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Saamir A Hassan, Syed Wamique Yusuf, Jyoti Sharma, Jasmine Khan, Michele Guindani, Vicente Valero, Mariana Chavez-McGregor, Jose Banchs
OBJECTIVES: To identify unique echocardiographic features that could be used to reliably predict LVEF recovery upon resolution of sinus tachycardia in patients with cancer. BACKGROUND: Sinus tachycardia may be a manifestation of underlying cardiomyopathy or can lead to a reversible form of dilated cardiomyopathy known as tachycardia-mediated cardiomyopathy. While distinguishing the two can be challenging, predicting recovery regardless of cause can be of significant clinical importance in the cancer population...
October 21, 2016: Echocardiography
Seon Heui Lee, Jin Hyuk Hong, Kyoung Hee Cho, Jin-Won Noh, Hyun-Jai Cho
BACKGROUND: Bone marrow-derived cell therapy has been used to treat acute myocardial infarction. However, the therapeutic efficacy of this approach remains controversial. Here, we performed a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate short-term and long-term effectiveness of bone marrow-derived therapy. METHODS: We searched eight databases (Ovid-Medline, Ovid-EMBASE, Cochrane Library, KoreaMed, KMBASE, KISS, RISS, and KisTi) up to December 2014. Demographic characteristics, clinical outcomes, and adverse events were analyzed...
October 20, 2016: Stem Cell Research & Therapy
Marina Pieri, Alessandro Belletti, Fabrizio Monaco, Antonio Pisano, Mario Musu, Veronica Dalessandro, Giacomo Monti, Gabriele Finco, Alberto Zangrillo, Giovanni Landoni
BACKGROUND: In patients undergoing cardiac surgery, a reduced preoperative left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) is common and is associated with a worse outcome. Available outcome data for these patients address specific surgical procedures, mainly coronary artery bypass graft (CABG). Aim of our study was to investigate perioperative outcome of surgery on patients with low pre-operative LVEF undergoing a broad range of cardiac surgical procedures. METHODS: Data from patients with pre-operative LVEF ≤40 % undergoing cardiac surgery at a university hospital were reviewed and analyzed...
October 18, 2016: BMC Anesthesiology
Rafael Mesquita, Frits M E Franssen, Sarah Houben-Wilke, Nicole H M K Uszko-Lencer, Lowie E G W Vanfleteren, Yvonne M J Goërtz, Fabio Pitta, Emiel F M Wouters, Martijn A Spruit
BACKGROUND: It remains unknown whether and to what extent impaired left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) affects physical and psychological status in COPD. We aimed to compare health outcome measures between COPD patients with and without impaired LVEF after adjusting for age, sex, BMI and FEV1. METHODS: Impaired LVEF was defined as values <50%. 85 COPD patients with impaired LVEF and 85 COPD patients with normal LVEF were matched for sex, age, BMI and FEV1...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Peter Kruzliak, Alexander Berezin, Alexander Kremzer, Tatyana Samura, Roman Benacka, Ioana Mozos, Emmanuel Egom, Luis Rodrigo
BACKGROUND: Biomechanical stress and inflammatory biomarkers relate to global contractility dysfunction; however, adding these biomarkers into a risk model constructed on clinical data does not improve its prediction value in chronic heart failure (CHF). AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate whether biomarkers predict declining of left ventricular global contractility function in diabetic patients with ischemia-induced CHF. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The study retrospectively evolved 54 diabetic patients who had systolic or diastolic ischemia-induced CHF that was defined as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤45% or 46-55% respectively assessed by quantitative echocardiography and other conventional criteria according to current clinical guidelines...
September 1, 2016: Folia Medica
Hui Li, Jingbo Li, Xiaohong Zhou, Jianrong Zhao, Fengru Zhang, Liqun Wu, Hong Shen, Qing Wan, Jing Huang, Shungang Yang, Ping Wang
Heart failure patients have a high incidence of chronotropic incompetence (CI) that receives less clinical attention. This study assessed a method using wearable devices to identify CI in heart failure patients. Twenty-six heart failure patients (LVEF: 43.9  ±  5.7% with LVEF  ⩾40% in 19 patients; age: 52.8  ±  12.4 years, female patients  =  6) were enrolled. Each patient underwent symptom-limited treadmill maximal exercise testing during which the simultaneous recording of ECG Holter and physical activity using Actigraph was conducted...
