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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645012/associations-between-toxic-and-essential-trace-elements-in-maternal-blood-and-fetal-congenital-heart-defects
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Yanqiu Ou, Michael S Bloom, Zhiqiang Nie, Fengzhen Han, Jinzhuang Mai, Jimei Chen, Shao Lin, Xiaoqing Liu, Jian Zhuang
Prenatal exposure to toxic trace elements, including heavy metals, is an important public health concern. Few studies have assessed if individual and multiple trace elements simultaneously affect cardiac development. The current study evaluated the association between maternal blood lead (Pb), cadmium (Cd), chromium (Cr), copper (Cu), mercury (Hg), and selenium (Se) levels and congenital heart defects (CHDs) in offspring. This hospital-based case-control study included 112 case and 107 control infants. Maternal peripheral blood draw was made during gestational weeks 17-40 and used to determine trace element levels by inductively coupled plasma mass spectrometry...
June 20, 2017: Environment International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644857/beneficial-effects-of-hibiscus-rosa-sinensis-l-flower-aqueous-extract-in-pregnant-rats-with-diabetes
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Luana Alves Freitas Afiune, Thaís Leal-Silva, Yuri Karen Sinzato, Rafaianne Queiroz Moraes-Souza, Thaigra Sousa Soares, Kleber Eduardo Campos, Ricardo Toshio Fujiwara, Emilio Herrera, Débora Cristina Damasceno, Gustavo Tadeu Volpato
PURPOSE: The Hibiscus rosa-sinensis flower is widely used in Brazilian traditional medicine for the treatment of diabetes and has shown antifertility activity in female Wistar rats. However, there is no scientific confirmation of its effect on diabetes and pregnancy. The aim of this study was evaluate the effect of aqueous extract of H. rosa-sinensis flowers on maternal-fetal outcome in pregnant rats with diabetes. METHODS: Diabetes was induced by streptozotocin (STZ, 40 mg/kg) in virgin, adult, female Wistar rats...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638494/an-unusual-case-of-live-caesarean-scar-ectopic-pregnancy-a-common-entity-in-an-uncommon-location
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Sayali D Joshi, Shenaz A Momin, Dev Shetty
BACKGROUND: Scar pregnancy is an extremely rare type of ectopic pregnancy, where there is implantation of the gestational sac onto the anterior wall of the uterus at the site of previous LSCS scar in a multipara female. Due to a poor vascular supply to the lower uterine segment, caesarean scars may heal improperly predisposing it to be a site of improper implantation of the gestational sac. RESULTS: The characteristic features are empty uterus and cervix, gestational sac in the anterior part of lower uterine segment with a history of painless vaginal bleeding...
2017: Polish Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28635575/-high-risk-obstetrics-in-tertiary-centres-anaesthetist-hybrid-operating-suite-and-obstetric-critical-care-unit
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C D van der Marel, A J Eggink, R J Stolker
The frequency of pregnancy-related morbidity has increased over recent decades, as has the number of patients with complex congenital cardiac anomalies reaching fertile age, resulting in an increasing number of high-risk pregnancies. In order to optimalise maternal and foetal outcome in these patients, not only is the availability of optimal in-hospital facilities (e.g. obstetric critical care unit, hybrid operating suite) important, but also a multidisciplinary approach which is mandatory for successful maternal and foetal outcome...
2017: Nederlands Tijdschrift Voor Geneeskunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28630000/betaine-aldehyde-dehydrogenase-expression-during-physiological-cardiac-hypertrophy-induced-by-pregnancy
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Jesús Alfredo Rosas-Rodríguez, José Guadalupe Soñanez-Organis, José Arquimides Godoy-Lugo, Juan Alberto Espinoza-Salazar, Cesar Jeravy López-Jacobo, Norma Aurora Stephens-Camacho, Guadalupe González-Ochoa
Betaine Aldehyde Dehydrogenase (betaine aldehyde: NAD(P)(+) oxidoreductase, (E.C. 1.2.1.8; BADH) catalyze the irreversible oxidation of betaine aldehyde (BA) to glycine betaine (GB) and is essential for polyamine catabolism, γ-aminobutyric acid synthesis, and carnitine biosynthesis. GB is an important osmolyte that regulates the homocysteine levels, contributing to a vascular risk factor reduction. In this sense, distinct investigations describe the physiological roles of GB, but there is a lack of information about the GB novo synthesis process and regulation during cardiac hypertrophy induced by pregnancy...
