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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329155/pulmonary-arterial-stiffness-indices-assessed-by-intravascular-ultrasound-in-children-with-early-pulmonary-vascular-disease-prediction-of-advanced-disease-and-mortality-during-20-year-follow-up
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Mark-Jan Ploegstra, Jody G M Brokelman, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Johannes M Douwes, Lenny M van Osch-Gevers, Elke S Hoendermis, Annemien E van den Bosch, Maarten Witsenburg, Beatrijs Bartelds, Hans L Hillege, Rolf M F Berger
Aims: Prognosis in children with pulmonary vascular disease (PVD) is closely linked to right ventricular (RV) failure due to increased RV-afterload. Pulmonary arterial (PA) stiffening is known to occur early in the course of PVD and constitutes a main component of RV-afterload. This study aimed to evaluate the clinical value of PA-stiffness in children with PVD by determining its association with advanced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) and mortality at long-term follow-up. Methods and results: Forty-one children with various stages of arterial PVD, defined as mean PA-pressure  ≥20 mmHg and/or pulmonary-to-systemic flow-ratio  ≥1...
March 6, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325297/engineering-of-pedf-expressing-primary-pigment-epithelial-cells-by-the-sb-transposon-system-delivered-by-pfar4-plasmids
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Gabriele Thumann, Nina Harmening, Cécile Prat-Souteyrand, Corinne Marie, Marie Pastor, Attila Sebe, Csaba Miskey, Laurence D Hurst, Sabine Diarra, Martina Kropp, Peter Walter, Daniel Scherman, Zoltán Ivics, Zsuzsanna Izsvák, Sandra Johnen
Neovascular age-related macular degeneration (nvAMD) is characterized by choroidal blood vessels growing into the subretinal space, leading to retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cell degeneration and vision loss. Vessel growth results from an imbalance of pro-angiogenic (e.g., vascular endothelial growth factor [VEGF]) and anti-angiogenic factors (e.g., pigment epithelium-derived factor [PEDF]). Current treatment using intravitreal injections of anti-VEGF antibodies improves vision in about 30% of patients but may be accompanied by side effects and non-compliance...
March 17, 2017: Molecular Therapy. Nucleic Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323904/pyrrolidine-dithiocarbamate-administered-during-ex-vivo-lung-perfusion-promotes-rehabilitation-of-injured-donor-rat-lungs-obtained-after-prolonged-warm-ischemia
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Cyril Francioli, Xingyu Wang, Roumen Parapanov, Etienne Abdelnour, Jérôme Lugrin, Fabrizio Gronchi, Jean Perentes, Philippe Eckert, Hans-Beat Ris, Lise Piquilloud, Thorsten Krueger, Lucas Liaudet
Damaged lung grafts obtained after circulatory death (DCD lungs) and warm ischemia may be at high risk of reperfusion injury after transplantation. Such lungs could be pharmacologically reconditioned using ex-vivo lung perfusion (EVLP). Since acute inflammation related to the activation of nuclear factor kappaB (NF-κB) is instrumental in lung reperfusion injury, we hypothesized that DCD lungs might be treated during EVLP by pyrrolidine dithiocarbamate (PDTC), an inhibitor of NF-κB. Rat lungs exposed to 1h warm ischemia and 2 h cold ischemia were subjected to EVLP during 4h, in absence (CTRL group, N = 6) or in presence of PDTC (2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322621/bladder-regeneration-using-multiple-scaffolds-with-growth-factors-in-a-bladder
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Luc A J Roelofs, Paul K J D de Jonge, Egbert Oosterwijk, Dorien M Tiemessen, Barbara B Kortmann, Robert P E de Gier, Elly M M Versteeg, Willeke F Daamen, Toin H van Kuppevelt, Paul J Geutjes, Wout Feitz
INTRODUCTION: Tissue engineering may become an alternative to current bladder augmentation techniques. Large scaffolds are needed for clinically significant augmentation, but can result in fibrosis and graft shrinkage. The purpose of this study was to investigate the use of multiple scaffolds instead of one large scaffold, to enhance bladder tissue regeneration and bladder capacity. Secondly, acellular collagen, collagen-heparin, and collagen-heparin scaffolds with growth factors were used and the biological activity of the different scaffolds was compared in a large animal model...
