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  1. Insulin sensitivity and carotid intima-media thickness

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    Kozakova, Michaela; Natali, Andrea; Dekker, Jacqueline;

    2013-01-01

    Despite a wealth of experimental data in animal models, the independent association of insulin resistance with early carotid atherosclerosis in man has not been demonstrated. APPROACH AND RESULTS: We studied a European cohort of 525 men and 655 women (mean age, 44±8 years) free of conditions known...... repeated after 3 years. In men, baseline intima-media thickness in the common carotid artery (CCA-IMT) was significantly higher (P...

  2. Carotid plaque, intima-media thickness, and incident aortic stenosis

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    Martinsson, Andreas; Östling, Gerd; Persson, Margaretha;

    2014-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Aortic stenosis (AS) shares risk factors with atherosclerotic vascular disease. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque may reflect the cumulative damage from exposure to different atherosclerotic risk factors. We examined the relationship of carotid IMT and plaque with incident...... risk factors for incident AS were studied in age- and sex-adjusted and expanded multivariable-adjusted Cox regression models. A total of 69 (1.4%) participants developed AS during up to 20 years of follow-up. Significant risk factors for AS in age- and sex-adjusted analyses were (P<0.05) body mass...

  3. Carotid intima-media thickness: a target or a marker?

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    Montalcini, Tiziana; Romeo, Stefano; Fava, Antonietta; Pujia, Arturo

    2014-01-01

    Evidence-based medicine requires us to use pharmacological agents that have been tested and that have been showed to reduce the disease in that particular group of affected patients. The choice of the efficacy endpoint is one of the most controversial issues in designing the trials. To reduce the high economic costs resulting by the large-scale trials design and implementation, the substitution of the primary endpoints with a surrogate one, is an optimal opportunity. Carotid intima-media thickness is considered an excellent predictor of cardiovascular events, and it is also seen as a perfect model of surrogate endpoint for pharmacological studies. However, the results from studies using it as a surrogate endpoints could lead to erroneous conclusions and could lead marketing of products with limited or doubt effectiveness on cardiovascular prevention. Studies showed that many interventions targeting the Carotid intima-media thickness not impact the final clinical endpoints of interest, whereas low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level is an excellent biomarker because it can predict the cardiovascular outcomes and interventions therapy can efficaciously reduce it. PMID:23011174

  4. Common carotid artery intima-media thickness, carotid plaques, and walking speed.

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    Elbaz, Alexis; Ripert, Mahaut; Tavernier, Béatrice; Février, Benoît; Zureik, Mahmoud; Gariépy, Jérôme; Alpérovitch, Annick; Tzourio, Christophe

    2005-01-01

    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Gait dysfunction is an important cause of disability among the elderly and may be, in part, of vascular origin. We studied the association between carotid ultrasound parameters and measures of gait and balance in subjects 65 to 85 years of age who participated in the baseline phase of the Three-City Study in the Dijon center. METHODS: The study population comprised 2572 noninstitutionalized individuals. Carotid plaques and common carotid artery intima-media thickness (...

  5. Carotid intima-media thickness in the spanish population : reference ranges and association with cardiovascular risk factors

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    Grau, M; Subirana, I.; Agis, D.; Ramos, R.; Basagana, X; Marti, R.; Groot, E. de; Arnold, R.J.; Marrugat, J.; Künzli, N.; Elosua, R.

    2012-01-01

    INTRODUCTION AND OBJECTIVES: Carotid intima-media thickness as measured with ultrasonography is an inexpensive and noninvasive predictor of cardiovascular events. The objectives of this study were to determine the population reference ranges of carotid intima-media thickness for individuals aged 35-84 years in Spain and to analyze the association of carotid intima-media thickness with cardiovascular risk factors (age, smoking, diabetes, pulse pressure, lipid profile, and body mass index). MET...

  6. Ultrasound evaluation of intima media thickness of carotid arteries in dialysis patients and correlation with proposed risk factors

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    Damjanović Tatjana

    2003-01-01

    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis is significant risk factor for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in dialysis patients. Aim of the study was ultrasound evaluation of intima media thickness on carotid arteries (as a marker of atherosclerosis, in dialysis patients and its correlation with proposed risk factors. Intima media thickness was measured in 45 dialysis patients with no signs of cardiovascular diseases (15 on peritoneal dialysis, group I,30 on hemodialysis, group II and 20 healthy controls. The mean carotid artery intima media thickness was significantly higher in dialysis patients than in control group. According to intima media thickness, dialysis patients were divided in group A (patient with intima media thickness less or equal 0,720 mm and group B (intima media thickness higher then 0,720mm. Intima media thickness in bout group was correlated with proposed risk factors. In group A there was not significant correlation of intima media thickness with risk factors. In group B significant correlation have been found between intima media thickness and LDL, VLDL cholesterol, body mass index and systolic, diastolic and mean blood pressure. Although atherosclerosis was not the only cause for cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, it has a dominant role in dialysis patients. Augmented intima media thickness could be early marker of atherosclerosis. The risk factors of great influence on intima media thickness are lipid disturbances, obesity and hypertension.

  7. Common Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Relates to Cardiovascular Events in Adults Aged

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    Eikendal, Anouk L. M.; Groenewegen, Karlijn A.; Anderson, Todd J.; Britton, Annie R.; Engstrom, Gunnar; Evans, Greg W.; de Graaf, Jacqueline; Grobbee, Diederick E.; Hedblad, Bo; Holewijn, Suzanne; Ikeda, Ai; Kitagawa, Kazuo; Kitamura, Akihiko; Lonn, Eva M.; Lorenz, Matthias W.; Mathiesen, Ellisiv B.; Nijpels, Giel; Dekker, Jacqueline M.; Okazaki, Shuhei; O'Leary, Daniel H.; Polak, Joseph F.; Price, Jacqueline F.; Robertson, Christine; Rembold, Christopher M.; Rosvall, Maria; Rundek, Tatjana; Salonen, Jukka T.; Sitzer, Matthias; Stehouwer, Coen D. A.; Hoefer, Imo E.; Peters, Sanne A. E.; Bots, Michiel L.; den Ruijter, Hester M.

    2015-01-01

    Although atherosclerosis starts in early life, evidence on risk factors and atherosclerosis in individuals aged <45 years is scarce. Therefore, we studied the relationship between risk factors, common carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), and first-time cardiovascular events in adults aged <45 year

  8. Po14-387 Perimenopause Accelerates the Effect of Smoking on Carotid Intima-Media Thickness

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    Piťha, J.; Valenta, Zdeněk; Stávek, P.; Lejsková, M.; Žecová, S.; Poledne, R.; Bobák, M.

    Elsevier. Roč. 8, č. 1 (2007), s. 112-112. ISSN 1567-5688. [Congress of the European Atherosclerosis Society /76./. 10.06.2007-13.06.2007, Helsinki] Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : perimenopause * smoking * carotid intima-media thickness

  9. Blood donation, body iron status and carotid intima-media thickness

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    Engberink, M.F.; Geleijnse, J.M.; Durga, J.; Swinkels, D.W.; Kort, de W.L.A.M.; Schouten, E.G.; Verhoef, P.

    2008-01-01

    Iron could promote free radical formation, which may lead to injury of the arterial wall and atherosclerosis. Blood donation may reduce cardiovascular risk by lowering body iron status. We collected data on blood donation history and intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (CIMT) in 819

  10. Manual B-Mode Versus Automated Radio-Frequency Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Measurements

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    S. Dogan; Y. Plantinga; J.M. Dijk; Y. van der Graaf; D.E. Grobbee; M.L. Bots

    2009-01-01

    Background: Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) serves as an indicator of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk. Manual measurements of B-mode ultrasound images are the most applied method. Automated measurements with radiofrequency (RF) ultrasound have been suggested as an alternative. The aim

  11. Sex-Specific Effects of Adiponectin on Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Incident Cardiovascular Disease

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    Persson, Jonas; Strawbridge, Rona J.; McLeod, Olga; Gertow, Karl; Silveira, Angela; Baldassarre, Damiano; Van Zuydam, Natalie; Shah, Sonia; Fava, Cristiano; Gustafsson, Stefan; Veglia, Fabrizio; Sennblad, Bengt; Larsson, Malin; Sabater-Lleal, Maria; Leander, Karin; Gigante, Bruna; Tabak, Adam; Kivimaki, Mika; Kauhanen, Jussi; Rauramaa, Rainer; Smit, Andries J.; Mannarino, Elmo; Giral, Philippe; Humphries, Steve E.; Tremoli, Elena; de Faire, Ulf; Lind, Lars; Ingelsson, Erik; Hedblad, Bo; Melander, Olle; Kumari, Meena; Hingorani, Aroon; Morris, Andrew D.; Palmer, Colin N. A.; Lundman, Pia; Ohrvik, John; Soderberg, Stefan

    2015-01-01

    Background-Plasma adiponectin levels have previously been inversely associated with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis. In this study, we used a sex-stratified Mendelian randomization approach to investigate whether adiponectin has a causal protective influ

  12. Causes of changes in carotid intima-media thickness: a literature review

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    Qu, Baoge; Qu, Tao

    2015-01-01

    Atherosclerosis causes significant morbidity and mortality. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) predicts future cardiovascular and ischaemic stroke incidence. CIMT, a measure of atherosclerotic disease, can be reliably determined in vivo by carotid ultrasound. In this review, we determined that CIMT is associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as age, sex, race, smoking, alcohol consumption, habitual endurance exercise, blood pressure, dyslipidemia, dietary patterns, risk...

  13. Carotid Artery Segmentation in Ultrasound Images and Measurement of Intima-Media Thickness

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    Vaishali Naik; R.S. Gamad; P.P. Bansod

    2013-01-01

    Background. The segmentation of the common carotid artery (CCA) wall is imperative for the determination of the intima-media thickness (IMT) on B-mode ultrasound (US) images. The IMT is considered an important indicator in the evaluation of the risk for the development of atherosclerosis. In this paper, authors have discussed the relevance of measurements in clinical practices and the challenges that one has to face while approaching the segmentation of carotid artery on ultrasound images. Th...

  14. Determination of site-specific carotid-intima media thickness: common –carotid artery and carotid bifurcation in hypercholesterolemia patients

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    Perwaiz Khan, Samia; Gul, Pashmina; Khemani, Saleem; Yaqub, Zia

    2013-01-01

    Objective: To determine site specific carotid intima-media thickness: common–carotid artery and carotid bifurcation in hypercholesterolemia patients as a marker for atherosclerosis. Methods: Fifty patients with hypercholesterolemia and twenty controls were selected after getting informed consent regarding the investigation of carotid- intima media thickness by B-mode ultrasound. All the patients of hypercholesterolemia with LDL-C > 160mg/dL had family history of coronary artery diseases. This...

  15. CHILDHOOD FAMILY PSYCHOSOCIAL ENVIRONMENT AND CAROTID INTIMA MEDIA THICKNESS: THE CARDIA STUDY

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    Loucks, Eric B.; Taylor, Shelley E.; Polak, Joseph F.; Wilhelm, Aude; Kalra, Preety; Karen A. Matthews

    2013-01-01

    Little is known about whether the childhood family psychosocial environment (characterized by cold, unaffectionate interactions, conflict, aggression, neglect and/or low nurturance) affects coronary heart disease (CHD) risk. Objectives were to evaluate associations of childhood family psychosocial environment with carotid intima media thickness (IMT), a subclinical measure of atherosclerosis. The study population included 2,659 CARDIA study participants, aged 37-52 years. Childhood family psy...

  16. Relationship of carotid intima-media thickness and duration of vegetarian diet in Chinese male vegetarians

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    Liu Chang-Qin; Yan Bing; Wang Li-Ying; Sun Su-Yun; Zhang Hui-Jie; Yang Shu-Yu; Zhang Wei; Li Xue-Jun

    2011-01-01

    Abstract Objective Many studies have shown that vegetarian diet has beneficial effects on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, the effect of vegetarian diet on carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), as well as the association between IMT and duration of vegetarian diet, are still unclear. The present study aims to investigate the influence of duration of vegetarian diet on cardiovascular risk factors, and more importantly on IMT among Chinese vegetarians. Methods One hundred and...

  17. The relationship between distribution of body fat mass and carotid artery intima-media thickness in Korean older adults

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    Park, Jin-Kee; Park, Hyuntae; Kim, Kwi-Baek

    2015-01-01

    [Purpose] The aim of this study was to examine the relationships between the amount and distribution of body fat and the carotid intima-media thickness to explore whether coronary artery disease risk may be mediated through effects on the amount of fat mass in older adults. [Subjects and Methods] A total of 200 elderly females was participated. The percentage of body fat mass was measured by the bioelectrical impedance analysis method, and the carotid intima-media thickness was measured by B-...

  18. Intima-Media Thickness Does Not Differ between Two Common Carotid Artery Segments in Children

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    Heidi Weberruß; Raphael Pirzer; Robert Dalla Pozza; Heinrich Netz; Renate Oberhoffer

    2016-01-01

    Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) is a surrogate marker of early atherosclerotic changes in children. cIMT-studies are hard to compare, due to variations in ultrasound protocols, especially regarding the common carotid artery (CCA) segment measured in relation to the bulb. This study's purpose was therefore to compare two distinct CCA segments in children, to see if cIMT values differ substantially according to the site of measurement. cIMT was assessed after power calculation in 30 child...

  19. Vitamin D, carotid intima-media thickness and bone structure in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    K., Winckler; L., Tarnow; L., Lundby-Christensen; T.P., Almdal; N., Wiinberg; Eiken, P; T.W., Boesgaard; S.S., Lund; H., Perrild; T., Krarup; O., Snorgaard; B., Gade-Rasmussen; S., Madsbad; M., Roder; B., Thorsteinsson; E.R., Mathiesen; T., Jensen; H., Vestergaard; O., Pedersen; C., Hedetoft; L., Breum; E., Duun; S.B., Sneppen; B., Hemmingsen; C., Gluud; J., Wetterslev; A., Vaag

    2015-01-01

    Despite aggressive treatment of cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors individuals with type 2 diabetes (T2D) still have increased risk of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. The primary aim of this study was to examine the cross-sectional association between total (25-hydroxy vitamin D (25...... diabetes 12+/-6 years), including 294 patients (71%) treated with insulin. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and arterial stiffness (carotid artery distensibility coefficient (DC) and Young's elastic modulus (YEM)) were measured by ultrasound scan as indicators of CVD. Bone health was assessed by bone...

  20. Sonography of common carotid arteries′ intima: Media thickness in the normal adult population in Sudan

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    Mustafa Z Mahmoud

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Carotid ultrasonography is a useful diagnostic tool for assessing carotid disease. It is highly reliable, has no radiation risk, and has no risks when compared to conventional angiography. Aim: The study was to determine the common carotid artery (CCA intima-media thickness (IMT in the normal adult Sudanese so as to create standards for defining abnormalities. Materials and Methods: In 440 participants, the intima-media thickness was obtained sonographically in the supine position at the point of 1 cm section distal to the carotid bulb. Due to ethnic variations, participants were divided into a five ethnic groups according to their geographic distribution in Sudan. Results: The ranges of IMT found in the study were from 0.04 cm to 0.07 cm in carotids. Ethnically, males and females from West and East of Sudan show the highest IMT (0.070 ± 0.00 cm and 0.065 ± 0.01 cm for CCA while males and females from the South of Sudan show the lowest IMT (0.055 ± 0.01 cm and 0.058 ± 0.004 cm. Conclusion: Mean carotids′ IMT was slightly higher in females compared to males. No significant differences were found between IMT and different ethnics but significance was noted among participants′ age and IMT of both sexes.

  1. Relationship Between Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Using Ultrasonography and Diagnostic Indices of Metabolic Syndrome

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    The aim of the present study was undertaken to investigate the association between diagnostic indices of metabolic syndrome(MetS) with carotid intima-media thickness using ultrasonography. The participants in the study were 315 male employees without carotid atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular disease. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute. Written informed consent for the participants in this study was obtained from all individuals. Anthropometric parameters and biochemical characteristics were done using each specific equipment and the NCEP-ATP III criteria were used to define MetS. They were examined by B-mode ultrasound to measure the carotid intima-media thickness(carotid IMT) at the near and far walls of common carotid and bifurcation(bulb). The mean carotid IMT was 0.739±0.137 mm and it's thickness significantly increased with the increase in age. Also, amounts of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride and fasting glucose were significantly increased with the increase in age. Carotid IMT were significantly correlated with BMI(r=0.170, p=0.004), systolic(r=0.148, p=0.011) and diastolic blood pressure(r=0.123, p=0.036) and HDL-cholesterol(r=-0.164, p=0.005). On multiple logistic regression analysis for the diagnostic indices of MetS, carotid IMT were significantly associated with blood pressure(OR=4.220, p<0.01) and MetS(OR=1.301, p<0.05). The results indicate that blood pressure and MetS are important risk factors for carotid atherosclerosis.

  2. Relationship Between Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Using Ultrasonography and Diagnostic Indices of Metabolic Syndrome

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    Ko, Kyung Sun; Heo, Kyung Hwa; Won, Yong Lim; Kim, Ki Woong [Center for Occupational Disease Reserach, Occupational Safety and Health Research Insurance, KOSHA, Incheon (Korea, Republic of)

    2009-09-15

    The aim of the present study was undertaken to investigate the association between diagnostic indices of metabolic syndrome(MetS) with carotid intima-media thickness using ultrasonography. The participants in the study were 315 male employees without carotid atherosclerosis and other cardiovascular disease. This study was approved by the Institutional Review Board of Occupational Safety and Health Research Institute. Written informed consent for the participants in this study was obtained from all individuals. Anthropometric parameters and biochemical characteristics were done using each specific equipment and the NCEP-ATP III criteria were used to define MetS. They were examined by B-mode ultrasound to measure the carotid intima-media thickness(carotid IMT) at the near and far walls of common carotid and bifurcation(bulb). The mean carotid IMT was 0.739{+-}0.137 mm and it's thickness significantly increased with the increase in age. Also, amounts of systolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglyceride and fasting glucose were significantly increased with the increase in age. Carotid IMT were significantly correlated with BMI(r=0.170, p=0.004), systolic(r=0.148, p=0.011) and diastolic blood pressure(r=0.123, p=0.036) and HDL-cholesterol(r=-0.164, p=0.005). On multiple logistic regression analysis for the diagnostic indices of MetS, carotid IMT were significantly associated with blood pressure(OR=4.220, p<0.01) and MetS(OR=1.301, p<0.05). The results indicate that blood pressure and MetS are important risk factors for carotid atherosclerosis.

  3. Association of carotid artery intima-media thickness and cardiovascular risk factors in adult

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    Increased intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery is an early marker of atherosclerosis and a powerful predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between carotid artery IMT and cardiovascular risk factors. Total 134 adult were performed with Ultrasonography to measure IMT at common carotid artery, the physical measurements and blood tests, the following results were obtained. As a result, IMT showed higher value in male IMT than female IMT. And, the IMT increased according to the age increased. Also, TC and AI have positive significant correlation with IMT. In Conclusion, cardiovascular risk factors with adult are associated with increased IMT of common carotid artery

  4. Association of carotid artery intima-media thickness and cardiovascular risk factors in adult

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    Kim, Mi Young [Dept. of Diagnostic Radiology, Dankook University Hospital, Cheonan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hwa Sun [Dept. of Radiological Technology, Ansan University, Ansan (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Shin Young [Dept. of Anatomy and Cell Biology, School of Medicine, Hanyang University, Seoul (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-03-15

    Increased intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery is an early marker of atherosclerosis and a powerful predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular diseases. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the correlation between carotid artery IMT and cardiovascular risk factors. Total 134 adult were performed with Ultrasonography to measure IMT at common carotid artery, the physical measurements and blood tests, the following results were obtained. As a result, IMT showed higher value in male IMT than female IMT. And, the IMT increased according to the age increased. Also, TC and AI have positive significant correlation with IMT. In Conclusion, cardiovascular risk factors with adult are associated with increased IMT of common carotid artery.

  5. Progression of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness as Predictor of Vascular Events Results from the IMPROVE Study

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    Baldassarre, Damiano; Veglia, Fabrizio; Hamsten, Anders; Humphries, Steve E.; Rauramaa, Rainer; de Faire, Ulf; Smit, Andries J.; Giral, Philippe; Kurl, Sudhir; Mannarino, Elmo; Grossi, Enzo; Paoletti, Rodolfo; Tremoli, Elena

    2013-01-01

    Objective-To investigate whether several different measures of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) progression are associated with subsequent vascular events and whether such associations are independent of baseline carotid atherosclerotic profile and Framingham risk factors. Approach and Results-A

  6. Differences in left and right carotid intima-media thickness and the associated risk factors

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    Aim: To investigate the difference between the left and right carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) with increasing age and to analyse the importance of the various risk factors associated with left and right CIMT, respectively. Materials and methods: Four hundred and forty-seven people were assigned into six groups based on age. CIMT and haemodynamic parameters of both carotid arteries were measured using the Quality Intima-Media Thickness (QIMT) technique. In addition, biochemical and anthropometric indices were also measured. Their associations were evaluated using simple and partial correlation analysis, adjusted for age. Results: Bilateral CIMTs became thicker with age (p < 0.001) and the left CIMT was significantly thicker compared with the right between the ages of 35 and 65 years (p = 0.01-0.05). In addition, the right CIMT thickened 10 years later compared with the left. Partial correlation analysis showed that the right CIMT correlated better with haemodynamic parameters compared with the left CIMT, but the left CIMT showed better correlation with biochemical indices. Conclusion: Haemodynamic and biochemical changes had different effects on the CIMT depending on the side affected. In addition, the left CIMT was thicker than the right between the ages of 35 and 65 years old.

  7. Carotid wall stress calculated with continuous intima-media thickness assessment using B-mode ultrasound

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    Pascaner, A. F.; Craiem, D.; Casciaro, M. E.; Danielo, R.; Graf, S.; Guevara, E.

    2016-04-01

    Cardiovascular risk is normally assessed using clinical risk factors but it can be refined using non-invasive infra-clinical markers. Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) is recognized as an early indicator of cardiovascular disease. Carotid Wall Stress (CWS) can be calculated using arterial pressure and carotid size (diameter and IMT). Generally, IMT is measured during diastole when it reaches its maximum value. However, it changes during the cardiac cycle and a time-dependant waveform can be obtained using B-mode ultrasound images. In this work we calculated CWS considering three different approaches for IMT assessment: (i) constant IMT (standard diastolic value), (ii) estimated IMT from diameter waveform (assuming a constant cross-sectional wall area) and (iii) continuously measured IMT. Our results showed that maximum wall stress depends on the IMT estimation method. Systolic CWS progressively increased using the three approaches (pwall thickness and accurate IMT measures during systole should be encouraged.

  8. Carotid Artery Segmentation in Ultrasound Images and Measurement of Intima-Media Thickness

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    Vaishali Naik

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. The segmentation of the common carotid artery (CCA wall is imperative for the determination of the intima-media thickness (IMT on B-mode ultrasound (US images. The IMT is considered an important indicator in the evaluation of the risk for the development of atherosclerosis. In this paper, authors have discussed the relevance of measurements in clinical practices and the challenges that one has to face while approaching the segmentation of carotid artery on ultrasound images. The paper presents an overall review of commonly used methods for the CCA segmentation and IMT measurement along with the different performance metrics that have been proposed and used for performance validation. Summary and future directions are given in the conclusion.

  9. Causes of changes in carotid intima-media thickness: a literature review.

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    Qu, Baoge; Qu, Tao

    2015-01-01

    Atherosclerosis causes significant morbidity and mortality. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) predicts future cardiovascular and ischaemic stroke incidence. CIMT, a measure of atherosclerotic disease, can be reliably determined in vivo by carotid ultrasound. In this review, we determined that CIMT is associated with traditional cardiovascular risk factors such as age, sex, race, smoking, alcohol consumption, habitual endurance exercise, blood pressure, dyslipidemia, dietary patterns, risk-lowering drug therapy, glycemia, hyperuricemia, obesity-related anthropometric parameters, obesity and obesity-related diseases. We also found that CIMT is associated with novel risk factors, including heredity, certain genotypic indices, anthropometric cardiovascular parameters, rheumatoid arthritis, immunological diseases, inflammatory cytokines, lipid peroxidation, anthropometric hemocyte parameters, infectious diseases, vitamin D, matrix metalloproteinases, and other novel factors and diseases. However, the conclusions are inconsonant; the underlying causes of these associations remain to be further explored. PMID:26666335

  10. Progression of carotid intima media thickness after radiotherapy: A long-term prospective cohort study

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    Background and purpose: Carotid artery vasculopathy is a long-term complication of radiotherapy (RT) of the neck. We investigated the change in carotid intima media thickness (IMT) and the incidence of ischemic stroke in the first 7 years after radiotherapy (RT) of the neck. Materials and methods: A multicentre prospective cohort study among patients treated for Head and Neck Cancer (HNC) assessed carotid IMT at baseline (before RT) and after a median of 7 years follow-up. We also screened for cerebrovascular risk factors and events. Results: 48 patients underwent IMT measurement at baseline and follow-up (median age 61 years, range 29–87). Mean IMT of the irradiated common carotid arteries was 0.64 mm at baseline and 0.74 mm at follow-up (p = 0.002). Mean delta IMT in the irradiated and non-irradiated common carotid arteries were 0.11 and 0.02 mm (p = 0.03). Incidence rate of stroke in our cohort, compared to the Dutch population was 8.9 versus 1.5 per 1.000 person years. Conclusions: IMT in irradiated carotid arteries was significantly increased in the first 7 years after RT. The incidence rate of stroke was six fold increased. Patients treated with RT for HNC have sustained risk for developing atherosclerosis of the carotid arteries and future stroke

  11. Does carotid intima-media thickness have relationship with polycystic ovary syndrome?

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    Zahra Allameh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS is a common reproductive endocrine disorder associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD risk factors and metabolic disturbances and a genetically heterogeneous disease. Intima-media thickness (IMT is an indicator of atherosclerosis. This study aimed to determine the relation between IMT and PCOS in women. Methods: This cross-sectional study was performed on 44 PCOS patients and 44 healthy women. Data collection included lipid profiles, blood pressure, waist circumference, body mass index (BMI, and common and internal IMT of carotid artery which were measured in studied subjects. IMT was measured by a radiologist using a linear 12 MHz ultrasound probe (LOGIC S6, GE in carotid setting. Results: IMT of common carotid artery (56.8 ΁ 7.6 in cases versus 49.8 ΁ 7.3 in controls, internal carotid artery (56.9 ΁ 6.03 in cases versus 49.6 ΁ 6.9 in controls, and both common and internal carotid artery (56.6 ΁ 6.7 in cases versus 49.7 ΁ 6.9 in controls were significantly higher in PCOS patients than healthy women (P < 0.001. Conclusions: In summary, results demonstrated that carotid artery thickness as a risk for premature atherosclerosis in patients with PCOS is higher than healthy subjects. And hence care and monitoring of PCOS women with these risk factors sounds to be important and necessary.

  12. Cigarette smoking in military pilots and intima-media thickness of the carotid arteries

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    Jovelić Stojan

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available Background. It is well known that smoking is associated with an increase in arterial wall thickness. However, most studies of this problem have been undertaken in age and sex heterogeneous groups, as well as in patients with already present other conventional risk factors. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of cigarette smoking on arterial wall thickness of the common carotid artery in asymptomatic pilots. Methods. The imaging of intima−media thickness of the posterior wall of the distal 1 cm of both common carotid arteries was performed using a B mode ultrasound device, in 39 pilots (37.05 ± 6.66 years, for whom smoking was the single cardiovascular risk factor. Comparisons were made with 49 non-smokers (35.12 ± 7.39 years. Results. The posterior walls of both common carotid arteries were thicker in smokers (left, p < 0.05; right, p > 0,05. Intima-media thickness was significantly lower on the right side than on the left side in both smokers and nonsmokers (p < 0.01. Conclusion. Cigarette smoking as the single cardiovascular risk factor was associated with the wall thickness of the carotid arteries in our study. This finding indicated that early atherosclerosis was already present in pilots - smokers entering middle age.

  13. Pre-clinical atherosclerosis evaluated by carotid artery intima-media thickness and the risk factors in children

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    YANG Xiao-zheng; LIU Ying; MI Jie; TANG Chao-shu; DU Jun-bao

    2007-01-01

    Background Atherosclerosis as a cardiovascular disease was found to begin even in the fetal period. However,information about risk factors of pre-clinical atherosclerosis in childhood has been limited. Hence, this study was aimed to find out the risk factors of atherosclerosis by measuring the carotid artery intima-media thickness in children. High resolution B-mode ultrasound used to examine the carotid artery intima-media thickness was demonstrated to be useful in finding the early carotid structural changes.Methods The study included 79 children who were divided into two groups according to their ages: group Ⅰ consisted of 42 children with ages from 5 to 9 years and group Ⅱ consisted of 37 children with ages from 10 to 18 years, Among them,23 had a positive family history for risk, such as hypertension, obesity or dyslipidemia. Blood samples were collected and total cholesterol, triglycerides, high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein were assayed. The carotid artery intima-media thickness was measured by ultrasound. Comparisons were done between the two groups using Student's t tests and Chi-square analysis. Body mass index, blood pressure, levels of lipids, family history and the carotid artery intima-media thickness were calculated by conditional logistic regression analysis.Results Compared with the children without a positive family history, the incidence of the increased carotid artery intima-media thickness was significantly high (x2=4.364, P<0.05). There were no statistically significant differences between left and right carotid arteries in carotid artery intima-media thickness (P>0.05). In this study, diastolic blood pressure and the atherosclerosis index were suggested to be the risk factors to the thickened carotid artery intima-media thickness. In group I the diastolic blood pressure's odds radio was 1.187 (P=0.035) and the atherosclerosis index odds radio was 37.165 (P=0.001); in group Ⅱ the diastolic blood pressure's odds

  14. Correlation Between the Intima-Media Thickness of the Proximal and Distal Common Carotids

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    Increased IMT (intima-media thickness) in carotids is used as an early atherosclerosis marker and to evaluate the risk of cardiovascular problems. Ultrasound is used in the evaluation because it is accessible and low cost. Measurements for different carotid regions are described. To compare the proximal and distal region IMTs for the bilateral common carotid and guide its use in clinical practice. The IMT was measured in the proximal and distal common carotid arteries of 798 individuals (35-74 years old) of both genders using high-resolution ultrasound. Pearson's correlation coefficient was used to establish associations. The analyses were initially performed for the entire sample as well as subgroups with IMT <0.90 mm (49% of the sample) and ≥0.90 mm for at least one measurement site. The statistical significance was p < 0.05. The correlations investigated were significant. In the group with an IMT <0.90 mm, the correlations were between 0.44 and 0.62. In the subgroup with an IMT ≥0.90 mm, the correlations were significantly reduced to between 0.20 and 0.40. The data suggest that the IMT is more uniform along the carotid during early development and tends develop focally as it progresses. Therefore, in clinical evaluations of patients, the common carotid length should be investigated bilaterally to better use the available software and discern the IMT

  15. Carotid intima media thickness is associated with plasma adiponectin but not with the leptin: adiponectin ratio independently of metabolic syndrome

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    R.P.F. Dullaart; P.J.W.H. Kappelle; G.M. Dallinga-Thie

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: A recent report showed no benefit of the leptin: adiponectin ratio (L: A ratio) over individual adipokine levels in CHD prediction [ 8]. We determined associations of carotid intima media thickness (IMT) with the L: A ratio taking account of cardiovascular risk factors in a high risk popula

  16. Carotid intima media thickness is associated with plasma adiponectin but not with the leptin : adiponectin ratio independently of metabolic syndrome

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    Dullaart, Robin P. F.; Kappelle, Paul J. W. H.; Dallinga-Thie, Geesje M.

    2010-01-01

    Purpose: A recent report showed no benefit of the leptin: adiponectin ratio (L: A ratio) over individual adipokine levels in CHD prediction [ 8]. We determined associations of carotid intima media thickness (IMT) with the L: A ratio taking account of cardiovascular risk factors in a high risk popula

  17. Carotid intima-media thickness in HIV patients treated with antiretroviral therapy

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    Lebech, Anne-Mette; Wiinberg, Niels; Kristoffersen, Ulrik Sloth; Hesse, Birger; Petersen, Claus Leth; Gerstoft, Jan; Kjaer, Andreas

    2007-01-01

    INTRODUCTION: Increased cardiovascular risk in HIV patients in antiretroviral therapy (ART) may be due to HIV infection, direct effect of ART or dyslipidaemia induced by ART. Our aim was to study the relative importance of HIV, ART and dyslipidaemia on atherosclerosis, assessed by the comparison of...... carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) in non-smoking HIV patients with high or low serum cholesterol levels as well as in healthy volunteers. METHODS: HIV patients in ART with normal cholesterol (or=6 x 5 mmol l(-1); n=12) as well as healthy controls (n=14) were included. All were non-smokers and...... correlation was found with total cholesterol or LDL cholesterol. CONCLUSIONS: In non-smoking HIV patients receiving ART no sign of accelerated atherosclerosis was found as assessed by IMT even not in hypercholesterolaemic HIV patients. IMT correlated with HDL cholesterol but not with LDL cholesterol. Based on...

  18. Completeness of carotid intima media thickness measurements depends on body composition: the RADIANCE 1 and 2 trials.

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    Dogan, S; Duivenvoorden, R.; Grobbee, D E; Kastelein, J. J.; Shear, C.L.; Evans, G W; Visseren, F.L.; Bots, M. L.; Stalenhoef, A F H

    2010-01-01

    AIM: Ultrasound protocols to measure carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) differ considerably with regard to the inclusion of the number of carotid segments and angles used. Detailed information on the completeness of CIMT information is often lacking in published reports, and at most, overall percentages are presented. We therefore decided to study the completeness of CIMT measurements and its relation with vascular risk factors using data from two CIMT intervention studies: one among famil...

  19. Relationship Between CarotidIntima-Media Thickness and Silent Cerebral Infarction in Japanese Subjects With Type 2 Diabetes

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    Nomura, Kazuhiro; Hamamoto, Yoshiyuki; Takahara, Shiho; Kikuchi, Osamu; Honjo, Sachiko; Ikeda, Hiroki; Wada, Yoshiharu; Nabe, Koichro; Okumra, Ryosuke; Koshiyama, Hiroyuki

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    OBJECTIVE We examined the relationship between intima-media thickness of common carotid artery (CCA-IMT) and silent cerebral infarction (SCI) with the magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) study in Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS The brain MRI study and the carotid ultrasonography were performed in a total of 217 consecutive Japanese subjects with type 2 diabetes. Various risk factors for SCI were examined using multiple logistic analyses. RESULTS The SCI was fo...

  20. Carotid intima-media thickness in children with end-stage renal disease on dialysis.

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    Gheissari, A; Sirous, M; Hajzargarbashi, T; Kelishadi, R; Merrikhi, A; Azhir, A

    2010-01-01

    Cardiovascular morbidity and mortality are common in end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. There is scarce data on carotid and bulb intima-media thickness (IMT-C and IMT-B) as an early marker of atherosclerosis and related factors in children on hemodialysis (HD) and peritoneal dialysis (PD). Since we did not have enough information about our patients, this study was carried on all ESRD children (hemodialysis and peritoneal dialysis) in a referral center. Data was collected from 16 ESRD children under 18 years with seven patients on PD and nine on HD. Lab tests and biochemical parameters including serum von Willebrand factor (vWF), homocystein, apo lipoprotein A, apo lipoprotein B and quantitative CRP were measured in fasting patients just before initiating dialysis. IMT-C and IMT-B were measured by gray scale ultrasound using 7.5 MHZ probe. The mean of age was 12.76+/-4.5 years. The mean duration of dialysis in HD and PD patients were not significantly different; 11.88+/-3.25 months and 10.14+/-2.4 months respectively. Mean of systolic blood pressure in HD group was significantly higher than PD group, 135.55+/-25.54 mmHg versus 121.42+/-12.14 mmHg, Phomocystein and IMT-C. However, we could not demonstrate any difference between IMT-B in case and control group. After adjusting for age, partial correlation showed significant correlation between IMT-C and following factors: N-PTH and serum alkaline phosphatase. Longitudinal studies with large size samples are needed to clarify the contributing factors with intima-media thickness in ESRD children. PMID:20535268

  1. Association between fasting and postprandial triglyceride levels and carotid intima-media thickness in type 2 diabetes patients

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    陈香; 田浩明; 刘瑞

    2003-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association of fasting and postpiandial triglyceride with carotid intima-media thickness among type 2 diabetic patients in southeast China.Methods A total of 78 type 2 diabetic patients from southeast China were recruited. All the subjects underwent a standardized mixed-meal test (SMMT) and an oral glucose tolerance test. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) was measured by color doppler ultrasound examination.Results Postprandial triglyceride (PTG) after SMMT increased significantly in type 2 diabetic patients. The carotid IMT in patients with postprandial hypertriglyceridemia was sinificantly greater than that in patients with postprandial normal-triglyceridemia (0.90 mm vs 0.81 mm, P0.05).Conclusion The results suggest that postprandial hypertriglyeridemia may be an independent risk factor of early atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetes.

  2. Relationship between carotid intima-media thickness and coronary angiographic findings: a prospective study

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    Kilickesmez Kadriye O

    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Since cardiovascular diseases are associated with high mortality and generally undiagnosed before the onset of clinical findings, there is a need for a reliable tool for early diagnosis. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT is a non-invasive marker of coronary artery disease (CAD and is widely used in practice as an inexpensive, reliable, and reproducible method. In the current study, we aimed to investigate prospectively the relationship of CIMT with the presence and extent of significant coronary artery narrowing in patients evaluated by coronary angiography for stable angina pectoris. Methods One hundred consecutive patients with stable angina pectoris and documented ischemia on a stress test were included in the study. The patients were divided into two groups according to the result of the coronary angiography: group 1 (39 patients without a noncritical coronary lesion, and group 2 (61 patients having at least one lesion more than 50% within the main branches of the coronary arteries. All of the patients underwent carotid Doppler ultrasound examination for measurement of the CIMT by a radiologist blinded to the angiographic data. Results The mean CIMT was 0.78 ± 0.21 mm in Group 1, while it was 1.48 ± 0.28 mm in Group 2 (p = 0.001. The mean CIMT in patients with single vessel disease, multi-vessel disease, and left main coronary artery disease were significantly higher compared to Group 1 (1.2 ± 0.34 mm, p = 0.02; 1.6 ± 0.32 mm, p = 0.001; and 1.8 ± 0.31 mm, p = 0.0001, respectively. Logistic regression analysis identified CIMT (OR 4.3, p Conclusions The findings of this study show that increase in CIMT is associated with the presence and extent of CAD. In conclusion, we demonstrated the usefulness of carotid intima-media thickness in predicting coronary artery disease but large-scale studies are required to define its role in clinical practice.

  3. Independent Association of Muscular Strength and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Children.

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    Melo, X; Santa-Clara, H; Santos, D A; Pimenta, N M; Minderico, C S; Fernhall, B; Sardinha, L B

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this cross-sectional study was to examine the influence of muscular strength on carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) in children, controlling for the effect of cardiorespiratory fitness (CRF) and central adiposity and to examine if differences among muscular strength tertiles translate to physiological differences. We assessed cIMT of the common carotid artery in 366 children between 11-12 years of age (191 girls). Measures included cIMT assessed with high-resolution ultrasonography, a maximal handgrip strength test, body fat mass and lean mass from DXA and CRF determined using a maximal cycle ergometer test. Association between muscular strength and cIMT adjusted for CRF and central adiposity, as measured by trunk fat, was tested with multiple linear regression analysis. Differences in risk factors among muscular strength groups were tested with ANOVA. The Muscular Strength Index (MSI) was inversely associated with cIMT independently of CRF and central adiposity (p<0.05). The low MSI group had the highest values of cIMT, waist circumference and systolic blood pressure and the lowest CRF (p<0.05). There was an inverse and independent association between muscular strength and cIMT. Low muscular strength was associated with higher levels of cardiovascular disease risk factors in children. PMID:25875317

  4. Correlation between lipid profile & carotid intima media thickness in cerebral ischemia.

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    Sengupta, Debalina; Bardhan, Jayati; Baran, Anil; Mahapatra, Singha; Banerjee, Joyshree; Rout, Jayanta Kumar

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    Cerebrovascular accident or stroke is defined by an abrupt onset of neurological deficit that is attributable to a focal vascular cause. Stroke is a major cause of morbidity and mortality worldwide. This may result from brain infarction or hemorrhage. Carotid atherosclerosis is a reasonable risk factor for cerebral ischemic stroke. Deranged lipid metabolism due to various modifiable and non-modifiable risk factors leads to the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. This study is intended to find out any association between altered lipid metabolism (Cholesterol, Triglycerides, LDL : HDL ratio) and development of cerebral ischemia. An observational case control study was conducted with 50 cases of cerebral ischemia and 50 age & sex matched healthy controls within age group 50-70 years. After inclusion of cases and controls and taking informed consent they underwent history taking, proper clinical examination & biochemical investigations (lipid profile). Then data were collected and results were statistically analyzed using Chi-square test & Independent Sample "T-test". The study showed altered lipid profile is associated with cerebral ischemia by increasing carotid intima media thickness (IMT). There was significant (p cerebral ischemic stroke thereby reducing morbidity and mortality. PMID:26215001

  5. Carotid intima-media thickness as a marker of atherosclerosis in hemodialysis patients.

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    Abbasi, M R; Abbaszadeh, S H; Rokni-Yazdi, H; Lessan-Pezeshki, M; Khatami, M R; Mahdavi-Mazdeh, M; Ahmadi, F; Seifi, S; Gatmiri, S M

    2016-01-01

    Atherosclerotic changes in carotid arteries of hemodialysis (HD) patients reflect global atherosclerotic changes in vasculature. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) can be used for atherosclerosis prediction and assessment of cardiovascular risks in HD patients, and thus screening high-risk patients. In this cross-sectional study, CIMT was measured using ultrasonography (B-mode with 5-10-MHz multifrequency linear probe) in HD patients in our hospitals. Additionally, we assessed the relationship between their CIMT and some cardiovascular risk factors. A total of 62 HD patients (64.5% male) were included. Age, body mass index, low-density lipoprotein, fasting blood sugar, history of diabetes mellitus and cardiovascular disease, serum albumin, and duration and adequacy of HD in study patients had significant association with their CIMT. There were no significant relationships between CIMT and patient's gender, smoking, serum calcium, phosphate, calcium x phosphate product, hemoglobin, and uric acid level. More diagnostic modalities must be performed for detecting the impact of atherosclerosis on HD patients with high CIMT. PMID:27051132

  6. Comparison between Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Coronary Artery Calcification in the Prediction of Atherosclerosis in Diabetic Patients

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    Rusli Muljadi; Bachtiar Murtala; Peter Kabo; FX Budhianto Suhadi

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is one of the atherosclerosis etiologies that can lead to death. Diabetes mellitus increases the risk of atherosclerosis. Screening tool is very beneficial for detecting atherosclerotic plaque, especially in subclinical atherosclerotic cases. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcification score (CACS) are two kinds of tools that are widely used, and each of these tools has its own superiority. This study was aimed to investigate the ...

  7. Prothrombin fragment 1+2 is associated with carotid intima-media thickness in subjects free of clinical cardiovascular disease

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    Paramo, J. A.; Orbe, J.; Beloqui, O. (Óscar); Benito, A.; Colina, I. (Inmaculada); Martinez-Vila, E; Diez, J.

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    BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Thrombin, a central enzyme in the clotting cascade, plays a role not only in thrombosis but also in the progression of atherosclerosis. We studied the relationship between prothrombin fragment 1+2 (F1+2), a specific marker of thrombin generation in vivo, and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), an index of subclinical atherosclerosis. METHODS: We examined 181 asymptomatic middle-aged subjects (mean age 55.6 years, 76.7% men) free of overt clinical atherosclerotic ...

  8. Carotid intima-media thickness and apolipoproteins in patients of ischemic stroke in a rural hospital setting in central India: A cross-sectional study

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    Jyoti Jain; Tejal Lathia; Om Prakash Gupta; Vishakha Jain

    2012-01-01

    Context: Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and apolipoproteins have been found as a risk factor for ischemic stroke . Objective: The objective was to study the carotid intima-media thickness, apolipoproteins, and their relation in patients of ischemic stroke in central rural India. Settings and Design: A cross-sectional study was performed in a rural hospital in central India. Materials and Methods: In all patients of ischemic stroke proven by computerized tomography (CT), CIMT, apolipopr...

  9. Progression Rates of Carotid Intima-media Thickness and Adventitial Diameter during the Menopausal Transition

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    El Khoudary, Samar R.; Wildman, Rachel P.; Matthews, Karen; Thurston, Rebecca C.; Bromberger, Joyce T.; Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim

    2012-01-01

    Objectives The authors assessed whether the levels and progression rates of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and adventitial diameter (AD) vary by menopausal stage. Methods 249 Women (42–57 years old, premenopausal (49%) or early peri-menopausal (46%)) from the Study of Women’s Health Across the Nation were included in the current analysis. Participants were followed for up to 9 years (median=3.7 years) and had up to 5 carotid scans. Linear mixed models were used for analysis. Results The overall rate of change in IMT was 0.007 mm/year. Independent of age and race, progression rate of IMT increased substantially in late peri-menopausal stage (0.017 mm/year) compared to both premenopausal (0.007 mm/year) and early peri-menopausal (0.005 mm/year) stages; (P≤0.05). For AD, while the overall rate of change was negative (−0.009 mm/year), significant positive increases in the rate of change were observed in late peri-menopausal (0.024 mm/year) and postmenopausal (0.018 mm/year) stages compared to premenopausal stage (−0.032 mm/year); (P<0.05). In final models, postmenopausal stage was independently associated with higher levels of IMT and AD (P<0.05) compared to premenopausal stage. Conclusions During the menopausal transition, the carotid artery undergoes an adaptation that is reflected in adverse changes in IMT and AD. These changes may impact the vulnerability of the vessel to disease in older women. PMID:22990755

  10. Carotid Intima-Media Thickness as the Cardiometabolic Risk Indicator in Patients with Nonfunctional Adrenal Mass and Metabolic Syndrome Screening.

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    Evran, Mehtap; Akkuş, Gamze; Berk Bozdoğan, İlayda; Gök, Mustafa; Deniz, Ali; Sert, Murat; Tetiker, Tamer

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND Our purpose was to show the association of adrenal incidentaloma and metabolic syndrome in consideration of the studies and to detect the increase in the carotid intima-media thickness which is regarded as the precessor of atherosclerosis. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty-one patients who were diagnosed with adrenal mass were included in the study. Hormonal evaluation, insulin rezistance measurement with the HOMA-IR and 1-mg DST were performed of all patients. The patients were classified as follows: mass size Cushing syndrome. The remaining 76 patients were accepted as nonfunctional. It was seen with regard to metabolic and biochemical parameters that plasma glucose (p=0.01), insulin (p=0.00) and triglyceride (p=0.012) values of all patients were significantly high compared to those of the control group. It was detected that measured heart rate (p=0.00), end-diastolic diameter (p=0.02), end-systolic diameter (p=0.014) and carotid intima-media thickness (p=0.00) values of the patients with adrenal mass were significantly higher than those of the healthy control group. CONCLUSIONS We found that the increased insulin resistance, increased risk of cardiovascular disease with the increase in the thickness of carotid intima-media and diastolic disfunction parameters, although the patients with adrenal incidentaloma are nonfunctional. PMID:27015815

  11. Mannose-Binding Lectin Levels and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 2 Diabetic Patients

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    Miklós Káplár

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Mannose-binding lectin (MBL activates complement system and has been suggested to play a role in vascular complications in diabetics. Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT detects subclinical atherosclerosis. We evaluated the association of MBL and IMT in type 2 diabetic (T2DM patients. Methods. Serum MBL levels and cIMT were measured in a total of 103 diabetics and in 98 age-matched healthy controls. Results. There was no significant difference in MBL level in T2DM versus controls. As expected, IMT was significantly higher in T2DM patients than in controls (P=0.001. In T2DM, the lowest cIMT was seen in patients with normal MBL level (500–1000 while cIMT continuously increased with both high MBL and absolute MBL deficiency states. This was especially significant in high MBL versus normal MBL T2DM patients (P=0.002. According to multiple regression analysis the main predictors of IMT in T2DM are age (P<0.003, ApoA level (P=0.023, and the MBL (P=0.036. Conclusions. Our results suggest a dual role of MBL as a risk factor for cIMT in T2DM. MBL may also be used as a marker of macrovascular disease, as both low and high levels indicate the susceptibility for atherosclerosis in T2DM.

  12. Association of mitral annulus calcification, aortic valve calcification with carotid intima media thickness

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    Scuteri Angelo; Sgorbini Luca; Leggio Massimo; Leggio Francesco

    2004-01-01

    Abstract Background Mitral annular calcification (MAC) and aortic annular calcification (AVC) may represent a manifestation of generalized atherosclerosis in the elederly. Alterations in vascular structure, as indexed by the intima media thickness (IMT), are also recognized as independent predictors of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Aim To examine the relationship between the degree of calcification at mitral and/or aortic valve annulus and large artery structure (thickness). Methods We eva...

  13. Relationship of carotid intima-media thickness and duration of vegetarian diet in Chinese male vegetarians

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    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective Many studies have shown that vegetarian diet has beneficial effects on the prevention of cardiovascular diseases. However, the effect of vegetarian diet on carotid intima-media thickness (IMT, as well as the association between IMT and duration of vegetarian diet, are still unclear. The present study aims to investigate the influence of duration of vegetarian diet on cardiovascular risk factors, and more importantly on IMT among Chinese vegetarians. Methods One hundred and seventy-one Chinese male vegetarians were screened for metabolic profile, cardiovascular risk and carotid IMT. They were compared with 129 age-matched omnivores recruited from a community-based health project. The effects of confounding factors were adjusted by stepwise logistic regression analysis. Results Compared to the omnivores, the vegetarians had lower BMI, weight, systolic blood pressure and diastolic blood pressure. Also, the levels of triglyceride, total cholesterol, HDL-Cholesterol, LDL-Cholesterol, ApoA1, ApoB, uric acid, albumin and γ-glutamyltransferase were significantly reduced in vegetarians. Omnivores had significantly higher fasting blood glucose than that of vegetarians. However, there were no differences in fasting insulin, C-reactive protein and HOMA-IR between the two groups. IMT was thinner in the vegetarian group than in the omnivore group (0.59 ± 0.16 vs. 0.63 ± 0.10 cm, P 11 years, those in tertile 1 ( Conclusion A decrease in multiple cardiovascular risk factors such as BMI, blood pressure and lipid profile was associated with vegetarian diet. Moreover, taking a low-calorie, low-protein, or vegetarian diet might have great beneficial effects on IMT through improved lipid profile, and the beneficial effects appeared to be correlated with the duration of vegetarian diet.

  14. Association of mitral annulus calcification, aortic valve calcification with carotid intima media thickness

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    Scuteri Angelo

    2004-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Mitral annular calcification (MAC and aortic annular calcification (AVC may represent a manifestation of generalized atherosclerosis in the elederly. Alterations in vascular structure, as indexed by the intima media thickness (IMT, are also recognized as independent predictors of adverse cardiovascular outcomes. Aim To examine the relationship between the degree of calcification at mitral and/or aortic valve annulus and large artery structure (thickness. Methods We evaluated 102 consecutive patients who underwent transthoracic echocardiography and carotid artery echoDoppler for various indications; variables measured were: systemic blood pressure (BP, pulse pressure (PP=SBP-DBP, body mass index (BMI, fasting glucose, total, HDL, LDL chlolesterol, triglycerides, cIMT. The patients were divided according to a grading of valvular/annular lesions independent scores based on acoustic densitometry: 1 = annular/valvular sclerosis/calcification absence; 2 = annular/valvular sclerosis; 3 = annular calcification; 4 = annular-valvular calcification; 5 = valvular calcification with no recognition of the leaflets. Results Patient score was the highest observed for either valvular/annulus. Mean cIMT increased linearly with increasing valvular calcification score, ranging from 3.9 ± 0.48 mm in controls to 12.9 ± 1.8 mm in those subjects scored 5 (p 0.0001. Conclusion MAC and AVC score can identify subgroups of patients with different cIMT values which indicate different incidence and prevalence of systemic artery diseases. This data may confirm MAC-AVC as a useful important diagnostic parameter of systemic atherosclerotic disease.

  15. Intima-media Thickness and Arterial Stiffness of Carotid Artery in Korean Patients with Behçet's Disease

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    Rhee, Moo-Yong; Chang, Hyun Kyu; Kim, Seong-Kyu

    2007-01-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis involving diverse sizes of arteries and veins. We performed this study to evaluate the vascular changes by assessment of the arterial stiffness and intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery in Korean patients with BD. Forty-one patients with BD and age-, and sex-matched 53 healthy subjects were recruited in this study. Carotid arterial stiffness and IMT were assessed by using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Arterial stiffness paramet...

  16. Carotid intima-media thickness correlation with lipid profile in patients with familial hypercholesterolemia versus controls

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    To determine the variations in carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) patients and its use as predictive marker for premature cardiovascular diseases. Familial hypercholesterolemia was clinically diagnosed by premature coronary diseases, xanthomas, arcus cornealis and family history of premature coronary heart diseases. Controls were age matched normal individuals without hypercholesterolemia. Their lipid profile was tested after overnight fasting. CIMT was measured in mm using B-mode ultrasonography using linear probe. Student t-test was applied to compare mean CIMT of cases and the control. The mean CIMT values of the FH cases were correlated with LDL using Pearson's correlation test. Forty cases with hypercholesterolemia gave consent to participate in the study. These patients had total cholesterol 200 mg/dL and LDL 160 mg/dL as compared to twenty controls of similar age with total cholesterol ? 200 mg/dL and LDL 130 mg/dL. Mean CIMT for the cases was 0.77 + 0.18 mm while mean CIMT for control was 0.59 + 0.08 mm. The mean CIMT for the cases ranged from 0.7-1.83 mm and 0.48-0.73 mm for controls. Among the FH cases, 25% (n=11) had arterial plaques. Mean CIMT was significantly correlated to LDL-cholesterol (r 0.725**, p < 0.001). In this study, CIMT was found to be significantly increased in familial hypercholesterolemia and it correlated with raised LDL-cholesterol. Both are predictive of premature cardiovascular diseases. (author)

  17. Bariatric surgery decreases carotid intima-media thickness in obese subjects

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    Gonzalo García

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    Full Text Available Background: Obesity has long been associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD. The aim of this study was to evaluate the impact of substantial weight loss induced by bariatric surgery on carotid intima media thickness (C-IMT (surrogate marker of early atherosclerosis and classic factors of cardiovascular risk (CVRFs. Methods: thirty-one obesity patients were evaluated for bariatric surgery. Twenty-seven were undergone surgery, 14 Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (GBS and 13 sleeve gastrectomy. The four obese patients who did not undergo surgery, were performed the same evaluations. Measurements: Body weight, BMI, blood pressure, total cholesterol, TC levels, LDL-C, HDL-C, TG, fasting plasma glucose and insulin, HOMA IR, and US B-mode C-IMT was measured. Results: After 354 ± 92 days follow up, 27 patients that underwent bariatric surgery evidenced a mean body mass index decrease from 38 to 27 k/m² (p < 0.001, simultaneously was observed improvement in CVRFs, 10 years Framingham risk and a significant reduction of therapeutic requirements. C-IMT diminished from a mean of 0.58 ± 0.14 mm to 0.49 ± 0.09 mm (p = 0.0001. Four patients that did not undergo surgery increased C-IMT from 0.52 ± 0.12 to 0.58 ± 0.13 mm (p = 0.03 with no significant changes in CVRFs. Conclusion: Weight loss, one year after bariatric surgery, GBS and sleeve gastrectomy, decreases C-IMT; improve CVRFs and 10 years Framingham risk.

  18. Factors associated with gender difference in the intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery

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    Aim: To investigate the gender differences associated with a thinner intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) in women. Materials and methods: In a sample of 218 consecutive healthy volunteers comprising 110 men and 108 women, the IMT of the CCA was measured using B-mode ultrasonography. Blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), blood lipid profile, homocysteine, folic acid, uric acid, high sensitive C-reactive protein, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) levels were measured and compared with each other in both genders. Results: The IMT of the CCA was significantly thinner in women than in men (p = 0.012). Blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose, BMI, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine, uric acid, and TBARS were significantly (p < 0.05) lower, folic acid and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher in women compared with men. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that higher serum levels of homocysteine, uric acid, and TBARS, and lower serum levels of HDL-C were significantly (p < 0.05) associated with male sex. Multiple linear regression analysis further revealed that age, sex, and BMI were independently associated with CCA IMT. Conclusions: The IMT of the CCA was thinner in women than in men. Traditional vascular risk factors explain only a small amount of variance in multivariate regression models supporting the hypothesis that other behavioural, sex hormone-related or genetic factors, which have not been sufficiently explored so far, may play a role in the gender differences of IMT.

  19. Factors associated with gender difference in the intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery

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    Tan, T.-Y.; Lu, C.-H.; Lin, T.-K.; Liou, C.-W. [Department of Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Chuang, Y.-C., E-mail: tengyeowtan@yahoo.co [Department of Neurology, Chang Gung Memorial Hospital-Kaohsiung Medical Center, Chang Gung University College of Medicine, Kaohsiung, Taiwan (China); Schminke, U. [Department of Neurology, Ernst Moritz Arndt University, Greifswald (Germany)

    2009-11-15

    Aim: To investigate the gender differences associated with a thinner intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) in women. Materials and methods: In a sample of 218 consecutive healthy volunteers comprising 110 men and 108 women, the IMT of the CCA was measured using B-mode ultrasonography. Blood pressure, fasting blood sugar, body mass index (BMI), blood lipid profile, homocysteine, folic acid, uric acid, high sensitive C-reactive protein, and thiobarbituric acid reactive substances (TBARS) levels were measured and compared with each other in both genders. Results: The IMT of the CCA was significantly thinner in women than in men (p = 0.012). Blood pressure, fasting plasma glucose, BMI, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, triglycerides, homocysteine, uric acid, and TBARS were significantly (p < 0.05) lower, folic acid and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) were significantly (p < 0.0001) higher in women compared with men. Multivariable logistic regression analysis revealed that higher serum levels of homocysteine, uric acid, and TBARS, and lower serum levels of HDL-C were significantly (p < 0.05) associated with male sex. Multiple linear regression analysis further revealed that age, sex, and BMI were independently associated with CCA IMT. Conclusions: The IMT of the CCA was thinner in women than in men. Traditional vascular risk factors explain only a small amount of variance in multivariate regression models supporting the hypothesis that other behavioural, sex hormone-related or genetic factors, which have not been sufficiently explored so far, may play a role in the gender differences of IMT.

  20. Carotid intima-media thickness and distensibility measured by MRI at 3 T versus high-resolution ultrasound

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    We evaluated an MRI protocol at 3 T for the assessment of morphological and functional properties of the common carotid artery (CCA) in 32 healthy volunteers and 20 patients with high-grade internal carotid artery stenosis. Wall thickness of the CCA was measured by using multislice 2D T2 dark blood fast spin echo sequences and compared with intima-media thickness (IMT) determined by ultrasound. Carotid distensibility coefficient (DC) quantified by blood pressure and CCA diameter change during the cardiac cycle was measured by ECG gated 3D T1 CINE MRI and M-mode ultrasound. Apart from generally higher values in MRI high agreement was found for wall thickness and compliance in volunteers and patients. Remaining differences between both methods may be attributed to slightly different methods for measuring IMT and DC. Our findings indicate that MRI at 3 T is a feasible and promising tool for the comprehensive assessment of normal carotid geometry and function. (orig.)

  1. Comparison between Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Coronary Artery Calcification in the Prediction of Atherosclerosis in Diabetic Patients

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    Rusli Muljadi

    2014-04-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is one of the atherosclerosis etiologies that can lead to death. Diabetes mellitus increases the risk of atherosclerosis. Screening tool is very beneficial for detecting atherosclerotic plaque, especially in subclinical atherosclerotic cases. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT and coronary artery calcification score (CACS are two kinds of tools that are widely used, and each of these tools has its own superiority. This study was aimed to investigate the sensitivity and specificity of both of these tools as screening tools. METHODS: The study was conducted with a cross sectional design involving 43 diabetic and 68 non-diabetic male subjects aged above 45 years old. All subjects fulfilled inclusion criteria. Carotid artery ultrasonography and CACS measurement were performed. RESULTS: Fischer exact test was used to show a significant correlation between CIMT and CACS (p<0.05. Diagnostic test was used to assess the sensitivity of CIMT toward CACS in above 75 percentile. The left common carotid artery (LCCA showed the highest sensitivity either in diabetic (76.4% or non-diabetic male subjects (90%. CONCLUSIONS: CIMT has the same sensitivity with CACS. CIMT can be used as the preferred screening tool for high risk patients and as a substitution tool to CACS for low risk patients in subclinical atherosclerosis detection. KEYWORDS: atherosclerosis, diabetes mellitus, carotid intima-media thickness, coronary artery calciication score.

  2. The haptoglobin 2-2 genotype is associated with inflammation and carotid artery intima-media thickness.

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    Dalan, Rinkoo; Liew, Huiling; Goh, Liuh Ling; Gao, Xiao; Chew, Daniel Ek; Boehm, Bernhard O; Leow, Melvin Khee Shing

    2016-09-01

    The haptoglobin 2-2 genotype is associated with atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetes mellitus. We examined the associations of the haptoglobin 2-2 genotype with C-reactive protein (high-sensitivity C-reactive protein) and carotid artery intima-media thickness, adjusting for age, gender, ethnicity, type 2 diabetes mellitus, smoking status, body mass index, blood pressure, glycated haemoglobin, non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol and medications via logistic multivariate regression in 200 subjects (160 type 2 diabetes mellitus versus 40 healthy individuals). The prevalence of the haptoglobin 2-2 genotype was 58% (115/200), higher in the Indians than in Chinese (72% versus 45%, p = 0.001). Multivariate analysis showed that the haptoglobin 2-2 genotype was associated with high-sensitivity C-reactive protein [mean: 3.5 ± 3.9 versus 2.2 ± 2.6 mg/L (non-haptoglobin 2-2), p < 0.001], haptoglobin concentration [mean: 116.9 ± 54.4.0 versus 147.2 ± 54.5 mg/dL (non-haptoglobin 2-2), p < 0.001] and average carotid artery intima-media thickness (multiplied by 10) [6.15 ± 1.22 versus 5.98 ± 1.20 mm (non-haptoglobin 2-2), p = 0.013]. This pilot study shows an association of the haptoglobin 2-2 genotype with low-grade inflammation, haptoglobin concentration and carotid artery intima-media thickness in multi-ethnic Singapore. PMID:27190085

  3. Comparison between Carotid Artery Wall Thickness Measured by Multidetector Row Computed Tomography Angiography and Intimae-Media Thickness Measured by Sonography

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    Živorad N. Savić; Ivan I. Soldatović; Milan D. Brajović; Aleksandra M. Pavlović; Dušan R. Mladenović; Vesna D. Škodrić-Trifunović

    2011-01-01

    The increased thickness of the carotid wall >1 mm is a significant predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular diseases. The purpose of our study was to assess the agreement between multidetector row computed tomography angiography (MDCTA) in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and color Doppler ultrasound (CD-US) in measuring intimae-media thickness (IMT). Eighty-nine patients (aged 35–81) were prospectively analyzed using a 64-detector MDCTA and a CD-US scanner. Continuous data wer...

  4. Differential Associations of Weight Dynamics With Coronary Artery Calcium Versus Common Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness: The CARDIA Study

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    Lee, Duk-Hee; Steffes, Michael W.; Gross, Myron; Park, Kyong; Holvoet, Paul; Kiefe, Catarina I.; Lewis, Cora E.; Jacobs, David R.

    2010-01-01

    Change and fluctuation in body mass index (BMI; weight (kg)/height (m)2) may be associated differently with coronary artery calcification (CAC) than with carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT). The authors analyzed data on 2,243 participants in the Coronary Artery Risk Development in Young Adults (CARDIA) Study, initially aged 18–30 years, who were examined every 2–5 years over a 20-year period (1985–2006). BMI at year 0 was associated positively and linearly with CAC at year 20; however...

  5. Carotid artery intima media thickness as a surrogate marker of atherosclerosis in patient with chronic renal failure on hemodialysis

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    Jayanta Paul

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: In patients with chronic renal failure (CRF, carotid artery intima media thickness (CAIMT is increased when the patients are on hemodialysis. Vascular events caused by atherosclerosis are the major cause of death in patients undergoing hemodialysis. Aims: This study was done to find out the relationship between carotid artery intima media thickness and hemodialysis in chronic renal failure patients independent of classical risk factors and also the relationship between CAIMT of hemodialyzed patients and nonhemodialyzed CRF patients. Materials and Methods: In this observational study, CAIMT of 78 CRF patients was examined by B-mode ultrasonography. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR was calculated by using the "Modification of Diet in Renal Disease" formula. CRF patients, who had been on regular hemodialysis treatment (treated thrice weekly for at least 6 months, were identified as hemodialyzed patients. Data were analyzed by software Statistical package for the social Sciences (SPSS (17 th version. Results: There was significant positive correlation between CAIMT and hemodialysis (P=0.045 independent of traditional risk factors. Hemodialyzed patients had higher mean CAIMT (1136.30±21.21 μm, P<0.001 than mean CAIMT of age and sex matched nondialyzed patients (959.30±23.01 μm. Conclusion: Hemodialysis is an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis in CRF patents. Hemodialyzed patients have significantly higher CAIMT than nondialyzed CRF patients.

  6. Validation of the Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Variability: Can Manual Segmentations Be Trusted as Ground Truth?

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    Meiburger, Kristen M; Molinari, Filippo; Wong, Justin; Aguilar, Luis; Gallo, Diego; Steinman, David A; Morbiducci, Umberto

    2016-07-01

    The common carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) is widely accepted and used as an indicator of atherosclerosis. Recent studies, however, have found that the irregularity of the IMT along the carotid artery wall has a stronger correlation with atherosclerosis than the IMT itself. We set out to validate IMT variability (IMTV), a parameter defined to assess IMT irregularities along the wall. In particular, we analyzed whether or not manual segmentations of the lumen-intima and media-adventitia can be considered reliable in calculation of the IMTV parameter. To do this, we used a total of 60 simulated ultrasound images with a priori IMT and IMTV values. The images, simulated using the Fast And Mechanistic Ultrasound Simulation software, presented five different morphologies, four nominal IMT values and three different levels of variability along the carotid artery wall (no variability, small variability and large variability). Three experts traced the lumen-intima (LI) and media-adventitia (MA) profiles, and two automated algorithms were employed to obtain the LI and MA profiles. One expert also re-traced the LI and MA profiles to test intra-reader variability. The average IMTV measurements of the profiles used to simulate the longitudinal B-mode images were 0.002 ± 0.002, 0.149 ± 0.035 and 0.286 ± 0.068 mm for the cases of no variability, small variability and large variability, respectively. The IMTV measurements of one of the automated algorithms were statistically similar (p > 0.05, Wilcoxon signed rank) when considering small and large variability, but non-significant when considering no variability (p analysis of the carotid artery intima-media thickness irregularity. PMID:27072077

  7. Fully automated segmentation and tracking of the intima media thickness in ultrasound video sequences of the common carotid artery

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    Ghita, Dana Ilea; Duffy, Caoimhe; Kavanagh, Liam; Stanton, Alice; Whelan, Paul F.

    2013-01-01

    Abstract—The robust identification and measurement of the intima media thickness (IMT) has a high clinical relevance because it represents one of the most precise predictors used in the assessment of potential future cardiovascular events. To facilitate the analysis of arterial wall thickening in serial clinical investigations, in this paper we have developed a novel fully automatic algorithm for the segmentation, measurement, and tracking of the intima media complex (IMC) in B-mode ultrasoun...

  8. Carotid Intima-Media thickness progression and risk of vascular events in people with Diabetes: Results from the PROG-IMT collaboration

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    M.W. Lorenz (Matthias); J.F. Price (Jackie F.); C.M. Robertson (Christine M); M.L. Bots (Michiel); J.F. Polak (Joseph F.); H. Poppert (Holger); M. Kavousi (Maryam); M. Dörr (Marcus); E. Stensland (Eva); P. Ducimetiere (Pierre); K. Ronkainen (Kimmo); S. Kiechl (Stefan); M. Sitzer (Matthias); T. Rundek (Tatjana); L. Lind (Lars); J. Liu (Jing); G. Bergstrom (Goran); L. Grigore (Liliana); L. Bokemark (Lena); A. Friera (Alfonsa); D. Yanez (David); H. Bickel (Horst); M.A. Ikram (Arfan); H. Volzke (Henry); S.H. Johnsen; J.P. Empana (Jean Philippe); T.-P. Tuomainen (Tomi-Pekka); J. Willeit (Johann); H. Steinmetz (Helmuth); M. Desvarieux (Moise); W. Xie (Wuxiang); C. Schmidt (Caroline); G.D. Norata (Giuseppe); C. Suárez (Carmen); D. Sander (Dirk); A. Hofman (Albert); U. Schminke (Ulf); E.B. Mathiesen (Ellisiv); M. Plichart (Matthieu); J. Kauhanen (Jussi); J. Willeit (Johann); R.L. Sacco (Ralph); S. McLachlan (Stela); D. Zhao (Dong); B. Fagerberg (Bjorn); A.L. Catapano (Alberico L.); R. Gabriel (Rafael); O.H. Franco (Oscar); A. Bulbul (Alpaslan); F. Scheckenbach (Frank); A. Pflug (Anja); L. Gao (Lu); S.G. Thompson (Simon G.)

    2015-01-01

    textabstractOBJECTIVE Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a marker of subclinical organ damage and predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in the general population. It has also been associated with vascular risk in people with diabetes. However, the association of CIMT change in repeated

  9. Evaluation of periodontitis treatment effects on carotid intima-media thickness and expression of laboratory markers related to atherosclerosis.

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    Toregeani, Jeferson Freitas; Nassar, Carlos Augusto; Nassar, Patrícia Oehlmeyer; Toregeani, Krischina Mendes; Gonzatto, Geyssi Karolyne; Vendrame, Rafael; Castilhos, Jussimar Scheffer; Rotta, Larissa Sokol; Reinheimer, Andréia Carpenedo; Longoni, Anelise; Barcella, Mariana Waterkemper Andrade

    2016-01-01

    The objective of this research was to evaluate the treatment of periodontal disease and its effects on carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and expression of laboratory markers related to atherosclerosis. Twenty-three healthy patients (group 1) and 21 patients with moderate to severe periodontitis (group 2) underwent evaluation of clinical periodontal parameters. The patients were submitted to CIMT measurements and laboratory evaluations at the start of the study (0 months), 6 months, and 12 months. All patients received oral hygiene instruction; patients in group 2 also underwent supragingival and subgingival scaling and root planing. A statistically significant improvement in clinical periodontal parameters occurred in both groups (P periodontal instrumentation in group 2--were effective in improving clinical periodontal parameters of both groups and promoting reduction in CIMT at 6 months. PMID:26742169

  10. A Computer-Aided Diagnosis System for Measuring Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness (IMT) Using Quaternion Vectors.

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    Kutbay, Uğurhan; Hardalaç, Fırat; Akbulut, Mehmet; Akaslan, Ünsal; Serhatlıoğlu, Selami

    2016-06-01

    This study aims investigating adjustable distant fuzzy c-means segmentation on carotid Doppler images, as well as quaternion-based convolution filters and saliency mapping procedures. We developed imaging software that will simplify the measurement of carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) on saliency mapping images. Additionally, specialists evaluated the present images and compared them with saliency mapping images. In the present research, we conducted imaging studies of 25 carotid Doppler images obtained by the Department of Cardiology at Fırat University. After implementing fuzzy c-means segmentation and quaternion-based convolution on all Doppler images, we obtained a model that can be analyzed easily by the doctors using a bottom-up saliency model. These methods were applied to 25 carotid Doppler images and then interpreted by specialists. In the present study, we used color-filtering methods to obtain carotid color images. Saliency mapping was performed on the obtained images, and the carotid artery IMT was detected and interpreted on the obtained images from both methods and the raw images are shown in Results. Also these results were investigated by using Mean Square Error (MSE) for the raw IMT images and the method which gives the best performance is the Quaternion Based Saliency Mapping (QBSM). 0,0014 and 0,000191 mm(2) MSEs were obtained for artery lumen diameters and plaque diameters in carotid arteries respectively. We found that computer-based image processing methods used on carotid Doppler could aid doctors' in their decision-making process. We developed software that could ease the process of measuring carotid IMT for cardiologists and help them to evaluate their findings. PMID:27137786

  11. Association of depression with common carotid artery intima media thickness and augmentation index in a large Urban South Indian population- The Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES - 138)

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    Subramani Poongothai; Rajendra Pradeepa; Karunakaran Indulekha; Jayagopi Surendar; Viswanathan Mohan

    2015-01-01

    AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of depression with carotid intima media thickness and augmentation index in Asian Indians. Research Design and Methods : For this study, 1505 subjects were randomly selected from a population based study conducted in Chennai, South India. Right common carotid artery intima medial thickness [IMT] was determined using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Augmentation index [AI] was measured using the Sphygmocor apparatus. Depressive sy...

  12. Reduction of internal carotid artery intima-media thickness in patients with moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome after nasal surgery and uvulopalatopharyngoplasty.

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    Peng, Yikun; Zhang, Liangchun; Hu, Defeng; Dai, Yubing; Wang, Shuhui; Liao, Hongyong; Xiong, Yan

    2016-05-01

    Conclusion Multi-level surgeries for the nasal cavity and palate can reduce the severity of obstructive sleep apnea with major narrowing above the retropalatal airway and reduce the carotid intima-media thickness, which can provide cardiovascular benefits to patients. Objective To evaluate the outcomes of moderate-to-severe obstructive sleep apnea syndrome by surgeries and the change of internal carotid artery intima-media thickness after surgeries. Subjects and methods Sixty-four patients with obstructive sleep apnea, narrowing at the nasal cavity, and retropalatal airways were enrolled in this study. Fifty-two patients underwent nasal surgery and modified uvulopalatopharyngoplasty. Twelve patients who refused surgeries and continuous positive airway pressure treatment received only conservative treatment. All patients were evaluated within 1 month before and 6 months after treatment using polysomnography, upper airway endoscopy, and B mode ultrasound. Results The success rate was 61.5% (32/52 patients) in the surgery group. There were significant differences between the surgery group and non-surgery group 6 months after treatment in the apnea hypopnea index, minimum and mean oxygen saturation, blood pressure, triglyceride, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and internal Carotid intima-media thickness. The changes in the oxygen saturation and the apnea hypopnea index showed significant correlations with the changes in the intima-media thickness. PMID:26824298

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

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

  14. Intima-media thickness and arterial stiffness of carotid artery in Korean patients with Behçet's disease.

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    Rhee, Moo-Yong; Chang, Hyun Kyu; Kim, Seong-Kyu

    2007-06-01

    Behçet's disease (BD) is a systemic vasculitis involving diverse sizes of arteries and veins. We performed this study to evaluate the vascular changes by assessment of the arterial stiffness and intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery in Korean patients with BD. Forty-one patients with BD and age-, and sex-matched 53 healthy subjects were recruited in this study. Carotid arterial stiffness and IMT were assessed by using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Arterial stiffness parameters such as carotid arterial distensibility coefficient, stiffness index, and incremental elastic modulus (E(inc)) were significantly increased in BD patients compared with those in healthy subjects, but not in IMT. Positive relationship was noted between age and IMT, whereas age of onset was significantly associated with arterial stiffness in BD. This finding suggests impaired endothelial function before visible structural changes of arterial wall in BD. Age and age of onset may be an independent risk factor for carotid IMT and arterial stiffness, respectively. Further studies in more large populations are required to confirm our results. PMID:17596642

  15. Relationship between blood glucose and carotid intima media thickness: A meta-analysis

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    Einarson Thomas R

    2010-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Increased coronary intima media thickness (CIMT has been associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes, as have increased glucose levels. The link has not been established between glucose and CIMT; therefore, we sought to assess the relationship between glucose and CIMT. Methods Medline, EMBASE, Scopus, and Cochrane databases were searched from inception through 2009 for original research reporting both postprandial glucose levels and CIMT measurements. Glucose was classified as normal, impaired, or diabetic. Outputs included inverse variance weighted effect size and also average correlation (using the Wang and Bushman approach. Data were combined using a random effects meta-analytic model. Heterogeneity as assessed using χ2 and I2; bias was examined using Egger plots and Begg-Mazumdar tau. Polynomial functions (i.e., linear, quadratic, cubic, quartic were fit to the data and the Akaike Information Criteria were used to select the optimal model. Results We identified 172 papers; 161 were rejected (19 inappropriate design, 8 had selected patients, 101 inappropriate outcomes leaving 11 accepted. We used data from 15,592 patients (8250 normals, 3013 impaired glucose, 4329 diabetics. There was no evidence of heterogeneity or publication bias. The overall correlation was 0.082 (CI95%:0.066-0.098; the overall effect size was 0.294 (0.245-0.343 between diabetics and normals and 0.137 (0.072-0.202 between normals and those with impaired glucose. The equation of best fit was linear (CIMT = 0.828 + 0.009*glucose. Conclusions There is a small but significant relationship between postprandial glucose levels and CIMT, which have both been associated with adverse cardiovascular outcomes.

