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REVIEW
Bernd Schultes
The metabolic syndrome (MS) comprises a cluster of metabolic disturbances including obesity, hyperglycemia, dyslipidemia, and elevated blood pressure that are pathophysiologically highly interlinked and that altogether lead to an increased cardiovascular (CV) risk. While lifestyle interventions represent the basic therapeutic measure to address all components of the MS, they are in most cases not effective enough to reduce the CV risk. Therefore, pharmacological interventions are necessary for many patients...
October 2016: Visceral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921039/clinical-manifestation-and-management-of-adpkd-in-western-countries
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REVIEW
Claudia Sommerer, Martin Zeier
BACKGROUND: Autosomal dominant polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) is the most common hereditary kidney disease in Western countries. The prevalence is between 2.4/10,000 and 3.9/10,000. ADPKD represents a systemic disease resulting in deterioration in renal function. Until now, mutations in two genes (PKD1 and PKD2) have been identified. Recently, the European Medicines Agency (EMA) approved the use of the vasopressin V2 receptor antagonist tolvaptan to slow the progression of cyst development and renal insufficiency connected with ADPKD in adult patients with chronic kidney disease stages 1-3 at initiation of treatment with evidence of rapidly progressing disease...
October 2016: Kidney Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920412/leptin-and-calorie-intake-among-different-nicotine-dependent-groups
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Muhammad Zulhusni Suhaimi, Zulkefli Sanip, Hamid Jan Jan, Harmy Mohamed Yusoff
BACKGROUND: Exposure to nicotine via tobacco smoking may influence leptin release and decrease food intake among smokers. However, the effect of nicotine exposure on leptin and food intake among different nicotine dependent groups is unclear. OBJECTIVE: We aimed to measure leptin and calorie intake among different nicotine dependent groups. DESIGN: Cross-sectional study. SETTING: Research department in school of medical sciences...
November 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920215/plasma-nt-probnp-mirrors-the-deleterious-cardiovascular-and-renal-continuum-in-hypertension
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Pierre-Yves Courand, Brahim Harbaoui, Clément Bècle, Carine Mouly-Bertin, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were (a) to test the ability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) to detect subclinical target organ damage (TOD) denoted by left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), aortic stiffness or renal damage and (b) to test its reproducibility in two different conditions in an ancillary study. METHODS: The study included 837 patients (50.9% men) with hypertension aged 50 ± 24 years with a median 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) of 148/90 mmHg...
December 5, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920131/maternal-urinary-bisphenol-a-concentration-during-midterm-pregnancy-and-children-s-blood-pressure-at-age-4
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Sanghyuk Bae, Youn-Hee Lim, Young Ah Lee, Choong Ho Shin, Se-Young Oh, Yun-Chul Hong
Bisphenol A (BPA) has been reported to be associated with adverse health effects, including high blood pressure (BP). BPA is also suspected to cross placenta in pregnancy and might affect children's health. The present study was aimed to evaluate the effect of prenatal exposure to BPA on the BP of the child at the age of 4. We followed up 645 children at the age of 4 who were born from women who participated midterm during their pregnancy in a birth cohort study from August 2008 to July 2011. Because BPA and BP showed nonlinear association, we constructed a piecewise regression model to examine the association between urinary BPA concentration of mother at around 20 weeks of gestation and BP of the child at age 4 and to determine threshold level of BPA for the association...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920129/chronic-inhibition-of-renal-outer-medullary-potassium-channel-not-only-prevented-but-also-reversed-development-of-hypertension-and-end-organ-damage-in-dahl-salt-sensitive-rats
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Xiaoyan Zhou, Michael J Forrest, Wanda Sharif-Rodriguez, Gail Forrest, Daphne Szeto, Olga Urosevic-Price, Yonghua Zhu, Andra S Stevenson, Yuchen Zhou, Sloan Stribling, Maya Dajee, Shawn P Walsh, Alexander Pasternak, Kathleen A Sullivan
The renal outer medullary potassium (ROMK) channel mediates potassium recycling and facilitates sodium reabsorption through the Na(+)/K(+)/2Cl(-) cotransporter in the loop of Henle and potassium secretion at the cortical collecting duct. Evidence from the phenotype of humans and rodents with functional ROMK deficiency supports the contention that selective ROMK inhibitors (ROMKi) will represent a novel diuretic with potential of therapeutic benefit for hypertension. ROMKi have recently been synthesized by Merck & Co, Inc...
