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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149718/coronary-risk-assessment-at-x-ray-dose-equivalent-ungated-chest-ct-results-of-a-multi-reader-study
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Michael Messerli, Lukas Hechelhammer, Sebastian Leschka, René Warschkow, Simon Wildermuth, Ralf W Bauer
OBJECTIVES: To determine the value of ultra-low dose chest CT with tin filtration for ordinal coronary artery calcium (CAC) risk scoring. METHODS: 50 patients were prospectively included and underwent clinical standard dose chest CT (1.8±0.7mSv) and ultra-low dose CT (0.13±0.01mSv). Four radiologists estimated presence and extent of CAC. RESULTS: Weighted kappa values for CAC were 0.76-0.97 in standard dose and 0.75-0.95 in ultra-low dose CT (p<0...
October 25, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146023/longitudinal-associations-of-pericardial-and-intrathoracic-fat-with-progression-of-coronary-artery-calcium-from-the-framingham-heart-study
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Jane J Lee, Alison Pedley, Udo Hoffmann, Joseph M Massaro, Christopher J O'Donnell, Emelia J Benjamin, Michelle T Long
Cross-sectional studies have shown that pericardial fat is associated with atherosclerotic burden above and beyond generalized and central adiposity. Whether pericardial fat is longitudinally associated with coronary artery calcium (CAC) has not been firmly established. We examined the associations between cardiac ectopic fat including pericardial and intrathoracic fat with CAC progression and incidence in a community-based study setting. Study participants were from the Framingham Heart Study Offspring and Third Generation Cohorts who underwent multidetector computed tomography at 2 consecutive examinations (2002 to 2005 and 2008 to 2011) for the assessment of CAC...
October 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145946/predicting-subclinical-atherosclerosis-in-low-risk%C3%A2-individuals-ideal-cardiovascular-health-score-and-fuster-bewat-score
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Juan Miguel Fernández-Alvira, Valentín Fuster, Stuart Pocock, Javier Sanz, Leticia Fernández-Friera, Martín Laclaustra, Rodrigo Fernández-Jiménez, José Mendiguren, Antonio Fernández-Ortiz, Borja Ibáñez, Héctor Bueno
BACKGROUND: The ideal cardiovascular health score (ICHS) is recommended for use in primary prevention. Simpler tools not requiring laboratory tests, such as the Fuster-BEWAT (blood pressure [B], exercise [E], weight [W], alimentation [A], and tobacco [T]) score (FBS), are also available. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the effectiveness of ICHS and FBS in predicting the presence and extent of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: A total of 3,983 participants 40 to 54 years of age were enrolled in the PESA (Progression of Early Subclinical Atherosclerosis) cohort...
November 14, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145895/comparative-analysis-of-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-i-and-t-for-their-association-with-coronary-computed-tomography-assessed-calcium-scoring-represented-by-the-agatston-score
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Jonas Rusnak, Michael Behnes, Thomas Henzler, Nadine Reckord, Nils Vogler, Mathias Meyer, Ursula Hoffmann, Michele Natale, Julia Hoffmann, Sonja Hamed, Kathrin Weidner, Siegfried Lang, Agnibh Mukherji, Holger Haubenreisser, Stefan O Schoenberg, Martin Borggrefe, Thomas Bertsch, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: This study evaluates the association between high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI) and T (hs-cTnT) and coronary calcium concentration (CAC) detected by coronary computed tomography (CCT) and evaluated with the Agatston score in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients undergoing CCT during routine clinical care were enrolled prospectively. CCT was indicated for patients with a low to intermediate pretest probability for CAD...
November 16, 2017: European Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143297/impact-of-trimetazidine-treatment-on-5-year-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-significant-coronary-artery-spasm-a-propensity-score-matching-study
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Yong Hoon Kim, Ae-Young Her, Seung-Woon Rha, Byoung Geol Choi, Se Yeon Choi, Jae Kyeong Byun, Ahmed Mashaly, Yoonjee Park, Won Young Jang, Woohyeun Kim, Jah Yeon Choi, Eun Jin Park, Jin Oh Na, Cheol Ung Choi, Hong Euy Lim, Eung Ju Kim, Chang Gyu Park, Hong Seog Seo, Dong Joo Oh
OBJECTIVE: We aimed to evaluate the additive benefit of trimetazidine with well-known antispasmodic agents such as calcium channel blockers and nitrate in patients with significant coronary artery spasm (CAS) as assessed by acetylcholine provocation test up to 5 years. METHODS: A total 1727 patients with significant CAS were enrolled. They were divided into two groups: a trimetazidine group (trimetazidine, diltiazem, and nitrate, n = 695), and control group (diltiazem and nitrate, n = 473)...
