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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28088193/invasive-cardiac-lipoma-a-case-report-and-review-of-literature
#1
Jason D'Souza, Rajesh Shah, Aamer Abbass, Jeremy R Burt, Aditya Goud, Chanukya Dahagam
BACKGROUND: Cardiac lipomas are rare benign tumors of the heart. They are usually asymptomatic and are thus most often diagnosed on autopsies. Symptoms, when present, depend upon the location within the heart. Typical locations are the endocardium of the right atrium and the left ventricle. Diagnostic modality of choice is cardiac MRI. Treatment guidelines have not yet been established due to the very low prevalence of these tumors and are thus guided by the patient's symptomatology. CASE PRESENTATION: We describe a case of an invasive cardiac lipoma, wherein the initial symptom of the patient was shortness of breath...
January 14, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065908/ticagrelor-but-not-clopidogrel-active-metabolite-displays-antithrombotic-properties-in-the-left-atrial-endocardium
#2
Martin F Reiner, Alexander Breitenstein, Erik W Holy, Martina Glanzmann, Heidi Amstalden, Simon F Stämpfli, Nicole R Bonetti, Volkmar Falk, Stephan Keller, Gianluigi Savarese, Stefano Benussi, Francesco Maisano, Thomas F Lüscher, Jürg H Beer, Jan Steffel, Giovanni G Camici
AIMS: Oral anticoagulation is considered standard therapy for stroke prevention in atrial fibrillation (AF). Endocardial activation triggers expression of pro-thrombotic mediators including tissue factor (TF) and plasminogen activator inhibitor-1 (PAI-1), and contributes to thrombus formation in the left atrial appendage (LAA) of AF patients. Recently, pleiotropic effects of specific P2Y12 receptor antagonists were demonstrated; however, whether these drugs possess antithrombotic effects on LAA endocardial cells currently remains unknown...
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065832/a-novel-method-to-enhance-phenotype-epicardial-functional-substrates-and-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-brugada-syndrome
#3
Fa-Po Chung, Sunu Budhi Raharjo, Yenn-Jiang Lin, Shih-Lin Chang, Li-Wei Lo, Yu-Feng Hu, Ta-Chuan Tuan, Tze-Fan Chao, Jo-Nan Liao, Chin-Yu Lin, Yao-Ting Chang, Yuan Hung, Abigail Te, Shinya Yamada, Hiroshi Tasaka, Shih-Ann Chen, Chin-Tien Wang
BACKGROUND: Fever is associated with the manifestation of Brugada phenotype and ventricular tachycardia/fibrillation (VT/VF) in patients with Brugada syndrome (BrS). The thermal effect on the pathogenesis of functional substrates in BrS remains unknown. OBJECTIVE: The study aimed to elucidate the thermal effect on BrS phenotype, VT/VF, and electrophysiological characteristics of epicardial functional substrates in BrS. METHODS: We consecutively studied 15 patients with BrS receiving radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for drug-refractory ventricular tachyarrhythmias...
January 5, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065473/passive-diastolic-modelling-of-human-ventricles-effects-of-base-movement-and-geometrical-heterogeneity
#4
Arnab Palit, Pasquale Franciosa, Sunil K Bhudia, Theodoros N Arvanitis, Glen A Turley, Mark A Williams
Left-ventricular (LV) remodelling, associated with diastolic heart failure, is driven by an increase in myocardial stress. Therefore, normalisation of LV wall stress is the cornerstone of many therapeutic treatments. However, information regarding such regional stress-strain for human LV is still limited. Thus, the objectives of our study were to determine local diastolic stress-strain field in healthy LVs, and consequently, to identify the regional variations amongst them due to geometric heterogeneity. Effects of LV base movement on diastolic model predictions, which were ignored in the literature, were further explored...
