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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231595/-subjective-aspects-of-return-to-work-and-social-reintegration-in-patients-with-extensive-work-related-problems-in-cardiac-rehabilitation-results-of-a-qualitative-investigation
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C Schulz-Behrendt, A Salzwedel, S Rabe, K Ortmann, H Völler
This study investigated subjective biopsychosocial effects of coronary heart disease (CHD), coping strategies and social support in patients undergoing cardiac rehabilitation (CR) and having extensive work-related problems. A qualitative investigation was performed in 17 patients (48.9±7.0 y, 13 male) with extensive work-related problems (SIMBO-C>30). All patients were interviewed with structured surveys. Data analysis was performed using a software that is based on the content analysis approach of Mayring...
February 23, 2017: Die Rehabilitation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231026/late-administration-of-a-palladium-lipoic-acid-complex-poly-mva-modifies-cardiac-mitochondria-but-not-functional-or-structural-manifestations-of-radiation-induced-heart-disease-in-a-rat-model
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Vijayalakshmi Sridharan, John W Seawright, Francis J Antonawich, Merrill Garnett, Maohua Cao, Preeti Singh, Marjan Boerma
Exposure of the heart to ionizing radiation can cause adverse myocardial remodeling. In small animal models, local heart irradiation causes persistent alterations in cardiac mitochondrial function and swelling. POLY-MVA is a dietary supplement that contains a palladium lipoic acid complex that targets mitochondrial complex I and has been demonstrated to have greater redox potential than lipoic acid alone. POLY-MVA improves mitochondrial function and anti-oxidant enzyme activity in the aged rat heart. In this study, we tested whether POLY-MVA can mitigate cardiac effects of ionizing radiation...
February 23, 2017: Radiation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230797/zyz-772-prevents-cardiomyocyte-injury-by-suppressing-nox4-derived-ros-production-and-apoptosis
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Ying Wang, Liangjie Zhong, Xinhua Liu, Yi Zhun Zhu
Nox-dependent signaling plays critical roles in the development of heart failure, cardiac hypertrophy, and myocardial infarction. NADPH oxidase 4 (Nox4) as a major source of oxidative stress in the heart offers a new therapeutic target in cardiovascular disease. In the present work, a novel flavonoid was isolated from Zanthoxylum bungeanum. Its structure was elucidated as Quercetin-3-O-(6''-O-α-l-rhamnopyransoyl)-β-d-glucopyranoside-7-O-β-d-glucopyranoside (ZYZ-772) for the first time. ZYZ-772 exhibited significant cardio-protective property against CoCl₂ induced H9c2 cardiomyocyte cells injury...
February 21, 2017: Molecules: a Journal of Synthetic Chemistry and Natural Product Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28230599/a-targeted-next-generation-genetic-sequencing-study-on-tetralogy-of-fallot-combined-with-cleft-lip-and-palate
#4
Lin Liu, Haisong Bu, Yifeng Yang, Zhiping Tan, Fei Zhang, Shijun Hu, Tianli Zhao
BACKGROUND: Congenital heart disease (CHD), plus cleft lip and palate (CLP) are currently the most common types of structural malformation in infants. Many genes have been investigated for their involvement in CHD with CLP. Targeted next-generation sequencing can analyze large amounts of genetic information rapidly, and thus address this question. METHODS: The authors designed a targeted, next-generation sequencing gene panel for 455 genes previously implicated in CHD or CLP...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Craniofacial Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229989/prenatal-diagnosis-of-right-dominant-heart-in-fetuses-a-tertiary-center-experience-over-a-7-year-period
#5
Juan Feng, Mei Zhu, Hao Liang, Qiao Li
BACKGROUND: Right dominant heart (RDH) in fetuses can occur with a number of cardiac as well as noncardiac anomalies. Analysis of the enlargement of the right cardiac chamber in the fetus remains a major challenge for sonographers and echocardiographers. The aim of this study was to report the experience with prenatal diagnosis of RDH in the fetuses over a 7-year period. METHODS: Fetuses with prenatal diagnosis of RDH from July 2009 to July 2016 were evaluated in two different categories: according to the gestational age, Group I (n = 154, second trimester) and Group II (n = 298, third trimester); and according to the fetal echocardiography diagnosis, Group A (n = 452, abnormal cardiac structure) and Group B (n = 90, normal cardiac structure)...
