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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211133/an-unusual-short-rp-tachycardia-what-is-the-mechanism
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Joshua Balog
A 68-year-old man with a history of a structurally normal heart by echocardiography, an unsuccessful ablation of a narrow complex tachycardia and frequent symptoms of palpitations presents for an electrophysiology study and ablation. Baseline 12-lead EKG demonstrated sinus rhythm without ventricular preexcitation. This article is protected by copyright. All rights reserved.
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208963/clinical-profile-of-cardiac-arrhythmias-in-children-attending-the-out-patient-department-of-a-tertiary-paediatric-care-centre-in-chennai
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Sarala Premkumar, Premkumar Sundararajan, Thangavelu Sangaralingam
INTRODUCTION: The presentation of symptoms of paediatric arrhythmias vary depending on the age and underlying heart disease. Physical examination of children with important arrhythmias may be entirely normal. AIM: Aim is to study the characteristics of cardiac arrhythmias in paediatric patients in a tertiary paediatric care centre in Chennai, India. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The participants (n=60) were from birth to 12 years of age. Patients with sinus arrhythmias, sinus tachycardia and sinus bradycardia were excluded...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196902/hyaluronidase-2-deficiency-causes-increased-mesenchymal-cells-congenital-heart-defects-and-heart-failure
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Biswajit Chowdhury, Bo Xiang, Michelle Liu, Richard Hemming, Vernon W Dolinsky, Barbara Triggs-Raine
BACKGROUND: Hyaluronan (HA) is required for endothelial-to-mesenchymal transition and normal heart development in the mouse. Heart abnormalities in hyaluronidase 2 (HYAL2)-deficient (Hyal2(-)(/-) ) mice and humans suggested removal of HA is also important for normal heart development. We have performed longitudinal studies of heart structure and function in Hyal2(-/-) mice to determine when, and how, HYAL2 deficiency leads to these abnormalities. METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography revealed atrial enlargement, atrial tissue masses, and valvular thickening at 4 weeks of age, as well as diastolic dysfunction that progressed with age, in Hyal2(-/-) mice...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196901/novel-variant-in-the-ank2-membrane-binding-domain-is-associated-with-ankyrin-b-syndrome-and-structural-heart-disease-in-a-first-nations-population-with-a-high-rate-of-long-qt-syndrome
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Leigh Anne Swayne, Nathaniel P Murphy, Sirisha Asuri, Lena Chen, Xiaoxue Xu, Sarah McIntosh, Chao Wang, Peter J Lancione, Jason D Roberts, Charles Kerr, Shubhayan Sanatani, Elizabeth Sherwin, Crystal F Kline, Mingjie Zhang, Peter J Mohler, Laura T Arbour
BACKGROUND: Long QT syndrome confers susceptibility to ventricular arrhythmia, predisposing to syncope, seizures, and sudden death. While rare globally, long QT syndrome is ≈15× more common in First Nations of Northern British Columbia largely because of a known mutation in KCNQ1. However, 2 large multigenerational families were affected, but negative for the known mutation. METHODS AND RESULTS: Long QT syndrome panel testing was carried out in the index case of each family, and clinical information was collected...
January 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194841/impaired-left-ventricular-global-longitudinal-strain-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-insights-from-the-relax-trial
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Adam D DeVore, Steven McNulty, Fawaz Alenezi, Mads Ersboll, Justin M Vader, Jae K Oh, Grace Lin, Margaret M Redfield, Gregory Lewis, Marc J Semigran, Kevin J Anstrom, Adrian F Hernandez, Eric J Velazquez
BACKGROUND: While abnormal left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain (GLS) has been described in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), its prevalence and clinical significance are poorly understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients enrolled in the RELAX trial of sildenafil in HFpEF (LV ejection fraction ≥50%) in whom two-dimensional, speckle-tracking LV GLS was possible (n = 187) were analysed. The distribution of LV GLS and its associations with clinical characteristics, LV structure and function, biomarkers, exercise capacity and quality of life were assessed...
February 14, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192373/cardiac-nuclear-receptors-architects-of-mitochondrial-structure-and-function
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Rick B Vega, Daniel P Kelly
The adult heart is uniquely designed and equipped to provide a continuous supply of energy in the form of ATP to support persistent contractile function. This high-capacity energy transduction system is the result of a remarkable surge in mitochondrial biogenesis and maturation during the fetal-to-adult transition in cardiac development. Substantial evidence indicates that nuclear receptor signaling is integral to dynamic changes in the cardiac mitochondrial phenotype in response to developmental cues, in response to diverse postnatal physiologic conditions, and in disease states such as heart failure...
