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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324126/relationship-between-cardiac-calcification-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-at-hemodialysis-initiation
#1
Ken Kitamura, Hideki Fujii, Kentaro Nakai, Keiji Kono, Shunsuke Goto, Tatsuya Nishii, Atsushi Kono, Shinichi Nishi
Coronary artery calcification (CAC), cardiac valve calcification (CVC) and left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) are frequently observed in chronic kidney disease (CKD) patients. These abnormalities significantly affect morbidity and mortality. The aim of this study was to investigate the relationship between CAC, CVC and LVH in CKD patients. This study included 96 patients who were hospitalized and initiated hemodialysis between December 2011 and July 2014 at our five institutions. Multi-detector computed tomography for the quantification of CAC using the Agatston score and transthoracic echocardiography for assessing CVC and LVH were performed for all patients included in the study...
March 21, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321573/a-longer-total-duration-of-rapid-ventricular-pacing-does-not-increase-the-risk-of-postprocedural-myocardial-injury-in-patients-who-undergo-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#2
Kenta Okitsu, Takeshi Iritakenishi, Tatsuyuki Imada, Mitsuo Iwasaki, Sho Carl Shibata, Yuji Fujino
Rapid ventricular pacing (RVP) is used during transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). RVP disturbs myocardial oxygen balance, and when prolonged, it may cause procedure-related myocardial injury (PMI). This study investigated whether a longer duration of RVP increased the occurrence of PMI or worsened long-term mortality after TAVI. We retrospectively analyzed data from 188 patients who underwent TAVI in our institute from January 2013 to July 2015. Myocardial injury was represented by the peak value of creatine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB) within 72 h after the procedure; an increase greater than 5 times the upper reference limit was regarded as PMI...
March 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314975/erratum-to-effects-on-bone-metabolism-markers-and-arterial-stiffness-by-switching-to-rivaroxaban-from-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#3
Sayaka Namba, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Ryota Kakizaki, Teruyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Fujiyoshi, Takehiro Hashikata, Lisa Kitasato, Takuya Hashimoto, Ryo Kameda, Kentaro Meguro, Takao Shimohama, Taiki Tojo, Junya Ako
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March 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314974/health-related-quality-of-life-prospectively-evaluated-by-the-8-item-short-form-after-endovascular-repair-versus-open-surgery-for-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
#4
Takayoshi Kato, Mototsugu Tamaki, Tomohiro Tsunekawa, Yusuke Motoji, Akihiro Hirakawa, Yasuhide Okawa, Shinji Tomita
Open repair for infra-renal abdominal aortic and iliac artery aneurysms (AAAs) is a robust treatment. On the other hand, endovascular aneurysm repair (EVAR) has been widespread because of its less invasiveness. However, patients after EVAR frequently require postoperative radiographic examinations and may feel anxiety for their endoleaks. We prospectively evaluated Health-related Quality of Life of the patients with these two fashions using the 8-item Short Form (SF-8). From 2011 to 2013, 89 consecutive elective cases of AAAs were treated...
March 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303379/statin-therapy-improves-survival-in-patients-with-severe-pulmonary-hypertension-a-propensity-score-matching-study
#5
Luise Holzhauser, Ninel Hovnanians, Parham Eshtehardi, M Khalid Mojadidi, Yi Deng, David Goodman-Meza, Pavlos Msaouel, Yi-An Ko, Ronald Zolty
Inflammation is an increasingly recognized hallmark of pulmonary hypertension (PH). Statins have been shown to attenuate key pathologic mechanisms via pleiotropic effects in animal models. However, clinical benefit of statins in patients with PH is unknown and their effect on mortality has not been studied. We performed a retrospective analysis of patients between January 2002 to January 2012, with severe PH (pulmonary artery systolic pressure ≥60 mmHg) and preserved left ventricular function (ejection fraction ≥50%), defined by transthoracic echocardiograms...
March 16, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289840/angioscopic-and-optical-coherence-tomographic-evaluation-of-neointimal-coverage-9%C3%A2-months-after-expandable-polyterafluoroethylene-covered-stent-implantation
#6
Ken Kongoji, Yuki Ishibashi, Nozomi Kotoku, Mizuho Kasahara, Hiroshi Yamazaki, Takanobu Mitarai, Ryo Kamijima, Kohei Koyama, Kihei Yoneyama, Yasuhiro Tanabe, Yoshihiro J Akashi
An expandable polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) covered stent is generally employed to seal coronary artery perforation. The frequency of ePTFE covered stent use is relatively low; thus, only a handful of studies have reported neointimal coverage and endothelialization inside the deployed ePTFE and clinical time course after ePTFE implantation. This case report presents a 78-year-old man treated with an ePTFE covered stent when he suffered from coronary artery perforation after the implantation of two everolimus eluting stents in the left anterior descending artery...