June 16, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627028/common-findings-in-late-gestation-fetal-echocardiography
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Lauren Tague, Mary T Donofrio, Amanda Fulgium, Robert McCarter, Catherine Limperopoulos, David N Schidlow
OBJECTIVES: Fetal echocardiography provides detailed information about cardiac structure and function in utero. Limited information is available regarding normal findings late in pregnancy. We therefore sought to identify and describe common cardiac findings in late gestation. METHODS: Fetuses with structurally normal hearts were identified in mid gestation within a subset of pregnant women in a prospective study. The atrioventricular valves, right and left atria, aortic isthmus and ductus arteriosus dimensions and flow abnormalities, aneurysm of the septum primum, and presence and grade of tricuspid regurgitation were assessed throughout pregnancy...
June 19, 2017: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625309/maternal-mortality-and-the-role-of-the-obstetric-anesthesiologist
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REVIEW
Gillian Abir, Jill Mhyre
Maternal mortality is increasing in the United States and remains unacceptably high in many parts of the world. Pre-existing conditions and social determinants of health frequently contribute to maternal death. General solutions to enhance maternal safety focus on systems to identify women at high risk and to tailor the management before, during, and after pregnancy. This review highlights condition-specific solutions for the leading etiologies of maternal death, including cardiac disease, sepsis, hemorrhage, venous thromboembolism, hypertensive disorders of pregnancy, and amniotic fluid embolism...
March 2017: Best Practice & Research. Clinical Anaesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625035/programming-of-infant-neurodevelopment-by-maternal-obesity-potential-role-of-maternal-inflammation-and-insulin-resistance
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Mira Dewi, Susan E Carlson, Kathleen M Gustafson, Debra K Sullivan, Jo A Wick, Holly R Hull
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Recent studies show that maternal obesity is associated with impaired offspring neurodevelopmental outcomes. The mechanism underlying the association is unclear. However, there is evidence to suggest a role for intra-uterine exposure to inflammation and insulin resistance (IR). We aimed to determine if maternal IR and inflammation were associated to fetal neurodevelopment as indicated by fetal heart rate variability (HRV), an index of fetal cardiac autonomic nervous system development...
June 2017: Asia Pacific Journal of Clinical Nutrition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28623036/-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-dysplasia-literature-review-and-case-report
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William Alejandro Camargo-Ariza, Silvia Juliana Galvis-Blanco, Tatiana Del Pilar Camacho-Enciso, Carlos Alberto Quiroz-Romero, Juan José Bermudez-Echeverry
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia is an inherited autosomal dominant pathology with an estimated prevalence of 1:2,500 to 1:5,000, being higher in males (3:1). It is characterized histologically by replacement of cardiomyocytes by fibro-adipose tissue, which predisposes to ventricular arrhythmias, right ventricular failure, and sudden cardiac death. The main goal of treatment is to reduce the risk of sudden death and improve the quality of life of patients. We present the case of a 23 year old woman whose clinical symptoms started with palpitations, chest pain with physical activity, syncope and headache 6 years ago during her first pregnancy...
