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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213819/conditional-knockout-of-activin-like-kinase-1-alk-1-leads-to-heart-failure-without-maladaptive-remodeling
#1
Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, Richard H Karas, S Paul Oh, Navin K Kapur
Activin like kinase-1 (AlK-1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) family of ligands. AlK-1 activity promotes endothelial proliferation and migration. Reduced AlK-1 activity is associated with arteriovenous malformations. No studies have examined the effect of global AlK-1 deletion on indices of cardiac remodeling. We hypothesized that reduced levels of AlK-1 promote maladaptive cardiac remodeling. To test this hypothesis, we employed AlK-1 conditional knockout mice (cKO) harboring the ROSA26-CreER knock-in allele, whereby a single dose of intraperitoneal tamoxifen triggered ubiquitous Cre recombinase-mediated excision of floxed AlK-1 alleles...
February 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197713/early-vascular-responses-after-everolimus-eluting-stent-implantation-assessed-by-serial-observations-of-intracoronary-optical-coherence-tomography
#2
Hideki Yano, Shigeo Horinaka, Mayuko Ishikawa, Toshihiko Ishimitsu
A recent OCT study revealed that the lack of stent strut endothelial coverage is associated with late stent thrombosis after drug-eluting stent implantation. However, the sequential changes of stent strut endothelial coverage in the extremely early period have never been reported. Serial OCTs were performed in 35 patients with 35 EES (everolimus-eluting stent)-treated de novo lesions at 0, 2, 4, and 12 weeks after EES implantation. Serial changes in quantitative parameters of the neointima (neointimal thickness, stent strut coverage, and apposition of each strut) were analyzed...
February 14, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188451/patients-with-cheyne-stokes-respiration-and-heart-failure-patient-tolerance-after-three-month-discontinuation-of-treatment-with-adaptive-servo-ventilation
#3
Arild Hetland, Tøri Vigeland Lerum, Kristina H Haugaa, Thor Edvardsen
The recent SERVE HF study concluded that patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) and Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) have increased mortality when treated with adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV). We, therefore, wanted to explore if these patients tolerated discontinuation of ASV treatment. The study was a prospective post-ASV treatment observational design with a 3-month follow-up period. 14 patients from our outpatient clinic, all male, were originally diagnosed with CHF and Cheyne-Stokes respiration, which is a clinical form of central sleep apnea...
February 11, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181012/oral-administration-of-the-lactic-acid-bacterium-pediococcus-acidilactici-attenuates-atherosclerosis-in-mice-by-inducing-tolerogenic-dendritic-cells
#4
Taiji Mizoguchi, Kazuyuki Kasahara, Tomoya Yamashita, Naoto Sasaki, Keiko Yodoi, Takuya Matsumoto, Takuo Emoto, Tomohiro Hayashi, Naoki Kitano, Naofumi Yoshida, Hilman Zulkifli Amin, Ken-Ichi Hirata
The intestinal microbiota appears to play an important role in the development of atherosclerosis. We investigated the effect of the probiotic lactic acid bacterium Pediococcus acidilactici R037 on atherosclerosis using apolipoprotein E-deficient (ApoE (-/-)) mice. Six-week-old ApoE (-/-) mice were orally administered R037 six times a week. Mice treated with R037 for 12 weeks exhibited markedly attenuated atherosclerotic lesions in the aortic root (2.3 ± 0.15 × 10(5) µm(2) vs. 3.3 ± 0.29 × 10(5) µm(2), respectively; P < 0...
February 8, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181011/intracardiac-impedance-after-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-is-a-novel-predictor-for-worsening-of-heart-failure
#5
Hitoshi Suzuki, Minoru Nodera, Masashi Kamioka, Takashi Kaneshiro, Yoshiyuki Kamiyama, Yasuchika Takeishi
Intrathoracic impedance measured by cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) varies because several factors other than pulmonary congestion may affect this parameter. Therefore, we hypothesized that changes in intracardiac impedance between the right and left ventricular leads would be more accurate to identify worsening heart failure in patients with CRT. The study enrolled 21 patients with CRT defibrillator (15 males, 70 ± 12 years). During the follow-up period (12 ± 7 months), the subjects experienced 37 fluid index threshold (60 ohm-days) crossing events...
