Elevated CT CAC scores linked to future heart failure

The presence of coronary artery calcium (CAC) on the CT scans of middle-aged...Read more on AuntMinnie.comRelated Reading: ACC: Study promotes routine PET/CT CAC for cardiac risk Cardiac risk grows with higher coronary calcium scores ACC: Physicians omit CT CAC scores in 50% of cancer cases Could self-rated health improve CT CAC scoring? Heart societies endorse CT CAC for risk assessment
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In this study, researchers studied 438,952 participants in the UK Biobank, who had a total of 24,980 major coronary events - defined as the first occurrence of non-fatal heart attack, ischaemic stroke, or death due to coronary heart disease. They used an approach called Mendelian randomisation, which uses naturally occurring genetic differences to randomly divide the participants into groups, mimicking the effects of running a clinical trial. People with genes associated with lower blood pressure, lower LDL cholesterol, and a combination of both were put into different groups, and compared against those without thes...
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CONCLUSION: Visceral and intramuscular adiposity were associated with increased CVD incidence after breast cancer diagnosis, independent of pre-existing CVD risk factors and cancer treatments. The increased CVD incidence among normal-weight patients with greater visceral adiposity would go undetected with BMI alone. Measures of adipose tissue distribution may help identify high-risk patients and tailor CVD prevention strategies. PMID: 31369302 [PubMed - as supplied by publisher]
Source: Clinical Breast Cancer - Category: Cancer & Oncology Authors: Tags: J Clin Oncol Source Type: research
AbstractAimsOur aim was to investigate the glucose uptake in cancer patients suffering from different entities, using18F ‐FDG positron emission tomography–computed tomography scans. We further aimed at identifying potential variables altering cardiac and skeletal muscle glucose metabolism.Methods and resultsIn a retrospective cohort study, we analysed cardiac and skeletal muscle18F ‐FDG uptake in onco‐positron emission tomography–computed tomography scans in adult patients suffering from Hodgkin's lymphoma, non‐Hodgkin's lymphoma, and non‐lymphatic cancer including patients suffering from thyroid canc...
Source: ESC Heart Failure - Category: Cardiology Authors: Tags: Original Research Article Source Type: research
Rayfield Byrd knows when it’s time to wake up every morning. The 68-year-old Oakland, Cal., resident hears a voice from the living room offering a cheery good morning. Except Byrd lives alone. A little after 8 a.m. each day, a small yellow robot named Mabu asks Byrd how he’s doing. Byrd has Type 2 diabetes and congestive heart failure, and about three years ago, he had surgery to implant a microvalve in his heart to keep his blood flowing properly. To stay healthy, he takes four medications a day and needs to exercise regularly. To make sure his heart is still pumping effectively, his doctor needs to stay on to...
Source: TIME: Health - Category: Consumer Health News Authors: Tags: Uncategorized Artificial Intelligence Life Reinvented medicine Source Type: news
Rate and risk factors for AKI after CT scans in a cancer cohort
. Clin Nephrol. 2018 Nov 12;: Authors: Latcha S, Plodkowski AJ, Zheng J, Jaimes EA Abstract AIMS: The proinflammatory milieu in cancer patients may expose them to increased risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) after IV contrast (CON). The aims of this study were to determine: (1) the rates of AKI after CON and noncontrast (NC) CT scans in cancer inpatients, (2) if rates differed among cancer subtypes, and (3) whether recent chemotherapy, comorbid conditions, or nephrotoxins increase AKI after CON. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Retrospe...
Source: Clinical Nephrology - Category: Urology & Nephrology Authors: Tags: Clin Nephrol Source Type: research
CONCLUSION: Measures of skeletal muscle CSA at the L3 were found to be ∼1.53 cm2 higher with ImageJ than sliceOmatic. This difference was not found to affect interpretation against a published cut point. The importance of accounting for the ImageJ tutorial corrigendum was shown to be clinically significant when applied to published cut points. PMID: 30001463 [PubMed - in process]
Source: JPEN Journal Of Parenteral And Enteral Nutrition - Category: Nutrition Authors: Tags: JPEN J Parenter Enteral Nutr Source Type: research
This report shows that an MWA of an HCC in PD patients is a feasible and safe procedure. PMID: 29123005 [PubMed - in process]
Source: Peritoneal Dialysis International - Category: Urology & Nephrology Tags: Perit Dial Int Source Type: research
U.S. News &World Report recently published its annual “Best Hospitals” issue, which the magazine claims is the “global authority in hospital rankings.” That may be no exaggeration, given the more than two million Google results that appear with the search term “U.S. News hospital rankings” along with the flurry of self-congratulatory tweets posted and banners hung each year by the hospitals whose names appear at the top of the list. While the top-ranked hospitals were patting themselves on the back, we wondered if the magazine’s ranking system actually measures what matters to ...
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Authors: Tamburini N, Marchi I, Bassi M, Anania G, Quarantotto F, Cavallesco G, Maniscalco P Abstract A partial anomalous pulmonary venous connection (PAPVC) is a rare congenital defect in which at least one pulmonary vein doesn't drain into the left atrium but into a systemic vein or even into the right atrium, causing a left-to right shunt. PAPVC with a small amount of shunt are usually asymptomatic, and can not be detected during lifetime. Nevertheless, if those patients undergo a major lung resection, the surgical procedure could precipitate right heart failure if this anomalous shunt remains uncorrected. There...
Source: Journal of Thoracic Disease - Category: Respiratory Medicine Tags: J Thorac Dis Source Type: research
Conclusions: Alterations to RV structure may represent a mechanism by which long-term PM10–2.5 exposure increases risks for adverse respiratory and cardiovascular outcomes, especially among certain susceptible populations. https://doi.org/10.1289/EHP658 Received: 14 June 2016 Revised: 24 February 2017 Accepted: 16 March 2017 Published: 27 July 2017 Address correspondence to S. D. Adar, University of Michigan School of Public Health, 1415 Washington Heights, SPH II-5539, Ann Arbor, MI 48109 USA. Telephone: (734) 615-9207; Email: sadar@umich.edu Supplemental Material is available online (https://doi.org/10.1289/E...
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