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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449466/higher-coronary-artery-calcification-score-is-associated-with-adverse-prognosis-in-patients-with-stable-angina-pectoris
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Renrong Wang, Xiaoxiao Liu, Chunxia Wang, Xinhe Ye, Xin Xu, Chengjian Yang
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcification (CAC) indicates the presence of atherosclerotic lesions and serves as a marker of prognosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). This study evaluated the value of the CAC score for determining the prognosis of patients with stable angina pectoris (SAP). METHODS: A total of 106 consecutive patients with SAP were enrolled in this study from January 2011 to June 2014; from these patients, 640 multi-slice computer tomography (MSCT) samples were used to obtain CAC scores...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449186/the-risk-of-lower-gastrointestinal-bleeding-in-low-dose-aspirin-users
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W-C Chen, K-H Lin, Y-T Huang, T-J Tsai, W-C Sun, S-K Chuah, D-C Wu, P-I Hsu
BACKGROUND: Aspirin increases the risk of gastrointestinal bleeding. AIM: To investigate the risk of lower gastrointestinal bleeding (LGIB) in aspirin users. METHODS: Low-dose (75-325 mg daily) aspirin users and controls matched by age, gender and enrollment time in a 1:5 ratio were selected from 1 million randomly sampled subjects in the National Health Insurance Research Database of Taiwan. Cox proportional hazard regression models were developed to evaluate the predictors of LGIB with adjustments for age, gender, comorbidities including coronary artery disease, ischaemic stroke, diabetes, hypertension, chronic kidney disease, liver cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, dyslipidemia, uncomplicated peptic ulcer disease, history of peptic ulcer bleeding, and concomitant use of clopidogrel, ticlopidine, warfarin, nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), cyclooxygenase-2 inhibitors, steroids, proton pump inhibitors (PPIs), histamine-2 receptor antagonists (H2RAs), nitrates, alendronate, selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors (SSRIs) and calcium channel blockers...
April 27, 2017: Alimentary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449091/gwab-a-web-server-for-the-network-based-boosting-of-human-genome-wide-association-data
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Jung Eun Shim, Changbae Bang, Sunmo Yang, Tak Lee, Sohyun Hwang, Chan Yeong Kim, U Martin Singh-Blom, Edward M Marcotte, Insuk Lee
During the last decade, genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have represented a major approach to dissect complex human genetic diseases. Due in part to limited statistical power, most studies identify only small numbers of candidate genes that pass the conventional significance thresholds (e.g. P ≤ 5 × 10-8). This limitation can be partly overcome by increasing the sample size, but this comes at a higher cost. Alternatively, weak association signals can be boosted by incorporating independent data. Previously, we demonstrated the feasibility of boosting GWAS disease associations using gene networks...
April 26, 2017: Nucleic Acids Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448602/clinical-presentation-and-management-of-stable-coronary-artery-disease-in-austria
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Otto Pichlhöfer, Manfred Maier, Roza Badr-Eslam, Robin Ristl, Magdalena Zebrowska, Irene M Lang
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the main cause of death in Austria. However, no systematic information exists regarding characteristics and treatments of contemporary patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) in Austria. We assembled two retrospective physicians' databases to describe demographics, clinical profiles, and therapeutic strategies in patients with stable CAD. In addition, we compared patient profiles of secondary care internists and hospital-based cardiologists with those of general practitioners in a primary care setting outside of hospital...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448601/determinants-of-coronary-flow-reserve-in-non-diabetic-patients-with-chest-pain-without-myocardial-perfusion-defects
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Helena U Westergren, Erik Michaëlsson, Juuso I Blomster, Tasso Miliotis, Sara Svedlund, Li-Ming Gan
BACKGROUND: Microvascular dysfunction could be responsible for chest pain in patients without myocardial perfusion defects. We evaluated microvascular function using ultrasound-assessed coronary flow reserve (CFR) in patients with chest pain and normal myocardial perfusion scintigram. Secondly, we investigated association between cardiovascular parameters and decreased CFR in a sex specific manner. METHODS: A total of 202 (128 women) non-diabetic patients with chest pain and suspected myocardial ischemia, but without myocardial perfusion defects on myocardial perfusion scintigram, were enrolled and underwent CFR examination and blood sampling...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448457/effects-of-vitamin-d-supplementation-on-bone-turnover-markers-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Verena Schwetz, Christian Trummer, Marlene Pandis, Martin R Grübler, Nicolas Verheyen, Martin Gaksch, Armin Zittermann, Winfried März, Felix Aberer, Angelika Lang, Gerlies Treiber, Claudia Friedl, Barbara Obermayer-Pietsch, Thomas R Pieber, Andreas Tomaschitz, Stefan Pilz
Bone turnover markers (BTMs) are used to evaluate bone health together with bone mineral density and fracture assessment. Vitamin D supplementation is widely used to prevent and treat musculoskeletal diseases but existing data on vitamin D effects on markers of bone resorption and formation are inconsistent. We therefore examined the effects of vitamin D supplementation on bone-specific alkaline phosphatase (bALP), osteocalcin (OC), C-terminal telopeptide (CTX), and procollagen type 1 N-terminal propeptide (P1NP)...
