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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28533915/mechanisms-of-ecg-signs-in-chronic-obstructive-pulmonary-disease
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Marte Strømsnes Larssen, Kjetil Steine, Janne Mykland Hilde, Ingunn Skjørten, Christian Hodnesdal, Knut Liestøl, Knut Gjesdal
OBJECTIVE: Patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) often have abnormal ECGs. Our aim was to separate the effects on ECG by airway obstruction, emphysema and right ventricular (RV) afterload in patients with COPD. METHODS: A cross-sectional study was performed on 101 patients with COPD without left heart disease and 32 healthy age-matched controls. Body mass index (BMI) was measured, and pulmonary function tests, ECG, echocardiography and right heart catheterisation (only patients) were performed...
2017: Open Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526082/proof-of-concept-non-invasive-estimation-of-peripheral-venous-oxygen-saturation
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Musabbir Khan, Chris G Pretty, Alexander C Amies, Joel Balmer, Houda E Banna, Geoffrey M Shaw, J Geoffrey Chase
BACKGROUND: Pulse oximeters continuously monitor arterial oxygen saturation. Continuous monitoring of venous oxygen saturation (SvO2) would enable real-time assessment of tissue oxygen extraction (O2E) and perfusion changes leading to improved diagnosis of clinical conditions, such as sepsis. METHODS: This study presents the proof of concept of a novel pulse oximeter method that utilises the compliance difference between arteries and veins to induce artificial respiration-like modulations to the peripheral vasculature...
May 19, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28522763/aortic-arch-compliance-and-idiopathic-unilateral-vocal-fold-paralysis
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Reza Behkam, Kara E Roberts, Andrew J Bierhals, M Eileen Jacobs, Julia D Edgar, Randal C Paniello, Gayle Woodson, Jonathan P Vande Geest, Julie M Barkmeier-Kraemer
Unilateral vocal fold paralysis (UVP) occurs related to recurrent laryngeal nerve (RLN) impairment associated with impaired swallowing, voice production, and breathing functions. The majority of UVP cases occur subsequent to surgical intervention with approximately 12-42% having no known cause for the disease (i.e., idiopathic). Approximately 2/3 of those with UVP exhibit left-sided injury with the average onset at 50 years of age or older in those diagnosed as idiopathic. Given the association between the RLN and the subclavian and aortic arch vessels, we hypothesized that changes in vascular tissues would result in increased aortic compliance in idiopathic left-sided UVP patients compared to those without UVP...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520751/-do-it-yourself-home-blood-pressure-as-a-predictor-of-traditional-and-everyday-cognition-in-older-adults
#4
Sophie E Yeung, Wendy Loken Thornton
BACKGROUND: Hypertension guidelines recommend home blood pressure (HBP) monitoring in adjunct to office blood pressure (OBP) for its greater reproducibility and prognostic utility in the prevention of cardiovascular outcomes, especially stroke. To date, the relationship between HBP and cognitive function remains unexplored. METHODS: We examined HBP as a cognitive predictor in a multi-ethnic group of community-dwelling adults aged 60 and over (N = 133) using neuropsychological measures and analyzed the data using multiple regression analyses...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28514116/changes-in-main-pulmonary-artery-diameter-during-follow-up-have-prognostic-implications-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Adriano R Tonelli, Scott Johnson, Laith Alkukhun, Ruchi Yadav, Raed A Dweik
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: A dilated pulmonary artery (PA) is a common finding in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Little is known on the variations in PA size over time and whether these changes track with disease severity and/or predict long-term survival. METHODS: We included patients with PAH who had at least two computed tomography (CT) scans of the chest done on different visits. Both scans matched the use of i.v. contrast. RESULTS: Pairs of CT scans were compared in 113 PAH patients...