December 5, 2016: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919931/low-mt-co1-in-monocytes-and-microvesicles-is-associated-with-outcome-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Paul Holvoet, Maarten Vanhaverbeke, Katarzyna Bloch, Pieter Baatsen, Peter Sinnaeve, Stefan Janssens
BACKGROUND: Cytochrome oxidase (COX) IV complex regulates energy production in mitochondria. Impaired COX gene expression is related to obesity and type 2 diabetes mellitus, but whether it is directly related to the incidence of cardiovascular events is unknown. We investigated whether COX gene expression in monocytes is predictive for cardiovascular events in coronary artery disease patients. To avoid monocyte isolation from fresh blood, we then aimed to validate our findings in monocyte-derived microvesicles isolated from plasma...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919826/should-blood-pressure-goal-be-individualized-in-hypertensive-patients
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REVIEW
Alexandra Yannoutsos, Rania Kheder-Elfekih, Jean-Michel Halimi, Michel E Safar, Jacques Blacher
The aim of the present review is to consider the clinical relevance of individualized blood pressure (BP) goal under treatment in hypertensive patients according to their age, comorbidities or established cardiovascular (CV) disease. Evidence from large-scale randomized trials to support a lower BP goal, as initially recommended by guidelines in high-risk hypertensive patients, were lacking. Recently, the randomized intervention SPRINT trial studied two treatment targets for systolic BP (120mm Hg versus 140mm Hg in the intensive and standard treatment group, respectively) among high-risk hypertensive patients, without diabetes and without a history of prior stroke...
December 2, 2016: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919218/a-glycemic-threshold-of-90-mg-dl-promotes-early-signs-of-atherosclerosis-in-apparetly-healthy-overweight-obese-subjects
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Marco Matteo Ciccone, Francesca Cortese, Michele Gesualdo, Ilaria Donvito, Santa Carbonara, Giovanni De Pergola
BACKGROUND: Alterations of glucose metabolism represent well known risk factors for the atherosclerotic process and then for cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVE: to investigate the association between fasting glucose and early signs of atherosclerosis, by means of carotid intima-media thickness (c-IMT) in a population of apparently healthy overweight/obese subjects. In addition, we evaluated the possible existence of a glycemic threshold above which the risk of atherosclerosis significantly increases...
December 5, 2016: Endocrine, Metabolic & Immune Disorders Drug Targets
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919055/associations-with-health-related-quality-of-life-after-intracerebral-haemorrhage-pooled-analysis-of-interact-studies
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Candice Delcourt, Danni Zheng, Xiaoying Chen, Maree Hackett, Hisatomi Arima, Jun Hata, Emma Heeley, Rustam Al-Shahi Salman, Mark Woodward, Yining Huang, Thompson Robinson, Pablo M Lavados, Richard I Lindley, Christian Stapf, Leo Davies, John Chalmers, Craig S Anderson, Shoichiro Sato
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Limited data exist on health-related quality of life (HRQoL) after intracerebral haemorrhage (ICH). We aimed to determine baseline factors associated with HRQoL among participants of the pilot and main phases of the Intensive Blood Pressure Reduction in Acute Cerebral Haemorrhage Trials (INTERACT 1 and 2). METHODS: The INTERACT studies were randomised controlled trials of early intensive blood pressure (BP) lowering in patients with ICH (<6 hours) and elevated systolic BP (150-220 mm Hg)...
