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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29149029/kappaphycus-alvarezii-as-a-food-supplement-prevents-diet-induced-metabolic-syndrome-in-rats
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Stephen Wanyonyi, Ryan du Preez, Lindsay Brown, Nicholas A Paul, Sunil K Panchal
The red seaweed, Kappaphycus alvarezii, was evaluated for its potential to prevent signs of metabolic syndrome through use as a whole food supplement. Major biochemical components of dried Kappaphycus are carrageenan (soluble fiber ~34.6%) and salt (predominantly potassium (K) 20%) with a low overall energy content for whole seaweed. Eight to nine week old male Wistar rats were randomly divided into three groups and fed for 8 weeks on a corn starch diet, a high-carbohydrate, high-fat (H) diet, alone or supplemented with a 5% (w/w) dried and milled Kappaphycus blended into the base diet...
November 17, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148301/provider-connectedness-to-other-providers-reduces-risk-of-readmission-after-hospitalization-for-heart-failure
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Alon Geva, Karen L Olson, Chunfu Liu, Kenneth D Mandl
Provider interactions other than explicit care coordination, which is challenging to measure, may influence practice and outcomes. We performed a network analysis using claims data from a commercial payor. Networks were identified based on provider pairs billing outpatient care for the same patient. We compared network variables among patients who had and did not have a 30-day readmission after hospitalization for heart failure. After adjusting for comorbidities, high median provider connectedness-normalized degree, which for each provider is the number of connections to other providers normalized to the number of providers in the region-was the network variable associated with reduced odds of readmission after heart failure hospitalization (odds ratio = 0...
July 1, 2017: Medical Care Research and Review: MCRR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137034/uniparental-disomy-and-prenatal-phenotype-two-case-reports-and-review
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Xiaofei Li, Yan Liu, Song Yue, Li Wang, Tiejuan Zhang, Cuixia Guo, Wenjie Hu, Karl-Oliver Kagan, Qingqing Wu
RATIONALE: Uniparental disomy (UPD) gives a description of the inheritance of both homologues of a chromosome pair from the same parent. The consequences of UPD depend on the specific chromosome/segment involved and its parental origin. PATIENT CONCERNS: We report prenatal phenotypes of 2 rare cases of UPD. DIAGNOSES: The prenatal phenotype of case 1 included sonographic markers such as enlarged nuchal translucency (NT), absent nasal bone, short femur and humerus length, and several structural malformations involving Dandy-Walker malformation and congenital heart defects...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136349/clinical-delineation-of-a-subtype-of-frontonasal-dysplasia-with-creased-nasal-ridge-and-upper-limb-anomalies-report-of-six-unrelated-patients
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Daphné Lehalle, Umut Altunoglu, Ange-Line Bruel, Eric Arnaud, Patricia Blanchet, Jong-Woo Choi, Julie Désir, Esra Kiliç, Damien Lederer, Lucile Pinson, Christel Thauvin-Robinet, Amihood Singer, Julien Thevenon, Patrick Callier, Hulya Kayserili, Laurence Faivre
Frontonasal dysplasias are rare congenital malformations of frontonasal process-derived structures, characterized by median cleft, nasal anomalies, widely spaced eyes, and cranium bifidum occultum. Several entities of syndromic frontonasal dysplasia have been described, among which, to date, only a few have identified molecular bases. We clinically ascertained a cohort of 124 individuals referred for frontonasal dysplasia. We identified six individuals with a similar phenotype, including one discordant monozygous twin...
December 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128863/persistent-long-term-structural-functional-and-metabolic-changes-after-stress-induced-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Caroline Scally, Amelia Rudd, Alice Mezincescu, Heather Wilson, Janaki Srinivasan, Graham Horgan, Paul Broadhurst, David E Newby, Anke Henning, Dana K Dawson
BACKGROUND : Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an increasingly recognized acute heart failure syndrome precipitated by intense emotional stress. Although there is an apparent rapid and spontaneous recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction, the long-term clinical and functional consequences of takotsubo cardiomyopathy are ill-defined. METHODS : In an observational case-control study, we recruited 37 patients with prior (>12-month) takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and 37 age-, sex-, and comorbidity-matched control subjects...