March 13, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283739/persistent-tachycardia-within-isolated-pulmonary-veins-during-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#7
Kenichiro Yamagata, Atsushi Doi, Hiro Kawata, Hisaki Makimoto, Teruki Yokoyama, Yuko Inoue, Hideo Okamura, Takashi Noda, Wataru Shimizu, Naohiko Aihara, Takayuki Maki, Shiro Kamakura, Kengo Kusano, Kazuhiro Satomi
During circumferential pulmonary vein (PV) isolation for ongoing atrial fibrillation (AF), distinguishing passive conduction to the pulmonary vein (PV) from rapid PV arrhythmia in the isolated PV is difficult. Hence, the purpose of this study is to investigate both the feasibility of distinguishing the PV tachycardia after circumferential PV isolation and the electrophysiological characteristics of these tachycardia. Among 178 consecutive patients who underwent circumferential PV isolation during ongoing AF, fibrillatory PV converted to a regular cycle length PV tachycardia independent of the atrial rhythm (=independent PV tachycardia) in 13 PVs among 12 (7%) patients...
March 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283738/anti-inflammatory-effect-of-factor-xa-inhibitors-in-japanese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#8
Hiromasa Katoh, Tsuyoshi Nozue, Ichiro Michishita
Activated factor-X (FXa) plays an important role not only in the coagulation cascade, but also in pro-inflammatory responses. However, few data exist regarding the anti-inflammatory effect of FXa inhibitors in clinical practice. The aim of this study was to evaluate the anti-inflammatory and anti-atherosclerotic effects of FXa inhibitors in Japanese patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF). Eighty-three patients with NVAF were treated with FXa inhibitors from March 2013 to March 2015 at our institution...
March 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275856/-window-sliding-analysis-combined-with-high-density-and-rapid-electroanatomical-mapping-its-efficacy-and-the-outcome-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-tachycardia
#9
Kosuke Nakasuka, Koji Miyamoto, Takashi Noda, Tsukasa Kamakura, Mitsuru Wada, Ikutaro Nakajima, Kohei Ishibashi, Yuko Inoue, Hideo Okamura, Satoshi Nagase, Takeshi Aiba, Shiro Kamakura, Wataru Shimizu, Teruo Noguchi, Toshihisa Anzai, Satoshi Yasuda, Nobuyuki Ohte, Kengo Kusano
Atrial tachycardia (AT) is a clinically challenging arrhythmia that can occur based on atrial substrates. Nowadays, a rapid construction of three-dimensional electroanatomical maps, which has an analysis function for complex arrhythmias, named 'Window Sliding' (WS) is available. However, little data has revealed the efficacy of this mapping strategy. The aim of this study was to investigate the efficacy of the WS analysis for AT treatments. All patients underwent electrophysiological studies during ATs and the characteristics of the ATs were analyzed using rapid high-density mapping followed by the WS analysis...
March 8, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28260190/general-anesthesia-improves-contact-force-and-reduces-gap-formation-in-pulmonary-vein-isolation-a-comparison-with-conscious-sedation
#10
Akio Chikata, Takeshi Kato, Takanori Yaegashi, Satoru Sakagami, Chieko Kato, Takahiro Saeki, Keiichi Kawai, Shin-Ichiro Takashima, Hisayoshi Murai, Soichiro Usui, Hiroshi Furusho, Shuichi Kaneko, Masayuki Takamura
Compared to conscious sedation (CS), the use of general anesthesia (GA) in pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) is associated with a lower recurrence rate of atrial fibrillation (AF). GA may improve catheter stability and mapping system accuracy compared to CS, but its influence on contact force (CF) parameters during ipsilateral PVI has not previously been investigated. The study population comprised 176 consecutive patients (107 in GA group and 69 in CS group) with AF who underwent their first PVI procedure. We retrospectively assessed CF parameters, force-time integral (FTI), FTI/wall thickness during anatomical ipsilateral PVI and long-term outcome after ablation...
