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Vascular compliance

C Roehrig, M Govier, J Robinson, A Aneman
BACKGROUND: It remains unclear whether measuring carotid arterial flow by the time velocity integral using vascular Doppler ultrasound can be used to monitor cardiac output and volume responsiveness. METHODS: The carotid Doppler flow (time velocity integral and peak flow velocity variation) was assessed in triplicate by an intensivist with formal vascular ultrasound training. Thirty-three patients admitted following coronary by-pass surgery were studied before and after a passive leg-raising manoeuvre to investigate volume responsiveness (more than 10% increase in cardiac output) along with indices of arterial load measuring cardiac output by thermodilution...
October 21, 2016: Acta Anaesthesiologica Scandinavica
Arnoldo Santos, Luca Lucchetta, M Ignacio Monge-Garcia, Joao Batista Borges, Gerardo Tusman, Goran Hedenstierna, Anders Larsson, Fernando Suarez-Sipmann
OBJECTIVE: To test whether positive end-expiratory pressure consistent with an open lung approach improves pulmonary vascular mechanics compared with higher or lower positive end-expiratory pressures in experimental acute respiratory distress syndrome. DESIGN: Experimental study. SETTING: Animal research laboratory. SUBJECTS: Ten pigs, 35 ± 5.2 kg. INTERVENTIONS: Acute respiratory distress syndrome was induced combining saline lung lavages with injurious mechanical ventilation...
October 19, 2016: Critical Care Medicine
Robert N Goldstone, Michael C McCormack, Rachel L Goldstein, Srivalleesha Mallidi, Mark A Randolph, Michael T Watkins, Robert W Redmond, William G Austen
OBJECTIVE: We hypothesized that decreasing vein compliance would protect the vein against stretch injury and reduce intimal hyperplasia (IH). BACKGROUND: Although arteriovenous fistulas (AVFs) are the criterion standard for vascular access, their effectiveness is limited by poor patency with 40% to 60% failing due to IH. Venous stretch injury from exposure to arterial pressure induces IH. Photochemical tissue passivation (PTP) crosslinks adventitial collagen, decreasing vein compliance to resemble that of an artery...
October 17, 2016: Annals of Surgery
Shadi Shafaghi, Azizollah Abbasi Dezfuli, Zahra Ansari Aval, Kambiz Sheikhy, Behrooz Farzanegan, Esmaeil Mortaz, Habib Emami, Clemens Aigner, Fatemeh Sadat Hosseini-Baharanchi, Katayoun Najafizadeh
OBJECTIVES: Although the number of lung transplants is limited because of general shortage of organ donors, ex vivo lung perfusion is a novel method with 2 main benefits, including better evaluation of lung potential and recovery of injured lungs. The main aim of this study was to establish and operationalize ex vivo lung perfusion as the first experience in Iran. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This was a prospective operational research study on 5 cases, including 1 pig from Vienna Medical University and 4 patients from Masih Daneshvari Hospital...
October 14, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Keiji Ohata, Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa, Toshi Menju, Ei Miyamoto, Satona Tanaka, Mamoru Takahashi, Hideki Motoyama, Kyoko Hijiya, Akihiro Aoyama, Hiroshi Date
BACKGROUND: Rho-kinase, an intracellular serine/threonine kinase, is a key regulator of cytoskeletal dynamics. Recent studies have demonstrated that Rho-kinase is involved in the ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI) pathogenesis of many organs; however, its involvement with lung IRI remains unclear. This study assessed the association of Rho-kinase with lung IRI and evaluated the protective effect of inhaled Rho-kinase inhibitors in lung IRI. METHODS: The study included isolated rat lung perfusion models, divided into three groups: sham, Rho-kinase inhibitor, and warm ischemia (n = 6 each)...
October 12, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Kyoko Hijiya, Toyofumi F Chen-Yoshikawa, Takeshi Kondo, Hideki Motoyama, Akihiro Ohsumi, Daisuke Nakajima, Jin Sakamoto, Keiji Ohata, Mamoru Takahashi, Satona Tanaka, Ei Miyamoto, Akihiro Aoyama, Hiroshi Date
BACKGROUND: We hypothesized that an injured lung graft from donation after cardiac death donors could be reconditioned before transplantation using an ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) system and ventilation with high-dose short-acting β2-adrenergic receptor agonists. METHODS: Cardiac arrest was induced in a canine model by intravenous potassium chloride injection. Lungs were randomly assigned to two groups after 150 minutes of warm ischemia: inhalation of 1,400 μg of procaterol (BETA group, n = 5) or control group receiving solvent (CON group, n = 5) during EVLP...
