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Aortic sclerosis

Florian Stein, Lars Kamper, Konstantinos Meletiadis, Ulrich Kusenack, Patrick Haage
History and admission findings A 69-year-old patient was initially hospitalized because of a 1.5 cm ulceration at the back of the right foot which had existed for the last year and become increasingly swollen and painful. Medical history revealed PmScl-positive systemic sclerosis presenting with a massive calcinosis cutis, advanced pulmonary fibrosis and peripheral artery disease. Examinations Inflammatory markers were normal. MR-Angiography of the lower extremities revealed a multi-segmental high-grade stenosis of the aortic bifurcation due to extensively calcified plaques...
January 2017: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Maximillian Krisper, Clemens Köhncke, Felicitas Escher, Daniel A Morris, Carsten Tschöpe, Burkert Pieske
Quadricuspid aortic valve (QAV) is a rare congenital cardiac defect. Aortic regurgitation is the predominant hemodynamically relevant abnormality in patients with QAV, and the main reason for patients requiring valve surgery. Calcific valve disease of the left heart valves is classified as 'low embolic risk' according to current guidelines. However, it remains an important risk factor of cardiovascular events, including ischemic stroke. A 71-year-old woman presented with new-onset aphasia and hemiparesis of the right side of her body...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
Paolo Poggio, Gianluca Folesani, Giuseppe M Raffa, Paola Songia, Vincenzo Valenti, Veronika Myasoedova, Alessandro Parolari
Systemic hypertension and aortic valve stenosis (AVS) are both age-related diseases. Severe aortic stenosis affects ≈2% to 5% of adults age > 65 years. Systemic hypertension (HTN) is a frequent comorbidity in patients with AVS and is coexistent for a longer period of time before AVS is treated. Essential systemic hypertension, per se, plays an important role in the creation of lesions on the aortic side of the valve, the region of higher exposure to tension stress. The subsequent endothelial defect represents the principal site of inflammatory process and oxidative stress, leading to aortic sclerosis and calcification...
November 23, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Daniela Galli, Roberta Manuguerra, Rodolfo Monaco, Laura Manotti, Matteo Goldoni, Gabriella Becchi, Cecilia Carubbi, Giulia Vignali, Nicola Cucurachi, Tiziano Gherli, Francesco Nicolini, Roberto Lorusso, Marco Vitale, Domenico Corradi
BACKGROUND: With age, aortic valve cusps undergo varying degrees of sclerosis which, sometimes, can progress to calcific aortic valve stenosis (AVS). To perform a retrospective clinico-pathologic investigation in patients with calcific AVS. METHODS: We characterized and graded the structural remodeling in 236 aortic valves (200 tricuspid and 36 bicuspid) from patients with calcific AVS (148 males; average 72years); possible relationships between general/clinical/echocardiographic characteristics and the histopathologic changes were explored...
February 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
Antonino Tuttolomondo, Irene Simonetta, Domenico Di Raimondo, Tiziana Di Chiara, Roberta Conigliaro, Francesca Corpora, Valerio Vassallo, Antonio Pinto
BACKGROUND: IgG4-related disease is a rare, clinical and pathologic disease entity of unknown etiology. Its main features are increased serum concentrations of IgG4 > 1,35 g/l, lymphocyte and IgG4+plasma-cell infiltration within tissues, fibrosis or sclerosis. The classical presentation of IgG4-RSD is pancreatitis which is combined with the involvement of biliary ducts in 74 percent of patients. Extrapancreatic manifestations include: abdominal or mediastinal lymphadenopathy; the involvement of salivary glands and lacrimal glands, kidneys, lung, retroperitoneum...
2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Elena Bartoloni, Giacomo Pucci, Francesca Cannarile, Francesca Battista, Alessia Alunno, Marco Giuliani, Giacomo Cafaro, Roberto Gerli, Giuseppe Schillaci
Although microvascular disease is a hallmark of systemic sclerosis (SSc), a higher prevalence of macrovascular disease and a poorer related prognosis have been reported in SSc than in the general population. The simultaneous assessment of prognostically relevant functional properties of larger and smaller arteries, and their effects on central hemodynamics, has never been performed in SSc using the state-of-the-art techniques. Thirty-four women with SSc (aged 61±15 years, disease duration 17±12 years, and blood pressure 123/70±18/11 mm Hg) and 34 healthy women individually matched by age and mean arterial pressure underwent the determination of carotid-femoral (aortic) and carotid-radial (upper limb) pulse wave velocity (a direct measure of arterial stiffness), aortic augmentation (a measure of the contribution of reflected wave to central pulse pressure), and aortobrachial pulse pressure amplification (brachial/aortic pulse pressure) through applanation tonometry (SphygmoCor)...
