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Robert Munashe Maweni, Nicholas Sunderland, Zahra Rahim, Emmanuella Odih, Jins Kallampallil, Thomas Saunders, Srikanth Akunuri
BACKGROUND: Hypertensive urgency is defined as a severely elevated systolic blood pressure (SBP) of ≥ 180 mmHg and/or diastolic blood pressure (DBP) of ≥ 120 mmHg, in the absence of end organ damage. It is known that there are racial differences in prevalence and severity of hypertension but there is a dearth of studies looking at hypertensive urgency in Black populations living in Europe. AIMS: We sought to define the clinical characteristics of Black patients presenting with hypertensive urgency, in order to better define the risks and complications this growing population of patients faces...
March 14, 2018: Irish Journal of Medical Science
Vahit Demir, Mehmet Tolga Doğru, Hüseyin Ede, Samet Yilmaz, Cağlar Alp, Yunus Celik, Nesligül Yildirim
INTRODUCTION: Statins can reduce cardiovascular events and improve endothelial function. However, differences in the effect of statins on endothelial dysfunction have not been researched sufficiently. Here, we aimed to compare the effects of atorvastatin versus rosuvastatin on endothelial function via flow-mediated and endothelial-independent dilation. METHODS: Hyperlipidaemic subjects on treatment with statins for one year (either 20 mg/day atorvastatin or 10 mg/day rosuvastatin) were enrolled in the study...
March 8, 2018: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Y Tanko, A Kabiru, A Abdulrasak, K A Mohammed, A I Salisu, A Jimoh, N M Gidado, N M Sada
This research was aimed at investigating the Effects of Fermented Ginger Rhizome (Zingiber officinale) and Fenu Greek (Trigonella foenum-graceum) on Oxidative stress and Lipid Peroxidation Biomarkers in Poloxamer 407Induced-Hyperlipidemic Wistar Rats. Hyperlipidaemia was induced with poloxamer P407 (1.5 g/kg   b.w. i.p.) The Animals were grouped into six of five animals each group. Group 1 normal control, Group 2 served as the hyperlipidemic control, Group 3 administered 0.26 g/kg cholestyramine, Group 4 fed on Fenugreek 25% supplement...
December 30, 2017: Nigerian Journal of Physiological Sciences: Official Publication of the Physiological Society of Nigeria
Alan Winston, Frank A Post, Edwin DeJesus, Daniel Podzamczer, Giovanni Di Perri, Vicente Estrada, François Raffi, Peter Ruane, Paula Peyrani, Gordon Crofoot, Patrick W G Mallon, Francesco Castelli, Mingjin Yan, Stephanie Cox, Moupali Das, Andrew Cheng, Martin S Rhee
BACKGROUND: Abacavir and tenofovir alafenamide offer reduced bone toxicity compared with tenofovir disoproxil fumarate. We aimed to compare safety and efficacy of tenofovir alafenamide plus emtricitabine with that of abacavir plus lamivudine. METHODS: In this randomised, double-blind, active-controlled, non-inferiority phase 3 trial, HIV-1-positive adults (≥18 years) were screened at 79 sites in 11 countries in North America and Europe. Eligible participants were virologically suppressed (HIV-1 RNA <50 copies per mL) and on a stable three-drug regimen containing abacavir plus lamivudine...
February 20, 2018: Lancet HIV
Linda A Buss, Gabi U Dachs
Exercise reduces the risk of breast cancer development and improves survival in breast cancer patients. However, the underlying mechanisms of this protective effect remain to be fully elucidated. It is unclear whether exercise can attenuate or modify the pro-tumour effects of obesity and related conditions, such as hyperlipidaemia. This review summarises how hyperlipidaemia and exercise contribute to or reduce breast cancer risk and progression, respectively, and highlights the possible mechanisms behind each...
2018: Exercise Immunology Review
B C Toh, W H Chan, Akh Eng, Ekw Lim, C H Lim, K W Tham, S Fook-Chong, Jth Tan
Bariatric surgery is an effective treatment for morbid obesity and its metabolic related comorbidities - Type II Diabetes, Hypertension and Hyperlipidaemia.1 However, the literature is scarce regarding the long-term outcome after bariatric surgery especially among multi-ethnic Asian populations. Considering the growing number of bariatric metabolic operations in Asia, we have attempted to provide a regional perspective on 5-year long-term clinical outcomes post bariatric surgery in Singapore. Between years 2010 to 2016, all bariatric operative cases consisted of 393 Laparoscopic Sleeve Gastrectomy (LSG), 125 Laparoscopic Roux-En-Y Gastric Bypass (RYGB) and 43 Laparoscopic Mini-gastric Bypass (MGB) were included...
