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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29153811/calcific-degeneration-of-cormatrix-4-years-after-bicuspidization-of-unicuspid-aortic-valve
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Zahra Mosala Nezhad, Pamela Baldin, Alain Poncelet, Gebrine El Khoury
We report the long-term outcomes of a 12-year-old boy who underwent bicuspidization of a severely stenotic unicuspid aortic valve with CorMatrix small intestinal submucosal extracellular matrix (CorMatrix Cardiovascular, Roswell, GA). CorMatrix supported favorable immediate surgical and echocardiographic outcomes and maintained stable growing functional dynamics for 2 years. At 52.5 months in situ, however, the valve failed with severe calcification, fibrosis, and retraction necessitating a redo operation. Reconstructive operations with CorMatrix are feasible, but this result questions its capacity for constructive remodeling in left-sided valve repair...
December 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150938/regulation-of-calcification-in-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells-infected-with-high-glucose-treated-porphyromonas-gingivalis
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Te-Chuan Chen, Chien-Tsong Lin, Shao-Ju Chien, Shun-Fu Chang, Cheng-Nan Chen
Porphyromonas (P.) gingivalis infection leading to the periodontitis has been associated with the development of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. However, the effect of a high concentration of glucose (HG) on the invasion efficiency of P. gingivalis and the consequent modulation of pathogenesis in vascular cells, especially in the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), remains unclear. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate whether treating P. gingivalis with HG could change its invasion capability and result in VSMC calcification and the underlying mechanism...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145460/trail-attenuates-rankl-mediated-osteoblastic-signalling-in-vascular-cell-mono-culture-and-co-culture-models
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Emma Harper, Keith D Rochfort, Hannah Forde, Colin Davenport, Diarmuid Smith, Philip M Cummins
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Vascular calcification (VC) is a major risk factor for elevated cardiovascular morbidity/mortality. Underlying this process is osteoblastic signalling within the vessel wall involving complex and interlinked roles for receptor-activator of nuclear factor-κB ligand (RANKL), osteoprotegerin (OPG), and tumour necrosis factor-related apoptosis-inducing ligand (TRAIL). RANKL promotes vascular cell osteoblastic differentiation, whilst OPG acts as a neutralizing decoy receptor for RANKL (and TRAIL)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142966/oral-magnesium-supplementation-in-chronic-kidney-disease-stages-3-and-4-efficacy-safety-and-effect-on-serum-calcification-propensity-a%C3%A2-prospective-randomized-double-blinded-placebo-controlled-clinical-trial
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Iain Bressendorff, Ditte Hansen, Morten Schou, Burton Silver, Andreas Pasch, Pierre Bouchelouche, Lise Pedersen, Lars Melholt Rasmussen, Lisbet Brandi
Introduction: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Recent evidence suggests that increases in both serum and intracellular magnesium (Mg) can slow or even prevent the development of vascular calcification seen in CKD. Serum calcification propensity (T50) is a novel functional test, which is associated with all-cause mortality in CKD and measures the ability of serum to delay the formation of crystalline nanoparticles. Theoretically, increasing serum Mg should improve T50 and thereby reduce the propensity towards ectopic calcification...
May 2017: KI Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142489/correlation-between-osteoprotegerin-serum-level-and-coronary-calcification-using-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-patient-with-moderate-severe-cardiovascular-risk-factor
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J Nugroho, Widorini Widorini
Coronary artery calcification is a part of atherosclerosis process associated with coronary heart disease. Recently, coronary artery calcification assessment using computed tomography (CT) is still the best noninvasive imaging with high sensitivity and specificity. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is one of vascular calcification marker that through its role to bind receptor activator of nuclear factor-κβ ligand and inhibit osteoclastogenesis is suspected of playing a role for coronary calcification in atherosclerosis process...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142010/value-of-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcification-for-risk-prediction-of-coronary-and-cardiovascular-events-result-of-the-heinz-nixdorf-recall-hnr-study
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Nils Lehmann, Raimund A Erbel, Amir A Mahabadi, Michael Rauwolf, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Susanne Moebus, Hagen Kälsch, Thomas Budde, Axel Schmermund, Andreas Stang, Dagmar Führer-Sakel, Christian Weimar, Ulla Roggenbuck, Nico Dragano, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
Background -Computed tomography (CT) allows estimation of coronary artery calcium (CAC) progression. We evaluated several progression algorithms in our unselected, population-based cohort for risk prediction of coronary and cardiovascular (CV) events. Methods -In 3281 participants (45-74 years), free from CV disease until the 2(nd) visit, risk factors and CTs at baseline (b) and after a mean of 5.1 years (5y) were measured. Hard coronary and cardiovascular events as well as total CV events including revascularization were recorded during a follow-up time of 7...
