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Baoxin Liu, Yong Li, Jiachen Luo, Liming Dai, Jinlong Zhao, Hongqiang Li, Qiqiang Jie, Dongzhi Wang, Xin Huang, Yidong Wei
OBJECTIVES: To examine plasma protein Z (PZ) levels in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and chronic coronary atherosclerosis disease (CCAD) patients without history of AMI and explore its potential clinical significance. METHODS: Plasma PZ concentrations were measured in 90 AMI patients (Group A), 87 CCAD patients without AMI history who remained free of major clinical events at least one year (Group B), and 88 clinically healthy controls (Group C). RESULTS: PZ was found to be significantly lower (P<0...
October 13, 2016: Thrombosis Research
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
Satoshi Fujii, Tomonori Sugiura, Yasuaki Dohi, Nobuyuki Ohte
Atherosclerosis is one of the major causes of death. Data from animal experiments suggest that atherosclerosis involves an inflammatory process of the vascular wall under hyperlipidemia. Atherothrombosis can become a serious complication of atherosclerosis leading to acute cardiovascular events such as myocardial infarction and stroke. Clinical applications to use this knowledge remain scarce. The plasma levels of vascular endothelium-enriched microRNA (miRNAs) in patients with atherosclerotic vascular disease could serve as a disease marker...
2016: Thrombosis Journal
Ammara Usman, Umar Sadat, Zhongzhao Teng, Martin J Graves, Jonathan R Boyle, Kevin Varty, Paul D Hayes, Jonathan H Gillard
BACKGROUND: Functional magnetic resonance (MR) imaging of atheroma using contrast media enables assessment of the systemic severity of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds. Whether black-blood imaging has similar ability remains widely unexplored. In this study, we evaluate whether black-blood imaging can differentiate carotid plaques of patients with and without coronary artery disease (CAD) in terms of morphological and biomechanical features of plaque vulnerability, thereby allowing assessment of the systemic severity nature of atherosclerosis in different arterial beds...
October 17, 2016: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
Siroon Bekkering, Inge van den Munckhof, Tim Nielen, Evert Lamfers, Charles Dinarello, Joost Rutten, Jacqueline de Graaf, Leo A B Joosten, Mihai G Netea, Marc E R Gomes, Niels P Riksen
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We have recently reported that monocytes can undergo functional and transcriptional reprogramming towards a long-term pro-inflammatory phenotype after brief in vitro exposure to atherogenic stimuli such as oxidized LDL. This process is termed 'trained immunity', and is mediated by epigenetic remodeling and a metabolic switch towards increased aerobic glycolysis. We hypothesize that trained immunity contributes to atherogenesis. Therefore, we investigated the inflammatory phenotype and epigenetic remodeling of monocytes from patients with and without established atherosclerosis...
October 12, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Catriona Syme, Simon Czajkowski, Jean Shin, Michal Abrahamowicz, Gabriel Leonard, Michel Perron, Louis Richer, Suzanne Veillette, Daniel Gaudet, Lisa Strug, Yun Wang, Hongbin Xu, Graeme Taylor, Tomáš Paus, Steffany Bennett, Zdenka Pausova
BACKGROUND: -Glycerophosphocholine (GPC) metabolites modulate atherosclerosis and thus risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). Pre-clinical CVD may start during adolescence. Here, we used targeted serum lipidomics to identify a new panel of GPCs, and tested whether any of these GPCs are associated - in adolescence - with classical risk factors of CVD, namely excess visceral fat (VF), elevated BP, insulin resistance and atherogenic dyslipidemia. METHODS: -We studied a population-based sample of 990 adolescents (12-18 years, 48% male), as part of the Saguenay Youth Study...
October 18, 2016: Circulation
Nermina Buljubasic, K Martijn Akkerhuis, Jin M Cheng, Rohit M Oemrawsingh, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Sanneke P M de Boer, Evelyn Regar, Robert-Jan M van Geuns, Patrick W J C Serruys, Eric Boersma, Isabella Kardys
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to provide additional insight into the role of fibrinogen in coronary artery disease by investigating the associations between plasma fibrinogen with both degree and composition of coronary atherosclerosis as determined by virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 581 patients undergoing coronary angiography for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) or stable angina pectoris, preprocedural blood samples were drawn for fibrinogen, C-reactive protein (CRP), interleukin-6, and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 measurements, and virtual histology-intravascular ultrasound of a nonculprit coronary artery was performed...
