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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540919/myocardial-performance-index-for-patients-with-overt-and-subclinical-hypothyroidism
#1
Aziz Karabulut, Abdullah Doğan, Alpaslan Kemal Tuzcu
BACKGROUND Hypothyroid has several effects on the cardiovascular system. Global myocardial performance index (MPI) is used in assessment of both left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function. We compared MPI in hypothyroidism patients vs. normal control subjects. MATERIAL AND METHODS Eighty-two hypothyroid patients were divided into 2 groups: a subclinical hypothyroid (SH) group (n=50), and an overt hypothyroid (OH) group (n=32). The healthy control group (CG) constituted of 37 patients. TSH, FT3, and FT4, anti-TPO, anti-TG, insulin, lipid values, and fasting glucose levels were studied...
May 25, 2017: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28540215/myocardial-flow-reserve-mfr-with-positron-emission-tomography-pet-computed-tomography-ct-clinical-impact-in-diagnosis-and-prognosis
#2
REVIEW
Maria Cecilia Ziadi
In recent years, radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using positron emission tomography/computed tomography (PET/CT) has emerged as a robust tool for the diagnosis, risk stratification and management of patients with known or established coronary artery disease (CAD). Cardiac PET/CT imaging affords key advantages compared to single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) that encompass: (I) improved diagnostic accuracy; (II) decreased radiation exposure due to the utilization of short-lived radiopharmaceuticals, and importantly; (III) the ability to quantify noninvasively myocardial blood flow (MBF) in absolute terms, that is in ml per minute per gram of tissue...
April 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28539250/target-residence-time-guided-optimization-on-ttk-kinase-results-in-inhibitors-with-potent-anti-proliferative-activity
#3
Joost C M Uitdehaag, Jos de Man, Nicole Willemsen-Seegers, Martine B W Prinsen, Marion A A Libouban, Jan Gerard Sterrenburg, Joeri J P de Wit, Judith R F de Vetter, Jeroen A D M de Roos, Rogier C Buijsman, Guido J R Zaman
The protein kinase TTK (Mps1) is a critical component of the spindle assembly checkpoint and a promising drug target for treatment of aggressive cancers, such as triple negative breast cancer. While the first TTK inhibitors have entered clinical trials, little is known about how the inhibition of TTK with small molecule compounds affects cellular activity. We studied the selective TTK inhibitor NTRC 0066-0, which was developed in our own laboratory, together with eleven TTK inhibitors developed by other companies, including Mps-BAY2b, BAY 1161909, BAY 1217389 (Bayer), TC-Mps1-12 (Shionogi), and MPI-0479605 (Myrexis)...
May 21, 2017: Journal of Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28537039/investigation-of-dose-reduction-in-cardiac-perfusion-spect-via-optimization-and-choice-of-the-image-reconstruction-strategy
#4
Albert Juan Ramon, Yongyi Yang, P Hendrik Pretorius, Piotr J Slomka, Karen L Johnson, Michael A King, Miles N Wernick
BACKGROUND: We investigated the extent to which the administered dose (activity) level can be reduced without sacrificing diagnostic accuracy for three reconstruction strategies for SPECT-myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). METHODS: We optimized the parameters of the three reconstruction strategies for perfusion-defect detection over a range of simulated administered dose levels using a set of hybrid studies (derived from 190 subjects) consisting of clinical SPECT-MPI data modified to contain realistic simulated lesions...
May 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28536897/validation-of-myocardial-perfusion-quantification-by-dynamic-ct-in-an-ex-vivo-porcine-heart-model
#5
Gert Jan Pelgrim, Marco Das, Sjoerd van Tuijl, Marly van Assen, Frits W Prinzen, Marco Stijnen, Matthijs Oudkerk, Joachim E Wildberger, Rozemarijn Vliegenthart
To test the accuracy of quantification of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) using computed tomography (CT) in ex-vivo porcine models. Five isolated porcine hearts were perfused according to Langendorff. Hearts were perfused using retrograde flow through the aorta and blood flow, blood pressure and heart rate were monitored throughout the experiment. An inflatable cuff was placed around the circumflex (Cx) artery to create stenosis grades which were monitored using a pressure wire, analysing perfusion at several fractional flow reserve values of 1...
