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  1. Is chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associated with increased arterial stiffness?

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    Janner, Julie H; McAllister, David A; Godtfredsen, Nina S

    2012-01-01

    We hypothesize that airflow limitation is associated with increasing arterial stiffness and that having COPD increases a non-invasive measure of arterial stiffness - the aortic augmentation index (AIx) - independently of other CVD risk factors....

  2. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with increased arterial stiffness in severe obesity.

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    Seetho, Ian W; Parker, Robert J; Craig, Sonya; Duffy, Nick; Hardy, Kevin J; Wilding, John P H

    2014-12-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome, leading to greater cardiovascular risk. Severely obese patients with obstructive sleep apnea may still be at risk of adverse health outcomes, even without previous cardiovascular disease. Pulse wave analysis non-invasively measures peripheral pulse waveforms and derives measures of haemodynamic status, including arterial stiffness, augmentation pressure and subendocardial viability ratio. We hypothesized that the presence of obstructive sleep apnea in severe obesity, even in the absence of an antecedent history of cardiovascular disease, would affect measurements derived from pulse wave analysis. Seventy-two severely obese adult subjects [obstructive sleep apnea 47 (body mass index 42 ± 7 kg m(-2) ), without obstructive sleep apnea (non-OSA) 25 (body mass index 40 ± 5 kg m(-2) )] were characterised using anthropometric, respiratory and cardio-metabolic parameters. Groups were similar in age, body mass index and gender. More subjects with obstructive sleep apnea had metabolic syndrome [obstructive sleep apnea 60%, without obstructive sleep apnea (non-OSA) 12%]. Those with obstructive sleep apnea had greater arterial stiffness, augmentation pressure and decreased subendocardial viability ratio (all P arterial pressures (P = 0.004) than patients without obstructive sleep apnea (non-OSA). Arterial stiffness correlated with mean arterial blood pressure (P = 0.003) and obstructive sleep apnea severity (apnea-hypopnea index; P arterial stiffness in multiple regression analysis, but components of the metabolic syndrome did not. Thus, patients with obstructive sleep apnea with severe obesity have increased arterial stiffness that may potentially influence cardiovascular risk independently of metabolic abnormalities. The presence of obstructive sleep apnea in severe obesity identifies a group at high cardiovascular risk; clinicians should ensure that risk factors are managed

  3. Association of Aortic Calcification on Plain Chest Radiography with Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

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    Kang, Yeong Han; Chang, Jeong Ho [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Daegu Catholic University Hospital, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Park, Jong Sam [Dept. of Radiologic Tecnology, Daegu Health College, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-03-15

    This study was conducted to determine an association between aortic calcification viewed on plain chest radiography and obstructive coronary artery disease. Retrospective review of all chest radiography obtained from consecutive patients undergoing coronary angiography. Chest PA images were reviewed by technical radiologist and radiologist. Considering the presence of aortic arch calcification, images were compared with the results of coronary angiography. In addition, the size of aortic arch calcification were divided into two groups - the smaller and the larger than 10 mm. Among the total 846 patients, the number of the patients with obstructive coronary artery disease is total 417 (88.3%) in males and 312 (83.4%) in females. Considering the presence of aortic arch calcification, the positive predictive value of relation between aortic arch calcification and obstructive coronary artery disease was 91.4% and the relative risk of the group with aortic arch calcification to the opposite group was 1.10. According to the size of aortic arch calcification and obstructive coronary artery disease, the positive predictive value was 91.9% and the relative risk between two groups was 1.04. This study shows that aortic calcification was closely associated with obstructive coronary artery disease. If the aortic calcification is notified on plain chest radiography, we strongly recommend to consult with doctor.

  4. Effects of antihypertensives on arterial responses associated with obstructive sleep apneas.

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    Zhong, Xu; Xiao, Yi; Basner, Robert C

    2005-01-20

    Many patients with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) have complicated with hypertension and may be prescribed with antihypertension medications to control their blood pressure. But whether antihypertension medications can also decrease arterial stiffness or control the blood pressure increasing following obstructive events is not well described. This study aimed to investigate whether antihypertensive medications can ameliorate the changes in arterial stiffness and blood pressure associated with OSA. Sixty-one OSAS patients [13 women, 48 men, mean age (53.4 +/- 12.3) years], 26 normotensive patients (N), 7 hypertensive patients on no antihypertension medications (H), and 28 hypertensive patients on various combination antihypertension therapy (HM), were prospectively diagnosed with standard nocturnal polysomnography. Beat-to-beat blood pressure was continuously recorded from the radial artery by applanation tonometry during baseline sleep. As a measure of arterial stiffness, arterial augmentation index (AAI) was calculated as the ratio of augmented systolic blood pressure (SBP) to pulse pressure and expressed as a percentage for the following conditions: awakening, the first 10 ("early apnea") and last 10 ("late apnea") cardiac cycles of obstructive events (apnea or hypopnea), and the first 15 cardiac cycles following event termination ("post apnea") for all events with nadir O2 saturation antihypertensive therapy which could normalize BP during awakening in the hypertensive patients. However, increases in arterial stiffness during obstructive events could be ameliorated by combined antihypertension medications.

  5. Stable angina pectoris with no obstructive coronary artery disease is associated with increased risks of major adverse cardiovascular events

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    Jespersen, Lasse; Hvelplund, Anders; Abildstrøm, Steen Z

    2012-01-01

    (MACE), defined as cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, stroke or heart failure, and all-cause mortality. Significantly more women (65%) than men (32%) had no obstructive CAD (Pdiabetes, smoking, and use of lipid...... arteries and 1.85 (1.51-2.28) for patients with diffuse non-obstructive CAD compared with the reference population. For all-cause mortality, normal coronary arteries and diffuse non-obstructive CAD were associated with HRs of 1.29 (1.07-1.56) and 1.52 (1.24-1.88), respectively.......ConclusionPatients with stable angina and normal coronary arteries or diffuse non-obstructive CAD have elevated risks of MACE and all-cause mortality compared with a reference population without ischaemic heart disease....

  6. Association of subclinical wall changes of carotid, femoral, and popliteal arteries with obstructive coronary artery disease in patients undergoing coronary angiography.

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    Kafetzakis, Alexandros; Kochiadakis, George; Laliotis, Aggelos; Peteinarakis, Ioannis; Touloupakis, Emmanouel; Igoumenidis, Nikos; Katsamouris, Asterios

    2005-10-01

    To examine the association of occult atherosclerosis of carotid, femoral, and popliteal arteries with the presence and severity of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients without a history or presence of cerebrovascular or peripheral arterial disease using ultrasound examination of peripheral arteries. One hundred eighty-four such individuals underwent routine coronary angiography. Obstructive CAD was found in 103 cases, which comprised the patient group. The remaining 81 individuals comprised the control group. All were blindly examined by duplex ultrasonography in order to assess occult atherosclerosis, as indicated by the estimation of intima-media thickness of the carotid artery (IMTC), intima-media thickness of the femoral artery (IMTF), intima-media thickness of the popliteal artery (IMTP), and ultrasonic biopsy (UB) of the carotid and femoral arteries. For the individuals with positive coronary angiography findings, the severity of CAD was estimated by the number of the diseased vessels. IMTC, IMTF, IMTP, and UB showed significant correlation with the presence of obstructive CAD, but only IMTC and IMTF were independent predictive factors, with specificity of 74% and 60% and sensitivity of 76% and 70%, respectively. Additionally, our analysis yielded a regression model that, for a given value of IMTC and IMTF, may estimate the probability of CAD: p (CAD) = e((- 4.765 + 3.36 IMTC + 1.91 IMTF))/1 + e((- 4.765 + 13.36 IMTC + 1.91 IMTF)). Patients with one-vessel disease had significantly lower IMTC (p disease. The assessment of occult atherosclerosis by duplex ultrasonography in both the carotid and the femoral arteries is significantly associated with the presence and severity of CAD.

  7. Obstructive jaundice caused by pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysms associated with celiac axis stenosis: case report and review of the literature.

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    Yin, Tiansheng; Wan, Zhili; Chen, Hongwei; Mao, Xixian; Yi, Yayang; Li, Dewei

    2015-07-01

    Pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysm (PDA) is quite rare, which accounts for only approximate 2% of all visceral aneurysms. Besides, PDA is usually related to celiac axis stenosis (CAS) and prone to rupture. Advanced imaging examination can facilitate the disclosure of such peripancreatic masses, but most of them were seldom diagnosed until they rupture because of the nonspecific symptoms. Secondary to PDA, obstructive jaundice is however an extremely rare manifestation. A case of an 84-year-old man is reported here, who suffered from severe jaundice caused by a ruptured PDA associated with CAS. In addition, this review collects and organizes PDAs with jaundice by applying a MEDLINE search and discusses the pathogenesis and therapeutic options of these aneurysms leading to external compression over the bile duct. Consequently, the formation of PDA with obstructive jaundice is based on the specific anatomy of pancreaticoduodenal arcades. When there is a retroperitoneal mass around the head of the pancreas associated with unexpected jaundice, PDA should be considered, for which early aggressive therapy is required. The case report and literature review suggest that PDA associated with obstructive jaundice may be treated successfully by single transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) without auxiliary biliary drainage, whether it ruptures or not. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  8. Association between Aspirin Therapy and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Non-Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: A Cohort Study.

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    Hwang, In-Chang; Jeon, Joo-Yeong; Kim, Younhee; Kim, Hyue Mee; Yoon, Yeonyee E; Lee, Seung-Pyo; Kim, Hyung-Kwan; Sohn, Dae-Won; Sung, Jidong; Kim, Yong-Jin

    2015-01-01

    Presence of non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with increased prescription of cardiovascular preventive medications including aspirin. However, the association between aspirin therapy with all-cause mortality and coronary revascularization in this population has not been investigated. Among the cohort of individuals who underwent coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) from 2007 to 2011, 8372 consecutive patients with non-obstructive CAD (1-49% stenosis) were identified. Patients with statin or aspirin prescription before CCTA, and those with history of revascularization before CCTA were excluded. We analyzed the differences of all-cause mortality and a composite of mortality and late coronary revascularization (> 90 days after CCTA) between aspirin users (n = 3751; 44.8%) and non-users. During a median of 828 (interquartile range 385-1,342) days of follow-up, 221 (2.6%) mortality cases and 295 (3.5%) cases of composite endpoint were observed. Annualized mortality rates were 0.97% in aspirin users versus 1.28% in non-users, and annualized rates of composite endpoint were 1.56% versus 1.48%, respectively. Aspirin therapy was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality (adjusted HR 0.649; 95% CI 0.492-0.857; p = 0.0023), but not with the composite endpoint (adjusted HR 0.841; 95% CI 0.662-1.069; p = 0.1577). Association between aspirin and lower all-cause mortality was limited to patients with age ≥ 65 years, diabetes, hypertension, decreased renal function, and higher levels of coronary artery calcium score, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. Among the patients with non-obstructive CAD documented by CCTA, aspirin is associated with lower all-cause mortality only in those with higher risk.

  9. Association between Aspirin Therapy and Clinical Outcomes in Patients with Non-Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: A Cohort Study.

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    In-Chang Hwang

    Full Text Available Presence of non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD is associated with increased prescription of cardiovascular preventive medications including aspirin. However, the association between aspirin therapy with all-cause mortality and coronary revascularization in this population has not been investigated.Among the cohort of individuals who underwent coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA from 2007 to 2011, 8372 consecutive patients with non-obstructive CAD (1-49% stenosis were identified. Patients with statin or aspirin prescription before CCTA, and those with history of revascularization before CCTA were excluded. We analyzed the differences of all-cause mortality and a composite of mortality and late coronary revascularization (> 90 days after CCTA between aspirin users (n = 3751; 44.8% and non-users. During a median of 828 (interquartile range 385-1,342 days of follow-up, 221 (2.6% mortality cases and 295 (3.5% cases of composite endpoint were observed. Annualized mortality rates were 0.97% in aspirin users versus 1.28% in non-users, and annualized rates of composite endpoint were 1.56% versus 1.48%, respectively. Aspirin therapy was associated with significantly lower risk of all-cause mortality (adjusted HR 0.649; 95% CI 0.492-0.857; p = 0.0023, but not with the composite endpoint (adjusted HR 0.841; 95% CI 0.662-1.069; p = 0.1577. Association between aspirin and lower all-cause mortality was limited to patients with age ≥ 65 years, diabetes, hypertension, decreased renal function, and higher levels of coronary artery calcium score, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein.Among the patients with non-obstructive CAD documented by CCTA, aspirin is associated with lower all-cause mortality only in those with higher risk.

  10. Peripheral Endothelial Function and Coronary Flow Velocity Reserve Are Not Associated in Women with Angina and No Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

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    Flintholm Raft, Kristoffer; Frestad, Daria; Michelsen, Marie Mide

    2017-01-01

    PURPOSE: We investigated whether impaired flow-mediated dilation (FMD) and plasma biomarkers reflecting endothelial dysfunction are associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Patients (n = 194) were...... randomly selected women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (artery by high-resolution ultrasound. Coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) was assessed by transthoracic...... Doppler flow echocardiography (TTDE) of the left anterior descending artery during rest and high-dose dipyridamole infusion. CMD was defined as CFVR

  11. Association of left bundle branch block with obstructive coronary artery disease on coronary CT angiography: a case-control study.

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    Clerc, Olivier F; Possner, Mathias; Maire, René; Liga, Riccardo; Fuchs, Tobias A; Stehli, Julia; Vontobel, Jan; Mikulicic, Fran; Gräni, Christoph; Benz, Dominik C; Lüscher, Thomas F; Herzog, Bernhard A; Buechel, Ronny R; Kaufmann, Philipp A; Gaemperli, Oliver

    2016-07-01

    Left bundle branch block (LBBB) is considered an unfavourable prognostic marker in patients with underlying heart disease. Testing for coronary artery disease (CAD) is often prompted by incidental LBBB finding, but published studies disagree about a significant association between LBBB and CAD. We therefore assessed the association of LBBB with previously unknown CAD in patients undergoing coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). We enrolled 818 patients (mean age 57.2 ± 11.1 years, 106 patients with presumably new LBBB and 712 controls) without known CAD who underwent 64-slice CCTA. Image quality was assessed for each coronary segment. Comparison of obstructive CAD prevalence (defined as ≥50% stenosis) was performed using triple case-matching for pre-test probability (based on age, gender, and symptom typicality) in 101 LBBB patients and 303 matched controls with diagnostic quality in all segments. We found no difference in obstructive CAD prevalence between LBBB patients and matched controls (15 vs. 16%, P = 0.88). Similarly, there were no significant differences in cardiovascular risk factors (CVRF), stenosis severity, CAD extent, non-obstructive CAD, and vessel-based analysis between patient groups. Image quality was very high in LBBB patients and comparable to controls. On multivariate analysis, age, gender, typical angina, and CVRF, but not LBBB (P = 0.94), emerged as significant and independent predictors of obstructive CAD. CAD prevalence is similar in LBBB patients at low-to-moderate pre-test probability compared with controls with similar CVRF matched for age, gender, and symptom typicality. CCTA is a useful imaging modality in LBBB patients, providing comparable image quality to non-LBBB controls. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2015. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  12. Gait deficiencies associated with peripheral artery disease are different than chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    McCamley, John D; Pisciotta, Eric J; Yentes, Jennifer M; Wurdeman, Shane R; Rennard, Stephen I; Pipinos, Iraklis I; Johanning, Jason M; Myers, Sara A

    2017-09-01

    Previous studies have indicated that patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD), display significant differences in their kinetic and kinematic gait characteristics when compared to healthy, aged-matched controls. The ability of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) to ambulate is also limited. These limitations are likely due to pathology-driven muscle morphology and physiology alterations establish in PAD and COP, respectively. Gait changes in PAD were compared to gait changes due to COPD to further understand how altered limb muscle due to disease can alter walking patterns. Both groups were independently compared to healthy controls. It was hypothesized that both patients with PAD and COPD would demonstrate similar differences in gait when compared to healthy controls. Patients with PAD (n=25), patients with COPD (n=16), and healthy older control subjects (n=25) performed five walking trials at self-selected speeds. Sagittal plane joint kinematic and kinetic group means were compared. Peak values for hip flexion angle, braking impulse, and propulsive impulse were significantly reduced in patients with symptomatic PAD compared to patients with COPD. After adjusting for walking velocity, significant reductions (ppropulsion force, braking impulse, and propulsive impulse were found in patients with PAD compared to healthy controls. No significant differences were observed between patients with COPD and controls. The results of this study demonstrate that while gait patterns are impaired for patients with PAD, this is not apparent for patients with COPD (without PAD). PAD (without COPD) causes changes to the muscle function of the lower limbs that affects gait even when subjects walk from a fully rested state. Altered muscle function in patients with COPD does not have a similar effect. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  13. Maintenance treatment of diabetic patients, associating arterial obstructive tibio-peroneal disease

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    Nelson Wolosker

    Full Text Available When a melito-diabetic patient presents trophic infected injury on the limb, it is essential an evaluation of the circulatory conditions for therapeutic procedures orientation. In some circumstances, although arterial pulsation is absent, there is no ischemia of tissues. In these cases, the maintenance treatment, with eventual resection of the necrosed and infected tissues may be adopted. Evolution of 70 diabetic patients with trophic injuries on extremities were submitted to a maintenance treatment. Age of patients varied from 28 to 88 years, with an average of 56.8. The most occurrence was verified in women, with 42 cases. Diabetes non-dependant on insuline (type II was observed in 64 patients (91.5%, being the remaining 6 patients of type I. Diabetic retinopathy was observed in 14 (20% of the patients, neuropathy in 22 (31% and nephropathy in 8 patients (11.4%. All the patients presented arterial pulsation until the popliteal region. They were divided in 2 groups, considering trunk arteries of legs: Group I, pervial legs arteries, composed by 48 patients; Group II, occluded legs arteries, with 22 patients. In what refers to the anatomic local of the injuries, patients were classified in three groups: Group A, formed by 32 patients (45.7%, presenting injuries in one or two toes only, without affecting the metatarsic region; Group B, formed by 16 patients (22.9%, trophic injuries affecting the metatarsic region and Group C, formed by 22 patients (31.4%, injuries affecting the calcaneous region. Injuries in both of the groups were caused by mechanical traumatism. Duration of the injury in the inferior member varied from 7 to 48 days, resulting in a 12 days average. Analyzing pervicacity in trunk arterias and evolution of patients, it may be observed that there has been a significantly better result in those with all the pulses present (81.3% x 45.5%(p0,05(Table IV.

  14. Mixoma em átrio esquerdo associado a doença arterial coronariana obstrutiva Left atrial myxoma associated with obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Ronaldo Altenburg Odebrecht Curi Gismondi

    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Descrevemos o caso de um paciente de 67 anos, portador de doença arterial coronariana obstrutiva, o qual, em avaliação pré-operatória para cirurgia de herniorrafia inguinal, realizou ecocardiograma demonstrando um volumoso tumor em átrio esquerdo, móvel, não-obstrutivo, com pedículo proveniente da veia pulmonar superior direita. O paciente realizou cineangiocoronariografia com ventriculografia esquerda, evidenciando lesão obstrutiva grave em terço médio da artéria descendente anterior, moderada em terço proximal da artéria circunflexa, no local de saída do primeiro ramo marginal, e coronária direita com lesão não-obstrutiva em terço distal. Havia, ainda, disfunção ventricular esquerda moderada. O paciente foi então submetido a cirurgia para retirada do tumor e revascularização do miocárdio. O exame histopatológico mostrou tratar-se de um mixoma.We describe a case of a 67 year-old patient with obstructive coronary artery disease that, in the preoperative survey for inguinal herniorraphy surgery, discovered, by a two-dimensional echocardiogram, a tumor in left atrium, mobile, non-obstructive. The patient underwent a cineangiocoronariography showing severe stenosis in the left anterior descending artery, moderate stenosis in the left circumflex artery, near the origin of the first marginal branch, and a non-obstructive plaque in the right coronary artery. There was also moderate left ventricular dysfunction. After that, the patient has gone coronary artery bypass surgery and resection of the left atrial tumor. The histological exam revealed that the tumor was, in fact, a myxoma.

  15. Obstrução arterial retiniana periférica associada com hiper-homocisteinemia: relato de caso Peripheral retinal arterial obstruction associated with hyperhomocysteinemia: case report

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    Alexandre Kazuo Misawa

    2008-10-01

    Full Text Available A hiperhomocisteinemia é fator de risco para fenômenos trombo-embólicos retinianos associados a quadro de oclusão vascular venosa e arterial. Descrevemos um paciente com obstrução arterial retiniana periférica, sem sinais de vasculite ativa, associada a proliferação de neovasos com tração vítreo-retiniana e hemorragia vítrea recidivante. O alto nível sérico de homocisteína decorrente de deficiência de vitamina B12 e ácido fólico, sem outras alterações na cascata da coagulação, inclusive com a pesquisa do fator V de Leiden, sugere que a hiper-homocisteinemia esteja diretamente ligada como fator causal deste quadro clínico. Embora apresentasse PPD elevado, o diagnóstico diferencial mais importante de doença de Eales foi menos considerado por ser diagnóstico de exclusão. O controle do quadro clínico foi feito com suplemento de vitaminas (B12 e ácido fólico e fotocoagulação retiniana periférica. A homocisteína plasmática total deve ser dosada em pacientes com obstrução vascular retiniana, já que a hiper-homocisteinemia é fator de risco modificável e de fácil tratamento por meio de dieta ou suplementação vitamínica.Hyperhomocysteinemia is a risk factor for thromboembolic events of the retina associated with vascular venous or arterial occlusion. We describe a patient with occlusion of the peripheral arteriolar network without active vasculitis, associated with neovascular proliferation, peripheral vitreous-retinal traction and relapsing vitreous hemorrhage. The high serum homocysteine level resulting from vitamin B12 and folic acid deficiency, without further changes in the coagulation cascade including the test for Leiden's Factor V, indicates hyperhomocysteinemia as a direct causal factor in this clinical condition. Despite a high PPD, Eales Disease, a major differential diagnosis, was not fully considered, since it is established by exclusion. The patient was treated with photocoagulation and vitamin

  16. Asymptomatic Bilateral Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction due to Supernumerary Renal Arteries

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    Shoja Mohammadali

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available A supernumerary renal artery is a common arterial variation, which warrants consi-derations in a variety of urologic and retroperitoneal operations. Supernumerary renal arteries can be associated with other uro-vascular variations and anomalies such as duplicated renal veins and ureters, aberrant origin of the gonadal arteries, persistence of fetal renal lobulation, and kidney malrotation. The role of crossing supernumerary renal arteries in ureteropelvic junction obstruc-tion (UPJO is controversial. We report a healthy potential renal transplant donor with bilateral UPJO, which appeared to be secondary to supernumerary renal (inferior polar arteries. We believe that the bilateral occurrence of asymptomatic UPJO associated with supernumerary renal arteries has not been previously reported.

  17. Obstruction of cerebral arteries in childhood stroke

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    Velkey, I.; Lombay, B. (County Teaching Hospital, Miskolc (Hungary). Child Health Center); Panczel, G. (Semmelweis Medical Univ., Budapest (Hungary). Dept. of Psychiatry)

    1992-09-01

    Middle cerebral artery obstruction in children is reviewed by our two cases. Ischemic childhood stroke was caused by moyamoya disease in the first, and by fibromuscular dysplasia in the second patient. In both cases transcranial Doppler sonography and cranial CT were performed, but the final diagnosis was made by angiography. The importance of angiography in childhood stroke is emphasized. (orig.).

  18. Greater effect of stroke thrombolysis in the presence of arterial obstruction.

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    De Silva, Deidre A; Churilov, Leonid; Olivot, Jean-Marc; Christensen, Soren; Lansberg, Maarten G; Mlynash, Michael; Campbell, Bruce C V; Desmond, Patricia; Straka, Matus; Bammer, Roland; Albers, Gregory W; Davis, Stephen M; Donnan, Geoffrey A

    2011-10-01

    Recanalization of arterial obstruction is associated with improved clinical outcomes. There are no controlled data demonstrating whether arterial obstruction status predicts the treatment effect of intravenous (IV) tissue plasminogen activator (tPA). We aimed to determine if the presence of arterial obstruction improves the treatment effect of IV tPA over placebo in attenuating infarct growth. We analyzed 175 ischemic stroke patients treated in the 3-6 hour time window from the Echoplanar Imaging Thrombolytic Evaluation Trial (EPITHET) trial (randomized to IV tPA or placebo) and Diffusion and perfusion imaging Evaluation For Understanding Stroke Evolution (DEFUSE) study (all treated with IV tPA). Infarct growth was calculated as the difference between baseline diffusion-weighted imaging (DWI) and final T2 lesion volumes. Baseline arterial obstruction of large intracranial arteries was graded on magnetic resonance angiography (MRA). Among the 116 patients with adequate baseline MRA and final lesion assessment, 72 had arterial obstruction (48 tPA, 24 placebo) and 44 no arterial obstruction (33 tPA, 11 placebo). Infarct growth was lower in the tPA than placebo group (median difference 26ml, 95% confidence interval [CI], 1-50) in patients with arterial obstruction, but was similar in patients with no arterial obstruction (median difference 5ml, 95%CI, -3 to 9). Infarct growth attenuation with tPA over placebo treatment was greater among patients with arterial obstruction than those without arterial obstruction by a median of 32ml (95%CI, 21-43, p < 0.001). The treatment effect of IV tPA over placebo was greater with baseline arterial obstruction, supporting arterial obstruction status as a consideration in selecting patients more likely to benefit from IV thrombolysis. Copyright © 2011 American Neurological Association.

  19. [Delayed diagnosis of ophthalmic artery obstruction due to atrial myxoma].

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    Sabater, N; Alforja, S; Rey, A; Giralt, J

    2013-08-01

    A 56 year old woman with atrial myxoma presented with a visual acuity of no light perception after acute ophthalmic artery obstruction (OAO) associated with stroke. She developed late retinal pigmentary changes due choroidal infarction, typical of the OAO. Simultaneous obstruction of the retinal and choroidal circulation was observed in the OAO. Atrial myxoma should be suspected in patients who suffer from OAO associated with stroke. Systemic studies should be performed to find the origin of OAO. Copyright © 2010 Sociedad Española de Oftalmología. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  20. [Arterial stiffness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    2012-01-01

    To estimate arterial stiffness (AS) in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). A total of 112 COPD patients over 40 years of age entered a population-based trial. The patients with coronary heart diseases, peripheral vascular atherosclerosis, other severe chronic diseases in exacerbation were withdrawn. The control group consisted of 26 healthy volunteers matched by gender and age. AS was measured at arteriograph "Tensioclinic" ("Tensiomed", Hungary). COPD patients, first of all elderly ones, had abnormal properties of arterial wall. Increased arterial rigidity and pulse wave reflection (accelerated pulse wave velocity and high index of augmentation) are strongly associated with elevation of central arterial pressure. High arterial wall stiffness in COPD patients suggests an increased risk of cardiovascular diseases that necessitates examination in prospective studies.

  1. Plasma soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor level is independently associated with coronary microvascular function in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Mekonnen, Girum; Corban, Michel T; Hung, Olivia Y

    2015-01-01

    microvascular function. METHODS: Coronary blood flow velocity and plasma suPAR levels were evaluated in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to basal average peak blood flow velocity and coronary microvascular dysfunction...... microvascular function. Larger prospective clinical trials are warranted to investigate the prognostic value of this novel biomarker and the role of immune dysregulation in coronary microvascular disease.......BACKGROUND: Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a novel biomarker released from leukocytes and endothelial cells that has been associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that plasma suPAR level is an independent predictor of coronary...

  2. Large and medium-sized pulmonary artery obstruction does not play a role of primary importance in the etiology of sickle-cell disease-associated pulmonary hypertension

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    van Beers, Eduard J.; van Eck-Smit, Berthe L. F.; Mac Gillavry, Melvin R.; van Tuijn, Charlotte F. J.; van Esser, Joost W. J.; Brandjes, Dees P. M.; Kappers-Klunne, Mies C.; Duits, Ashley J.; Biemond, Bart J.; Schnog, John-John B.

    2008-01-01

    Background: Pulmonary hypertension (PHT) occurs in approximately 30% of adult patients with sickle-cell disease (SCD) and is a risk factor for early death. The potential role of pulmonary artery obstruction, whether due to emboli or in situ thrombosis, in the etiology of SCD-related PHT is unknown.

  3. Effect of statin therapy on mortality in patients with peripheral arterial disease and comparison of those with versus without associated chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    van Gestel, Yvette R B M; Hoeks, Sanne E; Sin, Don D; Simsek, Cihan; Welten, Gijs M J M; Schouten, Olaf; Stam, Henk; Mertens, Frans W; van Domburg, Ron T; Poldermans, Don

    2008-07-15

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are both inflammatory conditions. Statins are commonly used in patients with PAD and have anti-inflammatory properties, which may have beneficial effects in patients with COPD. The relation between statin use and mortality was investigated in patients with PAD with and without COPD. From 1990 to 2006, we studied 3,371 vascular surgery patients. Statin use was noted at baseline and, if prescribed, converted to or =25% (intensified dose) of the maximum recommended therapeutic dose. The diagnosis of COPD was based on the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease guidelines using pulmonary function test. End points were short- (30-day) and long-term (10-year) mortality. A total of 330 patients with COPD (25%) used statins, and 480 patients (23%) without COPD. Statin use was independently associated with improved short- and long-term survival in patients with COPD (odds ratio 0.48, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.23 to 1.00; hazard ratio 0.67, 95% CI 0.52 to 0.86, respectively). In patients without COPD, statins were also associated with improved short- and long-term survival (odds ratio 0.42, 95% CI 0.20 to 0.87; hazard ratio 0.76, 95% CI 0.60 to 0.95, respectively). In patients with COPD, only an intensified dose of statins was associated with improved short-term survival. However, for the long term, both low-dose and intensive statin therapy were beneficial. In conclusion, statin use was associated with improved short- and long-term survival in patients with PAD with and without COPD. Patients with COPD should be treated with an intensified dose of statins to achieve an optimal effect on both the short and long term.

  4. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is associated with baseline QTc prolongation amongst patients with chest pain and non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Sara, Jaskanwal D; Lennon, Ryan J; Ackerman, Michael J; Friedman, Paul A; Noseworthy, Peter A; Lerman, Amir

    2016-01-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) causes ischemia and is linked to adverse cardiovascular events. Acute transmural ischemia is associated with QT prolongation, but whether CMD affects repolarization is unknown. The aim of this study was to determine if CMD is associated with prolongation of resting heart rate corrected QT interval (QTc). In patients presenting to the catheterization laboratory with chest pain and non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) at angiography, coronary flow reserve (CFR) in response to intracoronary adenosine was measured and compared to baseline to give a CFR ratio. The Bazett's-derived QTc was manually derived from patients' 12-lead ECG obtained prior to the procedure. QTc was compared between patients with normal and abnormal (CFR ratio≤2.5) coronary microvascular function. Of the 926 patients included in this study, 281 patients (30%) had CMD (mean age 53.2 years [SD 12.7], 25% male). QTc was significantly longer in those with an abnormal CFR response to adenosine (median [Q1, Q3] ms: 420 [409, 438] vs. 416 [405, 432]; p value<0.001) and patients in the lowest quartile of CFR had a significantly longer QTc compared to those in the highest quartile (median [Q1, Q3] ms: 420 [409, 439] vs. 413 [402, 426]; p<0.001). In a linear regression model adjusting for age and sex, CMD was associated with an increase in QTc of 3.09 ms (p=0.055). Our data suggest that CMD may be associated with an increase in baseline QTc, however the precise clinical relevance of this finding needs to be better investigated in larger clinical studies. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. [Central arterial pressure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    Gel'tser, B I; Brodskaia, T A

    2008-01-01

    To study central (aortic) arterial pressure (CAP) and aortic stiffness in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) of different severity. Non-invasive arteriography with Tensio Climo TL1 arteriograph (TensioMed, Hungary) was made to measure aortic stiffness and systolic pressure (SAP) in 54 COPD patients and 25 healthy controls. The difference between the central and peripheral SAP (delta SAP) and central/ peripheral pressure correspondence index (CI) were estimated. Indirect arteriography has found that patients with moderate and severe COPD have stable elevated central SAP which is close to brachial SAP while in healthy controls the difference between central and peripheral SAP is 10.2 +/- 2.1 mmHg. With progression of COPD severity, deltaSAP diminishes while CI rises showing growing disproportion between central and peripheral blood pressure. In severe COPD physiological difference between them disappears. In COPD increased CAP is associated with impaired mechanical properties of the arterial bed and myocardial contractility proved by significant links between CAP and left ventricular ejection fraction index and key parameters of arterial stiffness. Aortic CAP, delta SAP and CI are additional informative criteria of COPD severity and high cardiovascular risk as shown by their close correlation with hypoxemia, severity and duration of the disease.

  6. [Arterial rigidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    Karoli, N A; Dolishniaia, G R; Rebrov, A P

    2012-01-01

    The aim of this open study was to estimate arterial rigidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). It included 105 patients above 40 years of age. Exclusion criteria were clinical signs of CHD, peripheral atherosclerosis, and other severe chronic diseases in the exacerbation phase. The control group was comprised of 27 practically healthy volunteers. The arterial fluid was detected using a Tensioclinic arteriograph (Tensiomed, Hungary). Arterial rigidity was estimated in patients of two age groups (below and above 60 years) with COPD of different severity The results suggest the development of arterial wall lesions in proportion to the patients' age and COPD severity. It was shown that excessive arterial rigidity and accelerated pulse wave reflection (increased speed of pulse wave propagation and augmentation index) exert significant influence on the elevation of central arterial pressure. Enhanced rigidity of the arterial wall being a cardiovascular risk factor further prospective studies are needed.

  7. Plasma soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor level is independently associated with coronary microvascular function in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Mekonnen, Girum; Corban, Michel T; Hung, Olivia Y; Eshtehardi, Parham; Eapen, Danny J; Al-Kassem, Hatem; Rasoul-Arzrumly, Emad; Gogas, Bill D; McDaniel, Michael C; Pielak, Tomasz; Thorball, Christian W; Sperling, Laurence; Quyyumi, Arshed A; Samady, Habib

    2015-03-01

    Soluble urokinase-type plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) is a novel biomarker released from leukocytes and endothelial cells that has been associated with atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that plasma suPAR level is an independent predictor of coronary microvascular function. Coronary blood flow velocity and plasma suPAR levels were evaluated in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was calculated as the ratio of hyperemic to basal average peak blood flow velocity and coronary microvascular dysfunction was defined as CFR ≤ 2.0 in the setting of a fractional flow reserve value of ≥0.75. Plasma suPAR levels were measured using ELISA technique. The association between suPAR and CFR was investigated using univariate and multivariate regression analyses. In 66 patients, 47% were men, 26% had diabetes, 68% had hypertension and 76% had dyslipidemia. Mean age was 55 ± 12 years and median suPAR level 2.82 (2.08-3.40) ng/mL. Plasma suPAR levels correlated with age (r = 0.31, p = 0.01), body mass index (r = 0.25, p = 0.04) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) (r = 0.33, p = 0.009). While median suPAR level was not significantly different in patients with different cardiovascular risk factors, patients on statin therapy had significantly higher suPAR level (p = 0.03). SuPAR correlated negatively with CFR and, after multivariate adjustment for established cardiovascular risk factors, medications profiles and hs-CRP, suPAR remained an independent predictor of CFR (B = -0.30, p = 0.04), indicating an independent association between suPAR level and coronary microvascular function. In this cross-sectional study, plasma suPAR level was an independent predictor of coronary microvascular function. Larger prospective clinical trials are warranted to investigate the prognostic value of this novel biomarker and the role of immune dysregulation in coronary microvascular disease

  8. Relationship between chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and subclinical coronary artery disease in long-term smokers

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    Rasmussen, Thomas; Køber, Lars; Pedersen, Jesper Holst

    2013-01-01

    Cardiovascular conditions are reported to be the most frequent cause of death in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it remains unsettled whether severity of COPD per se is associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) independent of traditional cardiovascular risk...

  9. Elastic properties of pulmonary artery in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    S. Ya. Dotsenko

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    properties were associated with disease progression, airflow limitation and pulmonary hypertension, most significantly in COPD stage-3. pulmonary artery; elasticity; chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

  10. Peripheral arterial disease in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Pecci, R; De La Fuente Aguado, J; Sanjurjo Rivo, A B; Sanchez Conde, P; Corbacho Abelaira, M

    2012-10-01

    Cardiovascular disease (CV) is the second leading cause of morbidity and mortality in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is associated with cardiovascular disease, and its risk factors are common to other atherosclerotic diseases. The objective is to determine the prevalence of PAD in a population of patients with COPD using the ankle / brachial index (ABI) and to investigate the relationship between PAD and lung disease severity. In a prospective cross-sectional study, 246 patients with COPD were recruited. Patients were enrolled consecutively according to their admission to Povisa hospital from September 1, 2008, until March 1, 2010, and were assessed by clinical history, spirometry and ABI. The COPD severity was graded by GOLD criteria in spirometry. Overall, 84 patients (36.8%) had abnormal ABI results and 59 (70.2%) were asymptomatic for PAD. COPD patients with PAD had a higher prevalence of moderate to severe COPD (61.9% vs. 41.7%, P=0.004), lower mean forced expiratory volume in 1 second (FEV1) values (46.7% ± 15 vs. 52.3±14%, P=0.001) and a higher prevalence of hypertension (69% vs. 54.3%, P=0.03) and previous cardiovascular disease (34.5% vs. 21.3%, P=0.03). There was a high prevalence of asymptomatic PAD in the COPD patients we examined. Abnormal ABI results were associated with a higher prevalence of cardiovascular risk factors and more severe lung disease. The diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease in COPD is important because this is an entity that limits the patient's physical activity and impairs their quality of life in addition to turn it into a high cardiovascular risk patient that requiring additional therapeutic measures.

  11. [Physical activity and peripheral arterial obstructive disease].

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    Calanca, Luca; Pellegrin, Maxime; Mazzolai, Lucia

    2010-02-10

    Intermittent claudication (IC) is the most common clinical manifestation of atherosclerotic peripheral arterial disease. Exercise training plays a major role in treating patients with IC. Regular exercise increases functional walking capacity, reduces cardiovascular mortality and improves quality of life. This seems to be achieved by: favorable effect on cardiovascular risk factors, anti-inflammatory effect, increased collateral blood flux, improved rheology profile, endothelial function, fibrinolysis, and muscular metabolism. However, exact mechanisms underlying beneficial effect of exercise remain largely unknown. Exercise modalities will be discussed in this article.

  12. Underdiagnosis of Obstructive Sleep Apnoea in Peripheral Arterial Disease.

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    Pizarro, Carmen; Schaefer, Christian; Kimeu, Irene; Pingel, Simon; Horlbeck, Fritz; Tuleta, Izabela; Nickenig, Georg; Skowasch, Dirk

    2015-02-21

    Background: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) has interdependently been related to the onset and progression of a large portion of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disorders. In due consideration of OSA-mediated endothelial dysfunction, its impact on peripheral artery disease is conceivable, but undefined. Objectives: The aim of this study was to identify the prevalence of OSA in a lower extremity artery disease (LEAD) study population. Methods: A total of 91 patients receiving in- and outpatient treatment for LEAD were included in this prospectively conducted trial. In addition to an angiological examination, all patients underwent nocturnal screening for sleep-disordered breathing by use of SOMNOcheck micro® (SC micro) and - depending on the results obtained - polysomnography. Results: Patients were principally late middle-aged (69.3 ± 10.8 years), male (71.4%) and slightly overweight (BMI 26.8 ± 3.9). Overnight screening determined a sleep apnoea prevalence of 78.0%, of which 90.1% exhibited a predominantly obstructive genesis. The mean apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI; events/h) and oxygen desaturation index (events/h) averaged 11.8 ± 13.4 and 8.9 ± 14.2, respectively. The individual AHI categories of non-pathological (<5), mild (5 to <15), moderate (15 to <30) and severe sleep apnoea (≥30) accounted for 22.0, 59.3, 13.2 and 5.5%, respectively. A distributive examination of AHI within LEAD severity groups evinced a significant association (p = 0.047). In cases of at least moderate sleep apnoea (AHI ≥15) polysomnography was performed (n = 17, 18.7% of the whole collective). Correlative analysis revealed a significant correlation between values obtained by SC micro recording and polysomnography, establishing the diagnostic accuracy of the screening results. Conclusions: OSA exhibits an important prevalence of 70.3% in LEAD patients with prior undiagnosed sleep-disordered breathing, indicating major OSA unawareness in this cardiovascular cohort. However, the impact

  13. Prevalence and Prediction of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Patients Undergoing Primary Heart Valve Surgery.

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    Cazelli, José Guilherme; Camargo, Gabriel Cordeiro; Kruczan, Dany David; Weksler, Clara; Felipe, Alexandre Rouge; Gottlieb, Ilan

    2017-10-01

    The prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD) in valvular patients is similar to that of the general population, with the usual association with traditional risk factors. Nevertheless, the search for obstructive CAD is more aggressive in the preoperative period of patients with valvular heart disease, resulting in the indication of invasive coronary angiography (ICA) to almost all adult patients, because it is believed that coronary artery bypass surgery should be associated with valve replacement. To evaluate the prevalence of obstructive CAD and factors associated with it in adult candidates for primary heart valve surgery between 2001 and 2014 at the National Institute of Cardiology (INC) and, thus, derive and validate a predictive obstructive CAD score. Cross-sectional study evaluating 2898 patients with indication for heart surgery of any etiology. Of those, 712 patients, who had valvular heart disease and underwent ICA in the 12 months prior to surgery, were included. The P value arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking, and male gender. The model showed excellent correlation and calibration (R² = 0.98), as well as excellent accuracy (ROC of 0.848; 95%CI: 0.817-0.879) and validation (ROC of 0.877; 95%CI: 0.830 - 0.923) in different valve populations. Obstructive CAD can be estimated from clinical data of adult candidates for valve repair surgery, using a simple, accurate and validated score, easy to apply in clinical practice, which may contribute to changes in the preoperative strategy of acquired heart valve surgery in patients with a lower probability of obstructive disease.

  14. Epicardial adipose tissue thickness as a predictor of impaired microvascular function in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Alam, Mohammed S; Green, Rachel; de Kemp, Robert; Beanlands, Rob S; Chow, Benjamin J W

    2013-10-01

    To determine if increased epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) measured by cardiac CT could be associated with impaired myocardial flow reserve (MFR) in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Studies have shown that EAT volume is related to epicardial obstructive CAD, myocardial ischemia and major adverse cardiac events. However, the association between EAT with coronary microvascular dysfunction and impaired MFR has not been well clarified. Consecutive patients who underwent Rb-82 positron emission tomography (PET), coronary artery calcium (CAC) scoring and non-invasive coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) were screened. PET scans were analysed for standard myocardial perfusion (MPI) and MFR. CCTA results were analysed and only patients with non-obstructive CAD ( 5.6 mm was optimal in detecting impaired MFR with a sensitivity and specificity of 81% and 92%, respectively. Increased EAT appears to be associated with impaired MFR. This parameter may help improve detection of patients at risk of microvascular dysfunction.

  15. Prostatic Artery Embolization After Failed Urological Interventions for Benign Prostatic Obstruction: A Case Series of Three Patients

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    Bhatia, Shivank S., E-mail: sbhatia1@med.miami.edu; Dalal, Ravi, E-mail: rdalal@med.miami.edu [University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine, Department of Radiology (United States); Gomez, Christopher, E-mail: Cgomez7@med.miami.edu [University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine, Department of Urology (United States); Narayanan, Govindarajan, E-mail: gnarayanan@med.miami.edu [University of Miami – Miller School of Medicine, Department of Radiology (United States)

    2016-08-15

    Benign prostate obstruction with associated lower urinary tract symptoms is a common diagnosis with multiple minimally invasive treatment options available. Herein, the authors describe three patients who failed prior different urological interventions who underwent prostate artery embolization with a subsequent improvement in symptoms. The positive response suggests that embolization may be an effective treatment alternative in this subset of patients.

  16. Cranial Mesenteric Arterial Obstruction Due To Strongylus vulgaris Larvae in a Donkey (Equus asinus).

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    Borji, Hassan; Moosavi, Zahra; Ahmadi, Fatemeh

    2014-09-01

    Arteritis due to Strongylus vulgaris is a well-known cause of colic in horses and donkeys. The current report describes a fatal incidence of arterial obstruction in cranial mesenteric artery caused by S. vulgaris infection in an adult donkey in which anthelmintic treatment was not regularly administered. Necropsy findings of the abdominal cavity revealed a complete cranial mesenteric arterial obstruction due to larvae of S. vulgaris, causing severe colic. To the authors' knowledge, a complete cranial mesenteric arterial obstruction due to verminous arteritis has rarely been described in horses and donkeys. Based on recent reports of fatal arterial obstruction due to S. vulgaris infection in donkeys, it may be evident to consider acute colic caused by this pathogenic parasite a re-emerging disease in donkeys and horses.

  17. Cranial Mesenteric Arterial Obstruction Due To Strongylus vulgaris Larvae in a Donkey (Equus asinus.

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    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Arteritis due to Strongylus vulgaris is a well-known cause of colic in horses and donkeys. The current report describes a fatal incidence of arterial obstruction in cranial mesenteric artery caused by S. vulgaris infection in an adult donkey in which anthelmintic treatment was not regularly administered. Necropsy findings of the abdominal cavity revealed a complete cranial mesenteric arterial obstruction due to larvae of S. vulgaris, causing severe colic. To the authors' knowledge, a complete cranial mesenteric arterial obstruction due to verminous arteritis has rarely been described in horses and donkeys. Based on recent reports of fatal arterial obstruction due to S. vulgaris infection in donkeys, it may be evident to consider acute colic caused by this pathogenic parasite a re-emerging disease in donkeys and horses.

  18. Ranolazine in Symptomatic Diabetic Patients Without Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: Impact on Microvascular and Diastolic Function.

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    Shah, Nishant R; Cheezum, Michael K; Veeranna, Vikas; Horgan, Stephen J; Taqueti, Viviany R; Murthy, Venkatesh L; Foster, Courtney; Hainer, Jon; Daniels, Karla M; Rivero, Jose; Shah, Amil M; Stone, Peter H; Morrow, David A; Steigner, Michael L; Dorbala, Sharmila; Blankstein, Ron; Di Carli, Marcelo F

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    Treatments for patients with myocardial ischemia in the absence of angiographic obstructive coronary artery disease are limited. In these patients, particularly those with diabetes mellitus, diffuse coronary atherosclerosis and microvascular dysfunction is a common phenotype and may be accompanied by diastolic dysfunction. Our primary aim was to determine whether ranolazine would quantitatively improve exercise-stimulated myocardial blood flow and cardiac function in symptomatic diabetic patients without obstructive coronary artery disease. We conducted a double-blinded crossover trial with 1:1 random allocation to the order of ranolazine and placebo. At baseline and after each 4-week treatment arm, left ventricular myocardial blood flow and coronary flow reserve (CFR; primary end point) were measured at rest and after supine bicycle exercise using 13N-ammonia myocardial perfusion positron emission tomography. Resting echocardiography was also performed. Multilevel mixed-effects linear regression was used to determine treatment effects. Thirty-five patients met criteria for inclusion. Ranolazine did not significantly alter rest or postexercise left ventricular myocardial blood flow or CFR. However, patients with lower baseline CFR were more likely to experience improvement in CFR with ranolazine (r=-0.401, P=0.02) than with placebo (r=-0.188, P=0.28). In addition, ranolazine was associated with an improvement in E/septal e' (P=0.001) and E/lateral e' (P=0.01). In symptomatic diabetic patients without obstructive coronary artery disease, ranolazine did not change exercise-stimulated myocardial blood flow or CFR but did modestly improve diastolic function. Patients with more severe baseline impairment in CFR may derive more benefit from ranolazine. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01754259. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  19. Peripheral arterial disease: an underestimated aetiology of exercise intolerance in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients.

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    Castagna, Olivier; Boussuges, Alain; Nussbaum, Eric; Marqueste, Louis; Brisswalter, Jeanick

    2008-06-01

    To assess the prevalence of peripheral arterial disease and its implications for exercise limitation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) patients. One hundred and fifty-one moderate-to-severe COPD patients (forced expiratory volume in 1 s: 37+/-6 SD% predicted) and 73 healthy age-matched control individuals (divided into 31 smokers and 42 nonsmokers) participated in this study. All COPD patients were either exsmokers or current smokers and their tobacco-smoking history was similar to that of healthy smokers. To evaluate the existence of arterial disease, lower limb perfusion pressure impairment was assessed using the ankle brachial index, whereas arterial stiffness was assessed by the pulse wave velocity (PWV). The definition of peripheral arterial disease required an ankle brachial index value of 0.90 or less, whereas the PWV increment was considered to be a direct witness of arterial stiffness increase. A 6-min walk test was performed to assess physical exercise capacity. Prevalence of peripheral arterial disease was higher in COPD patients than in healthy participants (81+/-3 SD; 49+/-5 SD and 9+/-2 SD%, respectively, in COPD, healthy smokers and nonsmokers). PWV mean values were significantly higher in COPD patients compared with healthy smokers and nonsmokers (10.3+/-2.1 SD m/s; 9.2+/-1.3 SD m/s and 8.7+/-2.2 SD m/s, respectively). The distance covered during the 6-min-walk test was associated positively with the degree of peripheral arterial disease (r=0.78; P=0.05) and negatively with the PWV values (r=-0.74; P=0.05). Not only tobacco-smoking history but also COPD severity was shown to influence these associations. The effect of peripheral arterial disease on exercise intolerance in COPD seems to be considerable. Therefore, COPD patients participating in a pulmonary rehabilitation programme should profit from a systematic search for arterial disease. Arterial dysfunction has to be taken into account in the multidisciplinary treatment of these

  20. An unusual electrocardiographic presentation of acute obstruction of the left anterior descending coronary artery.

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    Duzenli, Mehmet Akif; Aygul, Nazif; Aydin, Meryem Ulku; Altunkeser, Bulent Behlul

    2008-01-01

    Acute obstruction of the left anterior descending coronary artery is generally presented electrocardiographically as isolated anterior or combined anterior and inferior ST-elevation myocardial infarction. We described an isolated inferolateral ST-elevation myocardial infarction due to acute occlusion of the distal left anterior descending coronary artery.

  1. Non-obstructive coronary artery disease assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography

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    Nielsen, L.; Bøtker, H. E.; Sorensen, H.

    2015-01-01

    Introduction: Coronary CT angiography (CTA) detects non-obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) that may not be recognized by functional testing, but the prognostic impact is not well understood. This study aimed to compare the risk of myocardial infarction (MI) and all-cause mortality...... in patients without or with non-obstructive and obstructive CAD assessed by coronary CTA. Methods: Consecutive patients without known coronary artery disease (CAD) and with chest pain who underwent coronary CTA (>64-detector row) between January 2007 and December 2012 in the 10 centers participating...... in the Western Denmark Cardiac Computed Tomography Registry were included. The endpoints were 3-year MI or all-cause mortality. The coronary CTA result was defined as normal (0% luminal stenosis), non-obstructive CAD (1%-49% luminal stenosis) or obstructive CAD (>50% luminal stenosis; 1-vessel, 2-vessel, or 3...

  2. Color Doppler evaluation of the ocular arterial flow changes in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Ozer, Tulay [Department of Radiology, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Tip Fakueltesi, Radyoloji AD, 67600-Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)]. E-mail: ozertulay@yahoo.com; Altin, Remzi [Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Ugurbas, Suat Hayri [Department of Ophthalmology, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Ozer, Yetkin [Department of Anesthesiology and Reanimation, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Mahmutyazicioglu, Kamran [Department of Radiology, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Tip Fakueltesi, Radyoloji AD, 67600-Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey); Kart, Levent [Department of Pulmonary Medicine, Karaelmas University, School of Medicine, Kozlu, Zonguldak (Turkey)

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    Purpose: To evaluate the hemodynamic changes in the extraocular orbital vessels of the patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), using color Doppler ultrasonography (CDU) technique, and to compare the results with those of healthy control subjects. Methods: Forty-five patients with COPD and 17 healthy control subjects were included in this study. Patients with COPD were classified according to the Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD). Fifteen patients of stage I COPD (mild airflow limitation), stage II COPD (worsening airflow limitation) or stage III COPD (severe airflow limitation) were enrolled into Group I, II and III, respectively. End tidal carbon dioxide (EtCO{sub 2}), peripheral oxygen saturation (SpO{sub 2}), pulse rate (PR) and respiratory rate (RR) were measured by using capnograph/pulse oximeter in all patients. Measurements were performed in only one randomly chosen eye of each participant. The peak systolic velocity (PSV), end-diastolic velocity (EDV), and resistance index (RI) were measured in the ophthalmic artery (OA), central retinal artery (CRA), lateral short posterior ciliary artery (LPCA) and medial short posterior ciliary artery (MPCA), using CDU technique. Results: The PSV measurements of the OA were significantly higher in Groups II and III compared to control group (p < 0.01, p < 0.001, respectively). The RI values from OA and CRA were significantly higher in Group II and III than the control group (p < 0.05). The RI values of LPCA and MPCA were also significantly higher in Group II than the control subjects (p < 0.05). When RI values were compared, mean values of LPCA and MPCA were significantly lower in Group III than in Group II (p < 0.05). There were no significant differences between Group I and control patients about PSVs, EDVs and RI values of all arteries Statistically significant correlations were found for the EtCO{sub 2} with PSV (r = 0.53, p < 0.01) and EDV (r = 0.51, p < 0.01) of the

  3. Mirizzi syndrome associated with hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm: a case report

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    Anderson Oliver

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction This is the first case report of Mirizzi syndrome associated with hepatic artery pseudoaneurysm. Case presentation A 54-year-old man presented with painful obstructive jaundice and weight loss. Computed tomography showed a hilar mass in the liver. Following an episode of haemobilia, angiography demonstrated a pseudoaneurysm of a branch of the right hepatic artery that was embolised. At surgery, a gallstone causing Mirizzi type II syndrome was found to be responsible for the biliary obstruction and a necrotic inflammatory mass and haematoma were found to be extending into the liver. The mass was debrided and drained, the obstructing stones removed and the bile duct drained with a t-tube. The patient made a full recovery. Conclusion This case highlights another situation where there may be difficulty in differentiating Mirizzi syndrome from biliary tract cancer.

  4. High prevalence of peripheral arterial disease in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

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    Schaefer, C A; Adam, L; Weisser-Thomas, J; Pingel, S; Vogel, G; Klarmann-Schulz, U; Nickenig, G; Pizarro, C; Skowasch, D

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    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) merits increasing attention as cardiovascular risk factor. Whereas carotid and coronary artery disease have been associated with OSA, occurrence of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in OSA remains undefined. We screened 100 patients with suspected OSA for PAD. After polysomnography, each patient underwent standardized angiological testing including ankle-brachial index (ABI), central pulse wave velocity, pulse wave index and duplex sonography. Among total study population, PAD prevalence accounted for 88%, of those 68% had asymptomatic plaques and 20% were symptomatic Fontaine ≥ IIa. In confirmed OSA, prevalence raised up to 98%. Except for smoking habits, distribution of established risk factors did not differ between OSA groups (patients without, mild, intermediate and severe OSA). Presence of plaque, Fontaine PAD stages and intermittent claudication exhibited significant gain with increasing AHI. A logistic regression model revealed that age (OR = 1.199, 95% CI [1.066; 1.348]) and the logarithmically transformed AHI (OR = 5.426, 95% CI [1.068; 27.567]) had the strongest influence on plaque presence. Central pulse wave velocity as marker of arterial stiffness was positively correlated with AHI. OSA is associated with a high prevalence of PAD. This implies substantial diseasés under-recognition and a presumable atherogenic role of OSA in the pathogenesis of PAD. However, vasoprotective impact of OSA treatment remains to be determined.

  5. Left main coronary artery obstruction by dislodged native-valve calculus after transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

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    Durmaz, Tahir; Ayhan, Huseyin; Keles, Telat; Aslan, Abdullah Nabi; Erdogan, Kemal Esref; Sari, Cenk; Bilen, Emine; Akcay, Murat; Bozkurt, Engin

    2014-08-01

    Transcatheter aortic valve replacement can be an effective, reliable treatment for severe aortic stenosis in surgically high-risk or ineligible patients. However, various sequelae like coronary artery obstruction can occur, not only in the long term, but also immediately after the procedure. We present the case of a 78-year-old woman whose left main coronary artery became obstructed with calculus 2 hours after the transfemoral implantation of an Edwards Sapien XT aortic valve. Despite percutaneous coronary intervention in that artery, the patient died. This case reminds us that early recognition of acute coronary obstruction and prompt intervention are crucial in patients with aortic stenosis who have undergone transcatheter aortic valve replacement.

  6. Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome: an unusual cause of intestinal obstruction in palliative care.

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    So, Chun-Yan; Chan, Kwok-Ying; Au, Ho-Yan; Chan, Man-Lui; Lai, Theresa

    2017-01-01

    Superior mesenteric artery (SMA) syndrome is an uncommon cause of intestinal obstruction and seldom been mentioned in palliative care. Hereby, we reported a case of SMA syndrome who presented with symptoms of upper intestinal obstruction in a 68-year-old patient; subsequent CT findings were classical of SMA syndrome. The patient's history of poliomyelitis and recent significant weight loss were the predisposing factors for SMA syndrome. It also highlights the importance of monitoring signs and symptoms of intestinal obstruction in such patients before considering switching to oral feeding.

  7. Polymorphism in the methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (C677T) gene and homocysteine levels: a comparison in Brazilian patients with coronary arterial disease, ischemic stroke and peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Sabino, Adriano; Fernandes, Ana Paula; Lima, Luciana Moreira; Ribeiro, Daniel Dias; Sousa, Marinez Oliveira; de Castro Santos, Maria Elizabeth Rennó; Mota, Ana Paula Lucas; Dusse, Luci Maria Sant'Ana; das Graças Carvalho, Maria

    2009-01-01

    This study aimed to compare plasma levels of total homocysteine (tHcy) in different arterial events as well as to investigate an association between homocysteine levels and C677T polymorphism in Brazilian patients. A total of 145 subjects were enrolled in this study including 43 patients with coronary arterial disease (CAD), 21 with ischemic stroke (IS), 44 with peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD) and 37 control subjects. A preliminary analysis showed significant difference for tHcy plasma levels between patients with CAD (P = 0.003) or PAOD (P = 0.03) compared to controls. However, after adjustment for sex, age, total cholesterol, LDL, diabetes, tabagism or C677T polymorphism, no significant differences were detected in tHcy levels among patients groups and controls. No significant correlation was demonstrated for C677T polymorphism and homocysteine levels. These results indicate that increased Hcy levels may not be considered an independent risk factor for atherothrombotic diseases in Brazilian patients.

  8. Evidence of myocardial scarring and microvascular obstruction on cardiac magnetic resonance imaging in a series of patients presenting with myocardial infarction without obstructed coronary arteries

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    Hermens, Jeannine A.J.M.; van Es, Jan; von Birgelen, Clemens; op den Akker, Jeroen W.; Wagenaar, Lodewijk J.

    2014-01-01

    Patients with acute chest pain, electrocardiographic ST-elevation and significant elevation of cardiac troponin but without obstructive coronary artery disease represent a diagnostic and therapeutic dilemma. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) can elucidate underlying alternative causes of

  9. Relationship of daily arterial blood pressure monitoring readings and arterial stiffness profile in male patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease combined with arterial hypertension

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    Karoli N.A.

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The aim of the study was to determine correlation between arterial blood pressure daily rhythm and daily profile of arterial stiffness in male patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and arterial hypertension. Materials et methods: Prospective investigation comprised 45 male patients with COPD and arterial hypertension. Individuals of 40 years younger and 80 years elder, patients with diabetes, stroke, angina pectoris, or heart infarction, vascular diseases, and exacerbation of chronic disease, bronchial and pulmonary diseases of other etiology were excluded from the analyses. Comparison group included 47 patients with essential arterial hypertension and without chronic respiratory diseases closely similar on general parameters with patients from main clinical series. Twenty-four-hour arterial blood pressure monitoring (ABPM and daily arterial stiffness monitoring were performed using BPLab® MnSDP-2 apparatus (Petr Telegin, Russian Federation. Results: Patients with COPD combined with arterial hypertension with raised arterial stiffness measures prevail over individuals in essential hypertension group. There is pathological alteration of the ABPM circadian rhythm and raised «Pressure load» values in raised arterial stiffness group. Conclusion: We found ABPM raised parameters in patients with COPD and arterial hypertension. It confirms necessity of ABPM in daily arterial stiffness assessment in patients with COPD.

  10. CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE AND ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION: VASCULAR WALL AS THE TARGET ORGAN IN COMORBID PATIENTS

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    N. A. Karoli

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Studies of endothelial dysfunction in patients with respiratory diseases have become relevant in recent years. Perhaps endothelial dysfunction and high arterial stiffness bind bronchopulmonary and cardiovascular diseases.Aim. To reveal features of disturbances of arterial wall vasoregulatory function in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD in the presence and absence of arterial hypertension (HT.Material and methods. The study included 50 patients with COPD with normal blood pressure (BP and 85 patients with COPD and HT. Control group was presented by 20 practically healthy men comparable in age with COPD patients. Tests with reactive hyperemia (endothelium-dependent dilation and nitroglycerin (endothelium-independent dilation were performed in order to evaluate endothelium function. The number of desquamated endotheliocytes in the blood was determined.Results. In patients with COPD and HT in comparison with COPD patients without HT and healthy individuals more pronounced damages of the vascular wall, endothelium vasoregulatory function disturbances and a tendency to the reduction in endothelium-dependent vasodilation were determined both during COPD exacerbation and remission. These differences were most pronounced during the COPD exacerbation. In patients with COPD and HT in comparison with COPD patients without HT the damage of the vascular wall was more pronounced during the remission and endothelium-dependent dilatation disorder – during the exacerbation. The revealed disorders in patients with COPD and HT were associated with smoking status (r=0.61, p<0.01, severity of bronchial obstruction (r=-0.49, p<0.05, and hypoxemia (r=-0.76, p<0.01. We noted relationships between the parameters of 24-hour BP monitoring and remodeling of the brachial artery (r=0.34, p<0.05, endothelium lesion (r=0.25, p<0.05, and impairment of its vasoregulating function (r=-0.58, p<0.05. At that, the following parameters were important: the

  11. Changes in pulmonary artery pressure affect survival differently in lung transplant recipients who have pulmonary hypertension or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    O'Keefe, Kathryn L; Kilic, Ahmet; Pope-Harman, Amy; Hayes, Don; Kirkby, Stephen; Higgins, Robert S D; Whitson, Bryan A

    2014-08-01

    Pulmonary hypertension and right ventricular dysfunction can complicate lung transplant. Pulmonary artery pressures affect outcome are uncertain during wait list. We evaluated changes in wait list pulmonary artery pressures on survival after lung transplant. We queried the United Network for Organ Sharing/Standard Transplant Analysis and Research registry from 1987 to 2012 for all lung transplants. Recipients with unique pulmonary artery pressure measurements upon listing and transplant were included. Mean pulmonary artery pressure was rated as increased (increase > 5 mm Hg), decreased (decrease > 5 mm Hg), or unchanged (variation pulmonary artery pressure during the listing period (P ≤ .0001). In recipients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, survival was poorer when mean pulmonary artery pressure was increased than decreased (P ≤ .03). In recipients with primary pulmonary hypertension, survival was poorer when mean pulmonary artery pressure was decreased than increased (P ≤ .02). Proportional hazards analysis showed that increases in mean pulmonary artery pressure independently affected survival (hazard ratio, 0.78; 95% confidence interval, 0.62-0.96). Although the mechanism is unknown, an increase in mean pulmonary artery pressure in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with poorer survival after lung transplant. In contrast, patients with primary pulmonary hypertension with decreased mean pulmonary artery pressure have poorer survival after lung transplant. In patients with primary pulmonary hypertension, changes in pulmonary artery pressure may be a surrogate for a failing right ventricular function. In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the change in pressure suggests an undetermined progressive process. Further study of right ventricular function is warranted to determine the effects of changes in pulmonary artery pressure on lung transplant recipients.

  12. Association between internal carotid artery dissection and arterial tortuosity

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    Saba, Luca; Piga, Mario [Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria (A.O.U.), Department of Radiology, Monserrato, Cagliari (Italy); Argiolas, Giovanni Maria; Siotto, Paolo [Azienda Ospedaliero Brotzu (A.O.B.), Department of Radiology, di Cagliari (Italy); Sumer, Suna; Wintermark, Max [Neuroradiology Division, Neuroradiology, UVA Department of Radiology, Charlottesville, VA (United States); Raz, Eytan [New York University School of Medicine, Department of Radiology, New York, NY (United States); Sapienza University of Rome, Department of Neurology and Psychiatry, Rome (Italy); Sanfilippo, Roberto; Montisci, Roberto [Azienda Ospedaliero Universitaria (A.O.U.), Department of Vascular Surgery, di Cagliari (Italy)

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    Carotid artery dissection is an important cause of ischemic stroke in all age groups, particularly in young patients. The purpose of this work was to assess whether there is an association between the presence of an internal carotid artery dissection (ICAD) and the arterial tortuosity. This study considered 124 patients (72 males and 52 females; median age 57 years) with CT/MR diagnosis of ICAD of the internal carotid artery were considered in this multi-centric retrospective study. The arterial tortuosity was evaluated and, when present, was categorized as elongation, kinking, or coiling. For each patient, both the right and left sides were considered for a total number of 248 arteries in order to have the same number of cases and controls. Fisher's exact test was applied to test the association between elongation, kinking, coiling, dissection, and the side affected by CAD. Fisher's exact test showed a statistically significant association between the ICAD and kinking (p = 0.0089) and coiling (p = 0.0251) whereas no statistically significant difference was found with arterial vessel elongation (p = 0.444). ICAD was more often seen on the left side compared to the right (p = 0.0001). These results were confirmed using both carotid arteries of the same patient as dependent parameter with p = 0.0012, 0.0129, and 0.3323 for kinking, coiling, and elongation, respectively. The presence of kinking and coiling is associated with ICAD. (orig.)

  13. [Obstructive anuria secondary to left external iliac artery aneurysm. Case report].

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    Ochoa Urdangarain, Otto; Hermida Pérez, José A; Montes de Oca, Johannes Ochoa

    2006-04-01

    To report one case of obstructive anuria due to ureteral compression by an external iliac artery aneurysm in a patient with a single kidney. We report the case of a 76-year-old male with a single kidney presenting at the emergency department with left lumbar pain and anuria for several days. Hydronephrosis of the solitary left kidney due to an aneurysmatic tumor of the external iliac artery was diagnosed after performing various tests (ultrasound, arteriography). Emergency percutaneous nephrostomy was performed with subsequent vascular repair of the aneurysm. The outcome was favourable. Aorto-iliac aneurysm constitutes a rare cause of obstructive anuria. Patients affected are usually males over 50 years of age, smokers, with a history of diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension (AHT), chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), etc. Diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms, outstandingly lumboabdominal pain, and the finding of a beating abdominal tumor, as well as signs of a renal failure. Useful complementary studies for diagnosis include ultrasound, intravenous urography (IVU), arteriography and computerised axial tomography (CT). Surgical treatment of the aneurysm generally relieves the obstruction.

  14. Association between left ventricular diastolic dysfunction and severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Laura Miranda de Oliveira Caram

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: The prevalence of electrocardiographic and echocardiographic abnormalities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease according to disease severity has not yet been established. The aim of this study was to assess the prevalence of electrocardiographic and echocardiographic abnormalities in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients according to disease severity. METHODS: The study included 25 mild/moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients and 25 severe/very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients. All participants underwent clinical evaluation, spirometry and electrocardiography/echocardiography. RESULTS: Electrocardiography and echocardiography showed Q-wave alterations and segmental contractility in five (10% patients. The most frequent echocardiographic finding was mild left diastolic dysfunction (88%, independent of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease stage. The proportion of right ventricular overload (p<0.05 and blockage of the anterosuperior division of the left bundle branch were higher in patients with greater obstruction. In an echocardiographic analysis, mild/moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients showed more abnormalities in segmental contractility (p<0.05, whereas severe/very severe chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients showed a higher prevalence of right ventricular overload (p<0.05, increased right cardiac chamber (p<0.05 and higher values of E-wave deceleration time (p<0.05. Age, sex, systemic arterial hypertension, C-reactive protein and disease were included as independent variables in a multiple linear regression; only disease severity was predictive of the E-wave deceleration time [r2 = 0.26, p = 0.01]. CONCLUSION: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients have a high prevalence of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, which is associated with disease severity. Because of this association, it is important to exclude decompensated heart

  15. A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF PULMONARY ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION IN CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASES

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND : Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is a heterogeneous, multisystem disease with complexities that extend far beyond airway obstruction. OBJECTIVES : The purpose of this prospective study is to determine pulmonary arterial hypertension in chronic obstructi ve pulmonary disease non - invasively. METHODS : In this descriptive, prospective, observational, cross sectional study, all patients who presented to the department of Medicine and Respiratory medicine, during this study period of 12 months from January 2013 - December 2014 in Chennai were included. RESULTS : Total number of males in the study is 90(90%, females in the study is 10 (10%. Number of patients in the age group 25 - 35years was 06 (6%, 36 - 45years was 38(38%, 46 - 55 years was 30(30, number of patie nts in 56 - 65 years was 14 (14 and number of patients in the age group 66 - 75 years was 12(12. total number of males smoking in the study is 55(61.11% and total number of non - smokers were 35(38.88, total number of female smoking in the study is 1(10% an d total number of non - smokers were 9(90%. Pulmonary arterial systolic pressure in present study, Mild pulmonary arterial hypertension was seen in 26(26%, Moderate pulmonary arterial hypertension was seen in 54(54%, Severe pulmonary arterial hypertension was seen in 20(20%. CONCLUSION : This study shows the prevalence of pulmonary arterial hypertension in COPD patients.

  16. Relationship between FEV1 and arterial stiffness in elderly people with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Costanzo, Luisa; Pedone, Claudio; Battistoni, Fabrizio; Chiurco, Domenica; Santangelo, Simona; Antonelli-Incalzi, Raffaele

    2017-04-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is highly prevalent in the elderly, and both COPD and age per se are associated with cardiovascular morbidity. We tested the hypothesis that in elderly COPD patients airflow limitation is associated with arterial stiffness and the relationship, if any, is related to endothelial function and systemic inflammation. We evaluated lung function, augmentation index (AIx), flow-mediated dilation (FMD), Interleukin-6 (IL-6), and asymmetric dymethilarginine (ADMA) levels in 76 subjects (mean age 73.9 years, SD 6.2) attending a geriatric outpatient clinic. Participants with COPD (N = 41) and controls (N = 35) did not differ in terms of AIx (30 vs 28.2 %, P = 0.30) and FMD (14.2 vs 12.3 %, P = 0.10). Similarly, the two groups did not differ with respect to mean concentrations of inflammation markers (IL-6 and C-reactive protein) and ADMA. Among COPD participants there was an inverse correlation between AIx and Forced Expiratory Volume in the first second (r = -0.349, P = 0.02). This relationship remained significant after correction for potential confounders, including markers of inflammation and ADMA levels (β = -0.194, P = 0.001). According to the results of this study, among COPD patients, bronchial patency and AIx are inversely related, and the relationship is explained neither by endothelial function nor by systemic inflammation. In elderly COPD people, increased arterial stiffness is related to reduced pulmonary function and it seems worth testing as a potential marker of higher cardiovascular risk.

  17. Ankle-brachial index, a screening for peripheral obstructive arterial disease, and migraine - a controlled study.

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    Jurno, Mauro Eduardo; Chevtchouk, Liliana; Nunes, Aida Aguilar; de Rezende, Dilermando Fazito; Jevoux, Carla da Cunha; de Souza, Jano Alves; Moreira Filho, Pedro Ferreira

    2010-04-01

    Epidemiological studies support the association between migraine, especially migraine with aura, and vascular disorders. The ankle-brachial index (ABI) is largely used as a surrogate of peripheral obstructive arterial disorders (POAD). Accordingly, in this study we contrasted the ABI in individuals with migraine and in controls. We investigated 50 migraineurs and 38 controls and obtained the ABI (ratio between the systolic arterial pressure obtained in the legs and in the arms) using digital sphygmomanometry. As per validation studies, we used the cut-off of 0.9 as the normal limit for the ABI. We adjusted for gender, use of contraceptive hormones, tabagism, and other cardiovascular risk factors. We found abnormal values of ABI, suggestive of mild or moderate POAD, in 31 individuals (35.2%). Mean value was 0.96 (standard deviation = 0.10). None of our patients had ABI < 0.4, which would suggest severe POAD. Mean ABI for migraineurs was 0.94 (0.11), and for controls it was 0.99 (0.09). Difference was significant (t = 2.21 and P = .022). After adjustments, ABI remained significantly associated with migraine status (P = .024). Adjustments were reasonably effective (chi(2) of Hosmer-Lemeshow = 1.06, P = .590). Our findings suggest that decreased values of ABI are more common in migraineurs than in controls. Although causality was not assessed by us, the relationship is of importance per se. Doctors should measure the ABI in individuals with migraine as an easy way to screen for cardiovascular risk.

  18. Evaluation of arterial blood flow changes by orbital Doppler in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma.

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    Yakut, Zeynep Ilerisoy; Karadağ, Remzi; Ozol, Duygu; Senturk, Aysegul

    2015-01-01

    Both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma are important causes of morbidity and mortality worldwide. They primarily affect the lungs, but they have various extrapulmonary manifestations. The aim of our study was to evaluate the hemodynamic changes in orbital vessels of the patients with COPD and asthma using color Doppler ultrasonography and compare the results with healthy control subjects. Thirty-seven patients with COPD, 37 patients with asthma, and 41 healthy control subjects were included in this study. All patients with COPD were in moderate to severe group according to GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease), and similarly, all patients with asthma were in moderate to severe persistent group according to GINA (Global Initiative for Asthma) 2006 guidelines. End-tidal carbon dioxide, peripheral oxygen saturation, pulse rate, and respiratory rate were measured by using pulse oximeter in all patients. Measurements were performed in only 1 randomly selected eye of each participant. The peak systolic velocity, end diastolic velocity, and resistance index were measured in the central retinal artery, temporal posterior ciliary artery, and nasal posterior ciliary artery using the color Doppler ultrasonography technique. The peak systolic velocity, end diastolic velocity, and resistance index values of temporal posterior ciliary artery and nasal posterior ciliary artery were significantly higher in COPD and asthma than in the control subjects. There was no difference between asthma and COPD. We concluded that retrobulbar hemodynamics change in COPD and asthma is showing 1 of the systemic effects in these diseases.

  19. Accelerated collagen turnover in women with angina pectoris without obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Nielsen, Signe H; Mygind, Naja D; Michelsen, Marie M

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    Aim Collagens are major cardiac extracellular matrix components, known to be actively remodelled and accumulated during diffuse myocardial fibrosis. We evaluated whether accelerated collagen turnover described by neo-epitope biomarkers reflecting collagen formation and degradation separates......, but without significant obstructive coronary artery disease, showed an imbalanced collagen turnover compared to asymptomatic controls. The examined biomarkers are tools to monitor active collagen remodelling in patients with angina pectoris, in risk of developing myocardial fibrosis....... patients with diffuse myocardial fibrosis from asymptomatic controls. Methods and results Seventy-one women with angina pectoris without significant coronary artery disease assessed by invasive coronary angiogram were included. Competitive enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays (ELISAs) measuring circulating...