November 11, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128512/the-role-of-%C3%AE-ii-spectrin-in-cardiac-health-and-disease
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REVIEW
Mohamed H Derbala, Aaron S Guo, Peter J Mohler, Sakima A Smith
Spectrins are large, flexible proteins comprised of α-β dimers that are connected head-to-head to form the canonical heterotetrameric spectrin structure. Spectrins were initially believed to be exclusively found in human erythrocytic membrane and are highly conserved among different species. βII spectrin, the most common isoform of non-erythrocytic spectrin, is found in all nucleated cells and forms larger macromolecular complexes with ankyrins and actins. Not only is βII spectrin a central cytoskeletal scaffolding protein involved in preserving cell structure but it has also emerged as a critical protein required for distinct physiologic functions such as posttranslational localization of crucial membrane proteins and signal transduction...
November 8, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126476/high-throughput-human-plasma-n-glycan-analysis-using-dna-analyzer-and-multivariate-analysis-for-biomarker-discovery
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Hua-Tao Feng, Siying Lim, Anna Karen Carrasco Laserna, Pingjing Li, Xuejiao Yin, Erhan Simsek, Shaheer H Khan, Shiaw-Min Chen, Sam F Y Li
Carbohydrates form the majority of organic compounds found in nature and their presence on proteins influences many important bioactivities. Therefore, glycan profiling shows potential in clinical applications. This work demonstrates the use of a high-throughput GlycanAssure™ sample preparation technology and multi-capillary DNA analyzer for the analysis of the major N-linked glycans (N-glycans) found in human plasma. The application involves two biomarker studies: (1) in profiling patients with chronic kidney disease and (2) in differentiating heart disease patients with normal controls in response to an antiplatelet drug from hypo-responders...
December 1, 2017: Analytica Chimica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124548/development-of-an-experimental-and-digital-cardiovascular-arterial-model-for-transient-hemodynamic-and-postural-change-studies-a-preliminary-framework-analysis
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Rodward L Hewlin, John P Kizito
The ultimate goal of the present work is to aid in the development of tools to assist in the treatment of cardiovascular disease. Gaining an understanding of hemodynamic parameters for medical implants allow clinicians to have some patient-specific proposals for intervention planning. In the present work an experimental and digital computational fluid dynamics (CFD) arterial model consisting of a number of major arteries (aorta, carotid bifurcation, cranial, femoral, jejunal, and subclavian arteries) were fabricated to study: (1) the effects of local hemodynamics (flow parameters) on global hemodynamics (2) the effects of transition from bedrest to upright position (postural change) on hemodynamics, and (3) diffusion of dye (medical drug diffusion simulation) in the arterial system via experimental and numerical techniques...
November 9, 2017: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29124062/beating-heart-motion-accurate-prediction-method-based-on-interactive-multiple-model-an-information-fusion-approach
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Fan Liang, Weihong Xie, Yang Yu
Robot-assisted motion compensated beating heart surgery has the advantage over the conventional Coronary Artery Bypass Graft (CABG) in terms of reduced trauma to the surrounding structures that leads to shortened recovery time. The severe nonlinear and diverse nature of irregular heart rhythm causes enormous difficulty for the robot to realize the clinic requirements, especially under arrhythmias. In this paper, we propose a fusion prediction framework based on Interactive Multiple Model (IMM) estimator, allowing each model to cover a distinguishing feature of the heart motion in underlying dynamics...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29123213/detecting-abnormality-in-heart-dynamics-from-multifractal-analysis-of-ecg-signals
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Snehal M Shekatkar, Yamini Kotriwar, K P Harikrishnan, G Ambika
The characterization of heart dynamics with a view to distinguish abnormal from normal behavior is an interesting topic in clinical sciences. Here we present an analysis of the Electro-cardiogram (ECG) signals from several healthy and unhealthy subjects using the framework of dynamical systems approach to multifractal analysis. Our analysis differs from the conventional nonlinear analysis in that the information contained in the amplitude variations of the signal is being extracted and quantified. The results thus obtained reveal that the attractor underlying the dynamics of the heart has multifractal structure and the variations in the resultant multifractal spectra can clearly separate healthy subjects from unhealthy ones...
