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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448974/the-feasibility-and-safety-of-interventional-occlusion-treatment-of-intracristal-ventricular-septal-defects-clinical-report-of-56-cases
#1
Ting Cui, Wanfeng Sun, Yanhong He, Guopei Zhang, Dajie Wang, Yudong Xia, Feng Wang, Mingxing Zhu
BACKGROUND: To investigate the feasibility and safety of the O eccentric shape occluder in the interventional occlusion treatment of intracristal ventricular septal defect (IVSD). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the clinical data of 56 IVSD patients treated by interventional occlusion at our center, as well as recording of their intraoperative and postoperative status, was performed. RESULTS: Of the 56 patients, a total of 48 patients underwent successful occlusion during the first surgical attempt...
April 28, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445886/the-association-of-five-year-changes-in-the-levels-of-n-terminal-fragment-of-the-prohormone-brain-type-natriuretic-peptide-nt-probnp-with-subsequent-heart-failure-and-death-in-patients-with-stable-coronary-artery-disease-the-heart-and-soul-study
#2
Rakesh K Mishra, Gregory Judson, Robert H Christenson, Christopher DeFilippi, Alan H B Wu, Mary A Whooley
BACKGROUND: The N-terminal fragment of the prohormone brain-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a powerful predictor of adverse outcomes in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). However, little is known regarding the prognostic significance of longitudinal changes in NT-proBNP levels. METHODS: We evaluated the ability of 5-year changes in NT-proBNP levels to predict subsequent heart failure (HF) hospitalization or cardiovascular (CV) death in 635 participants with stable CAD enrolled in the Heart and Soul Study...
April 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445871/three-year-clinical-outcome-of-patients-with-coronary-disease-and-increased-event-risk-treated-with-newer-generation-drug-eluting-stents-from-the-randomized-dutch-peers-trial
#3
Liefke C van der Heijden, Marlies M Kok, Marije M Löwik, Peter W Danse, Gillian A J Jessurun, Marc Hartmann, Martin G Stoel, K Gert van Houwelingen, Raymond W M Hautvast, Gerard C Linssen, Carine J M Doggen, Clemens von Birgelen
OBJECTIVE: Limited data is available on the long-term outcome of patients with increased cardiovascular event risk, treated with newer-generation durable polymer drug-eluting stents (DES). METHODS: We therefore assessed 3-year follow-up data of high-risk versus low- to intermediate-risk patients of the randomized DUTCH PEERS trial (NCT01331707). In both risk groups we also compared patients treated with Resolute Integrity versus Promus Element DES. Patients were categorized as "high-risk" if they met ≥1 of the following criteria: (1) diabetes (17...
April 27, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441660/the-phenotype-and-outcome-of-infantile-cardiomyopathy-caused-by-a-homozygous-elac2-mutation
#4
Zarghuna M A Shinwari, Abdulrahman Almesned, Ali Alakhfash, Ahmad M Al-Rashdan, Eissa Faqeih, Zainab Al-Humaidi, Ahmed Alomrani, Malak Alghamdi, Dilek Colak, Abdullah Alwadai, Monther Rababh, Majid Al-Fayyadh, Zuhair N Al-Hassnan
OBJECTIVE: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) in children is a clinically and genetically heterogeneous group of disorders. Disease-associated mutations have been identified in more than 50 genes. Recently, mutations in the mitochondrial tRNA processing gene, ELAC2, were reported to be associated with the recessively inherited form of hypertrophic CMP (HCM). This study is aimed at describing the cardiac phenotype and outcome of ELAC2 mutation. METHODS: We performed whole exome sequencing followed by targeted mutation screening to identify the genetic etiology of severe infantile-onset CMP in 64 consanguineous Saudi families...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441656/development-of-a-smartphone-app-for-visualizing-heart-sounds-and-murmurs
#5
Noritaka Mamorita, Naoya Arisaka, Risa Isonaka, Tadashi Kawakami, Akihiro Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Auscultation is one of the basic techniques for the diagnosis of heart disease. However, the interpretation of heart sounds and murmurs is a highly subjective and difficult skill. OBJECTIVES: To assist the auscultation skill at the bedside, a handy phonocardiogram was developed using a smartphone (Samsung Galaxy J, Android OS 4.4.2) and an external microphone attached to a stethoscope. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Android app used Java classes, "AudioRecord," "AudioTrack," and "View," that recorded sounds, replayed sounds, and plotted sound waves, respectively...
