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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828748/relationship-between-matrix-metalloproteinase-3-serum-level-and-pulmonary-artery-systolic-pressure-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
#1
Tetsuro Sugiura, Mikio Kamioka, Shigeo Yamanaka, Taisuke Hisahara, Yoko Hirakawa, Yoshihisa Matsumura
Activity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been evaluated by various biomarkers including matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, but the relationship between the levels of biomarkers and elevation of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PAs) has not been evaluated in detail. We sought to determine the utility of MMP-3 with other biomarkers for the prediction of PAs in patients with RA. Blood samples for biomarkers and echocardiography were obtained in 100 consecutive patients with RA. PAs was measured by continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography and was correlated with laboratory findings...
August 21, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815407/efficacy-and-safety-of-the-early-use-of-v2-receptor-antagonists-in-elderly-patients-with-decompensated-heart-failure
#2
Ryuichi Matsukawa, Toru Kubota, Masanori Okabe, Yusuke Yamamoto, Hiroshi Meno
We recently reported that the early initiation of tolvaptan in congestive heart failure shortened the hospital stay and reduced the rate of in-hospital death. However, whether or not these results apply to elderly patients with congestive heart failure is unclear. We performed a sub-analysis of our previous study. Among the 102 patients in that study, we retrospectively analyzed the elderly patients >75 years of age treated with tolvaptan. First, we analyzed the efficacy of early tolvaptan use in these patients...
August 16, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815384/association-between-discordance-of-ldl-c-and-non-hdl-c-and-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-stent-implantation-from-the-fu-registry
#3
Michiyo Shiiba, Bo Zhang, Shin-Ichiro Miura, Amane Ike, Daisuke Nose, Takashi Kuwano, Satoshi Imaizumi, Makoto Sugihara, Atushi Iwata, Hiroaki Nishikawa, Akira Kawamura, Kazuyuki Shirai, Shin'ichiro Yasunaga, Keijiro Saku
It is not yet clear whether the discordance of low-density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) and non-high-density lipoprotein cholesterol (non-HDL-C) predicts the follow-up clinical outcome (major adverse cardiovascular events: MACEs) in patients with coronary stent implantation. Among 2015 patients with coronary stent implantation (Fukuoka University [FU]-Registry), excluding those with acute coronary syndrome or hemodialysis, we selected 801 patients who had undergone successful stent implantation with a follow-up until 18 months, and classified them into 3 groups according to baseline LDL-C and non-HDL-C levels [percentile(P)non-HDL-C more than (P)LDL-C, (P)non-HDL-C equal to (P)LDL-C, and (P)non-HDL-C less than (P) LDL-C]...
August 16, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808788/shocks-after-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-implantation-in-idiopathic-cardiomyopathy-patients-a-myocardial-biopsy-study
#4
Erdal Safak, Giuseppe D Ancona, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Uwe Kühl, Stephan Kische, Hilmi Kaplan, Hüseyin Ince, Jasmin Ortak
Prediction of follow-up shock is crucial to stratify patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) requiring implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The objective of the article is to assess the predictive value of endo-myocardial biopsy (EMB) towards ICD shock and follow-up mortality. A series of patients with DCM scheduled for ICD implantation underwent EMB to further determine the genesis of DCM. Presence of fibrosis and inflammation was documented and related to outcomes. A total of 240 patients were referred for ICD as primary (56%) and secondary (44%) prophylaxis...
August 14, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808762/relationships-between-more-than-90-coronary-luminal-narrowing-induced-by-ergonovine-provocation-test-and-ecg-ischemic-change-as-well-as-chest-symptoms
#5
Shozo Sueda, Hiroaki Kohno
In the clinic, patients with ≥90% luminal narrowing during ergonovine (ER) testing had variable response. We investigated ischemic findings and chest symptoms in patients with ≥90% luminal narrowing when performing ER tests, retrospectively. We performed 1210 ER tests over 26 years (1991-2016). We analyzed chest symptoms and positive ischemic ECG changes during ER tests. More than 90% luminal narrowing was found in 352 patients (29.1%) including 211 patients in the right coronary artery (RCA) and 217 patients in the left coronary artery (LCA)...
