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  1. Association of impaired endothelial glycocalyx with arterial stiffness, coronary microcirculatory dysfunction, and abnormal myocardial deformation in untreated hypertensives.

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    Ikonomidis, Ignatios; Voumvourakis, Astrinos; Makavos, George; Triantafyllidi, Helen; Pavlidis, George; Katogiannis, Konstantinos; Benas, Dimitris; Vlastos, Dimitris; Trivilou, Paraskevi; Varoudi, Maria; Parissis, John; Iliodromitis, Efstathios; Lekakis, John

    2018-03-02

    We investigated the association of endothelial glycocalyx damage with arterial stiffness, impairment of coronary microcirculatory function, and LV myocardial deformation in 320 untreated hypertensives and 160 controls. We measured perfused boundary region (PBR) of the sublingual microvessels, a marker inversely related with glycocalyx thickness, coronary flow reserve (CFR), and Global Longitudinal strain (GLS) by echocardiography, pulse wave velocity (PWV), and central systolic blood pressure (cSBP). Hypertensives had higher PBR, PWV cSBP, and lower CFR and GLS than controls (P < .05). In hypertensives, increased PBR was associated with increased cSBP, PWV, and decreased CFR and GLS after adjustment for age, sex, BMI, smoking LV mass, heart rate, hyperlipidemia, and office SBP (P < .05). PBR had an additive value to PWV, CFR, and office SBP for the prediction of abnormal GLS (x 2  = 2.4-3.8, P for change = .03). Endothelial glycocalyx is impaired in untreated hypertensives and is related to arterial stiffness, coronary, and myocardial dysfunction. ©2018 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Three-Vessel Assessment of Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction in Patients With Clinical Suspicion of Ischemia: Prospective Observational Study With the Index of Microcirculatory Resistance.

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    Kobayashi, Yuhei; Lee, Joo Myung; Fearon, William F; Lee, Jang Hoon; Nishi, Takeshi; Choi, Dong-Hyun; Zimmermann, Frederik M; Jung, Ji-Hyun; Lee, Hyun-Jung; Doh, Joon-Hyung; Nam, Chang-Wook; Shin, Eun-Seok; Koo, Bon-Kwon

    2017-11-01

    Difficulty directly visualizing the coronary microvasculature as opposed to the epicardial coronary artery makes its assessment challenging. The goal of this study is to measure the index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) in all 3 major coronary vessels to identify the clinical and angiographic predictors of an abnormal IMR. Ninety-three patients who underwent coronary physiological assessment in all 3 major coronary vessels were prospectively enrolled (59.8±9.4 years with 77.4% men). IMR was corrected using Yong's formula and coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) was defined using vessel-specific cutoffs. A global IMR was calculated as the sum of the IMR in all 3 major epicardial vessels. Angiographic epicardial disease severity was assessed with vessel-specific and overall SYNTAX score. Median IMR and fractional flow reserve was 17.2 (Q1-Q3: 13.3-22.9) and 0.92 (0.85-0.97). The majority of patients (59.1%) had no CMD, 23.7% had 1-vessel CMD, 14.0% had 2-vessel CMD, and 3.2% had 3-vessel CMD. CMD was observed at a similar rate in the territories supplied by all 3 major coronary vessels (left anterior descending coronary artery 28.0%, left circumflex artery 19.4%, and right coronary artery 23.7%; P =0.39). Fractional flow reserve had a weak, positive correlation with IMR (ρ=0.16; P CMD. URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT01621438. © 2017 American Heart Association, Inc.

  3. Post-resuscitation myocardial microcirculatory dysfunction is ameliorated with eptifibatide.

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    Kern, Karl B; Sasaoka, Taro; Higashi, Haruhiko; Hilwig, Ronald W; Berg, Robert A; Zuercher, Mathias

    2011-01-01

    The post-cardiac arrest syndrome includes a decline in myocardial microcirculation function. Inhibition of the platelet IIb/IIIa glycoprotein receptor has improved myocardial microvascular function post-percutaneous coronary intervention. Therefore, we evaluated such inhibition with eptifibatide for its effect on myocardial microcirculation function post-cardiac arrest and resuscitation. Four groups of swine were studied in a prospective, randomized, blinded, placebo-controlled protocol including; eptifibatide administered during CPR (Group 1, n=5), after resuscitation (Group 2, n=4), during and after resuscitation (Group 3, n=5), or placebo (Group 4, n=10). CPR was initiated following 12min of untreated VF. Those successfully resuscitated were studied during a 4-h post-resuscitation period. Coronary flow reserve, a measure of microcirculation function (in the absence of coronary obstruction), as well as parameters of left ventricular systolic and diastolic function, were measured pre-arrest and serially post-resuscitation. Coronary flow reserve was preserved during the post-resuscitation period, indicating normal microcirculatory function in the eptifibatide-treated animals, but not in the placebo-treated group. However, LV function declined equally in both groups during the first 4h after cardiac arrest. Inhibition of platelet IIb/IIIa glycoprotein receptors with eptifibatide post-resuscitation prevented myocardial microcirculation dysfunction. Left ventricular dysfunction post-resuscitation was not improved with eptifibatide, and perhaps transiently worse at 30min post-resuscitation. Post-cardiac arrest ventricular dysfunction may require a multi-modality treatment strategy for successful prevention or amelioration. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  4. MICROCIRCULATORY ISCHEMIA AND STATINS: LESSONS OF INTERVENTION CARDIOLOGY

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    An. A. Alexandrov

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available Review is devoted to the pathogenesis of microcirculatory ischemia. Microcirculatory dysfunction has been identified in different groups of patients including syndrome X, diabetes mellitus 2 type, coronary heart disease. In coronary patients after transluminal angioplasty microcirculatory dysfunction is the reason of phenomenon of “non-reflow”. In result the procedure of revascularization is less effective. Therapy by statins can be beneficial for patients with microcirculatory ischemia.

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

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

    2016-12-22

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

  6. Influence of the amount of myocardium subtended to a coronary stenosis on the index of microcirculatory resistance. Implications for the invasive assessment of microcirculatory function in ischaemic heart disease

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    Echavarría-Pinto, Mauro; van de Hoef, Tim P.; Nijjer, Sukhjinder; Gonzalo, Nieves; Nombela-Franco, Luis; Ibañez, Borja; Sen, Sayan; Petraco, Ricardo; Jimenez-Quevedo, Pilar; Nuñez-Gil, Ivan J.; Cerrato, Enrico; Salinas, Pablo; Quirós, Alicia; Garcia-Garcia, Hector M.; Fernandez-Ortiz, Antonio; Macaya, Carlos; Davies, Justin; Piek, Jan; Escaned, Javier

    2017-01-01

    Aims: The index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) is increasingly used to quantify microcirculatory function. However, in normal coronary arteries, resistance increases with the branching structure of the coronary tree, which suggests that IMR could be influenced by the amount of downstream

  7. Coronary microcirculatory pathophysiology: can we afford it to remain a black box?

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    Reglin, Bettina

    2017-01-01

    Abstract Coronary microvascular networks play the key role in determining blood flow distribution in the heart. Matching local blood supply to tissue metabolic demand entails continuous adaptation of coronary vessels via regulation of smooth muscle tone and structural dilated vessel diameter. The importance of coronary microcirculation for relevant pathological conditions including angina in patients with normal or near-normal coronary angiograms [microvascular angina (MVA)] and heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is increasingly recognized. For MVA, clinical studies have shown a prevalence of up to 40% in patients with suspected coronary artery disease and a relevant impact on adverse cardiovascular events including cardiac death, stroke, and heart failure. Despite a continuously increasing number of corresponding clinical studies, the knowledge on pathophysiological cause–effect relations involving coronary microcirculation is, however, still very limited. A number of pathophysiological hypotheses for MVA and HFpEF have been suggested but are not established to a degree, which would allow definition of nosological entities, stratification of affected patients, or development of effective therapeutic strategies. This may be related to a steep decline in experimental (animal) pathophysiological studies in this area during the last 15 years. Since technology to experimentally investigate microvascular pathophysiology in the beating heart is increasingly, in principle, available, a concerted effort to build ‘coronary microcirculatory observatories’ to close this gap and to accelerate clinical progress in this area is suggested. PMID:26843279

  8. A study of muscle tissue oxygenation and peripheral microcirculatory dysfunction in cirrhosis using near infrared spectroscopy.

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    Thomson, Sam J; Cowan, Matthew L; Forton, Daniel M; Clark, Sarah J; Musa, Saif; Grounds, Michael; Rahman, Tony M

    2010-03-01

    The circulatory dysfunction associated with cirrhosis is well described. Reduced systemic vascular resistance and high cardiac output are the main features of the hyperdynamic state, but involvement of the peripheral microcirculation in this process is poorly understood. Near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) has been used to assess muscle tissue oxygenation (StO(2)) in haemorrhagic and septic shock. Vascular occlusion testing (VOT) can produce dynamic changes in StO(2) which represent tissue oxygen extraction, delivery, and hence, surrogate markers of microvascular function. We aimed to investigate dynamic StO(2) changes in the peripheral microcirculation of patients with cirrhosis. Thirty-five subjects were examined (25 cirrhosis, 10 healthy volunteers) with an InSpectra 650 StO(2) monitor and 15 mm thenar probe. Brachial VOT was applied at systolic blood pressure +50 mmHg for 3 min, in triplicate. Dynamic StO(2) parameters are reported for baseline, downslope, upslope, area over ischaemic curve, overshoot, area under recovery curve and recovery time. Patients with cirrhosis demonstrated significantly larger post-occlusive hyperaemic variables compared with volunteers: overshoot (17 vs 15%, P=0.009), area under recovery curve (25.1 vs 16.3 %/min, P<0.001) and recovery time (3.0 vs 2.2 min, P<0.001). Magnitude of change was also seen to increase with disease stage as defined by Child-Pugh score. Serial VOT revealed microcirculatory ischaemic adaptation in volunteers, which was absent in cirrhosis. NIRS can identify dynamic changes in muscle tissue oxygenation in cirrhosis which are compatible with microcirculatory vasodilatation. Ischaemic adaptation was seen in controls but not in patients with cirrhosis. NIRS techniques offer a novel approach to the assessment of peripheral vascular dysfunction in cirrhosis.

  9. Invasive assessment of coronary microvascular dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy: the index of microvascular resistance

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    Gutiérrez-Barrios, Alejandro, E-mail: aleklos@hotmail.com [Cardiology Department, Jerez Hospital, Jerez (Spain); Camacho-Jurado, Francisco [Cardiology Department, Punta Europa Hospital, Algeciras (Spain); Díaz-Retamino, Enrique; Gamaza-Chulián, Sergio; Agarrado-Luna, Antonio; Oneto-Otero, Jesús; Del Rio-Lechuga, Ana; Benezet-Mazuecos, Javier [Cardiology Department, Jerez Hospital, Jerez (Spain)

    2015-10-15

    Summary: We present a review of microvascular dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and an interesting case of a symptomatic familial HCM patient with inducible ischemia by single photon emission computed tomography. Coronary angiography revealed normal epicardial arteries. Pressure wire measurements of fractional flow reserve (FFR), coronary flow reserve (CFR) and index of microvascular resistance (IMR) demonstrated a significant microcirculatory dysfunction. This is the first such case that documents this abnormality invasively using the IMR. The measurement of IMR, a novel marker of microcirculatory dysfunction, provides novel insights into the pathophysiology of this condition. - Highlights: • Microvascular dysfunction is a common feature in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and represents a strong predictor of unfavorable outcome and cardiovascular mortality. • The index of microvascular resistance (IMR) is a new method for invasively assessing the state of the coronary microcirculation using a single pressure-temperature sensor-tipped coronary wire. • However assessment of IMR in HCM has not been previously reported. We report a case in which microvascular dysfunction is assessed by IMR. This index may be useful in future researches of HCM.

  10. Coronary microvascular dysfunction equivalent to left main coronary artery disease.

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    Panç, Cafer; Kocaağa, Mehmet; Erdoğan, Onur; Sarıkaya, Remzi; Umman, Sabahattin

    2017-04-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction, also known as cardiac syndrome X, is a clinical syndrome presenting with typical angina and evidence of myocardial ischemia in the absence of flow-limiting stenosis on coronary angiography. Of patients undergoing coronary angiography due to suspected myocardial ischemia, 50% are found to have normal or near-normal coronary arteries. Described in this case report is a patient who developed hypotension and ST segment depressions during treadmill exercise test. Left main coronary artery or multivessel disease was suspected. Coronary angiography was normal, but coronary flow reserve measurement revealed severe microvascular dysfunction.

  11. Cardiac Autonomic Function Is Associated With the Coronary Microcirculatory Function in Patients With Type 2 Diabetes

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    von Scholten, Bernt Johan; Hansen, Christian Stevns; Hasbak, Philip

    2016-01-01

    ). In a cross-sectional design, coronary flow reserve (CFR) assessed by cardiac (82)Rb-positron emission tomography/computed tomography, cardiac autonomic reflex tests, and heart rate variability indices were performed in 55 patients with T2DM, without cardiovascular disease, and in 28 control subjects. Cardiac......Cardiac autonomic dysfunction and cardiac microvascular dysfunction are diabetic complications associated with increased mortality, but the association between these has been difficult to assess. We applied new and sensitive methods to assess this in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM....... The late heart-to- mediastinum ratio remained correlated with CFR after further adjustment. In patients with T2DM without cardiovascular disease, we demonstrate an independent association between cardiac autonomic function and CFR. We suggest that a reduced cardiac autonomic function and damage...

  12. Mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions and translocation of indigenous bacteria in a rat model of strangulated small bowel obstruction

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    Fernando Luiz Zanoni

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available PRUPOSE: Bacterial translocation has been shown to occur in critically ill patients after extensive trauma, shock, sepsis, or thermal injury. The present study investigates mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions, the bacterial translocation phenomenon, and hemodynamic/metabolic disturbances in a rat model of intestinal obstruction and ischemia. METHODS: Anesthetized (pentobarbital 50 mg/kg, i.p. male Wistar rats (250-350 g were submitted to intestinal obstruction or laparotomy without intestinal obstruction (Sham and were evaluated 24 hours later. Bacterial translocation was assessed by bacterial culture of the mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN, liver, spleen, and blood. Leukocyte-endothelial interactions in the mesenteric microcirculation were assessed by intravital microscopy, and P-selectin and intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM-1 expressions were quantified by immunohistochemistry. Hematocrit, blood gases, lactate, glucose, white blood cells, serum urea, creatinine, bilirubin, and hepatic enzymes were measured. RESULTS: About 86% of intestinal obstruction rats presented positive cultures for E. coli in samples of the mesenteric lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and 57% had positive hemocultures. In comparison to the Sham rats, intestinal obstruction induced neutrophilia and increased the number of rolling (~2-fold, adherent (~5-fold, and migrated leukocytes (~11-fold; this increase was accompanied by an increased expression of P-selectin (~2-fold and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (~2-fold in the mesenteric microcirculation. Intestinal obstruction rats exhibited decreased PaCO2, alkalosis, hyperlactatemia, and hyperglycemia, and increased blood potassium, hepatic enzyme activity, serum urea, creatinine, and bilirubin. A high mortality rate was observed after intestinal obstruction (83% at 72 h vs. 0% in Sham rats. CONCLUSION: Intestinal obstruction and ischemia in rats is a relevant model for the in vivo study of mesenteric microcirculatory

  13. Mesenteric Microcirculatory Dysfunctions and Translocation of Indigenous Bacteria in a Rat Model of Strangulated Small Bowel Obstruction

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    Zanoni, Fernando Luiz; Benabou, Simon; Greco, Karin Vicente; Moreno, Ana Carolina Ramos; Cruz, José Walber Miranda Costa; Filgueira, Fernando Paranaiba; Martinez, Marina Baquerizo; de Figueiredo, Luiz Francisco Poli; Silva, Maurício Rocha e; Sannomiya, Paulina

    2009-01-01

    PRUPOSE Bacterial translocation has been shown to occur in critically ill patients after extensive trauma, shock, sepsis, or thermal injury. The present study investigates mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions, the bacterial translocation phenomenon, and hemodynamic/metabolic disturbances in a rat model of intestinal obstruction and ischemia. METHODS Anesthetized (pentobarbital 50 mg/kg, i.p.) male Wistar rats (250–350 g) were submitted to intestinal obstruction or laparotomy without intestinal obstruction (Sham) and were evaluated 24 hours later. Bacterial translocation was assessed by bacterial culture of the mesenteric lymph nodes (MLN), liver, spleen, and blood. Leukocyte-endothelial interactions in the mesenteric microcirculation were assessed by intravital microscopy, and P-selectin and intercellular adhesion molecule (ICAM)-1 expressions were quantified by immunohistochemistry. Hematocrit, blood gases, lactate, glucose, white blood cells, serum urea, creatinine, bilirubin, and hepatic enzymes were measured. RESULTS About 86% of intestinal obstruction rats presented positive cultures for E. coli in samples of the mesenteric lymph nodes, liver, and spleen, and 57% had positive hemocultures. In comparison to the Sham rats, intestinal obstruction induced neutrophilia and increased the number of rolling (~2-fold), adherent (~5-fold), and migrated leukocytes (~11-fold); this increase was accompanied by an increased expression of P-selectin (~2-fold) and intercellular adhesion molecule-1 (~2-fold) in the mesenteric microcirculation. Intestinal obstruction rats exhibited decreased PaCO2, alkalosis, hyperlactatemia, and hyperglycemia, and increased blood potassium, hepatic enzyme activity, serum urea, creatinine, and bilirubin. A high mortality rate was observed after intestinal obstruction (83% at 72 h vs. 0% in Sham rats). CONCLUSION Intestinal obstruction and ischemia in rats is a relevant model for the in vivo study of mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunction

  14. Pharmacological approaches to coronary microvascular dysfunction.

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    Guarini, Giacinta; Huqi, Alda; Morrone, Doralisa; Capozza, Paola; Todiere, Giancarlo; Marzilli, Mario

    2014-12-01

    In recent decades coronary microvascular dysfunction has been increasingly identified as a relevant contributor to several cardiovascular conditions. Indeed, coronary microvascular abnormalities have been recognized in patients suffering acute myocardial infarction, chronic stable angina and cardiomyopathies, and also in patients with hypertension, obesity and diabetes. In this review, we will examine pathophysiological information needed to understand pharmacological approaches to coronary microvascular dysfunction in these different clinical contexts. Well-established drugs and new pharmacological agents, including those for which only preclinical data are available, will be covered in detail. Copyright © 2014. Published by Elsevier Inc.

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

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

    2015-09-01

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

  16. Hypertonic saline solution reduces mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions and bacterial translocation in a rat model of strangulated small bowel obstruction.

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    Luiz Zanoni, Fernando; Costa Cruz, José Walber Miranda; Martins, Joilson Oliveira; Benabou, Simon; Vicente Greco, Karin; Ramos Moreno, Ana Carolina; Baquerizo Martinez, Marina; Ferraro Calderaro, Franco; Rocha e Silva, Mauricio; Sannomiya, Paulina

    2013-07-01

    suggest that HS solution followed by enterectomy reduces mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions and BT, attenuating local and remote damage in a model of strangulated small bowel obstruction.

  17. Obstructive sleep apnoea: from respiratory events to coronary microvascular dysfunction.

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    Morra, Sofia; Roubille, François

    2017-10-09

    Obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is an emerging and independent risk factor for cardiovascular diseases; coronary artery disease (CAD) is higher in OSA patients, even in the absence of other traditional cardiovascular risk factors. There is little evidence to show abnormalities in coronary blood flow (CBF) and disorders in coronary vascular resistance (CVR), occurring during the obstructive respiratory event, suggesting coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) as a potential mechanism of ischaemic heart disease (IHD) OSA-as a related consequence.

  18. Microvascular endothelial dysfunction predicts the development of erectile dysfunction in men with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses

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    Reriani, M; Flammer, A. J.; Li, J; M. Prasad; Rihal, C; Prasad, A.; Lennon, R; Lerman, L.O.; Lerman, A

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and all-cause mortality, independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors. Coronary endothelial dysfunction is independently associated with ED in men with early coronary atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate whether coronary microvascular dysfunction predicts development of ED in patients presenting with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses. PATIENTS AND METH...

  19. Coronary microvascular dysfunction: sex-specific risk, diagnosis, and therapy.

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    Dean, Jenna; Cruz, Sherwin Dela; Mehta, Puja K; Merz, C Noel Bairey

    2015-07-01

    Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death worldwide. In the presence of signs and symptoms of myocardial ischaemia, women are more likely than men to have no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Women have a greater burden of symptoms than men, and are often falsely reassured despite the presence of ischaemic heart disease because of a lack of obstructive CAD. Coronary microvascular dysfunction should be considered as an aetiology for ischaemic heart disease with signs and symptoms of myocardial ischaemia, but no obstructive CAD. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is defined as impaired coronary flow reserve owing to functional and/or structural abnormalities of the microcirculation, and is associated with an adverse cardiovascular prognosis. Therapeutic lifestyle changes as well as antiatherosclerotic and antianginal medications might be beneficial, but clinical outcome trials are needed to guide treatment. In this Review, we discuss the prevalence, presentation, diagnosis, and treatment of coronary microvascular dysfunction, with a particular emphasis on ischaemic heart disease in women.

  20. Coronary microvascular dysfunction after long-term diabetes and hypercholesterolemia

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    Sorop, Oana; Heuvel, van den Mieke; Ditzhuijzen, van Nienke S.; Beer, de Vincent J.; Heinonen, Ilkka; Duin, van Richard W.B.; Zhou, Zhichao; Koopmans, Sietse J.; Merkus, Daphne; Giessen, van der Wim J.

    2016-01-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) has been proposed as an important component of diabetes mellitus (DM)-and hypercholesterolemia-associated coronary artery disease (CAD). Previously we observed that 2.5 mo of DM and high-fat diet (HFD) in swine blunted brady-kinin (BK)-induced vasodilation

  1. Doppler Versus Thermodilution-Derived Coronary Microvascular Resistance to Predict Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction in Patients With Acute Myocardial Infarction or Stable Angina Pectoris.

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    Williams, Rupert P; de Waard, Guus A; De Silva, Kalpa; Lumley, Matthew; Asrress, Kaleab; Arri, Satpal; Ellis, Howard; Mir, Awais; Clapp, Brian; Chiribiri, Amedeo; Plein, Sven; Teunissen, Paul F; Hollander, Maurits R; Marber, Michael; Redwood, Simon; van Royen, Niels; Perera, Divaka

    2017-10-10

    Coronary microvascular resistance is increasingly measured as a predictor of clinical outcomes, but there is no accepted gold-standard measurement. We compared the diagnostic accuracy of 2 invasive indices of microvascular resistance, Doppler-derived hyperemic microvascular resistance (hMR) and thermodilution-derived index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR), at predicting microvascular dysfunction. A total of 54 patients (61 ± 10 years) who underwent cardiac catheterization for stable coronary artery disease (n = 10) or acute myocardial infarction (n = 44) had simultaneous intracoronary pressure, Doppler flow velocity and thermodilution flow data acquired from 74 unobstructed vessels, at rest and during hyperemia. Three independent measurements of microvascular function were assessed, using predefined dichotomous thresholds: (1) coronary flow reserve (CFR), the average value of Doppler- and thermodilution-derived CFR; (2) cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) derived myocardial perfusion reserve index; and (3) CMR-derived microvascular obstruction. hMR correlated with IMR (rho = 0.41, p microvascular obstruction were 0.83 and 0.72, respectively (p = 0.22, sensitivity and specificity 78% and 74% vs 44% and 91%). We conclude that these 2 invasive indices of coronary microvascular resistance only correlate modestly and so cannot be considered equivalent. In our study, the correlation between independent invasive and noninvasive measurements of microvascular function was better with hMR than with IMR. Copyright © 2017 The Authors. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  2. [Coronary microvascular dysfunction : Clinical aspects, diagnosis and therapy].

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    Ong, P; Sechtem, U

    2016-06-01

    Just as in epicardial coronary stenosis, coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) also leads to an imbalance of myocardial oxygen supply and demand. The dysfunction is located at the level of the coronary microcirculation with vessel diameters CMD is found in patients who have symptoms of angina pectoris but no obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease or myocardial disease. The CMD can be diagnosed using non-invasive procedures, such as the combination of coronary computed tomography (CT) angiography and cardiac stress magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) or coronary CT and positron emission tomography (PET). In addition, invasive coronary vasomotor assessment is also suitable. Very little evidence is available regarding the effectiveness of pharmacological treatment of CMD. The current European Society of Cardiology (ESC) guidelines on the management of stable coronary artery disease from 2013 recommend using acetylsalicylic acid (ASS) and a statin as well as beta blockers and/or calcium channel blockers. Patients with CMD have an elevated risk for coronary events and death of approximately 1.7 % per year. Moreover, there is an increased morbidity with frequent presentations in practices and emergency admissions. Clinical research efforts should aim at a better characterization of the underlying mechanisms of CMD in order to develop targeted treatment approaches.

  3. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in women: an overview of diagnostic strategies

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    Kuruvilla, Sujith; Kramer, Christopher M

    2014-01-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) also known as syndrome X, is characterized by typical anginal symptoms, evidence of myocardial ischemia on non-invasive testing and normal to minimal coronary disease on coronary angiography. It has a female preponderance and has been detected in up to 50% of women presenting with chest pain symptoms. Definitive diagnosis of CMD is critical as recent evidence suggests that women with this condition are at increased risk of cardiovascular events in the future. Invasive coronary reactivity testing on coronary angiography is considered to be the ‘gold standard’ for diagnosis of CMD. Non-invasive imaging techniques such as PET and cardiac magnetic resonance hold promise for detection of CMD in the future. PMID:24160578

  4. Microvascular coronary dysfunction in women: pathophysiology, diagnosis, and management.

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    Kothawade, Kamlesh; Bairey Merz, C Noel

    2011-08-01

    Women exhibit a greater symptom burden, more functional disability, and a higher prevalence of no obstructive coronary artery disease compared to men when evaluated for signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia. Microvascular coronary dysfunction (MCD), defined as limited coronary flow reserve and/or coronary endothelial dysfunction, is the predominant etiologic mechanism of ischemia in women with the triad of persistent chest pain, no obstructive coronary artery disease, and ischemia evidenced by stress testing. Evidence shows that approximately 50% of these patients have physiological evidence of MCD. MCD is associated with a 2.5% annual major adverse event rate that includes death, nonfatal myocardial infarction, nonfatal stroke, and congestive heart failure. Although tests such as adenosine stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging may be a useful noninvasive method to predict subendocardial ischemia, the gold standard test to diagnose MCD is an invasive coronary reactivity testing. Early identification of MCD by coronary reactivity testing may be beneficial in prognostication and stratifying these patients for optimal medical therapy. Currently, understanding of MCD pathophysiology can be used to guide diagnosis and therapy. Continued research in MCD is needed to further advance our understanding. Copyright © 2011 Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  5. Microvascular Coronary Dysfunction in Women- Pathophysiology, Diagnosis, and Management

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    Kothawade, Kamlesh; Merz, C. Noel Bairey

    2011-01-01

    Women exhibit a greater symptom burden, more functional disability, and a higher prevalence of no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) compared to men when evaluated for signs and symptoms of myocardial ischemia. Microvascular Coronary Dysfunction (MCD) defined as limited coronary flow reserve (CFR) and/or coronary endothelial dysfunction is the predominant etiological mechanism of ischemia in women with the triad of persistent chest pain, no obstructive CAD, and ischemia evidenced by stress testing. Evidence shows that approximately 50% of these patients have physiologic evidence of MCD. MCD is associated with a 2.5% annual major adverse event rate that includes death, nonfatal MI, nonfatal stroke and congestive heart failure. Although tests such as adenosine stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) may be a useful non-invasive method to predict subendocardial ischemia, the gold standard test to diagnose MCD is an invasive Coronary Reactivity Testing (CRT). Early identification of MCD by CRT may be beneficial in prognostication and stratifying these patients for optimal medical therapy. Currently, understanding of MCD pathophysiology can be used to guide diagnosis and therapy. Continued research in MCD is needed to further advance our understanding. PMID:21723447

  6. Endothelial dysfunction and smoking factor in patients with coronary heart disease while testing the radial artery prior to coronary bypass surgery

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    O. V. Kamenskaya

    2015-10-01

    Full Text Available Patients (111 males with coronary heart disease (CHD and angina, II-III functional class, accompanied by arterial hypertension (AH, I-III degree, in 77 % of cases (mean age was 62.00.76 years were examined prior to coronary bypass surgery. The patients were divided into two groups: group 1 consisted of 56 nonsmoking patients (112 upper extremities and group 2 - 55 smoking patients (110 upper extremities with the experience of smoking being 331.6 years on average. The thumb of both the right and left hand was tested for peripheral microcirculatory blood flow (MBF by using a laser-Doppler flowmetry method (LDF. This quantitative method was developed at our clinic to assess the adequacy of collateral circulation in the hand. The method compares MBF provided by the ulnar artery, with the radial artery occluded, with the background level. Some features of various clinical parameters in the group of smokers suffering from coronary artery disease were analyzed in comparison with those of non-smokers. Significant differences were found in the indicators of lipid profile: increased levels of total cholesterol and low-density lipoprotein (LDL against the background of low high-density lipoprotein (HDL in the group of smoking patients. We found out that the smokers had to apply for surgical treatment by 7 years (on average earlier; they had a significantly greater number of heart attacks and showed the lowest body mass index (BMI. The LDF test helped to establish that smoking in patients with CHD enhances the endothelial dysfunction, while significantly reducing the reactivity of the microvascular bed under the influence of hyperemic stimulus. Sampling the radial artery for coronary artery bypass grafting in smokers tended to give negative results.

  7. Microvascular coronary artery spasm presents distinctive clinical features with endothelial dysfunction as nonobstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Ohba, Keisuke; Sugiyama, Seigo; Sumida, Hitoshi; Nozaki, Toshimitsu; Matsubara, Junichi; Matsuzawa, Yasushi; Konishi, Masaaki; Akiyama, Eiichi; Kurokawa, Hirofumi; Maeda, Hirofumi; Sugamura, Koichi; Nagayoshi, Yasuhiro; Morihisa, Kenji; Sakamoto, Kenji; Tsujita, Kenichi; Yamamoto, Eiichiro; Yamamuro, Megumi; Kojima, Sunao; Kaikita, Koichi; Tayama, Shinji; Hokimoto, Seiji; Matsui, Kunihiko; Sakamoto, Tomohiro; Ogawa, Hisao

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    distinctive clinical features and endothelial dysfunction that are important to recognize as nonobstructive coronary artery disease so that optimal care with calcium channel blockers can be provided. URL: www.umin.ac.jp/ctr. Unique identifier: UMIN000003839.

  8. Hypothyroidism Is Associated With Coronary Endothelial Dysfunction in Women.

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    Sara, Jaskanwal D; Zhang, Ming; Gharib, Hossein; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2015-07-29

    Hypothyroidism is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease, beyond that which can be explained by its association with conventional cardiovascular risk factors. Coronary endothelial dysfunction precedes atherosclerosis, has been linked to adverse cardiovascular events, and may account for some of the increased risk in patients with hypothyroidism. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an association between epicardial and microvascular coronary endothelial dysfunction and hypothyroidism. In 1388 patients (mean age 50.5 [12.3] years, 34% male) presenting with stable chest pain to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN for diagnostic coronary angiography, and who were found to have nonobstructive coronary artery disease (hypothyroidism, defined as a documented history of hypothyroidism or a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) >10.0 mU/mL, n=188, and euthyroidism, defined as an absence of a history of hypothyroidism in the clinical record and/or 0.3hypothyroidism had a significantly lower % Δ CBF Ach (48.26 [80.66] versus 64.58 [128.30]) compared to patients with euthyroidism, while the % Δ CAD Ach did not vary significantly between groups. After adjusting for covariates, females with hypothyroidism still had a significantly lower % Δ CBF Ach (estimated difference in % Δ CBF Ach [SE]: -16.79 [8.18]). Hypothyroidism in women is associated with microvascular endothelial dysfunction, even after adjusting for confounders, and may explain some of the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients. © 2015 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  9. Hypothyroidism Is Associated With Coronary Endothelial Dysfunction in Women

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    Sara, Jaskanwal D; Zhang, Ming; Gharib, Hossein; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2015-01-01

    Background Hypothyroidism is associated with an increased risk of coronary artery disease, beyond that which can be explained by its association with conventional cardiovascular risk factors. Coronary endothelial dysfunction precedes atherosclerosis, has been linked to adverse cardiovascular events, and may account for some of the increased risk in patients with hypothyroidism. The aim of this study was to determine whether there is an association between epicardial and microvascular coronary endothelial dysfunction and hypothyroidism. Methods and Results In 1388 patients (mean age 50.5 [12.3] years, 34% male) presenting with stable chest pain to Mayo Clinic, Rochester, MN for diagnostic coronary angiography, and who were found to have nonobstructive coronary artery disease (hypothyroidism, defined as a documented history of hypothyroidism or a thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) >10.0 mU/mL, n=188, and euthyroidism, defined as an absence of a history of hypothyroidism in the clinical record and/or 0.3hypothyroidism had a significantly lower % Δ CBF Ach (48.26 [80.66] versus 64.58 [128.30]) compared to patients with euthyroidism, while the % Δ CAD Ach did not vary significantly between groups. After adjusting for covariates, females with hypothyroidism still had a significantly lower % Δ CBF Ach (estimated difference in % Δ CBF Ach [SE]: −16.79 [8.18]). Conclusions Hypothyroidism in women is associated with microvascular endothelial dysfunction, even after adjusting for confounders, and may explain some of the increased risk of cardiovascular disease in these patients. PMID:26224049

  10. Microvascular endothelial dysfunction predicts the development of erectile dysfunction in men with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses.

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    Reriani, Martin; Flammer, Andreas J; Li, Jing; Prasad, Megha; Rihal, Charanjit; Prasad, Abhiram; Lennon, Ryan; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2014-11-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease, stroke, and all-cause mortality, independent of conventional cardiovascular risk factors. Coronary endothelial dysfunction is independently associated with ED in men with early coronary atherosclerosis. We aimed to investigate whether coronary microvascular dysfunction predicts development of ED in patients presenting with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses. Coronary microvascular function was evaluated in 130 men with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses by administration of intracoronary acetylcholine at the time of diagnostic study. After a mean follow-up of 8.4 years, patients were assessed for the development of ED by administration of a questionnaire. In all, 68 (50%) men had microvascular endothelial dysfunction at baseline; 35 (51%) men with microvascular endothelial dysfunction developed ED on follow-up compared with 19 (31%) men without microvascular endothelial dysfunction. Men who developed ED had a lower coronary blood flow response (% [INCREMENT]CBF) compared with men who did not develop ED, with mean±SD of 25.4±71.3 versus 81.7±120 (P=0.003). In univariate analysis, microvascular endothelial dysfunction was a predictor for the development of ED, with relative risk of 2.4 (1.2-4.9) (P=0.016). In multivariate logistic regression adjusting for traditional cardiovascular risk factors (age, hypertension, hyperlipidemia, diabetes, vascular disease, and family history of coronary artery disease), only microvascular endothelial dysfunction (P=0.027) and age (P=0.044) remained significant predictors of development of ED. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is a predictor of the development of ED in men with coronary atherosclerosis without critical stenoses. This study underscores the systemic involvement of the endothelial function in vascular disease.

  11. Systemic inflammation is related to coronary microvascular dysfunction in obese patients without obstructive coronary disease.

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    Tona, F; Serra, R; Di Ascenzo, L; Osto, E; Scarda, A; Fabris, R; Montisci, R; Famoso, G; Tellatin, S; Foletto, M; Giovagnoni, A; Iliceto, S; Vettor, R

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    Obesity, systemic inflammation and changes in the heart functions are associated with increased cardiovascular risk. This study aimed to investigate coronary microvascular dysfunction as an early marker of atherosclerosis in obese patients without any evidence of cardiovascular disease. 86 obese subjects (aged 44 ± 12 years, body mass index (BMI) 41 ± 8 kg m(-2)), without evidence of heart disease, and 48 lean controls were studied using transthoracic Doppler echocardiography for detecting coronary flow reserve (CFR). A value of CFR ≤ 2.5 was considered abnormal. We measured interleukin-6 (IL-6), tumour necrosis factor-α (TNF-α) and adiponectin in all patients. Patients with abnormal CFR underwent coronary multislice computed tomography (MSCT) in order to exclude an epicardial stenosis. CFR in obese subjects was lower than in lean subjects (3.2 ± 0.8 vs. 3.7 ± 0.7, p = 0.02) and was abnormal in 27 (31%) obese patients and in one (2%) control (p coronary stenosis at MSCT. At multivariable analysis, IL-6 and TNF-α were the only determinants of CFR (p disease, suggesting a coronary microvascular impairment. This microvascular dysfunction seems to be related to a chronic inflammation mediated by adipocytokines. Our findings may explain the increased cardiovascular risk in obesity, independently of BMI. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  12. Coronary microvascular dysfunction, microvascular angina, and treatment strategies.

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    Marinescu, Mark A; Löffler, Adrián I; Ouellette, Michelle; Smith, Lavone; Kramer, Christopher M; Bourque, Jamieson M

    2015-02-01

    Angina without coronary artery disease (CAD) has substantial morbidity and is present in 10% to 30% of patients undergoing angiography. Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is present in 50% to 65% of these patients. The optimal treatment of this cohort is undefined. We performed a systematic review to evaluate treatment strategies for objectively-defined CMD in the absence of CAD. We included studies assessing therapy in human subjects with angina and coronary flow reserve or myocardial perfusion reserve coronary artery stenosis ≥50% or structural heart disease. Only 8 papers met the strict inclusion criteria. The papers were heterogeneous, using different treatments, endpoints, and definitions of CMD. The small sample sizes severely limit the power of these studies, with an average of 11 patients per analysis. Studies evaluating sildenafil, quinapril, estrogen, and transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation application demonstrated benefits in their respective endpoints. No benefit was found with L-arginine, doxazosin, pravastatin, and diltiazem. Our systematic review highlights that there is little data to support therapies for CMD. We assess the data meeting rigorous inclusion criteria and review the related but excluded published data. We additionally describe the next steps needed to address this research gap, including a standardized definition of CMD, routine assessment of CMD in studies of chest pain without obstructive CAD, and specific therapy assessment in the population with confirmed CMD. Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  13. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in the clinical setting: from mystery to reality.

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    Herrmann, Joerg; Kaski, Juan Carlos; Lerman, Amir

    2012-11-01

    Far more extensive than the epicardial coronary vasculature that can be visualized angiographically is the coronary microcirculation, which foregoes routine imaging. Probably due to the lack of techniques able to provide tangible evidence of its crucial role, the clinical importance of coronary microvascular dysfunction is not fully appreciated. However, evidence gathered over the last several decades indicates that both functional and structural abnormalities of the coronary microvasculature can lead to myocardial ischaemia, often comparable with that caused by obstructive coronary artery disease. Indeed, a marked increase in coronary microvascular resistance can impair coronary blood flow and trigger angina pectoris, ischaemic ECG shifts, and myocardial perfusion defects, and lead to left ventricular dysfunction in patients who otherwise have patent epicardial coronary arteries. This condition--often referred to as 'chest pain with normal coronary arteries' or 'cardiac syndrome X'--encompasses several pathogenic mechanisms involving the coronary microcirculation. Of importance, coronary microvascular dysfunction can occur in conjunction with several other cardiac disease processes. In this article, we review the pathogenic mechanisms leading to coronary microvascular dysfunction and its diagnostic assessment, as well as the different clinical presentations and prognostic implications of microvascular angina. As such, this review aims to remove at least some of the mystery surrounding the notion of coronary microvascular dysfunction and to show why it represents a true clinical entity.

  14. Prevalence of Coronary Microvascular Dysfunction Among Patients With Chest Pain and Nonobstructive Coronary Artery Disease.

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    Sara, Jaskanwal D; Widmer, R Jay; Matsuzawa, Yasushi; Lennon, Ryan J; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2015-09-01

    This study assessed the prevalence of coronary microvascular abnormalities in patients presenting with chest pain and nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Coronary microvascular abnormalities mediate ischemia and can lead to an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Using an intracoronary Doppler guidewire, endothelial-dependent microvascular function was examined by evaluating changes in coronary blood flow in response to acetylcholine, whereas endothelial-independent microvascular function was examined by evaluating changes in coronary flow velocity reserve in response to intracoronary adenosine. Patients were divided into 4 groups depending on whether they had a normal (+) or abnormal (-) coronary blood flow (CBF) in response to acetylcholine (Ach) and a normal (+) or abnormal (-) coronary flow velocity reserve (CFR) in response to adenosine (Adn): CBFAch+, CFRAdn+ (n = 520); CBFAch-, CFRAdn+ (n = 478); CBFAch+, CFRAdn- (n = 173); and CBFAch-, CFRAdn- (n = 268). Two-thirds of all patients had some sort of microvascular dysfunction. Women were more prevalent in each group (56% to 82%). Diabetes was uncommon in all groups (7% to 12%), whereas hypertension and hyperlipidemia were relatively more prevalent in each group, although rates for most conventional cardiovascular risk factors did not differ significantly between groups. There were no significant differences in the findings of noninvasive functional testing between groups. In a multivariable analysis, age was the only variable that independently predicted abnormal microvascular function. Patients with chest pain and nonobstructive CAD have a high prevalence of coronary microvascular abnormalities. These abnormalities correlate poorly with conventional cardiovascular risk factors and are dissociated from the findings of noninvasive functional testing. Copyright © 2015 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in chronic inflammatory rheumatoid diseases.

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    Faccini, Alessia; Kaski, Juan Carlos; Camici, Paolo G

    2016-06-14

    Chronic inflammatory rheumatoid diseases (CIRD) such as rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, and systemic sclerosis are an important risk factor for the development of ischaemic heart disease and a source of high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. In patients affected by CIRD, inflammation can affect coronary microvascular function and contribute to the development of myocardial ischemia and cardiovascular events, even in the absence of obstructive epicardial coronary artery disease. Understanding the molecular aspects that underlie the development of coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) in CIRD is of fundamental importance to identify specific therapeutic targets. In this article, we review the pathogenic mechanisms leading to CMD in CIRD, including the controversial results obtained with the use of different therapeutic strategies. We also propose that a practical diagnostic algorithm as the identification of CMD in patients with CIRD may lead to effective measures to prevent the development of angina pectoris and reduce the risk of rapid disease progression. Published on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology. All rights reserved. © The Author 2016. For permissions please email: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  16. Microvascular Coronary Dysfunction and Ischemic Heart Disease – Where Are We in 2014?

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    Petersen, John W.; Pepine, Carl J.

    2014-01-01

    Many patients with angina and signs of myocardial ischemia on stress testing have no significant obstructive epicardial coronary disease. There are many potential coronary and non-coronary mechanisms for ischemia without obstructive epicardial coronary disease, and prominent among these is coronary microvascular and/or endothelial dysfunction. Patients with coronary microvascular and/or endothelial dysfunction are often at increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, including ischemic events and heart failure despite preserved ventricular systolic function. In this article, we will review the diagnosis and treatment of coronary microvascular and endothelial dysfunction, discuss their potential contribution to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and highlight recent advances in the evaluation of atherosclerotic morphology in these patients, many of whom have non-obstructive epicardial disease. PMID:25454903

  17. Microvascular coronary dysfunction and ischemic heart disease: where are we in 2014?

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    Petersen, John W; Pepine, Carl J

    2015-02-01

    Many patients with angina and signs of myocardial ischemia on stress testing have no significant obstructive epicardial coronary disease. There are many potential coronary and non-coronary mechanisms for ischemia without obstructive epicardial coronary disease, and prominent among these is coronary microvascular and/or endothelial dysfunction. Patients with coronary microvascular and/or endothelial dysfunction are often at increased risk of adverse cardiovascular events, including ischemic events and heart failure despite preserved ventricular systolic function. In this article, we will review the diagnosis and treatment of coronary microvascular and endothelial dysfunction, discuss their potential contribution to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, and highlight recent advances in the evaluation of atherosclerotic morphology in these patients, many of whom have non-obstructive epicardial disease. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  18. Management options for coronary microvascular dysfunction: Present status and future perspectives

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    Sita Ram Mittal

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    Full Text Available Coronary micro vessels are not visible on coronary angiography. These include prearterioles, arterioles, and capillaries. Significant number of patients of angina have coronary microvascular dysfunction alone or in combination with stenosis and/or spasm of epicardial coronary arteries. Its management is challenging. Several different therapeutic options have been tried with variable success. The present review provides overview of the available evidence with various therapeutic modalities for the treatment of microvascular angina.

  19. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in the clinical setting: from mystery to reality

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    Far more extensive than the epicardial coronary vasculature that can be visualized angiographically is the coronary microcirculation, which foregoes routine imaging. Probably due to the lack of techniques able to provide tangible evidence of its crucial role, the clinical importance of coronary microvascular dysfunction is not fully appreciated. However, evidence gathered over the last several decades indicates that both functional and structural abnormalities of the coronary microvasculature...

  20. Coronary microvascular dysfunction after long-term diabetes and hypercholesterolemia.

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    Sorop, Oana; van den Heuvel, Mieke; van Ditzhuijzen, Nienke S; de Beer, Vincent J; Heinonen, Ilkka; van Duin, Richard W B; Zhou, Zhichao; Koopmans, Sietse J; Merkus, Daphne; van der Giessen, Wim J; Danser, A H Jan; Duncker, Dirk Jan

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    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) has been proposed as an important component of diabetes mellitus (DM)- and hypercholesterolemia-associated coronary artery disease (CAD). Previously we observed that 2.5 mo of DM and high-fat diet (HFD) in swine blunted bradykinin (BK)-induced vasodilation and attenuated endothelin (ET)-1-mediated vasoconstriction. Here we studied the progression of CMD after 15 mo in the same animal model of CAD. Ten male swine were fed a HFD in the absence (HFD, n = 5) or presence of streptozotocin-induced DM (DM + HFD, n = 5). Responses of small (∼300-μm-diameter) coronary arteries to BK, ET-1, and the nitric oxide (NO) donor S-nitroso-N-acetylpenicillamine were examined in vitro and compared with those of healthy (Normal) swine (n = 12). Blood glucose was elevated in DM + HFD (17.6 ± 4.5 mmol/l) compared with HFD (5.1 ± 0.4 mmol/l) and Normal (5.8 ± 0.6 mmol/l) swine, while cholesterol was markedly elevated in DM + HFD (16.8 ± 1.7 mmol/l) and HFD (18.1 ± 2.6 mmol/l) compared with Normal (2.1 ± 0.2 mmol/l) swine (all P < 0.05). Small coronary arteries showed early atherosclerotic plaques in HFD and DM + HFD swine. Surprisingly, DM + HFD and HFD swine maintained BK responsiveness compared with Normal swine due to an increase in NO availability relative to endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factors. However, ET-1 responsiveness was greater in HFD and DM + HFD than Normal swine (both P < 0.05), resulting mainly from ETB receptor-mediated vasoconstriction. Moreover, the calculated vascular stiffness coefficient was higher in DM + HFD and HFD than Normal swine (both P < 0.05). In conclusion, 15 mo of DM + HFD, as well as HFD alone, resulted in CMD. Although the overall vasodilation to BK was unperturbed, the relative contributions of NO and endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor pathways were altered. Moreover, the vasoconstrictor response to ET-1 was enhanced, involving the ETB receptors. In conjunction with our previous study

  1. Murine Cerebral Malaria Is Associated with a Vasospasm-Like Microcirculatory Dysfunction, and Survival upon Rescue Treatment Is Markedly Increased by Nimodipine

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    Cabrales, Pedro; Zanini, Graziela M.; Meays, Diana; Frangos, John A.; Carvalho, Leonardo J.M.

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    Brain hemodynamics in cerebral malaria (CM) is poorly understood, with apparently conflicting data showing microcirculatory hypoperfusion and normal or even increased blood flow in large arteries. Using intravital microscopy to assess the pial microvasculature through a closed cranial window in the murine model of CM by Plasmodium berghei ANKA, we show that murine CM is associated with marked decreases (mean: 60%) of pial arteriolar blood flow attributable to vasoconstriction and decreased blood velocity. Leukocyte sequestration further decreased perfusion by narrowing luminal diameters in the affected vessels and blocking capillaries. Remarkably, vascular collapse at various degrees was observed in 44% of mice with CM, which also presented more severe vasoconstriction. Coadministration of artemether and nimodipine, a calcium channel blocker used to treat postsubarachnoid hemorrhage vasospasm, to mice presenting CM markedly increased survival compared with artemether plus vehicle only. Administration of nimodipine induced vasodilation and increased pial blood flow. We conclude that vasoconstriction and vascular collapse play a role in murine CM pathogenesis and nimodipine holds potential as adjunctive therapy for CM. PMID:20110412

  2. Coronary microvascular endothelial dysfunction is an independent predictor of development of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women.

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    Prasad, Megha; Reriani, Martin; Khosla, Sundeep; Gössl, Mario; Lennon, Ryan; Gulati, Rajiv; Prasad, Abhiram; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2014-01-01

    A growing body of evidence links coronary artery atherosclerosis and calcification to osteoporosis in women. The endothelium plays a critical role in maintaining vascular integrity and may play a role in bone metabolism. We aimed to determine whether early coronary atherosclerosis, as detected by coronary microvascular endothelial dysfunction (CMED), predicts the development of osteoporosis in postmenopausal women. Coronary vascular reactivity was evaluated in 194 postmenopausal women greater than 50 years of age and with non-obstructive coronary arteries by administration of intracoronary acetylcholine during diagnostic angiography. CMED was defined as ≤50% increase in coronary blood flow from baseline in response to maximal dose. After a median follow-up of 7.0±0.3 years, patients were assessed by a questionnaire for development of osteoporosis. The average age of the cohort was 60.9±7.4 years. Women with CMED were twice as likely to develop osteoporosis compared with women without endothelial dysfunction after adjustment for potential confounders (relative risk, 2.4; 95% confidence interval [CI], 1.1, 5.6, P=0.02). Epicardial endothelial dysfunction was not associated with development of osteoporosis. Early coronary atherosclerosis with endothelial dysfunction is an independent marker for increased risk of developing osteoporosis in postmenopausal women greater than 50 years of age without obstructive coronary artery disease. The current study supports a link between coronary atherosclerosis and osteoporosis.

  3. The role of coronary microvascular dysfunction in the genesis of cardiovascular diseases

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    Parodi, O.; Sambuceti, G. [CNR, Milan (Italy). Inst. of Clinical Physiology Section

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    Positron emission tomography (PET) offers the unique capability of measuring specific flow (flow per unit of mass) in man by means of a regional, tridimensional, noninvasive approach. Using PET, myocardial perfusion abnormalities secondary to microvascular disorders have beeen investigated in arterial hypertension (AH), dilated and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (CM), as well as in ischemic heart disease (CAD). In AH, regional perfusion at rest is within the normal range, while the coronary reserve and flow response to increase in metabolic demand are blunted. These flow abnormalities are independent of the degree of cardiac hypertrophy and the severity of AH; appropriate anti-ipertensive therapy is able to improve the perfusion abnormalities after long term treatment, independently of the effect on myocard ial hypertrophy. Both dilated and hypertrophic CM demonstrate abnormal vasodilaing capability, wich as bee schown to be presented in the subclinical form of dilated DM; the reduction of coronary reserve is not related to the presence and extent of the hemodynamic impairment in dilated CM, and involved also nonhypertropied myocardium in asymmetric hypertropic CM. These finding indicate a primary involvement of coronary microcirculation in non advanced forms of dilated and hypertrophic CM. Finally, in patients with CAD, myocardia teritories supplied by angiographically normal coronary arteries schow abnormal coronary reserve and flow during pacing, tachycardia, indicating that, even in absence of epicardial coronary artery obstruction, microcirculation is impaired in subject with coronary atherosclerosis. this abnormally can smooth perfusion differences, between control andd jeopardized regions. Accordingly, the absenca of a perfusion defect during stress might indicate the presence of either a non significant stenosis or a diffuse impairment in microcirculatory function. (Abstract Truncated)

  4. Erectile dysfunction and pcsychoemotional state in ischemic heart disease patients undergone coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Ye. V. Pomeshkin

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available The impact of erectile dysfunction on psychoemotional state of patients undergone coronary artery bypass graft surgery was evaluated. The International Index of Erectile Function, postcompression cavernous artery dilation test, nocturnal penile tumescence recording and psychophysiological exam were used. It was found that ischemic heart disease patients have higher incidence of associated psychoemotional and erectile dysfunctions.

  5. Frequency and angiographic characteristics of coronary microvascular dysfunction in stable angina: a hybrid imaging study.

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    Stenström, Iida; Maaniitty, Teemu; Uusitalo, Valtteri; Pietilä, Mikko; Ukkonen, Heikki; Kajander, Sami; Mäki, Maija; Bax, Jeroen J; Knuuti, Juhani; Saraste, Antti

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    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) can cause angina in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). We studied the frequency and angiographic characteristics of CMD in symptomatic patients with suspected stable CAD and identified CMD as diffusely abnormal coronary vasodilator capacity by positron emission tomography (PET) perfusion imaging. We recruited prospectively 189 patients with intermediate pre-test probability of CAD who underwent coronary computed tomography angiography and quantitative 15O-water PET perfusion imaging followed by invasive coronary angiography, and assessment of fractional flow reserve when feasible. Prevalence of obstructive epicardial CAD was 37%. Absolute myocardial blood flow was diffusely reduced (CMD. Of these, 2 (1% of all patients) had no coronary atherosclerosis, 5 (3% of all patients) had non-obstructive atherosclerosis, and in 10 (5% of all patients) CMD co-existed with obstructive CAD. Atypical angina or non-anginal chest pain (53%) was the most common presentation. Older age and male sex were associated with CMD, but other risk factors of CAD were equally common in patients with or without CMD. Coronary microvascular dysfunction exists in 9% of symptomatic stable patients with suspected CAD. However, the prevalence of microvascular dysfunction without any coronary atherosclerosis is low (1%) in this population.

  6. Exercise training reverses age-induced diastolic dysfunction and restores coronary microvascular function.

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    Hotta, Kazuki; Chen, Bei; Behnke, Bradley J; Ghosh, Payal; Stabley, John N; Bramy, Jeremy A; Sepulveda, Jaime L; Delp, Michael D; Muller-Delp, Judy M

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    In a rat model of ageing that is free of atherosclerosis or hypertension, E/A, a diagnostic measure of diastolic filling, decreases, and isovolumic relaxation time increases, indicating that both active and passive ventricular relaxation are impaired with advancing age. Resting coronary blood flow and coronary functional hyperaemia are reduced with age, and endothelium-dependent vasodilatation declines with age in coronary resistance arterioles. Exercise training reverses age-induced declines in diastolic and coronary microvascular function. Thus, microvascular dysfunction and inadequate coronary perfusion are likely mechanisms of diastolic dysfunction in aged rats. Exercise training, initiated at an advanced age, reverses age-related diastolic and microvascular dysfunction; these data suggest that late-life exercise training can be implemented to improve coronary perfusion and diastolic function in the elderly. The risk for diastolic dysfunction increases with advancing age. Regular exercise training ameliorates age-related diastolic dysfunction; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been identified. We investigated whether (1) microvascular dysfunction contributes to the development of age-related diastolic dysfunction, and (2) initiation of late-life exercise training reverses age-related diastolic and microvascular dysfunction. Young and old rats underwent 10 weeks of exercise training or remained as sedentary, cage-controls. Isovolumic relaxation time (IVRT), early diastolic filling (E/A), myocardial performance index (MPI) and aortic stiffness (pulse wave velocity; PWV) were evaluated before and after exercise training or cage confinement. Coronary blood flow and vasodilatory responses of coronary arterioles were evaluated in all groups at the end of training. In aged sedentary rats, compared to young sedentary rats, a 42% increase in IVRT, a 64% decrease in E/A, and increased aortic stiffness (PWV: 6.36 ± 0.47 vs.4.89 ± 0.41, OSED vs. YSED, P

  7. Microvascular Coronary Artery Spasm Presents Distinctive Clinical Features With Endothelial Dysfunction as Nonobstructive Coronary Artery Disease

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    Ohba, Keisuke; Sugiyama, Seigo; Sumida, Hitoshi; Nozaki, Toshimitsu; Matsubara, Junichi; Matsuzawa, Yasushi; Konishi, Masaaki; Akiyama, Eiichi; Kurokawa, Hirofumi; Maeda, Hirofumi; Sugamura, Koichi; Nagayoshi, Yasuhiro; Morihisa, Kenji; Sakamoto, Kenji; Tsujita, Kenichi

    2012-01-01

    Background Angina without significant stenosis, or nonobstructive coronary artery disease, attracts clinical attention. Microvascular coronary artery spasm (microvascular CAS) can cause nonobstructive coronary artery disease. We investigated the clinical features of microvascular CAS and the therapeutic efficacy of calcium channel blockers. Methods and Results Three hundred seventy consecutive, stable patients with suspected angina presenting nonobstructive coronary arteries (

  8. Endotoxaemic myocardial dysfunction: the role of coronary driving pressure in subendocardial perfusion.

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    Lorigados, Clara B; Ariga, Suely K; Batista, Tiago R; Velasco, Irineu T; Soriano, Francisco G

    2015-03-01

    To investigate the role of coronary driving pressure (CDP) in myocardial microcirculatory blood flow during sepsis. We hypothesised that in septic shock there is an impaired autoregulation of microcirculation, and blood flow is totally dependent on CDP. We analysed the effect of lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced shock on myocardial microcirculation, separating subendocardial and epicardial areas. We then studied the effect of CDP increases using noradrenaline (NOR) or metaraminol (Aramine [ARA]) on myocardial microcirculation and function, and we analysed the effect of volume infusion on CDP and myocardial function. Endotoxaemia was induced in male Wistar rats by an intraperitoneal injection of LPS 10 mg/kg. Animals were divided into a control (CT) group, an LPS-injected group, and an LPS-injected group treated with saline fluid, NOR or ARA. Ninety minutes later, a haemodynamic evaluation was performed. NOR or ARA were used to manage the mean arterial pressure (MAP) and CDP, and we inserted a catheter into the left ventricle to measure cardiac parameters. To measure blood flow in the myocardium and other organs, microspheres were introduced into the left ventricle using an infusion pump. After LPS treatment, left ventricular (LV) systolic function (dP/dt max) and diastolic function (dP/dt min) decreased by 34% and 15%, respectively, and load-independent indices (LV contractility in ejection phase and dP/dt max÷end-diastolic volume) were reduced. The CDP was also reduced (by 58%) in the endotoxaemic rats. Myocardial blood flow was reduced (by 80%) in animals with an MAP≤65 mmHg. NOR increased the CDP (LPS, 38 mmHg [SEM, 2 mmHg]; LPS+NOR, 59 mmHg [SEM, 3 mmHg]) and microcirculatory perfusion (LPS, 2 mL/min/g tissue [SEM, 0.6 mL/min/g]; LPS+NOR, 6.2 mL/min/g [SEM, 0.8 mL/min/g]). ARA was also effective in improve microcirculation but saline volume infusion was ineffective in improving CDP or myocardial function. CDP showed a significant correlation with

  9. Selective endothelin A-receptor blockade attenuates coronary microvascular dysfunction after coronary stenting in patients with type 2 diabetes

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    Nikolaos Östlund Papadogeorgos

    2009-10-01

    Full Text Available Nikolaos Östlund Papadogeorgos, Mattias Bengtsson, Majid KalaniKarolinska Institute, Department of Clinical Sciences, Department of Cardiology, Danderyd Hospital, Stockholm, SwedenBackground: Endothelin-1 may be involved in the development of diabetic microangiopathy. We studied the effect of endothelin-1 blockade on myocardial microcirculation during coronary stenting.Patients and methods: Patients with type 2 diabetes and stable coronary artery disease undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI were randomized to bolus dose of 500 mg bosentan (n = 4, a dual endothelin receptor blocker, or intracoronary administration of 0.03 mmol BQ123 (n = 6, a selective endothelin A-receptor blocker, or placebo (n = 5, respectively. Coronary flow reserve (CFR was measured immediately post-PCI. CFR was also measured in five nondiabetic controls post-coronary stenting.Results: Patients in the placebo group had (P < 0.05 lower values of CFR (2.3 ± 1.2 as compared to those who received endothelin blockade (n = 10; 3.1 ± 0.7 and nondiabetic controls (4.9 ± 2.3. Patients who received BQ123 showed significantly higher CFR (3.3 ± 0.5; P < 0.05 as compared to those on placebo. Nondiabetic patients had significantly higher CFR as compared to patients with diabetes (4.9 ± 2.3 and 2.8 ± 1.0, respectively; P < 0.05. Conclusion: Coronary microvascular dysfunction is present during coronary stenting in patients with type 2 diabetes and may be reversed by selective endothelin A-receptor blockade. Targeting endothelin system may be of importance in protecting the myocardium against ischemic events during elective PCI in type 2 diabetic patients.Keywords: coronary flow reserve, diabetes, endothelin-1, coronary artery disease, coronary angioplasty

  10. Endotoxemic myocardial dysfunction: subendocardial collagen deposition related to coronary driving pressure.

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    Soriano, Francisco Garcia; Guido, Maria Carolina; Barbeiro, Hermes Vieira; Caldini, Elia Garcia; Lorigados, Clara Batista; Nogueira, Antonio Carlos

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    Sepsis impairs the autoregulation of myocardial microcirculatory blood flow, but whether this impairment is correlated with myocardial remodeling is unknown. This study investigated the role of coronary driving pressure (CDP) as a determinant of microcirculatory blood flow and myocardial fibrosis in endotoxemia and sepsis. The study is composed of two parts: a prospective experimental study and an observational clinical study. The experimental study was performed on male Wistar rats weighing 300 to 320 g. Endotoxemia was induced in rats by lipopolysaccharide (LPS) injection (10 mg·kg intraperitoneally). Hemodynamic evaluation was performed 1.5 to 24 h after LPS injection by measuring the mean arterial pressure, CDP, left ventricular end-diastolic pressure, dP/dtmax, and dP/dtmin. Microspheres were also infused into the left ventricle to measure myocardial blood flow, and myocardial tissue was histologically assessed to analyze collagen deposition. The CDP, mean arterial pressure, and myocardial blood flow were reduced by 55%, 30%, and 70%, respectively, in rats 1.5 h after LPS injection compared with phosphate buffer saline injection (P subendocardial blood flow (r = 0.73) and fibrosis (r = 0.8). Left ventricular function was significantly impaired in the LPS-treated rats, as demonstrated by dP/dtmax (6,155 ± 455 vs. 3,746 ± 406 mmHg·s, baseline vs. LPS; P subendocardial blood flow was positively correlated with CDP, and higher CDP was negatively correlated with myocardial collagen deposition. Thus, early reductions in myocardial blood flow and CDP facilitate late myocardial fibrosis in rats and likely in humans.

  11. Association of coronary microvascular dysfunction with restenosis of left anterior descending coronary artery disease treated by percutaneous intervention.

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    De Vita, Antonio; Milo, Maria; Sestito, Alfonso; Lamendola, Priscilla; Lanza, Gaetano A; Crea, Filippo

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    Several patients with successful percutaneous coronary interventions (PCIs) show evidence of coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMVD), which can be responsible for persistent positivity of electrocardiographic exercise stress test (EST). In this study, we assessed whether post-PCI CMVD may predict clinical outcome in patients undergoing successful elective PCI of an isolated stenosis of the left anterior descending (LAD) coronary artery. We studied 29 patients (age 64±6, 23 M) with stable coronary artery disease and isolated stenosis (>75%) of the LAD coronary artery who underwent successful PCI with stent implantation. Coronary blood flow (CBF) velocity response to adenosine and to cold-pressor test (CPT) was assessed in the LAD coronary artery by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography 24h and 3months after PCI. The primary end-point was a combination of death, admission for acute coronary syndromes (ACS) or target vessel revascularization (TVR). No death or ACS occurred during 36months of follow-up, but TVR was performed in 5 patients (17.2%). CBF response to CPT at 3months after PCI was 1.31±0.2 vs. 1.71±0.4 in patients with or without TVR, respectively (p=0.03), whereas CBF response to adenosine at 3months in these two groups was 1.70±0.3 vs. 2.05±0.4 (p=0.059). Our data suggest that, in patients with successful PCI of LAD coronary artery stenosis, lower CBF response to the endothelium-dependent vasodilator stimulus CPT is associated with long-term recurrence of restenosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  12. Diagnosis of coronary microvascular dysfunction – Present status

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    Mittal, S.R.

    2015-01-01

    Definite clinical diagnosis of microvascular angina is not possible with the existing knowledge. Resting electrocardiogram may be normal, and exercise electrocardiogram may be unremarkable. Echocardiography usually does not show regional wall motion abnormalities. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography can satisfactorily evaluate only left anterior descending coronary artery and that too in some patients. Radio-isotope imaging can detect only severe localized disease. Noninvasive diagnosis needs high index of suspicion. At present, definite diagnosis is based on documentation of normal epicardial coronaries, coronary flow reserve less than 2.5 on adenosine induced hyperemia, and absence of spasm of epicardial coronaries on acetylcholine provocation. Invasive evaluation is costly, needs sophisticated equipments and expertise. Therapeutic and prognostic implications of various parameters remains to be evaluated. At present invasive evaluation is recommended only for patients with intractable symptoms with unconfirmed diagnosis, requiring repeated hospitalization and evaluation with failure of empirical therapy. PMID:26702685

  13. Contribution of the platelet activating factor signaling pathway to cerebral microcirculatory dysfunction during experimental sepsis by ExoU producing Pseudomonas aeruginosa.

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    Plotkowski, Maria Cristina; Estato, Vanessa; Santos, Sabrina Alves; da Silva, Mauricio Costa Alves; Miranda, Aline Silva; de Miranda, Pedro Elias; Pinho, Vanessa; Tibiriça, Eduardo; Morandi, Verônica; Teixeira, Mauro Martins; Vianna, Albanita; Saliba, Alessandra Mattos

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    Intravital microscopy was used to assess the involvement of ExoU, a Pseudomonas aeruginosa cytotoxin with phospholipase A2 activity, in dysfunction of cerebral microcirculation during experimental pneumosepsis. Cortical vessels from mice intratracheally infected with low density of the ExoU-producing PA103 P. aeruginosa strain exhibited increased leukocyte rolling and adhesion to venule endothelium, decreased capillar density and impaired arteriolar response to vasoactive acetylcholine. These phenomena were mediated by the platelet activating factor receptor (PAFR) pathway because they were reversed in mice treated with a PAFR antagonist prior to infection. Brains from PA103-infected animals exhibited a perivascular inflammatory infiltration that was not detected in animals infected with an exoU deficient mutant or in mice treated with the PAFR antagonist and infected with the wild type bacteria. No effect on brain capillary density was detected in mice infected with the PAO1 P. aeruginosa strain, which do not produce ExoU. Finally, after PA103 infection, mice with a targeted deletion of the PAFR gene exhibited higher brain capillary density and lower leukocyte adhesion to venule endothelium, as well as lower increase of systemic inflammatory cytokines, when compared to wild-type mice. Altogether, our results establish a role for PAFR in mediating ExoU-induced cerebral microvascular failure in a murine model of sepsis. © FEMS 2015. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  14. Role of PET to evaluate coronary microvascular dysfunction in non-ischemic cardiomyopathies.

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    Bravo, Paco E; Di Carli, Marcelo F; Dorbala, Sharmila

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    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) can result from structural and functional abnormalities at the intramural and small coronary vessel level affecting coronary blood flow autoregulation and consequently leading to impaired coronary flow reserve. CMD often co-exists with epicardial coronary artery disease but is also commonly seen in patients with various forms of heart disease, including dilated, hypertrophic, and infiltrative cardiomyopathies. CMD can go unnoticed without any symptoms, or manifest as angina, and/or dyspnea, and contribute to the development of heart failure, and even sudden death especially when co-existing with myocardial fibrosis. However, whether CMD in non-ischemic cardiomyopathy is a cause or an effect of the underlying cardiomyopathic process, or whether it can be potentially modifiable with specific therapies, remains incompletely understood.

  15. Concurrent assessment of epicardial coronary artery stenosis and microvascular dysfunction using diagnostic endpoints derived from fundamental fluid dynamics principles.

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    Banerjee, Rupak K; Ashtekar, Koustubh D; Effat, Mohamed A; Helmy, Tarek A; Kim, Edward; Schneeberger, Eric W; Sinha, Roy A; Gottliebson, William M; Back, Lloyd H

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    Simultaneously measured pressure and flow distal to coronary stenoses can be combined, in conjunction with anatomical measurements, to assess the status of both the epicardial and microvascular circulations. Assessments of coronary hemodynamics were performed using fundamental fluid dynamics principles. We hypothesized that the pressure-drop coefficient (CDPe; trans-stenotic pressure drop divided by the dynamic pressure in the distal vessel) correlates linearly with epicardial and microcirculatory resistances concurrently. In 14 pigs, simultaneous measurements of distal coronary arterial pressure and flow were performed using a dual sensor-tipped guidewire in the setting of both normal and disrupted microcirculation, with the presence of epicardial coronary lesions of lt; 50% area stenosis (AS) and > 50% AS. The CDPe progressively increased from lesions of 50% AS and had a higher resolving power (45 +/- 22 to 193 +/- 140 in normal microcirculation; 248 +/- 137 to 351 +/- 140 in disrupted microcirculation) as compared to fractional flow reserve (FFR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR). Strong multiple linear correlation was observed for CDPe with combined FFR and CFR (r = 0.72; p < 0.0001). Further, the ratio of maximum pressure drop coefficient evaluated at the site of stenosis and its theoretical limiting value of minimum cross-sectional area was also able to distinguish different combinations of coronary artery diseases. The CDPe can be readily obtained during routine pressure and flow measurements during cardiac catheterization. It is a promising clinical diagnostic parameter that can independently assess the severity of epicardial stenosis and microvascular impairment.

  16. Coronary arterial BK channel dysfunction exacerbates ischemia/reperfusion-induced myocardial injury in diabetic mice.

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    Lu, Tong; Jiang, Bin; Wang, Xiao-Li; Lee, Hon-Chi

    2016-09-01

    The large conductance Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (BK) channels, abundantly expressed in coronary artery smooth muscle cells (SMCs), play a pivotal role in regulating coronary circulation. A large body of evidence indicates that coronary arterial BK channel function is diminished in both type 1 and type 2 diabetes. However, the consequence of coronary BK channel dysfunction in diabetes is not clear. We hypothesized that impaired coronary BK channel function exacerbates myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury in streptozotocin-induced diabetic mice. Combining patch-clamp techniques and cellular biological approaches, we found that diabetes facilitated the colocalization of angiotensin II (Ang II) type 1 receptors and BK channel α-subunits (BK-α), but not BK channel β1-subunits (BK-β1), in the caveolae of coronary SMCs. This caveolar compartmentation in vascular SMCs not only enhanced Ang II-mediated inhibition of BK-α but also produced a physical disassociation between BK-α and BK-β1, leading to increased infarct size in diabetic hearts. Most importantly, genetic ablation of caveolae integrity or pharmacological activation of coronary BK channels protected the cardiac function of diabetic mice from experimental I/R injury in both in vivo and ex vivo preparations. Our results demonstrate a vascular ionic mechanism underlying the poor outcome of myocardial injury in diabetes. Hence, activation of coronary BK channels may serve as a therapeutic target for cardiovascular complications of diabetes.

  17. Role of mitochondrial dysfunction in hyperglycaemia-induced coronary microvascular dysfunction: Protective role of resveratrol.

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    Joshi, Mandar S; Williams, David; Horlock, Duncan; Samarasinghe, Thilini; Andrews, Karen L; Jefferis, Ann-Maree; Berger, Philip J; Chin-Dusting, Jaye P; Kaye, David M

    2015-05-01

    Microvascular complications are now recognized to play a major role in diabetic complications, and understanding the mechanisms is critical. Endothelial dysfunction occurs early in the course of the development of complications; the precise mechanisms remain poorly understood. Mitochondrial dysfunction may occur in a diabetic rat heart and may act as a source of the oxidative stress. However, the role of endothelial cell-specific mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic vascular complications is poorly studied. Here, we studied the role of diabetes-induced abnormal endothelial mitochondrial function and the resultant endothelial dysfunction. Understanding the role of endothelial mitochondrial dysfunction in diabetic vasculature is critical in order to develop new therapies. We demonstrate that hyperglycaemia leads to mitochondrial dysfunction in microvascular endothelial cells, and that mitochondrial inhibition induces endothelial dysfunction. Additionally, we show that resveratrol acts as a protective agent; resveratrol-mediated mitochondrial protection may be used to prevent long-term diabetic cardiovascular complications. © The Author(s) 2015.

  18. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in women with nonobstructive ischemic heart disease as assessed by positron emission tomography.

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    Campisi, Roxana; Marengo, Fernando D

    2017-04-01

    Traditional approaches for risk assessment of ischemic heart disease (IHD) are based on the physiological consequences of an epicardial coronary stenosis. Of note, normal coronary arteries or nonobstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) is a common finding in women with signs and symptoms of ischemia. Therefore, assessment of risk based on a coronary stenosis approach may fail in women. Positron emission tomography (PET) quantifies absolute myocardial blood flow (MBF) which may help to elucidate other mechanisms involved such as endothelial dysfunction and alterations in the smooth muscle cell relaxation responsible for IHD in women. The objective of the present review is to describe the current state of the art of PET imaging in assessing IHD in women with nonobstructive CAD.