December 2016: Hypertension
Charline Estublier, Roland Chapurlat, Pawel Szulc
OBJECTIVE: Data on the relationship between disc degeneration (DD) and fragility fractures in men are limited. The aim of this study was to prospectively analyse the risk of vertebral and non-vertebral fractures in men with thoracolumbar DD according to the severity of its radiological signs: disc space narrowing (DSN), osteophytes and endplate sclerosis. METHODS: Men >50 years of age (n = 765) had lateral spine radiographs and DXA and were monitored prospectively...
January 2017: Rheumatology
P Dueppers, M Duran, K Grabitz, H Schelzig
BACKGROUND: Abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAA) are a very rare in pediatric patients and can rarely be associated with tuberous sclerosis (TS). Open surgery is the first-line-therapy. We report our experience added by a review on current literature. REPORT: A 9-year old boy with TS and history of two earlier open repairs for AAA presented to our department with a recurrent juxtarenal aortic aneurysm. We performed a PTFE patch plasty. Postoperative course was uneventful...
September 22, 2016: Annals of Vascular Surgery
George P Karamanolis, Stylianos Panopoulos, Konstantinos Denaxas, Anastasios Karlaftis, Alexandra Zorbala, Dimitrios Kamberoglou, Spiros D Ladas, Petros P Sfikakis
BACKGROUND: Acute administration of the oral 5-HT1A receptor agonist buspirone, which is commonly used as an anxiolytic drug, may improve compromised lower esophageal sphincter function. In an open-label trial we assessed the effects of buspirone on esophageal motor function and symptoms in patients with esophageal involvement associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: Thirty consecutive patients with SSc and symptomatic esophageal involvement, despite treatment with proton pump inhibitors, underwent high resolution manometry and chest computed tomography for assessment of motor function and esophageal dilatation, respectively...
September 1, 2016: Arthritis Research & Therapy
Tuomas Peltonen, Pauli Ohukainen, Heikki Ruskoaho, Jaana Rysä
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) represents a spectrum of disease spanning from milder degrees of calcification of valve leaflets, i.e. aortic sclerosis, to severe calcification i.e. aortic stenosis (AS) with hemodynamic instability. The prevalence of CAVD is increasing rapidly due to the aging of the population, being up to 2,8% among patients over 75 years of age. Even without significant aortic valve stenosis, aortic sclerosis is associated with a 50% increased risk of myocardial infarction and death from cardiovascular causes...
September 1, 2016: Annals of Medicine
Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Alessandro Di Minno, Paola Songia, Pasquale Ambrosino, Paola Gripari, Alessio Ravani, Mauro Pepi, Paolo Osvaldo Rubba, Emanuela Medda, Elena Tremoli, Damiano Baldassarre, Paolo Poggio
OBJECTIVE: Growing evidence suggested an association between aortic valve sclerosis (AVSc) and cardiovascular (CV) events. However, little is known about the association of AVSc with major markers of subclinical atherosclerosis. We performed a meta-analysis of literature studies to address this issue. METHODS: Studies on the relationship between AVSc and common carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT), prevalence of carotid plaques (CPs), flow-mediated dilation (FMD), aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) and augmentation index (AIx) were systematically searched in electronic databases...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jonathan L Eliason, Dawn M Coleman, Enrique Criado, James C Stanley
OBJECTIVE: Pediatric abdominal aortic aneurysms (AAAs) are rare. The intent of this report was to review the presentation and surgical management of AAAs in infancy and early childhood. METHODS: The clinical courses of young children undergoing AAA surgery were subjected to a retrospective review and analysis. RESULTS: Eleven children, nine boys and two girls, ranging in age from 2 weeks to 6 years, underwent surgical treatment of AAA at the University of Michigan from 2002 to 2014...
November 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Chang-Yi Li, Yi-He Chen, Qian Wang, Jian-Wen Hou, Hong Wang, Yue-Peng Wang, Yi-Gang Li
BACKGROUND: Activin receptor-like kinase 4 (ALK4), a downstream receptor of transforming growth factor-β superfamily, is highly expressed in the mammal heart. Upregulated ALK4 expression and activated ALK4-small mother against decapentaplegic (Smad)2/3 signaling have been reported to play a pivotal role in tumorigenesis and in the development of systemic sclerosis. However, the role of ALK4-Smad2/3 pathway in the pathogenesis of cardiac hypertrophy and cardiac fibrosis remains unknown...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Joanna L d'Arcy, Sean Coffey, Margaret A Loudon, Andrew Kennedy, Jonathan Pearson-Stuttard, Jacqueline Birks, Eleni Frangou, Andrew J Farmer, David Mant, Jo Wilson, Saul G Myerson, Bernard D Prendergast
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease (VHD) is expected to become more common as the population ages. However, current estimates of its natural history and prevalence are based on historical studies with potential sources of bias. We conducted a cross-sectional analysis of the clinical and epidemiological characteristics of VHD identified at recruitment of a large cohort of older people. METHODS AND RESULTS: We enrolled 2500 individuals aged ≥65 years from a primary care population and screened for undiagnosed VHD using transthoracic echocardiography...