February 20, 2018: Diabetes, Obesity & Metabolism
Abdurrahman Sahin, Nurettin Tunc, Ulvi Demirel, Orhan Kursat Poyrazoglu, Mehmet Yalniz, Ibrahim Halil Bahcecioglu
Objective To compare clinical and laboratory features of elderly patients with and without diverticulosis and assess factors related to hepatosteatosis. Method This retrospective case-control study analysed the clinical and laboratory data, colonoscopy and abdominal ultrasonography records of patients >65 years who underwent colonoscopies. Subjects were categorized according to the presence and absence of colonic diverticulosis. Univariate/multivariate logistic regression analyses were performed to evaluate the independent predictive factors of hepatosteatosis...
January 1, 2018: Journal of International Medical Research
A Dudina, S Lane, M Butler, M-T Cooney, I Graham
Background: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is the leading cause of death in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and such patients tend to carry a heavy burden of risk factors for CVD. There is little information on the documentation and management of CVD risk factors in COPD patients. Aim: To audit the recording and management of CVD risk factors in 200 COPD patients attending the respiratory out-patient clinics at two University teaching hospitals...
February 8, 2018: QJM: Monthly Journal of the Association of Physicians
P Z Szymanski, M Badri, B M Mayosi
BACKGROUND: There is limited information on acute heart failure (AHF) and its treatment in sub-Saharan Africa. OBJECTIVE: To describe the clinical characteristics and causes of heart failure (HF), adherence to HF treatment guidelines, and mortality of patients with AHF presenting to Groote Schuur Hospital (GSH), Cape Town, South Africa. METHODS: This sub-study of The Sub-Saharan Africa Survey of Heart Failure (THESUS-HF) was a prospective and observational survey that focused on the enrolment and follow-up of additional patients with AHF presenting to GSH and entered into the existing registry after publication of the primary THESUS-HF article in 2012...
February 1, 2018: South African Medical Journal, Suid-Afrikaanse Tydskrif Vir Geneeskunde
Kathryn Louise Browning, Tania Kjellerup Lind, Selma Maric, Robert David Barker, Marité Cárdenas, Martin Malmsten
Lipoproteins play a key role in the onset and development of atherosclerosis, the formation of lipid plaques at blood vessel walls. The plaque formation, as well as subsequent calcification, involves not only endothelial cells but also connective tissue, and is closely related to a wide range of cardiovascular syndromes, that together constitute the number one cause of death in the Western World. High (HDL) and low (LDL) density lipoproteins are of particular interest in relation to atherosclerosis, due to their protective and harmful effects, respectively...
January 31, 2018: Colloids and Surfaces. B, Biointerfaces
S-P Chan, P Z Yong, Y Sun, R Mahendran, J C M Wong, C Qiu, T-P Ng, E-H Kua, L Feng
OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between long-term tea consumption and depressive and anxiety symptoms in community-living elderly. DESIGN: Community based cross-sectional study. SETTING: The Diet and Healthy Aging Study (DaHA), a prospective cohort study in Singapore. PARTICIPANTS: 614 elderly aged 60 years and above, who were free of dementia and cognitive impairment. MEASUREMENTS: Information on tea consumption was obtained through interviewer-administered questionnaire...
2018: Journal of Prevention of Alzheimer's Disease
Richard B Olatunji, Ademola J Adekanmi, Ayotunde O Ogunseyinde
BACKGROUND: Intracranial arterial calcification (IAC), a recognized marker of atherosclerosis on cranial computed tomography (CT), is an independent risk factor for ischaemic stroke. This study aimed to determine the prevalence, distribution, severity, and associations of IAC in adults with acute ischaemic stroke (AIS) at the University College Hospital, Ibadan, Nigeria. METHODS: Cranial CT images of 130 consecutive adults who presented with AIS were acquired on a 64-slice multi-detector Toshiba Aquilion scanner and evaluated for IAC in bone window on Vitrea® software using a semi-quantitative scoring method for extent, thickness, and length of calcifications in the large intracranial arteries...
January 15, 2018: Cerebrovascular Diseases Extra
Massimo Radin, Michelle Remião Ugolini-Lopes, Savino Sciascia, Danieli Andrade
OBJECTIVES: Extra-criteria manifestations of antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) might impact on prognosis and morbidity of the disease. In this study, we aimed to evaluate a population of patients with primary APS (PAPS) whether the extra-criteria manifestations were more frequently found in subjects with higher adjusted Global APS Score (aGAPSS) values when compared to patients with thrombotic and/or obstetric APS ("criteria" manifestations) only. METHODS: Clinical records were analyzed to retrieve extra-criteria manifestation of APS, cardiovascular risk factors and antiphospholipid antibodies profile...
