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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643530/assessment-of-local-carotid-stiffness-in-seronegative-and-seropositive-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Abdullah Nabi Aslan, Ayşe Nur Şirin Özcan, Şükran Erten, Yakup Alsancak, Tahir Durmaz
OBJECTIVES: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic, inflammatory disease associated with increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) disease. Arterial stiffness (AS) is an independent predictor of CV events. This study aimed to analyse local carotid AS parameters in seronegative and seropositive RA patients. DESIGN: Of 347 consecutive RA patients, we selected specifically those who were free of established CV diseases and risk factors. As a result, 140 patients (126 women, 52...
June 23, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638685/carotid-artery-stiffness-in-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
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Servet Yolbaş, Nevzat Gözel, Mustafa Necati Dağlı, Süleyman Serdar Koca, Emir Dönder
OBJECTIVE: Increased carotid arterial stiffness (CAS) is a predictor of subclinical early atherosclerosis as well as carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT). We aimed to determine CAS and cIMT in Behçet's disease (BD). MATERIAL AND METHODS: BD (n=49) and rheumatoid arthritis (RA) (n=64) patients and healthy controls (HC) (n=40) were included in the study. cIMT was measured. CAS indices, including arterial compliance (AC), arterial distensibility (AD), Young's elastic modulus (YEM), Peterson's elastic modulus (Ep), and β stiffness index (βSI) were measured based on the diameter-pressure relationship...
June 2017: European Journal of Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630235/ultrasound-markers-of-carotid-atherosclerosis-and-cognition-the-northern-manhattan-study
#3
Hannah Gardener, Michelle R Caunca, Chuanhui Dong, Ying Kuen Cheung, Mitchell S V Elkind, Ralph L Sacco, Tatjana Rundek, Clinton B Wright
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Ultrasound markers of carotid atherosclerosis may be related to cognitive status. We hypothesized that individuals with greater carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and carotid plaque burden would exhibit worse cognition. METHODS: One thousand one hundred sixty-six stroke-free participants from the NOMAS (Northern Manhattan Study) underwent carotid ultrasound and neuropsychological examination. Among them, 826 underwent a second neuropsychological examination an average of 5 years later...
June 19, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623549/elevated-circulating-pcsk9-concentrations-predict-subclinical-atherosclerotic-changes-in-low-risk-obese-and-non-obese-patients
#4
Štefan Tóth, Ján Fedačko, Tímea Pekárová, Zdenka Hertelyová, Matan Katz, Adil Mughees, Jozef Kuzma, Peter Štefanič, Ivan Kopolovets, Daniel Pella
INTRODUCTION: Many studies have highlighted the important role of PCSK9 in the development of cardiometabolic changes and its possible function as a biomarker of myocardial infarction or ischemic heart disease. This study aimed to determine the relationship between circulating PCSK9 levels and subclinical vascular changes in the group of low risk patients without manifest cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: In this study, 120 healthy patients, free of manifest cardiovascular diseases, diabetes mellitus, and without lipid-lowering therapy, were divided into three groups based on BMI: normal weight (N = 50), overweight (N = 30), and obese (N = 40)...
June 16, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28615149/cardiovascular-and-metabolic-effects-of-metformin-in-patients-with-type-1-diabetes-removal-a-double-blind-randomised-placebo-controlled-trial
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John R Petrie, Nishi Chaturvedi, Ian Ford, Martijn C G J Brouwers, Nicola Greenlaw, Therese Tillin, Irene Hramiak, Alun D Hughes, Alicia J Jenkins, Barbara E K Klein, Ronald Klein, Teik C Ooi, Peter Rossing, Coen D A Stehouwer, Naveed Sattar, Helen M Colhoun
BACKGROUND: Metformin might reduce insulin requirement and improve glycaemia in patients with type 1 diabetes, but whether it has cardiovascular benefits is unknown. We aimed to investigate whether metformin treatment (added to titrated insulin therapy) reduced atherosclerosis, as measured by progression of common carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT), in adults with type 1 diabetes at increased risk for cardiovascular disease. METHODS: REMOVAL was a double-blind, placebo-controlled trial undertaken at 23 hospital diabetes clinics in five countries (Australia, Canada, Denmark, the Netherlands, and the UK)...
