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  1. Cerebral Arteriosclerosis

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    ... the brain can cause a hemorrhagic stroke. Both types of stroke can be fatal. Cerebral arteriosclerosis is also related to a condition known as vascular dementia, in which small, symptom-free strokes cause cumulative damage and death to neurons (nerve cells) in the brain. Personality changes in ...

  2. Arteriosclerosis in Seven Cattle

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    Bundza, Adam; Stevenson, Daniel A.

    1987-01-01

    Sporadic arteriosclerosis of the aorta, with or without pulmonary ossification, occurred in seven cattle from slaughter-houses and farms. Aortic walls were thickened, and had many white or yellow mineralized plaques on the intimal surface. The lungs did not collapse, were firm, gritty and crepitant on palpation, and sponge-like in appearance on cross section. Microscopically, the aortas had mineral deposits in the tunica intima and media, varying in size and structure and surrounded by fibrou...

  3. Cerebrovascular hemodynamics in patients with cerebral arteriosclerosis

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    Jianbo Yang; Changcong Cui; Chengbin Wu

    2011-01-01

    The present study observed hemodynamic changes in 26 patients with cerebral arteriosclerosis using a cerebral circulation dynamics detector and transcranial Doppler.In patients with cerebral arteriosclerosis the blood supply and flow rate in the bilateral carotid arteries and the blood flow rate in the anterior cerebral and middle cerebral arteries were similar to normal controls, but the cerebral vascular resistance, critical pressure and pulsatility index were increased, and cerebral arterial elasticity and cerebral blood flow autoregulation were decreased.Compared with the lesioned hemisphere of patients with cerebral infarction, the total blood supply and blood flow rate of patients with cerebral arteriosclerosis were higher.Compared with normal subjects, patients with cerebral arteriosclerosis exhibited cognitive disturbances, mainly in short-term memory, attention, abstract capability, and spatial and executive dysfunction.Results showed that cerebral arteriosclerosis does not directly affect the blood supply of a cerebral hemisphere, but affects cognitive function.The increased cerebral vascular resistance and reduced autoregulation of cerebral blood vessels may be important hemodynamic mechanisms of arteriosclerosis-induced cerebral infarction.

  4. Rosiglitazone attenuates transplant arteriosclerosis after allogeneic aorta transplantation in rats

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    Onuta, Geanina; Rienstra, Heleen; de Boer, Jan Freark; Boer, Mark Walther; Roks, Anton J. M.; Klatter, Flip A.; Uges, Donald R. A.; Navis, Gerjan; Rozing, Jan; Hillebrands, Jan-Luuk

    2007-01-01

    Background. Transplant arteriosclerosis is a leading cause of chronic transplant dysfunction and is characterized by occlusive neointima formation in intragraft arteries. Development of transplant arteriosclerosis is refractory to conventional immunosuppressive drugs and adequate therapy is not avai

  5. Development of intimal hyperplasia in transplant arteriosclerosis

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    Religa, Piotr

    2003-01-01

    Vascular disease is the main cause of disability and mortality in the western world and the major limiting factor for long- term survival of transplanted organs. Occlusive vascular lesions lead to ischemia and structural changes in organs and in transplant arteriosclerosis and restenosis after endovascular procedures, narrowing of the vessel lumen is partly due to intimal hyperplasia caused by smooth muscle cells (SMCs). In this thesis, I have examined the mechanisms involve...

  6. Environmental validation of the homocystine theory of arteriosclerosis

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    Calabrese, E.J.

    1984-12-01

    It has been proposed that elevated concentrations of homocystine in vascular tissue could cause arterial damage leading to arteriosclerosis. This theory is indirectly supported by research in the area of environmental toxicology, which has revealed that carbon monoxide and carbon disulfide, agents whose prolonged exposure is known to result in the development of arteriosclerotic changes, induced vitamin B6 deficiency states which predictably lead to a homocystinuria-like state. Such information provides strong indirect support of the controversial homocystine theory of arteriosclerosis.

  7. Diagnosis of arteriosclerosis using noninvasive imaging methods

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    The purpose of this study is to evaluate usefulness of X-ray CT, MRI, 2D-echo, and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in detecting arteriosclerotic changes. Plain and enhanced CT scans were performed on 413 subjects to evaluate aortic sclerosis. CT revealed aortic wall calcification, atheromatous projection of the intima, and thickened aortic walls. These findings appeared frequently with increasing age, and the ratio of atherosclerotic changes to the circumference of the aorta increased in the patients with cerebrovascular disease, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. In 179 patients, plain CT and coronary angiography were performed. Sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value for estimating coronary stenosis by CT-detected coronary calcification were 79%, 78%, and 89% respectively. MRI also revealed atherosclerotic changes. In 408 subjects MRI was performed using a spin-echo method. Although atheromatous intimal changes were found in 4.8% of normal subjects, these findings were demonstrated in 46% of the patients with diabetes, in 32% of patients with hypertension, and in 20% of patients with ischemic heart disease. 2D-echo was useful in detecting atheromatous intimal changes in the carotid artery. DSA was also useful for detecting stenosis of the peripheral arteries of median size. In conclusion, these imaging methods can play an important role in diagnosing arteriosclerosis. (author)

  8. Diagnosis of arteriosclerosis using noninvasive imaging methods

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    Masuda, Yoshiaki; Takasu, Junichiro; Sakakibara, Makoto; Morooka, Nobuhiro; Inagaki, Yoshiaki (Chiba Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1990-12-01

    The purpose of this study is to evaluate usefulness of X-ray CT, MRI, 2D-echo, and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in detecting arteriosclerotic changes. Plain and enhanced CT scans were performed on 413 subjects to evaluate aortic sclerosis. CT revealed aortic wall calcification, atheromatous projection of the intima, and thickened aortic walls. These findings appeared frequently with increasing age, and the ratio of atherosclerotic changes to the circumference of the aorta increased in the patients with cerebrovascular disease, coronary heart disease, hypertension, and diabetes. In 179 patients, plain CT and coronary angiography were performed. Sensitivity, specificity, and predictive value for estimating coronary stenosis by CT-detected coronary calcification were 79%, 78%, and 89% respectively. MRI also revealed atherosclerotic changes. In 408 subjects MRI was performed using a spin-echo method. Although atheromatous intimal changes were found in 4.8% of normal subjects, these findings were demonstrated in 46% of the patients with diabetes, in 32% of patients with hypertension, and in 20% of patients with ischemic heart disease. 2D-echo was useful in detecting atheromatous intimal changes in the carotid artery. DSA was also useful for detecting stenosis of the peripheral arteries of median size. In conclusion, these imaging methods can play an important role in diagnosing arteriosclerosis. (author).

  9. Influence of cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis on cerebral oxygenation during exercise

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    Although it is assumed that cerebral oxygenation during exercise is influenced by both cardiopulmonary function and cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis, the latter factor has not been fully clarified. In the present study the relationship between the degree of cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis and cerebral oxygenation during exercise was investigated. A total of 109 patients (69 patients with coronary artery disease, 40 patients with hypertensive heart disease) (61.7±9.7 years) performed a symptom-limited exercise test with respiratory gas measurements (CPX). From the respiratory gas analysis, peak O2 uptake (VO2), the slope of the increase in VO2 to the increase in work rate (ΔVO2/ΔWR), and the slope of the increase in ventilation to the increase in CO2 output (VE/VCO2 slope) were calculated. Oxyhemoglobin (O2Hb) at the forehead was monitored using near-infrared spectroscopy. The brain ischemic score was counted based upon fluid-attenuated inversion recovery images of magnetic resonance imaging and expressed from 0 to 4. When compared with patients with a lower ischemic score (2Hb during exercise (-1.08±2.7 vs 0.77±4.1 μmol/L, p=0.011). Of brain ischemic score, left ventricular ejection fraction, peak VO2, ΔVO2/ΔWR, and the VE/VCO2 slope, ΔVO2/ΔWR was found to be the sole independent index determining cerebral O2Hb during exercise. The CPX parameters were also significantly related to the degree of cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis. Although cerebral oxygenation during exercise is mainly related to cardiopulmonary function, the degree of cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis partly influences cerebral oxygenation in patients with risk factors for atherosclerosis. (author)

  10. Recipient origin of neointimal vascular smooth muscle cells in cardiac allografts with transplant arteriosclerosis

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    Hillebrands, JL; van den Hurk, BMH; Klatter, FA; Popa, ER; Nieuwenhuis, P; Rozing, J

    2000-01-01

    Background: Coronary artery disease is today's most important post-heart transplantation problem after the first perioperative year. Histologically, coronary artery disease is characterized by transplant arteriosclerosis. The current view on this vasculopathy is that vascular smooth muscle (VSM) cel

  11. Obesidad mórbida y arteriosclerosis subclínica

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    Megias Rangil, Isabel Clara

    2014-01-01

    La disfunción endotelial, el grosor íntima-media (GIM) y la rigidez arterial se consideran hoy día marcadores de arteriosclerosis precoz. La obesidad y el exceso de peso se han asociado a disfunción endotelial, mayor grosor íntima media y peor rigidez arterial, pero no existen datos concretos sobre el efecto de la obesidad mórbida en estos parámetros. Nuestros objetivos fueron estudiar marcadores de arteriosclerosis subclínica como el GIMc, la función endotelial y la rigidez arterial en un...

  12. Experimental coronary sclerosis induced by immobilization of rabbits: A new model of arteriosclerosis

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    Tyavokin, V. V.; Tjawokin, W. W.

    1980-01-01

    A new method for producing arteriosclerosis with coronary insufficiency in rabbits by means of immobilization is described and discussed. The experimentally induced atherosclerosis develops due to hypodynamics imposed by the reduced muscular activity without overloading with exogenous cholesterol. The atherosclerosis and coronary insufficiency are associated. With variations in the duration and extent of immobilization, coronary insufficiency alone or with atherosclerosis can be produced.

  13. Effects of a healthy life exercise program on arteriosclerosis adhesion molecules in elderly obese women

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    Lim, Seung-Taek; Min, Seok-Ki; Park, Hyuntae; Park, Jong-Hwan; Park, Jin-Kee

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] The aim of this study was to investigate the change in the arteriosclerosis adhesion molecules after a healthy life exercise program that included aerobic training, anaerobic training, and traditional Korean dance. [Subjects] The subjects were 20 elderly women who were over 65 years of age and had 30% body fat. [Methods] The experimental group underwent a 12-week healthy life exercise program. To evaluate the effects of the healthy life exercise program, measurements were performed ...

  14. Coronary arterial Disease associated with arteriosclerosis in lower extremity: Angiographic analysis

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    We performed both peripheral and coronary angiographies in 52 patients with an arteriosclerosis in lower extremities. The severity of arteriosclerotic narrowing of the coronary and peripheral arteries were compared on angiographies. An angiographic vascular score(AVS, 0-5) reflecting the number and the degree of stenosis in 12 lower extremity arteries and three major coronary arteries was assigned to each angiogram and the sun of scores in the lower extremity arteries was compared with the incidence of significant coronary artery disease (more than grade 3) and coronary score. Relation of incidence and severity of vascular stenosis and risk factors (diabetes metallitus, hypertension, smoking, and hypercholesterolemia) was also analyzed. Thirty-four of 52 patients (65%) had an angiographically significant coronary artery disease. Thirteen of these 34 patients (38%) had no clinical symptom and sign of the ischemic heart disease. There was no statistically significant difference in the incidence and severity of coronary artery disease between high (more than 30) and low AVS group in lower extremity (p>0.14). All patients had at least one risk factor and 49 of 52 patients (94%) had multiple risk factors. Coronary angiography was normal in there patients with only one risk factors, and angiographically significant coronary artery disease existed in nine of 16 cases (56.3%) with two risk factors. 13 of 17 case (76.5%) with three risk factors, and 12 of 16 cases (75.0%) with all four risk factors. There were no significant correlations between individual risk factors and incidence, severity of arteriosclerosis in coronary and lower extremity arteries. In conclusion, angiographic evaluation of the coronary artery disease in patients with lower extremity arteriosclerosis is necessary because of the high chance of coronary artery disease and difficulty in the prediction of coronary artery disease with a severity of the peripheral arteriosclerosis, presence of various risk

  15. The relationship between C-reactive protein and subclinical carotid arteriosclerosis in military pilots

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    Jovelić Aleksandra; Rađen Slavica; Hajduković Zoran; Čanji Tibor

    2009-01-01

    Background/Aim. Inflammation plays a key role in the physiopathology of arteriosclerosis. C-reactive protein (CRP) and common carotid artery intima-media thickness are independent predictors of cardiovascular events and diabetes mellitus in apparently healthy men, but relationship between them is not fully elucidated. The aim of the study was to assess the cross-sectional relationship between CRP and cardiovascular risk factors with common carotid artery intima-media thickness in military pil...

  16. Determination of body composition in elderly subjects suffering of diabetes mellitus and arteriosclerosis

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    The authors determined the body composition of 23 diabetic and 36 arteriosclerotic subjects by multiple-isotope method. Their hormonal status was also assessed at the same time. They determined the body composition of well compensated, orally treated diabetic elderly and it was found that the intracellular volumes are unchanged comparing to healthy elderly controls, the total body fat is slightly increased, while the intracellular volumes (except extracellular volume ECV, in the case of females) are diminished significantly, mainly, in the case of males. In the case of decompensated diabetes treated originally with insulin, they found a general dehydration affecting mainly the intracellular compartments, but also in a less extent the extracellular ones. After one week of treatment with insulin and perfusions the body composition became normalized. The hormonal changes were not significant. In the case of arteriosclerosis they made a distinction after the dominating signs and symptoms between central peripheral arteriosclerosis. It seems after their results that except a diminution of plasma volume (PV), more marked in central arteriosclerosis, no changes could be observed comparing to health age-matched controls. In conclusion they can say that diabetes in its decompensated form causes a general perturbation of body composition in the sense of dehydration necessitating a well-managed rehydration

  17. Radiographic manifestations of Mönckeberg arteriosclerosis in the head and neck region

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    Tahmasbi-Arashlow, Mehrnaz; Barghan, Sevin; Kashtwari, Beeba; Nair, Madhu K. [Oral and Maxillofacial Radiology, Colleges of Dentistry and Medicine, University of Florida, Gainesville (United States)

    2016-03-15

    Mönckeberg sclerosis is a disease of unknown etiology, characterized by dystrophic calcification within the arterial tunica media of the lower extremities leading to reduced arterial compliance. Medial calcinosis does not obstruct the lumina of the arteries, and therefore does not lead to symptoms or signs of limb or organ ischemia. Mönckeberg sclerosis most commonly occurs in aged and diabetic individuals and in patients on dialysis. Mönckeberg arteriosclerosis is frequently observed in the visceral arteries, and it can occur in the head and neck region as well. This report describes a remarkable case of Mönckeberg arteriosclerosis in the head and neck region as detected on dental imaging studies. To the best of our knowledge, this is the first case that has been reported in which this condition presented in the facial vasculature. The aim of this report was to define the radiographic characteristics of Mönckeberg arteriosclerosis in an effort to assist health care providers in diagnosing and managing this condition.

  18. Reduced elastogenesis: a clue to the arteriosclerosis and emphysematous changes in Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia?

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    Morimoto Marie

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Arteriosclerosis and emphysema develop in individuals with Schimke immuno-osseous dysplasia (SIOD, a multisystem disorder caused by biallelic mutations in SMARCAL1 (SWI/SNF-related, matrix-associated, actin-dependent regulator of chromatin, subfamily a-like 1. However, the mechanism by which the vascular and pulmonary disease arises in SIOD remains unknown. Methods We reviewed the records of 65 patients with SMARCAL1 mutations. Molecular and immunohistochemical analyses were conducted on autopsy tissue from 4 SIOD patients. Results Thirty-two of 63 patients had signs of arteriosclerosis and 3 of 51 had signs of emphysema. The arteriosclerosis was characterized by intimal and medial hyperplasia, smooth muscle cell hyperplasia and fragmented and disorganized elastin fibers, and the pulmonary disease was characterized by panlobular enlargement of air spaces. Consistent with a cell autonomous disorder, SMARCAL1 was expressed in arterial and lung tissue, and both the aorta and lung of SIOD patients had reduced expression of elastin and alterations in the expression of regulators of elastin gene expression. Conclusions This first comprehensive study of the vascular and pulmonary complications of SIOD shows that these commonly cause morbidity and mortality and might arise from impaired elastogenesis. Additionally, the effect of SMARCAL1 deficiency on elastin expression provides a model for understanding other features of SIOD.

  19. [Correction of dyslipidemia in patients with arteriosclerosis obliterans as a method for improving the results of endovascular angioplasty].

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    Petukhov, V A; Seitmykhamedov, M D; Dibirov, A D; Dubovik, S G; Sergeeva, N A; Prokubovskiĭ, V I

    1992-01-01

    The authors analyse the results of endovascular angioplasty of the pelvic and lower limb arteries in 147 patients of various age suffering from arteriosclerosis obliterans. It was found that the results of endovascular angioplasty depended on the state of the lipid balance. The necessity for correcting the shifts in the lipid metabolism is shown. The article evaluates the results of dyslipidemia correction by dietotherapy, pharmacotherapy, and operation for partial ilio-shunting in patients with arteriosclerosis obliterans of the pelvic and lower limb arteries. The efficacy of the listed methods of treatment are analysed according to the severity of dyslipidemia. PMID:1457133

  20. Arteriosclerosis of carotid arteries in identical twins discordant in tobacco smoking

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    Duplex Doppler US has proved to be an accurate method of evaluating the arteriosclerotic process in extracranial carotid arteries. Tobacco smoking is generally considered to be a factor promoting arteriosclerosis. The authors performed duplex US examinations of the carotid arteries of 48 pairs (96 individuals) of monozygotic twins discordant for smoking. The ages of the examinees ranged from 31 years to 77 years (mean, 52 years). Doppler measurements of femoral and popliteal arteries were also made. A difference in the grade of arteriosclerosis was perceived in 40 pairs of twins, in each case to the benefit of the nonsmoker. The most common change was a difference in intimal thickness. Carotid artery stenoses, 15%-60%, were found in seven cases. In addition, a difference in the size of minor plaques of the carotid bifurcations was verified in 26 pairs of twins. Three smokers were found to have an obstructive lesion in the lower extremity arteries. Arteriosclerotic changes were more common and more pronounced in smokers with a long exposure to tobacco

  1. Preliminary clinical application of SilverHawk directional atherectomy device in arteriosclerosis obliterans of lower extremity

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    Objective: To evaluate the clinical efficiency and security of SilverHawk directional atherectomy device in treating arteriosclerosis obliterans of lower extremity. Methods: Seven patients with lower extremity ischemia were treated with SilverHawk directional atherectomy. The lesions length varied from 1.8 to 14.5 cm. Clinical symptoms (Fontaine classification) included 4 cases of grade Ⅱ b, I case of grade Ⅲ, 2 cases of grade Ⅳ. The ABI varied from 0.28 to 0.65. Patency was evaluated with color duplex sonography or CTA besides clinical examination during follow-up. Results: Seven occlusive lesions were recanalizated successfully. The technical success (residual stenosis < 30%) rate was 100%. Clinical symptoms were obviously improved or disappeared. The ABI varied from 0.82 to 1.18 (P=0.002), and Fontaine classification included 6 cases of Ⅰ; 1 case of Ⅱ a. Patency rate was 100% and the ABI varied from 0.75 to 1.14 (P=0.938). Fontaine classifications keep consistent 1-6 months after operation. Conclusion: SilverHawk directional atherectomy was a safe and effective way for treatment of lower arteriosclerosis obliteran. (authors)

  2. Quantitative detection of cerebral arteriosclerosis by means of the Doppler ultrasonic technique.

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    Miyazaki, M

    1986-01-01

    A correlation between the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern and the cerebral vascular resistance (namely, cerebral arteriosclerosis) was investigated by the Doppler ultrasonic technique. The following facts were observed. Examination of the brachial blood flow pattern in circulatory stress, i.e., hand-grasping, brachial-binding, cold- and warm-stimulating tests revealed that the more the peripheral vascular resistance was increased, the more was the discontinuity of brachial blood flow pattern increased. Investigation of the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern (internal carotid artery) in 18 young healthy persons and 46 elderly patients with cerebral vascular diseases revealed a continuous pattern in all of the young persons, while the discontinuous pattern was frequently observed in the elderly patients. These findings suggest that the cerebral vascular resistance is more increased in the elderly patients than in the young persons. The cerebral blood flow pattern was classified into the following three types according to the continuity of the cerebral blood flow pattern: continuous, intermediate and discontinuous type, and the relation to the Continuous Index (CI), which was devised as an objective parameter of the continuity, was examined. The following CI figures were obtained: 110-200% in the young persons; in the elderly patients: continuous type, 120-185%; intermediate type, 85-135%; discontinuous type, 50-85%. From the above findings it is postulated that the Doppler ultrasonic technique is useful for the quantitative detection of cerebral arteriosclerosis, i.e., anticipation of cerebral vascular accidents, and for the discrimination between arteriosclerotic dementia and Alzheimer's disease. PMID:3525327

  3. The relationship between C-reactive protein and subclinical carotid arteriosclerosis in military pilots

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    Jovelić Aleksandra

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Inflammation plays a key role in the physiopathology of arteriosclerosis. C-reactive protein (CRP and common carotid artery intima-media thickness are independent predictors of cardiovascular events and diabetes mellitus in apparently healthy men, but relationship between them is not fully elucidated. The aim of the study was to assess the cross-sectional relationship between CRP and cardiovascular risk factors with common carotid artery intima-media thickness in military pilots as representatives of healthy men. Methods. We studied 161 military pilots (age 38 ± 6 years free of cardiovascular disease and diabetes mellitus. Traditional and metabolic risk factors were determined. Plasma CRP was measured by immunonephelometry. The common carotid artery intima-media thickness was measured by ultrasonography in the posterior wall of both common carotid arteries. Results. A total of 66.5% subjects had common carotid artery intima-media thickness > 0.9 mm (p < 0.01. The mean CRP plasma concentration was significantly higher in the subjects with common carotid artery intima- media thickness > 0.9 mm than in those with common carotid artery intima-media thickness ≤ 0.9 mm. In a simple regression analysis age adjusted CRP was associated with common carotid artery intima-media thickness (β = 0.285, p < 0.01, and only high density lipoprotein cholesterol was not associated with common carotid artery intima-media thickness. The association between CRP and common carotid artery intima-media thickness remained highly significant after controlling for body mass index, blood pressure, total cholesterol, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, glycosylated hemoglobin and smoking (p < 0.01. Controlling for glucose, triglycerides to high density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio, and total cholesterol to high density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio resulted in some reduction in the strength of the association, but including waist

  4. Acute cytomegalovirus infection induces a subendothelial inflammation (endothelialitis) in the allograft vascular wall. A possible linkage with enhanced allograft arteriosclerosis.

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    Koskinen, P.; Lemström, K.; Bruggeman, C; Lautenschlager, I.; Häyry, P

    1994-01-01

    Clinical and experimental studies have established the accelerating role of cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection on cardiac allograft arteriosclerosis, ie, chronic rejection. We have investigated the mechanisms behind the interaction between CMV infection and chronic rejection. In the first part of the study, 762 endomyocardial biopsy specimens obtained from 47 heart allograft recipients were analyzed. Of these, 28 patients developed CMV infection during the first postoperative year. In 24 of 28 C...

  5. Papel de los macrófagos en la patogénesis de la arteriosclerosis

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    Quintana Varón María del Pilar

    2007-12-01

    Full Text Available La arteriosclerosis es una enfermedad inflamatoria que es responsable del 50% de las muertes del mundo
    occidental por desencadenar complicaciones coronarias graves. Se produce por la acumulación excesiva de
    colesterol proveniente del torrente sanguíneo en la íntima arterial de arterias medias y grandes. Los monocitos circulantes se adhieren al endotelio activado y se diferencian en macrófagos al interior de la íntima
    arterial, donde se desempeñan como recolectores del exceso de colesterol. Desde ahí liberan citoquinas,
    proteasas, especies reactivas de oxigeno y factores de crecimiento que potencian la reacción inflamatoria,
    desempeñando un papel esencial en la patogénesis de la enfermedad. La población creciente de macrófagos
    eventualmente entra en apoptosis y necrosis, haciendo cada vez más grande e inestable la lesión arteriosclerótica, lo que en último momento es el detonante de las complicaciones clínicas graves que pueden terminar en la muerte del paciente.

  6. Relevance of Plasma Obestatin and Early Arteriosclerosis in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Peng-ying Gu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We investigated the correlation between obestatin and metabolic parameters and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT in plasma of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM. We collected 103 patients aged from 60 to 83 years (69.26 ± 5.83 years form January, 2007 to May, 2009. All patients were divided into normal glucose tolerance (NGT, impaired glucose tolerance (IGT, and T2DM according to the oral glucose tolerance test (OGTT. We found that higher levels of fasting insulin (Fins, fasting blood glucose, 2 h OGTT glucose, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, glycated haemoglobin, and C-reactive protein (CRP, as well as lower obestatin level and higher intima-media thickness level (IMT, existed in T2DM group compared with NGT group and IGT group (P<0.01. Also, obestatin level was independently associated with HOMA-IR and CRP, while IMT level was independently associated with HOMA-IR, triglyceride, Fins, and obestatin (P<0.01, based on stepwise multiple regression analysis. Therefore, we deduced that the low level of plasma obestatin might be related to early arteriosclerosis in patients with T2DM via increasing IMT level, and elevated plasma obestatin levels might protect T2DM patients against carotid atherosclerosis to some extent.

  7. Clinical studies of cerebral arteriosclerosis in diabetic subjects. Analysis with brain MRI study

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    In order to investigate the clinical characteristics of cerebral arteriosclerosis in diabetic subjects, brain MRI studies were conducted in diabetic patients and healthy subjects. The subjects were 93 diabetic patients without symptoms and signs of cerebral infarction (49 males and 44 females) with a mean age of 59 years and 73 healthy subjects (43 males and 30 females) with a mean age of 57 years. The MRI studies were performed on a General Electric 1.5-T signa system. The spin-echo technique (T2-weighted image) was used with a pulse repetition time (TR) of 2,500 msec and echo time (TE) of 80 msec. The quantitative evaluation of cerebral infarction was assessed using personal computer and image-scanner. By MRI, the incidence of cerebral infarction in diabetic patients was significantly higher than that in healthy subjects (30.1% vs. 13.7%, respectively, p<0.05). The mean age of the diabetic patients with cerebral infarctions was higher than that of those without cerebral infarctions. Hypertension and diabetic nephropathy were present more frequently in the subjects with cerebral infarctions. These data suggest that it is important to delay the onset and slow the progression of cerebral infarction in diabetic patients by strict blood glucose control and management of blood pressure. (author)

  8. Clinical study of the relationship between arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) and cerebral infarction

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    To clarify the relationship between arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) and cerebral infarction (CI), brain CT was performed and the risk factors for atherosclerosis were assessed. Thirty-five male and 5 female patients with intermittent claudication and/or leg ulceration were angiographically diagnosed as having ASO. According to CT findings, these patients were divided into three groups [no low-density areas (NLDA), hemorrhage, and infarction (CI)]. CI was subdivided as lacunar, cortical, and watershed infarction. Thirteen patients were in the NLDA group and 26 in the CI group (17 lacunar, 3 cortical and 6 mixed infarcts), indicating a CI incidence of 65%. Comparing the risk factors of the CI group with those of the NLDA group, hypertension (53.8%), diabetes (34.6%), and cigarette smoking (69.2%) was often seen in the CI group, although hypercholesterolemia (53.8%) and ischemic heart disease (42.3%) was the same in both groups. Multivariate analysis revealed that smoking had the strongest effect on the occurrence of CI in ASO patients. Furthermore, the number of combined risk factors (hypertension, diabetes, smoking, hypercholesterolemia) had a significant positive correlation with cortical infarction. As to the chronological relationship between the onset of ASO and CI, CI was present in 14 of 27 ASO patients on CT when the ischemic leg symptoms appeared, while symptomatic cortical infarction preceded ASO in 5 patients. CI patients increased gradually over a decade to 26 out of 40, among whom 16 patients with lacunae had silent infarcts. These findings suggested that ASO is frequently associated with CI, not only due to atherosclerosis of the main trunks of the cerebral vessels, but also due to arteriolosclerosis of the perforating arteries. (author)

  9. Prevention and nursing care of the complications occurred in interventional therapy for arteriosclerosis obliterans of lower extremity

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    Objective: To discuss the prevention and nursing care of the perioperative complications occurred in interventional therapy for arteriosclerosis obliterans of lower extremity. Methods: During the period of July 2006 to June 2009, interventional treatment for the arteriosclerosis obliterans of lower extremity was performed in 380 cases. The clinical data and complications were reviewed and analyzed, and the prevention and nursing care of the complications were summarized. Results: Complications occurred in 41 cases. During the surgery, vascular rupture or arterial dissection occurred in 5 cases, hypoglycemia reaction in 3 cases and elevation of blood pressure in 2 cases. The complications,which occurred after the treatment,included acute arterial thrombosis (n=3), deep vein thrombosis (n=2), bleeding of different tissues or organs (n=17), acute myocardial infarction (n=2), pseudoaneurysm (n=2), excessive lower limb perfusion syndrome (n=4) and compression sores (n=1). Conclusion: Detailed information of medical history, careful observation of clinical condition, intensive care of patient, adequate preparation of medical materials, seriously handing over the duty to the next shift and taking one's turn on duty, etc. are all the effective measures to prevent and to reduce the occurrence of complications. (authors)

  10. Preferentially affected sites of cerebral arteriosclerosis in vascular dementia of Binswanger type. A study of MRI and MR angiography

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    MRI and MR angiography (MRA) were analyzed to evaluate the preferential sites of cerebral arteriosclerosis in 129 normal controls and 27 patients with vascular dementia of Binswanger type (BVD; mean age 75.0 years). Small vessel disease, indicated as advanced high intensity areas on T2-weighted MRI, increased with advancing age, while large vessel sclerosis detected with MRA did not increase after the age of 80 years. Large vessel sclerosis was not always accompanied with advanced high intensity areas. Large vessel sclerosis was found in 12 (44.4%) of 27 patients with BVD, and was as common as that of the controls of the eighth decade. Large vessel sclerosis was frequently seen in the cases suffering from BVD below 70 years of age or with hypertension. In conclusion, patients with BVD develop cerebral arteriosclerosis more preferentially in the small vessels rather than the large vessels especially in aged cases, of which incidence is similar to that of the normal controls over 80 years of age. (author)

  11. The impact of stent implantation on the patency rate of femoropopliteal artery after subintimal angioplasty for occlusive arteriosclerosis

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    Objective: To assess the impact of stent implantation on the patency rate of femoropopliteal artery after subintimal angioplasty for occlusive arteriosclerosis. Methods: During the period from January 2007 to May 2009, a total of 43 patients with occlusive femoropopliteal arteriosclerosis (43 diseased legs) were treated in authors' hospital. Of the 43 patients, simple percutaneous subintimal angioplasty was performed in 24 (non-stent group), while percutaneous subintimal angioplasty with subsequent stent implantation was carried out in the remaining 19 (stent group). After the treatment, CTA or Doppler ultrasonic examination was performed to check the results. Interventional therapy was respected in some cases who developed restenosis. Results: The 12-month limb salvage rate was 98%. Perioperative minor complications occurred in 7% of patients (3/43). Two-year mortality rate was 7% (3/43). During the follow-up period, arterial restenosis or occlusion occurred in 22 cases. Three cases in non-stent group developed arterial occlusion within one month after the treatment. Repeated interventional procedure was carried out for 12 diseased legs. The primary patency rates of non-stent group at 6, 12 and 24 months were (83.3±7.6)%, (74.0±9.2)% and (56.1±13.5)%, respectively, while those of stent group were (89.5±7.0)%, (77.5±9.9)% and (32.2±16.6)%, respectively. The primary assisted patency rates at 12 and 24 months in non-stent group were (90.9±6.1)% and (64.2±14.7)%, respectively, while those in stent group were (94.4±5.4)% and (39.0±15.90%, respectively. The difference in both the primary patency rate and primary assisted patency rate between the two groups were of no significance (P>0.05). Cox-regression analysis indicated that the number of patent distal vessels, the type of femoropopliteal occlusive diseases and the history of smoking bore a close relationship to the two-year primary patency rate after subintimal angioplasty (r=-4.417, 2.502, 3.115; SX=1

  12. Lipoprotein binding to anionic biopolyelectrolytes and the effect of glucose on nanoplaque formation in arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease.

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    Siegel, G; Mockenhaupt, F H M E; Behnke, A-L; Ermilov, E; Winkler, K; Pries, A R; Malmsten, M; Hetzer, R; Saunders, R; Lindman, B

    2016-06-01

    Arteriosclerosis with its clinical sequelae (cardiac infarction, stroke, peripheral arterial occlusive disease) and vascular/Alzheimer dementia not only result in far more than half of all deaths but also represent dramatic economic problems. The reason is, among others, that diabetes mellitus is an independent risk factor for both disorders, and the number of diabetics strongly increases worldwide. More than one-half of infants in the first 6months of life have already small collections of macrophages and macrophages filled with lipid droplets in susceptible segments of the coronary arteries. On the other hand, the authors of the Bogalusa Heart Study found a strong increase in the prevalence of obesity in childhood that is paralleled by an increase in blood pressure, blood lipid concentration, and type 2 diabetes mellitus. Thus, there is a clear linkage between arteriosclerosis/Alzheimer's disease on the one hand and diabetes mellitus on the other hand. Furthermore, it has been demonstrated that distinct apoE isoforms on the blood lipids further both arteriosclerotic and Alzheimer nanoplaque formation and therefore impair flow-mediated vascular reactivity as well. Nanoplaque build-up seems to be the starting point for arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer's disease in their later full clinical manifestation. In earlier work, we could portray the anionic biopolyelectrolytes syndecan/perlecan as blood flow sensors and lipoprotein receptors in cell membrane and vascular matrix. We described extensively molecular composition, conformation, form and function of the macromolecule heparan sulfate proteoglycan (HS-PG). In two supplementary experimental settings (ellipsometry, myography), we utilized isolated HS-PG for in vitro nanoplaque investigations and isolated human coronary artery segments for in vivo tension measurements. With the ellipsometry-based approach, we were successful in establishing a direct connection on a molecular level between diabetes mellitus on the one

  13. The Origin of Neointimal Smooth Muscle Cells in Transplant Arteriosclerosis from Recipient Bone-marrow Cells in Rat Aortic Allograft

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    SONG Zifang; LI Wei; ZHENG Qichang; SHANG Dan; SHU Xiaogang; GUAN Siming

    2007-01-01

    In order to investigate the origin of neointimal smooth muscle cells in transplant arteriosclerosis in rat aortic allograft, sex-mismatched bone marrow transplantation was performed from male Wistar rats to female Wistar rats. Four weeks after transplantation, the aortic transplant model was established by means of micro-surgery in rats. The recipients were divided into 4 groups: female Wistar-female Wistar aortic isografts, female SD-female Wistar aortic allografts, male SD-male Wistar aortic allografts, female SD-chimera Wistar aortic allografts. Eight weeks after transplantation, aortic grafts were removed at autopsy and processed for histological evaluation and immunohistochemistry. The results indicated that excessive accumulation of α-SMA-positive smooth muscle cells resulted in significant neointima formation and vascular lumen stricture in rat aortic allografts.Neointima assay revealed that the neointimal area and NIA/MA ratio of transplanted artery were significantly increased in all of aortic allograft groups as compared with those in aortic isograft group (P<0.01). Neointimal smooth muscle cells were harvested from cryostat sections of aortic allograft by microdissection method. The Sry gene-specific PCR was performed, and the result showed that a distinct DNA band of 225 bp emerged in the male-male aortic allograft group and chimera aortic allograft group respectively, but not in the female-female aortic allograft group. It was suggested that recipient bone-marrow cells, as the origin of neointimal smooth muscle cells, contributed to the pathological neointimal hyperplasia of aortic allograft and transplant arteriosclerosis.

  14. Perioperative changes in coagulative and fibrinolytic function during surgical treatment of abdominal aortic aneurysm and arteriosclerosis obliterans.

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    Aramoto, H; Shigematsu, H; Muto, T

    1994-12-01

    To determine the factors which influence perioperative coagulative and fibrinolytic function, we studied 41 patients who underwent surgical repair of unruptured abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) and 30 patients who underwent arterial reconstruction for arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO). In patients with AAA, the levels of fibrin/fibrinogen degradation products (FDP) (11.4 +/- 20.1 micrograms/ml), thrombin-antithrombin III complex (TAT) (22.0 +/- 21.8 micrograms/l), plasmin-alpha 2 plasmin inhibitor complex (PIC) (2.6 +/- 2.9 micrograms/ml) and d-dimer of cross-linked fibrin degradation products (D-D) (8.4 +/- 10.8 micrograms/ml) were elevated, particularly when the AAAs had a large mural thrombus surface area or were accompanied by aneurysm of the iliac or femoral artery. In arterial aneurysms, blood coagulability and secondary fibrinolytic activity were believed to be enhanced. In patients with ASO, the level of TAT (17.2 +/- 24.8 micrograms/l) was so elevated that they were considered to show chronic hypercoagulability. Among the ASO patients with aorto-iliac lesions, those with concomitant graft occlusion or anastomotic aneurysm had significantly elevated levels of TAT. Proximal arterial occlusion or accompanying aneurysm in the ASO patients was associated with increased levels of PIC and D-D. Postoperative fluctuations in conventional hematological variables did not differ significantly among the surgical procedures. Conventional markers showed a transient decrease due to consumption during surgery, and a subsequent recovery or an actual increase within several days after surgery.(ABSTRACT TRUNCATED AT 250 WORDS) PMID:7737753

  15. Absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries: a mystery to be solved? Ausência de arteriosclerose na porção intramiocárdica das artérias coronárias: um mistério a ser resolvido?

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    Edvaldo Luiz Ramalli Jr; Leonardo Henrique Braga; Patricia Martinez Evora; Agnes Afrodite Sumarelli Albuquerque; Andrea Carla Celotto; André Lupp Mota; Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora

    2011-01-01

    Several studies show that portions of intramyocardial coronary arteries are spared of arteriosclerosis, involving morphological, embryological, biochemical and pathophysiological aspects. Endothelial function is significantly affected in the segment of transition, as estimated by the vasoactive response to Ach. These findings suggest that myocardial bridge can provide protection against arteriosclerosis by counteracting the negative effects of endothelial dysfunction. The intramyocardial port...

  16. A randomized, open-label, multicentre study to evaluate plasma atherosclerotic biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and arteriosclerosis obliterans when treated with Probucol and Cilostazol

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    Xiao-Wei Ma; Xiao-Hui Guo; Xin-Hua Xiao; Li-Xin Guo; Xiao-Feng Lv; Quan-Min Li; Yan Gao

    2012-01-01

    Objectives To evaluate the plasma atherosclerotic biomarkers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) and arteriosclerosis obliteran (ASO) when treated with Probucol plus Cilostazol in combination and individually. Methods In this open-label study, patients aged 40-75 years were randomized to receive conventional therapy alone, or with Cilostazol 100 mg bid, or with Probucol 250 mg bid, or with both in combination. Endpoints included changes in plasma biomarker and safety at 12 weeks. Results Of the 200 randomized patients, 165 for per-protocol and 160 for the safety (QTc intervals) were set, respectively. Probucol significantly reduced total cholesterol (P < 0.001), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), (P = 0.01), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) (P < 0.001) compared with conventional therapy. Cilostazol was effective in increasing HDL-C (P = 0.002) and reducing triglycerides levels (P < 0.01) compared with conventional therapy. A trend towards significance was observed for the difference between conventional therapy alone and Probucol plus Cilostazol group for the change in oxidized low-density lipoprotein (Ox-LDL, P = 0.065). No significant effects on the majority of the remaining biomarkers were found across the treatment groups. Conclusions We have confirmed that Ox-LDL could be a possible plasma atherosclerotic biomarker among the evaluated biomarkers, which reflected the synergetic effect of Cilostazol plus Probucol in patients with T2DM and ASO shown previously in preclinical studies.

  17. Usefulness of the {sup 201}TlCl exercise leg perfusion scintigraphy in arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO). With evaluation of leg perfusion comparing before and after PTA

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    Kijima, Tetsuji; Kumita, Shin-ichiro; Mizumura, Sunao; Kumazaki, Tatsuo [Nippon Medical School, Tokyo (Japan)

    1995-09-01

    Twenty-eight patients of arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) complaining of intermittent claudication or pain at rest underwent symptom limited exercise leg perfusion scintigraphy using {sup 201}TlCl (Tl). Regions of interest (ROI) were drawn around each buttocks, thighs, calves and feet in whole body image, and we calculated Lesion/Normal Index (LNI) which was the devided value of the average count per pixel of each ROI of the affected side by that of the normal side. The average LNI of the foot was 0.81 and was smaller than other regions (p<0.05). Other region except foot showed Tl high uptake in affected side in some cases. Fifteen patients were compared after percutaneous transluminal angioplasty (PTA) with before PTA, and LNI of the foot statistically improved after PTA (p<0.005). The period suffering from disease of the group of Tl hight uptake in the affected leg was statistically shorter than that of the group of Tl non-high uptake (p<0.05). We supposed that the Tl uptake of the foot reflects ischemia of the leg sensitively, and high uptake of Tl in affected leg is concerned with compensatory change of microcirculation of ischemic leg in subacute period. This scintigraphy was thought to be useful to detect the ASO and to evaluate the effect of PTA, and was able to avail diagnosis and observation of the course of ASO patient. (author).

  18. Cerebrovascular diseases in patients with arteriosclerotic aortic aneurysm and arteriosclerosis obliterans studied by carotid ultrasonography and by computed tomography of the brain

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    Iwamoto, Toshihiko; Sugiyama, Tsuyoshi; Oyama, Tetsuo; Takasaki, Masaru [Tokyo Medical Coll. (Japan)

    1998-09-01

    To estimate the incidence of cerebrovascular diseases in arteriosclerotic aortic aneurysm (AA) and arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) and their characteristics, 92 patients with AA and 102 patients with ASO were studied with carotid ultrasonography and brain computed tomography (CT), and were compared with 49 patients with hypertension. The mean ages of the patients were 70 to 72 years old and all were male. Hypertension was common in the AA group; diabetes and cigarette smoking were common in the ASO group. Carotid plaque lesions seen on ultrasonography were significantly more common in the AA (66%) and ASO (85%) groups than in the patients with hypertension (39%). The mean carotid diameter was significantly greater in the AA group than in the other two groups. The mean wall thicknesses in the AA and ASO groups were greater than in the patients with hypertension. Computed tomography showed that low-density areas were also common in the AA group (56%) and ASO (53%) groups than in the patients with hypertension (24%). Most of the low-density areas were thought to be lacunae or dilated perivascular spaces in the subinsula and putamen. Moderately and highly severe periventricular lucencies were also common in the AA group. These findings indicate that carotid changes, seen in AA and ASO, reflected the characteristics of arterial lesions, and that arteriosclerotic lesions were common in patients with AA and ASO. Therefore, cerebrovascular diseases should be taken into account in the management of patients with AA and ASO. (author)

  19. Usefulness of preoperative coronary angiography and brain computed tomography in cases of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease undergoing revascularization for arteriosclerosis obliterans

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    Coronary angiography and brain computed tomography were preoperatively performed to evaluate the clinical condition of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease in 101 patients (mean age, 68.4 years) with revascularization for arteriosclerosis obliterans. Eighty patients had hypertension, 12 had diabetes, and 26 had hyperlipidemia. Seventy-one patients (70.3%) had coronary stenosis. Significant stenoses in major coronary artery branches were confirmed in 35 patients, including 13 patients with old myocardial infarction. Coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary angioplasty were performed in 2 and 7 patients with critical stenosis, respectively. Of 57 patients, who underwent brain computed tomography, abnormalities were found in 52 patients (91.2%), including cortical infarction in 9, lacunar infarction in 35, and leukoaraiosis in 27 patients. During the follow-up period 13 patients died (including 3 cases of myocardial infarction and 3 cases of stroke). Actuarial survival rate at 5 years was 80.4%. The influence of ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease on early and late mortality after surgical reconstruction for peripheral occlusive vascular disease is significant. Using visual diagnostic techniques, such as coronary angiography and brain computed tomography, long term survivor should be closely observed for multiple arteriosclerotic vascular diseases. (author)

  20. Usefulness of preoperative coronary angiography and brain computed tomography in cases of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease undergoing revascularization for arteriosclerosis obliterans

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    Sakurada, Tall; Shibata, Yoshiki [Southern Tohoku Fukushima Hospital (Japan)

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    Coronary angiography and brain computed tomography were preoperatively performed to evaluate the clinical condition of coronary artery disease and cerebrovascular disease in 101 patients (mean age, 68.4 years) with revascularization for arteriosclerosis obliterans. Eighty patients had hypertension, 12 had diabetes, and 26 had hyperlipidemia. Seventy-one patients (70.3%) had coronary stenosis. Significant stenoses in major coronary artery branches were confirmed in 35 patients, including 13 patients with old myocardial infarction. Coronary artery bypass grafting and percutaneous coronary angioplasty were performed in 2 and 7 patients with critical stenosis, respectively. Of 57 patients, who underwent brain computed tomography, abnormalities were found in 52 patients (91.2%), including cortical infarction in 9, lacunar infarction in 35, and leukoaraiosis in 27 patients. During the follow-up period 13 patients died (including 3 cases of myocardial infarction and 3 cases of stroke). Actuarial survival rate at 5 years was 80.4%. The influence of ischemic heart disease and cerebrovascular disease on early and late mortality after surgical reconstruction for peripheral occlusive vascular disease is significant. Using visual diagnostic techniques, such as coronary angiography and brain computed tomography, long term survivor should be closely observed for multiple arteriosclerotic vascular diseases. (author)

  1. Cerebrovascular diseases in patients with arteriosclerotic aortic aneurysm and arteriosclerosis obliterans studied by carotid ultrasonography and by computed tomography of the brain

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    To estimate the incidence of cerebrovascular diseases in arteriosclerotic aortic aneurysm (AA) and arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) and their characteristics, 92 patients with AA and 102 patients with ASO were studied with carotid ultrasonography and brain computed tomography (CT), and were compared with 49 patients with hypertension. The mean ages of the patients were 70 to 72 years old and all were male. Hypertension was common in the AA group; diabetes and cigarette smoking were common in the ASO group. Carotid plaque lesions seen on ultrasonography were significantly more common in the AA (66%) and ASO (85%) groups than in the patients with hypertension (39%). The mean carotid diameter was significantly greater in the AA group than in the other two groups. The mean wall thicknesses in the AA and ASO groups were greater than in the patients with hypertension. Computed tomography showed that low-density areas were also common in the AA group (56%) and ASO (53%) groups than in the patients with hypertension (24%). Most of the low-density areas were thought to be lacunae or dilated perivascular spaces in the subinsula and putamen. Moderately and highly severe periventricular lucencies were also common in the AA group. These findings indicate that carotid changes, seen in AA and ASO, reflected the characteristics of arterial lesions, and that arteriosclerotic lesions were common in patients with AA and ASO. Therefore, cerebrovascular diseases should be taken into account in the management of patients with AA and ASO. (author)

  2. Association between Serum Homocyteine and Coronary Arteriosclerosis%血清同型半胱氨酸与冠脉病变的相关性研究

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    郝应禄; 李燕萍; 杨娴; 钱宝堂; 余海; 谷青

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨血清同型半胱氨酸(homocysteine,Hcy)水平与冠脉病变的相关性.方法 收集2010年8月至2011年9月于玉溪市人民医院心内科行冠状动脉造影的患者340例,分为冠心病组包括稳定性心绞痛(stable angina,SA)组、不稳定性心绞痛(unstable angina,UA)组、急性心肌梗死(acute myocardial infarction,AMI)组及正常对照组,所有入选对象均进行冠脉病变程度积分(Genesine积分)及血清Hcy水平测定.结果 (1)与对照组相比,冠心病组(包括SA、UA及AMI组)血清Hcy水平显著升高(P<0.Ol),与SA组相比,UA组、AMI组血清Hcy水平显著升高(P<0.01),与UA组相比,AMI组血清Hcy水平显著升高(P<0.01); (2)多元逐步线性回归分析及二元Logistic回归分析显示,除外性别、年龄、血糖、血脂等因素,血清Hcy仍与冠脉病变的严重程度相关,与斑块的不稳定性相关; (3) ROC曲线分析显示血清Hcy鉴别斑块不稳定性的敏感性和特异性优于低密度脂蛋白胆固醇(LDL-C)及Genesini积分.结论 血清Hcy与冠脉病变严重程度相关,且随着斑块不稳定性的增加,其水平逐渐增加.%Objective To investigate the association between serum homocyteine ( Hcy) and coronary arteriosclerosis. Methods 340 patients in our hospital who had cronary anginography were divided into 4groups: stable angina (SA) group, unatable angina (UA) group, acute myocardial infarction (AMI) group and control group. Gensine score and the level of serum Hey were determinated in all cases. Results (1) Compared with control group, the serum Hey levels were significantly higher in all groups with coronary heart desease (P< 0.01) , increased in -UA group and AMI group than that of SA group (P< 0.01), higher in AMI group than that of UA group (P<0.01). (2) Mutiple stepwise linear regression analysis and Logistic regression analysis showed that after controlling the effects of sex, age, blood glucose, blood fat, etal, serum Hey was still

  3. Melatonin Attenuates Aortic Endothelial Permeability and Arteriosclerosis in Streptozotocin-Induced Diabetic Rats: Possible Role of MLCK- and MLCP-Dependent MLC Phosphorylation.

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    Tang, Song-tao; Su, Huan; Zhang, Qiu; Tang, Hai-qin; Wang, Chang-jiang; Zhou, Qing; Wei, Wei; Zhu, Hua-qing; Wang, Yuan

    2016-01-01

    The development of diabetic macrovascular complications is a multifactorial process, and melatonin may possess cardiovascular protective properties. This study was designed to evaluate whether melatonin attenuates arteriosclerosis and endothelial permeability by suppressing the myosin light-chain kinase (MLCK)/myosin light-chain phosphorylation (p-MLC) system via the mitogen-activated protein kinase (MAPK) signaling pathway or by suppressing the myosin phosphatase-targeting subunit phosphorylation (p-MYPT)/p-MLC system in diabetes mellitus (DM). Rats were randomly divided into 4 groups, including control, high-fat diet, DM, and DM + melatonin groups. Melatonin was administered (10 mg/kg/d) by gavage for 12 weeks. The DM significantly increased the serum fasting blood glucose and lipid levels, as well as insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction, which were attenuated by melatonin therapy to various extents. Importantly, the aortic endothelial permeability was significantly increased in DM rats but was dramatically reversed following treatment with melatonin. Our findings further indicated that hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia enhanced the expressions of MLCK, p-MYPT, and p-MLC, which were partly associated with decreased membrane type 1 expression, increased extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) phosphorylation, and increased p38 expression. However, these changes in protein expression were also significantly reversed by melatonin. Thus, our results are the first to demonstrate that the endothelial hyperpermeability induced by DM is associated with increased expressions of MLCK, p-MYPT, and p-MLC, which can be attenuated by melatonin at least partly through the ERK/p38 signaling pathway. PMID:25944844

  4. MR angiography of peripheral arteriosclerosis

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    Noninvasive arteriography with MR imaging was performed in patients with atherosclerotic disease of the peripheral arteries. Flow contrast is created in projection MR images when studies acquired at unequal ECG gate delays are subtracted. With the help of new techniques for rapid MR image acquisition, several ECG gate delays may be sampled in a single acquisition. The overall image acquisition time is diminished by at least 50%, and image motion and registration artifacts due to peristalsis and respiration, for example, are drastically reduced. Clinical studies of occlusive and aneurysmal forms of atherosclerotic disease of the aortoileofemoropopliteal system are presented and compared with conventional angiographic studies. Morphologic correlation between MR imaging and conventional arteriography is evaluated with respect to (1) spatial resolution, (2) contrast resolution, (3) the occurrence and severity of flow artifacts, and (4) the need for acquisition in multiple orientations. Preliminary three-dimensional MR imaging angiographic data are presented

  5. Pharmaceutical Care for One Elderly Patient with Acute Bronchitis Associated with Cerebral Arteriosclerosis%1例老年急性支气管炎并脑动脉硬化患者的药学监护

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    张富东

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨临床药师参与药物治疗方案的制订与药学监护的方法。方法:介绍临床药师参与1例老年急性支气管炎并脑动脉硬化患者的治疗过程,分析、评价治疗方案,提出药学建议,并进行药学监护。结果:通过药师的介入与参与可使患者的治疗更加顺利,真正做到了对老年急性支气管炎并脑动脉硬化患者的治疗个体化,使患者顺利治愈出院。结论:临床药师的参与可以协助医师制订安全、有效的治疗方案。%OBJECTIVE:To explore the approaches for clinical pharmacist to participate in the formulation of treatment regi-men and carry out pharmaceutical care. METHODS:Clinical pharmacist’involvement in the treatment of one elderly patient with acute bronchitis associated with cerebral arteriosclerosis was introduced with regard to his efforts in analyzing and evaluating thera-peutic regimen,putting forward pharmacy suggestion and providing pharmaceutical care. RESULTS:Pharmacist’s involvement con-tributed to smooth treatment of the patient and effectuated the individualized treatment for the elderly patient with acute bronchitis associated with cerebral arteriosclerosis and the patient was cured and discharged from hospital. CONCLUSIONS:Clinical pharma-cist’s involvement can help clinical physicians in formulating safe and effective treatment regimen.

  6. 亚高原地区高血压与外周动脉硬化相关性探讨%Correlation between hypertension and peripheral arteriosclerosis in people from sub-plateau

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    李丽娟; 李琼; 魏玲

    2011-01-01

    目的 探讨亚高原城镇人群高血压与外周动脉硬化的相关性.方法 随机从2009年10月~2010年4月昆明城镇企事业单位到我院体检的18岁以上人群中,抽取检出血压异常且符合高血压诊断标准的受检者1000名作为高血压组,同时随机抽取673名体检提示血压正常者作为对照组,采用日本科林公司生产的VP-1000全自动测量仪对两组患者作肱踝脉搏波传导速度(baPWV)及踝臂指数(ABI)测量.结果 高血压组baPWV值明显高于对照组(P<0.01),ABI≤0.9检出率明显高于对照组(P<0.01).结论 亚高原地区城镇人群高血压与动脉硬化密切相关,选择对动脉僵硬度有影响的降压药物,有效控制血压,同时指导患者进行间断性适量的有氧运动,对预防及延缓高血压靶器官损害及心血管事件的发生,延长患者寿命具有重要意义.%Objective To investigate the correlation between hypertension and peripheral arteriosclerosis in people from sub -plateau towns. Methods Among subjects( above 18 years old )from enterprise or government units in Kunming City receiving physical examination in our hospital from October 2009 to April 2010,1000 ones who met the diagnostic criteria of hypertension were randomly selected and served as hypertension group. Another 673 ones with normal blood pressure were randomly selected as control group. The brachial ankle pulse wave velocity( baPWV )and ankle brachial index( ABI )of all subjects were detected by the Japanese Colin VP -1000 automatic measuring instrument. Results Both baPWV and the detection rate of ABI ^ 0. 9 in the hypertension group were significantly higher than those in the control group( P < 0. 01 ). Conclusion There is a close correlation between hypertension and arteriosclerosis in people from the sub - plateau towns. Antihypertensive drugs that can affect the arterial stiffness should be chosen to control peoples blood pressure. Moreover, they should be guided to take

  7. 308例老年高血压病患者动脉硬化检测结果分析%Analysis of Examination Results of Arteriosclerosis of 308 High Blood-pressure Senior Patients

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    黄雯; 曾小茹; 莫发敏

    2013-01-01

    目的:了解老年高血压病患者动脉硬化情况。方法:随机抽取到本院门诊就诊或住院的老年高血压病患者308例进行动脉硬化检测,测定其肱踝脉搏波传导速度(baPWV)及踝臂指数(ABI),将检测结果与同期到本院进行健康体检的100例老年健康人群进行比较分析。结果:(1)老年高血压病患者的baPWV显著高于健康对照组,ABI明显低于健康对照组。(2)高血压病患者随着血压分级的升高, baPWV依序升高,ABI依序降低。(3)并发冠心病或脑卒中的高血压病患者,baPWV显著高于无并发症者,ABI明显低于无并发症者。(4) baPWV重度异常组,同型半胱胺酸、高脂血症、并发冠心病或脑卒中、糖尿病、吸烟等危险因素明显高于baPWV轻度或中度异常组。结论:高血压是引起动脉硬化及动脉粥样硬化的独立危险因素;高血压病患者随着血压分级升高,动脉硬化程度加重;baPWV和ABI是冠心病或脑卒中的独立预测因子;高血压病患者危险因子越多,动脉硬化程度越重。%Objective:To understand the detail situation of arteriosclerosis with senior high blood-pressure patients.Method:308 cases of senior high blood-pressure patients were randomly selected from outpatients or hospitalized patients. Brachial ankle pulse wave velocity(baPWV)and anklearm index(ABI)were performed in all patients. The baPWV and ABI differences were compared between senior high blood-pressure patients and elderly healthy person,which were randomly selected from the physical examination branch physical exam in the same time.Result:(1)The baPWV values of senior high blood-pressure patients were significantly higher than that of the healthy group,while the ABI values of seniorhigh blood-pressure patients were obviously lower.(2)With the grade of blood pressure moving higher,The baPWV value of high blood-pressure patients went higher,while the ABI value

  8. 彩色多普勒超声在下肢动脉粥样硬化诊断中的应用价值%The application value of Color Doppler ultrasound in diagnose of lower limb Arteriosclerosis

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    刘芳

    2012-01-01

      Objective To explore The application Value of the color Doppler ultrasound in lower limb arteriosclerosis diagnosis Methods From 2009 May to 2012 May in our hospital, color Doppler ultrasound in diagnosis of lower limb atherosclerosis clinical data, analyze the disease diagnosis application value. Results The color Doppler ultrasound can effectively monitor the treatment of lower limb atherosclerosis of lower extremity atherosclerosis, the wall thickness, arterial diameter and other aspects of the effective diagnosis. Conclusion Color Doppler ultrasound ( CDu ) has become the current noninvasive diagnosis of lower limb atherosclerosis is the preferred method, it is clearly in the two-dimensional display a vascular lesion of the anatomical changes, and by color Doppler flow imaging, provides a wealth of lower limb blood vessels in hemodynamic information.%  目的 探讨彩色多普勒超声在下肢动脉粥样硬化诊断中的应用价值。方法 总结2009年5月—2012年5月,该院彩色多普勒超声诊断下肢动脉粥样硬化的临床资料,分析并探讨其在本病诊断中的应用价值。结果 彩色多普勒超声能有效监测下肢动脉粥样硬化的治疗,对下肢动脉粥样硬化的壁厚度、动脉内径等方面进行了有效的诊断。结论 彩色多普勒超声(cDU)已成为了目前无创性检查下肢动脉粥样硬化的首选方法,它既清晰地在二维上显示了血管病变的解剖结构改变,又经过彩色多普勒的血流显像,提供了丰富的下肢血管内血流动力学的信息。

  9. Role of progenitor cells in transplant arteriosclerosis

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    Hillebrands, JL; Onuta, G; Rozing, J

    2005-01-01

    To date, chronic transplant dysfunction (CTD) is recognized as the major cause of transplant loss long term after transplantation. CTD has the remarkable histologic feature that the luminal areas of the intragraft arteries become obliterated as a result of occlusive neointima formation. Neointimal l

  10. Analysis of risk factors related with carotid atherosclerotic arteriosclerosis in a Chinese young and middle-aged population who received health checkup%中青年体检人群颈动脉粥样硬化及相关危险因素

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    温小恒; 徐腾达; 盖小荣; 孙杰; 莎仁高娃

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between carotid artery atherosclerosis and risk factor in a young and middle-aged population in China who received health checkup.Methods A total of 762 cases of young and middle-aged adult were recruited between April and October in 2013.These subjects had no hypertension,diabetes,coronary heart disease,cerebrovascular disease,and connective tissue disease,etc.Their Blood pressure,serum glucose (Glu),total cholesterol (TC),triglyceride (TG),and low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) were measured and carotid artery ultrasonography was performed.Of the 762 cases,589 were male,173 were female,mean age was (46 ± 9) years.For blood pressure,blood lipids,the t test was performed to detect the difference between arteriosclerosis group and non arteriosclerosis group in different age groups.Logistic regression was performed to reveal the risk factors with carotid arteriosclerosis.Results Of the 762 subjects,205 had carotid artery atherosclerosis; 30.2% (178/589) of them were men and 15.6%(27/173) of them were women,with a significant difference between two groups,(x2=14.522,P=0.000).In the younger than 40 years old group,the diastolic blood pressure has statistical significance between carotid arteriosclerosis and non carotid arteriosclerosis group (t=-2.789,P< 0.05); blood sugar had statistically significant difference between the two groups (t value was-2.256,-2.930,-2.174,respectivly,P<0.05).Multiple regression analysis revealed that the independent risk factors for carotid artery arteriosclerosis were age,sex,DBP,and Glu.The regression coefficients were 0.993,0.711,0.047,0.334 seperately.The ROC curve of age was analyzed,the area under the ROC curve was 0.731,cut-off was 51 years old.Conclusions Routine carotid artery ultrasound should be performed for older than 50 healthy middle-aged men,to determine whether arteriosclerosis exists,especially for people with abnormal blood glucose or elevated DBP.%目的 分

  11. Absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries: a mystery to be solved? Ausência de arteriosclerose na porção intramiocárdica das artérias coronárias: um mistério a ser resolvido?

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    Edvaldo Luiz Ramalli Jr

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Several studies show that portions of intramyocardial coronary arteries are spared of arteriosclerosis, involving morphological, embryological, biochemical and pathophysiological aspects. Endothelial function is significantly affected in the segment of transition, as estimated by the vasoactive response to Ach. These findings suggest that myocardial bridge can provide protection against arteriosclerosis by counteracting the negative effects of endothelial dysfunction. The intramyocardial portion's protection phenomenon deserves further scientific research on all research fronts. Improved morphological, biomechanical and especially physiological and embryological knowledge may be the key to a future window of opportunity for chronic arterial disease therapy and prevention. In addition, this review discusses possible therapeutic approaches for symptomatic coronary ischemia caused by myocardial bridgesDiversos estudos demonstram que as porções intramiocárdicas das artérias coronárias são poupadas da arteriosclerose, envolvendo aspectos morfológicos, embriológicos, biomecânicos e aspectos fisiopatológicos. A função endotelial é significativamente afetada no segmento de transição, tal como estimado pela resposta vasoativa para acetilcolina (Ach. Esses achados sugerem que ponte miocárdica pode fornecer proteção contra a arteriosclerose, por contrariar os efeitos negativos da disfunção endotelial. O fenômeno dessa proteção da porção intramiocárdica merece maior investigação científica em todas as frentes de pesquisa. Maiores conhecimentos sobre os aspectos morfológicos, biomecânicos e, principalmente, fisiológicos e embriológicos podem ser a chave para uma futura janela de oportunidades de terapia e prevenção da doença arterial crônica. Nessa revisão, discutem-se, também, possíveis abordagens terapêuticas para fenômenos coronarianos isquêmicos causados por pontes miocárdicas

  12. Immune-Mediated Vascular Injury and Dysfunction in Transplant Arteriosclerosis

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    von Rossum, Anna; Laher, Ismail; Choy, Jonathan C.

    2015-01-01

    Solid organ transplantation is the only treatment for end-stage organ failure but this life-saving procedure is limited by immune-mediated rejection of most grafts. Blood vessels within transplanted organs are targeted by the immune system and the resultant vascular damage is a main contributor to acute and chronic graft failure. The vasculature is a unique tissue with specific immunological properties. This review discusses the interactions of the immune system with blood vessels in transpla...

  13. 周围动脉硬化指标结合运动负荷试验预测冠状动脉狭窄程度的临床意义%Clinical significance of combined peripheral arteriosclerosis index and exercise load test in predictiing severity of coronary artery stenosis

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    张红; 李小鹰; 罗学胜; 陈穗; 张建; 陈琳; 孟艳玲; 何璐

    2012-01-01

    Objectives To study the clinical significance of peripheral arteriosclerosis index in predicting early occurrence and severity of coronary heart disease. Methods Fifty-six patients admitted to Department of Cardiology, Chinese PLA General Hospital, were enrolled in this study. Their ankle-brachial index( ABI) ,brachial ankle artery pulse wave velocity(baPWV) ,and haPWV were measured before and after exercise by treadmill test followed by coronary angiography and analyzed by chi-squre test. The patients were divided into non-disease group(n= 9), non-significant stenosis group(n= 12) ,single vessel lesion group(n=17) ,2-vessel lesion group and 3-vessel lesion group according to their angiographic findings. Results No significant difference was found in ABI among the 4 groups at rest(P>0. 05). The baPWV and haPWV were significantly higher in coronary heart disease group than in non-disease group(P0. 05). The ABI, baPWV and haPWV decreased immediately after treadmill exercise. Conclusion The significantly increased resting baPWV and haPWV can predict coronary heart disease,but cannot predict its severity. The ABI before and after exercise and the baPWV and haPWV after exercise can hardly predict the occurrence and severity of coronary heart disease.%目的 探讨周围动脉硬化指标对早期预测冠心病及冠状动脉病变程度的临床意义.方法 随机选取解放军总医院心内科住院患者56例,平板运动试验前后完成静息性及运动后即刻踝臂指数( ankle-brachial index,ABI);肱动脉-踝动脉脉搏波速度(brachial ankle artery pulse wave velocity,baPWV)、上行主动脉-踝动脉脉搏波速度(haPWV)检测,同时完成冠状动脉造影检查,根据造影结果,分为无病变组9例,无意义狭窄组12例,单支病变组17例,双支病变组9例及3支病变组9例,对各组患者运动前后ABI、baPWV及haPWV进行统计学分析.结果 静息状态下,与无病变组比较,冠状动脉病变各

  14. Arteriosclerosis and the promise of GPIIb/IIIa inhibitors in stroke Arteriosclerosis y nuevas perspectivas de los inhibidores del receptor GPIIb/IIIa en stroke

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    GUSTAVO SAPOSNIK

    2000-03-01

    Full Text Available Ischemic mechanisms in patients with brain and heart attacks have been studied for more than 150 years. Antiplatelets agents did show benefit in secondary prevention. Aspirin is the most common antiaggregant in clinical use today. However, the benefit produced by the "best" antiplatelet regimen in stroke prevention is lower than 40%. The adherence of circulating platelets to the subendothelium is mediated by glycoprotein (GP residing on the cell's surface. GPIIb/IIIa is the most important platelet membrane receptor that mediates the process of platelet aggregation, and thrombus formation. Thus, new drugs that block the GPIIb/IIIa receptor have recently emerged. Clinical trials using these agents have shown effectiveness in acute coronary syndromes. However, the absence of studies in cerebrovascular disease and the potential hemorrhagic complications questioned their use in stroke prevention. We review the clinical trials using the new GPIIb/IIIa agents in myocardial ischemia, and consider the potential implications for cerebrovascular disease.Los mecanismos de isquemia en infarto de miocardio y enfermedad cerebrovascular (ECV han sido estudiados por mas de 150 años. Drogas antiplaquetarias mostraron un beneficio en la prevención secundaria. La aspirina es el mas común de los antiagregantes usados en la practica clínica. No obstante, el beneficio producido, aun con el "mejor" tratamiento antiagregante, en la prevención de ECV es inferior al 40%. La adhesión plaquetaria es un proceso mediado por glicoproteinas (GP de la membrana celular. GPIIb/IIIa es un receptor de membrana plaquetaria que interviene en el proceso de agregación plaquetaria y formación del trombo. Estudios clínicos con nuevos agentes que bloquean a este receptor mostraron ser efectivos en los síndromes coronarios agudos. No obstante, la falta de estudios en ECV y las potenciales complicaciones hemorrágicas, limitan su uso en la prevención de stroke. Revisamos los mecanismos de trombogenésis y los estudios clínicos con los nuevos agentes GPIIb/IIIa, considerando sus implicancias en ECV.