November 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121731/normal-findings-on-noninvasive-cardiac-assessment-and-the-prediction-of-heart-failure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Stephen T Broughton, Wesley T O'Neal, Mouaz Al-Mallah, David A Bluemke, Susan R Heckbert, Joao A C Lima, Elsayed Z Soliman
BACKGROUND: It is unknown if normal findings on noninvasive cardiac assessment are able to identify individuals who are low risk for developing heart failure (HF). METHODS: We examined if normal findings on the routine electrocardiogram (ECG) and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) were able to identify individuals who are low risk for developing HF in 4986 (mean age=62±10years; 52% women; 39% White; 13% Chinese-American; 26% Black; 22% Hispanic) participants from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis who were free of clinically apparent HF at baseline...
December 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29106575/is-the-stroke-volume-during-post-ectopic-beat-associated-with-ventricular-premature-complex-related-symptoms
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Hye Bin Gwag, Eun Kyoung Kim, Jin Kyung Hwang, Seung-Jung Park, Young Keun On, June Soo Kim, Kyoung-Min Park
Aims: This study aimed to investigate if increased stroke volume (SV) after a ventricular premature complex (VPC) was related to VPC-related symptoms. Methods and results: We selected patients having an isolated VPC during echocardiography from a prospective registry that included patients with a structurally normal heart and 24-h VPC >1%. Patients were divided into two groups according to the presence or absence of VPC-related symptoms (skipped beat or palpitation) when VPC occurred...
July 3, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29099038/massively-parallel-sequencing-of-genes-implicated-in-heritable-cardiac-disorders-a-strategy-for-a-small-diagnostic-laboratory
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Ivone U S Leong, Alexander Stuckey, Daniele Belluoccio, Vicky Fan, Jonathan R Skinner, Debra O Prosser, Donald R Love
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) in people before the age of 35 years is a devastating event for any family. The causes of SCD in the young can be broadly divided into two groups: heritable cardiac disorders that affect the heart structure (cardiomyopathies) and primary electrical disorders (cardiac ion channelopathies). Genetic testing is vital as those suffering from cardiac ion channelopathies have structurally normal hearts, and those with cardiomyopathies may only show subtle abnormalities in the heart and these signs may not be detected during an autopsy...
October 10, 2017: Medical Sciences: Open Access Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098508/pharmacological-heart-rate-lowering-in-patients-with-a-preserved-ejection-fraction-review-of-a-failing-concept
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REVIEW
Markus Meyer, Mehdi Rambod, Martin LeWinter
Epidemiological studies have demonstrated that high resting heart rates are associated with increased mortality. Clinical studies in patients with heart failure and reduced ejection fraction have shown that heart rate lowering with beta-blockers and ivabradine improves survival. It is therefore often assumed that heart rate lowering is beneficial in other patients as well. Here, we critically appraise the effects of pharmacological heart rate lowering in patients with both normal and reduced ejection fraction with an emphasis on the effects of pharmacological heart rate lowering in hypertension and heart failure...
November 3, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098290/fluid-structure-interaction-models-of-bicuspid-aortic-valves-the-effects-of-non-fused-cusp-angles
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Karin Lavon, Rotem Halevi, Gil Marom, Sagit Ben Zekry, Ashraf Hamdan, Hans Joachim Schäfers, Ehud Raanani, Rami Haj-Ali
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most common type of congenital heart disease, occurring in 0.5-2% of the population, where the valve has only two rather than the three normal cusps. Valvular pathologies, such as aortic regurgitation and aortic stenosis, are associated with BAVs, thereby increasing the need for a better understanding of BAV kinematics and geometrical characteristics. The aim of this study is to investigate the influence of the non-fused cusp (NFC) angle in BAV type-1 configuration on the valve's structural and hemodynamic performance...
