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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28740581/the-parathyroid-gland-and-heart-disease
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Spandana J Brown, Mary D Ruppe, Laila S Tabatabai
The parathyroid glands are critical to maintaining calcium homeostasis through actions of parathyroid hormone (PTH). Recent clinical and molecular research has shown that direct and indirect actions of PTH also affect the heart and vasculature through downstream actions of G protein-coupled receptors in the myocardium and endothelial cells. Patients with disorders of the parathyroid gland have higher incidences of hypertension, arrhythmias, left ventricular hypertrophy, heart failure, and calcific disease which translate into increased cardiac morbidity and mortality...
April 2017: Methodist DeBakey Cardiovascular Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28739184/carotid-plaque-instability-is-not-related-to-quantity-but-to-elemental-composition-of-calcification
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S Bischetti, M Scimeca, E Bonanno, M Federici, L Anemona, R Menghini, S Casella, M Cardellini, A Ippoliti, A Mauriello
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Recent studies highlighted the role of calcification processes in the clinical progression of chronic cardiovascular diseases. In this study we investigated the relationship between the chemical composition of calcification and atherosclerotic plaque stability in carotid arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS: To this end, we characterized the calcification on 229 carotid plaques, by morphology, immunohistochemistry, transmission electron microscopy and energy dispersive X-ray microanalysis...
May 31, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28736564/characterization-of-an-animal-model-to-study-risk-factors-and-new-therapies-for-the-cardiorenal-syndrome-a-major-health-issue-in-our-aging-population
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Anja Verhulst, Ellen Neven, Patrick C D'Haese
BACKGROUND: The cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) is a major health problem in our aging population. The term was introduced to cover disorders of the kidneys and heart, whereby dysfunction of one organ may induce dysfunction of the other. As the natural history of the CRS is mostly slow, hence difficult to explore in clinical trials, adequate animal models combining cardiovascular and renal disease are required. Therefore, we developed and characterized a usable model for CRS type 4, i.e. chronic kidney disease (CKD) causing cardiac dysfunction...
June 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735838/cardiovascular-effects-of-air-pollution
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REVIEW
Thomas Bourdrel, Marie-Abèle Bind, Yannick Béjot, Olivier Morel, Jean-François Argacha
Air pollution is composed of particulate matter (PM) and gaseous pollutants, such as nitrogen dioxide and ozone. PM is classified according to size into coarse particles (PM10), fine particles (PM2.5) and ultrafine particles. We aim to provide an original review of the scientific evidence from epidemiological and experimental studies examining the cardiovascular effects of outdoor air pollution. Pooled epidemiological studies reported that a 10μg/m(3) increase in long-term exposure to PM2.5 was associated with an 11% increase in cardiovascular mortality...
July 20, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734922/warfarin-use-is-associated-with-progressive-coronary-arterial-calcification-insights-from-serial-intravascular-ultrasound
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Jordan Andrews, Peter J Psaltis, Ozgur Bayturan, Mingyuan Shao, Brian Stegman, Mohamed Elshazly, Samir R Kapadia, E Murat Tuzcu, Steven E Nissen, Stephen J Nicholls, Rishi Puri
OBJECTIVES: This study compared serial changes in coronary percent atheroma volume (PAV) and calcium index (CaI) in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with and without warfarin. BACKGROUND: Warfarin blocks the synthesis and activity of matrix Gla protein, a vitamin K-dependent inhibitor of arterial calcification. The longitudinal impact of warfarin on serial coronary artery calcification in vivo in humans is unknown. METHODS: In a post hoc patient-level analysis of 8 prospective randomized trials using serial coronary intravascular ultrasound examinations, this study compared changes in PAV and CaI in matched arterial segments in patients with coronary artery disease who were treated with (n = 171) and without (n = 4,129) warfarin during an 18- to 24-month period...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730800/optimizing-the-role-of-transthoracic-echocardiography-to-improve-the-cardiovascular-risk-stratification-the-dream-of-subclinical-coronary-artery-disease-detection
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Giovanni Benfari, Andrea Rossi, Giulia Geremia, Giulia Vinco, Carlo Zivelonghi, Aldo D Milano, Leonardo Gottin, Flavio L Ribichini, Francesco Onorati, Giuseppe Faggian
Detecting coronary artery disease at a subclinical level has always been a challenging task for cardiologists. Various non-invasive echocardiographic approaches such as measurements of left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic function, left atrial enlargement, valve sclerosis and calcification, epicardial fat thickness, and pulse wave velocity have been proposed to integrate the available risk-charts. The present review is a collection of evidence that supports the role of the above mentioned features in cardiac risk stratification, summarizing the state of the art in non-invasive echocardiographic coronary risk assessment...