2017: Chinese Medical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229860/distinct-contributions-of-the-thin-and-thick-filaments-to-length-dependent-activation-in-heart-muscle
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Xuemeng Zhang, Thomas Kampourakis, Ziqian Yan, Ivanka Sevrieva, Malcolm Irving, Yin-Biao Sun
The Frank-Starling relation is a fundamental auto-regulatory property of the heart that ensures the volume of blood ejected in each heartbeat is matched to the extent of venous filling. At the cellular level, heart muscle cells generate higher force when stretched, but despite intense efforts the underlying molecular mechanism remains unknown. We applied a fluorescence-based method, which reports structural changes separately in the thick and thin filaments of rat cardiac muscle, to elucidate that mechanism...
February 23, 2017: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229822/myocardial-performance-index-in-active-and-inactive-paediatric-systemic-lupus-erythematosus
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Anant Khositseth, Wasana Prangwatanagul, Kanchana Tangnararatchakit, Soamarat Vilaiyuk, Nantawan Su-Angka
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate cardiac structure and function in paediatric SLE patients without clinical evidence of cardiovascular disease in active and inactive diseases. METHODS: Patients aged ≤20 years who fulfilled the diagnostic criteria of active SLE underwent transthoracic echocardiography to evaluate cardiac structure and function, and were then followed up echocardiographically every 3-4 months until SLE disease was inactive. Patients with heart failure, myocarditis, pericarditis, endocarditis, coronary artery disease, or abnormal structural heart disease were excluded...
February 3, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229199/-coronary-artery-disease-interventional-and-operative-therapeutic-options-after-cardiac-arrest
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M Behnes, K Mashayekhi, M Borggrefe, I Akin
Coronary artery disease (CAD) represents a common structural cause for developing cardiac arrest in older patients, whereas in young adults cardiac arrest is more often caused by cardiomyopathies and cardiac channelopathies. A structural heart disease is known in almost 50% of patients prior to cardiac arrest. The present review outlines current interventional and operative therapeutic options for patients surviving cardiac arrest. The focus is on associations between epidemiological data on the incidence of malignant arrhythmias causing cardiac arrest depending on the presence or absence of CAD...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28229198/-catheter-ablation-of-ventricular-tachycardia-what-have-we-achieved
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T Konrad, B A Hoffmann, T Rostock
The role of catheter ablation in patients with ventricular tachycardia (VT) has evolved over the last two decades into an established treatment option. In patients with idiopathic VT catheter ablation is the gold standard treatment option with high effectiveness and low risk of complications. Due to the high risk of side effects the use of antiarrhythmic drugs is only indicated in exceptional cases. In patients with structural heart diseases, such as ischemic and dilated cardiomyopathy, VT is the most frequent cause of death...
February 22, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228450/academic-outcomes-in-children-with-congenital-heart-defects-a-population-based-cohort-study
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Matthew E Oster, Stephanie Watkins, Kevin D Hill, Jessica H Knight, Robert E Meyer
BACKGROUND: Most studies evaluating neurocognitive outcomes in children with congenital heart defects (CHD) have focused on high-risk patients or used specialized, resource-intensive testing. To determine the association of CHD with academic outcomes and compare outcomes according to the severity of CHD, we linked state educational records with a birth defects registry and birth certificates. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study using data from the North Carolina Birth Defects Monitoring Program, North Carolina Department of Public Instruction, and North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services vital records...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228335/alterations-in-cardiac-autonomic-control-in-spinal-cord-injury
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Fin Biering-Sørensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen, Nan Liu, Lasse Malmqvist, Jill Maria Wecht, Andrei Krassioukov
A spinal cord injury (SCI) interferes with the autonomic nervous system (ANS). The effect on the cardiovascular system will depend on the extent of damage to the spinal/central component of ANS. The cardiac changes are caused by loss of supraspinal sympathetic control and relatively increased parasympathetic cardiac control. Decreases in sympathetic activity result in heart rate and the arterial blood pressure changes, and may cause arrhythmias, in particular bradycardia, with the risk of cardiac arrest in those with cervical or high thoracic injuries...