  20. Association of obstructive sleep apnoea with subclinical coronary atherosclerosis.

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    Weinreich, Gerhard; Wessendorf, Thomas E; Erdmann, Timo; Moebus, Susanne; Dragano, Nico; Lehmann, Nils; Stang, Andreas; Roggenbuck, Ulla; Bauer, Marcus; Jöckel, Karl-Heinz; Erbel, Raimund; Teschler, Helmut; Möhlenkamp, Stefan

    2013-12-01

    Accumulating evidence suggests a role of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) as a risk factor for coronary atherosclerosis. This study aimed i) to assess the prevalence of OSA in the general population and ii) to analyse the association of this disorder with traditional cardiovascular disease risk factors and subclinical coronary atherosclerosis. In a cross-sectional analysis of the Heinz Nixdorf Recall study a subgroup of 1604 subjects (791 men, age 50-80 years) underwent OSA screening. Furthermore, coronary artery calcium (CAC) was measured. OSA was defined as apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) ≥ 15/h. OSA was observed in 29.1% of men and 15.6% of women. In a multiple linear regression analysis adjusted for risk factors AHI was associated with CAC in men aged ≤65 years (estimated log-transformed increase of CAC = 0.25, 95% confidence interval (CI) = -0.001-0.50, p = 0.051) and in women of any age (estimated log-transformed increase = 0.23, 95% CI = 0.04-0.41, p = 0.02). Doubling of the AHI was associated with a 19% increase of CAC in men aged ≤65 years and with a 17% increase in women of any age. In the general population aged ≥50 years OSA is associated with subclinical atherosclerosis in men aged ≤65 years and in women of any age, independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Dysfunctional vasa vasorum in diabetic peripheral artery obstructive disease with critical lower limb ischaemia.

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    Orrico, C; Pasquinelli, G; Foroni, L; Muscarà, D; Tazzari, P L; Ricci, F; Buzzi, M; Baldi, E; Muccini, N; Gargiulo, M; Stella, A

    2010-09-01

    To establish whether in diabetic patients with peripheral artery obstructive disease (PAOD) vasa vasorum (vv) neoangiogenesis is altered with increased arterial damage. Thirty-three patients with PAOD and critical lower limb ischaemia, 22 with type II diabetes. Immunohistochemistry for endothelial cell markers (CD34 and von Willebrand Factor); real-time reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) to quantify arterial wall expression of vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF); enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA) to assess blood VEGF; flow cytometry to detect circulating endothelial cells (CECs). Patients with PAOD and diabetes have a higher frequency (60% vs. 45%) of advanced atherosclerotic lesions and a significant reduction (p = 0.0003) in CD34(+) capillaries in the arterial media. Adventitial neoangiogenesis was increased equally (CD34(+) and vWF(+)) in all patients. Likewise, all patients have increased CEC and VEGF concentration in the blood as well as in-situ VEGF transcript expression. Patients with PAOD have remarkable arterial damage despite increased in-situ and circulating expression of the pro-angiogenic VEGF; a dysfunctional vv angiogenesis was seen in diabetics which also showed a higher frequency of parietal damage; it is suggested that in diabetic arterial wall, injury is worsened by vv inability to finalise an effective VEGF-driven arterial wall neoangiogenesis. Copyright 2010 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Unrecognised obstructive sleep apnoea is common in severe peripheral arterial disease.

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    Utriainen, Karri T; Airaksinen, Juhani K; Polo, Olli; Raitakari, Olli T; Pietilä, Mikko J; Scheinin, Harry; Helenius, Hans Y; Leino, Kari A; Kentala, Erkki S; Jalonen, Jouko R; Hakovirta, Harri; Salo, Tiina M; Laitio, Timo T

    2013-03-01

    Patients needing surgery for peripheral arterial disease (PAD) represent a severe form of atherosclerosis with an overall 5-yr mortality of 30% after revascularisation. The aetiology for poor post-operative clinical outcome in these high-risk patients is not fully established. Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with atherosclerosis and is an independent risk factor for fatal and nonfatal cardiac events. Here, we determine the prevalence of undiagnosed OSA in a homogenous group of PAD patients undergoing subinguinal surgical revascularisation. 82 consecutive patients (mean age 67±9 yrs, 52 males) with sinus rhythm and without congestive heart failure or previously diagnosed OSA were enrolled for pre-operative polysomnography and echocardiography. OSA was present in 70 (85%) patients (95% CI 75-93%), of whom 24 (34%) had severe OSA. OSA was mostly asymptomatic, and age- and sex-adjusted multivariate regression analysis showed no relation to obesity, metabolic syndrome or any manifestation of atherosclerosis, other than PAD. Left ventricular ejection fraction (p = 0.002) and high-density lipoprotein/total cholesterol ratio (p = 0.03) were the only independent predictors for the severity of OSA. Thus, prevalence of OSA is unexpectedly high in patients with PAD and is not related to classical risk factors of sleep apnoea.

  3. [Cardiovascular morbidity associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome].

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    Destors, M; Tamisier, R; Baguet, J-P; Levy, P; Pepin, J-L

    2014-04-01

    The obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) had become a major public health concern in modern society due to its high prevalence but, above all, to its associated morbidity, especially cardiovascular. Untreated OSAS is associated with an increased incidence of fatal (myocardial infarction and stroke) (odds ratio: 2.87) and non-fatal cardiovascular events (myocardial infarction, stroke, coronary artery bypass surgery and coronary angiography) (odds ratio: 3.17). Moreover, the prevalence of hypertension in patients with OSAS is high, between 35 and 80%. The pathophysiological mechanisms leading to these complications are mainly due to intermittent hypoxia secondary to repeated episodes of apnoea/hypopnoea during sleep. These mechanisms include sympathetic hyperactivation, impairment of vasomotor reactivity, vascular inflammation, oxidative stress and metabolic disorders. In patients with OSAS, the impact of continuous positive pressure is proven in terms of prevention of cardiovascular events although blood pressure reduction is limited. Obviously these effects are proportional to observance. OSAS does increase the cardiovascular risk, independently of other risk factors. Although the impact of treatment is relatively low in decreasing blood pressure, it seems essentially effective in preventing cardiovascular morbidity. Therefore, OSAS screening, and the association of specific treatments in cardio-metabolic patients and OSAS patients respectively, should be included in clinical strategies. Copyright © 2014 SPLF. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  4. Single umbilical artery and its associated findings.

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    Hua, Meiling; Odibo, Anthony O; Macones, George A; Roehl, Kimberly A; Crane, James P; Cahill, Alison G

    2010-05-01

    To estimate whether the presence of a single umbilical artery is associated with intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR), fetal demise, or major congenital anomalies. We performed a retrospective cohort study of all consecutive singleton pregnancies undergoing routine anatomic survey between 1990 and 2007 at a major tertiary medical center. Two dedicated research nurses obtained complete pregnancy outcome data in an ongoing manner. Pregnancies with a diagnosis of single umbilical artery were compared with those with two umbilical arteries. The primary outcomes were IUGR (less than 10th percentile), renal, and cardiac anomalies. Multivariable logistic regression was used to refine the risk association between single umbilical artery and adverse pregnancy outcomes while adjusting for confounding effects. Of 72,373 pregnancies, 64,047 (88.5%) had pregnancy follow-up information and were available for this analysis. There were 392 cases of single umbilical artery (0.61%) diagnosed at anatomic survey; slightly lower than previously reported. Single umbilical artery as compared with double umbilical artery was associated with increased risk of renal anomalies (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 3.0, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.9-4.9, PSingle umbilical artery was also associated with an increased risk of IUGR (adjusted OR 2.1, 95% CI 1.6-2.7, Psingle umbilical artery is made, making a clinical recommendation for serial growth assessments in the setting of single umbilical artery reasonable.

  5. Asymptomatic peripheral artery disease can limit maximal exercise capacity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients regardless of airflow obstruction and lung hyperinflation.

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    Crisafulli, Ernesto; Scelfo, Chiara; Tzani, Panagiota; Aiello, Marina; Bertorelli, Giuseppina; Chetta, Alfredo

    2017-06-01

    Background Silent/asymptomatic peripheral artery disease may occur in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, but it is poorly investigated. The primary aim of this study was to evaluate in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients the impact of asymptomatic/silent peripheral artery disease on maximal exercise capacity; the secondary aim was to search for predictors of peripheral artery disease. Methods We prospectively enrolled chronic obstructive pulmonary disease outpatients. Data on anthropometric characteristics, lung function, cardiopulmonary exercise test and ankle-brachial index were recorded. The cut-off of ankle-brachial index used to define patients with peripheral artery disease was ≤0.90. Results We studied 47 patients and found 24 patients (51%) who showed peripheral artery disease. As compared to patients without peripheral artery disease, patients with peripheral artery disease had lower values of peak oxygen uptake, peak workload, energy expenditure (metabolic equivalents) and heart rate recovery, but showed the same degree of airflow obstruction and static and dynamic hyperinflation. In a multivariate linear regression model performed to identify variables predicting metabolic equivalents, ankle-brachial index (β 2.59; 95% confidence interval 0.51-4.67; p = 0.016) was an independent variable. In the search for predictors of peripheral artery disease, heart rate recovery (odds ratio 8.80; 95% confidence interval 1.30-59.35; p = 0.026) increased the risk of peripheral artery disease, whereas metabolic equivalents (odds ratio 0.50; 95% confidence interval 0.26-0.94, p = 0.033) and inhaled corticosteroids+long-acting β 2 agonists (odds ratio 0.13; 95% confidence interval 0.02-0.83; p = 0.030) reduced this risk. Conclusions In chronic obstructive pulmonary disease outpatients, asymptomatic/silent peripheral artery disease affects the maximal exercise capacity regardless of airflow obstruction and lung

  6. Embolization of a Bronchial Artery Aneurysm in a Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) Patient with Non-Massive Hemoptysis.

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    Salamone, Ignazio; Cavallaro, Marco; Visalli, Carmela; Velo, Mariano; Barbaro, Ugo; Galletta, Karol; Andò, Filippo

    2017-01-01

    Bronchial artery aneurysm (BAA) is a rare condition with a reported prevalence of less than 1% of all selective bronchial arterial angiograms. Despite its low incidence, BAA represents a potential cause of hemoptysis. We describe the case of a 63-year-old man suffering from chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), who presented with non-massive hemoptysis. CT angiography revealed a single bronchial artery aneurysm of 9 mm in diameter, abutting the esophageal wall. Other CT findings included hypertrophy of the bronchial arteries along the mediastinal course, diffuse thickening of the walls of numerous bronchial branches and a "ground glass" opacity in the anterior segment of the right upper pulmonary lobe suggestive of alveolar hemorrhage. The final diagnosis was established based on selective angiography, which was followed by transcatheter arterial embolization (TAE) of the BAA and of the pathological bronchial circulation. Follow-up CT scans revealed a total exclusion of the aneurysm from the systemic circulation, resolution of the parenchymal "ground glass" opacity and absence of further episodes of hemoptysis over a period of two years. An incidental finding of a bronchial artery aneurysm necessitates prompt treatment. CT angiography and TAE represent the methods of choice for an appropriate diagnosis and treatment, respectively. In case of a BAA associated with chronic inflammatory diseases, such as COPD, in patients with hemoptysis, TAE of the BAA and of the pathological bronchial circulation, in association with the treatment of the underlying disease, represents a valid approach that can improve the pulmonary status and prevent further episodes of hemoptysis.

  7. The role of Visfatin in atherosclerotic peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Pitoulias, Matthaios G; Skoura, Lemonia; Pitoulias, Apostolos G; Chatzidimitriou, Dimitris; Margariti, Apostolia; Arsenakis, Minas; Pitoulias, Georgios A

    2017-03-01

    Visfatin is an adipokine molecule acting as an essential coenzyme in multiple cellular redox reactions. The increased serum levels of Visfatin have been correlated with metabolic syndrome and endothelial homeostasis. In this study we investigate the possible relationship of Visfatin serum levels with the severity and location of atherosclerotic peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD). Study protocol included 45 consecutive PAOD and 20 Control patients with age >55years old. Definition of PAOD was based in Rutherord's classification (RC). End-stage PAOD patients (RC-V & -VI) were excluded from study. Data were collected prospectively and included age, gender, atherosclerotic risk factors and the body mass index (BMI). In PAOD patients recorded the PAOD's clinical stage and the presence of carotid stenosis >50%. PAOD patients divided in two subgroups, those with mild (RC-I & -II) and moderate disease (RC-III & -IV). In all serum samples Visfatin was measured, blindly, twice by anosoenzymatic technique. Statistical analysis was performed by non-parametric Mann-Whitney U test, Pearson's chi-square, One Way Anova and Kruskall-Wallis tests, as appropriate. The mean Visfatin value in PAOD and Control groups were 38.5±16.0 and 13.9±3.8ng/ml respectively (p0.05). Univariate analysis showed that severity of PAOD (mild vs severe), presence of carotid stenosis >50% and multilevel disease significantly affected outcomes (p=0.018, p=0.010 and p=0.006 respectively). In multivariate regression analysis severity of PAOD was the solely factor with strong correlation with high visfatin values (p=0.001). High Visfatin levels seem to be strongly correlated with the presence and severity of PAOD. Further and in depth investigation is needed to define the possible role of Visfatin in atherosclerosis and it's value as a potential prognostic biomarker of PAOD. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Symptoms of angina pectoris increase the probability of disability pension and premature exit from the workforce even in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Jespersen, Lasse; Abildstrøm, Steen Z; Hvelplund, Anders

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate probabilities of disability pension (DP) and premature exit from the workforce (PEW) in patients with stable angina symptoms and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) at angiography compared with obstructive CAD and asymptomatic reference individuals.......To evaluate probabilities of disability pension (DP) and premature exit from the workforce (PEW) in patients with stable angina symptoms and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) at angiography compared with obstructive CAD and asymptomatic reference individuals....

  9. Endothelial dysfunction assessment by noninvasive peripheral arterial tonometry in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease compared with healthy subjects.

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    Malerba, Mario; Radaeli, Alessandro; Nardin, Matteo; Clini, Enrico; Carpagnano, Giovanna Elisiana; Sciatti, Edoardo; Salghetti, Francesca; Bonadei, Ivano; Platto, Fabio; Vizzardi, Enrico

    2017-08-05

    Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. The endothelial dysfunction likely plays a central role in increasing cardiovascular risk. This cross-sectional, study investigated the prevalence and extent of endothelial dysfunction in patients with stable COPD. Peripheral arterial tonometry (PAT) was measured by post-ischemic reactive hyperemia index (RHI) in 16 COPD patients, 16 healthy controls and 16 subjects with treated systemic arterial hypertension (AH) and analysed with covariates condition (dyslipidemia, and medications). The prevalence of endothelial dysfunction was significantly higher in COPD group than in the other groups. Mean RHI was significantly lower in COPD patients compared with the other groups. At linear regression FEV 1 and RHI were directly correlated (Spearman index = 0.553; P = .026). COPD patients in groups C and D according to Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease (GOLD) stages showed lower RHI compared with patients classified as A and B (P < .01). At multiple regression analysis the presence of dyslipidemia, COPD and AH were associated with the presence of endothelial dysfunction. Endothelial dysfunction in stable COPD patients is probably implicated in the high cardiovascular comorbidity. This study suggests the potential utility of endothelial dysfunction evaluation in patients with COPD to a timely assessment and treatment for cardiac complications. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  10. Clinical Utility of a Precision Medicine Test Evaluating Outpatients with Suspected Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Ladapo, Joseph A; Budoff, Matt; Sharp, David; Zapien, Michael; Huang, Lin; Maniet, Bruce; Herman, Lee; Monane, Mark

    2017-04-01

    Identifying patients with obstructive coronary artery disease can be challenging for primary care physicians. Advances in precision medicine may help augment clinical tools and redefine the paradigm for evaluating coronary artery disease in the outpatient setting. A blood-based age/sex/gene expression score (ASGES) incorporating key features of precision medicine has shown clinical validity with a 96% negative predictive value and 89% sensitivity in estimating a symptomatic patient's current likelihood of obstructive coronary artery disease. To better characterize the clinical utility of the ASGES and measure its impact on clinician decision-making, a community-based registry was established. The prospective PRESET Registry (NCT01677156) enrolled stable, nonacute adult patients presenting with typical or atypical symptoms suggestive of obstructive coronary artery disease from 21 US primary care practices from August 2012 to August 2014. Demographics, clinical characteristics, and ASGES results (predefined as low [ASGES ≤15] or elevated [ASGES >15]) were collected, as were referrals to Cardiology or further functional/anatomic cardiac testing after ASGES testing. Patients were followed for 1 year post ASGES testing. Among the 566-patient cohort (median age 56 years), clinicians referred 26/252 (10%) of patients with low scores vs 137/314 (44%) of patients with elevated scores to Cardiology or advanced cardiac testing for further evaluation (unadjusted odds ratio 0.15, P clinical covariates = 0.18, P advanced cardiac testing showed abnormal findings in 0 of 13 (0%) low ASGES and 10 of 71 (14%) elevated ASGES patients. Major adverse cardiovascular events and revascularization were noted in 3/252 (1.2%) patients with low ASGES and 14/314 (4.5%) patients with elevated ASGES score (P clinical utility in the evaluation of patients with suspected obstructive coronary artery disease. Low-score patients were less likely to undergo cardiac referral, were unlikely to have

  11. Association of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and obstructive sleep apnea consequences

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    Carlos Zamarrón

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    Full Text Available Carlos Zamarrón1, Vanesa García Paz1, Emilio Morete1, Felix del Campo Matías21Servicio de Neumología, Hospital Clínico Universitario de Santiago, Santiago, Spain; 2Servicio de Neumologia, Hospital Universitario Rio Ortega de Vallaclolid, Vallaclolid, SpainAbstract: Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD are two diseases that often coexist within an individual. This coexistence is known as overlap syndrome and is the result of chance rather than a pathophysiological link. Although there are claims of a very high incidence of OSAS in COPD patients, recent studies report that it is similar to the general population. Overlap patients present sleep-disordered breathing associated to upper and lower airway obstruction and a reduction in respiratory drive. These patients present unique characteristics, which set them apart from either COPD or OSAS patients. COPD and OSAS are independent risk factors for cardiovascular events and their coexistence in overlap syndrome probably increases this risk. The mechanisms underlying cardiovascular risk are still unclear, but may involve systemic inflammation, endothelial dysfunction, and tonic elevation of sympathetic neural activity. The treatment of choice for overlap syndrome in stable patients is CPAP with supplemental oxygen for correction of upper airway obstructive episodes and hypoxemia during sleep.Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, obstructive sleep apnea syndrome, overlap syndrome, sleep, cardiovascular disease

  12. Association between severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary ...

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    Introduction: The burden of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is quite high and its prevalence is increasing. We aimed to evaluate the correlation of COPD severity according to the ATS criteria with their spirometric measurements in patients admitted to emergency ward. Materials and Methods: In this ...

  13. [Measurement of Rho-kinase in peripheral blood monocytes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension related to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases].

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    Cai, Qian; Wu, Shangjie; Zhao, Xuefeng

    2012-05-01

    To determine effects of the RhoA/Rho kinase signaling pathway on patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension related to chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases by testing levels of Rho-associated coiled-coil containing protein kinase 1(ROCK1) in peripheral blood monocytes in healthy subjects, patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary diseases (COPD), and patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension related to COPD. Ten healthy subjects (Group A), 10 patients with COPD (Group B), and 10 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension related to COPD (Group C) were enrolled, all of whom were hospitalized in the Third Hospital of Changsha between Dec. 2010 and Apr. 2011. Twenty milliliters of blood was collected from each subject. The peripheral blood mononuclear cells (PBMC) were separated by Percoll and, monocytes were incubated. Levels of ROCK1 in the three groups were measured by ELISA. The pulmonary function was measured by spirometric tests, and the pulmonary arterial systolic pressure (PASP) was detected by color Doppler echocardiogram. 1)The PASP in Group C was significantly higher than that of Groups A and B(P0.05). Rho kinase plays a key role in the pathogenesis of pulmonary arterial hypertension. The ROCK1 may be a marker of the severity of pulmonary arterial hypertension related to COPD.

  14. The rate of fall of arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation in obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Fletcher, E C; Costarangos, C; Miller, T

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    During breath holding, correlations have been demonstrated between the rate of fall of arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation (dSaO2/dt) and the following: thoracic gas volume at apnea onset, resting oxygen consumption, preapneic arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation (SaO2) and obesity. A key factor influencing dSaO2/dt is mixed venous oxyhemoglobin saturation (SvO2) as recently demonstrated in an animal model of obstructive apnea. The purpose of the present study was to see if dSaO2/dt was related to SvO2 during sleep in a group of subjects with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and varying levels of SvO2. Eight OSA subjects were studied during sleep with indwelling arterial and central venous catheters. Continuous SaO2 was measured by ear oximetry while continuous SvO2 was measured through the fiberoptic bundle of a Shaw Opticath catheter. Thirty percent or more of all obstructive apneas were scored for duration, preapneic SaO2, SvO2 and dSaO2/dt. Least squares regression was used to examine the relationship between dSaO2/dt and other measured variables. The dSaO2/dt showed a consistent negative correlation with preapneic SvO2 and was not related to duration. Mean dSaO2/dt during sleep correlated to some degree with the degree of gas exchange (Qva/Qt) abnormality prior to sleep. It is concluded that in humans, SvO2 plays a substantial role in determining dSaO2/dt. Potentially, the presence of gas exchange abnormalities (eg, found in intrinsic lung disease) causing hypoxemia and low SvO2 may steepen dSaO2/dt, lowering the nadir level of apneic desaturation for the same duration of apnea found in a patient with more normal gas exchange.

  15. Congenital giant cardiac tumor with severe left-ventricular inflow and outflow obstruction and arrhythmia treated with pulmonary artery banding and long-term amiodarone infusion

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    Daiji Takeuchi

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a congenital giant cardiac tumor that occupied the majority of left ventricular cavity with severe left ventricular inflow and outflow obstruction. The hemodynamics were similar to univentricular physiology. He was treated with prostaglandins and bilateral pulmonary artery banding. He had frequent supraventricular tachycardia associated with ventricular pre-excitation that was controlled by long-term administration of intravenous amiodarone. The patient died due to sepsis after 3 months.

  16. Risks of peripheral arterial occlusive disease in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea: a population-based case-control study.

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    Chen, J-C; Koo, M; Hwang, J-H

    2015-10-01

    This study aimed to evaluate the risk of peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) using a nationwide claim database in Taiwan. A population-based case-control study. Data from the Longitudinal Health Insurance Database 2000 of the Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database. Eleven thousand eight hundred and seventeen adult patients diagnosed with PAOD between January 1, 2001 and December 31, 2010 and 35 451 controls without PAOD frequency matched by sex, 10-year age interval and year of index date. Obstructive sleep apnoea and a number of comorbidities prior to the index date were assessed and analysed with logistic regression analyses. Univariate logistic regression analysis showed that PAOD was significantly associated with OSA (odds ratio, OR = 1.60, P disease or myocardial infarction, chronic kidney disease, hyperurecaemia and obesity, also showed that PAOD was significantly associated with OSA (adjusted OR = 1.37, P = 0.014). However, the association was attenuated when it was further adjusted for hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and diabetes mellitus (DM). Findings from this nationwide population-based study indicated that PAOD was significantly associated with OSA. Further studies are warranted to determine whether OSA may contribute to the development of PAOD indirectly via increasing the risks of hypertension, hyperlipidaemia and/or DM. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  17. 24-HOUR ARTERIAL STIFFNESS PROFILE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE AND CHRONIC HEART FAILURE

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    A. V. Borodkin

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    Full Text Available Objective: to study the specific features of arterial stiffness (AS in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and chronic heart failure (CHF as evidenced by 24­hour monitoring. Subjects and methods. A total of 111 patients with COPD, including 76 with signs of CHF, were examined. The patients with COPD and CHF were divided into 2 groups according to the presence or absence of prior myocardial infarction (MI. A BPLab МнСДП­2 apparatus was used to study 24­hour AS monitoring readings. Results. The patients with COPD and CHF were noted to have higher values of AS index (ASI (during a day, daytime and pulse wave propa­ gation velocity (during a day, daytime, nighttime than those with COPD without CHF. There was an association between ASI and major car­ diovascular risk factors (hypertension, age, body mass index. The patients with COPD, CHF, and prior MI, unlike those without the latter, were found to have an increased augmentation index throughout the follow­up (during both daytime and nighttime. In the patients with CHF without prior MI, the diurnal ASI was considerably greater than that in both the COPD patients without CHF and those with CHF and prior MI. Conclusion. Increased vascular wall stiffness was detected in the patients with COPD and CHF. By taking into account pronounced AS changes not only during daytime and nighttime hours, it is reasonable to perform 24­hour AS monitoring in patients with comorbidities in order to obtain more objective results. 

  18. Prostate Artery Embolization for Complete Urinary Outflow Obstruction Due to Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy.

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    Yu, Simon Chun Ho; Cho, Carmen Chi Min; Hung, Esther Hiu Yee; Chiu, Peter Ka Fung; Yee, Chi Hang; Ng, Chi Fai

    2017-01-01

    We aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of PAE in weaning of catheter and relieving obstructive urinary symptoms in patients with acute urinary retention (AUR) due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and failed trial without catheter (TWOC). In this prospective study approved by the institutional review board, a signed informed consent was obtained. Eighteen consecutive patients with AUR due to BPH and failed TWOC were recruited. Nineteen consecutive patients with BPH but without AUR were recruited as a control. Patients with CTA evidence of arterial occlusion or significant stenosis along the prostate artery access path were excluded. PAE was performed using microspheres (100-300 μm diameter). Outcome assessment included successful weaning of catheter in 2 weeks, procedure-related complications, change of symptomatology and urodynamic findings at 1 month as compared to baseline, percent non-perfused prostate volume, and prostate volume reduction on MRI at 2 weeks. Two patients in the study group and four in the control group were excluded due to arterial pathology. Embolization of bilateral prostate arteries was achieved in all patients in both the groups (100%). There was no complication. The catheter was successfully weaned in 87.5% (14/16) of patients within 14 days in the treatment group. There was no significant difference in patient demographics, prostate characteristics, and all outcome assessment parameters between both the groups. PAE was probably safe and effective in weaning of catheter and relieving obstructive urinary symptoms in patients due to BPH, with treatment outcomes comparable to those without AUR.

  19. Effects of CPAP on "vascular" risk factors in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and arterial hypertension

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    Litvin AY

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available AY Litvin,1 ZN Sukmarova,1 EM Elfimova,1 AV Aksenova,1 PV Galitsin,1 AN Rogoza,2 IE Chazova11Department of Systemic Hypertension, 2Department of New Methods of Diagnostics, Russian Cardiology Research and Production Complex, Ministry of Health, Moscow, Russian FederationBackground: The aim of this study was to assess the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP on arterial stiffness, central blood pressure, and reflected pulse wave characteristics in patients with severe obstructive sleep apnea (OSA and stage 2–3 arterial hypertension.Methods: Forty-four patients with hypertension and severe OSA (apnea/hypopnea index > 30 received stepped dose titration of antihypertensive treatment, consisting of valsartan 160 mg + amlodipine 5–10 mg + hydrochlorothiazide 25 mg. CPAP therapy was added after 3 weeks of continuous antihypertensive treatment with BP 12 msec persisted in 35% of patients on antihypertensive treatment and effective CPAP, in 56% of patients on antihypertensive treatment alone, and in 53% of patients on placebo CPAP. Only the combination of antihypertensive treatment with effective CPAP achieved a significant reduction in augmentation index and AASI, along with a further reduction in aortic and brachial BP.Conclusion: Effective CPAP for 3 weeks resulted in a significant additional decrease in office BP, ambulatory BP monitoring, central BP, and augmentation index, together with an improvement in arterial stiffness parameters, ie, cfPWV and AASI, in a group of hypertensive patients with OSA.Keywords: antihypertensive therapy, hypertension, obstructive sleep apnea, continuous positive airway pressure, blood pressure, arterial stiffness, pulse wave velocity

  20. Prostate Artery Embolization for Complete Urinary Outflow Obstruction Due to Benign Prostatic Hypertrophy

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    Yu, Simon Chun Ho, E-mail: simonyu@cuhk.edu.hk; Cho, Carmen Chi Min; Hung, Esther Hiu Yee [The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Imaging and Interventional Radiology (Hong Kong); Chiu, Peter Ka Fung; Yee, Chi Hang; Ng, Chi Fai [The Chinese University of Hong Kong, Department of Surgery, Prince of Wales Hospital (Hong Kong)

    2017-01-15

    BackgroundWe aimed to evaluate the effectiveness of PAE in weaning of catheter and relieving obstructive urinary symptoms in patients with acute urinary retention (AUR) due to benign prostatic hypertrophy (BPH) and failed trial without catheter (TWOC).Materials and MethodsIn this prospective study approved by the institutional review board, a signed informed consent was obtained. Eighteen consecutive patients with AUR due to BPH and failed TWOC were recruited. Nineteen consecutive patients with BPH but without AUR were recruited as a control. Patients with CTA evidence of arterial occlusion or significant stenosis along the prostate artery access path were excluded. PAE was performed using microspheres (100–300 μm diameter). Outcome assessment included successful weaning of catheter in 2 weeks, procedure-related complications, change of symptomatology and urodynamic findings at 1 month as compared to baseline, percent non-perfused prostate volume, and prostate volume reduction on MRI at 2 weeks.ResultsTwo patients in the study group and four in the control group were excluded due to arterial pathology. Embolization of bilateral prostate arteries was achieved in all patients in both the groups (100%). There was no complication. The catheter was successfully weaned in 87.5% (14/16) of patients within 14 days in the treatment group. There was no significant difference in patient demographics, prostate characteristics, and all outcome assessment parameters between both the groups.ConclusionsPAE was probably safe and effective in weaning of catheter and relieving obstructive urinary symptoms in patients due to BPH, with treatment outcomes comparable to those without AUR.

  1. Oxidative stress mediated arterial dysfunction in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea and the effect of continuous positive airway pressure treatment

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    Del Ben Maria

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Several studies suggest an increase of oxidative stress and a reduction of endothelial function in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS. We assessed the association between OSAS, endothelial dysfunction and oxidative stress. Further aim was to evaluate the effect of nasal continuous positive airway pressure (nCPAP on oxidative stress and arterial dysfunction. Methods We studied 138 consecutive patients with heavy snoring and possible OSAS. Patients underwent unattended overnight home polysomnography. Ten patients with severe OSAS were revaluated after 6 months of nCPAP therapy. To assess oxidative stress in vivo, we measured urinary 8-iso-PGF2α and serum levels of soluble NOX2-derived peptide (sNOX2-dp. Serum levels of nitrite/nitrate (NOx were also determined. Flow-mediated brachial artery dilation (FMD was measured to asses endothelial function. Results Patients with severe OSAS had higher urinary 8-iso-PGF2α (p Conclusions The results of our study indicate that patients with OSAS and cardiometabolic comorbidities have increased oxidative stress and arterial dysfunction that are partially reversed by nCPAP treatment.

  2. The effect of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and hypothyroidism to intima-media thickness of carotid artery.

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    Bozkus, Fulsen; Dikmen, Nursel; Güngör, Gülay; Samur, Anıl

    2017-03-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) is a common disorder and in subjects with OSAS the prevalence of hypothyroidism is approximately 1.2-11 %. The episodes of hypoxia/reoxygenation associated with the respiratory disturbances observed in subjects with OSAS increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases. Hypothyroidism; primary or subclinical, has several effects on cardiovascular system. In our study, we investigated carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) which is an early sign of atherosclerosis, in OSAS subjects with hypothyroidism. Subjects who admitted to Kahramanmaras Necip Fazıl City State Hospital Chest Diseases out-patient clinic between May 2014 and January 2016 for snoring and had polysomnographic evaluation at the sleep laboratory were included in this study. Each subject was evaluated for serum thyroid function tests and carotid artery IMT was measured by a Doppler ultrasound. Mean carotid artery IMT values in the isolated OSAS, OSAS plus hypothyroidism, and control groups were 0.67 ± 0.12, 0.8 ± 0.12, and 0.54 ± 0.08 mm, respectively; difference between groups was statistically significant (p hypothyroidism comorbidity in OSAS, and suspected subjects with OSAS should be screened for hypothyroidism considering the potential cardiovascular complications.

  3. Goldenhar Syndrome Associated with Extensive Arterial Malformations.

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    Modica, Renee Frances; Barbeau, L Daphna Yasova; Co-Vu, Jennifer; Beegle, Richard D; Williams, Charles A

    2015-01-01

    Goldenhar Syndrome is characterized by craniofacial, ocular and vertebral defects secondary to abnormal development of the 1st and 2nd branchial arches and vertebrae. Other findings include cardiac and vascular abnormalities. Though these associations are known, the specific anomalies are not well defined. We present a 7-month-old infant with intermittent respiratory distress that did not improve with respiratory interventions. Echocardiogram suggested a double aortic arch. Cardiac CT angiogram confirmed a right arch and aberrant, stenotic left subclavian artery, dilation of the main pulmonary artery, and agenesis of the left thyroid lobe. Repeat echocardiograms were concerning for severely dilated coronary arteries. Given dilation, a rheumatologic workup ensued, only identifying few weakly positive autoantibodies. Further imaging demonstrated narrowing of the aorta below the renal arteries and extending into the common iliac arteries and proximal femoral arteries. Given a physical exam devoid of rheumatologic findings, only weakly positive autoantibodies, normal inflammatory markers, and presence of the coronary artery dilation, the peripheral artery narrowings were not thought to be vasculitic. This case illustrates the need to identify definitive anomalies related to Goldenhar Syndrome. Although this infant's presentation is rare, recognition of specific vascular findings will help differentiate Goldenhar Syndrome from other disease processes.

  4. Goldenhar Syndrome Associated with Extensive Arterial Malformations

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    Renee Frances Modica

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Goldenhar Syndrome is characterized by craniofacial, ocular and vertebral defects secondary to abnormal development of the 1st and 2nd branchial arches and vertebrae. Other findings include cardiac and vascular abnormalities. Though these associations are known, the specific anomalies are not well defined. We present a 7-month-old infant with intermittent respiratory distress that did not improve with respiratory interventions. Echocardiogram suggested a double aortic arch. Cardiac CT angiogram confirmed a right arch and aberrant, stenotic left subclavian artery, dilation of the main pulmonary artery, and agenesis of the left thyroid lobe. Repeat echocardiograms were concerning for severely dilated coronary arteries. Given dilation, a rheumatologic workup ensued, only identifying few weakly positive autoantibodies. Further imaging demonstrated narrowing of the aorta below the renal arteries and extending into the common iliac arteries and proximal femoral arteries. Given a physical exam devoid of rheumatologic findings, only weakly positive autoantibodies, normal inflammatory markers, and presence of the coronary artery dilation, the peripheral artery narrowings were not thought to be vasculitic. This case illustrates the need to identify definitive anomalies related to Goldenhar Syndrome. Although this infant’s presentation is rare, recognition of specific vascular findings will help differentiate Goldenhar Syndrome from other disease processes.

  5. Cavernous Malformation Associated With Arterialized Developmental Venous Anomaly: A Case Report.

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    Nakase, Kenta; Motoyama, Yasushi; Nakai, Tokiko; Takeshima, Yasuhiro; Nakagawa, Ichiro; Park, Young-Su; Ohbayashi, Chiho; Nakase, Hiroyuki

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    Formation of cavernous malformations (CMs) has been recognized to be associated with developmental venous anomaly (DVA) by many authors. Hemodynamic stress due to venous outflow restriction could be hypothesized as a cause. On the other hand, a rare subgroup of DVA with an arterial component has been reported as likely to hemorrhage or be symptomatic. Cases of arterialized DVAs reported previously have not been associated with the presence of CM. We present herein a case report of arterialized DVA in the brainstem with repeated cerebellar hemorrhage. The 49-year-old patient was treated with surgical evacuation of hematoma. A surgical specimen from the hematoma cavity demonstrated CMs on histological examination. To the best of our knowledge, this represents the first report of CM associated with an arterialized DVA. In addition to venous congestion due to outflow obstruction, bleeding from the arterial component of the DVA might be considered as a cause of CM formation.

  6. Coronary microvascular function and myocardial fibrosis in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Mygind, Naja Dam; Michelsen, Marie Mide; Peña, Adam

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    BACKGROUND: Even in absence of obstructive coronary artery disease women with angina pectoris have a poor prognosis possibly due to coronary microvascular disease. Coronary microvascular disease can be assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography measuring coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR......) and by positron emission tomography measuring myocardial blood flow reserve (MBFR). Diffuse myocardial fibrosis can be assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping. We hypothesized that coronary microvascular disease is associated with diffuse myocardial fibrosis. METHODS: Women with angina...... had focal fibrosis. Median (IQR) CFVR was 2.3 (1.9; 2.7), 23 (36 %) had CFVR coronary microvascular disease, and median MBFR was 2.7 (2.2; 3.0) and 19 (35 %) had a MBFR value below 2.5. No significant correlations were found between CFVR and ECV or native T1 (R (2)  = 0.02; p = 0...

  7. Peripheral obstructive arterial disease and carotid artery stenosis in end stage renal disease: a case-control study.

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    Bilancini, S; Lucchi, M; Mangiafico, R A; Medolla, A; Ferazzoli, F; Bianchi, C; Salvatori, E

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    Cardiovascular diseases are an important cause of morbidity and mortality in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the predominance of carotid stenosis and peripheral obstructive arterial disease (POAD) in a group of patients subject to dialysis compared with a control group. It is a control-case study performed on patients at different hemodialysis facilities; the exams were carried out in ambulatory care. Two groups of patients were examined, the first group was made up of 40 dialysis patients (46.6% men, average age 58.8), the second was the control group made up of 58 subjects matched by age, sex, arterial pressure, presence of diabetes and smoking habits. All patients underwent an Eco-Color Doppler exam on the over aortal trunks and lower extremities and had their Ankle-Brakial-Index (ABI) measured. Carotid stenosis was considered only if equal or over 50%. Twenty percent of dialysis patients showed carotid stenosis (CS) versus 12% in the control group, with an OR of 7.9 (CI 95% 1.3-47.7) adjusted to sex, age and hypertension. The ultrasound picture of the lesions showed large amounts of calcium deposits. Predominance of POAD in dialysis patients was 20% versus 9% in the control group. In dialysis patients the OR adjusted to age, sex and arterial pressure was 6.3 (CI 95%, 1.2-32.6). The ultrasound picture of the lesions showed mainly underpopliteal lesions with ''rosary bead'' calcifications. In diabetic dialysis patients the OR was 7.6 (CI 95% 1.4-46.3).

  8. Vertebral artery dissection associated with sildenafil abuse.

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    Dersch, Rick; Anastasopoulos, Constantin; Hader, Claudia; Stich, Oliver

    2013-05-01

    We present a 49-year-old male who suffered a cerebellar infarction due to a vertebral artery dissection. The patient had taken sildenafil daily for at least 2 years for sexual enhancement. There was no sexual intercourse or traumatic event prior to symptom onset. Sildenafil intake has been associated with aortic dissection and, in the light of this report, we suggest that chronic sildenafil intake could be a risk factor for arterial dissection. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Obstructive sleep apnoea in pregnancy and its association with pre ...

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    Background: Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) in pregnancy is associated with an increased morbidity and mortality to both mother and foetus. In the South African setting the proportion of pregnant females suffering from OSA has not been well studied; nor has the association with pre-eclampsia. This study aimed to ...

  10. Association of peripheral arterial and cardiovascular diseases in familial hypercholesterolemia.

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    Pereira, Carolina; Miname, Marcio; Makdisse, Marcia; Kalil Filho, Roberto; Santos, Raul D

    2014-08-01

    Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by an elevation in the serum levels of total cholesterol and of low-density lipoproteins (LDL- c). Known to be closely related to the atherosclerotic process, FH can determine the development of early obstructive lesions in different arterial beds. In this context, FH has also been proposed to be a risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This observational cross-sectional study assessed the association of PAD with other manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as coronary artery and cerebrovascular disease, in patients with heterozygous FH. The diagnosis of PAD was established by ankle-brachial index (ABI) values ≤ 0.90. This study assessed 202 patients (35% of men) with heterozygous FH (90.6% with LDL receptor mutations), mean age of 51 ± 14 years and total cholesterol levels of 342 ± 86 mg /dL. The prevalences of PAD and previous CVD were 17% and 28.2 %, respectively. On multivariate analysis, an independent association between CVD and the diagnosis of PAD was observed (OR = 2.50; 95% CI: 1.004 - 6.230; p = 0.049). Systematic screening for PAD by use of ABI is feasible to assess patients with FH, and it might indicate an increased risk for CVD. However, further studies are required to determine the role of ABI as a tool to assess the cardiovascular risk of those patients.

  11. Association of Peripheral Arterial and Cardiovascular Diseases in Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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    Carolina Pereira

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available Background: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by an elevation in the serum levels of total cholesterol and of low-density lipoproteins (LDL- c. Known to be closely related to the atherosclerotic process, FH can determine the development of early obstructive lesions in different arterial beds. In this context, FH has also been proposed to be a risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD. Objective: This observational cross-sectional study assessed the association of PAD with other manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD, such as coronary artery and cerebrovascular disease, in patients with heterozygous FH. Methods: The diagnosis of PAD was established by ankle-brachial index (ABI values ≤ 0.90. This study assessed 202 patients (35% of men with heterozygous FH (90.6% with LDL receptor mutations, mean age of 51 ± 14 years and total cholesterol levels of 342 ± 86 mg /dL. Results: The prevalences of PAD and previous CVD were 17% and 28.2 %, respectively. On multivariate analysis, an independent association between CVD and the diagnosis of PAD was observed (OR = 2.50; 95% CI: 1.004 - 6.230; p = 0.049. Conclusion: Systematic screening for PAD by use of ABI is feasible to assess patients with FH, and it might indicate an increased risk for CVD. However, further studies are required to determine the role of ABI as a tool to assess the cardiovascular risk of those patients.

  12. Association of Peripheral Arterial and Cardiovascular Diseases in Familial Hypercholesterolemia

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    Pereira, Carolina [Instituto do Coração HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Miname, Marcio [Instituto do Coração HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Makdisse, Marcia [Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Kalil, Roberto Filho [Instituto do Coração HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Santos, Raul D., E-mail: rdsf@cardiol.br [Instituto do Coração HCFMUSP, São Paulo, SP (Brazil); Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2014-08-15

    Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is an autosomal dominant genetic disease characterized by an elevation in the serum levels of total cholesterol and of low-density lipoproteins (LDL- c). Known to be closely related to the atherosclerotic process, FH can determine the development of early obstructive lesions in different arterial beds. In this context, FH has also been proposed to be a risk factor for peripheral arterial disease (PAD). This observational cross-sectional study assessed the association of PAD with other manifestations of cardiovascular disease (CVD), such as coronary artery and cerebrovascular disease, in patients with heterozygous FH. The diagnosis of PAD was established by ankle-brachial index (ABI) values ≤ 0.90. This study assessed 202 patients (35% of men) with heterozygous FH (90.6% with LDL receptor mutations), mean age of 51 ± 14 years and total cholesterol levels of 342 ± 86 mg /dL. The prevalences of PAD and previous CVD were 17% and 28.2 %, respectively. On multivariate analysis, an independent association between CVD and the diagnosis of PAD was observed (OR = 2.50; 95% CI: 1.004 - 6.230; p = 0.049). Systematic screening for PAD by use of ABI is feasible to assess patients with FH, and it might indicate an increased risk for CVD. However, further studies are required to determine the role of ABI as a tool to assess the cardiovascular risk of those patients.

  13. Clinical and radiological characteristics of concomitant peripheral arterial obstructive disease in patients with lumbar spinal stenosis.

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    Han, Seung-Hwan; Jeon, Chang-Hoon; Lee, Doo-Hyung; Choo, Ho-Sik; Chung, Nam-Su

    2013-01-01

    Intermittent claudication is a typical symptom of lumbar spinal stenosis (LSS) and peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAD). Because both LSS and PAD are predominantly associated with degenerative conditions, concomitant conditions are not uncommon. However, few reports of the demographic, clinical, and radiological characteristics of concomitant LSS and PAD (LSSPAD) have been published. To identify the demographic, clinical, and radiological risk factors for concomitant PAD in LSS. A retrospective matched-control study. This study involved a retrospective cohort of 43 consecutive patients with LSSPAD and a control cohort of 45 age- and gender-matched patients diagnosed with LSS without PAD. Each patient in both groups underwent plain lumbar radiographs, magnetic resonance imaging of the lumbar spine, and ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurement. Demographic and clinical parameters were obtained. The abdominal aorta calcification score (AACS) was evaluated on the lateral lumbar radiographs. Computed tomographic angiography (CTA) of the lower limb was performed to confirm PAD. The mean age of the LSSPAD group was 67.7 ± 10.7 years (52 - 88 years). The prevalence of diabetes mellitus (DM) was significantly higher in the LSSPAD group than in the LSS group (P = 0.022). The mean ABI was 0.71 ± 0.22 (0.32 - 0.91) for the LSSPAD group and 0.96 ± 0.18 (0.83 - 1.10) for LSS group (P < 0.001). The prevalence of aortic calcification was significantly higher in the LSSPAD group than in the LSS group (P < 0.001). The mean AACS was 10.2 ± 3.2 (2 - 18) for the LSSPAD group and 3.4 ± 4.1 (0 - 14) for the LSS group (P < 0.001). Retrospective design. We found that concomitant PAD in patients with LSS is associated with old age, DM, the presence of aortic calcification, and ABI < 0.9. When these risk factors exist, further work up is needed to exclude the concomitant PAD.

  14. Prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease among patients with systemic arterial hypertension without respiratory symptoms.

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    Rabahi, Marcelo Fouad; Pereira, Sheila Alves; Silva Júnior, José Laerte Rodrigues; de Rezende, Aline Pacheco; Castro da Costa, Adeliane; de Sousa Corrêa, Krislainy; Conde, Marcus Barreto

    2015-01-01

    The diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often delayed until later stages of the disease. The purpose of the present study was to determine the prevalence of COPD among adults on treatment for systemic arterial hypertension independently of the presence of respiratory symptoms. This cross-sectional study included adults aged ≥40 years with tobacco/occupational exposure and systemic arterial hypertension diagnosed at three Primary Health Care facilities in Goiania, Brazil. Patients were evaluated using a standardized respiratory questionnaire and spirometry. COPD prevalence was measured considering the value of forced vital capacity and/or forced expiratory volume in 1 second COPD (P=0.24). The prevalence of COPD in people with no previous COPD diagnosis was greater among those with no respiratory symptoms (100%) than among those with respiratory symptoms (56.1%) (P=0.01). Our findings suggest that regardless of the presence of respiratory symptoms, individuals aged ≥40 years with tobacco/occupational exposure and arterial hypertension may benefit from spirometric evaluation.

  15. Preoperative estimation of run off in patients with multiple level arterial obstructions as a guide to partial reconstructive surgery

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

    1978-01-01

    Preoperative measurements of direct femoral artery systolic pressure, indirect ankle systolic pressure and direct brachial artery systolic pressure were carried out in nine patients with severe ischemia and arterial occlusions both proximal and distal to the ingvinal ligament. The pressure......-rise at the ankle was estimated preoperatively by assuming that the ankle pressure would rise in proportion to the rise in femoral artery pressure. Thus it was predicted that reconstruction of the iliac obstruction with aorta-femoral pressure gradients from 44 to 96 mm Hg would result in a rise in ankle pressure...... of 16--54 mm Hg. The actual rise in ankle pressure one month after reconstruction of the iliac arteries ranged from 10 to 46 mm Hg and was well correlated to the preoperative estimations. In conclusion, by proper pressure measurements the run-off problem of multiple level arterial occlusions can...

  16. Comparison of arterial and venous blood gases and the effects of analysis delay and air contamination on arterial samples in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and healthy controls.

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    O'Connor, T M

    2012-01-31

    BACKGROUND: Arterial blood gases (ABGs) are often sampled incorrectly, leading to a \\'mixed\\' or venous sample. Delays in analysis and air contamination are common. OBJECTIVES: We measured the effects of these errors in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) exacerbations and controls. METHODS: Arterial and venous samples were analyzed from 30 patients with COPD exacerbation and 30 controls. Venous samples were analysed immediately and arterial samples separated into non-air-contaminated and air-contaminated specimens and analysed at 0, 30, 60, 90 and 180 min. RESULTS: Mean venous pH was 7.371 and arterial pH was 7.407 (p < 0.0001). There was a correlation between venous and arterial pH (r = 0.5347, p < 0.0001). The regression equation to predict arterial pH was: arterial pH = 4.2289 + 0.43113 . venous pH. There were no clinically significant differences in arterial PO associated with analysis delay. A statistically significant decline in pH was detected at 30 min in patients with COPD exacerbation (p = 0.0042) and 90 min in controls (p < 0.0001). A clinically significant decline in pH emerged at 73 min in patients with COPD exacerbation and 87 min in controls. Air contamination was associated with a clinically significant increase in PO in all samples, including those that were immediately analyzed. CONCLUSIONS: Arterial and venous pH differ significantly. Venous pH cannot accurately replace arterial pH. Temporal delays in ABG analysis result in a significant decline in measured pH. ABGs should be analysed within 30 min. Air contamination leads to an immediate increase in measured PO, indicating that air-contaminated ABGs should be discarded.

  17. Moyamoya disease associated with an anterior inferior cerebellar artery arising from a persistent trigeminal artery

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    Uchino, A.; Sawada, A.; Takase, Y.; Kudo, S. [Department of Radiology, Saga Medical School, 5-1-1, Nabeshima, Saga, 849-8501 (Japan); Koizumi, T. [Department of Neurosurgery, Saga Medical School, 5-1-1, Nabeshima, Saga, 849-8501 (Japan)

    2002-07-01

    The authors present a case of moyamoya disease associated with a persistent trigeminal artery from which the anterior inferior cerebellar artery arose. We reviewed previously reported cases of moyamoya disease associated with persistent carotid-basilar arterial anastomosis and investigated the embryology of this rare arterial variation. (orig.)

  18. C-reactive protein and fibrinogen in non-obstructive coronary artery disease as related to depressive symptoms and anxiety : Findings from the TweeSteden Mild Stenosis Study (TWIST)

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    Mommersteeg, Paula M. C.; Meeuwis, Stefanie H.; Denollet, Johan; Widdershoven, J.W.G.M.; Aarnoudse, Wilbert; Westerhuis, Bert L. Wjj. M.; Kop, Willem Johan

    2014-01-01

    Objective The majority of acute coronary syndromes occur in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD), and the underlying biobehavioral processes are not well understood. Depressive symptoms and anxiety are predictive of prognosis, and have been associated with markers of inflammation

  19. Spontaneous globe luxation associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    M Ashok Kumar

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Spontaneous globe luxation is a rarely reported condition which can lead to complications like optic neuropathy. Common causes are thyroid eye disease, shallow orbit and floppy eyelid syndrome. We report a case of spontaneous globe luxation with the onset and severity associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. To our knowledge, this is the first case of spontaneous globe luxation associated with COPD.

  20. Reversible symptomatic biliary obstruction associated with ceftriaxone pseudolithiasis.

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    Zinberg, J; Chernaik, R; Coman, E; Rosenblatt, R; Brandt, L J

    1991-09-01

    Ceftriaxone, a third-generation cephalosporin, has been associated with the development of sludge or stones in the gallbladders of some patients treated with this medication. Such precipitates, which are usually reversible upon discontinuation of the drug, sometimes cause symptoms, have simulated acute cholecystitis, and have even led to cholecystectomy in some cases. We report the first known instance of biliary obstruction and secondary pancreatitis in association with reversible ceftriaxone-induced pseudolithiasis.

  1. Computed tomographic angiography study of the relationship between the lingual artery and lingual markers in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea

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    Hou, T.-N., E-mail: dr-htn@hotmail.co [Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Affiliated SIR RUN RUN SHAW Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310016 (China); Zhou, L.-N.; Hu, H.-J. [Department of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery, Affiliated SIR RUN RUN SHAW Hospital, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou 310016 (China)

    2011-06-15

    Aim: To determine the relationship between the lingual artery and lingual markers for preoperative evaluation of the lingual artery in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea/hypopnoea syndrome (OSAHS). Methods: A 16-section computed tomographic angiography (CTA) of the lingual artery was performed in 87 inpatient cases with OSAHS, from December 2007 to May 2009. The course of the lingual artery and the anatomic relationship between the lingual artery and the lingual markers were analyzed using CTA imaging. Results: The course of the lingual artery with the tongue in a resting position was similar to that of the Big Dipper constellation (Plough) in the sagittal view of CTA imaging. The first segment of the lingual artery declined approximately 19.27 {+-} 5.24 mm, the middle segment of the lingual artery was forward approximately 19.30 {+-} 6.79 mm, and the ascending segment of the lingual artery rose approximately 52.49 {+-} 10.98 mm. The entry point where the lingual artery entered into the tongue was adjacent to the tip of the greater horn of the hyoid bone. The relationship between the second segment of the lingual artery and the greater horn of the hyoid bone was relatively steady with the tongue in whatever position. The interval between the bilateral greater horn of the hyoid bone equalled that between the bilateral lingual arteries. Conclusions: Recognizing some lingual markers in the patients with OSAHS, such as the greater horn of the hyoid bone, foramen cecum, circumvallate papilla, lingual vein and tongue midline, may facilitate the surgeon's ability to define the course of the lingual artery accurately in the treatment of OSAHS.

  2. [Hypertension and cardiovascular risk associated with obstructive sleep apnea in adult in Guadeloupe (French West Indies)].

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    Billy Brissac, R; Phiraï, S; Larifla, L; Atallah, A; Hedreville, M; Hedreville, S; Fassih, M; Cadelis, G; Rhinan, P; Hamony Soter, V; Foucan, L

    2015-06-01

    In Guadeloupe, data on the relationships between arterial hypertension and obstructive sleep apnea are unavailable. The aim of this study was: to assess the frequency of hypertension and non-dipper pattern evaluated by 48-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring in an adult population identified obstructive sleep apnea/non-obstructive sleep apnea during overnight polygraphy ; to determine the cardio-metabolic factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea. A cross-sectional study was realized at Pointe-à-Pitre Hospital. Patients were referred for suspected sleep apnea to sleep specialist and performed a nocturnal polygraphy. Diagnosis was confirmed if the apnea-hypopnea index was ≥ 5. We obtained two groups: sleep apnea/non-sleep apnea. All patients underwent 48-hour ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. The cardio-metabolic factors were identified and assessed (fasten level of hs-CRP and Homa-IR index). A total of 204 patients were included. Mean age at diagnosis was 54 ± 10 years, 63% were women. OSA was present in 69.6% with a higher frequency in men than in women. Difference was not significant between the two groups for hypertension frequency (84.5% vs 77%; P=0.22), non-dipper pattern (77.5% vs 76%; P=0.79) and hs-CRP. Differences for age, snoring, body max index, mean waist circumference, Homa-IR index, obesity, dyslipidemia, and type 2 diabetes were significant. Our data highlight raised frequency of cardiovascular metabolic factors in patients with obstructive sleep apnea and confirm their high cardiovascular risk. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Masson SAS. All rights reserved.

  3. [A dynamic study of blood flow in patients with unilateral obstruction of the iliac artery].

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    Moreno Padilla, F; Díez Herranz, M; Peñafiel Marfil, R; García Rospide, V; González Ríos, L; Ramosa Bruno, J; Ros Die, E

    1991-01-01

    Sanguineous flow is studied in a group of patients with unilateral obliteration of iliac artery. This flow was particularly studied during exercise with the purpose of determinate the modifications on the flow produced by exercise. For this purpose, 11 patients with no associated pathologies were studied during more than a year follow-up.

  4. Propionyl-L-carnitine in Leriche-Fontaine stage II peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Allegra, Claudio; Antignani, Pier Luigi; Schachter, Ilana; Koverech, Aleardo; Messano, Masa; Virmani, Ashraf

    2008-01-01

    Peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD) of the lower limbs affects 5% of the adult population. Uncontrolled arteriopathy is established due to a microcirculatory deficit, which may be present despite a good Winsor index and which leads to exhaustion of the functional microcirculatory reserve. The target of this study was to examine possible improvements in microvascular and tissue homeostasis by the administration of propionyl-L-carnitine (PLC). A total of 26 patients were enrolled in this study, aged 65 +/- 15 years; two males were diagnosed at stage IIA and 17 males and seven females at stage IIB PAOD. The main criterion of inclusion was the worsening of walking distance during the last month. In this study the duration of therapy was 33 days. PLC was administered in three flasks, each containing 300 mg in 250 cc saline by continuous infusion. The following parameters were measured before and after treatment: pain-free and maximum walking distance (measured on a treadmill at 3.2 km/hr with a gradient of 12%), recovery time from pain after maximum walking distance, ankle-brachial index by means of the Doppler apparatus, and evaluation of the microcirculation using capillaroscopy. The results showed that therapy with PLC was effective at restoring activity of skeletal muscle in ischemic conditions. In particular, capillaroscopy showed improvement in the angioarchitecture in the microcirculation fields, expressed as increased numbers of visible capillaries and diminution in the time of loss of sodium fluorescein marker. The clinical data showed increased walking distance and diminished time to recover from pain, and the clinical improvement correlated with improved microcirculatory function. From these preliminary data has emerged an indication of therapy with PLC for chronic obstructive arteriopathy of the lower limbs at stage II. Further studies with higher numbers of patients and more controlled variables are planned.

  5. CT angiography and magnetic resonance angiography findings after surgical and interventional radiology treatment of peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Anzidei, Michele; Lucatelli, Pierleone; Napoli, Alessandro; Jens, Sjoerd; Saba, Luca; Cartocci, Gaia; Sedati, Pietro; d'Adamo, Alessandro; Catalano, Carlo

    2015-01-01

    In the last years, technical innovations in the field of CT angiography (CTA) and magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) have allowed accurate and highly detailed evaluation of peripheral vascular pathologies. This has dramatically changed the diagnostic approach in treatment planning of peripheral arterial obstructive disease and also enabling early identification of treatment failure or treatment-related complications after surgical or endovascular procedures. Although Doppler Ultrasound is the first-line imaging modality during follow-up after treatment, its role is currently diminishing in importance mostly because of the proliferation of high-end CT and MR scanners capable of fast, reproducible, and highly reliable vascular imaging. The aim of this study is to review the various surgical and endovascular procedures for peripheral arterial obstructive disease and to provide CTA and MRA samples of common and uncommon complications related to treatment. Copyright © 2015 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. EFFICACY AND SAFETY OF AMLODIPINE MALEATE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE AND BRONCHIAL ASTHMA WITH CONCOMITANT ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION

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    N. A. Karoli

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To evaluate efficacy and safety of amlodipine maleate in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, bronchial asthma (BA and concomitant arterial hypertension.Methods. Patients (n=40 with COPD (n=20 or BA (n=20 and hypertension of 1-2 degree were examined. Amlodipine maleate was used as antihypertensive drug. The spirometry, ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, vascular oscillometry (evaluation of arterial stiffness, vascular Doppler imaging (evaluation of endothelial function was performed initially and in 6 months of treatment.Results. The high efficacy of amlodipine maleate as antihypertensive drug was found in patients with COPD or BA and hypertension without dependence on bronchial obstruction severity. The positive influence of amlodipine on endothelial function and vascular rigidity was also observed.Conclusion: study results confirm the rationales of amlodipine use in patients with COPD or BA and hypertension.

  7. Genetic associations with obstructive sleep apnea traits in Hispanic/Latino Americans

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    Obstructive sleep apnea is a common disorder associated with increased risk for cardiovascular disease, diabetes, and premature mortality. Although there is strong clinical and epidemiologic evidence supporting the importance of genetic factors in influencing obstructive sleep apnea, its genetic bas...

  8. Data on the lipoprotein (a, coronary atherosclerotic burden and vulnerable plaque phenotype in angiographic obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Giampaolo Niccoli

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Lipoprotein Lp(a represents an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD. However, its association with CAD burden and lipid rich plaques prone to rupture in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS still remains unknown. These data aim to investigate the association among serum Lipoprotein(a (Lpa levels, coronary atherosclerotic burden and features of culprit plaque in patients with ACS and obstructive CAD. For his reason, a total of 500 ACS patients were enrolled for the angiographic cohort and 51 ACS patients were enrolled for the optical coherence tomography (OCT cohort. Angiographic CAD severity was assessed by Sullivan score and by Bogaty score including stenosis score and extent index, whereas OCT plaque features were evaluated at the site of the minimal lumen area and along the culprit segment. In the angiographic cohort, Lp(a was a weak independent predictor of Sullivan score (p30 md/dl compared to patients with lower Lp(a levels (<30 md/dl exhibited a higher prevalence of lipidic plaque at the site of the culprit stenosis (P=0.02, a wider lipid arc (p=0.003 and a higher prevalence of thin-cap fibroatheroma (p=0.004

  9. Rhombencephalosynapsis: association with single umbilical artery.

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    Kalra, Veena; Sharma, Suvasini; Garg, Ajay

    2008-11-01

    A 6-year-old girl who presented with developmental delay and non-progressive ataxia is described. MRI of brain showed agenesis of cerebellar vermis with fusion of cerebellar hemispheres and dentate nuclei. MRI findings were characteristic of rhombencephalosynapsis. Partial agenesis of corpus callosum and absent septum pellucidum were also seen. The child had also been noted to have a single umbilical artery at birth: a hitherto undescribed association.

  10. Arterial Obstruction on Computed Tomographic or Magnetic Resonance Angiography and Response to Intravenous Thrombolytics in Ischemic Stroke.

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    Mair, Grant; von Kummer, Rüdiger; Adami, Alessandro; White, Philip M; Adams, Matthew E; Yan, Bernard; Demchuk, Andrew M; Farrall, Andrew J; Sellar, Robin J; Sakka, Eleni; Palmer, Jeb; Perry, David; Lindley, Richard I; Sandercock, Peter A G; Wardlaw, Joanna M

    2017-02-01

    Computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography are used increasingly to assess arterial patency in patients with ischemic stroke. We determined which baseline angiography features predict response to intravenous thrombolytics in ischemic stroke using randomized controlled trial data. We analyzed angiograms from the IST-3 (Third International Stroke Trial), an international, multicenter, prospective, randomized controlled trial of intravenous alteplase. Readers, masked to clinical, treatment, and outcome data, assessed prerandomization computed tomographic angiography and magnetic resonance angiography for presence, extent, location, and completeness of obstruction and collaterals. We compared angiography findings to 6-month functional outcome (Oxford Handicap Scale) and tested for interactions with alteplase, using ordinal regression in adjusted analyses. We also meta-analyzed all available angiography data from other randomized controlled trials of intravenous thrombolytics. In IST-3, 300 patients had prerandomization angiography (computed tomographic angiography=271 and magnetic resonance angiography=29). On multivariable analysis, more extensive angiographic obstruction and poor collaterals independently predicted poor outcome (Pangiography findings and alteplase effect on Oxford Handicap Scale (P≥0.075) in IST-3. In meta-analysis (5 trials of alteplase or desmoteplase, including IST-3, n=591), there was a significantly increased benefit of thrombolytics on outcome (odds ratio>1 indicates benefit) in patients with (odds ratio, 2.07; 95% confidence interval, 1.18-3.64; P=0.011) versus without (odds ratio, 0.88; 95% confidence interval, 0.58-1.35; P=0.566) arterial obstruction (P for interaction 0.017). Intravenous thrombolytics provide benefit to stroke patients with computed tomographic angiography or magnetic resonance angiography evidence of arterial obstruction, but the sample was underpowered to demonstrate significant treatment

  11. Effect of Positive Airway Pressure on Cardiovascular Outcomes in Coronary Artery Disease Patients with Non-Sleepy Obstructive Sleep Apnea : The RICCADSA Randomized Controlled Trial

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    Peker, Yüksel; Glantz, Helena; Eulenburg, Christine; Wegscheider, Karl; Herlitz, Johan; Thunström, Erik

    2016-01-01

    RATIONALE: Obstructive sleep apnea is common in patients with coronary artery disease, many of whom do not report daytime sleepiness. First-line treatment for symptomatic obstructive sleep apnea is continuous positive airway pressure, but its value in patients without daytime sleepiness is

  12. Co-morbidities associated with obstructive sleep apnea

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    V K Vijayan

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available There are many co-morbid conditions that are associated with obstructive sleep apnea(OSA. Though a causative relationship between OSA and some of the co-morbiditiesis well established or strongly associated, many risk factors of OSA (age, male genderand obesity are also known risk factors especially for cardiovascular diseases. Otherimportant co-morbid conditions associated with OSA are neurocognitive dysfunctionand, erectile dysfunction. Recently there are reports that ocular manifestations areassociated with OSA. It is expected that more co-morbidities will be reported in OSA asthe research in this area progresses.Key words: Co-morbidities in OSA, Hypertension, Cardiac arrhythmias, Stoke,Erectile dysfunction

  13. Incremental value of B-type natriuretic peptide for detection and risk reclassification of obstructive coronary artery disease on computed tomography angiography.

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    Kawabe, Masayuki; Sato, Akira; Hoshi, Tomoya; Endo, Masae; Yoshida, Ikuo; Aonuma, Kazutaka

    2017-04-01

    B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) is well known to increase as a result of left ventricular systolic dysfunction and is a useful diagnostic marker for heart failure. The purpose of this study was to assess the incremental value of BNP for predicting obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) on computed tomography angiography (CTA) in patients with suspected CAD. This was an observational analysis of patients with stable CAD undergoing CTA in our institution between April 2008 and June 2014. Consecutive 947 patients with suspected CAD who underwent 64-slice CTA were enrolled. Obstructive CAD was defined as more than 50% luminal narrowing. We divided the patients into 2 groups according to median BNP value (20.3pg/ml). Duke clinical score for obstructive CAD was calculated for each patient. Obstructive CAD was found in 273 (28.0%) patients. Median follow-up period was 37 months (interquartile range 21-55 months). Kaplan-Meier curves showed that BNP above median was significantly associated with major adverse cardiac events (p=0.001). In multivariable logistic analysis, patients with BNP above median were associated with the presence of obstructive CAD, as compared with BNP below median [odds ratio, 2.55; 95% confidence interval (CI), 1.79-3.63; pvalue of the Duke clinical score and BNP, the predictive value of the Duke clinical score [area under the curve (AUC), 0.714] could be increased by BNP (AUC 0.745 for the combined model; prisk score. Copyright © 2016 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  14. Assessment of carotid artery intima-media thickness in patients with obstructive sleep apnoea.

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    Liao, L-J; Cho, T-Y; Huang, T-W

    2017-10-01

    This study compares the carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in different severity of obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) patients and assesses the role of OSA in carotid artery vasculopathy with control of multiple co-morbidities. Prospective case-control study. Tertiary referral centre. This study recruited 36 volunteers without the complaints of sleep-disordered breathing, 27 patients with mild-moderate OSA and 39 patients with severe OSA. The CIMT was measured using a Toshiba Aplio 500 ultrasound system (Otawara, Japan) with a 5-14 MHz L probe. Bilateral and mean CIMT in healthy control, mild-moderate OSA and severe OSA were 0.69 ± 0.14, 0.72 ± 0.24 and 0.94 ± 0.33, respectively (P 0.05) after adjusting age, hypertension and body mass index. Automated measurement of the CIMT can be a useful tool for CVD risk assessment in patients with OSA. Severity of OSA may be an intermediate factor between multiple co-morbidities and carotid atherosclerotic change. © 2017 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  15. Role of thrombophilia in premature peripheral arterial obstructive disease - experience of a vascular centre in China.

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    Ni, L; Liu, C-W; Ricco, J-B; Dick, F; Liu, B; Ye, W

    2012-08-01

    To evaluate aetiology profile and role of thrombophilia in patients with premature peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD) in China. Between January 2000 and January 2010, among 368 patients presenting with PAOD, but not Buerger's disease, at an age of less than 45 years, 150 patients have been screened for thrombophilia and the data analysed retrospectively. Aetiologies of thrombophilia which involved in premature PAOD were assessed and surgical outcomes were stratified for presence of thrombophilia. In 57 of 150 patients (38%), laboratory assay results suggested thrombophilia, and the rest of them presented with other aetiology (62%). A total of 108 patients, including 38 patients with thrombophilia (35%), needed some type of revascularisation. At 30 days, recurrent thrombosis (29% vs. 9%; p = 0.005) and major amputations (11% vs. 1%; p = 0.032) were more common in patients with thrombophilia. At 1 year, primary patency (56% vs. 75%, p = 0.043), secondary patency (68% vs. 92%, p = 0.036) and limb salvage (74% vs. 96%, p = 0.038) were significantly lower in patients with thrombophilia. Thrombophilia is frequently diagnosed among premature PAOD in China and adversely affects outcome after revascularisation. Clinicians should be aware of its high prevalence and aim at screening and sustained thrombophilia treatment. Crown Copyright © 2012. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  16. POSITIVE ASSOCIATION BETWEEN TINNITUS AND ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION

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    Ricardo Rodrigues Figueiredo

    2016-10-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Tinnitus is the perception of noise in the absence of an external source and is considered by most authors as a multifactorial symptom. A systematic review concerning the association of tinnitus and systemic arterial hypertension retrieved suggestions of a positive association, but the articles included failed to perform a detailed analysis on the theme. Purpose: To analyze the presence of arterial hypertension in tinnitus and non-tinnitus patients. To analyze differences between tinnitus impact and psychoacoustic measurements in hypertensive and normotensive patients and to evaluate the association between the presence of tinnitus and the diverse antihypertensive drugs employed. Material and method: Cross-sectional transversal study, comparing two groups of subjects ( 144 in the study group with tinnitus and 140 in the control group, without tinnitus. Clinical, demographical, audiometrical and psychoacoustics characteristics of the subjects were compared. Results: Hypertension prevalence in tinnitus subjects was 44.4% against 31.4% in subjects without tinnitus (p=0.024. Positive associations with tinnitus were found with hypertension treatment with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors ( p=0.006, tiazidic diuretics (p<0,0001, potassium-sparing diuretics ( p=0.016 and calcium channels blockers (p=0.004. Conclusions: There is an association between tinnitus and arterial hypertension. This association is particularly strong in older patients. Hypertension treatment with diuretics, angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors and calcium channels blockers was more prevalent in tinnitus patients, suggesting that an eventual ototoxicity of these drugs may be involved in tinnitus pathophysiology, a hypothesis that should be evaluated in further studies.

  17. 48. Can early 24 hours Holter monitoring predict obstructive coronary artery lesions in patients with low risk acute coronary syndrome?

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    T. Taha

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Identification of patients at increased risk of death due to acute coronary syndrome (ACS can add to risk stratification and guide the next step in the management of those patients. Altered HRV has been associated with adverse outcomes in heart disease, but this has not been established in patients with acute chest pain.This study aimed to create a non-invasive, economical and risk-free method in the clinical evaluation and diagnosis of significant CAD among patients with unstable angina.Twenty-four-hour Holter recordings of 100 patients with ACS were initiated within 24 hours of admission at the emergency department; stress ECG was done for all patients while coronary angiography was done only for patients with abnormal stress test. Time domain, frequency domain, and nonlinear HRV were examined.The mean SDNN was statistically significantly lower in patients with abnormal stress test, many time and frequency domain HRV parameters was statistically lower in patients with significant coronary arteries obstruction. HRV measured close to the ACS onset may assist in risk stratification. HRV parameters may provide additional, incremental prognostic information to established assessment guidelines and possible early intervention in those patients.

  18. HIV is associated with airway obstruction: a matched controlled study.

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    Makinson, Alain; Hayot, Maurice; Eymard-Duvernay, Sabrina; Ribet, Céline; Raffi, François; Pialoux, Gilles; Zucman, David; Poizot-Martin, Isabelle; Bonnet, Fabrice; Abgrall, Sophie; Tattevin, Pierre; Cheret, Antoine; Ferry, Tristan; Mauboussin, Jean-Marc; Marchand, Lucie; Rouzaud, Claire; Reynes, Jacques; Zins, Marie; Le Moing, Vincent

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    To explore whether airway obstruction is associated with HIV in a cohort of HIV-infected and uninfected smokers. People living with HIV (PLWHIV) participated in the ANRS EP48 HIV CHEST study, an early lung cancer diagnosis study with low-dose chest tomography. HIV-uninfected study participants were from the CONSTANCES cohort. Inclusion criteria were an age greater than 40 years, a smoking history of at least 20 pack-years, and for PLWHIV, a CD4 T-lymphocyte nadir less than 350/μl and last CD4 cell count more than 100 cells/μl. Two randomly selected HIV-uninfected study participants were matched by age and sex with one PLWHIV. Prebronchodilatator forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1) to forced vital capacity (FVC) ratio was the primary outcome, and association of FEV1/FVC ratio less than 0.70 and FEV1 less than 80% of the theoretical value, as a proxy of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, the secondary outcome. In total, 351 PLWHIV and 702 HIV-uninfected study participants were included. Median age was 50 years, and 17% of study participants were women. Plasma HIV RNA was less than 50 copies/ml in 89% of PLWHIV, with a median CD4 cell count of 573 cells/μl. HIV (β -2.19), age (per 10 years increase; β -2.81), tobacco use (per 5 pack-years increase; β -0.34), and hepatitis C virus serology (β-2.50) were negatively associated with FEV1/FVC. HIV [odds ratio (OR: 1.72)], age (per 10 years increase; OR 1.77), and tobacco use (per 5 pack-years increase; OR 1.11) were significantly associated with the secondary outcome. Our study found a significant association of airway obstruction with HIV status in smokers aged more than 40 years with previous immunodeficiency.

  19. Coronary Microvascular Function and Cardiovascular Risk Factors in Women With Angina Pectoris and No Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease: The iPOWER Study.

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    Mygind, Naja Dam; Michelsen, Marie Mide; Pena, Adam; Frestad, Daria; Dose, Nynne; Aziz, Ahmed; Faber, Rebekka; Høst, Nis; Gustafsson, Ida; Hansen, Peter Riis; Hansen, Henrik Steen; Bairey Merz, C Noel; Kastrup, Jens; Prescott, Eva

    2016-03-15

    The majority of women with angina-like chest pain have no obstructive coronary artery disease when evaluated with coronary angiography. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is a possible explanation and associated with a poor prognosis. This study evaluated the prevalence of coronary microvascular dysfunction and the association with symptoms, cardiovascular risk factors, psychosocial factors, and results from diagnostic stress testing. After screening 3568 women, 963 women with angina-like chest pain and a diagnostic coronary angiogram without significant coronary artery stenosis (coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) by Doppler examination of the left anterior descending coronary artery. CFVR was successfully measured in 919 (95%) women. Median (IQR) CFVR was 2.33 (1.98-2.76), and 241 (26%) had markedly impaired CFVR (coronary microvascular dysfunction plays a role in the development of angina pectoris. CFVR was associated with few cardiovascular risk factors, suggesting that CFVR is an independent parameter in the risk evaluation of these women. Symptom characteristics and results from stress testing did not identify individuals with impaired CFVR. © 2016 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  20. [Analysis of peripheral arterial obstructive disease related factors among diabetic population aged > or = 50].

