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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
Marvin Louis Roy Lu, Shuchita Gupta, Abel Romero-Corral, Magdaléna Matejková, Toni De Venecia, Edinrin Obasare, Vikas Bhalla, Gregg S Pressman
BACKGROUND: Calcium deposits in the aortic valve and mitral annulus have been associated with cardiovascular events and mortality. However, there is no accepted standard method for scoring such cardiac calcifications, and most existing methods are simplistic. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that a semiquantitative score, one that accounts for all visible calcium on echocardiography, could predict all-cause mortality and stroke in a graded fashion. METHODS: This was a retrospective study of 443 unselected subjects derived from a general echocardiography database...
October 11, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Michael J Blaha, Joseph Yeboah, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Kiang Liu, Richard Kronmal, Philip Greenland
When the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) began, the Framingham risk score was the preferred tool for 10-year global coronary heart disease risk assessment; however, the Framingham risk score had limitations including derivation in a homogenous population lacking racial and ethnic diversity and exclusive reliance on traditional risk factors without consideration of most subclinical disease measures. MESA was designed to study the prognostic value of subclinical atherosclerosis and other risk markers in a multiethnic population...
September 2016: Global Heart
Ji Hyun Lee, Donghee Han, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Asim Rizvi, Heidi Gransar, Hyung-Bok Park, Hyo Eun Park, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jidong Sung, Sung Hak Park, Hae-Won Han, James K Min, Hyuk-Jae Chang
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to examine whether zero coronary artery calcium (CAC) score is associated with favorable prognosis of all-cause mortality (ACM) according to a panel of conventional risk factors (RF) in asymptomatic Korean adults.Methods and Results:A total of 48,215 individuals were stratified according to presence/absence of CAC, and the following RF were examined: hypertension, diabetes, current smoking, high low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and low high-density lipoprotein cholesterol...
October 4, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
Tetsuma Kawaji, Hiroki Shiomi, Hiroshi Morishita, Takeshi Morimoto, Charles A Taylor, Shotaro Kanao, Koji Koizumi, Satoshi Kozawa, Kazuhisa Morihiro, Hirotoshi Watanabe, Junichi Tazaki, Masao Imai, Naritatsu Saito, Satoshi Shizuta, Koh Ono, Kaori Togashi, Takeshi Kimura
Non-invasive fractional flow reserve measured by coronary computed tomography angiography (FFRCT) has demonstrated a high diagnostic accuracy for detecting coronary artery disease (CAD) in selected patients in prior clinical trials. However, feasibility of FFRCT in unselected population have not been fully evaluated. Among 60 consecutive patients who had suspected significant CAD by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) and were planned to undergo invasive coronary angiography, 48 patients were enrolled in this study comparing FFRCT with invasive fractional flow reserve (FFR) without any exclusion criteria for the quality of CCTA image...
October 7, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Adam Bernheim, William F Auffermann, Arthur E Stillman
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 4, 2016: Journal of the American College of Radiology: JACR
Hwa Seon Shin, Mi Jung Park, Kyung Nyeo Jeon, Jae Min Cho, Kyung Soo Bae, Dae Seob Choi, Jae Boem Na, Ho Cheol Choi, Hye Young Choi, Ji Eun Kim, Soo Bueum Cho, Sung Eun Park
BACKGROUND: Until now, there has been no study on the relationship between the calcification of the lower extremity arteries and significant coronary arterial disease (CAD). OBJECTIVES: To evaluate whether lower extremity calcium scores (LECS) are associated with CAD and whether this can predict multivessel-CAD in patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We retrospectively enrolled 103 PAD patients without cardiac symptoms or known CAD...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Bharath Ambale-Venkatesh, Kihei Yoneyama, Ravi K Sharma, Yoshiaki Ohyama, Colin O Wu, Gregory L Burke, Steven Shea, Antoinette S Gomes, Alistair A Young, David A Bluemke, João Ac Lima
OBJECTIVE: To investigate whether sphericity volume index (SVI), an indicator of left ventricular (LV) remodelling, predicts incident cardiovascular events (coronary heart disease, CHD; all cardiovascular disease, CVD; heart failure, HF; atrial fibrillation, AF) over 10 years of follow-up in a multiethnic population (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis). METHODS: 5004 participants free of known CVD had magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) in 2000-2002. Cine images were analysed to compute, [Formula: see text] equivalent to LV volume/volume of sphere with length of LV as the diameter...
September 30, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Salman Waheed, Simcha Pollack, Marguerite Roth, Nathaniel Reichek, Alan Guerci, Jie J Cao
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: The efficacy of statin therapy remains unknown in patients eligible for statin therapy with and without elevated coronary calcium score (CAC). The study sought to evaluate how cardiovascular risk factors, expressed in terms of statin eligibility for primary prevention, and CAC modify clinical outcomes with and without statin therapy. METHODS: We conducted a post-hoc analysis of the St. Francis Heart Study treatment trial, a double-blind, placebo-controlled randomized controlled trial of atorvastatin (20 mg), vitamin C (1 g), and vitamin E (1000 U) daily, versus placebos in 990 asymptomatic individuals with CAC ≥ 80th percentile for age and gender...
September 17, 2016: Atherosclerosis
Vidhya Kumar, James K Min, Xin He, Subha V Raman
Dual-energy computed tomography (DECT) improves material and tissue characterization compared with single-energy CT; we sought to validate coronary calcium quantification in advancing cardiovascular DECT. In an anthropomorphic phantom, agreement between measurements was excellent, and Bland-Altman analysis demonstrated minimal bias. Compared with the known calcium mass for each phantom, calcium mass by DECT was highly accurate. Noncontrast DECT yields accurate calcium measures and warrants consideration in cardiac protocols for additional tissue characterizations...
