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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095950/ct-coronary-angiography-vs-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-for-the-occupational-assessment-of-military-aircrew
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Iain Parsons, Chris Pavitt, Rebecca Chamley, Jo d'Arcy, Ed Nicol
INTRODUCTION: To ensure flight safety military aircrew undergo regular clinical and occupational assessment. Coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) has been established as an imaging modality to noninvasively assess coronary artery disease (CAD). CT coronary angiography (CTCA) potentially offers a more accurate assessment of CAD, but has not been formally assessed in military aircrew. This retrospective cohort study is designed to compare the theoretical differences in downstream investigations and occupational outcomes in aircrew with suspected CAD comparing CTCA with existing CACS pathways...
February 1, 2017: Aerospace Medicine and Human Performance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28073952/alcohol-and-coronary-artery-calcification-an-investigation-using-alcohol-flushing-as-an-instrumental-variable
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Kyung Eun Yun, Yoosoo Chang, Sung-Cheol Yun, George Davey Smith, Seungho Ryu, Sung-Il Cho, Eun Chul Chung, Hocheol Shin, Young-Ho Khang
BACKGROUND: We examined whether alcohol flushing could be used as an instrumental variable (IV) and investigated the effect of alcohol consumption on coronary calcification using alcohol flushing status as an IV. METHODS: We analysed cross-sectional data from 24 681 Korean adults (20 696 men and 3985 women) who had been administered a questionnaire assessing alcohol consumption and alcohol flushing, as well as a coronary artery calcium (CAC) measurement. The associations of alcohol flushing status with potential confounders and alcohol consumption were examined...
January 10, 2017: International Journal of Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068560/effect-of-sarpogrelate-a-selective-5-ht2a-receptor-antagonist-on-characteristics-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Dong-Hwa Lee, Eun Ju Chun, Jee Hye Hur, Se Hee Min, Jie-Eun Lee, Tae Jung Oh, Kyoung Min Kim, Hak Chul Jang, Seung Jin Han, Doo Kyoung Kang, Hae Jin Kim, Soo Lim
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Sarpogrelate, a 5-hydroxytryptamine type 2A antagonist, is a potential antiplatelet agent. We performed a randomized study to evaluate the effect of sarpogrelate on vascular health in Korean patients with diabetes. METHODS: Forty diabetic patients aged 58.6 ± 6.8 years with 10-75% coronary artery stenosis, as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography, were randomly assigned to sarpogrelate 300 mg/day plus aspirin 100 mg/day (SPG + ASA group) or aspirin 100 mg/day alone (ASA group) for 6 months...
December 10, 2016: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28040293/prevalence-and-severity-of-coronary-artery-calcification-based-on-the-epidemiologic-pattern-a-propensity-matched-comparison-of-asymptomatic-korean-and-chinese-adults
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Donghee Han, Yang Gao, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Heidi Gransar, Ji Hyun Lee, Asim Rizvi, Su-Yeon Choi, Eun Ju Chun, Jidong Sung, Hae-Won Han, Sung Hak Park, James K Min, Bin Lu, Hyuk-Jae Chang
BACKGROUND: Lifestyle, environmental, and genetic factors substantially influence cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. We aimed to explore epidemiologic trends in coronary artery calcium scores (CACS), as a marker of CVD, along with possible differences by geographic area and study period in separate East Asian populations. METHODS: We generated 3 matched groups (n=702) using a propensity scoring approach derived from a Korean (N=48,901) and Chinese cohort (N=927) as follows: (1) A recent Chinese group and (2) recent Korean group, both of whom underwent CACS scanning from 2012-2014; and (3) a past Korean group who underwent CACS scanning 8-10years before the index group (2002-2006)...
December 21, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28029026/waist-circumference-as-a-marker-of-obesity-is-more-predictive-of-coronary-artery-calcification-than-body-mass-index-in-apparently-healthy-korean-adults-the-kangbuk-samsung-health-study
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Jongsin Park, Eun Seo Lee, Da Young Lee, Jihyun Kim, Se Eun Park, Cheol Young Park, Won Young Lee, Ki Won Oh, Sung Woo Park, Eun Jung Rhee
BACKGROUND: We aimed to assess the risk for coronary artery calcification (CAC) according to groups subdivided by body mass index (BMI) and waist circumference (WC) in apparently healthy Korean adults. METHODS: Thirty-three thousand four hundred and thirty-two participants (mean age, 42 years) in a health screening program were divided into three groups according to BMI: <23 kg/m² (normal), 23 to 25 kg/m² (overweight), and >25 kg/m² (obese). In addition, the participants were divided into two groups according to WC...