February 15, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228308/systematic-review-of-non-invasive-cardiovascular-imaging-in-the-diagnosis-of-constrictive-pericarditis
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Sivakumar Ardhanari, Bharath Yarlagadda, Vishal Parikh, Kevin C Dellsperger, Anand Chockalingam, Sudarshan Balla, Senthil Kumar
BACKGROUND: Diagnosis of constrictive pericarditis (CP) can be challenging. It can be nearly impossible to distinguish CP from other causes of right heart failure. Although various imaging modalities help in the diagnosis, no test is definitive. Several reviews have addressed the role of various imaging techniques in the diagnosis of CP but a systematic review has not yet been published. OBJECTIVE: Our intention was to study the ability of various non-invasive imaging modalities to diagnose CP in patients with surgically confirmed disease and to apply our findings to develop a clinically useful diagnostic algorithm...
January 2017: Indian Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28228246/engaging-patients-with-heart-failure-into-the-design-of-health-system-interventions-impact-on-research-methods
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Robin P Newhouse, Meg Johantgen, Sue A Thomas, Nina M Trocky, Cheryl Dennison-Himmelfarb, Jooyoung Cheon, Wanda Miller, Tracy Gray, Robin Pruitt
The purpose of this study was to engage patients with heart failure (HF) to assess if changes are needed in a research study design, methods and outcomes when transferring interventions used in urban/community hospitals to rural hospital settings. A qualitative structured interview was conducted with eight patients with a diagnosis of HF admitted to two rural hospitals. Patients validated the study design, measures and outcomes, but identified one area that should be added to the study protocol, symptom experience...
February 19, 2017: Geriatric Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226982/measurement-of-electrical-impedance-in-different-ex-vivo-tissues
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Davide Meroni, Dario Bovio, Pietro A Frisoli, Andrea Aliverti, Davide Meroni, Dario Bovio, Pietro A Frisoli, Andrea Aliverti, Dario Bovio, Andrea Aliverti, Davide Meroni, Pietro A Frisoli
Bioimpedance allows living tissues characterization and detection of pathological states. Although in previous years several methods have been proposed to assess bioimpedance, many instruments used in studies of living tissues characterization are commercial devices designed for the measurement of components or electronic circuits and therefore the measurement of biological tissues can be affected by electrical polarization. In order to test if electrical impedance spectroscopy may be helpful in providing further information about the structure and the properties of tissues, an impedance meter for living-tissues, able to avoid polarization, was developed...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226778/simulation-of-motor-current-waveforms-in-monitoring-aortic-valve-state-during-ventricular-assist-device-support
#15
Khalid A Alonazi, Nigel H Lovell, Socrates Dokos, Khalid A Alonazi, Nigel H Lovell, Socrates Dokos, Khalid A Alonazi, Socrates Dokos, Nigel H Lovell
Monitoring of aortic valve (AV) opening and closure during left ventricular assist device (LVAD) heart pump support is crucial in preventing AV abnormalities and remodeling caused by anomalous resirculation. In this study, simulations of LVAD motor current waveforms were undertaken to investigate AV response to rotary blood pump assistance, as well as to detect AV open and close status under heart failure conditions. A two-dimensional fluid-structure interaction finite-element model is presented to predict AV state during LVAD outflow...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226725/a-chicken-embryo-cardiac-outflow-tract-atlas-for-registering-changes-due-to-abnormal-blood-flow
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James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Michael Danilchik, Kent Thornburg, Sandra Rugonyi, Kent Thornburg, Michael Danilchik, James P Carson, Monique Y Rennie, Sandra Rugonyi
