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L M Wu, J R Bao, L H Zheng, G Chen, L G Ding, Y Yao
Objective: To evaluate the results of catheter ablation of ventricular tachycardia (VT) via direct ventricle puncture access in patients without traditional approach. Methods: Two idiopathic left fasicular VT patients with mechanical aortic and mitrial valve repalcement and 1 patient with right ventricular originated VT post mechanical tricuspid valve repalcement from March 2010 to July 2012 in Fuwai hospital were enrolled in this study. For left fasicular VT patients, catheter ablation was performed using transapical left ventricular access via minithoracotomy...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Marcello Ceci, Claudia Carlantoni, Maria Azzurra Missinato, Davide Bonvissuto, Bruna Di Giacomo, Riccardo Contu, Nicla Romano
Zebrafish could be an interesting translational model to understand and improve the post-infarction trial and possible regeneration in humans. The adult zebrafish is able to regenerate efficiently after resecting nearly 20% of the ventricular apex. This process requires the concert activation of the epicardium and endocardium, as well as trans-differentiation of pre-existing cardiomyocytes that together replace the lost tissue. The molecular mechanisms involved in this activation process are not completely clarified...
2018: Cell Death Discovery
Belén Prados, Paula Gómez-Apiñániz, Tania Papoutsi, Guillermo Luxán, Stephane Zaffran, José María Pérez-Pomares, José Luis de la Pompa
During mammalian heart development, restricted myocardial Bmp2 expression is a key patterning signal for atrioventricular canal specification and the epithelial-mesenchyme transition that gives rise to the valves. Using a mouse transgenic line conditionally expressing Bmp2, we show that widespread Bmp2 expression in the myocardium leads to valve and chamber dysmorphogenesis and embryonic death by E15.5. Transgenic embryos show thickened valves, ventricular septal defect, enlarged trabeculae and dilated ventricles, with an endocardium able to undergo EMT both in vivo and in vitro...
March 14, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
Sarosh Khan, Maria Ribeiro, Diogo Fernandes, Colin Reid
72 year old man with known systolic & diastolic heart failure presented with congestive cardiac failure symptoms over a period of 6 weeks. Successful resection of left upper lobe lung adenocarcinoma 4 years prior. Poor response to optimal medical therapy and IV diuresis. Repeat echocardiogram elicited rare images (Videos 1, 2 and 3) of a significant invasive pericardial tumour involving myocardium and endocardium (Figure 1). Comparative CT thorax images are also provided (Figure 2a & Figure 2b). The importance of cardiac silhouette evaluation on CXR's for interval change is highlighted with 6 month retrospective review in this case (Figure 3)...
March 14, 2018: Echo Research and Practice
Ming Gao, Weihua Zhang, Waiou Zhao, Ling Qin, Fei Pei, Yang Zheng
RATIONALE: Hypereosinophilic syndrome (HES) is a rare disease characterized by hypereosinophilia and its ensuing organ damage. Cardiac involvement is divided into 3 chronological stages: an acute necrotic stage; a thrombus formation stage; and a fibrotic stage. Infiltration of the myocardium by eosinophilic cells followed by endomyocardial fibrosis is known as "Loeffler endocarditis." PATIENT CONCERNS: We report a case of a 60-year-old man diagnosed with left-sided restrictive cardiomyopathy...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Zhe Liu, Lifeng Xie, Tiequn Bian, Guoan Qi, Zhihong Wang
OBJECTIVE: Infective endocarditis is usually caused by Streptococcus sanguinis and characterized by inflammatory responses in the endocardium. This study aimed to investigate if the new compound (3R)-5,6,7-trihydroxy-3-isopropyl-3-methylisochroman-1-one (TIM) isolated from Alpinia katsumadai Hayata could provide protection against lipoteichoic acid (LTA)-induced cell damage in embryonic rat heart cells (H9c2). METHODS: LTA-induced cell damage was established in H9c2, and the protective effects of TIM against the cell damage were examined at different concentrations (0...
March 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Henrik Finsberg, Ce Xi, Ju Le Tan, Liang Zhong, Martin Genet, Joakim Sundnes, Lik Chuan Lee, Samuel T Wall
Individually personalized computational models of heart mechanics can be used to estimate important physiological and clinically-relevant quantities that are difficult, if not impossible, to directly measure in the beating heart. Here we present a novel and efficient framework for creating patient-specific biventricular models using a gradient-based data assimilation method for evaluating regional myocardial contractility and estimating myofiber stress. These simulations can be performed on a regular laptop in less than two hours and produce excellent fit between measured and simulated volume and strain data through the entire cardiac cycle...