December 29, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062531/epsilon-wave-on-an-electronic-loop-in-a-case-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-with-myocarditis-an-updated-definition-of-the-epsilon-wave
#5
Guy Hugues Fontaine, Guillaume Duthoit, Guoliang Li, L Andreoletti, Estelle Gandjbakhch, Robert Frank
A young man presented with a history of myocarditis with palpitations and dizziness. He had implantation of a loop recorder that showed repetitive short episodes of VT. In addition, there were fragmented potentials immediately following the large and sharp electrograms (EGMs) before as well as after episodes of VT suggesting an Epsilon wave. This signal can be observed in multiple cardiac conditions including coronary artery disease. It was originally recorded on the epicardium as well as on the endocardium...
January 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28053851/verruconis-gallopava-cardiac-and-endovascular-infection-with-dissemination-after-renal-transplantation-case-report-and-lessons-learned
#6
Zoe Jennings, Kathy Kable, Catriona L Halliday, Brian J Nankivell, Jen Kok, Germaine Wong, Sharon C-A Chen
Verruconis gallopava is an uncommon cause of phaeohyphomycosis. We describe an unusual case of disseminated V. gallopava infection in a renal transplant recipient involving the endocardium but without endocarditis, associated with fungaemia and infection in the skin, oral cavity, brain and lung. The isolate was first detected from blood cultures which is rare. Surgical resection of cardiac fungal mass was not possible. The patient died despite resolution of fungaemia and combination antifungal therapy.
March 2017: Medical Mycology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052405/myocardial-layer-specific-analysis-in-patients-with-heterozygous-familial-hypercholesterolemia-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#7
Zhaoting Leng, Rongjuan Li, Yijia Li, Lvya Wang, Yueli Wang, Ya Yang
OBJECTIVE: Familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) is the most common and serious monogenic disorder of lipid metabolism, causing premature coronary heart disease (CHD) due to accelerated atherosclerosis from birth, and the study of left ventricular (LV) function of this disease is seldom. The purpose of this study was to explore the value of layer-specific strain on assessing the early damage of LV function in asymptomatic and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) well-preserved patients with heterozygous FH (HeFH)...
January 3, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28051093/a-four-compartment-pbpk-heart-model-accounting-for-cardiac-metabolism-model-development-and-application
#8
Zofia Tylutki, Sebastian Polak
In the field of cardiac drug efficacy and safety assessment, information on drug concentration in heart tissue is desirable. Because measuring drug concentrations in human cardiac tissue is challenging in healthy volunteers, mathematical models are used to cope with such limitations. With a goal of predicting drug concentration in cardiac tissue, we have developed a whole-body PBPK model consisting of seventeen perfusion-limited compartments. The proposed PBPK heart model consisted of four compartments: the epicardium, midmyocardium, endocardium, and pericardial fluid, and accounted for cardiac metabolism using CYP450...
January 4, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045696/sudden-death-in-a-male-infant-due-to-histiocytoid-cardiomyopathy-an-autopsy-case-and-review-of-the-literature
#9
Hanbing Xie, Xueqin Chen, Ni Chen, Qiao Zhou
Histiocytoid cardiomyopathy (HC) is a very rare cardiac disorder that mainly affects female infants younger than 2 years. It may manifest as ventricular tachycardia or dilated cardiomyopathy and frequently causes sudden death. The most common grossly change is multifocal uneven thickening of the endocardium, presenting a yellowish color, with some area forming nodular appearance, and histologically featured by scattered clusters of histiocytoid myocytes under the endocardium. Here, we present a 19-month-old male infant who died of heart failure, and an autopsy was performed and confirmed the diagnosis of HC...
December 30, 2016: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039400/left-ventricular-endocardial-and-epicardial-strain-changes-with-apical-myocardial-ischemia-in-an-open-chest-porcine-model
#10
Kimberly Howard-Quijano, Melissa McCabe, Alexander Cheng, Wei Zhou, Kentaro Yamakawa, Einat Mazor, Jennifer C Scovotti, Aman Mahajan
Early detection of acute myocardial ischemia is critical to prevent permanent myocardial damage. The impact of apical ischemia on global left ventricular (LV) function can be difficult to characterize using traditional volume-based echocardiography measures. Myocardial strain imaging is a sensitive, quantitative marker of myocardial deformation that can measure ventricular function. Recent advances allow layer-specific measurement of endo- and epicardial strain, enhancing the ability to evaluate myocardial ischemia...