  16. The Relationship of the Abdominal Aortic Calcification Index to Carotid Intima Media Thickness for Early Diagnosis of Ischemic Cerebral Disease

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    Choi, Jeong Hyeon; Kim, Min Ji; Park, Chul Hi; Whang, Ho Gyung [Dept. of Radiology,Seoul Medical Center, Seoul (Korea, Republic of); Kim, Hyuk Jung [Dept. of Radiology, Bundang Jesaeng Hospital, Soeul (Korea, Republic of)

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    To evaluate abdominal aortic calcifications as a predictive factor for acute ischemic cerebral disease by performing a comparative analysis of intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery and abdominal aortic calcifications. We prospectively studied 47 consecutive patients (33 men and 14 women; mean age, 63.6 years) who were suspected of having lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease by performing lower-extremity peripheral CT angiogram. Abdominal aortic calcifications were measured from the diaphragm to the iliac bifurcation. Calcification was defined as more than 130 Hounsfield units on CT. The IMT was measured in the right and left carotid arteries within 1 cm from the carotid bulb on three different occasions. The mean volume of abdominal aortic calcification was 2422.2 mm{sup 3}. The mean IMT was 0.80 mm. Abdominal aortic calcification and IMT increased with age. The correlation coefficient for abdominal aortic calcification and IMT was 0.354 (p < 0.05). Also, abdominal aortic calcification was significantly higher in the group that had a relatively thick IMT (> 0.80 mm) than in the group with a relatively thin IMT ({<=} 0.80 mm) (p < 0.05). Abdominal aortic calcification was a common but an easily-ignored finding on abdominal CT scanning. Quantitative analysis showed that abdominal aortic calcification was well-correlated with IMT. Therefore, investigating for the presence of abdominal aortic calcification can be helpful in predicting acute ischemic cerebral disease in a patient.

  17. Relation of Epicardial Fat Thickness with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Patients with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Mustafa Cetin

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Aims. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship of echocardiographic epicardial fat thickness (EFT with carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT, in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM. Methods and Results. A total of 139 patients with T2DM (mean age 54.3 ± 9.2 and 49.6% male and 40 age and sex-matched control subjects were evaluated. Echocardiographic EFT and ultrasonographic CIMT were measured in all subjects. Patients with T2DM had significantly increased EFT and CIMT than those of the controls (6.0 ± 1.5 mm versus 4.42 ± 1.0 mm, P<0.001 and 0.76 ± 0.17 mm versus 0.57 ± 0.14 mm, P<0.001, resp.. EFT was correlated with CIMT, waist circumference, BMI, age, duration of T2DM, HbA1c in the type 2 diabetic patients. Linear regression analysis showed that CIMT (β=3.52, t=3.72, P<0.001 and waist circumference (β=0.36, t=2.26, P=0.03 were found to be independent predictors of EFT. A cutoff high risk EFT value of 6.3 mm showed a sensitivity and specificity of 72.5% and 71.7%, respectively, for the prediction of subclinical atherosclerosis. Conclusion. We found that echocardiographic EFT was significantly higher in patients with T2DM. Our study also showed that EFT was strongly correlated with waist circumference and CIMT as being independent of sex.

  18. Normal flow-mediated vasodilatation of the brachial artery and carotid artery intima-media thickness in subclinical hypothyroidism

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    Full Text Available Subclinical hypothyroidism (SHT is a disease for which exact therapeutic approaches have not yet been established. Previous studies have suggested an association between SHT and coronary heart disease. Whether this association is related to SHT-induced changes in serum lipid levels or to endothelial dysfunction is unclear. The aim of this study was to determine endothelial function measured by the flow-mediated vasodilatation of the brachial artery and the carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT in a group of women with SHT compared with euthyroid subjects. Triglycerides, total cholesterol, HDL-C, LDL-C, apoprotein A (apo A, apo B, and lipoprotein(a were also determined. Twenty-one patients with SHT (mean age: 42.4 ± 10.8 years and mean thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH levels: 8.2 ± 2.7 µIU/mL and 21 euthyroid controls matched for body mass index, age and atherosclerotic risk factors (mean age: 44.2 ± 8.5 years and mean TSH levels: 1.4 ± 0.6 µIU/mL participated in the study. Lipid parameters (except HDL-C and apo A, which were lower and IMT values were higher in the common carotid and carotid bifurcation of SHT patients with positive serum thyroid peroxidase antibodies (TPO-Ab (0.62 ± 0.2 and 0.62 ± 0.16 mm for the common carotid and carotid bifurcation, respectively when compared with the negative TPO-Ab group (0.55 ± 0.24 and 0.58 ± 0.13 mm, for common carotid and carotid bifurcation, respectively. The difference was not statistically significant. We conclude that minimal thyroid dysfunction had no adverse effects on endothelial function in the population studied. Further investigation is warranted to assess whether subclinical hypothyroidism, with and without TPO-Ab-positive serology, has any effect on endothelial function.

  19. The Relationship of the Abdominal Aortic Calcification Index to Carotid Intima Media Thickness for Early Diagnosis of Ischemic Cerebral Disease

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    To evaluate abdominal aortic calcifications as a predictive factor for acute ischemic cerebral disease by performing a comparative analysis of intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery and abdominal aortic calcifications. We prospectively studied 47 consecutive patients (33 men and 14 women; mean age, 63.6 years) who were suspected of having lower-extremity peripheral arterial disease by performing lower-extremity peripheral CT angiogram. Abdominal aortic calcifications were measured from the diaphragm to the iliac bifurcation. Calcification was defined as more than 130 Hounsfield units on CT. The IMT was measured in the right and left carotid arteries within 1 cm from the carotid bulb on three different occasions. The mean volume of abdominal aortic calcification was 2422.2 mm3. The mean IMT was 0.80 mm. Abdominal aortic calcification and IMT increased with age. The correlation coefficient for abdominal aortic calcification and IMT was 0.354 (p 0.80 mm) than in the group with a relatively thin IMT (≤ 0.80 mm) (p < 0.05). Abdominal aortic calcification was a common but an easily-ignored finding on abdominal CT scanning. Quantitative analysis showed that abdominal aortic calcification was well-correlated with IMT. Therefore, investigating for the presence of abdominal aortic calcification can be helpful in predicting acute ischemic cerebral disease in a patient.

  20. Continuous assessment of carotid intima-media thickness applied to estimate a volumetric compliance using B-mode ultrasound sequences

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    Recent reports have shown that the carotid artery wall had significant movements not only in the radial but also in the longitudinal direction during the cardiac cycle. Accordingly, the idea that longitudinal elongations could be systematically neglected for compliance estimations became controversial. Assuming a dynamic change in vessel length, the standard measurement of cross-sectional compliance can be revised. In this work, we propose to estimate a volumetric compliance based on continuous measurements of carotid diameter and intima-media thickness (IMT) from B-mode ultrasound sequences. Assuming the principle of conservation of the mass of wall volume (compressibility equals zero), a temporal longitudinal elongation can be calculated to estimate a volumetric compliance. Moreover, elongations can also be estimated allowing small compressibility factors to model some wall leakage. The cross-sectional and the volumetric compliance were estimated in 45 healthy volunteers and 19 asymptomatic patients. The standard measurement underestimated the volumetric compliance by 25% for young volunteers (p < 0.01) and 17% for patients (p < 0.05). When compressibility factors different from zero were allowed, volunteers and patients reached values of 9% and 4%, respectively. We conclude that a simultaneous assessment of carotid diameter and IMT can be employed to estimate a volumetric compliance incorporating a longitudinal elongation. The cross-sectional compliance, that neglects the change in vessel length, underestimates the volumetric compliance. (paper)

  1. CAROTID INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS AND THE ASSOCIATION WITH CARDIOVASCULAR RISK FACTORS IN THE ELDERLY

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    叶平; 王节; 尚延忠; 朱平

    2001-01-01

    Objective. To investigate the association of carotid arterial intima media thickness (IMT) with principal cardiovascular risk factors in the elderly. Methods. Carotid arterial IMT was measured by high resolution B mode ultrasound in 94 elderly subjects (old aged group), and compared with subjects aged < 60 (middle-aged group). Results. In comparison with the middle-aged group, the prevalence of coronary heart disease, cerebral vascular disease, hypertension and diabetes mellitus was significantly higher, and serum cholesterol and systolic blood pressure were also significantly higher in old aged group. Although there was no obvious difference in IMT between the two groups, carotid plaque and carotid wall thickening were more frequently found in old aged group. Age, systolic blood pressure and serum cholesterol were shown as the independent determinants for carotid IMT in the total participants, whereas no such independent relation was found in old-aged group. Conclusion. Age is the major risk factor for carotid atherosclerosis in the elderly. In other words, the occurrence of carotid atherosclerosis is the result of advancing age combined with the effect of multiple cardiovascular risk factors.

  2. ECG-based frame selection and curvature-based ROI detection for measuring carotid intima-media thickness

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    Sharma, Haripriya; Golla, Ramsri G.; Zhang, Yu; Kendall, Christopher B.; Hurst, R. Todd; Tajbakhsh, Nima; Liang, Jianming

    2014-03-01

    Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) has proven to be sensitive for predicting individual risk of cardiovascular diseases (CVD). The CIMT is measured based on region of interest (ROIs) in end-diastolic ultrasound frames (EUFs). To interpret CIMT videos, in the current practice, the EUFs and ROIs must be manually selected, a process that is tedious and time consuming. To reduce CIMT interpretation time, this paper presents a novel method for automatically selecting EUFs and determining ROIs in ultrasound videos. The EUFs are selected based on the QRS complex of the electrocardiogram (ECG) signal associated with the ultrasound video, and the ROI is detected based on image intensity and curvature of the carotid artery bulb. Once a EUF is selected and its corresponding ROI is determined, our system measures CIMT using the snake algorithm extended with hard constraints [1,6-7] by computing the average thickness and maximum thickness, calculating the vascular age, and generating a patient's report. In this study, we utilize 23 subjects. Each subject has 4 videos, and 3 EUFs are selected in each video, resulting in a total of 272 ROIs. By comparing with the reference provided by an expert for both frame selection and ROI detection, we achieve 92.96% sensitivity and 97.62% specificity for EUF selection, and 81.25% accuracy in ROI detection.

  3. Cigarette smoking in military pilots and intima-media thickness of the carotid arteries

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    Jovelić Stojan; Hajduković Zoran; Jovelić Aleksandra; Rađen Slavica

    2005-01-01

    Background. It is well known that smoking is associated with an increase in arterial wall thickness. However, most studies of this problem have been undertaken in age and sex heterogeneous groups, as well as in patients with already present other conventional risk factors. The aim of this study was to assess the effect of cigarette smoking on arterial wall thickness of the common carotid artery in asymptomatic pilots. Methods. The imaging of intima−media thickness of the posterior wall of the...

  4. Correlation between coronary artery disease severity, left ventricular mass index and carotid intima media thickness, assessed by radio-frequency

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    Ciccone Marco M

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (CCA-IMT is a validated marker of systemic atherosclerosis process. The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between coronary artery disease (CAD, left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH and CCA-IMT, assessed by Radio Frequency-Quality Intima Media Thickness (RFQIMT method, the next generation of IMT real-time measurement, based on the direct analysis of the radiofrequency signal and endowed with high accuracy and reproducibility in early detection of arterial wall thickness. Methods 115 patients (76 men, mean age: 65.1 ± 12 years referred to our department and shown significant (≥ 70% luminal obstruction stenosis at least in one major epicardial coronary artery were studied. Coronary angiograms were divided for severity and extent of the disease: 79 patients (69% had one, 24 patients (21% two, 12 patients (10% three major epicardial coronary arteries with ≥ 70% stenosis. All patients underwent echocardiography and carotid ultrasound examination, assessed by RF. Results Dividing RFQIMT data in tertiles, dyslipidaemia (31 patients with IMT ≥ 1.20 mm vs 16 with IMT = 0.91-1.19 vs 25 with IMT ≤ 0.9, p = 0.004, LVMI (153.5 ± 20.6 g/m2 in IMT ≥ 1.20 mm vs 131.2 ± 8.4 g/m2 in IMT = 0.91-1.19 mm vs 114.3 ± 11.1 g/m2 in IMT ≤ 0.9 mm, P 2 = 0.88, RFQIMT remained significantly associated with the dyslipidemia (regression coefficient ± standard error [SE]: 0.057 ± 0.023; p = 0.017, LVMI (regression coefficient ± SE: 0.01 ± 0.001; P Conclusions RFQIMT is a sophisticated method for carotid ultrasound evaluation. Its evaluation in patients with at least one important major epicardial coronary vessel stenosis would help the accuracy in the general assessment of the number of coronary lesions in these patients.

  5. Evaluation of Carotid Arterial Intima-Media Thickness (IMT and Its Relation to Clinical Parameters in Japanese Children

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    Tamura,Hiroko

    2011-02-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to evaluate the carotid arterial intima-media thickness (IMT and its relation to clinical parameters in Japanese children. Fifty-two healthy children (39 boys and 13 girls, aged 6-14 years, were enrolled in this cross-sectional investigation study. IMT of the common carotid artery was determined using ultrasonography. We also investigated anthropometric parameters, blood pressure (BP, lifestyles and blood examinations. The mean value of IMT was 0.4±0.1mm, which was lower than the normal value (1.0mm in adults. IMT was positively correlated with age (r=0.340 and height (r=0.346 in boys, while it was positively correlated with body mass index (BMI (r=0.584 and diastolic BP (DBP (r=0.563 in girls. In addition, IMT was associated with sleeping hours and hours of watching television (TV by using stepwise regression analysis. In conclusion, IMT increased with aging, and it was linked to some clinical parameters of atherosclerosis and lifestyles in children. Therefore, this reference data will be helpful for future assessment of age-related change in Japanese children in clinical practice, and IMT might be a good predictor of atherosclerosis in Japanese children.

  6. Relationship between Waist Circumference and Elevation of Carotid Intima-media Thickness in Newly-diagnosed Diabetic Patients

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    ZHANG Lei; JIA Wei Ping; SHEN Yun; ZHOU Jian; PAN Jie Min; YU Hao Yong; CHEN Hai Bing; LI Qing; LI Ming; BAO Yu Qian

    2014-01-01

    Objective Waist circumference, as a brief indicator of visceral obesity, is associated with multi-metabolic disorders and cardiovascular diseases. The present study was aimed to find out the relationship between waist circumference and carotid intima media thickness (C-IMT), as well as the best waist circumference cutoff for identifying C-IMT elevation in Chinese male patients with newly-diagnosed diabetes. Methods Five hundred and seventy-eight patients from Department of Endocrinology and Metabolism in Shanghai Sixth People’s Hospital affiliated to Shanghai Jiao Tong University were enrolled. Both physical examination (for measurement of waist circumference) and carotid ultrasonography (for measurement of C-IMT) were performed. Results After grouping according to the quartiles of C-IMT, the waist circumference increased across all its quartiles. The waist circumference in 3rd and 4th quartiles (90.7±9.8 cm and 90.8±9.6 cm) was significant higher than in 1st and 2nd quartiles (P Conclusion Among newly-diagnosed diabetic male patients, waist circumference over 90 cm not only reflects sub-clinical atherosclerosis in early stage, but also predicts the progression of atherosclerosis.

  7. Inverse association of serum vitamin D in relation to carotid intima-media thickness in Chinese postmenopausal women.

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    Yaping Hao

    Full Text Available This study aimed to investigate the relationship between serum vitamin D level and carotid intima-media thickness (C-IMT in Chinese postmenopausal women.Nine hundred and twenty six Chinese postmenopausal women without carotid artery plaque or history of cardiovascular disease were selected for analysis. Measurements of serum 25 hydroxyvitamin D3 (25(OHD3 concentration and C-IMT were made by electrochemiluminescence immunoassay and B-mode ultrasound, respectively. Trend analysis was conducted according to tertiles of C-IMT.The median serum 25(OHD3 level was 11.03 ng/mL, with an interquartile range of 8.22-14.70. A decreasing trend of serum 25(OHD3 level was accompanied by increased C-IMT tertiles (P for trend = 0.001. Correlation analysis found an inverse relationship between serum 25(OHD3 level and C-IMT (r = -0.113, P = 0.001. After adjustment for confounding factors, multiple regression analysis showed that serum 25(OHD3 level independently and negatively associated with C-IMT (Standard β = -0.112, P < 0.001. Moreover, the inverse correlation of serum 25(OHD3 with C-IMT was also found in a subgroup of women with normal glucose tolerance, blood pressure and body mass index, and without undergoing lipid-lowering therapy (standard β = -0.140, P = 0.018.Serum 25(OHD3 level was inversely correlated with C-IMT in Chinese postmenopausal women.

  8. Long-term effects on carotid intima-media thickness after radiotherapy in patients with nasopharyngeal carcinoma

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    Vascular abnormalities are the predominant histologic changes associated with radiation in nasopharyngeal carcinoma (NPC). This study examined if the duration after radiotherapy correlates with the progression of carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and investigated its relationship with inflammatory markers. One hundred and five NPC patients post-radiotherapy for more than one year and 25 healthy control subjects were examined by B-mode ultrasound for IMT measurement at the far wall of the common carotid artery (CCA). Surrogate markers including lipid profile, HbA1c, and high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were assessed. The IMT of CCA was significantly increased in NPC patients and carotid plaque was detected in 38 NPC patients (38/105, 36.2%). Significant risk factors for carotid plaques included age, duration after radiotherapy, and HbA1c levels. Age, duration after radiotherapy, hs-CRP, HbA1c, and platelet count positively correlated with IMT. The cut-off value of age and duration after radiotherapy for the presence of plaque was 52.5 years and 42.5 months, respectively. In NPC subjects, multiple linear regression analysis revealed that age, gender, duration after radiotherapy and platelet counts were independently associated with CCA IMT. After adjustments for age, gender and platelet counts, IMT increased in a linear manner with duration after radiotherapy. Radiation-induced vasculopathy is a dynamic and progressive process due to late radiation effects. Extra-cranial color-coded duplex sonography can be part of routine follow-up in NPC patients aged ≥50 years at 40 months post-radiotherapy

  9. The effects of apoA-I/C-III/A-IV, apoE and apoB polymorphisms on carotid artery intima-media thickness.

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    Nieminen, Tuomo; Kähönen, Mika; Lehtimäki, Terho

    2006-03-01

    Different apolipoprotein combinations explain most of the functional differences between plasma lipoproteins. This emphasizes the pivotal role of apolipoproteins in the homeostasis and physiological control of lipid metabolism. Genetic polymorphisms of apolipoprotein (apo)A-I/C-III/A-IV, apoE and apoB have been suggested to modulate plasma lipid levels as well as the risk of coronary artery disease and stroke. Carotid artery intima-media thickness has been shown to represent preclinical atherosclerosis and has, therefore, been used as a surrogate in quantifying the early stages of atherosclerosis. The effects of the polymorphisms in apoA-I/C-III/A-IV and apoB on carotid intima-media thickness are poorly known. The corresponding influence of apoE polymorphisms has been studied more extensively, but the results are not yet conclusive. In this review, these results are presented in detail and the potential reasons and mechanisms for the discrepancies are discussed. PMID:19804074

  10. Bilateral common carotid artery ultrasound for prediction of incident strokes using intima-media thickness and external diameter: an observational study

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    Eigenbrodt, Marsha L.; Evans, Gregory W.; Rose, Kathryn M; Bursac, Zoran; Tracy, Richard E.; Mehta, Jawahar L.; Couper, David J

    2013-01-01

    Background External common carotid artery (CCA) diameter and intima-media thickness (IMT) are independently associated with incident stroke and other cardiovascular events. Arterial geometry such as large IMT and large diameter may reflect vulnerable plaques and so impact stroke risk. Finally, arterial changes that exist bilaterally may increase stroke risk. Method We studied middle-aged men and women (n=7276) from a prospective observational study who had right (R) and left (L) CCA IMT and e...

  11. Vascular calcification on plain radiographs is associated with carotid intima media thickness, malnutrition and cardiovascular events in dialysis patients: a prospective observational study

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    An, Won Suk; Son, Young Ki

    2013-01-01

    Background Vascular calcification (VC) and carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) are strongly associated with cardiovascular (CV) disease. We hypothesized that significant VC on plain radiographs is associated with CIMT and CV events in dialysis patients. In addition, we evaluated risk factors for VC progression on plain radiographs in dialysis patients. Methods In this 2-year observational, prospective study, 67 dialysis patients were included. We checked plain radiographs at baseline and af...

  12. Genetic polymorphisms associated with carotid artery intima-media thickness and coronary artery calcification in women of the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study

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    Miller, Virginia M.; Petterson, Tanya M.; Elysia N Jeavons; Lnu, Abhinita S.; Rider, David N.; John A Heit; Cunningham, Julie M.; Huggins, Gordon S.; Hodis, Howard N.; Budoff, Matthew J.; Santoro, Nanette; Hopkins, Paul N.; Lobo, Rogerio A.; Manson, JoAnn E; Naftolin, Frederick

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    Menopausal hormone treatment (MHT) may limit progression of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but poses a thrombosis risk. To test targeted candidate gene variation for association with subclinical CVD defined by carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) and coronary artery calcification (CAC), 610 women participating in the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS), a clinical trial of MHT to prevent progression of CVD, were genotyped for 13,229 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) with...

  13. The Association of Coronary Artery Calcification and Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness With Distinct, Traditional Coronary Artery Disease Risk Factors in Asymptomatic Adults

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    Rampersaud, Evadnie; Bielak, Lawrence F.; Parsa, Afshin; Shen, Haiqing; Post, Wendy; Ryan, Kathleen A.; Donnelly, Patrick; Rumberger, John A.; Sheedy, Patrick F; Peyser, Patricia A.; Shuldiner, Alan R.; Mitchell, Braxton D.

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    Coronary artery calcification (CAC) and common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) are measures of subclinical vascular disease. This 2000–2006 study aimed to characterize the associations among coronary artery disease risk factors, CAC quantity, and CIMT and to estimate shared genetic and environmental contributions to both CAC and CIMT among 478 asymptomatic Amish adults in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania. Heritability for CAC quantity and CIMT, adjusted for age and sex, was 0.42 (P...

  14. Is the association between job strain and carotid intima-media thickness attributable to pre-employment environmental and dispositional factors? The Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns Study.

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    Hintsa, T; Kivimäki, M; Elovainio, M; Vahtera, J; Hintsanen, M.; Viikari, J S; Raitakari, O. T.; Keltikangas-Järvinen, L.

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    OBJECTIVES: Most previous studies of job strain and cardiovascular risk have been limited to adult data. It remains unclear whether this association might be explained by factors already present before entering the labour market. This study examined whether pre-employment family factors and participants' own dispositional factors contribute to the relationship between job strain and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) among male employees. METHODS: The sample consisted of 494 men from the C...

  15. Relationship Between Serum Fetuin-A Levels and Carotid Intima-media Thickness in Turkish Patients with Mild to Moderate Psoriasis. A Case-control Study

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    Belkız Uyar; Muhittin Akyıldız; Aynur Solak; Berhan Genç; Ali Saklamaz

    2015-01-01

    Previous studies have associated severe psoriasis and psoriatic arthritis with an increased risk of atherosclerosis. However, the association between patients with mild-to-moderate plaque-type psoriasis and atherosclerosis has yet to be studied in depth. This study investigates a) possible correlations between carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and serum fetuin-A levels in patients with mild-to-moderate psoriasis and b) correlations between psoriasis severity index (PASI) and fetuin-A leve...

  16. Coronary atherosclerosis burden is not advanced in patients with β-thalassemia despite premature extracardiac atherosclerosis: a coronary artery calcium score and carotid intima-media thickness study

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    Hahalis, George; Zacharioglou, Evangelia; Xanthopoulou, Ioanna; Koniari, Ioanna; Kalogeropoulou, Chistina; Tsota, Irene; Rigopoulou, Aspasia; Diamantopoulos, Athanasios; Gkizas, Vasilios; Davlouros, Periklis; Akinosoglou, Karolina; Leopoulou, Marianna; Gogos, Charalampos; Alexopoulos, Dimitrios

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    Background Thalassemic patients demonstrate an increased rate of extracardiac vascular complications and increased carotid wall intima-media thickness (cIMT), but very low prevalence of coronary artery disease (CAD). We investigated the atheroma burden by assessing the coronary artery calcium (CAC) and cIMT in these patients. Methods We examined 37 patients with β-thalassemia and 150 healthy control volunteers with multi-detector computer tomography (CT) and ultrasonography to determine CAC s...

  17. Brachial artery flow mediated dilatation and carotid intima media thickness measured by high resolution B-mode ultrasound in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Mohamed A. Amin; Alsiagy A. Salama; Ashraf M. Elaggan; Salwa E. Elsayed

    2015-01-01

    Objectives: Firstly to assess the prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis and endothelial dysfunction by high resolution ultrasound measurements of carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and brachial artery flow mediated dilatation percentage (FMD%) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), secondly to analyze the correlation of CIMT and FMD% with different clinical and laboratory parameters, third aim was to analyze the relationship between CIMT and FMD%. Patients and methods: The pros...

  18. Automatic detection of the intima-media thickness in ultrasound images of the common carotid artery using neural networks.

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    Menchón-Lara, Rosa-María; Bastida-Jumilla, María-Consuelo; Morales-Sánchez, Juan; Sancho-Gómez, José-Luis

    2014-02-01

    Atherosclerosis is the leading underlying pathologic process that results in cardiovascular diseases, which represents the main cause of death and disability in the world. The atherosclerotic process is a complex degenerative condition mainly affecting the medium- and large-size arteries, which begins in childhood and may remain unnoticed during decades. The intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) has emerged as one of the most powerful tool for the evaluation of preclinical atherosclerosis. IMT is measured by means of B-mode ultrasound images, which is a non-invasive and relatively low-cost technique. This paper proposes an effective image segmentation method for the IMT measurement in an automatic way. With this purpose, segmentation is posed as a pattern recognition problem, and a combination of artificial neural networks has been trained to solve this task. In particular, multi-layer perceptrons trained under the scaled conjugate gradient algorithm have been used. The suggested approach is tested on a set of 60 longitudinal ultrasound images of the CCA by comparing the automatic segmentation with four manual tracings. Moreover, the intra- and inter-observer errors have also been assessed. Despite of the simplicity of our approach, several quantitative statistical evaluations have shown its accuracy and robustness. PMID:24281725

  19. Association of Exposure to Particular Matter and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: A Systematic Review and Meta-Analysis

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    Full Text Available Background: Long time exposure to particular matter has been linked to myocardial infarction, stroke and blood pressure, but its association with atherosclerosis is not clear. This meta-analysis was aimed at assessing whether PM2.5 and PM10 have an effect on subclinical atherosclerosis measured by carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT. Methods: Pubmed, Ovid Medline, Embase and NICK between 1948 and 31 March 2015 were searched by combining the keywords about exposure to the outcome related words. The random-effects model was applied in computing the change of CIMT and their corresponding 95% confidence interval (95% CI. The effect of potential confounding factors was assessed by stratified analysis and the impact of traffic proximity was also estimated. Results: Among 56 identified studies, 11 articles satisfied the inclusion criteria. In overall analysis increments of 10 μg/m3 in PM2.5 and PM10 were associated with an increase of CIMT (16.79 μm; 95% CI, 4.95–28.63 μm and 4.13 μm; 95% CI, −5.79–14.04 μm, respectively. Results shown in subgroup analysis had reference value for comparing with those of the overall analysis. The impact of traffic proximity on CIMT was uncertain. Conclusions: Exposure to PM2.5 had a significant association with CIMT and for women the effect may be more obvious.

  20. Double role of mannose-binding lectin in relation to carotid intima-media thickness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Troelsen, Lone N; Garred, Peter; Christiansen, Buris; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Christensen, Ib J; Narvestad, Eva; Jacobsen, Søren

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    high and low serum levels of MBL are reported to be associated with CVD. Intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (ccIMT) is a validated non-invasive anatomic measure of subclinical CVD. We examined the relation between ccIMT and MBL in 114 RA patients. METHODS: In a cross-sectional study...... MBL2 genotypes and serum concentrations of MBL were assessed; ccIMT was determined by means of ultrasonography; traditional and RA related cardiovascular risk modifiers were measured. RESULTS: The median ccIMT was 0.67 mm. The investigated MBL2 genotypes were not significantly associated with cc......IMT. Using a general linear model, ccIMT was not linearly associated with serum MBL but was highly associated with the quadratic term of serum MBL (MBL(2)) (P=0.001) reflecting a U-shaped relation. MBL(2) was also significantly associated with ccIMT in a multivariable analysis adjusting for traditional and...

  1. Association of Plasma Adiponectin and Oxidized Low-Density Lipoprotein with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Diabetic Nephropathy

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    Georgoulidou, Anastasia; Roumeliotis, Athanasios; Roumeliotis, Stefanos; Giannakopoulou, Efstathia; Papanas, Nikolaos; Passadakis, Ploumis; Manolopoulos, Vangelis G.; Vargemezis, Vassilis

    2015-01-01

    Aims. We sought to determine the association between levels of adiponectin and oxidized low-density lipoprotein (ox-LDL) in patients with diabetic nephropathy as well as their effect on carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT). Methods. Adiponectin and ox-LDL were determined in 25 diabetic patients without nephropathy and 94 patients at different stages of diabetic nephropathy including subjects on hemodialysis. cIMT was measured using real-time B-mode ultrasonography. Results. Plasma adiponectin levels increased significantly with severity of diabetic nephropathy (P = 0.002), on the contrary to ox-LDL which decreased with disease severity (P < 0.001). cIMT was significantly higher at late stages of diabetic nephropathy compared with early stages (P = 0.022). Adiponectin was a significant negative predictor of ox-LDL levels (β = −5.45, P = 0.023), independently of confounding factors. There was no significant correlation between cIMT and adiponectin or ox-LDL either in the total sample population or according to disease staging. Cluster analysis showed that patients with the highest cIMT values, highest levels of adiponectin, and lowest levels of ox-LDL were included in one cluster and all assigned to stage 5 of diabetic nephropathy. Conclusions. There was no significant association between adiponectin or ox-LDL and cIMT and, therefore, other factors affecting this surrogate marker of cardiovascular disease in diabetic nephropathy should be sought. PMID:26064982

  2. Fully automated segmentation and tracking of the intima media thickness in ultrasound video sequences of the common carotid artery.

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    Ilea, Dana E; Duffy, Caoimhe; Kavanagh, Liam; Stanton, Alice; Whelan, Paul F

    2013-01-01

    The robust identification and measurement of the intima media thickness (IMT) has a high clinical relevance because it represents one of the most precise predictors used in the assessment of potential future cardiovascular events. To facilitate the analysis of arterial wall thickening in serial clinical investigations, in this paper we have developed a novel fully automatic algorithm for the segmentation, measurement, and tracking of the intima media complex (IMC) in B-mode ultrasound video sequences. The proposed algorithm entails a two-stage image analysis process that initially addresses the segmentation of the IMC in the first frame of the ultrasound video sequence using a model-based approach; in the second step, a novel customized tracking procedure is applied to robustly detect the IMC in the subsequent frames. For the video tracking procedure, we introduce a spatially coherent algorithm called adaptive normalized correlation that prevents the tracking process from converging to wrong arterial interfaces. This represents the main contribution of this paper and was developed to deal with inconsistencies in the appearance of the IMC over the cardiac cycle. The quantitative evaluation has been carried out on 40 ultrasound video sequences of the common carotid artery (CCA) by comparing the results returned by the developed algorithm with respect to ground truth data that has been manually annotated by clinical experts. The measured IMT(mean) ± standard deviation recorded by the proposed algorithm is 0.60 mm ± 0.10, with a mean coefficient of variation (CV) of 2.05%, whereas the corresponding result obtained for the manually annotated ground truth data is 0.60 mm ± 0.11 with a mean CV equal to 5.60%. The numerical results reported in this paper indicate that the proposed algorithm is able to correctly segment and track the IMC in ultrasound CCA video sequences, and we were encouraged by the stability of our technique when applied to data captured under

  3. The Effects of Rituximab on Lipids, Arterial Stiffness and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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    Novikova, Diana S; Popkova, Tatiana V; Lukina, Galina V; Luchikhina, Elena L; Karateev, Dmitry E; Volkov, Alexander V; Novikov, Alexander A; Aleksandrova, Elena N; Nasonov, Evgeny L

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    The aim of the study was to examine lipid profiles, arterial stiffness (AS), carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), in 55 women with RA without overt cardiovascular disease (СVD) treated with rituximab (RTX).The following parameters were recorded before and 24 weeks after RTX therapy (2 infusions of 500 or 1,000 mg RTX intravenously, fortnightly): plasma total cholesterol (TC), high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C), low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), triglycerides, DAS 28-ESR, serum C-reactive protein (CRP), RF IgM, AS (SI - stiffness index, RI - reflection index) by digital volume pulse contour analysis (Micro Medical, UK), and common cIMT by high-resolution B-mode carotid ultrasound. Based on the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR) criteria, patients were divided into two groups: 1) moderate/good response to RTX therapy after 24 weeks (41 patients, 75%), 2) no response to RTX therapy (14 patients, 25%). Effective RTX therapy resulted in 9% increase in TC, 23% increase in HDL-C and 14% decrease in atherogenic index, 57% decrease in SI and 24% decrease in RI. We observed a 9% decrease of cIMTmax at 24 weeks. The improvement of cardiovascular parameters was accompanied by statistically significant decreases of CRP, ESR, RF IgM and DAS 28 in group 1 (P < 0.05). There were not significant changes in lipid profile, AS parameters, and cIMT in group 2. Two infusions of RTX in case of moderate/good EULAR effect of therapy exerted favorable effects on lipid profile, AS and cIMT in women with RA without overt CVD. PMID:26839473

  4. Atherosclerosis and rheumatoid arthritis: relationships between intima-media thickness of the common carotid arteries and disease activity and disabilty

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    G. La Montagna

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objectives. To investigate the intima-media thickness of the common carotid arteries (IMT-CCA in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (RA, and its relationships with classical atherosclerosis risk factors and disease features i.e. duration, activity and disability. Methods. 48 RA patients (35 F, 13 M; age ed 26-69 years median 55; disease duration 1-18 years, median 8, and 22 controls (16 F, 6 M; age 28-66, median 50 matched for classical atherosclerosis risk factors, i.e. age, sex, smoking, blood pressure, body mass index, diabetes, familiarity, and for postemopausal status, were studied. IMT and plaques were measured in the left and right common carotid arteries. Serum total cholesterol, trygliceridies, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, apoliprotein AI, apolipoprotein B, and rheumatoid factor were determined in patients and controls. The DAS28, the HAQ-DI and disease duration were considered as clinical parameters reflecting disease status. Results. The IMT-CCA (mean ± SD was significantly greater in the 48 RA patients than in the 22 controls subjects (1.00±0.25 vs. 0.78±0.21; p=0.0007. In the 70 subjects investigated CCA-IMT resulted to be significantly correlated with diastolic blood pressure, body mass index, triglycerides and RA status. In the 48 RA patients no correlation was detected with either disease duration or activity or disability. Conclusion: our study confirms an increased IMT in RA patients without any clinically evident manifestation of cardiovascular disease. It supports the existence of subclinical atherosclerosis in RA.

  5. Medical decision-making system of ultrasound carotid artery intima-media thickness using neural networks.

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    Santhiyakumari, N; Rajendran, P; Madheswaran, M

    2011-12-01

    The objective of this work is to develop and implement a medical decision-making system for an automated diagnosis and classification of ultrasound carotid artery images. The proposed method categorizes the subjects into normal, cerebrovascular, and cardiovascular diseases. Two contours are extracted for each and every preprocessed ultrasound carotid artery image. Two types of contour extraction techniques and multilayer back propagation network (MBPN) system have been developed for classifying carotid artery categories. The results obtained show that MBPN system provides higher classification efficiency, with minimum training and testing time. The outputs of decision support system are validated with medical expert to measure the actual efficiency. MBPN system with contour extraction algorithms and preprocessing scheme helps in developing medical decision-making system for ultrasound carotid artery images. It can be used as secondary observer in clinical decision making. PMID:21181487

  6. Comparison of carotid artery intima - media thickness and risk factors of atherosclerosis in lacunar versus non-lacunar cerebral infarcts

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    Seyed Ali Mousavi

    2007-07-01

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    BACKGROUND: Increases in the thickness of the intima-media of the carotid artery have been associated with an increased risk of myocardial infarction and stroke in subjects without a history of cardiovascular disease. Lacunar infarcts, one of the most common subtypes of ischemic stroke, show unique pathological and clinicoradiological characteristics. The present study examined the relationship between the vascular risk factors, including carotid artery intimamedia thickness (IMT, and lacunar versus non-lacunar infarcts.
    METHODS: We collected data from patients admitted to hospital with acute ischemic stroke. 195 Patients and 96 control subjects underwent B-mode ultrasonographic measurements of IMT of the common carotid artery. We examined the association of lacunar and non-lacunar infarcts with age, sex, and potential vascular risk factors.
    RESULTS: Of 195 adult patients with acute ischemic stroke, 87 were considered lacunar and 108 were considered nonlacunar strokes. Between these two groups of patients, we did not find a significantly different percentage of diabetes,
    smoking, hypertension, dyslipidemia, myocardial infarction, or previous history of ischemic stroke, alcohol, obesity,
    atherogen diet, exercise, and IMT. However, patients with lacunar infarct, diabetes mellitus (P = 0.02, and hypertension
    (P = 0.02 had a significantly higher percentage of history of prior CVA (P = 0.03 and a significantly higher percentage
    of non-lacunar infarct.
    CONCLUSIONS: The present results indicated that diabetes mellitus and hypertension are more common in patients with lacunar infarcts, and history of CVA is more common in patients with non–lacunar infarcts. We further concluded that IMT cannot differentiate subtypes of ischemic stroke. Because risk factors and clinical presentation of ischemic stroke differ among races, more national studies

  7. Association of Fetuin-A Levels with Carotid Intima Media Thickness and Valvular Calcification in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

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    Solak, Yalçın

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Fetuin-A is a negative acute-phase reactant which prevents vascular calcification. Coronary artery disease (CAD is the most important cause of mortality in patients undergoing renal replacement therapy (RRT. The key element of cardiovascular disease (CVD seen in end-stage renal disease patients who are on dialysis treatment is accelerated calcific atherosclerosis. There are a limited number of studies in which HD and PD is compared in terms of fetuin-A level.OBJECTIVE: We aimed to investigate the association of serum fetuin-A level with valvular calcification and predictors of CAD in hemodialysis (HD and peritoneal dialysis (PD patients.MATERIAL and METHODS: 39 HD (24 males, 15 females and 39 PD (25 males, 14 females patients were included in the study. We determined carotid artery intima media thickness (CIMT and evaluated heart valve calcification via echocardiography. We also measured serum fetuin-A level, CRP, ferritin, fibrinogen and serum albumin level. According to fetuin-A level, patients were stratified into quartiles.RESULTS: Fetuin-A level was significantly lower in HD patients when compared with that of PD patients (28.6±5.934 ng/ml, 32±4.8 ng/ml respectively p<0.001. There was a significant negative correlation between CIMT and fetuin-A level. CIMT was found to be lower in PD patients than in HD patients. We found a positive correlation between fetuin-A and dialysis adequacy and albumin level. There was a negative correlation of fetuin-A with age, fibrinogen, ferritin and CRP. Fetuin-A level was lower in patients with aortic calcification.CONCLUSION: Fetuin-A level was found to be lower in HD patients. Fetuin-A may be a novel marker for CVD in patients undergoing RRT.BACKGROUND: Fetuin-A is a negative acute-phase reactant which prevents vascular calcification. Coronary artery disease (CAD is the most important cause of mortality in patients undergoing renal replacement therapy (RRT. The key element of cardiovascular

  8. Carotid intima-media thickness in individuals with and without type 2 diabetes

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    Lundby-Christensen, Louise; Almdal, Thomas P; Carstensen, Bendix;

    2010-01-01

    importance in order to make accurate power calculations and analyses of results, no reproducibility studies have been performed in this group of patients. The aim of this study was to quantify the variability of the measurement of carotid IMT in individuals with and without T2D. METHODS: We used B......-mode ultrasound and a computerized software programme (MIA vascular tools) for analysis of carotid IMT. Measurement of carotid IMT in the far wall of the common carotid artery (CCA) was done for 30 patients with T2D and 30 persons without T2D. The examinations were done by two different sonographers and two.......12 to 0.10 mm for persons without T2D. This means, that a second scanning of the same person with 95% probability would be within this interval of the first scanning. Comparisons between readers assessing the same scanning (reader variability) resulted in LoA from -0.05 to 0.07 mm and -0.04 to 0.05 mm...

  9. RELATIONSHIP OF CAROTID ARTERIES INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS WITH INFECTIOUS, IMMUNE, METABOLIC FACTORS AND INFLAMMATION MARKERS IN HEALTHY PERSONS

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    A. P. Shavrin

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    Full Text Available Aim – to examine the relationship of arteries wall thickness with the indicators characterizing the infectious, immune, metabolic status inapparently healthy individuals.Materials and methods. The study included 342 patients (mean age 43.7 ± 0.5 years that in the process of cluster analysis on the thicknessof the intima-media thickness (IMT were divided into 3 groups. Group 1 consisted of patients with no risk factors of cardiovascular disease,2nd – patients with presence of these factors, 3rd – patients with atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid artery. All patients were examinedin complex: ultrasound of vessels measurement on the Aloka 5000 with IMT, evaluation of lipid profile, glucose level, determination of C-reactive protein (CRP in blood plasma and cytokines – tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interferon-γ (IFN-γ, interleukin (IL -1, -8, -4, specific antibody immunoglobulin G (IgG to cytomegalovirus (CMV, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1 , C. pneumoniae, H. pylori and β-hemolytic streptococci group A. Immune system status was assessed by innate and acquired immunity factors.Results. In groups of examined patients by increasing IMT of the common carotid artery infectious viruses (CMV, HSV-1 burden increased,what was obligatory for all groups. In the 3rd group, in 45 % of patients C. pneumoniae was found. In the 2nd and 3rd groups weakening ofacquired immunity was found out – reducing the total number of lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes, the increase of CRP and proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1, -8, IFN-γ, TNF-α, it was indicating development of inflammatory process, and in the third group it took characters of the system inflammatory response. In cluster analysis it was revealed that the process of thickening of the vascular wall is influenced by complex factors – infectious, metabolic and immune.Conclusion. The presence of the close relationship between the thickness of vessel walls and infectious, metabolic (lipid and

  10. RELATIONSHIP OF CAROTID ARTERIES INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS WITH INFECTIOUS, IMMUNE, METABOLIC FACTORS AND INFLAMMATION MARKERS IN HEALTHY PERSONS

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    A. P. Shavrin

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    Full Text Available Aim – to examine the relationship of arteries wall thickness with the indicators characterizing the infectious, immune, metabolic status inapparently healthy individuals.Materials and methods. The study included 342 patients (mean age 43.7 ± 0.5 years that in the process of cluster analysis on the thicknessof the intima-media thickness (IMT were divided into 3 groups. Group 1 consisted of patients with no risk factors of cardiovascular disease,2nd – patients with presence of these factors, 3rd – patients with atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid artery. All patients were examinedin complex: ultrasound of vessels measurement on the Aloka 5000 with IMT, evaluation of lipid profile, glucose level, determination of C-reactive protein (CRP in blood plasma and cytokines – tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α, interferon-γ (IFN-γ, interleukin (IL -1, -8, -4, specific antibody immunoglobulin G (IgG to cytomegalovirus (CMV, herpes simplex virus type 1 (HSV-1 , C. pneumoniae, H. pylori and β-hemolytic streptococci group A. Immune system status was assessed by innate and acquired immunity factors.Results. In groups of examined patients by increasing IMT of the common carotid artery infectious viruses (CMV, HSV-1 burden increased,what was obligatory for all groups. In the 3rd group, in 45 % of patients C. pneumoniae was found. In the 2nd and 3rd groups weakening ofacquired immunity was found out – reducing the total number of lymphocytes and T-lymphocytes, the increase of CRP and proinflammatory cytokines (IL-1, -8, IFN-γ, TNF-α, it was indicating development of inflammatory process, and in the third group it took characters of the system inflammatory response. In cluster analysis it was revealed that the process of thickening of the vascular wall is influenced by complex factors – infectious, metabolic and immune.Conclusion. The presence of the close relationship between the thickness of vessel walls and infectious, metabolic (lipid and

  11. Homocysteine and carotid intima-media thickness in ischemic stroke patients are not correlated

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    Ntaios, George; Savopoulos, Christos; Hatzitolios, Apostolos; Ekonomou, Ippoliti; Destanis, Evangelos; Chryssogonidis, Ioannis; Chatzinikolaou, Anastasia; Pidonia, Ifigenia; Karamitsos, Dimitrios

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    Introduction Hyperhomocysteinemia has been linked to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality by numerous authors. Whether this association is causal or not remains uncertain. The aim of the study was to investigate the association of hyperhomocysteinemia with the degree of carotid atherosclerosis in stroke patients. Methods We studied 97 Greek patients in our stroke unit who were hospitalized as a result of ischemic stroke between March 2006 and May 2007. The patients were divided into two gro...

  12. Correlation of common carotid intima media thickness with atherosclerotic cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Vascular complications are a major cause of morbidity and mortality in patients with diabetes mellitus and affect the quality of life. Atherosclerosis, which is the major underlying risk factor, is accelerated in diabetes. To reduce morbidity and mortality, identification of patients with a high risk for development of vascular events is necessary. Apart from other risk prediction models, detection of subclinical atherosclerosis at common carotid site by B-mode ultrasonography which is a noninvasive and reliable method, can add to the benefit and improve risk prediction. Population based studies have revealed that increased Common Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CCIMT) is associated with prevalent coronary artery disease and is a surrogate marker of cardiovascular events. Aim was to evaluate whether increased CCIMT is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular events in patients with type 2 diabetes. A total of 90 patients with type 2 diabetes who were included in the study, were divided in two groups. Group 1: without vascular events and group 2: with vascular events. Apart from patient's demographics, detailed history of events physical examination, through blood analysis for fasting, post postprandial blood sugar, serum cholesterol, TG, renal function test glycosylated Hb, chest x-ray, ECG were recoded. CCIMT was measured by B-mode ultrasonography using high frequency linear transducer, by a specialist radiologist (blind to all clinical and laboratory findings) by standard protocol as described in literature. Mean of the three readings in each side were used for statistical analysis. Our results showed that of the 90 patients studied, 45 diabetes mellitus (DM) patients had atherosclerotic events and significantly higher CCIMT value (mean value of 1.005 +- 0.17 mm) whereas as 45 comparable DM patients without sclerotic events and lower CCIMT values (0.798 +- 0.12 mm) (p0.99 mm) had a statistically significant association with high odds ratios for

  13. Manual and automated intima-media thickness and diameter measurements of the common carotid artery in patients with renal failure disease.

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    Loizou, Christos P; Kasparis, Takis; Lazarou, Theodoros; Pattichis, Constandinos S; Pantziaris, Marios

    2014-10-01

    The objective of this study was to investigate differences in intima-media thickness (IMT) and diameter (D) measurements of the common carotid artery (CCA) in ultrasound imaging in normal subjects and renal failure disease (RFD) patients. Manual measurements by two experts and automated segmentation measurements (based on snakes and active contour models (ACM)) were carried out on 73 normal subjects, and 80 RFD patients. Statistical analysis was carried out using the Wilcoxon rank-sum test at psegmentation was slightly more accurate than segmentation based on snakes. Further work is needed to validate these findings on a larger group of subjects. PMID:25173810

  14. Short-term change of carotid intima-media thickness after treatment of hyperglycemia in patients with diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    Tenjin, Ayumi; Nagai, Yoshio; Yuji, Sayaka; Ishii, Satoshi; Kato, Hiroyuki; Ohta, Akio; Tanaka, Yasushi

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    Background The carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) has been used as a predictor of cardiovascular events, but it remains unclear whether CIMT can change over the short term. We evaluated changes of CIMT in patients with diabetes during admission to hospital for 2 weeks. Methods A total of 279 inpatients with diabetes aged 61 ± 14 years were recruited. They were on treatment with insulin and/or oral agents, excluding drugs that influence the fluid balance and hemodynamics. CIMT was me...

  15. Nontraditional Cardiovascular Biomarkers and Estimation of Cardiovascular Risk in Predialysis Chronic Kidney Disease Patients and Their Correlations With Carotid Intima Media Thickness

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    Sathi, Satyanand; Mahapatra, Himanshu; Sunder, Sham; Jayaraman, Rajesh; Sharma, Neera; Verma, Himanshu; Krishnamoorthy, Venkataramanan; Gupta, Anurag; Kanchi, Prabhu; Daksh, Sunil; Pursnani, Lalit; Shadab, Faisal; Singh, Manveer

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    Background: Cardiovascular biomarkers such as N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), cardiac troponin T (cTnT), hs-CRP (high sensitivity C-reactive protein), and albuminuria predict underlying heart disease in the general population as well as CKD patients. Objectives: We aimed to study the association of NT-proBNP, cTnT, hs-CRP, and spot urine albumin creatinine ratio with carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) for cardiovascular risk estimation in predialysis CKD (chronic kid...

  16. STUDY OF CAROTID INTIMA MEDIA THICKNESS IN PATIENTS WITH ACUTE ISCHEMIC STROKE AND ITS CORRELATION WITH RISK FACTORS OF ISCHEMIC STROKE - A CASE CONTROL STUDY

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    Full Text Available ABSTRACT: Stroke is the leading cause of mortality worldwide. Carotid Intima Media Thickness (CIMT is a marker of atherosclerosis and is also a marker for ischemic stroke. AIMS: 1 To assess the value of carotid intima media thickness at which patients with risk factors can develop acute ischemic stroke. 2 To correlate carotid intima media thickness with risk factors of acute ischemic stroke. MATERIAL & METHODS: This study was done at KIMS Hospital, Bangalore between December 2010 to September 2012. This is a case control observational study which has a sample size of 50 cases and 50 controls. Method of collection of data was by patient evaluation which was done by taking detailed history, clinical examination and laboratory investigations throu gh a proforma specially designed for this study. Cases were subjects who had ischemic stoke and Infarct proven by CT/MRI of brain, Controls were subjects without stroke matched to cases by age, gender and risk factors like diabetes, hypertension, smoking a nd dyslipidemia. S ubjects in both groups underwent carotid Doppler investigation with 7.5 Mhz linear superficial array probe to determine CIMT and presence of plaques. RESULTS: Out of 50 cases, 46 had CIMT between 0.06 - 0.20 cm [92%] and out of 50 controls, 45 had CIMT between 0.06 - 0.20 cm[90%]. Most of our cases had CIMT above 0.06 cm, so we can hypothesize that people with risk factors having CIMT above 0.06 cm are more prone for ischemic cerebro vascular accidents. Mean CIMT in cases with risk factors is significantly increased when compared to controls with risk factors. CONCLUSION: People with risk factors [ age > 50 years, DM , HTN , Smoking and Dyslipidemia] having CIMT above 0.06 cm are more prone for ischemic CVA, so people with risk factors should u ndergo screening for CIMT measurement by Carotid Doppler which is non invasive and cost effective and if their CIMT is above 0.06 cm they should undergo early medical intervention to take care

  17. Association of depression with common carotid artery intima media thickness and augmentation index in a large Urban South Indian population- The Chennai Urban Rural Epidemiology Study (CURES - 138

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    Subramani Poongothai

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    Full Text Available AIM: The aim of the study was to assess the relationship of depression with carotid intima media thickness and augmentation index in Asian Indians. Research Design and Methods : For this study, 1505 subjects were randomly selected from a population based study conducted in Chennai, South India. Right common carotid artery intima medial thickness [IMT] was determined using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Augmentation index [AI] was measured using the Sphygmocor apparatus. Depressive symptoms were assessed using a previously validated instrument, the Patient Health Questionnaire -12 (PHQ -12. Results : Of the 1505 subjects included in this study, depressive symptoms were present in 16.6% (n = 250 of the subjects. The mean IMT and AI values among subjects with depression were significantly higher than those without depression [0.83 ± 0.43 mm vs 0.73 ± 0.12 mm, P < 0.001] and IMT was higher in females with depression while AI was higher in males with depression. However, both IMT and AI were higher among those with depression in both genders. In multiple logistic regression model, depressive symptoms were associated with IMT even after adjusting for age, gender, body mass index, fasting plasma glucose, serum cholesterol and hypertension (Odds ratio [OR] =2.17, 95% Confidence intervals [CI]:1.01- 4.63, P = 0.047 but in the case of AI, the significance was lost in the adjusted model (OR = 1.01, 95% CI: 0.991-1.02, P = 0.445. Conclusion: Among Asian Indians, presence of depressive symptoms was associated with carotid intima media thickness and Augmentation index, even after adjusting for potential confounders.

  18. Comparison between Carotid Artery Wall Thickness Measured by Multidetector Row Computed Tomography Angiography and Intimae-Media Thickness Measured by Sonography

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    Živorad N. Savić

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    Full Text Available The increased thickness of the carotid wall >1 mm is a significant predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular diseases. The purpose of our study was to assess the agreement between multidetector row computed tomography angiography (MDCTA in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT and color Doppler ultrasound (CD-US in measuring intimae-media thickness (IMT. Eighty-nine patients (aged 35–81 were prospectively analyzed using a 64-detector MDCTA and a CD-US scanner. Continuous data were described as the mean value ± standard deviation, and were compared using the Mann–Whitney U test. A p value <0.05 was considered significant. Bland–Altman statistics were employed to measure the agreement between MDCTA and CD-US. CAWT ranged from 0.62 to 1.60 mm, with a mean value of 1.09 mm. IMT ranged from 0.60 to 1.55 mm, with a mean value of 1.06 mm. We observed an excellent agreement between CD-US and MDCTA in the evaluation of the common carotid artery thickness, with a bias between methods of 0.029 mm (which is a highly statistically important difference of absolute values [t = 43.289; p < 0.01] obtained by paired T test, and limits of agreement from 0.04 to 0.104. Pearson correlation coefficient was 0.9997 (95% CI 0.9996–0.9998; p < 0.01. We conclude that there is an excellent correlation between CAWT and IMT measurements obtained with the MDCTA and CD-US.

  19. Influence of a family history of type 2 diabetes, demographic and clinical data on carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 1 diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    de Andrade, Carlos Roberto Moraes; Silva, Eliete Leão Clemente; da Matta, Maria de Fátima Bevilaqua; Castier, Marcia Bueno; Rosa, Maria Luiza Garcia; Gomes, Marília Brito

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    Background Intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery is a surrogate end point of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Identifying the factors associated with a higher IMT may contribute to the identification of subjects with higher CVD risk. Our objective was to compare the common carotid IMT of type 1 diabetes patients to healthy control subjects. The secondary objective was to determine factors associated with a higher carotid IMT. Methods We conducted a cross-sectional study betwe...

  20. Effect of Short term intensive multitherapy on Carotid intima-media thickness in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    GUO Li-xin; PAN Qi; WANG Xiao-xia; LI Hui; ZHANG Li-na; CHI Jia-min; WANG Yao

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    Background Controlling plasma glucose levels, blood pressure and lipid levels is proven to reduce the risk of vascular complications in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. This has prompted intensive multitherapy targeted at several macrovascular risk factors.Carotid intima-media thickness(cIMT)is a reliable measure of early atherosclerosis. We sought to determine whether a 6-month intensive mutiltherapy program resulted in better goal attainment than usual care and its effect on the development of cIMT among patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods The study randomly assigned 220 patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes mellitus to intensive or traditional therapy groups. The clinical parameters, such as fasting plasma glucose, total cholesterol, triglyceride, blood pressure, body weight and insulin were assessed at the baseline and after the 6-month therapy. cIMT of the patients wasalso obtained. Results The average levels of fasting plasma glucose, hemoglobin A1c, total cholesterol (TC)and low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C)in the intensive group were significantly lower than those in the control group at the end of 6-month treatment. By 6 months, a higher proportion of patients in the intensive therapy group than in the control group attained goals for fasting plasma glucose(FPG), TC, LDL-C and hemoglobin A1c.With intensive multherapy the level of carotid intima-media thickness in the intensive therapy group was lower than that in the control group((0.88±0.26)mm vs(0.96±0.22)mm, P<0.01).Conclusions The evidence from this clinical trial demonstrates that intensive glucose. lipid and blood pressure control in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes is associated with diabetic macrovascular benefits. Intensive multitherapy allows more patients to achieve aims of control and may reduce macrovascular complications and delay disease progression.

  1. Evaluation of carotid intima-media thickness and flow-mediated dilatation in middle-aged patients with nonalcoholic fatty liver disease

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    Full Text Available Afshin Mohammadi1, Homayoon Habibpur Sedani2, Mohammad Ghasemi-Rad31Department of Radiology, 2Student Research Committee, 3Genius and Talented Student Organization, Student Research Committee, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, West-Azerbaijan, IranBackground: Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD has a high prevalence in the general population and is the most common liver disease in Western countries. It is a feature of metabolic syndrome and is characterized by excessive accumulation of fat in the liver cells.Methods: We examined 84 consecutive middle-aged (under 45 years patients with NAFLD and 65 control subjects matched for age, gender, and body mass index to determine carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT and flow-mediated dilatation (FMD in the brachial artery.Results: There was a statistically significant difference between CIMT and percentage increase in FMD in the patient group (P = 0.002; r = 0.33 when compared with the control group (P = 0.97; r = 0.005. The mean ± standard deviation CMIT was 0.65 ± 0.09 mm in patients and 0.55 ± 0.07 mm in controls. This difference was statistically significant (P = 0.001. Mean FMD in patients was 6.4% and 15.7% in controls. This difference was statistically significant (P = 0.001.Conclusion: This study shows that pure NAFLD without metabolic syndrome in middle-aged subjects is strongly associated with morphological (CIMT and physiological (FMD changes. These findings may have an important role in increasing cardiovascular risk in these patients.Keywords: nonalcoholic fatty liver disease, carotid intima-media thickness, flow-mediated dilatation

  2. Functional Analysis of a Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Locus Implicates BCAR1 and Suggests a Causal Variant

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    Boardman-Pretty, Freya; Smith, Andrew J. P.; Cooper, Jackie;

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    Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a marker of subclinical atherosclerosis that can predict cardiovascular disease events over traditional risk factors. This study examined the BCAR1-CFDP1-TMEM170A locus on chromosome 16, associated with carotid IMT and coronary artery disease in the IMT and...... with slower IMT progression in women (P=0.04) but not in men. Meta-analysis of 5 cohort studies also supported a protective effect of the A allele on common carotid IMT in women only (women: β=-0.0047, P=1.63×10-4; men: β=-0.0029, P=0.0678). Two hundred fourteen noncoding variants in strong linkage...... associations of rs4888378 with BCAR1 in vascular tissues. Molecular studies suggest the lead SNP as a potentially causal SNP at the BCAR1-CFDP1-TMEM170A locus, and expression quantitative trait loci studies implicate BCAR1 as the causal gene. This variant showed stronger effects on common carotid IMT in women...

  3. Comparison of common carotid artery intima-media thickness between Brazilian Euro-descendants and Afro-descendants with atherosclerosis risk factors

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    Ivan Benaduce Casella

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: To compare common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT between the two major Brazilian ethnic groups (those of African descent and those of European descent among individuals with one or more risk factors for atherosclerotic disease. METHOD: Two hundred and six patients with one or more risk factors for atherosclerotic disease were evaluated in a cross-sectional study in which their clinical, ethnic and Demographic characteristics were collected. All patients underwent duplex ultrasound examination of their carotid vessels to obtain IMT measurements. RESULTS: One hundred and fifty-three patients (74.3% had a carotid IMT greater than 1.0 mm at one or more point of measurement in at least one common carotid artery. There was a significant correlation between older age and mean carotid wall thickness (R=0.479 / P<0.01. Multivariate analysis identified male sex, arterial hypertension and older age as variables associated with increased IMT (P<0.05 for all variables. When IMT was compared between the two ethnic groups in this study, no significant differences were noted. Euro-descendants and Afro-descendants had similar IMT values, even when the groups were stratified by degree of IMT (normal vs. increased and presence of stroke and/or transient ischemic attack (yes vs. no. CONCLUSIONS: The risk factors associated with increased common carotid artery IMT in Brazilian individuals are similar to those in previously described populations. No differences were observed between the two main Brazilian ethnic groups. Longitudinal studies are required for a better evaluation of the incidence, etiologic factors and evolution of carotid intimomedial thickening in this population.

  4. Intima-media thickness of carotid artery in middle-aged and old-aged people with different age and sex at nanchang city by ultrasound

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    Objective: To investigate the intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid artery in middleaged and old-aged people at different age and sex at Nanchang city and to establish the normal reference value. Methods: Excluding coronary heart disease, cerebrovascular disease and diabetes mellitus, 422 patients, above 30 years old were divided into the normal and the control groups based on whether the dangerous factors of atherosclerosis existed or not. Then each group was divided into 5 sub-groups according to age and sex and IMT of carotid artery measurement was perfrmed with ultrasound. Results: Means of IMT of carotid artery becomes higher as the age became older. IMT got predominant thick only when the age was more than 40 in male and 50 in female. Means of IMT is little higher than that in female,but there was no statistical difference between male and female group at age below 39 or above 50. Means of IMT in the control groups were higher than that in the normal groups and the differences was predominant. The ages older, the inner diameters of common carotid arteries wider, and became more predominant wide as the age was more than 50. Compared with female groups, the inner diameters of common carotid arteries of male groups were wider than those in the female groups'. The incidence rate of carotid atherosclerosis plaques was higher as the age became older, but the atherosclerosis plaques was not observed in population below 39 years old. In the population above 40 years old, the incidence rate of carotid atherosclerosis plaques was 5. 06% in the normal groups and 20. 60% in the control groups. No statistic differences exited in the incidence rate of carotid atherosclerosis plaques between the male and female groups. Carotid artery stenosis were observed i. e. five arteries were found in three control patients, and the stenosis degree exceed 50% of the diameter of artery. Conclusions: The IMT of common carotid arteries in the people at age of 40 and above 40 in the

  5. Diminished heart rate reactivity to acute psychological stress is associated with enhanced carotid intima-media thickness through adverse health behaviors.

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    Ginty, Annie T; Williams, Sarah E; Jones, Alexander; Roseboom, Tessa J; Phillips, Anna C; Painter, Rebecca C; Carroll, Douglas; de Rooij, Susanne R

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    Recent evidence demonstrates that individuals with low heart rate (HR) reactions to acute psychological stress are more likely to be obese or smokers. Smoking and obesity are established risk factors for increased carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). The aim of this study was to examine the potential pathways linking intima-media thickness, smoking, body mass index (BMI), and HR stress reactivity. A total of 552 participants, 47.6% male, M (SD) age = 58.3 (0.94) years, were exposed to three psychological stress tasks (Stroop, mirror drawing, and speech) preceded by a resting baseline period; HR was recorded throughout. HR reactivity was calculated as the average response across the three tasks minus average baseline HR. Smoking status, BMI, and IMT were determined by trained personnel. Controlling for important covariates (e.g., socioeconomic status), structural equation modeling revealed that BMI and smoking mediated the negative relationship between HR reactivity and IMT. The hypothesized model demonstrated a good overall fit to the data, χ(2) (8) = 0.692, p = .403; CFI = 1.00; TLI = 1.00 SRMR = .01; RMSEA < .001 (90% CI < 0.01-0.11). HR reactivity was negatively related to BMI (β = -.16) and smoking (β = -.18), and these in turn were positively associated with IMT (BMI: β = .10; smoking: β = .17). Diminished HR stress reactivity appears to be a marker for enlarged IMT and appears to be exerting its impact through already established risks. Future research should examine this relationship longitudinally and aim to intervene early. PMID:27005834

  6. The Impacts of Obesity and Metabolic Abnormality on Carotid Intima-Media Thickness and Non-Alcoholic Fatty Liver Disease in Children from an Inland Chinese City

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    Xiao-Yue Wang

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    Full Text Available The Chinese inland, where low child obesity and overweight rates were reported in earlier studies, has recently experienced rapid economy changes. This may impact children’s health. In the present study, we investigated the obesity rate, metabolic health status, and their impacts on carotid intima-media thickness (IMT and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD among children from Yueyang, an inland city of China. We found that the obesity rate was about 5% for both 7- and 11-year olds. Overweightness rates were 9.5% and 11.5% for the 7- and 11-year olds, respectively. Clinical and laboratory examinations revealed significant differences among different weight groups in the 11-year old volunteers, which were absent in the 7-year olds. Further statistical analysis showed that: age, BMI, blood pressure, triglyceride level, and metabolic abnormality were positively correlated to carotid IMT; triglyceride level, obesity, male, and the number of metabolic abnormalities were independent risk factors for NAFLD in these children. Our study suggests that: childhood overweightness and obesity are now epidemic in Yueyang, which have contributed to increased carotid IMT and may also increased NAFLD incidents; and serum triglyceride level is a critical factor in the development of childhood NAFLD. Thus, childhood metabolic health warrants further vigorous research in the inland of China.

  7. Oxidized LDL and C-reactive protein level in relation to carotid intima-media thickness in population with risk factors for atherosclerosis

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    Čaparević Zorica

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Elevated levels of oxidized LDL cholesterol (OxLDL are considered to be a key factor of initiating and accelerating atherosclerosis. It promotes atherosclerosis through inflammatory and immunologic mechanisms that lead to the formation of macrophage foam cells. Objective. To determine the relationship among OxLDL, C-reactive protein (CRP level and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT in population with risk factors for atherosclerosis. Methods. The study group consisted of 125 clinically healthy, hypercholesterolaemic subjects (49.3±5.7 years; 75 females and 50 males compared with 100 age-matched population-based control subjects. The study group was divided into two subgroups: subgroup A (the levels of LDL cholesterol > 5 mmol/L and subgroup B (the levels of LDL cholesterol <5 mmol/L. None of the subjects had history of cerebrovascular, ischaemic heart disease, hypertension or diabetes mellitus. Lipid profiles were measured by enzymatic methods. OxLDL was measured by using a specific monoclonal antibody, mAb4E6. CRP was measured using hemiluminescent methods (Immulite - DPC. The common carotid IMT was measured by the B-mode ultrasound. Results Compared to controls, the study group had higher levels of OxLDL (119.97±43.15 vs. 82.03±25.99 IU/L; p<0.01 and CRP (6.20±3.55 vs. 2.68±3.04 mg/ml; p<0.05. IMT was significantly higher in study subjects (1.14±0.38 vs. 0.72±0.24 mm; p<0.05. We also found that, in the whole study group, IMT significantly positively correlated with OxLDL (r=0.442; p<0.05. We found that in the study subgroup A, IMT positively correlated with CRP (r=0.792; p<0.01. In controls, we found a significantly positive association between IMT and OxLDL (r=0.781; p<0.01 and CRP (r=0.748; p<0.01. Conclusion. The elevated levels of OxLDL and CRP are associated with higher common carotid intima-media thickness in population with risk factors for atherosclerosis.

  8. Carotid intima-media thickness is reduced 12 months after gastric bypass surgery in obese patients with type 2 diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance

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    Lundby-Christensen, Louise; Tarnow, Lise; Hansen, Dorte L;

    2014-01-01

    AIM: To investigate whether Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery (RYGB) - an in vivo model for normalisation of hyperglycaemia - improves carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D)/impaired glucose tolerance (IGT) and normal glucose tolerance (NGT). METHODS......: Observational prospective study, 34 obese patients (T2D (n = 14)/IGT (n = 4), and NGT (n = 16)) were investigated before and six and 12months after RYGB. RESULTS: Mean carotid IMT was significantly reduced 12months after RYGB in patients with T2D/IGT (-0.041 mm (95% CI -0.069; -0.012, p = 0.005)) but not in...... patients with NGT (-0.010 mm (-0.039; 0.020, p = 0.52)). The between-group difference was not significant (p=0.13). Twelve months after RYGB, patients with respectively T2D/IGT and NGT demonstrated changes in weight: -29.9 kg, p<0.001/-30.6 kg, p < 0.001, HbA1c: -0.7%, p < 0.001/-0.1%, p = 0.33, systolic...

  9. Diabetes and pre-diabetes are associated with cardiovascular risk factors and carotid/femoral intima-media thickness independently of markers of insulin resistance and adiposity

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    Paccaud Fred

    2007-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Impaired glucose regulation (IGR is associated with detrimental cardiovascular outcomes such as cardiovascular disease risk factors (CVD risk factors or intima-media thickness (IMT. Our aim was to examine whether these associations are mediated by body mass index (BMI, waist circumference (waist or fasting serum insulin (insulin in a population in the African region. Methods Major CVD risk factors (systolic blood pressure, smoking, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, were measured in a random sample of adults aged 25–64 in the Seychelles (n = 1255, participation rate: 80.2%. According to the criteria of the American Diabetes Association, IGR was divided in four ordered categories: 1 normal fasting glucose (NFG, 2 impaired fasting glucose (IFG and normal glucose tolerance (IFG/NGT, 3 IFG and impaired glucose tolerance (IFG/IGT, and 4 diabetes mellitus (DM. Carotid and femoral IMT was assessed by ultrasound (n = 496. Results Age-adjusted levels of the major CVD risk factors worsened gradually across IGR categories (NFG Conclusion We found graded relationships between IGR categories and both major CVD risk factors and carotid/femoral IMT. These relationships were only partly accounted for by BMI, waist and insulin. This suggests that increased CVD-risk associated with IGR is also mediated by factors other than the considered markers of adiposity and insulin resistance. The results also imply that IGR and associated major CVD risk factors should be systematically screened and appropriately managed.

  10. Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Indonesian Subjects with Cardiovascular Disease Risk Factors Who Were Not Receiving Lipid-Lowering Agents.

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    Kaligis, Rinambaan W M; Adiarto, Suko; Nugroho, Johanes; Pradnyana, Bagus Ari; Lefi, Achmad; Rifqi, Sodiqur

    2016-09-01

    Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is frequently utilized for detection of subclinical atherosclerosis. This study aims to investigate the association between the CIMT values and demographic characteristics, cardiovascular disease (CVD) risk factors, lipid biochemistry profiles, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels among the Indonesian population. Subjects who had two or more CVD risk factors but were not receiving lipid-lowering therapy were recruited from six hospitals of Indonesia. Measurements of CIMT are obtained by ultrasonography of 12 sites within the common carotid artery. CVD risk factors, lipid and glucose profiles, and hs-CRP values were analyzed with respect to distribution of CIMT. The mean-max CIMT was 0.805 ± 0.190 mm (minimum, 0.268 mm; maximum, 1.652 mm) and the mean-mean CIMT was 0.614 ± 0.190 mm (minimum, 0.127 mm; maximum, 1.388 mm). Multivariate analyses confirmed an independent association between increasing CIMT and increasing age (regression coefficient = 0.004; p = 0.004). Our data show normative mean-mean CIMT data for Indonesian subjects with two or more CVD risk factors who are not receiving lipid-lowering therapy, which may guide CVD risk stratification of asymptomatic individuals in Indonesia. PMID:27574385

  11. Carotid plaque regression following 6-month statin therapy assessed by 3T cardiovascular magnetic resonance: comparison with ultrasound intima media thickness

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    Migrino Raymond Q

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR allows volumetric carotid plaque measurement that has advantage over 2-dimensional ultrasound (US intima-media thickness (IMT in evaluating treatment response. We tested the hypothesis that 6-month statin treatment in patients with carotid plaque will lead to plaque regression when measured by 3 Tesla CMR but not by IMT. Methods Twenty-six subjects (67 ± 2 years, 7 females with known carotid plaque (> 1.1 mm and coronary or cerebrovascular atherosclerotic disease underwent 3T CMR (T1, T2, proton density and time of flight sequences and US at baseline and following 6 months of statin therapy (6 had initiation, 7 had increase and 13 had maintenance of statin dosing. CMR plaque volume (PV was measured in the region 12 mm below and up to 12 mm above carotid flow divider using software. Mean posterior IMT in the same region was measured. Baseline and 6-month CMR PV and US IMT were compared. Change in lipid rich/necrotic core (LR/NC and calcification plaque components from CMR were related to change in PV. Results Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol decreased (86 ± 6 to 74 ± 4 mg/dL, p = 0.046. CMR PV decreased 5.8 ± 2% (1036 ± 59 to 976 ± 65 mm3, p = 0.018. Mean IMT was unchanged (1.12 ± 0.06 vs. 1.14 ± 0.06 mm, p = NS. Patients with initiation or increase of statins had -8.8 ± 2.8% PV change (p = 0.001 while patients with maintenance of statin dosing had -2.7 ± 3% change in PV (p = NS. There was circumferential heterogeneity in CMR plaque thickness with greatest thickness in the posterior carotid artery, in the region opposite the flow divider. Similarly there was circumferential regional difference in change of plaque thickness with significant plaque regression in the anterior carotid region in region of the flow divider. Change in LR/NC (R = 0.62, p = 0.006 and calcification (R = 0.45, p = 0.03 correlated with PV change. Conclusions Six month statin therapy in patients with

  12. Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Progression and Risk of Vascular Events in People With Diabetes : Results From the PROG-IMT Collaboration

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    Lorenz, Matthias W.; Price, Jackie F.; Robertson, Christine; Bots, Michiel L.; Polak, Joseph F.; Poppert, Holger; Kavousi, Maryam; Doerr, Marcus; Stensland, Eva; Ducimetiere, Pierre; Ronkainen, Kimmo; Kiechl, Stefan; Sitzer, Matthias; Rundek, Tatjana; Lind, Lars; Liu, Jing; Bergstrom, Goran; Grigore, Liliana; Bokemark, Lena; Friera, Alfonsa; Yanez, David; Bickel, Horst; Ikram, M. Arfan; Voelzke, Henry; Johnsen, Stein Harald; Empana, Jean Philippe; Tuomainen, Tomi-Pekka; Willeit, Peter; Steinmetz, Helmuth; Desvarieux, Moise; Xie, Wuxiang; Schmidt, Caroline; Norata, Giuseppe D.; Suarez, Carmen; Sander, Dirk; Hofman, Albert; Schminke, Ulf; Mathiesen, Ellisiv; Plichart, Matthieu; Kauhanen, Jussi; Willeit, Johann; Sacco, Ralph L.; McLachlan, Stela; Zhao, Dong; Fagerberg, Bjorn; Catapano, Alberico L.; Gabriel, Rafael; Franco, Oscar H.; Buelbuel, Alpaslan; Scheckenbach, Frank; Pflug, Anja; Gao, Lu; Thompson, Simon G.

