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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301910/soluble-fms-like-tyrosine-kinase-1-as-a-link-between-angiogenesis-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-pediatric-patients-with-%C3%AE-thalassemia-intermedia
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Azza Abdel Gawad Tantawy, Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Omneya Ibrahim Youssef, Mohamed ElSayed Ali
Endothelial damage has been implicated in the pathogenesis of vascular complications in β-thalassemia intermedia (β-TI). Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 (sFLT-1) is a member of the vascular endothelial growth factor receptor (VEGFR) family. Soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase 1 is an antiangiogenic protein that induces endothelial dysfunction by adhering to and inhibiting VEGF and placenta growth factor. The aim of this study was to assess the level of sFLT-1 in 35 children and adolescents with β-TI, correlating it with markers of hemolysis and iron overload as well as cardiopulmonary complications...
January 1, 2017: Clinical and Applied Thrombosis/hemostasis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291054/progression-of-atherosclerosis-in-hiv-infected-individuals-prospective-data-from-an-asian-cohort
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Grace Lui, Ronald Cw Ma, Ping Chook, Chun-Kwok Wong, Claudia Ht Tam, Michael Hm Chan, Shui-Shan Lee, Rity Yk Wong, Catherine Sk Cheung, Kin-Wing Choi, Ping-Chung Leung, Ka-Hing Wong, Kenny Cw Chan, Nelson Lee
BACKGROUND: The magnitude and risk factors of progression of atherosclerosis in Asian HIV-infected individuals were unknown. This study aimed to evaluate: (1) the rate of progression of atherosclerosis in HIV-infected individuals, and (2) metabolic and inflammatory parameters that may predict atherosclerosis progression in HIV-infected individuals in an Asian cohort. SETTING: A prospective, longitudinal study was performed among adults attending an HIV Metabolic clinic in Hong Kong...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndromes: JAIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28288539/ischemia-modified-albumin-as-a-marker-of-vascular-dysfunction-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-%C3%AE-thalassemia-major
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Amira Abdel Moneam Adly, Nayera Hazaa Khalil ElSherif, Eman Abdel Rahman Ismail, Yosra Abdelzaher Ibrahim, Gamal Niazi, Sara Hamed Elmetwally
BACKGROUND: Ischemia-modified albumin (IMA) is an altered type of serum albumin that forms under conditions of oxidative stress and an independent predictor of major adverse cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVES: To measure the levels of IMA in 45 children and adolescents with β-thalassemia major (β-TM) compared with 30 healthy controls and assess its relation to lipid peroxidation, vascular complications and subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: β-TM patients without symptoms of heart disease were studied focusing on transfusion history, chelation therapy, serum ferritin, malondialdehyde (MDA) and IMA levels...
March 13, 2017: Redox Report: Communications in Free Radical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28282559/platelets-and-circulating-cd34-positive-cells-as-an-indicator-of-the-activity-of-the-vicious-cycle-between-hypertension-and-endothelial-dysfunction-in-elderly-japanese-men
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Yuji Shimizu, Shimpei Sato, Jun Koyamatsu, Hirotomo Yamanashi, Mako Nagayoshi, Koichiro Kadota, Shin-Ya Kawashiri, Keita Inoue, Yasuhiro Nagata, Takahiro Maeda
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The bi-directional association between hypertension and endothelial dysfunction (vicious cycle) is crucial for the development of cardiovascular disease. Since platelets and circulating CD34-positive cells have been reported to contribute to vascular repair (endothelial repair and the development of atherosclerosis), these two factors could act as an indicator for the activity of this vicious cycle. METHODS: We conducted a cross-sectional study of 580 Japanese men aged 60-69 years who underwent an annual health check-up...
February 24, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28281456/insulin-resistance-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients-contributing-factors-and-relationship-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Hiurma Sánchez-Pérez, Beatriz Tejera-Segura, Antonia de Vera-González, Alejandra González-Delgado, José Manuel Olmos, José Luis Hernández, Alfonso Corrales, Raquel López-Mejías, Miguel Angel González-Gay, Iván Ferraz-Amaro
OBJECTIVES: Insulin resistance (IR) plays a role in the increased cardiovascular risk of systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients. This study aimed to determine the potential association of IR with disease activity, drug exposure and subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with SLE. METHODS: This cross-sectional study encompassed 87 non-diabetic SLE patients and 82 sex-matched controls. Insulin and C-peptide serum levels, IR indexes by homeostatic model assessment (HOMA2) (both insulin-based: HOMA2-IR, and with C-peptide: HOMA2-IR-C-peptide) and lipid profiles were assessed in patients and controls...