  19. Acute Myocardial Infarction in an Elderly Patient With Severe Aortic Stenosis and Angiographically Normal Coronary Arteries

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    Chao-Feng Lin

    2010-09-01

    Full Text Available Aortic stenosis (AS is common in the elderly and is associated with an increased risk of death from cardiovascular events. Nevertheless, acute myocardial infarction (AMI in patients with severe AS and “normal” coronary arteries is very rare. We present an elderly male with severe AS and angiographically normal coronary arteries who experienced AMI. Platelet hyperaggregability, activation of blood coagulation, coronary microcirculatory dysfunction, imbalance of supply and demand in the hypertrophied myocardium, and subendocardial ischemia predisposed by AS are possible mechanisms. The relevant literature is reviewed and discussed in the report.

  20. Renal function and coronary microvascular dysfunction in women with symptoms/signs of ischemia.

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    Rajesh Mohandas

    Full Text Available Chronic kidney disease (CKD is more prevalent among women and is associated with adverse cardiovascular events. Among women with symptoms and signs of ischemia enrolled in the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation (WISE, a relatively high mortality rate was observed in those with no obstructive coronary artery disease. Coronary microvascular dysfunction or reduced coronary flow reserve (CFR was a strong and independent predictor of adverse outcomes. The objective of this analysis was to determine if renal function was associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction in women with signs and symptoms of ischemia.The WISE was a multicenter, prospective, cohort study of women undergoing coronary angiography for suspected ischemia. Among 198 women with additional measurements of CFR, we determined the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR with the CKD-EPI equation. We tested the association between eGFR and CFR with regression analysis.The median eGFR was 89 ml/min. The eGFR correlated with CFR (r = 0.22; P = 0.002. This association persisted even after covariate adjustment. Each 10-unit decrease in eGFR was associated with a 0.04-unit decrease in CFR (P = 0.04.There was a strong interaction between eGFR and age (P = 0.006: in those ≥60 years old, GFR was strongly correlated with CFR (r = 0.55; P<0.0001. No significant correlation was noted in those <60 years old.Reduced renal function was significantly associated with lower CFR in women with symptoms and signs of ischemia. Coronary microvascular dysfunction warrants additional study as a mechanism contributing to increased risk of cardiovascular events in CKD.

  1. Left coronary artery stenosis causing left ventricular dysfunction in two children with supravalvular aortic stenosis.

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    Yildiz, Okan; Altin, Firat H; Kaya, Mehmet; Ozyılmaz, Isa; Guzeltas, Alper; Erek, Ersin

    2015-04-01

    Congenital supravalvar aortic stenosis (SVAS) is an arteriopathy associated with Williams-Beuren syndrome (WBS) and other isolated elastin gene deletions. Cardiovascular manifestations associated with WBS are characterized by obstructive arterial lesions such as SVAS and pulmonary artery stenosis in addition to bicuspid aortic valve and mitral valve prolapse. However, coronary artery ostial stenosis may be associated with SVAS, and it increases the risk of sudden death and may complicate surgical management. In this report, we present our experience with two patients having SVAS and left coronary artery ostial stenosis with associated left ventricular dysfunction. © The Author(s) 2014.

  2. Coronary microvascular dysfunction and myocardial contractile reserve in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Pena, Adam; Mygind, Naja D

    2018-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is a potential cause of myocardial ischemia and may affect myocardial function at rest and during stress. We investigated whether CMD was associated with left ventricular diastolic and systolic function at rest and during pharmacologically......) was measured in 919 women of whom 26% had CMD (defined as CFVR CMD) was associated with higher age and a higher resting heart rate. Women with CMD had a reduced GLS reserve (P = .005), while we found no association between CFVR and LVEF at rest, GLS at rest...... dysfunction measured by echocardiography at rest. CONCLUSION: The GLS reserve was significantly lower in women with CMD. The mechanisms underlying the association between CMD and GLS reserve warrant further study....

  3. Lack of association between Chlamydia Pneumoniae serology and endothelial dysfunction of coronary arteries

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    Oehme Albrecht

    2005-04-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Recent publications brought up the hypothesis that an infection with Chlamydia Pneumoniae (CP might be a major cause of coronary artery disease (CAD. Therefore, we investigated whether endothelial dysfunction (ED as a precursor of atherosclerosis might be detectable in patients with previous infection with CP but without angiographic evidence of CAD. Methods We included 16 patients (6 male / 10 female of 52 consecutive patients with normal coronary angiography who had typical angina pectoris and pathologic findings in the stress test. Exclusion criteria were: active smoker, elevated cholesterol, hypertension, age > 65 years, diabetes mellitus, treatment with ACE-inhibitors, or known CAD. Blood sample analysis for serum titer against CP (aCP-IgG was performed after coronary angiography. We looked for endothelial dysfunction analyzing the diameter of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD before and after acetylcholine (ACh i. c. Quantitative analysis of luminal diameter (LD was performed in at least two planes during baseline conditions and after ACh for 2 minutes in dosages of 7.2 μg/min and 36 μg/min with an infusion speed of 2 ml/min. Using Doppler guide wire, the coronary flow velocity was measured continuously in the LAD. The coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR was measured after 20 μg adenosine i. c. Results 10 patients had an elevated aCP-IgG (> 1:8. 6 patients with negative titers (aCP-IgG ≤ 1:8 served as control (CTRL. Both groups were comparable in age, gender, angina class, results of non-invasive stress-test and the baseline values of LD and flow. In the CP positive group 3 patients (30% did not show an increase of LD after ACh as evidence of ED. In the CTRL group 4 patients (67 % had ED. There was no association between aCP-IgG and changes of coronary blood flow after ACh. All patients showed normal CFVR (3.0 ± 0.27 irrespective of their aCP-IgG values. Conclusion In patients with typical

  4. Uric acid is associated with inflammation, coronary microvascular dysfunction, and adverse outcomes in postmenopausal women

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    Prasad, Megha; Matteson, Eric L.; Herrmann, Joerg; Gulati, Rajiv; Rihal, Charanjit S.; Lerman, Lilach O.; Lerman, Amir

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    Uric acid is a risk factor for coronary artery disease (CAD) in postmenopausal women but the association with inflammation and coronary microvascular endothelial dysfunction (CED) is not well-defined. The aim of this study was to determine the relationship of serum uric acid (SUA), inflammatory markers and CED. In this prospective cohort study, serum uric acid, hsCRP levels, and neutrophil count were measured in 229 postmenopausal women who underwent diagnostic catheterization, were found to have no obstructive CAD and underwent coronary microvascular function testing, to measure coronary blood flow (CBF) response to intracoronary acetylcholine. The average age was 58 years (IQR 52, 66) years. Hypertension was present in 48%, type 2 diabetes mellitus in 5.6%, and hyperlipidemia in 61.8%. CED was diagnosed in 59% of postmenopausal women. Mean uric acid level was 4.7 ± 1.3 mg/dL. Postmenopausal women with CED had significantly higher SUA compared to patients without CED (4.9 ± 1.3 vs. 4.4 ± 1.3 mg/dL; p=0.02). There was a significant correlation between SUA and % change in CBF to acetylcholine (p=0.009), and this correlation persisted in multivariable analysis. SUA levels were significantly associated with increased neutrophil count (p=0.02) and hsCRP levels (p=0.006) among patients with CED, but not those without CED. Serum uric acid is associated with coronary microvascular endothelial dysfunction in postmenopausal women and may be related to inflammation. These findings link serum uric acid levels to early coronary atherosclerosis in postmenopausal women. PMID:27993955

  5. Physical activity opposes coronary vascular dysfunction induced during high fat feeding in mice.

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    Park, Yoonjung; Booth, Frank W; Lee, Sewon; Laye, Mathew J; Zhang, Cuihua

    2012-09-01

    The study's purpose was to investigate if physical activity initiated with the start of high-fat feeding would oppose development of endothelial dysfunction, and if it does, then to determine some potential mechanisms. C57BL/6 female mice were randomly divided into three groups: (1) control low-fat diet (LF-SED; 15% of calories from fat), (2) high-fat diet (HF-SED; 45% of calories from fat), and (3) HF diet given access to a voluntary running wheel (HF-RUN). Our hypothesis was that HF-RUN would differ in multiple markers of endothelial dysfunction from HF-SED after 10 weeks of 45%-fat diet, but would not differ from LF-SED. HF-RUN differed from HF-SED in nine determinations in which HF-SED either had decreases in (1) acetylcholine (ACh)-induced and flow-induced vasodilatations in isolated, pressurized coronary arterioles, (2) heart phosphorylated endothelial nitric oxide synthase (p-eNOS/eNOS) protein, (3) coronary arteriole leptin (ob) receptor protein, (4) phosphorylated signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (p-STAT3/STAT3) protein, and (5) coronary arteriole superoxide dismutase 1 protein; or had increases in (6) percentage body fat, (7) serum leptin, (8) coronary arteriole suppressor of cytokine signalling 3 (SOCS3) protein, and (9) coronary arteriole gp91(phox) protein. Higher endothelium-dependent vasodilatation by ACh or leptin was abolished with incubation of NOS inhibitor N(G)-nitro-l-arginine-methyl ester (l-NAME) in LF-SED and HF-RUN groups. Further, impaired ACh-induced vasodilatation in HF-SED was normalized by apocynin or TEMPOL to LF-SED and HF-RUN. These findings demonstrate multiple mechanisms (eNOS, leptin and redox balance) by which voluntary running opposes the development of impaired coronary arteriolar vasodilatation during simultaneous high-fat feeding.

  6. Coronary microvascular dysfunction and myocardial contractile reserve in women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery disease.

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    Michelsen, Marie M; Pena, Adam; Mygind, Naja D; Bech, Jan; Gustafsson, Ida; Kastrup, Jens; Hansen, Henrik S; Høst, Nis; Hansen, Peter R; Prescott, Eva

    2018-02-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is a potential cause of myocardial ischemia and may affect myocardial function at rest and during stress. We investigated whether CMD was associated with left ventricular diastolic and systolic function at rest and during pharmacologically induced hyperemic stress. In a prospective cohort study, we included 963 women with angina, left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >45%, and an invasive coronary angiogram without significant stenosis (CMD (defined as CFVR CMD) was associated with higher age and a higher resting heart rate. Women with CMD had a reduced GLS reserve (P = .005), while we found no association between CFVR and LVEF at rest, GLS at rest, or the LVEF reserve, respectively. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) reserve remained associated with CFVR (P = .002) in a multivariable regression analysis adjusted for age, hemodynamic variables, and GLS at rest. In age-adjusted analysis, women with low CFVR had no signs of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction measured by echocardiography at rest. The GLS reserve was significantly lower in women with CMD. The mechanisms underlying the association between CMD and GLS reserve warrant further study. © 2017, Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  7. Endothelial and non-endothelial coronary blood flow reserve and left ventricular dysfunction in systemic hypertension

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    Aloísio Marchi Rocha

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available OBJECTIVES: We evaluated the impairment of endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent coronary blood flow reserve after administration of intracoronary acetylcholine and adenosine, and its association with hypertensive cardiac disease. INTRODUCTION: Coronary blood flow reserve reduction has been proposed as a mechanism for the progression of compensated left ventricular hypertrophy to ventricular dysfunction. METHODS: Eighteen hypertensive patients with normal epicardial coronary arteries on angiography were divided into two groups according to left ventricular fractional shortening (FS. Group 1 (FS >0.25: n=8, FS=0.29 ± 0.03; Group 2 (FS <0.25: n=10, FS= 0.17 ± 0.03. RESULTS: Baseline coronary blood flow was similar in both groups (Group 1: 80.15 ± 26.41 mL/min, Group 2: 100.09 ± 21.51 mL/min, p=NS. In response to adenosine, coronary blood flow increased to 265.1 ± 100.2 mL/min in Group 1 and to 300.8 ± 113.6 mL/min (p <0.05 in Group 2. Endothelium-independent coronary blood flow reserve was similar in both groups (Group 1: 3.31 ± 0.68 and Group 2: 2.97 ± 0.80, p=NS. In response to acetylcholine, coronary blood flow increased to 156.08 ± 36.79 mL/min in Group 1 and to 177.8 ± 83.6 mL/min in Group 2 (p <0.05. Endothelium-dependent coronary blood flow reserve was similar in the two groups (Group 1: 2.08 ± 0.74 and group Group 2: 1.76 ± 0.61, p=NS. Peak acetylcholine/peak adenosine coronary blood flow response (Group 1: 0.65 ± 0.27 and Group 2: 0.60 ± 0.17 and minimal coronary vascular resistance (Group 1: 0.48 ± 0.21 mmHg/mL/min and Group 2: 0.34 ± 0.12 mmHg/mL/min were similar in both groups (p= NS. Casual diastolic blood pressure and end-systolic left ventricular stress were independently associated with FS. CONCLUSIONS: In our hypertensive patients, endothelium-dependent and endothelium-independent coronary blood flow reserve vasodilator administrations had similar effects in patients with either normal or decreased left

  8. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is related to abnormalities in myocardial structure and function in cardiac amyloidosis.

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    Dorbala, Sharmila; Vangala, Divya; Bruyere, John; Quarta, Christina; Kruger, Jenna; Padera, Robert; Foster, Courtney; Hanley, Michael; Di Carli, Marcelo F; Falk, Rodney

    2014-08-01

    The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that coronary microvascular function is impaired in subjects with cardiac amyloidosis. Effort angina is common in subjects with cardiac amyloidosis, even in the absence of epicardial coronary artery disease (CAD). Thirty-one subjects were prospectively enrolled in this study, including 21 subjects with definite cardiac amyloidosis without epicardial CAD and 10 subjects with hypertensive left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). All subjects underwent rest and vasodilator stress N-13 ammonia positron emission tomography and 2-dimensional echocardiography. Global left ventricular myocardial blood flow (MBF) was quantified at rest and during peak hyperemia, and coronary flow reserve (CFR) was computed (peak stress MBF/rest MBF) adjusting for rest rate pressure product. Compared with the LVH group, the amyloid group showed lower rest MBF (0.59 ± 0.15 ml/g/min vs. 0.88 ± 0.23 ml/g/min; p = 0.004), stress MBF (0.85 ± 0.29 ml/g/min vs. 1.85 ± 0.45 ml/g/min; p coronary vascular resistance (111 ± 40 ml/g/min/mm Hg vs. 70 ± 19 ml/g/min/mm Hg; p = 0.004). Of note, almost all subjects with amyloidosis (>95%) had significantly reduced peak stress MBF (coronary vasodilator function. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is highly prevalent in subjects with cardiac amyloidosis, even in the absence of epicardial CAD, and may explain their anginal symptoms. Further study is required to understand whether specific therapy directed at amyloidosis may improve coronary vasomotion in amyloidosis. Copyright © 2014 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Early postoperative cognitive dysfunction and blood pressure during coronary artery bypass graft operation.

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    Gottesman, Rebecca F; Hillis, Argye E; Grega, Maura A; Borowicz, Louis M; Selnes, Ola A; Baumgartner, William A; McKhann, Guy M

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    To determine the relationship between change in blood pressure during coronary artery bypass graft operations and early cognitive dysfunction. Cohort study. Quaternary care facility. Patients Fifteen patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft operations who were at high risk for postoperative stroke. Preoperative and intraoperative mean arterial pressures (MAPs) were measured in all patients. Intervention A subset of patients underwent preoperative and postoperative magnetic resonance imaging. Main Outcome Measure Change in cognitive performance, using the Mini-Mental State Examination and other simple cognitive tests. A drop in MAP (preoperatively to intraoperatively) predicted a decrease in Mini-Mental State Examination score. When change in MAP was dichotomized (after excluding an outlier), subjects with a small decrease improved on the Mini-Mental State Examination by 1 point, whereas those with a large drop in MAP worsened by 1.4 points (P = .04). A drop in MAP from a preoperative baseline may put patients at risk for early cognitive dysfunction after a coronary artery bypass graft operation.

  10. Polyphenol-enriched diet prevents coronary endothelial dysfunction by activating the Akt/eNOS pathway.

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    Vilahur, Gemma; Padró, Teresa; Casaní, Laura; Mendieta, Guiomar; López, José A; Streitenberger, Sergio; Badimon, Lina

    2015-03-01

    The Mediterranean diet, rich in polyphenols, has shown to be cardioprotective. However the mechanisms involved remain unknown. We investigated whether supplementation with a pomegranate extract rich in polyphenols renders beneficial effects on coronary function in a clinically relevant experimental model and characterized the underlying mechanisms. Pigs were fed a 10-day normocholesterolemic or hypercholesterolemic diet. Half of the animals were given a supplement of 625 mg/day of a pomegranate extract (Pomanox; 200 mg punicalagins/day). Coronary responses to escalating doses of vasoactive drugs (acetylcholine, calcium ionophore, and sodium nitroprusside) and L-NG-monomethylarginine (endothelial nitric oxide-synthase inhibitor) were measured using flow Doppler. Akt/endothelial nitric oxide-synthase axis activation, monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression, oxidative deoxyribonucleic acid damage in the coronary artery, and lipoprotein resistance to oxidation were evaluated. In dyslipidemic animals, Pomanox supplementation prevented diet-induced impairment of endothelial relaxation, reaching vasodilatory values comparable to normocholesterolemic animals upon stimulation with acetylcholine and/or calcium ionophore. These beneficial effects were associated with vascular Akt/endothelial nitric oxide-synthase activation and lower monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 expression. Pomanox supplementation reduced systemic oxidative stress (higher high-density lipoprotein-antioxidant capacity and higher low-density lipoprotein resistance to oxidation) and coronary deoxyribonucleic acid damage. Normocholesterolemic animals elicited similar drug-related vasodilation regardless of Pomanox supplementation. All animals displayed a similar vasodilatory response to sodium nitroprusside and L-NG-monomethylarginine blunted all vasorelaxation responses except for sodium nitroprusside. Pomanox supplementation hinders hyperlipemia-induced coronary endothelial dysfunction by activating

  11. Single nucleotide polymorphisms associated with abnormal coronary microvascular function.

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    Yoshino, Satoshi; Cilluffo, Rebecca; Best, Patricia J M; Atkinson, Elizabeth J; Aoki, Tatsuo; Cunningham, Julie M; de Andrade, Mariza; Choi, Byoung-Joo; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

    2014-06-01

    Single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) are the most common source of genetic variation. Although microvascular pathology is associated with cardiovascular events, genetic phenotypes causing microvascular disease remain largely unknown. This study identifies sex-specific SNPs associated with coronary microvascular dysfunction. Six hundred and forty-three patients without significant obstructive coronary heart disease were enrolled, referred for cardiac catheterization, and underwent invasive coronary microcirculatory assessment. Patient data were collected from 1529 autosomal SNPs and seven X chromosome SNPs, which were selected to represent the variability from 76 candidate genes with published associations with coronary vasoreactivity, angiogenesis, inflammation, vascular calcification, atherosclerosis risk factors, female hormones, blood coagulation, or coronary heart disease. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was assessed by an intracoronary injection of adenosine. Patients were categorized according to a CFR above or below 2.5 and were stratified by sex.After adjusting for age, sex, and BMI, this study shows that SNPs within VEGFA and CDKN2B-AS1 are associated with abnormal CFR (Pcoronary microvascular dysfunction. Furthermore, sex-specific allelic variants within MYH15, VEGFA, and NT5E are associated with an increased risk of coronary microvascular dysfunction in men.

  12. Association between erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease and it's severity

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    Sai Ravi Shanker, A.; Phanikrishna, B.; Bhaktha Vatsala Reddy, C.

    2013-01-01

    Background/aims To investigate the prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD), its relationship between the severity of ED and the extent of coronary vessel involvement and to register the mean time interval between them. Methods 240 patients with CAD divided into three age-matched groups: Group 1 (n = 60), ACS with one-vessel disease (1VD); group 2 (n = 60), ACS with 2,3VD; group 3 (n = 60), CSA. Control group (C, n = 60) was composed of patients with suspected CAD who were found to have entirely normal coronary arteries by angiography. ED as any value acute events of this patient. Patients should be systematically screened for ED as a part of periodic examination programs. This would lead to early detection of modifiable vascular risk factors, or already existing vascular disease and to prevent ED and vascular disease progression through pharmacological and life style modifications. PMID:23647898

  13. Leptin resistance extends to the coronary vasculature in prediabetic dogs and provides a protective adaptation against endothelial dysfunction.

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    Knudson, Jarrod D; Dincer, U Deniz; Dick, Gregory M; Shibata, Haruki; Akahane, Rie; Saito, Masayuki; Tune, Johnathan D

    2005-09-01

    Hyperleptinemia, associated with prediabetes, is an independent risk factor for coronary artery disease and a mediator of coronary endothelial dysfunction. We previously demonstrated that acutely raising the leptin concentration to levels comparable with those observed in human obesity significantly attenuates coronary dilation/relaxation to acetylcholine (ACh) both in vivo in anesthetized dogs and in vitro in isolated canine coronary rings. Accordingly, the purpose of this investigation was to extend these studies to a model of prediabetes with chronic hyperleptinemia. In the present investigation, experiments were conducted on control and high-fat-fed dogs. High-fat feeding caused a significant increase (131%) in plasma leptin concentration. Furthermore, in high-fat-fed dogs, exogenous leptin did not significantly alter vascular responses to ACh in vivo or in vitro. Coronary vasodilator responses to ACh (0.3-30.0 microg/min) and sodium nitroprusside (1.0-100.0 microg/min) were not significantly different from those observed in control dogs. Also, high-fat feeding did not induce a switch to an endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor as a major mediator of muscarinic coronary vasodilation, because dilation to ACh was abolished by combined pretreatment with N(omega)-nitro-l-arginine methyl ester (150 microg/min ic) and indomethacin (10 mg/kg iv). Quantitative, real-time PCR revealed no significant difference in coronary artery leptin receptor gene expression between control and high-fat-fed dogs. In conclusion, high-fat feeding induces resistance to the coronary vascular effects of leptin, and this represents an early protective adaptation against endothelial dysfunction. The resistance is not due to altered endothelium-dependent or -independent coronary dilation, increased endothelium-derived hyperpolarizing factor, or changes in coronary leptin receptor mRNA levels.

  14. Erectile dysfunction, penile atherosclerosis, and coronary artery vasculopathy in heart transplant recipients.

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    Caretta, Nicola; Feltrin, Giuseppe; Tarantini, Giuseppe; D'Agostino, Chiara; Tona, Francesco; Schipilliti, Mirko; Selice, Riccardo; Minicuci, Nadia; Gerosa, Gino; Foresta, Carlo

    2013-09-01

    Vascular erectile dysfunction (ED) is the expression of a systemic vascular disease and in particular of endothelial dysfunction. Dysfunctional endothelium plays also a significant role in the onset and progression of coronary artery vasculopathy (CAV). This pilot study was designed to evaluate the prevalence and pathogenesis of ED and its correlation with CAV in heart transplanted male. A total of 77 male heart transplanted patients (HTx) evaluated in our center (mean age 61.6 + 10.6 years) were enrolled in the study. All subjects underwent accurate medical history collection, including lifestyle (cigarette smoking, dietary and sedentary habits, drug intake, and erectile function before cardiac transplantation), physical examination (body mass index and arterial pressure), biochemical blood tests (fasting glucose, total cholesterol, high-density lipoprotein cholesterol, and triglycerides), and hormones (prolactin, luteinizing hormone and total testosterone). Furthermore, they were studied with penile, carotid, femoral echo-color Doppler ultrasonography and coronary angiogram. Incidence of ED was 24% before HTx and increased up to 65% after. Postischemic cardiomiopathy was an indication to HTx in ED group more frequently than in patients without ED (No-ED group) (45.1% vs. 20%). ED patients showed a lower peak systolic velocity, a higher cavernosal intima-media thickness (IMT), a higher prevalence of cavernosal plaques (26.7% vs. 5.2%, P < 0.05), peripheral vascular disease (60.87% vs. 26.1%, P < 0.05) and CAV (45.8% vs. 25.8%, P < 0.05) with respect to No-ED patients. Coronary flow reserve was significantly reduced in ED vs. No-ED patients (2.43 + 0.7 vs. 2.9 + 0.8, P < 0.04). Finally, cavernous plaque and testosterone plasma levels were statistically associated with CAV. We showed that ED is a frequent disease in HTx patients, more common when the original pathology is postischemic cardiomiopathy and associated with higher prevalence

  15. Measurement of pulmonary flow reserve and pulmonary index of microcirculatory resistance for detection of pulmonary microvascular obstruction.

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    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: The pulmonary microcirculation is the chief regulatory site for resistance in the pulmonary circuit. Despite pulmonary microvascular dysfunction being implicated in the pathogenesis of several pulmonary vascular conditions, there are currently no techniques for the specific assessment of pulmonary microvascular integrity in humans. Peak hyperemic flow assessment using thermodilution-derived mean transit-time (T(mn facilitate accurate coronary microcirculatory evaluation, but remain unvalidated in the lung circulation. Using a high primate model, we aimed to explore the use of T(mn as a surrogate of pulmonary blood flow for the purpose of measuring the novel indices Pulmonary Flow Reserve [PFR = (maximum hyperemic/(basal flow] and Pulmonary Index of Microcirculatory Resistance [PIMR = (maximum hyperemic distal pulmonary artery pressurex(maximum hyperemic T(mn]. Ultimately, we aimed to investigate the effect of progressive pulmonary microvascular obstruction on PFR and PIMR. METHODS AND RESULTS: Temperature- and pressure-sensor guidewires (TPSG were placed in segmental pulmonary arteries (SPA of 13 baboons and intravascular temperature measured. T(mn and hemodynamics were recorded at rest and following intra-SPA administration of the vasodilator agents adenosine (10-400 microg/kg/min and papaverine (3-24 mg. Temperature did not vary with intra-SPA sensor position (0.010+/-0.009 v 0.010+/-0.009 degrees C; distal v proximal; p = 0.1, supporting T(mn use in lung for the purpose of hemodynamic indices derivation. Adenosine (to 200 microg/kg/min & papaverine (to 24 mg induced dose-dependent flow augmentations (40+/-7% & 35+/-13% T(mn reductions v baseline, respectively; p<0.0001. PFR and PIMR were then calculated before and after progressive administration of ceramic microspheres into the SPA. Cumulative microsphere doses progressively reduced PFR (1.41+/-0.06, 1.26+/-0.19, 1.17+/-0.07 & 1.01+/-0.03; for 0, 10(4, 10(5 & 10(6 microspheres; p

  16. [Therapeutic aspects in coronary cardiac patients who suffer from sexual dysfunction in a cardiac rehabilitation program].

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    Klein, Rivka; Bar-On, Elcahnan; Klein, Jacob; Benbenishty, Rami

    2006-05-01

    Sexual dysfunction is one of the severe consequences of acute coronary events. Rehabilitation programs should address this aspect of functioning that has important implications for the patient's quality of life. In order to improve patients' sexual functioning and improve their quality of life we developed a comprehensive model of sexual therapy designed specifically for cardiac patients undergoing rehabilitation program. This model integrates educational, supportive and cognitive-behavioral therapy with appropriate medication (such as viagra). The model is implemented in co-therapy by two sexologists, a social worker and a physician. An empirical study has shown the positive outcomes of this model. This article describes the model and reports case vignettes that exemplify its effects on cardiac patients in rehabilitation and their spouses.

  17. Myocardial Production of Plasminogen Activator Inhibitor-1 is Associated with Coronary Endothelial and Ventricular Dysfunction after Acute Myocardial Infarction.

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    Shimizu, Takuya; Uematsu, Manabu; Yoshizaki, Toru; Obata, Jun-Ei; Nakamura, Takamitsu; Fujioka, Daisuke; Watanabe, Kazuhiro; Watanabe, Yosuke; Kugiyama, Kiyotaka

    2016-05-02

    Although plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1) is abundantly expressed in infarcted myocardium, the pathogenic role of myocardial PAI-1 remains unknown. This study examined whether PAI-1 in the infarcted lesion contributes to coronary endothelial dysfunction and left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). Plasma levels of PAI-1 activity and tissue-plasminogen activator (tPA) antigen were measured 2 weeks and 6 months after MI by ELISA in plasma obtained from the aortic root (AO) and anterior interventricular vein (AIV) in 28 patients with a first AMI due to occlusion of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Coronary blood flow responses in LAD to intracoronary infusion of acetylcholine (ACh) and left ventriculography were measured at the same time points: 2 weeks and 6 months after MI. The trans-myocardial gradient of PAI-1 from AO to AIV, reflecting production/release of PAI-1 in the infarcted lesion, was inversely correlated with the coronary blood flow response to ACh 6 months after MI (r=-0.43, p=0.02) and with the percentage change in LV regional motion in the LAD territory from 2 weeks to 6 months after MI (r=-0.38, p=0.04). The trans-myocardial gradient of tPA level showed no significant correlations. PAI-1 produced in the infarcted myocardium and released into the coronary circulation is associated with endothelial dysfunction in resistance vessels of the infarct-related coronary arteries and with progressive dysfunction of the infarcted region of the left ventricle in AMI survivors.

  18. Impaired coronary flow reserve as a marker of microvascular dysfunction to predict long-term cardiovascular outcomes, acute coronary syndrome and the development of heart failure.

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    Nakanishi, Koki; Fukuda, Shota; Shimada, Kenei; Miyazaki, Chinami; Otsuka, Kenichiro; Maeda, Kumiko; Miyahana, Reiko; Kawarabayashi, Takahiko; Watanabe, Hiroyuki; Yoshikawa, Junichi; Yoshiyama, Minoru

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    In the absence of obstructive coronary narrowing, impaired coronary flow reserve (CFR) represents coronary microvascular dysfunction. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE) allows non-invasive measurement of CFR in the left anterior descending (LAD) artery. This study aimed to assess the prognostic value of TTDE-derived CFR (as a marker of microvascular function) in predicting long-term cardiovascular events, acute coronary syndrome (ACS) events, and the development of heart failure (HF). This study consisted of 272 patients with coronary artery disease not involving obstructive narrowing (≥50%) in the LAD. Patients underwent TTDE examination for CFR measurement in the LAD. During the follow-up period of 4.0±1.9 years, 32 patients (12%) had cardiovascular events. Cox proportional hazard analysis identified lower CFR as an independent risk factor of cardiovascular events (Pcoronary artery disease. A CFR greater than 2.0 was not suitable to predict a favorable long-term outcome, even in the absence of obstructive coronary narrowing.

  19. WISE 2005: chronic bed rest impairs microcirculatory endothelium in women.

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    Demiot, Claire; Dignat-George, Françoise; Fortrat, Jacques-Olivier; Sabatier, Florence; Gharib, Claude; Larina, Irina; Gauquelin-Koch, Guillemette; Hughson, Richard; Custaud, Marc-Antoine

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    Sedentary behavior has deleterious effects on the cardiovascular system, including reduced endothelial functions. A 2-mo bed rest study in healthy women [women international space simulation for exploration (WISE) 2005 program] presented a unique opportunity to analyze the specific effects of prolonged inactivity without other vascular risk factors on the endothelium. We investigated endothelial properties before and after 56 days of bed rest in 8 subjects who performed no exercise (control group: No-EX) and in 8 subjects who regularly performed treadmill exercise in a lower body negative pressure chamber as well as resistance exercise (countermeasure group, EX). A functional evaluation of the microcirculation in the skin was assessed with laser Doppler. We studied endothelium-dependent and -independent vasodilation using iontophoresis of acetylcholine and sodium nitroprusside, respectively. We also measured circulating endothelial cells (CECs), an index of endothelial damage. In the No-EX group, endothelium-dependent vasodilation was significantly reduced (35.4 +/- 4.8% vs. 24.1 +/- 3.8%, P endothelium-dependent vasodilation and number of CECs were preserved. Our study shows that in humans prolonged bed rest causes impairment of endothelium-dependent function at the microcirculatory level, along with an increase in circulating endothelial cells. Microcirculatory endothelial dysfunction might participate in cardiovascular deconditioning, as well as in several bed rest-induced pathologies. We therefore conclude that the endothelium should be a target for countermeasures during periods of prolonged deconditioning.

  20. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in a porcine model of early atherosclerosis and diabetes

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    Heuvel, van den M.; Sorop, O.; Koopmans, S.J.; Dekker, R.A.; Vries, de R.; Beusekom, H.M.M.; Eringa, E.C.; Duncker, D.J.; Danser, A.H.J.; Giessen, W.J.

    2012-01-01

    Detailed evaluation of coronary function early in diabetes mellitus (DM)-associated coronary artery disease (CAD) development is difficult in patients. Therefore, we investigated coronary conduit and small artery function in a preatherosclerotic DM porcine model with type 2 characteristics.

  1. Post-procedural hemodiafiltration in acute coronary syndrome patients with associated renal and cardiac dysfunction undergoing urgent and emergency coronary angiography.

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    Marenzi, Giancarlo; Mazzotta, Gianfranco; Londrino, Francesco; Gistri, Roberto; Moltrasio, Marco; Cabiati, Angelo; Assanelli, Emilio; Veglia, Fabrizio; Rombolà, Giuseppe

    2015-02-15

    We investigated the use of a 3-hr treatment with hemodiafiltration, initiated soon after emergency or urgent coronary angiography in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients with associated severe renal and cardiac dysfunction. Patients with ACS and severe combined renal and cardiac dysfunction have a particularly high mortality risk. In them, the ideal strategy to both optimize treatment of coronary disease and minimize renal injury risk is currently unknown. This was an interventional study. ACS patients (STEMI and NSTEMI) with associated severe renal (eGFR ≤30 ml/min/1.73 m(2) ) and cardiac (LVEF ≤40%) dysfunction, admitted at La Spezia Hospital <24 hr from symptoms onset, underwent a prophylactic 3-hr hemodiafiltration treatment, which was started soon after urgent or emergency coronary procedure. Controls were patients matched for age, gender, Mehran's risk score, and kind of ACS, admitted at the Centro Cardiologico Monzino Milan. In-hospital and 1-year outcomes were evaluated. Sixty patients (30% STEMI), 30 hemodiafiltration-treated patients and 30 controls, with similar baseline characteristics, were included. In-hospital and cumulative 1-year mortality rates were significantly lower in hemodiafiltration-treated patients than in controls (3% vs. 23%; P = 0.05, and 10% vs. 53%; P < 0.001, respectively). Moreover, they had a lower incidence of severe AKI (10% vs. 40%; P = 0.015) and lower need for rescue renal replacement therapy during hospitalization (7% vs. 27%; P = 0.04). Our pilot study suggests that, in ACS patients with severe renal and cardiac insufficiency, treatment with an aggressive prophylactic hemodiafiltration session after urgent or emergency coronary angiography seems to be associated with a relevant improvement in survival. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  2. Comparing the effect of clopidogrel versus ticagrelor on coronary microvascular dysfunction in acute coronary syndrome patients (TIME trial): study protocol for a randomized controlled trial

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    Park, Sang-Don; Baek, Yong-Soo; Woo, Seong-Ill; Kim, Soo-Han; Shin, Sung-Hee; Kim, Dae-Hyeok; Kwan, Jun; Park, Keum-Soo

    2014-01-01

    Background Although prompt reperfusion treatment restores normal epicardial flow, microvascular dysfunction may persist in some patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Impaired myocardial perfusion is caused by intraluminal platelets, fibrin thrombi and neutrophil plugging; antiplatelet agents play a significant role in terms of protecting against thrombus microembolization. A novel antiplatelet agent, ticagrelor, is a non-thienopyridine, direct P2Y12 blocker that has shown greater, more...

  3. Short- and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    Duffy, S J; Keaney, J F; Holbrook, M; Gokce, N; Swerdloff, P L; Frei, B; Vita, J A

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    Epidemiological studies suggest that tea consumption decreases cardiovascular risk, but the mechanisms of benefit remain undefined. Endothelial dysfunction has been associated with coronary artery disease and increased oxidative stress. Some antioxidants have been shown to reverse endothelial dysfunction, and tea contains antioxidant flavonoids. Methods and Results-- To test the hypothesis that tea consumption will reverse endothelial dysfunction, we randomized 66 patients with proven coronary artery disease to consume black tea and water in a crossover design. Short-term effects were examined 2 hours after consumption of 450 mL tea or water. Long-term effects were examined after consumption of 900 mL tea or water daily for 4 weeks. Vasomotor function of the brachial artery was examined at baseline and after each intervention with vascular ultrasound. Fifty patients completed the protocol and had technically suitable ultrasound measurements. Both short- and long-term tea consumption improved endothelium- dependent flow-mediated dilation of the brachial artery, whereas consumption of water had no effect (Pcaffeine (200 mg) had no short-term effect on flow-mediated dilation. Plasma flavonoids increased after short- and long-term tea consumption. Short- and long-term black tea consumption reverses endothelial vasomotor dysfunction in patients with coronary artery disease. This finding may partly explain the association between tea intake and decreased cardiovascular disease events.

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

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

    2017-04-03

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

  5. Role of genetic polymorphisms of ion channels in the pathophysiology of coronary microvascular dysfunction and ischemic heart disease.

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    Fedele, Francesco; Mancone, Massimo; Chilian, William M; Severino, Paolo; Canali, Emanuele; Logan, Suzanna; De Marchis, Maria Laura; Volterrani, Maurizio; Palmirotta, Raffaele; Guadagni, Fiorella

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    Conventionally, ischemic heart disease (IHD) is equated with large vessel coronary disease. However, recent evidence has suggested a role of compromised microvascular regulation in the etiology of IHD. Because regulation of coronary blood flow likely involves activity of specific ion channels, and key factors involved in endothelium-dependent dilation, we proposed that genetic anomalies of ion channels or specific endothelial regulators may underlie coronary microvascular disease. We aimed to evaluate the clinical impact of single-nucleotide polymorphisms in genes encoding for ion channels expressed in the coronary vasculature and the possible correlation with IHD resulting from microvascular dysfunction. 242 consecutive patients who were candidates for coronary angiography were enrolled. A prospective, observational, single-center study was conducted, analyzing genetic polymorphisms relative to (1) NOS3 encoding for endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS); (2) ATP2A2 encoding for the Ca²⁺/H⁺-ATPase pump (SERCA); (3) SCN5A encoding for the voltage-dependent Na⁺ channel (Nav1.5); (4) KCNJ8 and KCNJ11 encoding for the Kir6.1 and Kir6.2 subunits of K-ATP channels, respectively; and (5) KCN5A encoding for the voltage-gated K⁺ channel (Kv1.5). No significant associations between clinical IHD manifestations and polymorphisms for SERCA, Kir6.1, and Kv1.5 were observed (p > 0.05), whereas specific polymorphisms detected in eNOS, as well as in Kir6.2 and Nav1.5 were found to be correlated with IHD and microvascular dysfunction. Interestingly, genetic polymorphisms for ion channels seem to have an important clinical impact influencing the susceptibility for microvascular dysfunction and IHD, independent of the presence of classic cardiovascular risk factors.

  6. Markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction are associated with incident cardiovascular disease, all-cause mortality, and progression of coronary calcification in type 2 diabetic patients with microalbuminuria

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    von Scholten, Bernt Johan; Reinhard, Henrik; Hansen, Tine Willum

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND: We evaluated markers of inflammation and endothelial dysfunction and their associations with incident cardiovascular disease (CVD), all-cause mortality and progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC) in patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) and microalbuminuria but without known coronary...

  7. Association between erectile dysfunction and coronary artery disease: Matching the right target with the right test in the right patient.

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    Montorsi, Piero; Ravagnani, Paolo M; Galli, Stefano; Salonia, Andrea; Briganti, Alberto; Werba, José P; Montorsi, Francesco

    2006-10-01

    Evidence is accumulating in favour of a link between erectile dysfunction (ED) and coronary artery disease (CAD). This review attempts to identify which patients, among those with ED and no cardiovascular (CV) disease, should be screened for early, subclinical CAD, which coronary targets should be investigated, and which tests should be used. A comprehensive evaluation of available published data included analysis of published full-length papers that were identified with Medline and Cancerlit from January 1988 to January 2006. Initial screening of patients with ED may adopt risk assessment office-based approaches to score patients into low, intermediate, or high risk of future cardiovascular events. Attention should be drawn to patients at intermediate risk. Targets for the assessment of subclinical CAD in this subset of patients should include both obstructive (flow-limiting) and nonobstructive (non-flow-limiting) CAD. Some tests address obstructive atherosclerosis by directly assessing coronary flow reserve (i.e., standard exercise stress test, rest/stress myocardial scintigraphy or echocardiography). Other tests are general measures of atherosclerosis burden (not necessarily obstructive) either in the coronary circulation (i.e., coronary calcium score by electron-beam computed tomography), or in extracoronary vessels (i.e., ankle brachial index, carotid intima-media thickness by B-mode ultrasound) as surrogate markers of CAD. Although a systematic use of these measures of nonobstructive atherosclerosis burden has not yet been recommended in the guidelines for coronary risk assessment, their use is progressively being extended from the research area to clinical practice. ED is definitely a vascular disorder and all men with ED should be considered at risk of CV disease until proven otherwise. Available risk assessment charts should be used to stratify (low, intermediate, and high) the coronary risk score in each patient with ED.

  8. Active endothelin is an important vasoconstrictor in acute coronary thrombi.

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    Adlbrecht, Christopher; Bonderman, Diana; Plass, Christian; Jakowitsch, Johannes; Beran, Gilbert; Sperker, Wolfgang; Siostrzonek, Peter; Glogar, Dietmar; Maurer, Gerald; Lang, Irene M

    2007-04-01

    Acute coronary syndrome is characterized by compromised blood flow at the epicardial and microvascular levels. We have previously shown that thrombectomy in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) accelerates ST-segment resolution, possibly by preventing distal embolization. We hypothesized that thrombus constituents contribute to microcirculatory dysfunction. Therefore, we analyzed the molecular and cellular composition of acute coronary thrombi, and correlated vasoconstrictive mediators with the magnitude of ST-segment resolution within one hour of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Fresh coronary thrombi were retrieved in 35 consecutive STEMI patients who were treated with the X-Sizer thrombectomy catheter, and thrombus cell counts and vasoconstrictor concentrations were assessed. Twelve-lead ECG recordings were analyzed prior to and one hour after PCI. Concentration of endothelin (ET) was 20.0 (7.9-52.2) fmol/ml in thrombus compared with 0.1 (0.1-0.3) fmol/ml in corresponding peripheral plasma (p < 0.0001), representing a selective 280 (70.0-510.0)-fold enrichment, exceeding enrichment of noradrenaline, angiotensin II and serotonin. Human coronary thrombus homogenates exerted vasoconstriction of porcine coronary artery rings that was inhibited by the dual ET receptor blocker tezosentan. Extracted ET (r = 0.523 p = 0.026) and number of leukocytes (r = 0.555 p = 0.017) were correlated with the magnitude of ST-segment resolution. In conclusion, the amount of active ET and white blood cells aspirated from STEMI target vessels correlated with improvement of territorial microcirculatory function as illustrated by enhanced ST-segment resolution.

  9. Magnetic Resonance for Noninvasive Detection of Microcirculatory Disease Associated With Allograft Vasculopathy: Intracoronary Measurement Validation.

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    Mirelis, Jesús G; García-Pavía, Pablo; Cavero, Miguel A; González-López, Esther; Echavarria-Pinto, Mauro; Pastrana, Miguel; Segovia, Javier; Oteo, Juan F; Alonso-Pulpón, Luis; Escaned, Javier

    2015-07-01

    Cardiac allograft vasculopathy affects both epicardial and microcirculatory coronary compartments. Magnetic resonance perfusion imaging has been proposed as a useful tool to assess microcirculation mostly outside the heart transplantation setting. Instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope, an intracoronary physiology index, has demonstrated a better correlation with microcirculatory remodelling in cardiac allograft vasculopathy than other indices such as coronary flow velocity reserve. To investigate the potential of magnetic resonance perfusion imaging to detect the presence of microcirculatory remodeling in cardiac allograft vasculopathy, we compared magnetic resonance perfusion data with invasive intracoronary physiological indices to study microcirculation in a population of heart transplantation recipients with macrovascular nonobstructive disease demonstrated with intravascular ultrasound. We studied 8 heart transplantation recipients (mean age, 61 [12] years, 100% male) with epicardial allograft vasculopathy defined by intravascular ultrasound, nonsignificant coronary stenoses and negative visually-assessed wall-motion/perfusion dobutamine stress magnetic resonance. Quantitative stress and rest magnetic resonance perfusion data to build myocardial perfusion reserve index, noninvasively, and 4 invasive intracoronary physiological indices were determined. Postprocessed data showed a mean (standard deviation) myocardial perfusion reserve index of 1.22 (0.27), while fractional flow reserve, coronary flow velocity reserve, hyperemic microvascular resistance and instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope were 0.98 (0.02), cm/s/mmHg, 2.34 (0.55) cm/s/mmHg, 2.00 (0.69) cm/s/mmHg and 0.91 (0.65) cm/s/mmHg, respectively. The myocardial perfusion reserve index correlated strongly only with the instantaneous hyperemic diastolic flow velocity-pressure slope (r=0.75; P=.033). Myocardial perfusion reserve index derived from a

  10. [The effect of two different glycemic management protocols on postoperative cognitive dysfunction in coronary artery bypass surgery].

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    Kurnaz, Pinar; Sungur, Zerrin; Camci, Emre; Sivrikoz, Nukhet; Orhun, Gunseli; Senturk, Mert; Sayin, Omer; Tireli, Emin; Gurvit, Hakan

    Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is an adverse outcome of surgery that is more common after open heart procedures. The aim of this study is to investigate the role of tightly controlled blood glucose levels during coronary artery surgery on early and late cognitive decline. 40 patients older than 50 years undergoing elective coronary surgery were randomized into two groups. In the "Tight Control" group (GI), the glycemia was maintained between 80 and 120mg·dL-1 while in the "Liberal" group (GII), it ranged between 80-180mg·dL-1. A neuropsychological test battery was performed three times: baseline before surgery and follow-up first and 12th weeks, postoperatively. POCD was defined as a drop of one standard deviation from baseline on two or more tests. At the postoperative first week, neurocognitive tests showed that 10 patients in the GI and 11 patients in GII had POCD. The incidence of early POCD was similar between groups. However the late assessment revealed that cognitive dysfunction persisted in five patients in the GII whereas none was rated as cognitively impaired in GI (p=0.047). We suggest that tight perioperative glycemic control in coronary surgery may play a role in preventing persistent cognitive impairment. Copyright © 2016 Sociedade Brasileira de Anestesiologia. Publicado por Elsevier Editora Ltda. All rights reserved.

  11. A novel assessment of peripheral tissue microcirculatory vasoreactivity using vascular occlusion testing during cardiopulmonary bypass.

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    Smith, Ryan S; Murkin, John M

    2014-10-01

    Cardiac surgery and cardiopulmonary bypass are associated with release of inflammatory mediators and microcirculatory alterations that result in organ dysfunction. Near-infrared spectroscopic measurement of tissue oxygen saturation (StO2) and the vascular occlusion test (VOT) were utilized in a study of elective cardiac surgical patients as a novel, noninvasive method of assessing microcirculatory vasoreactivity during nonpulsatile cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB). The objective of this pilot study was to determine whether differences in microcirculatory function and vasoreactivity could be measured in cardiac surgery using StO2 and VOT. A prospective, observational trial. Tertiary care teaching hospital. Thirteen patients undergoing elective cardiac surgery using tepid, nonpulsatile cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients had continuous regional oxygen saturation monitoring using near-infrared spectroscopy and vascular occlusion tests performed in the perioperative period before, during, and after cardiopulmonary bypass. Occlusion slope and hyperemic area did not vary significantly. Mean reperfusion slope was significantly lower during cardiopulmonary bypass (2.4%/second) compared to before and after bypass (4.1 and 3.5%/second, respectively). Reperfusion slope decreased as a function of CPB duration. This pilot study demonstrates a significant difference in reperfusion slopes during cardiopulmonary bypass when compared to prebypass and postbypass, suggesting impaired peripheral microvascular reactivity. Reperfusion slopes also exhibited a successive decline with duration of CPB, implying worsening microcirculatory dysfunction that returned to baseline values in all patients within 1 hour of separation from CPB. This noninvasive technique has potential to optimize circulatory parameters during cardiopulmonary bypass. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  12. Differential coronary microvascular function in patients with left ventricular dysfunction of unknown cause--implication for possible mechanism of myocardial ischemia in early stage of cardiomyopathy.

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    Chen, J W; Ting, C T; Chen, Y H; Wu, T C; Hsu, N W; Lin, S J; Chang, M S

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    To evaluate whether or not coronary microvascular dysfunction is associated with exercise-induced myocardial ischemia in left ventricular dysfunction of unknown cause, both the treadmill exercise test (TET) and coronary hemodynamics were studied in 20 patients with impaired left ventricular ejection fraction (ventriculogram), normal cardiac size, normal coronary angiogram and no evidence of clinical heart failure. Ten subjects with atypical chest pain were studied as the control. Coronary hemodynamics were studied both at baseline and after dipyridamole infusion (0.56mg/kg, i.v. for 4'). There was no difference in age, gender, blood pressure, baseline great cardiac venous flow (GCVF) and coronary vascular resistance between ten patients with a positive TET and the other ten with a negative TET. At baseline, coronary sinus oxygen concentration was increased and myocardial oxygen consumption reduced in patients with a positive TET compared with those with negative a TET. After dipyridamole infusion, maximum GCVF (102+/-47 vs. 144+/-31 ml/min, P=0.027) and coronary flow reserve (2.31+/-0.49 vs. 3.00+/-0.61, P=0.012) were significantly reduced and minimum coronary vascular resistance was higher (1.00+/-0.42 vs. 0.63+/-0.12 mmHg/ml/min, P=0.016) in patients with a positive TET than in those with a negative TET. At follow-up, 40% of patients with a positive TET and 10% of those with a negative TET developed clinical heart failure with a dilated left ventricle during a period of 45 months. Thus, coronary microvascular function is heterogeneous in patients with left ventricular dysfunction of unknown cause. In some of them, coronary microvascular dysfunction could be related to the presence of exercise-induced myocardial ischemia, suggesting that similar pathophysiology underlies the early stage of dilated cardiomyopathy and syndrome X.

  13. Maternal melatonin administration mitigates coronary stiffness and endothelial dysfunction, and improves heart resilience to insult in growth restricted lambs

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    Tare, Marianne; Parkington, Helena C; Wallace, Euan M; Sutherland, Amy E; Lim, Rebecca; Yawno, Tamara; Coleman, Harold A; Jenkin, Graham; Miller, Suzanne L

    2014-01-01

    Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is associated with impaired cardiac function in childhood and is linked to short- and long-term morbidities. Placental dysfunction underlies most IUGR, and causes fetal oxidative stress which may impact on cardiac development. Accordingly, we investigated whether antenatal melatonin treatment, which possesses antioxidant properties, may afford cardiovascular protection in these vulnerable fetuses. IUGR was induced in sheep fetuses using single umbilical artery ligation on day 105–110 of pregnancy (term 147). Study 1: melatonin (2 mg h−1) was administered i.v. to ewes on days 5 and 6 after surgery. On day 7 fetal heart function was assessed using a Langendorff apparatus. Study 2: a lower dose of melatonin (0.25 mg h−1) was administered continuously following IUGR induction and the ewes gave birth normally at term. Lambs were killed when 24 h old and coronary vessels studied. Melatonin significantly improved fetal oxygenation in vivo. Contractile function in the right ventricle and coronary flow were enhanced by melatonin. Ischaemia–reperfusion-induced infarct area was 3-fold greater in IUGR hearts than in controls and this increase was prevented by melatonin. In isolated neonatal coronary arteries, endothelium-dependent nitric oxide (NO) bioavailability was reduced in IUGR, and was rescued by modest melatonin treatment. Melatonin exposure also induced the emergence of an indomethacin-sensitive vasodilation. IUGR caused marked stiffening of the coronary artery and this was prevented by melatonin. Maternal melatonin treatment reduces fetal hypoxaemia, improves heart function and coronary blood flow and rescues cardio-coronary deficit induced by IUGR. PMID:24710061

  14. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography compared with positron emission tomography for assessment of coronary microvascular dysfunction

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

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    for measuring coronary microvascular function but has limited availability. We compared TTDE CFVR with PET MBFR in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease and assessed repeatability of TTDE CFVR. METHODS: From a cohort of women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery......BACKGROUND: Coronary microvascular function can be assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography as a coronary flow velocity reserve (TTDE CFVR) and by positron emission tomography as a myocardial blood flow reserve (PET MBFR). PET MBFR is regarded the noninvasive reference standard...... stenosis at invasive coronary angiography, TTDE CFVR by dipyridamole induced stress and MBFR by rubidium-82 PET with adenosine was successfully measured in 107 subjects. Repeatability of TTDE CFVR was assessed in 10 symptomatic women and in 10 healthy individuals. RESULTS: MBFR was systematically higher...

  15. Widening of coronary sinus in CT pulmonary angiography indicates right ventricular dysfunction in patients with acute pulmonary embolism

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    Staskiewicz, Grzegorz [Medical University of Lublin, 1. Department of Radiology, Lublin (Poland); Medical University of Lublin, Department of Human Anatomy, Lublin (Poland); Czekajska-Chehab, Elzbieta; Trojanowska, Agnieszka; Drop, Andrzej [Medical University of Lublin, 1. Department of Radiology, Lublin (Poland); Przegalinski, Jerzy; Tomaszewski, Andrzej [Medical University of Lublin, Chair and Department of Cardiology, Lublin (Poland); Torres, Kamil; Torres, Anna [Medical University of Lublin, Department of Human Anatomy, Lublin (Poland); Maciejewski, Ryszard [Medical University of Lublin, Department of Human Anatomy, Lublin (Poland); UITM Rzeszow, Medical Emergency Department, Rzeszow (Poland)

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    Right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) may occur in the course of acute pulmonary embolism (PE). Patients with RVD need more intensive treatment, and the prognosis is more severe. The aim of this study was to evaluate the usefulness of the measurement of the coronary sinus in the assessment of RVD in patients with acute PE and to compare it with other indicators of RVD. Retrospective assessment of 55 CT pulmonary angiography examinations with signs of acute PE was performed. Pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) was echocardiographically assessed in all patients, and RVD was defined as PASP values greater than 30 mmHg. CT measurements included the size of the heart ventricles, mediastinal vessels and the width of the coronary sinus. Median width of the coronary sinus was 16 mm (range 12-24 mm) in patients with increased PASP and 10 mm (range 7-22 mm) in patients with normal PASP (p = 0.001). Best cut-off value was assessed to be 12.5 mm, with sensitivity 94% and specificity 75%. It was characterised by the largest area under ROC curve (0.82) among analysed parameters. Width of the coronary sinus seems to be a promising parameter for identification of RVD in patients with acute PE. A prospective study should be undertaken to further assess its clinical and prognostic applicability. (orig.)

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

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

    2016-01-01

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

  17. Long-term smoking causes more advanced coronary endothelial dysfunction in middle-aged smokers compared to young smokers

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    Naya, Masanao; Goto, Daisuke; Tsutsui, Hiroyuki [Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Medicine, Sapporo (Japan); Morita, Koichi; Manabe, Osamu; Hirata, Kenji; Tamaki, Nagara [Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Nuclear Medicine, Sapporo (Japan); Yoshinaga, Keiichiro [Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Molecular Imaging, Sapporo (Japan); Katoh, Chietsugu [Hokkaido University Graduate School of Medicine, Department of Health Science, Sapporo (Japan)

    2011-03-15

    Smoking cessation has been shown to normalize the coronary endothelial dysfunction in healthy young smokers. However, its effect has not been explored in middle-aged smokers with a longer history of smoking. Therefore, we compared the effects of smoking cessation on coronary vasomotor response between both young and middle-aged smokers and identified the predictor for its improvement. This study investigated 14 young healthy smokers (age 25.2 {+-} 2.3 years), 13 middle-aged smokers (age 42.0 {+-} 6.5 years) and 10 non-smokers. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was measured by using {sup 15}O-water positron emission tomography (PET). At baseline, the ratio of MBF during the cold pressor test (CPT) to that at rest (MBF{sub CPT/rest}), the index of coronary endothelial function, was significantly decreased in both young and middle-aged smokers compared to non-smokers (1.24 {+-} 0.20 and 1.10 {+-} 0.39 vs 1.53 {+-} 0.18, p < 0.05 and p < 0.001, respectively). The ratio of MBF during adenosine triphosphate infusion to that at rest was significantly decreased in middle-aged smokers compared to young smokers and non-smokers (3.34 {+-} 1.52 vs 4.43 {+-} 0.92 and 4.69 {+-} 1.25, p < 0.05, respectively). MBF{sub CPT/rest} at 1 month after smoking cessation significantly increased in young smokers, but not in middle-aged smokers. By multivariate analysis, baseline serum malondialdehyde-modified low-density lipoprotein (MDA-LDL) was an independent predictor for the changes in MBF{sub CPT/rest} after smoking cessation ({beta} = -0.45, p < 0.05). Coronary endothelial dysfunction was reversible by short-term smoking cessation in young smokers, but not in middle-aged smokers, which was associated with serum MDA-LDL levels. Long-term smoking exposure could lead to more advanced coronary endothelial dysfunction and atherosclerosis possibly via oxidative stress. (orig.)

  18. Myocardial tissue deformation is reduced in subjects with coronary microvascular dysfunction but not rescued by treatment with ranolazine.

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    Nelson, Michael D; Sharif, Behzad; Shaw, Jaime L; Cook-Wiens, Galen; Wei, Janet; Shufelt, Chrisandra; Mehta, Puja K; Thomson, Louise E J; Berman, Daniel S; Thompson, Richard B; Handberg, Eileen M; Pepine, Carl J; Li, Debiao; Bairey Merz, C Noel

    2017-05-01

    Patients with coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) often have diastolic dysfunction, representing an important therapeutic target. Ranolazine-a late sodium current inhibitor-improves diastolic function in animal models and subjects with obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). We hypothesized that ranolazine would beneficially alter diastolic function in CMD. To test this hypothesis, we performed retrospective tissue tracking analysis to evaluate systolic/diastolic strain, using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging cine images acquired in a recently completed, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover trial of short-term ranolazine in subjects with CMD and from 43 healthy reference controls. Diastolic strain rate was impaired in CMD vs controls (circumferential diastolic strain rate: 99.9% ± 2.5%/s vs 120.1% ± 4.0%/s, P = 0.0003; radial diastolic strain rate: -199.5% ± 5.5%/s vs -243.1% ± 9.6%/s, P = 0.0008, case vs control). Moreover, peak systolic circumferential strain (CS) and radial strain (RS) were also impaired in cases vs controls (CS: -18.8% ± 0.3% vs -20.7% ± 0.3%; RS: 35.8% ± 0.7% vs 41.4% ± 0.9%; respectively; both P CMD cases after 2 weeks of ranolazine vs placebo. The case-control comparison both confirms and extends our prior observations of diastolic dysfunction in CMD. That CMD cases were also found to have subclinical systolic dysfunction is a novel finding, highlighting the utility of this retrospective approach. In contrast to previous studies in obstructive CAD, ranolazine did not improve diastolic function in CMD. © 2016 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  19. Prevalence and Significance of Unrecognized Renal Dysfunction in Patients with Acute Coronary Syndrome.

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    Rozenbaum, Zach; Leader, Avi; Neuman, Yoram; Shlezinger, Meital; Goldenberg, Ilan; Mosseri, Morris; Pereg, David

    2016-02-01

    Unrecognized renal insufficiency, defined as estimated glomerular filtration rate acute coronary syndrome. We aimed to determine the prevalence and clinical significance of unrecognized renal insufficiency in a large unselected population of patients with acute coronary syndrome. The study population consisted of patients with acute coronary syndrome included in the Acute Coronary Syndrome Israeli biennial Surveys during 2000-2013. The estimated glomerular filtration rate was calculated using the simplified Modification of Diet in Renal Disease formula. Patients were stratified into 3 groups: 1) normal renal function (estimated glomerular filtration rates ≥60 mL/min/1/73 m(2)); 2) unrecognized renal insufficiency (estimated glomerular filtration rates acute coronary syndrome patients. Unrecognized renal insufficiency was present in 2536 (19.8%). Patients with unrecognized renal insufficiency were older and more frequently females. All-cause mortality rates at 1 year were highest among patients with recognized renal insufficiency, followed by patients with unrecognized renal insufficiency, with the lowest mortality rates observed in patients with normal renal function (19.4%, 9.9%, and 3.3%, respectively, P coronary angiography and were less commonly treated with guideline-based cardiovascular medications. Acute coronary syndrome patients with unrecognized renal insufficiency should be considered as a high-risk population. The question of whether this group would benefit from a more aggressive therapeutic approach should still be evaluated. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  20. The incidence and prognostic significance of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities in patients with acute coronary syndromes and renal dysfunction.

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    Lisowska, Anna; Tycińska, Agnieszka; Knapp, Małgorzata; Lisowski, Piotr; Musiał, Włodzimierz J

    2011-01-01

    The incidence of cardiac arrhythmias, including atrial fibrillation (AF) in chronic kidney disease, is unknown, although AF is several times more common in patients with end-stage kidney disease than in the general population. To assess the incidence, types and management of cardiac arrhythmias and conduction abnormalities in patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) and renal dysfunction. We also evaluated the prognostic significance of arrhythmias in this patient group. We analysed 86 patients with renal dysfunction (GFR Cardiac arrhythmias were observed in 44 (51.1%) patients with AF being the most common (27 patients, 31.4%), predominantly in the paroxysmal form (21.4%). A total of 14 (16.3%) patients had cardiac arrhythmias requiring temporary or permanent pacing. Only 4 (4.6%) patients showed transient conduction abnormalities due to hyperkalaemia in the course of renal failure, while the remaining 10 (11.6%) patients demonstrated conduction abnormalities due to ACS. A total of 3 (3.5%) patients had other arrhythmias (atrial tachycardia, ventricular arrhythmias). During the follow-up period (mean duration: 14.3 months) 7 out of 44 patients (15.9%) with renal dysfunction and arrhythmia and 2 out of 42 patients (4.7%) without arrhythmia died (p Cardiac arrhythmias occur more often in patients with ACS if renal dysfunction is also present and are associated with poor prognosis.

  1. Evaluation of Left Ventricular Dyssynchrony after Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting in Patients with Ischemic Left Ventricular Dysfunction

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    2009-12-01

    Full Text Available Background: Ischemic left ventricular (LV dysfunction is one of the major causes of LV dyssynchrony. This is indicative of poor prognosis in patients with LV dysfunction and correction of ischemia by Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG may resynchronize LV contraction. The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of CABG on LV dyssynchrony, systolic and diastolic function.Patients: The present study comprised 31 patients with ischemic LV dysfunction with Ejection Fraction (EF:25- 50%. Echocardiography with Tissue Doppler Imaging (TDI was performed to assess LV dyssynchrony (calculated by basal LV segment,to evaluate diastolic function by measurement of peak early diastolic mitral annular velocity (Em ,systolic function by measurement of peak early systolic mitral annular velocity (Sm and Ejection Fraction (EF by Simpson method.Results: Mean LV dyssychrony before CABG was 30±16 ms that decreased to 22±14 ms after operation (P=0.04.There was also improved diastolic and systolic function after CABG ( Em 0.04m/s versus 0.05 m/s , P=0.01 and Sm 0.06 m/s versus 0.08 m/s P=0.01.The mean ejection fraction rose from 40±8.6% to 42±8.2% (P=0.01.Conclusion: CABG is associated with improvement of LV dyssynchrony, systolic and diastolic function in patients with ischemic LV dysfunction.

  2. Renal dysfunction as a predictor of long-term mortality in middle-aged women following an acute coronary syndrome.

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    Holzmann, Martin J; Janszky, Imre; Al-Khalili, Faris; Schenck-Gustafsson, Karin

    2010-08-01

    To evaluate the association between renal dysfunction and long-term prognosis among middle-aged women surviving an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). The Stockholm Female Coronary Risk Study included 291 women Stockholm area. All patients underwent clinical screening for cardiovascular prognostic factors, including blood samples 3 to 6 months after the event. Creatinine clearance (CCr) was calculated using the Cockcroft-Gaults formula and related to adverse outcome. Hazard ratios (HR) for all-cause and cardiovascular mortality, respectively, in each tertile of CCr, were estimated using Cox proportional hazards regression. There were 40 deaths, including 23 from cardiovascular causes, during a median follow-up of 9 years. The unadjusted HRs for all-cause mortality for the 1st (CCr 96 mL/min) tertile. The corresponding HRs for cardiovascular mortality were 3.66 (95% CI 1.20-11.1) and 1.28 (95% CI 0.34-4.76). After multivariable adjustment for potential confounders, the association between all-cause mortality and CCr in the 1st compared with the 3rd tertile remained statistically significant (HR 4.37, 95% CI 1.39-13.7). Renal dysfunction is related to long-term mortality in middle-aged women hospitalized for ACS.

  3. dysfunction

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    flow diminishes. Decreased coronary blood flow results in myocardial ischaemia, tissue infarction, mitral insufficiency and dilated ischaemic cardiomyopathy. Approximately 10–15% of ... placed at the level of T12 on the patient's back lateral to the vertebrae to ... cardiopulmonary bypass and achieve haemodynamic stability.

  4. Implication of right ventricular dysfunction on long-term outcome in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting with or without surgical ventricular reconstruction.

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    Kukulski, Tomasz; She, Lilin; Racine, Normand; Gradinac, Sinisa; Panza, Julio A; Velazquez, Eric J; Chan, Kwan; Petrie, Mark C; Lee, Kerry L; Pellikka, Patricia A; Romanov, Alexander; Biernat, Jolanta; Rouleau, Jean L; Batlle, Carmen; Rogowski, Jan; Ferrazzi, Paolo; Zembala, Marian; Oh, Jae K

    2015-05-01

    Whether right ventricular dysfunction affects clinical outcome after coronary artery bypass grafting with or without surgical ventricular reconstruction is still unknown. The aim of the study was to assess the impact of right ventricular dysfunction on clinical outcome in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting with or without surgical ventricular reconstruction. Of 1000 patients in the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure with coronary artery disease, left ventricular ejection fraction 35% or less, and anterior dysfunction, who were randomized to undergo coronary artery bypass grafting or coronary artery bypass grafting + surgical ventricular reconstruction, baseline right ventricular function could be assessed by echocardiography in 866 patients. Patients were followed for a median of 48 months. All-cause mortality or cardiovascular hospitalization was the primary end point, and all-cause mortality alone was a secondary end point. Right ventricular dysfunction was mild in 102 patients (12%) and moderate or severe in 78 patients (9%). Moderate to severe right ventricular dysfunction was associated with a larger left ventricle, lower ejection fraction, more severe mitral regurgitation, higher filling pressure, and higher pulmonary artery systolic pressure (all P < .0001) compared with normal or mildly reduced right ventricular function. A significant interaction between right ventricular dysfunction and treatment allocation was observed. Patients with moderate or severe right ventricular dysfunction who received coronary artery bypass grafting + surgical ventricular reconstruction had significantly worse outcomes compared with patients who received coronary artery bypass grafting alone on both the primary (hazard ratio, 1.86; confidence interval, 1.06-3.26; P = .028) and the secondary (hazard ratio, 3.37; confidence interval, 1.36-8.37; P = .005) end points. After adjusting for all other prognostic clinical factors

  5. Impaired coronary metabolic dilation in the metabolic syndrome is linked to mitochondrial dysfunction and mitochondrial DNA damage.

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    Guarini, Giacinta; Kiyooka, Takahiko; Ohanyan, Vahagn; Pung, Yuh Fen; Marzilli, Mario; Chen, Yeong Renn; Chen, Chwen Lih; Kang, Patrick T; Hardwick, James P; Kolz, Christopher L; Yin, Liya; Wilson, Glenn L; Shokolenko, Inna; Dobson, James G; Fenton, Richard; Chilian, William M

    2016-05-01

    Mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity and diabetes can be caused by excessive production of free radicals, which can damage mitochondrial DNA. Because mitochondrial DNA plays a key role in the production of ATP necessary for cardiac work, we hypothesized that mitochondrial dysfunction, induced by mitochondrial DNA damage, uncouples coronary blood flow from cardiac work. Myocardial blood flow (contrast echocardiography) was measured in Zucker lean (ZLN) and obese fatty (ZOF) rats during increased cardiac metabolism (product of heart rate and arterial pressure, i.v. norepinephrine). In ZLN increased metabolism augmented coronary blood flow, but in ZOF metabolic hyperemia was attenuated. Mitochondrial respiration was impaired and ROS production was greater in ZOF than ZLN. These were associated with mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage in ZOF. To determine if coronary metabolic dilation, the hyperemic response induced by heightened cardiac metabolism, is linked to mitochondrial function we introduced recombinant proteins (intravenously or intraperitoneally) in ZLN and ZOF to fragment or repair mtDNA, respectively. Repair of mtDNA damage restored mitochondrial function and metabolic dilation, and reduced ROS production in ZOF; whereas induction of mtDNA damage in ZLN reduced mitochondrial function, increased ROS production, and attenuated metabolic dilation. Adequate metabolic dilation was also associated with the extracellular release of ADP, ATP, and H2O2 by cardiac myocytes; whereas myocytes from rats with impaired dilation released only H2O2. In conclusion, our results suggest that mitochondrial function plays a seminal role in connecting myocardial blood flow to metabolism, and integrity of mtDNA is central to this process.

  6. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is not associated with a history of reproductive risk factors in women with angina pectoris-An iPOWER substudy

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    Suhrs, Hannah Elena; Kristensen, Anna Meta; Rask, Anna Bay

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Reproductive risk factors such as preeclampsia and recurrent miscarriages have been associated with adverse cardiovascular (CV) events. Underlying coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) may be a common denominator. PURPOSE: We investigated whether a history of reproductive risk...... factors was associated with CMD in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: Participants from the iPOWER study, including women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (... risk factors: recurrent miscarriages, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, rhesus immunity, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopausal status as well as migraine and Raynaud phenomenon. CMD was assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography with measurement of coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR...

  7. [Effects of cerebral oxygen changes during coronary bypass surgery on postoperative cognitive dysfunction in elderly patients: a pilot study].

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    Şahan, Cenk; Sungur, Zerrin; Çamcı, Emre; Sivrikoz, Nükhet; Sayin, Ömer; Gurvit, Hakan; Şentürk, Mert

    2017-12-26

    Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is common after cardiac surgery. Adequate cerebral perfusion is essential and near infrared spectroscopy (NIRS) can measure cerebral oxygenation. Aim of this study is to compare incidence of early and late postoperative cognitive dysfunction in elderly patients treated with conventional or near infrared spectroscopy monitoring. Patients undergoing coronary surgery above 60 years, were included and randomized to 2 groups; control and NIRS groups. Peroperative management was NIRS guided in GN; and with conventional approach in control group. Test battery was performed before surgery, at first week and 3 rd month postoperatively. The battery comprised clock drawing, memory, word list generation, digit spam and visuospatial skills subtests. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction was defined as drop of 1 SD (standard deviation) from baseline on two or more tests. Mann-Whitney U test was used for comparison of quantitative measurements; Chi-square exact test to compare quantitative data. Twenty-one patients in control group and 19 in NIRS group completed study. Demographic and operative data were similar. At first week postoperative cognitive dysfunction were present in 9 (45%) and 7 (41%) of patients in control group and NIRS group respectively. At third month 10 patients (50%) were assessed as postoperative cognitive dysfunction; incidence was 4 (24%) in NIRS group (p:0.055). Early and late postoperative cognitive dysfunction group had significantly longer ICU stay (1.74+0.56 vs. 2.94+0.95; p<0.001; 1.91+0.7 vs. 2.79+1.05; p<0.01) and longer hospital stay (9.19+2.8 vs. 11.88+1.7; p<0.01; 9.48+2.6 vs. 11.36+2.4; p<0.05). In this pilot study conventional monitoring and near infrared spectroscopy resulted in similar rates of early postoperative cognitive dysfunction. Late cognitive dysfunction tended to ameliorate with near infrared spectroscopy. Early and late cognitive declines were associated with prolonged ICU and hospital stays

  8. The relationship between ischemia-induced left ventricular dysfunction, coronary flow reserve, and coronary steal on regadenoson stress-gated 82Rb PET myocardial perfusion imaging

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    Van Tosh, Andrew; Votaw, John R.; Reichek, Nathaniel; Palestro, Christopher J.; Nichols, Kenneth J.

