, Lars Frost
Evidence of a causal link between atherosclerosis and cancer is sparse and conflicting. Therefore, we examined the association between extent of coronary atherosclerosis determined by coronary artery calcium score (CACS) and risk of cancer. We conducted a historical population-based cohort study of 28,549 cancer-free patients identified in the Western Denmark Heart Registry. All patients underwent cardiac computed tomography for measurement of CACS for suspected coronary artery disease. The outcome was an incident cancer diagnosis: total, tobacco-related, lung, prostate, breast, and colorectal...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645471/association-of-obstructive-sleep-apnea-with-subclinical-cardiovascular-disease-predicted-by-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-asymptomatic-subjects
#10
Min Young Seo, Jin-Young Lee, Joo-Yong Hahn, Gwanghui Ryu, Sang Duk Hong, Hun-Jong Dhong, Seung-Kyu Chung, Hyo Yeol Kim
The aim of this study is to determine the association among various sleep parameters for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and subclinical cardiovascular disease measured by coronary artery calcium (CAC) score. A cross-sectional study was conducted among 461 patients who underwent both polysomnography (PSG) and coronary artery computed tomography to evaluate CAC score. For each participant, coronary artery computed tomography was conducted within 12 months of PSG. We evaluated the possible association among various PSG parameters by evaluating overnight-attended PSG and CAC...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28637586/soluble-lr11-associates-with-aortic-root-calcification-in-asymptomatic-treated-male-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia
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Ranitha Vongpromek, Sven Bos, Gert-Jan R Ten Kate, Hideaki Bujo, Meizi Jiang, Koen Nieman, Wolfgang Schneider, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep, Adrie J M Verhoeven, Eric J G Sijbrands, Monique T Mulder
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Despite statin treatment, a high prevalence of severe vascular calcification is found in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). We assessed the relation between the circulating soluble form of low-density lipoprotein receptor relative with 11 ligand-binding repeats (sLR11), a risk factor for cardiovascular disease, and vascular calcification in asymptomatic statin-treated heterozygous FH patients. METHODS: In 123 asymptomatic heterozygous FH patients (age 40-69 years), aortic root (ARC), aortic valve (AVC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) were determined with CT-based calcium scoring expressed in Agatston units...
June 9, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630603/elevated-il-37-levels-in-the-plasma-of-patients-with-severe-coronary-artery-calcification
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Meng Chai, Hai-Tao Zhang, Yu-Jie Zhou, Qing-Wei Ji, Qing Yang, Yu-Yang Liu, Ying-Xin Zhao, Dong-Mei Shi, Wei Liu, Li-Xia Yang, Lin-Lin Zhang, Jing Liang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a predictor of cardiovascular events and plaque burden and is closely associated with chronic inflammation. Interleukin (IL)-37 is a newly discovered member of the IL-1 family and is considered an anti-inflammatory cytokine. Our recent study on mice indicated that IL-37 could attenuate atherosclerosis and vascular calcification, which suggests that IL-37 could be associated with the development of atherosclerosis and related diseases...
May 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28629567/ct-coronary-calcium-scoring-with-tin-filtration-using-iterative-beam-hardening-calcium-correction-reconstruction
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, U Joseph Schoepf, Taylor M Duguay, Moritz H Albrecht, Domenico De Santis, Akos Varga-Szemes, Virginia W Lesslie, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Christian Canstein, Ellen Hoffmann, Thomas Allmendinger, John W Nance
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic accuracy of CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) with tin pre-filtration (Sn100kVp) using iterative beam-hardening correction (IBHC) calcium material reconstruction compared to the standard 120kVp acquisition. BACKGROUND: Third generation dual-source CT (DSCT) CACS with Sn100kVp acquisition allows significant dose reduction. However, the Sn100kVp spectrum is harder with lower contrast compared to 120kVp, resulting in lower calcium score values...
June 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624401/the-external-validity-of-prediction-models-for-the-diagnosis-of-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-stable-chest-pain-insights-from-the-promise-trial
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Tessa S S Genders, Adrian Coles, Udo Hoffmann, Manesh R Patel, Daniel B Mark, Kerry L Lee, Ewout W Steyerberg, M G Myriam Hunink, Pamela S Douglas
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to externally validate prediction models for the presence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). BACKGROUND: A better assessment of the probability of CAD may improve the identification of patients who benefit from noninvasive testing. METHODS: Stable chest pain patients from the PROMISE (Prospective Multicenter Imaging Study for Evaluation of Chest Pain) trial with computed tomography angiography (CTA) or invasive coronary angiography (ICA) were included...
