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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036116/hmgb1-down-regulation-mediates-terameprocol-vascular-anti-proliferative-effect-in-experimental-pulmonary-hypertension
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Rita Nogueira-Ferreira, Manuel J Ferreira-Pinto, Ana Filipa Silva, Rui Vitorino, Joana Justino, Raquel Costa, Daniel Moreira-Gonçalves, Jean-François Quignard, Thomas Ducret, Jean-Pierre Savineau, Adelino F Leite-Moreira, Rita Ferreira, Tiago Henriques-Coelho
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a progressive disease with a poor prognosis. Pulmonary artery smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) play a crucial role in PAH pathophysiology, displaying a hyperproliferative and apoptotic-resistant phenotype. In the present study, we evaluated the potential therapeutic role of terameprocol (TMP), an inhibitor of cellular proliferation and promoter of apoptosis, in a well-established pre-clinical model of PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT) and studied the biological pathways modulated by TMP in PASMCs...
December 30, 2016: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011832/a-feasibility-study-of-arrhythmia-risk-prediction-in-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Dongdong Deng, Hermenegild J Arevalo, Adityo Prakosa, David J Callans, Natalia A Trayanova
AIM: To predict arrhythmia susceptibility in myocardial infarction (MI) patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)  >35% using a personalized virtual heart simulation approach. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of four contrast enhanced magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) datasets of patient hearts with MI and average LVEF of 44.0 ± 2.6% were used in this study. Because of the preserved LVEF, the patients were not indicated for implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD) insertion...
December 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28011796/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-patients-with-end-stage-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Ammar M Killu, Jae-Yoon Park, Jaskanwal D Sara, David O Hodge, Bernard J Gersh, Rick A Nishimura, Samuel J Asirvatham, Christopher J McLeod
AIMS: A dilated/end-stage phase of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is rare but well-recognized. The role for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in this subset of patients remains unexplored. We aimed to clarify the impact of bi-ventricular pacing CRT in dilated/end-stage HCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: The Mayo Clinic HCM database was interrogated to identify patients with ejection fraction (EF) <50% and CRT. Control subjects were identified in 1:1 manner...
December 23, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28000309/utilization-of-permanent-his-bundle-pacing-for-management-of-pro-arrhythmia-related-to-bi-ventricular-pacing
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Aamir Sofi, Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, S Serge Barold, Bengt Herweg
Biventricular pacing has occasionally been associated with ventricular pro-arrhythmia which at times can be refractory to conventional antiarrhythmic drug therapy and ablative intervention. Recently, permanent His bundle pacing has emerged as a reasonable alternative to right ventricular and biventricular pacing. In addition, by maintaining the physiologic pattern of ventricular electrical activation it is less likely to be arrhythmogenic. We here report the use of permanent His-bundle pacing to manage ventricular pro-arrhythmia that developed after initiation of biventricular pacing and was unresponsive to antiarrhythmic and ablative therapy...
December 20, 2016: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904846/complete-congenital-heart-block-in-a-neonate-with-a-complex-congenital-heart-defect-in-africa
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Clovis Nkoke, Edvine Yonta Wawo, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Larissa Makamte, Sandrine Dikosso Edie, Flore Esiene Balana
Congenital heart block (CHB) is rare disorder that has a higher mortality when associated with structural congenital heart defects. Very few cases have been reported in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We present a case of complete CHB associated with a complex congenital heart defect in a neonate in Cameroon. A 1-month-old neonate in Cameroon was referred for the evaluation of bradycardia. The obstetrical ultrasound done during pregnancy revealed fetal bradycardia without further evaluation. Clinical examination showed well a developed neonate with bradycardia at 62 beats/minute, and mild cyanosis with oxygen saturation at 93% at room air...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885998/bi-ventricular-finite-element-model-of-right-ventricle-overload-in-the-healthy-rat-heart
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Fulufhelo Masithulela
BACKGROUND: The recognition of RV overpressure is critical to human life, as this may signify morbidity and mortality. Right ventricle (RV) dysfunction is understood to have an impact on the performance of the left ventricle (LV), but the mechanisms remain poorly understood. It is understood that ventricular compliance has the ability to affect cardiac performance. In this study, a bi-ventricular model of the rat heart was used in preference to other, single-ventricle models. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the bi-ventricular model provides important information on the function of the healthy heart...
