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BMC Cardiovascular Disorders

Idan Roifman, Nilesh R Ghugre, Tasnim Vira, Mohammad I Zia, Anna Zavodni, Mihaela Pop, Kim A Connelly, Graham A Wright
BACKGROUND: Infarct heterogeneity, as assessed by determination of the peri-infarct zone (PIZ) by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, has been shown to be an independent predictor for the development of cardiac arrhythmias and mortality post myocardial infarction (MI). The temporal evolution of the PIZ post MI is currently unknown. Thus, the main objective of our study was to describe the temporal evolution of the PIZ over a 6 month time period in contemporarily managed ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients...
October 14, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
C Bening, K Hamouda, R Leyh
BACKGROUND: The impact of sex on cardiac morphology and function in chronic volume overload has been described in detail. However, the relation between sex and contractile properties at the actin-myosin level has not been well defined. Therefore, we evaluated the influence of sex on the contractile capacities of patients with chronic volume overload. METHODS: In 36 patients (18 males, 65 ± 9 years; 18 females, 65 ± 13 years) scheduled for elective mitral valve surgery due to severe mitral regurgitation (MR) with preserved left ventricular function, right auricle samples were obtained prior to extracorporal circulation...
October 14, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Rony Oosterom-Calo, Saskia J Te Velde, Wim Stut, Yaacov Drory, Johannes Brug, Yariv Gerber
BACKGROUND: Leisure time physical activity (LTPA) is inversely related to mortality risk among patients with a history of myocardial infarction (MI). The aims were to explore if heart failure (HF) status and psychosocial variables moderate the association. METHODS: Participants (n = 1169) were from a multi-center prospective cohort study. Information on LTPA (none, irregular,1-150, 151-300 and >300 weekly minutes), depression, social support and other prognostic indicators were collected 10-13 years after index MI...
October 12, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Andrea Driscoll, Sharon Meagher, Rhoda Kennedy, Melanie Hay, Jayant Banerji, Donald Campbell, Nicholas Cox, Debra Gascard, David Hare, Karen Page, Voltaire Nadurata, Rhonda Sanders, Harry Patsamanis
BACKGROUND: Hospital admissions for heart failure are predicted to rise substantially over the next decade placing increasing pressure on the health care system. There is an urgent need to redesign systems of care for heart failure to improve evidence-based practice and create seamless transitions through the continuum of care. The aim of the review was to examine systems of care for heart failure that reduce hospital readmissions and/or mortality. METHOD: Electronic databases searched were: Ovid MEDLINE, EMBASE, CINAHL, grey literature, reviewed bibliographies and Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials for randomised controlled trials, non-randomised trials and cohort studies from 1(st) January 2008 to 4(th) August 2015...
October 11, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Feng Huang, Peng Yu, Yin Yuan, Qiaowei Li, Fan Lin, Zhonghai Gao, Falin Chen, Pengli Zhu
BACKGROUND: Many studies showed an association between dietary salt intake, blood pressure and increased CVD risk. The potential reason may be related to vascular structural and functional changes, through alterations in endothelial function. The central retinal arteriolar equivalent and urinary albumin reflected vascular endothelial dysfunction in different part of the body. The urinary sodium-creatinine ratio of causal urine specimens could represent the 24-h urinary sodium intake to estimate sodium intake...
October 11, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Zhijun Sun, Xing Wu, Weiping Li, Hui Peng, Xuhua Shen, Lu Ma, Huirong Liu, Hongwei Li
BACKGROUND: Diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction may arise from reduced nitric oxide (NO) availability, following interaction with superoxide to form peroxynitrite. Peroxynitrite can induce formation of 3-nitrotyrosine-modified proteins. RhoA/ROCK signaling is also involved in diabetes-induced vascular dysfunction. The study aimed to investigate possible links between Rho/ROCK signaling, hyperglycemia, and peroxynitrite in small coronary arteries. METHODS: Rat small coronary arteries were exposed to normal (NG; 5...
October 11, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Chen Liu, Xiao-Min Jiang, Juan Zhang, Bing Li, Jing Li, Du-Jiang Xie, Zuo-Ying Hu
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is commonly accompanied with the activation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS). Renal sympathetic denervation (RSD) reduces PAH partly through the inhibition of RAAS. Analogically, we hypothesized that pulmonary artery denervation (PADN) could reverse PAH and PAH-induced right ventricular (RV) dysfunction by downregulating the local RAAS activity. METHODS: Twenty-five beagle dogs were randomized into two groups: control group (intra-atrial injection of N-dimethylacetamide, 3 mg/kg, n = 6) and test group (intra-atrial injection of dehydrogenized-monocrotaline, 3 mg/kg, n = 19)...
