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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817484/levosimendan-in-acute-and-advanced-heart-failure-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-database-and-evaluation-of-its-therapeutic-applications
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J Altenberger, F Gustafsson, V-P Harjola, K Karason, D Kindgen-Milles, M Kivikko, G Malfatto, Z Papp, J Parissis, P Pollesello, G Pölzl, C Tschöpe
The use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure has been described over many decades. However, negative or insufficient data have been collected regarding the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitizer and potassium channel-opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator than traditional agents in some heart failure settings, such as Advanced Heart Failure...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812111/syndrome-of-inappropriate-anti-diuresis-induces-volume-dependent-hypercalciuria
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J Grellier, A Jaafar, A Martin, M El Alaoui, C Lebely, I Tack, M Vallet
Hyponatremia is associated with bone demineralization. We hypothesized that, during hyponatremia, calciuria and calcium balance depend on volemic status. We evaluated calciuria in patients with hyponatremia, secondary to SIAD or hypovolemia. Patients with SIAD exhibited a volemic expansion that was associated with hypercalciuria. Calciuria was proportional to markers of volemia. INTRODUCTION: Chronic mild hyponatremia has been associated with bone demineralization of unknown mechanisms...
August 15, 2017: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810622/oral-n-acetylcysteine-for-prophylaxis-of-contrast-induced-nephropathy-in-patients-following-coronary-angioplasty-a-meta-analysis
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Jing-Xiu Li, En-Ze Jin, Long-Hao Yu, Yang Li, Nan-Nan Liu, Yu-Mei Dong, Xin Li, Xue-Qi Li
It is acknowledged that contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) is a common cause of acute renal insufficiency after cardiac catheterization and affects mortality and morbidity. To date, it is unknown whether oral N-acetylcysteine (NAC) is able to prevent contrast-induced nephropathy (CIN) in patients undergoing coronary angioplasty. A meta-analysis of randomized controlled trials was performed to assess the effects of NAC in the prevention of CIN in patients following coronary angioplasty. A total of 19 studies published prior to January 2015 that investigated the efficacy of oral NAC for the prevention of CIN were collected from Medline, Cochrane and Embase databases and conference proceedings from cardiology and nephrology meetings...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807220/health-characteristics-of-heart-transplant-recipients-surviving-into-their-80s
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Deborah R Tabachnick, Megan E Bowen, Josef Stehlik, Abdallah G Kfoury, William T Caine, Craig H Selzman, Stephen H McKellar
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation (HTx) is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure and has been successful for >30 y. The clinical course of recipients at the extreme of age is unknown. We reviewed our experience to determine the overall health and prevalence of Tx-related medical problems for recipients in their ninth decade. METHODS: We reviewed the UCTP experience from 1985 to present to identify patients who survived into their 80s and matched (1:1) with other recipients for gender and age at HTx, but did not survive to ≥80 y...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806174/left-ventricular-apex-venting-in-high-risk-redo-sternotomy-with-severe-aortic-insufficiency-a-case-report
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Brett J Wakefield, Alexander J Leone, Shiva Sale
Redo cardiac surgery in patients with severe aortic insufficiency can present unique challenges to the anesthesiologist. We report a case highlighting the challenge and importance of interdisciplinary planning between cardiothoracic surgeons and anesthesiologists prior to high-risk surgery. Failure to place an endoaortic balloon and percutaneous coronary sinus catheter due to anatomical abnormalities prompted the adoption of an alternate technique involving apical ventricular venting to assist sternal reentry...
August 10, 2017: A & A Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805027/acute-and-midterm-results-following-perventricular-device-closure-of-muscular-ventricular-septal-defects-a-multicenter-pices-investigation
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Robert G Gray, Shaji C Menon, Joyce T Johnson, Aimee K Armstrong, Michael A Bingler, John P Breinholt, Damien Kenny, John Lozier, Joshua J Murphy, Shyam K Sathanandam, Nathaniel W Taggart, Sara M Trucco, Bryan H Goldstein, Brent M Gordon
OBJECTIVES: To describe acute and mid-term results of hybrid perventricular device closure of muscular ventricular septal defects (mVSDs). BACKGROUND: Perventricular device closure of mVSDs can mitigate technical limitations of percutaneous closure and need for cardiopulmonary bypass or ventriculotomy with a surgical approach. METHODS: This is a multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing hybrid perventricular mVSD device closure from 1/2004 to 1/2014...
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28800262/risk-factors-predisposing-to-the-development-of-hypogammaglobulinemia-and-infections-post-rituximab
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Evangelos A A Christou, Giuliana Giardino, Austen Worth, Fani Ladomenou
Rituximab (RTX) is a monoclonal antibody against CD20, commonly used in the treatment of hematological malignancies and autoimmune diseases. The use of RTX is related to the development of hypogammaglobulinemia and infections. Aim of this review is to summarize the evidence supporting the association of specific risk factors with the development of hypogammaglobulinemia and infections post-RTX. Immunological complications are more common in patients with malignant diseases as compared to non-malignant diseases...
