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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527302/aortic-adventitial-fibroblast-sensitivity-to-mitogen-activated-protein-kinase-inhibitors-depends-on-substrate-stiffness
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Rebecca A Scott, Prathamesh M Kharkar, Kristi L Kiick, Robert E Akins
Adventitial fibroblasts (AFs) are key determinants of arterial function and critical mediators of arterial disease progression. The effects of altered stiffness, particularly those observed across individuals during normal vascular function, and the mechanisms by which AFs respond to altered stiffness, are not well understood. To study the effects of matrix stiffness on AF phenotype, cytokine production, and the regulatory pathways utilized to interpret basic cell-matrix interactions, human aortic AFs were grown in 5%, 7...
May 10, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520843/measurement-of-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-with-a-connected-bathroom-scale
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David Campo, Hakim Khettab, Roger Yu, Nicolas Genain, Paul Edouard, Nadine Buard, Pierre Boutouyrie
BACKGROUND: Measurement of arterial stiffness should be more available. Our aim was to show that aortic pulse wave velocity can be reliably measured with a bathroom scale combining the principles of ballistocardiography (BCG) and impedance plethysmography on a single foot. METHOD: The calibration of the bathroom scale was conducted on a group of 106 individuals. The aortic pulse wave velocity was measured with the SphygmoCor in the supine position. Three consecutive measurements were then performed on the Withings scale in the standing position...
May 17, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28509724/associations-between-glycaemic-deterioration-and-aortic-stiffness-and-central-blood-pressure-the-addition-pro-study
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Nanna B Johansen, Signe S Rasmussen, Niels Wiinberg, Dorte Vistisen, Marit E Jørgensen, Erling B Pedersen, Torsten Lauritzen, Annelli Sandbæk, Daniel R Witte
OBJECTIVES: In the context of screening for diabetes, we examined levels of central haemodynamics among individuals with different levels of diabetes risk and analysed the impact of glycated haemoglobin A (HbA1c) and HbA1c changes on central haemodynamics. METHODS: A Danish population-based stepwise screening programme for diabetes including a diabetes risk score (DRS) questionnaire and glucose measurements identified seven groups of individuals at increasing levels of diabetes risk...
May 13, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508434/maternal-arterial-stiffness-and-fetal-cardiovascular-physiology-in-diabetic-pregnancies
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Shreya Moodley, Alisa Arunamata, Katie Jo Stauffer, Susan E Nourse, Angela Chen, Amy Quirin, Elif Seda Selamet Tierney
OBJECTIVES: In mothers with pre-gestational or gestational diabetes, abnormal arterial stiffness (stiffer arteries) has been reported. The impact of abnormal maternal arterial stiffness on fetal placental and cardiovascular physiology is unknown. The purpose of the study was to determine the impact of maternal diabetes on maternal arterial stiffness and the association with fetal cardiovascular physiology as measured by fetal echocardiography. METHODS: Between December 2013 and January 2017 we conducted a prospective study on diabetic (otherwise healthy) and non-diabetic, healthy pregnant mothers (at 20-28 gestational weeks and 18-40 years of age) who had a normal fetal cardiac echocardiogram and obstetric ultrasound...
May 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508133/children-and-adolescents-macrovascular-reactivity-level-and-dynamics-but-not-the-microvascular-response-is-associated-with-body-mass-index-and-arterial-stiffness-levels
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Yanina Zócalo, Marco Marotta, Victoria García-Espinosa, Santiago Curcio, Pedro Chiesa, Gustavo Giachetto, Daniel Bia
INTRODUCTION: The existing evidence indicates that primary prevention of atherosclerotic disease should begin in childhood. Detection of children and adolescents at risk for atherosclerosis may allow early intervention to decrease the atherosclerotic process, thereby preventing or delaying cardiovascular disease. Vascular reactivity (VR) is altered even by early atherosclerosis. Obesity is a main cardiovascular risk factor (CVRF) observed in childhood. If childhood obesity associates impaired macro and/or micro VR is controversial...