June 9, 2017: Lancet Diabetes & Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28613081/maintenance-of-negative-fluid-balance-can-improve-endothelial-and-cardiac-functions-in-primary-hypertensive-patients
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Ali Yeşiltepe, Oguzhan Sıtkı Dizdar, Hasan Gorkem, Engin Dondurmacı, Eyup Ozkan, Ali Koç, Ahmet Oguz Baktır, Ali Ihsan Gunal
PURPOSE: The issue of unidentified volume expansion is well recognized as a cause for resistance to antihypertensive therapy. The aim of study is to identify contribution of negative fluid balance to hypertension control and impact on endothelial and cardiac functions among primary hypertensive patients who do not have kidney failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This is a prospective interventional study with one-year follow-up. Preceded by volume status measurements were performed by a body composition monitor (BCM), the patients were put on ambulatory blood pressure monitoring for 24 hours...
June 14, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608454/accelerated-atherosclerosis-in-anca-associated-vasculitis
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I González-Suárez, J J Ríos-Blanco, J Arpa
OBJECTIVES: Cardiovascular disease, including myocardial infarction and stroke, is a major cause of mortality in ANCA-associated vasculitis (AAV). Although AAV affects small vessels, an accelerated atherosclerosis not explained by traditional cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) has been demonstrated. We aimed to investigate the association of atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and cerebral small vessel disease in AAV-patients. MATERIALS & METHODS: Twenty-three AAV-patients in complete remission were recruited...
June 12, 2017: Acta Neurologica Scandinavica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28592149/the-comparison-of-angiographic-scoring-systems-with-the-predictors-of-atherosclerosis
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Kamuran Kalkan, Hikmet Hamur, Erkan Yildirim, Emrah Ipek, Emrah Ermis, Mustafa Ozturk, Huseyin Karal, Ali Fuat Korkmaz, Murat Bayantemur, Selami Demirelli
Syntax score (SS) and Gensini score (GS) are used to determine the complexity and severity of coronary artery disease. Although there are some studies indicating the individual relationship of these scoring systems with the carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and epicardial fat tissue (EFT), there was no previous study that compared the SS and GS in that respect. We aimed to assess the relationship of SS and GS with predictors of atherosclerosis. We enrolled 522 patients. There were positive correlations between GS and SS tertiles with cIMT and EFT...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28588353/age-wise-association-of-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-ischemic-stroke
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Yogesh Saxena, Vartika Saxena, Manish Mittal, Malini Srivastava, Shailendra Raghuvanshi
BACKGROUND: Ischemic stroke is often a sequel of atherosclerotic risk factors. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a surrogate marker of early atherosclerotic changes. PURPOSE: It was hypothesized that CIMT is associated with ischemic stroke in adults across all ages. METHODS: A case control study was performed on 163 diagnosed cases of first-time ischemic stroke and age-(±1 SD) and gender-matched healthy control attendants reporting at a tertiary care hospital...
May 2017: Annals of Neurosciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28587341/histological-and-functional-assessment-of-the-efficacy-of-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-rats-following-neonatal-hypoxic-ischemic-brain-injury
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Hyunha Kim, Min Jae Kim, Young Soo Koo, Hae In Lee, Sae-Won Lee, Myung Jun Shin, Soo-Yeon Kim, Yong Beom Shin, Yong-Il Shin, Byung Tae Choi, Young Ju Yun, Hwa Kyoung Shin
Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) is used in stroke rehabilitation to promote recovery of upper limb motor function. However, its efficacy in improving functional outcomes in children with hemiplegic cerebral palsy has not been clearly determined in clinical or experimental research. The aim of our study was to assess the efficacy of a new experimental model of CIMT, evaluated in terms of mortality, stress, motor and cognitive function in rats having undergone a neonatal hypoxic-ischemic (HI) brain injury...
