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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333860/cardiovascular-parameters-to-2-years-after-kidney-transplantation-following-early-switch-to-everolimus-without-calcineurin-inhibitor-therapy-an-analysis-of-the-randomized-elevate-study
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Hallvard Holdaas, Johan W de Fijter, Josep M Cruzado, Pablo Massari, Björn Nashan, John Kanellis, Oliver Witzke, Alex Gutierrez-Dalmau, Aydin Turkmen, Zailong Wang, Patricia Lopez, Peter Bernhardt, Jossy Kochuparampil, Markus van der Giet, Klaus Murbraech
BACKGROUND: Mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) inhibitors may confer cardioprotective advantages but clinical data are limited. METHODS: In the open-label ELEVATE trial, kidney transplant patients were randomized at 10-14 weeks posttransplant to convert from calcineurin inhibitor (CNI) to everolimus or remain on standard CNI therapy. Prespecified endpoints included left ventricular mass index (LVMi) and, in a subpopulation of patients, arterial stiffness as measured by pulse wave velocity (PWV)...
March 22, 2017: Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332508/prolactin-as-a-predictor-of-endothelial-dysfunction-and-arterial-stiffness-progression-in-menopause
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G Georgiopoulos, I Lambrinoudaki, F Athanasouli, E Armeni, A Koliviras, A Augoulea, D Rizos, C Papamichael, A Protogerou, K Stellos, K Stamatelopoulos
Postmenopausal women are at increased risk for progression of arteriosclerosis and hypertension. Recent cross-sectional evidence suggests that high normal circulating prolactin levels may accelerate vascular ageing in menopause. Postmenopausal women (n=201) were consecutively recruited from a Menopause Clinic and re-evaluated in at least one follow-up visit within the next 3 years. Baseline circulating prolactin levels were measured while both baseline and follow-up vascular and biochemical measurements were performed...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331159/the-effect-of-nitroglycerin-on-arterial-stiffness-of-the-aorta-and-the-femoral-tibial-arteries
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Tomoyuki Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Shimizu, Mao Takahashi, Ichiro Tatsuno, Kohji Shirai
AIM: The effect of nitroglycerin on proper arterial stiffness of the arterial tree has not been fully clarified. The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI), which is an application of the stiffness parameter β theory on the arterial tree from the origin of the aorta to the ankle, was developed recently. Furthermore, the stiffness of the aorta (heart-thigh β (htBeta)) and of the femoral-tibial arteries (thigh to ankle β (taBeta)) could be monitored by applying the same theory. The effects of nitroglycerin on CAVI, htBeta, and taBeta were studied comparing the values of healthy people and those of arteriosclerotic patients...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Atherosclerosis and Thrombosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330948/correction-to-resting-heart-rate-trajectory-pattern-predicts-arterial-stiffness-in-a-community-based-chinese-cohort
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No abstract text is available yet for this article.
April 2017: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330671/aortic-stiffness-matters-ventricular-arterial-interactions-over-time
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EDITORIAL
Julius M Gardin
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330663/longitudinal-changes-in-lv-structure-and-diastolic-function-in-relation-to-arterial-properties-in-general%C3%A2-population
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Nicholas Cauwenberghs, Judita Knez, Jan D'hooge, Lutgarde Thijs, Wen-Yi Yang, Fang-Fei Wei, Zhen-Yu Zhang, Jan A Staessen, Tatiana Kuznetsova
OBJECTIVES: We assessed to what extent arterial properties measured at baseline and follow-up predict longitudinal alterations in echocardiographic indexes reflecting left ventricular (LV) structure and function. BACKGROUND: Serial imaging studies are needed to clarify the relation of changes in LV structure and function to arterial stiffness. METHODS: In 607 participants (50.7% women; mean age 50.7 years), using echocardiography and Doppler imaging, we measured LV dimensions, transmitral blood flow, and mitral annular tissue velocities at baseline and after 4...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329155/pulmonary-arterial-stiffness-indices-assessed-by-intravascular-ultrasound-in-children-with-early-pulmonary-vascular-disease-prediction-of-advanced-disease-and-mortality-during-20-year-follow-up
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Mark-Jan Ploegstra, Jody G M Brokelman, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Johannes M Douwes, Lenny M van Osch-Gevers, Elke S Hoendermis, Annemien E van den Bosch, Maarten Witsenburg, Beatrijs Bartelds, Hans L Hillege, Rolf M F Berger
Aims: Prognosis in children with pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) is closely linked to right ventricular (RV) failure due to increased RV-afterload. Pulmonary arterial (PA) stiffening is known to occur early in the course of PVD and constitutes a main component of RV-afterload. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of PA-stiffness in children with PVD by determining its association with advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and mortality at long-term follow-up. Methods and results: Forty-one children with various stages of arterial PVD, defined as mean PA-pressure  ≥20 mmHg and/or pulmonary-to-systemic flow-ratio  ≥1...