  15. Relationship between non-dipper hypertension and arteriosclerosis in the elderly

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    陈策

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the influence of non-dipper blood pressure rhythm on peripheral atherosclerosis in elderly hypertensive patients.Methods The 199 elderly hypertensive patients with 24-hour average systolic blood pressure<140 mmH g were selected.Body mass index(BMI),glycosylated hemoglobin,blood lipids,uric acid,creatinine,Brachial ankle pulse wave velocity(ba PWV),ankle arm index(ABI)and 24-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring were tested and calculated.The elderly patients were divided into dipper hypertensive group(n=95),and non-dipper hypertensive

  16. Overexpression of ABCG1 protein attenuates arteriosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction in atherosclerotic rabbits

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    Martin Ungerer

    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available The ABCG1 protein is centrally involved in reverse cholesterol transport from the vessel wall. Investigation of the effects of ABCG1 overexpression or knockdown in vivo has produced controversial results and strongly depended on the gene intervention model in which it was studied. Therefore, we investigated the effect of local overexpression of human ABCG1 in a novel model of vessel wall-directed adenoviral gene transfer in atherosclerotic rabbits. We conducted local, vascular-specific gene transfer by adenoviral delivery of human ABCG1 (Ad-ABCG1-GFP in cholesterol-fed atherosclerotic rabbits in vivo. Endothelial overexpression of ABCG1 markedly reduced atheroprogression (plaque size and almost blunted vascular inflammation, as shown by markedly reduced macrophage and smooth muscle cell invasion into the vascular wall. Also endothelial function, as determined by vascular ultrasound in vivo, was improved in rabbits after gene transfer with Ad-ABCG1-GFP. Therefore, both earlier and later stages of atherosclerosis were improved in this model of somatic gene transfer into the vessel wall. In contrast to results in transgenic mice, overexpression of ABCG1 by somatic gene transfer to the atherosclerotic vessel wall results in a significant improvement of plaque morphology and composition, and of vascular function in vivo.

  17. Impact of arteriosclerosis on the functioning of arteriovenous fistula for hemodialysis

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    Stolić Radojica

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Numerous clinical studies have shown that the incidence of artheriosclerosis is higher in patients with progressive renal insufficiency. The aim of this study was to examine the incidence of artheriosclerosis in patients on chronic hemodialysis and its influence on survival and functioning of vascular access. Methods. The study was organized as one-year prospective study. All the patients had arteriovenous fistulas native as a vascular access. The study analyzed demographic, biochemical, clinical and Doppler echomorphological characteristics of the patients in order to make an evidence of artheriosclerotic incidences as compared to functioning arteriovenous fistulas for hemodialysis. Results. The examined patients were of the mean age 55.7±12.68 years. Of them, 53.8% were males and 46.2% females. Functioning arteriovenous fistulas for haemodialysis were found in 56.8% of the examined patients. Concentration of hemoglobin was a significant parameter of functioning fistula (group with complications - 89±14.034 vs. group with no complications - 96.6±17.71; p = 0.0489. An amount of urea removed (URR was a statistically more significant parameter among the patients without fistula complications: (group with complications - 58.67±7.92% vs. group with no complications - 62.80±7.53%; p = 0.037. A Cox regressive analysis of an index of Doppler parameters of the carotid arteries found no statistical significance between the examined groups. There was a positive correlation between artheriosclerosis and the age, as well as the time on dialysis. In multiple regression, where intima media is a dependent and the age and time on dialysis independent variables, the regressive model was statistically significant (F = 8.22, p = 0.001. Both independent variables had statistically significant inclinations, p < 0.01. Conclusion. Anemia and the level of urea elimination, as a statistically significant indicator of hemodialysis adequacy, were in correlation with the risk for fistula complications. B-mode ultrasonography of the carotid arteries is a significant non-invasive method for detecting artheriosclerosis. Intima- media thickness of the carotid arteries was an important marker of artheriosclerosis correlating significantly with the age and time on dialysis, but not with the traditional risk factors.

  18. Laser Doppler vibrometry for assessment of arteriosclerosis: A first step towards validation

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    It has been shown that in cardiovascular risk management, stiffness of large arteries has a very good predictive value for cardiovascular disease and mortality. This parameter can be estimated from the pulse wave velocity (PWV) measured between the common carotid artery (CCA) in the neck and femoral artery (FA) in the groin. However PWV can also be measured locally in the CCA, using non-invasive methods such as ultrasound (US) or laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). Potential of the latter approach was already explored in previous research, and in this work a first step towards clinical validation is made. 50 hypertension II/III patients aged between 30 and 65 participate in the study. Patients were asked to remain sober for 4 hours prior to the measurements. The trajectory of the CCA in the neck was determined by a trained clinician guided by an US probe. 3 laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) systems were aimed along the CCA. PWV was then calculated from the distance between beams and the time-shift between waveforms. Immediately after LDV measurements, PWV was measured with US. Additionally, carotid-femoral PWV was measured. As a validation, PWV results of the different techniques were compared with each other, and with medical background of the test subjects. Since data acquisition is still ongoing, data from only 20 patients will be discussed. No trends between measurement methods for PWV are apparent. However, a positive trend was detected between PWV as measured with LDV and blood pressure. More data, including additional experiments will be needed to verify this observation

  19. Laser Doppler vibrometry for assessment of arteriosclerosis: A first step towards validation

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    Campo, Adriaan; Dirckx, Joris

    2014-05-01

    It has been shown that in cardiovascular risk management, stiffness of large arteries has a very good predictive value for cardiovascular disease and mortality. This parameter can be estimated from the pulse wave velocity (PWV) measured between the common carotid artery (CCA) in the neck and femoral artery (FA) in the groin. However PWV can also be measured locally in the CCA, using non-invasive methods such as ultrasound (US) or laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). Potential of the latter approach was already explored in previous research, and in this work a first step towards clinical validation is made. 50 hypertension II/III patients aged between 30 and 65 participate in the study. Patients were asked to remain sober for 4 hours prior to the measurements. The trajectory of the CCA in the neck was determined by a trained clinician guided by an US probe. 3 laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) systems were aimed along the CCA. PWV was then calculated from the distance between beams and the time-shift between waveforms. Immediately after LDV measurements, PWV was measured with US. Additionally, carotid-femoral PWV was measured. As a validation, PWV results of the different techniques were compared with each other, and with medical background of the test subjects. Since data acquisition is still ongoing, data from only 20 patients will be discussed. No trends between measurement methods for PWV are apparent. However, a positive trend was detected between PWV as measured with LDV and blood pressure. More data, including additional experiments will be needed to verify this observation.

  20. Laser Doppler vibrometry for assessment of arteriosclerosis: A first step towards validation

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    Campo, Adriaan; Dirckx, Joris [University of Antwerp, Laboratory of Biomedical Physics, Groenenborgerlaan 171 2020 Antwerp (Belgium)

    2014-05-27

    It has been shown that in cardiovascular risk management, stiffness of large arteries has a very good predictive value for cardiovascular disease and mortality. This parameter can be estimated from the pulse wave velocity (PWV) measured between the common carotid artery (CCA) in the neck and femoral artery (FA) in the groin. However PWV can also be measured locally in the CCA, using non-invasive methods such as ultrasound (US) or laser Doppler vibrometry (LDV). Potential of the latter approach was already explored in previous research, and in this work a first step towards clinical validation is made. 50 hypertension II/III patients aged between 30 and 65 participate in the study. Patients were asked to remain sober for 4 hours prior to the measurements. The trajectory of the CCA in the neck was determined by a trained clinician guided by an US probe. 3 laser Doppler vibrometer (LDV) systems were aimed along the CCA. PWV was then calculated from the distance between beams and the time-shift between waveforms. Immediately after LDV measurements, PWV was measured with US. Additionally, carotid-femoral PWV was measured. As a validation, PWV results of the different techniques were compared with each other, and with medical background of the test subjects. Since data acquisition is still ongoing, data from only 20 patients will be discussed. No trends between measurement methods for PWV are apparent. However, a positive trend was detected between PWV as measured with LDV and blood pressure. More data, including additional experiments will be needed to verify this observation.

  1. Minimal distal pressure rise after reconstructive arterial surgery in patients with multiple obstructive arteriosclerosis

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    Noer, Ivan; Tønnesen, K H; Sager, P

    1980-01-01

    fifteen had ischemic ulcers. The preoperative median pressure index (per cent of arm systolic pressure) was 10% on the 1st toe. At the 10th postoperative day the median toe pressure rose to 25%. A further rise took place at the one month control to 30% which was unchanged throughout the study. All...... patients with a persistent postoperative toe pressure above 20% of arm systolic pressure were ultimately relieved from rest pain and chronic ulcers....

  2. Origin of vascular smooth muscle cells and the role of circulating stem cells in transplant arteriosclerosis

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    Hillebrands, JL; Klatter, FA; Rozing, J

    2003-01-01

    To date, clinical solid-organ transplantation has not achieved its goals as a long-term treatment for patients with end-stage organ failure. Development of so-called chronic transplant dysfunction (CTD) is now recognized as the predominant cause of allograft loss long term (after the first postopera

  3. CT angiography in the diagnosis of lower extremity arteriosclerosis obliterans: a Meta analysis

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    Objective: To systematically assess the diagnostic performance of CTA for lower extremity peripheral arterial disease (PAD) using a Meta analysis method. Methods: Studies were located through electronic searching of the PubMed, EBSCO, Springer, Ovid, CNKI, Cochrane library (from the date of establishment of the databases to October 2009). Bibliographies of the retrieved articles were also checked. All the studies concerning the diagnosis of PAD using CTA had been searched and reviewed, and the studies with the DSA as the gold standard were adopted as eligible. Subsequently, the characteristics of the included articles were appraised and extracted. Data on accuracy of included studies were extracted for further heterogeneity exploring, statistical pooling and SROC (summary receiver operating characteristics) analyzing using the Meta Disc 1.4 software. Results: Totally 24 studies met the inclusion criteria with a total of 1096 patients. The heterogeneity was found in these studies. The pooled accuracy indicators like sensitivity, specificity, and diagnostic odds ratio (DOR) were 0.95 (95% CI: 0.94-0.95), 0.96 (95% CI: 0.95-0.96), and 471.13 (95% CI: 242.92-913.71), respectively. The area under of SROC curve was 0.9888 and the Q index was 0.9555. Subgroup analysis demonstrated significant difference on diagnostic performance for various CT slices (P<0.05). Conclusion: CTA can be regarded as an effective and feasible method for PAD diagnosis and screening, based on the results of this systematic review. However, more rigorous evaluations of CTA in patients with critical limb ischemia are needed. (authors)

  4. Arteriosclerosis carotidea en niños y adolescentes infectados por el VIH: factores fisiopatológicos implicados

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    Sainz Costa, Talía

    2014-01-01

    Entre otras patologías asociadas al envejecimiento prematuro, se ha descrito en pacientes infectados por el VIH un aumento de enfermedad arteriosclerótica a una edad relativamente joven. A pesar de ser foco de intensa investigación, las causas del aumento del riesgo cardiovascular en esta población no se conocen con exactitud, debido probablemente a que se trata de un proceso multifactorial. Actualmente existen diferentes métodos no invasivos que permiten evaluar el desarrollo de enfermedad c...

  5. Significance of the Amyloidogenic Transthyretin Val 122 Ile allele in African-Americans in the Arteriosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) and Cardiovascular Health (CHS) Studies

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    Buxbaum, Joel; Alexander, Alice; Koziol, James; Tagoe, Clement; Fox, Ervin; Kitzman, Dalane

    2010-01-01

    Many African-Americans carry an amyloidogenic transthyretin mutation (TTR V122I), with a high risk for cardiac TTR amyloid deposition after age 65. We wished to determine the allele frequency and its clinical penetrance in community-dwelling African-Americans.

  6. Correlation between cardiac syndrome X and arteriosclerosis%X综合征与动脉硬化程度的相关性研究

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    李南; 严研; 韩静

    2013-01-01

    Objective To understand the effect of vascular endothelial function and athrosclerosis on cardiac syndrome X by studying the corralation between carotid intima media thickness (IMT),brachial artery flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) and cardiac syndrome X.Methods Sixtythree cardiac syndrome X patients served as cardiac syndrome X patients group and 40 healthy subjects served as a control group in this study.Their carotid IMT and brachial artery FMD,measured with a high-resolution 2D ultrasonic diagnostic appartus,were analyzed.Results The brachial artery FMD was significantly lower whereas the carotid IMT was significantly higher in cardiac syndrome X patients group than in control group (3.25% ±2.36% vs 5.99% ±3.63%,P<0.01;1.03±0.36 mm vs 0.79±0.09 mm,P<0.01).Linear correlation analysis showed that the brachial artery FMD was negatively correlated with the carotid IMT (r =-0.249,P =0.013).Univariate regression analysis displayed that the systolic blood pressure and smoking were the high risk factors for brachial artery FMD.Multivariate regression analysis revealed that the advanced age was an independent risk factor for the carotid IMT while the HDL-C was an independent protective factor for the carotid IMT.Conclusion The carotid IMT is significantly higher whereas the brachial artery FMD is significantly lower in cardiac syndrome X patients than in healthy subjects.The brachial artery FMD is negatively correlated with the carotid IMT.%目的 本研究通过运用无创检查方法对X综合征患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度(intima-media thickness,IMT)、肱动脉血流介导的血管扩张功能(flow mediated dilation,FMD)的检测,探讨颈动脉IMT、肱动脉FMD与X综合征的相关性,从而了解血管内皮功能和动脉硬化程度对X综合征的影响.方法 选择X综合征患者63例(X综合征组),另选健康体检者40例(对照组).应用高分辨率二维超声诊断仪分别检测2组的颈动脉IMT、肱动脉FMD,并进行比较分析.结果 X综合征组肱动脉FMD明显低于对照组[(3.25±2.36)% vs(5.99±3.63)%,P<0.01],颈动脉IMT明显大于对照组[(1.03±0.36)mm vs(0.79±0.09)mm,P<0.01].直线相关分析显示,FMD与IMT呈负相关(r=-0.249.P=0.013).单因素回归分析显示,收缩压和吸烟是肱动脉FMD的高风险因素.多因素回归分析显示,收缩压是肱动脉FMD的独立危险因素,年龄是颈动脉IMT的独立危险因素,HDL-C是颈动脉IMT的独立保护因素.结论 X综合征患者较健康体检者颈动脉IMT明显增厚,肱动脉FMD明显降低.肱动脉FMD与颈动脉IMT呈负相关.

  7. Lipidómica, una herramienta para determinar nuevos biomarcadores de riesgo cardiovascular, obesidad y diabetes

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    2012-01-01

    Trabajo presentado al 25 Congreso Nacional de la Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis: Symposium satélite pre-congreso: "Diabetes y Arteriosclerosis", celebrado en Tarragona del 5 al 6 de junio de 2012.

  8. After Discharge Management of Low Income Frail Elderly

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    2014-07-16

    Heart Failure, Congestive; Coronary Arteriosclerosis; Atrial Fibrillation; Cerebrovascular Accident; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive; Diabetes Mellitus; Hypertension; Osteoarthritis; Osteoporosis

  9. [Effect of anti-arteriosclerosis diet, containing soya protein isolate and omega-3 polyunsaturated fatty acids on the activity of mononuclear and platelet lysosomal hydrolases in patients with hypertension and ischemic heart disease].

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    Samsonov, M A; Pogozhaeva, A V; Vasilév, A V; Bogdanova, S N; Pokrovskaia, G R; Varsanovich, E A; Orlova, L A

    1993-01-01

    In response to antiatherosclerosis dietotherapy containing 20 g of ichthyenic oil, coronary and hypertensive subjects showed lowered serum levels of cholesterol, triglycerides and atherogenic index, elevated HDLP cholesterol and corrected immunochemical shifts. SPI-containing diet resulted in changes of CIC IgM levels only. Shifts in the activity of mononuclear and platelet lysosomal hydrolases which occurred in the above patients due to relevant diets reflect higher sensitivity of this parameter in assessment of the dietotherapy effectiveness. PMID:7975402

  10. A Clinical and Histological Analysis of Mesenchymal Stem Cells in Amputation

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    2016-02-12

    Ischemia; Peripheral Arterial Disease; Peripheral Vascular Disease; Vascular Disease; Arterial Occlusive Disease; Arteriosclerosis; Atherosclerosis; Cardiovascular Disease; Pathologic Processes; Orthopedic Procedures; Amputation

  11. Impact of different lipid lowering scheme on the liver and kidney function and endothelial function in arteriosclerosis rats model%不同调脂方案对动脉硬化大鼠肝肾功能及血管内皮功能的影响

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    徐艳玲; 张静; 周琳

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate vascular endothelial function,liver function and renal function of mixed hyperlipidemia rats treated by different ways including high doses of simvastatin and small doses of simvastatin combined with ezetimibe.Methods Forty-two healthy Wistar 6-month-old male rats were randomly divided into five groups,including normal control group (n =8),hyperlipidemia control group (n =10),low dose of simvastatin [10 mg/(kg · d)] group (n =8),high dose of simvastatin [20 mg/(kg · d)] group (n =8),simvastatin [10 mg/(kg · d)] combined with ezetimibe [5 mg/(kg · d)] group (n =8).Levels of total cholesterol (TC),lowdensity lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C),high-density lipoprotein cholesterol(HDL-C),triglycerides (TG),alanine aminotransferase (ALT),aspartate aminotransferase (AST),serum creatinine (Scr),urea nitrogen (BUN),uric acid,urine protein,urine creatinine (Ucr),serum creatinine clearance rate (Ccr),C-reactive protein (CRP),soluble thrombomodulin regulatory proteins (sTM) and soluble intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (sICAM-1) and urinary protein were tested in all groups.Renal index was also calculated.Results ① Compared with hyperlipidemia control group,levels of TC,IDL-C,TG,ALT,AST,BUN,uric acid,urine protein,CRP,sTM and sICAM-1 in all the therapeutic groups were significantly lower (P <0.01).But HDL-C and Ccr levels were significantly higher.Renal function were improved and levels of sTM and slCAM-1 were significantly lower (P < 0.01) in high dose of simvastatin [20 mg/(kg· d)] group.Liver function were improved and limpid-lowering were better in simvastatin [10 mg/(kg · d)] combined with ezetimibe [5 mg/(kg · d)] group.②Small size of glomerular and mesangial cell proliferation relief were seen in the therapeutic groups with light microscope.And high dose of simvastatin group had better results.Conclusions ①Compared with simvastatin combined with ezetimibe group,high dose of simvastatin treatment has lower levels of BUN,uric acid,urine protein,sTM and sICAM-1,can reduce renal index,increase Ccr and HDL-C levels,improve glomerular morphology and improve renal function and vascular endothelial function.②Compared with high-dose simvastatin group,small doses of simvastatin and ezetimibe treatment can significantly reduce TC,LDL-C and CRP levels,don't affect serum transaminase levels,and reduce lipid effectively but not increase damage of liver function.%目的 探讨单用较大剂量辛伐他汀与小剂量辛伐他汀联合依折麦布对动脉硬化大鼠血管内皮功能及肝肾功能的影响.方法 将42只健康6月龄Wistar雄性大鼠完全随机分为正常对照组(n=8)、高脂对照组((n=10)、辛伐他汀低剂量组[10 mg/(kg·d),n=8]、辛伐他汀高剂量组[20 mg/(kg·d),n=8)]和辛伐他汀[10 mg/(kg·d)]联合依折麦布[5 mg/(kg·d)]组(n=8),给予相应剂量的辛伐他汀及依折麦布灌胃.分别于实验第8周末眼静脉丛采血及第12周末心脏采血后测定各组大鼠TC、LDL-C、HDL-C、TG、ALT、AST、血清肌酐(Scr)、BUN、尿酸、尿蛋白、尿肌酐(Ucr)、血清肌酐清除率(Ccr)、C反应蛋白(CRP)、可溶性血栓调节蛋白(sTM)和可溶性细胞间黏附因子1(sICAM-1)水平及尿蛋白浓度,并计算肾指数.结果 ①辛伐他汀低剂量组、高剂量组,辛伐他汀联合依折麦布组较高脂对照组TC、LDL-C、TG、ALT、AST、BUN、尿酸、尿蛋白、CRP、sTM、sICAM-1水平明显降低(P<0.01),HDL-C及Ccr水平升高,其中辛伐他汀高剂量组肾功能明显改善[实验12周末血Scr:(2.00±0.47) ml/min比(0.55±0.12) ml/min,BUN:(5.25±0.50) mmol/L比(7.82±0.25) mmol/L,尿酸:(81±17) μmol/L比(142±13) μmol/L,尿蛋白:(1.98±0.18) g/L比(2.89±0.32) g/L]、sTM、sICAM-1水平明显降低[实验12周末sTM:(165±26) g/L比(279±30) g/L,sICAM-1:(20.1±3.2)g/L比(48.1±6.4)g/L],辛伐他汀联合依折麦布组血脂及肝功能明显改善.②光镜下:各处理组肾小球体积小,系膜细胞增生减轻,且均以辛伐他汀高剂量组改善明显.结论 ①单用较大剂量辛伐他汀与小剂量辛伐他汀联合依折麦布相比,能更好降低BUN、尿酸、尿蛋白、sTM和sICAM-1水平,降低肾指数,提高Ccr和HDL-C水平,改善肾小球形态,从而起到改善肾功能及血管内皮功能的作用.②小剂量辛伐他汀联合依折麦布较单用大剂量辛伐他汀更能显著降低TC、LDL-C和CRP水平,且不增加血清转氨酶水平,有效降脂的同时不增加肝功能损害.

  12. Atorvastatin calcium plus calcium dobesilate in arteriosclerosis obliterans in lower extremity of diabetes mellitus%阿托伐他汀钙联合羟苯磺酸钙治疗糖尿病下肢动脉硬化闭塞症对照研究

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    王学芳

    2015-01-01

    目的:探讨阿托伐他汀钙联合羟苯磺酸钙治疗糖尿病下肢动脉硬化闭塞症的临床疗效。方法将30例2型糖尿病下肢动脉硬化闭塞症患者随机分为治疗组18例和对照组12例,两组均予以诺和灵30 R皮下注射治疗,治疗组在此基础上口服阿托伐他汀钙、羟苯磺酸钙治疗,观察16周。检测两组腓总神经感觉传导速度、踝臂指数、趾臂指数及血糖、血脂的变化。结果治疗后两组腓总神经感觉传导速度、踝臂指数、趾臂指数均较治疗前显著提高(P<0.05或0.01),治疗组较对照组提高更显著(P<0.01);治疗组脉博波传导速度较治疗前显著下降(P<0.01),对照组则无显著变化(P>0.05)。治疗组总胆固醇、三酰甘油、低密度脂蛋白水平均较治疗前显著下降(P<0.01),对照组虽较治疗前有所下降,但差异无显著性(P>0.05)。结论阿托伐他汀钙联合羟苯磺酸钙治疗能有效改善糖尿病下肢动脉硬化闭塞症患者下肢缺血状况。%Objective To explore the efficacy of atorvastatin calcium plus calcium dobesilate in arterioscle‐rosis obliterans in lower extremity (AOLE) of diabetes mellitus (DM ) .Methods Thirty type 2 DM pa‐tients with AOLE were randomly assigned to treatment (n=18) and control group (n=12) ,both groups were treated with isophane protamine biosynthetic human insulin injection (pre‐mixed30R) ,on this basis treatment group took orally atorvastatin calcium plus calcium dobesilate foe 16 weeks .Changes of common peroneal nerve sensory conduction velocity (SCV) ,ankle‐brachial index (ABI) ,toe brachial index (TBI) , blood glucose and blood fat were detected .Results After treatment SCV ,ABI and TBI of both groups heightened more significantly compared with pretreatment (P0 .05) .Cholesterol total ,triacylglycerol and low density lipoprotein level lowered more significantly in treatment (P0 .05) .Conclusion Atorvastatin calcium plus calcium dobe‐silate could effectively improve lower limb ischemia status of DM patients with AOLE .

  13. 硒对高氟所致兔血管内皮损伤及动脉硬化影响的病理形态学研究%Pathological morphology of vascular endothelial injury and arteriosclerosis caused by high fluoride and the effects of selenium

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    边建朝; 杨晓霞; 蔺新英; 朱秋丽; 樊婷

    2010-01-01

    Objective To study morphological changes of rabbit artery endothelial cell injury and atherosclerosis caused by high fluoride and the role of selenium. Methods Twenty healthy male New Zealand white rabbits, body weight (2.0 ± 0.5)kg, were randomly divided into control group(drinking deionized water, fed basic diet), fluoride group(drinking fluoride 100 mg/L deionized water, fed basic diet), selenium group(drinking selenium 1 mg/L deionized water, fed basic diet), fluoride plus selenium group(drinking fluoride 100 mg/L deionized water, selenium 1 mg/L of deionized water, fed basic diet). The experimental period was 6 months. At 0, 3, 6 months of the experiment, serum fluorine and selenium levels were determined. At the end of the experiment,thoracic aorta was collected to observe its pathology and ultrastructural changes. Results Serum fluoride was significantly higher at the 3rd and the 6th month of experiment(all P < 0.01 ) in fluoride group[ (0.589 ± 0.146),(0.772 ± 0.175)mg/L] and fluoride plus selenium group[ (0.502 ± 0.094), (0.693 ± 0.158)mg/L] than in control group[ (0.174 ± 0.002), (0.208 ± 0.031 )mg/L] and serum fluoride was significantly higher at 6 months than at 3 months(P < 0.05 ) in fluoride group. Serum selenium was significantly higher at the 3rd and the 6th month of experiment (all P < 0.01 ) in selenium group[ (0.252 ± 0.022), (0.319 ± 0.052)mg/L] and fluoride plus selenium group[ (0.239 ±0.016), (0.294 ± 0.018)mg/L] than in control group[(0.135 ± 0.014), (0.167 ± 0.019)mg/L], and serum selenium was significantly higher at the 6th month than at 3rd month of experiment in selenium group(P < 0.05). Endothelial cell apoptosis indices were (4.92 ± 1.32)%, (30.30 ± 6.80)%, (6.57 ± 2.14)% and (14.29 ± 2.99)%, respectively in control group, fluoride group, selenium group and fluoride plus selenium group. Their main effect of fluorine and selenium was statistically significant (F = 106.833,20.082, all P < 0.01 ). There were antagonistic effect between fluoride and selenium(F = 30.402, P < 0.01 ). Pathological changes of rabbit aortic endothelial cells in fluoride group included endothelial with attached fibrin and red blood cells, and structural of the cells changed, with serious vascular injury; in fluoride plus selenium group apoptosis of endothelial cells decreased, with reduced number of attached red blood cells and fibrin, endothelial cell structure normal, the extent and scope of vascular damage significantly reduced. Conclusions Appropriate amount of selenium inhibits the apoptosis of endothelial cells induced by high fluoride, reduces aortic structural damage caused by high fluoride, and maintains the integrity of endothelial cells, thereby antagonizes the vascular damage and atherosclerosis induced by high fluoride.%目的 研究硒对高氟所致兔动脉血管内皮细胞损伤和动脉硬化病理形态学变化的影响作用.方法 20只健康雄性新西兰白兔,体质量(2.0±0.5)kg,按体质量随机分对照组(饮去离子水,饲基础饲料)、加氟组(饮含氟离子100mg/L去离子水,饲基础饲料)、加硒组(饮含硒1 mg/L去离子水,饲基础饲料)、加氟加硒组(饮含氟离子100 mg/L、含硒1 mg/L去离子水,饲基础饲料),每组5只,实验期6个月.于实验第0、3、6个月取血测定血清含氟量和含硒量;实验终末取胸主动脉,观察主动脉病理及超微结构变化.结果实验第3、6个月时,加氟组和加氟加硒组血清氟[(0.589±0.146)、(0.772±0.175)mg/L和(0.502±0.094)、(0.693±0.158)mg/L]显著高于对照组[(0.174±0.002)、(0.208±0.031)mg/L,P均<0.01];加氟组第6个月血清氟显著高于第3个月(P<0.05).实验第3、6个月时,加硒组和加氟加硒组血清硒[(0.252±0.022)、(0.319±0.052)mg/L和(0.239±0.016)、(0.294±0.018)mg/L]显著高于对照组[(0.135±0.014)、(0.167±0.019)mg/L,P均<0.01];加硒组第6个月血清硒显著高于第3个月(P<0.05).对照组、加氟组、加硒组、加氟加硒组内皮细胞凋亡指数分别为(4.92±1.32)%、(30.30±6.80)%、(6.57±2.14)%和(14.29±2.99)%,氟与硒各自的主效应有统计学意义(F值分别为106.833、20.082,P均<0.01),高氟与适硒之间存在显著的拮抗作用(F=30.402,P<0.01).病理观察加氟组主动脉内皮有红细胞及纤维蛋白沉着,细胞走向及结构发生改变,血管受损严重;加氟加硒组减少内皮细胞凋亡,附着的纤维蛋白以及红细胞数量减少,内皮细胞结构基本正常,血管受损程度和范围明显减轻.结论适量硒抑制高氟引起的内皮细胞凋亡,减轻高氟所致主动脉结构破坏,保持内皮细胞的完整性,以此拮抗高氟对血管的损伤和促动脉粥样硬化作用.

  14. Ankyloserende spondylitis er associeret med øget kardiovaskulær morbiditet og mortalitet

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    Madsen, Ole Rintek; Lindhardsen, Jesper

    2011-01-01

    Ankylosing spondylitis is an inflammatory disorder primarily affecting the axial skeleton. The disease is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Structural changes in the heart, and arteriosclerosis secondary to inflammation may be of importance. The role of traditional...

  15. Triglyceride level

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    ... page: //medlineplus.gov/ency/article/003493.htm Triglyceride level To use the sharing features on this page, ... and Metabolism; Council on Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology; Council on Cardiovascular Nursing; Council on the Kidney ...

  16. The effect of different immunosuppressants on alloantigen dependent and independent factors involved in the development of chronic rejection in an animal model.

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    Cole, O.; Rigg, K.; Shehata, M

    2001-01-01

    The aim of this study was to compare the effects of cyclosporine, tacrolimus, mycophenolate mofetil and SDZ RAD on an animal model of transplant arteriosclerosis involving alloantigen dependent and independent mechanisms.

  17. Breast arterial calcifications : A systematic review and meta-analysis of their determinants and their association with cardiovascular events

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    Hendriks, Eva J E; de Jong, Pim; van der Graaf, Yolanda; Mali, Willem P Th M; van der Schouw, Yvonne T.; Beulens, Joline W J

    2015-01-01

    Objective: Breast arterial calcifications (BAC), regularly observed at mammography, are medial calcifications and as such an expression of arteriosclerosis. Our objective was to evaluate and summarize the available evidence on the associations of BAC with cardiovascular risk factors and cardiovascul

  18. Multidisciplinary Inpatient Palliative Care Intervention

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    2006-05-12

    Cerebrovascular Accident; Cancer; Coronary Arteriosclerosis; Heart Failure, Congestive; Diabetes Mellitus; Acquired Immunodeficiency Syndrome; Failure to Thrive; Pulmonary Disease, Chronic Obstructive; Dementia; Kidney Failure, Chronic; Pneumonia; Liver Failure; Renal Failure; Respiratory Failure; Stroke

  19. Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) - Ancillary Eye Study

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    2016-02-05

    Atherosclerosis; Cardiovascular Diseases; Coronary Arteriosclerosis; Coronary Disease; Cerebrovascular Disorders; Heart Failure, Congestive; Myocardial Infarction; Heart Diseases; Diabetes Mellitus, Non-insulin Dependent; Hypertension; Diabetic Retinopathy; Macular Degeneration; Diabetes Mellitus

  20. Vacuum-compression therapy for ischemic disease of the extremities:experience with 40 patients

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    2009-01-01

    Objective To study the clinical effects of vacuum-compression therapy for ischemic disease of the extremities. Methods A total of 40 cases of peripheral arterial disorders,including 23 thromboangiitis obliterans (31 limbs) and 17 arteriosclerosis obliterans (23 limbs),were treated by a self-made vacuum-compression therapeutic apparatus. Results The effective rate in thromboangiitis obliterans and arteriosclerosis obliterans groups was 96.77% and 92.23%,respectively. The cuffs on the apparatus were improved ...

  1. Desarrollo de técnicas específicas de procesado de imagen para su aplicación a la medida del grosor íntima-media de la arteria carótida sobre imágenes de ultrasonidos

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    Bastida Jumilla, María Consuelo

    2013-01-01

    [ESP] Las enfermedades cardiovasculares son una de las principales causas de mortalidad del mundo. Tras la mayoría de muertes por enfermedad cardiovascular la principal responsable es la arteriosclerosis. La arteriosclerosis consiste en un engrosamiento progresivo del tejido vascular que reduce la elasticidad de los vasos sanguíneos afectados y puede llegar incluso a obstruirlos. Esta enfermedad se desarrolla en la infancia y adolescencia, pudiendo llegar a pasar desapercibida toda la vida o ...

  2. Assessment of intra and extra cranial atherosclerosis in coronary artery disease. Advantage of MRI/MRA

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    The incidence of arteriosclerosis has increased in recent years as the aging population has grown. We carried out the present study to investigate the association of internal carotid arteriosclerosis, sclerosis of intracranial main arteries, and cerebral arteriolosclerosis to coronary arteriosclerosis using MRI and MRA in a total of 133 consecutive patients (107 males and 26 females), who visited our hospital with a main complaint of chest pain. We also examined serum lipids and the presence or absence of hypertension and/or diabetes. Coronary arteriosclerosis underlying atherosclerotic lesions was correlated with internal carotid arteriosclerosis, serum cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol level. As characteristic findings of this study, lacunar infarction (LI), which is thought to represent cerebral arteriolosclerosis, was not only significantly correlated with age and hypertension, but increased also lacunar infarcts in number as the number of affected coronary branches increased. Examination of the cases of severe coronary artery disease with MRI/MRA was thought to be able to predict the occurrence of cerebrovascular disorder after CABG and to be useful for the selection of a therapeutic regimen, such as PTCA and MID-CABG. (author)

  3. Assessment of intra and extra cranial atherosclerosis in coronary artery disease. Advantage of MRI/MRA

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    Kondo, Hirohide; Oda, Yoshinori; Hirai, Akio; Ibukiyama, Chiharu; Utsugi, Osamu [Tokyo Medical Coll. (Japan)

    1999-02-01

    The incidence of arteriosclerosis has increased in recent years as the aging population has grown. We carried out the present study to investigate the association of internal carotid arteriosclerosis, sclerosis of intracranial main arteries, and cerebral arteriolosclerosis to coronary arteriosclerosis using MRI and MRA in a total of 133 consecutive patients (107 males and 26 females), who visited our hospital with a main complaint of chest pain. We also examined serum lipids and the presence or absence of hypertension and/or diabetes. Coronary arteriosclerosis underlying atherosclerotic lesions was correlated with internal carotid arteriosclerosis, serum cholesterol and low HDL cholesterol level. As characteristic findings of this study, lacunar infarction (LI), which is thought to represent cerebral arteriolosclerosis, was not only significantly correlated with age and hypertension, but increased also lacunar infarcts in number as the number of affected coronary branches increased. Examination of the cases of severe coronary artery disease with MRI/MRA was thought to be able to predict the occurrence of cerebrovascular disorder after CABG and to be useful for the selection of a therapeutic regimen, such as PTCA and MID-CABG. (author)

  4. Detection and Quantification of Coronary Artery Calcification: Radiological Perspective; Deteccion y cunatificacion de la calcificacion de las arterias coronarias: perspectiva radiologica

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    Bastarrika, G.; Pueyo, J. C.; Cosin, O.; Bergaz, F.; Vivas, I.; Cano, D. [Clinica Universitaria. Universidad de Navarra. Pamplona (Spain)

    2004-07-01

    The very natural history of arteriosclerosis facilitates the development of studies and projects which aim to identify and classify those subjects at high risk for coronary disease. There have been diverse radiological techniques which have sought to determine the severity of coronary artery damage but with relative success. In the last decade, continuous advances in CT have facilitated the detection and quantification of calcium deposits in coronary arteries with a sensitivity and specificity practically identical to data obtained after coronarography. Complete quantification of coronary calcium an unequivocal indicator of arteriosclerosis, allows for cardiovascular risk stratification of patients in a non invasive manner, and with a higher reliability than more usual methods. Nowadays, the main clinical applications of detection and quantification of coronary atheromatosis include: atypical thoracic pain, coronary risk factor screening in asymptomatic patients, and follow-up of the progression of coronary arteriosclerosis in treated patients. (Author) 35 refs.

  5. MR angiography for follow-up after percutaneous vessel recanalization and surgery

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    This paper compares MR angiography with conventional and digital subtraction angiography (DSA) in arteriosclerosis and to find out whether arteriosclerotic vessel pathology is delineated correctly by MR angiography. MR angiographic findings in 103 cases were correlated with DSA and conventional angiographic findings. The angiograms were obtained in patients with arteriosclerosis before and after percutaneous recanalization or vascular surgery in the femoropopliteal region. For MR angiography, a flow-sensitive, three-dimensional, fast imaging with steady precision sequence with rephased and dephased subtracted images were used on a 1.5-T Magnetom imager. The scan time is 4-5 minutes

  6. Efecto "in vivo" de los derivados fíbricos sobre enzimas microsomales implicados en la síntesis hepática de ácidos grasos

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    Alegret i Jordà, Marta

    1993-01-01

    La arteriosclerosis es una enfermedad de origen multifactorial, principal causa de deterioro en la calidad de vida o de mortalidad precoz en los países industrializados, debido a que desemboca con frecuencia en accidentes vasculares como el infarto agudo de miocardio. Entre los factores de riesgo cuya corrección puede conducir a la prevención del desarrollo de la arteriosclerosis destacan las hiperlipoproteinemias. Los fibratos son fármacos hipolipemiantes eficaces en el tratamiento de las hi...

  7. Detection and interpretation of 8-oxodG and 8-oxoGua in urine, plasma and cerebrospinal fluid

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    Poulsen, Henrik E; Nadal, Laia Llovera; Broedbaek, Kasper;

    2014-01-01

    DNA and RNA oxidations have been linked to diseases such as cancer, arteriosclerosis, neurodegeneration and diabetes. The prototype base modification studied is the 8-hydroxylation of guanine. DNA integrity is maintained by elaborate repair systems and RNA integrity is less studied but relies...

  8. Is pancreatic polypeptide response to food ingestion a reliable index of vagal function in type 1 diabetes?

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    Damholt, M B; Arlien-Soeborg, P; Hilsted, L;

    2006-01-01

    The diagnosis of autonomic neuropathy in diabetic patients is based on cardiovascular reflex tests. Since cardiac function may be affected by arteriosclerosis and cardiomyopathy in type 1 diabetes mellitus, alternative tests reflecting vagal nerve function, in other organ systems, are needed. In...

  9. Non-Bone Marrow Origin of Neointimal Smooth Muscle Cells in Experimental In-Stent Restenosis in Rats

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    Groenewegen, Hendrik C.; Onuta, Geanina; Goris, Maaike; Zandvoort, Andre; Zijlstra, Felix; van Gilst, Wiek H.; Rozing, Jan; de Smet, Bart J. G. L.; Roks, Anton J. M.; Hillebrands, Jan-Luuk

    2008-01-01

    Objective: To determine the contribution of bone marrow (BM)-derived cells in in-stent restenosis (ISR) and transplant arteriosclerosis (TA). Methods: Non-transgenic rats WT F344(TG) (n = 3) received stent implantation 6 weeks after lethal total body irradiation and suppletion with bone marrow from

  10. Quantitative Measurement of Changes in Retinal Vessel Diameter in Ocular Fundus Images

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    Pedersen, Lars; Grunkin, Michael; Ersbøll, Bjarne Kjær;

    1999-01-01

    The Change in diameter of retinal vessels as a funcion of increasing distance to the optic disc is believed to be indicative of the risk level of various vascular diseases such as generalised arteriosclerosis and Diabetes Mellitus. In particular, Focal Arteriolar Narrowing (FAN) is considered...

  11. Relativity analysis of arterosclerotic cerebral infarction of senile patients and secondary epilepsy%老年动脉硬化性脑梗死与继发性癫痫相关性分析

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    张英杰; 马艳

    2001-01-01

    @@Background: Acute cerebral vascular secondary epilepsy isn't uncommon in clinic.It can happen at any time of epilepsy,even as first- onset or main clinical manifestation.Main cause of stroke of senile patients is arteriosclerosis,which is main cause of old stage epilepsy. Objective:To analyze relativity of arterosclerotic cerebral infarction of senile patients and secondary epilepsy.

  12. Water Flow through Xylem: An Investigation of a Fluid Dynamics Principle Applied to Plants

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    Rice, Stanley A.; McArthur, John

    2004-01-01

    A study was conducted to prove that a large blood or xylem vessel could conduct 256 times more fluid than a vessel or a pipe that is four times smaller. The result of this study proved that if arteriosclerosis causes an artery to loose half its effective diameter, the blood flow would be reduced by fifteen-sixteenths.

  13. Relationship between coronary atherosclerosis and 'sudden cardiac death'

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    Coronary arteriosclerosis in mini-pigs was produced by combination of hypercholesterolemia and twofold X irradiation of the cardiac region. 15-21 weeks following irradiation 40% of the adult animals and 58% of the juvenils died of 'sudden cardiac death'. The mortality rate decreased significantly after application of the calcium-channel blocking agent nifedipine

  14. Preventing and Treating Type 2 Diabetes through a Physically Active Lifestyle

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    Leung, Raymond W.; Kamla, Jim; Lee, Man-Cheong; Mak, Jennifer Y.

    2007-01-01

    The general decrease in physical activity in the United States population has led to an increase of cases of type 2 diabetes (non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus, NIDDM), obesity, dyslipidemia, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis. Remarkable scientific advancements have been made toward understanding the beneficial effects of physical activity…

  15. Pathogenic cycle between the endogenous nitric oxide synthase inhibitor asymmetrical dimethylarginine and the leukocyte-derived hemoprotein myeloperoxidase

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    von Leitner, E.C.; Klinke, A.; Atzler, D.; Slocum, J.L.; Lund, N.; Kielstein, J.T.; Maas, R.; Schmidt-Haupt, R.; Pekarová, Michaela; Hellwinkel, O.; Tsikas, D.; D'Alecy, L.G.; Lau, D.; Willems, S.; Kubala, Lukáš; Ehmke, H.; Meinertz, T.; Blankenberg, S.; Schwedhelm, E.; Gadegbeku, C.A.; Boger, R.H.; Baldus, S.; Sydow, K.

    2011-01-01

    Roč. 124, č. 4 (2011), s. 2735-U342. ISSN 0009-7322 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z50040507; CEZ:AV0Z50040702 Keywords : arteriosclerosis * leukocytes * nitric oxide synthase Subject RIV: BO - Biophysics Impact factor: 14.739, year: 2011

  16. Diagnostik af arteriosklerose i arteria carotis ved hjaelp af ultralyd-Doppler. Metodebeskrivelse og prospektiv sammenligning med arteriografi

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    Sillesen, H H; Just, S R; Hansen, L; Schroeder, T V

    1991-01-01

    The ultrasound Doppler method for examination of the carotid artery is described. Out of a total of 370 patients examined with ultrasound Doppler for suspected arteriosclerosis in the carotid artery in 1988, 27 were also submitted to digital subtraction arteriography (DSA). The accuracy of the ul...... is an accurate method for diagnoses of stenosis in the carotid artery....

  17. Non-contrast magnetic resonance angiography in renal transplantation and renal donation

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    Blankholm, Anne Dorte

    2015-01-01

    Renal transplantation is the treatment of choice in cases of severe renal disease. The majority of candidates for kidney transplantation have arteriosclerosis to some extent; thus, preoperative imaging of the vessels is needed. Different imaging modalities are available and are used for this...

  18. 75 FR 14391 - Diseases Associated With Exposure to Certain Herbicide Agents (Hairy Cell Leukemia and Other...

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    ... include hypertension or peripheral manifestations of arteriosclerosis such as peripheral vascular disease... blood and oxygen to a portion of the myocardium; it typically occurs when there is an imbalance between..., but is not limited to, acute, subacute, and old myocardial infarction; atherosclerotic...

  19. Study of protein metabolism and cell proliferation using 15N

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    Investigations of nitrogen and protein metabolism with the stable isotope 15N were carried out in 11 patients with arteriosclerosis and 7 healthy controls. After oral application of 3 g 15NH4Cl (95 At% 15N) per 70 kg body weight the incorporation of the isotope 15N in plasma proteins and blood cells and the 15N elimination in urine were followed up. Retardations of 15N elimination, an accelerated incorporation of 15N in fibrin and a retarded 15N incorporation in platelet protein were observed in patients with arteriosclerosis. The described method enables complex assertions about protein metabolism of the whole body and so represents a possibility to evaluate objectively the influence of an intervention on metabolism. (author)

  20. Environmental variation of arsenic levels in human blood determined by neutron activation analysis

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    Heydorn, Kaj

    1970-01-01

    Arsenic levels in blood plasma and red cells from patients with Blackfoot disease, a peripheral arteriosclerosis endemic to a small area in Taiwan, were studied in relation to healthy individuals from the same and other parts of Taiwan and compared with arsenic levels in a control group from Denm...... in Denmark, which geochemically belongs to a soil zone with less arsenic than Taiwan.......Arsenic levels in blood plasma and red cells from patients with Blackfoot disease, a peripheral arteriosclerosis endemic to a small area in Taiwan, were studied in relation to healthy individuals from the same and other parts of Taiwan and compared with arsenic levels in a control group from...... Denmark. Arsenic was determined by neutron activation analysis with radiochemical separation and re-irradiation yield determination. The precision and accuracy of the results have been carefully evaluated in order to permit quantitative tests for the significance of the observed differences. The results...

  1. Age-related changes in regional cerebral blood flow and brain volume in healthy subjects

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    Using the xenon-133 inhalation method, we studied the age-related decline in regional cerebral blood flow, calculated as the initial slope index (ISI), in neurologically normal subjects without any risk factors for cerebral arteriosclerosis (154 men and 123 women), ranging in age from 19 to 88 years. The decline in the ISI was rapid in younger age groups and gradual in older age groups. The ISI was higher in women than in men older than 40 years. Using computed tomography, we studied the age-related decline in brain volume index (BVI; 100% X brain volume/cranial cavity volume) in neurologically normal subjects without any risk factors for cerebral arteriosclerosis (92 men and 49 women), ranging in age from 37 to 86 years. The decline in the BVI was gradual in younger age groups and rapid in older age groups. The BVI was higher in women than in men older than 60 years

  2. A new course in the clinical pathways for metabolic syndrome

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    Metabolic syndrome is consisted with multiple risk factors such as diabetes, dyslipidemia, and hypertension based on visceral fat accumulation, for the development of arteriosclerosis. We present, here, a clinical pathway for education of patients with metabolic syndrome. The program contains an adequate explanation of the high risk for arteriosclerosis to the patients, the measurement of visceral fat content by computed tomography, and several clinical examinations for the evaluation of arteriosclerotic lesions. We have presented this program on the ward of diabetes center in our hospital for patients diagnosed as having metabolic syndrome. Because the focus of education is to clarify understanding of the harmful effects of visceral fat and the benefits of its reduction, it might be a valuable tool to motivate and empower the patient and improve the patient's lifestyle. (author)

  3. Nutritional phenolic compounds in red wines determined by HPLC-DAD-ESI-MS and MS/MS technique

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    Ivanova, Violeta; Hermosín-Gutiérrez, Isidro; Vojnoski, Borimir; Gulaboski, Rubin

    2015-01-01

    Red wine is a rich source of bioactive and nutritional phenolic compounds which show antioxidant properties, present potential health effect, exhibit a free radical scavenging activity as well as a protective activity against arteriosclerosis, coronary heart disease or inhibit the cancer cell growth. In this study, the detailed phenolic profile of Macedonian red wines Vranec, Merlot and Cabernet Sauvignon, was determined. For that purpose, a high-performance liquid chromatography coupled with...

  4. Calcificación vascular asociada a inflamación : influencia de la vitamina D

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    Guerrero Pavón, Fátima

    2012-01-01

    Arteriosclerosis y aterosclerosis son procesos comunes en los pacientes con enfermedad renal crónica (ERC). De hecho, la calcificación vascular (CV) representa un importante factor de riesgo que contribuye a la alta tasa de mortalidad cardiovascular asociada a la ERC. En pacientes urémicos, la CV está causada, en parte, por alteraciones en el metabolismo mineral estrechamente relacionadas con el control del hiperparatiroidismo secundario (HPT2º). Los pacientes con ERC muestr...

  5. Puncture-ejection of own egg by Least Bell's Vireo and potential implications for anti-parasitism defense

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    Sharp, B.L.; Peterson, B.L.; Kus, B.E.

    2005-01-01

    A simple, papillary cystic adenocarcinoma of the mammary gland with metastases to the internal iliac and mesenteric lymph nodes, liver, and spleen was observed in a 12 to 13 year old female black-footed ferret (Mustela nigripes). Histologically, the tumor was aggressive, and lymphatic invasion was found. Attempts at virus isolation were negative. Other findings were bilateral infarcts in the kidneys, apparently resulting in acute renal shutdown and death, multiple thrombi in the right atrium, aortic arteriosclerosis, and focal interstitial pneumonia.

  6. Homocysteine and atheromatosis

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    洪梅

    2006-01-01

    @@ Homocysteine (Hcy) was first linked with atherosclerosis over more than 30 years ago. McCully reported autopsy evidence of extensive arterial thrombosis and atherosclerosis in two children with elevated plasma Hcy concentrations and homocystinuria in 1969. On the basis of this clinical observation, he put forward the Hcy theory of arteriosclerosis. Subsequent investigations HHcy have confirmed the association between and premature atherosclerosis of the coronary, cerebrovascular, and peripheral vascular beds.

  7. Bypassmaterialien in der Gefäßchirurgie

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    Eidt, D; Roll, S.; Kulp, W; Müller-Nordhorn, J.; Vauth, C; Greiner, W; Willich, SN; von der Schulenburg, JM

    2006-01-01

    Introduction Arteriosclerotic changes can lead to circulatory disturbances in various areas of the human vascular system. In addition to pharmacological therapy and the management of risk factors (e. g. hypertension, diabetes, lipid metabolism disorders, and lifestyle), surgical interventions also play an important role in the treatment of arteriosclerosis. Long-segment arterial occlusions, in particular, can be treated successfully with bypass sur-gery. A number of different materials are av...

  8. Natural Killer T Cells in Adipose Tissue Are Activated in Lean Mice

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    Kondo, Taisuke; Toyoshima, Yujiro; Ishii, Yoshiyuki; Kyuwa, Shigeru

    2013-01-01

    Adipose tissues are closely connected with the immune system. It has been suggested that metabolic syndromes such as type 2 diabetes, arteriosclerosis and liver steatosis can be attributed to adipose tissue inflammation characterized by macrophage infiltration. To understand a physiological and pathological role of natural killer T (NKT) cells on inflammation in adipose tissue, we characterized a subset of NKT cells in abdominal and subcutaneous adipose tissues in C57BL/6J mice fed normal or ...

  9. Relationship between vascular endothelial function and pulse wave velocity in prehypertension

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    杨娉婷

    2014-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association between vascular endothelial function and arteriosclerosis in prehypertensive,hypertensive and healthy subjects.Methods 810 consecutive subjects were divided into three groups:hypertension group,prehypertension group and control group.Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity(ba PWV)and flow-mediated brachial artery dilation(FMD)were used to evaluate the artery vascular stiffness and endothelial function respectively.Results Prehypertension

  10. Chronic cardiac rejection: identification of five upregulated genes in transplanted hearts by differential mRNA display.

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    Utans, U; Liang, P; Wyner, L R; Karnovsky, M. J.; Russell, M. E.

    1994-01-01

    Transplant arteriosclerosis, the major manifestation of chronic rejection, develops after allogeneic (Lewis to F344) but not syngeneic (Lewis to Lewis) rat cardiac transplantation. To identify transcriptionally regulated mediators associated with chronic cardiac rejection, we adapted the differential mRNA display technique for in vivo transplant specimens. Gene transcript patterns in four allogeneic hearts showing early signs of chronic rejection were compared with those in two syngeneic hear...

  11. Carotid ultrasonographic parameters as markers of atherogenesis and mortality rate in patients on hemodialysis

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    Stolić Radojica; Trajković Goran; Jovanović Aleksandar; Stolić Dragica; Perić Vladan; Sovtić Saša; Šubarić-Gorgieva Gordana

    2010-01-01

    Background/Aim. Vascular endothelium plays an important role in atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to estimate the correlation of endothelium malfunction and arteriosclerosis in patients on hemodialysis. Methods. The investigation was designed as a clinical, non-randomized, fiveyear study in the 'Kragujevac' Clinical Center and included 146 patients. We evaluated demographic characteristics, smoking, duration of dialysis, existence of tissue calcification and duplex ultrasound parameter...

  12. C-Reactive Protein Inhibits Survivin Expression via Akt/mTOR Pathway Downregulation by PTEN Expression in Cardiac Myocytes

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    Beom Seob Lee; Soo Hyuk Kim; Jaewon Oh; Taewon Jin; Eun Young Choi; Sungha Park; Sang-Hak Lee; Ji Hyung Chung; Seok-Min Kang

    2014-01-01

    C-reactive protein (CRP) is one of the most important biomarkers for arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have shown that CRP affects cell cycle and inflammatory process in cardiac myocytes. Survivin is also involved in cardiac myocytes replication and apoptosis. Reduction of survivin expression is associated with less favorable cardiac remodeling in animal models. However, the effect of CRP on survivin expression and its cellular mechanism has not yet been studied. We ...

  13. The treatment of type 2 diabetes in the presence of renal impairment: what we should know about newer therapies

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    Davies, Melanie

    2016-01-01

    Melanie Davies,1,2 Sudesna Chatterjee,1,2 Kamlesh Khunti1,2 1Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester, 2Leicester Diabetes Centre, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK Abstract: Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people have chronic kidney disease (CKD), the most common causes of which include hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes. Importantly, ~40% of patients with diabetes develop CKD, yet evidence from major multicenter randomized controlled trials s...

  14. Clinical Observation on Acupuncture Treatment of Cerebrovascular Dementia- A Report of 32 Cases

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    2001-01-01

    @@Cerebrovascular dementia is a common disease in the middle-aged and old people. Its incidence makes up about 10-20% of all kinds of dementia. It is mainly caused by general degeneration of the brain function resulted from cerebral arteriosclerosis and cerebral infarction. The author has treated 32 cases of cerebrovascular dementia with acupuncture in the recent years with satisfactory therapeutic results. A report follows.

  15. Correlation Factor Analysis of Retinal Microvascular Changes in Patients With Essential Hypertension

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    Huang Duru; Huang Zhongning

    2006-01-01

    Objectives To investigate correlation between retinal microvascular signs and essential hypertension classification. Methods The retinal microvascular signs in patients with essential hypertension were assessed with the indirect biomicroscopy lens, the direct and the indirect ophthalmoscopes were used to determine the hypertensive retinopathy grades and retinal arteriosclerosis grades.The rank correlation analysis was used to analysis the correlation these grades with the risk factors concerned with hypertension. Results Of 72 cases with essential hypertension, 28 cases complicated with coronary disease, 20 cases diabetes, 41 cases stroke,17 cases renal malfunction. Varying extent retinal arterioscleroses were found in 71 cases, 1 case with retinal hemorrhage, 2 cases with retina edema, 4 cases with retinal hard exudation, 5 cases with retinal hemorrhage complicated by hard exudation, 2 cases with retinal hemorrhage complicated by hard exudation and cotton wool spot, 1 case with retinal hemorrhage complicated by hard exudation and microaneurysms,1 case with retinal edema and hard exudation, 1 case with retinal microaneurysms, 1 case with branch retinal vein occlusion. The rank correlation analysis showed that either hypertensive retinopathy grades or retinal arteriosclerosis grades were correlated with risk factor lamination of hypertension (r=0.25 or 0.31, P<0.05), other correlation factors included age and blood high density lipoprotein concerned about hypertensive retinopathy grades or retinal arteriosclerosis grades, but other parameters, namely systolic or diastolic pressure, total cholesterol, triglyceride, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, fasting blood glucose,blood urea nitrogen and blood creatinine were not confirmed in this correlation analysis (P > 0.05).Conclusions Either hypertensive retinopathy grade or retinal arteriosclerosis grade is close with the hypertension risk factor lamination, suggesting that the fundus examination of patients with

  16. Risk Factors for Central and Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Meta-Analysis of Published Clinical Data

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    Kolar, Petr

    2014-01-01

    Retinal vein occlusion (RVO) is a major cause of vision loss. Of the two main types of RVO, branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO) is 4 to 6 times more prevalent than central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO). A basic risk factor for RVO is advancing age. Further risk factors include systemic conditions like hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, vascular cerebral stroke, blood hyperviscosity, and thrombophilia. A strong risk factor for RVO is the metabolic syndrome (hyp...

  17. Increased ADRP expression in human atherosclerotic lesions correlates with plaque instability

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    Xu, Bin; Zhao, Huiying; Wang, Shengnan; Sun, Xiwei; Qin, Xiujiao

    2015-01-01

    Adipose differentiation-related protein (ADRP) is intrinsically associated with the surface of lipid droplets implicated in the development of atherosclerosis. We analyzed expression of ADRP in human popliteal artery plaques. Atherosclerotic plaque tissue from the popliteal artery was obtained from 18 patients undergoing lower extremity amputation for arteriosclerosis obliterans, and with either stable (n = 6) or unstable (n = 12) atherosclerotic plaques. Plaques were histologically classifie...

  18. Blood pressure changes resulting from aortography.

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    Snowdon, S L; Whitehouse, G. H.

    1981-01-01

    Patients requiring aortography frequently suffer from generalized arteriosclerosis. Uncontrolled hypotension is therefore clearly undesirable, especially if associated with myocardial depression. Significant hypotension was observed following the use of conventional ionic contrast media, Urografin 370 and Cardioconray, and occurred following every injection in this study. Metrizamide, a non-ionic contrast medium, was found to be associated with a smaller fall in blood pressure of a shorter du...

  19. Primary school teacher's sports activity in connection with the quality of physical education

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    Vodovnik, Jasmina

    2014-01-01

    In today's environment and society, modern technology is present everywhere. This so-called modern era offers so many healthy as well as unhealthy alternatives for physical exercise that the amount of it is dangerously diminishing. It is something we must stand up to. Every individual must realize that physical exercise is necessary. Each physical activity leads us over the cliffs that are called diseases of contemporary times. Illnesses like diabetes type 2, osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, h...

  20. Arterioskleroserisiko und Thrombozytenfunktion bei Patienten mit Phenylketonurie (PKU)

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    Nee, Jens

    2012-01-01

    Patients with phenylketonuria (PKU) have to keep to a special phenylalanine-poor diet. The present study analyses the risk of early atherosclerotic changes and platelet function by flow cytometry in 43 patients with phenylketonuria (PKU). To examine the early risk of arteriosclerosis the surrogate markers intima-media thickness (IMT), pulsatility index (PI) and beta stiffness index of the Common Carotid Artery was measured by ultrasound. Furthermore the influence of substitution with omega -...

  1. Effect of Lactic Acid Bacteria on Lipid Metabolism and Fat Synthesis in Mice Fed a High-fat Diet

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    YONEJIMA, Yasunori; Ushida, Kazunari; Mori, Yoshiro

    2013-01-01

    Visceral fat accumulation is a major risk factor for the development of obesity-related diseases, including diabetes, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, and arteriosclerosis. Stimulation of lipolytic activity in adipose tissue or inhibition of fat synthesis is one way to prevent these serious diseases. Lactic acid bacteria have an anti-obesity effect, but the mechanisms are unclear. Therefore, we evaluated the effect of the administration of lactic acid bacteria (Lactobacillus gasseri NT) on lipid...

  2. Not at random location of atherosclerotic lesions in thoracic aorta and their prognostic significance in relation to the risk of cardiovascular events

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    Thoracic aortic calcium deposits are frequently detected on tomography of the chest, and in other imaging modalities. Numerous studies indicated the correlation of hemodynamic parameters such as wall shear stress in relation to distribution aortic calcifications. This publication discusses similarities and differences of two distinct pathomechanisms of arterial calcifications: intimal associated with atherosclerosis and medial knows as Mönckeberg’s arteriosclerosis. This review also analyzes the frequent coexistence of aortic calcification and coronary artery disease in terms of risk of cardiovascular events

  3. Searching of the peripheric arterial disease in which patient have cerebrovascular event

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    Kanar, Rayiha Görkem

    2012-01-01

    Arteriosclerotic disease a systemic disease. Arteriosclerotic disease may affect more than one region in vascular system. In the presence of risk factors of arteriosclerosis; clinical manifestations will emerge depending on organ involvement. The aim of our study is searching the association of peripheral artery disease and determining related risk factors in patients who had cerebrovascular event. This study was performed by Cardiovascular Surgery Department of Trakya Universty Faculty of Me...

  4. Specifičnost rehabilitacije starostnikov: Specifity of the rehabilitation of the elderly:

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    Jesenšek Papež, Breda; Turk, Eva; Turk, Zmago

    2008-01-01

    Many of demographic changes occurred in the past decade and the share of people over 65 years of age in Europe is already exceeding 17%. The elderly are marked with multimorbidity and greater frequency of injuries which go hand in hand with decrease in functional abilities and daily living quality. Degenerative diseases, chronic diseases, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, and osteoporosis require different access to the health care system and there is a need for establishing a biosociomedical progr...

  5. KLOTHO Allele Status and the Risk of Early-Onset Occult Coronary Artery Disease

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    Arking, Dan E; Becker, Diane M.; Lisa R Yanek; Fallin, Daniele; Judge, Daniel P.; Moy, Taryn F.; Becker, Lewis C.; Dietz, Harry C.

    2003-01-01

    We previously identified a functional variant of KLOTHO (termed “KL-VS”), which harbors two amino acid substitutions in complete linkage disequilibrium and is associated with reduced human longevity when in homozygosity. Klotho-deficient mice display extensive arteriosclerosis when fed a normal diet, suggesting a potent genetic predisposition. To determine whether klotho influences atherosclerotic risk in humans, we performed cross-sectional studies to assess the association between the KL-VS...

  6. The impact of exercise capacity in the atherosclerotic patient: Keep on walking!

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    Liefde, Inge

    2011-01-01

    markdownabstract__Abstract__ Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is a manifestation of systemic arteriosclerosis. It is a common disease affecting millions of people. Depending on the age of the investigated population prevalences between 4% to 29% has been reported. It is alarming that the prevalence is expected to rise in the following decades due to the aging of the western population and the increase of risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, obesity and lack of exercise. Patients with PAD ...

  7. ストレス課題における心臓血管系反応に対する怒り表出性の検討 : anger expression-inの効果

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    石原, 俊一

    2006-01-01

    Recently, it has been suggested that anger expressions such as anger-in, anger-out, and anger-control contribute to the development of coronary heart disease (CHD). In the 1980s, an increased number of studies indicated that anger and hostility were directly related to CHD. Dembroski et al. reported the relationship between angiographically documented coronary arteriosclerosis and anger and hostility. Williams et al. found a relationship between the scale of hostility in the Minnesota Multiph...

  8. Medial arterial calcification, calcific aortic stenosis and mitral annular calcification in a diabetic patient with severe autonomic neuropathy.

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    Cronin, C C

    2012-02-03

    Medial arterial calcification (Monckeberg\\'s arteriosclerosis) is well described in diabetic patients with autonomic neuropathy. There is also a high prevalence of diabetes mellitus among subjects with calcific aortic stenosis and mitral annular calcification. We describe a diabetic patient with autonomic neuropathy and extensive medial arterial calcification who also had calcification of the aortic valve and of the mitral valve annulus. We propose that autonomic neuropathy may play a role in calcification of these structures at the base of the heart.

  9. An Extract of Crataegus pinnatifida Fruit Attenuates Airway Inflammation by Modulation of Matrix Metalloproteinase-9 in Ovalbumin Induced Asthma

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    Shin, In Sik; Lee, Mee Young; Lim, Hye Sun; Ha, Hyekyung; Seo, Chang Seob; Kim, Jong-Choon; Shin, Hyeun Kyoo

    2012-01-01

    Background Crataegus pinnatifida (Chinese hawthorn) has long been used as a herbal medicine in Asia and Europe. It has been used for the treatment of various cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial weakness, tachycardia, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of Crataegus pinnatifida ethanolic extracts (CPEE) on Th2-type cytokines, eosinophil infiltration, expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-9, and other factors, using an ov...

  10. Arterial Stiffening and Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis Patients

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    Kato, Akihiko

    2015-01-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is more efficient to handily assess arteriosclerosis than aortic PWV. The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) is also a novel blood pressure-independent arterial stiffness parameter. In dialysis patients, both baPWV and CAVI are increased compared to general subjects. Several studies have demonstrated that increased baPWV is associated with carotid athe...

  11. Fetale Programmierung von Wildtyp-Nachkommen heterozygoter eNOS-Knockout-Mäuse

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    Kempiners, Nina

    2013-01-01

    Introduction: Manifold epidemiological studies have shown that low birth weight and fetal deprivation are associated with disease in later life. This correlation has been shown especially for cardiovascular disease, arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidaemia and obesity. On the experimental side studies with homocygous eNOS-knockout-mice could support these data. Unfortunately the existing experimental designs do not distinguish between fetal, maternal and paternal genotype. Moreove...

  12. Genetic association of glutathione peroxidase-1 with coronary artery calcification in type 2 diabetes: a case control study with multi-slice computed tomography

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    Fujimoto Kei; Nishioka Makiko; Miyashita Yumi; Hiki Yoshito; Sasaki Takashi; Nishimura Rimei; Nemoto Masami; Sakuma Toru; Ohashi Toya; Fukuda Kunihiko; Eto Yoshikatsu; Tajima Naoko

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    Abstract Background Although oxidative stress by accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS) in diabetes has become evident, it remains unclear what genes, involved in redox balance, would determine susceptibility for development of atherosclerosis in diabetes. This study evaluated the effect of genetic polymorphism of enzymes producing or responsible for reducing ROS on coronary artery calcification in type 2 diabetes (T2D). Methods An index for coronary-arteriosclerosis, coronary artery c...

  13. Identifizierung und Charakterisierung von Suszeptibilitätsloci für Typ-2-Diabetes mellitus in einem Mausmodell für das Metabolische Syndrom

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    Plum, Leona

    2003-01-01

    New Zealand Obese (NZO) mice exhibit a polygenic syndrome of morbid obesity, insulin resistance, and arterial hypertension that resembles the human metabolic syndrome. In addition, adult NZO-males are severely hyperglycemic and hypoinsulinemic. In order to localize the genes responsible for this polygenic syndrome, an outcross model of NZO mice with the lean, arteriosclerosis-resistant SJL strain was established. A total of 400 male backcross mice were monitored over a time period of 22 weeks...

  14. Oxysterol content in selected meats and meat products

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    Dorota Derewiaka; Mieczysław Obiedziński

    2009-01-01

    Background. High consumption of oxysterols contributes to the development of arteriosclerosis. Thus it is necessary to monitor changes of their concentration in foodstuffs. The aim of this study was to determine the content of oxysterols in selected meats and meat products before and after heat treatment. Material and methods. Meats and meat products were pan fried in rapeseed oil for 10 minutes. Oxysterols methodology applied for the study of fat extraction, saponification, derivat...

  15. Obsah vybraných fenolických látek v kořeninových rostlinách.

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    BERANOVÁ, Zuzana

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    This work concerns the amount of certain phenols in some of the representatives of families Alliaceae, Lamiaceae and Apiaceae. Phenols in plants are widely represented and highly concentrated. Flavonoids are one of the smallest, yet quite significant classes of phenols. Ingestion of food containing flavonoids can prevent certain diseases such as Arteriosclerosis. cardiovascular and tumor diseases. This work focuses, for their special biological effects, on five flavonoids: Kaempferol, Quercet...

  16. Association between poor glycemic control, impaired sleep quality, and increased arterial thickening in type 2 diabetic patients.

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    Full Text Available Poor sleep quality is an independent predictor of cardiovascular events. However, little is known about the association between glycemic control and objective sleep architecture and its influence on arteriosclerosis in patients with type-2 diabetes mellitus (DM. The present study examined the association of objective sleep architecture with both glycemic control and arteriosclerosis in type-2 DM patients.Cross-sectional study in vascular laboratory.The subjects were 63 type-2 DM inpatients (M/F, 32/31; age, 57.5±13.1 without taking any sleeping promoting drug and chronic kidney disease. We examined objective sleep architecture by single-channel electroencephalography and arteriosclerosis by carotid-artery intima-media thickness (CA-IMT.HbA1c was associated significantly in a negative manner with REM sleep latency (interval between sleep-onset and the first REM period (β=-0.280, p=0.033, but not with other measurements of sleep quality. REM sleep latency associated significantly in a positive manner with log delta power (the marker of deep sleep during that period (β=0.544, p=0.001. In the model including variables univariately correlated with CA-IMT (REM sleep latency, age, DM duration, systolic blood pressure, and HbA1c as independent variables, REM sleep latency (β=-0.232, p=0.038, but not HbA1c were significantly associated with CA-IMT. When log delta power was included in place of REM sleep latency, log delta power (β=-0.257, p=0.023 emerged as a significant factor associated with CA-IMT.In type-2 DM patients, poor glycemic control was independently associated with poor quality of sleep as represented by decrease of REM sleep latency which might be responsible for increased CA-IMT, a relevant marker for arterial wall thickening.

