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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432385/bioresorbable-vascular-scaffolds-in-coronary-chronic-total-occlusions-revascularization-safety-assessment-related-to-struts-coverage-and-apposition-in-6-month-oct-follow-up
#1
Rosa Alba Abellas-Sequeiros, Raymundo Ocaranza-Sanchez, Ramiro Trillo-Nouche, Carlos Gonzalez-Juanatey, Jose Ramon Gonzalez-Juanatey
Beneficial properties of bioresorbable vascular scaffolds (BVS) regarding to vasomotility restoration and no caging of the vessel make them attractive devices in chronic total occlusions (CTO) revascularization. However, more evidence is needed attending to their use in this specific setting. We aim to determine feasibility and safety of BVS use in CTO revascularization attending to struts coverage and apposition, as well as re-stenosis and stent thrombosis (ST) rates. 29 BVS were deployed in 9 CTO lesions revascularization (mean J-CTO score ≥3) with an acute procedural success rate of 100%...
April 21, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429111/impact-of-serum-albumin-levels-on-long-term-outcomes-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
#2
Hideki Wada, Tomotaka Dohi, Katsumi Miyauchi, Jun Shitara, Hirohisa Endo, Shinichiro Doi, Ryo Naito, Hirokazu Konishi, Shuta Tsuboi, Manabu Ogita, Takatoshi Kasai, Shinya Okazaki, Kikuo Isoda, Satoru Suwa, Hiroyuki Daida
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated an association between low serum albumin levels and both coronary artery disease (CAD) and mortality. However, the long-term clinical impact of low serum albumin level in patients with CAD undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not yet been fully investigated. We studied 2860 all-comer patients with CAD who underwent their first PCI and had data available for pre-procedural serum albumin between 2000 and 2011. Patients were assigned to tertiles based on pre-procedural albumin levels...
April 20, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401352/randomized-comparison-between-provisional-and-routine-kissing-balloon-technique-after-main-vessel-crossover-stenting-for-coronary-bifurcation-lesions
#3
Masahiro Yamawaki, Masaki Fujita, Shinya Sasaki, Masanori Tsurugida, Mamoru Nanasato, Motoharu Araki, Keisuke Hirano, Yoshiaki Ito, Reiko Tsukahara, Toshiya Muramatsu
We compared the myocardial ischemic burden of provisional and routine final kissing-balloon inflation (FKI) with the 1-stent strategy using a second-generation drug-eluting stent for coronary bifurcation lesions (CBL). There are no established guidelines for side branch (SB) intervention after main vessel stenting. In total, 113 CBL patients were randomized to receive different SB intervention strategies: provisional-FKI group (n = 57; FKI only when SB flow was TIMI <3) and routine-FKI group (n = 56; mandatory FKI with aggressive treatment until SB-residual stenosis <50%)...
April 11, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396938/pravastatin-improves-postprandial-endothelial-dysfunction-and-hemorheological-deterioration-in-patients-with-effort-angina-pectoris
#4
Tomio Umemoto, Takanori Yasu, Kenshiro Arao, Nahoko Ikeda, Yasuto Horie, Hiroyuki Sugimura, Masanobu Kawakami, Hideo Fujita, Shin-Ichi Momomura
Postprandial hypertriglyceridemia and hyperglycemia may promote endothelial and hemorheological dysfunction. The present study investigated the effects of pravastatin on endothelial function and hemorheology in patients with stable angina pectoris (AP) before and after eating a test meal. We recruited 26 patients with stable AP who had impaired glucose tolerance and mild dyslipidemia and six healthy men as controls to assess endothelial function and hemorheological behavior. In each group, we measured forearm blood flow (FBF) during post-ischemic reactive hyperemia and obtained blood samples before and 2 h after the test meal...
April 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393273/age-dependent-development-of-left-ventricular-wall-thickness-in-type-2-diabetic-db-db-mice-is-associated-with-elevated-low-density-lipoprotein-and-triglyceride-serum-levels
#5
Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Christo J F Muller, Johan Louw, Rabia Johnson
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of heart muscle that remains one of the leading causes of death in diabetic individuals. Shifts in substrate preference resulting in aberrant serum lipid content and enlarged left ventricular wall thickness are well-established characteristics associated with the development of DCM. As underlying mechanisms driving the onset of the DCM remain relatively unclear, this study sought to characterize age-dependent development of left ventricular (LV) wall thickness in diabetic (db/db) mice...
April 9, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28389690/energy-dynamics-of-the-intraventricular-vortex-after-mitral-valve-surgery
#6
Kouki Nakashima, Keiichi Itatani, Tadashi Kitamura, Norihiko Oka, Tetsuya Horai, Shohei Miyazaki, Masaki Nie, Kagami Miyaji
Mitral valve morphology after mitral valve surgery affects postoperative intraventricular flow patterns and long-term cardiac performance. We visualized ventricular flow by echocardiography vector flow mapping (VFM) to reveal the impact of different mitral valve procedures. Eleven cases of mechanical mitral valve replacement (nine in the anti-anatomical and two in the anatomical position), three bioprosthetic mitral valve replacements, and four mitral valve repairs were evaluated. The mean age at the procedure was 57...