March 9, 2018: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
Federico Canè, Benedict Verhegghe, Matthieu De Beule, Philippe B Bertrand, Rob J Van der Geest, Patrick Segers, Gianluca De Santis
With cardiovascular disease (CVD) remaining the primary cause of death worldwide, early detection of CVDs becomes essential. The intracardiac flow is an important component of ventricular function, motion kinetics, wash-out of ventricular chambers, and ventricular energetics. Coupling between Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) simulations and medical images can play a fundamental role in terms of patient-specific diagnostic tools. From a technical perspective, CFD simulations with moving boundaries could easily lead to negative volumes errors and the sudden failure of the simulation...
2018: BioMed Research International
Laura Martinez-Mateu, Lucia Romero, Ana Ferrer-Albero, Rafael Sebastian, José F Rodríguez Matas, José Jalife, Omer Berenfeld, Javier Saiz
Anatomically based procedures to ablate atrial fibrillation (AF) are often successful in terminating paroxysmal AF. However, the ability to terminate persistent AF remains disappointing. New mechanistic approaches use multiple-electrode basket catheter mapping to localize and target AF drivers in the form of rotors but significant concerns remain about their accuracy. We aimed to evaluate how electrode-endocardium distance, far-field sources and inter-electrode distance affect the accuracy of localizing rotors...
March 5, 2018: PLoS Computational Biology
Hui Zhang, Kathy O Lui, Bin Zhou
Endocardial cells are specialized endothelial cells that form the innermost layer of the heart wall. By virtue of genetic lineage-tracing technology, many of the unexpected roles of endocardium during murine heart development, diseases, and regeneration have been identified recently. In addition to heart valves developed from the well-known endothelial to mesenchymal transition, recent fate-mapping studies using mouse models reveal that multiple cardiac cell lineages are also originated from the endocardium...
March 2, 2018: Circulation Research
Nobusada Funabashi, Hiroyuki Takaoka, Koya Ozawa, Yoshio Kobayashi
Peak longitudinal strain (PLS) of the left ventricular (LV) myocardium by transthoracic echocardiogram (TTE) is useful to detect LV myocardial damage. We hypothesized that myocardial fibrosis (MF) in the LV myocardium may influence PLS. Eighteen hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients (14 males; 58 ± 17 years old) underwent 1.5 Tesla cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) and TTE. Patients with previous myocardial infarction were excluded. We used TTE to assess whole-layer PLS in an American Heart Association-defined 17-segment LV model...
February 23, 2018: International Heart Journal
Lisette J M E van der Does, Paul Knops, Christophe P Teuwen, Corina Serban, Roeliene Starreveld, Eva A H Lanters, Elisabeth M J P Mouws, Charles Kik, Ad J J C Bogers, Natasja M S de Groot
BACKGROUND: Endo-epicardial asynchrony (EEA) and the interplay between these layers could be important in the pathophysiology of atrial arrhythmias. The morphological differences between epicardial and endocardial atrial electrograms have not been described so far and electrogram morphology may hold information about the presence of EEA. OBJECTIVE: This study directly compared epicardial to endocardial unipolar electrogram morphology during sinus rhythm (SR) and evaluated whether EEA contributes to electrogram fractionation by correlating fractionation to spatial activation patterns...
February 21, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
F Ruggiero, D Carbone, R Mugavero, A Palmieri, D Lauritano, L Baggi, M Nardone, F Carinci, M Martinelli
Endocarditis is a cardiovascular disease caused by the inflammation of the inner tissues of the heart, the endocardium, usually of the valves. Bacteraemia is essential in the development of endocarditis, and there are some findings that the main pathogens of endocarditis are viridans group streptococci: Streptococcus oralis, Streptococcus sanguinis, and Enterococcus faecalis. There is strong evidence that endocarditis bacteria are present in the tonsillar microbiota, so that tonsillar infection is associated with an increased risk of endocarditis...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
F Carinci, M Martinelli, M Contaldo, R Santoro, F Pezzetti, D Lauritano, V Candotto, D Mucchi, A Palmieri, A Tagliabue, L Tettamanti
Infective endocarditis is a devastating disease with high morbidity and mortality. The link to oral bacteria has been known for many decades and has caused ongoing concern for dentists, patients and cardiologists. The microbiota of the mouth is extremely diverse and more than 700 bacterial species have been detected. Half of them are uncultivable so far. Oral microbiota is not uniform, specific sites exist in the mouth such as tongue, palate, cheek, teeth and periodontal pockets that have their own microbiota...
