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hypertension, atherosclerosis, carotid intima media thickness

Stefanie R van Mil, L Ulas Biter, Gert-Jan M van de Geijn, Erwin Birnie, Martin Dunkelgrun, Jan N M IJzermans, Noelle van der Meulen, Guido H H Mannaerts, Manuel Castro Cabezas
INTRODUCTION: Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and obesity are both related to increased risk of cardiovascular disease and mortality. Early atherosclerotic vascular changes can be detected by non-invasive tests like carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) and pulse wave velocity (PWV). Both cIMT and PWV are significantly impaired in T2DM patients and in obese patients, but the additional effect of T2DM on these vascular measurements in obese subjects has not been evaluated. METHODS: Two hundred morbidly obese patients with or without T2DM were enrolled in a prospective cohort study and underwent extensive laboratory testing, including cIMT and PWV measurements...
March 13, 2018: Obesity Surgery
Caitlynd Myburgh, Hugo W Huisman, Catharina M C Mels
Oxidative stress has been implicated in the development of hypertension, arterial stiffness and atherosclerosis. Optimal functioning of the enzymatic antioxidant system is central to prevent increased oxidative stress and its consequences. We aimed to investigate the relationships of ambulatory blood pressure and carotid intima-media thickness with enzyme activities of the glutathione cycle in 396 young, black and white South Africans of the African-PREDICT study. Ambulatory blood pressure and carotid intima-media thickness were measured and glutathione peroxidase and glutathione reductase activities were analyzed...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Human Hypertension
Smitha R Vidi
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Hypertension is an independent risk factor for progression of chronic kidney disease (CKD) in children. Children with early CKD develop hypertension secondary to renal disease. This review aims to highlight recent advances that help us better understand the current role of hypertension in progression of CKD in children. RECENT FINDINGS: There is increasing evidence that children with CKD who have hypertension develop early atherosclerosis and cardiac adaptive changes...
April 2018: Current Opinion in Pediatrics
Salvatore Petta, Luigi Elio Adinolfi, Anna Ludovica Fracanzani, Francesca Rini, Rosalia Caldarella, Vincenza Calvaruso, Calogero Cammà, Marcello Ciaccio, Vito Di Marco, Stefania Grimaudo, Anna Licata, Aldo Marrone, Riccardo Nevola, Rosaria Maria Pipitone, Antonio Pinto, Luca Rinaldi, Daniele Torres, Antonino Tuttolomondo, Luca Valenti, Silvia Fargion, Antonio Craxì
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Recent studies suggest an association between HCV infection and cardiovascular damage, including carotid atherosclerosis, with a possible effect of HCV clearance on cardiovascular outcomes. We aimed to examine whether HCV eradication by direct antiviral agents (DAA) improves carotid atherosclerosis in HCV-infected patients with advanced fibrosis/compensated cirrhosis. MATERIALS AND METHODS: One hundred eighty-two consecutive HCV patients with advanced fibrosis or compensated cirrhosis were evaluated by virological, anthropometric and metabolic measurements...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Hepatology
Maira Giannelou, Andrianos Nezos, Sofia Fragkioudaki, Dimitra Kasara, Kyriaki Maselou, Nikolaos Drakoulis, Dimitris Ioakeimidis, Haralampos M Moutsopoulos, Clio P Mavragani
OBJECTIVE: Elevated concentrations of homocysteine have been previously identified as an independent risk factor for subclinical atherosclerosis in patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE). Given that heightened homocysteine levels are known to be strongly influenced by genetic factors, in the current study we investigated the contribution of high homocysteine levels as well as of functional polymorphisms of the gene encoding for the enzyme 5, 10- methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase to atherosclerotic disease characterizing SLE patients...
February 28, 2018: Clinical Immunology: the Official Journal of the Clinical Immunology Society
Adeleye Dorcas Omisore, Olusola Comfort Famurewa, Morenikeji Adeyoyin Komolafe, Christiana Mopelola Asaleye, Michael Bimbola Fawale, Babalola Ishmael Afolabi
BACKGROUND: Traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CVRFs), which include age, gender, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidaemia, smoking, alcohol consumption, chronic kidney disease and obesity, have been shown to be associated with atherosclerosis. We aimed to evaluate the impact of traditional CVRFs on carotid atherosclerosis (CA) in a sample of Nigerian adults. METHODS: We examined 162 subjects with traditional CVRFs in a cross-sectional study. Demographic and clinical data, including history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, smoking, alcohol intake and chronic kidney disease, as well as systolic and diastolic blood pressure, weight and height were collected...
