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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149718/coronary-risk-assessment-at-x-ray-dose-equivalent-ungated-chest-ct-results-of-a-multi-reader-study
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Michael Messerli, Lukas Hechelhammer, Sebastian Leschka, René Warschkow, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of ultra-low dose chest CT with tin filtration for ordinal coronary artery calcium (CAC) risk scoring. METHODS: 50 patients were prospectively included and underwent clinical standard dose chest CT (1.8±0.7mSv) and ultra-low dose CT (0.13±0.01mSv). Four radiologists estimated presence and extent of CAC. RESULTS: Weighted kappa values for CAC were 0.76-0.97 in standard dose and 0.75-0.95 in ultra-low dose CT (p<0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146023/longitudinal-associations-of-pericardial-and-intrathoracic-fat-with-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-from-the-framingham-heart-study
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Udo Hoffmann, Joseph M Massaro, Christopher J O'Donnell, Emelia J Benjamin, Michelle T Long
Cross-sectional studies have shown that pericardial fat is associated with atherosclerotic burden above and beyond generalized and central adiposity. Whether pericardial fat is longitudinally associated with coronary artery calcium (CAC) has not been firmly established. We examined the associations between cardiac ectopic fat including pericardial and intrathoracic fat with CAC progression and incidence in a community-based study setting. Study participants were from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Third Generation Cohorts who underwent multidetector computed tomography at 2 consecutive examinations (2002 to 2005 and 2008 to 2011) for the assessment of CAC...
October 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145895/comparative-analysis-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-and-t-for-their-association-with-coronary-computed-tomography-assessed-calcium-scoring-represented-by-the-agatston-score
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Jonas Rusnak, Michael Behnes, Thomas Henzler, Nadine Reckord, Nils Vogler, Mathias Meyer, Ursula Hoffmann, Michele Natale, Julia Hoffmann, Sonja Hamed, Kathrin Weidner, Siegfried Lang, Agnibh Mukherji, Holger Haubenreisser, Stefan O Schoenberg, Martin Borggrefe, Thomas Bertsch, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the association between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) and coronary calcium concentration (CAC) detected by coronary computed tomography (CCT) and evaluated with the Agatston score in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients undergoing CCT during routine clinical care were enrolled prospectively. CCT was indicated for patients with a low to intermediate pretest probability for CAD...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142489/correlation-between-osteoprotegerin-serum-level-and-coronary-calcification-using-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-patient-with-moderate-severe-cardiovascular-risk-factor
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J Nugroho, Widorini Widorini
Coronary artery calcification is a part of atherosclerosis process associated with coronary heart disease. Recently, coronary artery calcification assessment using computed tomography (CT) is still the best noninvasive imaging with high sensitivity and specificity. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is one of vascular calcification marker that through its role to bind receptor activator of nuclear factor-κβ ligand and inhibit osteoclastogenesis is suspected of playing a role for coronary calcification in atherosclerosis process...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139033/relationship-between-airflow-obstruction-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-individuals-evaluation-by-coronary-ct-angiography
#5
Jin-Jin Kim, Dong-Bin Kim, Sung-Won Jang, Eun Joo Cho, Kiyuk Chang, Sang Hong Baek, Ho-Joong Youn, Wook Sung Chung, Ki-Bae Seung, Tai-Ho Rho, Jung Im Jung, Byung-Hee Hwang
Airflow obstruction is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the causal mechanisms linking airflow obstruction with higher incidence of cardiovascular events remain elusive. We evaluated the relationship between airflow obstruction, a key feature of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and prevalence, extent, and severity of coronary atherosclerosis in a large cohort of asymptomatic subjects. Participants were recruited from those undergoing spirometry and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as part of a general health evaluation from March 2009 to February 2011...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131773/update-on-cardiovascular-applications-of-multienergy-ct
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Kevin Kalisz, Sandra Halliburton, Suhny Abbara, Jonathon A Leipsic, Moritz H Albrecht, U Joseph Schoepf, Prabhakar Rajiah
Advances in scanner technology enabling shorter scan times, improvements in spatial and temporal resolution, and more dose-efficient data reconstruction coupled with rapidly growing evidence from clinical trials have established computed tomography (CT) as an important imaging modality in the evaluation of cardiovascular disorders. Multienergy (or spectral or dual-energy) CT is a relatively recent advance in which attenuation data from different energies are used to characterize materials beyond what is possible at conventional CT...
November 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130963/shift-work-and-the-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-study
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Ofer Havakuk, Nufar Zukerman, Nir Flint, Ben Sadeh, Gilad Margolis, Maayan Konigstein, Gad Keren, Galit Aviram, Haim Shmilovich
AIMS: Shift work disrupts the normal circadian rhythm and is associated with risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and a higher incidence of CAD morbidity and mortality. Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a robust noninvasive modality for assessing the presence, extent, and severity of CAD. We sought to investigate whether shift workers are prone to a higher burden of CAD compared to non-shift workers. METHODS: We conducted a historically prospective study in consecutive patients who underwent CCTA and answered a telephonic questionnaire...