April 26, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434000/apolipoprotein-a1-inhibits-the-tgf-%C3%AE-1-induced-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-of-human-coronary-artery-endothelial-cells
#6
Juling Feng, Jingjing Zhang, Ampadu O Jackson, Xiao Zhu, Hainan Chen, Wen Chen, Qingjun Gui, Kai Yin
OBJECTIVE: Transforming growth factor β1 (TGF-β1) is the major cytokine for stimulating endothelial cells (ECs) to transdifferentiate to mesenchymal cells (MCs) in the process known as endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT). Recently, TGF-β1-induced EndMT has been implicated in the pathogenesis of atherosclerosis (AS). It has been identified that apolipoprotein A1 (ApoA-I) obstructs TGF-β1-induced endothelial dysfunction, providing a protective effect for ECs and also anti-AS activity...
April 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427082/perioperative-outcomes-and-safety-of-atrial-fibrillation-catheter-ablation-in-octogenarians-a-retrospective-study-and-review-of-the-benefits-of-rhythm-control
#7
Stephanie Hakimian, Juan C Camacho, Edwin Grajeda Silvestri, Farid AbdelMalak, Elie Donath, Robert Chait
OBJECTIVES: Catheter ablation for rhythm control has emerged as a successful therapeutic option for the treatment of atrial fibrillation (AF), though it has not been well studied in octogenarians. This study evaluates its safety in octogenarians in a community hospital and reviews the benefits of rhythm control. METHODS: Among 1,592 patients undergoing AF ablation, 84 octogenarian were identified. The primary outcome was normal sinus rhythm (NSR) on electrocardiogram at discharge...
April 21, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419986/hypodysfibrinogenemia-with-a-heterozygous-mutation-of-%C3%AE-cys326ser-by-the-novel-transversion-of-tgt-to-tct-in-a-patient-with-pulmonary-thromboembolism-and-right-ventricular-thrombus
#8
Akiko Ushijima, Taichi Komai, Atsuko Masukawa, Keiko Oikawa, Norishige Morita, Satomi Asai, Saki Mukai, Nobuo Okumura, Yoshinori Kobayashi, Hayato Miyachi
We encountered a 45-year-old Japanese man who suffered from pulmonary thromboembolism and huge right ventricular thrombus after inferior vena cava (IVC) filter implantation without apparent thrombus in either the deep veins or inside the IVC filter. The biochemical data showed a discrepancy in the level of fibrinogen between the immunological and thrombin time methods, suggesting hypodysfibrinogenemia. The sequencing of the fibrinogen γ-chain gene (FGG) revealed a novel heterozygous missense mutation in exon 8 - a TGT to TCT transversion in codon 326 - resulting in an amino acid substitution of serine for cysteine (γCys326Ser)...
April 19, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395281/the-role-of-stress-echocardiography-in-valvular-heart-disease-a-current-appraisal
#9
James L Gentry Iii, Dermot Phelan, Milind Y Desai, Brian P Griffin
Stress echocardiography is a widely available, safe, low-cost, versatile imaging modality which is becoming increasingly recognized as a valuable tool in the assessment of patients with native and prosthetic left-sided valvular heart disease. It provides a quantitative assessment to help guide clinical decision-making when discordance exists between symptoms and severity of valve disease. Exercise (treadmill or bicycle) remains the preferred stress modality, but pharmacological augmentation with dobutamine can be used if needed...
April 11, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391273/inverse-correlation-of-venous-brain-natriuretic-peptide-levels-with-body-mass-index-is-due-to-decreased-production
#10
Zubair Shah, Mark Wiley, Arun Mahankali Sridhar, Reza Masoomi, Mazda Biria, Dhananjay Lakkireddy, Buddhadeb Dawn, Kamal Gupta
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this paper was to study the association between body mass index (BMI) and coronary sinus (CS) brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in patients with heart failure and reduced systolic function (HFrEF). BACKGROUND: There is an inverse relationship between systemic venous BNP (V-BNP) levels and BMI in patients with HFrEF. It is unclear whether this finding is due to decreased production or due to an increased metabolism of BNP. Since CS-BNP levels reflect BNP production, we hypothesized that assessing the correlation of CS-BNP levels with BMI would provide insight into the mechanism of this inverse relationship of V-BNP and BMI...