December 2016: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028974/myocardial-ischaemia-coronary-atherosclerosis-and-pulmonary-pressure-elevation-in-antiphospholipid-syndrome-patients
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Agnieszka Padjas, Wojciech Płazak, Magdalena Celińska-Lowenhoff, Adam Mazurek, Carlo Perricone, Piotr Podolec, Jacek Musiał
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic events in antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) involve venous and arterial circulation with the possible involvement of coronary or pulmonary microcirculation. OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of antiphospholipid antibodies (aPL) and on myocardial ischaemia assessed by single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT), coronary atherosclerosis assessed by multidetector computerized tomography (MDCT) and pulmonary pressure assessed by transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) in patients with primary antiphospholipid syndrome (PAPS)...
November 2016: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028693/a-study-of-coronary-bifurcation-shape-in-a-normal-population
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Pau Medrano-Gracia, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, Susann Beier, Chris Ellis, Chunliang Wang, Örjan Smedby, Alistair Young, Brett Cowan
During percutaneous coronary intervention, stents are placed in narrowings of the arteries to restore normal blood flow. Despite improvements in stent design, deployment techniques and drug-eluting coatings, restenosis and stent thrombosis remain a significant problem. Population stent design based on statistical shape analysis may improve clinical outcomes. Computed tomographic (CT) coronary angiography scans from 211 patients with a zero calcium score, no stenoses and no intermediate artery, were used to create statistical shape models of 446 major coronary artery bifurcations (left main, first diagonal and obtuse marginal and right coronary crux)...
December 27, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028450/syntax-score-in-patients-with-high-computed-tomography-coronary-calcium-score
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Madhav Hegde, Ravindran Rajendran
OBJECTIVES: To study the conventional coronary angiogram ( CA) findings in patients with high coronary calcium on multidetector computed tomogram. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Fifty patients with coronary calcium high enough in its extent and location to interfere with the interpretation of a contrast-filled coronary artery for a significant lesion were studied with conventional CA. Framingham risk score (FRS), computed tomography (CT) coronary calcium score (CCS), and SYNTAX score (SS) from the CA were calculated by separate investigators who were blinded to other scores...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28027742/prognostic-value-of-ct-derived-left-atrial-and-left-ventricular-measures-in-patients-with-acute-chest-pain
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Richard A P Takx, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, U Joseph Schoepf, John W Nance, Fabian Bamberg, Joseph A Abro, Christine M Carr, Sheldon E Litwin, Paul Apfaltrer
PURPOSE: To determine which left atrial (LA) and left ventricular (LV) parameters are associated with future major adverse cardiac event (MACE) and whether these measurements have independent prognostic value beyond risk factors and computed tomography (CT)-derived coronary artery disease measures. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This retrospective analysis was performed under an IRB waiver and in HIPAA compliance. Subjects underwent coronary CT angiography (CCTA) using a dual-source CT system for acute chest pain evaluation...
January 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024655/prevalence-by-computed-tomographic-angiography-of-coronary-plaques-in-south-asian-and-white-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-at-low-and-high-risk-using-four-cardiovascular-risk-scores-ukpds-frs-ascvd-and-jbs3
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Sanjay N Gobardhan, Aukelien C Dimitriu-Leen, Alexander R van Rosendael, Erik W van Zwet, Cornelis J Roos, Pranobe V Oemrawsingh, Aan V Kharagjitsingh, J Wouter Jukema, Victoria Delgado, Martin J Schalij, Jeroen J Bax, Arthur J H A Scholte
The aim of this study was to explore the association between various cardiovascular (CV) risk scores and coronary atherosclerotic burden on coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) in South Asians with type 2 diabetes mellitus and matched whites. Asymptomatic type 2 diabetic South Asians and whites were matched for age, gender, body mass index, hypertension, and hypercholesterolemia. Ten-year CV risk was estimated using different risk scores (United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study [UKPDS], Framingham Risk Score [FRS], AtheroSclerotic CardioVascular Disease [ASCVD], and Joint British Societies for the prevention of CVD [JBS3]) and categorized into low- and high-risk groups...