  17. Alteraciones metabólicas de la Hiperlipemia Familiar Combinada y su asociación con la obesidad abdominal y la inflamación de bajo grado

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    Díaz Ruiz, María

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    La HFC es un síndrome dislipémico descrito por Goldstein et al en 1973 identificado al estudiar a jóvenes supervivientes de un infarto agudo de miocardio y a sus familias. Observaron en ellos diferentes fenotipos metabólicos y lipoproteicos, con presencia de elevaciones de los niveles de colesterol total y/o triglicéridos, junto con elevación de lipoproteínas VLDL, de LDL, o de ambas lipoproteínas. La HFC presenta el desarrollo de arteriosclerosis como la manifestación clínica responsable de...

  18. A case study of technology transfer: Cardiology

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    1974-01-01

    Research advancements in cardiology instrumentation and techniques are summarized. Emphasis is placed upon the following techniques: (1) development of electrodes which show good skin compatibility and wearer comfort; (2) contourography - a real time display system for showing the results of EKGs; (3) detection of arteriosclerosis by digital computer processing of X-ray photos; (4) automated, noninvasive systems for blood pressure measurement; (5) ultrasonoscope - a noninvasive device for use in diagnosis of aortic, mitral, and tricuspid valve disease; and (6) rechargable cardiac pacemakers. The formation of a biomedical applications team which is an interdisciplinary team to bridge the gap between the developers and users of technology is described.

  19. Marcadores de inflamación e insulinorresistencia en la hiperlipemia familiar combinada

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    Carratalá Calvo, Arturo

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    La hiperlipemia familiar combinada (HFC) es un modelo genético de dislipemia mixta con resistencia a la insulina (RI) y elevado riesgo de cardiopatía isquémica por el desarrollo precoz de arteriosclerosis. La RI es independiente del grado de obesidad y del fenotipo lipoproteico. Constituye, además, factor de riesgo cardiovascular en estos pacientes. Actualmente existe una gran evidencia de que en el desarrollo y progresión de la aterosclerosis subyacen mecanismos inmunológicos e inflamator...

  20. IPF, comorbidities and management implications: Patient case 2.

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    Hilberg, Ole

    2015-01-01

    PATIENT PRESENTATION AND DIAGNOSIS: The patient is a 50-year-old woman who was referred to a tertiary centre with an HRCT showing definite UIP and a 6-minute walking distance of 145 metres. She was severely ill at presentation with a diffusion capacity of just 20%.The patient had a history of peripheral arterial disease and had undergone both aortofemoral and femoro-femoral bypass due to arteriosclerosis and gluteal ischaemia. She also was suffering from renal impairment and had recently quit smoking. PMID:26237441

  1. Efecto del género y parámetros antropométricos en marcadores de estrés oxidativo e inflamación en situación postprandial

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    Ferri Císcar, Jordi

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    Título Efecto del género y parámetros antropométricos en marcadores de estrés oxidativo e inflamación en situación postprandial Introducción La arteriosclerosis (AE) es la principal causa de las enfermedades cardiovasculares y está relacionada con múltiples factores que son marcadores de inflamación crónica de bajo grado y de estrés oxidativo (EO) contribuyendo desde su inicio en el desarrollo de la disfunción endotelial. La lipemia postprandial (LPP) alterada está asociada co...

  2. Progress report 1980/81 of the Austrian Academy of Sciences

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    From the numerous institutes and divisions of the Austrian Academy of Sciences presented in this report the Commission for Arteriosclerosis and Thrombosis Research (application of radioimmunoassay) and the Institute for X-ray Microstructure Research (investigation of biological substances by X-ray and neutron small angle scattering) are partly within the scope of INIS. Fully in scope are short project discriptions of the Institute for Radium Research and Nulear Physics: the Commission for the SIN-project and the Institute for High Energy Physics, completed by publication lists. (G.Q.)

  3. The role of dietary fats for preventing cardiovascular disease. A review.

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    Szostak-Wegierek, Dorota; Kłosiewicz-Latoszek, Longina; Szostak, Wiktor B; Cybulska, Barbara

    2013-01-01

    At the present, there is a pandemic of chronic non-communicable disease (NCD) affecting most countries of the world. The World Health Organisation (WHO) has identified the main contributing determinants to be cardiovascular disease (CVD), diabetes, malignant cancer and chronic disease of the respiratory system. Unhealthy nutrition, as well as other adverse lifestyle health behaviour are recognised to be part of the prime factors responsible. According to WHO guidelines, a healthy lifestyle should include substituting saturated fatty acids (SFAs) with polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFAs) together with eliminating trans-fatty acids from the diet and limiting the intake of refined carbohydrates in conjunction with increasing the consumption of fruit, vegetables, nuts and wholegrain cereal products. Recent studies on the relations between CVD prevention and dietary fats have been however unclear. The present study thus aims to provide a review of current evidence and opinion on the type of dietary fat most appropriate for preventing arteriosclerosis. The adoption of dated recommendations on the need to increase dietary PUFA in both Northern Europe and America has led to n-6 PUFAs being predominant in diets as compared to n-3 PUFAs. This disproportion may have caused mortality to rise, due to CVD, as a result of arteriosclerosis in these countries. In contrast, a traditional Mediterranean diet yields a PUFA n-6/n-3 ratio of 2:1, which is much lower than for the aforementioned northern countries. Some authors however consider that assessing this ratio is irrelevant and that decreasing n-6 PUFA may be harmful. Such differences of opinion leads to confusion in adopting an effective approach for arteriosclerosis management regarding dietary n-6/n-3 ratios. Moreover, recent studies have added much controversy to the notion that the characteristics of SFAs are responsible for arteriosclerosis. These found that replacing dietary SFAs with carbohydrates did not reduce the risk

  4. Observation on Efficiency of Jiangtang (降糖) Capsule in Treating Diabetes Mellitus Type 2 with Hyperlipidemia

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    2001-01-01

    @@Arteriosclerosis is a major common vascular disorder of diabetes mellitus (DM), and as the life-span of DM patients prolonged, the incidence increased, arteriosclerotic coronary heart disease (CHD) and cerebrovascular diseases have become the principal causes of death of DM. Therefore, improving the disturbance of glucose and lipid metabolism, and preventing chronic complication are the key links in the treatment of DM. The authors used Jiangtang capsule (降糖胶囊, JTC) in treating DM type 2. While treating hypoglycemia, promising effect in improving lipid metabolism disturbance is also obtained. It is reported as follows.

  5. Autoevaluación en Enfermería: Educación sanitaria del paciente con isquemia de las extremidades inferiores

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    Luis Rodrigo, María Teresa

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    Juan L.R., jubilado de 72 años de edad, acude al médico por presentar dolor en ambas pantorrillas al caminar aproximadamente 800 metros. Hace 5 años se le diagnosticó diabetes mellitus e hiperlipidemia, que controla adecuadamente con antidiabéticos orales y dieta. La exploración física está dentro de la normalidad, si se exceptúa la disminución del latido en las arterias pedias. El médico diagnostica una arteriosclerosis...

  6. Subconjunctival hemorrhage: risk factors and potential indicators

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    Full Text Available Bercin Tarlan,1 Hayyam Kiratli21Department of Ophthalmology, Kozluk State Hospital, Batman, Turkey; 2Ocular Oncology Service, Hacettepe University Schoolof Medicine, Ankara, TurkeyAbstract: Subconjunctival hemorrhage is a benign disorder that is a common cause of acute ocular redness. The major risk factors include trauma and contact lens usage in younger patients, whereas among the elderly, systemic vascular diseases such as hypertension, diabetes, and arteriosclerosis are more common. In patients in whom subconjunctival hemorrhage is recurrent or persistent, further evaluation, including workup for systemic hypertension, bleeding disorders, systemic and ocular malignancies, and drug side effects, is warranted.Keywords: subconjunctival hemorrhage, contact lens, hypertension, red eye

  7. Arteria poplitea afklemningssyndrom

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    Lyndrup, Peter; Meyer, Joan N; Schroeder, T V

    1994-01-01

    Popliteal artery entrapment syndrome (PAES) should be suspected in young persons without predisposing factors to arteriosclerosis, who present with unilateral claudication in the calf and foot. This entity results from a developmental abnormal relation between the popliteal artery and the medial...... head of the gastrocnemius muscle. PAES is mostly found in young sportsmen or young soldiers with well-developed muscles. The onset of the symptoms is often sudden, occurring during an episode of intense lower extremity activity. The diagnosis is best established by a thorough clinical examination...

  8. Idiopathic great saphenous phlebosclerosis.

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    Ahmadreza Jodati

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    Full Text Available Arterial sclerosis has been extensively described but reports on venous sclerosis are very sparse. Phlebosclerosis refers to the thickening and hardening of the venous wall. Despite its morphological similarities with arteriosclerosis and potential morbid consequences, phlebosclerosis has gained only little attention. We report a 72 year old male with paralysis and atrophy of the right leg due to childhood poliomyelitis who was referred for coronary artery bypass surgery. The great saphenous vein, harvested from the left leg, showed a hardened cord-like obliterated vein. Surprisingly, harvested veins from the atrophic limb were normal and successfully used for grafting.

  9. The application of radioimmunoassay for virus and anticancer drugs

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    Recent progress in RIA for virus and anticancer drugs was described. DNA and RNA virus and antivirus antibody which could be detected by RIA were mentioned, and then causes of arteriosclerosis, Paget's disease, multiple sclerosis, and diabetus mellitus were analysed virologically. Diagnostic significance of RIA was also described. Application of RIA to the measurement of interferon and carcinogenic virus at substantial level and recent information of viral hepatitis obtained by RIA were stated. Finally, application of RIA to the measurement of anticancer drugs acting on protective mechanism of the living body and measurement range by RIA were stated. (Tsunoda, M.)

  10. Dieta, estilos de vida y factores de riesgo cardiovascular en niños y adolescentes europeos

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    Bel Serrat, Silvia; Moreno Aznar, Luis Alberto; Krogh, Vittorio; Mouratidou, Theodora

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    La infancia y la adolescencia no sólo se caracterizan por ser periodos de crecimiento rápido y maduración, sino también porque se adquiere el comportamiento alimentario para toda la vida. También se ha observado que las primeras manifestaciones de arteriosclerosis se dan de forma temprana durante la infancia y que, además, están relacionadas con la dieta y otros estilos de vida como la actividad física y los comportamientos sedentarios, entre otros factores. Por todo ello, es de gran importan...

  11. Relationship between taurine and cardiovascular system diseases%牛磺酸与心血管系统疾病的关系

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    陈兴荣; 陈玲; 万顺康; 狄勇

    2002-01-01

    @@ Taurine is a kind of β amino acid containing sulfur, and the free amino acid that content is the highest in cells.Recent researches found that taurine is closely related to cardiovascular system.Some documents reported that taurine has apparent treatment effects on many kinds of cardiovascular diseases such as cardiomuscular necrosis,arrhythmia caused by hypercalcemia or hypocalcemia, cardiomuscular ischmia and reperfusion injury[1].It also can resist hypertension,decrease blood cholesterol,increase high density lipoprotein,prevent arteriosclerosis and decrease blood sugar,which had became the main study domain on physical function of taurine.

  12. Relation of Serum Adiponectin Levels to Number of Traditional Atherosclerotic Risk Factors and All-Cause Mortality and Major Adverse Cardiovascular Events (from the Copenhagen City Heart Study)

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    Lindberg, Soren; Mogelvang, Rasmus; Pedersen, Sune H;

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    Adiponectin exerts anti-inflammatory and antiatherogenic effects and appears to protect against arteriosclerosis. Accordingly, an association between low concentrations of plasma adiponectin and cardiovascular (CV) disease has been demonstrated in several studies. In contrast, elevated plasma adi...... nonfatal myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke (n = 502). High adiponectin was inversely associated with an increasing number of traditional CV risk factors (p...... adiponectin has been associated with increased mortality and an increasing number of major adverse CV events (MACE). Because of these conflicting results, the true role of adiponectin remains to be elucidated. In the Copenhagen City Heart Study, we prospectively followed up 5,624 randomly selected men and...

  13. Productos naturales que adelgazan... ¿una buena alternativa?

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    Alberto, Cecilia; Mallo, Andrea C.; Nitiu, Daniela S.

    1995-01-01

    La obesidad y otras enfermedades relacionadas como la arteriosclerosis y afecciones cardiovasculares, por una parte y la bulimia y anorexia, por otra, son temas de candente actualidad, tanto desde el punto de vista científico como social. El término adelgazar se define en la bibliografía médica como la pérdida de peso por causas naturales con eliminación, primero de agua y luego de grasa. En el pasado el concepto de salud era sinónimo de gordura; hoy en días se considera la obesidad como una ...

  14. Fatty acids and antioxidants in reindeer and red deer

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    Sampels, Sabine

    2005-01-01

    The aim of this thesis was to investigate importance of dietary fatty acids (FA) and animal age and sex on FA metabolism. In addition relation between FA and antioxidants on the consequent nutritional and technological quality of reindeer and red deer meat were addressed. A diet rich in polyunsaturated FA (PUFA) especially long chained n-3 FA (≥C20) has beneficial effects on human health, e.g. in prevention of arteriosclerosis. Game meat is a potential food source that is both lean and rich i...

  15. Biomarcadores de la inflamación en la diabetes mellitus tipo 2: Efecto del control glucémico y del fenotipo de las LDL

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    Vinagre Torres, Irene

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    Las enfermedades cardiovasculares constituyen las complicaciones más prevalentes en los pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 (DM2) y son las que se asocian con mayor morbi-mortalidad. Los mecanismos responsables del desarrollo acelerado de arteriosclerosis en los pacientes con DM2 no se conocen con precisión, pero tanto la dislipemia aterogénica y la inflamación de bajo grado características de esta población, están implicados. La información sobre la relación del grado de control glucémico...

  16. Enfermedad arterial periférica silente en pacientes ingresados en el servicio de urgencia

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    Jorge Loría-Castellanos; Angélica Hernández-Cruz

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    Introducción: La enfermedad arterial periférica (EAP) es un síndrome aterotrombótico que manifiesta la arteriosclerosis sistémica. Su detección en las fases preclínicas (silentes) podría ayudar a detectar a los individuos y poblaciones en riesgo de desarrollar enfermedades aterotrombóticas mayores (cerebrovasculares o coronarias). Material y métodos: Estudio observacional autorizado por el Comité de investigación, en el que a través de un método aleatorio simple se incluyó a pacientes mayores...

  17. Radiotherapy-induced aortic valve disease associated with porcelain aorta

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    Mediastinal irradiation has been reported to induce cardiac disease such as pericarditis, valvular dysfunction, conduction abnormalities, accelerated arteriosclerosis of the coronary arteries, and also calcifications of the ascending aorta. We herein describe a case of radiotherapy-induced porcelain aorta and aortic valve disease and their surgical treatment. The patient was diagnosed with myasthenia gravis (MG) in 1965 (Osserman's type II), and mediastinal irradiation was performed in 1970 for treatment of thymic tumor associated with MG. Thirty years after radiation therapy, complete atrioventricular block and aortic valve disease with severe calcification of the ascending aorta and aortic arch (porcelain aorta) were detected on echo cardiogram and cardiac catheterization. A permanent pacemaker was implanted via the left subclavian vein and aortic valve replacement was performed under extracorporeal circulation established by selective cerebral perfusion and balloon occlusion instead of aortic cross-clamping. As no risk factors of arteriosclerosis such as hypercholesterolemia, hyperglycemia and hypertension were apparent, we concluded that the aortic valve disease and porcelain aorta were primarily induced by radiotherapy. (author)

  18. 不同年龄女性超重和肥胖与动脉僵硬度的相关性研究%Association of overweight/obesity with arterial stiffness in females

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    陆昀; 沈振海; 李红卫; 李凤; 恽景廷

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    Objective To evaluate the association of body weight with brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) in females.Methods A total of 2 921 residents (≥20 years old) were selected by the stratified cluster random sampling method from March to December 2011.Arterial stiffness was assessed by baPWV.Multivariate logistic regression analysis was used to evaluate the effect of body mass index (BMI) on arteriosclerosis.The predictive value of BMI to evaluate arteriosclerosis was analyzed by using receiver operation characteristic (ROC) curve.Results The prevalence of arteriosclerosis was significantly increased in overweight/obese residents (P<0.01).BMI was positively correlated with baPWV (r=0.310,P<0.01).The prevalence of increased arterial stiffness in individuals≥65 years older was higher than that in people of 20-40 or 41-64 years old (x2 values were 677.30 and 347.26,respectively; both P<0.01).For females of 20-40 or 41-46 years old,the prevalences of increased arterial stiffness in overweight and obese groups were higher than those in normal body weight group (both P<0.01).In univariate analysis,age,resting heart rate,systolic blood pressure (SBP) and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) were correlated with arteriosclerosis (all P<0.01).The odds ratio for the prevalence of arteriosclerosis in overweight women was 2.017 (95% confidence interval (CI):1.637-2.486,P<0.01) and that in obese women was 2.759 (95% CI:1.964-3.876,P<0.01) after adjustment for age,resting heart rate and blood pressure.The area under the ROC curve was 0.693 (95% CI:0.671-0.715,P<0.01) to evaluate arteriosclerosis in females and the optimal cut-off point for BMI was 23.42 kg/m2.Conclusions For females,overweight and obesity may be risk factors of arteriosclerosis.The optimal cut-off point for BMI to evaluate arteriosclerosis in women could be 23.42 kg/m2.%目的 探讨女性人群不同体重与臂踝脉搏波速度(baPWV)的关系,评估超重和肥胖女性人群的

  19. Juvenile elastic arteries after 28 years of renal replacement therapy in a patient with complete complement C4 deficiency

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Complement activation products are present in atherosclerotic plaques. Recently, binding of complement to elastin and collagen in the aortic wall has been demonstrated, suggesting a role of complement in the development aortic stiffness and atherosclerosis. The definitive role of complement in atherosclerosis and arteriosclerosis, however, remains unclear. Case presentation We here describe a patient with hereditary complete deficiency of complement C4 suffering from Henoch-Schoenlein purpura and on renal replacement therapy for twenty-eight years. The patient had the full range of risk factors for vascular damage such as hypertension, volume overload, hyperphosphatemia and hyperparathyroidism. Despite that, his carotid artery intima media thickness was below the normal range and his pulse wave velocity was normal. In contrast, the patient’s coronary and peripheral muscular arteries were heavily calcified. Conclusion This case supports the hypothesis that complement plays an important role in the development of stiffness of elastic arteries. We speculate that inability to activate complement by the classical or lectin pathways protected the patient from atherosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, stiffening and calcification of the aorta and carotid arteries. Inhibition of complement activation may be a potential target for prophylactic and therapeutic interventions.

  20. Plaque of atherosclerosis in aorta: review on atherogenesis, formation of plaque, clinical significance, methods of imaging and treatment; Placa de aterosclerose em aorta: revisao sobre aterogenese, formacao de placa, significado clinco, metodos de imagens e tratamento

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    Furtado, Rogerio Gomes; Nunes, Colandy G. de Oliveira; Rassi Junior, Luis; Melato, Luciano Henrique; Turco, Fabio de Paula; Borges, Moises Marcos, E-mail: rogerinhofurtado@gmail.com [Centro de Diagnostico por Imagem (CDI), Goiania, GO (Brazil); Sara, Leonardo [Instituto do Coracao (InCor/FM/USP), Sao Paulo, SP (Brazil)

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    There is a certain consensus in the literature that the earliest stage of atherogenesis is characterized by the accumulation of spongy cells in the region of the intimal artery. Risk factors such as arterial hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, male gender and advanced age predispose a person to the formation of plaques in the coronaries and aorta. A greater number of acute coronary events as well as strokes have been observed in people with these risk factors. Strokes are the third cause of death in the USA, with about 40% of the cases being of cryptogenic origin. Since 1989 the atheroma plaques which develop in the thoracic aorta have been considered to be responsible for cerebral and peripheral strokes which were previously considered cryptogenic because imaging techniques such as electrocardiogram transesophageal, computerized tomogram, nuclear magnetic angio-resonance have visualized and characterized the lesions with plaques of arteriosclerosis in the thoracic aorta. The authors of this article made a systematic review in the PUBMED about arteriosclerosis in the aorta and its diagnostic methods. This review includes the physiopathology of the formation of atheroma to the aorta and its consequences, diagnostic methods such as echo transesophageal, computerized tomogram and angio resonance, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method of identification of the lesions. An analysis of the clinical significance of the size, form and location of the atheroma plaques in the thoracic aorta were made based on clinical studies, as well as their treatment with anticoagulants, antiplatelet and drugs to reduce cholesterol. (author)

  1. Plaque of atherosclerosis in aorta: review on atherogenesis, formation of plaque, clinical significance, methods of imaging and treatment

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    There is a certain consensus in the literature that the earliest stage of atherogenesis is characterized by the accumulation of spongy cells in the region of the intimal artery. Risk factors such as arterial hypertension, smoking, diabetes mellitus, hypercholesterolemia, male gender and advanced age predispose a person to the formation of plaques in the coronaries and aorta. A greater number of acute coronary events as well as strokes have been observed in people with these risk factors. Strokes are the third cause of death in the USA, with about 40% of the cases being of cryptogenic origin. Since 1989 the atheroma plaques which develop in the thoracic aorta have been considered to be responsible for cerebral and peripheral strokes which were previously considered cryptogenic because imaging techniques such as electrocardiogram transesophageal, computerized tomogram, nuclear magnetic angio-resonance have visualized and characterized the lesions with plaques of arteriosclerosis in the thoracic aorta. The authors of this article made a systematic review in the PUBMED about arteriosclerosis in the aorta and its diagnostic methods. This review includes the physiopathology of the formation of atheroma to the aorta and its consequences, diagnostic methods such as echo transesophageal, computerized tomogram and angio resonance, as well as the advantages and disadvantages of each method of identification of the lesions. An analysis of the clinical significance of the size, form and location of the atheroma plaques in the thoracic aorta were made based on clinical studies, as well as their treatment with anticoagulants, antiplatelet and drugs to reduce cholesterol. (author)

  2. Effect of AST-120 on Endothelial Dysfunction in Adenine-Induced Uremic Rats

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    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. Chronic kidney disease (CKD represents endothelial dysfunction. Monocyte adhesion is recognized as the initial step of arteriosclerosis. Indoxyl sulfate (IS is considered to be a risk factor for arteriosclerosis in CKD. Oral adsorbent AST-120 retards deterioration of renal function, reducing accumulation of IS. In the present study, we determined the monocyte adhesion in the adenine-induced uremic rats in vivo and effects of AST-120 on the adhesion molecules. Methods. Twenty-four rats were divided into control, control+AST-120, adenine, and adenine+AST-120 groups. The number of monocytes adherent to the endothelium of thoracic aorta by imaging the entire endothelial surface and the mRNA expressions of adhesion and atherosclerosis-related molecules were examined on day 49. The mRNA expressions of ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 in human umbilical vein endothelial cells were also examined. Results. Adenine increased the number of adherent monocytes, and AST-120 suppressed the increase. The monocyte adhesion was related to serum creatinine and IS in sera. Overexpression of VCAM-1 and TGF-β1 mRNA in the arterial walls was observed in uremic rats. IS induced increase of the ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 mRNA expressions in vitro. Conclusion. It appears that uremic condition introduces the monocyte adhesion to arterial wall and AST-120 might inhibit increasing of the monocyte adherence with CKD progression.

  3. A novel photoplethysmography technique to derive normalized arterial stiffness as a blood pressure independent measure in the finger vascular bed

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    Stiffening of the small artery may be the earliest sign of arteriosclerosis. However, there is no adequate method for directly assessing small arterial stiffness. In this study, the finger arterial elasticity index (FEI) was defined as the parameter n which denotes the curvilinearity of an exponential model of pressure (P)–volume (Va) relationship (Va = a − b exp (−nP)). For the original estimation, the FEI was calculated from a compliance index from the finger photoplethysmogram whilst occluding the finger. A simple estimation of the FEI was devised by utilizing normalized pulse volume instead of the compliance index. Both estimations yielded close agreement with the exponential model in healthy young participants (study 1: n = 19). Since the FEI was dependent on finger mean blood pressure, normalized finger arterial stiffness index (FSI) was defined as standardized residual from their relationship: mean and standard deviation (SD) of the FSI were 50 ± 10 (study 2: n = 174). The mean coefficient of variation of the FSI for four measurements was 5.72% (study 3: n = 6). The mean and SD of the FSI in seven arteriosclerotic patients were 100.0 ± 13.5. In conclusion, the FEI and FSI by simple estimation are valid and useful for arteriosclerosis research

  4. Histopathological analysis of pre-implantation donor kidney biopsies: association with graft survival and function in one year post-transplantation

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    Karla Lais Pêgas

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Pre-implantation kidney biopsy is a decision-making tool when considering the use of grafts from deceased donors with expanded criteria, implanting one or two kidneys and comparing this to post-transplantation biopsies. The role of histopathological alterations in kidney compartments as a prognostic factor in graft survival and function has had conflicting results. Objective: This study evaluated the prevalence of chronic alterations in pre-implant biopsies of kidney grafts and the association of findings with graft function and survival in one year post-transplant. Methods: 110 biopsies were analyzed between 2006 and 2009 at Santa Casa de Porto Alegre, including live donors, ideal deceased donors and those with expanded criteria. The score was computed according to criteria suggested by Remuzzi. The glomerular filtration rate (GFR was calculated using the abbreviated MDRD formula. Results: No statistical difference was found in the survival of donors stratified according to Remuzzi criteria. The GFR was significantly associated with the total scores in the groups with mild and moderate alterations, and in the kidney compartments alone, by univariate analysis. The multivariate model found an association with the presence of arteriosclerosis, glomerulosclerosis, acute rejection and delayed graft function. Conclusion: Pre-transplant chronic kidney alterations did not influence the post-transplantation one-year graft survival, but arteriosclerosis and glomerulosclerosis is predictive of a worse GFR. Delayed graft function and acute rejection are independent prognostic factors.

  5. 高龄老年人脉压差、血脂、血糖关系分析%Analysis of the Correlation between Pulse Pressure,Blood Lipid,Blood Sugar in the Elderly People

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    丁翊; 刘芳

    2013-01-01

    Objective:Removed the age factor, to probe into the correlation between blood pressure,blood lipid,blood sugar and arteriosclerosis in the elderly people. Methods:Analyzed the correlation between Pulse Pressure,Mean Arterial blood pressure and Diabetes mellitus,Hypertension in 279 examination of the elderly. analyzed the changes of blood glucose,blood lipid at the different levels of Pulse Pressure. In order to know the correlation between Pulse Pressure,Mean Arterial blood pressure and blood glucose,blood lipid, blood pressure. Results:There was a correlation between arteriosclerosis and arterial compliance in the elderly people and hyperglycemia,the disorder of lipid metabolism and high systolic blood pressure. Conclusions:Strengthened the blood glucose management and the treatment of dyslipidemia in patients with diabetes mellitus, strengthened the control of blood pressure in patients with essential hypertension, these measures had a positive effect on prevention and treatment of senile arteriosclerosis.%目的:探讨老年动脉硬化除去年龄因素以外与血压、血糖、血脂的关系。方法:体检的老年人279例,分析脉压、平均动脉压与糖尿病、高血压病的关系及不同脉压水平下血糖、血脂的变化,进一步了解脉压、平均动脉压与血糖、血脂、血压之间的关系。结果:高龄老年人动脉硬化、血管顺应性减低与血糖增高、血脂代谢紊乱、收缩压增高有关。结论:加强糖尿病患者的血糖管理及血脂紊乱的治疗、加强高血压病患者血压控制对老年动脉硬化的防治有积极作用。

  6. Effects of chronic inflammatory reaction status on the development of complications in patients with chronic renal failure

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    Objective: To investigate the relationship between changes of serum contents of CRP, IL-6, TNF-α, IL-10 and the development of complications (anemia, malnutrition, atherosclerosis) in patients with chronic renal failure. Methods: Serum IL-6, TNF-α (with RIA) and CRP, IL-10 (with ELISA) levels were determined in 126 patients with chronic renal failure and 36 controls. Blood hemoglobin, albumin, glucose and triglycerides levels were also determined in all these patients. Echocardiography was performed in 95 patients. Results: (1) Serum contents of CRP, IL-6, TNF-α and IL-10 were all significantly higher in the patients than those in the controls (P6mmol/L, n=83) were significantly higher than those in the corresponding patients without anemia, malnutrition and hyperglycemia ( all P 1.71mmol/L, n=68), the levels were lower than those in patients without high TG (P<0.001 for IL-6, P<0.01 for CRP and IL-10). In patients with aortic arteriosclerosis shown on echocardiography (n=37), levels of the markers were higher than those in patients without arteriosclerosis (n=58) (P<0.001 for IL-10, P<0.001 for CRP and IL-6, P<0.05 for TNF-α). Correlation studies showed that levels of all the four markers were negatively correlated with levels of hemoglobin and albumin, TNF-α levels were correlated with levels of glucose and CRP, IL-6, IL-10 levels were negatively correlated with triglyceride levels. (3) Levels of each of the pro-inflammatory markers (CRP, IL-6, TNF-α) were correlated with levels of the anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10 (r=0.463, 0.546 and 0.402 respectively). Conclusion: (1) Serum levels of CRP, IL-6, TNF-α and IL-10 were increased in patients with chronic renal failure. (2) Levels of these markers were correlated in some degree with the development of complications (anemia, malnutrition, arteriosclerosis......) in the patients. (3) Levels of pro-inflammatory markers were correlated with levels of anti-inflammatory cytokine IL-10. (authors)

  7. Imaging of atherosclerosis with MRI

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    Vascular delineation with Magnetic Resonance Imaging (MRI) suffers from severe artifacts caused by the motion of flowing blood. With recent developments these artifacts are reduced significantly. Using special sequences and processing algorithms the resulting images have an angiographic-like character (MR-Angiography, MRA). While MRA-signals derive from moving spins, the vessel wall itself is suppressed like it is in conventional angiography also. Prerequisites for the assessment of the arterial wall are increased spatial resolution and the discrimination of blood signals. This study demonstrates the clinical value of MRA with respect to arteriosclerosis. Moreover, a pilot study to visualize the arterial wall and atheroma is presented. (author). 11 refs.; 3 figs.; 2 tabs

  8. The significance of MR angiography for the diagnosis of carotid stenoses

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    Arteriosclerosis of the supra-aortic vessels is a known risk factor for cerebrovascular disease. Large multicenter studies like NASCET and ECST have proven the protective effects of the surgical treatment of severe (>70%) carotid artery stenoses. The exact detection and grading of stenoses of the carotid arteries is a prerequisite for a successful therapy. Besides the gold-standard examination, digital subtraction angiography (DSA), MR angiography (MRA) is being used increasingly. MRA allows a non-invasive, high-resolution depiction of the supra-aortic vessels without ionizing radiation in only 20 s. This article first illustrates the MRA-techniques, and the indications and limitations of MRA. Next, the diagnostic accuracy of MRA is compared to DSA and ultrasound. The clinical value of MRA for the detection of stenoses of the carotid arteries is discussed on the basis of clinical examples. (orig.)

  9. Prognostic significance of distal blood pressure measurements in patients with severe ischaemia

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    Paaske, William; Tønnesen, K H

    1980-01-01

    The clinical course was followed and the ankle and toe blood pressures were measured with the strain gauge technique on 5 occasions during 2 years in 43 patients with pain at rest and/or ischaemic ulceration due to severe ischaemia of the legs on the basis of occlusive arterial disease. Although...... arteriosclerosis of the legs in non-diabetic patients is generally considered a benign disease from the standpoint of limb survival, the critical level of TPI (systolic toe blood pressure/systolic arm blood pressure) was found to be 0.07 as a TPI below this value was associated with an overall 82% risk of...... amputation. With TPI above 0.07, the chance of successful conservative therapy was about 40%. Diabetics with severe ischaemia must be regarded as a high risk group in respect of amputation (64%) and lethality (64%). A variance analysis was made on the pressure data: In patients with low pressure peripheral...

  10. Paper de la 1,25 dihidroxivitamina D3 extrarenal
    en l'arteriopatia urèmica. Efecte diferencial de l'analeg 19-nor-dihidroxivitamina D2

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    Cardús Figueras, Anna

    2007-01-01

    L'arteriosclerosis és un procés caracteritzat per l'engruximent i enduriment dela paret arterial, aquest procés es troba accelerat en pacients amb insuficiència renalcrònica (IRC). A més a més, aquests pacients pateixen una disminució de la síntesisde 1,25-dihidroxivitamina D3 (1,25(OH)2D3) que comporta altres complicacions comel hiperparatïroidisme secundari (HPT2). Per aquesta raó es comú l'ús de 1,25(OH)2D3en el tractament del HPT2. L'efecte de la 1,25(OH)2D3 en la calcificació de les cèl·...

  11. Usefulness of three-dimensional CT angiography employing MDCT for peripheral artery occlusive disease

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    The purpose of this study was to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of three-dimensional CT angiography (3D-CTA) using MDCT for arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) in comparison with conventional intravenous digital subtraction angiography (IVDSA). MDCT and IVDSA were performed in 18 patients (mean age 69) with ASO. The number of occlusive lesions was 31 (10 occlusions and 21 stenoses). Three-dimensional CT images were displayed with volume rendering (VR) and maximum intensity projection (MIP). 3D-CTA and IVDSA were compared regarding visualization of the iliac and lower extremity arteries and of occlusive lesions. The visualization and detection of iliac and lower extremity arteries and occlusive lesions by 3D-CTA were possible in all the patients. In 2 patients, the detection of the tibial arteries was more difficult by 3D-CTA, as compared with IVDSA, because of venous return. In the other patients, 3D-CTA showed equal or clearer images than IVDSA. (author)

  12. Nanomaterials and nanoparticles : Sources and toxicity

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    Buzea, Cristina; Robbie, Kevin

    2008-01-01

    This review is written with the goal of informing public health concerns related to nanoscience, while raising awareness of nanomaterials toxicity among scientists and manufacturers handling them. We show that humans have always been exposed to nanoparticles and dust from natural sources and human activities, the recent development of industry and combustion-based engine transportation profoundly increasing anthropogenic nanoparticulate pollution. The key to understanding the toxicity of nanoparticles is that their minute size, smaller than cells and cellular organelles, allows them to penetrate these basic biological structures, disrupting their normal function. Among diseases associated with nanoparticles are asthma, bronchitis, lung cancer, neurodegenerative diseases (such as Parkinson`s and Alzheimer`s diseases), Crohn`s disease, colon cancer. Nanoparticles that enter the circulatory system are related to occurrence of arteriosclerosis, and blood clots, arrhythmia, heart diseases, and ultimately cardiac d...

  13. Aging and calcium as an environmental factor.

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    Fujita, T

    1985-12-01

    Calcium deficiency is a constant menace to land-abiding animals, including mammals. Humans enjoying exceptional longevity on earth are especially susceptible to calcium deficiency in old age. Low calcium and vitamin D intake, short solar exposure, decreased intestinal absorption, and falling renal function with insufficient 1,25(OH)2 vitamin D biosynthesis all contribute to calcium deficiency, secondary hyperparathyroidism, bone loss and possibly calcium shift from the bone to soft tissue, and from the extracellular to the intracellular compartment, blunting the sharp concentration gap between these compartments. The consequences of calcium deficiency might thus include not only osteoporosis, but also arteriosclerosis and hypertension due to the increase of calcium in the vascular wall, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis and senile dementia due to calcium deposition in the central nervous system, and a decrease in cellular function, because of blunting of the difference in extracellular-intracellular calcium, leading to diabetes mellitus, immune deficiency and others (Fig. 6). PMID:2943880

  14. The evaluation of asymptomatic arterial occlusive disease of the legs using an exercise test.

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    Usui,Yoshiyuki

    1984-12-01

    Full Text Available The Doppler-derived ankle pressure index (API is a useful indicator of the necessity for peripheral vascular reconstruction of the lower extremities. But the API at rest dose not reflect the functional capacity of leg circulation, especially in the early stage of disease. Therefore, an asymptomatic but hemodynamically significant lesion in one leg is sometimes missed by pressure measurement at rest when there is a severe lesion with symptoms in the other leg. In this study, the API not only at rest but also after exercise was measured in twenty normal subjects and thirty-two patients with angiographically proven arteriosclerosis obliterans. About 60% of the patients had unilateral symptoms, although they had significant disease bilaterally. The API after exercise proved to be more sensitive than the API at rest and may be useful in assessing asymptomatic legs of such patients and determining their surgical indication.

  15. [Amputation and prosthesis attachment of the lower extremities].

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    Matthes, I; Beirau, M; Ekkernkamp, A; Matthes, G

    2015-06-01

    Approximately 61,000 amputations are performed in Germany per year. In most cases the lower limbs are affected. The reasons for amputations are arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, severe infections, tumors and complex trauma to the extremities. A decision must be made concerning whether a salvage procedure or amputation is appropriate, specially after trauma. In cases where the need for amputation is clear, the site of amputation needs to be planned in advance with the aim of creating a stump which allows sufficient prosthetic attachment. Adjuvant pain therapy is mandatory, especially in order to avoid subsequent phantom pain. The type of prosthetic restoration is influenced by the grade of mobility and personal requirements of patients. Moreover, aftercare and adjusted rehabilitation are recommended. PMID:26013390

  16. Regional calcium distribution and ultrasound images of the vessel wall in human carotid arteries

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    Szikszai, Z.; Kertész, Zs.; Uzonyi, I.; Szíki, G. Á.; Magyar, M. T.; Molnár, S.; Ida, Y.; Csiba, L.

    2005-04-01

    Arterial calcification can take place at two sites in the vessel wall: the intima and the media. Intimal calcification occurs exclusively within atherosclerotic plaques, while medial calcification may develop independently. Extensive calcified plaques in the carotid arteries can be easily detected by B-mode ultrasonic imaging. The calcium content might correlate with the ultrasound reflectance of the vessel wall, and could be a surrogate marker for arteriosclerosis. In this study, segments of human carotid arteries collected at autopsy were examined by ultrasonography in vitro and calcium distributional maps of sections from the same segments were determined by particle induced X-ray emission. Our aim was to make a first step towards investigating the relationship between the calcium distributional maps and the respective ultrasound images.

  17. Celiac artery stenosis/occlusion treated by interventional radiology

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    Ikeda, Osamu [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1-1-1, Honjo Kumamoto 860-8505 (Japan)], E-mail: osamu-3643ik@do9.enjoy.ne.jp; Tamura, Yoshitaka; Nakasone, Yutaka; Yamashita, Yasuyuki [Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Kumamoto University Graduate School of Medical and Pharmaceutical Sciences, 1-1-1, Honjo Kumamoto 860-8505 (Japan)

    2009-08-15

    Severe stenosis/occlusion of the proximal celiac trunk due to median arcuate ligament compression (MALC), arteriosclerosis, pancreatitis, tumor invasion, and celiac axis agenesis has been reported. However, clinically significant ischemic bowel disease attributable to celiac axis stenosis/occlusion appears to be rare because the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) provides for rich collateral circulation. In patients with celiac axis stenosis/occlusion, the most important and frequently encountered collateral vessels from the SMA are the pancreaticoduodenal arcades. Patients with celiac artery stenosis/occlusion are treated by interventional radiology (IR) via dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade. In patients with dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade on SMA angiograms, IR through this artery may be successful. Here we provide several tips on surmounting these difficulties in IR including transcatheter arterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma, an implantable port system for hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy to treat metastatic liver tumors, coil embolization of pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysms, and arterial stimulation test with venous sampling for insulinomas.

  18. Coronary Artery Disease in the Human Immunodeficiency Virus Seropositive Population.

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    Barakat, Michael G; Arora, Rohit R

    2016-01-01

    The development of efficient combined antiretroviral therapies has lengthened the mean life span of the population affected with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) transforming this terminal infection to a chronic yet manageable disease. Nonetheless, patients with HIV--treatment naive or not--exhibit larger risks for coronary artery disease than the noninfected population. Moreover, coronary atherosclerosis/arteriosclerosis may be the most prevalent condition in the HIV-infected population that is being accentuated by the effects of viral agents and the antiretroviral drugs, especially protease inhibitors. Nonetheless, generalized metabolic dysfunctions and premature senescence are often attributed to the viremia caused by the HIV infection directly and primarily. Therefore, a multifactorial approach is to be considered when attempting to explain the strong correlation between HIV and coronary artery disease, including co-opportunistic viremias and vitamin D insufficiency/deficiency. PMID:23797758

  19. Evaluation of phenolic compounds in mate (Ilex paraguariensis) processed by gamma radiation

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    Furgeri, C.; Nunes, T.C.F.; Fanaro, G.B. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes-Laboratory de Deteccao de Alimentos Irradiados, Av. Professor Lineu Prestes, 2242, Cidade Universitaria, CEP: 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Souza, M.F.F.; Bastos, D.H.M. [Faculdade de Saude Publica, FSP/USP, Departamento de Nutricao-Av. Dr. Arnaldo, 715, CEP: 01246-904 Sao Paulo (Brazil); Villavicencio, A.L.C.H. [Instituto de Pesquisas Energeticas Nucleares, IPEN-CNEN/SP, Centro de Tecnologia das Radiacoes-Laboratory de Deteccao de Alimentos Irradiados, Av. Professor Lineu Prestes, 2242, Cidade Universitaria, CEP: 05508-900 Sao Paulo (Brazil)], E-mail: villavic@ipen.br

    2009-07-15

    The radiation food processing has been demonstrating great effectiveness in the attack of pathogenic agents, while little compromising nutritional value and sensorial properties of foods. The mate (Ilex paraguariensis), widely consumed product in South America, generally in the form of infusions with hot or cold water, calls of chimarrao or terere, it is cited in literature as one of the best sources phenolic compounds. The antioxidants action of these constituent has been related to the protection of the organism against the free radicals, generated in alive, currently responsible for the sprouting of some degenerative illness as cancer, arteriosclerosis, rheumatic arthritis and cardiovascular clutters among others. The objective of that work was to evaluate the action of the processing for gamma radiation in phenolic compounds of terere beverage in the doses of 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 kGy. The observed results do not demonstrate significant alterations in phenolic compounds of terere beverage processed by gamma radiation.

  20. Evaluation of phenolic compounds in mate (Ilex paraguariensis) processed by gamma radiation

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    The radiation food processing has been demonstrating great effectiveness in the attack of pathogenic agents, while little compromising nutritional value and sensorial properties of foods. The mate (Ilex paraguariensis), widely consumed product in South America, generally in the form of infusions with hot or cold water, calls of chimarrao or terere, it is cited in literature as one of the best sources phenolic compounds. The antioxidants action of these constituent has been related to the protection of the organism against the free radicals, generated in alive, currently responsible for the sprouting of some degenerative illness as cancer, arteriosclerosis, rheumatic arthritis and cardiovascular clutters among others. The objective of that work was to evaluate the action of the processing for gamma radiation in phenolic compounds of terere beverage in the doses of 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 kGy. The observed results do not demonstrate significant alterations in phenolic compounds of terere beverage processed by gamma radiation.

  1. Homocysteine and the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis.

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    McCully, Kilmer S

    2015-03-01

    The homocysteine theory of arteriosclerosis was discovered by study of arteriosclerotic plaques occurring in homocystinuria, a disease caused by deficiencies of cystathionine synthase, methionine synthase or methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase. According to the homocysteine theory, metabolic and nutritional abnormalities leading to elevation of plasma homocysteine cause atherosclerosis in the general population without these rare enzymatic abnormalities. Through studies of metabolism of homocysteine thiolactone, the anhydride of homocysteine, in cell cultures from homocystinuric children, the pathway for synthesis of sulfate was found to be dependent upon thioretinamide, the amide formed from retinoic acid and homocysteine thiolactone. Two molecules of thioretinamide form the complex thioretinaco with cobalamin, and oxidative phosphorylation is catalyzed by reduction of oxygen, which is bound to thioretinaco ozonide, by electrons from electron transport particles. Atherogenesis is attributed to formation of aggregates of homocysteinylated lipoproteins with microorganisms, which obstruct the vasa vasorum during formation of arterial vulnerable plaques. PMID:25653125

  2. Interventional therapy of huge aneurysm

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    Objective: To evaluate the methods and the efficacy of interventional therapy for huge aneurysm. Methods: Seven patients with huge aneurysm including 2 with pulmonary aneurysm, 2 with renal aneurysm, 1 with humeral artery aneurysm, 1 with right common iliac artery aneurysm, 1 with right internal iliac artery aneurysm. Among these, 5 were true aneurysm, and 2 were pseudoaneurysms caused by congenital, trauma, arteriosclerosis. Three patients were treated with endovascular covered stent graft and 2 patients with embolization containing metallic coils. Two patients were treated with partial aneurysm and feeding artery trunk embolization with metallic coils. Results: All 7 patients were successful carried out the interventional therapy with successful rate of 100%. Six aneurysms were completely obstructed with disappearance of symptoms and signs. One died of aneurysm rupture. No other complication occurred. Conclusion: Interventional therapy for huge aneurysm is an effective method. (authors)

  3. Non-contact measurement of pulse wave velocity using RGB cameras

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    Nakano, Kazuya; Aoki, Yuta; Satoh, Ryota; Hoshi, Akira; Suzuki, Hiroyuki; Nishidate, Izumi

    2016-03-01

    Non-contact measurement of pulse wave velocity (PWV) using red, green, and blue (RGB) digital color images is proposed. Generally, PWV is used as the index of arteriosclerosis. In our method, changes in blood volume are calculated based on changes in the color information, and is estimated by combining multiple regression analysis (MRA) with a Monte Carlo simulation (MCS) model of the transit of light in human skin. After two pulse waves of human skins were measured using RGB cameras, and the PWV was calculated from the difference of the pulse transit time and the distance between two measurement points. The measured forehead-finger PWV (ffPWV) was on the order of m/s and became faster as the values of vital signs raised. These results demonstrated the feasibility of this method.

  4. Ischemia-infarction

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    Stroke is a non-specific term indicting an acute neurologic event. While arteriosclerosis is by far the leading cause of stroke, acute neurologic events can also result from hemorrhage secondary to rupture of an aneurysm or bleeding from an AVM. Less common causes of stroke include bleeding into metastatic or primary tumors or, even less commonly, subdural hematomas. Since arteriosclerotic strokes usually involve a known vascular distribution, they are generally distinguishable from strokes due to other causes by either CT or MRI. The use of CT or MRI is indicated in the acute setting since subsequent treatment, such as anticoagulation or surgical decompression, may depend on the findings of hemorrhage and mass effect from the imaging study. Unfortunately, when an arteriosclerotic etiology of stroke has been determined, the degree of abnormality on MRI or CT may not correlate well with the degree of clinical impairment

  5. Arachidonic metabolism and radiation toxicity in cultures of vascular endothelial cells

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    Eldor, A.; Vlodavsky, I.; Fuks, Z.; Matzner, Y.; Rubin, D.B. (Hadassah Univ. Hospital, Jerusalem (Israel) Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke' s Medical Center, Chicago, IL (USA))

    1989-06-01

    The authors conclude that the observed changes in eicosanoid production by vascular endothelial cells exposed to ionizing irradiation may be relevant to the pathogenesis of post-radiation injury in small and large blood vessels. Anomalies of PGI{sub 2} production may lead to thrombosis and accelerated arteriosclerosis which are observed in irradiated vessels. The generation of potent cells may greatly facilitate inflammation in irradiated vessels. The model of irradiated cultured endothelial cells may also be useful for the study of various methods and agents aimed at reducing the radiation induced damage to blood vessels. Evaluation of the capacity of cultured endothelial cells to produce eicosanoids may serve as an appropriate index for the metabolic damage induced by radiation. (author).

  6. Nitric oxide prevents alveolar senescence and emphysema in a mouse model.

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    Amanda E Boe

    Full Text Available Nω-nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (L-NAME treatment induces arteriosclerosis and vascular senescence. Here, we report that the systemic inhibition of nitric oxide (NO production by L-NAME causes pulmonary emphysema. L-NAME-treated lungs exhibited both the structural (alveolar tissue destruction and functional (increased compliance and reduced elastance characteristics of emphysema development. Furthermore, we found that L-NAME-induced emphysema could be attenuated through both genetic deficiency and pharmacological inhibition of plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1. Because PAI-1 is an important contributor to the development of senescence both in vitro and in vivo, we investigated whether L-NAME-induced senescence led to the observed emphysematous changes. We found that L-NAME treatment was associated with molecular and cellular evidence of premature senescence in mice, and that PAI-1 inhibition attenuated these increases. These findings indicate that NO serves to protect and defend lung tissue from physiological aging.

  7. Water hardness in relation to cadium accumulation and microscopic signs of cardiovascular disease in horses.

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    Elinder, C G; Jonsson, L; Sternström, T; Piscator, M; Linnman, L

    1980-01-01

    The hardness of drinking water (i.e., the sum of calcium and magnesium concentrations) has been related to cadmium concentration in kidney cortex and to microscopic signs of arteriosclerosis and focal myocardial fibrosis in 50 Swedish horses slaughtered for meat production. A significant negative correlation was found between water hardness and cadmium concentrations in kidney cortex. This indicates that horses living in soft water areas are more inclined to accumulate cadmium from the general environment. Microscopic changes in the aorta and myocardium were approximately 2 times as frequent in horses that drank soft water compared to horses that drank hard water. The differences were, however, not statistically significant. It is concluded that horses are well suited for studies of the "water factor". PMID:7369796

  8. Mediastinal radiotherapy and ostial lesion of the left main coronary artery; Radioterapia mediastinica e lesao ostial de tronco de coronaria esquerda

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    Victor, Edgar Guimaraes; Parente, Giordano Bruno de Oliveira [Pernambuco Univ., Recife, PE (Brazil). Hospital das Clinicas]. E-mail: evictor@truenet.com.br

    2004-03-01

    Ischemic cardiac disease is a rare complication and, only recently recognized, of mediastinal irradiation for neoplasms in this region. A case of a 51 years old woman with angina pectoris, rapidly progressive is related, where the angiographic finding was represented by ostial sub occlusive lesion of the left coronary body. The previous story showed the use of radiotherapy for mediastinal Hodgkin lymphoma treatment, with close relation to right ventricle, removed by surgery and afterwards treated with irradiation and chemotherapy two years ago. The coronary stenosis induction in these patients can be dependent or not of the focal arteriosclerosis and is mediated, mainly, by intimal thickness due to tissular fibrosis without alteration in the medium layer and with inclination for the ostial portions of the main arteries. The recognition of this condition (thorax radiotherapy), as an isolated and independent factor for the coronary disease, should be considered in the acting plan for prevention, detection and previous therapy.

  9. Celiac artery stenosis/occlusion treated by interventional radiology

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    Severe stenosis/occlusion of the proximal celiac trunk due to median arcuate ligament compression (MALC), arteriosclerosis, pancreatitis, tumor invasion, and celiac axis agenesis has been reported. However, clinically significant ischemic bowel disease attributable to celiac axis stenosis/occlusion appears to be rare because the superior mesenteric artery (SMA) provides for rich collateral circulation. In patients with celiac axis stenosis/occlusion, the most important and frequently encountered collateral vessels from the SMA are the pancreaticoduodenal arcades. Patients with celiac artery stenosis/occlusion are treated by interventional radiology (IR) via dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade. In patients with dilation of the pancreaticoduodenal arcade on SMA angiograms, IR through this artery may be successful. Here we provide several tips on surmounting these difficulties in IR including transcatheter arterial chemoembolization for hepatocellular carcinoma, an implantable port system for hepatic arterial infusion chemotherapy to treat metastatic liver tumors, coil embolization of pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysms, and arterial stimulation test with venous sampling for insulinomas.

  10. Garlic (Allium sativum L.: A review of potential therapeutic applications

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    Prasan R Bhandari

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Garlic (Allium sativum L. fam. Alliaceae, one of the best-researched herbal remedies, is frequently used as a food and a spice. Garlic contains enzymes (e.g., allinase, sulphur-containing compounds, including alliin, and compounds produced enzymatically from alliin (for example, allicin. Conventionally, it has been used to treat infections, wounds, diarrhoea, rheumatism, heart disease, diabetes and many other disorders. Experimental studies have demonstrated that garlic exhibits antibacterial, antihypertensive, cardioprotective, antilipidaemic, anticarcinogenic, immunostimulant and hypoglycaemic properties. Clinically, garlic has been investigated for a variety of indications, namely, hypertension, hypercholesterolaemia, diabetes and for the prevention of arteriosclerosis and cancer. Systematic reviews are available for the possible antilipidaemic, antihypertensive, antithrombotic and chemopreventive effects. Garlic appears to be generally safe although allergic reactions may occur.

  11. Histologic diagnoses of tissues from two nineteenth century Habsburgs.

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    Józsa, László G

    2008-03-01

    This study describes the histological alterations of the internal organs of Prince Joseph Habsburg (1776-1847) and his first wife, Alexandra Pavlovna Romanova (1783-1801). Both corpses were mummified and the internal organs were stored separately in rosemary oil, in metal vessels. Royal Prince Joseph Habsburg died on 13 January 1847. The microscopic study confirms focal subacute glomerulonephritis (type Berg) with IgA precipitate on the glomerular mesangium and Bowmann's capsule. To the best of this author's knowledge, this is the first case in the paleopathological literature in which the subacute IgA glomerulonephritis could be confirmed immunohistochemically. Gout (urate nephropathy), severe arteriosclerosis, prostate adenoma and purulent prostatitis could also be diagnosed. The Prince's first wife, Alexandra Pavlovna Romanova, died in childbirth at age 18 years, along with her newborn daughter. Histological examination of Alexandra's organs revealed severe fibrocaseous and miliary tuberculosis, with dissemination to the lymph nodes, liver and spleen. PMID:18831390

  12. Probabilistic retinal vessel segmentation

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    Wu, Chang-Hua; Agam, Gady

    2007-03-01

    Optic fundus assessment is widely used for diagnosing vascular and non-vascular pathology. Inspection of the retinal vasculature may reveal hypertension, diabetes, arteriosclerosis, cardiovascular disease and stroke. Due to various imaging conditions retinal images may be degraded. Consequently, the enhancement of such images and vessels in them is an important task with direct clinical applications. We propose a novel technique for vessel enhancement in retinal images that is capable of enhancing vessel junctions in addition to linear vessel segments. This is an extension of vessel filters we have previously developed for vessel enhancement in thoracic CT scans. The proposed approach is based on probabilistic models which can discern vessels and junctions. Evaluation shows the proposed filter is better than several known techniques and is comparable to the state of the art when evaluated on a standard dataset. A ridge-based vessel tracking process is applied on the enhanced image to demonstrate the effectiveness of the enhancement filter.

  13. Left carotid steal. A new observation.

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    Shumacker, H B; Isch, J H

    1975-04-01

    A patient had an occlusion of the left subclavian artery just proximal to the takeoff of a previously placed subclavian-carotid graft. This caused reversal of flow in the graft and a symptomatic steal of blood via to the intracranial arteries. An axilloaxillary graft restored forward flow. In a second patient, a steal occurred from the right carotid and vertebral systems into the distal carotid system of the left side that has been isolated by a proximal carotide artery occlusion from arteriosclerosis. A saphenous vein, used as a bypass from the subclavian to the carotid artery, restored normal flow. Thus, the carotide system may be the low-pressure area responsible for the steal, although this is rarer than the subclavian. PMID:1147756

  14. Specific enhancement of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) production in ischemic region by alprostadil--potential therapeutic application in pharmaceutical regenerative medicine.

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    Inoue, Hajime; Aihara, Masaki; Tomioka, Miyuki; Watabe, Yu-ichi

    2013-01-01

    Alprostadil (lipo-PGE1) is a drug delivery system preparation. This preparation is applied to treat refractory skin ulcers and arteriosclerosis obliterans. We investigated the effects of alprostadil by using the earflap ischemic model. The following results were obtained: 1) Treatment with alprostadil significantly increased the VEGF contents in an ischemic ear; 2) Treatment with alprostadil resulted in strongly expressed VEGF levels only in the ischemic region; 3) Image analysis revealed a significant increase in the number of vessel bypasses and paths after flap creation with alprostadil administration compared to the vehicle-treated ears. The results suggest that it may be possible to apply alprostadil as one device for regenerative medical technology. PMID:23728380

  15. Soporte nutricional en hemodiálisis Nutritional support in haemodialysis

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    Ortiz, A.; Riobó, P. (Pilar)

    2004-01-01

    La malnutrición es un problema frecuente y grave en diálisis. La prevalencia de malnutrición se ha estimado entre 30 y 70%¹. Si bien la malnutrición no suele enumerarse entre las causas más frecuentes de mortalidad de estos pacientes, contribuye a la mortalidad cardiovascular, a través del síndrome MIA (Malnutrición, inflamación, arteriosclerosis² y a la gravedad de las infecciones. La causa de la malnutrición en diálisis es, con frecuencia, multifactorial. Se ha criticado el empleo del térmi...

  16. /sup 99m/Tc radionuclide angioscintigraphic perfusion analysis in the assessment and follow-up of peripheral vascular diseases of the lower limbs

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    Peripheral arterial diseases (PADs) of the lower limbs such as thromboangitis obliterans (TAO) (Buerger's disease), arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) and diabetes mellitus, produce trophic disturbances occurring most often in the toes. Perfusion analysis of the foot and toes was previously reported. The analysis utilized radionuclide arteriography (RNA) during reactive hyperaemia to obtain peak activity in RNA time-activity curves (TACs). RNA was also used to assess healing capability of skin ulcers of the calf and ankle, which depends on localized enhancement of capillary blood flow. On these bases, detection of capillary blood flow assumes primary importance in the assessment of peripheral vascular disease (PVD). The purpose of this study was to determine whether RNA of the toes at rest could provide adequate assessment of microcirculation in PVD and of microcirculatory changes induced by lumbar sympathectomy (LS)

  17. Diabetes mellitus in a black-footed ferret

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    Carpenter, J.W.; Novilla, M.N.

    1977-01-01

    Diabetes mellitus was tentatively diagnosed in a black-footed ferret with polyuria, polydipsia, polyphagia, dehydration, and weight loss. Laboratory findings (marked hyperglycemia (724 mg/100 ml), glycosuria, and ketonuria) and the subsequent favorable response to insulin therapy confirmed the diagnosis. Although lesions were not observed in the pancreas, gross and histologic findings concomitant with diabetes mellitus included arteriosclerosis, with calcification of the aorta and other major vessels; mild necrotizing hepatitis; and mild proliferative glomerulonephritis. A perineal adenocarcinoma, with metastasis to an internal iliac lymph node, was an incidental finding. Special stains demonstrated adequate numbers of beta cell granules in the islets of Langerhans. Thus, the diabetes was apparently due to a lack of release of the synthesized insulin or to diminished effectiveness of the secreted insulin.

  18. Acute arterial occlusion in the midpiece of femoral artery following total knee arthroplasty: Report of one case

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    Rui He; Liu Yang

    2016-01-01

    Acute arterial occlusion is a rare complication following total knee arthroplasty (TKA).The incidence as reported previously is from 0.03% to 0.17%;however,the sequelae can be disastrous because of its potential threat to limb loss.We report a case of acute arterial occlusion in the midpiece of femoral artery following TKA occurred 40 min postoperatively.The occlusion site existed at the midpiece of femoral artery is uncommon.Arterial circulation of the lower limb could not be restored by the thrombolysis and thrombectomy treatments performed within 11 h after TKA.In the end,amputation had to be carried out.In the treatment of acute arterial occlusion following TKA with a tourniquet,it is important to fully consider that arteriosclerosis may induce atheromatous plaque disruption,which might be the reason for acute arterial occlusion.

  19. Study the active site of flavonoid applying radiation chemistry

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    Flavonoid are a large and important class of naturally occurring, low molecular weight benzo-γ-pyrone derivatives which are reported to have a myriad of biological activities, but the study on the active sites of flavonoids is still ambiguous. In this paper, rutin, quercetin and baicalin have been selected as model compounds. It is well known that rutin is used in inhibiting arteriosclerosis and baicalin is antibacterial and antiviral. They have similar basic structure, but their medicinal properties are so different, why? As most flavonoids contain carbonyl group, which can capture electron effectively, we predict that flavonoids can capture electron to form radical anion. The formation of anion radical may have influence on the mitochondrial electron transport chain. The difference in the ability of forming anion radical may cause the difference in their medicinal effects. (author)

  20. [The continuum of COPD and cardiovascular risk: A global scenario of disease].

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    Názara Otero, Carlos Alberto; Baloira Villar, Adolfo

    2015-01-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a serious public health problem in our country. COPD is a treatable and preventable disease which is underdiagnosed. The EPISCAN study revealed a prevalence of 10.2% in Spain between individuals of 40-80 years, with 73% underdiagnosis. In Primary Care occupies 8.5% of all queries with a high economic impact. These patients exhibit some degree of systemic inflammation characterized by increased plasma levels of some inflammatory mediators such as IL-1, IL-6, IL-8, CRP and TNF, which are also related to endothelial disorders and arteriosclerosis. In the continuum of COPD, comorbidities most frequently appear are: ischemic heart disease, heart failure, stroke, hypertension, type 2 diabetes mellitus, renal failure, osteoporosis, myopathy, anxiety, depression, cognitive impairment, malnutrition, anemia and lung cancer. PMID:25496655

  1. PATHOMORPHOLOGY OF ZERO BIOPSIES OF DONOR KIDNEYS

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    M. L. Arefjev

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available There is well known fact that kidney transplants from Extended Criteria Donors may increase risk of De- layed Graft Function and Primary Non-Function of transplants. We have collected and tested 65 «zero» kidney biopsies from cadaver donors aged from 19 to 71 years old. In the pool of elderly donors who died from cerebrovascular accident the frequency of nephrosclerosis presentation was higher than in donors of yonger age who died from craniocephalic trauma. Nevertheless in the general donor pool the number of sclerosed glomeruli was no more than 12%. We did not meet at all in the whole volume of material any bi- opsy with the severe degree of arteriosclerosis. The «zero» biopsies of cadaver kidneys is quite usable and unexpensive tool to measure the degree of nephrosclerosis in order to exclude kidneys which are not fitable for transplantation. 

  2. Fiscal 1998 achievement report on regional consortium research and development project. Venture business raising type regional consortium - small business creating base type (Control of gene expression by ligands for nuclear receptors and its application to medicine manufacture - 2nd year); 1998 nendo kakunai juyotai ligand ni yoru iden joho hatsugen no seigyo to iyaku seizo process eno oyo seika hokokusho. 2

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    Studies are made about ascochlorin and its derivatives which are expected to be effective in the treatment and prevention of lifestyle diseases such as arteriosclerosis, diabetes, hypertension, etc. The current goal is to definitely prove at the cell culture stage that ascochlorin and its derivatives act as ligands for nuclear receptors. As the result of the effort to prove their activation of nuclear receptors, it is clarified that they activate not only PPARr, which is the initial target of the research, but also PPARa, PXR, and ER. A computer simulation of interaction between ascochlorin derivatives and PPARr is conducted, and now it is predicted that the helix 10 cubic structure is transformed so that co-activators may connect to the structure. It is also found that AS-6 inhibits almost completely the appearance of type II diabetes in the db/db mouse lacking leptin receptors and type I diabetes in the NOD (non-obese diabetes) mouse. (NEDO)

  3. Clinical usefulness of color Doppler imaging in the management of the neck region vessels in patients with intraocular tumors - preliminary report

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    The purpose of the study was to assess the clinical usefulness of color Doppler ultrasonography (CDU) examinations of the neck vessels in patients with intraocular tumors as well as to establish whether the changes in these vessels had an influence on further ophthalmologic procedures. Clinical ophthalmological examinations such as visual acuity, anterior segment and ocular fundus, as well as color Doppler ultrasonography of the bulbar and neck region vessels were performed on 38 patients, aged 44-70 years with eyeball tumors. Localization, size, vascularization of the intrabulbar tumors and big vessels of the neck region were analyzed. In 28 patients, choroidal melanoma was identified, and the vascularity of tumor mass was monitored in 10 patients after brachytherapy. Compression or infiltration of jugular veins or carotid artery were not observed. Severe internal carotid artery stenosis due to arteriosclerosis was detected in 5 patients, but no one was suggested to be operated on first in Vascular Surgery Department. Color Doppler ultrasonography should be the first choice technique in the neck vessels and intrabulbar tumors imaging. Visualization of the mass lesions vascularity and the evaluation of amplitude of blood flow velocity allows to monitor the effectiveness of their therapy. It was found that this technique is useful in deciding upon the method of treatment in patients should be the first choice technique in the neck vessels and intrabulbar tumors imaging. Visualization of the mass lesions vascularity and the evaluation of amplitude of blood flow velocity allows to monitor the effectiveness of their therapy. It was found that this technique is useful in deciding upon the method of treatment in patients with coexisting arteriosclerosis. (author)

  4. Chemical pathology of homocysteine. V. Thioretinamide, thioretinaco, and cystathionine synthase function in degenerative diseases.

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    McCully, Kilmer S

    2011-01-01

    Hyperhomocysteinemia was first associated with degenerative disease by observation of accelerated arteriosclerosis in children with inherited disorders of cystathionine synthase, methionine synthase, and methylene tetrohydrofolate reductase. The metabolic blockade of sulfate synthesis from homocysteine thiolactone in malignant cells is ascribed to a deficiency of a chemopreventive derivative of homocysteine thiolactone that occurs in normal cells. Its chemical structure was elucidated by the organic synthesis of thioretinamide from retinoic acid and homocysteine thiolactone. Oxidation of the sulfur atom of homocysteine is inhibited in scorbutic guinea pigs, demonstrating ascorbate function in sulfate synthesis from homocysteine. Studies of homocysteine metabolism in protein energy malnutrition led to the conclusion that the biosynthesis of thioretinamide from the retinol of transthyretin is catalyzed by dehydroascorbate and superoxide generated from the heme oxygenase group of cystathionine synthase. Newly synthesized thioretinamide is complexed with cobalamin to form thioretinaco, which is activated by ozone and oxygen to function as the active site of oxidative phosphorylation. In accordance with the trophoblastic theory of cancer, pancreatic enzymes are believed to be oncolytic because they hydrolyze the homocysteinylated proteins, nucleic acids and glycosaminoglycans of malignant tissues. The clonal selection of malignant cells that are deficient in the heme oxygenase function of cystathionine synthase produces cells dependent upon glycolysis for ATP synthesis, since they are deficient in synthesis of thioretinamide, thioretinaco and thioretinaco ozonide. The vulnerable plaque of arteriosclerosis originates from complexes of microbes with homocysteinylated lipoproteins, obstructing vasa vasorum narrowed by endothelial dysfunction, causing arterial ischemia, and intimal micro-abscesses. Degenerative diseases may be ameliorated by a proposed therapeutic protocol

  5. The role of increased levels of homocysteine in the development of cardiovascular diseases

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    Čeperković Zoran

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Homocysteine is a sulphur amino acid produced by demethylation of the essential amino acid methionine. Dysfunction of certain enzymes or insufficient intake of nutrients may cause increase of intracellular homocysteine, which is then exported into plasma. Etiopathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases accompanied with higher level of homocysteine. McCully's theory suggests that high levels of homocysteine are associated with cardiovascular diseases, arteriosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction. Harmful effects of homocysteine are associated with LDL cholesterol oxidation, increased production of collagen, lower availability of nitric oxide as well as prothrombotic activity. Reduction of homocysteine levels. The most recent researches show that hyperhomocysteinemia is responsible for about 10% of total risk of cardiovascular diseases. Vitamin BJ2 plays a major role in the remethylation of homocysteine. Reducing the homocysteine concentration in blood by 3 mol/l (with daily intake of 0.8 mg of folic acid reduces the risk of ishemic heart diseases by 16%, vein thrombosis by 25%, and stroke by 24%. A six-month therapy with folic acid (Img/d, vitamin B12 (400g/d and vitamin B6 (10mg/d, reduces the frequency of cardiovascular occurrences after successful PTCA. Plasma homocysteine concentration over 12/1 doubles the risk of myocardial infarction. Conclusion. A lack of folates, vitamin B6 and vitamin B12 increases the level of homocysteine and thus increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Changes in lifestyle and diet, as well as intake of food supplements, are of great importance in reducing homocysteine levels in plasma and therefore in reducing the occurrence and acceleration of arteriosclerosis. .