    2014-01-01

    Background Gated rubidium-82 (82Rb) positron emission tomography (PET) imaging studies are acquired both at rest and during pharmacologic stress. Stress-induced ischemic left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) can produce a significant decrease in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) from rest to stress. We determined the prevalence on PET of stress LVD with reduced ejection fraction (EF) and its association with absolute global and regional coronary flow reserve (CFR), and with relative perfusion defect summed difference score (SDS). Methods and Results We studied 205 patients with known or suspected coronary disease (120 M, 75 F, age 69 ± 13 years) who had clinically indicated rest/regadenoson stress 82Rb PET/CT studies. Data were acquired in dynamic gated list mode. Global and 17-segment regional CFR values were computed from first-pass flow data using a 2-compartment model and factor analysis applied to auto-generated time-activity curves. Rest and stress LVEF and SDS were quantified from gated equilibrium myocardial perfusion tomograms using Emory Cardiac Toolbox software. LVD was defined as a change in LVEF of ≤−5% from rest to stress. A subgroup of 109 patients also had coronary angiography. Stress LVD developed in 32 patients (16%), with mean EF change of −10 ± 5%, vs +6 ± 7% for patients without LVD (P < .0001). EF was similar at rest in patients with and without stress LVD (57 ± 18% vs 56 ± 16%, P = .63), but lower during stress for patients with LVD (47 ± 20% vs 61 ± 16%, P = .0001). CFR was significantly lower in patients with LVD (1.61 ± 0.67 vs 2.21 ± 1.03, Wilcoxon P = .002), and correlated significantly with change in EF (r = 0.35, P < .0001), but not with SDS (r = −0.13, P = .07). The single variable most strongly associated with high risk of CAD (i.e., left main stenosis ≥50%, LAD % stenosis ≥70%, and/or 3-vessel disease) was stress EF (χ2 = 17.3, P < .0001). There was a higher prevalence of patients with territorial CFR

  9. A randomized trial of anesthetic induction agents in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction

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    Singh Raveen

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available The deleterious effects of anesthetic agents in patients suffering from coronary artery disease are well known. The risk increases when a patient has compromised ventricular function. There is a paucity of literature regarding the choice of the suitable agent to avoid deleterious effects in such patients. The use of etomidate and propofol has been considered superior to other intravenous anesthetic agents in these groups of patients. The aim of the present study is to compare the hemodynamic effects of anesthesia induction with etomidate, thiopentone, propofol, and midazolam in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction. This randomized clinical trail was conducted at the All Indian Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi, India. Sixty patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction (ejection fraction < 45% scheduled for elective coronary artery bypass surgery participated in this study. After stabilization baseline hemodynamic data stroke volume variation and systemic vascular resistance index were recorded for all patients (Flo Trac TM sensor with Vigileo cardiac output monitor used for hemodynamic monitoring. The patients were randomly alloted to one of the four groups and the intravenous induction agent was administered for over 60 - 90 seconds (Group E - Etomidate 0.2 mg/Kg; Group M - Midazolam 0.15 mg/Kg; Group T - Thiopentone 5 mg/Kg; Group P - Propofol 1.5 mg/Kg. Hemodynamic data were recorded at one minute intervals starting from induction till seven minutes after intubation, - the end point of the present study. There was a significant decrease in the heart rate in comparison to the baseline(-7 to -15%, P = 0.001, mean arterial pressure (-27 to -32%, P = 0.001, cardiac index (-36 to -38%, P = 0.001, and stroke volume index (-27 to -34%, P = 0.001 after induction in all four groups. The hemodynamic response was similar in all the four groups. There was no significant change in central

  10. [Biochemical markers of endothelial dysfunction in chronic obstructive pulmonary disease concurrent with hypertensive disease or coronary heart disease].

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    Akhmineeva, A Kh

    2014-01-01

    To evaluate the vascular endothelium in patients with cardiopulmonary disease, by studying the levels of endothelin-1 (ET-1) and C-type natriuretic peptide (CNP). Examinations were conducted in 212 dwellers of the Astrakhan Region, including 40 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) concurrent with hypertensive disease (HD), 40 patients with COPD concurrent with coronary heart disease (CHD), 27 somatically healthy individuals, 35 patients with Stage II HD, 35 patients with Functional Classes II and III CHD, and 35 patients with moderate and severe COPD. The patients with COPD concurrent with HD and CHD were found to have endothelial dysfunction manifesting itself in the overproduction of ET-1 and CNP. The level of CNP was statistically significantly higher in the COPD + HD group than in the HD and COPD groups whereas in the COPD + HD group the level of ET-1 remained comparable to that in the COPD and HD groups. This indicates that CNP is a more sensitive indirect marker of endothelial dysfunction and that nitric oxide deficiency is aggravated in the concurrence of COPD and HD as compared to a mononosological entity (HD, COPD). The concurrence of COPD and CHD is more unfavorable for the development and severity of endothelial dysfunction, which may lead to mutual aggravation syndrome, the rapider progression of the diseases, and the increased frequency of complications.

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

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

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

  12. Sexual dysfunction before and after coronary artery bypass graft surgery in males

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    Faisal Mourad, MD

    2017-03-01

    Conclusions: Sexual dysfunction is not uncommon following CABG surgery however, sexual counseling is still not being addressed adequately. Participation in the rehabilitation program is the responsibility of the cardiac surgeons, rehabilitation nurses and the patient's partner.

  13. The BEAUTIFUL study: randomized trial of ivabradine in patients with stable coronary artery disease and left ventricular systolic dysfunction - baseline characteristics of the study population

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    Ferrari, R.; Ford, I.; Fox, K.; Steg, P. G.; Tendera, M.; Cohen Arazi, H.; Nul, D. R.; Ahuad Guerrero, R. A.; Luciardi, H. L.; Sinisi, V. A.; Perna, E. R.; Schygiel, P. O.; Sanjurjo, M. S.; Fernandez, A. A.; del Valle Lobo Marquez, L. L.; Fuselli, J. J.; Hasbani, E.; Ibañez, J. O.; Cartasegna, L. R.; Lembo, L. A.; Thierer, J.; Varini, S.; Buscema, J. J.; Orlandini, A. D.; Bustos, B.; Guzmán, L. A.; Luquez, H. A.; Amuchastegui, M.; Allall, O. A.; Iglesias, R. M.; Sokn, F. J.; Montaña, O. R.; Sanchez, A.; Vogel, D.; Eber, B.; Huber, K.; Lang, I.; Pichler, A. N.; Dendale, P. A. C.; Vanderheyden, M.; van Mieghem, W.; Chenu, P.; Friart, A.; Missault, L.; Vachiery, J. L.; Materne, P.; François, B. A. A.; Sirakova, V.; Penkov, N.; Georgiev, B.; Grigorov, M.; Taseva, T.; Nachev, C.; Guenova, D.; Perchev, I.; Denchev, S.; Donova, T.; Torbova, S.; Goudev, A.; Raev, D.; Gotchev, D.; Tzekova, M.; Chompalova, B.; Hergeldjieva, V.; Kamenova, Z.; Dzhurzdhev, A.; Tardif, J. C.; Talbot, P.; Yao, L.; Ma, P.; Constance, C.; Bernstein, V.; Heath, J.; Lalani, A.; Haddad, H.; To, T. B.; Pandey, S.; Desrochers, D.; Fortin, C.; Poirier, P.; Savard, D.; Baird, M.; Lonn, E.; Coutu, B.; Vertes, G. E.; Rebane, T.; Kouz, S.; Raco, D.; Rajda, M.; Parker, J. O.; Glanz, A.; Lepage, S.; Parker, J. D.; Klinke, W. P.; Rupka, D.; Hill, L. L.; Nawaz, S.; Chehayeb, R.; Lauzon, C.; Matangi, M.; Syan, G. S.; Hu, D.; Lv, S.; Yan, X.; Gai, L.; Ge, J. B.; Dong, Y.; Sun, Y.; Yuan, Z.; Zhang, F.; Wang, X.; Wang, W.; Hradec, J.; Florian, J.; Sulda, M.; Spinar, J.; Fábik, L.; Stípal, R.; Kaislerová, M.; Vitovec, J.; Vojtísek, P.; Krejcova, H.; Maratka, T.; Sochor, K.; Marcinek, G.; Povolný, J.; Jerábek, O.; Karetová, D.; Vojacek, J.; Lavicka, V.; Vencour, D.; Kotík, L.; Kuchar, J.; Drazka, J.; Penicka, M.; Kryza, R.; Soucek, M.; Ballek, L.; Spacek, R.; Brønnum Schou, J.; Torp-Pedersen, C.; Nielsen, T.; Markenvard, J.; Tuxen, C.; Hildebrandt, P.; Sejersen, H.; Rokkedal, J.; Ralfkiaer, N.; Agner, E.; Skagen, K.; Roseva Nielsen, N.; Vigholt, E.; Dodt, K. K.; Lind Rasmussen, L.; Pedersen, L.; Stentebjerg, S. E.; Asklund, M.; Klarlund, K.; Haghfelt, T.; Gøtzsche, L.; Rickers, H.; Køber, L.; Jensen, G.; Dahlstrøm, C. G.; Gøtzsche, O.; Egstrup, K.; Petersen, J.; Larsen, J.; McNair, A.; Jakobsen, T.; Larsen, C. T.; Eha, J.; Vahula, V.; Averina, O.; Viigimaa, M.; Sildmäe, S.; Kolbassova, O.; Melin, J.; Peuhkurinen, K.; Harjola, V. P.; Luoma, J.; Ovize, M.; Sellier, P.; Barthelemy, J. C.; Beaune, J.; Magnin, D.; Dambrine, P.; Khalife, K.; Wolf, J. E.; Roudaut, R.; Gabrovescu, M.; Dubois-Rande, J. L.; Galinier, M.; Genest, M.; Mansourati, J.; Aliot, E.; Carlioz, R.; Cherbi, C.; Slama, M.; Colin, P.; Decoulx, E.; Escande, M.; Fournier, P. Y.; Galley, D.; Khanoyan, P.; Jaboureck, O.; Leborgne, L.; Mann, H.; Pierre-Justin, E.; Roynard, J. L.; Soto, F. X.; Bourdon, A.; Bauer, F.; Belin, A.; Boudahne, A.; Bouvier, J. M.; Chati, Z.; Chevalier, J. M.; Chevrier, J.; Doucet, B.; Drawin, T.; Mansour, N. El; Funck, F.; Godenir, J. P.; Guillot, J. P.; Gully, C.; Habib, G.; Kahn, J. C.; Koenig, A.; Martelet, M.; Matina, D.; Gay, A.; Meurice, T.; Perret, T.; Riou, A.; Thisse, J. Y.; Demarcq, J. M.; Bodur, G.; Claudon, O.; Lemoine, C.; Roul, G.; Olive, T. G.; Huyghe de Mahenge, A.; Meinertz, T.; Baumann, G.; Böhm, M.; Cieslinski, G.; Figulla, H. R.; Gonska, B. D.; Hasenfuss, G.; Heckel, D.; Hoppe, U.; Katus, H.; Kombächer, H. 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N.; Siogas, K.; Kapordelis, C.; Apostolou, T.; Karvounis, H.; Papadopoulos, C.; Tziakas, D.; Tryposkiadis, F.; Koliopoulos, N.; Alexopoulos, D.; Fotiadis, I.; Kolettis, T.; Manolis, A.; Pras, A.; Lee, K.; Borbola, J.; Préda, U.; Tomcsányi, J.; Edes, I.; Nagy, A.; Lippai, J.; Regos, L.; Tóth, K.; Takács, J.; Cziráki, A.; Matoltsy, A.; Sidó, Z.; Nagy, L.; Nyárádi, A.; Mohay, A.; Rumi, G.; Polgár, P.; Zámolyi, K.; Tahy, A.; Piros, G.; Veress, G.; Barsi, B.; Kovács, A.; Sereg, M.; Pálinkás, A.; Sármán, P.; Juhász, A.; Mohácsi, A.; Harmati, L.; Lupkovics, G.; Dézsi, C. 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T.; van der Veen, M.; van Rossum, P.; Bartels, G. L.; van Vlies, B.; Lionarons, R. J.; Dijkgraaf, R.; Wesdorp, J. C. L.; Kragten, J. A.; Fast, J.; de Milliano, P. A. R.; van Rugge, F. P.; Hoogslag, P. A. M.; Göbel, E. J. A.; Leenders, C. M.; van der Heijden, R.; Swart, H.; van Beek, G. J.; van der Zwaan, C.; Holwerda, N. J.; Winter, J. B.; Galema, T. W.; Voors, A. A.; Kirkels, J. H.; Jaarsma, W.; Zwart, P. A. G.; Thijssen, H.; Linssen, G. C. M.; Verheul, J. A.; Maas, A. H. E. M.; Willems, A. R.; Nagelsmit, M. J.; Freericks, M. P.; Pinto, Y. M.; Bruning, T. A.; Michels, H. M.; Withagen, A. J. A. M.; Jap Tjoen San, W. T. J.; Robles de Medina, R.; Nierop, P. R.; Daniels, M. C. G.; van Kempen, L. H. J.; Herrman, J. P. R.; van Wijk, L. M.; Atar, D.; Myhre, E. P.; Dickstein, K.; Musial, W.; Pulkowski, G.; Sinkiewicz, W.; Kubica, J.; Janik, K.; Rynkiewicz, A.; Miekus, P.; Szpajer, M.; Zadrozna, Z.; Krzeminska-Pakula, M.; Goch, J.; Krynicki, R.; Trusz-Gluza, M.; Janion, M.; Zinka, E.; Kawecka-Jaszcz, K.; Piwowarska, W.; Piotrowski, W.; Bloch, C.; Trojnar, R.; Targonski, R.; Pluta, W.; Krzciuk, M.; Achremczyk, P.; Kuzniar, J.; Baska, J.; Ruszkowski, P.; Drozdowski, P.; Kurowski, M.; Krupa, E.; Slowinski, S.; Skura, M.; Pusz, T.; Jaworska, K.; Dluzniewski, M.; Opolski, G.; Piepiorka, M.; Andrzejak, R.; Wrabec, K.; Ponikowski, P.; Loboz-Grudzien, K.; Wodniecki, J.; Kalarus, Z.; Tracz, W.; Kozlowski, A.; Ruzyllo, W.; Mazurek, W.; Szolkiewicz, M.; Paisana Lopes, J. P.; Carvalho, N.; Teixeira, M.; Ferreira Da Silva, G.; Aguiar, J.; Lousada, N.; Salgado, A.; Providencia, L. A.; Freitas, J.; Oliveira Soares, A.; Capalneanu, R.; Macarie, C.; Bruckner, I.; Cinteza, M.; Nanea, T.; Dorobantu, M.; Vintila, M.; Dan, G. A.; Dimulescu, D. R.; Arsenescu, C.; Ionescu, D. D.; Dragulescu, I. S.; Avram, R.; Opris, M.; Manitiu, I.; Craiu, E.; Babes, K.; Tase, A.; Tintoiu, I.; Apetrei, E.; Olinic, N. C.; Radoi, M.; Minescu, B.; Tanaseanu, C. M.; Sinescu, C. J.; Tomescu, M.; Loariu, C.; Carasca, E.; Datcu, M. D.; Dumitrascu, D. L.; Ionascu-Fometescu, C. R.; Pop, C.; Radu, I.; Vladoianu, M.; Kiss, L.; Toplnitchi, L.; Aroutiounov, G. P.; Beloussov, Y. B.; Vasyuk, Y. A.; Vertkine, A. L.; Zadionchenko, V. S.; Zateyshchikov, D. A.; Ya Ivleva, A.; Karpov, Y. A.; Kisliak, O. A.; Kobalava, J. D.; Yu Konyakhin, A.; Kukes, V. G.; Yu Mareev, V.; Mkrtchyan, V. R.; Orlov, V. A.; Sidorenko, B. A.; Stryuk, R. I.; Tereschenko, S. N.; Shpektor, A. V.; Pozdnyakov, Y. M.; Khrustalev, O. A.; Yakusevich, V. V.; Yakushin, S. S.; Azarin, O. G.; Karpov, Y. B.; Moiseeva, O. M.; Perepech, N. B.; Sayganov, S. A.; Svistov, A. S.; Sorokin, L. A.; Shlyakhto, E. V.; Lopatin, Y. M.; Nedogoda, S. V.; Arkhipov, M. V.; Kuimov, A. D.; Tsyba, L. P.; Yakhontova, P. K.; Chumakova, G. A.; Barbarsh, O. L.; Bart, B. Y.; Bychkova, L.; Golukhova, E.; Zhilyaev, E. V.; Rodoman, G. V.; Rudnev, D. V.; Tankhilevich, B. M.; Shostak, N. A.; Kastanaian, A. A.; Pimenov, L. T.; Murín, J.; Kamenský, G.; Gonsorcík, J.; Bada, V.; Pella, D.; Sojka, G.; Vahala, P.; Bugán, V.; Kmec, J.; Micko, K.; Rakovec, P.; Kanic, V.; Skrabl-Mocnik, F.; Slemenik-Pusnik, C.; Melihen-Bartolic, C.; Markez, J.; Macaya de Miguel, C.; Grande, A.; Jimenez Navarro, M.; Romero Hinojosa, J. A.; Bertomeu Martinez, V.; Paz Bermejo, M. A.; Illa Gay, J.; Gusi Tragant, G.; Calvo Gomez, C.; Iglesias Cubero, G.; Balaguer Recena, J.; López García-Aranda, V.; Caparos Valderrama, J.; Iglesias Alonso, L. F.; San Román Calvar, A.; Fernanez Aviles, F.; Perez Villa, F.; Bruguera Cortada, J.; Fernandez Alvarez, R.; Noriega Peiro, F.; Calvo Iglesias, F.; Sevilla Toral, B.; López Bescós, L.; Garcia de Burgos, F.; Sola Casado, R.; Galve, E.; Casares Garcia, G.; Delborg, M.; Herlitz, J.; Ullman, B.; Blomgren, J.; Bandh, S.; Ohlin, H.; Dubach, P.; Gallino, A.; Hess, O.; Moccetti, T.; Eeckhout, E.; Vontobel, H.; Delabays, A.; Erol, K.; Kozan, O.; Mutlu, B.; Ergene, O.; Acarturk, E.; Yilmaz, H.; Ural, D.; Parkhomenko, O.; Polyvoda, S.; Dyadyk, A.; Vatutin, M.; Karpenko, O.; Kubyshkin, V.; Rudenko, L.; Putintsev, V.; Krayz, I.; Kovalsky, I.; Rudyk, Y.; Yurlov, V.; Mostovoy, Y.; Rishko, M.; Barna, O.; Slyvka, Y.; Perepelytsya, M.; Seredyuk, N.; Bazylevych, A.; Glushko, L.; Tashchuk, V.; Girina, O.; Vizir, V.; Pertseva, T.; Vlasenko, M.; Goloborodko, B.; Kolomiets, S.; Dzyak, G.; Sharuk, O.; Storozhuk, B.; Kovalenko, V.; Khomazyuk, T.; Soldatchenko, S.; Lutay, M.; Zharinov, O.; Serkova, V.; Korkushko, O.; Korzh, O.; Netyazheko, V.; Sakharchuck, I.; Stadnyuk, L.; Bereznyakov, I.; Semidotska, Z.; Kolchin, Y.; Voronkov, L.; Tseluyko, V.; Amosova, K.; Batuschkin, V.; Hall, A.; Lindsay, S.; Moriarty, A.; Kadr, H.; Francis, C. M.; Saltissi, S.; Rozkovec, A.; Groves, P.; Crook, J. R.; Purvis, J.; Brooksby, P.; Stewart, M.; Dutka, D.; Timmis, A.; Baig, M. W.; Brady, A.; Williams, S.; Brooks, N.; Greaves, K.

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    OBJECTIVES: Ivabradine is a selective heart rate-lowering agent that acts by inhibiting the pacemaker current If in sinoatrial node cells. Patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction are at high risk of death and cardiac events, and the BEAUTIFUL study was designed to

  14. Body mass index is associated with microvascular endothelial dysfunction in patients with treated metabolic risk factors and suspected coronary artery disease

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    D.J. Van Der Heijden (Dirk J.); M.A.H. van Leeuwen (Maarten); G.N. Janssens (Gladys N.); M.J. Lenzen (Mattie); P.M. van de Ven (Peter); E.C. Eringa (Etto ); N. van Royen (Niels)

    2017-01-01

    textabstractBackground--Obesity is key feature of the metabolic syndrome and is associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Obesity is associated with macrovascular endothelial dysfunction, a determinant of outcome in patients with coronary artery disease. Here, we compared the

  15. The BEAUTIFUL study: randomized trial of ivabradine in patients with stable coronary artery disease and left ventricular systolic dysfunction - baseline characteristics of the study population

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    NN, NN; Ferrari, R; Ford, I

    2008-01-01

    OBJECTIVES: Ivabradine is a selective heart rate-lowering agent that acts by inhibiting the pacemaker current If in sinoatrial node cells. Patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction are at high risk of death and cardiac events, and the BEAUTIFUL study was designed to e...

  16. Microcirculatory monitoring in septic patients: Where do we stand?

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    Gruartmoner, G; Mesquida, J; Ince, C

    Microcirculatory alterations play a pivotal role in sepsis-related morbidity and mortality. However, since the microcirculation has been a "black box", current hemodynamic management of septic patients is still guided by macrocirculatory parameters. In the last decades, the development of several technologies has shed some light on microcirculatory evaluation and monitoring, and the possibility of incorporating microcirculatory variables to clinical practice no longer seems to be beyond reach. The present review provides a brief summary of the current technologies for microcirculatory evaluation, and attempts to explore the potential role and benefits of their integration to the resuscitation process in critically ill septic patients. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier España, S.L.U. y SEMICYUC. All rights reserved.

  17. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is an early feature of cardiac involvement in patients with Anderson-Fabry disease.

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    Tomberli, Benedetta; Cecchi, Franco; Sciagrà, Roberto; Berti, Valentina; Lisi, Francesca; Torricelli, Francesca; Morrone, Amelia; Castelli, Gabriele; Yacoub, Magdi H; Olivotto, Iacopo

    2013-12-01

    Male patients with Anderson-Fabry disease (AFD) often exhibit cardiac involvement, characterized by LV hypertrophy (LVH), associated with severe coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD). Whether CMD is present in patients without LVH, particularly when female, remains unresolved. The aim of the study was to investigate the presence of CMD by positron emission tomography (PET) in AFD patients of both genders, with and without evidence of LVH. We assessed myocardial blood flow following dipyridamole infusion (Dip-MBF) with 13N-labelled ammonia by PET in 30 AFD patients (age 51 ± 13 years; 18 females) and in 24 healthy controls. LVH was defined as echocardiographic maximal LV wall thickness ≥13 mm. LVH was present in 67% of patients (n = 20; 10 males and 10 females). Dip-MBF was reduced in all patients compared with controls (1.8 ± 0.5 and 3.2 ± 0.5 mL/min/g, respectively, P Coronary microvascular function is markedly impaired in AFD patients irrespective of LVH and gender. CMD may represent the only sign of cardiac involvement in AFD patients, with potentially important implications for clinical management.

  18. Ventricular repolarization alterations in women with angina pectoris and suspected coronary microvascular dysfunction

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    Dose, Nynne; Michelsen, Marie Mide; Mygind, Naja Dam

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    OBJECTIVES: CMD could be the explanation of angina pectoris with no obstructive CAD and may cause ventricular repolarization changes. We compared T-wave morphology and QTc interval in women with angina pectoris with a control group as well as the associations with CMD. METHODS: Women with angina...... pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease (n=138) and age-matched controls were compared in regard to QTc interval and morphology combination score (MCS) based on T-wave asymmetry, flatness and presence of T-wave notch. CMD was assessed as a coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) by transthoracic...... was attenuated after multivariable adjustment (p=0.08). CONCLUSION: This study suggests that women with angina pectoris have alterations in T-wave morphology as well as longer QTc interval compared with a reference population. CMD might be an explanation....

  19. Infection-induced coronary dysfunction and systemic inflammation in piglets are dampened in hypercholesterolemic milieu

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    Birck, Malene M.; Pesonen, Erkki; Odermarsky, Michal

    2011-01-01

    The synergism of infection with conventional cardiovascular risk factors in atherosclerosis is much debated. We hypothesized that coronary arterial injury correlates with infection recurrence and pathogen burden and is further aggravated by hypercholesterolemia. Forty-two Göttingen minipigs were...... assigned to repeated intratracheal inoculation of PBS, Chlamydia pneumoniae (Cpn), or both Cpn and influenza virus at 8, 11, and 14 wk of age. Animals were fed either standard or 2% cholesterol diet (chol-diet). At 19 wk of age coronary vasomotor responses to acetylcholine (ACh) and adenosine were assessed...... in vivo and blood and tissue samples were collected. Nonparametric tests were used to compare the groups. In cholesterol-fed animals, total cholesterol/HDL was significantly increased in infected animals compared with noninfected animals [3.13 (2.17–3.38) vs. 2.03 (1.53–2.41), respectively; P = 0.01]. C...

  20. Growth hormone-releasing peptide ghrelin inhibits homocysteine-induced endothelial dysfunction in porcine coronary arteries and human endothelial cells.

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    Hedayati, Nasim; Annambhotla, Suman; Jiang, Jun; Wang, Xinwen; Chai, Hong; Lin, Peter H; Yao, Qizhi; Chen, Changyi

    2009-01-01

    Ghrelin, a novel growth hormone-releasing peptide, is implicated to play a protective role in cardiovascular tissues. However, it is not clear whether ghrelin protects vascular tissues from injury secondary to risk factors such as homocysteine (Hcy). This study investigated the effect and potential mechanisms of ghrelin on Hcy-induced endothelial dysfunction. Porcine coronary artery rings were incubated for 24 hours with ghrelin (100 ng/mL), Hcy (50 microM), or ghrelin plus Hcy. Endothelial vasomotor function was evaluated using the myograph tension model. The response to the thromboxane A(2)analog U46619, bradykinin, and sodium nitroprusside was analyzed. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) expression was determined using real-time polymerase chain reaction and immunohistochemistry staining, and superoxide anion production was documented lucigenin-enhanced chemiluminescence analysis. Human coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAECs) were treated with different concentrations of Hcy, ghrelin, or antighrelin receptor antibody for 24 hours, and eNOS protein levels were determined by Western blot analysis. Maximal contraction with U46619 and endothelium-independent vasorelaxation with sodium nitroprusside were not different among the four groups. However, endothelium-dependent vasorelaxation with bradykinin (10(-6) M) was significantly reduced by 34% with Hcy compared with controls (P ghrelin to Hcy had a protective effect, with 61.6% relaxation, which was similar to controls (64.7%). Homocysteine significantly reduced eNOS expression, whereas ghrelin cotreatment effectively restored eNOS expression to the control levels. Superoxide anion levels, which were increased by 100% with Hcy, returned to control levels with ghrelin cotreatment. Ghrelin also effectively blocked the Hcy-induced decrease of eNOS protein levels in HCAECs in a concentration-dependent manner. Antighrelin receptor antibody effectively inhibited the effect of ghrelin. Ghrelin has a protective

  1. Genome-wide assessment for genetic variants associated with ventricular dysfunction after primary coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

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    Amanda A Fox

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND: Postoperative ventricular dysfunction (VnD occurs in 9-20% of coronary artery bypass graft (CABG surgical patients and is associated with increased postoperative morbidity and mortality. Understanding genetic causes of postoperative VnD should enhance patient risk stratification and improve treatment and prevention strategies. We aimed to determine if genetic variants associate with occurrence of in-hospital VnD after CABG surgery. METHODS: A genome-wide association study identified single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs associated with postoperative VnD in male subjects of European ancestry undergoing isolated primary CABG surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. VnD was defined as the need for ≥2 inotropes or mechanical ventricular support after CABG surgery. Validated SNPs were assessed further in two replication CABG cohorts and meta-analysis was performed. RESULTS: Over 100 SNPs were associated with VnD (P2.1 of developing in-hospital VnD after CABG surgery. However, three genetic loci identified by meta-analysis were more modestly associated with development of postoperative VnD. Studies of larger cohorts to assess these loci as well as to define other genetic mechanisms and related biology that link genetic variants to postoperative ventricular dysfunction are warranted.

  2. Inflammation and microvascular dysfunction in cardiac syndrome X patients without conventional risk factors for coronary artery disease.

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    Recio-Mayoral, Alejandro; Rimoldi, Ornella E; Camici, Paolo G; Kaski, Juan Carlos

    2013-06-01

    The aim of this study was to ascertain whether coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) and inflammation are related in cardiac syndrome X (CSX). CMD can lead to CSX, defined as typical angina and transient myocardial ischemia despite normal coronary arteriograms. Inflammation has been suggested to play a role in the pathogenesis of myocardial ischemia in CSX. We assessed 21 CSX patients (age 52 ± 10 years; 17 women) without traditional cardiovascular risk factors and 21 matched apparently healthy control subjects. Positron emission tomography was used to measure myocardial blood flow (MBF) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) in response to intravenous adenosine, whereas high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (CRP) was measured to assess inflammation. Patients were subdivided a priori into 2 groups according to CRP concentrations at study entry (i.e., ≤3 or >3 mg/l). There were no differences in resting (1.20 ± 0.23 ml/min/g vs. 1.14 ± 0.20 ml/min/g; p = 0.32) or hyperemic MBF (3.28 ± 1.02 ml/min/g vs. 3.68 ± 0.89 ml/min/g; p = 0.18) between CSX patients and the control group, whereas CFR was mildly reduced in CSX patients compared with the control group (2.77 ± 0.80 vs. 3.38 ± 0.80; p = 0.02). Patients with CRP >3 mg/l had more severe impairment of CFR (2.14 ± 0.33 vs. 3.16 ± 0.76; p = 0.001) and more ischemic electrocardiographic changes during adenosine administration than patients with lower CRP, and a negative correlation between CRP levels and CFR (r = -0.49, p = 0.02) was found in CSX patients. CSX patients with elevated CRP levels had a significantly reduced CFR compared with the control group, which is indicative of CMD. Our study thus suggests a role for inflammation in the modulation of coronary microvascular responses in patients with CSX. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  3. Coronary microvascular dysfunction and diastolic load correlate with cardiac troponin T release measured by a highly sensitive assay in patients with nonischemic heart failure.

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    Takashio, Seiji; Yamamuro, Megumi; Izumiya, Yasuhiro; Sugiyama, Seigo; Kojima, Sunao; Yamamoto, Eiichiro; Tsujita, Kenichi; Tanaka, Tomoko; Tayama, Shinji; Kaikita, Koichi; Hokimoto, Seiji; Ogawa, Hisao

    2013-08-13

    This study investigated factors associated with cardiac troponin T (cTnT) release from failing myocardium. Persistent and modest elevation of serum cTnT is frequently observed in heart failure (HF) patients free of coronary artery disease, although the mechanisms underlying this finding remain unclear. We evaluated serum cTnT levels in the aortic root (Ao) and coronary sinus (CS) using a highly sensitive assay in 90 nonischemic HF patients and 47 non-HF patients. Transcardiac cTnT and plasma B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) release were described as the differences between CS and Ao cTnT levels [ΔcTnT (CS-Ao)] and BNP levels [ΔBNP (CS-Ao)], respectively. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was measured in 68 HF patients using an intracoronary Doppler guidewire. ΔcTnT (CS-Ao) levels were available in 76 HF patients and 28 non-HF patients (84% vs. 60%; p = 0.001), and higher in HF patients than non-HF patients (p Coronary microvascular dysfunction, diagnosed by CFR coronary microvascular dysfunction (4.8 [2.0 to 8.1] ng/l) than those without (2.0 [1.2 to 4.6] ng/l; p = 0.04). cTnT release from failing myocardium correlated with diastolic load and coronary microvascular dysfunction in nonischemic HF patients. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  4. Aggravation of left ventricular diastolic dysfunction in hypertensives with coronary artery disease.

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    Vlasseros, Ioannis; Katsi, Vasiliki; Vyssoulis, Gregory; Pylarinos, Ioannis; Ioannis, Pylarinos; Richter, Dimitrios; Gialernios, Theodoros; Souretis, Georgios; Tousoulis, Dimitris; Stefanadis, Christodoulos; Kallikazaros, Ioannis

    2013-10-01

    We investigated the combined effects of hypertension and coronary artery disease (CAD) on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function. We examined 118 consecutive hypertensives who underwent diagnostic coronary angiography. All patients underwent a complete echocardiographic study within 24 h of catheterization by operators blind to their condition. The study participants were divided into two groups according to the presence of CAD: group A, with the disease (n=72); and group B, without (n=46). Patients with CAD exhibited lower LV fractional shortening and ejection fraction (P=0.002 and P=0.001). Hypertensives with CAD had significantly prolonged isovolumic relaxation time (IVRT) compared to those without CAD (P<0.001). Most interestingly, CAD patients had significantly worse Ema/Ama, Vp (flow propagation velocity), E/Vp and Vp/IVRT (all P<0.05). In addition, after adjusting for confounders, univariate and multivariate logistic regression analyses revealed that IVRT increases were associated with greater odds of CAD, whereas decreases in Vp or Vp/IVRT were associated with lower odds of CAD (all P ≤ 0.001). In hypertensives, the early recognition of LV diastolic performance alteration may be associated with the presence of significant CAD, indicating the need for more aggressive approaches both in terms of pharmacological treatment and interventional evaluation.

  5. Cardiovascular, metabolic, and coronary dysfunction in high-fat-fed obesity-resistant/prone rats.

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    Dake, Brian L; Oltman, Christine L

    2015-03-01

    Obesity is a global epidemic leading to several comorbidities including diabetes and cardiovascular disease. The hypothesis that the genetic background of the obesity-prone rat (OP) predisposes to physiologic, metabolic, and microvascular dysfunction which is exacerbated by a diet high in saturated fats was tested. Male OP and obesity-resistant (OR) rats were fed either a diet containing 10% (chow) or 45% kcal fat (HF) for 42 weeks. Weight of OP rats was greater than OR rats by 8 weeks on both diets. Blood pressure was increased in OP rats on chow and further augmented by HF diet compared to OR rats on similar diets. In contrast to weight and blood pressure, glucose clearance was similar in OR and OP rats on chow and impaired in both models on HF diet. Relaxation to acetylcholine was attenuated in OP rats compared to OR rats by 8 weeks and remained reduced throughout the study. A longer period of time was required to observe vascular dysfunction in HF-fed OR rats. When compared to OR rats, OP rats are prone to develop not only greater obesity but also hypertension and vascular dysfunction on a normal diet which is further augmented with HF diet. © 2015 The Obesity Society.

  6. Clopidogrel Improves Skin Microcirculatory Endothelial Function in Persons With Heightened Platelet Aggregation.

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    Salimi, Shabnam; Lewis, Joshua P; Yerges-Armstrong, Laura M; Mitchell, Braxton D; Saeed, Faisal; O'Connell, Jeffry R; Perry, James A; Ryan, Kathleen A; Shuldiner, Alan R; Parsa, Afshin

    2016-10-31

    Platelet activation can lead to enhanced oxidative stress, inflammatory response, and endothelial dysfunction. To quantify the effects of platelet inhibition on endothelial function, we assessed platelet activity of healthy persons before and after clopidogrel administration and evaluated its effects on endothelial function. We hypothesized that clopidogrel, by attenuating platelet activity, would result in enhanced endothelial function. Microcirculatory endothelial function was quantified by laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) mediated by thermal hyperemia (TH) and postocclusive reactive hyperemia, respectively, in 287 and 241 relatively healthy and homogenous Old Order Amish persons. LDF and platelet aggregation measures were obtained at baseline and after 7 days of clopidogrel administration. Our primary outcome was percentage change in post- versus preclopidogrel LDF measures. Preclopidogrel TH-LDF and platelet aggregation were higher in women than in men (PClopidogrel administration was associated with ≈2-fold higher percentage change in TH-LDF in participants with high versus low baseline platelet aggregation (39.4±10.1% versus 17.4±5.6%, P=0.03). Clopidogrel also increased absolute TH-LDF measures in persons with high platelet aggregation (1757±766 to 2154±1055, P=0.03), with a more prominent effect in women (1909±846 to 2518±1048, P=0.001). There was no evidence that clopidogrel influenced postocclusive reactive hyperemia LDF measures. The administration of clopidogrel in healthy persons with high baseline platelet aggregation results in improved TH-induced microcirculatory endothelial function. These data suggest that clopidogrel may have a beneficial effect on microcirculatory endothelial function, presumably through antiplatelet activity, and may confer additional vascular benefits. URL: https://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00799396. © 2016 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley Blackwell.

  7. Cognitive dysfunction and poor health literacy are common in veterans presenting with acute coronary syndrome: insights from the MEDICATION study

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    2015-06-01

    Full Text Available Lucas N Marzec,1 Evan P Carey,1 Anne C Lambert-Kerzner,1 Eric J Del Giacco,2 Stephanie D Melnyk,3 Chris L Bryson,4 Ibrahim E Fahdi,2 Hayden B Bosworth,3 Fran Fiocchi,5 P Michael Ho11Division of Cardiology, Denver VA Medical Center, Denver, CO, USA; 2Department of Medicine, Little Rock VA Medical Center, Little Rock, AR, USA; 3Department of Medicine, Durham VA Medical Center, Durham, NC, USA; 4Department of Medicine, Puget Sound VA Medical Center, Seattle, WA, USA; 5American College of Cardiology, Washington, DC, USABackground: Patient nonadherence to cardiac medications following acute coronary syndrome (ACS is associated with increased risk of recurrent events. However, the prevalence of cognitive dysfunction and poor health literacy among ACS patients and their association with medication nonadherence are poorly understood.Methods: We assessed rates of cognitive dysfunction and poor health literacy among participants of a clinical trial that tested the effectiveness of an intervention to improve medication adherence in patients hospitalized with ACS. Of 254 patients, 249 completed the Rapid Estimate of Adult Literacy in Medicine, Revised (REALM-R survey, an assessment of risk for poor literacy, and the St Louis University Mental Status (SLUMS exam, a tool assessing for neurocognitive deficits, during ACS hospitalization. We assessed if SLUMS or REALM-R scores were associated with medication adherence.Results: Based on SLUMS score, 14% of patients were categorized as having dementia, and 52% with mild neurocognitive disorder (MNCD. Based on REALM-R score of ≤6, 34% of patients were categorized as at risk for poor health literacy. There was no association between poor health literacy and medication nonadherence. Of those with MNCD, 35.5% were nonadherent, compared to 17.5% with normal cognitive function and 6.7% with dementia. In multivariable analysis, cognitive dysfunction was associated with medication nonadherence (P=0.007, mainly due to

  8. Electrocardiographic predictors of coronary microvascular dysfunction in patients with non-obstructive coronary artery disease: Utility of a novel T wave analysis program.

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    Sara, Jaskanwal D; Sugrue, Alan; Kremen, Vaclav; Qiang, Bo; Sapir, Yehu; Attia, Zachi I; Ackerman, Michael J; Friedman, Paul A; Lerman, Amir; Noseworthy, Peter A

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    Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is linked to adverse cardiovascular events. Definitive diagnosis of CMD requires invasive provocative testing during angiography. We developed and tested a novel computerized T wave analysis tool to identify electrocardiographic signatures of CMD. 1552 patients underwent an invasive assessment of coronary microvascular function. Patients with interpretable pre-procedural ECGs were divided into 2 age and sex matched groups (n=261 in each group, 75% female): normal microvascular function, CFR>2.5 (CFR+), and abnormal microvascular function, CFR ≤ 2.5 (CFR-). ECGs were evaluated using a novel T wave program that quantified subtle changes in T wave morphology. T wave repolarization parameters were significantly different between patients with normal and abnormal microvascular function. The top 3 features in males comprised of T wave area in V6 (CFR+: 10091.4 mV(2) vs. CFR-: 8152.3 mV(2), p<0.05); T1 Y-center of gravity in lead II (CFR+: 17.8 mV vs. CFR-: 22.4, p<0.005) and T Peak-T End in lead II (CFR+: 97.6 msec vs. CFR-: 91.1 msec, p<0.05). These could identify the presence of an abnormal CFR with 74 ± 0.2% accuracy. In females, the top 3 features were T wave right slope lead V6 (CFR+: -2489.1 mV/msec vs. CFR-: -2352.3 mV/msec, p<0.005); Amplitude in V6 (CFR+: 190.4 mV vs. 172.7 mV, p=0.05) and Y-center of gravity in lead V1 (CFR+: 33.3 vs. CFR-: 40.0, p=0.001). These features could identify the presence of an abnormal CFR with 67 ± 0.3% accuracy. Our data demonstrates that a computer-based repolarization measurement tool may identify electrocardiographic signatures of CMD. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  9. Microcirculatory disturbances of the pancreas in cerulein-induced acute pancreatitis in rats with reference to L-arginine, heparin, and procaine treatment.

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    Dobosz, M; Hac, S; Mionskowska, L; Dobrowolski, S; Wajda, Z

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    Local microcirculatory dysfunction within the pancreatic gland might be an important factor in the conversion of oedematous to necrotizing pancreatitis. Therapeutic agents, improving the pancreatic blood flow, might be valuable in acute pancreatitis treatment. An influence of nitric oxide, heparin and procaine treatment on microcirculatory values in acute pancreatitis (AP) in rats was investigated. Acute pancreatitis was induced by i.p. injection of cerulein in four doses of 15 microg kg-1 each at 1-h intervals. The rats with pancreatitis were divided into five groups, 12 animals each. One group remained without treatment, four groups were treated i.p. either with NO synthase inhibitor L-NNA (2x25 mg kg-1 or heparin 2x2.5 mg kg-1 or L-arginine 2x100 mg kg-1 or procaine 2x25 mg kg-1. Five control groups, ten animals each, received saline, L-NNA, heparin, L-arginine or procaine only. Five hours after the first ceruleine injection microcirculatory values within the pancreas were measured by means of laser Doppler flowmetry. Acute pancreatitis caused a significant drop of microcirculatory value to 37% of the basal value. The L-NNA administration resulted in a further insignificant reduction of the pancreatic blood flow to 34%. An improvement of microcirculation was observed in rats with pancreatitis receiving heparin (76%) and L-arginine (72%). Procaine had no effect on microcirculatory disturbances within the pancreas in rats with pancreatitis. Cn-induced acute pancreatitis (AP) causes microcirculatory deterioration within the pancreas. Heparin and nitric oxide donor, L-arginine, might be considered as therapeutic agents, improving the diminished pancreatic tissue perfusion observed in acute pancreatitis. Procaine does not improve the pancreatic blood flow in acute pancreatitis. Copyright 1997 The Italian Pharmacological Society.

  10. Optimization of flow reserve measurement using SPECT technology to evaluate the determinants of coronary microvascular dysfunction in diabetes

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    Marini, Cecilia [CNR Institute of Bioimages and Molecular Physiology, Milan, Section of Genoa (Italy); Bezante, GianPaolo; Modonesi, Elisa; Rollando, Daniela; Balbi, Manrico; Brunelli, Claudio [University of Genoa, Department of Internal Medicine, Cardiology, Genoa (Italy); Gandolfo, Patrizia; Morbelli, Silvia D.; Armonino, Riccardo [University of Genoa, Department of Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Genoa (Italy); DePascale, Angelo; Maggi, Davide; Albertelli, Manuela; Cordera, Renzo [University of Genoa, Department of Endocrinological Metabolic Sciences, Diabetology, Genoa (Italy); Sambuceti, Gianmario [University of Genoa, Department of Internal Medicine, Nuclear Medicine, Genoa (Italy); Advanced Biotechnology Center, Genoa (Italy)

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    The aim of this study was to validate a new method to measure regional myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR) with technetium-labelled tracers in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM2). A total of 40 consecutive DM2 patients without history of coronary artery disease (CAD) and 7 control subjects were recruited. Dipyridamole myocardial blood flow index (MBF) was assessed by measuring first transit counts in the pulmonary artery and myocardial count rate from gated SPECT images using {sup 99m}Tc-labelled tracers. The corresponding MBF index was estimated 2 h later according to the same procedure. Regional myocardial perfusion reserve (MPR) was defined as the ratio between dipyridamole and baseline MBF using a 17-segment left ventricular (LV) model. Coronary flow reserve (CFR) was estimated by transthoracic contrast echo Doppler monitoring of flow velocity in the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) during the same session. Estimated MPR was higher in control subjects than in patients (3.36 {+-} 0.66 vs 1.91 {+-} 0.61, respectively, p < 0.01). In patients, LAD CFR and LAD MPR were 2.01 {+-} 0.78 vs 1.93 {+-} 0.63, respectively (p = ns). The agreement between the two techniques was documented by their close correlation (r = 0.92, p < 0.001) and confirmed by the Bland-Altman analysis. Reversible perfusion defects occurred in 13 patients (32%) who showed similar MPR values as the remaining 27 (2.10 {+-} 0.71 vs 1.83 {+-} 0.71, respectively, p = ns). Finally, MPR was closely correlated with age (r = -0.50, p < 0.01) and time elapsed from the diagnosis of DM2 (r = -0.51, p < 0.01). LV regional MPR can be accurately estimated with the broadly available single photon technology. Application of this method to DM2 patients documents the presence of a microvascular dysfunction homogeneously distributed throughout the LV walls and most frequently not associated with reversible perfusion defects. (orig.)

  11. Doxycycline reduces cardiac matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity but does not ameliorate myocardial dysfunction during reperfusion in coronary artery bypass patients undergoing cardiopulmonary bypass.

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    Schulze, Costas J; Castro, Michele M; Kandasamy, Arulmozhi D; Cena, Jonathan; Bryden, Courtney; Wang, Shoa H; Koshal, Arvind; Tsuyuki, Ross T; Finegan, Barry A; Schulz, Richard

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    Matrix metalloproteinase-2 proteolyzes intracellular proteins in the heart and induces acute myocardial contractile dysfunction in ischemia-reperfusion injury. Doxycycline, a matrix metalloproteinase inhibitor, prevented matrix metalloproteinase-2-induced troponin I cleavage in rat hearts and improved contractile function following ischemia-reperfusion. In patients undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass, increased atrial matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity was inversely correlated with cardiac mechanical function at 3 hours reperfusion. We performed a study in patients with coronary artery disease undergoing primary elective coronary artery bypass graft surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass to determine whether doxycycline reduces cardiac mechanical dysfunction, matrix metalloproteinase activity, and troponin I degradation after reperfusion. Randomized, double-blinded, placebo-controlled study. University of Alberta Hospital. Forty-two patients with coronary artery disease undergoing coronary artery bypass graft surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass. Patients were randomized to receive either oral administration of 20 mg of doxycycline or matching placebo pill twice a day at least 2 days prior to surgery, on the day of surgery, and for the first 3 postoperative days. Left ventricular stroke work index was examined prior to cardiopulmonary bypass and at 24 hours reperfusion. Right atrial biopsies were collected before cardiopulmonary bypass and 10 minutes after aortic cross-clamp release to determine matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity and troponin I level. Blood was collected to determine matrix metalloproteinase activity and interleukin-6, C-reactive protein, and troponin I levels. Cardiac 72-kDa matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity was lower upon reperfusion in biopsies from the doxycycline group (p = 0.01), and the increase of matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity in the placebo group due to reperfusion did not appear in the

  12. Proteomic analysis of coronary sinus serum reveals leucine-rich α2-glycoprotein as a novel biomarker of ventricular dysfunction and heart failure.

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    2011-03-01

    Heart failure (HF) prevention strategies require biomarkers that identify disease manifestation. Increases in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) correlate with increased risk of cardiovascular events and HF development. We hypothesize that coronary sinus serum from a high BNP hypertensive population reflects an active pathological process and can be used for biomarker exploration. Our aim was to discover differentially expressed disease-associated proteins that identify patients with ventricular dysfunction and HF.

  13. Stunning and Right Ventricular Dysfunction Is Induced by Coronary Balloon Occlusion and Rapid Pacing in Humans: Insights From Right Ventricular Conductance Catheter Studies.

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    Axell, Richard G; Giblett, Joel P; White, Paul A; Klein, Andrew; Hampton-Til, James; O'Sullivan, Michael; Braganza, Denise; Davies, William R; West, Nick E J; Densem, Cameron G; Hoole, Stephen P

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    We sought to determine whether right ventricular stunning could be detected after supply (during coronary balloon occlusion [BO]) and supply/demand ischemia (induced by rapid pacing [RP] during transcatheter aortic valve replacement) in humans. Ten subjects with single-vessel right coronary artery disease undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention with normal ventricular function were studied in the BO group. Ten subjects undergoing transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement were studied in the RP group. In both, a conductance catheter was placed into the right ventricle, and pressure volume loops were recorded at baseline and for intervals over 15 minutes after a low-pressure BO for 1 minute or a cumulative duration of RP for up to 1 minute. Ischemia-induced diastolic dysfunction was seen 1 minute after RP (end-diastolic pressure [mm Hg]: 8.1±4.2 versus 12.1±4.1, P right coronary artery balloon occlusion both cause ischemic right ventricular dysfunction with stunning observed later during the procedure. This may have intraoperative implications in patients without right ventricular functional reserve. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  14. N-Acetylcysteine's Role in Sepsis and Potential Benefit in Patients With Microcirculatory Derangements.

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    Chertoff, Jason

    2018-02-01

    To review the data surrounding the utility of N-acetylcysteine (NAC) in sepsis and identify areas needed for additional research. A review of articles describing the mechanisms of action and clinical use of NAC in sepsis. Despite many advances in critical care medicine, still as many as 50% of patients with septic shock die. Treatments thus far have focused on resuscitation and restoration of macrocirculatory targets in the early phases of sepsis, with less focus on microcirculatory dysfunction. N-acetylcysteine, due to its anti-inflammatory and antioxidative properties, has been readily investigated in sepsis and has yielded largely incongruous and disappointing results. In addition to its known anti-inflammatory and antioxidative roles, one underappreciated property of NAC is its ability to vasodilate the microcirculation and improve locoregional blood flow. Some investigators have sought to capitalize on this mechanism with promising results, as evidenced by microcirculatory vasodilation, improvements in regional blood flow and oxygen delivery, and reductions in lactic acidosis, organ failure, and mortality. In addition to its antioxidant and anti-inflammatory properties, N-acetylcysteine possesses vasodilatory properties that could benefit the microcirculation in sepsis. It is imperative that we investigate these properties to uncover NAC's full potential for benefit in sepsis.

  15. Comparative Value of Simple Inflammatory Markers in the Prediction of Left Ventricular Systolic Dysfunction in Postacute Coronary Syndrome Patients

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    Full Text Available Objectives. We sought to assess the comparative value of inflammatory markers on the occurrence of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS. Methods. During 2006–2008, 760 patients with an ACS were enrolled. C-reactive protein (CRP and white blood cell (WBC count were measured during the first 12 hours of hospital admission. Results. CRP levels and WBC count were significantly higher in those who developed LVSD compared to those who did not. The analysis revealed that a 10 mg/dL increase of CRP levels and a 1000/L increase in WBC are associated with a 6% and a 7% increase in the likelihood of developing LVSD, respectively. Furthermore, WBC count at entry and CRP have almost the same predictive value for development of LVSD after an ACS (2=0.109 versus 2=0.093. Conclusions. Serum CRP levels and WBC count at entry are almost equally powerful independent predictors of LVSD, after an ACS.

  16. Coronary microvascular dysfunction due to essential thrombocythemia and policythemia vera: the missing piece in the puzzle of their increased cardiovascular risk?

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    Vianello, Fabrizio; Cella, Giuseppe; Osto, Elena; Ballin, Andrea; Famoso, Giulia; Tellatin, Sara; Iliceto, Sabino; Cucchini, Umberto; Saggiorato, Graziella; Omenetto, Elisabetta; Tona, Francesco

    2015-02-01

    Myeloproliferative neoplasms are most commonly associated with venous thrombosis. Up to 60% of patients experience a thrombotic event in their lifetimes, including stroke or myocardial infarction. It is unclear whether pathogenetic factors linking essential thrombocythemia (ET) and polycythemia vera (PV) to thrombotic complications do play a role in the risk of coronary artery disease (CAD). We aimed to assess coronary flow reserve (CFR) as a marker of coronary microvascular function in asymptomatic patients with ET and PV. Fifty-two patients with ET (M/F 13/39, age 61 ± 7 years) and 22 patients with PV (M/F 13/9, age 60.4 ± 13 years) without clinical evidence of heart disease, and 50 controls matched for age and gender were studied. None had CAD. All control subjects were asymptomatic with no history of heart disease. CFR in the left anterior descending coronary artery was detected by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography, at rest, and during adenosine infusion. In patients with ET and PV, CFR was lower than in controls (2.9 ± 0.94 and 2.2 ± 0.7 vs. 3.8 ± 0.7, P coronary microvascular dysfunction in the absence of clinical conditions suggesting CAD. © 2014 Wiley Periodicals, Inc.

  17. Proteomic analysis of coronary sinus serum reveals leucine-rich alpha2-glycoprotein as a novel biomarker of ventricular dysfunction and heart failure.

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    Watson, Chris J

    2012-02-01

    BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) prevention strategies require biomarkers that identify disease manifestation. Increases in B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) correlate with increased risk of cardiovascular events and HF development. We hypothesize that coronary sinus serum from a high BNP hypertensive population reflects an active pathological process and can be used for biomarker exploration. Our aim was to discover differentially expressed disease-associated proteins that identify patients with ventricular dysfunction and HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Coronary sinus serum from 11 asymptomatic, hypertensive patients underwent quantitative differential protein expression analysis by 2-dimensional difference gel electrophoresis. Proteins were identified using mass spectrometry and then studied by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assay in sera from 40 asymptomatic, hypertensive patients and 105 patients across the spectrum of ventricular dysfunction (32 asymptomatic left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, 26 diastolic HF, and 47 systolic HF patients). Leucine-rich alpha2-glycoprotein (LRG) was consistently overexpressed in high BNP serum. LRG levels correlate significantly with BNP in hypertensive, asymptomatic left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, diastolic HF, and systolic HF patient groups (P<\\/=0.05). LRG levels were able to identify HF independent of BNP. LRG correlates with coronary sinus serum levels of tumor necrosis factor-alpha (P=0.009) and interleukin-6 (P=0.021). LRG is expressed in myocardial tissue and correlates with transforming growth factor-betaR1 (P<0.001) and alpha-smooth muscle actin (P=0.025) expression. CONCLUSIONS: LRG was identified as a serum biomarker that accurately identifies patients with HF. Multivariable modeling confirmed that LRG is a stronger identifier of HF than BNP and this is independent of age, sex, creatinine, ischemia, beta-blocker therapy, and BNP.

  18. Microcirculatory monitoring in septic patients: Where do we stand?

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    Gruartmoner, G.; Mesquida, J.; Ince, C.

    2017-01-01

    Microcirculatory alterations play a pivotal role in sepsis-related morbidity and mortality. However, since the microcirculation has been a "black box", current hemodynamic management of septic patients is still guided by nnacrocirculatory parameters. In the last decades, the development of several

  19. Plasma markers of endothelial damage/dysfunction, inflammation and thrombogenesis in relation to TIMI risk stratification in acute coronary syndromes.

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    Lee, Kaeng W; Blann, Andrew D; Lip, Gregory Y H

    2005-11-01

    Risk stratification at presentation with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) on the basis of the TIMI risk score for unstable angina and non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction (UAP/NSTEMI) identifies patients at high risk of recurrent cardiac events and those who benefit from more aggressive treatment strategy. We hypothesised the following: (a) that a high TIMI risk score brings a greater degree of acute changes in endothelial damage/dysfunction (circulating endothelial cells [CECs], von Willebrand factor [vWf]), inflammation (interleukin-6, IL-6) and blood thrombogenicity (plasma tissue factor, TF); and (b) that these indices are higher in those with high TIMI risk score who experienced recurrent cardiac event at day 14 and day 30. TIMI risk scores were determined at admission and 48 hours later in 88 ACS patients (60 male, age 67+/-12 yrs) with UAP or NSTEMI. CECs, IL-6 and TF levels were measured at both time points and the acute change (delta) calculated. Patients were split into high (score > or =4) or low (TIMI score groups. The composite end point of death, myocardial infarction, and refractory angina requiring revascularisation following 14 and 30 days' follow-up was ascertained. Fifty-eight patients with high TIMI risk score (mean 4.7) had significantly higher baseline and 48 h CEC, vWf, IL-6,TF and deltaTF levels, compared to low TIMI risk score (mean 2.4) patients (all pTIMI risk score expressed as either continuous or categorical variable identified baseline CECs and deltavWf levels (both pTIMI risk score for UA/NSTEMI identifies those patients with more profound vascular insult, inflammation and thrombogenicity that, in the 'high risk' patient group, predicts short-term outcomes, although vascular damage was the more sensitive predictor. These indices may further refine global risk stratification for short-term adverse cardiac events in these patients.

  20. Low coronary driving pressure early in the course of myocardial infarction is associated with subendocardial remodelling and left ventricular dysfunction

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    Koike, Marcia Kiyomi; De Carvalho Frimm, Clovis; Cúri, Mariana

    2007-01-01

    Subendocardial remodelling of the left ventricular (LV) non-infarcted myocardium has been poorly investigated. Previously, we have demonstrated that low coronary driving pressure (CDP) early postinfarction was associated with the subsequent development of remote subendocardial fibrosis. The present study aimed at examining the role of CDP in LV remodelling and function following infarction. Haemodynamics were performed in Wistar rats immediately after myocardial infarction (MI group) or sham surgery (SH group) and at days 1, 3, 7 and 28. Heart tissue sections were stained with HE, Sirius red and immunostained for α-actin. Two distinct LV regions remote to infarction were examined: subendocardium (SE) and interstitium (INT). Myocyte necrosis, leucocyte infiltration, myofibroblasts and collagen volume fraction were determined. Compared with SH, MI showed lower CDP and LV systolic and diastolic dysfunction. Necrosis was evident in SE at day 1. Inflammation and fibroplasia predominated in SE as far as day 7. Fibrosis was restricted to SE from day 3 on. Inflammation occurred in INT at days 1 and 3, but at a lower grade than in SE. CDP correlated inversely with SE necrosis (r = −0.65, P = 0.003, at day 1), inflammation (r = −0.76, P < 0.001, at day 1), fibroplasia (r = −0.47, P = 0.04, at day 7) and fibrosis (r = −0.83, P < 0.001, at day 28). Low CDP produced progressive LV expansion. Necrosis at day 1, inflammation at days 3 and 7, and fibroplasia at day 7 correlated inversely with LV function. CDP is a key factor to SE integrity and affects LV remodelling and function following infarction. PMID:17696909

  1. Multidetector-row computed tomography for prosthetic heart valve dysfunction: is concomitant non-invasive coronary angiography possible before redo-surgery?

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    Tanis, Wilco [Haga Teaching Hospital, Department of Cardiology, The Hague (Netherlands); Haga Teaching Hospital, The Hague (Netherlands); Sucha, Dominika; Habets, Jesse [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Radiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Laufer, Ward; Chamuleau, Steven [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Cardiology, Utrecht (Netherlands); Herwerden, Lex.A. van [University Medical Center Utrecht, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Utrecht (Netherlands); Symersky, Petr [Vrije Universiteit, Department of Cardiothoracic Surgery, Amsterdam (Netherlands); Budde, Ricardo P.J. [Erasmus Medical Center, Department of Radiology, Rotterdam (Netherlands)

    2015-06-01

    Retrospective ECG-gated multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) is increasingly used for the assessment of prosthetic heart valve (PHV) dysfunction, but is also hampered by PHV-related artefacts/cardiac arrhythmias. Furthermore, it is performed without nitroglycerine or heart rate correction. The purpose was to determine whether MDCT performed before potential redo-PHV surgery is feasible for concomitant coronary artery stenosis assessment and can replace invasive coronary angiography (CAG). PHV patients with CAG and MDCT were identified. Based on medical history, two groups were created: (I) patients with no known coronary artery disease (CAD), (II) patients with known CAD. All images were scored for the presence of significant (>50 %) stenosis. CAG was the reference test. Fifty-one patients were included. In group I (n = 38), MDCT accurately ruled out significant stenosis in 19/38 (50 %) patients, but could not replace CAG in the remaining 19/38 (50 %) patients due to non-diagnostic image quality (n = 16) or significant stenosis (n = 3) detection. In group II (n = 13), MDCT correctly found no patients without significant stenosis, requiring CAG imaging in all. MDCT assessed patency in 16/19 (84 %) grafts and detected a hostile anatomy in two. MDCT performed for PHV dysfunction assessment can replace CAG (100 % accurate) in approximately half of patients without previously known CAD. (orig.)

  2. Impact of renal dysfunction on the prognostic value of the TIMI risk score in patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome.

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    Go, Jason; Narmi, Ann; Sype, John; Mooss, Aryan; Hilleman, Daniel E

    2011-01-01

    The thrombolysis-in-myocardial-infarction risk score (TRS) is a validated risk-assessment tool based on randomized clinical trials. Its applicability to an unselected group of patients seen in general clinical practice may be limited as renal dysfunction was an exclusion criteria in the original trials upon which the TRS was determined. Consecutive patients with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome were stratified based on renal function. Normal renal function was defined as a creatinine clearance (CrCl) of more than 60 ml/min, moderate renal dysfunction was defined as a CrCl of at least 30 ml/min but 60 ml/min or less, and severe renal dysfunction was defined as a CrCl of less than 30 ml/min. A TRS was calculated using the original seven criteria (TRS-7) which did not consider renal function. A second TRS was calculated using the original seven criteria plus the addition of renal dysfunction if the CrCl was 60 ml/min or less (TRS-8 ≤ 60). A third TRS was calculated using the original seven criteria plus renal dysfunction if the CrCl was less than 30 ml/min (TRS-80.05). At a calculated TRS of 6 or 7, the TRS-8scores of 6 or more. When considered in the context of clinical practice, the use of the TRS-8 ≤ 60 and TRS-8<30 rather than the TRS-7 would not be expected to substantially change the management strategy for patients presenting with non-ST elevation acute coronary syndrome.

  3. Comparative effects of arotinolol, labetalol and propranolol on regional myocardial dysfunction induced by flow-limiting coronary stenosis in anesthetized dogs.

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    Noguchi, K; Kato, T; Kinjo, N; Moromizato, H; Sakanashi, M

    1990-07-01

    Effects of arotinolol, a combined alpha- and beta-adrenoceptor blocking agent, on regional myocardial dysfunction produced by severe coronary stenosis in anesthetized dogs were examined and compared with those of labetalol and propranolol. Doses of these three antagonists were selected to produce a comparable degree of the negative chrono- and inotropic effect but a different potency of alpha-adrenoceptor blockade (labetalol greater than arotinolol). Regional myocardial function measured as segment shortening (%SS) was decreased to around 2-3% by constriction of the left circumflex coronary artery (LCX), and then drug or saline was administered i.v. The stenosis of LCX was released 30 min after the administration. No significant alteration in hemodynamic and contractility parameters was seen as compared to the predrug value up to at least 30 min after saline i.v. Arotinolol and propranolol both reduced heart rate and peak positive left ventricular dP/dt (LVdP/dt) without a significant change in LCX flow. Concomitantly, %SS distal to a coronary stenosis was significantly improved by arotinolol and propranolol. On the other hand, labetalol significantly reduced LCX flow probably due to systemic hypotension and failed to improve %SS in the ischemic area, although the agent markedly decreased heart rate and LVdP/dt. These results indicate that arotinolol improves impaired regional myocardial function distal to a coronary stenosis in a similar manner with propranolol.

  4. Coronary calcification with no flow limiting lesions: A potential cause for ischaemic dysfunction in syndrome X patients

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    Elisabetta Palmerini

    2015-12-01

    Conclusion: In symptomatic patients with no obstructive coronary lesions and with more than mild CAC, long axis disturbances and wall motion score index rise occur with stress, at the time of symptom development and correlate with severity of arterial calcification. These findings suggest CAC as a potential mechanism for coronary wall stiffness and consequently exertional ischaemic changes as a result of limited flow reserve.

  5. Long-term endothelial dysfunction is more pronounced after stenting than after balloon angioplasty in porcine coronary arteries

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    Beusekom, H.M.M. van; Whelan, D.M.; Hofma, S.H.; Krabbendam, S.C.; Hinsbergh, V.W.M. van; Verdouw, P.D.; Giessen, W.J. van der

    1998-01-01

    Objectives. To compare percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty (PTCA) and stent implantation with respect to the long-term changes they induce in the newly formed endothelium in porcine coronary arteries by studying both morphological and functional parameters of the endothelium at 2 weeks

  6. A Novel Assessment of Flexibility by Microcirculatory Signals

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    Jian-Guo Bau

    2013-12-01

    Full Text Available Flexibility testing is one of the most important fitness assessments. It is generally evaluated by measuring the range of motion (RoM of body segments around a joint center. This study presents a novel assessment of flexibility in the microcirculatory aspect. Eighteen college students were recruited for the flexibility assessment. The flexibility of the leg was defined according to the angle of active ankle dorsiflexion measured by goniometry. Six legs were excluded, and the remaining thirty legs were categorized into two groups, group H (n = 15 with higher flexibility and group L (n = 15 with lower flexibility, according to their RoM. The microcirculatory signals of the gastrocnemius muscle on the belly were monitored by using Laser-Doppler Flowmetry (LDF with a noninvasive skin probe. Three indices of nonpulsatile component (DC, pulsatile component (AC and perfusion pulsatility (PP were defined from the LDF signals after signal processing. The results revealed that both the DC and AC values of the group H that demonstrated higher stability underwent muscle stretching. In contrast, these indices of group L had interferences and became unstable during muscle stretching. The PP value of group H was a little higher than that of group L. These primary findings help us to understand the microcirculatory physiology of flexibility, and warrant further investigations for use of non-invasive LDF techniques in the assessment of flexibility.

  7. 3.0 T magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion imaging for semi-quantitative evaluation of coronary microvascular dysfunction in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Yin, Liang; Xu, Hai-Yan; Zheng, Sui-Sheng; Zhu, Ying; Xiao, Jiang-Xi; Zhou, Wei; Yu, Si-Si; Gong, Liang-Geng

    2017-12-01

    This study aimed to assess coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) differences in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) first-pass perfusion and late gadolinium enhancement imaging. Forty-seven patients with HCM and twenty-one healthy volunteers underwent CMR at rest. Imaging protocols included short axis cine, first-pass myocardial perfusion, and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). Left ventricular end-diastolic wall thickness (EDTH), LGE, time to peak (T peak ), maximal up-slope (Slope max ), and peak signal intensity (SI peak ) were assessed for each myocardial segment. The HCM myocardial segments were grouped by the degree of LGE and hypertrophy. T peak , SI peak , Slope max and EDTH in multiple groups were assessed and compared by ANOVA test/Kruskal-Wallis test. The Spearman correlation test was used to determine the relationships between EDTH, LGE and perfusion parameters (T peak , Slope max and SI peak ). Compared to control group segments, T peak increased while Slope max and SI peak decreased in non-LGE/non-hypertrophic segments and LGE/hypertrophic segments in the HCM group, while T peak increased more significantly in LGE/hypertrophic segments (all p hypertrophic segments of HCM patients, and it may be helpful in the early diagnosis of coronary microvascular dysfunction in HCM. This abnormal perfusion is associated with the severity of myocardial fibrosis and the degree of hypertrophy.

  8. Carotid artery intima-media thickness, but not coronary artery calcium, predicts vascular resistance in patients evaluated for coronary artery disease

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    Danad, I.; Raijmakers, P.G.; Kamali, P.; Harms, H.J.; de Haan, S.; Lubberink, J.M.; van Kuijk, C.; Hoekstra, O.S.; Lammertsma, A.A.; Smulders, Y.M.; Heijmans, M.W.; Tulevski, I.I.; van Rossum, A.C.; Knaapen, P.

    2012-01-01

    Aims: There is growing evidence that coronary artery disease (CAD) affects not only the conduit epicardial coronary arteries, but also the microvascular coronary bed. Moreover, coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMVD) often precedes the stage of clinically overt epicardial CAD. Coronary artery

  9. Soluble P-selectin and matrix metalloproteinase 2 levels are elevated in patients with diastolic dysfunction independent of glucose metabolism disorder or coronary artery disease.

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    Füth, Reiner; Dinh, Wilfried; Nickl, Werner; Bansemir, Lars; Barroso, Michael Coll; Bufe, Alexander; Sause, Armin; Scheffold, Thomas; Krahn, Thomas; Ellinghaus, Peter; Lankisch, Mark

    2009-01-01

    The development of diastolic dysfunction (DDF) is multifactorial. Possible mechanisms include metabolic disturbances, myocardial fibrosis, chronic inflammation and endothelial dysfunction. Recognizing early stages of DDF may help to identify patients at risk of developing symptomatic DDF. Therefore, biomarkers reflecting pathophysiological changes within the myocardium were investigated in patients with DDF. Seventy-seven patients submitted for coronary angiography with stable or suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) were consecutively enrolled. Those without known diabetes mellitus (DM) underwent a standardized oral glucose tolerance test. Echocardiography for the diagnosis of DDF was performed according to the European Society of Cardiology. Matrix metalloproteinase 2 (MMP-2) and soluble P-selectin (sP-selectin) serum concentrations were analyzed using the ELISA technique. A total of 36% of patients had DM and 74% had CAD. The prevalence of DDF was higher in patients with DM (89% versus 74%) and CAD (84% versus 53%) (PDDF in patients with DM was more severe with a significantly lower mitral annulus velocity of 6.5 cm/s versus 7.8 cm/s (PDDF showed significantly higher sP-selectin (140.3 mug/L versus 107.6 mug/L, PDDF. There was a significant correlation between sP-selectin and MMP-2 (P=0.01), independent of the diagnosis of DM or CAD. sP-selectin as a marker for platelet hyperactivity, inflammation and endothelial dysfunction, and MMP-2 as a marker for extracellular matrix turnover were significantly elevated in patients with DDF. This elevation was independent of coexisting DM or CAD. This observation may help to identify and monitor patients with DDF.

  10. A pilot study of cerebral tissue oxygenation and postoperative cognitive dysfunction among patients undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting randomised to surgery with or without cardiopulmonary bypass*.

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    Kok, W F; van Harten, A E; Koene, B M J A; Mariani, M A; Koerts, J; Tucha, O; Absalom, A R; Scheeren, T W L

    2014-06-01

    Coronary artery bypass surgery, performed with or without cardiopulmonary bypass, is frequently followed by postoperative cognitive decline. Near-infrared spectroscopy is commonly used to assess cerebral tissue oxygenation, especially during cardiac surgery. Recent studies have suggested an association between cerebral desaturation and postoperative cognitive dysfunction. We therefore studied cerebral oxygen desaturation, defined as area under the cerebral oxygenation curve 10 min.%, with respect to cognitive performance at 4 days (early) and 3 months (late) postoperatively, compared with baseline, using a computerised cognitive test battery. We included 60 patients, of mean (SD) age 62.8 (9.4) years, scheduled for elective coronary artery bypass grafting, who were randomly allocated to surgery with or without cardiopulmonary bypass. Cerebral desaturation occurred in only three patients and there was no difference in cerebral oxygenation between the two groups at any time. Among patients who received cardiopulmonary bypass, 18 (62%) had early cognitive decline, compared with 16 (53%) in the group without cardiopulmonary bypass (p = 0.50). Three months after surgery, 11 patients (39%) in the cardiopulmonary bypass group displayed cognitive dysfunction, compared with four (14%) in the non-cardiopulmonary bypass group (p = 0.03). The use of cardiopulmonary bypass was identified as an independent risk factor for the development of late cognitive dysfunction (OR 6.4 (95% CI 1.2-33.0) p = 0.027. In conclusion, although cerebral oxygen desaturation was rare in our population, postoperative cognitive decline was common in both groups, suggesting that factors other than hypoxic neuronal injury are responsible. © 2014 The Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

  11. Impairment of exercise capacity and peak oxygen consumption in patients with mild left ventricular dysfunction and coronary artery disease

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    Nieuwland, W; Berkhuysen, MA; van Veldhuisen, DJ; van Sonderen, E; Viersma, JW; Lie, KI; Rispens, P

    1998-01-01

    Aims Most studies in chronic heart failure have only included patients with marked left ventricular systolic dysfunction (i.e. ejection fraction less than or equal to 0.35), and patients with mild left ventricular dysfunction are usually excluded. Further, exercise capacity strongly depends on age,

  12. Body Mass Index Is Associated With Microvascular Endothelial Dysfunction in Patients With Treated Metabolic Risk Factors and Suspected Coronary Artery Disease.

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    van der Heijden, Dirk J; van Leeuwen, Maarten A H; Janssens, Gladys N; Lenzen, Mattie J; van de Ven, Peter M; Eringa, Etto C; van Royen, Niels

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    Obesity is key feature of the metabolic syndrome and is associated with high cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Obesity is associated with macrovascular endothelial dysfunction, a determinant of outcome in patients with coronary artery disease. Here, we compared the influence of obesity on microvascular endothelial function to that of established cardiovascular risk factors such as diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and smoking in patients with suspected coronary artery disease. Endothelial function was assessed during postocclusive reactive hyperemia of the brachial artery and downstream microvascular beds in 108 patients who were scheduled for coronary angiography. In all patients, microvascular vasodilation was assessed using peripheral arterial tonometry; laser Doppler flowmetry and digital thermal monitoring were performed. Body mass index was significantly associated with decreased endothelium-dependent vasodilatation measured with peripheral arterial tonometry (r=0.23, P=0.02), laser Doppler flowmetry (r=0.30, Pmicrovascular vasodilatation. Especially in diabetic patients, endothelial function was not significantly reduced (control versus diabetes mellitus, mean±SEM or median [interquartile range], peripheral arterial tonometry: 1.90±0.20 versus 1.67±0.20, P=0.19, laser Doppler flowmetry: 728% [interquartile range, 427-1110] versus 589% [interquartile range, 320-1067] P=0.28, and digital thermal monitoring: 6.6±1.0% versus 2.5±1.7%, P=0.08). In multivariate linear regression analysis, body mass index was the only risk factor that significantly attenuated endothelium-dependent vasodilatation using all 3 microvascular function tests. Higher body mass index is associated with reduced endothelial function in patients with suspected coronary artery disease, even after adjustment for treated diabetes mellitus, hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and smoking. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association

  13. Coronary microvascular dysfunction is not associated with a history of reproductive risk factors in women with angina pectoris-An iPOWER substudy.

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    Suhrs, Hannah Elena; Kristensen, Anna Meta; Rask, Anna Bay; Michelsen, Marie Mide; Frestad, Daria; Mygind, Naja Dam; Bové, Kira; Prescott, Eva

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    Reproductive risk factors such as preeclampsia and recurrent miscarriages have been associated with adverse cardiovascular (CV) events. Underlying coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) may be a common denominator. We investigated whether a history of reproductive risk factors was associated with CMD in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). Participants from the iPOWER study, including women with angina pectoris and no obstructive CAD (<50% stenosis), were invited to complete an electronic survey regarding reproductive risk factors: recurrent miscarriages, gestational diabetes, preeclampsia, rhesus immunity, polycystic ovary syndrome and menopausal status as well as migraine and Raynaud phenomenon. CMD was assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography with measurement of coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) during high-dose dipyridamole infusion, and analyzed in three categories with cut-off points at 2.0 and 2.5. Associations between CFVR and a history of reproductive risk factors were examined by age-adjusted trend test. The questionnaire was completed by 613 women (73% of those invited), of whom 550 had a successful CFVR measurement. There was no significant difference in baseline characteristics between participants and non-participants. Median (interquartile range (IQR)) age was 62.8 (54.8; 68.7) years, median (IQR) BMI 26.2 (23.2; 29.8) kg/m2, and 81.5% were postmenopausal. We did not find any significant associations between any of the reproductive risk factors, Raynaud's phenomenon or migraine and CFVR. The lack of association between coronary microvascular function and a history of reproductive risk factors, migraine and Raynaud's phenomenon suggests that a common vascular pathophysiological mechanism underlying these conditions is unlikely. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  14. A randomized, placebo-controlled trial of late Na current inhibition (ranolazine) in coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD): impact on angina and myocardial perfusion reserve.

