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Calcification AND Blood pressure

Ana Claudia Gomes Pereira Petisco, Jorge Eduardo Assef, Carlos Alberto de Jesus, Mohamed Hassan Saleh, Jose Eduardo Martins Barbosa, David Costa de Souza Le Bihan, Ibraim Masciarelli França Pinto, Simone Rolim Fernandes Fontes Pedra, Rodrigo Bellio de Mattos Barretto, Amanda Guerra de Moraes Rego Sousa
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality among women in several countries. Early detection of subclinical atherosclerosis (SA) could enable the adoption of preventive measures to avoid cardiovascular events. This study aimed to determine the prevalence of SA in Brazilian asymptomatic postmenopausal women in Framingham Risk Score (FRS) low and intermediate groups. Computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) scans were performed in 138 asymptomatic postmenopausal women (56.1 ± 4.9 years of age) to survey for coronary artery and aortic calcification (CT scan) and assess carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and identify carotid plaques (US)...
October 20, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Laura Mourino-Alvarez, Montserrat Baldan-Martin, Laura Gonzalez-Calero, Carlos Martinez-Laborde, Tamara Sastre-Oliva, Rafael Moreno-Luna, Luis F Lopez-Almodovar, Pedro L Sanchez, Francisco Fernandez-Aviles, Fernando Vivanco, Luis R Padial, Finn Akerstrom, Gloria Alvarez-Llamas, Fernando de la Cuesta, María G Barderas
BACKGROUND: The most common valve diseases are calcific aortic stenosis (AS) and aortic regurgitation (AR). The former is characterized by thickening of valve leaflets followed by progressive calcification, which produces progressive aortic valve (AV) narrowing, increased pressure afterload on the left ventricle (LV) and subsequent LV hypertrophy. On the other hand, AR is due to malcoaptation of the valve leaflets with resultant diastolic reflux of blood from aorta back to the LV producing volume and pressure overload and progressive LV dilatation...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Olli Hartiala, Sami Kajander, Juhani Knuuti, Heikki Ukkonen, Antti Saraste, Irina Rinta-Kiikka, Sakari Kainulainen, Mika Kähönen, Nina Hutri-Kähönen, Tomi Laitinen, Terho Lehtimäki, Jorma S A Viikari, Jaakko Hartiala, Markus Juonala, Olli T Raitakari, Costan G Magnussen
BACKGROUND: Risk factors measured in early life have been shown to predict coronary artery calcium (CAC) in adulthood. However, limited data exist on when risk factor profiles of those who develop CAC diverge from those who do not. We investigated the associations of coronary heart disease risk factor trajectories beginning in adolescence and CAC measured at middle-age. METHODS: CAC was measured among 589 participants aged 39-45years in whom cardiovascular risk factors (serum lipids, blood pressure, body mass index, physical activity, smoking habits, and fruit, vegetable, fish, and butter intake) had been collected in 1980, 1983, 1986, 2001, and 2007 as part of the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
G Díaz-Soto, A Rocher, C García-Rodríguez, L Núñez, C Villalobos
The extracellular calcium-sensing receptor (CaSR) is a unique G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) activated by extracellular Ca(2+) and by other physiological cations including Mg(2+), amino acids, and polyamines. CaSR is the most important master controller of the extracellular Ca(2+) homeostatic system being expressed at high levels in the parathyroid gland, kidney, gut and bone, where it regulates parathyroid hormone (PTH) secretion, vitamin D synthesis, and Ca(2+) absorption and resorption, respectively. Gain and loss of function mutations in the CaSR are responsible for severe disturbances in extracellular Ca(2+) metabolism...
2016: International Review of Cell and Molecular Biology
Erik P A van Iperen, Suthesh Sivapalaratnam, Michael V Holmes, G Kees Hovingh, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Folkert W Asselbergs
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Type 2 diabetes (T2D), low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol (LDL-c), body mass index (BMI), blood pressure and smoking are established risk factors that play a causal role in coronary artery disease (CAD). Numerous common genetic variants associating with these and other risk factors have been identified, but their association with CAD has not been comprehensively examined in a single study. Our goal was to comprehensively evaluate the associations of established and emerging risk factors with CAD using genetic variants identified from Genome-wide Association Studies (GWAS)...