October 10, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Maju Mathew Koola, John D Sorkin, Molly Fargotstein, W Virgil Brown, Bruce Cuthbert, Jeffrey Hollis, Jeffrey K Raines, Erica J Duncan
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial compliance (PAC) is a measure of the ability of the vascular tree to dilate in response to a pressure wave. Reduced PAC is seen in patients with psychiatric diagnoses and has been associated with increased risk for stroke, myocardial infarction, and mortality. The objective of this pilot study was to identify predictors of reduced PAC in subjects with psychiatric diagnoses. METHODS: Male psychiatric subjects (N = 77) were studied in a cross-sectional study of medication effects on PAC conducted from August 2005 to February 2010...
2016: Primary Care Companion to CNS Disorders
Toshihiro Okamoto, David Wheeler, Qiang Liu, Cristiano Quintini, J Steven Hata, Kenneth R McCurry
BACKGROUND: Ex vivo lung perfusion (EVLP) may be an essential process for the pre-transplant evaluation of the donor lungs. Currently, the partial pressure of oxygen/fraction of inspired oxygen (PaO2/FiO2, or PF) ratio is the standard in the assessment of lung function in cellular EVLP, whereas other parameters, including airway and vascular parameters, have only been partially utilized. The primary purpose of this study is to assess the potential utility of other parameters as a surrogate of lung function in EVLP...
May 20, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
A S Dalum, K H Kristthorsdottir, D J Griffiths, K Bjørklund, T T Poppe
Spontaneous mortality of seemingly healthy, farmed Atlantic salmon (Salmo salar L) is an increasing problem in Norwegian aquaculture. In this study, we present a morphological study of the previously undescribed syndrome of arteriosclerosis of the ventral aorta and epicarditis of the adjacent bulbus arteriosus found in farmed Atlantic salmon, with wild-captured fish as a control group. Both the ventral aorta and epicardium are vital for correct arterial compliance and vascular resistance in the respiratory capillaries of the gills...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Fish Diseases
Huihua Yuan, Jinbao Qin, Jing Xie, Biyun Li, Zhepao Yu, Zhiyou Peng, Bingcheng Yi, Xiangxin Lou, Xinwu Lu, Yanzhong Zhang
This study was designed to assess the efficacy of hyaluronan (HA) functionalized well-aligned nanofibers of poly-l-lactic acid (PLLA) in modulating the phenotypic expression of vascular smooth muscle cells (vSMCs) for blood vessel regeneration. Highly aligned HA/PLLA nanofibers in core-shell structure were prepared using a novel stable jet electrospinning approach. Formation of a thin HA-coating layer atop each PLLA nanofiber surface endowed the uni-directionally oriented fibrous mats with increased anisotropic wettability and mechanical compliance...
September 15, 2016: Nanoscale
Tufik R Assad, Evan L Brittain, Quinn S Wells, Eric H Farber-Eger, Stephen J Halliday, Laura N Doss, Meng Xu, Li Wang, Frank E Harrell, Chang Yu, Ivan M Robbins, John H Newman, Anna R Hemnes
Although commonly encountered, patients with combined postcapillary and precapillary pulmonary hypertension (Cpc-PH) have poorly understood pulmonary vascular properties. The product of pulmonary vascular resistance and compliance, resistance-compliance (RC) time, is a measure of pulmonary vascular physiology. While RC time is lower in postcapillary PH than in precapillary PH, the RC time in Cpc-PH and the effect of pulmonary wedge pressure (PWP) on RC time are unknown. We tested the hypothesis that Cpc-PH has an RC time that resembles that in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) more than that in isolated postcapillary PH (Ipc-PH)...
September 2016: Pulmonary Circulation
Alexander S Liberson, Jeffrey S Lillie, Steven W Day, David A Borkholder
Pulse wave velocity (PWV) quantification commonly serves as a highly robust prognostic parameter being used in a preventative cardiovascular therapy. Being dependent on arterial elastance, it can serve as a marker of cardiovascular risk. Since it is influenced by a blood pressure (BP), the pertaining theory can lay the foundation in developing a technique for noninvasive blood pressure measurement. Previous studies have reported application of PWV, measured noninvasively, for both the estimation of arterial compliance and blood pressure, based on simplified physical or statistical models...