October 21, 2016: Journal of Neurology, Neurosurgery, and Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918385/neurally-adjusted-ventilatory-assist-in-preterm-infants-with-established-or-evolving-bronchopulmonary-dysplasia-on-high-intensity-mechanical-ventilatory-support-a-single-center-experience
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Young Hwa Jung, Han-Suk Kim, Juyoung Lee, Seung Han Shin, Ee-Kyung Kim, Jung-Hwan Choi
OBJECTIVES: The aim of the present study was to report possible improvements in ventilator variables associated with a transition from synchronized intermittent mandatory ventilation to neurally adjusted ventilatory assist in preterm infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia who required a high level of mechanical ventilatory support in a single center. DESIGN: Retrospective study. SETTING: Neonatal ICU. PATIENTS: Twenty-nine preterm infants with a median gestational age of 25...
December 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918253/placental-growth-factor-alone-or-in-combination-with-soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-an-aid-to-the-assessment-of-women-with-suspected-pre-eclampsia-systematic-review-and-economic-analysis
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Geoff K Frampton, Jeremy Jones, Micah Rose, Liz Payne
BACKGROUND: Pre-eclampsia (PE) prediction based on blood pressure, presence of protein in the urine, symptoms and laboratory test abnormalities can result in false-positive diagnoses. This may lead to unnecessary antenatal admissions and preterm delivery. Blood tests that measure placental growth factor (PlGF) or the ratio of soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFlt-1) to PlGF could aid prediction of PE if either were added to routine clinical assessment or used as a replacement for proteinuria testing...
November 2016: Health Technology Assessment: HTA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917705/efficacy-of-argane-oil-on-metabolic-syndrome-in-a-moroccan-knee-osteoarthritis-population
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Jamila Essouiri, Fatima Ezzahra Abourazzak, Faiza Lazrak, Adil Najdi, Nadia Benaicha, Taoufik Harzy, Mourad Errasfa
Five medical conditions characterizes metabolic syndrome: abdominal obesity, elevated blood pressure, elevated fasting plasma glucose, high serum triglycerides, and low high-density lipoproteins cholesterol. When a patient has three of the five above parameters, he is called to have metabolic syndrome, and these conditions represents a key element in cardiovascular diseases. On the other hand, knee osteoarthritis is a degenerative disease which was shown to be affected by some of the parameters of metabolic syndrome...
December 4, 2016: Current Rheumatology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917700/posterior-reversible-encephalopathy-syndrome-following-elevated-mean-arterial-pressures-for-cervical-spinal-cord-injury
#14
Jeffrey H Zimering, Addisu Mesfin
BACKGROUND: Increasing the mean arterial pressure (MAP) is an accepted treatment modality to minimize the risk for irreversible neurologic damage secondary to spinal cord ischemia. Posterior reversible encephalopathy syndrome (PRES) is a rare complication occurring after transplantation surgery, in persons having an autoimmune disorder or after abrupt increases in blood pressure of various etiologies. STUDY DESIGN: Case report. METHODS: Retrospective evaluation of medical records...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Spinal Cord Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917469/association-of-dysfunctional-synapse-defective-1-syde1-with-restricted-fetal-growth-syde1-regulates-placental-cell-migration-and-invasion
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Hsiao-Fan Lo, Ching-Yen Tsai, Chie-Pein Chen, Liang-Jie Wang, Yun-Shien Lee, Chia-Yu Chen, Chung-Tiang Liang, Mei-Leng Cheong, Hungwen Chen
The transcription factor glial cells missing 1 (GCM1) regulates trophoblast differentiation and function during placentation. Decreased GCM1 expression is associated with preeclampsia, suggesting that abnormal expression of GCM1 target genes may contribute to the pathogenesis of pregnancy complications. Here we identified a novel GCM1 target gene, synapse defective 1 (SYDE1), which encodes a RhoGAP that is highly expressed in human placenta, and demonstrated that SYDE1 promotes cytoskeletal remodelling and cell migration and invasion...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916816/blueberry-consumption-affects-serum-uric-acid-concentrations-in-older-adults-in-a-sex-specific-manner
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Carol L Cheatham, Itzel Vazquez-Vidal, Amanda Medlin, V Saroja Voruganti
Blueberries are rich in antioxidants and may protect against disease. Uric acid accounts for about 50% of the antioxidant properties in humans. Elevated levels of serum uric acid (SUA) or hyperuricemia is a risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The aim was to determine the effect of blueberries on SUA in older adults. Participants (n = 133, 65-80 years) experiencing mild cognitive impairment (MCI) were randomized in a double-blind 6-month clinical trial to either blueberry or placebo. A reference group with no MCI received no treatment...