  6. Evaluation of atherosclerotic change of the aorta by enhanced computed tomography

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    Intimal atherosclerotic changes of the aorta were quantified by enhanced computed tomography (enhanced CT) and were examined in terms of their relation to other atherosclerotic characteristics, including calcification and aortic pulse wave velocity, diameter of the aorta, and arteriosclerotic risk factors. A total of 413 subjects were studied, consisting of normal volunteers and patients with cardiovascular diseases. Enhanced CT revealed the atheromatous intima as a projecting and thickened wall. Thus, the ratio of the intimal atherosclerotic change to the whole round was determined in various aortic sites. The diameter of the aorta decreased in accordance with the location from the ascending aorta to aortic ending. The diameter of the infrarenal abdominal aorta was 1.5 times larger than that of the ascending aorta, irrespective of age. The diameter of each region of the aorta increased with advancing age; in the age group of 70 years or older, it was 1.5 times larger that that in the age group of 40 years or younger. The intimal change was noted in the middle descending thoracic aorta and infrarenal abdominal aorta. It was proportional to an increase in the aortic pulse wave velocity, the diameter of the aorta, and the intimal calcification. Intimal changes of the aorta were increased in cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, arteriosclerosis obliterans, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. In particular, hypertension accompanied by diabetes mellitus or high cholesterolemia tended to accelerate the intimal change. In conclusion, aortic intimal changes, as detected on enhanced CT, is useful for the noninvasive diagnosis of arteriosclerosis. (N.K.)

  7. Evaluation of atherosclerotic change of the aorta by enhanced computed tomography

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    Takasu, Junichiro (Chiba Univ. (Japan). School of Medicine)

    1990-10-01

    Intimal atherosclerotic changes of the aorta were quantified by enhanced computed tomography (enhanced CT) and were examined in terms of their relation to other atherosclerotic characteristics, including calcification and aortic pulse wave velocity, diameter of the aorta, and arteriosclerotic risk factors. A total of 413 subjects were studied, consisting of normal volunteers and patients with cardiovascular diseases. Enhanced CT revealed the atheromatous intima as a projecting and thickened wall. Thus, the ratio of the intimal atherosclerotic change to the whole round was determined in various aortic sites. The diameter of the aorta decreased in accordance with the location from the ascending aorta to aortic ending. The diameter of the infrarenal abdominal aorta was 1.5 times larger than that of the ascending aorta, irrespective of age. The diameter of each region of the aorta increased with advancing age; in the age group of 70 years or older, it was 1.5 times larger that that in the age group of 40 years or younger. The intimal change was noted in the middle descending thoracic aorta and infrarenal abdominal aorta. It was proportional to an increase in the aortic pulse wave velocity, the diameter of the aorta, and the intimal calcification. Intimal changes of the aorta were increased in cerebrovascular disease, ischemic heart disease, arteriosclerosis obliterans, hypertension and diabetes mellitus. In particular, hypertension accompanied by diabetes mellitus or high cholesterolemia tended to accelerate the intimal change. In conclusion, aortic intimal changes, as detected on enhanced CT, is useful for the noninvasive diagnosis of arteriosclerosis. (N.K.).

  8. Do spotty high intensity regions found in basal ganglia on MRI T2-weighted brain images of elderly subjects indicate gliosis? Comparison of brain MRI T2-weighted images of elderly subjects and necropsy brain

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    Spotty high intensity regions are frequently found on the MRI T2-weighted brain images (T2WI) of elderly people. High intensity regions with a diameter of 3 mm or less have been considered as expanded perivascular space with no pathological implications on radiological diagnosis. However, its morphometrical basis is not clear. We examined the character of the spotty regions using brain MRI of brain screening subjects, and studied morphometrically arteriolosclerosis and perivascular tissue damage using necropsy brains of subjects aged 65 years and over. The size, number and location of the spotty high intensity regions were examined using the brain MRI of 109 T2WI which is used for brain screening at Kanazawa Medical University Hospital. The frontal lobe, temporal lobe, parietal lobe, hippocampus, midbrain and basal ganglia were sampled from 15 subjects aged 65 years and over, and the tissue sections were processed for HE stain, Elastica van Gieson stain and immunostaining with GFAP. We took photographs of brain arterioli and surrounding parenchyma with a digital telescope camera and the degree of arterioscleosis and tissue damage were assessed by measurements with an image analyzer. Spotty high intensity regions on T2WI with a diameter of 3 mm or less were observed in 95.5% subjects aged 65 years and over. 69.4% spotty region was observed in basal ganglia. There was a significant correlation between age and size. In morphometrical examination, at the basal ganglia, the density of GFAP-positive astrocytes in the perivascular tissue had a significant positive correlation with the proportional thickness of the adventitia, which is an index of arteriosclerosis, and a significant negative correlation with the size of the perivascular space. The results suggested that the spotty regions in the brain MRI of elderly people do not represent dilatations of the perivascular space, but is mild brain damage caused by arteriosclerosis. (author)

  9. Characterization of the apolipoprotein AI and CIII genes in the domestic pig

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    Birchbauer, A.; Knipping, G.; Juritsch, B.; Zechner, R. (Univ. of Graz (Austria)); Aschauer, H. (Sandoz-Forschungs Institut Ges.m.b.H., Vienna (Austria))

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    The apolipoproteins (apo) AI and CIII are important constituents of triglyceride-rich lipoproteins and high-density lipoproteins. In humans, apo AI is believed to play an important protective role in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis, whereas apo CIII might be involved in the development of hypertriglyceridemia. Both human genes are located within a gene cluster on chromosome 11. Although the domestic pig has been widely used as an animal model in arteriosclerosis and lipid research, the porcine apolipoproteins genes are poorly characterized. In this report, the complete nucleotide sequences of the porcine apo AI and CIII genes are presented and the authors demonstrate, for the first time, apo CIII expression in the pig. Both genes are composed of four exons and three introns and resemble closely their human counterparts with regard to the transcriptional start sites, exon sizes, intron sizes, exon-intron borders, and the size of the intergenic region. The predicted pig apo AI is a protein of 241 amino acids, which is 2 amino acids shorter than human apo AI. The protein sequence was found to be very homologous to apo AI sequences in other mammalian species. Apo AI expression was detected on the mRNA level in porcine liver and intestine. The apo CIII gene encodes a protein with 73 amino acids, which is 6 amino acids shorter than human apo CIII. In contrast to the three isoforms of apo CIII found in humans, only one major isoform was detected in the pig. Presumably this isoform is unglycosylated. In addition to apo CIII expression in the liver and the intestine, a truncated form of apo CIII mRNA was also found in porcine kidney. The studies demonstrate the presence of an apo CIII gene, an apo CIII mRNA, and an apo CIII protein in the pig and, therefore, exclude a hypothesized apo CIII deficiency in these animals. 53 refs., 5 figs.

  10. Late neurological complications after irradiation of malignant tumors of the testis

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    Knap, Marianne M.; Overgaard, Jens [Danish Cancer Society, Dept. of Experimental Clinical Oncology, Aarhus Univ. Hospital, Aarhus (Denmark); Bentzen, Soeren M. [Dept. of Human Oncology, Univ. of Wisconsin Medical School, Madison, WI (United States)

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    To identify and describe late neurological complications in a Danish testis cancer cohort treated by radiotherapy. Clinical retrospective material of 94 consecutive patients with malignant testicular tumours treated at Aarhus County Hospital from 1964 to 1973. The irradiated dose in the paraaortic field varied from 27 to 55 Gy given 5 or 6 days a week, from the back and front alternately. The biological equivalent dose of the spinal cord was calculated using the linear-quadratic model. Median follow-up was 25 years, range 7 to 33 years. Seven patients were identified with late neurological complications after irradiation. One developed symptoms 9 months after treatment, but in the six other cases we found a latency period between 10 and 20 years from radiotherapy until the initial neurological symptoms began. The clinical picture in all seven patients was dominated by muscle atrophy, flaccid paresis in the lower limbs and absence of sphincter disturbances or sensory symptoms. High spinal cord dose was related to increased risk of neurological damage. During follow-up 19 patients developed another primary cancer in the radiation field; nine patients were diagnosed with severe arteriosclerosis and 13 patients with long-term gastrointestinal morbidity. Seven patients were identified with late neurological complications, and a clear dose-incidence relationship was shown. The latency period, from irradiation to the initial neurological symptoms began, ranged from 9 months to 20 years with progression of symptoms beyond 25 years. Furthermore many patients in the cohort suffered from solid tumours in the radiation field, severe arteriosclerosis and long-term gastrointestinal morbidity.

  11. Hyperhomocysteinemia and atherosclerosis.

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    Yang, Fan; Tan, Hong-Mei; Wang, Hong

    2005-04-25

    Arteriosclerosis and its complications, such as heart attack and stroke, are the major causes of death in developed countries. It was believed that age, hyperlipidemia, hypertension, diabetes and smoking are common risk factors for cardiovascular disease. In addition, overwhelming clinical and epidemiological studies have identified homocysteine (Hcy) as a significant and independent risk factor for cardiovascular disease. In healthy individuals, plasma Hcy is between 5 and 10 micromol/L. One cause of severe hypehomocys- teinemia (HHcy) is the deficiency of cystathionine beta-synthase (CBS), which converts Hcy to cystathionine. CBS homozygous deficiency results in severe HHcy with Hcy levels up to 100 to 500 micromol/L. Patients with severe HHcy usually present with neurological abnormalities, premature arteriosclerosis. It has been reported that lowering plasma Hcy improved endothelial dysfunction and reduced incidence of major adverse events after percutaneous coronary intervention. The mechanisms by which Hcy induces atherosclerosis are largely unknown. Several biological mechanisms have been proposed to explain cardiovascular pathological changes associated with HHcy. These include: (1) endothelial cell damage and impaired endothelial function; (2) dysregulation of cholesterol and triglyceride biosynthesis; (3) stimulation of vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation; (4) thrombosis activation and (5) activation of monocytes. Four major biochemical mechanisms have been proposed to explain the vascular pathology of Hcy. These include: (1) autooxidation through the production of reactive oxygen species; (2) hypomethylation by forming SAH, a potent inhibitor of biological transmethylations; (3) nitrosylation by binding to nitric oxide or (4) protein homocysteinylation by incorporating into protein. In summary, our studies, as well as data from other laboratories support the concept that Hcy is causally linked to atherosclerosis, and is not merely associated with

  12. Genetic association of glutathione peroxidase-1 with coronary artery calcification in type 2 diabetes: a case control study with multi-slice computed tomography

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    Fujimoto Kei

    2007-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Although oxidative stress by accumulation of reactive oxygen species (ROS in diabetes has become evident, it remains unclear what genes, involved in redox balance, would determine susceptibility for development of atherosclerosis in diabetes. This study evaluated the effect of genetic polymorphism of enzymes producing or responsible for reducing ROS on coronary artery calcification in type 2 diabetes (T2D. Methods An index for coronary-arteriosclerosis, coronary artery calcium score (CACS was evaluated in 91 T2D patients using a multi-slice computed tomography. Patients were genotyped for ROS-scavenging enzymes, Glutathione peroxidase-1 (GPx-1, Catalase, Mn-SOD, Cu/Zn-SOD, as well as SNPs of NADPH oxidase as ROS-promoting elements, genes related to onset of T2D (CAPN10, ADRB3, PPAR gamma, FATP4. Age, blood pressure, BMI, HbA1c, lipid and duration of diabetes were evaluated for a multivariate regression analysis. Results CACS with Pro/Leu genotype of the GPx-1 gene was significantly higher than in those with Pro/Pro (744 ± 1,291 vs. 245 ± 399, respectively, p = 0.006. In addition, genotype frequency of Pro/Leu in those with CACS ≥ 1000 was significantly higher than in those with CACS OR = 3.61, CI = 0.97–13.42; p = 0.045 when tested for deviation from Hardy-Weinberg's equilibrium. Multivariate regression analyses revealed that CACS significantly correlated with GPx-1 genotypes and age. Conclusion The presence of Pro197Leu substitution of the GPx-1 gene may play a crucial role in determining genetic susceptibility to coronary-arteriosclerosis in T2D. The mechanism may be associated with a decreased ability to scavenge ROS with the variant GPx-1.

  13. Oxidación de las LDL (lipoproteínas de baja densidad y su relación con la patogénesis de la aterosclerosis

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    Yohani Pérez Guerra

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available La arteriosclerosis es el endurecimiento de las arterias, una enfermedad común de los vasos sanguíneos principales que se caracteriza por franjas de grasa a lo largo de las paredes arteriales y depósitos de colesterol y calcio.La aterosclerosis suele transcurrir sin síntomas durante años hasta que ocurre la trombosis, causa fundamental de las enfermedades coronarias, cerebro vasculares y arteriales periféricas, provocando, anginas inestables, infarto del miocardio y muerte súbita. La hipótesis oxidativa de la aterogénesis, propuesta inicialmente por Steinberg en 1989 y el papel de los micronutrientes de la dieta como las vitaminas antioxidantes en prevenir la oxidación de las lipoproteínas de baja densidad (LDL, han constituido un atractivo desafío en las investigaciones actuales por sus implicaciones en la medicina preventiva. En los últimos años la hipótesis de que los antioxidantes que inhiban la oxidación de las LDL puedan reducir la incidencia de eventos coronarios, ha creado nuevas interrogantes, ya que se han realizado estudios aleatorizados contra placebo y se han obtenido resultados a favor y en contra. Además, se han realizado diversos estudios con vitaminas antioxidantes en humanos que han sugerido que estas sustancias pueden reducir la incidencia de arteriosclerosis y sus complicaciones. Sin embargo, los resultados no han sido homogéneos y en algunos ensayos la adición de vitaminas antioxidantes a la dieta no demostró ser beneficiosa en ningún sentido. Los beneficios aportados por el consumo de antioxidantes sobre la reducción del riesgo a padecer enfermedades de diferentes etiologías tales como enfermedades vasculares o cáncer, no se encuentra sustentado con evidencias provenientes de estudios de prevención de eventos. Diferentes argumentos tratan de explicar los resultados negativos obtenidos en estudios que en su totalidad alcanzan mas de 30 000 pacientes. Por otra parte, referencias aisladas y su propio

  14. Carotid ultrasonographic parameters as markers of atherogenesis and mortality rate in patients on hemodialysis

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    Stolić Radojica

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Background/Aim. Vascular endothelium plays an important role in atherogenesis. The aim of this study was to estimate the correlation of endothelium malfunction and arteriosclerosis in patients on hemodialysis. Methods. The investigation was designed as a clinical, non-randomized, fiveyear study in the 'Kragujevac' Clinical Center and included 146 patients. We evaluated demographic characteristics, smoking, duration of dialysis, existence of tissue calcification and duplex ultrasound parameters of the carotid artery. All lethal outcomes, including the cause and time of death were recorded. Results. The cumulative survival rate was 57.5%. Survival was short in patients with wider lumen diameter of the carotid arteries. Carotid artery lumen diameter in men was wider than in women. The area cross section was closely correlated with intima media thickness (r = 0.913; p < 0.0001, as well as with the lumen diameter of the carotid arteries (r = 0.527; p < 0.0001. Carotid artery lumen diameter was negatively associated with serum cholesterol (r = - 0.278; p = 0.019, while serum triglycerides correlated negatively with the cross section of intima media (r = -0.261; p = 0.028. Positive correlations were found between the serum total protein level and carotid artery lumen diameter (r = 0.235; p = 0.047, cross section intima media (r = 0.269; p = 0.022 and cholesterol (r = 0.248; p = 0.037. Time on dialysis showed a negative correlation with carotid artery cross section (r = -0.241; p = 0.04, while age was positively correlated with intima media (r = 0.295; p = 0.013, lumen diameter (r = 0.296; p = 0.012 and intima media cross section (r = 0.347; p = 0.003. Regression analysis pointed to predictive importance of carotid artery lumen diameter for survival (Beta = 0.437; p = 0.011 of the examined patients. The cumulative rate of survival was 57%. Conclusion. In our study patient age correlated positively with all parameters of arteriosclerosis. The average

  15. 青壮年急性心肌梗死患者临床分析%Analysis of clinical characteristics in the young and middle-aged male patients with acute myocardial infarction

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    张爱华; 刘梅林; 朱正炎

    2009-01-01

    目的:探讨青壮年急性心肌梗死患者的危险因素及临床特征.方法:比较青壮年组与老年组急性心肌梗死患者的危险因素及临床特征.结果:吸烟、糖尿病、高脂血症、动脉硬化家族史、代谢综合征病史在青壮年组与老年组所占比例分别为78.6%/vs 55.0%、22.3%vs 39.1%、63.1%vs 38.7%、12.6%vs 4.6%、19.4%vs 8.0%.P<0.05;心绞痛病史、典型临床症状在两组中所占比例为49.6%vs 61.8%、78.6%vs 61.8%.P<0.05;两组左室射血分数分别为(63.1±13.6)%和(53.4±14.5)%,P<0.05.结论:青壮年急性心肌梗死患者与吸烟、高脂血症、动脉硬化家族史、代谢综合征病史,呈正相关,行冠状动脉搭桥术比率低.%Objective:This article examined the clinical characters and risk factors in young adults with acute myocardial infarction.Methods:Compare clinical characteristics and risk factors in the young patients and in the old patients.Results: The proportion of smoking,diabetes,hyperlipidemia,family history of arteriosclerosis,metabolic syndrome,hypertension in two groups were 78.6% vs 55.0%,22.3% vs 39.1%,63.1% vs 38.7%,12.6% vs 4.6%,19.4% vs 8.0%,P<0.05.Left ventricular e-jection fraction of younger and older group is ( 63.1±13.6)% and (53.4±14.5)%,respectively.Conclusion :The risk factors in young adults group is relation to the smoking,hyperlipidemia,family history of arteriosclerosis, metabolic syndrome.

  16. Arsenicosis: review of recent advances.

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    Pimparkar, B D; Bhave, Aruna

    2010-10-01

    , bronchitis, pulmonary fibrosis, hepatosplenomegaly resembling NCPF, portal hypertension, peripheral vascular disease and BFD, arteriosclerosis and cancers of lung, urinary bladder, other internal organs and diabetes. Experimental and epidemiological evidence support diabetes effect of high level arsenic exposure. Low and moderate exposure to arsenic in drinking water is widely prevalent and may play a role in diabetes prevalence and needs to be studied further. Role of arsenic in Indian arteriosclerosis, diabetes and liver diseases, (cirrhosis, NCPF), need to be studied further. Study of mechanisms and enzymes mentioned need to be studied in humans exposed to arsenic and other xenobiotics. Measuring arsenic exposure, metabolic and biologic effects by newly described and simpler urine proteomics may accelerate our understanding of arsenic on health consequences. PMID:21510113

  17. Clinical characters of cerebral infarction on older patients%87例老年人脑梗死的临床特点分析

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    伍书元; 杨冰洁; 张钦林; 杨剑文; 杨期明

    2014-01-01

    Objective:To explore the clinical characters of cerebral infarction on older patients Methods:87 cases of cerebral infarctions on older patients were retrospectively studied to explore its clinical characters such as the cause, dangerous factors and recovery Results There were 78 cases of cerebral infarction with clear causes ( 89.66%) , among which 75 cases were arteriosclerosis ( 86.20%) , 10 cases were cardiogenic cerebralinfarction ( 11.49%) , 2 cases with unclear causes ( 2.30%) .The main dangerous factors included smoking, hypertension, abnormal blood fat, familial cerebrovascular disease, obesity,alcoholism, TIA medical record, diabetes and atria tril 1 There were 45 cases of basic recovery after therapy ( 51.72%) ,17 cases of obvious improvement(19.54%) , 15 cases of improvement ( 17.24%) and 10cases remained unchanged ( 11.49%) Conclusion:The most common causes for cerebral infarction on older patients include arteriosclerosis, cardiogenic cerebral thrombus.The most common dangerous factors are smoking, hypertension and abnormal blood fat. Most of the patients recover wel .%目的:分析老年人脑梗死的临床特点。方法:回顾性分析87例老年脑梗死患者的临床资料,探讨其病因、危险因素和预后等临床特点。结果:有明确病因者78例(89.66%),其中动脉粥样硬化75例(86.20%),心源性脑栓塞10例(11.49%),病因不明者2例(2.30%)。主要危险因素有高血压病、糖尿病、房颤、血脂异常、脑血管疾病家族史、肥胖、吸烟、酗酒、TIA 病史等。经治疗基本痊愈45例(51.72%),显著进步17例(19.54%),进步15例(17.24%),无变化10例(11.49%)。结论:老年人脑梗死的病因以动脉粥样硬化、心源性脑栓塞最常见。以高血压病、糖尿病、房颤、血脂异常等为最常见的危险因素,大多数患者预后较好。

  18. 脑动脉硬化性眩晕的临床治疗观察

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    于源东

    2012-01-01

    Objective Investigate the clinical efficacy and safety of the treatment of vertigo in Xuesaitong tablet combined with vertigo rather. Method Random sample of outpatient and inpatient cerebral arteriosclerosis vertigo as the main symptoms of 70 patients were randomly divided into treatment and control groups, which Xuesaitong tablet combined with vertigo rather for the treatment of 35 cases, Xuesaitong tablet three times a day, once100 mg, dizziness rather orally once three times a day, after meals, once every 15 days; Sibelium control group, oral Sibelium once a day, once 10 ~20 mg of atorvastatin for 15 days, were observed treatment effect.Result The total effective rate of treatment group, 94.2%, significantly higher than 80.0% (P <0.05). Conclusion Xuesaitong tablet combined with vertigo rather the treatment of cerebral arteriosclerosis, vertigo significant, worthy of clinical application.%目的探讨血塞通片联合眩晕宁治疗眩晕症的临床疗效及安全性.方法随机抽取门诊及住院脑动脉硬化症以眩晕为主要症状的70例患者,随机分成治疗组和对照组,其中血塞通片联合眩晕宁为治疗组35例,血塞通片口服3次/d,100 mg/次,眩晕宁口服3片/次,3次/d,饭后服用,连用15天;西比灵为对照组,口服西比灵1次/d,5~10mg/次,连用15天,观察两组治疗效果.结果治疗组总有效率达94.2%,明显高于对照组的80.0%(P<0.05).结论血塞通片联合眩晕宁治疗脑动脉硬化性眩晕疗效显著,值得在临床上推广应用.

  19. Genome-Wide Association Study Identifies Candidate Loci Associated with Platelet Count in Koreans

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    Oh, Ji Hee; Kim, Yun Kyoung; Moon, Sanghoon; Kim, Young Jin

    2014-01-01

    Platelets are derived from the fragments that are formed from the cytoplasm of bone marrow megakaryocytes-small irregularly shaped anuclear cells. Platelets respond to vascular damage, contracts blood vessels, and attaches to the damaged region, thereby stopping bleeding, together with the action of blood coagulation factors. Platelet activation is known to affect genes associated with vascular risk factors, as well as with arteriosclerosis and myocardial infarction. Here, we performed a genome-wide association study with 352,228 single-nucleotide polymorphisms typed in 8,842 subjects of the Korea Association Resource (KARE) project and replicated the results in 7,861 subjects from an independent population. We identified genetic associations between platelet count and common variants nearby chromosome 4p16.1 (p = 1.46 × 10-10, in the KIAA0232 gene), 6p21 (p = 1.36 × 10-7, in the BAK1 gene), and 12q24.12 (p = 1.11 × 10-15, in the SH2B3 gene). Our results illustrate the value of large-scale discovery and a focus for several novel research avenues. PMID:25705162

  20. Ultrasonic Measurement of Common Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 2 Diabetic and Non-Diabetic Patients

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    Diabetes mellitus is a widespread disease. Its vascular complications can be characterized by arteriosclerosis formation in carotid arteries. Due to its delayed diagnosis resulting in more complications in Iran, it seems that screening diabetic patients is mandatory. The aim of this study was to compare the intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery in diabetic and non-diabetic patients. This is a cross-sectional study, which included 80 participants (40 diabetics and 40 non-diabetics). By using ultrasound, bilateral IMTs of the distal carotid were measured and the data were analyzed using ANOVA and multivariate regression tests in SPSS 14. The mean IMT was 0.97 in diabetic patients and 0.63 in non-diabetics (P < 0.001). Age and gender had significant positive effects on the increase of IMT (P < 0.05 and P < 0.005, respectively for age and gender). Past medical history of coronary heart disease (CHD) and cerebrovascular accident (CVA) in diabetes is associated significantly with an increase in IMT (P =0.019 and 0.027 respectively). Other confounding variables such as smoking, history of hypertension (HTN) and hyperlipoproteinemia (HLP) in diabetic patients showed no significant relationship with the increase of IMT. Although measuring the IMT of the carotid artery by sonography is a useful tool for screening diabetic patients, more studies are needed for determining how to use these measurements in promoting the patients outcomes

  1. Metabolic syndrome in Japanese diagnosed with visceral fat measurement by computed tomography

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    The metabolic syndrome represents an aggregation of cardiovascular risk factors including obesity, raised blood pressure, impaired glucose tolerance, and dyslipidemia that are associated with increased incidence of arteriosclerosis. Evidence accumulated indicates that the visceral fat accumulation is essential in the development of the syndrome. To investigate the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome in Japan, we analyzed cross-sectional data from 3574 middle aged Japanese (2947 men and 627 women, aged 40-59 years) in a large company, whose visceral fat accumulation was assessed by computed tomography. We employed receiver operation characteristic analysis to identify the optimal visceral fat area (VFA) value that has the sensitivity and the specificity to predict the presence of at least two components of the syndrome in an individual. The sensitivities and the specificities for men were 0.67 and 0.60 at VFA of 100 cm2, and for women, 0.73 and 0.70 at VFA of 65 cm2, respectively. Waist circumferences that corresponded to the VFA cutoff were 86.0 cm for men, and 77.0 cm for women. Using 100 cm2 in men and 65 cm2 in women as the criteria of visceral adiposity, the prevalence of the metabolic syndrome was 25.5% in men and 11.0% in women. Although obesity is less prevalent than in western countries, the metabolic syndrome is substantially widespread in Japan. (author)

  2. Capacitive Micromachined Ultrasonic Transducer Arrays for Integrated Diagnostic/Therapeutic Catheters

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    Wong, Serena H.; Wygant, Ira O.; Yeh, David T.; Zhuang, Xuefeng; Bayram, Baris; Kupnik, Mario; Oralkan, Omer; Ergun, A. Sanli; Yaralioglu, Goksen G.; Khuri-Yakub, Butrus T.

    2006-05-01

    In recent years, medical procedures have become increasingly non-invasive. These include endoscopic procedures and intracardiac interventions (e.g., pulmonary vein isolation for treatment of atrial fibrillation and plaque ablation for treatment of arteriosclerosis). However, current tools suffer from poor visualization and difficult coordination of multiple therapeutic and imaging devices. Dual-mode (imaging and therapeutic) ultrasound arrays provide a solution to these challenges. A dual-mode transducer can provide focused, noncontact ultrasound suitable for therapy and can be used to provide high quality real-time images for navigation and monitoring of the procedure. In the last decade, capacitive micromachined ultrasonic transducers (CMUTs), have become an attractive option for ultrasonic imaging systems due to their fabrication flexibility, improved bandwidth, and integration with electronics. The CMUT's potential in therapeutic applications has also been demonstrated by surface output pressures as high as 1MPa peak to peak and continuous wave (CW) operation. This paper reviews existing interventional CMUT arrays, demonstrates the feasibility of CMUTs for high intensity focused ultrasound (HIFU), and presents a design for the next-generation CMUTs for integrated imaging and HIFU endoscopic catheters.

  3. Increased activity of chondroitin sulfate-synthesizing enzymes during proliferation of arterial smooth muscle cells

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    Cultured arterial smooth muscle cells incorporate [35S]sulfate into the extracellular chondroitin sulfate/dermatan sulfate containing proteoglycans at a higher rate in the phase of logarithmic growth than do non-dividing cells. The cell growth-dependent decrease in 35S incorporation with increasing cell density is accompanied by a decrease in the activity of chondroitin sulfate-synthesizing enzymes. The specific activity of xylosyl transferase, N-acetylgalactosaminyl transferase I and chondroitin sulfotransferase declines as the cells proceed from low to high densities. The corresponding correlation coefficients are 0.86, 0.91 and 0.89. The ratio of C-60H/C-40H sulfation of chondroitin shows a cell proliferation-dependent decrease indicating an inverse correlation of chondroitin 6-sulfotransferase and chondroitin 4-sulfotransferase activity. The observed changes in the expression of enzyme activities are thought to have some implications in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis, the initial stages of which are characterized by proliferation of arterial smooth muscle cells

  4. Increased activity of chondroitin sulfate-synthesizing enzymes during proliferation of arterial smooth muscle cells

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    Hollmann, J.; Thiel, J.; Schmidt, A.; Buddecke, E.

    1986-12-01

    Cultured arterial smooth muscle cells incorporate (/sup 35/S)sulfate into the extracellular chondroitin sulfate/dermatan sulfate containing proteoglycans at a higher rate in the phase of logarithmic growth than do non-dividing cells. The cell growth-dependent decrease in /sup 35/S incorporation with increasing cell density is accompanied by a decrease in the activity of chondroitin sulfate-synthesizing enzymes. The specific activity of xylosyl transferase, N-acetylgalactosaminyl transferase I and chondroitin sulfotransferase declines as the cells proceed from low to high densities. The corresponding correlation coefficients are 0.86, 0.91 and 0.89. The ratio of C-60H/C-40H sulfation of chondroitin shows a cell proliferation-dependent decrease indicating an inverse correlation of chondroitin 6-sulfotransferase and chondroitin 4-sulfotransferase activity. The observed changes in the expression of enzyme activities are thought to have some implications in the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis, the initial stages of which are characterized by proliferation of arterial smooth muscle cells.

  5. Genomics in cardiovascular diseases: analysis of the importance of the toll-like receptor signaling pathway

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    Full Text Available J Bustamante,1 E Tamayo,2 J Herreros3,41Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Universitario La Princesa, Madrid, 2Department of Anesthesiology and Intensive Care, Hospital Clinico Universitario de Valladolid, Valladolid, 3Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Hospital Universitario Valdecilla, Santander, 4Biomedical Engineering Institute of Santander, Santander, SpainAbstract: The development of techniques for genomics study makes it possible for us to further our knowledge about the physiopathology of various immunological or infectious diseases. These techniques improve our understanding of the development and evolution of such diseases, including those of cardiovascular origin, whilst they help to bring about the design of new therapeutic strategies. We are reviewing the genetic alterations of immunity in said field, and focusing on the signaling pathway of toll-like receptors because not only does this play a decisive role in response to microorganisms, it is also heavily involved in modulating the inflammatory response to tissue damage, a side effect of numerous cardiovascular diseases. These alterations in tissue homeostasis are present under a wide range of circumstances, such as reperfusion ischemia (myocardial infarction phenomena, arteriosclerosis, or valvulopathy.Keywords: genome-wide association study, single-nucleotide polymorphism, innate immune system, ischemic/reperfusion, myocardial infarction

  6. Primary experience on double access technique to treat chronic total occlusion in lower extremity artery

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    Objective: To estimate the security and effectiveness of double access technique to treat chronic total occlusion in lower extremity artery. Method: Fifty four patients,who had lower limb arteriosclerosis and accepted failed endovascular treatment because of unable to reenter true lumen through antegrade access, were treated immediately in double access style to recanalize occluded artery (including 27 patients of dorsalis pedis artery puncture,17 patients of posterior tibial artery puncture, 5 patients of proximal anterior tibial artery puncture and 5 patients of distal superficial femoral artery puncture). Evaluate the revascularization rate, complication rate and 6-month limb salvage rate of double access technique, t test was used to compare the ABI. Results: Revascularization rate was 98.2% (53/54), average puncture frequency of every case was 6 (the first access was 2 in every patient, the second access was 4 in every patient), average treatment time was 167 minutes,complication rate was 5.6% (3/54), 2 patients were occlusion in puncture segment of the second access, 1 patient was hematoma in the second access point. 6-month ABI after intervention increased from 0.44 ±0.13 to 0.69 ±0.15, 6-month limb salvage rate was 100%. Conclusion: For chronic total occlusion, double access is a feasible technique to deal with unable to reenter true lumen through antegrade access,the complication rate is low, the primary limb salvage rate is relatively high. (authors)

  7. An Update on the Use of Animal Models in Diabetic Nephropathy Research.

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    Betz, Boris; Conway, Bryan R

    2016-02-01

    In the current review, we discuss limitations and recent advances in animal models of diabetic nephropathy (DN). As in human disease, genetic factors may determine disease severity with the murine FVB and DBA/2J strains being more susceptible to DN than C57BL/6J mice. On the black and tan, brachyuric (BTBR) background, leptin deficient (ob/ob) mice develop many of the pathological features of human DN. Hypertension synergises with hyperglycemia to promote nephropathy in rodents. Moderately hypertensive endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS(-/-)) deficient diabetic mice develop hyaline arteriosclerosis and nodular glomerulosclerosis and induction of renin-dependent hypertension in diabetic Cyp1a1mRen2 rats mimics moderately severe human DN. In addition, diabetic eNOS(-/-) mice and Cyp1a1mRen2 rats recapitulate many of the molecular pathways activated in the human diabetic kidney. However, no model exhibits all the features of human DN; therefore, researchers should consider biochemical, pathological, and transcriptomic data in selecting the most appropriate model to study their molecules and pathways of interest. PMID:26814757

  8. Recent developments in antiangiogenic therapy.

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    Dredge, Keith; Dalgleish, Angus G; Marriott, J Blake

    2002-12-01

    The use of antiangiogenic therapy is gaining momentum as a novel treatment for a number of conditions, ranging from cancer to psoriasis. This has stemmed from research in the early 1970s showing that the formation of new blood vessels by pre-existing endothelial cells is essential in tumour growth and progression. However, although antiangiogenic therapy was hailed as a new avenue of treatment for cancer, initial clinical data have been disappointing. This has led to the reassessment of antiangiogenic therapy for cancer, and new strategies have been proposed to increase the efficacy of these agents in this setting. Angiogenesis has also been implicated in other conditions that are notoriously difficult to treat, such as arteriosclerosis, arthritis, psoriasis and diabetic retinopathy. Increased understanding of the angiogenic process, the diversity of its inducers and mediators, appropriate drug schedules and the use of these agents with other modalities may lead to radically new treatment regimens for many of these conditions. The role of angiogenesis in different pathological settings, and emerging antiangiogenic agents currently in preclinical and clinical studies are discussed in this review. However, while potential benefits are profound, limitations of antiangiogenic therapy have also been identified, suggesting that there is also a need for caution in applying these compounds to the clinical setting. PMID:12517273

  9. Estimation of local pulse wave velocity using arterial diameter waveforms: Experimental validation in sheep

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    Increased arterial stiffness is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Estimation of arterial stiffness using local pulse wave velocity (PWV) promises to be very useful for noninvasive diagnosis of arteriosclerosis. In this work we estimated in an instrumented sheep, the local aortic pulse wave velocity using two sonomicrometry diameter sensors (separated 7.5 cm) according to the transit time method (PWVTT) with a sampling rate of 4 KHz. We simultaneously measured aortic pressure in order to determine from pressure-diameter loops (PWVPDLoop), the true local aortic pulse wave velocity. A pneumatic cuff occluder was implanted in the aorta in order to compare both methods under a wide range of pressure levels. Mean pressure values ranged from 47 to 101 mmHg and mean proximal diameter values from 12.5. to 15.2 mm. There were no significant differences between PWVTT and PWVPDLoop values (451±43 vs. 447±48 cm/s, p = ns, paired t-test). Both methods correlated significantly (R = 0.81, p<0.05). The mean difference between both methods was only 4±29 cm/s, whereas the range of the limits of agreement (mean ± 2 standard deviation) was -61 to +53 cm/s, showing no trend. In conclusion, the diameter waveforms transit time method was found to allow an accurate and precise estimation of the local aortic PWV.

  10. Plaque morphology after arterial interventions in the New Zealand White Rabbit - Which restenosis model is most suitable?

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    Purpose: For evaluation of therapy for possible reduction of restenosis after PTA a suitable animal model is needed. The influence of different interventions on arterial plaque composition was analysed in New Zealand White Rabbits. Material and methods: The following interventions were performed in the infrarenal aorta of New Zealand White Rabbits (n=42): (a) Balloon denudation (BD) with and (b) without 0.5% cholesterol diet (CD), (c) application of a Wiktor stent, (d) CF without BD, and (e) control group. 6 weeks after intervention morphometry and histology were performed. Results: After BD the stenosis rate measured 26±18%, additional CD after prior BD increased the stenoses rate by 2.5 times up to 61.1%. After stent implantation there was only a thin neointimal layer (89±68 μm) around the stent wires. Conclusions: Neither implantation of stents nor single CD are suitable as restenosis models. BD with and without CD was followed by a distinct neointima formation with different cellular composition. The New Zealand White Rabbit constitutes an acceptable model for contemporary research in arteriosclerosis. (orig.)

  11. Identifying All True Vessels from Segmented Retinal Images

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    G. Delucta Mary

    2014-02-01

    Full Text Available Measurements of retinal blood vessel morphology have been shown to be related to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The wrong identification of vessels may result in a large variation of these measurements, leading to a wrong clinical diagnosis Both the arteries and veins of the retina are generally binary trees, whose properties can be considered either locally or globally. Measurable geometrical changes in diameter, branching angle, length, or tortuosity, as a result of disease, have been described in retinal blood vessels. The detection and measurement of retinal blood vessels can be used to quantify the severity of disease such as hypertension, stroke and arteriosclerosis, as part of the process of automated diagnosis of disease or in the assessment of the progression of therapy. Thus, a reliable method of vessel detection and quantification would be valuable. In this paper, we address the problem of identifying true vessels as a postprocessing step to vascular structure segmentation. We model the segmented vascular structure as a vessel segment graph and formulate the problem of identifying vessels as one of finding the optimal forest in the graph given a set of constraints.

  12. IDENTIFYING ALL TRUE VESSELS FROM SEGMENTED RETINAL IMAGES

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    Full Text Available Measurements of retinal blood vessel morphology have been shown to be related to the risk of cardiovascular diseases. The wrong identification of vessels may result in a large variation of these measurements, leading to a wrong clinical diagnosis Both the arteries and veins of the retina are generally binary trees, whose properties can be considered either locally or globally. Measurable geometrical changes in diameter, branching angle, length, or tortuosity, as a result of disease, have been described in retinal blood vessels. The detection and measurement of retinal blood vessels can be used to quantify the severity of disease such as hypertension, stroke and arteriosclerosis, as part of the process of automated diagnosis of disease or in the assessment of the progression of therapy. Thus, a reliable method of vessel detection and quantification would be valuable. In this paper, we address the problem of identifying true vessels as a postprocessing step to vascular structure segmentation. We model the segmented vascular structure as a vessel segment graph and formulate the problem of identifying vessels as one of finding the optimal forest in the graph given a set of constraints.

  13. Contrast Medium-induced Nephropathy. Aspects on Incidence, Consequences, Risk Factors, and Prevention

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    Full Text Available Contrast media-induced nephropathy (CIN is a well-known complication of radiological examinations employing iodine contrast media (I-CM. The rapid development and frequent use of coronary interventions and multi-channel detector computed tomography with concomitant administration of relatively large doses of I-CM has contributed to an increasing number of CIN cases during the last few years. Reduced renal function, especially when caused by diabetic nephropathy or renal arteriosclerosis, in combination with dehydration, congestive heart failure, hypotension, and administration of nephrotoxic drugs are risk factors for the development of CIN.When CM-based examinations cannot be replaced by other techniques in patients at risk of CIN, focus should be directed towards analysis of number and type of risk factors, adequate estimation of GFR, institution of proper preventive measures including hydration and post-procedural observation combined with surveillance of serum creatinine for 1-3 days. For the radiologist, there are several steps to consider in order to minimise the risk for CIN: use of “low-“ or “iso-osmolar” I-CM and dosing the I-CM in relation to GFR and body weight being the most important as well as utilizing radiographic techniques to keep the I-CM dose in gram iodine as low as possible below the numerical value of estimated GFR. There is as yet no pharmacological prevention that has been proven to be effective.

  14. A new screening pathway for identifying asymptomatic patients using dental panoramic radiographs

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    Hayashi, Tatsuro; Matsumoto, Takuya; Sawagashira, Tsuyoshi; Tagami, Motoki; Katsumata, Akitoshi; Hayashi, Yoshinori; Muramatsu, Chisako; Zhou, Xiangrong; Iida, Yukihiro; Matsuoka, Masato; Katagi, Kiyoji; Fujita, Hiroshi

    2012-03-01

    To identify asymptomatic patients is the challenging task and the essential first step in diagnosis. Findings of dental panoramic radiographs include not only dental conditions but also radiographic signs that are suggestive of possible systemic diseases such as osteoporosis, arteriosclerosis, and maxillary sinusitis. Detection of such signs on panoramic radiographs has a potential to provide supplemental benefits for patients. However, it is not easy for general dental practitioners to pay careful attention to such signs. We addressed the development of a computer-aided detection (CAD) system that detects radiographic signs of pathology on panoramic images, and the design of the framework of new screening pathway by cooperation of dentists and our CAD system. The performance evaluation of our CAD system showed the sensitivity and specificity in the identification of osteoporotic patients were 92.6 % and 100 %, respectively, and those of the maxillary sinus abnormality were 89.6 % and 73.6 %, respectively. The detection rate of carotid artery calcifications that suggests the need for further medical evaluation was approximately 93.6 % with 4.4 false-positives per image. To validate the utility of the new screening pathway, preliminary clinical trials by using our CAD system were conducted. To date, 223 panoramic images were processed and 4 asymptomatic patients with suspected osteoporosis, 7 asymptomatic patients with suspected calcifications, and 40 asymptomatic patients with suspected maxillary sinusitis were detected in our initial trial. It was suggested that our new screening pathway could be useful to identify asymptomatic patients with systemic diseases.

  15. NANOROBOTICS IN ADVANCES IN PHARMACEUTICAL SCIENCES

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    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Nanorobotics is the technology of creating machines or robots at or close to the scale of a nanometre (10-9 metres, machines constructed at the molecular level (nanomachines may be used to cure the human body of its various ills. This application of nanotechnology to the field of medicine is commonly called as nanomedicine.Nanotechnology promises futuristic applications such as microscopic robots that assemble other machines or travel inside the body to deliver drugs or do microsurgery. Taking inspiration from the biological motors of living cells, chemists are learning how to utilize protein dynamics to power microsize and nanosize machines with catalytic reactions. Nanorobot?s toolkit contains features like medicine cavity containing medicine, probes, knives and chisels to remove blockages and plaque, microwave emitters and ultrasonic signal generators to destroy cancerous cells, two electrodes generating an electric current, heating the cell up until it dies, powerful lasers could burn away harmful material like arterial plaque.To cure skin diseases, a cream containing nanorobots may be used which remove the right amount of dead skin, remove excess oils, add missing oils, apply the right amounts of natural moisturising compounds, and even achieve the elusive goal of ’deep pore cleaning’.other fields of applications are to clean the wounds,to break the kidney stones, to treat gout, for parasite removal, for cancer treatment, treatment of arteriosclerosis.

  16. Serum Osteoprotegerin Is Associated With Calcified Carotid Plaque: A Strobe-Compliant Observational Study.

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    Kwon, Ami; Choi, Yun-Seok; Choi, Yong-Won; Chung, Woo-Baek; Park, Chul-Soo; Chung, Wook-Sung; Lee, Man-Young; Youn, Ho-Joong

    2016-04-01

    Osteoprotegerin (OPG) is a kind of tumor necrosis factor, which is related to bone metabolism and vascular calcification. The increase of Osteoprotegerin concentration in serum is related to cardiovascular diseases in humans. The purpose of this study was to figure out the relevance between osteoprotegerin in serum and carotid calcification.Serum OPG concentrations were compared in 145 patients who underwent carotid sonography (average age: 68 ± 9 years old, male: female = 81:64). A calcified plaque (CP) (37 people [27%]), a noncalcified plaque (NCP) (54 people [37%]), and a nonplaque (NP) (54 people [37%]) were classified for this study.No significant differences among 3 groups were demonstrated in the distribution of age, diabetes, high blood pressure, and hyperlipidemia. Serum osteoprotegerin concentrations were significantly increased in CP group rather than NCP group or NP group; (median [interquartile range], 4016 [1410] vs 3210 [1802] pg/mL, P calcification in carotid artery disease had an increased serum OPG concentration, so it could consider that OPG plays an important function on calcification related to arteriosclerosis. PMID:27082605

  17. Anti-Glycation Effects of Pomegranate (Punica granatum L.) Fruit Extract and Its Components in Vivo and in Vitro.

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    Kumagai, Yuya; Nakatani, Sachie; Onodera, Hideaki; Nagatomo, Akifumi; Nishida, Norihisa; Matsuura, Yoichi; Kobata, Kenji; Wada, Masahiro

    2015-09-01

    Accumulation of advanced glycation end products (AGEs) leads to various diseases such as diabetic complications and arteriosclerosis. In this study, we examined the effect of pomegranate fruit extract (PFE) and its constituent polyphenols on AGE formation in vivo and in vitro. PFE, fed with a high-fat and high-sucrose (HFS) diet to KK-A(y) mice, significantly reduced glycation products such as glycoalbumin (22.0 ± 2.4%), hemoglobin A1c (5.84 ± 0.23%), and serum AGEs (8.22 ± 0.17 μg/mL), as compared to a control HFS group (30.6 ± 2.6%, 7.45 ± 0.12%, and 9.55 ± 0.17 μg/mL, respectively, P < 0.05). In antiglycation assays, PFE, punicalin, punicalagin, ellagic acid, and gallic acid suppressed the formation of AGEs from bovine serum albumin and sugars. In this study, we discuss the mechanism of the antiglycation effects of PFE and its components in vivo and in vitro. PMID:26242637

  18. Diffusion-weighted and PET/MR Imaging after Radiation Therapy for Malignant Head and Neck Tumors.

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    Varoquaux, Arthur; Rager, Olivier; Dulguerov, Pavel; Burkhardt, Karim; Ailianou, Angeliki; Becker, Minerva

    2015-01-01

    Interpreting imaging studies of the irradiated neck constitutes a challenge because of radiation therapy-induced tissue alterations, the variable appearances of recurrent tumors, and functional and metabolic phenomena that mimic disease. Therefore, morphologic magnetic resonance (MR) imaging, diffusion-weighted (DW) imaging, positron emission tomography with computed tomography (PET/CT), and software fusion of PET and MR imaging data sets are increasingly used to facilitate diagnosis in clinical practice. Because MR imaging and PET often yield complementary information, PET/MR imaging holds promise to facilitate differentiation of tumor recurrence from radiation therapy-induced changes and complications. This review focuses on clinical applications of DW and PET/MR imaging in the irradiated neck and discusses the added value of multiparametric imaging to solve diagnostic dilemmas. Radiologists should understand key features of radiation therapy-induced tissue alterations and potential complications seen at DW and PET/MR imaging, including edema, fibrosis, scar tissue, soft-tissue necrosis, bone and cartilage necrosis, cranial nerve palsy, and radiation therapy-induced arteriosclerosis, brain necrosis, and thyroid disorders. DW and PET/MR imaging also play a complementary role in detection of residual and recurrent disease. Interpretation pitfalls due to technical, functional, and metabolic phenomena should be recognized and avoided. Familiarity with DW and PET/MR imaging features of expected findings, potential complications, and treatment failure after radiation therapy increases diagnostic confidence when interpreting images of the irradiated neck. Online supplemental material is available for this article. PMID:26252192

  19. C-reactive protein inhibits survivin expression via Akt/mTOR pathway downregulation by PTEN expression in cardiac myocytes.

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    Full Text Available C-reactive protein (CRP is one of the most important biomarkers for arteriosclerosis and cardiovascular disease. Recent studies have shown that CRP affects cell cycle and inflammatory process in cardiac myocytes. Survivin is also involved in cardiac myocytes replication and apoptosis. Reduction of survivin expression is associated with less favorable cardiac remodeling in animal models. However, the effect of CRP on survivin expression and its cellular mechanism has not yet been studied. We demonstrated that treatment of CRP resulted in a significant decrease of survivin protein expression in a concentration-dependent manner in cardiac myocytes. The upstream signaling proteins of survivin, such as Akt, mTOR and p70S6K, were also downregulated by CRP treatment. In addition, CRP increased the protein and mRNA levels of PTEN. The siRNA transfection or specific inhibitor treatment for PTEN restored the CRP-induced downregulation of Akt/mTOR/p70S6K pathway and survivin protein expression. Moreover, pretreatment with a specific p53 inhibitor decreased the CRP-induced PTEN expression. ERK-specific inhibitor also blocked the p53 phosphorylation and PTEN expression induced by CRP. Our study provides a novel insight into CRP-induced downregulation of survivin protein expression in cardiac myocytes through mechanisms that involved in downregulation of Akt/mTOR/p70S6K pathway by expression of PTEN.

  20. Quercetin-3-O-glucuronide induces ABCA1 expression by LXRα activation in murine macrophages

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    Ohara, Kazuaki, E-mail: Kazuaki_Ohara@kirin.co.jp [Research Laboratories for Health Science and Food Technologies, Kirin Company Limited, 1-13-5 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004 (Japan); Wakabayashi, Hideyuki [Laboratory for New Product Development, Kirin Beverage Company Limited, 1-17-1 Namamugi, Tsurumi-ku, Yokohama 230-8628 (Japan); Taniguchi, Yoshimasa [Research Laboratories for Health Science and Food Technologies, Kirin Company Limited, 1-13-5 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004 (Japan); Shindo, Kazutoshi [Department of Food and Nutrition, Japan Women’s University, 2-8-1 Mejirodai, Bunkyo-ku, Tokyo 112-8681 (Japan); Yajima, Hiroaki [Research Laboratories for Health Science and Food Technologies, Kirin Company Limited, 1-13-5 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004 (Japan); Yoshida, Aruto [Central Laboratories for Key Technologies, Kirin Company Limited, 1-13-5 Fukuura, Kanazawa-ku, Yokohama 236-0004 (Japan)

    2013-11-29

    Highlights: •The major circulating quercetin metabolite (Q3GA) activated LXRα. •Q3GA induced ABCA1 via LXRα activation in macrophages. •Nelumbo nucifera leaf extracts contained quercetin glycosides. •N. nucifera leaf extract feeding elevated HDLC in mice. -- Abstract: Reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) removes excess cholesterol from macrophages to prevent atherosclerosis. ATP-binding cassette, subfamily A, member 1 (ABCA1) is a crucial cholesterol transporter involved in RCT to produce high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDLC), and is transcriptionally regulated by liver X receptor alpha (LXRα), a nuclear receptor. Quercetin is a widely distributed flavonoid in edible plants which prevented atherosclerosis in an animal model. We found that quercetin-3-O-glucuronide (Q3GA), a major quercetin metabolite after absorption from the digestive tract, enhanced ABCA1 expression, in vitro, via LXRα in macrophages. In addition, leaf extracts of a traditional Asian edible plant, Nelumbo nucifera (NNE), which contained abundant amounts of quercetin glycosides, significantly elevated plasma HDLC in mice. We are the first to present experimental evidence that Q3GA induced ABCA1 in macrophages, and to provide an alternative explanation to previous studies on arteriosclerosis prevention by quercetin.

  1. Application Effect of Conjugated Linoleic Acid in Pig Production%共轭亚油酸在养猪生产中的应用效果

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    邓红

    2011-01-01

    Conjugated linoleic acid is a kind of unsaturated fatty acid, which is a safe and update feed additive, with anti-cancer, arteriosclerosis resistance, immunity enhancement, body fat deposits reduction and bone formation promotion and other biological functions. In this paper, the structure of conjugated linoleic acid and its application effect in pig production were prospected.%共轭亚油酸是一种不饱和脂肪酸,是安全性较高的新型饲料添加剂,具有抗癌、抗动脉硬化、增强机体免疫、降低体脂肪沉积及促进骨生成等生物学功能。文章综述了共轭亚油酸的结构及其养猪生产中的应用效果,展望了共轭亚油酸在养猪业中的应用前景。

  2. Evaluation of phenolic compounds in maté ( Ilex paraguariensis) processed by gamma radiation

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    Furgeri, C.; Nunes, T. C. F.; Fanaro, G. B.; Souza, M. F. F.; Bastos, D. H. M.; Villavicencio, A. L. C. H.

    2009-07-01

    The radiation food processing has been demonstrating great effectiveness in the attack of pathogenic agents, while little compromising nutritional value and sensorial properties of foods. The maté ( Ilex paraguariensis), widely consumed product in South America, generally in the form of infusions with hot or cold water, calls of chimarrão or tererê, it is cited in literature as one of the best sources phenolic compounds. The antioxidants action of these constituent has been related to the protection of the organism against the free radicals, generated in alive, currently responsible for the sprouting of some degenerative illness as cancer, arteriosclerosis, rheumatic arthritis and cardiovascular clutters among others. The objective of that work was to evaluate the action of the processing for gamma radiation in phenolic compounds of tererê beverage in the doses of 0, 3, 5, 7 and 10 kGy. The observed results do not demonstrate significant alterations in phenolic compounds of tererê beverage processed by gamma radiation.

  3. Do the health claims made for Morinda citrifolia (Noni) harmonize with current scientific knowledge and evaluation of its biological effects.

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    Gupta, Rakesh Kumar; Patel, Amit Kumar

    2013-01-01

    Morinda citrifolia, also known as Great Morinda, Indian Mulberry, or Noni, is a plant belonging to the family Rubiaceae. A number of major chemical compounds have been identified in the leaves, roots, and fruits of Noni plant. The fruit juice is in high demand in alternative medicine for different kinds for illnesses such as arthritis, diabetes, high blood pressure, muscle ached and pains, menstrual difficulties, headache, heart diseases, AIDS, gastric ulcer, sprains, mental depression, senility, poor digestion, arteriosclerosis, blood vessel problems, and drug addiction. Several studies have also demonstrated the anti-inflammatory, antioxidant and apoptosis-inducing effect of Noni in various cancers. Based on a toxicological assessment, Noni juice was considered as safe. Though a large number of in vitro, and, to a certain extent, in vivo studies demonstrated a range of potentially beneficial effects, clinical data are essentially lacking. To what extent the findings from experimental pharmacological studies are of potential clinical relevance is not clear at present and this question needs to be explored in detail before an recommendations can be made. PMID:24083691

  4. Evaluation of the Ca2+ distribution in aortic tissue of spontaneously hypertensive and normotensive rats

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    In the present study, particle-induced X-ray emission (PIXE) was used to get information on the spatial distribution of Ca2+ in aortas of spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and normotensive controls aged 1 week, 4 weeks, and 12 weeks. To differentiate changes in Ca2+ metabolism in hypertensive arteries from secondary phenomena due to the arteriosclerosis, the animals were examined in the earliest stage of hypertension. It was found that the Ca2+ content was not elevated in the aortic smooth muscle of SHR aged 1 week (n = 11), as compared to normotensive controls (n = 10) (186.8 +/- 89.9 micrograms Ca2+/g tissue v 254.0 +/- 173.3 micrograms Ca2+/g). The Ca2+ content was raised (P less than .05) in the aortic smooth muscle of SHR aged 4 weeks (n = 13), as compared to 12 WKY rats (4 weeks) (726.0 +/- 130.4 micrograms Ca2+/g tissue v 440.3 +/- 214.4 micrograms Ca2+/g) and in 17 SHR (3 months), as compared to 13 WKY rats, respectively (3390.1 +/- 729.9 micrograms Ca2+/g tissue v 1632.1 +/- 569.5 micrograms Ca2+/g). The results confirm the age-related increase in the arterial Ca2+ content in normotensive rats and demonstrate additionally that this age-related rise in arterial Ca2+ content is accelerated in SHR

  5. Risk Factors for Central and Branch Retinal Vein Occlusion: A Meta-Analysis of Published Clinical Data

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    Petr Kolar

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Retinal vein occlusion (RVO is a major cause of vision loss. Of the two main types of RVO, branch retinal vein occlusion (BRVO is 4 to 6 times more prevalent than central retinal vein occlusion (CRVO. A basic risk factor for RVO is advancing age. Further risk factors include systemic conditions like hypertension, arteriosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, vascular cerebral stroke, blood hyperviscosity, and thrombophilia. A strong risk factor for RVO is the metabolic syndrome (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, and hyperlipidemia. Individuals with end-organ damage caused by diabetes mellitus and hypertension have greatly increased risk for RVO. Socioeconomic status seems to be a risk factor too. American blacks are more often diagnosed with RVO than non-Hispanic whites. Females are, according to some studies, at lower risk than men. The role of thrombophilic risk factors in RVO is still controversial. Congenital thrombophilic diseases like factor V Leiden mutation, hyperhomocysteinemia and anticardiolipin antibodies increase the risk of RVO. Cigarette smoking also increases the risk of RVO as do systemic inflammatory conditions like vasculitis and Behcet disease. Ophthalmic risk factors for RVO are ocular hypertension and glaucoma, higher ocular perfusion pressure, and changes in the retinal arteries.

  6. Vascular changes in sporadic ergotism

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    Whereas the epidemic form of ergotism has been rare in the 20th century, the sporadic form has a wide distribution as a consequence of therapy with ergot-derivative drugs. Favourable prognosis of the condition, with complete recovery from the ischemic peripheral circulatory disorders can be obtained by early diagnosis. Precise evaluation of the history, with recognition of treatment of migraine headache or postpartum hemorraghe with ergot alkaloids, can be determinative in diagnosis. The specific pattern of the angiographic findings, as we saw it in 6 cases within the last 4 years, decisively confirms the diagnosis. We could demonstrate thread-, thorn- and hour glass-like narrowing of the vessels, due to spasm. Total occlusion with the development of collaterals may occur, but we saw no thrombus formation. The stenotic arterial segments had smooth margins. The distribution of the involved arteries was more focal than generalized and more peripheral than central. In two cases spasm could be abolished immediately by a pharmaceutical (i.a. injection of tolazoline) or by anesthetic procedures (halothane). The phenomenologic data, together with the complete reversal of the circulatory ischemic disorders after therapy (particularly the absolute ban of ergots), is so specific that other diseases of ischemic nature (emboli, arteriosclerosis, Buerger's disease, fibromuscular hyperplasia) can be excluded. (orig.)

  7. Change in Elasticity Caused by Flow-Mediated Dilation Measured Only for Intima-Media Region of Brachial Artery

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    Sugimoto, Masataka; Hasegawa, Hideyuki; Kanai, Hiroshi

    2005-08-01

    Endothelial dysfunction is considered to be an initial step of arteriosclerosis [R. Ross: N. Engl. J. Med. 340 (2004) 115]. For the assessment of the endothelium function, brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) caused by increased blood flow has been evaluated with ultrasonic diagnostic equipment. In the case of conventional methods, the change in artery diameter caused by FMD is measured [M. Hashimoto et al.: Circulation 92 (1995) 3431]. Although the arterial wall has a layered structure (intima, media, and adventitia), such a structure is not taken into account in conventional methods because the change in diameter depends on the characteristic of the entire wall. However, smooth muscle present only in the media contributes to FMD, whereas the collagen-rich hard adventitia does not contribute. In this study, we measure the change in elasticity of only the intima-media region including smooth muscle using the phased tracking method [H. Kanai et al.: IEEE Trans. Ultrason. Ferroelectr. Freq. Control 43 (1996) 791]. From the change in elasticity, FMD measured only for the intima-media region by our proposed method was found to be more sensitive than that measured for the entire wall by the conventional method.

  8. Ultrasound molecular imaging: Moving toward clinical translation

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    Abou-Elkacem, Lotfi; Bachawal, Sunitha V.; Willmann, Jürgen K., E-mail: willmann@stanford.edu

    2015-09-15

    Highlights: • Ultrasound molecular imaging is a highly sensitive modality. • A clinical grade ultrasound contrast agent has entered first in human clinical trials. • Several new potential future clinical applications of ultrasound molecular imaging are being explored. - Abstract: Ultrasound is a widely available, cost-effective, real-time, non-invasive and safe imaging modality widely used in the clinic for anatomical and functional imaging. With the introduction of novel molecularly-targeted ultrasound contrast agents, another dimension of ultrasound has become a reality: diagnosing and monitoring pathological processes at the molecular level. Most commonly used ultrasound molecular imaging contrast agents are micron sized, gas-containing microbubbles functionalized to recognize and attach to molecules expressed on inflamed or angiogenic vascular endothelial cells. There are several potential clinical applications currently being explored including earlier detection, molecular profiling, and monitoring of cancer, as well as visualization of ischemic memory in transient myocardial ischemia, monitoring of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease, and assessment of arteriosclerosis. Recently, a first clinical grade ultrasound contrast agent (BR55), targeted at a molecule expressed in neoangiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor type 2; VEGFR2) has been introduced and safety and feasibility of VEGFR2-targeted ultrasound imaging is being explored in first inhuman clinical trials in various cancer types. This review describes the design of ultrasound molecular imaging contrast agents, imaging techniques, and potential future clinical applications of ultrasound molecular imaging.

  9. Premature aging

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    The hypothesis that radiation may accelerate aging phenomenon has been studied extensively, using the population of A-bomb survivors. In this paper, non-specific radiation-induced premature aging is discussed with a review of the literature. Cardiac lipofuscin, papillary fibrosis, aortic extensibility, hexamine/collagen ratio in the skin and aorta, testicular changes, giant hepatic cell nucleus, and neurofibril changes have so far been studied pathologically in the context of A-bomb radiation. Only testicular sclerosis has been found to correlate with distance from the hypocenter. Suggestive correlation was found to exist between the hexamine/collagen ratio in the skin and aorta and A-bomb radiation. Grip strength and hearing ability were decreased in the group of 100 rad and the group of 50-99 rad, respectively. The other physiological data did not definitely correlate with A-bomb radiation. Laboratory data, including erythrocyte sedimentation rate, α and β globulin levels, phytohemagglutinin reaction, T cell counts, erythrocyte glycophorin-A, the incidence of cerebral stroke, ischemic heart disease, and cataract were age-dependent and correlated with A-bomb radiation. These findings indicated that the occurrence of arteriosclerosis-related diseases, changes in immunological competence, and some pathological and physiological findings altered with advancing age, suggesting the correlation with A-bomb radiation. In general, it cannot be concluded that there is a positive correlation between A-bomb radiation and the premature aging. (N.K.) 51 refs

  10. Hyperglycemia Increases Susceptibility to Ischemic Necrosis

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    D. Lévigne

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Diabetic patients are at risk for spontaneous foot ulcers, chronic wounds, infections, and tissue necrosis. Current theories suggest that the development and progression of diabetic foot ulcers are mainly caused by arteriosclerosis and peripheral neuropathy. Tissue necrosis plays a primordial role in the progression of diabetic foot ulcers but the underlying mechanisms are poorly understood. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of hyperglycemia per se on the susceptibility of ischemic tissue to necrosis, using a critical ischemic hind limb animal model. We inflicted the same degree of ischemia in both euglycemic and streptozotocin-induced hyperglycemic rats by resecting the external iliac, the femoral, and the saphenous arteries. Postoperative laser Doppler flowmetry of the ischemic feet showed the same degree of reduction in skin perfusion in both hyperglycemic and euglycemic animals. Nevertheless, we found a significantly higher rate of limb necrosis in hyperglycemic rats compared to euglycemic rats (71% versus 29%, resp.. In this study, we revealed that hyperglycemia per se increases the susceptibility to limb necrosis in ischemic conditions. Our results may help to better understand the physiopathology of progressive diabetic wounds and underline the importance of strict glycemic control in patients with critical limb ischemia.

  11. Neuroprotection by flavonoids

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    Dajas F.

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available The high morbidity, high socioeconomic costs and lack of specific treatments are key factors that define the relevance of brain pathology for human health and the importance of research on neuronal protective agents. Epidemiological studies have shown beneficial effects of flavonoids on arteriosclerosis-related pathology in general and neurodegeneration in particular. Flavonoids can protect the brain by their ability to modulate intracellular signals promoting cellular survival. Quercetin and structurally related flavonoids (myricetin, fisetin, luteolin showed a marked cytoprotective capacity in in vitro experimental conditions in models of predominantly apoptotic death such as that induced by medium concentrations (200 µM of H2O2 added to PC12 cells in culture. Nevertheless, quercetin did not protect substantia nigra neurons in vivo from an oxidative insult (6-hydroxydopamine, probably due to difficulties in crossing the blood-brain barrier. On the other hand, treatment of permanent focal ischemia with a lecithin/quercetin preparation decreased lesion volume, showing that preparations that help to cross the blood-brain barrier may be critical for the expression of the effects of flavonoids on the brain. The hypothesis is advanced that a group of quercetin-related flavonoids could become lead molecules for the development of neuroprotective compounds with multitarget anti-ischemic effects.

  12. The roentgenographic study of aortic calcification in Korean

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    Arteriosclerosis generally has various changes such as thickening and hypertrophy of the intima, fatty infiltration and calcium deposition in the arterial wall and atheroma, which lead to their loss of elasticity. Numerous experiments in animals have demonstrated with production of atheromatous lesions following the administration of large amount of lipoid substances such as cholesterol. However, many other factors such as hypertension, aging, heredity, maleness arterial anatomy play an important role in the genesis of atherosclerosis. Atherosclerotic involvement of aorta usually produces no subjective symptoms unless involvement of the medium sized arteries arising from the aorta. In asymptomatic cases of atherosclerosis no method of antemortem diagnosis is available except roentgenographic detection of aortic calcification. Schilling, et al insisted that the lateral abdominal roentgenogram appeared to be not only useful in detecting large vessel atherosclerosis, but also in the detection of asymptomatic aortic aneurysms, which are of more significance to the internist and surgeon. This study included reviews of 5166 chest roentgenograms (Thoracic group) and 1062 lateral roentgenograms of lumbar spine (Abdominal group) which were taken in Hanyang University Hospital during the period of May 1972 to April 1977. The age of these cases were 40 or more.

  13. Quercetin-3-O-glucuronide induces ABCA1 expression by LXRα activation in murine macrophages

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    Highlights: •The major circulating quercetin metabolite (Q3GA) activated LXRα. •Q3GA induced ABCA1 via LXRα activation in macrophages. •Nelumbo nucifera leaf extracts contained quercetin glycosides. •N. nucifera leaf extract feeding elevated HDLC in mice. -- Abstract: Reverse cholesterol transport (RCT) removes excess cholesterol from macrophages to prevent atherosclerosis. ATP-binding cassette, subfamily A, member 1 (ABCA1) is a crucial cholesterol transporter involved in RCT to produce high density lipoprotein-cholesterol (HDLC), and is transcriptionally regulated by liver X receptor alpha (LXRα), a nuclear receptor. Quercetin is a widely distributed flavonoid in edible plants which prevented atherosclerosis in an animal model. We found that quercetin-3-O-glucuronide (Q3GA), a major quercetin metabolite after absorption from the digestive tract, enhanced ABCA1 expression, in vitro, via LXRα in macrophages. In addition, leaf extracts of a traditional Asian edible plant, Nelumbo nucifera (NNE), which contained abundant amounts of quercetin glycosides, significantly elevated plasma HDLC in mice. We are the first to present experimental evidence that Q3GA induced ABCA1 in macrophages, and to provide an alternative explanation to previous studies on arteriosclerosis prevention by quercetin

  14. 25-Hydroxycholesterol promotes fibroblast-mediated tissue remodeling through NF-κB dependent pathway

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    Abnormal structural alterations termed remodeling, including fibrosis and alveolar wall destruction, are important features of the pathophysiology of chronic airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) is enzymatically produced by cholesterol 25-hydorxylase (CH25H) in macrophages and is reported to be involved in the formation of arteriosclerosis. We previously demonstrated that the expression of CH25H and production of 25HC were increased in the lungs of COPD. However, the role of 25-HC in lung tissue remodeling is unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of 25-HC on fibroblast-mediated tissue remodeling using human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFL-1) in vitro. 25-HC significantly augmented α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) (P1 production (P1 release. These results suggest that 25-HC could contribute to fibroblast-mediated lung tissue remodeling by promoting myofibroblast differentiation and the excessive release of extracellular matrix protein and MMPs via an NF-κB-TGF-β dependent pathway

  15. Clinical significance of pontine high signals identified on magnetic resonance imaging

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    Spin-echo magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) was evaluated to 530 cases in order to investigate the clinical significance of pontine high signals. The subjects comprised 109 cases of pontine infarction with high signal on T2-weighted image and low signal on T1-weighted image (PI group), 145 of pontine high signal with high signal on T2-weighted image but normal signal on T1-weighted image (PH group) and 276 of age-matched control without abnormality either on T1 or T2-weighted images (AC group). Subjective complaints such as vertigo-dizziness were more frequent in the PH group than in the PI group. In both PI and groups, periventricular hyperintensity as well as subcortical high signals in the supratentorium were more severe than in the AC group. These degrees were higher in the PI group than in the PH group. In conclusion, PH as well as PI may result from diffuse arteriosclerosis and PH is considered to be an early finding of pontine ischemia. (author)

  16. Molecular Modeling Approach to Cardiovascular Disease Targetting

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    Chandra Sekhar Akula,

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease, including stroke, is the leading cause of illness and death in the India. A number of studies have shown that inflammation of blood vessels is one of the major factors that increase the incidence of heart diseases, including arteriosclerosis (clogging of the arteries, stroke and myocardial infraction or heart attack. Studies have associated obesity and other components of metabolic syndrome, cardiovascular risk factors, with lowgradeinflammation. Furthermore, some findings suggest that drugs commonly prescribed to the lower cholesterol also reduce this inflammation, suggesting an additional beneficial effect of the stains. The recent development of angiotensin 11 (Ang11 receptor antagonists has enabled to improve significantly the tolerability profile of thisgroup of drugs while maintaining a high clinical efficacy. ACE2 is expressed predominantly in the endothelium and in renal tubular epithelium, and it thus may be an import new cardiovascular target. In the present study we modeled the structure of ACE and designed an inhibitor through using ARGUS lab and the validation of the Drug molecule is done basing on QSAR properties and Cache for this protein through CADD.

