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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704280/the-paradox-of-transient-worsening-renal-function-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-the-role-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-diuretic-response
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Gaetano Ruocco, Ranuccio Nuti, Amalia Giambelluca, Isabella Evangelista, Oreste De Vivo, Cosimo Daniello, Alberto Palazzuoli
AIMS: Worsening renal function (WRF) occurs in one-third of patients hospitalized for acute decompensated heart failure. Recently, WRF was categorized in two subtypes: persistent and transient WRF. Thus, we sought to investigate the different prognostic impact of persistent vs. transient WRF; we also evaluate the relation of two WRF phenotypes with congestion, B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) changes, and diuretic response at discharge. METHODS: The prospective was a single centre study including patients screened for interventional Diur-heart failure Trial (NCT01441245)...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678146/contrast-induced-kidney-injury-how-does-it-affect-long-term-cardiac-mortality
#2
Alessandro Andreis, Carlo Budano, Mario Levis, Paolo Garrone, Tullio Usmiani, Fabrizio D'Ascenzo, Ovidio De Filippo, Maurizio D'Amico, Laura Bergamasco, Luigi Biancone, Sebastiano Marra, Antonio Colombo, Fiorenzo Gaita
AIMS: Contrast-induced acute kidney injury (CIAKI) is a common complication after coronary angiography or percutaneous revascularization (PCI). This study aimed to investigate the association of CIAKI with long-term cardiovascular adverse events. METHODS: In total, 980 patients undergoing coronary angiography/PCI were assessed in this prospective cohort study. The primary endpoint was major adverse cardiac and cerebrovascular events (MACCE) and cardiac death (CVD) during an 8-year follow-up...
July 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661932/the-role-of-echocardiography-in-the-assessment-of-an-iatrogenic-coronary-fistula
#3
Antonio Iaconelli, Aureliano Ruggio, Biagio Merlino, Antonella Lombardo, Filippo Crea
: We reported the case of a 61-year-old woman with a suspected postinfarction ventricular septal defect. The predominantly diastolic flow pattern at our echocardiographic assessment was inconsistent with this diagnosis. A computed tomography revealed a left anterior descending artery to right ventricle fistula. This case highlights the importance of echocardiographic assessment in the differential diagnosis between ventricular septal defect and coronary artery fistula.
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28661931/splicing-regulators-in-endothelial-cell-differentiation
#4
Concetta Schiano, Monica Rienzo, Amelia Casamassimi, Andrea Soricelli, Claudio Napoli
AIMS: Alternative splicing represents a key mechanism of gene regulation. Despite its role in regulating cell pluripotency and differentiation being well known, the underlining mechanisms are still poorly studied. Here, we investigated the possible involvement of splicing regulators during the different steps of endothelial cell differentiation through expression studies on human circulating progenitors. METHODS: Total RNAs were extracted from all cells and reverse-transcribed...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650932/incremental-value-of-right-atrial-strain-for-early-diagnosis-of-hemodynamic-deterioration-in-pulmonary-hypertension-a-new-noninvasive-tool-for-a-more-comprehensive-diagnostic-paradigma
#5
Cristina Piccinino, Ailia Giubertoni, Jacopo Zanaboni, Miriam Gravellone, Daniele Sola, Roberta Rosso, Lorena Ferrarotti, Paolo Nicola Marino
AIMS: Increased right atrial size is related to adverse prognosis in pulmonary hypertension. The potential incremental value of right atrial function assessment is still unclear. We tested the relationship between right atrial two-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography impairment and hemodynamic, functional and clinical deterioration in patients with pulmonary hypertension. METHODS: We prospectively evaluated 36 patients (27 female, 9 male; mean age 68 ± 13 years) with suspected pulmonary hypertension undergoing right heart catheterization and 16 matched controls...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650931/hypertrophic-restrictive-cardiomyopathy-with-apical-thinning-a-peculiar-case-of-genotype-phenotype-correlation
#6
Pierluigi Lesizza, Marco Merlo, Giancarlo Vitrella, Gianfranco Sinagra
: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is the most common cardiomyopathy, mainly caused by mutations in genes encoding for sarcomere proteins. Even though many mutations have been recognized to be causative of HCM, specific HCM phenotypes can be rarely predicted by the genotype, possibly as a consequence of the presence of still unknown disease-modifying genes [Maron et al. (2013). Lancet 381:242-55]. In this very peculiar case of HCM hypertrophy localized to left ventricle, mid-wall segments coexisted with a restrictive filling pattern and an apical wall thinning mimicking hypoplasia of left ventricle apex...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614214/a-rare-case-of-multiple-thrombi-in-a-giant-left-atrium
#7
Alfredo Intorcia, Marco A Perrone, Riccardo Morgagni, Domenico Sergi, Massimo Marchei, Mauro Borzi, Francesco Romeo
: Giant left atrium is frequently associated with rheumatic mitral valve disease. The incidence of left atrial thrombus among patients with mitral stenosis and atrial fibrillation varies from 7 to 38%. Anticoagulation therapy achieves a high rate of resolution of left atrial appendage (LAA) and left atrial cavity thrombi, but in selected patients surgical therapy must be considered. An 81-year-old woman presented to our emergency department with repeated episodes of transient ischemic attack. She had a history of carotid artery stenosis, chronic lymphocytic leukemia, rheumatic heart disease, and paroxysmal atrial fibrillation...