March 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328237/magnetic-resonance-imaging-in-the-prognostic-evaluation-of-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Andrew J Swift, Dave Capener, Chris Johns, Neil Hamilton, Alex Rothman, Charlie Elliot, Robin Condliffe, Athanasios Charalampopoulos, Smitha Rajaram, Allan Lawrie, Michael J Campbell, Jim M Wild, David G Kiely
RATIONALE: Prognostication is important when counselling patients and defining treatment strategies in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). OBJECTIVE: To determine the value of MRI metrics for prediction of mortality in PAH. METHODS: Consecutive patients with PAH undergoing MRI were identified from the ASPIRE-Pulmonary-Hypertension-Registry. MEASUREMENTS AND MAIN RESULTS: During the follow-up period of 42 (range 17-142) months 576 patients were studied and 221 (38%) died...
March 22, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326301/association-of-serum-25-hydroxy-vitamin-d-concentration-and-arterial-stiffness-among-korean-adults-in-single-center
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Jung Hae Lee, Heuy Sun Suh
BACKGROUND: There are growing concerns about the role of vitamin D deficiency in cardiovascular diseases. Therefore, we investigated the correlation between serum 25-hydroxy-vitamin D (25[OH]D) and arterial stiffness among Korean adults. METHODS: We retrospectively reviewed the medical charts of 302 people (115 women and 187 men) who visited a tertiary hospital from January 2015 to December 2016. Serum 25(OH)D was measured using the radioimmunoassay technique, and brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) was measured using an automatic wave analyzer...
February 2017: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325614/gothic-aortic-arch-and-cardiac-mechanics-in-young-patients-after-arterial-switch-operation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Giovanni Di Salvo, Ziad Bulbul, Valeria Pergola, Ziad Issa, Ghassan Siblini, Nisreen Muhanna, Domenico Galzerano, Bahaa Fadel, Mansour Al Joufan, Majid Al Fayyadh, Zohair Al Halees
BACKGROUND: In patients who have undergone arterial switch operation (ASO) for d-transposition of the great arteries a gothic aortic arch (GA) morphology has been found and it has been associated with abnormal aortic bio-elastic properties. HYPOTHESIS: GA is frequent in ASO patients and may have an impact on cardiac mechanics. Our study aims were to assess 1- the occurrence of GA in a large sample of patients after ASO; 2- the association between GA and aortic bio-elastic properties; and 3- the impact of GA on left ventricular (LV) function using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE)...
March 11, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324675/arterial-stiffness-in-hiv-infected-youth-and-associations-with-hiv-related-variables
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Allison Ross Eckard, Paolo Raggi, Joshua H Ruff, Mary Ann O'Riordan, Julia C Rosebush, Danielle Labbato, Julie E Daniels, Monika Uribe-Leitz, Christopher T Longencker, Grace A McComsey
Children and young adults infected with HIV are at elevated risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, scarce data exist on the utility of non-invasive methods to diagnose subclinical CVD, such as pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness. The objectives of this study were to assess the relationship of carotid-femoral PWV with subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), compare measurements to healthy controls, and evaluate variables associated with PWV in HIV-infected youth...
March 21, 2017: Virulence
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323879/mir-181b-regulates-vascular-stiffness-age-dependently-in-part-by-regulating-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling
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Daijiro Hori, Brittany Dunkerly-Eyring, Yohei Nomura, Debjit Biswas, Jochen Steppan, Jorge Henao-Mejia, Hideo Adachi, Lakshmi Santhanam, Dan E Berkowitz, Charles Steenbergen, Richard A Flavell, Samarjit Das
BACKGROUND: Endothelial dysfunction and arterial stiffening play major roles in cardiovascular diseases. The critical role for the miR-181 family in vascular inflammation has been documented. Here we tested whether the miR-181 family can influence the pathogenesis of hypertension and vascular stiffening. METHODS AND RESULTS: qPCR data showed a significant decrease in miR-181b expression in the aorta of the older mice. Eight miR-181a1/b1-/- mice and wild types (C57BL6J:WT) were followed weekly for pulse wave velocity (PWV) and blood pressure measurements...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314975/erratum-to-effects-on-bone-metabolism-markers-and-arterial-stiffness-by-switching-to-rivaroxaban-from-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
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Sayaka Namba, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Ryota Kakizaki, Teruyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Fujiyoshi, Takehiro Hashikata, Lisa Kitasato, Takuya Hashimoto, Ryo Kameda, Kentaro Meguro, Takao Shimohama, Taiki Tojo, Junya Ako
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314672/fenestration-of-a-papyrus-pk-covered-stent-to-recover-the-occluded-left-main-bifurcation-after-sealing-a-left-main-perforation-during-a-cto-procedure
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Gerald S Werner, Waqar H Ahmed
Covered stents are indicated for coronary perforations, but they may seal off major side branches in that process. We report the successful sealing of an ostial left main perforation, induced by a guide catheter in the course of a retrograde approach to treat a chronic total occlusion (CTO) of the right coronary artery (RCA) in a 76year old woman with prior CABG. The implanted Papyrus covered stent, however, overlapped the left main bifurcation and occluded the non-grafted circumflex artery (CX) resulting in acute ischemia...
