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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28432078/effect-of-4-5-6-7-8-tetrahydro-5-5-8-8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl-carbamoyl-benzoic-acid-am80-on-alveolar-regeneration-in-adiponectin-deficient-mice-showing-a-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease-like-pathophysiology
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Hitomi Sakai, Michiko Horiguchi, Tomomi Akita, Chihiro Ozawa, Mai Hirokawa, Yuki Oiso, Harumi Kumagai, Yoshito Takeda, Isao Tachibana, Norikazu Maeda, Chikamasa Yamashita
Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is an intractable pulmonary disease that causes widespread and irreversible alveolar collapse. Although COPD occurs worldwide, only symptomatic therapy is currently available. The objective of the present study was the development of therapeutic agents to eradicate COPD. Therefore, we focused on 4-[(5,6,7,8-tetrahydro-5,5,8,8-tetramethyl-2-naphthalenyl) carbamoyl] benzoic acid (Am80), which is a derivative of all-trans retinoic acid. We evaluated the effects of Am80 on alveolar repair in a novel COPD model of adiponectin-deficient mice...
April 21, 2017: Journal of Pharmacology and Experimental Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431475/validation-of-the-essen-stroke-risk-score-in-different-subtypes-of-ischemic-stroke
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Yi Liu, Yongjun Wang, William A Li, Aoshuang Yan, Yilong Wang
OBJECTIVE: Predictive scores are important tools for stratifying patients based on their risk of future vascular events and for selecting preventive therapies. The aim of this study is to validate the Essen Stroke Risk Score (ESRS) for stratifying stroke recurrence in different subtypes of non-atrial fibrillation ischemic stroke in a large Chinese cohort. METHODS: Data were derived from the Blood pressure and clinical Outcome in Stroke Survivors registry, which includes a cohort of 2204 stroke patients...
April 21, 2017: Neurological Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429136/is-there-an-alternative-treatment-for-patients-intolerant-to-antiplatelet-therapy-if-percutaneous-left-atrial-appendage-closure-is-considered
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F Akca, N J Verberkmoes, S E Verstraeten, C van Laar, B P van Putte, A H M van Straten
INTRODUCTION: Left atrial appendage (LAA) closure has become of major interest for patients with atrial fibrillation intolerant to oral anticoagulation therapy (OAC). Patients with a contraindication to both OAC and antiplatelet therapy are not eligible for percutaneous LAA closure. We aimed to find an alternative treatment for these specific patients. METHODS: From March 2014 until December 2015 five patients were referred for percutaneous LAA closure. Alternative treatment was necessary due to an absolute contraindication to OAC and antiplatelet therapy (n = 4) or after previous failed percutaneous device implantation (n = 1)...
April 20, 2017: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28413114/left-atrial-appendage-thrombi-relate-to-easily-accessible-clinical-parameters-in-patients-undergoing-atrial-fibrillation-transcatheter-ablation-a-multicenter-study
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Matteo Anselmino, Lucia Garberoglio, Sebastiano Gili, Emanuele Bertaglia, Giuseppe Stabile, Raffaella Marazzi, Sakis Themistoclakis, Franceso Solimene, Simone Frea, Walter Grosso Marra, Mara Morello, Marco Scaglione, Roberto De Ponti, Fiorenzo Gaita
BACKGROUND: Transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) is routinely performed before atrial fibrillation (AF) transcatheter ablation to exclude the presence of left atrial (LA) or LA appendage (LAA) thrombi. The aim of the study is to evaluate if easily accessible clinical parameters may relate to the presence of LA or LAA thrombi to identify patients who could potentially avoid TEE. METHODS AND RESULTS: Between January 2012 and September 2014, data from 1539 consecutive patients undergoing TEE, as a work-up before AF transcatheter ablation, in six large volume centers were collected...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409845/procedural-success-and-intra-hospital-outcome-related-to-left-atrial-appendage-morphology-in-patients-that-receive-an-interventional-left-atrial-appendage-closure
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Christian Fastner, Michael Behnes, Benjamin Sartorius, Annika Wenke, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Uzair Ansari, Ishar-Singh Gill, Martin Borggrefe, Ibrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: The interventional left atrial appendage (LAA) closure represents an emerging alternative to oral anticoagulation for stroke prevention in certain atrial fibrillation patients. Preliminary results have suggested high procedural success rates and fewer peri-interventional complications; however, there persists an insufficient understanding of the role of many underlying confounding variables (e.g., anatomical characteristics). HYPOTHESIS: It was investigated whether varying LAA morphologies influence procedural success as well as in-hospital outcome...