May 15, 2017: High Blood Pressure & Cardiovascular Prevention: the Official Journal of the Italian Society of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507172/hemodynamic-and-mechanical-properties-of-the-proximal-aorta-in-young-and-middle-aged-adults-with-isolated-systolic-hypertension-the-dallas-heart-study
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Yuichiro Yano, Ian J Neeland, Colby Ayers, Ronald Peshock, Jarett D Berry, Donald M Lloyd-Jones, Philip Greenland, Gary F Mitchell, Wanpen Vongpatanasin
The aim of this study was to assess characteristic impedance (Zc) of the proximal aorta in young and middle-aged individuals with isolated systolic hypertension (ISH). Zc is an index of aortic stiffness relative to aortic size. In the Dallas Heart Study, 2001 untreated participants 18 to 64 years of age (mean age: 42.3 years; 44% black race) were divided into the following groups based on office blood pressure (BP) measurements: (1) optimal BP (systolic BP [SBP] <120 mm Hg and diastolic BP [DBP] <80 mm Hg; n=837); (2) prehypertension (SBP 120-139 mm Hg and DBP 80-89 mm Hg; n=821); (3) ISH (SBP ≥140 mm Hg and DBP <90 mm Hg; n=121); (4) isolated diastolic hypertension (SBP <140 mm Hg and DBP ≥90 mm Hg; n=44); and (5) systolic-diastolic hypertension (SBP ≥140 mm Hg and DBP ≥90 mm Hg; n=178)...
May 15, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495455/increased-left-ventricular-diastolic-stiffness-is-associated-with-heart-failure-symptoms-in-aortic-stenosis-patients-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Daisuke Kamimura, Takeki Suzuki, Ervin R Fox, Thomas N Skelton, Michael D Winniford, Michael E Hall
BACKGROUND: Clinical risk factors associated with heart failure (HF) symptoms in aortic stenosis (AS) patients with preserved ejection fraction (EF) have not been fully identified. We hypothesized that left ventricular (LV) diastolic stiffness is associated with HF symptoms in patients with AS. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively evaluated 275 patients with at least moderate AS (aortic valve area < 1.5cm(2)) and preserved EF (EF ≥50%). LV diastolic stiffness was evaluated using echocardiographic parameters, diastolic wall strain (DWS, a measure of LV wall stiffness) and KLV (a marker of LV chamber stiffness)...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490606/comparison-of-10-murine-models-reveals-a-distinct-biomechanical-phenotype-in-thoracic-aortic-aneurysms
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C Bellini, M R Bersi, A W Caulk, J Ferruzzi, D M Milewicz, F Ramirez, D B Rifkin, G Tellides, H Yanagisawa, J D Humphrey
Thoracic aortic aneurysms are life-threatening lesions that afflict young and old individuals alike. They frequently associate with genetic mutations and are characterized by reduced elastic fibre integrity, dysfunctional smooth muscle cells, improperly remodelled collagen and pooled mucoid material. There is a pressing need to understand better the compromised structural integrity of the aorta that results from these genetic mutations and renders the wall vulnerable to dilatation, dissection or rupture. In this paper, we compare the biaxial mechanical properties of the ascending aorta from 10 murine models: wild-type controls, acute elastase-treated, and eight models with genetic mutations affecting extracellular matrix proteins, transmembrane receptors, cytoskeletal proteins, or intracellular signalling molecules...
May 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486964/lipopolysaccharide-binding-protein-is-associated-with-arterial-stiffness-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-a-cross-sectional-study
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Takeshi Sakura, Tomoaki Morioka, Atsushi Shioi, Yoshinori Kakutani, Yuya Miki, Yuko Yamazaki, Koka Motoyama, Katsuhito Mori, Shinya Fukumoto, Tetsuo Shoji, Masanori Emoto, Masaaki Inaba
BACKGROUND: Lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-binding protein (LBP) is an acute-phase reactant that mediates immune responses triggered by LPS. Recent evidence indicates the association of circulating LBP levels with obesity, diabetes, and cardiovascular diseases. In this study, we aimed to investigate the relationship between serum LBP levels and arterial stiffness in patients with type 2 diabetes. METHODS: A total of 196 patients with type 2 diabetes, including 101 men and 95 women, were enrolled in this cross-sectional study...
May 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486843/emergent-endovascular-repair-of-challenging-aortocaval-fistula-with-hostile-anatomy
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Yuewei Wang, Wenjuan Yu, Yongxin Li, Haofu Wang
Aortocaval fistula (ACF) is a rare complication. Endovascular repair is an option for this fatal condition. However, endoleak and persistent fistula may occur and lead to technical failure. We performed endovascular repair for 3 cases of challenging ACF with hostile anatomy. Patient 1 was an 80-year-old man who complained of abdominal distension and lower limb edema for 15 days. He had renal and cardiac dysfunction. Computed tomography angiography (CTA) showed an ACF and extreme tortuosity of right iliac artery...
