Jill J. F. Belch

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Left Ventricular Noncompaction (LVNC) is a genetic cardiac disease of emerging importance with a distinct clinical and pathophysiological presentation. The most common clinical manifestations include heart failure, arrhythmias and embolic events, and in children it may be associated with facial dysmorphisms and Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome. The diagnosis(More)
BACKGROUND Common carotid intima media thickness (CIMT) and ankle brachial pressure index (ABPI) are used as surrogate marker of atherosclerosis, and have been shown to correlate with arterial stiffness, however their correlation with global atherosclerotic burden has not been previously assessed. We compare CIMT and ABPI with atheroma burden as measured by(More)
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to use whole body cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (WB CVMR) to assess the heart and arterial network in a single examination, so as to describe the burden of atherosclerosis and subclinical disease in participants with symptomatic single site vascular disease. METHODS 64 patients with a history of symptomatic(More)
BACKGROUND Activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone-system (RAAS) has been proposed to contribute to development of vascular complications in type 2 diabetes (T2D). The aim of the present study was to determine if plasma renin levels are associated with the severity of vascular changes in subjects with and without T2D. METHODS Renin was analyzed by(More)
OBJECTIVE To determine the feasibility of using whole-body cardiovascular MRI (WB-CVMR) to compare South Asians (SAs)-a population known to have a higher risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) but paradoxically lower prevalence of peripheral arterial disease-and Western Europeans (WEs). METHODS 19 SAs and 38 age-, gender- and body mass index-matched WEs(More)
PURPOSE To scan a volunteer population using 3.0T magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). MRI of the left ventricular (LV) structure and function in healthy volunteers has been reported extensively at 1.5T. MATERIALS AND METHODS A population of 1528 volunteers was scanned. A standardized approach was taken to acquire steady-state free precession (SSFP) LV data(More)
INTRODUCTION The link between cardiovascular disease (CVD) and patients with chronic inflammation is not clearly understood. We examined a knock-in mouse expressing a poly-ubiquitin-binding-defective mutant of the protein ABIN1 (ABIN1(D485N)), which develops a systemic lupus erythematosus-like autoimmune disease because of the hyperactivation of IκB kinases(More)
Tenidap, a new anti-inflammatory drug, is presently undergoing clinical studies as a treatment for rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Early pilot work has shown it to be of some benefit. Tenidap is a dual inhibitor of cyclo-oxygenase and 5-lipoxygenase enzymes. It has also been shown to modify white blood cell behaviour such as interleukin-1 production, monocyte(More)
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