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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550792/social-stress-contagion-in-rats-behavioural-autonomic-and-neuroendocrine-correlates
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Luca Carnevali, Nicola Montano, Rosario Statello, Gino Coudé, Federica Vacondio, Silvia Rivara, Pier Francesco Ferrari, Andrea Sgoifo
The negative emotional consequences associated with life stress exposure in an individual can affect the emotional state of social partners. In this study, we describe an experimental rat model of social stress contagion and its effects on social behaviour and cardiac autonomic and neuroendocrine functions. Adult male Wistar rats were pair-housed and one animal (designated as "demonstrator" (DEM)) was submitted to either social defeat stress (STR) by an aggressive male Wild-type rat in a separate room or just exposed to an unfamiliar empty cage (control condition, CTR), once a day for 4 consecutive days...
May 20, 2017: Psychoneuroendocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28550173/experimental-cardiac-radiation-exposure-induces-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Hirofumi Saiki, Gilles Moulay, Adam J Guenzel, Weibin Liu, Teresa Decklever, Kelly Classic, Linh Pham, Horng H Chen, John C Burnett, Stephen J Russell, Margaret M Redfield
BACKGROUND: Breast cancer radiotherapy increases the risk of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiomyocytes are highly radio-resistant but radiation specifically affects coronary microvascular endothelial cells with subsequent microvascular inflammation and rarefaction. The effects of radiation on left ventricular (LV) diastolic function are poorly characterized. We hypothesized that cardiac radiation exposure may result in diastolic dysfunction without reduced EF...
May 26, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549484/the-effects-of-a-psychological-intervention-directed-at-optimizing-immune-function-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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Lemmy Schakel, Dieuwke S Veldhuijzen, Henriët van Middendorp, Corine Prins, Simone A Joosten, Tom H M Ottenhoff, Leo G Visser, Andrea W M Evers
BACKGROUND: Previous research has provided evidence for the link between psychological processes and psychophysiological health outcomes. Psychological interventions, such as face-to-face or online cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) and serious games aimed at improving health, have shown promising results in promoting health outcomes. Few studies so far, however, have examined whether Internet-based CBT combined with serious gaming elements is effective in modulating health outcomes. Moreover, studies often did not incorporate psychophysiological or immunological challenges in order to gain insight into physiological responses to real-life challenges after psychological interventions...
May 26, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549395/utility-and-clinical-profile-of-dexmedetomidine-in-pediatric-cardiac-catheterization-procedures-a-matched-controlled-analysis
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Ricardo Riveros, Natalya Makarova, Efrain Riveros-Perez, Praneeta Chodavarapu, Wael Saasouh, Hüseyin Oğuz Yılmaz, Evis Cuko, Rovnat Babazade, Stephen Kimatian, Alparslan Turan
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine is increasingly used in children undergoing cardiac catheterization procedures. We compared the percentage of surgical time with hemodynamic instability and the incidence of postoperative agitation between pediatric cardiac catheterization patients who received dexmedetomidine infusion and those who did not and the incidence of postoperative agitation. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We matched 653 pediatric patients scheduled for cardiac catheterization...
May 1, 2017: Seminars in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549245/analysis-of-heart-rate-variability-and-risk-factors-for-sudep-in-patients-with-drug-resistant-epilepsy
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Leyla Baysal-Kirac, Nail Güven Serbest, Erdi Şahin, Hava Özlem Dede, Candan Gürses, Ayşen Gökyiğit, Nerses Bebek, Ahmet Kaya Bilge, Betül Baykan
BACKGROUND: Cardiac problems have been suggested as causes of sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). Our aim was to investigate possible associations of cardiac autonomic functions based on heart rate variability (HRV) parameters with risk factors of SUDEP in patients with drug-resistant epilepsy. METHODS: Forty-seven patients with drug-resistant seizures and 45 healthy control subjects were enrolled in the study. Interictal time domain parameters of HRV were evaluated with 24-hour Holter recordings...
