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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913900/bone-mineral-density-of-extremities-is-associated-with-coronary-calcification-and-biopsy-verified-vascular-calcification-in-living-donor-renal-transplant-recipients
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Zhimin Chen, Jia Sun, Mathias Haarhaus, Peter Barany, Lars Wennberg, Jonaz Ripsweden, Torkel B Brismar, Bengt Lindholm, Annika Wernerson, Magnus Söderberg, Peter Stenvinkel, Abdul Rashid Qureshi
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) mineral and bone disorders (CKD-MBD) may lead to low bone mineral density (BMD) and vascular calcification (VC), but links to the latter are unclear. Here we investigated associations between BMD, coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores, and histological signs of VC in end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients undergoing living-donor kidney transplantation (LD-Rtx). In 66 ESRD patients (median age 45 years, 68% males), BMD (by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, DXA), CAC score (by computed tomography, CT; n = 54), and degree of VC score (graded by histological examination of epigastric artery specimens collected at LD-Rtx; n = 55) were assessed at the time of LD-Rtx...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Bone and Mineral Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906915/the-value-of-ct-cardiac-angiography-and-ct-calcium-score-testing-in-a-modern-cardiology-service-in-new-zealand-a-report-of-a-single-centre-eight-year-experience-from-5-237-outpatient-procedures
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Chris Ellis, Greg Gamble, Colin Edwards, Niels van Pelt, Ruvin Gabriel, Boris Lowe, Jonathan Christiansen, Andrew To, Helen Winch, Mark Osborne, John Ormiston, Malcolm Legget
BACKGROUND: Computed tomographic (CT) cardiac angiography is of increasing value in several areas of patient management in cardiology. We assessed the ability of CT cardiac angiography to effectively 'rule out' severe coronary stenoses in patients presenting with 'atypical' symptoms and/or an equivocal stress test, which offers a new approach to the management of coronary artery disease. We also examined the use of the CT calcium score test in cardiovascular (CVS) risk assessment. METHODS: From a large single centre (Mercy Hospital) in Auckland, using a prospectively acquired, comprehensive database, we audited the entire eight-year experience of 5,169 patients (7/8/06 to 31/1/14) who underwent 5,237 64-slice computed tomographic (CT) cardiac angiogram or CT calcium score tests (GE Lightspeed scanner)...
December 2, 2016: New Zealand Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905995/cdkn2b-methylation-is-associated-with-carotid-artery-calcification-in-ischemic-stroke-patients
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Shuyu Zhou, Yumeng Zhang, Li Wang, Zhizhong Zhang, Biyang Cai, Keting Liu, Hao Zhang, Minhui Dai, Lingli Sun, Xiaomeng Xu, Huan Cai, Xinfeng Liu, Guangming Lu, Gelin Xu
BACKGROUND: Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A/2B (CDKN2A/2B) near chromosome 9p21 have been associated with both atherosclerosis and artery calcification, but the underlying mechanisms remained largely unknown. Considering that CDKN2A/2B is a frequently reported site for DNA methylation, this study aimed to evaluate whether carotid artery calcification (CarAC) is related to methylation levels of CDKN2A/2B in patients with ischemic stroke. METHODS: DNA methylation levels of CDKN2A/2B were measured in 322 ischemic stroke patients using peripheral blood leukocytes...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903540/greater-volume-but-not-higher-density-of-abdominal-aortic-calcium-is-associated-with-increased-cardiovascular-disease-risk-mesa-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Nketi I Forbang, Erin D Michos, Robyn L McClelland, Rosemay A Remigio-Baker, Matthew A Allison, Veit Sandfort, Joachim H Ix, Isac Thomas, Dena E Rifkin, Michael H Criqui
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic calcium (AAC) and coronary artery calcium (CAC) independently and similarly predict cardiovascular disease (CVD) events. The standard AAC and CAC score, the Agatston method, upweights for greater calcium density, thereby modeling higher calcium density as a CVD hazard. METHODS AND RESULTS: Computed tomography scans were used to measure AAC and CAC volume and density in a multiethnic cohort of community-dwelling individuals, and Cox proportional hazard was used to determine their independent association with incident coronary heart disease (CHD, defined as myocardial infarction, resuscitated cardiac arrest, or CHD death), cardiovascular disease (CVD, defined as CHD plus stroke and stroke death), and all-cause mortality...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900990/prognostic-value-of-gai-s-plaque-score-and-agatston-coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-functionally-significant-coronary-artery-stenosis
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Chuang Zhang, Shuang Yang, Lu-Yue Gai, Zhi-Qi Han, Qian Xin, Xiao-Bo Yang, Jun-Jie Yang, Qin-Hua Jin
BACKGROUND: The prognostic values of the coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) score for predicting future cardiovascular events have been previously demonstrated in numerous studies. However, few studies have used the rich information available from CCTA to detect functionally significant coronary lesions. We sought to compare the prognostic values of Gai's plaque score and the coronary artery calcium score (CACS) of CCTA for predicting functionally significant coronary lesions, using fractional flow reserve (FFR) as the gold standard...