October 18, 2016: Physiological Measurement
Tingyan Xu, Jingping Sun, Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Yan Yang, Xingsheng Yang, Yan Li, Cheuk-Man Yu, Jiguang Wang
OBJECTIVE: Hypertension (HTN) leads to left ventricular (LV) remodeling, which results in diastolic dysfunction in the presence of preserved ejection fraction (EF). The goal of this study was to explore the subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction and mechanism of preserved EF using layer-specific quantification of myocardial deformation in patients with HTN. DESIGN AND METHOD: The routine 2D (frame rate >50 Hz) data sets were acquired using GE E9 system in 120 hypertensive patients (73 male, 54 ± 13years, blood pressure = 165 ± 20/ 96 ± 117 mmHg) and 120 age and gender matched normal subjects (124 ± 9/80 ± 8mmHg)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Krasimira Hristova, Vera Bogdanova, Rumen Marinov
OBJECTIVE: Arterial hypertension (HTN) causes left ventricular (LV) dysfunction even if ejection function (EF) remains preserved. The objective of this study was to assess whether complex LAFI (left atrium functional index) had additional value in definition and grading of diastolic dysfunction and compare with indices of atrial deformation - longitudinal strain. DESIGN AND METHOD: Peak atrial longitudinal strain (PALS) was evaluated in 82 patients with systemic HTN and preserved EF (> = 55%) divided in 41 with diastolic dysfunction but no hypertrophy (HTNdd), and 41 with no diastolic dysfunction or hypertrophy (eHTN)...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mi-Seung Shin, Seong-Mi Park, Mi-Na Kim, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Kyung-Soon Hong, Myung-A Kim, Gil-Ja Shin, Wan-Joo Shim
OBJECTIVE: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and coronary atherosclerosis are common cardiac complications of hypertension. Previous studies have shown that LVH is associated with increased cardiovascular mortality, regardless of coronary artery disease. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the relationship between LVH and significant coronary arterial stenosis in hypertensive women with chest pain. DESIGN AND METHOD: One hundred ninety four hypertensive women with eligible data from the Korean women's chest pain registry (KoROSE) study were included...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Gennaro Giustino, Robert M A Van der Boon, Javier Molina-Martin de Nicolas, Nicolas Dumonteil, Alaide Chieffo, Peter P T de Jaegere, Didier Tchetche, Bertrand Marcheix, Damien Millischer, Romain Cassagneau, Didier Carrié, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Antonio Colombo
AIMS: We sought to evaluate the impact of permanent pacemaker (PPM) implantation on two-year mortality and one-year left ventricular ejection fraction recovery (∆LVEFR=one-year LVEF-baseline LVEF) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: We pooled patient-level data from four European institutions with significant TAVI volume. Outcomes were compared between patients without PPM (no-PPM), patients with PPM prior to TAVI (old-PPM) and patients with PPM implanted after TAVI (new-PPM)...
October 20, 2016: EuroIntervention
Onur Kaypakli, Mevlüt Koç, Gökhan Gözübüyük, Durmuş Yıldıray Şahin
AIM: CRT was shown to improve HF prognosis. But many patients do not benefit from CRT. Optimization of LV lead position to the latest activated LV area is important to increase CRT response. We aimed to detect the relationship between LV lead sensing delay and echocardiographic and electrocardiographic response to CRT treatment. METHODS: We prospectively included 156 consecutive patients with HF diagnosis, QRS≥120 ms, LBBB, NYHA II-IV, LVEF<35% and scheduled for CRT (100 male, 56 female; mean age 65...
October 18, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
Domenico Acanfora, Pietro Scicchitano, Gerardo Casucci, Bernardo Lanzillo, Nicola Capuano, Giuseppe Furgi, Chiara Acanfora, Marialaura Longobardi, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi, Giuseppe Piscosquito, Marco Matteo Ciccone
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the effect of exercise training on cardiac function in heart failure (HF) patients recently suffering from acute decompensation. Radionuclide ambulatory ventricular function monitoring (VEST) was used to detect variations in cardiac hemodynamics during training period. METHODS: This was a monocentric, randomized, controlled trial. We enrolled 72 HF patients [left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40%] within two weeks after acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema: 40 in the elderly group, 32 in the middle-aged group...
October 11, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Jiahong Wang, Lan Zhao, Jiarui Wei, Shaoheng Zhang, Nannan Chen, Dongxing Ding, Qunlin Gong, Feng Su, Jian Yan, Pengxiang Zheng
BACKGROUND: Various therapies have been used to improve the symptoms and prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. However, comparative studies showing more suitable choices for patients with ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) and who smoke cigarettes are lacking. METHODS: A total of 338 patients were divided into four groups according to whether they received complete revascularisation (CR), and/or underwent smoking cessation (SC). They were followed prospectively for 12 months...
