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Index of resistivity of vessel

Silvia Baggio, Paola Pomini, Fabiana Galeone, Francesca Presti, Lorenza Santi, Ricciarda Raffaelli, Massimo Franchi
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the modifications of uterine and fibroid volume, to study Doppler changes in uterine arteries and fibroid-supplying vessels, and to assess possible symptomatic relief after 3 months of treatment with ulipristal acetate. METHODS: Forty-two premenopausal women with symptomatic fibroids were included in the study. They were evaluated clinically for the symptoms reported and underwent ultrasound examinations before starting treatment and after 3 months of therapy with ulipristal acetate...
March 2, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Alexander Liu, Rohan S Wijesurendra, Joanna M Liu, John C Forfar, Keith M Channon, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Stefan K Piechnik, Stefan Neubauer, Rajesh K Kharbanda, Vanessa M Ferreira
BACKGROUND: In patients with angina and nonobstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD), confirming symptoms due to coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) remains challenging. Cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) assesses myocardial perfusion with high spatial resolution and is widely used for diagnosing obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to validate CMR for diagnosing microvascular angina in patients with NOCAD, compared with patients with obstructive CAD and correlated to the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) during invasive coronary angiography...
March 6, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Guo-Qiang Yuan, Song Gao, Yong-Jian Geng, Yao-Ping Tang, Min-Juan Zheng, Harnath S Shelat, Scott Collins, Han-Jing Wu, Yi-Ling Wu
Background: Our previous studies have shown that Tongxinluo (TXL), a compound Chinese medicine, can decrease myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury, protect capillary endothelium function, and lessen cardiac ventricle reconstitution in animal models. The aim of this study was to illuminate whether TXL can improve hypercholesterolemia-impaired heart function by protecting artery endothelial function and increasing microvascular density (MVD) in heart. Furthermore, we will explore the underlying molecular mechanism of TXL cardiovascular protection...
March 5, 2018: Chinese Medical Journal
Katsuyuki Sekii, Chizuko Yaguchi, Hiroaki Itoh
OBJECTIVE: Few studies have correlated the placental vasculature with fetal cardiac function other than umbilical artery Doppler assessment in low-risk pregnancies. We assessed the contribution of the placental vasculature to fetal echocardiographic parameters using histopathological and morphometric analyses of placental resistance arteries. STUDY DESIGN: Thirty-four low-risk singleton term pregnancies were assessed, including 24 thrombosis-negative cases (no/minimal gross and histological placental abnormalities) and 10 thrombosis-positive cases (histologically identified chorionic plate/stem vessel thrombosis)...
February 14, 2018: European Journal of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Biology
Tadashi Murai, Taishi Yonetsu, Yoshihisa Kanaji, Eisuke Usui, Masahiro Hoshino, Masahiro Hada, Rikuta Hamaya, Yoshinori Kanno, Tetsumin Lee, Tsunekazu Kakuta
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of physiological indices in non-ST-segment elevation acute coronary syndrome (NSTE-ACS) patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is unknown. We investigated the prognostic efficacy of physiological indices obtained after PCI in patients with NSTE-ACS. METHODS: Eighty-three patients (men: n = 70, age: 63.7 ± 9.7 years) undergoing PCI for NSTE-ACS within 48 hr postadmission were investigated. Fractional flow reserve (FFR), coronary flow reserve (CFR), and the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) of the culprit vessels were measured after the completion of PCI...
February 15, 2018: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
David Kuerten, Matthias Fuest, Marion Bienert, Niklas Plange
PURPOSE: Evaluation of ocular haemodynamics in patients with acute non-arteritic anterior ischaemic optic neuropathy (NAION) by colour Doppler imaging and fluorescein angiography and correlation of blood flow parameters to visual field loss and visual acuity. METHODS: Blood flow velocities (peak systolic velocity (PSV), end-diastolic velocity (EDV)) of the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA) and nasal and temporal posterior ciliary arteries (PCAs) were measured via colour Doppler imaging...
February 13, 2018: International Ophthalmology
Laura B James-Allan, Guy StJ Whitley, Karin Leslie, Alison E Wallace, Judith E Cartwright
Successful implantation and placentation are dependent on the interaction between decidual stromal cells (DSC) and extravillous trophoblast (EVT) cells. The extent of trophoblast invasion relies on communication between the placenta and maternal decidua. The cyclical process of decidualisation induces a transformation of endometrial fibroblasts to secretory DSC; these secreted products have many functions including the control of trophoblast invasion. Inadequate trophoblast invasion and remodelling of the uterine vessels (the spiral arteries) are associated with pregnancy disorders such as pre-eclampsia...