December 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28033581/irhom2-is-involved-in-lipopolysaccharide-induced-cardiac-injury-in-vivo-and-in-vitro-through-regulating-inflammation-response
#11
Xue-Li Lu, Cui-Hua Zhao, Han Zhang, Xin-Liang Yao
Heart is a complex assembly of many cell types constituting of myocardium, endocardium and epicardium that intensively communicate to each other in order to maintain the proper cardiac function. Previous research has demonstrated that lipopolysaccharide (LPS) can induce myocardial dysfunction. iRhom2 is encoded by the gene Rhbdf2, regulating inflammation via tumor necrosis factor-α (TNF-α). In this study, we attempted to investigate the role of iRhom2 in LPS-induced cardiac injury and clarify the potential mechanism...
December 26, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009944/suture-forces-for-closure-of-transapical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-a-mathematical-model
#12
Liang Ge, Henrik Haraldsson, Michael D Hope, David Saloner, Julius M Guccione, Mark B Ratcliffe, Elaine E Tseng
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) has revolutionized the treatment of severe aortic stenosis in intermediate, high-risk, and inoperable patients. TAVR has multiple access routes, including transfemoral (TF), transapical (TA), direct aortic (DA), axillary, transcarotid, and transcaval. The most commonly applied algorithm is a TF-first approach, where only when patients are unsuitable for TF are alternatives such as TA considered. An infrequent - but dreaded - risk is left ventricular (LV) apical bleeding from tearing or rupture with the TA approach...
July 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28006695/role-of-atrial-endothelial-cells-in-the-development-of-atrial-fibrosis-and-fibrillation-in-response-to-pressure-overload
#13
Osamu Kume, Yasushi Teshima, Ichitaro Abe, Yuki Ikebe, Takahiro Oniki, Hidekazu Kondo, Shotaro Saito, Akira Fukui, Kunio Yufu, Masahiro Miura, Tatsuo Shimada, Naohiko Takahashi
BACKGROUND: Monocyte chemoattractant protein-1 (MCP-1)-mediated inflammatory mechanisms have been shown to play a crucial role in atrial fibrosis induced by pressure overload. In the present study, we investigated whether left atrial endothelial cells would quickly respond structurally and functionally to pressure overload to trigger atrial fibrosis and fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Six-week-old male Sprague-Dawley rats underwent suprarenal abdominal aortic constriction (AAC) or a sham operation...
December 15, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27992332/left-ventricular-myocardial-segmentation-in-3d-ultrasound-recordings-effect-of-different-endoand-epicardial-coupling-strategies
#14
Joao Pedrosa, Daniel Barbosa, Brecht Heyde, Frederic Schnell, Assami Rosner, Piet Claus, Jan D Hooge
Cardiac volume/function assessment remains a critical step in daily cardiology and 3D ultrasound plays an increasingly important role. Though development of automatic endocardial segmentation methods has received much attention, the same cannot be said about epicardial segmentation, in spite of the importance of full myocardial segmentation. In this study, different ways of coupling the endo- and epicardial segmentation are contrasted and compared to uncoupled segmentation. For this purpose, the B-spline Explicit Active Surfaces framework was used...
