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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699071/microvascular-dysfunction-in-infiltrative-cardiomyopathies
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Ornella Rimoldi, Francesco Maranta
Infiltrative heart diseases are characterized by myocardial tissue alterations leading to mechanical dysfunction which in turn develops into bi-ventricular congestive heart failure. Also the coronary microvasculature undergoes significant remodeling and dysfunction. The effects of the unbalance of the mechanical cross-talk between cardiac muscle and vessels and of the impairment of vasodilatory function can be measured non-invasively by means of positron emission tomography and cardiac magnetic resonance.
July 11, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28693641/arterial-switch-operation-in-patients-with-transposition-and-a-left-sided-aorta
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Sachin Talwar, Robert H Anderson, Pradeep Ramakrishnan, Amolkumar Bhoje, Saurabh Gupta, Shiv Kumar Choudhary, Balram Airan
OBJECTIVES: Arterial switch operation is the treatment of choice in infants with transposed arterial trunks. It is technically challenging to perform in patients having usual atrial arrangement and concordant atrioventricular connections but having a left-sided aorta. Correction in this setting requires surgical expertise and precision. Here we review our experience with such patients. METHODS: Between January, 2002 and October, 2013, the arterial switch operation was performed in 20 patients in the combination emphasised above...
July 11, 2017: Cardiology in the Young
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611676/autonomic-modulation-in-patients-with-heart-failure-increases-beat-to-beat-variability-of-ventricular-action-potential-duration
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Bradley Porter, Martin J Bishop, Simon Claridge, Jonathan Behar, Benjamin J Sieniewicz, Jessica Webb, Justin Gould, Mark O'Neill, Christopher A Rinaldi, Reza Razavi, Jaswinder S Gill, Peter Taggart
Background: Exaggerated beat-to-beat variability of ventricular action potential duration (APD) is linked to arrhythmogenesis. Sympathetic stimulation has been shown to increase QT interval variability, but its effect on ventricular APD in humans has not been determined. Methods and Results: Eleven heart failure patients with implanted bi-ventricular pacing devices had activation-recovery intervals (ARI, surrogate for APD) recorded from LV epicardial electrodes under constant RV pacing. Sympathetic activity was increased using a standard autonomic challenge (Valsalva) and baroreceptor indices were applied to determine changes in sympathetic stimulation...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28577159/biventricular-thrombosis-in-biventricular-stress-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Luisa De Gennaro, Massimo Ruggiero, Sergio Musci, Francesco Tota, Domenica De Laura, Manuela Resta, Nicola Locuratolo, Francesco Santoro, Natale Daniele Brunetti, Pasquale Caldarola
Endo-ventricular thrombosis represents a possible clinical complication of stress(takotsubo)-cardiomyopathy (SC). Depressed ventricular systolic ventricular function, localized left ventricular (LV) dyskinesis, but also an increased pro-thrombotic state induced by catecholamine surge may facilitate the occurrence of endovascular thrombosis in SC. SC, however, may also present as right ventricular (RV) dysfunction or even as biventricular ballooning. Ventricular thrombosis may therefore theoretically occur in either ventricles or both...
August 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433947/maximum-likelihood-estimation-of-cardiac-fiber-bundle-orientation-from-arbitrarily-spaced-diffusion-weighted-images
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Andreas Nagler, Cristóbal Bertoglio, Christian T Stoeck, Sebastian Kozerke, Wolfgang A Wall
We propose an estimation scheme for local fiber bundle direction in the left ventricle directly from gray values of arbitrarily spaced cardiac diffusion weighted images (DWI). The approach is based on a parametric and space-dependent mathematical representation of the myocardial fiber bundle orientation and hence the diffusion tensor (DT) for the ventricular geometry. By solving a nonlinear inverse problem derived from a maximum likelihood estimator, the degrees of freedom of the fiber and DT model can be estimated from the measured gray values of the DWIs...
April 4, 2017: Medical Image Analysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28416247/adaptive-crt-in-patients-with-normal-av-conduction-and-left-bundle-branch-block-does-qrs-duration-matter
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Hiro Yamasaki, Daniel Lustgarten, Jeffrey Cerkvenik, David Birnie, Maurizio Gasparini, Kathy Lia-Fun Lee, Yukio Sekiguchi, Niraj Varma, Bernd Lemke, Randall C Starling, Kazutaka Aonuma
BACKGROUND: Adaptive cardiac resynchronization therapy (aCRT) is a dynamic optimization algorithm which paces only the left ventricle (LV) when atrio-ventricular (AV) conduction is normal, thus reducing right ventricular (RV) pacing. However, the impact of QRS duration on aCRT efficacy remains uncertain. We examined whether QRS duration impacts aCRT effectiveness in patients with left bundle branch block (LBBB) and preserved AV conduction. METHODS: Randomized patients in the Adaptive CRT trial, which enrolled NYHA III/IV patients, were used in this analysis...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407744/global-bi-ventricular-endocardial-distribution-of-activation-rate-during-long-duration-ventricular-fibrillation-in-normal-and-heart-failure-canines
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Qingzhi Luo, Qi Jin, Ning Zhang, Yanxin Han, Yilong Wang, Shangwei Huang, Changjian Lin, Tianyou Ling, Kang Chen, Wenqi Pan, Liqun Wu
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to detect differences in the distribution of the left and right ventricle (LV & RV) activation rate (AR) during short-duration ventricular fibrillation (SDVF, <1 min) and long-duration ventricular fibrillation VF (LDVF, >1 min) in normal and heart failure (HF) canine hearts. METHODS: Ventricular fibrillation (VF) was electrically induced in six healthy dogs (control group) and six dogs with right ventricular pacing-induced congestive HF (HF group)...