June 13, 2017: Archivos de Cardiología de México
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622702/impact-of-pregnancy-on-maternal-cardiac-atria
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Robert B Martin, David B Nelson, Robert Stewart, Susan Matulevicius, Donald D McIntire, F Gary Cunningham
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June 16, 2017: American Journal of Perinatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622145/clinical-analyses-of-383-cases-with-maternal-cardiac-diseases
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Emine Aydin, Ozgur Ozyuncu, Dila Kasapoglu, Gokcen Orgul, Necla Ozer, Murat Yurdakok, M Sinan Beksac
AIM: To evaluate the pregnancy outcomes of women with heart disease. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this retrospective study, 383 pregnant women with cardiac diseases were examined. The cases were classified according to the World Health Organization (WHO) classification. The distribution of the cases according to class, congenital heart diseases, mean birthweight, mean gestational week at delivery, type of delivery [cesarean section (CS) or vaginal delivery], and cardivascular events (during pregnancy and puerperium) were evaluated...
June 5, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28618098/pre-labor-fetal-cardiac-function-and-its-relationship-with-intrapartum-fetal-compromise-and-neonatal-status-at-term
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Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: To prospectively investigate the relationship between fetal cardiac function and Doppler parameters with intrapartum fetal compromise (IFC) in term appropriately grown fetuses prior to labour. Secondary outcomes were to correlate prenatal cardiac function with neonatal acid base status, intrapartum fetal heart rate abnormalities adverse neonatal outcomes. METHODS: This was a blinded, prospective, observational, cohort study, at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia...
June 15, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28617685/adult-congenital-heart-disease-magnitude-of-the-problem
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Akanksha N Thakkar, Ponraj Chinnadurai, C Huie Lin
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: To define the magnitude of problems faced by patients with adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) and to identify unmet needs for this population. RECENT FINDINGS: The ACHD population is estimated to include more than 1 million people in the United States and continues to grow at a steady rate. Owing to the decline in early mortality in this group, modern medicine is now faced by the long-term complications associated with congenital heart disease such as chronic heart failure, increased endocarditis risk, elevated burden of arrhythmias, pulmonary hypertension, valvular dysfunction, and pregnancy...
June 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28614833/use-of-the-myocardial-performance-index-in-decreased-fetal-movement-assessment-a-case-control-study
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Daphne Ho, Jingjing Wang, Yvette Homann, Jennifer Alphonse, Geraldene Beirne, Alec W Welsh, Amanda Henry
OBJECTIVES: To determine whether there are any fetal cardiac function changes, as measured by the myocardial performance index (MPI), in pregnancies complicated by decreased fetal movement (DFM). METHODS: We performed a prospective cross-sectional case-control study of 50 DFM and 50 uncomplicated third-trimester pregnancies matched within 2 gestational weeks. Routine ultrasound growth and well-being parameters as well as MPI were measured. Average MPI measurements and its component values were compared between the DFM and the control group, as were demographics, other ultrasound data, and perinatal outcomes...
June 15, 2017: Fetal Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28611934/etiology-and-perinatal-outcome-of-nonimmune-hydrops-fetalis-in-southern-china
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Sheng He, Linlin Wang, Pingshan Pan, Hongwei Wei, Dahua Meng, Juan Du, Xiaoxian Tian, Chenguang Zheng, Xiaoxia Qiu, Guoyang Luo
Objective  This study aims to analyze the etiology and perinatal outcome of nonimmune hydrops fetalis (NIHF) in Southern China. Methods  All cases with NIHF diagnosed antenatally from January 1, 2007 to December 31, 2014 were identified and analyzed. Results  Total 482 cases of NIHF were identified during the study period. The most common cause of NIHF was hemoglobin (Hb) Bart's disease (61.8%), followed by chromosomal abnormalities (13.5%), idiopathic etiology (13.1%), cardiac abnormalities (6.4%), and others (5...