February 13, 2017: Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28190736/diagnosis-and-management-of-phantom-tachycardias-based-on-an-electrophysiologically-guided-approach
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Dimitris Tsiachris, Iosif Koutagiar, Konstantinos A Gatzoulis, Petros Arsenos, Aggeliki Rigatou, Polychronis Dilaveris, Skevos Sideris, Achilleas Papadopoulos, Alekos Kritikos, Christodoulos Stefanadis, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Non-documented palpitations, or phantom tachycardias, are palpitations deemed to be of unknown origin after evaluation with conventional diagnostic tools, such as 12-lead electrocardiogram and Holter recordings. Our aim was to determine the diagnostic value of an electrophysiologic study (EPS) and its role in the management of patients presenting with non-documented palpitations. METHODS: We performed EPS in 78 consecutive patients with repeatable, poorly tolerated symptoms of paroxysmal, non-documented tachycardia, the absence of structural heart disease and at least one 24-h Holter recording...
November 20, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179104/variations-in-structure-of-the-outflow-tract-of-the-human-embryonic-heart-a-new-hypothesis-for-generating-bicuspid-aortic-semilunar-valves
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Nadine C Milos, Derek B Nordstrom, Ivano Ongaro, Ava K Chow
Outflow tract development of the heart is complex. The presence, differential growth and interactions of the various tissues through space and time contribute to the final development of the tract. This paper presents a novel interpretation of observations of outflow tract development, in particular of the aortic and pulmonary semilunar valves in embryos from the Shaner Collection at the University of Alberta. Three-dimensional reconstructions assist in the visualization of the spatial relationships of the developing valve tissues...
February 4, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168695/forensic-considerations-in-cases-of-myotonic-dystrophy-at-autopsy
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Kimberley J Omond, Roger W Byard
Myotonic dystrophy (DM) is a chronic, slowly progressive, autosomal-dominant disorder with delayed muscle relaxation after contraction, distal skeletal muscle weakness, and atrophy. It has a reduced life expectancy due predominantly to respiratory failure or sudden cardiac death. The mortality rate is approximately 7.3 times greater than the general population with a mean age at death of 53 years. Degeneration of the cardiac conduction system causes atrioventricular block, arrhythmias, and ventricular failure...
February 7, 2017: Journal of Forensic Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167087/pace-mapping-to-localize-the-critical-isthmus-of-ventricular-tachycardia
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Christian de Chillou, Jean-Marc Sellal, Isabelle Magnin-Poull
Most postinfarct ventricular tachycardias (VT) are sustained by a reentrant mechanism. The "protected isthmus" of the reentrant circuit is critical for the maintenance of VTs and the target for catheter ablation. In this article, the authors describe the technique of pace-mapping during sinus rhythm to unmask postinfarct VT isthmuses. A pace-mapping map should be considered as the surrogate of an activation map during VT, in both patients with a normal heart and patients with a structural heart disease. Pace mapping is useful to unmask VT isthmuses in patients with postinfarct reentrant VTs...
March 2017: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167081/premature-ventricular-complex-ablation-in-structural-heart-disease
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Rakesh Latchamsetty, Frank Bogun
Frequent premature ventricular complexes (PVCs) in patients with underlying structural heart disease, particular after myocardial infarction, can predict increased mortality. Use of antiarrhythmic medications to suppress PVCs in this setting can result in a further increase in mortality. High PVC burdens in patients with structural heart disease can cause or worsen cardiomyopathy and successful elimination of PVCs with catheter ablation can improve or, in some cases normalize, cardiac function. PVCs may also trigger more malignant ventricular arrhythmias, particularly in patients with previous myocardial infarction, and when identified can be mapped and ablated...
March 2017: Cardiac Electrophysiology Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159809/cardiac-med1-deletion-promotes-early-lethality-cardiac-remodeling-and-transcriptional-reprogramming
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Kathryn M Spitler, Jessica M Ponce, Gavin Y Oudit, Duane D Hall, Chad E Grueter
The Mediator complex, a multisubunit nuclear complex, plays an integral role in regulating gene expression by acting as a bridge between transcription factors and RNA polymerase II. Genetic deletion of mediator subunit 1 (Med1) results in embryonic lethality, due in large part to impaired cardiac development. We first established that Med1 is dynamically expressed in cardiac development and disease, with marked upregulation of Med1 in both human and murine failing hearts. To determine if Med1 deficiency protects against cardiac stress, we generated two cardiac-specific Med1 knockout mouse models in which Med1 is conditionally deleted (Med1cKO mice) or inducibly deleted in adult mice (Med1cKO-MCM mice)...