May 23, 2017: Epilepsy & Behavior: E&B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28549113/restrictive-enlargement-of-the-pulmonary-annulus-at-repair-of-tetralogy-of-fallot-a-comparative-10-year-follow-up-study%C3%A2
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Jana Logoteta, Lars Dullin, Jan Hinnerk Hansen, Carsten Rickers, Mona Salehi Ravesh, Abdullah Al Bulushi, Ines Kristo, Philip Wegner, Michael Schumacher, Tim Attmann, Jens Scheewe, Hans-Heiner Kramer
OBJECTIVES: Since 1996, our centre performs restrictive enlargement of the pulmonary annulus at surgical repair of tetralogy of Fallot. A transannular patch is only used if the z-score of the pulmonary annulus is smaller than -2. We sought to determine whether this strategy reduces pulmonary insufficiency (PI) and reoperation rate compared to a nationwide contemporary cohort that has not been operated using a uniform strategy. METHODS: Eighty-seven tetralogy of Fallot patients were included in the study (Group 1)...
May 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28547815/balancing-the-autonomic-nervous-system-to-reduce-inflammation-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
#7
F A Koopman, M A van Maanen, M J Vervoordeldonk, P P Tak
Imbalance in the autonomic nervous system (ANS) has been observed in many established chronic autoimmune diseases, including rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is a prototypic immune-mediated inflammatory disease (IMID). We recently discovered that autonomic dysfunction precedes and predicts arthritis development in subjects at risk of developing seropositive RA. In addition, RA patients with relatively high vagus nerve tone (higher parasympathetic parameters, measured by heart rate variability) respond better to antirheumatic therapies...
May 26, 2017: Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28546466/changes-in-brachial-artery-endothelial-function-and-resting-diameter-with-moderate-intensity-continuous-but-not-sprint-interval-training-in-sedentary-men
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Ninette Shenouda, Jenna B Gillen, Martin J Gibala, Maureen J MacDonald
Moderate-intensity continuous training (MICT) improves peripheral artery function in healthy adults, a phenomenon that reverses as continued training induces structural remodeling. Sprint interval training (SIT) elicits physiological adaptations similar to MICT despite a lower exercise volume and time-commitment; however, its effect on peripheral artery function and structure is largely unexplored. We compared peripheral artery responses to 12 weeks of MICT and SIT in sedentary, healthy men (age=27±8 years)...
May 25, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545803/impact-of-a-multidisciplinary-heart-failure-postdischarge-management-clinic-on-medication-adherence
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Lingyun Lu, Cynthia A Jackevicius, Noelle K de Leon, Alberta L Warner, Donald S Chang, Freny Vaghaiwalla Mody
PURPOSE: Disease management programs have been associated with improved adherence to heart failure (HF) medications. However, there remain limited data on the benefit of a comprehensive multidisciplinary HF postdischarge management (PDM) clinic that promptly follows HF-related hospitalization on evidence-based HF medication adherence. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effects of an HF-PDM clinic on adherence to evidence-based HF medication therapy...
May 22, 2017: Clinical Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545564/dexmedetomidine-in-combination-with-sufentanil-for-postoperative-analgesia-after-partial-laryngectomy
#10
Minju Qin, Kaizheng Chen, Tingjie Liu, Xia Shen
BACKGROUND: Dexmedetomidine as an adjunct with opioids has been confirmed to spare opioids usage and improve analgesia for postoperative pain treatment. Furthermore, dexmedetomidine can attenuate the airway reflex. The aim of this study is to assess the safety and efficacy of dexmedetomidine combined with sufentanil for postoperative analgesia after partial laryngectomy. METHODS: A total of 60 adult male patients were recruited and randomly allocated to receive sufentanil 1...