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    Guan, Heng; Liu, Zhi-Min; Li, Guang-Wei; Guo, Xiao-Hui; Xu, Zhang-Rong; Zou, Da-Jin; Xing, Hui-Li; Liu, Wei; Sheng, Zheng-Yan; Tian, Hao-Ming; Zhu, Da-Long; Yu, De-Min; Zhuang, Wei-Te; Chen, Lu-Lu; Weng, Jian-Ping

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    To analyze the peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAD) related factors among diabetic population aged > or = 50 in China. The clinical data of 1397 diabetic patients aged > or = 50 with at least one of the following risk factors: smoking, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia, from 15 Class III Grade A hospitals in 7 major cities of China were collected. Diagnosis of PAD was based on the ankle brachial index (ABI) 1400 cm/s. Regression studies were made to analyze the relations among PAD and various risk factors: age, sex, body mass index (BMI), smoking, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, history of cerebral vascular disease (CVD), history of ischemia heart disease (IHD) etc. The current prevalence rate of PAD was 19.47% among the 1397 patients, 18.3% (122/664) among the male patients, and 20.4% (150/733) among the female patients. The prevalence of PAD in the patients aged > or = 70 was as high as 31.9%. The duration of diabetes course was positively correlated with the prevalence of PAD (chi2 = 11.9, P = 0.0026). The ABI abnormality rate was 15.78% among those with a diabetic course of 5 years and was 23.84% among those with a diabetic course of 10 years. The abnormal ABI rate of the patients with CVD was 30.57%, significantly higher than that of hose without CVD (17.29%, chi2 = 21.49, P or = 50 in China suffer from PAD. Age, course of diabetes, blood glucose level, SBP, IHD, and CVD are risk factors for PAD. Early intervention and treatment of hypertension and hyperglycemia, and quitting smoking are important in reducing the occurrence of PAD. ABI and PWV are not only diagnostic means for PAD, but also alarm guide indexes for cerebral vascular disease (CVD).

  1. Intracranial cerebral artery stenosis with associated coronary artery and extracranial carotid artery stenosis in Turkish patients

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    Alkan, Ozlem [Department of Radiology, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)], E-mail: yalinozlem@hotmail.com; Kizilkilic, Osman; Yildirim, Tulin [Department of Radiology, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey); Atalay, Hakan [Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, Baskent University, Faculty of Medicine, Ankara (Turkey)

    2009-09-15

    Purpose: Although it has been demonstrated that there is a high prevalence of extracranial carotid artery stenosis (ECAS) in patients with severe coronary artery disease, intracranial cerebral artery stenosis (ICAS) is rarely mentioned. We evaluated the prevalence of ICAS in patients with ECAS having elective coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgery to determine the relations between ICAS, ECAS and atherosclerotic risk factors. Methods: We retrospectively reviewed the digital subtraction angiography findings of 183 patients with ECAS {>=} 50% preparing for CABG surgery. The analyses focused on the intracranial or extracranial location and degree of the stenosis. The degree of extracranial stenoses were categorized as normal, <50%, 50-69%, 70-89%, and 90-99% stenosis and occluded. The degree of intracranial stenosis was classified as normal or {<=}25%, 25-49%, and {>=}50% stenosis and occluded. Traditional atherosclerotic risk factors were recorded. Results: ECAS < 70% in 42 patients and ECAS {>=} 70% in 141 patients. ICAS was found in 51 patients and ICAS {>=} 50% in 30 patients. Regarding risk factors, we found hypertension in 135 patients, diabetes mellitus in 91 patients, hyperlipidemia in 84 patients, and smoking in 81 patients. No risk factor was significant predictors of intracranial atherosclerosis. The severity of ICAS was not significantly associated with that of the ECAS. Conclusions: We found ICAS in 27.8% of the patients with ECAS > 50% on digital subtraction angiography preparing for CABG. Therefore a complete evaluation of the neck vessels with magnetic resonance or catheter angiography seems to be indicated as well as intracranial circulation for the risk assessment of CABG.

  2. Comorbidities Associated with Obstructive Sleep Apnea: a Retrospective Study

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    Pinto, José Antonio; Ribeiro, Davi Knoll; Cavallini, Andre Freitas da Silva; Duarte, Caue; Freitas, Gabriel Santos

    2016-01-01

    Introduction Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is characterized by partial or complete recurrent upper airway obstruction during sleep. OSA brings many adverse consequences, such as hypertension, obesity, diabetes mellitus, cardiac and encephalic alterations, behavioral, among others, resulting in a significant source of public health care by generating a high financial and social impact. The importance of this assessment proves to be useful, because the incidence of patients with comorbidities associated with AOS has been increasing consistently and presents significant influence in natural disease history. Objective The objective of this study is to assess major comorbidities associated with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and prevalence in a group of patients diagnosed clinically and polysomnographically with OSA. Methods This is a retrospective study of 100 charts from patients previously diagnosed with OSA in our service between October 2010 and January 2013. Results We evaluated 100 patients with OSA (84 men and 16 women) with a mean age of 50.05 years (range 19–75 years). The prevalence of comorbidities were hypertension (39%), obesity (34%), depression (19%), gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD) (18%), diabetes mellitus (15%), hypercholesterolemia (10%), asthma (4%), and no comorbidities (33%). Comorbidities occurred in 56.2% patients diagnosed with mild OSA, 67.6% with moderate OSA, and 70% of patients with severe OSA. Conclusion According to the current literature data and the values obtained in our paper, we can correlate through expressive values obesity with OSA and their apnea hypopnea index (AHI) values. However, despite significant prevalence of OSA with other comorbidities, our study could not render expressive significance values able to justify their correlations. PMID:27096019

  3. Coronary collateralization shows sex and racial-ethnic differences in obstructive artery disease patients.

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    Full Text Available Coronary collateral circulation protects cardiac tissues from myocardial infarction damage and decreases sudden cardiac death. So far, it is unclear how coronary collateralization varies by race-ethnicity groups and by sex.We assessed 868 patients with obstructive CAD. Patients were assessed for collateral grades based on Rentrop grading system, as well as other covariates. DNA samples were genotyped using the Affymetrix 6.0 genotyping array. To evaluate genetic contributions to collaterals, we performed admixture mapping using logistic regression with estimated local and global ancestry.Overall, 53% of participants had collaterals. We found difference between sex and racial-ethnic groups. Men had higher rates of collaterals than women (P-value = 0.000175. White Hispanics/Latinos showed overall higher rates of collaterals than African Americans and non-Hispanic Whites (59%, 50% and 48%, respectively, P-value = 0.017, and especially higher rates in grade 1 and grade 3 collateralization than the other two populations (P-value = 0.0257. Admixture mapping showed Native American ancestry was associated with the presence of collaterals at a region on chromosome 17 (chr17:35,243,142-41,251,931, β = 0.55, P-value = 0.000127. African ancestry also showed association with collaterals at a different region on chromosome 17 (chr17: 32,266,966-34,463,323, β = 0.38, P-value = 0.00072.In our study, collateralization showed sex and racial-ethnic differences in obstructive CAD patients. We identified two regions on chromosome 17 that were likely to harbor genetic variations that influenced collateralization.

  4. Development of new risk score for pre-test probability of obstructive coronary artery disease based on coronary CT angiography.

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    Fujimoto, Shinichiro; Kondo, Takeshi; Yamamoto, Hideya; Yokoyama, Naoyuki; Tarutani, Yasuhiro; Takamura, Kazuhisa; Urabe, Yoji; Konno, Kumiko; Nishizaki, Yuji; Shinozaki, Tomohiro; Kihara, Yasuki; Daida, Hiroyuki; Isshiki, Takaaki; Takase, Shinichi

    2015-09-01

    Existing methods to calculate pre-test probability of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) have been established using selected high-risk patients who were referred to conventional coronary angiography. The purpose of this study is to develop and validate our new method for pre-test probability of obstructive CAD using patients who underwent coronary CT angiography (CTA), which could be applicable to a wider range of patient population. Using consecutive 4137 patients with suspected CAD who underwent coronary CTA at our institution, a multivariate logistic regression model including clinical factors as covariates calculated the pre-test probability (K-score) of obstructive CAD determined by coronary CTA. The K-score was compared with the Duke clinical score using the area under the curve (AUC) for the receiver-operating characteristic curve. External validation was performed by an independent sample of 319 patients. The final model included eight significant predictors: age, gender, coronary risk factor (hypertension, diabetes mellitus, dyslipidemia, smoking), history of cerebral infarction, and chest symptom. The AUC of the K-score was significantly greater than that of the Duke clinical score for both derivation (0.736 vs. 0.699) and validation (0.714 vs. 0.688) data sets. Among patients who underwent coronary CTA, newly developed K-score had better pre-test prediction ability of obstructive CAD compared to Duke clinical score in Japanese population.

  5. Association between allergic and nonallergic rhinitis and obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Zheng, Ming; Wang, Xiangdong; Zhang, Luo

    2018-02-01

    Allergic rhinitis and nonallergic rhinitis (NAR) are common disorders, which have been considered as potential risk factors for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). This review summarizes the proposed underlying pathophysiological mechanisms to provide a better understanding of the relationship between these conditions. In adults, allergic rhinitis and NAR may be considered as symptoms potentiating, rather than risk potentiating factors in the pathophysiology of OSA, whereas in children, these are considered to be independent predictors for sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) and failure of adeno-tonsillectomy, the recommended first-line therapy for children with OSA. Current advances suggest IL-6 may be important in regulating the sleep-wake cycle, and serum soluble IL-6 receptor (sIL-6R) levels may reflect the severity of OSA. Elevated Th17/Treg ratio correlates positively with apnea-hypopnea index of OSA patients, and Th17 and Treg imbalances caused by allergic rhinitis and OSA, respectively, may possibly promote each other, leading to further imbalance. Moreover, obesity is a strong risk factor for OSA, and leptin plays an important role in ventilatory function and upper airway obstruction. The variant trigeminocardiac reflex and nasotrigeminal reflex may also be involved in the association between rhinitis and OSA. Allergic rhinitis/NAR and OSA are closely associated, and each condition can be detrimental to the other. Thus, clinicians should pay attention to the potential presence of allergic rhinitis/NAR in OSA patients and vice versa.

  6. Factors associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease among the elderly.

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    Barbosa, Ana Teresa Fernandes; Carneiro, Jair Almeida; Ramos, Gizele Carmen Fagundes; Leite, Maísa Tavares; Caldeira, Antônio Prates

    2017-01-01

    This study aimed to identify factors associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) among non-institutionalized elderly people. It involved a cross-sectional study conducted on the basis of a household survey, followed by spirometry. People diagnosed with COPD were compared with those with normal spirometry, through bivariate analysis, followed by multivariate regression analysis. We identified 53 elderly people were identified with COPD. After multivariate analysis, the following factors associated with COPD were identified: past or current smoking (OR: 3.74; 95% CI: 1.65-8.46), presence of chronic sputum (OR: 4.92; 95% CI: 2.03-11.95), pulse oximetry at rest ≤ 90% (OR: 8.74; 95%CI: 1.27-60.07), self-reported asthma (OR: 3.41; 95% CI: 1.01-11.57). The results reveal associated factors that highlight the need to review the selection criteria for patients at risk of COPD among the elderly.

  7. Incidence and characteristics of patients presenting with acute myocardial infarction and non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Najib, Khalid; Boateng, Stephen; Sangodkar, Sandeep; Mahmood, Shad; Whitney, Hannah; Wang, Chihsiung E; Racsa, Patrick; Sanborn, Timothy A

    2015-10-01

    This study aimed to characterize the etiologies of patients presenting with myocardial infarction (MI) and found to have non-obstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD) and compare risk factors and in-hospital mortality to those with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Patients presenting with an MI are often found to have NOCAD defined as less than 50% luminal diameter reduction by visual estimation on coronary angiography. This study is a retrospective analysis of a total of 2,038 patients that presented to NorthShore University HealthSystem with MI and underwent coronary angiography from 2010 to 2013. 1,822 patients (89%) had CAD and 216 (11%) had NOCAD. Of the NOCAD patients, the most common etiologies were Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (28%), no alternative explanation (26%), demand ischemia (21%), myopericarditis (7%), coronary artery vasospasm (5%), and coronary artery dissection (3%). NOCAD patients were more likely to be younger and female. There was no significant difference between NOCAD and CAD patients in terms of in-hospital mortality (3.7% vs. 4.0% respectively, OR = 1.1, 95% CI 0.5-2.3, P = 0.83 by univariate logistic regression, OR = 1.2, 95% CI 0.5-3.1, P = 0.74 by multivariable analysis). CAD patients were more likely to have traditional risk factors of diabetes, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, previous MI, previous revascularization with percutaneous coronary intervention or coronary artery bypass graft surgery. Patients presenting with MI and NOCAD were found to have several different etiologies on coronary angiography with the most common being Takotsubo cardiomyopathy. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  8. Can augmentation index be used as an accurate tool in the diagnosis of peripheral obstructive arterial disease?

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    Coyle, P; Duff, G; Gavin, O; Clarke Moloney, M; Burke, P E; Kavanagh, E G; Grace, P A

    2012-09-01

    The use of radial augmentation index (rAI) as an indicator of vascular disease was investigated in the vascular imaging laboratory in a regional hospital. The aim of this study was to investigate whether a correlation exists between ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI) and rAI in normal subjects, patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease, and diabetic patients. A group of 46 patients and 14 controls had ABPI and rAI measured and factors affecting AI were assessed. rAI was found to have a negative correlation with ABPI (Spearman's ρ = -0.513, p peripheral obstructive vascular disease patients compared to normal (normal median 69% lower, p disease and may be a useful tool in the diagnosis of vascular pathology.

  9. Invasive and non-invasive evaluation of spontaneous arteriogenesis in a novel porcine model for peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Buschmann, Ivo R; Voskuil, Michiel; van Royen, Niels; Hoefer, Imo E; Scheffler, Klaus; Grundmann, Sebastian; Hennig, Jürgen; Schaper, Wolfgang; Bode, Christoph; Piek, Jan J

    2003-03-01

    Our current knowledge regarding the efficacy of factors stimulating collateral artery growth in the peripheral circulation primarily stems from models in small animals. However, experimental models in large sized animals are a prerequisite for extrapolation of growth factor therapy to patients with peripheral atherosclerotic obstructive disease. Therefore, we have developed a novel porcine femoral artery ligation model using non-invasive and invasive evaluation techniques. In 12 young farm pigs and nine older minipigs, a ligation of the superficial femoral artery was performed. Using an intra-arterial catheter, phosphate buffered saline (PBS) was administered with a first-pass over the collateral vascular bed. Directly after ligation as well as after 2 weeks of continuous infusion of PBS, perfusion of the leg was measured using various flow and pressure parameters. Using a pump driven extracorporal system, collateral conductance was determined under maximal vasodilatation. Conductance decreased after acute ligation to similar levels in both young farm pigs as well as the older minipigs (both 9.3% of normal perfusion) and recovered after 2 weeks to a higher value in farm pigs compared with minipigs (22.4 vs. 12.7% of normal; Parteries. To the best of our knowledge this is the first in vivo pig model for hemodynamic assessment of growth of collateral arteries in the peripheral circulation, that is suitable for evaluation of arteriogenic effects of growth factors or genes.

  10. Association of lung function genes with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Kim, Woo Jin; Lim, Myoung Nam; Hong, Yoonki; Silverman, Edwin K; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Jung, Bock Hyun; Ra, Seung Won; Choi, Hye Sook; Jung, Young Ju; Park, Yong Bum; Park, Myung Jae; Lee, Sei Won; Lee, Jae Seung; Oh, Yeon-Mok; Lee, Sang Do

    2014-08-01

    Spirometric measurements of pulmonary function are important in diagnosing and determining the severity of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). We performed this study to determine whether candidate genes identified in genome-wide association studies of spirometric measurements were associated with COPD and if they interacted with smoking intensity. The current analysis included 1,000 COPD subjects and 1,000 controls recruited from 24 hospital-based pulmonary clinics. Thirteen SNPs, chosen based on genome-wide association studies of spirometric measurements in the Korean population cohorts, were genotyped. Genetic association tests were performed, adjusting for age, sex, and smoking intensity, using models including a SNP-by-smoking interaction term. PID1 and FAM13A were significantly associated with COPD susceptibility. There were also significant interactions between SNPs in ACN9 and FAM13A and smoking pack-years, and an association of ACN9 with COPD in the lowest smoking tertile. The risk allele of FAM13A was associated with increased expression of FAM13A in the lung. We have validated associations of FAM13A and PID1 with COPD. ACN9 showed significant interaction with smoking and is a potential candidate gene for COPD. Significant associations of genetic variants of FAM13A with gene expression levels suggest that the associated loci may act as genetic regulatory elements for FAM13A gene expression.

  11. Correlation between arterial and venous blood gas analysis parameters in patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Arterial blood gas (ABG analyses have an important role in the assessment and monitoring of the metabolic and oxygen status of patients with acute exacerbation of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. Arterial puncture could have a lot of adverse effects, while sampling of venous blood is simpler and is not so invasive. Objective. The aim of this study was to evaluate whether venous blood gas (VBG values of pH, partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PCO2, partial oxygen pressure (PO2, bicarbonate (HCO3, and venous and arterial blood oxygen saturation (SO2 can reliably predict ABG levels in patients with acute exacerbation of COPD. Methods. Forty-seven patients with a prior diagnosis of COPD were included in this prospective study. The patients with acute exacerbation of this disease were examined at the General Hospital EMS Department in Prijepolje. ABG samples were taken immediately after venous sampling, and both were analyzed. Results. The Pearson correlation coefficients between arterial and venous parameters were 0.828, 0.877, 0.599, 0.896 and 0.312 for pH, PCO2, PO2, HCO3 and SO2, respectively. The statistically significant correlation between arterial and venous pH, PCO2 and HCO3, values was found in patients with acute exacerbation of COPD (p<0.001. Conclusion. When we cannot provide arterial blood for analysis, venous values of the pH, Pv,CO2 and HCO3 parameters can be an alternative to their arterial equivalents in the interpretation of the metabolic status in patients with acute exacerbation of COPD, while the values of venous Pv,O2 and Sv,O2 cannot be used as predictors in the assessment of oxygen status of such patients.

  12. Effect of Sex Differences on Invasive Measures of Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction in Patients With Angina in the Absence of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Kobayashi, Yuhei; Fearon, William F; Honda, Yasuhiro; Tanaka, Shigemitsu; Pargaonkar, Vedant; Fitzgerald, Peter J; Lee, David P; Stefanick, Marcia; Yeung, Alan C; Tremmel, Jennifer A

    2015-09-01

    This study investigated sex differences in coronary flow reserve (CFR) and the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) in patients with angina in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is associated with worse long-term outcomes, especially in women. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) and the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) are 2 methods of assessing the coronary microcirculation. We prospectively enrolled 117 women and 40 men with angina in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease. We performed CFR, IMR, fractional flow reserve, and quantitative coronary angiography in the left anterior descending artery. Coronary flow was assessed with a thermodilution method by obtaining mean transit time (Tmn) (an inverse correlate to absolute flow) at rest and hyperemia. All patients had minimal atherosclerosis by quantitative coronary angiography (% diameter stenosis: 23.2 ± 12.3%), and epicardial disease was milder in women (fractional flow reserve: 0.88 ± 0.04 vs. 0.87 ± 0.04; p = 0.04). IMR was similar between the sexes (20.7 ± 9.8 vs. 19.1 ± 8.0; p = 0.45), but CFR was lower in women (3.8 ± 1.6 vs. 4.8 ± 1.9; p = 0.004). This was primarily due to a shorter resting Tmn in women (p = 0.005), suggesting increased resting coronary flow, whereas hyperemic Tmn was identical (p = 0.79). In multivariable analysis, female sex was an independent predictor of lower CFR and shorter resting Tmn. Despite similar microvascular function in women and men by IMR, CFR is lower in women. This discrepancy appears to be due to differences in resting coronary flow between the sexes. The effect of sex differences should be considered in interpretation of physiological indexes using resting coronary flow. Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. The versatility of propeller flaps for lower limb reconstruction in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease: initial experience.

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    Jiga, Lucian P; Barac, Sorin; Taranu, Georgel; Blidisel, Alexandru; Dornean, Vlad; Nistor, Alexandru; Stoichitoiu, Teodora; Geishauser, Max; Ionac, Mihai

    2010-02-01

    In this study, we evaluate the feasibility of propeller flaps, for soft tissue reconstruction in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD). Five patients (average age, 72 years old), presenting with necrosis of several foot units, were diagnosed with stage IV PAOD and diabetes mellitus. All underwent revascularization, followed by soft tissue reconstruction using propeller flaps. A total of 6 flaps were performed, with dimensions ranging from 4 x 7 cm to 8 x 31 cm. Perforator origin was the peroneal (5 flaps) or the tibial posterior artery (1 flap). Average operative time was 190 minutes. Overall patency was 83.3%; 1 case was complicated with total flap loss followed by below-knee amputation; 1 case developed partial necrosis necessitating skin grafting. All flaps developed mild postoperative edema, which resolved spontaneously. Propeller flaps prove to be useful tools for soft tissue reconstruction in patients with PAOD because of low operative morbidity, easy technique with fast learning curve, and low complications rate.

  14. Pulmonary arterial lesions in explanted lungs after transplantation correlate with severity of pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Carlsen, Jørn; Hasseriis Andersen, Kasper; Boesgaard, Søren

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Pulmonary vascular findings are largely unreported in end-stage chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). METHODS: Pulmonary vascular lesions in explanted lungs from 70 patients with COPD/emphysema or α-1-antitrypsin deficiency were analyzed retrospectively. Patients were stratified...... by the presence and severity of pulmonary hypertension (PH) assessed by right-heart catheterization in 3 hemodynamically distinct groups: (1) non-PH (mean pulmonary arterial pressure [mPAP]50 mm Hg; median HE Grade 4 (range 3-6), with generalized arterial dilatation and plexiform lesions. CONCLUSIONS: The extent...... of pulmonary vascular lesions in COPD correlate with the severity of PH. Morphologic lesions similar to those characteristic of IPAH can be observed as PH in COPD progresses to levels characteristic of IPAH....

  15. Subacute narrowing of the left main coronary artery following directional atherectomy for proximal obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Piek, J. J.; Koch, K. T.; van der Wal, A. C.; Becker, A. E.

    1997-01-01

    Directional atherectomy is an alternative device for treatment of highly eccentric or proximal coronary lesions considered less suitable for balloon angioplasty. We report a patient with exuberant neointimal proliferation, extending into the left main coronary artery, following directional

  16. Isolated iliac artery aneurysms with associated hydronephrosis.

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    O'Driscoll, D

    2012-02-03

    An isolated iliac artery aneurysm is where there is aneurysmal dilatation of one or more branches of the iliac system, with no associated dilatation of the aorta. Such aneurysms are rare and comprise 1% of all intra-abdominal aneurysms. The signs and symptoms of such an aneurysm are influenced by its concealed location within the bony pelvis. Awareness of these special characteristics improves the chances of early diagnosis and proper treatment before possible rupture. We present the clinical and radiological features of three such aneurysms. Ultrasound was the first imaging modality to be performed. Ipsilateral hydronephrosis was demonstrated in each case, this lead to imaging the pelvis and the correct diagnosis. We review the clinical and radiological literature and conclude that the pelvis should be imaged in all cases of unexplained hydronephrosis.

  17. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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    Varda, Rajsekhar; Chitimilla, Santosh Kumar; Lalani, Aslam

    2012-01-01

    Coronary artery aneurysm is one of the rarest anomalies that we see in our medical practice and they are mostly associated with obstructive lesions due to atherosclerotic changes. Management of these aneurysm patients (conservative or surgical repair) usually depends on obstructive lesions and associated symptoms. We are presenting a case of left main aneurysm measuring around 1 4 × 2 8  mm with other obstructive leisons. It was treated with surgical repair in view of obstructive lesions and ...

  18. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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    Rajsekhar Varda

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery aneurysm is one of the rarest anomalies that we see in our medical practice and they are mostly associated with obstructive lesions due to atherosclerotic changes. Management of these aneurysm patients (conservative or surgical repair usually depends on obstructive lesions and associated symptoms. We are presenting a case of left main aneurysm measuring around 14×28 mm with other obstructive leisons. It was treated with surgical repair in view of obstructive lesions and symptoms.

  19. Coronary artery calcium score using electron beam tomography in the patients with acute obstructive coronary arterial disease : comparative study within asymptomatic high-risk group of atherosclerosis and chronic obstructive coronary arterial disease group

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    Ryu, Seok Jong; Choi, Byoung Wook; Choe, Kyu Ok [Yonsei Univ. College of Medicine, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To compare, through analysis of the coronary artery calcium (CAC) score and the risk factors for atherosclerosis, the characteristics of acute coronary syndrome between an asymptomatic high-risk group of atherosclerosis patients and a chronic coronary arterial obstructive disease(CAOD) group. The CAC scores of an asymptomatic high-risk group of atherosclerosis patients (group I, n=284), a chronic CAOD croup (group II, n=39) and an acute coronary syndrome group (group III, n=21) were measured by electron beam tomography. Forty-seven patients with CAOD from groups II and III underwent coronary angiography, and we scrutinized age, sex and risk factors including diabetes mellitus, hypertension, obesity, smoking, hypercholesterolemia and low high-density lipoproteinemia. The numbers of stenotic coronary arterial branches and degree of stenosis revealed by coronary angiography were also recorded. We determined the differences between the three groups in terms of CAC score and the risk factors, the relationship between CAC score and risk factors, and the characteristic features of each type of CAOD group. The mean CA score of group III (135.1) was not statistically different from that of group I (135.7) or group II (365.8). Among patients aged below 50, the mean CAC score of group III (127.4) was significantly higher than that of group I (6.2), (p=0.0006). The mean CAC score at the sixth decade was also significantly different between group I(81.5) and group II (266.9). The mean age of group III (54.2 years) was significantly lower than that of group I (58.1 years) (p=0.047) and of group II (60.1) (p=0.022). There was significant correlation between the number of stenotic coronary arterial branches and log(CAC +1) (p<.01). The square root of the CAC score and the maximal degree of stenosis was also well correlated (p<.01). There was no difference in the mean number of risk factors among the three groups, though the incidence of smoking in group III was significantly

  20. Phosphorus is associated with coronary artery disease in patients with preserved renal function.

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    Ana Ludimila Cancela

    Full Text Available High serum phosphorus levels have been associated with mortality and cardiovascular events in patients with chronic kidney disease and in the general population. In addition, high phosphorus levels have been shown to induce vascular calcification and endothelial dysfunction in vitro. The aim of this study was to evaluate the relation of phosphorus and coronary calcification and atherosclerosis in the setting of normal renal function. This was a cross-sectional study involving 290 patients with suspected coronary artery disease and undergoing elective coronary angiography, with a creatinine clearance >60 ml/min/1.73 m(2. Coronary artery obstruction was assessed by the Friesinger score and coronary artery calcification by multislice computed tomography. Serum phosphorus was higher in patients with an Agatston score >10 than in those with an Agatston score ≤ 10 (3.63 ± 0.55 versus 3.49 ± 0.52 mg/dl; p = 0.02. In the patients with Friesinger scores >4, serum phosphorus was higher (3.6 ± 0.5 versus 3.5 ± 0.6 mg/dl, p = 0.04 and median intact fibroblast growth factor 23 was lower (40.3 pg/ml versus 45.7 pg/ml, p = 0.01. Each 0.1-mg/dl higher serum phosphate was associated with a 7.4% higher odds of having a Friesinger score >4 (p = 0.03 and a 6.1% greater risk of having an Agatston score >10 (p = 0.01. Fibroblast growth factor 23 was a negative predictor of Friesinger score (p = 0.002. In conclusion, phosphorus is positively associated with coronary artery calcification and obstruction in patients with suspected coronary artery disease and preserved renal function.

  1. Change of extracellular signal-regulated kinase expression in pulmonary arteries from smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Liu, Kui; Liu, Xian-Sheng; Yu, Mu-Qing; Xu, Yong-Jian

    2013-01-01

    Cigarette smoking may contribute to pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) by resulting in pulmonary vascular remodeling that involves pulmonary artery smooth muscle cell (PASMC) proliferation. However, the molecular mechanism underlying this process remains poorly understood. The purpose of this study was to investigate the role of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK) in pulmonary arteries from smokers with normal lung function and smokers with mild to moderate COPD. The peripheral lung tissues were obtained from 14 nonsmokers with normal lung function, 18 smokers with normal lung function, and 16 smokers with mild to moderate COPD. The morphological changes of pulmonary arteries were observed by hematoxylin-eosin (HE) staining. Primary cultured human pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (HPASMCs) were exposed to cigarette smoke extract (CSE). Cell proliferation was determined by cell counting and Methyl thiazolyl tetrazolium assay. Protein expression was analyzed by western blotting. Morphometrical analysis showed that the pulmonary vessel wall thickness in smoker group and COPD group was significantly greater than that in nonsmoker group (P < .01). The protein level of ERK was significantly increased in smoker group and COPD group as compared with nonsmoker group (P < .01). The expression of ERK was significantly increased in HPASMCs at protein levels when HPASMCs were treated with 5% CSE (P < .01), which significantly promoted the proliferation of HPASMCs (P < .01). Increased expression of ERK might be involved in the pathogenesis of abnormal proliferation of PASMCs in smokers with and without COPD.

  2. Effect of azithromycin in combination with simvastatin in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease complicated by pulmonary arterial hypertension.

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    Wang, Peidong; Yang, Jie; Yang, Yanwei; Ding, Zhixin

    2017-01-01

    To evaluate the effect of azithromycin in combination with simvastatin in the treatment of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) complicated by pulmonary arterial hypertension. Eighty-six patients who developed COPD and pulmonary arterial hypertension and received treatment from August 2013 to October 2014 were selected and randomly divided into an observation group and a control group using random number table, 43 in each group. Patients in the control group were orally administrated 20 mg of simvastatin, once a day. Patients in the observation group took 0.25g of azithromycin enteric-coated tablets, once a day, besides simvastatin. The treatment course of both groups was six months. Blood gas analysis indexes, forced expiratory volume in first second (FEV 1 ), six minutes walking distance, dyspnea grade and blood lipid parameter were recorded and compared between the two groups. Arterial partial pressure of oxygen (PaO 2 ) and arterial partial pressure of carbon dioxide (PaCO 2 ) of the observation group were (68.13±3.03) mmHg and (45.08±2.27) mmHg after treatment, respectively. In the control group, the values were (60.01±4.72) mmHg and (38.93±1.61) mmHg, respectively. The improvement amplitude of the observation group was superior to that of the control group ( P peripheral systolic blood pressure (PSBP) and peripheral diastolic blood pressure (PDBP) of patients in the observation group were both lower than those of the control group, and the difference had statistical significance ( P arterial hypertension as it can significantly relieve ventilation disturbance, improve lung function, and decrease pulmonary arterial pressure. Hence it is worth clinical promotion.

  3. Long-term survival and causes of death in patients with ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome without obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Andersson, Hedvig Bille; Pedersen, Frants; Engstrøm, Thomas

    2017-01-01

    Aims: We aimed to study survival and causes of death in patients with ST-elevation acute coronary syndrome (STE-ACS) with and without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Methods and results: We included 4793 consecutive patients with STE-ACS triaged for acute coronary angiography at a large...... cardiac invasive centre (2009-2014). Of these, 88% had obstructive CAD (stenosis ≥50%), 6% had non-obstructive CAD (stenosis 1-49%), and 5% had normal coronary arteries. Patients without obstructive CAD were younger and more often female with fewer cardiovascular risk factors. Median follow-up time was 2.......6 years. Compared with patients with obstructive CAD, the short-term hazard of death (≤30 days) was lower in both patients with non-obstructive CAD [hazard ratio (HR) 0.49, 95% confidence interval (CI) 0.27-0.89, P = 0.018] and normal coronary arteries (HR 0.31, 95% CI 0.11-0.83, P = 0.021). In contrast...

  4. Sleep bruxism associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in children.

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    Ferreira, Natália Maria Ribeiro; Dos Santos, Jarbas Francisco Fernandes; dos Santos, Mateus Bertolini Fernandes; Marchini, Leonardo

    2015-10-01

    Sleep bruxism (SB) and obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) are often observed in children and may have several health implications. The aim of this paper is to evaluate their prevalence and to test for possible associations between these two conditions. The sample consisted of 496 children randomly selected among the preschoolers of Taubaté, Brazil; 249 (50·2%) were boys and 247 (49·8%) were girls. Diagnoses of SB and OSAS were made by clinical examinations and questionnaires filled out by the children's parents in a cross-sectional design. Analysis of variance and Chi-square tests were applied to verify possible association among the variables in question. The average age was 4·49 years (SD: ±1·04 years). A total of 25·6% were diagnosed with SB, while 4·83% were diagnosed with OSAS, and only 2·82% presented both conditions. A statistical association was found between SB and OSAS (P<0·001; Chi-square test): 11·03% of subjects with SB also presented with OSAS, and 97·18% of subjects without SB did not present with OSAS. No association was found among children's gender and age and the presence of SB or OSAS. Within the limits of this study, SB was associated with OSAS.

  5. Non-obstructive coronary artery disease upon multi-detector computed tomography in patients presenting with acute chest pain--results of an intermediate term follow-up.

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    Segev, Amit; Beigel, Roy; Goitein, Orly; Brosh, Sella; Oiero, Dan; Konen, Eli; Hod, Hanoch; Matetzky, Shlomi

    2012-02-01

    Multi-detector computed tomography (MDCT) has emerged as an efficient tool for detection of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) and assessment of patients with acute chest pain. MDCT may detect premature, non-obstructive atherosclerotic lesions which otherwise would have not been detected upon functional cardiac imaging tests. Currently, there is scarce data regarding the clinical significance of these lesions. The purpose of this study was to prospectively analyse the intermediate term outcome of patients admitted to chest pain unit (CPU) with findings of non-obstructive CAD upon MDCT. Method and results The study comprised 444 patients admitted to the CPU at Sheba Medical Center and underwent evaluation by MDCT for complaints of acute chest pain. Studies were classified as: normal; non-obstructive CAD (defined as any narrowing Patients were followed up for a minimum of 1 year and outcomes were compared between the non-obstructive (n = 115) and the normal (n = 266) MDCT groups in regard to MACE [coronary revascularization, acute coronary syndrome (ACS), and death]. Comparing the groups, those with non-obstructive CAD were older, more likely to be males, and dyslipidaemic. During an intermediate term follow-up (2.5 ± 0.4 years) MACE was equally low between the two groups (1% for both groups; P = 0.9). Among patients evaluated by MDCT for acute chest pain, during an intermediate term follow-up, those with non-obstructive CAD had a benign clinical outcome compared with those with normal coronary arteries.

  6. Combined evaluation of regional coronary artery calcium and myocardial perfusion by82Rb PET/CT in the identification of obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Zampella, Emilia; Acampa, Wanda; Assante, Roberta; Nappi, Carmela; Gaudieri, Valeria; Mainolfi, Ciro Gabriele; Green, Roberta; Cantoni, Valeria; Panico, Mariarosaria; Klain, Michele; Petretta, Mario; Slomka, Piotr J; Cuocolo, Alberto

    2018-01-25

    Cardiac imaging with PET/CT allows measurement of coronary artery calcium (CAC), myocardial perfusion and coronary vascular function. We investigated whether the combined assessment of regional CAC score, ischemic total perfusion deficit (ITPD) and quantitative coronary vascular function would further improve the diagnostic accuracy of PET/CT in predicting obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). We analyzed 113 patients with suspected CAD referred to 82 Rb PET/CT myocardial perfusion imaging with available coronary angiographic data. Obstructive CAD was defined as ≥75% stenosis. The receiver operating characteristic area under curve (AUC) was applied to evaluate the ability of CAC score, ITPD, hyperemic myocardial blood flow (MBF) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) to identify CAD. Vessels with obstructive CAD (71 vessels) had higher ITPD (4.6 ± 6.2 vs. 0.6 ± 1.3) and lower hyperemic MBF (1.01 ± 0.5 vs. 1.75 ± 0.6 ml/min/g) and CFR (1.56 ± 0.6 vs. 2.38 ± 0.7; all p < 0.001) than those without. In prediction of per-vessel CAD, the AUCs for the models including CAC/ITPD/hyperemic MBF (0.869) and CAC/ITPD/CFR (0.875) were higher (both p < 0.01) than for the model including CAC/ITPD (0.790). Compared with CAC/ITPD, continuous net reclassification improvement was 0.69 (95% bootstrap confidence interval, CI, 0.365-1.088) for the CAC/ITPD/hyperemic MBF model and 0.99 (95% bootstrap CI 0.64-1.26) for the CAC/ITPD/CFR model. Hyperemic MBF and CFR provide incremental information about the presence of CAD over CAC score and perfusion imaging parameters. The combined use of CAC, myocardial perfusion imaging and quantitative coronary vascular function in may help predict more accurately the presence of obstructive CAD.

  7. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity is associated with severe pneumonia

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    Jung Seop Eom

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available CONTEXT: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is a heterogeneous disorder, and various aspects of COPD may be associated with the severity of pneumonia in such patients. AIMS: We examined the risk factors associated with severe pneumonia in a COPD population. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We performed a retrospective observational study using a prospectively collected database of pneumonia patients who were admitted to our hospital through emergency department between 2008 and 2012. Patients with hospital-acquired pneumonia and those with an immunocompromised status were excluded. RESULTS: Of 148 pneumonia patients with COPD for whom chest computed tomography (CT scans were available, 106 (71.6% and 42 (28.4% were classified as non-severe and severe pneumonia, respectively. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that the severity of airflow limitation [odds ratio (OR, 2.751; 95% confidence interval (CI, 1.074-7.050; P = 0.035] and the presence of emphysema on a chest CT scan (OR, 3.366; 95% CI, 1.104-10.265; P = 0.033 were independently associated with severe pneumonia in patients with COPD. CONCLUSIONS: The severity of COPD including the airflow limitation grade and the presence of pulmonary emphysema were independently associated with the development of severe pneumonia.

  8. Oral buflomedil in the prevention of cardiovascular events in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease: a randomized, placebo-controlled, 4-year study.

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    Leizorovicz, A; Becker, F

    2008-02-12

    Cardiovascular-related morbidity and mortality in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease remain high. We performed an international, multicenter, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial to investigate whether long-term administration of oral buflomedil could reduce the rate of cardiovascular events in patients with intermittent claudication. Patients >40 years of age with documented peripheral arterial obstructive disease, intermittent claudication, and an ankle-brachial index between 0.30 and 0.80 were eligible for inclusion and were randomized to receive orally either buflomedil or placebo for 2 to 4 years. Aspirin was recommended for all patients (unless they were receiving other antithrombotic treatments at inclusion). The primary efficacy outcome was critical cardiovascular events, defined as the composite of cardiovascular death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, symptomatic deterioration of peripheral arterial obstructive disease, or leg amputation. A total of 2078 patients were recruited. Mean treatment duration was 33 months. The rate of critical cardiovascular events was significantly lower in buflomedil-randomized patients than in placebo-randomized patients (9.1% versus 12.4%; hazard ratio, 0.742; 95% confidence interval, 0.603 to 0.915; P=0.0163). Ankle-brachial index increased by 9.2% in buflomedil-randomized patients and decreased by 3.6% in placebo-randomized patients (Pperipheral arterial disease. The use of buflomedil should be considered in addition to an antiplatelet agent in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease and intermittent claudication.

  9. Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Postoperative Complications in Patients Undergoing Coronary Artery Bypass Graft Surgery: A Need for Preventive Strategies

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    Babak Amra

    2014-01-01

    Conclusions: Obstructive sleep apnea is frequent, but unrecognized among patients undergoing CABG. In these patients, OSA is associated with prolonged intubation duration. Preventing these problems may be possible by early diagnosis and management of OSA in cardiac surgery patients. Further studies with larger sample of patients and longer follow-ups are required in this regard.

  10. Congenital horner syndrome with heterochromia iridis associated with ipsilateral internal carotid artery hypoplasia.

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    Deprez, Fabrice C; Coulier, Julie; Rommel, Denis; Boschi, Antonella

    2015-04-01

    Horner syndrome (HS), also known as Claude-Bernard-Horner syndrome or oculosympathetic palsy, comprises ipsilateral ptosis, miosis, and facial anhidrosis. We report herein the case of a 67-year-old man who presented with congenital HS associated with ipsilateral hypoplasia of the internal carotid artery (ICA), as revealed by heterochromia iridis and confirmed by computed tomography (CT). CT evaluation of the skull base is essential to establish this diagnosis and distinguish aplasia from agenesis/hypoplasia (by the absence or hypoplasia of the carotid canal) or from acquired ICA obstruction as demonstrated by angiographic CT.

  11. Coronary microvascular function and myocardial fibrosis in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease: the iPOWER study.

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    Mygind, Naja Dam; Michelsen, Marie Mide; Pena, Adam; Qayyum, Abbas Ali; Frestad, Daria; Christensen, Thomas Emil; Ghotbi, Adam Ali; Dose, Nynne; Faber, Rebekka; Vejlstrup, Niels; Hasbak, Philip; Kjaer, Andreas; Prescott, Eva; Kastrup, Jens

    2016-11-04

    Even in absence of obstructive coronary artery disease women with angina pectoris have a poor prognosis possibly due to coronary microvascular disease. Coronary microvascular disease can be assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography measuring coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) and by positron emission tomography measuring myocardial blood flow reserve (MBFR). Diffuse myocardial fibrosis can be assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping. We hypothesized that coronary microvascular disease is associated with diffuse myocardial fibrosis. Women with angina, a clinically indicated coronary angiogram with coronary microvascular disease, and median MBFR was 2.7 (2.2; 3.0) and 19 (35 %) had a MBFR value below 2.5. No significant correlations were found between CFVR and ECV or native T1 (R 2  = 0.02; p = 0.27 and R 2  = 0.004; p = 0.61, respectively). There were also no correlations between MBFR and ECV or native T1 (R 2  = 0.1; p = 0.13 and R 2  = 0.004, p = 0.64, respectively). CFVR and MBFR were correlated to hypertension and heart rate. In women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease we found no association between measures of coronary microvascular disease and myocardial fibrosis, suggesting that myocardial ischemia induced by coronary microvascular disease does not elicit myocardial fibrosis in this population. The examined parameters seem to provide independent information about myocardial and coronary disease.

  12. [The relationship between pulmonary arterial and small airway inflammation in smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    Lao, Qifang; Zeng, Xiaoliang; Zhong, Xiaoning; Zhang, Jianquan; He, Zhiyi

    2014-12-01

    To investigate the relationship between pulmonary arterial and small airway inflammation in smokers with normal lung function and smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients requiring lung resection for peripheral lung cancer were divided into group A (nonsmokers with normal lung function, n = 10), group B (smokers with normal lung function, n = 13) and group C (smokers with stable COPD, n = 10). Normal pulmonary tissue was obtained more than 5 cm away from cancer lesion. The pathomorphological changes of the pulmonary muscularized arteries (MA) and small airways were observed by HE and Victoria blue-Van Gieson's stains.Lymphocytes infiltrated in the MA and small airways were observed by immunohistochemical methods. The characteristics and the correlations between pulmonary arterial inflammation and small airway inflammation were analyzed. The thickness of MA wall in the three groups was (119 ± 11), (139 ± 25) and (172 ± 28) µm respectively. The total small airway pathology score was (49 ± 10), (101 ± 34) and (163 ± 36) respectively. The score in group B and C was significantly higher than that in group A (P 0.05). The infiltration of CD(+)(3)T-lymphocytes and CD(+)(8)T-lymphocytes in the whole layer of MA was positively correlated with the total small airway pathology score respectively (r = 0.431,0.633, P arteries and small airways is the same kind of inflammation, mainly in the adventitia of pulmonary arteries and small airways. They are a part of pulmonary inflammation in COPD and promote the development of COPD.

  13. A Case of Incomplete Central Retinal Artery Occlusion Associated with Short Posterior Ciliary Artery Occlusion

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    Shinji Makino

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available To our knowledge, incomplete central retinal artery occlusion associated with short posterior ciliary artery occlusion is extremely rare. Herein, we describe a case of a 62-year-old man who was referred to our hospital with of transient blindness in his right eye. At initial examination, the patient’s best-corrected visual acuity was 18/20 in the right eye. Fundus examination showed multiple soft exudates around the optic disc and mild macular retinal edema in his right eye; however, a cherry red spot on the macula was not detected. Fluorescein angiography revealed delayed dye inflow into the nasal choroidal hemisphere that is supplied by the short posterior ciliary artery. The following day, the patient’s visual acuity improved to 20/20. Soft exudates around the optic disc increased during observation and gradually disappeared. His hemodynamic parameters revealed subclavian steal syndrome as examined by cervical ultrasonography and digital subtraction angiography. We speculate that his transient blindness was due to ophthalmic artery spasms. In this particular case, spasms of the ophthalmic artery and occlusion of the short posterior ciliary artery occurred simultaneously. As the short posterior ciliary artery branches from the ophthalmic artery, the anatomical location of the lesion might be near the branching of both arteries.

  14. Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Buerger's Disease: a Pilot Study.

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    Kazemzadeh, Gholam Hosein; Bameshki, Ali Reza; Navvabi, Iman; Ahmadi Hoseini, Seyed Hosein; Taghavi Gilani, Mehryar

    2015-10-01

    In this study we evaluated the incidence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in patients with thromboangiitis obliterans for reduction of crisis. In 40 patients with Buerger's disease daily sleepiness and risk of Obstructive sleep apnea were evaluated using the Epworth sleeping scale (ESS) and the Stop-Bang score. An Apnea-link device was used for evaluation of chest motion, peripheral oxygenation, and nasal airflow during night-time sleep. The apnea/hypopnea index (AHI) and respiratory disurbance index were used for Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome diagnosis. All subjects were cigarette smokers and 80% were opium addicted. The prevalence of Obstructive sleep apnea (AHI>5) was 80%, but incidence of Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (AHI>5 + ESS≥10) was 5% (2/40). There was no association between duration or frequency of hospitalization and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (P=0.74 and 0.86, respectively). In addition, no correlation between ESS and Stop-Bang scores and AHI was observed (P=0.58 and 0.41, respectively). There was an inverse correlation between smoking rate and AHI (P=0.032, r = -0.48). We did not find an association between Buerger's disease and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Although the AHI was high (80%) and daily sleepiness was low. The negative correlation of smoking with AHI and on the other hand daily napping in addiction may be caused by the absence of a clear relationship between Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and Buerger's disease.

  15. Invasive minimal Microvascular Resistance Is a New Index to Assess Microcirculatory Function Independent of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease.

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    de Waard, Guus A; Nijjer, Sukhjinder S; van Lavieren, Martijn A; van der Hoeven, Nina W; Petraco, Ricardo; van de Hoef, Tim P; Echavarría-Pinto, Mauro; Sen, Sayan; van de Ven, Peter M; Knaapen, Paul; Escaned, Javier; Piek, Jan J; Davies, Justin E; van Royen, Niels

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    Coronary microcirculatory dysfunction portends a poor cardiovascular outcome. Invasive assessment of microcirculatory dysfunction by coronary flow reserve (CFR) and hyperemic microvascular resistance (HMR) is affected by coronary artery disease (CAD). In this study we propose minimal microvascular resistance (mMR) as a new measure of microcirculatory dysfunction and aim to determine whether mMR is influenced by CAD. We obtained 482 simultaneous measurements of intracoronary Doppler flow velocity and pressure. The mMR is defined as the ratio between distal coronary pressure and flow velocity during the hyperemic wave-free period. Measurements were divided into 2 cohorts. Cohort 1 was a paired analysis involving 81 pairs with a vessel with and without CAD to investigate whether HMR, CFR, and mMR are modulated by CAD. CFR was lower, and HMR was higher, in vessels with CAD than in vessels without CAD: 2.12±0.79 versus 2.56±0.63 mm Hg·cm-1·s, P<0.001, and 2.61±1.22 versus 2.31±0.89 mm Hg·cm-1·s, P=0.04, respectively. mMR was equal in vessels with and without CAD: 1.54±0.77 versus 1.53±0.57 mm Hg·cm-1·s, P=0.90. Differences for CFR occurred when FFR was 0.60 to 0.80 or ≤0.60 but not when FFR ≥0.80. For HMR, the difference occurred only when FFR ≤0.60. For mMR, no difference was observed in any FFR stratum. Cohort 2 was used for validation and showed significant relationships for CFR and HMR with FFR: Pearson r=0.488, P<0.001 and -0.159, P=0.03, respectively; mMR had no association with FFR: Pearson r=0.055; P=0.32. mMR is a novel index to assess microcirculatory dysfunction and is not modified by the presence of obstructive CAD. © 2016 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  16. Raynaud's phenomenon in arterial obstructive disease of the hand demonstrated by locally provoked cooling

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    Nielsen, Steen Levin; Nobin, B A; Hirai, M

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    Finger systolic blood pressure (FSP) was measured by cuff technique before and after local cooling in three groups of patients (Raynaud's disease (7), subclavian stenoses, (5), thrombo-angiitis obliterans (15)), and in 15 normals. The response to finger cooling registered as a decrease in FSP...... indicates an increase of digital arterial tone. In all three groups, digital arterial tone increased more than in normals during finger cooling. Patients with Raynaud's disease showed a pathological increase in arterial tone at 23.5 degrees C with closure of the digital arteries at a mean temperature of 18.......5 degrees C. The temperature eliciting these phenomena in patients with thrombo-angiitis obliterans was about 7 degrees C lower (16.5 and 11.0 degrees C, respectively). Accordingly, cold sensitivity and Raynaud's phenomena in the two groups may have a different pathophysiological mechanism, namely...

  17. Outcomes of polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stent versus bare-metal stent in the primary treatment of severe iliac artery obstructive lesions.

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    Piazza, Michele; Squizzato, Francesco; Spolverato, Gaya; Milan, Luca; Bonvini, Stefano; Menegolo, Mirko; Grego, Franco; Antonello, Michele

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    This study compared early and midterm outcomes of polytetrafluoroethylene-covered stents (CSs) vs bare-metal stents (BMSs) in the primary treatment of severe TransAtlantic Inter-Society Consensus for the Management of Peripheral Arterial Disease (TASC II) C and D iliac artery obstructive lesions. Between January 2009 and June 2014, 128 patients underwent stenting of 167 iliac arteries; CSs were implanted in 82 iliac arteries (49%) and BMSs in 85 (51%). All patients were prospectively enrolled in a dedicated database. Thirty-day outcomes, mid-term patency, limb salvage, and survival were compared, and follow-up results were analyzed with Kaplan-Meier curves. Clinical presentation, lesion site, extension, and laterality were evaluated for their association with patency in the two groups using multiple logistic regressions. Patients were a mean age of 70 ± 10.3 years, The Society for Vascular Surgery comorbidity score was 0.89 ± 0.57, with no differences after stratification by CS and BMS (P = .17). Iliac lesions were classified by limb as TASC II C in 86 (51%) and D in 81 (49%). Comparing CS and BMS, technical success was 99% in both groups (P = 1.0); the 30-day cumulative surgical complications rate (7.3% vs 4.7%; P = .53), mortality (1.8% vs 0%; P = .45), and morbidity (1.8% vs 1.4%; P = .99) were equivalent. At 24 months (average 22 months; range, 30 days-56 months), primary patency of CS vs BMS was similar (93% vs 80%; P = .14), and this finding was maintained after stratification by TASC II C (97% vs 93%; P = .59) and D (88% vs 61%; P = .07); secondary patency was 98% vs 92% (P = .22), and limb salvage was 99% and 95% (P = .35) respectively. Multivariate analysis indicated that BMS in long-segment stenosis involving the common and external iliac arteries was a negative predictor of patency (odds ratio, 0.16; 95% confidence interval, 0.04-0.62; P = .007); within this subgroup of TASC II D lesions, primary patency at 24 months was significantly

  18. Detection of obstructive coronary artery disease using regadenoson stress and 82Rb PET/CT myocardial perfusion imaging.

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    Hsiao, Edward; Ali, Bilal; Blankstein, Ron; Skali, Hicham; Ali, Towhid; Bruyere, John; Kwong, Raymond Y; Di Carli, Marcelo F; Dorbala, Sharmila

    2013-10-01

    Our objective was to study the diagnostic performance of regadenoson (82)Rb myocardial perfusion PET imaging to detect obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). We studied 134 patients (mean age, 63 ± 12 y; mean body mass index, 31 ± 9 kg/m(2)) without known CAD (96 with coronary angiography and 38 with low pretest likelihood of CAD). Stress left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) minus rest LVEF defined LVEF reserve. The Duke score was used to estimate the anatomic extent of jeopardized myocardium. Regadenoson PET had a high sensitivity, 92% (95% confidence interval [CI], 83%-97%), in detecting obstructive CAD, with a normalcy rate of 97% (95% CI, 86%-99%), specificity of 77% (54/70 patients; 95% CI, 66%-86%), and area under the receiver-operator-characteristic curve of 0.847 (95% CI, 0.774-0.903; P Regadenoson PET demonstrated high sensitivity to detect CAD in patients with single-vessel CAD (89%; 95% CI, 70%-98%). The mean LVEF reserve was significantly higher in patients with normal myocardial perfusion imaging results (6.5% ± 5.4%) than in those with mild (4.3 ± 5.1, P = 0.03) and moderate to severe reversible defects (-0.2% ± 8.4%, P = 0.001). Also, mean LVEF reserve was significantly higher in patients with a low likelihood of CAD (7.2% ± 4.5%, P Regadenoson (82)Rb myocardial perfusion imaging is accurate for the detection of obstructive CAD. LVEF reserve is high in patients without significant ischemia or significant angiographic jeopardized myocardium.

  19. Genome-wide association studies identify CHRNA5/3 and HTR4 in the development of airflow obstruction

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    Wilk, Jemma B; Shrine, Nick R G; Loehr, Laura R; Zhao, Jing Hua; Manichaikul, Ani; Lopez, Lorna M; Smith, Albert Vernon; Heckbert, Susan R; Smolonska, Joanna; Tang, Wenbo; Loth, Daan W; Curjuric, Ivan; Hui, Jennie; Cho, Michael H; Latourelle, Jeanne C; Henry, Amanda P; Aldrich, Melinda; Bakke, Per; Beaty, Terri H; Bentley, Amy R; Borecki, Ingrid B; Brusselle, Guy G; Burkart, Kristin M; Chen, Ting-hsu; Couper, David; Crapo, James D; Davies, Gail; Dupuis, Josée; Franceschini, Nora; Gulsvik, Amund; Hancock, Dana B; Harris, Tamara B; Hofman, Albert; Imboden, Medea; James, Alan L; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Lahousse, Lies; Launer, Lenore J; Litonjua, Augusto; Liu, Yongmei; Lohman, Kurt K; Lomas, David A; Lumley, Thomas; Marciante, Kristin D; McArdle, Wendy L; Meibohm, Bernd; Morrison, Alanna C; Musk, Arthur W; Myers, Richard H; North, Kari E; Postma, Dirkje S; Psaty, Bruce M; Rich, Stephen S; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Rochat, Thierry; Rotter, Jerome I; Artigas, María Soler; Starr, John M; Uitterlinden, André G; Wareham, Nicholas J; Wijmenga, Cisca; Zanen, Pieter; Province, Michael A; Silverman, Edwin K; Deary, Ian J; Palmer, Lyle J; Cassano, Patricia A; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Barr, R Graham; Loos, Ruth J F; Strachan, David P; London, Stephanie J; Boezen, Hendrika; Probst-Hensch, Nicole; Gharib, Sina A; Hall, Ian P; O'Connor, George T; Tobin, Martin D; Stricker, Bruno H

    2012-01-01

    RATIONALE: Genome-wide association studies (GWAS) have identified loci influencing lung function, but fewer genes influencing chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) are known. OBJECTIVES: Perform meta-analyses of GWAS for airflow obstruction, a key pathophysiologic characteristic of COPD

  20. Type D Personality and Sleep Quality in Coronary Artery Disease Patients With and Without Obstructive Sleep Apnea: Mediating Effects of Anxiety and Depression.

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    Juskiene, Alicja; Podlipskyte, Aurelija; Bunevicius, Adomas; Varoneckas, Giedrius

    2018-01-11

    The study aimed to examine the association between type D personality trait and sleep quality in coronary artery disease (CAD) patients with and without obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and to explore the mediating effects of anxiety and depression symptoms. A cross-sectional study was performed in 879 CAD patients attending cardiac rehabilitation program (mean age 57.8 years; SD = 9.0; 75% men). Participants underwent full-night polysomnography and were classified in OSA (n = 349) and no OSA (n = 530) groups. Patients were evaluated for type D personality, subjective sleep quality (Pittsburgh sleep quality index), and symptoms of anxiety and depression (hospital anxiety and depression scale). Patients with type D personality reported poorer subjective sleep quality than non-type D patients irrespective of the presence of OSA. Type D and negative affectivity (NA) were associated with worse subjective sleep quality in patients with OSA and without OSA. The mediational analysis revealed that type D and NA were indirectly associated with Pittsburgh sleep quality index through anxiety and depression symptoms in no OSA and OSA patients. In CAD patients, type D personality and NA are associated with worse subjective sleep quality and this association is mediated by depression and anxiety symptoms irrespective of OSA presence.

  1. Gemcitabine in arterial injection chemotherapy for pancreatic cancer does not cause catheter obstruction or any other complication.

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    Ishikawa, Toru; Higuchi, Kazuo; Kubota, Tomoyuki; Seki, Kei-ichi; Honma, Terasu; Yoshida, Toshiaki; Kamimura, Tomoteru

    2010-01-01

    Intra-arterial injection therapy is performed to ensure more localized administration; however, this approach has led to more cases of catheter obstruction during the course of treatment for pancreatic cancer than in any other type of cancer. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to verify the resistance of catheters to gemcitabine. The catheters were prepared by injecting gemcitabine into the lumen, which was subsequently closed by clipping both ends. After incubation, the gemcitabine in the lumen of the catheter was removed, the breaking strength was measured by pulling 1 side of the catheter at a speed of 500 mm/min to test the tensile strength. To verify the surface of the lumen, the lumen was observed with an electron microscope. Soaking the lumen revealed no significant differences in breaking strength due to abusive treatment conditions. Electron microscopy revealed residual microscopic amounts of gemcitabine in the lumen but with no marked deterioration or alteration in the quality of the tube surface. Gemcitabine had no chemical effect on the intra-arterial injection catheter. It is possible that a thrombotic tendency in pancreatic cancer patients may be responsible for the high frequency of catheter occlusion in patients with this disease.

  2. Therapeutic resistance exercises for individuals with peripheral arterial obstructive disease: evidence for prescription

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    Câmara, Lucas Caseri; Santarém, José Maria; Wolosker, Nelson; Dias, Raphael Mendes Ritti

    2007-01-01

    A prática regular de exercícios é parte do tratamento clínico inicial para pacientes com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica. Nesse sentido, a utilização de exercícios contra resistência (exercícios resistidos) tem sido amplamente recomendada para diferentes populações, especialmente para pessoas idosas com e sem doenças associadas. Os poucos trabalhos encontrados utilizando essa forma de exercícios em pacientes com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica documentam a sua eficiência terapêuti...

  3. Hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome associated with consumption of Gynura segetum.

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    Lin, Ge; Wang, Ji Yao; Li, Na; Li, Mi; Gao, Hong; Ji, Yuan; Zhang, Fan; Wang, Huali; Zhou, Yan; Ye, Yang; Xu, Hong Xi; Zheng, Jiang

    2011-04-01

    One major cause of hepatic sinusoidal obstruction syndrome (HSOS) is the intake of pyrrolizidine alkaloid (PA)-containing products. Over 8000 PA-induced HSOS cases have been reported worldwide and at least 51 among them were suspected to be attributed to exposure to the Chinese medicine 'Tusanqi'. PA-induced hepatotoxicity involves cytochrome P450-mediated metabolic activation of PAs to electrophilic pyrrolic metabolites which react with macromolecules, such as proteins. However, no studies have found such protein adduction in HSOS patients. We report one HSOS case confirmed by liver biopsy, where the patient claimed taking 'Tusanqi' as self-medication. The herb was analyzed by HPLC-MS, and its induced hepatotoxicity in rats was assessed by monitoring the alteration of serum ALT level and liver morphology. Blood pyrrole-protein adducts were determined by UPLC-MS. The herb the patient consumed was identified as Gynura segetum, an erroneous substitute of non-PA-containing Sedum aizoon, called 'Tusanqi'. Hepatotoxic PAs senecionine and seneciphylline were detected in G. segetum. In the PA-exposed patient, serum pyrrole-protein adducts were detected by a newly developed analytical approach. The animal study showed a good correlation of liver injury with the ingestion of G. segetum. For the first time, serum pyrrole-protein adducts were unequivocally detected in a PA-induced HSOS patient, and such adducts show a potential to be developed as a biomarker for the assessment of PA-induced HSOS. Similar to the well-known case of aristolochic acid-poisoning, the observed HSOS was confirmed to arise from the consumption of PA-containing G. segetum, an erroneous substitute of non-PA-containing S. aizoon. Copyright © 2010 European Association for the Study of the Liver. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  4. Mortality from respiratory infections and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and associations with environmental quality.

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    Respiratory infections (RI) and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) have been identified by the World Health Organization as conditions which may be strongly influenced by environmental factors. We examined the associations between environmental quality and U.S. county m...

  5. Genome-Wide Association Analysis of Blood Biomarkers in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Kim, Deog Kyeom; Cho, Michael H; Hersh, Craig P

    2012-01-01

    Rationale: A genome-wide association study (GWAS) for circulating chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) biomarkers could identify genetic determinants of biomarker levels and COPD susceptibility. Objectives: To identify genetic variants of circulating protein biomarkers and novel genetic...

  6. Arterial stiffness, as monitored by cardio-ankle vascular index, is affected by obstructive sleep apnea, blood glucose control, and body weight - a case with 8 years follow up.

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    Shimizu, Kazuhiro; Yamamoto, Tomoyuki; Shirai, Kohji

    2016-01-01

    The cardio-ankle vascular index (CAVI) is an indicator of arterial stiffness from the heart to the ankles. The CAVI increases as arteriosclerosis progresses, but it can be decreased by appropriate treatment. There are several risk factors for coronary artery disease, however, the degree of stress caused by each separate risk factor to arteries cannot be assessed. CAVI increases with age and according to the severity of atherosclerosis. We found that CAVI also changes in response to the control of risk factors, which may be associated with the functional stiffness of arteries. CAVI can be a useful indicator of risk control for coronary artery disease. We followed a patient aged 71 years who had diabetes mellitus and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) by measuring CAVI for 8 years from age 63. He underwent coronary artery bypass grafting due to angina pectoris when he was 63 years old. Before coronary artery bypass grafting, CAVI was 11.8 on the right and 11.5 on the left. Three years later he was found to have OSA and received treatment with continuous positive airway pressure. There was a marked improvement in CAVI after continuous positive airway pressure (age 68; right 10.4, left 10.2). However, following a gradual increase in body weight and worsening of diabetes mellitus, CAVI showed an increasing trend. CAVI decreased with biguanides treatment, but increased again with an increase in body weight. In conclusion, CAVI responded to the patient's conditions including obesity, diabetes mellitus, and OSA. CAVI is not only a marker of arterial stiffness, but can also be a useful indicator of physiological status; it may be effective in total risk control for coronary artery disease.

  7. Severity of Osteoarthritis Is Associated with Increased Arterial Stiffness

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    Kaspar Tootsi

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. Osteoarthritis (OA is associated with increased cardiovascular comorbidity and mortality. Evidence is lacking about whether arterial stiffness is involved in OA. The objective of our study was to find out associations between OA, arterial stiffness, and adipokines. Design. Seventy end-stage knee and hip OA patients (age 62±7 years and 70 asymptomatic controls (age 60±7 years were investigated using the applanation tonometry to determine their parameters of arterial stiffness. Serum adiponectin, leptin, and matrix metalloproteinase 3 (MMP-3 levels were determined using the ELISA method. Correlation between variables was determined using Spearman’s rho. Multiple regression analysis with a stepwise selection procedure was employed. Results. Radiographic OA grade was positively associated with increased carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV (r=0.272, p=0.023. We found that OA grade was also associated with leptin and MMP-3 levels (rho=-0.246, p=0.040 and rho=0.235, p=0.050, resp.. In addition, serum adiponectin level was positively associated with augmentation index and inversely with large artery elasticity index (rho=0.293, p=0.006 and rho=-0.249, p=0.003, resp.. Conclusions. Our results suggest that OA severity is independently associated with increased arterial stiffness and is correlated with expression of adipokines. Thus, increased arterial stiffness and adipokines might play an important role in elevated cardiovascular risk in end-stage OA.

  8. Risk factors for pulmonary arterial hypertension in patients with tuberculosis-destroyed lungs and their clinical characteristics compared with patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Jo YS

    2017-08-01

    ventricle during diastole were more frequently observed in TDL patients. The risk of exacerbation was not different between patients with PAH in COPD and TDL.Conclusion: PAH in patients with TDL was associated with severity of lung destruction but risk of exacerbation and mortality did not significantly differ between patients with PAH and without PAH. Keywords: tuberculous destroyed lung, pulmonary arterial hypertension, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, exacerbation, risk factor

  9. A Clinical and Biomarker Scoring System to Predict the Presence of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease

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    Ibrahim, N.E.; Januzzi, J.L., Jr.; Magaret, C.A.; Gaggin, H.K.; Rhyne, R.F.; Gandhi, P.U.; Kelly, N.; Simon, M.L.; Motiwala, S.R.; Belcher, A.M.; Kimmenade, R.R. van

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Noninvasive models to predict the presence of coronary artery disease (CAD) may help reduce the societal burden of CAD. OBJECTIVES: From a prospective registry of patients referred for coronary angiography, the goal of this study was to develop a clinical and biomarker score to predict

  10. Pre-PCI angiographic TIMI flow in the culprit coronary artery influences infarct size and microvascular obstruction in STEMI patients.

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    Schaaf, Mathieu Julien; Mewton, Nathan; Rioufol, Gilles; Angoulvant, Denis; Cayla, Guillaume; Delarche, Nicolas; Jouve, Bernard; Guerin, Patrice; Vanzetto, Gerald; Coste, Pierre; Morel, Olivier; Roubille, François; Elbaz, Meyer; Roth, Olivier; Prunier, Fabrice; Cung, Thien Tri; Piot, Christophe; Sanchez, Ingrid; Bonnefoy-Cudraz, Eric; Revel, Didier; Giraud, Céline; Croisille, Pierre; Ovize, Michel

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    The influence of initial-thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (i-TIMI) coronary flow in the culprit coronary artery on myocardial infarct and microvascular obstruction (MVO) size is unclear. We assessed the impact on infarct size of i-TIMI flow in the culprit coronary artery, as well as on MVO incidence and size, by contrast-enhanced cardiac magnetic resonance (ce-CMR). In a prospective, multicenter study, pre-percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) coronary occlusion was defined by an i-TIMI flow ≤1, and patency was defined by an i-TIMI flow ≥2. Infarct size, as well as MVO presence and size, were measured on ce-CMR 72h after admission. A total of 140 patients presenting with ST-elevated myocardial infarction referred for primary PCI were included. There was no significant difference in final post-PCI TIMI flow between the groups (2.95±0.02 vs. 2.97±0.02, respectively; p=0.44). In the i-TIMI flow ≤1 group, infarct size was significantly larger (32±17g vs. 21±17g, respectively; p=0.002), MVO was significantly more frequent (74% vs. 53%, respectively; p=0.012), and MVO size was significantly larger [1.3 IQR (0; 7.1) vs. 0 IQR (0; 1.6)], compared to in the i-TIMI ≥2 patient group. Initial angiographic TIMI flow in the culprit coronary artery prior to any PCI predicted final infarct size and MVO size: the better was the i-TIMI flow, the smaller were the infarct and MVO size. Copyright © 2015. Published by Elsevier Ltd.

  11. Renal Fractional Excretion of Sodium in Relation to Arterial Blood Gas and Spirometric Parameters in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Fariba Rezaeetalab

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Arterial gas derangement could change urinary sodium excretion in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD patients.There are very few and conflicting data in regards to the measurement of fractional excretion of sodium in COPD patients. The main aim of this study was to assess the relationship between renal fractional excretion of sodium(FeNa with arterial blood gas and spirometric parameters in COPD. Materials and Methods: This study was a cross-sectional study performed on 40 consecutive stable COPD outpatients in 2 main general hospitals (Emam Reza, Ghaem in Mashhad/Iran between 2011 and 2012. We investigated the relationship of renal FeNa with arterial blood gas parameters including HCO3, PH, PaCO2 and PaO2, and spirometric parameters. Analysis was done by SPSS v16 with a statistically meaningful p value of less than 0.05. Results: Mean age was 65.97±10.77 SD years and female to male ratio was 0.26. A renal FeNa of less than 1% was presented in 27% patients. There was a significant, positive relationship between renal FeNa and PaO2 (P=0.005, r=0.456. The correlations between PaCO2, HCO3, PH and spirometric parameters were not seen (P>0.05, but there was a significant relationship between Urine Na and PaO2. Outstanding, it seems likely that kidneys of COPD patients are responsible for sodium retaining state particularly in the presence of hypoxemia. Conclusion: This study indicates that in COPD patients, PaO2 but not PaCO2 is related to renal FeNa which shows the probable role of hypoxemia on sodium output in COPD patients. However, some caution is needed for interpretation of the probable role of hypercapnia on sodium retention in COPD.

  12. Repair of congenital heart defects associated with single pulmonary artery.

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    Bockeria, Leo A; Makhachev, Osman A; Khiriev, Titalav Kh; Podzolkov, Vladimir P; Zelenikin, Mikhail A; Kim, Aleksey I; Zaets, Sergey B

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    Experience with complete repair of congenital heart defects associated with unilateral absence of a pulmonary artery is limited. The aim of this retrospective study was to present our surgical experience of this complex category of patients, to analyze immediate results of surgical interventions, and to suggest a rational surgical strategy. Of 37 patients with a single pulmonary artery who underwent complete repair of associated heart defects, the left or right pulmonary artery was absent in 32 and 5, respectively. The most frequent heart defects were tetralogy of Fallot (n = 25) and ventricular septal defect (n = 8). The median age of these patients was 7.1 years. Preoperative examinations included echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and angiocardiography, with quantitative assessment of the single pulmonary artery. In-hospital parameters of surgical outcome were analyzed. Recorded hospital mortality was 2.7% (1/37). The single death was in a patient with tetralogy of Fallot, agenesis of the left pulmonary artery, and a small diameter of the contralateral pulmonary artery (Nakata index 174 mm(2)·m(-2)). The right-to-left ventricular systolic pressure ratio after complete tetralogy of Fallot repair in patients who survived the operation was 0.58 ± 0.11. Complete repair of congenital heart defects in patients with unilateral absence of a pulmonary artery is associated with a relatively low risk. If the hilar artery is of adequate size, surgical intervention should attempt restoration of the communication between the disconnected hilar artery and the pulmonary trunk, in addition to repairing the heart defects. © The Author(s) 2014 Reprints and permissions: sagepub.co.uk/journalsPermissions.nav.

  13. Does Management of True Aneurysms of Peripancreatic Arteries Require Repair of Associated Celiac Artery Stenosis?

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    Boll, Julia M; Sharp, Kenneth W; Garrard, C Louis; Naslund, Thomas C; Curci, John A; Valentine, R James

    2017-02-01

    True aneurysms of the gastroduodenal (GDA) and pancreaticoduodenal (PDA) arteries have been attributed to increased collateral flow due to tandem celiac artery stenosis or occlusion. Although GDA and PDA aneurysm exclusion is recommended because of the high reported risk of rupture, it remains uncertain whether simultaneous celiac artery reconstruction is necessary to preserve end-organ flow. We conducted a retrospective analysis of consecutive patients admitted from 1996 to 2015 with true aneurysms of the GDA or PDA. Twenty patients with true aneurysms of the PDA (n = 16) or GDA (n = 4) were identified. Mean age was 61.5 years (range 35 to 85 years) and 11 (55%) were women. Nine (45%) presented with rupture, 8 (40%) presented with pain, and 3 (15%) were asymptomatic. All 9 patients who presented with rupture had contained retroperitoneal hematomas, and none experienced rebleeding. Fifteen (75%) patients had an associated celiac artery >60% stenosis or occlusion, and 2 (10%) had both celiac and superior mesenteric artery stenoses. Thirteen (65%) patients underwent successful endovascular coiling, only 1 of which had a prophylactic celiac artery bypass. Three (15%) patients underwent open aneurysm exclusion and celiac bypass, and 4 (20%) others were observed. There were no aneurysm-related deaths in this series, and none of the patients who underwent coiling without celiac revascularization had hepatic ischemia or other mesenteric morbidity develop during a median follow-up of 6 months (maximum 200 months). Gastroduodenal artery and PDA aneurysms present most commonly with pain or bleeding, and all should be considered for repair, regardless of size. Aneurysm exclusion is safely and effectively achieved with endovascular coiling. Although associated celiac artery stenosis is found in the majority of cases, celiac revascularization might not be necessary. Copyright © 2016 American College of Surgeons. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  14. Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing, enuresis and combined disorders in children: chance or related association?

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    Zaffanello, Marco; Piacentini, Giorgio; Lippi, Giuseppe; Fanos, Vassilios; Gasperi, Emma; Nosetti, Luana

    2017-02-06

    Nocturnal enuresis is usually diagnosed and treated by a primary paediatrician or family practitioner; if there is any doubt, the children may be referred to a paediatric urologist. Obstructive sleep-disordered breathing is a complex, multifactorial disorder. Adenotonsillar hypertrophy is considered an important factor associated with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome. Enuresis and obstructive sleep-disordered breathing are both frequent problems of sleep in childhood. We conducted an electronic search in Medline, Scopus and the ISI Web of Science to look for published material and identify a putative link between nocturnal enuresis and obstructive sleep-disordered breathing. A total number of 98 documents were found, but 24 of these had to be excluded after an attentive reading of the title, abstract or full text because the information therein was not suitable for the aims of our search. Studies have found that children with obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome frequently also have nocturnal enuresis. Both disorders have an underlying sleep disturbance characterised by an altered arousal response and sleep fragmentation. The pathophysiology of enuretic events is seemingly linked to nocturnal obstructive events, causing increased intra-abdominal pressure and altered systemic blood pressure that induces natriuresis and polyuria by altering levels of antidiuretic hormone, and atrial and brain natriuretic peptides. We found 17 studies regarding the urological outcome of treatment for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing in children with enuresis. Although a vast amount of information is now available regarding the relationship between nocturnal enuresis and obstructive sleep-disordered breathing, many of the published studies were uncontrolled, retrospective or prospective cohort studies (grade C recommendation). Resolution of enuresis after medical or surgical treatment for obstructive sleep-disordered breathing has been emphasised. Consequently, symptoms such as

  15. Association of Obstructive Sleep Apnea Syndrome and Buerger's Disease: a Pilot Study

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    Gholam Hosein Kazemzadeh

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available In this study we evaluated the incidence and severity of obstructive sleep apnea and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in patients with thromboangiitis obliterans for reduction of crisis. In 40 patients with Buerger's disease daily sleepiness and risk of Obstructive sleep apnea were evaluated using the Epworth sleeping scale (ESS and the Stop-Bang score. An Apnea-link device was used for evaluation of chest motion, peripheral oxygenation, and nasal airflow during night-time sleep. The apnea/hypopnea index (AHI and respiratory tdisurbance index were used for Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome diagnosis. All subjects were cigarette smokers and 80% were opium addicted. The prevalence of Obstructive sleep apnea (AHI>5 was 80%, but incidence of Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (AHI>5 + ESS≥10 was 5% (2/40. There was no association between duration or frequency of hospitalization and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (P=0.74 and 0.86, respectively. In addition, no correlation between ESS and Stop-Bang scores and AHI was observed (P=0.58 and 0.41, respectively. There was an inverse correlation between smoking rate and AHI (P=0.032, r = −0.48. We did not find an association between Buerger's disease and Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome. Although the AHI was high (80% and daily sleepiness was low. The negative correlation of smoking with AHI and on the other hand daily napping in addiction may be caused by the absence of a clear relationship between Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and Buerger's disease.

