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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910054/direct-myocardial-injection-of-vectors
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Guillaume Bonnet, Kiyotake Ishikawa, Roger J Hajjar, Yoshiaki Kawase
Gene therapy holds great promise as a targeted treatment of cardiovascular diseases, which remain a major cause of morbidity and mortality in contemporary societies. Selection of the appropriate vector delivery method is critical for efficient transduction in the myocardium. Direct myocardial delivery is a feasible and effective method that has been shown to exhibit enhanced gene expression compared to coronary infusion and pericardial delivery. It is one of the most widely used gene transfer methods in both animal studies and clinical trials...
2017: Methods in Molecular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904842/the-challenges-of-cardiothoracic-surgery-practice-in-nigeria-a-12-years-institutional-experience
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Bode Falase, Michael Sanusi, Adeola Animasahun, Ogadinma Mgbajah, Adetinuwe Majekodunmi, Onyekwelu Nzewi, Jonathan Nwiloh, David Oke
BACKGROUND: Although the specialty of cardiothoracic surgery has been practiced in Nigeria for many years, open heart surgery (OHS) has only in the last decade become relatively more frequent, mainly through visiting foreign cardiac surgical teams. At this early phase of development it is faced with multiple challenges, especially financing and local skilled manpower for which solutions have to be identified in order to ensure sustainability and future growth. This study is aimed at highlighting these obstacles to growth of cardiothoracic surgery based on our own institutional experience at Lagos State University Teaching Hospital (LASUTH) and the current status of OHS activity in other cardiothoracic centers in Nigeria...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902675/infected-congenital-epicardial-cyst-presenting-as-acute-abdomen
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Timothy Dribin, Matthew D Files, Erin R Rudzinski, Ron Kaplan, Kimberly P Stone
A previously healthy 3-year-old boy presented to the emergency department with abdominal pain, fever, and emesis. Laboratory and radiologic evaluation for causes of acute abdomen were negative; however, review of the abdominal x-ray demonstrated cardiomegaly with the subsequent diagnosis of pericardial cyst by echocardiogram and computed tomography. The patient underwent surgical decompression and attempted removal of the cystic structure revealing that the cyst originated from the epicardium. His abdominal pain and fever resolved postoperatively and he completed a 3-week course of ceftriaxone for treatment of Propionibacterium acnes infected congenital epicardial cyst...
December 2016: Pediatric Emergency Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900975/renal-fluid-overload-diagnosed-by-retinal-optical-coherence-tomography-scanning
#4
Sunny M Kar, Thanh-Giao Nguyen, Sneha Rathod, Saad Shaikh, Pran M Kar
Fluid overload is one of the major findings in patients with end-stage renal disease. Common findings in fluid overload include shortness of breath, pedal edema, ascites, and pericardial effusion. Rarely, vision loss can be associated with decompensated systemic fluid status. In the following case, we report an unusual case of vision loss due to retinal edema as a result of fluid overload diagnosed and followed to resolution by optical coherence tomography testing.
November 2016: Saudi Journal of Kidney Diseases and Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899066/predictive-factors-for-unfavorable-outcomes-of-tuberculous-pericarditis-in-human-immunodeficiency-virus-uninfected-patients-in-an-intermediate-tuberculosis-burden-country
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In Young Jung, Young Goo Song, Jun Yong Choi, Moo Hyun Kim, Woo Yong Jeong, Dong Hyun Oh, Yong Chan Kim, Je Eun Song, Eun Jin Kim, Ji Un Lee, Su Jin Jeong, Nam Su Ku, June Myung Kim
BACKGROUND: In areas where Mycobacterium tuberculosis is endemic, tuberculosis is known to be the most common cause of pericarditis. However, the difficulty in diagnosis may lead to late complications such as constrictive pericarditis and increased mortality. Therefore, identification of patients at a high risk for poor prognosis, and prompt initiation of treatment are important in the outcome of TB pericarditis. The aim of this study is to identify the predictive factors for unfavorable outcomes of TB pericarditis in HIV-uninfected persons in an intermediate tuberculosis burden country...
November 29, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895919/recurrent-pleural-effusions-and-cardiac-tamponade-as-possible-manifestations-of-pseudoprogression-associated-with-nivolumab-therapy-a-report-of-two-cases
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Bhaskar C Kolla, Manish R Patel
BACKGROUND: Checkpoint inhibitors are a class of agents that employ host's adaptive immune defenses in fighting cancer. With many new indications and several ongoing clinical trials in a variety of malignancies, the usage of these agents is set to increase significantly. One of the key challenges patients and physicians face while using these drugs is with the appropriate assessment of response to therapy. CASE PRESENTATION: We are reporting two patients with lung cancer who were treated with nivolumab and experienced rapidly accumulating recurrent pleural effusions requiring multiple thoracenteses (6 and 4 times each for patient 1 and 2 respectively) with in the first few weeks of initiation of therapy and also developed pericardial effusion with cardiac tamponade requiring pericardiocentesis...
