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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533317/cardiovascular-toxicity-of-illicit-anabolic-androgenic-steroid-use
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Aaron L Baggish, Rory B Weiner, Gen Kanayama, James I Hudson, Michael T Lu, Udo Hoffmann, Harrison G Pope
BACKGROUND: Millions of individuals have used illicit anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS), but the long-term cardiovascular associations of these drugs remain incompletely understood. METHODS: Using a cross-sectional cohort design, we recruited 140 experienced male weightlifters 34 to 54 years of age, comprising 86 men reporting ≥2 years of cumulative lifetime AAS use and 54 nonusing men. Using transthoracic echocardiography and coronary computed tomography angiography, we assessed 3 primary outcome measures: left ventricular (LV) systolic function (left ventricular ejection fraction), LV diastolic function (early relaxation velocity), and coronary atherosclerosis (coronary artery plaque volume)...
May 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528324/new-role-for-interleukin-13-receptor-%C3%AE-1-in-myocardial-homeostasis-and-heart-failure
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Uri Amit, David Kain, Allon Wagner, Avinash Sahu, Yael Nevo-Caspi, Nir Gonen, Natali Molotski, Tal Konfino, Natalie Landa, Nili Naftali-Shani, Galia Blum, Emmanuelle Merquiol, Danielle Karo-Atar, Yariv Kanfi, Gidi Paret, Ariel Munitz, Haim Y Cohen, Eytan Ruppin, Sridhar Hannenhalli, Jonathan Leor
BACKGROUND: The immune system plays a pivotal role in myocardial homeostasis and response to injury. Interleukins-4 and -13 are anti-inflammatory type-2 cytokines, signaling via the common interleukin-13 receptor α1 chain and the type-2 interleukin-4 receptor. The role of interleukin-13 receptor α1 in the heart is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed myocardial samples from human donors (n=136) and patients with end-stage heart failure (n=177). We found that the interleukin-13 receptor α1 is present in the myocardium and, together with the complementary type-2 interleukin-4 receptor chain Il4ra, is significantly downregulated in the hearts of patients with heart failure...
May 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526544/interleukin-18-gene-deletion-protects-against-sepsis-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-by-inhibiting-pp2a-activity
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Yoshitaka Okuhara, Shunichi Yokoe, Toshihiro Iwasaku, Akiyo Eguchi, Koichi Nishimura, Wen Li, Makiko Oboshi, Yoshiro Naito, Toshiaki Mano, Michio Asahi, Haruki Okamura, Tohru Masuyama, Shinichi Hirotani
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-18 (IL-18) neutralization protects against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced injuries, including myocardial dysfunction. However, the mechanism is yet to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to determine whether IL-18 gene deletion prevents sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction and to elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying IL-18-mediated cardiotoxicity by LPS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten-week-old male wild-type (WT) and IL-18 knockout (IL-18 KO) mice were intraperitoneally administered LPS...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28525624/early-and-asymptomatic-cardiac-dysfunction-in-chronic-kidney-disease
#4
Shanmugakumar Chinnappa, Edward White, Nigel Lewis, Omer Baldo, Yu-Kang Tu, Griet Glorieux, Raymond Vanholder, Meguid El Nahas, Andrew Mooney
Background: . Heart failure (HF) is highly prevalent and associated with high mortality in chronic kidney disease (CKD). However, the pathophysiology of cardiac dysfunction in CKD, especially in the early asymptomatic stage, is not well understood. We studied subclinical cardiac dysfunction in asymptomatic CKD patients without comorbid cardiac disease or diabetes mellitus by evaluating peak cardiac performance. Methods.: In a cross-sectional study ( n  = 130) we investigated 70 male non-diabetic CKD patients (21 CKD stage 2-3a, 27 CKD stage 3b-4 and 22 CKD stage 5) employing specialized cardiopulmonary exercise testing to measure peak cardiac output and cardiac power output non-invasively...