August 11, 2017: International Reviews of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28799131/pulmonary-vascular-disease-in-a-failed-fontan-patient-with-down-s-syndrome
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Masaya Aoki, Keiichi Hirono, Tomonori Higuma, Yoko Suzuki, Kazuhiko Nakayama, Akio Yamashita, Kazuaki Fukahara, Fukiko Ichida, Noriaki Emoto, Naoki Yoshimura
It is well known that Down's syndrome is a strong risk factor for mortality after Fontan operations. We performed two lung biopsies in a Down's syndrome patient who underwent staged Fontan operations. The pathological findings revealed severe pulmonary arterial hypertrophy and a quantitative real-time polymerase chain reaction revealed the overexpression of endothelin and a decline in the eNOS level at the Fontan operation. Although the preoperative hemodynamic studies revealed that all of the criteria for Fontan had been fulfilled, the patient died of acute cardiac insufficiency, 35 days after the Fontan operation...
August 10, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792711/differential-expression-of-micrornas-in-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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Hai-Xia Xu, Yan Wang, Dong-Dong Zheng, Teng Wang, Min Pan, Jia-Hai Shi, Jian-Hua Zhu, Xiao-Fei Li
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis (CAS) is the most common heart valve disorder. To explore the underlying mechanisms, we investigated whether key microRNAs in calcified aortic valves are differentially expressed compared to those in the non-calcified valves. METHODS: Calcified aortic valves from patients with aortic stenosis and non-calcified aortic valves (control) from patients with aortic insufficiency (n = 8 per group) were obtained during cardiac valve replacement surgery...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791481/anterior-transarticular-c1-c2-fixation-with-contralateral-screw-insertion-a-report-of-two-cases-and-technical-note
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Ivan Lvov, Andrey Grin, Aleksandr Kaykov, Vladimir Smirnov, Vladimir Krylov
PURPOSE: Anterior transarticular fixation of the C1-C2 vertebrae is a well-known technique that involves screw insertion through the body of the C2 vertebra into the lateral masses of the atlas through an anterior transcervical approach. Meanwhile, contralateral screw insertion has been previously described only in anatomical studies. METHODS: We describe two case reports of the clinical application of this new technique. RESULTS: In Case 1, the patient was diagnosed with an unstable C1 fracture...
August 8, 2017: European Spine Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791435/-mitraclip%C3%A2-for-treatment-of-tricuspid-valve-insufficiency
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R Pfister, S Baldus
Tricuspid valve regurgitation is frequently found as a result of right ventricular remodeling due to advanced left heart diseases. Drug treatment is limited to diuretics and the cardiac or pulmonary comorbidities. Due to the high risk only a small percentage of patients are amenable to surgical treatment of tricuspid regurgitation in those who undergo left-sided surgery for other reasons. Catheter-based procedures are an attractive treatment alternative, particularly since the strong prognostic impact of tricuspid regurgitation suggests an unmet need of treatment, independent of the underlying heart disease...
August 8, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790275/-management-of-acute-type-a-dissection-complicated-with-acute-mesenteric-ischemia
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Tomonobu Abe, Akihiko Usui
Acute mesenteric ischemia as malperfusion syndrome associated with acute aortic dissection is a difficult situation. The incidence is approximately 3~4% in acute type A dissection. Traditionally, most of these patients underwent immediate simple central aortic repair expecting that mesenteric artery obstruction and intestinal ischemia would be resolved by simple central aortic repair. However, short term mortality has been reported very high in this strategy. With the aid of rapidly progressing imaging techniques and newer endovascular repair techniques, results seem to be improving in recent years...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790268/-perioperative-care-of-low-cardiac-output-syndrome
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Hiroki Kato, Yoshiro Matsui
Low cardiac syndrome( LOS) is the imbalance of the oxygen supply and demand at the tissue due to reduced oxygen supply by decreased cardiac function. The causes of the cardiac dysfunction are insufficient cardioplegia, elongation of aortic clamp or cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) duration, incomplete revascularization, and so on. The preventions of LOS are myocardial protections intraoperatively. The most important myocardial protection is to accomplish more quickly, accurately and safety to operation. And today, cardioplegia is essential for surgery requiring CPB...
July 2017: Kyobu Geka. the Japanese Journal of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770972/prophylactic-levosimendan-for-the-prevention-of-low-cardiac-output-syndrome-and-mortality-in-paediatric-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Johanna Hummel, Gerta Rücker, Brigitte Stiller
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome remains a serious complication, and accounts for substantial morbidity and mortality in the postoperative course of paediatric patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Standard prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for low cardiac output syndrome are based mainly on catecholamines, which are effective drugs, but have considerable side effects. Levosimendan, a calcium sensitiser, enhances the myocardial function by generating more energy-efficient myocardial contractility than achieved via adrenergic stimulation with catecholamines...