July 21, 2017: Minerva Medica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721154/obesity-and-inflammation-the-linking-mechanism-and-the-complications
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Mohammed S Ellulu, Ismail Patimah, Huzwah Khaza'ai, Asmah Rahmat, Yehia Abed
Obesity is the accumulation of abnormal or excessive fat that may interfere with the maintenance of an optimal state of health. The excess of macronutrients in the adipose tissues stimulates them to release inflammatory mediators such as tumor necrosis factor α and interleukin 6, and reduces production of adiponectin, predisposing to a pro-inflammatory state and oxidative stress. The increased level of interleukin 6 stimulates the liver to synthesize and secrete C-reactive protein. As a risk factor, inflammation is an imbedded mechanism of developed cardiovascular diseases including coagulation, atherosclerosis, metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, and diabetes mellitus...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709592/vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease-here-to-stay
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Christina M Wyatt, Tilman B Drueke
Vascular calcification is common in patients with advanced kidney disease, and has been strongly linked to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population. Recent clinical and translational studies demonstrate that vascular calcification is also associated with cardiovascular morbidity in the setting of chronic kidney disease, and that once established, may persist even when kidney function is restored.
August 2017: Kidney International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705824/carotid-plaque-morphology-and-ischemic-vascular-brain-disease-on-mri
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Q J A van den Bouwhuijsen, M W Vernooij, B F J Verhaaren, H A Vrooman, W J Niessen, G P Krestin, M A Ikram, O H Franco, A van der Lugt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vulnerable carotid plaque components are reported to increase the risk of cerebrovascular events. Yet, the relation between plaque composition and subclinical ischemic brain disease is not known. We studied, in the general population, the association between carotid atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and ischemic brain disease on MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 951 participants underwent both carotid MR imaging and brain MR imaging...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703931/rationale-and-design-of-a-randomized-trial-of-apixaban-vs-warfarin-to-evaluate-atherosclerotic-calcification-and-vulnerable-plaque-progression
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Kazuhiro Osawa, Rine Nakanishi, Theingi Tiffany Win, Dong Li, Sina Rahmani, Negin Nezarat, Nasim Sheidaee, Matthew J Budoff
Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) are known to increase vascular calcification, suggesting increased cardiovascular disease events. Apixaban is an oral direct factor Xa inhibitor superior to warfarin at preventing stroke or systemic embolism and may stabilize coronary atherosclerosis. The potential benefits of avoiding VKA therapy and the favorable effects of factor Xa inhibitors could contribute to cardiovascular disease event reduction. We hypothesized that apixaban inhibits vascular calcification and coronary atherosclerosis progression compared with warfarin in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)...
July 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698808/vitamins-k1-and-k2-the-emerging-group-of-vitamins-required-for-human-health
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REVIEW
Gerry Kurt Schwalfenberg
OBJECTIVE: To review the evidence for the use of vitamin K supplementation in clinical conditions such as osteoporosis, vascular calcification, arthritis, cancer, renal calculi, diabetes, and warfarin therapy. QUALITY OF EVIDENCE: PubMed was searched for articles on vitamin K (K1 and K2) along with books and conference proceedings and health conditions listed above. Level I and II evidence supports the use of vitamins K1 and K2 in osteoporosis and Level II evidence supports vitamin K2 in prevention of coronary calcification and cardiovascular disease...
2017: Journal of Nutrition and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698175/echocardiographic-aortic-valve-calcification-and-outcomes-in-women-and-men-with-aortic-stenosis
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Henrik K Thomassen, Giovanni Cioffi, Eva Gerdts, Eigir Einarsen, Helga Bergljot Midtbø, Constantino Mancusi, Dana Cramariuc
OBJECTIVE: Sex differences in risk factors of aortic valve calcification (AVC) by echocardiography have not been reported from a large prospective study in aortic stenosis (AS). METHODS: AVC was assessed using a prognostically validated visual score and grouped into none/mild or moderate/severe AVC in 1725 men and women with asymptomatic AS in the Simvastatin Ezetimibe in Aortic Stenosis study. The severity of AS was assessed by the energy loss index (ELI) taking pressure recovery in the aortic root into account...
July 11, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692481/differences-in-coronary-plaque-characteristics-between-patients-with-and-those-without-peripheral-arterial-disease
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Krzysztof L Bryniarski, Erika Yamamoto, Higuma Takumi, Lei Xing, Thomas Zanchin, Tomoyo Sugiyama, Hang Lee, Ik-Kyung Jang
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular mortality of patients with combined peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and coronary artery disease (CAD) is twice as high as that in those with either disease alone. It is known that patients with PAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention have a higher incidence of adverse cardiac events such as myocardial infarction or target vessel revascularization. OBJECTIVE: In this study, we compared the detailed characteristics of culprit and nonculprit plaques between patients with and those without PAD using optical coherence tomography...
July 7, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28689704/glycated-hemoglobin-albuminuria-and-surrogate-markers-of-macrovascular-disease-the-guangzhou-biobank-cohort-study-cardiovascular-disease-subcohort
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Konstantinos A Toulis, Chao Q Jiang, Karla Hemming, Krishnarajah Nirantharakumar, Kar K Cheng, Tai H Lam, G Neil Thomas
OBJECTIVES: To explore the clinical utility of glycated hemoglobin (A1C) levels as an early marker of albuminuria, macrovascular disease and subclinical cardiovascular disease in comparison to fasting and postprandial glucose levels in a well-characterized Chinese population with no history of diabetes. METHODS: The study population consisted of 1223 individuals who were enrolled in the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study, Cardiovascular Disease Subcohort, and who had undergone oral glucose tolerance tests...