Subdivision-based image registration has previously been applied to co-localize digital information extracted from rigid structures in biological specimens, such as the brain. Here, we describe and demonstrate the creation and application of a two-dimensional subdivision-based atlas representing a dynamic structure: the outflow tract of the developing chicken heart. The atlas is designed to segment three different anatomical layers of the outflow tract, and is demonstrated on the characterization of collagen XIV in both control and induced abnormal flow specimens...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226688/mitral-valve-annulus-localization-in-3d-echocardiography
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Abhishek Tiwari, Kedar A Patwardhan, Abhishek Tiwari, Kedar A Patwardhan, Kedar A Patwardhan, Abhishek Tiwari
The Mitral Valve is a structure on the left side of the human heart that regulates the flow of oxygenated blood into the Left Ventricle and also helps maintain the pressure within the Left Ventricle when the blood gets pumped to the rest of the body from the Left Ventricle. Pathology of the Mitral Valve often manifests through structural changes in the anatomy. Assessment of Mitral Valve pathology as well as determination of specific interventions require quantification of various structures of the Mitral Valve and one of these structures of interest is the Mitral Valve annulus...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226687/towards-estimating-cardiac-motion-using-low-rank-representation-and-topology-preservation-for-ultrafast-ultrasound-data
#18
Angelica I Aviles, Thomas Widlak, Alicia Casals, Habib Ammari, Angelica I Aviles, Thomas Widlak, Alicia Casals, Habib Ammari, Habib Ammari, Thomas Widlak, Angelica I Aviles, Alicia Casals
Estimation of the cardiac motion is very important in order to detect heart diseases. This work presents a cardiac motion estimation approach using ultrafast ultrasound data. We optimize a variational framework which has the benefits of combining low-rank data representation with topology preservation. We show through the analysis of experimental results that this combination offers a radical reduction in computational time and noise while ensuring preservation of the anatomical structure of the heart under complex deformations...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226663/predicting-seizures-in-untreated-temporal-lobe-epilepsy-using-point-process-nonlinear-models-of-heartbeat-dynamics
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G Valenza, A Romigi, L Citi, F Placidi, F Izzi, M Albanese, E P Scilingo, M G Marciani, A Duggento, M Guerrisi, N Toschi, R Barbieri, G Valenza, A Romigi, L Citi, F Placidi, F Izzi, M Albanese, E P Scilingo, M G Marciani, A Duggento, M Guerrisi, N Toschi, R Barbieri, M Guerrisi, F Izzi, F Placidi, A Romigi, E P Scilingo, A Duggento, M Albanese, N Toschi, M G Marciani, R Barbieri, G Valenza, L Citi
Symptoms of temporal lobe epilepsy (TLE) are frequently associated with autonomic dysregulation, whose underlying biological processes are thought to strongly contribute to sudden unexpected death in epilepsy (SUDEP). While abnormal cardiovascular patterns commonly occur during ictal events, putative patterns of autonomic cardiac effects during pre-ictal (PRE) periods (i.e. periods preceding seizures) are still unknown. In this study, we investigated TLE-related heart rate variability (HRV) through instantaneous, nonlinear estimates of cardiovascular oscillations during inter-ictal (INT) and PRE periods...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225732/integrating-and-assessing-structural-competency-in-an-innovative-prehealth-curriculum-at-vanderbilt-university
#20
Jonathan M Metzl, JuLeigh Petty
PROBLEM: Structural competency is a framework for conceptualizing and addressing health-related social justice issues that emphasizes diagnostic recognition of economic and political conditions producing and racializing inequalities in health. Strategies are needed to teach prehealth undergraduate students concepts central to structural competency (e.g., structural inequity, structural racism, structural stigma) and to evaluate their impact. APPROACH: The curriculum for Vanderbilt University's innovative prehealth major in medicine, health, and society (MHS) was reshaped in 2013 to incorporate structural competency concepts and skills into undergraduate courses...
March 2017: Academic Medicine: Journal of the Association of American Medical Colleges
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