May 25, 2017: BMC Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545283/-clinical-efficacy-and-safety-of-thrombolytic-treatment-with-reteplase-in-patients-with-intermediate-risk-acute-pulmonary-embolism
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H G Zhao, S X Wang, Z N Lu, X X Yan, Z C Lyu, F H Peng, Y Wu, X Gao, L Hua, Z C Jing, X Q Xu
Objective: To assess the efficacy and safety of thrombolytic treatment with reteplase in patients with intermediate-risk acute pulmonary embolism. Methods: Ten consecutive patients with intermediate-risk acute pulmonary embolism who received thrombolytic treatment with reteplase at Thrombosis and Vascular Medicine Center, Fuwai Hospital from March to November in 2016 were included.Vital signs, right ventricular diameter, systolic pulmonary artery pressure, and biochemical markers were assessed before and after thrombolytic therapy with reteplase, and bleeding complications were also observed during 3 months follow up...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28545277/-effect-of-the-ischemic-post-conditioning-on-the-prevention-of-the-cardio-renal-damage-in-patients-with-acute-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Y Y Wang, T Li, Y W Liu, B J Liu, X M Hu, Y Wang, W Q Gao, P Wu, L Huang, X Li, W J Peng, M Ning
Objective: To evaluate the effect of the ischemic post-conditioning (IPC) on the prevention of the cardio-renal damage in patients with acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PPCI). Methods: A total of 251 consecutive STEMI patients underwent PPCI in the heart center of Tianjin Third Central Hospital from January 2012 to June 2014 were enrolled in this prospective, randomized, control, single-blinded, clinical registry study. Patients were randomly divided into IPC group (123 cases) and control group (128 cases) with random number table...
April 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543790/are-heart-rate-monitors-valuable-tools-for-diagnosing-arrhythmias-in-endurance-athletes
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Robert Gajda, Elżbieta Katarzyna Biernacka, Wojciech Drygas
Millions of physically active individuals worldwide use heart rate monitors (HRMs) to control their exercise intensity. In many cases, the HRM indicates an unusually high heart rate (HR) or even arrhythmias during training. Unfortunately, studies assessing the reliability of these devices to help control HR disturbances during exercise do not exist. We examined 142 regularly training endurance runners and cyclists, aged 18-51, with unexplained HR abnormalities indicated by various HRMs to assess the utility of HRMs in diagnosing exertion-induced arrhythmias...
May 19, 2017: Scandinavian Journal of Medicine & Science in Sports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28543099/evidence-of-altered-mitochondrial-protein-expression-after-chronic-ethanol-consumption-in-the-aged-estrogen-deficient-female-rat-heart
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Alexandra M Garvin, J L Miller-Lee, D R Sharda, G M Kanski, J C Hunter, Donna H Korzick
BACKGROUND: Estrogen loss has been implicated to increase the risk of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in post-menopausal women. The purpose of this study was to identify novel mitochondrial protein targets for the treatment of alcoholic cardiomyopathy in aged women using a state-of-the-art proteomics approach. We hypothesized that chronic ethanol (EtOH) ingestion exacerbates maladaptive mitochondrial protein expression in the aged female heart METHODS: Adult (3 mo) and aged (18 mo) F344 ovary-intact or ovariectomized (OVX) rats were randomly assigned an EtOH or control Lieber-DeCarli 'all liquid' diet for 20 wks...
May 19, 2017: Alcoholism, Clinical and Experimental Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28542428/age-dependent-electrical-and-morphological-remodeling-of-the-drosophila-heart-caused-by-herg-seizure-mutations
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Karen Ocorr, Alexander Zambon, Yoav Nudell, Santiago Pineda, Soda Diop, Min Tang, Takeshi Akasaka, Erika Taylor
Understanding the cellular-molecular substrates of heart disease is key to the development of cardiac specific therapies and to the prevention of off-target effects by non-cardiac targeted drugs. One of the primary targets for therapeutic intervention has been the human ether a go-go (hERG) K+ channel that, together with the KCNQ channel, controls the rate and efficiency of repolarization in human myocardial cells. Neither of these channels plays a major role in adult mouse heart function; however, we show here that the hERG homolog seizure (sei), along with KCNQ, both contribute significantly to adult heart function as they do in humans...