April 7, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382387/high-soluble-endoglin-levels-do-not-induce-changes-in-structural-parameters-of-mouse-heart
#7
Jana Rathouska, Petra Fikrova, Alena Mrkvicova, Katerina Blazickova, Michala Varejckova, Eva Dolezelova, Ivana Nemeckova, Barbora Vitverova, Lenka Peslova, Eunate Gallardo-Vara, Miguel Pericacho, Petr Nachtigal
A soluble form of endoglin (sEng) released into the circulation was suggested to be a direct inducer of endothelial dysfunction, inflammation and contributed to the development of hypertension by interfering with TGF-β signaling in cardiovascular pathologies. In the present study, we assessed the hypothesis that high sEng level-induced hypertension via a possible sEng interference with TGF-β signaling pathways may result in inflammatory, structural or fibrotic changes in hearts of Sol-Eng+ mice (mice with high levels of soluble endoglin) fed either chow or high-fat diet...
April 5, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28382386/effects-of-hemoglobin-level-on-myocardial-washout-rate-of-thallium-201-in-patients-with-normal-myocardial-perfusion-assessed-by-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography
#8
Satoshi Kurisu, Yoji Sumimoto, Hiroki Ikenaga, Noriaki Watanabe, Ken Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Dohi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yasuki Kihara
Myocardial perfusion single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) is often performed even in patients with suspected coronary artery disease complicated by anemia. We assessed the effects of hemoglobin level on myocardial washout rate of Thallium-201 (Tl-201) in patients with normal myocardial perfusion assessed by SPECT. The study population consisted of 231 patients with summed stress score of zero on SPECT. The mean myocardial washout rate of Tl-201 in the left ventricle was calculated from the stress and the redistribution Bull's eye map...
April 5, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378212/cardiac-hyaluronan-may-be-associated-with-the-persistence-of-atrial-fibrillation
#9
Ayako Okada, Yuichiro Kashima, Takeshi Tomita, Takahiro Takeuchi, Yasutaka Oguchi, Koji Yoshie, Wataru Shoin, Morio Shoda, Kenichi Nitta, Koichiro Kuwahara, Hiroshi Imamura
Hyaluronan (HA), a primary component of the extracellular matrix, is associated with several cardiovascular diseases. However, its precise cardiac origin and role in atrial fibrillation (AF) remain unclear. We investigated chamber-specific HA levels in patients with paroxysmal AF (PAF) or persistent AF (PSAF). The levels of HA, a diacron-reactive oxygen metabolite (dROM) as a marker for oxidative stress, at different cardiac sites, and peripheral brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels were measured in patients with PAF (n = 50) or PSAF (n = 35)...
April 4, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364267/utility-of-12-lead-and-signal-averaged-holter-electrocardiograms-after-pilsicainide-provocation-for-risk-stratification-in-brugada-syndrome
#10
Jun Kakihara, Masahiko Takagi, Yusuke Hayashi, Hiroaki Tatsumi, Atsushi Doi, Minoru Yoshiyama
Non-invasive risk stratification for ventricular fibrillation (VF) in Brugada syndrome (BrS) has not been fully evaluated. The aim of this study was to assess the utility of signal-averaged Holter electrocardiogram (Holter SAECG) and 12-lead Holter electrocardiogram (Holter ECG) after a pilsicainide provocation test for non-invasive risk stratification in BrS. We enrolled 30 consecutive patients with BrS [divided into 2 groups: the VF group, those with a previous history of VF (n = 10); and the non-VF group, those without a history of VF (n = 20)] and 10 control subjects without type 1 ECG...
March 31, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357515/clinical-features-and-predictors-of-patients-with-critical-limb-ischemia-who-responded-to-autologous-mononuclear-cell-transplantation-for-therapeutic-angiogenesis
#11
Naoyoshi Aoyama, Makoto Nishinari, Shinichi Ohtani, Akifumi Kanai, Chiharu Noda, Mitsuhiro Hirata, Akira Miyamoto, Masafumi Watanabe, Tohru Minamino, Tohru Izumi, Jyunya Ako
The clinical features of patients with critical limb ischemia (CLI) who responded to angiogenesis using autologous peripheral blood mononuclear cell transplantation (PB-MNC) have not yet been fully characterized, and there are no useful predictors to judge the curative effect in the early period after PB-MNC. This study sought to clarify the clinical features and predictors in patients with CLI who were successfully treated using PB-MNC. 30 consecutive patients [arteriosclerosis obliterans: 24 patients, thromboangiitis obliterans: 6 patients] who were diagnosed with major amputation despite maximal medical therapy were enrolled in this study...
March 29, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357514/angiographic-study-of-the-clinical-liaison-of-drug-eluting-stent-and-paclitaxel-eluting-balloon-in-unifocal-side-branch-ostium-stenosis-asclepius
#12
Man-Hong Jim, Eugene Brian Wu, Chi-Yuen Chan, Ka-Lam Wong, Raymond Chi-Yan Fung, Kai-Hang Yiu
A reliable stenting strategy for treating isolated side branch (SB) ostium stenosis is not well established. The purpose of this study was to examine the 6-month angiographic outcome of a novel technique, called the shoulder technique, on this lesion subtype. Symptomatic patients with isolated SB ostium stenosis, defined as ≥75% diameter stenosis at SB ostium and <50% diameter stenosis in main vessel (MV), were treated with paclitaxel-eluting balloon in MV and drug-eluting stent in SB using the shoulder technique...
March 29, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324126/relationship-between-cardiac-calcification-and-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-in-patients-with-chronic-kidney-disease-at-hemodialysis-initiation
#13
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
#14
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
#15
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
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
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
#16
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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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