May 23, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533929/does-ischemic-burden-on-stress-testing-influence-patient-survival-in-subjects-with-known-severe-multi-vessel-cad
#6
Shey Mukundan, Mark I Travin, Jeffrey M Levsky, Matthew P Liakos, Daniel M Spevack
BACKGROUND: Ischemic burden observed during stress testing has been postulated to predict prognosis irrespective of anatomic atherosclerotic burden observed on angiography. However, it is not known if the stress test result influences the long-term prognosis of subjects with diffuse coronary artery disease. We sought to determine the prognostic importance of stress test false negativity amongst patients with severe multi-vessel coronary artery disease (CAD) undergoing stress testing in the previous decade...
2017: American Journal of Cardiovascular Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28532199/determination-of-the-fetal-myocardial-performance-index-in-women-with-gestational-impaired-glucose-tolerance-and-to-assess-whether-this-parameter-is-a-possible-prognostic-indicator-of-adverse-fetal-outcome
#7
Ismail Bhorat, Morgan Pillay, Tarylee Reddy
AIM: The aim of this study was to investigate if the myocardial performance index (MPI) is altered in fetuses in women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance (GIGT), controlled on diet and whether this parameter is also predictive of adverse outcome in this group, as in poorly controlled gestational diabetes. METHOD: In a prospective cross-sectional study thirty two women with gestational impaired glucose tolerance on diet in the 3(rd) trimester were recruited and matched with 32 women with normal pregnancies (control group)...
May 22, 2017: Journal of Maternal-fetal & Neonatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526976/how-to-achieve-patient-centered-testing-role-of-the-protocol-nurse
#8
Patricia N Salimi, Joelyn B Niggel, Friederike K Keating
INTRODUCTION: Patient-centered cardiac testing is predicated on choosing the right test for the right patient. We studied the effects of changing from script-driven scheduling to nurse-driven protocoling of stress tests. METHODS AND RESULTS: A protocol nurse reviewed records before scheduling and communicated with patients and ordering providers if needed. We found that instituting nurse protocolling of all non-imaging (ETT) and nuclear (MPI) stress tests (N = 3071) resulted in protocol changes in 37% of our patients, and reduced the proportion of tests that could not be performed as scheduled by 56% and cancelations by 71% (P < 0...
May 19, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514347/-clinical-and-diagnostic-rationale-for-the-final-stage-of-orthodontic-treatment
#9
O V Dudnik, A A Mamedov, A M Dybov, V V Kharke
The aim of the study was to improve the efficiency of the final stage of orthodontic treatment. The study included 32 patients divided into two groups of 16. Orthodontic treatment was performed using a bracket system active self-ligation straight arc technique with step adjustment anthropometric quantitative evaluation system (The ABO Model Grading System). Centric occlusion and centric relation were analyzed at baseline and after treatment by mandible position indicator MPI (Mandibular Position Indicator)...
2017: Stomatologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510727/alternative-splicing-in-the-c-terminal-tail-of-cav2-1-is-essential-for-preventing-a-neurological-disease-in-mice
#10
Tomonori Aikawa, Takaki Watanabe, Taisuke Miyazaki, Takayasu Mikuni, Minoru Wakamori, Miyano Sakurai, Hidenori Aizawa, Nobutaka Ishizu, Masahiko Watanabe, Masanobu Kano, Hidehiro Mizusawa, Kei Watase
Alternative splicing (AS) that occurs at the final coding exon (exon 47) of the Cav2.1 voltage-gated calcium channel (VGCC) gene produces two major isoforms in the brain, MPI and MPc. These isoforms differ in their splice acceptor sites; human MPI is translated into a polyglutamine tract associated with spinocerebellar ataxia type 6 (SCA6), whereas MPc splices to an immediate stop codon, resulting in a shorter cytoplasmic tail.To gain insight into the functional role of the AS in vivo and whether modulating the splice patterns at this locus can be a potential therapeutic strategy for SCA6, here we created knockin mice that exclusively express MPc by inserting the splice-site mutation...
