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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820560/severe-valvular-aortic-stenosis-and-fixed-subvalvular-aortic-stenosis-a-rare-and-challenging-combination
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Ayman Elbadawi, Marwan Saad, Islam Y Elgendy, Basarat Baig, Farhad Abtahian
A 58-year-old man with a history of hypertension presented with accelerating angina. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a thickened aortic valve with pressure gradients and an estimated aortic valve area suggestive of mild aortic stenosis. Left heart catheterization demonstrated non-significant coronary artery disease. Pressure tracings showed a high left ventricular pressure and a mean gradient across the aortic valve of 69 mmHg. Subsequent transesophageal echocardiography revealed a subvalvular aortic stenosis that was secondary to the subaortic membrane, with severe valvular aortic stenosis...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820549/qishenyiqi-dripping-pill-improves-heart-failure-by-up-regulation-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptor-expression
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Junfeng Sun, Hua Qian, Xiaoguang Li, Xianling Tang
BACKGROUND: QishenYiqi Dripping Pill (QYDP) is a Chinese herbal medicine that originally was used for the treatment of coronary artery disease. Recently, QYDP was used as a complementary treatment for heart failure (HF) in China. METHODS: An HF rat model was used to clarify the possible therapeutic effects of QYDP on HF. The HF rats were allocated to two groups, HF and HF+QYDP, while normal rats served as a negative control. Cardiac functions were evaluated echocardiographically and hemodynamically...
March 2017: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28820057/impact-of-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitors-angiotensin-receptors-blockers-on-mortality-in-acute-heart-failure-patients-with-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-in-the-middle-east-observations-from-the-gulf-acute-heart-failure-registry-gulf-care
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Ibrahim Al-Zakwani, Kadhim Sulaiman, Jawad A Al-Lawati, Alawi A Alsheikh-Ali, Prashanth Panduranga, Khalid F AlHabib, Jassim Al Suwaidi, Wael Al-Mahmeed, Hussam AlFaleh, Abdelfatah Elasfar, Ahmed Al-Motarreb, Mustafa Ridha, Bassam Bulbanat, Mohammed Al-Jarallah, Nooshin Bazargani, Nidal Asaad, Haitham Amin
AIMS: To evaluate the impact of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEIs)/angiotensin receptors blockers (ARBs) on in-hospital, 3- and 12-month all-cause mortality in acute heart failure (AHF) patients with left ventricular systolic dysfunction in 7 countries of the Middle East. METHODS AND RESULTS: Data was analysed from 2,683 consecutive patients admitted with AHF and low ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) (<40%) from 47 hospitals from February to November, 2012...
August 17, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819363/combined-analysis-of-endothelial-hematopoietic-and-mesenchymal-stem-cell-compartments-shows-simultaneous-but-independent-effects-of-age-and-heart-disease
#4
Carine Ghem, Lucinara Dadda Dias, Roberto Tofani Sant'Anna, Renato A K Kalil, Melissa Markoski, Nance Beyer Nardi
Clinical trials using stem cell therapy for heart diseases have not reproduced the initial positive results obtained with animal models. This might be explained by a decreased regenerative capacity of stem cells collected from the patients. This work aimed at the simultaneous investigation of endothelial stem/progenitor cells (EPCs), mesenchymal stem/progenitor cells (MSCs), and hematopoietic stem/progenitor cells (HSCs) in sternal bone marrow samples of patients with ischemic or valvular heart disease, using flow cytometry and colony assays...
2017: Stem Cells International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28819361/unilateral-headache-status-after-intra-aortic-balloon-pump-placement
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Garret M Weber, Alan L Gass, Shalvi B Parikh
INTRODUCTION: Intra-aortic balloon pump (IABP) counterpulsation is a catheter-based treatment for coronary artery disease and decompensated heart failure to increase coronary blood flow and improve cardiac output. IABP is generally well tolerated, and complications are usually related to peripheral vasculature or red blood cell and platelet consumption. The usual insertion site via femoral artery renders the patient bedbound. Recently, axillary artery has been used in patients with atherosclerotic peripheral vascular disease and documented small arteries or in those awaiting transplant to ensure ambulation and prevent deconditioning...
2017: Case Reports in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818533/the-association-between-bouted-and-non-bouted-physical-activity-on-retinopathy-prevalence
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Emily Frith, Paul D Loprinzi
OBJECTIVE: We evaluated the specific differential association between non-bouted, lifestyle physical activities (vs. structured exercise; i.e., bouted physical activity) on retinopathy prevalence among a national sample of the broader U.S. adult population. METHODS: Data from the 2005-2006 National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES) was used to identify 1501 adults, between 40 and 85years. Bouted and non-bouted physical activities were assessed using objective accelerometer monitoring...