August 14, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803419/specific-periodontopathic-bacterial-infection-affects-hypertension-in-male-cardiovascular-disease-patients
#6
Norio Aoyama, Jun-Ichi Suzuki, Hidetoshi Kumagai, Yuichi Ikeda, Hiroshi Akazawa, Issei Komuro, Masato Minabe, Yuichi Izumi, Mitsuaki Isobe
Hypertension (HT) is a systemic disorder that results in the decline of quality of life and death. While patients with periodontitis are at a high risk of HT, little causal information has been provided to date. To clarify the relationship, periodontopathic bacterial infection in cardiovascular patients with or without HT was evaluated. The subjects were patients with (n = 412) or without (n = 199) HT who attended Tokyo Medical and Dental University hospital. Blood examinations and periodontal measurements were performed...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803356/the-prognostic-impact-of-malnutrition-in-patients-with-severely-decompensated-acute-heart-failure-as-assessed-using-the-prognostic-nutritional-index-pni-and-controlling-nutritional-status-conut-score
#7
Akihiro Shirakabe, Noritake Hata, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Hirotake Okazaki, Masato Matsushita, Yusaku Shibata, Suguru Nishigoori, Saori Uchiyama, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
Patients with heart failure (HF) are sometimes classified as malnourished, but the prognostic value of nutritional status in acute HF (AHF) remains largely unstudied. 1214 patients who were admitted to the intensive care unit between January 2000 and June 2016 were screened based on their serum albumin, lymphocyte count, and total cholesterol measures. A total of 458 HF patients were enrolled in this study. The Prognostic Nutritional Index (PNI) is calculated as 10 × serum albumin (g/dL) + 0.005 × lymphocyte count (per mm(3)) (lower = worse)...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803350/comparison-of-mitral-competence-after-mitral-repair-with-papillary-muscle-approximation-versus-papillary-muscle-relocation-for-functional-mitral-regurgitation
#8
Koji Furukawa, Mitsuhiro Yano, Eisaku Nakamura, Masakazu Matsuyama, Masanori Nishimura, Katsuya Kawagoe, Kunihide Nakamura
The purpose of this study was to evaluate the surgical results of papillary muscle approximation (PMA) and papillary muscle relocation (PMR) for functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) and to compare the effects of both procedures on the change in mitral regurgitation (MR) and echocardiogram parameters associated with tethering. Eighteen patients with moderate-to-severe FMR (MR grade ≥2) who underwent PMA or PMR were retrospectively analyzed. Underlying diseases were ischemic cardiomyopathy, idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy, and aortic valve disease for seven, six, and five patients, respectively...
August 12, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801799/double-versus-single-source-left-sided-coronary-revascularization-using-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-graft-alone
#9
Giuseppe Gatti, Gianluca Castaldi, Marco Morosin, Irena Tavcar, Manuel Belgrano, Bernardo Benussi, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo
Left-sided coronary revascularization with bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) graft is performed usually either with an in situ (double source) or Y-graft configuration (single source). Two hundred fifty-three (mean age, 67.1 ± 9.5 years) patients underwent isolated left-sided coronary revascularization with BITA graft alone at the present authors' institution (2000-2015). Skeletonized BITA grafts were used either in an in situ (n = 199) or Y-graft configuration (n = 54). Forty pairs were identified with the propensity score-matching...
August 11, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799113/angles-between-the-aortic-root-and-the-left-ventricle-assessed-by-mdct-are-associated-with-the-risk-of-aortic-regurgitation-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
#10
Vincent Roule, Alexandre Placente, Rémi Sabatier, Mathieu Bignon, Vladimir Saplacan, Calin Ivascau, Paul Milliez, Farzin Beygui
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the impact of the angles quantified by multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) between the ascending aorta's long axis and, the left ventricular inflow long axis (LVLA), or the left ventricule outflow tract long axis, and the occurrence of post-transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) aortic regurgitation (AR). METHODS: We prospectively included 136 consecutive patients who underwent a transfemoral TAVR with a preoperative MDCT. The groups were defined according to AR <2 or ≥2 assessed by echocardiography at 1 month...
