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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150938/regulation-of-calcification-in-human-aortic-smooth-muscle-cells-infected-with-high-glucose-treated-porphyromonas-gingivalis
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Te-Chuan Chen, Chien-Tsong Lin, Shao-Ju Chien, Shun-Fu Chang, Cheng-Nan Chen
Porphyromonas (P.) gingivalis infection leading to the periodontitis has been associated with the development of systemic diseases, including cardiovascular diseases and diabetes. However, the effect of a high concentration of glucose (HG) on the invasion efficiency of P. gingivalis and the consequent modulation of pathogenesis in vascular cells, especially in the vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs), remains unclear. Hence, the aim of this study was to investigate whether treating P. gingivalis with HG could change its invasion capability and result in VSMC calcification and the underlying mechanism...
November 18, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150779/perioperative-transesophageal-echocardiography-for-non-cardiac-surgery
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REVIEW
Ashraf Fayad, Sasha K Shillcutt
PURPOSE: The use of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has evolved to include patients undergoing high-risk non-cardiac procedures and patients with significant cardiac disease undergoing non-cardiac surgery. Implementation of basic TEE education in training programs has increased across a broad spectrum of procedures in the perioperative arena. This paper describes the use of perioperative TEE in non-cardiac surgery and provides an overview of the basic TEE examination. PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: Perioperative TEE is used to monitor hemodynamic parameters in non-cardiac procedures where there is a high risk of hemodynamic instability...
November 17, 2017: Canadian Journal of Anaesthesia, Journal Canadien D'anesthésie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150407/disease-trends-over-time-and-cd4-ccr5-t-cells-expansion-predict-carotid-atherosclerosis-development-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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A Baragetti, G A Ramirez, M Magnoni, K Garlaschelli, L Grigore, M Berteotti, I Scotti, E Bozzolo, A Berti, P G Camici, A L Catapano, A A Manfredi, E Ammirati, G D Norata
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Patients with Systemic Lupus Erythematosus (SLE) present increased cardiovascular mortality compared to the general population. Few studies have assessed the long-term development and progression of carotid atherosclerotic plaque in SLE patients. Our aim was to investigate the association of clinical and laboratory markers of disease activity and classical cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF) with carotid atherosclerosis development in SLE patients in a prospective 5-year study...
September 18, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150366/optimal-ultrasound-criteria-for-grading-stenosis-of-the-superficial-femoral-artery
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Mingjie Gao, Yang Hua, Xinyu Zhao, Lingyun Jia, Jie Yang, Beibei Liu
This retrospective study determined the duplex ultrasound scanning criteria for detecting 50%-69% and 70%-99% stenosis of the superficial femoral artery (SFA). Examinations of 278 limbs in 185 patients with peripheral arterial disease were performed. Duplex ultrasound scanning was used to measure the diameter of the vascular lumen, the peak systolic velocity (PSV) at the stenotic segment of the SFA (PSVst), the segment proximal to the stenosis (PSVpro) and the popliteal artery (PSVpop, distal to the stenosis)...
November 14, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150326/concomitant-mitral-valve-procedures-in-patients-undergoing-implantation-of-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-devices-an-intermacs-database-analysis
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Jason O Robertson, David C Naftel, Susan L Myers, Ryan J Tedford, Susan M Joseph, James K Kirklin, Scott C Silvestry
BACKGROUND: Management of existing mitral valve (MV) disease in patients undergoing left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation remains controversial. METHODS: Among continuous-flow LVAD patients with moderate to severe mitral regurgitation entered into the Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) database between April 2008 and March 2014 (n = 4,930), outcomes were compared between patients who underwent MV repair (MVr, n = 252), MV replacement (MVR, n = 11) and no MV procedure (no MVP, n = 4,667)...
October 10, 2017: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150299/a-new-analytical-model-for-the-changes-of-vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-in-ischemic-diseases
#6
Feng Qiu, Hui Cao, Yue Wu
Vascular endothelial growth factors (VEGFs) play an important role in ischemic diseases. However, few studies focused on the generation and decay process of VEGF and no model yet can quantify different VEGF behavior caused in different area, like heart or brain. We compare the results across different groups and quantify the effectiveness of the selected training protocols. By applying the model to experimental data, the analytical model has been proposed to simulate the changes of vascular endothelial growth factor as a function of time and training protocols in ischemic diseases...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150293/a-unique-and-promising-combination-of-medications-for-the-treatment-of-alzheimer-s-disease
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James D Weinstein
At present there is no therapy for Alzheimer's Disease which completely stops the progressive dementia effecting late onset Alzheimer's Disease (AD) patients. It is felt that the main reason for this failure is that AD appears to be a disease caused by four major pathological processes. To date, efforts to develop treatments have addressed only one or another of these four etiologies. However, even a partially effective therapy against one cause allows the others, untreated, to continue their inexorable destruction of the neurons of the brain...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150277/the-vegf-paradox-does-diabetic-retinopathy-protect-from-age-related-macular-degeneration
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Mario Saravia, Luis Zeman, Mariana Ingolotti, Ariel Schlaen
Age-related macular disease (AMD) and diabetic retinopathy (DR) are prevalent diseases. Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) related retinal neovascularization is a common feature in both. Consequently, both pathologies are treated with anti-VEGF therapy. We have previously reported a lower incidence of AMD in patients with DR compared to controls. The present study hypothesizes that DR in stages in which the concentration of intravitreal VEGF is increased, might have a protective role for both the onset and development of AMD...