June 12, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28604505/prognostic-value-of-clinical-echocardiographic-and-angiographic-indicators-in-patients-with-large-anterior-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-as-a-first-acute-coronary-event
#8
Cesare Baldi, Maria V Polito, Rodolfo Citro, Rosario Farina, Tiziana Attisano, Marco Mirra, Paolo Chiodini, Michele R Di Muro, Marco Di Maio, Francesco Vigorito, Renato De Vecchis, Eduardo Bossone, Federico Piscione, Pietro Giudice, Gennaro Galasso
BACKGROUND: The risk of death in patients affected by ST-elevation segment myocardial infarction (STEMI) is well known, but more data are required to define the in-hospital mortality in special subsets. We sought to assess the prognostic value of indicators in patients with large anterior STEMI as a first acute coronary event, undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) and intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP). METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated 48 consecutive large anterior STEMI patients admitted as first acute coronary event, undergoing in acute phase both PCI and IABP...
June 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28594654/rationale-study-design-and-pilot-phase-of-the-management-of-antithrombotic-therapy-in-patients-undergoing-electrophysiological-device-surgery-italian-national-multicenter-observational-registry
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Valerio Zacà, Marco Breschi, Alberto Mandorli, Luca Panchetti, Giuseppe Ricciardi, Stefano Viani, Pasquale Notarstefano
AIMS: To investigate the different strategies adopted for the management of antithrombotic therapy and the related hemorrhagic and infective complication rates in patients undergoing cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) surgery in a real-world setting. METHODS: THE Management of AntiThrOMbotic therApy in patients undergoing electrophysiological device surgery: Italian NatiOnal Multicenter Observational REgistry (HEMATOMA NO MORE) is an observational, prospective, multicenter, national cohort study (with a retrospective, multicenter, regional pilot phase) designed to enroll patients with standard indications to CIED implantations/replacements receiving concomitant antithrombotic therapy...
June 7, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28562421/ventricular-fibrillation-and-long-qt-syndrome-due-to-panhypopituitarism
#10
Milena Aste, Cesare Capellini, Elisabetta Schiappacasse, Gianluigi Devoto, Michele Brignole
: A 68-year-old man presented with ventricular fibrillation and acquired long QT due to panhypopituitarism that disappeared completely within 48 h from replacement hormonal therapy. Panhypopituitarism is not well recognized as a reversible cause of ventricular fibrillation and long-QT syndrome in medical literature. In the present case, pituitary apoplexy exhausted an already chronically hypofunctioning pituitary gland, causing QT prolongation, torsades de pointes and several cardiac arrests due to ventricular fibrillation...