January 5, 2018: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
S Saad, I Al-Odat, Y L Chan, K McGrath, C A Pollock, B G Oliver, H Chen
Sex differences in disease susceptibility due to maternal programming have been reported. We previously observed that maternal smoking induced renal disease and neurological changes are restricted to males, whilst both male and female offspring develop metabolic disorders. We have also found that maternal L-carnitine supplementation during gestation and lactation can significantly improve glucose intolerance and hyperlipidaemia in male offspring. This study aimed to determine whether such beneficial effects can also occur in female offspring...
January 30, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
Savino Sciascia, Massimo Radin, Giovanni Sanna, Irene Cecchi, Dario Roccatello, Maria Laura Bertolaccini
Objective: Recently, our group conceived a risk score for clinical manifestations of APS (the global APS score, or GAPSS) that takes into account the combination of independent cardiovascular risk factors and the aPL positivity profile. These include hyperlipidaemia, arterial hypertension, aCL, anti-β2 glycoprotein-I, aPS-PT and the LA. A complementary version, the adjusted GAPSS (aGAPSS), which excludes aPS-PT, was also designed. The aim of our study was to systematically review the literature to assess the clinical utility of the GAPSS and aGAPSS for risk stratification of any APS clinical manifestation...
January 12, 2018: Rheumatology
M Zbiciak-Nylec, D Wcisło-Dziadecka, M Kasprzyk, A Kulig, J Laszczak, M Noworyta, S Adamus, L Brzezińska-Wcisło, B Rogala, Z Brzoza
BACKGROUND: Chronic spontaneous urticaria (CSU) is one of the commonest diseases in allergological and dermatological practice. It constitutes an interdisciplinary problem, and its pathogenesis is not always easily determined. It has been suggested that metabolic syndrome and hyperlipidaemia are more frequent in patients with CSU, but the influence of overweight and obesity on the development of CSU has not been thoroughly investigated. AIM: To assess the association between body parameters and the development of CSU...
January 12, 2018: Clinical and Experimental Dermatology
Huah Shin Ng, Bogda Koczwara, David M Roder, Theo Niyonsenga, Agnes I Vitry
OBJECTIVE: To compare how frequently selected chronic diseases developed in women with breast cancer receiving endocrine therapy, and in women without cancer. DESIGN, SETTING AND PARTICIPANTS: Retrospective, rolling cohort study, analysing a random 10% sample of Pharmaceutical Benefits Scheme (PBS) data for the period 1 January 2003 - 31 December 2014. Women with breast cancer who first commenced endocrine therapy between January 2004 and December 2011 were identified, and age- and sex-matched (1:10) by comorbidity with control groups of women who did not have a dispensing record for antineoplastic agents during the study period or the comorbidity of interest at baseline...
January 15, 2018: Medical Journal of Australia
Bingjie Ding, Rong Xiao, Weiwei Ma, Lei Zhao, Yanxia Bi, Yong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this retrospective study was to explore the correlation between daily energy intake from macronutrients and cognitive functions in a Chinese population aged less than 65 years. DESIGN: This is a cross-sectional study to explore the relationships between macronutrients' intake and cognitive function. The analysis of variance (ANOVA) and χ2 test were used to compare the demographic and physical characteristics, lifestyle and laboratory parameters with the intake of macronutrients among different quartiles of % fat/energy...
January 9, 2018: BMJ Open
F J Montero-Pérez, F B Quero-Espinosa, M J Clemente-Millán, J A Castro-Giménez, J de Burgos-Marín, M Á Romero-Moreno
RATIONALE: Acute coronary syndrome (ACS) requires improved diagnostic accuracy through useful, safe and easy-to-apply tools. OBJECTIVES: To obtain an assessment scale for the diagnosis of ACS in patients with chest pain and nondiagnostic electrocardiogram and troponin concentrations. METHODS: A prospective cohort study included 286 patients treated in the emergency department for chest pain, with normal electrocardiogram and troponin levels...
January 6, 2018: Revista Clínica Española
Imen Hamdi, Chadia Chourabi, Younes Arous, Mehdi Ghommidh, Khalil Houissa, Abdeddayem Haggui, Nadhem Hajlaoui, Dhaker Lahidheb, Nejmeddine Ben Abdallah, Wafa Fehri, Habib Haouala
Caseous calcification of the mitral annulus (CCMA) is a rare echocardiographic finding. It is commonly misdiagnosed as an abscess, tumor or infective vegetation on the mitral valve. Since it is a benign process, differentiating it from malignant intra-cardiac mass is primordial to avoid unnecessary surgery. Various imaging modalities can be complimentary for definitive diagnosis. We present a case of CCMA in a 71-year-old female patient. Her medical history revealed hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia and coronary artery disease...
January 2018: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
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