  17. Dietary recommendations regarding pilot whale meat and blubber in the Faroe Islands.

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    Weihe, Pál; Joensen, Høgni Debes

    2012-01-01

    For centuries the pilot whale has been an important part Faroese life--both in regard to food and culture. However, studies dating back to 1977 have shown an increase in contamination of the meat, blubber, liver and kidneys of pilot whales. Several birth cohorts have been established in the Faroes in order to discover the health effects related to mercury and organchlorine exposure. In short the results have so far shown that: mercury from pilot whale meat adversely affects the foetal development of the nervous system; the mercury effect is still detectable during adolescence; the mercury from the maternal diet affects the blood pressure of the children; the contaminants of the blubber adversely affect the immune system so that the children react more poorly to immunizations; contaminants in pilot whales appear to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease in those who often eat pilot whale; the risk of hypertension and arteriosclerosis of the carotid arteries is increased in adults who have an increased exposure to mercury; septuagenarians with type 2 diabetes or impaired fasting glycaemia tended to have higher PCB concentrations and higher past intake of traditional foods, especially during childhood and adolescence. Also impaired insulin secretion appears to constitute an important part of the type 2 diabetes pathogenesis associated with exposure to persistent lipophilic food contaminants. From the latest research results, the authors consider that the conclusion from a human health perspective must be to recommend that pilot whale is no longer used for human consumption. PMID:22789518

  18. 腹型肥胖的中医针灸治疗现状%Acupuncture for Abdominal Obesity

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    梁翠梅; 胡慧

    2012-01-01

    当肥胖超过一定限度并出现相关症状时就演变为肥胖症.肥胖症患者中,腹型肥胖患者发生动脉硬化、脑卒中、高血压、冠心病、糖尿病、高脂血症等各种并发症的危险性很高.本研究不仅对腹型肥胖的概念和治疗现状进行了回顾,还从中医角度对腹型肥胖的中医病因病机进行了阐述,并记述了针灸治疗这一祖国医学瑰宝在腹型肥胖治疗领域的现状和展望.%Obesity becomes a symptom when over a certain limit and accompanying correlated symptom. Among the obesity patients, abdominal obesity inclines to suffer arteriosclerosis, stroke, hypertension, coronary heart disease, diabetes mellitus, hyperiipidemia, and other complications. This text reviews the conception and status of abdominal obesity, and explains the cause and mechanism of abdominal obesity in Chinese medicine. Meanwhile , the actuality and prospect of acupuncture and a branch of Chinese therapy for abdominal obesity are recounted.

  19. The detection and role of heat shock protein 70 in various nondisease conditions and disease conditions: a literature review.

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    Qu, Baoge; Jia, Yiguo; Liu, Yuanxun; Wang, Hui; Ren, Guangying; Wang, Hong

    2015-11-01

    As an intracellular polypeptide, heat shock protein 70 (HSP70) can be exposed on the plasma membrane and/or released into the circulation. However, the role of HSP70 in various nondisease and disease conditions remains unknown. Quantitative methods for the detection of HSP70 have been used in clinical studies, revealing that an increase in circulating HSP70 is associated with various types of exercise, elderly patients presenting with inflammation, mobile phones, inflammation, sepsis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, asthma, carotid intima-media thickness, glutamine-treated ill patients, mortality, diabetes mellitus, active chronic glomerulonephritis, and cancers. Circulating HSP70 decreases with age in humans and in obstructive sleep apnea, arteriosclerosis, atrial fibrillation (AF) following coronary artery bypass surgery, nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, moderate-to-severe alcoholic fatty liver disease, hepatic steatosis, and Helicobacter pylori infection. In conclusion, quantitative methods can be used to detect HSP70, particularly in determining circulating HSP70 levels, using more convenient and rapid screening methods. Studies have shown that changes in HSP70 are associated with various nondisease and disease conditions; thus, HSP70 might be a novel potential biomarker reflecting various nondisease conditions and also the severity of disease conditions. However, the reliability and accuracy, as well as the underlying mechanism, of this relationship remain poorly understood, and large-sample clinical research must be performed to verify the role. PMID:26139132

  20. Spinal cord ischemia: aetiology, clinical syndromes and imaging features

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    The purpose of this study was to analyse MR imaging features and lesion patterns as defined by compromised vascular territories, correlating them to different clinical syndromes and aetiological aspects. In a 19.8-year period, clinical records and magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) features of 55 consecutive patients suffering from spinal cord ischemia were evaluated. Aetiologies of infarcts were arteriosclerosis of the aorta and vertebral arteries (23.6 %), aortic surgery or interventional aneurysm repair (11 %) and aortic and vertebral artery dissection (11 %), and in 23.6 %, aetiology remained unclear. Infarcts occurred in 38.2 % at the cervical and thoracic level, respectively, and 49 % of patients suffered from centromedullar syndrome caused by anterior spinal artery ischemia. MRI disclosed hyperintense pencil-like lesion pattern on T2WI in 98.2 %, cord swelling in 40 %, enhancement on post-contrast T1WI in 42.9 % and always hyperintense signal on diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) when acquired. The most common clinical feature in spinal cord ischemia is a centromedullar syndrome, and in contrast to anterior spinal artery ischemia, infarcts in the posterior spinal artery territory are rare. The exclusively cervical location of the spinal sulcal artery syndrome seems to be a likely consequence of anterior spinal artery duplication which is observed preferentially here. (orig.)

  1. Simulations of the Microcirculation in the Human Conjunctiva

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    Dow, William; Jacobitz, Frank; Chen, Peter

    2012-11-01

    The microcirculation in the conjunctiva of a healthy human subject is analyzed using a simulation approach. A comparison between healthy and diseased states may lead to early diagnosis for a variety of vascular related disorders. Previous work suggests that hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes mellitus have noticeable very early changes in the microvasculature (Davis and Landau, 1957; Ditzel, 1968; Kunitomo, 1974) and the vessels of the conjunctiva are specifically useful for this research because they can be studied non-invasively. The microcirculation in the conjunctiva has been documented over the course of disease treatments, providing both still images and video footage for information on vessel length, diameter, and connectivity as well as the direction of blood flow. The numerical method is based on a Hagen-Poiseuille balance in the microvessels and a sparse matrix solver is used to obtain the solution. The simulations use realistic vessel topology for the microvasculature, reconstructed from microscope images of tissue samples, and consider blood rheology as well as passive and active vessel properties.

  2. Proceedings of 42nd Research Society for the Late Effects of the A-Bomb

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    This issue is the collection of study papers presented in the meeting in the title: the special review lecture concerning the epidemiological evidences of multiple myeloma examination in A-bomb survivors (12-year study), the symposium concerning the medical care of A-bomb survivors in 21st century (5 presentations of medical care for the aged survivors, psychiatric approach and psychological care, future clinical studies and survivors' children in RERF, epidemiological study on the late effect of A-bomb radiation, and international cooperation of medical care in Semipalatinsk), and 51 general presentations. The general presentations included 1 article concerning external dose estimation in Ust-Kamenogorsk city, 7, the health care and management of the survivors, 9, cancer and its risk assessment (lung, uterine, stomach, liver and bone marrow), 1, arteriosclerosis, 10, health physics studies in relation to Semipalatinsk and/or Chernobyl (mainly on thyroid cancer), 2, experimental animal studies of thyroid cancer and malformation, 9, genomic studies like gene rearrangement, REV1 SNPs, function analysis and regeneration medicine, and 12, histological and cytological studies concerning DNA/RNA extraction, gene expression, signal transduction and immune system. (K.H.)

  3. Cholecystitis occurring without stones

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    A case of acalculous cholecystitis in a 65-year-old man with underlying diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and peripheral arteriosclerosis is presented here. His case remained diagnostically puzzling for some time until symptoms and signs became more severe and very suggestive of acute cholecystitis. The clinical impression was then supported by an abnormal radioisotope biliary scan. The scan has fairly good sensitivity in detecting this condition but may not be totally dependable. Acalculous cholecystitis is an unusual but serious variant of a common disorder in which treatable gallbladder disease may masquerade as a less treatable liver malady. A common denominator among this disorder's many etiologies may be impairment of the gallbladder microcirculation in the presence of one or more conditions that lower the gallbladder's resistance to bacterial invasion. Prompt detection and treatment are desirable to reduce morbidity and mortality. However, early diagnosis is not always possible, because the clinical picture often is unclear, clear, gallstones are absent, and laboratory test results may be normal or equivocal. As in the case reported here, the vague clinical picture may dictate following a patient until the illness reaches an intensity acute enough to permit identification. The greatest aid to earlier diagnosis for the physician faced with circumstances similar to those described here is to think of cholecystitis and then to give strong weight to that clinical suspicion. At times, a recommendation for cholecystectomy may have to be made mainly on clinical judgment

  4. Renal pathology in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients: a contemporary biopsy, nephrectomy, and autopsy series.

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    Brinkerhoff, Brian T; Houghton, Donald C; Troxell, Megan L

    2016-06-01

    Renal injury in hematopoietic cell transplant recipients may be related to a combination of factors including chemotherapy, radiation, infection, immunosuppressive agents, ischemia, and graft-versus-host disease, and can involve glomerular, tubulointerstitial, and vascular structures. We reviewed renal pathology from 67 patients at a single institution (2009-2014), including 14 patients with biopsy for clinical dysfunction, 6 patients with surgical kidney resection for other causes, and 47 autopsy patients. Kidney specimens frequently contained multiple histopathologic abnormalities. Thrombotic microangiopathy, membranous nephropathy, minimal change disease, and focal segmental glomerulosclerosis were the most common glomerular findings. Pathologies not previously reported in the hematopoietic cell transplant setting included collapsing glomerulopathy, antiglomerular basement membrane disease, fibrillary glomerulonephritis, and in the case of two surgical resections distinctive cellular segmental glomerular lesions that defied classification. Kidney specimens frequently demonstrated acute tubular injury, interstitial fibrosis, arteriolar hyaline, and arteriosclerosis. Other kidney findings at autopsy included leukemia and amyloid (both recurrent), diabetic nephropathy, bacterial infection, fungal invasion, and silver deposition along glomerular and tubular basement membranes. Also in the autopsy cohort, C4d immunohistochemistry demonstrated unexpected membranous nephropathy in two patients, yet C4d also colocalized with arteriolar hyaline. This retrospective hematopoietic cell transplant cohort illustrates multifaceted renal injury in patients with renal dysfunction, as well as in patients without clinically recognized kidney injury. PMID:27015134

  5. Serious response during tilt-table test in elderly and its prophylactic management

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    HAN Yang; LI Xiao-xia; JLANG Wei-li; WANG Zhao-di; CHEN Tian-zhi

    2005-01-01

    Objective: To evaluate the serious response during tilt-table test (TTT) and its prophylactic management. Method:Seventy-six elderly patients were tested at a tilt angle of 70 degrees for a maximum of 45 min and then subjected to isoproterenol-provocative tilt testing. ECG and blood pressure were monitored during the test and patients were kept at normal saline condition through a peripheral intravenous duct. Results: Fifty-one of 76 patients were defined as positive including 23 having serious response; 6 of the 23 patients had arteriosclerosis involving intemal carotid arteries and 7 cases had bradycardia, two of which were associated with Ⅱ°-Ⅰ A-V block and the others with chronic atrial fibrillation. The serious response consisted of cardiac arrest for more than 5 s (6 cases), or serious bradycardia for more than 1 min (7 cases) or serious hypotension for more than 1 min (10 cases).Those with serious response were managed by returning to supine position, thus driving up legs and intravenous atropine, CPR (2cases with cardiac arrest) and needing oxygen supplementation (11 cases). Only 2 hypotension patients recovered gradually by 10min after emergency management, while others recovered rapidly with no complications. Conclusion: Although non-invasive,TTT may result in serious response, especially in elderly. Therefore proper patient selection, control of isoproterenol infusion and close observation of vital signs are decisive for a safe consequence.

  6. Heat Killed Lactobacillus reuteri GMNL-263 Reduces Fibrosis Effects on the Liver and Heart in High Fat Diet-Hamsters via TGF-β Suppression

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    Wei-Jen Ting

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Obesity is one of the major risk factors for nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD, and NAFLD is highly associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD. Scholars have suggested that certain probiotics may significantly impact cardiovascular health, particularly certain Lactobacillus species, such as Lactobacillus reuteri GMNL-263 (Lr263 probiotics, which have been shown to reduce obesity and arteriosclerosis in vivo. In the present study, we examined the potential of heat-killed bacteria to attenuate high fat diet (HFD-induced hepatic and cardiac damages and the possible underlying mechanism of the positive effects of heat-killed Lr263 oral supplements. Heat-killed Lr263 treatments (625 and 3125 mg/kg-hamster/day were provided as a daily supplement by oral gavage to HFD-fed hamsters for eight weeks. The results show that heat-killed Lr263 treatments reduce fatty liver syndrome. Moreover, heat-killed Lactobacillus reuteri GMNL-263 supplementation in HFD hamsters also reduced fibrosis in the liver and heart by reducing transforming growth factor β (TGF-β expression levels. In conclusion, heat-killed Lr263 can reduce lipid metabolic stress in HFD hamsters and decrease the risk of fatty liver and cardiovascular disease.

  7. Effect of dietary Maitake (Grifola frondosa) mushrooms on plasma cholesterol and hepatic gene expression in cholesterol-fed mice.

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    Sato, Mayumi; Tokuji, Yoshihiko; Yoneyama, Shozo; Fujii-Akiyama, Kyoko; Kinoshita, Mikio; Chiji, Hideyuki; Ohnishi, Masao

    2013-01-01

    To investigate the effects of dietary Grifola frondosa on cholesterol, normal mice were fed a diet containing 1% cholesterol (HC group) or 1% cholesterol and 10% freeze-dried G. frondosa powder (HC+G group) for 4 weeks and hepatic and plasma lipid levels were compared with those of a cholesterol-free diet-fed mice (N group). Hepatic total cholesterol (TC), triacylglycerol contents were considerably increased and plasma TC / phospholipid (PL) was also increased significantly in the HC group compared with the N group. However, plasma TC content decreased in the HC+G group compared with the HC group. To characterize the mechanisms responsible for lowered plasma cholesterol in G. frondosa-supplemented mice, hepatic gene expression was profiled using DNA microarray and gene ontology. Genome analyses revealed that de novo cholesterol synthesis genes were suppressed following cholesterol intake. However, expression of bile acid biosynthesis and low-density lipoprotein receptor genes showed little change. Scarb1, Abcg5, and Abcg8, involved in cholesterol transport and excretion, were slightly upregulated in the HC+G group compared with the HC group. These data indicate the plasma cholesterol-lowering effect of G. frondosa. Moreover, fatty acid (FA) β-oxidation was promoted via adipocytokine signaling pathways, and Saa, encodes serum amyloid A related to arteriosclerosis, was suppressed in the HC+G group. PMID:24292357

  8. Endarterectomy and saphenous vein ‘Y’ patchplasty technique for severe carotid artery bifurcation lesion

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    Cüneyt Eriş

    2013-09-01

    Full Text Available Arteriosclerosis, is mostly affect coronary and carotid arteriesespecially the ostium and bifurcation due to the natureof the flow. Arterial bifurcation lesions cause dilemmafor the treating physician during both surgical and invasiveprocedures because they require a higher clinical experienceand longer processing time. In carotid artery surgery,it is accepted that patchplasty prevents perioperativeand postoperative restenosis, and as a result of this, itreduces the incidence of ipsilateral stroke. In the presenttime synthetic patch materials (PTFE, Dacron and autologouspatch materials (saphenous and jugular veins areused. We report a case of carotid endarterectomy and ‘Y’shaped saphenous patchplasty to the carotid bifurcation.According to our research in the literature, we didn’t findany case with ‘Y’ shaped saphenous vein patch. Therewas only one Y shaped carotid patchplasty case by usingPTFE material. Our original technic is advantageous interms of easy preparation and application as well as itssuccessful outcome.Key words: Carotid artery diseases, saphenous vein,patchplasty

  9. Platelet scintigraphy in atherothrombotic disease

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    Isaka, Yoshinari (Osaka National Hospital (Japan))

    1993-01-01

    Indium-111 platelet scintigraphy for the measurement of in vivo thrombogenicity is a useful noninvasive technique with a number of applications. From 1982 to 1989, we explored clinical relevance of this method for 576 consecutive patients with atherothrombotic disease. There was a disease-related difference in the percentage of positive platelet accumulation; 85% in patients with Dacron bifurcation graft, 75% in abdominal or thoracic aneurysm, 40% in intra-cardiac thrombi, 33% in arteriosclerosis obliterans and 25% in ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Labelled platelets accumulated frequently in the lesion with severe arteriographic abnormality. Aspirin clearly inhibited platelet accumulation on carotid atheroma but the effect of ticlopidine has been less conclusive. Short-term orally active PGI[sub 2] analogue had inhibitory effects on platelet accumulation in carotid atheroma and platelet aggregability, but did not cause significant reduction in plaque size. The results suggest the usefulness of platelet scintigraphy for monitoring the thrombogenicity in various atherothrombotic diseases. It will be necessary, however, to simplify the labelling procedures and to develop a new [sup 99m]Tc-labelled thrombus imaging agent, if thrombus imaging is to be considered for more generall use for patients with atherosclerosis. (author).

  10. Development of Antiatherosclerotic Drugs on the basis of Natural Products Using Cell Model Approach

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    Alexander N. Orekhov

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis including its subclinical form is one of the key medical and social problems. At present, there is no therapy available for widespread use against subclinical atherosclerosis. The use of synthetic drugs for the prevention of arteriosclerosis in its early stages is not sufficient because of the limited indications for severe side effects and high cost of treatment. Obviously, effective antiatherosclerotic drugs based on natural products would be a preferred alternative. Simple cell-based models for testing different natural products have been developed and the ability of natural products to prevent intracellular lipid accumulation in primary cell culture was evaluated. This approach utilizing cell models allowed to test effects of such direct antiatherosclerotic therapy, analyzing the effects mimicking those which can occur “at the level” of arterial wall via the inhibition of intracellular lipid deposition. The data from the carried out clinical trials support a point of view that the identification of antiatherosclerotic activity of natural products might offer a great opportunity for the prevention and treatment of atherosclerotic disease, reducing cardiovascular morbidity and mortality.

  11. [Anesthetic management of a patient with Mulvihill-Smith syndrome].

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    Kuribayashi, Junya; Yamada, Tatsuya; Morisaki, Hiroshi; Takeda, Junzo

    2007-07-01

    Mulvihill-Smith syndrome is a rare disease that belongs to progeroid syndromes. This syndrome is characterized by a senile face with an underdeveloped lower half, short stature, microcephaly, multiple pigmented nevi, immunodeficiency, hearing loss, and high-pitched voice. We report anesthetic management of a 27-year-old woman, 138 cm and 27 kg, with this syndrome, who underwent removal of mandibular cyst, partial resection of tongue and keratoplasty. Anesthesia was induced with fentanyl, propofol and vecuronium. There was difficulty in maintaining adequate ventilation with a face mask for children, and we used a mask for infants. Her Cormack grade was rated 3 but her trachea could be intubated assisted by BURP procedure. Anesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane, nitrous oxide and oxygen supplemented with fentanyl. The changes of blood pressure during anesthesia were extraordinary, suggesting the presence of advanced arteriosclerosis. The postoperative course was uneventful, with stable hemodynamics, and the patient was discharged from the hospital on 9th postoperative day. Anesthesia for Mulvihill-Smith syndrome should be performed with caution for the potential risk of difficult airway and unstable hemodynamics. PMID:17633848

  12. Endocardiosis and congestive heart failure in a captive ostrich (Struthio camelus

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    M.A.G. Kubba

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available A seven-year-old blue-necked male ostrich was found dead after a few days of illness. The animal was living in an open yard of 25 square meters along with three other females. They were given concentrate-rich ration with free access to green leaves and water. Autopsy revealed cardiac enlargement due to left ventricular hypertrophy and right ventricular dilatation. The left aterioventricular valves were irregularly thickened and contracted. The lungs were engorged with blood and the liver had nutmeg appearance. The small intestine showed segmental sub-serosal petechial hemorrhages. Histological examination revealed myxomatous degeneration of the left aterioventricular valves, pulmonary congestion and edema, congestion of periacinar hepatic zone and fatty degeneration of outer zones, renal glomerulosclerosis and arteriosclerosis. The affected parts of the small intestine showed villous atrophy with lacteal distention. The venules in the affected intestinal segment were severely dilated while the arterioles had narrow lumen and irregular wall thickening with hyaline deposition. The current article reports an endocardiosis in ostrich and discusses other vascular disorders.

  13. Prevalence of stroke/cardiovascular risk factors in Hungary

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    Bodo, M.; Sipos, K.; Thuroczy, G.; Panczel, G.; Ilias, L.; Szonyi, P.; Bodo, M., Jr.; Nebella, T.; Banyasz, A.; Nagy, Z.

    2010-04-01

    A cross-sectional survey was conducted in Hungary using the Cerberus system which includes: 1) a questionnaire addressing the risk factors for stroke/cardiovascular disease; 2) amplifiers to record the pulse waves of cerebral arteries (rheoencephalography) and peripheral arteries, electrocardiogram and electroencephalogram. Additionally, subjects were measured for carotid stenosis by Doppler ultrasound and 12-lead electrocardiogram; subjects were also screened for blood cholesterol, glucose, and triglyceride levels. Prevalence of the following stroke risk factors was identified: overweight, 63.25%; sclerotic brain arteries (by rheoencephalogram), 54.29%; heart disease, 37.92%; pathologic carotid flow, 34.24%; smoking, 30.55%; high blood cholesterol, 28.70%; hypertension, 27.83%; high triglyceride, 24.35%; abnormality in electrocardiogram, 20%; high glucose, 15.95%; symptoms of transient ischemic attack, 16.07%; alcohol abuse, 6.74%; and diabetes, 4.53%. The study demonstrates a possible model for primary cardiovascular disease/stroke prevention. This method offers a standardizable, cost effective, practical technique for mass screenings by identifying the population at high risk for cardiovascular disturbances, especially cerebrovascular disease (primary prevention). In this model, the rheoencephalogram can detect cerebrovascular arteriosclerosis in the susceptibility/presymptomatic phase, earlier than the Doppler ultrasound technique. The method also provides a model for storing analog physiological signals in a computer-based medical record and is a first step in applying an expert system to stroke prevention.

  14. Health benefits and risk associated with adopting a vegetarian diet.

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    Pilis, Wiesław; Stec, Krzysztof; Zych, Michał; Pilis, Anna

    2014-01-01

    A vegetarian diet may be adopted for various reasons that can include ecological, economic, religious, ethical and health considerations. In the latter case they arise from the desire to lose weight, in tackling obesity, improving physical fitness and/or in reducing the risk of acquiring certain diseases. It has been shown that properly applied vegetarian diet is the most effective way of reducing body mass (expressed as BMI), improving the plasma lipid profile and in decreasing the incidence of high arterial blood pressure, cardiovascular disease, stroke, metabolic syndrome and arteriosclerosis. In addition, improved insulin sensitivity together with lower rates of diabetes and cancer has been observed. Some studies have however found that a vegetarian diet may result in changes adversely affecting the body. These could include; hyperhomocysteinaemia, protein deficiency, anaemia, decreased creatinine content in muscles and menstrual disruption in women who undertake increased physical activity. Some of these changes may decrease the ability for performing activities that require physical effort. Nevertheless, on balance it can be reasonably concluded that the beneficial effects of a vegetarian diet significantly, by far, outweigh the adverse ones. It should also be noted that the term 'vegetarian diet' is not always clearly defined in the literature and it may include many dietary variations. PMID:24964573

  15. Internal Carotid Artery Blister-Like Aneurysm Caused by Aspergillus – Case Report

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    Blister-like aneurysm of the supraclinoid internal carotid artery (ICA) is a well-documented cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. Generally, this type of aneurysm is associated with various conditions such as hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and ICA dissection. Although Aspergillus is the most common organism causing intracranial fungal aneurysmal formation, there is no report of a blister-like aneurysm caused by Aspergillus infection. An 83-year-old man received corticosteroid pulse therapy followed by oral steroid therapy for an inflammatory pseudotumor of the clivus. Two months later, the patient was transported to an emergency department due to the diffuse subarachnoid hemorrhage, classified as Fisher group 4. Subsequent 3D computed tomography angiogram revealed a blister-like aneurysm at the superior wall of the left ICA. Six days later, the patient died of subarachnoid hemorrhage caused by the left ICA aneurysm rerupture. Autopsy revealed proliferation of Aspergillus hyphae in the wall of the aneurysm. Notably, that change was present more densely in the inner membrane than in the outer one. Thus, it was considered that Aspergillus hyphae caused infectious aneurysm formation in the left ICA via hematogenous seeding rather than direct invasion. The blister-like aneurysm is a rare but important cause of subarachnoid hemorrhage. This case report documents another cause of blister-like aneurysms, that is an infectious aneurysm associated with Aspergillus infection

  16. [Retinal venous obliteration and general pathology].

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    Aconiu, M; Mihălaş, G; Nemoianu, C

    1992-01-01

    The study of 148 retinal venous obliterations have shown 81 occlusions of central vein and 67 of I and II venous branch. A number of 90 was for the feminine gender (sex) and 59 for the masculine sex. The average age for the appearance of the venous occlusions was 62 years old, having extreme limits between 36-84 years old. Bilaterality has been for 3 cases. Concerning the associated medical affections, hypertension was for 67 patients, myocardiosclerosis have been mentioned for 67 patients, atherosclerosis for 21 patients, pulmonary scleroemphisis for 12 patients. Arterial hypertension with its aspersion that is arteriosclerosis are the main factors that have generated retinal circulation modifyings and have led to a degree of arterial insufficiency. Comparing the ophthalmological aspect to the pressure in the ophthalmic artery, most of the patients had a concordance of TACR and the retinal and choroidal angiosclerosis. The oscillometric examination to the inferior members has been effectuated for 21 patients and it has shown diminished values only for 3 cases. The forecast of the disease is still reserved. Following a group of 40 patients having OVR between 5 and 15 years old it has been established an average survival of 6.2 years. It is mentioned that 26% between these have dyed during the first six years. PMID:1520668

  17. The Epidemiological Boehringer Ingelheim Employee Study—Part I: Impact of Overweight and Obesity on Cardiometabolic Risk

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    Kerstin Kempf

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Obesity-dependent diseases cause economic burden to companies. Large-scale data for working populations are lacking. Prevalence of overweight and obesity in the Boehringer Ingelheim (BI Employee cohort and the relationship between body mass index (BMI and cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases were estimated. Design and Methods. Employees (≥38 years, employed in Ingelheim ≥2 years; n=3151 of BI Pharma GmbH & Co. KG were invited by the medical corporate department to participate in intensive health checkups. Cross-sectional analysis of baseline data collected through 2006–2011 was performed. Results. 90% of eligible subjects participated (n=2849. Prevalences of overweight and obesity were 40% and 18% and significantly higher in men and participants ≥50 years. Cardiometabolic risk factor levels and prevalences of cardiometabolic diseases significantly increased with BMI and were higher in overweight and obese participants. Cut-points for increased risk estimated from ROC curves were ≈25 kg/m2 for hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, arteriosclerosis, and hypertriglyceridemia and 26.7–28.0 kg/m2 for the metabolic syndrome, insulin resistance, hyperinsulinemia, increased intima media thickness, and type 2 diabetes. Conclusion. This is the first large-scale occupational health care cohort from a single company. Cardiometabolic risk factors and diseases accumulate with increasing BMI. Occupational weight reduction programs seem to be reasonable strategies.

  18. Statistical analysis of the main diseases among atomic bomb survivors. Study of inpatients in Hiroshima Atomic Bomb Hospital, 1981 - 1986

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    Hamada, Tadao; Kuramoto, Kiyoshi; Nambu, Shigeru

    1988-03-01

    Diseases found in 2,104 consequetive inpatients between April 1981 and March 1986 were statistically analyzed. The incidence of disease increased in the following order: diabetes mellitus > heart disease > cerebrovascular disorder > malignancy > hypertensive disease > arteriosclerosis > osteoarthritis. Malignancy is the most common cause of death or the highest mortality rate, followed by heart disease, cerebrovascular disorder, and liver cirrhosis. For the number of autopsy, the order of diseases was: malignancy, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory tract disease, endocrine disease, and hematopoietic disease; for the incidence of autopsy, the order was: liver cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular disorder, malignancy, and heart disease. Malignancy accounted for 23 % of the inpatients. The incidence of malignancy increased in the following organs: stomach > liver > colon > lung > breast > biliary tract > esophagus. The incidence of leukemia was low. There was no definitive correlation between the incidence of malignancy and exposure distance, although the incidence of breast cancer tended to be high in the group exposed at less than or equal to2,000 m from the hypocenter. According to age class, gastric cancer was frequent in patients less than 40 years and more than 60 years. Liver cancer was the most common in the sixtieth decade of life of men. The incidence of lung cancer increased with advancing age; the incidence of breast cancer was higher in younger patients. (Namekawa, K.).

  19. Statistical analysis of the main diseases among atomic bomb survivors

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    Diseases found in 2,104 consequetive inpatients between April 1981 and March 1986 were statistically analyzed. The incidence of disease increased in the following order: diabetes mellitus > heart disease > cerebrovascular disorder > malignancy > hypertensive disease > arteriosclerosis > osteoarthritis. Malignancy is the most common cause of death or the highest mortality rate, followed by heart disease, cerebrovascular disorder, and liver cirrhosis. For the number of autopsy, the order of diseases was: malignancy, cardiovascular disease, gastrointestinal disease, respiratory tract disease, endocrine disease, and hematopoietic disease; for the incidence of autopsy, the order was: liver cirrhosis, diabetes mellitus, cerebrovascular disorder, malignancy, and heart disease. Malignancy accounted for 23 % of the inpatients. The incidence of malignancy increased in the following organs: stomach > liver > colon > lung > breast > biliary tract > esophagus. The incidence of leukemia was low. There was no definitive correlation between the incidence of malignancy and exposure distance, although the incidence of breast cancer tended to be high in the group exposed at ≤2,000 m from the hypocenter. According to age class, gastric cancer was frequent in patients less than 40 years and more than 60 years. Liver cancer was the most common in the sixtieth decade of life of men. The incidence of lung cancer increased with advancing age; the incidence of breast cancer was higher in younger patients. (Namekawa, K.)

  20. Platelet scintigraphy in atherothrombotic disease

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    Indium-111 platelet scintigraphy for the measurement of in vivo thrombogenicity is a useful noninvasive technique with a number of applications. From 1982 to 1989, we explored clinical relevance of this method for 576 consecutive patients with atherothrombotic disease. There was a disease-related difference in the percentage of positive platelet accumulation; 85% in patients with Dacron bifurcation graft, 75% in abdominal or thoracic aneurysm, 40% in intra-cardiac thrombi, 33% in arteriosclerosis obliterans and 25% in ischemic cerebrovascular disease. Labelled platelets accumulated frequently in the lesion with severe arteriographic abnormality. Aspirin clearly inhibited platelet accumulation on carotid atheroma but the effect of ticlopidine has been less conclusive. Short-term orally active PGI2 analogue had inhibitory effects on platelet accumulation in carotid atheroma and platelet aggregability, but did not cause significant reduction in plaque size. The results suggest the usefulness of platelet scintigraphy for monitoring the thrombogenicity in various atherothrombotic diseases. It will be necessary, however, to simplify the labelling procedures and to develop a new 99mTc-labelled thrombus imaging agent, if thrombus imaging is to be considered for more generall use for patients with atherosclerosis. (author)

  1. Dietary recommendations regarding pilot whale meat and blubber in the Faroe Islands

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    Pál Weihe

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available For centuries the pilot whale has been an important part Faroese life – both in regard to food and culture. However, studies dating back to 1977 have shown an increase in contamination of the meat, blubber, liver and kidneys of pilot whales. Several birth cohorts have been established in the Faroes in order to discover the health effects related to mercury and organchlorine exposure. In short the results have so far shown that: mercury from pilot whale meat adversely affects the foetal development of the nervous system; the mercury effect is still detectable during adolescence; the mercury from the maternal diet affects the blood pressure of the children; the contaminants of the blubber adversely affect the immune system so that the children react more poorly to immunizations; contaminants in pilot whales appear to increase the risk of developing Parkinson's disease in those who often eat pilot whale; the risk of hypertension and arteriosclerosis of the carotid arteries is increased in adults who have an increased exposure to mercury; septuagenarians with type 2 diabetes or impaired fasting glycaemia tended to have higher PCB concentrations and higher past intake of traditional foods, especially during childhood and adolescence. Also impaired insulin secretion appears to constitute an important part of the type 2 diabetes pathogenesis associated with exposure to persistent lipophilic food contaminants. From the latest research results, the authors consider that the conclusion from a human health perspective must be to recommend that pilot whale is no longer used for human consumption.

  2. Aortic atherosclerotic plaque detection using a multiwavelength handheld photoacoustic imaging system

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    Hirano, Susumu; Namita, Takeshi; Kondo, Kengo; Yamakawa, Makoto; Shiina, Tsuyoshi

    2016-03-01

    Patients affected by diseases caused by arteriosclerosis are increasing. Atherosclerosis, which is becoming an especially difficult health problem, forms plaques from lipids such as cholesterol located in walls of the aorta, cerebral artery, and coronary artery. Because lipid-rich plaques are vulnerable and because arterial rupture causes acute vascular occlusion, early detection is crucially important to prevent plaque growth and rupture. Ultrasound systems can detect plaques but cannot discriminate between vulnerable and equable plaques. To evaluate plaques non-invasively and easily, we developed a handheld photoacoustic imaging device. Its usefulness was verified in phantom experiments with a bovine aorta in which mimic plaque had been embedded. Photoacoustic images taken at wavelengths that produce high light absorbance by lipids show strong photoacoustic signals from the boundary of the mimic plaque. Results confirmed that our system can evaluate plaque properties by analysis with the photoacoustic spectrum. The effects of surrounding tissues and tissue components on plaque evaluation were investigated using a layered phantom. The mimic plaque located under a 6 mm blood layer was also evaluated. Results of these analyses demonstrate the system's usefulness.

  3. Cuffless Blood Pressure Estimation with Photoplethysmograph Signal by Classifying on Account of Cardiovascular Characteristics of Old Aged Patients

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    Suzuki, Satomi; Oguri, Koji

    Blood Pressure (BP) is a very important factor for monitoring the cardiovascular condition. In general, non-invasive BP measurements need a cuff. However, such measurement techniques can hardly monitor BP continuously. Recently it has gotten easier to measure biological signals daily because sensor technologies have well-developed, and because of availability of many kinds of miniaturized measurement instruments consuming less power. This study suggests a method of estimating Systolic Blood Pressure (SBP) with a wearable sensor instead of a cuff. In particular, our study depends on only one pulse wave signal detected by a Photoplethysmograph (PPG) sensor since the PPG sensor is very small. Moreover, the human subject just wears the sensor on the surface of the body to measure the signal. Cardiovascular peculiarities keep changing as people get older. Additionally, the peculiarities vary among individuals according to the advanced rate of arteriosclerosis. Hence, it is necessary for estimating the SBP to divide the data into several classes, by parameters that relate to individual cardiovascular peculiarities. In this study, the regression equation of SBP was calculated from individual information and from features of the PPG signal in each class. As a result, the estimation accuracy was improved. This technique would make cuffless SBP monitoring become more convenient and helpful as only one device is required for monitoring, which is smaller than traditional measurements.

  4. Quantitative Analysis of Free 15-F2t-Isoprostane from Plasma of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients Using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbe

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    Bertha Rusdi

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available 15-F2t-isoprostane is a biomarker in assessment of oxidative stress status that due to its relatively low concentration in biological fluid and also has many isomers, the 15-F2t-isoprostane sample need to be extracted prior to the quantifying processes. Extraction techniques commonly used to extract 15-F2t-isoprostane are solid phase extraction (SPE and immunoaffinity extraction. Improvements to the SPE and immunoaffinity extraction techniques had been conducted, and the recovery results was then compared. The quantification of 15-F2t-isoprostane then was conducted using Enzyme Linked Immunosorbent Assay (ELISA method. Then followed by the examination of the plasma recovery results. Extraction technique which had the highest recovery then was used to quantify 15-F2t-isoprostane from plasma of Obstructive Sleep Apnea (OSA patients. Immunoaffinity extraction technique has a good recovery result. OSA patients have the tendency to have high 15-F2t-isoprostane concentrations in the plasma, therefore have a potential risk to get diseases related to the biological activities of 15-F2t-isoprostane, such as arteriosclerosis.

  5. Factors for vertebral artery injury accompanied by cervical trauma

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    Injury of the vertebral artery with cerebellar and brain stem infarction is a complication of cervical vertebral trauma. However, the pathogenesis and etiological factors remain to be clarified. In this study, we investigated patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury. This study included 51 patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury who were treated in our department. In these patients, plain X-ray, CT, MRI, and MRA findings were examined. The incidence of vertebral arterial injury was 33.3% (17 of 51 patients with cervical vertebral trauma). In 11 of the 17 patients, dislocation fracture was noted, comprising a markedly high percentage (64.7%). Particularly, vertebral arterial injury was commonly observed in patients with a large dislocation distance and severe paralysis. Cerebellar and brain stem infarction related to vertebral arterial injury was observed in 5 of the 17 patients (29.4%). No infarction developed in patients 50 years old or younger. Infarction was detected in relatively elderly patients. Vertebral arterial injury and cerebellar/brain stem infarction related to cervical vertebral trauma were frequently observed in patients with high energy injury. However, these disorders commonly occurred in elderly patients. Therefore, age-related factors such as arteriosclerosis may also be closely involved. In the acute stage, the state of the vertebral artery should be evaluated by MRA and MRI. Among patients with vertebral arterial injury, caution is needed during follow-up those with risk factors such as high energy injury and advanced age. (author)

  6. Factors for vertebral artery injury accompanied by cervical trauma

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    Murata, Masaaki; Shingu, Hikosuke; Kimura, Isao; Nasu, Yoshiro; Shiotani, Akihide [San-in Rosai Hospital, Yonago, Tottori (Japan). Spine and Low Back Pain Center

    2001-09-01

    Injury of the vertebral artery with cerebellar and brain stem infarction is a complication of cervical vertebral trauma. However, the pathogenesis and etiological factors remain to be clarified. In this study, we investigated patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury. This study included 51 patients with cervical vertebral and cord injury who were treated in our department. In these patients, plain X-ray, CT, MRI, and MRA findings were examined. The incidence of vertebral arterial injury was 33.3% (17 of 51 patients with cervical vertebral trauma). In 11 of the 17 patients, dislocation fracture was noted, comprising a markedly high percentage (64.7%). Particularly, vertebral arterial injury was commonly observed in patients with a large dislocation distance and severe paralysis. Cerebellar and brain stem infarction related to vertebral arterial injury was observed in 5 of the 17 patients (29.4%). No infarction developed in patients 50 years old or younger. Infarction was detected in relatively elderly patients. Vertebral arterial injury and cerebellar/brain stem infarction related to cervical vertebral trauma were frequently observed in patients with high energy injury. However, these disorders commonly occurred in elderly patients. Therefore, age-related factors such as arteriosclerosis may also be closely involved. In the acute stage, the state of the vertebral artery should be evaluated by MRA and MRI. Among patients with vertebral arterial injury, caution is needed during follow-up those with risk factors such as high energy injury and advanced age. (author)

  7. High prevalence of and potential mechanisms for chronic kidney disease in patients with acute intermittent porphyria.

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    Pallet, Nicolas; Mami, Iadh; Schmitt, Caroline; Karim, Zoubida; François, Arnaud; Rabant, Marion; Nochy, Dominique; Gouya, Laurent; Deybach, Jean-Charles; Xu-Dubois, Yichum; Thervet, Eric; Puy, Hervé; Karras, Alexandre

    2015-08-01

    Acute intermittent porphyria (AIP) is a genetic disorder of the synthesis of heme caused by a deficiency in hydroxymethylbilane synthase (HMBS), leading to the overproduction of the porphyrin precursors δ-aminolevulinic acid and porphobilinogen. The aim of this study is to describe the clinical and biological characteristics, the renal pathology, and the cellular mechanisms of chronic kidney disease associated with AIP. A total of 415 patients with HMBS deficiency followed up in the French Porphyria Center were enrolled in 2003 in a population-based study. A follow-up study was conducted in 2013, assessing patients for clinical, biological, and histological parameters. In vitro models were used to determine whether porphyrin precursors promote tubular and endothelial cytotoxicity. Chronic kidney disease occurred in up to 59% of the symptomatic AIP patients, with a decline in the glomerular filtration rate of ~1 ml/min per 1.73 m(2) annually. Proteinuria was absent in the vast majority of the cases. The renal pathology was a chronic tubulointerstitial nephropathy, associated with a fibrous intimal hyperplasia and focal cortical atrophy. Our experimental data provide evidence that porphyrin precursors promote endoplasmic reticulum stress, apoptosis, and epithelial phenotypic changes in proximal tubular cells. In conclusion, the diagnosis of chronic kidney disease associated with AIP should be considered in cases of chronic tubulointerstitial nephropathy and/or focal cortical atrophy with severe proliferative arteriosclerosis. PMID:25830761

  8. Evaluating arterial stiffness in type 2 diabetes patients using ultrasonic radiofrequency.

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    Li, Zhao-Jun; Liu, Yang; Du, Lian-Fang; Luo, Xiang-Hong

    2016-06-01

    Differences in arterial stiffness between the two sides of the carotid arteries were investigated using ultrasonic radiofrequency in 88 patients with type 2 diabetes and 70 controls. The compliance coefficient (CC), pulse wave velocity (PWV), intima-media thickness (CIMT) and diameter (CCAD) of the common carotid arteries (CCAs) were measured. The ratio of the left to right CCAs was calculated to provide four indexes: CC ratio, PWV ratio, CIMT ratio and CCAD ratio. In the diabetes group, the PWV on the left side was significantly higher than that on the right side, while the CC on the left side was significantly lower than that on the right side. The bilateral CIMT was thicker and CCAD was wider, the left PWV traveled faster, and the right CC was higher in the diabetes group than in the control group. The PWV ratio between the two groups was significantly different and correlated positively with duration of diabetes and systolic blood pressure (SBP). The differences between the two sides of CCAs in patients with diabetes suggested that disease duration and SBP were important risk factors for arterial stiffness. Identifying the difference could potentially lead to the much earlier diagnosis of arteriosclerosis. PMID:27376818

  9. Bilateral simultaneous nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy in a patient with alcoholic liver disease

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    Shikha Talwar Bassi

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available A 53-year-old man with a history of alcoholism since 10 years admitted for jaundice elsewhere developed bilateral simultaneous decrease in vision in both the eyes 4 days after admission. His best-corrected visual acuity was 20/20 in both eyes. Visual field evaluation revealed an inferior altitudinal defect in both the eyes. Optic disc appearance, visual fields, and optical coherence tomography of discs were suggestive of nonarteritic anterior ischemic optic neuropathy (NAION in both the eyes. Liver function tests revealed elevated serum bilirubin and hepatic enzymes. He was negative for hepatitis B virus (HBV and hepatitis C virus (HCV infection. Abdominal ultrasound revealed no focal hepatic lesion, and carotid doppler revealed no arteriosclerosis. A diagnosis of bilateral ischemic optic neuropathy associated with alcoholic hepatitis was made. Bilateral simultaneous NAION has been previously reported in perioperative visual loss, HCV infection, and interferon treatment. This is the first case report of bilateral simultaneous NAION in alcoholic hepatitis in the absence of associated infective viral hepatitis. We explore the pathophysiology of ischemic optic neuropathy in liver disease. An early intervention to correct the risk factors leading to NAION may help in preventing this vision-threatening complication in patients with chronic liver disease.

  10. Breast arterial calcification on mammogram: correlation with carotid arterial atherosclerosis on ultrasonogram

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    To investigate the incidence of breast arterial calcification in Korean women, and to determine its association with systemic diseases and carotid arterial atherosclerosis. One thousand seven hundred and thirteen female subjects who underwent mammography at a health care center between May 1999 and May 2000 were included in this study. Of the total, 172 were found to have breast arterial calcification, and were classified according to age. The coincidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia was examined in both the subject group and the control group selected on the same age basis. To investigate the presence and degree of carotid atherosclerosis, sonographic imaging was performed and the findings were compared between the two groups. The incidence of breast arterial calcification showed statistically significant differences according to age, with a higher incidence in older patients (p<0.05). However, there was no statistical difference in the incidence of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes mellitus between groups. Carotid atherosclerosis was subjects more prevalent among subjects than in the control group (p<0.05), though there was no statistically significant difference in the degree of luminal stenosis. The most common pathologic cause of breast arterial calcification is arteriosclerosis. Breast arterial calcification is demonstrated at mammography, along with other clinical risk factors for atherosclerosis or coincidental neurologic symptoms. We stress that further evaluation of the carotid artery is necessary

  11. Breast arterial calcification on mammogram: correlation with carotid arterial atherosclerosis on ultrasonogram

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    Lee, Nam Ju; Suh, Jung Ho [School of Medicine, Ajou Univ., Suwon (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Ji Hyung [College of Medicine, KonYang Univ., Nonsan (Korea, Republic of)

    2002-01-01

    To investigate the incidence of breast arterial calcification in Korean women, and to determine its association with systemic diseases and carotid arterial atherosclerosis. One thousand seven hundred and thirteen female subjects who underwent mammography at a health care center between May 1999 and May 2000 were included in this study. Of the total, 172 were found to have breast arterial calcification, and were classified according to age. The coincidence of hypertension, diabetes mellitus and hyperlipidemia was examined in both the subject group and the control group selected on the same age basis. To investigate the presence and degree of carotid atherosclerosis, sonographic imaging was performed and the findings were compared between the two groups. The incidence of breast arterial calcification showed statistically significant differences according to age, with a higher incidence in older patients (p<0.05). However, there was no statistical difference in the incidence of hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and diabetes mellitus between groups. Carotid atherosclerosis was subjects more prevalent among subjects than in the control group (p<0.05), though there was no statistically significant difference in the degree of luminal stenosis. The most common pathologic cause of breast arterial calcification is arteriosclerosis. Breast arterial calcification is demonstrated at mammography, along with other clinical risk factors for atherosclerosis or coincidental neurologic symptoms. We stress that further evaluation of the carotid artery is necessary.

  12. Vascular changes in sporadic ergotism. Epidemiology, pathogenesis, clinical practice, and diagnosis with special regard to angiographic documentation

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    Hagen, B.

    1986-08-01

    Whereas the epidemic form of ergotism has been rare in the 20th century, the sporadic form has a wide distribution as a consequence of therapy with ergot-derivative drugs. Favourable prognosis of the condition, with complete recovery from the ischemic peripheral circulatory disorders can be obtained by early diagnosis. Precise evaluation of the history, with recognition of treatment of migraine headache or postpartum hemorraghe with ergot alkaloids, can be determinative in diagnosis. The specific pattern of the angiographic findings, as we saw it in 6 cases within the last 4 years, decisively confirms the diagnosis. We could demonstrate thread-, thorn- and hour glass-like narrowing of the vessels, due to spasm. Total occlusion with the development of collaterals may occur, but we saw no thrombus formation. The stenotic arterial segments had smooth margins. The distribution of the involved arteries was more focal than generalized and more peripheral than central. In two cases spasm could be abolished immediately by a pharmaceutical (i.a. injection of tolazoline) or by anesthetic procedures (halothane). The phenomenologic data, together with the complete reversal of the circulatory ischemic disorders after therapy (particularly the absolute ban of ergots), is so specific that other diseases of ischemic nature (emboli, arteriosclerosis, Buerger's disease, fibromuscular hyperplasia) can be excluded.

  13. Human diseases and trace elements: investigation by proton-induced X-ray emission

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    Using a conventional Si(Li) detection system, approximately 1500 autopsy samples of ashed human tissues (mostly from autopsies) have been analyzed for trace elements by proton-induced X-ray emission analysis (PIXE). Up to fifteen different organs from each autopsy and a variety of diseases including neoplasia, chronic degenerative diseases, arteriosclerosis, metabolic and inflammatory diseases have been investigated. In each organ, an average of twelve trace elements (with atomic number equal to or larger than 19) has been detected and quantitative measurements have been made for several elements including K, Ca, Ti, Mn, Fe, Cu, Zn, Pb, Se, Br, Rb, Sr, Cd, Sn and Ba. The elastically scattered protons were used for mass normalization: it was found that this technique is as accurate and much faster than any other technique previously used. Quantization has been obtained by serial doping of selected tissues, along with the use of NBS standards. These standards can also help evaluate elemental loss during ashing and self-absorption effects as they are prepared, after being spiked, in exactly the same manner as the unkown sample. Attempts are being made to compare the results obtained from ashed tissues and tissues which have been simply dried, and also to evaluate the respective merits of the proton-induced X-ray emission and the X-ray fluorescence techniques. The ultimate goal of this investigation is the possible correlations between trace element imbalances and human diseases. (Auth.)

  14. Persistent release of IL-1s from skin is associated with systemic cardio-vascular disease, emaciation and systemic amyloidosis: the potential of anti-IL-1 therapy for systemic inflammatory diseases.

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    Keiichi Yamanaka

    Full Text Available The skin is an immune organ that contains innate and acquired immune systems and thus is able to respond to exogenous stimuli producing large amount of proinflammatory cytokines including IL-1 and IL-1 family members. The role of the epidermal IL-1 is not limited to initiation of local inflammatory responses, but also to induction of systemic inflammation. However, association of persistent release of IL-1 family members from severe skin inflammatory diseases such as psoriasis, epidermolysis bullosa, atopic dermatitis, blistering diseases and desmoglein-1 deficiency syndrome with diseases in systemic organs have not been so far assessed. Here, we showed the occurrence of severe systemic cardiovascular diseases and metabolic abnormalities including aberrant vascular wall remodeling with aortic stenosis, cardiomegaly, impaired limb and tail circulation, fatty tissue loss and systemic amyloid deposition in multiple organs with liver and kidney dysfunction in mouse models with severe dermatitis caused by persistent release of IL-1s from the skin. These morbid conditions were ameliorated by simultaneous administration of anti-IL-1α and IL-1β antibodies. These findings may explain the morbid association of arteriosclerosis, heart involvement, amyloidosis and cachexia in severe systemic skin diseases and systemic autoinflammatory diseases, and support the value of anti-IL-1 therapy for systemic inflammatory diseases.

  15. Hemodynamic study of ischemic limb by velocity measurement in foot

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    By means of a tracer technique with 99mTc-pertechnetate, provided with seven zonal regions of interest, 6 mm in width, placed at equal spaces of 18 mm, from the toe tip to the midfoot at a right angle to the long axis of the foot, arterial flow velocity in the foot during reactive hyperemia was measured. The mean velocity in the foot was 5.66 +/- 1.78 cm/sec in 14 normal limbs, 1.58 +/- 1.07 cm/sec in 29 limbs with distal thromboangiitis obliterans (TAO), 0.89 +/- 0.61 cm/sec in 13 limbs with proximal TAO, and 0.97 +/- 0.85 cm/sec in 15 limbs with arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO). The velocity returned to normal in all 12 limbs after successful arterial reconstruction, whereas the foot or toe blood pressure remained pathologic in 9 of the 12 limbs postoperatively; the velocity reverted to normal in 4 of 13 limbs after lumbar sympathectomy. When the velocity was normalized after operation, the ulceration healed favorably, and the ischemic limb was salvaged. The most characteristic feature of peripheral arterial occlusive disease of the lower extremity was a stagnation of arterial circulation in the foot, and the flow velocity in the foot was a sensitive predictive index of limb salvage

  16. Discuss The Clinical And Etiology For 21Cases Ocular Myoparalysis Of Diplopia

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    Xie Xiaoling; Tan Talin; Lin Xixiang

    2000-01-01

    Objective The author discuss the diagnosis and differential diagnosis of diplopia lacked certain abnormality after routine Laboratory examination and review relative articles to combine the study of the possibility etiology. Methods The clinical analysis date Result According to the clinical presentation and laboratory further provide investigation showed their etiology diagnosis for 21 cases. Ocular type Graves disease are 7 cases, Latent diabets are 8 cases ,Hypertension arteriosclerosis are 2 cases, High urine acid in serum are 2 cases ,rheumatic extrocular myoparalysis in l case and uncertain cause in 1 case. Discussion As to diplopia single extrocular myoparalysis or monoeuropathy for untipical syndrome, after excluded the routine neuropath and Occupation . Etiology diagnosis should consider some matabolism and endocrie disorder such as latent diabet ,Graves disease , high urine acid in serum etc, except for attention usual hypertension and artreiosclerosis diabet . Conclusion To improve the ability to diagnosis and differentiate diplopia, this paper recognised more attention to be paid to study and distinguish the possibility of d iplopia caused by vascular disease, especially by microrangium for some matabolism and endocrie disease.

  17. Treatment of celiac artery stenosis with interventional techniques

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    Objective: To present two cases of celiac artery (CA) stenosis treated successfully by interventional technique. Methods: Two patients characterised by chronic upper abdominal pain after eating, associated with weight loss and an epigastric bruit were treated with interventional procedure. The diagnosis was suggested by color Doppler imaging of the celiac axis and confirmed by aortography. One patient possessed the classic triad of median arcuate ligament syndrome (MALS). Arteriosclerosis was found to be responsible for the CA stenosis in another one. The interventional technique consisted of conventional PTA and stent placement in the CA. Results: Abdominal arteriograms in both patients showed severe stenosis (>90%) of CA. The stenotic segments were dilated and stented during the same session. One patient with balloon expandable Palmaz stent placed in the proximal celiac artery, another with 2 wallstents deployed in the CA trunk. The post procedural arteriograms showed good dilation of the lesions with immediate improvement of CA blood flow. Follow-up Doppler ultrasound scans showed normal flow patterns in the CA. Three months after the procedures, their upper gastrointestinal symptoms had resolved and regained body weights. They remained well and free of symptoms, at 16 months and 26 months follow-up, respectively, after the procedure. Conclusions: CA stenosis can successfully be treated with angioplasty and stenting. (authors)

  18. [Spuriously healthy plant fats].

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    Cichosz, Grazyna; Czeczot, Hanna

    2011-10-01

    Since long plant fats are considered by nutritionists, dieticians and doctors, as main source of essential unsaturated fatty acids) n-6 and n-3 in human diet. On the market there is plenty of oils that can be consumed directly or used to frying. Last four decades consumption of oils increased several times due to stimulated by advertisement popularization of their pro-health activity. Plant oils supply mostly multi unsaturated fatty acids n-6 excess of which disadvantageously influence human health. Determinations of changes of oxidative stability of plant fats (during processing and storage) proved that consumption of oxidation products of fatty acids and sterols may be a reason of various diseases. Both epidemiologic and clinic studies indicated that if plant fats (both oils except this from olives and margarines) have possessed pro-health properties, their several times increased consumption would liquidate the problem of arteriosclerosis and its clinical complications (heart attack, stroke). For the present, every second death in the industrial countries results from the cardiovascular disease. Morbidity of cancer is also increasing and of neurological and neurodegenerative diseases is growing up vigorously. PMID:22097183

  19. PULMONARY ARTERIAL DISEASE ASSOCIATED WITH RIGHT-SIDED CARDIAC HYPERTROPHY AND CONGESTIVE HEART FAILURE IN ZOO MAMMALS HOUSED AT 2,100 M ABOVE SEA LEVEL.

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    Juan-Sallés, Carles; Martínez, Liliana Sofía; Rosas-Rosas, Arely G; Parás, Alberto; Martínez, Osvaldo; Hernández, Alejandra; Garner, Michael M

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    Subacute and chronic mountain sickness of humans and the related brisket disease of cattle are characterized by right-sided congestive heart failure in individuals living at high altitudes as a result of sustained hypoxic pulmonary hypertension. Adaptations to high altitude and disease resistance vary among species, breeds, and individuals. The authors conducted a retrospective survey of right-sided cardiac hypertrophy associated with pulmonary arterial hypertrophy or arteriosclerosis in zoo mammals housed at Africam Safari (Puebla, México), which is located at 2,100 m above sea level. Seventeen animals with detailed pathology records matched the study criterion. Included were 10 maras (Dolichotis patagonum), 2 cotton-top tamarins (Saguinus oedipus oedipus), 2 capybaras (Hydrochaeris hydrochaeris), and 1 case each of Bennet's wallaby (Macropus rufogriseus), nilgai antelope (Boselaphus tragocamelus), and scimitar-horned oryx (Oryx dammah). All had right-sided cardiac hypertrophy and a variety of arterial lesions restricted to the pulmonary circulation and causing arterial thickening with narrowing of the arterial lumen. Arterial lesions most often consisted of medial hypertrophy or hyperplasia of small and medium-sized pulmonary arteries. All maras also had single or multiple elevated plaques in the pulmonary arterial trunk consisting of fibrosis, accompanied by chondroid metaplasia in some cases. Both antelopes were juvenile and died with right-sided congestive heart failure associated with severe pulmonary arterial lesions. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first description of cardiac and pulmonary arterial disease in zoo mammals housed at high altitudes. PMID:26667539

  20. Quantitative and semi-quantitative histopathological examination of renal biopsies in healthy individuals, and associations with kidney function.

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    Bar, Yael; Barregard, Lars; Sallsten, Gerd; Wallin, Maria; Mölne, Johan

    2016-05-01

    This study assesed the prevalence of histopathological changes in renal biopsies from healthy individuals, and the association with age, sex and smoking. Donor biopsies from 109 subjects were obtained from living kidney donors, and blood and urine samples were collected together with medical history. All biopsies were scored according to the Banff '97 classification with some modifications. The parameters included in this study were tubular atrophy, interstitial fibrosis, glomerulosclerosis, arteriosclerosis, arteriolohyalinosis and a sclerosis score. An alternative scoring system for tubular atrophy was examined (using ≤5% rather than EDTA) clearance. Age was a significant predictor for tubular atrophy, fibrosis and sclerosis. Pack-years of smoking increased the risk of tubular atrophy, fibrosis and arteriolohyalinosis. The alternative scoring of tubular atrophy showed a stronger association with smoking, but a weaker association with age, compared with the original one. Limited histopathological changes are common in healthy kidney donors around 50 years of age with normal kidney function. We propose that a cut-off of ≤5% yields a better definition of grade 0 tubular atrophy compared with the established cut-off of >0%. PMID:26848794

  1. Reduced cortical thickness associated with visceral fat and BMI

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    Ralf Veit

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Structural brain imaging studies have shown that obesity is associated with widespread reductions in gray matter (GM volume. Although the body mass index (BMI is an easily accessible anthropometric measure, substantial health problems are more related to specific body fat compartments, like visceral adipose tissue (VAT. We investigated cortical thickness measures in a group of 72 healthy subjects (BMI range 20–35 kg/m2, age range 19–50 years. Multiple regression analyses were performed using VAT and BMI as predictors and age, gender, total surface area and education as confounds. BMI and VAT were independently associated with reductions in cortical thickness in clusters comprising the left lateral occipital area, the left inferior temporal cortex, and the left precentral and inferior parietal area, while the right insula, the left fusiform gyrus and the right inferior temporal area showed a negative correlation with VAT only. In addition, we could show significant reductions in cortical thickness with increasing VAT adjusted for BMI in the left temporal cortex. We were able to detect widespread cortical thinning in a young to middle-aged population related to BMI and VAT; these findings show close resemblance to studies focusing on GM volume differences in diabetic patients. This may point to the influence of VAT related adverse effects, like low-grade inflammation, as a potentially harmful factor on brain integrity already in individuals at risk of developing diabetes, metabolic syndromes and arteriosclerosis.

  2. Treatment of lower extremity arterial occlusive through retrograde access

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    Objective: To explore the clinical significance of retrograde access for the interventional treatment of lower extremity arterial occlusive diseases when the occluded segment of lower extremity artery could not be reached through antegrade access. Methods: Twenty-seven cases (male 17, female 10; age range 32-89 years) were retrospectively investigated, including 18 with lower limb arteriosclerosis obliterans, 7 with diabetic foot and 2 with thromboangiitis obliterans. According to the Fontaine staging, 6 cases were classified as Fontaine Ⅱ, 11 were classified as Fontaine Ⅲ and 10 were classified as Fontaine Ⅳ. All cases underwent endovascular operation through antegrade access first with an attempt to cross the occlusive segment, but in vain. So retrograde access was tried via puncture of pedis dorsalis or posterior tibial artery or exposure of lateral branches of posterior tibial artery, peroneal artery or dorsal artery by open surgery,which followed by Percutaneous transluminal angiography and (or) stenting. Results: The operation through retrograde access was successful in all cases with obvious improvement of ischemic symptoms. Hematoma at the puncture site occurred in 3 patients, and paresthesia of toes occurred in 1 after dorsalis pedis arteriotomy. No severe perioperative complication occurred. The average ankle brachial index increased from 0.37 ± 0.11 preoperatively to 0.85 ± 0.12 postoperatively. Conclusions: Retrograde access could be used as an alternative strategy in lower extremity arterial occlusive diseases when the occluded segment could not reach through antegrade access. (authors)

  3. Comparative Pathology of Aging Great Apes: Bonobos, Chimpanzees, Gorillas, and Orangutans.

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    Lowenstine, L J; McManamon, R; Terio, K A

    2016-03-01

    The great apes (chimpanzees, bonobos, gorillas, and orangutans) are our closest relatives. Despite the many similarities, there are significant differences in aging among apes, including the human ape. Common to all are dental attrition, periodontitis, tooth loss, osteopenia, and arthritis, although gout is uniquely human and spondyloarthropathy is more prevalent in apes than humans. Humans are more prone to frailty, sarcopenia, osteoporosis, longevity past reproductive senescence, loss of brain volume, and Alzheimer dementia. Cerebral vascular disease occurs in both humans and apes. Cardiovascular disease mortality increases in aging humans and apes, but coronary atherosclerosis is the most significant type in humans. In captive apes, idiopathic myocardial fibrosis and cardiomyopathy predominate, with arteriosclerosis of intramural coronary arteries. Similar cardiac lesions are occasionally seen in wild apes. Vascular changes in heart and kidneys and aortic dissections in gorillas and bonobos suggest that hypertension may be involved in pathogenesis. Chronic kidney disease is common in elderly humans and some aging apes and is linked with cardiovascular disease in orangutans. Neoplasms common to aging humans and apes include uterine leiomyomas in chimpanzees, but other tumors of elderly humans, such as breast, prostate, lung, and colorectal cancers, are uncommon in apes. Among the apes, chimpanzees have been best studied in laboratory settings, and more comparative research is needed into the pathology of geriatric zoo-housed and wild apes. Increasing longevity of humans and apes makes understanding aging processes and diseases imperative for optimizing quality of life in all the ape species. PMID:26721908

  4. Ultrasound molecular imaging: Moving toward clinical translation

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    Highlights: • Ultrasound molecular imaging is a highly sensitive modality. • A clinical grade ultrasound contrast agent has entered first in human clinical trials. • Several new potential future clinical applications of ultrasound molecular imaging are being explored. - Abstract: Ultrasound is a widely available, cost-effective, real-time, non-invasive and safe imaging modality widely used in the clinic for anatomical and functional imaging. With the introduction of novel molecularly-targeted ultrasound contrast agents, another dimension of ultrasound has become a reality: diagnosing and monitoring pathological processes at the molecular level. Most commonly used ultrasound molecular imaging contrast agents are micron sized, gas-containing microbubbles functionalized to recognize and attach to molecules expressed on inflamed or angiogenic vascular endothelial cells. There are several potential clinical applications currently being explored including earlier detection, molecular profiling, and monitoring of cancer, as well as visualization of ischemic memory in transient myocardial ischemia, monitoring of disease activity in inflammatory bowel disease, and assessment of arteriosclerosis. Recently, a first clinical grade ultrasound contrast agent (BR55), targeted at a molecule expressed in neoangiogenesis (vascular endothelial growth factor receptor type 2; VEGFR2) has been introduced and safety and feasibility of VEGFR2-targeted ultrasound imaging is being explored in first inhuman clinical trials in various cancer types. This review describes the design of ultrasound molecular imaging contrast agents, imaging techniques, and potential future clinical applications of ultrasound molecular imaging

  5. Arterial Stiffening and Clinical Outcomes in Dialysis Patients.

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    Kato, Akihiko

    2015-09-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is an important cause of morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is more efficient to handily assess arteriosclerosis than aortic PWV. The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) is also a novel blood pressure-independent arterial stiffness parameter. In dialysis patients, both baPWV and CAVI are increased compared to general subjects. Several studies have demonstrated that increased baPWV is associated with carotid atherosclerosis and diastolic left ventricular dysfunction in hemodialysis (HD) patients. In addition, higher baPWV is related to all-cause and cardiovascular (CV) mortality. CAVI is similarly associated with CVD. However, baPWV is superior to CAVI as a predictor of CV outcomes in HD patients. Besides these outcomes, a close relationship exists between sarcopenia, abdominal visceral obesity and arterial stiffening. Reduction of thigh muscle mass is inversely correlated with baPWV and CAVI in males. Abdominal fatness is also associated with increased arterial stiffness in females. These observations provide further evidence of higher risk of CV events in HD patients with sarcopenic obesity. In addition, arterial stiffness is associated with cerebral small vessel disease and decreased cognitive function in the elderly. However, it is unknown whether arterial stiffness may be useful as an early indicator of cognitive decline in dialysis patients. Because dialysis patients are at risk of developing dementia, more studies are needed to elucidate the causal link between arterial stiffness and cognitive impairment. PMID:26587457

  6. GADOLINIUM(Gd)-BASED and Ion Oxide Nanoparticle Contrast Agents for Pre-Clinical and Clinical Magnetic Resonance Imaging (mri) Research

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    Ng, Thian C.

    2012-06-01

    It is known that one strength of MRI is its excellent soft tissue discrimination. It naturally provides sufficient contrast between the structural differences of normal and pathological tissues, their spatial extent and progression. However, to further extend its applications and enhance even more contrast for clinical studies, various Gadolinium (Gd)-based contrast agents have been developed for different organs (brain strokes, cancer, cardio-MRI, etc). These Gd-based contrast agents are paramagnetic compounds that have strong T1-effect for enhancing the contrast between tissue types. Gd-contrast can also enhance magnetic resonance angiography (CE-MRA) for studying stenosis and for measuring perfusion, vascular susceptibility, interstitial space, etc. Another class of contrast agents makes use of ferrite iron oxide nanoparticles (including Superparamagnetic Ion Oxide (SPIO) and Ultrasmall Superparamagnetic Iron Oxide (USPIO)). These nanoparticles have superior magnetic susceptibility effect and produce a drop in signal, namely in T2*-weighted images, useful for the determination of lymph nodes metastases, angiogenesis and arteriosclerosis plaques.

  7. [Foods related to the novel 'don quixote de la mancha'. did they follow the healthy nutritional recommendations which are advised nowadays?].

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    Carbayo Herencia, Julio A

    2015-01-01

    It is known that Miguel de Cervantes's novel 'Don Quixote de La Mancha' has done and is still doing a great contribution to the universal literature. A book that has reached such category and grows in number of its readers, shows multiple dimensions for its study. One of them is nutrition. One of the aims of this study has been to value and expound, according to their own nutrients, the kinds of food cited in 'The Quixote' and in the times of Cervantes. This has allowed the comparison made between ways of nutrition in La Mancha and in Catalonia, as well as the regions situated at the beginning and end of the itinerary covered by its main characters Don Quixote and Sancho Panza. The evaluation of the nutrients in the middle part of the itinerary, placed mainly in Aragón, has not been considered in this study. Another purpose has been to check if these nutrients followed the current recommendations of the Spanish Society of Arteriosclerosis and other valid agreements at the moment. PMID:25979663

  8. [Conjugated linolenic acids (CLnA, super CLA)--natural sources and biological activity].

