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Aortic stiffness

Ayça Ata Korkmaz, Ali R Akyüz
BACKGROUND: Patients with hypertension are predisposed to atherosclerosis of large vessels and are at increased risk of target organ damage and related clinical sequelae. Cardioankle vascular index (CAVI) is a novel parameter of arterial stiffness and a surrogate marker of subclinical atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate the relation between aortic knob calcification (AKC) and CAVI in asymptomatic hypertensive patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Sixty patients with AKC and age-matched sex-matched 60 control individuals without AKC were enrolled...
October 18, 2016: Blood Pressure Monitoring
Yang Li, You-Bin Deng, Xiao-Jun Bi, Ya-Ni Liu, Jun Zhang, Li Li, Bin Chen
This study evaluated the myocardial strain and aortic elasticity in patients with bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and then investigated the relation between them. Thirty-nine patients (30 males; mean age 44±19 years; range 6 to 75 years) with BAV were recruited as BAV group, and 29 age- and sex-matched healthy controls (21 males; mean age 42±11 years; range 20 to 71 years) served as control group. Aortic strain, distensibility and stiffness index were derived using M-mode echocardiography. Left ventricular global myocardial strain was acquired with speckle-tracking echocardiography...
October 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Leroy L Cooper, Gary F Mitchell
BACKGROUND: Aortic stiffness is associated with cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events and cognitive decline. This mini-review focuses on relations of aortic stiffness with microvascular dysfunction and discusses the contribution of abnormal pulsatile hemodynamics to cerebrovascular damage and cognitive decline. We also provide a rationale for considering aortic stiffness as a putative and important contributor to memory impairment in older individuals. SUMMARY: Aging is associated with stiffening of the aorta but not the muscular arteries, which reduces wave reflection and increases the transmission of pulsatility into the periphery...
September 2016: Pulse (Basel, Switzerland)
Katsutoshi Miura, Hideki Katoh
The aim of this study was to reveal the pathogenesis of aortic stenosis (AS) and regurgitation (AR) by comparing differences in mechanical and biochemical alterations. We applied scanning acoustic microscopy (SAM) to measure the speed of sound (SOS) through valves to estimate the elasticity and monitor sensitivity to protease treatment, as the SOS is correlated with the stiffness of materials, which is reduced after digestion by proteases. The fibrosa of both the AS and AR groups were stiffer than the fibrosa of the normal group...
2016: BioMed Research International
Satoshi Masutani, Seiko Kuwata, Clara Kurishima, Yoichi Iwamoto, Hirofumi Saiki, Masaya Sugimoto, Hirotaka Ishido, Hideaki Senzaki
OBJECTIVE: The details of the ventricular-vascular dynamics of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) in children remain poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that pediatric HFpEF patients have ventricular systolic, diastolic, and arterial stiffening at rest as well as impaired reserve function associated with coronary supply/demand imbalance. METHODS: We studied the ventricular pressure-area relationship in 22 pediatric HFpEF patients and 22 control subjects before and after dobutamine infusion and during abdominal compression...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Yohei Akazawa, Noriko Motoki, Akira Tada, Shoko Yamazaki, Akira Hachiya, Satoshi Matsuzaki, Motoko Kamiya, Tomohiko Nakamura, Tomoki Kosho, Yuji Inaba
BACKGROUND: The characteristics of aortic elasticity are unclear in children with connective tissue disorders (CTDs) such as Marfan syndrome (MFS) and Loeys-Dietz syndrome (LDS), especially in those with a non-dilated aortic root (AoR). This study evaluated the aortic elasticity properties of pediatric MFS and LDS patients with either dilated or non-dilated AoR.Methods and Results:The 31 children with MFS or LDS were classified into dilated (Z score of AoR diameter ≥2.5; n=17) or non-dilated (Z score of AoR diameter <2...
October 13, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Aydın Güçlü, Gökay Nar, Atilla Içli, Nail Özhan, Siren Sezer
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October 11, 2016: Medical Principles and Practice: International Journal of the Kuwait University, Health Science Centre
Dustin M Lee, Micah L Battson, Dillon K Jarrell, Kimberly Cox-York, Michelle T Foster, Tiffany L Weir, Christopher L Gentile
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the effects of a Western diet (WD) and supplementation with Fuzhuan tea on large artery stiffness, as determined by aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV). METHODS: Mice were subjected to a standard diet (SD; n = 12) or WD (n = 10) for 7 mo, and were then separated to receive nonsupplemented drinking water (SD-W and WD-W) or water supplemented with Fuzhuan tea (SD-T and WD-T) (200 mg/kg daily); mice were then maintained on their respective diets for an additional 2 mo...