January 1, 2017: Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28486172/synergistic-effect-of-low-k-and-d-vitamin-status-on-arterial-stiffness-in-a-general-population
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Otto Mayer, Jitka Seidlerová, Peter Wohlfahrt, Jan Filipovský, Renata Cífková, Václava Černá, Alena Kučerová, Martin Pešta, Radka Fuchsová, Ondřej Topolčan, Kelly M C Jardon, Nadja E A Drummen, Cees Vermeer
Both vitamins K and D are nutrients with pleiotropic functions in human tissues. The metabolic role of these vitamins overlaps considerably in calcium homeostasis. We analyzed their potential synergetic effect on arterial stiffness. In a cross-sectional study, we analyzed aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV) in 1023 subjects from the Czech post-MONICA study. Desphospho-uncarboxylated matrix γ-carboxyglutamate protein (dp-ucMGP), a biomarker of vitamin K status, was measured by sandwich ELISA and 25-hydroxyvitamin D3 (25-OH-D3) by a commercial immunochemical assay...
April 22, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484887/the-effect-of-tnf-a-antagonists-on-aortic-stiffness-and-wave-reflections-a-meta-analysis
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C Vlachopoulos, A Gravos, G Georgiopoulos, D Terentes-Printzios, N Ioakeimidis, D Vassilopoulos, K Stamatelopoulos, D Tousoulis
Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have higher aortic stiffness and cardiovascular risk. Tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNF-a) antagonists reduce inflammation in RA and are indicated for the treatment of patients with severe active rheumatoid disease. However, it is debatable if they have favorable effects on cardiovascular health. The present meta-analysis evaluates the effect of TNF-a antagonists on aortic stiffness and wave reflections, predictors of cardiovascular events and mortality, in RA patients...
May 8, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483919/ambulatory-pulse-wave-velocity-is-a-stronger-predictor-of-cardiovascular-events-and-all-cause-mortality-than-office-and-ambulatory-blood-pressure-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Pantelis A Sarafidis, Charalampos Loutradis, Antonios Karpetas, Georgios Tzanis, Alexia Piperidou, Georgios Koutroumpas, Vasilios Raptis, Christos Syrgkanis, Vasilios Liakopoulos, Georgios Efstratiadis, Gérard London, Carmine Zoccali
Arterial stiffness and augmentation of aortic blood pressure (BP) measured in office are known cardiovascular risk factors in hemodialysis patients. This study examines the prognostic significance of ambulatory brachial BP, central BP, pulse wave velocity (PWV), and heart rate-adjusted augmentation index [AIx(75)] in this population. A total of 170 hemodialysis patients underwent 48-hour ambulatory monitoring with Mobil-O-Graph-NG during a standard interdialytic interval and followed-up for 28.1±11.2 months...
May 8, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483612/stent-graft-deployment-increases-aortic-stiffness-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-model
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Hector W L de Beaufort, Michele Conti, Arnoud V Kamman, Foeke J H Nauta, Ettore Lanzarone, Frans L Moll, Joost A van Herwaarden, Ferdinando Auricchio, Santi Trimarchi
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness is an independent predictor of cardiovascular mortality. In this study, the effect of thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) on aortic stiffness is investigated by measuring aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) in an ex-vivo porcine model. METHODS: Fifteen fresh porcine thoracic aortas were connected to a benchtop pulsatile system. Intraluminal pressures were recorded in the ascending aorta and at the celiac trunk using a needle connected to a pressure sensor...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28473633/aortic-stiffness-increased-white-matter-free-water-and-altered-microstructural-integrity-a-continuum-of-injury
#15
Pauline Maillard, Gary F Mitchell, Jayandra J Himali, Alexa Beiser, Evan Fletcher, Connie W Tsao, Matthew P Pase, Claudia L Satizabal, Ramachandran S Vasan, Sudha Seshadri, Charles DeCarli
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Previous reports from the Framingham Heart Study have identified cross-sectional associations of arterial stiffness, as reflected by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (CFPWV) and systolic blood pressure with vascular brain injury. The purpose of this study is to examine free water (FW), fractional anisotropy (FA), and white matter hyperintensities (WMH) in relation to arterial stiffness among subjects of the Framingham Offspring and Third-Generation cohorts. METHODS: In 2422 participants aged 51...