June 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616562/coronary-calcification-compromises-myocardial-perfusion-irrespective-of-luminal-stenosis
#15
Michael Y Henein, Tarek Bengrid, Rachel Nicoll, Ying Zhao, Bengt Johansson, Axel Schmermund
AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between coronary artery calcification (CAC) assessed by multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) and myocardial perfusion assessed by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in a group of symptomatic patients. METHOD: Retrospective analysis of 120 patients (age 65.1 ± 8.9 years, 88 males) who presented with atypical chest pain to Bethanien Hospital, Frankfurt, Germany, between 2007 and 2010 and who underwent CAC scoring using MDCT, CMR, and conventional coronary angiography...
March 2017: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614421/zero-calcium-score-as-a-filter-for-further-testing-in-patients-admitted-to-the-coronary-care-unit-with-chest-pain
#16
Luis Cláudio Lemos Correia, Fábio P Esteves, Manuela Carvalhal, Thiago Menezes Barbosa de Souza, Nicole de Sá, Vitor Calixto de Almeida Correia, Felipe Kalil Beirão Alexandre, Fernanda Lopes, Felipe Ferreira, Márcia Noya-Rabelo
Background: The accuracy of zero coronary calcium score as a filter in patients with chest pain has been demonstrated at the emergency room and outpatient clinics, populations with low prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD). Objective: To test the gatekeeping role of zero calcium score in patients with chest pain admitted to the coronary care unit (CCU), where the pretest probability of CAD is higher than that of other populations. Methods: Patients underwent computed tomography for calcium scoring, and obstructive CAD was defined by a minimum 70% stenosis on invasive angiography...
June 12, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607763/in%C3%A2-vitro-evaluation-of-a-new-iterative-reconstruction-algorithm-for-dose-reduction-in-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
#17
Tobias Gassenmaier, Thomas Allmendinger, Andreas S Kunz, Maike Veyhl-Wichmann, Süleyman Ergün, Thorsten A Bley, Bernhard Petritsch
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring is a widespread tool for cardiac risk assessment in asymptomatic patients and accompanying possible adverse effects, i.e. radiation exposure, should be as low as reasonably achievable. PURPOSE: To evaluate a new iterative reconstruction (IR) algorithm for dose reduction of in vitro coronary artery calcium scoring at different tube currents. MATERIAL AND METHODS: An anthropomorphic calcium scoring phantom was scanned in different configurations simulating slim, average-sized, and large patients...
May 2017: Acta Radiologica Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28605936/vascular-disease-and-kidney-stones-abdominal-aortic-calcifications-are-associated-with-low-urine-ph-and-hypocitraturia
#18
Nishant D Patel, Ryan D Ward, Juan Calle, Erick M Remer, Manoj Monga
OBJECTIVE: Vascular calcifications are associated with nephrolithiasis. Although studies have demonstrated correlations with vascular disease and calcium stones in kidney stone formers (KSF), an etiologic link has remained elusive. As a noncontrast CT (NCCT) scan is typically part of a stone evaluation, our objective was to evaluate the association of NCCT-based assessment of abdominal aortic calcifications (AACs) with 24-hour urine parameters and stone composition. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ninety-seven KSF were included with CT imaging and 24-hour urine studies...
July 7, 2017: Journal of Endourology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28600674/-value-of-cardiac-ct-in-the-diagnostic-work-up-of-coronary-artery-disease-update-2017
#19
M Meyer, T Henzler
The quantification of coronary calcifications using noncontrast-enhanced computed tomography (CT) as well as coronary CT angiography (cCTA) have rapidly evolved in the recent years. Nowadays, both techniques are increasingly clinically accepted regarding risk stratification and accurate exclusion of significant coronary artery disease (CAD). The higher acceptance of cCTA is mainly based on the higher robustness, lower radiation exposure through continuous technical innovations as well as by the growing scientific evidence...
June 9, 2017: Der Radiologe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597124/relative-atherosclerotic-plaque-volume-by-ct-coronary-angiography-trumps-conventional-stenosis-assessment-for-identifying-flow-limiting-lesions
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Nahoko Kato, Satoru Kishi, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Frank J Rybicki, Shuzou Tanimoto, Jiro Aoki, Mika Watanabe, Yu Horiuchi, Koichi Furui, Kazuhiro Hara, Kenji Ibukuro, Joao A C Lima, Kengo Tanabe
The new methods for diagnosing the ischemia with coronary computed tomographic angiography (CTA) as a noninvasive test have been investigated. To compare the relative plaque volume to quantitative CTA and quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) for detecting flow-limiting coronary artery stenoses. We studied 49 patients with 55 intermediate lesions (30-69% diameter stenosis) who underwent CTA, coronary angiography (CAG), and FFR. CTA and QCA measures included lesion length, percent diameter stenosis (%DS), minimal lumen diameter (MLD), target main vessel percent plaque volume (%PV), lesion %PV, target main vessel percent lumen volume (%LV), and lesion %LV...
June 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
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