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Rosemarijn Jansen, Kim Urgel, Maarten J Cramer, Egidius E H L van Aarnhem, Peter P M Zwetsloot, Pieter A Doevendans, Jolanda Kluin, Steven A J Chamuleau
Background: Clinical decision-making in symptomatic patients after mitral valve (MV) repair remains challenging as echocardiographic reference values are lacking. In native MV disease intervention is recommended for mean transmitral pressure gradient (TPG) >15 mmHg or systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) >60 mmHg at peak exercise. Insight into standard stress echo parameters after MV repair may therefore aid to clinical decision-making during follow-up. Hypothesis: Stress echocardiography derived parameters in asymptomatic patients after successful MV repair differ from current guidelines for native valves...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Stéphane Doutreleau, Irina Enache, Cristina Pistea, Bernard Geny, Anne Charloux
In this study, we hypothesized that adding CO2 to an inhaled hypoxic gas mixture will limit the rise of pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) induced by a moderate exercise. Eight 20-year-old males performed four constant-load exercise tests on cycle at 40% of maximal oxygen consumption in four conditions: ambient air, normobaric hypoxia (12.5% O2 ), inhaled CO2 (4.5% CO2 ), and combination of hypoxia and inhaled CO2 . Doppler echocardiography was used to measure systolic (s)PAP, cardiac output (CO). Total pulmonary resistance (TPR) was calculated...
March 3, 2018: Pflügers Archiv: European Journal of Physiology
A Rossi, F L Dini, E Agricola, P Faggiano, G Benfari, P L Temporelli, C Cucco, L Scelsi, C Vassanelli, S Ghio
BACKGROUND: The relation between systolic pulmonary pressure (sPAP) and left atrium in patients with heart failure (HF) is unclear. Diastolic dysfunction, expressed as restrictive mitral filling pattern (RMP), and functional mitral regurgitation (FMR) are associated with both LA enlargement and increased sPAP. We aimed to evaluate whether atrial dilation might modulate the consequences of RMP and FMR on the pulmonary circulation of patients with HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF)...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Echocardiography
Feng Hai, Chen Xueming, Zhang Zhiwen, Li Chenyu, Fang Jie, Zhang Zhe, Lian Lishan, Zhu Renming, Yu Hongzhi, Liu Bin
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the safety and efficacy of selective catheter-directed thrombolysis in treating acute massive pulmonary thromboembolism (AMPTE). MATERIALS AND METHODS: Twenty-six AMPTE patients were enrolled between March 2010 and March 2013. A Uni*Fuse infusion system was inserted into the main pulmonary artery thrombus. The thrombolytic regimen included an intraoperative bolus injection of 250,000 IU urokinase, followed by continuous thrombolytic infusion of 5,000IU/kg...
February 15, 2018: Annals of Vascular Surgery
Souhel Najjar, Johann Steiner, Amanda Najjar, Karl Bechter
Growing data point to the overlap between psychosis and pathological processes associated with immunological dysregulation as well as inflammation. Notably, the recent discovery of antibodies against synaptic and neuronal cell membrane proteins such as anti-N-methyl-D-aspartate receptor provides more direct evidence of the etiological connection between autoimmunity and subsequent hazard of psychosis. Here, we advocate the use of term "autoimmune psychosis," as this term suggests that autoimmune disorders can masquerade as drug-resistant primary psychosis, and this subtype of psychosis has anatomical and immunological footprints in the brain, despite the frequent absence of structural abnormalities on conventional brain MRI...
February 13, 2018: Journal of Neuroinflammation
José Luis Morales-Rull, Silvia Bielsa, Alicia Conde-Martel, Oscar Aramburu-Bodas, Pau Llàcer, Miguel Angel Quesada, Iván Suárez-Pedreira, Luis Manzano, Manuel Montero-Pérez Barquero, José M Porcel
BACKGROUND: The incidence of pleural effusions (PEs) in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is not well established. We aimed to determine their prevalence, clinical characteristics and prognostic implications. METHODS: Retrospective review of 3245 consecutive patients with ADHF from the Spanish RICA Registry. The clinical characteristics of those with or without PEs on chest radiographs were compared and a predictive PE model was generated. RESULTS: Patient's median age was 80 years and 60% had a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >50%...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Bonnie Liu, Kunal Jana, Gary Groot
INTRODUCTION: The Saskatoon Prostate Assessment Pathway (SPAP) was developed in 2013 in part to decrease the wait times between physician referral and biopsy for patients with suspected prostate cancer. Using an algorithm carefully designed to optimize appropriate prostate biopsy rates, physicians can directly refer patients for biopsy through the SPAP without seeing a urologist. All other patients are referred to the Saskatoon Urology Associates (SUA). The present study evaluates the performance of the algorithm...