May 16, 2017: Human Molecular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28508270/the-impact-of-combined-cardiopulmonary-exercise-testing-and-spect-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-on-downstream-evaluation-and-management
#11
Georgios Christopoulos, John Bois, Thomas G Allison, Martin Rodriguez-Porcel, Panithaya Chareonthaitawee
OBJECTIVE: The diagnostic yield of combined cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET) and myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in patients referred for stress testing has received limited study. METHODS: We evaluated consecutive patients who underwent combined CPET-MPI at a single tertiary referral center between 2011 and 2015. An abnormal CPET was defined as any of the following: reduced oxygen consumption, cardiac output impairment, or pulmonary impairment. Normal MPI was defined as the absence of resting or stress perfusion defect...
May 15, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497191/evaluation-of-the-coronary-circulation-and-calcification-in-children-on-regular-hemodialysis
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Mohammed Al-Biltagi, Maher Ahmed Abd ElHafez, Doaa Mohamed El Amrousy, Mohamed El-Gamasy, Hesham El-Serogy
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study was to evaluate the coronary circulation and calcification in children with end-stage renal disease (ESRD) on hemodialysis. METHODS: A total of 50 children with ESRD and 50 healthy controls were enrolled in the study. Cardiac functions and coronary blood flow were evaluated with conventional and tissue Doppler echocardiography. Coronary artery calcification (CAC) was evaluated using high-resolution multidetector computed tomography (CT)...
May 11, 2017: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28495181/assessment-of-left-ventricular-function-with-tissue-doppler-echocardiography-and-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#13
Isa Oner Yüksel, Sakir Arslan, Goksel Cagirci, Erkan Koklu, Cagin M Ureyen, Nermin Bayar, Selcuk Kucukseymen, Gorkem Kus, Ramazan Guven
INTRODUCTION: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is an emerging minimally invasive treatment modality in high surgical risk or inoperable patients. AIM: The aim of this study was to ascertain the effect of TAVI on left ventricular (LV) systolic and diastolic function and serum B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels in high surgical risk or inoperable patients with severe aortic stenosis. METHODS: Fifty-five patients were included in our retrospective study...
May 8, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28494294/quantifying-the-impact-of-climate-change-on-crop-yield-and-water-footprint-of-rice-in-the-nam-oon-irrigation-project-thailand
#14
Sangam Shrestha, Ranju Chapagain, Mukand S Babel
Northeast Thailand makes a significant contribution to fragrant and high-quality rice consumed within Thailand and exported to other countries. The majority of rice is produced in rainfed conditions while irrigation water is supplied to rice growers in the dry season. This paper quantifies the potential impact of climate change on the water footprint of rice production using the DSSAT (CERES-Rice) crop growth model for the Nam Oon Irrigation Project located in Northeast Thailand. Crop phenology data was obtained from field experiments and used to set up and validate the CERES-Rice model...
May 8, 2017: Science of the Total Environment
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28493201/nuclear-cardiology-practice-in-spain
#15
Amelia Jimenez-Heffernan, Santiago Aguade-Bruix, Irene Casans-Tormo
BACKGROUND: In Spain, nuclear cardiology (NC) procedures represent the second most frequently performed studies in nuclear medicine (NM) centers. METHODS: The NC Working Group of the Spanish Society of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging invited NM departments across the country to answer an online questionnaire regarding 2014 activity. RESULTS: Data on 40,161 patients from 42 centers were collected. The responding public centers served 39% of Spain´s population...
