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Concept: Ischaemic heart disease


 To quantify the dose-response associations between total physical activity and risk of breast cancer, colon cancer, diabetes, ischemic heart disease, and ischemic stroke events.

Concepts: Hypertension, Heart disease, Ischaemic heart disease, Breast cancer, Obesity, Ischemia, Stroke, Cancer


Depressive disorders were a leading cause of burden in the Global Burden of Disease (GBD) 1990 and 2000 studies. Here, we analyze the burden of depressive disorders in GBD 2010 and present severity proportions, burden by country, region, age, sex, and year, as well as burden of depressive disorders as a risk factor for suicide and ischemic heart disease.

Concepts: 1922, Risk, Death, 1920, Heart disease, Ischaemic heart disease, Ischemia, Major depressive disorder


Coronary artery disease is one of the most common causes of death and disability, afflicting more than 15 million Americans. Although pharmacological advances and revascularization techniques have decreased mortality, many survivors will eventually succumb to heart failure secondary to the residual microvascular perfusion deficit that remains after revascularization. We present a novel system that rescues the myocardium from acute ischemia, using photosynthesis through intramyocardial delivery of the cyanobacterium Synechococcus elongatus. By using light rather than blood flow as a source of energy, photosynthetic therapy increases tissue oxygenation, maintains myocardial metabolism, and yields durable improvements in cardiac function during and after induction of ischemia. By circumventing blood flow entirely to provide tissue with oxygen and nutrients, this system has the potential to create a paradigm shift in the way ischemic heart disease is treated.

Concepts: Coronary artery disease, Artery, Cardiovascular system, Ischaemic heart disease, Myocardial infarction, Blood, Heart disease, Heart


Vitamin D has been suggested to have a role in various neurovascular diseases, but the data regarding headache is inconclusive. Our aim was to investigate the associations between serum 25-hydroxyvitamin D [25(OH)D], a marker for vitamin D status, and risk of frequent headache. The study population consisted of 2601 men from the population-based Kuopio Ischaemic Heart Disease Risk Factor Study (KIHD) from eastern Finland, aged 42-60 years in 1984-1989. The cross-sectional associations with prevalence of self-reported frequent headache (defined as weekly or daily headaches) were estimated with multivariable-adjusted odds ratios. The average serum 25(OH) concentration was 43.4 nmol/L (SD 18.9, min-max 7.8-136.1 nmol/L). A total of 250 men (9.6%) reported frequent headache. The average serum 25(OH)D concentration among those with frequent headache was 38.3 nmol/L (SD 18.8) and 43.9 nmol/L (SD 18.9) among those without frequent headache, after adjustment for age and year and month of blood draw (P for difference <0.001). After multivariable adjustments, those in the lowest vs. the highest serum 25(OH)D quartile had 113% (95% CI 42, 218%; P for trend <0.001) higher odds for frequent headache. In conclusion, low serum 25(OH)D concentration was associated with markedly higher risk of frequent headache in men.

Concepts: Ischaemic heart disease, Headache, Hypertension, Disease, Ischemia, Vitamin D, Medical statistics, Epidemiology


Abundant, indirect epidemiological evidence indicates that influenza contributes to all-cause mortality and cardiovascular hospitalisations with studies showing increases in acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and death during the influenza season.

Concepts: Case-control study, Necrosis, Stroke, Infectious disease, Ischaemic heart disease, Heart, Epidemiology, Myocardial infarction