April 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28401455/what-is-the-appropriate-lesion-set-for-ablation-in-patients-with-persistent-atrial-fibrillation
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REVIEW
Jorge Romero, Carola Gianni, Andrea Natale, Luigi Di Biase
Special attention must be paid to detect, diagnose, and optimize management of reversible or treatable causes of long-standing persistent atrial fibrillation (LSPAF) such as obesity, obstructive sleep apnea (OSA), hypertension, hypo or hyperthyroidism, inflammatory and infectious diseases, and stress. Though, we strongly believe that the role of the pulmonary veins (PVs) is more pronounced in paroxysmal atrial fibrillation (AF) than in persistent AF, performing an adequate pulmonary vein isolation is still key in LSPAF...
May 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394753/atrial-fibrillation-relationship-between-left-atrial-pressure-and-left-atrial-appendage-emptying-determined-with-velocity-encoded-cardiac-mr-imaging
#7
Sung Ho Hwang, Seung Young Roh, Jaemin Shim, Jong-Il Choi, Young-Hoon Kim, Yu-Whan Oh
Purpose To investigate the relationship between left atrial appendage (LAA) blood flow determined with cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging and left atrial pressure (LAP) estimated from invasive catheter measurements in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Materials and Methods This retrospective study was approved by the institutional review board, and patients provided written informed consent. Seventy-seven patients with AF (mean age, 57.8 years ± 9.8; range, 31-76 years) underwent cardiac MR imaging and catheter-based measurement of LAP, sequentially...
April 10, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387822/differences-in-the-structural-characteristics-and-distribution-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue-between-left-and-right-atrial-fibrillation
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Hideyuki Hasebe, Kentaro Yoshida, Masataka Iida, Naoki Hatano, Toshiro Muramatsu, Akihiko Nogami, Kazutaka Aonuma
Aims: Right atrial (RA) fibrillation (RAF) was previously characterized by initiation from RA ectopies, presence of a right-to-left dominant frequency gradient during atrial fibrillation (AF), and augmentation of the gradient by adenosine triphosphate infusion. We investigated structural characteristics of the bi-atria and epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume in patients with RAF. Methods and results: By using multidetector computed tomography, RA, left atrial (LA), right and LA appendage (RAA and LAA, respectively) volumes, pulmonary vein (PV) sizes, and EAT volumes were compared between the RAF group (n = 8) and LA fibrillation (LAF) group (n = 32)...
April 6, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28384566/impact-of-genetic-changes-pathogenicity-and-antigenicity-on-enterovirus-a71-vaccine-development
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REVIEW
Pinn Tsin Isabel Yee, Chit Laa Poh
Enterovirus-A71 (EV-A71) is an etiological agent of the hand, foot and mouth disease (HFMD). EV-A71 infection produces high fever and ulcers in children. Some EV-A71 strains produce severe infections leading to pulmonary edema and death. Although the protective efficacy of the inactivated vaccine (IV) was ≥90% against mild HFMD, there was approximately 80% protection against severe HFMD. The monovalent EV-A71 IV elicits humoral immunity but lacks long-term immunogenicity. Spontaneous mutations of the EV-A71 genome could lead to antigenicity changes and the virus may not be neutralized by antibodies elicited by the IV...
April 3, 2017: Virology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369643/epicardial-clip-occlusion-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-during-cardiac-surgery-provides-optimal-surgical-results-and-long-term-stability%C3%A2
#10
Vojtech Kurfirst, Aleš Mokrácek, Júlia Canádyová, Radim Frána, Petr Zeman
OBJECTIVES: Occlusion of the left atrial appendage (LAA) has become an integral and important part of the surgical treatment of atrial fibrillation. Different methods of surgical occlusion of the LAA have been associated with varying levels of short- and long-term success for closure. The purpose of this study was to evaluate long-term results of epicardial placement and endocardial occlusion in patients undergoing cardiac operative procedures. METHODS: A total of 101 patients (average age 65...