April 8, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391261/end-tidal-co2-predicts-reduction-in-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-mitral-valve-edge-to-edge-repair
#11
Michael Huntgeburth, Robert Schier, Roman Pfister, Henrik Ten Freyhaus, Kristina Dahlem, Kai Friedrichs, Stephan Baldus, Volker Rudolph
OBJECTIVES: We evaluated end-tidal CO2 (etCO2), which has been proposed to assess acute hemodynamic changes, to guide percutaneous edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (PMVR) with the MitraClip system. METHODS: Thirty-nine patients (aged 78 ± 14 years) undergoing PMVR for moderate-to-severe mitral regurgitation (MR) of primary and secondary etiology were included. General anesthesia was maintained with sevoflurane and constant ventilation parameters to ensure stable etCO2 tension...
April 8, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376504/discontinuation-dose-reduction-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-angiotensin-receptor-blockers-during-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-in-african-american-patients-with-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#12
Jesse A Kane, Joseph K Kim, Syed Abbas Haidry, Louis Salciccioli, Jason Lazar
OBJECTIVES: Patients with heart failure (HF) and reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) benefit from angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEI) and angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) therapy. While dose reduction/discontinuation (r/d) of β-blockers (BB) and furosemide in acute decompensated HF (ADHF) worsen outcomes, data on ACEI/ARB are lacking. METHODS: To determine the frequency and reasons for ACEI/ARB therapy r/d in ADHF patients, we studied 174 patients with LVEF <40% on ACEI/ARB and BB therapy upon admission over 1 year...
April 4, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28376480/hypomethylation-of-the-angiotensin-ii-type-i-receptor-agtr1-gene-along-with-environmental-factors-increases-the-risk-for-essential-hypertension
#13
Jiabing Lin, Shaowei Lin, Yihai Wu, Xiaoxia Wang, Siying Wu, Huangyuan Li
OBJECTIVES: The present study aimed to evaluate the hypertension status of community residents, analyze environmental and epigenetic factors, and propose prevention measures for hypertension. METHODS: In our study, different methylation levels were distinguished utilizing melting temperature (Tm) values in both the case and the control group. Multiple logistic regression analysis was used to estimate the risk of having essential hypertension (EH) between hypertensive and nonhypertensive participants...
April 4, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329746/genotyping-platelet-activation-and-cardiovascular-outcome-in-patients-after-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-two-pieces-of-the-puzzle-of-clopidogrel-resistance
#14
Gerasimos Siasos, Evangelos Oikonomou, Manolis Vavuranakis, Eleni Kokkou, Konstantinos Mourouzis, Sotiris Tsalamandris, Marina Zaromitidou, Stamatios Kioufis, Vasiliki Tsigkou, Spyridon Deftereos, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
OBJECTIVES: Individual platelet responses to antiplatelet therapy depend on genetic, cellular, and clinical factors. CYP2C19 and P2Y12 receptor polymorphisms are implicated in platelet responses to antiplatelet treatment. We aimed to evaluate the impact of CYP2C19 and C34T P2Y12 genotyping on platelet reactivity and cardiovascular outcome in patients after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) on clopidogrel treatment. METHODS: We enrolled 408 patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD) receiving aspirin and clopidogrel (75 mg/day) 1 month after PCI...
March 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324874/strategies-and-outcomes-of-repeat-mitral-valve-interventions-after-failed-mitraclip-therapy
#15
Carmelo Grasso, Sergio Buccheri, Davide Capodanno, Antonio Popolo Rubbio, Maria Elena Di Salvo, Salvatore Scandura, Sarah Mangiafico, Tatiana Salerno, Stefano Cannata, Veronica Dezio, Giuseppe Castania, Marco Barbanti, Piera Capranzano, Corrado Tamburino
Percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) with the MitraClip system (Abbott Vascular, Santa Clara, CA, USA) is a valid therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) deemed to be at high or prohibitive surgical risk. Despite the reassuring data on efficacy and long-term durability of the procedure, the proportion of patients with residual or relapsing severe MR after MitraClip therapy is not negligible. In light of the detrimental prognostic impact of severe MR, repeat interventions are increasingly performed in clinical practice using different techniques...