February 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28155672/the-study-on-hemodynamic-effect-of-series-type-lvad-on-aortic-blood-flow-pattern-a-primary-numerical-study
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Qi Zhang, Bin Gao, Yu Chang
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular assist device (LVAD) has become an alternative treatment for end-stage heart failure patients. Series type of LVAD, as a novel LVAD, has attracted more and more attention. The hemodynamic effects of series type LVAD on aortic blood pattern are considered as its important characteristics; however, the precise mechanism of it is still unclear. METHODS: To clarify the hemodynamic effects of series type LVAD on aortic blood flow pattern, a comparative study on the aortic blood flow pattern and hemodynamic states were carried out numerically for two cases, including series type LVAD support and normal condition...
December 28, 2016: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149088/autonomic-dysfunction-a-comparative-study-of-patients-with-alzheimer-s-and-frontotemporal-dementia-a-pilot-study
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Thomas Gregor Issac, Sadanandavalli Retnaswami Chandra, Neelesh Gupta, Malligurki Raghurama Rukmani, S Deepika, T N Sathyaprabha
INTRODUCTION: In frontotemporal dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer's disease (AD), central autonomic structures get affected early. An insight into autonomic functions in these patients is likely to be of diagnostic importance and thus help in prognosticating and also probably explain unexplained sudden death in some of these patients. OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study is to identify autonomic dysfunction prevailing in patients. Then, if there is dysfunction, is the pattern same or different in these two conditions...
January 2017: Journal of Neurosciences in Rural Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28146053/cardiac-channelopathies-and-sudden-death-recent-clinical-and-genetic-advances
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Anna Fernández-Falgueras, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Josep Brugada, Ramon Brugada, Oscar Campuzano
Sudden cardiac death poses a unique challenge to clinicians because it may be the only symptom of an inherited heart condition. Indeed, inherited heart diseases can cause sudden cardiac death in older and younger individuals. Two groups of familial diseases are responsible for sudden cardiac death: cardiomyopathies (mainly hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy, and arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy) and channelopathies (mainly long QT syndrome, Brugada syndrome, short QT syndrome, and catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia)...
January 29, 2017: Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28143694/quantitative-computed-tomography-imaging-based-clustering-differentiates-asthmatic-subgroups-with-distinctive-clinical-phenotypes
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Sanghun Choi, Eric A Hoffman, Sally E Wenzel, Mario Castro, Sean Fain, Nizar Jarjour, Mark L Schiebler, Kun Chen, Ching-Long Lin
BACKGROUND: Imaging variables including airway diameter, wall thickness and air-trapping have been found to be important metrics when differentiating severe asthmatics from nonsevere asthmatics and healthy subjects. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this study was to identify imaging-based clusters and to explore the association of the clusters with existing clinical metrics. METHODS: We performed an imaging-based cluster analysis using quantitative computed tomography-based structural and functional variables extracted from the respective inspiration and expiration scans of 248 asthmatics...
January 28, 2017: Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139454/brugada-syndrome-diagnosis-risk-stratification-and-management
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REVIEW
Jean-Baptiste Gourraud, Julien Barc, Aurélie Thollet, Hervé Le Marec, Vincent Probst
Brugada syndrome is a rare inherited arrhythmia syndrome leading to an increased risk of sudden cardiac death, despite a structurally normal heart. Diagnosis is based on a specific electrocardiogram pattern, observed either spontaneously or during a sodium channel blocker test. Among affected patients, risk stratification remains a challenge, despite recent insights from large population cohorts. As implantable cardiac defibrillators - the main therapy in Brugada syndrome - are associated with a high rate of complications in this population, the main challenge is risk stratification of patients with Brugada syndrome...
January 27, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139441/normative-values-of-aortic-arch-structures-in-premature-infants
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Elles J Dijkema, Mirella C Molenschot, Johannes M P J Breur, Willem B de Vries, Martijn G Slieker
BACKGROUND: Aortic arch abnormalities represent 5% to 8% of all congenital heart disease. Measurements of the aortic arch dimensions on two-dimensional echocardiographic images remain of critical importance in the diagnosis of aortic arch pathology. To define aortic hypoplasia or coarctation, measured dimensions must be compared with normal values. Normal values have been described for children of all ages in earlier studies. However, normative data for premature infants are not yet available...
January 27, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28139199/wide-qrs-in-a-2-month-infant-associated-with-recurrent-ventricular-tachycardia-a-case-of-brugada-like-syndrome
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W Jomaa, W Selmi, S Hamdi, M A Azaiez, A El Hraiech, K Ben Hamda, F Maatouk
We report the case of a 2-month old infant who experienced recurrent sustained ventricular tachycardia (VT) in a structurally normal heart. Resting electrocardiogram (ECG) showed wide QRS with a complete right bundle branch bloc (RBBB) morphology. There was no family history of syncope or sudden death, but the ECGs of the father and the brother showed incomplete RBBB with negative T waves on V1 lead. This case seems to fit well with the newly defined entity of Brugada-like syndrome with a highly suspected genetic underlying disposition...
January 27, 2017: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
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