March 21, 2017: Tissue Engineering. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317621/uric-acid-excretion-predicts-increased-blood-pressure-among-american-adolescents-of-african-descent
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Sylvie Mrug, Michal Mrug, Anjana Madan Morris, Nina Reynolds, Anita Patel, Danielle C Hill, Daniel I Feig
BACKGROUND: Hyperuricemia predicts the incidence of hypertension in adults and its treatment has blood pressure (BP)-lowering effects in adolescents. To date, no studies have examined the predictive usage of hyperuricemia or urinary uric acid excretion on BP changes in adolescents. Mechanistic models suggest that uric acid impairs both endothelial function and vascular compliance, which would potentially exacerbate a myriad of hypertensive mechanisms, yet little is known about interaction of uric acid and other hypertension risk factors...
April 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304305/combined-dual-task-gait-training-and%C3%A2-aerobic-exercise-to-improve-cognition-%C3%A2-mobility-and%C3%A2-vascular-health-in%C3%A2-community-dwelling-older-adults-at%C3%A2-risk-for-future-cognitive-decline1
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Michael A Gregory, Narlon C Boa Sorte Silva, Dawn P Gill, Cheri L McGowan, Teresa Liu-Ambrose, J Kevin Shoemaker, Vladimir Hachinski, Jeff Holmes, Robert J Petrella
This 6-month experimental case series study investigated the effects of a dual-task gait training and aerobic exercise intervention on cognition, mobility, and cardiovascular health in community-dwelling older adults without dementia. Participants exercised 40 min/day, 3 days/week for 26 weeks on a Biodex GaitTrainer2 treadmill. Participants were assessed at baseline (V0), interim (V1: 12-weeks), intervention endpoint (V2: 26-weeks), and study endpoint (V3: 52-weeks). The study outcomes included: cognition [executive function (EF), processing speed, verbal fluency, and memory]; mobility: usual & dual-task gait (speed, step length, and stride time variability); and vascular health: ambulatory blood pressure, carotid arterial compliance, and intima-media thickness (cIMT)...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302155/a-prospective-randomised-placebo-controlled-double-masked-three-armed-multicentre-phase-ii-iii-trial-for-the-study-of-a-topical-treatment-of-ischaemic-central-retinal-vein-occlusion-to-prevent-neovascular-glaucoma-the-strong-study-study-protocol-for-a-randomised
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Katrin Lorenz, Yvonne Scheller, Katharina Bell, Franz Grus, Katharina A Ponto, Felix Bock, Claus Cursiefen, Jens Flach, Marta Gehring, Tunde Peto, Rufino Silva, Yossi Tal, Norbert Pfeiffer
BACKGROUND: Neovascular glaucoma (NVG) is rare, comprising only 3.9% of all glaucoma cases. The most common cause of NVG is ischaemic central retinal vein occlusion (iCRVO). NVG frequently results in blindness and painful end-stage glaucomatous damage leading to the need for enucleation. Currently, there is no preventive therapy for NVG following iCRVO. Rescue treatments have severe drawbacks. Accordingly, there is a great need for preventing the often visually devastating outcomes of NVG...
March 16, 2017: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296198/mechanical-and-microstructural-analysis-of-a-radially-expandable-vascular-conduit-for-neonatal-and-pediatric-cardiovascular-surgery
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Abigail E Loneker, Samuel K Luketich, Doug Bernstein, Arush Kalra, Alan W Nugent, Antonio D'Amore, Denver M Faulk
In pediatric cardiovascular surgery, there is a significant need for vascular prostheses that have the potential to grow with the patient following implantation. Current clinical options consist of nonexpanding conduits, requiring repeat surgeries as the patient outgrows the device. To address this issue, PECA Labs has developed a novel ePTFE vascular conduit with the capability of being radially expanded via balloon catheterization. In the described study, a systematic characterization and comparison of two proprietary ePTFE expandable conduits was conducted...
March 10, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Materials Research. Part B, Applied Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296143/targeting-the-safe-zone
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Andrea Mignatti, Patricia Friedmann, David Paul Slovut
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to assess the effectiveness of a quality improvement (QI) program in reducing vascular complications during cardiac catheterization. BACKGROUND: Vascular access complications during cardiac catheterization are associated with higher morbidity and mortality. We implemented a QI program focused on using micropuncture techniques and targeting the "safe zone," an area below the inferior border of the inferior epigastric artery and above the inferior border of the femoral head, for femoral artery puncture...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294991/the-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-arterial-stiffness-of-pediatric-mucopolysaccharidosis-patients-are-increased-compared-to-both-pediatric-and-adult-controls
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Raymond Y Wang, Kyle D Rudser, Donald R Dengel, Elizabeth A Braunlin, Julia Steinberger, David R Jacobs, Alan R Sinaiko, Aaron S Kelly
Treatments for mucopolysaccharidoses (MPSs) have increased longevity, but cardiovascular disease causes mortality in a significant percentage of survivors. Markers must be developed to predict MPS cardiac risk and monitor efficacy of investigational therapies.MPS patients underwent carotid artery ultrasonography from which carotid intima-media thickness (cIMT) and three measures of arterial stiffness were calculated: carotid artery distensibility (cCSD), compliance (cCSC), and incremental elastic modulus (cIEM)...