November 2, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121752/identification-of-coronary-artery-calcification-can-optimize-risk-stratification-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Daniel O Bittner, Richard A P Takx, Pedro V Staziaki, Sumbal Janjua, Tomas G Neilan, Nandini M Meyersohn, Michael T Lu, Anand M Prabhakar, John T Nagurney, Udo Hoffmann, Brian B Ghoshhajra
BACKGROUND: The number of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is substantial. We tested whether identification of coronary artery calcium (CAC) can improve the negative predictive value (NPV) of clinical risk assessment for ACS in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 826 consecutive patients (mean age: 53±11years; 42% female) without known coronary artery disease (CAD) or initially elevated serum biomarkers, whom underwent non-contrast CT, to assess the CAC score, and CT angiography (CTA), to detect coronary stenosis...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110288/myocardial-perfusion-imaging-lessons-learned-and-work-to-be-done-update
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Ami E Iskandrian, Vasken Dilsizian, Ernest V Garcia, Rob S Beanlands, Manuel Cerqueira, Prem Soman, Daniel S Berman, Alberto Cuocolo, Andrew J Einstein, Charity J Morgan, Fadi G Hage, Heinrich R Schelbert, Jeroen J Bax, Joseph C Wu, Leslee J Shaw, Mehran M Sadeghi, Nagara Tamaki, Philipp A Kaufmann, Robert Gropler, Sharmila Dorbala, William Van Decker
As the second term of our commitment to Journal begins, we, the editors, would like to reflect on a few topics that have relevance today. These include prognostication and paradigm shifts; Serial testing: How to handle data? Is the change in perfusion predictive of outcome and which one? Ischemia-guided therapy: fractional flow reserve vs perfusion vs myocardial blood flow; positron emission tomography (PET) imaging using Rubidium-82 vs N-13 ammonia vs F-18 Flurpiridaz; How to differentiate microvascular disease from 3-vessel disease by PET? The imaging scene outside the United States, what are the differences and similarities? Radiation exposure; Special issues with the new cameras? Is attenuation correction needed? Are there normal databases and are these specific to each camera system? And finally, hybrid imaging with single-photon emission tomography or PET combined with computed tomography angiography or coronary calcium score...
November 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29102078/root-canal-filling-quality-of-a-premixed-calcium-silicate-endodontic-sealer-applied-using-gutta-percha-cone-mediated-ultrasonic-activation
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Jung-Ae Kim, Yun-Chan Hwang, Vinicius Rosa, Mi-Kyung Yu, Kwang-Won Lee, Kyung-San Min
INTRODUCTION: The aim of this study was to investigate the filling quality of a recently developed premixed calcium silicate-based endodontic sealer (Endoseal MTA) with a single gutta-percha (GP) cone technique compared with a resin-based sealer (AH plus) with warm vertical compaction. We also explored the effect of GP cone-mediated ultrasonic activation on the filling quality of Endoseal MTA. METHODS: Thirty human single-rooted maxillary premolars with ribbon-shaped canals were prepared and assigned to 3 experimental groups according to filling method: EMS group was Endoseal MTA + single-cone; EMSU group was Endoseal MTA + single-cone with ultrasonic activation; and the APW group was AH plus + warm vertical compaction...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Endodontics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100062/thoracic-extra-coronary-calcification-for-the-prediction-of-stroke-the%C3%A2-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Sina Kianoush, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Geoffrey H Tison, Joseph Yeboah, Michael D Miedema, Matthew A Allison, Nathan D Wong, Andrew P DeFilippis, William Longstreth, Khurram Nasir, Matthew J Budoff, Kunihiro Matsushita, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a systemic disease. We examined whether the cumulative burden of thoracic extra-coronary calcification (ECC) improves prediction of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and stroke mortality beyond traditional risk factors and coronary artery calcium (CAC). METHODS: We followed a total of 6805 participants (mean age 62.1 ± 10.2 years, 47.2% male) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) over a median of 12...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096883/influence-of-the-quantity-of-aortic-valve-calcium-on-the-agreement-between-automated-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-and-multidetector-row-computed-tomography-for-aortic-annulus-sizing
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Tomaz Podlesnikar, Edgard A Prihadi, Philippe J van Rosendael, E Mara Vollema, Frank van der Kley, Arend de Weger, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Franjo Naji, Zlatko Fras, Jeroen J Bax, Victoria Delgado
Accurate aortic annulus sizing is key for selection of appropriate transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) prosthesis size. The present study compared novel automated 3-dimensional (3D) transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) software and multidetector row computed tomography (MDCT) for aortic annulus sizing and investigated the influence of the quantity of aortic valve calcium (AVC) on the selection of TAVI prosthesis size. A total of 83 patients with severe aortic stenosis undergoing TAVI were evaluated...
October 10, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089148/is-the-coronary-artery-calcium-score-associated-with-acute-coronary-events-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-radiotherapy
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Catharina T G Roos, Veerle A B van den Bogaard, Marcel J W Greuter, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Ewoud Schuit, Johannes A Langendijk, Arjen van der Schaaf, Anne P G Crijns, John H Maduro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The main objective of this study was to test whether pre-treatment coronary artery calcium (CAC) was associated with the cumulative incidence of acute coronary events (ACE) among breast cancer (BC) patients treated with postoperative radiotherapy (RT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study population consisted of 939 consecutive female BC patients treated with RT. The association between CAC and ACE was tested using Cox-proportional hazard models...