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    Białek, Agnieszka; Teryks, Marta; Tokarz, Andrzej

    2014-01-01

    Polyunsaturated fatty acids (PUFA) have a wide range of biological activity. Among them conjugated fatty acids are of great interest. Conjugated linoleic acids (CLA), which exert a multidirectional health-benefiting influence, and conjugated linolenic acids (CLnA, super CLA) are examples of this group of fatty acids. CLnA are a group of positional and geometric isomers of octadecatrienoic acid (C18:3), which possess double bonds at positions 9, 11, 13 or 8, 10, 12 of their chain. Some vegetable oils are rich sources of CLnA, e.g. bitter melon oil (from Momordica charantia seeds) and pomegranate oil (from Punica granatum seeds). The aim of this paper was to present information concerning natural sources and health-promoting activities of conjugated linolenic acids. The presented data reveal that conjugated linolenic acids may be very useful in prevention and treatment of many diseases, especially diabetes, arteriosclerosis , obesity and cancers (mammary, prostate and colon cancer). Among many potential mechanisms of their action, the fact that some CLnA are converted by oxidoreductases into CLA is very important. It seems to be very reasonable to conduct research concerning the possibility of CLnA use in prevention of many diseases. PMID:25380206

  9. Cerebral blood flow and vascular response to hypercapnia in hypertensive patients with leukoaraiosis

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    Both arteriosclerosis and leukoaraiosis have a close relationship with hypertension, but the relationship between cerebral hemodynamics and leukoaraiosis in hypertensive patients has not been fully examined. To clarify this issue, we measured the regional cerebral blood flow (rCBF) and cerebrovascular response to hypercapnia in hypertensive patients with various degrees of leukoaraiosis. The subjects consisted of 7 normotensive normal controls and 17 hypertensive patients. The hypertensive patients were divided into three groups according to the severity of white matter lesions (leukoaraiosis) on MRI and the presence of dementia, namely, negative or mild leukoaraiosis without dementia, moderate to severe leukoaraiosis without dementia and severe leukoaraiosis with dementia. Both the rCBF and the cerebrovascular response to hypercapnia were measured by the O-15 H2O bolus-injection method and positron emission tomography. The rCBF in hypertensive patients without dementia did not decrease when compared with the normotensive controls, but the rCBF in hypertensive patients with dementia markedly decreased in the cerebral cortices and white matter. On the other hand, the cerebrovascular response to hypercapnia declined with the severity of leukoaraiosis, and it decreased most severely in patients with severe leukoaraiosis and dementia. Our results indicate that the reduction in the cerebral hemodynamic reserve capacity has a close relationship with the severity of leukoaraiosis in hypertensive patients, although the rCBF is maintained in hypertensive patients without dementia, and suggest that arteriosclerotic change reduces cerebrovascular CO2 response and causes a leukoaraiosis in hypertensive patients. (author)

  10. Oxidation-labile subfraction of human plasma low density lipoprotein isolated by ion-exchange chromatography.

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    Shimano, H; Yamada, N; Ishibashi, S; Mokuno, H; Mori, N; Gotoda, T; Harada, K; Akanuma, Y; Murase, T; Yazaki, Y

    1991-05-01

    We isolated subfractions of human plasma low density lipoprotein (LDL) using ion-exchange chromatography. Plasma LDL from normolipidemic subjects were applied to a DEAE Sepharose 6B column. After elution of the bulk of LDL at 150 mM NaCl (the major fraction), the residual LDL was eluted at 500 mM NaCl and designated as the minor fraction. The minor fraction, only less than 1% of total LDL, tended to be somewhat similar in certain properties to oxidized LDL, e.g., an increased negative charge, higher protein/cholesterol ratio, and a higher flotation density than native LDL. These results were consistent with data reported by Avogaro et al. (1988. Arteriosclerosis. 8: 79-87). However, assays of 125I-labeled LDL binding activity for LDL receptors equal to that of the major fraction. Incorporation of [14C]oleate into cholesteryl ester [acyl-CoA:cholesterol acyltransferase (ACAT) activity] in mouse peritoneal macrophages incubated with the minor fraction was only slightly greater than that with the major fraction. Incubation of the minor fraction with 0.5 microM Cu2+ caused a remarkable stimulation of ACAT activity, while stimulation by the major fraction required incubation with 5 microM Cu2+, suggesting that the minor fraction was relatively labile to oxidation. The minor but definite presence of a plasma LDL subfraction more negative and susceptible to oxidation implicates the possibility of its association with atherogenesis. PMID:2072039

  11. Outcome of subclinical antibody-mediated rejection in kidney transplant recipients with preformed donor-specific antibodies.

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    Loupy, A; Suberbielle-Boissel, C; Hill, G S; Lefaucheur, C; Anglicheau, D; Zuber, J; Martinez, F; Thervet, E; Méjean, A; Charron, D; Duong van Huyen, J P; Bruneval, P; Legendre, C; Nochy, D

    2009-11-01

    This study describes clinical relevance of subclinical antibody-mediated rejection (SAMR) in a cohort of 54 DSA-positive kidney transplant recipients receiving a deceased donor. In 3 months screening biopsies, 31.1% of patients met the criteria of SAMR. A total of 48.9% had an incomplete form of SAMR (g+/ptc+/C4d-negative) whereas 20% had no humoral lesions. Patients with SAMR at 3 months had at 1 year: a higher C4d score, ptc score, and arteriosclerosis score, higher rate of IFTA (100% vs. 33.3%, p SAMR. Patients with SAMR at 3 months exhibited at 1 year a higher class II MFImax-DSA and a lower mGFR compared to patients without SAMR (39.2 +/- 13.9 vs. 61.9 +/- 19.2 mL/min/1.73 m(2) respectively, p SAMR at 3 months developed more ptc and IFTA lesions, and lower GFR at 1 year in comparison to biopsies without humoral lesions. SAMR is a frequent entity in KTR with preexisting DSAs and promotes subsequent GFR impairment and development of chronic AMR. C4d-negative SAMR patients displayed an intermediate course between the no-SAMR group and the C4d+ SAMR group. Screening biopsies may be useful to recognize patients more likely to develop SAMR. PMID:19775320

  12. The treatment of hyperuricemia.

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    Gliozzi, Micaela; Malara, Natalia; Muscoli, Saverio; Mollace, Vincenzo

    2016-06-15

    Hyperuricemia has long been established as the major etiologic factor in gout. Alongside with an inflammatory state triggered by urate crystal deposition in the joints, hyperuricemia displayed additional pathophysiological consequences leading to tissue inflammation mainly in the vascular wall. Thus, therapeutic strategies used to treat hyperuricemia in the past decades have often been focused on limiting acute episodes. Recently, evidence has been accumulated suggesting that chronic urate deposition requires a correct treatment not limited to acute episodes based on the modulation of the activity of key enzymes involved in metabolism and excretion of urate including xanthine oxidoreductase (XO) and URAT1. The present review article will try to summarize the most recent evidences on the efficacy of XO inhibitors and uricosuric compounds in lowering uric acid levels in both the bloodstream and peripheral tissues. In particular, we will focus on the effect of novel XO inhibitors in counteracting uric acid overproduction. On the other hand, the effect of lowering uric acid levels via XO inhibition will be correlated with attenuation oxidative stress which leads to endothelial dysfunction thereby contributing to the pathophysiology of diabetes, hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and chronic heart failure. Hence, scavenging and prevention of the XO generated oxygen radical accumulation emerge as an intriguing novel treatment option to counteract uric acid-induced tissue damages. PMID:26320372

  13. The role of red blood cell S-nitrosation in nitrite bioactivation and its modulation by leucine and glucose

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    Wajih, Nadeem; Liu, Xiaohua; Shetty, Pragna; Basu, Swati; Wu, Hanzhi; Hogg, Neil; Patel, Rakesh P.; Furdui, Cristina M.; Kim-Shapiro, Daniel B.

    2016-01-01

    Previous work has shown that red blood cells (RBCs) reduce nitrite to NO under conditions of low oxygen. Strong support for the ability of red blood cells to promote nitrite bioactivation comes from using platelet activation as a NO-sensitive process. Whereas addition of nitrite to platelet rich plasma in the absence of RBCs has no effect on inhibition of platelet activation, when RBCs are present platelet activation is inhibited by an NO-dependent mechanism that is potentiated under hypoxia. In this paper, we demonstrate that nitrite bioactivation by RBCs is blunted by physiologically-relevant concentrations of nutrients including glucose and the important signaling amino acid leucine. Our mechanistic investigations demonstrate that RBC mediated nitrite bioactivation is largely dependent on nitrosation of RBC surface proteins. These data suggest a new expanded paradigm where RBC mediated nitrite bioactivation not only directs blood flow to areas of low oxygen but also to areas of low nutrients. Our findings could have profound implications for normal physiology as well as pathophysiology in a variety of diseases including diabetes, sickle cell disease, and arteriosclerosis. PMID:27156251

  14. Cerebrovascular CO2 reactivity in normotensive and hypertensive man

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    Tominaga, S; Strandgaard, S; Uemura, K; Ito, Kenichi; Kutsuzawa, T; Lassen, Niels Alexander

    1976-01-01

    Cerebrovascular reactivity to CO2 inhalation and voluntary hyperventilation was studied in seven normotensive subjects and nine hypertensive patients without clinical or angiographical signs of arteriosclerosis. Cerebral blood flow (CBF) was measured by the intracarotid 133Xe clearance method and...... calculated as the initial slope index. Three to five CBF measurements were made in each patient in the PaCO2 range of 20 to 55 mm Hg. No difference was observed in reactivity between hypertensive and normotensive patients, either during CO2 inhalation or during hyperventilation. The shape of the CBF:PaCO2...... curve suggested a decrease in reactivity below a PaCO2 of 30 to 35 mm Hg in both groups. Above a PaCO2 of 35 mm Hg, exponential regression analysis yielded a mean reactivity of 6 +/- 2%, whereas below a PaCO2 of 30 mm Hg it was about 2%. The rise in CBF during CO2 inhalation was not influenced by the...

  15. Caracterización de la actividad sexual en adultos mayores del policlínico Gustavo Aldereguía

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    Imilse Olivet López

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Se realizó un estudio descriptivo de corte transversal, para caracterizar la sexualidad en adultos mayores pertenecientes al área de salud del policlínico “Gustavo Aldereguía Lima” del municipio de Las Tunas, en el período comprendido entre enero de 2012 y junio de 2013. De un universo de 151 adultos mayores se escogió una muestra de 111, se excluyeron los que poseían arteriosclerosis y demencia senil o que por razones invalidantes no mantuvieran relaciones sexuales, tales como: ancianos en estado de deterioro físico y mental, voluntad del paciente, alcohólicos o adictos a drogas y los que rebasaban la edad seleccionada. Se utilizaron fuentes primarias para la recolección de la información, la cual fue procesada a través de la estadística descriptiva, utilizando el análisis porcentual. Se obtuvo predominio del sexo masculino en un 60,3%, el 63,9% manifestaron que mantenían relaciones sexuales de forma activa, el 78,3% refirieron conservar el deseo sexual y el 81,9% la atracción hacia su pareja. El 62,2% refirió sentirse satisfecho sexualmente y el 90,9% reconoció que la sexualidad es una temática importante para ellos

  16. Photocoagulation as treatment of diabetic retinopathy

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    Sanchez, J.; Fernandez, L.; de Pedraza, Maria L.; Gamella, C.; Santervas, R.

    1992-03-01

    Diabetes Mellitus is a chronic disease that is revealed with a lot of alterations due to factors such as an absolute or relative reduction of the insulin. It is usually accompanied by generalized arteriosclerosis and prepares for certain microvasculares pathologies such as retinopathy, nefropathy, and neuropathy. The first effects of diabetes in the retina seem to act on the capillaries. The functional modifications of the retinal circulation appear before the structural ones. These consist of the blood flux damage and the obligation of the hematorretinal barrier with extravasacy as can be proved in the fluorophotometry of the vitreous humor. Nowadays, medical treatments are more effective and only vitrectomy and photocoagulation are used in diabetic retinopathy. For that, the argon laser and the xenon arch are used. The treatment is usually spread panretine, with coagulation in a grid pattern around the eye, avoiding the macula and other vital structures, and treating the neoformed blood vessels. The rate of grave visual loss in the studies carried out with there techniques was 12 in relation to 28 in the non-treated cases. The most important factors of risk found, were the discal neoformed blood vessels and the hemorrhage of the vitreous humor. Adverse effects were found such as the reduction of visual sharpness and the contrition of the visual field, these are greater in patients treated with the xenon arch than in those treated with the argon laser.

  17. Detección de Clamydia pneumoniae en placas ateroscleróticas de pacientes sometidos a procedimientos de revascularización

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    Willmar D. Patiño

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    Introducción: El reconocimiento de factores de riesgo cardiovascular ha impactado el manejo médico de la arteriosclerosis. Sin embargo, éstos sólo explican entre el 50% al 70% de la distribución mundial. Por lo que investigaciones en búsqueda de nuevos factores de riesgo han dado importancia a los agentes infecciosos en la etiología de la arteriosclerosis y en especial al papel que tiene la Clamydia pneumoniae.

    Objetivos: 1. Detectar la presencia de Clamydia pneumoniae en personas sometidas a procesos de revascularización percutánea o quirúrgico mediante la reacción en cadena de la polimerasa. 2. Determinar los factores de riesgo cardiovasculares asociados a la presencia de C. pneumoniae.

    Metodología: Se seleccionarán todos los pacientes que sean sometidos a revascularización percutánea o quirúrgica en las unidades de hemodinamia y cirugía de la Universidad de Antioquia o de la Clínica Medellín, durante doce meses, a partir de agosto de 1999. Las muestras se almacenarán a –800 C hasta su procesamiento.

    Resultados parciales: Hasta el momento se han procesado 27 muestras de las cuales 11 (40.7% son positivas para C. pneumoniae, del total de muestras 13 corresponden a placas de ateroma coronario y de ellas 6 (46% son positivas. Tres muestras de placas carot

  18. An extract of Crataegus pinnatifida fruit attenuates airway inflammation by modulation of matrix metalloproteinase-9 in ovalbumin induced asthma.

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    In Sik Shin

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Crataegus pinnatifida (Chinese hawthorn has long been used as a herbal medicine in Asia and Europe. It has been used for the treatment of various cardiovascular diseases such as myocardial weakness, tachycardia, hypertension and arteriosclerosis. In this study, we investigated the anti-inflammatory effects of Crataegus pinnatifida ethanolic extracts (CPEE on Th2-type cytokines, eosinophil infiltration, expression of matrix metalloproteinase (MMP-9, and other factors, using an ovalbumin (OVA-induced murine asthma model. METHODS/PRINCIPAL FINDING: Airways of OVA-sensitized mice exposed to OVA challenge developed eosinophilia, mucus hypersecretion and increased cytokine levels. CPEE was applied 1 h prior to OVA challenge. Mice were administered CPEE orally at doses of 100 and 200 mg/kg once daily on days 18-23. Bronchoalveolar lavage fluid (BALF was collected 48 h after the final OVA challenge. Levels of interleukin (IL-4 and IL-5 in BALF were measured using enzyme-linked immunosorbent (ELISA assays. Lung tissue sections 4 µm in thickness were stained with Mayer's hematoxylin and eosin for assessment of cell infiltration and mucus production with PAS staining, in conjunction with ELISA, and Western blot analyses for the expression of MMP-9, intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1 and vascular cell adhesion molecule (VCAM-1 protein expression. CPEE significantly decreased the Th2 cytokines including IL-4 and IL-5 levels, reduced the number of inflammatory cells in BALF and airway hyperresponsiveness, suppressed the infiltration of eosinophil-rich inflammatory cells and mucus hypersecretion and reduced the expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and MMP-9 and the activity of MMP-9 in lung tissue of OVA-challenged mice. CONCLUSIONS: These results showed that CPEE can protect against allergic airway inflammation and can act as an MMP-9 modulator to induce a reduction in ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 expression. In conclusion, we strongly suggest the feasibility

  19. Experimental evaluation of venosclerosis of aortocoronary femoral vein bypass graft in control and aspirin-persantine-treated dogs: Correlation with atherosclerosis

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    Coronary artery bypass surgery (CABS) improves the quality of life, decreases myocardial ischemia and angina pectoris or chest pain, and increases patient survival in a selected group of patients with coronary artery disease who do not improve upon medical treatment. This group includes patients with chest pain and more than 50% narrowing of the luminal diameter of the left main coronary artery. CABS has been performed about 500,000 times in the United States during the last 15 years in 600 hospitals. Presently, about 100,000 CABS are done every year at an expense of 2 billion dollars. A major limitation of this procedure is the high frequency of occlusion of the vein graft secondary to thrombosis or intimal proliferation or both. Our knowledge about arteriosclerosis and vascular occlusion is based on models using arteries. Little is known on the behavior of veins when transporting arterial blood. There is evidence that a vein graft due to its inherent environment and damage during harvesting and implantation undergoes biochemical and pathological changes similar to atherosclerosis. The authors used the dog model to study the pathobiology of grafted femoral veins in the aortocoronary position, although they realized that dogs are not prone to diet-induced arterosclerosis, like rabbits, pigs, and monkeys. The effect of aspirin-Persantine on thrombotic occlusion was studied with 111In-labeled platelets and 125I-labeled fibrinogen, and cholesterol uptake and de-endothelialization was evaluated, the extracellular space was measured with 82Br-bromide and edema was evaluated by transmission electron microscopy. Attempts were made to correlate the findings in atherosclerosis with those of vein-graft sclerosis (venosclerosis)

  20. The nicotine addiction and the assessment of the effectiveness of smoking cessation in adults

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Smoking cigarettes is currently one of the most significant health and social issues. The consequences of smoking affect both individuals as well as entire society. Addiction to nicotine has been recognised as a major environmental factor fostering numerous diseases. Aim: The aim of this study was to identify the causes of and motives for quitting smoking among the adult inhabitants of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski. The authors were also interested in the level of nicotine addiction. Material and methods: The study was conducted in a group of 209 inhabitants of Ostrowiec Świętokrzyski who were former or ongoing smokers. The study employed a survey technique, with the authors’ own questionnaire as a study tool. The Fagerström test determining addiction to nicotine (nicotine dependence was used too. Results and conclusions: The study revealed that smoking is a serious social issue. The majority of respondents had quit smoking (63.1%, 19.1% had never made any attempt to quit, whereas in 17.7% of respondents the cessation was unsuccessful and they returned to smoking. All respondents were aware of health-affecting consequences of smoking, but were unable to list more than four smoking-related diseases (lung and tongue cancers, arteriosclerosis, and hypertension. Attempts to cease smoking were made by 81,0% of the survey participants, mostly for health and financial reasons (42.0% and 21.3% respectively. Cessation of smoking resulted in numerous side effects, such as irritability (36.4%, outbursts of anger (20.7%, gaining weight (20.4% or binge eating of sweets (11.7%. The factor preventing respondents from quitting smoking was stress (29,0%.

  1. A Kampo Medicine, Boi-ogi-to, Inhibits Obesity in Ovariectomized Rats

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    Jun-ichi Yamakawa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available In women facing menopause, end of menstrual activity is accompanied by lower levels of estrogen and gradual weight gain. Postmenopausal weight gain sounds an alarm for women's health and may lead to hyperlipidemia, a lipid increase and glucose intolerance. These phenomena are connected to lifestyle-related diseases such as hypertension, type II diabetes mellitus, arteriosclerosis and metabolic syndrome, making it essential to prevent weight gain in women. A Kampo medicine, Boi-ogi-to, is traditionally used to treat obese conditions, but the mechanism has not yet been investigated. In this experiment, we tested the antiobesity properties of Boi-ogi-to in ovariectomized rats by measuring changes of serum cytokine levels and adipocytokines in fat cells. After treatment with this extract for 6 weeks (20-week-old rats, we found that there was a significant weight decrease in rats treated with Boi-ogi-to as compared with that in the control group. Serum tumor necrosis factor (TNF-α levels increased significantly in a dose-dependent manner. Gene expression of adipose tissue in uterus also dose dependently showed a significant increase of TNF-α levels, suggesting that secretion of TNF-α by fat cells might play a role in the ability of Boi-ogi-to to inhibit weight gain. While peroxisome proliferators-activated receptor-γ and adiponectin levels did not show a significant difference as compared with those in the control, levels of mRNA expression showed a tendency to increase dose dependently. Resistin did not show any significant change. These results suggest that Boi-ogi-to might be useful for the prevention of obesity that occurs in women with reduction of estrogen.

  2. Multiscale mechanical modeling of soft biological tissues

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    Stylianopoulos, Triantafyllos

    2008-10-01

    Soft biological tissues include both native and artificial tissues. In the human body, tissues like the articular cartilage, arterial wall, and heart valve leaflets are examples of structures composed of an underlying network of collagen fibers, cells, proteins and molecules. Artificial tissues are less complex than native tissues and mainly consist of a fiber polymer network with the intent of replacing lost or damaged tissue. Understanding of the mechanical function of these materials is essential for many clinical treatments (e.g. arterial clamping, angioplasty), diseases (e.g. arteriosclerosis) and tissue engineering applications (e.g. engineered blood vessels or heart valves). This thesis presents the derivation and application of a multiscale methodology to describe the macroscopic mechanical function of soft biological tissues incorporating directly their structural architecture. The model, which is based on volume averaging theory, accounts for structural parameters such as the network volume fraction and orientation, the realignment of the fibers in response to strain, the interactions among the fibers and the interactions between the fibers and the interstitial fluid in order to predict the overall tissue behavior. Therefore, instead of using a constitutive equation to relate strain to stress, the tissue microstructure is modeled within a representative volume element (RVE) and the macroscopic response at any point in the tissue is determined by solving a micromechanics problem in the RVE. The model was applied successfully to acellular collagen gels, native blood vessels, and electrospun polyurethane scaffolds and provided accurate predictions for permeability calculations in isotropic and oriented fiber networks. The agreement of model predictions with experimentally determined mechanical properties provided insights into the mechanics of tissues and tissue constructs, while discrepancies revealed limitations of the model framework.

  3. In connection with the aged who have need help to perform all daily chores on general care ward in Hiroshima Survivors Home

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    The aged who are admitted to general care ward of Hiroshima Survivors Home and need help to perform all daily chores as of January 1978 are 3 of 18 aged 60 - 69 years old (16.7%), 18 of 69 ones 70 - 79 years old (26.1%), 21 of 52 ones 80 - 89 years old (40.4%), and 6 of 7 ones more than 90 years old (85.7%), which are 48 of total 146 (32.9%). This phenomenon is recognized more frequently in women than in men. Occurrence of this phenomenon was high in a short-distance group and a group who entered city after the explosion. It was also high in the aged who stayed at this home for more than 7 years. Most diseases from which they suffered are those of bone and joints (19%) and arteriosclerosis (18.7%). Eight of 13 aged with eye diseases suffered from cataract. As advancement of senility with aging and exacerbation lead to increase of care for them, it is necessary to change their general care to special one. The ability of such aged, who are admitted to general ward and need help to perform all daily chores, to act independently was the same as that of those admitted to Yokufukai special care ward. At the present when beds for special care are filled to capacity, treatment of the aged who need special care (30% of those who need general care), personnel management, and health management of staffs are important. (Tsunoda, M.)

  4. Calcification of the intracranial carotid artery and its relation to the clinical and angiographic picture: an angiographic classification of asteriosclerosis cerebri

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    Valter Seixas

    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available Fifty six patients with arteriosclerosis cerebri confirmed by X-rays examinations were clinically and angiographically studied. Calcifications of the carotid artery were found predominantly in human beings between the ages of 55 and 65 and more often among men than among women, the proportion being 2.5 to 1. Nearly all arteriosclerotic patients with calcium deposits in the carotid artery showed several neurological and mental deficits, the most frequent initial symptoms being motor disturbances. Angiographic anormalities found in these patients can be classed into 3 groups: (a grade I— wavy course of the cerebral vessels, small number of peripheral brain vessels, formation of small knots, prolonged circulation time, arteria cerebri anterior with angular form, straight course and broad caliber; (b grade II— partial block, irregularities of wall and caliber, aneurysmal formations; (c grade III— total block of some vessels of the carotid system preventing a generalized or localized cerebral blood supply. Grades II and III angiographic abnormalities were most often seen at the syphon and at the carotid bifurcation in the neck (site of predilection. Most patients with a progressive clinical course belonged to the I group. The course of the disease did not differ in patients with grades II and III angiographic changes since usually the illness had an apoplectiform onset. Arteriosclerotic degenerative irregularities within the layers of the arteries (up to atheromatous patches may occur without reducing the arterial lumen. In such cases the patients may remain asymptomatic until there is a decompensation in the brain circulation due to many causes.

  5. Linkage disequilibrium blocks, haplotype structure, and htSNPs of human CYP7A1 gene

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    Wan Yu-Jui

    2006-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cholesterol 7-alpha-hydroxylase (CYP7A1 is the rate limiting enzyme for converting cholesterol into bile acids. Genetic variations in the CYP7A1 gene have been associated with metabolic disorders of cholesterol and bile acids, including hypercholesterolemia, hypertriglyceridemia, arteriosclerosis, and gallstone disease. Current genetic studies are focused mainly on analysis of a single nucleotide polymorphism (SNP at A-278C in the promoter region of the CYP7A1 gene. Here we report a genetic approach for an extensive analysis on linkage disequilibrium (LD blocks and haplotype structures of the entire CYP7A1 gene and its surrounding sequences in Africans, Caucasians, Asians, Mexican-Americans, and African-Americans. Result The LD patterns and haplotype blocks of CYP7A1 gene were defined in Africans, Caucasians, and Asians using genotyping data downloaded from the HapMap database to select a set of haplotype-tagging SNPs (htSNP. A low cost, microarray-based platform on thin-film biosensor chips was then developed for high-throughput genotyping to study transferability of the HapMap htSNPs to Mexican-American and African-American populations. Comparative LD patterns and haplotype block structure was defined across all test populations. Conclusion A constant genetic structure in CYP7A1 gene and its surrounding sequences was found that may lead to a better design for association studies of genetic variations in CYP7A1 gene with cholesterol and bile acid metabolism.

  6. The treatment of type 2 diabetes in the presence of renal impairment: what we should know about newer therapies

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    Davies, Melanie; Chatterjee, Sudesna; Khunti, Kamlesh

    2016-01-01

    Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people have chronic kidney disease (CKD), the most common causes of which include hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes. Importantly, ~40% of patients with diabetes develop CKD, yet evidence from major multicenter randomized controlled trials shows that intensive blood glucose control through pharmacological intervention can reduce the incidence and progression of CKD. Standard therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes include metformin, sulfonylureas, meglitinides, thiazolidinediones, and insulin. While these drugs have an important role in the management of type 2 diabetes, only the thiazolidinedione pioglitazone can be used across the spectrum of CKD (stages 2–5) and without dose adjustment; there are contraindications and dose adjustments required for the remaining standard therapies. Newer therapies, particularly dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitors, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, and sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, are increasingly being used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes; however, a major consideration is whether these newer therapies can also be used safely and effectively across the spectrum of renal impairment. Notably, reductions in albuminuria, a marker of CKD, are observed with many of the drug classes. Dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitors can be used in all stages of renal impairment, with appropriate dose reduction, with the exception of linagliptin, which can be used without dose adjustment. No dose adjustment is required for liraglutide, albiglutide, and dulaglutide in CKD stages 2 and 3, although all glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists are currently contraindicated in stages 4 and 5 CKD. At stage 3 CKD or greater, the sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors (dapagliflozin, canagliflozin, and empagliflozin) either require dose adjustment or are contraindicated. Ongoing trials, such as CARMELINA, MARLINA, CREDENCE, and CANVAS-R, will help determine the position of

  7. Whole-body MR imaging including angiography: Predicting recurrent events in diabetics

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    Whether whole-body MRI can predict occurrence of recurrent events in patients with diabetes mellitus. Whole-body MRI was prospectively applied to 61 diabetics and assessed for arteriosclerosis and ischemic cerebral/myocardial changes. Occurrence of cardiocerebral events and diabetic comorbidites was determined. Patients were stratified whether no, a single or recurrent events arose. As a secondary endpoint, events were stratified into organ system-specific groups. During a median follow-up of 70 months, 26 diabetics developed a total of 39 events; 18 (30 %) developed one, 8 (13 %) recurrent events. Between diabetics with no, a single and recurrent events, a stepwise higher burden was observed for presence of left ventricular (LV) hypo-/akinesia (3/28/75 %, p < 0.0001), myocardial delayed-contrast-enhancement (17/33/63 %, p = 0.001), carotid artery stenosis (11/17/63 %, p = 0.005), peripheral artery stenosis (26/56/88 %, p = 0.0006) and vessel score (1.00/1.30/1.76, p < 0.0001). After adjusting for clinical characteristics, LV hypo-/akinesia (hazard rate ratio = 6.57, p < 0.0001) and vessel score (hazard rate ratio = 12.29, p < 0.0001) remained independently associated. Assessing organ system risk, cardiac and cerebral MR findings predicted more strongly events in their respective organ system. Vessel-score predicted both cardiac and cerebral, but not non-cardiocerebral, events. Whole-body MR findings predict occurrence of recurrent events in diabetics independent of clinical characteristics, and may concurrently provide organ system-specific risk. (orig.)

  8. MR evaluation of common femoral arterial flow

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    Flow velocity measurements of the common femoral arteries in 60 lower extremities of 30 healthy subjects and 12 lower extremities of 7 patients with arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO) were performed by means of magnetic resonance imaging with a use of presaturation bolus tracking (PBT) method. Our PBT method can provide both precise determination of flow velocity and evaluation of flow patterns within 30 minutes in the clinical setting. In phantom study, MR flow velocity had good correlation with actual flow velocity (r=0.997) 30 healthy volunteers were classified into three groups; group I (20-40 years), group II (41-60 years) and group III (61-80 years). Starting time of acceleration (STA) were shortened as the age progressed. Peak reverse velocity (PRV), maximum deceleration rate (MDR), peak forward velocity/mean velocity ratio (PFV/MV) and pulsatility index (PI) were significantly decreased in group III as compared to group I and group II. Although intraluminal flow profile showed almost uniform during acceleration time on MR images, flow profile became disproportioned and reverse flow was observed in the medial portion during deceleration time. These characteristic hemodynamics were recognized in all healthy subjects regardless of the different age group. In ASO, STA was prolonged and PFV, PRV, maximum acceleration rate, MDR, PFV/MV, PI, vascular sectional area, flow volume were significantly decreased (p<0.001) as compared to the control healthy group III. As a result, we obtained marked characteristics such as flattening of curves and disappearance of reverse flow in MR flow waveform. On MR images, disproportion of intraluminal flow profile, decreased flow velocities during acceleration time and disappearance of reverse flow (11 of 12 extremities) during deceleration time were observed. (author)

  9. Effect of losartan on Doppler sonography indices in kidney transplant patients: A randomized clinical trial

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    Nader Nouri-Majalan

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Nader Nouri-Majalan1, Reza Nafisi2, Sarasadat Moghadasi-Mousavi11Department of Nephrology; 2Department of Radiology, Shahid Sadoughi Medical University, Yazd, IranBackground: Color Doppler sonography indices, such as resistive index (RI and pulsatility index (PI, can predict arteriosclerosis of internal renal vessels after kidney transplantation. Angiotensin II receptor antagonists, however, may have antiatherogenic effects. We therefore assessed the effects of losartan on RIs of renal allografts.Methods: We compared duplex sonographic measurements in renal allograft recipients (30 males, 20 females from living donors randomized to a losartan (25 mg twice daily or a control group.Results: The patients in the two groups had similar baseline characteristics, and 49 (24 in the losartan and 25 in the control group completed 12 months of follow-up. After 12 months, the losartan and control groups did not differ significantly in mean RI (0.71 ± 0.06 vs 0.69 ± 0.07, P = 0.4 or PI (1.3 ± 0.25 vs 1.29 ± 0.28, P = 0.8 of the intrarenal artery and mean RI (0.74 ± 0.07 vs 0.72 ± 0.07, P = 0.3 and PI (1.5 ± 0.3 vs 1.4 ± 0.34, P = 0.3 of the main artery.Conclusions: Losartan had no effect on Doppler sonography indices. Longer follow-up, however, may be needed to confirm this finding.Keywords: Doppler ultrasonography, kidney transplantation, losartan

  10. The role of the class A scavenger receptors, SR-A and MARCO, in the immune system. Part 1. The structure of receptors, their ligand binding repertoires and ability to initiate intracellular signaling

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    Szczepan Józefowski

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available  Recognition of pathogens by innate immune cells is mediated by pattern recognition receptors (PRR, which include scavenger receptors (SR. The class A SR, SR-A/CD204 and MARCO, are characterized by the presence of collagenous and SR cysteine-rich domains in their extracellular portions. Both receptors are expressed mainly on macrophages and dendritic cells. Thanks to their ability to bind to a wide range of polyanionic ligands, the class A SR may participate in numerous functions of these cells, such as endocytosis, and adhesion to extracellular matrix and to other cells. Among SR-A ligands are oxidized lipoproteins and β-amyloid fibrils, which link SR-A to the pathogenesis of arteriosclerosis and Alzheimer’s disease. Despite the demonstration of class A SR involvement in so many processes, the lack of selective ligands precluded reaching definite conclusions concerning their signaling abilities. Using specific receptor ligation with antibodies, we showed that SR-A and MARCO trigger intracellular signaling, modulating pro-inflammatory and microbicidal activities of macrophages. Surprisingly, despite similarities in structure and ligand binding repertoires, SR-A and MARCO exert opposite effects on interleukin-12 (IL-12 production in macrophages. SR-A ligation also stimulated H2O2 and IL-10 production, but had no effect on the release of several other cytokines. These limited effects of specific SR-A ligation contrast with generalized enhancement of immune responses observed in SR-A-deficient mice. Recent studies have revealed that many of these effects of SR-A deficiency may be caused by compensatory changes in the expression of other receptors and/or disinhibition of signal transduction from receptors belonging to the Toll/IL-1R family, rather than by the loss of the receptor function of SR-A.

  11. LUPUS NEPHRITIS COMPLICATED WITH MALIGNANT HYPERTENSION: FROM RENAL VASCULAR PATHOLOGY TO CLINICAL RELEVANCE

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    Jian-ling Tao; Hang Li; Yu Tang; Yu-bing Wen; Xue-wang Li

    2008-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical and pathological characteristics of lupus nephritis patients complicated with malignant hypertension.Methods We retrospectively studied 19 patients with lupus nephritis complicated with malignant hypertension who underwent renal biopsy between January 2002 and December 2006.Results Of 19 patients, 3 were men and 16 were women, with a mean age of 24. 4±7. 7 years old. All had positive antinuclear antibodies and low serum complement was found in 13 patients. All were anemic and 12 of them were thrombocytopenic. Impaired renal function was found in 17 patients with an average serum creatinine of 184. 5 ± 88.9 μmol/L. Severe intrarenai arteriolar lesion was found in all patients. Six patients had lupus vasculopathy, 11 patients had renal thrombotic microangiopathy lesion, 2 had severe arteriosclerosis. All patients received steroids and immunosuppressive drugs, 15 received angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI)/angiotensin receptor blocker ( ARB ) with resultant well-controlled blood pressure. Thrombocytopenia and hemolytic anemia resolved remarkably.The renal function improved or recovered in 14 of 17 patients, and 3 developed end-stage renal disease on maintenance dialysis.Conclusions Severe intrarenal vascular lesion complicated with renal nephritis parallels clinical manifestation of malignant hypertension. Renal pathology is the key of treatment strategy emphasizing on the significance of renal vascular involvement and type. On the basis of immunosuppressive drugs and steroids to control systemic lupus activity, timely initiation of ACEI/ARB could be of benefit to blood pressure control and long term renal survival.

  12. 25-Hydroxycholesterol promotes fibroblast-mediated tissue remodeling through NF-κB dependent pathway

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    Ichikawa, Tomohiro [Third Department of Internal Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, School of Medicine, 811-1 Kimiidera, Wakayama 641-8509 (Japan); Sugiura, Hisatoshi, E-mail: sugiura@rm.med.tohoku.ac.jp [Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8574 (Japan); Koarai, Akira; Kikuchi, Takashi; Hiramatsu, Masataka; Kawabata, Hiroki; Akamatsu, Keiichiro; Hirano, Tsunahiko; Nakanishi, Masanori; Matsunaga, Kazuto; Minakata, Yoshiaki [Third Department of Internal Medicine, Wakayama Medical University, School of Medicine, 811-1 Kimiidera, Wakayama 641-8509 (Japan); Ichinose, Masakazu [Department of Respiratory Medicine, Tohoku University Graduate School of Medicine, 1-1 Seiryo-machi, Aoba-ku, Sendai 980-8574 (Japan)

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    Abnormal structural alterations termed remodeling, including fibrosis and alveolar wall destruction, are important features of the pathophysiology of chronic airway diseases such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma. 25-hydroxycholesterol (25-HC) is enzymatically produced by cholesterol 25-hydorxylase (CH25H) in macrophages and is reported to be involved in the formation of arteriosclerosis. We previously demonstrated that the expression of CH25H and production of 25HC were increased in the lungs of COPD. However, the role of 25-HC in lung tissue remodeling is unknown. In this study, we investigated the effect of 25-HC on fibroblast-mediated tissue remodeling using human fetal lung fibroblasts (HFL-1) in vitro. 25-HC significantly augmented α-smooth muscle actin (SMA) (P<0.001) and collagen I (P<0.001) expression in HFL-1. 25-HC also significantly enhanced the release and activation of matrix metallaoproteinase (MMP)-2 (P<0.001) and MMP-9 (P<0.001) without any significant effect on the production of tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase (TIMP)-1 and TIMP-2. 25-HC stimulated transforming growth factor (TGF)-β{sub 1} production (P<0.01) and a neutralizing anti-TGF-β antibody restored these 25-HC-augmented pro-fibrotic responses. 25-HC significantly promoted the translocation of nuclear factor (NF)-κB p65 into the nuclei (P<0.01), but not phospholylated-c-jun, a complex of activator protein-1. Pharmacological inhibition of NF-κB restored the 25-HC-augmented pro-fibrotic responses and TGF-β{sub 1} release. These results suggest that 25-HC could contribute to fibroblast-mediated lung tissue remodeling by promoting myofibroblast differentiation and the excessive release of extracellular matrix protein and MMPs via an NF-κB-TGF-β dependent pathway.

  13. Effect of magnesium pyridoxal 5-phosphate glutamate on vascular reactivity in experimental hypercholesterolemia.

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    Khayyal, M T; Khayyal, M A; Sharaf, H M; el-Sherbeeny, M; Okpanyi, S N; Schneider, W

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    Hypercholesterolemia is known to affect the responsiveness of various blood vessels to endogenous and to exogenous vasoactive agents. Of particular interest is the increased responsiveness to vasoconstrictors, e.g., 5-hydroxy tryptamine and noradrenaline, and the decreased reactivity towards vasodilators, e.g., acetylcholine. This, together with the development of arteriosclerosis, could play an important role in the progression of many vascular complications, such as hypertension and coronary heart disease. Magnesium pyridoxal 5-phosphate glutamate (MPPG) has been shown to effectively reduce serum lipids in animals and in man, and to retard the progression of atherosclerotic lesions in experimental animals. It was therefore considered of interest to investigate the reactivity of both the aorta and the renal artery to different vasoactive substances in hypercholesterolemic rabbits under the influence of MPPG as well as the effect of such substances on the blood pressure of the anesthetized animals. The rabbits were fed a high cholesterol diet for 2 months, followed by MPPG for 1 month, while keeping the rabbits on the same diet. One batch of animals was used for blood pressure recording and testing drug effects, and another was used for testing the responsiveness of their aortae and renal arteries to the different mediators. In hypercholesterolemic rabbits, treatment with MPPG tended to normalize the increased responsiveness of the blood pressure to the vasoconstrictors: noradrenaline and angiotensin and the diminished sensitivity to histamine and acetylcholine. For the isolated arteries, however, MPPG did not significantly affect the responses to noradrenaline nor potassium chloride, but tended to normalize responses to clonidine and acetylcholine. It could be concluded from the present findings that the high cholesterol diet induces changes in vascular reactivity which are possibly related to endothelial and/or receptor sensitivity changes. Treatment with MPPG

  14. Effect of lupine (Lupinus termis seeds or their water extract on alloxan diabetic rats

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    H. A. Hassan and M. M. El-Komy

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Diabetes mellitus represents a major public health problem. Much of the increased mortality and morbidity seen in diabetic patients is the result of various complications. Free radicals play an important role in the cause of complications of diabetes mellitus such as retinopathy, nephropathy, hypertension, arteriosclerosis and ischemic heart diseases. Many secondary plant metabolites have been shown to possess antioxidant activities, improving the effects of oxidative stress in diabetic patient. Thus the present study tries to evaluate the role of different preparations from Lupinus termis as a hypoglycemic agent. Alloxan diabetic rats were orally treated with either 5 ml/Kg b.wt/day aqueous lupine seeds extract or 20% w/w in diet edible boiled lupine seeds powder or 20% w/w dry lupine seeds powder for 30 days. The results recorded high levels of glucose, total cholesterol, triglycerides and LDL-cholesterol as well as low levels of total protein, HDL-cholesterol, liver glycogen and serum insulin in diabetic rats. Phospholipids content was increased in the serum but decreased in the liver and pancreas of diabetic rats. In addition, the results confirmed that the alloxan diabetic rats were subjected to oxidative stress as indicated by the extent of lipid peroxidation (high malondialdehide levels present in the liver and pancreas and significantly alter activities of some scavenging enzymes (low glutathione reductase, glucose-6-phosphate dehydrogenase, superoxide dismutase and catalase. On the other hand, after administration of any one of the used preparations of lupine seeds, the diabetic rats revealed an improvement on various metabolic abnormalities as well as oxidative stress recorded with diabetes but the best improvement occurred in the animal group treated with dry seeds powder. These results give a good evidence for the amelioration effect of lupine against the alloxan diabetic effects.

  15. STUDIES CONCERNIMG THE OBTAINMENT OF ASTAXANTHIN, AN IMPORTANT NATURAL PIGMENT USED IN COSMETIC, FOOD AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES

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    RĂDULESCU G.

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Carotenoid pigments (CP are natural compounds which impart to the tissues wherethey occur, a yellow, orange, red and even blue color. They are precursors ofvitamins A, B12, D3 and can not be biosynthesized by any animal taxonomic groupincluding man. In plants they avoid chlorophyll bleaching and destruction of somebiological active substances like citocroms, peroxidases, catalase, flavonoidicpigments, vitamins B12, E, K etc./1/. They are used in cosmetics, in aquaculture,poultry farming, in food industry as antioxidants and natural colorants for drinksand dairy products, as fodder additives for color, organoleptic and biologicalqualities improvement. Due to the restrictive use in food industry or as fodderadditives of the synthetically obtained CP, though they are less expensive, thebiotechnologies based on carotenogenic yeasts, in particular for astaxanthinproduction, are now reconsidered even if the bioprocesses are more costly. Newsources identification and economic efficiency and feasibility of CP obtainmentprocesses are a constant challenge, especially since recent studies pointed out CProle in medicine for prevention and treatment of some chronic maladies like cancer,arteriosclerosis, cataract, cardiovascular diseases, immunodeficiency’s syndromes,brain dysfunctions, etc./2-4/. with a great occurrence in human population. Thispaper presents a technological model at laboratory scale for the red-violaceuspigment Astaxanthin (3,3'-dehidroxy-β,β'-caroten-4,4'dione obtainment with theSporobolomycetous yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous DSMZ 5626 [ICCF338].The yeast was screened for genetic purity and media and cultivating conditionswere studied. The pigment was extracted and separated chromatographically fromthe alkaline treated wet biomass, for cell wall disruption. The separated Astaxanthinwas diluted with sunflower oil up to a content of 50 μg/ml. The product can beconditioned as soft capsules, or as it is as food supplement for human

  16. STUDIES CONCERNIMG THE OBTAINMENT OF ASTAXANTHIN, AN IMPORTANT NATURAL PIGMENT USED IN COSMETIC, FOOD AND PHARMACEUTICAL INDUSTRIES

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    G. RĂDULESCU

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Carotenoid pigments (CP are natural compounds which impart to the tissues wherethey occur, a yellow, orange, red and even blue color. They are precursors ofvitamins A, B12, D3 and can not be biosynthesized by any animal taxonomic groupincluding man. In plants they avoid chlorophyll bleaching and destruction of somebiological active substances like citocroms, peroxidases, catalase, flavonoidicpigments, vitamins B12, E, K etc./1/. They are used in cosmetics, in aquaculture,poultry farming, in food industry as antioxidants and natural colorants for drinksand dairy products, as fodder additives for color, organoleptic and biologicalqualities improvement. Due to the restrictive use in food industry or as fodderadditives of the synthetically obtained CP, though they are less expensive, thebiotechnologies based on carotenogenic yeasts, in particular for astaxanthinproduction, are now reconsidered even if the bioprocesses are more costly. Newsources identification and economic efficiency and feasibility of CP obtainmentprocesses are a constant challenge, especially since recent studies pointed out CProle in medicine for prevention and treatment of some chronic maladies like cancer,arteriosclerosis, cataract, cardiovascular diseases, immunodeficiency’s syndromes,brain dysfunctions, etc./2-4/. with a great occurrence in human population. Thispaper presents a technological model at laboratory scale for the red-violaceuspigment Astaxanthin (3,3'-dehidroxy-β,β'-caroten-4,4'dione obtainment with theSporobolomycetous yeast Xanthophyllomyces dendrorhous DSMZ 5626 [ICCF338].The yeast was screened for genetic purity and media and cultivating conditionswere studied. The pigment was extracted and separated chromatographically fromthe alkaline treated wet biomass, for cell wall disruption. The separated Astaxanthinwas diluted with sunflower oil up to a content of 50 μg/ml. The product can beconditioned as soft capsules, or as it is as food supplement for human

  17. The lack of age-pigments and the alterations in intracellular monovalent electrolytes in spontaneously hypertensive, stroke-prone (SHRsp) rats as revealed by electron microscopy and X-ray microanalysis

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    Male, spontaneously hypertensive, stroke-prone (SHRsp) rats established by Okamoto et al. were studied. About 80% of the males of this strain have a particularly short life span (33-41 weeks); they display a considerable hypertension (above 220 mmHg) and a tendency for plurifocal brain strokes. Hypertension and strokes can be provoked in an accelerated and synchronized fashion by supplementing 1% NaCl into their drinking water. Symptoms of the appearance of brain strokes can be judged from characteristic signs of motor disorders, and can be established also by pathohistology. Since hypertension and arteriosclerosis are frequently involved in aging, the question we intended to answer was whether these animals may represent a model of the normal aging process or not. Two approaches are described: (1) Accumulation of lipofuscin granules in their brain, liver and myocardium was followed by transmission electron microscopy before and after the appearance of strokes. It has been established that these tissues do not show any typical accumulation of lipofuscin granules, although submicroscopic signs of an enhanced damage of cell organelles (especially of mitochondria in liver and brain cells, but not in myocardium) were encountered. (2) The intracellular monovalent composition in the brain and liver was measured by using bulk-specimen X-ray microanalysis. The intracellular Na-content (mEq/kg water) was significantly higher (170-200%) in both the brain and liver cells, whereas the K-content increased only moderately (118-130%). The results suggest that although the SHRsp rats do not represent a direct model for the normal aging process from the point of view of lipofuscin accumulation, the shifts of the monovalent electrolyte contents in the brain and liver cells observed already in the youngest ages, are similar to those observed in aged normal rats

  18. 沂州木瓜汁抗氧化、降血脂保健功能的研究%Study on the health function on antioxidation and reducing blood lipid of Yizhou Chaenomeles fruit juice

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    2011-01-01

    The health function on antioxidation and reducing blood lipid of Yizhou Chaenomeles fruit juice was studied.The mice experiments showed serum lipid-lowering and antioxidative action of the Yizhou Chaenomeles fruit juice.Compared with the hyperlipidemic group,Yizhou Chaenomeles fruit juice could significantly lower the cholesterol levels of mice,including the serum TC,TG,LDL-C and arteriosclerosis index(AI).It could also lower the liver weight,TC and TG.Yizhou Chaenomeles fruit juice also improved SOD activity,reduced MDA content in mice and enhanced GSH-Px activity in blood.%利用大白鼠进行动物实验,研究沂州木瓜汁的抗氧化、降血脂保健功能。实验结果表明:沂州木瓜汁能显著降低高血脂大鼠的血清总胆固醇、甘油三脂和低密度脂蛋白水平,减小动脉硬化指标,对大白鼠高脂血症和动脉硬化具有较好的预防作用;沂州木瓜汁还能显著降低高血脂大鼠的肝系数、肝脏总胆固醇和甘油三酯水平,缓解肝脏的脂肪病变;沂州木瓜汁能提高大鼠红细胞内SOD活力、降低红细胞中MDA含量、提高血液中GSH-Px活力,从而清除机体内的超氧阴离子,减少机体受自由基的攻击。

  19. Levodopa/carbidopa and entacapone in the treatment of Parkinson’s disease: efficacy, safety and patient preference

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    Thomas Müller

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Thomas Müller1,21Department of Neurology, St. Joseph Hospital Berlin-Weißensee, Berlin, Germany; 2IGSN, Ruhr University of Bochum, Bochum, GermanyAbstract: Levodopa (LD is the oldest, most efficacious and best-tolerated drug for dopaminergic substitution of patients with Parkinson’s disease (PD. Its main drawback is its short half-life, which supports onset of motor complications in the long term. Therefore well-informed PD patients mostly accept LD therapy as late as possible. Recent LD trials indicate that a combination of LD with carbidopa (CD and the catechol-O-methyltransferase (COMT inhibitor entacapone (EN may reduce the onset of these motor complications to a certain extent. This observation is further supported by pharmacokinetic trials and experimental research, but there is still a need to confirm this in a clinical trial, which is under way. Additionally, combined LD/CD/EN was superior to LD/CD administration regarding cognition, muscle behavior and gastrointestinal function in small clinical trials. Moreover there is accumulating evidence that combined COMT inhibition with LD administration reduces homocysteine synthesis. In the long term, homocysteine elevation supports onset of arteriosclerosis-related disorders, which are more frequent in PD patients according to epidemiological studies than in the normal healthy population. The introduction of LD/CD/EN in one tablet supported patients’ preference of COMT inhibition as an essential component of LD/DDI therapy, as this combination reduced number and size of tablets.Keywords: levodopa, entacapone, Parkinson’s disease, preference, compliance, acceptance

  20. Familial young-onset diabetes, pre-diabetes and cardiovascular disease are associated with genetic variants of DACH1 in Chinese.

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    Full Text Available In Asia, young-onset type 2 diabetes (YOD is characterized by obesity and increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD. In a genome-wide association study (GWAS of 99 Chinese obese subjects with familial YOD diagnosed before 40-year-old and 101 controls, the T allele of rs1408888 in intron 1 of DACH1(Dachshund homolog 1 was associated with an odds ratio (OR of 2.49(95% confidence intervals:1.57-3.96, P = 8.4 × 10(-5. Amongst these subjects, we found reduced expression of DACH1 in peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC from 63 cases compared to 65 controls (P = 0.02. In a random cohort of 1468 cases and 1485 controls, amongst top 19 SNPs from GWAS, rs1408888 was associated with type 2 diabetes with a global P value of 0.0176 and confirmation in a multiethnic Asian case-control cohort (7370/7802 with an OR of 1.07(1.02-1.12, P(meta  = 0.012. In 599 Chinese non-diabetic subjects, rs1408888 was linearly associated with systolic blood pressure and insulin resistance. In a case-control cohort (n = 953/953, rs1408888 was associated with an OR of 1.54(1.07-2.22, P = 0.019 for CVD in type 2 diabetes. In an autopsy series of 173 non-diabetic cases, TT genotype of rs1408888 was associated with an OR of 3.31(1.19-9.19, P = 0.0214 and 3.27(1.25-11.07, P = 0.0184 for coronary heart disease (CHD and coronary arteriosclerosis. Bioinformatics analysis revealed that rs1408888 lies within regulatory elements of DACH1 implicated in islet development and insulin secretion. The T allele of rs1408888 of DACH1 was associated with YOD, prediabetes and CVD in Chinese.

  1. Whole-body MR imaging including angiography: Predicting recurrent events in diabetics

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    Bertheau, Robert C.; Kauczor, Hans-Ulrich; Weckbach, Sabine; Schlett, Christopher L. [University Hospital Heidelberg, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Heidelberg (Germany); Bamberg, Fabian [Ludwig Maximilians University, Klinikum Grosshadern, Department of Clinical Radiology, Munich (Germany); University Hospital Tuebingen, Department of Diagnostic and Interventional Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Lochner, Elena [Ludwig Maximilians University, Klinikum Grosshadern, Department of Clinical Radiology, Munich (Germany); Findeisen, Hannes M. [University Hospital Muenster, Department of Cardiology and Angiology, Muenster (Germany); Parhofer, Klaus G. [Ludwig Maximilians University, Klinikum Grosshadern, Department of Internal Medicine II, Munich (Germany); Schoenberg, Stefan O. [University Medical Center Mannheim, Department of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, Mannheim (Germany)

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    Whether whole-body MRI can predict occurrence of recurrent events in patients with diabetes mellitus. Whole-body MRI was prospectively applied to 61 diabetics and assessed for arteriosclerosis and ischemic cerebral/myocardial changes. Occurrence of cardiocerebral events and diabetic comorbidites was determined. Patients were stratified whether no, a single or recurrent events arose. As a secondary endpoint, events were stratified into organ system-specific groups. During a median follow-up of 70 months, 26 diabetics developed a total of 39 events; 18 (30 %) developed one, 8 (13 %) recurrent events. Between diabetics with no, a single and recurrent events, a stepwise higher burden was observed for presence of left ventricular (LV) hypo-/akinesia (3/28/75 %, p < 0.0001), myocardial delayed-contrast-enhancement (17/33/63 %, p = 0.001), carotid artery stenosis (11/17/63 %, p = 0.005), peripheral artery stenosis (26/56/88 %, p = 0.0006) and vessel score (1.00/1.30/1.76, p < 0.0001). After adjusting for clinical characteristics, LV hypo-/akinesia (hazard rate ratio = 6.57, p < 0.0001) and vessel score (hazard rate ratio = 12.29, p < 0.0001) remained independently associated. Assessing organ system risk, cardiac and cerebral MR findings predicted more strongly events in their respective organ system. Vessel-score predicted both cardiac and cerebral, but not non-cardiocerebral, events. Whole-body MR findings predict occurrence of recurrent events in diabetics independent of clinical characteristics, and may concurrently provide organ system-specific risk. (orig.)

  2. Screening and characterization of purine nucleoside degrading lactic acid bacteria isolated from Chinese sauerkraut and evaluation of the serum uric acid lowering effect in hyperuricemic rats.

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    Full Text Available Hyperuricemia is well known as the cause of gout. In recent years, it has also been recognized as a risk factor for arteriosclerosis, cerebrovascular and cardiovascular diseases, and nephropathy in diabetic patients. Foods high in purine compounds are more potent in exacerbating hyperuricemia. Therefore, the development of probiotics that efficiently degrade purine compounds is a promising potential therapy for the prevention of hyperuricemia. In this study, fifty-five lactic acid bacteria isolated from Chinese sauerkraut were evaluated for the ability to degrade inosine and guanosine, the two key intermediates in purine metabolism. After a preliminary screening based on HPLC, three candidate strains with the highest nucleoside degrading rates were selected for further characterization. The tested biological characteristics of candidate strains included acid tolerance, bile tolerance, anti-pathogenic bacteria activity, cell adhesion ability, resistance to antibiotics and the ability to produce hydrogen peroxide. Among the selected strains, DM9218 showed the best probiotic potential compared with other strains despite its poor bile resistance. Analysis of 16S rRNA sequences showed that DM9218 has the highest similarity (99% to Lactobacillus plantarum WCFS1. The acclimated strain DM9218-A showed better resistance to 0.3% bile salt, and its survival in gastrointestinal tract of rats was proven by PCR-DGGE. Furthermore, the effects of DM9218-A in a hyperuricemia rat model were evaluated. The level of serum uric acid in hyperuricemic rat can be efficiently reduced by the intragastric administration of DM9218-A (P<0.05. The preventive treatment of DM9218-A caused a greater reduction in serum uric acid concentration in hyperuricemic rats than the later treatment (P<0.05. Our results suggest that DM9218-A may be a promising candidate as an adjunctive treatment in patients with hyperuricemia during the onset period of disease. DM9218-A also has potential

  3. Evolutionary explanations in medical and health profession courses: are you answering your students' "why" questions?

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    Malyango Avelin A

    2005-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Medical and pre-professional health students ask questions about human health that can be answered in two ways, by giving proximate and evolutionary explanations. Proximate explanations, most common in textbooks and classes, describe the immediate scientifically known biological mechanisms of anatomical characteristics or physiological processes. These explanations are necessary but insufficient. They can be complemented with evolutionary explanations that describe the evolutionary processes and principles that have resulted in human biology we study today. The main goal of the science of Darwinian Medicine is to investigate human disease, disorders, and medical complications from an evolutionary perspective. Discussion This paper contrasts the differences between these two types of explanations by describing principles of natural selection that underlie medical questions. Thus, why is human birth complicated? Why does sickle cell anemia exist? Why do we show symptoms like fever, diarrhea, and coughing when we have infection? Why do we suffer from ubiquitous age-related diseases like arteriosclerosis, Alzheimer's and others? Why are chronic diseases like type II diabetes and obesity so prevalent in modern society? Why hasn't natural selection eliminated the genes that cause common genetic diseases like hemochromatosis, cystic fibrosis, Tay sachs, PKU and others? Summary In giving students evolutionary explanations professors should underscore principles of natural selection, since these can be generalized for the analysis of many medical questions. From a research perspective, natural selection seems central to leading hypotheses of obesity and type II diabetes and might very well explain the occurrence of certain common genetic diseases like cystic fibrosis, hemochromatosis, Tay sachs, Fragile X syndrome, G6PD and others because of their compensating advantages. Furthermore, armed with evolutionary explanations, health care

  4. 高三酰甘油腹型肥胖与糖代谢异常的研究%Hypertriglyceridemia Abdominal Obesity Associated with Disorders of Glucose Metabolism

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    李楷

    2012-01-01

    高三酰甘油(TG)腹型肥胖是脂肪组织储存了过多的三酰甘油相关的脂质.高TG血症除引起促进动脉硬化和血栓形成外,对胰岛B细胞分泌功能及糖代谢产生一定影响.有研究证明,高TG可以导致胰岛素的分泌异常、外周胰岛素抵抗(IR)、胰岛B细胞的凋亡.越来越多的研究表明,腹型肥胖与IR和糖代谢异常密切相关,脂肪组织尤其是内脏脂肪组织是IR的始发部位.高TG腹型肥胖引起糖代谢紊乱主要是引发胰岛素分泌障碍和IR.现就高TG腹型肥胖对糖代谢异常的相关研究进展进行综述.%High triacylglycerol( TG )is a state of excessive TG lipids storage in fatty tissue, llyper TG affect endocrine function of pancreatic islets B cell and glucose metabolism besides promoting arteriosclerosis and thrombosis. Studies have indicated that hypertriglycerol can induce insulin secretory abnomality, insulin resistance , and apoptosis. Studies indicate that abdominal obesity is associated with insulin resistance and disorders of glucose metabolism. Adipose tissue especially the visceral fat tissue is the initial position of insulin resistance. The hypertriglyceridemia-abdominal obesity induce disorders of glucose metabolism, the main reason is that triggers the insulin secretion obstacles and insulin resistance. Here is to make a review on the related research and development between hypertriglyceridemia-abdominal obesity and disorders of glucose metabolism.

  5. Unsupervised detection, quantification and localization of white matter hyper-intensities in magnetic resonance imaging

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    White matter hyper-intensities (WMH) are punctual ischemic areas, related to arteriosclerosis, visible on T2- and PD-weighted MRI. They are present on elderly normal subjects, and their proportion vary between 27 to 83 % from study to study. This strong variability in their counting is especially caused by human observation, so an unsupervised detection tool is necessary. The method is based on the analysis of Tl-weighted MRI in sagittal orientation, and of T2- and PD-weighted MRI in transaxial orientation of a single subject. Detection of WMH is based on a segmentation phase, and contains a large number of pre- and post-processing. First, a correction of inhomogeneities due to instrumentation is applied, with the modelization of the intensity variations appearing on a homogenous object. and the Computing a correction matrix. The three MRI modalities are then placed in a single referential, using a MRI-PET registration method. The brain is segmented on the Tl-weighted MRI, resulting in a mask used to segment the two others modalities after registration. A multispectral bayesian segmentation algorithm extracts the white matter (WM) and objects likely to be WMH. A set of morphological operations generate an image representing WM and potential WMH. A second segmentation of this image, in two classes, results in a WMH mask. It is then possible to list the WMH, their size, their shape, and their position in the MRI referential. At last, the coordinates of the WMH centers of mass are placed into Talairach space, allowing statistical analysis on a large number of subjects. This method has been in part applied on a data base of 850 subjects. The four steps (correction of inhomogeneities, registration, segmentation of the brain and detection of AC and PC landmarks) result in a global success rate of 90 %. (author)

  6. Flow-sensitive in-vivo 4D MR imaging at 3T for the analysis of aortic hemodynamics and derived vessel wall parameters; Die Analyse aortaler Haemodynamik und Gefaesswandparameter mittels fluss-sensitiver in-vivo 4D-MRT bei 3 Tesla

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    Frydrychowicz, A.; Markl, M.; Stalder, A.F.; Bock, J.; Bley, T.A.; Berger, A.; Russe, M.F.; Hennig, J.; Langer, M. [Freiburg Univ. (Germany). Abt. Roentgendiagnostik; Harloff, A. [Freiburg Univ. (Germany). Abt. Klinische Neurologie und Neurophysiologie; Schlensak, C. [Freiburg Univ. (Germany). Abt. Herz- und Gefaesschirurgie

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    Modern phase contrast MR imaging at 3 Tesla allows the depiction of 3D morphology as well as the acquisition of time-resolved blood flow velocities in 3 directions. In combination with state-of-the-art visualization and data processing software, the qualitative and quantitative analysis of hemodynamic changes associated with vascular pathologies is possible. The 4D nature of the acquired data permits free orientation within the vascular system of interest and offers the opportunity to quantify blood flow and derived vessel wall parameters at any desired location within the data volume without being dependent on predefined 2D slices. The technique has the potential of overcoming the limitations of current diagnostic strategies and of implementing new diagnostic parameters. In light of the recent discussions regarding the influence of the wall shear stress and the oscillatory shear index on the genesis of arteriosclerosis and dilatative vascular processes, flow-sensitive 4D MRI may provide the missing diagnostic link. Instead of relying on experience-based parameters such as aneurysm size, new hemodynamic considerations can deepen our understanding of vascular pathologies. This overview reviews the underlying methodology at 3T, the literature on time-resolved 3D MR velocity mapping, and presents case examples. By presenting the pre- and postoperative assessment of hemodynamics in a thoracic aortic aneurysm and the detailed analysis of blood flow in a patient with coarctation we underline the potential of time-resolved 3D phase contrast MR at 3T for hemodynamic assessment of vascular pathologies, especially in the thoracic aorta. (orig.)

  7. Possible mechanisms for arsenic-induced proliferative diseases

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    Wetterhahn, K.E.; Dudek, E.J.; Shumilla, J.A. [Dartmouth College and Medical School, Hanover, NH (United States)] [and others

    1996-12-31

    Possible mechanisms for cardiovascular diseases and cancers which have been observed on chronic exposure to arsenic have been investigated. We tested the hypothesis that nonlethal levels of arsenic are mitogenic, cause oxidative stress, increase nuclear translocation of trans-acting factors, and increase expression of genes involved in proliferation. Cultured porcine vascular (from aorta) endothelial cells were used as a model cell system to study the effects of arsenic on the target cells for cardiovascular diseases. Treatment of postconfluent cell cultures with nonovertly toxic concentrations of arsenite increased DNA synthesis, similar to the mitogenic response observed with hydrogen peroxide. Within 1 hour of adding noncytotoxic concentrations of arsenite, cellular levels of oxidants increased relative to control levels, indicating that arsenite promotes cellular oxidations. Arsenite treatment increased nuclear translocation of NF-{kappa}B, an oxidative stress-responsive transcription factor, in a manner similar to that observed with hydrogen peroxide. Pretreatment of intact cells with the antioxidants N-acetylcysteine and dimethylfumarate prevented the arsenite-induced increases in cellular oxidant formation and NF-KB translocation. Arsenite had little or no effect on binding of NF-KB to its DNA recognition sequence in vitro, indicating that it is unlikely that arsenite directly affects NF-KB. The steady-state mRNA levels of intracellular adhesion molecule and urokinase-like plasminogen activator, genes associated with the active endothelial phenotype in arteriosclerosis and cancer metastasis, were increased by nontoxic concentrations of arsenite. These data suggest that arsenite promotes proliferative diseases like heart disease and cancer by activating oxidant-sensitive endothelial cell signaling and gene expression. It is possible that antioxidant therapy would be useful in preventing arsenic-induced cardiovascular disease and cancer.

  8. Associations between white matter hyperintensities and β amyloid on integrity of projection, association, and limbic fiber tracts measured with diffusion tensor MRI.

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    Full Text Available The goal of this study was to assess the relationship between Aβ deposition and white matter pathology (i.e., white matter hyperintensities, WMH on microstructural integrity of the white matter. Fifty-seven participants (mean age: 78±7 years from an ongoing multi-site research program who spanned the spectrum of normal to mild cognitive impairment (Clinical dementia rating 0-0.5 and low to high risk factors for arteriosclerosis and WMH pathology (defined as WMH volume >0.5% total intracranial volume were assessed with positron emission tomography (PET with Pittsburg compound B (PiB and magnetic resonance and diffusion tensor imaging (DTI. Multivariate analysis of covariance were used to investigate the relationship between Aβ deposition and WMH pathology on fractional anisotropy (FA from 9 tracts of interest (i.e., corona radiata, internal capsule, cingulum, parahippocampal white matter, corpus callosum, superior longitudinal, superior and inferior front-occipital fasciculi, and fornix. WMH pathology was associated with reduced FA in projection (i.e., internal capsule and corona radiate and association (i.e., superior longitudinal, superior and inferior fronto-occipital fasciculi fiber tracts. Aβ deposition (i.e., PiB positivity was associated with reduced FA in the fornix and splenium of the corpus callosum. There were interactions between PiB and WMH pathology in the internal capsule and parahippocampal white matter, where Aβ deposition reduced FA more among subjects with WMH pathology than those without. However, accounting for apoE ε4 genotype rendered these interactions insignificant. Although this finding suggests that apoE4 may increase amyloid deposition, both in the parenchyma (resulting in PiB positivity and in blood vessels (resulting in amyloid angiopathy and WMH pathology, and that these two factors together may be associated with compromised white matter microstructural integrity in multiple brain regions, additional studies

  9. Activation of monocytes and cytokine production in patients with peripheral atherosclerosis obliterans

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    Lastória Sidney

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Arterial peripheral disease is a condition caused by the blocked blood flow resulting from arterial cholesterol deposits within the arms, legs and aorta. Studies have shown that macrophages in atherosclerotic plaque are highly activated, which makes these cells important antigen-presenting cells that develop a specific immune response, in which LDLox is the inducing antigen. As functional changes of cells which participate in the atherogenesis process may occur in the peripheral blood, the objectives of the present study were to evaluate plasma levels of anti-inflammatory and inflammatory cytokines including TNF-α, IFN-γ, interleukin-6 (IL-6, IL-10 and TGF-β in patients with peripheral arteriosclerosis obliterans, to assess the monocyte activation level in peripheral blood through the ability of these cells to release hydrogen peroxide (H2O2 and to develop fungicidal activity against Candida albicans (C. albicans in vitro. Methods TNF-α, IFN-γ, IL-6, IL-10 and TGF-β from plasma of patients were detected by ELISA. Monocyte cultures activated in vitro with TNF-alpha and IFN-gamma were evaluated by fungicidal activity against C. albicans by culture plating and Colony Forming Unit (CFU recovery, and by H2O2 production. Results Plasma levels of all cytokines were significantly higher in patients compared to those detected in control subjects. Control group monocytes did not release substantial levels of H2O2 in vitro, but these levels were significantly increased after activation with IFN-γ and TNF-α. Monocytes of patients, before and after activation, responded less than those of control subjects. Similar results were found when fungicidal activity was evaluated. The results seen in patients were always significantly smaller than among control subjects. Conclusions: The results revealed an unresponsiveness of patient monocytes in vitro probably due to the high activation process occurring in vivo as corroborated by high

  10. BLOOD VESSELS SEGMENTATION BY RADIAL GRADIENT SYMMETRY METHOD VIA DIFFERENT THRESHOLD VALUES

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    Kumar Parasuraman

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available A Key identifier for some diseases such as arteriosclerosis, hypertension, macular edema, diabetes mellitus, and the recognition qualities of geometrical changes in retinal veins and supply routes are recognized by Retinal Vein morphology and might be connected to a mixed carrier of clinical studies. Extraction of the retinal veins is a help to see all the more about its morphology and will give a superior wellspring of data for contemplating the different related diseases. Two of the significant issues in the extraction of retinal veins are the vicinity of a wide assortment of vessel widths and inhomogeneous foundation of the retina. Machine based dissection for computerized extraction of veins in retinal images will help eye mind pro's screen bigger populaces for vessel variations from the norm. In this extend a technique for robotized extraction of fundus pictures of the retinal vein is introduced. This paper displays another strategy for vein recognition in computerized retinal pictures. In this system first separating is carried out utilizing reciprocal channel to uproot the commotions in the picture and second, differentiates the fundus picture into red, green and blue channels. Third, Kirsch's format with spatial separating is utilized to discover the beginning and bearing of the veins and for smoothing the limits. Fourth, the veins are fragmented by applying threshold values and by utilizing outspread radial symmetry strategy. These segmentations are looked at against manual estimations and between imaging strategies. Its adequacy and strength with distinctive picture conditions, together with its smoothness and quick usage, make this vein division proposal suitable for retinal picture workstation examination, for example, computerized screening for right on time diabetic retinopathy discovery.