March 6, 2017: Cardiovascular Revascularization Medicine: Including Molecular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303441/association-between-health-literacy-and-hypertension-management-in-a-chinese-community-a-retrospective-cohort-study
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Di Shi, Jiangbo Li, Yong Wang, Si Wang, Kai Liu, Rufeng Shi, Qiang Zhang, Xiaoping Chen
Low health literacy is associated with poor clinical outcomes. The relationship between literacy and blood pressure (BP) has been inconsistent. We investigated the determinants of health literacy and the potential relationship between health literacy and hypertension management. We conducted a retrospective cohort trial of 360 hypertensive patients. Scale measurements, physical examination, and laboratory tests were performed based on a standard protocol. To determine factors associated with health literacy, multiple logistic regression analysis was performed and the discriminatory power of the scale score for hypertension control was assessed by the area under the receiver operating curve...
March 16, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301500/circulating-progenitor-cells-in-hypertensive-subjects-effectiveness-of-a-treatment-with-olmesartan-in-improving-cell-number-and-mir-profile-in-addition-to-expected-pharmacological-effects
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Giuseppe Mandraffino, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Valentina Cairo, Michele Scuruchi, Alberto Lo Gullo, Angela D'Ascola, Angela Alibrandi, Saverio Loddo, Sebastiano Quartuccio, Carmela Morace, Enricomaria Mormina, Giorgio Basile, Antonino Saitta, Egidio Imbalzano
CD34+ circulating progenitor cells (CD34+CPCs) are a population of multipotent cells which can delay the development of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease (CVD) in conditions of increased CV risk. MicroRNAs (miRs) 221 and 222 modulate different genes regulating angiogenesis and inflammation; moreover, miR221/22 have beenshown to participate in differentiation and proliferation of CD34+CPCs, inhibiting cell migration and homing. miR221/222 in CD34+CPCs from hypertensive subjects are also increased and associated with CD34+cell number and reactive oxygen species (ROS)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301310/glass-fiber-based-mr-safe-guidewire-for-mr-imaging-guided-endovascular-interventions-in-vitro-and-preclinical-in-vivo-feasibility-study
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Alexander Massmann, Arno Buecker, Guenther K Schneider
Purpose To evaluate glass-fiber-based guidewires that are safe for magnetic resonance (MR) imaging-guided endovascular interventions by using a phantom and an in vivo swine model. Materials and Methods MR imaging-safe guidewires were made from micropultruded glass and/or aramid fibers and epoxy resin with diameters of 0.89 mm (0.035 inch) for standard and stiff guidewires and 0.36 mm (0.014 inch) for micro guidewires. MR imaging visibility and mechanical properties were assessed in a pulsatile flow model. After approval was obtained from the institutional animal care and use committee, MR imaging guidewires were evaluated for standard endovascular procedures in nine pigs...
March 14, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299616/promise-of-sglt2-inhibitors-in-heart-failure-diabetes-and-beyond
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REVIEW
Pieter Martens, Chantal Mathieu, Frederik H Verbrugge
This review provides mechanistic insight in the pleiotropic effects of sodium-glucose transporter-2 (SGLT-2) inhibitors with particular interest to the pathophysiology of heart failure. The SGLT-2 inhibitor empagliflozin has recently demonstrated an unprecedented 38% reduction in cardiovascular mortality in patients with diabetes. Despite modest effects on long-term glycemic control, highly significant reductions in heart failure admissions and end-stage kidney disease were observed. SGLT-2 inhibitors are the latest approved class of glucose-lowering agents...
March 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299320/etiology-of-end-stage-renal-disease-and-arterial-stiffness-among-hemodialysis-patients
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Balsam El Ghoul, Yazan Daaboul, Serge Korjian, Andrew El Alam, Anthony Mansour, Essa Hariri, Salam Samad, Pascale Salameh, Georges Dahdah, Jacques Blacher, Michel E Safar, Sola Aoun Bahous
Background. Prior studies have demonstrated that conventional and emerging CV risk factors are associated with worsening arterial stiffness among end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients on hemodialysis. The present cross-sectional study evaluates the association between the etiology of ESRD and arterial stiffness among a cohort of hemodialysis patients. Methods. Etiology of ESRD was identified from patients' medical records and classified as either vascular renal disease, diabetic nephropathy, nondiabetic glomerulopathy, tubular interstitial nephropathy, hereditary nephropathy, or ESRD of unconfirmed etiology...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28298963/potential-role-of-imaging-in-assessing-harmful-effects-on-spermatogenesis-in-adult-testes-with-varicocele
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REVIEW
Athina C Tsili, Olga N Xiropotamou, Anastasios Sylakos, Vasilios Maliakas, Nikolaos Sofikitis, Maria I Argyropoulou
Varicocele is characterized by an abnormal dilatation and retrograde blood flow in the spermatic veins. Varicocele is the leading correctable cause of male infertility. Although it is highly prevalent in infertile men, it is also observed in individuals with normal fertility. Determining which men are negatively affected by varicocele would enable clinicians to better select those men who will benefit from treatment. To assess the functional status of the testes in men with varicocele, color Doppler sonographic parameters were evaluated...
February 28, 2017: World Journal of Radiology
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