May 19, 2017: Nephrology, Dialysis, Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28513231/left-atrial-mechanical-function-and-stiffness-in-patients-with-nondipper-hypertension-a-speckle-tracking-study
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Mehmet Demir, İbrahim Aktaş, Ahmet Yıldırım
BACKGROUND: Nondipper hypertension is associated with increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Speckle tracking echocardiography is a novel and promising tool for detecting early changes in left atrial (LA) myocardial dysfunction. Our aim was to evaluate the LA mechanical function and stiffness in nondipper hypertensive patients by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography strain parameters. METHOD: This study included 80 hypertensive patients. Hypertensive patients were divided into two groups: 50 dipper patients (29 male, mean age 51...
May 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Hypertension: CHE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500369/feature-tracking-myocardial-strain-analysis-in-acute-myocarditis-diagnostic-value-and-association-with-myocardial-oedema
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Julian A Luetkens, Ulrike Schlesinger-Irsch, Daniel L Kuetting, Darius Dabir, Rami Homsi, Jonas Doerner, Frederic C Schmeel, Rolf Fimmers, Alois M Sprinkart, Claas P Naehle, Hans H Schild, Daniel Thomas
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the diagnostic value of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) feature-tracking (FT) myocardial strain analysis in patients with suspected acute myocarditis and its association with myocardial oedema. METHODS: Forty-eight patients with suspected acute myocarditis and 35 control subjects underwent CMR. FT CMR analysis of systolic longitudinal (LS), circumferential (CS) and radial strain (RS) was performed. Additionally, the protocol allowed for the assessment of T1 and T2 relaxation times...
May 12, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497844/echocardiographic-evaluation-of-right-ventricular-systolic-function-the-traditional-and-innovative-approach
#7
Dorota Smolarek, Marcin Gruchała, Wojciech Sobiczewski
Estimation of right ventricular (RV) performance still remains technically challenging due to its anatomical and functional distinctiveness. The current guidelines for the echocardiographic quantification of RV function recommend using multiple indices to describe the RV in a thorough and comprehensive manner, such as RV index of myocardial performance, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion, fractional area change, Doppler tissue imaging-derived tricuspid lateral annular systolic velocity (S'-wave), three-dimensional RV ejection fraction (3D RVEF), longitudinal strain (RVLS)/strain rate by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE)...
May 12, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494911/levosimendan-does-not-provide-mortality-benefit-over-dobutamine-in-adult-patients-with-septic-shock-a-meta-analysis-of-randomized-controlled-trials
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Sulagna Bhattacharjee, Kapil D Soni, Souvik Maitra, Dalim K Baidya
OBJECTIVES: Despite of advancement in intensive care medicine, sepsis and septic shock carry a high mortality. Levosimendan, an inodilator, may be promising for septic shock patients with myocardial dysfunction; however, firm evidence is lacking. In this meta- analysis of randomized controlled trials, levosimendan has been compared with dobutamine in adult patients with sepsis and septic shock. DESIGN: Meta-analysis of randomized controlled trial. SETTING: Intensive-care unit...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489799/comparison-of-clinical-outcomes-in-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-and-age-matched-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-15-year-nationwide-population-based-study-in-asia
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Cheng-Hui Lu, Wen-Chen Lee, Michael Wu, Shao-Wei Chen, Jih-Kai Yeh, Chun-Wen Cheng, Katie Pei-Hsuan Wu, Ming-Shien Wen, Tien-Hsing Chen, Victor Chien-Chia Wu
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM), often classified as a form of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM), is the myocardial dysfunction that occurs in late pregnancy and through the first few postpartum months.The aim of this study is to investigate the differences in the clinical outcomes of PPCM and DCM.Electronic medical records from 1997 to 2011 were retrieved from the Taiwan National Health Insurance Research Database. Patients with PPCM were compared with age- and clinical characteristics-matched patients with DCM...