  11. The role of autonomic cardiovascular neuropathy in pathogenesis of ischemic heart disease in patients with diabetes mellitus

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    Popović-Pejičić Snježana

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Diabetes is strongly associated with macrovascular complications, among which ischemic heart disease is the major cause of mortality. Autonomic neuropathy increases the risk of complications, which calls for an early diagnosis. The aim of this study was to determine both presence and extent of cardiac autonomic neuropathy, in regard to the type of diabetes mellitus, as well as its correlation with coronary disease and major cardiovascular risk factors. Material and methods. We have examined 90 subjects, classified into three groups, with 30 patients each: those with type 1 diabetes, type 2 diabetes and control group of healthy subjects. All patients underwent cardiovascular tests (Valsalva maneuver, deep breathing test, response to standing, blood pressure response to standing sustained, handgrip test, electrocardiogram, treadmill exercise test and filled out a questionnaire referring to major cardiovascular risk factors: smoking, obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. Results. Our results showed that cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy was more frequent in type 2 diabetes, manifesting as autonomic neuropathy. In patients with autonomic neuropathy, regardless of the type of diabetes, the treadmill test was positive, i.e. strongly correlating with coronary disease. In regard to coronary disease risk factors, the most frequent correlation was found for obesity and hypertension. Discussion Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy is considered to be the principal cause of arteriosclerosis and coronary disease. Our results showed that the occurrence of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy increases the risk of coronary disease due to dysfunction of autonomic nervous system. Conclusions. Cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy is a common complication of diabetes that significantly correlates with coronary disease. Early diagnosis of cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy points to increased cardiovascular risk, providing a basis for preventive

  12. TiO2 nanoparticles tested in a novel screening whole human blood model of toxicity trigger adverse activation of the kallikrein system at low concentrations.

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    Ekstrand-Hammarström, Barbro; Hong, Jaan; Davoodpour, Padideh; Sandholm, Kerstin; Ekdahl, Kristina N; Bucht, Anders; Nilsson, Bo

    2015-05-01

    There is a compelling need to understand and assess the toxicity of industrially produced nanoparticles (NPs). In order to appreciate the long-term effects of NPs, sensitive human-based screening tests that comprehensively map the NP properties are needed to detect possible toxic mechanisms. Animal models can only be used in a limited number of test applications and are subject to ethical concerns, and the interpretation of experiments in animals is also distorted by the species differences. Here, we present a novel easy-to-perform highly sensitive whole-blood model using fresh non-anticoagulated human blood, which most justly reflects complex biological cross talks in a human system. As a demonstrator of the tests versatility, we evaluated the toxicity of TiO2 NPs that are widely used in various applications and otherwise considered to have relatively low toxic properties. We show that TiO2 NPs at very low concentrations (50 ng/mL) induce strong activation of the contact system, which in this model elicits thromboinflammation. These data are in line with the finding of components of the contact system in the protein corona of the TiO2 NPs after exposure to blood. The contact system activation may lead to both thrombotic reactions and generation of bradykinin, thereby representing fuel for chronic inflammation in vivo and potentially long-term risk of autoimmunity, arteriosclerosis and cancer. These results support the notion that this novel whole-blood model represents an important contribution to testing of NP toxicity. PMID:25770998

  13. Analysis of disease spectrum of corporate executives after physical examination

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    Li Qing

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: To find out the disease spectrum of corporate executives and screen the common chronic diseases.Methods: The physical examination data of corporate executives were collected to carry out cross-sectional study.Results: Among 231 subjects, there were one hundred and ninety four males, which made up 85.3%, and thirty seven females, which made up 14.7%. The detection rate of chronic diseases in corporate executive was high. Specifically, the incidence rate of blood viscosity rise was 87.8%; the incidence rate of blood lipid rise was 79.5%; the incidence rate of obesity and overweight was 76.7%; the infection rate of Helicobacter pylori was 55.7%; the prevalence rate of fatty liver was 52.1%; the prevalence rate of kidney stones was 43.5%; the incidence of abnormal pancreatic echo was 52.3%; the incidence rate of abnormal TCD was 66.2%; the detection rate of coarse gallbladder wall was 35.5%. The prevalence rate of bone mineral density reduction was 39.6%; the detection rate of reduction of diastolic function of left ventricle was 37.5%; the incidence rate of raised serum uric acid was 28.6%; the incidence rate of blood glucose going up was 22%; the incidence rate of liver cyst was 19.5%. The prevalence rate of blood LDL rise was 23.9%; the prevalence rate of abnormal thyroid was 21.3%; the incidence rate of arteriosclerosis was 17.5%; the prevalence rate of hypertension was 17.4%.Conclusion: The corporate executives are high risk group of common metabolic diseases and cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. Therefore, screening should be strengthened for them.

  14. [Local vascular complications after iatrogenic femoral artery puncture].

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    Fruhwirth, J; Pascher, O; Hauser, H; Amann, W

    1996-01-01

    Over a period of 5 years 81 vascular complications after 15,460 catheterizations of the femoral artery for diagnostic (n = 11,883) or therapeutic (n = 3577) procedures were registered. The following complications were observed in declining frequency: 1. False aneurysm (n = 65), 2. arterial occlusion (dissection, embolia, thrombosis) (n = 8), 3. vascular lesion causing profuse bleeding (n = 7), 4. AV-fistula (n = 1). The total complication rate was 0.52%. The complication rate was significantly higher in therapeutical procedures (1,03%) than in diagnostic investigations (0.37%). Pseudoaneurysms were complicated by thrombosis of the femoral vein (n = 3), lymphatic fistula (n = 3) and deep wound infection (n = 9); secondary complication rate 18.5%. Risk factors for local vascular complications are old age, female gender, high grade arteriosclerosis at the puncture site, overweight, manifest arterial hypertension and medication with cumarin, acetylsalicylic acid or heparin. Further complicating factors are connected with technical risks such as duration of the procedure. French size of the catheter, the catheter sheath and multiple punctures. Vascular repair was performed by simple angiography in most cases, but in 14.8% more extensive surgical procedures were required. In patients with signs of occlusive vascular disease the external iliac artery was replaced by a PTFE-vascular access graft in 4 cases and an arterioplasty of the deep femoral artery was performed in 2 patients. 36% of the operations were undertaken as emergencies. Reintervention was necessary for a postoperative bleeding complication in 1 case (surgical complication rate 1.2%). A female patient suffering from aortic valve stenosis died during emergency operation due to massive retroperitoneal hemorrhage after cardiac catheterization (mortality rate 1.2%). Over a median follow-up period of 37 months no late complications of the intervention were recorded, nor recurrences of peripheral arterial occlusive

  15. Switch-like genes populate cell communication pathways and are enriched for extracellular proteins

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    Tozeren Aydin

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent studies have placed gene expression in the context of distribution profiles including housekeeping, graded, and bimodal (switch-like. Single-gene studies have shown bimodal expression results from healthy cell signaling and complex diseases such as cancer, however developing a comprehensive list of human bimodal genes has remained a major challenge due to inherent noise in human microarray data. This study presents a two-component mixture analysis of mouse gene expression data for genes on the Affymetrix MG-U74Av2 array for the detection and annotation of switch-like genes. Two-component normal mixtures were fit to the data to identify bimodal genes and their potential roles in cell signaling and disease progression. Results Seventeen percent of the genes on the MG-U74Av2 array (1519 out of 9091 were identified as bimodal or switch-like. KEGG pathways significantly enriched for bimodal genes included ECM-receptor interaction, cell communication, and focal adhesion. Similarly, the GO biological process "cell adhesion" and cellular component "extracellular matrix" were significantly enriched. Switch-like genes were found to be associated with such diseases as congestive heart failure, Alzheimer's disease, arteriosclerosis, breast neoplasms, hypertension, myocardial infarction, obesity, rheumatoid arthritis, and type I and type II diabetes. In diabetes alone, over two hundred bimodal genes were in a different mode of expression compared to normal tissue. Conclusion This research identified and annotated bimodal or switch-like genes in the mouse genome using a large collection of microarray data. Genes with bimodal expression were enriched within the cell membrane and extracellular environment. Hundreds of bimodal genes demonstrated alternate modes of expression in diabetic muscle, pancreas, liver, heart, and adipose tissue. Bimodal genes comprise a candidate set of biomarkers for a large number of disease states because

  16. Neoplastic and other pathologic effects of fractionated fast neutrons or photons on the thorax and anterior abdomen of beagles

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    Thirty-nine adult male beagle dogs received either fast-neutron or photon irradiation to the right hemithorax and right rostral abdomen. Twenty-four dogs (six per group) received fast neutrons (15 MeV) to total doses of 1000, 1500, 2250, or 3375 cGy in four fractions per week for six weeks. Fifteen dogs received 3000, 4500, or 6750 cGy of photons in an identical fractionation pattern. One photon-irradiated dog and 13 neutron-irradiated dogs died or were euthanatized because of hepatic and gastrointestinal disturbances 47 to 708 days after irradiation; 20 dogs died of other causes. These 34 dogs were necropsied and have been studied microscopically; the remaining five dogs are still alive seven years after irradiation. Neutron-induced lesions included hemorrhage, necrosis, fibrosis, and atrophy of the heart, liver, pancreas, pylorus, duodenum, and kidney. All lesions were associated with degenerative and occlusive vascular changes including coronary arteriosclerosis. The relative biological effectiveness (RBE) of fast neutrons, assessed by clinical signs and by gross and microscopic pathology, is between 3 and 4.5 for pancreas, ∼4.5 for heart, pylorus, duodenum, and kidney, and greater than 6.75 for liver. Ten malignancies and two benign tumors developed in the irradiated field of six of 12 neutron-exposed dogs that survived over one year after irradiation. Two malignancies and one benign tumor arose in three of 12 photon-exposed dogs surviving over one year postirradiation. Only one neoplasm developed in the same field in 11 nonirradiated controls or in 62 dogs irradiated at sites other than the thorax or abdomen. The neutron RBE for neoplasia is approximately 6.75. 85 refs., 8 figs., 3 tabs

  17. Pancreatic scintiphotography in diabetes mellitus

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    Pancreatic scintiphotography was performed in 108 cases of patients with diabetes mellitus. Scintiphotos were taken at 30 min. after intravenous injection of approximately 200μCi of 75Se-selenomethionine using a Toshiba gamma camera. The relationship between the degree of pancreatic uptake of 75Se-selenomethionine and the types and duration of diabetes, vascular complications and the average range of fasting blood sugar levels were studied. In some cases, pancreatic scintiphotos were taken at 10, 30 and 50 min. after injection of 75Se-selenomethionine, and the degrees of the pancreatic uptake were compared on each time course. Only two out of 24 cases of insulin-dependent diabetics showed normal pancreatic scintiphotos. On the other hand, two out of 47 cases of mild diabetics treated with diet alone showed no uptake in pancreatic scintiphotos. There was a tendency toward abnormal pancreatic scintiphotos in chronic diabetics. Especially, of the 15 cases who had diabetes for more than eleven years, only one case showed a normal pancreatic scintiphoto. Abnormal pancreatic scintiphotos were found more frequently in the group of poorly controlled diabetics than in the group of well controlled diabetics. In cases showing normal pancreatic scintiphotos, diabetic retinopathy was less frequently found. Out of 36 cases which had sequential pancreatic scintiphotos, hypertension and/or arteriosclerosis were found more frequently in the 20 cases which showed a delay in reaching a plateau of the activity. However, the uptake in sequential pancreatic scintiphotos showed no definite correlation between diabetic retinopathy and other diabetic conditions. (auth.)

  18. Complexity analysis of angiogenesis vasculature

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    Mahadevan, Vijay; Tyrell, James A.; Tong, Ricky T.; Brown, Edward B.; Jain, Rakesh K.; Roysam, Badrinath

    2005-04-01

    Tumor vasculature has a high degree of irregularity as compared to normal vasculature. The quantification of the morphometric complexity in tumor images can be useful in diagnosis. Also, it is desirable in several other medical applications to have an automated complexity analysis to aid in diagnosis and prognosis under treatment. e.g. in diabetic retinopathy and in arteriosclerosis. In addition, prior efforts at segmentation of the tumor vasculature using matched filtering, template matching and splines have been hampered by the irregularity of these vessels. We try to solve both problems by introducing a novel technique for vessel detection, followed by a tracing-independent complexity analysis based on a combination of ideas. First, the vessel cross-sectional profile is modeled using a continuous and everywhere differentiable family of super-Gaussian curves. This family generates rectangular profiles that can accurately localize the vessel boundaries in microvasculature images. Second, a robust non-linear regression algorithm based on M-estimators is used to estimate the parameters that optimally characterize the vessel"s shape. A framework for the quantitative analysis of the complexity of the vasculature based on the vessel detection is presented. A set of measures that quantify the complexity are proposed viz. Squared Error, Entropy-based and Minimum Description Length-based Shape Complexities. They are completely automatic and can deal with complexities of the entire vessel unlike existing tortuousity measures which deal only with vessel centerlines. The results are validated using carefully constructed phantom and real image data with ground truth information from an expert observer.

  19. Risk factors for the occurrence and development of Binswanger disease: A controlled observation

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    Changhua Deng; Junyao Li; Xiaoling Li

    2006-01-01

    thickening of carotid artery and vertebral artery preformed by TCD, BD was graded as mild intimal thickening (< 1.1 mm), moderate intimal thickening (1.1 to 1.2 mm) and severe intimal thickening (> 1.2 mm).MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Comparison of the ratio of BD patients with accompanied diabetes mellitus, hyperlipemia, coronary heart disease and transient ischemic attacks, TCD performance, blood glucose and blood lipid level between BD patients group and control group, and among BD patients with various disease conditions.RESULTS: Totally 126 BD patients and 126 subjects who received health examination all participated in the result analysis. Intergroup comparison: ①The ratio of BD patients with accompanied hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hyperlipemia, transient ischemic attacks and coronary heart disease was 91.3%, 46.8%, 42.9%,81.7% and 46.0% respectively in the BD patients group, and that was 36.5%, 17.5%, 15.9%, 34.1% and 34.1%, respectively in the control group. Significant difference existed between two groups (χ2=86.201,24.907,25.660,58.620,9.900, P < 0.01).②Compared with control group, anterior, middle cerebral and vertebrobasilar arteriosclerosis and insufficient cerebral blood supply existed significantly in BD patients with different disease condition (x2=40.34,7.585,15.429, P < 0.01 ).③ Compared with control group, the level of blood glucose, total cholesterol and triglyceride of BD patients increased significantly (t=-6.939,3.891,3.711 ,P < 0.01).Comparison among BD patients with different disease condition: ① Compared with stable period, transient ischemic attacks and coronary heart disease were found much in the BD patients at progressive period, with significant difference (x2=7.196,13.517,P < 0.01 ).② Mild arteriosclerosis at stable period was found in 17 cases, and significant difference existed compared with progressive period (χ2=6.523,P < 0.05).③ There was no significant difference in the blood glucose and blood lipid level (t

  20. 数字化远程医疗模式在社区眼病筛查中的应用与评价%Application and Evaluation of Digital Remote Medical Model in Community Eye Disease Screening

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    刘菊红; 韩琤琤; 任学焘; 何志宏; 张磊; 王凌云; 马春红; 于秀文; 王学渊

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the effect of digital remote medical model in community eye disease screening. Methods Cooperation platform between community health centers and specialist medical institutions was established with digital remote medical information technology. Residents 55 years old or above in Desheng Community, Xicheng District, Beijing were invited to participate voluntarily in eye disease screening using community bulletin. Staff of the community health center performed external and fundus photography with digital camera and uploaded the data. Diagnosis feedback was given to the subjects after grading by specialists. Results From June 2009 to August 2012, 9 798 residents were screened which accounted for 8. 72% of the community population. Eye diseases ( except cataract and retinal arteriosclerosis ) were found in 21. 32% ( 2 089/ 9 798 ) of the subjects, including 690 cases ( 7. 04% ) of maculopathy, 518 cases ( 5. 29% ) of glaucoma and suspected glaucoma, 180 cases ( 1.84% ) of diabetic retinopathy, and 44 cases ( 0.45% ) of retinal vein obstruction. In addition, 2 876 ( 29. 35% ) cases were diagnosed as cataract and 2 657 ( 27. 12% ) as retinal arteriosclerosis. The photographs of 344 ( 3. 51% ) subjects could not be graded. Diabetic retinopathy were detected in 8. 93% ( 174/1 948 ) of the subjects with diabetes mellitus and retinal arteriosclerosis was detected in 36. 09% ( 1 464/4 056 ) of the patients with hypertension. Conclusion Digital remote medical model is an effective method to screen eye disease in the community. This model can promote rational use of medical resources and early detection and prevention of eye diseases.%目的 评价数字化远程医疗模式在社区眼病筛查中的运行效果.方法 利用数字化远程医疗信息技术,建立社区卫生服务中心与专科医疗机构间的技术合作平台;选择北京市西城区德胜地区年龄55岁及以上的社区居民为研究对象,采用公告告知、

  1. Safety and efficacy of sustained release of basic fibroblast growth factor using gelatin hydrogel in patients with critical limb ischemia.

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    Kumagai, Motoyuki; Marui, Akira; Tabata, Yasuhiko; Takeda, Takahide; Yamamoto, Masaya; Yonezawa, Atsushi; Tanaka, Shiro; Yanagi, Shigeki; Ito-Ihara, Toshiko; Ikeda, Takafumi; Murayama, Toshinori; Teramukai, Satoshi; Katsura, Toshiya; Matsubara, Kazuo; Kawakami, Koji; Yokode, Masayuki; Shimizu, Akira; Sakata, Ryuzo

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    As a form of therapeutic angiogenesis, we sought to investigate the safety and efficacy of a sustained-release system of basic fibroblast growth factor (bFGF) using biodegradable gelatin hydrogel in patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI). We conducted a phase I-IIa study that analyzed 10 CLI patients following a 200-μg intramuscular injection of bFGF-incorporated gelatin hydrogel microspheres into the ischemic limb. Primary endpoints were safety and transcutaneous oxygen pressure (TcO2) at 4 and 24 weeks after treatment. During the follow-up, there was no death or serious procedure-related adverse event. After 24 weeks, TcO2 (28.4 ± 8.4 vs. 46.2 ± 13.0 mmHg for pretreatment vs after 24 weeks, p < 0.01) showed significant improvement. Regarding secondary endpoints, the distance walked in 6 min (255 ± 105 vs. 318 ± 127 m, p = 0.02), the Rutherford classification (4.4 ± 0.5 vs. 3.1 ± 1.4, p = 0.02), the rest pain scale (1.7 ± 1.0 vs. 1.2 ± 1.3, p = 0.03), and the cyanotic scale (2.0 ± 1.1 vs. 0.9 ± 0.9, p < 0.01) also showed improvement. The blood levels of bFGF were within the normal range in all patients. A subanalysis of patients with arteriosclerosis obliterans (n = 7) or thromboangiitis obliterans (Buerger's disease) (n = 3) revealed that TcO2 had significantly improved in both subgroups. TcO2 did not differ between patients with or without chronic kidney disease. The sustained release of bFGF from biodegradable gelatin hydrogel may offer a safe and effective form of angiogenesis for patients with CLI. PMID:25861983

  2. [Arteriolosclerosis and atherosclerosis. Pathology of the distal and proximal arterial bed. Pathogenesis of diabetic microangiopathy].

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    Titov, V N; Shiriaeva, Iu K

    2011-04-01

    interstitial tissue inflammation. The obligate part of the biological reaction of inflammation is the oxidation by reactive oxygen species and the generation of malondialdehyde, that is also a bifunctional reagent. Fibroblast proliferation and arteriosclerosis are a result of MAP as a destructive inflammatory process in the arteriolar and capillary walls. PMID:21739639

  3. Clinical experience in the treatment of gout%痛风的临床治疗体会

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    国玉鹏

    2013-01-01

      Objective To investigate the clinical treatment of gout.Methods Data analysis and clinical observation, we analyzed the clinical data of 40 cases of patients with gout. Results The effect of anti-inflammation and analgesia clinical treatment in acute stage patients with better, while the asymptomatic period, the effects of lowering serum uric acid in clinical treatment of intermittent period and chronic period is not very ideal.Conclusion Gout treatment with drug treatment is relatively easy, but on the basis of hyperuricemia and gout treatment should be further improved, although there are some good uric acid formation inhibitor or uric acid excretion promoter, but it takes a lifetime to use, improper selection, not only has no effect, but also may lead to kidney disease, urinary stones, arteriosclerosis. Complications, therefore, the clinical treatment of gout, requires careful selection of drugs. At the same time, duration of treatment and proper control of diet, also has important significance.%  目的了解痛风的临床治疗方法;方法采用资料分析与临床观察法,对40例痛风患者的临床资料进行整理分析;结果急性期患者的抗炎镇痛临床治疗效果较好,而无症状期、间歇期和慢性期的降血尿酸临床治疗效果不十分理想;结论痛风发作的治疗采用药物治疗比较容易,而对痛风发病的基础—高尿酸血症的治疗则需进一步地提高,虽然有一些较好的尿酸生成抑制剂或尿酸排泄促进剂,但需要终生服用,选择不当,不仅没有效果,而且可能导致肾病、泌尿系结石、动脉硬化等并发症,因此,痛风的临床治疗,要求对药物进行慎重选择。同时,持续治疗及适当的饮食控制,也具有重要的意义。

  4. Evaluating the intensity of the acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) in intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging: Preliminary in vitro results.

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    Shih, Cho-Chiang; Lai, Ting-Yu; Huang, Chih-Chung

    2016-08-01

    The ability to measure the elastic properties of plaques and vessels is significant in clinical diagnosis, particularly for detecting a vulnerable plaque. A novel concept of combining intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) imaging and acoustic radiation force impulse (ARFI) imaging has recently been proposed. This method has potential in elastography for distinguishing between the stiffness of plaques and arterial vessel walls. However, the intensity of the acoustic radiation force requires calibration as a standard for the further development of an ARFI-IVUS imaging device that could be used in clinical applications. In this study, a dual-frequency transducer with 11MHz and 48MHz was used to measure the association between the biological tissue displacement and the applied acoustic radiation force. The output intensity of the acoustic radiation force generated by the pushing element ranged from 1.8 to 57.9mW/cm(2), as measured using a calibrated hydrophone. The results reveal that all of the acoustic intensities produced by the transducer in the experiments were within the limits specified by FDA regulations and could still displace the biological tissues. Furthermore, blood clots with different hematocrits, which have elastic properties similar to the lipid pool of plaques, with stiffness ranging from 0.5 to 1.9kPa could be displaced from 1 to 4μm, whereas the porcine arteries with stiffness ranging from 120 to 291kPa were displaced from 0.4 to 1.3μm when an acoustic intensity of 57.9mW/cm(2) was used. The in vitro ARFI images of the artery with a blood clot and artificial arteriosclerosis showed a clear distinction of the stiffness distributions of the vessel wall. All the results reveal that ARFI-IVUS imaging has the potential to distinguish the elastic properties of plaques and vessels. Moreover, the acoustic intensity used in ARFI imaging has been experimentally quantified. Although the size of this two-element transducer is unsuitable for IVUS imaging, the

  5. Stroke-prone renovascular hypertensive rats

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    曾进胜; 贷如训; 苏镇培

    2000-01-01

    Purpose To summarized the methods for establishment, characteristics of vascular lesions in brain and heart and thc application of stroke-pronc renovascular hypertensive rats (RHRSP). Background Spontaneously hypcrtensivc rats (STR) and subtypes of SH R, especially stroke-prone spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRSP) are considered as most important animal models at present for the studies of hypertension and its complications in heart and brain, evcn SHRSP arc considered as thc unique animal model in which prcvention of stroke can be studied cxperimentally Howcver, the applications of SHR and SHRSP are limited because of the effects of genetic deficits and thc difficulties with breeding Theretore, most of the researches on experimental stroke have been performed on the animal models with normotcnsion and normal structure of cerebral vessels. In fact, there are great differences in structure of cerebrovesscls, autoregulation of cerebral blood flow and extent of lesions in brain tissue, even the reaction to the medication after ischemia between the animals with extcnsive arteriosclerosis and with normal cerebral blood vessels. Obviously, thc relevancc of experimental stroke on normal animals to the stroke on cerebral arteriosclerotic patients clinically remains dubious. Data sources and methods Most published original articles about RHRSP in our laboratory were reviewed Results After the renal arteries were constricted bilaterally with ring-shape silver clips, the stroke-prone rcnovascular hypertensive rats were established. Hypertension was produced in all RHRSP(100%).The peak of blood pressure in RHRSP reached 29.1 ±3.0kPa. The lesions of cerebral arteries and arterioles and the damage of cerebral capillary structure by hypertension were observed in the RHRSP. The incidence of spontaneous stroke was 56.4% with in 40 weeks after the renal artery constriction. Left ventricular hypertrophy and small coronary arterial lesions in myocardium were discovered in all

  6. One-dimensional model for propagation of a pressure wave in a model of the human arterial network: comparison of theoretical and experimental results.

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    Saito, Masashi; Ikenaga, Yuki; Matsukawa, Mami; Watanabe, Yoshiaki; Asada, Takaaki; Lagrée, Pierre-Yves

    2011-12-01

    Pulse wave evaluation is an effective method for arteriosclerosis screening. In a previous study, we verified that pulse waveforms change markedly due to arterial stiffness. However, a pulse wave consists of two components, the incident wave and multireflected waves. Clarification of the complicated propagation of these waves is necessary to gain an understanding of the nature of pulse waves in vivo. In this study, we built a one-dimensional theoretical model of a pressure wave propagating in a flexible tube. To evaluate the applicability of the model, we compared theoretical estimations with measured data obtained from basic tube models and a simple arterial model. We constructed different viscoelastic tube set-ups: two straight tubes; one tube connected to two tubes of different elasticity; a single bifurcation tube; and a simple arterial network with four bifurcations. Soft polyurethane tubes were used and the configuration was based on a realistic human arterial network. The tensile modulus of the material was similar to the elasticity of arteries. A pulsatile flow with ejection time 0.3 s was applied using a controlled pump. Inner pressure waves and flow velocity were then measured using a pressure sensor and an ultrasonic diagnostic system. We formulated a 1D model derived from the Navier-Stokes equations and a continuity equation to characterize pressure propagation in flexible tubes. The theoretical model includes nonlinearity and attenuation terms due to the tube wall, and flow viscosity derived from a steady Hagen-Poiseuille profile. Under the same configuration as for experiments, the governing equations were computed using the MacCormack scheme. The theoretical pressure waves for each case showed a good fit to the experimental waves. The square sum of residuals (difference between theoretical and experimental wave-forms) for each case was <10.0%. A possible explanation for the increase in the square sum of residuals is the approximation error for flow

  7. Frequency of infarct-related artery with myocardial bridging in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction and its impact upon percutaneous coronary intervention

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    2006-01-01

    trend in women, suggesting that arteriosclerosis and plaque rupture occurs more easily in the proximal artery to MB than in younger patients. Poor TIMI grade flow in patients with MB in the IRA after primary PCI may contribute to a high in-hospital mortality rate (13%) and 6-month MACE (19%) in the MB patients.

  8. Toxicity of inhaled 90SrCl2 in beagle dogs. VIII

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    Studies on the metabolism, dosimetry, and effects of inhaled 90SrCl2 in the Beagle dog are continuing in an effort to provide a basis for assessing the consequences of inhaling 90Sr such as might be released in certain nuclear accidents. Seventy-two dogs have been exposed to aerosols containing 90Sr resulting in initial body burdens ranging from 2.5 to 250 μCi 90Sr/kg. Forty-eight of these dogs are being maintained for lifetime observation. Twenty-five unexposed dogs served as controls. The long-term retained burdens in these dogs range from 1 to 120 μCi 90Sr/kg. Twenty-four dogs with a mean long-term retained burden of 38 μCi 90Sr/kg have been assigned to a sacrifice study. Two of these dogs and 1 control dog were sacrificed at 5 days, 1 month, and 1 year after inhalation of 90Sr. To date, 44 90Sr dogs have died or have been euthanized, 6 during the first 31 days after inhalation of 90Sr with bone marrow aplasia and 38 between 585 and 3473 days after inhalation of 90Sr. The latter group includes 12 dogs with hemangiosarcomas, 15 with osteosarcomas, 3 with fibrosarcomas, 3 with osteochondrosarcomas, 1 with osteochondrofibrosarcoma, 2 with leukemia, 1 with a baso-squamous carcinoma, 1 with a malignant giant cell tumor, 1 with a myxosarcoma, 1 with a transitional cell carcinoma, 1 with an epileptic seizure, 1 with pneumonia, and 1 with cerebellar hemorrhage (5 dogs had both a hemangiosarcoma and an osteosarcoma). The skeletons of the dogs dying with neoplasms received initial radiation dose rates of 4 to 55 rads/day and cumulative doses to death of 3300 to 22,000 rads. Six control dogs have died, 3 during the last year. One had renal amyloidosis, 1 had atheromatosis and arteriosclerosis, and 1 had aspiration pneumonia. Serial observations are continuing on the 22 surviving 90Sr dogs and 16 controls. (U.S.)

  9. Compliance of the aorta in two diseases affecting vascular elasticity, familial hypercholesterolemia and diabetes: a MRI study

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    Sami Soljanlahti

    2008-08-01

    Full Text Available Sami Soljanlahti1, Taina Autti1, Laura Hyttinen2, Alpo F Vuorio3, Pekka Keto1, Kirsi Lauerma11Helsinki Medical Imaging Center, Helsinki University Central Hospital, Helsinki, Finland; 2Department of Internal Medicine, North Karelia Central Hospital, Joensuu, Finland; 3Division of Internal Medicine, Department of Medicine, University of Helsinki, Helsinki, FinlandAbstract: Arterial elasticity changes in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH and diabetes mellitus (DM with different but overlapping mechanisms. We compared aortic elasticity between 19 FH patients with the same mutation, 18 type 2 DM patients, and 30 controls, all aged 48 to 64. They underwent aortic magnetic resonance imaging, risk-factor assessment, and carotid and femoral ultrasound measurements. All patients were on adequate cardiovascular medication including statins and had established coronary heart disease (CHD. FH patients had longer-duration CHD (13.3 ± 7.7 years than did DM patients (5.0 ± 3.1. Aortic compliance in the descending thoracic (DM 0.38 ± 0.14 vs control 0.53 ± 0.19, P = 0.032 and abdominal aorta (DM 0.45 ± 0.20 vs control 0.66 ± 0.25, P = 0.011 was lower in DM patients than in controls, whereas no significant difference existed between FH patients and controls. Carotid and femoral intima-media thickness was greater in FH and DM patients than in controls with no difference between patient groups. Carotid or femoral plaques appeared in 15 (79% FH and in 10 (56% DM patients. One control had a femoral plaque. Five FH patients showed stenosis, occlusion or both in carotid arteries. In our opinion, DM patients’ lower compliance reflect mainly arterial media affecting arteriosclerosis, while FH patients’ plaque status and longer duration of CHD suggest more advanced atherosclerosis. The FH patients may therefore be at increased risk for atherothrombotic events. However, due to small patient material, larger confirmatory studies are needed.Keywords: MRI

  10. Detection of coronary calcium with electron beam tomography in coronary artery disease

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    Purpose: Coronary calcium is a powerful indicator of arteriosclerosis and can be detected very precisely with electron beam tomography. The method can be applied in patients with known coronary artery disease or in asymptomatic patients at risk of arteriosclerotic disease. Results: At the University of Munich we performed an EBT scan of the heart in 1100 patients within the last year. In 567 patients coronary angiography was performed also (±3 days). Confirming previous reports in the literature, we found a correlation of the calcium score with the age and gender of the patients. Severe coronary artery disease (stenoses ≥ 75%) was associated with significantly more calcium than less severe CAD. The calcium score did not discriminate between one-, two- and three-vessel disease. The site of calcification does not correlate with the localization of stenoses. Thirty-three percent of the patients with significant coronary artery disease showed a normal age-adjusted calcium score; a total of 8.1% of patients with severe stenoses did not reveal any coronary calcification (score =0). With asymptomatic patients there are only a few studies available. Soft plaques cannot be detected with EBT, but in most patients soft plaques occur together with hard plaques. Our results show that spiral CT of the newest generation may also be used for calcium screening. There was an excellent correlation of the calcium scores of EBT and spiral CT at all levels of calcification. Discussion: Coronary calcium is a sensitive marker of coronary artery disease. In the clinical setting EBT is indicated in patients with known coronary artery disease (to evaluate prognosis), in patients who are unable to perform a stress test, and in patients with atypical chest pain. However, lack of calcification may be associated with severe stenoses in a minority of patients. The clinical value in asymptomatic patients needs to be defined: Randomized studies are necessary. We see a possible indication in

  11. DIFFERENCES IN THE LEVELS OF LIPID STATUS IN PATIENTS WITH ISACHEMIC HEART DISEASE AND MALIGNANT DISEASE

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    Beretka Atila

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Arteriosclerosis is the basis of all cardiovascular diseases. Numerous risk factors lead to the rise of malignant and cardiovascular diseases. Those are: elevated artery blood pressure, raised plasma cholesterol and triglycerides, low level of HDL-cholesterol, smoking, diabetes mellitus, diet, lack of physical exercises, heredity, stress, gender.The aim of the study was to compare the lipid status of patients with cardiovascular disease or malignancy.The database of the biochemical laboratory and oncology counseling unit of the "Ostrog Clinic" was used. The method of random sample was used and patients (n=29 of both genders were selected, who were at the age of 40 to 47, with cardiovascular diseases, and had significant occlusive coronary disease, which required operation or surgical revascularization procedure. The patients were classified in two groups: G1 (n=14 with statin therapy and G2 (n=15 without statin therapy. Both groups were statistically compared with a group of female patients (n=30 with breast cancer, who were between 37 and 69 years of age. Control group comprised 25 healthy subjects. Standard statistical methods were used for processing the lipid status parameters, namely: the arithmetic mean, standard deviation SDn and SDn-1, correlation coefficient, post hock test and a single factor analysis of variance.The results obtained have pointed to the existence of a marked hyperlipoproteinemia type 4 in the group of cardiovascular patients who did not use statin (G2. In G2, higher levels of cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol and plasma triglycerides in comparison with the control and G1, while the value of HDL-cholesterol was within the range of referent values. The obvious suppressing effect of statin on cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol was observed in G1. Group G3 had, in comparison with the control and cardiovascular patients, significantly lower levels of cholesterol and triglycerides in plasma, as well as lower index of atherosclerosis

  12. Bone marrow stem cell injection for the treatment of critical limb ischemia

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    Shunya Shindo

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Vascular reconstruction remains a treatment of choice for critical limb ischemia. Bypass surgery has been accepted as the most effective therapy to achieve increase of blood flow and cure the ischemic symptoms. On the other hand, continuous increase of the patients suffering diabetes mellitus enhances the increase of the number of the patients with peripheral arterial disease (PAD. This tendency is also observed in Japan and expected to continue from now on. The reports of the Ministry of Health, Labor and Welfare of Japan indicated that more than 6% of population was treated for diabetes mellitus and more than 12% of population was supposed to be diabetic in 2002.1 This report also gave a warning for rapid and continuous increase of the diabetic patients at present and in the future.? As is well known, diabetes mellitus is one of the strong risk factors to cause an arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO. Therefore, the patients with PAD will increase continuously and more severe ischemic limb will need to be treated. Moreover, diabetic macroangiopathy is characterized as showing diffuse stenosis and occlusion down to the foot arteries.2 Monckeberg’s medial calcification is also frequently observed in the ASO with diabetes mellitus.3 Therefore, along with the increase of the patients with PAD, the vascular reconstruction becomes technically demanding due to co-morbid diabetes with diffuse lesion and severe calcification. The patients, who show critical limb ischemia but are excluded from the operative candidate, are eventually performed major amputation. To prevent this disastrous sequel, therapeutic angiogenesis has been investigated.In 1996, Isner reported a new therapy to treat ischemic limb by using angiogenetic gene; vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF.4 Since then, angiogenetic therapy started to be investigated by using gene transfer with VEGF, fibroblast growth factor (FGF5 or hepatic growth factor (HGF.6 Animal study showed increase of

  13. Revisión de 2 150 coronariografías. Revision of 2 150 coronary angiographies.

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    Luis Roberto Llerena Rojas

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    Full Text Available Se exponen las características angiográficas de 2 150 pacientes adultos a quienes se les realizó coronariografía en un período de 11 años. Edad media: 49 ± 9 años (rango: 15-69; sexo masculino: 75 %. Se describen las variantes normales y anomalías coronarias encontradas. También se analiza la función ventricular izquierda. La coronariografía fue normal en 966 pacientes y 1 184 presentaron aterosclerosis coronaria. Se precisó el número de vasos coronarios estenosados y se calculó la extensión del territorio miocárdico isquémico según el número de ramas coronarias perfusoras distales a una estenosis coronaria significativa. Diez (0,3 % pacientes fallecieron durante el cateterismo o en relación con éste y 44 (1,1 % presentaron complicaciones no letales. Los resultados expuestos pueden tomarse como referencia al analizar los resultados de coronariografías realizadas en nuestro país. The angiographic characteristics of 2 150 adult patients submitted to coronary angiography in an 11 years period, are exposed. Mean age: 49 " 9 years (range:15-69; masculine sex: 75 %. Normal variants and coronary abnormalities found, are described. The left ventricular function is also analyzed. The coronary angiography was normal in 966 patients; 1 184 patients presented coronary arteriosclerosis. The amount of stenosed coronary vessels was determined, and a calculation of the extension of the ischemic myocardia territory according to the amount of distal perfusor coronary branches as to a significant coronary stenosis, was carried out. Ten patients were decreased (0.3 % during catheterization, or related to it, and 44 (1.1 % presented non lethal complications. Results here exposed may be taken as a reference when analyzing the results of coronary angiographies carried out in our country.

  14. Manifestaciones oftalmológicas de la enfermedad cerebrovascular Ophthalmological manifestations of cerebrovascular disease

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    J. Gállego

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available El ojo constituye una diana para la enfermedad vascular. El estudio de la microcirculación retiniana constituye una oportunidad muy interesante para la valoración del riesgo vascular al conocer la relación existente entre los cambios vasculares en la retina y el riesgo de padecer un ictus. Es además una ventana excepcional para conocer mejor la fisiopatología de la microcirculación. La arteria oftálmica es la primera rama de la arteria carótida interna. La afectación ocular puede ser uni o bilateral. Los síntomas oculares o neuro-oftalmológicos son transitorios o persistentes y sus manifestaciones son muy heterogéneas abarcando alteraciones de la agudeza visual, trastornos de los campos visuales, síndromes oculomotores y manifestaciones clínicas corticales y subcorticales complejas. Su conocimiento puede resultar clave para instaurar las medidas preventivas pertinentes o establecer el correcto diagnóstico y la aproximación diagnóstica inmediata, tan importante en la atención de los procesos vasculares cerebrales.Transient or persistent loss of vision in one eye is a common and distinctive manifestation of occlusive vascular disease. Occasionally, both eyes are involved together or sequentially, with temporary or even permanent blindness. The internal carotid arteries supply blood to the organ of vision; therefore pathologies of those arteries caused by arteriosclerosis may have a direct influence on its functioning. The most common syndromes are temporary (amaurosis fugax or constant reduction of visual acuity. In fundus examination central retinal artery occlusion and branch retinal artery occlusion are the most common diagnosis, while retinal vein occlusion, anterior ischemic optic neuropathy, ocular ischemic syndrome are less common. There are many clinical ophtlamological manifestations due to vascular brain damage. Proper recognition and diagnosis of the disease may protect the patient against serious life

  15. The effect of attending steiner schools during childhood on health in adulthood: a multicentre cross-sectional study.

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    H Felix Fischer

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: It is speculated that attending Steiner schools, whose pedagogical principles include an account for healthy psycho-physical development, may have long-term beneficial health effects. We examined whether the current health status differed between former attendees of German Steiner schools and adults from the general population. Furthermore, we examined factors that might explain those differences. METHODS: We included former Steiner school attendees from 4 schools in Berlin, Hanover, Nuremberg and Stuttgart and randomly selected population controls. Using a self-report questionnaire we assessed sociodemographics, current and childhood lifestyle and health status. Outcomes were self-reports on 16 diseases: atopic dermatitis, allergic rhinitis, bronchial asthma, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, cardiac arrhythmia, cardiac insufficiency, angina pectoris, arteriosclerosis, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, osteoarthritis, rheumatism, cancer, diabetes, depression and multiple sclerosis. Furthermore, participants rated the symptom burden resulting from back pain, cold symptoms, headache, insomnia, joint pain, gastrointestinal symptoms and imbalance. Unadjusted and adjusted odds ratios were calculated for each outcome. RESULTS: 1136 Steiner school attendees and 1746 controls were eligible for analysis. Both groups were comparable regarding sex, age and region, but differed in nationality and educational status. After adjusting for possible confounders, we found statistically significant effects of Steiner school attendance for osteoarthritis (OR 0.69 [0.49-0.97] and allergic rhinitis (OR 0.77, [0.59-1.00] as well as for symptom burden from back pain (OR 0.80, [0.64-1.00], insomnia (OR 0.65, [0.50-0.84], joint pain (OR 0.62, [0.48-0.82], gastrointestinal symptoms (OR 0.76, [0.58-1.00] and imbalance (OR 0.60, [0.38-0.93]. CONCLUSIONS: The risk of most examined diseases did not differ between former Steiner school attendees and

  16. Efecto del germinado de maíz sobre el perfil lipídico, la hemoglobina y la uricemia Effect of clorophilic juice from germinated corn on seric lipids, hemoglobin, and uric acid

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    María Luisa Bravo Aguiar

    1998-01-01

    Full Text Available Se investigó el efecto del jugo clorofílico de germinado de maíz, con una dosis de 30 ml diarios durante dos meses, sobre el perfil lipídico, la glicemia, la uricemia, la hemoglobina y el hematocrito, en nueve adultos con edad promedio de 44 años y que presentaban hipertrigliceridemia como trastorno principal. Las concentraciones promedio iniciales en mgl dl que eran de 6.9 (ácido úrico, 259 (triglicéridos y 199 (colesterol total descendieron en forma progresiva y significativa a los 30, 45 y 60 días de tratamiento hasta valores respectivos de 5.0, 171 y 169 (p = 0.010,0.015 y 0.034 respectivamente. La hemoglobina ascendió de manera progresiva y significativa (p = 0.008 durante el experimento. Este tratamiento natural podría ser útil en la regulación de los lípidos sanguíneos y otros factores biológicos de riesgo para el desarrollo de ateromatosis coronaría, sin los efectos tóxicos que se han demostrado con algunas drogas hipolipemiantes. The effect was studied of clorophilic juice from germinated corn on blood seric lipids, uric acid, glucose, hemoglobine and hematocrite. Nine adults with average age 44 years and who presented hypertriglyceridemia received daily 30 ml doses of the juice during 2 months. Initial average concentrations in mg/dl were 6.9 (uric acid, 259 (triglycerides and 199 (total cholesterol; they decreased progressively and significantly at 30, 45 and 60 days of treatment reaching values of 5.0, 171 and 169 respectively (p:0.01 0,0.015 and 0.034. Hemoglobin increased significantly (p:0.008. This natural treatment could be useful in regulating blood lipids and other biologic risk factors for coronary arteriosclerosis, without the toxic efects shown by some lipid control drugs.

  17. Ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy for deep super-resolution vascular imaging

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    Errico, Claudia; Pierre, Juliette; Pezet, Sophie; Desailly, Yann; Lenkei, Zsolt; Couture, Olivier; Tanter, Mickael

    2015-11-01

    -invasive microscopy in animals and humans using ultrasound. We anticipate that ultrafast ultrasound localization microscopy may become an invaluable tool for the fundamental understanding and diagnostics of various disease processes that modify the microvascular blood flow, such as cancer, stroke and arteriosclerosis.

  18. 玉米苞叶中新黄酮类化合物的分离和鉴定%Isolation and Identification of Novel Flavonoids from the Bract of Zea mays L

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    张沐新; 刘银燕; 孙薇; 杨晓虹; 王广树

    2011-01-01

    从玉米(Zea maysL)苞叶乙醇提取物中分离得到了4个黄酮类化合物,采用UV,IR,MS,1D NMR和2D NMR方法对化合物的结构进行了鉴定,它们分别为苜蓿素(1)、苜蓿素-5-O-β-D-吡喃葡萄糖苷(2)、苜蓿素-7-O-β-D-吡喃葡萄糖苷(3)和苜蓿素-7-O-[β-D-呋喃芹糖基-(1-2)]β-D-吡喃葡萄糖苷(4).其中,化合物4为新化合物,化合物1~3为首次从该植物中分离得到.%Zea mays ( maize) , a member of the Poaceae, is the most economically important crop in China,about 24 million hectares of Zea mays has been cultivated each year in China, there is about 600 kg of the bract of Zea mays per hectare, and thus the resources of the bract of Zea mays is extremely rich. Although there are some pharmacological activity researches about radical scavenging activity against hydroxyl radical and superoxide anion radical, reducing blood lipid and inhibiting arteriosclerosis, the studies on phytochemical constituents of the bract of Zea mays have not been reported. In order to utilize the resources of the bract ofZea mays, we investigated the chemical constituents of the bract of Zea mays. The air-dried bract ol Zea mays was extracted with 95% ethanol at room temperature, the extract was subjected to Diaion AB-8 column chro-matography eluated with ethanol-H2O, and the eluate was further chromatographed on silica gel and Sephadex LH-20 columns repeatedly to yield 4 flavonoid compounds. Their structures were identified as tricin( 1) , tricin 5-0-β-D-glucopyranoside(2) , tricin 7-O-/M>-glucopyranoside(3) , tricin 7-0-[β-D-apifuranosyl( 1-+2) ]-β-D-glucopyranoside(4) by spectral analysis(UV, IR, MS and ID, 2D NMR) , respectively. Among them, compound 4 is a new flavonoid compound, compounds 1, 2 and 3 are firstly isolated from this plant.

  19. The treatment of type 2 diabetes in the presence of renal impairment: what we should know about newer therapies

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    Davies M

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Melanie Davies,1,2 Sudesna Chatterjee,1,2 Kamlesh Khunti1,2 1Diabetes Research Centre, University of Leicester, 2Leicester Diabetes Centre, University Hospitals of Leicester NHS Trust, Leicester, UK Abstract: Worldwide, an estimated 200 million people have chronic kidney disease (CKD, the most common causes of which include hypertension, arteriosclerosis, and diabetes. Importantly, ~40% of patients with diabetes develop CKD, yet evidence from major multicenter randomized controlled trials shows that intensive blood glucose control through pharmacological intervention can reduce the incidence and progression of CKD. Standard therapies for the treatment of type 2 diabetes include metformin, sulfonylureas, meglitinides, thiazolidinediones, and insulin. While these drugs have an important role in the management of type 2 diabetes, only the thiazolidinedione pioglitazone can be used across the spectrum of CKD (stages 2–5 and without dose adjustment; there are contraindications and dose adjustments required for the remaining standard therapies. Newer therapies, particularly dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitors, glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists, and sodium-glucose cotransporter-2 inhibitors, are increasingly being used in the treatment of type 2 diabetes; however, a major consideration is whether these newer therapies can also be used safely and effectively across the spectrum of renal impairment. Notably, reductions in albuminuria, a marker of CKD, are observed with many of the drug classes. Dipeptidyl peptidase-IV inhibitors can be used in all stages of renal impairment, with appropriate dose reduction, with the exception of linagliptin, which can be used without dose adjustment. No dose adjustment is required for liraglutide, albiglutide, and dulaglutide in CKD stages 2 and 3, although all glucagon-like peptide-1 receptor agonists are currently contraindicated in stages 4 and 5 CKD. At stage 3 CKD or greater, the sodium

  20. Effects of pork vs veal consumption on serum lipids in healthy subjects Efecto del consumo de cerdo y de ternera sobre el perfil lipídico de sujetos sanos

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    Full Text Available AIMS: To analyse the influence of lean pork (P and veal (V consumption on the lipid profile of healthy subjects within the framework of a healthy diet comprising low levels of total fat (TF, saturated fatty acids (SFA and cholesterol. DESIGN: Double-crossover, randomized and controlled trial SUBJECTS: 44 healthy individuals (22 male and 22 female, recruited voluntarily from the University Complutense of Madrid. The weight and lipid profiles of these volunteers were normal and their dietary patterns were typical for people in our area. INTERVENTIONS: The study comprised 4 phases: stabilisation phase (5 weeks, the participants followed their normal diet; second phase (6 weeks, half of the subjects, were randomised to lean pork or veal consumption, 150 g per day, for their main meal of the day; washout period (5 weeks and final phase, which was the second phase of intervention (6 weeks. During the intervention stages, only the main meal of the day was taken in the Hospital. The rest of the subjects' diets consisted of different fortnightly menus designed in accordance with the recommendations of the Spanish Society of Arteriosclerosis (SEA. RESULTS: After both stages of intervention had been completed, there was a mean reduction of 5.5% in lowdensity lipoprotein cholesterol. However, after each intervention there were no significant differences between those who had consumed P, 2.62 (0.55 mmol/L and those who had consumed V, 2.71 (0.47 mmol/L. No differences were observed in any of the other parameters between those who had consumed P and those who had consumed V. CONCLUSIONS: Lean pork and veal produces similar effects on the lipid profiles of healthy subjects. Its consumption, as part of the saturated fat and cholesterolcontrolled diet, could therefore be included in food guidelines, both for normal and therapeutic diets.OBJETIVO: Analizar la influencia del consumo de carne magra de cerdo (P y de ternera (V en el perfil lipídico de sujetos sanos

  1. 轴型肌皮瓣移植修复颈胸部难愈性创面%Axial myocutaneous flap transplantation for repair of refractory wound in the cervico-thoracic region

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    黎洪棉; 高建华; 姜平; 黎小间

    2011-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Axial myocutaneous flap transplantation is the common method for repair of various refractory. Thir method had certain blindness in judgment of the main arteiies in flaps before surgery in the past. Therefore, it is importantto develop a more accurate method.OBJECTIVE: To introduce the application experiences of axial myocutaneous flap in repair of refractory wound in the cervico-thoracic region.METHODS: Color dopplerflow imaging was used to examine the starting point, branching point, exterior diameter, vessel trend, vessel length and hemodynamic parameters of the main arteries of 4 types flaps from 62 cases. The axial myocutaneous flaps were designed according to the detection. The sizes of the axial myocutaneous flaps ranged from(£cfTK7cm)to(18cnft13cm;L RESULTS AND CONCLUSION: According to color dopplerflow imaging, one case of thoracodorsal artery had slow blood flow, rough vascular wall and obvious arteriosclerosis, and the other cases were with smooth blood flew and vascular wall, and without embolism, arteriosclerosis or absence of blood vessel. The starting point, branching point, exterior diameter, vessel trend and anatomic layers of the detected arteries were displayed clearly, in consistency with the results of operation; the flap completely survived in 60 cases with primary healing; distal partial necrosis occurred in 2 cases and was cured by symptomatic treatment. All the cases were followed up for4weeks to 6 years. 24 months in average, and the flaps were with a normal color, good texture and satisfactory appearance. Choosing a suitable pedicled musculo cutaneous flap for refractory wound in cervico-thoracic region according to specific conditions can achieve satisfactoryfunction and appearance. Color dopplerfloAi imaging e asimple, inturtri/e and and non-invashse method to judge blood vessel of axial myocutaneous flaps, and can guide the axial myocutaneous flap transplantation.%背景:轴型肌皮瓣移植是当前修复各种难愈

  2. Lumbar sympathectomy under CT guidance: therapeutic option in critical limb ischaemia; la simpaticolisi TC guidata: alternativa terapeutica delle ischemie critiche

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    Pieri, Stefano; Agresti, Paolo [Az. Osp. S. Camillo-Forlanini, Roma (Italy). U.O. di radiologia vascolare ed interventistica; Ialongo, Pasquale; Fedeli, Stefano [Radiologia diagnostica Busi, Roma (Italy); Di Cesare, Fabio; Ricci, Guiseppe [Az. Osp. S. Camillo-Forlanini, Roma (Italy). Chirurgia vascolare

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    Purpose: Lumbar sympathectomy is a complementary therapeutic option for patients with severe peripheral vascular occlusive disease presenting rest pain or gangrene and not eligible for surgical revascularisation. Traditional surgical sympathectomy was widely used in the past. However, due to its invasive character, it has increasingly been replaced by percutaneous techniques and, in some recent cases, by laparoscopic procedures. Percutaneous lumbar sympathectomy is a safe, cost-effective and widely available treatment option. We report our experience on 19 patients subjected to percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance. Materials and methods: Between 1998 and 2000, 19 patients underwent percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance. All patients had severe vascular disease of the lower extremities (Fontaine stage IV), with rest pain and gangrene. They were not eligible for surgical revascularization. Phenol was injected at the level of L2 and L4 using two 22 G needles (15 cm long). Signs of interrupted sympathetic activity usually occur 2'-15' after the procedure with warmth and flushing and dryness of the lower extremities. Results: Percutaneous sympathectomy under CT guidance is a simple, safe and well-tolerated procedure with a low rate of complications. Of the 19 patients, 9 (47.3%) showed clinical improvement, whereas 5 experienced a worsening of ischaemia in the month immediately following the procedure. Discussion: Results suggest that percutaneous lumbar sympathectomy causes a sympathetic blockade in patients with advanced vascular disease of the limb. CT guidance ensures a high level of precision in drug dosing, thus lowering the risk of complications. Although the results are demoralizing. the impossibility of achieving surgical revascularisation in advanced peripheral arteriosclerosis enhances the role of Ct-guided percutaneous sympathectomy in relieving rest pain and healing ulcers in order to postpone the amputation. [Italian] Scopo: La

  3. E-Tracking Technology for Evaluating Carotid Artery Elasticity in Active Smokers%血管回声跟踪技术定量评价吸烟者颈动脉弹性

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    梁永平; 马琳

    2011-01-01

    and other 3 groups. There were significant differences in B, Ep, AC and PWVB between group A and other 3 groups (P 0.05). And there were significant differences in B, Ep, AC and PWVB between group B, group C and group D(P < 0.05 or P < 0.01). The values of B, Ep and PWVB increased with the increase of CSI, but AC decreased with the increase of CSI. Conclusion: ET technique can be used to access the vessel endothelial dysfunction accurately in active smokers. Therefore, the tendency of arteriosclerosis could be detected in the early stage.

  4. Angina de pecho con arterias angiográficamente normales: características epidemiológicas y clínicas

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    Oswaldo Gutiérrez Sotelo

    2002-12-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Las lesiones obstructivas por arterioesclerosis coronaria genera diversos síndromes coronarios. Sin embargo, un subgrupo de pacientes con angina de pecho y alteraciones electrocardiográficas no presenta dichas lesiones, en el que se incluyen el vasoespasmo coronario, la angina microvascular, los puentes musculares y otras condiciones. En este estudio se evaluaron las principales características clínicas y electrocardiográficas de este grupo de pacientes. Material y métodos: Se incluyeron pacientes con cualquier síndrome coronario y angiografía coronaria sin lesiones obstructivas. Se consignaron los factores de riesgo cardiovascular, los síntomas de presentación, alteraciones electrocardiográficas y ecocardiográficas y los fármacos utilizados. Resultados: Se reclutaron 26 casos, 13 hombres y 13 mujeres con edad promedio de 56.6 años (rango 16 - 78. Se presentó angina microvascular en 16 casos, vasoespasmo coronario en 8, uno con un puente coronario y uno con flujo lento. Como síntomas se observó disnea en 18 pacientes, angor típico en 19 y angor atípico en 7. El electrocardiograma de reposo fue anormal en 18 pacientes, y el de esfuerzo en 13 casos. De 19 ecocardiogramas, 9 fueron anormales. Los fármacos más utilizados fueron los betabloqueadores, los bloqueadores de los canales del calcio y los nitratos. Conclusiones: Los pacientes con síndromes coronarios y angiografía coronaria sin lesiones obstructivas presentan frecuentemente factores de riesgo coronario, no hay diferencia de género y los exámenes auxiliares son anormales lo que motiva la realización de la angiografía.lntroduction: Coronary arteriosclerosis lesions induce several coronary syndromes. Some patients suffer angina pectoris with abnormal electrocardiograms with no obstructive plaques in the angiogram. This group includes coronary vasospasm, micro vascular angina, muscle bridges and others. This study evaluates the most important clinical

  5. Colesterol e composição dos ácidos graxos nas dietas para humanos e na carcaça suína Fatty acids concentration and level of cholesterol in diets for humans and present in swine carcasses

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    Maria do Carmo Mohaupt Marques Ludke

    1999-03-01

    Full Text Available O colesterol é uma substância complexa do tipo lipídio-esteróide presente principalmente nas gorduras animais. Apresenta múltiplas funções no organismo, entretanto, problemas no metabolismo do colesterol no organismo podem acarretar aumento na sua concentração no sangue e conseqüentemente doenças coronárias como arterosclerose. Porém, já está comprovado que o consumo de colesterol é um fator de risco para pessoas que apresentam problemas genéticos de regulação do seu metabolismo. São pessoas que possuem níveis de colesterol acima de 200mg/dl e com concentração de HDL no sangue inferior a 35mg/dl. Apenas para estes indivíduos é importante o controle do colesterol através da dieta, na qual o consumo de carne suína, como de qualquer carne de outra espécie animal, deve ser considerada a composição dos ácidos graxos da gordura subcutânea e intramuscular. O fornecimento de dietas para suínos com maior concentração de ácidos graxos poliinsaturados apresentaram maior teor deste tipo de gordura nas suas carcaças. A suplementação destas gorduras de origem vegetal não pode ultrapassar a 4% nas dietas, devido à obtenção de carcaças com deficiência de conservação, apesar de originar uma carne mais benéfica à saúde do consumidor.Cholesterol is a complex lipid-steroid like substance mostly present in animal fat, and it has many essencial functions in living organisms. However, in humans, any metabolic problems can increase blood cholesterol concentration and, consequently, increase the risk of coronary heart disease, such as arteriosclerosis. It is a known fact that cholesterol consumption is a risk factor for people who have genetic disorders in the metabolic regulation of cholesterol. These people have plasma levels of cholesterol above 200mg/dl and a plasma concentration of high density lipoprotein (HDL under 35mg/dl. For these people, it is important to control the cholesterol level in the diet. The

  6. Analysis of Serum proteom before and after Intravenous Injection of wild ginseng herbal acupuncture

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    Tae-Sik Kang

    2004-12-01

    . Immunoglobulin lambda chain(3105, Alpha-Oxy, Beta-(C112gdeoxy T-State Human Hemoglobin(9001, and human hemoglobin(9003 were increased by more than two-times after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 6. Proapolipoprotein(2013, 3010 and apolipoprotein(7104, key components of the HDL-cholesterol which plays an important role in preventing arteriosclerosis, were increased after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 7. Vitamin D binding protein(DBP, 2403, protecting the lung at the time of inflammatory response, was increased after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 8. Transthyretin(TTR, 3205, which is the main protein causing familial amyloid polyneuropathy(FAP, was decreased after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 9. Ras-related protein Ral-A(4002 that controls phospholipid metabolism, cytoskeletal formation, and membrane traffic, was increased after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 10. Testis-specific protein Y(8006, which takes part in determination of the gender, was increased by more than two-times after the administration of herbal acupuncture. 11. Transferrin(8101, T-State Human Hemoblobin(9001, and Human Hemoblobin(9003 which balances the iron level in the body, were increased after the administration of herbal acupuncture. Conclusion : Above results support the notion that intravenous injection of cultivated wild ginseng herbal acupuncture induce changes in serum proteins and this research can be a pioneer work in finding biomarkers.

  7. Effects of Tribu Saponin from Tribulus terrestris on Gene Expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1, PPARα and PPARγ in Artery Vessels of Atherosclerotic Rats%蒺藜皂苷对动脉粥样硬化大鼠动脉壁ICAM-1、VCAM-1、PPARα、PPARγ基因表达的影响

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    石昌杰; 瞿伟菁; 高娟

    2009-01-01

    To investigate the effects of tribu saponin from Tribulus terrestris(STT) on the gene expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1 ,PPARα and PPAR-γ in artery vessels of atherosclerotic rats,the model rats of atherosclerosis were established by feeding with high cholesterol diet and injecting with vitamin D_3. The rats were divided into normal group, model group,simvastatin group and 3 groups with SIT. Semi-quantitative RT-PCR was used to detect ICAM-1, VCAM-1, PPARα and PPARγ gene expression in artery vessels. The changes of gene expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1 , PPARα and PPARγ in artery vessels in each group were analyzed. The results showed that ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 gene expression levels in the model group were significantly higher than those of normal group (P <0.01) , while the PPARα, PPARγ gene expression in the model group were significantly lower than those of normal group ( P < 0.01); Compared with model group,the ICAM-1 and VCAM-1 gene expression levels in each medicated group were significantly lower (P<0.01-P<0.05) and the PPARα and PPAHγ gene expression levels in each medicated group were significantly higher(P < 0.01). STT can down regulate the gene expression of ICAM-1, VCAM-1 and up regulate the gene expression of PPARα, PPARγ in artery vessels of arterosclerotic rats,which may account for the anti-arteriosclerosis effects of STT.%观察全草蒺藜皂苷(tribu saponln from Tribulus terrestris,STT)对实验性动脉粥样硬化(atherosclerosis,AS)大鼠动脉壁中ICAM-1、VCAM-1、PPARα和PPARγ基因表达的影响,以探讨STT抗AS的机制.应用高脂饲料饮食配合注射维生素D3建立SD大鼠AS模型,并设立正常组、模型组、辛伐他汀组和蒺藜皂苷低、中、高剂量组.采用半定量RT-PCR的方法检测各组动物动脉壁中ICAM-1、VCAM-1、PPARα和PPARγ基因的表达,分析造模及各给药大鼠ICAM-1、VCAM-1、PPARα和PPARγ基因表达的变化.与正常组相比,模型组ICAM-1和VCAM-1基

  8. O tecido adiposo como órgão endócrino: da teoria à prática Adipose tissue as an endocrine organ: from theory to practice

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    2007-11-01

    in inflammatory processes, feeding behavior, insulin sensitization and modulation of the atherogenetic process. To deal with the potential role of adipose tissue as a source of stem cells for regeneration of tissues, with special emphasis on adipogenesis and its consequences for development of obesity. SOURCES: Important information was compiled from the scientific literature in order that this analysis contains an explanatory synthesis of the aspects mentioned above. SUMMARY OF THE FINDINGS In addition to its classical functions as primary metabolic energy store, meeting energy requirements during periods of deprivation by means of lypolisis, adipose tissue also has the capacity to synthesize and secrete a variety of hormones - the adipokines. These are active in a range of processes, such as control of nutritional intake (leptin and control of sensitivity to insulin and inflammatory processes (TNF-alpha, IL-6, resistin, visfatin, adiponectin. Furthermore, since adipose tissue also contains undifferentiated cells, it has the ability to generate new adipocytes, regenerating its own tissue (adipogenesis, and also the ability to give rise to other cells (myoblasts, chondroblasts, osteoblasts, which has great therapeutic potential in the not-too-distant future. CONCLUSIONS: The range of functional possibilities of adipose tissue has widened. An understanding of these potentials could make this tissue a great ally in the fight against conditions that are currently assuming epidemic proportions (obesity, diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension and arteriosclerosis and in which adipose tissue is still seen as the enemy.