June 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28579791/color-m-mode-echocardiography-derived-propagation-velocity-of-descending-aorta-decreases-with-aging
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Mehmet Yaman, Uğur Arslan, Adil Bayramoğlu, Osman Bektaş, Ahmet Karataş
BACKGROUND: Arterial stiffness (AS) can be determined by some noninvasive tests such as pulse wave velocity (PWV). Atherosclerosis is also detectable by some ultrasonographic techniques such as color M-mode-derived propagation velocity measured along the origin of the descending aorta (AVP). AIM: The aim of the study was to find out a possible relationship between atherosclerosis and AVP and whether AVP can be used as a parameter of AS. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The study group was composed of 134 people from routine screening examination who were ≥40 years old, completely healthy, and without any known disease and use of any drug...
2017: Therapeutics and Clinical Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577872/association-of-adiponectin-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-a-mexican-mestizo-population
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Juan Gabriel Juárez-Rojas, Rosalinda Posadas-Sánchez, María Del Rocío Martínez-Alvarado, Margarita Torres-Tamayo, Esteban Jorge-Galarza, Erika Yamel Mancilla-Valenzuela, Carlos Posadas-Romero, Guillermo Celestino Cardoso-Saldaña, María Del Carmen González-Salazar, Gilberto Vargas-Alarcón, Aida Xochitl Medina-Urrutia
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Adiponectin (ADPN) is a cardioprotective adipocytokine, and its association with atherosclerosis development is controversial. The aim of the present study was to assess the association of low ADPN plasma levels with the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis in a Mexican-Mestizo population without history of diabetes or coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: In 818 subjects (53.4 ± 9 years; 49.9% women) anthropometry, subcutaneous and visceral adipose tissue, lipids, glucose, C-reactive protein (CRP), insulin, and ADPN levels were determined...
January 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28576484/signs-of-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-patients-at-increased-risk-of-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
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Loretta Zsuzsa Kiss, Zsolt Bagyura, Réka Vadas, Lívia Polgár, Árpád Lux, Eszter Édes, Orsolya Szenczi, Pál Soós, Zsolt Szelid, Dávid Becker, György Jermendy, Béla Merkely
AIMS: We aimed to study carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) in asymptomatic patients with an increased risk of type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and in a pre-diabetic state. METHODS: Diabetes risk assessment was performed in 2420 participants in a voluntary screening program between 2011 and 2013. The risk of T2DM was estimated by the Findrisc scoring system (FR). A FR≥12 was considered as increased risk. HbA1c% between 5.7 and 6.4% signified a pre-diabetic state...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28572764/the-effects-of-modified-constraint-induced-movement-therapy-in-acute-subcortical-cerebral-infarction
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Changshen Yu, Wanjun Wang, Yue Zhang, Yizhao Wang, Weijia Hou, Shoufeng Liu, Chunlin Gao, Chen Wang, Lidong Mo, Jialing Wu
Background: Constraint-induced movement therapy (CIMT) promotes upper extremity recovery post stroke, however, it is difficult to implement clinically due to its high resource demand and safety of the restraint. Therefore, we propose that modified CIMT (mCIMT) be used to treat individuals with acute subcortical infarction. Objective: To evaluate the therapeutic effects of mCIMT in patients with acute subcortical infarction, and investigate the possible mechanisms underlying the effect. Methods: The role of mCIMT was investigated in 26 individuals experiencing subcortical infarction in the preceding 14 days...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28569219/hdl-cholesterol-efflux-capacity-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-contributing-factors-and-relationship-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Beatriz Tejera-Segura, María Macía-Díaz, José David Machado, Antonia de Vera-González, Jose A García-Dopico, José M Olmos, José L Hernández, Federico Díaz-González, Miguel A González-Gay, Iván Ferraz-Amaro
BACKGROUND: Lipid profiles appear to be altered in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients because of disease activity and inflammation. Cholesterol efflux capacity (CEC), which is the ability of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol to accept cholesterol from macrophages, has been linked not only to cardiovascular events in the general population but also to being impaired in patients with RA. The aim of this study was to establish whether CEC is related to subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in patients with RA...