October 3, 2016: Journal of Biomechanics
M Naegele, A J Flammer, F Enseleit, S Roas, M Frank, A Hirt, P Kaiser, S Cantatore, C Templin, G Fröhlich, M Romanens, T F Lüscher, F Ruschitzka, G Noll, I Sudano
BACKGROUND: Takotsubo syndrome (TTS) is an acute cardiomyopathy associated with intense physical or emotional stress. The precise mechanisms of the disease remain unclear. The aim of this study was to study alterations in endothelial function, vascular compliance and structure and muscle sympathetic activity in the stable phase of the disease. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, patients with TTS and controls matched for age, sex, cardiovascular risk factors and medications were recruited...
September 12, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Gamze Akkus, Mehtap Evran, Dilek Gungor, Mehmet Karakas, Murat Sert, Tamer Tetiker
OBJECTIVE: Impaired cellular immunity and reduced phagocytic function of polymorphonuclear leukocytes facilitate the development of skin fungal and bacterial infections due to uncontrolled hyperglycemia in diabetic patients. In our study, we aimed to assess onychomycosis and/or tinea pedis frequency in diabetic patients, and effects on the development of chronic complications, particularly foot ulcer. METHODS: We included 227 diabetic patients in the study. Forty-three patients had diabetic foot ulcer...
July 2016: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
Christopher D Hartman, Brett C Isenberg, Samantha G Chua, Joyce Y Wong
Mechanical compliance has been demonstrated to be a key determinant of cell behavior, directing processes such as spreading, migration, and differentiation. Durotaxis, directional migration from softer to more stiff regions of a substrate, has been observed for a variety of cell types. Recent stiffness mapping experiments have shown that local changes in tissue stiffness in disease are often accompanied by an altered ECM composition in vivo. However, the importance of ECM composition in durotaxis has not yet been explored...
October 4, 2016: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
Alberto Avolio
Blood vessels function as conduits for distribution of blood throughout the circulatory system. Large arteries, in addition to the essential conduit function, also serve to dampen the effect of pulsatile ventricular ejection that generates pulsatile pressure with each cardiac cycle; that is, they exhibit a 'cushion' function. The conduit function can be compromised by intimal effects that cause obstruction to flow, generally attributed to plaque formation due to intimal changes affected by atherosclerotic processes...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Philip T Levy, Meghna D Patel, Georgeann Groh, Swati Choudhry, Joshua Murphy, Mark R Holland, Aaron Hamvas, Mark R Grady, Gautam K Singh
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary artery acceleration time (PAAT) is a noninvasive method to assess pulmonary hemodynamics, but it lacks validity in children. The aim of this study was to evaluate the accuracy of Doppler echocardiography-derived PAAT in predicting right heart catheterization (RHC)-derived pulmonary artery pressure (PAP), pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), and compliance in children. METHODS: Prospectively acquired and retrospectively measured Doppler echocardiography-derived PAAT and RHC-derived systolic PAP, mean PAP (mPAP), indexed PVR (PVRi), and compliance were compared using regression analysis in a derivation cohort of 75 children (median age, 5...
September 15, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
J Su, O Hilberg, L Howard, U Simonsen, A D Hughes
Mean pulmonary arterial pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) remain the most common haemodynamic measures to evaluate the severity and prognosis of pulmonary hypertension. However, PVR only captures the non-oscillatory component of the right ventricular hydraulic load and neglects the dynamic compliance of the pulmonary arteries and the contribution of wave transmission. Wave intensity analysis offers an alternative way to assess the pulmonary vasculature in health and disease. Wave speed is a measure of arterial stiffness, and the magnitude and timing of wave reflection provide information on the degree of impedance mismatch between the proximal and distal circulation...
September 16, 2016: Acta Physiologica
Jose A Santiago-Font, Lorena M Amaral, Jessica L Faulkner, Tarek Ibrahim, Venkata Ramana Vaka, Mark W Cunningham, Babbette D LaMarca
Preeclampsia is a hypertensive disorder of pregnancy with limited therapeutic options. In healthy pregnancy, relaxin plays an important vasodilatory role to maintain vascular compliance; however, there is currently no preclinical evidence to support the use of relaxin during preeclampsia. Therefore, the goal of this study was to test the hypothesis that recombinant human relaxin-2 (Serelaxin, Novartis, RLX) could reduce mean arterial pressure (MAP) and improve uterine artery resistance index (UARI) and nitric oxide bioavailability and/or decrease prepro-endothelin-1 (PPET-1), soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase-1 (sFlt-1) and tumor necrosis factor (TNF-alpha) in the Reduced Uterine Perfusion Pressure (RUPP) model of preeclampsia...
September 14, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
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