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Ana Rosa Cunha, Jenifer D'El-Rei, Fernanda Medeiros, Bianca Umbelino, Wille Oigman, Rhian M Touyz, Mario F Neves
BACKGROUND: Epidemiological studies demonstrate an inverse association between serum magnesium and incidence of cardiovascular disease. Diuretics commonly cause hypomagneseamia. METHOD: We evaluated effects of magnesium supplementation on blood pressure (BP) and vascular function in thiazide-treated hypertensive women in a randomized, double-blind, clinical trial. Hypertensive women (40-65 years) on hydrochlorothiazide and mean 24-h BP at least 130/80 mmHg were divided into placebo and supplementation (magnesium chelate 600 mg/day) groups...
October 18, 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Aashish Kumar Sharma, R P Agrawal, J K Sharma, Ritvik Agrawal, Surendra Kumar, Kunal Thackar, Kailash Chandra Saini
OBJECTIVE: Vitamin D deficiency may be responsible for endothelial dysfunction which in turn affects the onset and progression of vascular disease including coronary artery disease and its risk factor, directly or indirectly through various mechanisms. This study was undertaken to find out association between vitamin D and endothelial dilatation of brachial artery, which may help to suggest possible underlying mechanisms and may be of clinical importance in planning preventive and therapeutic strategies...
July 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Raghu L Motaganahalli, Matthew R Smeds, Michael P Harlander-Locke, Peter F Lawrence, Naoki Fujimura, Randall R DeMartino, Giovanni De Caridi, Alberto Munoz, Sherene Shalhub, Susanna H Shin, Kwame S Amankwah, Hugh A Gelabert, David A Rigberg, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Alik Farber, E Sebastian Debus, Christian Behrendt, Jin H Joh, Naveed U Saqib, Kristofer M Charlton-Ouw, Catherine M Wittgen
BACKGROUND: Adventitial cystic disease (ACD) is an unusual arteriopathy; case reports and small series constitute the available literature regarding treatment. We sought to examine the presentation, contemporary management, and long-term outcomes using a multi-institutional database. METHODS: Using a standardized database, 14 institutions retrospectively collected demographics, comorbidities, presentation/symptoms, imaging, treatment, and follow-up data on consecutive patients treated for ACD during a 10-year period, using Society for Vascular Surgery reporting standards for limb ischemia...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Sheshagiri Rao Damera, Ramachandra Barik, Akula Siva Prasad
The angioplasty of chronic total aortoiliac occlusion using transfemoral is controversial. From March 2014 to December 2015, four consecutive patients (4 males; mean age 58.2±6.8 years; age of range 51-65 years) underwent angioplasty and stenting of TASC-D occlusion. In all the cases, we failed to cross from femoral approach. On switching over to left brachial access, angioplasty was done successfully in all. There was no procedural site complication or clinical evidence cerebral thromboembolism. Self-expandable stents were implanted in all with adequate pre and post dilation...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Merritt D Kinon, Rani Nasser, Jonathan Nakhla, Rupen Desai, Jessica R Moreno, Reza Yassari, Carlos A Bagley
Pediatric emergency physicians must have a high clinical suspicion for atlantoaxial rotatory subluxation (AARS), particularly when a child presents with neck pain and an abnormal head posture without the ability to return to a neutral position. As shown in the neurosurgical literature, timely diagnosis and swift initiation of treatment have a greater chance of treatment success for the patient. However, timely treatment is complicated because torticollis can result from a variety of maladies, including: congenital abnormalities involving the C1-C2 joint or the surrounding supporting muscles and ligaments, central nervous system abnormalities, obstetric palsies from brachial plexus injuries, clavicle fractures, head and neck surgery, and infection...
October 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
Alon Abraham, Aaron Izenberg, Dubravka Dodig, Vera Bril, Ari Breiner
PURPOSE: Neuralgic amyotrophy is characterized by acute or subacute onset of shoulder and arm pain, followed by muscle atrophy and weakness, and variable sensory abnormalities. Historically, the site of inflammation has been localized to the brachial plexus, although the involvement of individual nerve branches has been well recognized. METHODS: We describe ultrasound findings in two cases with a clinical presentation suggestive of neuralgic amyotrophy, involving individual peripheral nerves, correlating with clinical and electrophysiological findings...