April 27, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448413/the-application-of-iodine-quantitative-information-obtained-by-dual-source-dual-energy-computed-tomography-on-chemoradiotherapy-effect-monitoring-for-cervical-cancer-a-preliminary-study
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Changqin Jiang, Pin Yang, Junqiang Lei, Jinkui Li, Kun Yan, Feilong Li, Ruifeng Yan, Lichao Xia
OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study is to investigate the potential contribution of the iodine quantitative parameters of dual-phase dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) scanning for chemoradiotherapy (CRT) response monitoring for cervical cancer. METHODS: Patients who were pathologically certified having cervical cancer and intended for concurrent radiotherapy and chemotherapy were prospectively included in our study. Contrast-enhanced DECT scanning was performed before CRT, which was repeated after 1 month of therapy, using a dual-source CT scanner onset...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448235/intracranial-artery-steno-occlusion-diagnosis-by-using-three-dimensional-parallel-multichannel-transmission-mr-imaging
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Mi Sun Chung, Seung Chai Jung, Seon-Ok Kim, Ho Sung Kim, Choong Gon Choi, Sang Joon Kim, Sun U Kwon, Dong-Wha Kang, Jong S Kim
Purpose To determine whether magnetic resonance (MR) imaging by using two-dimensional spatially selective radiofrequency (RF) excitation pulses (zoomed MR imaging) is a reliable method for the diagnosis of intracranial artery steno-occlusion compared with full-field-of-view (FOV) MR imaging. Materials and Methods The institutional review board approved this retrospective study and informed consent was waived. From December 2014 to August 2015, 88 patients who underwent both full-FOV MR imaging and zoomed MR imaging for further evaluation of intracranial artery steno-occlusion at prior luminal evaluation were included...
April 27, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448207/gender-differences-in-endovascular-treatment-of-infrainguinal-peripheral-artery-disease
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Henrik Christian Rieß, Eike Sebastian Debus, Franziska Heidemann, Konstanze Stoberock, Reinhart T Grundmann, Christian-Alexander Behrendt
BACKGROUND: Despite ongoing research concerning comorbidities and clinical presentation of peripheral arterial disease (PAD), the issue of gender associated differences in treatment is far from being settled. PATIENTS AND METHODS: This was a prospective, non-randomized multicentre study design. All patients suffering from intermittent claudication (IC) or critical limb ischaemia (CLI) were included. RESULTS: A total of 2,798 procedures for symptomatic PAD in the infrainguinal region were recorded, with 1,696 (61...
April 27, 2017: VASA. Zeitschrift Für Gefässkrankheiten
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448010/murine-left-anterior-descending-lad-coronary-artery-ligation-an-improved-and-simplified-model-for-myocardial-infarction
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Karla Reichert, Bonnie Colantuono, Isabella McCormack, Fernanda Rodrigues, Vasile Pavlov, M Ruhul Abid
Ischemic heart disease (IHD), or acute coronary syndrome (ACS), is one of the leading causes of death in the United States. IHD is characterized by reduced blood supply to the heart, resulting in the loss of oxygen to and the ensuing necrosis of the heart muscle. The MI model has gained popularity for its use as a short-term ischemia-reperfusion model and a long-term permanent ligation model. Below, we describe a reliable method for the permanent ligation of the LAD. With mouse genetic engineering technology becoming more advanced, and with an increasing availability of quality murine surgical instruments, the mouse has become a popular model for MI surgeries...
April 2, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447994/scaling-of-engineered-vascular-grafts-using-3d-printed-guides-and-the-ring-stacking-method
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Cameron B Pinnock, Zhengfan Xu, Mai T Lam
Coronary artery disease remains a leading cause of death, affecting millions of Americans. With the lack of autologous vascular grafts available, engineered grafts offer great potential for patient treatment. However, engineered vascular grafts are generally not easily scalable, requiring manufacture of custom molds or polymer tubes in order to customize to different sizes, constituting a time-consuming and costly practice. Human arteries range in lumen diameter from about 2.0-38 mm and in wall thickness from about 0...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447974/3d-whole-heart-myocardial-tissue-analysis
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Hans Thijs Van den Broek, Leon De Jong, Pieter A Doevendans, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frebus J Van Slochteren, René Van Es
Cardiac regenerative therapies aim to protect and repair the injured heart in patients with ischemic heart disease. By injecting stem cells or other biologicals that enhance angio- or vasculogenesis into the infarct border zone (IBZ), tissue perfusion is improved, and the myocardium can be protected from further damage. For maximum therapeutic effect, it is hypothesized that the regenerative substance is best delivered to the IBZ. This requires accurate injections and has led to the development of new injection techniques...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447283/adenosine-stress-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-octogenarians-safety-tolerability-and-long-term-prognostic-implications-of-hemodynamic-response-and-spect-related-variables
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Athanasios Katsikis, Athanasios Theodorakos, Spyridon Papaioannou, Antonios Kalkinis, Genovefa Kolovou, Konstantinos Konstantinou, Maria Koutelou
BACKGROUND: Evaluation of tolerability, safety, and prognostic implications of adenosine stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in octogenarians. METHODS: 370 octogenarians (49% known coronary artery disease) were studied. Hemodynamic response, MPI-related data, and rest-left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) based on echocardiography were registered per patient, and prospective follow-up was performed to document all-cause death (ACD), cardiac death (CD), myocardial infarction (MI), and late revascularization...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447104/bmp-type-ii-receptor-as-a-therapeutic-target-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#14
REVIEW
Mar Orriols, Maria Catalina Gomez-Puerto, Peter Ten Dijke
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a chronic disease characterized by a progressive elevation in mean pulmonary arterial pressure. This occurs due to abnormal remodeling of small peripheral lung vasculature resulting in progressive occlusion of the artery lumen that eventually causes right heart failure and death. The most common cause of PAH is inactivating mutations in the gene encoding a bone morphogenetic protein type II receptor (BMPRII). Current therapeutic options for PAH are limited and focused mainly on reversal of pulmonary vasoconstriction and proliferation of vascular cells...
