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Coronary artery calcium scoring

Takayoshi Yamaguchi, Katsuhiro Ichikawa, Daichi Takahashi, Teppei Sugaya, Jungo Furuya, Keiichi Igarashi
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: We have developed a new contrast enhancement protocol for subtraction coronary computed tomography (SCCTA) requiring a short breath-holding time. In the protocol, test and main boluses were sequentially and automatically injected, and correct timings for pre-contrast and contrast-enhanced scans for main bolus were automatically determined only by the test bolus tracking. Combined with a fixed short main bolus injection for 7 seconds, the breath-holding time was shortened as possible...
October 17, 2016: Academic Radiology
Ricardo Ladeiras-Lopes, Francisco Sampaio, Nuno Bettencourt, Ricardo Fontes-Carvalho, Nuno Ferreira, Adelino Leite-Moreira, Vasco Gama
INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Obesity is an important cardiovascular risk factor and the location of fat deposits seems to be an important determinant of its metabolic impact. Visceral adipose tissue (VAT) exerts a harmful effect on metabolic homeostasis, but few longitudinal studies have evaluated the prognostic impact of the ratio of VAT to subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT). This study aimed to evaluate whether the VAT/SAT ratio was associated with all-cause mortality and cardiac events...
October 17, 2016: Revista Española de Cardiología
Kongkiat Chaikriangkrai, Ghanshyam Palamaner Subash Shantha, Hye Yeon Jhun, Patompong Ungprasert, Gardar Sigurdsson, Faisal Nabi, John J Mahmarian, Su Min Chang
STUDY OBJECTIVE: Coronary artery calcium score (CACS) is a well-established test for risk stratifying asymptomatic patients. Recent studies also indicate that CACS may accurately risk stratify stable patients presenting to the emergency department (ED) with acute chest pain; however, many were underpowered. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to evaluate the prognostic value and accuracy of a zero (normal) CACS for identifying patients at acceptable low risk for future cardiovascular events who might be safely discharged home from the ED...
October 10, 2016: Annals of Emergency Medicine
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
Michael Messerli, Fabian Rengier, Lotus Desbiolles, Niklas F Ehl, Ralf W Bauer, Sebastian Leschka, Hatem Alkadhi, Simon Wildermuth, Claas P Nähle
RATIONALE AND OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the influence of advanced modeled iterative reconstruction (ADMIRE) on the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores by computed tomography (CT). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Sixty patients underwent CAC imaging with dual-source 192-slice CT. Agatston, volume and mass score were calculated from filtered back projection (FBP) and iterative reconstructions with different levels of ADMIRE. Friedman test and Wilcoxon rank sum test were used for multiple comparisons of CAC values and the difference ratio among different ADMIRE groups using FBP as reference...
October 11, 2016: Academic Radiology
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
Elsemiek M Engbers, Jorik R Timmer, Jan Paul Ottervanger, Mohamed Mouden, Siert Knollema, Pieter L Jager
The coronary artery calcium (CAC) score provides independent prognostic value on top of single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). We sought to determine whether the prognostic value of the CAC score in patients with normal SPECT MPI is gender specific. We studied 3,705 consecutive symptomatic patients without a history of coronary artery disease with normal SPECT MPI. All patients underwent concomitant CAC scoring, which was categorized as CAC score 0, 1 to 99, 100 to 399, 400 to 999, or ≥1,000...
August 30, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Young-Mi Eun, Sung-Goo Kang, Sang-Wook Song
BACKGROUND: Prediabetes is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). While the association of impaired glucose tolerance with CVD has been shown in many studies, the relationship between impaired fasting glucose (IFG) and CVD remains unclear. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to compare the coronary artery calcium (CAC) scores of participants with normal fasting glucose versus those with IFG, according to fasting plasma glucose (FPG) levels, and to assess whether differences in CAC scores were independent of important confounders...
September 2016: Annals of Saudi Medicine
Leonardo C Mangili, Otavio C Mangili, Márcio S Bittencourt, Márcio H Miname, Paulo H Harada, Leonardo M Lima, Carlos E Rochitte, Raul D Santos
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is a common genetic disorder characterized by elevated blood cholesterol, increased prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis and high risk of premature coronary heart disease. However, this risk is not explained solely by elevated LDL-cholesterol concentrations, and other factors may influence atherosclerosis development. There is evidence that increased adiposity may predispose to atherosclerosis in FH. Epicardial fat has been associated with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis in the general population...
September 9, 2016: Atherosclerosis
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
Veeravich Jaruvongvanich, Kamonkiat Wirunsawanya, Anawin Sanguankeo, Sikarin Upala
BACKGROUND: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) is associated increased cardiovascular events and mortality. Coronary artery calcium scanning (CAC) is the robust predictor of coronary events in the asymptomatic individuals. Several recent studies have investigated the association between NAFLD and this surrogate marker. Thus, we conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to better characterize the association between NAFLD and CAC. METHODS: MEDLINE and EMBASE were searched through May 2016...
September 17, 2016: Digestive and Liver Disease
Laura Geraldino-Pardilla, Jon T Giles, Jeremy Sokolove, Afshin Zartoshti, William H Robinson, Matthew Budoff, Robert Detrano, Sabahat Bokhari, Joan M Bathon
OBJECTIVE: Citrullinated proteins have been found within atherosclerotic plaque. However, to date studies evaluating the association between anti-citrullinated peptide antibodies (ACPAs) and imaging measures of atherosclerosis in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have been limited to citrullinated-fibrinogen or citrullinated-vimentin seroreactivities and rendered contradictory results. Therefore, our objective was to evaluate this association using an extended panel of ACPAs in a larger sample of RA patients without clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD)...
October 1, 2016: Arthritis Care & Research
Jin San Lee, Danbee Kang, Young Kyoung Jang, Hee Jin Kim, Duk L Na, Hee Young Shin, Mira Kang, Jin-Ju Yang, Jong-Min Lee, Juyoun Lee, Yeo Jin Kim, Key-Chung Park, Eliseo Guallar, Sang Won Seo, Juhee Cho
To evaluate the association between coronary artery calcium (CAC) and cortical thickness in a large sample of cognitively normal individuals, with special emphasis in determining if the association thickness has regional brain specificity and if it is mediated by white matter hyperintensities (WMH). A total of 512 participants were included in this study. CAC scores were assessed by multi-detector computed tomography. Cortical thickness was measured using a surface-based method. Linear mixed models were used to assess the association between CAC scores and cortical thickness...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
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
Sang-Geon Cho, Ki Seong Park, Jahae Kim, Sae-Ryung Kang, Seong Young Kwon, Hyun Ju Seon, Zeenat Jabin, Young Jae Kim, Geum-Cheol Jeong, Minchul Song, Ho-Chun Song, Jung-Joon Min, Hee-Seung Bom
PURPOSE: The purpose of this study is to evaluate whether fluorodeoxyglucose (FDG) uptake of the large arteries can predict coronary artery calcium (CAC) progression in asymptomatic individuals. METHODS: Ninety-six asymptomatic individuals who underwent FDG positron emission tomography (PET) and CAC scoring on the same day for health screening and follow-up CAC scoring ≥1 year after baseline studies (mean 4.3 years) were included. Vascular FDG uptake was measured and corrected for blood pool activity to obtain peak and average target-to-blood pool ratios (TBRpeak and TBRavg, respectively) for the carotid arteries, and ascending and abdominal aorta...
September 28, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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
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