March 8, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28270891/visit-to-visit-low-density-lipoprotein-cholesterol-variability-is-an-independent-determinant-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Akiko Takenouchi, Ayaka Tsuboi, Kaori Kitaoka, Satomi Minato, Miki Kurata, Keisuke Fukuo, Tsutomu Kazumi
BACKGROUND: Studies demonstrated that visit-to-visit variability in low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC) is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events in subjects with coronary artery disease. Whether visit-to-visit variability in LDLC levels affects subclinical atherosclerosis is unknown. This study sought to evaluate the role of visit-to-visit variability in LDLC levels on subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: We evaluated 162 type 2 diabetic patients with measurement of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT)...
April 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257609/albuminuria-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-associations-with-ra-characteristics-and-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Amanda Sammut, Steven Shea, Roger S Blumenthal, Moyses Szklo, Joan M Bathon, Joseph F Polak, Russell Tracy, Jon T Giles
Background Albuminuria is a marker for subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) in the general population. It is uncertain whether this association is present in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), a population with increased atherosclerosis and CVD events. Methods Urine albumin from a spot morning collection was measured and the ratio of urine albumin:creatinine (uACR) calculated for RA and a population-based sample of demographically matched non-RA controls. Associations of elevated uACR (≥25mg/g for women and ≥17mg/g for men) with CVD risk factors and measures of atherosclerosis [coronary artery calcification (CAC) and ultrasound-determined maximal intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common (CCA) and internal (ICA) carotid arteries, and presence of focal plaque in the ICA] were compared cross-sectionally according to RA status...
March 3, 2017: Arthritis Care & Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225861/predictors-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-evaluated-by-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-asymptomatic-young-women-with-type-1-diabetes-mellitus
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Rosane Kupfer, Manuella Rangel Larrúbia, Isabela Bussade, Joana Rodrigues Dantas Pereira, Giovanna A Balarini Lima, Marcio Antonio Epifanio, Claudio Domenico Sahione Schettino, Denise Prado Momesso
Objective: This study aimed to evaluate the occurrence and clinical predictors of subclinical atherosclerosis in asymptomatic, young adult women with type 1 DM. Subjects and methods: The study included 45 women with type 1 diabetes mellitus (DM) (aged 36 ± 9 years) who underwent carotid Doppler ultrasound evaluation to determine the carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) and to assess the occurrence of carotid artery plaques. Insulin sensitivity was assessed by estimated glucose disposal rate (eGDR), and metabolic syndrome (MS) was defined by the World Health Organization criteria...
February 16, 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28199358/association-between-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-different-subtypes-of-hypertension-in-adult-populations-a-multiethnic-study-in-xinjiang-china
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Yun Wu, Fen Liu, Dilare Adi, Yi-Ning Yang, Xiang Xie, Xiao-Mei Li, Xiang Ma, Zhen-Yan Fu, Ying Huang, Bang-Dang Chen, Chun-Fang Shan, Yi-Tong Ma
BACKGROUND: Ethnic differences in non-invasive measurements of carotid atherosclerosis are being increasingly reported, but the association between carotid atherosclerosis and different subtypes of hypertension in adult populations is not fully understood in different ethnicities. We aimed to investigate the association of carotid atherosclerosis with different subtypes of hypertension in different ethnicities in Xinjiang, a northwestern province in China. METHODS: A total of 14,618 participants (5,757 Hans, 4,767 Uygurs, and 4,094 Kazakhs) from 26 villages of seven cities in Xinjiang were randomly selected from the Cardiovascular Risk Survey conducted during 2007 and 2010...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154582/is-carotid-artery-ultrasound-still-useful-method-for-evaluation-of-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Gee-Hee Kim, Ho-Joong Youn
Carotid ultrasound is an imaging modality that allows non-invasive assessment of vascular anatomy and function. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) has been shown to predict cardiovascular (CV) risk in multiple large studies. However, in 2013, American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association guidelines designated that the carotid IMT as class III evidence level was not recommended for use in clinical practice as a routine measurement of risk assessment for a first atherosclerotic CV event. Following the announcement of this guideline, combined common carotid IMT and plaque, including plaque tissue characterization and plaque burden, using 3D ultrasound was reported to be better than either measurement alone in a variety of studies...