2016: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887791/cryptogenic-stroke-and-nonstenosing-intracranial-calcified-atherosclerosis
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Hooman Kamel, Gino Gialdini, Hediyeh Baradaran, Ashley E Giambrone, Babak B Navi, Michael P Lerario, James K Min, Costantino Iadecola, Ajay Gupta
OBJECTIVE: Because some cryptogenic strokes may result from large-artery atherosclerosis that goes unrecognized as it causes <50% luminal stenosis, we compared the prevalence of nonstenosing intracranial atherosclerotic plaques ipsilateral to cryptogenic cerebral infarcts versus the unaffected side using imaging biomarkers of calcium burden. METHODS: In a prospective stroke registry, we identified patients with cerebral infarction limited to the territory of one internal carotid artery (ICA)...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884729/rationale-and-design-of-the-coronary-artery-calcium-consortium-a-multicenter-cohort-study
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Michael J Blaha, Seamus P Whelton, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Zeina A Dardari, Leslee J Shaw, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Kuni Matsushita, John A Rumberger, Daniel S Berman, Matthew J Budoff, Michael D Miedema, Khurram Nasir
BACKGROUND: Although coronary artery calcium (CAC) has been investigated for over two decades, there is very limited data on the association of CAC with cause of death. The CAC Consortium is a large ongoing multi-center observational cohort of individuals who underwent non-contrast cardiac-gated CAC testing and systematic, prospective, long-term follow-up for mortality with ascertainment of cause of death. METHODS: Four participating institutions from three states within the US (California, Minnesota, and Ohio) have contributed individual-level patient data to the CAC Consortium (spanning years 1991-2010)...
November 11, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882428/progression-of-noncalcified-and-calcified-coronary-plaque-by-ct-angiography-in-sle
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Aisha Khan, Armin Arbab-Zadeh, Adnan N Kiani, Laurence S Magder, Michelle Petri
Premature coronary artery disease remains the major cause of late death in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Coronary artery calcium (CAC) represents an advanced stage of atherosclerosis, whereas noncalcified coronary atherosclerotic plaque (NCP) typically is more prone to trigger acute coronary events. The aim of this study was to assess the stability of NCP over time and identify factors associated with changes in NCP in patients with SLE. CT coronary angiography and calcium scanning were performed at baseline and follow-up in thirty-six SLE patients...
November 23, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882224/correlation-between-serum-parathyroid-hormone-levels-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-patients-without-renal-failure
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Gang-Yong Wu, Bai-Da Xu, Ting Wu, Xiao-Ying Wang, Tian-Xiao Wang, Xiao Zhang, Xiao Wang, Yang Xia, Gang-Jun Zong
The aim of the present study was to investigate the correlation between serum parathyroid hormone (PTH) levels and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in patients without renal failure, as well as to determine independent risk factors of CAC score (CACS). A total of 157 patients who underwent coronary computed tomography angiographic examination at the 101th Hospital of the People's Liberation Army between December 2013 and February 2015 were retrospectively evaluated. The correlation between PTH levels and CACS was determined using a Pearson correlation analysis...
November 2016: Biomedical Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27882093/atherosclerotic-coronary-artery-disease-the-accuracy-of-measures-to-diagnose-preclinical-atherosclerosis
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Xianchi Li, Min Liu, Rongrong Sun, Yi Zeng, Shuang Chen, Peiying Zhang
Different methods can be used to diagnose early pre-clinical stage atherosclerosis. The present study was carried out to evaluate the efficiency of these methods. Measures including carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), pulse wave velocity (PWV), and coronary calcium score (CCS) were evalutated for the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD). We studied the clinical and biochemical profiles of individuals with non-CAD and CAD to assess measures of pre-clinical atherosclerosis. The association between CIMT, PWV and CCS on the one hand, and the coronary atherosclerosis on the other, was studied...