March 15, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283856/effects-of-nintedanib-on-the-microvascular-architecture-in-a-lung-fibrosis-model
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Maximilian Ackermann, Yong Ook Kim, Willi L Wagner, Detlef Schuppan, Cristian D Valenzuela, Steven J Mentzer, Sebastian Kreuz, Detlef Stiller, Lutz Wollin, Moritz A Konerding
Nintedanib, a tyrosine kinase inhibitor approved for the treatment of idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, has anti-fibrotic, anti-inflammatory, and anti-angiogenic activity. We explored the impact of nintedanib on microvascular architecture in a pulmonary fibrosis model. Lung fibrosis was induced in C57Bl/6 mice by intratracheal bleomycin (0.5 mg/kg). Nintedanib was started after the onset of lung pathology (50 mg/kg twice daily, orally). Micro-computed tomography was performed via volumetric assessment. Static lung compliance and forced vital capacity were determined by invasive measurements...
March 10, 2017: Angiogenesis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28269234/engineering-based-assessment-for-a-shape-design-of-a-pediatric-eptfe-pulmonary-conduit-valve
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Yusuke Tsuboko, Yasuyuki Shiraishi, Akihiro Yamada, Tomoyuki Yambe, Hidekazu Miura, Seitaro Mura, Masaaki Yamagishi
The authors examined the hemodynamic characteristics of expanded polytetrafluoroethylene (ePTFE) pulmonary valved conduits quantitatively by our originally developed pediatric pulmonary mechanical circulatory system, in order to suggest the optimal shape design. The system consisted of pneumatically driven right atrium and ventricle model, a pulmonary valve chamber, and elastic pulmonary compliance model with peripheral vascular resistance units, a venous reservoir. We employed two different types of ePTFE valve and evaluated the relationship between the leaflets motion and hemodynamic characteristics by using a high-speed video camera...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28265014/recast-remote-ischemic-conditioning-after-stroke-trial-a-pilot-randomized-placebo-controlled-phase-ii-trial-in-acute-ischemic-stroke
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Timothy J England, Amanda Hedstrom, Saoirse O'Sullivan, Richard Donnelly, David A Barrett, Sarir Sarmad, Nikola Sprigg, Philip M Bath
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Repeated episodes of limb ischemia and reperfusion (remote ischemic conditioning [RIC]) may improve outcome after acute stroke. METHODS: We performed a pilot blinded placebo-controlled trial in patients with acute ischemic stroke, randomized 1:1 to receive 4 cycles of RIC within 24 hours of ictus. The primary outcome was tolerability and feasibility. Secondary outcomes included safety, clinical efficacy (day 90), putative biomarkers (pre- and post-intervention, day 4), and exploratory hemodynamic measures...
March 6, 2017: Stroke; a Journal of Cerebral Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28264510/peripheral-and-cerebral-resistance-arteries-in-the-spontaneously-hypertensive-heart-failure-rat-effects-of-stilbenoid-polyphenols
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Danielle I Lee, Crystal Acosta, Christopher M Anderson, Hope D Anderson
Hypertension is associated with aberrant structure and mechanical properties of resistance arteries. We determined the effects of resveratrol, a non-flavonoid polyphenol found in foods such as red grapes, and structurally-similar analogues (pterostilbene and gnetol) on systolic blood pressure (SBP) and resistance arteries from the spontaneously hypertensive heart failure (SHHF) rat. SBP was elevated in 17-week-old SHHF vs. Sprague-Dawley rats (normotensive control; 194 ± 3 vs. 142 ± 6 mmHg, p < 0.01) and was unaffected by resveratrol, pterostilbene, or gnetol (2...
February 28, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28263778/evaluation-of-the-bundle-zero-surgical-site-infection-to-prevent-surgical-site-infection-in-vascular-surgery
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María Fernández-Prada, Carmen Martínez-Ortega, Livia Revuelta-Mariño, Ángeles Menéndez-Herrero, Juan F Navarro-Gracia
OBJECTIVE: To compare the incidence of Surgical Site Infections (SSIs) before and after the implementation of a bundle of care called 'Zero Surgical Site Infection'. Secondary goals included estimating measures of association and their potential impact, determining care management indicators in vascular surgery, and evaluating the level of compliance with the bundle. METHODS: This is a prospective observational study with a historic control group. The bundle included: 1) removal of body hair with clippers; 2) preoperative showering with chlorhexidine soap; 3) preparation of the surgical field with alcoholic chlorhexidine 2%; 4) adequacy of antimicrobial prophylaxis; 5) and 6) intra- and post-operative glycemic and central temperature control...