January 2018: Journal of Biological Regulators and Homeostatic Agents
Rita Carmona, Laura Ariza, Ana Cañete, Ramón Muñoz-Chápuli
The vertebrate heart receives the blood through the cardiac inflow tract. This area has experienced profound changes along the evolution of vertebrates; changes that have a reflection in the cardiac ontogeny. The development of the inflow tract involves dynamic changes due to the progressive addition of tissue derived from the secondary heart field. The inflow tract is the site where oxygenated blood coming from lungs is received separately from the systemic return, where the cardiac pacemaker is established and where the proepicardium develops...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
Christopher Piorkowski, Mads Kronborg, Jerome Hourdain, Judith Piorkowski, Bettina Kirstein, Sebastian Neudeck, Simon Wechselberger, Ellen Päßler, Anastasia Löwen, Ali El-Armouche, Julia Mayer, Stefan Ulbrich, Liying Pu, Utz Richter, Thomas Gaspar, Yan Huo
BACKGROUND: Until today, catheter interventional mapping and ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) has been limited to the right and left atrial endocardium. We report feasibility, electrophysiological findings, and clinical outcome using a combined endo-/epicardial catheter approach for mapping and ablation of AF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Fifty-nine patients with permanence of pulmonary vein isolation and further symptomatic recurrences of paroxysmal AF, persistent AF, or atrial tachycardia underwent reablation using biatrial endo-/epicardial mapping and ablation...
February 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
Viacheslav V Danilov, Igor P Skirnevskiy, Olga M Gerget, Egor E Shelomentcev, Dmitrii Yu Kolpashchikov, Nikolay V Vasilyev
The present study aimed to present a workflow algorithm for automatic processing of 2D echocardiography images. The workflow was based on several sequential steps. For each step, we compared different approaches. Epicardial 2D echocardiography datasets were acquired during various open-chest beating-heart surgical procedures in three porcine hearts. We proposed a metric called the global index that is a weighted average of several accuracy coefficients, indices and the mean processing time. This metric allows the estimation of the speed and accuracy for processing each image...
February 10, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Lianjie Miao, Jingjing Li, Jun Li, Xueying Tian, Yangyang Lu, Saiyang Hu, David Shieh, Ryan Kanai, Bo-Yang Zhou, Bin Zhou, Jiandong Liu, Anthony B Firulli, James F Martin, Harold Singer, Bin Zhou, Hongbo Xin, Mingfu Wu
Hey2 gene mutations in both humans and mice have been associated with multiple cardiac defects. However, the currently reported localization of Hey2 in the ventricular compact zone cannot explain the wide variety of cardiac defects. Furthermore, it was reported that, in contrast to other organs, Notch doesn't regulate Hey2 in the heart. To determine the expression pattern and the regulation of Hey2, we used novel methods including RNAscope and a Hey2 CreERT2 knockin line to precisely determine the spatiotemporal expression pattern and level of Hey2 during cardiac development...
February 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Tatsuya Kamimura, Toshiyuki Yamagishi, Yuji Nakajima
The origin of coronary endothelial cells (ECs) has been investigated in avian species, and the results showed that the coronary ECs originate from the proepicardial organ (PEO) and developing epicardium. Genetic approaches in mouse models showed that the major source of coronary ECs is the sinus venosus endothelium or ventricular endocardium. To clarify and reconcile the differences between avian and mouse species, we examined the source of coronary ECs in avian embryonic hearts. Using an enhanced green fluorescent protein-Tol2 system and fluorescent dye labeling, four types of quail-chick chimeras were made and quail-specific endothelial marker (QH1) immunohistochemistry was performed...
February 2, 2018: Development, Growth & Differentiation
Christopher Piorkowski, Arash Arya, Craig D Markovitz, Hedi Razavi, Chunlan Jiang, Stuart Rosenberg, Ole-A Breithardt, Sascha Rolf, Silke John, Jedrzej Kosiuk, Yan Huo, Michael Döring, Sergio Richter, Kyungmoo Ryu, Thomas Gaspar, Frits W Prinzen, Gerhard Hindricks, Philipp Sommer
PURPOSE: Cardiac disease frequently has a degenerative effect on cardiac pump function and regional myocardial contraction. Therefore, an accurate assessment of regional wall motion is a measure of the extent and severity of the disease. We sought to further validate an intra-operative, sensor-based technology for measuring wall motion and strain by characterizing left ventricular (LV) mechanical and electrical activation patterns in patients with normal (NSF) and impaired systolic function (ISF)...
January 31, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
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