November 25, 2016: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27756409/ventricular-structure-in-arvc-going-beyond-volumes-as-a-measure-of-risk
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Kristin McLeod, Samuel Wall, Ida Skrinde Leren, Jørg Saberniak, Kristina Hermann Haugaa
BACKGROUND: Altered right ventricular structure is an important feature of Arrhythmogenic Right Ventricular Cardiomyopathy (ARVC), but is challenging to quantify objectively. The aim of this study was to go beyond ventricular volumes and diameters and to explore if the shape of the right and left ventricles could be assessed and related to clinical measures. We used quantifiable computational methods to automatically identify and analyse malformations in ARVC patients from Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance (CMR) images...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27721863/long-term-results-after-surgical-treatment-of-ebstein-s-anomaly-a-30-year-experience
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Min-Seok Kim, Hong-Gook Lim, Woong Han Kim, Jeong Ryul Lee, Yong Jin Kim
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study is to evaluate the long-term results after a surgical repair of Ebstein's anomaly. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Forty-eight patients with Ebstein's anomaly who underwent open heart surgery between 1982 and 2013 were included. Median age at operation was 5.6 years (1 day-42.1 years). Forty-five patients (93.7%) demonstrated tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation of less than moderate degree. When the patients were divided according to Carpentier's classification, types A, B, C, and D were 11, 21, 12, and 4 patients, respectively...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27710875/biventricular-transient-systolic-dysfunction-after-mitral-valve-replacement-pericardial-decompression-syndrome
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Sebnem Albeyoglu, Mustafa Aldag, Ufuk Ciloglu, Hakan Kutlu, Sabri Dagsali
BACKGROUND: Pericardial decompression syndrome is defined as paradoxical hemodynamic instability, left ventricular or bi ventricular systolic dysfunction and pulmonary edema after pericardial fluid drainage. Pericardial Decompression Syndrome is an unexpected clinical scenario with an incidence less than 5% in all surgically or percutaneously managed pericardial tamponade patients. The aim of this manuscript was to describe a case with cardiac tamponade in whom acute biventricular heart failure and pulmonary edema developed after surgical creation of a pericardial window, and to discuss this case in light of the literature...
September 30, 2016: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27704512/what-prognosis-for-ebstein-s-anomaly-without-surgery-hassan-ii-teaching-hospital-experience
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Moumouni Garba, Samir Atmani, Rabiou Sani, Kaled Adamou Nouhou
Background From the first description in 1886, significant progress was made on the treatment of Ebstein disease by mono and bi-ventricular surgery. Aim To highlight the prognosis of Ebstein's anomaly in the pediatric department of Hassan II hospital in Fez. Methods This is a descriptive and retrospective study of 4 years. Results We collected nine patients (seven boys and two girls) with a mean age of 5.3 years. Cyanosis was the main mode of revelation of the disease. In three patients Ebstein's anomaly was part of a malformative syndrome...
April 2016: La Tunisie Médicale
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27535805/bi-ventricular-interplay-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-detection-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance
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Atsushi Noguchi, Masaru Kato, Michihito Kono, Kazumasa Ohmura, Hiroshi Ohira, Ichizo Tsujino, Noriko Oyama-Manabe, Kenji Oku, Toshiyuki Bohgaki, Tetsuya Horita, Shinsuke Yasuda, Masaharu Nishimura, Tatsuya Atsumi
OBJECTIVES: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) associated with systemic sclerosis (SSc) has a poor prognosis compared to PAH associated with other connective tissue diseases (CTD). The objective of this study was to examine the difference in hemodynamic state between SSc-PAH and other CTD-PAH by performing cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. METHODS: A single center retrospective analysis was conducted comprising 40 consecutive CTD patients who underwent right heart catheterization and CMR at the same period from January 2010 to October 2015...
August 18, 2016: Modern Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27437150/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-coexisting-with-acute-pericarditis-and-myocardial-bridge
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Seyed Hashem Sezavar, Neda Toofaninejad, Shokoufeh Hajsadeghi, Hassan Riahi Beni, Reza Ghanavati, Marjan Hajahmadi, Morteza Hassanzadeh
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TCM) is a stress-induced cardiomyopathy that occurs primarily in postmenopausal women. It mimics clinical picture of acute coronary syndrome with nonobstructive coronary arteries and a characteristic transient left (or bi-) ventricular apical ballooning at angiography. The exact pathogenesis of TCM is not well recognized. Hereby we present an unusual case of TCM that presents with signs and symptoms of acute pericarditis and was also found to have a coexisting coronary muscle bridge on coronary angiography...
2016: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27258229/costs-and-outcomes-in-the-care-of-bi-ventricular-support-as-a-bridge-to-cardiac-transplant
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Michael F Swartz, Ron Angona, Karen Smith, Franca Kraenzlin, Christine M Stypula, Devang Joshi, Vakhtang Tchantchaleishvili, George L Hicks, H Todd Massey
Bi-ventricular (Bi-V) mechanical circulatory support is commonly used as a bridge to cardiac transplant. However, the optimal strategy is unknown. We examined the outcomes, as well as the costs in the use of Bi-V support as a bridge to cardiac transplant. From 2001 to 2014, three different Bi-V support strategies were utilized: 1) Para-corporeal ventricular assist device (PVAD-2001-2006), 2) Heartmate II left ventricular assist device in conjunction with a temporary CentriMag right ventricular assist device (HMII + CMAG-2006-2012), and the total artificial heart (TAH-2012-2014)...
September 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27084370/transitory-ventricular-tachycardia-associated-with-influenza-a-infection-of-cardiac-conduction-tissue
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Andrea Frustaci, Nicola Petrosillo, Giuseppe Ippolito, Cristina Chimenti
PURPOSE: To describe the influence of cardiac conduction tissue infection by Influenza A virus. METHODS AND RESULTS: A 54-year-old man with non-sustained ventricular tachycardia underwent noninvasive and invasive cardiac studies including left ventricular endomyocardial biopsy (LVEMB). Non-invasive studies showed normal cardiac parameters with no signal abnormalities. LVEMB revealed an influenza virus focal myocarditis with inflammatory infiltration of conduction tissue...