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28137492/subclinical-atherosclerosis-risk-markers-in-patients-with-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
Ling-Yun Wang, Ya-Nan Zhu, Juan-Juan Cui, Ke-Qin Yin, Shao-Xia Liu, Yong-Hua Gao
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Identifying early changes of cardiovascular system before the occurrence of fatal clinical event is critical for the management of COPD. We performed a meta-analysis to investigate the associations between COPD and subclinical markers of cardiovascular risk. METHODS: We searched PUBMED, EMBASE for studies published before Aug 1st, 2016, on the association between COPD and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), prevalence of carotid plaques, flow-mediated dilation (FMD), pulse-wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx)...
February 2017: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109577/traditional-cardiovascular-risk-factors-or-inflammation-which-factors-accelerate-atherosclerosis-in-arthritis-patients
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A Dalbeni, A Giollo, A Tagetti, S Atanasio, G Orsolini, G Cioffi, F Ognibeni, M Rossini, P Minuz, C Fava, O Viapiana
Patients with chronic inflammatory arthritis experience an increased incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events. In addition to visualizing atherosclerotic plaques, ultrasound examinations (USs) of the carotid arteries permit the measurement of subclinical markers of atherosclerosis, such as intima-media thickness (cIMT) and carotid segmental distensibility (cDC). The aims of the study were to identify the determinants of atherosclerosis acceleration (plaques, cIMT and cDC) in a sample of patients suffering from chronic arthritis and to compare these patients with a control group of people with ≤1 traditional risk factor (TRF) for CV disease...
January 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28056529/anterior-tragal-crease-is-associated-with-atherosclerosis
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Pawinee Rerknimitr, Korbkarn Pongpairoj, Chanat Kumtornrat, Ratchathorn Panchaprateep, Cameron P Hurst, Aurauma Chutinet, Pravit Asawanonda, Nijasri C Suwanwela
The utility of the ear crease sign, anterior tragal crease (ATC), as a marker of atherosclerosis is yet to be established. The intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (IMT-CCA) has been used as a noninvasive surrogate marker for atherosclerosis. History of traditional risk factors for atherosclerosis was obtained from 147 volunteers; ear examination was also performed and venous blood was drawn for laboratory analysis. The volunteers then underwent an ultrasonography measurement of the IMT-CCA. In univariate analysis, presence of ATC, age, underlying hypertension, diabetes mellitus, ischemic heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, cigarette smoking, low-density lipoprotein, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein were significantly associated with the IMT-CCA...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051279/carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-blood-biomarkers-of-atherosclerosis-in-patients-after-stroke-or-myocardial-infarction
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Iwona Kurkowska-Jastrzebska, Michał A Karlinski, Beata Błazejewska-Hyzorek, Iwona Sarzynska-Dlugosz, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Anna Czlonkowska
AIM: To test if circulating levels of markers of inflammation, endothelial function, and chronic infections, as well as association between these markers and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), depend on the stage of atherosclerosis expressed as a history of a major vascular event. METHODS: The associations were analyzed separately in 75 healthy controls, 79 patients 3-6 months after the first-ever non-cardioembolic ischemic stroke (IS), and 37 patients 3-6 months after the first-ever myocardial infarction (MI)...
December 31, 2016: Croatian Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998824/plaque-surface-irregularity-and-calcification-length-within-carotid-plaque-predict-secondary-events-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Shinichi Nonin, Shinichi Iwata, Kenichi Sugioka, Suwako Fujita, Naoki Norioka, Asahiro Ito, Masashi Nakagawa, Minoru Yoshiyama
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Although comprehensive risk factor modification is recommended, a uniform management strategy does not necessarily prevent secondary events in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Therefore, identification of high-risk patients who may benefit from more intensive interventions may improve prognosis. Carotid ultrasound can reliably identify systemic atherosclerosis, and carotid plaque and intima-media thickness (IMT) are known independent risk factors for CAD...