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    Bairey Merz, C Noel; Handberg, Eileen M; Shufelt, Chrisandra L; Mehta, Puja K; Minissian, Margo B; Wei, Janet; Thomson, Louise E J; Berman, Daniel S; Shaw, Leslee J; Petersen, John W; Brown, Garrett H; Anderson, R David; Shuster, Jonathan J; Cook-Wiens, Galen; Rogatko, André; Pepine, Carl J

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    The mechanistic basis of the symptoms and signs of myocardial ischaemia in patients without obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) and evidence of coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is unclear. The aim of this study was to mechanistically test short-term late sodium current inhibition (ranolazine) in such subjects on angina, myocardial perfusion reserve index, and diastolic filling. Randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, crossover, mechanistic trial in subjects with evidence of CMD [invasive coronary reactivity testing or non-invasive cardiac magnetic resonance imaging myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI)]. Short-term oral ranolazine 500-1000 mg twice daily for 2 weeks vs. placebo. Angina measured by Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) and SAQ-7 (co-primaries), diary angina (secondary), stress MPRI, diastolic filling, quality of life (QoL). Of 128 (96% women) subjects, no treatment differences in the outcomes were observed. Peak heart rate was lower during pharmacological stress during ranolazine (-3.55 b.p.m., P < 0.001). The change in SAQ-7 directly correlated with the change in MPRI (correlation 0.25, P = 0.005). The change in MPRI predicted the change in SAQ QoL, adjusted for body mass index (BMI), prior myocardial infarction, and site (P = 0.0032). Low coronary flow reserve (CFR <2.5) subjects improved MPRI (P < 0.0137), SAQ angina frequency (P = 0.027), and SAQ-7 (P = 0.041). In this mechanistic trial among symptomatic subjects, no obstructive CAD, short-term late sodium current inhibition was not generally effective for SAQ angina. Angina and myocardial perfusion reserve changes were related, supporting the notion that strategies to improve ischaemia should be tested in these subjects. clinicaltrials.gov Identifier: NCT01342029. © The Author 2015. Published by Oxford University Press on behalf of the European Society of Cardiology.

  15. D-dimer as marker for microcirculatory failure: correlation with LOD and APACHE II scores.

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    Angstwurm, Matthias W A; Reininger, Armin J; Spannagl, Michael

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    The relevance of plasma d-dimer levels as marker for morbidity and organ dysfunction in severely ill patients is largely unknown. In a prospective study we determined d-dimer plasma levels of 800 unselected patients at admission to our intensive care unit. In 91% of the patients' samples d-dimer levels were elevated, in some patients up to several hundredfold as compared to normal values. The highest mean d-dimer values were present in the patient group with thromboembolic diseases, and particularly in non-survivors of pulmonary embolism. In patients with circulatory impairment (r=0.794) and in patients with infections (r=0.487) a statistically significant correlation was present between d-dimer levels and the APACHE II score (PLOD, PLOD score. Taking all patients together, no correlations of d-dimer levels with single organ failure or with indicators of infection could be detected. In conclusion, d-dimer plasma levels strongly correlated with the severity of the disease and organ dysfunction in patients with circulatory impairment or infections suggesting that elevated d-dimer levels may reflect the extent of microcirculatory failure. Thus, a therapeutic strategy to improve the microcirculation in such patients may be monitored using d-dimer plasma levels.

  16. Transthoracic Doppler echocardiography compared with positron emission tomography for assessment of coronary microvascular dysfunction: The iPOWER study.

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    Michelsen, Marie Mide; Mygind, Naja Dam; Pena, Adam; Olsen, Rasmus Huan; Christensen, Thomas Emil; Ghotbi, Adam Ali; Hasbak, Philip; Kjaer, Andreas; Gustafsson, Ida; Hansen, Peter Riis; Hansen, Henrik Steen; Høst, Nis; Kastrup, Jens; Prescott, Eva

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    Coronary microvascular function can be assessed by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography as a coronary flow velocity reserve (TTDE CFVR) and by positron emission tomography as a myocardial blood flow reserve (PET MBFR). PET MBFR is regarded the noninvasive reference standard for measuring coronary microvascular function but has limited availability. We compared TTDE CFVR with PET MBFR in women with angina pectoris and no obstructive coronary artery disease and assessed repeatability of TTDE CFVR. From a cohort of women with angina and no obstructive coronary artery stenosis at invasive coronary angiography, TTDE CFVR by dipyridamole induced stress and MBFR by rubidium-82 PET with adenosine was successfully measured in 107 subjects. Repeatability of TTDE CFVR was assessed in 10 symptomatic women and in 10 healthy individuals. MBFR was systematically higher than CFVR. Median MBFR (interquartile range, IQR) was 2.68 (2.29-3.10) and CFVR (IQR) was 2.31 (1.89-2.72). Pearson's correlation coefficient was 0.36 (p<0.01). Limits of agreement (2·standard deviation) assessed by the Bland-Altman (confidence interval, CI) method was 1.49 (1.29;1.69) and unaffected by time-interval between examinations. Results were similar when adjusting for rate pressure product or focusing on perfusion of the left anterior descending artery region. Limits of agreement (CI) for repeated CFVR in 10 healthy individuals and in 10 women with angina was 0.44 (0.21;0.68) and 0.48 (0.22; 0.74), respectively. CFVR had a good repeatability, but the agreement between CFVR and MBFR was modest. Divergence could be due to methodology differences; TTDE estimates flow velocities whereas PET estimates myocardial blood flow. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  17. [Endothelial dysfunction as a marker of vascular aging syndrome on the background of hypertension, coronary heart disease, gout and obesity].

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    Vatseba, M O

    2013-09-01

    Under observation were 40 hypertensive patients with coronary heart disease, gout and obesity I and II degree. Patients with hypertension in combination with coronary heart disease, gout and obesity, syndrome of early vascular aging is shown by increased stiffness of arteries, increased peak systolic flow velocity, pulse blood presure, the thickness of the intima-media complex, higher level endotelinemia and reduced endothelial vasodilation. Obtained evidence that losartan in complex combination with basic therapy and metamaks in complex combination with basic therapy positively affect the elastic properties of blood vessels and slow the progression of early vascular aging syndrome.

  18. Uric acid as a link between renal dysfunction and both pro-inflammatory and prothrombotic state in patients with metabolic syndrome and coronary artery disease.

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    Zapolski, Tomasz; Waciński, Piotr; Kondracki, Bartosz; Rychta, Elżbieta; Buraczyńska, Monika J; Wysokiński, Andrzej

    2011-01-01

    Hyperuricaemia has long been known to be associated with cardiovascular disease, and it is particularly common in patients with kidney disease, metabolic syndrome and diabetes mellitus. Metabolic syndrome is associated with pro-inflammatory and prothrombotic state. To examine the association between renal function, serum uric acid and markers of both pro-inflammatory and prothrombotic state in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), metabolic syndrome and coronary artery disease. The study population consisted of 91 patients (58 men, 33 women) aged 57.6 ± 10.3 years with metabolic syndrome and type 2 DM. Patients were selected from a large group of patients scheduled for routine coronary angiography between 2006 and 2009. The patients were evaluated for the common risk factors for atherosclerosis: smoking, hypertension, DM, family history and hyperlipidaemia. Laboratory tests included complete blood counts, serum urea and creatinine, aminotransferases, C-reactive protein (CRP), fibrinogen, uric acid, total cholesterol, LDL-cholesterol, HDL-cholesterol, triglycerides, fasting glucose, glycated haemoglobin (HbA1c), glomerular filtration rate (GFR) and urinary protein. We also measured body mass, height, waist circumference, hip circumference and calculated body mass index (BMI) and waist-to-hip ratio (WHR). The following significant correlations were observed: body mass vs serum creatinine (r = 0.291; p = 0.009), WHR vs serum creatinine (r = 0.672; p uric acid (r = -0.341; p = 0.001), WHR vs uric acid (r = 0.295; p = 0.05), BMI vs CRP (r = 0.231; p = 0.031), WHR vs CRP (r = 0.236; p = 0.024), serum creatinine vs uric acid (r = 0.362; p uric acid (r = -0.341; p = 0.001), uric acid vs CRP (r = 0.251; p = 0.016), CRP vs fibrinogen (r = 0.470; p uric acid level was independently associated with WHR, GFR and CRP. In patients with ischaemic heart disease, DM and metabolic syndrome, obesity, particularly visceral obesity, is associated with renal dysfunction and elevated

  19. Nonresuscitated endotoxemia induces microcirculatory hypoxic areas in the renal cortex in the rat

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    Johannes, Tanja; Mik, Egbert G.; Ince, Can

    2009-01-01

    The pathophysiology of acute renal failure (ARF) in sepsis is only partly understood. In several animal models of septic ARF, no profound tissue hypoxia or decrease in microcirculatory Po2 (muPo2) can be seen. We hypothesized that heterogeneity of microcirculatory oxygen supply to demand in the

  20. A novel paradigm for heart failure with preserved ejection fraction: comorbidities drive myocardial dysfunction and remodeling through coronary microvascular endothelial inflammation.

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    Paulus, Walter J; Tschöpe, Carsten

    2013-07-23

    Over the past decade, myocardial structure, cardiomyocyte function, and intramyocardial signaling were shown to be specifically altered in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF). A new paradigm for HFPEF development is therefore proposed, which identifies a systemic proinflammatory state induced by comorbidities as the cause of myocardial structural and functional alterations. The new paradigm presumes the following sequence of events in HFPEF: 1) a high prevalence of comorbidities such as overweight/obesity, diabetes mellitus, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, and salt-sensitive hypertension induce a systemic proinflammatory state; 2) a systemic proinflammatory state causes coronary microvascular endothelial inflammation; 3) coronary microvascular endothelial inflammation reduces nitric oxide bioavailability, cyclic guanosine monophosphate content, and protein kinase G (PKG) activity in adjacent cardiomyocytes; 4) low PKG activity favors hypertrophy development and increases resting tension because of hypophosphorylation of titin; and 5) both stiff cardiomyocytes and interstitial fibrosis contribute to high diastolic left ventricular (LV) stiffness and heart failure development. The new HFPEF paradigm shifts emphasis from LV afterload excess to coronary microvascular inflammation. This shift is supported by a favorable Laplace relationship in concentric LV hypertrophy and by all cardiac chambers showing similar remodeling and dysfunction. Myocardial remodeling in HFPEF differs from heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, in which remodeling is driven by loss of cardiomyocytes. The new HFPEF paradigm proposes comorbidities, plasma markers of inflammation, or vascular hyperemic responses to be included in diagnostic algorithms and aims at restoring myocardial PKG activity. Copyright © 2013 American College of Cardiology Foundation. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  1. 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.

  2. Preventive effect of yuzu and hesperidin on left ventricular remodeling and dysfunction in rat permanent left anterior descending coronary artery occlusion model.

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    Yu, Hye Yon; Ahn, Ji Hun; Park, Se Won; Jung, Yi-Sook

    2015-01-01

    Left ventricular (LV) remodeling, which includes ventricular dilatation and increased interstitial fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI), is the critical process underlying the progression to heart failure. Therefore, a novel approach for preventing LV remodeling after MI is highly desirable. Yuzu is a citrus plant originating in East Asia, and has a number of cardioprotective properties such as hesperidin. However, no study has proved whether yuzu can prevent LV remodeling. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of yuzu on heart failure (HF) and its potential impact on the LV remodeling process after MI. Our in vivo study using the permanent left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) occlusion model demonstrate that one week pre-treatment with yuzu or its major metabolite hesperidin before LAD occlusion significantly attenuated cardiac dysfunction, myocyte apoptosis and inflammation. Not only yuzu but also hesperidin inhibited caspase-3 activity, myeloperoxidase expression, α-smooth muscle actin expression, and matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity in a permanent LAD occlusion rat model. To our knowledge, our findings provide the first evidence that yuzu and hesperidin prevent MI-induced ventricular dysfunction and structural remodeling of myocardium.

  3. Preventive Effect of Yuzu and Hesperidin on Left Ventricular Remodeling and Dysfunction in Rat Permanent Left Anterior Descending Coronary Artery Occlusion Model

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    Yu, Hye Yon; Ahn, Ji Hun; Park, Se Won; Jung, Yi-Sook

    2015-01-01

    Left ventricular (LV) remodeling, which includes ventricular dilatation and increased interstitial fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI), is the critical process underlying the progression to heart failure. Therefore, a novel approach for preventing LV remodeling after MI is highly desirable. Yuzu is a citrus plant originating in East Asia, and has a number of cardioprotective properties such as hesperidin. However, no study has proved whether yuzu can prevent LV remodeling. The aim of this study was to determine the effects of yuzu on heart failure (HF) and its potential impact on the LV remodeling process after MI. Our in vivo study using the permanent left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD) occlusion model demonstrate that one week pre-treatment with yuzu or its major metabolite hesperidin before LAD occlusion significantly attenuated cardiac dysfunction, myocyte apoptosis and inflammation. Not only yuzu but also hesperidin inhibited caspase-3 activity, myeloperoxidase expression, α-smooth muscle actin expression, and matrix metalloproteinase-2 activity in a permanent LAD occlusion rat model. To our knowledge, our findings provide the first evidence that yuzu and hesperidin prevent MI-induced ventricular dysfunction and structural remodeling of myocardium. PMID:25559243

  4. Use of microcirculatory parameters to evaluate clinical treatments of chronic venous disorder (CVD).

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    Lascasas-Porto, Carmen Lucia; Milhomens, Ana Letícia M; Virgini-Magalhães, Carlos Eduardo; Fernandes, Fabiano F A; Sicuro, Fernando L; Bouskela, Eliete

    2008-05-01

    To evaluate changes on cutaneous microangiopathy in chronic venous disorder (CVD) after use of Cirkan [venotonic drug containing Ruscus aculeatus (plant extract), hesperidine methylchalcone (flavonoid) and vitamin C], elastic compression stockings (ECS) or no treatment for four weeks. Fifty-five female patients (85 legs), 25 to 57 years, with at least one limb classified as C2,s or C2,3,s (CEAP classification), were allocated consecutively, according to entrance order, in these three groups. Ten healthy women age-matched were also investigated. Using orthogonal polarization spectral technique (noninvasive method), measurements of functional capillary density (FCD, number of capillaries with flowing red blood cells/mm(2)), capillary morphology (CM, % of abnormal capillaries/mm(2)) and diameters (mum) of dermal papilla (DDP), capillary bulk (DCB) and capillary limb (CD) were obtained on the medial perimalleolar region and later analyzed using CapImage software. CVD patients showed significant changes on CD and CM compared to healthy subjects in agreement with our previous findings (J Vasc Surg 43:1037-1044, 2006). On Cirkan-treated patients, after 4 weeks, CD decreased on both limbs and CM improved on the left one, suggesting an amelioration of the chronic venous hypertension. No significant changes could be detected on other patient groups. These results confirm the existence of microcirculatory dysfunction in early stages of CVD, probably due to post-capillary hypertension, and further support the venotonic action of Cirkan.

  5. Cold Pressor Stress Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Flow Reserve Is Not Useful for Detection of Coronary Endothelial Dysfunction in Women with Signs and Symptoms of Ischemia and No Obstructive CAD.

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    Sofy Landes

    Full Text Available Coronary endothelial function testing using acetylcholine is not routinely available, while non-pharmacological cold pressor testing (CPT is considered an endothelial stressor. Noninvasive cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI can detect coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD. We evaluated if CPT stress CMRI MPRI could detect invasive coronary endothelial dysfunction.Coronary reactivity testing was performed in 189 women with symptoms and signs of ischemic but no obstructive coronary artery disease as previously described plus CPT stress. Subjects also underwent pharmacologic and CPT stress during CMRI (1.5 T. Statistical analysis comparing CPT MPRI between groups was performed by Welch`s t-test and Mann-Whitney where appropriate. Anderson-Darling test and Levene test were considered to verify the normality and homogeneity of variances assumptions. Correlation analyses between CPT MPRI and both invasive and noninvasive measures of CMD were performed using Spearman correlation.While CPT MPRI correlated with pharmacological stress MPRI, it did not correlate with invasive measures of CMD including invasively measured responses to intracoronary (IC adenosine, IC acetylcholine, CPT, or IC nitroglycerin. Additionally CPT MPRI was not significantly different between subjects with normal compared to abnormal pharm stress MPRI or normal compared to abnormal invasive CMD parameters.Despite correlation with pharmacological stress MPRI, non-invasive CPT MPRI does not appear to be useful for detecting CMD in symptomatic women.

  6. Cold Pressor Stress Cardiac Magnetic Resonance Myocardial Flow Reserve Is Not Useful for Detection of Coronary Endothelial Dysfunction in Women with Signs and Symptoms of Ischemia and No Obstructive CAD.

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    Landes, Sofy; Dela Cruz, Sherwin; Wei, Janet; AlBadri, Ahmed; Shufelt, Chrisandra; Mehta, Puja; Thomson, Louise E; Diniz, Marcio A; Zhang, Xiao; Petersen, John W; Anderson, R David; Pepine, Carl J; Berman, Daniel S; Bairey Merz, C Noel

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    Coronary endothelial function testing using acetylcholine is not routinely available, while non-pharmacological cold pressor testing (CPT) is considered an endothelial stressor. Noninvasive cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMRI) myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI) can detect coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD). We evaluated if CPT stress CMRI MPRI could detect invasive coronary endothelial dysfunction. Coronary reactivity testing was performed in 189 women with symptoms and signs of ischemic but no obstructive coronary artery disease as previously described plus CPT stress. Subjects also underwent pharmacologic and CPT stress during CMRI (1.5 T). Statistical analysis comparing CPT MPRI between groups was performed by Welch`s t-test and Mann-Whitney where appropriate. Anderson-Darling test and Levene test were considered to verify the normality and homogeneity of variances assumptions. Correlation analyses between CPT MPRI and both invasive and noninvasive measures of CMD were performed using Spearman correlation. While CPT MPRI correlated with pharmacological stress MPRI, it did not correlate with invasive measures of CMD including invasively measured responses to intracoronary (IC) adenosine, IC acetylcholine, CPT, or IC nitroglycerin. Additionally CPT MPRI was not significantly different between subjects with normal compared to abnormal pharm stress MPRI or normal compared to abnormal invasive CMD parameters. Despite correlation with pharmacological stress MPRI, non-invasive CPT MPRI does not appear to be useful for detecting CMD in symptomatic women.

  7. Total salvianolic acid improves ischemia-reperfusion-induced microcirculatory disturbance in rat mesentery.

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    Wang, Ming-Xia; Liu, Yu-Ying; Hu, Bai-He; Wei, Xiao-Hong; Chang, Xin; Sun, Kai; Fan, Jing-Yu; Liao, Fu-Long; Wang, Chuan-She; Zheng, Jun; Han, Jing-Yan

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    To investigate the effect of total salvianolic acid (TSA) on ischemia-reperfusion (I/R)-induced rat mesenteric microcirculatory dysfunctions. Male Wistar rats were randomly distributed into 5 groups (n = 6 each): Sham group and I/R group (infused with saline), TSA group, TSA + I/R group and I/R + TSA group (infused with TSA, 5 mg/kg per hour). Mesenteric I/R were conducted by a ligation of the mesenteric artery and vein (10 min) and subsequent release of the occlusion. TSA was continuously infused either starting from 10 min before the ischemia or 10 min after reperfusion. Changes in mesenteric microcirculatory variables, including diameter of venule, velocity of red blood cells in venule, leukocyte adhesion, free radicals released from venule, albumin leakage and mast cell degranulation, were observed through an inverted intravital microscope. Meanwhile, the expression of adhesion molecules CD11b/CD18 on neutrophils was evaluated by flow cytometry. Ultrastructural evidence of mesenteric venules damage was assessed after microcirculation observation. I/R led to multiple responses in mesenteric post-capillary venules, including a significant increase in the adhesion of leukocytes, production of oxygen radicals in the venular wall, albumin efflux and enhanced mast cell degranulation in vivo. All the I/R-induced manifestations were significantly reduced by pre- or post-treatment with TSA, with the exception that the I/R-induced increase in mast cell degranulation was inhibited only by pre-treatment with TSA. Moreover, pre- or post-treatment with TSA significantly attenuated the expression of CD11b/CD18 on neutrophils, reducing the increase in the number of caveolae in the endothelial cells of mesentery post-capillary venules induced by I/R. The results demonstrated that TSA protects from and ameliorates the microcirculation disturbance induced by I/R, which was associated with TSA inhibiting the production of oxygen-free radicals in the venular wall and the expression

  8. Comparison of 99mTc-sestamibi/18FDG DISA SPECT with PET for the detection of viability in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction.

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    Slart, Riemer H J A; Bax, Jeroen J; de Boer, Jaep; Willemsen, Antoon T M; Mook, Piet H; Oudkerk, Matthijs; van der Wall, Ernst E; van Veldhuisen, Dirk J; Jager, Pieter L

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    Dual-isotope simultaneous acquisition (DISA) single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is an attractive technique as it permits assessment of both myocardial glucose metabolism and perfusion within a single session, but few data on its accuracy for the assessment of viability are available as yet. In the present study, DISA SPECT was compared with positron emission tomography (PET) for the detection of myocardial viability in normal and dysfunctional left ventricular (LV) myocardium. Fifty-eight patients with chronic coronary artery disease and LV dysfunction (LV ejection fraction 33+/-12%) were studied. Patients underwent a 1-day dipyridamole stress 99mTc-sestamibi/18F-fluorodeoxyglucose (18FDG) DISA SPECT and 13N-ammonia/18FDG PET protocol. Within 1 week, resting MRI was performed to assess contractile function. Comparison of PET and SPECT data was performed using both visual and quantitative analysis. The correlation of normalised activities of the flow tracers 99mTc-sestamibi and 13N-ammonia was good (r = 0.82; p DISA SPECT and PET was 82%, with a kappa-statistic of 0.59 (95% CI 0.53-0.64), without a significant difference; in dysfunctional segments only, the agreement was 82%, with a kappa-statistic of 0.63 (95% CI 0.56-0.70), without a significant difference. When the DISA SPECT data were analysed visually, the agreement between DISA SPECT and PET was 83%, with a kappa-statistic of 0.58 (95% CI 0.52-0.63), without a significant difference. Moreover, there was no significant difference between visual and quantitative DISA SPECT analysis for the detection of viability. This study shows an overall good agreement between 99mTc-sestamibi/18FDG DISA SPECT and PET for the assessment of myocardial viability in patients with severe LV dysfunction. Quantitative or visual analysis of the SPECT data did not influence the agreement with PET, suggesting that visual assessment may be sufficient for clinical purposes.

  9. Genetic polymorphisms of angiotensin-2 type 1 receptor and angiotensinogen and risk of renal dysfunction and coronary heart disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Hu Frank B

    2009-03-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Increased activation of the renin-angiotensin system (RAS may be important in promoting coronary heart disease (CHD and renal dysfunction, but limited data are available on associations between angiotensin type 1 receptor (AGT1R and angiotensinogen (AGT genotypes in type 2 diabetes. Methods Study participants were diabetics from the Health Professionals Follow-Up Study (HPFS and the Nurses' Health Study (NHS. We analyzed single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs associated with cardiovascular pathophysiology (including AGT1R T573C, AGT1R A1166C, and AGT M235T and presence of renal dysfunction (eGFR2 or history of CHD. Results The AGT1R 1166 C-allele was associated with eGFR2 (multivariable OR 1.63 [1.01, 2.65] in the HPFS men (n = 733 and in the combined dataset (n = 1566 (OR 1.42 [1.02, 1.98]. The AGT1R 1166 C-allele was also associated with CHD in men (OR 1.57 [1.10, 2.24]. In NHS women (n = 833, AGT 235T-allele was associated with CHD (OR 1.72 [1.20, 2.47]. Removal of hypertension from the fully adjusted models did not influence results, suggesting that the associations may not be mediated by hypertension. There were significant interactions between sex and AGT1R 1166 C-allele (p = 0.008 and AGT M235T (p = 0.03 in models for CHD. No significant associations were seen between AGT1R T573 C-allele and renal dysfunction or CHD. Conclusion Polymorphisms in AGT1R and AGT genes are associated with renal dysfunction and CHD in type 2 diabetes and further support the important role of the RAS in these complications. Sex may modify associations between AGT1R 1166 C-allele and AGT 235T and CHD in type 2 diabetes.

  10. Coronary artery disease, left ventricular hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction are associated with stroke in patients affected by persistent non-valvular atrial fibrillation: a case-control study

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    Andrea Passantino

    2009-04-01

    Full Text Available Persistent non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke, and its rate is expected to rise because of the ageing population. The absolute rate of stroke depends on age and comorbidity. Risk stratification for stroke in patients with NVAF derives from populations enrolled in randomized clinical trials. However, participants in clinical trials are often not representative of the general population. Many stroke risk stratification scores have been used, but they do not include transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE, pulsate wave Doppler (PWD and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI, simple and non-invasive diagnostic tools. The role of TTE, PWD and TDI findings has not been previously determined. Our study goal was to determine the association between TTE and PWD findings and stroke prevalence in a population of NVAF prone outpatients. Patients were divided into two groups: P for stroke prone and F for stroke free. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups concerning cardiovascular risk factors, age (p=0.2, sex (p=0.2, smoking (p=0.3, diabetes (p=0.1 and hypercholesterolemia (p=0.2; hypertension was statistically significant (p less than 0.001. There were statistically significant differences concerning coronary artery disease, previous acute myocardial infarction (AMI (p less than 0.05 and non- AMI coronaropathy (p less than 0.04, a higher rate being in the P group. Concerning echo-Doppler findings, a higher statistically significant rate of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH (p less than  0.05 and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (p less than 0.001 was found in the P group and dilated left atrium (p Similar Microcirculatory Alterations in Patients with Normodynamic and Hyperdynamic Septic Shock

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    Edul, Vanina S. Kanoore; Ince, Can; Vazquez, Alejandro Risso; Rubatto, Paolo N.; Espinoza, Emilio D. Valenzuela; Welsh, Sebastián; Enrico, Carolina; Dubin, Arnaldo

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    Rationale: In normodynamic septic shock, the quantitative assessment of sublingual microcirculation has shown decreases in perfused vascular density and red blood cell velocity. However, no studies have been performed in hyperdynamic septic shock. Objectives: To characterize the microcirculatory

  11. Influence of Baseline Characteristics, Operative Conduct, and Postoperative Course on 30-Day Outcomes of Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Among Patients With Left Ventricular Dysfunction: Results From the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) Trial.

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    Wrobel, Krzysztof; Stevens, Susanna R; Jones, Robert H; Selzman, Craig H; Lamy, Andre; Beaver, Thomas M; Djokovic, Ljubomir T; Wang, Nan; Velazquez, Eric J; Sopko, George; Kron, Irving L; DiMaio, J Michael; Michler, Robert E; Lee, Kerry L; Yii, Michael; Leng, Chua Yeow; Zembala, Marian; Rouleau, Jean L; Daly, Richard C; Al-Khalidi, Hussein R

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    Patients with severe left ventricular dysfunction, ischemic heart failure, and coronary artery disease suitable for coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) are at higher risk for surgical morbidity and mortality. Paradoxically, those patients with the most severe coronary artery disease and ventricular dysfunction who derive the greatest clinical benefit from CABG are also at the greatest operative risk, which makes decision making regarding whether to proceed to surgery difficult in such patients. To better inform such decision making, we analyzed the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) CABG population for detailed information on perioperative risk and outcomes. In both STICH trials (hypotheses), 2136 patients with a left ventricular ejection fraction of ≤35% and coronary artery disease were allocated to medical therapy, CABG plus medical therapy, or CABG with surgical ventricular reconstruction. Relationships of baseline characteristics and operative conduct with morbidity and mortality at 30 days were evaluated. There were a total of 1460 patients randomized to and receiving surgery, and 346 (≈25%) of these high-risk patients developed a severe complication within 30 days. Worsening renal insufficiency, cardiac arrest with cardiopulmonary resuscitation, and ventricular arrhythmias were the most frequent complications and those most commonly associated with death. Mortality at 30 days was 5.1% and was generally preceded by a serious complication (65 of 74 deaths). Left ventricular size, renal dysfunction, advanced age, and atrial fibrillation/flutter were significant preoperative predictors of mortality within 30 days. Cardiopulmonary bypass time was the only independent surgical variable predictive of 30-day mortality. CABG can be performed with relatively low 30-day mortality in patients with left ventricular dysfunction. Serious postoperative complications occurred in nearly 1 in 4 patients and were associated with mortality. URL: http

  12. EFFECT IMBALANCE AQUEOUS BODY FLUIDS, AND RENAL DYSFUNCTION, CARDIOVASCULAR SURVIVAL IN PATIENTS AFTER AN ACUTE CORONARY SYNDROME, MYOCARDIAL REVASCULARIZATION

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    Full Text Available Objective. Analysis imbalance aqueous body fluids on the prognosis of cardiovascular events in the late period after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS and myocardial revascularization based on indicators of renal function.Materials and methods. The study included 120 patients with ACS, including unstable angina was diagnosed in 68 patients, 52 patients — acute myocardial infarction. All patients underwent myocardial revascularization. To register the presence of albuminuria in the range of 30-300 mg/l, and glomerular filtration rate (GFR. It makes calculations indicators aqueous body fluids — the total volume of water (TVW, the total fluid, intracellular fluid (IF, extracellular fluid. The endpoint of the study was the presence of cardiovascular complications within 6 months after ACS.Results. It is found that the presence and magnitude of albuminuria was significantly increase the risk of the end point of the study. In patients with GFR less than 60 mL/min/1,73m2 studied the risk is higher by 17.1%, compared with patients with a GFR above this limit. Analysis of the distribution of the water body fluids showed a significant increase in the average TVW and IF. Through statistical analysis of survival found an increased risk of cardiovascular complications in the late period after ACS in patients who have an increase IF on the stage of development of coronary catastrophe.Conclusion. The study demonstrated the predictive value to stratify cardiovascular disease risk, not only the presence of albuminuria, but its level and value of GFR less than 60 mL/min/1,73m2. Redistribution of aqueous body fluids in the form of increased IF is a marker of adverse cardiovascular events in the late period after ACS. These data indicate the need for a comprehensive and integrated analysis of existing pathogenetic changes occurring in ACS, as well as the status of the patients premorbid factor for improving risk stratification of cardiovascular

  13. Exclusive olive oil consumption is associated with lower likelihood of developing left ventricular systolic dysfunction in acute coronary syndrome patients: the hellenic heart failure study.

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    Chrysohoou, Christina; Kastorini, Christina-Maria; Panagiotakos, Demosthenes; Aggelopoulos, Panagiotis; Tsiachris, Dimitris; Pitsavos, Christos; Stefanadis, Christodoulos

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    The aim of the present work was to evaluate the association between exclusive olive oil consumption and the development of left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in patients with a previous acute coronary syndrome (ACS). From 2006 to 2007, 651 consecutive ACS patients were enrolled. In 288 males (64 +/- 13 years) and 75 females (71 +/- 11 years), LVSD (ejection fraction 50%). Detailed information regarding their clinical characteristics, anthropometric data, physical activity, smoking and dietary habits (including lipids use) were recorded. 70% of the LVSD patients and 76% of the non-LVSD patients reported exclusive olive oil consumption. Multi-adjusted analysis revealed that exclusive olive oil consumption in post-ACS patients with a first cardiac episode was associated with a 65% (95% confidence interval 0.14-0.87) lower likelihood of developing LVSD after adjusting for various confounders. No significant association was observed among participants with a previous history of ACS. Exclusive, long-term olive oil consumption seems to offer significant protection against the development of LVSD in post-ACS patients. 2009 S. Karger AG, Basel.

  14. Study Design of the Microcirculatory Shock Occurrence in Acutely Ill Patients (microSOAP): an International Multicenter Observational Study of Sublingual Microcirculatory Alterations in Intensive Care Patients

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    Vellinga, Namkje A. R.; Boerma, E. Christiaan; Koopmans, Matty; Donati, Abele; Dubin, Arnaldo; Shapiro, Nathan I.; Pearse, Rupert M.; Bakker, Jan; Ince, Can

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    Objective. Sublingual microcirculatory alterations are associated with an adverse prognosis in several critical illness subgroups. Up to now, single-center studies have reported on sublingual microcirculatory alterations in ICU patient subgroups, but an extensive evaluation of the prevalence of these alterations is lacking. We present the study design of an international multicenter observational study to investigate the prevalence of microcirculatory alterations in critically ill: the Microcirculatory Shock Occurrence in Acutely ill Patients (microSOAP). Methods. 36 ICU's worldwide have participated in this study aiming for inclusion of over 500 evaluable patients. To enable communication and data collection, a website, an Open Clinica 3.0 database, and image uploading software have been designed. A one-session assessment of the sublingual microcirculation using Sidestream Dark Field imaging and data collection on patient characteristics has been performed in every ICU patient >18 years, regardless of underlying disease. Statistical analysis will provide insight in the prevalence and severity of sublingual alterations, its relation to systemic hemodynamic variables, disease, therapy, and outcome. Conclusion. This study will be the largest microcirculation study ever performed. It is expected that this study will also establish a basis for future studies related to the microcirculation in critically ill. PMID:22666566

  15. Study Design of the Microcirculatory Shock Occurrence in Acutely Ill Patients (microSOAP: an International Multicenter Observational Study of Sublingual Microcirculatory Alterations in Intensive Care Patients

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    Namkje A. R. Vellinga

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    Full Text Available Objective. Sublingual microcirculatory alterations are associated with an adverse prognosis in several critical illness subgroups. Up to now, single-center studies have reported on sublingual microcirculatory alterations in ICU patient subgroups, but an extensive evaluation of the prevalence of these alterations is lacking. We present the study design of an international multicenter observational study to investigate the prevalence of microcirculatory alterations in critically ill: the Microcirculatory Shock Occurrence in Acutely ill Patients (microSOAP. Methods. 36 ICU’s worldwide have participated in this study aiming for inclusion of over 500 evaluable patients. To enable communication and data collection, a website, an Open Clinica 3.0 database, and image uploading software have been designed. A one-session assessment of the sublingual microcirculation using Sidestream Dark Field imaging and data collection on patient characteristics has been performed in every ICU patient >18 years, regardless of underlying disease. Statistical analysis will provide insight in the prevalence and severity of sublingual alterations, its relation to systemic hemodynamic variables, disease, therapy, and outcome. Conclusion. This study will be the largest microcirculation study ever performed. It is expected that this study will also establish a basis for future studies related to the microcirculation in critically ill.

  16. Microcirculatory alterations after orthotopic pig-to-baboon heart transplantation.

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    Bauer, Andreas; Renz, Vivian; Baschnegger, Heiko; Abicht, Jan-Michael; Beiras-Fernandez, Andres; Brenner, Paolo; Thein, Eckart; Schmoeckel, Michael; Reichart, Bruno; Christ, Frank

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    Whilst macrohemodynamic function of porcine xenografts transplanted into baboons has been assessed perioperatively, the ability of the xenograft to maintain systemic microcirculatory perfusion has not been investigated after pig-to-baboon xenotransplantation so far. We investigated the sublingual microcirculation of six baboons undergoing orthotopic transplantation of hCD46-transgenic pig hearts using orthogonal polarization spectral imaging. Microvascular measurements were performed after induction of anesthesia, in the early phase of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB), during reperfusion of the porcine heart and 1 h after the xenograft had resumed its life-supporting function. Microvascular blood flow was analyzed semiquantitatively and the number of visualized cell-to-cell interactions was counted. The proportion of continuously perfused microvessels was 97 (96 to 97) % at baseline and 95 (94 to 97) % in the early phase of CPB. It decreased significantly (P pig-to-baboon heart transplantation, despite systemic hemodynamic parameters being well maintained by the porcine xenograft. These changes are moderate but persist after termination of CPB. Further studies need to elucidate whether these changes are transient or add to the mortality associated with cardiac xenotransplantation. © 2011 John Wiley & Sons A/S.

  17. Pathogenetic mechanism of microcirculatory disturbance and treatment advances in acute pancreatitis

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    HOU Fei

    2014-08-01

    Full Text Available In recent years, there has been increasing evidence that microcirculatory disturbance, including vasoconstriction, shunting, inadequate perfusion, increased blood viscosity, and coagulation, is closely associated with the pathogenesis of acute pancreatitis (AP. These processes may be exacerbated by ischaemia-reperfusion injury and the generation of oxygen radicals. The anatomical features of pancreatic microcirculation, the pathophysiological mechanism of pancreatic microcirculation disturbance and related inflammatory mediators, and progress in the treatment of microcirculatory disturbance in AP are reviewed. It is suggested that the pancreatic and systemic microcirculation may play a key role in the development and progression of AP.

  18. [VIABILITY OF MYOCAROIUM AS RISK FACTOR FOR MORTALITY IN EARLY AND LATE PERIOD AFTER BYPASS SURGERY OF CORONARY ARTERIES IN PATIENTS WITH CORONARY HEART DISEASE AND SEVERE LEFT VENTRICULAR DYSFUNCTION].

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    Todurov, B M; Zelenchuk, V; Kuzmich, I M; Ivanyuk, N B; Nikolaichuk, M V

    2015-06-01

    In coronary heart disease and low ejection fraction of the left ventricle (LV) in patients after coronary artery bypass surgery tend mortality and complication rate higher than preserved LV systolic function. Significant preoperative predictors of early mortality and remote in these patients, and the incidence of complications in the early postoperative period were reveald.

  19. Significance of Microvascular Function in Visual-Functional Mismatch Between Invasive Coronary Angiography and Fractional Flow Reserve.

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    Yonetsu, Taishi; Murai, Tadashi; Kanaji, Yoshihisa; Lee, Tetsumin; Matsuda, Junji; Usui, Eisuke; Hoshino, Masahiro; Araki, Makoto; Niida, Takayuki; Hada, Masahiro; Ichijo, Sadamitsu; Hamaya, Rikuta; Kanno, Yoshinori; Kakuta, Tsunekazu

    2017-05-31

    Despite a moderate correlation between angiographical stenosis and physiological significance, the mechanism of discordance has not been fully elucidated, particularly regarding the significance of microvascular function. This study sought to clarify whether microvascular function affects visual-functional mismatch between quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) and fractional flow reserve (FFR). We assessed QCA, FFR, coronary flow reserve, and the index of microcirculatory resistance in 849 non-left-main coronary lesions with visually estimated intermediate stenoses from 532 patients. Clinical and lesion-specific characteristics and physiological parameters associated with mismatch and reverse mismatch were studied. Coronary flow reserve and index of microcirculatory resistance showed a weak, but significant, correlation with FFR (R=0.306, P50%). Among visually nonsignificant lesions, FFR ≤0.80 (reverse mismatch) was observed in 129 lesions (30.6%). Among visually significant lesions, FFR >0.80 (mismatch) were observed in 179 lesions (41.9%). The significant predictors of reverse mismatch were male sex, nonculprit lesions of acute coronary syndrome, left anterior descending artery location, smaller QCA reference diameter, greater QCA-DS, lower coronary flow reserve, and lower index of microcirculatory resistance. Mismatch was associated with right coronary artery location, greater QCA reference diameter, smaller QCA-DS, lesion length, higher coronary flow reserve, and higher index of microcirculatory resistance. There was a high prevalence of visual-functional mismatches between QCA and FFR. The discrepancy was related to clinical characteristics, lesion-specific factors, and microvascular resistance that was undistinguishable by coronary angiography, thus suggesting the importance of physiological lesion assessment. © 2017 The Authors. Published on behalf of the American Heart Association, Inc., by Wiley.

  1. N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide is related with coronary flow velocity reserve and diastolic dysfunction in patients with asymmetric hypertrophic cardiomyopathy.

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    Tesic, Milorad; Seferovic, Jelena; Trifunovic, Danijela; Djordjevic-Dikic, Ana; Giga, Vojislav; Jovanovic, Ivana; Petrovic, Olga; Marinkovic, Jelena; Stankovic, Sanja; Stepanovic, Jelena; Ristic, Arsen; Petrovic, Milan; Mujovic, Nebojsa; Vujisic-Tesic, Bosiljka; Beleslin, Branko; Vukcevic, Vladan; Stankovic, Goran; Seferovic, Petar

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    The relations of elevated N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) and cardiac ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients is uncertain. Therefore we designed the study with the following aims: (1) to analyze plasma concentrations of NT-pro-BNP in various subsets of HCM patients; (2) to reveal the correlations of NT-pro-BNP, myocardial ischemia, and diastolic dysfunction; (3) to assess predictors of the elevated plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP. In 61 patients (mean age 48.9±16.3 years; 26 male) with asymmetric HCM plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP were obtained. Standard transthoracic examination, tissue Doppler echocardiography with measurement of transthoracic coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) in left anterior descending artery (LAD) was done. Mean natural logarithm value of NT-pro-BNP was 7.11±0.95pg/ml [median value 1133 (interquartile range 561-2442)pg/ml]. NT-pro-BNP was significantly higher in patients with higher NYHA class, in obstructive HCM, more severe mitral regurgitation, increased left atrial volume index (LAVI), presence of calcified mitral annulus, elevated left ventricular (LV) filling pressure and in decreased CFVR. Levels of NT-pro-BNP significantly correlated with the ratio of E/e' (r=0.534, p<0.001), LV outflow tract gradient (r=0.503, p=0.024), LAVI (r=0.443, p<0.001), while inversely correlated with CFVR LAD (r=-0.569, p<0.001). When multivariate analysis was done only CFVR LAD and E/e' emerged as independent predictors of NT-pro-BNP. Plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP were significantly higher in HCM patients with more advanced disease. Elevated NT-pro-BNP not only reflects the diastolic impairment of the LV, but it might also be the result of cardiac ischemia in patients with HCM. Copyright © 2017 Japanese College of Cardiology. Published by Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Coronary Angiography

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  3. Sublingual microcirculatory changes during high-volume hemofiltration in hyperdynamic septic shock patients.

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    Ruiz, Carolina; Hernandez, Glenn; Godoy, Cristian; Downey, Patricio; Andresen, Max; Bruhn, Alejandro

    2010-01-01

    Previous studies have suggested that high volume hemofiltration (HVHF) may contribute to revert hypotension in severe hyperdynamic septic shock patients. However, arterial pressure stabilization occurs due to an increase in systemic vascular resistance, which could eventually compromise microcirculatory blood flow and perfusion. The goal of this study was to determine if HVHF deteriorates sublingual microcirculation in severe hyperdynamic septic shock patients. This was a prospective, non-randomized study at a 16-bed, medical-surgical intensive care unit of a university hospital. We included 12 severe hyperdynamic septic shock patients (norepinephrine requirements > 0.3 μg/kg/min and cardiac index > 3.0 L/min/m2) who underwent a 12-hour HVHF as a rescue therapy according to a predefined algorithm. Sublingual microcirculation (Microscan for NTSC, Microvision Medical), systemic hemodynamics and perfusion parameters were assessed at baseline, at 12 hours of HVHF, and 6 hours after stopping HVHF. Microcirculatory flow index increased after 12 hours of HVHF and this increase persisted 6 hours after stopping HVHF. A similar trend was observed for the proportion of perfused microvessels. The increase in microcirculatory blood flow was inversely correlated with baseline levels. There was no significant change in microvascular density or heterogeneity during or after HVHF. Mean arterial pressure and systemic vascular resistance increased while lactate levels decreased after the 12-hour HVHF. The use of HVHF as a rescue therapy in patients with severe hyperdynamic septic shock does not deteriorate sublingual microcirculatory blood flow despite the increase in systemic vascular resistance.

  4. Detection of angiospastic disorders in the microcirculatory bed using laser diagnostics technologies

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    Irina N. Makovik

    2018-01-01

    Thus, the evaluation of combined noninvasive optical diagnostic method use, the cold pressor test and proposed diagnostic criteria showed a positive result. This approach can be used to detect the presence of possible angiospastic disorders and related complications, as well as microcirculatory bed disorders against the background of other diseases.

  5. Changes in sublingual microcirculatory flow index and vessel density on ascent to altitude

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    Martin, Daniel S.; Goedhart, Peter; Vercueil, Andre; Ince, Can; Levett, Denny Z. H.; Grocott, Mike P. W.

    2010-01-01

    We hypothesized that ascent to altitude would result in reduced sublingual microcirculatory flow index (MFI) and increased vessel density. Twenty-four subjects were studied using sidestream dark-field imaging, as they ascended to 5300 m; one cohort remained at this altitude (n = 10), while another

  6. Cardiac magnetic resonance myocardial perfusion reserve index is reduced in women with coronary microvascular dysfunction. A National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-sponsored study from the Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation.

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    Thomson, Louise E J; Wei, Janet; Agarwal, Megha; Haft-Baradaran, Afsaneh; Shufelt, Chrisandra; Mehta, Puja K; Gill, Edward B; Johnson, B Delia; Kenkre, Tanya; Handberg, Eileen M; Li, Debiao; Sharif, Behzad; Berman, Daniel S; Petersen, John W; Pepine, Carl J; Bairey Merz, C Noel

    2015-04-01

    Women with signs and symptoms of ischemia and no obstructive coronary artery disease often have coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), diagnosed by invasive coronary reactivity testing (CRT). Although traditional noninvasive stress imaging is often normal in CMD, cardiac MRI may be able to detect CMD in this population. Vasodilator stress cardiac MRI was performed in 118 women with suspected CMD who had undergone CRT and 21 asymptomatic reference subjects. Semi-quantitative evaluation of the first-pass perfusion images was completed to determine myocardial perfusion reserve index (MPRI). The relationship between CRT findings and MPRI was examined by Pearson correlations, logistic regression, and sensitivity/specificity. Symptomatic women had lower mean pharmacological stress MPRI compared with reference subjects (1.71±0.43 versus 2.23±0.37; P<0.0001). Lower MPRI was predictive of ≥1 abnormal CRT variables (odds ratio =0.78 [0.70, 0.88], P<0.0001, c-statistic 0.78 [0.68, 0.88]). An MPRI threshold of 1.84 predicted CRT abnormality with sensitivity 73% and specificity 74%. Noninvasive cardiac MRI MPRI can detect CMD defined by invasive CRT. Further work is aimed to optimize the noninvasive identification and management of CMD patients. URL: http://www.clinicaltrials.gov. Unique identifier: NCT00832702. © 2015 American Heart Association, Inc.

  7. Mechanisms of critical illness--classifying microcirculatory flow abnormalities in distributive shock.

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    Elbers, Paul W G; Ince, Can

    2006-01-01

    Over 30 years ago Weil and Shubin proposed a re-classification of shock states and identified hypovolemic, cardiogenic, obstructive and distributive shock. The first three categories have in common that they are associated with a fall in cardiac output. Distributive shock, such as occurs during sepsis and septic shock, however, is associated with an abnormal distribution of microvascular blood flow and metabolic distress in the presence of normal or even supranormal levels of cardiac output. This Bench-to-bedside review looks at the recent insights that have been gained into the nature of distributive shock. Its pathophysiology can best be described as a microcirculatory and mitochondrial distress syndrome, where time and therapy form an integral part of the definition. The clinical introduction of new microcirculatory imaging techniques, such as orthogonal polarization spectral and side-stream dark-field imaging, have allowed direct observation of the microcirculation at the bedside. Images of the sublingual microcirculation during septic shock and resuscitation have revealed that the distributive defect of blood flow occurs at the capillary level. In this paper, we classify the different types of heterogeneous flow patterns of microcirculatory abnormalities found during different types of distributive shock. Analysis of these patterns gave a five class classification system to define the types of microcirculatory abnormalities found in different types of distributive shock and indicated that distributive shock occurs in many other clinical conditions than just sepsis and septic shock. It is likely that different mechanisms defined by pathology and treatment underlie these abnormalities observed in the different classes. Functionally, however, they all cause a distributive defect resulting in microcirculatory shunting and regional dysoxia. It is hoped that this classification system will help in the identification of mechanisms underlying these abnormalities and

  8. Molecular biomarkers of vascular dysfunction in obstructive sleep apnea.

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    Elzbieta Kaczmarek

    Full Text Available Untreated and long-lasting obstructive sleep apnea (OSA may lead to important vascular abnormalities, including endothelial cell (EC dysfunction, hypertension, and atherosclerosis. We observed a correlation between microcirculatory reactivity and endothelium-dependent release of nitric oxide in OSA patients. Therefore, we hypothesized that OSA affects (microvasculature and we aimed to identify vascular gene targets of OSA that could possibly serve as reliable biomarkers of severity of the disease and possibly of vascular risk. Using quantitative RT-PCR, we evaluated gene expression in skin biopsies of OSA patients, mouse aortas from animals exposed to 4-week intermittent hypoxia (IH; rapid oscillations in oxygen desaturation and reoxygenation, and human dermal microvascular (HMVEC and coronary artery endothelial cells (HCAEC cultured under IH. We demonstrate a significant upregulation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS, tumor necrosis factor-alpha-induced protein 3 (TNFAIP3; A20, hypoxia-inducible factor 1 alpha (HIF-1α?? and vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF expression in skin biopsies obtained from OSA patients with severe nocturnal hypoxemia (nadir saturated oxygen levels [SaO2]<75% compared to mildly hypoxemic OSA patients (SaO2 75%-90% and a significant upregulation of vascular cell adhesion molecule 1 (VCAM-1 expression compared to control subjects. Gene expression profile in aortas of mice exposed to IH demonstrated a significant upregulation of eNOS and VEGF. In an in vitro model of OSA, IH increased expression of A20 and decreased eNOS and HIF-1α expression in HMVEC, while increased A20, VCAM-1 and HIF-1αexpression in HCAEC, indicating that EC in culture originating from distinct vascular beds respond differently to IH stress. We conclude that gene expression profiles in skin of OSA patients may correlate with disease severity and, if validated by further studies, could possibly predict vascular risk in OSA patients.

  9. ACUTE EFFECTS OF BALANCED VERSUS UNBALANCED COLLOID RESUSCITATION ON RENAL MACROCIRCULATORY AND MICROCIRCULATORY PERFUSION DURING ENDOTOXEMIC SHOCK

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    Aksu, Ugur; Bezemer, Rick; Demirci, Cihan; Ince, Can

    2012-01-01

    This study was designed to investigate the acute effects of balanced versus unbalanced colloid resuscitation on renal macrocirculatory and microcirculatory perfusions during lipopolysaccharide-induced endotoxemic shock in rats. We tested the hypothesis that balanced colloid resuscitation would be

  10. Impact of eight weeks of repeated ischaemic preconditioning on brachial artery and cutaneous microcirculatory function in healthy males.

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    Jones, H.; Nyakayiru, J.; Bailey, T.G.; Green, D.J.; Cable, N.T.; Sprung, V.S.; Hopkins, N.D.; Thijssen, D.H.J.

    2015-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Ischaemic preconditioning has well-established cardiac and vascular protective effects. Short interventions (one week) of daily ischaemic preconditioning episodes improve conduit and microcirculatory function. This study examined whether a longer (eight weeks) and less frequent (three

  11. Ivabradine for patients with stable coronary artery disease and left-ventricular systolic dysfunction (BEAUTIFUL): a randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial

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    Fox, Kim; Ford, Ian; Steg, P. Gabriel; Tendera, Michal; Ferrari, Roberto; Grancelli, H.; Freedman, B.; Eber, B.; Vanoverschelde, J. L.; Finkov, B.; Yotov, Y.; Tardif, J. C.; Hu, D.; Lau, C.; Hradec, J.; Hildebrandt, P.; Eha, J.; Peuhkurinen, K.; Danchin, N.; Steg, P. G.; Meinertz, T.; Vardas, P.; Borbola, J.; Mulcahy, D.; Maggioni, A.; Erglis, A.; Jirgensons, J.; Kalnins, U.; Laucevicius, A.; Dickstein, K.; Ruzyllo, W.; Tendera, M.; Seabra-Gomes, R.; Capalneanu, R.; Belenkov, Y.; Mareev, Y.; Murin, J.; Rakovec, P.; Macaya, C.; Dellborg, M.; Lüscher, T. U.; van Gilst, W.; Oto, A.; Ford, I.; Fox, K.; Hall, A.; Parkhomenko, A.; Robertson, M.; Weir, C.; Aziz, J.; Kean, S.; Wilson, R.; Thygesen, K.; Frenneaux, M.; Jondeau, G.; Camm, A. J.; Dargie, H.; Kjekshus, J.; Murray, G.; Ahuad Guerrero, R. A.; Allall, O. A.; Amuchastegui, M.; Buscema, J. J.; Bustos, B.; Cartasegna, L. R.; Cohen Arazi, H.; Fernandez, A. A.; Fuselli, J. J.; Guzmén, L. A.; Hasbani, E.; Ibañez, J. O.; Iglesias, R. M.; Lembo, L. A.; Luciardi, H. L.; Luquez, H. A.; Montaña, O. R.; Nul, D. R.; Orlandini, A. D.; Perna, E. R.; Sanchez, A.; Sanjurjo, M. S.; Schygiel, P. O.; Sinisi, V. A.; Sokn, F. J.; Thierer, J.; del Valle Lobo Marquez, L. L.; Varini, S.; Vogel, D.; Alford, K.; Amerena, J.; Arnolda, L.; Atherton, J.; Bradley, J.; Cameron, J.; Colquhoun, D.; Counsell, J.; Fitzpatrick, A.; Horowitz, J.; Ireland, M.; Karrasch, J.; Kaye, D.; Lattimore, J. D.; Marwick, T.; O'Shea, J.; Owensby, D.; de Pasquale, C.; Prior, D.; Rogers, J.; Sindone, A.; Singh, B. B.; Stickland, J.; Szto, G.; Tofler, G.; Vogl, E.; Waites, J.; Walsh, W.; Eber, E.; Huber, K.; Lang, I.; Pichler, M.; Chenu, P.; Dendale, P. A. C.; François, P. A. A.; Friart, A.; Goethals, M.; Materne, P.; van Mieghem, W.; Missault, L.; Vachiery, J. L.; Vanderheyden, M.; Chompalova, B.; Denchev, S.; Donova, T.; Dzhurzdhev, A.; Georgiev, B.; Gotchev, D.; Goudev, A.; Grigorov, M.; Guenova, D.; Hergeldjieva, V.; Kamenova, Z.; Nachev, C.; Penkov, N.; Perchev, I.; Raev, D.; Sirakova, V.; Taseva, T.; Torbova, S.; Tzekova, M.; Baird, M.; Bernstein, V.; Chehayeb, R.; Constance, C.; Coutu, B.; Desrochers, D.; Fortin, C.; Glanz, A.; Haddad, H.; Heath, J.; Hill, L. L.; Klinke, W. P.; Kouz, S.; Lalani, A.; Lauzon, C.; Lepage, S.; Lonn, E.; Ma, P.; Matangi, M.; Nawaz, S.; Pandey, S.; Parker, J. D.; Parker, J. O.; Poirier, P.; Raco, D.; Rajda, M.; Rebane, T.; Rupka, D.; Savard, D.; Syan, G. S.; Talbot, P.; To, T. B.; Vakani, M. T.; Vertes, G. E.; Yao, L.; Dong, Y.; Gai, L.; Ge, J. B.; Lv, S.; Sun, Y.; Wang, W.; Wang, X.; Yan, X.; Yuan, Z.; Zhang, F.; Ballek, L.; Drazka, J.; Fébik, L.; Florian, J.; Kaislerová, M.; Karetová, D.; Jerábek, O.; Kotík, L.; Krejcova, H.; Kryza, R.; Kuchar, J.; Lavicka, V.; Maratka, T.; Marcinek, G.; Penicka, M.; Povolný, J.; Sochor, K.; Soucek, M.; Spacek, R.; Spinar, J.; Stípal, R.; Sulda, M.; Vencour, D.; Vitovec, J.; Vojacek, J.; Vojtísek, P.; Agner, E.; Asklund, M.; Brønnum Schou, J.; Dahlstrøm, C. G.; Dodt, K. K.; Egstrup, K.; Gøtzsche, L.; Gøtzsche, O.; Haghfelt, T.; Jakobsen, T.; Jensen, G.; Klarlund, K.; Køber, L.; Larsen, C. T.; Larsen, J.; Lind Rasmussen, S.; Lysko Svendsen, T.; Markenvard, J.; McNair, A.; Nielson, H.; Pedersen, L.; Petersen, J.; Ralfkiaer, N.; Rickers, H.; Rokkedal, J.; Romer, F.; Roseva Nielsen, N.; Scheibel, M.; Sejersen, H.; Skagen, K.; Stentebjerg, S. E.; Torp-Pedersen, C.; Tuxen, C.; Vigholt, E.; Averina, O.; Kolbassova, O.; Sildmäe, S.; Vahula, V.; Viigimaa, M.; Harjola, V. P.; Luoma, J.; Melin, J.; Aliot, E.; Barthelemy, J. C.; Bauer, F.; Beaune, J.; Belin, A.; Bodur, G.; Boudahne, A.; Bourdon, A.; Bouvier, J. M.; Carlioz, R.; Chati, Z.; Cherbi, C.; Chevalier, J. M.; Chevrier, J.; Claudon, O.; Colin, P.; Dambrine, P.; Decoulx, E.; Demarcq, J. M.; Doucet, B.; Drawin, T.; Dubois-Rande, J. L.; El Mansour, N.; Escande, M.; Fournier, P. Y.; Funck, F.; Gabrovescu, M.; Galinier, M.; Galley, D.; Gay, A.; Genest, M.; Godenir, J. P.; Guillot, J. P.; Gully, C.; Habib, G.; Huyghe de Mahenge, A.; Jaboureck, O.; Kahn, J. C.; Khalife, K.; Khanoyan, P.; Koenig, A.; Leborgne, L.; Lemoine, C.; Magnin, D.; Mann, H.; Mansourati, J.; Martelet, M.; Matina, D.; Meurice, T.; Olive, T. G.; Ovize, M.; Perret, T.; Pierre-Justin, E.; Riou, A.; Roudaut, R.; Roul, G.; Roynard, J. L.; Sellier, P.; Slama, M.; Soto, F. X.; Thisse, J. Y.; Wolf, J. E.; Ammer, K.; Appel, K. F.; Baar, M.; Bauknecht, C.; Baumann, G.; Bergmann, K.; Böhm, M.; Bosch, R.; Bott, J.; Cieslinski, G.; Deissner, M.; Drescher, T.; Droese, K.; Figulla, H. R.; Frick, H. M.; Fries, P.; Gärtner, J.; Gola, G.; Gonska, B. D.; Grooterhorst, P.; Hasenfuss, G.; Haverkamp, W.; Heckel, D.; Hengstenberg, C.; Hering, R.; Heuer, H.; Hoppe, U.; Jahnke, N.; Jeserich, M.; Katus, H.; Kleinertz, K.; Kombächer, H. D.; Lange, R.; Lehmann, G.; Müller, O.; Münzel, T.; Natour, M.; Nienaber, C.; Oeff, M.; Pötsch, T.; Proskynitopoulos, N.; Rüdell, U.; Rummel, R.; Rupprecht, H. J.; von Schacky, C.; Schenkenberger, I.; Schmidt, J.; Schreckenberg, A.; Schuler, G.; Schultheiss, H. P.; Seidl, K.; Spanier, C.; Spengler, U.; Steindorf, J.; Strasser, R.; Taggeselle, J.; Tammen, A.; Werdan, K.; Windstetter, U.; Winkelmann, B. R.; Wolde, C. 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A.; San Román Calvar, A.; Sevilla Toral, B.; Sola Casado, R.; Bandh, A.; Blomgren, J.; Herlitz, J.; Ohlin, H.; Ullman, B.; Delabays, A.; Dubach, P.; Eeckhout, E.; Gallino, A.; Hess, O.; Moccetti, T.; Vontobel, H.; Acarturk, E.; Ergene, O.; Erol, K.; Kozan, O.; Mutlu, B.; Ural, D.; Yilmaz, H.; Amosova, K.; Barna, O.; Batushkin, V.; Bazylevych, A.; Bereznyakov, I.; Dyadyk, A.; Dzyak, G.; Girina, O.; Glushko, L.; Goloborodko, B.; Karpenko, O.; Khomazyuk, T.; Kolchin, Y.; Kolomiets, S.; Korkushko, O.; Korzh, O.; Kovalenko, V.; Kovalsky, I.; Krayz, I.; Kubyshkin, V.; Lutay, M.; Mostovoy, Y.; Netyazhenko, V.; Perepelytsya, M.; Pertseva, T.; Polyvoda, S.; Putintsev, V.; Rishko, L. M.; Rudyk, Y.; Sakharchuk, I.; Semidotska, Z.; Seredyuk, N.; Serkova, V.; Sharuk, O.; Slyvka, Y.; Soldatchenko, S.; Stadnyuk, L.; Storozhuk, B.; Tashchuk, V.; Tseluyko, V.; Vatutin, M.; Vizir, V.; Vlasenko, M.; Voronkov, L.; Yurlov, V.; Zharinov, O.; Baig, M. W.; Brady, A.; Brooks, N.; Brooksby, P.; Crook, J. R.; Dutka, D.; Francis, C. M.; Greaves, K.; Groves, P.; Kadr, H.; Lindsay, S.; Moriarty, A.; Purvis, J.; Rozkovec, A.; Saltissi, S.; Stewart, M.; Timmis, A.; Williams, S.

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    BACKGROUND: Ivabradine specifically inhibits the I(f) current in the sinoatrial node to lower heart rate, without affecting other aspects of cardiac function. We aimed to test whether lowering the heart rate with ivabradine reduces cardiovascular death and morbidity in patients with coronary artery

  12. Coffee polyphenols extracted from green coffee beans improve skin properties and microcirculatory function.

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    Fukagawa, Satoko; Haramizu, Satoshi; Sasaoka, Shun; Yasuda, Yuka; Tsujimura, Hisashi; Murase, Takatoshi

    2017-09-01

    Coffee polyphenols (CPPs), including chlorogenic acid, exert various physiological activities. The purpose of this study was to investigate the effects of CPPs on skin properties and microcirculatory function in humans. In this double-blind, placebo-controlled study, 49 female subjects with mildly xerotic skin received either a test beverage containing CPPs (270 mg/100 mL/day) or a placebo beverage for 8 weeks. The ingestion of CPPs significantly lowered the clinical scores for skin dryness, decreased transepidermal water loss, skin surface pH, and increased stratum corneum hydration and the responsiveness of skin blood flow during local warming. Moreover, the amounts of free fatty acids and lactic acid in the stratum corneum significantly increased after the ingestion of CPPs. These results suggest that an 8-week intake of CPPs improve skin permeability barrier function and hydration, with a concomitant improvement in microcirculatory function, leading to efficacy in the alleviation of mildly xerotic skin.

  13. Does nitric oxide protect from microcirculatory disturbances in experimental acute pancreatitis in rats?

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    Dobosz, M; Hać, S; Wajda, Z

    1996-01-01

    The aim of the study was to investigate the potential role of nitric oxide (NO) on the microcirculation in experimental acute pancreatitis in rats. Twenty-five rats were divided into the following groups: group A (5 rats) = control; group B (5 rats) = acute pancreatitis induced by retrograde taurocholate infusion into the pancreatobiliary duct without treatment; group C (5 rats) = acute pancreatitis treated with the NO donor L-arginine; group D (5 rats) = acute pancreatitis treated with the NO synthase inhibitor N-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA); group E (5 rats) = without pancreatitis receiving L-NNA. The animals were observed throughout 4 h. The microcirculatory values of the pancreas, liver, colon, stomach and kidney were measured by means of laser Doppler flowmetry. Three animals of group D died after the third hour of the experiment. In rats with pancreatitis, a rapid decrease in microcirculatory values was observed. The most pronounced drop in capillary blood flow within all the organs was observed in rats treated with the NO synthase inhibitor L-NNA, L-arginine administration in rats with acute pancreatitis slightly improved the microcirculatory values, although the improvement was significant in colon perfusion only. We conclude that NO may have a beneficial influence on the capillary organ perfusion in acute pancreatitis. The administration of an NO synthase inhibitor seems to have a detrimental effect on acute pancreatitis.

  14. Chronic dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibition with sitagliptin is associated with sustained protection against ischemic left ventricular dysfunction in a pilot study of patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease.

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    McCormick, Liam M; Kydd, Anna C; Read, Philip A; Ring, Liam S; Bond, Simon J; Hoole, Stephen P; Dutka, David P

    2014-03-01

    The incretin hormone, glucagon-like peptide-1, promotes myocardial glucose uptake and may improve myocardial tolerance to ischemia. Endogenous glucagon-like peptide-1 (7-36) is augmented by pharmacological inhibition of dipeptidyl peptidase-4. We investigated whether chronic dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibition by sitagliptin protected against ischemic left ventricular dysfunction during dobutamine stress in patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease. A total of 19 patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus underwent dobutamine stress echocardiography with tissue Doppler imaging on 2 separate occasions: the first (control) while receiving oral hypoglycemic agents, and the second after the addition of sitagliptin (100 mg once daily) for ≈4 weeks. Sitagliptin increased plasma glucagon-like peptide-1 (7-36) levels and, at peak stress, enhanced both global (ejection fraction, 70.5±7.0 versus 65.7±8.0%; Pdiabetes mellitus and coronary artery disease is associated with a sustained improvement in myocardial performance during dobutamine stress and a reduction in postischemic stunning. URL: http://www.isrctn.org. Unique identifier ISRCTN61646154.

  15. Cardiac Myosin Binding Protein-C Autoantibodies Are Potential Early Indicators of Cardiac Dysfunction and Patient Outcome in Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Thomas L. Lynch, IVPhD

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Summary: The degradation and release of cardiac myosin binding protein-C (cMyBP-C upon cardiac damage may stimulate an inflammatory response and autoantibody (AAb production. We determined whether the presence of cMyBP-C-AAbs associated with adverse cardiac function in cardiovascular disease patients. Importantly, cMyBP-C-AAbs were significantly detected in acute coronary syndrome patient sera upon arrival to the emergency department, particularly in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients. Patients positive for cMyBP-C-AAbs had reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and elevated levels of clinical biomarkers of myocardial infarction. We conclude that cMyBP-C-AAbs may serve as early predictive indicators of deteriorating cardiac function and patient outcome in acute coronary syndrome patients prior to the infarction. Key Words: acute myocardial infarction, autoantibodies, cardiac myosin binding protein-c, cardiomyopathy

  16. Partial deletion of eNOS gene causes hyperinsulinemic state, unbalance of cardiac insulin signaling pathways and coronary dysfunction independently of high fat diet.

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    Cecilia Vecoli

    Full Text Available Abnormalities in eNOS gene, possibly interacting with high fat diet (HFD, affect peripheral vascular function and glucose metabolism. The relative role of eNOS gene, HFD and metabolic derangement on coronary function has not been fully elucidated. We test whether eNOS gene deficiency per se or in association with HFD modulates coronary function through mechanisms involving molecular pathways related to insulin signaling. Wild type (WT, eNOS-/- and eNOS+/- mice were studied. WT and eNOS+/- mice were fed with either standard or HF diet for 16 weeks and compared with standard diet fed eNOS-/-. Glucose and insulin tolerance tests were performed during the last week of diet. Coronary resistance (CR was measured at baseline and during infusions of acetylcholine (Ach or sodium-nitroprusside (SNP to evaluate endothelium-dependent or independent vasodilation, in the Langendorff isolated hearts. Cardiac expression of Akt and ERK genes as evaluation of two major insulin-regulated signaling pathways involved in the control of vascular tone were assessed by western blot. HFD-fed mice developed an overt diabetic state. Conversely, chow-fed genetically modified mice (in particular eNOS-/- showed a metabolic pattern characterized by normoglycemia and hyperinsulinemia with a limited degree of insulin resistance. CR was significantly higher in animals with eNOS gene deletions than in WT, independently of diet. Percent decrease in CR, during Ach infusion, was significantly lower in both eNOS-/- and eNOS+/- mice than in WT, independently of diet. SNP reduced CR in all groups except eNOS-/-. The cardiac ERK1-2/Akt ratio, increased in animals with eNOS gene deletions compared with WT, independently of diet. These results suggest that the eNOS genetic deficiency, associated or not with HFD, has a relevant effect on coronary vascular function, possibly mediated by increase in blood insulin levels and unbalance in insulin-dependent signaling in coronary vessels

  17. Coronary Spastic Angina Induced after Oral Desmopressin (DDAVP) Administration.

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    Adachi, Yusuke; Sakakura, Kenichi; Akashi, Naoyuki; Wada, Hiroshi; Momomura, Shin-Ichi; Fujita, Hideo

    A 60-year-old man was prescribed oral desmopressin (1-deamino-8-D-arginine vasopressin acetate trihydrate; DDAVP) for nocturnal polyuria. One week after starting to take desmopressin, he frequently felt chest pain while resting. Coronary angiography revealed no organic stenosis; however, an acetylcholine provocation test showed severe coronary spasm with ST elevation. He was diagnosed with coronary spastic angina, and we stopped the oral desmopressin and added diltiazem. While DDAVP should dilate the coronary vessels in healthy subjects, it may provoke coronary vasospasm in patients with endothelial dysfunction. We should be careful to avoid triggering coronary spasm when administering DDAVP to patients that may have potential endothelial dysfunction.

  18. Coronary Arteries

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    ... animations for grades K-6. The Coronary Arteries Coronary Circulation The heart muscle, like every other organ or ... the heart by its own vascular system, called coronary circulation. The aorta (the main blood supplier to the ...

  19. Temporal impairment of microcirculatory perfusion following focal cerebral ischemia in the spontaneously hypertensive rat.

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    Dawson, D A; Ruetzler, C A; Hallenbeck, J M

    1997-02-28

    Microcirculatory impairments have theoretically been proposed as a potential factor in the development of ischemic injury, but few attempts have been made to directly assess microvascular patency following stroke. To address this issue we investigated the temporal changes in microvascular perfusion induced by permanent focal ischemia. Halothane-anesthetized spontaneously hypertensive rats were subjected to middle cerebral artery occlusion (MCAO) of 5 min to 4 h duration. Two fluorescent tracers (FITC-dextran and Evans blue) were then sequentially administered i.v. and allowed to circulate for 10 and 5 s respectively. Tissue sections were examined by fluorescent microscopy, and the mean number of perfused microvessels/mm2 calculated for cortical areas representing non-ischemic (Region A), perifocal/penumbral (Region B) and core ischemic (Region C) regions. For sham-operated controls, virtually all microvessels perfused with tracer within 5 s. In contrast MCAO induced significant reductions in the number of perfused microvessels in Regions B and C. The most marked impairments in perfusion were observed in core MCA territory (e.g. 2-10% of control values for 5 s circulation period) while, initially, the deficit was less severe in penumbral cortex. However, a secondary perfusion impairment developed over time in the perifocal/penumbral region, so that the deficit was greater 4 h after MCAO than at earlier time points (e.g. 72%, 71% and 22% of control value for 0.5, 1 and 4 h MCAO respectively; 10 s circulation period). In conclusion, MCAO induced severe impairments in microcirculatory perfusion within the core ischemic region, and to a lesser extent in the penumbra. However, the development of a more severe perfusion deficit in the penumbra within 4 h of MCAO supports the hypothesis that microcirculatory failure in this region contributes to its recruitment to the ischemic infarct.

  20. Endothelial Nitric Oxide Synthase Uncoupling: A Novel Pathway in OSA Induced Vascular Endothelial Dysfunction

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    Varadharaj, Saradhadevi; Porter, Kyle; Pleister, Adam; Wannemacher, Jacob; Sow, Angela; Jarjoura, David; Zweier, Jay L.; Khayat, Rami N.

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    The mechanism of vascular endothelial dysfunction (VED) and cardiovascular disease in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is unknown. We performed a comprehensive evaluation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function directly in the microcirculatory endothelial tissue of OSA patients who have very low cardiovascular risk status. Nineteen OSA patients underwent gluteal biopsies before, and after effective treatment of OSA. We measured superoxide (O2−·) and nitric oxide (NO) in the microcir...

  1. Myocardial viability for decision-making concerning revascularization in patients with left ventricular dysfunction and coronary artery disease: a meta-analysis of non-randomized and randomized studies.

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    Orlandini, Andrés; Castellana, Noelia; Pascual, Andrea; Botto, Fernando; Cecilia Bahit, M; Chacon, Carolina; Luz Diaz, M; Diaz, Rafael

    2015-03-01

    Myocardial viability tests have been proposed as a key factor in the decision-making process concerning coronary revascularization procedures in patients with left ventricular dysfunction and coronary artery disease (LVD-CAD). We performed a systematic review and meta-analysis of studies that compared medical treatment with revascularization in patients with viable and non-viable myocardium and recorded mortality as outcome. Thirty-two non-randomized (4328 patients) and 4 randomized (1079 patients) studies were analyzed. In non-randomized studies, revascularization provided a significant mortality benefit compared with medical treatment (p<0.05). Since the heterogeneity was significant (p<0.05) a viability subgroup analysis was performed, showing that revascularization provided a significant mortality benefit compared with medical treatment in patients with viable myocardium (p<0.05) but not in patients without (p=0.34). There was a significant subgroup effect (p<0.05) related to the intensity of the effect, but not to the direction. In randomized studies, revascularization did not provide a significant mortality benefit compared with medical treatment in either patients with viable myocardium or those without (p=0.21). There was no significant subgroup effect (p=0.72). Neither non-randomized nor randomized studies demonstrated any significant difference in outcomes between patients with and without viable myocardium. The available data are inconclusive regarding the usefulness of myocardial viability tests for the decision-making process concerning revascularization in LVD-CAD patients. Patients with viable myocardium appear to benefit from revascularization, but similar benefits were observed in patients without viable myocardium. Moreover, a neutral or adverse effect of revascularization cannot be excluded in either group of patients. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Antecedent ethanol ingestion prevents postischemic microvascular dysfunction.