May 10, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28490354/dual-time-point-myocardial-18-f-fdg-imaging-in-the-detection-of-coronary-artery-disease
#16
Ke-Fei Dou, Xiao-Jin Gao, Bo-Qia Xie, Yan Li, Zuo-Xiang He, Min-Fu Yang
BACKGROUND: Myocardial (18)F-deoxyglucose ((18)F-FDG) uptake has been observed to be enhanced in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD) under fasting conditions. However, whether the increased (18)F-FDG is induced by myocardial ischemia and how to discriminate ischemic from physiological (18)F-FDG uptake have rarely been investigated. METHODS: Under fasting conditions, (18)F-FDG PET imaging was performed in 52 patients with suspected CAD. Two (18)F-FDG imaging sessions were conducted within two hours after a single administration of (18)F-FDG (dual-time-point imaging), and with an intervention of an exercise test after the first imaging...
May 10, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28489691/optimal-injected-dose-ratio-of-a-very-rapid-1-day-protocol-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-with-cadmium-zinc-telluride-single-photon-emission-tomography-simulation-and-phantom-study
#17
Minako Shinjyo, Maho Naniwa, Narumi Kubo, Yoshihiro Nishimura, Keisuke Kiso, Kazuki Fukuchi
OBJECTIVE: Cadmium-zinc-telluride detectors enable shorter acquisition durations in myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI), but the time interval of sequential scanning is still unchanged in clinical practice. We designed a very rapid 1-day protocol of MPI using cadmium-zinc-telluride single-photon emission tomography and evaluated the optimal dose ratio between two scanning acquisitions by means of simulations and phantom experiments. METHODS: We intended to perform a 1-day MPI within 140 min and simulate radioactivities in the second scan under various injected dose ratios...
May 9, 2017: Nuclear Medicine Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28484986/validation-of-a-clinical-pathway-to-assess-asymptomatic-renal-transplant-candidates-using-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#18
Rami Doukky, Ibtihaj Fughhi, Tania Campagnoli, Marwan Wassouf, Michael Kharouta, Aviral Vij, Chiedozie Anokwute, Andrew Appis, Amjad Ali
BACKGROUND: An AHA/ACCF scientific statement proposed 8 risk factors to assess the need for noninvasive coronary artery disease (CAD) surveillance in asymptomatic patients undergoing evaluation for kidney transplantation. The clinical application of these risk factors and the role of noninvasive testing in this context have not been defined. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively followed a cohort of 581 consecutive kidney transplant recipients of whom 401 had pre-transplant radionuclide myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and 90 had pre-transplant coronary angiography...
May 8, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28475259/regadenoson-versus-dipyridamole-a-comparison-of-the-frequency-of-adverse-events-in-patients-undergoing-myocardial-perfusion-imaging
#19
Kallie A Amer, Jeff R Hurren, Stephanie B Edwin, Gerald Cohen
STUDY OBJECTIVE: To compare the frequency of adverse events in patients undergoing myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with either regadenoson or dipyridamole. DESIGN: Single-center, retrospective cohort study. SETTING: Large community teaching hospital. PATIENTS: A total of 568 adults who underwent single-photon emission tomography MPI with either regadenoson (284 patients) or dipyridamole (284 patients) as a vasodilator agent, following an institution conversion from regadenoson to dipyridamole in the MPI protocol on July 15, 2013, for cost-saving purposes...
May 5, 2017: Pharmacotherapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28469688/significance-of-abnormal-myocardial-perfusion-scans-in-candidates-for-orthotopic-liver-transplantation
#20
Atefe Esmaili, Saeed Farzanefar, Alireza Emami-Ardakani, Mehrshad Abbasi
Background: The implications of cardiac risk stratification before orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT) are not well established. We studied the usefulness of myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) in this scenario. Methods: MPI data of 24 patients (9 females), candidates of OLT, were collected. They underwent MPI as part of their preoperative risk assessment. MPIs were interpreted by 2 nuclear physicians, who had access to clinical data, scan, and semi-quantification results (i.e., quantitative perfusion single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) [QPS] and quantitative gated SPECT [QGS])...
January 2017: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
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