August 10, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776069/porcine-arteriogenesis-based-on-vasa-vasorum-in-a-novel-semi-acute-occlusion-model-using-high-resolution-imaging
#11
Jonathan M Harnoss, Florian Krackhardt, Zully Ritter, Susanne Granzow, Dieter Felsenberg, Konrad Neumann, Lilach O Lerman, Fabian Riediger, Philipp Hillmeister, Peter Bramlage, Ivo R Buschmann
Bridging collaterals (BC) develop in several chronic total artery occlusion diseases, and can prevent extensive myocardial necrosis. Yet, their origin, growth process, and histo-morphology are still unclear. Since vasa vasorum (VV) may take part in collateralization, we hypothesized that VV are the basis for BCs. To comprehensively investigate this arteriogenesis process, we used high-resolution imaging, including corrosion casts, post-mortem angiography with stereoscopy, micro-CT, and immunohistology, in combination with a novel semi-acute vessel occlusion model...
August 3, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776068/clinical-outcomes-of-left-main-crossover-stenting-for-ostial-left-anterior-descending-artery-acute-myocardial-infarction
#12
Kei Yamamoto, Kenichi Sakakura, Naoyuki Akashi, Yusuke Watanabe, Masamitsu Noguchi, Yousuke Taniguchi, Hiroshi Wada, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
Percutaneous coronary interventions to ostial left anterior descending artery (LAD)-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) were challenging, especially in crossover stenting from left main trunk (LMT) to LAD. The clinical outcomes of ostial LAD-AMI that needed crossover stenting were not well investigated. The objective of this study was to compare the clinical outcomes of LMT crossover stenting with those of ostial LAD just proximal (jp) stenting. Between January 2009 and March 2016, 1499 patients were diagnosed as AMI in our institution...
August 3, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28776067/determinants-of-survival-and-favorable-neurologic-outcomes-in-ischemic-heart-disease-treated-by-veno-arterial-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation
#13
Keisuke Yonezu, Kenichi Sakakura, Yusuke Watanabe, Yousuke Taniguchi, Kei Yamamoto, Hiroshi Wada, Shin-Ichi Momomura, Hideo Fujita
Overall mortality and neurologic outcome of patients treated by veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (V-A ECMO) was still not satisfactory. The aim of this study was to clarify the determinants of survival and favorable neurologic outcomes in patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD) treated by V-A ECMO. We identified IHD patients who received V-A ECMO, and divided those patients into the survived and the in-hospital death group. Multivariate logistic regression analysis was performed to identify the determinants of survival and favorable neurologic outcomes...
August 3, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766048/association-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-with-coronary-spasm-and-coronary-atherosclerosis-in-patients-with-chest-pain-analysis-of-data-collated-by-the-korean-women-s-chest-pain-registry-korose
#14
Mi-Na Kim, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Seong-Mi Park, Mi Seung Shin, Cheol Woong Yu, Myung-A Kim, Kyung-Soon Hong, Wan-Joo Shim
Epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) represents a cardio-metabolic risk factor; it secretes several adipokines related to coronary atherosclerosis. However, the precise relationship between EAT and coronary vasospasm is unknown. This study aimed to investigate the relationship between EAT and coronary vasospasm using data from the KoRean wOmen'S chest pain rEgistry (koROSE). This study included 551 patients (female/male = 366/185; mean age = 60.2 ± 10.2 years) who presented with chest pain at an outpatient clinic, and who subsequently underwent echocardiography and coronary angiography...
August 1, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766047/prognostic-value-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-for-life-threatening-arrhythmia-detected-by-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-in-japanese-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#15
Yasuki Hen, Mayuko Tsugu-Yagawa, Nobuo Iguchi, Yuko Utanohara, Kaori Takada, Haruhiko Machida, Ayako Takara, Kunihiko Teraoka, Kanki Inoue, Itaru Takamisawa, Morimasa Takayama, Tsutomu Yoshikawa
Implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) is effective to prevent sudden death in HCM patients. We reviewed ICD records to analyze the relation between life-threatening arrhythmia and late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in Japanese hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients. In 102 consecutive patients (median age 63 years, 63 males) implanted with an ICD after CMR with gadolinium enhancement (median follow-up 2.8 years), the outcome of life-threatening arrhythmic events (appropriate ICD interventions for ventricular tachycardia or ventricular fibrillation) was examined...