August 14, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28818266/microrna-93-elevation-after-myocardial-infarction-is-cardiac-protective
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Kai Li, Tao Lin, Lingdan Chen, Neng Wang
Coronary Artery Disease (CAD) is one of the most serious diseases that endangers human health worldwide, myocardial infarction (MI) is an acute form of CAD. Recent developments in MI therapies have resulted in significant reductions in mortality. However, subsequent chronic congestive heart failure and ventricle remodeling plagues an increasing number of MI patients. MicroRNAs (miR) have been reported to be involved in the process of cardiac remodeling, a recent study shows that miR-93 is elevated in the blood of CAD patients...
September 2017: Medical Hypotheses
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817856/back-to-basics-the-effect-of-healthy-diet-and-exercise-on-chronic-disease-management
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Robert L Allison
INTRODUCTION: The increase in obesity rates in the U.S. and other less developed industrial countries have led to a worldwide epidemic of chronic disease states. Increased obesity rates are implicated in the treatment failures for illnesses such as coronary artery disease, diabetes, heart failure, hypertension and cancer. Effective prevention of obesity through diet and exercise contributes to the successful medical management of multiple chronic disease states. OBJECTIVE: Review the last 10 years of literature (2006-2016) on the effects of diet and exercise as they relate to the prevention of chronic disease...
2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817814/cardiac-computed-tomography-angiographic-findings-as-predictors-of-late-heart-failure-in-an-asymptomatic-diabetic-cohort-an-8-year-prospective-follow-up-study
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David A Halon, Jubran Ayman, Ronen Rubinshtein, Barak Zafrir, Mali Azencot, Basil S Lewis
OBJECTIVES: Predictive models for heart failure (HF) in heterogeneous populations have had limited success. We examined cardiac computed tomography angiography (CTA) predictors of HF or cardiovascular death (HF-CVD) in a prospective study of asymptomatic diabetics undergoing baseline assessment by CTA. METHODS: The subjects (n = 735, aged 55-74 years, 51.2% women) had no clinical history of cardiovascular disease at study entry. Coronary artery calcium (CAC) score, CTA-defined coronary atherosclerosis, cardiac chamber volumes, and clinical data were collected and late outcome events recorded over 8...
August 18, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817241/association-between-vitamin-d-deficiency-and-heart-failure-risk-in-the-elderly
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Catarina Magalhães Porto, Vanessa De Lima Silva, João Soares Brito da Luz, Brivaldo Markman Filho, Vera Magalhães da Silveira
AIMS: The aim of this study was to evaluate the association between vitamin D deficiency and risk of heart failure in elderly patients of cardiology outpatient clinics. METHODS AND RESULTS: A cross-sectional study with an analytical approach was employed. Clinical data were collected from the elderly from August 2015 to February 2016. The dependent variable was the risk of heart failure; the independent variable was vitamin D deficiency; and intervening factors were age, gender, education, ethnicity, hypertension, diabetes mellitus, hypothyroidism, renal failure, dementia, stroke, dyslipidaemia, depression, smoking, alcoholism, obesity, andropause, and cardiac arrhythmia...
August 17, 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816933/breast-cancer-endometrial-cancer-and-cardiovascular-events-in-participants-who-used-vaginal-estrogen-in-the-women-s-health-initiative-observational-study
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Carolyn J Crandall, Kathleen M Hovey, Christopher A Andrews, Rowan T Chlebowski, Marcia L Stefanick, Dorothy S Lane, Jan Shifren, Chu Chen, Andrew M Kaunitz, Jane A Cauley, JoAnn E Manson
OBJECTIVE: To determine the association between use of vaginal estrogen and risk of a global index event (GIE), defined as time to first occurrence of coronary heart disease (CHD), invasive breast cancer, stroke, pulmonary embolism, hip fracture, colorectal cancer, endometrial cancer, or death from any cause. METHODS: For this prospective observational cohort study, we used data from participants of the Women's Health Initiative Observational Study, who were recruited at 40 US clinical centers, aged 50 to 79 years at baseline and did not use systemic estrogen therapy during follow-up (n = 45,663, median follow-up 7...
August 14, 2017: Menopause: the Journal of the North American Menopause Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816774/practitioner-gender-and-quality-of-care-in-ambulatory-cardiology-practices-a-report-from-the-national-cardiovascular-data-practice-innovation-and-clinical-excellence-pinnacle-registry
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Dipti Gupta, Fengming Tang, Frederick A Masoudi, Philip G Jones, Paul S Chan, Stacie L Daugherty
BACKGROUND: Some studies suggest that female practitioners are more likely to provide guideline-concordant care than male practitioners; however, little is known about the role of practitioner gender in cardiology. OBJECTIVE: The aim of the study was to measure the association between practitioner gender and adherence to the cardiovascular performance measures in the American College of Cardiology's ambulatory Practice Innovation and Clinical Excellence Registry...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816567/how-close-are-we-to-implementing-a-genetic-risk-score-for-coronary-heart-disease
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Katherine Beaney, Fotios Drenos, Steve E Humphries
Genome-wide association meta-analysis have now identified more than 150 loci where common variants (SNPs) are significantly associated with coronary heart disease (CHD) and CHD end points. Areas Covered: The authors review publications from their own laboratory and published recently where identified CHD risk SNPs are used in combination, and "scaled" by their effect size, to create a "weighted" Genetic risk Score (GRS), which, in combination with an individual's classical CHD risk factors, can be used to identify those at overall low, intermediate and high future risk...