November 15, 2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Drugs: Drugs, Devices, and Other Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142489/correlation-between-osteoprotegerin-serum-level-and-coronary-calcification-using-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-patient-with-moderate-severe-cardiovascular-risk-factor
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J Nugroho, Widorini Widorini
Coronary artery calcification is a part of atherosclerosis process associated with coronary heart disease. Recently, coronary artery calcification assessment using computed tomography (CT) is still the best noninvasive imaging with high sensitivity and specificity. Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is one of vascular calcification marker that through its role to bind receptor activator of nuclear factor-κβ ligand and inhibit osteoclastogenesis is suspected of playing a role for coronary calcification in atherosclerosis process...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29139033/relationship-between-airflow-obstruction-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-asymptomatic-individuals-evaluation-by-coronary-ct-angiography
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Jin-Jin Kim, Dong-Bin Kim, Sung-Won Jang, Eun Joo Cho, Kiyuk Chang, Sang Hong Baek, Ho-Joong Youn, Wook Sung Chung, Ki-Bae Seung, Tai-Ho Rho, Jung Im Jung, Byung-Hee Hwang
Airflow obstruction is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, the causal mechanisms linking airflow obstruction with higher incidence of cardiovascular events remain elusive. We evaluated the relationship between airflow obstruction, a key feature of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and prevalence, extent, and severity of coronary atherosclerosis in a large cohort of asymptomatic subjects. Participants were recruited from those undergoing spirometry and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) as part of a general health evaluation from March 2009 to February 2011...
November 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137107/effect-of-lanthanum-carbonate-on-coronary-artery-calcification-and-bone-mineral-density-in-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients-with-diabetes-complicated-with-adynamic-bone-disease-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Chunhua Zhang, Shixiang Wang, Sumei Zhao, Xiaodong Zhang
BACKGROUND: The incidence of adynamic bone disease (ABD) is increasing. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) may be severe in patients with ABD on maintenance hemodialysis (MHD). The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of lanthanum carbonate (LC) on CAC and bone mineral density (BMD) in MHD patients with diabetes complicated with ABD. METHODS: A total of 92 MHD cases were divided into the calcium carbonate (CC) and LC groups. Primary outcome measure was the changes in the degree of CAC score (CACS) and BMD in forearm from baseline to 12 months...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29130963/shift-work-and-the-risk-of-coronary-artery-disease-a-cardiac-computed-tomography-angiography-study
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Ofer Havakuk, Nufar Zukerman, Nir Flint, Ben Sadeh, Gilad Margolis, Maayan Konigstein, Gad Keren, Galit Aviram, Haim Shmilovich
AIMS: Shift work disrupts the normal circadian rhythm and is associated with risk factors for coronary artery disease (CAD) and a higher incidence of CAD morbidity and mortality. Cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is a robust noninvasive modality for assessing the presence, extent, and severity of CAD. We sought to investigate whether shift workers are prone to a higher burden of CAD compared to non-shift workers. METHODS: We conducted a historically prospective study in consecutive patients who underwent CCTA and answered a telephonic questionnaire...