Context:Testosterone (T) levels decline with age and lower T has been associated with increased mortality in aging men. However, the associations of its metabolites, dihydrotestosterone (DHT) and estradiol (E2), with mortality are poorly defined.Objective:We assessed associations of T, DHT, and E2 with all-cause and ischemic heart disease (IHD) mortality in older men.Participants:Participants were community-dwelling men aged 70 to 89 years who were residing in Perth, Western Australia.Main Outcome Measures:Plasma total T, DHT, and E2 were assayed using liquid chromatography-tandem mass spectrometry in early morning samples collected in 2001 to 2004 from 3690 men. Deaths to December 2010 were ascertained by data linkage.Results:There were 974 deaths (26.4%), including 325 of IHD. Men who died had lower baseline T (12.8 ± 5.1 vs 13.2 ± 4.8 nmol/L [mean ± SD], P = .013), DHT (1.4 ± 0.7 vs 1.5 ± 0.7 nmol/L, P = .002), and E2 (71.6 ± 29.3 vs 74.0 ± 29.0 pmol/L, P = .022). After allowance for other risk factors, T and DHT were associated with all-cause mortality (T: quartile [Q] Q2:Q1, adjusted hazard ratio [HR] = 0.82, P = .033; Q3:Q1, HR = 0.78, P = .010; Q4:Q1, HR = 0.86, P > .05; DHT: Q3:Q1, HR = 0.76, P = .003; Q4:Q1, HR = 0.84, P > .05). Higher DHT was associated with lower IHD mortality (Q3:Q1, HR = 0.58, P = .002; Q4:Q1, HR = 0.69, P = .026). E2 was not associated with either all-cause or IHD mortality.Conclusions:Optimal androgen levels are a biomarker for survival because older men with midrange levels of T and DHT had the lowest death rates from any cause, whereas those with higher DHT had lower IHD mortality. Further investigations of the biological basis for these associations including randomized trials of T supplementation are needed.

Concepts: Mass spectrometry, Ischaemic heart disease, Estradiol, Ischemia, Epidemiology, Dihydrotestosterone, Testosterone, Death


To prospectively examine the association between tea consumption and the risk of ischaemic heart disease (IHD).

Concepts: Sunshine pop, Genetic disorder, Heart, Ischaemic heart disease, The Association, Heart disease, Ischemia


The majority of deaths in COPD are from cardiovascular causes. Several large randomized controlled trials demonstrate that inhaled anticholinergic agents ipratropium and tiotropium increase the risk of serious cardiovascular events, including cardiovascular mortality. Tiotropium Respimat is associated with a statistically significant increased risk of mortality (RR 1.52; 95% CI 1.06 to 2.16) and cardiovascular death (RR 2.05; 95% CI 1.06 to 3.99) compared with placebo in a meta-analysis of clinical trials. In the largest study, the subgroup of patients with COPD in the Respimat group with known rhythm and cardiac disorders at baseline had an especially high risk for cardiac death (RR 8.6; 95% CI 1.1 to 67.2). Although there was no significantly increased risk of mortality (HR 0.89; 95% CI 0.79 to 1.02) or myocardial infarction (MI) (RR 0.73; 95% CI 0.53 to 1.00) with tiotropium handihaler in the Understanding Potential Long-Term Impacts on Function with Tiotropium (UPLIFT) trial, the reported excess of angina (RR 1.44; 95% CI 0.91 to 2.26), imbalance in strokes related to ischaemia and rates of supraventricular tachyarrhythmias are consistent with the pro-ischemic and pro-arrhythmic effects. The subjects at greatest risk of cardiovascular death, such as those with a recent history of MI, unstable or life-threatening cardiac arrhythmias or hospitalisation with heart failure, were excluded from the UPLIFT trial. The Prevention of Exacerbations with Tiotropium in COPD trial showed an excess of serious coronary ischaemic events of angina, myocardial ischaemia and MI with the tiotropium Handihaler compared with salmeterol. The authors urge caution in prescribing inhaled anticholinergics for patients with pre-existing arrhythmias or cardiac disorders.

Concepts: Tiotropium, Angina pectoris, Ischaemic heart disease, Asthma, Anticholinergic, Cardiac arrest, Cardiology, Myocardial infarction


Ejection fraction (EF) is the most widely used instrumental parameter in clinical cardiology for the evaluation of left ventricular systolic function and prognostic stratification of various cardiac diseases, including ischemic heart disease and heart failure. EF has some advantages but also many limitations, which may favor an incorrect use of this parameter. Moreover, the different cardiac imaging techniques available for EF calculation can be an additional source of errors and inaccuracies. This article will review in detail the pathophysiological features and intrinsic limitations of EF, with the aim to clarify how to properly use this parameter.

Concepts: Echocardiography, Heart, Ischaemic heart disease, Heart disease, Myocardial infarction, Heart failure, Ejection fraction, Cardiology


Both road traffic noise and ambient air pollution have been associated with risk for ischemic heart disease, but only few inconsistent studies include both exposures.

Concepts: Air pollution, Ischaemic heart disease, Myocardial infarction