    2015-01-01

    OBJECTIVECarotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) is a marker of subclinical organ damage and predicts cardiovascular disease (CVD) events in the general population. It has also been associated with vascular risk in people with diabetes. However, the association of CIMT change in repeated examinations

  13. Prevalence and risk factors of carotid intima-media thickness in asymptomatic individual subjects in a tertiary care center in India

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    Subhash Kaul

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT is increasingly identified as a marker of atherosclerosis and increased risk of cerebrovascular disease. Aim: We aimed to investigate the prevalence of carotid IMT in asymptomatic Indian individuals, more than 40 years of age, and correlate it with other risk factors for cerebrovascular ischemia. Materials and Methods: Individuals attending outpatient services of Nizam′s Institute of Medical Sciences, who were asymptomatic for cerebrovascular ischemia underwent detailed history and carotid Doppler examination. IMT on mid common carotid artery (CCA was measured. All subjects′ blood was taken for biochemical estimation of fasting blood sugar and total cholesterol levels. Results: Out of 1,392 subjects, 571 (41% had abnormal IMT and 821 (59% had normal IMT. On comparison of the two groups, the factors significantly associated with abnormal IMT were mean older age (59 vs 50.7 years; P < 0.0001 and higher prevalence of hypertension (257 (45% vs 236 (28.7%; P < 0.0001, diabetes (159 (27.8% vs 139 (16.9%; P < 0.0001, and hypercholesterolemia (124 (21.7% vs113 (13.7%; P = 0.0001. After adjustment with multiple logistic regression, significant predictors were age (odds 3.2; 95% confidence interval (CI 2.5-4.1, male gender (odds 1.5; 95% CI 1.1-1.9, hypercholesterolemia (odds 1.5; 95% CI 1.1-2.0, hypertension (odds 1.4; 95% CI 1.1-1.8, and diabetes (odds 1.3; 95% CI 1.0-1.7. Conclusion: We found age, sex, hypertension, diabetes, and hypercholesterolemia to be independent risk factor for abnormal IMT in asymptomatic subjects over 40 years of age.

  14. Common Carotid Intima Media Thickness and Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index Correlate with Local but Not Global Atheroma Burden: A Cross Sectional Study Using Whole Body Magnetic Resonance Angiography

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    Weir-McCall, Jonathan R.; Khan, Faisel; Lambert, Matthew A.; Carly L Adamson; Gardner, Michael; Gandy, Stephen J.; Ramkumar, Prasad Guntur; Belch, Jill J. F.; Struthers, Allan D.; Rauchhaus, Petra; Andrew D Morris; Houston, J. Graeme

    2014-01-01

    Background Common carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) are used as surrogate marker of atherosclerosis, and have been shown to correlate with arterial stiffness, however their correlation with global atherosclerotic burden has not been previously assessed. We compare CIMT and ABPI with atheroma burden as measured by whole body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA). Methods 50 patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease were recruited. CIMT...

  15. Common carotid intima media thickness and ankle-brachial pressure index correlate with local but not global atheroma burden:A cross sectional study using whole body magnetic resonance angiography

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    Weir-McCall, Jonathan R.; Khan, Faisel; Lambert, Matthew A.; Carly L Adamson; Gardner, Michael; Gandy, Stephen J.; Ramkumar, Prasad Guntur; Belch, Jill J. F.; Struthers, Allan D.; Rauchhaus, Petra; Andrew D Morris; Houston, J. Graeme

    2014-01-01

    Background: Common carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) are used as surrogate marker of atherosclerosis, and have been shown to correlate with arterial stiffness, however their correlation with global atherosclerotic burden has not been previously assessed. We compare CIMT and ABPI with atheroma burden as measured by whole body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA). Methods: 50 patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease were recruited. CI...

  16. A prospective cohort study of the long-term effects of CPAP on carotid artery intima-media thickness in Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome

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    Hui David S

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Objective To examine the long-term effect of CPAP on carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT in patients with Obstructive sleep apnea syndrome(OSAS. Methods A prospective observational study over 12 months at a teaching hospital on 50 patients newly diagnosed with OSAS who received CPAP or conservative treatment (CT. Carotid IMT was assessed with B-mode Doppler ultrasound from both carotid arteries using images of the far wall of the distal 10 mm of the common carotid arteries at baseline, 6 months and 12 months. Measurements and results [mean (SE] Altogether 28 and 22 patients received CPAP and CT respectively without significant differences in age 48.8(1.8 vs 50.5(2.0yrs, BMI 28.2(0.7 vs 28.0(1.2kg/m2, ESS 13.1(0.7 vs 12.7(0.6, AHI 38(3 vs 39(3/hr, arousal index 29(2 vs 29(2/hr, minimum SaO2 75(2 vs 77(2% and existing co-morbidities. CPAP usage was 4.6(0.3 and 4.7(0.4hrs/night over 6 months and 1 year respectively. Carotid artery IMT at baseline, 6 months, and 12 months were 758(30, 721(20, and 705(20micron for the CPAP group versus 760(30, 770(30, and 778(30micron respectively for the CT group, p = 0.002. Among those free of cardiovascular disease(n = 24, the carotid artery IMT at baseline, 6 months and 12 months were 722(40, 691(40, and 659(30micron for the CPAP group (n = 12 with usage 4.5(0.7 and 4.7(0.7 hrs/night over 6 months and 12 months whereas the IMT data for the CT group(n = 12 were 660(20, 685(10, and 690(20micron respectively, p = 0.006. Conclusions Reduction of carotid artery IMT occurred mostly in the first 6 months and was sustained at 12 months in patients with reasonable CPAP compliance.

  17. The association of carotid intima media thickness with retinol binding protein-4 and total and high molecular weight adiponectin in type 2 diabetic patients

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    Mansouri Masoumeh

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The aim of this study was to investigate whether carotid intima media thickness (CIMT is associated with serum level of retinol- binding protein-4 (RBP4 and total and high molecular weight (HMW adiponectin in type 2 diabetes (T2DM without clinical symptom of atherosclerotic disease. Method 101 type 2 diabetic patients (mean age, 53.63 ± 8.42 years and 42 body mass index (BMI matched control (mean age 50.1 ± 8.4 were recruited. The CIMT was assessed by using B-mode ultrasonography, while serum levels of RBP4 and total and HMW adiponectin were measured by using enzyme linked immunosorbant assay (ELISA. Linear regression analysis was performed with CIMT as dependent variable and adipokines and cardio metabolic risk factors as independent variables. Result The CIMT was higher in diabetic group compared to control group (p Age (B = 0.44 P Conclusion In conclusion, the present study showed that serum levels of RBP4 or total and HMW adiponectin were not potential predictors of CIMT in type 2 diabetic patients who exposed to this risk factor at least for nine years.

  18. Are hepatic steatosis and carotid intima media thickness associated in obese patients with normal or slightly elevated gamma-glutamyl-transferase?

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    Tarantino Giovanni

    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Hepatic steatosis (HS has been associated with obesity and metabolic syndrome (MS, conditions carrying a high risk of coronary artery disease. We aimed to determine whether HS was an independent factor of atherogenic risk beyond its association with MS and its components. Methods We assessed the circulating levels of the heat shock protein-70 (HSP-70, a chaperone involved in inflammation, endoplasmic reticulum stress and apoptosis at liver and endothelial level and the gamma-glutamyl transferase activity (γ-GT correlating them to carotid intima-media thickness (IMT, along with lipid profile, HOMA, C-reactive protein, fibrinogen, ferritin, adiposity type as well as spleen volume in 52 obese pts with grade 1, 128 with grade 2, and 20 with grade 3 of HS evaluated by sonography. Results Patients with different grade of HS demonstrated overlapping HSP-70 levels; similarly performed obese subjects regarding IMT. Using multiple regression analysis, IMT was predicted by age, visceral adiposity and by HOMA (β = 0.50, p p = 0.01 and β = 0.18, p = 0.048 respectively, while the severity of HS was predicted by visceral and subcutaneous adiposity and HOMA (β = 0.50, p p = 0.001 and β = 0.18, p = 0.024, respectively. Conclusion In our series of patients with normal or mild elevation of γ-GT, the severity of HS does not entail higher IMT, which may be linked to MS stigmata.

  19. Chronic carbon monoxide exposure is associated with the increases in carotid intima-media thickness and C-reactive protein level.

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    Davutoglu, Vedat; Zengin, Suat; Sari, Ibrahim; Yildirim, Cuma; Al, Behcet; Yuce, Murat; Ercan, Suleyman

    2009-11-01

    Being the most common cause of death from poisoning worldwide, cardiovascular manifestations of acute carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning have been subject of various studies but current evidence about effects of chronic CO exposure on atherosclerosis is limited which is very common. We aimed to investigate association of chronic CO exposure with atherosclerosis by measuring carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP). Forty healthy male non-smoker indoor barbecue workers (mean age; 33.0 +/- 9.0 years) working in different restaurants for at least three years and 48 age-matched healthy men (mean age; 34.3 +/- 6.6 years) enrolled in the study. Clinical characteristics of indoor barbecue workers and control group were comparable in terms of body mass index, blood pressure, and lipid profile. However, carboxyhemoglobin (COHb) (6.4 +/- 1.5% vs. 2.0 +/- 1.1%), hs-CRP (2.7 +/- 2.0 mg/L vs. 1.1 +/- 0.8 mg/L) and CIMT (1.1 +/- 0.3 mm vs. 0.9 +/- 0.1 mm) were higher in indoor barbecue workers (p independent predictor of CIMT (beta = 0.571, p < 0.001). The increased CIMT and hs-CRP in indoor barbecue workers suggest that chronic CO exposure may increase the risk of atherosclerotic cardiovascular events. PMID:19851048

  20. Echogenicity of the Common Carotid Artery Intima-Media Complex in Stroke.

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    Aizawa, Kunihiko; Elyas, Salim; Adingupu, Damilola D; Casanova, Francesco; Gooding, Kim M; Shore, Angela C; Strain, W David; Gates, Phillip E

    2016-05-01

    The grey-scale median of the common carotid artery intima-media complex (IM-GSM) characterizes arterial wall composition, and a low IM-GSM is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality in the elderly. We aimed to determine differences in the IM-GSM between a cohort with cerebrovascular disease and a healthy cohort. Eighty-two healthy individuals (control group: 63.2 ± 8.7 y) and 96 patients with either stroke or transient ischemic attacks (CRVD group: 68.6 ± 9.8 y) were studied. Common carotid artery intima-media thickness and IM-GSM obtained by ultrasound were analyzed using semi-automated edge-detection software. The IM-GSM was significantly lower in the CRVD group than in the control group (106 ± 24 vs. 124 ± 27 au, p GSM was similar for the infarct and non-infarct sides in CRVD. In the pooled cohort of all participants, the lower the quartile of IM-GSM, the greater were the carotid artery intima-media thickness and carotid artery remodeling. These results suggest the presence of an altered atherosclerotic phenotype in the intima-media complex of CRVD patients that can be detected by ultrasound. PMID:26944528

  1. The Frequency and Energy of Snoring Sounds Are Associated with Common Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients

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    Lee, Guo-She; Lee, Li-Ang; Wang, Chao-Yung; Chen, Ning-Hung; Fang, Tuan-Jen; Huang, Chung-Guei; Cheng, Wen-Nuan; Li, Hsueh-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a known risk factor for atherosclerosis. We investigated the association of common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT) with snoring sounds in OSA patients. A total of 30 newly diagnosed OSA patients with no history of cardiovascular diseases were prospectively enrolled for measuring mean CCA-IMT with B-mode ultrasonography, body mass index, metabolic syndrome, 10-year cardiovascular disease risk score, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and homocysteine. Good-quality signals of full-night snoring sounds in an ordinary sleep condition obtained from 15 participants were further acoustically analyzed (Included group). All variables of interest were not significantly different (all p > 0.05) between the included and non-included groups except for diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.037). In the included group, CCA-IMT was significantly correlated with snoring sound energies of 0–20 Hz (r = 0.608, p = 0.036) and 652–1500 Hz (r = 0.632, p = 0.027) and was not significantly associated with that of 20–652 Hz (r = 0.366, p = 0.242) after adjustment for age and sex. Our findings suggest that underlying snoring sounds may cause carotid wall thickening and support the large-scale evaluation of snoring sound characters as markers of surveillance and for risk stratification at diagnosis. PMID:27469245

  2. Previous gestational diabetes is independently associated with increased carotid intima-media thickness, similarly to metabolic syndrome – a case control study

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    Freire Claudia Maria

    2012-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Women with previous gestational diabetes mellitus (pGDM face a higher risk of developing type 2 diabetes and, consequently, a higher cardiovascular risk. This study aimed to compare the carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT from young women with pGDM to those with metabolic syndrome (MS and to healthy controls (CG to verify whether a past history of pGDM could be independently associated with increased cIMT. Methods This is a cross-sectional study performed in two academic referral centers. Seventy-nine women with pGDM, 30 women with MS, and 60 CG aged between 18 and 47 years were enrolled. They all underwent physical examination and had blood glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLc, and triglycerides determined. The cIMT was measured by ultrasound in several carotid segments. The primary endpoint was cIMT and clinically relevant parameters included as predictors were: age, systolic blood pressure, waist, BMI, total cholesterol, LDLc, triglycerides, fasting glucose, previous history of GDM as a whole group, previous history of GDM without MS, presence of DM, presence of MS, and parity. Results cIMT was significantly higher in pGDM when compared to CG in all sites of measurements (P  0.05 and an increased cIMT when compared to controls (P  Conclusions Previous GDM was independently associated with increased composite cIMT in this young population, similarly to those with MS and regardless the presence of established cardiovascular risk factors.

  3. The Frequency and Energy of Snoring Sounds Are Associated with Common Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness in Obstructive Sleep Apnea Patients.

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    Lee, Guo-She; Lee, Li-Ang; Wang, Chao-Yung; Chen, Ning-Hung; Fang, Tuan-Jen; Huang, Chung-Guei; Cheng, Wen-Nuan; Li, Hsueh-Yu

    2016-01-01

    Obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is a known risk factor for atherosclerosis. We investigated the association of common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT) with snoring sounds in OSA patients. A total of 30 newly diagnosed OSA patients with no history of cardiovascular diseases were prospectively enrolled for measuring mean CCA-IMT with B-mode ultrasonography, body mass index, metabolic syndrome, 10-year cardiovascular disease risk score, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, and homocysteine. Good-quality signals of full-night snoring sounds in an ordinary sleep condition obtained from 15 participants were further acoustically analyzed (Included group). All variables of interest were not significantly different (all p > 0.05) between the included and non-included groups except for diastolic blood pressure (p = 0.037). In the included group, CCA-IMT was significantly correlated with snoring sound energies of 0-20 Hz (r = 0.608, p = 0.036) and 652-1500 Hz (r = 0.632, p = 0.027) and was not significantly associated with that of 20-652 Hz (r = 0.366, p = 0.242) after adjustment for age and sex. Our findings suggest that underlying snoring sounds may cause carotid wall thickening and support the large-scale evaluation of snoring sound characters as markers of surveillance and for risk stratification at diagnosis. PMID:27469245

  4. Association between adjunctive metformin therapy in young type 1 diabetes patients with excess body fat and reduction of carotid intima-media thickness.

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    Burchardt, Paweł; Zawada, Agnieszka; Kaczmarek, Jolanta; Marcinkaniec, Justyna; Wysocki, Henryk; Wierusz-Wysocka, Bogna; Grzymisławski, Marian; Rzeźniczak, Janusz; Zozulińska-Ziółkiewicz, Dorota; Naskręt, Dariusz

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    INTRODUCTION    Lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A2 (Lp-PLA2) and cholesteryl ester lipase (CEL) may oxidize low-density lipoproteins (oxLDL). OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to determine the influence of metformin on the metabolism of atherogenic lipid fractions in relation to Lp-PLA2 and CEL levels, as well as assess consequent improvement in the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery in young type 1 diabetes patients with excess body fat. PATIENTS AND METHODS    It was an open-label randomized clinical trial that lasted 6 months. It included a total of 84 people with metabolic decompensation (glycated hemoglobin >7.5%, >58.5 mmol/mol) of diabetes. Adjunctive metformin therapy (in addition to insulin) was administered in 42 patients, and the remaining 42 patients received insulin alone. Glycated low-density lipoproteins (LDLs), oxLDL, Lp-PLA2, and CEL were assessed by commercially available enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay kits. Cartoid IMT was measured using the Carotid Analyser for Research tool. Biochemical analyses were performed using routine laboratory techniques. RESULTS    The reduction of mean carotid IMT was observed in young type 1 diabetic adults treated additionally with metformin (0.6 ±0.1 cm vs 0.53 ±0.1 cm; P = 0.002). This effect was probably due to weight reduction (90 ±16 kg vs 87 ±15 kg, P = 0.054) and the decrease in atherogenic glycated LDL levels (1.5 ±0.5 mg/dl vs 1.6 ±1.046 mg/dl, P = 0.006). No such correlations were observed in patients treated with insulin alone. Additionally, in patients receiving metformin, glycated LDL levels were inversely correlated with Lp-PLA2 levels (r = -0.31, P <0.05). CONCLUSIONS    Additional use of metformin in young type 1 diabetic patients with excess body fat leads to a significant reduction of mean IMT in the common carotid artery. Concentrations of CEL and Lp-PLA2 were significantly increased in both study arms despite improved glucose metabolism

  5. Early and current physical activity: relationship with intima-media thickness and metabolic variables in adulthood

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    Manoel C. S. Lima

    2014-10-01

    Full Text Available Background: It is unclear whether early physical activity has a greater influence on intima-media thickness and metabolic variables than current physical activity. Objective: To analyze the relationship between current and early physical activity, metabolic variables, and intima-media thickness measures in adults. Method: The sample was composed of 55 healthy subjects of both sexes (33 men and 22 women. Total body fat and trunk fat were estimated by dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry. Carotid and femoral intima-media thickness were measured using a Doppler ultrasound device. A 12-hour fasting blood sample collection was taken (fasting glucose and lipid profile. Early physical activity was assessed through face-to-face interview, and the current physical activity was assessed by pedometer (Digi-Walker Yamax, SW200, which was used for a period of seven days. Results: Current physical activity was negatively related to total cholesterol (rho=-0.31, while early physical activity was negatively related to triglycerides (rho=-0.42, total cholesterol (rho=-0.28, very low density lipoprotein (rho=-0.44, and carotid intima-media thickness (rho=-0.50. In the multivariate model, subjects engaged in sports activities during early life had lower values of very low density lipoprotein (b=-8.74 [b=-16.1; -1.47] and carotid intima-media thickness (b=-0.17 [95%CI: -0.28; -0.05]. Conclusion: Early 95%CI physical activity has a significant influence on carotid intima-media thickness, regardless of the current physical activity.

  6. Both serum apolipoprotein B and the apolipoprotein B/apolipoprotein A-I ratio are associated with carotid intima-media thickness.

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    Fei Huang

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Previous studies indicated that apolipoprotein measurements predicted cardiovascular disease (CVD risk; however, associations between apolipoproteins and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT were less explored. METHODOLOGY AND PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: The cross-sectional study included 6069 participants aged 40 years or older with NGT from Shanghai, China. Serum fasting traditional lipids (total cholesterol [TC], low-density lipoprotein cholesterol [LDL-C], high-density lipoprotein cholesterol [HDL-C] and triglycerides [TG], apoA-I and apoB were assessed. A high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography was performed to measure CIMT. We found CIMT increased progressively across the quartiles of serum apoB (p for trend <0.0001. In logistic regression, concentrations of apoB (odds ratio [OR] 1.27, 95% confidence interval [CI] 1.18-1.36, TC (OR 1.23, 95% CI 1.14-1.32, LDL-C (OR 1.25, 95% CI 1.16-1.34 and TG (OR 1.11, 95% CI 1.04-1.20 were significantly related to elevated CIMT after adjusted for age and sex. Meanwhile, the apoB/apoA-I ratio (OR 1.25, 95% CI 1.17-1.34 related to elevated CIMT. ApoB (OR 1.23, 95% CI 1.00-1.51 and the apoB/apoA-I ratio (OR 1.19, 95% CI 1.04-1.36 remained significantly associated with elevated CIMT, after adjusted for the traditional CVD risk factors including traditional lipids. CONCLUSIONS AND SIGNIFICANCE: There were significant associations between serum apoB, the apoB/apoA-I ratio and elevated CIMT. Serum apoB and the apoB/apoA-I ratio might be independent predictors of early atherosclerosis in NGT.

  7. The effects of vitamin D, K and calcium co-supplementation on carotid intima-media thickness and metabolic status in overweight type 2 diabetic patients with CHD.

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    Asemi, Zatollah; Raygan, Fariba; Bahmani, Fereshteh; Rezavandi, Zohreh; Talari, Hamid Reza; Rafiee, Motahereh; Poladchang, Somayyeh; Darooghegi Mofrad, Manijeh; Taheri, Sara; Mohammadi, Ali Akbar; Esmaillzadeh, Ahmad

    2016-07-01

    This study was conducted to examine the effects of vitamin D, K and Ca co-supplementation on carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and metabolic status in overweight diabetic patients with CHD. This randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial was conducted among sixty-six diabetic patients with CHD. Participants were randomly allocated into two groups to take either 5µg vitamin D, 90 µg vitamin K plus 500 mg Ca supplements (n 33) or placebo (n 33) twice a day for 12 weeks. Fasting blood samples were obtained at the beginning of the study and after the 12-week intervention period to determine related markers. Vitamin D, K and Ca co-supplementation resulted in a significant reduction in maximum levels of left CIMT (-0·04 (sd 0·22) v. +0·04 (sd 0·09) mm, P=0·02). Changes in serum vitamin D (+6·5 (sd 7·8) v. +0·4 (sd 2·2) ng/ml, Png/ml, P=0·03) and plasma malondialdehyde concentrations (-0·4 (sd 0·5) v. -1·0 (sd 1·1) µmol/l, P=0·007) compared with placebo. Overall, vitamin D, K and Ca co-supplementation for 12 weeks among diabetic patients with CHD had beneficial effects on maximum levels of left CIMT and metabolic status. The effect of vitamin D, K and Ca co-supplementation on maximum levels of left CIMT could be a chance finding. PMID:27198036

  8. Carotid Intima-media Thickness Measurements: Relations with Atherosclerosis, Risk of Cardiovascular Disease and Application in Randomized Controlled Trials.

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    Bots, Michiel L; Evans, Gregory W; Tegeler, Charles H; Meijer, Rudy

    2016-01-20

    Advances in the field of carotid ultrasound have been incremental, resulting in a steady decrease in measurement variability. Improvements in edge detection algorithms point toward increasing automation of CIMT measurements. The major advantage of CIMT is that it is completely noninvasive and can be repeated as often as required. It provides a continuous measure since all subjects have a measurable carotid wall. It is also relatively inexpensive to perform, and the technology is widely available. A graded relation between raising LDL cholesterol and increased CIMT is apparent. Increased CIMT has been shown consistently to relate the atherosclerotic abnormalities elsewhere in the arterial system. Moreover, increased CIMT predicts future vascular events in both populations from Caucasian ancestry and those from Asian ancestry. Furthermore, lipid‑lowering therapy has been shown to affect CIMT progression within 12–18 months in properly designed trials with results congruent with clinical events trials. In conclusion, when one wants to evaluate the effect of a pharmaceutical intervention that is to be expected to beneficially affect atherosclerosis progression and to reduce CV event risk, the use of CIMT measurements over time is a valid, suitable, and evidence‑based choice. PMID:26830994

  9. Lack of Association between ABO, PPAP2B, ADAMST7, PIK3CG, and EDNRA and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness, Carotid Plaques, and Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Raquel López-Mejías

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA is a polygenic disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular (CV mortality. Recent studies have identified the ABO rs579459, PPAP2B rs17114036, and ADAMTS7 rs3825807 polymorphisms as genetic variants associated with coronary artery disease and the PIK3CG rs17398575 and EDNRA rs1878406 polymorphisms as the most significant signals related to the presence of carotid plaque in nonrheumatic Caucasian individuals. Accordingly, we evaluated the potential relationship between these 5 polymorphisms and subclinical atherosclerosis (assessed by carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT and presence/absence of carotid plaques and CV disease in RA. Material and Methods. 2140 Spanish RA patients were genotyped for the 5 polymorphisms by TaqMan assays. Subclinical atherosclerosis was evaluated in 620 of these patients by carotid ultrasonography technology. Results. No statistically significant differences were found when each polymorphism was assessed according to cIMT values and presence/absence of carotid plaques in RA, after adjusting the results for potential confounders. Moreover, no significant differences were obtained when RA patients were stratified according to the presence/absence of CV disease after adjusting for potential confounders. Conclusion. Our results do not confirm association between ABO rs579459, PPAP2B rs17114036, ADAMTS7 rs3825807, PIK3CG rs17398575, and EDNRA rs1878406 and subclinical atherosclerosis and CV disease in RA.

  10. Nonalcoholic Fatty Liver Disease is Associated with Increased Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Type 1 Diabetic Patients

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    Zhang, Lei; Guo, Kaifeng; Lu, Junxi; Zhao, Fangya; Yu, Haoyong; Han, Junfeng; Bao, Yuqian; Chen, Haibing; Jia, Weiping

    2016-01-01

    A growing body of evidence suggests that NAFLD is associated with an increased risk of incident CVD events both in patients without diabetes and in those with type 2 diabetes (T2DM). However, no published data are available regarding the association between NAFLD and C-IMT in T1DM. A total of 722 patients (371 men) with T1DM were included in this cross-sectional study. The main outcome measures were detection of NAFLD, C-IMT and classical risk factors. The mean age of the subjects was 46.2 years, and 51.1% were male. The prevalence of NAFLD was 15.9%. NAFLD patients had a markedly greater C-IMT (0.81 ± 0.25 vs. 0.69 ± 0.18 mm; p < 0.001) and frequency of carotid plaque (28.9% vs. 16.9%; p < 0.05) than those without fatty liver. Moreover, the differences in C-IMT remained after adjusting for potential confounders. A stepwise linear regression analysis revealed that age (standardized β, 0.326; p < 0.001), NAFLD (standardized β, 0.151, p < 0.001), and hsCRP (standardized β, 0.115, p = 0.008) were independently associated with C-IMT in all subjects. Our data show NAFLD is associated with elevated C-IMT in T1DM independent of conventional cardiovascular disease risk factors. PMID:27226159

  11. Novel markers of endothelial dysfunction and inflammation in Behçet's disease patients with ocular involvement: epicardial fat thickness, carotid intima media thickness, serum ADMA level, and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio.

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    Yuksel, Murat; Yildiz, Abdulkadir; Oylumlu, Mustafa; Turkcu, Fatih Mehmet; Bilik, Mehmet Zihni; Ekinci, Aysun; Elbey, Bilal; Tekbas, Ebru; Alan, Sait

    2016-03-01

    The etiology of Behçet's disease (BD) has not been fully elucidated. However, immunological and environmental factors, endothelial dysfunction (ED), and genetic susceptibility have been proposed to play a role. In this study, we aimed to evaluate epicardial fat thickness (EFT) together with serum asymmetric dimethylarginine (ADMA), carotid intima media thickness (CIMT), and neutrophil-to-lymphocyte ratio (NLR) in BD patients with ocular involvement. Thirty-six ocular BD patients (17 active and 19 inactive ocular involvement), and 35 age and sex-matched healthy controls were enrolled to this cross-sectional study. All patients underwent examinations with transthoracic echocardiography and carotid Doppler ultrasound. Serum ADMA levels, CIMT, EFT, and NLR were compared between groups, and their association with disease activity was evaluated. Behçet's disease patients had higher WBC counts, neutrophil counts, NLR, CIMT, EFT values, and serum ADMA levels than do healthy controls. The other biochemical, hematological, and echocardiographic parameters were comparable between the two groups. Behçet's disease duration was positively correlated with EFT and CIMT. Multivariate logistic regression analysis revealed that increased serum ADMA concentration and CIMT are independently associated with BD. Neutrophil counts, NLR, and serum ADMA level were higher, and lymphocyte count was lower in patients with active ocular BD compared to those of inactive ocular BD group. Carotid intima media thickness, serum ADMA level, EFT, and NLR were increased in ocular BD patients compared to healthy subjects. In addition, both serum ADMA level and NLR were associated with disease activity of ocular involvement. Increase in disease duration was associated with increase in CIMT and EFT which suggests that anatomical changes occur in time during the disease course. Increased CIMT, serum ADMA level, EFT, and NLR may provide new clues about the role of ED and inflammation in the

  12. Assessment of Oxidative Stress Markers and Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness in Elderly Patients Without and with Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Madisetty, Murali Krishna; Kumaraswami, Konda; Katkam, Shivakrishna; Saumya, Kankanala; Satyanarayana Raju, Y; Chandra, Naval; Jyotsna, Maddury; Patnaik, Sujatha; Kutala, Vijay Kumar

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    We aimed to assess whether measuring carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and oxidative stress markers such as protein carbonyls, malondialdehyde, nitrate and glutathione in plasma of elderly patients without and with coronary artery disease (CAD) identifies early risk for CAD. A total of 50 cases with cardiovascular risk factors over the age of 60 years without CAD, and 50 patients with angiographically documented CAD over the age of 60 years were included in the study. Control group consists of 200 healthy individuals without the risk factors. Demographic details were obtained from all the subjects and CIMT measured by high frequency ultrasound and oxidative stress markers such protein carbonyls, malondialdehyde and total glutathione were determined in plasma by spectrophotometric methods. The distribution of cardiovascular risk factors in without CAD and CAD cases were smokers (16 vs 56 %), hypertension (26 vs 64 %), diabetes (16 vs 56 %) and dyslipidemia (18 vs 58 %) and positive family history (4 vs 38 %). None of the control group had any cardiovascular risk factors. Among the CAD cases, 16 % had single vessel disease, 44 % had double vessel disease and 40 % had triple vessel disease. The CIMT was significantly increased in CAD cases as compared to cases without CAD and healthy controls. On the other hand, CIMT was significantly increased in cases without CAD as compared to healthy controls. CIMT also increased with the duration of diabetes in patients without CAD and severity of disease in CAD cases. The levels of oxidants like plasma malondialdehyde, protein carbonyls, were significantly elevated and antioxidant glutathione levels and nitrate levels were significantly reduced in cases with and without CAD as compared to healthy controls. Oxidative stress markers and CIMT was found to be significantly increased in patients with cardiovascular risk factors like diabetes, family history of CAD, dyslipidemia, hypertension and smoking when compared to

  13. Antioxidant enzyme activity is associated with blood pressure and carotid intima media thickness in black men and women: The SABPA study.

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    van Zyl, Caitlynd; Huisman, Hugo W; Mels, Catharina M C

    2016-05-01

    In the urbanized black population of South Africa, oxidative stress may play a crucial role in the development of hypertension. Since oxidative stress may result from impaired antioxidant capacity we aimed to investigate antioxidant enzyme activity as well as its associations with vascular function and structure in a bi-ethnic population. Participants included 409 subjects almost equally stratified by ethnicity and sex. Blood pressure and carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) were measured and glutathione peroxidase (GPx), glutathione reductase (GR), superoxide dismutase (SOD) and catalase (CAT) enzyme activities were determined. GR activity was significantly higher in black men (7.71 nmol/min/ml vs 2.23 nmol/min/ml) and women (6.46 nmol/min/ml vs 2.86 nmol/min/ml) (p < 0.001) when compared to their white counterparts. In black women, GPx activity was significantly lower (p < 0.001) when compared to white women (31.9 nmol/min/ml vs 37.1 nmol/min/ml). In black men, cIMT was positively and independently associated with GR activity (R(2) = 0.30; β = 0.18; p = 0.048). In black women, systolic blood pressure (R(2) = 0.21; β = -0.24; p = 0.014), diastolic blood pressure (R(2) = 0.11; β = -0.20; p = 0.044) and mean arterial pressure (R(2) = 0.20; β = -0.31; p = 0.002) were inversely associated with GPx activity. No associations were found in the white groups. The positive association between GR activity and cIMT in black men may be the result of a compensatory response to prevent arterial remodelling. The inverse association between GPx activity and blood pressure in black women may indicate a role for decreased GPx activity in hypertension development in this population. PMID:26990726

  14. Increased carotid intima-media thickness associated with antibody responses to varicella-zoster virus and cytomegalovirus in HIV-infected patients.

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    Full Text Available OBJECTIVE: We investigated the relationship of the Herpesviridiae with inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis in HIV-infected patients. METHODS: Prospective study including virologically suppressed HIV-infected patients. IgG antibodies against herpesviruses, carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT, endothelial function through flow-mediated dilatation (FMD of the brachial artery, and blood atherosclerosis biomarkers (hsCRP, TNF-α, IL-6, MCP-1, MDA, sCD14, sCD163, VCAM-1, ICAM-1, D-dimer, and PAI-1 were measured. RESULTS: 136 patients with HIV viral load <200 copies/ml were included. 93.4% patients were infected with herpes simplex virus type-1, 55.9% with herpes simplex virus type-2, 97.1% with varicella-zoster virus, 65.4% with human herpesvirus-6, 91.2% with cytomegalovirus, and 99.3% with Epstein-Barr virus. Previous AIDS diagnosis was associated with higher cytomegalovirus IgG titers (23,000 vs 17,000 AU, P = 0.011 and higher varicella-zoster virus IgG titers (3.19 vs 2.88 AU, P = 0.047, and there was a positive correlation of the Framingham risk score with IgG levels against cytomegalovirus (Spearman's Rho 0.216, P = 0.016 and Herpes simplex virus-2 (Spearman's Rho 0.293, P = 0.001. IgG antibodies against cytomegalovirus correlated in adjusted analysis with the cIMT (P = 0.030. High seropositivity for varicella-zoster virus (OR 2.91, 95% CI 1.05-8.01, P = 0.039, and for cytomegalovirus (OR 3.79, 95% CI 1.20-11.97, P = 0.023 were predictors for the highest quartile of the cIMT in adjusted analyses. PAI-1 levels were independently associated with cytomegalovirus IgG titers (P = 0.041, IL-6 and ICAM-1 levels with varicella-zoster virus IgG (P = 0.046 and P = 0.035 respectively, and hsCRP levels with Herpes simplex virus-2 IgG (P = 0.035. CONCLUSION: In virologically suppressed HIV-infected patients, antibody responses against herpesviruses are associated with subclinical atherosclerosis, and with increased inflammation and coagulation

  15. The triple line pattern on carotid intima media thickness imaging and its relationship to cardiovascular risk factors in patients on lipid lowering therapy

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    Singh TA

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    Full Text Available Tania A Singh,1 Todd C Villines,2 Allen J Taylor31Division of Cardiology, Medstar Georgetown University Hospital, 2Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, Bethesda, MD, 3Georgetown University School of Medicine, Washington, DC, USA Background: Carotid intima media thickness (CIMT infrequently identifies a triple line pattern (TLP in the visualization of the internal elastic lamina. We examined the prevalence and predictors of the TLP among a consecutive series of subjects enrolled in a CIMT clinical trial, and also the effects of lipid lowering therapy.Methods: Baseline CIMT studies of subjects with known heart disease, or high risk for heart disease, were evaluated from a single site of the Arterial Biology for the Investigation of the Treatment Effects of Reducing Cholesterol 6-HDL and LDL Treatment Strategies in Atherosclerosis trial (N=120. One sonographer obtained four views of the right and left far wall common CIMT, using a 13 MHz ultrasound probe. Images were blindly reviewed for the presence of the TLP. The TLP was defined as absent (0, possible (1, or definite (2. A composite score from all four views was calculated. A patient was defined as having the TLP if the composite score was ≥4. Univariate predictors of the TLP were explored. Follow-up ultrasounds at 14 months were also reviewed for presence of the TLP.Results: The prevalence of the TLP at baseline was 22.5%. Among cardiovascular risk variables, systolic blood pressure was significantly higher in subjects displaying the TLP (141.3±15.6 mmHg versus 133.1±18.4 mmHg; P=0.036. There were no differences among those with, and without, the TLP, with respect to other cardiovascular risk variables (age, sex, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, low-density lipoprotein cholesterol, C-reactive protein, glucose, weight, waist girth, tobacco use, medications, quantitative CIMT, or image quality. During ongoing lipid lowering therapy, the prevalence of the TLP increased to 54

  16. Increased intima-media thickness after early-onset preeclampsia

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    Blaauw, Judith; van Pampus, Maria G; Van Doormaal, Jasper J; Fokkema, M Rebecca; Fidler, Vaclav; Smit, Andries J; Aarnoudse, Jan G

    2006-01-01

    OBJECTIVE: Preeclampsia is associated with cardiovascular atherosclerotic events later in life. However, little is known about earlier subdinical signs of atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate whether women who recently had preeclampsia show increased intima-media thickness (IMT), as marker of ea

  17. Genetically determined serum levels of mannose-binding lectin correlate negatively with common carotid intima-media thickness in systemic lupus erythematosus

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    Troelsen, Lone N; Garred, Peter; Christiansen, Buris; Torp-Pedersen, Christian; Jacobsen, Søren

    2010-01-01

    Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have excess cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to accelerated atherosclerosis that cannot be attributed to traditional cardiovascular risk factors alone. Variant alleles of the mannose-binding lectin gene (MBL2) causing low serum concentrat......Patients with systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) have excess cardiovascular morbidity and mortality due to accelerated atherosclerosis that cannot be attributed to traditional cardiovascular risk factors alone. Variant alleles of the mannose-binding lectin gene (MBL2) causing low serum...... concentrations of functional mannose-binding lectin (MBL) are associated with SLE and development of atherosclerosis. Recent studies show that these variant alleles are associated with increased risk of arterial thrombosis and cardiovascular disease in patients with SLE. Intima-media thickness of the common...

  18. Intima-Media Thickness: Setting a Standard for a Completely Automated Method of Ultrasound Measurement

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    Molinari, Filippo

    2010-01-01

    The intima - media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery is a widely used clinical marker of severe cardiovascular diseases. IMT is usually manually measured on longitudinal B-Mode ultrasound images. Many computer-based techniques for IMT measurement have been proposed to overcome the limits of manual segmentation. Most of these, however, require a certain degree of user interaction. In this paper we describe a new completely automated layers extraction (CALEXia) technique for the segm...

  19. 心脏瓣膜钙化与颈动脉内膜中层厚度的相关性研究%Relationship of Heart Valve Calcification and Carotid Intima Media Thickness

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    贾彦青; 党群; 姚民强; 李永健

    2012-01-01

    目的:研究心脏瓣膜钙化程度与颈动脉内膜中层厚度、斑块积分的相关性.方法:用经胸多普勒超声显像仪评估426例患者心脏瓣膜钙化情况,根据瓣膜钙化诊断标准将所有患者分为无钙化组、轻度钙化组、中度钙化组和重度钙化组.比较4组间的一般资料、病史、血压、血脂,同时测量4组患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度、软斑块积分、硬斑块积分及总斑块积分.结果:4组间的年龄、性别、体质量指数、吸烟情况、总胆固醇、三酰甘油、高密度脂蛋白胆固醇,低密度脂蛋白胆固醇差异无统计学意义;瓣膜钙化程度与冠心病患病率、收缩压、脉压、颈动脉内膜中层厚度、总斑块积分、硬斑块积分呈正相关(r.分别为0.546、0.628、0.512、0.802、0.628、0.544,均P<0.001),与舒张压、软斑块积分无相关性.结论:心脏瓣膜钙化程度可作为推测颈动脉内膜中层厚度、总斑块积分、硬斑块积分的一个重要指标.%Objective:To investigate the relationship between the degree of heart valve calcification and carotid intima media thickness and plaque integral. Methods: The valve calcification was assessed using transthoracic Doppler ultrasound imaging in 426 patients. All patients were divided into four groups according to the diagnostic criteria, including no calcification group, mild calcification group, moderate and severe calcification group. The general information, medical history, blood pressure, blood lipids were compared between four groups. The intima media thickness, suft plaque score, hard plaque score and the total plaque score of carotid artery were also measured in patients of four groups. Results: There were no significant differences in age, gender, body mass index, smoking status, total cholesterol, triglycerides, high density lipoprotein and low density lipoprotein between four groups. The degree of valve calcification was positively correlated with

  20. Association between microalbuminuria and subclinical atherosclerosis evaluated by carotid artery intima-media in elderly patients with normal renal function

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    Kong XiangLei; Jia XiaoYan; Wei Yong; Cui MeiYu; Wang ZunSong; Tang LiJun; Li WenBin; Zhu ZhuXian; Chen Ping; Xu DongMei

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background Moderate to severe renal insufficiency and albuminuria have been shown to be independent risk factors for atherosclerosis. However, little is known about the direct association between subclinical atherosclerosis evaluated by carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) and microalbuminuria in elderly patients with normal renal function. Methods Subjects were 272 elderly patients (age  ≥ 60 years) with normoalbuminuria (n = 238) and microalbuminuria (n = 34). Carotid IMT wa...

  1. Age dependent dynamics of intima-media complex thickness in elderly patients with arterial hypertension

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    Sadjaya L.A.

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Aim: To estimate the dynamics of intima-media complex in elderly patients with arterial hypertension. Materials: 179 elderly patients with arterial hypertension were involved in the study. Mean intima-media wall thickness (IMT of common carotid arteries in plaque-free sites and prevalence of plaques were evaluated by B-mode ultrasound investigation (Philips Envisor HD, USA. Results: IMT changing was of nonlinear character, remained stable up to 74 years. Mean rate of the following IMT augmentation was 0.157 mm per year. Frequency of atherosclerotic plaque revealing was significantly increased since the 7th decade. Significant correlation between IMT and systolic, diastolic, mean blood pressure levels or medication spectrum was not revealed. Conclusion: Received data proved significant influence of aging upon IMT enlargement

  2. 糖尿病患者体脂分布与颈动脉内膜中层厚度关系%Relationship between body fat distribution and carotid intima media thickness in diabetes mellitus patients

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    季玉亮; 刘燕; 何立国; 孙静静; 王友强

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    Objective To investigate application value of dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA), and relationship between body fat distribution and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT). Methods Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry was applied to detect body fat in 110 type 2 diabetes mellitus patients (diabetes mellitus group) and 79 normal people (control gorup), along with waistline diagnosis standard for consistency check. Diabetes mellitus patients were divided into diabetes mellitus central obesity (DMOB) group with 53 cases and diabetes mellitus non central obesity (DMNOB) group with 57 cases, according to waistline as golden standard for abdominal obesity and cut point of body fat percentage. Normal healthy people were divided into control central obesity (COB) group with 46 cases and control non central obesity (CNOB) group with 33 cases. Glycosylated hemoglobin and blood lipid were detected. B ultrasound was applied to detect carotid intima-media thickness for investigation of relationship between central obesity and atherosclerosis. Results DEXA had good consistency for detecting body fat distribution and waistline. There were statistically significant differences of carotid intima-media thickness in DMOB group, DMNOB group and control group (P<0.05). Conclusion Dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry in detection of body fat distribution can evaluate central obesity. There is a close relationship between body fat distribution and atherosclerosis in diabetes mellitus patients.%目的:探讨双能 X 线吸收技术(DEXA)在体脂测量方面的应用价值以及体脂分布与颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)之间的关系。方法使用双能 X 线吸收技术测量110例2型糖尿病患者(糖尿病组)的体脂和79例正常健康人(对照组)的体脂。与腰围诊断标准进行一致性检验。以腹围为判断腹型肥胖的金标准找到躯干脂肪比例的切点并将糖尿病患者分为糖尿病中心性肥胖(DMOB)组53例和糖

  3. Evaluation of Arterial Stiffness in Patients with Behçet's Disease by Using Noninvasive Radiological Methods such as Intima-Media Thickness of the Carotid, Ankle-Brachial Pressure Index, Coronary Artery Calcium Scoring, and Their Relation to Serum Fetuin-A Levels: A Case-Control Study

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    Uyar, Belkız; Solak, Aynur; Genç, Berhan; Akyıldız, Muhittin; Şahin, Neslin; UYAR, İhsan Sami; Saklamaz, Ali

    2015-01-01

    Background Behçet's disease (BD) is a chronic, recurrent inflammatory systemic vasculitis. Evidence for increased atherosclerosis in BD has been observed. The relation between cardiovascular risk factors and increased atherosclerosis in patients with BD is still controversial. Objective We performed this study to evaluate arterial stiffness in patients with BD by using noninvasive radiological methods such as carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT), ankle-brachial pressure index (ABPI), ...

  4. RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN PSYCHOEMOTIONAL DISORDERS WITH INCREASING THICKNESS OF INTIMA-MEDIA COMPLEX AND VASCULAR MICRO INFLAMMATION DEVELOPMENT

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    A. P. Shavrin

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    Full Text Available Objective — to study relationship of psycho-emotional factors and indicators of intravascular microinflammation and vascular changes in healthy patients.Materials and methods. To study psycho-emotional status in 239 healthy patients aged 30 to 60 years, markers of inflammation (C-reactiveprotein — CRP and cytokines — tumor necrosis factor-α — TNF-α, interleukins — IL-1, -4, - 8 and ultrasonography of the vascular wall of the common carotid artery with the definition of the thickness of intimamedia.Results. In group with high levels of emotional stress significant increase in the thickness of intima media and increase in plasma concentrationsof markers of vascular mikrovospaleniya — CRP, IL-1, IL-8, TNF-α were showed. These correlation analysis indicated relationship between thickness of intima-media, psychoemotional factors and markers of vascular microinflamation. Calculating odds ratios revealed that thickening of the intima-media process such psycho-emotional disorders like anxiety, depression and fatigue are of great importance.Conclusion. Otherwise development of latent intravascular inflammation and thickening intima-media complex of common carotid artery is registered inhealthy patients with presence of psycho-emotional disorders (depression, anxiety, fatigue.

  5. Update of the effect estimates for common variants associated with carotid intima media thickness within four independent samples: The Bonn IMT Family Study, the Heinz Nixdorf Recall Study, the SAPHIR Study and the Bruneck Study.

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    Geisel, Marie H; Coassin, Stefan; Heßler, Nicole; Bauer, Marcus; Eisele, Lewin; Erbel, Raimund; Haun, Margot; Hennig, Frauke; Moskau-Hartmann, Susanna; Hoffmann, Barbara; Jöckel, Karl-Heinz; Kedenko, Lyudmyla; Kiechl, Stefan; Kollerits, Barbara; Mahabadi, Amir-Abbas; Moebus, Susanne; Nürnberg, Gudrun; Nürnberg, Peter; Paulweber, Bernhard; Vens, Maren; Willeit, Johann; Willeit, Karin; Klockgether, Thomas; Ziegler, Andreas; Scherag, André; Kronenberg, Florian

    2016-06-01

    Carotid intima media thickness (cIMT) is a marker for subclinical atherosclerosis. The most recent genome-wide association meta-analysis (GWAMA) from the CHARGE consortium identified four genomic regions showing either significant (ZHX2, APOC1, PINX1) or suggestive evidence (SLC17A4) for an association. Here we assess these four cIMT loci in a pooled analysis of four independent studies including 5446 individuals by providing updated unbiased effect estimates of the cIMT association signals. The pooled estimates of our four independent samples pointed in the same direction and were similar to those of the GWAMA. When updating the independent second stage replication results from the earlier CHARGE GWAMA by our estimates, effect size estimates were closer to those of the original CHARGE discovery. A fine-mapping approach within a ±50 kb region around each lead SNP from CHARGE revealed 27 variants with larger estimated effect sizes than the lead SNPs but only three of them showed a r(2) > 0.40 with these respective lead SNPs from CHARGE. Some variants are located within potential functional loci. PMID:27085157

  6. The estimated GFR, but not the stage of diabetic nephropathy graded by the urinary albumin excretion, is associated with the carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus: a cross-sectional study

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    Ishida Hidenori

    2010-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To study the relationship between the intima-media thickness (IMT of the carotid artery and the stage of chronic kidney disease (CKD based on the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR and diabetic nephropathy graded by the urinary albumin excretion (UAE in the patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods A cross-sectional study was performed in 338 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. The carotid IMT was measured using an ultrasonographic examination. Results The mean carotid IMT was 1.06 ± 0.27 mm, and 42% of the subjects showed IMT thickening (≥ 1.1 mm. Cerebrovascular disease and coronary heart disease were frequent in the patients with IMT thickening. The carotid IMT elevated significantly with the stage progression of CKD (0.87 ± 0.19 mm in stage 1, 1.02 ± 0.26 mm in stage 2, 1.11 ± 0.26 mm in stage 3, and 1.11 ± 0.27 mm in stage 4+5. However, the IMT was not significantly different among the various stages of diabetic nephropathy. The IMT was significantly greater in the diabetic patients with hypertension compared to those without hypertension. The IMT positively correlated with the age, the duration of diabetes mellitus, and the brachial-ankle pulse wave velocities (baPWV, and negatively correlated with the eGFR. In a stepwise multivariate regression analysis, the eGFR and the baPWV were independently associated with the carotid IMT. Conclusions Our study is the first report showing a relationship between the carotid IMT and the renal parameters including eGFR and the stages of diabetic nephropathy with a confirmed association between the IMT and diabetic macroangiopathy. Our study further confirms the importance of intensive examinations for the early detection of atherosclerosis and positive treatments for hypertension, dyslipidaemia, obesity, as well as hyperglycaemia are necessary when a reduced eGFR is found in diabetic patients.

  7. Segmentation of the common carotid intima-media complex in ultrasound images using active contours.

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    Petroudi, Styliani; Loizou, Christos; Pantziaris, Marios; Pattichis, Constantinos

    2012-11-01

    The segmentation of the intima-media complex (IMC) of the common carotid artery (CCA) wall is important for the evaluation of the intima media thickness (IMT) on B-mode ultrasound (US) images. The IMT is considered an important marker in the evaluation of the risk for the development of atherosclerosis. The fully automated segmentation algorithm presented in this article is based on active contours and active contours without edges and incorporates anatomical information to achieve accurate segmentation. The level set formulation by Chan and Vese using random initialization provides a segmentation of the CCA US images into different distinct regions, one of which corresponds to the carotid wall region below the lumen and includes the far wall IMC. The segmented regions are used to automatically achieve image normalization, which is followed by speckle removal. The resulting smoothed lumen-intima boundary combined with anatomical information provide an excellent initialization for parametric active contours that provide the final IMC segmentation. The algorithm is extensively evaluated on 100 different cases with ground truth (GT) segmentation available from two expert clinicians. The GT mean IMT value is 0.6679 mm +/ - 0.1350 mm and the corresponding automatically segmented (AS) mean IMT value is 0.6054 mm +/ - 0.1464 mm. The mean absolute difference between the GT IMT and the IMT evaluated from from the AS region is 0.095 mm +/ - 0.0615 mm. The polyline distance is 0.096 mm +/ - 0.034 mm while the Hausdorff distance is 0.176 mm +/ - 0.047 mm. The algorithm compares favorably to both automatic and semiautomatic methods presented in the literature. PMID:22922689

  8. Significance of the Intima-Media thickness of carotid and thoracic aorta in coronary artery disease in the South Indian population

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    Ramachandran Meenakshisundaram

    2011-01-01

    Conclusions: IMT of the carotid and thoracic aorta is strongly associated with risk of CAD in a South Indian population, and may be used as a non-invasive screening tool for coronary atherosclerosis in resource-limited settings. The presence of dyslipidemia influenced IMT and may be used as a tool to follow patients on hypolipidemic drugs.

  9. Evaluation of Intima Media Thickness of Carotid Arteries in 40-60 Years Old Persons with Type D Personality and its Comparison with Normal Ones

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    Khorvash, Fariborz; Rahimi, Marzieh; Bagherian-Sararoudi, Reza; Mousavi, Sayed Ali; Ebneshahidi, Alireza; Amirpour, Afshin; Mirabdollahi, Mansoureh Alsadat

    2013-01-01

    Background: In some studies, the involvement of dangerous psychological and behavioral factors in etiology and physiotherapy of vascular disturbances have been shown. In other studies, the relationship between the personality type and increase in cardiovascular disease has been demonstrated. The type D personality is defined as having two characteristics of negative affect and social inhibition. It is thought that individuals with type D personality are at increased risk of carotid artery int...

  10. Intima-media thickness evolution after treatment with infliximab in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    Pierpaolo Di Micco

    2009-07-01

    Full Text Available Pierpaolo Di Micco1,2, Paola Ferrazzi1, Luca Librè1, Loredana Mendolicchio1, Ilaria Quaglia1, Monica De Marco1, Anna Colombo1, Monica Bacci1, Lidia Luciana Rota1, Corrado Lodigiani11Thrombosis Center, Istituto Clinico Humanitas, Rozzano (MI, Italy; 2Internal Medicine, Fatebenefratelli Hospital of Naples, ItalyBackground: Atherosclerosis is a well known progressive disease that recognizes risk factors such as diabetes, hypertension, smoking, dyslipidemia, and inflammation. Mechanisms underlying atherosclerotic processes during inflammation are not completely understood, but cytokines are also involved, in particular tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α. Chronic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA are commonly associated with atherosclerotic complication. Little is known about the role of treatment of chronic inflammatory disease on the evolution of atherosclerosis in this kind of disease. Usually, evolution of atherosclerosis is monitored by intimamedia thickness and the presence of plaques on several arteries such as common carotid. Aim: The aim of the study was to monitor atherosclerosis evolution in seven RA patients on common treatment with infliximab (an anti-TNF-α drug compared with seven RA patients during common treatment but not treated with infliximab. Patients and methods: We selected 14 patients with RA according to the American College of Rheumatology classification criteria. Seven patients were selected before and after common treatment for RA based on nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs, methotrexate, and steroids (12 months, and seven patients before and after treatment based on infliximab associated with NSAIDs, methotrexate, and steroids (12 months. Ultrasound vascular imaging was performed to screen intima-media thickness and the presence of atherosclerotic plaques on common carotid artery and identify evolution of atherosclerosis.Results: After 12 months, patients that were treated with infliximab

  11. Intima-Media Thickness Measurements in the Fetus and Mother During Pregnancy

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    Galjaard, Sander; Pasman, Suzanne A; Ameye, Lieveke;

    2014-01-01

    Fetal intima-media thickness (IMT) has been suggested as a marker of pre-clinical atherosclerosis, and maternal IMT could be altered through dynamic circumstances related to pregnancy. We investigated the feasibility of measurement of IMT at four pre-defined fetal and four pre-defined maternal...... arterial locations to determine vascular changes that could be associated with impaired vascular function. IMT was measured from the first to third trimester (12-34 wk), in 38 low-risk pregnancies. We imaged a 10-mm region of interest using a Mindray (Shenzhen, China) high-resolution ultrasound machine...... pregnancy. There was a significant relation between gestational age and IMT in the umbilical artery (p = 0.03) and a significant relation between body mass index and IMT in the maternal common carotid artery (p = 0.01). IMT measurements are feasible in some maternal and fetal vessels of interest. Further...

  12. Estimation of prenatal aorta intima-media thickness from ultrasound examination

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    Veronese, E.; Tarroni, G.; Visentin, S.; Cosmi, E.; Linguraru, M. G.; Grisan, E.

    2014-10-01

    Prenatal events such as intrauterine growth restriction and increased cardiovascular risk in later life have been shown to be associated with an increased intima-media thickness (aIMT) of the abdominal aorta in the fetus. In order to assess and manage atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk in adults and children, in recent years the measurement of abdominal and carotid artery thickness has gained a growing appeal. Nevertheless, no computer aided method has been proposed for the analysis of prenatal vessels from ultrasound data, yet. To date, these measurements are being performed manually on ultrasound fetal images by skilled practitioners. The aim of the presented study is to introduce an automatic algorithm that identifies abdominal aorta and estimates its diameter and aIMT from routine third trimester ultrasonographic fetal data. The algorithm locates the aorta, then segments it and, by modeling the arterial wall longitudinal sections by means of a gaussian mixture, derives a set of measures of the aorta diameter (aDiam) and of the intima-media thickness (aIMT). After estimating the cardiac cycle, the mean diameter and the aIMT at the end-diastole phase are computed. Considering the aIMT value for each subject, the correlation between automatic and manual end-diastolic aIMT measurements is 0.91 in a range of values 0.44-1.10 mm, corresponding to both normal and pathological conditions. The automatic system yields a mean relative error of 19%, that is similar to the intra-observer variability (14%) and much lower that the inter-observer variability (42%). The correlation between manual and automatic measurements and the small error confirm the ability of the proposed system to reliably estimate aIMT values in prenatal ultrasound sequences, reducing measurement variability and suggesting that it can be used for an automatic assessment of aIMT. Preliminary results have been presented in E Veronese, E Cosmi, S Visentin, E Grisan: 'Semiautomatic estimation

  13. Plasma cholesteryl ester transfer is a determinant of intima-media thickness in type 2 diabetic and nondiabetic subjects: Role of CETP and triglycerides

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    R. de Vries (Rindert); F.G. Perton (Frank G.); G.M. Dallinga-Thie (Geesje); A.M.M. van Roon (Arie); B.H.R. Wolffenbuttel (Bruce); A. van Tol (Arie); R.P.F. Dullaart (Robin)

    2005-01-01

    textabstractWe tested whether carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT) is associated with plasma cholesteryl ester transfer (CET) and/or the plasma cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) concentration in type 2 diabetic and control subjects. In 87 male and female subjects with type 2 diabetes

  14. Traditional risk factors are more relevant than HIV-specific ones for carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT in a Brazilian cohort of HIV-infected patients.

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    Antonio G Pacheco

    Full Text Available Combination antiretroviral therapy (cART had a dramatic impact on the mortality profile in human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infected individuals and increased their life-expectancy. Conditions associated with the aging process have been diagnosed more frequently among HIV-infected patients, particularly, cardiovascular diseases.Patients followed in the Instituto de Pesquisa Clínica Evandro Chagas (IPEC prospective cohort in Rio de Janeiro were submitted to the general procedures from the Brazilian Longitudinal Study of Adult Health, comprising several anthropometric, laboratory and imaging data. Carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT was measured by ultrasonography, following the Mannheim protocol. Linear regression and proportional odds models were used to compare groups and covariables in respect to cIMT. The best model was chosen with the adaptive lasso procedure.A valid cIMT exam was available for 591 patients. Median cIMT was significantly larger for men than women (0.56mm vs. 0.53mm; p = 0.002; overall = 0.54mm. In univariable linear regression analysis, both traditional risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (CVD and HIV-specific characteristics were significantly associated with cIMT values, but the best multivariable model chosen included only traditional characteristics. Hypertension presented the strongest association with higher cIMT terciles (OR = 2.51; 95%CI = 1.69-3.73, followed by current smoking (OR = 1,82; 95%CI = 1.19-2.79, family history of acute myocardial infarction or stroke (OR = 1.60; 95%CI = 1.10-2.32 and age (OR per year = 1.12; 95%CI = 1.10-1.14.Our results show that traditional cardiovascular disease (CVD risk factors are the major players in determining increased cIMT among HIV infected patients in Brazil. This finding reinforces the need for thorough assessment of those risk factors in these patients to guarantee the incidence of CVD events remain under control.

  15. Common carotid intima media thickness and ankle-brachial pressure index correlate with local but not global atheroma burden: a cross sectional study using whole body magnetic resonance angiography.

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    Jonathan R Weir-McCall

    Full Text Available Common carotid intima media thickness (CIMT and ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI are used as surrogate marker of atherosclerosis, and have been shown to correlate with arterial stiffness, however their correlation with global atherosclerotic burden has not been previously assessed. We compare CIMT and ABPI with atheroma burden as measured by whole body magnetic resonance angiography (WB-MRA.50 patients with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease were recruited. CIMT was measured using ultrasound while rest and exercise ABPI were performed. WB-MRA was performed in a 1.5T MRI scanner using 4 volume acquisitions with a divided dose of intravenous gadolinium gadoterate meglumine (Dotarem, Guerbet, FR. The WB-MRA data was divided into 31 anatomical arterial segments with each scored according to degree of luminal narrowing: 0 = normal, 1 = <50%, 2 = 50-70%, 3 = 70-99%, 4 = vessel occlusion. The segment scores were summed and from this a standardized atheroma score was calculated.The atherosclerotic burden was high with a standardised atheroma score of 39.5±11. Common CIMT showed a positive correlation with the whole body atheroma score (β 0.32, p = 0.045, however this was due to its strong correlation with the neck and thoracic segments (β 0.42 p = 0.01 with no correlation with the rest of the body. ABPI correlated with the whole body atheroma score (β -0.39, p = 0.012, which was due to a strong correlation with the ilio-femoral vessels with no correlation with the thoracic or neck vessels. On multiple linear regression, no correlation between CIMT and global atheroma burden was present (β 0.13 p = 0.45, while the correlation between ABPI and atheroma burden persisted (β -0.45 p = 0.005.ABPI but not CIMT correlates with global atheroma burden as measured by whole body contrast enhanced magnetic resonance angiography in a population with symptomatic peripheral arterial disease. However this is

  16. Estimation of prenatal aorta intima-media thickness from ultrasound examination

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    Prenatal events such as intrauterine growth restriction and increased cardiovascular risk in later life have been shown to be associated with an increased intima-media thickness (aIMT) of the abdominal aorta in the fetus. In order to assess and manage atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease risk in adults and children, in recent years the measurement of abdominal and carotid artery thickness has gained a growing appeal. Nevertheless, no computer aided method has been proposed for the analysis of prenatal vessels from ultrasound data, yet. To date, these measurements are being performed manually on ultrasound fetal images by skilled practitioners. The aim of the presented study is to introduce an automatic algorithm that identifies abdominal aorta and estimates its diameter and aIMT from routine third trimester ultrasonographic fetal data. The algorithm locates the aorta, then segments it and, by modeling the arterial wall longitudinal sections by means of a gaussian mixture, derives a set of measures of the aorta diameter (aDiam) and of the intima-media thickness (aIMT). After estimating the cardiac cycle, the mean diameter and the aIMT at the end-diastole phase are computed. Considering the aIMT value for each subject, the correlation between automatic and manual end-diastolic aIMT measurements is 0.91 in a range of values 0.44-1.10 mm, corresponding to both normal and pathological conditions. The automatic system yields a mean relative error of 19%, that is similar to the intra-observer variability (14%) and much lower that the inter-observer variability (42%). The correlation between manual and automatic measurements and the small error confirm the ability of the proposed system to reliably estimate aIMT values in prenatal ultrasound sequences, reducing measurement variability and suggesting that it can be used for an automatic assessment of aIMT. (paper)

  17. Medición del espesor miointimal carotídeo como predictor de riesgo de accidente isquémico transitorio Carotid Intima - Media Thickness measurement as a risk predictor of transient ischemic attack Objectives

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    Stella Maris Batallés

    2011-09-01

    Full Text Available Objetivos. Determinar si el riesgo de accidente isquémico transitorio (AIT es mayor en pacientes con valores anormales de espesor miointimal carotídeo (EMIC. Materiales y Métodos. Evaluación de 168 pacientes con y sin AIT estudiados con ecografías de vasos de cuello, midiendo EMIC. Diseño de casos y controles apareados por distintas variables. Análisis estadístico: variables continuas (media ± DS, comparadas mediante prueba "t de Student" para muestras relacionadas. Variables categóricas (porcentajes comparadas mediante pruebas de McNemar. Para evaluar EMIC como predictor de AIT, se ajustaron dos modelos de regresión logística condicional, considerando EMIC como variable continua y como variable binaria EMIC normal (1 mm. Se construyó una curva ROC para evaluar la capacidad discriminativa de EMIC, calculando la sensibilidad y especificidad para diferentes puntos de corte. Resultados. Valor de EMIC: casos 1,03 ± 0,31 mm (IC 95%: 0,97-1,10; controles 0,77 ± 0,27mm (IC 95%: 0,710,83; pTo determine if the risk of transient ischemic attack (TIA is higher in patients with abnormal values of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT. Materials and Methods. We evaluated 168 patients with and without TIA by ultrasound of the neck vessels, measuring CIMT. Case and controls were matched according to different variables. Statistical analysis: continuous variables (mean ± SD were compared using the Student's t test for related samples. Categorical variables (percentages were compared using the McNemar tests. In order to assess CIMT as a predictor of TIA, two models of conditional logistic regression were adjusted, considering CIMT both as a continuous variable and as a binary variable: normal CIMT (1 mm. A ROC curve was performed to determine the discriminative capacity of CIMT, estimating the sensitivity and specificity for different cutoff values. Results. CIMT value: cases 1.03±0.31 mm (95% CI: 0.971.10; controls 0.77±0.27 mm (95% CI: 0

  18. Resistência insulínica pode prejudicar a redução da espessura mediointimal em adolescentes obesos Insulin resistance can impair reduction on carotid intima-media thickness in obese adolescents

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    Priscila de Lima Sanches

    2012-10-01

    (IR n=39 and without insulin resistance (NIR n=27, and submitted to an interdisciplinary intervention over the course of 1 year. Common carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT, visceral and subcutaneous adipose tissue was determined by ultrasound. Body composition, blood pressure, HOMA-IR, lipid profile and adipokines concentrations [leptin, adiponectin, and plasminogen activator inhibitor type (PAI-1] were analyzed before and after the therapy. RESULTS: Both groups presented significant improvements in body composition, inflammatory state (reduction of leptin and PAI-1 concentration; increasing of plasma adiponectin and reduction of cIMT. Only NIR group showed positive correlation between changes in visceral fat (∆Visceral and changes in cIMT (∆ cIMT (r = 0.42; p < 0.05. Simple linear regression analyze revealed ∆Visceral to be an independent predictor to reduction of cIMT in this group (R2 adjusted = 0.14, p = 0.04. The final values of cIMT remained significantly higher in IR group when compared to NIR group. CONCLUSION: The presence of insulin resistance can impair changes in cIMT leading to early development of atherosclerosis in obese adolescents submitted to an interdisciplinary intervention..

  19. Intima-media thickness evaluation by B-mode ultrasound: Correlation with blood pressure levels and cardiac structures

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    F.L. Plavnik

    2000-01-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to analyze the thickness of the intima-media complex (IMC using a noninvasive method. The carotid and femoral common arteries were evaluated by noninvasive B-mode ultrasound in 63 normotensive and in 52 hypertensive subjects and the thickness of the IMC was tested for correlation with blood pressure, cardiac structures and several clinical and biological parameters. The IMC was thicker in hypertensive than in normotensive subjects (0.67 ± 0.13 and 0.62 ± 0.16 vs 0.54 ± 0.09 and 0.52 ± 0.11 mm, respectively, P<0.0001. In normotensive patients, the simple linear regression showed significant correlations between IMC and age, body mass index and 24-h systolic blood pressure for both the carotid and femoral arteries. In hypertensives the carotid IMC was correlated with age and 24-h systolic blood pressure while femoral IMC was correlated only with 24-h diastolic blood pressure. Forward stepwise regression showed that age, body mass index and 24-h systolic blood pressure influenced the carotid IMC relationship (r2 = 0.39 in normotensives. On the other hand, the femoral IMC relationship was influenced by 24-h systolic blood pressure and age (r2 = 0.40. In hypertensives, age and 24-h systolic blood pressure were the most important determinants of carotid IMC (r2 = 0.37, while femoral IMC was influenced only by 24-h diastolic blood pressure (r2 = 0.10. There was an association between carotid IMC and echocardiographic findings in normotensives, while in hypertensives only the left posterior wall and interventricular septum were associated with femoral IMC. We conclude that age and blood pressure influence the intima-media thickness, while echocardiographic changes are associated with the IMC.

  20. The relationship of liver fat content and carotid intima media thickness%肝脏脂肪含量与颈动脉内膜中层厚度的相关性

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    罗玉琪; 潘晓平; 宗文红; 唐峻岭; 郝亚平; 马晓静; 朱家安; 包玉倩; 贾伟平

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the relationship between liver fat content and carotid intima media thickness (C-IMT) with ultrasound measurement.Methods 1217 subjects with complete data on physical examination,plasma glucose,blood pressure and lipid profile from a community of Shanghai Obesity Study (SHOS) between December 2009 and June 2010 were enrolled.All of them underwent carotid artery ultrasound scan and liver attenuation coefficient tested by ultrasonography to evaluate liver fat content.Subjects were grouped by tertile analysis of liver attenuation coefficient.The comparison of clinical indexes and C-IMT was conducted,using correlation analysis and multiple stepwise regression to explore the risk factors which affected C-IMT.Results (1) A total of 505 subjects (225 men and 280 women),who aged from 34 to 66 years old was diagnosed as non-Nonalcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) without history of cardiovascular disease and non-carotid arterial plaque.Compared with those in the lowest tertile of liver attenuation coefficient,subjects in the highest group had significantly higher age (t =-2.41,P < 0.05)and diastolic blood pressure (DBP) (Z =-1.27,P < 0.05),and significantly lower waist circumference (W) (t =3.95,P < 0.05) and body mass index (BMI) (t =6.17,P < 0.05).(2) C-IMT significantly increased with the increment of liver attenuation coefficient (F =13.83,P < 0.05).The frequency of C-IMT elevation was also significantly higher in the highest tertile group compared with the lowest one (35.3% vs 23.2%,X2 =6.19,P <0.05).(3) Multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that liver attenuation coefficient was independent risk factor with C-IMT after adjustment of age,W,SBP fasting blood glucose (FBG) and smoking (β =0.03,P < 0.05).Conclusion Liver attenuation coefficient measured by ultrasonography is an effective method to identify liver fat content,which is closely correlated with C-IMT among undiagnosed NAFLD subjects by ultrasonography and it

  1. 2型糖尿病患者血清瘦素与颈动脉内膜中层厚度的相关性研究%Association of serum leptin with intima-media thickness of carotid artery in type 2 diabetes patients

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    刘振华; 毕会民; 贺艳菊; 张玉国

    2009-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between serum leptin and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus. Methods 35 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and 16 normal controls were studied. Fasting serum leptin, fasting glucose(FBG), HbAlc, C-peptide, lipide, systolic(SBP), diastolic blood pressure(DBP), body mass index (BMI) and waist circ-umference (WC) were measured in all subjects. The intima-media thickness (IMT) of common carotid artery was measured by high-resolu-tion ultrasound imaging. Results IMT of T2DM was positively correlated with leptin concentration. Conclusion Serum leptin concentra-tion is independently associated with the IMT of carotid artery, which suggest that leptin may be an independent risk factor of atherosclerosis.%目的 探讨2型糖尿病(T2DM)患者血清瘦素水平与颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)的关系.方法 选择35例2型糖尿痛患者、16例正常对照者,分别测定其血清瘦素、空腹血糖、糖化血红蛋白AIc(HbAlc)、C肽、血脂、血压、体重指数(BMI)及腰围,同时使用高分辨率超声检测双侧颈动脉IMT.结果 T2DM患者血清瘦素浓度与颈动脉IMT呈显著正相关.结论 血清瘦素浓度与颈动脉IMT的增厚有关,提示瘦素可能是导致T2DM患者动脉粥样硬化中的一项危险因素.

  2. Association between microalbuminuria and subclinical atherosclerosis evaluated by carotid artery intima-media in elderly patients with normal renal function

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    2012-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Moderate to severe renal insufficiency and albuminuria have been shown to be independent risk factors for atherosclerosis. However, little is known about the direct association between subclinical atherosclerosis evaluated by carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT and microalbuminuria in elderly patients with normal renal function. Methods Subjects were 272 elderly patients (age  ≥ 60 years with normoalbuminuria (n = 238 and microalbuminuria (n = 34. Carotid IMT was measured by means of high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR ≥ 60 ml/min/1.73 m2 was defined as normal renal function. Those who had macroalbuminuria and atherosclerotic vascular disease were not included. Results Compared to subjects with normoalbuminuria, subjects with microalbuminuria had higher mean carotid IMT (1.02 ± 0.38 vs. 0.85 ± 0.28 mm; P  Conclusions A slight elevation of albuminuria is a significant determinant of carotid IMT independent of traditional cardiovascular risk factors in our patients. Our study further confirms the importance of intensive examinations for the early detection of atherosclerosis when microalbuminuria is found in elderly patients, although with normal renal function.

  3. Association of intima-media thickness of common carotid artery with the level of serum Adiponectin in type 2 diabetic patients%2型糖尿病患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度与血清脂联素的相关性

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    张艳红; 王宪; 高孝斗; 许华强; 王彬

    2009-01-01

    Objective To observe the Association of intima-media thickness of common carotid artery with the level of serum adiponectin in type 2 diabetic patients.Methods The intima-media thickness(IMT) of common carotid artery was measured using B-mode ultragonography in 65 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) and 60 normal controls.The serum levels of adiponectin and biochemical index were measured respectively.In the tye 2 diabetes mellitus group,probable risk factors were analysed by multiple stepwise regression.Resuits Adiponeetin was risk of thickened IMT in type 2 DM.Conclusion The IMT is correlated with the level of adiponectin may be used as a reference index for the prediction of coronary artery disease.%目的 探讨2型糖尿病患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)与血清脂联素(adiponectin)相关性.方法 对65例2型糖尿病患者和60例正常对照者,分别测定血清脂联素(adiponectin)及生化指标,采用超声测定IMT,比较两组间血清脂联素(adiponectin)及IMT水平.对2型糖尿病患者采用多元回归分析,统计颈动脉IMT和血清脂联素(adiponectin)之间的关系.结果 血清脂联素(adiponectin)与2型糖尿病患者颈动脉IMT增厚有关.结论 2型糖尿病患者颈动脉IMT与血清脂联素(adiponectin)呈正相关,提示2型糖尿病患者血清脂联素(adiponectin)可协助诊断冠心病.

  4. Cardiovascular risk in chronic kidney disease patients: intima-media thickness predicts the incidence and severity of histologically assessed medial calcification in radial arteries

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    Janda, Katarzyna; Krzanowski, Marcin; Gajda, Mariusz; Dumnicka, Paulina; Fedak, Danuta; Grzegorz J. Lis; Jaśkowski, Piotr; Pietrzycka, Agata; Jan A. Litwin; Sułowicz, Władysław

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    Background The objective of the study was to determine the relationship between common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT) and histologically assessed calcification of radial artery in relation to clinical features and laboratory markers of bone and mineral metabolism, inflammation, and oxidative stress in patients with stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD). Methods The study comprised 59 patients (36 hemodialyzed, 23 predialysis). CCA-IMT was measured by ultrasonography; the bioch...

  5. Intima-Media Thickness and Pulse Wave Velocity in Hypertensive Adolescents

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    Gil, Tae Young; Sung, Choi Youn; Shim, Sung Shine; Hong, Young Mi

    2008-01-01

    Increased intima-media thickness (IMT) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) are noninvasive markers of early arterial wall alteration and are more widely used in adult clinical research. We investigated whether IMT and PWV are useful predictors of cardiovascular risk in hypertensive adolescents. Fifteen hypertensive adolescents (13-18 yr old, systolic BP ≥140 mmHg, diastolic BP ≥90 mmHg) and seventeen normotensive subjects were included. Height, weight, obesity index, body mass index (BMI), and fat ...