May 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28487776/reversible-myocardial-injury-and-intraventricular-thrombus-associated-with-aluminium-phosphide-poisoning
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Abdelkader Jalil El Hangouche, Hala Fennich, Oumaima Alaika, Taoufiq Dakka, Zaineb Raissouni, Latifa Oukerraj, Nawal Doghmi, Mohamed Cherti
Aluminium phosphide (ALP) is widely used as a fumigant pesticide. In case of ALP poisoning, it is responsible for myocardial dysfunction, related to toxic myocarditis, and hemodynamic disorders. We report a case of a 28-year-old female who had intentionally ingested ALP and was admitted with cardiogenic shock. The transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) at the time of admission showed severe global myocardial hypokinesia with the presence of a giant left ventricular thrombus. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) revealed extensive toxic myocarditis with a left ventricular systolic dysfunction...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28471759/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts from June 2 to 3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop NHLBI recommendations aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MCS devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 29, 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28461021/pediatric-fontan-patients-are-at-risk-for-myocardial-fibrotic-remodeling-and-dysfunction
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Atsuko Kato, Eugénie Riesenkampff, Deane Yim, Shi-Joon Yoo, Mike Seed, Lars Grosse-Wortmann
BACKGROUND: Patients with single ventricle (SV) circulations are at risk for ventricular dysfunction. This study investigates whether there is evidence of increased myocardial fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction in children after the Fontan operation. METHODS: Consecutive children after the Fontan operation who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 relaxometry with a modified look-locker inversion recovery approach were included in this retrospective study...
April 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28458167/downregulation-of-pi3k-%C3%AE-in-a-mouse-model-of-sepsis-induced-myocardial-dysfunction
#13
Ting-Ting Fan, Xuan-Yun Feng, Yuan-Zheng Yang, Feng Gao, Qiong Liu
A key component during sepsis is the phosphoinositide 3-kinase (PI3K)/protein kinase B (Akt) signaling pathway, of which the PI3K-γ isoform is a major regulator in many inflammatory responses. However, the role of PI3K-γ in the development of sepsis-induced myocardial dysfunction (SIMD) is unknown. In this study, we established a model of SIMD induced by lipopolysaccharide (LPS), subsequently used the selective inhibitor LY294002 and AS605240 to block the effect of PI3K and PI3K-γ, respectively. Cardiac function was evaluated by echocardiography, hearts were obtained for histological and protein expression examinations...
April 27, 2017: Cytokine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28456904/myocardial-deformation-in-iron-overload-cardiomyopathy-speckle-tracking-imaging-in-a-beta-thalassemia-major-population
#14
Luca Antonio Felice Di Odoardo, Marianna Giuditta, Elena Cassinerio, Alberto Roghi, Patrizia Pedrotti, Marco Vicenzi, Veronica Maria Sciumbata, Maria Domenica Cappellini, Alberto Pierini
Traditional echocardiography is unable to detect neither the early stages of iron overload cardiomyopathy nor myocardial iron deposition. The aim of the study is to determine myocardial systolic strain indices in thalassemia major (TM), and assess their relationship with T2*, a cardiac magnetic resonance index of the severity of cardiac iron overload. 55 TM cases with recent cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR-T2*) underwent speckle tracking analysis to assess regional myocardial strains and rotation. The results were compared with a normal control group (n = 20), and were subsequently analyzed on the basis of the CMR-T2* values...
April 29, 2017: Internal and Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28451085/two-dimensional-strain-echocardiography-for-detection-of-cardiotoxicity-in-breast-cancer-patients-undergoing-chemotherapy
#15
Mehrnoush Toufan, Leili Pourafkari, Leila Ghahremani Nasab, Ali Esfahani, Zohreh Sanaat, Alireza Nikanfar, Nader D Nader
Introduction: Two-dimensional (2D) strain echocardiography has emerged as a novel method for early diagnosis of myocardial dysfunction in patients receiving anthracycline chemotherapy. Certain myocardial segments might be more vulnerable for development of dysfunction. Methods: Sixty-three patients with breast cancer who were deemed amenable for anthracycline chemotherapy were prospectively studied from March 2013 to March 2015 in University Hospital settings. Global left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction (EF), fractional shortening and the strain over 17 segments of the LV were examined using 2-dimensional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) before and after chemotherapy...