March 27, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28368849/first-in-man-percutaneous-laa-closure-with-an-amplatzer-amulet-and-triguard-embolic-protection-device-in-a-patient-with-laa-thrombus
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Francesca Del Furia, Marco B Ancona, Francesco Giannini, Richard J Jabbour, Damiano Regazzoli, Antonio Mangieri, Azeem Latib, Antonio Colombo, Matteo Montorfano
Percutaneous left atrial appendage (LAA) closure is currently utilized for the prophylaxis of thromboembolic cerebrovascular accidents in patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation. The presence of LAA thrombus is usually considered a contraindication for the procedure, since there is a high risk of thrombus embolization. While reports in the literature have shown the feasibility of LAA closure in the presence of LAA thrombus with certain cerebral embolic protection devices, we present the first-in-man LAA closure of a patient with LAA thrombus using the TriGuard Embolic Protection Device...
April 2017: Journal of Invasive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364953/comparison-of-morphologic-features-and-flow-velocity-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-among-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-alone-transient-ischemic-attack-and-cardioembolic-stroke
#12
Yonggu Lee, Hwan-Cheol Park, Youkyung Lee, Soon-Gil Kim
The left atrial appendage (LAA) is a major source of emboli responsible for cardioembolic stroke (CES). We hypothesized that there could be differences in the morphologic and functional features of LAAs among patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) alone, patients with cardioembolic transient ischemic attack (CETIA), and patients with CES. Patients with AF and CETIA/CES were included in either a CETIA group or a CES group. Patients with AF without past histories of stroke were included in an AF/non-CVA (cerebrovascular accident) group...
March 19, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28364691/incidence-of-seizures-following-initial-ischemic-stroke-in-a-community-based-cohort-the-framingham-heart-study
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Maria Stefanidou, Rohit R Das, Alexa S Beiser, Banu Sundar, Margaret Kelly-Hayes, Carlos S Kase, Orrin Devinsky, Sudha Seshadri, Daniel Friedman
PURPOSE: We examined the incidence of seizures following ischemic stroke in a community-based sample. METHODS: All subjects with incident ischemic strokes in the Framingham Original and Offspring cohorts between 1982 and 2003 were identified and followed for up to 20 years to determine incidence of seizures. Seizure-type was based on the 2010 International League Against Epilepsy (ILAE) classification. Disability was stratified into mild/none, moderate and severe, based on post-stroke neurological deficit documentation according to the Framingham Heart Study (FHS) protocol and functional status was determined using the Barthel Index...
April 2017: Seizure: the Journal of the British Epilepsy Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28357448/-electrical-isolation-of-the-left-atrial-appendage-benefits-and-risks
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B Bellmann, R R Tilz, A Rillig
The left atrial appendage (LAA) is an extension originating from the body of the left atrium. The LAA is derived from the primary atrium and shows anatomical and physiological deviations from the left atrium. Different LAA morphologies exist. The LAA is not only the most frequent origin of intracardiac thrombi, it also frequently shows triggers responsible for the initiation or maintenance of atrial tachyarrhythmia and atrial fibrillation (AF). Isolation of the LAA using radiofrequency energy in addition to isolation of the pulmonary vein has recently gained importance due to the potential for increasing the clinical success rates, particularly in patients with persistent and long-standing persistent AF; however, after LAA isolation the incidence of LAA thrombi and systemic thromboembolisms might be increased even under treatment with oral anticoagulants, depending on the ablation strategy used...