February 8, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28176004/impact-of-decreased-serum-albumin-levels-on-acute-kidney-injury-in-patients-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-a-potential-association-of-atrial-natriuretic-peptide
#6
Yoichi Takaya, Fumiki Yoshihara, Hiroyuki Yokoyama, Hideaki Kanzaki, Masafumi Kitakaze, Yoichi Goto, Toshihisa Anzai, Satoshi Yasuda, Hisao Ogawa, Yuhei Kawano, Kenji Kangawa
Although hypoalbuminemia at admission is a risk for acute kidney injury (AKI) and mortality in patients with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF), the clinical significance of decreased serum albumin levels (DAL) during ADHF therapy has not been elucidated. This study aimed to evaluate whether DAL was associated with AKI, and whether intravenous atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) administration, which provides an effective treatment for ADHF but promotes albumin extravasation, was associated with DAL and AKI...
February 7, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154958/combination-of-high-sensitivity-troponin-i-and-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-predicts-future-hospital-admission-for-heart-failure-in-high-risk-hypertensive-patients-with-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
#7
Ryunosuke Okuyama, Junnichi Ishii, Hiroshi Takahashi, Hideki Kawai, Takashi Muramatsu, Masahide Harada, Akira Yamada, Sadako Motoyama, Shigeru Matsui, Hiroyuki Naruse, Masayoshi Sarai, Midori Hasegawa, Eiichi Watanabe, Atsushi Suzuki, Mutsuharu Hayashi, Hideo Izawa, Yukio Yuzawa, Yukio Ozaki
Additional risk stratification may provide more aggressive and focalized preventive treatment to high-risk hypertensive patients according to the Japanese hypertension guidelines. We prospectively investigated the predictive value of high-sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI), both independently and in combination with N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), for incident heart failure (HF) in high-risk hypertensive patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Baseline hsTnI and NT-proBNP levels and echocardiography data were obtained for 493 Japanese hypertensive outpatients (mean age, 68...
February 2, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28130587/a-novel-method-to-estimate-blood-flow-velocity-in-the-left-atrial-appendage-using-enhanced-computed-tomography-role-of-hounsfield-unit-density-ratio-at-two-distinct-points-within-the-left-atrial-appendage
#8
Ryobun Yasuoka, Takashi Kurita, Yasuhito Kotake, Yuzuru Akaiwa, Naotaka Hashiguchi, Koichiro Motoki, Hiromi Yamamoto, Kazuhiro Kobuke, Yoshitaka Iwanaga, Yutaka Hirano, Shunichi Miyazaki
Low blood flow velocity in the left atrial appendage (LAA) indicates a high risk of thromboembolism. Although transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) has been the standard method with which to evaluate the LAA blood flow velocity, a clinically noninvasive method is desired. We hypothesized that the ratio of the Hounsfield unit (HU) density at two distinct points within the LAA represents the blood flow velocity in the LAA. We retrospectively investigated 60 consecutive patients with atrial fibrillation (paroxysmal type, n = 29) who underwent enhanced computed tomography (CT) and TEE...
January 27, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28120034/prognostic-impact-of-disseminated-intravascular-coagulation-score-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-referred-to-a-cardiac-intensive-care-unit-a-retrospective-cohort-study
#9
Ryosuke Itani, Yuichiro Minami, Shintaro Haruki, Erisa Watanabe, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
Thrombosis within the vascular system in relation to inflammation and stasis is potentially associated with poor prognosis in patients with heart failure. The aim of this study was to clarify the association between disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC) score, a scoring system for microvascular thrombosis and multiple organ dysfunction, and outcome in hospitalized patients with acute heart failure (AHF). We retrospectively evaluated 160 AHF patients referred to a cardiac intensive care unit who had their DIC score measured according to the Japanese Association for Acute Medicine (JAAM) DIC scoring system on admission...
January 24, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116487/interleukin-1%C3%AE-is-associated-with-coronary-endothelial-dysfunction-in-patients-with-mtor-inhibitor-eluting-stent-implantation
#10
Hidetoshi Chibana, Hidemi Kajimoto, Takafumi Ueno, Shinji Yokoyama, Ken-Ichiro Sasaki, Masanori Ohtsuka, Hiroshi Koiwaya, Takaharu Nakayoshi, Yoshiaki Mitsutake, Naoki Itaya, Masahiro Sasaki, Yoshihiro Fukumoto
Implantation of mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR)-inhibitor drug-eluting stents (DESs) impairs coronary endothelial function. There are no known non-invasive biomarkers of coronary endothelial dysfunction. We aimed to assess the association between serum interleukin-1beta (IL-1β) and coronary endothelial dysfunction in patients with mTOR-inhibitor DES implantation and to investigate the association between the mTOR pathway and IL-1β. We enrolled 35 patients who had implanted DESs for coronary artery disease...