2016: Journal for Immunotherapy of Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27894950/untying-the-gordian-knot-of-pericardial-diseases-a-pragmatic-approach
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REVIEW
George Lazaros, Massimo Imazio, Antonio Brucato, Dimitrios Tousoulis
Pericardial disorders constitute a relatively common cause of heart disease. Although acute pericarditis, and especially the idiopathic forms which are the most prevalent, is considered a benign disease overall, it's short and long term complications, namely recurrent pericarditis, cardiac tamponade and constrictive pericarditis constitute a matter of concern in the medical community. In recent years several clinical trials contributed to redefine our traditional approach to pericardial diseases. In this review we provide the most recent evidence concerning diagnosis, treatment modalities and short and long-term prognosis of the most common pericardial disorders...
November 25, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27892732/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-pericardial-diseases
#8
Dario Celentani, Marco Di Cuia, Massimo Imazio, Fiorenzo Gaita
Pericardial diseases are relatively common in clinical practice either as isolated diseases or part of an underlying or systemic disease. Recent advances in the diagnosis and treatment have greatly improved the clinical management and lead to consensus documents on multimodality imaging and new guidelines on the diagnosis and therapy of pericardial diseases. The aim of the present paper is to summarize available evidence in order to provide an updated and comprehensive review on the recent advances in the management of pericardial diseases...
November 28, 2016: Hospital Practice (Minneapolis)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873763/pericardiectomy-as-a-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-procedure
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Ewa Konik, Jeffrey Geske, William Edwards, Bernard Gersh
A 70-year-old man presented with recent onset, predominantly right-sided heart failure. Echocardiogram demonstrated features of hypertensive heart disease and was suggestive of, but non-diagnostic for, constrictive pericarditis (CP). CT demonstrated mild pericardial thickening. Right heart catheterisation showed elevation and equalisation of diastolic pressures in all cardiac chambers with early rapid filling, minimal ventricular interdependence, and no dissociation of intrathoracic and intracardiac pressures...
November 14, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873481/a-case-of-pulmonary-cryptococcosis-with-large-pericardial-effusion-diagnosed-using-cervical-lymph-node-biopsy
#10
Xuchun Liu, Wei Jia, Shubin Huang, Gengyun Sun
Pulmonary cryptococcosis (PC) is a relatively rare infectious disease. It mainly involves the lungs; however, in some patients, the infection could spread to other parts of the body. PC mostly occurs in patients with immune deficiencies. However, PC infections have been reported in non-immunocompromised patients. The diagnosis of PC is challenging in patients without immune deficiencies. Here, the case of a 27-year-old immunocompetent woman who was diagnosed with PC was report. She had unexplained fever and a history of close contact with poultry feathers...
November 7, 2016: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866289/echocardiographic-findings-in-asymptomatic-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-patients
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Abdel GaffarA Mohammed, Abdulaziz A Alghamdi, Mohammad A ALjahlan, Ibrahim A Al-Homood
The aim of this study is to use transthoracic echocardiographic (TTE) imaging methods to identify cardiac dysfunction in asymptomatic systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) patients and to determine the association between echocardiographic findings and serology. This is a prospective cross-sectional study where 50 patients with confirmed diagnoses of SLE were recruited from rheumatology outpatient clinics. Clinical and serological evaluation to confirm the diagnosis of lupus was done in all patients. Fifty SLE patients, 46 (92%) females and 4 (8%) males, were recruited...
November 19, 2016: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863892/pericarditis-mimicking-brugada-syndrome-a-case-report
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Manuel Monti, Giulia Olivi, Francesca Francavilla, Francesco Borgognoni
INTRODUCTION: Brugada syndrome (BrS) is a genetic heart disorder due to alteration of the ion channels function that causes an impaired in the cardiac conduction system. It is characterized by an abnormal electrocardiogram pattern and may be complicated by malignant ventricular arrhythmias. Pericarditis is an inflammation of the pericardium and 90% of isolated cases of acute pericarditis are idiopathic or viral. Acute pericarditis may appears with chest pain, fever, pericardial friction rub, and cardiac tamponade...