March 22, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196358/wellens-syndrome-a-bad-omen
#16
Madalena Coutinho Cruz, Isabel Luiz, Lurdes Ferreira, Rui Cruz Ferreira
Wellens' syndrome is characterized by an electrocardiographic pattern of T-wave changes associated with a critical stenosis of the left anterior descending artery (LAD), which progresses to an extensive anterior myocardial infarction in the majority of cases. For this reason, its recognition and early treatment are extremely important. We report 2 cases of Wellens' syndrome: an 83-year-old male presenting with ill-characterized chest pain, biphasic T waves in V1-V3 during an asymptomatic period, negative cardiac biomarkers, and a 64% stenosis in LAD with a fractional flow reserve of 0...
February 15, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178705/sudden-cardiac-arrest-triggered-by-coadministration-of-fluconazole-and-amiodarone
#17
Jiajia Wang, Yanbin Chen, Wei Lei, Cheng Chen, Yehan Zhu, Nan Su, Chuankai Zhang, Jian-An Huang
Fluconazole for fungal infections and amiodarone for arrhythmia are commonly prescribed medications, and coadministration of such medications is sometimes inevitable in clinical practice. However, both medications have been associated with prolonged QTc intervals and subsequent arrhythmias, which are sometimes fatal. We present the case of a 75-year-old man with sudden cardiac arrest triggered by coadministration of fluconazole and amiodarone, which raises the need for caution regarding coadministration of these medications...
February 9, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28178694/resolution-of-cheyne-stokes-respiration-after-treatment-of-heart-failure-with-sacubitril-valsartan-a-first-case-report
#18
Henrik Fox, Thomas Bitter, Dieter Horstkotte, Olaf Oldenburg
Sleep-disordered breathing (SDB) is highly prevalent in patients with heart failure (HF), and is known to be associated with a worse prognosis. The severity of central sleep apnea is thought to mirror cardiac dysfunction. The novel angiotensin receptor-neprilysin inhibitor (ARNi) sacubitril has been shown to improve HF, but a relationship between treatment with ARNi and the severity of SDB has not yet been investigated. We report the case of a 71-year-old male with HF and SDB. Treatment with sacubitril/valsartan was associated with improved cardiac function, as shown by a reduction in the level of N-terminal prohormone of brain natriuretic peptide from 3,249 to 1,720 pg/mL, and an improvement in left-ventricular ejection fraction from 30 to 35%...
February 9, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171874/predicting-successful-recanalization-in-patients-with-native-coronary-chronic-total-occlusion-the-busan-cto-score
#19
Cai De Jin, Moo Hyun Kim, Soo Jin Kim, Kwang Min Lee, Tae Hyung Kim, Young-Rak Cho, Victor L Serebruany
BACKGROUND: The optimal strategy to manage chronic total occlusion (CTO) remains unclear. The Japanese CTO multicenter registry (J-CTO) score is an established tool for predicting successful recanalization. However, it does not take into account nonangiographic predictors for final technique success. In the present study, we designed and tested a scoring model called the Busan single-center CTO registry (B-CTO) score combining clinical and angiographic characteristics to predict successful CTO recanalization in Korean patients...
February 8, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28171858/exome-sequencing-identifies-a-novel-des-mutation-r227c-in-a-chinese-dilated-cardiomyopathy-family
#20
Rong Yu, Lv Liu, Chan Chen, Jin-Mei Shen
OBJECTIVES: Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a common disease in the clinic, and it is the leading cause of heart failure and sudden cardiac death. Previous studies have proven that genetic factors play a crucial role in the occurrence of DCM; more than 50 disease genes including desmin (DES) have been identified to be associated with DCM. At present, most DES mutations are reported in desmin-related myofibrilla myopathy patients, but variants leading to isolated DCM are rarely reported...
February 8, 2017: Cardiology
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