  16. Middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with moyamoya pattern collateralization

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    Randall Edgell

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Background and Purpose: Moyamoya disease is a well described phenomenon presenting with terminal internal carotid artery occlusion and rete pattern of collateralization around the occlusion. The development of moyamoya-like collaterals secondary to isolated middle cerebral artery stenosis or occlusion and the natural history of this entity in Caucasians have not been well described. Methods: Cerebral angiograms and CT angiograms performed between August 2004 and August of 2006 demonstrating moyamoya collateralization at a single US center were retrospectively reviewed. All cases of middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with a rete pattern of collateralization were included in this series. Demographic, clinical, and angiographic data were obtained. Results: There were 3 cases of middle cerebral artery stenosis associated with a moyamoya pattern of collateralization. The average age of the patients was 36 years old, 2 were male, and all were Caucasian. All patients presented with ischemic symptoms. The average degree of stenosis was 91%. No stenosis was seen in the supraclinoid internal carotid arteries or elsewhere in the intracranial vasculature. Conclusion: We describe a moyamoya-like pattern of anastomosis associated with isolated severe middle cerebral artery stenosis or occlusion in Caucasians.

  17. Increased Ventricular Premature Contraction Frequency During REM Sleep in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease and Obstructive Sleep Apnea

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    Mari A. Watanabe

    2008-11-01

    Full Text Available Background Patients with obstructive sleep apnea are reported to have a peak of sudden cardiac death at night, in contrast to patients without apnea whose peak is in the morning. We hypothesized that ventricular premature contraction (VPC frequency would correlate with measures of apnea and sympathetic activity.Methods Electrocardiograms from a sleep study of 125 patients with coronary artery disease were evaluated. Patients were categorized by apnea-hypopnea index (AHI into Moderate (AHI 15 apnea groups. Sleep stages studied were Wake, S1, S2, S34, and rapid eye movement (REM. Parameters of a potent autonomically-based risk predictor for sudden cardiac death called heart rate turbulence were calculated.Results There were 74 Moderate and 51 Severe obstructive sleep apnea patients. VPC frequency was affected significantly by sleep stage (Wake, S2 and REM, F=5.8, p<.005 and by AHI (F=8.7, p<.005. In Severe apnea patients, VPC frequency was higher in REM than in Wake (p=.011. In contrast, patients with Moderate apnea had fewer VPCs and exhibited no sleep stage dependence (p=.19. Oxygen desaturation duration per apnea episode correlated positively with AHI (r2=.71, p<.0001, and was longer in REM than in non-REM (p<.0001. The heart rate turbulence parameter TS correlated negatively with oxygen desaturation duration in REM (r2=.06, p=.014.Conclusions Higher VPC frequency coupled with higher sympathetic activity caused by longer apnea episodes in REM sleep may be one reason for increased nocturnal death in apneic patients.

  18. Ferritina sérica e coronariopatia obstrutiva: correlação angiográfica Serum ferritin and obstructive coronary artery disease: angiographic correlation

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    Full Text Available OBJETIVO: Verificar a possível associação entre os valores séricos de ferritina e o grau de coronariopatia obstrutiva. MÉTODOS: Foram estudados 115 pacientes com cinecoronariografia e concomitante dosagem sérica de ferritina. Os valores de corte adotados foram 80 ng/ml para mulheres, e 120 ng/ml para homens. RESULTADOS: As ferritinemias médias nos sexos masculino e feminino foram, respectivamente, 133,9±133,8 ng/ml 214,6±217,2 ng/ml (p=0,047. Observou-se que 44,1% das mulheres se apresentavam com ferritinemia normal, contra 30,9% dos homens (p=0,254. Nos pacientes sem coronariopatia obstrutivas ou com obstruções discretas (grupo A, a ferritinemia foi de 222,3±325 ng/ml. Já para as obstruções moderadas (grupo B e graves (grupo C, os níveis foram, respectivamente, 145,6±83,7 ng/ml e 188,9±150,6 ng/ml. Não houve correlação entre o grau de coronariopatia e o nível de ferritina sérica quanto à ferritinemia média. Em relação ao valor de corte, a quantidade de mulheres com ferritina acima de 80 ng/ml que se encontravam nos grupos B+C ou somente C foi significativamente maior que a quantidade de mulheres no grupo A (Odds Ratio 9,71 com IC95% de 1,63 a 57,72. Já no sexo masculino, constataram-se graus similares de coronariopatia tanto acima como abaixo de valor de corte (Odds Ratio 0,92 com IC95% de 0,28 a 2,95. CONCLUSÃO: Constatou-se que mulheres com níveis de ferritinemia acima de 80 ng/ml apresentaram significativamente mais coronariopatia obstrutiva de grau importante que mulheres com taxas abaixo daquele valor. Em homens, a ferritinemia não foi elemento preditor do grau de obstrução.OBJECTIVE: To verify the possible association between the levels of serum ferritin and the degree of obstructive coronary artery disease. METHODS: 115 patients with coronary arteriography and concomitant evaluation of serum ferritin were studied. The adopted cut-off values were 80 ng/ml for women and 120 ng/ml for men. RESULTS: The mean

  19. Significance of MR angiography in the diagnosis of aberrant renal arteries as the cause of ureteropelvic junction obstruction in children; Stellenwert der MR-Angiografie in der Diagnostik aberrierender Nierenarterien als Ursache einer Ureterabgangsstenose bei Kindern

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    Ritter, L.; Sorge, I.; Hirsch, F.W.; Vieweger, A. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Pediatric Radiology; Goetz, G.; Lehnert, T.; Buehligen, U.; Geyer, C. [Leipzig Univ. (Germany). Dept. of Pediatric Surgery

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    To determine the importance of MRI with contrast-enhanced MRA for the detection or exclusion of aberrant or obstructing renal arteries in ureteropelvic junction obstruction in children. Key word-based search in RIS database (ureteropelvic junction obstruction/MRI) and retrospective comparison of arterial findings from preoperative contrast-enhanced MRA and intra-operative inspection. From 2007 to 2013, 19 children with ureteropelvic junction obstruction underwent contrast-enhanced MRA. Based on the results of the MRI scan and MAG3 scintigraphy, the children were referred to surgery (Anderson-Hynes-pyeloplasty). An aberrant renal artery was diagnosed with MRI in 14 of 19 children, and intra-operative inspection confirmed 13 of those 14. In the remaining 5 children, no aberrant vessel could be observed in MRI and this was confirmed intra-operatively in 3 of the 5 cases, while in the remaining 2, an aberrant vessel was found. Of the 14 children with aberrant vessels, 12 underwent surgery due to assumed ureteral obstruction, which was confirmed by surgery in 11 cases. In one case, an aberrant artery was found intra-operatively, but obstruction could not be confirmed. In one of the 14 children, the vessel was found in MRI, but its obstructing character was negated via MRA, which was confirmed intra-operatively. In the diagnosis of aberrant and obstructing renal arteries, contrast-enhanced MRA presents 85 % sensitivity and 80 % specificity, with a positive predictive value of 0.8. MRI with contrast-enhanced MRA is suitable to detect aberrant and obstructing renal arteries. An obstructive effect of the aberrant vessel is to be assumed if the vessel has a close relationship to the ureteropelvic junction and if it is linearly stretched.

  20. Transcatheter stenting of the right ventricular outflow tract augments pulmonary arterial growth in symptomatic infants with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction and hypercyanotic spells.

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    McGovern, Eimear; Morgan, Conall T; Oslizlok, Paul; Kenny, Damien; Walsh, Kevin P; McMahon, Colin J

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    We retrospectively reviewed all the children with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction, hypoplastic pulmonary annulus, and pulmonary arteries who underwent stenting of the right ventricular outflow tract for hypercyanotic spells at our institution between January, 2008 and December, 2013; nine patients who underwent cardiac catheterisation at a median age of 39 days (range 12-60 days) and weight of 3.6 kg (range 2.6-4.3 kg) were identified. The median number of stents placed was one stent (range 1-4). The median oxygen saturation increased from 60% to 96%. The median right pulmonary artery size increased from 3.3 to 5.5 mm (-2.68 to -0.92 Z-score), and the median left pulmonary artery size increased from 3.4 to 5.5 mm (-1.93 to 0 Z-scores). Among all, one patient developed transient pulmonary haemorrhage, and one patient had pericardial tamponade requiring drainage. Complete repair of tetralogy of Fallot +/- atrioventricular septal defect or double-outlet right ventricle was achieved in all nine patients. Transcatheter stent alleviation of the right ventricular outflow tract obstruction resolves hypercyanotic spells and allows reasonable growth of the pulmonary arteries to facilitate successful surgical repair. This represents a viable alternative to placement of a systemic-to-pulmonary artery shunt, particularly in small neonates.

  1. Associations between bicycling and carotid arterial stiffness in adolescents

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    Ried-Larsen, M; Grøntved, A; Østergaard, Lars

    2015-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the associations between bicycling and carotid arterial stiffness, independent of objectively measured moderate-and-vigorous physical activity. This cross-sectional study included 375 adolescents (age 15.7 ± 0.4 years) from the Danish site of the European...... modulus [standard beta -0.48 (95% CI -0.91 to -0.06)]. Similar trends were observed when investigating the association between commuter bicycling and carotid arterial stiffness. These associations were not observed in girls. Our observations suggest that increasing bicycling in adolescence may...

  2. Obstructive heart defects associated with candidate genes, maternal obesity, and folic acid supplementation.

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    Tang, Xinyu; Cleves, Mario A; Nick, Todd G; Li, Ming; MacLeod, Stewart L; Erickson, Stephen W; Li, Jingyun; Shaw, Gary M; Mosley, Bridget S; Hobbs, Charlotte A

    2015-06-01

    Right-sided and left-sided obstructive heart defects (OHDs) are subtypes of congenital heart defects, in which the heart valves, arteries, or veins are abnormally narrow or blocked. Previous studies have suggested that the development of OHDs involved a complex interplay between genetic variants and maternal factors. Using the data from 569 OHD case families and 1,644 control families enrolled in the National Birth Defects Prevention Study (NBDPS) between 1997 and 2008, we conducted an analysis to investigate the genetic effects of 877 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 60 candidate genes for association with the risk of OHDs, and their interactions with maternal use of folic acid supplements, and pre-pregnancy obesity. Applying log-linear models based on the hybrid design, we identified a SNP in methylenetetrahydrofolate reductase (MTHFR) gene (C677T polymorphism) with a main genetic effect on the occurrence of OHDs. In addition, multiple SNPs in betaine-homocysteine methyltransferase (BHMT and BHMT2) were also identified to be associated with the occurrence of OHDs through significant main infant genetic effects and interaction effects with maternal use of folic acid supplements. We also identified multiple SNPs in glutamate-cysteine ligase, catalytic subunit (GCLC) and DNA (cytosine-5-)-methyltransferase 3 beta (DNMT3B) that were associated with elevated risk of OHDs among obese women. Our findings suggested that the risk of OHDs was closely related to a combined effect of variations in genes in the folate, homocysteine, or glutathione/transsulfuration pathways, maternal use of folic acid supplements and pre-pregnancy obesity. © 2015 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  3. Genetic Associations With Hypoxemia and Pulmonary Arterial Pressure in COPD*

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    Castaldi, Peter J.; Hersh, Craig P.; Reilly, John J.; Silverman, Edwin K.

    2010-01-01

    Background Hypoxemia, hypercarbia, and pulmonary arterial hypertension are known complications of advanced COPD. We sought to identify genetic polymorphisms associated with these traits in a population of patients with severe COPD from the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT). Methods In 389 participants from the NETT Genetics Ancillary Study, single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) were genotyped in five candidate genes previously associated with COPD susceptibility (EPHX1, SERPINE2, SFTPB, TGFB1, and GSTP1). Linear regression models were used to test for associations among these SNPs and three quantitative COPD-related traits (Pao2, Paco2, and pulmonary artery systolic pressure). Genes associated with hypoxemia were tested for replication in probands from the Boston Early-Onset COPD Study. Results In the NETT Genetics Ancillary Study population, SNPs in microsomal epoxide hydrolase (EPHX1) [p = 0.01 to 0.04] and serpin peptidase inhibitor, clade E, member 2 (SERPINE2) [p = 0.04 to 0.008] were associated with hypoxemia. One SNP within surfactant protein B (SFTPB) was associated with pulmonary artery systolic pressure (p = 0.01). In probands from the Boston Early-Onset COPD Study, SNPs in EPHX1 and in SERPINE2 were associated with the requirement for supplemental oxygen. Conclusions In participants with severe COPD, SNPs in EPHX1 and SERPINE2 were associated with hypoxemia in two separate study populations, and SNPs from SFTPB were associated with pulmonary artery pressure in the NETT participants. PMID:19017876

  4. 24-HOUR ARTERIAL STIFFNESS VALUES IN MEN WITH DIFFERENT PHENOTYPES OF CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE CONCURRENT WITH HYPERTENSION

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    Full Text Available Objective: to study the specific features of the daily arterial stiffness (AS profile in men with different phenotypes of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD concurrent with hypertension. Subjects and methods. The investigation enrolled 78 male patients with COPD and hypertension. The patients were divided according to COPD phenotypes into 2 groups: 1 COPD patients with emphysema; 2 those with bronchitis. The exclusion criteria were less than 40 years and more than 80 years of age; diabetes mellitus; coronary heart disease; vascular diseases; an exacerbation of chronic diseases; bronchial and pulmonary diseases of another etiology. The patients underwent 24-hour blood pressure and AS monitoring, external respiratory function testing: spirography with a short-acting β2-agonist test, a six-minute walk test at baseline and after a hemoglobin oxygen saturation test, and a CAT test. Results. The patients of both groups were observed to have a statistically significant increase in (dP/dtmax as compared to those of the control group (p < 0.05; p < 0.01 in both the daytime and nighttime. In these periods, the COPD patients with emphysema had a higher AIx than those with bronchitis (p < 0.001. There was a statistically significantly (p < 0.001 higher AIx in the nighttime than in the daytime in Groups 1 and 2 patients. Conclusion. The patients with different COPD phenotypes were noted to have impaired arterial elastic properties, circadian AS changes with predominantly nocturnal impaired vascular stiffness. Relationships were found between 24-hour AS values and clinicoanamnestic findings. 

  5. Comparison of cardiovascular risk factors and biochemical profile in patients with cardiac syndrome X and obstructive coronary artery disease: A propensity score-matched study

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    Vasheghani-Farahani, Ali; Nouri, Nasrin; Seifirad, Soroush; Sheikh Fathollahi, Mahmood; Hakki, Elham; Alidoosti, Mohammad; Davoodi, Gholamreza; Masoudkabir, Farzad; Poorhosseini, Hamidreza

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    BACKGROUND This study was designed to compare the frequency of conventional cardiovascular disease risk factors and clinical biochemistry profile in patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX) and obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS A cross-sectional study was conducted on patients with typical angina and positive exercise tolerance test undergoing coronary angiography in our center. 342 consecutive patients with CSX were enrolled into this study and were matched regarding age and s...

  6. Association of alcohol consumption with coronary artery disease severity.

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    Chagas, Patricia; Mazocco, Leticia; Piccoli, Jacqueline da Costa Escobar; Ardenghi, Thiago Machado; Badimon, Lina; Caramori, Paulo Ricardo Avancini; Pellanda, Lucia; Gomes, Irênio; Schwanke, Carla Helena Augustin

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    The ingestion of small to moderate alcohol consumption amounts has been associated to cardiovascular protection. This study aimed to evaluate the association between alcohol consumption and coronary artery disease severity. Cross-sectional Study with patients undergoing coronary angiography. Age, cardiovascular risk factors (smoking, systemic arterial hypertension, dyslipidemia and diabetes) and alcohol drinking habit were investigated. Alcohol consumption was divided in three categories: nondrinker, moderate alcohol consumption (less than 15 g ethanol/day for women or 30 g ethanol/day for men) and heavy alcohol consumption. Coronary artery disease severity was assessed through the Friesinger Score (FS) in the coronary angiography, by interventional cardiologists blinded to alcohol consumption. The final sample included 363 adults; of those, 228 were men (62.81%). Mean age was 60.5 ± 10.9 y. Unadjusted analyses identified sex, age, hypertension, diabetes, dyslipidemia and alcohol consumption as the main covariates associated with the Friesinger score. Lower Friesinger scores were also observed in moderate alcohol consumption when comparing to those who do not drink (RR 0.86; 95% CI 0.79-0.95). Among patients with suspected coronary artery disease undergoing coronary angiography, moderate alcohol consumption is associated to a lower coronary artery disease severity than heavy drinking. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ltd and European Society for Clinical Nutrition and Metabolism. All rights reserved.

  7. Systemic inflammation in peripheral arterial disease with or without coexistent chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: analysis of selected markers.

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    Wozniak, Krzysztof; Sleszycka, Justyna; Safianowska, Aleksandra; Wiechno, Wieslaw; Domagala-Kulawik, Joanna

    2012-07-04

    Low-grade systemic inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis and natural history of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). The aim of the study was to analyze plasma concentrations of selected markers of inflammation in patients suffering from PAD with or without coexistent COPD. Thirty patients (6 women) with advanced PAD (at least IIb stage according to Fontaine scale) hospitalized due to critical limb ischemia were examined. In all patients spirometry was performed to confirm or exclude COPD. Plasma concentration of IL-6, IL-8 and TNF-α was measured using ELISA method. Statistical analysis was performed according to COPD status and according to smoking status independently. In the whole group of patients with PAD, COPD was recognized in 14 cases (for the first time in 10 cases). All patients were smokers (46.7% current, 53.3% ex-smokers). We found a significant correlation between FEV1%N (percent of norm of first second expiratory volume) and the number of years of smoking (r = -0.39; p diseases.

  8. Pain management in peripheral arterial obstructive disease: oral slow-release oxycodone versus epidural l-bupivacaine.

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    Samolsky Dekel, B G; Melotti, R M; Gargiulo, M; Freyrie, A; Stella, A; Di Nino, G

    2010-06-01

    To compare the effectiveness of oral slow-release oxycodone (group OX, n=18) with that of epidural l-bupivacaine (group LRA, n=13) for the control of moderate/severe pain of advanced-stage peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD) patients. Observational and retrospective analysis of advanced stage and hospitalised PAOD patients treated for pain management for at least 7 days prior to surgery or discharged from the hospital without surgery. The outcome measures were pain intensity using the visual analogue scale under static, (VASs) and dynamic (VASd) conditions; vital signs, treatment side effects and patient satisfaction. In both groups, pain control was satisfactory and VAS scores median were VASs<3 and VASd<4; under dynamic conditions, pain control was better in the LRA group (p<0.01). Against few and transient side effects, most patients (n=30) found both pain treatments good or excellent. Results should be confirmed by studies with larger samples. In the perioperative setting, the epidural infusion of local anaesthetics, such as l-bupivacaine, is an effective technique for pain control in PAOD patients; for patients with contraindication for this technique or for non-surgical or outpatients, slow-release oxycodone is suggested as a possible alternative for the control of severe pain in these patients. Copyright (c) 2010 European Society for Vascular Surgery. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Betel nut chewing associated with increased risk of arterial stiffness.

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    Wei, Yu-Ting; Chou, Yu-Tsung; Yang, Yi-Ching; Chou, Chieh-Ying; Lu, Feng-Hwa; Chang, Chih-Jen; Wu, Jin-Shang

    2017-11-01

    Betel nut chewing is associated with certain cardiovascular outcomes. Subclinical atherosclerosis may be one link between betel nut chewing and cardiovascular risk. Few studies have examined the association between chewing betel nut and arterial stiffness. The aim of this study was thus to determine the relationship between betel nut chewing and arterial stiffness in a Taiwanese population. We enrolled 7540 eligible subjects in National Cheng Kung University Hospital from October 2006 to August 2009. The exclusion criteria included history of cerebrovascular events, coronary artery disease, and taking lipid-lowering drugs, antihypertensives, and hypoglycemic agents. Increased arterial stiffness was defined as brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) ≥1400cm/s. According to their habit of betel nut use, the subjects were categorized into non-, ex-, and current chewers. The prevalence of increased arterial stiffness was 32.7, 43.3, and 43.2% in non-, ex- and current chewers, respectively (p=0.011). Multiple logistic regression analysis revealed that ex-chewers (odds ratio [OR] 1.69, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.08-2.65) and current chewers (OR 2.29, 95% CI=1.05-4.99) had elevated risks of increased arterial stiffness after adjustment for co-variables. Both ex- and current betel nut chewing were associated with a higher risk of increased arterial stiffness. Stopping betel nut chewing may thus potentially be beneficial to reduce cardiovascular risk, based on the principals of preventive medicine. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  10. Muscle function in individuals with peripheral arterial obstructive disease: A systematic review

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    Menêses, Annelise Lins; Farah, Breno Quintella; Ritti-Dias, Raphael Mendes

    2012-01-01

    O objetivo do presente estudo foi sintetizar as evidências sobre a força e resistência muscular de indivíduos com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica (DAOP). Foi realizada revisão sistemática de artigos originais nas bases de dados MEDLINE, LILACS e SciELO, até 2009. A maioria dos estudos que comparou a força muscular da perna ou quadril/coxa de indivíduos com DAOP com a de indivíduos controle reportou menor força nos indivíduos com DAOP. A maioria dos estudos que comparou a força muscular ...

  11. Occupational exposure to pesticides are associated with fixed airflow obstruction in middle-age.

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    Alif, Sheikh M; Dharmage, Shyamali C; Benke, Geza; Dennekamp, Martine; Burgess, John A; Perret, Jennifer L; Lodge, Caroline J; Morrison, Stephen; Johns, David Peter; Giles, Graham G; Gurrin, Lyle C; Thomas, Paul S; Hopper, John Llewelyn; Wood-Baker, Richard; Thompson, Bruce R; Feather, Iain H; Vermeulen, Roel; Kromhout, Hans; Walters, E Haydn; Abramson, Michael J; Matheson, Melanie Claire

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    Population-based studies have found evidence of a relationship between occupational exposures and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD), but these studies are limited by the use of prebronchodilator spirometry. Establishing this link using postbronchodilator is critical, because occupational exposures are a modifiable risk factor for COPD. To investigate the associations between occupational exposures and fixed airflow obstruction using postbronchodilator spirometry. One thousand three hundred and thirty-five participants were included from 2002 to 2008 follow-up of the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study (TAHS). Spirometry was performed and lifetime work history calendars were used to collect occupational history. ALOHA plus Job Exposure Matrix was used to assign occupational exposure, and defined as ever exposed and cumulative exposure unit (EU)-years. Fixed airflow obstruction was defined by postbronchodilator FEV1/FVC <0.7 and the lower limit of normal (LLN). Multinomial logistic regressions were used to investigate potential associations while controlling for possible confounders. Ever exposure to biological dust (relative risk (RR)=1.58, 95% CI 1.01 to 2.48), pesticides (RR=1.74,95% CI 1.00 to 3.07) and herbicides (RR=2.09,95% CI 1.18 to 3.70) were associated with fixed airflow obstruction. Cumulative EU-years to all pesticides (RR=1.11,95% CI 1.00 to 1.25) and herbicides (RR=1.15,95% CI 1.00 to 1.32) were also associated with fixed airflow obstruction. In addition, all pesticides exposure was consistently associated with chronic bronchitis and symptoms that are consistent with airflow obstruction. Ever exposure to mineral dust, gases/fumes and vapours, gases, dust or fumes were only associated with fixed airflow obstruction in non-asthmatics only. Pesticides and herbicides exposures were associated with fixed airflow obstruction and chronic bronchitis. Biological dust exposure was also associated with fixed airflow obstruction in non

  12. Ectopic ureter associated with uterine didelphys and obstructed hemivagina: preoperative diagnosis by MRI

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    Wang, Zhen J.; Daldrup-Link, Heike; Coakley, Fergus V.; Yeh, Benjamin M. [University of California, San Francisco (United States). Department of Radiology

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    Uterine didelphys with obstructed hemivagina and ipsilateral renal anomalies is a rare congenital malformation of the female urogenital tract. While the urinary anomalies almost always involve renal agenesis, we report a rare case of a 17-year-old girl with the malformation associated with ectopic ureteral insertion into the obstructed hemivagina, which was diagnosed preoperatively by MR imaging. To the best of our knowledge, preoperative MR imaging diagnosis of the ectopic ureter associated with this syndrome has not been previously reported. Accurate preoperative diagnosis of ectopic ureteral insertion associated with this syndrome is important for surgical planning. (orig.)

  13. [Prevalence and difficulties in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease diagnosis in patients suffering from severe peripheral arterial disease].

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    Sleszycka, Justyna; Woźniak, Krzysztof; Banaszek, Marta; Wiechno, Wiesław; Domagała-Kulawik, Joanna

    2009-08-01

    Cigarette smoking is the most prominent risk factor for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and peripheral arterial disease (PAD). Prevalence of COPD among cigarette smokers is about 23% in Poland. Effort dyspnea which develops in advanced stage of COPD is the leading cause of seeking medical advice. Physical activity among patients with PAD is reduced due to intermittent claudication. It may cause delayed COPD diagnosis in this group of patients. To estimate the prevalence of COPD among patients suffering from severe PAD who were hospitalized in surgery department due to critical limb ischemia and to evaluate difficulties during COPD diagnosis in this group of patients. We examined 64 patients suffering from severe PAD (at least IIb stage according to Fontaine's scale). Patients were asked about the typical symptoms of COPD: chronic cough, regular sputum production and dyspnea. To evaluate the intensity of dyspnea we used British Medical Research Council scale. Spirometry was performed to every patient. Patients with airways obstruction underwent spirometry after the administration of inhaled bronchodilator. Every patient who had the post-bronchodilator value of FEV,/FVC ratio below the lower limit of normal values was diagnosed with COPD. It was not possible to evaluate the dyspnea intensity using MRC scale in 44% of 34 patients who reported dyspnea. During the study we diagnosed 16 patients with COPD (9 pts had 1st stage of COPD according to GOLD classification, 7 pts--2nd). 9 patients had been formerly diagnosed with COPD (2 pts--1st stage, 5 pts--2nd, and 2 pts--3rd). Spirometry-defined COPD was present in 39% of study group. The analysis of data from patients with PAD coexistent COPD revealed that 60% of them were current cigarette smokers and 28% of them declared passive smoking exposure. The other known negative prognostic factors in patients with COPD such as BMI lower than 21 kg/mr2, FEV1% of predicted value below 65% and X-rays photograph

  14. Heart failure and respiratory hospitalizations are reduced in patients with heart failure and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with the use of an implantable pulmonary artery pressure monitoring device.

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    Krahnke, Jason S; Abraham, William T; Adamson, Philip B; Bourge, Robert C; Bauman, Jordan; Ginn, Greg; Martinez, Fernando J; Criner, Gerard J

    2015-03-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a frequent comorbidity in patients with heart failure (HF). Elevated pulmonary arterial (PA) pressure can be seen in both conditions and has been shown to predict morbidity and mortality. A total of 550 subjects with New York Heart Association functional class III HF were randomly assigned to the treatment (n = 270) and control (n = 280) groups in the CHAMPION Trial. Physicians had access to the PA pressure measurements in the treatment group only, in which HF therapy was used to lower the elevated pressures. HF and respiratory hospitalizations were compared in both groups. A total of 187 subjects met criteria for classification into the COPD subgroup. In the entire cohort, the treatment group had a 37% reduction in HF hospitalization rates (P respiratory hospitalization rates (P = .0061). In the COPD subgroup, the treatment group had a 41% reduction in HF hospitalization rates (P = .0009) and a 62% reduction in respiratory hospitalization rates (P = .0023). The rate of respiratory hospitalizations in subjects without COPD was not statistically different (P = .76). HF management incorporating hemodynamic information from an implantable PA pressure monitor significantly reduces HF and respiratory hospitalizations in HF subjects with comorbid COPD compared with standard care. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Disease location is associated with survival in patients with peripheral arterial disease.

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    Chen, Qian; Smith, Carin Y; Bailey, Kent R; Wennberg, Paul W; Kullo, Iftikhar J

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    We investigated whether disease location influences survival in patients with peripheral arterial disease. Patients (n = 12,731; mean age, 67.5 ± 12.7 years; 57.4% male) who underwent outpatient noninvasive lower extremity arterial evaluation were followed up for 5.9 ± 3.1 years for all-cause mortality. Peripheral arterial disease (n = 8930) was defined as a resting or postexercise ankle-brachial index (ABI) ≤ 0.90, and normal ABI (n = 3,801) was defined as a resting and postexercise ABI of 1.00 to 1.30. Presence or absence of disease at the proximal location or distal location was determined on the basis of Doppler signals in leg arteries; 42% had no PD or DD, 45% had proximal (14% postexercise PD only), 30% had distal disease, 17% had both proximal and distal disease, 28% had proximal only and 14% had distal only. We performed multivariable logistic regression to identify factors associated with disease location, and Cox proportional hazard regression to assess the respective effects of proximal or distal disease on survival. Older age, male sex, diabetes, heart failure, and critical limb ischemia were associated with distal disease, whereas female sex, smoking, hypertension, dyslipidemia, coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and critical limb ischemia were associated with proximal disease. Over a mean follow-up of 5.9 ± 3.1 years, 3039 patients (23.9%) died. After adjustment for potential confounders, the hazard ratios (HRs) of death associated with PD only and DD only were 1.3 (1.3 to 1.4) and 1.5 (1.4 to 1.6), respectively. After additional adjustment for resting ABI, there was no significant association between proximal disease and death, whereas the association of distal disease with death remained significant (HR, 1.2; 95% CI, 1.1 to 1.3). In patients with peripheral arterial disease, proximal and distal disease locations were associated with distinctive risk factor and comorbidity profiles. Distal

  16. Association between blood viscosity and common carotid artery elasticity.

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    Tripolino, Cesare; Irace, Concetta; Carallo, Claudio; De Franceschi, Maria Serena; Scavelli, Faustina; Della Valle, Elisabetta; Gnasso, Agostino

    2016-01-01

    Elastic properties of the vessel wall are associated with atherosclerosis and major cardiovascular events. Several physiological and pathological conditions can affect arterial elasticity, but few studies have considered the role of hemorheological parameters. The present study aimed to investigate the relationship between hemorheological parameters and vascular stiffness in the carotid artery district. One hundred and two individuals were enrolled. Blood and plasma viscosity were measured by a cone-plate viscometer (Wells-Brookfield DV-III, Stoughton, U.S.A.). Echo-Doppler evaluation of carotid arteries was performed in order to calculate elastic indexes (strain, β-stiffness index and distensibility). The association between hemorheological parameters and carotid elasticity indexes was assessed by simple and multiple regression analyses. In simple correlation analysis, only blood viscosity was directly associated with β-stiffness index (r = 0.20, p = 0.05) and inversely with strain (r =-0.26, p = 0.01) and distensibility (r =-0.34, p = 0.001). After adjusting for cardiovascular risk factors, blood viscosity, but not plasma viscosity or hematocrit, was independently associated carotid arterial measures, together with age, obesity, hypertension, and dyslipidemia. The results of the present study demonstrate a strong association between blood viscosity and common carotid elasticity indexes.

  17. Treatment for peripheral arterial obstructive disease: An appraisal of the economic outcome of complications.

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    Flu, Hans; van der Hage, Jos H; Knippenberg, Bob; Merkus, Jos W; Hamming, Jaap F; Lardenoye, Jan Willem H

    2008-08-01

    This study determined the average estimated total costs after treatment for peripheral arterial occlusive disease (PAOD) and evaluated the effect of postoperative complications and their consequences for the total costs. Cost data on all admissions involving treatment for PAOD from January 2007 until July 2007 were collected. A prospective analysis was made using the patient-related risk factor and comorbidity (Society for Vascular Surgery/International Society of Cardiovascular Surgeons) classification, primary and secondary treatment, and prospectively registered complications. At admission, patients without complications were placed in group A, and those with complications were in group B. Prospectively registered complications were divided into patient management (I), surgical technique (II), patient's disease (III), and outside surgical department (IV). The consequences of these were divided into minor complication, no long-term consequence (1A), additional medication or transfusion (1B), surgical reoperation (2A), prolonged hospital stay (2B), irreversible physical damage (3), and death (4). The main outcome measures were total costs of patients and costs per patient (PP), with or without the presence of complications, cost of complications and costs per complication (PC), and the costs of their consequences calculated in euros (euro). Ninety patients (mean age, 71.4 years; 59% men) were included. Group B patients had a significantly higher American Society of Anesthesiologists (4) and Fontaine (3) classification and more secondary procedures. Total costs were euro 1,716,852: group A, euro 512,811 (PP euro 12,820); and group B, euro 1,204,042 (PP euro 24,081). The costs of the 115 complications were euro 568,500 (PC euro 4943). Split by the cause of the complication, costs were I, euro 95,924 (PC euro 2998); II, euro 163,137 (PC euro 8157); III, euro 289,578 (PC euro 5171); and IV, euro 19,861 (PC euro 2837). The increase of costs in group B was mainly caused

  18. Decreased activation of inflammatory networks during acute asthma exacerbations is associated with chronic airflow obstruction

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    Bosco, Anthony; Ehteshami, Samira; Stern, Debra A.; Martinez, Fernando D.

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    Asthma exacerbations are associated with subsequent deficits in lung function. Here, we tested the hypothesis that a specific pattern of inflammatory responses during acute exacerbations may be associated with chronic airway obstruction. Gene coexpression networks were characterized in induced sputum obtained during an acute exacerbation, from asthmatic children with or without chronic airflow limitation. The data showed that activation of Th1-like/cytotoxic and interferon signalling pathways during acute exacerbations was decreased in asthmatic children with deficits in baseline lung function. These associations were independent of the identification of picornaviruses in nasal secretions or the use of medications at the time of the exacerbation. Th2-related pathways were also detected in the responses, but variations in these pathways were not related to chronic airways obstruction. Our findings demonstrate that decreased activation of Th1-like/cytotoxic and interferon pathways is a hallmark of acute exacerbation responses in asthmatic children with evidence of chronic airways obstruction. PMID:20336062

  19. Iron Deficiency in COPD Associates with Increased Pulmonary Artery Pressure Estimated by Echocardiography

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    Plesner, Louis L; Schoos, Mikkel M; Dalsgaard, Morten

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    OBJECTIVES: Iron deficiency (ID) might augment chronic pulmonary hypertension in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). This observational study investigates the association between ID and systolic pulmonary artery pressure estimated by echocardiography in non-anaemic COPD outpatients....... METHODS: Non-anaemic COPD patients (GOLD II-IV) with no history of cardiovascular disease were recruited from outpatient clinics. Iron deficiency was defined as ferritin...0.05). Ferritin inversely correlated with TR Vmax in ID patients (-0.37 (p=0.04)). The prevalence of TR Vmax ≥ 2.9 m/s was twice as high in patients with ID (58% vs. 29%) and odds ratio of pulmonary hypertension in ID...

  20. Migraine pain associated with middle cerebral artery dilatation

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    returned to normal after treatment with sumatriptan and recovery. Since rCBF in the MCA supply territory was unaffected, the lower velocity can be explained only by dilatation of the MCA. The mean MCA diameter increase was estimated to be 20%. Thus, headache was associated with intracranial large arterial...

  1. Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Association with PulmonaryArtery Hypertension

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    Mehdi Peighambari

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is an uncommon condition constituting 1% -2% of the cases with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM diagnosis. We interestingly report two patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in association with significant pulmonary artery hypertension without any other underlying reason for pulmonary hypertension. The patients were assessed by echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and pulmonary function parameters study.

  2. Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy in Association with Pulmonary Artery Hypertension

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    2012-01-01

    Apical Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy is an uncommon condition constituting 1% -2% of the cases with Hypertrophic Cardiomyopathy (HCM) diagnosis. We interestingly report two patients with apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy in association with significant pulmonary artery hypertension without any other underlying reason for pulmonary hypertension. The patients were assessed by echocardiography, cardiac catheterization and pulmonary function parameters study.

  3. Umbilical arterial necrotic vasculopathy associated with fetal ascites.

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    Rossi, Giuliana; Cosmi, Erich; Trevisanuto, Daniele; Cappellari, Ambra; Andrisani, Alessandra; Visentin, Silvia; Chiarelli, Silvia; Zanardo, Vincenzo

    2010-01-01

    Immune and nonimmune neonatal ascites may be part of hydrops fetalis or may be an isolated finding. However, a significant percentage of nonimmune ascites do not have an identifiable pathogenesis and are considered idiopathic. We report a case of fetal ascites and umbilical arterial necrotic vasculopathy, an association not previously described. 2010 S. Karger AG, Basel.

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    Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the major cause of death in most countries including China (He et al. 2005). A num- ber of susceptible variants of candidate genes have been recognized as genetic risk factors that are associated with pathogenesis of coronary heart disease (Wu et al. 2001;. Achour et al. 2011; Zhou et al.

  5. Dual-energy CT angiography of chronic thromboembolic disease: Can it help recognize links between the severity of pulmonary arterial obstruction and perfusion defects?

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    Renard, Benoit [Department of Thoracic Imaging, Hospital Calmette, University Centre of Lille (EA 2694), Boulevard Jules Leclercq, 59037 Lille cedex (France); Remy-Jardin, Martine, E-mail: mremy-jardin@chru-lille.fr [Department of Thoracic Imaging, Hospital Calmette, University Centre of Lille (EA 2694), Boulevard Jules Leclercq, 59037 Lille cedex (France); Santangelo, Teresa; Faivre, Jean-Baptiste; Tacelli, Nunzia; Remy, Jacques [Department of Thoracic Imaging, Hospital Calmette, University Centre of Lille (EA 2694), Boulevard Jules Leclercq, 59037 Lille cedex (France); Duhamel, Alain [Department of Biostatistics, University Centre of Lille (EA 2694), 59037 Lille cedex (France)

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    Purpose: To evaluate whether dual-energy CT angiography (DE-CTA) could identify links between morphologic and functional abnormalities in chronic pulmonary thromboembolism (CPTE). Materials and methods: Seventeen consecutive patients with CPTE without underlying cardio-respiratory disease were investigated with DE-CTA. Two series of images were generated: (a) transverse diagnostic scans (i.e., contiguous 1-mm thick averaged images from both tubes), and (b) perfusion scans (i.e., images of the iodine content within the microcirculation; 4-mm thick MIPs). Two radiologists evaluated by consensus the presence of: (a) pulmonary vascular features of CPTE and abnormally dilated systemic arteries on diagnostic CT scans, and (b) perfusion defects of embolic type on perfusion scans. Results: Diagnostic examinations showed a total of 166 pulmonary arteries (166/833; 19.9%) with features of CPTE, more frequent at the level of peripheral than central arteries (8.94 vs 0.82; p < 0.0001), including severe stenosis with partial (97/166; 58.4%) or complete (20/166; 12.0%) obstruction, webs and bands (37/166; 22.3%), partial filling defects without stenosis (7/166; 4.2%), focal stenosis (4/166; 2.4%) and abrupt vessel narrowing (1/166; 0.6%). Perfusion examinations showed 39 perfusion defects in 8 patients (median number: 4.9; range: 1-11). The most severe pulmonary arterial features of CPTE were seen with a significantly higher frequency in segments with perfusion defects than in segments with normal perfusion (p < 0.0001). Enlarged systemic arteries were observed with a significantly higher frequency ipsilateral to lungs with perfusion defects (9/12; 75%) compared with lungs without perfusion defects (5/22; 22.7%) (p = 0.004). Conclusion: Dual-energy CTA demonstrates links between the severity of pulmonary arterial obstruction and perfusion impairment, influenced by the degree of development of the systemic collateral supply.

  6. Association of Parental Hypertension With Arterial Stiffness in Nonhypertensive Offspring

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    Andersson, Charlotte; Quiroz, Rene; Enserro, Danielle

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    with hypertension. Parental hypertension was associated with greater offspring mean arterial pressure (multivariable-adjusted estimate=2.9 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 1.9-3.9, and 4.2 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 2.9-5.5, for 1 and 2 parents with hypertension, respectively; P... forward pressure wave amplitude (1.6 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 0.6-2.7, and 1.9 mm Hg; 95% confidence interval, 0.6-3.2, for 1 and 2 parents with hypertension, respectively; P=0.003 for both). Carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity and augmentation index displayed similar dose-dependent relations......High arterial stiffness seems to be causally involved in the pathogenesis of hypertension. We tested the hypothesis that offspring of parents with hypertension may display higher arterial stiffness before clinically manifest hypertension, given that hypertension is a heritable condition. We...

  7. Ankle-brachial pressure index estimated by laser Doppler in patients suffering from peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Ludyga, Tomasz; Kuczmik, Waclaw B; Kazibudzki, Marek; Nowakowski, Przemyslaw; Orawczyk, Tomasz; Glanowski, Michal; Kucharzewski, Marcin; Ziaja, Damion; Szaniewski, Krzysztof; Ziaja, Krzysztof

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    Ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurements are widely used for evaluating the functional state of circulation in the lower limbs. However, there is some evidence that the value of ABI does not accurately reflect the degree of walking impairment in symptomatic patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD). We investigated the diagnostic value of ABI estimated by means of laser Doppler flowmetry (IT) for evaluating limb ischemia. We wanted to know whether laser Doppler could be more sensitive than the Doppler method in predicting walking capacity in patients with stable intermittent claudication. We analyzed a group of 30 patients with intermittent claudication (Fontain II, II/III) who were admitted for reconstructive treatment. There were 21 men and 9 women, aged 46-74 (mean 61) years. All patients underwent the treadmill test, and pain-free walking distances were measured. In each patient, we measured ABI using the two different methods: Doppler ultrasound device (ABI-Doppler) and laser Doppler (ABI-laser Doppler). The claudication distances were 25-200 m (mean 73 +/- 50.2 m). ABI-Doppler was 0.2-0.7 (0.582 +/- 0.195). ABI-laser Doppler measurements were 0.581 (+/-0.218). A correlation was found between ABI-Doppler and claudication distance (r = 0.46, P = 0.009). Also, ABI-laser Doppler values significantly correlated with claudication distances (r = 0.536, P = 0.002). The ABI evaluated by laser Doppler correlated well with claudication distances in patients with PAOD. Comparison of Doppler and laser Doppler measurements used for determining ABI showed that both methods have similar predictive power for walking capacity; however, higher correlation was observed between claudication distances and ABI measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. ABI-laser Doppler measurements are easier, are quicker, and seem to be better suited for noncompliant patients. Further investigation should be undertaken to determine whether laser Doppler is superior to the Doppler

  8. Peripheral Artery Disease and Its Clinical Relevance in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease in the COPD and Systemic Consequences-Comorbidities Network Study.

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    Houben-Wilke, Sarah; Jörres, Rudolf A; Bals, Robert; Franssen, Frits M E; Gläser, Sven; Holle, Rolf; Karch, Annika; Koch, Armin; Magnussen, Helgo; Obst, Anne; Schulz, Holger; Spruit, Martijn A; Wacker, Margarethe E; Welte, Tobias; Wouters, Emiel F M; Vogelmeier, Claus; Watz, Henrik

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    Knowledge about the prevalence of objectively assessed peripheral artery disease (PAD) and its clinical relevance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is scarce. We aimed to: (1) assess the prevalence of PAD in COPD compared with distinct control groups; and (2) study the association between PAD and functional capacity as well as health status. The ankle-brachial index was used to diagnose PAD (ankle-brachial index ≤ 0.9). The 6-minute-walk distance, health status (St. George's Respiratory Questionnaire), COPD Assessment Test, and EuroQol-5-Dimensions were assessed in patients enrolled in the German COPD and Systemic Consequences-Comorbidities Network cohort study. Control groups were derived from the Study of Health in Pomerania. A total of 2,088 patients with COPD (61.1% male; mean [SD] age, 65.3 [8.2] years, GOLD (Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease) stages I-IV: 9.4, 42.5, 37.5, and 10.5%, respectively) were included, of which 184 patients (8.8%; GOLD stage I-IV: 5.1, 7.4, 11.1, and 9.5%, respectively, vs. 5.9% in patients with GOLD stage 0 in the COPD and Systemic Consequences-Comorbidities Network) had PAD. In the Study of Health in Pomerania, PAD ranged from 1.8 to 4.2%. Patients with COPD with PAD had a significantly shorter 6-minute-walk distance (356 [108] vs. 422 [103] m, P COPD Assessment Test: 19.6 [7.4] vs. 17.9 [7.4] points, P = 0.004; EuroQol-5-Dimensions visual analog scale: 51.2 [19.0] vs. 57.2 [19.6], P COPD, 8.8% were diagnosed with PAD, which is higher than the prevalence in control subjects without COPD. PAD was associated with a clinically relevant reduction in functional capacity and health status.

  9. Predictors of the overlap syndrome and its association with comorbidities in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Steveling, Esther Helen; Clarenbach, Christian F; Miedinger, David; Enz, Claudia; Dürr, Selina; Maier, Sabrina; Sievi, Noriane; Zogg, Stefanie; Leuppi, Jörg D; Kohler, Malcolm

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    The occurrence of both chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in an individual patient has been described as 'overlap syndrome', which has been associated with poor prognosis. Little is known about the possible predictors of the overlap syndrome and its association with comorbidities contributing to impaired outcome. This study aimed to evaluate the prevalence and possible predictors of the overlap syndrome and its association with comorbidities in a cohort of COPD patients. Individuals with COPD (GOLD stages I-IV, risk groups A-D) were recruited from outpatient clinics. Information on age, gender, body mass index (BMI), smoking status, Epworth sleepiness scale (ESS), COPD assessment test, comorbidities, medications and exacerbations in the past year was collected and a spirometry was performed. Participants underwent a nocturnal polygraphy using the ApneaLink™ device at home. An apnea-hypopnea index (AHI) >10 per hour was considered to indicate OSA. We enrolled 177 COPD patients (112 men) with a mean age of 64 years (range 42-90), of whom 35 (20%) had an ESS score above 10. During nocturnal polygraphy, 33 patients (19%) had evidence of OSA. In multivariate analysis, BMI and pack years were positively associated with AHI, independent of other significant AHI determinants from univariate analysis. Arterial hypertension and diabetes were more common in patients with the overlap syndrome. Almost 20% of COPD patients also have OSA. BMI and smoking history seem to be predictors of the overlap syndrome, and these patients may be more often affected by hypertension and diabetes. © 2014 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  10. Risk factors associated with obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS

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    Sylvia Páez-Moya

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    Knowing the risk factors associated to sleep disorders allows to develop therapeutic measures focused on their origin. Modifiable factors such as overweight/obesity, smoking and consumption of central nervous system depressants are especially important since prevention of these conditions may have an impact on the prevention of the onset of the obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome.

  11. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in rheumatoid arthtritis – coincidence or association? A case report

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    2009-01-01

    A 60-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis was admitted to the hospital for investigation of dyspnea on exertion (New York Heart Association class II), polyarthralgias and mild fever. An echocardiogram revealed asymmetric hypertrophy of the interventricular septum with signs of subaortic obstruction.

  12. Physical and Psychosocial Factors Associated With Physical Activity in Patients With Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Hartman, Jorine E.; Boezen, H. Marike; de Greef, Mathieu H.; ten Hacken, Nick H.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives: To assess physical activity and sitting time in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and to investigate which physical and psychosocial factors are associated with physical activity and sitting time. Design: Cross-sectional study. Setting: Patients were recruited at

  13. Exercícios resistidos terapêuticos para indivíduos com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica: evidências para a prescrição Therapeutic resistance exercises for individuals with peripheral arterial obstructive disease: evidence for prescription

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    Lucas Caseri Câmara

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    Full Text Available A prática regular de exercícios é parte do tratamento clínico inicial para pacientes com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica. Nesse sentido, a utilização de exercícios contra resistência (exercícios resistidos tem sido amplamente recomendada para diferentes populações, especialmente para pessoas idosas com e sem doenças associadas. Os poucos trabalhos encontrados utilizando essa forma de exercícios em pacientes com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica documentam a sua eficiência terapêutica. No entanto, os efeitos documentados dos exercícios resistidos em outras populações têm evidenciado melhoria da aptidão física e da qualidade de vida, com segurança cardiovascular e músculo-esquelética. Essas informações fornecem indicativos sobre os possíveis benefícios dos exercícios resistidos na terapia de indivíduos com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica. Nesse sentido, esta revisão objetivou apresentar informações científicas que permitam auxiliar a prescrição dos exercícios resistidos para essa população.A regular physical activity program is part of the initial clinical approach to patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease. Therefore, use of exercises against resistance loads (resistance training has been widely recommended for different populations, especially for elderly individuals with and without associated diseases. The few studies that have used this form of exercise in patients with peripheral arterial obstructive disease demonstrated its therapeutic efficiency. However, reported effects of resistance training in other populations have evidenced improvement in physical fitness and quality of life, with cardiovascular and musculoskeletal safety. These data indicate the possible benefits of resistance training in peripheral arterial obstructive disease therapy. Thus, this review aimed at presenting scientific information that can help prescription of resistance training for this

  14. Correlation of CT angiographic pulmonary artery obstruction scores with right ventricular dysfunction and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

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    Apfaltrer, P., E-mail: paul.apfaltrer@medma.uni-heidelberg.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Henzler, T.; Meyer, M. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Roeger, S.; Haghi, D.; Gruettner, J.; Süselbeck, T. [Department of Internal Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Wilson, R.B.; Schoepf, U.J. [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, 25 Courtenay Drive, MSC 226, Charleston, SC 29401 (United States); Schoenberg, S.O.; Fink, C. [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center Mannheim, Medical Faculty Mannheim, University of Heidelberg, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany)

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    Objective: To correlate CTA pulmonary artery obstruction scores (OS) with right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) and clinical outcome in patients with acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Materials and methods: In a prospective study of 50 patients (66 ± 12.9 years) with PE pulmonary artery OS (Qanadli, Mastora, and Mastora central) were assessed by two radiologists. To assess RVD all patients underwent echocardiography within 24 h. Furthermore, RVD on CT was assessed by calculating the right ventricular/left ventricular (RV/LV) diameter ratios on transverse (RV/LVtrans) and four-chamber views (RV/LV4ch) as well as the RV/LV volume ratio (RV/LVvol). OS were correlated with RVD and the occurrence of adverse clinical outcomes (defined as death, need for intensive care treatment, or cardiac insufficiency ≥NYHA III). Results: Mean Mastora, Qanadli, and Mastora central OS were 26.4 ± 17.7, 12.6 ± 9.9 and 7.5 ± 9, respectively. Echocardiography demonstrated moderate and severe RVD in 10 and 5 patients, respectively. Patients with moderate and severe RVD showed significantly higher Mastora central scores than patients without RVD (14 ± 10.8 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.05]; 17.6 ± 13.2 vs. 5.9 ± 7.8 [p = 0.038]). A relevant correlation (i.e. r ≥ 0.6) between OS and CT parameters for RVD were only found for the Mastora score and the Mastora central score (RV/LV4ch: r = 0.61 and 0.68, RV/LVvol: r = 0.61 and 0.6). 18 patients experienced an adverse clinical outcome. None of the OS differed significantly between patients with and without adverse clinical outcome. Conclusion: Pulmonary artery obstruction scores can differentiate between patients with and without RVD. However, in this study, obstruction scores were not correlated to adverse clinical outcome.

  15. Occlusive Peripheral Arterial Disease

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    ... but also to the worsening of the disease. Obstructive peripheral arterial disease most commonly develops in the arteries of the legs, including the two branches of the aorta (iliac arteries), main arteries of the thighs (femoral arteries), of ... arterial disease may also develop in the part ...

  16. Morphological changes in small pulmonary vessels are associated with severe acute exacerbation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Full Text Available Katsuhiro Yoshimura,1,2 Yuzo Suzuki,1,2 Tomohiro Uto,2 Jun Sato,2 Shiro Imokawa,2 Takafumi Suda1 1Second Division, Department of Internal Medicine, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Hamamatsu, Japan; 2Department of Respiratory Medicine, Iwata City Hospital, Iwata, Japan Background: Pulmonary vascular remodeling is essential for understanding the pathogenesis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. The total cross-sectional area (CSA of small pulmonary vessels has been reported to correlate with the pulmonary artery pressure, and this technique has enabled the assessment of pulmonary vascular involvements. We investigated the contribution of morphological alterations in the pulmonary vessels to severe acute exacerbation of COPD (AE-COPD.Methods: This study enrolled 81 patients with COPD and 28 non-COPD subjects as control and assessed the percentage of CSA (%CSA less than 5 mm2 (%CSA<5 and %CSA in the range of 5–10 mm2 (%CSA5–10 on high-resolution computed tomography images.Results: Compared with the non-COPD subjects, the COPD patients had lower %CSA<5. %CSA<5 was positively correlated with airflow limitation and negatively correlated with the extent of emphysema. COPD patients with lower %CSA<5 showed significantly increased incidences of severe AE-COPD (Gray’s test; P=0.011. Furthermore, lower %CSA<5 was significantly associated with severe AE-COPD (hazard ratio, 2.668; 95% confidence interval, 1.225–5.636; P=0.010.Conclusion: %CSA<5 was associated with an increased risk of severe AE-COPD. The distal pruning of the small pulmonary vessels is a part of the risk associated with AE-COPD, and %CSA<5 might be a surrogate marker for predicting AE-COPD. Keywords: chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD, acute exacerbation, pulmonary vessels, cross-sectional area (CSA, computed tomography

  17. Challenges associated with peripheral arterial disease in women

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    Jessica Barochiner, Lucas S Aparicio, Gabriel D Waisman Hypertension Section, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Abstract: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is an increasingly recognized disorder that is associated with functional impairment, quality-of-life deterioration, increased risk of cardiovascular ischemic events, and increased risk of total and cardiovascular mortality. Although earlier studies suggested that PAD was more common ...

  18. Decreased serum bilirubin is associated with arterial stiffness in men.

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    Li, Y; Meng, S-y; Meng, C-c; Yu, W-g; Wang, R-t

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    The brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is a marker for early atherosclerotic changes. Serum total bilirubin (TB) is an effective antioxidant and has been associated with carotid intima-media thickness, cardiovascular disease, stroke and peripheral arterial disease, all of which may be caused by arteriosclerosis. This study aimed to investigate the association of TB with arterial stiffness. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated the relationship between TB and baPWV in 2207 participants (1331 men, 876 women) in a general health examination. Different metabolic parameters were compared across TB quartiles. Age-adjusted mean values of baPWV gradually decreased with TB quartiles in men (Q1 = 1348, Q2 = 1266, Q3 = 1215, and Q4 = 1154 cm/s). However, the age-adjusted means of baPWV had no significance in women according to TB quartiles. Univariate analysis showed that age, smoking status, BMI, SBP, DBP, AST, ALT, GGT, TB, TG, and HDL-C were significantly associated with baPWV in men, whereas only age, BMI, SBP, DBP, TG and FPG were significantly associated with baPWV in women. In addition, BMI, SBP, TB, age, TG, and AST were significant factors in the multivariate model with baPWV in men; only BMI and FPG were significant factors with baPWV in women. The findings show that serum total bilirubin concentration is negatively correlated to arterial stiffness in Chinese men. Early detection of abnormal bilirubin levels could potentially serve as an early biomarker for arterial stiffness. Crown Copyright © 2011. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  19. Atherosclerotic plaques in the internal carotid artery and associations with lung function assessed by different methods.

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    Frantz, Sophia; Nihlén, Ulf; Dencker, Magnus; Engström, Gunnar; Löfdahl, Claes-Göran; Wollmer, Per

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    Previous studies on associations between reduced lung function and cardiovascular disease (CVD) have mainly been based on forced expiratory volume in 1-s (FEV(1) ) and vital capacity (VC). This study examined potential associations between five different lung function variables and plaques in the internal carotid artery (ICA). Subjects (n = 450) from a previous population-based respiratory questionnaire survey [current smokers without lower respiratory symptoms, subjects with a self-reported diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and never-smokers without lower respiratory symptoms] were examined using spirometry, body plethysmography and measurements of diffusing capacity for CO (D(L,CO) ). Plaques in the ICA were assessed by ultrasonography. Two hundred and twenty subjects were current smokers, 139 ex-smokers and 89 never-smokers. COPD was diagnosed in 130 subjects (GOLD criteria). Plaques in the ICA were present in 231 subjects (52%). General linear analysis with adjustment for established risk factors for atherosclerosis, including C-reactive protein, showed that D(L,CO) was lower [77.4% versus 83.7% of predicted normal (PN), P = 0.014] and residual volume (RV) was higher (110.3% versus 104.8% of PN, P = 0.020) in subjects with than without plaques in the ICA. This analysis did not show any statistically significant association between plaques and FEV(1) or VC. The occurrence of plaques in the ICA was associated with low D(L,CO) and high RV, but not significantly with FEV(1) or COPD status. The results suggest that the relationships between reduced lung function, COPD and CVD are complex and not only linked to bronchial obstruction and low-grade systemic inflammation. © 2011 The Authors. Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging © 2011 Scandinavian Society of Clinical Physiology and Nuclear Medicine.

  20. [Thrombosis and obstruction associated with central venous lines. Incidence and risk factors].

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    Vivanco Allende, A; Rey Galán, C; Rodríguez de la Rúa, M V; Alvarez García, F; Medina Villanueva, A; Concha Torre, A; Mayordomo Colunga, J; Martínez Camblor, P

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    To analyse the incidence of thrombosis and obstruction associated with central venous lines (CVL) inserted in critically ill children, and to determine their risk factors. Prospective observational study in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit in a University Hospital. An analysis was made of 825 CVL placed in 546 patients. Age, gender, weight, type of catheter (lines, size, and brand), final location of the catheter, mechanical ventilation, type of sedation and analgesia used, initial failure by the doctor to perform CVL catheterization, number of attempts, CVL indication, admission diagnosis, emergency or scheduled procedure, and delayed mechanical complications (DMC). Risk factors for these complications were determined by a multiple regression analysis. A total of 52 cases of DMC, 42 cases of obstruction, and 10 of thrombosis were registered. Obstruction and thrombosis rates were 4.96 and 1.18 per 100 CVL, respectively. The only risk factor independently linked to obstruction was the duration of the CVL (OR 1.05; 95% CI; 1.00-1.10). The number of lines with thrombosis (OR 4.88; 95% CI; 1.26-18.0), as well as parenteral nutrition (OR 4.17; 95% CI; 1.06-16.31) was statistically significant according to bivariate analysis. However, no risk factors for thrombosis were found in the multivariate analysis. Obstruction and thrombosis of CVL inserted in a Pediatric Intensive Care Unit are relatively common complications. CVL duration is an independent risk factor for any line obstruction. Copyright © 2012 Asociación Española de Pediatría. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  1. Diagnostic power of longitudinal strain at rest for the detection of obstructive coronary artery disease in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

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    Zuo, Houjuan; Yan, Jiangtao; Zeng, Hesong; Li, Wenyu; Li, Pengcheng; Liu, Zhengxiang; Cui, Guanglin; Lv, Jiagao; Wang, Daowen; Wang, Hong

    2015-01-01

    Global longitudinal strain (GLS) measured by 2-D speckle-tracking echocardiography (2-D STE) at rest has been recognized as a sensitive parameter in the detection of significant coronary artery disease (CAD). However, the diagnostic power of 2-D STE in the detection of significant CAD in patients with diabetes mellitus is unknown. Two-dimensional STE features were studied in total of 143 consecutive patients who underwent echocardiography and coronary angiography. Left ventricular global and segmental peak systolic longitudinal strains (PSLSs) were quantified by speckle-tracking imaging. In the presence of obstructive CAD (defined as stenosis ≥75%), global PSLS was significantly lower in patients with diabetes mellitus than in patients without (16.65 ± 2.29% vs. 17.32 ± 2.27%, p diabetes mellitus (cutoff value: -18.35%, sensitivity: 78.8%, specificity: 77.5%). However, global PSLS could detect obstructive CAD in diabetic patients at a lower cutoff value with inadequate sensitivity and specificity (cutoff value: -17.15%; sensitivity: 61.1%, specificity: 52.9%). In addition, the results for segmental PSLS were similar to those for global PSLS. In conclusion, global and segmental PSLSs at rest were significantly lower in patients with both obstructive CAD and diabetes mellitus than in patients with obstructive CAD only; thus, PSLSs at rest might not be a useful parameter in the detection of obstructive CAD in patients with diabetes mellitus. Copyright © 2015 World Federation for Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. Role of inflammation in túbulo-interstitial damage associated to obstructive nephropathy

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    Pérez-Barriocanal Fernando

    2010-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Obstructive nephropathy is characterized by an inflammatory state in the kidney, that is promoted by cytokines and growth factors produced by damaged tubular cells, infiltrated macrophages and accumulated myofibroblasts. This inflammatory state contributes to tubular atrophy and interstitial fibrosis characteristic of obstructive nephropathy. Accumulation of leukocytes, especially macrophages and T lymphocytes, in the renal interstitium is strongly associated to the progression of renal injury. Proinflammatory cytokines, NF-κB activation, adhesion molecules, chemokines, growth factors, NO and oxidative stress contribute in different ways to progressive renal damage induced by obstructive nephropathy, as they induce leukocytes recruitment, tubular cell apoptosis and interstitial fibrosis. Increased angiotensin II production, increased oxidative stress and high levels of proinflammatory cytokines contribute to NF-κB activation which in turn induce the expression of adhesion molecules and chemokines responsible for leukocyte recruitment and iNOS and cytokines overexpression, which aggravates the inflammatory response in the damaged kidney. In this manuscript we revise the different events and regulatory mechanisms involved in inflammation associated to obstructive nephropathy.

  3. Adenosine stress CMR T1-mapping detects early microvascular dysfunction in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus without obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Levelt, Eylem; Piechnik, Stefan K; Liu, Alexander; Wijesurendra, Rohan S; Mahmod, Masliza; Ariga, Rina; Francis, Jane M; Greiser, Andreas; Clarke, Kieran; Neubauer, Stefan; Ferreira, Vanessa M; Karamitsos, Theodoros D

    2017-10-25

    Type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1-mapping at rest and during adenosine stress can assess coronary vascular reactivity. We hypothesised that the non-contrast T1 response to vasodilator stress will be altered in patients with T2DM without CAD compared to controls due to coronary microvascular dysfunction. Thirty-one patients with T2DM and sixteen matched healthy controls underwent CMR (3 T) for cine, rest and adenosine stress non-contrast T1-mapping (ShMOLLI), first-pass perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) imaging. Significant CAD (>50% coronary luminal stenosis) was excluded in all patients by coronary computed tomographic angiography. All subjects had normal left ventricular (LV) ejection and LV mass index, with no LGE. Myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) was lower in T2DM than in controls (1.60 ± 0.44 vs 2.01 ± 0.42; p = 0.008). There was no difference in rest native T1 values (p = 0.59). During adenosine stress, T1 values increased significantly in both T2DM patients (from 1196 ± 32 ms to 1244 ± 44 ms, p coronary microvascular dysfunction. Adenosine stress and rest T1 mapping can detect subclinical abnormalities of the coronary microvasculature, without the need for gadolinium contrast agents. CMR may identify early features of the diabetic heart phenotype and subclinical cardiac risk markers in patients with T2DM, providing an opportunity for early therapeutic intervention.

  4. Epicardial and microvascular coronary vasomotor dysfunction and its relation to myocardial ischemic burden in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Verna, Edoardo; Ghiringhelli, Sergio; Provasoli, Stefano; Scotti, Simone; Salerno-Uriarte, Jorge

    2017-04-03

    To assess the relative contribution of epicardial endothelium-dependent (EDD) and microvascular endothelium-independent (EIMVD) coronary vasomotor dysfunction to the extent of myocardial ischemia in patients with normal angiograms or non-obstructive coronary artery disease (NOCAD). Coronary vasomotion was evaluated by quantitative angiography and blood flow (CBF) measurements during intracoronary acetylcholine, nitroglycerine, and adenosine in 101 patients. Myocardial SPECT ischemic burden was evaluated by semi-quantitative scoring of summed stress (SSS) and summed ischemic (SDS) perfusion defect size. Coronary vasomotor dysfunction was found in most patients (83; 77%) with a divergent behavior of EDD and EIMVD in one half of them (52.4%). There was no significant difference in SDS between patients with and without EIMVD, whereas SDS was significantly greater in subjects with EDD as compared to patients with normal response to acetylcholine (4.31 ± 2.44 vs 1.35 ± 1.45; P < .0001). Patients with EDD, either alone or in combination with EIMVD, had significantly higher SSS as compared to patients with lone EIMVD or normal vasomotor function (8.50 ± 5.32; 5.55 ± 3.21; 2.60 ± 2.14; and 1.74 ± 1.66, respectively; P < .0001). Acetylcholine CBF correlated inversely with both SDS (r = -0.545; P < .001) and SSS (r = 0.538; P < .001). In NOCAD patients with symptoms and signs of myocardial ischemia, vasomotor dysfunction is common. EDD is associated with greater extent of ischemia as compared to isolated EIMVD. Thus, assessment of both EIMVD and EDD is needed to recognize mechanisms of ischemia and identify patients with greater ischemic burden.

  5. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and coronary disease: COPDCoRi, a simple and effective algorithm for predicting the risk of coronary artery disease in COPD patients.

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    Cazzola, Mario; Calzetta, Luigino; Matera, Maria Gabriella; Muscoli, Saverio; Rogliani, Paola; Romeo, Francesco

    2015-08-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is often associated with cardiovascular artery disease (CAD), representing a potential and independent risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity. Therefore, the aim of this study was to identify an algorithm for predicting the risk of CAD in COPD patients. We analyzed data of patients afferent to the Cardiology ward and the Respiratory Diseases outpatient clinic of Tor Vergata University (2010-2012, 1596 records). The study population was clustered as training population (COPD patients undergoing coronary arteriography), control population (non-COPD patients undergoing coronary arteriography), test population (COPD patients whose records reported information on the coronary status). The predicting model was built via causal relationship between variables, stepwise binary logistic regression and Hosmer-Lemeshow analysis. The algorithm was validated via split-sample validation method and receiver operating characteristics (ROC) curve analysis. The diagnostic accuracy was assessed. In training population the variables gender (men/women OR: 1.7, 95%CI: 1.237-2.5, P COPD patients, whereas in control population also age and diabetes were correlated. The stepwise binary logistic regressions permitted to build a well fitting predictive model for training population but not for control population. The predictive algorithm shown a diagnostic accuracy of 81.5% (95%CI: 77.78-84.71) and an AUC of 0.81 (95%CI: 0.78-0.85) for the validation set. The proposed algorithm is effective for predicting the risk of CAD in COPD patients via a rapid, inexpensive and non-invasive approach. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Genome-Wide Association Study Identification of Novel Loci Associated with Airway Responsiveness in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Hansel, Nadia N.; Pare, Peter D.; Rafaels, Nicholas; Sin, Don D.; Sandford, Andrew; Daley, Denise; Vergara, Candelaria; Huang, Lili; Elliott, W. Mark; Pascoe, Chris D.; Arsenault, Bryna A.; Postma, Dirkje S.; Boezen, Marieke H.; Bosse, Yohan; van den Berge, Maarten; Hiemstra, Pieter S.; Cho, Michael H.; Litonjua, Augusto A.; Sparrow, David; Ober, Carole; Wise, Robert A.; Connett, John; Neptune, Enid R.; Beaty, Terri H.; Ruczinski, Ingo; Mathias, Rasika A.; Barnes, Kathleen C.

    Increased airway responsiveness is linked to lung function decline and mortality in subjects with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD); however, the genetic contribution to airway responsiveness remains largely unknown. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) was performed using the Illumina

  7. The 15q24/25 Susceptibility Variant for Lung Cancer and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Is Associated with Emphysema

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    Lambrechts, Diether; Buysschaert, Ian; Zanen, Pieter; Coolen, Johan; Lays, Natacha; Cuppens, Harry; Groen, Harry J. M.; Dewever, Walter; van Klaveren, Rob J.; Verschakelen, Johny; Wijmenga, Cisca; Postma, Dirkje S.; Decramer, Marc; Janssens, Wim

    2010-01-01

    Rationale: Genome-wide association studies have identified genetic variants in the nicotinic acetylcholine receptor (nAChR) on chromosome 15q24/25 as a risk for nicotine dependence, lung cancer, and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Assessment of bronchial obstruction by spirometry,

  8. Prenatal diagnosis of aortopulmonary window associated with aberrant subclavian artery.

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    Louis-Jacques, Adetola F; Običan, Sarah G; Nguyen, Thieu; Odibo, Anthony

    2017-09-01

    Aortopulmonary window is a rare cardiac developmental anomaly characterised by a communication between the ascending aorta and the pulmonary artery. Aortopulmonary window may be isolated or associated with cardiac defects such as ventricular septal defect, atrial septal defect, interrupted aortic arch, and tetralogy of Fallot. We report a case of aortopulmonary window associated with aberrant subclavian artery based on fetal two-dimensional echocardiogram. The mother was referred for fetal echocardiography because of multiple fetal anomalies. Prenatal echocardiography at 30 weeks of gestation revealed a defect between the main and right pulmonary arteries and the ascending aorta (type III). The patient was born at 38 weeks of gestation via caesarean delivery, and was admitted to the neonatal intensive care unit because of respiratory failure and multiple congenital anomalies. Postnatal echocardiogram and cardiac MRI confirmed the prenatal findings. In addition, this patient had severe Dandy-Walker malformation and renal anomalies with poor prognosis. The family decided to withdraw respiratory care support on day of life 4, and the neonate passed away shortly after.

  9. Increased mean platelet volume is associated with arterial stiffness.

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    Wang, Rui-Tao; Li, Ying; Zhu, Xiu-Ying; Zhang, Yi-Na

    2011-01-01

    The brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV) is a useful index of arterial stiffness. Mean platelet volume (MPV), an indicator of platelet activation, is associated with hypertension, stroke, and coronary artery disease, all of which may be caused by arteriosclerosis. However, little research has been conducted to investigate the relationship between MPV and arterial stiffness. In this cross-sectional study, we investigated the relationship between platelet count, MPV, and baPWV in 2645 apparently healthy Chinese participants (1676 men, 969 women) in a general health examination. Different metabolic parameters were compared across MPV quintiles (Q1: ≤8.1 fl, Q2: 8.2-8.5 fl, Q3: 8.6-9.6 fl, Q4: 9.7-10.7 fl, and Q5: ≥10.8 fl). Age-adjusted mean values of baPWV gradually increased with MPV quintiles (Q1 = 1124, Q2 = 1134, Q3 = 1199, Q4 = 1207, and Q5 = 1270 cm/s). Univariate analysis showed that age, sex, smoking status, body mass index (BMI), systolic blood pressure (SBP), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), fasting plasma glucose (FPG), total platelet count, and MPV were significantly associated with baPWV. In addition, age, sex, BMI, MPV, SBP, and FPG were significant factors in the multivariate model with baPWV. Notably, MPV was found to be a significant determinant for baPWV (β = 0.198; P < 0.001). The findings show that elevated MPV is positively correlated to arterial stiffness.

  10. Pipeline embolization of posterior communicating artery aneurysms associated with a fetal origin posterior cerebral artery.

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    Wallace, Adam N; Kayan, Yasha; Austin, Matthew J; Delgado Almandoz, Josser E; Kamran, Mudassar; Cross, DeWitte T; Moran, Christopher J; Osbun, Joshua W; Kansagra, Akash P

    2017-09-01

    Flow diversion may have advantages in the treatment of posterior communicating artery (PComA) aneurysms associated with a fetal origin posterior cerebral artery (PCA), which can be challenging to treat with conventional techniques. However, a PComA incorporated into the aneurysm may prevent or delay aneurysm occlusion. Also, coverage of a fetal origin PCA risks infarction of a large vascular territory. The purpose of this study was to examine the safety and effectiveness of using the Pipeline Embolization Device (PED) to treat PComA aneurysms associated with a fetal origin PCA. Retrospective review of PComA aneurysms associated with a fetal origin PCA treated with the PED at two neurovascular centers was performed. Periprocedural complications and clinical and angiographic outcomes were reviewed. Seven female patients underwent a total of seven PED procedures to treat seven PcomA aneurysms associated with a fetal origin PCA. The symptomatic complication rate was 14% (1/7) per patient and 13% (1/8) per procedure. Angiographic follow up was obtained for 6 of 7 aneurysms. Follow-up DSA at 5-7 months after treatment demonstrated complete occlusion of 17% (1/6) of aneurysms. One aneurysm was retreated with a second PED and occlusion was demonstrated 36 months after the second treatment, yielding an overall complete occlusion rate of 33% (2/6). PED treatment was largely ineffective at treating PComA aneurysms associated with a fetal origin PCA, and should only be considered when conventional treatment options, including microsurgical clipping, are not feasible. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Association between nonalcoholic fatty liver disease and coronary artery disease.

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    Arslan, Uğur; Türkoğlu, Sedat; Balcioğlu, Serhat; Tavil, Yusuf; Karakan, Tarkan; Cengel, Atiye

    2007-09-01

    To demonstrate whether there is a relationship between the presence of nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) and the presence and extent of coronary artery disease (CAD). Ninety-two consecutive patients who planned to undergo coronary angiographies (CAG) without known CAD, other than findings of acute coronary syndrome, were enrolled in this study. Abdominal ultrasonography was performed before the CAG to detect NAFLD. CAD was defined as a stenosis of at least 50% in at least one major coronary artery. The extent of CAD was measured according to the number of major coronary artery/arteries affected by CAD. All the risk factors for CAD were included in a binary logistic regression model. Forward, backward, or step-wise selections were not used. P<0.05 was accepted as being significant. Sixty-five of the 92 patients (70.7%) were detected, by abdominal ultrasonography, to have fatty liver and 43 patients out of 92 (46.7%) were detected, by CAG, to have significant CAD. According to the results of logistic regression analysis, the presence of NAFLD independently increased the risk for CAD, as seen in CAG [odds ratio (OR), 95% confidence interval (CI): 6.73 (1.14-39.61); P=0.035]; this was despite factoring in the other risk factors for CAD and the components of metabolic syndrome. NAFLD was more commonly found in patients as the extent of CAD increased (P=0.001). The presence of NAFLD is independently associated with the presence and extent of CAD. Future studies are needed to explain the mechanisms of this relationship.