May 17, 2017: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28497394/embolic-effects-of-bletilla-striata-microspheres-in-renal-artery-and-transplanted-vx2-liver-tumor-model-in-rabbits
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Shi-Hua Luo, Song-Lin Song, Chuan-Sheng Zheng, Wei-Yong Li, Yong Wang, Xiang-Wen Xia, Gan-Sheng Feng
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the characteristics of Bletilla striata microspheres (BSMs) and its effects as an embolic agent in a rabbit model. METHODS: BSMs were prepared with an emulsifification-cool condensation-chemical cross-linking method. The characteristics of BSMs in vitro were observed. Embolization experiments were performed in renal artery of rabbit and in a rabbit liver VX2 carcinoma model. Seventy-two New Zealand rabbits were divided into 2 groups, and the right renal artery was embolized with BSMs (200 μm in diameter) in the experimental group and with polyvinyl alcohol (PVA) of the same size in the control group...
May 11, 2017: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28496539/efficacy-and-safety-of-direct-acting-oral-anticoagulants-use-in-acute-portal-vein-thrombosis-unrelated-to-cirrhosis
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Filipe Nery, Diana Valadares, Sara Morais, Manuel Teixeira Gomes, Andrea De Gottardi
In acute portal vein thrombosis (APVT) unrelated to cirrhosis, anticoagulant therapy is classically started with low molecular weight heparin or vitamin K antagonists. New direct-acting oral anticoagulants (DOACs) are used in the treatment of venous thrombosis outside the splanchnic vascular bed, but not in the latter. We report a young female with APVT occurring in a non-cirrhotic liver linked to heterozygosity of factor V-Leiden and prothrombin G20210A gene mutations. Rivaroxaban was started, with total recanalization of the left and partial recanalization of the right portal vein branches, without complications...
April 2017: Gastroenterology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28485324/a-novel-porcine-model-of-septic-shock-induced-by-acute-respiratory-distress-syndrome-due-to-methicillin-resistant-staphylococcus-aureus
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Shuo Wang, Jun-Yu Wang, Tao Wang, Chen-Chen Hang, Rui Shao, Chun-Sheng Li
BACKGROUND: Sepsis is one of the main causes of mortality in critically ill patients following progression to septic shock. To investigate the pathophysiologic changes of sepsis, we developed a novel porcine model of septic shock induced by acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) due to methicillin-resistant Staphylococcus aureus(MRSA) pneumonia. METHODS: Twenty-six male Landraces (Lvyuanweiye, Beijing, China) weighing 30 ± 2 kg were divided into four groups: sham group (SH; n = 5); cotton smoke inhalation group (SM; n = 6); MRSA pneumonia group (MR; n = 6); and septic shock group with cotton smoke inhalation + MRSA pneumonia (SS; n = 9)...
May 20, 2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28483153/vascular-endothelial-growth-factor-prevents-endothelial-to-mesenchymal-transition-in%C3%A2-hypertrophy
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Ben M-W Illigens, Alejandra Casar Berazaluce, Dimitrios Poutias, Robert Gasser, Pedro J Del Nido, Ingeborg Friehs
BACKGROUND: In hypertrophy, progressive loss of function caused by impaired diastolic compliance correlates with advancing cardiac fibrosis. Endothelial cells contribute to this process through endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition (EndMT) resulting from inductive signals such as transforming growth factor (TGF-β). Vascular endothelial growth factor (VEGF) has proven effective in preserving systolic function and delaying the onset of failure. In this study, we hypothesize that VEGF inhibits EndMT and prevents cardiac fibrosis, thereby preserving diastolic function...
May 5, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28482627/improvement-of-pulmonary-arterial-compliance-and-further-pulmonary-hemodynamic-effects-of-serelaxin-in%C3%A2-a%C3%A2-sheep-model
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René Schiffner, Juliane Reiche, Martin Schmidt, Christian Jung, Sebastian Walther, Andrey Irintchev, Sabine J Bischoff
BACKGROUND: The influence of the recombinant form of human relaxin-2 (serelaxin) on pulmonary hemodynamics under physiologic conditions have not been the subject of studies in an animal model up until now. METHODS: We therefore utilised the large animal model sheep, convenient in its similar cardiovascular physiology, to investigate said influence. All animals underwent right heart catheterization, a safe and reliable invasive procedure for the assessment of pulmonary hemodynamics, and then received either 30μg/kg serelaxin (n = 11) or saline (n = 13)...