December 2, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28018585/parathyroid-hormone-reflects-adiposity-and-cardiometabolic-indices-but-not-bone-density-in-normal-men
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Emma O Billington, Greg D Gamble, Ian R Reid
Hyperparathyroidism may be associated with skeletal and cardiovascular abnormalities, but it is unclear whether these associations exist for high-normal levels of parathyroid hormone (PTH). We assessed relationships between PTH and anthropometric, skeletal and cardiometabolic indices in normal men. Body composition, blood pressure, biochemistry and bone mineral density (BMD) were evaluated in 151 healthy men. BMD was reassessed at 2 years, and coronary artery calcium (CAC) was measured at 3.5 years. Relationships between PTH and other baseline characteristics, CAC scores and change in BMD were evaluated...
2016: BoneKEy Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28007496/cardiovascular-health-metrics-among-south-asian-adults-in-the-united-states-prevalence-and-associations-with-subclinical-atherosclerosis
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Sameera A Talegawkar, Yichen Jin, Namratha R Kandula, Alka M Kanaya
South Asians, a fast growing ethnic group in the US, have an increased risk for cardiovascular disease compared to the general population. We examined the prevalence and distribution of the American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 cardiovascular health (CVH) metrics using data from Mediators of Atherosclerosis in South Asians Living in America (MASALA) study, and cross-sectional associations between number of CVH metrics in the ideal range with subclinical atherosclerosis assessed using coronary artery calcium (CAC) measured using cardiac computed tomography and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) measured using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography...
December 20, 2016: Preventive Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27998429/-effect-of-sodium-thiosulfate-on-coronary-artery-calcification-in-maintenance-hemodialysis-patients
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Y Yu, Z M Bi, Y Wang, Z Q Chen, S W Xu
Objective: To investigate the factors correlated to coronary artery calcification (CAC)in maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) patients and observe the effect of sodium thiosulfate (STS) on the progression of vascular calcification and its safety. Methods: Thirty-eight subjects from Fuzhou Genernal Hospital who underwent coronary artery CT scan using Philip's spiral CT were enrolled and the calcification degree was evaluated by CAC scores from December 2013 to December 2014. The hemodialysis patients were divided into CAC group (CAC scores>10, 27 cases) and non-CAC group (CAC scores≤10, 11 cases)according to the CT scan results...
December 13, 2016: Zhonghua Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese medical journal]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27990611/coronary-risk-score-for-mineral-bone-disease-in-chronic-non-diabetic-hemodialysis-patients-results-from-a-prospective-pilot-study
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Cristiana David, Jordi Bover, Cornelia Voiculet, Ileana Peride, Lucian Cristian Petcu, Andrei Niculae, Adrian Covic, Ionel Alexandru Checherita
INTRODUCTION: Chronic kidney disease-mineral bone disorder enhances coronary artery impairment (often occult and difficult to diagnose) in hemodialysis (HD) patients. The aim of the study was to correlate biochemical and imagistic parameters of MBD with the degree of documented coronary artery disease (CAD) in non-diabetic HD patients, in order to obtain a MBD-coronary risk score as a screening algorithm. METHODS: A 3-year prospective study was conducted on 168 non-diabetic HD patients, evaluating MBD biochemical parameters along with pulse wave velocity (PWV) determination and valve/coronary calcification assessment; coronary angiography was performed in symptomatic patients...
December 18, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988281/distribution-of-abo-blood-groups-and-coronary-artery-calcium
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Yao Wang, Bing-Yang Zhou, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Na-Qiong Wu, Ping Qing, Ying Gao, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Jian-Jun Li
BACKGROUND: ABO blood groups have been confirmed to be associated with cardiovascular diseases such as coronary artery disease. However, whether ABO blood group is correlated with coronary artery calcium (CAC) is still unknown. METHOD: 301 patients with coronary artery calcium score (CACS) assessed by computed tomography were consecutively enrolled and divided into two groups: with calcium group (CACS>0, n=104) and without calcium group (CACS=0, n=197). Distribution of ABO blood groups was evaluated between the two groups...