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    Kamada, Kazuma; Dayton, Catherine B; Yamaguchi, Taiji; Korthuis, Ronald J

    2004-04-01

    Prolonged ischemia followed by reperfusion (I/R) results in impaired endothelial cell function in all segments of the microvasculature. Moreover, microcirculatory dysfunction plays a major role in the genesis of the reperfusion component of total tissue injury in I/R. Thus, preservation of endothelial function is an important therapeutic goal for ameliorating injury in tissues subjected to I/R. An accumulating body of evidence indicates that low to moderate ethanol consumption produces an adaptive transformation to a protected phenotype in both microvascular endothelium and parenchymal cells such that they are rendered resistant to the pathologic effects of I/R. The purpose of this review is to summarize our current understanding of the signaling pathways underlying the development of the preconditioned state induced by antecedent ethanol in arteriolar, capillary, and venular endothelium. In addition, we will highlight understudied areas with regard to microvascular protection afforded by antecedent ethanol in the hopes that this will stimulate investigation of its underlying mechanisms. Understanding these signaling pathways may provide a mechanistic rationale for the development of novel treatment interventions that target both the microcirculatory and parenchymal sequelae to I/R, thereby maximizing the therapeutic potential of the protected phenotypes produced by pharmacologic preconditioning.

  3. Depth-resolved optical imaging of hemodynamic response in mouse brain with microcirculatory beds

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    Jia, Yali; Nettleton, Rosemary; Rosenberg, Mara; Boudreau, Eilis; Wang, Ruikang K.

    2011-03-01

    Optical hemodynamic imaging employed in pre-clinical studies with high spatial and temporal resolution is significant to unveil the functional activities of brain and the mechanism of internal or external stimulus effects in diverse pathological conditions and treatments. Most current optical systems only resolve hemodynamic changes within superficial macrocirculatory beds, such as laser speckle contrast imaging; or only provide vascular structural information within microcirculatory beds, such as multi-photon microscopy. In this study, we introduce a hemodynamic imaging system based on Optical Micro-angiography (OMAG) which is capable of resolving and quantifying 3D dynamic blood perfusion down to microcirculatory level. This system can measure the optical phase shifts caused by moving blood cells in microcirculation. Here, the utility of OMAG was demonstrated by monitoring the hemodynamic response to alcohol administration in mouse prefrontal cortex. Our preliminary results suggest that the spatiotemporal tracking of cerebral micro-hemodynamic using OMAG can be successfully applied to the mouse brain and reliably distinguish between vehicle and alcohol stimulation experiment.

  4. Heparin improves organ microcirculatory disturbances in caerulein-induced acute pancreatitis in rats.

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    Dobosz, Marek; Mionskowska, Lucjanna; Hac, Stanislaw; Dobrowolski, Sebastian; Dymecki, Dariusz; Wajda, Zdzislaw

    2004-09-01

    Microcirculatory disturbances are important early pathophysiological events in various organs during acute pancreatitis. The aim of the study was to evaluate changes in microperfusion of the pancreas, liver, kidney, stomach, colon, skeletal muscle, and to investigate the influence of heparin on the organ microcirculation in caerulein-induced experimental acute pancreatitis. Acute pancreatitis was induced by 4 intraperitoneal injections of caerulein (Cn) (15 microg/kg). The organ microcirculation was measured by laser Doppler flowmetry. Serum interleukin 6 and hematocrit levels were analysed. Acute pancreatitis resulted in a significant drop of microperfusion in all examined organs. Heparin administration (2 x 2.5 mg/kg) improved the microcirculation in pancreas (36.9 +/- 4% vs 75.9 +/- 10%), liver (56.6 +/- 6% vs 75.2 +/- 16%), kidney (45.1 +/- 6% vs 79.3 +/- 5%), stomach (65.2 +/- 8% vs 78.1 +/- 19%), colon (69.8 +/- 6% vs 102.5 +/- 19%), and skeletal muscle (59.2 +/- 6% vs 77.9 +/- 13%). Heparin treatment lowered IL-6 (359.0 +/- 66 U/mL vs 288.5 +/- 58 U/mL) and hematocrit level (53 +/- 4% vs 46 +/- 3%). Heparin administration has a positive influence on organ microcirculatory disturbances accompanying experimental Cn-induced acute pancreatitis. Copyright 2004 The WJG Press ISSN

  5. Organ microcirculatory disturbances in experimental acute pancreatitis. A role of nitric oxide.

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    Dobosz, M; Hac, S; Mionskowska, L; Dymecki, D; Dobrowolski, S; Wajda, Z

    2005-01-01

    Microcirculatory disturbances are important early pathophysiological events in various organs during acute pancreatitis (AP). The aim of the study was to investigate an influence of L-arginine (nitric oxide substrate) and N(G)-nitro-L-arginine (L-NNA, nitric oxide synthase inhibitor) on organ microcirculation in experimental acute pancreatitis induced by four consecutive intraperitoneal cerulein injections (15 microg/kg/h). The microcirculation of pancreas, liver, kidney, stomach, colon and skeletal muscle was measured by laser Doppler flowmeter. Serum interleukin 6 and hematocrit levels were analyzed. AP resulted in a significant drop of microperfusion in all examined organ. L-arginine administration (2 x 100 mg/kg) improved the microcirculation in the pancreas, liver, kidney, colon and skeletal muscle, and lowered hematocrit levels. L-NNA treatment (2 x 25 mg/kg) caused aggravation of edematous AP to the necrotizing situation, and increased IL-6 and hematocrit levels. A further reduction of blood perfusion was noted in the stomach only. It is concluded that L-arginine administration has a positive influence on organ microcirculatory disturbances accompanying experimental cerulein-induced AP. NO inhibition aggravates the course of pancreatitis.

  6. Effects of 6-month eicosapentaenoic acid treatment on postprandial hyperglycemia, hyperlipidemia, insulin secretion ability, and concomitant endothelial dysfunction among newly-diagnosed impaired glucose metabolism patients with coronary artery disease. An open label, single blinded, prospective randomized controlled trial.

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    Sawada, Takahiro; Tsubata, Hideo; Hashimoto, Naoko; Takabe, Michinori; Miyata, Taishi; Aoki, Kosuke; Yamashita, Soichiro; Oishi, Shogo; Osue, Tsuyoshi; Yokoi, Kiminobu; Tsukishiro, Yasue; Onishi, Tetsuari; Shimane, Akira; Taniguchi, Yasuyo; Yasaka, Yoshinori; Ohara, Takeshi; Kawai, Hiroya; Yokoyama, Mitsuhiro

    2016-08-26

    Recent experimental studies have revealed that n-3 fatty acids, such as eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA) regulate postprandial insulin secretion, and correct postprandial glucose and lipid abnormalities. However, the effects of 6-month EPA treatment on postprandial hyperglycemia and hyperlipidemia, insulin secretion, and concomitant endothelial dysfunction remain unknown in patients with impaired glucose metabolism (IGM) and coronary artery disease (CAD). We randomized 107 newly diagnosed IGM patients with CAD to receive either 1800 mg/day of EPA (EPA group, n = 53) or no EPA (n = 54). Cookie meal testing (carbohydrates: 75 g, fat: 28.5 g) and endothelial function testing using fasting-state flow-mediated dilatation (FMD) were performed before and after 6 months of treatment. The primary outcome of this study was changes in postprandial glycemic and triglyceridemic control and secondary outcomes were improvement of insulin secretion and endothelial dysfunction. After 6 months, the EPA group exhibited significant improvements in EPA/arachidonic acid, fasting triglyceride (TG), and high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (HDL-C). The EPA group also exhibited significant decreases in the incremental TG peak, area under the curve (AUC) for postprandial TG, incremental glucose peak, AUC for postprandial glucose, and improvements in glycometabolism categorization. No significant changes were observed for hemoglobin A1c and fasting plasma glucose levels. The EPA group exhibited a significant increase in AUC-immune reactive insulin/AUC-plasma glucose ratio (which indicates postprandial insulin secretory ability) and significant improvements in FMD. Multiple regression analysis revealed that decreases in the TG/HDL-C ratio and incremental TG peak were independent predictors of FMD improvement in the EPA group. EPA corrected postprandial hypertriglyceridemia, hyperglycemia and insulin secretion ability. This amelioration of several metabolic abnormalities was accompanied by

  7. Coronary artery disease, left ventricular hypertrophy and diastolic dysfunction are associated with stroke in patients affected by persistent non-valvular atrial fibrillation: a case-control study.

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    Palmiero, Pasquale; Maiello, Maria; Passantino, Andrea

    2009-06-30

    Persistent non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) is associated with an increased risk of cardiovascular events such as stroke, and its rate is expected to rise because of the ageing population. The absolute rate of stroke depends on age and comorbidity. Risk stratification for stroke in patients with NVAF derives from populations enrolled in randomized clinical trials. However, participants in clinical trials are often not representative of the general population. Many stroke risk stratification scores have been used, but they do not include transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE), pulsate wave Doppler (PWD) and tissue Doppler imaging (TDI), simple and non- invasive diagnostic tools. The role of TTE, PWD and TDI findings has not been previously determined. Our study goal was to determine the association between TTE and PWD findings and stroke prevalence in a population of NVAF prone outpatients.PATIENTS WERE DIVIDED INTO TWO GROUPS: P for stroke prone and F for stroke free. There were no statistically significant differences between the two groups concerning cardiovascular risk factors, age (p=0.2), sex (p=0.2), smoking (p=0.3), diabetes (p=0.1) and hypercholesterolemia (p=0.2); hypertension was statistically significant (pdisease, previous acute myocardial infarction (AMI) (pdisease, with and without AMI, LVH and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, but not left atrial dilatation. M-B mode echocardiography and PWD examination help to identify high-risk stroke patients among NVAF subjects; therefore, they may help in the selection of appropriate therapy for each patient.

  8. Bench-to-bedside review: Mechanisms of critical illness – classifying microcirculatory flow abnormalities in distributive shock

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    Elbers, Paul WG; Ince, Can

    2006-01-01

    Over 30 years ago Weil and Shubin proposed a re-classification of shock states and identified hypovolemic, cardiogenic, obstructive and distributive shock. The first three categories have in common that they are associated with a fall in cardiac output. Distributive shock, such as occurs during sepsis and septic shock, however, is associated with an abnormal distribution of microvascular blood flow and metabolic distress in the presence of normal or even supranormal levels of cardiac output. This Bench-to-bedside review looks at the recent insights that have been gained into the nature of distributive shock. Its pathophysiology can best be described as a microcirculatory and mitochondrial distress syndrome, where time and therapy form an integral part of the definition. The clinical introduction of new microcirculatory imaging techniques, such as orthogonal polarization spectral and side-stream dark-field imaging, have allowed direct observation of the microcirculation at the bedside. Images of the sublingual microcirculation during septic shock and resuscitation have revealed that the distributive defect of blood flow occurs at the capillary level. In this paper, we classify the different types of heterogeneous flow patterns of microcirculatory abnormalities found during different types of distributive shock. Analysis of these patterns gave a five class classification system to define the types of microcirculatory abnormalities found in different types of distributive shock and indicated that distributive shock occurs in many other clinical conditions than just sepsis and septic shock. It is likely that different mechanisms defined by pathology and treatment underlie these abnormalities observed in the different classes. Functionally, however, they all cause a distributive defect resulting in microcirculatory shunting and regional dysoxia. It is hoped that this classification system will help in the identification of mechanisms underlying these abnormalities and

  9. A LED-based phosphorimeter for measurement of microcirculatory oxygen pressure.

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    Guerci, Philippe; Ince, Yasin; Heeman, Paul; Faber, Dirk; Ergin, Bulent; Ince, Can

    2017-02-01

    Quantitative measurements of microcirculatory and tissue oxygenation are of prime importance in experimental research. The noninvasive phosphorescence quenching method has given further insight into the fundamental mechanisms of oxygen transport to healthy tissues and in models of disease. Phosphorimeters are devices dedicated to the study of phosphorescence quenching. The experimental applications of phosphorimeters range from measuring a specific oxygen partial pressure (Po2) in cellular organelles such as mitochondria, finding values of Po2 distributed over an organ or capillaries, to measuring microcirculatory Po2 changes simultaneously in several organ systems. Most of the current phosphorimeters use flash lamps as a light excitation source. However, a major drawback of flash lamps is their inherent plasma glow that persists for tens of microseconds after the primary discharge. This complex distributed excitation pattern generated by the flash lamp can lead to inaccurate Po2 readings unless a deconvolution analysis is performed. Using light-emitting diode (LED), a rectangular shaped light pulse can be generated that provides a more uniformly distributed excitation signal. This study presents the design and calibration process of an LED-based phosphorimeter (LED-P). The in vitro calibration of the LED-P using palladium(II)-meso-tetra(4-carboxyphenyl)-porphyrin (Pd-TCCP) as a phosphorescent dye is presented. The pH and temperature were altered to assess whether the decay times of the Pd-TCCP measured by the LED-P were significantly influenced. An in vivo validation experiment was undertaken to measure renal cortical Po2 in a rat subjected to hypoxic ventilation conditions and ischemia/reperfusion. The benefits of using LEDs as a light excitation source are presented. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  10. Right Ventricular Dysfunction in Acute Myocardial Infarction Complicated by Cardiogenic Shock: a Hemodynamic Analysis of the SHould We Emergently Revascularize Occluded Coronaries for Cardiogenic shocK (SHOCK) Trial and Registry.

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    Lala, Anuradha; Guo, Yu; Xu, Jinfeng; Esposito, Michele; Morine, Kevin; Karas, Richard; Katz, Stuart D; Hochman, Judith S; Burkhoff, Daniel; Kapur, Navin K

    2017-10-11

    The prevalence and significance of right ventricular dysfunction (RVD) in patients with cardiogenic shock due to acute myocardial infarction (AMI-CS) has not been well characterized. We hypothesized that RVD is common in AMI-CS and associated with worse clinical outcomes. We retrospectively analyzed patients with available hemodynamics enrolled in the SHould we emergently revascularize Occluded coronaries for Cardiogenic shocK (SHOCK) Trial (n=139) and Registry (n=258) to identify RVD in AMI-CS. RVD was defined by an elevated central venous pressure (CVP), elevated CVP/ pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP) ratio, decreased pulmonary artery pulsatility index (PAPi), and decreased right ventricular stroke work index (RVSWI). A p value of less than 0.01 was used to infer significance. In both the SHOCK trial and registry, 38% and 37% of patients had RVD, however RVD was not associated with 30-day or 6-month survival (HR 1.51 (0.92, 2.49) p=0.10). RV failure using inclusion criteria from the Recover Right Trial for RV failure (RR-RVF) requiring percutaneous mechanical circulatory support included an elevated CVP, CVP/PCWP ratio, and a low cardiac index despite ≥1 inotrope or vasopressor. In both the SHOCK trial and registry, 45% (n=63/139) and 38% (n=98/258) of patients met RR-RVF criteria respectively. The RR-RVF criteria were not significantly associated with 30-day mortality in the registry cohort (HR 1.44 (1.01,2.04), p=0.04), or in the trial cohort (HR 1.51(0.92,2.49), p=0.10). Hemodynamically defined RVD is common in AMI-CS. Routine assessment with PA catherization allows detection of RVD; however, further work is needed to identify interventions that will result in improved outcomes for these patients. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Inc.

  11. Sexual dysfunction in diabetes.

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    Tamás, Várkonyi; Kempler, Peter

    2014-01-01

    We aimed to summarize the etiology, clinical characteristics, diagnosis, and possible treatment options of sexual dysfunction in diabetic patients of both sexes. Details of dysfunction in diabetic women are less conclusive than in men due to the lack of standardized evaluation of sexual function in women. Male sexual dysfunction is a common complication of diabetes, including abnormalities of orgasmic/ejaculatory function and desire/libido in addition to penile erection. The prevalence of erectile dysfunction (ED) among diabetic men varies from 35% to 75%. Diabetes-induced ED has a multifactorial etiology including metabolic, neurologic, vascular, hormonal, and psychological components. ED should be regarded as the first sign of cardiovascular disease because it can be present before development of symptomatic coronary artery disease, as larger coronary vessels better tolerate the same amount of plaque compared to smaller penile arteries. The diagnosis of ED is based on validated questionnaires and determination of functional and organic abnormalities. First-, second- and third-line therapy may be applied. Phosphodiesterase-5 (PDE-5) inhibitor treatment from the first-line options leads to smooth muscle relaxation in the corpus cavernosum and enhancement in blood flow, resulting in erection during sexual stimulus. The use of PDE-5 inhibitors in the presence of oral nitrates is strictly contraindicated in diabetic men, as in nondiabetic subjects. All PDE-5 inhibitors have been evaluated for ED in diabetic patients with convincing efficacy data. Second-line therapy includes intracavernosal, trans- or intraurethral administration of vasoactive drugs or application of a vacuum device. Third-line therapies are the implantation of penile prosthesis and penile revascularization.

  12. Pf155/RESA protein influences the dynamic microcirculatory behavior of ring-stage Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells.

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    Monica Diez-Silva; YongKeun Park; Sha Huang; Hansen Bow; Odile Mercereau-Puijalon; Guillaume Deplaine; Catherine Lavazec; Sylvie Perrot; Serge Bonnefoy; Feld, Michael S.; Jongyoon Han; Ming Dao; Subra Suresh

    2012-01-01

    International audience; Proteins exported by Plasmodium falciparum to the red blood cell (RBC) membrane modify the structural properties of the parasitized RBC (Pf-RBC). Although quasi-static single cell assays show reduced ring-stage Pf-RBCs deformability, the parameters influencing their microcirculatory behavior remain unexplored. Here, we study the dynamic properties of ring-stage Pf-RBCs and the role of the parasite protein Pf155/Ring-Infected Erythrocyte Surface Antigen (RESA). Diffract...

  13. Disparity between skin perfusion and sublingual microcirculatory alterations in severe sepsis and septic shock: a prospective observational study.

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    Boerma, E Christiaan; Kuiper, Michael A; Kingma, W Peter; Egbers, Peter H; Gerritsen, Rik T; Ince, Can

    2008-07-01

    Measurement of central-to-toe temperature difference has been advocated as an index of severity of shock and as a guide for circulatory therapy in critically ill patients. However, septic shock, in contrast to other forms of shock, is associated with a distributive malfunction resulting in a disparity between vascular compartments. Although this disparity has been established between systemic and microcirculatory parameters, it is unclear whether such disparity exists between skin perfusion and microcirculation. To test this hypothesis of disparity, we simultaneously measured parameters of the two vascular compartments, in the early phase of sepsis. Prospective observational study in patients with severe sepsis/septic shock in the first 6 h of ICU admission. Simultaneous measurements of central-to-toe temperature difference and sublingual microcirculatory orthogonal polarization spectral imaging, together with parameters of systemic hemodynamics. 22 bed mixed-ICU in a tertiary teaching hospital. 35 consecutive patients in a 12-month period. In 35 septic patients and a median APACHE II score of 20, no correlation between central-to-toe temperature gradient and microvascular flow index was observed (r (s) = -0.08, p =0.65). Also no significant correlation between temperature gradient/microvascular flow index and systemic hemodynamic parameters could be demonstrated. During the early phase of resuscitated severe sepsis and septic shock there appears to be no correlation between sublingual microcirculatory alterations and the central-to-toe temperature difference. This finding adds to the concept of a dispersive nature of blood flow under conditions of sepsis between microcirculatory and systemic hemodynamics.

  14. Disparity between skin perfusion and sublingual microcirculatory alterations in severe sepsis and septic shock: a prospective observational study

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    Kuiper, Michael A.; Kingma, W. Peter; Egbers, Peter H.; Gerritsen, Rik T.; Ince, Can

    2008-01-01

    Objective Measurement of central-to-toe temperature difference has been advocated as an index of severity of shock and as a guide for circulatory therapy in critically ill patients. However, septic shock, in contrast to other forms of shock, is associated with a distributive malfunction resulting in a disparity between vascular compartments. Although this disparity has been established between systemic and microcirculatory parameters, it is unclear whether such disparity exists between skin perfusion and microcirculation. To test this hypothesis of disparity, we simultaneously measured parameters of the two vascular compartments, in the early phase of sepsis. Design Prospective observational study in patients with severe sepsis/septic shock in the first 6 h of ICU admission. Simultaneous measurements of central-to-toe temperature difference and sublingual microcirculatory orthogonal polarization spectral imaging, together with parameters of systemic hemodynamics. Setting 22 bed mixed-ICU in a tertiary teaching hospital. Patients 35 consecutive patients in a 12-month period. Measurements and results In 35 septic patients and a median APACHE II score of 20, no correlation between central-to-toe temperature gradient and microvascular flow index was observed (rs = −0.08, p = 0.65). Also no significant correlation between temperature gradient/microvascular flow index and systemic hemodynamic parameters could be demonstrated. Conclusions During the early phase of resuscitated severe sepsis and septic shock there appears to be no correlation between sublingual microcirculatory alterations and the central-to-toe temperature difference. This finding adds to the concept of a dispersive nature of blood flow under conditions of sepsis between microcirculatory and systemic hemodynamics. PMID:18317733

  15. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting

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    ... Health Topics / Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting What Is Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) ... multiple coronary arteries during one surgery. Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting Figure A shows the location of the ...

  16. Endothelial nitric oxide synthase uncoupling: a novel pathway in OSA induced vascular endothelial dysfunction.

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    Varadharaj, Saradhadevi; Porter, Kyle; Pleister, Adam; Wannemacher, Jacob; Sow, Angela; Jarjoura, David; Zweier, Jay L; Khayat, Rami N

    2015-02-01

    The mechanism of vascular endothelial dysfunction (VED) and cardiovascular disease in obstructive sleep apnea (OSA) is unknown. We performed a comprehensive evaluation of endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) function directly in the microcirculatory endothelial tissue of OSA patients who have very low cardiovascular risk status. Nineteen OSA patients underwent gluteal biopsies before, and after effective treatment of OSA. We measured superoxide (O2(•-)) and nitric oxide (NO) in the microcirculatory endothelium using confocal microscopy. We evaluated the effect of the NOS inhibitor l-Nitroarginine-Methyl-Ester (l-NAME) and the NOS cofactor tetrahydrobiopterin (BH4) on endothelial O2(•-) and NO in patient endothelial tissue before and after treatment. We found that eNOS is dysfunctional in OSA patients pre-treatment, and is a source of endothelial O2(•-) overproduction. eNOS dysfunction was reversible with the addition of BH4. These findings provide a new mechanism of endothelial dysfunction in OSA patients and a potentially targetable pathway for treatment of cardiovascular risk in OSA. Copyright © 2015 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. In vivo evaluation of periodontal microcirculatory changes associated with endodontic treatment.

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    Cumbo, E; Cacioppo, A; Gallina, G; Messina, P; Russo, R; Scardina, G A

    2014-12-01

    The purpose of this study was to investigate in vivo the gingival microcirculatory changes associated with endodontic treatment using the continuous wave of condensation technique. Twenty necrotic one canal roots of 20 cooperative patients of both sexes, aged between 20 and 43 years, were selected. All patients were examined by capillaroscopy before, immediately after endodontic treatment, and after 7 days. The last examination was carried out by the same operator, and repeated twice for each examined area: masticatory, buccal and labial mucosa corresponding to the endodontically treated root. All canals were prepared using a simultaneous technique with Ni-Ti files (MTwo files). The images of the masticatory mucosa after root canal obturation showed evident micro-areas of extravasation, with significant bleeding and angio-morphological alterations due to heat. One hour after the endodontic treatment evident extravasation was observed, but a decrease of all altered parameters, was present. After seven days from treatment, in the periodontal tissues, a complete healing was observed. The in vivo evaluation of the vascular pattern during root canal obturation with System B showed that the high temperature in the canal determines visible effects on the vasculature of adjacent sites. It was found that microangiotectonic alterations decrease up to a complete healing after 7 days from treatment. All the changes in microcirculation, due to thermal shock of periodontal tissues, are reversible.

  18. Griffonia simplicifolia I: fluorescent tracer for microcirculatory vessels in nonperfused thin muscles and sectioned muscle.

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    Hansen-Smith, F M; Watson, L; Lu, D Y; Goldstein, I

    1988-11-01

    Previous studies on mice have revealed that the Griffonia simplicifolia I (GSI) lectin selectively binds to capillaries in a number of microvascular beds. These observations suggest that the lectin might be a suitable microvascular marker for physiological studies of skeletal muscle, particularly when fluorescent visualization of vessels is desired independently of their perfusion status. Since species and strain heterogeneity has been demonstrated for certain lectins associated with the microcirculatory vessels, lectin binding was studied in a number of muscles taken from the major species of mammals used for experimental purposes. Staining of cryostat sections confirmed the utility of GSI as a marker for capillaries from muscle of mice, rats, hamsters, rabbits, dogs, and monkeys. Differential staining of arterioles and veins was revealed by double labeling with GSI and antisera to Factor VIII-related antigen. Double labeling for GSI binding and alkaline phosphatase activity revealed that the GSI method detects many more capillaries and terminal arterioles than does the alkaline phosphatase method. GSI binding to unfixed whole mounts of thin skeletal muscles (hamster cheek pouch, mouse diaphragm, and rat cremaster) was studied to determine whether the GSI lectin would be a suitable marker for intravital studies. An extensive microvascular bed, including terminal arterioles, venules, and capillaries, was revealed which could be visualized in the complete absence of perfusion with fluorescent markers. These observations suggest that the GSI lectin may be extremely useful as a probe for the microcirculation of skeletal muscle in many types of physiological experiments.

  19. Visualization of the microcirculatory network in skin by high frequency optoacoustic mesoscopy

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    Schwarz, Mathias; Aguirre, Juan; Buehler, Andreas; Omar, Murad; Ntziachristos, Vasilis

    2015-07-01

    Optoacoustic (photoacoustic) imaging has a high potential for imaging melanin-rich structures in skin and the microvasculature of the dermis due to the natural chromophores (de)oxyhemoglobin, and melanin. The vascular network in human dermis comprises a large network of arterioles, capillaries, and venules, ranging from 5 μm to more than 100 μm in diameter. The frequency spectrum of the microcirculatory network in human skin is intrinsically broadband, due to the large variety in size of absorbers. In our group we have developed raster-scan optoacoustic mesoscopy (RSOM) that applies a 100 MHz transducer with ultra-wide bandwidth in raster-scan mode achieving lateral resolution of 18 μm. In this study, we applied high frequency RSOM to imaging human skin in a healthy volunteer. We analyzed the frequency spectrum of anatomical structures with respect to depth and show that frequencies >60 MHz contain valuable information of structures in the epidermis and the microvasculature of the papillary dermis. We illustrate that RSOM is capable of visualizing the fine vascular network at and beneath the epidermal-dermal junction, revealing the vascular fingerprint of glabrous skin, as well as the larger venules deeper inside the dermis. We evaluate the ability of the RSOM system in measuring epidermal thickness in both hairy and glabrous skin. Finally, we showcase the capability of RSOM in visualizing benign nevi that will potentially help in imaging the penetration depth of melanoma.

  20. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in overt diabetic cardiomyopathy

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    K. Bratis

    2014-11-01

    Conclusion: In patients with DM2 myocardial perfusion reserve is markedly decreased, suggestive of microvascular disease. In this small cohort MPRI impairment did not correlate to the LV EF deterioration.

  1. Coronary Rehabilitation

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    Dworkind, Michael

    1986-01-01

    This paper describes a team approach to coronary rehabilitation in a tertiary care hospital and the unique role of the family physician in a shared, multi-disciplinary service for in- and out-patients. Primary care physicians facilitate and supplement the work of the coronary-unit team in establishing an optimal rehabilitative program for MI patients and their families.

  2. Crise de feocromocitoma simulando um infarto agudo do miocárdio em paciente com artérias coronárias normais Pheochromocytoma-induced segmental myocardial dysfunction mimicking an acute myocardial infarction in a patient with normal coronary arteries

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    Eduardo S. Darzé

    2004-02-01

    Full Text Available Relatamos o caso de um paciente com alterações eletrocardiográficas e disfunção miocárdica segmentar induzidas por feocromocitoma, simulando infarto agudo do miocárdio. A angiografia coronariana foi normal e houve normalização completa do eletrocardiograma e ecocardiograma, após terapia com um bloqueador alfa-adrenérgico e ressecção do tumor. Espasmo coronariano foi o provável mecanismo envolvido na produção dessas alterações, ilustrando a importância de manter um alto grau de suspeição clínica em pacientes com evento miocárdico inesperado em meio a uma crise hipertensiva.We report a case of pheochromocytoma-induced segmental myocardial dysfunction and electrocardiographic abnormalities mimicking an acute anterior myocardial infarction, probably due to coronary spasm. Coronary angiography showed normal coronaries, and the electrocardiographic and echocardiographic changes resolved completely after therapy with an alpha-adrenergic blocker and tumor removal. Our case illustrates the importance of maintaining a high index of suspicion in patients presenting with an unexpected myocardial event and a hypertensive crisis.

  3. Cognitive outcomes in elderly high-risk patients after off-pump versus conventional coronary artery bypass grafting

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    Jensen, Birte Ostergaard; Hughes, Pia; Rasmussen, Lars S

    2006-01-01

    It has been suggested that the risk of cerebral dysfunction is less with off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) than with conventional coronary artery bypass grafting (CCAB). However, evidence for this statement is preliminary, and additional insight is needed.......It has been suggested that the risk of cerebral dysfunction is less with off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) than with conventional coronary artery bypass grafting (CCAB). However, evidence for this statement is preliminary, and additional insight is needed....

  4. Ultrafiltration rate is an important determinant of microcirculatory alterations during chronic renal replacement therapy.

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    Veenstra, Gerke; Pranskunas, Andrius; Skarupskiene, Inga; Pilvinis, Vidas; Hemmelder, Marc H; Ince, Can; Boerma, E Christiaan

    2017-02-20

    Hemodialysis (HD) with ultrafiltration (UF) in chronic renal replacement therapy is associated with hemodynamic instability, morbidity and mortality. Sublingual Sidestream Dark Field (SDF) imaging during HD revealed reductions in microcirculatory blood flow (MFI). This study aims to determine underlying mechanisms. The study was performed in the Medical Centre Leeuwarden and the Lithuanian University of Health Sciences. Patients underwent 4-h HD session with linear UF. Nine patients were subject to combinations of HD and UF: 4 h of HD followed by 1 h isolated UF and 4 h HD with blood-volume-monitoring based UF. Primary endpoint: difference in MFI before and after intervention. During all sessions monitoring included blood pressure, heartrate and SDF-imaging. NCT01396980. Baseline characteristics were not different between the two centres as within the HD/UF modalities. MFI was not different before and after HD with UF. Total UF did not differ between modalities. Median MFI decreased significantly during isolated UF [2.8 (2.5-2.9) to 2.5 (2.2-2.8), p = 0.03]. Baseline MFI of each UF session was correlated with MFI after the intervention (r s = 0.52, p = 0.006). During HD with UF or isolated HD we observed no changes in MFI. This indicates that non-flow mediated mechanisms are of unimportance. During isolated UF we observed a reduction in MFI in conjunction with a negative intravascular fluid balance. The correlation between MFI before and after intervention suggests that volume status at baseline is a factor in microvascular alterations. In conclusion we observed a significant decrease of sublingual MFI, related to UF rate during chronic renal replacement therapy.

  5. Microcirculatory Effects of Botulinum Toxin A in the Rat: Acute and Chronic Vasodilation.

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    Aru, Roberto Giorgio; Songcharoen, Somjade Jay; Seals, Samantha R; Arnold, Peter B; Hester, Robert L

    2017-07-01

    Botulinum toxin-A (BTX) has numerous cosmetic and therapeutic applications. Our previous studies have found that BTX augments pedicled flap survival through both vasodilatory effects and attenuation of the inflammatory response to ischemia in the rat. This study examines the effect of chronic BTX on microcirculatory vascular tone and its response to acute topical vasodilators in muscle flaps. The spinotrapezius muscle of Sprague-Dawley rats underwent a single 2-week pretreatment of 0.2 mL saline either with (n = 5) or without (n = 5) 2u BTX. After surgical elevation, an arcade arteriole was observed using a video caliper device. Vessel diameter was measured at 30-second intervals after sequential superfusion of nitroglycerin (100 and 200 μg/mL), multiple concentrations of lidocaine, and a combination of adenosine (10 μM) and nitroprusside (10 μM) to induce maximum dilation. Baseline and dilation diameters were expressed as ratios of pharmacologically induced maximum dilation, whereas percent dilation was defined as the change in diameter over baseline diameter. We found a significant increase in resting diameter with BTX pretreatment (P = 0.0028). Compared with the control group, mean baseline diameter was 15% greater, and percent dilation was 25% less in BTX-pretreated flaps. There was no significant relationship between BTX pretreatment and dilation diameter (P = 0.2895) after adjusting for the effect of acute vasodilators. Pretreatment with BTX may induce the arteriolar resting diameter to be closer to their maximum potential diameter. Additionally, BTX does not display a synergistic effect with topical vasodilators on vasodilation.

  6. Blockade of the renin-angiotensin system improves cerebral microcirculatory perfusion in diabetic hypertensive rats.

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    Estato, Vanessa; Obadia, Nathalie; Carvalho-Tavares, Juliana; Freitas, Felipe Santos; Reis, Patrícia; Castro-Faria Neto, Hugo; Lessa, Marcos Adriano; Tibiriçá, Eduardo

    2013-05-01

    We examined the functional and structural microcirculatory alterations in the brain, skeletal muscle and myocardium of non-diabetic spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHR) and diabetic SHR (D-SHR), as well as the effects of long-term treatment with the angiotensin AT1-receptor antagonist olmesartan and the angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor enalapril. Diabetes was experimentally induced by a combination of a high-fat diet with a single low dose of streptozotocin (35 mg/kg, intraperitoneal injection). D-SHR were orally administered with olmesartan (5 mg/kg/day), enalapril (10 mg/kg/day) or vehicle for 28 days, and compared with vehicle-treated non-diabetic SHR or normotensive non-diabetic Wistar-Kyoto rats. The cerebral and skeletal muscle functional capillary density of pentobarbital-anesthetized rats was assessed using intravital fluorescence videomicroscopy. Chronic treatment with olmesartan or enalapril significantly lowered blood pressure and reversed brain functional capillary rarefaction. Brain oxidative stress was reduced to non-diabetic control levels in animals treated with olmesartan or enalapril. Histochemical analysis of the structural capillary density showed that both olmesartan and enalapril increased the capillary-to-fiber ratio in skeletal muscle and the capillary-to-fiber volume density in the left ventricle. Olmesartan and enalapril also prevented collagen deposition and the increase in cardiomyocyte diameter in the left ventricle. Our results suggest that the association between hypertension and diabetes results in microvascular alterations in the brain, skeletal muscle and myocardium that can be prevented by chronic blockade of the renin-angiotensin system. Copyright © 2013 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  7. Erectile Dysfunction

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    ... of things can interfere with sexual feelings and cause or worsen erectile dysfunction. These include: Depression, anxiety or other mental health conditions Stress Relationship problems due to stress, poor communication or other concerns ...

  8. Erectile Dysfunction

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    ... Diabetes Association. http://www.diabetes.org/living-with-diabetes/treatment-and-care/men/erectile-dysfunction.html. Accessed Nov. ... medicine and a synthesis of the main available therapies. Diabetes & Metabolism. 2012;38:1. Nippoldt TB (expert opinion). ...

  9. Orgasmic dysfunction

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    ... dysfunction is when a woman either cannot reach orgasm, or has trouble reaching orgasm when she is sexually excited. When sex is ... to 15% of women have never had an orgasm. Surveys suggest that up to one half of ...

  10. Erectile dysfunction

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    Giuliano, F; Droupy, S

    2013-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is the most commonly studied sexual disorder. ED is defined by a consistent or recurrent inability to attain and/or maintain penile erection sufficient for sexual activity...

  11. Erectile Dysfunction

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    ... rigid. Medications The oral medications for erectile dysfunction, sildenafil (Viagra), tadalafil (Cialis), and vardenafil (Levitra), relax the muscles ... to begin working; the erection helping effects of sildenafil and vardenafil last for about 8 hours and ...

  12. Erectile dysfunction

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    Yafi, Faysal A.; Jenkins, Lawrence; Albersen, Maarten; Corona, Giovanni; Isidori, Andrea M.; Goldfarb, Shari; Maggi, Mario; Nelson, Christian J.; Parish, Sharon; Salonia, Andrea; Tan, Ronny; Mulhall, John P.; Hellstrom, Wayne J. G.

    2016-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction is a multidimensional but common male sexual dysfunction that involves an alteration in any of the components of the erectile response, including organic, relational and psychological. Roles for nonendocrine (neurogenic, vasculogenic and iatrogenic) and endocrine pathways have been proposed. Owing to its strong association with metabolic syndrome and cardiovascular disease, cardiac assessment may be warranted in men with symptoms of erectile dysfunction. Minimally invasive interventions to relieve the symptoms of erectile dysfunction include lifestyle modifications, oral drugs, injected vasodilator agents and vacuum erection devices. Surgical therapies are reserved for the subset of patients who have contraindications to these nonsurgical interventions, those who experience adverse effects from (or are refractory to) medical therapy and those who also have penile fibrosis or penile vascular insufficiency. Erectile dysfunction can have deleterious effects on a man’s quality of life; most patients have symptoms of depression and anxiety related to sexual performance. These symptoms, in turn, affect his partner’s sexual experience and the couple’s quality of life. This Primer highlights numerous aspects of erectile dysfunction, summarizes new treatment targets and ongoing preclinical studies that evaluate new pharmacotherapies, and covers the topic of regenerative medicine, which represents the future of sexual medicine. PMID:27188339

  13. Coronary Microvascular Resistance: Methods for Its Quantification in Humans

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    Knaapen, P.; Camici, P G; Marques, K M J; Nijveldt, R.J; Bax, J J; Westerhof, N.; Gotte, M.J.W.; Jerosch-Herold, M.; Schelbert, H R; Lammertsma, A A; Rossum, van, E.N.A.

    2009-01-01

    Coronary microvascular dysfunction is a topic that has recently gained considerable interest in the medical community owing to the growing awareness that microvascular dysfunction occurs in a number of myocardial disease states and has important prognostic implications. With this growing awareness, comes the desire to accurately assess the functional capacity of the coronary microcirculation for diagnostic purposes as well as to monitor the effects of therapeutic interventions that are target...

  14. CORRECTION OF MICROCIRCULATORY DISORDERS IN NON-ALCOHOLIC FATTY LIVER DISEASE IN PATIENTS WITH CHRONIC HEART FAILURE PATIENTS

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    M. E. Statsenko

    2016-01-01

    Full Text Available Combined liver damage in patients with chronic heart failure and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease leads to the formation of pathological hemodynamic types of microcirculation with prevalence of shunt blood flow, nutritional deficiency, that correlated with changes in the functional state of the liver. Using cytoprotector mexicor for 16 weeks as part of the basic treatment of patients with chronic heart failure and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease can correct these microcirculatory disorders, has a beneficial effect on endothelial function, autonomic tone of microvessels, which is accompanied by the positive dynamics of indicators of cytolysis and cholestasis.

  15. Acute Right Ventricular Dysfunction Complicating Prolonged ...

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    We report a case of transient right ventricular dysfunction associated with prolonged cardiac tamponade, an unusual complication of uncertain etiology. We believe that in this case dynamic coronary flow restriction resulted in ischemic injury and stunning of the right ventricle. Other possible causes are briefly reviewed. Right ...

  16. Left atrial myxoma with biventricular dysfunction.

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    Raut, Monish S; Shad, Sujay; Maheshwari, Arun

    2016-09-01

    Occurrence of left atrial myxoma with severe ventricular dysfunction without any obstructive coronary artery disease, as presented in our case, is very rare. It may be due to undiagnosed concomitant dilated cardiomyopathy or unknown cardiodepressant effect of myxoma which warrants further research. Copyright © 2016 Cardiological Society of India. Published by Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  17. ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE AND RENAL DYSFUNCTION

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    F. I. Belyalov

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available The ischemic heart disease (IHD with comorbid kidney dysfunction has more severe course and worse prognosis, regardless of the chosen therapeutic strategy for the treatment of coronary disease. Traits of diagnosis and treatment of IHD in patients with renal dysfunction, including end-stage kidney disease, are discussed. The analysis of the studies showed increasing difficulties in the diagnosis of IHD, and decrease in the effectiveness of drug and invasive treatment.Results of large randomized and observational studies can help to treat patients with IHD and comorbid renal dysfunction more effectively and safe. 

  18. [Correlation between epicardial adipose tissue and coronary flow reserve in coronary heart disease patients with no chest pain].

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    Zhang, M; Li, Z P; Li, W H; Li, D; Liu, L N; Feng, X H; Gao, W

    2014-12-18

    To assess whether epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) thickness is associated with coronary flow reserve (CFR) and could be used to detect coronary microvascular dysfunction. We enrolled 62 nondiabetic patients who underwent computed tomography angiography or invasive coronary angiography and had no obstructive coronary artery disease. CFR and EAT thickness were measured by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE). In the study, a total of 62 patients were enrolled, echocardiographic coronary flow reserve were obtained in 61 of the patients with a mean age of (59±10) years. 34 patients (56%) had reduced CFR (CFRmicrovascular dysfunction and 27 patients (44%) had normal CFR (CFR≥3, 3.56±0.52). EAT thickness was significantly increased in the patients with microvascular dysfunction as compared with those without [(3.4±0.8) mm vs. (2.3±0.6) mm, Pcoronary microvascular dysfunction (OR=7.78, 95%CI: 2.44-24.79). EAT thickness>2.9 mm had 82.4% sensitivity and 92.3% specificity to detect CFRcoronary microvascular dysfunction. EAT thickness was independently associated with impaired CFR. EAT>2.9 mm had high sensitivity and specificity to detect coronary microvascular dysfunction.

  19. Microcirculatory responses to carotid sinus nerve stimulation at various ambient O2 tension in the rabbit tenuissimus muscle.

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    Shibata, M; Kamiya, A

    1985-11-01

    To quantify the integrated effects of local and central control mechanisms through tissue metabolites and the autonomic nervous system on the peripheral vascular beds, microcirculatory responses to the carotid sinus nerve stimulation at various levels of ambient oxygen tension (PO2) were measured in the rabbit tenuissimus muscle suffused with oxygenated Tyrode solution, using a microscope-TV system. The statistical analysis of the experimental data exhibited that both capillary red cell velocity and perfused capillary density at the control state were significantly decreased as PO2 was elevated (P less than 0.01) and that the stimulation also significantly augmented their values (P less than 0.01) except for the peak velocity data. Regression analysis indicated that both the velocity and density responses to PO2 changes during stimulation were less sensitive than those at the control state. For instance, the vasodilating effect of stimulation on density at PO2 20 mm Hg was enhanced by about four-fold at 80 mm Hg, although the effect on velocity was increased only by 16% with the same PO2 change. From these results, it was concluded that the microcirculatory changes due to the arteriolar smooth muscle contraction evoked by unit sympathetic discharge was significantly influenced by the ambient PO2 level. Such synergistic interaction of the local and central control mechanisms like a series-coupled gain control system was suspected to play an important role in the overall regulation of the microcirculation.

  20. Impact of eight weeks of repeated ischaemic preconditioning on brachial artery and cutaneous microcirculatory function in healthy males.

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    Jones, Helen; Nyakayiru, Jean; Bailey, Tom G; Green, Daniel J; Cable, N Timothy; Sprung, Victoria S; Hopkins, Nicola D; Thijssen, Dick H J

    2015-08-01

    Ischaemic preconditioning has well-established cardiac and vascular protective effects. Short interventions (one week) of daily ischaemic preconditioning episodes improve conduit and microcirculatory function. This study examined whether a longer (eight weeks) and less frequent (three per week) protocol of repeated ischaemic preconditioning improves vascular function. Eighteen males were randomly allocated to either ischaemic preconditioning (22.4 ± 2.3 years, 23.7 ± 3.1 kg/m(2)) or a control intervention (26.0 ± 4.8 years, 26.4 ± 1.9 kg/m(2)). Brachial artery endothelial-dependent (FMD), forearm cutaneous microvascular function and cardiorespiratory fitness were assessed at zero, two and eight weeks. A greater improvement in FMD was evident following ischaemic preconditioning training compared with control at weeks 2 (2.24% (0.40, 4.08); p=0.02) and 8 (1.11% (0.13, 2.10); p=0.03). Repeated ischaemic preconditioning did not change cutaneous microcirculatory function or fitness. These data indicate that a feasible and practical protocol of regular ischaemic preconditioning episodes improves endothelial function in healthy individuals within two weeks, and these effects persist following repeated ischaemic preconditioning for eight weeks. © The European Society of Cardiology 2014.

  1. Early detection of microcirculatory perfusion changes with a high resolution, real time laser Doppler imaging camera--frostbite case study.

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    Erba, Paolo; Harbi, Pascal; Thacher, Tyler; Pries, Axel; Ambrosio, Giuseppe; Raffoul, Wassim

    2011-09-19

    A 41-year-old male presented with severe frostbite that was monitored clinically and with a new laser Doppler imaging (LDI) camera that records arbitrary microcirculatory perfusion units (1-256 arbitrary perfusion units (APU's)). LDI monitoring detected perfusion differences in hand and foot not seen visually. On day 4-5 after injury, LDI showed that while fingers did not experience any significant perfusion change (average of 31±25 APUs on day 5), the patient's left big toe did (from 17±29 APUs day 4 to 103±55 APUs day 5). These changes in regional perfusion were not detectable by visual examination. On day 53 postinjury, all fingers with reduced perfusion by LDI were amputated, while the toe could be salvaged. This case clearly demonstrates that insufficient microcirculatory perfusion can be identified using LDI in ways which visual examination alone does not permit, allowing prognosis of clinical outcomes. Such information may also be used to develop improved treatment approaches.

  2. Cardiovascular drugs and erectile dysfunction

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    Terzić Branka M.

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Erectile dysfunction (ED is a disorder, which basically can have organic nature, psychological or mixed. ED is not a rarity, and data on its prevalence vary, depending on the areas in which the survey was conducted, followed by a period of research and the definition of the disorder. Most of the men associate ED problem with using drugs, especially cardiac. Even though there is some truth in it, mainly the real causes of ED are not well known even to professionals. Contemporary studies of risk factors for cardiovascular disease, particularly coronary heart disease, have shown the clear link between erectile dysfunction and coronary heart disease, wherein ED first manifests. While, ED precedes the onset of symptoms of coronary heart disease and show to the patient and the physician a clear signal of the direction for conducting diagnostic tests and further treatment in the interest of the health of patients. Endocrine, and neurological disorders, as well as bad habits in addition to the cardiac and kidney disease, lead to ED. It is known also, that the use of cardiac medicines may contribute to ED occurrence. Better knowledge of adverse reactions to medicines, a better understanding of the nature of the disease and the implementation of necessary diagnostic procedures, with a good choice of medication, contribute to solving problems related to ED. If all mentioned do not help, there is the possibility of using new drugs to correct ED.

  3. Laryngeal Dysfunction

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    Hull, James H; Backer, Vibeke; Gibson, Peter G

    2016-01-01

    The larynx is one of the most highly innervated organs in humans and serves a number of vitally important, complex, and highly evolved biological functions. On a day-to-day basis, the larynx functions autonomously, addressing several roles including airway protection, swallowing, and phonation....... In some situations the larynx appears to adopt a functional state that could be considered maladaptive or "dysfunctional." This laryngeal dysfunction can underpin and account for a number of respiratory symptoms that otherwise appear incongruous with a clinical disease state and/or contribute...

  4. [Primary and secondary prevention of erectile dysfunction].

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    Kaminsky, A; Sperling, H; Popken, G

    2011-10-01

    Erectile dysfunction has an incidence of up to 75% in men aged 80, thus making primary prevention really important. Aetiologically multiple reasons are responsible for erectile dysfunction; therefore, recommendations for primary prevention contain different parts. The first one is to maintain a healthy arterial system and prevent atherosclerosis. Besides that diabetes, neurogenic disturbances or mental distress should be avoided. Physical activity, balanced nutrition, nonsmoking, unsaturated fatty acids and moderate alcohol consumption are preventive. Regular erections cause oxygenation of the cavernous body and prevent fibrosis which could lead to an insufficient occlusion of the cavernous veins. If the patient already suffers from coronary heart disease or diabetes, blood pressure, pulse, blood lipids and blood sugar should be as normal as possible. Erectile dysfunction might be the primary symptom of coronary heart disease; therefore, consideration should be given to a cardiac examination in the diagnostic setting.

  5. Regulation of coronary blood flow in health and ischemic heart disease.

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    Duncker, Dirk J; Koller, Akos; Merkus, Daphne; Canty, John M

    2015-01-01

    The major factors determining myocardial perfusion and oxygen delivery have been elucidated over the past several decades, and this knowledge has been incorporated into the management of patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD). The basic understanding of the fluid mechanical behavior of coronary stenoses has also been translated to the cardiac catheterization laboratory where measurements of coronary pressure distal to a stenosis and coronary flow are routinely obtained. However, the role of perturbations in coronary microvascular structure and function, due to myocardial hypertrophy or coronary microvascular dysfunction, in IHD is becoming increasingly recognized. Future studies should therefore be aimed at further improving our understanding of the integrated coronary microvascular mechanisms that control coronary blood flow, and of the underlying causes and mechanisms of coronary microvascular dysfunction. This knowledge will be essential to further improve the treatment of patients with IHD. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  6. {sup 99m}TC tetrofosmin cardiac tomography after nitrate administration in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction; Tomografia cardiaca {sup 99m}Tc tetrofosmina dopo somministrazione di nitrati in pazienti con cardiopatia ischemica e disfunzione ventricolare sinistra

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    Menna, F.; Acampa, W.; Florimonte, L.; Ferro, A.; Borrelli, G.; Mainolfi, C.; Cuocolo, A. [Naples Univ. Federico II, Naples (Italy). Dipt. di Scienze Biomorfologiche e Funzionali; Consiglio Nazionale delle Ricerche, Naples (Italy). Centro per la Medicina Nucleare; IRCCS Neuromed, Pozzilli, IS (Italy)

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    The work examines twenty-two patients with coronary artery disease, previous myocardial infarction and LV dysfunction, using the technetium-99m ({sup 99m}Tc) tetrofosmin (SPECT) associated with nitrate administration in the detection of hypoperfused but still viable myocardium. The method allows the detection of this disease. [Italian] Il lavoro analizza i risultati degli esami condotti su 22 pazienti con cardiopatia ischemica cronica e ridotta funzione ventricolare sinistra sottoposti a tomografia computerizzata con emissione di fotone singolo (SPECT) cardiaca con tecnezio-99m ({sup 99m}Tc) tetrofosmina associata alla somministrazione di nitrati nella differenziazione tra tessuto miocardico ipoperfuso ma ancora vitale e tessuto miocardico necrotico. La metodologia usata consente di identificare la presenza di tessuto miocardico vitale in territori vascolari severamente ipoperfusi.

  7. Erectile dysfunction.

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    Khera, Mohit; Goldstein, Irwin

    2011-06-29

    Erectile dysfunction may affect 30% to 50% of men aged 40 to 70 years, with age, smoking, and obesity being the main risk factors, although 20% of cases have psychological causes. We conducted a systematic review and aimed to answer the following clinical questions: What are the effects of phosphodiesterase inhibitors in men with erectile dysfunction of any cause? What are the effects of phosphodiesterase inhibitors on erectile dysfunction in men with diabetes, with cardiovascular disease, with spinal cord injury, and with prostate cancer or undergoing prostatectomy? What are the effects of drug treatments other than phosphodiesterase inhibitors in men with erectile dysfunction of any cause? What are the effects of devices, psychological/behavioural treatments, and alternative treatments in men with erectile dysfunction of any cause? We searched: Medline, Embase, The Cochrane Library, and other important databases up to August 2009 (Clinical Evidence reviews are updated periodically, please check our website for the most up-to-date version of this review). We included harms alerts from relevant organisations such as the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) and the UK Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency (MHRA). We found 81 systematic reviews, RCTs, or observational studies that met our inclusion criteria. We performed a GRADE evaluation of the quality of evidence for interventions. In this systematic review we present information relating to the effectiveness and safety of the following interventions: alprostadil (intracavernosal, intraurethral, topical), cognitive behavioural therapy, ginseng, papaverine, papaverine plus phentolamine (bimix), papaverine plus phentolamine plus alprostadil (trimix), penile prostheses, phosphodiesterase inhibitors (sildenafil, tadalafil, vardenafil), psychosexual counselling, vacuum devices, and yohimbine.

  8. [Coronary microvascular disease: from experimental models to clinical practice].

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    Vecoli, Cecilia; Caselli, Chiara; Caruso, Raffaele; Morales, Maria Aurora

    2012-01-01

    Coronary vascular microcirculation plays a major role in the pathogenesis of left ventricular dysfunction as well as in the development of heart failure. Coronary microcirculation includes all the vessels which contribute to provide resistance to coronary flow. It represents the district where coronary circulation blood flow is regulated to ensure that each structural and functional cardiac component receives the proper amount of oxygen and metabolic substrates through the capillary network. Coronary microcirculation is fundamental for myocardial function which largely depends on the ratio between energetic metabolites received from coronary circulation and their utilization by the myocytes. Alterations in coronary microvascular circulation which limit myocardial perfusion can cause repetitive ischemic events leading to left ventricular dysfunction in several ischemic and non ischemic cardiomyopathies as the idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy. To date, mechanisms underlying microvascular dysfunction are not completely understood and experimental animal models are employed to study alterations which may cause microcirculation impairment. These animals models are unique tools to identify new therapeutic targets, to test new drug therapies for the treatment of left ventricular dysfunction as well as its progression towards overt heart failure.

  9. Nicorandil in patients with acute coronary syndrome and stable angina undergoing Percutaneous Coronary Intervention: literature review

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    Neda Partovi

    2014-12-01

    Full Text Available Percutaneous coronary intervention is an option for the treatment of coronary artery disease such as acute coronary syndrome and stable angina.Acute coronary syndrome has two groups including acute myocardial infarction and unstable angina.Periprocedural myocardial infarction is a frequent and prognostically important complication of percutaneous coronary intervention and can be easily monitored by measuring myocardial enzymes. Coronary microvascular dysfunction in patients undergoing primary percutaneous coronary intervention for the treatment of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction is associated with poor prognosis. Even after recanalization, reperfusion injury often occurs including no-reflow or slow-flow in which sufficient myocardial blood flow cannot be obtained and results in a poor outcome of cardiac function in the long term.Nicorandil is the opener of the adenosine triphosphate-sensitive potassium channel and is known to have an antiarrhythmic effect and myocardial protective functions such as reduction of the coronary microvascular resistance by relaxing the smooth muscles of blood vessesl and preconditioning.In this literature review, we evaluate articles about acute coronary syndrome and stable angina undergoing PCI. 

  10. Coronary collaterals

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    Koerselman, Jeroen

    2004-01-01

    Cardiovascular diseases, in particular coronary artery disease, are the leading cause of death and disease in industrialized countries. Atherosclerotic changes of the arterial vessel wall constitute one of the major causes for the occurrence of cardiovascular disease. Important risk factors for

  11. Sex-Related Differences in Vasomotor Function in Patients With Angina and Unobstructed Coronary Arteries

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    Aziz, Ahmed; Hansen, Henrik Steen; Sechtem, Udo

    2017-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Coronary vasomotor dysfunction is an important mechanism for angina in patients with unobstructed coronary arteries. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to determine sex differences in the prevalence and clinical presentation of vasomotor dysfunction in a European population and...

  12. Microcirculatory blood flow during cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation does not correlate with global hemodynamics: an experimental study.

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    Krupičková, Petra; Mlček, Mikuláš; Huptych, Michal; Mormanová, Zuzana; Bouček, Tomáš; Belza, Tomáš; Lacko, Stanislav; Černý, Miloš; Neužil, Petr; Kittnar, Otomar; Linhart, Aleš; Bělohlávek, Jan

    2016-06-08

    Current research highlights the role of microcirculatory disorders in post-cardiac arrest patients. Affected microcirculation shows not only dissociation from systemic hemodynamics but also strong connection to outcome of these patients. However, only few studies evaluated microcirculation directly during cardiac arrest (CA) and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR). The aim of our experimental study in a porcine model was to describe sublingual microcirculatory changes during CA and CPR using recent videomicroscopic technology and provide a comparison to parameters of global hemodynamics. Cardiac arrest was induced in 18 female pigs (50 ± 3 kg). After 3 min without treatment, 5 min of mechanical CPR followed. Continuous hemodynamic monitoring including systemic blood pressure and carotid blood flow was performed and blood lactate was measured at the end of baseline and CPR. Sublingual microcirculation was assessed by the Sidestream Dark Field (SDF) technology during baseline, CA and CPR. Following microcirculatory parameters were assessed off-line separately for capillaries (≤20 µm) and other vessels: total and perfused vessel density (TVD, PVD), proportion of perfused vessels (PPV), microvascular flow index (MFI) and heterogeneity index (HI). In comparison to baseline the CA small vessel microcirculation was only partially preserved: TVD 15.64 (13.59-18.48) significantly decreased to 12.51 (10.57-13.98) mm/mm(2), PVD 15.57 (13.56-17.80) to 5.53 (4.17-6.60) mm/mm(2), PPV 99.64 (98.05-100.00) to 38.97 (27.60-46.29) %, MFI 3.00 (3.00-3.08) to 1.29 (1.08-1.58) and HI increased from 0.08 (0.00-0.23) to 1.5 (0.71-2.00), p = 0.0003 for TVD and <0.0001 for others, respectively. Microcirculation during ongoing CPR in small vessels reached 59-85 % of the baseline values: TVD 13.33 (12.11-15.11) mm/mm(2), PVD 9.34 (7.34-11.52) mm/mm(2), PPV 72.34 (54.31-87.87) %, MFI 2.04 (1.58-2.42), HI 0.65 (0.41-1.07). The correlation between microcirculation and global

  13. Lack of awareness of erectile dysfunction in many men with risk factors for erectile dysfunction

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    Magee Michelle

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Men with erectile dysfunction often have concurrent medical conditions. Conversely, men with these conditions may also have underlying erectile dysfunction. The prevalence of unrecognized erectile dysfunction in men with comorbidities commonly associated with erectile dysfunction was determined in men invited to participate in a double-blind, randomized, placebo-controlled trial of sildenafil citrate. Methods Men ≥30 years old presenting with ≥1 erectile dysfunction risk factor (controlled hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, smoking, metabolic syndrome, stable coronary artery disease, diabetes, depression, lower urinary tract symptoms, obesity [body mass index ≥30 kg/m2] or waist circumference ≥40 inches, and not previously diagnosed with erectile dysfunction were evaluated. The screening question, "Do you have erectile dysfunction?," with responses of "no," "yes," and "unsure," and the Erectile Function domain of the International Index of Erectile Function (IIEF-EF were administered. Results Of 1084 men screened, 1053 answered the screening question and also had IIEF-EF scores. IIEF-EF scores indicating erectile dysfunction occurred in 71% (744/1053, of whom 54% (399/744 had moderate or severe erectile dysfunction. Of 139 answering "yes," 526 answering "unsure," and 388 answering "no," 96%, 90%, and 36%, respectively, had some degree of erectile dysfunction. The mean±SD (range number of risk factors was 2.9 ± 1.7 (3-8 in the "yes" group, 3.2 ± 1.7 (3-9 in the "unsure" group, and 2.6 ± 1.5 (2-8 in the "no" group. Conclusion Although awareness of having erectile dysfunction was low, most men with risk factors had IIEF-EF scores indicating erectile dysfunction. Erectile dysfunction should be suspected and assessed in men with risk factors, regardless of their apparent level of awareness of erectile dysfunction. Trial registration ClinicalTrials.gov Identifier NCT00343200.

  14. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention

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    ... page from the NHLBI on Twitter. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Also known as coronary angioplasty. Percutaneous coronary intervention ( ... heart for more information about this topic. Related reading Angina Arrhythmia Atherosclerosis Blood Tests Cardiac Catheterization Cardiac ...

  15. Real-time point of care microcirculatory assessment of shock: design, rationale and application of the point of care microcirculation (POEM) tool.

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    Naumann, David N; Mellis, Clare; Husheer, Shamus L G; Hopkins, Philip; Bishop, Jon; Midwinter, Mark J; Hutchings, Sam D

    2016-09-30

    Despite over a decade of research and technological advances, sublingual microcirculatory monitoring has not yet reached clinical utility. Offline analysis is time consuming and occurs away from the patient. A system to assess the microcirculation at the point of care is desirable. We present a novel 5-point grading system (the point of care microcirculation (POEM) scoring system) that can be used at the point of care during non-invasive sublingual microcirculatory monitoring. The POEM score is an ordinal scale from 1 (worst) to 5 (best), based on a composite assessment of flow and heterogeneity of four individual sublingual video-microscopy clips. Thirty-two healthcare professionals were trained in how to assign POEM scores. Following training they assigned scores to five test sequences (each consisting of four video clips). They were blinded to clinical status. Inter-user consistency and agreement were assessed using intra-class correlation coefficient (ICC) analysis. In addition, blinded expert scores for 68 video clips were compared to offline computer analysis using traditional microcirculatory parameters including total vessel density (TVD), perfused vessel density (PVD), proportion of perfused vessels (PPV), microcirculatory flow index (MFI) and microcirculatory heterogeneity index (MHI). The time taken to assign each was recorded. Participants showed good inter-rater consistency (ICC 0.83, 95 % CI 0.626, 0.976) and agreement (ICC 0.815, 95 % CI 0.602, 0.974) for assigned POEM scores. Expert scoring of videos correlated with offline values for PVD (R 2  = 0.39; p POEM scores took less time to assign than conventional offline computer analysis (2 minutes versus 44 minutes). We present for the first time a novel 5-point ordinal scale of microcirculatory flow and heterogeneity that can be used at the point of care. It has minimal inter-user variability amongst healthcare professionals after just 1 hour of training. POEM scores take a short time to

  16. Acute effects of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamics in habitual tobacco chewers

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    Vikas Thakran

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Background: Long-term adverse cardiovascular effects of smokeless tobacco are well established, however, the effect of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamic have not been studied. We intended to analyze the acute effect of chewing tobacco on coronary microcirculation and hemodynamics in habitual tobacco chewers with stable coronary artery disease undergoing elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI. Materials and Methods: We prospectively enrolled seven habitual tobacco chewers with stable coronary artery disease with single vessel disease or double vessel disease satisfying the criteria for elective PCI. Patients were instructed to keep 1 g of crushed dried tobacco leaves in the mouth after a successful PCI. Lesion in last stented vessels was evaluated for fractional flow reserve (FFR, coronary flow reserve (CFR, and index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR post-PCI, after 15 min and 30 min of tobacco chewing along with the measurement of serum cotinine levels. Results: Oral tobacco led to high levels of cotinine in the majority of patients. There was an insignificant rise in heart rate, systolic and diastolic blood pressure following tobacco consumption. Baseline CFR (median 1.6, range 1.1–5.5 was low in tobacco chewers after PCI even after optimum FFR (0.9 ± 0.05 in the majority of patients suggesting abnormal microvascular hemodynamics (high IMR in 3 patients, overall median 14.2, range 7–36.2. However, there was no significant change in the estimated CFR or IMR values following tobacco chewing. One patient had bradycardia and hypotension which may be related to vagal reaction or acute nicotine poisoning. Conclusion: Tobacco chewers have abnormal coronary microcirculation hemodynamics even following a successful PCI. However, the coronary micocirculation and hemodynamics do not change acutely following tobacco chewing despite high serum cotinine concentrations.

  17. Diagnóstico fractal de disfunción cardéaca severa: Dinámica fractal de la ramificación coronaria izquierda Fractal diagnosis of severe cardiac dysfunction: Fractal dynamic of the left coronary branching

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    Javier O Rodréguez

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    Full Text Available INTRODUCCIÓN Y OBJETIVOS: la geometría fractal evalúa la irregularidad de los objetos naturales, permitiendo caracterizar de forma imparcial la totalidad de la ramificación coronaria izquierda a diferencia de la metodología actual que evalúa únicamente partes de ésta. Con base en esta medida se generalizó una nueva metodología diagnóstica para detectar cualquier tipo de disfunción cardiaca severa. MÉTODOS: estudio de concordancia diagnóstica en el que se utilizó el método de box counting para medir dimensiones fractales de imágenes consecutivas entre sístole y diástole de la ramificación coronaria izquierda en proyección oblicua derecha anterior de angiografías de ocho pacientes con enfermedad arterial oclusiva leve. Así mismo, se evaluaron sus cambios por medio de los conceptos de variabilidad y diferencia neta y se compararon estos resultados con pacientes sin enfermedad arterial oclusiva, con enfermedad arterial oclusiva moderada y severa evaluados previamente de igual forma, para obtener una metodología matemática que evalúa el impacto de cualquier patología en la dinámica cardiaca. RESULTADOS: los casos que presentan diferencias netas de cero corresponden a pacientes con disfunciones cardiacas severas, independientemente del grado o ausencia de enfermedad arterial oclusiva diagnosticada. CONCLUSIONES: se generalizó una nueva metodología diagnóstica de aplicación clínica que detecta disfunciones cardiacas severas sub-diagnosticadas con las metodologías actuales, mediante la caracterización de la dinámica total de la ramificación coronaria izquierda.INTRODUCTION AND OBJETIVES: fractal geometry evaluates the irregularity of natural objects, allowing impartially characterize the entire left coronary branching unlike the current methodology which evaluates only parts of it. Based on this measure, a new diagnostic method was generalized to detect any type of severe cardiac dysfunction. METHODS: Concordance

  18. Ten year outcomes after coronary artery bypass grafting according to age in patients with heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction: an analysis of the extended follow up of the STICH trial

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    She, Lilin; Adlbrecht, Christopher; Doenst, Torsten; Panza, Julio A.; Hill, James A.; Lee, Kerry L.; Rouleau, Jean L.; Prior, David L.; Ali, Imtiaz S.; Maddury, Jyotsna; Golba, Krzysztof S.; White, Harvey D.; Carson, Peter; Chrzanowski, Lukasz; Romanov, Alexander; Miller, Alan B.; Velazquez, Eric J.

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    Background Advancing age is associated with a greater prevalence of coronary artery disease in heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction and with a higher risk of complications following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Whether the efficacy of CABG compared with medical therapy (MED) in patients with HF due to ischemic cardiomyopathy is the same in patients of different age is unknown. Methods 1212 patients (median follow up 9.8 years) with ejection fraction ≤35% and coronary disease amenable to CABG were randomized to CABG or MED in the STICH trial. Results Mean age at trial entry was 60 years; 12% women; 36% non-white; baseline EF 28%. For the present analyses, patients were categorized by age quartiles: Q1 ≤54 years, Q2 >54 and ≤60 years, Q3 >60 and ≤67 years, Q4 >67 years. Older vs. younger patients had more comorbidities. All-cause mortality was higher in older compared with younger patients assigned to MED (79 vs. 60% for Q4 and Q1, respectively; log-rank p=0.005) and CABG (68 vs. 48% for Q4 and Q1, respectively; log-rank p<0.001). In contrast, CV mortality was not statistically significantly different across the spectrum of age in the MED group (53 vs. 49% for Q4 and Q1, respectively; log-rank p=0.388) or CABG group (39 vs 35% for Q4 and Q1, respectively; log-rank p=0.103). CV deaths accounted for a greater proportion of deaths in the youngest vs oldest quartile (79% vs 62%). The effect of CABG vs MED on all-cause mortality tended to diminish with increasing age (pinteraction=0.062), while the benefit of CABG on CV mortality was consistent over all ages (pinteraction =0.307). There was a greater reduction in all-cause mortality or CV hospitalization with CABG versus MED in younger compared with older patients (pinteraction = 0.004). In the CABG group, cardiopulmonary bypass time or days in intensive care did not differ for older vs. younger patients. Conclusions CABG added to MED has a more substantial benefit on all-cause mortality

  19. [Effects of low-level laser irradiation on rat mesenteric microcirculatory disturbance during early stage of endotoxemia].

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    Zhao, Shi-feng; Feng, Li-jie; He, Hong-yan; Zhao, Xiu-mei; Sun, Jing; Shen, Hong

    2010-06-01

    To observe the effects of low-level laser irradiation on mesenteric microcirculation of rats in vivo in the early stage of endotoxemia (ETM). The experimental model of ETM was reproduced by injection of lipopolysaccharide (LPS). Sixty healthy male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into three groups used random number table: control group, LPS group and low-level laser irradiation group, each group included 20 rats which were subdivided into four temporal subgroups (1, 2, 4, 6 hours, respectively). In low-level laser irradiation group, the rats were irradiated by type SLT semiconductor laser (650 nm, 5 mW) on unilateral femoral artery and vein, and blood vessel of the ear concurrently for 30 minutes. The interference course was vertical irradiation taken at 30 minutes after the injection of LPS. At 1, 2, 4, 6 hours after the injection of LPS, changes in mesenteric microcirculation and microcirculatory blood flow were recorded with the laser Doppler flowmeter, the velocity of red blood cells in venules was observed, and the number of open capillaries and adherent leukocytes were recorded. The blood flow velocity (mm/s) of the mesenteric microcirculation in LPS group was accelerated at 1 hour and 2 hours after LPS injection (1 hour: 0.190+/-0.007 vs. 0.174+/-0.009, 2 hours: 0.200+/-0.010 vs. 0.172+/-0.015, both Pblood flow volume in the mesenteric vessels and the number of open capillaries did not show any significant change at that time. Significant increase in number of adherent leukocytes was observed at 2, 4, 6 hours after injury (2 hours: 2.60+/-1.14 vs. 0.40+/-0.55, 4 hours: 5.40+/-0.89 vs. 0.40+/-0.55, 6 hours : 5.40+/-1.52 vs. 0.60+/-0.90, all Pblood flow in the microcirculation became abnormal. After irradiated with laser in low dose, the blood flow velocity was smooth and stable (mm/s, 1 hour: 0.174+/-0.011, 2 hours: 0.180+/-0.023, 4 hours: 0.168+/-0.013, 6 hours: 0.162+/-0.023), and the number of adherent leukocytes was reduced significantly at 4 hours

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

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

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

  1. Coronary Calcium Scan

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Calcium Scan Coronary Calcium Scan Also known as Calcium Scan Test A coronary calcium scan is a CT scan of your heart that detects and measures the amount of calcium in the walls of your coronary arteries. Overview ...

  2. Effects of preoperative treatment with diltiazem on diastolic ventricular function after coronary artery bypass graft surgery

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    van der Maaten, JMAA; de Vries, AJ; Henning, RH; Epema, AH; van den Berg, MP; Lip, H

    2001-01-01

    Objective: To examine whether preoperative treatment with diltiazem could ameliorate left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction in patients after coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery. Design: Prospective, nonrandomized clinical study. Setting: University hospital. Participants: Thirty-four

  3. Role of an indole-thiazolidine molecule PPAR pan-agonist and COX inhibitor on inflammation and microcirculatory damage in acute gastric lesions.

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    José Roberto Santin

    Full Text Available The present study aimed to show the in vivo mechanisms of action of an indole-thiazolidine molecule peroxisome-proliferator activated receptor pan-agonist (PPAR pan and cyclooxygenase (COX inhibitor, LYSO-7, in an ethanol/HCl-induced (Et/HCl gastric lesion model. Swiss male mice were treated with vehicle, LYSO-7 or Bezafibrate (p.o. 1 hour before oral administration of Et/HCl (60%/0.03M. In another set of assays, animals were injected i.p. with an anti-granulocyte antibody, GW9962 or L-NG-nitroarginine methyl ester (L-NAME before treatment. One hour after Et/HCl administration, neutrophils were quantified in the blood and bone marrow and the gastric microcirculatory network was studied in situ. The gastric tissue was used to quantify the percentage of damaged area, as well as myeloperoxidase (MPO, inducible nitric oxide synthase (iNOS, endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS protein and PPARγ protein and gene expression. Acid secretion was evaluated by the pylorus ligation model. LYSO-7 or Bezafibrate treatment reduced the necrotic area. LYSO-7 treatment enhanced PPARγ gene and protein expression in the stomach, and impaired local neutrophil influx and stasis of the microcirculatory network caused by Et/HCl administration. The effect seemed to be due to PPARγ agonist activity, as the LYSO-7 effect was abolished in GW9962 pre-treated mice. The reversal of microcirculatory stasis, but not neutrophil influx, was mediated by nitric oxide (NO, as L-NAME pre-treatment abolished the LYSO-7-mediated reestablishment of microcirculatory blood flow. This effect may depend on enhanced eNOS protein expression in injured gastric tissue. The pH and concentration of H(+ in the stomach were not modified by LYSO-7 treatment. In addition, LYSO-7 may induce less toxicity, as 28 days of oral treatment did not induce weight loss, as detected in pioglitazone treated mice. Thus, we show that LYSO-7 may be an effective treatment for gastric lesions by controlling

  4. Correlation analysis of laser Doppler flowmetry signals: a potential non-invasive tool to assess microcirculatory changes in diabetes mellitus.