October 28, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073168/coronary-endothelial-function-is-better-in-healthy-premenopausal-women-than-in-healthy-older-postmenopausal-women-and-men
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Lena Mathews, Micaela Iantorno, Michael Schär, Gabriele Bonanno, Gary Gerstenblith, Robert G Weiss, Allison G Hays
BACKGROUND: Premenopausal women have fewer cardiovascular disease (CVD) events than postmenopausal women and age-matched men, but the reasons are not fully understood. Coronary endothelial function (CEF), a barometer of coronary vascular health, promises important insights into age and sex differences in atherosclerotic CVD risk, but has not been well characterized in healthy individuals because of the invasive nature of conventional CEF measurements. Recently developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods were used to quantify CEF (coronary area and flow changes in response to isometric handgrip exercise (IHE), an endothelial-dependent stressor) to test the hypothesis that healthy women have better CEF compared to men particularly at a younger age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058057/effects-of-lanthanum-carbonate-on-coronary-artery-calcification-and-cardiac-abnormalities-after-initiating-hemodialysis
#15
Hideki Fujii, Keiji Kono, Kentaro Nakai, Shunsuke Goto, Tatsuya Nishii, Atsushi Kono, Shinichi Nishi
It is known that calcium-containing phosphate binders are more closely associated with the progression of vascular calcification than non-calcium-containing phosphate binders. In this study, we investigated the effect of the non-calcium-containing phosphate binder, lanthanum carbonate on the progression of coronary artery calcification and cardiovascular abnormalities compared to that of calcium-containing phosphate binder in chronic kidney disease patients during the early period after initiating hemodialysis...
October 20, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29051042/bone-disease-in-primary-hyperparathyroidism
#16
Polyzois Makras, Athanasios D Anastasilakis
Primary hyperparathyroidism (PHPT) is a disease of high bone turnover, decreased bone mineral density (BMD) especially at cortical sites, and increased risk of fractures at all skeletal sites. Early diagnosis during the last decades resulted in milder forms of bone involvement. New methods of imaging and validation such as high resolution peripheral quantitative computed tomography and trabecular bone score provide evidence of disturbed bone microarchitecture and explain further the increased risk of fractures at both cortical and trabecular skeletal sites...
October 16, 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29042790/evaluation-of-vitamin-d-levels-in-relation-to-coronary-ct-angiographic-findings-in-an-iranian-population
#17
Maryam Moradi, Ali Foroutanfar
BACKGROUND: Vitamin D deficiency, as a predisposing factor for coronary artery disease (CAD), is a subject of increasing interest. However, its role as a risk factor has not been proven. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between serum vitamin D levels and CAD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Using a cross-sectional design, 180 patients who were candidates for coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) were selected. Serum levels of vitamin D were measured and compared with the results of CCTA (including calcium score, and presence and severity of coronary artery involvement due to atherosclerotic plaques)...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29035431/prognostic-application-of-thoracic-aortic-calcium-scoring-for-adverse-clinical-outcome-risk-in-elderly-patients-with-left-ventricular-hypertrophy
#18
In Jeong Cho, Hyuk Jae Chang, Sang Eun Lee, Chi Young Shim, Geu Ru Hong, Namsik Chung
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is associated with poor cardiovascular outcomes. Heavy aortic calcification exacerbates arterial stiffness, which consequently heightens left ventricular (LV) afterload. We assessed the usefulness of aortic calcification for predicting adverse cardiovascular outcomes and to determine whether the relationship, if any, differed as a function of LVH. METHODS: The analytic sample was comprised of a total of 487 individuals 65 years of age or older...
September 18, 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29028083/association-between-advanced-oxidation-protein-products-aopp-and-vascular-calcification-in-uremic-patients
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L Lin, G-J Zhao, L-L Qin
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between serum advanced oxidation protein products (AOPP) and vascular calcification in uremic patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The general data of included subjects were collected, and the serum AOPP, intact parathyroid hormone (iPTH), creatinine (Cre), Urea, calcium (Ca), phosphorus (P), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterin (LDL-C), hemoglobin (Hb) and albumin (ALB) were detected...
September 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29020908/cardiac-society-of-australia-and-new-zealand-position-statement-executive-summary-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring
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Christian R Hamilton-Craig, Clara K Chow, John F Younger, V M Jelinek, Jonathan Chan, Gary Yh Liew
Introduction This article summarises the Cardiac Society of Australia and New Zealand position statement on coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring. CAC scoring is a non-invasive method for quantifying coronary artery calcification using computed tomography. It is a marker of atherosclerotic plaque burden and the strongest independent predictor of future myocardial infarction and mortality. CAC scoring provides incremental risk information beyond traditional risk calculators such as the Framingham Risk Score...
October 16, 2017: Medical Journal of Australia
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