March 2, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256020/left-atrial-anatomy-and-patient-related-factors-associated-with-adverse-outcomes-with-the-watchman-device-a-real-world-experience
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Shishir Murarka, Mohamad Lazkani, Soundos Moualla, Divya Ratan Verma, Ashish Pershad
OBJECTIVE: This study sought to identify patient and left atrial morphology specific factors associated with early complications for left atrial appendage occlusion with the Watchman™ (Boston Scientific, Natick, MA) device. BACKGROUND: Oral anticoagulation (OAC) is recommended for patients with atrial fibrillation, however, long-term OAC compliance is poor. In randomized control trials, the Watchman™ device has demonstrated superiority over OAC with warfarin for all cause and cardiovascular mortality and hemorrhagic stroke...
March 2, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28254279/impact-of-matrix-stiffness-on-fibroblast-function
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Hichem El-Mohri, Yang Wu, Swetaparna Mohanty, Gargi Ghosh
Chronic non-healing wounds, caused by impaired production of growth factors and reduced vascularization, represent a significant burden to patients, health care professionals, and health care system. While several wound dressing biomaterials have been developed, the impact of the mechanical properties of the dressings on the residing cells and consequently on the healing of the wounds is largely overlooked. The primary focus of this study is to explore whether manipulation of the substrate mechanics can regulate the function of fibroblasts, particularly in the context of their angiogenic activity...
May 1, 2017: Materials Science & Engineering. C, Materials for Biological Applications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28251431/48%C3%A2-h-cessation-of-mechanical-ventilation-during-venovenous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-severe-trauma-a-case-report
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Justyna Swol, Yann Fülling, Christopher Ull, Matthias Bechtel, Thomas A Schildhauer
A 32-year-old motorcyclist who was hit by a tram subsequently presented with blunt force thoracic trauma, a pelvic fracture and a penetrating injury to the left lower extremity. Coagulopathy persisted following surgery of the leg and pelvic vascular intervention. Bedside thoracotomy was performed to treat pneumothorax and pneumopericardium. Severe hypoxemia secondary to lung failure ensued, which required venovenous extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VV ECMO) support. On the third day after the trauma, ultra-protective mechanical ventilation was not possible due to non-existent lung compliance; thus, the ventilator was disconnected, and the T-piece was connected to the blocked tracheal tube left in the airway...
March 1, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28248041/-urinary-bladder-substitution-using-combined-membrane-based-on-secretions-of-human-mesenchymal-stem-cells-and-type-i-collagen
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V I Kirpatovckii, D M Kamalov, A Yu Efimenko, P I Makarevich, G D Sagaradze, O A Makarevich, P P Nimiritskii, E O Osidak, S P Domogatskii, V K Karpov, Z H A Akopyan, V A Tkachuk, A A Kamalov
AIM: Despite the widespread use of intestinal cystoplasty, urinary bladder substitution remains a challenging problem due to the complexity of operations and the potentially high risk of complications. A promising alternative may be bio-engineered collagen-based matrices containing stem cells or their secretions. MATERIAL AND METHODS: To evaluate the effectiveness of this bladder substitution modality, an experiment was conducted on 14 male rabbits. The animals underwent resection of urinary bladder, and the formed defect was substituted with a membrane of type I collagen (series 1, 5 rabbits) or a membrane of the same composition containing a conditioned medium with secretion of mesenchymal stem/stromal cells derived from human adipose tissue (series 2, 5 rabbits)...
December 2016: Urologii︠a︡
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28240525/infrapopliteal-calcification-patterns-in-critical-limb-ischemia-diagnostic-pathologic-and-therapeutic-implications-in-the-search-for-the-endovascular-holy-grail
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Jihad A Mustapha, Larry J Diaz-Sandoval, Fadi Saab
Critical limb ischemia (CLI) represents the terminal stage of peripheral arterial disease (PAD) and is characterized by multilevel and multivessel disease. Amongst patients with infrainguinal disease, approximately one third have predominantly isolated infrapopliteal disease and the remaining two thirds, a combination of femoropopliteal and infrapopliteal disease. Isolated infrapopliteal disease is mainly seen in the elderly, diabetic, or dialysis-dependent patients. These patients have higher risk of amputation and shorter amputation-free survival...
February 27, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
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