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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339044/suppression-of-nuclear-factor-erythroid%C3%A2-2%C3%A2-related-factor-2%C3%A2-mediated-antioxidative-defense-in-the-lung-injury-induced-by-chronic-exposure-to-methamphetamine-in-rats
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Yang Bai, Yun Wang, Ming Liu, Yu-Han Gu, Bin Jiang, Xu Wu, Huai-Liang Wang
The imbalance between oxidative stress and antioxidant defense is important in the pathogenesis of lung diseases. Nuclear factor erythroid‑2‑related factor 2 (Nrf2) is a key transcriptional factor that regulates the antioxidant response. The purpose of the present study was to investigate whether Nrf2‑mediated antioxidative defense is involved in methamphetamine (MA)‑induced lung injury in rats. Following establishment of chronic MA toxicity in rats, Doppler ultrasonic detection was used to measure the changes of physiological indexes, followed by hematoxylin and eosin staining, ELISA and western blot analysis...
March 22, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337488/supercritical-carbon-dioxide-based-sterilization-of-decellularized-heart-valves
#2
Ryan S Hennessy, Soumen Jana, Brandon J Tefft, Meghana R Helder, Melissa D Young, Rebecca R Hennessy, Nicholas J Stoyles, Amir Lerman
OBJECTIVE: The goal of this research project encompasses finding the most efficient and effective method of decellularized tissue sterilization. BACKGROUND: Aortic tissue grafts have been utilized to repair damaged or diseased valves. Although, the tissues for grafting are collected aseptically, it does not eradicate the risk of contamination nor disease transfer. Thus, sterilization of grafts is mandatory. Several techniques have been applied to sterilize grafts; however, each technique shows drawbacks...
February 2017: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336789/percutaneous-therapy-for-tricuspid-regurgitation-a-new-frontier-for-interventional-cardiology
#3
Samir R Kapadia, Amar Krishnaswamy, E Murat Tuzcu
Functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is common, whether in association with mitral or aortic valve disease or presenting as an isolated valvular disease. Several studies have shown that TR is associated with poor patient outcomes, though a cause-and-effect relationship of TR to mortality has not been proven. Similarly the impact of surgical treatment of TR on outcomes needs well-controlled randomized trials that are under planning. The current professional society guidelines for treatment of TR are based on expert opinions with a level of evidence C for all indications...
March 23, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336153/quantification-and-comparison-of-the-mechanical-properties-of-four-human-cardiac-valves
#4
Thuy Pham, Fatiesa Sulejmani, Erica Shin, Di Wang, Wei Sun
OBJECTIVE: Although having the same ability to permit unidirectional flow within the heart, the four main valves-the mitral valve (MV), aortic (AV), tricuspid (TV) and pulmonary (PV) valves-experience different loading conditions; thus, they exhibit different structural integrity from one another. Most research on heart valve mechanics have been conducted mainly on MV and AV or an individual valve, but none quantify and compare the mechanical and structural properties among the four valves from the same aged patient population whose death was unrelated to cardiovascular disease...
March 20, 2017: Acta Biomaterialia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333429/multimodality-imaging-to-plan-and-guide-transcatheter-tricuspid-valve-interventions
#5
Edgard A Prihadi, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
Tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is a highly prevalent valvular heart disease. The natural history of untreated significant TR portends an unfavourable outcome, but only a minority of patients is currently referred for surgical treatment. Organic TR (caused by primary abnormality of the leaflets) is relatively infrequent whereas secondary or functional TR (caused by dilatation of the tricuspid annulus, right ventricle [RV] and right atrium) is the predominant mechanism. The success of transcatheter therapies for left valvular heart disease over the last decade, has fuelled similar development of novel transcatheter devices for the treatment of TR...
March 23, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329333/pre-and-postoperative-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-patients-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-importance-of-pre-operative-tricuspid-annulus-diameter
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Claire Dumont, Elena Galli, Emmanuel Oger, Maxime Fournet, Erwan Flecher, Christophe Leclercq, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Erwan Donal
Aims: Secondary tricuspid regurgitation (STR) is commonly found in patients with aortic stenosis and is associated with increased morbidity. The study sought to evaluate the prevalence of pre-operative STR and its progression after surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Also, it sought to analyse the predictors of post-operative changes in STR. Methods and results: We prospectively evaluated 116 patients (aged 75...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329159/concomitant-therapy-off-pump-coronary-revascularization-and-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#7
Samir Ahad, Kristina Wachter, Christian Rustenbach, Alina Stan, Stephan Hill, Tim Schäufele, Adrian Ursulescu, Ulrich F W Franke, Hardy Baumbach
OBJECTIVES: Significant coronary artery disease (CAD) is common among patients evaluated for transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Only little data exist on outcome of patients undergoing concomitant off-pump coronary revascularization and TAVI. The goal of this study was to analyse the impact of concomitant off-pump revascularization on early clinical outcome and 2-year follow-up of patients undergoing TAVI. METHODS: A total of 70 patients with significant CAD and aortic valve stenosis were included between January 2011 and January 2016...