December 14, 2016: European Heart Journal
Shigeo Horinaka, Hiroshi Yagi, Hiromichi Fukushima, Yoshimasa Shibata, Hiroshi Takeshima, Toshihiko Ishimitsu
Aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV) has been accepted as the gold standard for arterial stiffness measurement. However, PWV depends on blood pressure (BP). To eliminate the BP dependency of PWV, the cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) was developed. This study aimed to define the relationship between CAVI and aortic atherosclerosis or structure on multidetector computed tomography (MDCT). Patients with (n = 49) or without (n = 49) coronary artery disease were studied. The lumen and vessel diameters and wall thickness were calculated from the cross-sectional area at the pulmonary bifurcation level by 64-slice MDCT...
June 22, 2016: Angiology
C Doutrelon, S Skopinski, C Boulon, J Constans
PURPOSE: Systemic sclerosis is characterized by cutaneous sclerosis, vascular disease and immunological dysfunction. The prevalence of macrovascular disease remains controversial. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a descriptive prospective single-center study conducted in the vascular medicine department of the University Hospital of Bordeaux from July 1 to September 1, 2015. All inpatients followed for systemic scleroderma were included. Each patient had a Doppler ultrasound of the supra-aortic, upper and lower limb, and digital arteries as well as the aorta...
July 2016: Journal des Maladies Vasculaires
Sarfaraz Memon, Harsha V Ganga, Shihab Masrur, Paul D Thompson
The risk factors and pathology for the development and progression of aortic stenosis are similar to those for arterial atherosclerosis. Statin therapy has been hypothesized to delay progression of aortic stenosis, but studies evaluating this hypothesis report conflicting results. We performed a systematic search and review of statin clinical trials of aortic stenosis progression to determine why there are apparent differences in trial results. We identified 137 reports related to clinical trials of statin therapy and aortic stenosis, 14 of which qualified for analysis...
March 2016: Connecticut Medicine
Matteo Nicola Dario Di Minno, Alessandro Di Minno, Pasquale Ambrosino, Paola Songia, Elena Tremoli, Paolo Poggio
BACKGROUND: Nowadays, aortic valve sclerosis (AVSc) might be considered an atherosclerosis-like process due to significant association with age, male gender and some major features of metabolic syndrome. Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) has been recognized as a clinical expression of the metabolic syndrome and as a predictor of cardiovascular events. We aim, with this meta-analysis, to evaluate the correlation between NAFLD and AVSc; this finding might suggest new insights and interactions among NAFLD, AVSc and the atherosclerotic process...
August 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Antonino Tuttolomondo, Irene Simonetta, Domenico Di Raimondo, Roberta Conigliaro, Francesca Corpora, Valerio Vassallo, Antonio Pinto
BACKGROUND: IgG4-related disease is a rare, clinical and pathologic disease entity of unknown etiology. Its main features are increased serum concentrations of IgG4 > 1,35 g/l, lymphocyte and IgG4+plasma-cell infiltration within tissues, fibrosis or sclerosis. The classical presentation of IgG4-RSD is pancreatitis which is combined with the involvement of biliary ducts in 74 percent of patients. Extrapancreatic manifestations include: abdominal or mediastinal lymphadenopathy; the involvement of salivary glands and lacrimal glands, kidneys, lung, retroperitoneum...
May 10, 2016: Current Pharmaceutical Design
D Luke Glancy, Koteswara R Pothineni
There is a sinus P wave in front of each QRS, and the rate is 122 beats/min. The QRS voltage is large and meets many criteria for left ventricular hypertrophy: RI > 13 mm (1.3 mV); RaVF > 19 mm; SaVR > 14 mm; SV1 > 24 mm; SV2 > 30 mm; RV6 > 26 mm; RV6 > RV5; SV1 + RV5 or RV6 > 35 mm; SV2 + RV5 or RV6 > 45 mm; RaVL + SV3 > 20 mm in a woman.1 In addition, there are two non-voltage criteria for LVH: QRS duration = 0.11 s and typical repolarization changes: J-point depression with a downsloping ST segment into an inverted T wave and a more rapid upslope back to the baseline...
July 2015: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
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