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Heart and Vessels

Shirin Masjedi, Ying Lei, Jenny Patel, Zannatul Ferdous
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a major cardiovascular disorder in the developed countries. Male is a known risk factor in this disease; unfortunately, how sex contributes to CAVD is mostly unknown. The objective of this study is to determine whether valvular interstitial cells (VICs) isolated from male versus female aortic valves demonstrate difference in osteogenic differentiation and/or extracellular matrix (ECM) remodeling. VICs were isolated from male and female rat or porcine aortic valves and cultured in osteogenic media for 10, 15 and 20 days...
October 19, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Kazunori Okada, Sanae Kaga, Taisei Mikami, Nobuo Masauzi, Ayumu Abe, Masahiro Nakabachi, Shinobu Yokoyama, Hisao Nishino, Ayako Ichikawa, Mutsumi Nishida, Daisuke Murai, Taichi Hayashi, Chikara Shimizu, Hiroyuki Iwano, Satoshi Yamada, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
We analyzed the waveform of systolic strain and strain-rate curves to find a characteristic left ventricular (LV) myocardial contraction pattern in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), and evaluated the utility of these parameters for the differentiation of HCM and LV hypertrophy secondary to hypertension (HT). From global strain and strain-rate curves in the longitudinal and circumferential directions, the time from mitral valve closure to the peak strains (T-LS and T-CS, respectively) and the peak systolic strain rates (T-LSSR and T-CSSR, respectively) were measured in 34 patients with HCM, 30 patients with HT, and 25 control subjects...
October 18, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Michinobu Nagao, Yuzo Yamasaki, Takeshi Kamitani, Satoshi Kawanami, Masatoshi Kondo, Hiromichi Sonoda, Taisuke Fujioka, Hiroshi Honda
The purpose of this study is to analyze the geometrical characteristics of aortic root and left ventricular (LV) function in aortic stenosis (AS) using 256-slice coronary-computed tomography angiography (CCTA). Retrospective ECG-gated 256-slice CCTA data from 32 patients with tricuspid AS scheduled for aortic valve replacement, and 11 controls were analyzed. Aortic root geometry was measured using multiplanar reconstruction CT images. CCTA data set was transformed into 100 phases/cycle using motion coherence image processing...
October 13, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Yu Wang, Yi-Lin Wang, Xia Huang, Yang Yang, Ya-Jun Zhao, Cheng-Xi Wei, Ming Zhao
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October 13, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Daisuke Murai, Satoshi Yamada, Taichi Hayashi, Kazunori Okada, Hisao Nishino, Masahiro Nakabachi, Shinobu Yokoyama, Ayumu Abe, Ayako Ichikawa, Kota Ono, Sanae Kaga, Hiroyuki Iwano, Taisei Mikami, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
Whether and how left ventricular (LV) strain and strain rate correlate with wall stress is not known. Furthermore, it is not determined whether strain or strain rate is less dependent on the afterload. In 41 healthy young adults, LV global peak strain and systolic peak strain rate in the longitudinal direction (LS and LSR, respectively) and circumferential direction (CS and CSR, respectively) were measured layer-specifically using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) before and during a handgrip exercise...
October 12, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Erik Skobel, Christian Knackstedt, Alvaro Martinez-Romero, Dario Salvi, Cecilia Vera-Munoz, Andreas Napp, Jean Luprano, Ramon Bover, Sigrid Glöggler, Birna Bjarnason-Wehrens, Nikolaus Marx, Alan Rigby, John Cleland
Low adherence to cardiac rehabilitation (CR) might be improved by remote monitoring systems that can be used to motivate and supervise patients and tailor CR safely and effectively to their needs. The main objective of this study was to evaluate the feasibility of a smartphone-guided training system (GEX) and whether it could improve exercise capacity compared to CR delivered by conventional methods for patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). A prospective, randomized, international, multi-center study comparing CR delivered by conventional means (CG) or by remote monitoring (IG) using a new training steering/feedback tool (GEx System)...
October 11, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Hirohiko Ando, Akihiro Suzuki, Shinichiro Sakurai, Soichiro Kumagai, Akiyoshi Kurita, Katsuhisa Waseda, Hiroaki Takashima, Tetsuya Amano
Although late restenosis is one of the long-term complications of stent implantation, its pathogenesis has not been fully elucidated. For consecutive patients who developed in-stent restenosis (ISR) after stent implantation, integrated backscatter (IB) intravascular ultrasound was performed for ISR lesions. The tissue characteristics of neointima within the stented segment were compared between lesions with early restenosis and those with late restenosis. Of 73 ISR lesions arising after sirolimus-eluting stent (SES; n = 25) or bare-metal stent (BMS; n = 48) implantation, early and late restenosis were documented in 52 and 21 lesions, respectively...