August 1, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28766046/relationship-between-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-very-late-recurrences-after-multiple-procedures-for-atrial-fibrillation-ablation
#16
Naoaki Onishi, Kazuaki Kaitani, Masashi Amano, Sari Imamura, Jiro Sakamoto, Yodo Tamaki, Soichiro Enomoto, Makoto Miyake, Toshihiro Tamura, Hirokazu Kondo, Chisato Izumi, Yoshihisa Nakagawa
Although very late recurrences (VLRs) (first recurrence >12 months after the last catheter ablation) of atrial fibrillation (AF) after multiple catheter ablation procedures are rare, it remains a critical issue. The risk factors for VLRs remain largely unclear. From December 2011 to April 2014, 253 patients underwent an initial catheter ablation. Of the 253 patients, 21 had AF recurrences within 1 year after the last catheter ablation. The study was conducted in the remaining 232 patients. Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction (LVDD) was assessed by echocardiography using composite categories with tissue Doppler imaging and left atrial volume measurements, i...
August 1, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28761986/smoking-cessation-reduces-the-lectin-like-low-density-lipoprotein-receptor-index-an-independent-cardiovascular-risk-marker-of-vascular-inflammation
#17
Maki Komiyama, Hiromichi Wada, Koh Ono, Hajime Yamakage, Noriko Satoh-Asahara, Sayaka Shimada, Masaharu Akao, Tatsuya Morimoto, Akira Shimatsu, Yuko Takahashi, Tatsuya Sawamura, Koji Hasegawa
Vessel wall inflammation promotes the destabilization of atherosclerotic plaques. The lectin-like oxidized low-density lipoprotein (LDL) receptor-1 (LOX-1) expressed by vascular cells and monocytes. LOX index is calculated by multiplying LOX-1 ligand containing apolipoprotein B level with the soluble LOX-1. A high LOX index reflects an increased risk for stroke and myocardial infarction. However, the change in LOX index after smoking cessation and the relationship between smoking-related variables and LOX index are unknown...
July 31, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28741216/epidemiological-and-outcome-data-in-japanese-patients-with-deep-vein-thrombosis-with-and-without-malignancy
#18
Kensuke Yokoi, Masahiko Hara, Yasunori Ueda, Keiichi Yamamoto, Keiko Ota, Daijiro Kabata, Tetsuhisa Kitamura, Yasushi Sakata, Ayumi Shintani
There are very few epidemiological studies on Japanese patients with deep vein thrombosis (DVT). In particular, mortality rate differences in Japanese DVT patients with and without malignancy have rarely been evaluated. To elucidate these differences, we enrolled 211 patients who had been diagnosed with de-novo acute DVT of the pelvis or lower extremities between January 2012 and December 2015. The clinical characteristics, treatment information, and follow-up data were retrospectively assessed. We compared these variables in patients with (n = 120) and without (n = 91) concomitant malignancies...
July 24, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726114/sex-related-differences-in-serum-matrix-metalloproteinase-9-screening-non-calcified-and-mixed-coronary-atherosclerotic-plaques-in-outpatients-with-chest-pain
#19
Chun Gu, Fang Wang, Zhihui Hou, Bin Lv, Yang Wang, Xiangfeng Cong, Xi Chen
The objective of this study is to evaluate the clinical feasibility of serum matrix metalloproteinase-9 (MMP-9) for screening plaque composition as assessed by coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in outpatients with chest pain,and the effects of sex on this feasibility. Eight hundred and sixty-two consecutive outpatients with chest pain were divided into three groups according to the results of CCTA: non-plaque (NP, n = 474), calcified plaques (CPs, n = 179), non-calcified and mixed plaques (NCPs and MPs, n = 209)...
July 19, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28717881/a-retrospective-comparison-of-inhaled-milrinone-and-iloprost-in-post-bypass-pulmonary-hypertension
#20
Kassiani Theodoraki, Apostolos Thanopoulos, Panagiota Rellia, Evangelos Leontiadis, Dimitrios Zarkalis, Konstantinos Perreas, Theophani Antoniou
During cardiac operations, weaning from cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) may prove challenging as a result of superimposed acute right ventricular dysfunction in the setting of elevated pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The aim of this study was to retrospectively evaluate the effect of inhaled milrinone versus inhaled iloprost in patients with persistent pulmonary hypertension following discontinuation of CPB. Eighteen patients with elevated PVR post-bypass were administered inhaled milrinone at a cumulative dose of 50 μg kg(-1)...
July 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
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