September 26, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Guido Germano, Paul B Kavanagh, Terrence D Ruddy, R Glenn Wells, Yuan Xu, Daniel S Berman, Piotr J Slomka
OBJECTIVES: This paper investigates the ability of grouped quantification (an expression of the same-patient processing approach, or SPP) to improve repeatability of measurements in patients with multiple SPECT studies, and evaluates its performance compared to standard quantification in a population of 100 patients undergoing rest, stress, gated rest, and gated stress SPECT MPI. All acquisitions were performed twice, back-to-back, for a total of 800 image datasets (8 per patient). METHODS: Each dataset was automatically processed (a) independently, using standard quantitative software, and (b) as a group, together with the other 7 datasets belonging to the same patient, using an SPP-modified version of the software that registered the images to one another using a downhill simplex algorithm for the search of optimal translation, rotation, and scaling parameters...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Idan Roifman, Nilesh R Ghugre, Tasnim Vira, Mohammad I Zia, Anna Zavodni, Mihaela Pop, Kim A Connelly, Graham A Wright
BACKGROUND: Infarct heterogeneity, as assessed by determination of the peri-infarct zone (PIZ) by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, has been shown to be an independent predictor for the development of cardiac arrhythmias and mortality post myocardial infarction (MI). The temporal evolution of the PIZ post MI is currently unknown. Thus, the main objective of our study was to describe the temporal evolution of the PIZ over a 6 month time period in contemporarily managed ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients...
October 14, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Mingming Zhao, Caiyou Hu, Zhixin Wu, Yu Chen, Zhengming Li, Mingsheng Zhang
PURPOSE: To determine the effects of a new exercise training regimen, i.e. coordination and manipulation therapy (CMT), on motor, balance, and cardiac functions in patients with Parkinson disease (PD). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We divided 36 PD patients into the CMT (n = 22) and control (n = 14) groups. The patients in the CMT group performed dry-land swimming (imitation of the breaststroke) and paraspinal muscle stretching for 30 min/workday for 1 year. The control subjects did not exercise regularly...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Neuroscience
Dominik Buckert, Sebastian Kelle, Sebastian Buss, Grigorios Korosoglou, Rolf Gebker, Ralf Birkemeyer, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Hugo Katus, Burkert Pieske, Peter Bernhardt
BACKGROUND: Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) has become a diagnostic modality that allows for prognostic risk stratification in various cardiac diseases. CMR derived detection of myocardial necrosis by late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) and assessment of left ventricular functional parameters such as left-ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) have been proven to be significantly associated with outcome and prognosis. Our study focusses on the validation of specific thresholds for these parameters in a multi-center daily all-comers cohort of stable coronary artery disease (CAD) patients...
October 13, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
Santosh Kumar Sinha, Shalini Garg, Ramesh Thakur, Vinay Krishna, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Amit Goel, Mahamdula Razi, Umeshwar Pandey, Chandra Mohan Varma
BACKGROUND: The optimal timing of surgery in patients with chronic organic severe mitral regurgitation (MR) continues to be debated, especially for those who are asymptomatic. The aim of the study was to determine independent and additive prognostic value of exercise brain natriuretic peptide (eBNP) in patients with severe asymptomatic MR and normal left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: Two hundred twenty-three consecutive patients with severe MR defined by effective regurgitant orifice (ERO) area ≥ 40 mm(2) and/or residual volume ≥ 60 mL, LVEF > 60%, and normal LV end-systolic diameter < 40 mm underwent symptom limited exercise treadmill test (TMT)...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
Tatsuya Nishikawa, Masashi Fujino, Ikutaro Nakajima, Yasuhide Asaumi, Yu Kataoka, Toshihisa Anzai, Kengo Kusano, Teruo Noguchi, Yoichi Goto, Kunihiro Nishimura, Yoshihiro Miyamoto, Keisuke Kiso, Satoshi Yasuda
AIMS: The prognostic impact of chronic total coronary occlusion (CTO) on implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) recipients remains unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-four consecutive patients with ischaemic heart disease who received ICD therapy for primary or secondary prevention were analysed. We investigated all-cause mortality and major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) including cardiac death, appropriate device therapy, hospitalization for heart failure, and ventricular assist device implantation...
October 13, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Leonida Compostella, Nenad Lakusic, Nicola Russo, Tiziana Setzu, Caterina Compostella, Elia Vettore, Giambattista Isabella, Giuseppe Tarantini, Sabino Iliceto, Fabio Bellotto
BACKGROUND: Depressed heart rate variability (HRV) is usually considered a negative long-term prognostic factor after acute myocardial infarction. Anyway, most of the supporting research was conducted before the era of immediate reperfusion by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Main aim of this study was to evaluate if HRV still retains prognostic significance in our era of immediate PCI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Two weeks after STEMI treated by primary PCI, time-domain HRV was assessed from 24-h Holter recordings in 186 patients: markedly depressed HRV (SDNN <70ms or <50ms) was present in 16% and in 5% of cases, respectively; patients with left ventricle ejection fraction (LVEF) <40% presented more often SDNN values in the lowest quartile...
September 23, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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