October 11, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Hiroyuki Shimoura, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kensuke Matsumoto, Yasuhide Mochizuki, Yutaka Hatani, Keiko Hatazawa, Hiroki Matsuzoe, Junichi Ooka, Hiroyuki Sano, Takuma Sawa, Yoshiki Motoji, Keiko Ryo-Koriyama, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent cardiovascular risk factor for heart failure (HF) patients. The renin-angiotensin system plays a key role in LVH, and since olmesartan increases plasma angiotensin-(1-7) through an increase in angiotensin-converting enzyme-related carboxypeptidase (ACE2) expression, it was hypothesized to reduce LVH, unlike other angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs). The objective of this study was therefore to investigate the effects of a changeover from other ARBs to olmesartan on LVH in HF patients...
October 8, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Daniele Bosone, Roberto Fogari, Matteo Cotta Ramusino, Natascia Ghiotto, Elena Guaschino, Annalisa Zoppi, Angela D'Angelo, Alfredo Costa
The aim of the study was to evaluate the usefulness of Holter monitoring for the detection of silent myocardial ischemia (SMI) in elderly type 2 diabetic patients with hypertension and the possible relationship between SMI and cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN). Two hundred and forty-three asymptomatic outpatients, aged 65-75 years, with type 2 diabetes and essential hypertension underwent 24-h ECG monitoring and 5 tests for the evaluation of both parasympathetic (heart rate variability, response to breath deeping, and Valsalva manoeuvre) and sympathetic (cold pressor test and orthostatic hypotension test) autonomic function...
October 6, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Masatoshi Minamisawa, Takashi Miura, Hirohiko Motoki, Hideki Kobayashi, Masanori Kobayashi, Hiroyuki Nakajima, Hikaru Kimura, Hiroshi Akanuma, Eiichiro Mawatari, Toshio Sato, Shoji Hotta, Yuichi Kamiyoshi, Takuya Maruyama, Noboru Watanabe, Takayuki Eisawa, Shinichi Aso, Shinichiro Uchikawa, Keisuke Senda, Takehiro Morita, Naoto Hashizume, Naoyuki Abe, Soichiro Ebisawa, Atsushi Izawa, Yusuke Miyashita, Jun Koyama, Uichi Ikeda
Although coronary artery disease (CAD) is common in patients with heart failure (HF), little is known about the prognostic significance of coronary lesion complexity in patients with prior HF undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). The aim of this study was to investigate whether the coronary Synergy between Percutaneous Coronary Intervention with TAXus and Cardiac Surgery (SYNTAX) score could improve risk stratification in HF patients with CAD. Two hundred patients (mean age 73 ± 11 years, left ventricular ejection fraction 49 ± 15 %) with prior HF who underwent PCI were divided into two groups stratified by SYNTAX score (median value 12) and tracked prospectively for 1 year...
October 5, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Takayuki Mori, Kenichi Sakakura, Hiroshi Wada, Yousuke Taniguchi, Kei Yamamoto, Yusuke Adachi, Hiroshi Funayama, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
While rotational atherectomy (RA) is used for complex lesions in percutaneous coronary intervention, there are several contraindications such as unprotected left main stenosis or left ventricular dysfunction. We previously reported that the incidence of in-hospital complications was significantly greater in off-label as compared to on-label use RA. However, the mid-term clinical outcomes between off-label and on-label RA have not been investigated. The purpose of this study was to compare the mid-term clinical outcomes between off-label (n = 156) and on-label RA (n = 94)...
October 5, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Yuki Ikeda, Takayuki Inomata, Teppei Fujita, Yuichiro Iida, Toyoji Kaida, Takeru Nabeta, Shunsuke Ishii, Emi Maekawa, Tomoyoshi Yanagisawa, Tomohiro Mizutani, Takashi Naruke, Toshimi Koitabashi, Ichiro Takeuchi, Junya Ako
We aimed to elucidate the relationship between glycated hemoglobin (HbA1c), cardiac systolic/diastolic function, and heart failure (HF) prognosis during guideline-directed medical therapy in patients with nonischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). We evaluated 283 hospitalized NIDCM patients, who were grouped according to baseline (BL) and 1-year (1Y) levels of HbA1c (<6.0, 6.0-6.9, and ≥7.0 %). The primary endpoint was defined as either readmission for HF worsening or cardiac death. Approximately half of the patients had BL- or 1Y-HbA1c ≥6...
September 26, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Hirotake Okazaki, Akihiro Shirakabe, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Noritake Hata, Takuro Shinada, Masato Matsushita, Yoshiya Yamamoto, Yusaku Shibata, Junsuke Shibuya, Reiko Shiomura, Suguru Nishigoori, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
Atherosclerosis induces the elevation of uric acid (UA), and an elevated UA level is well known to lead to a poor prognosis in patients with acute heart failure (AHF). However, the prognostic value of atherosclerotic risk factors in hyperuricemic AHF patients remains to be elucidated. The data from 928 patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit (ICU) at Nippon Medical School Chiba Hokusoh Hospital between January 2001 and December 2014, and whose serum UA levels were measured were screened. A total of 394 AHF patients with hyperuricemia were enrolled in this study...