October 10, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Chung-Lieh Hung, Ding-Kuo Chien, Shou-Chuan Shih, Wen-Han Chang
BACKGROUND: Accurate diagnosis of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) in a timely fashion is challenging in the elderly population, especially elderly women, who usually exhibit atypical clinical symptoms. A multiple cardiac biomarker (MCB) based approach has been shown to improve diagnostic efficacy of ACS. However, data in various age groups and sex differences remain largely unexplored. METHODS: Point-of-care testing (POCT) was performed on 290 patients (aged ≥18 years) who were admitted to the emergency department (ED) with symptoms of acute chest pain under suspicion of acute coronary syndrome (ACS)...
October 7, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Asim Rizvi, Bríain Ó Hartaigh, Paul Knaapen, Jonathon Leipsic, Leslee J Shaw, Daniele Andreini, Gianluca Pontone, Subha Raman, Muhammad Akram Khan, Michael Ridner, Faisal Nabi, Alessia Gimelli, James Jang, Jason Cole, Ryo Nakazato, Christopher Zarins, Donghee Han, Ji Hyun Lee, Jackie Szymonifika, Millie J Gomez, Quynh A Truong, Hyuk-Jae Chang, Fay Y Lin, James K Min
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) allows for non-invasive assessment of obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) beyond measures of stenosis severity alone. This assessment includes atherosclerotic plaque characteristics (APCs) and calculation of fractional flow reserve (FFR) from CCTA (FFRCT). Similarly, stress imaging by myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) provides vital information. To date, the diagnostic performance of integrated CCTA assessment versus integrated MPS assessment for diagnosis of vessel-specific ischemia remains underexplored...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Tongtong Yu, Yuanyuan Dong, Jiahe Zhu, Chunyang Tian, Zhijun Sun, Zhaoqing Sun
BACKGROUND: Multivessel disease (MVD) is common in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), but optimal treatment management remains undetermined. METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, 602 consecutive STEMI patients with MVD were enrolled between January 1, 2010 and October 1, 2014. Three hundred and eighty-two patients underwent culprit-only revascularization and 220 underwent staged complete revascularization. Primary end points were a composite of cardiac mortality or nonfatal reinfarction...
October 6, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Saro H Armenian, Melissa M Hudson, Ming Hui Chen, Steven D Colan, Lanie Lindenfeld, George Mills, Aida Siyahian, Sarah Gelehrter, Ha Dang, Wendy Hein, Daniel M Green, Leslie L Robison, F Lennie Wong, Pamela S Douglas, Smita Bhatia
BACKGROUND: Anthracyclines are widely used in the treatment of childhood cancer. One of the well-recognized side-effects of anthracycline therapy is dose-dependent cardiomyopathy that may progress to heart failure (HF) years after completion of cancer-directed therapy. This study will evaluate the efficacy of low-dose beta-blocker (carvedilol) for HF risk reduction in childhood cancer survivors at highest risk for HF. The proposed intervention has the potential to significantly reduce chronic cardiac injury via interruption of neurohormonal systems responsible for left ventricular (LV) remodeling, resulting in improved cardiac function and decreased risk of HF...
October 4, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Damian J Damian, Roseanne McNamee, Matthew Carr
BACKGROUND: Treatment of hypertension reduces incidence of stroke, myocardial infarction and heart failure perhaps partly by controlling different metabolic parameters. There is limited information regarding the changes in potassium, sodium, weight, cholesterol and glucose levels in patients using anti-hypertensives. This study aimed to determine changes in potassium, sodium, glucose, cholesterol, weight, urea and urate levels in patients using anti-hypertensives. Furthermore, to describe these changes and differences between the atenolol, hydrochlorothiazide plus amiloride and placebo arms of the Medical Research Council (MRC) elderly randomised controlled trial...
October 4, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Fatih Mehmet Ucar
BACKGROUND: Oxidation and inflammation play significant roles in the pathogenesis of coronary artery diseases. Monocyte count to high-density lipoprotein (HDL) cholesterol ratio (MHR) is a new marker and has revealed as an indicator of inflammation in the literature. The present study aimed to search the effect of MHR on in-stent restenosis (ISR) in patients with stable or unstable angina pectoris undergoing bare-metal stent (BMS) implantation. METHODS: A total of 468 consecutive stable or unstable angina pectoris patients (mean age 60...