November 29, 2016: Antioxidants (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916478/development-and-external-validation-of-a-model-predicting-death-after-surgery-in-patients-with-a-ruptured-abdominal-aortic-aneurysm-the-dutch-aneurysm-score
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G C I von Meijenfeldt, S C van Beek, F Bastos Gonçalves, H J M Verhagen, C J Zeebregts, A C Vahl, W Wisselink, M J van der Laan, R Balm
OBJECTIVE: The decision whether or not to proceed with surgical intervention of a patient with a ruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (rAAA) is very difficult in daily practice. The primary objective of the present study was to develop and to externally validate a new prediction model: the Dutch Aneurysm Score (DAS). METHODS: With a prospective cohort of 10 hospitals (n = 508) the DAS was developed using a multivariate logistic regression model. Two retrospective cohorts with rAAA patients from two hospitals (n = 373) were used for external validation...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Vascular and Endovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916321/exercise-induced-quantitative-microvolt-t-wave-alternans-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Murillo de Oliveira Antunes, Nelson Samesima, Horacio Gomes Pereira Filho, Afonso Yoshikiro Matsumoto, Richard L Verrier, Carlos Alberto Pastore, Edmundo Arteaga-Fernández, Charles Mady
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have elevated risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). Our study aimed to quantitatively characterize microvolt T-wave alternans (TWA), a potential arrhythmia risk stratification tool, in this HCM patient population. METHODS: TWA was analyzed with the quantitative modified moving average (MMA) in 132 HCM patients undergoing treadmill exercise testing, grouped according to Maron score risk factors as high-risk (H-Risk, n=67,), or low-risk (L-Risk, n=65, without these risk factors)...
October 28, 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916219/coupling-factor-6-is-upregulated-in-monocrotaline-induced-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-rats
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Nannan Li, Jie Yin, Weidong Cai, Jingjing Liu, Na Zhang, Suhua Yan, Lucheng Song, Xiaolu Li
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare and fatal disease. The prostacyclin (PGI2) pathway is a well-known therapeutic target for PAH. As a novel vasoconstrictive peptide, coupling factor 6 (CF6) has been recognized as the only endogenous inhibitor of PGI2. However, the relationship between CF6 and PAH is still unknown. In this study, we investigated the involvement of CF6 in PAH in rats. METHODS: A total of 80 Sprague-Dawley rats were randomly divided into 2 groups: a control group (with saline intraperitoneally) and a monocrotaline (MCT)-treated group (with MCT 60mg/kg intraperitoneal injection)...
December 2016: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916048/-the-impact-of-red-blood-cell-distribution-width-on-outcome-of-elective-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-non-anemia-patients
#20
X M Liu, J Z Dong, X H Liu, J P Kang, T Y Luo, Y Guan, T Y Dai, Y Zhang, R Bai, X Du, C S Ma
Objective: Previous studies have revealed that the red blood cell distribution width (RDW) was associated with long-term prognosis in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). However, they did not exclude patients with anemia. This study, thus, investigated the association between RDW and prognosis in non-anemia patients. Methods: A total of 2 732 patients underwent elective PCI from July 2009 to September 2011 were enrolled in the study. These patients were divided into two groups based on their baseline median RDW levels: low RDW group (RDW<12...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
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