July 26, 2016: Nutrition
Joana Almeida, José Monteiro, José A Silva, Susana Bertoquini, Jorge Polónia
INTRODUCTION: There is disagreement whether white coat hypertensives (WCH) have different hemodynamic and structural characteristics compared to normotensives (NT) and hypertensives (HT). METHODS: We compared cardiovascular prognostic markers (pulse wave velocity [PWV] and aortic stiffness index [ASI]) and data on central hemodynamics and central pressures (augmentation index [AIx], augmentation pressure [AugP] and pulse pressure amplification [PPA]) from aortic pulse wave analysis between NT (n=175), WCH (n=315) and treated HT (n=691), all with 24-h blood pressure (BP) <130/80 and nocturnal BP <120/70 mmHg after matching for age, gender, body mass index (BMI) and and nocturnal BP...
October 4, 2016: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Gilles Soulat, Nadjia Kachenoura, Emilie Bollache, Ludivine Perdrix, Benoit Diebold, Valentina Zhygalina, Christian Latremouille, Stephane Laurent, Jean-Noel Fabiani, Elie Mousseaux
PURPOSE: Valvuloarterial impedance (ZVA ), estimating left ventricle (LV) afterload, has been proposed in transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) as a predictor of mortality in aortic valve stenosis (AVS). However, its calculation differs from arterial characteristic impedance (ZC ). Our aim was to apply the concept of ZC calculation to estimate ZVA from MR with carotid tonometry and to evaluate these indices through their associations with symptoms, LV diastolic function and aortic stiffness...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Edip Güvenç Çekiç, Özcan Başaran, Nesrin Filiz Başaran, Onur Elmas, Volkan Doğan, Gurbet Özge Mert, Kadir Uğur Mert, Ibrahim Altun, Fatih Akın, Murat Biteker
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Decreased vascular reactivity in atherosclerosis was previously shown. In our study, it was aimed to demonstrate the decreased vascular functions in both microvascular and macrovascular tissues and to estimate any correlation between them. METHODS: Twenty-five control outpatients with no coronary artery disease (CAD) history and 26 outpatients with CAD history were enrolled in the study. Local cutaneous post-occlusive reactive hyperemia (PORH) responses after three minutes of brachial occlusion with a pneumatic cuff were recorded noninvasively by a Perimed Periflux 5010 laser Doppler flow system...
September 28, 2016: Microvascular Research
Mona Adel, Ayman ELSheikh, Sameh Sameer, Waiel Haseeb, Eman ELSheikh, Lamia Kheder
UNLABELLED: Arterial stiffness is increasingly recognized as an important determinant of cardiovascular risk and may be directly involved in the process of atherosclerosis. As atherosclerosis leads to increased arterial resistance and decrease the flow propagation speed within the arterial lumen, a similar decrease in aortic flow propagation with increased downstream resistance is detected, so aortic flow propagation velocity AVP was evaluated in many studies as a new parameter of aortic stiffness...
October 2016: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Chong-Fu Jia, Yi-Nong Jiang, Zhi-Qiang Yang, Xi-Xia Sun, Yang Yu, Hao Wang, Yan Lu, Ai-Jun Chen, Zhao-Qian Wang
BACKGROUND: A new feature of coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is to estimate ascending aortic elasticity without additional cost, but its applicable benefit for prehypertension patients is still unclear. The aim of this study is to discuss the characteristic of ascending aortic elasticity for specific prehypertension patients and its risk factors. METHODS: Coronary CTA examinations of 398 participants were performed using a 128 slicer CT scanner. The differences of 3 ascending aortic elasticity related indices, including aortic distensibility (AD), aortic compliance (AC), and aortic stiffness (ASI), and anatomical measurements were analyzed among the normal, prehypertension, and primary hypertension groups...