May 19, 2017: PLoS Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541596/effects-of-ivabradine-and-beta-blocker-therapy-on-dobutamine-induced-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Kadir Uğur Mert, Gurbet Özge Mert, Bektas Morrad, Senan Tahmazov, Fezan Mutlu, Yüksel Cavusoglu
BACKGROUND: Indirect evidences suggest that the If blocker (ivabradine) may exert an antiarrhythmic effect in ventricular myocardium in heart failure patients by inhibiting spontaneous depolarizations but the clinical relevance of this mechanism is not known. Dobutamine (DOB) has been known to increase heart rate and the incidence of cardiac arrhythmias. In this study, we evaluated the effects of ivabradine on DOB-induced ventricular arrhythmias and compared it with that of β blocker therapy...
May 25, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28541588/effects-of-low-intensity-exercise-in-older-adults-with-chronic-heart-failure-during-the-transitional-period-from-hospital-to-home-in-china-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#17
Li Xueyu, Yu Hao, Xu Shunlin, Li Rongbin, Gao Yuan
The transitional period from hospital to home is critical to decreasing rates of preventable, poor post-discharge outcomes. Older adults with chronic heart failure (CHF) may be challenged to exercise during the transitional period. The purpose of the current study was to test the effects of low-intensity exercise on health-related quality of life (HRQoL), physical function, and heart function in Chinese older adults with CHF during the transitional period. The study was randomized, single-blinded, and controlled...
May 1, 2017: Research in Gerontological Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540736/effects-of-diesel-exhaust-on-cardiovascular-function-and-oxidative-stress
#18
Simon Wilson, Mark R Miller, David E Newby
SIGNIFICANCE: Air pollution is a major global health concern with the particulate matter (PM) being especially associated with marked increases in cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Diesel exhaust emissions are a particularly rich source of the smallest sizes of PM ("fine" and "ultrafine") in urban environments, and it is these particles that are believed to be the most detrimental to cardiovascular health. Recent Advances: Controlled exposure studies to diesel exhaust in animals and man demonstrate alterations in blood pressure, heart rate, vascular tone, endothelial function, myocardial perfusion, thrombosis, atherogenesis and plaque stability...
May 25, 2017: Antioxidants & Redox Signaling
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540046/evaluation-of-a-novel-technique-in-airway-clearance-therapy-specific-cough-technique-sct-in-cystic-fibrosis-a-pilot-study-of-a-series-of-n-of-1-randomised-controlled-trials
#19
Sandra Gursli, Leiv Sandvik, Egil Bakkeheim, Bjørn Skrede, Britt Stuge
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this pilot study was to evaluate the efficacy, safety and participants' perception of a novel technique in airway clearance therapy - specific cough technique in cystic fibrosis. METHODS: We conducted randomised controlled individual trials (N-of-1 randomised controlled trials) in six adults. Each trial included 8 weeks of treatment with two interventions each week, one with specific cough technique and one with forced expiration technique...
2017: SAGE Open Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539889/baroreflex-coupling-assessed-by-cross-compression-entropy
#20
Andy Schumann, Steffen Schulz, Andreas Voss, Susann Scharbrodt, Mathias Baumert, Karl-Jürgen Bär
Estimating interactions between physiological systems is an important challenge in modern biomedical research. Here, we explore a new concept for quantifying information common in two time series by cross-compressibility. Cross-compression entropy (CCE) exploits the ZIP data compression algorithm extended to bivariate data analysis. First, time series are transformed into symbol vectors. Symbols of the target time series are coded by the symbols of the source series. Uncoupled and linearly coupled surrogates were derived from cardiovascular recordings of 36 healthy controls obtained during rest to demonstrate suitability of this method for assessing physiological coupling...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
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