September 13, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Sang-Hong Lee, Jae-Hwan Cho, Hee-Eun Kim, Sung-Chul Kim
OBJECTIVE: This study examined the effect of coronary artery calcification score by lifestyle and correlation with coronary artery stenosis in persons who underwent coronary artery computed tomography (CT) angiography among health examinees for heart diseases in Korea. METHODS AND MATERIALS: The study included 506 subjects (256 men and 250 women) who underwent coronary artery CT angiography among health examines for heart diseases at the Incheon Branch of the Korea Association of Health Promotion between January 2, 2014, and December 31, 2014...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Samia Ait Faqih, Béfa Noto-Kadou-Kaza, Lalla Meryam Abouamrane, Naoufal Mtiou, Selma El Khaya, Mohamed Zamd, Ghislaine Medkouri, Mohamed Gharbi Bengahanem, Benyounes Ramdani
INTRODUCTION: Valvular calcifications are one of the major cardiovascular complications of hemodialysis because of its prevalence and its predictive indices of morbidity and mortality. There are many risk factors associated with these calcifications. Our study aims to evaluate both the prevalence of valvular calcifications in our patients on hemodialysis and their risk factors. METHODS: This was a single-center cross-sectional descriptive and analytical study of 111 adult patients who were on hemodialysis for more than 6 months at the hemodialysis center CHU Ibn Rushd, Casablanca and who underwent ETT during the year 2013...
2016: Pan African Medical Journal
Wei Ling Lau, Branko N Huisa, Mark Fisher
Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is an independent risk factor for the development of cerebrovascular disease, particularly small vessel disease which can manifest in a variety of phenotypes ranging from lacunes to microbleeds. Small vessel disease likely contributes to cognitive dysfunction in the CKD population. Non-traditional risk factors for vascular injury in uremia include loss of calcification inhibitors, hyperphosphatemia, increased blood pressure variability, elastinolysis, platelet dysfunction, and chronic inflammation...
September 14, 2016: Translational Stroke Research
Jong Kook Rhim, Jin Pyeong Jeon, Jeong Jin Park, Hyuk Jai Choi, Young Dae Cho, Seung Hun Sheen, Kyung-Sool Jang
PURPOSE: The aim of this study was to assess the risk factors of prolonged hemodynamic instability (HDI) after carotid angioplasty and stenting (CAS). Herein, a simplified predictive scoring system for prolonged HDI is proposed. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty-six patients who had CAS from 2011 to 2016 at a single institution were evaluated. Prolonged HDI was defined as systolic blood pressure >160 mm Hg or <90 mm Hg or heart rate <50 beats/min, lasting over 30 minutes despite medical treatments...
September 2016: Neurointervention
Teresa Borrás
Arterial calcification results in arterial stiffness and higher systolic blood pressure. Arterial calcification is prevented by the high expression of the Matrix-Gla gene (MGP) in the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) of the arteries' tunica media. Originally, MGP, a gene highly expressed in cartilage and VSMC, was found to be one of the top expressed genes in the trabecular meshwork. The creation of an Mgp-lacZ Knock-In mouse and the use of mouse genetics revealed that in the eye, Mgp's abundant expression is localized and restricted to glaucoma-associated tissues from the anterior and posterior segments...
September 1, 2016: Experimental Eye Research
Lennard Wolff, Daniel Bos, Sarwa Darwish Murad, Oscar H Franco, Gabriel P Krestin, Albert Hofman, Meike W Vernooij, Aad van der Lugt
AIMS: Increasing evidence suggests involvement of the amount of liver fat in the development of cardiovascular disease. We investigated the relation of liver fat with cardiovascular risk factors and subclinical vascular disease in the general population. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between 2003 and 2006, 2351 persons from the population-based Rotterdam Study (mean age 69.6 ± 6.7 years, 47.2% males) underwent non-enhanced computed tomography. We measured the mean liver attenuation value in Hounsfield units and quantified the following markers of subclinical vascular disease: epicardial fat volume and volumes of coronary (CAC), aortic (AAC), extracranial (ECAC), and intracranial carotid calcification (ICAC)...
August 22, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Nils Lehmann, Raimund Erbel, Amir A Mahabadi, Hagen Kälsch, Stefan Möhlenkamp, Susanne Moebus, Andreas Stang, Ulla Roggenbuck, Karl-Heinz Strucksberg, Dagmar Führer-Sakel, Nico Dragano, Thomas Budde, Rainer Seibel, Dietrich Grönemeyer, Karl-Heinz Jöckel
OBJECTIVE: To determine the role of hypertension for coronary artery calcification (CAC) progression. METHODS: The population-based Heinz Nixdorf Recall study recruited 4814 participants from a German urban population in 2000-2003. CAC was measured using electron-beam computed tomography at baseline and after 5 years. The present analyses refer to 3481 participants with repeat scan (coronary heart disease until 5 years excluded, age at baseline 45-74 years, and 53...