February 7, 2018: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
Carola J C van Aart, Nathalie Michels, Isabelle Sioen, Annelies De Decker, Tim S Nawrot, Stefaan De Henauw
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether cardiometabolic risk factors measured in serum (total cholesterol [TC], high-density lipoprotein [HDL], triglyceride, leptin, insulin, glucose and insulin resistance) are associated with the retinal microvasculature, a marker of cardiovascular aging, in healthy children and adolescents. Moreover, we tested whether these associations are due to direct biological effects or more indirectly due to adiposity-related side effects. METHODS: We recruited 168 healthy Flemish children (7-16 years old, 54...
January 5, 2018: Journal of Pediatric Endocrinology & Metabolism: JPEM
Lee Sun-Young, Jong-Hun Kim, Yeon-Hee Han, Dong-Hyu Cho
INTRODUCTION: Mild hyperthermia has been known to enhance the response of tumors to radiotherapy or chemotherapy by increasing tumor blood flow, thereby increasing tumor oxygenation or drug delivery. The purpose of this study was to assess the changes in temperature and blood flow in human cervical cancer in response to regional heating with modulated electro-hyperthermia (mEHT). METHODS: The pelvic area of 20 patients with cervical carcinoma was heated with mEHT...
January 3, 2018: International Journal of Hyperthermia
Vlasta Duranovic, Katarina Vulin, Ivana Dakovic, Jasna Lenicek Krleza, Sanja Delin, Ivana Galinovic, Josip Marjanovic, Ana Tripalo Batos, Zdenka Plesa Premilovac, Vlatka Mejaski Bosnjak
PURPOSE: Cerebral arteriovenous malformations (AVM) are uncommon lesions. They are most often presented in childhood as intracranial hemorrhage. The aim of this report is to present the use of transcranial color-coded duplex sonography (TCCS) in detection of AVMs in children suffering headache. METHODS: This report describes five pediatric patients with headache and cerebral AVM which were initially discovered by TCCS. Diagnosis was confirmed by magnetic resonance imaging and digital subtraction angiography...
December 16, 2017: Child's Nervous System: ChNS: Official Journal of the International Society for Pediatric Neurosurgery
Aikaterini Kanavaki, Konstantinos Spengos, Maria Moraki, Polyxeni Delaporta, Catherine Kariyannis, Ioannis Papassotiriou, Antonis Kattamis
Patients with non-transfusion-dependent thalassemia (NTDT) are at risk of developing brain ischemia. Transcranial Doppler (TCD) has been established as a useful screening tool of cerebrovascular disease in patients with sickle cell disease. Proteins neuron specific enolase (NSE) and S100B are biomarkers that reflect CNS injury. The purpose of this study is to evaluate cerebral vessel vasculopathy and brain damage in NTDT patients using non-invasive methods as TCD and measurement serum levels of NSE and S100B...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
Li Chen, Bin Xu, Yong Wang, Yujun Liao, Huiwen Pan, Yi Wang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the preoperative diagnostic value of duplex ultrasonography in moyamoya spontaneous anastomosis of combined revascularization donor vessels in adults. METHODS: A total of 99 preoperative adult patients who underwent superficial temporal artery-to-middle cerebral artery (STA-MCA) anastomosis were retrospectively analyzed. Each side of the cerebral hemisphere was examined as a separate procedure. A total of 198 cerebral hemispheres were divided into three groups: a collateral, non-collateral, and control group based on digital subtraction angiography (DSA)...
November 30, 2017: British Journal of Neurosurgery
Edoardo Verna, Stefano Provasoli, Sergio Ghiringhelli, Fabrizio Morandi, Jorge Salerno-Uriarte
BACKGROUND: The exact etiology and pathophysiologic mechanisms of tako-tsubo syndrome (TTS) remain controversial. OBJECTIVE: To further evaluate the abnormal coronary vasoreactivity and its possible anatomical substrate in TTS. METHODS: We studied 47 patients (46 women; age 67±12years) who underwent diagnostic cardiac catheterization and evaluation of coronary vasoreactivity by sequential acetylcholine (Ach), nitroglycerine and adenosine testing with angiographic and intracoronary pressure-Doppler flow monitoring...