January 23, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28116486/inferior-vena-cava-diameter-in-acute-decompensated-heart-failure-as-predictor-of-all-cause-mortality
#11
Alexander Jobs, Kerstin Brünjes, Alexander Katalinic, Valentin Babaev, Steffen Desch, Michael Reppel, Holger Thiele
Inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter can be used to approximate right atrial pressure in patients admitted for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). Recent studies linked IVC dilation to an increased risk of early re-admission and short-term mortality. Moreover, renal insufficiency (RI) is an established risk factor for mortality in ADHF and is associated with congestion. We hypothesized that the IVC diameter is a marker of all-cause mortality but its prognostic impact may be influenced by kidney function...
January 23, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28105515/changes-in-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients-treated-with-long-acting-versus-short-acting-loop-diuretics-j-melodic-subanalysis
#12
Miho Fukui, Takeshi Tsujino, Shinichi Hirotani, Hiroshi Ito, Kazuhiro Yamamoto, Takashi Akasaka, Yutaka Hirano, Nobuyuki Ohte, Takashi Daimon, Satoshi Nakatani, Masaaki Kawabata, Tohru Masuyama
We have previously reported that a long-acting loop diuretic, azosemide, reduces cardiovascular risks in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) as compared with a short-acting one, furosemide, in Japanese Multicenter Evaluation of LOng- versus short-acting Diuretics In Congestive heart failure (J-MELODIC). However, the mechanisms of the difference have not been elucidated. This study aimed to examine whether there is a difference in the reduction in plasma brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) level and in left ventricular (LV) functional recovery between the CHF patients treated with the long-acting diuretic (the azosemide group) and the short-acting diuretic (the furosemide group)...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28102444/patients-with-bicuspid-and-tricuspid-aortic-valve-exhibit-distinct-regional-microrna-signatures-in-mildly-dilated-ascending-aorta
#13
Sebastian Albinsson, Alessandro Della Corte, Azra Alajbegovic, Katarzyna K Krawczyk, Ciro Bancone, Umberto Galderisi, Marilena Cipollaro, Marisa De Feo, Amalia Forte
MicroRNAs are able to modulate gene expression in a range of diseases. We focused on microRNAs as potential contributors to the pathogenesis of ascending aorta (AA) dilatation in patients with stenotic tricuspid (TAV) or bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). Aortic specimens were collected from the 'concavity' and the 'convexity' of mildly dilated AAs and of normal AAs from heart transplant donors. Aortic RNA was analyzed through PCR arrays, profiling the expression of 84 microRNAs involved in cardiovascular disease...
January 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28064364/significance-of-right-atrial-tension-for-the-development-of-complications-in-patients-after-atriopulmonary-connection-fontan-procedure-potential-indicator-for-fontan-conversion
#14
Gaku Izumi, Hideaki Senzaki, Atsuhito Takeda, Hirokuni Yamazawa, Kohta Takei, Takuo Furukawa, Kei Inai, Tokuko Shinohara, Toshio Nakanishi
Elevated right atrial (RA) pressure and progressive RA dilation are thought to play pivotal roles in the development of late complications after atriopulmonary connection (APC) Fontan surgery. However, no clear cut-off value for RA pressure or RA volume has been determined for stratifying the risk of developing Fontan complications. We hypothesized that RA tension, which incorporates information about both RA pressure and volume, might help predict the risk of developing complications. We retrospectively studied 51 consecutive APC Fontan patients (median postoperative period 14 years)...
January 7, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054100/total-absence-of-pulmonary-vein-potentials-in-a-patient-with-paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-was-it-really-isolated
#15
Kenichi Yokoyama, Seigo Yamashita, Kenichi Tokutake, Ryohsuke Narui, Mika Kato, Shinichi Tanigawa, Michifumi Tokuda, Keiichi Inada, Seiichiro Matsuo, Kenri Shibayama, Satoru Miyanaga, Michihiro Yoshimura, Teiichi Yamane
We herein present a case (72 years, male) with total absence of pulmonary veins (PVs) potentials at the beginning of the first procedure for paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF), demonstrating dormant conduction between the left atrium and all PVs revealed by adenosine triphosphate provocation with relation to the incidence of AF. He was free from atrial arrhythmias during 1 year follow-up after complete PV isolation with the elimination of multiple transient dormant conductions by circular mapping catheter guide ablation...