  6. Distribution Characteristics and Related Factors of Carotid Intima-Media Thickness in Middle and Elder Aged Population%中老年人群颈动脉内中膜厚度分布特征及相关因素分析

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    罗杰斯; 谢高强; 于洋; 王梦; 史平; 任福秀; 高炜; 武阳丰

    2013-01-01

    Objective:To explore the current distribution characteristics and related factors of carotid intima-media thickness in middle and elder aged population.Methods:From October to November 2012,the cross-sectional examination for cardiovascular risk factors and B-mode ultrasound imaging on carotid arteries were performed in participants at Shijingshan area in Beijing by China-US (PRC-USA) collaborative study.Results:The study investigated a total of 1345 people.There 1277 subjects at the age of (52~88) years with complete information were analyzed.The mean intima-media thickness (IMT) of carotid arteries was (0.68 ± 0.10) mm.The carotid IMT increased accordingly with the elevated age in both male and female genders and the trend analysis had the statistic meaning,P<0.001.The mean IMT in male was thicker than female at all age stages,P<0.01.Multivariate analysis presented that the mean IMT increased with the elevated age,systolic blood pressure,triglyceride and body mass index,P<0.05.Conclusion:In addition to age and gender,the blood pressure,glucose,lipids and obesity were related to carotid intima-media thickness,and those factors should be focused for cardiovascular disease prevention and treatment.%目的:探讨中老年人群颈动脉内中膜厚度分布特征的现状及其相关因素.方法:于2012-10至2012-11,对中美心血管病和心肺疾病流行病学合作研究中的石景山人群复查心血管病危险因素并进行颈动脉超声检查,以此横断面数据进行分析.结果:共计调查1345人.其中1 277人数据完整者纳入分析,年龄52~88岁.颈动脉内中膜厚度平均值为(0.68±0.10)mm,两性均随年龄而增加,趋势分析具有统计学意义(P<0.001).各年龄阶段颈动脉内中膜平均厚度男性均大于女性(P<0.01).多因素分析结果显示:男女两性颈动脉内中膜厚度随着年龄、收缩压、血糖、甘油三酯和体质指数的增加而增加(P<0.05).结论:除年龄和性别外,血

  7. Comparison of semi-automated and manual measurements of carotid intima-media thickening.

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    Mac Ananey, Oscar

    2014-01-01

    Carotid intima-media thickening (CIMT) is a marker of both arteriosclerotic and atherosclerotic risks. Technological advances have semiautomated CIMT image acquisition and quantification. Studies comparing manual and automated methods have yielded conflicting results possibly due to plaque inclusion in measurements. Low atherosclerotic risk subjects (n = 126) were recruited to minimise the effect of focal atherosclerotic lesions on CIMT variability. CIMT was assessed by high-resolution B-mode ultrasound (Philips HDX7E, Phillips, UK) images of the common carotid artery using both manual and semiautomated methods (QLAB, Phillips, UK). Intraclass correlation coefficient (ICC) and the mean differences of paired measurements (Bland-Altman method) were used to compare both methodologies. The ICC of manual (0.547 ± 0.095 mm) and automated (0.524 ± 0.068 mm) methods was R = 0.74 and an absolute mean bias ± SD of 0.023 ± 0.052 mm was observed. Interobserver and intraobserver ICC were greater for automated (R = 0.94 and 0.99) compared to manual (R = 0.72 and 0.88) methods. Although not considered to be clinically significant, manual measurements yielded higher values compared to automated measurements. Automated measurements were more reproducible and showed lower interobserver variation compared to manual measurements. These results offer important considerations for large epidemiological studies.

  8. Correlation between Common Carotid Artery Intima-media Thickness and Degree of Retinopathy in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus%2型糖尿病视网膜病变程度与颈总动脉内-中膜厚度的相关性研究

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    李晶晶; 邓又斌; 杨顺实

    2011-01-01

    目的 评估2型糖尿病患者(diabetes mellitus,DM)视网膜病变程度与颈总动脉内-中膜厚度(common carotid artery inti-ma-media thickness,CCA IMT)的相关性,以期早期发现糖尿病视网膜病变(diabetic retinopathy,DR)并评估其病变程度.方法 筛选2型糖尿病患者84例.根据眼底荧光造影的结果分为糖尿病无视网膜病变(non-diabetic retinopathy,NDR)组、非增殖期糖尿病视网膜病变(non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy,NPDR)组及增殖期糖尿病视网膜病变(proliferative di-abetic retinopathy,PDR)组三组.记录各组病例的性别、年龄、糖尿病病程,测量其CCA IMT、空腹血糖(fasting blood glu-cose,FBG)、糖化血红蛋白(glycosylated hemoglobin,HbA1c)、血清甘油三脂(serum triglycerides,TG)、总胆固醇(totalcholesterol,TC)、低密度脂蛋白胆固醇(low-density lipoprotein cholestero,LDL-C)及高密度脂蛋白胆固醇(high-density lipo-protein cholesterol,HDL-C).结果 CCA IMT、FBG、HbA1c及糖尿病病程均同DR的程度具有正相关性(P<0.05);且排除了FBG、HbA1c及糖尿病病程的影响后,CCA IMT仍与DR程度相关(P<0.01).结论 2型糖尿病患者DR的程度同CCA IMT具有正相关性.%Objective To estimate the correlation between the degree of the diabetic retinopathy(DR)and the common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA IMT)in type 2 diabetes mellitus(DM)for early detection of DR and the the extent of their lesions. Methods A total of 84 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus,according to the result of fundus fluorescein angiography,were divided into three groups:non-diabetic retinopathy(NDR)group,non-proliferative diabetic retinopathy(NPDR)group and proliferative diabetic retinopathy(PDR)group. In each group, gender, age and duration of diabetes were recorded, and common carotid artery intima-media thickness(CCA IMT), fasting blood glucose (FBG) ,glycosylated hemoglobin( HbAlc), serum triglycerides(TG), total cholesterol(TC), low

  9. Lack of Association between ABO, PPAP2B, ADAMST7, PIK3CG, and EDNRA and Carotid Intima-Media Thickness, Carotid Plaques, and Cardiovascular Disease in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis

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    Raquel López-Mejías; Fernanda Genre; Mercedes García-Bermúdez; Begoña Ubilla; Santos Castañeda; Javier Llorca; Carlos González-Juanatey; Alfonso Corrales; Miranda-Filloy, José A.; Trinitario Pina; Carmen Gómez-Vaquero; Luis Rodríguez-Rodríguez; Benjamín Fernández-Gutiérrez; Alejandro Balsa; Dora Pascual-Salcedo

    2014-01-01

    Introduction. Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a polygenic disease associated with accelerated atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. Recent studies have identified the ABO rs579459, PPAP2B rs17114036, and ADAMTS7 rs3825807 polymorphisms as genetic variants associated with coronary artery disease and the PIK3CG rs17398575 and EDNRA rs1878406 polymorphisms as the most significant signals related to the presence of carotid plaque in nonrheumatic Caucasian individuals. Accordin...

  10. Comparison of intima-media thickness and ophthalmic artery resistance index for assessing subclinical atherosclerosis in HIV-1-infected patients

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    Tana Mariangela

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Human immunodeficiency virus (HIV infection and antiretroviral treatment are associated with metabolic and cardiovascular complications that potentially increase the risk of atherosclerosis and cardiovascular disease in this population. Measurement of arterial wall thickness has been used as a surrogate of extent, severity and progression of atherosclerosis. A cross-sectional cohort study was performed to compare the validity of two non-invasive arterial measures: carotid intima-media thickness (IMT, a parameter of atherosclerosis, and ophthalmic artery resistance index (OARI, an index of occlusive carotid artery disease. Methods A total of 95 patients receiving highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART for more than 12 months were consecutively enrolled. IMT and OARI were measured by 7.5 MHz linear probe. Results There was a significant linear increase in IMT and OARI values as the grade of cardiovascular risk (0.70 and 0.69 for very low risk, 0.86 and 0.72 for low risk and 0.98 and 0.74 for medium/high risk, p 0.83 and an OARI > 0.72 were the most discriminatory values for predicting a cardiovascular risk ≥ 10% (sensibility 89.6% and 75.8%; sensitivity 70.5% and 68.4%; p Conclusions Our data indicate that OARI may have a potential as a new precocious marker of subclinical atherosclerosis in HIV-1-infected patients.

  11. A PROSPECTIVE STUDY OF LONG TERM EFFECT OF STATINS ON DYSLIPIDAEMIA, INTIMA-MEDIA THICKNESS AND C-REACTIVE PROTEIN IN TYPE-2 DIABETES MELLITUS

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Dyslipidaemia is one of the major risk factor for cardio vascular disease in diabetes mellitus. Lipid abnormalities in type 2 diabetes mellitus are characterised by high triglyceride concentration low HDL concentration and normal total and low density lipo–protein cholesterol (LDL–c concentration. Present study is a prospective study to evaluate the effect of statin on Dyslipidemia and the markers of atherosclerosis in type–2 diabetes mellitus. Metformin and Rosuvastatin have good effect on lipid profile and hs-CRP. But the response on the decrease in thickness of common carotid intima-media, result was statistically significant but not as per the expectation

  12. Fasudil, a Rho-kinase inhibitor, prevents intima-media thickening in a partially ligated carotid artery mouse model: Effects of fasudil in flow-induced vascular remodeling

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    Zhang, Xiangyu; Zhang, Tao; Gao, Fu; Li, Qingle; Shen, Chenyang; Li, Yankui; Li, Wei; Zhang, Xiaoming

    2015-01-01

    Vascular remodeling in response to hemodynamic alterations is a physiological process that requires coordinated signaling between endothelial, inflammatory and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Extensive experimental and clinical studies have indicated the critical role of the Ras homolog gene family, member A/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) signaling pathway in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, where ROCK activation has been demonstrated to promote inflammation and remodeling through inducing the expression of proinflammatory cytokines and adhesion molecules in endothelial cells and VSMCs. However, the role of ROCK in flow-induced vascular remodeling has not been fully defined. The current study aimed to investigate the effect of the ROCK signaling pathway in flow-induced vascular remodeling by comparing the responses to partial carotid artery ligation in mice treated with fasudil (a ROCK inhibitor) and untreated mice. Intima-media thickness and neointima formation were evaluated by morphology. VSMC proliferation and inflammation of the vessel wall were assessed by immunohistochemistry. In addition, the expression levels of ROCK and the downstream effectors of ROCK, myosin light chain (MLC) and phosphorylated-MLC (p-MLC), were quantified by western blot analysis. Following a reduction in blood flow, ROCK1 and p-MLC expression increased in the untreated left common carotid arteries (LCA). Fasudil-treated mice developed a significantly smaller intima-media thickness compared with the untreated mice. Quantitative immunohistochemistry of the fasudil-treated LCA indicated that there was a reduction in proliferation when compared with untreated vessels. There were fewer CD45+ cells observed in the fasudil-treated LCA compared with the untreated LCA. In conclusion, the expression of ROCK was enhanced in flow-induced carotid artery remodeling and ROCK inhibition as a result of fasudil treatment may attenuate flow-induced carotid artery remodeling. PMID:26458725

  13. Plasma apolipoprotein M is reduced in metabolic syndrome but does not predict intima media thickness

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    Dullaart, Robin P F; Plomgaard, Peter; de Vries, Rindert;

    2009-01-01

    S) subjects, and determined whether intima media thickness (IMT) is associated with apoM. METHODS: In 19 non-diabetic subjects with and 60 non-diabetic subjects without MetS (NCEP, ATP III criteria), the relationships of plasma apoM with obesity, glucose, insulin, lipids and adipokines, as well as with IMT...... were determined. RESULTS: Plasma apoM was on average 15% lower in subjects with MetS compared to subjects without MetS (p=0.036). ApoM correlated inversely with body mass index and waist circumference (p<0.001), and positively with total cholesterol, LDL cholesterol and apoA-I (p<0.05). ApoM was not...

  14. 2型糖尿病患者血清铁蛋白与颈动脉内中膜厚度的相关性%Relationship between serum ferritin and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    张小青; 毕会民

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between serum ferritin and carotid intima-media thickness in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Methods According to the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the carotid artery, 160 hospitalized patients with T2DM were divided into two groups,80 cases of thickened-CIMT group(B group),80 cases of normal-CIMT group(A group). The clinical data and serum ferritin of two groups were analyzed and compared. Results Fins, HOMA-IR, serum ferritin level in B group were higher than those in A group, FIns(5. 97 ± 0.59) mU/Lvs (7.42±0.08) mU/L;HOMA-IR 1.49±0.30 vs 2. 56±0. 02;SF(350. 33±6. 51) μg/L vs (473.33± 30. 55) μg/L. The serum ferritin level was positively correlated with IMT ( r =0.964, P <0. 01), fasting insulin( r = 0. 900, P <0. 05) ,and HOMA insulin resistance index( r =0. 943, P <0. 01). Conclusion Serum ferritin may take part in development of artherosderosis in patients with T2DM and higher level of SF is an important risk factor for IMT increase.%目的 探讨2型糖尿病(T2DM)患者颈动脉内中膜厚度与血清铁蛋白的关系.方法 根据颈动脉内中膜厚度(CIMT)将入选的160例T2DM患者分为CIMT正常组(A组)80例与CIMT增厚组(B组)80例,分别进行血清铁蛋白(SF)、空腹胰岛素(FIns)和胰岛素抵抗指数(HOMA-IR)等参数测定,采用高频彩色多普勒超声测定CIMT.结果 B组Fins、HOMA-IR和SF明显高于A组(P<0.05或<0.01),分别为Fins(5.97±0.59) mU/L vs (7.42±0.08) mU/L;HOMA-IR l.49±0.30 vs 2.56±0.02;SF(350.33±6.51) μg/L vs (473.33±30.55) μg/L; Spearman 相关性分析结果显示,SF水平与CIMT、Fins、HOMA-IR具有显著正相关(r=0.964、0.900、0.943,P<0.05或<0.01).结论 SF的升高可能参与了T2DM患者动脉粥样硬化的发生和发展,是CIMT增厚的危险因素.

  15. Serum Levels of Anticyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies, Interleukin-6, Tumor Necrosis Factor-α, and C-Reactive Protein Are Associated with Increased Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Cohort of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients without Cardiovascular Risk Factors

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    Mónica Vázquez-Del Mercado

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available The main cause of death in rheumatoid arthritis (RA is cardiovascular events. We evaluated the relationship of anticyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP antibody levels with increased carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT in RA patients. Methods. Forty-five anti-CCP positive and 37 anti-CCP negative RA patients, and 62 healthy controls (HC were studied. All groups were assessed for atherogenic index of plasma (AIP and cIMT. Anti-CCP, C-reactive protein (CRP, and levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα and interleukin-6 (IL-6 were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA. Results. The anti-CCP positive RA patients showed increased cIMT compared to HC and anti-CCP negative (P<0.001. Anti-CCP positive versus anti-CCP negative RA patients, had increased AIP, TNFα and IL-6 (P<0.01, and lower levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c (P=0.02. The cIMT correlated with levels of anti-CCP (r=0.513, P=0.001, CRP (r=0.799, P<0.001, TNFα (r=0.642, P=0.001, and IL-6 (r=0.751, P<0.001. In multiple regression analysis, cIMT was associated with CRP (P<0.001 and anti-CCP levels (P=0.03. Conclusions. Levels of anti-CCP and CRP are associated with increased cIMT and cardiovascular risk supporting a clinical role of the measurement of cIMT in RA in predicting and preventing cardiovascular events.

  16. Serum Levels of Anticyclic Citrullinated Peptide Antibodies, Interleukin-6, Tumor Necrosis Factor-α, and C-Reactive Protein Are Associated with Increased Carotid Intima-Media Thickness: A Cross-Sectional Analysis of a Cohort of Rheumatoid Arthritis Patients without Cardiovascular Risk Factors

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    Vázquez-Del Mercado, Mónica; Nuñez-Atahualpa, Lourdes; Figueroa-Sánchez, Mauricio; Gómez-Bañuelos, Eduardo; Rocha-Muñoz, Alberto Daniel; Martín-Márquez, Beatriz Teresita; Martínez-García, Erika Aurora; Macias-Reyes, Héctor; Gamez-Nava, Jorge Ivan; Navarro-Hernandez, Rosa Elena; Nuñez-Atahualpa, María Alejandra; Andrade-Garduño, Javier

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    The main cause of death in rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is cardiovascular events. We evaluated the relationship of anticyclic citrullinated peptide (anti-CCP) antibody levels with increased carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) in RA patients. Methods. Forty-five anti-CCP positive and 37 anti-CCP negative RA patients, and 62 healthy controls (HC) were studied. All groups were assessed for atherogenic index of plasma (AIP) and cIMT. Anti-CCP, C-reactive protein (CRP), and levels of tumor necrosis factor alpha (TNFα) and interleukin-6 (IL-6) were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay (ELISA). Results. The anti-CCP positive RA patients showed increased cIMT compared to HC and anti-CCP negative (P < 0.001). Anti-CCP positive versus anti-CCP negative RA patients, had increased AIP, TNFα and IL-6 (P < 0.01), and lower levels of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c) (P = 0.02). The cIMT correlated with levels of anti-CCP (r = 0.513, P = 0.001), CRP (r = 0.799, P < 0.001), TNFα (r = 0.642, P = 0.001), and IL-6 (r = 0.751, P < 0.001). In multiple regression analysis, cIMT was associated with CRP (P < 0.001) and anti-CCP levels (P = 0.03). Conclusions. Levels of anti-CCP and CRP are associated with increased cIMT and cardiovascular risk supporting a clinical role of the measurement of cIMT in RA in predicting and preventing cardiovascular events. PMID:25821796

  17. Evaluation of cardiac structure, function and carotid artery intima-media thickness in overweight people with color Doppler ultrasonography%彩色多普勒超声评价超重人群心脏结构、功能及颈动脉内-中膜厚度

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    薛甜; 朱向明; 李国杰; 张青陵; 吴晶晶

    2011-01-01

    Objective To investigate the influence of overweight on cardiovascular system with color Doppler ultrasonography . Methods Totally 100 people accepted health examination were included and classified into 2 groups according to body mass index (BMI) : Overweight group (BMI≥25 kg/m2, n= 53 ) and control group (BMI<25 kg/m2, n= 47) , both underwent color Doppler ultrasonography . The heart structure , heart function and carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT ) of them were compared . Results Compared with control group , left ventricular diameter in end diastole (LVDD) ,interventricular septum thickness (IVST ), left ventricular posterior wall thickness (LVPWT ), left ventricular mass (LVM ) , left ventricular mass index (LVMI) , peak A velocity (A) and IMT of overweight group all increased , peak Evelocity (E) and E/A both decreased (all P< 0. 05) . In all of 100 people , LVDD , IVST , LVPWT . LVM , LVMI, A and IMT were all positively correlated with BMI , E/A and E were both negatively correlated with BMI . Conclusion Ultrasound examination showed that injury of left ventricle structure . relaxing function and intima-media thickness can occur in overw eight without clinical symptoms .%目的 应用彩色多普勒超声检查观察超重对心脏结构、功能及颈动脉内-中膜厚度(IMT)的影响.方法 根据体质量指数(BMI)将100名体检者分为正常对照组(BMI<25 kg/m2,47名)和超重组(BMI≥25 kg/m2,53名).对两组均行彩色多普勒超声心动图及颈动脉超声检查,分析超重对心脏结构、功能及颈动脉IMT的影响.结果 与正常对照组相比,超重组左心室舒张末期内径(LVDD)、左心室舒张末期室间隔厚度(IVST)、左心室后壁舒张末期厚度(LVPWT)、左心室质量(LVM)、左心室质量指数(LVMI)、二尖瓣舒张晚期峰值血流速度(A峰)、颈动脉IMT增高,二尖瓣舒张早期峰值血流速度(E峰)和E/A降低,差异均有统计学意义(P均<0.05).BMI与LVDD、IVST、LVPWT

  18. Model-Based Analysis of Flow-Mediated Dilation and Intima-Media Thickness

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    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available We present an end-to-end system for the automatic measurement of flow-mediated dilation (FMD and intima-media thickness (IMT for the assessment of the arterial function. The video sequences are acquired from a B-mode echographic scanner. A spline model (deformable template is fitted to the data to detect the artery boundaries and track them all along the video sequence. The a priori knowledge about the image features and its content is exploited. Preprocessing is performed to improve both the visual quality of video frames for visual inspection and the performance of the segmentation algorithm without affecting the accuracy of the measurements. The system allows real-time processing as well as a high level of interactivity with the user. This is obtained by a graphical user interface (GUI enabling the cardiologist to supervise the whole process and to eventually reset the contour extraction at any point in time. The system was validated and the accuracy, reproducibility, and repeatability of the measurements were assessed with extensive in vivo experiments. Jointly with the user friendliness, low cost, and robustness, this makes the system suitable for both research and daily clinical use.

  19. Ghrelin Does not Alter Aortic Intima-Media Thickness and Adipose Tissue Characteristics in Control and Obese Mice

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    Zoya Tahergorabi; Bahman Rashidi; Majid Khazaei

    2013-01-01

    Objective(s): Atherosclerosis is a chronic immune-inflammatory disease that generally leads to ischemic heart disease. Ghrelin has several modulatory effects on cardiovascular system. In this study, we investigated the effect of ghrelin on aortic intima-media thickness, size and the number of adipocyte cells in obese and control mice. Materials and Methods: This study was conducted on 24 male C57BL/6 mice. The animals were divided into four groups: control, obese (received high fat diet), con...

  20. The Impact of Intima-media Thickness of Radial Artery on Early Failure of Radiocephalic Arteriovenous Fistula in Hemodialysis Patients

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    KIM, YOUNG OK; Choi, Yeong Jin; Kim, Ji Il; Kim, Young Soo; Kim, Byung Soo; Park, Chul Whee; Song, Ho Cheol; Yoon, Sun Ae; Chang, Yoon Sik; Bang, Byung Kee

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    This study was performed to investigate the impact of intima-media thickness (IMT) of radial artery on early failure of radiocephalic arteriovenous fistula (AVF) in hemodialysis (HD) patients. Ninety uremic patients undergoing radiocephalic AVF operation were included in this study. During the operation, 10-mm long partial arterial walls were removed with elliptical form for microscopic analysis. Specimens were stained with trichrome and examined by a pathologist blinded to the clinical data....

  1. 厄贝沙坦对早期糖尿病肾病患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度及临床生化指标的影响%Effects of Irbesartan on Carotid Intima-media Thickness and Clinical Biochemical Indexes of Patients with Early Diabetic Nephropath y

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    郑锦桥; 饶惠平; 黄瑞文

    2015-01-01

    目的:观察厄贝沙坦对早期糖尿病肾病(DN)患者临床血生化指标及颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)的影响。方法:将86例血压正常的早期DN患者用随机数字表法分为厄贝沙坦组(E组)和培哚普利组(P组),各43例。两组均给予饮食控制、降低血糖等常规治疗,P组:培哚普利片4 mg/d、1次/d;E组:厄贝沙坦片0.15 g/d、1次/d,疗程为48周。比较两组治疗前后尿清蛋白排泄率(UAER)、血浆Hcy水平及颈动脉IM T等的变化。结果:P组、E组治疗后的UAER、血浆Hcy、SBP、DBP及颈动脉IMT较治疗前均显著降低(P<0.05);Pearson相关分析结果显示IMT值与UAER、Hcy呈正相关(P<0.01)。结论:早期DN患者Hcy、UAER与颈动脉IMT之间呈正相关,糖尿病微血管病变与大血管并发症关系密切。厄贝沙坦能降低早期DN患者的SBP、DBP、UAER、Hcy、IMT,对于延缓早期DN患者主要并发症具有现实意义。%Objective:To Observe the effects of irbesartan on carotid intima-media thickness and clinical biochemical indexes of patients with early diabetic nephropathy.Method:86 patients with early DN normotensive were randomly divided into irbesartan group(E group) and perindopril group(P group),43 cases in each group.Both groups were given conventional treatment such as diet control and lower blood sugar.Patients in the P group were given perindopril tablets 4 mg/d,1 time/d, while the E group was given irbesartan tablets 0.15 g/d,1 time/d,the treatment continued for 48 weeks.Urinary albumin excretion rate(UAER),changes in plasma Hcy level and carotid IMT before and after treatment were compared between the two groups. Result:After treatment,the UAER,plasma Hcy level、SBP、DBP and carotid IMT of the two groups were significantly lower than before treatment(P<0.05).Carotid IMT had a positive correlation with UAER and Hcy(P<0.01).Conclusion:UAER and Hcy of patients with early diabetic have a

  2. Flow-Mediated Vasodilatation and Intima-Media Thickness in Patients with Coexisting Heart Failure and Diabetes Receiving Medical Therapy

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    Lisbeth Vestergaard Andersen

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Intensive medical treatment of heart failure (HF patients with diabetes may reduce the endothelial dysfunction and the accelerated atherosclerotic process seen in these patients. To study this, we investigated the endothelial function and the presence of atherosclerosis as measured by flow-mediated vasodilatation (FMD and intima-media thickness (IMT in intensively treated patients with coexisting HF and diabetes. Research Design and Method: FMD of the brachial artery and IMT of the common carotid arteries were determined in 26 patients with systolic HF and diabetes who were in intensive medical therapy, as well as in 19 healthy controls. The two groups were matched according to age and sex. In all subjects left ventricular ejection fraction was measured by two-dimensional echocardiography. Biochemical parameters including serum cholesterol, HDL and LDL, triglyceride, glucose, hemoglobin/hemoglobin-A1C (HbA1C, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP and N-terminal pro-BNP were also assessed. Results: Mean FMD and IMT did not differ significantly between patients and controls. Left ventricular ejection fraction was lower in patients compared to controls (P < 0.001. The patients had a higher mean BNP, NT pro-BNP, triglyceride, HbA1C and glucose in comparison to controls. Cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol and LDL-cholesterol were lower in patients compared to controls. Conclusions: Intensively treated patients with coexisting systolic HF and diabetes seem to have normal endothelial function as measured by FMD and they have no sign of accelerated atherosclerosis as measured by IMT. This suggests a positive effect of medication on the cardiovascular alterations in this group of patients.

  3. Carotis Intima Media Thickness in Female Patiens with Subclinical Hypothyroidism - Orijinal Article

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    Hayriye

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Objective: Recent studies have shown that subclinical hypothyroidism (SCH has similar cardiovascular risks with clinical hypothyroidism (CH. We evaluated carotis intima media thickness (CIMT-indicator of early changes in atherosclerotic process- in female patients, who have either CH or SCH, with similar age and demographic features. Materials and Methods: In this study, we included 81 female patients admitted to internal medicine and endocrinology outpatient clinic, diagnosed with CH (30 or SCH (51 according to their laboratory findings and who have not previously received treatment and 38 healthy women. BMI (body mass index, sistolic and diastolic blood pressure, triglycerides (TG, total cholesterol (TC, LDL cholesterol (LDL-C, HDL cholesterol (HDL-C, vitamin B-12, folate, homocysteine, high-sensitive C-reactive protein (Hs CRP, and CIMT were measured in all participants Results: There was not a statistical difference between the groups in TG, TC, HDL-C, LDL-C, vitamin B-12, and folate levels (p>0.05. On the other hand, SCH and CH groups differed statistically significantly from the control group for Hs CRP (p=0.011, homocysteine (p<0.001, and CIMT values. Additionally, age was found to be the most important factor for increase in CIMT when multiple linear regression analysis was performed.Conclusions: Lack of difference between CH patients and SCH patients in respect to Hs CRP, homocystein, and CIMT shows that inflammation and increase in CIMT starts during SCH period. Hence, we think that the increase in CIMT in SCH patients when TSH levels are higher than the normal range is a clinically important sign of early cardiovascular diseases. Turk Jem 2010; 14: 89-94

  4. Endothelial function predicts progression of carotid intima-media thickness

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    Halcox, J.P.; Donald, A.E.; Ellins, E.;

    2009-01-01

    significant after adjustment for risk factors whether entered as separate variables or as Framingham Risk Score. Further adjustment for waist circumference, triglycerides, and employment grade had no significant effect. CONCLUSIONS: Systemic endothelial function was associated with progression of preclinical...

  5. Roles of carotid intima-media thickness and microalbuminuria in evaluating cardiovascular risk for polyvascular atherosclerosis patients%颈动脉内中膜厚度及尿微量白蛋白在多动脉粥样硬化患者心血管危险评估中的作用

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    肖华; 迟路湘

    2011-01-01

    Objective To identify the relationship of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT),microalbuminuria (MA) level, and atherosclerosis extent with the rate of cardiovascular events in patients with polyvascular atherosclerosis. Methods A total of 149 patients with polyvascular atherosclerosis with angiographic arterial stenosis ≥ 50% in 1, 2, 3 or 4 territories ( coronary, supraaortic, renal and/or lower limb arteries) who admitted in our hospital from June 2007 to June 2009 and underwent revascularization procedure in ≥ 1 arterial territory were enrolled in this study. These patients were divided into 4 groups according to their atherosclerosis extent, group 1 with stenosis in 1 territory ( n = 40), group 2 in 2 territories ( n = 40), group 3 in 3 territories ( n = 37 ), and group 4 in 4 territories ( n = 32). Baseline mean-CIMT and MA was assessed in the 149 patients and 40 control subjects who were suspected with arterial stenosis but diagnosed without after angiography at the time of hospitalization. Incidence of cardiovascular events were observed during the follow-up of 14.6 ± 4.9 months. Results For CIMT ≥ 1.38 mm ( ≥3rd quartile), the sensitivity and specificity of ≥ 3-territory involvement were 90.0% and 82.6%. For MA≥6.85 mg/dl ( ≥3rd quartile), the sensitivity and specificity of ≥ 2-territory involvement were 54.9% and 83.3%. Cardiovascular events occurred in 104 subjects of 149 patients. The Kaplan Meier 2-year cardiovascular event-free survival was 93.9% and 95.7%,95.7% and 89.6%, 73.9% and 72.3%; and 59.6% and 66.0% respectively in patients with mean-CIMT and MA values in the 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th quartile. The multivariable Cox proportional hazard model identified that mean-CIMT ≥1.38 mm (RR = 1.83, 95% CI = 1. 049 to 3. 196; P <0.001 ) and MA ≥6.84 mg/dl (RR =0.99, 95% CI =0.576 to 1. 703; P <0.001 ) were independant adverse event predictors. Inclusion of CIMT into the stratification model

  6. Cerebrovascular Reactivity, Intima-Media Thickness, and Nephropathy Presence in Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

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    Kozera, Grzegorz M.; Wolnik, Bogumił; Kunicka, Katarzyna B.; Szczyrba, Sebastian; Wojczal, Joanna; Schminke, Ulf; Nyka, Walenty M.; Bieniaszewski, Leszek

    2009-01-01

    OBJECTIVE Cerebrovascular reactivity impairment was reported as a marker of cerebral microangiopathy in long-term type 1 diabetes. Intima-media complex thickening reflects early stages of macroangiopathy in type 1 diabetes. The analysis of the relationship between these variables and other microangiopathic complications might serve as a beneficial indicator for early prophylaxis in these patients. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS Vasomotor reactivity reserve (VMRr) and breath-holding index (BHI) o...

  7. Effect of sedentary behaviour and vigorous physical activity on segment-specific carotid wall thickness and its progression in a healthy population.

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    2010-06-01

    This study investigated whether sedentary behaviour and different activity levels have an independent association with carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and with the 3-year IMT progression in different carotid segments.

  8. Anisotropic diffusion filter based edge enhancement for the segmentation of carotid intima-media layer in ultrasound images using variational level set method without re-initialisation.

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    Sumathi, K; Anandh, K R; Mahesh, V; Ramakrishnan, S

    2014-01-01

    In this work an attempt has been made to enhance the edges and segment the boundary of intima-media layer of Common Carotid Artery (CCA) using anisotropic diffusion filter and level set method. Ultrasound B mode longitudinal images of normal and abnormal images of common carotid arteries are used in this study. The images are subjected to anisotropic diffusion filter to generate edge map. This edge map is used as a stopping boundary in variational level set method without re-initialisation to segment the intima-media layer. Geometric features are extracted from this layer and analyzed statistically. Results show that anisotropic diffusion filtering is able to extract the edges in both normal and abnormal images. The obtained edge maps are found to have high contrast and sharp edges. The edge based variational level set method is able to segment the intima-media layer precisely from common carotid artery. The extracted geometrical features such as major axis and extent are found to be statistically significant in differentiating normal and abnormal images. Thus this study seems to be clinically useful in diagnosis of cardiovascular disease. PMID:25569941

  9. Comparison of tomographic coronary artery calcification index (calcium score) and ultrasonographic measurement of intima-media complex thickness in diabetic subjects

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    At present, there is a number of diagnostic imaging procedures allowing for the evaluation of atherosclerosis. The earliest, subclinical stage of atherosclerosis can be visualized with the development of computed tomography (CT) and ultrasound (US) techniques. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the degree of coronary artery calcification and carotid intima-media thickness in diabetic subjects divided into different age groups. Fifty-six men, aged from 18 to 72 were included in the study. Participants were divided into 4 groups according to age (18–30, 31–45, 46–60 and more than 60 years). Two tests were performed: coronary calcium score (CS) determination and intima-media thickness (IMT) in ultrasound. CS was performed using a multi-slice scanner. Images were analyzed using the Agatson method. Ultrasound examinations were performed using a 9–12-MHz linear transducer. The correlation coefficient between calcium score index (CSI) and age of patients was 0.52 (p<0.001). The correlation between duration of diabetes and CSI was significantly lower (r=0.3; p<0.05). The increase of IMT is associated with age to a much greater extent and the correlation coefficient was 0.63 (p<0.001). IMT depended on the duration of diabetes, but the correlation was also weak (r=0.35; p<0.01). Comparison of the findings obtained in the presented study and in the group of healthy subjects proves that influence of diabetes on vascular deterioration may be observed, even among young individuals. Obtained results allow to make the following conclusions: 1. Calcium score index remains low in the group of male patients with diabetes before the age of 45. 2. Intima-media thickness correlates well with age (r=0.6; p<0.05) and weaker with the duration of diabetes (r=0.35; p<0.05). 3. IMT assessment may be a useful tool to identify the increased predisposition to atherosclerosis, also before the age of 30

  10. Relationships between circadian rhythm of ambulatory blood pressure and vascular endothelial function and carotid intima-media thickness in prehypertensives%正常高值血压者动脉血压昼夜节律与血管内皮功能及颈动脉内膜中层厚度的关系

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    梁薇芬; 张赛丹

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationships between circadian rhythm of ambulatory blood pressure and carotid arterial intima-media thickness (IMT), vascular endothelial function assessed by flow mediated dilation (FMD) in prehypertensives. Methods One hundred and four prehypertensives collected continually from the physical examination center of Xiangya hospital between August 2010 and December 2010 were divided into two groups according to the circadian rhythm of ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM): the dipper group (55 cases) and the non-dipper group (49 cases). Forty normotensives were enrolled as control group. FMD and IMT were detected by high resolution ultrasonography. Results Dipper pattern and non-dipper pattern of prehypertension accounted for 52. 9% and 47. 1% respectively. Compared to the control group, IMT values of two prehypertensive groups were higher [(0. 74±0. 06), (0. 75±0. 06) vs (0. 47±0. 05)mm, while the FMD values were lower (8. 07 + 1.18)%, (5.89 + 0.93)% vs (13. 78±1. 98)%, all P<0. 05]. The FMD value of dipper group was higher than that of non-dipper group. FMD value was negatively correlated with IMT (r= -0. 843, P<0. 01). Conclusion Prehypertensives demonstrated abnormal ABPM rhythm, increased IMT value and decreased FMD. Compared to dipper prehypertensives, non-dipper individuals showed a more severe impairment of endothelial function as manifested by a reduced ability of FMD.%目的 了解正常高值血压动态血压昼夜节律及血管内皮功能(FMD)、颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT),探讨三者之间的关系.方法 连续收集2010-08-12湘雅医院体检中心正常高值血压者104例,根据动态血压昼夜变化规律分为杓型组(55例)和非杓型组(49例),健康体检者40例为对照组.高分辨超声检测肱动脉FMD及颈动脉IMT.结果 正常高值血压动态血压呈杓型及非杓型各占52.9%及47.1%,杓型组与非杓型组的IMT大于对照组[(0.74±0.06)、(0.75±0.06)比(0.47±0

  11. A Family History of Stroke Is Associated with Increased Intima-Media Thickness in Young Ischemic Stroke - The Norwegian Stroke in the Young Study (NOR-SYS)

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    Øygarden, Halvor; Fromm, Annette; Sand, Kristin Modalsli; Kvistad, Christopher Elnan; Eide, Geir Egil; Thomassen, Lars; Naess, Halvor; Waje-Andreassen, Ulrike

    2016-01-01

    Background and Purpose Positive family history (FH+) of cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a risk factor for own CVD. We aimed to analyze the effect of different types of FH (stroke, coronary heart disease (CHD), peripheral artery disease (PAD) on carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) in young and middle-aged ischemic stroke patients. Methods First-degree FH of CVD was assessed in ischemic stroke patients ≤ 60y using a standardized interview. Carotid ultrasound was performed and far wall cIMT in three carotid artery segments was registered, representing the common carotid (CCA-IMT), carotid bifurcation (BIF-IMT) and the internal carotid artery (ICA-IMT). Measurements were compared between FH+ and FH negative groups and stepwise backward regression analyses were performed to identify factors associated with increased cIMT. Results During the study period 382 patients were enrolled, of which 262 (68%) were males and 233 (61%) reported FH of CVD. Regression analyses adjusting for risk factors revealed age as the most important predictor of cIMT in all segments. The association between FH+ and cIMT was modified by age (p = 0.014) and was significant only regarding ICA-IMT. FH+ was associated with increased ICA-IMT in patients aged < 45y (p = 0.001), but not in patients ≥ 45y (p = 0.083). The association with ICA-IMT was present for a FH of stroke (p = 0.034), but not a FH+ of CHD or PAD. Conclusions FH of stroke is associated with higher ICA-IMT in young ischemic stroke patients. Subtyping of cardiovascular FH is important to investigate heredity in young ischemic stroke patients. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT01597453 PMID:27504830

  12. Assessment of the relationship between selected cardiovascular risk factors and the indices of intima-media thickness and coronary artery calcium score in various stages of chronic kidney disease.

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    Szarejko-Paradowska, Anna; Gluba-Brzózka, Anna; Pietruszyński, Robert; Rysz, Jacek

    2015-12-01

    Renal diseases pose a growing epidemiological and health problem worldwide. Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of deaths among patients with chronic kidney disease. Increased risk of atherosclerosis in these patients results from the occurrence of traditional and non-traditional risk factors. The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between selected risk factors for cardiovascular diseases (age, sex, dyslipidemia, hypertension, etc.), intima-media thickness and coronary artery calcium score in patients with chronic kidney disease stages 2, 3 and 4. This study included 60 patients with chronic kidney disease divided into 3 groups on the basis of disease stage and control group consisting of 20 individuals without diagnosed chronic kidney disease and cardiovascular diseases. Blood analysis and blood pressure measurements were taken. All patients underwent carotid artery ultrasound with the assessment of the intima-media thickness, and heart CT scan in order to assess the index of coronary artery calcification. Logistic regression analysis revealed statistically significant correlation between blood vessels calcification and age--the increase in age by 1 year was associated with the increase in the risk of coronary artery calcification by 6.7 %. The increase in IMT by about 0.1 mm raises the risk of calcification by about 2 %. Second logistic regression model revealed that one-year increase in age was associated with an increase in the risk of intima-media thickening by 6.5 %. Occurrence of hypertension was associated with a ninefold increase in intima-media thickening risk in comparison with patients with normal blood pressure. To sum up, age and hypertension were associated with the growth of IMT in CKD patients, while age and exposure to tobacco smoke were associated with the increase in coronary artery calcium score. The relationship between thickening of IMT and the increase in calcification index in patients was also observed in study

  13. Alterations in adhesion molecules, pro-inflammatory cytokines and cell-derived microparticles contribute to intima-media thickness and symptoms in postmenopausal women.

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    Nicté Figueroa-Vega

    Full Text Available Menopause, the cessation of menses, occurs with estrogens decline, low-grade inflammation, and impaired endothelial function, contributing to atherosclerotic risk. Intima-media thickness (IMT is an early subclinical biomarker of atherosclerosis. Inflammation may have a role on symptoms: hot flashes, anxiety, and depressive mood, which also are related to endothelial dysfunction, increased IMT and cardiovascular risk. In this study we compared several inflammatory markers in early vs. late postmenopausal women and studied the association of IMT and symptoms with these markers in the full sample. In a cross-sectional design including 60 women (53.1 ± 4.4 years old at early and late postmenopause, we evaluated the expression of CD62L, ICAM-1, PSGL-1, CD11b, CD11c, and IL-8R on PBMC by flow cytometry. Serum soluble ICAM-1, sVCAM-1, sCD62E, sCD62P, CXCL8, IL-1β, IL-6, and TNF-α levels were quantified by ELISA. Plasma levels of microparticles (MPs were determined by FACS. Finally, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT was measured by ultrasound. We observed that ICAM-1 expression by lymphocytes and serum sVCAM-1 levels were augmented at late postmenopause. Late postmenopause women with severe hot flashes had increased expression of CD62L and IL-8R on neutrophils. By multivariate analysis, the carotid IMT was strongly associated with membrane-bound TNF-α, CD11b expression, Annexin V(+ CD3(+ MPs, LPS-induced NO production, HDL-cholesterol and age. Depressive mood was associated negatively with PSGL-1 and positively with LPS-induced NO. Finally, Log(AMH levels were associated with carotid IMT, IL-8R expression and time since menopause. IMT and depressive mood were the main clinical features related to vascular inflammation. Aging, hormonal changes and obesity were also related to endothelial dysfunction. These findings provide further evidence for a link between estrogen deficiency and low-grade inflammation in endothelial impairment in mature women.

  14. Cardiovascular risk factors and intima-media complex thickness in women of childbearing age with rheumatoid arthritis

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    2007-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective. To determine frequency and significance of traditional risk factors of cardiovascular pathology development and to assess features of carotids atherosclerotic damage in women of reproductive age with rheumatoid arthritis (RA. Material and methods. 85 women with RA (mean age 42,1±6,8 years and 32 healthy women (mean age 43,2±6,7 years were included. Traditional risk factors of cardiovascular diseases (CVD were examined. Blood lipid spectrum was assessed by content of total cholesterol (CTC, triglycerides (TG and high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDLC. Low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDLC and atherogenity index (AI were calculated. To reveal subclinical forms of atherosclerosis common carotid arteries (CCA duplex scanning with measurement of intima-media complex (IMC was performed using ultrasound system “Acuson 128/XP10” (USA by linear sensor with 7 MHz frequency. C- reactive protein (CRP was assessed by immuno-enzyme assay. Results. Hypertension and lipid metabolism disturbance were the most prevalent risk factors of development and progression of CVD in women of reproductive age with RA. Subclinical atherosclerosis characterized by thickening of IMC was more frequent in RA pts than in healthy women (p<0,001. Presence of extra-articular RA manifestations was accompanied by significant IMC thickening in the region of carotid artery bulb and internal carotid artery (p<0,001, p=0,003. Carotid artery IMC was significantly increased at 3rd RA activity degree in comparison with 1st activity degree (p=0,016 and in the presence of rheumatoid factor in serum (p=0,026. RA pts had IMC thickening irrespectively from CVD history. Conclusion. RA activity as well as HDLC, LDLC and CRP concentration are predictors of vascular atherosclerotic damage in RA

  15. 血清淀粉样蛋白A与2型糖尿病肾病患者颈动脉内膜中层厚度的相关性研究%Association of serum amyloid A with carotid intima-media thickness in type 2 diabetes patients accompanied with diabetic nephropathy

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    郭世喜

    2014-01-01

    Objectives To investigate change of serum amyloid A (SAA) levels in type 2 diabetic patients (T2DM) accompanied with diabetic nephropathy (DN) and association of SAA with carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT).Methods 75 patients with newly diagnosed T2DM were divided into simple T2DM group (SDM group,39 cases),and early diabetic nephropathy group (EDN group,36 cases),and meanwhile choose 35 patients of health examination as control group(NC group).SAA levels were assayed by ELISA technique,and related parameters such as creatinine (Cr),blood urea nitrogen(BUN),blood glucose and lipids,HOMA-insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR),high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsC-RP),CIMT were measured.The relationship between SAA levels,CIMT,other metabolic parameters was also analyzed.Results SAA levels in patients with SDM and EDA groups were significantly increased compared with that of NC group (7.98 ±0.63 vs.6.09 ±0.72 vs.2.75 ± 0.30 mg/L,respectively,P < 0.05 orP < 0.01).CIMT value in patients with SDM and EDA groups was significantly increased compared with that of NC group (1.07 ±0.13vs.0.86 ±0.22 vs.0.72 ±0.13mm,respectively,P <0.05 or P <0.01).SAA level in DN group was positively related to Hs-CRP,interleukin-6 (IL-6),FBG,HOMA-IR,CIMT,quantitative carotid plaque and urinary albumin excretion rate (UAER),and negatively with high-density lipoprotein cholesterols (HDL-C) (P <0.05 orP <0.01).SAA levels in patients with two or more plaques bilaterally were significantly increased compared with that of only one or less plaque in EDA group (P < 0.01).SAA levels in EDA group was positively related to thickness of plaque (r =0.409,P < 0.05).Multiple regression analysis showed that UAER,HOMA-IR,CIMT and Hs-CRP were the independent risk factors of SAA in DN patients.Conclusions Measurement of SAA combined with CIMT can infer effect of SAA on atherosclerosis,evaluate the lesion of early diabetic nephropathy overall,which suggested that early intervention for

  16. 中青年男性体脂分布与颈动脉内膜中层厚度的相关研究%The study of relationship between body fat distribution and carotid intima-media thickness in young and middle-aged men

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    马春朋; 刘兰祥; 杨蕾; 刘晓丽; 王锐; 尹福在; 陆强

    2013-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the relationship between fat distribution and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in young and middle-aged men.Methods Five hundred and one men aged 20-50 years who took physical examination in the first hospital of qinhuangdao were selected.The abdominal obesity group included 299 cases with waist circumference ≥90 cm,and the normol waist circumference group included 202 cases with waist circumference <90 cm.Height,weight and waist circumference were measured and body mass index was calculated.Fasting insulin (FINS) and fasting plasma glucose (FPG) were detected,and homeostasis model assay insulin resistance index (HOMA-IR) was calculated.Total body fat mass (BF),body muscle mass (BM),truncal fat mass (TrF),upper limb fat mass (UF),limb fat mass (LF) were measured by dual energy X-ray absorptiometry (DEXA).BF%(=BF/W) and TrF/BF were calculated.CIMT was detected with color ultrasound.Results (1) The abdominal obesity group showed increased levels of BF%,TrF/BF,BF,BM,TrF,UF,LF,body mass index,waist circumference,CIMT and HOMA-IR,compared with normol waist circumference group (all P <0.05).(2) In Pearson correlation analysis,CIMT had positive correlation with BF%,TrF/BF,BF,BM,TrF,UF,LF,body mass index and waist circumference (R=0.443,0.481,0.429,0.377,0.472,0.376,0.304,all P <0.05).(3)In Pearson correlation analysis,HOMA-IR had positive correlation with BF%,TrF/BF,BF,BM,TrF,UF,LF,body mass index,waist circumference(R =0.510,0.441,0.576,0.502,0.528,0.526,0.577,0.384,0.639,all P<0.05).HOMA-IR had positive correlation with CIMT (R =0.416,P <0.05).(4)In multiple regression analyses,TrF/BF and body mass index were the independent risk factors of CIMT.Conclusion Fat distribution was closely related with CIMT and insulin resistance in young and middle-aged men.To prevent carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases,exercise should be recommended and abdominal obesity should be avoided.%目的 探讨中青年男性体

  17. 脉压增大的高血压患者脉搏波传导速度、颈动脉内膜中层厚度和踝臂指数的检测现状%Examination status of pulse wave velocity, carotid artery intima-media thickness and ankle-brachial index in hypertensive patients with increased pulse pressure

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    隋辉; 马丽媛; 刘明波; 王文

    2014-01-01

    目的:了解脉压增大(脉压≥50 mmHg,1mmHg=0.133kPa)的高血压患者脉搏波传导速度(PWV)、颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)和踝臂指数的检测现状。方法2011年4月至2012年9月,选取中国北部、南部和西部的96个大、中、小城市的709家医院进行的大型横断面调查。入选脉压增大(脉压≥50 mmHg)的高血压患者36259例。根据患者的血压水平、危险因素数量、靶器官损害和心血管疾患分为低危、中危、高危和很高危。根据脉压分为50~60 mmHg,60~70 mmHg和≥70 mmHg三层。询问病史(心血管病、脑血管病、肾脏病和糖尿病史)、吸烟史;记录PWV、IMT和踝臂指数的检查情况。现场测量血压、身高、体重、腰围。结果患者IMT、PWV和踝臂指数的检查率分别为20.7%、8.8%和7.8%,即未做IMT、PWV和踝臂指数检查的患者分别为79.3%、91.2%和92.2%。进一步分析,在检查的患者中, IMT(≥0.9 mm和粥样斑块)、PWV(>12 ms)和踝臂指数(≤0.9)异常的检出率分别为65.7%、40.9%和47.4%。IMT、PWV和踝臂指数异常的检出率在高危患者中分别为86.8%、68.5%和22.9%,在很高危患者中分别为66.1%、40.2%和48.2%。脉压50~60 mmHg,60~70 mmHg和≥70 mmHg组的IMT异常的检出率分别是39.3%,66.6%和80.7%;PWV异常的检出率分别是24.6%,43.0%和59.0%。结论我国城市中,脉压增大(≥50 mmHg)的高血压患者血管病变相关项目的检测率低。%Objective To get to know the examination status of pulse wave velocity (PWV), carotid artery intima-media thickness (CA-IMT) and ankle-brachial index (ABI) in hypertensive patients with increased pulse pressure (≥50 mmHg).Methods A large-scale cross-sectional survey was carried out in 709 hospitals in 96 large, medium and small cities in North, South and West China from Apr. 2011 to Sept. 2012. The patients (n=36259) were chosen and divided into low risk group, mid

  18. Effect of blockade of neuropeptide Y receptor on aortic intima-media thickness and adipose tissue characteristics in normal and obese mice

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    Masoud Alasvand; Bahman Rashidi; Shaghayegh Haghjooy Javanmard; Majid Khazaei

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    Objective(s): Atherosclerosis is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease. Neuropeptide Y (NPY) and its receptors, located in peripheral tissue such as white adipose tissue, have been linked to obesity and fat storage. The role of NPY in atherosclerosis has not yet been fully studied, so this study was conducted to further investigate the effect of BIIE 0246, an NPY receptor antagonist, on aortic intima-media thickness and size and number of adipocyte cells in normal and obese mice...

  19. Effect of blockade of neuropeptide Y receptor on aortic intima-media thickness and adipose tissue characteristics in normal and obese mice

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    Masoud Alasvand

    2015-05-01

    Full Text Available Objective(s: Atherosclerosis is an important risk factor for coronary heart disease. Neuropeptide Y (NPY and its receptors, located in peripheral tissue such as white adipose tissue, have been linked to obesity and fat storage. The role of NPY in atherosclerosis has not yet been fully studied, so this study was conducted to further investigate the effect of BIIE 0246, an NPY receptor antagonist, on aortic intima-media thickness and size and number of adipocyte cells in normal and obese mice. Materials and Methods: Tests were performed on 24 male C57BL/6 mice. The animals were divided into four groups as follows: control (normal, obese (high-fat diet, normal+NPY receptor antagonist (1 μM, 100 µl/Kg BIIE0246 intraperitoneally and obese+NPY receptor antagonist (n=6 each. After 14 days, the animals were sacrificed and epididymal adipose tissue and thoracic aorta were removed. Evaluations were made for adipocyte cell number and size and for aortic intima-media thickness. Results: The group on a high-fat diet showed a significantly decreased number of adipocyte cells and increased cell size (P0.05. Conclusion: NPY receptor antagonist had no effect on adipocyte cell size and aortic intima-media thickness; however, it decreased cell number in the normal group indicating likely involvement in the progression of obesity

  20. Comparison of flow-mediated brachial artery dilatation and carotid intima-media thickness in the diagnosis of coronary artery disease%流量介导的肱动脉扩张与颈动脉内中膜厚度对冠心病诊断作用比较

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    金修才; 赵宝珍

    2006-01-01

    目的:冠心病患者流量介导的肱动脉扩张(flow-mediated vasodilation,FMD)减低,颈动脉内中膜厚度(intima-media thickness,IMT)增厚,但两者对冠心病是否具有诊断作用尚未可知,本文主要探讨肱动脉FMD与颈动脉IMT对冠心病有无诊断作用.方法:在具有冠心病危险因素、具有典型的冠心病临床表现而且行冠状动脉造影检查的患者中,选取50位经冠状动脉造影明确患有冠心病的患者作为冠心病组,50位经冠状动脉造影检查明确没有冠心病的患者作为对照组,分别测量每位患者的肱动脉FMD和颈动脉IMT,通过单因素分析及多因素分析观察两者对冠心病的诊断作用.结果:冠心病组的肱动脉FMD较对照组低,颈动脉IMT较对照组厚,单因素分析发现高脂血症、糖尿病、肱动脉FMD以及颈动脉IMT与冠心病的发生密切相关,而在多因素回归分析中,仅有肱动脉FMD与冠心病的发生密切相关,以FMD<6%为标准,其对冠心病的诊断的敏感性为92%,特异性为88%.结论:肱动脉FMD对冠心病具有诊断价值,IMT则不能用来诊断冠心病.

  1. THE LATENT INTERCONNECTION OF THE FACTORS OF ATHEROSCLEROSIS PROGRESSION WITH A THICKNESS OF INTIMA-MEDIA BY USE OF MULTIDIMENSIONAL STATISTICAL METHODS ANALYSIS

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    A. P. Shavrin

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    Full Text Available The aim – the study of latent relationships between indicators of the thickness of intima-media (CMM and infectious, immune, inflammatory and metabolic factors in patients with varying degrees of severity of vascular changes in these multivariate methods of statistical analysis.Materials and methods. Study included 220 patients (mean age – 43,9 ± 0,5 years who were divided into 3 groups. Group 1 consisted of thepatients with no risk factors of cardiovascular disease (CVD, the 2nd – the presence of the above factors, in third – with atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid artery. Every patient had conducted a comprehensive survey, which included an ultrasound of vessels on the apparatus Aloka 5000 with the measurement of the thickness of KIM, the study of lipid panel, the definition of C-reactive protein and cytokines – tumor necrosis factor-α, interferon-γ, interleukin-1, -8, -4, antibodies to cytomegalovirus immunoglobulin (CMV, herpes simplex virus type 1, C. pneumoniae, H. pylori and β-hemolytic streptococcus group A. The immune system status was assessed by indicators of innate and acquired immunity.Results. According to cluster analysis, all groups of patients revealed the presence of close relationships with linear thickness KIM, infectious, immune and metabolic markers, and in patients with atherosclerotic plaques in blood vessels links with indicators of inflammation are additionally found. Using factor analysis latent variables exist revealed, consisting of indices and thickness of the CMM, in group 1 – blood lipids, in the 2nd – infectious factors (CMV, C. pneumoniae and immune parameters. In the 3rd group vascular wall was linked with infectious diseases, immune and inflammatory indices and blood lipids, and systolic and diastolic blood pressure.Conclusion. The closest relationship with vascular wall of the studied parameters was observed in patients with risk factors of cardiovasculardisease, and in the

  2. Association of clinical androgen excess with radial artery intima media thickness in women with polycystic ovary syndrome.

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    Yilmaz, S A; Kebapcilar, A; Koplay, M; Kerimoglu, O S; Pekin, A T; Gencoglu, B; Dogan, N U; Celik, C

    2015-06-01

    This study explores the relationship between clinical cardiovascular risk factors and clinical androgen excess, with direct comparison to radial artery intima media thickness (rIMT). rIMT of 91 patients with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) were compared with 72 healthy women. Patients were divided into three groups with regard to body mass index (BMI). Group1 = 56 women (31 controls and 25 PCOS) with low BMI(18-22.49 kg/m(2)), Group2 = 36 women (15 controls and 21 PCOS) with normal BMI (22.5-24.99 kg/m(2)) and Group3 = 71 women (26 controls and 45 PCOS) with high BMI (25-30 kg/m(2)). rIMT was significantly higher in patients with PCOS (p = 0.007). rIMT was significantly higher group1 and group3 in patients with PCOS compared to controls (p = 0.007 and p = 0.042, respectively). There was a significant positive association between rIMT levels and fT in women with PCOS in group1 (r = 0.24, p = 0.04). rIMT levels correlated to fT levels in women with PCOS in group3 (r = 0.32, p = 0.03). Modified Ferriman-Gallwey (mFG) scores demonstrated a positive association with free testosterone, total testosterone, free androgen index, waist circumference (WC), LH levels, insulin levels, Homeostasis Model Assessment index(HOMA-IR), rIMT and a negative correlation with sex hormone binding globulin in group1 and group2. mFG scores demonstrated a positive association with free testosterone (r = 0.33, p = 0.029) in group3, but no association was found between mFG and WC, HOMA-IR in group3. Our findings indicate that clinical androgen excess may be associated with cardiovascular disease in patients with PCOS. PMID:26213862

  3. 中老年人糖化血红蛋白水平与颈动脉内膜-中层厚度的相关性研究:广州生物库心血管疾病亚队列%Effects of plasma levels of glycosylated hemoglobin A1c on carotid intima media thickness in the elderly Chinese people:the cardiovascular disease subgroup of Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study

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    林洁明; 林大庆; 江朝强; 徐琳; 刘斌; 岳晓军; 靳雅丽; Thomas GN

    2010-01-01

    Objective To investigate the effect of glycosylated hemoglobin A1c(HbA1c) on carotid atheresclerosis in relatively healthy elderly Chinese people.Methods A total of 1863 relatively healthy Chinese people(≥50 years old)were randomized enrolled from the Guangzhou Biobank Cohort Study(GBCS).Personal general historiy Was collected before the study in all object.The blood pressure,fasting glucose,lipids,HbA1c and common carotid artery intima-median thickness(CCA-IMT)were measured respectively.After adjustment relevant confounding factors,analysis of convariance was used for continuous variable analysis.Results (1)Ater adjusting for age,sex and fasting glucose,mean CCA-IMT were increased significantly with the increase of HbA1c level in all participant(P=0.005).The results of linear regression models show that, HbA1c levels was positively associated with mean CCA-IMT after adjusting for age,sex,smoking,physical activity,waist circumference,systolic and diastolic blood pressure,triglyceride,hish-density,low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and fasting glucose(regression coefficient t=0.014,P=0.03).Compared to the optimal group(HbA1c7.5%)were 1.62(1.10,2.38)and 1.76(0.86,3.63)respectively(P for trend=0.01).Conclusions Increasing HbA1c level is an independent risk factor for carotid athemsclerosis;that HbA1c-lowering treatment may be an important means for preventing the progression of carotid atherosclerosis.%目的 探讨相对健康的中老年人血中糖化血红蛋白(HbAlc)含量对颈动脉硬化的影响.方法 从广州生物库队列中单纯随机抽样收集1863名年龄≥50岁的广州市居民的个人资料,问卷调查其病史、体格检查及测定血清空腹血糖、血脂、HbA1c的含量并应用彩色多普勒超声测量颈总动脉内膜-中层厚度(intima media thickness,IMT).在调整相关混染因素后,应用协方差分析进行连续变量分析.结果 (1)在调整年龄、性别和空腹血糖等因素后,平均颈总动脉IMT随HbA1c

  4. Effect of intensive multifactorial treatment on the intima-media thickness of large arteries in patients with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Xiao-hong ZHAO; Zhe-rong XU; Qin ZHANG; Hai-feng GU; Yun-mei YANG

    2012-01-01

    Objective:To quantify the changes in blood glucose,blood lipids,blood pressure,and the intima-media thickness (IMT) of large arteries in patients with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus who received either intensive multifactorial treatment or conventional treatment.Methods:Two-hundred and ten patients with new-onset type 2 diabetes mellitus were randomly assigned to two groups:an intensive treatment group (n=110) and a conventional treatment group (n=100).Fasting blood glucose (FBG),glycosylated hemoglobin A1c (HbA1c),blood pressure,blood lipids [total cholesterol (TC),triolyceride (TG),low-density lipoprotein C (LDL-C),and high-density lipoprotein C (HDL-C)],and IMTs of large arteries (carotid,iliac,and femoral arteries) were determined before and at one and two years after starting treatment.The patients in the conventional treatment group received routine diabetes management in our outpatient department.Targets were established for patients in the intensive treatment group.Their blood glucose,blood lipids,and blood pressure levels were regularly monitored and therapeutic regimens were adjusted for those whose measurements did not meet the target values until all the parameters met the established targets.Within-group and between-group differences were evaluated.Results:A significantly greater percentage of patients in the intensive treatment group had LDL-C levels that reached the target value one year after starting treatment than those in the conventional treatment group (52.04% vs.33.33%,P<0.05).No significant differences were found between groups for FBG,HbA1c,blood pressure,TG,TC,or HDL-C.The percentages of patients with TG (51.02% vs.34.48%),TC (52.04% vs.33.33%),and LDL-C (61.22% vs.43.67%) who met the respective target values in the intensive treatment group were all significantly higher than the corresponding percentages in the conventional treatment group two years after starting treatment (P<0.05).There were no significant

  5. Small, dense LDL particles predict changes in intima media thickness and insulin resistance in men with type 2 diabetes and prediabetes--a prospective cohort study.

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    Philipp A Gerber

    Full Text Available The association of small, dense low-density lipoprotein (sdLDL particles with an increased cardiovascular risk is well established. However, its predictive value with regard to glucose metabolism and arterial disease in patients with type 2 diabetes has not been thoroughly investigated. We conducted a prospective longitudinal cohort study in patients with (prediabetes who were seen at baseline and after two years. sdLDL particles were determined by gradient gel electrophoresis. Insulin resistance was estimated by using the homeostatic model assessment 2 (HOMA2. Intima media thickness (IMT and flow-mediated dilation (FMD were assessed by ultrasound measurements. Fifty-nine patients (mean age 63.0 ± 12.2 years were enrolled and 39 were seen at follow-up. IMT increased in the whole cohort during follow-up. The change in IMT was predicted by the proportion of sdLDL particles at baseline (p=0.03, and the change in FMD was predicted by LDL-cholesterol levels at baseline (p=0.049. HOMA2 and changes in HOMA2 correlated with the proportion of sdLDL particles and changes in this proportion, respectively (p<0.05 for both. Serum resistin levels increased in parallel with the increasing sdLDL particle number, while serum adiponectin increased only in patients with unaltered sdLDL particle number at follow-up (p<0.01 for both. In conclusion, the proportion of small, dense LDL particles and changes in this proportion are predictive of changes in intima media thickness and insulin resistance, and are closely associated with other determinants of an adverse metabolic status. Thus, this parameter extends the individual risk assessment beyond the limitations of traditional risk markers in patients with dysglycemia.

  6. The effect of fibroblast growth factors and advanced glycation end-products on the intima-media complex thickness in patients with coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes

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    Ekaterina Vladimirovna Ivannikova; Victor Yurievich Kalashnikov; Olga Mikhaylovna Smirnova; Alexander Borisovich Kuznetsov; Sergei Anatolievich Terekhin; Alexander Viktorovich Il'in

    2014-01-01

    ObjectiveTo determine the levels of fibroblast transforming growth factor (TGFβ1), basic fibroblast growth factor (β-FGF), markers of nonspecific inflammatory response (interleukin-6 (IL-6)), C-reactive protein (CRP), advanced glycation end-products (AGEs) and their receptors (RAGEs) and to study their effect on the intima-media complex (IMC) thickness in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD) and type 2 diabetes, depending on carbohydrate metabolism compensation.Materials and Methods37 p...

  7. Relationship between Carotid Intima Media Thickness and Helminth Infections on Flores Island, Indonesia

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    Wiria, A.E.; Wammes, L. J.; Hamid, F.; Dekkers, O. M.; Prasetyani, M.A.; May, L; Kaisar, M.M.; Verweij, J. J.; Tamsma, J. T.; F. Partono; Sartono, E.; Supali, T.; Yazdanbakhsh, M.; Smit, J. W. A.

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    Objective To examine the association between helminth infections and atherosclerosis. Background Chronic helminth infection, which can lead to poor nutritional status and anti-inflammatory response, might protect against the development of atherosclerosis. Methods A cross-sectional study was performed in Flores, Indonesia, an area highly endemic for soil-transmitted helminths (STH). Stool samples from 675 participants aged 18???80 years were collected and screened for Trichur...

  8. Homocysteine and carotid intima-media thickness in ischemic stroke patients are not correlated

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    George Ntaios1, Christos Savopoulos1, Apostolos Hatzitolios1, Ippoliti Ekonomou2, Evangelos Destanis2, Ioannis Chryssogonidis2, Anastasia Chatzinikolaou3, Ifigenia Pidonia3, Dimitrios Karamitsos11First Propedeutic Department of Internal Medicine; 2Department of Radiology; 3Department of Biochemistry, AHEPA Hospital, Aristotle University of Thessaloniki, Thessaloniki, GreeceIntroduction: Hyperhomocysteinemia has been linked to cardiovascular morbidity and mortality by numerous authors. Whether...

  9. Relationship between carotid intima media thickness and helminth infections on Flores Island, Indonesia

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    Wiria, A.E.; Wammes, L.J.; Hamid, F.; Dekkers, O.M.; Prasetyani, M.A.; May, L.; Kaisar, M.M.; Verweij, J.J.; Tamsma, J.T.; Partono, F.; Sartono, E.; Supali, T.; Yazdanbakhsh, M.; Smit, J.W.A.

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    OBJECTIVE: To examine the association between helminth infections and atherosclerosis. BACKGROUND: Chronic helminth infection, which can lead to poor nutritional status and anti-inflammatory response, might protect against the development of atherosclerosis. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was perf

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

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    Jovelić Aleksandra; Rađen Slavica; Hajduković Zoran; Čanji Tibor

    2009-01-01

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

  11. Assessment of carotid diameter and wall thickness in ultrasound images using active contours improved by a multiresolution technique

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    Gutierrez, Marco A.; Pilon, Paulo E.; Lage, Silvia G.; Kopel, Liliane; Carvalho, Ricardo T.; Furuie, Sergio S.

    2002-04-01

    Carotid vessel ultrasound imaging is a reliable non-invasive technique to measure the arterial morphology. Vessel diameter, intima-media thickness (IMT) of the far wall and plaque presence can be reliably determined using B-mode ultrasound. In this paper we describe a semi-automatic approach to measure artery diameter and IMT based on an active contour technique improved by a multiresolution analysis. The operator selects a region-of-interest (ROI) in a series of carotid images obtained from B-mode ultrasound. This set of images is convolved with the corresponding partial derivatives of the Gaussian filter. The filter response is used to compute a 2D gradient magnitude image in order to refine the vessel's boundaries. Using an active contour technique the vessel's border is determined automatically. The near wall media-adventitia (NWMA), far wall media-adventitia (FWMA) and far wall lumen-intima (FWLI) borders are obtained by a least-square fitting of the active contours result. The distance between NWMA and FWLI (vessel diameter) and between FWLI and FWMA (far wall intima-media thickness) are obtained for all images and the mean value is computed during systole and diastole. The proposed method is a reliable and reproducible way of assessing the vessel diameter and far wall intima-media thickness of the carotid artery.

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

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    2009-01-01

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

  13. Continuous Ambulatory Peritoneal Dialysis Patients Show High Prevalence of Carotid Artery Calcification which is Associated with a Higher Left Ventricular Mass Index

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    Oh, Dong-Jin

    2005-01-01

    This study examined intima-media thickness and arterial plaque occurrence in the carotid and brachial arteries in continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients. The study compared 25 CAPD patients with 25 normotensive age- and sex-matched controls. Intima-media thickness and presence of plaque in carotid and brachial artery were measured three times using high-resolution B-mode echocardiography. Left ventricular mass was calculated using the Penn Convection equation. Blood samples...

  14. Dynamic programming in parallel boundary detection with application to ultrasound intima-media segmentation.

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    Zhou, Yuan; Cheng, Xinyao; Xu, Xiangyang; Song, Enmin

    2013-12-01

    Segmentation of carotid artery intima-media in longitudinal ultrasound images for measuring its thickness to predict cardiovascular diseases can be simplified as detecting two nearly parallel boundaries within a certain distance range, when plaque with irregular shapes is not considered. In this paper, we improve the implementation of two dynamic programming (DP) based approaches to parallel boundary detection, dual dynamic programming (DDP) and piecewise linear dual dynamic programming (PL-DDP). Then, a novel DP based approach, dual line detection (DLD), which translates the original 2-D curve position to a 4-D parameter space representing two line segments in a local image segment, is proposed to solve the problem while maintaining efficiency and rotation invariance. To apply the DLD to ultrasound intima-media segmentation, it is imbedded in a framework that employs an edge map obtained from multiplication of the responses of two edge detectors with different scales and a coupled snake model that simultaneously deforms the two contours for maintaining parallelism. The experimental results on synthetic images and carotid arteries of clinical ultrasound images indicate improved performance of the proposed DLD compared to DDP and PL-DDP, with respect to accuracy and efficiency. PMID:23837965

  15. Carotid plaque burden as a measure of subclinical atherosclerosis

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    Sillesen, Henrik; Muntendam, Pieter; Adourian, Aram; Entrekin, Robert; Garcia, Mario; Falk, Erling; Fuster, Valentin

    2012-01-01

    The purpose of this study was to compare carotid plaque burden, carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), ankle-brachial index (ABI), and abdominal aortic diameter (AAD) to coronary artery calcium score (CACS) in people without known cardiovascular disease....

  16. Association of Fetuin-A Levels with Carotid Intima Media Thickness and Valvular Calcification in Hemodialysis and Peritoneal Dialysis Patients

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    Yalçın SOLAK; Ali İNAL; Hüseyin ATALAY; Kayrak, Mehmet; Bıyık, Zeynep; Kültigin TÜRKMEN; Yeksan, Mehdi; Süleyman TÜRK

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Fetuin-A is a negative acute-phase reactant which prevents vascular calcification. Coronary artery disease (CAD) is the most important cause of mortality in patients undergoing renal replacement therapy (RRT). The key element of cardiovascular disease (CVD) seen in end-stage renal disease patients who are on dialysis treatment is accelerated calcific atherosclerosis. There are a limited number of studies in which HD and PD is compared in terms of fetuin-A level.OBJECTIVE: We aimed...

  17. Plasma lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase and carotid intima-media thickness in European individuals at high cardiovascular risk

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    Calabresi, L.; Baldassarre, D.; Simonelli, S.; Gomaraschi, M.; Amato, M; S. Castelnuovo; Frigerio, B.; Ravani, A.; Sansaro, D.; Kauhanen, J.; Rauramaa, R; de Faire, U; Hamsten, A.; de Smit, A. J.; E. Mannarino

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    Lecithin: cholesterol acyltransferase (LCAT) is the enzyme responsible for cholesterol esterification in plasma. LCAT is a major factor in HDL remodeling and metabolism, and it has long been believed to play a critical role in macrophage reverse cholesterol transport (RCT). The effect of LCAT on human atherogenesis is still controversial. In the present study, the plasma LCAT concentration was measured in all subjects (n = 540) not on drug treatment at the time of enrollment in the multicente...

  18. Measurement of the Common Carotid Arteries Intima-Media Thickness by Ultrasonography in Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis.

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    Raouf Rahim Merza; Salah Muhammed Fateh; Hawar Ali Ehsan

    2014-01-01

    Purpose: Rheumatoid arthritis is a chronic inflammatory disabling disease affecting articular and extra articular organs and one of these important organs is cardiovascular system which its involvement is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality of Rheumatoid arthritis patients ; it is important to look for the relation of Rheumatoid arthritis and the extent of cardiovascular involvement among those patients by Ultrasound (US ) which is feasible, simple and low cost investigation and so...

  19. Serum carotenoids reduce progression of early atherosclerosis in the carotid artery wall among Eastern Finnish men.

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    Jouni Karppi

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Several previous epidemiologic studies have shown that high blood levels of carotenoids may be protective against early atherosclerosis, but results have been inconsistent. We assessed the association between atherosclerotic progression, measured by intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery wall, and serum levels of carotenoids. METHODS: We studied the effect of carotenoids on progression of early atherosclerosis in a population-based study. The association between concentrations of serum carotenoids, and intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery wall was explored in 840 middle-aged men (aged 46-65 years from Eastern Finland. Ultrasonography of the common carotid arteries were performed at baseline and 7-year follow-up. Serum levels of carotenoids were analyzed at baseline. Changes in mean and maximum intima media thickness of carotid artery wall were related to baseline serum carotenoid levels in covariance analyses adjusted for covariates. RESULTS: In a covariance analysis with adjustment for age, ultrasound sonographer, maximum intima media thickness, examination year, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, smoking, physical activity, serum LDL cholesterol, family history of coronary heart disease, antihypertensive medication and serum high sensitivity C-reactive protein, 7-year change in maximum intima media thickness was inversely associated with lycopene (p = 0.005, α-carotene (p = 0.002 and β-carotene (p = 0.019, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: The present study shows that high serum concentrations of carotenoids may be protective against early atherosclerosis.

  20. Smoking status and common carotid artery intima-medial thickness among middle-aged men and women based on ultrasound measurement: a cohort study

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    Merz C Noel; Paul-Labrador Maura; Fan Amy Z; Iribarren Carlos; Dwyer James H

    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background Cigarette smoking is an established causal factor for atherosclerosis. However, the smoking effect on different echogenic components of carotid arterial wall measured by ultrasound is not well elucidated. Methods Middle-aged men and women who had IMT measurement ≥ 0.7 mm at baseline and follow-up were included (N = 413, age 40–60 years at baseline in 1995). Intima-media thickness of common carotid artery (CCA-IMT) and its components (echogenic and echolucent layers) were m...

  1. Carotid Artery Wall Layer Dimensions during and after Pre-eclampsia : An investigation using non-invasive high-frequency ultrasound

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    Akhter, Tansim

    2013-01-01

    Pre-eclampsia is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) later in life. The ‘gold standard’ for estimating cardiovascular risk - ultrasound assessment of the common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT) - does not convincingly demonstrate this increased risk. The aim of this thesis was to examine whether high-frequency (22 MHz) ultrasound assessment of the individual CCA intima and media layers and calculation of the intima/media (I/M) ratio - can indicate the...

  2. Grosor de la íntima-media de la arteria carótida en adolescentes obesos y su relación con el síndrome metabólico Intima-media thickness in obese adolescents and their relation with metabolic syndrome

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    C. Torrejón

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Introducción: Los adolescentes obesos presentan mayor riesgo cardiovascular (RCV. La medición del grosor de la intima-media (GIM arterial detecta tempranamente el compromiso vascular. Objetivo: Evaluar si los adolescentes obesos tienen mayor compromiso vascular medido por GIM que los adolescentes no obesos, y si este es mayor en aquellos con síndrome metabólico (SM. Metodología: Grupo estudio (GE, niños obesos, IMC/edad > p95, con y sin SM y grupo control, IMC/edad p10-85, sin patología nutricional ni endocrina. Se midieron concentraciones séricas de lípidos, prueba tolerancia oral a glucosa con insulinemia y ecografía de arteria carótida. Para evaluar diferencia entre grupos se utilizaron pruebas estadísticas paramétricas y no paramétricas. Resultados: Se evaluaron 45 adolescentes obesos (20 mujeres, 19 con SM, edad 13 (9-16 años y 18 controles (14 mujeres, edad 13 (11-16 años. GIM del bulbo carotideo y de la arteria carótida interna (ACI fueron significativamente mayores en GE que grupo control (0,54 vs 0,34; 0,34 vs 0,25, p Introduction: Obese adolescents have higher cardiovascular risk (CVR. Intima-media thickness (IMT detects early arterial vascular compromise. Objective: To evaluate whether obese adolescents have higher vascular compromise measured by IMT than nonobese adolescents, and if this is greater in those with metabolic syndrome (MS. Method: The study group (SG, obese children (BMI/age > p95, with and without MS and control group (CG, non-obese (BMI/age p10-85 and non nutritional or endocrine disease. We measured serum lipids, oral glucose tolerance test with insulin and carotid artery ultrasound. To evaluate the differences between test groups we used parametric and nonparametric statistics. Results: We evaluated 45 obese adolescents (20 women, 19 with MS, age 13 (9-16 years and 18 controls (14 women, aged 13 (11-16 years. IMT of carotid bulb and internal carotid artery (ICA were significantly higher in SG than CG

  3. The effect of fibroblast growth factors and advanced glycation end-products on the intima-media complex thickness in patients with coronary heart disease and type 2 diabetes

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    Ekaterina Vladimirovna Ivannikova

    2014-05-01

    Full Text Available ObjectiveTo determine the levels of fibroblast transforming growth factor (TGFβ1, basic fibroblast growth factor (β-FGF, markers of nonspecific inflammatory response (interleukin-6 (IL-6, C-reactive protein (CRP, advanced glycation end-products (AGEs and their receptors (RAGEs and to study their effect on the intima-media complex (IMC thickness in patients with coronary heart disease (CHD and type 2 diabetes, depending on carbohydrate metabolism compensation.Materials and Methods37 patients with CHD underwent a general clinical examination, analysis of the carbohydrate and lipid metabolism parameters and the renal function, and also were evaluated with instrumental methods of analysis (echocardiography, coronary angiography and duplex scanning of the brachiocephalic arteries. To determine the level of the analyzed parameters, blood samples were taken from the aorta during coronary angiography and concomitantly from the cubital vein in all patients.ResultsThe presence of diabetes mellitus (DM in patients with CHD was found to be associated with a more severe atherosclerotic disease of the coronary and brachiocephalic vessels. A direct correlation between the degree of stenosis and the level of fibroblast growth factors, inflammatory factors, and advanced glycation end-products was found. A direct correlation between AGE and TGFβ1 and the lipid metabolism parameters was established. A statistically significant elevation of the studied parameters in the arterial and venous blood of patients with DM was revealed.ConclusionThese findings confirm the relationship between connective tissue disorders and lipid metabolism in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis. A negative effect of hyperglycaemia on atherosclerotic changes of the vascular wall was demonstrated.