January 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931554/a-study-to-derive-distribution-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-to-determine-its-correlation-with-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-nationwide-indian-population-score-india
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Ravi R Kasliwal, Manish Bansal, Nagaraj Desai, Bhavesh Kotak, Ammar Raza, Hardik Vasnawala, Amit Kumar
BACKGROUND: There is presently no data to describe normal distribution of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), an established measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in Indian subjects. METHODS: In this multi-centric study, 1229 subjects with age ≥30 years and no previous cardiovascular disease (CVD) underwent CVD risk factor assessment and CIMT measurement. Mean far wall common carotid artery IMT was measured on both sides and averaged. RESULTS: Mean age of the subjects was 48...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899079/vasopressin-related-copeptin-is-a-novel-predictor-of-early-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-adult-polycystic-kidney-disease
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Ismail Kocyigit, Mahmut Ilker Yilmaz, Ozkan Gungor, Eray Eroglu, Aydin Unal, Ozcan Orscelik, Bulent Tokgoz, Murat Sipahioglu, Ahmet Sen, Juan Jesús Carrero, Oktay Oymak, Jonas Axelsson
BACKGROUND: In this study, we examined the relative usefulness of serum copeptin levels as a surrogate marker of vasopressin (AVP) in adult polycystic kidney disease (ADPKD) by correlating it with baseline and longitudinal changes in markers of both renal function and common CVD manifestations (hypertensive vascular disease, atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction) that accompany the progression of this disease. METHODS: We studied a cohort of young and otherwise healthy ADPKD patients (n = 235) and measured cardiovascular function using flow-mediation dilatation (FMD), carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) and pulse wave velocity (PWV), as well as serum copeptin (commercial ELISA, a stable marker of AVP activity)...
November 30, 2016: BMC Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27859887/preclinical-atherosclerosis-at-the-time-of-pre-eclamptic-pregnancy-and-up-to-10-years-postpartum-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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REVIEW
N M Milic, J Milin-Lazovic, T L Weissgerber, G Trajkovic, W M White, V D Garovic
OBJECTIVES: Pre-eclampsia (PE) is a pregnancy-specific hypertensive disorder that has been associated with cardiovascular risk factors and vascular changes, such as acute atherosis in placental blood vessels, similar to early-stage atherosclerosis. The objective of this study was to determine whether women with PE have increased atherosclerotic burden, as determined by the carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), compared with women without PE. METHODS: We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that reported CIMT, a non-invasive, ultrasound-based measure of subclinical atherosclerosis, in women who did vs those who did not have PE...
January 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812790/the-role-of-sleeve-gastrectomy-in-reducing-cardiovascular-risk
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Luciana Tromba, Francesco Tartaglia, Sabino Carbotta, Nadia Sforza, Fabio Pelle, Vanessa Colagiovanni, Giovanni Carbotta, Stefania Cavaiola, Giovanni Casella
BACKGROUND: Obesity is an independent cardiovascular risk factor and a catalyst of other cardiovascular risk factors, such as hypertension, dyslipidemia, type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2) and metabolic syndrome. METHODS: We analyzed cardiovascular risk in obese patients before and after sleeve gastrectomy (SG). To this end, we studied changes in body mass index (BMI), blood chemistry parameters that characterize the risk of atherosclerosis and instrumental parameters (objective markers of this risk), namely intima-media thickness (IMT) and flow-mediated dilation (FMD), the latter reflecting endothelial function...
November 4, 2016: Obesity Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27812055/carotid-intima-media-thickness-evaluation-by-ultrasound-comparison-amongst-healthy-diabetic-and-hypertensive-pakistani-patients
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Waseem Mirza, Mubashir Arain, Arif Ali, Vaqar Bari, Mirza Kazim, Kainat Fatima, Zafar Sajjad, Aziz Jiwani, Nadeem Ahmad
OBJECTIVE: To compare carotid Intima media thickness and atherosclerosis burden amongst healthy, diabetic and hypertensive Pakistani patients. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was carried out at the Department of radiology and family medicine, Aga Khan University Hospital Karachi from April 2014 to July 2015. Bilateral carotid ultrasound was done in 133 healthy adults, 65 hypertensive, 31 type-2 diabetic and 37 hypertensive with type-2 diabetes patients. Normal adults were matched for age and gender...
November 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
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