March 29, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28346478/association-of-enos-and-cav-1-gene-polymorphisms-with-susceptibility-risk-of-large-artery-atherosclerotic-stroke
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Hann-Yeh Shyu, Ming-Hua Chen, Yi-Hsien Hsieh, Jia-Ching Shieh, Ling-Rong Yen, Hsiao-Wei Wang, Chun-Wen Cheng
Endothelial nitric oxide synthase (eNOS) is localized in caveole and has important effects on caveolar coordination through its interaction with caveolin-1 (Cav-1), which supports normal functioning of vascular endothelial cells. However, the relationship between genotypic polymorphisms of e-NOS and Cav-1 genes and ischemic stroke (IS) remains lesser reported. This hospital-based case-control study aimed to determine the genetic polymorphisms of the eNOS (Glu298Asp) and Cav-1 (G14713A and T29107A) genes in association with susceptibility risk in patients who had suffered from a large artery atherosclerotic (LAA) stroke...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342337/nice-guys-homozygocity-for-the-tph2-703g-t-rs4570625-minor-allele-promotes-low-aggressiveness-and-low-anxiety
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Kariina Laas, Evelyn Kiive, Jarek Mäestu, Mariliis Vaht, Toomas Veidebaum, Jaanus Harro
BACKGROUND: Tryptophan hydroxylase (TPH) is the rate-limiting enzyme in the synthesis of serotonin. We examined whether the TPH2 polymorphism -703G/T (rs4570625) is associated with aggressiveness and impulsivity, and the prevalence of psychiatric disorders, in a population-representative sample. METHODS: We used self and proxy reports on aggressive behaviour in the younger birth cohort of the longitudinal Estonian Children Personality, Behaviour and Health Study collected at age 25, and earlier collected impulsivity and related data of both ECPBHS cohorts...
March 19, 2017: Journal of Affective Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340073/left-atrial-appendage-isolation-in-addition-to-pulmonary-vein-isolation-in-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-one-year-clinical-outcome-after-cryoballoon-based-ablation
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Hikmet Yorgun, Ugur Canpolat, Duygu Kocyigit, Cem Çöteli, Banu Evranos, Kudret Aytemir
Aims: In this study, we sought to evaluate the safety and efficacy of cryoballoon (CB) based empirical left atrial appendage (LAA) isolation as an adjunct to pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) compared to the PVI-only strategy in patients with persistent AF. Objectives: Clinical outcomes of catheter ablation were less beneficial for persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) than paroxysmal AF. Methods and results: A total of 100 consecutive patients with persistent AF underwent both PVI and additional LAA isolation using CB (Group II)...
March 9, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303634/novel-integrated-3d-multidetector-computed-tomography-and-fluoroscopy-fusion-for-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-procedures
#18
A K Roy, J Horvilleur, B Cormier, M Cazalas, L Fernandez, M Patane, A Neylon, M Spaziano, F J Sawaya, T Arai, E Bouvier, T Hovasse, T Lefèvre, B Chevalier, P Garot
OBJECTIVES: This report demonstrates the application and feasibility of novel 3D-MDCT real-time fusion technology with fluoroscopy, for left atrial appendage (LAA) occlusion procedures. BACKGROUND: A successful LAA occlusion procedure relies on multiple imaging modalities, including TEE or 3D-MDCT, and fluoroscopy. Effectively integrating these imaging modalities may improve implantation safety and success. To our knowledge this technique has not been previously described for LAA occlusions...
March 17, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28295609/serum-galectin-3-level-as-a-marker-of-thrombogenicity-in-atrial-fibrillation
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Duygu Kocyigit, Kadri Murat Gurses, Muhammed Ulvi Yalcin, Hande Canpinar, Ugur Canpolat, Banu Evranos, Hikmet Yorgun, Necla Ozer, Dicle Guc, Kudret Aytemir
BACKGROUND: Left atrial appendage flow velocity (LAAFV) and presence of spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) have been reported to be predictors of thromboembolism in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients. Galectin-3 is a biomarker reflecting pro-inflammatory status, whose role in AF has recently drawn attention, particularly in persistent AF population. AIM: In this study we aimed to investigate the association between serum galectin-3 levels and echocardiographic predictors of thromboembolism in persistent AF patients...
March 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Laboratory Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28293114/novel-stroke-risk-reduction-in-atrial-fibrillation-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-with-a-focus-on-the-watchman-closure-device
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REVIEW
Arash Alipour, Lisette I S Wintgens, Martin J Swaans, Jippe C Balt, Benno J W M Rensing, Lucas V A Boersma
Atrial fibrillation (AF) remains an important clinical problem with severe complications such as stroke, which especially harms those with risk factors as calculated by the CHADS2 or CHA2DS2-VASc. Until now, no therapy has proven 100% effective against AF. Since the left atrial appendage (LAA) is the most prominent nonvalvular AF-related thromboembolic source and (novel) oral anticoagulant [(N)OAC] carries the hazard of bleeding, LAA occlusion may be an alternative, especially in patients who are ineligible for (N)OAC therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
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