September 29, 2016: American Journal of Hypertension
Simon Endes, Seraina Caviezel, Emmanuel Schaffner, Julia Dratva, Christian Schindler, Nino Künzli, Martin Bachler, Siegfried Wassertheurer, Nicole Probst-Hensch, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: There is a lack of evidence concerning associations between novel parameters of arterial stiffness as cardiovascular risk markers and traditional structural and functional vascular biomarkers in a population-based Caucasian cohort. We examined these associations in the second follow-up of the Swiss Cohort Study on Air Pollution and Lung and Heart Diseases in Adults (SAPALDIA 3). METHODS: Arterial stiffness was measured oscillometrically by pulse wave analysis to derive the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), brachial-ankle (baPWV) and aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV), and amplitude of the forward and backward wave...
2016: PloS One
Gian Luca Erre, Alessandra Piras, Silvia Mura, Nicola Mundula, Marco Piras, Loredana Taras, Maria Giovanna Longu, Pier Sergio Saba, Antonello Ganau, Ciriaco Carru, Giuseppe Passiu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether levels of asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), as a measure of endothelial dysfunction, are higher in patients with rheumatoid arthritis compared with healthy control subjects. The relationships between ADMA and surrogate measures of arterial stiffness were evaluated. METHODS: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis and healthy control subjects were recruited. ADMA was quantified via enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. Arterial stiffness was evaluated using pulse wave analysis...
September 2016: Journal of International Medical Research
Noriko Inoue, Hideshi Kawakami, Hideya Yamamoto, Chikako Ito, Saeko Fujiwara, Hideo Sasaki, Yasuki Kihara
The second derivative of the digital photoplethysmogram (SDPTG) is an indicator of arterial stiffness. The ratio of the height of the d wave to the a wave of the SDPTG (d/a) is associated with functional peripheral vascular tension and represents aortic-blood pressure (BP) augmented by reflection waves from the periphery. This longitudinal study aimed to investigate the relationship between SDPTG and cardiovascular mortality in middle-aged and elderly Japanese women. From 1998 to 2008, we recruited 4373 women (50-79 years old at baseline) who underwent medical check-ups and SDPTG measurement...
September 29, 2016: Hypertension Research: Official Journal of the Japanese Society of Hypertension
Stephanie M Moore, Adam J Berrones, Jody L Clasey, Mark G Abel, Bradley S Fleenor
Higher body mass index (BMI) is associated with greater cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk, in part due to aortic stiffening assessed by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV). Importantly, greater cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF; VO2peak) decreases CVD risk, and is associated with reductions in aortic stiffness. We tested the hypothesis that young adult overweight (OW, n=17) compared with healthy-weight (HW, n=17) men will have greater resting aortic stiffness, reduced CRF and an impaired post-exercise hemodynamic response...
September 28, 2016: Vascular Medicine
J Tay, L Foo, C McEniery, I Wilkinson, C Lees
INTRODUCTION: Studies in pre-eclampsia have demonstrated that central haemodynamic changes give more insight than peripheral measures into maternal cardiac and vascular physiology. This study aims to investigate augmentation index (AIX) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) in pregnancies affected by fetal growth restriction (FGR) and compare them to healthy women in the third trimester of pregnancy. Augmentation index (AIx) is a measure of systemic arterial stiffness derived from the ascending aortic pressure waveform...
August 2016: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
Silje Ekroll Jahren, Bernhard Michael Winkler, Paul Philipp Heinisch, Jessica Wirz, Thierry Carrel, Dominik Obrist
OBJECTIVES: In this study, the influence of aortic root distensibility on the haemodynamic parameters and valve kinematics of a bioprosthetic aortic valve was investigated in a controlled in vitro experiment. METHODS: An Edwards INTUITY Elite 21 mm sutureless aortic valve (Edwards Lifesciences, Irvine, CA, USA) was inserted in three transparent aortic root phantoms with different wall thicknesses (0.55, 0.85 and 1.50 mm) mimicking different physiological distensibilities...
September 28, 2016: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Kwame Yeboah, Daniel A Antwi, Ben Gyan, Virginia Govoni, Charlotte E Mills, J Kennedy Cruickshank, Albert G B Amoah
BACKGROUND: Diabetes and hypertension increase arterial stiffness and cardiovascular events in all societies studied so far; sub-Saharan African studies are sparse. We investigated factors affecting arterial function in Ghanaians with diabetes, hypertension, both or neither. METHOD: Testing the hypothesis that arterial stiffness would progressively increase from controls to multiply affected patients, 270 participants were stratified into those with diabetes or hypertension only, with both, or without either...
September 29, 2016: BMC Endocrine Disorders
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