2017: Journal of Cardiovascular and Thoracic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450188/hydrogen-sulfide-attenuates-cardiac-injury-in-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-by-alleviating-oxidative-stress
#16
Zhihong Zhang, Sheng Jin, Xu Teng, Xiaocui Duan, Yuhong Chen, Yuming Wu
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is characterized by transient left ventricular apical ballooning with the absence of coronary occlusion, which is an acute cardiac syndrome with substantial morbidity and mortality. It was reported that reduced endogenous hydrogen sulfide (H2S) levels may be related to various heart diseases. The present study investigated the mechanism by which H2S administration modulates and protects cardiac function in TCM rats. In order to establish a TCM model, Sprague Dawley (SD) rats were injected with a single dose of β-adrenergic agonist isoprenaline (ISO)...
April 24, 2017: Nitric Oxide: Biology and Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445457/the-mitochondrial-na-ca-2-exchanger-is-essential-for-ca-2-homeostasis-and-viability
#17
Timothy S Luongo, Jonathan P Lambert, Polina Gross, Mary Nwokedi, Alyssa A Lombardi, Santhanam Shanmughapriya, April C Carpenter, Devin Kolmetzky, Erhe Gao, Jop H van Berlo, Emily J Tsai, Jeffery D Molkentin, Xiongwen Chen, Muniswamy Madesh, Steven R Houser, John W Elrod
Mitochondrial calcium (mCa(2+)) has a central role in both metabolic regulation and cell death signalling, however its role in homeostatic function and disease is controversial. Slc8b1 encodes the mitochondrial Na(+)/Ca(2+) exchanger (NCLX), which is proposed to be the primary mechanism for mCa(2+) extrusion in excitable cells. Here we show that tamoxifen-induced deletion of Slc8b1 in adult mouse hearts causes sudden death, with less than 13% of affected mice surviving after 14 days. Lethality correlated with severe myocardial dysfunction and fulminant heart failure...
May 4, 2017: Nature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434143/the-mtor-signaling-pathway-in-myocardial-dysfunction-in-type-2-diabetes-mellitus
#18
REVIEW
Tomohiro Suhara, Yuichi Baba, Briana K Shimada, Jason K Higa, Takashi Matsui
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: T2DM (type 2 diabetes mellitus) is a risk factor for heart failure. The mTOR (mechanistic target of rapamycin) is a key mediator of the insulin signaling pathway. We will discuss the role of mTOR in myocardial dysfunction in T2DM. RECENT FINDINGS: In T2DM, chronically activated mTOR induces multiple pathological events, including a negative feedback loop that suppresses IRS (insulin receptor substrate)-1. While short-term treatment with rapamycin, an mTOR inhibitor, is a promising strategy for cardiac diseases such as acute myocardial infarction and cardiac hypertrophy in T2DM, there are many concerns about chronic usage of rapamycin...
June 2017: Current Diabetes Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
#19
Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016, in Bethesda, Maryland, to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
May 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432604/phosphate-imbalance-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#20
REVIEW
E C Christopoulou, T D Filippatos, E Megapanou, M S Elisaf, G Liamis
Patients with heart failure often exhibit electrolyte abnormalities, such as hyponatremia or hypokalemia/hyperkalemia. Although not as common as the other electrolyte disturbances observed in patients with heart failure, phosphate imbalance is also of high importance in this population. The aim of this review is to present the mechanisms of low or high phosphate serum levels in patients with heart failure and its role in the pathogenesis and progression of heart dysfunction. Hypophosphatemia in patients with heart failure may be the result of co-existing electrolyte and acid-base abnormalities, pharmacological treatments, decreased intestinal absorption or secondary to sympathetic nervous system activation and co-morbidities, such as diabetes mellitus or heavy alcohol consumption...
April 22, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
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