September 2017: Canadian Urological Association Journal, Journal de L'Association des Urologues du Canada
Dongmei Zhang, Xinlun Tian, Ruie Feng, Xiaobei Guo, Peng Wang, Yusen Situ, Yi Xiao, Kai-Feng Xu
BACKGROUND: Secondary pulmonary alveolar proteinosis (sPAP) is an extremely rare disease. The clinical features of sPAP patients remain to be summarizeds. METHODS: Patients pathologically diagnosed with PAP and with negative results for anti-granulocyte macrophage colony stimulating factor (GM-CSF) autoantibodies from Peking Union Medical College Hospital between January 2000 and July 2016 were retrospectively studied. The PubMed database was also searched for literature to collect published cases...
January 25, 2018: BMC Pulmonary Medicine
Yan Wang, Wei Tian, Chunhong Xiu, Ming Yan, Shuya Wang, Yifang Mei
Urotensin II (UII) has been reported to play a key role in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) development. Doppler echocardiography, a noninvasive and simple tool, is recommended for diagnosing PAH. This study was designed to investigate the effect of urantide, a UII receptor antagonist, on the structure and function of the right ventricle in PAH rat models by Doppler echocardiography. A total of 60 male rats were divided into two groups: early- and late-treatment groups. Rats in the urantide and MCT (monocrotaline) subgroups were injected with 10 μg/kg urantide in the urantide group or an equal amount of normal saline in the MCT group 1 week after PAH model construction in the early-treatment group and 4 weeks after the construction in the late-treatment group...
January 23, 2018: Clinical Rheumatology
Salim Bary Barywani, Michael Fu
OBJECTIVE: Elevated systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP) is common among elderly patients with cardiac and pulmonary diseases. The lowest level of sPAP associated with increased mortality rate in octogenarians with cardiac diseases is however not sufficiently studied. Therefore, the present study aimed to identify the lowest level of sPAP associated with increased 5-year all-cause mortality in this patient group. DESIGN: Of 538 octogenarians presented at the three Sahlgrenska University Hospitals (Sahlgrenska, Östra and Mölndal) with either congestive heart failure (CHF) or acute coronary syndrome (ACS), only 302 patients who had undergone echocardiography with data on sPAP were included in the present study...
January 22, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Yanwei Sun, Sijia Chen, Chen Zhang, Yali Liu, Li Ma, Xiangyu Zhang
OBJECTIVES: Lemon essential oil (LEO) is a kind of secondary metabolite from lemon peels and has been found to inhibit cariogenic bacteria for decades. However, its effects on main cariogenic virulence factors are rarely reported. The present study aimed to investigate the effects of sub-minimum inhibitory concentrations (sub-MICs) of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of Streptococcus mutans (S. mutans) and preliminarily reveal the possible underlying mechanisms. DESIGNS: Effects of LEO on the acid tolerance and biofilm formation of S...
December 29, 2017: Archives of Oral Biology
Marc Moritz Berger, Franziska Macholz, Peter Schmidt, Sebastian Fried, Tabea Perz, Daniel Dankl, Josef Niebauer, Peter Bärtsch, Heimo Mairbäurl, Mahdi Sareban
Berger, Marc Moritz, Franziska Macholz, Peter Schmidt, Sebastian Fried, Tabea Perz, Daniel Dankl, Josef Niebauer, Peter Bärtsch, Heimo Mairbäurl, and Mahdi Sareban. Inhaled budesonide does not affect hypoxic pulmonary vasoconstriction at 4559 m of altitude. High Alt Med Biol 00:000-000, 2017.-Oral intake of the corticosteroid dexamethasone has been shown to lower pulmonary artery pressure (PAP) and to prevent high-altitude pulmonary edema. This study tested whether inhalation of the corticosteroid budesonide attenuates PAP and right ventricular (RV) function after rapid ascent to 4559 m...
January 3, 2018: High Altitude Medicine & Biology
Smita Sihag, Bao Le, Alison S Witkin, Josanna M Rodriguez-Lopez, Mauricio A Villavicencio, Gus J Vlahakes, Richard N Channick, Cameron D Wright
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary thromboendarterectomy (PTE) is an effective treatment for chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH), but is a technically challenging operation for cardiothoracic surgeons. Starting a new program allows an opportunity to define a learning curve for PTE. METHODS: A retrospective case review was performed of 134 consecutive PTEs performed from 1998 to 2016 at a single institution. Outcomes were compared using either a two-tailed t-test for continuous variables or a chi-squared test for categorical variables according to experience of the program by terciles (T)...