June 2016: Infection
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27052930/successful-treatment-of-near-fatal-fulminant-myocarditis-using-bi-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Seiko Nakajima, Osamu Seguchi, Tomoyuki Fujita, Hiroki Hata, Kizuku Yamashita, Takuma Sato, Haruki Sunami, Masanobu Yanase, Norihide Fukushima, Junjiro Kobayashi, Takeshi Nakatani
Fulminant myocarditis is a rare but fatal serious disease that may cause prolonged native cardiac dysfunction with multiorgan failure despite temporary mechanical circulatory support with percutaneous venoatrial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA-ECMO) or intraaortic balloon pumping (IABP). A 26-year-old man with fulminant myocarditis developed life-threatening multiorgan failure after 8 days support by VA-ECMO and IABP. He was transferred to our institution with prolonged cardiac dysfunction on hospital day 8; massive pulmonary edema developed into severe pulmonary dysfunction...
September 2016: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26919699/multi-scale-deep-networks-and-regression-forests-for-direct-bi-ventricular-volume-estimation
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Xiantong Zhen, Zhijie Wang, Ali Islam, Mousumi Bhaduri, Ian Chan, Shuo Li
Direct estimation of cardiac ventricular volumes has become increasingly popular and important in cardiac function analysis due to its effectiveness and efficiency by avoiding an intermediate segmentation step. However, existing methods rely on either intensive user inputs or problematic assumptions. To realize the full capacities of direct estimation, this paper presents a general, fully learning-based framework for direct bi-ventricular volume estimation, which removes user inputs and unreliable assumptions...
May 2016: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26888809/-value-of-a-novel-categorization-of-congenital-double-outlet-right-ventricle-on-guiding-the-choice-of-surgical-approaches
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Kunjing Pang, Hong Meng, Hao Wang, Shengshou Hu, Zhongdong Hua, Xiangbin Pan, Shoujun Li
OBJECTIVE: To explore the feasibility and value of a new categorization of double outlet right ventricular (DORV) on guiding the optimal choices of surgical approaches. METHODS: Five hundred and twenty one DORV patients diagnosed by echocardiography, angiocardiography and CT at Fuwai Hospital from May 2003 to September 2014 were enrolled in this retrospective study. Congenital DORV was categorized according to three basic factors as follows: the positional relationships of great arteries (normal relation or abnormal relation), the relationships of the ventricular septal defect (VSD) to the great arteries (committed VSD or remote VSD), the presence or absence of pulmonary outflow tract obstruction (POTO)...
November 2015: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26748729/generating-purkinje-networks-in-the-human-heart
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Francisco Sahli Costabal, Daniel E Hurtado, Ellen Kuhl
The Purkinje network is an integral part of the excitation system in the human heart. Yet, to date, there is no in vivo imaging technique to accurately reconstruct its geometry and structure. Computational modeling of the Purkinje network is increasingly recognized as an alternative strategy to visualize, simulate, and understand the role of the Purkinje system. However, most computational models either have to be generated manually, or fail to smoothly cover the irregular surfaces inside the left and right ventricles...
August 16, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26736775/multi-modal-data-fusion-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-planning-and-assistance
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Sophie Bruge, Antoine Simon, Mathieu Lederlin, Julian Betancur, Alfredo Hernandez, Erwan Donal, Christophe Leclercq, Mireille Garreau
Cardiac Resynchronization Therapy (CRT) has been validated as an efficient treatment for selected patients suffering from heart failure with cardiac dyssynchrony. In case of bi-ventricular stimulation, the response to the therapy may be improved by an optimal choice of the left ventricle (LV) pacing sites. The characterization of LV properties to select the best candidate sites and to precise their access modes would be useful for the clinician in pre- and per-operative stages. For that purpose, we propose a new pre-operative analysis solution integrating previously developed multi-modal data registration methods and a new segmentation process of their coronary venous access...
2015: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/26702279/von-willebrand-factor-in-patients-on-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-double-edged-sword-between-bleeding-and-thrombosis
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REVIEW
Bartosz Hudzik, Jacek Kaczmarski, Jerzy Pacholewicz, Michal Zakliczynski, Mariusz Gasior, Marian Zembala
Mechanical circulatory support (MCS) is an umbrella term describing the various technologies used in both short- and long-term management of patients with either end-stage chronic heart failure (HF) or acute HF. Most often, MCS has emerged as a bridge to transplantation, but more recently it is also used as a destination therapy. Mechanical circulatory support includes left ventricular assist device (LVAD) or bi-ventricular assist device (Bi-VAD). Currently, 2- to 3-year survival in carefully selected patients is much better than with medical therapy...
September 2015: Kardiochirurgia i Torakochirurgia Polska, Polish Journal of Cardio-Thoracic Surgery
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