  12. Predictive value of the corrected TIMI frame count in patients with suspected angina pectoris but no obstructive coronary artery disease at angiography

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    Jespersen, Lasse; Abildstrøm, Steen Z; Peña, Adam

    2014-01-01

    AIMS: To evaluate whether the corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction frame count (CTFC), an index of resting coronary blood flow, is associated with the risk of major adverse cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with suspected stable angina pectoris (SAP) but no obstructive coronary...

  13. Genome-Wide Association Study of Coronary Artery Disease

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    Naomi Ogawa

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery disease (CAD is a multifactorial disease with environmental and genetic determinants. The genetic determinants of CAD have previously been explored by the candidate gene approach. Recently, the data from the International HapMap Project and the development of dense genotyping chips have enabled us to perform genome-wide association studies (GWAS on a large number of subjects without bias towards any particular candidate genes. In 2007, three chip-based GWAS simultaneously revealed the significant association between common variants on chromosome 9p21 and CAD. This association was replicated among other ethnic groups and also in a meta-analysis. Further investigations have detected several other candidate loci associated with CAD. The chip-based GWAS approach has identified novel and unbiased genetic determinants of CAD and these insights provide the important direction to better understand the pathogenesis of CAD and to develop new and improved preventive measures and treatments for CAD.

  14. [Hemodynamic bases for the automated quantification of the degree of obstruction in the peripheral arteries of diabetic patients].

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    Vega Gómez, M E; Ley Pozo, J; Aldama Figueroa, A; Fernández Montequín, J I; Montalvo Diago, J; Fernández Boloña, A; Gutiérrez Jiménez, O

    1992-01-01

    In order to improve in the early diagnosis of an arterial occlusion, we proposed the bases of an automatized system that allows to recognize the hemodynamic features of diabetic patients in different stadiums of their disease. Fifty-four patients with type-II diabetes were studied. We recorded the arterial flow curves in the bilateral femoral, popliteal, pedia and tibial-posterior arteries from all of our patients. In the distal arteries from patients with hemodynamics disturbances, we found normal values of the variants measured: maximal systolic speed flow (Max A), maximal diastolic speed flow (Max D), Peurcelot's resistance (RP), pulsatility index (PI) and spectral band (SB).

  15. [Hemodynamic bases for the automatized quantification of the degree of obstruction in peripheral arteries in diabetic patients].

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    Vega Gómez, M E; Ley Pozo, J; Aldama Figueroa, A; Fernández Montequín, J I; Montalvo Diago, J; Fernández Boloña, A; Gutiérrez Jiménez, O

    1993-01-01

    In order to improve the early diagnosis of arterial occlusions, we tried to establish the basis of an automatized system that allowed the study of the hemodynamic features of diabetic patients in the different stadii of their disease. Fifty-four patients with Diabetes Mellitus Type II were included in the study. In all of them, arterial flow curves were carried out at different levels: femoral, popliteal, pedia and tibial posterior arteries of both lower limbs. In the distal arteries of patients with hemodynamic injury, normal values of Maximal Systolic Velocity (Max A), Maximal Diastolic Velocity (Max D), Peurcelot's resistance (PR), pulsatility index (PI) and spectral band (SB), were found.

  16. Upper limb amputation due to a brachial arterial embolism associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism: a case report

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    Yamada Tsuyoshi

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Acute mesenteric ischemia due to an embolism of the superior mesenteric artery is associated with a high mortality rate. Over 20 percent of acute mesenteric embolism cases consist of multiple emboli, and the long-term prognosis depends on the incidence of subsequent embolic events at other sites. The incidence of emboli in the upper extremity associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism has rarely been described. The signs and symptoms of ischemic change in the upper limb can be masked by other circumstances, such as postoperative conditions or complications. In these cases, a late presentation or delayed diagnosis and treatment can result in limb loss. Case presentation We present a rare case of a 67-year-old Japanese woman with atrial fibrillation who developed an embolic occlusion of the brachial artery associated with a superior mesenteric arterial embolism. She developed gangrene in her right hand, which had progressed to the point that amputation was necessary by the time the gastrointestinal surgeon had consulted the Department of Orthopedic Surgery. The brachial arterial embolism diagnosis was delayed by the severe abdominal symptoms and shock conditions that followed the emergency enterectomy, resulting in amputation of the upper limb despite anticoagulation therapy. In this case, multiple infarctions of the spleen were also observed, indicating a shower embolism. Conclusions When treating a superior mesenteric arterial embolism in a patient with atrial fibrillation, the possibility of recurrent or multiple arterial thromboembolic events should be considered, even after the procedure is completed.

  17. Internal carotid artery stenting for blunt carotid artery injuries with an associated pseudoaneurysm.

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    Berne, John D; Reuland, Kurt R; Villarreal, David H; McGovern, Thomas M; Rowe, Stephen A; Norwood, Scott H

    2008-02-01

    Blunt carotid artery injuries (BCI) are being recognized and treated with increasing frequency because of improved screening protocols. Recent advances in endovascular techniques using microcoils, angioplasty, and stenting offer a new treatment strategy for those patients with traumatic pseudoaneurysms (PA) (BCI and PA). Experience with these techniques is limited because of the rarity of these injuries. Early anticoagulation (AC) or antiplatelet (AP) therapy combined with carotid artery stenting is a safe alternative to AC alone for the treatment of grade III carotid artery injuries (BCI and PA). Prospective cohort study. A rural, community Level I trauma center. All patients with a nonocclusive BCI and PA during a 5.5 year period from June 23, 2000 to December 31, 2005 were included in the study. : Eleven patients with grade BCI and PA underwent endovascular repair. Nine patients (81%) had associated traumatic intracranial hemorrhage. AC (heparin drip) or AP therapy (clopidogrel or aspirin or both) was initiated in all patients within 48 hours of diagnosis of BCI. Time from admission to AC or AP was 21 +/- 9.5 hours (mean +/- SD). Mortality rate was 18% (2 of 11). One death was attributed to severe brain injury. The other was attributed to a stroke from the carotid injury. No patient had radiologic progression of traumatic intracranial hemorrhage on head computed tomography despite AP or AC. One patient sustained a mild embolic cerebrovascular ischemic event before stenting. No other survivors developed a stroke or any other evidence of cerebral ischemic symptoms. Two recurrent PAs developed during hospitalization and were successfully managed with an additional stent. All survivors were discharged with a good neurologic outcome. Seven patients had follow-up from 6 months to 4 years: one developed asymptomatic 50% stenosis at 6 months requiring successful angioplasty. All others showed complete healing without stenosis. Carotid artery stenting is safe and

  18. Leukoaraiosis is associated with arterial wall thickness: a quantitative analysis.

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    Auriel, Eitan; Csiba, Laszlo; Berenyi, Ervin; Varkonyi, Ildiko; Mehes, Gabor; Kardos, Laszlo; Karni, Arnon; Bornstein, Natan M

    2012-06-01

    Leukoaraiosis refers to an age-related, abnormal appearance of the brain white matter on neuroimaging. The association between leukoaraiosis and cerebrovascular disease suggests that ischemia may be an important contributing factor; however, the pathogenesis of the condition remains controversial. We hypothesized that physical abnormalities of blood vessels might be culpable and compared the external and internal measurements of blood vessel walls between brains that demonstrated leukoaraiosis on imaging and normal control brains. Fourteen brains of individuals who had been diagnosed as having severe leukoaraiosis and five non-leukoaraiosis control brains were studied. Arterial cross-sections were evaluated by length measurements with an image analysis device. Arterial wall thickness and the ratio of the outer and inner diameters of the vessel were measured. We measured a total of 108 vessels in the leukoaraiosis group and 95 vessels in the control group. The vessel walls of the leukoaraiosis patients were an average of 5.5 µm thicker than the walls of control vessels of the same inside diameter (P = 0.0000, 95% CI 3.01-8.08) and an average of 2.3 µm thicker than walls of control vessels of the same outside diameter (P = 0.016, 95% CI 0.48-4.17). Our data provide evidence that leukoaraiosis is associated with vessel wall thickening in an additive fashion and indicate that structural vascular abnormalities are associated with leukoaraiosis. © 2011 Japanese Society of Neuropathology.

  19. Sleep apnoea is associated with major cardiac events in peripheral arterial disease.

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    Utriainen, Karri T; Airaksinen, Juhani K; Polo, Olli; Laitio, Ruut; Pietilä, Mikko J; Scheinin, Harry; Vahlberg, Tero; Leino, Kari A; Kentala, Erkki S; Jalonen, Jouko R; Hakovirta, Harri; Parkkola, Riitta; Virtanen, Sami; Laitio, Timo T

    2014-06-01

    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events. Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) represents severe atherosclerosis with a high mortality after vascular surgery. The role of OSA in the prognosis of these patients is not yet established. 84 patients (aged 67 ± 9 years) scheduled for sub-inguinal surgical revascularisation were enrolled for preoperative polysomnography. The threshold for significant OSA was an apnoea/hypopnoea index ≥ 20 events·h(-1). Major adverse cardiovascular and cerebrovascular events (MACCE), including cardiac death, myocardial infarction, coronary revascularisation, angina pectoris requiring hospitalisation and stroke, were used as a combined end-point. During follow-up (median 52 months), 17 out of 39 patients with and six out of 45 patients without significant OSA suffered MACCE. In the multivariate Cox regression, the primary predictors of MACCE were significant OSA (hazard ratio (HR) 5.1 (95% CI 1.9-13.9); p=0.001) and pre-existing coronary artery disease (HR 4.4 (95% CI 1.8-10.6); p=0.001). Other significant predictors were a ≥ 4 year history of PAD (HR 3.8 (95% CI 1.3-11.5); p=0.02) and decreasing high-density lipoprotein/total cholesterol ratio (HR 0.95 per percentage (95% CI 0.90-1.00); p=0.048). OSA is associated with poor long-term outcome in patients with PAD following revascularisation. OSA might have an important role in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in these patients. ©ERS 2014.

  20. Extrahepatic portal venous obstruction due to a giant hepatic hemangioma associated with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome.

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    Tani, Aya; Yoshida, Hiroshi; Mamada, Yasuhiro; Taniai, Nobuhiko; Kawano, Yoichi; Uchida, Eiji

    2010-10-01

    We describe a patient with extrahepatic portal venous obstruction due to a giant hepatic hemangioma associated with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome. A 67-year-old woman presented with upper abdominal distension and appetite loss. The medical history was not relevant to the current disorder. Initial laboratory tests revealed the following: serum platelet count, 9.9 × 10⁴/µL; serum fibrinogen degradation products, 12 µg/mL; prothrombin time, 1.26; and serum fibrinogen, 111 mg/dL. Computed tomography demonstrated homogenous low-density areas, 15 cm in diameter, in the left lobe of the liver. Common hepatic arteriography revealed a hypervascular tumor with pooling of contrast medium in the delayed phase. The portal venous phase of supramesenteric arteriography revealed obstruction and cavernous transformation of the portal vein. We diagnosed extrahepatic portal venous obstruction due to a giant hepatic hemangioma associated with Kasabach-Merritt syndrome. Laparotomy was performed, and the liver was found to be markedly enlarged. After mobilization of the left lobe, left hepatectomy was performed with intermittent clamping. After resection, Doppler ultrasonography revealed recovery of the portal venous flow. The cavernous transformation shrank. Pathologic examination of the surgical specimen confirmed the presence of a giant benign hepatic cavernous hemangioma. The patient was discharged 16 days after operation. Laboratory data and complications improved after 2 months.

  1. Non-emphysematous chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with diabetes mellitus.

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    Hersh, Craig P; Make, Barry J; Lynch, David A; Barr, R Graham; Bowler, Russell P; Calverley, Peter M A; Castaldi, Peter J; Cho, Michael H; Coxson, Harvey O; DeMeo, Dawn L; Foreman, Marilyn G; Han, MeiLan K; Harshfield, Benjamin J; Hokanson, John E; Lutz, Sharon; Ramsdell, Joe W; Regan, Elizabeth A; Rennard, Stephen I; Schroeder, Joyce D; Sciurba, Frank C; Steiner, Robert M; Tal-Singer, Ruth; van Beek, Edwin; Silverman, Edwin K; Crapo, James D

    2014-10-24

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been classically divided into blue bloaters and pink puffers. The utility of these clinical subtypes is unclear. However, the broader distinction between airway-predominant and emphysema-predominant COPD may be clinically relevant. The objective was to define clinical features of emphysema-predominant and non-emphysematous COPD patients. Current and former smokers from the Genetic Epidemiology of COPD Study (COPDGene) had chest computed tomography (CT) scans with quantitative image analysis. Emphysema-predominant COPD was defined by low attenuation area at -950 Hounsfield Units (LAA-950) ≥10%. Non-emphysematous COPD was defined by airflow obstruction with minimal to no emphysema (LAA-950 diabetes was more frequent in non-emphysematous COPD (OR 2.13, p definition of diabetes based on medication use. The association between diabetes and non-emphysematous COPD was replicated in the ECLIPSE study. Non-emphysematous COPD, defined by airflow obstruction with a paucity of emphysema on chest CT scan, is associated with an increased risk of diabetes. COPD patients without emphysema may warrant closer monitoring for diabetes, hypertension, and hyperlipidemia and vice versa. Clinicaltrials.gov identifiers: COPDGene NCT00608764, ECLIPSE NCT00292552.

  2. Prevalence of anaemia associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. Study of associated variables.

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    Comeche Casanova, Lorena; Echave-Sustaeta, Jose María; García Luján, Ricardo; Albarrán Lozano, Irene; Alonso González, Pablo; Llorente Alonso, María Jesús

    2013-09-01

    Anaemia is one of the extrapulmonary manifestations of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Its real prevalence, physiopathology and clinical repercussion are unknown. The objectives of our study were: to determine the prevalence of anaemia in patients with stable COPD not attributable to other causes and to establish the relationship of anaemia with clinical, prognostic and inflammatory markers with an important role in COPD. The study included stable COPD patients with no other known causes of anaemia. The following tests were carried out: respiratory function tests; serum determination of erythropoietin and inflammatory markers: high sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP), fibrinogen, interleukin 6 (IL-6), interleukin 8 (IL-8) and tumour necrosis factor α (TNF-α). Body mass index (BMI), Charlson and BODE indices, the number of exacerbations in the previous year, dyspnoea and quality of life were also calculated. One hundred and thirty patients were included. Anaemia prevalence was 6.2%. Mean haemoglobin value in anaemic patients was 11.9±0.95g/dL. Patients with anaemia had a lower BMI (P=.03), higher Charlson index (P=.002), more elevated erythropoietin levels (P=.016), a tendency to present a lower FEV1% value (P=.08) and significantly lower IL-6 values when compared to non-anaemic patients (P=.003). In our series, the anaemia associated with COPD was less prevalent than that published in the literature to date, and was related to certain clinical and inflammatory markers. Copyright © 2013 SEPAR. Published by Elsevier Espana. All rights reserved.

  3. Endovascular therapy of ruptured distal anterior choroidal artery aneurysm associated with moyamoya pattern collateralization secondary to middle cerebral artery occlusion

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    Hidenori Oishi

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available We report a case of a ruptured distal anterior choroidal artery (AChoA aneurysm associated with moyamoya pattern collateralization secondary to the middle cerebral artery occlusion. Patient was successfully treated with the coil embolization of the distal AChoA. This case supports the feasibility and efficacy of the endovascular therapy for the distal AChoA aneurysms in patients with MCA occlusion with moyamoya pattern collateralization.

  4. Genome-Wide Association Analysis of Body Mass in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Wan, Emily S.; Cho, Michael H.; Boutaoui, Nadia; Klanderman, Barbara J.; Sylvia, Jody S.; Ziniti, John P.; Won, Sungho; Lange, Christoph; Pillai, Sreekumar G.; Anderson, Wayne H.; Kong, Xiangyang; Lomas, David A.; Bakke, Per S.; Gulsvik, Amund; Regan, Elizabeth A.; Murphy, James R.; Make, Barry J.; Crapo, James D.; Wouters, Emiel F.; Celli, Bartolome R.; Silverman, Edwin K.; DeMeo, Dawn L.

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    Cachexia, whether assessed by body mass index (BMI) or fat-free mass index (FFMI), affects a significant proportion of patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and is an independent risk factor for increased mortality, increased emphysema, and more severe airflow obstruction. The variable development of cachexia among patients with COPD suggests a role for genetic susceptibility. The objective of the present study was to determine genetic susceptibility loci involved in the development of low BMI and FFMI in subjects with COPD. A genome-wide association study (GWAS) of BMI was conducted in three independent cohorts of European descent with Global Initiative for Chronic Obstructive Lung Disease stage II or higher COPD: Evaluation of COPD Longitudinally to Identify Predictive Surrogate End-Points (ECLIPSE; n = 1,734); Norway-Bergen cohort (n = 851); and a subset of subjects from the National Emphysema Treatment Trial (NETT; n = 365). A genome-wide association of FFMI was conducted in two of the cohorts (ECLIPSE and Norway). In the combined analyses, a significant association was found between rs8050136, located in the first intron of the fat mass and obesity–associated (FTO) gene, and BMI (P = 4.97 × 10−7) and FFMI (P = 1.19 × 10−7). We replicated the association in a fourth, independent cohort consisting of 502 subjects with COPD from COPDGene (P = 6 × 10−3). Within the largest contributing cohort of our analysis, lung function, as assessed by forced expiratory volume at 1 second, varied significantly by FTO genotype. Our analysis suggests a potential role for the FTO locus in the determination of anthropomorphic measures associated with COPD. PMID:21037115

  5. Woven Coronary Artery Anomaly Associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Ayhan, Selim; Ozturk, Serkan; Tekelioglu, Umit Yasar; Ocak, Tarik

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    The woven coronary artery anomaly is a rare congenital anomaly in which a coronary artery is divided into thin channels that merge again into the distal lumen. Only a few cases of woven coronary artery have been reported in the literature. This anomaly is accepted as a benign condition. We describe a case of acute coronary syndrome in a patient with woven coronary artery anomaly. PMID:24436585

  6. Variants in FAM13A are associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Cho, Michael H; Boutaoui, Nadia; Klanderman, Barbara J; Sylvia, Jody S; Ziniti, John P; Hersh, Craig P; DeMeo, Dawn L; Hunninghake, Gary M; Litonjua, Augusto A; Sparrow, David; Lange, Christoph; Won, Sungho; Murphy, James R; Beaty, Terri H; Regan, Elizabeth A; Make, Barry J; Hokanson, John E; Crapo, James D; Kong, Xiangyang; Anderson, Wayne H; Tal-Singer, Ruth; Lomas, David A; Bakke, Per; Gulsvik, Amund; Pillai, Sreekumar G; Silverman, Edwin K

    2010-03-01

    We performed a genome-wide association study for chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) in three population cohorts, including 2,940 cases and 1,380 controls who were current or former smokers with normal lung function. We identified a new susceptibility locus at 4q22.1 in FAM13A and replicated this association in one case-control group (n = 1,006) and two family-based cohorts (n = 3,808) (rs7671167, combined P = 1.2 x 10(-11), combined odds ratio in case-control studies 0.76, 95% confidence interval 0.69-0.83).

  7. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in rheumatoid arthtritis - coincidence or association? A case report.

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    Moyssakis, I; Lionakis, N; Votteas, V

    2009-01-01

    A 60-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis was admitted to the hospital for investigation of dyspnea on exertion (New York Heart Association class II), polyarthralgias and mild fever. An echocardiogram revealed asymmetric hypertrophy of the interventricular septum with signs of subaortic obstruction.The coexistence of rheumatoid arthritis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy could be connected with the human lymphocyte antigen DR4, which is common in both conditions. Further studies are necessary to assess whether a true association of the above diseases exists.

  8. Hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy in rheumatoid arthtritis – coincidence or association? A case report

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    Moyssakis, I; Lionakis, N; Votteas, V

    2009-01-01

    A 60-year-old woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis was admitted to the hospital for investigation of dyspnea on exertion (New York Heart Association class II), polyarthralgias and mild fever. An echocardiogram revealed asymmetric hypertrophy of the interventricular septum with signs of subaortic obstruction. The coexistence of rheumatoid arthritis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy could be connected with the human lymphocyte antigen DR4, which is common in both conditions. Further studies are necessary to assess whether a true association of the above diseases exists. PMID:19492031

  9. Blood lipid levels associate with childhood asthma, airway obstruction, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and aeroallergen sensitization

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    Vinding, Rebecca K; Stokholm, Jakob; Chawes, Bo Lund Krogsgaard

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    BACKGROUND: Studies of children's blood lipid profiles in relation to asthma are few, and the results are ambiguous. OBJECTIVE: We sought to examine whether the lipid profile is associated with concurrent asthma, altered lung function, and allergic sensitization in children. METHODS: High...... of increased Feno levels (aβ coefficient, 0.14 log-ppb; 95% CI, -0.02 to 0.30 log-ppb; P = .08). CONCLUSION: The blood lipid profile is associated with asthma, airway obstruction, bronchial responsiveness, and aeroallergen sensitization in 7-year-old children. These findings suggest that asthma and allergy...... are systemic disorders with commonalities with other chronic inflammatory disorders....

  10. Detected peritoneal fluid in small bowel obstruction is associated with the need for surgical intervention.

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    O'Daly, Brendan J

    2009-06-01

    BACKGROUND: Predicting the clinical course in adhesional small bowel obstruction is difficult. There are no validated clinical or radiologic features that allow early identification of patients likely to require surgical intervention. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of 100 patients consecutively admitted to a tertiary level teaching hospital over a 3-year period (2002-2004) who had acute adhesional small bowel obstruction and underwent computed tomography (CT). The primary outcomes that we assessed were conservative management or the need for surgical intervention. We investigated time to physiologic gastrointestinal function recovery as a secondary outcome. We examined independent predictors of surgical intervention in a bivariate analysis using a stepwise logistic regression analysis. RESULTS: Of the 100 patients investigated, we excluded 12. Of the 88 remaining patients, 58 (66%) were managed conservatively and 30 (34%) underwent surgery. Peritoneal fluid detected on a CT scan (n = 37) was associated more frequently with surgery than conservative management (46% v. 29%, p = 0.046, chi(2)). Logistical regression identified peritoneal fluid detected on a CT scan as an independent predictor of surgical intervention (odds ratio 3.0, 95% confidence interval 1.15-7.84). CONCLUSION: The presence of peritoneal fluid on a CT scan in patients with adhesional small bowel obstruction is an independent predictor of surgical intervention and should alert the clinician that the patient is 3 times more likely to require surgery.

  11. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease mortality and prevalence: the associations with smoking and poverty--a BOLD analysis.

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    Burney, Peter; Jithoo, Anamika; Kato, Bernet; Janson, Christer; Mannino, David; Nizankowska-Mogilnicka, Ewa; Studnicka, Michael; Tan, Wan; Bateman, Eric; Koçabas, Ali; Vollmer, William M; Gislason, Thorarrin; Marks, Guy; Koul, Parvaiz A; Harrabi, Imed; Gnatiuc, Louisa; Buist, Sonia

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    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a commonly reported cause of death and associated with smoking. However, COPD mortality is high in poor countries with low smoking rates. Spirometric restriction predicts mortality better than airflow obstruction, suggesting that the prevalence of restriction could explain mortality rates attributed to COPD. We have studied associations between mortality from COPD and low lung function, and between both lung function and death rates and cigarette consumption and gross national income per capita (GNI). National COPD mortality rates were regressed against the prevalence of airflow obstruction and spirometric restriction in 22 Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease (BOLD) study sites and against GNI, and national smoking prevalence. The prevalence of airflow obstruction and spirometric restriction in the BOLD sites were regressed against GNI and mean pack years smoked. National COPD mortality rates were more strongly associated with spirometric restriction in the BOLD sites (COPD mortality fell with increased cigarette consumption and rose rapidly as GNI fell below US$15 000. Prevalence of restriction was not associated with smoking but also increased rapidly as GNI fell below US$15 000. Smoking remains the single most important cause of obstruction but a high prevalence of restriction associated with poverty could explain the high 'COPD' mortality in poor countries.

  12. Association of Big Endothelin-1 with Coronary Artery Calcification.

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    Qing, Ping; Li, Xiao-Lin; Zhang, Yan; Li, Yi-Lin; Xu, Rui-Xia; Guo, Yuan-Lin; Li, Sha; Wu, Na-Qiong; Li, Jian-Jun

    2015-01-01

    The coronary artery calcification (CAC) is clinically considered as one of the important predictors of atherosclerosis. Several studies have confirmed that endothelin-1(ET-1) plays an important role in the process of atherosclerosis formation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether big ET-1 is associated with CAC. A total of 510 consecutively admitted patients from February 2011 to May 2012 in Fu Wai Hospital were analyzed. All patients had received coronary computed tomography angiography and then divided into two groups based on the results of coronary artery calcium score (CACS). The clinical characteristics including traditional and calcification-related risk factors were collected and plasma big ET-1 level was measured by ELISA. Patients with CAC had significantly elevated big ET-1 level compared with those without CAC (0.5 ± 0.4 vs. 0.2 ± 0.2, Panalysis, big ET-1 (Tertile 2, HR = 3.09, 95% CI 1.66-5.74, P predictive factor of the presence of CAC. There was a positive correlation of the big ET-1 level with CACS (r = 0.567, p0 and the highest tertile of big ET-1 (Pbig ET-1 level in predicting CAC was 0.83 (95% CI 0.79-0.87, pdata firstly demonstrated that the plasma big ET-1 level was a valuable independent predictor for CAC in our study.

  13. Association of Big Endothelin-1 with Coronary Artery Calcification.

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    Ping Qing

    Full Text Available The coronary artery calcification (CAC is clinically considered as one of the important predictors of atherosclerosis. Several studies have confirmed that endothelin-1(ET-1 plays an important role in the process of atherosclerosis formation. The aim of this study was to investigate whether big ET-1 is associated with CAC.A total of 510 consecutively admitted patients from February 2011 to May 2012 in Fu Wai Hospital were analyzed. All patients had received coronary computed tomography angiography and then divided into two groups based on the results of coronary artery calcium score (CACS. The clinical characteristics including traditional and calcification-related risk factors were collected and plasma big ET-1 level was measured by ELISA. Patients with CAC had significantly elevated big ET-1 level compared with those without CAC (0.5 ± 0.4 vs. 0.2 ± 0.2, P0 and the highest tertile of big ET-1 (P<0.01. The area under the receiver operating characteristic curve for the big ET-1 level in predicting CAC was 0.83 (95% CI 0.79-0.87, p<0.001, with a sensitivity of 70.6% and specificity of 87.7%.The data firstly demonstrated that the plasma big ET-1 level was a valuable independent predictor for CAC in our study.

  14. Effects of continuous positive airway pressure on anxiety, depression, and major cardiac and cerebro-vascular events in obstructive sleep apnea patients with and without coronary artery disease.

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    Lee, Ming-Chung; Shen, Yu-Chih; Wang, Ji-Hung; Li, Yu-Ying; Li, Tzu-Hsien; Chang, En-Ting; Wang, Hsiu-Mei

    2017-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with bad cardiovascular outcomes and a high prevalence of anxiety and depression. This study investigated the effects of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) on the severity of anxiety and depression in OSA patients with or without coronary artery disease (CAD) and on the rate of cardio- and cerebro-vascular events in those with OSA and CAD. This prospective study included patients with moderate-to-severe OSA, with or without a recent diagnosis of CAD; all were started on CPAP therapy. Patients completed the Chinese versions of the Beck Anxiety Inventory (BAI) and Beck Depression Inventory-II (BDI-II) at baseline and after 6-month follow-up. The occurrence of major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) was assessed every 3 months up to 1 year. BAI scores decreased from 8.5 ± 8.4 at baseline to 5.4 ± 6.9 at 6 months in CPAP-compliant OSA patients without CAD (P < 0.05). BAI scores also decreased from 20.7 ± 14.9 to 16.1 ± 14.5 in CPAP-compliant OSA patients with CAD. BDI-II scores decreased in CPAP-compliant OSA patients without CAD (from 11.1 ± 10.7 at baseline to 6.6 ± 9.5 at 6 months) and in CPAP-compliant OSA patients with CAD (from 20.4 ± 14.3 to 15.9 ± 7.3). In addition, there was a large effect size (ES) of BAI and BDI in 6-month CPAP treatment of OSA patients with CAD and a large ES in those with OSA under CPAP treatment. In OSA patients with CAD, the occurrence of MACCE was significantly lower in CPAP-compliant patients than that in CPAP noncompliant patients (11% in CPAP compliant and 50% in noncompliant; P < 0.05). CPAP improved anxiety and depression in OSA patients regardless of CAD. In OSA patients with CAD, CPAP-compliant patients had a lower 1-year rate of MACCE than CPAP-noncompliant patients.

  15. Challenges associated with peripheral arterial disease in women

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    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Jessica Barochiner, Lucas S Aparicio, Gabriel D Waisman Hypertension Section, Internal Medicine Department, Hospital Italiano de Buenos Aires, Buenos Aires, Argentina Abstract: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD is an increasingly recognized disorder that is associated with functional impairment, quality-of-life deterioration, increased risk of cardiovascular ischemic events, and increased risk of total and cardiovascular mortality. Although earlier studies suggested that PAD was more common in men, recent reports based on more sensitive tests have shown that the prevalence of PAD in women is at least the same as in men, if not higher. PAD tends to present itself asymptomatically or with atypical symptoms more frequently in women than in men, and is associated with comorbidities or situations particularly or exclusively found in the female sex, such as osteoporosis, hypothyroidism, the use of oral contraceptives, and a history of complications during pregnancy. Fat-distribution patterns and differential vascular characteristics in women may influence the interpretation of diagnostic methods, whereas sex-related vulnerability to drugs typically used in subjects with PAD, differences in risk-factor distribution among sexes, and distinct responses to revascularization procedures in men and women must be taken into account for proper disease management. All these issues pose important challenges associated with PAD in women. Of note, this group has classically been underrepresented in research studies. As a consequence, several sex-related challenges regarding diagnosis and management issues should be acknowledged, and research gaps should be addressed in order to successfully deal with this major health issue. Keywords: peripheral arterial disease, women, diagnosis, management

  16. Endothelial dysfunction in obstructive sleep apnea measured by peripheral arterial tone response in the finger to reactive hyperemia.

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    Itzhaki, Sarah; Lavie, Lena; Pillar, Giora; Tal, Galit; Lavie, Peretz

    2005-05-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate endothelial functioning in sleep apnea patients using a novel plethysmographic device that monitors peripheral arterial tone response in the finger to reactive hyperemia induced by forearm ischemia. Forty-six sleep apnea patients, 74.0% men, mean age 46.8 +/- 9.3 years, and 17 control subjects without sleep apnea, 64.7% men, mean age 47.1 +/- 6.7 years. Eight-bed Technion Sleep Medicine Center in Haifa, Israel. Endothelial functioning assessed by the reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tone index was measured twice, before sleep and after waking from sleep monitored by polysomnography in the laboratory. The reactive hyperemia peripheral arterial tone index was calculated as the average amplitude of the peripheral arterial tone signal after the cuff deflation divided by the average amplitude before the cuff inflation. Morning index of endothelial functioning was significantly lower in patients with moderate to severe sleep apnea (apnea-hypopnea index > or = 30) than in patients with mild sleep apnea (30 disease had significantly lower morning and evening indexes of endothelial functioning than patients without such a history. Multivariate analysis revealed that apnea-hypopnea index and sleep efficiency were significant predictors of the morning index. Measurements of the response of the peripheral arterial tone in the finger to reactive hyperemia can be used as a substitute for the brachial artery ultrasound technique to measure endothelial functioning in patients with sleep apnea.

  17. Cerebral Arterial Variations Associated with Moyamoya Disease Diagnosed by MR Angiography.

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    Uchino, Akira; Saito, Naoko; Takahashi, Masahiro; Kurita, Hiroki; Ishihara, Shoichiro

    2014-12-01

    Moyamoya disease is a rare progressive cerebrovascular steno-occlusive disease associated with different variations of the cerebral arteries. We evaluated the types and prevalence of such variations among patients with moyamoya disease. In our institution during the past seven years, we diagnosed 72 patients (24 male, 48 female; aged 6 to 75 years, mean, 42 years) with moyamoya disease by magnetic resonance (MR) angiography using either a 3-Tesla or one of two 1.5-T imagers and a standard time-of-flight technique without contrast media. An experienced neuroradiologist retrospectively reviewed the images. There were 15 cerebral arterial variations in 13 of 72 patients with moyamoya disease (18.1%), including four basilar artery fenestrations, three ophthalmic arteries arising from the middle meningeal artery, two intracranial vertebral artery fenestrations, two persistent first cervical intersegmental arteries, two persistent trigeminal arteries, one extracranial origin of the posterior inferior cerebellar artery, and one persistent stapedial artery. Although our number of patients was small, moyamoya disease was frequently associated with variations of the cerebral arteries, especially fenestrations in the vertebrobasilar system and persistent trigeminal artery.

  18. FRAX® Fracture Risks Are Associated with Coronary Artery Calcification Score

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    Tzyy-Ling Chuang

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose. To examine the association between fracture risk assessment tool (FRAX scores and coronary artery calcification (CAC score in adults. Methods. The medical records of 81 adults who underwent both coronary computed tomography and bone mineral density (BMD studies in a package during their health exams were reviewed at a regional hospital in Southern Taiwan. Data collected included health history, anthropomorphic characteristics, clinical laboratory results, and BMD. Fracture risk was determined using FRAX. Univariate and multivariate linear regression analysis were used to assess the association between CAC score and 10-year probability of hip fracture (HF and major osteoporotic fracture (MOF determined by FRAX. Results. The mean age of the patients was 55.8 years, and 63.0% were male. Univariate linear regression analysis showed that increases in MOF and HF risks, as measured by FRAX, were significantly and positively associated with CAC score. Multiple linear regression analysis adjusting for potential confounders showed that CAC score remained significantly associated with four FRAX indicators, including right MOF (r=0.45, P<0.001, left MOF (r=0.31, P=0.021, right HF (r=0.38, P=0.001, and left HF (r=0.23, P=0.049. Conclusions. Increased risks of MOF and HF as determined by FRAX were significantly and independently associated with CAC score.

  19. Plurivascular Lesions in Patients with Peripheral Arterial Disease

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    Kelemen Piroska

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    Full Text Available Introduction: Occlusive arterial disease, regardless of etiology, is a progressive chronic disease with multiple vessel involvement. The importance of obstructive arterial disease is that it leads to an increased mortality and morbidity of other cardiovascular disorders. Therefore, the presence of a lesion on a certain artery should lead to the identification of other lesions on the carotid and coronary arteries. The aim of the study was to assess the frequency and severity of lesions in peripheral arterial disease of different etiologies, and also to study its association with multivessel lesions at the level of the coronary tree and the carotid arteries.

  20. Respective associations between ureteral obstruction and renomegaly, urine specific gravity, and serum creatinine concentration in cats: 29 cases (2006-2013).

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    Bua, Anne-Sophie; Dunn, Marilyn E; Pey, Pascaline

    2015-09-01

    To determine the respective associations between ureteral obstruction and renomegaly, urine specific gravity (USG), and serum creatinine concentration and to assess the reliability of abdominal palpation for detection of renomegaly in cats. Retrospective case series. 89 client-owned cats with (n = 29) or without ureteral obstruction and with (30) or without (30) kidney disease. Medical records of cats that underwent abdominal ultrasonography at a veterinary teaching hospital from January 2006 through April 2013 were reviewed. Cats were categorized as having ureteral obstruction (obstructed group) or no ureteral obstruction with (KD group) or without kidney disease (NKD group). Renomegaly and renal asymmetry were defined on the basis of mean renal length for NKD cats. Prevalence of renomegaly and renal asymmetry, mean USG and serum creatinine concentration, and abdominal palpation and ultrasonographic findings were compared among the groups. Renomegaly was identified in 2 obstructed cats and 1 KD cat and was not associated with ureteral obstruction. Renal asymmetry was detected in 18 obstructed cats and 11 KD cats. For obstructed and KD cats, the mean USG was significantly lower and the mean serum creatinine concentration was significantly greater than those for NKD cats. Twenty-eight of 29 cats with ureteral obstruction had hypercreatininemia. Abdominal palpation was not a reliable method for detection of renomegaly. Results indicated renomegaly was not associated with ureteral obstruction in cats, and abdominal palpation was an unreliable method for detection of renomegaly. The most consistent abnormal finding for cats with ureteral obstruction was hypercreatininemia.

  1. Cardiometabolic crosstalk in obesity-associated arterial hypertension.

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    Jordan, Jens; Birkenfeld, Andreas L

    2016-03-01

    Abdominal obesity and elevated blood pressure commonly occur in the same patient and are key components of the metabolic syndrome. However, the association between obesity and increased blood pressure is variable. We review mechanisms linking cardiovascular and metabolic disease in such patients including altered systemic and regional hemodynamic control, neurohumoral activation, and relative natriuretic peptide deficiency. Moreover, we discuss recent results using omics techniques providing insight in molecular pathways linking adiposity, metabolic disease, and arterial hypertension. Recognition of the mechanisms orchestrating the crosstalk between cardiovascular and metabolic regulation in individual patients may lead to better and more precise treatments. It is reassuring that recently developed cardiovascular and metabolic medications may in fact ameliorate, both, cardiovascular and metabolic risks.

  2. Congenital duodenal obstruction with situs inversus totalis: Report of a rare association and discussion

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    Sharma Satendra

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available This report is to present and discuss an extremely rare association of situs inversus with duodenal atresia in an 11-day-old male neonate born full term and weighing 1.9 kg. The baby presented with recurrent bilious vomiting. Babygram revealed situs inversus and duodenal obstruction. Echocardiography showed dextrocardia with a small ASD. Exploration confirmed a duodenal diaphragm with a central perforation between the third and fourth part of the duodenum and situs inversus. The literature search revealed 20 cases reported so far.

  3. Doença arterial obstrutiva periférica agravada pela utilização de gemcitabina para tratamento de neoplasia pancreática: relato de caso e revisão da literatura Peripheral obstructive arterial disease worsened by use of gemcitabine for the treatment of pancreatic cancer: case report and review of the literature

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    Eduardo Lichtenfels

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    Full Text Available Este estudo tem por objetivo relatar um caso de isquemia crítica de membro inferior associada a quimioterapia com gemcitabina. O relato descreve o caso de um paciente de 68 anos submetido a duodenopancreatectomia devido a tumor no pâncreas. Um mês depois da operação, o paciente realizou quatro sessões de quimioterapia com gemcitabina, durante um mês. Após 30 dias, o paciente desenvolveu sintomas de doença arterial obstrutiva periférica, e duas semanas depois, isquemia crítica do membro inferior direito. O exame por imagem demonstrou doença arterial difusa associada à oclusão femoropoplítea com reenchimento distal precário. O paciente foi submetido a uma tentativa de revascularização que, devido às condições locais, foi malsucedida, resultando na amputação do membro no nível da coxa.We report a case of lower limb critical ischemia associated with chemotherapy with gemcitabine. This report presents a case of a 68-year-old man who underwent pancreatoduodenectomy due to pancreas tumor. One month later, the patient was submitted to four chemotherapy sessions with gemcitabine for 1 month. In addition, 30 days later he developed symptoms of peripheral arterial obstructive disease, and critical ischemia of the right lower limb 2 weeks later. An imaging study showed diffuse arterial disease associated with femoropopliteal occlusion and poor distal bed. The patient was submitted to a revascularization procedure, which was unsuccessful due to local conditions, resulting in above-knee amputation.

  4. Impaired renal allograft function is associated with increased arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients

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    Kneifel, M; Scholze, A; Burkert, A

    2006-01-01

    It is important whether impairment of renal allograft function may deteriorate arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients. In a cross-sectional study, arterial vascular characteristics were non-invasively determined in 48 patients with renal allograft using applanation tonometry and digital...... of large arteries S1 and small arteries S2 in renal transplant recipients (each p renal allograft (p ...-Wallis test between groups). It is concluded that impairment of renal allograft function is associated with an increased arterial stiffness in renal transplant recipients....

  5. The benefits of intravenous thrombolysis relate to the site of baseline arterial occlusion in the Echoplanar Imaging Thrombolytic Evaluation Trial (EPITHET).

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    De Silva, Deidre A; Brekenfeld, Caspar; Ebinger, Martin; Christensen, Søren; Barber, P Alan; Butcher, Kenneth S; Levi, Christopher R; Parsons, Mark W; Bladin, Christopher F; Donnan, Geoffrey A; Davis, Stephen M

    2010-02-01

    In ischemic stroke, the site of arterial obstruction has been shown to influence recanalization and clinical outcomes. However, this has not been studied in randomized controlled trials, nor has the impact of arterial obstruction site on reperfusion and infarct growth been assessed. We studied the influence of site and degree of arterial obstruction patients enrolled in the Echoplanar Imaging Thrombolytic Evaluation Trial (EPITHET). EPITHET was a prospective, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of intravenous tissue plasminogen activator (tPA) in the 3- to 6-hour time window. Arterial obstruction site and degree were rated on magnetic resonance angiography blinded to treatment allocation and outcomes. In 101 EPITHET patients, 87 had adequate quality magnetic resonance angiography, of whom 54 had baseline arterial obstruction. Infarct growth attenuation was greater in those with tPA treatment compared to placebo among patients with middle cerebral artery (MCA) obstruction (P=0.037). The treatment benefit of tPA over placebo in attenuating infarct growth was greater for MCA than internal carotid artery (ICA) obstruction (P=0.060). With tPA treatment, good clinical outcome was more likely with MCA than with ICA obstruction (P=0.005). Most patients with ICA obstruction did not achieve good clinical outcome, whether treated with tPA (100%) or placebo (77%). The study was underpowered to prove any treatment benefit of tPA among patients with any or severe degree of arterial obstruction. Arterial obstruction site strongly predicts outcomes. ICA obstruction carries a uniformly poor prognosis, whereas good outcomes with MCA obstruction are associated with tPA therapy.

  6. Non-dysbaric arterial gas embolism associated with chronic necrotizing pneumonia, bullae and coughing: a case report.

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    Ceponis, Peter J; Fox, William; Tailor, Tina D; Hurwitz, Lynne M; Amrhein, Timothy J; Moon, Richard Je

    2017-01-01

    Arterial gas embolism (AGE) can be clinically devastating, and is most often associated with exposure to changes in ambient pressure, medical procedure or congenital malformation. Here we report a case of AGE in a 78-year-old male without these traditional risk factors. Rather, the patient's history included chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, necrotizing pneumonia, bullous disease and coughing. He was safely treated with hyperbaric oxygen (HBO₂) therapy for AGE, with initial clinical improvement, but ultimately died from his underlying condition. Pathophysiology is discussed. This case illustrates the possibility that AGE can occur due to rupture of lung tissue in the absence of traditional risk factors. HBO₂ therapy should be considered in the management of such patients. Copyright© Undersea and Hyperbaric Medical Society.

  7. Patients with coronary, cerebrovascular or peripheral arterial obstructive disease differ in risk for new vascular events and mortality: the SMART study.

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    Achterberg, Sefanja; Cramer, Maarten J M; Kappelle, L Jaap; de Borst, Gert Jan; Visseren, Frank L J; van der Graaf, Yolanda; Algra, Ale

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    Atherosclerosis causes coronary artery disease (CAD), cerebrovascular disease (CVD) or peripheral arterial obstructive disease (PAOD). The risk of new vascular events and mortality is high. Direct comparisons of vascular event rates are scarce. Vascular risk factors and outcome events of 3563 patients from a university hospital presenting with nondisabling CAD, CVD or PAOD were compared with regression analyses, adjusted for age and sex (median follow-up, 3.9 years). The primary outcome was the composite of myocardial infarction, stroke and vascular death. The risk among the three groups of outcomes was compared using the Cox regression analysis. At baseline, CAD patients were the most obese; PAOD patients smoked the most and suffered more often from hypertension and hyperlipidaemia. The average rate of vascular events was 2.5% per year; the hazard ratio (HR) of CVD/CAD was 1.7 [95% confidence interval (CI): 1.3-2.2] and PAOD/CAD was 1.8 (95% CI: 1.5-2.0). PAOD patients had a higher risk for coronary events than CAD (HR: 1.6; 95% CI: 1.2-2.1). Patients with CVD or PAOD had a higher risk for major bleeding than CAD patients (HR: 2.1; 95% CI: 1.4-3.2). Patients with a recent CVD or PAOD have almost twice the risk for future vascular events than those with CAD.

  8. A case of left main pulmonary artery aneurysm associated with valvular pulmonary stenosis in a child.

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    Lee, Ran; Son, Jae Sung; Park, Yong Mean

    2011-10-01

    Aneurysm of the main pulmonary artery is a rare clinical entity that can be congenital or acquired. Most cases occur in association with other congenital malformations, severe pulmonary hypertension, vasculitides, infectious agents, or collagen vascular disorders. We report here a pediatric case of left pulmonary artery aneurysm associated with valvular pulmonary stenosis and a hypoplastic right pulmonary artery, which we confirmed via multidetector computed tomography angiography.

  9. Giant Right Coronary Artery Aneurysm Associated with a Fistula Draining into the Superior Vena Cava.

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    Dolapoglu, Ahmet; Ott, David A

    2016-08-01

    Giant coronary artery aneurysm associated with a coronary-cameral fistula is an uncommon condition. Such aneurysms are usually associated with other cardiac diseases, such as coronary atherosclerosis, and therefore might augment myocardial ischemia in adults. The main indications for surgical intervention are severe coexisting coronary artery disease, evidence of embolization, and aneurysmal enlargement or rupture. We describe a large right coronary artery aneurysm and a coronary-cameral fistula that drained into the superior vena cava. The surgical repair was successful.

  10. ASSOCIATIONS OF LARGE ARTERY STRUCTURE AND FUNCTION WITH ADIPOSITY: EFFECTS OF AGE, GENDER, AND HYPERTENSION

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    Scuteri, Angelo; Orru’, Marco; Morrell, Christopher H; Tarassov, Kirill; Schlessinger, David; Uda, Manuela; Lakatta, Edward G

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    In the context of obesity epidemic, no large population study has extensively investigated the relationships between total and abdominal adiposity and large artery structure and function nor have such relationships been examined by gender, by age, by hypertensive status. We investigated these potential relationships in a large cohort of community dwelling volunteers participating the SardiNIA Study. Methods and Results Total and visceral adiposity and arterial properties were assessed in 6,148 subjects, aged 14–102 in a cluster of 4 towns in Sardinia, Italy. Arterial stiffness was measured as aortic pulse wave velocity (PWV), arterial thickness and lumen as common carotid artery (CCA) intima-media thickness (IMT) and diameter – respectively. We reported a nonlinear relationship between total and visceral adiposity and arterial stiffness, thickness, and diameter. The association between adiposity and arterial properties was steeper in women than in men, in younger than in older subjects. Waist correlated with arterial properties better than BMI. Within each BMI quartile, increasing waist circumference was associated with further significant changes in arterial structure and function. Conclusion The relationship between total or abdominal adiposity and arterial aging (PWV and CCA IMT) is not linear as described in the current study. Therefore, BMI- and/or waist-specific reference values for arterial measurements might need to be defined PMID:22222417

  11. Reprodutibilidade do teste de 1-RM em indivíduos com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica Reproducibility of the 1-RM test in individuals with peripheral obstructive arterial disease

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    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: Indivíduos com doença arterial obstrutiva periférica (DAOP apresentam atrofia muscular e redução da força de membros inferiores que, por sua vez, estão associadas às limitações na capacidade funcional. Consequentemente, a mensuração da força muscular pode ser útil na identificação dos níveis de força muscular e para monitorar as alterações na força em programas de intervenção. OBJETIVO: Analisar a reprodutibilidade do teste de uma repetição máxima (1-RM em indivíduos com DAOP. Métodos: Fizeram parte da amostra 26 indivíduos com DAOP e sintomas de claudicação intermitente. Os indivíduos realizaram quatro sessões de teste de 1-RM no exercício extensão de joelhos unilateral, no membro com maior índice tornozelo-braço (ITB e no membro com menor ITB. RESULTADOS: A força máxima aumentou significantemente da primeira para a segunda sessão de teste nos dois membros (4,1 ± 14,3% na perna com menor ITB e 5,9 ± 13,1% na perna com maior ITB. A análise dos limites de concordância revelou que, nos dois membros, as maiores diferenças médias e os maiores limites de concordância foram observados quando comparadas as sessões 1 e 2. CONCLUSÃO: A medida acurada da força máxima usando o teste de 1-RM, no exercício extensão de joelhos, em indivíduos com DAOP e sintomas de claudicação intermitente, é obtida quando duas sessões de testes de 1-RM são realizadas.INTRODUCTION: Patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease (PAD present muscle atrophy and reduced strength in the legs which have been associated with impairment in physical function. Consequently, the assessment of leg strength can be useful for identifying muscle weakness and analyzing the efficacy of intervention programs for patients with PAD. OBJECTIVE: To assess the reliability of the 1-RM test in patients with PAD. Methods: The sample was composed of twenty-six patients with PAD and symptoms of mild intermittent claudication

  12. Association of current smoking with airway inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asymptomatic smokers

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    Willemse, BWM; ten Hacken, NHT; Rutgers, B; Postma, DS; Timens, W

    2005-01-01

    Background: Inflammation in the airways and lung parenchyma underlies fixed airway obstruction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. The exact role of smoking as promoting factor of inflammation in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is not clear, partly because studies often do not

  13. Invasive and non-invasive evaluation of spontaneous arteriogenesis in a novel porcine model for peripheral arterial obstructive disease

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    Buschmann, Ivo R.; Voskuil, Michiel; van Royen, Niels; Hoefer, Imo E.; Scheffler, Klaus; Grundmann, Sebastian; Hennig, Jürgen; Schaper, Wolfgang; Bode, Christoph; Piek, Jan J.

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    Our current knowledge regarding the efficacy of factors stimulating collateral artery growth in the peripheral circulation primarily stems from models in small animals. However, experimental models in large sized animals are a prerequisite for extrapolation of growth factor therapy to patients with

  14. Is asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease associated with walking endurance in patients with COPD?

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    Sun, Kuo-Shao; Lin, Ming-Shian; Chen, Yi-Jen; Chen, Yih-Yuan; Chen, Solomon Chih-Cheng; Chen, Wei

    2015-01-01

    Symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is associated with impaired walking endurance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, it is unknown whether asymptomatic PAD is associated with impaired walking endurance in patients with COPD. This prospective cross-sectional study enrolled 200 COPD patients (mean age: 70.9 years) who volunteered to perform ankle-brachial index (ABI) and 6-minute walk test (6MWT) consecutively. Demographic data, lung function, dyspnea scales, and cardiovascular risk factors were recorded. The ABI was used to detect PAD (ABI <0.90). All patients were free of PAD symptoms at enrollment. Of the 200 COPD patients, 17 (8.5%) were diagnosed with asymptomatic PAD. The COPD patients without asymptomatic PAD did not walk significantly further on the 6MWT than the COPD patients with asymptomatic PAD (439±86 m vs 408±74 m, P=0.159). The strongest correlation with the distance walked on the 6MWT was Medical Research Council dyspnea scale (r (2)=-0.667, P<0.001), followed by oxygen-cost diagram (r (2)=0.582, P<0.001) and forced expiratory volume in 1 second (r (2)=0.532, P<0.001). In multivariate linear regression analysis, only age, forced expiratory volume in 1 second, and baseline pulse oximetry were independently correlated with the distance covered on the 6MWT (P<0.05). However, body mass index, baseline heart rate, and ABI were not correlated with the distance covered on the 6MWT. Asymptomatic PAD is not associated with walking endurance in patients with COPD. Therefore, it is important to detect and treat asymptomatic PAD early so that COPD patients do not progress to become exercise intolerant. Limited by the small sample size and predominantly male (99%) population in the study, further large-scale prospective studies are needed to verify the results.

  15. ESSENTIAL ARTERIAL HYPERTENSION AND RISK FACTORS ASSOCIATED WITH HYPERTENSIVE NEPHROPATHY

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    Boban Milojković

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    Full Text Available Arterial hypertension is a major risk factor that predisposes to cardiovascular disorders and is responsible for most of the morbidity and mortality in patients. Hypertension is closely associated with the kidney, because kidney disease can be both the cause and consequence of increased blood pressure. Elevation of blood pressure is a strong independent risk factor for hypertensive nephropathy and development of ESRD. The pathogenesis of ischemic hypertensive nephropathy (IHN is multifactoral, and in addition to blood pressure other factors contribute to the development of this renal pathology and its progression to end-stage renal disease. These include obesity, smoking, male gender and other still unknown risk factors. The aim of this paper was to analyse the association between essential arterial hypertension and renal hypertensive disease and prevalence of other atherosclerotic risk factors in patients with developed hypertensive renal disease. In this prospective cross sectional study 283 patients of both genders with diagnosed essential hypertension and hypertensive renal disease were analysed. The anamnestic data related to age, duration of hypertension, history of smoking, presence of hypertensive retinopathy, hypertrophy of the left chamber and data about previous renal diseases were collected through conversation and medical documentation. The clinical examination comprise determination of blood pressure, body mass index (BMI, lipid parameters (total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol, HDL cholesterol and triglycerides, serum urea and creatinine, urine, albumin and protein concentration. The total number of 283 patients (185 males and 98 females with HN was analyzed. The analysis revealed significantly higher proportion of males aged over 60 years with IHN. The mean age of examined hypertensive patients with IHN is 62.6±8.8 years with duration of hypertension 19.8±5.9 years. All examined patients had hypertensive retinopathy and

  16. Left main coronary artery atresia and associated cardiac defects: report on concomitant surgical treatment.

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    Jatene, Marcelo; Juaneda, Ignacio; Miranda, Rogerio Dos Anjos; Gato, Rafaella; Marcial, Miguel Lorenzo Barbero

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    A 9-year-old boy with congenital atresia of the left main coronary artery underwent myocardial revascularization. Coarctation of the aorta and ventricular septal defect were diagnosed at the age of 1 year. At age 7 years, the child presented with syncope while exercising. Preoperative evaluation included cardiac catheterization which revealed the unexpected finding of congenital atresia of the left main coronary artery with origin of the circumflex artery from the right coronary artery. Surgical correction included myocardial revascularization by means of left internal mammary artery graft to the anterior descending coronary artery, coarctation resection, and ventricular septal defect repair. The patient recovered uneventfully. We report the details of this extremely rare case with successful concomitant surgical management of the congenital coronary artery anomaly and the associated structural heart disease.

  17. Approach to kidney stones associated with ureteropelvic junction obstruction during laparoscopic pyeloplasty.

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    Rivas, Juan Gómez; Alonso Y Gregorio, Sergio; Sánchez, Leslie Cuello; Guerin, Cristina de Castro; Gómez, Angel Tabernero; Togores, Luis Hidalgo; Barthel, Jesús Javier de la Peña

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    We have performed laparoscopic pyeloplasty (LP) in our department since 2004. Our goal is to describe, step by step, the approach of kidney stones during transperitoneal laparoscopic pyeloplasty and the outcomes after the procedure. Twelve patients with kidney stones treated by transperitoneal laparoscopic pyeloplasty were found. The hospital records with clinical features, supplementary tests, and imaging studies were reviewed for demographic, procedural, and efficacy data. Kidney stones were found in 12 of 62 patients (19%) who had undergone transperitoneal laparoscopic pyeloplasty. Eight cases were treated using a flexible cystoscope and a nitinol N-Circle basket; in the remaining four cases the stones were extracted using laparoscopic grasping instruments. We want to emphasize a case of horseshoe kidney associated with ureteropelvic junction (UPJ) obstruction and a kidney stone in which the procedure was performed successfully. Laparoscopic pyeloplasty has now emerged as a standard approach to UPJ obstruction. Associated renal abnormalities or kidney stones add complexity to the procedure, however, as shown in our results, centers with experience in the laparoscopic approach of reconstructive urology make this technique feasible.

  18. Brachial artery injury following opened elbow dislocation associated ...

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    Elbow dislocations are the most frequently encountered after shoulder dislocations. In their vast majority, these injuries carry a good prognosis. Although, concomitant arterial injury is rare and make them more serious. In this paper, we report a case of a 17 year old woman with opened elbow dislocation with arterial injury ...

  19. Association of naso-Oro-pharyngeal structures with the sleep architecture in suspected obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Singhal, Pawan; Gupta, Ravi; Sharma, Rajanish; Mishra, Prakash

    2014-01-01

    The study was conducted to find out the association of various naso-oro-pharyngeal structures with sleep macro-architecture in suspected obstructive sleep apnea subjects. Study included 51 subjects with suspected obstructive sleep apnea. Subjects with possible central apnea and those consuming any substance that can affect sleep architecture were excluded. Level I polysomnography was performed after thorough physical examination. Overnight study was scored in 30 s epochs to find out the polysomnographic variables. Surgical treatment was offered wherever indicated. Subjects with moderate to severe obstructive sleep apnea were manually titrated on CPAP with the polysomnogram. SPSS v 17.0 was used for statistical analysis. We did not find any difference in the sleep architecture between genders. Sleep Efficiency was better in subjects with dental overjet, dental attrition, high tongue base, macroglossia, lesser oral cavity volume, edematous uvula, increased submental fat, hypertrophied facial muscles and Mallampatti grade III-IV. Shorter Sleep Latency was seen in subjects with tender TMJ and Mallampatti Gr III-IV. REM latency was shorter in subjects with high tongue base, macroglossia and hypertrophied muscles of mastication. Increased REM was observed in subjects with high tongue base, edematous uvula and tender TMJ. Enlarged tonsils had reversed effect with poor sleep efficiency, increased REM latency and decreased REM. CPAP therapy (N = 20) lessened awake time, decreased N2 and increased REM. Oro-pharyngeal structures affect the sleep architecture in suspected OSA subjects. Nasal structures do not affect the sleep architecture in these subjects and enlarged tonsils have opposite effect. Sleep architecture changes on the titration night with CPAP.

  20. Incidence of ipsilateral postoperative deep venous thrombosis in the amputated lower extremity of patients with peripheral obstructive arterial disease.

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    Matielo, Marcelo Fernando; Presti, Calógero; Casella, Ivan Benaduce; Netto, Baptista Muraco; Puech-Leão, Pedro

    2008-12-01

    Patients undergoing amputation of the lower limb due to peripheral arterial disease (PAD) are at risk of developing deep venous thrombosis (DVT). Few studies in the research literature report the incidence of DVT during the early postoperative period or the risk factors for the development of DVT in the amputation stump. This prospective study evaluated the incidence of DVT during the first 35 postoperative days in patients who had undergone amputation of the lower extremity due to PAD and its relation to comorbidities and death. Between September 2004 and March 2006, 56 patients (29 men), with a mean age of 67.25 years, underwent 62 amputations, comprising 36 below knee amputations (BKA) and 26 above knee amputations (AKA). Echo-Doppler scanning was performed preoperatively and on postoperative days 7 and 31 (approximately). All patients received acetylsalicylic acid (100 mg daily) preoperatively and postoperatively, but none received prophylactic anticoagulation. DVT occurred in 25.8% of extremities with amputations (10 AKA and 6 BKA). The cumulative incidence in the 35-day postoperative period was 28% (Kaplan-Meier). There was a significant difference (P = .04) in the incidence of DVT between AKA (37.5%) and BKA (21.2%). Age >or=70 years (48.9% vs 16.8%, P = .021) was also a risk factor for DVT in the univariate analysis. Of the 16 cases, 14 (87.5%) were diagnosed during outpatient care. The time to discharge after amputation was averaged 6.11 days in-hospital stay (range, 1-56 days). One symptomatic nonfatal pulmonary embolism occurred in a patient already diagnosed with DVT. There was no relation between other comorbidities and DVT. The multivariate analysis showed no association between risk factors and the occurrence of DVT in the amputated extremity. DVT ipsilateral to the amputation did not influence the mortality rate (9.7%). The incidence of DVT in the early postoperative period (or=70 years and for AKA. Patients with PAD who have recently undergone

  1. Severity of coronary artery disease is independently associated with the frequency of early age-related macular degeneration.

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    Wang, Sarah B; Mitchell, Paul; Chiha, Joseph; Liew, Gerald; Plant, Adam J H; Thiagalingam, Aravinda; Burlutsky, George; Gopinath, Bamini

    2015-03-01

    To describe the prevalence of early, late and any age-related macular degeneration (AMD) in a clinical cohort (Australian Heart Eye Study, AHES) and to determine whether associations exist between extent and severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) and AMD, independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors. The AHES is an observational study that surveyed 1680 participants between 2009 and 2012 who presented to a tertiary referral hospital for the evaluation of potential CAD by coronary angiography. Severity and extent of CAD was assessed using three scoring systems: (1) segment/vessel scores, (2) Gensini and (3) extent scores. Prevalence of early and late AMD was 5.8% (n=86) and 1.4% (n=21), respectively. After multivariable adjustment, patients with stenosis >50% in any coronary artery segment (vessel score) had approximately twofold higher odds of early AMD, OR 1.95 (95% CI 1.07 to 3.57). Patients with obstructive coronary stenosis in all three main coronary arteries (segment score) had greater than twofold higher likelihood of early AMD, OR 2.67 (95% CI 1.24 to 5.78). Participants in the highest versus lowest tertile of Gensini scores were also twice as likely to have early AMD, multivariable-adjusted OR 2.27 (95% CI 1.12 to 4.58). Extent scores were not associated with AMD. There was no significant association between CAD and late AMD. Severity of coronary stenosis and the presence of stenotic lesions were independently associated with early AMD. These findings could have potential clinical significance as they suggest that individuals with evidence of CAD may be screened for early AMD. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://group.bmj.com/group/rights-licensing/permissions.

  2. Is asymptomatic peripheral arterial disease associated with walking endurance in patients with COPD?

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    Full Text Available Kuo-Shao Sun,1,2* Ming-Shian Lin,1,2* Yi-Jen Chen,1,2 Yih-Yuan Chen,3 Solomon Chih-Cheng Chen,4 Wei Chen1,5,6 1Division of Pulmonary and Critical Care Medicine, 2Department of Respiratory Care, Chang Gung University of Science and Technology, 3Department of Internal Medicine, 4Department of Medical Research, Ditmanson Medical Foundation Chia-Yi Christian Hospital, Chiayi, 5College of Nursing, Dayeh University, Changhua, 6Department of Respiratory Therapy, China Medical University, Taichung, Taiwan, Republic of China *These authors contributed equally to this work Objective: Symptomatic peripheral arterial disease (PAD is associated with impaired walking endurance in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD. However, it is unknown whether asymptomatic PAD is associated with impaired walking endurance in patients with COPD. Methods: This prospective cross-sectional study enrolled 200 COPD patients (mean age: 70.9 years who volunteered to perform ankle-brachial index (ABI and 6-minute walk test (6MWT consecutively. Demographic data, lung function, dyspnea scales, and cardiovascular risk factors were recorded. The ABI was used to detect PAD (ABI <0.90. All patients were free of PAD symptoms at enrollment. Results: Of the 200 COPD patients, 17 (8.5% were diagnosed with asymptomatic PAD. The COPD patients without asymptomatic PAD did not walk significantly further on the 6MWT than the COPD patients with asymptomatic PAD (439±86 m vs 408±74 m, P=0.159. The strongest correlation with the distance walked on the 6MWT was Medical Research Council dyspnea scale (r2=-0.667, P<0.001, followed by oxygen-cost diagram (r2=0.582, P<0.001 and forced expiratory volume in 1 second (r2=0.532, P<0.001. In multivariate linear regression analysis, only age, forced expiratory volume in 1 second, and baseline pulse oximetry were independently correlated with the distance covered on the 6MWT (P<0.05. However, body mass index, baseline heart rate, and

  3. Association of lower extremity arterial calcification with amputation and mortality in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: The clinical implication of the coronary artery calcium score (CS is well demonstrated. However, little is known about the association between lower extremity arterial calcification and clinical outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-two patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease (age 61.0±12.4 years were followed for 21±11 months. CSs, ranging from the common iliac artery bifurcation to the ankle area, were analyzed through noncontrast multidetector computed tomography images retrospectively. The primary endpoints of this study were amputation and mortality. Old age, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and end-stage renal disease were associated with higher CSs. Patients with more advanced Fontaine stages also tended to have significantly higher CSs (p = 0.03. During the follow-up period (21±11 months, 29 (35% patients underwent amputation, and 24 (29% patients died. Among the patients who underwent amputation, there were no significant differences in CSs between the amputated legs and the non-amputated legs. In the Cox proportional hazard model with CS divided into quartiles, patients with CS in the highest quartile had a 2.88-fold (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.18-12.72, p = 0.03 and a 5.16-fold (95% CI 1.13-21.61, p = 0.04 higher risk for amputation and all-cause mortality, respectively, than those with CS in the lowest quartile. These predictive effects remained after conventional risk factor adjustment. CONCLUSION: Lower extremity arterial CSs are associated with disease severity and outcomes, including amputation and all-cause mortality, in patients with symptomatic peripheral artery disease. However, the independent predictive value needs further investigation in large scale, prospective studies.

  4. Association among nocturnal enuresis, body weight and obstructive sleep apnea in children of south Italy: an observational study.

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    Ferrara, Pietro; Fabrizio, Giovanna C; Franco, Daniele; Spina, Giulia; Ianniello, Francesca; Sbordone, Annamaria; Vitelli, Ottavio; Quintarelli, Fabio; Verrotti, Alberto; Saggese, Giuseppe

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    To evaluate the rate of nocturnal enuresis (NE), body weight and obstructive sleep apnea in children 5 to 10 years of age in South Italy and the possible association among these disorders. We have administered 1.100 validated questionnaires, in Italian language, to parents and we have analyzed data with a logistic regression. Forty-two percent of children had a BMI ≥ 85th (group 1) vs 58.0% normal weight children at the same age (group 2). There is a higher number of overweight males compared to females without statistically differences. In group 1 there were a higher number of children with NE and obstructive sleep disorders and exists in some children the association among these three disorders. There are no statistically differences between two study groups for the association body weight-NE, body weight-NE-obstructive sleep disorders.

  5. Epigenome-wide association study of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and lung function in Koreans.

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    Lee, Mi Kyeong; Hong, Yoonki; Kim, Sun-Young; Kim, Woo Jin; London, Stephanie J

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    To identify differentially methylated probes (DMPs) and regions (DMRs) in relation to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and lung function traits. We performed an epigenome-wide association study of COPD and spirometric parameters, including forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1), forced vital capacity (FVC) and FEV1/FVC, in blood DNA using the Infinium HumanMethylation450 (n = 100, a Korean COPD cohort). We found one significant DMP (cg03559389, DIP2C) and 104 significant DMRs after multiple-testing correction. Of these, 34 DMRs mapped to genes differential expressed with respect to the same trait. Five of the genes were associated with more than two traits: CTU2, USP36, ZNF516, KLK10 and CPT1B. We identified novel differential methylation loci related to COPD and lung function in blood DNA in Koreans and confirmed previous findings in non-Asians. Epigenetic modification could contribute to the etiology of these phenotypes.

  6. Depression is associated with poor prognosis in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease - a systematic review

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    Salte, Kim; Titlestad, Ingrid; Halling, Anders

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    INTRODUCTION: Patients with depression have significantly increased mortality from somatic disease. The purpose of this article was to review studies that investigate if there is a prognostic association with depression as co-morbidity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD......). We chose the following outcomes: mortality, suicide behaviour, risk of COPD exacerbation, use of primary care and prescription data. METHODS: A literature review was performed on 16 December 2014 in PubMed, Embase, OVID Medline and Cochrane for cohort studies. Only studies with mortality...... was a combined retro- and prospective study. There was a tendency for studies with more patients and higher methodological quality to show a positive correlation. Sixteen of the studies showed that depression was associated with increased mortality (relative risk (RR): 1.02-3.6) and more COPD exacerbations (RR...

  7. Association of Endodontic Lesions with Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Liljestrand, J M; Mäntylä, P; Paju, S; Buhlin, K; Kopra, K A E; Persson, G R; Hernandez, M; Nieminen, M S; Sinisalo, J; Tjäderhane, L; Pussinen, P J

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    An endodontic lesion (EL) is a common manifestation of endodontic infection where Porphyromonas endodontalis is frequently encountered. EL may associate with increased risk for coronary artery disease (CAD) via similar pathways as marginal periodontitis. The aim of this cross-sectional study was to delineate the associations between EL and CAD. Subgingival P. endodontalis, its immune response, and serum lipopolysaccharide were examined as potential mediators between these 2 diseases. The Finnish Parogene study consists of 508 patients (mean age, 62 y) who underwent coronary angiography and extensive clinical and radiographic oral examination. The cardiovascular outcomes included no significant CAD ( n = 123), stable CAD ( n = 184), and acute coronary syndrome (ACS; n = 169). EL was determined from a panoramic tomography. We combined data of widened periapical spaces (WPSs) and apical rarefactions to a score of EL: 1, no EL ( n = 210); 2, ≥1 WPS per 1 apical rarefaction ( n = 222); 3, ≥2 apical rarefactions ( n = 76). Subgingival P. endodontalis was defined by checkerboard DNA-DNA hybridization analysis, and corresponding serum antibodies were determined by ELISA. In our population, 50.4% had WPSs, and 22.8% apical rarefactions. A total of 51.2% of all teeth with apical rarefactions had received endodontic procedures. Subgingival P. endodontalis levels and serum immunoglobulin G were associated with a higher EL score. In the multiadjusted model (age, sex, smoking, diabetes, body mass index, alveolar bone loss, and number of teeth), having WPSs associated with stable CAD (odds ratio [OR] = 1.94, 95% confidence interval [95% CI] = 1.13 to 3.32, P = 0.016) and highest EL score were associated with ACS (OR = 2.46, 95% CI = 1.09 to 5.54, P = 0.030). This association was especially notable in subjects with untreated teeth with apical rarefactions ( n = 59, OR = 2.72, 95% CI = 1.16 to 6.40, P = 0.022). Our findings support the hypothesis that ELs are independently

  8. Association of subclinical inflammation, glycated hemoglobin and risk for obstructive sleep apnea syndrome.

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    D'Aurea, Carolina Vicaria Rodrigues; Cerazi, Bruno Gion de Andrade; Laurinavicius, Antonio Gabriele; Janovsky, Carolina Castro Porto Silva; Conceição, Raquel Dilguerian de Oliveira; Santos, Raul D; Bittencourt, Márcio Sommer

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    To investigate the inter-relation between high sensitivity C-reactive protein and glycated hemoglobin in prediction of risk of obstructive sleep apnea. We included all individuals participating in a check-up program at the Preventive Medicine Center of Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein in 2014. The Berlin questionnaire for risk of obstructive sleep apnea was used, and the high sensitivity C-reactive protein and glycated hemoglobin levels were evaluated. The sample included 7,115 participants (age 43.4±9.6 years, 24.4% women). The Berlin questionnaire showed changes in 434 (6.1%) individuals. This finding was associated with high sensitivity C-reactive protein and glycated hemoglobin levels (pvalores abaixo do critério diagnóstico para diabetes mellitus, está associada de forma independente ao risco para síndrome da apneia obstrutiva do sono, mesmo após ajuste para obesidade e proteína C-reativa. Estes achados sugerem possível ligação fisiopatológica entre alterações na resistência insulínica e a síndrome da apneia obstrutiva do sono, que independe da obesidade ou inflamação de baixo grau.

  9. Stapled transanal rectal resection for obstructed defecation syndrome associated with rectocele and rectal intussusception

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    Zhang, Bin; Ding, Jian-Hua; Yin, Shu-Hui; Zhang, Meng; Zhao, Ke

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    AIM: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of stapled transanal rectal resection (STARR), and to analyze the outcome of the patients 12-mo after the operation. METHODS: From May 2007 to October 2008, 50 female patients with rectocele and/or rectal intussusception underwent STARR. The preoperative status, perioperative and postoperative complications at baseline, 3, 6 and 12-mo were assessed. Data were collected prospectively from standardized questionnaires for the assessment of constipation [constipation scoring system, Longo’s obstructed defecation syndrome (ODS) score system, symptom severity score], patient satisfaction (visual analogue scale), and quality of life (Patient Assessment of Constipation-Quality of Life Questionnaire). RESULTS: At a 12-mo follow-up, significant improvement in the constipation scoring system, ODS score system, symptom severity score, visual analog scale and quality of life (P < 0.0001) was observed. The symptoms of constipation improved in 90% of patients at 12 mo after surgery. The self-reported definitive outcome was excellent in 15 (30%) patients, fairly good in 8 (16%), good in 22 (44%), and poor in 5 (10%). CONCLUSION: STARR can be performed safely without major morbidity. Moreover, the procedure seems to be effective for patients with obstructed defecation associated with symptomatic rectocele and rectal intussusception. PMID:20503455

  10. Atherosclerosis is Associated Comorbidity in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease: Ultrasound Assessment of Carotid Intima Media Thickness

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    Manal R. Hafez

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    Full Text Available Objective: To assess atherosclerotic comorbidity in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD patients and its relationship to COPD severity, hypoxemia, and hypercapnia. Methods: A hospital-based observational case-control study was conducted on 86 male COPD patients, and 86 age-matched healthy subjects (non-COPD group. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT was assessed by Doppler ultrasound; in addition, spirometry and arterial blood gas tests were done. Results: CIMT was significantly increased in the COPD group compared to the non-COPD group (0.84±0.15 vs. 0.63±0.076, p<0.001. When the CIMT value of ≥0.8 mm was defined as a cutoff value for a thickened CIMT complex, 64% of COPD patients versus 8.1% of non-COPD subjects had a thickened CIMT. COPD patients with a thickened CIMT were older and had a higher PaCO2, lower FEV1%, FVC, and FEF25–75% compared to COPD patients with a normal CIMT. Thickened CIMT in COPD patients was significantly associated with hypoxemia (p=0.008, OR=8.2, hypercapnia (p=0.04, OR=6.2, and airflow limitation (p=0.11, OR=2.1. There was no significant difference in CIMT in relation to COPD severity (p=0.83. Conclusion: Atherosclerosis is prevalent in COPD patients, even in the early stages of the disease. Hypoxemia, hypercapnia, and airflow limitation are risk factors of atherosclerosis in COPD patients.

  11. Axillary Artery Injury Associated with Proximal Humerus Fracture: A Report of 6 Cases

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    Rinne M. Peters

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    Full Text Available Proximal humerus fractures are common, but associated injury of the axillary artery is uncommon. The majority of published blunt traumatic axillary artery injuries are associated with anterior glenohumeral dislocation; a few are associated with isolated proximal humerus fractures or fracture-dislocation. Experience within our institution demonstrates that axillary artery injury is often unrecognized on initial presentation owing to palpable peripheral pulses and the absence of ischemia and places the hand at risk of necrosis and amputation if there is prolonged ischemia and the forearm at risk of compartment syndrome after revascularization. Accurate physical examination in combination with a low threshold for Doppler examination or angiography can establish the diagnosis of axillary artery injury. We present 6 cases of axillary artery injury associated with proximal humerus fractures in order to highlight the potential for this vascular injury in the setting of a proximal humerus fracture.