  4. Increased carotid thickness in subjects with recently-diagnosed diabetes from rural Cameroon.

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    Nicola Napoli

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: We have recently shown a high prevalence of diabetes and obesity in rural Cameroon, despite an improved lifestyle. Diabetes in rural Africa remains underdiagnosed and its role in increasing risk of atherosclerosis in these populations is unknown. We investigated the prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors in a population of subjects with recently-diagnosed diabetes from rural Cameroon. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a case-control study, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT was measured in 74 subjects with diabetes (diagnosed 0.9 mm was found in 4%, 45.9% and 20% of diabetic subjects at the common, bulb or internal carotid, respectively. Only 25% of patients had an HbA1c9%. The prevalence of diabetic subjects with abnormal levels of LDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, HDL-cholesterol or blood pressure was 45%, 16.6%, 15% and 65.7%, respectively. CONCLUSIONS: Carotid thickness is increased in subjects with diabetes from a rural area of Cameroon, despite the relatively recent diagnosis. These findings and the high rate of uncontrolled diabetes in this population support the increasing concern of diabetes and cardiovascular diseases in African countries and indicate the need for multifaceted health interventions in urban and rural settings.

  5. Study on Relationship Between Intima Medial Thickness and the Plaque in Stroke Patients on Carotid Artery Sonography

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    The carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is an early structural marker of the atherosclerotic process and is the only non-invasive test that is currently recommended by the American Heart Association for evaluation of the risk. However, use of this parameter has a limitation because it assumes uniform thickness throughout the blood vessel, whereas atherosclerosis is a focal phenomenon that is confined to intima. In fact, plaque can be found along the atherosclerotic blood vessels even though its value is unknown. The aim of this study is to analyze the carotid plaque and IMT in the stroke patients. We investigated the patients with ischemic stroke, who were admitted to the department of neurology at the Stroke Special Hospital from January to March 2008. After the carotid IMT and plaque were assessed by B-mode ultrasonography, IMT and carotid plaque to risk variables (age, sex) were analyzed. The distribution of CCA IMT was significantly different in terms of age (p = 0.004). Likewise, the distribution of carotid plaque was also significantly different in terms of age (p = 0.006). Carotid plaque was 69 and 92% in normal and abnormal CCA IMTs respectively. The results showed that the CCA IMT was closely associated with carotid plaque.

  6. Relation between visceral fat and carotid intimal media thickness in Mexican postmenopausal women: a preliminary report

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    Azpilcueta, Yessica Mireya Moreno; Ortiz, Sergio Rosales

    2016-01-01

    Aim of the study To investigate the relationship between visceral fat and carotid IMT (intima media thickness) in Mexican postmenopausal women. Material and methods In 71 postmenopausal women divided in two groups: group 1, IMT > 1 mm and group 2, IMT ≤ 1 mm, blood pressure, body mass index (BMI), waist hip ratio (WHR), visceral and subcutaneous fats and carotid IMT were analyzed. Descriptive statistics were used and the comparison among those with abnormal and normal IMT was carried out using Mann-Whitney U test; also Spearman's correlation analysis was done. Results When comparing group 1 (n = 9, 12.7%) with group 2 (n = 62, 87.3%), it was found that the subcutaneous fat, visceral fat and systolic blood pressure were significantly greater in group 1 (p < 0.018, p < 0.001 and p < 0.006, respectively), and also in this group there was a correlation between BMI and subcutaneous fat (ρ = 0.686, p < 0.041) and between visceral fat and the systolic blood pressure (ρ = 0.712, p < 0.031). In group 2, there was a correlation between IMT and diastolic blood pressure (ρ = 0.251, p < 0.049). Conclusion Subcutaneous and visceral fat have an unfavorable effect in the carotid IMT and in blood pressure.

  7. 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; Tan, Qihua; Madsen, Jens; Drivsholm, Thomas; Holmskov, Uffe

    2016-01-01

    intima-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...

  8. Despeckle Filtering for Multiscale Amplitude-Modulation Frequency-Modulation (AM-FM) Texture Analysis of Ultrasound Images of the Intima-Media Complex

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    Loizou, C. P.; Murray, V.; Pattichis, M. S.; Pantziaris, M.; Nicolaides, A. N.; Pattichis, C. S.

    2014-01-01

    The intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) is widely used as an early indicator of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Typically, the IMT grows with age and this is used as a sign of increased risk of CVD. Beyond thickness, there is also clinical interest in identifying how the composition and texture of the intima-media complex (IMC) changed and how these textural changes grow into atherosclerotic plaques that can cause stroke. Clearly though texture analysis of ultrasound images can be greatly affected by speckle noise, our goal here is to develop effective despeckle noise methods that can recover image texture associated with increased rates of atherosclerosis disease. In this study, we perform a comparative evaluation of several despeckle filtering methods, on 100 ultrasound images of the CCA, based on the extracted multiscale Amplitude-Modulation Frequency-Modulation (AM-FM) texture features and visual image quality assessment by two clinical experts. Texture features were extracted from the automatically segmented IMC for three different age groups. The despeckle filters hybrid median and the homogeneous mask area filter showed the best performance by improving the class separation between the three age groups and also yielded significantly improved image quality. PMID:24734038

  9. Long-term use of first-line highly active antiretroviral therapy is not associated with carotid artery stiffness in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients

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    Haohui Zhu

    2014-09-01

    Full Text Available Objective: To evaluate whether or not highly active antiretroviral therapy is associated with carotid artery stiffness in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients in Henan Province, China. Method: Fifty human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients with at least a 5-year history of highly active antiretroviral therapy use and 50 human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients without a history of highly active antiretroviral therapy use were enrolled in this study. Carotid artery intima-media thickness and stiffness were determined by quantitative inter-media thickness and quantitative artery stiffness, respectively. Results: No statistically significant difference in carotid artery intima-media thickness and stiffness was observed between groups. A significant association between human immunodeficiency virus infection time and carotid artery stiffness was observed, but no significant association between human immunodeficiency virus infection time and intima-media thickness was found. No significant association between intima-media thickness, stiffness, and CD4+ and CD8+ T-cell counts were observed. Conclusion: The first-line highly active antiretroviral therapy currently used in China is not associated with carotid artery stiffness in human immunodeficiency virus-positive patients with good highly active antiretroviral therapy compliance. Human immunodeficiency virus may play a role in the development of atherosclerosis.

  10. Espessamento médio-intimal na origem da artéria subclávia direita como marcador precoce de risco cardiovascular Intima-media thickness in the origin of right subclavian artery as an early marker of cardiovascular risk

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    Carlos Alberto Engelhorn

    2006-11-01

    EMI na origem da artéria subclávia direita pode ser considerado um marcador mais precoce para avaliação de risco cardiovascular.OBJECTIVE: Common carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT is considered a factor of cardiovascular risk and an early marker of coronary artery disease. This study aimed to investigate the existence of a correlation between IMT in the carotid arteries and at the origin of the right subclavian artery, as well as to evaluate IMT in the subclavian artery as an earlier marker of cardiovascular risk. METHODS: One hundred and six consecutive patients, 52 males and 54 females, average age 51 years, underwent color Doppler ultrasonography to evaluate carotid and right subclavian arteries. The relationship between carotid IMT and right subclavian IMT was assessed using the Pearson's correlation coefficient analysis and a 95% confidence interval. Reliability of right subclavian artery IMT measurement for the diagnosis of early thickening (considering a > 0.8 mm carotid thickness as reference was described as to sensitivity, specificity, positive predictive value, negative predictive value, and accuracy. Cut-off values for the right subclavian IMT were indicated by the ROC curve, and p values 0.8 mm. The mean IMT value for the carotid artery was 0.87 mm (SD = 0.23 and for the subclavian artery, 1.17 mm (SD = 0.46, with a 0.31 correlation coefficient (95% CI: 0.12; 0.47. The ROC curve analysis indicated a cut-off value of 0.7 mm for the right subclavian artery IMT, using as reference a 0.8 mm cut-off value for the carotid artery (91% sensitivity, 27% specificity, 66% PPV, 65% NPV, and 66% accuracy. CONCLUSION: Our study showed that carotid artery IMT correlates well with right subclavian artery IMT. With a 0.7 mm cut-off value, it is possible to detect IMT in the right subclavian artery earlier than in the carotid arteries. The IMT at the origin of the right subclavian artery can be considered an earlier marker for the assessment of cardiovascular

  11. Independent association between serum sclerostin levels and carotid artery atherosclerosis in prevalent haemodialysis patients

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    Alper KIRKPANTUR; BALCI, Mustafa; Turkvatan, Aysel; Afsar, Baris

    2015-01-01

    Background Sclerostin is a soluble inhibitor of the Wnt signalling pathway and has been shown to be associated with decreased bone turnover and vascular and/or valvular calcification in patients with chronic kidney disease. Common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) assessment and common carotid artery (CCA) plaque identification with ultrasound imaging are well-recognized tools for the identification and monitoring of atherosclerosis. The aim of the present study was to investigate ...

  12. Сharacteristics of flexible elastic properties of the carotid arteries in women with arterial hypertension

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    Коval О.A.; Zubko I.M.

    2013-01-01

    The article presents the results of study of the features of the carotid wall structure using ultrasound scanning with differential measurement of intima and media thickness, as well as characteristics of arterial elasticity in women with hypertension without comorbidities. It is shown that in women with hypertension vascular remodeling occurs mainly in the form of thickening of the intima-media due to increase in the media layer and is associated with remodeling of the left heart. Carotid re...

  13. Carotid artery wall thickness: comparison between sonography and multi-detector row CT angiography

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    Saba, Luca [University of Cagliari, Department of Radiology, Policlinico Universitario, Cagliari (Italy); Sanfilippo, Roberto; Montisci, Roberto [Policlinico Universitario, Department of Vascular Surgery, Cagliari (Italy); Mallarini, Giorgio [University of Cagliari, Department of Radiology, Policlinico Universitario, Cagliari (Italy); Ospedale San Giovanni di Dio, Institute of Radiology, Cagliari (Italy)

    2010-02-15

    Prospective studies have shown that an increased thickness of the carotid wall is a significant predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular complications. Our purpose was to assess the agreement between multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) angiography (MDCTA) and colour Doppler ultrasound (CD-US) in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and the intima-media thickness (IMT). Altogether, 97 subjects (age range 64-84 years) were prospectively analysed using a four-detector row CT and a sonographic scanner. In total, 46 subjects had shown cerebral ischaemic symptoms. CAWT and IMT were measured in each patient using MDCTA and CD-US (by applying a digital calliper), respectively. Continuous data were described as the mean value {+-} standard deviation and were compared using the Mann-Whitney U test. A p value <0.05 was considered significant. Bland-Altman statistics was employed to measure the agreement between MDCTA and CD-US. CAWT ranged from 0.5 to 1.53 mm, with a mean value of 0.9072 mm. IMT ranged from 0.46 to 1.5 mm, with a mean value of 0.8839 mm. By analysing the Bland-Altman plot, we observed an excellent agreement between CD-US and MDCTA with a bias between methods of 0.023 {+-} 0.0424 mm. A limit of agreement from -0.06 to 0.106 was recorded. Correlation coefficient r was 0.9855 (95% confidence interval 0.9808-0.989). Mann-Whitney U test indicated a p value of 0.377. Obtained results indicated a significant agreement between MDCTA and CD-US in the measurement of CAWT and IMT. (orig.)

  14. Carotid artery wall thickness: comparison between sonography and multi-detector row CT angiography

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    Prospective studies have shown that an increased thickness of the carotid wall is a significant predictor of coronary and cerebrovascular complications. Our purpose was to assess the agreement between multi-detector row computed tomography (CT) angiography (MDCTA) and colour Doppler ultrasound (CD-US) in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and the intima-media thickness (IMT). Altogether, 97 subjects (age range 64-84 years) were prospectively analysed using a four-detector row CT and a sonographic scanner. In total, 46 subjects had shown cerebral ischaemic symptoms. CAWT and IMT were measured in each patient using MDCTA and CD-US (by applying a digital calliper), respectively. Continuous data were described as the mean value ± standard deviation and were compared using the Mann-Whitney U test. A p value <0.05 was considered significant. Bland-Altman statistics was employed to measure the agreement between MDCTA and CD-US. CAWT ranged from 0.5 to 1.53 mm, with a mean value of 0.9072 mm. IMT ranged from 0.46 to 1.5 mm, with a mean value of 0.8839 mm. By analysing the Bland-Altman plot, we observed an excellent agreement between CD-US and MDCTA with a bias between methods of 0.023 ± 0.0424 mm. A limit of agreement from -0.06 to 0.106 was recorded. Correlation coefficient r was 0.9855 (95% confidence interval 0.9808-0.989). Mann-Whitney U test indicated a p value of 0.377. Obtained results indicated a significant agreement between MDCTA and CD-US in the measurement of CAWT and IMT. (orig.)

  15. A Data Mining Approach for Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis Using Heart Rate Variability and Images of Carotid Arteries

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    Hyeongsoo Kim; Musa Ibrahim M. Ishag; Minghao Piao; Taeil Kwon; Keun Ho Ryu

    2016-01-01

    In this paper, we proposed not only an extraction methodology of multiple feature vectors from ultrasound images for carotid arteries (CAs) and heart rate variability (HRV) of electrocardiogram signal, but also a suitable and reliable prediction model useful in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (CVD). For inventing the multiple feature vectors, we extract a candidate feature vector through image processing and measurement of the thickness of carotid intima-media (IMT). As a complementar...

  16. An automatic 2D CAD algorithm for the segmentation of the IMT in ultrasound carotid artery images

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    Ilea, Dana E.; Whelan, Paul F.; Brown, C.; Stanton, A

    2009-01-01

    Common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is a reliable measure of early atherosclerosis - its accurate measurement can be used in the process of evaluating the presence and tracking the progression of disease. The aim of this study is to introduce a novel unsupervised Computer Aided Detection (CAD) algorithm that is able to identify and measure the IMT in 2D ultrasound carotid images. The developed technique relies on a suite of image processing algorithms that embeds a statistical model t...

  17. The ZC3HC1 rs11556924 polymorphism is associated with increased carotid intima-media thickness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis

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    López-Mejías, Raquel; Genre, Fernanda; García-Bermúdez, Mercedes; Corrales, Alfonso; González-Juanatey, Carlos; Llorca, Javier; Miranda-Filloy, José A.; Rueda-Gotor, Javier; Blanco, Ricardo; Castañeda, Santos; Martín, J.; Miguel A. González-Gay

    2013-01-01

    Abstract Introduction Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a complex polygenic disease associated with chronic inflammation, accelerated atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular (CV) mortality. A recent meta-analysis has described the ZC3HC1 rs11556924 polymorphism as one of the most important signals associated with coronary artery disease (CAD) in non-rheumatic Caucasian individuals. In this study we evaluated the potential association of this gene polymorphism with subclinical atherosclerosis ...

  18. Carotid intima media thickness is associated with plasma lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) mass in nondiabetic subjects but not in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    Constantinides, Alexander; van Pelt, L. Joost; van Leeuwen, Jeroen J. J.; de Vries, Rindert; Tio, Rene A.; van der Horst, Iwan C. C.; Sluiter, Wim J.; Dullaart, Robin P. F.

    2011-01-01

    Background A recent meta-analysis showed that both plasma lipoprotein-associated phospholipase A(2) (Lp-PLA(2)) mass and activity independently predict cardiovascular events. Notably, Lp-PLA(2) activity but not mass was found to be a determinant of cardiovascular outcome in type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  19. The CD4/CD8 Ratio is Inversely Associated with Carotid Intima-Media Thickness Progression in Human Immunodeficiency Virus-Infected Patients on Antiretroviral Treatment.

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    Bernal Morell, Enrique; Serrano Cabeza, José; Muñoz, Ángeles; Marín, Irene; Masiá, Mar; Gutiérrez, Félix; Cano, Alfredo

    2016-07-01

    Inversion of the CD4/CD8 ratio (nonnucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors, 6 (6.25%) with integrase inhibitors, 3 (3.12%) with maraviroc, and 2 (2.08%) just with nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhibitors. The mean of ART exposition was 6.9 ± 5.9 years. Twenty six (27%) patients had family history of ischemic heart disease, 51 (53.12%) were smokers, 12 (12.5%) were hypertensive, 4 (4.16%) had type 2 diabetes, 23 (23.9%) had dyslipidemia, and 31 (32.3%) were infected with hepatitis C virus. Baseline cIMT was significantly associated with age (rho = 0.497; p < .001), basal glucemia (rho = 0.323; p = .001), triglycerides (rho = 0.232; p = .023), Framingham risk score (rho = 0.324; p = .001), CD4/CD8 ratio (rho = -0.176; p = .05), and dyslipidemia (0.72 ± 0.16 mm vs. 0.63 ± 0.11 mm; p = .029). In multivariable analysis where cardiovascular risk factor and ART were included, cIMT progression was inversely associated with CD4/CD8 ratio [odds ratio (OR) = 0.283; confidence interval (95% CI) 0.099-0.809; p = .019]. In conclusion, the inversion of CD4/CD8 ratio in treated HIV-infected patients is independently associated with cIMT progression, a marker of coronary heart disease. Therefore, it might be clinically useful as predictor of cardiovascular events. PMID:27005326

  20. Carotid Artery Intima-Media Thickness and Cutaneous Microvascular Function are Associated With Vitamin C Levels in Young Patients With Type 1 Diabetes

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    Odermarsky, Michal; Lykkesfeldt, Jens; Liuba, Petru

    2008-01-01

    Background: Vascular endothelial dysfunction and accelerated thickening of arterial intima contribute to increased cardiovascular morbidity in type 1 diabetes. Although vitamin C has important antioxidant functions, and increased oxidative stress is a central mechanism of vascular abnormalities in...... measured skin perfusion was expressed as % maximal increase from baseline. Markers of systemic inflammation (C-reactive protein, fibrinogen and orosomucoid), lipids (total, LDL and HDL cholesterol) and glycosylated hemoglobin (HbA1c) were measured in EDTA plasma. Ascorbate was analyzed in meta......-phosphoric acid-stabilized EDTA-plasma by high-performance liquid chromatography. Results: In univariate regression analysis, both cIMT and skin microvascular response to ACH correlated with ascorbate levels (r=-0.29; p=0.04, and r=0.43; p=0.004 respectively). The relationships between these vascular indexes and...

  1. Evaluation of intima media thickness of carotid arteries in 40-60 years old persons with type d personality and its comparison with normal ones

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    Fariborz Khorvash

    2013-01-01

    Conclusions: We conclude that type D personality increases the risk of cardiovascular diseases specially the stroke and myocardial infarction due to the higher prevalence of hormonal imbalances leading to arterial vasospasm and atherosclerotic disease. As a result, it is necessary to evaluate and treat these patients due to increased risk of atherosclerotic diseases, stoke, and myocardial infarction.

  2. Utilization of a global data grid repository in CAD assessment of carotid wall thickness

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    Gutierrez, Marco A.; Lee, Jasper; Zhou, Zheng; Pilon, Paulo E.; Lage, Silvia G.

    2007-03-01

    A CAD method of calculating wall thickness of carotid vessels addresses the time-consuming issue of using B-mode ultrasound as well as inter- and intra-observer variability in results. Upon selection of a region-of-interest and filtering of a series of ultrasound carotid images, the CAD is able to measure the geometry of the lumen and plaque surfaces using a least-square fitting of the active contours during systole and diastole. To evaluate the approach, ultrasound image sequences from 30 patients were submitted to the procedure. The images were stored on an international data grid repository that consists of three international sites: Image Processing and Informatics (IPI) Laboratory at University of Southern California, USA; InCor (Heart Institute) at Sao Paulo, Brazil, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong. The three chosen sites are connected with high speed international networks including the Internet2, and the Brazilian National Research and Education Network (RNP2). The Data Grid was used to store, backup, and share the ultrasound images and analysis results, which provided a large-scale and a virtual data system. In order to study the variability between the automatic and manual definition of artery boundaries, the pooled mean and the standard deviation for the difference between measurements of lumen diameter were computed. The coefficient of variation and correlation were also calculated. For the studied population the difference between manual and automatic measurement of the lumen diameter (LD) and intima-media-thickness (IMT) were 0.12 +/-0.10 and 0.09+/- 0.06, respectively.

  3. Correlation between Syndrome Differentiation and Treatment Uariation of Metabolic Syndrome and Urine Trace Albumin and Intima Media Thickness%代谢综合征中医辨证分型与尿微量白蛋白及颈动脉内膜中层厚度关系

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    赵娜; 刘莉; 隋艳波

    2015-01-01

    Objective:To explore the relationship between the urine trace albumin and intima media thickness among Met-abolic Syndrome ( MS) patients with different traditional Chinese medicine( TCM) syndromes, and to provide some ob-jective basis for syndrome differentiation and treatment variation.Methods:Eighty patients were enrolled and assigned to inter-stagnation phlegm and blood stasis type, Qi stagnation and dampness obstruction type, Qi asthenia of the spleen and kidney type, asthenia of Qi and Yin type according to TCM syndrome.Ccompare the general information,the urine trace albumin and intima media thickness among them.Results:MAU of MS patients with inter-stagnation phlegm and blood stasis type was higher than Qi stagnation and dampness obstruction type and Qi asthenia of the spleen and kidney type ( P<0.05 ); IMT of MS patients with inter-stagnation phlegm and blood stasis type was much greater than Qi stagnation and dampness obstruction type (P<0.01), and was also greater than Qi asthenia of the spleen and kidney type and asthenia of Qi and Yin type (P<0.05).Conclusion:MS patients with inter-stagnation phlegm and blood sta-sis type shouldpay more attention to the prevention and treatment of renal and vascular complications,and urine trace al-bumin and intima media thickness can be a reference of traditional Chinese medicine in patients with MS.%目的:探讨代谢综合征( MS)患者不同中医证型的尿微量白蛋白及颈动脉内膜中层厚度的关系,为中医辨证论治提供一定的客观依据。方法:选择MS患者80例,根据中医证候分为痰瘀互结型,气滞湿阻型,脾肾气虚型和气阴两虚型。对患者的一般资料、尿微量白蛋白检测结果及颈动脉内膜中层厚度进行比较。结果:MS痰瘀互结型患者的MAU高于气滞湿阻型及脾肾气虚型( P<0.05);MS痰瘀互结型患者的IMT大于气滞湿阻型(P<0.01),大于脾肾气虚型及气阴两虚型(P<0.05)

  4. Relationship of Elongated Styloid Process in Digital Panoramic Radiography with Carotid Intima Thickness and Carotid Atheroma in Doppler Ultrasonography in Osteoporotic Females

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    Shahram Hamedani; Mohammad Hossein Dabbaghmanesh; Zahra Zare; Mahvash Hasani; Mahshid Torabi Ardakani; Mahsa Hasani; Shoaleh Shahidi

    2015-01-01

    Statement of the Problem: Cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis are major health dilemmas. Osteoporotic patients frequently display vascular calcification that consequently increases the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the relation of osteoporosis, vascular calcification (atheroma, intima-media thickness (IMT)) and elongated styloid process (ESP) in a sample of osteoporotic and normal female individuals. Materials and Method: This study...

  5. Comparison of Different Edge Detections and Noise Reduction on Ultrasound Images of Carotid and Brachial Arteries Using a Speckle Reducing Anisotropic Diffusion Filter

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    Rafati, Mehravar; Arabfard, Masoud; Rafati-Rahimzadeh, Mehrdad

    2014-01-01

    Background: Common carotid artery (CCA) ultrasound with measurement of intima-media thickness (IMT) is a safe and noninvasive technique for assessing subclinical atherosclerosis and determining cardiovascular risks. Moreover, the pattern of wall thickening in the brachial artery (BA) is rather diffuse compared to the carotid artery and may be a more sensitive indicator of long-term systemic exposure to risk factors. Therefore noninvasive evaluation of mechanical parameters changes of both art...

  6. ULTRASONOGRAPHIC ASSESSMENT OF COMMON CAROTID ARTERY ATHEROSCLEROSIS IN PATIENTS OF RHEUMATOID ARTHRITIS

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    Jayakumar

    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis (R.A. have a marked increase in Carotid Atherosclerosis independent of traditional risk factors like family history of myocardial infarction in first degree male relatives younger than 55 years of age or first degree female relatives younger than 65 years of age, smoking, hypertension (D efined as blood pressure of 140/90 mm hg or higher, diabetes mellitus and fasting serum cholesterol levels including age. Chronic inflammation and possibly disease severity and duration are atherogenic in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients. Preclinical disease may also be identified by using ultrasonography to determine carotid intimal - media thickness, an indirect measure of atherosclerosis. The common carotid artery Intima media thickness in Rheumatoid Arthritis patients is positively associated with disease duration, Early Rheumatoid Arthritis (D uration less or = 1 year is associated with lesser Intima media thickness than was Rheumatoid Arthritis of longer duration. Increased carotid artery Intima media thickness and the presence of carotid plaque are associated with markers of systemic inflammation in patients with Rheumatoid Arthritis and in healthy subjects. OBJECTIVE OF THE STUDY: To determine preclinical atherosclerosis occurring prematurely in patients of Rheumatoid Arthritis by ultrasonograhic measurement Common Carotid Artery Intima media thickness and to evaluate the risk factors associated with arterial intima media thickness in patient of Rheumatoid Arthritis. RESULTS: In RA patients, common carotid artery IMT was significantly higher when compared to healthy controls (0.65 ± 0.06 v/s 0.57 ± 0.049 and was significantly associated with the duration of RA, swollen joint count and erosive changes on hand x - ray independently of other confounding variables. CONCLUSION: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis have a marked increase in carotid atherosclerosis independent of traditional risk factors

  7. Association between Fibrinogen and Carotid Atherosclerosis According to Smoking Status in a Korean Male Population

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    Cho, Hye Min; Kang, Dae Ryong; Kim, Hyeon Chang; Oh, Sun Min; Kim, Byeong-Keuk; Suh, Il

    2015-01-01

    Purpose Although inconsistent, reports have shown fibrinogen levels to be associated with atherosclerosis. Accordingly, since cigarette smoking is associated with increased levels of fibrinogen and atherosclerosis, it may also affect the association between fibrinogen and atherosclerosis. We investigated the associations between fibrinogen and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) according to smoking status in a Korean male population. Materials and Methods Plasma fibrinogen levels were measu...

  8. Serum Carotenoids Reduce Progression of Early Atherosclerosis in the Carotid Artery Wall among Eastern Finnish Men

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    Jouni Karppi; Sudhir Kurl; Kimmo Ronkainen; Jussi Kauhanen; Laukkanen, Jari A.

    2013-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Several previous epidemiologic studies have shown that high blood levels of carotenoids may be protective against early atherosclerosis, but results have been inconsistent. We assessed the association between atherosclerotic progression, measured by intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery wall, and serum levels of carotenoids. METHODS: We studied the effect of carotenoids on progression of early atherosclerosis in a population-based study. The association between conce...

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

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    Stolić Radojica

    2010-01-01

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

  10. Correlation between blood biochemical indexes and common carotid ultrasound traits in males with metabolic syndrome

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    Objective: To determine the independent predictors of common carotid intima-media thickness (CC-IMT) and to establish the optimum binary classification equation of CC-IMT in males with metabolic syndrome (MS). Methods: The study retrospectively analyzed some indexes of 153 male adults (109 patients with MS and 44 healthy controls) who underwent the B-mode ultrasonography test. Results: The level of lumen Diameter of common carotid artery was significantly increased (Pmean of common carotid artery reduced remarkably (Pmean entered the optimum binary classification equation. Conclusion: The components of MS, especially BMI, can thicken CC-IMT and slow down Vmean. (authors)

  11. A comparison of ultrasound measurements to assess carotid atherosclerosis development in subjects with and without type 2 diabetes

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    Zinman Bernard

    2005-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Subjects with type 2 diabetes are at an increased risk of vascular complications. The use of carotid ultrasound remains an attractive, non-invasive method to monitor atherosclerotic disease progression and/or response to treatment in patients with type 2 diabetes, with intima-media thickness routinely used as the gold standard to detect pathology. However, alternative measurements, such as plaque area or volume, may represent a potentially more powerful approach. Thus, the objective of this study was to compare the traditional intima-media thickness measurement against the novel total plaque volume measurement in analyzing carotid atherosclerosis development in individuals with type 2 diabetes. Methods The case-control study included 49 Oji-Cree adults with diabetes or impaired glucose tolerance, aged 21–69, and 49 sex- and age-matched normoglycemic subjects. At baseline, metabolic variables were measured, including body mass index, waist circumference, total cholesterol:high density lipoprotein ratio, plasma triglycerides, plasma glucose, and serum insulin. Carotid ultrasound measurements, 7 years later, assessed carotid arterial intima-media thickness and total plaque volume. Results At baseline, the two groups were well matched for smoking habits, hypertension, body mass index, and waist circumference. Differences were noted in baseline measurements of total cholesterol:high density lipoprotein (P = 0.0006, plasma triglycerides (P P P = 0.037, but not intima-media thickness measurements, were higher in subjects with diabetes/impaired glucose tolerance compared to the normoglycemic controls. Correlation between intima-media thickness and total plaque volume was moderate. Based on our study findings, to achieve power levels >0.70 when comparing intima-media thickness measurements for diabetics versus non-diabetics, thousands of study subjects are required. For comparing total plaque volume measurements, only hundreds of

  12. Impact of family history on relations between insulin resistance, LDL cholesterol and carotid IMT in healthy adults.

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    Anderwald, Christian

    2010-08-01

    Insulin resistance (IR) is implicated as an independent risk factor for vascular disease. The aim of this study was to assess the impact of family history (FH) of type 2 diabetes (T2DM) and\\/or cardiovascular disease (CVD) on the associations between IR, low-density-lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and subclinical atherosclerosis (common and internal carotid artery intima media thickness (IMT)) in healthy European adults.

  13. Carotid intimal-media thickness as a surrogate for cardiovascular disease events in trials of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors

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    Morgan Timothy

    2005-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Surrogate measures for cardiovascular disease events have the potential to increase greatly the efficiency of clinical trials. A leading candidate for such a surrogate is the progression of intima-media thickness (IMT of the carotid artery; much experience has been gained with this endpoint in trials of HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins. Methods and Results We examine two separate systems of criteria that have been proposed to define surrogate endpoints, based on clinical and statistical arguments. We use published results and a formal meta-analysis to evaluate whether progression of carotid IMT meets these criteria for HMG-CoA reductase inhibitors (statins. IMT meets clinical-based criteria to serve as a surrogate endpoint for cardiovascular events in statin trials, based on relative efficiency, linkage to endpoints, and congruency of effects. Results from a meta-analysis and post-trial follow-up from a single published study suggest that IMT meets established statistical criteria by accounting for intervention effects in regression models. Conclusion Carotid IMT progression meets accepted definitions of a surrogate for cardiovascular disease endpoints in statin trials. This does not, however, establish that it may serve universally as a surrogate marker in trials of other agents.

  14. IGF-1 and Insulin Resistance Are Major Determinants of Common Carotid Artery Thickness in Morbidly Obese Young Patients.

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    Sirbu, Anca; Nicolae, Horia; Martin, Sorina; Barbu, Carmen; Copaescu, Catalin; Florea, Suzana; Panea, Cristina; Fica, Simona

    2016-03-01

    We assessed the relationship between insulin resistance, serum insulin-like growth factor 1 (IGF-1) levels, and common carotid intima-media thickness (CC-IMT) in morbidly obese young patients. A total of 249 patients (aged 37.9 ± 9.8 years, body mass index [BMI] 45.6 ± 8.3 kg/m(2)) were evaluated (metabolic tests, serum IGF-1 measurements, homeostasis model assessment-insulin resistance [HOMA-IR], and ultrasonographically assessed CC-IMT) in a research program for bariatric surgery candidates. After adjusting for age, gender, BMI, systolic blood pressure, uric acid, antihypertensive and lipid-lowering treatment, metabolic syndrome, and metabolic class, both HOMA-IR and IGF-1 z-score were significantly associated with CC-IMT. These results were confirmed in logistic regression analysis, in which age (β = 1.11, P = .001), gender (β = 3.19, P = .001), HOMA-IR (β = 1.221, P = .005), and IGF-1 z-score (β = 1.734, P = .009) were the only independent determinants of abnormal CC-IMT, presumably modulating the effect of the other risk factors included in the regression. Area under the receiver-operating characteristic curve for the model was 0.841 (confidence interval: 0.776-0.907; P insulin resistance and IGF-1 z-score are significantly associated with CC-IMT, independent of other major cardiovascular risk factors. PMID:26085193

  15. Clinical Significance of Arterial Stiffness and Thickness Biomarkers in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus: An Up-To-Date Meta-Analysis

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    Yapei, Yang; Xiaoyan, Ren; Sha, Zeng; Li, Pan; Xiao, Meng; Shuangfeng, Chen; Lexin, Wang; Lianqun, Cui

    2015-01-01

    Background Type 2 Diabetes mellitus (T2DM) is associated with increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Previous studies explored the association of T2DM with arterial stiffness and thickness biomarkers including the augmentation index (AIX), aortic pulse wave velocity (aPWV), brachial-ankle PWV (baPWV), carotid intima-media wall thickness (IMT) as well as blood pressure (BP), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C); however the conclusions are either inconsistent or incomprehensive...

  16. Grosor de la íntima-media de la arteria carótida en adolescentes obesos y su relación con el síndrome metabólico Intima-media thickness in obese adolescents and their relation with metabolic syndrome

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    C. Torrejón; Hevia, M; Ureta, E.; X. Valenzuela; P. Balboa

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    Introducción: Los adolescentes obesos presentan mayor riesgo cardiovascular (RCV). La medición del grosor de la intima-media (GIM) arterial detecta tempranamente el compromiso vascular. Objetivo: Evaluar si los adolescentes obesos tienen mayor compromiso vascular medido por GIM que los adolescentes no obesos, y si este es mayor en aquellos con síndrome metabólico (SM). Metodología: Grupo estudio (GE), niños obesos, IMC/edad > p95, con y sin SM y grupo control, IMC/edad p10-85, sin patología n...

  17. Obesity and carotid artery remodeling

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    Kozakova, M; Palombo, C; Morizzo, C;

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND/OBJECTIVE: The present study tested the hypothesis that obesity-related changes in carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) might represent not only preclinical atherosclerosis but an adaptive remodeling meant to preserve circumferential wall stress (CWS) in altered hemodynamic conditions...... and CCA LD (266 healthy subjects with wide range of body weight (24-159 kg)); (B) longitudinal associations between CCA LD and 3-year IMT progression rate (ΔIMT; 571 healthy non-obese subjects without increased cardiovascular (CV) risk); (C) the impact of obesity on CCA geometry and CWS (88 obese...... subjects without CV complications and 88 non-obese subjects matched for gender and age). RESULTS: CCA LD was independently associated with SV that was determined by body size. In the longitudinal study, baseline LD was an independent determinant of ΔIMT, and ΔIMT of subjects in the highest LD quartile was...

  18. Resistência insulínica pode prejudicar a redução da espessura mediointimal em adolescentes obesos Insulin resistance can impair reduction on carotid intima-media thickness in obese adolescents

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    Priscila de Lima Sanches; Marco Túlio de Mello; Francisco Antonio Helfestein Fonseca; Natália Elias; Aline de Piano; June Carnier; Lian Tock; Lila Missae Oyama; Sergio Tufik; Ana Dâmaso

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    FUNDAMENTO: O processo aterosclerótico no nível endotelial começa em idade precoce e parece estar associado com a obesidade e suas comorbidades como a resistência insulínica. OBJETIVO: O objetivo deste estudo foi verificar a influência da resistência insulínica em marcadores inflamatórios e subclínicos de aterosclerose em adolescentes obesos. MÉTODOS: Sessenta e seis adolescentes obesos pós-púberes foram divididos em dois grupos de acordo com o índice de resistência insulínica estimado pelo M...

  19. Effects of atorvastatin and simvastatin on low-density lipoprotein subfraction profile, low-density lipoprotein oxidizability, and antibodies to oxidized low-density lipoprotein in relation to carotid intima media thickness in familial hypercholesterolemia.

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    Tits, L.J.H. van; Smilde, T.J.; Wissen, S. van; Graaf, J. de; Kastelein, J.J.P.; Stalenhoef, A.F.H.

    2004-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Little is known about the effects of statins on the quality of circulating low-density lipoprotein (LDL) in relation to atherosclerosis progression. METHODS: In a double-blind, randomized trial of 325 patients with familial hypercholesterolemia (FH), we assessed the effects of high-dose

  20. Correlation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and carotid plaques with coronary artery disease in elderly patients

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    LIANG, YANHONG; HOU, YUANPING; NIU, HONGYU; Lu, Mei; Xue, Lei; Sun, Qianmei

    2015-01-01

    The aim of this study was to explore the correlation of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and carotid plaques with the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). A total of 140 patients with angina who underwent coronary angiography were selected and divided into a single-vessel disease group (n=11), double-vessel disease group (n=18), multi-vessel disease group (n=71) and control group (n=40). Color Doppler ultrasound was applied to measure the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the ...

  1. Evaluation of Subfoveal Choroidal Thickness in Internal Carotid Artery Stenosis

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    Akçay, Betül İlkay Sezgin; Kardeş, Esra; Maçin, Sultan; Ünlü, Cihan; Özgürhan, Engin Bilge; Maçin, Aydın; Bozkurt, Tahir Kansu; Ergin, Ahmet; Surmeli, Reyhan

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    Purpose. To evaluate the relationship between internal carotid artery (ICA) stenosis and subfoveal choroidal thickness (SFCT) in the elderly population. Methods. A total of 42 eyes of 21 patients with more than 70% ICA stenosis (Group 1) on one side and less than 70% stenosis (Group 2) on the other side were recruited for this study. ICA stenosis was diagnosed using both the B-mode and Doppler ultrasound. The two groups were compared in terms of the percentage of stenosis, SFCT measurements, intraocular pressure, ocular perfusion pressure, refractive error, and peak systolic velocity. Eyes were examined with the RTVue-100 OCT device by the EDI-OCT technique. Results. The mean age of the patients was 71.9 ± 10.8 years. The mean percentage of ICA stenosis was 74 ± 4.9% in Group 1 and 47.5 ± 7.7% in Group 2. The mean SFCT was 231.9 ± 44.6 μm in Group 1 and 216.2 ± 46.8 μm in Group 2, which was significantly lower (P = 0.028). A statistically significant positive correlation was found between the percentage of internal carotid artery stenosis and SFCT (r = 0896, P = 0.001). Conclusions. Compensatory SFCT increase can be seen in ipsilateral internal carotid artery stenosis greater than 70%. PMID:26989500

  2. The effect of menopause on carotid artery remodeling, insulin sensitivity, and plasma adiponectin in healthy women

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    Muscelli, Elza; Kozàkovà, Michaela; Flyvbjerg, Allan;

    2009-01-01

    secretion and sensitivity, plasma adiponectin), and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in healthy women. METHODS: In 74 menopausal women (mean age = 51 +/- 3 years, mean duration of menopause = 2.9 +/- 1.2 years) and in 74 nonmenopausal women comparable for age and body mass index (BMI), common carotid...... mathematical modeling. RESULTS: CCA diameter (5.55 +/- 0.46 vs. 5.21+/- 0.51 mm, P < 0.001), CCA IMT (608 +/- 78 vs. 576 +/- 74 microm, P < 0.01) and systolic blood pressure (BP) (117 +/- 12 vs. 113 +/- 11 mm Hg, P < 0.05) were higher in menopausal women, whereas CCA IMT/diameter ratio and IMT in other carotid...

  3. Analysis of the population at high risk of stroke detected with carotid artery ultrasonography in Tianjin urban communities

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    Wei YUE

    2015-04-01

    Full Text Available Objective To investigate the features of carotid atherosclerosis in a population at high risk of stroke in urban communities of Tianjin, so as to provide inspiration for carotid ultrasonography to play a greater role in the prevention and control of stroke.  Methods A total of 956 residents at high risk of stroke were selected from 4 urban communities in Tianjin using cluster random sampling method. Doppler ultrasound screening was performed in bilateral common carotid artery (CCA, internal carotid artery (ICA, external carotid artery (ECA, vertebral artery (VA, subclavian artery (SCA and innominate artery of the population. The intima-media thickness (IMT, atherosclerotic plaque formation and its location and size, vascular stenosis or occlusion, and flow spectrum were detected. The results and features of carotid ultrasound screening were analyzed and compared among different gender and age groups.  Results 1 The detection rate of carotid atherosclerosis was 71.55% (684/956, and the detection rate in males was significantly higher than that in females (79.08% vs 65.87%; χ2 = 20.067, P = 0.000. 2 Among the population with carotid atherosclerosis, the most common manifestation was the formation of atherosclerotic plaques (81.58%, 558/684, secondly intima-media thickening (13.01%, 89/684, followed by moderate to severe stenosis or occlusion (5.41%, 37/684. The proportion of intima-media thickening in males was lower than that in females (7.08% vs 18.38%; χ2 = 19.269, P = 0.000. The proportion of carotid atherosclerotic plaque formation in males was higher than that in females (86.46% vs 77.16%; χ2 = 9.824, P = 0.002. The median rating of carotid atherosclerosis was 1.79, with males higher than females [1.98 (0.70, 3.26 vs 1.52 (0.20, 2.84; Z = 2.304, P = 0.042]. The site of plaque formation was most commonly located in carotid bulb (36.61%, secondly SCA (22.18%. Of the type of carotid stenosis, ICA stenosis was detected in 30 cases, VA

  4. The elusive link between high sensitivity C-reactive protein and carotid subclinical atherosclerosis in coronary artery bypass grafting candidates: A cross-sectional study

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    Nezami Nariman

    2008-05-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Previous studies demonstrated a modest association between C-Reactive Protein (CRP, stenosis of carotid artery, and carotid Intima-Media Thickness (IMT in general population. During present study, we aimed to evaluate the relationship between High Sensitivity C-Reactive Protein (hsCRP and Common Carotid Intima-Media Thickness (CCIMT in patients who candidate for Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG. Methods The study subjects were enrolled from patients with coronary arteries disease referred from Shahid Madani Hospital (Tabriz, Iran, who have been candidate for elective CABG from January 2005 to August 2007. The common carotid arteries were evaluated with high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography using a 7.5- MHz linear-array transducer to determine the IMT and grade of stenosis. Serum hsCRP level was measured using commercially available enzyme linked immunosorbent assay kit. Results Finally, information of 176 CABG candidates was analysed. The mean age of participants was 62.71 ± 9.45 years with 1.63 male to female ratio. The mean of CCIMT was 0.69 ± 0.54 mm. Although there was no significant correlation between serum hsCRP level and CCIMT in patients without carotid stenosis (p=0.113, r=0.186, participants with common carotid artery stenosis had higher levels of serum hsCRP than participants without stenosis (2.42+/-1.30 vs. 1.20+/-0.97 mg/dl; p=0.009. Conclusion Study results showed that there was no correlation between serum hsCRP level and CCIMT in patients without carotid stenosis, but patients with common carotid artery stenosis had higher levels of serum hsCRP than patients without stenosis.

  5. Development of 3D ultrasound techniques for carotid artery disease assessment and monitoring

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    Quantitative measurements of carotid plaque burden are used to monitor patients and evaluate established interventions as well as new treatment options. Three-dimensional ultrasound (3D US) techniques were developed to noninvasively monitor the progression of carotid artery disease in both symptomatic and asymptomatic patients. Three-dimensional carotid US images were acquired and reconstructed, and methods for quantitative assessment were developed. The measurement of intima-media thickness (IMT) based on two-dimensional ultrasound (2D US) images was extended to a 3D vessel-wall-plus- plaque thickness (VWT), obtained by computing the distance between the carotid wall and lumen surfaces on a point-by-point basis. VWT measurements were superimposed on the arterial wall to produce 3D VWT maps. VWT changes were determined by comparing the 3D VWT maps obtained at two different time points. To facilitate the visualization and interpretation of the VWT and VWT-Change maps, a technique to flatten these maps was developed. Carotid remodeling involving changes in both arterial wall and plaque thickness was assessed with VWT maps obtained from in vivo 3D ultrasound images. 3D carotid ultrasound image evaluation with VWT mapping provides a feasible means for the analysis of plaque burden volumes and changes. (orig.)

  6. Сharacteristics of flexible elastic properties of the carotid arteries in women with arterial hypertension

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    Коval О.A.

    2013-10-01

    Full Text Available The article presents the results of study of the features of the carotid wall structure using ultrasound scanning with differential measurement of intima and media thickness, as well as characteristics of arterial elasticity in women with hypertension without comorbidities. It is shown that in women with hypertension vascular remodeling occurs mainly in the form of thickening of the intima-media due to increase in the media layer and is associated with remodeling of the left heart. Carotid remodeling in women with hypertension is associated with worsening of vascular elasticity - increased vascular stiffness and decreased distension, wherein correlation analysis has shown that mentioned parameters are mostly associated with thickening of the medial layer of the artery wall and increase of internal diameter of the artery, as well as with increase in left ventricular mass. Ultrasound method of estimating elastic characteristics of arterial vessels is informative, relatively inexpensive and safe.

  7. A review of ultrasound common carotid artery image and video segmentation techniques.

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    Loizou, Christos P

    2014-12-01

    The determination of the wall thickness [intima-media thickness (IMT)], the delineation of the atherosclerotic carotid plaque, the measurement of the diameter in the common carotid artery (CCA), as well as the grading of its stenosis are important for the evaluation of the atherosclerosis disease. All these measurements are also considered to be significant markers for the clinical evaluation of the risk of stroke. A number of CCA segmentation techniques have been proposed in the last few years either for the segmentation of the intima-media complex (IMC), the lumen of the CCA, or for the atherosclerotic carotid plaque from ultrasound images or videos of the CCA. The present review study proposes and discusses the methods and systems introduced so far in the literature for performing automated or semi-automated segmentation in ultrasound images or videos of the CCA. These are based on edge detection, active contours, level sets, dynamic programming, local statistics, Hough transform, statistical modeling, neural networks, and an integration of the above methods. Furthermore, the performance of these systems is evaluated and discussed based on various evaluation metrics. We finally propose the best performing method that can be used for the segmentation of the IMC and the atherosclerotic carotid plaque in ultrasound images and videos. We end the present review study with a discussion of the different image and video CCA segmentation techniques, future perspectives, and further extension of these techniques to ultrasound video segmentation and wall tracking of the CCA. Future work on the segmentation of the CCA will be focused on the development of integrated segmentation systems for the complete segmentation of the CCA as well as the segmentation and motion analysis of the plaque and or the IMC from ultrasound video sequences of the CCA. These systems will improve the evaluation, follow up, and treatment of patients affected by advanced atherosclerosis disease

  8. Automatic active contour-based segmentation and classification of carotid artery ultrasound images.

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    Chaudhry, Asmatullah; Hassan, Mehdi; Khan, Asifullah; Kim, Jin Young

    2013-12-01

    In this paper, we present automatic image segmentation and classification technique for carotid artery ultrasound images based on active contour approach. For early detection of the plaque in carotid artery to avoid serious brain strokes, active contour-based techniques have been applied successfully to segment out the carotid artery ultrasound images. Further, ultrasound images might be affected due to rotation, scaling, or translational factors during acquisition process. Keeping in view these facts, image alignment is used as a preprocessing step to align the carotid artery ultrasound images. In our experimental study, we exploit intima-media thickness (IMT) measurement to detect the presence of plaque in the artery. Support vector machine (SVM) classification is employed using these segmented images to distinguish the normal and diseased artery images. IMT measurement is used to form the feature vector. Our proposed approach segments the carotid artery images in an automatic way and further classifies them using SVM. Experimental results show the learning capability of SVM classifier and validate the usefulness of our proposed approach. Further, the proposed approach needs minimum interaction from a user for an early detection of plaque in carotid artery. Regarding the usefulness of the proposed approach in healthcare, it can be effectively used in remote areas as a preliminary clinical step even in the absence of highly skilled radiologists. PMID:23417308

  9. A study on the carotid artery ultrasonography for the metabolic syndrome

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    Kong, Hye Jung; Cho, Pyong Kon [Dept. of Radiological Science, Catholic University of Daegu, Daegu (Korea, Republic of); Kang, Young Han [Dept. of Radiology, Catholic University Hospital of Daegu, Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2013-09-15

    The primary goal of this study was to ascertain the primary factors to the affect for the carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT), the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and other risks can possibly influence the carotid artery IMT. All patients data (total specimens: 289, male: 197, female: 92) including the carotid artery ultrasonography examination. The all data were analyzed by the use of SPSS software, version 21.0 (SPSS, Chicago, IL USA), with the descriptive statistics method. The Results of this study was found to be highly increased in the males than the females. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in all of the participants was 30.5 percentages. The carotid artery IMT in the subjects with metabolic syndrome was significantly high in both genders, compared to the rest, who were without metabolic syndrome. The Pearsons correlation coefficient of metabolic syndrome and CIMT was 0.378(p<0.01). In conclusions, the present study also supports the association between the carotid artery IMT and the metabolic syndromes with cardiovascular risk factors. Usage of B-mode ultrasonography to measure the carotid artery IMT was found to be highly effective in the current analysis.

  10. A study on the carotid artery ultrasonography for the metabolic syndrome

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    The primary goal of this study was to ascertain the primary factors to the affect for the carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT), the prevalence of metabolic syndrome and other risks can possibly influence the carotid artery IMT. All patients data (total specimens: 289, male: 197, female: 92) including the carotid artery ultrasonography examination. The all data were analyzed by the use of SPSS software, version 21.0 (SPSS, Chicago, IL USA), with the descriptive statistics method. The Results of this study was found to be highly increased in the males than the females. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome in all of the participants was 30.5 percentages. The carotid artery IMT in the subjects with metabolic syndrome was significantly high in both genders, compared to the rest, who were without metabolic syndrome. The Pearsons correlation coefficient of metabolic syndrome and CIMT was 0.378(p<0.01). In conclusions, the present study also supports the association between the carotid artery IMT and the metabolic syndromes with cardiovascular risk factors. Usage of B-mode ultrasonography to measure the carotid artery IMT was found to be highly effective in the current analysis

  11. Relationship of Elongated Styloid Process in Digital Panoramic Radiography with Carotid Intima Thickness and Carotid Atheroma in Doppler Ultrasonography in Osteoporotic Females

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    Shahram Hamedani

    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Statement of the Problem: Cardiovascular disease and osteoporosis are major health dilemmas. Osteoporotic patients frequently display vascular calcification that consequently increases the cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Purpose: This study aimed to investigate the relation of osteoporosis, vascular calcification (atheroma, intima-media thickness (IMT and elongated styloid process (ESP in a sample of osteoporotic and normal female individuals. Materials and Method: This study recruited 78 women who were assessed for bone mass density (BMD. Sample included individuals with normal BMD (n=13, 17 %, osteopenia (n=36, 46 %, and osteoporosis (n=29, 37%. The presence of atheroma and IMT was examined using color Doppler ultrasonography (CD-US. In addition, digital panoramic radiographs (PRs were obtained to assess ESP. Results: In this study, 55 subjects (70% with low BMD exhibited at least one side ESP. Femoral BMD decreased significantly in subjects with ESP (p= 0.03. Bilateral ESP was correlated with the presence of atheroma (p= 0.029. The CIMT was greater in patients with ESP, although the relation was not significant. Conclusion: The obtained data suggest referring the aged individuals with ESP for BMD assessment and individuals with low bone mass and ESP for more cardiovascular risk assessment.

  12. Correlation between carotid atherosclerosis and serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein in patients with cerebral infarction

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    Yan Du; Yan Ren; Bo Chen; Chun Li

    2007-01-01

    BACKROUND: Some researches demonstrate that high-sensitivity C-reactive protein may be a risk factor to cause carotid atherosclerosis in patients with cerebral infarction. Inflammatory reaction may participate in formation of carotid atherosclerosis in patients with acute cerebral infarction.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between levels of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein and carotid atherosclerosis in patients with acute cerebral infarction accompanied with carotid atherosclerosis.DESIGN: Contrast observation between two groups.SETTING: Department of Neurology, Zhenzhou Hospital, Shenyang Medical College.PARTICIPANTS: A total of 102 patients with acute cerebral infarction regarded as cerebral infarction group were selected from Department of Neurology, Shenzhou Hospital Affiliated to Shenyang Medical College from February 2005 to September 2006. There were 55 males and 47 females and their ages ranged from 55 to 86 years. All patients met the variously diagnostic points of cerebral infarction established by the Fourth National Cerebrovascular Disease Academic Meeting and were finally diagnosed with CT or MRI examination. Illness course was in an acute phase. A total of 96 healthy subjects were regarded as control group, including 51 males and 45 females aged from 48 to 78 years. All accepted subjects provided the confirmed consent.METHODS: ① Patients in the cerebral infarction group received carotid ultrasound Doppler examination and serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein detection within 72 hours after onset. IMMAGE immune biochemical system and latex reinforcement particle-enhanced nephelometric immunoassay (PENIA) were used for quantitative detection of serum high-sensitivity C-reactive protein. ② Healthy subjects in the control group received the same detection. SEQUOIA512 color Doppler ultrasound (Siemens Company,USA) was used to detect carotid artery of all subjects so as to observe intima media thickness of artery and formation of

  13. CAROTID ATHEROSCLEROTIC LESION IN YOUNG PATIENTS

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    N. V. Pizova

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to determine the incidence of atherosclerotic lesions in the carotid and vertebral arteries of young patients from Doppler ultrasound data and to compare the quantitatively assessed traditional risk factors of coronary heart disease (CHD with severe extracranial artery atherosclerotic lesion.Subjects and methods. Doppler ultrasound was carried out evaluating structural changes in the aortic arch branches in 1563 railway transport workers less than 45 years of age. A separate sample consisted of 68 young people with carotid atherosclerotic changes, in whom traditional risk factors for CHD were studied, so were in a control group of individuals without atherosclerotic changes (n = 38.Results. Among the examinees, carotid atherosclerotic lesion was detected in 112 (7.1 % cases, the increase in the rate of atherosclerotic plaques in patients aged 35–45 years being 9.08 %; that in the rate of local intima-media thickness in those aged 31–40 years being 5.1 %. Smoking (particularly that along with hypercholesterolemia and a family history of cardiovascular diseases, obesity (along with low activity, and emotional overstrain were defined as important risk factors in the young patients. Moreover, factor analysis has shown that smoking,hypertension, and early cardiovascular pathology in the next of kin makes the greatest contribution to the development of carotid atherosclerotic lesion.Conclusion. Among the patients less than 45 years of age, carotid and vertebral artery atherosclerotic changes were found in 112 (7.1 % cases, which were more pronounced in male patients. Smoking, particularly along with hypercholesterolemia and genetic predisposition to cardiovascular diseases, was a risk factor that had the highest impact on the degree of atherosclerotic lesion in the aortic arch branches of the young patients.

  14. Impact on the carotid intima-medial thickness and safety of rosuvastatin in Chinese patients with carotid atherosclerosis:a meta-analysis

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    冯雪茹

    2014-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy and safety of rosuvastatin in Chinese patients with carotid atherosclerosis.Methods A systematic search of Pubmed,EMBase,CENTRAL,CBMdisc,CNKI and WANFANG databases up the January 2013 was performed to identify studies comparing rosuvastatin with a placebo or other statins on carotid intima-medial thickness(IMT)with a minimum

  15. The Use of Carotid Artery Ultrasonography in Different Clinical Conditions

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    Gasparyan, Armen Yuri

    2009-01-01

    B-mode ultrasonography of the carotid artery is a non-invasive, informative and reproducible technique used for the assessment of prevalence and course of atherosclerosis in a variety of clinical conditions. Visualization of intima-media complex, atherosclerotic plaques, rough arterial wall and calcifications of the carotid artery may be useful for the assessment of atherosclerotic burden. The latter was confirmed in a recent consensus statement of the American Society of Echocardiography. De...

  16. Robust information gain based fuzzy c-means clustering and classification of carotid artery ultrasound images.

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    Hassan, Mehdi; Chaudhry, Asmatullah; Khan, Asifullah; Iftikhar, M Aksam

    2014-02-01

    In this paper, a robust method is proposed for segmentation of medical images by exploiting the concept of information gain. Medical images contain inherent noise due to imaging equipment, operating environment and patient movement during image acquisition. A robust medical image segmentation technique is thus inevitable for accurate results in subsequent stages. The clustering technique proposed in this work updates fuzzy membership values and cluster centroids based on information gain computed from the local neighborhood of a pixel. The proposed approach is less sensitive to noise and produces homogeneous clustering. Experiments are performed on medical and non-medical images and results are compared with state of the art segmentation approaches. Analysis of visual and quantitative results verifies that the proposed approach outperforms other techniques both on noisy and noise free images. Furthermore, the proposed technique is used to segment a dataset of 300 real carotid artery ultrasound images. A decision system for plaque detection in the carotid artery is then proposed. Intima media thickness (IMT) is measured from the segmented images produced by the proposed approach. A feature vector based on IMT values is constructed for making decision about the presence of plaque in carotid artery using probabilistic neural network (PNN). The proposed decision system detects plaque in carotid artery images with high accuracy. Finally, effect of the proposed segmentation technique has also been investigated on classification of carotid artery ultrasound images. PMID:24239296

  17. Plasma Homocysteine Levels Predict the Risk of Acute Cerebral Infarction in Patients with Carotid Artery Lesions.

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    Wu, Wei; Guan, Yi; Xu, Kan; Fu, Xi-Jia; Lei, Xiao-Feng; Lei, Li-Jian; Zhang, Zhi-Qing; Cheng, Yan; Li, Yun-Qian

    2016-05-01

    This study examined the association between elevated plasma homocysteine (Hcy) levels and the risk of acute cerebral infarction in patients with carotid artery lesions. A total of 78 patients were divided into two groups, the high Hcy group (n = 38; Hcy levels >15 umol/L) and the low Hcy group (n = 40; Hcy levels ≤15 umol/L). High-resolution B-mode ultrasounds were performed to assess intima media thickness (IMT), infarcts, plaques, and stenosis in the extracranial carotid artery of these patients. All patients underwent 3 T MR scanners to evaluate cerebral artery stenosis in the intracranial cerebral artery. The plasma Hcy levels did not show any statistically significant differences when comparisons were based on gender, age, blood pressure, diabetes, hyperlipidemia, and systolic and diastolic pressures. Importantly, the incidence of carotid plaque and severe stenosis of intracranial and extracranial artery were significantly higher in the high Hcy group compared to the low Hcy group. Pearson's test indicated that plasma Hcy levels positively correlated with IMT, total number of plaques and unstable plaques. Overall, the elevated plasma Hcy levels correlated with increased frequency of carotid plaque formation, extra- and intracranial arterial stenosis, and the degree of stenosis. In conclusion, we find a significant correlation between elevated plasma Hcy levels and the increased incidence of acute cerebral infarction in patients with carotid artery lesions. PMID:26063590

  18. Serum ferritin levels are associated with carotid atherosclerosis in Chinese postmenopausal women: the Shanghai Changfeng Study.

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    Ma, Hui; Lin, Huandong; Hu, Yu; Li, Xiaoming; He, Wanyuan; Jin, Xuejuan; Gao, Jian; Zhao, Naiqing; Song, Binbin; Pan, Boshen; Gao, Xin

    2015-10-14

    Postmenopausal women are at increased risk of CVD: the increased serum ferritin level may be involved in the pathogenesis. The aim of the present study is to investigate the relationship of ferritin and carotid atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women. A total of 1178 postmenopausal women (mean age, 60·8 years) were enrolled from the Changfeng Study. A standard interview, anthropometric measurements and laboratory analyses were performed for each participant. Bilateral CIMT (carotid intima-media thickness) were measured using ultrasonography, and the presence of carotid plaques was assessed. Serum ferritin was measured using electrochemiluminescence immunoassay. The results showed that serum ferritin was 181·9 (sd 65·8) ng/ml in the postmenopausal women. Multivariate, linear, stepwise regression analysis demonstrated that age (standardised β = 0·233, PCVD risk factors, Hb, leucocytes, log urine albumin:creatinine ratio and liver function, the ferritin level of postmenopausal women in the fourth quartile had a 1·587-fold increased risk of carotid plaques relative to those in the lowest quartile. In conclusion, these results suggest that serum ferritin is independently and positively associated with carotid atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women and that ferritin may be implicated in atherosclerosis. PMID:26395322

  19. Preserved structural and functional characteristics of common carotid artery in properly treated normoglycemic women with gestational diabetes mellitus.

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    Vastagh, Ildikó; Horváth, T; Garamvölgyi, Z; Rosta, K; Folyovich, A; Rigó, J; Kollai, M; Bereczki, D; Somogyi, A

    2011-09-01

    Women with gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) are at high risk of subsequently developing type 2 diabetes mellitus which is an important cardiovascular risk factor. We have evaluated whether preclinical morphological and functional arterial changes are present in GDM. Diameter, intima-media thickness (IMT), intima-media cross-section area (IMCSA) and elasticity features (compliance, distensibility coefficient, circumferential strain, stiffness index (SI) α and β, incremental elastic modulus) of the common carotid arteries (CCA) were studied in the 3rd trimester in 25 women with GDM, and 17 normal pregnant women matched for age and body mass index using an ultrasonographic vessel wall-movement tracking system and applanation tonometry. Mean IMT, IMCSA and SI α tended to be larger, whereas compliance was smaller in women with GDM but none of these differences were significant. Serum glucose (4.99 ± 0.51 vs. 4.79 ± 0.61 mmol/L, p=0.37) and HbA1c (5.33 ± 0.27 vs. 5.36 ± 0.47 mmol/L, p=0.85) proved normoglycemia in both groups. In conclusion, by the combination of methods we applied in this case control study, neither morphological nor functional characteristics of large elastic arteries differ significantly between well-treated normoglycemic women with GDM and non-diabetic pregnant women in the 3rd trimester. PMID:21893468

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

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    Sugimoto, Masataka; Hasegawa, Hideyuki; Kanai, Hiroshi

    2005-08-01

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

  1. Early Evaluation of Common Carotid Arterial lntima-media Thickness and Elasticity in Hypertriglyceridemia Patients using Ultrasound Radio Frequency Data Technology%射频数据处理技术早期评价高甘油三脂血症患者颈总动脉内-中膜厚度和血管弹性

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    丹海俊; 王燕; 沙海静; 温树彬; 贾丽梅; 卢宝金

    2011-01-01

    Objective To quantify the intima-media thickness(IMT) and arterial elasticity of the common carotid artery (CCA) in clinically asymptomatic subjects of hypertriglyceridemia( HTG) using ultrasound radio frequency data technology .the correlatios were also evaluated. Methods 30 HTG patients and 30 normal subjects were enrolled in the study. The common carotid arterial systolic diameter (Ds) ..diastolic diameter(Dd) ,intima-media thickness(IMT), carotid distensibility(CD), local pulse wave velocity(PWV|3) and stiffness ((3) were compared between the two groups. The correlations between these data and hypertriglyceridemia were analyzed. Results (1)CCA-IMT,PWV(3 and |3 were increased while CD was decreased more significantly in HTG patients than those in normal subjects. Common carotid arterial Ds,Dd were not statistically significant in the two groups. (2)The level of hypertriglyceridemia had significant positive correlations with CCA-IMT while no significant correlations with CD,PWV)3 and (3. Conclusions Ultrasound radio frequency data technology could quantitativly and accurativly evaluate the early change of common carotid arterial structure and function in HTG patients comparing with normal subjects.%目的 探讨高频超声射频数据处理技术(RF-data)早期评价高甘油三脂血症(HTG)患者颈总动脉内-中膜厚度和血管弹性改变及相关分析.方法 比较30例HTG患者与30例正常人颈总动脉收缩期内径(Ds)、舒张期内径(Dd)、内-中膜厚度(IMT)、颈总动脉扩张性(CD)、单点脉搏波传播速度(PWVβ)、僵硬度(β)的改变,并分析甘油三脂与颈总动脉IMT、CD、PWVβ、β之间的相关性.结果 (1) HTG组左、右侧颈总动脉IMT、PWVβ、β均显著高于正常对照组;CD显著低于对照组(P<0.05).HTG组双侧颈总动脉Ds、Dd与对照组差异无显著性意义.(2) HTG组甘油三脂升高的水平与颈总动脉IMT呈显著正相关(r=0.237,P<0.05);而与CD、PWVβ、

  2. Carotid thin fluttering bands: A new element of arterial wall remodelling? An ultrasound study.

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    Costanzo, Luca; Sole, Andrea; Tamburino, Corrado; Di Pino, Luigi

    2015-10-01

    Carotid artery ultrasound is a non-invasive and reproducible technique used for early atherosclerotic assessment. Intimal flap has been described in the presence of dissection or mobile plaque rupture, however presence of carotid thin fluttering bands (TFBs) have not been described yet. To investigate frequency, characteristics and impact of TFBs in carotid lumen of patients who underwent carotid ultrasound scan (CUS). 3341 patients were admitted from January 2009 to January 2014. Patients with history of cerebral ischemia (CI) were excluded. In the cases in which TFBs were observed, a 3-months clinical and CUS follow-up (FU) was performed. TFBs were found in 71 patients (2.1%). The mean age was 63.41 ± 11.20 years (range 42-89). All patients showed a mean increase in intima-media thickness. We identified two subgroups: in 22 patients the TFB was related to a carotid plaque while in 49 no carotid plaque was found. TFB mostly originated in the carotid bulb (88.7%) and was similarly located in carotid arteries (49.3% left-side and 50.7% right-side). CUS and clinical FU were available for all patients (mean duration 25.34 months, median 19). CI occurred in none of the patients. TFB disappeared in 13 patients (18.3%) with no sign or symptoms of CI. In 3 of 49 patients without carotid plaque (6.1%), progressive thickening beneath TFB was observed. TFB is a rare finding. Longer FU is needed to evaluate its prognosis. To date, the pathophysiology is unknown, however it could be related to vascular remodeling. PMID:26179862

  3. Segmentace ultrazvukových snímků za účelem detekce arteriální stěny a měření vrstev intima-media

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    Beneš, Radek

    2013-01-01

    Tato práce je zaměřena na problematiku měření šířky vrstev intima a media (intima media thickness), která se z medicínského pohledu ukazuje jako vhodná pro ohodnocení rizik plynoucích z různých onemocnění kardiovaskulárního systému. Šířka intima media je měřena v ultrazvukovém obraze, který zobrazuje arterii carotis communis v jejím podélném řezu, ve kterém jsou patrné měřené vrstvy intima a media. Práce zahrnuje teoretickou analýzu problematiky z technického i medicínského pohledu a shrnuje ...

  4. Prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed patients with ketosis-onset diabetes: a cross-sectional study

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    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The features of carotid atherosclerosis in ketosis-onset diabetes have not been investigated. Our aim was to evaluate the prevalence and clinical characteristics of carotid atherosclerosis in newly diagnosed Chinese diabetic patients with ketosis but without islet-associated autoantibodies. Methods In total, 423 newly diagnosed Chinese patients with diabetes including 208 ketosis-onset diabetics without islet-associated autoantibodies, 215 non-ketotic type 2 diabetics and 79 control subjects without diabetes were studied. Carotid atherosclerosis was defined as the presence of atherosclerotic plaques in any of the carotid vessel segments. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT, carotid atherosclerotic plaque formation and stenosis were assessed and compared among the three groups based on Doppler ultrasound examination. The clinical features of carotid atherosclerotic lesions were analysed, and the risk factors associated with carotid atherosclerosis were evaluated using binary logistic regression in patients with diabetes. Results The prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis was significantly higher in the ketosis-onset diabetic group (30.80% than in the control group (15.2%, p=0.020 after adjusting for age- and sex-related differences, but no significant difference was observed in comparison to the non-ketotic diabetic group (35.8%, p=0.487. The mean CIMT of the ketosis-onset diabetics (0.70±0.20 mm was markedly higher than that of the control subjects (0.57±0.08 mm, p Conclusions The prevalence and risk of carotid atherosclerosis were significantly higher in the ketosis-onset diabetics than in the control subjects but similar to that in the non-ketotic type 2 diabetics. The characteristics of carotid atherosclerotic lesions in the ketosis-onset diabetics resembled those in the non-ketotic type 2 diabetics. Our findings support the classification of ketosis-onset diabetes as a subtype of type 2 diabetes.

  5. Hepatic steatosis is associated with an increased risk of carotid atherosclerosis

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    Henry V(o)lzke; Daniel M. Robinson; Volker Kleine; Roland Deutscher; Wolfgang Hoffmann; Jan Lüdemann; Ulf Schminke; Christof Kessler; Ulrich John

    2005-01-01

    AIM: Although an association between helatic steatosis and vascular risk factors has been described, direct relationships between fatty liver and atherosclerosis have not yet been investigated. The aim of the present study has been to investigate those relationships.METHODS: The Study of Health in Pomerania examined a random population sample aged between 20 and 79 years.A study population of 4 222 subjects without hepatitis B and C infections and without liver cirrhosis was available for the present analysis. Hepatic steatosis was defined sonographically and intima-media thickness (IMT) as well as plaque prevalence were estimated by carotid ultrasound.RESULTS: The prevalence rate of hepatic steatosis was 29.9%. Among subjects aged ≥45 years, an association between hepatic steatosis and IMT of the carotid arteries was found in bivariate analysis, but not after adjustment for atherosclerotic risk factors. Individuals with fatty liver had more often carotid plaques than persons without fatty liver (plaque prevalence rate 76.8% vs 66.6%; P<0.001).This association persisted after adjustment for confounding factors and was predominantly present in subjects with no to mild alcohol consumption.CONCLUSION: There is an independent association between hepatic steatosis and carotid atherosclerotic plaques. Metabolic changes due to nonalcoholic fatty liver disease may explain this relationship.

  6. Serum soluble RAGE levels and carotid atherosclerosis: the Northern Manhattan Study (NOMAS)

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    Hudson, Barry I; Gardener, Hannah; Liu-Mares, Wen; Dong, Chuanhui; Cheung, Ken; Elkind, Mitchell SV; Wright, Clinton B; Sacco, Ralph L; Rundek, Tatjana

    2016-01-01

    Background Recent cohort studies suggested that serum levels of soluble Receptor for Advanced Glycation End-products (sRAGE) are associated with the risk of cardiovascular disease. We hypothesized that sRAGE levels are associated with subclinical atherosclerosis in a racially and ethnically diverse population. Methods and results 828 stroke-free participants from the Northern Manhattan Study (mean age 71.1±8.7yrs; 64% Hispanic, 19% black, and 17% white) underwent high-resolution carotid B-mode ultrasound to measure carotid plaque (present in 62% of subjects) and intima-media thickness (IMT) (mean Total= 0.96±0.10 mm). Serum sRAGE was measured by ELISA and associations tested between sRAGE with IMT and plaque presence. Soluble RAGE levels were not associated with plaque presence or IMT after adjusting for sociodemographic, vascular risk factors and medication use. Stratification by race-ethnicity did not reveal any associations with carotid IMT or plaque. Conclusion In the present study, sRAGE levels were not associated with carotid atherosclerosis. PMID:25744702

  7. Carotid remodeling of hypertensive subjects and polymorphism of the angiotensin-converting enzyme gene

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    李世军; 孙宁玲; 周素敏

    2004-01-01

    Background This study was designed to investigate the relationships between changes in the structure and function of carotid arteries and angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE) gene polymorphism in Chinese hypertensive subjects. Methods Multiplex polymerase chain reaction amplification was used to evaluate the ACE gene insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism. High-resolution B-mode ultrasound examinations were performed to detect parameters of carotid artery remodeling. Results Intima-media thickness (IMT) was significantly different among the DD, ID and II genotypes of ACE (DD>ID>II, P0.05) in hypertensive subjects. The frequency of the DD gene and D allele of ACE were higher in patients with thickening carotid than in patients with normal carotid (70.4% vs 24.1%, and 79.5% vs 40.5%, respectively, P<0.001). In multiple stepwise regression analysis, independent risk factors for increased carotid IMT in hypertensive subjects were ACE genotypes (P<0.001), age (P<0.001) and carotid internal diameter (P=0.032). Moreover, triglycerides and total cholesterol were higher in patients with the DD genotype than in those with the II genotype (P<0.05). Conclusions The I/D polymorphism of the ACE gene was related to IMT, but not to internal diameter, distensibility and stiffness of the carotid in Chinese hypertensive subjects. ACE gene polymorphism was a main risk factor for increased carotid IMT. These results may imply that there is a link between lipid metabolism and ACE genotype polymorphism in Chinese hypertensive subjects.