February 28, 2018: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Paula Boaventura, Cecília Durães, Adélia Mendes, Natália Rios Costa, Inês Chora, Sara Ferreira, Emanuel Araújo, Pedro Lopes, Gilberto Rosa, Pedro Marques, Sofia Tavares, Vanessa Chaves, Paulo Bettencourt, Inês Oliveira, Francisco Costa, Isabel Ramos, Maria José Teles, João Tiago Guimarães, Manuel Sobrinho-Simões, Paula Soares
Nontargeted late effects of radiation include an increased risk of cardiovascular disease, although this is still debatable in the context of low-dose radiation. Tinea capitis patients treated in childhood with X rays to induce scalp epilation received a low dose of radiation to their carotids. To better clarify this issue, we evaluated carotid atherosclerosis in a cohort of such patients treated in 1950-1963 in Portugal. A group of 454 individuals randomly chosen from previously observed Portuguese tinea capitis patients and a control group mainly composed of their spouses (n = 280) were enrolled...
February 20, 2018: Radiation Research
Fatih Yüksel, Duran Karataş, Figen Tunalı Türkdoğan, Özlem Yüksel
The aim of the present study was to investigate whether increased intima media thickness was associated with the severity of subjective non-pulsatile tinnitus and hearing loss. Data of the patients who came to Otorhinolaryngology Department of Isparta Government Hospital with subjective non-pulsatile tinnitus complaint, between January 2012 and June 2013, were evaluated retrospectively. A total of 215 patients were included in the present study. Hearing tests, biochemical analysis, tinnitus handicap inventory (THI), visual analogue scale (VAS) and doppler ultrasonography results of the patients were reviewed and recorded...
March 2018: Indian Journal of Otolaryngology and Head and Neck Surgery
Sunita Dodani, Gyanendra K Sharma
INTRODUCTION: South Asian Immigrants (SAIs) are the second fastest growing Asian immigrant population in the US, and at a higher risk of type 2 diabetes (diabetes) and coronary artery disease (CAD) than the general US population. OBJECTIVES: We sought to determine in SAIs the; 1) the prevalence of CAD risk factors in diabetics and non-diabetics; and b) the high possibility of CAD in diabetic SAIs. We also assessed the prevalence of sub-clinical CAD in both diabetics and non-diabetics SAIs using common carotid artery Intima-media thickness (CIMT) as a surrogate marker for atherosclerosis...
January 2018: Indian Heart Journal
Praew Kotruchin, Satoshi Hoshide, Kazuomi Kario
The impact of a nondipping blood pressure (BP) pattern, defined as (awake systolic BP - sleep systolic BP)/awake systolic BP < 0.1, on cardiovascular events in populations with different degrees of carotid atherosclerosis is uncertain. The authors hypothesized that a nondipping BP pattern would show differential predictive power for cardiovascular events, including total cardiovascular death, sudden death, nonfatal cardiovascular events, and nonfatal stroke, between populations with and without carotid atherosclerosis...
February 16, 2018: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Melissa C Caughey, Ye Qiao, B Gwen Windham, Rebecca F Gottesman, Thomas H Mosley, Bruce A Wasserman
Background: Both hypertensive and atherosclerotic processes contribute to common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT). Elevated CCA-IMT may be indicative of subclinical cerebrovascular disease; however, its role in the absence of concomitant carotid artery plaque is uncertain, and few studies have examined associations in black populations. Materials and Methods: At cohort visit 3 (1993-1995) a subset of stroke-free participants (641 blacks and 702 whites, mean age 63) from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study was imaged by brain MRI and carotid ultrasound...
February 7, 2018: American Journal of Hypertension
Ki-Hong Kim, In Geol Song, Taek-Geun Kwon, Jeong Bae Park, Kee-Sik Kim, Wuon-Shik Kim, Jang-Ho Bae
Hypertension has been associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Carotid intima media thickness is increased in hypertensive patients. But, the correlation between carotid intima media thickness and antihypertensive agents is still uncertain. Therefore, we investigated carotid intima media thickness based on types of antihypertensive agents. 1809 patients were enrolled in this study and it showed that 1079 hypertensive patients had thicker carotid intima media thickness than non-hypertensive patients, with carotid intima media thicknesses of (0...
February 4, 2018: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
Yalin Guan, Changshen Yu, Min Shi, Jingxian Ni, Yanan Wu, Hongfei Gu, Lingling Bai, Jie Liu, Jun Tu, Jinghua Wang, Xianjia Ning
We assessed the association between the mean carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels in a low-income population in rural China. Adults aged ≥45 years without a history of diabetes, stroke, or cardiovascular disease were recruited. All participants were categorized into four groups according to FPG level. A total of 3509 participants were analyzed in this study. In the univariate analysis, sex, age, education level, hypertension, central obesity, current smoking, alcohol consumption, and higher levels of FPG, total cholesterol (TC), triglycerides (TG), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were associated with mean CIMT and frequency of increased CIMT...