October 14, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
Mi-Seung Shin, Seong-Mi Park, Mi-Na Kim, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Kyung-Soon Hong, Myung-A Kim, Gil-Ja Shin, Wan-Joo Shim
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and coronary atherosclerosis are common cardiac complications of hypertension. Previous studies have shown that LVH is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality, regardless of coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between LVH and significant coronary arterial stenosis in hypertensive women with chest pain. DESIGN AND METHOD: One hundred ninety four hypertensive women with eligible data from the Korean women's chest pain registry (KoROSE) study were included...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chang Wei-Ting, Chen Zhih-Cherng, Cheng Juei-Tang
OBJECTIVE: Despite the threatening risks of diabetes-induced cardiac fibrosis, less is known to whether diabetes causes an altered cardiac phenotype independent of coronary atherosclerosis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) emerges as a versatile regulator of metabolic and inflammatory homeostasis. Potentially PPARδ may be a therapeutic target for diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effectiveness of Telmisartan, a unique angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that increased the expression of PPARδ, in the improvement of left ventricular remodeling in both diabetic human and rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ivana Burazor, Stamenko Susak
OBJECTIVE: After stent or bypass surgery blood pressure (BP) can go up for multiple reasons among which are: stress and tense of the patient unsure about the future, the pain of the cut and because some of the blood pressure medication, which the patient was receiving preoperatively may get withdrawn post operatively, thereby leading to shooting up the BP. In certain patients, BP actually comes down after surgery and returns back to the pre-operative levels 4 to 6 weeks down the track...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Soo-Kyeong Song, Sang-Rok Lee, Lae-Young Jung, Yi-Shik Kim, Sun-Hwa Lee, Kyoung-Suk Rhee, Jei-Keon Chae, Won-Ho Kim, Jae-Ki Ko
OBJECTIVE: Wall shear stress contributes to atherosclerosis progression and plaque rupture. There were limited studies for hypertension as influence factor on whole blood viscosity (WBV) in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. We evaluated the relations between WBV and hypertension in patients who visited to the emergency room by acute chest pain. DESIGN AND METHOD: From April 2013 through June 2015, we prospectively enrolled 471 acute chest pain patients who visited emergency room...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Davyd Yakhontov
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk factors (RF) prevalence and compliance in hypertension (Ht) associated with coronary artery diseases (CAD) pts - West Siberia residents. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 151 pts with Ht grade 1-3 and stable angina 54,8 ± 0,7 years old divided in 3 groups. The 1 group included 43 Ht pts with uncomplicated angina and intact coronary arteries, the 2 group - 47 Ht pts with angina and percutaneous coronary intervention last 1-3 years, the 3 group - 61 Ht pts with myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke last 1-3 years...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Girish Dwivedi, Yingwei Liu, Shrankhala Tewari, Joao Inacio, Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography (CCTA) has the ability to detect, characterize, and quantify atherosclerotic plaques. The aim of our study was to evaluate the prognostic power of CCTA-quantified plaque subtypes. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A total of 36 patients with adverse events and 36 Morise score-matched patients who remained event free on follow-up were identified. Using CCTA images, plaque subtype volumes in the major epicardial arteries were analyzed using predetermined attenuation ranges in Hounsfield units (HU): 1 to 30 HU (low attenuating), 31 to 70 HU (intermediate attenuating), 71 to 150 HU (high attenuating), and mean coronary lumen+2 SD to 1000 HU (calcified)...
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Aviva S Mattingly, Aylin B Unsal, Julia B Purdy, Ahmed M Gharib, Adam Rupert, Joseph A Kovacs, Dorothea McAreavey, Rohan Hazra, Khaled Z Abd-Elmoniem, Colleen Hadigan
We evaluated immune activation and coronary artery plaque in young adults with HIV acquired in early life (n=31). Coronary plaque was positively associated with lipids, immune activation marker %CD8+CD38+DR, and E-selectin, a marker of endothelial inflammation. Immune activation and endothelial inflammation may drive coronary plaque formation during the early stages of atherosclerosis in the context of chronic HIV.