August 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28764216/association-between-left-ventricle-diastolic-dysfunction-and-unfavorable-prognostic-markers-in-patients-with-aortic-insufficiency
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Meliza Goi Roscani, Juliana da Cunha Duarte, Gustavo Nicolodi Augusto, Thaysa Rodrigues de Moraes Salgueiro, Mariana N Meireles, Juliana I F Gobbi, Katashi Okoshi, João Carlos Hueb
INTRODUCTION: The presence of symptoms, systolic dysfunction and Left Ventricle (LV) dilation are considered unfavourable prognostic markers in Aortic Valve Insufficiency (AVI). The role of diastolic dysfunction, which is considered unfavourable outcome marker in cardiac pathologies, is not well established in AVI. AIM: To evaluate if the presence of diastolic dysfunction may be associated with unfavourable prognostic markers in AVI patients. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A cross-sectional prospective study was performed on 22 patients with moderate or severe AVI...
June 2017: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762900/-the-problem-of-minimally-changed-coronary-arteries-at-elective-coronary-angiography
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A N Sumin, E V Korok, M A Sinkov, O A Nagirnyak, L S Barbarash
AIM: to study rates and possible causes of detecting "clean" coronary arteries at elective coronary angiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medical records of 711 patients who had undergone elective coronary angiography (ECAG) between 01/04 and 31/05 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Four groups were distinguished: group 1 - patients with normal coronary arteries (n=234), group 2 - patients with coronary artery stenoses (CAS) <60% (n=94), group 3 - patients with 60-69% CAS (n=22), group 4 - patients with CAS more or equal 70% (n=361)...
April 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756627/pathogen-reduced-platelets-for-the-prevention-of-bleeding
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REVIEW
Lise J Estcourt, Reem Malouf, Sally Hopewell, Marialena Trivella, Carolyn Doree, Simon J Stanworth, Michael F Murphy
BACKGROUND: Platelet transfusions are used to prevent and treat bleeding in people who are thrombocytopenic. Despite improvements in donor screening and laboratory testing, a small risk of viral, bacterial, or protozoal contamination of platelets remains. There is also an ongoing risk from newly emerging blood transfusion-transmitted infections for which laboratory tests may not be available at the time of initial outbreak.One solution to reduce the risk of blood transfusion-transmitted infections from platelet transfusion is photochemical pathogen reduction, in which pathogens are either inactivated or significantly depleted in number, thereby reducing the chance of transmission...
July 30, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754546/comparison-of-different-stem-cell-mobilization-regimen-in-al-amyloidosis-patients
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Katharina Lisenko, Patrick Wuchter, Marion Hansberg, Anja Mangatter, Axel Benner, Anthony D Ho, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Ute Hegenbart, Stefan Schönland
High-dose melphalan (HDM) and autologous blood stem cell transplantation (ABSCT) is an effective treatment for transplant-eligible patients with systemic light chain (AL) amyloidosis. Whereas most centers use granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) alone for mobilization of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), the application of mobilization chemotherapy might offer specific advantages. We retrospectively analyzed 110 patients with AL amyloidosis who underwent PBSC collection. Major eligibility criteria included age <70 years and cardiac insufficiency NYHA ≤III°...
July 25, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28753798/selection-effects-may-explain-smoking-related-outcome-differences-after-radical-cystectomy
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Michael Froehner, Rainer Koch, Matthias Hübler, Ulrike Heberling, Vladimir Novotny, Stefan Zastrow, Gustavo B Baretton, Manfred P Wirth
The impact of smoking on mortality among patients with bladder cancer is subject to controversy. We investigated 1000 patients who consecutively underwent radical cystectomy between 1993 and 2013. Proportional hazards models for competing risks were used to study the combined effects of variables on mortality. Compared to nonsmokers, current smokers were more frequently male (35.7% vs 12.0%, p<0.0001), younger (63.5 vs 70.5 yr, p<0.0001), had a lower body mass index (26.2 vs 27.1kg/m(2), p<0.0001), and suffered less frequently from cardiac insufficiency (12...
October 26, 2016: European Urology Focus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28743338/-clinical-characteristics-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-high-plasma-level-of-procalcitonin-an-analysis-in-188-patients
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Chuli Pan, Wei Cui, Feifei Zhou, Junwei Tu, Xiuhui Lin, Libin Li, Gensheng Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical characteristics and prognosis of patients with high level of plasma procalcitonin (PCT > 100 μg/L), and to improve the clinician's understanding, diagnosis and treatment of this kind of patients. METHODS: A retrospective study was conducted. The clinical data of patients with plasma PCT over 100 μg/L within 48 hours of admission admitted to Second Affiliated Hospital of Zhejiang University School of Medicine from February 2013 to December 2016 were collected, and the clinical characteristics were analyzed...
July 2017: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
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