May 2, 2017: Clinical Hemorheology and Microcirculation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467013/biomimetic-coating-of-crosslinked-gelatin-to-improve-mechanical-and-biological-properties-of-electrospun-pet-a-promising-approach-for-small-caliber-vascular-graft-applications
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Daniele Pezzoli, Elisa Cauli, Pascale Chevallier, Silvia Farè, Diego Mantovani
Electrospun PET (ePET) is a promising material for small caliber vascular graft applications owing to its tunable mechanical properties, biocompatibility and nanofibrous structure that mimics the morphology of natural extracellular matrix. However, the inherent inertness of PET impairs the adhesion and proliferation of endothelial cells on the inner surface of ePET tubular grafts, hindering the formation of a functional endothelium. Gelatin coatings, owing to their ability to promote endothelialization, are a valuable approach to overcome the limitations of ePET...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28450283/surfactant-replacement-therapy-reduces-acute-lung-injury-and-collapse-induration-related-lung-remodeling-in-the-bleomycin-model
#12
Lilian Steffen, Clemens Ruppert, Heinz-Gerd Hoymann, Manuela Funke, Simone Ebener, Christina Kloth, Christian Mühlfeld, Matthias Ochs, Lars Knudsen, Elena Lopez-Rodriguez
Bleomycin-induced lung injury leads to surfactant dysfunction and permanent loss of alveoli due to a remodeling process called collapse induration. Collapse induration also occurs in acute interstitial lung disease and idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis in humans. We hypothesized that surfactant dysfunction aggravates lung injury and early remodeling resulting in collapse induration within 7 days after lung injury. Rats received bleomycin to induce lung injury and either repetitive surfactant replacement therapy (SRT: 100mg Curosurf®/kg BW=surf group)) or saline (0...
April 27, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448267/endogenous-thymosin-%C3%AE-4-expression-in-sacrococcygeal-pilonidal-sinus-disease-a-retrospective-immunohistochemical-analysis-of-excisional-skin-biopsy-samples
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Sevinc Sahin
Thymosin beta 4 (Tβ4) is a peptide that has been shown in dermal, corneal, and cardiac preclinical injury models to potentially affect tissue protection, regeneration, and repair. Sacrococcygeal pilonidal sinus disease (SPSD) is a chronic inflammatory disorder associated with a high incidence of recurrence, chronic fistulation, and a challenging postoperative surgical wound healing process. Retrospectively, an immunohistochemical analysis was conducted to evaluate endogenous Tβ4 expression in excisional skin biopsies from patients with SPSD...
April 2017: Ostomy/wound Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446647/relationship-between-carotid-arterial-properties-and-cerebral-white-matter-hyperintensities
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Tatjana Rundek, David Della-Morte, Hannah Gardener, Chuanhui Dong, Matthew S Markert, Jose Gutierrez, Eugene Roberts, Mitchell S V Elkind, Charles DeCarli, Ralph L Sacco, Clinton B Wright
OBJECTIVE: Since arterial stiffness is a functional measure of arterial compliance and may be an important marker of cerebrovascular disease, we examined the association of carotid artery stiffness with white matter hyperintensity volume (WMHV) in a cross-sectional study of 1,166 stroke-free participants. METHODS: Carotid beta stiffness index (STIFF) was assessed by M-mode ultrasound of the common carotid artery and calculated as the ratio of natural log of the difference between systolic and diastolic blood pressure over STRAIN, a ratio of the difference between carotid systolic and diastolic diameter (DD) divided by DD...
April 26, 2017: Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444088/hypertension-in-patients-admitted-to-clinical-units-at-university-hospital-post-discharge-evaluation-rated-by-telephone
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Cássia Lima de Campos, Angela Maria Geraldo Pierin, Natalia Alencar de Pinho
Objective: To characterize hypertensive patients after admission to hospital considering the current status, compliance to treatment, habits and lifestyle, and knowledge and beliefs about the disease. Methods: This was an exploratory study with 265 hypertensive patients admitted to a medical inpatients unit of a university hospital. Data were collected in an interview over the telephone. The level of significance was set as p<0.05. Results: It was found that 32% of hypertensive patients had died...