  8. Correlating cognitive impairment with carotid atherosclerosis and carotid artery stenosis in patients with acute cerebral infarction

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    Yamei Cai; Xiaoming Wang; Xin Liu; Liting Cao

    2008-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Studies have demonstrated that carotid atherosclerosis and carotid artery stenosis are closely associated with cognitive impairment in patients with and without clinically evident cerebrovascular disease.OBJECTIVE: To investigate the correlation between the degree of pathological changes in carotid atherosclerosis, carotid artery stenosis, and cognitive impairment in patients with acute cerebral infarction through the use of color Doppler imaging.DESIGN, TIME AND SETTING: The present concurrent, non-randomized, controlled experiment was performed at the Departments of Neurology and Ultrasound, Affiliated Hospital of North Sichuan Medical College between November 2006 and August 2007.PARTICIPANTS: Fifty-five patients with cerebral infarction, consisting of 35 males and 20 females, aged 50-82 years, were admitted to the hospital between November 2006 and August 2007 and recruited for this study, An additional 30 subjects consisting of 18 males and 12 females, aged 47-78 years, that concurrently received a health examination at the same hospital, were also included as normal controls.METHODS: Intima-media thickness (IMT), plaque shape, size, and echo intensity of all subjects were detected by color Doppler flow imaging. Assessment criteria: IMT > 1.0 mm was considered to be intimal thickening, and IMT > 1.2 mm was determined to be formed atherosclerotic plaques. In the position of the largest plaque, the degree of carotid artery stenosis was determined by the following formula:(1-cross-sectional area of residual vascular luminal area/vascular cross-sectional area) x 100%. Less than 30% exhibited mild stenosis, 30%-40% moderate stenosis, and > 50% severe stenosis.MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: IMT and the degree of carotid artery stenosis were evaluated by color Doppler flow imaging. The Mini-Mental State Examination (MMSE), as well as the clinical memory scale,was compared between patients with cerebral infarction and normal controls.RESULTS: In the cerebral

  9. Pulsatility index in carotid arteries is increased in levothyroxine-treated Hashimoto disease.

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    Owecki, M; Sawicka-Gutaj, N; Owecki, M K; Ambrosius, W; Dorszewska, J; Oczkowska, A; Michalak, M; Fischbach, J; Kozubski, W; Ruchała, M

    2015-07-01

    The aim of this case-control study was to evaluate carotid hemodynamic variables and traditional cardiovascular risk factors in women with Hashimoto thyroiditis (HT). The study group consisted of 31 females with HT on levothyroxine (L-T4) and 26 euthyroid women with HT without L-T4 matched for age and body mass index (BMI) as controls. Carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT), carotid extra-media thickness (CEMT), and pulsatility indexes in common carotid artery (PI CCA) and in internal carotid artery (PI ICA) were measured. BMI, waist circumference, lipid profile, fasting glucose and insulin levels, and parameters of thyroid function [TSH, free thyroxine (FT4) and antithyroperoxidase antibodies (TPOAbs)] were assessed. The study and the control groups did not differ in age, BMI, waist circumference, lipid profile, fasting glucose, and insulin levels. Results are expressed as median (IQR). Treated HT group had higher FT4 levels than nontreated [17.13 (5.11) pmol/l vs. 14.7 (2.27) pmol/l; p=0.0011] and similar TSH [1.64 (2.08) IU/ml vs. 2.07 (3.14) IU/ml; p=0.5915]. PI CCA and PI ICA were higher in the study group than in controls (p=0.0224 and p=0.0477, respectively). The difference remained statistically significant for PI ICA and PI CCA after adjustment for other variables (coefficient=0.09487; standard error=0.04438; p=0.037 and coefficient=0.1786; standard error=0.0870; p=0.0449, respectively). CIMT and CEMT were similar in both groups (p=0.8746 and p=0.0712, respectively). Women with HT on L-T4 replacement therapy have increased PI in common and internal carotid arteries than nontreated euthyroid HT patients. Therefore, it seems that hypothyroidism, but not autoimmune thyroiditis per se, influences arterial stiffness. PMID:25671800

  10. Sonographic assessment of carotid artery in postmenopausal women receiving long-term low-dose hormone replacement therapy

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    Wang Hong-yan; Jiang Yu-xin; Meng Hua; Ge Qin-sheng

    2004-01-01

    Objective: The aim of this study was to determine the influence of long-term low-dose hor mone replacement therapy (HRT) on the intima-media wall of the carotid artery in postmenopa usal women by ultrasound.Methods: 146 postmenopausal women were divided into the HRT group(n= 68, HRT over 5years after menopause) and the control group(n= 78, no HRT). The intima-media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries was measured bilaterally, the characteristics of the atherosclerotic plaques were described, the peak systolic velocity (PSV) and resistance index (RI) were measured by ultrasound examination.Results: The IMT of HRT group was significantly smaller than that of the control group,(0. 089±0. 22) cm vs (0. 093±0.29) cm, (P<0. 01). The occurrence of plaques was reduced in HRT group than the control group (7.7% vs 12.7%, P<0. 05). The plaques were most frequently found at the bifurcation of the arteries. The soft and mixed plaques in HRT group were found significantly less than that of the control group (soft 1.7% vs 4. 5%, mixed 3.1% vs 6. 7%, both P<0.05), while the hard plaques in HRT group were more than those of the control group(2.6% vs 1.3%, P<0. 05). The maximum plaque thickness of HRT group was less than that of control group (0. 191±0. 057) cm vs (0. 226±0. 073) cm, (P<0.05). The internal carotid artery PSV and RI in the two groups were similar [PSV (65.61±26.55) cm/s vs (64.82±27. 22) cm/s, RI (0.67±0. 082) vs (0. 68±0. 075), both P>0.05].Conclusion: Our study indicated that HRT may has an effect to reduce the carotid IMT thickness, inhibit the plaque formation, and make the plaques harder and more stable. The long-term low-dose HRT may protect the postmenopausal women against the artherosclerosis of the carotid artery.

  11. Correlation between carotid parameters measured by ultrasonography and cerebral infarction or left ventricular diastolic function in chronic hemodialysis patients

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    Many studies have reported that carotid parameters measured by ultrasonography are predictors for cerebral infarction in nondialysis patients. Using a cross-sectional design, this study investigated whether those carotid parameters are also associated with cerebral infarction and left ventricular diastolic function in chronic hemodialysis (HD) patients. We studied 63 HD patients aged 61.4±11.5 years who underwent regular hemodialysis in Hidaka Hospital. All subjects underwent carotid ultrasound measurements when they performed brain magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or computed tomography (CT). Cerebral infarction was detected significantly more frequently in patients with max intima-media thickness of common carotid artery (IMT) >2.2 mm (Odds ratio=3.14, 95% confidence interval (CI)=1.11-8.92). There was a positive correlation between PS and E/E' (r=0.322, p=0.009). These findings suggest that max IMT is significantly associated with the presence of cerebral infarction, while PS is related to left ventricular diastolic function in chronic HD patients. (author)

  12. Low-density lipoprotein cholesterol and radiotherapy-induced carotid atherosclerosis in subjects with head and neck cancer

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    Radiotherapy (RT) is a risk factor for accelerated carotid artery atherosclerotic disease in subjects with head and neck cancer. However, the risk factors of RT-induced carotid artery remodeling are not established. This study aimed to investigate the effects of RT on carotid and popliteal arteries in subjects with head and neck cancer and to evaluate the relationship between baseline clinical and laboratory features and the progression of RT-induced atherosclerosis. Eleven men (age = 57.9 ± 6.2years) with head and neck cancer who underwent cervical bilateral irradiation were prospectively examined by clinical and laboratory analysis and by carotid and popliteal ultrasound before and after treatment (mean interval between the end of RT and the post-RT assessment = 181 ± 47 days). No studied subject used hypocholesterolemic medications. Significant increases in carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) (0.95 ± 0.08 vs. 0.87 ± 0.05 mm; p < 0.0001) and carotid IMT/diameter ratio (0.138 ± 0.013 vs. 0.129 ± 0.014; p = 0.001) were observed after RT, while no changes in popliteal structural features were detected. In addition, baseline low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels showed a direct correlation with RT-induced carotid IMT change (r = 0.66; p = 0.027), while no other studied variable exhibited a significant relationship with carotid IMT change. These results indicate that RT-induced atherosclerosis is limited to the irradiated area and also suggest that it may be predicted by low-density lipoprotein cholesterol levels in subjects with head and neck cancer

  13. Effects of candesartan cilexetil on carotid remodeling in hypertensive diabetic patients: the MITEC study

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    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available JP Baguet1, R Asmar2, P Valensi3, S Nisse-Durgeat4, JM Mallion11Clinique de Cardiologie, CHU de Grenoble, Grenoble, France; 2Institut CardioVasculaire, Paris, France; 3Service d’Endocrinologie-Diabétologie-Nutrition, CHU Jean Verdier, AP-HP, Bondy, France; 4Laboratoires Takeda, Puteaux, FranceAbstract: In hypertension and diabetes, early structural changes of the arterial wall precede or support atherosclerosis. There is evidence that some antihypertensive drugs exert an antiatherosclerotic effect. Over 36 months, we investigated the effect of candesartan cilexetil (CC on the common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT vs amlodipine besylate (AML in patients with type 2 diabetes and mild to moderate essential hypertension. After a 4-week wash-out period, 209 patients were randomized to either CC 8 mg or AML 5 mg once daily for a minimum of 1 month, after which, if BP was not normalized, the dosage was doubled, followed by the addition of hydrochlorothiazide 12.5 mg if necessary. No significant differences were observed between the two groups for change in IMT at M12 (−0.001 vs −0.027 mm/year for CC and AML respectively, p = 0.425, at M24 (−0.033 vs −0.019 mm per year respectively, p = 0.442, and at the last visit (−0.016 vs −0.039 mm per year respectively, p = 0.549. Within the group, comparisons did not show a significant difference in changes in IMT from baseline to the three visits. At the last visit, IMT regression was observed in 52.2% of patients receiving CC and in 51.3% of those receiving AML (p = 0.908. The augmentation in carotid lumen diameter from baseline was statistically greater in the AML group at the last visit (p = 0.034. BP variations during the study were similar in the two groups. The results of this study show that CC and AML treatments may alter identically the natural progression of carotid IMT in hypertensive type 2 diabetic patients.Keywords: hypertension, diabetes, carotid, intima-media thickness

  14. Consistence study of carotid artery wall thickness by MDCTA and high-frequency ultrasound%MDCTA与高频超声检测颈动脉壁厚度的一致性研究

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    洪玮; 赵刚; 王弘; 邱晓明; 王珍

    2012-01-01

    Objective To explore the relevance and consistence between multi-detector row computed tomography angi-ography (MDCTA) and high-frequency ultrasound in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and the intima-media thickness (IMT). Methods Altogether, 64 subjects were prospectively analysed using a 64-detector row CT and high-frequency ultrasound. And they were classified as non-plaque group and plaque group. CAWT and IMT were measured in each patient using MDCTA and ultrasound, respectively. CAWT and IMT were compared and dependency analysed. Bland-Altman statistics was employed to measure the consistency between MDCTA and ultrasound. Results There was not significant difference between CAWT and IMT in the same group ( P > 0. 05). There was a high degree of correlation between all the common carotid artery CAWT and IMT, correlation coefficient was 0. 912 ( P <0. 01). By analysing the Bland-Altman plot, we observed a good consistence between CAWT and IMT with a bias between methods of 0. 029 mm and limit of consistence from 0. 187 mm to 0. 244 mm. Conclusion There was a good consistency between MDCTA and high-frequency ultrasound in the measurement of CAWT and IMT. CAWT can be used as an evaluating indicator of carotid atherosclerosis by MDCTA.%目的 探讨多层螺旋CT血管造影(MDCTA)检测颈总动脉壁厚度(CAWT)与高频超声检测颈总动脉内-中膜层厚度(IMT)的相关性和一致性.方法 应用MDCTA和高频超声对64例患者颈总动脉CAWT和IMT分别进行扫描,分为无斑块组和有斑块组,统计学比较CAWT与IMT的差异性和相关性,用Bland-Altman分析比较两者的一致性.结果 两组患者颈总动脉CAWT与IMT比较无统计学差异(P>0.05),相关性分析呈高度正相关,相关系数为0.912(P<0.O1),Bland-Altman分析存在较好一致性,偏倚为0.029mm,一致性界限为0.187~0.244mm.结论 MDCTA测量颈总动脉CAWT与高频超声测量颈总动脉IMT之间存在高度相关性和较好一致

  15. Coronary Artery Calcium, Carotid Artery Wall Thickness and Cardiovascular Disease Outcomes in Adults 70 to 99 Years Old

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    Newman, Anne B; Naydeck, Barbara L.; Ives, Diane G.; Boudreau, Robert M.; Sutton-Tyrrell, Kim; O Leary, Daniel H.; Kuller, Lewis H.

    2008-01-01

    Few population studies have evaluated the associations of both coronary artery calcium (CAC) and carotid ultrasound with cardiovascular events, especially in adults > 70 years of age. At the Pittsburgh Field Center of the Cardiovascular Health Study, 559 men and women, mean age 80.2 (SD 4.1) years had CAC score assessed by electron beam computerized tomography scan and common and internal carotid intimal-medial wall thickness (CCA-IMT and ICA-IMT) by carotid ultrasound between 1998−2000 and w...

  16. Ultrasonic Measurement of Carotid Intima–Media Thickness in a Group of Iranian with No Cardiovascular Risk Factors

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    M. Pourafkari

    2006-06-01

    Full Text Available Background/Objective: To obtaining reference values for intima–media thickness (IMT of the carotid arteries in the Iranian subjects without any known atherosclerosis risk factors. Patients and Methods: A total of 400 subjects (146 male and 254 female, mean age 36.3±14 years in men and 35.9±12 years in women, with normal body mass index and no history or evidence of cardiovascular or peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, thyroid diseases or smoking were examined. IMT was measured on a longitudinal ultrasound image of the carotid artery. Mean thickness was evaluated for the right common carotid (RCCA, right internal carotid (RICA, left common carotid (LCCA and left internal carotid (LICA. Results: The mean value of carotid IMT was 0.38±0.11 in women and 0.41±0.13 in men. For different age groups, the lowest mean thickness was 0.305±0.045, seen in the RCCA among 20–29-year-old cases, and the highest was 0.645±0.125, seen in the LICA of cases over 60. The mean thickness was higher in men than in women, in all four locations (all p values< 0.02 Linear regression models for prediction of IMT by age, were separately done in different groups of anatomical location and gender, and all models’ R2 were higher than 0.5. Conclusion: Mean IMT in RCCA, RICA, LCCA and LICA in both genders and different age dec-ades was lower than many reports, which may be due to ethnic factors or different inclusion criteria. Reference values of carotid IMT increase significantly with age and IMT is higher in men than in women.

  17. Carotid artery image segmentation using modified spatial fuzzy c-means and ensemble clustering.

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    Hassan, Mehdi; Chaudhry, Asmatullah; Khan, Asifullah; Kim, Jin Young

    2012-12-01

    Disease diagnosis based on ultrasound imaging is popular because of its non-invasive nature. However, ultrasound imaging system produces low quality images due to the presence of spackle noise and wave interferences. This shortcoming requires a considerable effort from experts to diagnose a disease from the carotid artery ultrasound images. Image segmentation is one of the techniques, which can help efficiently in diagnosing a disease from the carotid artery ultrasound images. Most of the pixels in an image are highly correlated. Considering the spatial information of surrounding pixels in the process of image segmentation may further improve the results. When data is highly correlated, one pixel may belong to more than one clusters with different degree of membership. In this paper, we present an image segmentation technique namely improved spatial fuzzy c-means and an ensemble clustering approach for carotid artery ultrasound images to identify the presence of plaque. Spatial, wavelets and gray level co-occurrence matrix (GLCM) features are extracted from carotid artery ultrasound images. Redundant and less important features are removed from the features set using genetic search process. Finally, segmentation process is performed on optimal or reduced features. Ensemble clustering with reduced feature set outperforms with respect to segmentation time as well as clustering accuracy. Intima-media thickness (IMT) is measured from the images segmented by the proposed approach. Based on IMT measured values, Multi-Layer Back-Propagation Neural Networks (MLBPNN) is used to classify the images into normal or abnormal. Experimental results show the learning capability of MLBPNN classifier and validate the effectiveness of our proposed technique. The proposed approach of segmentation and classification of carotid artery ultrasound images seems to be very useful for detection of plaque in carotid artery. PMID:22981822

  18. Heart-Carotid Pulse Wave Velocity a Useful Index of Atherosclerosis in Chinese Hypertensive Patients.

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    Li, Chunyue; Xiong, Huahua; Pirbhulal, Sandeep; Wu, Dan; Li, Zhenzhou; Huang, Wenhua; Zhang, Heye; Wu, Wanqing

    2015-12-01

    This study was designed to investigate the relationship between heart-carotid pulse wave velocity (hcPWV) and carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in hypertensive patients, and also to examine the effect of pre-ejection period (PEP) on it. Doppler ultrasound device was used to measure CIMT in left common carotid artery. Hypertensive patients were divided into normal (n = 36, CIMT ≤0.8 mm) and thickened (n = 31, CIMT > 0.8 mm) group. Electrocardiogram R-wave-based carotid pulse wave velocity (rcPWV) and aortic valve-carotid pulse wave velocity (acPWV) were calculated as the ratio of the travel length to the pulse transit time with or without PEP, respectively. CIMT has significant relations with rcPWV (r = 0.611, P < 0.0001) and acPWV (r = 0.384, P = 0.033) in thickened group. Moreover, CIMT showed stronger correlation with rcPWV than with acPWV in thickened group. Furthermore, both acPWV and rcPWV were determinant factors of CIMT in thickened group, independent of clinical confounders including age, gender, smoking behavior, systolic blood pressure, diastolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, antihypertensive medication, and plaque occurrence. However, similar results were not found in normal group. Since CIMT has been considered as an index of atherosclerosis, our results suggested that both rcPWV and acPWV could be useful indexes of atherosclerosis in thickened CIMT hypertensive patients. Additionally, if hcPWV is computed with heart-carotid pulse transit time, including PEP could improve the accuracy of atherosclerosis assessment in hypertensive patients. PMID:26705228

  19. Association of circulating omentin-1 level with arterial stiffness and carotid plaque in type 2 diabetes

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    Yoo Hye

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Adipokines contribute directly to the atherosclerotic process, connecting metabolic disorders such as obesity and diabetes to cardiovascular disease. Omentin-1 is a recently discovered novel adipokine, so data about the relationship of this adipokine to vascular health in type 2 diabetes is limited. Methods We enrolled 60 people with type 2 diabetes, with or without carotid plaque, and 30 participants with normal glucose tolerance. We measured serum omentin-1, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP levels, and the homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR, as well as other cardiovascular risk factors. Vascular health was assessed by brachial ankle pulse wave velocity (baPWV and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT. Results Serum omentin-1 levels were significantly decreased in type 2 diabetes patients compared to normal glucose controls and was further reduced in type 2 diabetes patients with carotid plaque compared to those without carotid plaque. Multiple stepwise regression analysis showed that age, systolic blood pressure, history of use of statins, angiotensin receptor blockers or angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors, and serum omentin-1 level were independent factors determining baPWV in people with type 2 diabetes (r2 = 0.637. Furthermore, in multivariate logistic regression analysis, circulating omentin-1 level was an independent decisive factor for the presence of carotid plaque in type 2 diabetes patients, even after adjusting for age, gender, body mass index, systolic blood pressure, fasting blood glucose, low density lipoprotein cholesterol, and history of smoking and medication (odds ratio, 0.621; 95% confidence interval, 0.420-0.919; P = 0.017. Conclusions Circulating omentin-1 level was independently correlated with arterial stiffness and carotid plaque in type 2 diabetes, even after adjusting for other cardiovascular risk factors and detailed medication history.

  20. Effects of Ruan Jian San Jie decoction combined with simvastatintreatment on serum adhesion molecules, protease and endothelial indexes of carotid atherosclerosis patients

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    Xiao-Yun Chen; Chun-Ying Chen; Hai-Bo Bai

    2015-01-01

    Objective: To study the effect of Ruan Jian San Jie decoction combined with simvastatin treatment on serum adhesion molecules, protease and endothelial indexes of carotid atherosclerosis patients. Methods: 100 carotid atherosclerosis patients found in health examination in our hospital from July 2013 to October 2014 were enrolled and randomly divided into two groups. Observation group received Ruan Jian San Jie decoction combined with simvastatin treatment; control group only received simvastatin treatment. Then serum adhesion molecules, protease contents and endothelial function indexes of both groups were detected. Results: (1) adhesion molecules: serum E-selectin, ICAM-1, VCAM-1, LFA-1, CD40 contents of observation group were lower than those of control group; (2) protease molecules: serum Cat K, MMP1, MMP2, MMP9 contents of observation group were lower than those of control group; TIMP1 content was higher than that of control group; (3) endothelial function: EMPs, carotid intima-media thickness and plaque area of observation group were lower than those of control group; FMD and vessel diameter were higher than those of control group. Conclusion: Ruan Jian San Jie decoction combined with simvastatin treatment is helpful to reduce the contents of serum adhesion molecules and protease molecules and improve endothelial function; it is an ideal method to treat carotid atherosclerosis.

  1. Correlation Between Serum Leptin Level and Intima-Media Thickness of Carotid Artery in Chronic Kidney Disease Patients%慢性肾脏病患者血清瘦素水平与颈动脉内膜-中层厚度的关系

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    李绍梅; 祝俊琪; 张丽萍; 傅淑霞; 杨林; 谭会斌

    2010-01-01

    目的 探讨慢性肾脏病患者血清瘦素水平与颈动脉内膜-中层厚度的关系.方法 选择79例慢性肾脏病非透析患者和15例健康对照者,采用放射免疫法测定血清瘦素水平,用高分辨二维颈动脉超声技术测定颈动脉内膜一中层厚度及粥样硬化斑块.结果 慢性肾脏病患者血清瘦素水平、平均颈动脉内膜-中层厚度和动脉粥样斑块检出率明显高于健康对照组(P<0.01).慢性肾脏病伴颈动硬化组(颈动脉内膜-中层厚度≥1.0mm,和/或颈动脉斑块)较无颈动脉硬化组血清瘦素(17.06±1.061ng/L比14.27±0.70ng/L)和C.反应蛋白(3.32±0.19mg/L比2.55±0.17mg/L)水平明显升高(P<0.01);慢性肾脏病患者血清瘦素与尿素氮、肌酐、C-反应蛋白、体质指数呈显著正相关(r=0.293,P<0.01;r=0.324,P<0.01;r=0.539,P<0.01;r=0.312,P<0.05);与肾小球滤过率、血红蛋白、白蛋白呈显著负相关(r=-0.389,P<0.01;r=-0.454,P<0.01;r=-0.246,P<0.05).瘦素(β=1.527,P<0.05)是慢性肾脏病患者并发动脉粥样硬化的独立危险因素.结论 慢性肾脏病患者存在高瘦素血症,高瘦素血症与颈动脉内膜-中层厚度的关系,其可能参与了慢性肾脏病患者动脉粥样硬化的发生和发展.

  2. Detection of Boundaries of Carotid Arterial Wall by Analyzing Ultrasonic RF Signals

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    Ibrahim, Nabilah; Hasegawa, Hideyuki; Kanai, Hiroshi

    2012-07-01

    In line with the fact that the intima-media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arterial wall is the most frequently used indicator to diagnose atherosclerosis by ultrasound, it is essential to accurately estimate the thickness of the intima-media complex (IMC) boundaries, i.e., the lumen-intima boundary (LIB) and media-adventitia boundary (MAB). In this study, an improved adaptive model of an ultrasonic echo was developed for the model to realize better fitting to the reference RF echo, which is measured from a glass plate, using a Gaussian window for the envelope function of the adaptive model. Using the mean squared error (MSE) method, the envelope of the improved adaptive model (multiply the sinusoidal wave with the Gaussian window) was fitted with the envelope of an RF echo measured in vivo to estimate the boundaries of the carotid arterial wall. Firstly, a computer simulation of the carotid arterial wall was conducted to evaluate the accuracy of boundary detection using the envelope of the improved adaptive model. In the simulation, IMT was set at 0.50 mm in a 7.2-mm-long short segment in the longitudinal direction. The IMT estimated by the proposed method was 0.54 mm. The 8% error between the true and detected IMTs showed the high accuracy of the envelope of the improved adaptive model in boundary detection. In the in vivo measurement, for the 4.8-mm-long short segment in the longitudinal direction, the average IMT automatically estimated by the proposed method was 0.57 mm. The result was compared with those obtained by the previous method and manually. The IMT estimated by the previous method, which uses an RF adaptive model, was 0.59 mm and the manually determined IMT was 0.56 mm. The smaller difference between the results obtained by the proposed method and manually verified that boundary detection by the proposed method was better than that by the previous method.

  3. Endothelial dysfunction, carotid artery plaque burden, and conventional exercise-induced myocardial ischemia as predictors of coronary artery disease prognosis

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    Ishihara Masayuki

    2008-12-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background While both flow-mediated vasodilation (FMD in the brachial artery (BA, which measures endothelium-dependent vasodilatation, and intima-media thickness (IMT in the carotid artery are correlated with the prognosis of coronary artery disease (CAD, it is not clear which modality is a better predictor of CAD. Furthermore, it has not been fully determined whether either of these modalities is superior to conventional ST-segment depression on exercise stress electrocardiogram (ECG as a predictor. Thus, the goal of the present study was to compare the predictive value of FMD, IMT, and stress ECG for CAD prognosis. Methods and Results A total of 103 consecutive patients (62 ± 9 years old, 79 men with clinically suspected CAD had FMD and nitroglycerin-induced dilation (NTG-D in the BA, carotid artery IMT measurement using high-resolution ultrasound, and exercise treadmill testing. The 73 CAD patients and 30 normal coronary patients were followed for 50 ± 15 months. Fifteen patients had coronary events during this period (1 cardiac death, 2 non-fatal myocardial infarctions, 3 acute heart failures, and 9 unstable anginas. On Kaplan-Meier analysis, only FMD and stress ECG were significant predictors for cardiac events. Conclusion Brachial endothelial function as reflected by FMD and conventional exercise stress testing has comparable prognostic value, whereas carotid artery plaque burden appears to be less powerful for predicting future cardiac events.

  4. Differential effects of the changes of LDL cholesterol and systolic blood pressure on the risk of carotid artery atherosclerosis

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    Chien Kuo-Liong

    2012-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The effects of baseline and changes in blood pressure and low density lipoprotein (LDL cholesterol on the carotid intima media thickness (IMT have not been well documented. Methods A total of 2572 adults (mean age 53.8 years, 54.6% women in a Taiwanese community undertook three blood pressure and LDL cholesterol examinations over 6 years. Latent growth curve modeling was used to investigate the effects of baseline and change in blood pressure and LDL cholesterol on IMT. Results Greater baseline LDL and blood pressure were associated with an increase in IMT (0.005 ± 0.002 mm per 1 mg/dL [p = 0.006] and 0.041 ± 0.004 mm mmHg [p Conclusions Carotid IMT was associated with baseline blood pressure and LDL cholesterol, yet only changes of blood pressure, not LDL cholesterol, were related to carotid IMT during the 6-year observation.

  5. Comparison between multi-detector row CT angiography and Doppler ultrasound on detecting carotid artery wall thickness%多层螺旋CT与Doppler超声对颈动脉壁层厚度的对比性研究

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    赵刚; 查云飞; 王弘; 洪玮; 邱晓明; 王珍; 肖友梅

    2013-01-01

    Objective To explore the relationship and consistency between multi-detector row computed tomography angiography (MDCTA) and color Doppler ultrasound (CD-US) in measuring carotid artery wall thickness (CAWT) and intima-media thickness (IMT). Methods CAWT and IMT of 38 subjects were measured using MDCTA and CD-US, respectively. Linear correlation analysis was performed to analyze the correlation between the results from CAWT and IMT,and Bland-Altman statistics was employed to analyze the consistency between them. Results The IMT value measured by CD-US was (0.85+0.16) mm, and the CAWT value measured by MDCTA was (0.87.± 0.18) mm (P > 0.05), and there was a high degree of correlation between them (correlation coefficient was 0.958,P< 0.01). An excellent consistency between CAWT and IMT was found by Bland-Altman plot, with a bias of 0.026 mm and the limit of consistency from -0.023 to 0.075. Conclusions There were significant correlation and consistency between MDCTA and CD-US in detecting CAWT and IMT. As a more objective and comprehensive new method, MDCTA can replace CD-US in the evaluation of early carotid atherosclerosis.%目的:探讨多层螺旋CT血管造影(MDCTA)和彩色多普勒超声(CD-US)在检测颈总动脉壁厚度(CAWT)和颈总动脉内膜-中层厚度(IMT)中的相关性和一致性.方法:应用MDCTA和CD-US分别对38例受试者颈总动脉的CAWT和IMT进行检测,用Pearson直线相关分析比较CAWT和IMT的相关性,用Bland-Altman分析比较两者的一致性.结果:MDCTA测量的颈总动脉CAWT为(0.87±0.18)mm,CD-US测量的颈总动脉IMT为(0.85±0.16)mm,两者比较无统计学差异,有高度相关性,相关系数为0.958,P<0.01,Bland-Altman分析两者间存在良好一致性,偏倚为0.026 mm,一致性界限为-0.023 ~ 0.075.结论:MDCTA和CD-US在检测颈总动脉CAWT和IMT时存在良好的相关性和一致性,MDCTA可以替代CD-US,作为一种评价颈动脉早期粥样硬化的更加客观全面的新方法.

  6. An insight into elasticity analysis of common carotid artery using ultrasonography.

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    Raj, Jean Rossario; Rahman, Smk; Anand, Sneh

    2016-08-01

    Elastance is a distinguished marker in diagnosing various arterial diseases as studies have reported carotid artery-related diseases linked with stiffness index (β) values greater than 5. This study was to estimate elasticity of common carotid artery by measuring the diameter during systolic and diastolic phases using pixel tracing of successive frames and blood pressure. The B-mode ultrasonography video containing arterial wall motion was captured and fragmented into image frames. Each pixel on the greyscale image was converted into RGB intensity values. The diameter of the artery as well as the thickness of the wall was measured by tracing the pixel displacements from successive frames during arterial pulsation. The study was conducted on 19 subjects aged 25-40 years. The systolic and diastolic carotid artery lumen diameters and carotid intima-media thickness were calculated as 7.1 ± 0.7, 6.3 ± 0.6 and 0.5 ± 0.05 mm (mean ± standard deviation), respectively. The mean stiffness index (β), Peterson's modulus and Young's modulus of elasticity were 5.2 ± 1.1, 69 ± 15 kPa and 453 ± 99 kPa, respectively. The pixel displacements in tunica intima, tunica media and tunica adventitia were not homogeneous, due to varied macro-constituents such as endothelial tissues, smooth muscle cells, elastin lamina, fibrous tissue and micro-constituents such as collagen, fibroblast and elastin. We found that women have smaller arteries, and the stiffness increased during the systolic phase. PMID:27246916

  7. INSULIN RESISTANCE AND CAROTID ATHEROSCLEROSIS IN 221 PATIENTS WITH POTENTIAL HYPERGLYCEMIA

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    Bo Yang; Tian-de Li; Jin-song Wang; Guang Zhi; Wen-sheng Jin; Yong Xu

    2005-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relationship between insulin resistance and carotid atherosclerosis in patients with potential hyperglycemia.Methods A total of 221 patients were recruited among those with potential hyperglycemia. All participants underwent physical examination, medical history interview, and 75 g oral glucose tolerance test. Venous blood was sampled for measurement of insulin and cholesterol levels. The intima-media thickness (IMT) in bilateral common carotid arteries was observed by B-mode ultrasound. Insulin resistance index was calculated by homeostasis model assessment (HOMA-IR).Subjects were stratified in quintiles according to HOMA-IR values. Risk factors and atherosclerotic parameters were analyzed.Results With HOMA-IR value increase, incidence of impaired glucose tolerance, diabetes mellitus, hypertension, and coronary artery disease increased, the levels of triglyceride (TG), low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C), fasting plasma glucose, 2 hour plasma glucose, and fasting insulin increased as well, while the level of high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) decreased. Meanwhile, all atherosclerotic parameters increased. Multivariate regression analysis showed that TG, total cholesterol, HDL-C, LDL-C levels, and In(HOMA-IR) were related to IMT, hence were risk factors for IMT increase.Conchsion Insulin resistance is implicated in atherogenesis.

  8. Breast arterial calcification and risk of carotid atherosclerosis: Focusing on the preferentially affected layer of the vessel wall

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    Sedighi, Nahid, E-mail: nsedighi@sina.tums.ac.ir [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Radmard, Amir Reza, E-mail: radmard@ams.ac.ir [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Radmehr, Ali, E-mail: radmehr@sina.tums.ac.ir [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hashemi, Pari, E-mail: phtums@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Hajizadeh, Abdolmahmoud, E-mail: mroomezi@yahoo.com [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of); Taheri, Amir Pejman Hashemi, E-mail: hashemip@sina.tums.ac.ir [Department of Radiology, Shariati Hospital, Tehran University of Medical Sciences. North Kargar Ave., Tehran 14114 (Iran, Islamic Republic of)

    2011-08-15

    Objective: To assess the relationship between breast arterial calcification (BAC) detected on screening mammography and atherosclerosis of carotid arteries considering the most likely involved layer of the arterial wall. Materials and methods: A total of 537 consecutive women who underwent screening mammography were enrolled in this study. Seventy-nine subjects having BAC, aged 46-75 years, and 125 age-matched controls from those without BAC were selected for ultrasound examination of carotid arteries assessing intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque presence. Participants were divided into three groups of risk including, low-risk: IMT < 0.6 mm without plaque, medium-risk: 0.6 mm {<=} IMT {<=} 0.8 mm without plaque and high-risk: IMT > 0.8 mm and/or plaque. Risk factors for atherosclerosis were obtained from medical records for independent effects. Results: BAC was present in 14.7% of mammograms. According to multivariable logistic regression analyses, significant association was identified between the carotid atherosclerosis risk and presence of BAC. Compared to women with IMT < 0.6 mm, those with 0.6 mm {<=} IMT{<=} 0.8 mm and IMT > 0.8 mm had OR (95% CI) of 4.88 (1.47-16.16) and 23.36 (4.54-120.14), respectively. The OR (95% CI) for carotid plaque was 3.13 (1.3-7.57). There was no interaction between IMT category and plaque. Significant associations were also detected with postmenopausal duration (P = 0.02) and hypertension (P = 0.004). Conclusion: The risk of carotid atherosclerosis increases with the presence of BAC. Women with BAC are more likely to have thicker IMT than plaque, which could be attributed to the preferentially similar affected layer of media causing thick IMT rather than plaque.

  9. Breast arterial calcification and risk of carotid atherosclerosis: Focusing on the preferentially affected layer of the vessel wall

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    Objective: To assess the relationship between breast arterial calcification (BAC) detected on screening mammography and atherosclerosis of carotid arteries considering the most likely involved layer of the arterial wall. Materials and methods: A total of 537 consecutive women who underwent screening mammography were enrolled in this study. Seventy-nine subjects having BAC, aged 46-75 years, and 125 age-matched controls from those without BAC were selected for ultrasound examination of carotid arteries assessing intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque presence. Participants were divided into three groups of risk including, low-risk: IMT 0.8 mm and/or plaque. Risk factors for atherosclerosis were obtained from medical records for independent effects. Results: BAC was present in 14.7% of mammograms. According to multivariable logistic regression analyses, significant association was identified between the carotid atherosclerosis risk and presence of BAC. Compared to women with IMT 0.8 mm had OR (95% CI) of 4.88 (1.47-16.16) and 23.36 (4.54-120.14), respectively. The OR (95% CI) for carotid plaque was 3.13 (1.3-7.57). There was no interaction between IMT category and plaque. Significant associations were also detected with postmenopausal duration (P = 0.02) and hypertension (P = 0.004). Conclusion: The risk of carotid atherosclerosis increases with the presence of BAC. Women with BAC are more likely to have thicker IMT than plaque, which could be attributed to the preferentially similar affected layer of media causing thick IMT rather than plaque.

  10. CARES: Completely Automated Robust Edge Snapper for carotid ultrasound IMT measurement on a multi-institutional database of 300 images: a two stage system combining an intensity-based feature approach with first order absolute moments

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    Molinari, Filippo; Acharya, Rajendra; Zeng, Guang; Suri, Jasjit S.

    2011-03-01

    The carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) is the most used marker for the progression of atherosclerosis and onset of the cardiovascular diseases. Computer-aided measurements improve accuracy, but usually require user interaction. In this paper we characterized a new and completely automated technique for carotid segmentation and IMT measurement based on the merits of two previously developed techniques. We used an integrated approach of intelligent image feature extraction and line fitting for automatically locating the carotid artery in the image frame, followed by wall interfaces extraction based on Gaussian edge operator. We called our system - CARES. We validated the CARES on a multi-institutional database of 300 carotid ultrasound images. IMT measurement bias was 0.032 +/- 0.141 mm, better than other automated techniques and comparable to that of user-driven methodologies. Our novel approach of CARES processed 96% of the images leading to the figure of merit to be 95.7%. CARES ensured complete automation and high accuracy in IMT measurement; hence it could be a suitable clinical tool for processing of large datasets in multicenter studies involving atherosclerosis.pre-

  11. Association of Serum Uric levels and Carotid Intima Thickness with the Numbers of Organ Damaged in Hypertensive Patients

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    Corina Şerban

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Target organ damage (TOD can be evaluated in outpatient clinics and offers valuable information about patient's cardiovascular risk. Clinical evidence supported the possibility that serum uric acid (SUA may lead to hypertension. Carotid intima–media thickness (carotid IMT measured noninvasively by ultrasonography is now widely used as a surrogate marker for atherosclerosis. Goal: to investigate the association of SUA with markers of target organ damage like carotid IMT and microalbuminuria in hypertensive patients and to observe the distribution of SUA levels considering one, two, three or more TOD.Material and methods: The study was conducted on a sample of 182 hypertensive patients. They underwent extensive clinical, laboratory, and ultrasonographic investigations searching for cardiac, vascular and renal TOD. The patients were divided into four groups as follows: no TOD (Group I, n=24; 1 TOD (Group II, n=50; 2 TOD (Group III, n=40; and ≥ 3 TOD (Group IV, n=48. Carotid IMT was performed using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography according to Mannheim Consensus.Results: Uric acid was directly associated with the number of affected organs. Uric acid was significantly higher in the group IV versus group III (p<0.001, in the group III versus group II, p<0.001 and in the group II versus group I (p<0.001. Carotid IMT was also directly associated with the number of affected organs. The value of carotid IMT was significantly higher in the group IV versus group III (p<0.001, in the group III versus group II, (p<0.001 and in the group II versus group I (p<0.001. We obtained a strong significantly correlation between serum uric acid levels and carotid IMT (r=0.86, p<0.001 and between carotid IMT and microalbuminuria (r=0.74, p<0.001Conclusion: The study showed that increased values of SUA and carotid IMT are associated with the number of TOD, thus SUA and carotid IMT may be considered indicators for evaluating TOD.

  12. Completely automated multiresolution edge snapper (CAMES): a new technique for an accurate carotid ultrasound IMT measurement and its validation on a multi-institutional database

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    Molinari, Filippo; Loizou, Christos; Zeng, Guang; Pattichis, Costantinos; Pantziaris, Marios; Liboni, William; Nicolaides, Andrew; Suri, Jasjit S.

    2011-03-01

    Since 2005, our research team has been developing automated techniques for carotid artery (CA) wall segmentation and intima-media thickness (IMT) measurement. We developed a snake-based technique (which we named CULEX1,2), a method based on an integrated approach of feature extraction, fitting, and classification (which we named CALEX3), and a watershed transform based algorithm4. Each of the previous methods substantially consisted in two distinct stages: Stage-I - Automatic carotid artery detection. In this step, intelligent procedures were adopted to automatically locate the CA in the image frame. Stage-II - CA wall segmentation and IMT measurement. In this second step, the CA distal (or far) wall is segmented in order to trace the lumen-intima (LI) and media-adventitia (MA) boundaries. The distance between the LI/MA borders is the IMT estimation. The aim of this paper is the description of a novel and completely automated technique for carotid artery segmentation and IMT measurement based on an innovative multi-resolution approach.

  13. Quantitative evaluation of the structure and function of the common carotid artery in hypertriglyceridemic subjects using ultrasound radiofrequency-data technology

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    Dan, Hai-Jun, E-mail: danhaijun@163.com [Department of Physical Examination, The Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050000, Hebei (China); Wang, Yan [Department of Ultrasound in Medicine, Shanghai Jiao Tong University Affiliated Sixth People' s Hospital, Shanghai 200233 (China); Sha, Hai-Jing [Second Department of Geriatrics, The Central Hospital of Handan, Handan 056001, Hebei (China); Wen, Shu-Bin [Department of Physical Examination, The Second Hospital of Hebei Medical University, Shijiazhuang 050000, Hebei (China)

    2012-11-15

    Assessment of the properties of blood-vessel walls by ultrasound radiofrequency (RF)-data technology is an innovative technique. We quantitatively evaluated the intima-media thickness (IMT) and arterial elasticity of the common carotid artery (CCA) in asymptomatic subjects with hypertriglyceridemia (HTG) using RF-data technology. Thirty HTG subjects and 30 matched controls were enrolled in the study. The common carotid arterial systolic diameter, diastolic diameter, IMT, carotid distensibility (CD), local pulse wave velocity (PWV{beta}), and stiffness ({beta}) were compared between the two groups, as was the correlation between triglyceride level and the parameters mentioned above. The HTG group had significantly higher values of CCA-IMT compared with the control group (p < 0.001). There were significant differences between the HTG group and controls in terms of higher values of PWV{beta} and {beta}, and lower values of CD (all p < 0.05). No difference was observed in terms of the systolic and diastolic diameter of the CCA (p > 0.05). The level of triglycerides had significant positive correlations with CCA-IMT (r = 0.493, p < 0.001), whereas significant correlations with CD, PWV{beta}, and {beta} were not observed in the HTG group. Ultrasound RF-data technology can be used to non-invasively and quantitatively detect the change in the structure and function of the CCA in asymptomatic HTG subjects for evaluating preclinical atherosclerosis.

  14. HIV-1 antiretrovirals induce oxidant injury and increase intima-media thickness in an atherogenic mouse model

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    Jiang, Bo; Hebert, Valeria Y.; Khandelwal, Alok R.; Stokes, Karen Y.; Dugas, Tammy R

    2009-01-01

    A growing body of evidence suggests HIV patients are at a greater risk for developing atherosclerosis. However, clinical investigations have generated conflicting results with regard to whether antiretrovirals are independently involved in the development of HIV-associated atherosclerosis. By administering antiretrovirals in an atherogenic mouse model, we determined whether two commonly prescribed antiretrovirals, the protease inhibitor indinavir and the nucleoside reverse transcriptase inhib...

  15. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein, low density lipoprotein particle size and intima media thickness in patients with coronary heart disease

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    Tosheska, Katerina; Labudovic, Danica; Jovanova, Silvana; Jaglikovski, Branko; Alabakovska, Sonja

    2011-01-01

    Cholesteryl ester transfer protein (CETP) plays a key role in reverse cholesterol transport and high density lipoprotein (HDL) metabolism. Predominance of small, dense LDL particles is associated with an increased risk of atherosclerosis and coronary heart disease (CHD).

  16. Subclinical carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors in HIV-infected patients

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    Wiesława Kwiatkowska

    2011-11-01

    Full Text Available Background:HIV infected patients, especially those treated with antiretroviral (ARV drugs, show an increased risk and incidence of cardiovascular disease.Objectives:The aim of this study was to evaluate the progression of subclinical atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries, expressed as the value of carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT and the amount of atherosclerotic plaques, and to analyze the correlation between cIMT and risk factors for cardiovascular diseases in a cohort of HIV infected patients.Methods:The analysis included 72 HIV infected patients, mean age 39.4 years, and 27 healthy HIV negative individuals, matched for age and sex. The data collected included evaluation of the infection, ARV treatment, past cardiovascular events, assessment of traditional and nontraditional risk factors for cardiovascular diseases, cIMT measurements and amount of atherosclerotic plaques in the carotid arteries.Results:HIV infected patients show more advanced subclinical atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries (cIMT and plaques incidence. The cardiovascular risk profile of the HIV infected patients is significantly different from HIV negative people. Among the HIV positive group lower body mass index (BMI and higher waist/hip ratio (WHR are observed. The concentration of all cholesterol fractions is lower, whereas the concentration of triglycerides is higher. Cigarette smoking is more common among HIV-infected individuals. A strong statistical correlation between cIMT and age, hypertension, non-high-density lipoprotein (non-HDL cholesterol and ARV time were found. Total and LDL cholesterol, and lifetime smoking exposure also affect the cIMT. The relationship between cIMT and current HIV RNA may indicate the impact of the current infection status on the cIMT dynamics in this subpopulation.

  17. The efficacy of carotid ultrasonography in estimating coronary artery stenosis in patients receiving hemodialysis

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    In patients with dialysis therapy, cardiovascular diseases have a great impact on morbidity and mortality. Because physicians have recently been encountering more patients with diabetes mellitus as well as more elderly patients, the importance of evaluating atherosclerosis has continuously increased. It has been reported that ischemic heart diseases or cerebrovascular diseases can be estimated using non-invasive ultrasonography. In addition, we can also diagnose coronary stenosis using computed tomography more easily than before. In this study, we in vestigated the efficacy of carotid ultrasonography in estimating coronary artery stenosis in patients with hemodialysis. One hundred and eight patients (58 men and 50 women with a mean age of 69±12 years, and a mean dialysis duration of 6.7±6.2 years) were enrolled in this study. We measured the maximum intima-media thickness (max-IMT), the distribution and the properties of plaque and plaque scores at carotid arteries using ultrasonography, and examined the degree of stenosis and the number of stenotic coronary arteries using computed tomography. As the max-IMT or plaque scores increased, the degree of stenosis became significantly more severe and multi-vessel disease was observed with significantly greater frequency. End stage renal disease is one of most significant cardiovascular risk factors. However, it is difficult to diagnose ischemic heart disease correctly in these patients because they sometimes have few symptoms due to diabetes and often show atypical electrocardiograms due to ventricular hypertrophy or electrolyte disorders. In this study, we clearly showed the correlation between atherosclerosis in the carotid arteries and stenosis in the coronary arteries. It is suggested that carotid ultrasonography is useful to estimate coronary artery stenosis, and effective for evaluating the risk of ischemic heart diseases non-invasively in patients with hemodialysis. (author)

  18. MAOA promoter methylation and susceptibility to carotid atherosclerosis: role of familial factors in a monozygotic twin sample

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    Zhao Jinying

    2012-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Atherosclerosis is a complex process involving both genetic and epigenetic factors. The monoamine oxidase A (MAOA gene regulates the metabolism of key neurotransmitters and has been associated with cardiovascular risk factors. This study investigates whether MAOA promoter methylation is associated with atherosclerosis, and whether this association is confounded by familial factors in a monozygotic (MZ twin sample. Methods We studied 84 monozygotic (MZ twin pairs drawn from the Vietnam Era Twin Registry. Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT was measured by ultrasound. DNA methylation in the MAOA promoter region was quantified by bisulfite pyrosequencing using genomic DNA isolated from peripheral blood leukocytes. The association between DNA methylation and IMT was first examined by generalized estimating equation, followed by matched pair analyses to determine whether the association was confounded by familial factors. Results When twins were analyzed as individuals, increased methylation level was associated with decreased IMT at four of the seven studied CpG sites. However, this association substantially reduced in the matched pair analyses. Further adjustment for MAOA genotype also considerably attenuated this association. Conclusions The association between MAOA promoter methylation and carotid IMT is largely explained by familial factors shared by the twins. Because twins reared together share early life experience, which may leave a long-lasting epigenetic mark, aberrant MAOA methylation may represent an early biomarker for unhealthy familial environment. Clarification of familial factors associated with DNA methylation and early atherosclerosis will provide important information to uncover clinical correlates of disease.

  19. A Data Mining Approach for Cardiovascular Disease Diagnosis Using Heart Rate Variability and Images of Carotid Arteries

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    Hyeongsoo Kim

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available In this paper, we proposed not only an extraction methodology of multiple feature vectors from ultrasound images for carotid arteries (CAs and heart rate variability (HRV of electrocardiogram signal, but also a suitable and reliable prediction model useful in the diagnosis of cardiovascular disease (CVD. For inventing the multiple feature vectors, we extract a candidate feature vector through image processing and measurement of the thickness of carotid intima-media (IMT. As a complementary way, the linear and/or nonlinear feature vectors are also extracted from HRV, a main index for cardiac disorder. The significance of the multiple feature vectors is tested with several machine learning methods, namely Neural Networks, Support Vector Machine (SVM, Classification based on Multiple Association Rule (CMAR, Decision tree induction and Bayesian classifier. As a result, multiple feature vectors extracted from both CAs and HRV (CA+HRV showed higher accuracy than the separative feature vectors of CAs and HRV. Furthermore, the SVM and CMAR showed about 89.51% and 89.46%, respectively, in terms of diagnosing accuracy rate after evaluating the diagnosis or prediction methods using the finally chosen multiple feature vectors. Therefore, the multiple feature vectors devised in this paper can be effective diagnostic indicators of CVD. In addition, the feature vector analysis and prediction techniques are expected to be helpful tools in the decisions of cardiologists.

  20. Medical Decision-Making System of Ultrasound Carotid Artery Intima–Media Thickness Using Neural Networks

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    N. Santhiyakumari; Rajendran, P.; M. Madheswaran

    2010-01-01

    The objective of this work is to develop and implement a medical decision-making system for an automated diagnosis and classification of ultrasound carotid artery images. The proposed method categorizes the subjects into normal, cerebrovascular, and cardiovascular diseases. Two contours are extracted for each and every preprocessed ultrasound carotid artery image. Two types of contour extraction techniques and multilayer back propagation network (MBPN) system have been developed for classifyi...

  1. Increased Carotid Thickness in Subjects with Recently-Diagnosed Diabetes from Rural Cameroon

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    Nicola Napoli; Enrico Zardi; Rocky Strollo; Michele Arigliani; Andrea Daverio; Flaminia Olearo; Daniele Tosi; Giordano Dicuonzo; Filomena Scarpa; Claudio Pedone; Hervé Hilaire Tegue Simo; Giovanni Mottini; Paolo Pozzilli

    2012-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We have recently shown a high prevalence of diabetes and obesity in rural Cameroon, despite an improved lifestyle. Diabetes in rural Africa remains underdiagnosed and its role in increasing risk of atherosclerosis in these populations is unknown. We investigated the prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis and cardiovascular risk factors in a population of subjects with recently-diagnosed diabetes from rural Cameroon. METHODOLOGY/PRINCIPAL FINDINGS: In a case-control study, carotid i...

  2. Segmentation of the common carotid artery walls based on a frequency implementation of active contours: segmentation of the common carotid artery walls.

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    Bastida-Jumilla, M Consuelo; Menchón-Lara, Rosa M; Morales-Sánchez, Juan; Verdú-Monedero, Rafael; Larrey-Ruiz, Jorge; Sancho-Gómez, José Luis

    2013-02-01

    Atherosclerosis is one of the most extended cardiovascular diseases nowadays. Although it may be unnoticed during years, it also may suddenly trigger severe illnesses such as stroke, embolisms or ischemia. Therefore, an early detection of atherosclerosis can prevent adult population from suffering more serious pathologies. The intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery (CCA) has been used as an early and reliable indicator of atherosclerosis for years. The IMT is manually computed from ultrasound images, a process that can be repeated as many times as necessary (over different ultrasound images of the same patient), but also prone to errors. With the aim to reduce the inter-observer variability and the subjectivity of the measurement, a fully automatic computer-based method based on ultrasound image processing and a frequency-domain implementation of active contours is proposed. The images used in this work were obtained with the same ultrasound scanner (Philips iU22 Ultrasound System) but with different spatial resolutions. The proposed solution does not extract only the IMT but also the CCA diameter, which is not as relevant as the IMT to predict future atherosclerosis evolution but it is a statistically interesting piece of information for the doctors to determine the cardiovascular risk. The results of the proposed method have been validated by doctors, and these results are visually and numerically satisfactory when considering the medical measurements as ground truth, with a maximum deviation of only 3.4 pixels (0.0248 mm) for IMT. PMID:22552539

  3. Red cell distribution width in relation to incidence of stroke and carotid atherosclerosis: a population-based cohort study.

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    Martin Söderholm

    Full Text Available Increased red cell distribution width (RDW has been related to poor prognosis in patients with cardiovascular disease, and is a predictor of cardiovascular mortality in the general population. The purpose of the present study was to investigate if RDW is associated with increased incidence of stroke and its subtypes in individuals from the general population.Red cell distribution width was measured in 26,879 participants (16,561 women and 10,318 men aged 45-73 years without history of coronary events or stroke, from the population-based Malmö Diet and Cancer Study. Incidences of total stroke and stroke subtypes over a mean follow-up of 15.2 years were calculated in relation to sex-specific quartiles of RDW. The presence of carotid plaque and intima-media thickness, as assessed by ultrasound, was studied in relation to RDW in a randomly selected subcohort (n = 5,309.Incidences of total stroke (n = 1,869 and cerebral infarction (n = 1,544 were both increased in individuals with high RDW. Hazard ratios (HRs in the highest compared to the lowest quartile were 1.31 for total stroke (95% confidence interval [CI]: 1.11-1.54, p for trend = 0.004 and 1.32 for cerebral infarction (95% CI: 1.10-1.58, p for trend = 0.004 after adjustment for stroke risk factors and hematological parameters. The adjusted HR for intracerebral hemorrhage (n = 230 was 1.44 (95% CI: 0.90-2.30 and the HR for subarachnoid hemorrhage (n = 75 was 0.94 (95% CI: 0.43-2.07, in the highest compared to the lowest quartile of RDW. Red cell distribution width was positively associated with intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery (p for trend = 0.011.Red cell distribution width in the highest quartile was associated with increased incidence of total stroke and cerebral infarction. There was no significant association between RDW and incidence of intracerebral or subarachnoid hemorrhage.

  4. Risk of carotid atherosclerosis is associated with low serum paraoxonase (PON1) activity among arsenic exposed residents in Southwestern Taiwan

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    To understand whether human paraoxonase 1 (PON1) would modulate the risk for arsenic-related atherosclerosis, we studied 196 residents from an arseniasis-endemic area in Southwestern Taiwan and 291 age- and sex-matched residents from a nearby control area where arsenic exposure was found low. Carotid atherosclerosis was defined by a carotid artery intima-media wall thickness (IMT) of > 1.0 mm. Prevalence of carotid atherosclerosis was increased in the arseniasis-endemic area as compared to the control area after adjustment for conventional risk factors (OR = 2.20, p < 0.01). The prevalence was positively associated with cumulative arsenic exposure (mg/L-year) in a dose-dependent manner. Multiple logistic regression analysis showed that in the endemic group, low serum PON1 activity was an independent risk factor for atherosclerosis (OR = 4.18 low vs. high, p < 0.05). For those of low PON1 activity and high cumulative arsenic exposure, the odds ratio for the prevalence of atherosclerosis was further increased up to 5.68 (p < 0.05). No significant association was found between atherosclerosis and four polymorphisms of the PON gene cluster (PON1 - 108C/T, PON1 Q192R, PON2 A148G, PON2 C311S). However, genetic frequencies of certain alleles including PON1 Q192, PON2 G148 and PON2 C311 were found increased in the endemic group as compared to the controls and a general Chinese population, indicating a possible survival selection in the endemic group after a long arsenic exposure history. Our results showed a significant joint effect between arsenic exposure and serum PON1 activity on carotid atherosclerosis, suggesting that subjects of low PON1 activity may be more susceptible to arsenic-related cardiovascular disease.

  5. Relation of glycated hemoglobin with carotid atherosclerosis in ischemic stroke patients: An observational study in Indian population

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    Amit Shankar Singh

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Context: Glycated hemoglobin A 1 c (HbA 1 c indicates long-term uncontrolled hyperglycemia in the body, which in diabetic patients leads to various vascular complications as a part of generalized atherosclerosis culminating ultimately into ischemic stroke. Aims: Study aims to show the association between marker of uncontrolled long-term hyperglycemia HbA 1 c and marker of atherosclerosis (Carotid intima media thickness [CIMT] and carotid plaque in ischemic stroke patients. Subjects and Methods: Carotid sonography using high resolution 7.5 MHz sonography technique was done in each patient to find the occurrence of increased CIMT and presence of plaque according to Mannheim CIMT Consensus (2004-2006. Levels of HbA 1 c measured in blood in both diabetic and non-diabetic patients and a comparison made between them. Finally an association sought between HbA 1 c levels with CIMT and plaque. Results: The average value of HbA 1 c of this cohort was 7.51 ± 1.75% with higher values in diabetic patients (9.29 ± 1.73%. The patients with high CIMT (>0.8 mm had higher values of HbA 1 c then that of normal CIMT patients and this was nearly significantly (P = 0.06. However, HbA 1 c levels of blood were significantly associated with stroke patients with presence of carotid arteries plaque (P = 0.008. Conclusions: Prediction of future risk and prevention strategies for ischemic stroke could be formulated by utilizing HbA 1 c levels in both diabetic and non-diabetic population.

  6. Influence of Duration of Diabetes, Glycemic Control, and Traditional Cardiovascular Risk Factors on Early Atherosclerotic Vascular Changes in Adolescents and Young Adults with Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus

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    Shah, Amy S.; Dolan, Lawrence M.; Kimball, Thomas R.; Gao, Zhiqian; Khoury, Philip R.; Daniels, Stephen R.; Urbina, Elaine M

    2009-01-01

    Background: Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) provides a mechanism for detecting early atherosclerosis. Little information is available concerning carotid IMT and the progression of atherosclerosis in adolescents and young adults with type 2 diabetes mellitus.

  7. Association of adipokines and estradiol with bone and carotid calcifications in postmenopausal women.

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    Värri, M; Niskanen, L; Tuomainen, Tp; Honkanen, R; Kröger, H; Tuppurainen, M T

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    Objectives Carotid artery calcifications (CAC) and high carotid artery intima-media thickness (cIMT) are associated with low bone mineral density (BMD) by unknown mechanisms in postmenopausal women. Leptin, adiponectin and estradiol may mediate these associations. Our aim was to study the relationships of the aforementioned factors to bone health (BMD) and carotid atherosclerosis (CAC and cIMT). Method Participants (n = 290, mean age 73.6 years) for this cross-sectional OSTPRE-BBA study (Kuopio Osteoporosis Risk Factor and Prevention - Bone, Brain and Atherosclerosis) were randomly selected from the OSTPRE cohort in 2009. Femoral neck and total body BMDs, trunk and total body fat mass were measured with dual-energy X-ray absorptiometry, and cIMT (mm) and CAC (no/yes) were measured with B-type ultrasound. Free estradiol, adiponectin and leptin were measured from serum samples. Results Circulating estradiol levels were associated with leptin (β = 0.131, p  0.05), when adjusted for total body fat mass. There were no associations between estradiol tertiles and BMDs, or with cIMT or CAC. Adiponectin levels were inversely associated with femoral neck BMD (p = 0.019, β = -0.138) and total body BMD (p = 0.009, β = -0.142), adjusted for total body fat mass, age, current smoking and estradiol, but showed no relationship with CAC or cIMT. Leptin levels were not associated with BMDs or cIMT; but the odds ratio was 1.5 between the CAC and leptin quartiles (p = 0.014), adjusted for total body fat mass, age, statin use and calcium intake. Conclusion The adipokines are associated with vascular calcification and low BMD. Moreover, estradiol was not independently associated with BMD or CAC. PMID:26849745

  8. Peripheral and central arterial pressure and its relationship to vascular target organ damage in carotid artery, retina and arterial stiffness. Development and validation of a tool. The Vaso risk study

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    Patino-Alonso Maria C

    2011-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Ambulatory blood pressure monitoring (ABPM shows a better correlation to target organ damage and cardiovascular morbidity-mortality than office blood pressure. A loss of arterial elasticity and an increase in carotid artery intima-media thickness (IMT has been associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity-mortality. Tools have been developed that allow estimation of the retinal arteriovenous index but not all studies coincide and there are contradictory results in relation to the evolution of the arteriosclerotic lesions and the caliber of the retinal vessels. The purpose of this study is to analyze the relationship between peripheral and central arterial pressure (clinic and ambulatory and vascular structure and function as evaluated by the carotid artery intima-media thickness, retina arteriovenous index, pulse wave velocity (PWV and ankle-brachial index in patients with and without type 2 diabetes. In turn, software is developed and validated for measuring retinal vessel thickness and automatically estimating the arteriovenous index. Methods/Design A cross-sectional study involving a control group will be made, with a posterior 4-year follow-up period in primary care. The study patients will be type 2 diabetics, with a control group of non-diabetic individuals. Consecutive sampling will be used to include 300 patients between 34-75 years of age and no previous cardiovascular disease, one-half being assigned to each group. Main measurements: age, gender, height, weight and abdominal circumference. Lipids, creatinine, microalbuminuria, blood glucose, HbA1c, blood insulin, high sensitivity C-reactive protein and endothelial dysfunction markers. Clinic and ambulatory blood pressure monitoring. Carotid ultrasound to evaluate IMT, and retinography to evaluate the arteriovenous index. ECG to assess left ventricle hypertrophy, ankle-brachial index, and pulse wave analysis (PWA and pulse wave velocity (PWV with the Sphigmocor

  9. Ultrasonic Measurement of Carotid Intima–Media Thickness in a Group of Iranian with No Cardiovascular Risk Factors

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    M Pourafkari; E. Tamiz Bakhtiyari; Jalali, A.H.,; M. Shakiba

    2006-01-01

    Background/Objective: To obtaining reference values for intima–media thickness (IMT) of the carotid arteries in the Iranian subjects without any known atherosclerosis risk factors. Patients and Methods: A total of 400 subjects (146 male and 254 female, mean age 36.3±14 years in men and 35.9±12 years in women), with normal body mass index and no history or evidence of cardiovascular or peripheral vascular disease, hypertension, diabetes, thyroid diseases or smoking were examined. IMT was measu...

  10. Dual stack black blood carotid artery CMR at 3T: Application to wall thickness visualization

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    Marx Nikolaus

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The increasing understanding of atherosclerosis as an important risk factor for the development of acute ischemic events like ischemic stroke has stimulated increasing interest in non-invasive assessment of the structure, composition and burden of plaque depositions in the carotid artery wall. Vessel wall imaging by means of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR is conventionally done by 2D dual inversion recovery (DIR techniques, which often fail in covering large volumes of interest as required in plaque burden assessment. Although the technique has been extended to 2D multislice imaging, its straight extension to 3D protocols is still limited by the prolonged acquisition times and incomplete blood suppression. A novel approach for rapid overview imaging of large sections of the carotid artery wall at isotropic spatial resolutions is presented, which omits excitation of the epiglottis. By the interleaved acquisition of two 3D stacks with the proposed motion sensitized segmented steady-state black-blood gradient echo technique (MSDS the coverage of the carotid artery trees on both sides in reasonable scan times is enabled. Results 10 patients were investigated with the proposed technique and compared to conventional transversal DIR turbo spin and gradient echo approaches centered at the height of the carotid bifurcation. In all MSDS experiments sufficient black-blood contrast could be obtained over the entire covered volumes. The contrast to noise ratio between vessel and suppressed blood was improved by 73% applying the motion sensitizing technique. In all patients the suspicious areas of vessel wall thickening could be clearly identified and validated by the conventional local imaging approach. The average assessable vessel wall segment length was evaluated to be 18 cm. While in 50% of the cases motion artifacts could be appreciated in the conventional images, none were detected for the MSDS technique. Conclusion The

  11. Prevalence of the Metabolic Syndrome in Latin America and its association with sub-clinical carotid atherosclerosis: the CARMELA cross sectional study

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    Torres Marta

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Metabolic syndrome increases cardiovascular risk. Limited information on its prevalence in Latin America is available. The Cardiovascular Risk Factor Multiple Evaluation in Latin America (CARMELA study included assessment of metabolic syndrome in 7 urban Latin American populations. Methods CARMELA was a cross-sectional, population-based, observational study conducted in Barquisimeto, Venezuela; Bogota, Colombia; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lima, Peru; Mexico City, Mexico; Quito, Ecuador; and Santiago, Chile. The prevalence of metabolic syndrome, defined according to the National Cholesterol Education Program Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP ATP III, and associated carotid atherosclerosis were investigated in 11,502 participants aged 25 to 64 years. Results Across CARMELA cities, metabolic syndrome was most prevalent in Mexico City (27% and Barquisimeto (26%, followed by Santiago (21%, Bogota (20%, Lima (18%, Buenos Aires (17%, and Quito (14%. In nondiabetic participants, prevalence was slightly lower but followed a comparable ranking. Overall, 59%, 59%, and 73% of women with high triglycerides, hypertension, or glucose abnormalities, respectively, and 64%, 48% and 71% of men with abdominal obesity, hypertension, or glucose abnormalities, respectively, had the full metabolic syndrome. Prevalence of metabolic syndrome increased with age, markedly so in women. Mean common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCAIMT and prevalence of carotid plaque increased steeply with increasing numbers of metabolic syndrome components; mean CCAIMT was higher and plaque more prevalent in participants with metabolic syndrome than without. Conclusion The prevalence of metabolic syndrome and its components by NCEP ATP III criteria was substantial across cities, ranging from 14% to 27%. CARMELA findings, including evidence of the association of metabolic syndrome and carotid atherosclerosis, should inform appropriate clinical and public health

  12. The relationship between oxidized lipoprotein(a and carotid atherosclerosis in asymptomatic subjects: A comparison with native lipoprotein(a

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    Taniguchi Nobuyuki

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Oxidized lipoprotein(a (oxLp(a can be a more potent marker of atherogenesis than native Lp(a, although Lp(a is considered to be a risk factor for atherosclerotic diseases. Limited clinical data are available regarding the significance of oxLp(a in atherosclerotic manifestations. This study aimed to investigate the association between the serum oxLp(a and carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT, in comparison to the serum Lp(a levels, among asymptomatic subjects. Methods The atheroscrerosis-related variables including Lp(a and oxLp(a were measured in 136 cardiovascular disease-free subjects (61 males and 75 females, mean age of 64 years. The serum oxLp(a level was quantified using a sandwich ELISA system. The CIMT level was ultrasonographically measured on bilateral carotid arteries. Results The median level of Lp(a was 120 μmol/L, oxLp(a was 0.06 nmol/L, and CIMT was 0.7 mm, respectively. A simple correlation test showed that the CIMT was significantly and positively correlated with age, systolic blood pressure and oxLp(a (r = 0.208, P Conclusions These results suggest that oxLp(a may be more closely associated with accelerated carotid atherosclerosis, in comparison to Lp(a, in this population. This finding can be important for obtaining a better understanding of the different atherogenic roles played by oxLp(a in comparison to Lp(a.

  13. Relationship between Coronary Risk Factors, C-Reactive Protein, Bone Mineral Density and Carotid Circulation Among Frail Elderly

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    Moatassem S. Amer1, Tamer M. Farid1, Ekrami E. Abdel-rahman1,

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    Full Text Available Background: Frailty may now be regarded as a geriatric syndrome of decreased reserve and resistance to stressors, resulting from cumulative declines across multiple physiologic systems, causing vulnerability to adverse health outcomes including falls, hospitalisation, institutionalisation and mortality. The inflammatory mediators as C-reactive protein have been associated with the development of the geriatric frailty. Several studies have pointed out increased level of homocystiene in frail elderly Increasing frailty was associated with lower bone mineral density, as both bone mass and muscle strength decrease during ageing and this has also been associated with higher risk of osteoporotic fractures in frail elderly. Objective: To compare frail and non-frail elderly regarding Bone mineral density, carotid circulation and serum levels of Homocysteine, coronary risk factors and CRP. Methods: 104 elderly patients, who were assigned to 2 groups. Group A (52 frail participants: diagnosed by Fried’s criteria as applied by Avila-Funes et al., 2008. Group B (52 non-frail participants.All participants were subjected to the following: through history, physical examination, ADL, IADL assessment, MMSE ,GDS, laboratory investigations including; CRP, homocystiene and total lipid profile, measurement of bone mineral density by DEXA and carotid intima-media thickness by carotid duplex. Results: There was no statistically significant difference in age, sex, among both groups.Frail participants had higher ADL and IADL dependence, higher incidence of depression, cognitive impairment and osteoprosis.They also had higher levels of homocystiene , CRP , CIMT and lower levels of HDL cholesterol. Conclusion: Osteoporosis is more prevalent among frail elderly also frailty is associated with more ADL & IADL dependence, higher GDS scores & lower MMSE score in addition to higher mean level of homocystiene, CRP & triglycerides in addition to low serum HDL & higher CIMT

  14. A mathematical model for estimating the axial stress of the common carotid artery wall from ultrasound images.

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    Soleimani, Effat; Mokhtari-Dizaji, Manijhe; Saberi, Hajir; Sharif-Kashani, Shervin

    2016-08-01

    Clarifying the complex interaction between mechanical and biological processes in healthy and diseased conditions requires constitutive models for arterial walls. In this study, a mathematical model for the displacement of the carotid artery wall in the longitudinal direction is defined providing a satisfactory representation of the axial stress applied to the arterial wall. The proposed model was applied to the carotid artery wall motion estimated from ultrasound image sequences of 10 healthy adults, and the axial stress waveform exerted on the artery wall was extracted. Consecutive ultrasonic images (30 frames per second) of the common carotid artery of 10 healthy subjects (age 44 ± 4 year) were recorded and transferred to a personal computer. Longitudinal displacement and acceleration were extracted from ultrasonic image processing using a block-matching algorithm. Furthermore, images were examined using a maximum gradient algorithm and time rate changes of the internal diameter and intima-media thickness were extracted. Finally, axial stress was estimated using an appropriate constitutive equation for thin-walled tubes. Performance of the proposed model was evaluated using goodness of fit between approximated and measured longitudinal displacement statistics. Values of goodness-of-fit statistics indicated high quality of fit for all investigated subjects with the mean adjusted R-square (0.86 ± 0.08) and root mean squared error (0.08 ± 0.04 mm). According to the results of the present study, maximum and minimum axial stresses exerted on the arterial wall are 1.7 ± 0.6 and -1.5 ± 0.5 kPa, respectively. These results reveal the potential of this technique to provide a new method to assess arterial stress from ultrasound images, overcoming the limitations of the finite element and other simulation techniques. PMID:26563198

  15. Automated IMT estimation and BMI correlation using a low-quality carotid ultrasound image database from India.

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    Molinari, Filippo; Gupta, Vipin; Prabhakaran, Poornima; Meiburger, Kristen M; Saba, Luca; Acharya, U Rajendra; Ledda, Giuseppe; Radha Krishna, K V; Walia, Gagandeep Kaur; Kinra, Sanjay; Nicolaides, Andrew; Ebrahim, Shah; Suri, Jasjit S

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    This paper presents AtheroEdgeLowRes (AELR), an extention of AtheroEdge™ from AtheroPoint™, and a solution to carotid ultrasound IMT measurement in low-resolution and overall low quality images. The images were collected using a low-end ultrasound machine during a screening study in India. We aim to demonstrate the accuracy and reproducibility of the AELR system by benchmarking it against an expert Reader's manual tracing and to show the correlation between the automatically measured intima media thickness (IMT) and the subjects' cardiovascular risk factors (i.e. body mass index--BMI). We introduced an innovative penalty function (PF) to our dual-snake segmentation technique, necessary due to the low image resolution. We processed 512 images from 256 patients, and correlated the AELR IMT values with the patients' age and BMI. AELR processed all 512 images, and the IMT measurement error was 0.011±0.099 mm with the PF correction and 0.173±0.127 mm without. AELR IMT values correlated with the Reader's values (r = 0.883) and also correlated with the subject's BMI and age. The AELR system showed accuracy and reproducibility levels that make it suitable to be used in large epidemiological and screening studies in emerging countries. PMID:24110444

  16. Ultrasonographic Carotid Changes in Patients with Hodgkin’s Disease after Radiotherapy: A Historical Cohort Study

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    R. Basiratnia

    2006-08-01

    Full Text Available Background/objective: Radiotherapy is the most effective treatment for Hodgkin’s disease in early stages. However, it can cause various side effects in radiated tissues, e.g., vascular structures. One of the effects of radiation on vessels is atherosclerosis. The primary objective of this study was to compare the atherosclerotic changes of carotid arteries, expressed as the mean intima-media thickness (IMT, in patients with Hodgkin’s disease after radiotherapy with a matched non-exposed group. We also tried to see whether there is a correlation between the time elapsed since the last radiotherapy session and the prevalence and severity of atherosclerosis. Moreover, we tested if radiation can augment the effect of age, as an in-dependent risk factor for atherosclerosis. Patients and Methods: In two groups of 50 patients, sonography of the common and internal carotid arteries in bifurcation of the artery was performed and the IMT was measured for both groups of patients exposed and unexposed to radiation. Results: The mean±SD IMT was significantly higher in exposed (0.67±0.22 mm than unex-posed (0.51±0.07 mm group. There were early atherosclerotic changes, diagnosed based on the vessel morphology, in 18% of exposed and none of the unexposed group. Correlation of IMT with age is stronger in the exposed than in the unexposed group. (r=0.61 in the exposed vs. 0.22 in the unexposed. Conclusion: Atherosclerotic changes are more prevalent in post-radiotherapy patients that may indicate the necessity of regular and careful follow-up of these patients for the early diagnosis of vascular pathologies and considering suitable screening and therapeutic interventions for prevention of cerebral complications. Ultrasound could be a suitable technique for screening and early detection of atherosclerosis considering it’s relatively low cost and non-invasiveness.

  17. Effect of fosinopril on progression of the asymptomatic carotid atherosclerosis and left ventricular hypertrophy in hypertensive patients

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    Tasić Ivan

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCTION The cardiovascular changes (vascular structure changes, hypertrophy of the left ventricle contribute to both the increased cardiovascular morbidity and the mortality of essential hypertension. Therefore, modern treatment strategies should not only target blood pressure (BP reduction but also normalize cardiovascular structure and function. OBJECTIVE Aim of the study was to determine the effect of the ACE inhibitor Fosinopril on the Intima-media thickness of the common carotid artery and on the left ventricle mass after 9-month treatment of hypertensive patients. METHOD The study included 40 patients with the arterial hypertension and the left ventricle hypertrophy verified by echocardiography. The patients were randomized on A ACE-inhibitor - Fosinopril and 6 without ACE inhibitor - atenolol, and they were followed up 9 months. The groups were not different by age, sex, and metabolic status. Color Duplex ultrasonography of the carotid arteries was performed by Acuson Sequia C236 with high-frequency linear probe of 8 MHz. The Intima-media thickness of the common carotids on the left and the right was measured in diastole at 1.5. cm from the highest point of bifurcation under maximal magnification. Using the same device, the left ventricle mass and other parameters of the left ventricle were determined in M-mode and by means of 2D image. RESULTS After 9 months, BP In both groups Was reduced In similar range (group A: systolic BP from 158 to 137 mmHg, and diastolic BP from 94 to 85 mmHg, and group B; systolic BP from 164 to 137 mmHg, and diastolic BP from 87 to 84 mmHg. The thickness of the intimomedial complex in patients using Fosinopril was decreased by 0.0278 ± 0.03 mm, while in the group of patients that did not use the ACE-inhibitor, it was increased by 0.078 ±0.13 mm. The left ventricle mass in patients using Fosinopril was decreased by 5 grams (312 ± 72 g vs. 307 ± 77 g, while in group B patients, it was increased by 15

  18. Fasudil, a Rho-kinase inhibitor, prevents intima-media thickening in a partially ligated carotid artery mouse model: Effects of fasudil in flow-induced vascular remodeling

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    Zhang, Xiangyu; Zhang, Tao; Gao, Fu; Li, Qingle; Shen, Chenyang; Li, Yankui; Li, Wei; Zhang, Xiaoming

    2015-01-01

    Vascular remodeling in response to hemodynamic alterations is a physiological process that requires coordinated signaling between endothelial, inflammatory and vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMCs). Extensive experimental and clinical studies have indicated the critical role of the Ras homolog gene family, member A/Rho-associated kinase (ROCK) signaling pathway in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease, where ROCK activation has been demonstrated to promote inflammation and remodeling thro...

  19. Significance of ultrasound evaluation of carotid atherosclerotic plaque for diagnosing ischemic cerebrovascular disease

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    2007-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Carotid artery is the main source for craniocerebral blood supply. Its intimal plaque formation and arterial stenosis degree both are the risk factors for ischemic cerebrovascular disease.Therefore, the close relationship of carotid atherosclerotic plaque and ischemic cerebrovascular disease, and ultrasound evaluation of carotid atherosclerotic plaque have become the hot spot in studying ischemic cerebrovascular disease.OBJECTIVE: This study was to detect the degree of carotid atherosclerosis of ischemic cerebrovascular disease patients by ultrasonography, and to analyze the situation of carotid atherosclerosis and its relationship with clinic.DESIGN: Clinical randomized concurrent control experiment.SETTING: Lintong Convalescent Hospital of Lanzhou Military Area Command of Chinese PLA.PARTICIPANTS: Totally 60 outpatients and inpatients with ischemic cerebrovascular disease, 42 males and 18 females, admitted to Lintong Convalescent Hospital of Lanzhou Military Area Command of Chinese PLA between January 2006 and December 2006 were involved in the patient group. They met the diagnosis criteria of ischemic cerebrovascular disease constituted by the 4th Cerebrovascular Disease Conference in 1996, and were confirmed to suffer from ischemic cerebrovascular disease by skull CT and MRI. Another 20 subjects who received healthy examination concurrently in the same hospital, 12 males and 8 females, were involved in the control group. Informed consents of detected items were obtained from involved subjects.METHODS: The plaque thickness of mid portion, distal end and crotch of common carotid artery (CCA),internal carotid artery (ICA), external carotid artery (ECA) and vertebral artery (VA) of involved subjects,who received health examination was separately detected with color Doppler ultrasonograph (HDI-5000).Then, total integral of plaque was calculated. The intima-media thickness (IMT) was measured with two-dimensional ultrasonography. The inner diameter

  20. Clinical Study on Effect of Garlicin in Stabilizing the Carotid Artery Atherosclerotic Plaque in Patients with Primary Hypertension and Coronary Artery Disease

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    CHENG Wen-li; KE Yuan-nan; SHI Zai-xiang; WANG Ying; CHEN Li; JU Gao; FAN Shu-ying

    2006-01-01

    Objective: To investigate the effect of garlicin in treating carotid artery atherosclerotic plaque (CAAP) in patients with primary hypertension and coronary heart disease (PHT-CHD). Methods: Seventynine patients with PHT-CHD were randomly divided into the treated group (39 patients) treated with garlicin and fosinopril and the control group (40 patients) treated with fosinopril alone. The change of CAAP was evaluated by high frequency ultrasonic examination every six months, and the changes of intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (ICAM-1) and high sensitive C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) were measured by ELISA, with the observation proceeding for 52 weeks totally. Results: By the end of the experiment, the number of complex plaques, Crouse integrals, intima-media thickness, serum ICAM-1 and hs-CRP were significantly lower in the treated group than those in the control group with significant difference (P<0.05). Conclusion; Garlicin could stabilize CAAP to a certain extent and shows a definite vascular protective effect in patients with PHT-CHD.