December 12, 2016: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27989047/results-of-contemporary-valve-surgery-in-patients-with-carcinoid-heart-disease
#15
Thomas Kuntze, Tamer Owais, Maria-Anna Secknus, Daniel Kaemmerer, Richard Baum, Evaldas Girdauskas
BACKGROUND: Carcinoid tumor is a slow-growing type of neuroendocrine tumor, originating from enterochromaffin cells and secreting mainly serotonin. The diagnosis is based on clinical symptoms, hormone blood levels, radiological and nuclear imaging, and histological confirmation. However, most patients have metastases at the time of diagnosis because the clinical signs often remain unnoticed or are attributed to other abdominal conditions. In up to 50% of patients the endocardium is affected due to a hormonally active tumor profile...
May 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982350/valvular-disorders-in-carcinoid-heart-disease
#16
Shi-Min Yuan
Carcinoid heart disease is a rare but important cause of intrinsic right heart valve disorders leading to right heart failure. Occasionally, left-sided heart valves may also be involved. The characteristic cardiac pathological findings of carcinoid heart disease are endocardial thickening as a result of fibrous deposits on the endocardium. Echocardiographic examination and right heart catheterization are very useful for the diagnosis of the lesion. If more cardiac valves are affected, multiple valve replacement should be considered...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27968777/noninvasive-epicardial-and-endocardial-electrocardiographic-imaging-of-scar-related-ventricular-tachycardia
#17
Linwei Wang, Omar A Gharbia, B Milan Horáček, John L Sapp
BACKGROUND: The majority of life-threatening ventricular tachycardias (VTs) are sustained by heterogeneous scar substrates with narrow strands of surviving tissue. An effective treatment for scar-related VT is to modify the underlying scar substrate by catheter ablation. If activation sequence and entrainment mapping can be performed during sustained VT, the exit and isthmus of the circuit can often be identified. However, with invasive catheter mapping, only monomorphic VT that is hemodynamically stable can be mapped in this manner...
November 2016: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959615/developmental-mechanisms-of-aortic-valve-malformation-and-disease
#18
Bingruo Wu, Yidong Wang, Feng Xiao, Jonathan T Butcher, Katherine E Yutzey, Bin Zhou
Normal aortic valves are composed of valve endothelial cells (VECs) and valve interstitial cells (VICs). VICs are the major cell population and have distinct embryonic origins in the endocardium and cardiac neural crest cells. Cell signaling between the VECs and VICs plays critical roles in aortic valve morphogenesis. Disruption of major cell signaling pathways results in aortic valve malformations, including bicuspid aortic valve (BAV). BAV is a common congenital heart valve disease that may lead to calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD), but there is currently no effective medical treatment for this beyond surgical replacement...
December 9, 2016: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938856/endothelial-mesenchymal-transition-in-human-atrial-fibrillation
#19
Takeshi Kato, Akiko Sekiguchi, Koichi Sagara, Hiroaki Tanabe, Masayuki Takamura, Shuichi Kaneko, Tadanori Aizawa, Long-Tai Fu, Takeshi Yamashita
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrosis is a hallmark of atrial structural remodeling leading to the persistence of atrial fibrillation. Although fibroblasts play a major role in atrial fibrosis, their source in the adult atrium is unclear. We tested the hypothesis that endothelial cells contribute to fibroblast accumulation through an endothelial-mesenchymal transition in the atrium of patients with atrial fibrillation. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study group consisted of patients with atrial fibrillation and valvular disease or atrial septal defect who underwent left atrial appendectomy during cardiac surgery (n=38)...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935738/the-coronary-sinus-reducer-clinical-evidence-and-technical-aspects
#20
Francesco Giannini, Andrea Aurelio, Richard J Jabbour, Luca Ferri, Antonio Colombo, Azeem Latib
Chronic refractory angina is often a disabling condition, predominantly due to severe obstructive coronary artery disease, that is inadequately controlled by optimal medical therapy and not amenable to further percutaneous or surgical revascularization. mortality rates associated with this condition are relatively low in clinically stable patients. however, it is associated with a high hospitalization rate and a reduction in both exercise capacity and quality of life. due to the paucity of available treatment options, there is an unmet need for new therapies for these patients and for a reduction in the associated economic healthcare burden...
January 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
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