April 2017: American Journal of Perinatology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28609171/myocardial-performance-index-in-hypertensive-disorders-of-pregnancy-the-relationship-between-blood-pressures-and-angiogenic-factors
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Hadi Ramadan, Sarosh Rana, Ariel Mueller, Surichhya Bajracharya, Dongsheng Zhang, Saira Salahuddin, Rabab Nasim, Joana Lopes Perdigao, Mohammed Minhaj, Avery Tung, Zolt Arany, Sajid Shahul
OBJECTIVE: To study the association between cardiac function measured by myocardial performance index (MPI), blood pressures and angiogenic factors measured at the time of echocardiography in patients with and without hypertensive disorders of pregnancy (HDP). METHODS: We prospectively studied 189 pregnant women and evaluated whether changes in cardiac function observed on echocardiography were correlated with higher blood pressures and whether higher blood pressures were associated with antiangiogenic proteins (soluble fms-like tyrosine kinase, sFlt1; soluble endoglin, sEng)...
May 2017: Hypertension in Pregnancy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28608400/myocardial-strain-assessment-using-velocity-vector-imaging-in-normally-grown-fetuses-at-term
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Amal A Alsolai, Larissa N Bligh, Ristan M Greer, Alexander Gooi, Sailesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: The aim was to prospectively assess fetal myocardial deformation at term in normally grown fetuses, using Velocity Vector Imaging (VVI) 2D speckle-tracking technique and explore myocardial deformation changes over the last four weeks of pregnancy. METHODS: This was a prospective, observational, cohort study, at the Mater Mother's Hospital, Brisbane, Australia. A cohort of 276 women with uncomplicated singleton pregnancies underwent fortnightly ultrasound from 36 weeks until delivery...
June 13, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607783/intramural-hematoma-of-the-esophagus-complicating-severe-preeclampsia
#18
Simone Garzon, Giovanni Zanconato, Nicoletta Zatti, Giuseppe Chiarioni, Massimo Franchi
Intramural hematoma of the esophagus is a rare injury causing esophageal mucosal dissection. Forceful vomiting and coagulopathy are common underlying causes in the elderly population taking antiplatelets or anticoagulation agents. Acute retrosternal pain followed by hematemesis and dysphagia differentiates the hematoma from other cardiac or thoracic emergencies, including acute myocardial infarction or aortic dissection. Direct inspection by endoscopy is useful, but chest computed tomography best assesses the degree of obliteration of the lumen and excludes other differential diagnoses...
2017: Case Reports in Obstetrics and Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607126/mechanisms-and-treatment-of-halogen-inhalation-induced-pulmonary-and-systemic-injuries-in-pregnant-mice
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James A Lambert, Matthew A Carlisle, Adam Lam, Saurabh Aggarwal, Stephen Doran, Changchun Ren, Wayne E Bradley, Louis Dell'Italia, Namasivayam Ambalavanan, David A Ford, Rakesh P Patel, Tamas Jilling, Sadis Matalon
Inhalation of oxidant gases has been implicated in adverse outcomes in pregnancy, but animal models to address mechanisms and studies to identify potential pregnancy-specific therapies are lacking. Herein, we show that inhalation of bromine at 600 parts per million for 30 minutes by pregnant mice on the 15th day of embryonic development results in significantly lower survival after 96 hours than an identical level of exposure in nonpregnant mice. On the 19th embryonic day, bromine-exposed pregnant mice have increased systemic blood pressure, abnormal placental development, severe fetal growth restriction, systemic inflammation, increased levels of circulating antiangiogenic short fms-like tyrosine kinase-1, and evidence of pulmonary and cardiac injury...
June 12, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28606654/management-of-marfan-syndrome-during-pregnancy-a-real-world-experience-from-a-joint-cardiac-obstetric-service
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Joanna C E-S Lim, Matthew Cauldwell, Roshni R Patel, Anselm Uebing, Ruth A Curry, Mark R Johnson, Michael A Gatzoulis, Lorna Swan
BACKGROUND: Pregnancy in Marfan Syndrome (MFS) is associated with increased maternal risk of cardiovascular events. Given the maternal and genetic risks, pre-conception counselling is essential to facilitate informed choices. Multidisciplinary antenatal care with regular imaging is mandatory and best delivered through a Joint Cardiac Obstetric Service (JCOS). The aim of this study was to compare the care delivered in a JCOS against recognised international standards (European Society of Cardiology (ESC))...
May 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
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