November 30, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27987229/neuronal-damage-biomarkers-in-the-identification-of-patients-at-risk-of-long-term-postoperative-cognitive-dysfunction-after-cardiac-surgery
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W F Kok, J Koerts, O Tucha, T W L Scheeren, A R Absalom
Biomarkers of neurological injury can potentially predict postoperative cognitive dysfunction. We aimed to identify whether classical neuronal damage-specific biomarkers, including brain fatty acid-binding protein, neuron-specific enolase and S100 calcium-binding protein β, as well as plasma-free haemoglobin concentration as a measure of haemolysis, could be used to predict the risk of long-term cognitive decline after coronary artery bypass grafting with or without cardiopulmonary bypass. We assessed cognitive function using the CogState brief computerised cognitive test battery at 3 months and at 15 months after surgery...
December 17, 2016: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27986261/accuracy-and-radiation-dose-reduction-using-low-voltage-computed-tomography-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-with-tin-filtration
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Christian Tesche, Carlo N De Cecco, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart, Moritz H Albrecht, Akos Varga-Szemes, Taylor M Duguay, Ullrich Ebersberger, Richard R Bayer, Christian Canstein, Bernhard Schmidt, Thomas Allmendinger, Sheldon E Litwin, Pamela B Morris, Thomas G Flohr, Ellen Hoffmann, U Joseph Schoepf
This study prospectively investigated the accuracy and radiation dose reduction of CT coronary artery calcium scoring (CACS) using a 100 kVp acquisition protocol with tin filtration (Sn100 kVp) compared with the standard 120 kVp acquisition protocol; 70 patients (59% men, 62.1 ± 10.7 years) who underwent a clinically indicated CACS acquisition using the standard 120 kVp protocol on a third-generation dual-source CT system were enrolled. An additional Sn100 kVp CACS scan was performed. Agatston scores and categories, percentile-based risk categorization, and radiation dose estimates were derived from 120 and Sn100 kVp studies and compared...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27965940/coronary-calcification-is-reversely-related-with-bone-and-hair-calcium-the-relationship-among-different-calcium-pools-in-body
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Sang-Hoon Lee, Soo-Jung Park, Kyu-Nam Kim, Doo-Yeoun Cho, Young-Sang Kim, Bom-Taeck Kim
BACKGROUND: With aging, calcium efflux from bone is increased with age-related bone loss, and it can reduce bone mineral density (BMD). On the contrary, age-related calcium adoption into arterial wall progressively stiffens blood vessels. Theses process insinuates shift of calcium among different pools in body. However, their relationships have not been elucidated yet. So we investigated the correlation among calcium contents in different body pools, such as hair, bone, and blood vessels in women...
November 2016: Journal of Bone Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27957585/coronary-artery-calcium-score-and-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-for-patients-with-asymptomatic-polyvascular-non-coronary-atherosclerosis
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Annagrazia Cecere, Graziano Riccioni, Nicola Sforza, Riccardo Marano, Giuseppe Guglielmi
INTRODUCTION: The primary endpoint of this study was to determine the prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) and coronary artery calcium score (CACS) using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) among patients with polyvascular atherosclerosis (PVA). Secondary endpoints were to evaluate the prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and determine the predictors of PVA. METHODS: The presence of atherosclerotic disease was assessed using ultrasonographic vascular examination in 515 asymptomatic patients...
December 13, 2016: Singapore Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936125/automatic-coronary-artery-calcium-scoring-on-radiotherapy-planning-ct-scans-of-breast-cancer-patients-reproducibility-and-association-with-traditional-cardiovascular-risk-factors
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Sofie A M Gernaat, Ivana Išgum, Bob D de Vos, Richard A P Takx, Danny A Young-Afat, Noor Rijnberg, Diederick E Grobbee, Yolanda van der Graaf, Pim A de Jong, Tim Leiner, Desiree H J van den Bongard, Jean-Philippe Pignol, Helena M Verkooijen
OBJECTIVES: Coronary artery calcium (CAC) is a strong and independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk. This study assesses reproducibility of automatic CAC scoring on radiotherapy planning computed tomography (CT) scans of breast cancer patients, and examines its association with traditional cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: This study included 561 breast cancer patients undergoing radiotherapy between 2013 and 2015. CAC was automatically scored with an algorithm using supervised pattern recognition, expressed as Agatston scores and categorized into five categories (0, 1-10, 11-100, 101-400, >400)...
2016: PloS One
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