October 2016: Journal of Clinical Neurophysiology: Official Publication of the American Electroencephalographic Society
Arvinder Pal Singh, Malika Mahindra, Ruchi Gupta, Sukhminder Jit Singh Bajwa
AIMS AND OBJECTIVES: Supplementation of dexmedetomidine produces a dose-dependent sedation, anxiolysis and analgesia without respiratory depression. This study was conducted to evaluate the possible effect of dexmedetomidine as an adjuvant to levobupivacaine for supraclavicular brachial plexus block in upper limb surgery. SETTINGS AND DESIGN: Tertiary care institute, Department of Anaesthesiology and Intensive Care, a placebo-controlled study. MATERIALS AND METHODS: After obtaining Ethical Committee approval, a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled study was conducted on sixty American Society of Anesthesiologists physical status I and II patients in the age group of 18-60 years, divided randomly into two groups, Group I received 30 ml of 0...
September 2016: Anesthesia, Essays and Researches
Filippo Benedetto, Domenico Spinelli, Narayana Pipitò, Giambattista Gagliardo, Alberto Noto, Simona Villari, Antonio David, Francesco Spinelli
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to examine the outcomes of a vascular hybrid polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE) graft, provided with a nitinol-reinforced section (NRS) on one end, in hemodialysis vascular access placement. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted including all the consecutive patients who underwent Gore Hybrid Vascular Graft (GHVG; W. L. Gore & Associates, Flagstaff, Ariz) implantation for hemodialysis access placement between October 2013 and November 2015...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Masaaki Murakami, Genichi Sakaguchi, Noriko Mori
OBJECTIVE: In patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity, we created arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) combined with brachial artery superficialization. With this procedure, the superficialized arteries are used as drawing routes and the AVFs as returning routes. This is a technical report about AVFs combined with brachial artery superficialization. METHODS: Twenty-four consecutive patients with a high risk of fistula immaturity who underwent AVFs with brachial artery superficialization were included in this single-center retrospective study...
October 12, 2016: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Martijn L Dijkstra, Peter C J M Goverde, Andrew Holden, Clark J Zeebregts, Michel M P J Reijnen
PURPOSE: To show feasibility of the covered endovascular repair of the aortic bifurcation (CERAB) technique in conjunction with chimney grafts in aortic side branches for complex aortoiliac occlusive disease. METHODS: Two European centers and one facility located in New Zealand participated in a retrospective observational study that enrolled 14 consecutive patients (mean age 61.2±8.9 years; 11 men) treated with CERAB in conjunction with chimney graft(s) between December 2012 and May 2015...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Endovascular Therapy
Michael H Criqui, Victor Aboyans, Matthew A Allison, Julie O Denenberg, Nketi Forbang, Mary M McDermott, Christina L Wassel, Nathan D Wong
We reviewed published MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) study articles concerning peripheral arterial disease, subclavian stenosis (SS), abdominal aortic calcium (AAC), and thoracic artery calcium (TAC). Important findings include, compared to non-Hispanic whites, lower ankle-brachial index (ABI) and more SS in African Americans, and higher ABI and less SS in Hispanic and Chinese Americans. Abnormal ABI and brachial pressure differences were associated with other subclinical cardiovascular disease (CVD) measures...
September 2016: Global Heart
Eun Young Han, Sang Hee Im, Bo Ryun Kim, Min Ji Seo, Myeong Ok Kim
OBJECTIVE: Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) evaluates arterial stiffness and also predicts early outcome in stroke patients. The objectives of this study were to investigate arterial stiffness of subacute nonfunctional ambulatory stroke patients and to compare the effects of robot-assisted gait therapy (RAGT) combined with rehabilitation therapy (RT) on arterial stiffness and functional recovery with those of RT alone. METHOD: The RAGT group (N = 30) received 30 minutes of robot-assisted gait therapy and 30 minutes of conventional RT, and the control group (N = 26) received 60 minutes of RT, 5 times a week for 4 weeks...
October 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
Kazuo Tsuyuki, Kenji Kohno, Kunio Ebine, Susumu Tamura, Yasuhiro Ohzeki, Toshifumi Murase, Takehiro Ohara, Yujin Kunugi, Fumihiko Iida, Yoshie Mochizuki, Mutsumi Sorimachi, Shinichi Watanabe
It is uncertain whether exercise-induced zero toe brachial index sign (e-ZETS) is beneficial to prevent advanced perfusion disturbance in maintenance hemodialysis (HD) patients. In HD patients, we compared the clinical findings and prognoses among 22 toes in a resting zero toe brachial index sign (r-ZETS) group, 22 toes in an e-ZETS group, and 63 toes in a non-e-ZETS group. The hemodynamics of the lower extremities in the e-ZETS group is intermediate between the r-ZETS and non-e-ZETS groups. As the result of a 36-month follow- up observation, the r-ZETS avoidance rate was significantly lower in the e-ZETS group (63...