April 26, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446984/salvage-surgery-after-high-dose-radiotherapy
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REVIEW
Annemie Van Breussegem, Jeroen M Hendriks, Patrick Lauwers, Paul E Van Schil
Salvage surgery is a relatively new entity in thoracic surgery and oncology. Salvage resection after radiotherapy refers to surgery as only remaining therapeutic option in patients who were treated with high-dose stereotactic radiotherapy (SRT) for early-stage lung cancer or full-dose chemoradiation for locally advanced lung cancer. Indications include locally progressive tumors, recurrent local or locoregional disease, or specific complications after radiotherapy such as lung abscesses or infected, necrotic cavities...
April 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446943/the-updated-nice-guidelines-cardiac-ct-as-the-first-line-test-for-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Alastair J Moss, Michelle C Williams, David E Newby, Edward D Nicol
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cost-effective care pathways are integral to delivering sustainable healthcare programmes. Due to the overestimation of coronary artery disease using traditional risk tables, non-invasive testing has been utilised to improve risk stratification and initiate appropriate management to reduce the dependence on invasive investigations. In line with recent technological improvements, cardiac CT is a modality that offers a detailed anatomical assessment of coronary artery disease comparable to invasive coronary angiography...
2017: Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446942/cardiac-ct-improves-outcomes-in-stable-coronary-heart-disease-results-of-recent-clinical-trials
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REVIEW
Michelle C Williams, Alastair Moss, Edward Nicol, David E Newby
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The purpose of this study was to review the recent randomised controlled trials of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) for patients with stable coronary artery disease. RECENT FINDINGS: The initial results and subsequent papers from the SCOT-HEART (Scottish COmputed Tomography of the HEART) and PROMISE (PROspective Multicentre Imaging Study for Evaluation of chest pain) trials have shown that CCTA is a safe and appropriate addition to standard care or alternative to functional testing...
2017: Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446647/relationship-between-carotid-arterial-properties-and-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensities
#18
Tatjana Rundek, David Della-Morte, Hannah Gardener, Chuanhui Dong, Matthew S Markert, Jose Gutierrez, Eugene Roberts, Mitchell S V Elkind, Charles DeCarli, Ralph L Sacco, Clinton B Wright
OBJECTIVE: Since arterial stiffness is a functional measure of arterial compliance and may be an important marker of cerebrovascular disease, we examined the association of carotid artery stiffness with white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) in a cross-sectional study of 1,166 stroke-free participants. METHODS: Carotid beta stiffness index (STIFF) was assessed by M-mode ultrasound of the common carotid artery and calculated as the ratio of natural log of the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure over STRAIN, a ratio of the difference between carotid systolic and diastolic diameter (DD) divided by DD...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446549/management-of-coronary-artery-disease-with-cardiac-ct-beyond-gatekeeping
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EDITORIAL
Filippo Cademartiri, Stefano Nistri, Giuseppe Tarantini, Erica Maffei
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 26, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446494/effects-of-the-mean-amplitude-of-glycemic-excursions-and-vascular-endothelial-dysfunction-on-cardiovascular-events-in-nondiabetic-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Tomonori Akasaka, Daisuke Sueta, Noriaki Tabata, Seiji Takashio, Eiichiro Yamamoto, Yasuhiro Izumiya, Kenichi Tsujita, Sunao Kojima, Koichi Kaikita, Kunihiko Matsui, Seiji Hokimoto
BACKGROUND: Mean amplitude of glycemic excursion (MAGE) is commonly used to gauge the degree of glucose level fluctuations. MAGE plays a significant role in vascular endothelial dysfunction and cardiovascular events in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), but its significance is not clear in non-DM patients. Thus, we examined the impact of MAGE and vascular endothelial dysfunction on clinical outcomes in non-DM patients with coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: We followed non-DM patients (n=65) for 12 months who underwent percutaneous coronary intervention and assessed the relationship among MAGE, reactive hyperemia index (RHI) measured by reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tonometry as endothelial function, and cardiovascular events...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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