  9. SCORE underestimates cardiovascular risk (CVR of HIV+ patients

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    R Ramírez

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    Full Text Available The new European Guidelines of Dislipidemia Management of the European Societies of Cardiology and Arteriosclerosis consider HIV+ as patients at high risk of developing cardiovascular events and deaths. The objective of the study was to evaluate cardiovascular events and deaths in a series of HIV+ patients. Observational, cross-sectional study, including a cohort of HIV+ and HIV− patients from 2008. CVR was calculated using the SCORE-CVR chart. Variation on lipid profile and incidence of cardiovascular events, cardiovascular death or death related to any cause were recorded. Data was analyzed using SPSS version 20.0 for MAC. 154 HIV+ and 155 HIV− patients were included. Mean age: 44.8±9.5 vs 55.2±14.3 y and 69.5% vs 49% males respectively (p<0.01. Mean time since HIV+ diagnosis was 11±6.2 y. Mean BMI and systolic blood pressure were lower in HIV+ (25.1±6.7 kg/m2 vs 28.7±5.1 kg/m2, (p<0.01 and 119.6±19.4 vs 124.7±14.7 mmHg, (p=0.044; respectively. A lower proportion of hypertense, diabetic and obese patients was observed in HIV+ (25.5% vs 6.5%; 20.6% vs 3.9% and 36.8% vs 12.3% but a larger proportion of smokers (68.8% vs 29.7% was observed (p<0.01 in all cases. Mean cholesterol and LDLc were lower in HIV+ (191.2±41.4 vs 218.5±44.6 mg/dl and 109.5±33.9 vs 134.6±37.7 mg/dl; p<0.01; respectively but with a lower mean HDLc and higher TG (50.3±19 mg/dl vs 55.2±14.9 mg/dl; p=0.013 and 156.7±85.7 vs 135.8±66.2 mg/dl; p=0.017; respectively. There was no significant difference in mean CVR-SCORE (3.5±3.6% vs 4.4±3.8%; p=0.091. With this SCORE, 5.2±5.3 and 6.7±5.8 cardiovascular events or deaths should be expected in HIV+ and HIV− respectively at 10 y. Four years later cholesterol, LDLc, HDLc, TG in HIV+ and HIV− patients did not vary compared with those obtained 4 y before. 5 events and 1 death were seen at 4 y follow-up in HIV+, and in HIV− patients. The incidence of events in HIV+ patients is similar to the expected according

  10. 利用全基因组SNP芯片筛查2型糖尿病患者大血管病变易感基因%Screening macroangiopathy susceptibility genes in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with whole genome-wide SNP array

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    朱沂; 张晓莉; 张忠辉; 张峰; 张永彪; 府伟灵

    2011-01-01

    Objective To analyze and screen macroangiopathy susceptibility genes and single nucleo tide polymorphism (SNP) loci in type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) patients. Methods The DNA sample of 34 patients with type 2 diabetes who had been interfered with multiple risk factors of macroangiopathy but still developed to atherosclerosis and 54 other T2DM patients under the same conditions but having no arteriosclerosis were scanned by human whole genome-wide SNP array of ILLUMINA ( HumanCytoSNP-12 v1. 0 DNA Analysis Bead Chip Kit). The susceptibility genes and genetic markers of macroangiopathy in type 2 diabetes were screened through genome-wide association analysis (GWA). Results The results of chip test were studied for genome-wide association by PLINK software. There were 452 SNPs found to be significantly different between case group and control ( P < 0. 01 ). Among them, 37 SNPs were in or near to the genes related the major meta bolic pathway of T2DM macroangiopathy. According these 37 SNP loci, 30 genes were identified as macroan giopathy susceptibility genes for T2DM. Gonclusion Our study shows that genetic polymorphism is associated with macroangiopathy of T2DM, and some multiple genes and SNPs might be involved.%目的 分析筛查2型糖尿病(T2DM)患者早期大血管病变的易感基因和单核苷酸多态性(single nucleotide polymorphism,SNP)位点.方法 利用ILLUMINA人类全基因组SNP芯片(HumanCytoSNP-12 v1.0 DNA Analysis BeadChip Kit),对在经多因素干预下仍出现大血管病变的34例T2DM病例及同样条件下未发大血管病变的52例对照进行SNP扫描分型;通过全基因组关联分析,筛选T2DM早期大血管病变的易感基因和遗传标记.结果 通过PLINK软件对芯片结果进行全基因组关联分析(genome-wide association study, GWAS),筛选出在病例组和对照组间有显著差异(P<0.01)的SNP位点总计452个,其中处于T2DM大血管病变主要代谢通路相关基因内或者附近的SNP位点37

  11. Breath-holding Test by Transcranial Doppler in Mild Cognitive Impairment with Qi-deficiency and Blood-stasis Syndrome%气虚血瘀型轻度认知障碍患者脑血管反应性与认知功能的关系研究

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    王晔; 张如青

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    Objective To observe the relationship between cognitive function and cerebrovascular reactivity (CVR) by transcranial Doppler in mild cognitive impairment(MCI) patients with qi - deficiency and blood - stasis syndrome. Methods Breath - holding test were studied with transcranial Doppler ultrasonography in 75 patients. CVR to apnea was calculated by means of the breath - holding index (BHD in the middle cerebral arteries. Cognitive function and parameter of cerebral hemodynamics were observed under different CVR status, and the effect of vascular risk factor on BHI was analyzed. Results There was correlation between mini - mental state examination (MMSE) with latency of P300 in visual and auditory event - related potentials (ERP) among those patients (r=—0. 512, P<0. 01;r= —0. 547,P<0. 01). Between score of MMSE,P2 - P3 of auditory ERP and latency of P300 in visual ERP,there was positive and negative correlation with BHI respectively. Of all the variables considered, the score of MMSE change had the highest correlation with BHI (r=0. 306,P = 0. 008). Cerebral arteriosclerosis had a remarkable effect on BHI. Conclusion The BHI could provide valuable information included individual patient cognitive state,vascular risk factor to influence the disease progression in MCI with qi - deficiency and blood - stasis syndrome.%目的 观察气虚血瘀型轻度认知障碍(mild cognitive impairment,MCI)患者的脑血管反应性(cerebrovascular reactivity,CVR)与认知功能的关系.方法 应用经颅多普勒超声对75例符合诊断标准的患者进行屏气试验检测,观察不同CVR状态下认知功能及脑血流动力学指标的特点,分析血管性危险因素对屏气指数(breath-holding index,BHI)的影响.结果 简易智能量表(mini-mental state examination,MMSE)分值与听觉、视觉事件相关电位(event-related potentials,ERP)的P300潜伏期有显著相关性(r=-0.512,P<0.01;r=-0.547,P<0.01);BHI与MMSE分值、听觉ERP的P2-P3

  12. The evaluation of surgical reconstruction for intermittent claudication by the Walking Impairment Questionnaire Avaliação da reconstrução cirúrgica para claudicação intermitente pelo Walking Impairment Questionnaire

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    Masaya Nakashima

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: No standards reflecting the quality of life (QOL and activity of daily living (ADL in postoperative clinical course have been validated in the area of vascular disease. The Walking Impairment Questionnaire (WIQ is a disease-specific questionnaire that evaluates patients with intermittent claudication due to arteriosclerosis obliterans (ASO. The WIQ uses four subscales: pain severity, walking distance, walking speed, and stair climbing while walking. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the correlation between postoperative arterial blood flow and the Japanese edition of the WIQ. METHODS: Thirty-one patients (47 limbs with intermittent claudication who had been subjected to lower limb surgical arterial reconstruction were assessed by WIQ, and compared with Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index (ABPI and angiography. RESULTS: A significant increase in the WIQ score was identified in walking pain (26 versus 89.5, pINTRODUÇÃO: Nenhum padrão de qualidade de vida e atividades diárias no período pós-operatório já foi validado na área de doenças vasculares. O Walking Impairment Questionnaire (WIQ é um questionário específico para pacientes com claudicação intermitente devido à aterosclerose obliterante. O WIQ se baseia em quatro subescalas: intensidade da dor, distância caminhada, velocidade de caminhada e subir degraus durante caminhada. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a correlação entre fluxo sanguíneo periférico pós-operatório e a edição japonesa do WIQ. MÉTODOS: Trinta e um pacientes (totalizando 47 membros inferiores com claudicação intermitente que se submeteram à reconstrução arterial cirúrgica foram avaliados pelo WIQ e comparados por meio do índice de pressão tornozelo-braço (ITB e angiografia. RESULTADOS: Um aumento significativo no escore do WIQ foi observado em relação à dor durante caminhada (26 versus 89,5, p<0,001, distância caminhada (13,1 versus 83,3, p<0,001, velocidade da caminhada (10 versus 46, p<0,001 e ato de subir

  13. Occupational lifestyle diseases: An emerging issue

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    Sharma Mukesh

    2009-01-01

    lifestyle] of different populations might partly determine their rates of cancer, and the basis for this hypothesis was strengthened by results of studies showing that people who migrate from one country to another generally acquire the cancer rates of the new host country, suggesting that environmental [or lifestyle factors] rather than genetic factors are the key determinants of the international variation in cancer rates. Some of the common diseases encountered because of occupational lifestyle are Alzheimer′s disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, chronic liver disease/cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, nephritis/CRF, and stroke. Occupational lifestyle diseases include those caused by the factors present in the vicinity like heat, sound, dust, fumes, smoke, cold, and other pollutants. These factors are responsible for allergy, respiratory and hearing problems, and heat or cold shock. So, A healthy lifestyle must be adopted to combat these diseases with a proper balanced diet, physical activity and by giving due respect to biological clock. Kids spending too much time slouched in front of the TV or PCs, should be encourage to find a physical sport or activity they enjoy. Fun exercises should be encouraged into family outings. A pizza-and-video evening should be replaced for a hike and picnic. Kids who do participate in sport, especially at a high competitive level, can find the pressure to succeed very stressful. To decrease the ailments caused by occupational postures, one should avoid long sitting hours and should take frequent breaks for stretching or for other works involving physical movements.

  14. 脐带间充质干细胞移植治疗50例缺血性下肢血管病的临床研究%The Clinical Research of Umbilical Cord Mesenchymal Stem Cells Transplantation in The Treatment of 50 Cases of Lower Limb Vascular Disease

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    杜艳; 周毅; 李贞艳; 徐黎鸣; 杜玲

    2013-01-01

    目的:观察脐带间充质干细胞移植治疗缺血性下肢血管病的临床疗效并观察近期临床效果.方法:50例自愿接收脐带间充质干细胞移植患者中糖尿病足35例,动脉硬化闭塞症10例,血栓性闭塞性脉管炎5例.全部患者均给予静脉输注及局部种植脐带间充质干细胞.术后第7天至6个月定期观察各项指标的变化.结果:治疗1月后,47例(94%)疼痛有不同程度的缓解,46例(92%)患肢冷感明显缓解,45例(90%)患者行走距离延长.6月后30例糖尿病足患者溃疡或足部坏疽痊愈.结论:脐带间充质干细胞移植治疗缺血性下肢血管病是一种简便、安全、有效的治疗方法,其治疗的近期疗效显著,使很多患者免除截肢或降低截肢平面,明显改善患者生活质量.%Objective: To investigate the umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells transplantation in the treatment of ischemic vascular disease the clinical curative effect of the lower limbs watching the recent clinical effect. Methods: Fifty patients with voluntary receiving umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells transplantation in patients with diabetes foot 35 patients, arteriosclerosis block disease 10 cases, thrombosis obliterans 5 cases. All patients were given intravenous and local planting umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells. Postoperative seven days to six months each index of change regularly observation. Results: 1 month after treatment, 47 patients (94%) had different degrees of pain relief, 46 cases (92%) limb cold feeling significant relief, 45 patients (90%) patients walking distance to extend. After six months, 30 cases of patients with diabetes foot ulcers or foot gangrene healed. Conclusions: Umbilical cord mesenchymal stem cells transplantation in the treatment of ischemic lower limb vascular disease is a simple, safe and effective in the treatment of method, the treatment of recent curative effect is distinct, making a lot of patients from amputation or reduce

  15. Neuroimaging, nuclear medicine

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    This chapter describes radionuclide imaging as it related to neurodegenerative dementias like Alzheimer's disease (AD), idiopathic Parkinson's disease (PD), and normal aging, among the various diseases of the elderly. The role of neuroimaging with nuclear medicine is to detect changes in neural activities that are caused by these diseases. Such changes may be indirect phenomena, but the imaging of neural functions provides physicians with useful, objective information regarding pathophysiology in the brain. Brain activities change with age, with the elderly showing decreased brain function in memory, execution, and attention. Age-dependent reduction in the global mean of cerebral blood flow (CBF) has been reported in many studies that have used X-133 and O-15 labeled gas, the spatial resolution of which is low. Partial volume correction (PVC) is available through the segmentation of grey matter from high-resolution T1-weighted magnetic resonance imaging. Meltzer reported that age-related change disappeared after PVC. The relative distribution of CBF and glucose metabolism has been examined on a voxel-by-voxel basis in many studies. The areas negatively correlated with age are the anterior part of the brain, especially the dorsolateral and medial frontal areas, anterior cingulate cortices, frontolateral and perisylvian cortices, and basal ganglia. The areas positively correlated with age are the occipital lobe, temporal lobe, sensorimotor cortex, and primary visual cortex. It is not easy to define ''normal aging''. Aged people tend to have the potential for diseases like cerebral ischemia caused by arteriosclerosis. Ischemia results in volume loss of the gray matter and CBF. The ApoE e4 gene is a risk factor for AD, and carriers of the ApoE e4 allel show CBF-like AD even at a relatively young age. Hypo-glucose metabolism in the posterior cingulate cortex is seen in 5% of normal people over 50 years of age. This Alzheimer-like CBF/metabolic pattern needs further

  16. Effect of 20S-protopanaxadiol saponins on blood lipid metabolism and antioxidative activity in hyperlipidemia rats%20S-原人参二醇皂苷对高脂血症大鼠血脂代谢的影响及其抗氧化作用

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    睢大篑; 于晓风; 曲绍春; 徐华丽

    2004-01-01

    目的观察20S-原人参二醇皂苷(PPDS)对实验性高脂血症大鼠血清总胆固醇(TC)、脂蛋白-胆固醇代谢的影响及其抗氧化作用.方法 PPDS按25,50,100 mg/(kg·d)给大鼠连续ip12d,测血清TC、脂蛋白-胆固醇及脂质过氧化物(LPO)含量,血浆前列腺素I2(PGI2),血栓素A2(TXA2)水平,血清和肝脏超氧化物歧化酶(SOD)活性及全血黏度,并观察肝脏脂肪沉积情况.结果 PPDS50,100mg/kg能明显降低甘油三酯(TG),TC,低密度脂蛋白胆固醇(LDL-c),TXA2,LPO含量及全血黏度,并能明显提高实验性高脂血症大鼠高密度脂蛋白胆固醇(HDL-c),PGI2含量及SOD活性,亦能使TC/HDL-c及LDL-c/HDL-c比值明显降低,PGI2/TXA2比值明显升高.病理检查可见肝脏脂肪沉积明显减轻.结论 PPDS可能通过调节体内血脂代谢、提高PGI2/TXA2比值及纠正自由基代谢紊乱发挥抗动脉硬化作用.%Object To observe the effect of 20S-protopanaxadiol saponins from Panax quinquefolium (PPDS) on total cholesterol, lipoprotein cholesterol metabolism and antioxidative activity in experimental hyperlipidemia rats. Methods The total cholesterol (TC), lipoprotein cholesterol, and lipid peroxidation (LPO) contents, prostaglandin I2 (PGI2), thromboxane A2 (TXA2) levels, superoxide dismutase (SOD)activity and blood viscosity were measured in hyperlipidemia rats which have been given PPDS 25, 50, 100Triglyceride (TG), TC, low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-c) in serum, TXA2 in plasma, LPO in serum and liver, and blood viscosity were decreased significantly; and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) in serum, PGI2 in plasma, and SOD in serum and liver were significantly increased by given HDL-c and LDL-c/HDL-c ratio, increase PGI2/TXA2 ratio, and inhibit fat accumulation in liver.Conclusion PPDS could inhibit arteriosclerosis by improving cholesterol and lipoprotein-cholesterol metabolism, suppressing LPO, and increasing the activity of SOD.

  17. Enhanced external counterpulsation promotes growth cytokines-mediated myocardial angiogenesis in a porcine model of hypercholesterolemia

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    LUO Jing-yun; WU Gui-fu; XIONG Yan; CHEN Guo-wei; XIE Qiang; YANG Da-ya; HE Xiao-hong; ZHANG Yan; LIU Dong-hong; WANG Kui-jian; MA Hong; ZHENG Zhen-sheng; DU Zhi-min

    2009-01-01

    Background Enhanced external counterpulsation (EECP) improves ischemia in patients with refractory angina pectoris,but the mechanism remains unclear. To explore the mechanisms of EECP action, we detected progenitor cells presenting any of the following markers CD34+, CD29+, and CD106+.Methods Growth cytokines-mediated progenitor cell mobilization and associated angiogenesis potential were assessed in a porcine model of hypercholesterolemia. Twenty-four male domestic swines were randomly assigned to 4 groups: normal diet (control, n=6), hypercholesterolemic diet (CHOL, n=6), hypercholesterolemic diet with administration of recombinant human granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (rhG-CSF) (rhG-CSF, n=6), and hypercholesterolemJc diet with EECP treatment (EECP, n=6). EECP was applied 2 hours every other day for a total of 36 hours. Serum levels of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) and granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF), peripheral blood progenitor cell counts, level of regional angiogenesis, and expression of VEGF and stromal cell derived factor 1α (SDF-1α) in porcine myocardium were assessed, respectively.Results A porcine model of hypercholesterolemia-induced arteriosclerosis was successfully established. There was no significant difference in serum levels of VEGF among the four groups. The serum levels of G-CSF in the EECP group increased significantly at week 15 and week 18 ((38.3±5.6) pg/ml at week 15 vs (26.2±3.7) pg/ml at week 12, P <0.05,and (46.9±6.1) pg/ml at week 18 vs (26.2±3.7) pg/ml at week 12, P <0.01). The serum levels of G-CSF in group 3 increased also significantly after receiving rhG-CSF injection for five days ((150±13.9) pg/ml at week 18 vs (24.8±5.4)pg/ml at week 12, P <0.01). Compared to other groups and other time points, progenitor cell counts increased significantly after 2-hour EECP treatment (108±13 vs 26±6 per 105 leukocytes, P <0.01), but not at week 18. The progenitor cell counts also increased significantly

  18. 无创动脉检测联合平均动脉压在高龄孕妇合并妊娠期高血压疾病中的应用%Application of noninvasive vascular diagnosis combined with MAP in pregnant women of advanced maternal age with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy

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    张宾美; 蔡杰; 胡海华

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the clinical value of noninvasive vascular diagnosis combined with mean arterial pressure (MAP) in pregnant women of advanced maternal age with hypertensive disorders in pregnancy.Methods Synchronous brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) and MAP were detected by the Omron arteriosclerosis detector (BP-203RPE Ⅲ) in 86 patients.According to the values of baPWV,the patients were divided into abnormal result group and normal result group; moreover,according to the detection results of baPWV combined with MAP,the patients were divided into positive combination group and negative combination group.The data were compared between the two groups and then analyzed.Results The rate of hypertensive disorders in pregnant women of advanced maternal age was markedly higher in the positive combination group than in the negative combination group (34.29% vs.1.96 %,P<0.01) and in the abnormal result group (27.5%).Conclusions Noninvasive vascular diagnosis combined with MAP can predict the occurrence of hypertensive disorders in pregnancy earlier,which provides possibility of early clinical intervention.%目的 探讨无创动脉硬化联合平均动脉压(MAP)检测高龄孕妇合并妊娠期高血压疾病的临床价值.方法 应用欧姆龙无创动脉硬化检测仪(BP-203RPE Ⅲ)对86例高龄孕妇检测同步臂踝脉搏波传导速度(baPWV)及MAP,按照baPWV数值分成动脉硬化检测异常组及正常组;另外,baPWV联合MAP分成阳性联合组及阴性联合组,分别对上述两组数据进行对比分析.结果 阳性联合组高龄孕妇临床妊娠期高血压疾病发生率为34.29%,明显高于阴性联合组(1.96%),两组对比差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),也高于动脉检测异常组(27.5%).结论 无创动脉硬化检测联合MAP能早期预测妊娠期高血压疾病的发生,从而为及早干预疾病进展提供了可能.

  19. 河北省沧州市成人糖化血红蛋白与血脂水平的流行病学调查%Epidemiological Investigation on Glycosylated Hemoglobin and Serum Lipid Levels in Adults in Cangzhou city of Hebei Province

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    赵连利; 刘可魂

    2014-01-01

    dyslipidemia.Conclusions:The incidences of abnormal HbAlc and dyslipidemia in adults in Cangzhou city of Hebei province are higher than average levels in China.And the male incidences are higher than female.Ab-normal HbAlc and dyslipidemia are correlated with fatty liver and arteriosclerosis.The 40-50 age group is the key age group to the prevention and treatment of diabetes mellitus.

  20. 中国11省市35~64岁人群血清甘油三酯分布特点及与其他心血管病危险因素关系的研究%Study of triglyceride distribution aged 35-64, and their association with other cardiovascular disease risk factors in 11 provinces

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    王薇; 赵冬; 吴兆苏; 吴桂贤; 刘静; 曾哲纯; 刘军; 秦兰萍

    2001-01-01

    Objective Study of triglyceride distribution and their association with other major cardiovascular disease risk factors in 11 provinces. Methods Twenty-seven thousand and sixteen persons in 11 provinces, aged 35-64, were screened for cardiovascular disease risk factors. Results (1) Results of plasma triglyceride level distribution showed that there was significant difference among 11 province, the highest/lowest ratio was 2.3. (2) Plasma triglyceride level was higher in men than in women (P<0.001). (3) The prevelance of hypertriglyceridemia was the most frequent type of the dislipidemia. (4) Multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, body mass index, blood pressure, blood glucose and physical activity, significantly and independently correlated with hypertriglyceridemia prevelance. (5) There existed aggregation of risk factors in hypertriglyceridemia. Seventy-one point zero percent of hypertriglyceridemia had at least one other risk factors in men and 74.4% in women, while it was 53.8% men and 52.2% women of those with non hypertriglyceridemia (P<0.01). Conclusion Our date indicated that fasting triglycerides were associated with more arteriosclerosis factors and could serve as a marker for several cardiovascular disease risk factors. More patients with hypertriglyceridemia combined with other situation of metabolic syndromes thus might have higher risks.%目的 研究血清甘油三酯(TG)水平分布特点及与其他心血管病危险因素的关系。方法 以11省市队列研究中35~64岁男女两性27 016人基线调查结果为研究样本,对血清TG分布特点及与其他心血管病危险因素的关系进行统计学分析。结果 (1)血清TG分布存在地区间差异,最高地区是最低地区的2.3倍;(2)男性TG水平高于女性(P<0.001);(3)高TG血症为我国临床高脂血症分类中最常见的类型;(4)多因素分析显示男女两性TG水平

  1. Phenolic compounds, carotenoids and antioxidant activity in plant products / Compostos fenólicos, carotenóides e atividade antioxidante em produtos vegetais

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    Maria Gabriela Bello Koblitz

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available The respiratory process and several aerobic cells oxidative reactions lead to the formation of free radicals which contribute to the appearance of different diseases. The human cells depend on their antioxidant ability to provide protection against the prejudicial effects of free radical and reactive oxygen species that are inevitable consequences of aerobic life. Several epidemiologic studies indicate that high plant products ingestion is associated to a reduction in the hazard of a variety of cronical diseases such as arteriosclerosis and cancer. These effects have been specifically attributed to the plant compounds that have antioxidant activity: vitamin C and E, phenolic compounds, specially flavonoids, and carotenoids. Phenolic compounds act as antioxidants, not only for their ability to donate hydrogen atoms or electrons, but also because of their stable intermediary radicals, that prevent the oxidation of many food ingredients, especially lipids. Carotenoids are built by polyene chains in a long conjugated double bonds system, electron rich, which is responsible for the antioxidant activity of these compounds, by the absorption of singlet oxygen and free radicals, to interrupt the chain reaction they are involved in. This paper had as a goal to review the different qualitative and quantitative evaluation methods of the main non-nutrient antioxidants in plant originated foods: phenolic compounds and carotenoids.O processo respiratório e diversas reações oxidativas das células aeróbicas levam à formação de radicais livres, que contribuem para o aparecimento de diversas doenças. As células humanas dependem de sua capacidade antioxidante para fornecer proteção contra os efeitos prejudiciais de radicais livres e espécies reativas do oxigênio, que são conseqüências inevitáveis da vida aeróbica. Vários estudos epidemiológicos indicam que a alta ingestão de produtos vegetais está associada com uma redução no risco de uma

  2. Occupational lifestyle diseases: An emerging issue.

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    Sharma, Mukesh; Majumdar, P K

    2009-12-01

    populations might partly determine their rates of cancer, and the basis for this hypothesis was strengthened by results of studies showing that people who migrate from one country to another generally acquire the cancer rates of the new host country, suggesting that environmental [or lifestyle factors] rather than genetic factors are the key determinants of the international variation in cancer rates. Some of the common diseases encountered because of occupational lifestyle are Alzheimer's disease, arteriosclerosis, cancer, chronic liver disease/cirrhosis, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), diabetes, hypertension, heart disease, nephritis/CRF, and stroke. Occupational lifestyle diseases include those caused by the factors present in the vicinity like heat, sound, dust, fumes, smoke, cold, and other pollutants. These factors are responsible for allergy, respiratory and hearing problems, and heat or cold shock. So, A healthy lifestyle must be adopted to combat these diseases with a proper balanced diet, physical activity and by giving due respect to biological clock. Kids spending too much time slouched in front of the TV or PCs, should be encourage to find a physical sport or activity they enjoy. Fun exercises should be encouraged into family outings. A pizza-and-video evening should be replaced for a hike and picnic. Kids who do participate in sport, especially at a high competitive level, can find the pressure to succeed very stressful. To decrease the ailments caused by occupational postures, one should avoid long sitting hours and should take frequent breaks for stretching or for other works involving physical movements. PMID:20442827

  3. Effect of post-stroke sensory disorders on the recovery processes of motor function and activity of daily living A non-randomized synchroniesl controlled trial

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    2007-01-01

    ,thrombolysis,reducing blood viscosity,anticoagulation,anti-arteriosclerosis,ameliorating microcirculation,also administrated with activator for nerve cells.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES:①The severity of motor function deficit was evaluated using clinical neurological deficit score for stroke patients set by the Fourth National Academic Meeting for Cerebrovascular Disease in 1995;②The activities of daily living was evaluated with Barthel Index,the higher the score,the better the independence,and the less the dependence.RESULTS:All the 500 stroke patients were involved in the final analysis of results.①The neurological deficit scores before treatment had no significant difference between the two groups (P>0.05),but the scores after treatment were significantly decreased as compared with those before treatment in both groups (t =6.59,12.43,P<0.01).The neurological deficit score after treatment in the normal sense group was significantly lower than that in the sensory disorder group (t =1.63,P<0.05).② The scores of activities of daily living after treatment were significantly increased as compared with those before treatment in both groups (t =16.03,25.10,P<0.01).The scores of activities of daily living in the normal sense group were higher than those in the sensory disorder group both before and after treatment (t =6.07,14.26,P<0.05).CONCLUSION:Sensory disorders have obvious negative effects on the recovery of motor function and activities of daily living of stroke patients.

  4. Comparison of Clinical Features Between Young Patients and Middle and Elderly Patients with Cerebral Infraction%青年脑梗死与中老年脑梗死的临床特征比较

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    傅可; 高小平

    2012-01-01

    [Objective]To compare the clinical features between young patients and middle and elderly patients with cerebral infarction. [Methods]Clinical data of 83 young patients with cerebral infarction(group A) and 1542 middle and elderly patients with cerebral infarction(group B) were analyzed and compared retrospectively. [Results]According to TOAST classification, small artery occlusion stroke(SAA) and large artery atherosclerosis (LAA) in group A and group B accounted for 38. 6% (32/83), 25. 3% (21/83), 52. 9% (815/ 1542) and 35. 7% (549/1542) , respectively. The common risk factors of two groups were hypertensive disease, hyperlipidemia, smoking, diabetes mellitus, alcoholism and homocysteine(Hcy). Hypertension, hyper-lipemia, smoking, drunken and high Hey in group A were more than in those in group B. The effective rate in group A and group B were 95. 5% and 73. 1% , respectively, and there was significant difference between two groups( P <0. 05). [Condusion]The main cause of young, middle and elderly patients with cerebral infarction is arteriosclerosis. There are the common risk factors of patients in two groups. The prognosis in young patients is better than that in middle and elderly patients. The early control of the risk factors can reduce the incidence of cerebral infarction.%[目的]比较青年脑梗死与中老年脑梗死的临床特征.[方法]回顾性分析比较在本科住院的83例青年脑梗死(A组)与1 542例中老年脑梗死(B组)患者的临床资料.[结果] 根据TOAST分型,A组与B组中小动脉闭塞型(SAA)、大动脉粥样硬化型(LAA)分别占38.6%(32/83)、25.3%(21/83)和52.9%(815/1542)、35.7%(549/1542);高血压病、高脂血症、吸烟、糖尿病、酗酒、同型半胱氨酸水平(Hcy)为两组病人共同危险因素,A组中高血压、吸烟、酗酒及高Hcy明显高于B组;预后A组有效率95.5%,B组有效率73.1%,两组比较差异有显著性(P<0.05).[结论]青年及中老年脑梗死均以动脉硬化

  5. 2型糖尿病视网膜病变与糖尿病其他并发症的相关性%Relation of retinopathy in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus to other diabetic complications

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    陈淑惠; 孟倩丽; 张敏; 郭海科; 刘清洋; 崔颖; 李达桔

    2016-01-01

    Abstract•AIM: To investigate the correlation between systemic complications and diabetic retinopathy in the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.• METHODS: Seven hundred and two hospitalized patients with type 2 diabetes were included.All patients were divided into two groups according to with or without retinopathy: NDR group and DR group. DR group was divided into group non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy ( NPDR ) and group proliferative diabetic retinopathy (PDR).The relation between DR and other complications of diabetes, including diabetic macrovascular complications, diabetic nephropathy ( DN) , diabetic peripheral neuropathy ( DPN) , peripheral vascular disease of diabetes mellitus ( PVD ) , diabetic foot ( DF) , diabetic ketoacidosis ( DKA) , was analyzed.• RESULTS: The development of DR was related to hypertension, hyperlipemia, carotid atherosclerosis and plaque, lower extremity arteriosclerosis and plaque, DN, DPN, DF and PVD. PDR was closely associated with hypertension and DPN.•CONCLUSION: The prevalence of DR increased in the diabetic patients with systemic complications, especially, the increase of prevalence of PDR in the patients with hypertension and DPN. Vascular endothelial injury and microcirculatory disturbance are the common pathologic base for DR and other complications.Therefore, it is important to carry out the regular fundus examination in the diabetic patients, especially in those with systemic complication, in order to decrease the rate of blindness.%目的:探讨2型糖尿病视网膜病变( diabetic retinopathy, DR)与糖尿病的全身并发症的相关性。方法:分析2型糖尿病住院患者702例,将其分为NDR组、DR组两组,DR组又分为非增生性糖尿病视网膜病变(non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy,NPDR)组和增生性糖尿病视网膜病变( proliferative diabetic retinopathy, PDR)组,分析DR与糖尿病大血管并发症、糖尿病肾病( diabetic

  6. Radicais livres de oxigênio e exercício: mecanismos de formação e adaptação ao treinamento físico Radicales libres de oxigeno y ejercicio: mecanismos de formación y adaptación al entrenamiento Oxygen free radicals and exercise: mechanisms of synthesis and adaptation to the physical training

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    Cláudia Dornelles Schneider

    2004-08-01

    pelo treinamento físico.El interés a cerca de los mecanismos de generación y adaptación de radicales libres de oxígeno (RLO al ejercicio aumentó significativamente a partir de la demostración de su relación con el consumo de oxígeno. Los RLO son formados por la reducción incompleta de del oxígeno, generando especies que presentan una alta reactividad para otras biomoléculas, principalmente lípidos y proteínas de las membranas celulares y, así mismo, el DNA. Las injurias provocadas por el estrés oxidativo presentan efectos acumulativos y están relacionados a una serie de enfermedades, como el cáncer, la arteriosclerosis o la diabetes. El ejercicio físico agudo, en función del incremento del consumo de oxígeno promueve un aumento en la formación de los RLO. No en tanto, el entrenamiento físico es capaz de generar adaptaciones capaces de mitigar los efectos deletéreos provocados por los RLO. Estas adaptaciones están relacionadas a una serie de sistemas de los cuales los mas importantes son los sistemas enzimáticos, compuestos por la peróxido dismutasa, catalasa y glutation peroxidasa y los sistemas no enzimáticos compuestos por ceruloplasmina, hormonas sexuales, la coenzima Q, ácido úrico, proteínas de choque térmico, y otros. Tales adaptaciones, a pesar de las controversias sobre los mecanismos comprendidos, promueven una mayor resistencia tisular a los desafíos oxidativos, como son aquellos proporcionados por el ejercicio físico de alta intensidad y de larga duración. Las técnicas de evaluación del estrés oxidativo, la mayoría de las veces, no son capaces de detectar injurias en ejercicios de corta duración. De esta forma, los esfuerzos están siendo realizados por largos periodos de tiempo o realizados hasta la extenuación. Nuevos marcadores de lesión por acción de los RLO están siendo descubiertos y nuevas técnicas para su determinación están siendo creadas. El objetivo de este trabajo es discutir los mecanismos de

  7. Bypass materials in vascular surgery

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    Willich, Stephan N.

    2006-03-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Arteriosclerotic changes can lead to circulatory disturbances in various areas of the human vascular system. In addition to pharmacological therapy and the management of risk factors (e. g. hypertension, diabetes, lipid metabolism disorders, and lifestyle, surgical interventions also play an important role in the treatment of arteriosclerosis. Long-segment arterial occlusions, in particular, can be treated successfully with bypass sur-gery. A number of different materials are available for this type of operation, such as autologous vein or pros-thetic grafts comprised of polytetrafluoroethylene (PTFE or Dacron®. Prosthetic materials are used especially in the treatment of peripheral artery disease, such as in aortoiliac or femoropopliteal bypass surgery. The present report will thus focus on this area in order to examine the effectiveness of different bypass materials. Among the efforts being made to refine the newly introduced DRG system in Germany, analysing the different bypass materials used in vascular surgery is particularly important. Indeed, in its current version the German DRG system does not distinguish between bypass materials in terms of reimbursement rates. Differences in cost structures are thus of especial interest to hospitals in their budget calculations, whereas both private and statutory health insurance funds are primarily interested in long-term results and their costs. Objectives: The goal of this HTA is to compare the different bypass materials used in vascular surgery in terms of their medical efficiency and cost-effectiveness, as well as with regard to their ethical, social and legal implications. In addition, this report aims to point out the areas in which further medical, epidemiological and health economic research is still needed. Methods: Relevant publications were identified by means of a structured search of databases accessed through the German Institute of Medical Documentation and Information

  8. Effect of cytridine triphosphate on nerve conduction velocity in patients with diabetic peripheral neuropathy%三磷酸胞苷对糖尿病周围神经病变患者神经传导速度的影响

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    李晓苗; 李源; 赵魁颜; 孙会会

    2005-01-01

    背景:三磷酸胞苷(cytridini triphosphatis,CTP)主要用于脑血管意外及其后遗症,脑震荡,脑血管硬化,老年性痴呆等的治疗,而该药对糖尿病周围神经病变的作用又如何呢? 目的:观察CTP改善糖尿病周围神经病变患者神经功能作用,并评价该药作用效果及神经电生理作用.设计:以患者为研究对象,前瞻性随机对照设计的验证性实验研究.单位:第四军医大学医院内分泌科病房.对象:1999-09/2000-02在第四军医大学西京医院内分泌科住院的糖尿病周围神经病变患者50例,符合纳入标准糖尿病周围神经病变患者50例,男28例,女22例.将50例患者随机分为治疗组和对照组各25例,均知情同意.方法:治疗组25例用CTP60mg加入生理盐水100mL维生素D,1次/d.对照组25例用维生素B1 100 mg和维生素B12 500 μg,1次/d,东莨菪碱(654-2)20 mg加入生理盐水100 mL维生素D,1次/d,疗程均为14 d.神经传导速度采用的是表面电极顺行性测定.主要观察指标:两组患者肢体神经传导速度.结果:治疗组患者经过CTP治疗14 d后,双上肢及下肢正中神经、尺神经、腓总神经、胫神经传导速度明显高于对照组(P<0.05~0.01).治疗组患者经过三磷酸胞苷14 d治疗后,神经症状、神经体征评分(1.4±0.5,3.0±0.5)明显低于对照组(2.6±0.3,4.0±0 3)(t=3.255,2.005,P<0 05).结论:三磷酸胞苷能有效改善糖尿病周围神经病变患者的神经传导速度.%BACKGROUND: Cytridinie triphosphate(CTP) is predominantly used for cerebrovascualr accident and its sequelae, brain concussion, cerebral arteriosclerosis, senile dementia. What about its effect on diabetic peripheral neuropathies?OBJECTIVE: To observe the efficacy of cytridine triphosphate in improving nerve function and nerve conduction velocity in diabetic peripheral neuropathy.DESIGN: A prospective and randomized and controlled trial based on the patients.SETTING: Endocrine department of a military

  9. Risk Factors of Flow-empty Area in Carotid Artery in Doppler Power Imaging%颈动脉多普勒能量图中出现流空区的危险因素

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    于冬; 刘吉良; 田东旭

    2015-01-01

    atherosclerotic plaque and the age of 65 years or older. The flow-empty area provides hemodynamic information for the diagnosis of atherosclerosis, and it also plays a helping role in evaluating the degree of arteriosclerosis.%目的:探讨颈动脉多普勒能量图中出现流空区的原因,建立颈动脉多普勒能量图的 Logistic 回归模型,筛选该现象出现的危险因素并分析出现原因。资料与方法回顾性分析行能量多普勒检查的172例男性受检者的临床资料,观察舒张期颈动脉管腔边缘是否出现流空区,测量受检者肱动脉收缩压、舒张压和压力差,颈动脉内膜-中膜厚度(IMT),是否检出动脉粥样硬化斑块,并收集受检者年龄、体重指数(BMI)、血糖、血脂、吸烟史及脑血管意外病史情况,建立 Logistic 模型,分析流空区出现的危险因素。结果172例受检者中,内膜-中膜增厚89例,收缩压增高97例,舒张压增高7例,脉压差增大90例,年龄≥65岁92例,动脉粥样硬化斑块84例,长期吸烟史63例,脑血管意外病史11例,糖尿病79例,高脂血症101例,BMI 异常13例。多普勒能量图显示有流空区98例,无流空区74例。经 Logistic 回归分析,颈动脉IMT、肱动脉收缩压、肱动脉压力差、是否有动脉粥样硬化斑块、年龄对颈动脉管腔内舒张期是否出现流空区为有统计学意义的变量(OR=50.643、47.248、29.426、32.667、20.514,P<0.05)。结论颈动脉 IMT 增厚、收缩压增高、压力差增大、动脉粥样斑块形成及年龄≥65岁是颈动脉管腔内出现流空区的危险因素。流空区为动脉粥样硬化诊断提供血流动力学信息,对动脉硬化程度评价有辅助作用。

  10. 血管回声跟踪技术检测颈动脉弹性在心血管危险分层中的应用%Application of echo tracking detection carotid artery elasticity in cardiovascular risk stratification

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    刘秋颖; 连士杰; 薛海萍; 张云山; 徐洪涛; 张宝和

    2014-01-01

    intermediate risk group,and which intermediate risk higher than high risk group.②Triglyceride and high density lipoprotein in high risk group were higher than those in low risk group; blood glucose in high risk group was higher than that in intermediate risk group but there was no difference between intermediate and low risk group; total cholesterol in high risk group was higher than that in intermediate group and that in intermediate group was higher than that in low risk group.③β and Ep in high risk group were higher than those in intermediate group,those in intermediate group were higher than those in low group.AC,PWVβ and IMT in high risk group were higher than those in low risk group,and there was no differences between high risk group and intermediate group.Conclusion ET could assess elasticity of carotid and evaluate subclinical arteriosclerosis,and provide important messages in cardiovascular risk stratification.

  11. Calcification of the intracranial carotid artery and its relation to the clinical and angiographic picture: an angiographic classification of asteriosclerosis cerebri

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    Valter Seixas

    1968-03-01

    Full Text Available Fifty six patients with arteriosclerosis cerebri confirmed by X-rays examinations were clinically and angiographically studied. Calcifications of the carotid artery were found predominantly in human beings between the ages of 55 and 65 and more often among men than among women, the proportion being 2.5 to 1. Nearly all arteriosclerotic patients with calcium deposits in the carotid artery showed several neurological and mental deficits, the most frequent initial symptoms being motor disturbances. Angiographic anormalities found in these patients can be classed into 3 groups: (a grade I— wavy course of the cerebral vessels, small number of peripheral brain vessels, formation of small knots, prolonged circulation time, arteria cerebri anterior with angular form, straight course and broad caliber; (b grade II— partial block, irregularities of wall and caliber, aneurysmal formations; (c grade III— total block of some vessels of the carotid system preventing a generalized or localized cerebral blood supply. Grades II and III angiographic abnormalities were most often seen at the syphon and at the carotid bifurcation in the neck (site of predilection. Most patients with a progressive clinical course belonged to the I group. The course of the disease did not differ in patients with grades II and III angiographic changes since usually the illness had an apoplectiform onset. Arteriosclerotic degenerative irregularities within the layers of the arteries (up to atheromatous patches may occur without reducing the arterial lumen. In such cases the patients may remain asymptomatic until there is a decompensation in the brain circulation due to many causes.Foram estudados, clínica e angiogràficamente, 56 pacientes com arte-riosclerose cerebral comprovada mediante visibilização radiológica de calcificações localizadas na porção intracraniana da artéria carótida interna. Calcificações da artéria carótida interna ocorrem com mais freq

  12. Homocystinuria: Diagnosis and Neuroimaging Findings - of Iranian Pediatric patients

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    Parvaneh KARIMZADEH

    2015-01-01

     precedence over other causes.ReferencesBrustolin S1, Giugliani R, Félix TM. Genetics of homocystine metabolism and associated disorders.Braz J Med Biol Res. 2010 Jan; 43(1:1-7.Iacobazzi V, Infantino V, Castegna A, AndriaG. Hyperhomocysteinuria: Related genetic diseases and congenital defects, abnormal DNA methylation and newborn screening issues. Mol Genet Metab. 2014 September - October; 113(1-2:27-33.SelhubJ.Homocystinemetabolism.Annu Rev Nutr. 1999;19:217-46.Ali Z, Troncoso JC, Fowler DR.Recurrent cerebral venous thrombosis associated with heterozygote methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase C677T mutation and sickle cell trait without Homocysteinuria: An autopsy case report and review of literature.ForensicSci Int. 2014 Sep;242:e52-5.RozenR.Genetic modulation of Homocysteinuria. SeminThrombHemost. 2000;26(3:255-61.Palma Reis R, Sales Luis. Homocisteinemia e Doença Vascular – O Nascer de um Novo Factor de Risco. Rev Port Cardiol 1999; 18:507-14McCully KS. Homocystine theory of arteriosclerosis: development and current status. Atherosclerosis Rev 1983;11:157-246.Malinow MR. Homocystinuria: a common and easily reversible risk factor for occlusive atherosclerosis. Circulation 1990;81:2004-6.Boushey CJ, Beresford SAA, Omenn GS, Motulsky AG. A quantitive assessment of plasma homocystine as a factor for vascular disease: probable benefits of increasing folic acid intakes. JAMA 1995;472:1049-57.Carson NAJ, Neill DW. Metabolic abnormalities detectedin a survey of mentally backward individuals in NorthernIreland. Arch Dis Child 1962;37:505-13.Gerritsen T, Waisman HA. Homocystinuria, an error inthe metabolism of methionine. Pediatrics 1964;33:413-20.Mallory T. Case records of the Massachusetts GeneralHospital.Case 19471. Marked cerebral symptoms followinga limp of three months duration. N Engl J Med 1933;209:1063-6.Shih VE, Efron ML. Pyridoxine-unresponsive homocystinuria. Final diagnosis of MGH case 19471. N Engl Med1970;283:1206-8.Kang SS, Wong PWK, Malinow MR. Hyperhomocyst(e inemia

  13. Effect of QIMT and QAS in Evaluating Common Carotid Artery Function of Obese People at High Altitudes and Relative Analysis of Risk Factors of Coronary Heart Disease%超声射频信号血管内中膜分析技术在高海拔地区肥胖人群颈部血管功能评价及冠心病风险相关性分析中的应用

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    赵夏夏; 王译晗; 苗英; 宁方艳; 王海筠; 吉新雁; 李亚妮

    2012-01-01

    techniques were used to detect intima-media thickness (IMT), expansion coefficient, compliance coefficient, vessel flexibility, and vessel stiffness of common carotid artery. Relative analysis of risk factors of coronary heart disease in patients whose clinical data were integrated within the past 10 years was evaluated. Results Compared with the males of normal group, age, body weight index (BMI)and IMT of common carotid artery of the male in obese group showed significant difference (P 0.05). Age, BMI, TC, HDL-C, IMT of females in the two groups showed significant differences (P <0.05). Total risk value, incidence rate of integrated evaluation and correlative risk factors of the males in the two groups showed significant differences (P <0.05), but total risk value, incidence rate of integrated evaluation, the average incidence rate, lower limits of normal indexes and correlative risk factors of the females in the two groups showed significant differences(P< 0.05)when compared with normal controls. Conclusion QIMT technique has such advantages as real-time, no-trauma, high degree of accuracy, repeatability, and easy operation in evaluating common carotid artery function of obese people and relative analysis of risk factors of CHD. It can be used as an examination method in evaluating early arteriosclerosis in obese people.

  14. Tendencias recientes de las principales causas de muerte en Navarra: 1995-2004 Recent trends of the main causes of death in Navarre: 1995-2004

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    C. Moreno-Iribas

    2006-12-01

    statistics for mortality in Navarre for the 1995-2004 period by sex, age and cause of death. Methods. The data proceeds from the statistical bulletins on death. The 1995-1999 period is compared with the 2000-2004 period, using adjusted rates to the population of Navarre for the year 2001 and the rate of potential years of life lost between 0-70 years adjusted to the European population. Results. Life expectancy at birth in the 2000-2004 period was 77.9 years in men and 85 years in women, the latter being one of the highest registered at the world level. Infant mortality fell to 3.3 per 1,000 living newborn infants. The risk of death has fallen in practically all age groups, with a notable fall in mortality of 40% in the 25-34 group at the cost of AIDS. There has been a significant increase of mortality due to lung cancer amongst women under 65 years of age (46% in the 2000-2004 period with respect to the previous five year period and a sharp fall in mortality due to breast cancer (45.4%. In both sexes there has been a continued fall of mortality due to cerebrovascular diseases, ischaemic heart diseases, cardiac failure and arteriosclerosis and of mortality due to ulcer and cirrhosis. The rates of mortality in Navarre in all the main groups of causes are lower than those of Europe, except for the rate of mortality due to external causes. Conclusions. The increase of mortality due to lung cancer and other cancers related to smoking, due to the spread of consumption in recent decades, could have a negative influence on the life expectancy of women in Navarre in coming years. The prevention of mortality due to external causes and the prevention of deaths linked to tobacco consumption are the two priorities that emerge from the data on mortality in this autonomous community.

  15. Mixed Stroke

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    HuangRuxun(黄如训); Zeng Jinsheng(曾进胜)

    2000-01-01

    Purpose To summarize the chnical, autoptic and animal experimental dala of stroke, propose the concept of mixed stroke (MS) and demonstrate the enoiogy, pathogenesis, clinical mainfestations, prophylaxis and treatment of MS Background At present. stroke still is classified in the national and international academic fields as two main groups: hemorrhage and ischema In fact, thc cerebral vascular disease with hemorrhage forus and ischema focus at the same time is not rare moreover, this type of stroke has special etiology, pathogenesis and clinical manifestations. But it is always made a main dagnosis and neglected the other nature of coexistent focus on either clinical or pathological diagnosis according to traditional classification of stroke Data sources and methods Mort of pablished originsl articles about MS in our department and laboralory wcre reviewed. Resulta The clinical autoptic and animal experimental dats all prcved that hemorrhage and infarction could occur in the course of a stroke simultaneously or in suecession during a short time, which demonstrated the existence of MS It was found clinically that MS patients all had the hustory of hypcrtension and in the autoptic data the MS patients dying of stroke all had typical hypertensive changes in the heart and kidney. and had hypertensive arteriosclerosis in the cerebral arteriole and small artery. MS was cas lily thdueed in stroke-prone renovascular hypertensivc rats This kind of rats are free from genetic deficiency and arc not affected by senile factor, so their cerebral vascular foci are mainly induced by the single factor -hypertension. TThese indicate definitely that hypertensive cerebral vascular lesion is the basis inducing MS. The main lesions of hypertensive cerebral arteriole and small artery were hyalinosis and fibrinoid of the walls, and the formation of microaneurysms or hyperplasla of iniernal and external layers The math lcsions of hypertensive cerebral capillaries were increasing vascular

  16. Estudio de riesgo vascular en Navarra: objetivos y diseño. Prevalencia del síndrome metabólico y de los factores mayores de riesgo vascular Study of vascular risk in Navarre: objectives and design. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome and of vascular risk factors

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    J.J. Viñes

    2007-04-01

    Full Text Available Fundamento: Determinar en una muestra poblacional la prevalencia de los factores de riesgo y del síndrome metabólico, su asociación con las lesiones arterioscleróticas subclínicas y su impacto sobre la enfermedad cardiovascular y cerebrovascular a los 10 años. Material y métodos: (Fase I Estudio transversal en una muestra aleatoria estratificada por edad y sexo de la población de Navarra entre 35 y 84 años, por encuesta sobre antecedentes vasculares, factores de riesgo, exploración física y analítica. (Fase II Estudio de cohortes de 10 años de seguimiento, en 500 expuestos y 500 no expuestos al SM, entre 45 y 74 años seleccionados para una razón de riesgo de 2, y una potencia del 82,25%, con exploración de marcadores de arteriosclerosis subclínica por imagen y analíticos. (Fase III Seguimiento de eventos de enfermedad vascular a los 10 años de la muestra poblacional y de la cohorte prospectiva. Resultados: (Fase 1 Los sujetos requeridos fueron 6.553; excluidos y no localizados 871; la muestra efectiva 5.682 (2.644 hombres y 3.038 mujeres y completaron el estudio 4.168 sujetos, (73,4%. La prevalencia del síndrome metabólico entre 35 y 84 años fue de 22,1 por 100 (IC95% 20,5-23,7 en hombres y de 17,2% (IC95% 15,8-18,5 en mujeres. Los factores mayores de riesgo vascular presentan prevalencias altas esperadas respecto a otras áreas geográficas excepto la del HDL colesterol bajo que lo fue de 8,5 por 100 (IC95% 7,4-9,6 en hombres y de 1,7% (IC95% 1,3-2,2. Conclusiones: Existen diferencias importantes de riesgo entre sexos en detrimento de los hombres. Las altas cifras promedio de HDL colesterol y la baja prevalencia de síndrome metabólico pueden justificar el menor riesgo de eventos vasculares en Navarra.Background. To determine in a representative sample of the population the prevalence of risk factors and metabolic syndrome; their association with sub-clinical atherosclerotic lesions and their impact on

  17. Pulse Wave Velocity for the Diagnosis of Pseudohypertension%脉搏波传导速度在假性高血压诊断中的应用

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    胡静; 邓辉胜

    2011-01-01

    目的 采用踝臂脉搏波传导速度评价动脉硬化,为假性高血压诊断提供参考.方法 冠状动脉造影患者30例,造影结束后同步测量肱动脉内直接血压及间接血压各3次,计算直接血压与间接血压收缩压差值和直接血压与间接血压舒张压差值;并应用动脉硬化检测仪测定双侧踝臂脉搏波传导速度,并获得年龄、疾病、体质指数、血脂参数.根据收缩压差值或舒张压差值是否大于10 mmHg分为假性高血压组和非假性高血压组,对各项变量进行统计学分析.结果 两组间的年龄、性别比例、体质指数、吸烟史比例、冠心病比例、耱尿病比例、高脂血症比例、血脂水平相近,差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);脉压(P=0.001)、无创收缩压(P=0.018)、无创血压与直接血压差值差异均有统计学(P<0.05);假性高血压组患者脉搏波传导速度与非假性高血压组患者比较差异具有统计学意义(P=0.029).根据统计学操作者工作特征曲线得出踝臂脉搏波传导速度>1896.0 cm/s时,预测假性高血压具有最高的敏感度(80.0%)和特异度(73.3%).Pearson相关分析得出两者的Pearson相关系数为0.431,具有中等相关性.结论 根据踝臂脉搏波传导速度的异常可对假性高血压的诊断有参考价值.%Aim To assess the arteriosclerosis by pulse wave velocity (PWV) for providing a reference for the diagnosis of pseudohypertension. Methods Thirty inpatients (male 17, female 13) with coronary angiography whose ages were between 55 -85 years, were divided into two groups, one group was the pseudohypertension, the other was the comparison. The brachial artery blood pressure and the indirect blood pressure were measured three times simultaneously after coronary angiography, and the difference between direct and indirect systolic and diastolic blood pressure was calculated. The bilateral ankle-brachial PWV(BaPWV) were measured using the atherosclerosis detector and

  18. 血压正常高值人群动脉血管功能和结构变化的研究%The change of artery elastic function and structure in persons with high-normal blood pressure

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    胡明昕; 高金颖

    2014-01-01

    目的:利用无创方法探讨血压正常高值人群动脉血管功能和结构的变化。方法应用博时全自动动脉硬化检测系统及超声诊断仪对349例血压正常高值人群进行踝臂指数(ABI)、臂-踝脉搏波传导速度(baPWV)、颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)的检测,并与同期受检的201例血压正常人群、303例原发性高血压1级患者及77例原发性高血压2级患者的检测结果进行对比研究。结果正常高值血压组受检人群脉搏波传导速度、颈动脉内膜中层厚度的异常检出率较正常血压组明显增高,而低于原发性高血压1、2级组,且正常高值血压组、原发性高血压1、2级组分别与正常血压组相比,差异均有统计学意义(P<0.0083);而踝臂指数异常的检出率均较低,正常血压组、正常高值血压组、原发性高血压1级组之间无统计学差异(P>0.0083),但以上三组分别与原发性高血压2级组比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.0083)。结论血压正常高值人群尚未发展至高血压阶段时已经开始出现动脉血管功能和结构的损害,表现为血管顺应性下降,僵硬度增加,动脉内膜增厚,斑块形成,甚至出现管腔狭窄及堵塞等一系列病理改变。%ObjectiveTo explore the artery elastic function and structure changes in high-normal blood pressure persons by non-invasive examination.MethodsThe Intima-media thickness (IMT) were detected, meanwhile, the Ankle-Brachial Index(ABI) and Pulse Wave Velocity (PWV) were measured in 349 prehypertensive people using Boso(BOSCH+SONH) automatic arteriosclerosis measurement system, and were compared with normotensive group(n=201), hypertension grade 1 group(n=303) and hypertension grade 2 group(n=77).Results The level of PWV and IMT in the high-normal blood pressure group were significantly higher than those of the normal blood pressure group and lower than hypertension grade 1 and 2

  19. Agranulocytosis and acute coronary syndrom in apathetic hyperthyreoidism

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    Ivović Miomira

    2003-01-01

    disorder in hyperthyroidism but paroxysmal tachycardia and atrial fibrillation are not rare. This can be explained by increased heart rate, cardiac output, blood volume, coronary artery flow and peripheral oxygen consumption in thyreotoxicosis [9]. Patients with coronary arteriosclerosis can develop angina pectoris during thyreotoxic stage, which can be explained by imbalance between cardiac demand and supply. Myocardial damage is often in thyrotoxic patients with chronic hart failure, together with myocardial infarction in patients without coronary disease [2,6]. Congestive heart failure and atrial fibrillation are relatively resistant to digitalis treatment because of high metabolic turn over of medication and excessive myocardial irritability in hyperthyro-idism [6]. Cardiovascular and myopathic manifestations predominate in older hyperthyroid patients (over 60 years and some of them can have only few symptoms of hyperthyroidism [1-3]. Thyrotoxic state characterized by fatigue, apathy, extreme weakness, low-grade fever and sometimes congestive heart failure are designated as apathetic hyperthyroidism. Such patients have small goiters, mild tachycardia and often cool and dry skin with few eye signs [6]. Patients with subclinical hyperthyroidism are at increased risk for atrial fibrillation [9]. Unstable angina and non-Q myocardial infarction (non ST elevation are acute manifestation of coronary artery disease. The acute coronary syndrome of unstable angina, non-Q myocardial infarction and Q-wave myocardial infarction have atherosclerotic lesions of the coronary arteries as a common pathogenic substrate. Errosions or ruptures of unstable atherosclerotic plaque triggered pathophysiologic processes, resulted in thrombus formation at the site of arterial injury. This leads to abrupt reduction or cessation through the affected vessel. Clinical manifestations of unstable angina and non-Q myocardial infarction are similar and diagnosis of non-Q myocardial infarction is made on

  20. Desbalanço redox: NADPH oxidase como um alvo terapêutico no manejo cardiovascular Desbalance redox: NADPH oxidasa como un objetivo terapéutico en el manejo cardiovascular Redox unbalance: NADPH oxidase as therapeutic target in blood pressure control

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    Luiza A. Rabêlo

    2010-05-01

    la mayor fuente de esas especies reactivas en la vasculatura. En condiciones fisiológicas, la formación y eliminación de esas sustancias aparecen balanceadas en la pared vascular. Durante el desbalance redox, sin embargo, hay un aumento en la actividad de la NADPH oxidasa y predominio de agentes prooxidantes, superando la capacidad de defensa orgánica antioxidante. Además de ello, tal hiperactividad enzimática reduce la biodisponibilidad del óxido nítrico, crucial para la vasodilatación y el mantenimiento de la función vascular normal. A pesar de que la NADPH oxidasa se relaciona directamente con la disfunción endotelial, fue primeramente descrita por su expresión en fagocitos, en los que su actividad enzimática determina la eficacia de los mecanismos de defensa orgánica contra patógenos. Las diferencias sutiles entre las unidades estructurales de las NADPH oxidasas, dependiendo del tipo celular que las expresa, pueden tener implicaciones terapéuticas, permitiendo la inhibición selectiva del desequilibrio redox inducido por la NADPH oxidasa, sin comprometer, con todo, su participación en las vías fisiológicas de señalización celular que garantizan la protección contra microorganismos.Several studies refer to reactive oxygen and nitrogen species (RONS as important agents in the pathogenesis of a number of heart diseases, including high blood pressure, arteriosclerosis and heart failure. Such species are highly bioactive molecules and a short life due chiefly to reduction of molecular oxygen. The enzyme complex of NADPH oxidase is the main source of these reactive species in vascular system. Under physiological conditions, formation and elimination of these substances seem balanced in vascular wall. During redox Unbalance, nonetheless, there is increase in NADPH oxidase activity and predominance of pro-oxidizing agents, surpassing the anti-oxidant capacity of the organism self-defense. Besides this, such enzyme hyperactivity reduces the

  1. Carlos Restrepo. Un verdadero Maestro

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    Pelayo Correa

    2009-12-01

    asistencial primario de la Facultad fue el Hospital Universitario del Valle «Evaristo García». El grupo convocó el primer Seminario de Educación Médica en diciembre de 1955, al cual asistieron representantes de las doce facultades de medicina que existían en Colombia. El impacto de dicho seminario en la educación médica de Colombia es innegable y muy positivo. Carlos Restrepo impuso desde el comienzo una técnica didáctica en la cual las clases teóricas se complementaban en sesiones prácticas con especímenes macro y microscópicos, y en ellas había estrecha interacción entre estudiantes y docentes y también entre los mismos docentes. Los estudiantes participaban activamente en los estudios macro y microscópicos de las autopsias. Carlos inició la tradición de las Conferencias de Patología Clínica (CPCs, en las cuales había amplia participación de patólogos, clínicos y docentes para discutir los casos más notorios e importantes y controvertidos que llegaban a la autopsia. Era un ejercicio didáctico de primera categoría. Asimismo llevó a cabo investigaciones sobre arteriosclerosis que caracterizaron e hicieron comparaciones sobre la extensión de las lesiones en la aorta y las coronarias, en aquel entonces menor que lo observado en los EUA pero semejante a otras poblaciones de América Latina. También investigó la agregación familiar del síndrome de poliposis juvenil del intestino grueso. Además de la enseñanza a los estudiantes de medicina, Carlos Restrepo tomaba con gran seriedad el ejercicio de la medicina en el área del diagnóstico patológico. Su sobresaliente posición como experto patólogo quirúrgico le mereció el respeto y la admiración de sus colegas. Su legendaria pericia diagnóstica fue el fruto de una inteligencia superior que tuvo la suerte de contar con la influencia de maestros de la talla de Alfredo Correa Henao y Lawrence Ackerman. Su generosidad nata lo llevo a compartir su acumen médico y humanístico con estudiantes

  2. IN MEMORIAM CARLOS RESTREPO. UN VERDADERO MAESTRO

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    Pelayo Correa

    2009-06-01

    asistencial primario de la Facultad fue el Hospital Universitario del Valle «Evaristo García». El grupo convocó el primer Seminario de Educación Médica en diciembre de 1955, al cual asistieron representantes de las doce facultades de medicina que existían en Colombia. El impacto de dicho seminario en la educación médica de Colombia es innegable y muy positivo.Carlos Restrepo impuso desde el comienzo una técnica didáctica en la cual las clases teóricas se complementaban en sesiones prácticas con especímenes macro y microscópicos, y en ellas había estrecha interacción entre estudiantes y docentes y también entre los mismos docentes. Los estudiantes participaban activamente en los estudios macro y microscópicos de las autopsias. Carlos inició la tradición de las Conferencias de Patología Clínica (CPCs, en las cuales había amplia participación de patólogos, clínicos y docentes para discutir los casos más notorios e importantes y controvertidos que llegaban a la autopsia. Era un ejercicio didáctico de primera categoría. Asimismo llevó a cabo investigaciones sobre arteriosclerosis que caracterizaron e hicieron comparaciones sobre la extensión de las lesiones en la aorta y las coronarias, en aquel entonces menor que lo observado en los EUA pero semejante a otras poblaciones de América Latina. También investigó la agregación familiar del síndrome de poliposis juvenil del intestino grueso.Además de la enseñanza a los estudiantes de medicina, Carlos Restrepo tomaba con gran seriedad el ejercicio de la medicina en el área del diagnóstico patológico. Su sobresaliente posición como experto patólogo quirúrgico le mereció el respeto y la admiración de sus colegas. Su legendaria pericia diagnóstica fue el fruto de una inteligencia superior que tuvo la suerte de contar con la influencia de maestros de la talla de Alfredo Correa Henao y Lawrence Ackerman. Su generosidad nata lo llevo a compartir su acumen médico y humanístico con estudiantes de

  3. Estudos sobre thrombose cardiaca e endocardite parietal de origem não valvular On thrombosis of heart and on mural endocarditis of non-valvular origin

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    C. Magarinos Torres

    1928-01-01

    is foamy and blood-streaked than by the classic signs. Cerebral embolism was a terminal accident on various cases. Yet, in some of them, along with the signs of septicemia and of cardiac insufficiency, occurred vascular, arterial (abdominal aorta, common illiac and femurals arteries and venous (extern jugular veins thromboses. 5. The autopsy revealed an inflammatory process located on the parietal endocardium, accompanied by abundant formation of ancient and recent thrombi, being the apex of the left ventricle, the junction of the anterior wall of the same ventricle, with the interventricular septum, and the right auricular appendage, the usual seats of the inflammatory changes. The region of the left branch of HIS’ bundle is spared. The other changes found consist of fibrosis of the myocardium (healed infarcts and circumscribed interstitial myocarditis, of recent visceral infarcts chiefly in lungs, spleen and brain, of recent or old infarcts in the kidneys (embolic nephrocirrhosis and in the spleen, and of vascular thromboses (abdominal aorta, common illiacs and femurals arteries and external jugular veins, aside from hydrothorax, hydroperitoneum, cutaneous oedema, chronic passive congestion of the liver, lungs, spleen and kidneys and slight ictericia. 6. In the subacute parietal endocarditis the primary lesions sometimes locate themselves at the myocardium, depending on the ischemic necrosis associated to the arteriosclerosis of the coronariae arteries, or on an specific myocarditis. Other times, the absence of these conditions is suggestive of a primary attack to the parietal endocardium which is then the primary seat of the lesions. It matters little whatever may be the initial pathogenic mechanism; once injured the parietal endocardium and there being settled the infectious injury, the endocarditis develops with peculiar clinical and anatomical characters of remarkable uniformity, constituting an anatomo-clinical syndrome. 7.-The histologic sections show that

  4. Células madre y terapia celular

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    Elso Manuel Cruz Cruz

    2015-03-01

    ñas, similares a las embrionarias. Debido a esta composición, las células mononucleares (CMN derivadas de la MO constituyen un conjunto de diferentes células madre adultas (CMA. Los primeros ensayos clínicos en Cuba, con CMH, comenzaron a partir del 24 de febrero de 2004, fecha en que se realizó el primer trasplante de células madre adultas autólogas, procedentes de la médula ósea, en un miembro inferior isquémico de un paciente con arteriosclerosis obliterante crítica. (2 En el Instituto de Hematología e Inmunología se realizaron trabajos empleando CMN derivadas de la MO autóloga, que se extrajeron directamente por punción de las crestas ilíacas. Posteriormente se iniciaron los trabajos con células obtenidas de la sangre periférica. Con este fin se introdujo un método manual, simple, de recolección y procesamiento de CMN y de células CD34+, movilizadas a la sangre periférica mediante el factor estimulador de colonias de granulocitos (FEC-G, que se extraen por autodonación de sangre en un sistema cerrado de bolsas colectoras. Como potenciador de la sedimentación eritrocitaria se adiciona hidroxietilalmidón al 6 %. De esta forma, para la recolección celular el paciente no tiene que ser anestesiado, ni manipulado quirúrgicamente. El método es de fácil realización y relativamente económico, ya que el FEC-G es de producción nacional. Luego, el método fue perfeccionado para obtener más rápido el concentrado celular. Ello facilitó la introducción de la terapia celular en otras instituciones de la red nacional de salud. (3 En la provincia, en el Hospital General Docente “Dr. Ernesto Guevara de la Serna” se realiza terapia celular a partir de células madre adultas autólogas, según el método desarrollado en el país. Los primeros resultados aparecen publicados en esta revista y describen el uso de la terapia celular para el tratamiento de ciertas retinopatías. (4 Además de oftalmología, especialidades como hematología y ortopedia realizan

  5. 视黄醇X受体激动剂蓓萨罗丁抑制糖尿病载脂蛋白E-/-小鼠动脉粥样硬化的形成及其机制%Effects and related mechanism of retinoid X receptor agonist bexarotene on atherosclerosis progression in diabetic apoE-/-mice

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    祝江; 许昌声; 宁若冰; 柴大军; 林金秀

    2014-01-01

    E-/-group (all P < 0.05).Conclusion Bexarotene treatment could attenuate arteriosclerosis progression in STZ induced diabetic apoE-/-mice,the underlying mechanism might be related to suppressing oxidative stress and decreasing blood glucose level and improving lipids metabolism.%目的 观察视黄醇类X受体(RXR)激动剂蓓萨罗丁(bexarotene,Bex)对链尿左菌素(streptozotocin,STZ)诱导的载脂蛋白E基因敲除(apoE-/-)小鼠动脉粥样硬化的影响,探讨RXR激动剂抗动脉粥样硬化的相关机制.方法 选取C57BL/6小鼠8只作为空白对照组,46只apoE-/-小鼠简单随机抽样法分为4组:apoE-/-组(n=10),STZ+ apoE-/-组(n=12),STZ+ apoE-/-+Bex 10 mg·kg-1·d-1组(n=12),STZ+apoE-/-+Bex 30 mg·kg-1·d-1组(n=12).STZ腹腔注射法建立糖尿病动物模型,测定其血糖及血脂水平,HE染色检测胸主动脉斑块面积.Western blot法测胸主动脉RXRα及还原型烟酰胺腺嘌呤二核苷酸磷酸(NADPH)氧化酶gp91phox亚基蛋白的表达;Fenton反应及Griess显色测定血清及胸主动脉匀浆上清液活性氧(ROS).结果 (1)apoE--组胸主动脉斑块面积大于C57BL/6组[(38.40 ±8.95) μm2比(0.10 ±0.01) μm2,P<0.01].(2)STZ+ apoE-/-组的胸主动脉斑块面积大于apoE-/-组[(94.06±8.04)μm2比(38.40±8.95) μm2,P<0.05],血糖、甘油三酯(TG)、总胆固醇(TC)、低密度脂蛋白胆固醇(LDL-C)、胸主动脉gp91phox亚基表达水平、血清及胸主动脉ROS水平均高于apoE-/-组(P均< 0.05).(3)STZ+ apoE-/-+Bex 10 mg·kg-1·d-1组胸主动脉斑块面积小于STZ+ apoE-/-组[(78.72 ±4.62) μm2比(94.06±8.04) μm2,P<0.05],血糖、TG、TC、LDL-C与STZ+ apoE-/-组比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05),gp91phox表达、血清及胸主动脉ROS水平低于STZ+ apoE-/-组(P<0.05).(4)STZ +apoE-/-+Bex 30 mg·kg-1·d-1组胸主动脉斑块面积小于STZ+ apoE-/-+ Bex 10 mg·kg-1·d-1组[(46.13 ± 7.56) μm2比(78.72±4.62)μm2,P<0.05],血糖、TG、TC、LDL-C、胸主动脉gp91phox表达、血清

  6. Preparation-containing node of Lotus Rhizome, green tea and Panax notoginseng for obese adults%藕节、绿茶及三七微丸制剂干预成年性肥胖

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    潘玲; 李德良; 雷茂茹; 张立群; 周玲仙

    2005-01-01

    比较,差异无显著性意义.两组心率,耗氧量及血压差异无显著性意义.两组均无明显副反应.结论:这种含藕节,绿茶及三七成分的新颖微丸制剂,能明显减少成年肥胖者的体质量和脂肪.%BACKGROUND: Obesity is a well-established risk factor for cardiovascular diseases, diabetes, hypertension, arteriosclerosis and stroke. Stimulants such as ephedrine and caffeine and their herbal counterparts have been proved effective in reducing body mass; however, their use is controversial due to the undesired effects. Therefore, it is necessary to find a tolerable and effective nutraceutical that can increase energy expenditure and/or decrease calorie intake to reduce weight.OBJECTIVE: To assess the effects of a preparation containing node of Lotus Rhizome, green tea, and Panax notoginsengin reducing body mass and fat in obese adults.DESIGN: Randomized, double blind, placebo-controlled study using the volunteers as the subjects.SETTING: Institute of Natural Drug of Yunnan Baiyao Group.PARTICIPANTS: The trial was conducted in the Institute of Natural Drug of Yunnan Baiyao Group from July 5 to August 23 in 2003. Altogether 82 obese volunteers[35 men and 47 women aged 26- 50 years, body mass index (BMI) ≥ 25 kg/m2 ] were randomly assigned to treatment and placebo groups with 41 in each group.METHODS: The treatment group received 9 g pill of a dietary supplement containing a proprietary blend of node of Lotus Rhizome, green tea and Panax notoginseng every day for 7 weeks, while the placebo group received 9 g pill of rice flour every day for 7 weeks. Their body mass, percentage of body fat,absolute fat mass, BMI, waist and hip circumference, and anthropometric measurements were recorded at the beginning and the end of the study. The subjects completed daily dietary intake records on days 1 to 3 and 47 to 49. They also completed weekly activity logs throughout the study.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: ① Final outcome indexes: body mass

  7. 红枣汁对小鼠血脂水平和身体机能的影响%Effects of juice of Fructus Zipiphi Jujubae on blood lipid level and body function in mice

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    张雅利; 郭辉; 陈锦屏; 李建科

    2005-01-01

    in group C(P< 0.05). The serum levels of triglyceride(TG),low-density lipoprotein-cholesterol(LDL-C),arteriosclerosis index(AI),high-density lipoprotein-cholesterol(HDL-C) and HDL-C/TC were significantly higher in group C than in group A(P< 0.01,P< 0.05).TC, HDL-C,AI,HDL-C/TC,TG and LDL-C in group D were lower than those in group C(P< 0.05,P< 0.01). CONCLUSION:Juice of Fructus Zipiphi Jujubae can obviously increase the body mass,promoting food efficiency and indexes of thymus gland and spleen of mice, and has the significant effect on the reinforcement of body function in mice.Juice of Fructus Zipiphi Jujubae can decrease the serum levels of TC,TG and LDL-C in mice with hyperlipidemia,and has the remarkable ameliorating effect on hyperlipidemia of mice induced by high-fat feed.