October 3, 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Wendong Huang, Yongfei Yang, Zhi Zeng, Meiling Su, Qi Gao, Banghao Zhu
Salvia miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine are traditional Chinese medicines that have been used in combination for treatment of cardiovascular disease, including coronary heart disease, cardiac angina and atherosclerosis in Asia, in particular, China. The present study aimed to determine the effect of S. miltiorrhiza and ligustrazine injection (SLI) on myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) and hypoxia/reoxygenation (H/R) injuries via the Akt serine/threonine kinase (Akt)‑endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) signaling pathway...
October 11, 2016: Molecular Medicine Reports
Domenico Maurizio Toraldo, Michele De Benedetto, Luana Conte, Francesco De Nuccio
Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by repetitive interruptions of breathing, causing a Chronic Intermittent Hypoxia (CIH) that can be a key step in the development and progression of cardiovascular diseases. Nowadays, in fact, there is scientific evidence showing the close relationship between OSA and atherosclerosis, even in those patients who do not show co-morbidities such as hypertension, diabetes, high levels of low-density lipoprotein (LDL), cigarette smoking and obesity, which normally are able to activate the endothelium...
October 7, 2016: Current Vascular Pharmacology
Kayle Shapero, James Deluca, Miranda Contursi, Meagan Wasfy, Rory B Weiner, Gregory D Lewis, Adolph Hutter, Aaron L Baggish
BACKGROUND: Masters athletes (MAs), people over the age of 35 that participate in competitive sports, are a rapidly growing population that may be uniquely at risk for cardiovascular (CV) disease. The objective of this study was to develop a comprehensive clinical CV profile of MA. METHODS: An electronic Internet-based survey (survey response rate = 66 %) was used to characterize a community cohort of MAs residing in Eastern Massachusetts, USA. Clinical and lifestyle factors associated with prevalent CV disease were determined using logistic regression...
December 2016: Sports Medicine—Open
Yibin Xie, Young-Jin Kim, Jianing Pang, Jung-Sun Kim, Qi Yang, Janet Wei, Christopher T Nguyen, Zixin Deng, Byoung Wook Choi, Zhaoyang Fan, C Noel Bairey Merz, Prediman K Shah, Daniel S Berman, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Debiao Li
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this work is the development of coronary atherosclerosis T1-weighted characterization with integrated anatomical reference (CATCH) technique and the validation by comparison with high-risk plaque features (HRPF) observed on intracoronary optical coherence tomography (OCT) and invasive coronary angiography. BACKGROUND: T1-weighted cardiac magnetic resonance with or without contrast media has been used for characterizing coronary atherosclerosis showing promising prognostic value...
October 6, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Lea Azour, Michael A Kadoch, Thomas J Ward, Corey D Eber, Adam H Jacobi
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is often identified on routine chest computed tomography (CT). The purpose of our study was to evaluate whether ordinal scoring of CAC on non-gated, routine chest CT is an accurate predictor of Agatston score ranges in a community-based population, and in particular to determine the accuracy of an ordinal score of zero on routine chest CT. METHODS: Two thoracic radiologists reviewed consecutive same-day ECG-gated and routine non-gated chest CT scans of 222 individuals...
October 5, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
Marcus R Makowski, Christian H P Jansen, Ullrich Ebersberger, Tobias Schaeffter, Reza Razavi, Massimo Mangino, Tim D Spector, Rene M Botnar, Gerald F Greil
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of BMI on late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) of the coronary artery wall in identical monozygous twins discordant for BMI. Coronary LGE represents a useful parameter for the detection and quantification of atherosclerotic coronary vessel wall disease. METHODS: Thirteen monozygote female twin pairs (n = 26) with significantly different BMIs (>1.6 kg/m2) were recruited out of >10,000 twin pairs (TwinsUK Registry)...
October 14, 2016: European Radiology
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