November 15, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137892/role-of-pyrophosphate-in-vascular-calcification-in-chronic-kidney-disease
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Daniel Azpiazu, Sergio Gonzalo, Emilio González-Parra, Jesús Egido, Ricardo Villa-Bellosta
Vascular calcification is a pathology characterized by the deposition of calcium-phosphate in cardiovascular structures, mainly in the form of hydroxyapatite crystals, resulting in ectopic calcification. It is correlated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease and myocardial infarction in diabetic patients and in those with chronic kidney disease (CKD). Vascular smooth muscle cells are sensitive to changes in inorganic phosphate (Pi) levels. They are able to adapt and modify some of their functions and promote changes which trigger calcification...
November 11, 2017: Nefrología: Publicación Oficial de la Sociedad Española Nefrologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29134617/vascular-calcification-is-not-related-to-serum-fetuin-a-and-osteopontin-levels-in-hemodialysis-patients
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O Ulutas, M C Taskapan, A Dogan, T Baysal, H Taskapan
INTRODUCTION: Vascular calcification (VC) in hemodialysis (HD) patients is a sign of severe cardiovascular disease and can predict cardiovascular outcomes. Fetuin-A and osteopontin (OPN) inhibit VC. Serum fetuin-A levels are lower in patients with end-stage kidney disease (ESKD) and in those who are on chronic HD therapy. However, there are limited data concerning OPN in patients who are on dialysis. The aim of our study was to determine VC in HD patients, the relationship between VC and 25-OH-vitamin D, fetuin-A, and OPN levels, and independent predictors of VC...
November 13, 2017: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133976/bisphosphonates-atherosclerosis-and-vascular-calcification-update-and-systematic-review-of-clinical-studies
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REVIEW
Carla Caffarelli, Andrea Montagnani, Ranuccio Nuti, Stefano Gonnelli
Background: Epidemiologic and clinical data have suggested the existence of a biologic linkage between the bone system and the vascular system. Bisphosphonates (BPs) are effective inhibitors of bone resorption and are currently considered the drugs of choice for the prevention and treatment of osteoporosis and related fractures. Data from several publications have suggested that BPs may also be effective in reducing the atherosclerotic process and vascular calcification, but the results of these studies are contrasting...
2017: Clinical Interventions in Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130612/caliber-and-fitness-of-the-axillary-artery-as-a-conduit-for-large-bore-cardiovascular-procedures
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Daniel M Arnett, James C Lee, Michael A Harms, Kathleen E Kearney, Mario Ramos, Bryn M Smith, Emily C Anderson, Rajiv Tayal, James M McCabe
OBJECTIVES: We sought to describe the caliber and vascular health of the subclavian and axillary arteries as related to their potential utilization in complex cardiovascular procedures. BACKGROUND: Patients referred for advanced catheter-based therapies frequently have lower extremity peripheral vascular disease that may prohibit the use of large bore arterial catheters. Utilization of the upper extremity peripheral vasculature is rarely considered as an alternative access strategy...
