Chiadi E. Ndumele

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OBJECTIVE The goal of this study was to assess the independent and collective associations of hepatic steatosis, obesity, and the metabolic syndrome with elevated high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) levels. METHODS AND RESULTS We evaluated 2388 individuals without clinical cardiovascular disease between December 2004 and December 2006. Hepatic(More)
The Cardiometabolic Think Tank was convened on June 20, 2014, in Washington, DC, as a "call to action" activity focused on defining new patient care models and approaches to address contemporary issues of cardiometabolic risk and disease. Individual experts representing >20 professional organizations participated in this roundtable discussion. The Think(More)
OBJECTIVES The goal of this systematic review is to assess the cross-sectional relationship of inflammatory markers with the presence and extent of coronary artery calcium (CAC) to identify asymptomatic individuals with a higher risk of coronary heart disease (CHD). BACKGROUND Markers of subclinical inflammation and subclinical atherosclerosis have both(More)
Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) has an established role in cardiovascular disease (CVD). However, recent animal studies suggest direct metabolic effects of BNP. To determine the association of BNP with the risk of diabetes, we conducted a prospective analysis of participants from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study. We included 7,822 men(More)
The recognition that inflammation plays a fundamental role in atherothrombosis has led to the measurement of circulating inflammatory biomarkers such as high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hs-CRP) as a means of improving cardiovascular disease detection and prevention. Clinically, levels of hs-CRP >3 mg/L indicate elevated risk for myocardial infarction(More)
BACKGROUND We hypothesized that a fully automated mobile health (mHealth) intervention with tracking and texting components would increase physical activity. METHODS AND RESULTS mActive enrolled smartphone users aged 18 to 69 years at an ambulatory cardiology center in Baltimore, Maryland. We used sequential randomization to evaluate the intervention's 2(More)
OBJECTIVES The study sought to evaluate the association of obesity with a novel biomarker of subclinical myocardial injury, cardiac troponin T measured with a new high-sensitivity assay (hs-cTnT), among adults without clinical cardiovascular disease (CVD). BACKGROUND Laboratory evidence suggests a relationship between obesity and myocardial injury that(More)
OBJECTIVES Although cross-sectional and prospective studies have shown that the white blood cell (WBC) count is associated with long-term mortality for patients with ischemic heart disease, the role of the WBC count as an independent predictor of short-term mortality in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) has not been examined as extensively.(More)
OBJECTIVES The purpose of this study was to compare the association of the Framingham risk score (FRS) and Reynolds risk score (RRS) with subclinical atherosclerosis, assessed by incidence and progression of coronary artery calcium (CAC). BACKGROUND The comparative effectiveness of competing risk algorithms for identifying subclinical atherosclerosis is(More)
AIMS To examine the associations of the liver enzymes alanine aminotransferase (ALT), aspartate aminotransferase(AST), and gamma-glutamyl transferase (GGT) with diabetes risk and to determine whether associations differ by race and/or gender. We hypothesized that all liver enzymes would be associated with diabetes risk and that associations would differ by(More)