  12. Screening of Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease Patients for Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension Using Two-Dimensional Transthoracic Doppler Echocardiography in Tertiary Care Hospital in India

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    Vinay Mahishale

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD and pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH are common and underdiagnosed medical conditions in India. Prevalence of these chronic diseases is high both in rural and urban areas. However, the exact prevalence of PAH in Indian COPD patients is unclear. Comorbid conditions like PAH have a great impact on the outcome of COPD in the form of severity, exacerbations, morbidity, and mortality. Right heart catheterization remains the gold standard test for diagnosis of PAH, but it is invasive and practically not feasible. Aims and objectives: The present study objective was to screen COPD patients for PAH using two-dimensional transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (ECHO in Tertiary Care Hospital. Results: A total of 2040 patients with a confirmed diagnosis of COPD were enrolled in the study. Among these patients, 1509 were males (73.9%, 531 were females (23.06%, and 1428 were known or ex-smokers (70%. None of the females were smokers, but there was a history of biomass fuel exposure for >10 years. As per global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease criteria, mild, moderate, severe, and very severe COPD was noted in 525,629,511, and 375 patients, respectively. When they were screened using ECHO, prevalence of PAH was 41.96% as 856 subjects had PAH. Prevalence of PAH among mild, moderate, severe, and very severe COPD was 23.8%, 34.81%, 48.53%, and 70.4%, respectively. There was a linear relationship between PAH and severity of COPD. Conclusion: PAH is very common in COPD patients in India. As the severity of COPD increased, the frequency and degree of PAH also increased. ECHO is an excellent tool for detection of PAH in COPD patients. All patients with severe to very severe COPD should be routinely screened by ECHO for PAH and with mild to moderate COPD, who have dyspnea out of proportion to their clinical condition should also be screened for PAH.

  13. Comparison of cardiovascular risk factors and biochemical profile in patients with cardiac syndrome X and obstructive coronary artery disease: A propensity score-matched study.

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    Vasheghani-Farahani, Ali; Nouri, Nasrin; Seifirad, Soroush; Sheikh Fathollahi, Mahmood; Hakki, Elham; Alidoosti, Mohammad; Davoodi, Gholamreza; Masoudkabir, Farzad; Poorhosseini, Hamidreza

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    This study was designed to compare the frequency of conventional cardiovascular disease risk factors and clinical biochemistry profile in patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX) and obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). A cross-sectional study was conducted on patients with typical angina and positive exercise tolerance test undergoing coronary angiography in our center. 342 consecutive patients with CSX were enrolled into this study and were matched regarding age and sex with 342 patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) and also 342 patients with chronic stable angina (SA). Cardiovascular risk factors as well as biochemistry profile of the patients were recorded. Mean age of the studied patients was 53.0 years and 41.5% were male. There was no significant difference between the CSX patients and CAD patients regarding body mass index (BMI). Frequency of diabetes mellitus, hyperlipidemia, smoking, family history of premature CAD and hypertension was significantly lower in patients with CSX than ACS and SA patients. Patients with CSX had significantly higher levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-cholesterol) than comparators while the levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-cholesterol), total cholesterol, triglyceride and fasting blood sugar (FBS) were significantly lower in patients with CSX than CAD patients. The present study demonstrated that CSX patients had substantially lower frequency of all conventional CVD risk factors than patients with obstructive CAD. This might aid in developing novel scoring systems or appropriateness criteria for angiographic evaluation of patients with typical angina and positive exercise test in order to reduce the rate of negative results.

  14. Automated Computer-Assisted Diagnosis of Obstructive Coronary Artery Disease in Emergency Department Patients Undergoing 256-Slice Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography for Acute Chest Pain.

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    Hashoul, Sharbell; Gaspar, Tamar; Halon, David A; Lewis, Basil S; Shenkar, Yuval; Jaffe, Ronen; Peled, Nathan; Rubinshtein, Ronen

    2015-10-01

    A 256-slice coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is an accurate method for detection and exclusion of obstructive coronary artery disease (OBS-CAD). However, accurate image interpretation requires expertise and may not be available at all hours. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of a fully automated computer-assisted diagnosis (COMP-DIAG) tool for exclusion of OBS-CAD in patients in the emergency department (ED) presenting with chest pain. Three hundred sixty-nine patients in ED without known coronary disease underwent 256-slice CCTA as part of the assessment of chest pain of uncertain origin. COMP-DIAG (CorAnalyzer II) automatically reported presence or exclusion of OBS-CAD (>50% stenosis, ≥1 vessel). Performance characteristics of COMP-DIAG for exclusion and detection of OBS-CAD were determined using expert reading as the reference standard. Seventeen (5%) studies were unassessable by COMP-DIAG software, and 352 patients (1,056 vessels) were therefore available for analysis. COMP-DIAG identified 33% of assessable studies as having OBS-CAD, but the prevalence of OBS-CAD on CCTA was only 18% (66 of 352 patients) by standard expert reading. However, COMP-DIAG correctly identified 61 of the 66 patients (93%) with OBS-CAD with 21 vessels (2%) with OBS-CAD misclassified as negative. In conclusion, compared to expert reading, automated computer-assisted diagnosis using the CorAnalyzer showed high sensitivity but only moderate specificity for detection of obstructive coronary disease in patients in ED who underwent 256-slice CCTA. The high negative predictive value of this computer-assisted algorithm may be useful in the ED setting. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Coronary artery disease-associated genetic variants and biomarkers of inflammation

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    Christiansen, Morten Krogh; Larsen, Sanne Bøjet; Nyegaard, Mette

    2017-01-01

    INTRODUCTION:Genetic constitution and inflammation both contribute to development of coronary artery disease (CAD). Several CAD-associated single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) have recently been identified, but their functions are largely unknown. We investigated the associations between CAD...

  16. Genome-Wide Association Study for Coronary Artery Calcification With Follow-Up in Myocardial Infarction

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    O'Donnell, Christopher J.; Kavousi, Maryam; Smith, Albert V.; Kardia, Sharon L. R.; Feitosa, Mary F.; Hwang, Shih-Jen; Sun, Yan V.; Province, Michael A.; Aspelund, Thor; Dehghan, Abbas; Hoffmann, Udo; Bielak, Lawrence F.; Zhang, Qunyuan; Eiriksdottir, Gudny; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Fox, Caroline S.; de Andrade, Mariza; Kraja, Aldi T.; Sigurdsson, Sigurdur; Elias-Smale, Suzette E.; Murabito, Joanne M.; Launer, Lenore J.; van der Lugt, Aad; Kathiresan, Sekar; Krestin, Gabriel P.; Herrington, David M.; Howard, Timothy D.; Liu, Yongmei; Post, Wendy S.; Mitchell, Braxton D.; O'Connell, Jeffrey R.; Shen, Haiqing; Shuldiner, Alan R.; Altshuler, David; Elosua, Roberto; Salomaa, Veikko; Schwartz, Stephen M.; Siscovick, David S.; Voight, Benjamin F.; Bis, Joshua C.; Glazer, Nicole L.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Boerwinkle, Eric; Heiss, Gerardo; Blankenberg, Stefan; Zeller, Tanja; Wild, Philipp S.; Schnabel, Renate B.; Schillert, Arne; Ziegler, Andreas; Muenzel, Thomas; White, Charles C.; Rotter, Jerome I.; Nalls, Michael; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Johnson, Andrew D.; Newman, Anne B.; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; Massaro, Joseph M.; Cunningham, Julie; Harris, Tamara B.; Hofman, Albert; Peyser, Patricia A.; Borecki, Ingrid B.; Cupples, L. Adrienne; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Witteman, Jacqueline C. M.

    2011-01-01

    Background-Coronary artery calcification (CAC) detected by computed tomography is a noninvasive measure of coronary atherosclerosis, which underlies most cases of myocardial infarction (MI). We sought to identify common genetic variants associated with CAC and further investigate their associations

  17. Changes of protein kinase Calpha and cyclin D1 expressions in pulmonary arteries from smokers with and without chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Xaing, Min; Liu, Xiansheng; Zeng, Daxiong; Wang, Ran; Xu, Yongjian

    2010-04-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate the changes of protein kinase Calpha (PKCalpha) and cyclin D1 expressions in pulmonary arteries from smokers with normal lung function and smokers with mild to moderate chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). The peripheral lung tissues were obtained from 10 non-smokers with normal lung function (non-smoker group), 14 smokers with normal lung function (smoker group), 11 smokers with mild to moderate COPD (COPD group). The morphological changes of pulmonary arteries were observed by HE-staining. The expressions of alpha-smooth muscle actin (alpha-SMA), proliferating cell nuclear antigen (PCNA), PKCalpha and cyclin D1 proteins in pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) were immunohistochemically determined. The percentages of PCNA-positive cells were taken as the smooth muscle cells proliferation index (PI). The mRNA expressions of PKCalpha and cyclin D1 in PASMCs were evaluated by real-time fluorescence PCR. Morphometrical analysis showed that the ratio of pulmonary artery wall area to total area (WA%) in smoker group and COPD group was significantly greater than that in non-smoker group (P<0.01). The PASMCs proliferation index in smoker group and COPD group was significantly higher than that in nonsmoker group (P<0.01). The protein levels of PKCalpha and cyclin D1 in PASMCs were significantly increased in smoker group and COPD group as compared with non-smoker group (P<0.01). The mRNA expressions of PKCalpha and cyclin D1 in PASMCs were significantly elevated in smoker group and COPD group as compared with non-smoker group (P<0.01). Significant correlations were found between PKCalpha protein and WA% or PI (P<0.01). Correlations between cyclin D1 protein and WA% or PI also existed (P<0.01). The expression of PKCalpha was positively correlated with the expression of cyclin D1 at both protein and mRNA levels (P<0.01). In conclusion, increased expressions of PKCalpha and cyclin D1 might be involved in the

  18. Association of lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 mass with asymptomatic cerebral artery stenosis.

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    Wang, Youxin; Zhou, Bin; Zhou, Pingan; Yao, Yan; Cui, Qinghua; Liu, Yingping; Yang, Jichun; Wu, Shouling; Zhao, Xingquan; Zhou, Yong

    2018-02-09

    Cerebral artery stenosis (CAS) is the most important causes of ischaemic stroke. Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) plays 2 diverse roles in atherosclerosis (pro-inflammatory and anti-inflammatory), and the association between Lp-PLA2 mass and cardiovascular or cerebrovascular events is inconsistent among previous studies. A cross-sectional study including 2012 North Chinese adults aged ≥40 years was performed in 2010-2011 to investigate whether Lp-PLA2 mass is associated with asymptomatic cerebral artery stenosis (ACAS). Serum Lp-PLA2 mass was determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). All participants underwent transcranial Doppler (TCD) and bilateral carotid duplex ultrasound to evaluate intracranial artery stenosis (ICAS) and extracranial arterial stenosis (ECAS). The median serum Lp-PLA2 mass of the participants was 140.74 ng/mL (interquartile range: 131.79-158.07 ng/mL). The adjusted odds ratio (OR) when comparing the 4th quartile to the 1st quartile of Lp-PLA2 was 1.98 (95% confidence interval (CI): 1.42-2.78), 1.79 (95% CI: 1.08-2.94) and 1.87 (95% CI: 1.28-2.73) for the occurrence of ACAS, asymptomatic ECAS and asymptomatic ICAS, respectively, after controlling for vascular risk factors. These independently significant associations remained statistically significant in the male or elderly subgroups, but not in females or middle-aged participants. Lp-PLA2 mass is positively correlated with subclinical atherosclerosis determined by ACAS, ICAS and ECAS in North Chinese, particularly in male and older participants, suggesting that serum Lp-PLA2 mass might be potential biomarker for the detection of ACAS in the adults. © 2018 The Authors. Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd and Foundation for Cellular and Molecular Medicine.

  19. Multiple arterial thromboses associated with anabolic androgenic steroids.

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    McCulloch, Neil Arthur; Abbas, Jonathan Raihan; Simms, Malcolm Harold

    2014-03-01

    The use of supraphysiological doses of anabolic androgenic steroids can have serious side effects. This article reports the case of a young man who suffered potentially life-threatening arterial thromboses following the use of these drugs.

  20. Anomalies associated with single umbilical artery at perinatal autopsy.

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    Nayak, Shalini S; Shukla, Anju; Girisha, Katta M

    2015-01-01

    We evaluated 214 fetuses sent for autopsy with gestational ages ranging from 12 to 39 weeks. Of these, seventeen fetuses (7.9%) had single umbilical artery. Thirteen of these fetuses were aborted after antenatal detection of severe malformations and 4 died in utero. Genito-urinary system (n=6) and central nervous system (n=4) were the most common sites of involvement. Presence of single umbilical artery warrants a detailed evaluation of the fetus for other anomalies.

  1. Atrophic gastritis is associated with coronary artery disease

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    Senmaru, Takafumi; Fukui, Michiaki; Tanaka, Muhei; Kuroda, Masaaki; Yamazaki, Masahiro; Oda, Yohei; Naito, Yuji; Hasegawa, Goji; Toda, Hitoshi; Yoshikawa, Toshikazu; Nakamura, Naoto

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    Atrophic gastritis is characterized by chronic inflammation of gastric mucosa by Helicobacter pylori infection and other factors. Helicobacter pylori infection has been linked to coronary artery disease. To our knowledge, however, no reports are available on the relationship between atrophic gastritis and coronary artery disease. In this study, we investigated the relationship between atrophic gastritis, which is diagnosed based on serum pepsinogen levels (pepsinogen I ≤ 70 ng/mL and pepsinog...

  2. Association of plasma adipokines with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease severity and progression.

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    Oh, Yeon-Mok; Jeong, Byeong-Ho; Woo, Sook-Young; Kim, Su-Young; Kim, Hojoong; Lee, Ji-Hyun; Lim, Seong Yong; Rhee, Chin Kook; Yoo, Kwang Ha; Lee, Jin Hwa; Yoon, Hyoung Kyu; Sin, Don D; Lee, Sang-Do; Kim, Eun Kyung; Park, Hye Yun

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    Two adipokines, leptin and adiponectin, regulate metabolic and inflammatory systems reciprocally. The role of adiponectin in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) has been studied. However, there are few data evaluating the relationship of plasma leptin with COPD severity or progression. The objective of this study was to evaluate the relationship of leptin, adiponectin, and the leptin/adiponectin ratio with COPD severity and progression according to COPD phenotypes. Plasma leptin and adiponectin levels were measured in 196 subjects with COPD selected from the Korean Obstructive Lung Disease cohort. Using a linear regression model and mixed linear regression, we determined the relationship of plasma leptin and adiponectin levels and the leptin/adiponectin ratio to COPD severity and progression over 3 years. The concentration of adiponectin in plasma positively correlated with percent emphysema on initial computed tomography (CT) (adjusted P = 0.022), whereas plasma leptin concentrations and the leptin/adiponectin ratio exhibited a significant inverse correlation with initial FEV1 (adjusted P = 0.013 for leptin and adjusted P = 0.041 for leptin/adiponectin ratio). Increased plasma leptin and leptin/adiponectin ratio were significantly associated with change in percent emphysema over 3 years (adjusted P = 0.037 for leptin and adjusted P = 0.029 for leptin/adiponectin ratio), whereas none of the adipokines demonstrated an association with FEV1 decline over the 3-year period. Plasma adiponectin and leptin vary according to COPD phenotypes. Plasma leptin and the leptin/adiponectin ratio, but not adiponectin, were significantly associated with changes in CT-assessed emphysema, suggesting a potential role as a biomarker in emphysema progression in patients with COPD.

  3. Long sleep duration associated with a higher risk of increased arterial stiffness in males.

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    Tsai, Tsai-Chen; Wu, Jin-Shang; Yang, Yi-Ching; Huang, Ying-Hsiang; Lu, Feng-Hwa; Chang, Chih-Jen

    2014-08-01

    We aimed to examine the association between sleep duration and arterial stiffness among adults of different ages, because to date there has been only one study on this relationship, which was confined to middle-aged civil servants. Cross-sectional study. A health examination center in National Cheng Kung University Hospital, Taiwan. A total of 3,508 subjects, age 20-87 y, were enrolled after excluding those with a history of cerebrovascular events, coronary artery disease, peripheral artery disease, and taking lipid-lowering drugs, antihypertensives, hypoglycemic agents, and anti-inflammatory drugs, from October 2006 to August 2009. N/A. SLEEP DURATION WAS CLASSIFIED INTO THREE GROUPS: short (long (> 8 h). Arterial stiffness was measured by brachial-ankle pulse-wave velocity (baPWV), and increased arterial stiffness was defined as baPWV ≥ 1400 cm/sec. The sleep duration was different for subjects with and without increased arterial stiffness in males, but not in females. In the multivariate analysis for males, long sleepers (odds ratio [OR] 1.75, P = 0.034) but not short sleepers (OR 0.98, P = 0.92) had a higher risk of increased arterial stiffness. In addition, age, estimated glomerular filtration rate, hypertension, diabetes, total cholesterol/high-density lipoprotein cholesterol ratio, cigarette smoking, and exercise were also independently associated factors. However, in females, neither short nor long sleep duration was associated with increased arterial stiffness. Long sleep duration was associated with a higher risk of increased arterial stiffness in males. Short sleepers did not exhibit a significant risk of increased arterial stiffness in either sex. Tsai TC, Wu JS, Yang YC, Huang YH, Lu FH, Chang CJ. Long sleep duration associated with a higher risk of increased arterial stiffness in males. SLEEP 2014;37(8):1315-1320.

  4. Mediastinal pulmonary artery is associated with greater artery diameter and lingular division volume.

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    Dejima, Hitoshi; Takahashi, Yusuke; Hato, Tai; Seto, Katsutoshi; Mizuno, Tetsuya; Kuroda, Hiroaki; Sakakura, Noriaki; Kawamura, Masafumi; Sakao, Yukinori

    2017-04-28

    Pulmonary vessels have numerous variation and aberrant branching patterns. Mediastinal lingular artery (MLA), the most common aberrant branch, might contribute to greater blood flow to lingular division. Hence, we investigated a correlation between lingular division volume and MLA using three-dimensional CT volumetry. We included 199 consecutive patients who underwent surveillance chest CT to detect possible malignancies in April 2015. We measured lingular division volume and cross-sectional area of lingular arteries using three-dimensional CT volumetry. MLA was identified in 58 cases (29.1%). The MLA group had significantly greater lingular division volume (median ± quartile deviation: 378.3 ± 75.5 mL vs. 330.0 ± 87.5 mL; p = 0.021) and percentage lingular division to left lung volume (19.0 ± 2.62% vs. 16.6 ± 2.39%; p MLA group. Total cross-sectional area of lingular arteries of the MLA group was significantly larger than that of the non-MLA group (46.1 ± 9.46 vs. 40.2 ± 5.76 mm2; p = 0.003). The total cross-sectional area of the lingular arteries strongly correlated to the percentage of lingular division to left lung volume (r = 0.689, p < 0.001). This is the first report demonstrating a positive correlation between branching pattern of pulmonary artery and lung volume.

  5. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with interdialytic weight gain and increased long-term cardiovascular events in hemodialysis patients.

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    Harmon, Rebeca R; De Lima, Jose Jayme G; Drager, Luciano F; Portilho, Natanael P; Costa-Hong, Valéria; Bortolotto, Luiz A; Lorenzi-Filho, Geraldo; Canziani, Maria Eugênia F

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    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is common in hemodialysis (HD) patients. The reasons for the high prevalence and whether OSA is associated with vascular impairment, end-organ damage, and prognosis are not completely clear. We evaluated patients with low cardiovascular risk on HD, not treated by CPAP. Laboratory tests, sleep questionnaires (Berlin and Epworth) and polysonography studies, echocardiography, and markers of arterial stiffness and atherosclerosis were performed. After the initial evaluation, patients were followed up until cardiovascular events, renal transplantation, or death. Fifty-five patients (49% male, 50 ± 9 years, body mass index 24.7 ± 4.5 kg/m2) were included. OSA (apnea-hypopnea index ≥ 5 events/h) occurred in 73% of the patients. The proportion of patients with interdialytic weight gain > 2 kg was higher in patients with OSA than those without OSA (96 vs. 55%; p = 0.002). Left ventricular (LV) posterior wall thickness (10.0 ± 1.9 vs. 11.3 ± 1.8 mm; p = 0.04) and LV diastolic diameter (48 ± 5 vs. 53 ± 5 mm; p = 0.003) were higher in patients with OSA than in patients without OSA, respectively. Sleep questionnaires did not predict OSA. No significant differences were found in pulse wave velocity, carotid intima-media thickness, and ankle-brachial index between the groups. Multivariate analysis showed that interdialytic weight gain > 2 kg and LV diastolic diameter were independently associated with OSA. On follow-up (median 45 months), OSA was found to be associated with a higher incidence of cardiovascular (CV) events (28 vs. 7%, log-rank = 0.042). OSA was associated with increased risk of CV events. Significant (> 2 kg) interdialytic weight gain was independently associated with OSA.

  6. Single umbilical artery stenosis associated with intrauterine fetal death post-transfusion.

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    Meir, Karen; Yagel, Simcha; Amsalem, Hagai; Ariel, Ilana

    2002-03-01

    Single umbilical artery is among the most common funicular vascular anomalies. In contrast, umbilical artery stenosis is rare, and has only been reported in three-vessel cords. We describe a case of single umbilical artery stenosis in a fetus with no associated malformations. Intrauterine fetal death occurred at 28 weeks' gestation following cordocentesis and intravascular transfusion for Rhesus alloimmunization. Single umbilical artery stenosis may place the fetus at increased risk, particularly in cases requiring interventions involving cord manipulation. Copyright 2002 John Wiley & Sons, Ltd.

  7. Budd-chiari syndrome and renal arterial neurysms due to Behcet disease: a rare association.

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    Batur, Abdussamet; Dorum, Meltem; Yüksekkaya, Hasan Ali; Koc, Osman

    2015-01-01

    Behcet's disease is a multisystemic vasculitis of unknown etiology with a chronic relapsing course. Vasculitis in Behcet's disease with predominant vascular involvement is the only vasculitis that affects both arteries and veins of any size. Involvement of the renal artery and inferior vena cava is rare among the arteries and veins, respectively. When disease affect the veins, it is in the form of thrombosis. Arterial complications include aneurysms, stenosis and occlusions. Both rupture of arterial aneurysm and occlusion of suprahepatic veins, causing Budd-Chiari syndrome, are associated with a high mortality rate. Vascular involvement is more common in male patients than in female patients. Men and patients with a younger age of onset present with a more severe prognosis. In this case report, we describe a very rare cause of intrarenal arterial aneurysm's rupture with previous Budd-Chiari syndrome due to Behcet's disease and successful angiographic embolization of actively bleeding aneurysm.

  8. The association between uric acid levels and different clinical manifestations of coronary artery disease

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    Larsen, Trine R; Gerke, Oke; Diederichsen, Axel C P

    2018-01-01

    AIMS: Uric acid (UA) has been associated with the presence and severity of coronary artery disease. To further assess the role of UA role in coronary artery disease, we investigated UA levels in both healthy asymptomatic middle-aged individuals and in different subgroups of hospitalized patients...

  9. Coronary artery calcification is increased in patients with COPD and associated with increased morbidity and mortality

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    Williams, M. C.; Murchison, J. T.; Edwards, L. D.

    2014-01-01

    Background Coronary artery calcification is pathognomonic of coronary artery disease (CAD). Whether CAD in patients with COPD is linked to lung function, functional capacity and/or clinically relevant outcomes is unknown. The objective was to assess the association between CAD and disease severit...

  10. Pulmonary arterial hypertension and cor pulmonale associated with chronic domestic woodsmoke inhalation

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    Sandoval, J.; Salas, J.; Martinez-Guerra, M.L.; Gomez, A.; Martinez, C.; Portales, A.; Palomar, A.; Villegas, M.; Barrios, R. (Instituto Nacional de Cardiologia, Ignacio Chavez, Mexico City (Mexico))

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    We describe the clinical, radiologic, functional, and pulmonary hemodynamic characteristics of a group of 30 nonsmoking patients with a lung disease that may be related to intense, long-standing indoor wood-smoke exposure. The endoscopic and some of the pathologic findings are also presented. Intense and prolonged wood-smoke inhalation may produce a chronic pulmonary disease that is similar in many aspects to other forms of inorganic dust-exposure interstitial lung disease. It affects mostly country women in their 60s, and severe dyspnea and cough are the outstanding complaints. The chest roentgenograms show a diffuse, bilateral, reticulonodular pattern, combined with normalized or hyperinflated lungs, as well as indirect signs of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). On the pulmonary function test the patients show a mixed restrictive-obstructive pattern with severe hypoxemia and variable degrees of hypercapnia. Endoscopic findings are those of acute and chronic bronchitis and intense anthracotic staining of the airways appears to be quite characteristic. Fibrous and inflammatory focal thickening of the alveolar septa as well as diffuse parenchymal anthracotic deposits are the most prominent pathologic findings, although inflammatory changes of the bronchial epithelium are also present. The patients had severe PAH in which, as in other chronic lung diseases, chronic alveolar hypoxia may play the main pathogenetic role. However, PAH in wood-smoke inhalation-associated lung disease (WSIALD) appears to be more severe than in other forms of interstitial lung disease and tobacco-related COPD. The patients we studied are a selected group and they may represent one end of the spectrum of the WSIALD.

  11. The association of breast arterial calcification and metabolic syndrome

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    Seyma Yildiz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: We investigated the relationship between metabolic syndrome and breast arterial calcification detected via mammography in a cohort of postmenopausal subjects. METHODS: Among 837 patients referred to our radiology department for mammographic screening, 310 postmenopausal females (105 patients with and 205 patients without breast arterial calcification aged 40 to 73 (mean 55.9±8.4 years were included in this study. The groups were compared with respect to clinical characteristics and metabolic syndrome criteria. Univariate and multivariate analyses identified the factors related to breast arterial calcification. RESULTS: Age, postmenopausal duration and the frequencies of diabetes mellitus, hypertension and metabolic syndrome were significantly higher in the subjects with breast arterial calcification than in those without (p<0.05. Multivariate analysis indicated that age (OR = 1.3, 95% CI = 1.1-1.6, p = 0.001 and metabolic syndrome (OR = 4.0, 95% CI = 1.5−10.4, p = 0.005 were independent predictors of breast arterial calcification detected via mammography. The independent predictors among the features of metabolic syndrome were low levels of high-density lipoproteins (OR = 8.1, 95% CI = 1.0−64.0, p = 0.047 and high blood pressure (OR = 8.7, 95% CI = 1.5−49.7, p = 0.014. CONCLUSIONS: The likelihood of mammographic detection of breast arterial calcification increases with age and in the presence of hypertension or metabolic syndrome. For patients undergoing screening mammography who present with breast arterial calcification, the possibility of metabolic syndrome should be considered. These patients should be informed of their cardiovascular risk factors and counseled on appropriate lifestyle changes.

  12. Bronchial compression in an infant with isolated secundum atrial septal defect associated with severe pulmonary arterial hypertension

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    Sung-Hee Park

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Symptomatic pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH in patients with isolated atrial septal defect (ASD is rare during infancy. We report a case of isolated ASD with severe PAH in an infant who developed airway obstruction as cardiomegaly progressed. The patient presented with recurrent severe respiratory insufficiency and failure to thrive before the repair of the ASD. Echocardiography confirmed volume overload on the right side of heart and severe PAH (tricuspid regurgitation [TR] with a peak pressure gradient of 55 to 60 mmHg. The chest radiographs demonstrated severe collapse of both lung fields, and a computed tomography scan showed narrowing of the main bronchus because of an intrinsic cause, as well as a dilated pulmonary artery compressing the main bronchus on the left and the intermediate bronchus on the right. ASD patch closure was performed when the infant was 8 months old. After the repair of the ASD, echocardiography showed improvement of PAH (TR with a peak pressure gradient of 22 to 26 mmHg, and the patient has not developed recurrent respiratory infections while showing successful catch-up growth. In infants with symptomatic isolated ASD, especially in those with respiratory insufficiency associated with severe PAH, extrinsic airway compression should be considered. Correcting any congenital heart diseases in these patients may improve their symptoms.

  13. Association of depression with disease severity in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Kim, Ki Uk; Park, Hye-Kyung; Jung, Hee Young; Ahn, Jong-Joon; Moon, Eunsoo; Kim, Yun Seong; Lee, Min Ki; Lee, Haejung

    2014-04-01

    Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), which is predicted to be the third most common cause of death worldwide by 2020, often suffer from depression, one of the most common and modifiable comorbidities of COPD. This study assessed the prevalence of depression in patients with COPD and the association of depression with disease severity. This was a multicenter, prospective cross-sectional study of 245 patients with stable COPD. Disease severity was assessed using two scales: the global initiative for chronic obstructive lung disease (GOLD) stage and BODE index. Depression was measured using the Centers for Epidemiologic Studies Depression (CES-D) scales. Data were analyzed using descriptive statistics, Spearman correlation, and multivariate logistic regression. Depression defined as a CES-D score of 24 and higher was observed in 17.6 % of patients with COPD. The prevalence of depression increased with disease severity based on the BODE quartile (r = 0.16; P = 0.014). By contrast, no difference was observed in the prevalence of depression among the severity groups using the GOLD staging system (r = - 0.01; P = 0.898). Elementary school graduates were more likely to experience depression than graduates of high school and above [odds ratio (OR) = 3.67; 95 % confidence interval (CI) 1.37-9.85] and patients in BODE quartile II were more likely to experience depression than those with BODE quartile I (OR = 2.5; 95 % CI  1.04-6.06). Depression was associated with disease severity according to the BODE quartile in patients with COPD. BODE quartile II was a significant predictor of depression. Screening patients with a high risk of depression and proactive intervention for those patients are needed.

  14. Is pseudoexfoliation syndrome associated with coronary artery disease?

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    Emiroglu, Mehmet Yunus; Coskun, Erol; Karapinar, Hekim; Capkın, Musa; Kaya, Zekeriya; Kaya, Hasan; Akcakoyun, Mustafa; Kargin, Ramazan; Simsek, Zeki; Acar, Göksel; Aung, Soe Moe; Pala, Selcuk; Özdemir, Burak; Esen, Ali Metin; Kırma, Cevat

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    Background: Pseudoexfoliation syndrome (PEX) is recognised by chronic deposition of abnormal pseudoexfoliation material on anterior segment structures of the eye, especially the anterior lens capsule. In recent years, several studies have shown the presence of vascular, cardiac and other organ pseudoexfoliative material in patients with ocular pseudoexfoliation. Aims: The purpose of this study is to determine whether an association exists between ocular pseudoexfoliation and coronary artery disease, aortic aneurysms and peripheric vascular disease. Patients and Methods: 490 patients who underwent coronary angiography (CAG) at Kosuyolu Cardiovascula Research and Training Hospital were included in the study. Patients were evaluated for conventional risk factors such as age, sex, family history, hypertension, diabetes, dislipidemia and smoking. Detailed eye examinations including evaluation of lens were done in all patients. The presence of PEX material in the anterior segment was best appreciated by slit lamp after pupillary dilation. The patients were divided into two groups according to the presence of PEX, and compared for the presence of CAD and other risk factors. Results: CAD was present in 387 patients. 103 patients had normal coronary angiography. 20 (5.2 %) of CAD patients and 4 (3.9%) of normal CAG patients were found to have PEX (p>0.05). There was no significant relationship between CAD and the presence of PEX (p>0.05). When patients were grouped according to the presence of PEX, only age was significantly different between the two groups (r: 0.25, p<0.001). Conclusion: There is no significant relationship between the presence of PEX and CAD. Further studies in larger scales with elderly population may be more valuable. PMID:22558552

  15. [Efficacy and safety of different beta-blockers in patients with isolated systolic hypertension associated with diabetes mellitus and obstructive pulmonary diseases].

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    Kukes, V G; Ostroumova, O D; Mamaev, V I; Batutina, A M; Abakumov, Iu E; Zykova, A A

    2003-01-01

    To compare efficacy and safety of atenolol, methoprolol and bisoprolol, as the most usable beta-blockers, in patients with isolated systolic arterial hypertension (ISAH) and concomitant diabetes mellitus (DM) and/or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Forty tow patients with ISAH and coronary heart disease, 30 patients with these diseases associated with DM and 32 patients with associated COPD were randomized into three groups. Group 1 received atenolol in a dose 25 mg twice a day, group 2--metoprolol tartrate in a dose 25-50 mg twice a day, group 3--bisoprolol in a single dose 5-10 mg/day. All the patients were examined before the treatment and in 8 weeks. Arterial pressure was assessed at 24-h monitoring (ABPM-04 unit, Mediteck, Hungary) and quality of life (QL) was estimated by DISS Disability Scale. In addition, blood glucose was measured in patients with concomitant DM, external respiration function (ERF) was studied before and after the treatment in patients with concomitant COPD. In all ISAH patients there was a significant fall of systolic arterial pressure and heart rate. 2 hours after intake of atenolol and methoprolol blood glucose lowered significantly in diabetics as well as peak volume expiration velocity in patients with COPD. In the bisoprolol group ERF and blood glucose in DM and COPD patients remained unchanged. Atenolol deteriorated QL by the "job" and "social life" scales, methoprolol--by the scale "job" while bisoprolol improved the above parameters. The results of bisoprolol treatment are better than those of methoprolol and atenolol treatment of hypertensive patients with concomitant DM and COPD.

  16. Correlation Between Aortic Valve Sclerosis and Coronary Artery Disease: A Cross - Sectional Study

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    Afsoon Fazlinezhad

    2013-05-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Aortic valve sclerosisis considered as a manifestation of coronary atherosclerosis. Recent studies demonstrated an association between aortic valve sclerosis and obstructive coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluatethe correlation betweenaortic valve sclerosis andobstructive coronary artery disease and the extent of coronary artery disease in patients hospitalized for chest pain. Materials and Methods: A total of 230 consecutive patients were referred to the coronary angiography of GhaemMedical Center and were subjected to transthorasic echocardiography for screening of aortic valve sclerosis and coronary risk assessment. The diagnostic value of obstructive coronary artery disease for aortic valve sclerosis was calculated. Results: The patients with obstructive coronary artery disease had a higher prevalence of aortic valve sclerosis compared to those with no coronary artery disease (P< 0.05. Aortic valve sclerosis was an independent predictor for obstructive coronary artery disease by multivariate analysis (P< 0.05. Aortic valve sclerosis had sensitivity of 47% and specificity of 79% and positive predictor value of 92%. Conclusions: Aortic valve sclerosis was an independent predictor for obstructive coronary artery disease in patients with chest pain and was strongly interrelated with the extent of coronary artery disease in these patients.

  17. Diabetes Mellitus Associates with Increased Right Ventricular Afterload and Remodeling in Pulmonary Arterial Hypertension.

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    Whitaker, Morgan E; Nair, Vineet; Sinari, Shripad; Dherange, Parinita; Natarajan, Balaji; Trutter, Lindsey; Brittain, Evan L; Hemnes, Anna R; Austin, Eric; Patel, Kumar; Black, Stephen M; Garcia, Joe G N; Yuan, Jason X; Vanderpool, Rebecca; Rischard, Franz; Makino, Ayako; Bedrick, Edward J; Desai, Ankit A

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    Diabetes mellitus is associated with left ventricular hypertrophy and dysfunction. Parallel studies have also reported associations between diabetes mellitus and right ventricle dysfunction and reduced survival in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. However, the impact of diabetes mellitus on the pulmonary vasculature has not been well-characterized. We hypothesized that diabetes mellitus and hyperglycemia could specifically influence right ventricular afterload and remodeling in patients with Group I pulmonary arterial hypertension, providing a link to their known susceptibility to right ventricular dysfunction. Using an adjusted model for age, gender, pulmonary vascular resistance, and medication use, associations of fasting blood glucose, glycated hemoglobin, and the presence of diabetes mellitus were evaluated with markers of disease severity in 162 patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension. A surrogate measure of increased pulmonary artery stiffness, elevated pulmonary arterial elastance (P=0.012), along with reduced log(pulmonary artery capacitance) (P=0.006) were significantly associated with the presence of diabetes mellitus in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension in a fully adjusted model. Similar associations between pulmonary arterial elastance and capacitance were noted with both fasting blood glucose and glycated hemoglobin. Furthermore, right ventricular wall thickness on echocardiography was greater in pulmonary arterial hypertension patients with diabetes, supporting the link between right ventricular remodeling and diabetes. Cumulatively, these data demonstrate that an increase in right ventricular afterload, beyond pulmonary vascular resistance alone, may influence right ventricular remodeling and provide a mechanistic link between the susceptibility to right ventricular dysfunction in patients with both diabetes mellitus and pulmonary arterial hypertension. Copyright © 2018. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  18. Genome-wide association analyses for lung function and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease identify new loci and potential druggable targets

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    Wain, Louise V.; Shrine, Nick R. G.; Artigas, Maria Soler; Erzurumluoglu, A Mesut; Noyvert, Boris; Bossini-Castillo, Lara; Obeidat, Ma'en; Henrys, Amanda P.; Portelli, Michael A.; Hall, Robert J; Billington, Charlotte K.; Rimington, Tracy L; Fenech, Anthony G; John, Catherine; Blake, Tineka; Jackson, Victoria E.; Allen, Richard J; Prins, Bram P.; Campbell, Archie; Porteous, David J.; Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Wielscher, Matthias; Jamess, Alan L.; Hui, Jennie; Wareham, Nicholas J.; Zhao, Jing Hua; Wilson, James F.; Joshi, Peter K.; Stubbe, Beate; Rawal, Rajesh; Schulz, Holger; Imboden, Medea; Probst-Hensch, Nicole M.; Karrasch, Stefan; Gieger, Christian; Deary, Ian J.; Harris, Sarah E.; Marten, Jonathan; Rudan, Igor; Enroth, Stefan; Gyllensten, Ulf; Kerr, Shona M.; Polasek, Ozren; Kahonen, Mika; Surakka, Ida; Vitart, Veronique; Hayward, Caroline; Lehtimaki, Terho; Raitakari, Olli T.; Evans, David M.; Henderson, A. John; Pennell, Craig E.; Wang, Carol A.; Sly, Peter D.; Wan, Emily S; Busch, Robert; Hobbs, Brian D; Litonjua, Augusto; Sparrow, David W; Gulsvik, Amund; Bakke, Per S.; Crapo, James D.; Beaty, Terri H.; Hansel, Nadia N.; Mathias, Rasika A.; Ruczinski, Ingo; Barnes, Kathleen C.; Bosse, Yohan; Joubert, Philippe; van den Berge, Maarten; Brandsma, Corry-Anke; Pare, Peter D.; Sin, Don; Nickle, David C.; Hao, Ke; Gottesman, Omri; Dewey, Frederick E; Bruse, Shannon E; Carey, David J.; Kirchner, H Lester; Jonsson, Stefan; Thorleifsson, Gudmar; Jonsdottir, Ingileif; Gislason, Thorarinn; Stefansson, Kari; Schurmann, Claudia; Nadkarni, Girish N; Bottinger, Erwin P.; Loos, Ruth J. F.; Walters, Robin G.; Chen, Zhengming; Millwood, Iona Y; Vaucher, Julien; Kurmi, Om P; Li, Liming; Hansell, Anna L.; Brightling, Chris; Zeggini, Eleftheria; Cho, Michael H.; Silverman, Edwin K.; Sayers, Ian; Trynka, Gosia; Morris, Andrew P.; Strachan, David P.; Halls, Ian P.; Tobin, Martin D.

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is characterized by reduced lung function and is the third leading cause of death globally. Through genome-wide association discovery in 48,943 individuals, selected from extremes of the lung function distribution in UK Biobank, and follow-up in 95,375

  19. Genetic loci associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap with loci for lung function and pulmonary fibrosis

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    Hobbs, Brian D; de Jong, Kim; Lamontagne, Maxime; Bossé, Yohan; Shrine, Nick; Artigas, María Soler; Wain, Louise V; Hall, Ian P; Jackson, Victoria E; Wyss, Annah B; London, Stephanie J; North, Kari E; Franceschini, Nora; Strachan, David P; Beaty, Terri H; Hokanson, John E; Crapo, James D; Castaldi, Peter J; Chase, Robert P; Bartz, Traci M; Heckbert, Susan R; Psaty, Bruce M; Gharib, Sina A; Zanen, Pieter; Lammers, Jan W; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Groen, H J; Locantore, Nicholas; Tal-Singer, Ruth; Rennard, Stephen I; Vestbo, Jørgen; Timens, Wim; Paré, Peter D; Latourelle, Jeanne C; Dupuis, Josée; O'Connor, George T; Wilk, Jemma B; Kim, Woo Jin; Lee, Mi Kyeong; Oh, Yeon-Mok; Vonk, Judith M; de Koning, Harry J; Leng, Shuguang; Belinsky, Steven A; Tesfaigzi, Yohannes; Manichaikul, Ani; Wang, Xin-Qun; Rich, Stephen S; Barr, R Graham; Sparrow, David; Litonjua, Augusto A; Bakke, Per; Gulsvik, Amund; Lahousse, Lies; Brusselle, Guy G; Stricker, Bruno H; Uitterlinden, André G; Ampleford, Elizabeth J; Bleecker, Eugene R; Woodruff, Prescott G; Meyers, Deborah A; Qiao, Dandi; Lomas, David A; Yim, Jae-Joon; Kim, Deog Kyeom; Hawrylkiewicz, Iwona; Sliwinski, Pawel; Hardin, Megan; Fingerlin, Tasha E; Schwartz, David A; Postma, Dirkje S; MacNee, William; Tobin, Martin D; Silverman, Edwin K; Boezen, H Marike; Cho, Michael H

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of mortality worldwide. We performed a genetic association study in 15,256 cases and 47,936 controls, with replication of select top results (P < 5 × 10(-6)) in 9,498 cases and 9,748 controls. In the combined meta-analysis, we

  20. Genetic loci associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease overlap with loci for lung function and pulmonary fibrosis

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    Hobbs, Brian D.; de Jong, Kim; Lamontagne, Maxime; Bosse, Yohan; Shrine, Nick; Artigas, Maria Soler; Wain, Louise V.; Hall, Ian P.; Jackson, Victoria E.; Wyss, Annah B.; London, Stephanie J.; North, Kari E.; Franceschini, Nora; Strachan, David P.; Beaty, Terri H.; Hokanson, John E.; Crapo, James D.; Castaldi, Peter J.; Chase, Robert P.; Bartz, Traci M.; Heckbert, Susan R.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Gharib, Sina A.; Zanen, Pieter; Lammers, Jan W.; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Groen, H. J.; Locantore, Nicholas; Tal-Singer, Ruth; Rennard, Stephen I.; Vestbo, Jurgen; Timens, Wim; Pare, Peter D.; Latourelle, Jeanne C.; Dupuis, Josee; O'Connor, George T.; Wilk, Jemma B.; Kim, Woo Jin; Lee, Mi Kyeong; Oh, Yeon-Mok; Vonk, Judith M.; de Koning, Harry J.; Leng, Shuguang; Belinsky, Steven A.; Tesfaigzi, Yohannes; Manichaikul, Ani; Wang, Xin-Qun; Rich, Stephen S.; Barr, R. Graham; Sparrow, David; Litonjua, Augusto A.; Bakke, Per; Gulsvik, Amund; Lahousse, Lies; Brusselle, Guy G.; Stricker, Bruno H.; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; Ampleford, Elizabeth J.; Bleecker, Eugene R.; Woodruff, Prescott G.; Meyers, Deborah A.; Qiao, Dandi; Lomas, David A.; Yim, Jae-Joon; Kim, Deog Kyeom; Hawrylkiewicz, Iwona; Sliwinski, Pawel; Hardin, Megan; Fingerlin, Tasha E.; Schwartz, David A.; Postma, Dirkje S.; MacNee, William; Tobin, Martin D.; Silverman, Edwin K.; Boezen, H. Marike; Cho, Michael H.

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is a leading cause of mortality worldwide(1). We performed a genetic association study in 15,256 cases and 47,936 controls, with replication of select top results (P <5 x 10(-6)) in 9,498 cases and 9,748 controls. In the combined meta-analysis, we

  1. Association of surfactant protein B gene with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease susceptibility.

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    Yang, J; Wang, B; Zhou, H-X; Liang, B-M; Chen, H; Ma, C-L; Xiao, J; Deng, J; Yan, L; Chen, Y-P; Chen, C-L; Chen, F; Ou, X-M; Feng, Y-L

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    Genetic predisposition, in addition to smoking, is known to play a key role in susceptibility to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Several candidate genes have been proposed for COPD, including surfactant protein B (SFTPB). However, large studies in populations with different ethnic backgrounds and environments are required to clarify the role of SFTPB in COPD. We investigated the association of SFTPB polymorphisms with COPD susceptibility and lung function in a Chinese Han population. Four single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in the SFTPB gene were genotyped in 680 COPD patients and 687 controls. Allele frequencies and genotype distributions were compared between cases and controls and the potential relationships between these SNPs and lung function were investigated. Associations between haplotypes and COPD susceptibility were also assessed. The SFTPB exon polymorphism rs1130866 significantly protected subjects from COPD (adjusted P = 0.004) and was associated with an increase in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)) (adjusted P = 0.014). SFTPB variants are associated with COPD susceptibility and lung function in the Chinese Han population.

  2. Autonomic dysfunction in obstructive sleep apnea is associated with impaired glucose regulation.

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    Peltier, Amanda C; Consens, Flavia B; Sheikh, Kiran; Wang, Lily; Song, Yanna; Russell, James W

    2007-03-01

    Autonomic dysfunction has been theorized to be responsible for the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). Previous studies did not control for the presence of impaired glucose regulation (IGR, comprising impaired fasting glucose (IFG), impaired glucose tolerance (IGT), and diabetes) which is also associated with abnormalities in autonomic function. Thirty-two patients were recruited for the study. Patients underwent autonomic testing consisting of heart rate response to deep breathing, valsalva maneuver, tilt-up, and quantitative sudomotor axon reflex testing. Polysomnography (PSG) and a 2-h oral glucose tolerance test were performed. Results were analyzed with logistic regression, with age, race, body mass index (BMI), and gender as covariates. Nineteen of 24 patients with OSA had abnormal glucose (79%, p=0.04) compared to two of nine patients without OSA. The correlation between IGR, OSA and total autonomic dysfunction was similar (p=.10 for IGR, p=0.06 for OSA). However, cardiac autonomic function was more strongly associated with IGR than OSA (p=.10 vs. 0.50). Age was a significant confounder, as glucose correlated with adrenergic autonomic dysfunction significantly when age was removed from the model (p=0.006). The presence of IGR may be a confounding factor in studies of autonomic function in OSA. Larger studies are needed to delineate whether OSA is directly associated with autonomic dysfunction or whether the previously described association between dysautonomia and OSA may have been due to glucose dysregulation.

  3. Incident stroke is associated with common carotid artery diameter and not common carotid artery intima-media thickness.

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    Polak, Joseph F; Sacco, Ralph L; Post, Wendy S; Vaidya, Dhananjay; Arnan, Martinson Kweku; O'Leary, Daniel H

    2014-05-01

    The common carotid artery interadventitial diameter is measured on ultrasound images as the distance between the media-adventitia interfaces of the near and far walls. It is associated with common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and left ventricular mass and might therefore also have an association with incident stroke. We studied 6255 individuals free of coronary heart disease and stroke at baseline with mean age of 62.2 years (47.3% men), members of a multiethnic community-based cohort of whites, blacks, Hispanics, and Chinese. Ischemic stroke events were centrally adjudicated. Common carotid artery interadventitial diameter and IMT were measured. Cases with incident atrial fibrillation (n=385) were excluded. Multivariable Cox proportional hazards models were generated with time to ischemic event as outcome, adjusting for risk factors. There were 115 first-time ischemic strokes at 7.8 years of follow-up. Common carotid artery interadventitial diameter was a significant predictor of ischemic stroke (hazard ratio, 1.86; 95% confidence interval, 1.59-2.17 per millimeter) and remained so after adjustment for risk factors and common carotid IMT with a hazard ratio of 1.52/mm (95% confidence interval, 1.22-1.88). Common carotid IMT was not an independent predictor after adjustment (hazard ratio, 0.14; 95% confidence interval, 0.14-1.19). Although common carotid IMT is not associated with stroke, interadventitial diameter of the common carotid artery is independently associated with first-time incident ischemic stroke even after adjusting for IMT. Our hypothesis that this is in part attributable to the effects of exposure to blood pressure needs confirmation by other studies. http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00063440.

  4. The association of genome-wide significant spirometric loci with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease susceptibility.

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    Castaldi, Peter J; Cho, Michael H; Litonjua, Augusto A; Bakke, Per; Gulsvik, Amund; Lomas, David A; Anderson, Wayne; Beaty, Terri H; Hokanson, John E; Crapo, James D; Laird, Nan; Silverman, Edwin K

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    Two recent metaanalyses of genome-wide association studies conducted by the CHARGE and SpiroMeta consortia identified novel loci yielding evidence of association at or near genome-wide significance (GWS) with FEV(1) and FEV(1)/FVC. We hypothesized that a subset of these markers would also be associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) susceptibility. Thirty-two single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in or near 17 genes in 11 previously identified GWS spirometric genomic regions were tested for association with COPD status in four COPD case-control study samples (NETT/NAS, the Norway case-control study, ECLIPSE, and the first 1,000 subjects in COPDGene; total sample size, 3,456 cases and 1,906 controls). In addition to testing the 32 spirometric GWS SNPs, we tested a dense panel of imputed HapMap2 SNP markers from the 17 genes located near the 32 GWS SNPs and in a set of 21 well studied COPD candidate genes. Of the previously identified GWS spirometric genomic regions, three loci harbored SNPs associated with COPD susceptibility at a 5% false discovery rate: the 4q24 locus including FLJ20184/INTS12/GSTCD/NPNT, the 6p21 locus including AGER and PPT2, and the 5q33 locus including ADAM19. In conclusion, markers previously associated at or near GWS with spirometric measures were tested for association with COPD status in data from four COPD case-control studies, and three loci showed evidence of association with COPD susceptibility at a 5% false discovery rate.

  5. [Evaluation of a portable device based on peripheral arterial tone in the detection of obstructive sleep apnea].

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    Zhang, Juan; Wang, Chun-yan; Wang, Ning-yu; Liu, Jun-qing; Du, Jing-yan; Zhou, Guo-xia; Yan, Zhan-feng; Wen, Xiao-hui; Li, Li; Liu, Jin-feng

    2012-02-01

    To assess the accuracy of a wrist-worn device (Watch-PAT 200) in the diagnosis of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAHS). Forty-three adult subjects with suspected OSAHS simultaneously had a standard in-laboratory polysomnogram (PSG) and wore the Watch-PAT 200 during a full-night recording. PSG sleep and respiratory events were scored according to standard criteria. The PSG recordings were blindly manually analyzed, while Watch-PAT data were scored automatically based on the algorithm developed previously. The mean age of the subjects was (42.2 ± 12.2) years (x(-) ± s), and mean body mass index was (28.0 ± 3.9) kg/m(2). Mean PSG apnea hypopnea index (AHI) was (34.9 ± 29.9) events per hour, and mean PAT-AHI was (36.0 ± 29.2) events per hour. There was a significant correlation between PAT AHI and AHI by PSG (r = 0.931, P disease severity, while at higher levels of AHI, Watch-PAT underestimated severity. To assess sensitivity and specificity of Watch-PAT, constructed receiver operator characteristic curves using a variety of AHI threshold values (5, 15 and 30 events per hour). For AHI ≥ 5 events per hour as threshold value, the Watch-PAT diagnosing rate was 93%, and sensitivity as well as specificity were 94.7% and 80.0%. The misdiagnosis rate and missed diagnosis rate were 20.0% and 5.3%. Optimal combinations of sensitivity and specificity for the AHI threshold values (15 and 30 events per hour) were 82.6% and 100.0%, 95.0% and 95.7% respectively. The Watch-PAT 200 may offer an accurate, robust, and reliable ambulatory method for the detection of OSAHS, with minimal patient discomfort.

  6. Low-grade inflammation can partly explain the association between the metabolic syndrome and either coronary artery disease or severity of peripheral arterial disease: the CODAM study

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    Jacobs, M.; Greevenbroek, M.M.; Kallen, C.J.; Ferreira, I.; Blaak, E.E.; Feskens, E.J.M.; Jansen, E.H.; Schalkwijk, C.G.; Stehouwer, C.D.

    2009-01-01

    Background Low-grade inflammation has been hypothesized to underlie the coronary artery disease (CAD) risk associated with the metabolic syndrome, but the evidence is not conclusive. For peripheral arterial disease (PAD; as measured by the ankle-arm index), this association has not been studied

  7. Anomalous Origin of the Subclavian Artery Associated with ...

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    Anomalous origin of the right subclavian artery is a well- known anomaly; in most instances it is not responsible for symptoms and is an incidental finding at angiography, surgery or autopsy.'" If symptoms of tracheal compres- sion occur, surgical relief of the abnormal vascular ring is necessary. It is the purpose of this report ...

  8. Closed cervical spine trauma associated with bilateral vertebral artery injuries

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    Kloen, P.; Patterson, J. D.; Wintman, B. I.; Ozuna, R. M.; Brick, G. W.

    1999-01-01

    Bilateral vertebral artery injuries in closed cervical spine injuries are uncommon, but early recognition and treatment are important to prevent neurological deterioration. A case of bilateral vertebral injuries in a 35-year-old motor vehicle accident victim is presented, and the current literature

  9. Closed cervical spine trauma associated with bilateral vertebral artery injuries.

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    Kloen, P; Patterson, J D; Wintman, B I; Ozuna, R M; Brick, G W

    1999-01-01

    Bilateral vertebral artery injuries in closed cervical spine injuries are uncommon, but early recognition and treatment are important to prevent neurological deterioration. A case of bilateral vertebral injuries in a 35-year-old motor vehicle accident victim is presented, and the current literature is reviewed.

  10. Umbilical artery doppler abnormalities and associated factors in ...

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    Background: Umbilical artery (UA) Doppler velocimetry detects foetuses at risk of asphyxia from IUGR before changes in the CTG and biophysical score are evident. This has made it a primary fetal surveillance tool in pre-eclampsia in developed countries with resultant reduction in perinatal mortality by 29%. Iatrogenic ...

  11. Association between the severity of obstructive sleep apnea and the ratio of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol to high-density lipoprotein cholesterol.

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    Kawano, Yoshiyuki; Tamura, Akira; Kadota, Junichi

    2012-02-01

    The positive association between the ratio of serum low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) to serum high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and cardiovascular events has recently been receiving much attention. However, the association between the severity of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and this ratio has not yet been investigated. Accordingly, we sought to clarify this association and the effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) therapy on the ratio. We performed polysomnography and LDL-C/HDL-C measurements in 215 patients who were suspected of having OSA. Furthermore, LDL-C/HDL-C was again evaluated 6 months after polysomnography in 30 OSA patients for whom CPAP therapy was initiated and continued, and in 11 age- and sex-matched OSA patients for whom the therapy could not be initiated. The LDL-C/HDL-C correlated positively with apnea-hypopnea index (ρ = 0.28, P arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation (ρ = -0.30, P arterial oxyhemoglobin saturation) was independently associated with LDL-C/HDL-C. The LDL-C/HDL-C decreased after 6 months in the CPAP group (2.29 ± 0.67 to 2.11 ± 0.74, P = .02), whereas it did not change in the non-CPAP group (2.65 ± 0.82 to 2.62 ± 0.66, P = .81). The severity of OSA was independently associated with LDL-C/HDL-C, and LDL-C/HDL-C was significantly reduced at 6 months after CPAP therapy. These findings suggest that LDL-C/HDL-C increases in proportion to the severity of OSA, which may contribute partly to an increased risk for cardiovascular events in OSA patients. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Association of Brachial-Ankle Pulse Wave Velocity with Asymptomatic Intracranial Arterial Stenosis in Hypertension Patients.

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    Wang, Yan; Zhang, Jin; Qain, Yuesheng; Tang, Xiaofeng; Ling, Huawei; Chen, Kemin; Li, Yan; Gao, Pingjin; Zhu, Dingliang

    2016-08-01

    Intracranial arterial stenosis is a common cause of ischemic stroke in Asians. We therefore sought to explore the relationship of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity and intracranial arterial stenosis in 834 stroke-free hypertensive patients. Intracranial arterial stenosis was evaluated through computerized tomographic angiography. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity was measured by an automated cuff device. The top decile of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity was significantly associated with intracranial arterial stenosis (P = .027, odds ratio = 1.82; 95% confidence interval: 1.07-3.10). The patients with the top decile of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity showed 56% higher risk for the presence of intracranial arterial stenosis to the whole population, which was more significant in patients younger than 65 years old. We also found that brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity related to both intracranial arterial stenosis and homocysteine. Our study showed the association of brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity with asymptomatic intracranial arterial stenosis in hypertension patients, especially in relative younger subjects. Brachial-ankle pulse wave velocity might be a relatively simple and repeatable measurement to detect hypertension patients in high risk of intracranial arterial stenosis. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  13. Association between human cartilage glycoprotein 39 (YKL-40 and arterial stiffness in essential hypertension

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    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background YKL-40, a proposed marker of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, is associated with atherosclerosis and an increased cardiovascular mortality in the general population. However, the relationship between YKL-40 and arterial stiffness in hypertensive patients has not been adequately assessed. Methods The relationship between serum levels of YKL-40 and arterial stiffness was evaluated in 93 essential hypertensive subjects and 80 normal subjects. Essential hypertensive subjects were divided into two groups based upon urinary albumin-to-creatinine ratio (ACR: nonmicroalbuminuric group, (ACR n = 50 and microalbuminuric group (ACR ≥30 mg/g, n = 43. Large artery wall stiffness was assessed by measuring femoral arterial stiffness and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cf-PWV. Serum levels of YKL-40 were determined by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Results The study demonstrated that YKL-40,cf-PWV and femoral arterial stiffness were increased significantly (PPr = 0.44, P = 0.000 and femoral arterial stiffness ( r = 0.42, P =0.001. Multiple linear stepwise regression analysis showed that YKL-40 was the impact factor of arterial stiffness ( P Conclusion YKL-40 levels are elevated in essential hypertension subjects with an independent association between increasing YKL-40 levels and increasing arterial stiffness. The study suggests it played a positive role of YKL-40 in the progressing vascular complications in patients with essential hypertension.

  14. Association between Obstructive Sleep Apnea and Myocardial Infarction: A Systematic Review.

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    Porto, Fernanda; Sakamoto, Yuri Saho; Salles, Cristina

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    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated to cardiovascular risk factors. However, the association between OSA and cardiovascular disease is still controversial. The objective of the present study was to verify the association between OSA and myocardial infarction (MI). This is a systematic review of the literature performed through electronic data sources MEDLINE/PubMed, PubMed Central, Web of Science and BVS -Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (Virtual Health Library). The descriptors used were: 'obstructive sleep apnea' AND 'polysomnography' AND 'myocardial infarction' AND 'adults NOT 'treatment.' The present work analysed three prospective studies, selected from 142 articles. The studies followed a total sample of 5,067 OSA patients, mostly composed by male participants. All patients underwent night polysomnography, and all studies found an association between OSA and fatal and non-fatal cardiovascular outcomes. Thus, we were able to observe that 644 (12.7%) of the 5,067 patients suffered MI or stroke, or required a revascularization procedure, and 25.6% of these cardiovascular events were fatal. MI was responsible for 29.5% of all 644 analysed outcomes. There is an association between OSA and MI, in male patients, and apnea and hypopnea index (AHI) are the most reliable markers. Resumo A apneia obstrutiva do sono (AOS) tem sido associada a fatores de risco cardiovascular, porém a relação entre a AOS e doença cardiovascular ainda é controversa. O objetivo do presente estudo foi verificar a associação entre AOS e infarto do miocárdio (IM). Revisão sistemática de literatura por meio das fontes de dados eletrônicas MEDLINE/PubMed, PubMed Central, Web of Science e Biblioteca Virtual em Saúde (BVS). Os descritores utilizados foram: "obstructive sleep apnea" AND "polysomnography" AND "myocardial infarction" AND "adults" NOT "treatment".O presente trabalho analisou três estudos prospectivos, selecionados dentre 142 artigos encontrados. Os estudos

  15. SYSTEMS BIOLOGY ANALYSES OF GENE EXPRESSION AND GENOME WIDE ASSOCIATION STUDY DATA IN OBSTRUCTIVE SLEEP APNEA

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    LIU, YU; PATEL, SANJAY; NIBBE, ROD; MAXWELL, SEAN; CHOWDHURY, SALIM A.; KOYUTURK, MEHMET; ZHU, XIAOFENG; LARKIN, EMMA K.; BUXBAUM, SARAH G; PUNJABI, NARESH M.; GHARIB, SINA A.; REDLINE, SUSAN; CHANCE, MARK R.

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    The precise molecular etiology of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is unknown; however recent research indicates that several interconnected aberrant pathways and molecular abnormalities are contributors to OSA. Identifying the genes and pathways associated with OSA can help to expand our understanding of the risk factors for the disease as well as provide new avenues for potential treatment. Towards these goals, we have integrated relevant high dimensional data from various sources, such as genome-wide expression data (microarray), protein-protein interaction (PPI) data and results from genome-wide association studies (GWAS) in order to define sub-network elements that connect some of the known pathways related to the disease as well as define novel regulatory modules related to OSA. Two distinct approaches are applied to identify sub-networks significantly associated with OSA. In the first case we used a biased approach based on sixty genes/proteins with known associations with sleep disorders and/or metabolic disease to seed a search using commercial software to discover networks associated with disease followed by information theoretic (mutual information) scoring of the sub-networks. In the second case we used an unbiased approach and generated an interactome constructed from publicly available gene expression profiles and PPI databases, followed by scoring of the network with p-values from GWAS data derived from OSA patients to uncover sub-networks significant for the disease phenotype. A comparison of the approaches reveals a number of proteins that have been previously known to be associated with OSA or sleep. In addition, our results indicate a novel association of Phosphoinositide 3-kinase, the STAT family of proteins and its related pathways with OSA. PMID:21121029

  16. Factors associated with low-level physical activity in elderly patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Lee, Sang Hee; Kim, Ki Uk; Lee, Haejung; Kim, Yun Seong; Lee, Min Ki; Park, Hye-Kyung

    2017-06-07

    In patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), the extent of physical activity (PA) is correlated with disease severity and prognosis. However, factors associated with low-level PA in elderly COPD patients are not known. We assessed the levels of PA and clinical factors associated with low-level of PA in elderly COPD patients. This was a secondary analysis of a multicenter, prospective study of 245 patients with COPD. Among them, 160 patients with 65 years or more were included. Three PA groups were defined with respect to daily activity time (low, moderate, and high). Health related quality of life (HRQL) was measured using St. George's respiratory questionnaire (SGRQ) and 36-item short-form health survey. Anxiety and depression status were assessed employing the hospital anxiety and depression scale (HADS). Multivariate logistic regression was performed to identify independent predictors of low-level PA in elderly COPD patients. Of all the 160 patients, 103 (64.4%) engaged in low-level PA. Upon univariate analysis, a decreased exercise capacity (6-minute walk test elderly COPD patients. Two-thirds of elderly patients with COPD reported low-level of PA. More severe dyspnea and a presence of depression were independently associated with low-level PA in elderly COPD patients.

  17. Short sleep duration combined with obstructive sleep apnea is associated with visceral obesity in Korean adults.

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    Kim, Nam Hoon; Lee, Seung Ku; Eun, Chai Ryoung; Seo, Ji A; Kim, Sin Gon; Choi, Kyung Mook; Baik, Sei Hyun; Choi, Dong Seop; Yun, Chang-Ho; Kim, Nan Hee; Shin, Chol

    2013-05-01

    To determine whether short sleep duration alone or combined with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is associated with regional body fat including abdominal visceral fat area (VFA) among Korean adults. Cross-sectional study. Ansan, South Korea. There were 838 community participants age 40-69 y from the Korean Genome and Epidemiology Study. Subjective habitual sleep duration and OSA were defined based on a structured sleep questionnaire and a home portable sleep study, respectively. Abdominal VFA and hepatic fat components were assessed by computed tomography. Adjusted mean VFA and hepatic fat were highest in the shortest sleep duration group (sleep duration. Individuals with OSA (apnea-hypopnea index ≥ 5) had a higher body mass index, waist circumference, percent body fat, VFA, and hepatic fat than those without OSA after adjusting for age and sex. The adjusted odds ratio (OR) for visceral obesity (VFA ≥ 100 cm2) was 2.05 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.09-3.86) in individuals sleeping less than 5 h compared with those sleeping longer than 7 h, and 1.57 (95% CI, 1.08-2.26) in individuals with OSA compared with those without OSA, after adjusting for all confounding factors including body mass index. A combination of short sleep duration (Short sleep duration and OSA are independently associated with visceral obesity in adults. The association is particularly strong in short sleepers with OSA.

  18. Is there an association between altered baroreceptor sensitivity and obstructive sleep apnoea in the healthy elderly?

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    Emilia Sforza

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA is associated with a rise in cardiovascular risk in which increased sympathetic activity and depressed baroreceptor reflex sensitivity (BRS have been proposed. We examined this association in a sample of healthy elderly subjects with unrecognised OSA. 801 healthy elderly (aged ≥65 years subjects undergoing clinical, respiratory polygraphy and vascular assessment were examined. According to the apnoea–hypopnoea index (AHI, the subjects were stratified into no OSA, mild–moderate OSA and severe OSA cases. OSA was present in 62% of the sample, 62% being mild–moderate and 38% severe. No differences were found for BRS value according to sex and OSA severity. 54% of the group had normal BRS value, 36% mild impairment and 10% severe dysfunction. BRS was negatively associated with body mass index (p=0.006, 24-h systolic (p=0.001 and diastolic pressure (p=0.001, and oxygen desaturation index (ODI (p=0.03. Regression analyses revealed that subjects with lower BRS were those with hypertension (OR 0.41, 95% CI 0.24–0.81; p=0.002 and overweight (OR 0.42, 95% CI 0.25–0.81; p=0.008, without the effect of AHI and ODI. In the healthy elderly, the presence of a severe BRS dysfunction affects a small amount of severe cases without effect on snorers and mild OSA. Hypertension and obesity seem to play a great role in BRS impairment.

  19. Childhood obstructive sleep apnea associates with neuropsychological deficits and neuronal brain injury.

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    Ann C Halbower

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Childhood obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is associated with neuropsychological deficits of memory, learning, and executive function. There is no evidence of neuronal brain injury in children with OSA. We hypothesized that childhood OSA is associated with neuropsychological performance dysfunction, and with neuronal metabolite alterations in the brain, indicative of neuronal injury in areas corresponding to neuropsychological function.We conducted a cross-sectional study of 31 children (19 with OSA and 12 healthy controls, aged 6-16 y group-matched by age, ethnicity, gender, and socioeconomic status. Participants underwent polysomnography and neuropsychological assessments. Proton magnetic resonance spectroscopic imaging was performed on a subset of children with OSA and on matched controls. Neuropsychological test scores and mean neuronal metabolite ratios of target brain areas were compared. Relative to controls, children with severe OSA had significant deficits in IQ and executive functions (verbal working memory and verbal fluency. Children with OSA demonstrated decreases of the mean neuronal metabolite ratio N-acetyl aspartate/choline in the left hippocampus (controls: 1.29, standard deviation [SD] 0.21; OSA: 0.91, SD 0.05; p = 0.001 and right frontal cortex (controls: 2.2, SD 0.4; OSA: 1.6, SD 0.4; p = 0.03.Childhood OSA is associated with deficits of IQ and executive function and also with possible neuronal injury in the hippocampus and frontal cortex. We speculate that untreated childhood OSA could permanently alter a developing child's cognitive potential.

  20. Obstructive Sleep Apnea With Objective Daytime Sleepiness Is Associated With Hypertension.

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    Ren, Rong; Li, Yun; Zhang, Jihui; Zhou, Junying; Sun, Yuanfeng; Tan, Lu; Li, Taomei; Wing, Yun-Kwok; Tang, Xiangdong

    2016-11-01

    Subjective daytime sleepiness is considered a significant risk factor of hypertension in patients with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). In this study, our goal was to examine the joint effect on hypertension of OSA and objective daytime sleepiness measured by the multiple sleep latency test (MSLT). A total of 1338 Chinese patients with OSA and 484 primary snorers were included in the study. All subjects underwent 1 night polysomnography followed by MSLT. The MSLT values were classified into 3 categories: >8 minutes, 5 to 8 minutes, and Hypertension was defined based either on direct blood pressure measures or on diagnosis by a physician. After controlling for confounders, OSA combined with MSLT of 5 to 8 minutes increased the odds of hypertension by 95% (odds ratio, 1.95; 95% confidence interval, 1.10-3.46), whereas OSA combined with MSLT hypertension by 111% (odds ratio, 2.11; 95% confidence interval, 1.22-3.31) compared with primary snorers with MSLT >8 minutes. In stratified analyses, the association of hypertension with MSLT in OSA patients was seen among both sexes, younger ages, both obese and nonobese patients, and patients with and without subjective excessive daytime sleepiness. We conclude that objective daytime sleepiness is associated with hypertension in patients with OSA. © 2016 American Heart Association, Inc.

  1. Magnesium intake is inversely associated with coronary artery calcification: the Framingham Heart Study

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    OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine whether magnesium intake is associated with coronary artery calcification (CAC) and abdominal aortic calcification (AAC). BACKGROUND: Animal and cell studies suggest that magnesium may prevent calcification within atherosclerotic plaques underlying c...

  2. Elevated urinary albumin excretion is associated with impaired arterial dilatory capacity in clinically healthy subjects

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    Clausen, P; Jensen, J S; Jensen, G

    2001-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Elevated urinary albumin excretion (UAE) predicts atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. It is hypothesized that elevated UAE is associated with a generalized vascular dysfunction. This study tested this hypothesis for conduit arteries. METHODS AND RESULTS: Clinically healthy subject...

  3. Common variants associated with plasma triglycerides and risk for coronary artery disease

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    Do, Ron; Willer, Cristen J.; Schmidt, Ellen M.; Sengupta, Sebanti; Gao, Chi; Peloso, Gina M.; Gustafsson, Stefan; Kanoni, Stavroula; Ganna, Andrea; Chen, Jin; Buchkovich, Martin L.; Mora, Samia; Beckmann, Jacques S.; Bragg-Gresham, Jennifer L.; Chang, Hsing-Yi; Demirkan, Ayşe; den Hertog, Heleen M.; Donnelly, Louise A.; Ehret, Georg B.; Esko, Tõnu; Feitosa, Mary F.; Ferreira, Teresa; Fischer, Krista; Fontanillas, Pierre; Fraser, Ross M.; Freitag, Daniel F.; Gurdasani, Deepti; Heikkilä, Kauko; Hyppönen, Elina; Isaacs, Aaron; Jackson, Anne U.; Johansson, Asa; Johnson, Toby; Kaakinen, Marika; Kettunen, Johannes; Kleber, Marcus E.; Li, Xiaohui; Luan, Jian'an; Lyytikäinen, Leo-Pekka; Magnusson, Patrik K. E.; Mangino, Massimo; Mihailov, Evelin; Montasser, May E.; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Nolte, Ilja M.; O'Connell, Jeffrey R.; Palmer, Cameron D.; Perola, Markus; Petersen, Ann-Kristin; Sanna, Serena; Saxena, Richa; Service, Susan K.; Shah, Sonia; Shungin, Dmitry; Sidore, Carlo; Song, Ci; Strawbridge, Rona J.; Surakka, Ida; Tanaka, Toshiko; Teslovich, Tanya M.; Thorleifsson, Gudmar; van den Herik, Evita G.; Voight, Benjamin F.; Volcik, Kelly A.; Waite, Lindsay L.; Wong, Andrew; Wu, Ying; Zhang, Weihua; Absher, Devin; Asiki, Gershim; Barroso, Inês; Been, Latonya F.; Bolton, Jennifer L.; Bonnycastle, Lori L.; Brambilla, Paolo; Burnett, Mary S.; Cesana, Giancarlo; Dimitriou, Maria; Doney, Alex S. F.; Döring, Angela; Elliott, Paul; Epstein, Stephen E.; Eyjolfsson, Gudmundur Ingi; Gigante, Bruna; Goodarzi, Mark O.; Grallert, Harald; Gravito, Martha L.; Groves, Christopher J.; Hallmans, Göran; Hartikainen, Anna-Liisa; Hayward, Caroline; Hernandez, Dena; Hicks, Andrew A.; Holm, Hilma; Hung, Yi-Jen; Illig, Thomas; Jones, Michelle R.; Kaleebu, Pontiano; Kastelein, John J. P.; Khaw, Kay-Tee; Kim, Eric; Klopp, Norman; Komulainen, Pirjo; Kumari, Meena; Langenberg, Claudia; Lehtimäki, Terho; Lin, Shih-Yi; Lindström, Jaana; Loos, Ruth J. F.; Mach, François; McArdle, Wendy L.; Meisinger, Christa; Mitchell, Braxton D.; Müller, Gabrielle; Nagaraja, Ramaiah; Narisu, Narisu; Nieminen, Tuomo V. M.; Nsubuga, Rebecca N.; Olafsson, Isleifur; Ong, Ken K.; Palotie, Aarno; Papamarkou, Theodore; Pomilla, Cristina; Pouta, Anneli; Rader, Daniel J.; Reilly, Muredach P.; Ridker, Paul M.; Rivadeneira, Fernando; Rudan, Igor; Ruokonen, Aimo; Samani, Nilesh; Scharnagl, Hubert; Seeley, Janet; Silander, Kaisa; Stančáková, Alena; Stirrups, Kathleen; Swift, Amy J.; Tiret, Laurence; Uitterlinden, Andre G.; van Pelt, L. Joost; Vedantam, Sailaja; Wainwright, Nicholas; Wijmenga, Cisca; Wild, Sarah H.; Willemsen, Gonneke; Wilsgaard, Tom; Wilson, James F.; Young, Elizabeth H.; Zhao, Jing Hua; Adair, Linda S.; Arveiler, Dominique; Assimes, Themistocles L.; Bandinelli, Stefania; Bennett, Franklyn; Bochud, Murielle; Boehm, Bernhard O.; Boomsma, Dorret I.; Borecki, Ingrid B.; Bornstein, Stefan R.; Bovet, Pascal; Burnier, Michel; Campbell, Harry; Chakravarti, Aravinda; Chambers, John C.; Chen, Yii-Der Ida; Collins, Francis S.; Cooper, Richard S.; Danesh, John; Dedoussis, George; de Faire, Ulf; Feranil, Alan B.; Ferrières, Jean; Ferrucci, Luigi; Freimer, Nelson B.; Gieger, Christian; Groop, Leif C.; Gudnason, Vilmundur; Gyllensten, Ulf; Hamsten, Anders; Harris, Tamara B.; Hingorani, Aroon; Hirschhorn, Joel N.; Hofman, Albert; Hovingh, G. Kees; Hsiung, Chao Agnes; Humphries, Steve E.; Hunt, Steven C.; Hveem, Kristian; Iribarren, Carlos; Järvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Jula, Antti; Kähönen, Mika; Kaprio, Jaakko; Kesäniemi, Antero; Kivimaki, Mika; Kooner, Jaspal S.; Koudstaal, Peter J.; Krauss, Ronald M.; Kuh, Diana; Kuusisto, Johanna; Kyvik, Kirsten O.; Laakso, Markku; Lakka, Timo A.; Lind, Lars; Lindgren, Cecilia M.; Martin, Nicholas G.; März, Winfried; McCarthy, Mark I.; McKenzie, Colin A.; Meneton, Pierre; Metspalu, Andres; Moilanen, Leena; Morris, Andrew D.; Munroe, Patricia B.; Njølstad, Inger; Pedersen, Nancy L.; Power, Chris; Pramstaller, Peter P.; Price, Jackie F.; Psaty, Bruce M.; Quertermous, Thomas; Rauramaa, Rainer; Saleheen, Danish; Salomaa, Veikko; Sanghera, Dharambir K.; Saramies, Jouko; Schwarz, Peter E. H.; Sheu, Wayne H.-H.; Shuldiner, Alan R.; Siegbahn, Agneta; Spector, Tim D.; Stefansson, Kari; Strachan, David P.; Tayo, Bamidele O.; Tremoli, Elena; Tuomilehto, Jaakko; Uusitupa, Matti; van Duijn, Cornelia M.; Vollenweider, Peter; Wallentin, Lars; Wareham, Nicholas J.; Whitfield, John B.; Wolffenbuttel, Bruce H. R.; Altshuler, David; Ordovas, Jose M.; Boerwinkle, Eric; Palmer, Colin N. A.; Thorsteinsdottir, Unnur; Chasman, Daniel I.; Rotter, Jerome I.; Franks, Paul W.; Ripatti, Samuli; Cupples, L. Adrienne; Sandhu, Manjinder S.; Rich, Stephen S.; Boehnke, Michael; Deloukas, Panos; Mohlke, Karen L.; Ingelsson, Erik; Abecasis, Goncalo R.; Daly, Mark J.; Neale, Benjamin M.; Kathiresan, Sekar

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    Triglycerides are transported in plasma by specific triglyceride-rich lipoproteins; in epidemiological studies, increased triglyceride levels correlate with higher risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it is unclear whether this association reflects causal processes. We used 185 common

  4. Common variants associated with plasma triglycerides and risk for coronary artery disease

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    Do, R.; Willer, C. J.; Schmidt, E. M.