November 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27879282/sex-related-discordance-between-aortic-valve-calcification-and-hemodynamic-severity-of-aortic-stenosis-is-valvular-fibrosis-the-explanation
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Louis Simard, Nancy Côté, François Dagenais, Patrick Mathieu, Christian Couture, Sylvain Trahan, Yohan Bossé, Siamak Mohammadi, Sylvain Pagé, Philippe Joubert, Marie-Annick Clavel
RATIONALE: Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is characterized by calcium deposition in valve leaflets. However, women present lower aortic valve calcification (AVC) loads than men for the same AS hemodynamic severity. OBJECTIVE: We thus aimed to assess sex-differences in aortic valve fibro-calcific remodelling. METHODS AND RESULTS: One hundred and twenty-five patients underwent Doppler-echocardiography and multidetector-computed-tomography within 3 months prior to aortic valve replacement...
November 22, 2016: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867875/coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-is-a-better-predictor-of-cardiac-risk-in-subclinical-hypothyroidism-patients-with-low-risk-framingham-score
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Rajesh Verma, Ashish Verma, Piyush Gupta, N K Agrawal
CONTEXT: Overt hypothyroidism accelerates the cardiovascular disease. Subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH), being considered as a preclinical state, impacts on cardiovascular status is not clear. AIMS: This study was aimed at assessing cardiac risk stratification by Framingham risk scoring (FRS) and coronary coronary artery calcium score (CACS) by noncontrast cardiac computed tomography in SCH. STUDY DESIGN: Observational study. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We enrolled thirty treatment-naive SCH patients (aged 30-60 years with no serious concurrent medical conditions), thirty euthyroid (age, sex, and body mass index-matched) controls, and ten healthy controls...
November 2016: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27861721/long-term-hormone-replacement-therapy-is-associated-with-low-coronary-artery-calcium-levels-in-a-cohort-of-older-women-the-age-gene-environment-susceptibility-reykjavik-study
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Adalsteinn Gudmundsson, Thor Aspelund, Gunnar Sigurdsson, Tamara Harris, Lenore J Launer, Vilmundur Gudnason, Helgi Jonsson
OBJECTIVES: To assess the relationship between hormone replacement therapy (HRT) and coronary artery calcium (CAC). DESIGN: Cross-sectional. SETTING: Established population-based cohort in Reykjavik, Iceland. PARTICIPANTS: Women (mean age 76 ± 5) who had completed questionnaires on HRT use (N = 2,867). MEASUREMENTS: Coronary artery calcium assessed using computed tomography was the outcome variable and was compared between women with history of HRT and those who had never used HRT and analyzed according to age, length of use, and time after menopause that HRT was initiated...
November 11, 2016: Journal of the American Geriatrics Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852512/the-association-of-secondhand-tobacco-smoke-and-ct-angiography-verified-coronary-atherosclerosis
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David F Yankelevitz, Matthew D Cham, Harvey Hecht, Rowena Yip, Joseph Shemesh, Jagat Narula, Claudia I Henschke
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship of the extent of atherosclerosis on coronary computed tomographic angiography to the extent of secondhand tobacco smoke (SHTS) exposure in asymptomatic never smokers. BACKGROUND: A dose-related association between SHTS and coronary artery calcium has been reported, but the total extent of atherosclerosis has not been investigated. METHODS: Two hundred sixty-eight never smokers, ages 40 to 80 years, completed a questionnaire assessing risk factors and extent of lifetime SHTS exposure, providing a total SHTS exposure score...
November 5, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852410/-relationship-between-the-risk-factors-of-coronary-artery-disease-and-degree-of-coronary-artery-plaques-assessed-by-multi-detector-row-spiral-computed-tomography
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Y J Sun, X Yu, S Geng, Y Zhi, H Li, T Liu, K Xu, G X Qi
Objective: To assess the association of the traditional risk factors of coronary artery disease(CAD) and degree of coronary artery plaque. Methods: A total of 3 752 patients who had a suspicion of CAD from September 2011 to November 2012 at the First Hospital of China Medical University underwent the coronary artery computed tomography. The univariable and multivariable Logistic regression were employ to assess the association the traditional risk factors of CAD and degree of coronary artery plaque. Results: Age, diabetes, hypertension and smoking were the independent risk factor for significant stenosis, multivessel lesions and high coronary artery calcium score(all P <0...