May 31, 2017: Arthritis Research & Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566564/effect-of-thyroxin-treatment-on-carotid-intima-media-thickness-cimt-reduction-in-patients-with-subclinical-hypothyroidism-sch-a-meta-analysis-of-clinical-trials
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Muhammad Aziz, Yugandhar Kandimalla, Archana Machavarapu, Anshul Saxena, Sankalp Das, Adnan Younus, Michelle Nguyen, Rehan Malik, Dixitha Anugula, Muhammad A Latif, Choudhry Humayun, Idrees M Khan, Ali Adus, Aisha Rasool, Emir Veledar, Khurram Nasir
AIM: Research shows that subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH) is related to an increased carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), a surrogate marker of subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD). It is controversial whether or not SCH should be treated to reduce CVD morbidity and mortality. This meta-analysis aimed to determine whether SCH is associated with an increase in CIMT as compared to Euthyroidism (EU) and whether thyroxin (T4) treatment in SCH can reverse the change in CIMT. METHODS: Two independent reviewers conducted an extensive database research up to December 2016...
May 31, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28566152/sonographic-evaluation-of-atherosclerosis-burden-in-carotid-arteries-of-ischemic-stroke-patients-and-its-relation-to-paraoxonase-1-and-2-mthfr-and-at1r-genetic-variants
#17
Carmen Rosa Hernández-Socorro, Francisco Javier Rodríguez-Esparragón, Jennifer Celli, Juan Carlos López-Fernández
OBJECTIVE: Common variants of the Paraoxonase (PON), 5-Methyl-Tetrahydrofolate-Reductase (MTHFR) and Angiotensin-II receptor 1 (AT1R) genes have been associated with ischemic stroke (IS) risk. Moreover, carotid atherosclerosis is a common cause of IS. The aim of this study is to explore whether variants in these genes associate with the severity of ultrasonographic determined atherosclerosis assessed in carotid arteries. PATIENTS AND METHODS: Etiologic subtype of cerebral ischemia was determined according to the TOAST classification...
July 15, 2017: Journal of the Neurological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28559657/epicardial-adipose-tissue-thickness-and-carotid-intima-media-thickness-in-hemodialysis-patients
#18
Elcin Aydın, Cihan Altın, Onur Sakallıoğlu, Mustafa Yılmaz, Esin Gezmiş, Leyla Elif Sade, Haldun Müderrisoğlu
BACKGROUND: It is well-known that cardiovascular risk and all-cause mortality is increased in hemodialysis patients. Epicardial fat thickness (EFT), which reflects visceral adiposity, has been suggested as a new cardiometabolic risk factor. The purpose of this study was to investigate EFT in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: A total of 144 consecutive patients (60 hemodialysis patients and 84 controls) were enrolled into the study, and patients with diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) were excluded...
May 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28554006/chronic-arsenic-exposure-and-risk-of-carotid-artery-disease-the-strong-heart-study
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Farrah J Mateen, Maria Grau-Perez, Jonathan S Pollak, Katherine A Moon, Barbara V Howard, Jason G Umans, Lyle G Best, Kevin A Francesconi, Walter Goessler, Ciprian Crainiceanu, Eliseo Guallar, Richard B Devereux, Mary J Roman, Ana Navas-Acien
BACKGROUND: Inorganic arsenic exposure from naturally contaminated groundwater is related to vascular disease. No prospective studies have evaluated the association between arsenic and carotid atherosclerosis at low-moderate levels. We examined the association of long-term, low-moderate inorganic arsenic exposure with carotid arterial disease. METHODS: American Indians, 45-74 years old, in Arizona, Oklahoma, and North and South Dakota had arsenic concentrations (sum of inorganic and methylated species, μg/g urine creatinine) measured from baseline urine samples (1989-1991)...
August 2017: Environmental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545166/childhood-predictors-of-cardiovascular-disease-in-adulthood-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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O Ajala, F Mold, C Boughton, D Cooke, M Whyte
Childhood obesity predicts the risk of adult adiposity, which is associated with the earlier onset of cardiovascular disease [adult atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, ACVD: hypertension, increased carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) stroke, ischemic heart disease (IHD)] and dysglycaemia. Because it is not known whether childhood obesity contributes to these diseases, we conducted a systematic review of studies that examine the ability of measures of obesity in childhood to predict dysglycaemia and ACVD...
May 25, 2017: Obesity Reviews: An Official Journal of the International Association for the Study of Obesity
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