    2013-01-01

    Triglycerides are transported in plasma by specific triglyceride-rich lipoproteins; in epidemiological studies, increased triglyceride levels correlate with higher risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it is unclear whether this association reflects causal processes. We used 185 common...

  5. Arterial wall function is associated with cognitive performance primarily in elderly with type 2 diabetes.

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    Ravona-Springer, Ramit; Haratz, Salo; Tanne, David; Schmeidler, James; Efrati, Shai; Rosendorff, Clive; Beeri, Michal Schnaider; Silverman, Jeremy M

    2015-01-01

    Regression analyses compared 41 type 2 diabetes (T2D) and 131 non-T2D cognitively normal elderly males on the associations of arterial wall function measures [large artery elasticity index (LAEI), small artery elasticity index (SAEI), systemic vascular resistance (SVR), and total vascular impedance (TVI)] with cognitive performance (memory, language, and executive functions), controlling for socio-demographic and cardiovascular factors. Higher LAEI and lower TVI were significantly associated with better executive functions performance in T2D but not in non-T2D subjects. Lower TVI was more associated with better language performance in T2D. Results suggest that arterial wall function is associated with cognition in T2D.

  6. Preoperatively Screened Obstructive Sleep Apnea Is Associated With Worse Postoperative Outcomes Than Previously Diagnosed Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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    Fernandez-Bustamante, Ana; Bartels, Karsten; Clavijo, Claudia; Scott, Benjamin K; Kacmar, Rachel; Bullard, Kenneth; Moss, Angela F D; Henderson, William; Juarez-Colunga, Elizabeth; Jameson, Leslie

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    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) affects up to 26% of US adults, is often undiagnosed, and increases perioperative morbidity. We hypothesized that patients screened on the day of surgery as moderate/high risk for OSA (S-OSA) present similar perioperative respiratory complications, hospital use, and mortality than patients with previously diagnosed OSA (D-OSA). Second, we hypothesized that both OSA groups have more respiratory complications than No-OSA patients. The electronic medical database from 1 academic and 2 community hospitals was retrospectively queried to identify adults undergoing nonemergent inpatient surgery (January 1, 2012, to December 31, 2014). Based on the day-of-surgery preoperative assessment and STOP-BANG (Snoring, Tiredness, Observed apnea during sleep, high blood Pressure, Body mass index >35, Age >50 years, thick Neck, Gender male) score, they were classified as D-OSA, S-OSA, or No-OSA. Perioperative respiratory events and interventions, hospital use, and mortality were measured. The primary outcome composite (adverse respiratory events [AREs]) included perioperative hypoxemic events and difficult airway management. Hypoxemic event was defined as peripheral saturation of oxygen (SpO2) <90% by continuous pulse oximetry for ≥3 minutes, or if validated and/or manually entered into the medical chart. Hypoxemia was classified as mild (lowest SpO2 86%-89%) or moderate/severe (lowest SpO2 ≤85%). Secondary outcomes included postoperative respiratory interventions, intensive care unit admission, hospital length of stay, and 30-day and 1-year all-cause mortality. Outcomes were compared using linear and logistic regression analyses. A total of 28,912 patients were assessed: 3432 (11.9%) D-OSA; 1546 (5.3%) S-OSA; and 23,934 (82.8%) No-OSA patients. At least 1 ARE was present in 68.0% of S-OSA; 71.0% of D-OSA; and 52.1% of No-OSA patients (unadjusted P < .001), primarily ≥1 moderate/severe hypoxemic event after discharge from the postanesthesia care

  7. COL4A1 Is Associated With Arterial Stiffness By Genome Wide Association Scan

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    Tarasov, Kirill V; Sanna, Serena; Scuteri, Angelo; Strait, James B; Orrù, Marco; Parsa, Afshin; Lin, Ping-I; Maschio, Andrea; Lai, Sandra; Piras, Maria Grazia; Masala, Marco; Tanaka, Toshiko; Post, Wendy; O’Connell, Jeffrey R.; Schlessinger, David; Cao, Antonio; Nagaraja, Ramaiah; Mitchell, Braxton D.; Abecasis, Gonçalo R.; Shuldiner, Alan R.; Uda, Manuela; Lakatta, Edward G.; Najjar, Samer S.

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    Background Pulse wave velocity (PWV), a non-invasive index of central arterial stiffness, is a potent predictor of cardiovascular mortality and morbidity. Heritability and linkage studies have pointed toward a genetic component affecting PWV. We conducted a genome-wide association study to identify single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) associated with PWV. Methods and Results The study cohort included participants from the SardiNIA study for whom PWV measures were available. Genotyping was performed in 4,221 individuals, using either the Affymetrix 500K or the Affymetrix 10K mapping array sets (with imputation of the missing genotypes). Associations with PWV were evaluated using an additive genetic model that included age, age2 and sex as covariates. The findings were tested for replication in an independent internal Sardinian cohort of 1,828 individuals, using a custom-chip designed to include the top 43 non-redundant SNPs associated with PWV. Of the loci that were tested for association with PWV, the nonsynonymous SNP rs3742207 in the COL4A1 gene on chromosome 13 and SNP rs1495448 in the MAGI1 gene on chromosome 3 were successfully replicated (p=7.08×10−7 and p=1.06×10−5 respectively for the combined analyses). The association between rs3742207 and PWV was also successfully replicated (p=0.02) in an independent population, the Old Order Amish, leading to an overall p=5.16×10−8. Conclusions A genome-wide association study identified a SNP in the COL4A1 gene that was significantly associated with PWV in two populations. Collagen type 4 is the major structural component of basement membranes, suggesting that previously unrecognized cell-matrix interactions may exert an important role in regulating arterial stiffness. PMID:20031579

  8. A mycotic pulmonary artery aneurysm associated with candida endocarditis: Case report

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    Moon, Jin Il; Lee, Ji Won; Jeong, Yeon Joo; Song, Seung Hwan [Pusan National University School of Medicine, Medical Research Institute, Pusan National University Hospital, Busan (Korea, Republic of)

    2014-03-15

    We report a case of a mycotic pulmonary aneurysm associated with Candida endocarditis in a 53-year-old male with lymphoma. The initial diagnosis was a pulmonary artery aneurysm attributable to vasculitis, such as that associated with Behcet's disease, but a mycotic pulmonary artery aneurysm was later considered as a differential diagnosis. Identification of valve vegetation on the chest CT was helpful in this regard. We review the literature on the disease etiology, radiological findings, and management options.

  9. Spontaneous Hepatic Rupture Associated with Preeclampsia: Treatment with Hepatic Artery Embolization

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    Yang, Seung Boo; Goo, Dong Erk; Chang, Yun Woo; Kim, Yong Jae; Hwang, In Cheol; Han, Hyo Sang; Yoon, Jong Hyun; Lee, Tae Il [Soonchunhyang University Hospital, Gumi (Korea, Republic of)

    2010-02-15

    Spontaneous rupture of the liver due to preeclampsia is a rare condition of pregnant women, and it can be very dangerous if not treated. We report here on a case of successfully treating spontaneous liver rupture associated with preeclampsia by performing transcatheter hepatic arterial embolization. A 41-year-old woman with spontaneous rupture of the liver associated with preeclampsia was treated by hepatic arterial embolization

  10. Factors affecting the validity of ankle-brachial index in the diagnosis of peripheral arterial obstructive disease.

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    Nam, Su Chung; Han, Seung Hwan; Lim, Sang Hyun; Hong, You Sun; Won, Je Hwan; Bae, Jae Ik; Jo, Joon

    2010-05-01

    We evaluated 158 legs from 79 consecutive patients who had undergone both ankle-brachial index (ABI) measurements and angiography for claudication symptoms between January 2007 and December 2008. The diagnosis of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) in the individual legs was established by angiography. Ankle-brachial index was considered abnormal if it was <0.9. The sensitivity and specificity of ABI was 61% and 87%, respectively. To assess the factors affecting the validity of ABI in the diagnosis of PAD, multivariate logistic regression analysis was conducted. The odds ratios (ORs) for the false negative result of ABI were 4.36 (95% confidence interval [CI] 1.36-13.92) in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), 3.41 (95% CI 1.10-10.48) in patients with distal lesions, 3.02 (95% CI 1.07-8.49) in elderly patients, and 1.13 (95% CI 0.34-3.42) in patients with mild stenosis. Although ABI is the method of choice for the primary diagnosis of PAD, other supplementary investigations should be considered when there is clinical suspicion of PAD but an ABI <0.9.

  11. Transient early wheeze and lung function in early childhood associated with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease genes.

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    Kerkhof, Marjan; Boezen, H Marike; Granell, Raquel; Wijga, Alet H; Brunekreef, Bert; Smit, Henriëtte A; de Jongste, Johan C; Thijs, Carel; Mommers, Monique; Penders, John; Henderson, John; Koppelman, Gerard H; Postma, Dirkje S

    2014-01-01

    It has been hypothesized that a disturbed early lung development underlies the susceptibility to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Little is known about whether subjects genetically predisposed to COPD show their first symptoms or reduced lung function in childhood. We investigated whether replicated genes for COPD associate with transient early wheeze (TEW) and lung function levels in 6- to 8-year-old children and whether cigarette smoke exposure in utero and after birth (environmental tobacco smoke [ETS]) modifies these effects. The association of COPD-related genotypes of 20 single nucleotide polymorphisms in 15 genes with TEW, FEV1, forced vital capacity (FVC), and FEV1/FVC ratio was studied in the Prevention and Incidence of Asthma and Mite Allergy (PIAMA) birth cohort (n = 1996) and replicated in the Child, parents and health: lifestyle and genetic constitution (KOALA) and Avon Longitudinal Study of Parents and Children (ALSPAC) cohorts. AGER showed replicated association with FEV1/FVC ratio. TNS1 associated with more TEW in PIAMA and lower FEV1 in ALSPAC. TNS1 interacted with ETS in PIAMA, showing lower FEV1 in exposed children. HHIP rs1828591 interacted with cigarette smoke exposure in utero in PIAMA and with ETS in ALSPAC, with lower lung function in nonexposed children. SERPINE2, FAM13A, and MMP12 associated with higher FEV1 and FVC, and SERPINE2, HHIP, and TGFB1 interacted with cigarette smoke exposure in utero in PIAMA only, showing adverse effects of exposure on FEV1 being limited to children with genotypes conferring the lowest risk of COPD. Our findings indicate relevant involvement of at least 3 COPD genes in lung development and lung growth by demonstrating associations pointing toward reduced airway caliber in early childhood. Furthermore, our results suggest that COPD genes are involved in the infant's lung response to smoke exposure in utero and in early life. Copyright © 2013 The Authors. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights

  12. Association of obstructive sleep apnea risk factors with nocturnal enuresis in postmenopausal women.

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    Koo, Patrick; McCool, F Dennis; Hale, Lauren; Stone, Katie; Eaton, Charles B

    2016-02-01

    The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in women increases significantly after menopause. However, identifying at-risk women is difficult because they tend to underreport symptoms and their complaints may differ from those traditionally associated with OSA. We investigated whether OSA risk factors are associated with the presence of a "nontraditional" complaint, such as nocturnal enuresis, in postmenopausal women. A cross-sectional study of postmenopausal women aged 50 to 79 years who participated in the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study and clinical trials (1993-2005) at 40 clinical centers in the United States was performed. Multiple variable logistic regression analysis was used to determine the association of OSA risk factors with nocturnal enuresis. A cohort of 2,789 women (1.7%) reported having nocturnal enuresis. Obesity (odds ratio [OR], 2.29; 95% CI, 2.00-2.62), snoring (OR, 2.01; 95% CI, 1.74-2.32), poor sleep quality (OR, 1.70; 95% CI, 1.52-1.91), sleep fragmentation (OR, 2.44; 95% CI, 2.14-2.79), daytime sleepiness (OR, 1.50; 95% CI, 1.33-1.68), and hypertension (OR, 1.13; 95% CI, 1.01-1.26) were associated with nocturnal enuresis. Each additional OSA risk factor in a predefined OSA score significantly increased the odds of having nocturnal enuresis in a dose-response fashion (OR of 1.38, 2.00, 2.80, 3.87, 5.10, and 7.02 for scores of 1-6, respectively) compared with no risk factors. OSA risk factors are associated with nocturnal enuresis in postmenopausal women. Mechanisms relating nocturnal enuresis to OSA may include apnea-associated changes in intrathoracic pressure, leading to increased urine output. Questioning at-risk postmenopausal women presenting with nocturnal enuresis about other OSA risk factors should be considered.

  13. Differences in the association between obesity and obstructive sleep apnea among children and adolescents.

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    Kohler, Mark J; Thormaehlen, Swetlana; Kennedy, J Declan; Pamula, Yvonne; van den Heuvel, Cameron J; Lushington, Kurt; Martin, A James

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    Overweight and obesity are thought to increase the risk of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) among children. However, previous results have been inconsistent and appear to be confounded by both ethnicity and the different ages of children studied. To determine whether the association between excess weight and OSAS varies with age across childhood, we assessed polysomnographic data from a series of Caucasian children and adolescents referred for clinical evaluation of snoring. Sleep and OSAS severity were assessed using polysomnography in 234 children aged 2.0 to 18.0 years. All children were referred for overnight evaluation of suspected OSAS. Severity of OSAS as a function of body mass and age were then evaluated. Risk of OSAS among adolescents (age > or =12 years) was increased 3.5 fold with each standard-deviation increase in body mass index z-score. Risk of OSAS was not significantly increased with increasing body mass among younger children. Similar to adults, adolescent children show an increased risk for having OSAS in association with overweight and obesity. For Caucasian children, overweight and obesity should be considered a significant risk for OSAS among adolescents or from age 12 years, especially when in combination with other established risk factors, including snoring and adenotonsillar hypertrophy.

  14. Treatment of obstructive sleep apnea alters cancer-associated transcriptional signatures in circulating leukocytes.

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    Gharib, Sina A; Seiger, Ashley N; Hayes, Amanda L; Mehra, Reena; Patel, Sanjay R

    2014-04-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) has been associated with a number of chronic disorders that may improve with effective therapy. However, the molecular pathways affected by continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) treatment are largely unknown. We sought to assess the system-wide consequences of CPAP therapy by transcriptionally profiling peripheral blood leukocytes (PBLs). Subjects in whom severe OSA was diagnosed were treated with CPAP, and whole-genome expression measurement of PBLs was performed at baseline and following therapy. We used gene set enrichment analysis (GSEA) to identify pathways that were differentially enriched. Network analysis was then applied to highlight key drivers of processes influenced by CPAP. Eighteen subjects with significant OSA underwent CPAP therapy and microarray analysis of their PBLs. Treatment with CPAP improved apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), daytime sleepiness, and blood pressure, but did not affect anthropometric measures. GSEA revealed a number of enriched gene sets, many of which were involved in neoplastic processes and displayed downregulated expression patterns in response to CPAP. Network analysis identified several densely connected genes that are important modulators of cancer and tumor growth. Effective therapy of OSA with CPAP is associated with alterations in circulating leukocyte gene expression. Functional enrichment and network analyses highlighted transcriptional suppression in cancer-related pathways, suggesting potentially novel mechanisms linking OSA with neoplastic signatures.

  15. Comorbid depression in obstructive sleep apnea: an under-recognized association.

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    BaHammam, Ahmed S; Kendzerska, Tetyana; Gupta, Ravi; Ramasubramanian, Chellamuthu; Neubauer, David N; Narasimhan, Meera; Pandi-Perumal, Seithikurippu R; Moscovitch, Adam

    2016-05-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) and depression may coexist in the same patient. This article aims to review the link between OSA and comorbid depression and critically evaluate the results of studies that assessed the correlation between OSA and depression, the impact of OSA treatment on comorbid depression, and the impact of comorbid depression on continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) adherence. An integrative review was conducted on English language studies and reports that assessed the relationship between OSA and depression. Studies were identified by searching PubMed, Web of Science and Google Scholar databases, and reference lists of included studies. Generally, cross-sectional studies show a higher prevalence of depression among OSA patients with both community and sleep disorder clinic samples. Nevertheless, the relationship between OSA and depression is complicated by the fact that the disorders have overlapping symptoms. Longitudinal studies demonstrate an increased risk of developing depression among people with OSA, as well as an association between OSA severity and the likelihood of developing depression. On the other hand, studies assessing the impact of CPAP therapy on depression among OSA patients report conflicting results. Therefore, it is essential to consider how the disorders affect one another and to understand the clinical consequences of treating each disorder in isolation. Depression is prevalent among patients with OSA both in the community and in sleep disorder clinics. Clinicians in general should be aware of this significant association and should aim to treat both disorders.

  16. Paediatric obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) is associated with tonsil colonisation by Streptococcus pyogenes

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    Viciani, Elisa; Montagnani, Francesca; Tavarini, Simona; Tordini, Giacinta; Maccari, Silvia; Morandi, Matteo; Faenzi, Elisa; Biagini, Cesare; Romano, Antonio; Salerni, Lorenzo; Finco, Oretta; Lazzi, Stefano; Ruggiero, Paolo; De Luca, Andrea; Barocchi, Michèle A.; Manetti, Andrea G. O.

    2016-01-01

    The involvement of pathogenic bacteria in obstructive sleep apnoea syndrome (OSAS) has yet to be elucidated. We investigated the possible role of group A streptococcus (GAS) in OSAS pathogenesis. In 40 tonsillectomized patients affected by OSAS and 80 healthy controls, significant (p < 0.0001) association of GAS with paediatric OSAS was found. Supernatant from streptolysin O (SLO)-producing GAS induced production of cysteinyl leukotrienes (CysLTs) in tonsil mononuclear cells (TMCs). CysLTs-treated TMCs showed significant (p < 0.05) proliferation of CD4+ T, CD19+ and CD19+CD27+CD38+ B lymphocytes. We discovered a SLO-dependent activation of CysLTs production through a pathway involving TOLL-like receptor 4 (TLR4), TIR-domain-containing adapter-inducing interferon-β (TRIF), Myeloid differentiation primary response gene 88 (MyD88), and p38 MAP Kinase. In conclusion, we hypothesise that GAS may contribute to paediatric tonsillar hyperplasia through CysLTs production induced by SLO, and this might explain its association with OSAS. PMID:26860261

  17. Paraoxonase-1 is associated with corneal endothelial cell alterations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Soler, Núria; García-Heredia, Anabel; Marsillach, Judit; Mackness, Bharti; Mackness, Michael; Joven, Jorge; Romero, Pere; Camps, Jordi

    2013-08-28

    To investigate the relationships between the levels of the antioxidant enzyme paraoxonase-1 (PON1) and corneal endothelial alterations in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) undergoing cataract surgery. We studied 172 patients with cataract attending our ophthalmology clinic. Based on spirometric analysis, they were segregated into two groups, 110 (64%) with COPD and 62 (36%) without COPD. Corneal endothelial cell morphology was examined by widefield noncontact specular microscopy, which allows measurements of endothelial cell density (ECD), hexagonality, and endothelial cell size coefficient of variation (ECCV). Corneal thickness was measured by noncontact pachimetry. PON1 and plasma TNFα concentrations were analyzed by ELISA. Serum PON1 activity was analyzed by spectrophotometry. Patients with COPD had significant decreases in ECD, hexagonality, and corneal thickness, and a significant increase in ECCV. They also had significant decreases in serum PON1 activity but not in PON1 concentration. Serum PON1 activity showed a significant direct association with ECD, and an inverse association with corneal thickness. Results of the present study suggest that PON1 may be involved in the pathophysiology of corneal endothelial alterations in patients with COPD.

  18. Associations of Coffee, Tea, and Caffeine Intake with Coronary Artery Calcification and Cardiovascular Events.

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    Miller, P Elliott; Zhao, Di; Frazier-Wood, Alexis C; Michos, Erin D; Averill, Michelle; Sandfort, Veit; Burke, Gregory L; Polak, Joseph F; Lima, Joao A C; Post, Wendy S; Blumenthal, Roger S; Guallar, Eliseo; Martin, Seth S

    2017-02-01

    Coffee and tea are 2 of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The association of coffee and tea intake with coronary artery calcium and major adverse cardiovascular events remains uncertain. We examined 6508 ethnically diverse participants with available coffee and tea data from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis. Intake for each was classified as never, occasional (coffee drinkers, regular coffee intake (≥1 cup per day) was not statistically associated with coronary artery calcium progression or cardiovascular events (adjusted hazard ratio 0.97; 95% confidence interval 0.78-1.20). Caffeine intake was marginally inversely associated with coronary artery calcium progression. Moderate tea drinkers had slower progression of coronary artery calcium and reduced risk for cardiovascular events. Future research is needed to understand the potentially protective nature of moderate tea intake. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  19. Variable DNA Methylation Is Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and Lung Function

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    Qiu, Weiliang; Baccarelli, Andrea; Carey, Vincent J.; Boutaoui, Nadia; Bacherman, Helene; Klanderman, Barbara; Rennard, Stephen; Agusti, Alvar; Anderson, Wayne; Lomas, David A.

    2012-01-01

    Rationale: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is associated with local (lung) and systemic (blood) inflammation and manifestations. DNA methylation is an important regulator of gene transcription, and global and specific gene methylation marks may vary with cigarette smoke exposure. Objectives: To perform a comprehensive assessment of methylation marks in DNA from subjects well phenotyped for nonneoplastic lung disease. Methods: We conducted array-based methylation screens, using a test-replication approach, in two family-based cohorts (n = 1,085 and 369 subjects). Measurements and Main Results: We observed 349 CpG sites significantly associated with the presence and severity of COPD in both cohorts. Seventy percent of the associated CpG sites were outside of CpG islands, with the majority of CpG sites relatively hypomethylated. Gene ontology analysis based on these 349 CpGs (330 genes) suggested the involvement of a number of genes responsible for immune and inflammatory system pathways, responses to stress and external stimuli, as well as wound healing and coagulation cascades. Interestingly, our observations include significant, replicable associations between SERPINA1 hypomethylation and COPD and lower average lung function phenotypes (combined P values: COPD, 1.5 × 10−23; FEV1/FVC, 1.5 × 10−35; FEV1, 2.2 × 10−40). Conclusions: Genetic and epigenetic pathways may both contribute to COPD. Many of the top associations between COPD and DNA methylation occur in biologically plausible pathways. This large-scale analysis suggests that DNA methylation may be a biomarker of COPD and may highlight new pathways of COPD pathogenesis. PMID:22161163

  20. Which cardiovascular magnetic resonance planes and sequences provide accurate measurements of branch pulmonary artery size in children with right ventricular outflow tract obstruction?

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    Vijarnsorn, Chodchanok; Rutledge, Jennifer M; Tham, Edythe B; Coe, James Y; Quinonez, Luis; Patton, David J; Noga, Michelle

    2014-02-01

    Children with right ventricular outflow tract obstructive (RVOTO) lesions require precise quantification of pulmonary artery (PA) size for proper management of branch PA stenosis. We aimed to determine which cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) sequences and planes correlated best with cardiac catheterization and surgical measurements of branch PA size. Fifty-five children with RVOTO lesions and biventricular circulation underwent CMR prior to; either cardiac catheterization (n = 30) or surgery (n = 25) within a 6 month time frame. CMR sequences included axial black blood, axial, coronal oblique and sagittal oblique cine balanced steady-state free precession (bSSFP), and contrast-enhanced magnetic resonance angiography (MRA) with multiplanar reformatting in axial, coronal oblique, sagittal oblique, and cross-sectional planes. Maximal branch PA and stenosis (if present) diameter were measured. Comparisons of PA size on CMR were made to reference methods: (1) catheterization measurements performed in the anteroposterior plane at maximal expansion, and (2) surgical measurement obtained from a maximal diameter sound which could pass through the lumen. The mean differences (Δ) and intra class correlation (ICC) were used to determine agreement between different modalities. CMR branch PA measurements were compared to the corresponding cardiac catheterization measurements in 30 children (7.6 ± 5.6 years). Reformatted MRA showed better agreement for branch PA measurement (ICC > 0.8) than black blood (ICC 0.4-0.6) and cine sequences (ICC 0.6-0.8). Coronal oblique MRA and maximal cross sectional MRA provided the best correlation of right PA (RPA) size with ICC of 0.9 (Δ -0.1 ± 2.1 mm and Δ 0.5 ± 2.1 mm). Maximal cross sectional MRA and sagittal oblique MRA provided the best correlate of left PA (LPA) size (Δ 0.1 ± 2.4 and Δ -0.7 ± 2.4 mm). For stenoses, the best correlations were from coronal oblique MRA of right pulmonary artery (RPA) (Δ -0.2 ± 0.8 mm, ICC 0

  1. Serum paraoxonase-3 concentration is associated with insulin sensitivity in peripheral artery disease and with inflammation in coronary artery disease.

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    Rull, Anna; García, Raúl; Fernández-Sender, Laura; García-Heredia, Anabel; Aragonès, Gerard; Beltrán-Debón, Raúl; Marsillach, Judit; Alegret, Josep M; Martín-Paredero, Vicente; Mackness, Bharti; Mackness, Michael; Joven, Jorge; Camps, Jordi

    2012-02-01

    There are no data on the relationship between serum paraoxonase-3 (PON3) concentration and atherosclerosis in humans. Our aim was to investigate possible associations, using recently developed methods, in patients with peripheral artery disease (PAD) or coronary artery disease (CAD). We studied 118 PAD and 72 CAD patients and 175 healthy volunteers. Serum PON3 was determined by in-house ELISA using polyclonal antibodies generated against a synthetic peptide with a sequence specific to PON3. Polymorphisms of the PON3 promoter were analysed by the Iplex Gold MassArray™ method. There was a significant increase in serum PON3 concentration in both groups of patients with respect to the control group. In PAD patients, we observed significant positive correlations between PON3, insulin levels and HOMA index. These associations were not observed in CAD. There were significant positive associations between serum PON3 and β-2-microglobulin, CCL2 and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in CAD patients, but not in PAD. We did not find any significant differences in PON3 gene promoter polymorphisms and their haplotypes between patients and controls, indicating that associations were not genetically determined. In both atherosclerotic phenotypes, serum PON3 concentration was increased, but this was associated with decreased insulin sensitivity in PAD and with inflammation in CAD. Copyright © 2011 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Pre- and post-bronchodilator airway obstruction are associated with similar clinical characteristics but different prognosis – report from a population-based study

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    Full Text Available Sami Sawalha,1 Linnea Hedman,2 Eva Rönmark,2 Bo Lundbäck,3 Anne Lindberg1 1Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, Division of Medicine, 2Department of Public Health and Clinical Medicine, The OLIN Unit, Division of Occupational and Environmental Medicine, Umeå University, Umeå, 3Krefting Research Center, Institution of Medicine, University of Gothenburg, Gothenburg, Sweden Introduction: According to guidelines, the diagnosis of COPD should be confirmed by post-bronchodilator (post-BD airway obstruction on spirometry; however, in clinical practice, this is not always performed. The aim of this population-based study was to compare clinical characteristics and prognosis, assessed as mortality, between subjects with airway obstruction divided into pre- but not post-BD obstruction, post-BD airway obstruction (COPD, and subjects without airway obstruction.Materials and methods: In 2002–2004, four adult population-based cohorts were reexamined with spirometry and structured interview. Subjects with airway obstruction, with a ratio of forced expiratory volume in 1 s to (forced vital capacity <0.70 (n=993, were identified together with sex- and age-matched referents (n=993. These subjects were further divided into subjects with pre- but not post-BD airway obstruction (pre- not post-BD obstruction and subjects with post-BD airway obstruction (COPD. Mortality data were collected until December 31, 2014.Results: Out of 993 subjects with airway obstruction, 736 (74% had COPD and 257 (26% pre- not post-BD obstruction. Any respiratory symptoms, allergic rhinitis, asthma, exacerbations, and comorbidities were equally common among subjects with COPD and pre- not post-BD obstruction, but less common among nonobstructive subjects. Mortality was highest among subjects with COPD and higher in men than in women. In both sexes, COPD, but not pre- not post-BD obstruction, was associated with an increased risk for death compared to those without

  3. Artery Bypass Grafting

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    nary artery disease (CAD) was coronary artery bypass graft (CAB G) using a segment of saphenous vein interposed between the ascend- ing aorta and the coronary artery distal to the obstructing lesion. This was performed by David Sabiston of Duke University in 1962. With the use of the recently developed technique of ...

  4. Increased Transcript Complexity in Genes Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease.

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    Full Text Available Genome-wide association studies aim to correlate genotype with phenotype. Many common diseases including Type II diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD are complex genetic traits with hundreds of different loci that are associated with varied disease risk. Identifying common features in the genes associated with each disease remains a challenge. Furthermore, the role of post-transcriptional regulation, and in particular alternative splicing, is still poorly understood in most multigenic diseases. We therefore compiled comprehensive lists of genes associated with Type II diabetes, Alzheimer's, Parkinson's and COPD in an attempt to identify common features of their corresponding mRNA transcripts within each gene set. The SERPINA1 gene is a well-recognized genetic risk factor of COPD and it produces 11 transcript variants, which is exceptional for a human gene. This led us to hypothesize that other genes associated with COPD, and complex disorders in general, are highly transcriptionally diverse. We found that COPD-associated genes have a statistically significant enrichment in transcript complexity stemming from a disproportionately high level of alternative splicing, however, Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer's and Parkinson's disease genes were not significantly enriched. We also identified a subset of transcriptionally complex COPD-associated genes (~40% that are differentially expressed between mild, moderate and severe COPD. Although the genes associated with other lung diseases are not extensively documented, we found preliminary data that idiopathic pulmonary disease genes, but not cystic fibrosis modulators, are also more transcriptionally complex. Interestingly, complex COPD transcripts are more often the product of alternative acceptor site usage. To verify the biological importance of these alternative transcripts, we used RNA-sequencing analyses to determine that COPD-associated genes are

  5. Increased Transcript Complexity in Genes Associated with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Lackey, Lela; McArthur, Evonne; Laederach, Alain

    2015-01-01

    Genome-wide association studies aim to correlate genotype with phenotype. Many common diseases including Type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) are complex genetic traits with hundreds of different loci that are associated with varied disease risk. Identifying common features in the genes associated with each disease remains a challenge. Furthermore, the role of post-transcriptional regulation, and in particular alternative splicing, is still poorly understood in most multigenic diseases. We therefore compiled comprehensive lists of genes associated with Type II diabetes, Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s and COPD in an attempt to identify common features of their corresponding mRNA transcripts within each gene set. The SERPINA1 gene is a well-recognized genetic risk factor of COPD and it produces 11 transcript variants, which is exceptional for a human gene. This led us to hypothesize that other genes associated with COPD, and complex disorders in general, are highly transcriptionally diverse. We found that COPD-associated genes have a statistically significant enrichment in transcript complexity stemming from a disproportionately high level of alternative splicing, however, Type II Diabetes, Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s disease genes were not significantly enriched. We also identified a subset of transcriptionally complex COPD-associated genes (~40%) that are differentially expressed between mild, moderate and severe COPD. Although the genes associated with other lung diseases are not extensively documented, we found preliminary data that idiopathic pulmonary disease genes, but not cystic fibrosis modulators, are also more transcriptionally complex. Interestingly, complex COPD transcripts are more often the product of alternative acceptor site usage. To verify the biological importance of these alternative transcripts, we used RNA-sequencing analyses to determine that COPD-associated genes are frequently

  6. Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease and its association with sleep and mental disorders in the general population.

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    Ohayon, Maurice M

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    To assess the prevalence of insomnia symptoms in Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) participants, their association with psychiatric disorders and their impact on health care utilization and quality of life. It is a cross-sectional telephone study using a representative sample consisting of 10,854 non-institutionalized individuals aged 15 or over living in Germany, Spain and the United Kingdom. Interviews were managed by the Sleep-EVAL expert system. The questionnaire included questions on sleeping habits, life habits, health, DSM-IV mental disorders, DSM-IV and ICSD sleep disorders. COPD was defined as chronic bronchitis or emphysema (treated or not) diagnosed by a physician. A total of 2.5% [2.1%-2.8%] of the sample reported having been diagnosed with COPD. As many as 48.1% of COPD had insomnia symptoms, which was twice higher than the rate observed in non-COPD (OR: 2.4). Only 11.8% of COPD addressed their sleep difficulties to their physician. Mental disorders were higher in COPD compared to non-COPD participants: Major Depressive disorder (AOR: 2.8); Generalized Anxiety Disorder (AOR: 11.0); Panic Disorder (AOR: 7.1) and Specific Phobia (AOR: 3.7). As many as 84.4% of COPD with depression and 59.7% of those with an Anxiety Disorder had associated insomnia symptoms. The co-occurrence of both conditions increased by five times the likelihood of hospitalizations in the previous year among COPD. Both conditions were associated with a diminished Quality of Life in COPD. COPD is a debilitating disease accompanied with psychiatric disorders and sleep disturbances in the overwhelming majority of cases. This high comorbidity is associated with greater health care utilization and great deterioration of the quality of life. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  7. A weight-independent association between atypical antipsychotic medications and obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Khazaie, Habibolah; Sharafkhaneh, Amir; Khazaie, Sepideh; Ghadami, Mohammad Rasoul

    2017-07-13

    With increasing use of atypical antipsychotic (AAP) agents, the concern has been raised about the association between AAP agents and medical complications. Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common breathing disorder that adversely affects health and quality of life. Because the major risk factors for OSA are weight gain and obesity by altering the upper airway anatomy, an association between AAP and development of OSA is predictable. However, we hypothesized that AAP may promote OSA not only by weight gain but also because of its potential effects on upper airway muscle function. In the present study, we evaluated the possible association between AAP use and the severity of OSA. A sample of patients using AAP for treatment of paradoxical insomnia was evaluated before and at least 8 weeks after AAP use. Patients were divided based on type of AAP use to olanzapine, risperidone, and quetiapine groups. Patients used olanzapine (5-10 mg), risperidone (2-4 mg), or quetiapine (100-200 mg) 2 h before bedtime. Before and after treatment, respiratory variables were recorded using polysomnography. BMI, neck circumference (NC), and waist circumference (WC) were measured before and after treatment period. There was no significant difference between pre- and post-treatment apnea index (0.2 ± 0.6 vs. 2.6 ± 4.3; p = 0.094) in olanzapine group. However, significant differences in hypopnea index (5.1 ± 5 vs. 30 ± 10.8; p weight gain as a main risk factor of OSA, our finding demonstrated a weight-independent association between AAP medications and worsening respiration during sleep.

  8. Occupational exposures to solvents and metals are associated with fixed airflow obstruction.

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    Alif, Sheikh M; Dharmage, Shyamali C; Benke, Geza; Dennekamp, Martine; Burgess, John A; Perret, Jennifer L; Lodge, Caroline J; Morrison, Stephen; Johns, David P; Giles, Graham G; Gurrin, Lyle C; Thomas, Paul S; Hopper, John L; Wood-Baker, Richard; Thompson, Bruce R; Feather, Iain H; Vermeulen, Roel; Kromhout, Hans; Walters, E Haydn; Abramson, Michael J; Matheson, Melanie C

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    Objectives This study investigated the associations between occupational exposures to solvents and metals and fixed airflow obstruction (AO) using post-bronchodilator spirometry. Methods We included 1335 participants from the 2002-2008 follow-up of the Tasmanian Longitudinal Health Study. Ever-exposure and cumulative exposure-unit (EU) years were calculated using the ALOHA plus job exposure matrix (JEM). Fixed AO was defined as post-bronchodilator forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV1)/forced vital capacity (FVC) <0.7 and FEV 1/FVCassociations adjusting for possible confounders. Results Ever-exposure to metals was associated with fixed AO [relative risk (RR) 1.71, 95% CI 1.03-2.85] and fixed AO lower limit of normal (RR 1.67, 95% CI 1.00-2.78). Women had lower cumulative EU years to chlorinated solvents [mean 20.9, standard deviation (SD) 13.4] than men (mean 28.6, SD 36.9). However, the risk of developing fixed AO and fixed AO plus low DLCO associated with each cumulative EU year of chlorinated solvents were higher among women than men (RR 1.08 versus 0.99, P-value for effect measure modification=0.006; RR 1.08 versus 1.00, P-value for effect measure modification=0.02). Conclusions We have shown ever-exposure to metals and chlorinated solvents are important risk factors for fixed AO. The effects for solvents were strongest among women. Preventive strategies need to be followed to reduce these exposures at the workplace.

  9. CHRONIC OBSTRUCTIVE PULMONARY DISEASE IS ASSOCIATED WITH MILD COGNITIVE IMPAIRMENT: THE MAYO CLINIC STUDY OF AGING

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    Singh, Balwinder; Parsaik, Ajay K; Mielke, Michelle M.; Roberts, Rosebud O.; Scanlon, Paul D.; Geda, Yonas E.; Pankratz, V. Shane; Christianson, Teresa; Yawn, Barbara; Petersen, Ronald C.

    2013-01-01

    Objectives To investigate the association of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) and MCI sub-types, amnestic MCI (a-MCI) and non-amnestic MCI (na-MCI), in a population-based study of elderly. Patients and Methods Participants included 1,927 individuals, aged 70 to 89 years, enrolled in the population-based, Mayo Clinic Study of Aging. Participants were evaluated with a nurse assessment, neurological evaluation, and neuropsychological testing and the diagnosis of MCI was made according to the standardized criteria by a consensus panel. COPD was identified by the review of medical records. The study was conducted from October 1, 2004, through July 31, 2007. The associations of COPD, and disease duration with MCI, and its subtypes were evaluated using logistic regression models adjusted for potential covariates. Results Of 1,927 subjects, 288 had COPD (men vs women 17.9% vs 11.8%, pCOPD, the subjects with COPD had higher prevalence of MCI (27.1% vs 14.6%, pCOPD (OR =1.90, 95 %CI =1.35 – 2.65), with a similar effect in men and women. The OR for MCI increased from 1.67 (97% CI, 1.00 – 2.69) in subjects with COPD duration of ≤ 5 years to 2.08 (95% CI, 1.36 – 3.14) in subjects > 5 years. Conclusion This population-based study suggests that COPD is associated with increased odds of having MCI and its sub-types. There was a dose-response association with duration of COPD, after controlling for the potential covariates. PMID:24182702

  10. Inflammation mediates the association between visceral adiposity and obstructive sleep apnea in adolescents.

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    Gaines, Jordan; Vgontzas, Alexandros N; Fernandez-Mendoza, Julio; Calhoun, Susan L; He, Fan; Liao, Duanping; Sawyer, Marjorie D; Bixler, Edward O

    2016-11-01

    Only a handful of studies, primarily in clinical samples, have reported an association between obesity, inflammation, and obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) in children and adolescents. No studies, however, have examined the pathogenetic link between visceral adiposity, systemic inflammation, and incident OSA in a large general population sample using objective measures of sleep and body fat. Adolescents (n = 392; mean age 17.0 ± 2.2 yr, 54.0% male) from the Penn State Child Cohort (PSCC) underwent 9-h overnight polysomnography; a DXA scan to assess body fat distribution; and a single fasting blood draw for the assessment of plasma interleukin-6 (IL-6), IL-6 soluble receptor (IL-6 sR), tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα), tumor necrosis factor receptor 1A (TNFR1), C-reactive protein (CRP), leptin, and adiponectin levels via ELISA. Visceral fat area was significantly elevated in moderate OSA (AHI ≥ 5), especially in boys. IL-6, CRP, and leptin were highest in adolescents with moderate OSA, even after adjusting for BMI percentile. Mediation analysis revealed that 42% of the association between visceral fat and OSA in adolescents was mediated by IL-6 (p = 0.03), while 82% of the association was mediated by CRP (p = 0.01). These data are consistent with the model of a feed-forward, vicious cycle, in which the release of proinflammatory cytokines by visceral adipocytes largely explains the association between central obesity and OSA; in turn, inflammation is also elevated in OSA independent of BMI. These findings, in a large, representative, non-clinical sample of young people, add to our understanding of the developmental pathogenesis of sleep apnea. Copyright © 2016 the American Physiological Society.

  11. Spontaneous Perirenal Urinoma Associated with Ureteropelvic Junction Obstruction in a Child: A Case Report

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    Po-Chang Tseng

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    Full Text Available We report a case of a 10-year-old Taiwanese boy with a perinephric urinoma, whose health had previously been good, but who experienced a sudden onset of severe left flank pain. Radiological examination revealed ureteropelvic junction obstruction with grade IV hydronephrosis and perinephric urinoma of the left kidney. Percutaneous drainage was performed successfully to relieve these symptoms. Urinoma is a rare complication of congenital obstruction of the urinary tract, and it occurs most commonly following renal trauma.

  12. Coronary microvascular dysfunction and myocardial contractile reserve in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Pena, Adam; Mygind, Naja D

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is a potential cause of myocardial ischemia and may affect myocardial function at rest and during stress. We investigated whether CMD was associated with left ventricular diastolic and systolic function at rest and during pharmacologically......) was measured in 919 women of whom 26% had CMD (defined as CFVR CMD) was associated with higher age and a higher resting heart rate. Women with CMD had a reduced GLS reserve (P = .005), while we found no association between CFVR and LVEF at rest, GLS at rest...... dysfunction measured by echocardiography at rest. CONCLUSION: The GLS reserve was significantly lower in women with CMD. The mechanisms underlying the association between CMD and GLS reserve warrant further study....

  13. Changes in prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and asthma in the US population and associated risk factors.

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    Halldin, Cara N; Doney, Brent C; Hnizdo, Eva

    2015-02-01

    Chronic lower airway diseases, including chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and asthma, are currently the third leading cause of death in the United States. We aimed to evaluate changes in prevalence of and risk factors for COPD and asthma among the US adult population. We evaluated changes in prevalence of self-reported doctor-diagnosed COPD (i.e. chronic bronchitis and emphysema) and asthma and self-reported respiratory symptoms comparing data from the 1988-1994 and 2007-2010 National Health and Nutrition Examination Surveys. To investigate changes in the severity of each outcome over the two periods, we calculated changes in the proportions of spirometry-based airflow obstruction for each outcome. Prevalence of doctor-diagnosed chronic bronchitis and emphysema decreased significantly mainly among males, while asthma increased only among females. The self-reported disease and the respiratory symptoms were associated with increased prevalence of airflow obstruction for both periods. However, the prevalence of airflow obstruction decreased significantly in the second period among those with shortness of breath and doctor-diagnosed respiratory conditions (chronic bronchitis, emphysema, and asthma). COPD outcomes and asthma were associated with lower education, smoking, underweight and obesity, and occupational dusts and fumes exposure. Chronic lower airway diseases continue to be major public health problems. However, decreased prevalence of doctor-diagnosed chronic bronchitis and emphysema (in males) and decreased prevalence of airflow obstruction in those with respiratory symptoms and doctor-diagnosed respiratory diseases may indicate a declining trend and decrease in disease severity between the two periods. Continued focus on prevention of these diseases through public health interventions is prudent. © The Author(s) 2014.

  14. Association between Carotid Artery Stenosis and Cognitive Impairment in Stroke Patients: A Cross-Sectional Study.

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    Wei Yue

    Full Text Available To investigate potential associations between carotid artery stenosis and cognitive impairment among patients with acute ischemic stroke and to provide important clinical implications. We measured the degree of carotid artery stenosis and recorded the Mini-Mental State Examination score (MMSE at admission in 3116 acute ischemic stroke patients. The association between carotid stenosis and cognitive impairment assessed by MMSE was tested using multivariate regression analysis. Other clinical variables of interest were also studied. After adjusting for age, gender, education level, marriage, alcohol use, tobacco use, physical activity, hypertension, diabetes, hypercholesterolemia, atrial fibrillation, myocardial infarction and NIHSS (National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale score, we found that participants with high-grade stenosis of the carotid artery had a higher likelihood of cognitive impairment compared to those without carotid artery stenosis (OR = 1.49, 95%CI: 1.05-2.11, p<0.001. Left common carotid artery stenosis was associated with cognitive impairment in the univariate analysis, although this effect did not persist after adjustment for the NIHSS score. Cognitive impairment was associated with high-grade stenosis of the right carotid artery.

  15. Association of chronic nasal symptoms with dyspnoea and quality-of-life impairment in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Caillaud, Denis; Chanez, Pascal; Escamilla, Roger; Burgel, Pierre-Régis; Court-Fortune, Isabelle; Nesme-Meyer, Pascale; Deslee, Gaëtan; Perez, Thierry; Pinet, Christophe; Roche, Nicolas

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    Previous studies suggested that chronic nasal symptoms (CNS) are frequent in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) subjects, but their contribution to dyspnoea and quality-of-life (QoL) impairment is not clearly established. Data from the French COPD cohort 'Initiatives bronchopneumopathie chronique obstructive' were analyzed to assess the frequency of CNS (rhinorrhea, obstruction, anosmia) in COPD patients and analyze their impact and associated risk factors. Univariate and multivariate analyses were performed to assess the relationship between CNS with sociodemographic and anthropometric characteristics, risk factors, respiratory symptoms, spirometry, QoL (Saint George's respiratory questionnaire (SGRQ)), dyspnoea (modified Medical Research Council (mMRC) scale), mood disorders (Hospital Anxiety and Depression Scale (HADS)), number of exacerbations and comorbid conditions. CNS were reported by 115 of 274 COPD subjects (42%). Among them, rhinorrhea and nasal obstruction were reported by 62% and 43%, respectively. In multivariate analysis, COPD patients with CNS had higher SGRQ total scores, corresponding to worse QoL (P = 0.01), while no independent association was found with exacerbations, lung function and HADS. Among SGRQ domains, an independent association was found with the activity score (P = 0.007). When SGRQ score was forced out of the model to avoid redundancy, mMRC score was independently associated with CNS (P = 0.01). Among risk factors, cumulative smoking, hay fever and atopic dermatitis but not occupational exposures were independently associated with CNS. In this group of COPD subjects, CNS were frequently observed and associated with dyspnoea and poorer QoL. CNS should be systematically assessed and could be a potential target in the management of COPD. © 2013 The Authors. Respirology © 2013 Asian Pacific Society of Respirology.

  16. Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction associated with enteric ganglionitis in a Persian cat

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    Jeremy Mortier

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available Case summary A 7-year-old neutered male Persian cat was presented for acute vomiting and inappetence. Physical examination revealed severe abdominal distension. Radiographs demonstrated pneumoperitoneum, megaoesophagus and generalised gaseous distension of the digestive tract. Exploratory coeliotomy was performed, revealing markedly distended and thickened small and large intestines with no observable peristalsis. No intestinal perforation was present. Bacteriological and cytological analysis of abdominal fluid revealed a septic peritonitis involving Pasteurella multocida . Full-thickness intestinal biopsies demonstrated lymphocytic ganglioneuritis localised to the enteric nervous system, in association with glandular atrophy and muscular layer hypertrophy. Amoxicillin-clavulanate and analgesics were given. The cat’s general condition gradually improved after the addition of pyridostigmine bromide (0.5 mg/kg q12h PO, initiated 3 days postsurgery. Vomiting resolved and did not recur. Follow-up radiographs at 15 days, and 1 and 6 months showed persistent intestinal ileus, milder than on the pretreatment radiographs. Thirty months after presentation the cat is still alive, without clinical signs, and receives 1 mg/kg q12h pyridostigmine. Relevance and novel information To our knowledge, this is the first case of ganglioneuritis of the myenteric plexus described in cats, as well as the first one successfully treated with pyridostigmine. Chronic intestinal pseudo-obstruction is a very rare condition in cats but should be included in the differential diagnosis of generalised gastrointestinal ileus.

  17. Impact of ventilator associated pneumonia on outcome in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease exacerbation

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    Vijay Hadda

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background and Objective: There are sparse data regarding the impact of ventilator-associated pneumonia (VAP on outcome among patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD exacerbation. Materials and Methods: This retrospective study included patients with COPD exacerbation requiring endotracheal intubation for more than 48 h admitted in a single respiratory unit from January 2008 to December 2009. Records of these patients were checked for the occurrence of VAP. Results: One hundred and fifty-three patients required endotracheal intubation for COPD exacerbation during this period. The mean age of this cohort was 61.46 ± 11.3 years. The median duration of COPD was 6 years (range: 1-40. A total of 35 (22.8% patients developed VAP (early: 9 and late: 26. The risk of mortality was comparable between two groups, that is, patients with and without VAP [odd′s ratio (OR−1.125; 95% confidence interval (CI, 0.622-2.035]. The duration of mechanical ventilation and hospital stay (median ± standard error, 95% CI was 32 ± 10 (95% CI, 13-51 versus 10 ± 2 (95% CI, 6-14 days; P ≤ 0.001 and 53 ± 26 (95% CI, 3-103 versus 18 ± 7 (95% CI, 5-31 days; P = 0.031, respectively was higher among patients with VAP. Conclusions: Our study has shown that VAP leads to increased duration of mechanical ventilation and hospital stay; however, the mortality is not affected.

  18. Glaucoma and its association with obstructive sleep apnea: A narrative review

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    Aditya Chaitanya

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is one of the systemic risk factors for glaucoma which causes irreversible visual field (VF damage. We reviewed the published data of all types of studies on the association between these two conditions and papers regarding functional and structural changes related to glaucomatous damage using Scopus, web of science, and PubMed databases. There is evidence that the prevalence of glaucoma is higher in OSA patients, which independent of intraocular pressure (IOP. Studies have reported thinning of retinal nerve fiber layer (RNFL, alteration of optic nerve head, choroidal and macular thickness, and reduced VF sensitivity in patients of OSA with no history glaucoma. A negative correlation of apnea-hypopnea index with RNFL and VF indices has been described in some studies. Raised IOP was noted which is possibly related to obesity, supine position during sleep, and raised intracranial pressure. Diurnal fluctuations of IOP show more variations in OSA patients before and after continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP therapy when compared with the normal cases. The vascular factors behind the pathogenesis include recurrent hypoxia with increased vascular resistance, oxidative stress damage to the optic nerve. In conclusion, comprehensive glaucoma evaluation should be recommended in patients with OSA and should also periodically monitor IOP during CPAP treatment which may trigger the progression of glaucomatous damage.

  19. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease associated with increased risk of bipolar disorder.

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    Su, Vincent Yi-Fong; Hu, Li-Yu; Yeh, Chiu-Mei; Chiang, Huey-Ling; Shen, Cheng-Che; Chou, Kun-Ta; Chen, Tzeng-Ji; Lu, Ti; Tzeng, Cheng-Hwai; Liu, Chia-Jen

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    Epidemiological studies have identified a trend in the development of depressive and anxiety disorders following a diagnosis of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). However, the relationship between COPD and subsequent bipolar disorder remains unclear. From January 1, 2000, we identified adult patients with COPD from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. A nationwide population-based study was conducted; 46,778 COPD patients and 46,778 age-, sex-, and comorbidity-matched subjects between 2000 and 2011 were enrolled. The two cohorts were followed up till December 31, 2011 and observed for occurrence of bipolar disorder. We observed the COPD and comparison cohorts for 263,020 and 267,895 person-years, respectively, from 2000 to 2011. The incidence rate for bipolar disorder was 1.6/1000 person-years in the COPD cohort and 1.2/1000 person-years in the comparison cohort ( p bipolar disorder among the COPD patients was 1.42 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.22-1.64; p bipolar disorder development (HR = 1.83, 95% CI = 1.25-2.69, p = 0.002). Other COPD medications were not associated with the risk of bipolar disorder development. The study results indicate that COPD may be an independent risk factor for the development of bipolar disorder. The regular use of SABAs might increase the risk of bipolar disorder in COPD patients.

  20. [The German cigarette industry association--obstructing effective tobacco control in Germany].

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    Kyriss, T; Pötschke-Langer, M; Grüning, T

    2008-05-01

    In spite of up to 140,000 tobacco-related deaths each year, Germany still lacks comprehensive tobacco control policies. Through systematic analysis of internal tobacco industry documents we examined how and to what extent the German Cigarette Industry Association (Verband der Cigarettenindustrie, VdC), which is the tobacco industry's trade organisation in Germany, contributed to this lack of more effective tobacco control. The role and strategies of the VdC are illustrated by using selected case studies. The evaluated documents reveal a profound influence of the VdC on political decision-makers in Federal and State Ministries as well as on German governments. The VdC successfully curbed and delayed the national adoption of EU legislation on tobacco advertising and product regulation, public smoking bans, legislation to protect the youth, and rises in tobacco taxation. The VdC's influence has played a key role in obstructing the development and implementation of effective tobacco control policies in Germany.

  1. The association between dental health and nutritional status in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

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    Terashima, Takeshi; Chubachi, Shotaro; Matsuzaki, Tatsu; Nakajima, Takahiro; Satoh, Minako; Iwami, Eri; Yoshida, Kyouko; Katakura, Akira; Betsuyaku, Tomoko

    2017-11-01

    Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and periodontitis are chronic inflammatory systemic diseases with common risk factors (smoking and aging). In COPD, poor periodontal health could result in inadequate nutrition, potentially causing loss of muscle volume. The purpose of this case-control study was to examine our hypothesis that COPD patients have poorer periodontal health and poorer nutritional status than non-COPD patients. Periodontal status was assessed using bleeding on probing (BOP), pocket depth (PD), and plaque-control ratio (PCR). Nutritional status was assessed using body mass index, lean body mass, and serum albumin levels. The COPD group ( n = 60) had fewer remaining teeth, greater BOP, greater PD, and lower serum albumin levels compared with smokers without COPD ( n = 41) and nonsmokers ( n = 35; p 30% of remaining teeth with a PD ≥ 4 mm (RR, 4.82; p = 0.011). A significant negative correlation existed between the number of teeth with a PD ≥ 4 mm and serum albumin level ( r2 = 0.127; p = 0.013). We demonstrated that poor periodontal health was associated with hypoalbuminemia, suggesting poor nutritional status and inflammation in COPD.

  2. Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome and hypothyroidism - merely concurrence or causal association?

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    Kuczyński, Wojciech; Gabryelska, Agata; Mokros, Łukasz; Białasiewicz, Piotr

    2016-01-01

    The prevalence of obstructive sleep apnea-hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) ranges from 4 to 7% in men and from 2 to 5% in women. Its deleterious consequences such as traffic accidents, cardiovascular complications increasing morbidity and mortality, make it a major health problem. Apart from obesity (a major risk factor for OSAHS), hypothyroid patients are prone to reveal this phenotype. Although hypothyroidism seems an acknowledged risk factor for OSAHS, some authors report the lack of clinically relevant association. The argument partly depends on the increased prevalence of hypothyroidism in OSAHS patients, but the epidemiological data is limited and somehow inconsistent; even less is known about sub-clinical hypothyroidism in OSAHS patients. Even if frequency of overt and sub-clinical hypothyroidism in OSAHS patients is comparable to the general population, screening for it seems beneficial, as hormone replacement therapy may improve sleep disordered breathing. Unfortunately, this favorable outcome was found only in a few studies with limited number of patients with hypothyroidism. Yet, despite the lack of international guidelines and no large multicentre studies on the topic available, we think that TSH screening might prove beneficial in vast majority of OSAHS patients.

  3. Blood lipid levels associate with childhood asthma, airway obstruction, bronchial hyperresponsiveness, and aeroallergen sensitization.

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    Vinding, Rebecca K; Stokholm, Jakob; Chawes, Bo L K; Bisgaard, Hans

    2016-01-01

    Studies of children's blood lipid profiles in relation to asthma are few, and the results are ambiguous. We sought to examine whether the lipid profile is associated with concurrent asthma, altered lung function, and allergic sensitization in children. High-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglyceride levels were measured at ages 5 to 7 years in the Copenhagen Prospective Studies on Asthma in Childhood2000 at-risk birth cohort. Asthma and allergic rhinitis were diagnosed based on predefined algorithms at age 7 years along with assessments of lung function, bronchial responsiveness, fraction of exhaled nitric oxide (Feno), and allergic sensitization. Associations between lipid levels and clinical outcomes were adjusted for sex, passive smoking, and body mass index. High levels of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol were associated with concurrent asthma (adjusted odds ratio [aOR], 1.93; 95% CI, 1.06-3.55; P = .03) and airway obstruction: 50% of forced expiratory flow (aβ coefficient, -0.13 L/s; 95% CI, -0.24 to -0.03 L/s; P = .01) and specific airway resistance (aβ coefficient, 0.06 kPa/s; 95% CI, 0.00-0.11 kPa/s; P = .05). High levels of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol were associated with improved specific airway resistance (aβ coefficient, -0.11 kPa/s; 95% CI, -0.21 to -0.02; P = .02), decreased bronchial responsiveness (aβ coefficient, 0.53 log-μmol; 95% CI, 0.00-1.60 log-μmol; P = .05), decreased risk of aeroallergen sensitization (aOR, 0.27; 95% CI, 0.01-0.70; P = .01), and a trend of reduced Feno levels (aβ coefficient, -0.22 log-ppb; 95% CI, -0.50 to 0.01 log-ppb; P = .06). High triglyceride levels were associated with aeroallergen sensitization (aOR, 2.01; 95% CI, 1.14-3.56; P = .02) and a trend of increased Feno levels (aβ coefficient, 0.14 log-ppb; 95% CI, -0.02 to 0.30 log-ppb; P = .08). The blood lipid profile is associated with asthma, airway obstruction, bronchial

  4. Association between ABO blood group and severity of coronary artery disease in unstable angina.

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    Omidi, Negar; Rafie Khorgami, Mohammad; Effatpanah, Mohammad; Khatami, Farnaz; Mashhadizadeh, Mehrpouya; Jalali, Arash; Hekmat, Hamidreza

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    ABO blood groups are genetically transmitted through chromosome 9 at locus 9q34. It is supposed that there is a locus on 9p21, which has a role in developing coronary artery disease. Our study population consisted of 309 patients with unstable angina admitted to the Ziaeian Hospital, Tehran, Iran, who underwent coronary angiography. The association between types of blood group (O and non-O) with the severity of coronary artery disease was investigated. Compared to the non-O groups, the O group had more severe coronary artery involvement (P = 0.004). Our study supports recent suggestions on the association between blood group and coronary artery disease. Further studies are needed to evaluate the effect of blood group on atherosclerosis.

  5. A Review of the Association Between Coronary Artery Disease and Infection

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    Alper Onk

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available Atherosclerotic involvement of the coronary arteries and its association with various inflammatory processes such as chronic inflammation-repair cascades have long been considered. There has been a growing body of evidence regarding the role of certain inflammatory pathways in the development of atherosclerosis in humans. The causal relationship between infection and coronary artery disease has drawn less attention. A number of infectious agents including chlamydia pneumoniae, helicobacter pylori, herpes simplex virus, and cytomegalovirus (CMV have increasingly been reported as having significant causal relationships with the development and severity of coronary artery disease. Despite experimental and autopsy studies of the association between infection and certain microorganisms and atherosclerosis, it is still unclear whether infectious etiology plays a crucial role in the development of coronary artery disease. Current data particularly indicate the causal relationship of C. pneumoniae with atherosclerosis and there has also been convincing evidence that H. pylori and herpesviruses may be responsible for disease progression or severity.

  6. Coronary microvascular dysfunction and myocardial contractile reserve in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Pena, Adam; Mygind, Naja D; Bech, Jan; Gustafsson, Ida; Kastrup, Jens; Hansen, Henrik S; Høst, Nis; Hansen, Peter R; Prescott, Eva

    2018-02-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is a potential cause of myocardial ischemia and may affect myocardial function at rest and during stress. We investigated whether CMD was associated with left ventricular diastolic and systolic function at rest and during pharmacologically induced hyperemic stress. In a prospective cohort study, we included 963 women with angina, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >45%, and an invasive coronary angiogram without significant stenosis (CMD (defined as CFVR CMD) was associated with higher age and a higher resting heart rate. Women with CMD had a reduced GLS reserve (P = .005), while we found no association between CFVR and LVEF at rest, GLS at rest, or the LVEF reserve, respectively. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) reserve remained associated with CFVR (P = .002) in a multivariable regression analysis adjusted for age, hemodynamic variables, and GLS at rest. In age-adjusted analysis, women with low CFVR had no signs of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction measured by echocardiography at rest. The GLS reserve was significantly lower in women with CMD. The mechanisms underlying the association between CMD and GLS reserve warrant further study. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Association of vitamin D status with arterial blood pressure and hypertension risk : A mendelian randomisation study

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    Vimaleswaran, Karani S.; Cavadino, Alana; Berry, Diane J.; Jorde, Rolf; Dieffenbach, Aida Karina; Lu, Chen; Alves, Alexessander Couto; Lambers Heerspink, Hiddo J.; Tikkanen, Emmi; Eriksson, Joel; Wong, Andrew; Mangino, Massimo; Jablonski, Kathleen A.; Nolte, Ilja M.; Houston, Denise K.; Ahluwalia, Tarunveer Singh; van der Most, Peter J.; Pasko, Dorota; Zgaga, Lina; Thiering, Elisabeth; Vitart, Veronique; Fraser, Ross M.; Huffman, Jennifer E.; de Boer, Rudolf A.; Schoettker, Ben; Saum, Kai-Uwe; McCarthy, Mark I.; Dupuis, Josee; Herzig, Karl-Heinz; Sebert, Sylvain; Pouta, Anneli; Laitinen, Jaana; Kleber, Marcus E.; Navis, Gerjan; Lorentzon, Mattias; Jameson, Karen; Arden, Nigel; Cooper, Jackie A.; Acharya, Jayshree; Hardy, Rebecca; Raitakari, Olli; Ripatti, Samuli; Billings, Liana K.; Lahti, Jari; Osmond, Clive; Penninx, Brenda W.; Rejnmark, Lars; Lohman, Kurt K.; Paternoster, Lavinia; Stolk, Ronald P.; Hernandez, Dena G.; Byberg, Liisa; Hagstrom, Emil; Melhus, Hakan; Ingelsson, Erik; Mellstroem, Dan; Ljunggren, Osten; Tzoulaki, Ioanna; McLachlan, Stela; Theodoratou, Evropi; Tiesler, Carla M. T.; Jula, Antti; Navarro, Pau; Wright, Alan F.; Polasek, Ozren; Hayward, Caroline; Wilson, James F.; Rudan, Igor; Salomaa, Veikko; Heinrich, Joachim; Campbell, Harry; Price, Jacqueline F.; Karlsson, Magnus; Lind, Lars; Michaesson, Karl; Bandinelli, Stefania; Frayling, Timothy M.; Hartman, Catharina A.; Sorensen, Thorkild I. A.; Kritchevsky, Stephen B.; Langdahl, Bente Lomholt; Eriksson, Johan G.; Florez, Jose C.; Spector, Tim D.; Lehtimaki, Terho; Kuh, Diana; Humphries, Steve E.; Cooper, Cyrus; Ohlsson, Claes; Maerz, Winfried; de Borst, Martin H.; Kumari, Meena; Kivimaki, Mika; Wang, Thomas J.; Power, Chris; Brenner, Hermann; Grimnes, Guri; van der Harst, Pim; Snieder, Harold; Hingorani, Aroon D.; Pilz, Stefan; Whittaker, John C.; Jarvelin, Marjo-Riitta; Hypponen, Elina

    BACKGROUND: Low plasma 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25[OH]D) concentration is associated with high arterial blood pressure and hypertension risk, but whether this association is causal is unknown. We used a mendelian randomisation approach to test whether 25(OH)D concentration is causally associated with

  8. Persistent primitive hypoglossal artery associated with Chiari II malformation: Diagnosis and clinical implications

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    Gupta Mudit

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available We present a case of persistent primitive hypoglossal artery (PPHA associated with Chiari II malformation and discuss the clinical implications. There has been one reported case of PPHA associated with Chiari 1 malformation, but none in association with Chiari II. Our patient also had a widened hypoglossal canal, with cerebrospinal fluid (CSF sac herniation through it.

  9. Systematic Evaluation of Pleiotropy Identifies 6 Further Loci Associated With Coronary Artery Disease

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    Webb, Thomas R.; Erdmann, Jeanette; Stirrups, Kathleen E.; Stitziel, Nathan O.; Masca, Nicholas G. D.; Jansen, Henning; Kanoni, Stavroula; Nelson, Christopher P.; Ferrario, Paola G.; König, Inke R.; Eicher, John D.; Johnson, Andrew D.; Hamby, Stephen E.; Betsholtz, Christer; Ruusalepp, Arno; Franzén, Oscar; Schadt, Eric E.; Björkegren, Johan L. M.; Weeke, Peter E.; Auer, Paul L.; Schick, Ursula M.; Lu, Yingchang; Zhang, He; Dube, Marie-Pierre; Goel, Anuj; Farrall, Martin; Peloso, Gina M.; Won, Hong-Hee; Do, Ron; van Iperen, Erik; Kruppa, Jochen; Mahajan, Anubha; Scott, Robert A.; Willenborg, Christina; Braund, Peter S.; van Capelleveen, Julian C.; Doney, Alex S. F.; Donnelly, Louise A.; Asselta, Rosanna; Merlini, Pier A.; Duga, Stefano; Marziliano, Nicola; Denny, Josh C.; Shaffer, Christian; El-Mokhtari, Nour Eddine; Franke, Andre; Heilmann, Stefanie; Hengstenberg, Christian; Hoffmann, Per; Holmen, Oddgeir L.; Hveem, Kristian; Jansson, Jan-Håkan; Jöckel, Karl-Heinz; Kessler, Thorsten; Kriebel, Jennifer; Laugwitz, Karl L.; Marouli, Eirini; Martinelli, Nicola; McCarthy, Mark I.; van Zuydam, Natalie R.; Meisinger, Christa; Esko, Tõnu; Mihailov, Evelin; Escher, Stefan A.; Alver, Maris; Moebus, Susanne; Morris, Andrew D.; Virtamo, Jarma; Nikpay, Majid; Olivieri, Oliviero; Provost, Sylvie; AlQarawi, Alaa; Robertson, Neil R.; Akinsansya, Karen O.; Reilly, Dermot F.; Vogt, Thomas F.; Yin, Wu; Asselbergs, Folkert W.; Kooperberg, Charles; Jackson, Rebecca D.; Stahl, Eli; Müller-Nurasyid, Martina; Strauch, Konstantin; Varga, Tibor V.; Waldenberger, Melanie; Zeng, Lingyao; Chowdhury, Rajiv; Salomaa, Veikko; Ford, Ian; Jukema, J. Wouter; Amouyel, Philippe; Kontto, Jukka; Nordestgaard, Børge G.; Ferrières, Jean; Saleheen, Danish; Sattar, Naveed; Surendran, Praveen; Wagner, Aline; Young, Robin; Howson, Joanna M. M.; Butterworth, Adam S.; Danesh, John; Ardissino, Diego; Bottinger, Erwin P.; Erbel, Raimund; Franks, Paul W.; Girelli, Domenico; Hall, Alistair S.; Hovingh, G. Kees; Kastrati, Adnan; Lieb, Wolfgang; Meitinger, Thomas; Kraus, William E.; Shah, Svati H.; McPherson, Ruth; Orho-Melander, Marju; Melander, Olle; Metspalu, Andres; Palmer, Colin N. A.; Peters, Annette; Rader, Daniel J.; Reilly, Muredach P.; Loos, Ruth J. F.; Reiner, Alex P.; Roden, Dan M.; Tardif, Jean-Claude; Thompson, John R.; Wareham, Nicholas J.; Watkins, Hugh; Willer, Cristen J.; Samani, Nilesh J.; Schunkert, Heribert; Deloukas, Panos; Kathiresan, Sekar

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    Genome-wide association studies have so far identified 56 loci associated with risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). Many CAD loci show pleiotropy; that is, they are also associated with other diseases or traits. This study sought to systematically test if genetic variants identified for non-CAD

  10. Migraine pain associated with middle cerebral artery dilatation

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    Friberg, L; Olesen, J; Iversen, Helle Klingenberg

    1991-01-01

    an attack and when they had been free of attacks for 5 days (non-attack). On both occasions they were given as intravenous infusion of sumatriptan (2 mg), a 5-HT1-like receptor agonist, which relieved the symptoms within 30 min without affecting rCBF. The MCA velocity was normal on both sides on the non...... dilatation on the headache side. Sumatriptan predominantly had effects on the distended artery, which suggests that the 5-HT receptor system has a role in the pathogenesis of migraine....

  11. Panoramic Radiography in the Diagnosis of Carotid Artery Atheromas and the Associated Risk Factors

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    Guimarães Henriques, João César; Kreich, Eliane Maria; Helena Baldani, Márcia; Luciano, Mariely; Cezar de Melo Castilho, Julio; Cesar de Moraes, Luiz

    2011-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is a serious chronic disease, responsible for thousands of deaths worldwide and is characterized by thickening and loss of elasticity of the arterial walls, associated with the presence of atheromatous plaques. Various risk factors act directly on predisposition to the disease, among which the following are pointed out: diabetes mellitus, arterial hypertension and inadequate diet and eating habits. More recent researches have elucidated new risk factors acting in the developme...

  12. Hemicrania continua-like headache associated with internal carotid artery dissection may respond to indomethacin.

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    Ashkenazi, Avi; Abbas, Muhammad A; Sharma, Dinesh K; Silberstein, Stephen D

    2007-01-01

    Hemicrania continua (HC) is an idiopathic, chronic disorder characterized by a continuous, strictly unilateral headache associated with ipsilateral cranial autonomic symptoms. The symptoms of HC typically respond dramatically to indomethacin therapy. We describe a patient with traumatic internal carotid artery dissection, who presented with a clinical picture mimicking HC that initially responded to indomethacin. Patients with a clinical picture similar to HC should be managed with a high index of suspicion for a possible cervical arterial dissection.

  13. Association of Isolated Single Umbilical Artery With Small for Gestational Age and Preterm Birth.

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    Battarbee, Ashley N; Palatnik, Anna; Ernst, Linda M; Grobman, William A

    2015-10-01

    To assess the association of an isolated single umbilical artery with small for gestational age (SGA) and preterm birth. In this retrospective cohort study, 219 consecutive women carrying a fetus with an isolated single umbilical artery diagnosed during routine second-trimester anatomic survey were compared with 219 women carrying a fetus with a three-vessel cord. Pregnancies with fetal anomalies or aneuploidy were excluded from the analysis. Outcomes included pregnancy-induced hypertension, gestational age at birth, birth weight, SGA, defined as birth weight less than the 10th percentile, and indicated or spontaneous preterm birth, defined as delivery before 37 weeks of gestation. In univariable analysis, the presence of an isolated single umbilical artery was significantly associated with lower birth weight (3,146 compared with 3,430 g) and with SGA (11.9% compared with 2.7%; Psingle umbilical artery. In multivariable analysis controlling for potential confounders, an isolated single umbilical artery remained associated with SGA, pregnancy-induced hypertension, and medically indicated preterm birth (adjusted odds ratio [OR] 3.97, confidence interval [CI] 1.55-10.12; adjusted OR 3.50, CI 1.10-11.18; adjusted OR 7.35, CI 1.60-33.77, respectively). Pregnancies complicated by isolated single umbilical artery are at increased risk for SGA and pregnancy-induced hypertension but not for spontaneous preterm birth. II.

  14. Coronary artery disease and its association with Vitamin D deficiency

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    Ramesh Aggarwal

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    Full Text Available Coronary artery disease (CAD has become the latest scourge of humankind and referred to in this article as CAD, is the end result of the accumulation of atheromatous plaques within the walls of coronary arteries that supply the myocardium, a process also known as atherosclerosis and manifests mostly in the form of chronic stable angina or acute coronary syndrome. Vitamin D has attracted considerable interest recently due to its role in a number of extraskeletal disease processes including multiple sclerosis, malignancies, diabetes mellitus, and CAD. It is also known as sunshine vitamin due to its production in the body following exposure to ultraviolet rays, and it is a unique vitamin as it acts like a hormone with its receptor present in a wide range of tissues including endothelium, which is the important mediator of atherosclerosis and subsequent CAD. A large number of studies conducted in the past have provided the basic scientific framework and this article attempts to explore the role of Vitamin D deficiency in the pathogenesis of CAD and stresses the need for further research to fill up gap in our knowledge.

  15. Intradialytic Muscle Cramp and its Association with Peripheral Arterial Disease in End Stage Renal Disease Patients on Hemodialysis

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    Madhav Ghimire

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    Conclusions: Intradialytic Muscle cramps and peripheral arterial disease were common occurrence in end stage renal disease patients on hemodialysis patients, however there was no association between the presence of intradialytic Muscle cramps and peripheral arterial disease. Keywords: end stage renal disease; intradialytic muscle cramps; peripheral arterial disease.

  16. Risk Factors Associated with Irreversible Airway Obstruction in Asthma: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Lanlan Zhang

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    Full Text Available Irreversible airway obstruction (IAO is a subtype of asthma and relates to poorer prognosis in some asthma patients. However, the prevalence and risk factors for IAO are unknown. A systematic review regarding controlled clinical studies (cohort, case-control studies on IAO asthma in adult and/or children affected by asthma/early wheeze was performed. Eighteen papers were identified in this study. It was reported that the incidence of IAO at random effects or fixed effects in severe asthma and nonsevere asthma was 0.54 (95% CI: 0.45–0.62 and 0.16 (95% CI: 0.12–0.20, respectively. In IAO asthma, the pooled odds ratio (OR related to smoking exposure was 2.22 (95% CI: 1.82–2.73, the OR for male, smoking, and fractional exhaled nitric oxide (FENO was 2.22 (95% CI: 1.82–2.7, 1.79 (95% CI: 1.46–2.19, and 2.16 (95% CI: 1.05–4.43, respectively, suggesting these factors increase the risk of IAO. However, a decreased OR in IAO asthma was observed due to rhinitis (OR = 0.31, 95% CI: 0.24–0.40, atopy (OR = 0.584, 95% CI: 0.466–0.732, and atopic dermatitis (OR = 0.60, 95% CI: 0.42–0.85, indicating these factors are associated with reduced risk of IAO. IAO in asthma is associated with gender, smoking, FENO, rhinitis, atopy, and atopic dermatitis.