November 11, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121522/effects-of-vitamin-k-antagonist-on-aortic-valve-degeneration-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-patients-prospective-4-year-observational-study
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Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Yukihiro Koretsune, Takashi Akasaka, Akira Kisanuki, Nobuyuki Ohte, Takashi Takenaka, Masaaki Takeuchi, Kiyoshi Yoshida, Kazunori Iwade, Yuji Okuyama, Yutaka Hirano, Yasuharu Takeda, Yasumasa Tsukamoto, Yoshiharu Kinugasa, Satoshi Nakatani, Takashi Sakamoto, Katsuomi Iwakura, Takashi Sozu, Tohru Masuyama
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of atrial fibrillation (AF) is high in elder subjects. Our previous observational study suggested that vitamin K antagonist (VKA) promotes aortic valve degeneration, a principal cause of aortic stenosis in the elderly, and that angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) attenuates its progression. This study aimed to prospectively investigate these observations in non-valvular AF patients. METHODS: Of enrolled 430 patients with calcification on no or one aortic valve leaflet, all of the planned 4-year follow-up data were obtained in 122 non-valvular AF patients treated with warfarin (warfarin group) and 101 patients with cardiovascular diseases and without AF and prescription of warfarin (non-warfarin group)...
November 6, 2017: Thrombosis Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120587/matrix-metalloproteinase-2-and-osteoprotegrin-as-new-markers-of-increased-atherosclerotic-risk-in-egyptian-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease
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Amany M Elsaeed, Amal H Ibrahiem, Asmaa A Ali
The prevalence of chronic kidney disease (CKD) is rising continuously. Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is among the leading causes of death and premature mortality of patients with CKD. It has been suggested that the assessment of CKD-associated CVD risk factors together with conventional risk factors should be performed in order to improve the prediction of coronary heart disease risk. The reduction of these factors seems to be effective in lowering cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with CKD...
January 2017: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29118767/long-term-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcification-is-independent-of-classical-risk-factors-c-reactive-protein-and-parathyroid-hormone-in-renal-transplant-patients
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Sibel Gulcicek, Carmine Zoccali, Deniz Çebi Olgun, Giovanni Tripepi, Selma Alagoz, Serkan Feyyaz Yalın, Sinan Trabulus, Mehmet R Altiparmak, Nurhan Seyahi
Aims: Compared to the general population, mortality is significantly increased in renal transplant recipients. In the general population, coronary artery calcification (CAC) and its evolution over time are associated with cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, and the study of this biomarker could provide useful information for describing the long-term progression of coronary heart disease in renal transplant recipients. Methods: We followed up a cohort of 113 renal transplant patients by performing three multi-detector computed tomography studies over 83...
October 2017: Cardiorenal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106835/impact-of-mitral-annular-calcium-on-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Marco B Ancona, Francesco Giannini, Antonio Mangieri, Damiano Regazzoli, Richard J Jabbour, Akihito Tanaka, Luca Testa, Vittorio Romano, Matteo Longoni, Manuela Giglio, Francesca Besana, Michele Cacucci, Eustachio Agricola, Alaide Chieffo, Ottavio Alfieri, Matteo Montorfano, Antonio Colombo, Azeem Latib
A high prevalence of mitral annular calcium (MAC) is expected in patients undergoing transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI); however, data regarding the prevalence of MAC and impact on risk of cardiovascular events are lacking. To determine the prevalence of MAC and its association with clinical outcomes in patients undergoing TAVI, we retrospectively analyzed 424 patients who underwent transfemoral TAVI from 2007 to 2015 and whose preoperative computed tomography images were available for assessment of MAC...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103930/superior-mesenteric-artery-calcification-is-associated-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-systemic-calcified-atherosclerosis-and-increased-mortality
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Timothy C Lin, C Michael Wright, Michael H Criqui, Matthew A Allison
BACKGROUND: Atherosclerosis is a major risk factor for morbidity and mortality. However, epidemiologic data are sparse regarding risk factors for superior mesenteric artery calcification (SMAC), the association between SMAC and disease in other arterial beds, or the independent contribution of SMAC to risk of mortality. The objective of this study was to test the hypothesis that presence and extent of SMAC are associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, calcification in other arterial beds, and both cardiovascular and all-cause mortality, independent of classic risk factors and calcification in other arterial beds...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101839/community-based-statins-and-advanced-carotid-plaque-role-of-cd163-positive-macrophages-in-lipoprotein-associated-phospholipase-a2-activity-in-atherosclerotic-plaque
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Fumiyuki Otsuka, XiaoQing Zhao, Hugh H Trout, Ye Qiao, Bruce A Wasserman, Masataka Nakano, Colin H Macphee, Martin Brandt, Sue Krug-Gourley, Liang Guo, Elena R Ladich, Qi Cheng, Harry R Davis, Aloke V Finn, Renu Virmani, Frank D Kolodgie
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2), an enzymatic inflammatory biomarker primarily bound to low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, is associated with an approximate twofold increased risk of cardiovascular disease and stroke. Despite indications that circulating Lp-PLA2 is sensitive to statins, it remains largely unknown whether statin usage exerts local effects on Lp-PLA2 expression at the site of atheromatous plaque. METHODS: Carotid plaques (n = 38) were prospectively collected from symptomatic (n = 18) and asymptomatic (n = 20) patients with (n = 20) or without (n = 18) documented statin history...