September 26, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Sorin Giusca, Tom Eisele, Dorothea Raupp, Christoph Eisenbach, Grigorios Korosoglou
Currently, the treatment of thromboembolic ischemia of the lower extremities includes percutaneous rotational thrombectomy and aspiration devices. However, the standard approach for endovascular treatment requires the administration of iodine contrast agents, which is problematic in patients with pre-existing renal disease and diabetes. Herein, we describe a case of a CO2 angiography guided endovascular thrombectomy of the superficial femoral artery (SFA) in a young patient with critical limb ischemia. Mechanical thrombectomy using the Rotarex system, catheter aided aspiration and subsequent stent placement in the SFA was entirely guided using CO2 angiography...
September 23, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Yu Wang, Yi-Li Wang, Xia Huang, Yang Yang, Ya-Jun Zhao, Cheng-Xi Wei, Ming Zhao
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a complex disease with multiple inter-relating causes culminating in rapid atrial activation and atrial structural remodeling. The contribution of endoplasmic reticulum and mitochondria stress to AF has been highlighted. As the class III antiarrhythmic agent, ibutilide are widely used to AF. This study was designed to explore whether ibutilide could treat AF by inhibiting endoplasmic reticulum stress pathways and mitochondria stress. The neonatal rat cardiomyocytes were isolated and exposed to H2O2, ibutilide was add to the culture medium 12 h...
September 17, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Takayoshi Kato, Tomohiro Tsunekawa, Yusuke Motoji, Akihiro Hirakawa, Yasuhide Okawa, Shinji Tomita
Regarding to coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), the end-to-side anastomosis (ESA) has been performed as a gold standard. Recently, the effectiveness of the distal side-to-side anastomosis (SSA) in CABG using internal mammary artery has been reported. The benefit of SSA comparing to ESA also has been disclosed by computing simulation. However, use of SSA by venous conduit for individual CABG has not been reported. In this study, we investigated feasibility of SSA. From January 2013 to October 2014, we conducted 114 CABGs...
September 15, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Kazuhiro Osawa, Toru Miyoshi, Takashi Miki, Yuji Koide, Yusuke Kawai, Kentaro Ejiri, Masatoki Yoshida, Shuhei Sato, Susumu Kanazawa, Hiroshi Ito
High diagnostic performance of noninvasive fractional flow reserve computed from CT (FFR-CT) was recently reported in prospective multicenter trials. The aims of this study were to evaluate the diagnostic accuracy of FFR-CT in clinical practice and to examine the lesion characteristics showing a mismatch between FFR-CT and invasive FFR. A total of 20 patients (29 vessels) with suspected coronary artery disease were included. All patients underwent invasive coronary angiography and invasive FFR according to coronary artery CT angiography (CCTA) findings...
September 13, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Yoichi Ajiro, Tsuyoshi Shiga, Morio Shoda, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
An important step in diagnosing myopotential oversensing is to confirm its reproducibility using specific provocation maneuvers. Although most maneuvers involve the co-contraction of many muscles, no attempt has been made to assess relevant muscle activities by electromyography. We describe a case with an implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) whose myopotential oversensing was provoked by simultaneous straining and leftward twisting. Simultaneous recordings from real-time ICD telemetry and myopotentials of the rectus abdominis, oblique abdominis, and diaphragm on electromyography during the provocation maneuvers were conducted...
August 30, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Raisuke Iijima, Gjin Ndrepepa, Vivien Kujath, Yukinori Harada, Sebastian Kufner, Heribert Schunkert, Masato Nakamura, Adnan Kastrati
The frequency and pattern of progression or regression of coronary atherosclerosis in contemporary patients with diabetes remain unknown. This study included 605 patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Two coronary angiographic examinations at baseline and after 2 years were performed. The analysis focused on non-stented segments with diameter stenosis ≥25 %. Atherosclerosis progression (or regression) was defined as a decrease (or increase) in the mean minimal lumen diameter (MLD) in the 2-year angiogram compared to mean MLD in the baseline angiogram of >0...
August 24, 2016: Heart and Vessels
Yuko Kato, Shinya Suzuki, Tokuhisa Uejima, Hiroaki Semba, Hiroto Kano, Shunsuke Matsuno, Hideaki Takai, Takayuki Otsuka, Yuji Oikawa, Kazuyuki Nagashima, Hajime Kirigaya, Koichi Sagara, Takashi Kunihara, Junji Yajima, Hitoshi Sawada, Tadanori Aizawa, Takeshi Yamashita
This study aimed to examine the discrete impacts of peak oxygen consumption (VO2) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels on future heart failure (HF) events in sinus rhythm (SR) and atrial fibrillation (AF). A total of 1447 patients who underwent symptom-limited cardiopulmonary exercise testing and whose BNP values were determined simultaneously were analysed (SR, N = 1151 and AF, N = 296). HF events were defined as HF hospitalization or HF death. Over a mean follow-up period of 1472 days, 140 HF events were observed...
August 22, 2016: Heart and Vessels
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