October 3, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Christian Freise, Nadja Kretzschmar, Uwe Querfeld
BACKGROUND: Vascular calcifications such as arteriosclerosis, which is characterized by a calcificiation of the tunica media, represent major comorbidities e.g. in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). An essential step during the development of arteriosclerosis is the transdifferentiation/calcification of vascular smooth muscle cells (VSMC) resembling osteogenesis. The matrix metalloproteinases (MMP)-2 and -9 were shown to promote these VSMC calcifications and their inhibition is of therapeutic value to prevent arteriosclerosis in preclinical studies...
September 30, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Milan Hromádka, Jitka Seidlerová, Jan Baxa, David Suchý, Daniel Rajdl, Jakub Šedivý, Richard Rokyta
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a condition associated with accelerated progression of atherosclerosis in affected individuals. Myocardial assessment using exercise testing in such patients, however, is often difficult to perform. Our objective was to determine the factors associated with severe coronary stenosis using computed tomography (CT) angiography of the coronary arteries in asymptomatic patients with RA. METHODS: Forty-four women with RA were examined using CT angiography to detect atherosclerotic involvement and significant coronary stenosis (>50 %)...
September 29, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Matias B Yudi, David J Clark, David Tsang, Michael Jelinek, Katie Kalten, Subodh Joshi, Khoa Phan, Arthur Nasis, John Amerena, Sandeep Arunothayaraj, Chris Reid, Omar Farouque
BACKGROUND: There are well-documented treatment gaps in secondary prevention of coronary heart disease and no clear guidelines to assist early physical activity after acute coronary syndromes (ACS). Smartphone technology may provide an innovative platform to close these gaps. This paper describes the study design of a randomized controlled trial assessing whether a smartphone-based secondary prevention program can facilitate early physical activity and improve cardiovascular health in patients with ACS...
September 5, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Akihiro Shirakabe, Nobuaki Kobayashi, Noritake Hata, Takuro Shinada, Kazunori Tomita, Masafumi Tsurumi, Hirotake Okazaki, Masato Matsushita, Yoshiya Yamamoto, Shinya Yokoyama, Kuniya Asai, Wataru Shimizu
BACKGROUND: No cardiac biomarkers for detecting acute kidney injury (AKI) on admission in non-surgical intensive care patients have been reported. The aim of the present study is to elucidate the role of cardiac biomarkers for quickly identifying the presence of AKI on admission. METHODS: Data for 1183 patients who underwent the measurement of cardiac biomarkers, including the serum heart-type fatty acid-binding protein (s-HFABP) level, in the emergency department were screened, and 494 non-surgical intensive care patients were enrolled in this study...
September 5, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Jian Yu, Di-Sha Zou, Meng-Ting Xie, Yao Ye, Tian-Peng Zheng, Su-Xian Zhou, Li-Li Huang, Xiao-Ling Liu, Jing-Qiong Xun, Yan Zhou
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of hypertension in adults is increasing each year and has become a main public health issue worldwide. We must consider the impact of both individual factors and interactions among these factors on hypertension in adults. This study was designed to elucidate the clinical and metabolic characteristics of the prevalence of hypertension in adults and to explore the risk factors and interactions among these factors in adults with hypertension. METHODS: We used overall random sampling to conduct a cross-sectional survey of 6660 individuals undergoing a health check from July to November 2012, the subjects were aged 20 to 89 years, including 3480 men and 3180 women...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Regina El Dib, Frederick Alan Spencer, Erica Aranha Suzumura, Huda Gomaa, Joey Kwong, Gordon Henry Guyatt, Per Olav Vandvik
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2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Tomoko S Kato, Hiroshi Nakamura, Mai Murata, Kishio Kuroda, Hitoshi Suzuki, Yasutaka Yokoyama, Akie Shimada, Satoshi Matsushita, Taira Yamamoto, Atsushi Amano
BACKGROUND: Adequate fluid management is an important component of patient care following cardiac surgery. Our aim in this study was to determine the benefits of tolvaptan, an oral selective vasopressin-2 receptor antagonist that causes electrolyte-free water diuresis, in postoperative fluid management. We prospectively examined the effect of tolvaptan on renal excretion of electrolytes and urea nitrogen in cardiac surgery patients. METHODS: Patients undergoing coronary artery bypass surgery were randomized to receive conventional loop diuretics (Group C, n = 30) or conventional loop diuretic therapy plus tolvaptan (Group T, n = 27)...
2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
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