  1. Influence of Obesity and Metabolic Disease on Carotid Atherosclerosis in Patients with Coronary Artery Disease (CordioPrev Study)

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    Garcia-Rios, Antonio; Delgado-Casado, Nieves; Gomez-Luna, Purificacion; Gomez-Garduño, Angela; Gomez-Delgado, Francisco; Alcala-Diaz, Juan F.; Yubero-Serrano, Elena; Marin, Carmen; Perez-Caballero, Ana I.; Fuentes-Jimenez, Francisco J.; Camargo, Antonio; Rodriguez-Cantalejo, Fernando; Tinahones, Francisco J.; Ordovas, Jose M.; Perez- Jimenez, Francisco; Perez-Martinez, Pablo; Lopez-Miranda, Jose

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    Background Recent data suggest that the presence of associated metabolic abnormalities may be important modifiers of the association of obesity with a poorer prognosis in coronary heart disease. We determined the influence of isolated overweight and obesity on carotid intima media thickness (IMT-CC), and also assessed whether this influence was determined by the presence of metabolic abnormalities. Methods 1002 participants from the CordioPrev study were studied at entry. We determined their metabolic phenotypes and performed carotid ultrasound assessment. We evaluated the influence of obesity, overweight and metabolic phenotypes on the IMT-CC. Results Metabolically sick participants (defined by the presence of two or more metabolic abnormalities) showed a greater IMT-CC than metabolically healthy individuals (p = 4 * 10−6). Overweight and normal weight patients who were metabolically healthy showed a lower IMT-CC than the metabolically abnormal groups (all p<0.05). When we evaluated only body weight (without considering metabolic phenotypes), overweight or obese patients did not differ significantly from normal-weight patients in their IMT-CC (p = 0.077). However, obesity was a determinant of IMT-CC when compared to the composite group of normal weight and overweight patients (all not obese). Conclusions In coronary patients, a metabolically abnormal phenotype is associated with a greater IMT-CC, and may be linked to a higher risk of suffering new cardiovascular events. The protection conferred in the IMT-CC by the absence of metabolic abnormality may be blunted by the presence of obesity. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov NCT00924937 PMID:27064675

  2. Sex-differential genetic effect of phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D on carotid atherosclerosis

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    Guo Yuh-Cherng

    2010-06-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background The phosphodiesterase 4D (PDE4D gene was reported as a susceptibility gene to stroke. The genetic effect might be attributed to its role in modulating the atherogenic process in the carotid arteries. Using carotid intima-media thickness (IMT and plaque index as phenotypes, the present study sought to determine the influence of this gene on subclinical atherosclerosis. Methods Carotid ultrasonography was performed on 1013 stroke-free subjects who participated in the health screening programs (age 52.6 ± 12.2; 47.6% men. Genotype distribution was compared among the high-risk (plaque index ≥ 4, low-risk (index = 1-3, and reference (index = 0 groups. We analyzed continuous IMT data and further dichotomized IMT data using mean plus one standard deviation as the cutoff level. Because the plaque prevalence and IMT values displayed a notable difference between men and women, we carried out sex-specific analyses in addition to analyzing the overall data. Rs702553 at the PDE4D gene was selected because it conferred a risk for young stroke in our previous report. Previous young stroke data (190 cases and 211 controls with an additional 532 control subjects without ultrasonic data were shown as a cross-validation for the genetic effect. Results In the overall analyses, the rare homozygote of rs702553 led to an OR of 3.1 (p = 0.034 for a plaque index ≥ 4. When subjects were stratified by sex, the genetic effect was only evident in men but not in women. Comparing male subjects with plaque index ≥ 4 and those with plaque index = 0, the TT genotype was over-represented (27.6% vs. 13.4%, p = 0.008. For dichotomized IMT data in men, the TT genotype had an OR of 2.1 (p = 0.032 for a thicker IMT at the common carotid artery compared with the (AA + AT genotypes. In women, neither IMT nor plaque index was associated with rs702553. Similarly, SNP rs702553 was only significant in young stroke men (OR = 1.8, p = 0.025 but not in women (p = 0

  3. CARDIAC TRANSPLANT REJECTION AND NON-INVASIVE COMON CAROTID ARTERY WALL FUNCTIONAL INDICES

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    A. O. Shevchenko

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    Full Text Available Allograft rejection would entail an increase in certain blood biomarkers and active substances derived from activated inflammatory cells which could influence entire vascular endothelial function and deteriorate arterial wall stiffness. We propose that carotid wall functional indices measured with non-invasive ultrasound could we valuable markers of the subclinical cardiac allograft rejection. Aim. Our goal was to analyze the clinical utility of functional common carotid wall (CCW variables measured with high-resolution Doppler ultrasound as a non-invasive screening tool for allograft rejection in cardiac transplant patients (pts. Methods. One hundred and seventy one pts included 93 cardiac recipients, 30 dilated cardiomyopathy waiting list pts, and 48 stable coronary artery disease (SCAD pts without decompensated heart failure were included. Along with resistive index (Ri, pulsative index (Pi, and CCW intima-media thickness (IMT, CCW rigidity index (iRIG was estimated using empirical equation. Non-invasive evaluation was performed in cardiac transplant recipients prior the endomyo- cardial biopsy. Results. Neither of Ri, Pi, or CCW IMT were different in studied subgroups. iRIG was signifi- cantly lower in SCAD pts when compared to the dilated cardiomyopathy subgroup. The later had similar values with cardiac transplant recipients without rejection. Antibody-mediated and cellular rejection were found in 22 (23.7% and 17 (18.3% cardiac recipients, respectively. Mean iRIG in pts without rejection was significantly lower in comparison to antibody-mediated rejection and cell-mediated (5514.7 ± 2404.0 vs 11856.1 ± 6643.5 and 16071.9 ± 10029.1 cm/sec2, respectively, p = 0.001. Area under ROC for iRIG was 0.90 ± 0.03 units2. Analysis showed that iRIG values above estimated treshold 7172 cm/sec2 suggested relative risk of any type of rejection 17.7 (95%CI = 6.3–49.9 sensitivity 80.5%, specificity – 81.1%, negative predictive value – 84

  4. 彩色多普勒超声评价颈总动脉壁厚度及血管阻力指数与代谢综合征患者急性心肌梗死发生的关系%Correlation between wall thickness or resistance index of common carotid artery and acute myocardial infarction development in patients with metabolic syndrome

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    廖继安; 孙政; 沈丹; 张化诚

    2011-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the efficacy of acute myocardial infarction (AMI) prediction in patients with metabolic syndrome ( MS) by color Doppler ultrasound. Methods Of all 102 cases, MS patients with AMI were 57 cases and 45 cases had no AMI. Intima-media thickness ( IMT) , adventitial thickness ( AT) and resistance index ( RI) of common carotid artery ( CCA) were measured in 102 patients with MS by color Doppler ultrasound. The relationships between CCA indexes and AMI development as well as AMI risk factors were analyzed. Results IMT and AT were increased in MS patients with AMI compared with those without AMI. There was significant correlation between development of AMI and IMT or AT (P < 0. 01, P <0. 05). The detection rates of IMT and AT were greater than RI in AMI group (P <0. 001) , while that of IMT was the greatest in the non-AMI group (P<0. 005). In AMI patients, IMT was correlated with systolic blood pressure, 2-hour postprandial blood sugar and fibrinogen ( FIB) positively correlated (r = 0. 830, r = 0. 835, r =0. 753 , respectively,P <0. 001) with high density lipoprotein cholesterol ( HDL-C)negatively (r = - 0. 840,P <0. 001). AT was positively correlated with FIB (r =0. 828 ,P <0. 001) , and negatively with HDL-C (r = - 0. 798 ,P <0. 001). RI was negatively correlated with HDL-C ( r = - 0. 671 ,P<0. 001) . Conclusion IMT and AT measurement in MS patients could increase accuracy of AMI incidence prediction,and provide ultra-acoustic evidence for early prevention and treatment measures.%目的 应用彩色多普勒超声评价颈总动脉壁厚度及血管阻力在预测代谢综合征(MS)患者急性心肌梗死(AMI)发生中的作用.方法 102例MS患者中合并AMI者57例,未合并AMI者45例.彩色多普勒超声观察颈总动脉(CCA)内膜-中层厚度(IMT)、外膜厚度(AT)及阻力指数(RI),分析评价上述指标与MS患者AMI发生的关系及与其他AMI危险因素间的相关性.结果 MS合并AMI组较MS

  5. A gene-centric study of common carotid artery remodelling

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    Harrison, Seamus C.; Zabaneh, Delilah; Asselbergs, Folkert W.; Drenos, Fotios; Jones, Gregory T.; Shah, Sonia; Gertow, Karl; Sennblad, Bengt; Strawbridge, Rona J.; Gigante, Bruna; Holewijn, Suzanne; De Graaf, Jacqueline; Vermeulen, Sita; Folkersen, Lasse; van Rij, Andre M.; Baldassarre, Damiano; Veglia, Fabrizio; Talmud, Philippa J.; Deanfield, John E.; Agu, Obi; Kivimaki, Mika; Kumari, Meena; Bown, Matthew J.; Nyyssönen, Kristiina; Rauramaa, Rainer; Smit, Andries J.; Franco-Cereceda, Anders; Giral, Philippe; Mannarino, Elmo; Silveira, Angela; Syvänen, Ann-Christine; de Borst, Gert J.; van der Graaf, Yolanda; de Faire, Ulf; Baas, Annette F.; Blankensteijn, Jan D.; Wareham, Nicholas J.; Fowkes, Gerry; Tzoulaki, Ionna; Price, Jacqueline F.; Tremoli, Elena; Hingorani, Aroon D.; Eriksson, Per; Hamsten, Anders; Humphries, Steve E.

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    Background Expansive remodelling is the process of compensatory arterial enlargement in response to atherosclerotic stimuli. The genetic determinants of this process are poorly characterized. Methods Genetic association analyses of inter-adventitial common carotid artery diameter (ICCAD) in the IMPROVE study (n = 3427) using the Illumina 200k Metabochip was performed. Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) that met array-wide significance were taken forward for analysis in three further studies (n = 5704), and tested for association with Abdominal Aortic Aneurysm (AAA). Results rs3768445 on Chromosome 1q24.3, in a cluster of protein coding genes (DNM3, PIGC, C1orf105) was associated with larger ICCAD in the IMPROVE study. For each copy of the rare allele carried, ICCAD was on average 0.13 mm greater (95% CI 0.08–0.18 mm, P = 8.2 × 10−8). A proxy SNP (rs4916251, R2 = 0.99) did not, however, show association with ICCAD in three follow-up studies (P for replication = 0.29). There was evidence of interaction between carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and rs4916251 on ICCAD in two of the cohorts studies suggesting that it plays a role in the remodelling response to atherosclerosis. In meta-analysis of 5 case–control studies pooling data from 5007 cases and 43,630 controls, rs4916251 was associated with presence of AAA 1.10, 95% CI 1.03–1.17, p = 2.8 × 10−3, I2 = 18.8, Q = 0.30). A proxy SNP, rs4916251 was also associated with increased expression of PIGC in aortic tissue, suggesting that this may the mechanism by which this locus affects vascular remodelling. Conclusions Common variation at 1q24.3 is associated with expansive vascular remodelling and risk of AAA. These findings support a hypothesis that pathways involved in systemic vascular remodelling play a role in AAA development. PMID:23246012

  6. HPLC-DAD Method for the Pharmacokinetic Interaction Study of Atorvastatin with Pioglitazone and Cholestyramine in Wistar Rats

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    SHARMA, RITESH N.; Pancholi, Shyam S.

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    Abstract Carotid intima-media thickness is used as a surrogate marker for cardiovascular complications in diabetes mellitus. The combination of atorvastatin and pioglitazone was found to be effective in reducing the thickness of the carotid intima-media layer. The method of RP-HPLC coupled with a diode array detector (DAD) was developed for the pharmacokinetic interaction study of atorvastatin with pioglitazone and cholestyramine, respectively, in Wistar rats. Atorvastatin (ATR) and pioglitaz...

  7. Pharmacogenomics of estrogens on changes in carotid artery intima-medial thickness and coronary arterial calcification: Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study

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    Miller, VM; Jenkins, GD; Biernacka, JM; Heit, JA; Huggins, GS; Hodis, HN.; Budoff, MJ; Lobo, RA; Taylor, HS; Manson, JE; Black, DM; Naftolin, F.; Mitchell Harman, S; de Andrade, M.

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    © 2016 the American Physiological Society. Prior to the initiation of menopausal hormone treatment (MHT), genetic variations in the innate immunity pathway were found to be associated with carotid artery intima-medial thickness (CIMT) and coronary arterial calcification (CAC) in women (n = 606) enrolled in the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS). Whether MHT might affect these associations is unknown. The association of treatment outcomes with variation in the same 764 candidate ge...

  8. Carotid and popliteal artery intima–media thickness in patients with poor oral hygiene and the association with acute-phase reactants

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    Uyar, Ihsan Sami; Besir Akpinar, Mehmet; Sahin, Veysel; Abacilar, Feyzi; Yurtman, Volkan; Fevzi Okur, Faik; Filiz Yasa, Elif

    2013-01-01

    Purpose The aim of this study was to evaluate whether poor oral hygiene is associated with carotid and popliteal arterial intima–media thickness, which is one of the predictors of future progression of sub-clinical atherosclerosis, and high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP) and fibrinogen levels. Methods A specialised dentist checked the patients and selected 550 patients during periodontal examinations, according to their oral hygiene. The patients had no history of atherosclerotic dise...

  9. MRI-derived measurements of fibrous-cap and lipid-core thickness: the potential for identifying vulnerable carotid plaques in vivo

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    Trivedi, Rikin A. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, University Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Academic Department of Neurosurgery, Cambridge (United Kingdom); U-King-Im, Jean-Marie; Graves, Martin J. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, University Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Horsley, Jo; Goddard, Martin [Papworth Hospital, Department of Histopathology, Papworth Everard (United Kingdom); Kirkpatrick, Peter J. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Academic Department of Neurosurgery, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Gillard, Jonathan H. [Addenbrooke' s Hospital, University Department of Radiology, Cambridge (United Kingdom); Addenbrooke' s Hospital, Hills Road, Box 219, Cambridge (United Kingdom)

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    Vulnerable plaques have thin fibrous caps overlying large necrotic lipid cores. Recent studies have shown that high-resolution MR imaging can identify these components. We set out to determine whether in vivo high-resolution MRI could quantify this aspect of the vulnerable plaque. Forty consecutive patients scheduled for carotid endarterectomy underwent pre-operative in vivo multi-sequence MR imaging of the carotid artery. Individual plaque constituents were characterised on MR images. Fibrous-cap and lipid-core thickness was measured on MRI and histology images. Bland-Altman plots were generated to determine the level of agreement between the two methods. Multi-sequence MRI identified 133 corresponding MR and histology slices. Plaque calcification or haemorrhage was seen in 47 of these slices. MR and histology derived fibrous cap-lipid-core thickness ratios showed strong agreement with a mean difference between MR and histology ratios of 0.02 ({+-}0.04). The intra-class correlation coefficient between two readers for measurements was 0.87 (95% confidence interval, 0.73 and 0.93). Multi-sequence, high-resolution MR imaging accurately quantified the relative thickness of fibrous-cap and lipid-core components of carotid atheromatous plaques. This may prove to be a useful tool to characterise vulnerable plaques in vivo. (orig.)

  10. MRI-derived measurements of fibrous-cap and lipid-core thickness: the potential for identifying vulnerable carotid plaques in vivo

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    Vulnerable plaques have thin fibrous caps overlying large necrotic lipid cores. Recent studies have shown that high-resolution MR imaging can identify these components. We set out to determine whether in vivo high-resolution MRI could quantify this aspect of the vulnerable plaque. Forty consecutive patients scheduled for carotid endarterectomy underwent pre-operative in vivo multi-sequence MR imaging of the carotid artery. Individual plaque constituents were characterised on MR images. Fibrous-cap and lipid-core thickness was measured on MRI and histology images. Bland-Altman plots were generated to determine the level of agreement between the two methods. Multi-sequence MRI identified 133 corresponding MR and histology slices. Plaque calcification or haemorrhage was seen in 47 of these slices. MR and histology derived fibrous cap-lipid-core thickness ratios showed strong agreement with a mean difference between MR and histology ratios of 0.02 (±0.04). The intra-class correlation coefficient between two readers for measurements was 0.87 (95% confidence interval, 0.73 and 0.93). Multi-sequence, high-resolution MR imaging accurately quantified the relative thickness of fibrous-cap and lipid-core components of carotid atheromatous plaques. This may prove to be a useful tool to characterise vulnerable plaques in vivo. (orig.)

  11. Glycemic and blood pressure control in older patients with hypertension and diabetes: association with carotid atherosclerosis

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    Hong-Wei Du; Jia-Yue Li; Yao He

    2011-01-01

    Backgroud Numerous studies have confirmed the effectiveness of slowing the progression of atherosclerosis by blood pressure (Bp)control in patients with hypertension and several studies also showed the efficacy of intensive glycemic control in decreasing progression of carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) in patients with type 1 and type 2 diabetes.However, few studies have compared the relative importance of glycemic vs.Bp control in patients with diabetes and hypertension.We aimed to investigate the association between Bp and glycemic control and subclinical carotid atherosclerosis in older patients with hypertension and type 2 diabetes.Methods In a cross-sectional study, B-mode high-resolution ultrasonography of the carotid artery was performed in 670 subjects (508 males and 162 females) aged 60 years or over who had self-reported hypertension and diabetes but no history of coronary heart disease or stroke.Subjects were categorized by their systolic blood pressure: tight control, < 130 mmHg; usual control, 130-139 mmHg; or uncontrolled, > 140 mmHg,and by their hemoglobin Alc (HbAlc) level: tight control, < 6.5%; usual control, 6.5%-7.5%; or uncontrolled, ≥ 7.5%, respectively.Results The mean CIMT was 8.20 ± 0.11 mm, and carotid plaque was found in 52.5% (352/670) subjects.Overall, 62.1% of the subjects had subclinical carotid atherosclerosis, defined as having either carotid plaque or elevated CIMT (≥1.1 mm).The mean CIMT was significantly different between Bp control categories (7.60 ± 0.09 mm, 7.90 ± 0.08 mm, and 8.60 ± 0.12 mm, respectively, P = 0.03) but not between glycemic control categories (8.20 ± 0.10 mm, 8.1 ± 0.08 mm, and 8.40 ± 0.14 mm, respectively, P = 0.13) using ANCOVA analysis.Multivariable logistic regression adjusting for potential confounding factors showed that usual or uncontrolled Bp control were associated with having carotid plaque (OR = 1.08 and OR = 1.42, respectively), or elevated CIMT [Odd ratio (OR) = 1

  12. Carotid artery calcification at the initiation of hemodialysis is a risk factor for cardiovascular events in patients with end-stage renal disease: a cohort study

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    Ikeda Hirofumi

    2011-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Vascular calcification has been recognized as a risk factor for cardiovascular (CV events in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD. However, the association of carotid artery calcification (CAAC with CV events remains unknown. The aim of this study was to elucidate whether CAAC is associated with composite CV events in ESRD patients. Methods One-hundred thirty-three patients who had been started on hemodialysis between 2004 and 2008 were included in this retrospective cohort study. These patients received multi-detector computed tomography to assess CAAC at the initiation of hemodialysis. Composite CV events, including ischemic heart disease, heart failure, cerebrovascular diseases, and CV deaths after the initiation of hemodialysis, were examined in each patient. Results CAAC was found in 94 patients (71%. At the end of follow-up, composite CV events were seen in 47 patients: ischemic heart disease in 20, heart failure in 8, cerebrovascular disease in 12, and CV deaths in 7. The incidence of CAAC was 87% in patients with CV events, which was significantly higher than the rate (62% in those without. Kaplan-Meier analysis showed a significant increase in composite CV events in patients with CAAC compared with those without CAAC (p = 0.001, log-rank test. Univariate analysis using a Cox hazards model showed that age, smoking, common carotid artery intima-media thickness and CAAC were risk factors for composite CV events. In multivariate analysis, only CAAC was a significant risk factor for composite CV events (hazard ratio, 2.85; 95% confidence interval, 1.18-8.00; p = 0.02. Conclusions CAAC is an independent risk factor for CV events in ESRD patients. The assessment of CAAC at the initiation of hemodialysis is useful for predicting the prognosis.

  13. Despeckle filtering software toolbox for ultrasound imaging of the common carotid artery.

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    Loizou, Christos P; Theofanous, Charoula; Pantziaris, Marios; Kasparis, Takis

    2014-04-01

    Ultrasound imaging of the common carotid artery (CCA) is a non-invasive tool used in medicine to assess the severity of atherosclerosis and monitor its progression through time. It is also used in border detection and texture characterization of the atherosclerotic carotid plaque in the CCA, the identification and measurement of the intima-media thickness (IMT) and the lumen diameter that all are very important in the assessment of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Visual perception, however, is hindered by speckle, a multiplicative noise, that degrades the quality of ultrasound B-mode imaging. Noise reduction is therefore essential for improving the visual observation quality or as a pre-processing step for further automated analysis, such as image segmentation of the IMT and the atherosclerotic carotid plaque in ultrasound images. In order to facilitate this preprocessing step, we have developed in MATLAB(®) a unified toolbox that integrates image despeckle filtering (IDF), texture analysis and image quality evaluation techniques to automate the pre-processing and complement the disease evaluation in ultrasound CCA images. The proposed software, is based on a graphical user interface (GUI) and incorporates image normalization, 10 different despeckle filtering techniques (DsFlsmv, DsFwiener, DsFlsminsc, DsFkuwahara, DsFgf, DsFmedian, DsFhmedian, DsFad, DsFnldif, DsFsrad), image intensity normalization, 65 texture features, 15 quantitative image quality metrics and objective image quality evaluation. The software is publicly available in an executable form, which can be downloaded from http://www.cs.ucy.ac.cy/medinfo/. It was validated on 100 ultrasound images of the CCA, by comparing its results with quantitative visual analysis performed by a medical expert. It was observed that the despeckle filters DsFlsmv, and DsFhmedian improved image quality perception (based on the expert's assessment and the image texture and quality metrics). It is anticipated that the

  14. Matematics model in the prediction of hyperlipidemia's influence on the thickness of intima-media complex of A. Carotis communis as the index of atherosclerosis

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    Nedeljković Marija

    2002-01-01

    Full Text Available This is statistically important connection between IMT and hyperlipidemia The importance of hypercholesterolemia is the highest at the persons younger than 55. Hypercholesterolemia is considered to be the only reversible risk factor for them. Therefore, dietetic and medical treatment are of basic importance in the primary and secondary prevention of atherosclerosis. For that reason we are of the opinion that our mathematics model can be noteworthy if estimate the effects of primary and secondary prevention.

  15. Correlation analysis between the carotid artery ather osclerosis severity of patients with lacunar infarct and the level of serum uric acid, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein

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    WANG Shu

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Background Nowadays, clinical practice shows that the number of patients with cerebral infarction increases year by year in young and middle-aged adults with unclear causes. This paper aims to investigate the correlation between the level of serum uric acid (UA, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP and the degree of carotid atherosclerosis by detecting the level of UA, hsCRP and carotid intima-media thickness (IMT in young and middle-aged patients with lacunar infarct. Methods By using Holland Philips HT-11 color Doppler ultrasonic diagnostic apparatus with linear type probe and 7.50MHz frequency, IMT of end-diastolic distal and bifurcation of arteria carotis communis and proximal internal carotid artery were measured respectively on 186 patients with definitely diagnosed lacunar infarct. As a result, average values were taken as the IMT values. IMT < 1.00 mm was regarded as negative result and 1.00 mm ≤IMT < 1.20 mm was thickening of carotid artery intima. Carotid artery plaque formation was regarded with echo structure existing in the lumen or abnormal blood flow deficits into the lumen, or local IMT ≥1.20 mm at vertical and horizontal scan. At the same time, the levels of UA and hsCRP were detected, and correlation analysis was made between them and IMT. Results The values of UA, hsCRP and IMT in the case group were higher than that in the control group (P = 0.000. The differences among the case subgroups including IMT thickening group, plaque formation group and IMT normal group were statistically significant (P < 0.01, for all. There was linear correlation between the levels of UA, hsCRP and IMT ( r = 0.923, P = 0.000; r = 0.955, P = 0.008. Conclusion UA and hsCRP involve in the formation of atherosclerosis plaque and play an important role in the first-onset lacunar infarct patients without hypertension and other risk factors.

  16. Interaction between arsenic exposure from drinking water and genetic susceptibility in carotid intima–media thickness in Bangladesh

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    Wu, Fen [Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Jasmine, Farzana; Kibriya, Muhammad G. [Department of Health Studies, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States); The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Liu, Mengling; Cheng, Xin [Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Parvez, Faruque [Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, NY (United States); Paul-Brutus, Rachelle [Department of Health Studies, The University of Chicago, Chicago, IL (United States); The University of Chicago Comprehensive Cancer Center, Chicago, IL (United States); Islam, Tariqul; Paul, Rina Rani; Sarwar, Golam; Ahmed, Alauddin [U-Chicago Research Bangladesh, Ltd., Dhaka (Bangladesh); Jiang, Jieying [Department of Population Health, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Department of Environmental Medicine, New York University School of Medicine, New York, NY (United States); Islam, Tariqul [U-Chicago Research Bangladesh, Ltd., Dhaka (Bangladesh); Slavkovich, Vesna [Department of Environmental Health Sciences, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, NY (United States); Rundek, Tatjana [Department of Neurology, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL (United States); Department of Public Health Sciences, Miller School of Medicine, University of Miami, Miami, FL (United States); Demmer, Ryan T.; Desvarieux, Moise [Department of Epidemiology, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University, New York City, NY (United States); and others

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    Epidemiologic studies that evaluated genetic susceptibility for the effects of arsenic exposure from drinking water on subclinical atherosclerosis are limited. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 1078 participants randomly selected from the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study in Bangladesh to evaluate whether the association between arsenic exposure and carotid artery intima–media thickness (cIMT) differs by 207 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 18 genes related to arsenic metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation, and endothelial dysfunction. Although not statistically significant after correcting for multiple testing, nine SNPs in APOE, AS3MT, PNP, and TNF genes had a nominally statistically significant interaction with well-water arsenic in cIMT. For instance, the joint presence of a higher level of well-water arsenic (≥ 40.4 μg/L) and the GG genotype of AS3MT rs3740392 was associated with a difference of 40.9 μm (95% CI = 14.4, 67.5) in cIMT, much greater than the difference of cIMT associated with the genotype alone (β = − 5.1 μm, 95% CI = − 31.6, 21.3) or arsenic exposure alone (β = 7.2 μm, 95% CI = − 3.1, 17.5). The pattern and magnitude of the interactions were similar when urinary arsenic was used as the exposure variable. Additionally, the at-risk genotypes of the AS3MT SNPs were positively related to the proportion of monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) in urine, which is indicative of arsenic methylation capacity. The findings provide novel evidence that genetic variants related to arsenic metabolism may play an important role in arsenic-induced subclinical atherosclerosis. Future replication studies in diverse populations are needed to confirm the findings. - Highlights: • Nine SNPs had a nominally significant interaction with well-water arsenic in cIMT. • Three SNPs in AS3MT showed nominally significant interactions with urinary arsenic. • cIMT was much higher among subjects with higher arsenic exposure and AS3MT

  17. Interaction between arsenic exposure from drinking water and genetic susceptibility in carotid intima–media thickness in Bangladesh

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    Epidemiologic studies that evaluated genetic susceptibility for the effects of arsenic exposure from drinking water on subclinical atherosclerosis are limited. We conducted a cross-sectional study of 1078 participants randomly selected from the Health Effects of Arsenic Longitudinal Study in Bangladesh to evaluate whether the association between arsenic exposure and carotid artery intima–media thickness (cIMT) differs by 207 single-nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) in 18 genes related to arsenic metabolism, oxidative stress, inflammation, and endothelial dysfunction. Although not statistically significant after correcting for multiple testing, nine SNPs in APOE, AS3MT, PNP, and TNF genes had a nominally statistically significant interaction with well-water arsenic in cIMT. For instance, the joint presence of a higher level of well-water arsenic (≥ 40.4 μg/L) and the GG genotype of AS3MT rs3740392 was associated with a difference of 40.9 μm (95% CI = 14.4, 67.5) in cIMT, much greater than the difference of cIMT associated with the genotype alone (β = − 5.1 μm, 95% CI = − 31.6, 21.3) or arsenic exposure alone (β = 7.2 μm, 95% CI = − 3.1, 17.5). The pattern and magnitude of the interactions were similar when urinary arsenic was used as the exposure variable. Additionally, the at-risk genotypes of the AS3MT SNPs were positively related to the proportion of monomethylarsonic acid (MMA) in urine, which is indicative of arsenic methylation capacity. The findings provide novel evidence that genetic variants related to arsenic metabolism may play an important role in arsenic-induced subclinical atherosclerosis. Future replication studies in diverse populations are needed to confirm the findings. - Highlights: • Nine SNPs had a nominally significant interaction with well-water arsenic in cIMT. • Three SNPs in AS3MT showed nominally significant interactions with urinary arsenic. • cIMT was much higher among subjects with higher arsenic exposure and AS3MT

  18. Utility of carotid intimal medial thickness as a screening tool for evaluation of coronary artery disease in pre-transplant end stage renal disease

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    Modi N

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available Background : Coronary artery disease (CAD is associated with a higher incidence of allograft failure and mortalityin patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD following renal transplant. Aim : To evaluate the efficacy of using carotid intimal medial thickness (CIMT to predict the presence of CADin patients with ESRD, using coronary angiography (CAG as the gold standard. Materials and Methods : This prospective study enrolled consecutive patients with ESRD who underwent CAGas a part of pretransplant evaluation to rule out the presence of atherosclerotic CAD. An operator who wasblinded with respect to the results of the CAG, measured carotid IMT in all patients prior to CAG and recordedit on videotape. Two independent observers blinded to the results of CAG measured carotid IMT offline tovalidate its predictive accuracy as a noninvasive test in predicting the presence or absence of CAD. Measurementof carotid IMT was done on USG B mode 7.5 MHZ probe [HP 5500 andover, Massachusetts]. Student′s t-testwas used for inter-group comparisons. Pearson correlation coefficient test was used to assess the relationbetween CAD and various risk factors and carotid IMT. Linear regression analysis was applied to identifyindependent factors determining presence of CAD. A P value < 0.05 was considered statistically significant. Results : Mean CIMT was significantly higher in those with CAD as compared to those without [0.80± 0.06 vs.0.70±0.06 mm, P< 0.0001. Patients with CIMT> 0.75 mm were older and had more incidence of diabetes(78% vs. 47%; P=0.001. Only 4/53 (7% of patients with CIMT< 0.75 mm had CAD, vs. 38/52 (73% in thosewith CIMT> 0.75 mm. The sensitivity and specificity of using CIMT > 0.75 as a predictor of CAD was 90.47%and 73% and its positive and negative predictive values were 0.73 and 0.92. On multivariate analysis, onlyCIMT was a significant predictor of CAD. Conclusion : Carotid IMT can be used to predict CAD in patients with ESRD. In the

  19. Race/Ethnic Differences in the Associations of the Framingham Risk Factors with Carotid IMT and Cardiovascular Events.

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    Full Text Available Clinical manifestations and outcomes of atherosclerotic disease differ between ethnic groups. In addition, the prevalence of risk factors is substantially different. Primary prevention programs are based on data derived from almost exclusively White people. We investigated how race/ethnic differences modify the associations of established risk factors with atherosclerosis and cardiovascular events.We used data from an ongoing individual participant meta-analysis involving 17 population-based cohorts worldwide. We selected 60,211 participants without cardiovascular disease at baseline with available data on ethnicity (White, Black, Asian or Hispanic. We generated a multivariable linear regression model containing risk factors and ethnicity predicting mean common carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT and a multivariable Cox regression model predicting myocardial infarction or stroke. For each risk factor we assessed how the association with the preclinical and clinical measures of cardiovascular atherosclerotic disease was affected by ethnicity.Ethnicity appeared to significantly modify the associations between risk factors and CIMT and cardiovascular events. The association between age and CIMT was weaker in Blacks and Hispanics. Systolic blood pressure associated more strongly with CIMT in Asians. HDL cholesterol and smoking associated less with CIMT in Blacks. Furthermore, the association of age and total cholesterol levels with the occurrence of cardiovascular events differed between Blacks and Whites.The magnitude of associations between risk factors and the presence of atherosclerotic disease differs between race/ethnic groups. These subtle, yet significant differences provide insight in the etiology of cardiovascular disease among race/ethnic groups. These insights aid the race/ethnic-specific implementation of primary prevention.

  20. Risk Factors of Flow-empty Area in Carotid Artery in Doppler Power Imaging%颈动脉多普勒能量图中出现流空区的危险因素

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    于冬; 刘吉良; 田东旭

    2015-01-01

    Purpose To explore the reason which resulted in the flow-empty area in carotid artery, establishing a logistic regression model of carotid artery by power Doppler ultrasound, screening the risk factors of the occurrence of this phenomenon and analyzing their reasons. Materials and Methods Clinical data of 172 male subjects who had undergone power Doppler ultrasound were analyzed retrospectively, whether there was flow-empty area at the edge of carotid artery lumen during diastole was observed, brachial artery systolic pressure, diastolic pressure and pressure difference, carotid artery intima media thickness, and the existence of atherosclerotic plaques was measured, the age, body mass index (BMI), blood glucose, blood lipid, history of smoking and cerebrovascular accident situation was collected to establish the logistic model to analyze the risk factors resulted in flow-empty area. Results Among the 172 patients, intima media thickened in 89 cases, systolic blood pressure increased in 97 cases, diastolic blood pressure increased in 7 cases, the pulse pressure increased in 90 cases, with the age of 65 years or older in 92 cases, atherosclerotic plaque formation in 84 cases, long smoking history in 63 cases, cerebral vascular accident history in 11 cases, diabetes mellitus in 79 cases, hyperlipidemia in 101 cases, and abnormal BMI in 13 cases. Doppler energy imaging showed flow-empty area wave type in 98 cases, no flow-empty area wave type in 74 cases. 5 statistically significant variables for the occurrence of flow-empty area in carotid artery lumen during diastole were selected using logistic regression, which were carotid artery intima media thickness, BASP, the pressure difference of brachial artery, existence of atherosclerotic plaque, and the age of patients (OR=50.643, 47.248, 29.426, 32.667 and 20.514, P<0.05). Conclusion The risk factors resulted in "flow-empty area" in carotid artery are increased IMT, systolic BP and pressure difference, existence of

  1. 急性脑梗死患者血浆同型半胱氨酸水平与颈动脉粥样硬化关系的临床研究%Relationship between carotid atherosclerosis and plasma homocysteine level in patients with acute cerebral infarction

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    王志晔; 张作念; 潘振华; 张进秋; 顾伟; 章慧; 孙轶; 潘锡近

    2013-01-01

    Objective To investigate the relation between the serum homocysteine level in patients with acute cerebral infarction and carotid artery atherosclerosis.Methods In 103 patients with initial acute cerebral infarction and 46 healthy persons,carotid intima-medial wall thickness(IMT) was determined with colored doppler ultrasound; serum homocysteine level was determined with immunoturbidimetry.Results The serum homocysteine level in the patient group was significantly higher than that in control group[(18.21 ±0.51) μmol/L vs (12.32 ±0.16) μmol/L,P < 0.01].The serum homocysteine level in the patients with carotid artery intima media thickness oratheromatous plaque was significantly higher than that in the patients without atheromatous plaque [(18.37 ±0.24),(20.16 ±0.58) μmol/L vs (13.25 ±0.13) μmol/L,P<0.05].The serum homocysteine level of patients with atheromatous plaque was significantly higher than that of patients with carotid artery intima media thickness(P <0.05) ; the serum homocysteine level was positively correlated with intimal-medial wall thickness (r =0.68,P <0.01).Conclusion The serum homocysteine level is significantly correlated with the degree of atherosclerosis of patients with acute cerebral infarction.%目的 研究急性脑梗死患者血浆同型半胱氨酸(Hcy)水平与颈动脉粥样硬化的关系,对其发病机制进行初步探讨.方法 入选103例首次发病的急性脑梗死患者和46例健康体检者,应用颈动脉多普勒彩色超声检测颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT).用免疫比浊法测定血浆Hcy,并对检测结果进行统计学分析.结果 急性脑梗死组血浆Hcy水平明显高于对照组[(18.21±0.51) μmol/L比(12.32±0.16) μmol/L,P<0.01];脑梗死内膜增厚组、斑块组血浆Hcy明显高于无斑块组[(18.37 ±0.24)、(20.16±0.58) μmol/L比(13.25±0.13) μmol/L,P<0.05];斑块组血浆Hcy水平明显高于内膜增厚组(P<0.05).直线相关分析显示

  2. Effect of QIMT and QAS in Evaluating Common Carotid Artery Function of Obese People at High Altitudes and Relative Analysis of Risk Factors of Coronary Heart Disease%超声射频信号血管内中膜分析技术在高海拔地区肥胖人群颈部血管功能评价及冠心病风险相关性分析中的应用

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    赵夏夏; 王译晗; 苗英; 宁方艳; 王海筠; 吉新雁; 李亚妮

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨超声射频信号血管内中膜分析技术(quality intima-media thickness,QIMT)在高海拔地区肥胖人群颈部血管功能评价中的作用及其在冠心病风险相关性分析中的价值.方法 选择高海拔地区肥胖者275例(肥胖组)及健康体检者200例(正常组),比较两组体重指数及胆固醇水平,采用超声射频信号QIMT及动脉僵硬度分析技术(quality arterial stiffness,QAS)检测两组颈总动脉内膜中层厚度(intima-media thickness,IMT)、扩张性系数、顺应性系数、血管弹性系数、血管硬度参数,并对资料完整的患者进行10年内冠心病风险综合评估.结果 两组男性年龄、体重指数、颈总动脉IMT比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),总胆固醇、高密度脂蛋白胆固醇( HDL-C)比较差异无统计学意义(P>0.05);两组女性年龄、体重指数、总胆固醇、HDL-C、IMT比较差异均有统计学意义(P<0.05).肥胖组男性与正常组男性比较,冠心病风险总值、综合评估发病率、相关性风险增高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.05);肥胖组女性与正常组女性比较,冠心病风险总值、综合评估发病率、平均发病率、正常范围的下限、相关性风险均增高,差异有统计学意义(P<0.01).结论 超声射频信号QIMT对肥胖人群IMT及冠心病相对危险性进行评估,具有无创、精确度高、重复性好、操作简便等诸多优点,可作为早期动脉硬化可靠、简便的检查技术.%Objective To study the effect of Quality Intima-Media Thickness (QIMT)and Quality Arterial Stiffness (QAS)in evaluating common carotid artery function of obese people at high altitudes and relative analysis of risk factors of coronary heart disease (CHD). Methods 275 obese people at high altitudes were selected as obese group, and 200 people who underwent healthy examination were selected as normal group. Body weight index and cholesterol of the two groups were detected, QIMT and QAS

  3. Habitual physical activity and vascular aging in a young to middle-age population at low cardiovascular risk

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    Kozakova, Michaela; Palombo, Carlo; Mhamdi, Leila;

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    determined by the Framingham prediction score sheet. All subjects underwent B-mode ultrasonography of the extracranial carotid arteries and physical activity assessment by actigraph, an accelerometer capable of monitoring the intensity and duration of body movements. The intima-media thickness of the common...... carotid artery was measured on ultrasound images, along with systodiastolic changes in luminal diameter, and indices of carotid stiffness were calculated. RESULTS: Intima-media thickness and carotid stiffness increased with age in both men and women (r=0.24 to 0.52, P<0.001). The magnitude of objectively...... assessed daily physical activity was negatively related to indices of carotid stiffness (r from -0.20 to -0.25, P<0.001) but not to intima-media thickness. In multivariate regression analyses that included several cardiovascular risk factors such as obesity, blood pressure, plasma lipids, and smoking...

  4. Cardiovascular Risk Assessment with Vascular Function, Carotid Atherosclerosis and the UKPDS Risk Engine in Korean Patients with Newly Diagnosed Type 2 Diabetes

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    Choon Sik Seon

    2011-12-01

    Full Text Available BackgroundPatients with type 2 diabetes have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease. Few studies have evaluated the cardiovascular disease (CVD risk simultaneously using the United Kingdom Prospective Diabetes Study (UKPDS risk engine and non-invasive vascular tests in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.MethodsParticipants (n=380; aged 20 to 81 years with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes were free of clinical evidence of CVD. The 10-year coronary heart disease (CHD and stroke risks were calculated for each patient using the UKPDS risk engine. Carotid intima media thickness (CIMT, flow mediated dilation (FMD, pulse wave velocity (PWV and augmentation index (AI were measured. The correlations between the UKPDS risk engine and the non-invasive vascular tests were assessed using partial correlation analysis, after adjusting for age, and multiple regression analysis.ResultsThe mean 10-year CHD and 10-year stroke risks were 14.92±11.53% and 4.03±3.95%, respectively. The 10-year CHD risk correlated with CIMT (P<0.001, FMD (P=0.017, and PWV (P=0.35 after adjusting for age. The 10-year stroke risk correlated only with the mean CIMT (P<0.001 after adjusting for age. FMD correlated with age (P<0.01 and systolic blood pressure (P=0.09. CIMT correlated with age (P<0.01, HbA1c (P=0.05, and gender (P<0.01.ConclusionThe CVD risk is increased at the onset of type 2 diabetes. CIMT, FMD, and PWV along with the UKPDS risk engine should be considered to evaluate cardiovascular disease risk in patients with newly diagnosed type 2 diabetes.

  5. Endothelial wall thickness, cardiorespiratory fitness and inflammatory markers in obese and non-obese adolescents

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    Larissa R. Silva

    2014-03-01

    Full Text Available Background: Increased carotid intima-media thickness (c-IMT is considered a marker of early-onset atherosclerosis and it has been found in obese children and adolescents, but the risk factors associated with this population remain to be elucidated. Objective : To compare and verify the relationship between c-IMT, metabolic profile, inflammatory markers, and cardiorespiratory fitness in obese and non-obese children and adolescents. Method : Thirty-five obese subjects (19 boys and 18 non-obese subjects (9 boys, aged 10-16 years, were included. Anthropometry, body composition, blood pressure, maximal oxygen consumption (VO2max, and basal metabolic rate were evaluated. Serum glucose, insulin, homeostasis model assessment of insulin resistance (HOMA-IR, blood lipids, C-reactive protein (CRP, and adiponectin were assessed. c-IMT was measured by ultrasound. Results: The results showed that c-IMT, triglycerides, insulin, HOMA-IR, and CRP values were significantly higher in the obese group than in the non-obese group, and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-c, adiponectin, and VO2max values were significantly lower in the obese group than in the non-obese group. The c-IMT was directly correlated with body weight, waist circumference, % body fat, and HOMA-IR and inversely correlated with % free fat mass, HDL-c, and VO2max. Conclusions : Our findings show that c-IMT correlates not only with body composition, lipids, insulin resistance, and inflammation but also with low VO2max values in children and adolescents.

  6. Atherosclerotic process in taxi drivers occupationally exposed to air pollution and co-morbidities.

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    Brucker, Natália; Charão, Mariele F; Moro, Angela M; Ferrari, Pedro; Bubols, Guilherme; Sauer, Elisa; Fracasso, Rafael; Durgante, Juliano; Thiesen, Flávia V; Duarte, Marta M; Gioda, Adriana; Castro, Iran; Saldiva, Paulo H; Garcia, Solange C

    2014-05-01

    Consistent evidence has indicated that the exposure to environmental air pollution increases the risk of cardiovascular disease. This study aimed to evaluate the possible effects of occupational exposure to air pollution, especially to polycyclic aromatic hydrocarbons (PAHs), and the influence of co-morbidities on the atherosclerotic process and inflammation. For that, biomarkers of exposure such as 1-hydroxypyrene urinary, oxidative damage and markers of cardiovascular risk were determined in plasma, serum and blood. In addition, inflammation models such as carotid intima-media thickness and serum inflammatory cytokines were analyzed in 58 taxi drivers with and without co-morbidity. The results demonstrated that considering only taxi drivers without co-morbidities, 15% presented carotid intima-media thickness above reference values. For the first time it has been demonstrated that urinary 1-hydroxypyrene levels were associated with carotid intima-media thickness and with serum homocysteine levels. The multiple linear regression analysis showed that several factors may contribute to the increased carotid intima-media thickness, among which age, interleukin-6, fibrinogen and exposure to PAHs stand out. In summary, our results suggest that chronic occupational exposure to atmospheric pollution could be an additional contributor to the atherogenesis process, leading to impaired vascular health. Moreover, carotid intima-media thickness, serum homocysteine levels, fibrinogen and the total cholesterol/HDL-c ratio could be suggested as preventive measures to monitor drivers' health. PMID:24637182

  7. 不同血糖水平患者血Hcy与颈动脉硬化关系探讨%THE RELATIONSHIP BETWEEN THE LEVEL OF PLASMA HOMOCYSTEINE AND CAROTID ARTERY ATHEROSCLEROSIS IN PATIENTS WITH DIFFERENT BLOOD GLUCOSE LEVELS

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    刘开渊; 胡淑兰

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨不同血糖水平患者血浆同型半胱氨酸(homocysteine,Hcy)水平与颈动脉硬化关系.方法 通过对29例糖耐量正常者(normal glucose tolerance,NGT)、43例糖耐量异常(impaired glucose tolerance,IGT)者和37例糖尿病(diabetes mellitus,DM)患者的血浆Hcy、血脂、颈动脉内膜-中层厚度(intima-media thickness,IMT)、糖化血红蛋白(glycolated hemoglobin,HbA1c)和餐后2h血糖(2h postprandial plasma glucose,2hPG)进行检测,比较不同血糖水平患者血浆Hcy水平与颈动脉硬化的关系.结果 NGT组、IGT组和DM组患者间的血浆Hcy、颈动脉IMT、三酰甘油、2hPG比较差异有统计学意义(P<0.05).血浆Hcy水平与HbA1c、2hPG、颈总动脉IMT具有相关性(r=0.467、0.509、0.637,P均<0 05).结论 血浆Hcy水平升高是糖尿病患者合并颈动脉硬化的独立危险因素.%Objective To discuss the relationship between the level of plasma homocysteine and carotid artery atherosclerosis in patients with different blood glucose levels. Methods Plasma homocysteine, lipids, glycolated hemoglobin( HbA1c )and 2 hours postprandial plasma glucose( 2hPG ) were measured in 37 cases of diagnosed diabetes mellitus( DM ),43 cases of diagnosed impaired glucose tolerance( IGT ) and 29 cases with normal glucose tolerance( NGT ). The level of plasma homocysteine and carotid artery atherosclerosis in patients with different blood glucose levels were measured. Results There were significant differences in plasma homocysteine, internal - media thickness ( IMT ) and triglyceride and 2hPG among NGT group,IGT group and DM group ( P <0. 05 ),and Spearsman analysis showed that the patients' HbA1c,2hPG and IMT were closely related with plasma homocysteine( r = 0.467,0. 509, 0. 637, P < 0. 05 ). Conclusion The rising of plasma homocysteine level is an independent factor of diabetes mellitus combined carotid artery atherosclerosis.

  8. 颈动脉粥样硬化斑块与血浆纤维蛋白原的关系%Relationship between Carotid Atherosclerotic Plaque and Plasma Fibrinogen

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    戴志刚; 王涛; 武文元

    2011-01-01

    [ Objective ] To study the relationship between carotid atherosclerosis and plasma fibrinogen. [ Methods] Color Doppler was carried out on carotid artery of 65 carotid atherosclerotic patients, recording position, echo intensity of artherosclerotic plaque,carotid artery intima-media thickness and vessel inside diameter. According to carotid artery stenosis, the patients were divided into 4 groups, and were re-divided into 2 groups ( hard plaque and soft plaque ) on the basis of character of atherosclerotic plaque, meanwhile, detecting the level of plasma fibrinogen, and performing statistical analysis. [ Results ] With the increasing level of plasma fibrinogen , the degree of carotid atherosclerotic stenosis was increased, showing positive correlation; the rate of plasma fibrinogen soft plaque of middle and high density groups is obviously higher than the lower density group. [ Conclusion ] Plasma fibrinogen level is closely correlated with characteristic of carotid atherosclerotic plaque. Plasma fibrinogen may determine the stability of carotid atherosclerotic plaque. And the increasing level of plasma fibrinogen is closely related with carotid atherosclerosis and plays an important role in its development.%目的 探讨患者颈动脉粥样硬化程度以及颈动脉粥样硬化性质与血浆纤维蛋白原的关系.方法 对存在颈动脉粥样硬化的65例患者进行颈动脉彩色多普勒检查,记录颈动脉粥样硬化斑块的部位、回声强度、颈总动脉分叉处内膜中层厚度及血管内径,并根据颈动脉狭窄程度分为4组,再根据超声检查动脉硬化斑块性质分为硬斑和软斑2组,同时检测血浆纤维蛋白原水平,进行统计学分析.结果 随着血浆纤维蛋白原水平的升高,动脉粥样硬化狭窄程度也随之增加,且呈正相关;中、高浓度纤维蛋白原组软斑发生率明显多于低浓度组.结论 血浆纤维蛋白原水平与颈动脉粥样硬化斑块的性质有关,血浆纤维蛋

  9. Relationship between the level of fibrinogen and carotid atherosclerosis in patients with cerebral infarction%脑梗死患者血浆纤维蛋白原水平与颈动脉粥样硬化的关系

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    翟国杰; 邵国富; 徐元

    2012-01-01

    Objective To investigate the association between the level of fibrinogen and carotid atherosclerosis (CAS) and the effect of relevant risk factors on CAS. Methods Carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) was measured using color Doppler ultrasonography in 508 patients with cerebral infarction. According to the results of ultrasonography, the patients were divided into two groups: normal (IMT≤0. 9 mm), and carotid atherosclerosis (IMT>0. 9 mm and plaque). The plasma fibrinogen and other biochemical markers were also detected. The history of hypertension, diabetes, and smoking were also recorded. Results According to the level of fibrinogen, patients were divided into two groups: ≤ 3 g/L group and >3 g/L group. Logistic regression showed that the rate of >3 g/L group was 2. 04. There were significant differences in age, fibrinogen, hypertension, and smoking between the normal — carotid group and the carotid atherosclerosis group. Logistic regression showed that age, fibrinogen, hypertension, and smoking had significant influence on the CAS, with the highest risk factor being the fibrinogen. Plasma fibrinogen was higher in lacunar infarction patients. Conclusions In patients with cerebral infarction, the elevated plasma fibrinogen was significantly correlated with CAS. Therefore, fibrinogen might play more important role than other traditional risk factors.%目的 探讨脑梗死患者血浆纤维蛋白原( fibrinogen,Fg)水平与颈动脉粥样硬化(carotid atherosclerosis,CAS)的关系及相关危险因素对颈动脉粥样硬化发生、发展的作用.方法 选择脑梗死患者508例.应用彩色多普勒超声检查患者颈总动脉(common carotid artery,CCA)、颈内动脉(Internal carotid artery,ICA)颅外段及颈总动脉分叉处内—中膜厚度(Intima- medial Thickness,IMT).评定标准:颈动脉IMT>0.9 mm或(和)颈动脉斑块定义为CAS.入院后24 h内抽取空腹静脉血送检,测定Fg水平及其他生化指标,记录高血压病、糖尿

  10. Pharmacogenomics of estrogens on changes in carotid artery intima-medial thickness and coronary arterial calcification: Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study.

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    Miller, Virginia M; Jenkins, Gregory D; Biernacka, Joanna M; Heit, John A; Huggins, Gordon S; Hodis, Howard N; Budoff, Matthew J; Lobo, Rogerio A; Taylor, Hugh S; Manson, JoAnn E; Black, Dennis M; Naftolin, Frederick; Harman, S Mitchell; de Andrade, Mariza

    2016-01-01

    Prior to the initiation of menopausal hormone treatment (MHT), genetic variations in the innate immunity pathway were found to be associated with carotid artery intima-medial thickness (CIMT) and coronary arterial calcification (CAC) in women (n = 606) enrolled in the Kronos Early Estrogen Prevention Study (KEEPS). Whether MHT might affect these associations is unknown. The association of treatment outcomes with variation in the same 764 candidate genes was evaluated in the same KEEPS participants 4 yr after randomization to either oral conjugated equine estrogens (0.45 mg/day), transdermal 17β-estradiol (50 μg/day), each with progesterone (200 mg/day) for 12 days each month, or placebo pills and patch. Twenty SNPs within the innate immunity pathway most related with CIMT after 4 yr were not among those associated with CIMT prior to MHT. In 403 women who completed the study in their assigned treatment group, single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) within the innate immunity pathway were found to alter the treatment effect on 4 yr change in CIMT (i.e., significant interaction between treatment and genetic variation in the innate immunity pathway; P 5 Agatston units after 4 yr. Results of this study suggest that hormonal status may interact with genetic variants to influence cardiovascular phenotypes, specifically, the pharmacogenomic effects within the innate immunity pathway for CIMT. PMID:26508701

  11. The effect of lipid regulation with atorvastatin on the blood lipid levels and carotid artery plaques in patients with atherosclerotic cerebral infarction

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    2015-11-01

    Full Text Available Objective To analyze the effect of intensive lipid regulation treatment with atorvastatin on the blood lipid levels and carotid artery plaques in patients with atherosclerotic cerebral infarction.  Methods Ninety-two patients with atherosclerotic cerebral infarction were randomly divided into two groups: observation group (treated by atorvastatin calcium with the dosage of 20 mg/d, N = 46 and control group (treated by diet without lipid-rich food, N=46. Besides, other drugs given to the patients in two groups were the same. The blood lipid levels and the changes of carotid artery plaques in two groups were analyzed and compared before treatment and 3 months after treatment. Results After treatment, the concentrations of total cholesterol [TC, (4.23 ± 0.92 mmol/L vs (5.24 ± 0.68 mmol/L], triglyceride [TG, (2.46 ± 0.28 mmol/L vs (3.33 ± 0.47 mmol/L], low-density lipoprotein cholesterol [LDL-C, (2.52 ± 0.38 mmol/L vs (4.78 ± 0.86 mmol/L] in the patients of observation group were all decreased and significantly lower than those in the control group (P = 0.000, for all, and the concentration of high-density lipoprotein cholesterol [HDL-C, (1.13 ± 0.41 mmol/L vs (0.85 ± 0.32 mmol/L] in the patients of observation group was increased and significantly than that in the control group (P = 0.003. The carotid artery plaque size [(20.25 ± 0.32 mm2 vs (24.42 ± 10.33 mm2] and thickness [(0.59 ± 0.13 mm vs (1.93 ± 0.23 mm] of carotid artery plaques and intima?media thickness [IMT, (1.32 ± 0.67 mm vs (1.63 ± 0.56 mm] of common carotid artery (CCA in the patients of observation group were all significantly lower than those in patients in the control group (P = 0.000, 0.000, 0.010, respectively. Comparing serum alanine aminotransferase (ALT, aspartate aminotransferase (AST, creatine kinase (CK and creatinine (Cr levels after treatment with before treatment, there was no significant difference between 2 groups (P > 0.05, for all.  Conclusions

  12. Inflammatory markers and extent and progression of early atherosclerosis: Meta-analysis of individual-participant-data from 20 prospective studies of the PROG-IMT collaboration

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    J. Willeit (Johann); S.G. Thompson (Simon G.); S. Agewall (Stefan); G. Bergstrom (Goran); H. Bickel (Horst); A. Catapano (Alberico); K.-L. Chien (Kuo-Liong); E. de Groot; J.P. Empana (Jean Philippe); T. Etgen (Thorleif); O.H. Franco (Oscar); B. Iglseder (Bernhard); S.H. Johnsen; M. Kavousi (Maryam); L. Lind (Lars); J. Liu (Jing); E.B. Mathiesen (Ellisiv); G.D. Norata (Giuseppe); M.H. Olsen (Michael H.); A. Papagianni (Aikaterini); H. Poppert (Holger); J.F. Price (Jackie F.); R.L. Sacco (Ralph); D. Yanez (David); D. Zhao (Dong); U. Schminke (Ulf); A. Bulbul (Alpaslan); J.F. Polak (Joseph F.); M. Sitzer (Matthias); A. Hofman (Albert); L. Grigore (Liliana); M. Dörr (Marcus); T.-C. Su (Ta-Chen); P. Ducimetiere (Pierre); W. Xie (Wuxiang); K. Ronkainen (Kimmo); S. Kiechl (Stefan); T. Rundek (Tatjana); C.M. Robertson (Christine M); B. Fagerberg (Bjorn); L. Bokemark (Lena); H. Steinmetz (helmuth); M.A. Ikram (Arfan); H. Völzke (Henry); H.-J. Lin (Hung-Ju); M. Plichart (Matthieu); T.-P. Tuomainen (Tomi-Pekka); M. Desvarieux (Moise); S. McLachlan (Stela); C. Schmidt (Caroline); J. Kauhanen (Jussi); J. Willeit (Johann); M.W. Lorenz (Matthias W.); D. Sander (Dirk)

    2016-01-01

    textabstractBackground Large-scale epidemiological evidence on the role of inflammation in early atherosclerosis, assessed by carotid ultrasound, is lacking. We aimed to quantify cross-sectional and longitudinal associations of inflammatory markers with common-carotid-artery intima-media thickness (

  13. 超声血管增强技术对中青年脂肪肝患者颈动脉硬化的评价%Evaluation of carotid atherosclerosis in young and middle-aged patients with fatty liver by using ultrasound vascular enhancement technology

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    张世坤; 程伟; 殷琴; 朱军

    2013-01-01

    目的 探讨超声血管增强技术(ultrasound vascular enhancement technology,VET)对中青年脂肪肝患者颈动脉检测的临床价值,分析脂肪肝与颈动脉硬化之间的关系.方法 对经腹部超声诊断的50例中青年脂肪肝患者(脂肪肝组)和同期腹部超声排除脂肪肝的志愿者50例(对照组)进行颅外段颈动脉(颈总动脉、颈内动脉起始段、颈外动脉起始段)彩超VET检查,观察其内中膜厚度(IMT)和斑块的形成情况,并与传统二维超声图像对比.结果 脂肪肝组患者的颈动脉IMT较对照组增厚(P<0.05),动脉硬化斑块的发生率增高.与传统二维声像图比较,VET可清晰显示颈动脉管壁结构及斑块轮廓.结论 VET可早期发现脂肪肝患者的颈动脉病变,对其及早进行临床干预,可减少患者预期血管并发症的发生,具有一定的临床指导意义和应用价值.%Objective To study the diagnostic value of ultrasound vascular enhancement technology (VET) in the detection of carotid atherosclerosis in young and middle-aged patients with fatty liver and to explore the relationship between fatty liver and carotid atherosclerosis.Methods 50 young and middle-aged patients with fatty liver diagnosed by abdominal ultrasonography were selected as fatty liver group and 50 young and middle-aged volunteers without fatty liver were selected as control group.Extracranial carotid artery (including common carotid artery,the initial segment of internal carotid artery and external carotid artery) was examined by color Doppler ultrasound VET for carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and formation of plaque and then compared with traditional two-dimensional ultrasonography.Results Compared with control group,carotid IMT in fatty liver group was significanly increased (P < 0.05),with increased incidence of atherosclerotic plaques.Compared with traditional two-dimensional ultrasonography,VET could clearly display the contours of plaque and structure of

  14. Relevance analysis of health behaviors and influencing factors for detection rate of carotid atherosclerotic plaque%影响颈动脉斑块检出率的相关因素分析

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    蒋树中; 刘茹; 韩冰

    2014-01-01

    Objective To explore the relevance of health behaviors and influencing factors for detection rate of carotid plaques to prevent the formation of carotid plaque.Methods A total of 2 628 healthy subjects aged over 40 years were selected randomly from Department of Cardiology at our hospital from 2009-2010.A questionnaire survey was conducted on age , education level, marriage, occupation, income, diet, living habits and lifestyle factors.Logistic regression analysis was made for the influencing factors of internal carotid artery plaque.Results Single factor analysis showed that gender , age, smoking rate, fasting blood glucose , blood pressure , carotid artery intima-media thickness ( intima-media thickness , IMT), total cholesterol (TC), triglyceride (TG), high density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C) and low density lipoprotein cholesterol ( LDL-C ) had significant effects on plaque formation.Multivariate Logistic regression analysis showed that gender , age, TG, LDL-C, HDL-C and number of health behaviors were the major influencing factors for the formation of carotid plaque.Compared with the 5 ideal cardiovascular health behaviors/factors and occurrence of carotid plaques were 0.65, 0.45, 0.39 and 0.29 respectively.Conclusions The formation of carotid plaque is affected by many factors.The number of ideal cardiovascular health behaviors is negatively correlated with plaque formation and it can prevent the occurrence of carotid plaque .%目的:探讨影响颈内动脉斑块检出率的相关健康行为和相关因素。方法选取2009-2010年间在江苏省徐州市心血管病研究所心内科进行健康体检的人员作为研究对象。采用分层随机抽样的方法从中抽取40岁以上2628例纳入研究。制定调查问卷,并对年龄、文化程度、婚姻、职业、经济收入、饮食习惯、生活习惯、生活行为因素进行调查。应用Logistic回归分析对影响颈内动脉斑块的因素进行统计分析。结果单因素

  15. Determinant factors of the severity of carotid atherosclerosis in relation to accumulation of visceral fat in type 2 diabetic subjects

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    Our aim was to verify the possible association of visceral fat accumulation with the severity of carotid atherosclerosis in order to clarify practical and feasible determinants for each parameter of atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetic subjects. The subjects studied were consecutive 151 diabetic subjects and age-matched 83 nondiabetic subjects, with no history of atherosclerotic disease. All subjects gave written informed consent to participate in the study. Subcutaneous and visceral fat areas on a CT scan at the level of the umbilicus were measured. Ambulatory 24-h blood pressure (BP) was recorded. Pulse pressure (PP) was defined as systolic BP (sBP) minus diastolic BP (dBP). Stiffness index β as a functional change and intima-media thickness (IMT) and plaque formation as structural changes were measured by echo-Doppler examinations of the carotid arteries. Insulin sensitivity was estimated by homeostasis model assessment for insulin resistance (HOMA-IR). Serum levels of adiponectin and tumor necrosis factor (TNF)-α were determined. Male gender, HbAlc, HOMA-IR and serum nonHDL-cholesterol (C) were higher, and visceral fat area was larger in the diabetic subjects than in the nondiabetic subjects. Serum adiponectin and TNF-α levels were similar between the two groups, while the TNF-α/adiponectin ratio in the diabetic subjects was significantly higher than that in the nondiabetic subjects. The IMT was thicker, and the stiffness index β was higher in the diabetic subjects than those in the nondiabetic subjects. These differences still remained highly significant after adjusting for age, sex and 24-h sBP. Plaque formation was also severer in the diabetic subjects than in the nondiabetic subjects. Visceral fat areas were correlated negatively with serum adiponectin levels, and positively with TNF-α/adiponectin ratio and serum nonHDL-C in diabetic subjects. The nighttime PP was associated with IMT, stiffness index β and the degree of plaque formation independently

  16. Carotid Artery Screening

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    ... Resources Professions Site Index A-Z Carotid Artery Screening What is carotid artery screening? Who should consider ... about carotid artery screening? What is carotid artery screening? Screening examinations are tests performed to find disease ...

  17. 亚临床甲减对脑梗死患者颈动脉粥样硬化程度的影响%Analysis of the impact of subclinical hypothyroidism on carotid atherosclerosis degree of patients with cerebral infarction

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    李滨; 吴琳; 李连波; 李栋; 冯爱萍; 冯磊

    2014-01-01

    目的:探讨亚临床甲减对脑梗死患者颈动脉粥样硬化程度的影响。方法选取2011-2012年在我院诊治的26例单纯亚临床甲减患者(甲减组),25例单纯脑梗死患者(脑梗死组),22例亚临床甲减合并脑梗死患者(甲减合并脑梗死组),以及23例健康体检者(对照组),共96例作为研究对象。检测对所有患者的血脂水平、超敏C反应蛋白(CRP)含量、颈动脉内膜中层厚度(IM T ),并对各组进行比较分析。结果甲减合并脑梗组的hs-CRP、TC、LDL-C、IM T明显高于对照组、甲减组及脑梗组(P<0.05),差异具有统计学意义。结论脑梗死合并亚临床甲减可加重动脉粥样硬化程度,临床干预脑梗死合并亚临床甲减非常必要。%Objective To analyze the influence of subclinical hypothyroidism on carotid atherosclerosis of patients with cer-ebral infarction.Methods Ninety-six cases admitted in our hospital during 2011-2012 were chosen as the research subjects ,in-cluding 26 patients with simple subclinical hypothyroidism (hypothyroidism group) ,25 patients of simple cerebral infarction ,22 cases of subclinical hypothyroidism combined with cerebral infarction (hypothyroidism merged with cerebral infarction group) , and 23 cases healthy check-up(control group).The blood lipid levels ,hypersensitive c-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels ,carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in all patients were detected and analyzed comparatively.Results The hs-CRP ,TC ,LDL-C and IMT of hypothyroidism combined with cerebral infarction group were significantly higher than those of the control group ,hy-pothyroidism group and cerebral infarction group (P<0.05) ,the difference had a statistical significance.Conclusion Cerebral infarction combined with subclinical hypothyroidism can aggravate atherosclerosis ,clinical intervention in these patients is very necessary.

  18. Different Markers of Central Obesity as Predictors of Insulin Resistance and Inflammatory Status in Middle-Aged Wome

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    Žecová, S.; Lejsková, M.; Valenta, Zdeněk; Stávek, P.; Poledne, R.; Piťha, J.

    Elsevier. Roč. 9, č. 1 (2008), s. 253-253. ISSN 1567-5688. [Congress of the European Atherosclerosis Society /77./. 26.04.2008-29.04.2008, Istanbul] R&D Projects: GA MŠk(CZ) 1M0510 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : reproduction status * smoking * carotid intima-media thickness * preclinical atherosclerosis

  19. Sonografické měření šířky intimy společné karotické tepny u diabetiků

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    Kraml, P.; Potočková, J.; Anděl, M.; Zvárová, Jana; Štefek, Martin

    1999-01-01

    Roč. 45, č. 8 (1999), s. 457-462. ISSN 0042-773X Grant ostatní: IGA MZ(CZ) NB5048 Institutional research plan: AV0Z1030915 Keywords : intima-media thickness of common carotid artery * diabetes mellitus Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology

  20. Adiponectin and cardiovascular remodeling in end-stage renal disease and co-morbid diabetes mellitus

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    D. Karakitsos; E. de Groot; A.P. Patrianakos; F. Parthenakis; J. Boletis; A. Karabinis; J. Kyriazis; P. Vardas; E. Daphnis

    2006-01-01

    Objectives and Methods: Altered plasma high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) and adiponectin (ADP) may contribute to increased vascular inflammation and accelerated atherosclerosis in patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) and co-morbid diabetes. Common carotid artery intima-media thick

  1. Carotid stenting

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    Full text: The annual incidence of stroke is estimated around 2 cases per 1000 in the general population and 80% of strokes are ischemic. [1] Atherosclerotic disease resulting in stenosis of common and/or internal carotid arteries is an established risk factor for acute cerebrovascular events. [2] In the majority of the cases ischemic stroke is caused by atherosclerotic plaque rupture and subsequent thrombus formation resulting in carotid occlusion or/and distal thromboembolization. Today, two invasive methods are available in order to reduce the risk of severe ischemic events: surgical carotid artery endarterectomy (CEA) and percutaneous carotid artery stenting (CAS). More recently amassed high-level scientific data coming from randomized controlled trials (RCTs) and meta-analysis comparing CAS with CEA have emerged. [3] Initial RTCs included the French EVA 3S, which investigated 527 symptomatic patients in 30 different centers, the German SPACE investigating 1.200 patients and the International ICSS which randomized 1710 patients. In EVA 3S the 30-day rate of any stroke death was significantly lower in the CEA group (3.9 vs. 9.6%, HR: 2.5). However the trial was prematurely stopped and severely criticized. [4] The SPACE trial resulted in a similar rate of ipsilateral stroke or death at 30-days and 2 years follow-up (6.8% CAS vs. 6.3% CEA), while in the ICSS trial the primary endpoint of all strokes, death and myocardial infarction (MI) was significantly lower in the CAS group (5.2% vs. 8.5%). Finally, the most recent CREST (Carotid Revascularization Endarterectomy vs. Stenting) trial randomized 2.502 patients (1.321 symptomatic). The composite primary endpoint of any stroke, death and MI was similar between the two methods (CAS: 7.2% vs. CEA: 6.8%; HR=1.11), while both methods demonstrated similar short- and longer-term outcomes. However significant differences between the components were detected (stroke 4.1% vs. 2.3%, P=0.012; and MI 1.1% vs. 2.3%, p=0.032, CAS

  2. Novel 3D ultrasound image-based biomarkers based on a feature selection from a 2D standardized vessel wall thickness map: a tool for sensitive assessment of therapies for carotid atherosclerosis

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    With the advent of new therapies and management strategies for carotid atherosclerosis, there is a parallel need for measurement tools or biomarkers to evaluate the efficacy of these new strategies. 3D ultrasound has been shown to provide reproducible measurements of plaque area/volume and vessel wall volume. However, since carotid atherosclerosis is a focal disease that predominantly occurs at bifurcations, biomarkers based on local plaque change may be more sensitive than global volumetric measurements in demonstrating efficacy of new therapies. The ultimate goal of this paper is to develop a biomarker that is based on the local distribution of vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness change (VWT-Change) that has occurred during the course of a clinical study. To allow comparison between different treatment groups, the VWT-Change distribution of each subject must first be mapped to a standardized domain. In this study, we developed a technique to map the 3D VWT-Change distribution to a 2D standardized template. We then applied a feature selection technique to identify regions on the 2D standardized map on which subjects in different treatment groups exhibit greater difference in VWT-Change. The proposed algorithm was applied to analyse the VWT-Change of 20 subjects in a placebo-controlled study of the effect of atorvastatin (Lipitor). The average VWT-Change for each subject was computed (i) over all points in the 2D map and (ii) over feature points only. For the average computed over all points, 97 subjects per group would be required to detect an effect size of 25% that of atorvastatin in a six-month study. The sample size is reduced to 25 subjects if the average were computed over feature points only. The introduction of this sensitive quantification technique for carotid atherosclerosis progression/regression would allow many proof-of-principle studies to be performed before a more costly and longer study involving a larger population is held to confirm the treatment

  3. Novel 3D ultrasound image-based biomarkers based on a feature selection from a 2D standardized vessel wall thickness map: a tool for sensitive assessment of therapies for carotid atherosclerosis

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    Chiu, Bernard; Li, Bing; Chow, Tommy W. S.

    2013-09-01

    With the advent of new therapies and management strategies for carotid atherosclerosis, there is a parallel need for measurement tools or biomarkers to evaluate the efficacy of these new strategies. 3D ultrasound has been shown to provide reproducible measurements of plaque area/volume and vessel wall volume. However, since carotid atherosclerosis is a focal disease that predominantly occurs at bifurcations, biomarkers based on local plaque change may be more sensitive than global volumetric measurements in demonstrating efficacy of new therapies. The ultimate goal of this paper is to develop a biomarker that is based on the local distribution of vessel-wall-plus-plaque thickness change (VWT-Change) that has occurred during the course of a clinical study. To allow comparison between different treatment groups, the VWT-Change distribution of each subject must first be mapped to a standardized domain. In this study, we developed a technique to map the 3D VWT-Change distribution to a 2D standardized template. We then applied a feature selection technique to identify regions on the 2D standardized map on which subjects in different treatment groups exhibit greater difference in VWT-Change. The proposed algorithm was applied to analyse the VWT-Change of 20 subjects in a placebo-controlled study of the effect of atorvastatin (Lipitor). The average VWT-Change for each subject was computed (i) over all points in the 2D map and (ii) over feature points only. For the average computed over all points, 97 subjects per group would be required to detect an effect size of 25% that of atorvastatin in a six-month study. The sample size is reduced to 25 subjects if the average were computed over feature points only. The introduction of this sensitive quantification technique for carotid atherosclerosis progression/regression would allow many proof-of-principle studies to be performed before a more costly and longer study involving a larger population is held to confirm the treatment

  4. Analysis of the correlation between osteoporosis and carotid atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women%绝经后妇女骨质疏松与颈动脉粥样硬化的相关性分析

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    赵英; 任全刚; 郭海; 解春生; 陈奇; 李霞

    2012-01-01

    目的 探讨绝经期妇女骨质疏松与颈动脉粥样硬化斑块之间的相关性.为此类患者的综合诊治和预防寻找科学依据,进一步提高她们的健康水平和生活质量.方法绝经期妇女30例及对照组30例,均采用PHILIPS IU22彩色多普勒超声显像仪,选择频率7~12 MHz线阵专用血管探头,于前、侧颈部两个方向行连续纵、横切面探查,测定双侧颈总动脉、颈内动脉内膜-中层厚度(IMT),同时观察颈总动脉、颈内动脉斑块的数量,软硬斑块及其形态;对所有病例均检测骨钙素(BGP),并用双能X线测定骨形态发生蛋白(BMD),用SMAC技术检测碱性磷酸酶(ALP)、Ca、P含量.结果绝经期妇女BGP、BMD明显降低的同时,超声特点表现突出的为软斑块,突出于管腔内膜面,局部呈不同程度的低回声,硬斑块为局部回声增强,BGP、BMD与对照组比较差异有高度统计学意义(P < 0.01),ALP增高(P < 0.05).Ca、P无变化.结论 绝经期妇女BGP、BMD降低的同时伴有颈动脉粥样硬化斑块形成,雌激素水平降低,与骨代谢、骨密度密切相关,与软、硬斑块的形态有关.因此检测BGP、BMD及彩色多普勒超声检查,对提高健康水平和生活质量有重要的临床意义.%Objective To study the correlation between osteoporosis and carotid atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women in order to find a scientific basis on comprehensive treatment and prevention and further improve their health and quality of life. Methods Intima- media thickness of bilateral common carotid arteries and internal carotid artery were examined with PHILIPS IU22 color Doppler ultrasound, the number of plaque, the hard and soft plaque and its form were observed in 30 cases of postmenopausal women and 30 cases of controls. BGP, BMD, ALP, Ca and P were measured. Results BGP and BMD decreased significantly in postmenopausal women, soft plaque was the outstanding ultrasonic characteristic, outstanding on tube antrum face

  5. Dotted collar placed around carotid artery induces asymmetric neointimal lesion formation in rabbits without intravascular manipulations

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    Kivelä Antti

    2012-10-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Neointimal formation in atherosclerosis has been subject for intense research. However, good animal models mimicking asymmetrical lesion formation in human subjects have been difficult to establish. The aim of this study was to develop a model which would lead to the formation of eccentric lesions under macroscopically intact non-denuded endothelium. Methods We have developed a new collar model where we placed two cushions or dots inside the collar. Arterial lesions were characterized using histology and ultrasound methods. Results When this dotted collar was placed around carotid and femoral arteries it produced asymmetrical pressure on adventitia and a mild flow disturbance, and hence a change in shear stress. Our hypothesis was that this simple procedure would reproducibly produce asymmetrical lesions without any intraluminal manipulations. Intima/media ratio increased towards the distal end of the collar with the direction of blood flow under macroscopically intact endothelium. Macrophages preferentially accumulated in areas of the thickest neointima thus resembling early steps in human atherosclerotic plaque formation. Proliferating cells in these lesions and underlying media were scarce at eight weeks time point. Conclusion The improved dotted collar model produces asymmetrical human-like atherosclerotic lesions in rabbits. This model should be useful in studies regarding the pathogenesis and formation of eccentric atherosclerotic lesions.