November 2016: Journal of Hypertension
V Premuzc, V Ivkovic, N Leko, Z Stipancic, T Teskera, M Vinkovic, M Barisic, S Karanovic, A Vrdoljak, I Vukovic, Z Dika, M Laganovic, B Jelakovic
OBJECTIVE: Early vascular aging (EVA) is a feature of chronic kidney disease(CKD) and pulse wave velocity(PWV) is independent predictor of premature cardiovascular(CV) mortality. High blood pressure(BP) and vascular calcifications contribute mostly to EVA in this group. Endemic nephropathy(EN), an environmental form of aristolochic acid nephropathy, is a chronic tubulointerstitial salt wasting nephropathy characterized with later onset and milder forms of hypertension (HT), and in line with this we hypothesized that arterial stiffness progresses slowlier in EN pts resulting in lower CV mortality...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ching-Fang Wu, Yee-Fan Lee, Wen-Jeng Lee, Chi-Ting Su, Lukas Jyuhn-Hsiarn Lee, Kwan-Dun Wu, Pau-Chung Chen, Tze-Wah Kao
BACKGROUND/PURPOSE: Vascular calcification can predict cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality in patients with end-stage renal disease. We evaluated the prevalence, association factors, and outcomes of chest X-ray-detected aortic arch calcification (AoAC) in patients undergoing peritoneal dialysis (PD). METHODS: We included 190 patients undergoing PD (mean age, 52.6 ± 14.3 years) for whom chest radiographs were available. AoAC revealed by chest X-ray was graded from 0 to 3 according to an AoAC score (AoACS)...
August 3, 2016: Journal of the Formosan Medical Association, Taiwan Yi Zhi
Jung Hwan Cho, Da Young Lee, Eun Seo Lee, Jihyun Kim, Se Eun Park, Cheol-Young Park, Won-Young Lee, Ki-Won Oh, Sung-Woo Park, Eun-Jung Rhee
BACKGROUND: Results from previous studies support the association of lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] levels and coronary artery disease risk. In this study, we analyzed the association between baseline Lp(a) levels and future progression of coronary artery calcification (CAC) in apparently healthy Korean adults. METHODS: A total of 2611 participants (mean age: 41years, 92% mend) who underwent a routine health check-up in 2010 and 2014 were enrolled. Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) were measured by multi-detector computed tomography...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Paul S Pagel, Brent T Boettcher, Derek J De Vry, Julie K Freed, Zafar Iqbal
OBJECTIVE: Transmitral blood flow produces a vortex ring (quantified using vortex formation time [VFT]) that enhances the efficiency of left ventricular (LV) filling. VFT is attenuated in LV hypertrophy resulting from aortic valve stenosis (AS) versus normal LV geometry. Many patients with AS also have aortic insufficiency (AI). The authors tested the hypothesis that moderate AI falsely elevates VFT by partially inhibiting mitral leaflet opening in patients with AS. DESIGN: Observational study...
October 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
Emilie H Zobel, Bernt J von Scholten, Maria Lajer, Anders Jorsal, Lise Tarnow, Lars M Rasmussen, Per Holstein, Hans-Henrik Parving, T W Hansen, P Rossing
BACKGROUND AND AIM: The bone-related peptide osteoprotegerin has been linked to vascular calcification and peripheral vascular disease. We investigated the association between osteoprotegerin and development of foot complications in persons with type 1 diabetes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Prospective observational study of 573 persons with type 1 diabetes, 225 women; age [mean±SD] 42.3±10.3years. Plasma osteoprotegerin was measured by ELISA. RESULTS: Median (IQR) osteoprotegerin was 2...
November 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
Jun Zou, Yi Yu, Ping Wu, Fu-Jun Lin, Yao Yao, Yun Xie, Geng-Ru Jiang
BACKGROUND: Increasing evidence indicated that phosphorus emerged as an important cardiovascular risk factor in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). The fact that serum phosphorus was closely linked to vascular and valvar calcification may account for one important reason. However, left ventricular remodeling may also serve as another potential mechanism of the cardiac toxicity of phosphorus. In the present study, we evaluated the association of serum phosphorus with left ventricular remodeling...
October 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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