November 2, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121752/identification-of-coronary-artery-calcification-can-optimize-risk-stratification-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Daniel O Bittner, Richard A P Takx, Pedro V Staziaki, Sumbal Janjua, Tomas G Neilan, Nandini M Meyersohn, Michael T Lu, Anand M Prabhakar, John T Nagurney, Udo Hoffmann, Brian B Ghoshhajra
BACKGROUND: The number of patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with suspected acute coronary syndrome (ACS) is substantial. We tested whether identification of coronary artery calcium (CAC) can improve the negative predictive value (NPV) of clinical risk assessment for ACS in patients with acute chest pain. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 826 consecutive patients (mean age: 53±11years; 42% female) without known coronary artery disease (CAD) or initially elevated serum biomarkers, whom underwent non-contrast CT, to assess the CAC score, and CT angiography (CTA), to detect coronary stenosis...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29117273/coronary-artery-calcium-score-for-long-term-risk-classification-in-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes-and-metabolic-syndrome-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Shaista Malik, Yanglu Zhao, Matthew Budoff, Khurram Nasir, Roger S Blumenthal, Alain G Bertoni, Nathan D Wong
Importance: Although the risk of type 2 diabetes is considered to be equivalent to coronary heart disease (CHD) risk, there is considerable heterogeneity among individuals for CHD and atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk. It is not known whether coronary artery calcium (CAC) assessment at baseline in individuals with established metabolic syndrome (MetS) or diabetes identifies CHD and ASCVD prognostic indicators during a long follow-up period. Objective: To compare improvement in long-term prognostication of incident CHD and ASCVD using CAC scores among those with diabetes, MetS, or neither condition...
November 8, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29108840/use-of-the-coronary-artery-calcium-score-in-discussion-of-initiation-of-statin-therapy-in-primary-prevention
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Erin D Michos, Michael J Blaha, Roger S Blumenthal
Clinical guidelines for instituting pharmacotherapy for the primary prevention of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD), specifically lipid management and aspirin, have long been based on absolute risk. However, lipid management in the current era remains challenging to both patients and clinicians in the setting of somewhat discordant recommendations from various organizations. All guidelines endorse the use of statins for primary prevention for those at sufficient absolute risk, and treatment recommendations are generally "risk-based" rather than exclusively targeting specific low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels...
November 3, 2017: Mayo Clinic Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100062/thoracic-extra-coronary-calcification-for-the-prediction-of-stroke-the%C3%A2-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Sina Kianoush, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Geoffrey H Tison, Joseph Yeboah, Michael D Miedema, Matthew A Allison, Nathan D Wong, Andrew P DeFilippis, William Longstreth, Khurram Nasir, Matthew J Budoff, Kunihiro Matsushita, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a systemic disease. We examined whether the cumulative burden of thoracic extra-coronary calcification (ECC) improves prediction of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and stroke mortality beyond traditional risk factors and coronary artery calcium (CAC). METHODS: We followed a total of 6805 participants (mean age 62.1 ± 10.2 years, 47.2% male) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) over a median of 12...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096884/comparison-of-the-coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-number-of-calcified-coronary-plaques-for-predicting-patient-mortality-risk
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Yoav Arnson, Alan Rozanski, Heidi Gransar, John D Friedman, Sean W Hayes, Louise E Thomson, Balaji Tamarappoo, Piotr Slomka, Frances Wang, Guido Germano, Damini Dey, Daniel S Berman
Multiple coronary artery calcium (CAC) parameters have recently been proposed to improve risk prediction in patients with intermediate clinical risk based on CAC scoring, but outcome data that assess these variables are relatively sparse. We analyzed data from 11,633 consecutive asymptomatic patients undergoing CAC scanning that were followed for 8.8 ± 3.5 years for all-cause mortality (ACM). The patients who had coronary artery calcification were grouped by the number of calcified coronary plaques: 0, 1 to 5, 6 to 20, and >20 plaques...
September 18, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29089148/is-the-coronary-artery-calcium-score-associated-with-acute-coronary-events-in-breast-cancer-patients-treated-with-radiotherapy
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Catharina T G Roos, Veerle A B van den Bogaard, Marcel J W Greuter, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Ewoud Schuit, Johannes A Langendijk, Arjen van der Schaaf, Anne P G Crijns, John H Maduro
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: The main objective of this study was to test whether pre-treatment coronary artery calcium (CAC) was associated with the cumulative incidence of acute coronary events (ACE) among breast cancer (BC) patients treated with postoperative radiotherapy (RT). MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study population consisted of 939 consecutive female BC patients treated with RT. The association between CAC and ACE was tested using Cox-proportional hazard models...