December 28, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Constance Verdonk, Arthur Darmon, Claire Cimadevilla, Laurent Lepage, Richard Raffoul, Patrick Nataf, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
BACKGROUND: Performance of tricuspid annuloplasty (TA) in patients undergoing mitral valve surgery is recommended based on the degree of tricuspid regurgitation and tricuspid annulus size, but is often underused. AIM: To evaluate the impact of combined TA on in-hospital outcome in patients undergoing mitral valve replacement (MVR). METHODS: We selected all consecutive patients who underwent MVR for native valve disease. Clinical, echocardiographic and in-hospital complications were obtained from chart review...
December 6, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
Frederico J N Mancuso, Valdir A Moises, Dirceu R Almeida, Dalva Poyares, Luciana J Storti, Flavio S Brito, Sergio Tufik, Angelo A V de Paola, Antonio C C Carvalho, Orlando Campos
Heart failure (HF) is associated with morbidity and mortality. Real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) may offer additional prognostic data in patients with HF. The study aimed to evaluate the prognostic value of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE). This is a prospective study that included 89 patients with HF and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 0.50 who were followed for 48 months. Left atrium and ventricular volumes and functions were evaluated by RT3DE. TDI and two-dimensional echocardiography parameters were also obtained...
November 2, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Yidan Li, Yidan Wang, Hong Li, Weiwei Zhu, Xiangli Meng, Xiuzhang Lu
The present study aimed to evaluate hemodynamics and right ventricular function in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) using transthoracic echocardiography and to compare these results with measurements obtained using right-sided heart catheterization (RHC). A total of 75 patients with PH were examined using echocardiography and RHC. Patients were divided into the following two groups according to their difference between SPAPecho and SPAPRHC measurement: The overestimated group and underestimated group...
October 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Mohammad M Al-Daydamony, Tamer M Moustafaa
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension is a common complication of rheumatic mitral stenosis (MS). Patients with similar mitral valve (MV) areas may have different pulmonary artery pressures. Net atrioventricular compliance (Cn) was found to play an important role in the development of pulmonary hypertension. AIM: To test the value of Cn in predicting persistent pulmonary artery hypertension (PPAH) after percutaneous mitral balloon commissurotomy (PMBC). PATIENTS AND METHODS: Eighty patients with severe MS, suitable for PMBC were included in the study...
October 2017: Journal of the Saudi Heart Association
Sabine Revuz, Evelyne Decullier, Isabelle Ginon, Nicolas Lamblin, Pierre-Yves Hatron, Pierre Kaminsky, Marie-France Carette, Pascal Lacombe, Anne-Claire Simon, Sophie Rivière, Jean-Robert Harlé, Alain Fraisse, Christian Lavigne, Vanessa Leguy-Seguin, Ari Chaouat, Chahera Khouatra, Sophie Dupuis-Girod, Eric Hachulla
BACKGROUND: Different pulmonary hypertension (PH) mechanisms are associated with hereditary haemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). METHODS AND RESULTS: We conducted a retrospective study of all suspected cases of PH (echocardiographically estimated systolic pulmonary artery pressure [sPAP] ≥ 40 mmHg) in patients with definite HHT recorded in the French National Reference Centre for HHT database. When right heart catheterization (RHC) was performed, PH cases were confirmed and classified among the PH groups according to the European guidelines...
2017: PloS One
Leila Ghofraniha, Zahra Mirfeizi, Fatemeh Seyyedi Khabbaz, Farveh Vakilian, Saeed Eslami
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an increasingly recognized complication of systemic lupus erythematous (SLE), which may remain undiagnosed if asymptomatic. OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to determine the correlation between echocardiographic findings of PAH and six-minute walk test (6WMT) and serum pro b-type natriuretic peptide (proBNP) level in patients with SLE. METHODS: This cross-sectional study was performed on 50 SLE patients selected from patients referring to the outpatient's department of the Rheumatology Clinic at Imam Reza Hospital in Mashhad, Iran, from July 2013 through September 2014, using resting transthoracic echocardiography to estimate systolic pulmonary artery pressure (sPAP)...
August 2017: Electronic Physician
Birgit Blissenbach, Christos T Nakas, Martin Krönke, Thomas Geiser, Tobias M Merz, Jacqueline Pichler Hefti
In vitro and animal studies revealed miRs to be involved in modulation of hypoxia-induced pulmonary hypertension (HPH). However, knowledge on circulating miRs in humans in the context of HPH is very limited. Since symptoms of HPH are non-specific and non-invasive diagnostic parameters do not exist, a disease-specific and hypoxemia-independent biomarker indicating HPH would be of clinical value. To examine whether plasma miR levels correlate with hypoxia-induced increase in pulmonary artery pressures, plasma miRs were assessed in a model of hypoxia-related pulmonary hypertension in humans exposed to extreme altitude...
September 28, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
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