August 17, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814940/cardiac-health-knowledge-and-misconceptions-among-nursing-students-implications-for-nursing-curriculum-design
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Susan Ka Yee Chow, Yuen Yee Chan, Sin Kuen Ho, Ka Chun Ng
BACKGROUND: Cardiac misconceptions are common among healthcare professionals. The development of professional knowledge is considered an essential component of nursing education. Nurses, regardless of their grade, skills, and experience, should be updated with information so as to be able to rectify their misconceptions, as these could affect patient health outcomes. As the literature evaluating the cardiac knowledge and misconceptions of nursing students is sparse, a study of the subject seems warranted...
2017: BMC Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814447/acute-myocarditis-secondary-to-cardiac-tuberculosis
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Alice Cowley, Laura Dobson, John Kurian, Christopher Saunderson
Isolated myocardial involvement in tuberculosis is exceedingly rare but there are reports it can present with sudden cardiac death, atrioventricular block, ventricular arrhythmias or congestive cardiac failure. We report the case of a 33 year-old male, of South Asian descent, who presented with chest pain, shortness of breath and an abnormal ECG. The patient had no significant past medical history and coronary angiogram showed no evidence of coronary artery disease. Of note the patient had recently been discharged from a local district hospital with an episode of myocarditis...
August 16, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814237/statins-in-aortic-stenosis
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Karl Norrington, Emmanuel Androulakis, Evangelos Oikonomou, Georgia Vogiatzi, Dimitris Tousoulis
Calcific aortic stenosis (AS) is the most common form of valvular heart disease in Europe and North America. It is a progressive disease with a prolonged period of asymptomatic latency which eventually leads to critical left ventricular outflow tract obstruction necessitating surgical replacement of the valve. Statins are lipid-lowering drugs with a robust evidence base demonstrating clinical benefit in atherosclerotic coronary artery disease. There has therefore been significant interest in the potential benefit of statins in AS...
August 15, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814195/change-of-plasmalogen-content-of-red-blood-cells-in-myocardial-hypoxia-and-acidosis
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Alexander Nikolaevich Osipenko
BACKGROUND: The contribution of hypoxic conditions to the chemical composition of membranes is not completely established. Plasmalogens, containing an alkenyl group with aldehydogenic ether linkage, are significant components of membrane lipids and their level can change in oxygen deficiency. METHODS: Analysis of plasmalogens in red blood cells was performed in patients (n = 17) with coronary heart disease, stable angina (functional class II-III) and coronary atherosclerosis...
August 17, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814168/deterioration-of-heart-rate-recovery-index-in-patients-after-carotid-artery-stenting
#18
Emrah Aytac, Murat Gonen, Orhan Dogdu, Mehmet Balin
Objective Although carotid artery stenting (CAS) is an effective treatment for severe carotid stenosis, it has been associated with alterations in autonomic functions long term after the procedure. Patients with CAS have been reported to have autonomic nervous system (ANS) dysfunction. This study aimed to evaluate heart rate recovery (HRR) indices and exercise test parameters after CAS. Methods Patients (10 male, 11 female) suitable for CAS, without a history of hypertension, diabetes mellitus, severe coronary artery or valvular heart disease, were enrolled in our study...
January 1, 2017: Interventional Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813699/t1-and-t2-mapping-in-cardiology-mapping-the-obscure-object-of-desire
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813561/comparison-of-coronary-ct-angiography-spect-pet-and-hybrid-imaging-for-diagnosis-of-ischemic-heart-disease-determined-by-fractional-flow-reserve
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Ibrahim Danad, Pieter G Raijmakers, Roel S Driessen, Jonathon Leipsic, Rekha Raju, Chris Naoum, Juhani Knuuti, Maija Mäki, Richard S Underwood, James K Min, Kimberly Elmore, Wynand J Stuijfzand, Niels van Royen, Igor I Tulevski, Aernout G Somsen, Marc C Huisman, Arthur A van Lingen, Martijn W Heymans, Peter M van de Ven, Cornelis van Kuijk, Adriaan A Lammertsma, Albert C van Rossum, Paul Knaapen
Importance: At present, the choice of noninvasive testing for a diagnosis of significant coronary artery disease (CAD) is ambiguous, but nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging with single-photon emission tomography (SPECT) or positron emission tomography (PET) and coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is predominantly used for this purpose. However, to date, prospective head-to-head studies are lacking regarding the diagnostic accuracy of these imaging modalities. Furthermore, the combination of anatomical and functional assessments configuring a hybrid approach may yield improved accuracy...
August 16, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
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