October 28, 2017: Radiotherapy and Oncology: Journal of the European Society for Therapeutic Radiology and Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29079928/calcification-of-coronary-arteries-in-early-rheumatoid-arthritis-prior-to-anti-rheumatic-therapy
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Helen V Udachkina, Diana S Novikova, Tatiana V Popkova, Irina G Kirillova, Evgenia I Markelova, Elena L Luchikhina, Galina V Lukina, Valentin E Sinitsyn, Dmitry E Karateev, Eugeniy L Nasonov
Accelerated coronary atherosclerosis is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To examine coronary artery calcification (CAC) frequency and severity, its correlation with traditional risk factors (TRF) of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and inflammatory markers in patients with early RA prior to anti-rheumatic therapy. RA adult patients (ACR/EULAR criteria, 2010, duration ≤ 12 months, without prior administration of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, glucocorticoids) underwent 32-row scanning for CAC scoring...
October 27, 2017: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073909/genotype-driven-identification-of-a-molecular-network-predictive-of-advanced-coronary-calcium-in-clinseq%C3%A2-and-framingham-heart-study-cohorts
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Cihan Oguz, Shurjo K Sen, Adam R Davis, Yi-Ping Fu, Christopher J O'Donnell, Gary H Gibbons
BACKGROUND: One goal of personalized medicine is leveraging the emerging tools of data science to guide medical decision-making. Achieving this using disparate data sources is most daunting for polygenic traits. To this end, we employed random forests (RFs) and neural networks (NNs) for predictive modeling of coronary artery calcium (CAC), which is an intermediate endo-phenotype of coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Model inputs were derived from advanced cases in the ClinSeq®; discovery cohort (n=16) and the FHS replication cohort (n=36) from 89 (th) -99 (th) CAC score percentile range, and age-matched controls (ClinSeq®; n=16, FHS n=36) with no detectable CAC (all subjects were Caucasian males)...
October 26, 2017: BMC Systems Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29073168/coronary-endothelial-function-is-better-in-healthy-premenopausal-women-than-in-healthy-older-postmenopausal-women-and-men
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Lena Mathews, Micaela Iantorno, Michael Schär, Gabriele Bonanno, Gary Gerstenblith, Robert G Weiss, Allison G Hays
BACKGROUND: Premenopausal women have fewer cardiovascular disease (CVD) events than postmenopausal women and age-matched men, but the reasons are not fully understood. Coronary endothelial function (CEF), a barometer of coronary vascular health, promises important insights into age and sex differences in atherosclerotic CVD risk, but has not been well characterized in healthy individuals because of the invasive nature of conventional CEF measurements. Recently developed magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) methods were used to quantify CEF (coronary area and flow changes in response to isometric handgrip exercise (IHE), an endothelial-dependent stressor) to test the hypothesis that healthy women have better CEF compared to men particularly at a younger age...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29059296/carotid-plaque-thickness-and-carotid-plaque-burden-predict-future-cardiovascular-events-in-asymptomatic-adult-americans
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Henrik Sillesen, Samantha Sartori, Benjamin Sandholt, Usman Baber, Roxana Mehran, Valentin Fuster
Introduction: Prediction of cardiovascular events improves using imaging, i.e. coronary calcium score and ultrasound assessment of carotid plaque. This study analysed the predictive value of two ultrasound measures of carotid plaque size: carotid plaque thickness and carotid and intima-media thickness (IMT). Methods and results: A total of 6102 asymptomatic persons underwent assessment of conventional risk factors and imaging by carotid ultrasound. Carotid plaque burden (cPB) and maximum carotid plaque thickness (cPTmax) were measured from 'cross-sectional sweep' video acquisition of the carotid artery...
October 20, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29058057/effects-of-lanthanum-carbonate-on-coronary-artery-calcification-and-cardiac-abnormalities-after-initiating-hemodialysis
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Hideki Fujii, Keiji Kono, Kentaro Nakai, Shunsuke Goto, Tatsuya Nishii, Atsushi Kono, Shinichi Nishi
It is known that calcium-containing phosphate binders are more closely associated with the progression of vascular calcification than non-calcium-containing phosphate binders. In this study, we investigated the effect of the non-calcium-containing phosphate binder, lanthanum carbonate on the progression of coronary artery calcification and cardiovascular abnormalities compared to that of calcium-containing phosphate binder in chronic kidney disease patients during the early period after initiating hemodialysis...
October 20, 2017: Calcified Tissue International
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