March 4, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255801/factors-and-values-at-admission-that-predict-a-fulminant-course-of-acute-myocarditis-data-from-tokyo-ccu-network-database
#11
Osamu Inaba, Yasuhiro Satoh, Mitsuaki Isobe, Takeshi Yamamoto, Ken Nagao, Morimasa Takayama
Prognosis of acute myocarditis is generally benign, but fulminant cases exist which require advanced life support devices, such as percutaneous cardio-pulmonary support (PCPS) and ventricular assist devices (VAD), and lead to fatal outcomes. The purpose of this study was to identify predictors and their values at admission which might foreshadow a fulminant course of myocarditis. Data from 138 patients (mean age 42.0 years, 79 males) with a diagnosis of acute myocarditis in the Tokyo CCU Network database from 2007 to 2009 were analyzed retrospectively...
March 3, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233091/effects-on-bone-metabolism-markers-and-arterial-stiffness-by-switching-to-rivaroxaban-from-warfarin-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#12
Sayaka Namba, Minako Yamaoka-Tojo, Ryota Kakizaki, Teruyoshi Nemoto, Kazuhiro Fujiyoshi, Takehiro Hashikata, Lisa Kitasato, Takuya Hashimoto, Ryo Kameda, Kentaro Meguro, Takao Shimohama, Taiki Tojo, Junya Ako
In recent years, direct oral anticoagulants (DOACs) of dabigatran, rivaroxaban, apixaban, edoxaban, which are all alternatives to warfarin, have been released. The use of DOACs is becoming more widespread in the clinical management of thrombotic stroke risk in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). In large-scale clinical trials of each drug, DOACs were reported to inhibit intracranial hemorrhage, stroke, and death compared to warfarin. Warfarin is an endogenous vitamin K antagonist; therefore, patients who are taking warfarin must be prohibited from taking vitamin K...
February 23, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28233090/in-hospital-management-and-outcomes-in-patients-with-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-a-descriptive-study-using-a-national-inpatient-database-in-japan
#13
Toshiaki Isogai, Hiroki Matsui, Hiroyuki Tanaka, Kiyohide Fushimi, Hideo Yasunaga
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare but life-threatening cardiac disorder characterized by maternal systolic heart failure. Although PPCM is a major cause of maternal mortality, little is known about the acute-phase management of PPCM in real-world clinical settings. We retrospectively identified patients hospitalized with PPCM from 2007 to 2014 using the Diagnosis Procedure Combination database in Japan. We investigated patient characteristics, in-hospital examinations and treatment, and in-hospital outcomes...
February 23, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229226/pericoronary-adipose-tissue-ratio-is-a-stronger-associated-factor-of-plaque-vulnerability-than-epicardial-adipose-tissue-on-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography
#14
Ryo Okubo, Rine Nakanishi, Mikihito Toda, Daiga Saito, Ippei Watanabe, Takayuki Yabe, Hideo Amano, Tatsushi Hirai, Takanori Ikeda
This study was designed to clarify the influence of pericoronary adipose tissue (PAT) on plaque vulnerability using coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA). A total of 103 consecutive patients who underwent CCTA and subsequent percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) using intravascular ultrasound (IVUS) for coronary artery disease were enrolled. The PAT ratio was calculated as the sum of the perpendicular thickness of the visceral layer between the coronary artery and the pericardium, or the coronary artery and the surface of the heart at the PCI site, divided by the PAT thickness without a plaque in the same vessel...
February 22, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220240/effect-of-carperitide-on-in-hospital-mortality-of-patients-admitted-for-heart-failure-propensity-score-analyses
#15
Masataka Ogiso, Toshiaki Isogai, Yuta Okabe, Kansuke Ito, Masaki Tsuji, Hiroyuki Tanaka
Although a previous randomized study showed that the use of atrial natriuretic peptide (carperitide) improved the long-term prognosis of patients with heart failure, its effect on short-term prognosis remains unclear. We retrospectively identified patients who were admitted to our tertiary-care center with acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) between April 2009 and December 2013.We divided the eligible patients into two groups: patients who started receiving carperitide on the day of admission (carperitide group) and those who did not receive carperitide during hospitalization (control group)...
February 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213819/conditional-knockout-of-activin-like-kinase-1-alk-1-leads-to-heart-failure-without-maladaptive-remodeling
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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