  17. Reversal of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease-associated weight loss : are there pharmacological treatment options?

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    Berry, Jean K; Baum, Charles

    2004-01-01

    Poor nutritional status is associated with an increased incidence of morbidity and mortality in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). While a number of factors have been shown to produce tissue catabolism, no single mechanism has been clearly identified as a primary cause for weight loss in patients with severe COPD. Without a clear understanding of the aetiology of weight loss, therapeutic strategies to reverse this process have historically been unsuccessful. A review of recent studies allows consideration of a model of mechanisms of weight loss. This model includes multiple pathways that may be activated singly or simultaneously to cause loss of weight, specifically lean body mass. These include energy imbalances, elevated levels of cytokines, tissue hypoxia and the effects of cocorticosteroid therapy. To date, interventional studies that have looked at newer pharmacotherapies such as growth hormone and anabolic steroids in patients with COPD who are losing weight have not demonstrated reversal of weight loss or improvement in nutritional status. Currently, early identification of patients at risk for weight loss and aggressive nutritional supplementation coupled with an exercise programme has demonstrated the greatest benefit. However, with increasing understanding of the mechanisms that may be implicated, new targets for therapies are being identified. Of particular research interest are molecules such as leukotrienes, hormones, tumour necrosis factor-alpha and acute-phase proteins, which are noted to be elevated in some patients with COPD-associated weight loss. Currently, inhibitors to some of these inflammatory substances are used therapeutically in other chronic illnesses such as rheumatoid arthritis and cancer cachexia. Future research may investigate their usefulness in COPD and direct new therapies that target the processes contributing to weight loss in these patients.

  18. Obstructive sleep apnea is associated with higher healthcare utilization in elderly patients

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    Karla Diaz

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is an important cause of morbidity in the elderly population. Limited data are available regarding the healthcare utilization and predisposing conditions related to OSA in the elderly. Our aim was to evaluate the healthcare utilization and the conditions associated with new and chronic diagnosis of OSA in a large cohort of elderly patients in the Veterans Health Administration (VHA. Materials and Methods: This retrospective cohort study used inpatient and outpatient VHA data to identify the individuals diagnosed with OSA using ICD-9 codes during the fiscal years 2003-2005. Primary outcomes were emergency department (ED visits and hospitalizations. Multivariable logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the demographic and clinical characteristics associated with new and chronic diagnosis of OSA. Results: Of 1,867,876 elderly veterans having 2 years of care, 82,178 (4.4% were diagnosed with OSA. Individuals with OSA were younger and more likely to have chronic diseases than those without OSA. Individuals with chronic OSA were more likely to have diagnoses of congestive heart failure (CHF, pulmonary circulation disorders, COPD, and obesity and less likely to have diagnoses of hypertension, osteoarthritis, and stroke than individuals with newly diagnosed OSA. The proportion of patients with new OSA diagnosis who required at least one ED visit was higher than the proportion of chronic OSA and no OSA patients (37%, 32%, and 15%, respectively; P-value <0.05. The proportion of new OSA patients who required at least one hospitalization was also higher than the proportion of chronic OSA and no OSA patients (24%, 17%, and 7%, respectively; P-value <0.05. Conclusion: Patients with OSA had a higher incidence of healthcare utilization compared to patients without OSA. New OSA patients had a higher rate of healthcare utilization in the year of diagnosis compared to chronic patients and patients without OSA

  19. Association of Cytokine Gene Polymorphisms in Patients with Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease

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    Rajni Kant Shukla

    2012-07-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is a major health problem. The disease is driven by abnormal inflammatory reactions in response to inhaled particles and fumes. Therefore, inflammatory mediators are postulated to be of distinct importance. Keeping in view of the above facts; we investigate the role of polymorphisms of cytokine genes in the genetic predisposition of COPD.Methods: In this present case-control study, the allele and genotype distributions of IL1B, IL1RN, TNF-α, and IL4 were studied in COPD patients (N=204 and healthy individuals (N=208. Genomic DNA was obtained by whole blood and genotyping was carried out by a polymerase chain reaction (PCR based Restriction Fragment Length Polymorphism technique.Results: Genotype IL1RN*2/IL1RN*2 was identified as protective for male COPD, its frequency being 8.7% in COPD patients and 14.6% in healthy subjects (p=0.017; OR=0.53, but IL1RN*1/IL1RN*2 turned out to be a risk factor for females COPD. No significant differences were found between the groups of COPD patients and healthy subjects concerning the genotype frequencies of the polymorphisms T (-511 C of IL1B and 70bp VNTR of IL-4. Genotype GA of the TNF-α polymorphism G (-308 A was more common in the COPD patients than in the controls (20.5% vs.14.4%; p=0.107, and allele A was significantly associated with COPD patients (p=0.023; OR=0.65.Conclusion: IL-1RN *2 allele appears to be significantly associated with the COPD female patients and TNF-α-308A allele is a risk factor for the development of COPD.

  20. Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease is associated with low levels of vitamin D.

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    Louise Jeanette Pauline Persson

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION: COPD patients may be at increased risk for vitamin D (25(OHD deficiency, but risk factors for deficiency among COPD patients have not been extensively reported. METHODS: Serum 25(OHD levels were measured by liquid chromatography double mass spectrometry in subjects aged 40-76 years from Western Norway, including 433 COPD patients (GOLD stage II-IV and 325 controls. Levels <20 ng/mL defined deficiency. Season, sex, age, body mass index (BMI, smoking, GOLD stage, exacerbation frequency, arterial oxygen tension (PaO(2, respiratory symptoms, depression (CES-D score≥16, comorbidities (Charlson score, treatment for osteoporosis, use of inhaled steroids, and total white blood count were examined for associations with 25(OHD in both linear and logistic regression models. RESULTS: COPD patients had an increased risk for vitamin D deficiency compared to controls after adjustment for seasonality, age, smoking and BMI. Variables associated with lower 25(OHD levels in COPD patients were obesity ( = -6.63, current smoking ( = -4.02, GOLD stage III- IV ( = -4.71, = -5.64, and depression ( = -3.29. Summertime decreased the risk of vitamin D deficiency (OR = 0.22. CONCLUSION: COPD was associated with an increased risk of vitamin D deficiency, and important disease characteristics were significantly related to 25(OHD levels.

  1. Genetic predisposition to albuminuria is associated with increased arterial stiffness: role of elastin.

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    Gil-Ortega, M; García-Prieto, C F; Ruiz-Hurtado, G; Steireif, C; González, M C; Schulz, A; Kreutz, R; Fernández-Alfonso, M S; Arribas, S; Somoza, B

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    The Munich Wistar Frömter (MWF) rat strain represents an experimental model to study cardiovascular alterations under conditions of progressive albuminuria. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between genetic predisposition to albuminuria and the development of arterial stiffness and/or vascular remodelling. Experiments were performed in mesenteric arteries from 12-week-old MWF, Wistar Kyoto (WKY) and consomic MWF-6(SHR) and MWF-8(SHR) rats in which chromosomes 6 or 8 associated with albuminuria from MWF were replaced by the respective chromosome from spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR). Incremental distensibility, wall stress and strain were reduced, and arterial stiffness was significantly increased in albuminuric MWF compared with WKY. Albuminuria suppression in both consomic strains was associated with lower β-values in MWF-8(SHR) and MWF-6(SHR) compared with MWF. Moreover, elastin content was significantly lower in MWF external elastic lamina compared with WKY and both consomic strains. In addition, a reduction in arterial external and internal diameter and cross-sectional area was detected in MWF compared with WKY, thus exhibiting an inward hypotrophic remodelling. However, these alterations remained unchanged in both consomic strains. These data demonstrate that albuminuria in MWF is associated with increased arterial stiffness due to a reduction of elastin content in the external elastic lamina. Moreover, inward hypotrophic remodelling in MWF is not directly associated with albuminuria. In contrast, we demonstrated that two major genetic loci affect both the development of albuminuria and arterial stiffness, thus linking albuminuria and impairment of mechanical properties of resistance arteries. © 2015 The British Pharmacological Society.

  2. The associations between anthropometric indices and obstructive sleep apnea in a Korean population.

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    Hyeon Hui Kang

    Full Text Available Obesity is a major risk factor for the development of obstructive sleep apnea (OSA. Although clinical and epidemiological studies have shown that OSA and obesity are strongly associated, few Asian studies have examined the associations between anthropometric obesity indices and OSA, especially in the Korean population. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the influence of anthropometric obesity indices on OSA in a Korean population.Anthropometric indices, including neck circumference, waist circumference, and body mass index, were assessed in 383 consecutive subjects with suspected OSA.Of the 383 subjects assessed, 316 (82.5% were diagnosed with OSA. Neck circumference (r = 0.518, waist circumference (r = 0.570, and body mass index (r = 0.512 were correlated with the apnea-hypopnea index (p<0.001, for all. After adjusting for age, sex, alcohol consumption, and smoking, a logistic regression model showed that neck circumference [odds ratio (OR, 1.414; p<0.001], waist circumference (OR, 1.114; p<0.001, and body mass index (OR, 1.364; p<0.001 were associated with OSA. The linear regression model showed that neck circumference (β = 3.748, p<0.001, waist circumference (β = 1.272, p<0.001, and body mass index (β = 3.082, p<0.001 were associated with apnea-hypopnea index. The cut-off values for predicting OSA were determined as 34.5 cm for neck circumference, 76.5 cm for waist circumference, and 23.05 kg/m2 for body mass index for females, and 38.75 cm for neck circumference, 88.5 cm for waist circumference, and 24.95 kg/m2 for body mass index for males.Increased anthropometric indices were significantly associated with the presence and severity of OSA in a Korean population. In addition, this study demonstrated the cut-off values for body mass index, waist circumference, and neck circumference for increased OSA risk.

  3. Complications Associated with Uterine Artery Embolisation for Fibroids

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    Maria Memtsa

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Uterine artery embolisation (UAE is a relative newcomer to the mainstream treatment modalities available for fibroid-related problems. The efficacy of UAE is indisputable and has been shown to be comparable to hysterectomy in the short term in large-scale trials. Moreover, compared with hysterectomy, UAE is less invasive, carries a superior risk profile, and, importantly, preserves the uterus. UAE therefore offers patients symptom relief whilst at the same time retaining reproductive potential. Notably however, although women can have successful pregnancies following UAE, it is becoming increasingly evident that pregnancies after UAE are more risky especially during the early stages. Long-term outcome data from randomised trials involving UAE have very recently become available and show that whilst high satisfaction rates previously identified during early-stage followup are sustained, one notable drawback is a substantial risk of reintervention. It remains to be seen how this facet of UAE will impact on its future uptake.

  4. A Case of Polyarteritis Nodosa Associated with Vertebral Artery Vasculitis Treated Successfully with Tocilizumab and Cyclophosphamide

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    Kae Watanabe

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Pediatric polyarteritis nodosa is rare systemic necrotizing arteritis involving small- and medium-sized muscular arteries characterized by aneurysmal dilatations involving the vessel wall. Aneurysms associated with polyarteritis nodosa are common in visceral arteries; however intracranial aneurysms have also been reported and can be associated with central nervous system symptoms, significant morbidity, and mortality. To our knowledge extracranial involvement of the vertebral arteries has not been reported but has the potential to be deleterious due to fact that they supply the central nervous system vasculature. We present a case of a 3-year-old Haitian boy with polyarteritis nodosa that presented with extracranial vessel involvement of his vertebral arteries. After thorough diagnostic imaging, including a bone scan, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Angiography, and Computed Tomography Angiography, he was noted to have vertebral artery vasculitis, periostitis, subacute epididymoorchitis, arthritis, and myositis. He met diagnostic criteria for polyarteritis nodosa and was treated with cyclophosphamide, methylprednisolone, and tocilizumab, which resulted in improvement of his inflammatory markers, radiographic findings, and physical symptoms after treatment. To the authors’ knowledge, this is the first report of vertebral artery vasculitis in polyarteritis nodosa as well as successful treatment of the condition using the combination cyclophosphamide and tocilizumab for this condition.

  5. A Case of Polyarteritis Nodosa Associated with Vertebral Artery Vasculitis Treated Successfully with Tocilizumab and Cyclophosphamide

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    Watanabe, Kae; Rajderkar, Dhanashree A.; Modica, Renee F.

    2016-01-01

    Pediatric polyarteritis nodosa is rare systemic necrotizing arteritis involving small- and medium-sized muscular arteries characterized by aneurysmal dilatations involving the vessel wall. Aneurysms associated with polyarteritis nodosa are common in visceral arteries; however intracranial aneurysms have also been reported and can be associated with central nervous system symptoms, significant morbidity, and mortality. To our knowledge extracranial involvement of the vertebral arteries has not been reported but has the potential to be deleterious due to fact that they supply the central nervous system vasculature. We present a case of a 3-year-old Haitian boy with polyarteritis nodosa that presented with extracranial vessel involvement of his vertebral arteries. After thorough diagnostic imaging, including a bone scan, ultrasound, Magnetic Resonance Imaging/Angiography, and Computed Tomography Angiography, he was noted to have vertebral artery vasculitis, periostitis, subacute epididymoorchitis, arthritis, and myositis. He met diagnostic criteria for polyarteritis nodosa and was treated with cyclophosphamide, methylprednisolone, and tocilizumab, which resulted in improvement of his inflammatory markers, radiographic findings, and physical symptoms after treatment. To the authors' knowledge, this is the first report of vertebral artery vasculitis in polyarteritis nodosa as well as successful treatment of the condition using the combination cyclophosphamide and tocilizumab for this condition. PMID:27018080

  6. Analysis of five cases of splanchnic artery aneurysm associated with coeliac artery stenosis due to compression by the median arcuate ligament

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    Sugiyama, K. [Department of Radiology, Seirei Numazu Hospital, Shichitanda Matsushita Hon-aza, Numazu, Shizuoka (Japan)]. E-mail: koichiss37@yahoo.co.jp; Takehara, Y. [Department of Radiology, Hamamatsu University School of Medicine, Handayama, Hamamatsu, Shizuoka (Japan)

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    Aim: To elucidate the mechanism of occurrence of splanchnic artery aneurysm associated with coeliac artery stenosis due to compression by the median arcuate ligament, and also to discuss the management for this relatively rare condition. Materials and methods: Five consecutive cases of splanchnic artery aneurysm associated with coeliac axis stenosis due to compression by the median arcuate ligament, including four cases of pancreaticoduodenal artery aneurysm and one case of epiploic artery aneurysm, were investigated. These cases were collected over a 5-year period in our local and affiliated hospitals. Among these five cases, three were discovered because of rupture of the aneurysm, and two were found incidentally in annual medical check-ups. Results: In all cases, conspicuously developed collateral arteries, which were of the dilated pancreaticoduodenal arcade and its branches, were conspicuously found on digital subtraction angiography of the superior mesenteric artery. The findings suggested that haemodynamic changes in the splanchnic arterial networks (an increase in blood flow mainly through the pancreaticoduodenal arcade), were the possible cause of the corresponding aneurysms. Conclusion: Compression by the median arcuate ligament might be a frequent cause of splanchnic aneurysm, which, on rupture of the aneurysm, could be life-threatening.

  7. Pulmonary artery segmentation and quantification in sickle cell associated pulmonary hypertension

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    Linguraru, Marius George; Mukherjee, Nisha; Van Uitert, Robert L.; Summers, Ronald M.; Gladwin, Mark T.; Machado, Roberto F.; Wood, Bradford J.

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    Pulmonary arterial hypertension is a known complication associated with sickle-cell disease; roughly 75% of sickle cell disease-afflicted patients have pulmonary arterial hypertension at the time of death. This prospective study investigates the potential of image analysis to act as a surrogate for presence and extent of disease, and whether the size change of the pulmonary arteries of sickle cell patients could be linked to sickle-cell associated pulmonary hypertension. Pulmonary CT-Angiography scans from sickle-cell patients were obtained and retrospectively analyzed. Randomly selected pulmonary CT-Angiography studies from patients without sickle-cell anemia were used as negative controls. First, images were smoothed using anisotropic diffusion. Then, a combination of fast marching and geodesic active contours level sets were employed to segment the pulmonary artery. An algorithm based on fast marching methods was used to compute the centerline of the segmented arteries. From the centerline, the diameters at the pulmonary trunk and first branch of the pulmonary arteries were measured automatically. Arterial diameters were normalized to the width of the thoracic cavity, patient weight and body surface. Results show that the pulmonary trunk and first right and left pulmonary arterial branches at the pulmonary trunk junction are significantly larger in diameter with increased blood flow in sickle-cell anemia patients as compared to controls (p values of 0.0278 for trunk and 0.0007 for branches). CT with image processing shows great potential as a surrogate indicator of pulmonary hemodynamics or response to therapy, which could be an important tool for drug discovery and noninvasive clinical surveillance.

  8. [The clinical characteristics of intra-acinar pulmonary artery inflammation and its effect on clinical parameters in smokers with normal lung function and patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease].

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    Lao, Qi-fang; Zhong, Xiao-ning; He, Zhi-yi; Liu, Guang-nan; Lü, Zi-li; Wan, Peng

    2011-10-01

    To study the pathological characteristics of intra-acinar pulmonary artery inflammation and its correlation with smoking index and disease progression in smokers with normal lung function and smokers with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Patients requiring lung resection for peripheral lung cancer were divided into group A (nonsmokers with normal lung function, n = 10), group B (smokers with normal lung function, n = 13), and group C (smokers with stable COPD, n = 10). The lung tissue far away from tumor were resected to compare the pathological changes of intra-acinar pulmonary arteries and infiltration level of inflammatory cell in pulmonary non-muscularized arteries (NMA), pulmonary partially muscularized arteries (PMA) and muscularized arteries (MA) among the three groups. The correlation analysis was made among infiltration level, smoking index, percentage of predicted value of forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV(1)%Pred), six-minute-walk distance (6MWD) and BODE index. (1) Both group B and group C showed the intima and media thickness of MA was significantly higher, the lumen area of MA was narrower and the proportion of MA was higher, and collagenous fiber of MA adventitial proliferated and area increased in group C (P arteries that contained leukocytes, T lymphocytes, CD(8)(+)T lymphocytes and the number of these positive cells infiltrating the intra-acinar pulmonary arteries were increased, especially an increased number of CD(8)(+)T lymphocytes infiltrating in the arterial adventitia as compared with group A, moreover there were significant difference between group C and group B (P 0.05). (3) The number of leukocytes, T lymphocytes, CD(8)(+)T lymphocytes infiltrating MA showed a positive correlation with the thickness of MA (r = 0.563, 0.627, 0.589, P arterial inflammation appears in smokers with normal lung function and smokers with COPD patients. It involves in all types of intra-acinar pulmonary arteries especially NMA and

  9. [Lower grade chronic inflammation is associated with obstructive sleep apnea syndrome in type 2 diabetes mellitus].

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    Zhu, Hongxia; Wang, Zhenshan; Xue, Xin; Zhang, Ping; Yang, Chunmei; Su, Benli

    2014-06-01

    To investigate whether the existence of obstructive sleep apnea syndrome (OSAS) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2DM) is associated with low grade chronic inflammation. Fifty-four patients hospitalized for poor glycemic control from 12/2008 to 12/2009 were divided into 2 groups, OSAS group (T2DM with OSAS, 27 cases) and NOSAS group (T2DM without OSAS, 27 cases). The control group consisted of 26 people from a health check-up program without diabetes and OSAS. Biochemical indexes were analyzed in central laboratory of the hospital. Serum tumor necrosis factor-α(TNF-α), lipopolysaccharides (LPS), monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP), and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI) levels were determined with commercial ELISA kits. Apnea hypopnea index (AHI), the lowest pulse oxygen saturation (LSpO₂) at night were measured with a portable home sleep monitor. Homeostasis model assessment insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR), AHI in OSAS group were higher than those in NOSAS group and control group [for HOMA-IR, 2.7 ± 1.5 vs 1.7 ± 0.9 vs 1.2 ± 0.7, and for AHI, (17.0 ± 13.0) vs (3.4 ± 1.3) vs (3.2 ± 1.2) per hour], and LSpO₂ was lower than that in NOSAS group and control group [(78 ± 11)% vs (87 ± 4)% vs (89 ± 6)%]. Compared with normal control, levels of TNF-α [(0.73 ± 0.19) vs (1.97 ± 0.13) vs (1.09 ± 0.29) ng/ml], LPS [(50 ± 11) vs (303 ± 70) vs (171 ± 49) pg/ml], MCP [(302 ± 41) vs (514 ± 122) vs (473 ± 134) pg/ml] and PAI [(0.89 ± 0.25) vs (2.27 ± 0.85) vs (1.59 ± 0.13) ng/ml] in patients with OSAS and with NOSAS group increased significantly. Pearson univariate correlation analysis revealed that TNF-α and PAI were both positively associated with HOMA-IR, FBG and AHI, and negatively with LSpO₂, LPS, MCP were both associated positively with FBG and AHI, and negatively with LSpO₂. Multiple linear regression stepwise analysis found that TNF-α and LPS were independently associated with AHI and FBG, MCP with LSpO₂, PAI with both AHI

  10. More severe hypoxemia is associated with better subjective sleep quality in obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Wu, Meng-Ni; Lai, Chiou-Lian; Liu, Ching-Kuan; Liou, Li-Min; Yen, Chen-Wen; Chen, Sharon Chia-Ju; Hsieh, Cheng-Fang; Hsieh, Sun-Wung; Lin, Feng-Cheng; Hsu, Chung-Yao

    2015-10-12

    Perceived sleep quality may play an important role in diagnosis and therapy for obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). However, few studies have assessed factors that are associated with perceived sleep quality in OSA patients. Hypoxemia depresses the central nervous system and attenuates the perceived respiratory load in asthmatic patients. This study aimed to investigate the factors related to perceived sleep quality, focusing on the role of hypoxemia. Polysomnography studies of 156 OSA patients were reviewed. Traditional polysomnographic parameters, including parameters of oxy-hemoglobin saturation (SpO2), were calculated, and the sleep questionnaire and scales were used. Considering the possible pitfalls of absolute values of SpO2 and individualized responses to hypoxemia, the amplitude of desaturation was further computed as "median SpO2 minus lowest 5 % SpO2 "and "highest 5 % SpO2 minus median 5 % SpO2". Correlations between these parameters and perceived sleep quality, represented as the Pittsburgh sleep quality index (PSQI), were performed. Multiple linear regression analysis was also conducted to investigate the factors associated with the PSQI. Although the PSQI was not correlated with the apnea-hypopnea index (r = -0.113, p = 0.162) and oxygen desaturation index (r = -0.085, p = 0.291), the PSQI was negatively correlated with "median SpO2 minus lowest 5 % SpO2" (r = -0.161, p = 0.045). After adjusting for age, total sleep time, the periodic limb movements index, tendency of depression, and the lowest 5 % SpO2, the "median SpO2 minus lowest SpO2" was still a significant predictor for a lower PSQI (β = -0.357, p = 0.015). More severe hypoxemia is associated with better perceived sleep quality among OSA patients. This paradox may be associated with hypoxemia-related impairment of perception. The effect of hypoxemia did not appear to be significant in relatively mild hypoxemia but become significant in severe hypoxemia." Median SpO2 minus lowest 5 % SpO2" may also

  11. Proteome Analysis of Human Arterial Tissue Discloses Associations Between the Vascular Content of Small Leucine-Rich Repeat Proteoglycans and Pulse Wave Velocity

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    Lyck Hansen, Maria; Beck, Hans Christian; Irmukhamedov, Akhmadjon

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    OBJECTIVES: We hypothesized that arterial stiffness is associated with changes in the arterial protein profile, particularly of extracellular matrix components. We aimed at determining differentially expressed proteins by quantitative proteome analysis in arterial tissue from patients with differ...

  12. Prevalence of tobacco use and associated factors in Tehran: Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease study

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    Hooman Sharifi

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Tobacco use is one of the leading causes of preventable deaths in the world. The aim of this study was to determine the prevalence of all common types of tobacco use and identify factors associated with tobacco use among adults in Tehran based on information from the population-based Burden of Obstructive Lung Disease study in Tehran. Materials and Methods: This study had a stratified cluster sampling strategy with proportional allocation within strata. The target population was all noninstitutionalized residents of Tehran over 18 years of age in 2013. A total of 1798 individuals were visited in 22 districts of Tehran; 811 (45.1% men and 987 (54.9% women participated in structured interviews. Results: The estimated prevalence of current cigarette smoking was 10.6% overall, 20.9% in men and 2.2% in women. The prevalence of smoking was the highest among respondents between 45 and 54 years in both males and females. The mean age of initiation of tobacco smoking was 21.04 ± 6.42 years. The mean Fagerström test score was 2.87 ± 2.36 among current smokers. The mean number f cigarettes smoked daily by the participants was 11.39 ± 10.92 cigarettes/day (95% confidence interval = 12.58–10.21 (range 1–60 cigarettes. Conclusions: The 10.6% prevalence of cigarette smoking is alarming in Tehran. We found that male gender, hookah smoking experience, and poor health status were major risk factors in our study population. Hookah smoking can be considered as a reflection of tobacco smoking in the society.

  13. The impact of different spirometric definitions on the prevalence of airway obstruction and their association with respiratory symptoms

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    Meteran, Howraman; Miller, Martin R; Thomsen, Simon Francis

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    versus fixed ratio on the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and examine the association between respiratory symptoms and airway obstruction defined by LLN and fixed ratio. 12 449 twins aged 40-80 years participated in a nationwide survey using the Danish Twin Registry...... respiratory symptoms, but 50% of those with LLN-AO had respiratory symptoms compared to 39% with FR-AO, pprevalence of clinical LLN-COPD and fixed ratio COPD was 2.6% and 6.3%, respectively (p... compared with both healthy individuals and FR-AO when adjusted for sex, age and ever-smoking. The use of fixed ratio more than doubled the prevalence of clinical COPD compared with LLN, this being more pronounced with increased age, and identified subjects with a lower prevalence of respiratory symptoms...

  14. Plasma levels of the arterial wall protein fibulin-1 are associated with carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity

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    Laugesen, Esben; Høyem, Pernille; Christiansen, Jens Sandahl

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    -associated extracellular matrix protein, fibulin-1, was recently found in higher concentrations in the arterial wall and in plasma in patients with long duration type 2 diabetes. Furthermore, plasma fibulin-1 independently predicted total mortality and was associated with pulse pressure, an indirect measure of arterial...... stiffness. Whether plasma fibulin-1 is associated with arterial stiffness at earlier phases of type 2 diabetes has not been determined....

  15. Study the association of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease with early endothelial dysfunction and its impact on cardiovascular system by estimating urinary albumin creatinine ratio

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    Anand Agrawal

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    Full Text Available Background: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD attribute to systemic inflammation which is responsible for microalbuminuria reflecting endothelial dysfunction, could be a significant surrogate marker of potential cardiovascular morbidity. Objective: The aim of our study was to find out the possible association of COPD with early cardiovascular changes in the form of renal endothelial dysfunction. Settings and Design: Case–control, multi-group, cross-sectional hospital-based study was designed and conducted in the Department of Respiratory Medicine of BPS Government Medical College for Women, Khanpur Kalan, Sonipat, Haryana. Subjects and Methods: The study included 150 subjects, comprising of three groups with each having 50 subjects: Group 1 – acute exacerbation of COPD, Group 2 – stable COPD patients, Group 3 – asymptomatic smokers. Pulmonary function test, urine albumin creatinine ratio (UACR and brachio-ankle pulse wave velocity were measured in all the subjects. Statistical Analysis: Data were analyzed using SPSS ver 20 (IBM, USA software. Continuous variables were compared by unpaired Student's t-test while correlation was measured by Pearson correlation test, P < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results: The mean urine albumin creatinine ratio UACR value in acute exacerbation of COPD (283.30 mg/g; standard deviation [SD] ±871.98 was found significantly higher compare to control subjects (24.17 mg/g; SD ± 32.105; P = 0.038. Besides this COPD patients with Type 2 respiratory failure having robust positive correlation in between UACR and arterial blood pH (r = 0.559; P = 0.030 while it was inverse and moderate with partial pressure of arterial oxygen (r = −0.470; P = 0.077. Conclusions: Acute state of COPD with or without Type 2 respiratory failure is having a significant impact on cardiovascular system in the form of early microvascular changes.

  16. Gender and respiratory factors associated with dyspnea in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Aguirre-Jaime Armando

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    Full Text Available Abstract Rationale We had shown that COPD women expressed more dyspnea than men for the same degree of airway obstruction. Objectives Evaluate gender differences in respiratory factors associated with dyspnea in COPD patients. Methods In a FEV1 % matched population of 100 men and women with COPD we measured: age, MMRC, FEV1, FVC, TLC, IC/TLC, PaO2, PaCO2, DLCO, Pimax, P0.1, Ti/Ttot, BMI, ffmi, 6MWD and VAS scale before and after the test, the Charlson score and the SGRQ. We estimated the association between these parameters and MMRC scores. Multivariate analysis determined the independent strength of those associations. Results MMRC correlated with: BMI (men:-0.29, p = 0.04; women:-0.28, p = 0.05, ffmi (men:-0.39, p = 0.01, FEV1 % (men:-0.64, p 2 (men:-0.59, p 2 (men:0.27, p = 0.05, DLCO (men:-0.54, p 0.1/Pimax (men:0.46, p = 0.002; women:0.47, p = 0.005, dyspnea measured with the Visual Analog Scale before (men:0.37, p = 0.04; women:0.52, p = 0.004 and after 6MWD (men:0.52, p = 0.002; women:0.48, p = 0.004 and SGRQ total (men:0.50, p 0.1/Pimax in women (r2 = 0.30 and BMI, DLCO, PaO2 and P0.1/Pimax in men (r2 = 0.81 were the strongest predictors of MMRC scores. Conclusion In mild to severe COPD patients attending a pulmonary clinic, P0.1/Pimax was the unique predictor of MMRC scores only in women. Respiratory factors explain most of the variations of MMRC scores in men but not in women. Factors other than the respiratory ones should be included in the evaluation of dyspnea in women with COPD.

  17. Number and function of bone-marrow derived angiogenic cells and coronary flow reserve in women without obstructive coronary artery disease: a substudy of the NHLBI-sponsored Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE.

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    Rajesh Mohandas

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: In women with ischemia and no obstructive coronary artery disease, the Women's Ischemic Syndrome Evaluation (WISE observed that microvascular coronary dysfunction (MCD is the best independent predictor of adverse cardiovascular events. Since coronary microvascular tone is regulated in part by endothelium, we hypothesized that circulating endothelial cells (CEC, which reflect endothelial injury, and the number and function of bone-marrow derived angiogenic cells (BMDAC, which could help repair damaged endothelium, may serve as biomarkers for decreased coronary flow reserve (CFR and MCD. METHODS: We studied 32 women from the WISE cohort. CFR measurements in response to intracoronary adenosine were taken as an index of MCD. We enumerated BMDAC colonies and CEC in peripheral blood samples. BMDAC function was assessed by assay of migration of CD34+ cells toward SDF-1 and measurement of bioavailable nitric oxide (NO. These findings were compared with a healthy reference group and also entered into a multivariable model with CFR as the dependent variable. RESULTS: Compared with a healthy reference group, women with MCD had lower numbers of BMDAC colonies [16 (0, 81 vs. 24 (14, 88; P = 0.01] and NO [936 (156, 1875 vs. 1168 (668, 1823; P = 0.02]. Multivariable regression analysis showed strong correlation of CFR to the combination of BMDAC colony count and CD34+ cell function (migration and NO (R(2 = 0.45; P<0.05. CONCLUSIONS: The BMDAC function and numbers of BMDAC colonies are decreased in symptomatic women with MCD and are independently associated with CFR. These circulating cells may provide mechanistic insights into MCD in women with ischemia.

  18. Left coronary artery stenosis causing left ventricular dysfunction in two children with supravalvular aortic stenosis.

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    Yildiz, Okan; Altin, Firat H; Kaya, Mehmet; Ozyılmaz, Isa; Guzeltas, Alper; Erek, Ersin

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    Congenital supravalvar aortic stenosis (SVAS) is an arteriopathy associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and other isolated elastin gene deletions. Cardiovascular manifestations associated with WBS are characterized by obstructive arterial lesions such as SVAS and pulmonary artery stenosis in addition to bicuspid aortic valve and mitral valve prolapse. However, coronary artery ostial stenosis may be associated with SVAS, and it increases the risk of sudden death and may complicate surgical management. In this report, we present our experience with two patients having SVAS and left coronary artery ostial stenosis with associated left ventricular dysfunction. © The Author(s) 2014.

  19. Association of metabolic syndrome with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease in an Indian population

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    Amitava Acharyya

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    Full Text Available Background and Aims: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD is thought to have increased association with metabolic syndrome (MS which represents a cluster of factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. However, the extent of association of COPD with MS and its individual components are still an unsettled issue, and it is likely to vary from population to population. Under the above context, this study was undertaken to investigate the association of MS and its components with COPD. Materials and Methods: With a cross-sectional analytic design, 77 COPD and an equal number of non-COPD (apparently healthy participants were studied purposively. The two groups were found to be matched by age, sex, and monthly income groups. The data of COPD patients and non-COPD participants were collected from a tertiary level hospital in Kolkata and a locality of Greater Kolkata, respectively. They were interviewed, and the frequencies of MS were assessed using 3 criteria (National Cholesterol Education Program-Third Adult Treatment Panel [NCEP ATP III], modified NCEP ATP III, and International Diabetic Federation [IDF]. Anthropometric measurements were taken, and fasting blood sample was collected to test the fasting blood glucose (FBG, triglyceride (TG, and high-density lipoprotein (HDL of respondents. Logistic regression was applied to estimate the odds ratio (OR. Results: Among the COPD subjects, 44%, 46%, and 31% had coexisting MS as defined by NCEP ATP III, modified NCEP ATP III, and IDF criteria, respectively. The corresponding percentages in the non-COPD groups were 31%, 38%, and 32%. On multivariate analysis, a significant association of MS (P < 0.015 with COPD was found only when the NCEP ATP III criteria were used. The (mean ± standard deviation FBG concentration among COPD and non-COPD groups was 130 ± 65 mg/dl and 97 ± 26 mg/dl, which was significantly different (P < 0.001. The difference in systolic blood

  20. The impact of different spirometric definitions on the prevalence of airway obstruction and their association with respiratory symptoms

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    Miller, Martin R.; Thomsen, Simon Francis; Christensen, Kaare; Sigsgaard, Torben; Backer, Vibeke

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    The fixed ratio criterion of forced expiratory volume in 1 s/forced vital capacity <0.70 for diagnosing airway obstruction may overdiagnose the condition, particularly in the elderly, so the lower limit of normal (LLN) is recommended as the most appropriate criterion. Our aim was to compare LLN versus fixed ratio on the prevalence of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and examine the association between respiratory symptoms and airway obstruction defined by LLN and fixed ratio. 12 449 twins aged 40–80 years participated in a nationwide survey using the Danish Twin Registry. They completed a questionnaire, underwent clinical examination and recorded prebronchodilator spirometry. Individuals with self-reported asthma were excluded. Clinical COPD was defined by respiratory symptoms together with airway obstruction. 10 329 individuals were included, with a mean±sd age of 58.4±9.6 years and mean body mass index of 26.6±4.4 kg·m−2; 20% were current smokers, 37% former smokers and 43% never-smokers; and 48% were male. The prevalence of LLN airway obstruction (LLN-AO) and fixed ratio airway obstruction (FR-AO) was 5.6% and 18.0%, respectively (p<0.001). Overall, 26% reported current respiratory symptoms, but 50% of those with LLN-AO had respiratory symptoms compared to 39% with FR-AO, p<0.001. The prevalence of clinical LLN-COPD and fixed ratio COPD was 2.6% and 6.3%, respectively (p<0.001). Individuals with LLN-AO had a significantly higher probability of reporting respiratory symptoms compared with both healthy individuals and FR-AO when adjusted for sex, age and ever-smoking. The use of fixed ratio more than doubled the prevalence of clinical COPD compared with LLN, this being more pronounced with increased age, and identified subjects with a lower prevalence of respiratory symptoms than LLN-AO. PMID:29250530

  1. Pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease

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    Michele D'Alto

    2012-12-01

    Full Text Available Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH is a common complication of congenital heart disease (CHD, with most cases occurring in patients with congenital cardiac shunts. In patients with an uncorrected left-to-right shunt, increased pulmonary pressure leads to vascular remodelling and dysfunction, resulting in a progressive rise in pulmonary vascular resistance and increased pressures in the right heart. Eventually, reversal of the shunt may arise, with the development of Eisenmenger's syndrome, the most advanced form of PAH-CHD. The prevalence of PAH-CHD has fallen in developed countries over recent years and the number of patients surviving into adulthood has increased markedly. Today, the majority of PAH-CHD patients seen in clinical practice are adults, and many of these individuals have complex disease or received a late diagnosis of their defect. While there have been advances in the management and therapy in recent years, PAH-CHD is a heterogeneous condition and some subgroups, such as those with Down's syndrome, present particular challenges. This article gives an overview of the demographics, pathophysiology and treatment of PAH-CHD and focuses on individuals with Down's syndrome as an important and challenging patient group.

  2. Goldenhar syndrome associated with contralateral agenesis of the internal carotid artery.

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    Ventura, Elisa; Ormitti, Francesca; Crisi, Girolamo; Sesenna, Enrico

    2014-04-01

    Congenital absence of the internal carotid artery (ICA) is an extremely rare vascular anomaly. Aplasia and displacement of the horizontal portion of the petrous carotid artery have been described in a patient with mandibulofacial dysostosis. To the best of our knowledge, the association between Goldenhar syndrome and ipsilateral ICA agenesis has emerged only in one case documented in the medical literature to date. We describe here a case that illustrates the association of Goldenhar syndrome with contralateral agenesis of the ICA incidentally detected on brain magnetic resonance imaging and subsequently confirmed on magnetic resonance angiography and high resolution computed tomography.

  3. Elevated plasma fibrinogen associated with reduced pulmonary function and increased risk of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease

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    Dahl, Morten; Tybjaerg-Hansen, A; Vestbo, J

    2001-01-01

    We tested whether increased concentrations of the acute-phase reactant fibrinogen correlate with pulmonary function and rate of chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) hospitalization. We measured plasma fibrinogen and forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV(1)), and assessed prospectively COPD...

  4. Obstructive azoospermia as an unusual complication associated with herniorrhaphy of an omphalocele: a case report

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    Kanematsu Akihiro

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction Iatrogenic damage to the seminal tract is one of the causes of obstructive azoospermia, which can be an indication for reconstruction surgery. We present a case of obstructive azoospermia as an unusual complication after neonatal herniorrhaphy of an omphalocele. Case presentation A 30-year-old Japanese man was diagnosed with obstructive azoospermia. He had undergone herniorrhaphy of an omphalocele immediately after birth. Reconstruction surgery of both seminal tracts was performed to pursue the possibility of naturally achieved pregnancy. Intra-operative findings demonstrated that both vasa deferentia were interrupted at the internal inguinal rings, although the abdominal end of the right vas leading to the seminal vesicle was found in the abdominal cavity. The discharge from the stump of the testicular end had no sperm, although the right epididymal tubules were dilated with motile sperm. Therefore, we performed right-sided vasovasostomy in the internal inguinal ring and ipsilateral epididymovasostomy simultaneously. Conclusion To the best of our knowledge, this is the first report describing obstructive azoospermia as an unusual complication of herniorrhaphy of an omphalocele. It is important to pay attention to the existence of seminal tracts in such surgery as well as in inguinal herniorrhaphy.

  5. Systemic vasculitis is associated with a higher risk of lower extremity amputation in patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease: a secondary analysis of a nationwide, population-based health claims database.

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    Lu, Ming-Chi; Hsu, Honda; Lin, Ching-Hsing; Koo, Malcolm

    2017-11-01

    Previous research has shown that diabetes mellitus increases the risk of lower extremity amputation in patients with peripheral arterial occlusive disease. However, to our knowledge, no studies have investigated whether systemic autoimmune disease, in particular systemic vasculitis is associated with a higher risk of lower extremity amputation in these patients. To investigate the association between systemic autoimmune disease and lower extremity amputation in patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease based on a secondary analysis of a nationwide, population-based health claims database. Using the inpatient datafile of the Taiwan's National Health Insurance Research Database (NHIRD), we identified 432 patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease that required hospitalization between 2000 and 2012. We also identified patients who had undergone lower extremity amputation and their comorbidities using the same datafile. The risk of lower extremity amputation was assessed using multiple logistic regression analysis, adjusting for age, sex, insured amount, the urbanization level of residence, and the presence of comorbidities. Among patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease, those with systemic vasculitis exhibited a significant higher risk of lower extremity amputation (adjusted odds ratio [aOR] = 6.82, p obstructive pulmonary disease (aOR = 2.87, p = 0.007) were also significantly associated with a higher risk of lower extremity amputation. Among patients with severe peripheral arterial occlusive disease, a significantly higher risk of lower extremity amputation was observed in those with systemic vasculitis.

  6. The Number of Stenotic Intracranial Arteries Is Independently Associated with Ischemic Stroke Severity.

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    Xiaodan Wei

    Full Text Available The severity of ischemic stroke symptoms varies among patients and is a critical determinant of patient outcome. To date, the association between the number of stenotic intracranial arteries and stroke severity remains unclear.We aimed to investigate the association between the number of stenotic major intracranial arteries (NSMIA and ischemic stroke severity, as well as the degree of stenosis and common stroke risk factors.We performed a retrospective analysis of patients with digital subtraction angiography (DSA-confirmed ischemic stroke. Clinical stroke severity was measured using the National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS. The number of stenotic vessels was counted from the internal carotid arteries and vertebral arteries, bilaterally.Eighty three patients were recruited from a single center and included in the study. NSMIA was significantly correlated with stroke severity (Pearson Correlation Coefficient = 0.485, P < 0.001, but not with the degree of stenosis (Pearson Correlation Coefficient = 0.01, P = 0.90. Multivariate regression analysis revealed that NSMIA was significantly associated with the NIHSS score after adjusting for stroke risk factors. The adjusted odds ratio (per lateral was 2.092 (95% CI, 0.865 to 3.308, P = 0.001. The degree of stenosis was also significantly associated with the NIHSS score after adjusting for common risk factors. The odds ratio (per 10% was 0.712 (95% CI, 0.202 to 1.223, P = 0.007.The number of stenotic intracranial major arteries is associated with the severity of ischemic stroke independent of the degree of stenosis and other stroke risk factors. To the best of our knowledge, this has not been previosuly studied in great detail using DSA. Our data highlight the importance of examining all major arteries in stroke patients.

  7. Coronary artery atherosclerosis associated with shift work in chemical plant workers by using coronary CT angiography.

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    Kang, WonYang; Park, Won-Ju; Jang, Keun-Ho; Kim, Soo-Hyeon; Gwon, Do-Hyeong; Lim, Hyeong-Min; Ahn, Ji-Sung; Moon, Jai-Dong

    2016-08-01

    The aim of this study was to investigate whether shift work is related to elevated risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) by determining the coronary artery calcium (CAC) score and the presence of coronary artery stenosis by using coronary artery CT angiography (CCTA). In this study, 110 male workers participated and underwent a CCTA examination for CAC scoring, which represents coronary artery plaque, and were evaluated for luminal stenosis. All of the participants were working in the same chemical plant, of whom 70 worked day shifts and 40 worked rotating shifts. In a multivariate logistic regression analysis, including age, smoking status, alcohol consumption, regular exercise and waist circumference, shift work was associated with a 2.89-fold increase in the odds of developing coronary plaque compared with day work (OR, 2.89; 95% CI 1.07 to 7.82). The association between shift work and coronary plaque was strong after adjustment for age, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, hypertension and diabetes mellitus (OR, 2.92; 95% CI 1.02 to 8.33). In addition, the number of years of shift work employment was associated with coronary plaque. However, no association was found between shift work and coronary artery stenosis. Shift work could induce CAD onset via the atherosclerotic process, and shift work employment duration was associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis in male workers. Published by the BMJ Publishing Group Limited. For permission to use (where not already granted under a licence) please go to http://www.bmj.com/company/products-services/rights-and-licensing/

  8. Urinary Neutrophil Gelatinase-Associated Lipocalin (NGAL in Patients with Obstructive Sleep Apnea.

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    Manish R Maski

    Full Text Available Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is a well-established risk factor for hypertension and cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. More recently, OSA has been implicated as an independent risk factor for chronic kidney disease. Urinary neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin (NGAL is a well-accepted early biomarker of subclinical kidney tubular injury, preceding an increase in serum creatinine. The goal of this study was to determine if an association exists between OSA and increased urinary NGAL levels.We prospectively enrolled adult patients from the sleep clinic of an academic medical center. Each underwent polysomnography and submitted a urine specimen upon enrollment. We measured NGAL and creatinine levels on all urine samples before participants received treatment with continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP, and, in a subset of OSA patients, after CPAP therapy. We compared the urinary NGAL/creatinine ratio between untreated participants with and without OSA, and within a subset of 11 OSA patients also after CPAP therapy.A total of 49 subjects were enrolled: 16 controls based on an apnea-hypopnea index (events with at least 4% oxygen desaturation; AHI-4% 5 events/hour (mean AHI-4% = 43.3 +/- 28.1. OSA patients had a higher mean body-mass index than the control group (36.58 +/- 11.02 kg/m2 vs. 26.81 +/- 6.55 kg/m2, respectively; p = 0.0005 and were more likely to be treated for hypertension (54.5% vs. 6.25% of group members, respectively; p = 0.0014. The groups were otherwise similar in demographics, and there was no difference in the number of diabetic subjects or in the mean serum creatinine concentration (control = 0.86 +/- 0.15 mg/dl, OSA = 0.87 +/- 0.19 mg/dl; p = 0.7956. We found no difference between the urinary NGAL-to-creatinine ratios among untreated OSA patients versus control subjects (median NGAL/creatinine = 6.34 ng/mg vs. 6.41 ng/mg, respectively; p = 0.4148. Furthermore, CPAP therapy did not affect the urinary NGAL

  9. Obstructive sleep apnea and obesity are associated with reduced GPR 120 plasma levels in children.

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    Gozal, David; Kheirandish-Gozal, Leila; Carreras, Alba; Khalyfa, Abdelnaby; Peris, Eduard

    2014-05-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a common health problem, particularly in obese children, in whom a vicious cycle of obesity and OSA interdependencies promotes increased food intake. G protein-coupled receptor 120 (GPR 120) is a long-chain free fatty acid (FFA) receptor that plays an important role in energy homeostasis, and protects against insulin resistance and systemic inflammation. We hypothesized that GPR 120 levels would be reduced in children with OSA, particularly among obese children. Cross-sectional prospectively recruited cohort. Academic pediatric sleep program. Two hundred twenty-six children (mean age: 7.0 ± 2.1 y) underwent overnight polysomnographic evaluation and a fasting blood draw the morning after the sleep study. In addition to lipid profile, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) assays, monocyte GPR 120 expression, and plasma GPR 120 levels were assessed using quantitative polymerase chain reaction and enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. Obese children and those with OSA had significantly lower GPR 120 monocyte expression and plasma GPR 120 levels. Furthermore, when both obesity and OSA were present, GPR 120 levels were lowest. Linear associations emerged between GPR 120 plasma levels and body mass index (BMI) z score, as well as with apnea-hypopnea index (AHI), saturation of peripheral oxygen (SpO2) nadir, and respiratory arousal index (RAI), with RAI remaining statistically significant when controlling for age, ethnicity, sex, and BMI z score (P < 0.001). Similarly, HOMA-IR was significantly associated with GPR 120 levels, but neither low density lipoprotein nor high density lipoprotein cholesterol or hsCRP levels exhibited significant correlations. G protein-coupled receptor 120 (GPR 120) levels are reduced in pediatric OSA and obesity (particularly when both are present) and may play a role in modulating the degree of insulin resistance. The short- and long

  10. Prenatal diagnosis of single umbilical artery: determination of the absent side, associated anomalies, Doppler findings and perinatal outcome.

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    Geipel, A; Germer, U; Welp, T; Schwinger, E; Gembruch, U

    2000-02-01

    To determine the absent side of a single umbilical artery and its association with malformations and abnormal karyotypes. We prospectively studied 102 fetuses from 13 to 39 weeks of gestational age with a prenatally identified single umbilical artery. The absent side, pregnancy data, Doppler findings and the perinatal outcome were reviewed. (1) The left umbilical artery was absent in 71 (69.6%) and the right in 31 (30.4%) fetuses; (2) Single umbilical artery as an isolated finding occurred in 59 (57.8%) pregnancies and was not associated with aneuploidy. The mean gestational age at delivery in this group was 38.4 weeks and the mean birth weight was 3047 g. Six (10.2%) fetuses were small for gestational age, all of them with normal umbilical and uterine Doppler findings; and (3) Chromosomal abnormalities were diagnosed in 10 of 43 fetuses with single umbilical artery and congenital malformations. In nine of 10 fetuses with aneuploidy the left umbilical artery was not developed. Absence of the left artery occurred in 21 of 33 fetuses with sonographic anomalies and normal karyotype. Pathologic Doppler measurements of the umbilical artery were found in only one case of nonchromosomal abnormality. Our data suggest that in fetuses with single umbilical artery the absence of the left artery is more frequent than the absence of the right artery. The association with additional malformations seems to be equal on each side.

  11. Assessment of Organ Radiation Dose Associated with Uterine Artery Embolization

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    Glomset, O.; Hellesnes, J.; Heimland, N.; Hafsahl, G.; Smith, H.J. [Rikshospitalet Univ. Hospital, Oslo (Norway). Dept. of Radiology and the Interventional Centre

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    Purpose: To evaluate the radiation dose to the skin, uterus, and ovaries during uterine artery embolization. Material and Methods: Guided uterine artery embolization for leiomyomata and two types of X-ray equipment with different dose levels were utilized during fluoroscopy in 20 women (ages ranging from 32 to 52 years, body weights from 55 to 68 kg). The first 13 women were treated using a non-pulsed system A, with 3.3 mm Al filtering and, for simplicity, a fixed peak voltage 80 kV. During treatment of the other 7 women, a pulsed system B with 5.4 mm Al filtering and an identical fixed voltage was used. The dose area product (DAP) was recorded. The vaginal dose of the first 13 patients and the peak skin dose of all patients were measured with thermoluminescent dosimeters (TLDs). TLDs were placed in the posterior vaginal fornix and on the skin at the beam entrance site. The uterine and ovarian doses were estimated based on the measured skin doses, normalized depth dose, and organ depth values. The effective dose (D eff ) was estimated based on the observed DAP values. The measured vaginal doses and the corresponding estimated uterine doses were compared statistically, as were the DAP values from systems A and B. Results: For system A, the mean fluoroscopic time was 20.9 min (range 12.7-31.1), and for system B 35.9 min (range 16.4-55.4). The mean numbers of angiographic exposures for systems A and B were 82 (range 30-164) and 37 (range 20-72), respectively. The mean peak skin dose for system A was 601.5 mGy (range 279-1030) and for system B 453 mGy (range 257-875). The mean DAP for system A was 88.6 Gy cm{sup 2} (range 41.4-161.0) and for system B 52.5 Gy cm{sup 2} (range 20.1-107.9). Statistical analysis showed a significant difference between the DAP values, the DAP for system B being the lower one. The mean estimated effective doses from systems A and B were 32 mSv (range 15.1-58.4) and 22 mSv (range 9-46), respectively. The mean estimated maximum uterine and

  12. Variant ASGR1 Associated with a Reduced Risk of Coronary Artery Disease

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    Nioi, P.; Sigurdsson, A. S.; Thorleifsson, G.

    2016-01-01

    Background Several sequence variants are known to have effects on serum levels of non-high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol that alter the risk of coronary artery disease. Methods We sequenced the genomes of 2636 Icelanders and found variants that we then imputed into the genomes...... of coronary artery disease (by 34%; 95% confidence interval, 21 to 45; P=4.0×10(-6)). In a larger set of sequenced samples from Icelanders, we found another loss-of-function ASGR1 variant (p.W158X, carried by 1 in 1850 persons) that was also associated with lower levels of non-HDL cholesterol (P=1.......8×10(-3)). Conclusions ASGR1 haploinsufficiency was associated with reduced levels of non-HDL cholesterol and a reduced risk of coronary artery disease. (Funded by the National Institutes of Health and others.)....

  13. Constipation associated with brumation? Intestinal obstruction caused by a fecalith in a wild red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber).

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    Corbit, A G; Person, C; Hayes, W K

    2014-02-01

    This report describes the fecalith-induced intestinal obstruction of a free-ranging red diamond rattlesnake (Crotalus ruber) and the snake's subsequent history following surgical removal of the fecalith. The captured snake exhibited an abnormally distended abdomen and an extremely hard mass, detected via palpation, near its vent. Coeliotomy yielded a 2.5-cm, 5-g fecalith from the large intestine. Microscopic dissection of the fecalith revealed no evidence of gastrointestinal parasitic worms. Subsequently, we implanted a radio-transmitter that allowed us to track the snake's movements for 7 months (until the radio signal vanished), indicating normal behaviour, complete recovery and good health apart from the obstruction. This observation suggests that fecalith development and intestinal obstruction represent potential risks of long-term faecal retention, an unusual physiological trait well documented among rattlesnakes and other stout, heavy-bodied terrestrial viperid snakes. Dehydration and decreased gut motility associated with brumation (≈hibernation) may predispose temperate snakes to fecalith formation. Regional drought and a small mammal diet with indigestible hairs might have also promoted fecalith formation in this specimen. © 2013 Blackwell Verlag GmbH.

  14. Avanços recentes do impacto da apneia obstrutiva do sono na hipertensão arterial sistêmica Avances recientes del impacto de la Apnea Obstructiva del Sueño en la Hipertensión Arterial Sistémica Recent advances of the impact of obstructive sleep apnea on systemic hypertension

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    Rodrigo P. Pedrosa

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    repercusiones sistémicas que pueden incluir la hipoxia intermitente, la reducción abrupta de la presión intratorácica y la ocurrencia de microdespertares con fragmentación del sueño. En las últimas décadas, innúmeras evidencias señalan de forma consistente la AOS como un importante factor envuelto en la ocurrencia de enfermedades cardiovasculares. Particularmente, la relación entre la AOS y la Hipertensión Arterial Sistémica (HAS es la que encuentra un mayor conjunto de evidencias. Actualmente, se encuentran datos que consideran la AOS una importante causa secundaria de HAS. Más que eso, la AOS está independientemente asociada a un peor control presórico, alteración del descenso nocturno de la presión arterial y a la presencia de lesiones de órganos-blanco, tales como la hipertrofia del ventrículo izquierdo y la microalbuminuria. Estudios randomizados sugieren que el tratamiento de la AOS, especialmente con la presión positiva continua de vías aéreas superiores (CPAP, considerado el tratamiento estándar para la AOS, promueve reducción significativa de la presión arterial en las 24 horas, efecto ese más significativo en el subgrupo de pacientes con HAS no controlada y en los pacientes con HAS resistente. A despecho de todas esas evidencias, la AOS aun continúa siendo subdiagnosticada. El objetivo de esta revisión es discutir los recientes avances en los mecanismos fisiopatológicos, en la presentación clínica y en el tratamiento de la AOS, y el beneficio sobre la presión arterial.Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA is a common clinical condition in the general population, especially among patients with cardiovascular diseases. More than just a local phenomenon of upper respiratory tract obstruction, OSA leads to systemic consequences that may include intermittent hypoxia, sudden reduction of the intrathoracic pressure, and the occurrence of micro-awakenings with sleep fragmentation. In the past decades, innumerous evidences have consistently pointed to

  15. GATA2 is associated with familial early-onset coronary artery disease.

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    Jessica J Connelly

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    Full Text Available The transcription factor GATA2 plays an essential role in the establishment and maintenance of adult hematopoiesis. It is expressed in hematopoietic stem cells, as well as the cells that make up the aortic vasculature, namely aortic endothelial cells and smooth muscle cells. We have shown that GATA2 expression is predictive of location within the thoracic aorta; location is suggested to be a surrogate for disease susceptibility. The GATA2 gene maps beneath the Chromosome 3q linkage peak from our family-based sample set (GENECARD study of early-onset coronary artery disease. Given these observations, we investigated the relationship of several known and novel polymorphisms within GATA2 to coronary artery disease. We identified five single nucleotide polymorphisms that were significantly associated with early-onset coronary artery disease in GENECARD. These results were validated by identifying significant association of two of these single nucleotide polymorphisms in an independent case-control sample set that was phenotypically similar to the GENECARD families. These observations identify GATA2 as a novel susceptibility gene for coronary artery disease and suggest that the study of this transcription factor and its downstream targets may uncover a regulatory network important for coronary artery disease inheritance.

  16. The Association Between Arterial Oxygen Tension and Neurological Outcome After Cardiac Arrest.

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    Johnson, Nicholas J; Dodampahala, Kalani; Rosselot, Babette; Perman, Sarah M; Mikkelsen, Mark E; Goyal, Munish; Gaieski, David F; Grossestreuer, Anne V

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    A number of observational studies have evaluated the association between arterial oxygen tensions and outcome after cardiac arrest with variable results. The objective of this study is to determine the association between arterial oxygen tension and neurological outcome after cardiac arrest. A retrospective cohort analysis was performed using the Penn Alliance for Therapeutic Hypothermia registry. Adult patients who experienced return of spontaneous circulation after in-hospital or out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) and had a partial pressure of arterial oxygen (PaO2) recorded within 48 hours were included. Our primary exposure of interest was PaO2. Hyperoxemia was defined as PaO2 > 300 mmHg, hypoxemia as PaO2 arrests were witnessed, and pulseless electrical activity was the most common initial rhythm (40%). More than 72% of the patients had cardiac etiology for their arrests, and 55% underwent targeted temperature management. A total of 38% of patients survived to hospital discharge. There was no significant association between PaO2 at any time interval and neurological outcome at hospital discharge. Hyperoxemia at 12 hours after cardiac arrest was associated with decreased odds of survival (OR 0.17 [0.03-0.89], p = 0.032). There was no significant association between arterial oxygen tension measured within the first 48 hours after cardiac arrest and neurological outcome.

  17. Hybrid procedures for peripheral obstructive disease.

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    Schrijver, A M; Moll, F L; De Vries, J P Pm

    2010-12-01

    comparable with the more invasive sole surgical revascularization procedures. The results of the endovascular part of the hybrid procedures are still influenced by the extent of the obstructions (best results in TASC A and B lesions), and patency rates of bypasses are inversely associated with increasing length of the conduit. A review of the literature concludes that hybrid techniques for the treatment of severe lower extremity arterial disease provide less invasive, long lasting, and reliable therapeutic options tailored to the needs of high-risk patients and should be in the armamentarium of today's vascular surgeon.

  18. Congenital Malformations Associated With a Single Umbilical Artery in Twin Pregnancies.

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    Mitchell, Sarah E; Reidy, Karen; Da Silva Costa, Fabricio; Palma-Dias, Ricardo; Cade, Thomas J; Umstad, Mark P

    2015-10-01

    A single umbilical artery (SUA) was identified in 1.5% of twin pregnancies. The presence of a SUA in a twin pregnancy was associated with a 50% incidence of fetal anomalies, many of them complex and severe. The embryology and pathophysiological mechanisms associated with a SUA are reviewed. Aneuploidy is relatively common and should be considered, particularly in the presence of associated anomalies. Fetal growth restriction is frequent and preterm delivery is common.

  19. Association between sarcopenia and metabolic syndrome in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease: the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES) from 2008 to 2011.

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    Chung, Jae Ho; Hwang, Hee-Jin; Han, Chang Hoon; Son, Bong Soo; Kim, Do Hyung; Park, Moo Suk

    2015-02-01

    It is not clear whether the restrictive or obstructive pattern of spirometry is associated with metabolic syndrome. We investigated the associations between restrictive and obstructive spirometric patterns and metabolic risk factors using data from the Korea National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (KNHANES). Additionally, we investigated whether sarcopenia is associated with metabolic syndrome in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Using data from KNHANES between 2008 and 2011, we enrolled 8,145 subjects (normal lung function: 6,077, obstructive spirometric pattern: 1,039, restrictive pattern: 1,029) aged ≥40 years who underwent anthropometric measurement, laboratory tests, spirometry and estimation of appendicular muscle mass. Sarcopenia was defined as an appendicular skeletal muscle mass divided by body weight squared metabolic syndrome for the restrictive spirometric pattern in male was 1.29 (95% confidence interval [CI], 1.02-1.65), and that for obstructive pattern in males was 0.99 (95% CI, 0.79-1.26) after adjustments for covariables (female restrictive pattern (ORs, 1,45; 95% CI, 1.09-1.91) and female obstructive pattern (ORs 0.73; 95% CI, 0.49-1.09). After adjustment for other confounding factors, the risk of metabolic syndrome was higher in sarcopenic male (OR, 1.88; 95% CI, 1.27-2.77) with COPD than in those without sarcopenia. The restrictive spirometric pattern is associated with metabolic syndrome, and sarcopenia may contribute to the risk of metabolic syndrome in male patients with COPD.

  20. The contribution of arterial calcification to peripheral arterial disease in pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

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    Full Text Available The contribution of arterial calcification (AC in peripheral arterial disease (PAD and arterial wall compressibility is a matter of debate. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE, an inherited metabolic disease due to ABCC6 gene mutations, combines elastic fiber fragmentation and calcification in various soft tissues including the arterial wall. Since AC is associated with PAD, a frequent complication of PXE, we sought to determine the role of AC in PAD and arterial wall compressibility in this group of patients.Arterial compressibility and patency were determined by ankle-brachial pressure index (ABI in a cohort of 71 PXE patients (mean age 48 ± SD 14 yrs, 45 women and compared to 30 controls without PAD. Lower limb arterial calcification (LLAC was determined by non-contrast enhanced helicoidal CT-scan. A calcification score (Ca-score was computed for the femoral, popliteal and sub-popliteal artery segments of both legs. Forty patients with PXE had an ABI1.40. LLAC increased with age, significantly more in PXE subjects than controls. A negative association was found between LLAC and ABI (r = -0.363, p = 0.002. The LLAC was independently associated with PXE and age, and ABI was not linked to cardiovascular risk factors.The presence of AC was associated with PAD and PXE without affecting arterial compressibility. PAD in PXE patients is probably due to proximal obstructive lesions developing independently from cardiovascular risk factors.

  1. The contribution of arterial calcification to peripheral arterial disease in pseudoxanthoma elasticum.

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    Leftheriotis, Georges; Kauffenstein, Gilles; Hamel, Jean François; Abraham, Pierre; Le Saux, Olivier; Willoteaux, Serge; Henrion, Daniel; Martin, Ludovic

    2014-01-01

    The contribution of arterial calcification (AC) in peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and arterial wall compressibility is a matter of debate. Pseudoxanthoma elasticum (PXE), an inherited metabolic disease due to ABCC6 gene mutations, combines elastic fiber fragmentation and calcification in various soft tissues including the arterial wall. Since AC is associated with PAD, a frequent complication of PXE, we sought to determine the role of AC in PAD and arterial wall compressibility in this group of patients. Arterial compressibility and patency were determined by ankle-brachial pressure index (ABI) in a cohort of 71 PXE patients (mean age 48 ± SD 14 yrs, 45 women) and compared to 30 controls without PAD. Lower limb arterial calcification (LLAC) was determined by non-contrast enhanced helicoidal CT-scan. A calcification score (Ca-score) was computed for the femoral, popliteal and sub-popliteal artery segments of both legs. Forty patients with PXE had an ABI1.40. LLAC increased with age, significantly more in PXE subjects than controls. A negative association was found between LLAC and ABI (r = -0.363, p = 0.002). The LLAC was independently associated with PXE and age, and ABI was not linked to cardiovascular risk factors. The presence of AC was associated with PAD and PXE without affecting arterial compressibility. PAD in PXE patients is probably due to proximal obstructive lesions developing independently from cardiovascular risk factors.

  2. Association between the surfactant protein D (SFTPD) gene and subclinical carotid artery atherosclerosis

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    Sorensen, Grith L; Bladbjerg, Else Marie; Steffensen, Rudi

    2016-01-01

    -media thickness (IMT) and protruding plaques in the right carotid artery. Associations between cardiovascular traits and the levels of pSP-D (n = 687) or two coding SFTPD SNPs rs3088308 and rs721917 (n = 396) were investigated using multiple linear regressions and logistic regressions. RESULTS...

  3. Common variants associated with plasma triglycerides and risk for coronary artery disease

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    Triglycerides are transported in plasma by specific triglyceride-rich lipoproteins; in epidemiological studies, increased triglyceride levels correlate with higher risk for coronary artery disease (CAD). However, it is unclear whether this association reflects causal processes. We used 185 common va...

  4. Association between anxiety and mortality in patients with coronary artery disease : A meta-analysis

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    Celano, Christopher M.; Millstein, Rachel A.; Bedoya, C. Andres; Healy, Brian C.; Roest, Annelieke M.; Huffman, Jeff C.

    2015-01-01

    Background Depression and anxiety are common in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Although depression clearly has been associated with mortality in this population, the relationship between anxiety and mortality is less clear. Accordingly, we performed a series ofmeta-analyses to (1)

  5. Clinical classification in pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with congenital heart disease

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    Zijlstra, Willemijn M. H.; Douwes, Johannes M.; Ploegstra, Mark-Jan; Krishnan, Usha; Roofthooft, Marcus T. R.; Hillege, Hans L.; Ivy, D. Dunbar; Rosenzweig, Erika B.; Berger, Rolf M. F.

    Congenital heart disease (CHD) is a frequent cause of pediatric pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), with diverse etiology and outcome. We aimed to describe phenotypic heterogeneity in pediatric PAH associated with CHD (PAH-CHD), assess the applicability of the Nice CHD classification, and explore

  6. Circulating matrix metalloproteinases are associated with arterial stiffness in patients with type 1 diabetes

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    Peeters, Stijn A.; Engelen, Lian; Buijs, Jacqueline

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    BACKGROUND: Altered regulation of extracellular matrix (ECM) composition by matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) and tissue inhibitors of metalloproteinase (TIMPs) may contribute to arterial stiffening. We investigated associations between circulating MMP-1, -2, -3, -9, -10 and TIMP-1, and carotid-fe...

  7. Associations of coffee, tea, and caffeine intake with coronary artery calcification and cardiovascular events

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    Coffee and tea are 2 of the most commonly consumed beverages in the world. The association of coffee and tea intake with coronary artery calcium and major adverse cardiovascular events remains uncertain. We examined 6508 ethnically diverse participants with available coffee and tea data from the Mul...

  8. Roles of Arterial Stiffness and Blood Pressure in Hypertension-Associated Cognitive Decline in Healthy Adults.

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    Hajjar, Ihab; Goldstein, Felicia C; Martin, Greg S; Quyyumi, Arshed A

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    Although there is strong evidence that hypertension leads to cognitive decline, especially in the executive domain, the relationship between blood pressure and cognition has been conflicted. Hypertension is characterized by blood pressure elevation and increased arterial stiffness. We aimed at investigating whether arterial stiffness would be superior to blood pressure in predicting cognitive decline and explaining the hypertension-executive decline association. A randomly selected asymptomatic population (n=591, age=49.2 years, 70% women, 27% black, and education=18 years) underwent annual vascular and cognitive assessments. Cognition was assessed using computerized versions commonly used cognitive tests, and principal component analysis was used for deriving cognitive scores for executive function, memory, and working memory. Arterial stiffness was measured by carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (PWV). Higher PWV, but not blood pressure, was associated with a steeper decline in executive (P=0.0002), memory (P=0.05), and working memory (P=0.02) scores after adjusting for demographics, education, and baseline cognitive performance. This remained true after adjusting for hypertension. Hypertension was associated with greater decline in executive score (P=0.0029) and those with combined hypertension and elevated PWV (>7 m/s) had the greatest decline in executive score (P value hypertension×PWV=0.02). PWV explained the association between hypertension and executive function (P value for hypertension=0.0029 versus 0.24 when adjusting for PWV). In healthy adults, increased arterial stiffness is superior to blood pressure in predicting cognitive decline in all domains and in explaining the hypertension-executive function association. Arterial stiffness, especially in hypertension, may be a target in the prevention of cognitive decline. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  9. CDKN2B methylation is associated with carotid artery calcification in ischemic stroke patients

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    Shuyu Zhou; Yumeng Zhang; Li Wang; Zhizhong Zhang; Biyang Cai; Keting Liu; Hao Zhang; Minhui Dai; Lingli Sun; Xiaomeng Xu; Huan Cai; Xinfeng Liu; Guangming Lu; Gelin Xu

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    Background Cyclin-dependent kinase inhibitor 2A/2B (CDKN2A/2B) near chromosome 9p21 have been associated with both atherosclerosis and artery calcification, but the underlying mechanisms remained largely unknown. Considering that CDKN2A/2B is a frequently reported site for DNA methylation, this study aimed to evaluate whether carotid artery calcification (CarAC) is related to methylation levels of CDKN2A/2B in patients with ischemic stroke. Methods DNA methylation levels of CDKN2A/2B were mea...

  10. Working memory impairment and its associated sleep-related respiratory parameters in children with obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Lau, Esther Yuet Ying; Choi, Elizabeth W M; Lai, Esther S K; Lau, Kristy N T; Au, C T; Yung, W H; Li, Albert M

    2015-09-01

    Working memory deficits in children with obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) have been reported in previous studies, but the results were inconclusive. This study tried to address this issue by delineating working memory functions into executive processes and storage/maintenance components based on Baddeley's working memory model. Working memory and basic attention tasks were administered on 23 OSA children aged 8-12 years and 22 age-, education-, and general cognitive functioning-matched controls. Data on overnight polysomnographic sleep study and working memory functions were compared between the two groups. Associations between respiratory-related parameters and cognitive performance were explored in the OSA group. Compared with controls, children with OSA had poorer performance on both tasks of basic storage and central executive components in the verbal domain of working memory, above and beyond basic attention and processing speed impairments; such differences were not significant in the visuo-spatial domain. Moreover, correlational analyses and hierarchical regression analyses further suggested that obstructive apnea-hypopnea index (OAHI) and oxygen saturation (SpO2) nadir were associated with verbal working memory performance, highlighting the potential pathophysiological mechanisms of OSA-induced cognitive deficits. Verbal working memory impairments associated with OSA may compromise children's learning potentials and neurocognitive development. Early identification of OSA and assessment of the associated neurocognitive deficits are of paramount importance. Reversibility of cognitive deficits after treatment would be a critical outcome indicator. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  11. Associations between calcium-phosphate metabolism and coronary artery calcification

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    Grønhøj, Mette H; Gerke, Oke; Mickley, Hans

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND AIMS: High serum calcium-phosphate levels are associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) in patients with chronic kidney disease. Recent studies have demonstrated this relationship also in subjects with normal kidney function. Our aim was to examine whether......, were analysed for total calcium, phosphate, parathyroid hormone (PTH) and 25-hydroxyvitamin D (25(OH)D). CAC was measured by a non-contrast cardiac CT scan and categorised into four groups: 0, 1-99, 100-399, ≥400 Agatston units. The association of calcium-phosphate metabolism with CAC was evaluated...

  12. Cerebral arterial bolus arrival time is prolonged in multiple sclerosis and associated with disability.

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    Paling, David; Thade Petersen, Esben; Tozer, Daniel J; Altmann, Daniel R; Wheeler-Kingshott, Claudia A M; Kapoor, Raju; Miller, David H; Golay, Xavier

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    Alterations in the overall cerebral hemodynamics have been reported in multiple sclerosis (MS); however, their cause and significance is unknown. While potential venous causes have been examined, arterial causes have not. In this study, a multiple delay time arterial spin labeling magnetic resonance imaging sequence at 3T was used to quantify the arterial hemodynamic parameter bolus arrival time (BAT) and cerebral blood flow (CBF) in normal-appearing white matter (NAWM) and deep gray matter in 33 controls and 35 patients with relapsing-remitting MS. Bolus arrival time was prolonged in MS in NAWM (1.0±0.2 versus 0.9±0.2 seconds, P=0.031) and deep gray matter (0.90±0.18 versus 0.80±0.14 seconds, P=0.001) and CBF was increased in NAWM (14±4 versus 10±2 mL/100 g/min, P=0.001). Prolonged BAT in NAWM (P=0.042) and deep gray matter (P=0.01) were associated with higher expanded disability status score. This study demonstrates alteration in cerebral arterial hemodynamics in MS. One possible cause may be widespread inflammation. Bolus arrival time was longer in patients with greater disability independent of atrophy and T2 lesion load, suggesting alterations in cerebral arterial hemodynamics may be a marker of clinically relevant pathology.

  13. Association of NAFLD with subclinical atherosclerosis and coronary-artery disease: meta-analysis.

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    Ampuero, Javier; Gallego-Durán, Rocío; Romero-Gómez, Manuel

    2015-01-01

    Recent studies have associated non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) with increased risk of cardiovascular disease, using tests of subclinical atherosclerosis. To evaluate the influence of NAFLD on subclinical atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease (CAD). We reviewed Pubmed and EMBASE. According to inclusion and exclusion criteria, we selected 14 studies and were classified in two groups. Ten studies aimed the presence of subclinical atherosclerosis and four studies the presence of coronary artery disease. To assess subclinical atherosclerosis, we selected studies with pathological carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and with presence of carotid plaques. We considered coronary artery disease when patients showed at least 50% stenosis at one or more major coronary arteries. NAFLD was assessed by ultrasound (US) and liver biopsy. NAFLD showed a higher prevalence of pathological CIMT [35.1% (351/999) vs. 21.8% (207/948); p subclinical atherosclerosis and coronary artery disease. The right management of these patients could modify the natural history both liver and cardiovascular disease.

  14. Pulmonary arterial hypertension associated with chronic active Epstein-Barr virus infection.

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    Fukuda, Yutaka; Momoi, Nobuo; Akaihata, Mitsuko; Nagasawa, Katsutoshi; Mitomo, Masaki; Aoyagi, Yoshimichi; Endoh, Kisei; Hosoya, Mitsuaki

    2015-08-01

    Chronic active Epstein-Barr virus (EBV) infection (CAEBV), characterized by persistent infectious mononucleosis-like symptoms, can lead to cardiovascular complications including coronary artery aneurysm or myocarditis. Here, we present the case of an 11-year-old boy with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and junctional ectopic tachycardia associated with CAEBV. The patient did not have any major symptoms attributed to CAEBV, such as fever, lymphadenopathy or splenomegaly when the PAH developed. Mild liver dysfunction was found at the first examination, and it persisted. Two years after the PAH symptoms appeared, CAEBV was evident, based on deteriorated liver function, hepatosplenomegaly, and coronary artery aneurysms. CAEBV should be considered as a cause of secondary PAH, particularly when liver dysfunction coexists. © 2015 Japan Pediatric Society.

  15. Prenatal sonographic diagnosis of Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome in association with a single umbilical artery.

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    Hamada, H; Fujiki, Y; Obata-Yasuoka, M; Watanabe, H; Yamada, N; Kubo, T

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    Beckwith-Wiedemann syndrome is an inherited disorder most commonly characterized by prenatal or postnatal overgrowth, macroglossia, omphalocele, unusual earlobe creases, and increased risk of neoplasia. Several reported cases of this syndrom