July 6, 2017: Canadian Journal of Diabetes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28686736/higher-mineralized-bone-volume-is-associated-with-a-lower-plain-x-ray-vascular-calcification-score-in-hemodialysis-patients
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Teresa Adragao, Anibal Ferreira, Joao M Frazao, Ana Luisa Papoila, Iola Pinto, Marie-Claude Monier-Faugere, Hartmut H Malluche
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: In dialysis patients, there is an increasing evidence that altered bone metabolism is associated with cardiovascular calcifications. The main objective of this study was to analyse, in hemodialysis patients, the relationships between bone turnover, mineralization and volume, evaluated in bone biopsies, with a plain X-ray vascular calcification score. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS AND MEASUREMENTS: In a cross-sectional study, bone biopsies and evaluation of vascular calcifications were performed in fifty hemodialysis patients...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684044/influence-of-metabolic-syndrome-and-diabetes-on-progression-of-calcific-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Ariane Testuz, Virginia Nguyen, Tiffany Mathieu, Caroline Kerneis, Dimitri Arangalage, Naozumi Kubota, Isabelle Codogno, Sarah Tubiana, Candice Estellat, Claire Cimadevilla, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
BACKGROUND: Determinants of the progression of aortic stenosis (AS) remained unclear. Metabolic syndrome (MetS) and diabetes are suspected to play an active role but literature is scarce and results conflicting. We sought to assess their impact in an ongoing prospective cohort of asymptomatic patients with at least mild AS. METHODS: We enrolled 203 patients (73±9years, 75% men) with at least 2years of follow-up. Risk-factors assessment was performed at baseline...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682566/-vascular-calcifications-in-subjects-with-and-without-chronic-renal-failure-types-sites-and-risk-factors
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Annibale Marinelli, Anteo Di Napoli
Vascular calcifications worse outcomes in the general population and in patients on dialysis. We investigated 146 patients on chronic hemodialysis and 63 healthy controls with normal renal function under 65 years of age. All subjects underwent B-mode ultrasonography of common and internal carotid artery, abdominal aorta, common and superficial femoral artery and posterior tibial artery to assess the presence of intimal and medial calcifications. Intimal and media calcifications were present at the level of the carotid vessel, the abdominal aorta, the common femoral artery, the superficial femoral artery and the posterior tibial artery, respectively in 45%, 50%, 45%, 50%, 42% of patients on dialysis and in 5%, 15%, 24%, 5%, 2% of controls (p <0,01)...
April 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28682040/-imaging-in-ckd
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Carlo Ratti, Laura Grassi, Emiliana Ferramosca, Paolo Raggi
Imaging has contributed to the successful reduction of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in the general population and it has demonstrated excellent potential among patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The well-known severity of cardiovascular disease in patients suffering from CKD requires an accurate risk stratification of these patients in several clinical situations. Alterations of both structure and function of the myocardium as well as severe vasculopathy are highly prevalent in patients with advanced CKD...
March 2017: Giornale Italiano di Nefrologia: Organo Ufficiale Della Società Italiana di Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28681124/toe-brachial-index-as-a-predictor-of-cardiovascular-disease-and-all-cause-mortality-in-people-with-type-2-diabetes-and-microalbuminuria
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Emilie H Zobel, Bernt Johan von Scholten, Henrik Reinhard, Frederik Persson, Tine W Hansen, Hans-Henrik Parving, Peter K Jacobsen, Peter Rossing
AIMS/HYPOTHESIS: The study aimed to evaluate toe-brachial index (TBI) and ankle-brachial index (ABI) as determinants of incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality in people with type 2 diabetes and microalbuminuria. METHODS: This was a prospective study including 200 participants. Unadjusted and adjusted (traditional risk factors and additional inclusion of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide [NT-proBNP] and coronary artery calcification) Cox regression models were performed...
July 5, 2017: Diabetologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28679558/effect-modification-of-chronic-kidney-disease-on-the-association-of-circulating-and-imaging-cardiac-biomarkers-with-outcomes
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L Parker Gregg, Beverley Adams-Huet, Xilong Li, Gates Colbert, Nishank Jain, James A de Lemos, S Susan Hedayati
BACKGROUND: Cardiac troponin T and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) are elevated in >50% of dialysis patients and are associated with poor outcomes. Few data investigated these associations in earlier chronic kidney disease (CKD). METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied whether CKD modified associations of elevated BNP, N-terminal-pro-BNP, high-sensitivity cardiac troponin T, coronary artery calcification, and left ventricular hypertrophy with all-cause death and cardiovascular death/events in 3218 multiethnic individuals followed for 12...
July 5, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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