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    Lal, Cerine; Unni, Sujatha Narayanan

    2015-06-01

    Measurement and analysis of microcirculation is vital in assessing local and systemic tissue health. Changes in microvascular perfusion if detected can provide information on the development of various related diseases. Laser Doppler blood flowmetry (LDF) provides a non-invasive real-time measurement of cutaneous blood perfusion. LDF signals possess fractal nature that represents the correlation in the successive signal elements. Changes in the correlation of flow and its associated parameters could be used as a tool in differentiating the ailments at different stages or assessing the treatment effectiveness of a particular ailment. Spectral domain analysis of LDF signals reveals five characteristic frequency peaks corresponding to local and central regulatory mechanisms of the human body, namely metabolic, neurogenic, myogenic, respiration, and heart rate. This paper investigates the changes in the fractal nature and constituent frequency bands of laser Doppler signals in diabetic and healthy control subjects acquired from the glabrous skin of the foot so as to provide an assessment of microcirculatory dynamics. As a pilot study, it was attempted on a set of healthy control and diabetic volunteers, and the obtained results indicate that fractal nature of LDF signals is less in diabetic subjects compared to the healthy control. The wavelet analysis carried out on the set of signals reveals the dynamics of blood flow which may have led to the difference in correlation results.

  5. Features of the oxidation processes and state of microcirculatory channel have persons exposed to low doses of ionizing radiation

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    Ya. V. Porovsky

    2012-01-01

    Full Text Available We have examined 36 liquidators (participants in emergency clean-up after the Chernobylnuclear accident many years after the external γ-irradiation (on average (143.0 ± 14.0 mGy for (3.3 ± 0.8 months and 13 workers of a typical research nuclear reactor, who were subject to chronic external γ-irradiation (on average (78.40 ± 12.21 mGy for (13.1 ± 2.2 years. The level of metabolites of lipid peroxidation (conjugated diene and triene conjugates of lipid hydroperoxides, TBA-reactive products and the activity of catalase, superoxide dismutase, 5'-nucleotidase in blood serum were determined; changes in vessels of microcirculatory bloodstream (MCB in skin-muscle bioptate were analyzed. Under the action of small doses of ionizing radiation, the oxidative disbalance and changes in activity of 5'-nucleotidase in blood serum сaccompanying the systematic inflammatory alteration of MCB vessels were found.

  6. Evaluation of the microcirculatory disturbance of biliary ischemia after liver transplantation with contrast-enhanced ultrasound: preliminary experience.

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    Ren, Jie; Lu, Ming-De; Zheng, Rong-Qin; Lu, Min-Qiang; Liao, Mei; Mao, Yong-Jiang; Zheng, Zhi-Juan; Lu, Yan

    2009-12-01

    The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy of contrast-enhanced ultrasound for depicting the perfusion of hilar bile ducts in ischemic-type biliary lesions after orthotopic liver transplantation. Thirteen transplant recipients with ischemic-type biliary lesions and 12 patients without ischemic-type biliary lesions underwent ultrasound examinations after the injection of 1.5 mL of an intravenous contrast agent. The enhancement of the hilar bile duct wall in the arterial, portal venous, and late phases was qualitatively graded as higher, equal, lower, or none with respect to that of the adjacent liver parenchyma. No or low contrast enhancement was seen in 10 of 13 patients (76.90%) with biliary ischemia, whereas increased contrast enhancement with respect to the normal liver parenchyma was found in all 12 patients without biliary ischemia. The difference in the enhancement patterns between the 2 groups was significant (P = 0.0001). In conclusion, contrast-enhanced ultrasound is a new imaging modality to depict perfusion of the hilar bile duct. No or low contrast enhancement of the bile duct wall in the arterial phase may reflect the microcirculatory disturbance of biliary ischemia and may contribute to its early diagnosis.

  7. Pf155/RESA protein influences the dynamic microcirculatory behavior of ring-stage Plasmodium falciparum infected red blood cells

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    Diez-Silva, Monica; Park, YongKeun; Huang, Sha; Bow, Hansen; Mercereau-Puijalon, Odile; Deplaine, Guillaume; Lavazec, Catherine; Perrot, Sylvie; Bonnefoy, Serge; Feld, Michael S.; Han, Jongyoon; Dao, Ming; Suresh, Subra

    2012-01-01

    Proteins exported by Plasmodium falciparum to the red blood cell (RBC) membrane modify the structural properties of the parasitized RBC (Pf-RBC). Although quasi-static single cell assays show reduced ring-stage Pf-RBCs deformability, the parameters influencing their microcirculatory behavior remain unexplored. Here, we study the dynamic properties of ring-stage Pf-RBCs and the role of the parasite protein Pf155/Ring-Infected Erythrocyte Surface Antigen (RESA). Diffraction phase microscopy revealed RESA-driven decreased Pf-RBCs membrane fluctuations. Microfluidic experiments showed a RESA-dependent reduction in the Pf-RBCs transit velocity, which was potentiated at febrile temperature. In a microspheres filtration system, incubation at febrile temperature impaired traversal of RESA-expressing Pf-RBCs. These results show that RESA influences ring-stage Pf-RBCs microcirculation, an effect that is fever-enhanced. This is the first identification of a parasite factor influencing the dynamic circulation of young asexual Pf-RBCs in physiologically relevant conditions, offering novel possibilities for interventions to reduce parasite survival and pathogenesis in its human host. PMID:22937223

  8. Genetic variants are not associated with outcome in patients with coronary artery disease and left ventricular dysfunction: results of the Genetic Substudy of the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) trials.

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    Feldman, Arthur M; She, Lilin; McNamara, Dennis M; Mann, Douglas L; Bristow, Michael R; Maisel, Alan S; Wagner, Daniel R; Andersson, Bert; Chiariello, Luigi; Hayward, Christopher S; Hendry, Paul; Parker, John D; Racine, Normand; Selzman, Craig H; Senni, Michele; Stepinska, Janina; Zembala, Marian; Rouleau, Jean; Velazquez, Eric J; Lee, Kerry L

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    We evaluated the ability of 23 genetic variants to provide prognostic information in patients enrolled in the Genetic Substudy of the Surgical Treatment for Ischemic Heart Failure (STICH) trials. Patients assigned to STICH Hypothesis 1 were randomized to medical therapy with or without coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). Those assigned to STICH Hypothesis 2 were randomized to CABG or CABG with left ventricular reconstruction. In patients assigned to STICH Hypothesis 2 (n = 714), no genetic variant met the prespecified Bonferroni-adjusted threshold for statistical significance (p < 0.002); however, several variants met nominal prognostic significance: variants in the β2-adrenergic receptor gene (β2-AR Gln27Glu) and in the A1-adenosine receptor gene (A1-717 T/G) were associated with an increased risk of a subject dying or being hospitalized for a cardiac problem (p = 0.027 and 0.031, respectively). These relationships remained nominally significant even after multivariable adjustment for prognostic clinical variables. However, none of the 23 genetic variants influenced all-cause mortality or the combination of death or cardiovascular hospitalization in the STICH Hypothesis 1 population (n = 532) by either univariate or multivariable analysis. We were unable to identify the predictive genotypes in optimally treated patients in these two ischemic heart failure populations.

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

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

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

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

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

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    microvascular dysfunction and the association with symptoms, cardiovascular risk factors, psychosocial factors, and results from diagnostic stress testing. Methods and Results-After screening 3568 women, 963 women with angina-like chest pain and a diagnostic coronary angiogram without significant coronary...... testing. Conclusion-Impaired CFVR was detected in a substantial proportion, which suggests that coronary microvascular dysfunction plays a role in the development of angina pectoris. CFVR was associated with few cardiovascular risk factors, suggesting that CFVR is an independent parameter in the risk...... evaluation of these women. Symptom characteristics and results from stress testing did not identify individuals with impaired CFVR....

  11. Pathogenetic relationship between coronary heart disease and osteopenic syndrome

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    2015-02-01

    Full Text Available The importance of the comorbidity problem of coronary heart disease and osteoporosis is caused by the rising prevalence, lack of early detection, prevention, severe complications and significant impact on the quality of life of the patients. Aim. In order to compile and submit a current point of view on the pathogenetic relationship between the coronary heart disease and the osteopenic syndrome we reviewed specialized literature. Conclusion. We established that coronary heart disease and osteoporosis have common mechanisms of progression involving a cascade of proinflammatory cytokines, osteoprotegerin, endothelial dysfunction, estrogen, calcium deficiency, the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone and sympathetic nervous system.

  12. Changes of junctions of endothelial cells in coronary sclerosis: A review

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    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available Atherosclerosis, the major cause of cardiovascular diseases, has been a leading contributor to morbidity and mortality in the United States and it has been on the rise globally. Endothelial cell–cell junctions are critical for vascular integrity and maintenance of vascular function. Endothelial cell junctions dysfunction is the onset step of future coronary events and coronary artery disease. Keywords: Coronary atherosclerosis, Junctions, Endothelial cells

  13. What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease Also known as Coronary Artery Disease Leer en ... type of fat. Other Risks Related to Coronary Heart Disease Other conditions and factors also may contribute to ...

  14. Living with Coronary Heart Disease

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  15. Non-Acute Coronary Syndrome Anginal Chest Pain

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    Agarwal, Megha; Mehta, Puja K.; Merz, C. Noel Bairey

    2010-01-01

    Anginal chest pain is one of the most common complaints in the outpatient setting. While much of the focus has been on identifying obstructive atherosclerotic coronary artery disease (CAD) as the cause of anginal chest pain, it is clear that microvascular coronary dysfunction (MCD) can also cause anginal chest pain as a manifestation of ischemic heart disease (IHD), and carries an increased cardiovascular risk. Epicardial coronary vasospasm, aortic stenosis, left ventricular hypertrophy, congenital coronary anomalies, mitral valve prolapse and abnormal cardiac nociception can also present as angina of cardiac origin. For non-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) stable chest pain, exercise treadmill testing (ETT) remains the primary tool for diagnosis of ischemia and cardiac risk stratification; however, in certain subsets of patients, such as women, ETT has a lower sensitivity and specificity for identifying obstructive CAD. When combined with an imaging modality, such as nuclear perfusion or echocardiography testing, the sensitivity and specificity of stress testing for detection of obstructive CAD improves significantly. Advancements in stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) enables detection of perfusion abnormalities in a specific coronary artery territory, as well as subendocardial ischemia associated with MCD. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) enables visual assessment of obstructive CAD, albeit with a higher radiation dose. Invasive coronary angiography (CA) remains the gold standard for diagnosis and treatment of obstructive lesions that cause medically refractory stable angina. Furthermore, in patients with normal coronary angiograms, the addition of coronary reactivity testing (CRT) can help diagnose endothelial dependent and independent microvascular dysfunction. Life-style modification and pharmacologic intervention remains the cornerstone of therapy to reduce morbidity and mortality in patients with stable angina. This review focuses on

  16. Effects of alcohol septal ablation on coronary microvascular function and myocardial energetics in hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy.

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    Timmer, Stefan A J; Knaapen, Paul; Germans, Tjeerd; Dijkmans, Pieter A; Lubberink, Mark; Ten Berg, Jurrien M; Ten Cate, Folkert J; Rüssel, Iris K; Götte, Marco J W; Lammertsma, Adriaan A; van Rossum, Albert C

    2011-07-01

    This study investigated the effects of alcohol septal ablation (ASA) on microcirculatory function and myocardial energetics in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction. In 15 HCM patients who underwent ASA, echocardiography was performed before and 6 mo after the procedure to assess the LVOT gradient (LVOTG). Additionally, [(15)O]water PET was performed to obtain resting myocardial blood flow (MBF) and coronary vasodilator reserve (CVR). Changes in LV mass (LVM) and volumes were assessed by cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging. Myocardial oxygen consumption (MVo(2)) was evaluated by [(11)C]acetate PET in a subset of seven patients to calculate myocardial external efficiency (MEE). After ASA, peak LVOTG decreased from 41 ± 32 to 23 ± 19 mmHg (P = 0.04), as well as LVM (215 ± 74 to 169 ± 63 g; P energetics.

  17. The Effect of Sleep Deprivation on Coronary Heart Disease.

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    Yuan, Rong; Wang, Jie; Guo, Lili

    2016-11-20

    Sleep deprivation (SD) has been associated with an increased morbidity and mortality of coronary heart disease (CHD). SD could induce autonomic nervous dysfunction, hypertension, arrhythmia, hormonal dysregulation, oxidative stress, endothelial dysfunction, inflammation and metabolic disorder in CHD patients. This paper reviewed the study results of SD in clinical trials and animal experiments and concluded that SD was associated with cardiovascular risk factors, which aggravated CHD in pathogenesis and outcomes.

  18. Endothelial modulation of coronary vasomotor tone in humans. Effects of atherosclerosis and risk factors for coronary artery disease.

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    Zeiher, A M

    1994-03-01

    Tests in patients with atherosclerosis or running the risk to get coronary heart diseases have been reported, the objective of which was to detect the importance the physiologic and pathophysiologic regulatory mechanisms of coronary blood flow have in early diagnosis. The reaction of coronary vessels after the infusion of acetylcholine compared to this they showed after the infusion of papaverine was tested, this is to say the responsiveness of coronary vessels to pharmacologic influences caused by the endothelium and aiming directly at the striatal muscles. Both, quantitative coronary angiography and intracoronary sonography served as measuring instruments. The results revealed that progressive endothelial dysfunction in the coronary vessels of risk patients can be detected by the help of pharmacologically differentiated active substances. In patients with increased cholesterin levels, the function of the endothelium is impaired, although a constriction of the lumen has not been observed. Some gradually more distinct dysfunctions have been found in patients with structural symptoms of coronary atherosclerosis and above all in patients with angiographically provable lumen alterations.

  19. Coronary occlusion after the Manouguian procedure in a patient with a single coronary artery: a case report

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The association between the anatomy of a single coronary artery (SCA and the surgical risk of aortic valve replacement (AVR remains unclear due to a lack of studies on this topic. Case presentation A 73-year-old woman underwent AVR for aortic stenosis. Preoperative coronary angiography results showed a SCA arising from the left coronary sinus. The Manouguian procedure was performed for a small aortic annulus. Intraoperatively, an extracorporeal membrane oxygenator (ECMO was needed for bypass weaning failure due to newly developed right ventricular dysfunction. Coronary angiography was performed on postoperative day 4, and the findings showed a right coronary artery occlusion just after its origin. After emergent coronary artery bypass surgery, she could be weaned from the ECMO. She was discharged on postoperative day 70 and followed up without complications for 12 months. Conclusions AVR with the annular enlargement procedure in those with a SCA can result in an unexpected coronary artery occlusion, which should be, therefore, suspected when unexplained myocardial dysfunction occur. For reducing this risk, the use of a small prosthesis should be considered over the annular enlargement procedure when performing AVR in those with a small aortic annulus and a SCA.

  20. Association between coronary microvascular function and the vasa vasorum in patients with early coronary artery disease.

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    Park, Kyoung-Ha; Sun, Tao; Diez-Delhoyo, Felipe; Liu, Zhi; Yang, Shi-Wei; Lennon, Ryan J; Herrmann, Joerg; Gulati, Rajiv; Rodriguez-Porcel, Martin; Lerman, Lilach O; Lerman, Amir

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    The vasa vasorum (VV) plays a role in the initial phase of atherosclerosis, and abnormalities in microvascular function may be sensitive measures of the early development of atherosclerosis. The current study was designed to access the association between coronary microvascular function and VV density in patients undergoing cardiac catheterization. Twenty-four patients with early coronary artery disease underwent endothelium-dependent (coronary blood flow, CBF) and endothelium-independent (coronary flow velocity reserve, CFVR) coronary microvascular function testing, and optical coherence tomography (OCT) imaging of the left anterior descending coronary artery (LAD). Using an intracoronary Doppler guidewire, CBF was examined by evaluating changes in blood flow in response to acetylcholine and CFVR in response to adenosine. VV density (VV volume/vessel volume × 100, %VV) of the proximal 10 mm of the LAD was quantified by OCT. The median values (Q1, Q3) of CFVR, % changes in CBF in response to acetylcholine, and the %VV were 2.70 (2.30, 2.90), -16.82 (-42.34, 54.52), and 2.62 (2.35, 3.35), respectively. %VV correlated inversely with CBF (r = -0.614, p = 0.001) and directly with CFVR (r = 0.423, p = 0.040). Multivariate analysis showed that only %VV was significantly correlated with CBF and the association was independent of other clinical variables, Framingham risk score, body mass index, and a family history of coronary heart disease. This study demonstrates that VV density has negative correlation with endothelium-dependent microvascular function in patients with early coronary atherosclerosis. These observations link adventitial VV structure and function to microvascular dysfunction in early coronary atherosclerosis. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  1. Reversible myocardial dysfunction after cardiopulmonary resuscitation.

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    Ruiz-Bailén, Manuel; Aguayo de Hoyos, Eduardo; Ruiz-Navarro, Silvia; Díaz-Castellanos, Miguel Angel; Rucabado-Aguilar, Luis; Gómez-Jiménez, Francisco Javier; Martínez-Escobar, Sergio; Moreno, Rafael Melgares; Fierro-Rosón, Javier

    2005-08-01

    Myocardial stunning frequently has been described in patients with an acute coronary syndrome. Recently, it has also been described in critically ill patients without ischaemic heart disease. It is possible that the most severe form of any syndrome, leading to cardio-respiratory arrest, may cause myocardial stunning. Myocardial stunning appears to have been demonstrated in experimental studies, though this phenomenon has not been sufficiently studied in human models. The aim of the present work has been to study and describe the possible development of myocardial dysfunction in patients resuscitated after cardio-respiratory arrest, in the absence of acute or previous coronary artery disease. Descriptive study of a case series. The intensive care unit (ICU) of a provincial hospital. The study period was from April 1999 to June 2001. All patients admitted to the ICU with critical, non-coronary artery pathology, with no past history of cardiac disease, and those who were resuscitated after cardio-respiratory arrest, were included in the study. Transthoracic and transoesophageal echocardiography was used to assess left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and disturbances of segmental contractility. This study was carried out within the first 24h after admission, during the first week, during the second or third week, after 1 month, and between 3 and 6 months. Twenty-nine patients with a median age of 65 years (range 24--76) were included in the study. Twelve patients died. Twenty patients developed myocardial dysfunction; the initial LVEF in these patients was 0.28 (0.12--0.51), showing improvement over time in the patients who survived. All of these patients presented disturbances of segmental contractility which also became normal over time. After successful CPR, reversible myocardial dysfunction, consisting of systolic myocardial dysfunction and disturbances of segmental contractility, may occur.

  2. TECA (Titrated Extract of Centella Asiatica): new microcirculatory, biomolecular, and vascular application in preventive and clinical medicine. A status paper.

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    Belcaro, G; Maquart, F-X; Scoccianti, M; Dugall, M; Hosoi, M; Cesarone, M R; Luzzi, R; Cornelli, U; Ledda, A; Feragalli, B

    2011-09-01

    Plant-derived elements used for pharmacological applications constitute an increasing research field. Centella asiatica is widely used mainly as an extract (TECA). Triterpenic fractions, the primary constituents of Centella asiatica, produce a wide range of preventive and therapeutic effects. The modulation of collagen production and deposition in wound healing is of primary importance. TECA is also used to treat several microcirculatory problems, inflammatory skin conditions (leprosy, lupus, varicose ulcers, eczema, atopic dermatitis, psoriasis) and also intestinal problems, fever, amenorrhea and genitourinary conditions. Cognitive functions, anxiety and mental impairment may be also affected by TECA administration. New applications in neurology include nerve growth factor enhancement and applications in neurological degenerative conditions. Interaction with other products is also indicated in this document. The multiplicity of actions of TECA is associated to six important mechanisms, all inter-connected and modulating each other: 1) edema - and capillary filtration - control; 2) a strong antioxidant power, effective on several forms of oxidative stress associated to inflammation or infections and synergic with other antioxidant products; 3) an anti-inflammatory action; 4) a modulation of the collagen production avoiding slower scarring or faster, hyperthrophic scarring and cheloids; 5) a modulating action of local growth factors; 6) a modulation of angiogenesis. This "status" paper - resulting from an expert meeting held in Cobham, Surrey, indicates most of the therapeutic potential of TECA, still to be explored in further studies. The status paper constitutes the basis for a consensus document on TECA to be developed in the next future. This "status" paper opens a new window on an ancient but still partially unexplored product that may become an important value in prevention and treatment of several pre-clinical and risk conditions and in clinically significant

  3. Evaluating adaptation options of microcirculatory-tissue systems based on the physiological link of nutritive blood flow and redox ratio

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    Krupatkin, Alexander I.; Sidorov, Victor V.; Dremin, Victor V.; Dunaev, Andrey V.; Novikova, Irina N.; Zhu, Simian; Nabi, Ghulam; Litvinova, Karina S.; Baklanova, Anastasia P.; Bakshaliev, Ruslan M.; Ravcheev, Sergey A.

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    Fluorescent spectroscopy (FS) is becoming more widely used in chemistry, biology, in various fields of medical technology and medicine in general. Many purulent wounds, burns and other destructive inflammatory processes are accompanied by changes in the fluorescent activity of the tissues, which occurs due to a misbalance in accumulation of natural fluorophores: FAD, NADH, lipofuscin, porphyrins, structural proteins, etc. The study of redox ratio (RR), characterizing the metabolic processes, is important in the assessment of the metabolic activity ofmicrocirculatory-tissue systems (MTS). However, one of the big problems of the FS method is still the correct interpretation of the data and the development of practical methods for its application in clinical medicine. To solve this problem and create new diagnostic criteria, we propose to evaluate the adaptive capacity of MTS using indicators of links between nutritive blood flow and redox ratio during a physiological rest and functional load (occlusion test). As is known, these parameters (RR and nutritive blood flow) characterize the metabolic activity of tissues.We have performedan experimental study of the relationship between the RR, defined by FS, and nutritive blood flow, defined by the methods of laser Doppler flowmetry. Preliminary results in the study of a complex approach to diagnosis of the state of biological tissue were obtained. A positive relationship between the nutritive blood flow in the microcirculatory channel and RR of skin tissue is observed.The speed of change of metabolism in the phase of occlusion and reperfusion and duration of phase of recovery may be the criteria for adaptive capabilities of MTS, which has practical significance for physiology and medicine.

  4. Coronary artery disease (image)

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  5. Counseling the Coronary Patient

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    Semmler, Caryl; Semmler, Maynard

    1974-01-01

    The article discusses counseling sessions designed to a) help the coronary patient adjust to cardiovascular disease, b) diminish patient anxieties and fears, and c) educate the patient and family members on controlling risk factors to deter another coronary attack. (JS)

  6. Diabetic cardiac autonomic dysfunction. Parasympathetic versus sympathetic

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    Uehara, Akihiko; Kurata, Chinori; Sugi, Toshihiko; Mikami, Tadashi; Shouda, Sakae [Hamamatsu Univ. School of Medicine, Shizuoka (Japan)

    1999-04-01

    Diabetic cardiac autonomic dysfunction often causes lethal arrhythmia and sudden cardiac death. {sup 123}I-Metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) can evaluate cardiac sympathetic dysfunction, and analysis of heart rate variability (HRV) can reflect cardiac parasympathetic activity. We examined whether cardiac parasympathetic dysfunction assessed by HRV may correlate with sympathetic dysfunction assessed by MIBG in diabetic patients. In 24-hour electrocardiography, we analyzed 4 HRV parameters: high-frequency power (HF), HF in the early morning (EMHF), rMSSD and pNN50. MIBG planar images and SPECT were obtained 15 minutes (early) and 150 minutes (late) after injection and the heart washout rate was calculated. The defect score in 9 left ventricular regions was scored on a 4 point scale (0=normal - 3=severe defect). In 20 selected diabetic patients without congestive heart failure, coronary artery disease and renal failure, parasympathetic HRV parameters had a negative correlation with the sum of defect scores (DS) in the late images (R=-0.47 to -0.59, p<0.05) and some parameters had a negative correlation with the washout rate (R=-0.50 to -0.55, p<0.05). In a total of 64 diabetic patients also, these parameters had a negative correlation with late DS (R=-0.28 to -0.35, p<0.05) and early DS (R=-0.27 to -0.32, p<0.05). The progress of diabetic cardiac parasympathetic dysfunction may parallel the sympathetic one. (author)

  7. GST polymorphisms and early-onset coronary artery disease in ...

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    Background. Glutathione S-transferases (GSTs) detoxify environmental agents which influence the onset and progression of disease. Dysfunctional detoxification enzymes are responsible for prolonged exposure to reactive molecules and can contribute to endothelial damage, an underlying factor in coronary artery disease ...

  8. RESEARCH GST polymorphisms and early-onset coronary artery ...

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    Dysfunctional detoxification enzymes are responsible for prolonged exposure to reactive molecules and can contribute to endothelial damage, an underlying factor in coronary artery disease (CAD). Objectives. We aimed to assess 2 common polymorphic variant isoforms in GSTM1 and GSTP1 of GST in young CAD patients ...

  9. Peripheral Reactive Hyperemia Index and Coronary Microvascular Function in Women With no Obstructive CAD

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

    2016-01-01

    not identify individuals with CMD assessed as impaired CFVR by dipyridamole stress echocardiography in women with no obstructive coronary artery disease. The two methods are likely to identify different aspects of vascular pathology, as indicated by the different association with cardiovascular risk factors.......OBJECTIVES: This study investigated whether digital reactive hyperemia index (RHI) measured by digital pulse amplitude tonometry is a sensitive indicator of coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD). BACKGROUND: CMD is an early marker of cardiovascular disease. However, CMD is a complex diagnosis...... and consists of multiple abnormalities of the coronary circulation. Impaired RHI is a noninvasive measure of peripheral vascular dysfunction that can identify individuals with acetylcholine induced coronary vascular dysfunction. It is largely unknown whether there is also an association between RHI...

  10. Acute Coronary Syndromes: From The Laboratory Markers To The Coronary Vessels

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    Palazzuoli Alberto

    2006-01-01

    Full Text Available A number of "interesting" risk markers have been proposed as providing prognostic information in acute coronary syndromes (ACS. Elevation in plasma inflammatory and necrosis biomarkers have been related to future cardiovascular events in individuals with or without prior myocardial infarction. Recently BNP and pro-BNP are entered in clinical practice to recognize patients at major risk, providing incremental information respect to the traditional markers. Together with these laboratory indexes, a few of promising laboratory markers once easily available, could become useful in identification of patients at high risk. Several studies evaluated many markers of platelet aggregation, endothelial dysfunction and vascular thrombosis, but it is not yet clear whether each of the proposed markers may provide incremental predictive information. We describe, following the most studies reported in literature, the laboratory markers with potential clinical and prognostic power that could early help physicians in the identifi cation of patients with impaired coronary disease and more narrowed coronary arteries.

  11. Noninvasive assessment of coronary microvascular function in women at risk for ischaemic heart disease.

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    Campisi, R

    2008-02-01

    The primary objective of the current review is to describe the assessment of coronary microvascular function by noninvasive imaging techniques in women at risk for and with ischaemic heart disease (IHD). The search criteria were the analyses of the related bibliography published in PUBMED database. Normal or minimal obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) at angiography is a common finding in women with signs of ischaemia. Up to 50% of them will have coronary microvascular dysfunction, suggesting that the mechanism of ischaemia may be localised at coronary microcirculation level. Noninvasive measurements of coronary microvascular function can be performed by radionuclide techniques. In particular, positron emission tomography (PET) measures myocardial blood flow (MBF) not only relatively but also in absolute units. Thus, PET offers the possibility to uncover microvascular dysfunction even in patients without obstructive CAD. PET-derived estimates of MBF showed an abnormal coronary microvascular function in women with chest pain and non-obstructive CAD and in women with high-risk conditions for CAD. Interestingly, there is a relationship between an abnormal coronary vascular function and adverse cardiovascular outcomes. In particular, this significant relationship was observed with measurements related to endothelial function. Recent evidence suggests that vascular dysfunction plays a central role as an estimator of outcomes in women at risk for or with IHD. Therefore, assessment of coronary vascular function in these women appears to be of clinical relevance. Whether such evaluation may have an impact to reduce cardiac events needs further investigation.

  12. The Effect of Elective Percutaneous Coronary Intervention of the Right Coronary Artery on Right Ventricular Function

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    Full Text Available Background: Right Ventricular (RV dysfunction has been introduced as a predictor of mortality in acute myocardial infarction. Objectives: This study aimed to investigate the effect of right coronary revascularization on systolic and diastolic RV dysfunction. Patients and Methods: This study was conducted on unstable angina patients who were candidate for elective Percutaneous Revascularization Intervention (PCI on the right coronary artery. The participants were initially evaluated by transthoracic echocardiography and tissue Doppler imaging prior to PCI and the RV function parameters were assessed. Echocardiography was repeated two months after PCI and the results were compared with baseline. Paired t-test was used to compare the pre- and post-procedural measurements. Besides, Pearson’s correlation was used to find out the linear association between the RV function parameters and Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF. P value < 0.05 was considered as statistically significant. Results: This study was conducted on 30 patients (mean age = 60.00 ± 8.44 years; 24 [80%] males. In the pre-procedural echocardiography, 15 patients (50% had normal RV function, 14 patients (46.7% had grade-1 RV dysfunction, and only 1 patient (3.3% had grade-2 RV dysfunction. Following PCI, however, all the patients had normal systolic and diastolic RV functions. Comparison of echocardiographic RV function parameters showed an improvement in both systolic and diastolic functional parameters of the RV. Nonetheless, no significant correlation was observed between these parameters and Left Ventricular (LV function. Conclusions:: A significant improvement was found in RV function, but not LV function, after right coronary PCI. Revascularization of the right coronary artery may be beneficial for the patients who suffer from RV failure due to ischemia

  13. Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction

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    .org Posterior Tibial Tendon Dysfunction Page ( 1 ) Posterior tibial tendon dysfunction is one of the most common problems of the foot and ankle. It occurs when the posterior tibial tendon becomes inflamed or torn. As a result, the ...

  14. Female Sexual Dysfunction

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    ... medically as female sexual dysfunction. Many women experience problems with sexual function at some point. Female sexual dysfunction can occur at any stage of life. It can be lifelong or be acquired later in life. It can ...

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

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

    2015-01-01

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

  16. Endothelial dysfunction: cardiovascular risk factors, therapy, and outcome

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    Hadi AR Hadi

    2005-10-01

    Full Text Available Hadi AR Hadi, Cornelia S Carr, Jassim Al SuwaidiDepartment of Cardiology and Cardiovascular Surgery, Hamad General Hospital – Hamad Medical Corporation, Doha, State of QatarAbstract: Endothelial dysfunction is a well established response to cardiovascular risk factors and precedes the development of atherosclerosis. Endothelial dysfunction is involved in lesion formation by the promotion of both the early and late mechanisms of atherosclerosis including up-regulation of adhesion molecules, increased chemokine secretion and leukocyte adherence, increased cell permeability, enhanced low-density lipoprotein oxidation, platelet activation, cytokine elaboration, and vascular smooth muscle cell proliferation and migration. Endothelial dysfunction is a term that covers diminished production/availability of nitric oxide and/or an imbalance in the relative contribution of endothelium-derived relaxing and contracting factors. Also, when cardiovascular risk factors are treated the endothelial dysfunction is reversed and it is an independent predictor of cardiac events. We review the literature concerning endothelial dysfunction in regard to its pathogenesis, treatment, and outcome.Keywords: endothelial dysfunction, coronary atherosclerosis, coronary artery disease

  17. [Aftermaths of lesions of coronary arteries in Kawasaki disease].

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    Vostokova, A A; Grunina, E A; Klemenov, A V

    2016-01-01

    Kawasaki disease, also known as cutaneous-mucous-glandular mucocutaneous glandular syndrome, is acute systemic vasculitis of small-to-medium calibre arteries, frequently involving coronary arteries, affect almost exceptionally children, with reports concerning cases of Kawasaki syndrome in 20-to-30-year-old adults being extremely rare. The most serious manifestation of Kawasaki disease is coronaritis and formation of coronary artery aneurysms. The dynamics of the formed coronary aneurysms and, consequently, the fate of patients may be different. Thrombosis of an aneurysm in the early period of the disease and stenosing of the affected coronary artery later on present possible complications of Kawasaki disease and potential causes of myocardial infection in young adults. Increased risk of coronary artery thromboses in Kawasaki disease is conditioned by a decrease in velocity of blood flow and its turbulent pattern in the aneurysms, endothelial dysfunction due to currently existing or endured coronaritis and thrombocytosis typical of this pathology. Predisposing factors of coronary artery stenosing are unfavourable haemodynamic conditions appearing at the sites of the "entry" and "exit" of the aneurysm. Described herein are two case reports of myocardial infarction, one of which being a complication of an acute case of Kawasaki disease in a 29-year-old patient, with the second one being a consequence of coronary artery stenosing in a 25-year-old patient who had endured Kawasaki disease in his childhood.

  18. Functional and structural adaptations of coronary microvessels distal to a chronic coronary artery stenosis.

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    Sorop, Oana; Merkus, Daphne; de Beer, Vincent J; Houweling, Birgit; Pistea, Adrian; McFalls, Edward O; Boomsma, Frans; van Beusekom, Heleen M; van der Giessen, Wim J; VanBavel, Ed; Duncker, Dirk J

    2008-04-11

    Distal to a chronic coronary artery stenosis, structural remodeling of the microvasculature occurs. The microvascular functional changes distal to the stenosis have not been studied in detail. We tested the hypothesis that microvascular structural remodeling is accompanied by altered regulation of coronary vasomotor tone with increased responsiveness to endothelin-1. Vasomotor tone was studied in coronary microvessels from healthy control swine and from swine 3 to 4 months after implantation of an occluder that causes a progressive coronary narrowing, resulting in regional left ventricular dysfunction and blunted myocardial vasodilator reserve. Arterioles (approximately 200-microm passive inner diameter at 60 mm Hg) were isolated from regions perfused by the stenotic left anterior descending and normal left circumflex coronary arteries and studied in vitro. Passive pressure-diameter curves demonstrated reduced distensibility of subendocardial left anterior descending compared with subendocardial left circumflex or control arterioles, suggestive of structural remodeling. Myogenic responses were blunted in subendocardial left anterior descending compared with left circumflex arterioles, reflecting altered smooth muscle function. However, vasodilator responses to nitroprusside and bradykinin were not different in the endocardium, suggesting preserved endothelium and smooth muscle responsiveness. Finally, vasoconstrictor responses to endothelin-1 were enhanced in left anterior descending arterioles compared with left circumflex or control arterioles. Regional myocardial vascular conductance responses to bradykinin and endothelin in vivo confirmed the in vitro observations. In conclusion, inward remodeling of coronary microvessels distal to a stenosis is accompanied by exaggerated vasoconstrictor responses to endothelin-1. These structural and functional alterations may aggravate flow abnormalities distal to a chronic coronary artery stenosis.

  19. Asymptomatic Right Coronary Artery-to-Pulmonary Artery Fistula Incidentally Detected by Transthoracic Echocardiography.

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    Lim, Woo-Hyun; Kang, Si-Hyuck; Jeon, Kihyun; Cho, Iksung; Kim, Kyung-Hee; Hwang, Sung-Wook; Kim, Hyung-Kwan; Sohn, Dae-Won

    2009-09-01

    In this case report, we describe a 71-year-old woman with right conal coronary artery-to-pulmonary trunk fistula. She visited the outpatient clinic of the nephrology department for long-term management of renal dysfunction. On transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) conducted as a part of cardiac evaluation, an abnormal Doppler color flow taking a course toward echocardiographic probe was incidentally detected outside the main pulmonary trunk, giving an impression of congenital coronary arteriovenous (AV) fistula. Computed tomography coronary angiography confirmed the presence of congenital coronary AV fistula from a conal branch of the right coronary artery to the main pulmonary trunk in the form of a ground cherry. Although the direction of Doppler color flow is not usual (i.e. toward, not away from, echocardiographic probe) in this case, congenital coronary AV fistula should be in the first priority among potential diagnoses when an abnormal Doppler color flow was found near the main pulmonary trunk on TTE.

  20. Thyroid Function after Coronary Angiography and Angioplasty

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    N Y Sviridenko

    2007-06-01

    Full Text Available The issue of this study was the investigation of the frequency of the thyroid functional disorders after administration of the iodine-containing contrast media in patients located in iodine deficient region. 146 patients were examined, before and after the coronary angiography. Initially, the high frequency of the thyroid pathology was discovered (39%. The thyroid functional state and the urinary iodine excretion were estimated before and 1, 3, 6 and 12 months after the study. During 1 month after the coronary angiography several cases of thyrotoxicosis and hypothyroidism relapse were fixed, and also the deterioration of the course of the already present thyroid functional disorders was registered. The patients with the initial pathology and the thyroid functional disorders should be included into the risk group by the development of the iodine induced thyroid dysfunction.

  1. Severe familial hypercholesterolemia impairs the regulation of coronary blood flow and oxygen supply during exercise.

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    Bender, Shawn B; de Beer, Vincent J; Tharp, Darla L; Bowles, Douglas K; Laughlin, M Harold; Merkus, Daphne; Duncker, Dirk J

    2016-11-01

    Accelerated development of coronary atherosclerosis is a defining characteristic of familial hypercholesterolemia (FH). However, the recent data highlight a significant cardiovascular risk prior to the development of critical coronary stenosis. We, therefore, examined the hypothesis that FH produces coronary microvascular dysfunction and impairs coronary vascular control at rest and during exercise in a swine model of FH. Coronary vascular responses to drug infusions and exercise were examined in chronically instrumented control and FH swine. FH swine exhibited ~tenfold elevation of plasma cholesterol and diffuse coronary atherosclerosis (20-60 % plaque burden). Similar to our recent findings in the systemic vasculature in FH swine, coronary smooth muscle nitric oxide sensitivity was increased in vivo and in vitro with maintained endothelium-dependent vasodilation in vivo in FH. At rest and during exercise, FH swine exhibited increased myocardial O2 extraction resulting in reduced coronary venous SO2 and PO2 versus control. During exercise in FH swine, the transmural distribution of coronary blood flow was unchanged; however, a shift toward anaerobic cardiac metabolism was revealed by increased coronary arteriovenous H(+) concentration gradient. This shift was associated with a worsening of cardiac efficiency (relationship between cardiac work and O2 consumption) in FH during exercise owing, in part, to a generalized reduction in stroke volume which was associated with increased left atrial pressure in FH. Our data highlight a critical role for coronary microvascular dysfunction as a contributor to impaired myocardial O2 balance, cardiac ischemia, and impaired cardiac function prior to the development of critical coronary stenosis in FH.

  2. [Higher Brain Dysfunction].

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    Kashima, Haruo

    2015-01-01

    The technical term "higher brain dysfunction" is used widely in Japan. However, it is not always clear what "higher" means. The author thinks that the term "higher" is understood as being associated with a meaning. In this article, the differences between higher brain dysfunctions and elementary brain dysfunctions are discussed from the point of view of lesion localization and the consistency of symptoms. The psychiatric approach is indispensable for the assessment of higher brain dysfunction. A simple test for mild Alzheimer-type dementia is also introduced.

  3. Erectile dysfunction as a predictive factor for coronary artery disease

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    Amr A. Youssef

    2013-06-01

    Conclusion: ED is frequently present in CAD patients and frequently comes before the onset of CAD symptoms, representing an early warning sign for latent ischemic heart disease. Severity of ED is related to severity of CAD.

  4. Aortic Valve Stenosis and Left Main Coronary Disease: Hybrid Approach.

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    Al-Amodi, Hussein A; Alhabib, Hamad F; St-Amand, Marc; Iglesias, Ivan; Teefy, Patrick; Chu, Michael W A; Kiaii, Bob

    2015-01-01

    We describe a technique of combined transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR), off-pump single coronary artery bypass, and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in a high-risk patient presenting with unstable angina and severe heart failure. This patient had documented moderate to severe aortic stenosis, left ventricular dysfunction, and a heavily calcified ascending aorta. A robotic-assisted left internal thoracic artery harvesting was aborted owing to inability to tolerate single-lung ventilation. A median sternotomy was done, then successful off-pump single-vessel bypass, PCI, and TAVR were achieved. The patient recovered and was discharged from hospital in stable condition.

  5. Coronary vasomotor responses to isometric handgrip exercise are primarily mediated by nitric oxide: a noninvasive MRI test of coronary endothelial function.

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    Hays, Allison G; Iantorno, Micaela; Soleimanifard, Sahar; Steinberg, Angela; Schär, Michael; Gerstenblith, Gary; Stuber, Matthias; Weiss, Robert G

    2015-06-01

    Endothelial cell release of nitric oxide (NO) is a defining characteristic of nondiseased arteries, and abnormal endothelial NO release is both a marker of early atherosclerosis and a predictor of its progression and future events. Healthy coronaries respond to endothelial-dependent stressors with vasodilatation and increased coronary blood flow (CBF), but those with endothelial dysfunction respond with paradoxical vasoconstriction and reduced CBF. Recently, coronary MRI and isometric handgrip exercise (IHE) were reported to noninvasively quantify coronary endothelial function (CEF). However, it is not known whether the coronary response to IHE is actually mediated by NO and/or whether it is reproducible over weeks. To determine the contribution of NO, we studied the coronary response to IHE before and during infusion of N(G)-monomethyl-l-arginine (l-NMMA, 0.3 mg·kg(-1)·min(-1)), a NO-synthase inhibitor, in healthy volunteers. For reproducibility, we performed two MRI-IHE studies ~8 wk apart in healthy subjects and patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Changes from rest to IHE in coronary cross-sectional area (%CSA) and diastolic CBF (%CBF) were quantified. l-NMMA completely blocked normal coronary vasodilation during IHE [%CSA, 12.9 ± 2.5 (mean ± SE, placebo) vs. -0.3 ± 1.6% (l-NMMA); P exam of NO-mediated CEF promises to be useful for studying CAD pathogenesis in low-risk populations and for evaluating translational strategies designed to alter CAD in patients.

  6. Amygdalin improves microcirculatory disturbance and attenuates pancreatic fibrosis by regulating the expression of endothelin-1 and calcitonin gene-related peptide in rats.

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    Zhang, Xiangqun; Hu, Jiangong; Zhuo, Yuzhen; Cui, Lihua; Li, Caixia; Cui, Naiqiang; Zhang, Shukun

    2017-11-09

    The pathogenesis of chronic pancreatitis (CP) is a complex process of interaction between tissue injury and repair, which involves microcirculatory disturbance. Amygdalin, an effective component extracted from Semen Persicae (a kind of Chinese herbal medicine), can decrease blood viscosity and improve microcirculation. In this study, we investigated the therapeutic effects of amygdalin on pancreatic fibrosis in rats with CP. The rat CP model was induced by injecting dibutyltin dichloride (DBTC) into the right caudal vein. Amygdalin was administrated via the penile vein at a dose of 10 mg/(kg d) from the next day, after the induction of CP, once a day for the previous 3 days, and then once every 2 days, until the end of the experiment. Body weight was observed every 7 days. Pancreatic blood flow and histopathological changes were assessed at 28 days. The activation of pancreatic stellate cells (PSCs) was estimated by the expression of α-smooth muscle actin (α-SMA). At the same time, the expression of platelet-derived growth factor-BB (PDGF-BB), transforming growth factor β-1 (TGFβ-1), endothelin-1 (ET-1), and calcitonin gene-related peptide (CGRP) of pancreatic tissues were detected. Treatment of CP rats with amygdalin improved body weight and pancreatic blood flow, as well as alleviated pancreatic fibrosis and acinar destruction, accompanied by the down-regulation of the expressions of α-SMA, PDGF-BB, TGFβ-1, and ET-1, and the up-regulation of the CGRP's expression. Amygdalin could reduce the production of pro-fibrotic cytokines, inhibit the activation of PSCs, and attenuate pancreatic fibrosis in a rat with CP. The mechanism probably includes improving microcirculatory disturbance by regulating the production of ET-1 and CGRP. Copyright © 2017. Published by Elsevier Taiwan LLC.

  7. Pathophysiology of Coronary Collaterals#

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    Stoller, Michael; Seiler, Christian

    2014-01-01

    While the existence of structural adaptation of coronary anastomoses is undisputed, the potential of coronary collaterals to be capable of functional adaptation has been questioned. For many years, collateral vessels were thought to be rigid tubes allowing only limited blood flow governed by the pressure gradient across them. This concept was consistent with the notion that although collaterals could provide adequate blood flow to maintain resting levels, they would be unable to increase blood flow sufficiently in situations of increased myocardial oxygen demand. However, more recent studies have demonstrated the capability of the collateral circulation to deliver sufficient blood flow even during exertion or pharmacologic stress. Moreover, it has been shown that increases in collateral flow could be attributed directly to collateral vasomotion. This review summarizes the pathophysiology of the coronary collateral circulation, ie the functional adapation of coronary collaterals to acute alterations in the coronary circulation. PMID:23701025

  8. [Is coronary artery disease different in women].

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    Leclercq, Florence

    2010-02-01

    Coronary disease is the leading cause of death in women, responsible for 2-4 times more deaths than breast cancer. The clinical picture of coronary heart disease in women is often different than that in men, evidence of a particular pathophysiology: it is most often identified when acute, as non-ST-elevated acute coronary syndrome, and involves a higher frequency than among men of normal coronary arteries, microvascular damage, and endothelial dysfunction. The risk factors for woman are also distinctive: a higher risk profile, older age, and higher frequency of lack of exercise and its consequences (abdominal obesity, metabolic syndrome, diabetes). Smoking is a major risk factor in young women. Stress tests are less useful for diagnosis in women than in men, essentially because of the higher rate of false positives. On the other hand, the diagnostic value of myocardial scintigraphy and stress ultrasound testing differs little from that in men. Coronary revascularization by angioplasty or bypass classically yields poorer results in women than men, probably because of their smaller arteries. These differences are nonetheless fading as techniques improve. The impact of active stents in women remains to be determined. The prognosis of myocardial infarction in women remains poorer than in men, but appropriate and early management, especially by angioplasty, seems to be smoothing out this difference in recent studies. Women on the whole receive less good treatment than men (delayed management and less frequent drug and interventional treatment), which contributes to their poorer prognosis. Simple means of prevention have proved effective in women: regular physical activity thus reduces the risk of infarction by 50% (and also reduces the incidence of diabetes); the effect of aspirin as primary prevention remains controversial. Copyright 2010. Published by Elsevier Masson SAS.

  9. DISTURBANCES OF THE VASCULAR THROMBOCYTE MECHANISM OF HEMOSTASIS IN PATHOGENESIS OF THE MICROCIRCULATORY DISORDERS IN RAPIDLY PROGRESSIVE PERIODONTITIS

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    I.N. Karpenko

    2008-03-01

    Full Text Available In modern stomatology the problem ofatypicalforms ofinflammatoryperiodontaldiseases origination, namely of rapidly progressive periodontitis (RPP, has got special importance due to its widespread. The article presents one of the impotant parts of the pathogenesis- the disturbance of microcirculation processes caused by the decrease of blood clot resistencyofa vascularwall in pathogenesis ofmicrocirculatori disorders in patients with RPP. These disturbances are predetermined by endothelial dysfunction with the subsequent degradation of the clinical presentation of disease, the stomatologic status and quality of patients life.

  10. [Transient apical dysfunction syndrome (Tako-Tsubo) simulating acute myocardial infarction].

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    Carrero Lérida, M J; Mariscal Cerrato, M C; Dávila Arias, C; López Ruiz, A; Caballero Güeto, J

    2011-01-01

    Transient apical dysfunction syndrome (TADS) is frequently misdiagnosed as an acute coronary syndrome (ACS). It is characterized by electrocardiographic alterations and elevated myocardial necrosis markers, accompanied by hypokinesia, akinesia or anteroapical dyskinesia, in absence of significant coronary disorders. It generally resolves in days or weeks with individualized support measures. We present the case of a female patient referred to our service for a myocardial perfusion imaging study due to a history suggestive of an acute coronary syndrome after a stressful event. Copyright © 2010 Elsevier España, S.L. y SEMNIM. All rights reserved.

  11. Woven Coronary Artery Anomaly Associated with Acute Coronary Syndrome

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

    2013-01-01

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

  12. CT coronary angiography vs. invasive coronary angiography in CHD

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    Anja Hagen; Schönermark, Matthias P.; Vitali Gorenoi

    2012-01-01

    Scientific background Various diagnostic tests including conventional invasive coronary angiography and non-invasive computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography are used in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD). Research questions The present report aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy, diagnostic accuracy, prognostic value cost-effectiveness as well as the ethical, social and legal implications of CT coronary angiography versus invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of C...

  13. Spontaneous coronary artery dissection: A retrospective analysis of 19,676 coronary angiograms

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    Dinesha Basavanna

    2017-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim: Spontaneous coronary artery dissection (SCAD is a rare cause of angina, myocardial infarction (MI, and sudden cardiac death (SCD and may frequently manifest as acute coronary syndrome (ACS. The diagnosis of SCAD relies on angiographic visualization of a radiolucent intimal flap. Therapeutic options include medical therapy, percutaneous coronary interventions, and bypass surgery. The aim of this study is to analyze the clinical profile, inhospital outcomes, management, and follow-up of patients with angiographic SCAD. Methods: About 19,676 diagnostic coronary angiograms (CAGs were reviewed retrospectively during a 2-year period; 64 patients had SCAD and were included in the study. Complete medical histories before and during the event as well as treatment regimens were obtained from patients' hospital files. Results: A total of 64 cases of SCAD were considered for the study within an age range of 25–70 years. Fifty-eight patients presented with ACS, two patients presented with unstable angina, one patient presented with rheumatic mitral stenosis in atrial fibrillation, one patient presented with non-ST-elevation myocardial infarction, one patient with dilated cardiomyopathy with left ventricular dysfunction, and one patient with effort. Out of 64 patients, four patients died and the average hospital stay is 3–5 days. Conclusion: SCAD occurs in 0.32% of patients undergoing CAG for evaluation of coronary artery disease. Majority of SCAD occurs in men. The left coronary artery is most commonly affected. The inhospital outcomes are good. Most of the patients with SCAD have good prognosis following optimal medical therapy.

  14. The Association between Left Verticle Diastolic Dysfunction and Endothelial Dysfunction and the Result of Stress Myocardial SPECT in Asymptomatic Patients with Type 2 Diabetes

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    Charvát, J.; Michalová, K.; Chlumský, J.; Valenta, Zdeněk; Kvapil, M.

    2005-01-01

    Roč. 33, - (2005), s. 473-482 ISSN 0300-0605 Institutional research plan: CEZ:AV0Z10300504 Keywords : coronary heart disease * type 2 diabetes mellitus * left ventricular diastolic dysfunction * left ventricular hyperthropy * stress myocardial SPECT Subject RIV: FA - Cardiovascular Diseases incl. Cardiotharic Surgery Impact factor: 0.653, year: 2005

  15. The effects of conventional extracorporeal circulation versus miniaturized extracorporeal circulation on microcirculation during cardiopulmonary bypass-assisted coronary artery bypass graft surgery.

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    Yuruk, Koray; Bezemer, Rick; Euser, Mariska; Milstein, Dan M J; de Geus, Hilde H R; Scholten, Evert W; de Mol, Bas A J M; Ince, Can

    2012-09-01

    OBJECTIVES To reduce the complications associated with cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) during cardiac surgery, many modifications have been made to conventional extracorporeal circulation systems. This trend has led to the development of miniaturized extracorporeal circulation systems. Cardiac surgery using conventional extracorporeal circulation systems has been associated with significantly reduced microcirculatory perfusion, but it remains unknown whether this could be prevented by an mECC system. Here, we aimed to test the hypothesis that microcirculatory perfusion decreases with the use of a conventional extracorporeal circulation system and would be preserved with the use of an miniaturized extracorporeal circulation system. METHODS Microcirculatory density and perfusion were assessed using sublingual side stream dark-field imaging in patients undergoing on-pump coronary artery bypass graft (CABG) surgery before, during and after the use of either a conventional extracorporeal circulation system (n = 10) or a miniaturized extracorporeal circulation system (n = 10). In addition, plasma neutrophil gelatinase-associated lipocalin and creatinine levels and creatinine clearance were assessed up to 5 days post-surgery to monitor renal function. RESULTS At the end of the CPB, one patient in the miniaturized extracorporeal circulation-treated group and five patients in the conventional extracorporeal circulation-treated group received one bag of packed red blood cells (300 ml). During the CPB, the haematocrit and haemoglobin levels were slightly higher in the miniaturized extracorporeal circulation-treated patients compared with the conventional extracorporeal circulation-treated patients (27.7 ± 3.3 vs 24.7 ± 2.0%; P = 0.03; and 6.42 ± 0.75 vs 5.41 ± 0.64 mmol/l; P circulation-treated group from 16.4 ± 3.8 to 12.8 ± 3.3 mm/mm(2) (P circulation-treated group (16.3 ± 2.7 and 15.2 ± 2.9 mm/mm(2) before and during the pump, respectively). Plasma neutrophil

  16. Coronary artery fistulas

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    V. M. Subbotin

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery fistulas are classified as abnormalities of termination and referred to as major congenital anomalies. Most coronary artery fistulas are small, unaccompanied by clinical symptoms, and diagnosed by echocardiography or coronarography performed for an unrelated cause. Such fistulas usually do not cause any complications and can spontaneously resolve. However, larger fistulas are usually >3 tones the size of a normal caliber of a coronary artery and may give rise to clinical symptoms in these cases. The clinical symptoms of coronary artery fistulas may mimic those of various heart diseases depending on which chamber a fistula drains into. Most fistulas are congenital. Congenital coronary artery fistulas may occur as an isolated malformation or be concurrent with other cardiac anomalies, more frequently with critical pulmonary stenosis or atresia with an intact interventricular septum and pulmonary stenoses, Fallot's tetralogy, aortic coarctation, and left heart hypoplasia. When choosing a treatment modality, one should take into account the number of fistula communications, the feeding vessel, localization of drainage, degree of myocardial damage, and hemodynamic relevance of the shunt caused by the presence of a fistula. The goal of treatment is to obliterate a fistula by preserving normal coronary blood flow. The risk for persisting fistula should be balanced with the potential risk of complications related to a procedure of coronarography and fistula occlusion. Percutaneous transcatheter coil occlusion of coronary artery fistulas is the modality of choice in children with the suitable anatomy of fistula communications and without concomitant congenital heart diseases.

  17. Effect of changes in contractility on the index of myocardial performance in the dysfunctional left ventricle

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    2006-01-01

    Abstract Background The index of myocardial performance has prognostic power in patients with cardiomyopathy and following myocardial infarction. As the index of myocardial performance has been shown to be preload and afterload dependent, the effect of altering contractility on IMP and its components with left ventricular dysfunction has been incompletely delineated. Methods Chronic left ventricular dysfunction was induced in 10 canines using coronary microsphere embolization. Each dog was in...

  18. Direct relationship between levels of TNF-α expression and endothelial dysfunction in reperfusion injury

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    Zhang, Cuihua; Wu, Junxi; Xu, Xiangbin; Potter, Barry J.; Gao, Xue

    2010-01-01

    We previously found that myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) initiates expression of tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF) leading to coronary endothelial dysfunction. However, it is not clear whether there is a direct relationship between levels of TNF expression and endothelial dysfunction in reperfusion injury. We studied levels of TNF expression by using different transgenic animals expressing varying amounts of TNF in I/R. We crossed TNF overexpression (TNF++/++) with TNF knockout (TNF−/−) mic...

  19. Coronary aneurysm formation after primary coronary angioplasty

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    Pavlakis, Georgios P.; Stella, Pieter R.

    2008-01-01

    We describe the case of a man who underwent primary angioplasty with stenting for acute myocardial infarction and subsequently developed a coronary artery aneurysm at the site of stent deployment. The aneurysm grew rapidly in size over a few weeks and required treatment with a covered stent. The use

  20. Coronary artery bypass grafts: assessment of graft patency and native coronary artery lesions using 16-slice MDCT

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    Stauder, Norbert I.; Drosch, Tanja; Claussen, Claus D.; Kopp, Andreas F. [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Kuettner, Axel [Friedrich-Alexander-University, Department of Diagnostic Radiology, Erlangen (Germany); Schroeder, Stephen; Beck, Torsten [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Internal Medicine, Division Cardiology, Tuebingen (Germany); Stauder, Heidrun [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery, Tuebingen (Germany); Blumenstock, Gunnar [Eberhard-Karls-University, Department of Medical Information Processing, Tuebingen (Germany)

    2006-11-15

    The objective of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of electrocardiography (ECG)-gated 16-slice multidetector-row computed tomography (MDCT) in detection of stenosis of bypass grafts and native coronary arteries in patients who have undergone coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG). ECG-gated contrast-enhanced MDCT using 12 x 0.75-mm collimation was performed in 20 patients with recurrent angina 4.75 years after undergoing CABG. A total of 50 grafts, 16 arterial and 34 venous, were examined. All graft and coronary segments were evaluated for stenosis in comparison with conventional coronary angiography (CCA). Among the 80 arterial graft segments, 62 could be assessed (77.5%). Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 96.2%, 97.2%, 96.2%, and 97.2%, respectively. In a total of 180 venous graft segments, 167 could be assessed. Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 98.5%, 93.9%, 91.8%, and 98.9%, respectively. MDCT could assess 179 of 260 native coronary artery segments (68.8%).Sensitivity, specificity, and positive and negative predictive values for stenosis were 92.1%, 76.9%, 87.5%, and 84.7%, respectively. Sixteen-slice MDCT provides excellent image quality and diagnostic accuracy in detection of graft and coronary artery lesions in patients with suspected graft dysfunction. (orig.)

  1. Coronary Artery Bypass

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    Kadri Ceberut

    2011-01-01

    Full Text Available Ancient schwannoma is a rare variant of neural tumors though rarely seen in the thorax. The combination with coronary artery diseases is also rare. Here we describe a 66 year-old male who had undergone one-stage combined surgery for thoracic ancient schwannomas removal and coronary artery disease. The masses were, respectively, 13 cm in the middle mediastinum and 5 cm in diameter originating from the intercostal nerve. The tumors were successfully removed using sternotomy, and then a coronary artery bypass grafting was performed. Here we discuss this rare tumor in relation to the relevant literature.

  2. Novel risk factors for acute coronary syndromes and emerging therapies.

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    Tong, David C; Wilson, Andrew M; Layland, Jamie

    2016-10-01

    Acute coronary syndromes represent not merely disrupted atherosclerotic plaques or luminal stenoses but rather a complex clinical syndrome. The traditional conception of pathogenesis and management of ACS has been challenged by numerous recent landmark ACS trials. Current prognostication models lack clinical precision and can be challenging to the clinicians in tailoring management strategies for individual patients. In this review we summarise the emerging evidence of novel risk factors (plaque phenotype, coronary blood flow, endothelial dysfunction, microvascular dysfunction, and inflammation) in predicting future events and outcomes in ACS population. As the search for miracle cure for ischaemic heart disease continues, one is hopeful that emerging therapeutic approaches targeting these novel risk factors will improve long-term outcomes of ACS. Copyright © 2016. Published by Elsevier Ireland Ltd.

  3. Evaluation of intermediate coronary stenoses in acute coronary syndromes using pressure guidewire

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    Niccoli, Giampaolo; Indolfi, Ciro; Davies, Justin E

    2017-01-01

    Fractional flow reserve (FFR) is increasingly used to guide myocardial revascularisation. However, supporting evidence regarding its use originates from studies that have enrolled mainly patients with stable angina, while patients with acute coronary syndromes (ACS) have not been included. Notably, multifactorial microvascular dysfunction and an increased sympathetic tone in patients with ACS may lead to blunted response to adenosine and false-negative results of FFR due to submaximal hyperaemia. This may raise the possibility of deferring treatment of stenosis that instead would have needed dilatation, thus leaving a residual risk of preventable cardiac events. In this literature review, we aim at summarising laboratory and clinical investigations concerning the use of FFR in culprit and non-culprit lesions in ACS. Furthermore, we will report recent data on instantaneous wave-free ratio, an adenosine-free index of functional stenosis severity, in stable coronary artery disease and in patients with ACS. PMID:28761673

  4. Adaptation of the Coronary Microcirculation in Aging.

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    LeBlanc, Amanda J; Hoying, James B

    2016-02-01

    Advancing age will affect every individual and its impact on health deserves significant attention particularly as we address therapeutic possibilities to pathological conditions. The changes that occur in the coronary vasculature as a result of aging-related senescence set the stage upon which CVD and ischemia can escalate. Because of its importance in health, the consequences of aging on vasculature adaptation must be considered as we identify molecular targets and cell therapies for older patients. To understand the complex relationships between the coronary vasculature and the myocardium, it is important to characterize the unique aged cardiac environment in both locales independent of overlying disease. Therefore, the overall theme of this review is to highlight the biology of aging coronary vasculature and how this promotes a decreased plasticity, exacerbating insults such as ischemia. We will identify potential age-related mechanisms that may contribute to this overall loss of adaptation and regeneration and review potential therapeutic strategies to ameliorate this dysfunction. © 2015 John Wiley & Sons Ltd.

  5. Acute coronary ischemia during alcohol withdrawal: a case report

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    Sriram Ganeshalingam

    2011-08-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Introduction The potential of alcohol withdrawal to cause acute coronary events is an area that needs the urgent attention of clinicians and researchers. Case presentation We report the case of a 52-year-old heavy-alcohol-using Sri Lankan man who developed electocardiogram changes suggestive of an acute coronary event during alcohol withdrawal. Despite the patient being asymptomatic, subsequent echocardiogram showed evidence of ischemic myocardial dysfunction. We review the literature on precipitation of myocardial ischemia during alcohol withdrawal and propose possible mechanisms. Conclusions Alcohol withdrawal is a commonly observed phenomenon in hospitals. However, the number of cases reported in the literature of acute coronary events occurring during withdrawal is few. Many cases of acute ischemia or sudden cardiac deaths may be attributed to other well known complications of delirium tremens. This is an area needing the urgent attention of clinicians and epidemiologists.

  6. Cocaine and coronary artery diseases: a systematic review of the literature.

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    Talarico, Giovanni P; Crosta, Maria L; Giannico, Maria B; Summaria, Francesco; Calò, Leonardo; Patrizi, Roberto

    2017-05-01

    Cocaine is associated with important cardiac complications such as sudden death, acute myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, life-threatening arrhythmias, and myocardial ischemia as well as infarction. It is well known that cocaine may induce vasospasm through adrenergic stimulation of the coronary arteries. Moreover, cocaine may promote intracoronary thrombosis, triggered by alterations in the plasma constituents, and platelet aggregation, leading to subsequent myocardial infarction. The long-term use of cocaine may stimulate atherosclerosis, probably through endothelial cell dysfunction. Significant and severe coronary atherosclerosis is common in young chronic cocaine users and there is probably a relationship between the duration and frequency of cocaine use and the extent of coronary disease.

  7. Chronic pelvic floor dysfunction.

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    Hartmann, Dee; Sarton, Julie

    2014-10-01

    The successful treatment of women with vestibulodynia and its associated chronic pelvic floor dysfunctions requires interventions that address a broad field of possible pain contributors. Pelvic floor muscle hypertonicity was implicated in the mid-1990s as a trigger of major chronic vulvar pain. Painful bladder syndrome, irritable bowel syndrome, fibromyalgia, and temporomandibular jaw disorder are known common comorbidities that can cause a host of associated muscular, visceral, bony, and fascial dysfunctions. It appears that normalizing all of those disorders plays a pivotal role in reducing complaints of chronic vulvar pain and sexual dysfunction. Though the studies have yet to prove a specific protocol, physical therapists trained in pelvic dysfunction are reporting success with restoring tissue normalcy and reducing vulvar and sexual pain. A review of pelvic anatomy and common findings are presented along with suggested physical therapy management. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  8. Spinal Cord Dysfunction (SCD)

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    Department of Veterans Affairs — The Spinal Cord Dysfunction (SCD) module supports the maintenance of local and national registries for the tracking of patients with spinal cord injury and disease...

  9. Diastolic dysfunction in cirrhosis

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    Møller, Søren; Wiese, Signe Skovgaard; Halgreen, Hanne

    2016-01-01

    Development of esophageal varices, ascites, and hepatic nephropathy is among the major complications of cirrhosis. The presence of cirrhotic cardiomyopathy, which includes a left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (DD), seems to deteriorate the course of the disease and the prognosis. Increased...

  10. Coronary Artery Bypass Surgery

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    ... don't help, you may need coronary artery bypass surgery. The surgery creates a new path for ... narrowed area or blockage. This allows blood to bypass (get around) the blockage. Sometimes people need more ...

  11. Acute coronary syndrome

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    ... Have plenty of fruits, veggies, whole grains, and lean meats. Try to limit foods high in cholesterol ... et al. 2014 AHA/ACC guideline for the management of patients with non-ST-elevation acute coronary ...

  12. Coronary artery spasm

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    ... blocker or a long-acting nitrate long-term. Beta-blockers are another type of medicine that is used with other coronary artery problems. However, beta-blockers may make this problem worse. They should be ...

  13. Three Vessel Coronary Cameral Fistulae Associated with New Onset Atrial Fibrillation and Angina Pectoris

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    Murat Yuksel

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary cameral fistulas are abnormal communications between a coronary artery and a heart chamber or a great vessel which are reported in less than 0.1% of patients undergoing diagnostic coronary angiography. All three major coronary arteries are even less frequently involved in fistula formation as it is the case in our patient. A 68-year-old woman was admitted to cardiology clinic with complaints of exertional dyspnea and angina for two years and a new onset palpitation. Standard 12-lead electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation (AF with a ventricular rate of 114 beat/minute and accompanying T wave abnormalities and minimal ST-depression on lateral derivations. Transthoracic echocardiographic examination was normal except for diastolic dysfunction, minimally mitral regurgitation, and mild to moderate enlargement of the left atrium. Sinus rhythm was achieved by medical cardioversion with amiodarone infusion. Coronary angiography revealed diffuse and multiple coronary-left ventricle fistulas originating from the distal segments of both left and right coronary arterial systems without any stenosis in epicardial coronary arteries. The patient’s symptoms resolved almost completely with medical therapy. High volume shunts via coronary artery to left ventricular microfistulas may lead to increased volume overload and subsequent increase in end-diastolic pressure of the left ventricle and may cause left atrial enlargement.

  14. [A case of stable microvascular angina with normal coronary arteries: certainties and doubts].

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    Coppola, A

    2015-01-01

    Myocardial ischemia is caused in most cases by the obstruction of epicardial coronary vessels. Several studies, however, have shown that abnormalities in the coronary microcirculation can also contribute to myocardial ischemia. Microvascular dysfuntion is defined as primary microvascular angina (MVA) to distinguish it from other forms of secondary microvascular angina due to such diseases as arterial hypertension, left ventricular hypertrophy, myocardial disease, metabolic syndrome and collagen diseases. We present the case report of a 48-year-old male patient who coronarographically showed coronary slow flow with delayed distal vessel opacification in the absence of coronary stenosis. Whilst this phenomenon is still not completely understood, strong evidence suggests that the primary alteration is caused by a dysfunction of small coronary vessels.

  15. Coronary microvascular function

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    Solberg, Ole Geir

    2017-01-01

    Coronary heart disease is a major contributor to death and reduced quality of life in the developed parts of the world. The disease spectrum spans from sudden cardiac death to myocardial infarctions, unstable angina and angina pectoris, to silent ischaemia and ischaemic heart failure. Following flow-limiting obstructions and occlusions of the epicardial vessels being established as the cause of these disease entities, the possibility to visualize the coronary arteries was a major breakthrough...

  16. Renal dysfunction in cirrhosis.

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    Urrunaga, Nathalie H; Mindikoglu, Ayse L; Rockey, Don C

    2015-05-01

    Renal dysfunction causes significant morbidity in cirrhotic patients. Diagnosis is challenging because it is based on serum creatinine, which is used to calculate estimated glomerular filtration rate, which itself is not an ideal measure of renal function in patients with cirrhosis. Finding the exact cause of renal injury in patients with cirrhosis remains problematic due to the limitations of the current diagnostic tests. The purpose of this review is to highlight studies used to diagnose renal dysfunction in patients with renal dysfunction and review current treatments. New diagnostic criteria and classification of renal dysfunction, especially for acute kidney injury (AKI), have been proposed in hopes of optimizing treatment and improving outcomes. New biomarkers that help to differentiate structural from functional AKI in cirrhotic patients have been developed, but require further investigation. Vasoconstrictors are the most commonly recommended treatment of hepatorenal syndrome (HRS). Given the high mortality in patients with type 1 HRS, all patients with HRS should be evaluated for liver transplantation. When renal dysfunction is considered irreversible, combined liver-kidney transplantation is advised. Development of new biomarkers to differentiate the different types of AKI in cirrhosis holds promise. Early intervention in cirrhotic patients with renal dysfunction offers the best hope of improving outcomes.

  17. Differential associations of renal function with coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis.

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    Stamatelopoulos, Kimon S; Lekakis, John P; Tseke, Paraskevi; Ikonomidis, Ignatios; Kollias, George E; Alevizaki, Maria; Kanakakis, Ioannis; Voidonikola, Paraskevi; Zakopoulos, Nikolaos; Papamichael, Christos M

    2009-06-26

    The aim of this study was to examine the impact of renal dysfunction on both coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) without severe renal impairment. One hundred and eighty-seven consecutive patients referred for elective coronary angiography were enrolled. Mean IMT and the presence of plaques were measured in the carotid and femoral arteries prior to angiography as markers of subclinical peripheral atherosclerosis. The severity of CAD was evaluated by the Gensini score. Glomerular filtration rate (GFR) was estimated by the MDRD formula. Significant CAD (>50% stenosis) was identified in 139 patients. GFR independently correlated with the presence and severity of CAD with incremental value over that of IMT. Renal function was significantly but not independently correlated with carotid IMT in CAD patients. Femoral IMT and the presence of plaques did not show any significant correlations with GFR in patients with or without CAD. Renal function is an important predictor of the presence and severity of angiographic CAD in patients without severe renal impairment with incremental value over traditional risk factors for CAD and IMT. The contrasting weak or no associations of GFR with IMT and the presence of plaques suggest that renal dysfunction may exert differential effects on the development of coronary and peripheral atherosclerosis.

  18. Biocompatibility of Coronary Stents

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    Thamarasee M. Jeewandara

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Cardiovascular disease is the dominant cause of mortality in developed countries, with coronary artery disease (CAD a predominant contributor. The development of stents to treat CAD was a significant innovation, facilitating effective percutaneous coronary revascularization. Coronary stents have evolved from bare metal compositions, to incorporate advances in pharmacological therapy in what are now known as drug eluting stents (DES. Deployment of a stent overcomes some limitations of balloon angioplasty alone, but provides an acute stimulus for thrombus formation and promotes neointimal hyperplasia. First generation DES effectively reduced in-stent restenosis, but profoundly delay healing and are susceptible to late stent thrombosis, leading to significant clinical complications in the long term. This review characterizes the development of coronary stents, detailing the incremental improvements, which aim to attenuate the major clinical complications of thrombosis and restenosis. Despite these enhancements, coronary stents remain fundamentally incompatible with the vasculature, an issue which has largely gone unaddressed. We highlight the latest modifications and research directions that promise to more holistically design coronary implants that are truly biocompatible.

  19. Coronary Artery Anomalies in Animals

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    Brian A. Scansen

    2017-04-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery anomalies represent a disease spectrum from incidental to life-threatening. Anomalies of coronary artery origin and course are well-recognized in human medicine, but have received limited attention in veterinary medicine. Coronary artery anomalies are best described in the dog, hamster, and cow though reports also exist in the horse and pig. The most well-known anomaly in veterinary medicine is anomalous coronary artery origin with a prepulmonary course in dogs, which limits treatment of pulmonary valve stenosis. A categorization scheme for coronary artery anomalies in animals is suggested, dividing these anomalies into those of major or minor clinical significance. A review of coronary artery development, anatomy, and reported anomalies in domesticated species is provided and four novel canine examples of anomalous coronary artery origin are described: an English bulldog with single left coronary ostium and a retroaortic right coronary artery; an English bulldog with single right coronary ostium and transseptal left coronary artery; an English bulldog with single right coronary ostium and absent left coronary artery with a prepulmonary paraconal interventricular branch and an interarterial circumflex branch; and a mixed-breed dog with tetralogy of Fallot and anomalous origin of all coronary branches from the brachiocephalic trunk. Coronary arterial fistulae are also described including a coronary cameral fistula in a llama cria and an English bulldog with coronary artery aneurysm and anomalous shunting vessels from the right coronary artery to the pulmonary trunk. These examples are provided with the intent to raise awareness and improve understanding of such defects.

  20. COMPLEX CORONARY PATTERN AFFECTING THE SURGICAL OUTCOME OF ARTERIAL SWITCH OPERATION

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    Amit

    2015-12-01

    Full Text Available BACKGROUND Arterial switch operation (ASO has become the procedure of choice for the transposition of great arteries as well as for Taussig-Bing anomaly. Relocation of coronary arteries remains a technical problem in anatomic correction of the transposed great arteries. The present prospective study is designed to analyse the effect of coronary artery pattern on surgical outcome of arterial switch operation. METHOD From August 2014 to November 2015, total 60 patients underwent ASO. The patients are divided in three groups. Group-A 21 patients with d-TGA with intact ventricle septum (d-TGA intact IVS, in Group-B 33 patients d-TGA with ventricular septal defect (d-TGA, VSD, and in Group C 6 Taussig Bing anomaly. The coronary pattern and outcome is analyzed. RESULTS The overall mortality related to coronary pattern was 5%. The 2 patients died due to Intramural coronary artery leading to post-operative ventricular dysfunction, another patient with single retro pulmonary coronary artery died secondary to low coronary implant leading to kinking in coronary artery and myocardial dysfunction. On 12 monthly follow up, one of the Patients in group A had right pulmonary artery stenosis with gradient of 30 mm of Hg. Another patient in group B had supravalvular gradient of 20 mm of Hg. CONCLUSION The ASO for TGA and Taussig-Bing anomaly has low early and late mortality. However, the mortality is still seen in the patients with Intramural coronary artery and in the patient with single coronary artery with retro pulmonary course.