January 4, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28028584/the-prognostic-significance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-function-insights-from-karen-a-prospective-and-multicenter-study
#16
Christian Bosseau, Erwan Donal, Lars H Lund, Emmanuel Oger, Camilla Hage, Geneviève Mulak, Jean-Claude Daubert, Cecilia Linde
The prognostic value of atrial fibrillation (AF) in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) remains controversial. We sought to study the prognostic value of AF in a prospective cohort and to characterize the HFPEF patients with AF. KaRen was a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study intended to characterize HFPEF; 538 patients presenting with an acute decompensated cardiac failure and a left ventricular EF > 45% were included. EKG and echocardiogram performed 4-8 week following the index hospitalization were analyzed in core centers...
December 27, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025695/efficacy-of-everolimus-eluting-stent-implantation-in-patients-with-small-coronary-arteries-%C3%A2-2-5%C3%A2-mm-outcomes-of-3-year-clinical-follow-up
#17
Hideki Yano, Shigeo Horinaka, Mayuko Ishikawa, Toshihiko Ishimitsu
Previous studies have demonstrated that patients with small coronary artery lesions are at increased risk for late cardiac events after percutaneous coronary intervention. It remains uncertain whether second-generation drug-eluting stents have an advantage over first-generation drug-eluting stents in patients with small vessel lesions. Our aim was to compare in the 3-year clinical impact between second-generation everolimus-eluting stents (EES) and first-generation sirolimus-eluting stents (SES) in small vessel lesions...
December 26, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28013371/the-effect-of-fluvastatin-on-cardiac-fibrosis-and-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-2-expression-in-glucose-controlled-diabetic-rat-hearts
#18
Young Hee Shin, Jeong Jin Min, Jong-Hwan Lee, Eun-Hee Kim, Go Eun Kim, Myung Hee Kim, Jeong Jin Lee, Hyun Joo Ahn
Independently of the lipid-lowering effects, statin has been reported to attenuate the development of diabetic cardiomyopathy. However, the effect of statin in glucose-controlled diabetic condition has not been demonstrated. We evaluated the effect of fluvastatin on cardiac function, fibrosis, and angiotensin-converting enzyme-2 (ACE2) expression in glucose-controlled diabetic rats. Male Wistar rats were randomly divided into four groups: control (Group C), diabetes (Group D), diabetes with insulin (Group I), and diabetes with insulin and fluvastatin (Group I+F)...
December 24, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28012074/results-of-mitral-valve-repair-with-an-adjustable-annuloplasty-ring-2%C3%A2-years-after-implantation
#19
Simon H Sündermann, Markus Czesla, Jörg Kempfert, Thomas Walther, Patrick Nataf, Ehud Raanani, Stephan Jacobs, Ottavio Alfieri, Francesco Maisano, Volkmar Falk
: We aimed to investigate the safety and medium-term durability of an adjustable mitral annuloplasty ring in patients undergoing surgery for mitral valve regurgitation. Forty-five patients requiring mitral valve repair were enrolled into this prospective, multicentre study between May 2012 and May 2013 in six hospitals in Europe and Israel. Study endpoints evaluated the performance and safety of the device assessed using inter-individual comparisons. Implantation was performed through a sternotomy in ten patients and mini-thoracotomy in 35 patients...
December 23, 2016: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28005169/paroxysmal-atrial-fibrillation-during-intracoronary-acetylcholine-provocation-test
#20
Yuichi Saito, Hideki Kitahara, Toshihiro Shoji, Satoshi Tokimasa, Takashi Nakayama, Kazumasa Sugimoto, Yoshihide Fujimoto, Yoshio Kobayashi
Intracoronary acetylcholine (ACh) provocation test is useful to diagnose vasospastic angina. However, paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) often occurs during intracoronary ACh provocation test, leading to disabling symptoms. The aim of this study was to investigate the incidence and predictors of paroxysmal AF during the test. A total of 377 patients without persistent AF who underwent intracoronary ACh provocation test were included. Paroxysmal AF during ACh provocation test was defined as documented AF on electrocardiogram during the procedure...
December 22, 2016: Heart and Vessels
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