November 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150207/carotid-and-femoral-atherosclerosis-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-equivalent-risk-with-diabetes-mellitus-in-a-case-control-study
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Evrydiki Kravvariti, George Konstantonis, Nikolas Tentolouris, Petros P Sfikakis, Maria G Tektonidou
BACKGROUND: Antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) may carry a worse prognosis for vascular complications when co-existing with subclinical atherosclerosis; however, the association between the two conditions remains ambiguous. METHODS: We evaluated ultrasonographic markers of subclinical atherosclerosis in carotid and femoral arteries of 86 patients with thrombotic APS [43 primary APS (PAPS), 43 systemic lupus erythematosus-associated APS (SLE/APS)], 86 patients with diabetes mellitus (DM) and 86 healthy controls, individually matched for age and gender, and investigated their associations with traditional and disease-related factors in APS...
October 23, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150159/diagnostic-performance-of-pulmonary-capacitance-at-rest-and-during-exercise-in-idiopathic-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Pankaj Jain, Sriram Rao, Peter Macdonald, Eugene Kotlyar, Andrew Jabbour, Christopher Hayward, Anne Keogh
BACKGROUND: Reliable markers of early disease are needed in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). As measures of the contribution of abnormal vascular compliance to overall vascular resistance, resting and exercise pulmonary capacitance-defined as the stroke volume divided by the change in pulmonary pulse pressure-may be sensitive markers of early disease. METHODS: We examined all patients in our pulmonary hypertension database with idiopathic PAH, who had undergone rest and exercise right heart catheterisation in one sitting...
November 8, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29150126/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Juan José Santos Mateo, María Sabater Molina, Juan Ramón Gimeno Blanes
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy is the most common inherited cardiovascular disease. It is characterized by increased ventricular wall thickness and is highly complex due to its heterogeneous clinical presentation, several phenotypes, large number of associated causal mutations and broad spectrum of complications. It is caused by mutations in sarcomeric proteins, which are identified in up to 60% of cases of the disease. Clinical manifestations of Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy include shortness of breath, chest pain, palpitations and syncope, which are related to the onset of diastolic dysfunction, left ventricular outflow tract obstruction, ischemia, atrial fibrillation and abnormal vascular responses...
November 14, 2017: Medicina Clínica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149923/gastrointestinal-and-hepatic-disease-in-systemic-sclerosis
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REVIEW
Tracy M Frech, Diane Mar
Although classification criteria for systemic sclerosis (SSc) do not incorporate gastrointestinal tract (GIT) manifestations often present in this disease, the GIT is the most common internal organ involved. Pathophysiology of GIT involvement is thought to be similar to other organs in SSc with fibroproliferative vascular lesions of small arteries and arterioles, increased production of profibrotic growth factors, and alterations of innate, humoral, and cellular immunity. These processes result in neuropathy progressing to myopathy with eventual fibrosis...
February 2018: Rheumatic Diseases Clinics of North America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149817/high-density-lipoprotein-hdl-dysfunction-and-future-of-hdl
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Sibel Ertek
Although high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) levels are inversely proportional to cardiovascular risk in many studies, recent pharmacological interventional studies with HDL-C raising strategies did not show a benefit in terms of vascular events. The HDL particle is heterogenous with anti-atherogenic functions and non-vascular effects. Many factors affect HDL components and may either cause compositional changes, post-translational modifications of proteins, or alter lipids and other cargo molecules; generally these factors cause more than one of these changes, resulting in functional differences...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149816/maternal-dyslipidaemia-in-pregnancy-with-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-possible-impact-in-the-foetoplacental-vascular-function-and-the-lipoprotein-in-the-neonatal-circulation
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Susana Contreras-Duarte, Lorena Carvajal, Barbara Fuenzalida, Claudette Cantin, Luis Sobrevia, Andrea Leiva
Dyslipidaemia occurs in pregnancy to secure foetal development. The mother shows a physiological increase in plasma total cholesterol and triglycerides (TG) as pregnancy progresses (i.e. maternal physiological dyslipidaemia in pregnancy). However, in some women pregnancy-associated dyslipidaemia exceeds this physiological adaptation. The consequences of this condition on the developing foetus include endothelial dysfunction of the foetoplacental vasculature and development of foetal aortic atherosclerosis. Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) associates with abnormal function of the foetoplacental vasculature due to foetal hyperglycaemia and hyperinsulinaemia, and associates with development of cardiovascular disease in adulthood...