March 10, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329135/low-target-inr-anticoagulation-is-safe-in-selected-aortic-valve-patients-with-the-medtronic-open-pivot-mechanical-prosthesis-long-term-results-of-a-propensity-matched-comparison-with-standard-anticoagulation
#8
Thierry Bové, Yves Van Belleghem, Katrien François, Frank Caes, Michel De Pauw, Yves Taeymans, Guido J Van Nooten
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the long-term results of a low international normalized ratio (INR)-anticoagulation program in selected patients after aortic valve replacement (AVR) with the Medtronic Open Pivot mechanical heart valve (OPMHV). METHODS: From January 1993 to December 2012, 909 OPMHV valves were used for single AVR. Patients with preserved sinus rhythm and left ventricular function (Low-INR, n  = 552), were managed to an INR of 1.5-2.5 and compared to patients (Standard-INR, n  = 357) treated with standard anticoagulation (INR 2...
March 2, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328585/mechanical-support-with-impella-during-malignant-arrhythmia-ablation-a-case-report-on-the-growing-trend-in-the-electrophysiology-laboratory
#9
Adam C Adler, Ramesh Kodavatiganti
Congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries is a rare form of congenital heart disease in which the persistence of the right ventricle as the systemic ventricle leads to heart failure, tricuspid valve insufficiency, and arrhythmia. Supraventricular arrhythmias are especially common in these patients. We discuss the anesthetic management of a 33-year-old patient with congenitally corrected transposition of the great arteries who required a ventricular assist device to maintain cardiac output during ablation of supraventricular tachyarrythmia...
March 17, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28326186/a-novel-col1a1-mutation-in-a-family-with-osteogenesis-imperfecta-associated-with-phenotypic-variabilities
#10
Toshiyuki Seto, Toshiyuki Yamamoto, Keiko Shimojima, Haruo Shintaku
Osteogenesis imperfecta (OI) is a heterogeneous disorder that is characterized by bone fragility and systemic complications, and is mainly caused by gene mutations in COL1A1 or COL1A2. A novel COL1A1 splicing mutation, c.750+2T>A, was identified in a Japanese OI family. Only the proband in this family showed various complications, such as heart valve diseases and severe scoliosis. The clinical heterogeneity in the family is discussed in this study.
2017: Human Genome Variation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325766/staphylococcal-%C3%AE-toxin-modulates-human-aortic-endothelial-cell-and-platelet-function-through-sphingomyelinase-and-biofilm-ligase-activities
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Alfa Herrera, Katarina Kulhankova, Vijay K Sonkar, Sanjana Dayal, Aloysius J Klingelhutz, Wilmara Salgado-Pabón, Patrick M Schlievert
Staphylococcus aureus causes many infections, such as skin and soft tissue, pneumonia, osteomyelitis, and infective endocarditis (IE). IE is an endovascular infection of native and prosthetic valves and the lining of the heart; it is characterized by the formation of cauliflower-like "vegetations" composed of fibrin, platelets, other host factors, bacteria, and bacterial products. β-Toxin is an S. aureus virulence factor that contributes to the microorganism's ability to cause IE. This cytolysin has two enzymatic activities: sphingomyelinase (SMase) and biofilm ligase...
March 21, 2017: MBio
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318815/the-role-of-cardiac-rehabilitation-in-patients-with-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Sean R McMahon, Philip A Ades, Paul D Thompson
Cardiac rehabilitation is a valuable treatment for patients with a broad spectrum of cardiac disease. Current guidelines support its use in patients after acute coronary syndrome, coronary artery bypass grafting, coronary stent placement, valve surgery, and stable chronic systolic heart failure. Its use in these conditions is supported by a robust body of research demonstrating improved clinical outcomes. Despite this evidence, cardiac rehabilitation referral and attendance remains low and interventions to increase its use need to be developed...
February 15, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317490/speculative-considerations-about-some-cardiology-enigmas
#13
Paulo Roberto Barbosa Evora, Andre Schmidt, Livia Arcêncio, José Antonio Marin-Neto
Write a review text or point-of-view that takes into account the interests, if not of all, but of most readers of a scientific journal is an arduous task. The editorial can be grounded in published articles, even in a single article of undeniable importance and, it can also represent a trend of specialty. Therefore, especially for the sake of the reader's motivation, the present text was freely designed to discuss some cardiology enigmas in the context of the heart valve and coronary artery disease (CAD). Concerning the CAD five well-known enigmas will be considered: 1) The absence of arteriosclerosis in intramyocardial coronary arteries; 2) The unique and always confirmed superior evolution of the left internal thoracic artery as a coronary graft; 3) The prophylactic left internal thoracic artery graft in mildly-stenosed coronary lesions, and; 4) The high incidence of perioperative atrial fibrillation (AF) in patients with CAD, and; 5) The handling of disease-free saphenous vein graft at the time of reoperation...