September 27, 2016: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Reza Hanifehpour, Marzieh Motevalli, Hossein Ghanaati, Mona Shahriari, Mounes Aliyari Ghasabeh
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is a quantitative assessment of calcifications and an established predictor of cardiovascular events. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we evaluated the diagnostic accuracy, negative predictive value (NPV), positive predictive value (PPV), specificity and sensitivity of CACS less than 100 in predicting significant coronary artery stenosis in patients with risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) in a vessel-based analysis. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A cross sectional study was carried out on a study population of 2527 consecutive stable patients with symptoms suggestive of CAD who were referred for coronary computed tomographic angiography (CCTA)...
April 2016: Iranian Journal of Radiology: a Quarterly Journal Published By the Iranian Radiological Society
Edmund K Kerut, Filip To, Michael Turner, James McKinnie, Thomas Giles
Quantification of computed tomography (CT) noise helps in determination of radiation dosage requirements for adequate image quality. Clinical methods used include calculation of the standard deviation (SD) of a selected region of interest (ROI). In industry, wavelet decomposition has been used for image compression while removing high-frequency noise. We evaluated a cohort of 74 consecutive patients referred for coronary artery calcium scoring and quantitated noise within a 16×16 ROI in the ascending aorta using the traditional SD method and also using a two-dimensional dyadic wavelet decomposition method...
September 28, 2016: Echocardiography
Jacobo Kirsch, Felipe Martinez, David Lopez, Gian M Novaro, Craig R Asher
Coronary artery calcification (CAC) is a known risk factor for adverse outcomes in the general population and in patients with coronary artery disease. We performed a survey of United States radiologists to evaluate the trends in reporting the presence or absence of CAC on NCCT examinations. An 11 multiple-choice questionnaire was distributed to members of the American College of Radiology, and 530 members participated in the study. Eighty-seven percent of the analyzed group report the presence of CAC on standard CT scans of the chest, and approximately half them (52 %) use a qualitative modifier...
September 27, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
C T G Roos, V A B van den Bogaard, M J W Greuter, R Vliegenthart, A van der Schaaf, J A Langendijk, A P G Crijns, J H Maduro
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Radiation Oncology, Biology, Physics
Armelle Meershoek, Rogier A van Dijk, Sander Verhage, Jaap F Hamming, Antoon J van den Bogaerdt, Ad J J C Bogers, Alexander F Schaapherder, Jan H Lindeman
BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVES: Carotid intimal media thickness (IMT) and coronary calcium scores (CCS) are thought to reflect atherosclerotic burden. The validity of this assumption for IMT is challenged by recent meta-analyses; for CCS by absence of a relationship between negative scores, and freedom of future events. As such, we considered evaluation of the relationship between tissue IMT and CCS, and extend of atherosclerotic disease relevant. METHODS: Analyses were performed on donor aortas obtained during renal graft procurement, and on coronary arteries collected during heart valve procurement for tissue donation...
September 17, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Qin Li, Songtao Liu, Kyle J Myers, Marios A Gavrielides, Rongping Zeng, Berkman Sahiner, Nicholas Petrick
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: Different computed tomography imaging protocols and patient characteristics can impact the accuracy and precision of the calcium score and may lead to inconsistent patient treatment recommendations. The aim of this work was to determine the impact of reconstruction algorithm and gender characteristics on coronary artery calcium scoring based on a phantom study using computed tomography. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Four synthetic heart vessels with vessel diameters corresponding to female and male left main and left circumflex arteries containing calcification-mimicking materials (200-1000 HU) were inserted into a thorax phantom and were scanned with and without female breast plates (male and female phantoms, respectively)...
September 22, 2016: Academic Radiology
L T Burgers, W K Redekop, M J Al, S K Lhachimi, N Armstrong, S Walker, C Rothery, M Westwood, J L Severens
AIMS: New generation dual-source coronary CT (NGCCT) scanners with more than 64 slices were evaluated for patients with (known) or suspected of coronary artery disease (CAD) who are difficult to image: obese, coronary calcium score > 400, arrhythmias, previous revascularization, heart rate > 65 beats per minute, and intolerance of betablocker. A cost-effectiveness analysis of NGCCT compared with invasive coronary angiography (ICA) was performed for these difficult-to-image patients for England and Wales...
September 20, 2016: European Journal of Health Economics: HEPAC: Health Economics in Prevention and Care
Timothy R G Cartlidge, Tania A Pawade, Marc R Dweck
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 19, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Michelle S Park, Corrilynn O Hileman, Abdus Sattar, Robert Gilkeson, Grace A McComsey
BACKGROUND: Chest imaging is performed for a variety of reasons in HIV-infected adults. There are limited data on the prevalence of incidental findings, progression of these findings over time and the relationship with inflammation in antiretroviral therapy (ART)-treated HIV-infected adults. METHODS: This study utilized data from a randomized clinical trial of rosuvastatin in HIV-infected adults on ART. Incidental findings were reported from chest computed tomography (CT) scans obtained for coronary artery calcium score at entry, week 48 and 96...
September 20, 2016: Antiviral Therapy
Hussain Isma'eel, David Min, Laila Al-Shaar, Rory Hachamovitch, Sandra Halliburton, James Gentry, Brian Griffin, Paul Schoenhagen, Dermot Phelan
The 2013 American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association cardiovascular prevention guidelines use a new pooled cohort equation (PCE) to predict 10-year risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) events which form the basis of treatment recommendations. Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) has been proposed as a means to assess atherosclerotic risk. We sought to study the level of agreement in predicted ASCVD risk by CACS and PCE-calculated models and the potential impact on therapy of additional CACS testing...
August 23, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
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