May 4, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472418/increased-passive-stiffness-promotes-diastolic-dysfunction-despite-improved-ca2-handling-during-left-ventricular-concentric-hypertrophy
#16
Åsmund T Røe, Jan Magnus Aronsen, Kristine Skårdal, Nazha Hamdani, Wolfgang A Linke, Håvard E Danielsen, Ole M Sejersted, Ivar Sjaastad, William E Louch
Aims: Concentric hypertrophy following pressure-overload is linked to preserved systolic function but impaired diastolic function, and is an important substrate for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. While increased passive stiffness of the myocardium is a suggested mechanism underlying diastolic dysfunction in these hearts, the contribution of a ctive diastolic Ca 2+ cycling in cardiomyocytes remains unclear. In this study, we sought to dissect contributions of passive and active mechanisms to diastolic dysfunction in the concentrically hypertrophied heart following pressure-overload...
May 4, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471755/a-finite-element-model-to-study-the-effect-of-tissue-anisotropy-on-ex-vivo-arterial-shear-wave-elastography-measurements
#17
Darya Alexandrovna Shcherbakova, Nic Debusschere, Annette Caenen, Francesco Iannaccone, Mathieu Pernot, Abigail Swillens, Patrick Segers
Shear wave elastography (SWE) is an ultrasound (US) diagnostic method for measuring the stiffness of soft tissues based on generated shear waves (SWs). SWE has been applied to bulk tissues, but in arteries it is still under investigation. Previously performed studies in arteries or arterial phantoms demonstrated the potential of SWE to measure arterial wall stiffness - a relevant marker in prediction of cardiovascular diseases. This study is focused on numerical modelling of SWs in ex vivo equine aortic tissue, yet based on experimental SWE measurements with the tissue dynamically loaded while rotating the US probe to investigate the sensitivity of SWE to the anisotropic structure...
May 4, 2017: Physics in Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28466805/aortic-stiffness-evaluated-by-echocardiography-in-female-patients-with-takayasu-s-arteritis
#18
Yong Yang, Zhen Wang, Li-Jun Yuan, Tie-Sheng Cao, Jie Liu, Rong Ren, Yun-You Duan
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the aortic stiffness (AS) in young female patients with Takayasu's arteritis (TAK) and comparable controls by measuring carotid-femoral PWV (PWVcf) using echocardiography with pulse wave Doppler. The clinical feasibility and reproducibility of this echocardiographic method were also investigated. METHODS: Twenty-five TAK female patients (mean age 28.3±6.2 years) and 25 strictly matched healthy controls were included according to rigorous inclusion and exclusion criteria...
March 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451086/does-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-have-any-prognostic-significance-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients
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Abolfazl Dohaei, Sepideh Taghavi, Ahmad Amin, Shahin Rahimi, Nasim Naderi
Introduction: Noninvasive measurement of arterial stiffness by pulse-wave velocity (PWV) has prognostic value in different sub groups of cardiovascular disorders. We aimed to measure the PWV in advanced heart failure (HF) patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and investigate whether it has any prognostic significance in this group of patients. Methods: Between 2013 to 2015 patients with a diagnosis of advanced HF (LVEF ≤ 30%) scheduled for right heart catheterization (RHC) were included in our study...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448191/total-arterial-compliance-estimated-by-a-novel-method-is-better-related-to-left-ventricular-mass-compared-to-aortic-pulse-wave-velocity-the-safar-study
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Theodore G Papaioannou, Athanase D Protogerou, Antonis Argyris, Evangelia Aissopou, George Georgiopoulos, Efthimia Nasothimiou, Christos Tountas, Petros P Sfikakis, Nikolaos Stergiopulos, Dimitrios Tousoulis
The investigation of the association between total arterial compliance (CT)-estimated by a novel technique-with left ventricular mass (LVM) and hypertrophy (LVH). Our hypothesis was that CT may be better related to LVM compared to the gold-standard regional aortic stiffness. Within the frame of the ongoing cross-sectional study "SAFAR," 226 subjects with established hypertension or with suspected hypertension underwent blood pressure (BP) assessment, carotid-to-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV), and echocardiographic measurement of LVM...
2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
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