October 25, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846641/prevalence-and-prognostic-implications-of-coronary-artery-calcification-in-low-risk-women-a-meta-analysis
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Maryam Kavousi, Chintan S Desai, Colby Ayers, Roger S Blumenthal, Matthew J Budoff, Amir-Abbas Mahabadi, M Arfan Ikram, Aad van der Lugt, Albert Hofman, Raimund Erbel, Amit Khera, Marie H Geisel, Karl-Heinz Jöckel, Nils Lehmann, Udo Hoffmann, Christopher J O'Donnell, Joseph M Massaro, Kiang Liu, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Hongyan Ning, Oscar H Franco, Philip Greenland
Importance: The role of coronary artery calcium (CAC) testing for guiding preventive strategies among women at low cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk based on the American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association CVD prevention guidelines is unclear. Objective: To assess the potential utility of CAC testing for CVD risk estimation and stratification among low-risk women. Design, Setting, and Participants: Women with 10-year atherosclerotic CVD (ASCVD) risk lower than 7...
November 22, 2016: JAMA: the Journal of the American Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27844188/correlation-and-predictive-value-of-aortic-root-calcification-markers-with-coronary-artery-calcification-and-obstructive-coronary-artery-disease
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, Andrew Stubenrauch, Brian E Jacobs, Akos Varga-Szemes, Sheldon E Litwin, B Devon Ball, Moritz Baquet, David Jochheim, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Ellen Hoffmann, Daniel H Steinberg, U Joseph Schoepf
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between aortic root calcification (ARC) markers and coronary artery calcification (CAC) derived from coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) and their ability to predict obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed 189 patients (47% male, age 60.3 ± 11.1 years) with an intermediate probability of CAD who underwent clinically indicated CACS and coronary CT angiography (CCTA). ARC markers [aortic root calcium score (ARCS) and volume (ARCV)] were calculated and compared to CAC markers: coronary artery calcium score (CACS), volume (CACV), and mass (CACM)...
November 14, 2016: La Radiologia Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27843187/coronary-ct-angiography-a-retrospective-study-of-220-cases
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V K Maurya, R Ravikumar, Pankaj Sharma, Naveen Agrawal, Mukul Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. Although catheter coronary angiography (CCA) is the gold standard in the diagnosis and management of CAD, coronary CT angiography (CCTA) has shown promising results for the same. METHODS: CCTA was done using 40 slice multi-detector CT (Somatom Sensation, Siemens, Germany) machine in 220 patients of suspected CAD. Patients were classified as (a) normal (no calcific or soft plaque), (b) non-obstructive coronary disease (<50% stenosis), (c) obstructive coronary disease (>50% stenosis), or (d) a non-diagnostic study...
October 2016: Medical Journal, Armed Forces India
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27835741/plaque-progression-assessed-by-a-novel-semi-automated-quantitative-plaque-software-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-between-diabetes-and-non-diabetes-patients-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Rine Nakanishi, Indre Ceponiene, Kazuhiro Osawa, Yanting Luo, Mitsuru Kanisawa, Nichelle Megowan, Negin Nezarat, Sina Rahmani, Alexander Broersen, Pieter H Kitslaar, Christopher Dailing, Matthew J Budoff
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed at investigating whether diabetes is associated with progression in coronary plaque components. METHODS: We identified 142 study subjects undergoing serial coronary computed tomography angiography. The resulting propensity score was applied 1:1 to match diabetic patients to non-diabetic patients for clinical risk factors, prior coronary stenting, coronary artery calcium (CAC) score and the serial scan interval, resulting in the 71 diabetes and 71 non-diabetes patients...
November 3, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27824692/long-term-marathon-running-is-associated-with-low-coronary-plaque-formation-in-women
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William O Roberts, Robert S Schwartz, Stacia Merkel Kraus, Jonathan G Schwartz, Gretchen Peichel, Ross F Garberich, John R Lesser, Stephen N Oesterle, Kelly K Wickstrom, Thomas Knickelbine, Kevin M Harris
INTRODUCTION: Marathon running is presumed to improve cardiovascular risk, but health benefits of high volume running are unknown. High resolution coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and a cardiac risk factor assessment were completed in women with long term marathon running histories to compare to sedentary women with similar risk factors. METHODS: Women who had run at least one marathon per year for 10-25 years underwent CCTA, 12-lead ECG, blood pressure and heart rate measurement, lipid panel, and a demographic/health risk factor survey...
November 7, 2016: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
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