2016: Annals of Vascular Diseases
Richard L Jantz, Lee Meadows Jantz, Joanne L Devlin
Secular change in height has been extensively investigated, but size and shape of the postcranial skeleton much less so. The availability of large, documented collections of nineteenth- and twentieth-century skeletons makes it possible to examine changes in skeletal structure over the past 150 years. We examined secular changes in long bone lengths and proportions, their allometric relationship to stature, and crosssectional properties of long bone shafts. Bone measurements and stature were organized into 10-year birth cohorts, ranging from 1840 to 1989...
January 2016: Human Biology
L Zhang, H-Y Zhang, F-C Huang, Q Huang, C Liu, J-R Li
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the clinical value of alprostadil combined with the α-lipoic acid in treating type 2 diabetes mellitus with erectile dysfunction (DMED). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We selected a total of 76 cases of patients who were admitted to endocrinology department of our hospital from June 2014 to June 2015 and diagnosed as DMED, and the average age was (46.7 ± 7.2) years old, average course of diabetes mellitus was (6.2 ± 2.8) years and average body mass index was (25...
September 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
M Iida, M Yamamoto, Y Ishiguro, M Yamazaki, N Ueda, H Honjo, K Kamiya
Left atrial (LA) phasic volumes consist of reservoir, conduit and booster pump volumes. Arterial stiffness is linked to lower systemic arterial compliance (SAC) contributing to cardiac afterload. Arterial stiffness may be a modulator of LA phasic volumes. Echocardiography was performed in 161 hypertensive patients and in 50 normotensive subjects in order to assess biplane LA volumes (maximum, before atrial contraction, minimum), early and late diastolic mitral annular velocity (e' and a'), and LV stroke volume...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Human Hypertension
M Unlu Çalapkorur, B A Alkan, Z Tasdemir, Y Akcali, E Saatçi
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: Inflammation is a common feature of both peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and periodontal disease. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between PAD and periodontal disease by examining the levels of inflammatory cytokines (pentraxin 3 and interleukin 1β) and high sensitive C-reactive protein from gingival crevicular fluid and serum. MATERIAL AND METHODS: A total of 60 patients were included in this cross-sectional study...
October 13, 2016: Journal of Periodontal Research
Wilson Nadruz, Dalane Kitzman, Beverly Gwen Windham, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Kenneth Butler, Priya Palta, Michael E Griswold, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Gerardo Heiss, Scott D Solomon, Hicham Skali, Amil M Shah
BACKGROUND: The contribution of cardiovascular dysfunction to frailty in older adults is uncertain. This study aimed to define the relationship between frailty and cardiovascular structure and function, and determine whether these associations are independent of coexisting abnormalities in other organ systems. METHODS: We studied 3,991 older adults (mean age 75.6±5.0 years; 59% female) from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study in whom the following six organ systems were uniformly assessed: cardiac (by echocardiography), vascular (by ankle-brachial-index and pulse-wave-velocity), pulmonary (by spirometry), renal (by estimated glomerular filtration rate), hematologic (by hemoglobin), and adipose (by body mass index and bioimpedance)...
October 12, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Charlotte Iacobaeus, Ellika Andolf, Malin Thorsell, Katarina Bremme, Gun JÖrneskog, Eva Östlund, Thomas Kahan
OBJECTIVE: To examine alterations in maternal vascular structure and function during normal pregnancy. METHODS: We assessed brachial and central blood pressure, pulse wave velocity and augmentation index (by pulse wave analysis and applanation tonometry), common carotid artery structure (by ultrasonography), and endothelial function in the brachial artery (by post-ischemic hyperemia induced flow mediated vasodilation and glyceryl nitrate) and in the forearm skin microcirculation (by laser Doppler perfusion imaging during iontophoretic administration of acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside) in 52 healthy primiparous women at 14, 24 and 34 weeks of gestation, and nine months post partum...
October 12, 2016: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
S Gilani, G S Howarth, S M Kitessa, C D Tran, R E A Forder, R J Hughes
Increased intestinal permeability (IP) can lead to compromised health in chickens. As there is limited literature on in vivo biomarkers to assess increased IP in chickens, the objective of this study was to identify a reliable biomarker of IP using DSS ingestion and fasting models. Male Ross chickens (n = 48) were reared until day 14 on the floor pen in an animal care facility, randomized into the following groups: control, DSS and fasting (each with n = 16), and then placed in metabolism cages. DSS was administered in drinking water at 0...
October 11, 2016: Journal of Animal Physiology and Animal Nutrition
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