October 14, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101018/tissue-processing-techniques-for-fabrication-of-covered-stents-for-small-diameter-vascular-intervention
#17
Shahar Cohen, Smadar Magal, Itay Yakov, Evyatar Sirabella, Anna Bitman, Gabriel Groisman, Chaim Lotan
Animal-derived pericardial tissue is a widely used biomaterial typically treated with glutaraldehyde (GA) to achieve immunological acceptance and long-term durability. However, GA fixation of biological tissue is associated with long-term failure due to degeneration and calcification. In this study, we evaluated two alternative tissue processing methods for the fabrication of pericardial tissue covered stents: detergent-based decellularization (decell) and limited exposure to GA (gentle-glut). Processed pericardial tissues were extensively characterized both in-vitro and in-vivo...
October 31, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100059/enlarged-perivascular-spaces-in-the-basal-ganglia-are-independently-associated-with-intracranial-atherosclerosis-in-the-elderly
#18
Oscar H Del Brutto, Robertino M Mera
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Enlarged basal ganglia perivascular spaces (BG-PVS) are a marker of cerebral small vessel disease (SVD). The association between enlarged BG-PVS and atherosclerosis has been explored, but knowledge is limited to extracranial vessels. We aimed to assess whether enlarged BG-PVS correlate with carotid siphon calcifications (CSC), used as a surrogate of intracranial atherosclerosis. METHODS: Atahualpa residents aged ≥60 years underwent head computed tomography (CT) for assessment of CSC, and brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) for evaluation of BG-PVS and other imaging markers of SVD...
October 20, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29094215/insulin-resistance-and-glycine-metabolism-in-humans
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REVIEW
M Adeva-Andany, G Souto-Adeva, E Ameneiros-Rodríguez, C Fernández-Fernández, C Donapetry-García, A Domínguez-Montero
Plasma glycine level is low in patients with obesity or diabetes and the improvement of insulin resistance increases plasma glycine concentration. In prospective studies, hypoglycinemia at baseline predicts the risk of developing type 2 diabetes and higher serum glycine level is associated with decreased risk of incident type 2 diabetes. Consistently, plasma glycine concentration is lower in the lean offspring of parents with type 2 diabetes compared to healthy subjects. Among patients with type 2 diabetes, hypoglycinemia occurs before clinical manifestations of the disease, but the pathophysiological mechanisms underlying glycine deficit and its potential clinical repercussions are unclear...
November 1, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29092109/epicardial-adipose-tissue-thickness-independently-predicts-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Amir A Mahabadi, Heike A Kahlert, Iryna Dykun, Bastian Balcer, Philipp Kahlert, Tienush Rassaf
BACKGROUND: Epicardial fat tissue (EAT) is associated with coronary as well as aortic valve calcification. The study aim was to determine whether EAT thickness is different in patients with and without aortic valve stenosis (AVS). METHODS: A cohort of 200 consecutive patients with severe AVS and 200 matched patients without AVS were included retrospectively in the study. EAT thickness was quantified, using transthoracic echocardiography, as the space between the epicardial wall of the myocardium and the visceral layer of the pericardium...
May 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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