April 13, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269196/characterization-of-patient-specific-biventricular-mechanics-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-hyperelastic-warping
#8
Hua Zou, Xiaodan Zhao, Xi Ce, Lik Chuan Lee, Martin Genet, Yi Su, Rusan Tan, Liang Zhong
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is considered as a major public health problem. Traditionally, HFPEF is diagnosed based on a "normal" EF, but the studies have explored the potential role of left ventricular mechanics. Furthermore, right ventricular mechanics and bi-ventricular interaction in HFPEF is currently not well understood. In this study, we aim to develop a framework using a hyperelastic warping approach to quantify bi-ventricular and septum strains from cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255679/computational-parametric-studies-investigating-the-global-hemodynamic-effects-of-applied-apical-torsion-for-cardiac-assist
#9
Elaine Soohoo, Lewis K Waldman, Dennis R Trumble
Healthy hearts have an inherent twisting motion that is caused by large changes in muscle fiber orientation across the myocardial wall and is believed to help lower wall stress and increase cardiac output. It was demonstrated that applied apical torsion (AAT) of the heart could potentially treat congestive heart failure (CHF) by improving hemodynamic function. We report the results of parametric computational experiments where the effects of using a torsional ventricular assist device (tVAD) to treat CHF were examined using a patient-specific bi-ventricular computational model...
June 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227426/characterization-of-patient-specific-biventricular-mechanics-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-hyperelastic-warping
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Hua Zou, Xiaodan Zhao, Xi Ce, Lik Chuan Lee, Martin Genet, Yi Su, Rusan Tan, Liang Zhong, Hua Zou, Xiaodan Zhao, Xi Ce, Lik Chuan Lee, Martin Genet, Yi Su, Rusan Tan, Liang Zhong, Rusan Tan, Martin Genet, Hua Zou, Lik Chuan Lee, Yi Su, Liang Zhong, Xiaodan Zhao, Xi Ce
Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF) is considered as a major public health problem. Traditionally, HFPEF is diagnosed based on a "normal" EF, but the studies have explored the potential role of left ventricular mechanics. Furthermore, right ventricular mechanics and bi-ventricular interaction in HFPEF is currently not well understood. In this study, we aim to develop a framework using a hyperelastic warping approach to quantify bi-ventricular and septum strains from cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) images...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28150069/influence-of-gender-on-right-ventricle-adaptation-to-endurance-exercise-an-ultrasound-two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-stress-study
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Maria Sanz-de la Garza, Geneviève Giraldeau, Josefa Marin, Gonzalo Grazioli, Montserrat Esteve, Luigi Gabrielli, Carlos Brambila, Laura Sanchis, Bart Bijnens, Marta Sitges
BACKGROUND: Characteristic right ventricle (RV) remodelling is related to endurance exercise in male athletes (MAs), but data in female athletes (FAs) are scarce. Our aim was to evaluate sex-related influence on exercise-induced RV remodelling and on RV performance during exercise. METHODS: Forty endurance athletes (>10 training hours/week, 50% female) and 40 age-matched controls (<3 h moderate exercise/week, 50% female) were included. Echocardiography was performed at rest and at maximum cycle-ergometer effort...
March 2017: European Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28104482/device-pacing-diagnostics-overestimate-effective-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-pacing-results-of-the-holter-for-efficacy-analysis-of-crt-ol%C3%A3-crt-study
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Antonio Hernández-Madrid, Domenico Facchin, Ruth Nicholson Klepfer, Subham Ghosh, Roberto Matía, Javier Moreno, Alessandro Locatelli
BACKGROUND: A high percentage of biventricular (BiV) or left ventricular (LV) pacing in cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) devices has been associated with superior clinical outcomes. However, the percent ventricular (%V) pacing reported by CRT devices simply indicates the number of paces the device has delivered and not the proportion of pacing that has captured the LV effectively. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to determine whether a beat-by-beat evaluation of effective pacing would provide a more accurate evaluation of CRT delivery...
April 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
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-proarrhythmia-related-to-biventricular-pacing
#16
Aamir Sofi, Pugazhendhi Vijayaraman, S Serge Barold, Bengt Herweg
Biventricular pacing has occasionally been associated with ventricular proarrhythmia, 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 report the use of permanent His-bundle pacing to manage ventricular proarrhythmia 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
#17
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
#18
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
#19
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
#20
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
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