March 17, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316318/synchronous-open-heart-surgery-and-laparoscopic-cholecystectomy-an-observational-case-study-with-28-patients
#15
Mustafa Bilge Erdogan, Mehmet Kaplan, Hakki Kazaz, Bulent Salman
Acute cholecystitis (AC) may be a severe problem and may increase the mortality rate and hospital stay in patients who undergo open heart surgery (OHS), due to its aggressive course; therefore, AC should be treated as soon as possible. We aimed to present data on our synchronous cardiac and laparoscopic cholecystectomy (LC) operations performed for AC complicating patients with cardiac disease and who were waiting to undergo OHS. Between January 2008 and September 2014, we performed 2773 OHSs in Medical Park Gaziantep Hospital...
March 1, 2017: American Surgeon
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314700/structural-heart-disease-intervention-the-canadian-landscape
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Anita W Asgar, Eric Horlick, Kevin McKenzie, Neil Brass, Warren J Cantor, Albert Chan, Anthony Della Siega, Jean Francois Gobeil, Saleem Kassam, Michael P Love, Samer Mansour, Giuseppe Martucci, Najaf Nadeem, Madhu K Natarajan, Vernon Paddock, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Mouhieddin Traboulsi, James L Velianou, Robert C Welsh, David Wood, John G Webb
Cardiovascular disease encompasses coronary artery disease and valvular heart disease, and the prevalence of both increases with age. Over the past decade, the landscape of interventional cardiology has evolved to encompass a new set of percutaneous procedures outside the coronary tree, including transcatheter aortic valve implantation, transcatheter mitral valve repair, and left atrial appendage occlusion. These interventions have sparked a new discipline within interventional cardiology referred to as structural heart disease (SHD) intervention...
December 13, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306672/radiotherapy-chemotherapy-and-atherosclerosis
#17
San S Min, Anthony S Wierzbicki
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This article reviews the effects of radiotherapy and chemotherapy in promoting the progression of atherosclerosis in patients with cancer. RECENT FINDINGS: Radiotherapy is associated with an increase in the incidence of atherosclerosis with the effects being related to the site of irradiation and dose of radiotherapy. Cranial irradiation is associated with dyslipidaemia and the metabolic syndrome secondary to effect on growth hormone secretion...
March 16, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302746/current-interventional-and-surgical-management-of-congenital-heart-disease-specific-focus-on-valvular-disease-and-cardiac-arrhythmias
#18
Kimberly A Holst, Sameh M Said, Timothy J Nelson, Bryan C Cannon, Joseph A Dearani
Successful outcome in the care of patients with congenital heart disease depends on a comprehensive multidisciplinary team. Surgery is offered for almost every heart defect, despite complexity. Early mortality for cardiac surgery in the neonatal period is ≈10% and beyond infancy is <5%, with 90% to 95% of patients surviving with a good quality of life into the adult years. Advances in imaging have facilitated accurate diagnosis and planning of interventions and surgical procedures. Similarly, advances in the perioperative medical management of patients, particularly with intensive care, has also contributed to improving outcomes...
March 17, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302288/valvular-heart-disease-patients-on-edoxaban-or-warfarin-in-the-engage%C3%A2-af-timi-48-trial
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Raffaele De Caterina, Giulia Renda, Anthony P Carnicelli, Francesco Nordio, Marco Trevisan, Michele F Mercuri, Christian T Ruff, Elliott M Antman, Eugene Braunwald, Robert P Giugliano
BACKGROUND: The use of non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) instead of vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and coexisting valvular heart disease (VHD) is of substantial interest. OBJECTIVES: This study explored outcomes in patients with AF with and without VHD in the ENGAGE AF-TIMI 48 (Effective Anticoagulation with factor Xa Next Generation in Atrial Fibrillation-Thrombolysis In Myocardial Infarction 48) trial, comparing edoxaban with warfarin...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302287/non-vitamin-k-antagonist-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-valvular-heart-disease
#20
Giulia Renda, Fabrizio Ricci, Robert P Giugliano, Raffaele De Caterina
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart disease (VHD) and atrial fibrillation (AF) often coexist. Phase III trials comparing non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) with warfarin excluded patients with moderate/severe mitral stenosis or mechanical heart valves, but variably included patients with other VHD and valve surgeries. OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to determine relative safety and efficacy of NOACs in patients with VHD. METHODS: We performed a meta-analysis of the 4 phase III AF trials of the currently available NOACs versus warfarin in patients with coexisting VHD to assess pooled estimates of relative risk (RR) and 95% confidence intervals (CIs) for stroke/systemic embolic events (SSEE), major bleeding, intracranial hemorrhage (ICH), and all-cause death...
March 21, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
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