  1. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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

    2012-01-01

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

  2. Coronary Anomalies: Left Main Coronary Artery Aneurysm

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    Rajsekhar Varda

    2012-01-01

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

  3. Dysregulation of coronary microvascular reactivity in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus

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    Momose, Mitsuru; Neverve, Jodi; Nekolla, Stephan G.; Schwaiger, Markus; Bengel, Frank M. [Nuklearmedizinische Klinik und Poliklinik der Technischen Universitaet Muenchen, Klinikum rechts der Isar, Ismaninger Strasse 22, 81675 Munich (Germany); Abletshauser, Claudia [Department of Medicine, Novartis Pharma GmbH, Nuernberg (Germany); Schnell, Oliver; Standl, Eberhard [Institut fuer Diabetesforschung, Munich (Germany)

    2002-12-01

    In diabetic patients, a number of studies have suggested an impairment of vascular reactivity in response to vasodilatory stimuli. The pattern of dysregulation at the coronary microcirculatory level, however, has not been clearly defined. Thus, it was the aim of this study to characterise coronary microvascular function non-invasively in a homogeneous group of asymptomatic type 2 diabetic patients. In 46 patients with type 2 diabetes, myocardial blood flow (MBF) was quantified at baseline, in response to cold pressor test (CPT) and during adenosine-mediated vasodilation using positron emission tomography and nitrogen-13 ammonia. None of the patients had been treated with insulin, and none had symptoms of cardiac disease. Decreased MBF during CPT, indicating microvascular dysregulation, was observed in 16 patients (CPT-), while 30 patients demonstrated increased MBF during CPT (CPT+). Response to CPT was mildly, but significantly correlated with response to adenosine (r=0.44, P=0.0035). There was no difference in HbA1c, serum lipid levels or serum endothelial markers between the groups. Microvascular dysregulation in the CPT- group was associated with elevated baseline MBF (P<0.0001), reduced baseline vascular resistance (P=0.0026) and an abnormal increase in resistance during CPT (P=0.0002). In conclusion, coronary microvascular dysregulation is present in approximately one-third of asymptomatic, non-insulin-treated type 2 diabetic patients. Elevated baseline blood flow and reduced microvascular resistance at rest are characteristics of this dysregulation. These data suggest a state of activation of endothelial-dependent vasodilation at baseline which appears to limit the flow response to stress conditions. (orig.)

  4. Voiding dysfunction - A review

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    Sripathi V

    2005-01-01

    Full Text Available In a child who is toilet trained the sudden onset of daytime wetting with frequency or urgency is alarming to the parents. Initially this subject was subdivided into a number of descriptive clinical conditions which led to a lot of confusion in recognition and management. Subsequently, the term elimination dysfunction was coined by Stephen Koff to emphasise the association between recurrent urinary infection, wetting, constipation and bladder overactivity. From a urodynamic point of view, in voiding dysfunction, there is either detrusor overactivity during bladder filling or dyssynergic action between the detrusor and the external sphincter during voiding. Identifying a given condition as a ′filling phase dysfunction′ or ′voiding phase dysfunction′ helps to provide appropriate therapy. Objective clinical criteria should be used to define voiding dysfunction. These include bladder wall thickening, large capacity bladder and infrequent voiding, bladder trabeculation and spinning top deformity of the urethra and a clinically demonstrated Vincent′s curtsy. The recognition and treatment of constipation is central to the adequate treatment of voiding dysfunction. Transcutaneous electric nerve stimuation for the treatment of detrusor overactivity, biofeedback with uroflow EMG to correct dyssynergic voiding, and behavioral therapy all serve to correct voiding dysfunction in its early stages. In established neurogenic bladder disease the use of Botulinum Toxin A injections into the detrusor or the external sphincter may help in restoring continence especially in those refractory to drug therapy. However in those children in whom the upper tracts are threatened, augmentation of the bladder may still be needed.

  5. Distal coronary hemoperfusion during percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty

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    Muinck, Ebo Derk de

    1994-01-01

    In this thesis several aspects of passive and active coronary perfusion during coronary angioplasty are investigated. The autoperfusion balloon catheters that were evaluated are the Stack® and the RX-60® catheters (Advanced Cardiovascular Systems, inc., Santa Clara, California, U.S.A). The coronary

  6. Biology of Sexual Dysfunction

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    Anil Kumar Mysore Nagaraj

    2009-05-01

    Full Text Available Sexual activity is a multifaceted activity, involving complex interactions between the nervous system, the endocrine system, the vascular system and a variety of structures that are instrumental in sexual excitement, intercourse and satisfaction. Sexual function has three components i.e., desire, arousal and orgasm. Many sexual dysfunctions can be categorized according to the phase of sexual response that is affected. In actual clinical practice however, sexual desire, arousal and orgasmic difficulties more often than not coexist, suggesting an integration of phases. Sexual dysfunction can result from a wide variety of psychological and physiological causes including derangements in the levels of sex hormones and neurotrensmitters. This review deals with the biology of different phases of sexual function as well as implications of hormones and neurotransmitters in sexual dysfunction

  7. Anxiety and coronary heart disease

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    Anja Kokalj; Brigita Novak Šarotar

    2018-01-01

    In patients with coronary heart disease anxiety is often overlooked. Symptoms of anxiety are often similar to coronary heart disease symptoms. The prevalence of anxiety in general population and coronary heart disease patients is very high. While the underlying pathophysiology of the connection remains unclear, anxiety lowers the quality of life and is a factor for a higher risk of morbidity and mortality due to coronary heart disease.

  8. Ameliorating effects of traditional Chinese medicine preparation, Chinese materia medica and active compounds on ischemia/reperfusion-induced cerebral microcirculatory disturbances and neuron damage

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    Sun, Kai; Fan, Jingyu; Han, Jingyan

    2015-01-01

    Ischemic stroke and ischemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury induced by thrombolytic therapy are conditions with high mortality and serious long-term physical and cognitive disabilities. They have a major impact on global public health. These disorders are associated with multiple insults to the cerebral microcirculation, including reactive oxygen species (ROS) overproduction, leukocyte adhesion and infiltration, brain blood barrier (BBB) disruption, and capillary hypoperfusion, ultimately resulting in tissue edema, hemorrhage, brain injury and delayed neuron damage. Traditional Chinese medicine (TCM) has been used in China, Korea, Japan and other Asian countries for treatment of a wide range of diseases. In China, the usage of compound TCM preparation to treat cerebrovascular diseases dates back to the Han Dynasty. Even thousands of years earlier, the medical formulary recorded many classical prescriptions for treating cerebral I/R-related diseases. This review summarizes current information and underlying mechanisms regarding the ameliorating effects of compound TCM preparation, Chinese materia medica, and active components on I/R-induced cerebral microcirculatory disturbances, brain injury and neuron damage. PMID:26579420

  9. Usefulness of combination post-stress dysfunction and perfusion imaging in technetium-99m-tetrofosmin myocardial scintigraphy

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    Yamazaki, Yoko; Imai, Kamon; Konaka, Ryohei; Nakajima, Takatomo; Goto, Sayaka; Horie, Toshinobu [Saitama Cardiovascular and Respiratory Center, Konan (Japan); Saito, Satoshi; Ozawa, Yukio; Kanmatsuse, Katsuo

    2001-09-01

    Myocardial perfusion imaging has lower sensitivity for the diagnosis of coronary artery disease in patients with three-vessel disease. The presence of post-stress dysfunction of the left ventricle, evaluated by electrocardiography (ECG) gated single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) with a quantitative gated SPECT program, was investigated in patients with coronary artery disease, and also whether combining post-stress dysfunction and myocardial perfusion imaging improved the diagnosis of coronary artery disease. ECG gated technetium-99m-tetrofosmin SPECT was performed using a one day, stress and rest, protocol in 139 patients. SPECT and coronary angiography were performed within 1 month. The coronary artery disease group consisted of 89 patients: 43 with one-vessel disease (1VD), 28 with two-vessel disease (2VD), and 18 with three-vessel disease (3VD). The group with zero-vessel disease (0VD) consisted of 50 patients. According to post-stress and rest ejection fraction (EF) and end-systolic volume (ESV), post-stress dysfunction is defined as follows: rest EF - post-stress EF{>=}5% and post-stress ESV - rest ESV{>=}5ml. In the coronary artery disease group, post-stress ESV was larger than rest ESV (37.8{+-}26.4, 34.0{+-}24.2 ml, p<0.001), and post-stress EF was lower than rest EF (61.5{+-}11.1%, 64.2{+-}10.8%, p<0.001). In the 0VD group, ESV and EF were the same for post-stress and rest (25.7{+-}20.8, 26.2{+-}21.6 ml, NS; 70.4{+-}9.5%, 70.0{+-}9.6%, NS). Post-stress dysfunction was 6.0% in the 0VD group and 30.3% in the coronary artery disease group (p<0.001). Furthermore, post-stress dysfunction in the 2VD (35.7%) and 3VD (38.9%) groups was higher than that in the 0VD group (p<0.01, p<0.01). Sensitivity of coronary artery disease diagnosis by myocardial perfusion imaging was 75%. The combination of post-stress dysfunction and myocardial perfusion imaging improved sensitivity from 75% to 82% (p<0.05), but reduced the specificity from 92% to 86% (p=0

  10. Multivessel coronary artery thrombosis.

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    Kanei, Yumiko; Janardhanan, Rajesh; Fox, John T; Gowda, Ramesh M

    2009-02-01

    Simultaneous thrombosis of multiple epicardial coronary arteries is an uncommon clinical finding in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). We describe a 37-year-old male present with inferior wall STEMI who was found to have large thrombi in both the right coronary artery (RCA) and the left anterior descending artery (LAD). We reviewed 23 patients with multivessel thrombosis in acute myocardial infarction in the literature. The mean age of patients was 53 +/- 14 years (32-82 years); 74% were males, and most patients had multiple risk factors for coronary artery disease. The LAD (78%) and RCA (87%) were the arteries involved for most patients. Aspiration thrombectomy was used in 3 cases. Though it is rare, STEMI with multiple culprit arteries can occur, and it is crucial to recognize this condition to determine the proper treatment, since most of these patients are critically ill.

  11. RISK FACTORS OF THE ERECTILE DYSFUNCTION IN THE PATIENTS WITH CARDIOVASCULAR DISEASES

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    E. V. Minakov

    2009-01-01

    Full Text Available Aim. To study erectile dysfunction prevalence among out-patients with arterial hypertension (HT and/or coronary heart disease (CHD as well as to study risk factors of erectile dysfunction.Material and methods. The anonymous poll was carried out among 103 male patients with HT and/or CHD. General information about patient, medical history, treatment was analyzed. All patients were examined by cardiologists. Erectile function was assessed with The International Index Erectile Function (IIEF questionnaire.Results. 86 (84% questionnaires were returned. 62 (72% patients from 86 responding had erectile dysfunction. Age, blood pressure level, abdominal obesity, beta-blocker therapy and chronic heart failure affected erectile function.Conclusion. The erectile dysfunction was common disorder among male patients with HT and/or CHD. Early erectile dysfunction diagnosis, prevention and therapy are necessary to provide high level of compliance in patients with cardiovascular diseases.

  12. Role of Oxidative Stress and Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Skeletal Muscle in Type 2 Diabetic Patients.

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    Diaz-Morales, Noelia; Rovira-Llopis, Susana; Escribano-Lopez, Irene; Bañuls, Celia; Lopez-Domenech, Sandra; Falcón, Rosa; de Maranon, Arantxa Martinez; Sola, Eva; Jover, Ana; Roldan, Ildefonso; Diez, Jose L; Rocha, Milagros; Hernández-Mijares, Antonio; Víctor, Victor M

    2016-01-01

    Type 2 diabetes can increase the risk of skeletal muscle dysfunction and, consequently, that of cardiovascular diseases, including coronary artery disease and stroke. It is also related to a reduced capacity for exercise, but the underlying mechanism is only partially understood. There are several factors that contribute to the development of skeletal muscle dysfunction, of which oxidative stress and mitochondrial dysfunction are among the most important. This review discusses the role of oxidative stress in the development and progression of skeletal and cardiac dysfunction associated with diabetes. It also provides an overview of the potential actions of antioxidants in general and mitochondria-targeted antioxidants in particular in the treatment of muscle dysfunction in type 2 diabetes.

  13. Avaliação do escore CABDEAL como preditor de disfunção neurológica no pós-operatório de revascularização miocárdica com circulação extracorpórea Assesment of CABDEAL score as predictor of neurological dysfunction after on-pump coronary artery bypass grafting surgery

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    Vinícius José da Silva Nina

    2012-09-01

    Full Text Available INTRODUÇÃO: As complicações neurológicas são temidas no pós-operatório das cirurgias cardíacas, sendo importante causa de óbito e de gastos hospitalares. Sua predição ainda é incerta. OBJETIVO: Avaliar a aplicabilidade de um escore pré-operatório como preditor de disfunção neurológica no pós-operatório de revascularização miocárdica (RM com circulação extracorpórea (CEC. MÉTODOS: Estudo prospectivo que avaliou 77 pacientes submetidos à RM no período de fevereiro a outubro de 2011. Utilizando-se o escore CABDEAL (creatinine, age, body mass index, diabetes, emergency surgery, abnormality on ECG, lung disease, os pacientes foram agrupados em alto (CABDEAL > 4 e baixo risco (CABDEALINTRODUCTION: Neurological dysfunction is a feared postoperative morbidity of cardiac surgery, an important cause of death and increased spending in hospitals. Its prediction, however, is still uncertain. OBJECTIVE: To assess the applicability of a preoperative score as a predictor of neurological dysfunction after coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB. METHODS: Prospective study that evaluated 77 patients who underwent CABG from February to October 2011. Using the score CABDEAL (creatinine, age, body mass index, diabetes, emergency surgery, abnormality on ECG, lung disease, patients were grouped into high (CABDEAL > 4 and low risk (CABDEAL<4. The predictive value of the score was compared with intraoperative and postoperative variables (aortic clamping time, CPB and ventilation time as predictors of encephalopathy and stroke. Data were analyzed with descriptive statistics and compared with the Fisher exact test. ROC curve analysis was performed to evaluate the accuracy of the model for the neurological outcomes. It was considered the significant value P<0.05. RESULTS: The mortality rate was 2.6% (n=2. There were 2 episodes of stroke (2.6% and 12 (15.5% of encephalopathy. High risk CABDEAL (P=0

  14. Prognostic meaning of coronary microvascular disease in type 2 diabetes mellitus: a transthoracic Doppler echocardiographic study.

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    Cortigiani, Lauro; Rigo, Fausto; Gherardi, Sonia; Galderisi, Maurizio; Bovenzi, Francesco; Sicari, Rosa

    2014-07-01

    The prognostic value of Doppler-derived coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR) of the left anterior descending coronary artery in patients with type 2 diabetes with preserved left ventricular systolic function and without flow-limiting stenoses on angiography remains undetermined. The study sample consisted of 144 patients with type 2 diabetes (82 men; mean age 62 ± 10 years) with chest pain or angina-equivalent symptoms, no histories of coronary artery disease, and echocardiographic ejection fractions ≥ 50%. All patients underwent dipyridamole stress echocardiography with CFVR assessment of the left anterior descending coronary artery by transthoracic Doppler echocardiography and coronary angiography showing normal coronary arteries or nonobstructive coronary artery disease. Mean CFVR was 2.44 ± 0.57. On individual patient analysis, 109 patients (76%) had CFVR > 2, and 35 (24%) had CFVR ≤ 2. During a median follow-up period of 29 months (interquartile range, 14-44 months), 17 hard events (five deaths, 12 nonfatal myocardial infarctions) occurred. The annual hard-event rate was 13.9% in subjects with CFVR ≤ 2 and 2.0% in those with CFVR > 2. The annual event rate associated with CFVR ≤ 2 was significantly higher both in patients with left ventricular hypertrophy (P coronary artery disease was not an independent predictor of outcomes. Microvascular dysfunction before the occurrence of coronary artery involvement is a strong and independent predictor of outcomes in patients with type 2 diabetes. Vasodilator stress CFVR is a suitable tool to assess microvascular dysfunction in routine clinical practice. Copyright © 2014 American Society of Echocardiography. Published by Mosby, Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Intracoronary and retrograde coronary venous myocardial delivery of adipose-derived stem cells in swine infarction lead to transient myocardial trapping with predominant pulmonary redistribution.

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    Hong, Soon Jun; Hou, Dongming; Brinton, Todd J; Johnstone, Brian; Feng, Dongni; Rogers, Pamela; Fearon, William F; Yock, Paul; March, Keith L

    2014-01-01

    To examine the comparative fate of adipose-derived stem cells (ASCs) as well as their impact on coronary microcirculation following either retrograde coronary venous (RCV) or arterial delivery. Local delivery of ASCs to the heart has been proposed as a practical approach to limiting the extent of myocardial infarction. Mouse models of mesenchymal stem cell effects on the heart have also demonstrated significant benefits from systemic (intravenous) delivery, prompting a question about the advantage of local delivery. There has been no study addressing the extent of myocardial vs. systemic disposition of ASCs in large animal models following local delivery to the myocardium. In an initial experiment, dose-dependent effects of ASC delivery on coronary circulation in normal swine were evaluated to establish a tolerable ASC dosing range for intracoronary (IC) delivery. In a set of subsequent experiments, an anterior acute myocardial infarction (AMI) was created by balloon occlusion of the proximal left anterior descending (LAD) artery, followed by either IC or RCV infusion of 10(7) (111)Indium-labeled autologous ASCs 6 days following AMI. Indices of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) and coronary flow reserve (CFR) were measured before sacrifices to collect tissues for analysis at 1 or 24 hr after cell delivery. IC delivery of porcine ASCs to normal myocardium was well tolerated up to a cumulative dose of 14 × 10(6) cells (approximately 0.5 × 10(6) cells/kg). There was evidence suggesting microcirculatory trapping of ASC: at unit doses of 50 × 10(6) ASCs, IMR and CFR were found to be persistently altered in the target LAD distribution at 7 days following delivery, whereas at 10 × 10(6) ASCs, only CFR was altered. In the context of recent MI, a significantly higher percentage of ASCs was retained at 1 hr with IC delivery compared with RCV delivery (57.2 ± 12.7% vs. 17.9 ± 1.6%, P = 0.037) but this initial difference was not apparent at 24 hr (22.6 ± 5.5% vs. 18.7

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

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

    2013-10-01

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

  17. Female sexual dysfunction

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    Giraldi, Annamaria; Wåhlin-Jacobsen, Sarah

    2016-01-01

    Female sexual dysfunction (FSD) is a controversial condition, which has prompted much debate regarding its aetiology, components, and even its existence. Our inability to work together as clinicians, psychologists, patients, and advocates hinders our understanding of FSD, and we will only improve...

  18. Mitochondrial Dysfunction in Gliomas

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    Katsetos, C.D.; Anni, H.; Dráber, Pavel

    2013-01-01

    Roč. 20, č. 3 (2013), s. 216-227 ISSN 1071-9091 R&D Projects: GA MŠk LH12050 Institutional support: RVO:68378050 Keywords : gliomas * mitochondrial dysfunction * microtubule proteins Subject RIV: EB - Genetics ; Molecular Biology Impact factor: 1.883, year: 2013

  19. Percutaneous coronary intervention versus coronary-artery bypass grafting for severe coronary artery disease

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    P.W.J.C. Serruys (Patrick); M-C. Morice (Marie-Claude); A.P. Kappetein (Arie Pieter); A. Colombo (Antonio); D.R. Holmes Jr (David); M.J. Mack (Michael); E. Stahle (Elisabeth); T.E. Feldman (Ted); M.J.B.M. van den Brand (Marcel); E.J. Bass (Eric); N. van Dyck (Nic); K. Leadly (Katrin); K.D. Dawkins (Keith); F.W. Mohr (Friedrich)

    2009-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) involving drug-eluting stents is increasingly used to treat complex coronary artery disease, although coronary-artery bypass grafting (CABG) has been the treatment of choice historically. Our trial compared PCI and CABG for treating

  20. TOWARD THE QUESTION OF ISCHEMIC MYOCARDIAL DYSFUNCTION

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    V. V. Kalyuzhin

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available The authors of the review have analyzed papers published on the problem of ischemic myocardial dysfunction. They begin with a definition of the term “ischemia” (derived from two Greek words: ischō, meaning to hold back, and haima, meaning blood - a condition at which the arterial blood flow is insufficient to provide enough oxygen to prevent intracellular respiration from shifting from the aerobic to the anaerobic form. The poor rate of ATP generation from this process causes a decrease in cellular ATP, a concomitant rise in ADP, and ultimately, to depression inotropic (systolic and lusitropic (diastolic function of the affected segments of the myocardium. But with such simplicity of basic concepts, the consequences of ischemia so diverse. Influence of an ischemia on myocardial function so unequally at different patients, which is almost impossible to find two identical cases (as in the case of fingerprints. It depends on the infinite variety of lesions of coronary arteries, reperfusion (time and completeness of restoration of blood flow and reactions of a myocardium which, apparently, has considerable flexibility in its response. Ischemic myocardial dysfunction includes a number of discrete states, such as acute left ventricular failure in angina, acute myocardial infarction, ischemic cardiomyopathy, stunning, hibernation, pre- and postconditioning. There are widely differing underlying pathophysiologic states. The possibility exists that several of these states can coexist.

  1. Multiple Organ Dysfunction After Cardiosurgical Interventions

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    L. S. Barbarash

    2010-01-01

    Full Text Available Objective: to study the clinical efficiency of introducing an algorithm for organ-protective intensive care. Materials and methods. 3278 case histories of patients admitted to the clinic in 2000—2009 for surgical treatment (under extracorporeal circulation for coronary heart disease (CHD and acquired heart defects (AHD were retrospectively analyzed. Throughout the analyzed period, the patients operated on for CHD and AHD were 2068 (63.1% and 1210 (36.9%, respectively; the postoperative incidence of multiple organ dysfunction (MOD among all the patients was 11.8% (378 patients; mortality in MOD was 3.75% (n=123 of the operated patients (included into the study or 32.5% of all the patients with MOD. Conclusion. The incidence of MOD is in proportion to the number of surgical interventions and depends on their specific features (recurrence, baseline severity, comorbidity, or multifocal atherosclerosis. Preventive intensive therapy for MOD reduced mortality and altered its syndromic pattern towards a preponderance of pyoseptic complications. Key words: cardiosurgery, extracorporeal circulation, multiple organ dysfunction.

  2. Multiple Giant Coronary Artery Aneurysms

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    Usuku, Hiroki; Kojima, Sunao; Kuyama, Naoto; Hanatani, Shinsuke; Araki, Satoshi; Tsujita, Kenichi; Tsunoda, Ryusuke; Fukui, Toshihiro; Hokimoto, Seiji

    2017-01-01

    A 74-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with chest pain and dyspnea associated with ST elevation in leads II, III and aVF. An echocardiogram showed an enlarged mass lesion measuring nearly 80 mm. Coronary angiography showed two giant coronary artery aneurysms (CAAs) in the right coronary artery (RCA). CAAs were also seen in the left main trunk and left anterior descending artery. Computed tomography showed the CAA in the RCA was ruptured into the right atrium. We therefore diagnosed this patient with multiple CAAs, myocardial infarction and coronary artery rupture. He underwent successful surgical excision and coronary bypass surgery. PMID:28768966

  3. The association between coronary flow rate and impaired heart rate recovery in patients with metabolic syndrome: A preliminary report.

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    Alihanoglu, Yusuf I; Kilic, I Dogu; Evrengul, Harun; Yildiz, Bekir S; Alur, Ihsan; Uludag, Burcu; Kuru, Omur; Taskoylu, Ozgur; Kaftan, Havane Asuman

    2014-01-01

    The aim of this study is to evaluate heart rate recovery (HRR) and association between coronary flow rate and HRR in patients with metabolic syndrome (MS) who had morphologically normal coronary angiogram. Study population included 43 patients with MS and 37 control subjects without MS. All patients were selected from individuals who had recently undergone coronary angiography in our hospital and were diagnosed as having angiographically normal coronary arteries. Exercise stress test results obtained prior to coronary angiography were evaluated for calculating HRR and other parameters. In addition, coronary flow was objectively evaluated for each major coronary artery in each subject using TIMI frame count method. All HRR values calculated were detected significantly lower in MS group compared to controls (HRR first: 32 ± 9 vs. 37 ± 10; p = 0.01, second: 46 ± 11 vs. 52 ± 11; p = 0.03, third: 51 ± 12 vs. 59 ± 12; p = 0.00, fourth: 54 ± 13 vs. 61 ± 2; p = 0.02). TIMI frame counts for each major epicardial coronary artery and mean TIMI frame count were also found to be significantly higher in MS group compared to controls (left anterior descending artery:51 ± 24 vs. 39 ± 15; p = 0.009, left circumflex artery: 32 ± 11 vs. 24 ± 7; p = 0.001, right coronary artery: 33 ± 14 vs. 24 ± 10; p = 0.003, mean TIMI frame count: 38 ± 15 vs. 29 ± 9;p = 0.002). Additionally, significant negative correlations were also detected between HRR first minute and coronary TIMI frame count values in patients with MS. None of MS parameters did not affect HRR values, however mean TIMI frame count independently associated with HRR first minute (p = 0.04) in patients with MS. Impaired coronary blood flow occurring in MS might be a clue of autonomic dysfunction in addition to previously known endothelial dysfunction.

  4. Is N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) a useful screening test for angiographic findings in patients with stable coronary disease?

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    Kragelund, Charlotte; Grønning, Bjørn; Omland, Torbjørn

    2006-01-01

    BACKGROUND: Whether N-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a useful screening tool for angiographic coronary artery disease in patients with angina is not known. Therefore, the purpose of this study was to assess the diagnostic test performance of NT-proBNP in detecting coronary...... 0.61 (95% CI 0.58-0.64). CONCLUSIONS: NT-proBNP is associated with clinically significant coronary disease at angiography, independently of left ventricular dysfunction. However, NT-proBNP is not a useful screening test for diagnosing significant angiographic lesions in patients with stable coronary...

  5. Coronary artery anatomy and variants.

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    Malagò, Roberto; Pezzato, Andrea; Barbiani, Camilla; Alfonsi, Ugolino; Nicolì, Lisa; Caliari, Giuliana; Pozzi Mucelli, Roberto

    2011-12-01

    Variants and congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries are usually asymptomatic, but may present with severe chest pain or cardiac arrest. The introduction of multidetector CT coronary angiography (MDCT-CA) allows the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis. Improved performance with isotropic spatial resolution and higher temporal resolution provides a valid alternative to conventional coronary angiography (CCA) in many patients. MDCT-CA is now considered the ideal tool for three-dimensional visualization of the complex and tortuous anatomy of the coronary arteries. With multiplanar and volume-rendered reconstructions, MDCT-CA may even outperform CCA in determining the relative position of vessels, thus providing a better view of the coronary vascular anatomy. The purpose of this review is to describe the normal anatomy of the coronary arteries and their main variants based on MDCT-CA with appropriate reconstructions.

  6. Coronary artery anatomy and variants

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    Malago, Roberto; Pezzato, Andrea; Barbiani, Camilla; Alfonsi, Ugolino; Nicoli, Lisa; Caliari, Giuliana; Pozzi Mucelli, Roberto [Policlinico G.B. Rossi, University of Verona, Department of Radiology, Verona (Italy)

    2011-12-15

    Variants and congenital anomalies of the coronary arteries are usually asymptomatic, but may present with severe chest pain or cardiac arrest. The introduction of multidetector CT coronary angiography (MDCT-CA) allows the detection of significant coronary artery stenosis. Improved performance with isotropic spatial resolution and higher temporal resolution provides a valid alternative to conventional coronary angiography (CCA) in many patients. MDCT-CA is now considered the ideal tool for three-dimensional visualization of the complex and tortuous anatomy of the coronary arteries. With multiplanar and volume-rendered reconstructions, MDCT-CA may even outperform CCA in determining the relative position of vessels, thus providing a better view of the coronary vascular anatomy. The purpose of this review is to describe the normal anatomy of the coronary arteries and their main variants based on MDCT-CA with appropriate reconstructions. (orig.)

  7. [Pregnancy and coronary artery dissection].

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    Martínez-Quintana, Efrén; Rodríguez-González, Fayna

    2015-01-01

    Acute myocardial infarction during pregnancy is associated with high maternal and fetal mortality. Coronary atherosclerosis is the most common cause due to an increase in the age of the patients and the association with cardiovascular risk factors such as smoking, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, preeclampsia, and the existence of family history of coronary disease. However, thrombosis, coronary dissection or coronary vasospasms are other causes that may justify it. We report the case of a 33 weeks pregnant first-time mother, without cardiovascular risk factors, who presented an acute coronary event in the context of atherosclerotic disease and coronary dissection after percutaneous coronary intervention. Copyright © 2014 Sociedad Española de Arteriosclerosis. Published by Elsevier España. All rights reserved.

  8. Effect of type 2 diabetes mellitus on epicardial adipose tissue volume and coronary vasomotor function.

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    Chen, Weena J Y; Danad, Ibrahim; Raijmakers, Pieter G; Halbmeijer, Rick; Harms, Hendrik J; Lammertsma, Adriaan A; van Rossum, Albert C; Diamant, Michaela; Knaapen, Paul

    2014-01-01

    Patients with coronary artery disease and/or type 2 diabetes mellitus (DM) generally exhibit more epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) than healthy controls. Recently, it has been proposed that EAT affects vascular function and structure by secreting proinflammatory and vasoactive substances, thereby potentially contributing to the development of cardiovascular disease. In the present study, the interrelation of EAT, coronary vasomotor function, and coronary artery calcium was investigated in patients with and without DM, who were evaluated for coronary artery disease. Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was assessed at rest and during adenosine-induced hyperemia using [(15)O]-water positron emission tomography combined with computed tomography to quantify coronary artery calcium and EAT in 199 patients (46 with DM). In this cohort (mean age 58 ± 10 years), the patients with DM had a greater body mass index, heart rate, and systolic blood pressure at rest (all p <0.05). Coronary artery calcium and the EAT volumes were comparable between those with and without DM. Both patient groups showed comparable MBF at rest and coronary vascular resistance. A lower hyperemic MBF and coronary flow reserve (CFR) and greater hyperemic coronary vascular resistance (all p <0.05) was observed in the patients with DM. A pooled analysis showed a positive association of EAT volume with hyperemic coronary vascular resistance but not with the MBF at rest, hyperemic MBF, or coronary vascular resistance at rest. In the group analysis, the EAT volume was inversely associated with hyperemic MBF (r = -0.16, p = 0.05) and CFR (r = -0.17, p = 0.04) and positively with hyperemic coronary vascular resistance (r = 0.26, p = 0.002) only in patients without DM. Multivariate regression analysis, adjusted for age, gender, and body mass index, showed an independent association between the EAT volume and hyperemic MBF (β = -0.16, p = 0.02), CFR (β = -0.16, p = 0.04), and hyperemic coronary vascular resistance (

  9. Auxetic coronary stent endoprosthesis

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    Amin, Faisal; Ali, Murtaza Najabat; Ansari, Umar

    2014-01-01

    was obtained via laser cutting, and surface treatment was performed with acid pickling and electropolishing, followed by an annealing process. In vitro mechanical analysis was performed to analyze the mechanical performance of the auxetic coronary stent. Scanning electronic microscopy (SEM) was used...

  10. Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    ... heart is accumulating irreversible damage. So time is myocardium – myocardium being the heart muscle itself,” Bolger said. At ... angina? This content was last reviewed July 2015. Heart Attack • Home • About Heart Attacks Acute Coronary Syndrome (ACS) ...

  11. Dysfunctions in public psychiatric bureaucracies.

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    Marcos, L R

    1988-03-01

    The author describes common dysfunctions in public psychiatric organizations according to the model of bureaucracy articulated by Max Weber. Dysfunctions are divided into the categories of goal displacement, outside interference, unclear authority structure and hierarchy, and informal relations in the work place. The author emphasizes the bureaucratic nature of public psychiatry and the need for mental health professionals to understand the dysfunctions of the organizations in which they work, including the impact of these dysfunctions on the provision of quality care.

  12. Acetylcholine versus cold pressor testing for evaluation of coronary endothelial function.

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    Full Text Available Assessment of coronary endothelial function with intracoronary acetylcholine (IC-Ach provides diagnostic and prognostic data in patients with suspected coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD, but is often not feasible due in part to the time and expertise needed for pharmacologic mixing. Cold pressor testing (CPT is a simple and safe stimulus useful for either invasive or non-invasive endothelial function testing and myocardial perfusion imaging but has not been specifically evaluated among symptomatic women with signs of ischemic heart disease (IHD who have no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD.163 women with signs and symptoms of IHD and no obstructive CAD from the NHLBI- Women's Ischemia Syndrome Evaluation-Coronary Vascular Dysfunction (WISE-CVD study underwent coronary reactivity testing with a Doppler flow wire (FloWire® Volcano, San Diego, CA in the proximal left anterior descending artery. Coronary artery diameter and coronary blood flow (CBF assessed by core lab using QCA before and after IC-Ach (18.2 μg/ml infused over 3 minutes and during CPT.Mean age was 55 ± 12 years. Rate pressure product (RPP in response to IC-Ach did not change (baseline to peak, P = 0.26, but increased during CPT (363±1457; P = 0.0028. CBF in response to CPT was poorly correlated to IC-Ach CBF. Change in coronary artery diameter after IC-Ach correlated with change after CPT (r = 0.59, P<0.001. The correlation coefficient was stronger in subjects with coronary dilation to IC-Ach (r = 0.628, P<0.001 versus those without dilation (r = 0.353, P = 0.002, suggesting that other factors may be important to this relationship when endothelium is abnormal.In women with no obstructive CAD and suspected CMD, coronary diameter changes with IC-Ach and CPT are moderately-well correlated suggesting that CPT testing may be of some use, particularly among patients with normal endothelial function, however, not an alternative to IC-Ach for diagnosis of coronary

  13. What Is a Dysfunctional School?

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    Bergman, M. M.

    2013-01-01

    Whether or not a school is dysfunctional depends largely on how dysfunctionality in schools is defined and measured. Dysfunctionality, as any construct, is subject to definition and interpretation, and it is thus always marked by perspectivism. But regardless of the definition games occasionally played by academics, some form of reality takes…

  14. CT coronary angiography vs. invasive coronary angiography in CHD

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    Anja Hagen

    2012-04-01

    Full Text Available Scientific background: Various diagnostic tests including conventional invasive coronary angiography and non-invasive computed tomography (CT coronary angiography are used in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease (CHD. Research questions: The present report aims to evaluate the clinical efficacy, diagnostic accuracy, prognostic value cost-effectiveness as well as the ethical, social and legal implications of CT coronary angiography versus invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of CHD. Methods: A systematic literature search was conducted in electronic data bases (MEDLINE, EMBASE etc. in October 2010 and was completed with a manual search. The literature search was restricted to articles published from 2006 in German or English. Two independent reviewers were involved in the selection of the relevant publications. The medical evaluation was based on systematic reviews of diagnostic studies with invasive coronary angiography as the reference standard and on diagnostic studies with intracoronary pressure measurement as the reference standard. Study results were combined in a meta-analysis with 95 % confidence intervals (CI. Additionally, data on radiation doses from current non-systematic reviews were taken into account. A health economic evaluation was performed by modelling from the social perspective with clinical assumptions derived from the meta-analysis and economic assumptions derived from contemporary German sources. Data on special indications (bypass or in-stent-restenosis were not included in the evaluation. Only data obtained using CT scanners with at least 64 slices were considered. Results: No studies were found regarding the clinical efficacy or prognostic value of CT coronary angiography versus conventional invasive coronary angiography in the diagnosis of CHD. Overall, 15 systematic reviews with data from 44 diagnostic studies using invasive coronary angiography as the reference standard (identification of obstructive

  15. Mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity.

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    de Mello, Aline Haas; Costa, Ana Beatriz; Engel, Jéssica Della Giustina; Rezin, Gislaine Tezza

    2018-01-01

    Obesity leads to various changes in the body. Among them, the existing inflammatory process may lead to an increase in the production of reactive oxygen species (ROS) and cause oxidative stress. Oxidative stress, in turn, can trigger mitochondrial changes, which is called mitochondrial dysfunction. Moreover, excess nutrients supply (as it commonly is the case with obesity) can overwhelm the Krebs cycle and the mitochondrial respiratory chain, causing a mitochondrial dysfunction, and lead to a higher ROS formation. This increase in ROS production by the respiratory chain may also cause oxidative stress, which may exacerbate the inflammatory process in obesity. All these intracellular changes can lead to cellular apoptosis. These processes have been described in obesity as occurring mainly in peripheral tissues. However, some studies have already shown that obesity is also associated with changes in the central nervous system (CNS), with alterations in the blood-brain barrier (BBB) and in cerebral structures such as hypothalamus and hippocampus. In this sense, this review presents a general view about mitochondrial dysfunction in obesity, including related alterations, such as inflammation, oxidative stress, and apoptosis, and focusing on the whole organism, covering alterations in peripheral tissues, BBB, and CNS. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. [Coronary angiographic characteristics in septuagenarian patients with acute coronary syndrome].

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    Ben Ahmed, Habib; Bouzouita, Khaled; Hamdi, Imen; Ben Hassan, Fadoua; Mokaddem, Aida; Ben Ameur, Youssef; Boujnah, Mohamed R

    2013-05-01

    Although the prognosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in elderly patients is bleak , elderly population is less well treated both in medical and interventional terms. aims: to analyse angiographic findings in septuagenarian patients admitted with ACS and its impact on the therapeutic strategy. We retrospectively analysed 250 patients 70 years or older hospitalised for ACS who underwent a coronary angiography between january 2006 to September 2010. This population was more likely to be male with mean age 74 years and 93 % of ACS were inaugural events (60% N STEM, 40% STEMI).Coronary angiograms showed complex, diffuse coronary lesions with a high incidence of multivessel coronary artery disease , bifurcation lesions , and calcified stenosis. Angiographic findings after ACS in elderly were characterised by multivessel disease and complex lesions .Surgical or percutaneous coronary revascularizaion was possible in the majority of these patients.

  17. Transluminal coronary angioplasty complicated by coronary artery perforation.

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    Kimbiris, D; Iskandrian, A S; Goel, I; Bemis, C E; Gehl, L; Owens, J; Segal, B L

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    Transluminal coronary angioplasty may be associated with complications resulting from the dilatation catheter and inflation of the balloon. The most common complications are dissection, occlusion, and coronary spasm. We report an unusual complication of coronary artery perforation by the dilatation catheter resulting in acute pericardial tamponade. The complication was immediately recognized and confirmed by dye injection and hemodynamic measurements. Pericardiocentesis was performed, followed by successful coronary bypass surgery. The reasons for the perforation are unclear. We postulate that the acute angle of the perforated vessel was an important factor for this complication. The importance of a standby cardiac surgeon and operating room is emphasized.

  18. Coronary-to-bronchial artery fistula in a patient with multivessel coronary disease treated by percutaneous coronary intervention.

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    Rigattieri, Stefano; Fedele, Silvio; Sperandio, Massimiliano; Martuscelli, Eugenio; Simonetti, Giovanni; Altamura, Giuliano; Loschiavo, Paolo

    2010-08-01

    We describe the case of a 78-year-old patient, admitted to our hospital with an acute coronary syndrome. Coronary angiography showed multivessel coronary artery disease and an anomalous coronary vessel branching from the right coronary artery. After successful percutaneous revascularization and discharge, the anomalous vessel was diagnosed by contrast enhanced 64-multidetector computed tomography as a coronary-to-bronchial fistula. Since the patient was asymptomatic, conservative treatment was selected.

  19. Corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction frame counts in diabetic patients with angiographically normal coronary arteries.

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    Turkoglu, Sedat; Ozdemir, Murat; Tacoy, Gulten; Tavil, Yusuf; Abaci, Adnan; Timurkaynak, Timur; Cengel, Atiye

    2008-08-01

    To evaluate corrected thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count (CTFC) in patients with angiographically normal coronary arteries and diabetes mellitus, a condition known to be associated with microvascular dysfunction. Patients who underwent coronary angiography in Gazi University Hospital, Ankara, Turkey between January 2000 and January 2005 were studied. Corrected TIMI frame count was calculated over the left anterior descending (LAD), left circumflex (Cx) and right coronary arteries (RCA) in 118 diabetic and 122 non-diabetic patients with normal coronary angiogram. The mean CTFC values of the LAD, Cx, and the RCA were similar in diabetics and nondiabetics 21.0 +/= 7.5 versus 21.3 +/= 9.6, 23.3 +/= 9.7 versus 23.5 +/= 10.8, 17.9 +/= 6.7 versus 18.7 +/=7.4 respectively, p>0.05 for all comparisons. In stepwise multivariate linear regression analysis, body surface area had a significant correlation with CTFC of all the 3 coronary arteries. We conclude that CTFC in diabetics and non-diabetics with angiographically normal coronary arteries is similar. Since microvascular disease is an inherent component of diabetes, our finding may reflect the inadequacy of CTFC in predicting microvascular disease in diabetic patients with normal coronary angiograms.

  20. Coronary computed tomography and triple rule out CT in patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk profile. Part 1: Impact on patient management

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    Gruettner, Joachim, E-mail: joachim.gruettner@umm.de [Emergency Department, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Fink, Christian, E-mail: Christian.Fink@umm.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Walter, Thomas, E-mail: thomas.walter@umm.de [Emergency Department, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Theodor-Kutzer-Ufer 1-3, D-68167 Mannheim (Germany); Meyer, Mathias, E-mail: mr.meyer.mathias@gmail.com [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Apfaltrer, Paul, E-mail: Paul.Apfaltrer@umm.de [Institute of Clinical Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Schoepf, U. Joseph, E-mail: schoepf@musc.edu [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, Ashley River Tower, 25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC 29425-2260 (United States); Saur, Joachim, E-mail: joachim.saur@umm.de [1st Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Sueselbeck, Tim, E-mail: tim.sueselbeck@umm.de [1st Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Traunwieser, Dominik, E-mail: dominik.traunwieser@umm.de [1st Department of Medicine (Cardiology), University Medical Center, Medical Faculty Mannheim, Heidelberg University, Mannheim (Germany); Takx, Richard, E-mail: richard.takx@gmail.com [Department of Radiology and Radiological Science, Medical University of South Carolina, Charleston, Ashley River Tower, 25 Courtenay Drive, Charleston, SC 29425-2260 (United States); and others

    2013-01-15

    Objective: To evaluate the impact of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) or “triple-rule-out” CT angiography (TRO-CTA) on patient management in the work-up of patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk profile. Materials and methods: 100 patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) underwent coronary CTA or TRO-CTA for the evaluation of chest pain. Patients with a high and low cardiac risk profile were not included in this study. All patients with significant coronary stenosis >50% on coronary CTA underwent invasive coronary catheterization (ICC). Important other pathological findings were recorded. All patients had a 90-day follow-up period for major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Results: Based on a negative coronary CTA 60 of 100 patients were discharged on the same day. None of the discharged patients showed MACE during the 90-day follow-up. Coronary CTA revealed a coronary stenosis >50% in 19 of 100 patients. ICC confirmed significant coronary stenosis in 17/19 patients. Among the 17 true positive patients, 9 underwent percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation, 7 were received intensified medical therapy, and 1 patient underwent coronary artery bypass surgery. A TRO-CTA protocol was performed in 36/100 patients due to elevated D-dimer levels. Pulmonary embolism was present in 5 patients, pleural effusion of unknown etiology in 3 patients, severe right ventricular dysfunction with pericardial effusion in 1 patient, and an incidental bronchial carcinoma was diagnosed in 1 patient. Conclusion: Coronary CTA and TRO-CTA allow a rapid and safe discharge in the majority of patients presenting with acute chest pain and an intermediate risk for ACS while at the same time identifies those with significant coronary artery stenosis.

  1. Coronary computed tomography and triple rule out CT in patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk profile. Part 1: impact on patient management.

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    Gruettner, Joachim; Fink, Christian; Walter, Thomas; Meyer, Mathias; Apfaltrer, Paul; Schoepf, U Joseph; Saur, Joachim; Sueselbeck, Tim; Traunwieser, Dominik; Takx, Richard; Kralev, Stefan; Borggrefe, Martin; Schoenberg, Stefan O; Henzler, Thomas

    2013-01-01

    To evaluate the impact of coronary CT angiography (coronary CTA) or "triple-rule-out" CT angiography (TRO-CTA) on patient management in the work-up of patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk profile. 100 patients with acute chest pain and an intermediate cardiac risk for acute coronary syndrome (ACS) underwent coronary CTA or TRO-CTA for the evaluation of chest pain. Patients with a high and low cardiac risk profile were not included in this study. All patients with significant coronary stenosis >50% on coronary CTA underwent invasive coronary catheterization (ICC). Important other pathological findings were recorded. All patients had a 90-day follow-up period for major adverse cardiac events (MACE). Based on a negative coronary CTA 60 of 100 patients were discharged on the same day. None of the discharged patients showed MACE during the 90-day follow-up. Coronary CTA revealed a coronary stenosis >50% in 19 of 100 patients. ICC confirmed significant coronary stenosis in 17/19 patients. Among the 17 true positive patients, 9 underwent percutaneous coronary intervention with stent implantation, 7 were received intensified medical therapy, and 1 patient underwent coronary artery bypass surgery. A TRO-CTA protocol was performed in 36/100 patients due to elevated d-dimer levels. Pulmonary embolism was present in 5 patients, pleural effusion of unknown etiology in 3 patients, severe right ventricular dysfunction with pericardial effusion in 1 patient, and an incidental bronchial carcinoma was diagnosed in 1 patient. Coronary CTA and TRO-CTA allow a rapid and safe discharge in the majority of patients presenting with acute chest pain and an intermediate risk for ACS while at the same time identifies those with significant coronary artery stenosis. Copyright © 2012 Elsevier Ireland Ltd. All rights reserved.

  2. Simvastatin may improve myocardial perfusion abnormality in slow coronary flow.

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    Cakmak, Mahmut; Tanriverdi, Halil; Cakmak, Nazmiye; Evrengul, Harun; Cetemen, Sebnem; Kuru, Omur

    2008-01-01

    The slow coronary flow (SCF) phenomenon is a coronary microvascular disorder characterized by the delayed passage of contrast in the absence of obstructive epicardial coronary disease. Recent studies showed the possible role of endothelial dysfunction, diffuse atherosclerosis and inflammation in the pathogenesis of this phenomenon. We aimed to investigate the effect of statin on myocardial perfusion in patients with SCF. The study population consisted of 97 patients with SCF. Coronary flow patterns of the cases are determined by thrombolysis in myocardial infarction (TIMI) frame count method. Single-photon emission computed tomographic myocardial perfusion imaging studies and lipid parameters of the patients were obtained before and after 6 months of simvastatin treatment period. During the study, daily single dose of 40 mg simvastatin has been given to each subject. We found a significant positive correlation between mean TIMI frame count and basal reversibility score (r = 0.84, p = 0.0001). In addition, analysis of the reversibility scores demonstrates that simvastatin treatment has significantly improved the myocardial perfusion abnormality at the end of the follow-up period. Present findings allow us to conclude that simvastatin improved myocardial perfusion in patients with SCF.

  3. Coronary Artery Disease

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    Christiansen, Morten Krogh

    2017-01-01

    A family history of coronary artery disease (CAD) is an important risk factor for adverse coronary events, in particular if the disease has an early onset. The risk of CAD is influenced by genetic and environmental factors with a greater genetic contribution earlier in life. Through recent years......), and to characterize and quantify subclinical atherosclerosis in their relatives. Furthermore, the aim was to explore the impact of common genetic risk variants on the age of onset, familial clustering and disease severity. In study I, 143 patients with early- onset CAD were recruited from the Western Denmark Heart...... burden compared with late-onset CAD patients and healthy controls; however, the burden did not associate with familial clustering of CAD. Additionally, familial clustering seemed to be stronger associated with CAD disease severity than the polygenetic burden. Our findings emphasize the hereditary...

  4. The Role of Adipocytokines in Coronary Atherosclerosis.

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    Liberale, Luca; Bonaventura, Aldo; Vecchiè, Alessandra; Matteo, Casula; Dallegri, Franco; Montecucco, Fabrizio; Carbone, Federico

    2017-02-01

    The aim of this review is to overview the pathophysiological role of adipocytokines in atherogenesis, focusing on their potential role as biomarkers of coronary disease. Several lines of evidence indicated adipose tissue not only as depot but rather as an endocrine organ. In this context, the balance between pro- and anti-inflammatory adipocytokines has been shown to critically regulate vascular homeostasis in both physiological and pathophysiological conditions. Overweight and obesity are characterized by dysfunctional adipose tissue and then the prevalence of pro-inflammatory mediators, with a detrimental effect on vascular health. As opposite to adiponectin, pro-inflammatory adipocytokines, such as leptin and resistin, promote endothelial dysfunction and inflammatory processes involved in atherosclerotic plaque progression and vulnerability. Therefore, many adipocytokines have been investigated as potential biomarkers of cardiovascular (CV) risk, but their role has not yet been clearly established. Furthermore, the perivascular adipose tissue recently emerged as a critical modulator of atherosclerotic processes, due to the close interaction with the underlying vascular tissue. The ongoing discovery of new adipocytokines and the complex pathophysiological role of the different adipose tissue depots strongly contribute to define the complexity of adipocytokines network. Understanding those complex interactions may allow determining new potential biomarkers of CV risk and potential therapeutic targets.

  5. Ivabradine in stable coronary artery disease without clinical heart failure

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    Fox, Kim; Ford, Ian; Steg, Philippe Gabriel

    2014-01-01

    BACKGROUND: An elevated heart rate is an established marker of cardiovascular risk. Previous analyses have suggested that ivabradine, a heart-rate-reducing agent, may improve outcomes in patients with stable coronary artery disease, left ventricular dysfunction, and a heart rate of 70 beats per...... minute or more. METHODS: We conducted a randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled trial of ivabradine, added to standard background therapy, in 19,102 patients who had both stable coronary artery disease without clinical heart failure and a heart rate of 70 beats per minute or more (including 12...... without activity-limiting angina (P=0.02 for interaction). The incidence of bradycardia was higher with ivabradine than with placebo (18.0% vs. 2.3%, Pdisease without clinical heart failure, the addition of ivabradine to standard...

  6. [Peripheral perfusion in CAD patients with various-stage chronic heart failure undergoing coronary artery bypass grafting].

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    Kamenskaia, O V; Klinkova, A S; Khabarov, D V

    Using the orthostatic test, we examined peripheral perfusion by means of laser Doppler flowmetry (LDF) and transcutaneous oximetry in a total of 104 patients presenting with coronary artery disease and functional class II-IV chronic heart failure (CHF) prior to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and in the remote terms thereafter. Volumetric velocity of the microcirculatory blood flow (MCB) of the lower limbs was measured by means of LDF in perfusion units; partial oxygen pressure (TcPO2, mmHg) was registered by means of transcutaneous oximetry. The patients with CAD were subdivided into two groups as follows: Group One comprised patients with FC II CHF and Group Two included those with FC III-IV CHF. Prior to CABG according to the findings of LDF, the lowest level of MCB of the lower limbs was revealed in Group Two, being by 57.9% (42.5-61.3) less as compared with Group One (p=0.008). In Group Two patients as compared with Group One there was a larger proportion of patients with impaired reactivity of the peripheral microcirculatory bed during the orthostatic test in the form of: 1) a paradoxical reaction of the MCB both before CABG (60.6 versus 13.9%, p=0.00001) and in the remote terms after the operation (64.3 versus 16.2%, p=0.00001); 2) lack of the reaction of the MCB prior to the operation (19.7 versus 4.7%, p=0.02) and in the remote period after CABG (16.7 versus 2.7%, p=0.04). Group Two patients both before and after CABG were found to have a decrease (compared with the norm) in the TcPO2 parameters at rest, as well as lower reactivity of tissue metabolism of peripheral tissues during the orthostatic test. An initial decrease in the left ventricular output fraction of MCB during the orthostatic test prior to CABG increases the chances for the development of surgically significant atherosclerotic lesions of lower-limb arteries after myocardial revascularization (OR=4.2; 95% CI 1.3-2.3; p=0.01). Hence, the most pronounced impairments of the mechanisms of

  7. COGNITIVE DYSFUNCTION IN PATIENTS WITH ISCHEMIC HEART DISEASE

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    O. V. Yeremina

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG is one of the most effective methods of surgical treatment of ischemic heart disease (IHD. However, even improvement of life quality is evident in patients underwent CABG, some neuropsychological, cognitive alterations may appear. Therefore, the problem of neurological complications in cardiac surgery is still of current interest. Prevalence of cognitive dysfunction after CABG varies from 12 to 79%. One third of the patients have alterations of cognitive functions for 1 year and more after the operation. In this review, we will discuss the current understandings on etiology, pathogenesis and prevalence of cognitive dysfunction in patients with IHD after CABG. The following factors determine development of long-lasting cognitive deficiency: lower educational level, advanced age, significant alterations of cognitive functions in preoperative period. At present, age, comorbid pathology (arterial hypertension, diabetes mellitus, vascular diseases, lung diseases, heart fai­lure, alcohol and drug abuse, preoperative cognitive dysfunction are considered as major risk factors for CABG-induced neurological complications. Importance of timely diagnostics and early beginning of treatment of cognitive dysfunction will be discussed.

  8. Aging and Erectile Dysfunction.

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    Echeverri Tirado, Laura C; Ferrer, Julio E; Herrera, Ana M

    2016-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) has been identified as the most common sexual problem that affects mainly men older than 40 years. According to this, there is a strong evidence linking ED with a number of medical conditions and related risk factors that had been described in the literature, yet there is limited information about the specific mechanism involved in the establishment of ED among healthy older men. The purpose of this study is to review the literature and mainly focus on the basic physiologic and vascular alterations and morphologic changes related to aging and its related risk factors, summarizing the main and the latest findings in basic research of tissue remodeling process involved in ED pathophysiology. Data from the pertinent literature were examined to inform our conclusions. This article defines the morphologic and physiologic mechanisms involved in the process of aging, which play a key role in the development of sexual dysfunction. ED has been considered as a nonlife-threatening condition, but the recognition of its multiple comorbid conditions, the importance of aging process over the male sexual performance among them its relation with vascular and nitric oxide content alteration, as well as penile morphologic changes, and the fact that it is a widespread under-reported disease, have established the need of an early diagnosis and treatment of this common sexual problem within the general male population. In this case, morphologic and physiologic mechanisms that are involved in the aging process play a key role in the development of sexual dysfunction in the absence of any other clinical or medical condition. Copyright © 2016 International Society for Sexual Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  9. Dipyridamole, cold pressor test, and demonstration of endothelial dysfunction: a PET study of myocardial perfusion in diabetes

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    Kjaer, Andreas; Meyer, Christian; Nielsen, Flemming S

    2003-01-01

    Much evidence suggests endothelial dysfunction to be present in non-insulin-dependent diabetes mellitus (NIDDM) and to be important for the development of myocardial ischemia. Endothelial function in the coronary vessels may be studied in various ways. We compared the effect of cold pressor testing...

  10. Effect of changes in contractility on the index of myocardial performance in the dysfunctional left ventricle

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    Lavine Steven J

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    Full Text Available Abstract Background The index of myocardial performance has prognostic power in patients with cardiomyopathy and following myocardial infarction. As the index of myocardial performance has been shown to be preload and afterload dependent, the effect of altering contractility on IMP and its components with left ventricular dysfunction has been incompletely delineated. Methods Chronic left ventricular dysfunction was induced in 10 canines using coronary microsphere embolization. Each dog was instrumented and imaged with 2D echo and Doppler. At the same atrially paced rate, contractility was increased with a dobutamine infusion and then following 4 weeks of oral digoxin. Results With chronic left ventricular dysfunction, a reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (42 ± 3%, p Conclusion Increased inotropy with digoxin and dobutamine reduced the index of myocardial performance in dogs with left ventricular dysfunction. Shortened isovolumic contraction time, increased diastolic filling period, and reduced left ventricular end diastolic pressure with digoxin may provide insight into its efficacy in heart failure.

  11. Functional vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia: mechanisms and consequences of cerebral autoregulatory dysfunction, endothelial impairment, and neurovascular uncoupling in aging.

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    Toth, Peter; Tarantini, Stefano; Csiszar, Anna; Ungvari, Zoltan

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    Increasing evidence from epidemiological, clinical and experimental studies indicate that age-related cerebromicrovascular dysfunction and microcirculatory damage play critical roles in the pathogenesis of many types of dementia in the elderly, including Alzheimer's disease. Understanding and targeting the age-related pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie vascular contributions to cognitive impairment and dementia (VCID) are expected to have a major role in preserving brain health in older individuals. Maintenance of cerebral perfusion, protecting the microcirculation from high pressure-induced damage and moment-to-moment adjustment of regional oxygen and nutrient supply to changes in demand are prerequisites for the prevention of cerebral ischemia and neuronal dysfunction. This overview discusses age-related alterations in three main regulatory paradigms involved in the regulation of cerebral blood flow (CBF): cerebral autoregulation/myogenic constriction, endothelium-dependent vasomotor function, and neurovascular coupling responses responsible for functional hyperemia. The pathophysiological consequences of cerebral microvascular dysregulation in aging are explored, including blood-brain barrier disruption, neuroinflammation, exacerbation of neurodegeneration, development of cerebral microhemorrhages, microvascular rarefaction, and ischemic neuronal dysfunction and damage. Due to the widespread attention that VCID has captured in recent years, the evidence for the causal role of cerebral microvascular dysregulation in cognitive decline is critically examined. Copyright © 2017 the American Physiological Society.

  12. Coffee consumption and coronary calcification - The Rotterdam Coronary Calcification Study

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    van Woudenbergh, Geertruida J.; Vliegenthart, Rozemarijn; van Rooij, Frank J. A.; Hofman, Albert; Oudkerk, Matthijs; Witteman, Jacqueline C. M.; Geleijnse, Johanna M.

    Background-The role of coffee in the cardiovascular system is not yet clear. We examined the relation of coffee intake with coronary calcification in a population-based cohort. Methods and Results-The study involved 1570 older men and women without coronary heart disease who participated in the

  13. Coffee consumption and coronary calcification: The Rotterdam coronary calcification study

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    G.J. van Woudenbergh (Geertruida); R. Vliegenthart (Rozemarijn); F.J.A. van Rooij (Frank); A. Hofman (Albert); M. Oudkerk (Matthijs); J.C.M. Witteman (Jacqueline); J.M. Geleijnse (Marianne)

    2008-01-01

    textabstractBACKGROUND - The role of coffee in the cardiovascular system is not yet clear. We examined the relation of coffee intake with coronary calcification in a population-based cohort. METHODS AND RESULTS - The study involved 1570 older men and women without coronary heart disease who

  14. Coffee Consumption and Coronary Calcification: The Rotterdam Coronary Calcification Study

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    Woudenbergh, van G.J.; Vliegenthart, R.; Rooij, van F.J.A.; Hofman, A.; Oudkerk, M.; Witteman, J.C.M.; Geleijnse, J.M.

    2008-01-01

    Background¿ The role of coffee in the cardiovascular system is not yet clear. We examined the relation of coffee intake with coronary calcification in a population-based cohort. Methods and Results¿ The study involved 1570 older men and women without coronary heart disease who participated in the

  15. Managing female sexual dysfunction.

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    Buster, John E

    2013-10-01

    Female sexual dysfunctions (FSDs) range from short-term aggravations to major emotional disturbances adversely affecting family and workplace. This review highlights diagnosis and management of the four most widely diagnosed FSDs. It initially focuses on hypoactive sexual desire disorder (HSDD) as a driving force at the heart of all other FSDs; nothing happens without sexual desire. Successful resolution of HSDD frequently facilitates resolution of other disorders. Central to understanding HSDD is the impact of aging female sexual endocrinology and its effect on both prevalence and expression patterns of FSD. Advances in this field have enabled introduction of some the most effective treatments yet described for HSDD. Sexual arousal disorder, though commonly affected by the same factors as HSDD, is heavily associated with psychotropic drugs and mood elevators. Orgasmic disorder is frequently the downstream result of other sexual dysfunctions, particularly HSDD, or the result of a major psychosexual trauma. Successful management of the underlying disorder often resolves orgasmic disorder. Sexual pain disorder is frequently the result of a gynecologic disorder, such as endometriosis, that can be substantially managed through successful treatment of that disorder. This article ends with the article's most important note: how to initiate the conversation. Copyright © 2013 American Society for Reproductive Medicine. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  16. Periodontal disease and risk of atherosclerotic coronary heart disease.

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    Nakajima, Takako; Yamazaki, Kazuhisa

    2009-07-01

    Atherosclerosis is an important component of coronary heart disease (CHD), which is the leading cause of death worldwide, including in Japan. Because atherosclerotic processes are typified by chronic inflammatory responses, which are similar to those elicited by chronic infection, the role of infection in promoting or accelerating atherosclerosis has received considerable focus. Increasing evidence supports the notion that periodontitis is associated with increased risk of atherosclerosis through dysfunction of endothelial cells induced by either periodontopathic bacteria or their products, or inflammatory mediators derived from infected periodontal tissue. Here we review whether periodontitis represents a risk factor for CHD or atherosclerosis, particularly in a Japanese population.

  17. MRI assessment of coronary microvascular endothelial nitric oxide synthase function using myocardial T1 mapping.

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    Cui, Sophia X; Epstein, Frederick H

    2017-08-07

    Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) plays a central role in regulating vascular tone, blood flow, and microvascular permeability. Endothelial dysfunction, including eNOS dysfunction, is an early biomarker of vascular disease. This study aimed to show that myocardial T1 mapping during nitric oxide synthase (NOS) inhibition could assess coronary microvascular eNOS function. Wild-type mice, eNOS-/- mice, and wild-type mice fed a high-fat diet underwent T1 mapping at baseline and for 20 min after injection of NG -nitro-L-arginine methyl ester (LNAME), a NOS inhibitor. First-pass perfusion MRI was performed in wild-type mice at baseline and 5 min after LNAME injection. T1 mapping detected an increase in myocardial T1 5 min after an injection of 4 mg/kg LNAME compared with baseline in control mice (T1  = 1515 ± 30 ms with LNAME versus T1  = 1402 ± 30 ms at baseline, P coronary microvascular eNOS dysfunction in high-fat-diet mice. T1 mapping during NOS inhibition may be useful in preclinical studies aiming to investigate mechanisms underlying and therapies for coronary microvascular eNOS dysfunction. Magn Reson Med, 2017. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine. © 2017 International Society for Magnetic Resonance in Medicine.

  18. Vesicoureteral reflux and bladder dysfunction.

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    Lee, Hyeyoung; Lee, Yong Seung; Im, Young Jae; Han, Sang Won

    2012-09-01

    The relationship between vesicoureteral reflux and bladder dysfunction is inseparable and has long been emphasized. However, the primary concern of all physicians treating patients with vesicoureteral reflux is the prevention of renal scarring and eventual deterioration of renal function. Bladder dysfunction, urinary tract infection and vesicoureteral reflux are the three important factors which are closely related to each other and contribute to the formation of renal scar. Especially, there is ongoing discussion regarding the role of bladder dysfunction in the prognosis of both medically and surgically treated vesicoureteral reflux. The effect of bladder dysfunction on VUR is mostly via inadequate sphincter relaxation during infancy which is closer to immature bladder dyscoordination rather than true dysfunction. But after toilet training, functional obstruction caused by voluntary sphincter constriction during voiding is responsible through elevation in bladder pressure, thus distorting the architecture of bladder and ureterovesical junction. Reports suggest that voiding phase abnormalities in lower urinary tract dysfunction contributes to lower spontaneous resolution rate of VUR. However, filling phase abnormalities such as involuntary detrusor contraction can also cause VUR even in the absence of dysfunctional voiding. With regards to the effect of bladder dysfunction on treatment, meta-analysis reveals that the cure rate of VUR following endoscopic treatment is less in children with bladder bowel dysfunction but there is no difference for open surgery. The pathophysiology of bladder dysfunction associated with UTI can be explained by the 'milk-back' of contaminated urine back into the bladder and significant residual urine resulting from functional outlet obstruction. In addition, involuntary detrusor contraction can decrease perfusion of the bladder mucosa thus decreasing mucosal immunity and creating a condition prone to UTI. In terms of renal scarring

  19. Current Role of Ivabradine in Stable Coronary Artery Disease Without Heart Failure.

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    Porres-Aguilar, Mateo; Muñoz, Oscar C; Abbas, Aamer

    2016-02-01

    Increase in heart rate represents a significant contribution in the pathophysiology of coronary artery disease and heart failure, by promoting atherosclerotic process and endothelial dysfunction. Thus, it negatively influences cardiovascular risk in the general population. The aim of this review is to analyze the current, controversial, and future role of ivabradine as an anti-anginal agent in the setting of coronary artery disease without heart failure. Ivabradine represents a selective heart rate-lowering agent that increased diastolic perfusion time and improving energetics in the ischemic myocardium.

  20. Safety and Technical Success of Percutaneous Left Main Coronary Artery Stenting

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    Ali, Liaqat; Malik, Shahid Nawaz; Khalid, Abdullah Bin; Sultan, Mehboob; Sadiq, Nadeem

    2014-01-01

    Objective: Critical stenosis of left main coronary artery (LMCA) has always remained a challenge for interventional cardiologists. Conventionally Coronary Artery Bypass Grafting (CABG) is done for these patients but recently Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) is also being tried more frequently, but data of PCI is scarce in this regard. Our objective was to determine the safety and technical success rate of percutaneous left main coronary artery stenting. Methods: This was 12 month follow up study conducted at Pakistan Institute of Medical Sciences (PIMS), Islamabad from 11th Jan 2012 to 11th Jan 2013. All symptomatic patients who underwent coronary angiogram at PIMS and were found to have either isolated LMCA disease or coexisting osteal Left Anterior Descending (LAD) artery disease were potentially eligible for the study. Patients who had previous surgical treatment for coronary artery disease and those with renal dysfunction requiring dialysis were excluded. Patients were counselled in detail regarding the pros and cons of PCI versus CABG.Those who opted for PCI were included in the study. All these patients were treated with percutaneous left main coronary artery stenting with or without osteal LAD stenting. Results: Seventy two patients had LMCA disease during angiogram. Fifteen patients opted for CABG. Four patients did not meet the inclusion criteria, whereas 53 patients were finally enrolled. Mean age of patients were 55.45±10.275 years. Twenty nine patients were with acute coronary syndrome and 22 presented with unstable angina.PCI with stenting was technically successful in all patients. One patient died three months after PCI, there was no other mortality. Conclusion: Our study showed that Percutaneous Coronary Intervention (PCI) to LMS has good technical success rate; the safety of the procedure is also acceptable. PMID:25097507

  1. Coronary Restenosis; A Shifting Paradigm

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    2009-01-01

    In this thesis, different modalities and treatment options for the treatment and prevention of coronary restenosis are discussed. All studied during the past 10 years in the clinical setting of the coronary catheterization laboratories in Utrecht. At first the initial results using intracoronary

  2. Heart Attack Coronary Artery Disease

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    ... prevent or slow the progression of coronary artery disease. A heart-healthy diet, exercise, and other lifestyle choices are the basic steps to keeping your heart strong and healthy. Coronary artery disease begins when fatty deposits (plaques) containing cholesterol build ...

  3. Outcome of Prolonged Ventricular Fibrillation and CPR in a Rat Model of Chronic Ischemic Left Ventricular Dysfunction

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    Xiangshao Fang

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Patients with chronic left ventricular (LV dysfunction are assumed to have a lower chance of successful CPR and lower likelihood of ultimate survival. However, these assumptions have rarely been documented. Therefore, we investigated the outcome of prolonged ventricular fibrillation (VF and CPR in a rat model of chronic LV dysfunction. Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized to (1 chronic LV dysfunction: animals underwent left coronary artery ligation; and (2 sham control. Echocardiography was used to measure cardiac performance before surgery and 4 weeks after surgery. Four weeks after surgical intervention, 8 min of VF was induced and defibrillation was delivered after 8 min of CPR. LV dilation and low ejection fraction were observed 4 weeks after coronary ligation. With optimal chest compressions, coronary perfusion pressure values during CPR were well maintained and indistinguishable between groups. There were no differences in resuscitability and numbers of shock required for successful resuscitation between groups. Despite the significantly decreased cardiac index in LV dysfunction animals before induction of VF, no differences in cardiac index were observed between groups following resuscitation, which was associated with the insignificant difference in postresuscitation survival. In conclusion, the outcomes of CPR were not compromised by the preexisting chronic LV dysfunction.

  4. Acute pulmonary embolism with right ventricular dysfunction and left ventricular collapse. Case report.

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    Jorge Eliécer Rivas-Ibargüen

    2016-06-01

    Full Text Available We present the case of a patient with high risk Pulmonary Embolism (PE due to right ventricular dysfunction and severe hemodynamic dysfunction. The patient required thrombolytic therapy in the context of an initial suspicion of an acute coronary event. PE is a frequent, preventable clinical entity characterized by sudden occlusion of the pulmonary artery. The clinical spectrum is wide, from asymptomatic patients to death by shock and circulatory collapse. The basis of its treatment is anticoagulation. Therapies such as thrombolysis have been shown to have benefits in the mortality of patients in the scenario of shock and hemodynamic instability if there are no contraindications for its use. This entity represents a challenge since the clinical manifestations may be very similar to those of an acute coronary event and other potentially fatal conditions.

  5. Coronary microvascular disease as an early culprit in the pathophysiology of diabetes and metabolic syndrome.

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    Labazi, Hicham; Trask, Aaron J

    2017-09-01

    Metabolic syndrome (MetS) is a group of cardio-metabolic risk factors that includes obesity, insulin resistance, hypertension, and dyslipidemia; these are also a combination of independent coronary artery disease (CAD) risk factors. Alarmingly, the prevalence of MetS risk factors are increasing and a leading cause for mortality. In the vasculature, complications from MetS and type 2 diabetes (T2D) can be divided into microvascular (retinopathy and nephropathy) and macrovascular (cardiovascular diseases and erectile dysfunction). In addition to vascular and endothelial dysfunction, vascular remodeling and stiffness are also hallmarks of cardiovascular disease (CVD), and well-characterized vascular changes that are observed in the early stages of hypertension, T2D, and obesity [1-3]. In the heart, the link between obstructive atherosclerosis of coronary macrovessels and myocardial ischemia (MI) is well established. However, recent studies show that abnormalities in the coronary microcirculation are associated with functional and structural changes in coronary microvessels (classically defined as being ≤150-200μm internal diameter), which may cause or contribute to MI even in the absence of obstractive CAD. This suggests a prognostic value of an abnormal coronary microcirculation as an early sub-clinical culprit in the pathogenesis and progression of heart disease in T2D and MetS. The aim of this review is to summarize recent studies investigating the coronary microvascular remodeling in an early pre-atherosclerotic phase of MetS and T2D, and to explore potential mechanisms associated with the timing of coronary microvascular remodeling relative to that of the macrovasculature. Copyright © 2017 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

  6. Impact of Diabetes on Homocysteine Levels and Its Relationship with Coronary Artery Disease: A Single-Centre Cohort Study

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    Schaffer, A.; Verdoia, M.; Barbieri, L.; Cassetti, E.; Suryapranata, H.; Luca, G. De

    2016-01-01

    BACKGROUND/AIMS: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is a major cause of mortality worldwide. Hyperhomocysteinemia has been identified as a risk factor for CAD due to increased thrombogenicity, oxidative stress status and endothelial dysfunction. Few data have been provided on the impact of diabetes on

  7. Investigation of erectile dysfunction

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    Patel, D V; Halls, J; Patel, U

    2012-01-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) represents a common and debilitating condition with a wide range of organic and non-organic causes. Physical aetiologies can be divided into disorders affecting arterial inflow, the venous occlusion mechanism or the penile structure itself. Various imaging modalities can be utilised to investigate the physical causes of ED, but penile Doppler sonography (PDS) is the most informative technique, indicated in those patients with ED who do not respond to oral pharmacological agents (e.g. phosphodiesterase type 5 inhibitors). This review will examine the anatomical and physiological basis of penile erection, the method for performing PDS and features of specific causes of ED, and will also consider the alternative imaging modalities available. PMID:23118101

  8. Depression and erectile dysfunction.

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    Seagraves, R T

    2000-05-01

    The association of depression and erectile dysfunction (ED) has been firmly established, but it may be difficult to distinguish between cause and effect--whether ED causes the depression or the depression causes ED--in an individual patient. In most patients who have major depression, successful reversal of the depressive syndrome results in a return of erectile capacity. In other patients--those who suffer from minor depression--restoration of erectile capacity can lead to an improvement in mood. In either case, knowing how to diagnose depression in ED patients is important, not only because depressed patients are more likely to drop out of treatment for ED, but also because untreated depression can be life-threatening.

  9. Progressive posterior cortical dysfunction

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    Fábio Henrique de Gobbi Porto

    Full Text Available Abstract Progressive posterior cortical dysfunction (PPCD is an insidious syndrome characterized by prominent disorders of higher visual processing. It affects both dorsal (occipito-parietal and ventral (occipito-temporal pathways, disturbing visuospatial processing and visual recognition, respectively. We report a case of a 67-year-old woman presenting with progressive impairment of visual functions. Neurologic examination showed agraphia, alexia, hemispatial neglect (left side visual extinction, complete Balint's syndrome and visual agnosia. Magnetic resonance imaging showed circumscribed atrophy involving the bilateral parieto-occipital regions, slightly more predominant to the right . Our aim was to describe a case of this syndrome, to present a video showing the main abnormalities, and to discuss this unusual presentation of dementia. We believe this article can contribute by improving the recognition of PPCD.