November 2, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096003/socioeconomic-differences-in-the-pathways-to-diagnosis-of-coronary-heart-disease-a-qualitative-study
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Sara Lena Schröder, Astrid Fink, Laura Hoffmann, Nadine Schumann, Olaf Martin, Stefan Frantz, Matthias Richter
Background: Socioeconomic inequalities in coronary heart disease (CHD)-related morbidity and mortality are well explored. However, less is known about the causes of inequalities in CHD treatment. In this qualitative study, we explored socioeconomic differences in the pathways to diagnosis of CHD. Methods: The data originated from 38 semi-structured interviews with older CHD patients, aged 59-80 years, conducted at the university hospital in Halle, Germany, between November 2014 and April 2015...
October 31, 2017: European Journal of Public Health
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29091329/repolarization-abnormalities-unmasked-with-exercise-in-sudden-cardiac-death-survivors-with-structurally-normal-hearts
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Kevin Mw Leong, Fu Siong Ng, Caroline Roney, Christopher Cantwell, Matthew J Shun-Shin, Nicholas Wf Linton, Zachary I Whinnett, David C Lefroy, D Wyn Davies, Sian E Harding, Phang Boon Lim, Darrel Francis, Nicholas S Peters, Amanda M Varnava, Prapa Kanagaratnam
BACKGROUND: Models of cardiac arrhythmogenesis predict that non-uniformity in repolarization and/or depolarization promotes ventricular fibrillation and is modulated by autonomic tone, but this is difficult to evaluate in patients. We hypothesize that such spatial heterogeneities would be detected by non-invasive ECG imaging (ECGi) in sudden cardiac death (SCD) survivors with structurally normal hearts under physiological stress. METHODS: ECGi was applied to 11 SCD survivors, 10 low-risk Brugada Syndrome patients (BrS) and 10 controls undergoing exercise treadmill testing...
November 1, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29090492/late-potentials-and-their-correlation-with-ventricular-structure-in-patients-with-ventricular-arrhythmias
#18
Peter Marstrand, Anna Axelsson, Jens Jakob Thune, Niels Vejlstrup, Steen Pehrson, Henning Bundgaard, Juliane Theilade
INTRODUCTION: The presence of late potentials (LP) may indicate a predisposition to ventricular arrhythmias and sudden cardiac death. We investigated the association between presence of LP and structural cardiac anomalies assessed by magnetic resonance (CMR) in patients presenting with ventricular arrhythmias. METHODS: We included 42 patients admitted with ventricular tachycardia or fibrillation who had undergone both signal-averaged ECG recording and CMR imaging...
November 1, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084037/extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-among-patients-with-structurally-normal-hearts
#19
Stephanie J Conrad, Brian C Bridges, Yuvraj Kalra, John B Pietsch, Andrew H Smith
Extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) has been well described as a rescue therapy in refractory cardiac arrest among patients with congenital heart disease. The purpose of this retrospective analysis of data from the Extracorporeal Life Support Organization was to evaluate outcomes of eCPR in patients with structurally normal hearts and to identify risk factors that may contribute to mortality. During the study period, 1,431 patients met inclusion criteria. Median age was 16 years. Overall survival to hospital discharge was 32%...
November 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29084036/patients-perspectives-on-transplantation-while-undergoing-left-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Lidija A Wilhelms, Jennifer S Blumenthal-Barby, Kristin M Kostick, Jerry D Estep, Courtenay R Bruce
Left-ventricular assist device (LVAD) therapy is a growing mechanical circulatory support therapy used to treat patients with advanced heart failure. There is a general assumption among clinicians that patients would prefer to accept a heart to any other treatment were they eligible. However, little research has been done to clarify the nuances of patient treatment preferences for LVAD therapy versus transplantation. The objective of this study was to investigate this treatment preference assumption from patients' perspectives...
November 2017: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
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