January 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Kristin Alves, Hillard Spencer, Carol E Barnewolt, Peter M Waters, Donald S Bae
PURPOSE: We postulated that, with microsurgical technique, vascular reconstruction with interpositional vein grafts in the pediatric population is safe and results in sustained vascular patency and excellent midterm outcomes. METHODS: Twenty children with brachial artery injuries were treated with interpositional vein grafting at a tertiary pediatric hospital from 1995 to 2013. Medical records were evaluated for demographic, clinical, and radiographic data. Ten patients were available for longer-term follow-up...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Hand Surgery
Yuhei Kobayashi, Joo Myung Lee, William F Fearon, Jang Hoon Lee, Takeshi Nishi, Dong-Hyun Choi, Frederik M Zimmermann, Ji-Hyun Jung, Hyun-Jung Lee, Joon-Hyung Doh, Chang-Wook Nam, Eun-Seok Shin, Bon-Kwon Koo
BACKGROUND: Difficulty directly visualizing the coronary microvasculature as opposed to the epicardial coronary artery makes its assessment challenging. The goal of this study is to measure the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) in all 3 major coronary vessels to identify the clinical and angiographic predictors of an abnormal IMR. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ninety-three patients who underwent coronary physiological assessment in all 3 major coronary vessels were prospectively enrolled (59...
November 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
Andrew O Kadlec, Chad Barnes, Matthew J Durand, David D Gutterman
BACKGROUND: Sedentary behavior and obesity are major risk factors for cardiovascular disease. Regular physical activity has independent protective effects on the cardiovascular system, but the mechanisms responsible remain elusive. Recent studies suggest that the protein peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor gamma coactivator 1-alpha (PGC-1α) participates in the response to exercise training. We hypothesized that the arterioles of athletes maintain dilation to flow despite combined inhibition of multiple vasodilators, but loss of PGC-1α renders these vessels susceptible to inhibition of a single vasodilator pathway...
November 11, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
Rupert P Williams, Guus A de Waard, Kalpa De Silva, Matthew Lumley, Kaleab Asrress, Satpal Arri, Howard Ellis, Awais Mir, Brian Clapp, Amedeo Chiribiri, Sven Plein, Paul F Teunissen, Maurits R Hollander, Michael Marber, Simon Redwood, Niels van Royen, Divaka Perera
Coronary microvascular resistance is increasingly measured as a predictor of clinical outcomes, but there is no accepted gold-standard measurement. We compared the diagnostic accuracy of 2 invasive indices of microvascular resistance, Doppler-derived hyperemic microvascular resistance (hMR) and thermodilution-derived index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR), at predicting microvascular dysfunction. A total of 54 patients (61 ± 10 years) who underwent cardiac catheterization for stable coronary artery disease (n = 10) or acute myocardial infarction (n = 44) had simultaneous intracoronary pressure, Doppler flow velocity and thermodilution flow data acquired from 74 unobstructed vessels, at rest and during hyperemia...
January 1, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Stephen P Hoole, Jules Hernández-Sánchez, Adam J Brown, Joel P Giblett, Martin R Bennett, Nick E J West
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention-induced myocardial infarction (PMI) has prognostic significance. Identifying patients at high risk for PMI is desirable as it may alter strategy and facilitate early preventative therapy. We therefore sought to establish whether preprocedural demographic, interventional (plaque characteristics and coronary microcirculatory function), and inflammatory, endothelial damage, and platelet-derived biomarker data could predict the risk of PMI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We performed target vessel pressure wire to assess fractional flow reserve, index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) and coronary flow reserve, plaque characterization by virtual histology intravascular ultrasound, and assayed peripheral biomarkers before uncomplicated PCI in 88 patients...
November 6, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
Bingyao Tan, Zohreh Hosseinaee, Kostadinka Bizheva
The variability in the spatial orientation of retinal blood vessels near the optic nerve head (ONH) results in imprecision of the measured Doppler angle and therefore the pulsatile blood flow (BF), when those parameters are evaluated using Doppler OCT imaging protocols based on dual-concentric circular scans. Here, we utilized a dense concentric circle scanning protocol and evaluated its precision for measuring pulsatile retinal BF in rats for different numbers of the circular scans. An spectral domain optical coherence tomography (SD-OCT) system operating in the 1060-nm spectral range with image acquisition rate of 47,000 A-scans/s was used to acquire concentric circular scans centered at the rat's ONH, with diameters ranging from 0...
November 2017: Journal of Biomedical Optics
Kaoruko Shimizu, Ichizo Tsujino, Takahiro Sato, Ayako Sugimoto, Toshitaka Nakaya, Taku Watanabe, Hiroshi Ohira, Yoichi M Ito, Masaharu Nishimura
BACKGROUND: Few studies have addressed the value of combining computed tomography-derived pulmonary vasculature metrics for the diagnosis and haemodynamic evaluation of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We measured three computed tomography parameters for the pulmonary artery, peripheral vessels, and pulmonary veins: the ratio of the diameter of the pulmonary artery to the aorta (PA/Ao), the cross-sectional area of small pulmonary vessels <5mm(2) as a percentage of total lung area (%CSA<5), and the diameter of the right inferior pulmonary vein (PVD)...
November 2017: European Journal of Radiology
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