2017: Einstein
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435148/plasma-mediated-protein-immobilisation-enhances-the-vascular-compatibility-of-polyurethane-with-tissue-matched-mechanical-properties
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Irina Kondyurina, Steven Wise, Alan Ngo, Elysse Filipe, Alexey Kondyurin, Anthony Weiss, Shisan Bao, Marcela Bilek
Polyurethanes are a diverse class of polymers, with independently tunable mechanical and biodegradation properties making them a versatile platform material for biomedical implants. Previous iterations have failed to adequately embody appropriate mechanical and biological properties, particularly for vascular medicine where strength, compliance and multifaceted biocompatibility are required. We have synthesized a new polyurethane formulation with finely tuned mechanical properties, combining high strength and extensibility with a low Young's modulus...
April 24, 2017: Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28431900/-quality-of-initial-trauma-care-in-paediatrics
#17
Vicente Ibáñez Pradas, Rut Pérez Montejano
INTRODUCTION: Trauma care in Spain is not provided in specific centres, which means that health professionals have limited contact to trauma patients. After the setting up of a training program in paediatric trauma, the aim of this study was to evaluate the quality of the initial care provided to these patients before they were admitted to the paediatric intensive care unit (PICU) of a third level hospital (trauma centre), as an indirect measurement of the increase in the number of health professionals trained in trauma...
April 18, 2017: Anales de Pediatría: Publicación Oficial de la Asociación Española de Pediatría (A.E.P.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419371/sleep-a-window-into-autonomic-control-in-children-born-preterm-and-growth-restricted
#18
Stephanie R Yiallourou, Euan M Wallace, Christie Whatley, Alexsandria Odoi, Samantha Hollis, Aidan J Weichard, Jayan Shivanandhan Muthusamy, Suraj Varma, James Cameron, Om Narayan, Rosemary S C Horne
Study Objectives: Preterm birth and fetal growth restriction (FGR) are both associated with risk of hypertension in adulthood. Mechanisms leading to this pathology are unclear. In children aged 5-12 years, who were born preterm and FGR, we used sleep as a tool to assess autonomic control with assessment of cardiovascular structure and function. Methods: Eighteen children born preterm and FGR, 15 children born preterm with appropriate birth weights for gestational age (AGA), and 20 AGA term-born children were studied...
May 1, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412423/rv-contractile-function-and-its-coupling-to-pulmonary-circulation-in-heart-failure-with-preserved%C3%A2-ejection%C3%A2-fraction-stratification-of-clinical-phenotypes-and-outcomes
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Marco Guazzi, Debra Dixon, Valentina Labate, Lauren Beussink-Nelson, Francesco Bandera, Michael J Cuttica, Sanijv J Shah
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate how right ventricular (RV) contractile function and its coupling with pulmonary circulation (PC) stratify clinical phenotypes and outcome in heart failure preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) patients. BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension and RV dysfunction are key hemodynamic abnormalities in HFpEF. METHODS: Three hundred eighty seven HFpEF patients (mean age 64 ± 12 years, 59% females, left ventricular ejection fraction 59 ± 7%) underwent RV and pulmonary hemodynamic evaluation by echocardiography (entire population) and right heart catheterization (219 patients)...
April 7, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28407807/subclinical-inflammation-associated-with-prolonged-timp-1-upregulation-and-arterial-stiffness-after-gestational-diabetes-mellitus-a-hospital-based-cohort-study
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Tiina Vilmi-Kerälä, Anneli Lauhio, Taina Tervahartiala, Outi Palomäki, Jukka Uotila, Timo Sorsa, Ari Palomäki
BACKGROUND: Gestational diabetes mellitus (GDM) has significant implications for the future health of the mother. Some clinical studies have suggested subclinical inflammation and vascular dysfunction after GDM. We aimed to study whether concentrations of high-sensitivity C-reactive protein (hsCRP), tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinase-1 (TIMP-1), matrix metalloproteinase-8 (MMP-8) and -9, as well as values of arterial stiffness differ between women with and without a history of GDM a few years after delivery...
April 13, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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