  10. Epilepsy and Mitochondrial Dysfunction

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    Russell P. Saneto DO, PhD

    2017-10-01

    Full Text Available Epilepsy is a common manifestation of mitochondrial disease. In a large cohort of children and adolescents with mitochondrial disease (n = 180, over 48% of patients developed seizures. The majority (68% of patients were younger than 3 years and medically intractable (90%. The electroencephalographic pattern of multiregional epileptiform discharges over the left and right hemisphere with background slowing occurred in 62%. The epilepsy syndrome, infantile spasms, was seen in 17%. Polymerase γ mutations were the most common genetic etiology of seizures, representing Alpers-Huttenlocher syndrome (14%. The severity of disease in those patients with epilepsy was significant, as 13% of patients experienced early death. Simply the loss of energy production cannot explain the development of seizures or all patients with mitochondrial dysfunction would have epilepsy. Until the various aspects of mitochondrial physiology that are involved in proper brain development are understood, epilepsy and its treatment will remain unsatisfactory.

  11. Cycling and erectile dysfunction

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    Ina Šibli

    2015-01-01

    Full Text Available Abstract: For many years medical studies have implicated bicycle riding is causing erectile dysfunction (ED in association with higher perineal pressure. This review focuses upon epidemiological studies assesing the impact of cycling on ED, pathogenesis of ED in cyclists  as well as on research considering changes of perineal pressure, hemodynamics, and nerve conduction when cycling. Investigestors were also interested in different saddle sizes, materials and geometry and also in the impact of saddle and riders position on changes to the perineum. Research on female cyclists is very limited but indicates similar genitourinary disorders as in male cyclists. We also review  research on preventative and therapeutic options regarding bicycle riding and ED.

  12. Endothelins & erectile dysfunction.

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    Ritchie, Robert; Sullivan, Mark

    2011-06-01

    Erectile dysfunction (ED) is common and a significant contributor to poor quality of life and psychosocial morbidity in men. Normal erectile function requires effective co-ordination between a number of complex neural pathways. Penile tumescence occurs in response to rapid arterial inflow to the corpora cavernosa with simultaneous venous outflow restriction due to expansion of the lacunar spaces. This process is under both central and local neuromediation. Endothelins are potent vasoconstrictor peptides that cause strong, slowly developing but sustained contraction of trabecular smooth muscles cells of the corpora cavernosa. Multiple mechanisms of action are proposed, including transmembrane calcium flux, mobilisation of inositol triphosphate sensitive intracellular calcium stores and calcium sensitisation through the Rho-Rho kinase pathway. The exact role of endothelins in the pathogenesis of ED currently remains unclear. Elevated endothelin-1 levels are found in patients with diabetes mellitus and this alone may be sufficient to cause ED. However, this is not borne out in clinical studies. The resultant elevated intracellular calcium may, however, modulate gene expression sufficiently to cause smooth muscle proliferation. Alternatively, alterations in endothelin receptor sensitivity in conditions such as diabetes and hypertension may enhance vasoconstrictor processes. Currently there is contradictory evidence for the role of endothelin receptor antagonists in ED. Animals studies suggest they inhibit corporal vasoconstriction, improve erectile function and protect against diabetes-induced smooth muscle apoptosis. However, the results of clinical studies in ED have been less promising. Uncertainty regarding the exact role of endothelin in penile erection hampers progress in this area. It is possible that the endothelin system may only be relevant to ED in certain conditions where global endothelial dysfunction exists (e.g. diabetes mellitus, systemic sclerosis) and

  13. Characteristic findings of exercise ECG test, perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography in patients with exercise induced myocardial stunning

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    Ahn, Byeong Cheol; Seo, Ji Hyoung; Bae, Jin Ho; Jeong, Shin Young; Park, Hun Sik; Lee, Jae Tae; Chae, Shung Chull; Lee, Kyu Bo [School of Medicine, Kyungpook National Univ., Daegu (Korea, Republic of)

    2004-06-01

    Transient wall motion abnormality and contractile dysfunction of the left ventricle (LV) can be observed in patients with coronary artery disease due to post-stress myocardial stunning. To understand clinical characteristics of stress induced LV dysfunction, we have compared the findings of exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography between subjects with and without post-stress LV dysfunction. Among subjects who underwent exercise stress test, myocardial perfusion SPECT and coronary angiography within a month of interval, we enrolled 36 patients with post-stress LV ejection fraction (LVEF) was {>=}5% lower than rest (stunning group) and 16 patients with difference of post-stress and rest LVEF was lesser than 1% (non-stunning group) for this study. Treadmill exercise stress gated myocardial perfusion SPECT was performed with dual head SPECT camera using 740 MBq Tc-99m MIBI and coronary angiography was also performed by conventional Judkins method. Stunning group had a significantly higher incidence of hypercholesterolemia than non-stunning group(45.5 vs 7.1%, p=0.01). Stunning group also had higher incidence of diabetes mellitus and lower incidence of hypertension, but these were not statistically significant. Stunning group had larger and more severe perfusion defect in stress perfusion myocardial SPECT than non-stunning group(extent 18.2 vs 9.2%, p=0.029; severity 13.5 vs 6.9, p=0.040). Stunning group also had higher degree of reversibility of perfusion defect, higher incidence of positive exercise stress test and higher incidence of having severe stenosis(80{approx}99%) in coronary angiography than non-stunning group, but these were not statistically significant. In stunning group, all of 4 patients without perfusion defect had significant coronary artery stenosis and had received revascularization treatment. Patients with post-stress LV dysfunction had larger and more severe perfusion defect and severe coronary artery stenosis than

  14. Noninvasive quantification of coronary endothelial function by SPECT imaging in children with a history of Kawasaki disease

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    Cicala, Silvana; Paladini, Rodolfo; Leva, Francesco de [Santobono-Pausilipon Children Medical Hospital, Division of Cardiology, Department of Paediatrics, Naples (Italy); Pellegrino, Teresa; Caprio, Maria Grazia [Institute of Diagnostic and Nuclear Development, SDN Foundation, Naples (Italy); Storto, Giovanni [IRCCS, CROB, Rionero in Vulture (Italy); Mainolfi, Ciro; Cuocolo, Alberto [Federico II University, Department of Biomorphological and Functional Sciences, Naples (Italy); National Council of Research, Institute of Biostructures and Bioimages, Naples (Italy)

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    The feasibility of coronary function estimation by single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) has been recently demonstrated. The aim of this study was to apply SPECT imaging in patients with previous Kawasaki disease (KD) to assess the coronary functional status at long-term follow-up of the acute phase of the disease. Sixteen children with a history of KD underwent {sup 99m}Tc-sestamibi imaging at rest and during the cold pressor test (CPT). Myocardial blood flow (MBF) was estimated by measuring first transit counts in the pulmonary artery and myocardial counts from SPECT images. Coronary endothelial function was expressed as the ratio of the CPT to rest MBF. Six KD patients without coronary artery lesions served as controls and ten with coronary artery aneurysms during the acute phase of the disease were separated into two groups: group 1 (n = 4) with regressed and group 2 (n = 6) with persistent aneurysm at follow-up. The estimated coronary endothelial function was higher in controls compared to patients with coronary artery aneurysms (2.5 {+-} 0.3 vs 1.7 {+-} 0.7, p < 0.05). A significant difference in coronary endothelial function among groups was found (F = 5.21, p < 0.02). Coronary endothelial function was higher in patients of group 1 than in those of group 2 (1.9 {+-} 0.6 vs 1.4 {+-} 0.7, p < 0.02). SPECT may be applied as a noninvasive method for assessing coronary vascular function in children with a history of KD, demonstrating an impaired response to the CPT, an endothelial-dependent vasodilator stimulus. These findings reinforce the concept that coronary endothelial dysfunction may represent a long-term sequela of KD. (orig.)

  15. Bladder Dysfunction and Vesicoureteral Reflux

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    Ulla Sillén

    2008-01-01

    Full Text Available In this overview the influence of functional bladder disturbances and of its treatment on the resolution of vesicoureteral reflux (VUR in children is discussed. Historically both bladder dysfunction entities, the overactive bladder (OAB and the dysfunctional voiding (DV, have been described in conjunction with VUR. Treatment of the dysfunction was also considered to influence spontaneous resolution in a positive way. During the last decades, however, papers have been published which could not support these results. Regarding the OAB, a prospective study with treatment of the bladder overactivity with anticholinergics, did not influence spontaneous resolution rate in children with a dysfunction including also the voiding phase, DV and DES (dysfunctional elimination syndrome, most studies indicate a negative influence on the resolution rate of VUR in children, both before and after the age for bladder control, both with and without treatment. However, a couple of uncontrolled studies indicate that there is a high short-term resolution rate after treatment with flow biofeedback. It should be emphasized that the voiding phase dysfunctions (DV and DES are more severe than the genuine filling phase dysfunction (OAB, with an increased frequency of UTI and renal damage in the former groups. To be able to answer the question if treatment of bladder dysfunction influence the resolution rate of VUR in children, randomized controlled studies must be performed.

  16. Thyroid dysfunction in the elderly

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    Sep 9, 1997 ... hyperthyroidism and 7 of hypothyroidism. Subclinical disease was diagnosed in 40 subjects. The overall prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in this population was. 11.2%. In 22 (3.4%) this had previously been recognised, while in 50 (7.8%) the dysfunction was newly diagnosed by the current survey.

  17. [Adhesion molecules and mononuclear cell subpopulations in the coronary and pulmonary arteries of patients with coronary heart disease].

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    Chumachenko, P V; Ivanova, A G; Belokon, E V; Akchurin, R S

    2015-01-01

    Atherosclerosis is a multifactor disease, in which dysfunction of the endothelium leads to the emergence of its adhesion molecules. to investigate the expression of the endothelial adhesion molecules PECAM (CD31), ICAM, and VCAM, as well as adherent endothelial T cells and monocytes. The material examined was en face pulmonary and coronary artery samples taken during autopsies (10 men), and en face specimens obtained from the coronary artery fragments taken from coronary heart disease patients during endarterectomy (37 men). This investigation used antibodies to the adhesion molecules ICAM-1, VCAM-1, and PECAM and those to CD3, CD4, CD8 T-cells and CD68 monocytes. The endothelial cells in the atherosclerotically intact coronary arteries had an elongated shape and were aligned along the blood flow. Those located above atheromas and fibroatheromas changed their shape from elongated to polygonal. Above the fatty streaks and atheromas, the reaction with antibodies to CD31 antigens became weaker at the edge of endothelial cells and disappeared in places. While the atherosclerotic process progressed, the reaction with the CD31 antigen at the edge of endothelial cells was similar in intensity to that on the surface of the endothelium. Adhesion of T cells and monocytes to the endothelium of coronary arteries increased as the atherosclerotic vascular process progressed. T cells and monocytes more often adhered to the endothelium at the sites where the endothelial cells contacted each other. Heterogeneity was found in the endothelial cells: their shape, the expression of adhesion molecules, and the adhesion of lymphocytes and monocytes to them changed during the progression of the atherosclerotic process.

  18. Right Atrial Angiosarcoma with Severe Biventricular Dysfunction and Massive Pericardial Effusion

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    Feridoun Sabzi

    2013-02-01

    Full Text Available This paper presents the case of a 35 year-old woman with symptoms of heart failure from the last month. A physical examination at admission showed paleness, dyspnea, peripheral edema and fatigue. In a two-dimensional echocardiography and transesophageal echocardiography, normal thickness but severe left and right ventricular dysfunction with severe pericardial effusion and thickened pericardium were found. In the enlarged right atrium, an oval-shaped structure was found with features of continuity with lateral right atrial wall and also a bulging of the structure through the orifice of the tricuspid valve to the right ventricle. In the echocardiography, we did not saw any blocking of the tricuspid valve or the inflow from inferior vena cava (IVC or superior vena cava (SVC or coronary sinus. On the basis of the echocardiography examination and clinical presentation, tentative diagnosis of the right atrium myxoma was made. A coronary angiography revealed normal coronary arteries and no feeding of tumor by branch of right coronary artery (RCA. Surgical removal of the tumor was performed without complication. The histopathological examination confirmed the diagnosis of angiosarcoma. In the follow-up echocardiography carried out after three months, severe left ventricular (LV and right ventricular (RV dysfunction continued and was demonstrated. Magnetic resonance imaging revealed no lymphadenopathy or re-growth of the tumor in the mediastinum or pericardium.

  19. Muscle dysfunction in cancer patients

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    Christensen, Jesper Frank; Jones, L W; Andersen, J L

    2014-01-01

    implications of muscle dysfunction in cancer patients. The efficacy of exercise training to prevent and/or mitigate cancer-related muscle dysfunction is also discussed. DESIGN: We identified 194 studies examining muscular outcomes in cancer patients by searching PubMed and EMBASE databases. RESULTS: Muscle...... in oncology practice. Significant progress has been made over the last decade in the field of exercise oncology, indicating that exercise training constitutes a potent modulator of skeletal muscle function in patients with cancer. CONCLUSION: There are clear associations between muscle dysfunction...... dysfunction is evident across all stages of the cancer trajectory. The causes of cancer-related muscle dysfunction are complex, but may involve a wide range of tumor-, therapy- and/or lifestyle-related factors, depending on the clinical setting of the individual patient. The main importance of muscle...

  20. Respiratory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

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    Torsney, K M; Forsyth, D

    2017-03-01

    Respiratory dysfunction has been associated with Parkinson's disease since it was first described in 1817. The respiratory symptoms observed in Parkinson's disease patients vary greatly. Most patients remain asymptomatic, whereas others present with acute shortness of breath and even stridor. In August 2016, an electronic literature search was conducted using PubMed and Google Scholar. Results were screened and studies reporting on respiratory dysfunction associated with Parkinson's disease were included. Respiratory dysfunction is due to a combination of factors including restrictive changes, upper airway obstruction, abnormal ventilatory drive and response to medications. Much debate surrounds the mechanism underlying respiratory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease, its prevalence and the effect of levodopa on respiration. It is clear from this review that larger studies, comparing patients of similar disease duration and severity using the same pulmonary function parameters, are required to provide a better understanding of the pathophysiology underlying respiratory dysfunction in Parkinson's disease.

  1. Cardiometabolic Risk Factors in Patients with Erectile Dysfunction

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    Serhat Tanik

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Introduction. There is an increasing interest in the association between erectile dysfunction (ED and cardiovascular risk factor. Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT is associated with insulin resistance, increased cardiometabolic risk, and coronary artery disease. Our aim was to investigate relationships between epicardial fat thickness (EFT as a cardiometabolic risk factor and erectile dysfunction. Method. We selected 30 erectile dysfunction patients without comorbidities and 30 healthy individuals. IIEF-5 score was applied to all patients, and IIEF-5 score below 22 was considered as erectile dysfunction. EFT was measured by echocardiography. Results. Body mass index (BMI was higher in ED patients than those without ED (28.19 ± 4.45 kg/m2 versus 23.84±2.36 kg/m2, P = 0.001, resp.. Waist circumstance (WC was higher in ED patients than those without ED (106.60±5.90 versus 87.86 ± 14.51, P = 0.001, resp.. EFT was higher in ED patients compared to non-ED patients (0.49 ± 0.09 cm versus 0.45 ± 0.03 cm, P = 0.016, resp.. There was positive correlation among BMI, WC, and EFT. There was negative correlation between EFT and IIEF-5 score (r : -0.632, P = 0.001. Conclusion. EAT, BMI, and WC as cardiometabolic risk factors were higher in erectile dysfunction patients.

  2. OSA and coronary plaque characteristics.

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    Tan, Adeline; Hau, William; Ho, Hee-Hwa; Ghaem Maralani, Haleh; Loo, Germaine; Khoo, See-Meng; Tai, Bee-Choo; Richards, A Mark; Ong, Paul; Lee, Chi-Hang

    2014-02-01

    Virtual histology intravascular ultrasound (VH-IVUS) is an intravascular imaging technique that enables the characterization of coronary plaques. We sought to determine the association between OSA and coronary plaque characteristics in patients presenting with coronary artery disease. We prospectively recruited patients with angiographically proven coronary artery disease for a VH-IVUS examination and home-based sleep study. The total atheroma volume of the entire target coronary artery and the incidence of thin cap fibroatheroma of patients with no to mild and moderate to severe OSA were compared. One hundred eighteen patients were recruited from two university-affiliated centers. Among the 93 patients who completed the study, 32 (34.4%) had newly diagnosed moderate to severe OSA (apnea-hypopnea index > 15). Compared with patients with no to mild OSA, those with moderate to severe OSA had a larger total atheroma volume (461.3 ± 250.4 mm³ vs 299.2 ± 135.6 mm³, P OSA and no to mild OSA regarding the prevalence of thin cap fibroatheroma in the culprit lesion (53.1% vs 54.2%, P = .919). In patients presenting with coronary artery disease, moderate to severe OSA was independently associated with a larger total atheroma volume in the target coronary artery. Further studies on the effects of CPAP on total atheroma volume are warranted. ClinicalTrials.gov; No.: NCT01306526; URL: www.clinicaltrials.gov.

  3. Diagnosing coronary artery disease after a positive coronary computed tomography angiography

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    Nissen, L; Winther, S; Westra, J

    2018-01-01

    Aims: Perfusion scans after coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in patients with suspected coronary artery disease (CAD) may reduce unnecessary invasive coronary angiographies (ICAs). However, the diagnostic accuracy of perfusion scans after primary CCTA is unknown. The aim...

  4. Resistant spontaneous coronary artery spasm.

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    Keskin, Kudret; Şahin, Alparslan; Yıldız, Süleyman Sezai; Aksan, Gökhan

    2015-10-01

    Coronary artery spasm should always be suspected in patients who have myocardial infarction with normal coronary arteries. This case report presents a 33-year-old woman with anterior myocardial infarction, whose coronary angiograph revealed normal left anterior descending artery and new onset complete occlusion of the circumflex artery at the time of the procedure. Nitroglycerin up to 800 mcg was administered without success. In such resistant cases, when all efforts fail, including prompt recognition and application of vasodilator drugs, retracting the catheter and waiting may play a role.

  5. PLACENTAL GROWTH FACTOR AND CORONARY NEOANGIOGENESIS IN CORONARY HEART DISEASE

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    M. V. Tulikov

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Neoangiogenesis in coronary heart disease is a protective reaction aimed to improve ischemic myocardial perfusion, by increasing the number and size of arterial collaterals. Placental growth factor (PlGF is one of the key peptides regulating angiogenic processes in atherosclerosis. In particular, a number of investigators have shown that injection of recombinant PlGF into the system or regional blood flow can stimulate neoangiogenesis. On the other hand, there is evidence confirming the involvement of PlGF in the progression of atherosclerosis and in the development of acute coronary syndrome. In this connection, the problem of investigating the efficiency and safety of possible use of PlGF preparations, as well as its place in the diagnosis of coronary heart disease and acute coronary syndrome remains urgent

  6. Atherosclerosis of coronary blood vessels - local or systemic inflamation?

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    Pejkov, Hristo; Kedev, Sasko; Panov, Saso; Srbinovska-Kostovska, Elizabeta; Lang, Irene

    2013-01-01

    The presence of atherosclerotic lesions in the blood vessels is a predisposition for the development and occurrence of acute ischaemic attacks. Bigger atherosclerotic lesions in the coronary blood vessels cause lumen occlusion, which is a cause of acute myocardial infarction. Endothelial dysfunction is defined as an ability of the endothelium to produce vasorelaxing nitric oxide (NO), or deregulation of the other vasoactive substances, such as angiotensin II and endothelin [13]. This definition describes endothelial dysfunction as an improper vasomotor constriction of the vessel, that leads to lumen occlusion of the already existing atherosclerotic lesions. According to the modern model, the development of atherosclerotic plaque and inappropriate endothelial NO production have a synergistic role in patho-physiological and molecular processes in the blood vessels [14]. Lesions in the coronary arteries are deposits of huge quantities of foamy cells and fibrous plaques. The thin fibrous plaques are 10-20% of the total plaque population and are the cause of 80-90% of clinical cases due to their ability to rupture [48]. According to all the results from published studies by far, it has been pointed out that the plaque stability, not the absolute size influences the rupture potential. Elucidating the risk factors that may modify in the atherogenesis and the consequent atherothrombic effect is the first step to this goal.

  7. Percutaneous Coronary Intervention Enhances Accelerative Wave Intensity in Coronary Arteries.

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    Full Text Available The systolic forward travelling compression wave (sFCW and diastolic backward travelling decompression waves (dBEW predominantly accelerate coronary blood flow. The effect of a coronary stenosis on the intensity of these waves in the distal vessel is unknown. We investigated the relationship between established physiological indices of hyperemic coronary flow and the intensity of the two major accelerative coronary waves identified by Coronary Wave Intensity analysis (CWIA.Simultaneous intracoronary pressure and velocity measurement was performed during adenosine induced hyperemia in 17 patients with pressure / Doppler flow wires positioned distal to the target lesion. CWI profiles were generated from this data. Fractional Flow Reserve (FFR and Coronary Flow Velocity Reserve (CFVR were calculated concurrently. The intensity of the dBEW was significantly correlated with FFR (R = -0.70, P = 0.003 and CFVR (R = -0.73, P = 0.001. The intensity of the sFCW was also significantly correlated with baseline FFR (R = 0.71, p = 0.002 and CFVR (R = 0.59, P = 0.01. Stenting of the target lesion resulted in a median 178% (interquartile range 55-280% (P<0.0001 increase in sFCW intensity and a median 117% (interquartile range 27-509% (P = 0.001 increase in dBEW intensity. The increase in accelerative wave intensity following PCI was proportionate to the baseline FFR and CFVR, such that stenting of lesions associated with the greatest flow limitation (lowest FFR and CFVR resulted in the largest increases in wave intensity.Increasing ischemia severity is associated with proportionate reductions in cumulative intensity of both major accelerative coronary waves. Impaired diastolic microvascular decompression may represent a novel, important pathophysiologic mechanism driving the reduction in coronary blood flow in the setting of an epicardial stenosis.

  8. Resolution of Angina Pectoris and Improvement of the Coronary Flow Reserve after Ranolazine Treatment in a Woman with Isolated Impaired Coronary Microcirculation

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    Alessandro Santoro

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available In a 61-year-old woman with well controlled arterial hypertension, hypercholesterolemia, and smoke and suffering from recurrent angina pectoris despite angiographically normal epicardial coronary vessels and maximal therapy, the replacement of nitrates with novel antiangina drug ranolazine, after 6-month therapy, induced a complete relief of angina and a relevant rising of the transthoracic Doppler-derived coronary flow reserve (CFR. The present clinical case underlines therefore how in patients with chronic ischemic heart disease without epicardial coronary stenosis ranolazine can induce an improvement till the complete solution of the angina symptoms and a substantial increase of CFR as expression of the enhancement of the microvascular coronary function. The improvement of both symptoms and coronary microvascular function is strictly linked to the mechanism of action of the drug. Ranolazine induces in fact a reduction of the intracellular late sodium current that leads to a reduction of the intracellular calcium concentration thus producing a better myocardial diastolic relaxation process which in its turns enhances the myocardial perfusion. The ranolazine acts therefore as a lusitropic drug that improves the diastolic dysfunction and the segmental ischemia thus affecting one of the first steps of the ischemic cascade.

  9. Disease, dysfunction, and synthetic biology.

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    Holm, Sune

    2014-08-01

    Theorists analyzing the concept of disease on the basis of the notion of dysfunction consider disease to be dysfunction requiring. More specifically, dysfunction-requiring theories of disease claim that for an individual to be diseased certain biological facts about it must be the case. Disease is not wholly a matter of evaluative attitudes. In this paper, I consider the dysfunction-requiring component of Wakefield's hybrid account of disease in light of the artifactual organisms envisioned by current research in synthetic biology. In particular, I argue that the possibility of artifactual organisms and the case of oncomice and other bred or genetically modified strains of organism constitute a significant objection to Wakefield's etiological account of the dysfunction requirement. I then develop a new alternative understanding of the dysfunction requirement that builds on the organizational theory of function. I conclude that my suggestion is superior to Wakefield's theory because it (a) can accommodate both artifactual and naturally evolved organisms, (b) avoids the possibility of there being a conflict between what an organismic part is supposed to do and the health of the organism, and (c) provides a nonarbitrary and practical way of determining whether dysfunction occurs. © The Author 2014. Published by Oxford University Press, on behalf of the Journal of Medicine and Philosophy Inc. All rights reserved. For permissions, please e-mail: journals.permissions@oup.com.

  10. [Thyroid dysfunction during pregnancy].

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    Díez, Juan J; Iglesias, Pedro; Donnay, Sergio

    2015-10-21

    Recent clinical practice guidelines on thyroid dysfunction and pregnancy have changed health care provided to pregnant women, although their recommendations are under constant revision. Trimester- and area-specific reference ranges for serum thyroid-stimulating hormone are required for proper diagnosis of hypothyroidism and hyperthyroidism. There is no doubt on the need of therapy for overt hypothyroidism, while therapy for subclinical hypothyroidism is controversial. Further research is needed to settle adverse effects of isolated hypothyroxinemia and thyroid autoimmunity. Differentiation between hyperthyroidism due to Graves' disease and the usually self-limited gestational transient thyrotoxicosis is critical. It is also important to recognize risk factors for postpartum thyroiditis. Supplementation with iodine is recommended to maintain adequate iodine nutrition during pregnancy and avoid serious consequences in offspring. Controversy remains about universal screening for thyroid disease during pregnancy or case-finding in high-risk women. Opinions of some scientific societies and recent cost-benefit studies favour universal screening. Randomized controlled studies currently under development should reduce the uncertainties that still remain in this area. Copyright © 2014 Elsevier España, S.L.U. All rights reserved.

  11. [Hypothalamic dysfunction in obesity].

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    van de Sande-Lee, Simone; Velloso, Licio A

    2012-08-01

    Obesity, defined as abnormal or excessive fat accumulation that may impair life quality, is one of the major public health problems worldwide. It results from an imbalance between food intake and energy expenditure. The control of energy balance in animals and humans is performed by the central nervous system (CNS) by means of neuroendocrine connections, in which circulating peripheral hormones, such as leptin and insulin, provide signals to specialized neurons of the hypothalamus reflecting body fat stores, and induce appropriate responses to maintain the stability of these stores. The majority of obesity cases are associated with central resistance to both leptin and insulin actions. In experimental animals, high-fat diets can induce an inflammatory process in the hypothalamus, which impairs leptin and insulin intracellular signaling pathways, and results in hyperphagia, decreased energy expenditure and, ultimately, obesity. Recent evidence obtained from neuroimaging studies and assessment of inflammatory markers in the cerebrospinal fluid of obese subjects suggests that similar alterations may be also present in humans. In this review, we briefly present the mechanisms involved with the loss of homeostatic control of energy balance in animal models of obesity, and the current evidence of hypothalamic dysfunction in obese humans.

  12. Erectile dysfunction is not a mirror of endothelial dysfunction in HIV-infected patients.

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    Guaraldi, Giovanni; Beggi, Mattia; Zona, Stefano; Luzi, Kety; Orlando, Gabriella; Carli, Federica; Ligabue, Guido; Rochira, Vincenzo; Rossi, Rosario; Modena, Maria Grazia; Bouloux, Pierre

    2012-04-01

    The penis has been compared to a barometer of endothelial health, erectile dysfunction (ED) being an early sign of endothelial dysfunction. The aim of the study was to investigate the extent of the association between ED and endothelial dysfunction in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection on antiretroviral therapy. In this observational cross-sectional study, we evaluated the prevalence and factors associated with ED in a cohort of 133 HIV-infected men. The International Index of Erectile Function, ultrasound assessment of brachial artery flow mediated dilatation (FMD), and multi-slice computed tomography for coronary artery calcifications (CAC) as surrogates of endothelial dysfunction, the Adult Treatment Panel III criteria to diagnose metabolic syndrome (MS), plasma total testosterone (hypogonadism), and a visual analogue scale (VAS) of aesthetic satisfaction of the face and of the body (psychological distress associated with lipodystrophy). Thirty-nine (29.32%) patients had mild ED, 14 (10.52%) patients had moderate ED, and 26 (19.55%) patients had severe ED. Prevalence of ED ranged from 45% to 65%, respectively, in patients less than 40 and more than 60 years old. MS was present in 20 (25%) patients with ED and 13 (24%) patients without ED (P value = 0.87). Prevalence of ED neither appeared to be associated with MS as a single clinical pathological entity nor with the numbers of its diagnostic components. FMD  100 was present in 8 (10%) patients with ED and 5 (9%) patients without ED (P value = 0.87). A stepwise multivariable logistic regression analysis was used to find predictors of ED. Independent predictors were VAS face (odds ratio [OR] = 0.85, 95% confidence interval [CI] 0.73-0.99, P = 0.049) and age per 10 years of increase (OR = 1.73, 95% CI 1.02-2.94, P = 0.04). Age constituted the most important risk factor for ED, which was related to aesthetic dissatisfaction of the face leading to negative body

  13. Sexual dysfunction and cardiovascular diseases: a systematic review of prevalence

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    Elisabete Rodrigues Nascimento

    2013-11-01

    Full Text Available The aim of this study was to conduct a systematic review of the literature regarding the prevalence of sexual dysfunction in patients with cardiovascular diseases. An article search of the ISI Web of Science and PubMed databases using the search terms "sexual dysfunction”, “cardiovascular diseases”, “coronary artery disease", “myocardial infarct" and “prevalence” was performed. In total, 893 references were found. Non-English-language and repeated references were excluded. After an abstract analysis, 91 references were included for full-text reading, and 24 articles that evaluated sexual function using validated instruments were selected for this review. This research was conducted in October 2012, and no time restrictions were placed on any of the database searches. Reviews and theoretical articles were excluded; only clinical trials and epidemiological studies were selected for this review. The studies were mostly cross-sectional, observational and case-control in nature; other studies used prospective cohort or randomized clinical designs. In women, all domains of sexual function (desire, arousal, vaginal lubrication, orgasm, sexual dissatisfaction and pain were affected. The domains prevalent in men included erectile dysfunction and premature ejaculation and orgasm. Sexual dysfunction was related to the severity of cardiovascular disease. When they resumed sexual activity, patients with heart disease reported significant difficulty, including a lack of interest in sex, sexual dissatisfaction and a decrease in the frequency of sexual activity.

  14. Influence of the coronary calcium score on the ability to rule out coronary artery stenoses by coronary CT angiography in patients with suspected coronary artery disease.

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    Schuhbaeck, Annika; Schmid, Jasmin; Zimmer, Thomas; Muschiol, Gerd; Hell, Michaela M; Marwan, Mohamed; Achenbach, Stephan

    2016-01-01

    Recent guidelines for the workup of patients with chest pain and suspected coronary artery disease include coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA). However, its diagnostic value may be limited in patients with severe coronary calcification. We investigated the relationship between the extent of coronary calcium and the ability of coronary CTA to rule out significant stenoses in a series of consecutive patients with suspected coronary artery disease. 2614 consecutive patients with suspected coronary artery disease in whom coronary calcium scoring and coronary CTA had been performed by Dual Source CT were analyzed. The ability of coronary CTA to rule out coronary artery stenoses (fully evaluable coronary arteries and absence of any luminal stenosis >75%) was analyzed relative to the coronary calcium score. The median coronary calcium score was 12, with calcium present in 60.5% of all patients. Coronary CTA ruled out stenoses in 82% of patients, while in 18% of patients at least one stenosis was found or could not be excluded. The threshold above which coronary CTA permitted to rule out stenoses in less than 50% of patients was an "Agatston Score" of 287. This threshold was significantly lower for male patients (213 vs. 330), for patients with a heart rate >65 beats/min (157 vs. 317) and for patients with a body mass index ≥25 kg/m(2) (208 vs. 392). The evaluability of coronary arteries decreased with increasing amounts of calcium and differed significantly between heart rates ≤65 beats/min and >65 beats/min (p coronary CTA permits to rule out coronary artery stenoses in less than 50% of cases. Copyright © 2016 Society of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.

  15. Effects of age and exercise training on coronary microvascular smooth muscle phenotype and function.

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    Muller-Delp, Judy M; Hotta, Kazuki; Chen, Bei; Behnke, Bradley Jon; Maraj, Joshua J; Delp, Michael D; Lucero, Tiffani R; Bramy, Jeremy A; Alarcon, David B; Morgan, Hannah E; Cowan, Morgan R; Haynes, Anthony D

    2017-10-12

    Coronary microvascular function and blood flow responses during acute exercise are impaired in the aged heart, but can be restored by exercise training. Coronary microvascular resistance is directly dependent on vascular smooth muscle function in coronary resistance arterioles; therefore, we hypothesized that age impairs contractile function and alters the phenotype of vascular smooth muscle in coronary arterioles. We further hypothesized that exercise training restores contractile function and reverses age-induced phenotypic alterations of arteriolar smooth muscle. Young and old Fischer 344 rats underwent 10 weeks of treadmill exercise training or remained sedentary. At the end of training or cage-confinement, contractile responses, vascular smooth muscle proliferation, and expression of contractile proteins were assessed in isolated coronary arterioles. Both receptor- and non-receptor-mediated contractile function were impaired in coronary arterioles from aged rats. Vascular smooth muscle shifted from a differentiated, contractile phenotype to a secretory phenotype with associated proliferation of smooth muscle in the arteriolar wall. Expression of smooth muscle myosin heavy chain 1 (SM1) was decreased in arterioles from aged rats; whereas expression of phospho-histone H3 and of the synthetic protein, ribosomal protein S6 (rpS6), were increased. Exercise training improved contractile responses, reduced smooth muscle proliferation and expression of rpS6, and increased expression of SM1 in arterioles from old rats. Thus, age-induced contractile dysfunction of coronary arterioles and emergence of a secretory smooth muscle phenotype may contribute to impaired coronary blood flow responses, but arteriolar contractile responsiveness and a younger smooth muscle phenotype can be restored with late-life exercise training. Copyright © 2017, Journal of Applied Physiology.

  16. Acute myocardial infarction with multiple coronary thromboses in a young addict of amphetamines and benzodiazepines

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    Mohammed A. Al Shehri

    2016-07-01

    Full Text Available A 35-year-old man of average build and a smoker, with a background of a psychiatric disorder, was brought by his neighbor to the emergency department after an hour of severe chest pain. Upon arrival at the hospital he had cardiac arrest, was resuscitated, and moved to the catheterization laboratory with inferior, posterior, and lateral myocardial infarction. Coronary angiography showed an unusual thrombosis in multiple coronary branches. Toxicology report showed high levels of amphetamines and benzodiazepines in the patient’s original blood sample. The patient was kept under ventilation for 18 days, with difficult recovery due to severe withdrawal manifestations, ventilation acquired pneumonia, and rhabdomyolysis inducing acute renal failure. The patient regained near normal left ventricular function after baseline severe regional and global dysfunction. We postulate a relationship between the use of amphetamines, potentiated by benzodiazepines, and occurrence of acute thrombosis of multiple major coronary arteries.

  17. Functional and ultrastructural alterations of canine myocardium subjected to very brief coronary occlusions.

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    Pomar, F; Cosin, J; Portoles, M; Faura, M; Renau-Piqueras, J; Hernandiz, A; Andres, F; Colomer, J L; Graullera, B

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    The effects of very brief and recurrent coronary occlusions on myocardial regional shortening and its ultrastructure have been analysed. Ultrasonic crystals were implanted in the left ventricular subendocardium of 23 anaesthetized dogs with the thorax open, to measure the shortening fractions of an ischaemic and a control segment. Twenty 2 min total occlusions were provoked in the left anterior descending coronary artery, with 3 min recovery intervals (reperfusion) between occlusions. The shortening fraction decreased progressively with each occlusion, reaching a value 18.9% lower than the basal after the last ischaemic episode (P myocardium is subjected to very brief and repeated coronary occlusions, there is progressive deterioration of systolic function with structural alterations, mainly at the mitochondrial level. These modifications are still observable 24 h after the end of ischaemic stimulation and could be the cause of transitory and/or chronic systolic dysfunctions in the absence of previous heart attack.

  18. Complete blood cell count components and coronary slow-flow phenomenon

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    Arjmand N

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    Full Text Available Nasim Arjmand, Mohammad Reza Dehghani Department of Cardiology, Seyyed-al-Shohada Heart Center, Urmia University of Medical Sciences, Urmia, IranDespite the implementation of preventive strategies, ischemic heart disease and stroke remain the main causes of mortality and morbidity worldwide.1,2 Of the cardiovascular diseases, coronary slow-flow phenomenon (CSFP, with a prevalence rate of 1%–7% among patients undergoing diagnostic coronary angiography, has been found to be associated with cardiovascular events, including cardiac arrhythmia and acute coronary syndrome.3–5 However, the potential mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of CSFP remain unknown. Microvascular and endothelial dysfunctions, inflammation, diffuse atherosclerosis, and increased platelet aggregability have been reported to be the main possible etiologies for CSFP.6,7View original paper by Atlas and colleagues.

  19. Association of coronary artery disease and chronic kidney disease in Lebanese population

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    Milane, Aline; Khazen, Georges; Zeineddine, Nabil; Amro, Mazen; Masri, Leila; Ghassibe-Sabbagh, Michella; Youhanna, Sonia; Salloum, Angelique K.; Haber, Marc; Platt, Daniel E.; Cazier, Jean-Baptiste; Othman, Raed; Kabbani, Samer; Sbeite, Hana; Chami, Youssef

    2015-01-01

    Background: More evidence is emerging on the strong association between chronic kidney disease (CKD) and cardiovascular disease. We assessed the relationship between coronary artery disease (CAD) and renal dysfunction level (RDL) in a group of Lebanese patients. Methods: A total of 1268 patients undergoing cardiac catheterization were sequentially enrolled in a multicenter cross sectional study. Angiograms were reviewed and CAD severity scores (CADSS) were determined. Estimated glomerular fil...

  20. Small high-density lipoprotein is associated with monocyte subsets in stable coronary artery disease

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    Krychtiuk, Konstantin A.; Kastl, Stefan P.; Pfaffenberger, Stefan; Pongratz, Thomas; Hofbauer, Sebastian L.; Wonnerth, Anna; Katsaros, Katharina M.; Goliasch, Georg; Gaspar, Ludovit; Huber, Kurt; Maurer, Gerald; Dostal, Elisabeth; Oravec, Stanislav; Wojta, Johann; Speidl, Walter S.

    2014-01-01

    Objective: High-density lipoprotein (HDL) particles are heterogeneous in structure and function and the role of HDL subfractions in atherogenesis is not well understood. It has been suggested that small HDL may be dysfunctional in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Monocytes are considered to play a key role in atherosclerotic diseases. Circulating monocytes can be divided into three subtypes according to their surface expression of CD14 and CD16. Our aim was to examine whether mono...

  1. Coronary artery balloon angioplasty - slideshow

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    ... and the right heart; the left coronary artery supplies the left heart. Review Date 6/6/2016 Updated by: Deepak Sudheendra, MD, RPVI, Assistant Professor of Interventional Radiology & Surgery at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School ...

  2. What Is Coronary Heart Disease?

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    ... blood pressure and excess protein in the urine. Preeclampsia is linked to an increased lifetime risk of heart disease, including CHD, heart attack, ... can prevent and control coronary heart disease ( ...

  3. Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CTA)

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    ... several hours beforehand and to avoid caffeinated products, Viagra or similar medication. If you have a known ... to evaluate for plaque in the coronary arteries. Viagra or any similar medication. They are not compatible ...

  4. Alterations in vasomotor control of coronary resistance vessels in remodelled myocardium of swine with a recent myocardial infarction.

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    Duncker, Dirk J; de Beer, Vincent J; Merkus, Daphne

    2008-05-01

    The mechanism underlying the progressive deterioration of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction after myocardial infarction (MI) towards overt heart failure remains incompletely understood, but may involve impairments in coronary blood flow regulation within remodelled myocardium leading to intermittent myocardial ischemia. Blood flow to the remodelled myocardium is hampered as the coronary vasculature does not grow commensurate with the increase in LV mass and because extravascular compression of the coronary vasculature is increased. In addition to these factors, an increase in coronary vasomotor tone, secondary to neurohumoral activation and endothelial dysfunction, could also contribute to the impaired myocardial oxygen supply. Consequently, we explored, in a series of studies, the alterations in regulation of coronary resistance vessel tone in remodelled myocardium of swine with a 2 to 3-week-old MI. These studies indicate that myocardial oxygen balance is perturbed in remodelled myocardium, thereby forcing the myocardium to increase its oxygen extraction. These perturbations do not appear to be the result of blunted beta-adrenergic or endothelial NO-mediated coronary vasodilator influences, and are opposed by an increased vasodilator influence through opening of K(ATP) channels. Unexpectedly, we observed that despite increased circulating levels of noradrenaline, angiotensin II and endothelin-1, alpha-adrenergic tone remained negligible, while the coronary vasoconstrictor influences of endogenous endothelin and angiotensin II were virtually abolished. We conclude that, early after MI, perturbations in myocardial oxygen balance are observed in remodelled myocardium. However, adaptive alterations in coronary resistance vessel control, consisting of increased vasodilator influences in conjunction with blunted vasoconstrictor influences, act to minimize the impairments of myocardial oxygen balance.

  5. Adenosine dysfunction in epilepsy

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    Boison, Detlev

    2011-01-01

    Extracellular levels of the brain’s endogenous anticonvulsant and neuroprotectant adenosine largely depend on an astrocyte-based adenosine cycle, comprised of ATP release, rapid degradation of ATP into adenosine, and metabolic reuptake of adenosine through equilibrative nucleoside transporters and phosphorylation by adenosine kinase (ADK). Changes in ADK expression and activity therefore rapidly translate into changes of extracellular adenosine, which exerts its potent anticonvulsive and neuroprotective effects by activation of pre- and postsynaptic adenosine A1 receptors. Increases in ADK increase neuronal excitability, whereas decreases in ADK render the brain resistant to seizures and injury. Importantly, ADK was found to be overexpressed and associated with astrogliosis and spontaneous seizures in rodent models of epilepsy, as well as in human specimen resected from patients with hippocampal sclerosis and temporal lobe epilepsy. Several lines of evidence indicate that overexpression of astroglial ADK and adenosine deficiency are pathological hallmarks of the epileptic brain. Consequently, adenosine augmentation therapies constitute a powerful approach for seizure prevention, which is effective in models of epilepsy that are resistant to conventional antiepileptic drugs. The adenosine kinase hypothesis of epileptogenesis suggests that adenosine dysfunction in epilepsy undergoes a biphasic response: An acute surge of adenosine that can be triggered by any type of injury might contribute to the development of astrogliosis via adenosine receptor –dependent and –independent mechanisms. Astrogliosis in turn is associated with overexpression of ADK, which was shown to be sufficient to trigger spontaneous recurrent electrographic seizures. Thus, ADK emerges as a promising target for the prediction and prevention of epilepsy. PMID:22700220

  6. Cognitive dysfunction after cardiovascular surgery

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    Funder, K S; Steinmetz, J; Rasmussen, L S

    2009-01-01

    This review describes the incidence, risk factors, and long-term consequences of cognitive dysfunction after cardiovascular surgery. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is increasingly being recognized as an important complication, especially in the elderly. A highly sensitive neuropsychol......This review describes the incidence, risk factors, and long-term consequences of cognitive dysfunction after cardiovascular surgery. Postoperative cognitive dysfunction (POCD) is increasingly being recognized as an important complication, especially in the elderly. A highly sensitive...... neuropsychological test battery must be used to detect POCD and a well-matched control group is very useful for the analysis and interpretation of the test RESULTS: Cardiovascular surgery is associated with a high incidence of POCD. Cardiopulmonary bypass was thought to explain this difference, but randomized...

  7. Causes of sexual dysfunction (image)

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    Female sexual dysfunction describes women who are indifferent or hostile to sexual intercourse, who have no response to sexual advances or stimulation, or who are unable to have an orgasm during sexual intercourse.

  8. Who Is at Risk for Coronary Heart Disease?

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease Also known as Coronary Artery Disease Leer en ... type of fat. Other Risks Related to Coronary Heart Disease Other conditions and factors also may contribute to ...

  9. What Are the Signs and Symptoms of Coronary Heart Disease?

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    ... Back To Health Topics / Coronary Heart Disease Coronary Heart Disease Also known as Coronary Artery Disease Leer en ... type of fat. Other Risks Related to Coronary Heart Disease Other conditions and factors also may contribute to ...

  10. The impact of obesity on the relationship between epicardial adipose tissue, left ventricular mass and coronary microvascular function.

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    Bakkum, M J; Danad, I; Romijn, M A J; Stuijfzand, W J A; Leonora, R M; Tulevski, I I; Somsen, G A; Lammertsma, A A; van Kuijk, C; van Rossum, A C; Raijmakers, P G; Knaapen, P

    2015-09-01

    Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) has been linked to coronary artery disease (CAD) and coronary microvascular dysfunction. However, its injurious effect may also impact the underlying myocardium. This study aimed to determine the impact of obesity on the quantitative relationship between left ventricular mass (LVM), EAT and coronary microvascular function. A total of 208 (94 men, 45 %) patients evaluated for CAD but free of coronary obstructions underwent quantitative [(15)O]H2O hybrid positron emission tomography (PET)/CT imaging. Coronary microvascular resistance (CMVR) was calculated as the ratio of mean arterial pressure to hyperaemic myocardial blood flow. Obese patients [body mass index (BMI) > 25, n = 133, 64 % of total] had more EAT (125.3 ± 47.6 vs 93.5 ± 42.1 cc, p coronary artery calcium score were independent predictors of CMVR. EAT volume is associated with LVM independently of BMI and might therefore be a better predictor of cardiovascular risk than BMI. However, EAT volume was not related to coronary microvascular function after adjustments for LVM and traditional risk factors.

  11. Orgasmic Dysfunction after Radical Prostatectomy

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    Capogrosso, Paolo; Ventimiglia, Eugenio; Cazzaniga, Walter; Montorsi, Francesco; Salonia, Andrea

    2017-01-01

    In addition to urinary incontinence and erectile dysfunction, several other impairments of sexual function potentially occurring after radical prostatectomy (RP) have been described; as a whole, these less frequently assessed disorders are referred to as neglected side effects. In particular, orgasmic dysfunctions (ODs) have been reported in a non-negligible number of cases, with detrimental impacts on patients' overall sexual life. This review aimed to comprehensively discuss the prevalence ...

  12. Thyroid dysfunction and pregnancy outcomes

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    Sima Nazarpour

    2015-07-01

    Full Text Available Background: Pregnancy has a huge impact on the thyroid function in both healthy women and those that have thyroid dysfunction. The prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in pregnant women is relatively high. Objective: The objective of this review was to increase awareness and to provide a review on adverse effect of thyroid dysfunction including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid autoimmune positivity on pregnancy outcomes. Materials and Methods: In this review, Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched with appropriate keywords for relevant English manuscript. We used a variety of studies, including randomized clinical trials, cohort (prospective and retrospective, case-control and case reports. Those studies on thyroid disorders among non-pregnant women and articles without adequate quality were excluded. Results: Overt hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism has several adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes. Overt hyperthyroidism was associated with miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, intrauterine growth retardation, low birth weight, preeclampsia and fetal thyroid dysfunction. Overt hypothyroidism was associated with abortion, anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, premature birth, low birth weight, intrauterine fetal death, increased neonatal respiratory distress and infant neuro developmental dysfunction. However the adverse effect of subclinical hypothyroidism, and thyroid antibody positivity on pregnancy outcomes was not clear. While some studies demonstrated higher chance of placental abruption, preterm birth, miscarriage, gestational hypertension, fetal distress, severe preeclampsia and neonatal distress and diabetes in pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism or thyroid autoimmunity; the other ones have not reported these adverse effects. Conclusion: While the impacts of overt thyroid dysfunction on feto-maternal morbidities have been clearly

  13. Thyroid dysfunction and pregnancy outcomes

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    Nazarpour, Sima; Ramezani Tehrani, Fahimeh; Simbar, Masoumeh; Azizi, Fereidoun

    2015-01-01

    Background: Pregnancy has a huge impact on the thyroid function in both healthy women and those that have thyroid dysfunction. The prevalence of thyroid dysfunction in pregnant women is relatively high. Objective: The objective of this review was to increase awareness and to provide a review on adverse effect of thyroid dysfunction including hyperthyroidism, hypothyroidism and thyroid autoimmune positivity on pregnancy outcomes. Materials and Methods: In this review, Medline, Embase and the Cochrane Library were searched with appropriate keywords for relevant English manuscript. We used a variety of studies, including randomized clinical trials, cohort (prospective and retrospective), case-control and case reports. Those studies on thyroid disorders among non-pregnant women and articles without adequate quality were excluded. Results: Overt hyperthyroidism and hypothyroidism has several adverse effects on pregnancy outcomes. Overt hyperthyroidism was associated with miscarriage, stillbirth, preterm delivery, intrauterine growth retardation, low birth weight, preeclampsia and fetal thyroid dysfunction. Overt hypothyroidism was associated with abortion, anemia, pregnancy-induced hypertension, preeclampsia, placental abruption, postpartum hemorrhage, premature birth, low birth weight, intrauterine fetal death, increased neonatal respiratory distress and infant neuro developmental dysfunction. However the adverse effect of subclinical hypothyroidism, and thyroid antibody positivity on pregnancy outcomes was not clear. While some studies demonstrated higher chance of placental abruption, preterm birth, miscarriage, gestational hypertension, fetal distress, severe preeclampsia and neonatal distress and diabetes in pregnant women with subclinical hypothyroidism or thyroid autoimmunity; the other ones have not reported these adverse effects. Conclusion: While the impacts of overt thyroid dysfunction on feto-maternal morbidities have been clearly identified and its long

  14. Prostatic Disease and Sexual Dysfunction

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    Kim, Sae Woong

    2011-01-01

    Prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are common prostatic diseases. Furthermore, the incidence of prostate cancer has recently shown a rapid increase, even in Korea. Pain caused by prostatitis may induce sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory disturbance. And BPH itself, or treatments for BPH, may affect sexual function. In addition, with increased detection of localized prostate cancer, surgical treatments and radiation therapy have also increased, a...

  15. Minimally invasive coronary artery bypass grafting versus coronary angioplasty for isolated type C stenosis of the left anterior descending artery

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    Mariani, MA; Boonstra, PW; Grandjean, JG; Monnink, SHJ; denHeijer, P; Crijns, HJGM

    Background: Isolated stenosis of the left anterior descending coronary artery can be treated with medication, percutaneous transluminal coronary angioplasty, or coronary artery bypass grafting. Recently a new treatment has been developed, which is called minimally invasive direct coronary artery

  16. Potential Biomarkers of Insulin Resistance and Atherosclerosis in Type 2 Diabetes Mellitus Patients with Coronary Artery Disease

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    Sharifah Intan Qhadijah Syed Ikmal

    2013-01-01

    Full Text Available Type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with coronary artery disease have become a major public health concern. The occurrence of insulin resistance accompanied with endothelial dysfunction worsens the state of atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. The combination of insulin resistance and endothelial dysfunction leads to coronary artery disease and ischemic heart disease complications. A recognized biological marker, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein, has been used widely to assess the progression of atherosclerosis and inflammation. Along with coronary arterial damage and inflammatory processes, high-sensitivity C-reactive protein is considered as an essential atherosclerosis marker in patients with cardiovascular disease, but not as an insulin resistance marker in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients. A new biological marker that can act as a reliable indicator of both the exact state of insulin resistance and atherosclerosis is required to facilitate optimal health management of diabetic patients. Malfunctioning of insulin mechanism and endothelial dysfunction leads to innate immune activation and released several biological markers into circulation. This review examines potential biological markers, YKL-40, alpha-hydroxybutyrate, soluble CD36, leptin, resistin, interleukin-18, retinol binding protein-4, and chemerin, as they may play significant roles in insulin resistance and atherosclerosis in type 2 diabetes mellitus patients with coronary artery disease.

  17. Surgical treatment of aberrant aortic origin of coronary arteries.

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    Kooij, Marlotte; Vliegen, Hubert W; de Graaf, Michiel A; Hazekamp, Mark G

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    Aberrant origin of the coronary arteries is rare but can be life threatening. It is an important cause of sudden death in athletes and other young adults, and may be treated surgically. Consensus exists that interarterial left coronary artery (LCA) should be surgically repaired. For interarterial right coronary artery (RCA), the discussion remains open. The purpose of this study was to analyse our surgical experience. From 2001 until 2014, 31 patients were operated for interarterial RCA, interarterial LCA or intraseptal course of the LCA. Twenty-six patients had interarterial RCA, 4 patients interarterial LCA and 1 patient an intraseptal course of the LCA. Median age at operation was 38 years (range 9-66 years). Twenty-eight patients had previous or current symptoms. The most important were a life-threatening event with resuscitation in 3 and myocardial infarction in 3 others. Surgical repair of interarterial RCA consisted of unroofing of the ostium with or without reimplantation in 25 patients and CABG on the RCA with a venous graft in 1 patient. Reconstruction of interarterial LCA consisted of ostium reconstruction of the LCA with a venous patch in 4 patients. The patient with an intraseptal course had a complete release of the LCA out of the septum and reimplantation in the correct coronary sinus. Follow-up was done by analysis of outpatient records, direct patient contact, echocardiography, electrocardiography, CT-angiography and an exercise test. Median follow-up was 6 years (range 0-11 years). One patient was lost to follow-up. No early or late mortality occurred. Three patients had ischaemia with ventricular fibrillation or ventricular tachycardia shortly after surgery. Two were immediately reoperated, 1 had a stent implantation 1.5 months after release of intraseptal LCA. Two of these patients show a slight dysfunction of the left ventricle at follow-up. All other patients are asymptomatic. Surgery for aberrant origin of coronary arteries is safe. There is

  18. Early vascular healing after titanium-nitride-oxide-coated stent versus platinum-chromium everolimus-eluting stent implantation in patients with acute coronary syndrome.

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    Varho, Ville; Kiviniemi, Tuomas O; Nammas, Wail; Sia, Jussi; Romppanen, Hannu; Pietilä, Mikko; Airaksinen, Juhani K; Mikkelsson, Jussi; Tuomainen, Petri; Perälä, Anssi; Karjalainen, Pasi P

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    Data on early vascular healing response of novel stent designs are scarce. In this randomized prospective trial, we sought to compare early neointimal coverage of cobalt-chromium-based titanium-nitride-oxide-coated bioactive stents (CoCr-BAS) versus platinum-chromium everolimus-eluting stents (PtCr-EES) at 2-month follow-up in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Forty patients with ACS were randomized to receive either CoCr-BAS (n = 19) or PtCr-EES (n = 21). Neointimal strut coverage and strut apposition were examined by optical coherence tomography; and coronary flow reserve (CFR), fractional flow reserve (FFR) and index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) were assessed using a coronary pressure wire at 2 months. Two patients in the PtCr-EES underwent OCT out of the time frame of the study, and were excluded from analysis. At 63 ± 8 days, 302 cross-sections (3412 struts) were analysed in the CoCr-BAS group, and 324 cross-sections (3460 struts) in the PtCr-EES group. Median [IQR] neointimal thickness was 203 [108] µm and 42.2 [41] µm for CoCr-BAS and PtCr-EES, respectively (p  0.05 for all). CoCr-BAS showed earlier and more adequate neointimal coverage of struts at 2 months, compared with PtCr-EES, but with more neointimal hyperplasia. Functional healing as assessed by CFR, FFR, and IMR was similar between the two stent arms.

  19. Lipotoxicity in obesity and diabetes-related cardiac dysfunction.

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    Zlobine, Igor; Gopal, Keshav; Ussher, John R

    2016-10-01

    Patients with type 2 diabetes (T2D) are at increased risk for cardiovascular diseases including diabetic cardiomyopathy, which is ventricular dysfunction independent of underlying coronary artery disease and/or hypertension. With numerous advancements in our ability to detect ventricular dysfunction, as well as the molecular mechanisms contributing to ventricular dysfunction in diabetic patients, it is now appreciated that diabetic cardiomyopathy is becoming more prevalent in our population. In spite of these advancements, we do not have any specific therapies currently approved for treating this condition. As obesity increases the risk for both T2D and cardiovascular disease, it has been postulated that obesity-mediated alterations in myocardial lipid metabolism are critical to the pathophysiology of diabetic cardiomyopathy. Indeed, animal studies have provided strong evidence that alterations in either myocardial fatty acid uptake or fatty acid β-oxidation lead to the accumulation of various lipid intermediates including triacylglycerol, diacylglycerol, ceramide, long-chain acyl CoA, acylcarnitine, and many others that are tightly linked to the progression of ventricular dysfunction. We review herein why lipid intermediates accumulate in the heart during obesity and/or T2D, with a focus on which of these various lipid intermediates may be responsible for cardiac lipotoxicity, and whether findings in animal models are relevant to humans. An improved understanding of how these lipid intermediates accumulate in the heart and how they produce cardiac toxicity may lead to the discovery of novel targets to pursue for the treatment of human diabetic cardiomyopathy. This article is part of a Special Issue entitled: Heart Lipid Metabolism edited by G.D. Lopaschuk. Copyright © 2016 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

  20. Coronary Artery Aneurysmal Disease and Acute Coronary Syndrome

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    Wesam Ostwani MD

    2016-03-01

    Full Text Available The patient is a 70-year-old male with no other atherogenic risk factors who presented with an acute coronary syndrome (ACS of unstable angina subsequently complicated by a non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI. The patient’s presentation posed 3 unique features: (1 cardiac catheterization demonstrated nonobstructive 3-vessel multi-aneurysmal coronary artery disease with sluggish antegrade coronary flow; (2 a nonobstructive aneurysmal dissection flap based on contrast staining of the mid left anterior descending artery, which may have led to in situ nonocclusive thrombosis and distal microvascular embolization; and (3 successful conservative medical therapy of coronary artery aneurysmal disease (CAAD complicated with ACS. CAAD has an incidence of 1.5% to 4.9% in adults. The most common etiology of CAAD is atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There are no guidelines for the management of CAAD complicated by ACS, and controversies exist as to whether conservative, catheter-based, or surgical management should be pursued.

  1. Angiotensin-converting enzyme DD polymorphism is associated with poor coronary collateral circulation in patients with coronary artery disease.

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    Ceyhan, Koksal; Kadi, Hasan; Celik, Atac; Burucu, Turgay; Koc, Fatih; Sogut, Erkan; Sahin, Semsettin; Onalan, Orhan

    2012-01-01

    Although association between angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) insertion/deletion (I/D) polymorphism and cardiovascular diseases was reported by many studies, the relation between ACE I/D polymorphism and coronary collateral circulation (CCC) has not been studied yet. The aim of the present study was to investigate a possible relationship between ACE I/D polymorphism and CCC. Patients who were subjected to coronary angiography in the 2006 to 2009 period and had at least a completely occluded major artery were included in this study. To classify collateral circulation, we used the Rentrop classification. Patients were classified as having poor CCC (Rentrop grades 0 to 1) or good CCC (Rentrop grades 2 to 3). Gene polymorphism was detected through the detailed melting curve analysis of polymerase chain reaction products after amplification using real-time polymerase chain reaction method and LightCycler 1.5 apparatus. We prospectively studied 113 patients who had at least 1 totally occluded major epicardial coronary artery. Forty-seven patients had poor CCC and 67 patients had good CCC. There were no differences among groups in age, sex, risk factors, lipid profile, uses of cardiovascular drugs, and number of diseased vessels. Plasma ACE levels were significantly higher in poor CCC group (P DD polymorphism was higher in the poor CCC group (P DD genotype (95% CI, 2.55-12.79; P = 0.001), presence of diabetes (95% CI, 1.03-3.16; P = 0.005), and pulse pressure (95% CI, 1.04-1.56; P = 0.045) were independent determinants of poor coronary collateral development. This study showed that ACE DD polymorphism is associated with poor CCC. Poor collateral circulation in patients carrying the D allele may be associated with endothelial dysfunction and elevated blood ACE levels in these patients.

  2. Early results of coronary artery bypass grafting with coronary endarterectomy for severe coronary artery disease

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    Toischer Karl

    2009-09-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Background Despite the existence of controversial debates on the efficiency of coronary endarterectomy (CE, it is still used as an adjunct to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG. This is particularly true in patients with endstage coronary artery disease. Given the improvements in cardiac surgery and postoperative care, as well as the rising number of elderly patient with numerous co-morbidities, re-evaluating the pros and cons of this technique is needed. Methods Patient demographic information, operative details and outcome data of 104 patients with diffuse calcified coronary artery disease were retrospectively analyzed with respect to functional capacity (NYHA, angina pectoris (CCS and mortality. Actuarial survival was reported using a Kaplan-Meyer analysis. Results Between August 2001 and March 2005, 104 patients underwent coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG with adjunctive coronary endarterectomy (CE in the Department of Thoracic-, Cardiac- and Vascular Surgery, University of Goettingen. Four patients were lost during follow-up. Data were gained from 88 male and 12 female patients; mean age was 65.5 ± 9 years. A total of 396 vessels were bypassed (4 ± 0.9 vessels per patient. In 98% left internal thoracic artery (LITA was used as arterial bypass graft and a total of 114 vessels were endarterectomized. CE was performed on right coronary artery (RCA (n = 55, on left anterior descending artery (LAD (n = 52 and circumflex artery (RCX (n = 7. Ninety-five patients suffered from 3-vessel-disease, 3 from 2-vessel- and 2 from 1-vessel-disease. Closed technique was used in 18%, open technique in 79% and in 3% a combination of both. The most frequent endarterectomized localization was right coronary artery (RCA = 55%. Despite the severity of endstage atherosclerosis, hospital mortality was only 5% (n = 5. During follow-up (24.5 ± 13.4 months, which is 96% complete (4 patients were lost caused by unknown address 8 patients died (cardiac

  3. Coronary spasm induced by dipyridamole; Spasme coronaire plurifocal declenche par l'injection de dipyridamole

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    Wartski, M.; Caussin, C.; Lancelin, B. [Centre Chirurgical Marie Lannelongue, 92 - Le Plessis Robinson (France)

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    A 59 years old man was admitted at hospital for recurrent instable angina 1 month after coronary artery bypass surgery. Coronary artery disease started with a transmural antero-septo-apical myocardial infarction without thrombolysis and a percutaneous angioplasty with endo-prothesis on proximal left anterior descendant artery (LAD) is performed Because of recurrent rest angina and subacute stent thrombosis, a coronary artery bypass surgery (CABG) is performed with anastomosis of the left internal thoracic artery on LAD. The patient is admitted for recurrent rest angina one month after CABG. On ECG performed during chest pain, a ST-T segment elevation occurred on inferior leads. Coronary angiography showed no significant stenosis on endo-prothesis and no bypass graft dysfunction. Dipyridamole scintigraphy was realized. 2 minutes after the beginning of Dipyridamole infusion, a ST-T elevation occurred on inferior leads and two marked antero-septal and inferior defects were noticed on myocardial scintigraphy. Images at rest showed a clear improvement in the anterior wall and the inferior wall became normally perfused Patient was treated with anti-spastic drugs and a new coronarography with methyl-ergotamine test was performed inducing chest pain, ST-T elevation on inferior leads and tri-truncular coronary spasm. Patient's treatment was then modified with introduction of Nifedipine. The patient did not experienced new recurrent chest pain and remained totally asymptomatic few months later. (authors)

  4. Caucasian patients suffering from coronary vasospastic angina have an intact peripheral endothelium-dependent vasoreactivity.

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    Yilmaz, Ali; Vöhringer, Matthias; Athanasiadis, Anastasios; Ong, Peter; Merher, Rimma; Ratge, Dieter; Knabbe, Cornelius; Sechtem, Udo

    2009-06-26

    We sought to evaluate whether Caucasian patients suffering from vasospastic angina have a decreased brachial artery flow-mediated dilation (FMD) like their Japanese counterparts and whether certain serum factors known to be associated with impaired vasomotility or endothelial dysfunction are abnormal. In this prospectively conducted study, 33 subjects presenting with resting angina were identified to suffer from coronary vasospastic angina (coronary spasm group). A control group of 19 subjects with matched cardiovascular risk profiles was defined out of patients admitted to our hospital for evaluation of atypical chest pain. Intracoronary acetylcholine(ACh)-testing for vasospasm was performed in all patients after coronary artery disease (CAD) had been ruled out. Brachial artery FMD was measured using high-resolution ultrasound. There was no significant difference in brachial artery FMD between the coronary spasm and the control group (7.05+/-2.24% vs. 7.12+/-2.50%; p=0.93). The endothelium-independent vasodilator response of the brachial artery to sublingual nitroglycerin did not differ either between the two groups (21.88+/-6.13% vs. 21.48+/-7.38%; p=0.84). Simple and multiple linear regression analysis revealed that only baseline brachial artery diameter was a significant determinant of FMD (pendothelium-dependent or independent vasodilation in Caucasian patients suffering from coronary vasospastic angina illustrating a further clue for racial differences in the pathophysiology of vasospastic angina.

  5. Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography

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    ... Force Recommendations Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography The U.S. Preventive Services Task Force (Task Force) ... recommendations on Screening for Coronary Heart Disease with Electrocardiography . These recommendations are for adult men and women ...

  6. Mechanisms of endothelium and internal organs dysfunction associated with exposure to cobalt chloride (experimental study

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    L.V. Gigolaeva

    2016-09-01

    Full Text Available Cobalt administration in the human body is a risk factor for developing pulmonary and cardiovascular health problems. In this paper we report the results of functional studies and biochemical mechanisms of endothelial dysfunction and pathology of internal organs in cobalt intoxication in experiment. System-organ nature of the activation of oxidative processes is identified according to the increase of MDA secondary product in erythrocytes and homogenates of internal organs as well as the participation of AOC imbalance in the development of lipid peroxidation, the peculiarities of the violations of NO release endothelial function and participation in this process of L-arginine and an analogue of endogenous inhibitor of expression eNOS -L–NC - arginine methyl ester (L-NAME or L-nitro-arginine-methilester with cobalt intoxication in conditions of activation of oxidative processes. Chronic cobalt intoxication in rats leads to the activation of oxidative processes, thus there is inhibition of superoxide dismutase activity and the concentration of catalase and ceruloplasmin increased. Cholesterol metabolism is disturbed, as well as impaired nitric oxide production and its bioavailability, which is accompanied by the change of the microcirculatory hemodynamics of the visceral organs. The evaluation of the internal organs’ functional state according to the activity of the Na+,K+-ATPase in homogenates is performed, as well as due to the activity of organ-specific and excretory enzymes in blood serum on the background of cobalt toxicity. The role of changes of cholesterol metabolism is established – as a risk factor of atherogenesis in violation of the bioavailability of nitric oxide. For the pathogenetic correction of violations we applied the method using the endogenous antioxidant coenzyme Q10 and regulators of the expression eNOS L-arginine, L-NAME and their combination with coenzyme Q10.

  7. Hypercholesterolemia and microvascular dysfunction: interventional strategies

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    James Milinda E

    2010-11-01

    Full Text Available Abstract Hypercholesterolemia is defined as excessively high plasma cholesterol levels, and is a strong risk factor for many negative cardiovascular events. Total cholesterol levels above 200 mg/dl have repeatedly been correlated as an independent risk factor for development of peripheral vascular (PVD and coronary artery disease (CAD, and considerable attention has been directed toward evaluating mechanisms by which hypercholesterolemia may impact vascular outcomes; these include both results of direct cholesterol lowering therapies and alternative interventions for improving vascular function. With specific relevance to the microcirculation, it has been clearly demonstrated that evolution of hypercholesterolemia is associated with endothelial cell dysfunction, a near-complete abrogation in vascular nitric oxide bioavailability, elevated oxidant stress, and the creation of a strongly pro-inflammatory condition; symptoms which can culminate in profound impairments/alterations to vascular reactivity. Effective interventional treatments can be challenging as certain genetic risk factors simply cannot be ignored. However, some hypercholesterolemia treatment options that have become widely used, including pharmaceutical therapies which can decrease circulating cholesterol by preventing either its formation in the liver or its absorption in the intestine, also have pleiotropic effects with can directly improve peripheral vascular outcomes. While physical activity is known to decrease PVD/CAD risk factors, including obesity, psychological stress, impaired glycemic control, and hypertension, this will also increase circulating levels of high density lipoprotein and improving both cardiac and vascular function. This review will provide an overview of the mechanistic consequences of the predominant pharmaceutical interventions and chronic exercise to treat hypercholesterolemia through their impacts on chronic sub-acute inflammation, oxidative stress, and

  8. Evaluation of relationship between coronary artery status evaluated by coronary computed tomography angiography and development of cardiomyopathy in carbon monoxide poisoned patients with myocardial injury: a prospective observational study.

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    Cha, Yong Sung; Kim, Hyun; Lee, Yoonsuk; Kwon, Woocheol; Son, Jung-Woo; Youk, Hyun; Kim, Hyung Il; Kim, Oh Hyun; Park, Kyung Hye; Cha, Kyoung-Chul; Lee, Kang Hyun; Hwang, Sung Oh

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    Whether coronary artery changes are a main mechanism in the development of carbon monoxide (CO)-induced cardiomyopathy remains unknown. We investigated the effects of coronary artery stenosis on the presence or patterns of cardiomyopathy in CO-poisoned patients with myocardial injury defined as elevation of troponin I. This prospective observational study collected data from consecutive patients who were diagnosed with CO poisoning and myocardial injury during the 24-month study period. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) were performed to evaluate cardiac function and coronary artery status. TTE and CCTA were performed in 32 consecutive patients. The observed echocardiographic patterns included non-cardiomyopathy (59.4%), left ventricular global dysfunction (25%), Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (6.3%), and cardiomyopathy matching the distribution of the left anterior descending (LAD) artery (9.4%). Four patients had more than moderate stenosis, while stenoses of the LAD, left circumflex, and right coronary arteries were observed in two (6.3%), three (9.4%), and zero patients, respectively. Patients with coronary artery stenosis did not develop cardiomyopathy except for one patient; this patient also did not have regional wall motion abnormalities (RWMA) matched with the stenosis territory. Because there was no difference in coronary artery stenosis according to the presence or patterns of CO-induced cardiomyopathy, coronary artery stenosis is not the main mechanism for the development of CO-induced cardiomyopathy. Thus, the evaluation of coronary arteries is not necessary in all patients with CO-induced cardiomyopathy unless there is RWMA consistent with ischemic changes in electrocardiograms and elevated troponin I levels.

  9. Prostatic disease and sexual dysfunction.

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    Kim, Sae Woong

    2011-06-01

    Prostatitis and benign prostatic hyperplasia (BPH) are common prostatic diseases. Furthermore, the incidence of prostate cancer has recently shown a rapid increase, even in Korea. Pain caused by prostatitis may induce sexual dysfunction, including erectile dysfunction and ejaculatory disturbance. And BPH itself, or treatments for BPH, may affect sexual function. In addition, with increased detection of localized prostate cancer, surgical treatments and radiation therapy have also increased, and the treatments may cause sexual dysfunction. Aging is also an important factor in the deterioration of the quality of life of men. Deterioration of quality of life caused by prostate diseases may be affected not only by the prostate diseases themselves but also by the sexual dysfunction caused by the prostate diseases secondarily. Thus, consideration of these points at the time of treatment of prostate disease is required. Therapies suitable to each condition should be selected with an understanding of the close association of prostate diseases and associated sexual dysfunction with the quality of life of males.

  10. Coronary physiology assessment in the catheterization laboratory

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    Díez-delhoyo, Felipe; Gutiérrez-Ibañes, Enrique; Loughlin, Gerard; Sanz-Ruiz, Ricardo; Vázquez-Álvarez, María Eugenia; Sarnago-Cebada, Fernando; Angulo-Llanos, Rocío; Casado-Plasencia, Ana; Elízaga, Jaime; Fernández Avilés Diáz, Francisco

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    Physicians cannot rely solely on the angiographic appearance of epicardial coronary artery stenosis when evaluating patients with myocardial ischemia. Instead, sound knowledge of coronary vascular physiology and of the methods currently available for its characterization can improve the diagnostic and prognostic accuracy of invasive assessment of the coronary circulation, and help improve clinical decision-making. In this article we summarize the current methods available for a thorough assessment of coronary physiology. PMID:26413229

  11. Epidemiology of coronary heart disease and acute coronary syndrome.

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    Sanchis-Gomar, Fabian; Perez-Quilis, Carme; Leischik, Roman; Lucia, Alejandro

    2016-07-01

    The aim of this review is to summarize the incidence, prevalence, trend in mortality, and general prognosis of coronary heart disease (CHD) and a related condition, acute coronary syndrome (ACS). Although CHD mortality has gradually declined over the last decades in western countries, this condition still causes about one-third of all deaths in people older than 35 years. This evidence, along with the fact that mortality from CHD is expected to continue increasing in developing countries, illustrates the need for implementing effective primary prevention approaches worldwide and identifying risk groups and areas for possible improvement.

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

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    Ana Ludimila Cancela

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

  13. Role of 320-slice multislice computed tomography coronary angiography in the assessment of coronary artery stenosis

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    Mohamed Ahmed Youssef

    2014-06-01

    Conclusion: In conclusion, MSCT coronary angiography is a very helpful and rapid non-invasive coronary imaging modality that was able to detect and grade coronary artery stenosis better than other noninvasive examinations used to detect CAD, such as exercise stress testing. Due to its very high negative predictive value, it may eliminate the need for invasive coronary procedures in the presence of normal coronary imaging.

  14. Associated factors and prevalence of erectile dysfunction in hemodialysis patients

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    Marcio Rodrigues Costa

    2014-01-01

    Full Text Available Purpose: The proposal of this study was to determine the prevalence and the associated factors of erectile dysfunction (ED among hemodialysis (HD patients. Materials and Methods: This was a cross-sectional study based on data collected from HD male patients. Clinical, demographic and laboratory data of all patients were collected in three HD clinics from December 2010 to June 2011. Patients answered questions of erectile function domain from International Index of Erectile Function. Data were evaluated by descriptive analysis and by univariate (ULRA and multivariate logistic regression analysis (MLRA. Results: Three hundred and five patients participated of the study.