  6. Common carotid artery wall thickness and external diameter as predictors of prevalent and incident cardiac events in a large population study

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    Bursac Zoran

    2007-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Arterial diameters enlarge in response to wall thickening, plaques, and many atherosclerotic risk factors. We hypothesized that right common carotid artery (RCCA diameter would be independently associated with cardiac disease and improve risk discrimination. Methods In a middle-aged, biracial population (baseline n = 11225, we examined associations between 1 standard deviation increments of baseline RCCA diameter with prevalent myocardial infarction (MI and incident cardiac events (MI or cardiac death using logistic regression and Cox proportional hazards models, respectively. Areas under the receiver operator characteristic curve (AUC were used to estimate model discrimination. Results MI was present in 451 (4% participants at baseline (1987–89, and incident cardiac events occurred among 646 (6% others through 1999. Adjusting for IMT, RCCA diameter was associated with prevalent MI (female OR = 2.0, 95%CI = 1.61–2.49; male OR = 1.16, 95% CI = 1.04–1.30 and incident cardiac events (female HR = 1.75, 95% CI = 1.51–2.02; male HR = 1.27, 95% CI = 1.15–1.40. Associations were attenuated but persisted after adjustment for risk factors (not including IMT (prevalent MI: female OR = 1.73, 95% CI = 1.40–2.14; male OR = 1.14, 95% CI = 1.02–1.28, and incident cardiac events: female HR = 1.26, 95% CI = 1.08–1.48; male HR = 1.19, 95% CI = 1.08–1.32. After additional adjustment for IMT, diameter was associated with incident cardiac events in women (HR = 1.18, 95% CI = 1.00–1.40 and men (HR = 1.17, 95% CI = 1.06–1.29, and with prevalent MI only in women (OR = 1.73; 95% CI = 1.37–2.17. In women, when adjustment was limited, diameter models had larger AUC than other models. Conclusion RCCA diameter is an important correlate of cardiac events, independent of IMT, but adds little to overall risk discrimination after risk factor adjustment.

  7. Relations between serum sex hormone levels and biomarkers of atherosclerosis and mineral disturbances in postmenopausal chronic haemodialysis women

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    Ilona Kurnatowska; Piotr Grzelak; Magdalena Kaczmarska; Ludomir Stefańczyk; Michał Nowicki

    2010-01-01

    Objectives: Both cardiovascular calcification and atherosclerosis are strong predictors of cardiovascular events in patients with end-stage renal disease. The aim of our study was to assess the presence and interrelations of sex hormone profile with coronary artery calcification (CAC), atherosclerotic plaques (AP) in the carotid artery and common carotid artery intima media thickness (CCA-IMT) in postmenopausal chronic haemodialysis (HD) women. Material and methods: CCA-IMT and presence and t...

  8. Rate of Atherosclerotic Plaque Formation Predicts Cardiovascular Events in ESRD

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    Benedetto, Francesco Antonio; Tripepi, Giovanni; Mallamaci, Francesca; Zoccali, Carmine

    2008-01-01

    Carotid intima media thickness (IMT) is a strong, independent predictor of cardiovascular events in both the general population and among those with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), but it is unknown whether changes in IMT or other ultrasound-measured indicators of atherosclerosis over time provide additional prognostic information. The progression of atherosclerosis with carotid ultrasound was followed in a cohort of 135 ESRD patients, 103 of whom had a repeat ultrasound after 15 mo of follow...

  9. Association between Metabolic Components and Subclinical Atherosclerosis in Korean Adults

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    Hwang, In Cheol; Suh, Sang-Yeon; Seo, Ah-Ram; Ahn, Hong Yup; Yim, Eunji

    2012-01-01

    Background Many studies have attempted to develop relatively simple and easy noninvasive measurements of atherosclerosis (NIMA), and each NIMA assesses different atherosclerotic properties. We, therefore, investigated the association between metabolic syndrome (MetS) components and different NIMAs. Methods This study included 1,132 Korean subjects over 20 years of age who had visited a Health Promotion Center in Korea. Carotid injury (increased carotid intima-media thickness or plaques) was e...

  10. Imaging of inflamed carotid artery atherosclerotic plaques with the use of {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-IL-2 scintigraphy in end-stage renal disease patients

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    Opalinska, Marta; Pach, Dorota; Sowa-Staszczak, Anna; Glowa, Boguslaw; Hubalewska-Dydejczyk, Alicja [Jagiellonian University Medical School, Nuclear Medicine Unit, Department of Endocrinology, Cracow (Poland); Stompor, Tomasz [University of Warmia and Mazury in Olsztyn, Department of Nephrology, Hypertensiology and Internal Medicine, Faculty of Medicine, Olsztyn (Poland); Mikolajczak, Renata; Garnuszek, Piotr; Maurin, Michal; Karczmarczyk, Urszula [National Centre for Nuclear Research Radioisotope Centre POLATOM, Otwock (Poland); Fedak, Danuta [Jagiellonian University Medical School, Clinical Biochemistry, Cracow (Poland); Krzanowski, Marcin; Sulowicz, Wladyslaw [Jagiellonian University Medical School, Department of Nephrology, Cracow (Poland); Rakowski, Tomasz [Jagiellonian University Medical School, 2nd Department of Cardiology, Institute of Cardiology, Cracow (Poland)

    2012-04-15

    Identification of vulnerable plaques remains crucial for better cardiovascular risk assessment. At least 20% of inflammatory cells within unstable (vulnerable) plaques comprise T lymphocytes, which contain receptors for interleukin-2 (IL-2); those receptors can be identified by scintigraphy with radiolabelled IL-2.The aim of this study was to identify the ''inflamed'' (vulnerable) plaques by scintigraphy using IL-2 labelled with {sup 99m}Tc in the selected, high cardiovascular risk group of end-stage renal disease (ESRD) patients. A total of 28 patients (18 men, 10 women, aged 55.2 {+-} 9.6 years, 17 on peritoneal dialysis, 11 on haemodialysis) underwent common carotid artery (CCA) scintigraphy with the use of {sup 99m}Tc-hydrazinonicotinamide (HYNIC)-IL-2. In all cases, ultrasound examination of the CCA was performed and levels of selected proinflammatory factors, atherogenic markers and calcium-phosphate balance parameters were measured. Finally, the target to non-target (T/nT) ratio of IL-2 uptake in atherosclerotic plaques with intima-media thickness (IMT), classic cardiovascular risk factors and concentrations of the measured factors were compared. Increased {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-IL-2 uptake in atherosclerotic plaques in 38/41 (91%) cases was detected. The median T/nT ratio of focal {sup 99m}Tc-HYNIC-IL-2 uptake in atherosclerotic plaques was 2.35 (range 1.23-3.63). The mean IMT value on the side of plaques assessed by scintigraphy was 0.79 {+-} 0.18 mm (median 0.8, range 0.5-1.275). Correlations between T/nT ratio and homocysteine (R = 0.22, p = 0.037), apolipoprotein B (apoB) (R = 0.31, p = 0.008), apoB to apoA-I ratio (R = 0.29, p = 0.012) and triglyceride concentration (R = 0.26, p = 0.021) were detected. A lower T/nT ratio in patients with better parameters of nutritional status (haemoglobin, albumin, adiponectin) in comparison with patients with worse nutritional parameters (3.20 {+-} 0.5 vs 2.16 {+-} 0.68, p = 0.025) was revealed as well

  11. Accurate cloud-based smart IMT measurement, its validation and stroke risk stratification in carotid ultrasound: A web-based point-of-care tool for multicenter clinical trial.

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    Saba, Luca; Banchhor, Sumit K; Suri, Harman S; Londhe, Narendra D; Araki, Tadashi; Ikeda, Nobutaka; Viskovic, Klaudija; Shafique, Shoaib; Laird, John R; Gupta, Ajay; Nicolaides, Andrew; Suri, Jasjit S

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    This study presents AtheroCloud™ - a novel cloud-based smart carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) measurement tool using B-mode ultrasound for stroke/cardiovascular risk assessment and its stratification. This is an anytime-anywhere clinical tool for routine screening and multi-center clinical trials. In this pilot study, the physician can upload ultrasound scans in one of the following formats (DICOM, JPEG, BMP, PNG, GIF or TIFF) directly into the proprietary cloud of AtheroPoint from the local server of the physician's office. They can then run the intelligent and automated AtheroCloud™ cIMT measurements in point-of-care settings in less than five seconds per image, while saving the vascular reports in the cloud. We statistically benchmark AtheroCloud™ cIMT readings against sonographer (a registered vascular technologist) readings and manual measurements derived from the tracings of the radiologist. One hundred patients (75 M/25 F, mean age: 68±11 years), IRB approved, Toho University, Japan, consisted of Left/Right common carotid artery (CCA) artery (200 ultrasound scans), (Toshiba, Tokyo, Japan) were collected using a 7.5MHz transducer. The measured cIMTs for L/R carotid were as follows (in mm): (i) AtheroCloud™ (0.87±0.20, 0.77±0.20); (ii) sonographer (0.97±0.26, 0.89±0.29) and (iii) manual (0.90±0.20, 0.79±0.20), respectively. The coefficient of correlation (CC) between sonographer and manual for L/R cIMT was 0.74 (P<0.0001) and 0.65 (P<0.0001), while, between AtheroCloud™ and manual was 0.96 (P<0.0001) and 0.97 (P<0.0001), respectively. We observed that 91.15% of the population in AtheroCloud™ had a mean cIMT error less than 0.11mm compared to sonographer's 68.31%. The area under curve for receiving operating characteristics was 0.99 for AtheroCloud™ against 0.81 for sonographer. Our Framingham Risk Score stratified the population into three bins as follows: 39% in low-risk, 70.66% in medium-risk and 10.66% in high-risk bins

  12. Carotid Artery Disease

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    ... brain with blood. If you have carotid artery disease, the arteries become narrow, usually because of atherosclerosis. ... one of the causes of stroke. Carotid artery disease often does not cause symptoms, but there are ...

  13. Carotid artery disease

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    ... you have had a stroke or TIA, a nervous system (neurological) exam will show other problems. You may also have the following tests: Blood cholesterol and triglycerides test Blood sugar (glucose) test Ultrasound of the carotid arteries ( carotid ...

  14. [An integrated segmentation method for 3D ultrasound carotid artery].

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    Yang, Xin; Wu, Huihui; Liu, Yang; Xu, Hongwei; Liang, Huageng; Cai, Wenjuan; Fang, Mengjie; Wang, Yujie

    2013-07-01

    An integrated segmentation method for 3D ultrasound carotid artery was proposed. 3D ultrasound image was sliced into transverse, coronal and sagittal 2D images on the carotid bifurcation point. Then, the three images were processed respectively, and the carotid artery contours and thickness were obtained finally. This paper tries to overcome the disadvantages of current computer aided diagnosis method, such as high computational complexity, easily introduced subjective errors et al. The proposed method could get the carotid artery overall information rapidly, accurately and completely. It could be transplanted into clinical usage for atherosclerosis diagnosis and prevention. PMID:24195385

  15. Carotid Artery Ultrasonographic Assessment in Patients from the Fremantle Diabetes Study Phase II with Carotid Bruits Detected by Electronic Auscultation

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    Knapp, Arthur; Cetrullo, Violetta; Sillars, Brett A.; Lenzo, Nat; Davis, Wendy A; Davis, Timothy M. E.

    2014-01-01

    Background: Electronic auscultation appears superior to acoustic auscultation for identifying hemodynamic abnormalities. The aim of this study was to determine whether carotid bruits detected by electronic stethoscope in patients with diabetes are associated with stenoses and increased carotid intima-medial thickness (CIMT).

  16. Quantification of carotid vessel atherosclerosis

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    Chiu, Bernard; Egger, Micaela; Spence, J. D.; Parraga, Grace; Fenster, Aaron

    2006-03-01

    Atherosclerosis is characterized by the development of plaques in the arterial wall, which ultimately leads to heart attacks and stroke. 3D ultrasound (US) has been used to screen patients' carotid arteries. Plaque measurements obtained from these images may aid in the management and monitoring of patients, and in evaluating the effect of new treatment options. Different types of measures for ultrasound phenotypes of atherosclerosis have been proposed. Here, we report on the development and application of a method used to analyze changes in carotid plaque morphology from 3D US images obtained at two different time points. We evaluated our technique using manual segmentations of the wall and lumen of the carotid artery from images acquired in two US scanning sessions. To incorporate the effect of intraobserver variability in our evaluation, manual segmentation was performed five times each for the arterial wall and lumen. From this set of five segmentations, the mean wall and lumen surfaces were reconstructed, with the standard deviation at each point mapped onto the surfaces. A correspondence map between the mean wall and lumen surfaces was then established, and the thickness of the atherosclerotic plaque at each point in the vessel was estimated to be the distance between each correspondence pairs. The two-sample Student's t-test was used to judge whether the difference between the thickness values at each pair corresponding points of the arteries in the two 3D US images was statistically significant.

  17. Chronic Stress and the Development of Early Atherosclerosis: Moderating Effect of Endothelial Dysfunction and Impaired Arterial Elasticity

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    Liisa Keltikangas-Järvinen

    2009-11-01

    Full Text Available This study aims to explore the interactive effect of vital exhaustion (VE and endothelial dysfunction on preclinical atherosclerosis, assessed by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT. Furthermore, interaction between VE and carotid elasticity is examined. Participants were 1,596 young healthy adults from the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study. Endothelial dysfunction was measured by brachial flow-mediated dilatation (FMD, and carotid elasticity by carotid artery compliance (CAC. Significant interactions between FMD and VE, and between CAC and VE, for IMT were found in participants with the very lowest FMD and CAC. Thus, VE may be harmful if the endothelium is not working properly.

  18. A preliminary anatomical study on carotid body of Makouei sheep

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    Gholamreza Najafi

    2013-06-01

    Full Text Available The carotid is a small mass of chemoreceptor's and sustentacular cells that detects changes in the composition of the arterial blood. The aim of the present study was to identify the size, color, location, blood and nerve supply of the carotid body in Makouei sheep. Fourteen heads of sheep from both sexes were collected from Urmia public slaughter-house. The exact situation and nerve supply of the carotid body was determined. Before dissection, blue latex was injected into right and left common carotid arteries. All the branches of the common carotid artery and the branch supplying carotid body were investigated. This study showed that, carotid body in sheep has been situated around the muscular branch of the occipital artery. The mean weight, width and length, thickness of carotid body were 0.01 g, 0.83 mm, 1.07 mm, and 1.06 mm respectively. Blood to the carotid body was supplied by glomic artery which was a branch of occipital artery. It was innervated by herring nerve which was a branch of glossopharyngeal nerve.

  19. Carotid artery stenting

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    An ipsilateral stenosis of the internal carotid artery is found in 10 - 15 % of all ischemic strokes and indicates an increased risk of a second stroke. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a therapy that is established for many years. CAS reveals complication rates and long-term efficacy comparable to carotid endarterectomy (TEA). Especially younger patients seem to benefit from CAS. Abilities and experiences of the therapist and the choice of the techniques used are critical for patient safety. The efficacy of CAS for treatment of asymptomatic carotid stenosis is probable but still unproven in prospective-randomized trial. (orig.)

  20. Carotid artery stenting; Karotisangioplastie

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    Fiehler, Jens [Universitaetsklinikum Eppendorf, Hamburg (Germany). Klinik und Poliklinik fuer Neuroradiologische Diagnostik und Intervention, Diagnostikzentrum

    2009-09-15

    An ipsilateral stenosis of the internal carotid artery is found in 10 - 15 % of all ischemic strokes and indicates an increased risk of a second stroke. Carotid artery stenting (CAS) is a therapy that is established for many years. CAS reveals complication rates and long-term efficacy comparable to carotid endarterectomy (TEA). Especially younger patients seem to benefit from CAS. Abilities and experiences of the therapist and the choice of the techniques used are critical for patient safety. The efficacy of CAS for treatment of asymptomatic carotid stenosis is probable but still unproven in prospective-randomized trial. (orig.)

  1. Puntuación de calcio coronario y grosor de íntima media carotídea en pacientes con sospecha de cardiopatía isquémica Coronary calcium score and thickness of carotid middle intima in patients with suspicion of ischemic heart disease

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    Yudeisy Rodríguez Hernández

    2011-06-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN: El score de calcio coronario y la cuantificación del grosor de íntima media son métodos en desarrollo que se utilizan en el diagnóstico de aterosclerosis. OBJETIVO: Evaluar la relación del puntaje de calcio coronario con los factores de riesgo cardiovasculares clásicos y el grosor de la íntima media carotídea. MÉTODOS: Se tomaron 70 pacientes con sospecha de cardiopatía isquémica. A todos se les cuantificó el calcio coronario por tomografía de 64 cortes y el grosor de íntima media en carótidas por ultrasonido. Usando la variable dependiente (score de calcio coronario de forma continua, fue realizada una regresión lineal simple para obtener los coeficientes de regresión (ß. El nivel de significación estadística (a con que se trabajó fue del 95 % (valor p INTRODUCTION: The coronary calcium's score and the quantification of media intima thickness are developing methods used in atherosclerosis diagnosis. OBJECTIVE: To assess the coronary calcium score relation to classic cardiovascular risk factors and the carotid media intima thickness. METHODS: Sample included 70 patients with suspicion of ischemic heart disease. In all of them the coronary calcium was quantified by 64 scans tomography and the media intima thickness by medias of ultrasound (US. Using continuously the dependent variable (coronary calcium score we made a simple linear regression to obtain the regression coefficients (ß. The statistic significance level (a used was of 95 % (value p < 0,05 as statistically significant. RESULTS: Calcium score was higher in male sex subjects increasing linearly and annually with age in 11.4 UA. The correlation coefficient between calcium score and age was of 0.36 statistically significant (p = 0,002. The 88,9% of patients with a media intima thickness greater than 1mm had some degree of coronary calcification, was twice greater than those with a media intima thickness less than 1mm. Correlation value (r with carotid

  2. Radiation-induced carotid artery atherosclerosis

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    Purpose: Carotid arteries frequently receive significant doses of radiation as collateral structures in the treatment of malignant diseases. Vascular injury following treatment may result in carotid artery stenosis (CAS) and increased risk of stroke and transient ischaemic attack (TIA). This systematic review examines the effect of radiotherapy (RT) on the carotid arteries, looking at the incidence of stroke in patients receiving neck radiotherapy. In addition, we consider possible surrogate endpoints such as CAS and carotid intima-medial thickness (CIMT) and summarise the evidence for radiation-induced carotid atherosclerosis. Materials and methods: From 853 references, 34 articles met the criteria for inclusion in this systematic review. These papers described 9 studies investigating the incidence of stroke/TIA in irradiated patients, 11 looking at CAS, and 14 examining CIMT. Results: The majority of studies utilised suboptimally-matched controls for each endpoint. The relative risk of stroke in irradiated patients ranged from 1.12 in patients with breast cancer to 5.6 in patients treated for head and neck cancer. The prevalence of CAS was increased by 16–55%, with the more modest increase seen in a study using matched controls. CIMT was increased in irradiated carotid arteries by 18–40%. Only two matched-control studies demonstrated a significant increase in CIMT of 36% and 22% (p = 0.003 and <0.001, respectively). Early prospective data demonstrated a significant increase in CIMT in irradiated arteries at 1 and 2 years after RT (p < 0.001 and <0.01, respectively). Conclusions: The incidence of stroke was significantly increased in patients receiving RT to the neck. There was a consistent difference in CAS and CIMT between irradiated and unirradiated carotid arteries. Future studies should optimise control groups

  3. Cocoa intake and arterial stiffness in subjects with cardiovascular risk factors

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    Recio-Rodríguez José

    2012-02-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background To analyze the relationship of cocoa intake to central and peripheral blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and carotid intima-media thickness in subjects with some cardiovascular risk factor. Findings Design: A cross-sectional study of 351 subjects (mean age 54.76 years, 62.4% males. Measurements: Intake of cocoa and other foods using a food frequency questionnaire, central and peripheral (ambulatory and office blood pressure, central and peripheral augmentation index, pulse wave velocity, ambulatory arterial stiffness index, carotid intima-media thickness, and ankle-brachial index. Results: Higher pulse wave velocity and greater cardiovascular risk were found in non-cocoa consumers as compared to high consumers (p Conclusions In subjects with some cardiovascular risk factors, cocoa consumption does not imply improvement in the arterial stiffness values. Trial Registration Clinical Trials.gov Identifier: NCT01325064.

  4. Maternal carotid remodeling and increased carotid arterial stiffness in normal late-gestational pregnancy as assessed by radio-frequency ultrasound technique

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    Yuan, Li-Jun; Xue, Dan; DUAN, YUN-YOU; Cao, Tie-Sheng; Zhou, Ning

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    Background The adaption of elastic arteries to transient increase in hemodynamic load in normal pregnancy (NP) remains controversial. The purpose of this study was to investigate the NP carotid remodeling and regional arterial stiffness before and after parturition. Methods Fifty-one NP women and 30 age-matched non-pregnant women were included. All women underwent right common carotid artery (RCCA) measurements with MylabTwice ultrasound instrument (Esaote, Italy). Carotid intima-medial thick...

  5. Sequential CT findings on giant aneurysms of the intracranial internal carotid artery after carotid ligation

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    Twenty one patients with giant aneurysms of the intracranial carotid artery were experienced from 1961 to the end of 1980. Three out of 21 were given no treatment and the remaining 18 were treated by indirect surgery. At follow-up, 15 cases were living useful lives; nine of these cases were treated by carotid ligation, five by carotid ligation with STA-MCA anastomosis and one had no surgical treatment. Fourteen out of 15 living cases were examined by CT scan. Sequential CT findings of the giant aneurysm were as follows. The cavity of the giant aneurysm was filled with clots within one week after ligation. Most of the cavity was thrombosed and a small residual cavity was visualized within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. A thick mural thrombus was organized gradually between 4 and 6 weeks but a narrowed residual aneurysmal cavity still existed. Further organization and calcification of the thrombus and aneurysmal wall progressed for several years. More than 5 years following carotid ligation, a small residual cavity was thrombosed and the aneurysm could not be detected by CT scan. CT findings which prove the effectiveness of indirect surgical treatment were observed in 11 out of 13 patients (84.6%). However, complications after carotid ligation cannot be neglected. Therefore, combined therapy consisting of neck internal carotid ligation and STA-MCA anastomosis is recommended to prevent complications due to carotid ligation. Sequential CT scans are very useful for observation of the fate of the giant aneurysm after carotid ligation and the effectiveness of therapy, and for evolution of the prognosis of patients. (J.P.N.)

  6. Sequential CT findings on giant aneurysms of the intracranial internal carotid artery after carotid ligation

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    Fujiwara, S.; Kodama, N.; Suzuki, J. (Tohoku Univ., Sendai (Japan). School of Medicine)

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    Twenty one patients with giant aneurysms of the intracranial carotid artery were experienced from 1961 to the end of 1980. Three out of 21 were given no treatment and the remaining 18 were treated by indirect surgery. At follow-up, 15 cases were living useful lives; nine of these cases were treated by carotid ligation, five by carotid ligation with STA-MCA anastomosis and one had no surgical treatment. Fourteen out of 15 living cases were examined by CT scan. Sequential CT findings of the giant aneurysm were as follows. The cavity of the giant aneurysm was filled with clots within one week after ligation. Most of the cavity was thrombosed and a small residual cavity was visualized within 2 to 3 weeks after surgery. A thick mural thrombus was organized gradually between 4 and 6 weeks but a narrowed residual aneurysmal cavity still existed. Further organization and calcification of the thrombus and aneurysmal wall progressed for several years. More than 5 years following carotid ligation, a small residual cavity was thrombosed and the aneurysm could not be detected by CT scan. CT findings which prove the effectiveness of indirect surgical treatment were observed in 11 out of 13 patients (84.6%). However, complications after carotid ligation cannot be neglected. Therefore, combined therapy consisting of neck internal carotid ligation and STA-MCA anastomosis is recommended to prevent complications due to carotid ligation. Sequential CT scans are very useful for observation of the fate of the giant aneurysm after carotid ligation and the effectiveness of therapy, and for evolution of the prognosis of patients.

  7. Lifetime body mass index and later atherosclerosis risk in young adults: examining causal links using Mendelian randomization in the Cardiovascular Risk in Young Finns study

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    Kivimäki, Mika; Smith, George Davey; Nic J. Timpson; Debbie A. Lawlor; Batty, G. David; Kähönen, Mika; Juonala, Markus; Rönnemaa, Tapani; Viikari, Jorma S. A.; Lehtimäki, Terho; Raitakari, Olli T

    2008-01-01

    Aims Mendelian randomization uses genetic variants related to environmentally modifiable risk factors in an attempt to improve causal inference from observational data. We examined the effect of lifetime body mass index (BMI) on adult carotid intima-media thickness (CIMT) and various atherosclerotic risk factors by using both Mendelian randomization and conventional analyses. Methods and results A total of 2230 individuals (1218 women), aged 3–18 at study induction, took part in clinical exam...

  8. Cardiac calcification by transthoracic echocardiography is a mirror of vascular atherosclerosis

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    Corciu, Anca; Venneri, Lucia; Poggianti, Elisa; Petersen, Christina; Picano, Eugenio

    2007-01-01

    Background: Aortic valve sclerosis (AVS), mitral annular calcium (MAC) and aortic root sclerosis (ARS) detected by echocardiography, have been associated with atherosclerosis. Total heart calcification score index (CSI) (the sum of AVS, MAC and ARS) is correlated to Framingham Risk Score (FRS) and angiographically assessed coronary artery disease. Common carotid-artery intima media thickness (CCA-IMT) is an intermediate phenotype for early atherosclerosis. Aim: To estimate the correlation bet...

  9. The Addition of Vascular Calcification Scores to Traditional Risk Factors Improves Cardiovascular Risk Assessment in Patients with Chronic Kidney Disease

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    Liabeuf, Sophie; Desjardins, Lucie; Diouf, Momar; Temmar, Mohamed; Renard, Cédric; Choukroun, Gabriel; Massy, Ziad A.

    2015-01-01

    Background Although a variety of non-invasive methods for measuring cardiovascular (CV) risk (such as carotid intima media thickness, pulse wave velocity (PWV), coronary artery and aortic calcification scores (measured either by CT scan or X-ray) and the ankle brachial index (ABI)) have been evaluated separately in chronic kidney disease (CKD) cohorts, few studies have evaluated these methods simultaneously. Here, we looked at whether the addition of non-invasive methods to traditional risk f...

  10. The Association Between Physical Activity and Subclinical Atherosclerosis: The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis

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    Bertoni, Alain G.; Whitt-Glover, Melicia C.; Chung, Hyoju; Le, Katherine Y.; Barr, R. Graham; Mahesh, Mahadevappa; Jenny, Nancy S.; Burke, Gregory L; Jacobs, David R.

    2008-01-01

    Prior reports regarding the association between physical activity and subclinical cardiovascular disease have not been consistent. The authors assessed physical activity and walking pace via questionnaire among 6,482 US adults aged 45–84 years without prior clinical cardiovascular disease participating in the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis from 2000 to 2002. Ankle-brachial index (ABI), coronary artery calcification, and internal and common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) were meas...

  11. Heart rate variability and target organ damage in hypertensive patients

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    Melillo Paolo; Izzo Raffaele; Luca De Nicola; Pecchia Leandro

    2012-01-01

    Abstract Background We evaluated the association between linear standard Heart Rate Variability (HRV) measures and vascular, renal and cardiac target organ damage (TOD). Methods A retrospective analysis was performed including 200 patients registered in the Regione Campania network (aged 62.4 ± 12, male 64%). HRV analysis was performed by 24-h holter ECG. Renal damage was assessed by estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), vascular damage by carotid intima-media thickness (IMT), and card...

  12. Impaired Fasting Glucose and Diabetes as Predictors for Radial Artery Calcification in End Stage Renal Disease Patients

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    Katarzyna Janda; Marcin Krzanowski; Mariusz Gajda; Paulina Dumnicka; Danuta Fedak; Grzegorz J. Lis; Piotr Jaśkowski; Jan A. Litwin; Władysław Sułowicz

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    Objective. The objective of the study was to assess the relationship between selected clinical and biochemical parameters of end stage renal disease (ESRD) patients and arterial calcification. Materials and Methods. The study comprised 59 stage 5 chronic kidney disease patients (36 hemodialyzed and 23 predialysis). The examined parameters included common carotid artery intima-media thickness (CCA-IMT), BMI, incidence of diabetes and impaired fasting glucose (IFG), dyslipidemia, hypertension, ...

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

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    Nee, Jens

    2012-01-01

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

  14. Lifestyle and metabolic factors in relation to shoulder pain and rotator cuff tendinitis: A population-based study

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    Jula Antti

    2010-07-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Shoulder pain is a common health problem. The purpose of this study was to assess the associations of lifestyle factors, metabolic factors and carotid intima-media thickness with shoulder pain and chronic (> 3 months rotator cuff tendinitis. Methods In this cross-sectional study, the target population consisted of subjects aged 30 years or older participating in a national Finnish Health Survey during 2000-2001. Of the 7,977 eligible subjects, 6,237 (78.2% participated in a structured interview and clinical examination. Chronic rotator cuff tendinitis was diagnosed clinically. Weight-related factors, C-reactive protein and carotid intima-media thickness were measured. Results The prevalence of shoulder joint pain during the preceding 30 days was 16% and that of chronic rotator cuff tendinitis 2.8%. Smoking, waist circumference and waist-to-hip ratio were related to an increased prevalence of shoulder pain in both genders. Metabolic syndrome, type 2 diabetes mellitus and carotid intima-media thickness were associated with shoulder pain in men, whereas high level of C-reactive protein was associated with shoulder pain in women. Increased waist circumference and type 1 diabetes mellitus were associated with chronic rotator cuff tendinitis in men. Conclusions Our findings showed associations of abdominal obesity, some other metabolic factors and carotid intima-media thickness with shoulder pain. Disturbed glucose metabolism and atherosclerosis may be underlying mechanisms, although not fully supported by the findings of this study. Prospective studies are needed to further investigate the role of lifestyle and metabolic factors in shoulder disorders.

  15. Cholesteryl ester transfer protein inhibitor torcetrapib and off-target toxicity: A pooled analysis of the rating atherosclerotic disease change by imaging with a new CETP inhibitor (RADIANCE) trials

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    Vergeer, Menno; Bots, Michiel; Leuven, Sander; Basart, Dick; Sijbrands, Eric; Evans, Gregory; Grobbee, Diederick; Visseren, Frank; Stalenhoef, Anton; Stroes, Erik; Kastelein, John

    2008-01-01

    textabstractBackground - Torcetrapib, an inhibitor of cholesteryl ester transfer protein, has been shown to increase the cardiovascular event rate despite conferring a significant high-density lipoprotein cholesterol increase. Using data from the Rating Atherosclerotic Disease Change by Imaging with a New CETP Inhibitor (RADIANCE) trials, which assessed the impact of torcetrapib on carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT), we sought to explore potential mechanisms underlying this adverse outcome...

  16. A Functionally Significant Polymorphism in ID3 Is Associated with Human Coronary Pathology

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    Manichaikul, Ani; Rich, Stephen S.; Perry, Heather; Yeboah, Joseph; Law, Michelle; Davis, Molly; Parker, Matthew; Ragosta, Michael; Connelly, Jessica J; McNamara, Coleen A.; Taylor, Angela M.

    2014-01-01

    Aims We previously identified association between the ID3 SNP rs11574 and carotid intima-media thickness in the Diabetes Heart Study, a predominantly White diabetic population. The nonsynonymous SNP rs11574 results in an amino acid substitution in the C-terminal region of ID3, attenuating the dominant negative function of ID3 as an inhibitor of basic HLH factor E12-mediated transcription. In the current investigation, we characterize the association between the functionally significant polymo...

  17. Cardiovascular risk factors related to the PPARγ Pro12Ala polymorphism in patients with type 2 diabetes are gender dependent

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    Franck, Niclas; Länne, Toste; Åstrand, Olof; Engvall, Jan; Lindström, Torbjön; Östgren, Carl Johan; Nyström, Fredrik

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    The interaction of the PPARγ Pro12Ala polymorphism with diabetes and cardiovascular risk is controversial. We studied 173 women and 309 men in the observational CARDIPP trial in which determination of left ventricular mass, carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and pulse wave velocity (PWV) were performed. Blood pressures were measured with 24-h ambulatory technique (ABP). Heterozygotes and homozygotes of Ala were defined as Ala in the analyses. Men with Ala-isoform displayed higher waist circ...

  18. Association between Long-Term Exposure to Traffic-Related Air Pollution and Subclinical Atherosclerosis: The REGICOR Study

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    Rivera, Marcela; Basagaña, Xavier; Aguilera, Immaculada; Foraster, María; Agis, David; Groot, Eric de; Pérez, Laura; Méndez, Michelle A.; Bouso, Laura; TARGA Jaume; Ramos Blanes, Rafel; Sala, Joan; Marrugat, Jaume; Elosua, Roberto; Künzli, Nino

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    Background: Epidemiological evidence of the effects of long-term exposure to air pollu tion on the chronic processes of athero genesis is limited. Objective: We investigated the association of long-term exposure to traffic-related air pollu tion with subclinical atherosclerosis, measured by carotid intima media thickness (IMT) and ankle–brachial index (ABI). Methods: We performed a cross-sectional analysis using data collected during the reexamination (2007–2010) of 2,780 participants in the...

  19. Progression der linksventrikulären Masse bei stagnierender Atherosklerose der Arteria carotis bei Patienten mit Typ 2 Diabetes mellitus unter optimaler medikamentöser Behandlung

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    Xiong, Tingting

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    Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM) are at high cardiovascular risk. Both carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) and left ventricular (LV) mass are predictors for cardiovascular events and are commonly increased in these patients. However, the mechanism of association is poorly understood. This study sought to determine that relationship and to evaluate the position IMT has got in risk prediction in T2DM patients. Methods: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging was p...

  20. Vitamin D deficiency is associated with atherosclerosis-promoting risk factor clustering but not vascular damage in children

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    Cheraghi, Nikoo; Dai, Hongying; Raghuveer, Geetha

    2012-01-01

    Summary Background Vitamin D has been associated with multiple cardiometabolic risk factors in children but there is a paucity of studies examining its correlation to vascular function and structure. Our objective was to determine whether there is a correlation between vitamin D, cardiometabolic risk, vascular distensibility and carotid artery intima-media thickness (CIMT) in high-risk children. Material/Methods This was a cross-sectional, cohort study that compared vitamin D to cardiometabol...

  1. Study of cardiovascular disease biomarkers among tobacco consumers, part 2: biomarkers of biological effect

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    Nordskog, Brian K.; Brown, Buddy G.; Marano, Kristin M.; Campell, Leanne R.; Jones, Bobbette A.; Borgerding, Michael F.

    2015-01-01

    Abstract An age-stratified, cross-sectional study was conducted in the US among healthy adult male cigarette smokers, moist snuff consumers, and non-tobacco consumers to evaluate cardiovascular biomarkers of biological effect (BoBE). Physiological assessments included flow-mediated dilation, ankle-brachial index, carotid intima-media thickness and expired carbon monoxide. Approximately one-half of the measured serum BoBE showed statistically significant differences; IL-12(p70), sICAM-1 and IL...

  2. Current Approaches for Carotid Endarterectomy

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    Cengiz Köksal

    2010-12-01

    Full Text Available Permanent neurologic injuries and death following stroke, necessitates more vigorous treatment of carotid disease. Carotid stenting and carotid endarterectomy are treatment options in many centers besides medical treatment. Whether the patient is symptomatic or asymtomatic, indications and management strategies for treatment remain controversial. Despite the debate, carotid endarterectomy is still accepted to be the most efficientintervention to decrease risk of stroke due to carotid artery stenosis.

  3. Carotid stenting and endarterectomy.

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    Yip, Hon-Kan; Sung, Pei-Hsun; Wu, Chiung-Jen; Yu, Cheuk-Man

    2016-07-01

    Stroke, either ischemic or hemorrhagic, remains the second commonest cause of death worldwide in the last decade. Etiologies for ischemic stroke (IS) vary widely. Atherothrombotic occlusion is an essential cause to which carotid artery stenosis (CAS) is a major contributor. Administration of anti-platelet agent to patients with CAS has been shown to reduce incidence of long-term IS. In additional, in patients with symptomatic CAS, clinical trials have demonstrated that carotid endarterectomy (CEA) is superior to medical therapy for prevention of future CAS-related IS. However, CEA is not suitable for CAS post-radiotherapy or those located at higher level of the internal carotid artery; and major complications of this procedure including cranial nerve injuries have stimulated the interest of using percutaneous transfemoral carotid stenting as an alternative approach. Although transfemoral arterial approach of carotid stenting is not inferior to CEA in improving clinical outcomes, it has been reported to be associated with vascular complication and has its limitations in patients with athero-occlusive disease of abdominal aorta or bilateral iliac arteries, level II or III aortic arch, or bovine type carotid arterial anatomy. Therefore, transradial/transbrachial arterial approach has emerged as a novel method for carotid stenting. This article provides a critical review on interventional approaches for the treatment of CAS. PMID:27061654

  4. Carotid endarterectomy for atherosclerotic carotid artery stenosis

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    Several randomized controlled trials (RCTs) have demonstrated carotid endarterectomy (CEA) to be more beneficial for the prevention of recurrent or first-ever ischemic stroke than treatment with antiplatelet agents in patients with moderate-severe stenosis of the cervical internal carotid artery. CEA is the standard treatment for such lesions; however, other RCTs have demonstrated carotid artery stenting (CAS) with a protective device to be comparable to CEA in patients with or without radiological or medical high-risks for CEA, although the selection criteria among these treatments have not yet been established in clinical practice. This review compares the results of RCTs valuating the superiority of CEA over medical treatment or CAS, preoperative examination, procedures of CEA, perioperative management and complications, long-term results, and indications for CEA based on the currently available evidence-based publications. A preoperative evaluation of the patients' medical condition, including atherosclerosis, is therefore important to minimize the perioperative complications of CEA, because myocardial infarction during the perioperative period is frequently observed in patients undergoing CEA. A through radiological examination such as plaque imaging is essential for selecting appropriate treatment strategies involving revascularization or medical treatment for atherosclerotic carotid artery stenosis. In addition, the surgical indications, particularly for asymptomatic lesions, should be carefully considered in light of the recent improvements in medical treatments including antihypertensive agents and statins. (author)

  5. Análise estrutural e funcional carotídea em familiares de pacientes com diabete melito tipo 2 Estudio estructural y funcional carotídeo en familiares de pacientes con diabetes mellitus tipo 2 Carotid artery structural and functional evaluation in relatives of type 2 diabetic patients

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    Sônia Silva Prado

    2009-03-01

    vital importance. OBJECTIVE: To analyze the structural properties (intima-media thickness and functional properties (distensibility measurement of the carotid arteries in subjects with (FH+ a family history of type 2 diabetes, in comparison to subjects without (FH- a family history of type 2 diabetes, both groups with no known cardiovascular risk factors. METHODS: 32 individuals (male and female, age range, 21-47 years; 19 FH+, 13 FH- had their right and left common and internal carotid arteries measured, using high-resolution B-mode ultrasonography. Both groups had similar (p>0.05 age, BMI, blood pressure, and fasting blood glucose and insulin, leptin, and C-reactive protein (CRP levels. RESULTS: The intima-media thickness (IMT of the left common carotid artery (LCCA in the FH+ group (0.568±0.107mm was statistically greater (p=0.029 than in the FH- group (0.477±0.116mm. Multiple regression analysis identified age, overweight and obesity (determined by BMI, CRP, and LDL-cholesterol levels as independent predictors of the IMT in the LCCA. CONCLUSION: FH+ individuals with no metabolic disorders presented greater IMT of the left common carotid artery (structural alteration than FH- individuals, but normal vessel function. (Arq Bras Cardiol 2009;92(3: 186-192

  6. [Prognostic assessment for formation of a group of cardiovascular high risk among personnel participating in atomic submarines utilization].

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    Sosiukin, A E; Vasiliuk, V B; Ivanchenko, A V; Saenko, S A; Semenchuk, O A; Dokhov, M A; Verveda, A B

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    Ultrasound scanning of main vessels (common carotid, internal carotid, common and superficial femoral, posterior tibial arteries) in staffers of shipyard "Nerpa"--branch of JSC "Shipbuilding center Zvezdochka" (Snezhnogorsk city Murmansk region)--engaged into atomic submarines utilization. Findings are atherosclerotic changes in common carotid and common femoral arteries--increased thickness of intima-media complex over the reference values or atherosclerotic plaque formation. The changes were maximal in a group of males aged over 50 with length of service over 25 years. Discriminant analysis helped to suggest a mathematic model to forecast cardiovascular diseases in personnel of "Nerpa" shipyard. PMID:25845142

  7. Carotid Artery Disease

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    ... org Diagnosis Proteins in the wall of the aorta, called elastin and collagen The diagnosis of carotid ... a higher risk after age 75) • Smoking • Hypertension • Diabetes • High cholesterol, and especially high amounts of “low ...

  8. Office and 24-hour heart rate and target organ damage in hypertensive patients

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    2012-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background We investigated the association between heart rate and its variability with the parameters that assess vascular, renal and cardiac target organ damage. Methods A cross-sectional study was performed including a consecutive sample of 360 hypertensive patients without heart rate lowering drugs (aged 56 ± 11 years, 64.2% male. Heart rate (HR and its standard deviation (HRV in clinical and 24-hour ambulatory monitoring were evaluated. Renal damage was assessed by glomerular filtration rate and albumin/creatinine ratio; vascular damage by carotid intima-media thickness and ankle/brachial index; and cardiac damage by the Cornell voltage-duration product and left ventricular mass index. Results There was a positive correlation between ambulatory, but not clinical, heart rate and its standard deviation with glomerular filtration rate, and a negative correlation with carotid intima-media thickness, and night/day ratio of systolic and diastolic blood pressure. There was no correlation with albumin/creatinine ratio, ankle/brachial index, Cornell voltage-duration product or left ventricular mass index. In the multiple linear regression analysis, after adjusting for age, the association of glomerular filtration rate and intima-media thickness with ambulatory heart rate and its standard deviation was lost. According to the logistic regression analysis, the predictors of any target organ damage were age (OR = 1.034 and 1.033 and night/day systolic blood pressure ratio (OR = 1.425 and 1.512. Neither 24 HR nor 24 HRV reached statistical significance. Conclusions High ambulatory heart rate and its variability, but not clinical HR, are associated with decreased carotid intima-media thickness and a higher glomerular filtration rate, although this is lost after adjusting for age. Trial Registration ClinicalTrials.gov: NCT01325064

  9. 高血压和糖尿病患者颈动脉内-中膜厚度的危险影响因素及超声评价%Risk factors and ultrasound evaluation of carotid internal-medium film thickness in patients with hypertension and diabetes mellitus

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    2015-01-01

    objective: the carotid artery ultrasound for high blood pressure and diabetes - evaluate the thickness of mem-brane, and analysis its influencing factors. Methods: selection of our hospital, a total of 150 patients with hypertension and diabetes as the research object, using ultrasonography in patients with cervical artery ultrasound, record its carotid artery di-ameter and film thickness in the carotid artery - and atherosclerosis, such as what is happening at the same time, the blood sugar, blood lipids, blood pressure, etc. The hematology indexes were detected. Select 50 cases of normal volunteers as controls, compare the difference between the indicators. Results: group, hypertension, diabetes, hypertension, diabetes mellitus group, control group subjects of atherosclerotic plaque detection rate were 74.0%,76.0%,90.0%and 74.0%respec-tively, the lowest detection rate in control group, the highest detection rate with diabetes mellitus and hypertension, patients is significantly higher than other groups, are statistically significant ( P< 0.05) , the film thickness in patients with carotid artery - also have the same rule, and the comparison of the carotid artery diameter is contrary to law. By multi-factor analy-sis, age, long duration and increased incidence of atherosclerotic plaque and the degree of abnormal blood pressure, blood fat metabolic disorder is affect the film thickness in the carotid artery, the main factors. Conclusion: the vascular endothelial function in patients with hypertension and diabetes is damaged, the film thickness in the carotid artery-is significantly higher than normal, its influence factors is more, the ultrasonic testing, can evaluate the degree of pathological changes.%目的:采用超声对高血压和糖尿病颈动脉内-中膜厚度进行评价,并分析其影响因素。方法:选取我院收治的高血压和糖尿病患者共150例作为研究对象,采用超声对患者的颈部动脉血管进行超声检查,记

  10. E-Tracking Technology for Evaluating Carotid Artery Elasticity in Active Smokers%血管回声跟踪技术定量评价吸烟者颈动脉弹性

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    梁永平; 马琳

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨血管回声跟踪技术(ET)定量评价吸烟者颈动脉血管弹性的意义.方法:选取体检结果正常的男性吸烟者132例,非吸烟者49例(A组).按吸烟指数将吸烟者分为3组,B组(≤400支年/d)、C组(401~800支年/d)、D组(801~1 200支年/d).应用ET技术检测各组颈动脉内中膜厚度(IMT)、收缩期血管内径(Ds)和舒张期血管内径(Dd),并计算硬度指数(β)、压力应变弹性系数(Ep)、动脉顺应性(AC)及单点脉搏波传导速度(PWVβ).结果:对照组及各吸烟组间IMT、Ds及Dd差异均无统计学意义,4组β、Ep、AC及PWVβ差异有统计学意义(P<0.01),A组与B组比较差异无统计学意义,3个吸烟组中任意两组比较差异均有统计学意义(P< 0.05或P<0.01).β、Ep及PWVβ均随吸烟指数的增加而增高,而AC随吸烟指数的增加而减低.结论:ET技术能准确获取吸烟者颈动脉弹性参数,在血管发生形态学改变前检测出动脉硬化趋势.%Objective: To explore the value of E-tracking technology (ET) in evaluating carotid artery elasticity in active smokers. Methods: One hundred and thirty-two active smokers and 49 normal nonsmoking persons (group A) were enrolled in this study, and active smokers were divided into 3 groups by cigarette-smoking index (CSI=the number of cigarette-smoked each day × the year of cigarette smoking), including group B (CSI≤400), group C (CSI=401-800) and group D (CSI=801-1 200). ET was used to detect the intima media thickness (IMT), internal diameter of systolic (D.) and internal diameter of diastole (Dd). The values of stiffness parameters (B), pressure-strain elastic modulus (Ep), arterial compliance (AC) and pulse wave conducting velocity (PWVB) were calculated and analysed in 4 groups. Results: There were no statistical significances in age, body mass index (BMI), heart rate (HR), systolic blood pressure (SBP), diastolic blood pressure (DBP), pulse pressure (PD), IMT, Ds, and Dd between group A

  11. Clinical & radiological evaluation of atherosclerotic changes in carotid & coronary arteries in asymptomatic & clinically symptomatic individuals as a tool for pre-symptomatic diagnosis of cardiovascular disease

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    Venkatraman Bhat

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    Interpretation & conclusions: Age-related progression of atherosclerosis was evident in internal carotid arteries. Significant association was observed in the IMT thickness of right common carotid (RCC and coronary disease in symptomatic group; whereas IMT of left common carotid and internal carotid arteries did not show any association. RCC IMT between 0.5-0.7mm showed maximal association with significant symptomatic narrowing of coronary arteries. Patients with IMT beyond 0.7mm had no association with symptoms.

  12. Assessment of carotid plaque vulnerability using structural and geometrical determinants

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    Because many acute cerebral ischemic events are caused by rupture of vulnerable carotid atheroma and subsequent thrombosis, the present study used both idealized and patient-specific carotid atheromatous plaque models to evaluate the effect of structural determinants on stress distributions within plaque. Using a finite element method, structural analysis was performed using models derived from in vivo high-resolution magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) of carotid atheroma in 40 non-consecutive patients (20 symptomatic, 20 asymptomatic). Plaque components were modeled as hyper-elastic materials. The effects of varying fibrous cap thickness, lipid core size and lumen curvature on plaque stress distributions were examined. Lumen curvature and fibrous cap thickness were found to be major determinants of plaque stress. The size of the lipid core did not alter plaque stress significantly when the fibrous cap was relatively thick. The correlation between plaque stress and lumen curvature was significant for both symptomatic (p=0.01; correlation coefficient: 0.689) and asymptomatic patients (p=0.01; correlation coefficient: 0.862). Lumen curvature in plaques of symptomatic patients was significantly larger than those of asymptomatic patients (1.50±1.0 mm-1 vs 1.25±0.75 mm-1; p=0.01). Specific plaque morphology (large lumen curvature and thin fibrous cap) is closely related to plaque vulnerability. Structural analysis using high-resolution MRI of carotid atheroma may help in detecting vulnerable atheromatous plaque and aid the risk stratification of patients with carotid disease. (author)

  13. 代谢综合征颈动脉粥样硬化血管外膜重构的超声评价%Assessments of carotid adventitial remodeling in metabolic syndrome patients using high-frequency ultrasound

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    李晓艳; 岳文胜; 陈艳; 罗勇; 顾鹏; 曹礼庭; 杨芳; 黄多; 胡厚翔

    2015-01-01

    Objective To evaluate the changes of carotid adventitial thickness (AT) and intima media thickness (IMT) and their relationship in metabolic syndrome (MS) patients using high-frequency ultrasound.Methods The values of mean AT and mean IMT were measured and calculated for 161 MS patients and compared them with 94 age and gender-matched controls as determined by high-frequency ultrasound between 2009-2011.And 161 patients were divided further into 2 groups of MS with plaque (MS-P,n =70) and MS without plaque (MS-NP,n =91).Results MS-P and MS-NP patients had significantly higher values of mean IMT and carotid artery wall thickness than controls and MS-P patients had significantly higher values of mean AT than controls ((0.77 ±0.13) mm vs (0.66 ±0.11) mm,P <0.01).Moreover,MS-P patients had significantly higher values of mean IMT ((0.98 ±0.20) mm vs (0.76 ±0.10) mm,P < 0.01),mean AT ((0.77 ±0.13) vs (0.69-±0.13) mm,P <0.01) and carotid artery wall thickness ((1.61 ±0.16)mm vs (1.42 ±0.09) mm,P =0.002) than MS-NP patients.And mean AT was positively correlated with mean IMT in controls,MS-P and MS-NP patients (r =0.603,P < 0.01,r =0.325,P =0.005 and r =0.344,P =0.004 separately).Conclusion For IMT and AT in MS patients with and without plaques,adventitia participates in vascular remodeling and may be distinguished by high-frequency ultrasound.%目的 应用高频超声定量测定代谢综合征(MS)患者颈动脉血管外膜厚度(AT)变化,分析AT与颈动脉内-中膜厚度(IMT)的相关关系.方法 回顾分析2010年10月-2011年7月川北医学院附属医院代谢综合征患者161例和年龄性别匹配的健康对照组94例,将代谢综合征患者分为斑块组(MS-P,n=70)和无斑块组(MS-NP,n=91),采用高频超声获取颈动脉平均IMT、管壁厚度和AT进行分析比较和相关性评价.结果 MS-P组和MS-NP组患者的平均IMT和管壁厚度均显著高于健康对照组(P<0.05),MS-P组平均AT[(0.77 ±0.13)mm

  14. Carotid artery stenting compared with endarterectomy in patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis (International Carotid Stenting Study) : an interim analysis of a randomised controlled trial

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    Ederle, Joerg; Dobson, Joanna; Featherstone, Roland L.; Bonati, Leo H.; van der Worp, H. Bart; de Borst, Gert J.; Lo, T. Hauw; Gaines, Peter; Dorman, Paul J.; Macdonald, Sumaira; Lyrer, Philippe A.; Hendriks, Johanna M.; McCollum, Charles; Nederkoorn, Paul J.; Brown, Martin M.; Algra, A.; Bamford, J.; Beard, J.; Bland, M.; Bradbury, A. W.; Brown, M. M.; Clifton, A.; Gaines, P.; Hacke, W.; Halliday, A.; Malik, I.; Mas, J. L.; McGuire, A. J.; Sidhu, P.; Venables, G.; Bradbury, A.; Brown, M. M.; Clifton, A.; Gaines, P.; Collins, R.; Molynewc, A.; Naylor, R.; Warlow, C.; Ferro, J. M.; Thomas, D.; Bonati, L. H.; Coward, L.; Dobson, J.; Ederle, J.; Featherstone, R. F.; Tindall, H.; McCabe, D. J. H.; Wallis, A.; Brooks, M.; Chambers, B.; Chan, A.; Chu, P.; Clark, D.; Dewey, H.; Donnan, G.; Fell, G.; Hoare, M.; Molan, M.; Roberts, A.; Roberts, N.; Beiles, B.; Bladin, C.; Clifford, C.; Fell, G.; Grigg, M.; New, G.; Bell, R.; Bower, S.; Chong, W.; Holt, M.; Saunder, A.; Than, P. G.; Gett, S.; Leggett, D.; McGahan, T.; Quinn, J.; Ray, M.; Wong, A.; Woodruff, P.; Foreman, R.; Schultz, D.; Scroop, R.; Stanley, B.; Allard, B.; Atkinson, N.; Cambell, W.; Davies, S.; Field, P.; Milne, P.; Mitchell, P.; Tress, B.; Yan, B.; Beasley, A.; Dunbabin, D.; Stary, D.; Walker, S.; Cras, P.; d'Archambeau, O.; Hendriks, J. M. H.; Van Schil, P.; Bosiers, M.; Deloose, K.; van Buggenhout, E.; De Letter, J.; Devos, V.; Ghekiere, J.; Vanhooren, G.; Astarci, P.; Hammer, F.; Lacroix, V.; Peeters, A.; Verhelst, R.; DeJaegher, L.; Peeters, A.; Verbist, J.; Blair, J-F; Caron, J. 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D.; Rodgers, H.; Rose, J.; Stansby, G.; Wyatt, M.; Baker, T.; Baldwin, N.; Jones, L.; Mitchell, D.; Munro, E.; Thornton, M.; Baker, D.; Davis, N.; Hamilton, G.; McCabe, D.; Platts, A.; Tibballs, J.; Beard, J.; Cleveland, T.; Dodd, D.; Gaines, P.; Lonsdale, R.; Nair, R.; Nassef, A.; Nawaz, S.; Venables, G.; Belli, A.; Clifton, A.; Cloud, G.; Halliday, A.; Markus, H.; McFarland, R.; Morgan, R.; Pereira, A.; Thompson, A.; Chataway, J.; Cheshire, N.; Gibbs, R.; Hammady, M.; Jenkins, M.; Malik, I.; Wolfe, J.; Adiseshiah, M.; Bishop, C.; Brew, S.; Brookes, J.; Brown, M. M.; Jaeger, R.; Kitchen, N.; Ashleigh, R.; Butterfield, S.; Gamble, G. E.; McCollum, C.; Nasim, A.; O'Neill, P.; Wong, J.; Edwards, R. D.; Lees, K. R.; MacKay, A. J.; Moss, J.; Rogers, P.

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    Background Stents are an alternative treatment to carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis, but previous trials have not established equivalent safety and efficacy. We compared the safety of carotid artery stenting with that of carotid endarterectomy. Methods The International Carotid

  15. Carotid revascularization: risks and benefits

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    2014-07-01

    Full Text Available Marlene O'Brien, Ankur Chandra Department of Surgery, Division of Vascular Surgery, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Rochester, NY, USA Abstract: Despite a decline during the recent decades in stroke-related death, the incidence of stroke has remained unchanged or slightly increased, and extracranial carotid artery stenosis is implicated in 20%–30% of all strokes. Medical therapy and risk factor modification are first-line therapies for all patients with carotid occlusive disease. Evidence for the treatment of patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis greater than 70% with either carotid artery stenting (CAS or carotid endarterectomy (CEA is compelling, and several trials have demonstrated a benefit to carotid revascularization in the symptomatic patient population. Asymptomatic carotid stenosis is more controversial, with the largest trials only demonstrating a 1% per year risk stroke reduction with CEA. Although there are sufficient data to advocate for aggressive medical therapy as the primary mode of treatment for asymptomatic carotid stenosis, there are also data to suggest that certain patient populations will benefit from a stroke risk reduction with carotid revascularization. In the United States, consensus and practice guidelines dictate that CEA is reasonable in patients with high-grade asymptomatic stenosis, a reasonable life expectancy, and perioperative risk of less than 3%. Regarding CAS versus CEA, the best-available evidence demonstrates no difference between the two procedures in early perioperative stroke, myocardial infarction, or death, and no difference in 4-year ipsilateral stroke risk. However, because of the higher perioperative risks of stroke in patients undergoing CAS, particularly in symptomatic, female, or elderly patients, it is difficult to recommend CAS over CEA except in populations with prohibitive cardiac risk, previous carotid surgery, or prior neck radiation. Current treatment

  16. Cervical carotid pseudoaneurysm: A carotid artery stenting complication

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    Raso, Jair; Darwich, Rogerio; Ornellas, Carlos; Cariri, Gustavo

    2011-01-01

    Background: As carotid artery stenting becomes increasingly used, more complications are likely to occur. We present a case of Staphylococcus septicemia and pseudoaneurysm arising in the neck portion of the carotid artery after stenting. Case Description: A 51-year-old man was admitted with mild left hemiparesis. CT and MRI showed right hemisphere ischemia. Duplex Scan and MRA showed bilateral severe stenosis of the carotid arteries in the neck. A percutaneous angioplasty with stenting of the...

  17. Carotid chemoreceptor development in mice

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    Shirahata, Machiko; Kostuk, Eric W.; Pichard, Luis E

    2012-01-01

    Mice are the most suitable species for understanding genetic aspects of postnatal developments of the carotid body due to the availability of many inbred strains and knockout mice. Our study has shown that the carotid body grows differentially in different mouse strains, indicating the involvement of genes. However, the small size hampers investigating functional development of the carotid body. Hypoxic and/or hyperoxic ventilatory responses have been investigated in newborn mice, but these r...

  18. Cerebral hyperperfusion following carotid endarterectomy

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    Serial measurements of cerebral blood flow (CBF) were performed in 56 patients before and one to four times after uncomplicated carotid endarterectomy. The findings were related to the ratio between internal carotid artery (ICA) and common carotid artery (CCA) mean pressures. Within the 1st...... ratio suggests a temporary impairment of autoregulation. Special care should be taken to avoid postoperative hypertension in such patients, who typically have preoperative hypoperfusion, to avoid the occurrence of cerebral edema or hemorrhage....

  19. Carotid tomography with ultrasound

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    It seemed desirable to develop an atraumatic method for a good visualization of carotid arteries. This examination should show, at an early stage, atheromatous plaques undetectable by other non-invasive tests, and complete doubtful arteriographies on which small plaques are suspected. Real-time high resolution echotomographies and Doppler blood flow visualization are the most interesting techniques under development in this new field. (orig./VJ)

  20. Carotid stenting versus carotid endarterectomy : Evidence basis and cost implications

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    Janssen, M. P.; de Borst, G. J.; Mali, W. P. Th. M.; Kappelle, L. J.; Moll, F. L.; Ackerstaff, R. G. A.; Rothwell, P. M.; Brown, M. M.; van Sambeek, M. R.; Buskens, E.

    2008-01-01

    Objective: Carotid Angioplasty combined with Stenting (CAS) is increasingly performed because of its presumed benefits. A study was performed to identify key factors that determine the cost-effectiveness as compared to conventional carotid endarterectomy (CEA). Methods: The incremental cost-effectiv

  1. The long term effects of high dose rate brachytherapy on neointimal hyperplasia formation in the rat carotid artery - an update

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    Purpose/Objective: A large number of investigators have begun utilizing radiation modalities in order to prevent or delay neointimal hyperplasia (NIH) formation. Following our initial successful studies looking at single fraction low doses of HDR brachytherapy given immediately after injury, we extended this model to look at the long term effects on the inhibition of NIH in the rat common carotid artery. Materials and Methods: The right common carotid arteries (CCA) of 4-5 month old male Sprague Dawley rats were injured using a 2F balloon catheter. Immediately post-injury, a delivery catheter was sutured alongside the injured artery and the vessel received either 0, 5, or 10 Gy irradiation using an Iridium 192 afterloader. Six months post-treatment, the animals were sacrificed and both the right and left CCA were harvested following perfusion fixation, and processed for light and electron micrography. Specimens were stained with PAS and the intima and media areas were calculated using a computer-assisted digitizing program. Additional immunocytochemical staining was carried out, looking particularly at PDGF. Results: In contrast to our previous findings which were assessed at 3 weeks post-treatment, at the later time point of 6 months post-treatment, there was no significant reduction in intimal area of the radiation-treated balloon-injured animals compared to the balloon-injured alone and the intima: media ratios was the same in both groups (Fig. 1). The lumenal area in both treatment groups was significantly reduced from normal controls (Fig. 2). Immunocytochemical staining for PDGF at 3 weeks demonstrated that there was an immediate (24 hours) release of growth factor from the medial smooth muscle in the balloon-injured animals; there was no similar release in the radiation-treated animals at the 1 day, 1 or 3 week time points. This will now be assessed at the later time points. Higher doses of 15-25 Gy are now being studied since other investigators have shown

  2. Espessamento médio-intimal na origem da artéria subclávia direita como marcador precoce de risco cardiovascular Intima-media thickness in the origin of right subclavian artery as an early marker of cardiovascular risk

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    Carlos Alberto Engelhorn; Ana Luiza Engelhorn; Maria Fernanda Cassou; Cassiana Casagrande Zanoni; Carlos José Gosalan; Emerson Ribas; Adriana Pacholok; Marcela de Fátima Koehler

    2006-01-01

    OBJETIVO: O espessamento médio-intimal (EMI) na artéria carótida comum é considerado fator de risco cardiovascular e marcador de doença arterial coronariana precoce. O objetivo deste trabalho foi investigar a existência de correlação entre o EMI nas artérias carótidas e na origem da artéria subclávia direita, e avaliar o EMI na artéria subclávia como um marcador mais precoce para avaliação de risco cardiovascular. MÉTODOS: Cento e seis pacientes consecutivos, 52 homens e 54 mulheres, com médi...

  3. Contemporary carotid imaging: from degree of stenosis to plaque vulnerability.

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    Brinjikji, Waleed; Huston, John; Rabinstein, Alejandro A; Kim, Gyeong-Moon; Lerman, Amir; Lanzino, Giuseppe

    2016-01-01

    Carotid artery stenosis is a well-established risk factor of ischemic stroke, contributing to up to 10%-20% of strokes or transient ischemic attacks. Many clinical trials over the last 20 years have used measurements of carotid artery stenosis as a means to risk stratify patients. However, with improvements in vascular imaging techniques such as CT angiography and MR angiography, ultrasonography, and PET/CT, it is now possible to risk stratify patients, not just on the degree of carotid artery stenosis but also on how vulnerable the plaque is to rupture, resulting in ischemic stroke. These imaging techniques are ushering in an emerging paradigm shift that allows for risk stratifications based on the presence of imaging features such as intraplaque hemorrhage (IPH), plaque ulceration, plaque neovascularity, fibrous cap thickness, and presence of a lipid-rich necrotic core (LRNC). It is important for the neurosurgeon to be aware of these new imaging techniques that allow for improved patient risk stratification and outcomes. For example, a patient with a low-grade stenosis but an ulcerated plaque may benefit more from a revascularization procedure than a patient with a stable 70% asymptomatic stenosis with a thick fibrous cap. This review summarizes the current state-of-the-art advances in carotid plaque imaging. Currently, MRI is the gold standard in carotid plaque imaging, with its high resolution and high sensitivity for identifying IPH, ulceration, LRNC, and inflammation. However, MRI is limited due to time constraints. CT also allows for high-resolution imaging and can accurately detect ulceration and calcification, but cannot reliably differentiate LRNC from IPH. PET/CT is an effective technique to identify active inflammation within the plaque, but it does not allow for assessment of anatomy, ulceration, IPH, or LRNC. Ultrasonography, with the aid of contrast enhancement, is a cost-effective technique to assess plaque morphology and characteristics, but it is

  4. Low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease in Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background Coronary artery bypass grafting ranks as one of the most frequent operations worldwide. The presence of carotid artery stenosis may increase the stroke rate in the perioperative period. Routine preoperative noninvasive assessment of the carotid arteries are recommended in many institutions to reduce the stroke rate. Methods 271 consecutive patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting at Shaheed Madani hospital of Tabriz, Iran (age, 58.5 Y; 73.1% male underwent preoperative ultrasonography for assessment of carotid artery wall thickness. Results Plaque in right common, left common, right internal and left internal carotid arteries was detected in 4.8%, 7.4%, 43.2% and 42.1% of patients respectively. 5 patients (1.8% had significant ( Conclusion Consecutive Iranian patients undergoing elective coronary artery bypass surgery show a very low prevalence of significant carotid artery disease.

  5. 2型糖尿病患者血清脂联素和hs-CRP水平与颈动脉内中膜厚度的关系%The relationship among serum adiponectin, hs-CRP and IMT of carotid in type 2 diabetic patients

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    周南南; 东燕; 李春梅; 王传霞; 李晓东

    2011-01-01

    目的:探讨2型糖尿病(type 2 diabetes mellitus,T2DM)患者血清脂联素(adiponectin,APN)和超敏C-反应蛋白(high sensitivity C reactive protein,hs-CRP)水平与颈动脉内中膜厚度(intima-media thickness,IMT)的关系.方法:T2DM患者287例,其中男性148例,女性139例.收集相关临床资料,应用酶联免疫法测定空腹血清APN·免疫比浊法定量测定血清hs-CRP,并根据患者的颈动脉超声结果分为两组:IMT正常组和IMT、增厚或斑块组.分析血清ANP和hs-CRP水平与IMT的关系.结果:①IMT正常组与IMT增厚或斑块组相比,IMT增厚或斑块组APN、HDL-C显著降低,而hs-CRP水平显著高于IMT正常组;②以APN为因变量、各指标为自变量进行Pearson相关分析,体重指数(body mass index,BMI)、腰臀比值(waist to hip ratio,WHR)、甘油三酯(triglyceride,TG)、hs-CRP与APN水平呈负相关,高密度脂蛋白胆固醇(high densitylipoprotein-cholesterol,HDL-C)与APN水平呈正相关;③多元逐步回归分析显示血清APN、hs-CRP、HDL-C与糖尿病患者IMT增厚及斑块形成相关.结论:APN可能是T2DM患者动脉粥样硬化(atheroma)的保护因素.%Objective: To investigate the relationship among serum adiponectin, hs-CRP and IMT of carotid in type 2 diabetic patients. Methods:287 cases of type 2 diaberes included 148 males and 139 females. We collected the related clinical data, measured the fasting serum adiponectin by ELISA, by immuno-turbidimetry and measured the level of hs-CRP by finally, type 2 diabetic subjects were divided into two groups depending on the carorid ultrasound results: IMT normal group and IMT thickening or plaque group. The relationship among serum adiponectin, hs-CRP and IMT was analyzed.Results : ① In catEgorical analysis, the mean level of serum adiponectin and HDL-C in IMT thickening or plaque group was significantly lower than that in the other group; ② In pearson correlation analysis, APN as the dependent variable and the index for the

  6. 老年糖尿病患者血糖及糖化血红蛋白与颈动脉粥样硬化斑块的关系%The analysis of the relationships between blood glucose, HbA1 c and carotid artery atherosclerosis in elders with type 2 diabetes

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    郝唯蔚; 赵春华; 党婧

    2011-01-01

    Objective To understand the relationships between blood glucose,HbA1 c and the carotid artery atherosclerotie plaques in elders with type 2 diabetes. Methods A total of 101 male patients with type 2 diabetes aged 60-89 were chosen. The fasting blood glucose, 1hr post-prandial blood glucose and 2hr post-prandial blood glucose and HbA1c were tested in all the patients. The intima-media thickness (IMT) of the common carotid artery, thickness and diameter of the common and the internal carotid artery atherosclerotic plaques were measured by color doppler ultrasonography, the numbers of atherosclerotic plaques, characteristics and locations were also recorded. Results Among 55 patients with P2hBG less than l0mmol/L,12 patients had a score higher than 3 on atherosclerotic plaques, which took up to 21.8%. Of 46 cases run out of the limitation, and there were 21 cases (45.7%) with atherosclerofic plaque score higher than 3, and the difference showed statistical significance with P < 0. 05. Among the 54 patients with HbA1c level less than 6.5%, 11 patients had the scores higher than 3 on atherosclerotic plaques, which took up to 20.4%. However,there were 16 patients with the atherosclerotic plaque scores higher than 3 ,which took up to 45.7% of the 35 patients with HbA1c > 6.5%, and the difference also showed statistical significance with P < 0.05. Logistic regression analysis showed that P2hBG and HbA1 c were independent factors influencing the carotid artery atherosclerotic plaques. Conclusion Increased P2hBG and HbA1 c is associated with the formation of atheroaclerotic plaques in old patients with type 2 diabeties.%目的 了解老年2型糖尿病患者血糖及糖化血红蛋白(HbA1c)与颈动脉粥样硬化斑块严重程度的关系.方法 101例老年2型糖尿病男性患者,测定其空腹、餐后1h、2h血糖及HbA1c.颈动脉测定用彩色多普勒超声诊断仪,检测患者双侧颈总动脉内膜中层厚度(IMT)及颈总动脉、颈内

  7. Age, gender and hypertension as major risk factors in development of subclinical atherosclerosis

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    Ajla Rahimić Ćatić

    2013-04-01

    Full Text Available Introduction: Intima-media thickness (IMT measurement of the common carotid artery (CCA is considered as useful indicator of carotid atherosclerosis. Early detection of atherosclerosis and its associated risk factors is important to prevent stroke and heart diseases. The aim of the present study was to investigate which risk factors are better determinants of subclinical atherosclerosis, measured by common carotidartery intima media thickness (CCA-IMT.Methods: A total of 74 subjects were randomly selected in this cross – sectional study. Information on the patient’s medical history and laboratory fi ndings were obtained from their clinical records. Risk factors relevant to this study were age, gender, cigarette smoking status, diabetes, hypertension and dyslipidemia. Ultrasound scanning of carotid arteries was performed with a 7,5 MHz linear array transducer (GE Voluson730 pro. The highest value of six common carotid artery measurements was taken as the fi nal IMT. Increased CCA-IMT was defi ned when it was > 1 mm.Results: Our data demonstrated higher CCA-IMT values in male patients compared with female patients. Increased CCA-IMT was the most closely related to age (PConclusion: Age, gender and hypertension are the most important risk factors in development of carotid atherosclerosis. Early detection of atherosclerosis among high-risk populations is important in order to prevent stroke and heart diseases, which are leading causes of death worldwide.

  8. Carotid artery stenting compared with endarterectomy in patients with symptomatic carotid stenosis (International Carotid Stenting Study): an interim analysis of a randomised controlled trial.

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    Ederle, Jörg

    2010-03-20

    Stents are an alternative treatment to carotid endarterectomy for symptomatic carotid stenosis, but previous trials have not established equivalent safety and efficacy. We compared the safety of carotid artery stenting with that of carotid endarterectomy.

  9. Determinants of Functional and Structural Properties of Large Arteries in Healthy Individuals

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    Changes in the properties of large arteries correlate with higher cardiovascular risk. Recent guidelines have included the assessment of those properties to detect subclinical disease. Establishing reference values for the assessment methods as well as determinants of the arterial parameters and their correlations in healthy individuals is important to stratify patients. To assess, in healthy adults, the distribution of the values of pulse wave velocity, diameter, intima-media thickness and relative distensibility of the carotid artery, in addition to assessing the demographic and clinical determinants of those parameters and their correlations. This study evaluated 210 individuals (54% women; mean age, 44 ± 13 years) with no evidence of cardiovascular disease. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity was measured with a Complior® device. The functional and structural properties of the carotid artery were assessed by using radiofrequency ultrasound. The means of the following parameters were: pulse wave velocity, 8.7 ± 1.5 m/s; diameter, 6,707.9 ± 861.6 μm; intima-media thickness, 601 ± 131 μm; relative distensibility, 5.3 ± 2.1%. No significant difference related to sex or ethnicity was observed. On multiple linear logistic regression, the factors independently related to the vascular parameters were: pulse wave velocity, to age (p < 0.01) and triglycerides (p = 0.02); intima-media thickness, to age (p < 0.01); diameter, to creatinine (p = 0.03) and age (p = 0.02); relative distensibility, to age (p < 0.01) and systolic and diastolic blood pressures (p = 0.02 and p = 0.01, respectively). Pulse wave velocity showed a positive correlation with intima media thickness (p < 0.01) and with relative distensibility (p < 0.01), while diameter showed a positive correlation with distensibility (p = 0.03). In healthy individuals, age was the major factor related to aortic stiffness, while age and diastolic blood pressure related to the carotid functional measure. The

  10. Determinants of Functional and Structural Properties of Large Arteries in Healthy Individuals

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    Tolezani, Elaine Cristina; Costa-Hong, Valéria, E-mail: hong.valeria@gmail.com; Correia, Gustavo; Mansur, Alfredo José; Drager, Luciano Ferreira; Bortolotto, Luiz Aparecido [Instituto do Coração, Hospital das Clínicas, Faculdade de Medicina, Universidade de São Paulo, São Paulo, SP (Brazil)

    2014-11-15

    Changes in the properties of large arteries correlate with higher cardiovascular risk. Recent guidelines have included the assessment of those properties to detect subclinical disease. Establishing reference values for the assessment methods as well as determinants of the arterial parameters and their correlations in healthy individuals is important to stratify patients. To assess, in healthy adults, the distribution of the values of pulse wave velocity, diameter, intima-media thickness and relative distensibility of the carotid artery, in addition to assessing the demographic and clinical determinants of those parameters and their correlations. This study evaluated 210 individuals (54% women; mean age, 44 ± 13 years) with no evidence of cardiovascular disease. The carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity was measured with a Complior{sup ®} device. The functional and structural properties of the carotid artery were assessed by using radiofrequency ultrasound. The means of the following parameters were: pulse wave velocity, 8.7 ± 1.5 m/s; diameter, 6,707.9 ± 861.6 μm; intima-media thickness, 601 ± 131 μm; relative distensibility, 5.3 ± 2.1%. No significant difference related to sex or ethnicity was observed. On multiple linear logistic regression, the factors independently related to the vascular parameters were: pulse wave velocity, to age (p < 0.01) and triglycerides (p = 0.02); intima-media thickness, to age (p < 0.01); diameter, to creatinine (p = 0.03) and age (p = 0.02); relative distensibility, to age (p < 0.01) and systolic and diastolic blood pressures (p = 0.02 and p = 0.01, respectively). Pulse wave velocity showed a positive correlation with intima media thickness (p < 0.01) and with relative distensibility (p < 0.01), while diameter showed a positive correlation with distensibility (p = 0.03). In healthy individuals, age was the major factor related to aortic stiffness, while age and diastolic blood pressure related to the carotid functional measure

  11. Intracerebral haemorrhage after carotid endarterectomy

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    Schroeder, T; Sillesen, H; Boesen, J;

    1987-01-01

    Among 662 consecutive carotid endarterectomies eight cases of postoperative ipsilateral intracerebral haemorrhage were identified, occurring into brain areas which, preoperatively were without infarction. As blood pressures across the stenosis were routinely measured during surgery, the internal...

  12. Clinical and pathological significance of carotid siphon calcification observed on bone condition of brain CT

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    On plain brain computed tomography (CT), it is difficult to evaluate stenosis of internal carotid artery (ICA) because ICA is surrounded by structures, even though we can observe calcification of carotid siphon in some patients by using bone condition. However the pathologic significance has not been well known. We studied the pathologic significance of carotid siphon calcification observed on bone condition of brain CT. A total of 112 patients who were diagnosed or suspected as cerebrovascular diseases were registered. We classified the calcification into four levels (none, mild, moderate, severe) based on the degree of calcification. Then we compared it with the degree of stenosis of carotid sipho