December 19, 2017: Oncotarget
Mayumi Shoji, Minoru Takemoto, Kazuki Kobayashi, Toshihiro Shoji, Satoka Mori, Jun-Ichi Sagara, Hiroyuki Kurosawa, Yoshiaki Hirayama, Kenichi Sakamoto, Takahiro Ishikawa, Masaya Koshizaka, Yoshiro Maezawa, Koutaro Yokote
Podocalyxin is a cell surface sialomucin, which is expressed in not only glomerular podocytes but also vascular endothelial cells. Urinary podocalyxin is used as a marker for glomerular disease. However, there are no reports describing serum podocalyxin (s-Podxl) levels. Therefore, the association between s-Podxl levels and clinical parameters were examined with 52 patients. s-Podxl level was evaluated using enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay. The median s-Podxl level was 14.2 ng/dL (interquartile range: 10...
January 10, 2018: Scientific Reports
Fernanda Genre, Javier Rueda-Gotor, Sara Remuzgo-Martínez, Alfonso Corrales, Begoña Ubilla, Verónica Mijares, Carlos Fernández-Díaz, Virginia Portilla, Ricardo Blanco, José Luis Hernández, Javier Llorca, Raquel López-Mejías, Miguel Angel González-Gay
OBJECTIVES: Due to the high incidence of cardiovascular disease in axial spondyloarthritis (axSpA), the search of potential biomarkers that may help to identify patients with high cardiovascular risk is of main importance. Therefore, in this study we assessed the implication of osteoprotegerin (OPG) and sclerostin (SCL), two biomarkers associated with cardiovascular disease and bone metabolism, in the clinical spectrum and atherosclerotic disease of patients with axSpA. METHODS: OPG and SCL serum levels were determined in 163 axSpA Spanish patients (119 ankylosing spondylitis and 44 non-radiographic axSpA) and 63 healthy controls by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay...
December 15, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
Aashima Dabas, Thushanth Thomas, Monita Gahlot, Nandita Gupta, K Devasenathipathy, Rajesh Khadgawat
Objective: To evaluate for subclinical atherosclerosis and its risk factors in Indian obese children. Materials and Methods: A cross-sectional, case-control study was conducted to recruit 80 children aged 6-17 years with constitutional obesity as cases and 23 age- and gender-matched controls with normal body mass index (BMI). Anthropometric and clinical evaluation was followed by biochemical analysis and body fat estimation by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in cases...
November 2017: Indian Journal of Endocrinology and Metabolism
Dokyung Kim, Wonhah Park
Individuals with prehypertension have a greater risk of developing hypertension and cardiovascular disease than those with normal blood pressure. Good cardiorespiratory fitness has been associated with a reduced risk for cardiovascular diseases, but whether it is related to slower progression of early atherosclerosis is unclear. We evaluated 442 women, aged 40-60 years, with resting systolic blood pressure 120-139 mmHg and diastolic blood pressure 80-89 mmHg, defined as prehypertension in cross-sectional study...
2017: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
Swasti Indhirajanti, Paul L A van Daele, Sven Bos, Monique T Mulder, Ilze Bot, Jeanine E Roeters van Lennep
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Mast cells have been implicated in the development and progression of atherosclerosis in animal models and human autopsy studies. However, it is unknown whether long-term exposure to excess of mast cells is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD) in humans. Our objective was to compare the prevalence of CVD and cardiovascular risk factors in patients with systemic mastocytosis (SM) and controls. METHODS: In 50 patients with SM and 50 age and sex matched controls, the history of CVD and presence of cardiovascular risk factors were assessed...
January 2018: Atherosclerosis
XiaoXiao Zhao, Liujin Bo, Hongwei Zhao, Lihong Li, Yingyan Zhou, Hongyu Wang
BACKGROUND: Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is a significant early prediction signal for preclinical atherosclerosis. Plasma homocysteine (Hcy) level is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases. Pulse wave velocity (PWV), an index of arterial stiffness (AS), has showed its value in the evaluation of AS in vascular-related diseases. The data regarding the relationships between cIMT and other indices of vascular damage are limited and partly controversial. We aim to investigate the relationships between cIMT and other indices of vascular damage such as Hcy and carotid femoral PWV (CF-PWV)...
2018: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
Tomohisa Nezu, Naohisa Hosomi, Shiro Aoki, Noriyuki Suzuki, Tsukasa Teshima, Hitoshi Sugii, Shinobu Nagahama, Yoshiki Kurose, Hirofumi Maruyama, Masayasu Matsumoto
AIMS: Although several antihypertensive agents reduced the carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), it remains unclear whether those agents affect the interadventitial diameter (IAD). We aimed to examine whether cilnidipine, an L/N-type calcium channel blocker, reduced the common carotid IMT or IAD in post-stroke hypertensive patients. METHODS: The common carotid IMT and IAD were measured at the start of cilnidipine treatment and 12 months from that. The changes in the mean max-IMT or IAD between baseline and the 12-month follow-up were evaluated and compared between the thick group (max-IMT ≥1...
December 9, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
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