November 16, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148726/a-novel-approach-for-99mtc-labeling-of-red-blood-cells-evaluation-of-99mtc-4saboroxime-as-a-blood-pool-imaging-agent
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Min Liu, Zuoquan Zhao, Wei Fang, Shuang Liu
Angiography with radiolabeled red blood cells (RBCs) plays an important role in diagnosis and prognosis in vascular diseases. Both in vitro and in vivo methods have been developed for 99mTc-labeling of RBCs. However, these methods are complicated and lack of reproducibility. Therefore, it is highly desirable to develop an alternative method for routine 99mTc-labeling of RBCs. In this report, we present a novel approach for 99mTc-labeling of RBCs. We prepared a new 99mTc(III) radiotracer [99mTcCl(CDO)(CDOH)2B-4AS] (99mTc-4ASboroxime: 4AS-B(OH)2 = 4-aminosulfonylphenyl)boronic acid, and CDOH2 = cyclohexanedione dioxime) in >95% radiochemical purity...
November 17, 2017: Bioconjugate Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148533/identifying-characteristic-features-of-the-retinal-and-choroidal-vasculature-in-choroideremia-using-optical-coherence-tomography-angiography
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A Abbouda, A M Dubis, A R Webster, M Moosajee
PurposeUsing optical coherence tomography angiography (OCTA) to investigate the area with flow in the superficial retinal vessel network (SVRN) and choriocapillaris (CC) layer among male subjects with choroideremia (CHM), female carriers, and normal controls to identify vascular changes.Patients and methodsImages of SRVN and CC layer were acquired in 9 affected males, 5 female carriers, and 14 age- and gender-matched controls using the Angiovue software of the RTVue XR Avanti.ResultsThe mean age was 33 years for affected male CHM patients (median 30 years), 46 years for female carriers (median 53 years), and 39 years for controls (median 38...
November 17, 2017: Eye
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148423/non-invasive-vascular-biomarkers-in-patients-with-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease-review-of-the-data-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Athanase D Protogerou, Efthimia G Nasothimiou, Petros P Sfikakis, Athanasios G Tzioufas
Vascular inflammation in small to large veins and arteries contributes substantially to mortality above that of the general population in Behçet's disease. Recent data verified also the presence of accelerated classical subclinical arterial damage (atheromatosis, arteriosclerosis, arterial hypertrophy) even in patients free of overt vascular complications, and may be complementary to that of vasculitis. Early detection of such vascular damage might provide helpful pathophysiological insight and potentially even guide treatment management...
October 6, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148242/infrapopliteal-peripheral-arterial-disease-and-critical-limb-ischemia-the-time-has-come-for-collaborative-streamlined-diagnostic-and-treatment-paradigms
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EDITORIAL
Michael S Levy
The diagnosis, surveillance, and management of infrapopliteal critical limb ischemia remain inconsistent among clinicians. This study demonstrates that using an absolute ankle pressure of >73 mm Hg or an absolute toe pressure increase of 1 mm Hg or greater post endovascular intervention in patients with infrapopliteal critical limb ischemia may be predictive of a reduction in target limb revascularization, amputation, and death. This study highlights the need for vascular societies to come together to promote standardized screening, surveillance, and treatment paradigms for this complex population...
November 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148140/haemodynamic-effects-of-an-acute-vasodilator-challenge-in-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-and-different-forms-of-post-capillary-pulmonary-hypertension
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Stefano Ghio, Gabriele Crimi, Pier Luigi Temporelli, Egidio Traversi, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Antonia Cannito, Dario Vizza, Laura Scelsi, Claudia Raineri, Marco Guazzi, Luigi Oltrona Visconti
AIMS: The most recent European guidelines have proposed new definitions of pulmonary hypertension (PH) in left heart disease, to better approach the characteristics required to reflect the presence of pulmonary vascular disease. The purpose of this study was to assess whether different haemodynamic definitions of post-capillary PH imply a different reversibility of PH in response to acute vasodilator administration in heart failure patients with reduced ejection fraction and PH (HFrEF-PH)...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148061/endocannabinoids-modulate-gq-11-protein-coupled-receptor-agonist-induced-vasoconstriction-via-a-negative-feedback-mechanism
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REVIEW
Olga Karpińska, Marta Baranowska-Kuczko, Monika Kloza, Hanna Kozłowska
OBJECTIVES: The endocannabinoid (eCB) system centrally and peripherally regulates cardiovascular parameters, including blood pressure, in health and disease. The relationship between Gq/11 protein-coupled receptor activation, regulation of eCBs release (mainly 2-arachidonoylglycerol) and subsequent CB1 receptor activation was initially observed in the central nervous system. Here, we review the latest findings from systemic physiological studies which include for the first time data from pulmonary arteries...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Pharmacy and Pharmacology
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