May 29, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549016/liberal-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-use-in-people-with-diabetes-neutralizes-the-negative-impact-of-insulin-requiring-status
#11
Giuseppe Gatti, Bernardo Benussi, Marina Bollini, Gabriella Forti, Angela Poletti, Elisabetta Rauber, Marco Gabrielli, Ariella De Monte, Gianfranco Sinagra, Aniello Pappalardo
AIMS: Bilateral internal thoracic artery (BITA) grafts are underused in insulin-dependent diabetic patients because of increased risk of postoperative complications. The impact of the insulin-requiring status on outcomes after routine BITA grafting was investigated in this retrospective study. METHODS: Skeletonized BITA grafts were used in 3228 (71.6%) of 4508 consecutive patients having multivessel coronary disease who underwent isolated coronary bypass surgery at the authors' institution from January 1999 to August 2015...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746150/refractory-idiopathic-recurrent-pericarditis-treatment-with-interleukin-1-receptor-antagonist-is-an-option
#12
Kubra Ozturk, Murat Deveci, Zelal Ekinci
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746149/multimodality-cardiac-imaging-of-infective-endocarditis
#13
Erin Karlstedt, Davinder S Jassal, Iain D C Kirkpatrick, Darren Freed, Colette M Seifer
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746148/an-accordion-not-to-be-played
#14
Riccardo Gorla, Ornella Rimoldi, Francesco De Cobelli, Alessandro Durante, Jacopo Pizzicannella, Paolo G Camici
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746147/aneurysm-of-vieussens-arterial-ring-in-a-patient-studied-with-coronary-computed-tomography
#15
Carlo N De Cecco, Marco Rengo, Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Damiano Caruso, Davide Bellini, Andrea Laghi
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28746146/isolated-native-tricuspid-valve-endocarditis-due-to-group-a-%C3%AE-hemolytic-streptococcus-without-drug-addiction
#16
Roberto Spoladore, Eustachio Agricola, Rossella D'Amato, Alessandro Durante, Gabriele Fragasso, Alberto Margonato
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28737621/baroreflex-activation-therapy-a-new-approach-to-the-management-of-advanced-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
#17
Edoardo Gronda, Darrel Francis, Faiez Zannad, Christian Hamm, Josep Brugada, Emilio Vanoli
: Chronic heart failure is a common clinical condition characterized by persistent excessive sympathetic nervous system activation. The derangement of the sympathetic activity has relevant implications for disease progression and patient survival. Aiming to positively impact patient outcome, autonomic nervous system modulatory therapies have been developed and tested in animal and clinical studies. As a general gross assumption, direct vagal stimulation and baroreflex activation are considered equivalent. This assumption does not take into account the fact that direct cervical vagal nerve stimulation involves activation of both afferent and efferent fibers innervating not only the heart, but the entire visceral system, leading to undesired responses to and from this compartment...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28697003/the-respect-rather-than-resect-principle-in-mitral-valve-repair-the-lateral-dislocation-of-the-p2-technique
#18
Marco Zanobini, Gabriella Ricciardi, Francesco Liborio Mammana, Samer Kassem, Paolo Poggio, Alessandro Di Minno, L Cavallotti, Matteo Saccocci
BACKGROUND: Leaflet resection represents the reference standard for surgical treatment of mitral valve (MV) regurgitation. New approaches recently proposed place emphasis on respecting, rather than resecting, the leaflet tissue to avoid the drawbacks of the 'resection' approach. OBJECTIVES: The lateral dislocation of mid portion of mitral posterior leaflet (P2) technique for MV repair is a nonresectional technique in which the prolapsed P2 segment is sutured to normal P1 segment...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28692548/comparison-of-vernakalant-and-ranolazine-in-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Gerrit Frommeyer, Magdalena Sterneberg, Dirk G Dechering, Simon Kochhäuser, Nils Bögeholz, Michael Fehr, Lars Eckardt
BACKGROUND: Current guidelines recommend vernakalant for pharmacologic cardioversion of recent-onset atrial fibrillation. However, this drug is not established as chronic therapy. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 15 rabbit hearts were Langendorff-perfused. A burst pacing protocol-induced atrial fibrillation in 7 of 15 hearts at baseline (10 episodes). Subsequently, a combination of acetylcholine and isoproterenol (ACH/ISO) has been administered to increase occurrence of atrial fibrillation resulting in a reduction of atrial action potential duration (-25 ms, P < 0...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28678148/effects-of-levosimendan-in-patients-with-severe-functional-mitral-regurgitation-undergoing-mitraclip-implantation
#20
Cristina Giannini, Anna S Petronio, Francesca Fiorelli, Riccardo Liga, Paolo Spontoni, Marco De Carlo, Emilia Marraccini, Andrea Pieroni, Fabio Guarracino
AIM: Percutaneous mitral valve repair (PMVR) with a MitraClip device has been recently introduced as a valuable therapy in high surgical risk patients with functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) who are not responding to currently available medical treatments. Our aim was to assess the clinical, functional and prognostic impact of periprocedural levosimendan administration in patients with end-stage heart failure and FMR undergoing PMVR. METHODS: Between December 2009 and August 2016, 94 consecutive high-risk patients with symptomatic FMR who underwent PMVR with the MitraClip System at our center were enrolled in a prospective registry...
September 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
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