November 9, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27862032/pleural-drop-metastases-21-years-after-resection-of-a-thymoma
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Chia-Chun Chiang, Angela M Parsons, J Scott Kriegshauser, Harshita R Paripati, Matthew A Zarka, A Arturo Leis
INTRODUCTION: We describe an unusual case of pleural drop metastases 21 years after complete resection of an encapsulated thymoma in a Southeast Asian with myasthenia gravis (MG). METHODS: Case report and review of literature. RESULTS: The patient presented in 2015 with generalized weakness, fatigue, and shortness of breath, but no diplopia, ptosis, dysphagia, or dysarthria. Because these symptoms were atypical for an MG exacerbation, a de novo work-up was performed...
November 16, 2016: Muscle & Nerve
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27856485/ectopic-fat-depots-and-coronary-artery-calcium-in-south-asians-compared-with-other-racial-ethnic-groups
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Sachin K Garg, Feng Lin, Namratha Kandula, Jingzhong Ding, Jeffrey Carr, Matthew Allison, Kiang Liu, David Herrington, Dhananjay Vaidya, Eric Vittinghoff, Alka M Kanaya
BACKGROUND: South Asians have a low body mass index and high prevalence of cardiovascular disease (CVD) relative to other racial/ethnic groups. Radiographically detected ectopic fat distribution is better associated with CVD than body mass index. We assessed whether differences in ectopic fat depots explained differences in the prevalence/severity of coronary artery calcium (CAC), a predictor of incident CVD events, among South Asians compared with other racial/ethnic groups. METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined the associations of radiographically detected visceral, intermuscular, intrahepatic, and pericardial fat with CAC among adults without baseline CVD...
November 17, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27852654/cobalt-cardiomyopathy-a-critical-reappraisal-in-light-of-a-recent-resurgence
#15
Milton Packer
Cobalt can cause a distinctive, rapidly progressive and reversible depression of cardiac systolic function, which is readily distinguished from other causes of cardiomyopathy. Patients present with the subacute onset of severe heart failure, which is accompanied by hypotension and cyanosis, pericardial effusion, low voltage on the electrocardiogram, marked elevation of serum enzymes, and lactic acidosis. They typically have a history of lethargy, anorexia, and weight loss in the months preceding the illness and exhibit other evidence of cobalt's effects on the body (eg, polycythemia and goiter)...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27846815/endomyocardial-biopsy-via-the-femoral-access-still-safe-and-valuable-diagnostic-tool
#16
Sylwia Sławek, Aleksander Araszkiewicz, Agnieszka Gaczkowska, Justyna Koszarska, Damian Celiński, Marek Grygier, Maciej Lesiak, Stefan Grajek
BACKGROUND: The endomyocardial biopsy has proven to be an integral diagnostic tool for surveillance of cardiac allograft rejection and identification of myocardial diseases. Nevertheless, this invasive procedure is not risk-free. This study focuses on the risk of complications and diagnostic performance of right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy (EMB). METHODS: In this single-center retrospective study, we analyzed 315 EMB procedures performed between July 2008 and May 2015 in 73 patients...
November 15, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27842711/-radiation-related-heart-toxicity-update-in-women
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S Marlière, E Vautrin, C Saunier, A Chaikh, I Gabelle-Flandin
Breast cancer is a common diagnosis in women and thus women are at risk of radiation-induced heart disease, in particular during radiotherapy for left breast cancer and when the internal mammary chain is included. Rates of major cardiac events increase with younger age at the time of irradiation, diagnosis before 1990s, higher radiation doses, coexisting cardiovascular risk factors and adjuvant cardiotoxic chemotherapy. Radiation-induced heart disease comprises a spectrum of cardiac pathologies, including pericardial disease, cardiomyopathy, coronary artery disease and valvular disease...
November 11, 2016: Annales de Cardiologie et D'angéiologie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836795/ultrasound%C3%A2-for%C3%A2-patients%C3%A2-in-a-high-hiv-tb-prevalence-setting-a%C3%A2-needs-assessment-and-review-of-focused-applications-for-sub-saharan-africa
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REVIEW
Tom Heller, Eric A Mtemang'ombe, Michaëla A M Huson, Charlotte C Heuvelings, Sabine Bélard, Saskia Janssen, Sam Phiri, Martin P Grobusch
Ultrasound is increasingly used in point-of-care applications and has great potential to support the diagnosis of infectious diseases, especially in resource-limited settings. We performed a cross-sectional study including 100 Malawian patients with a clinical indication for ultrasound and reviewed the literature on point-of-care ultrasound (POCUS) in Sub-Saharan Africa to establish its applicability, most frequent indications, findings, and implications for treatment, and therefore relevance in POCUS curricula, with a main focus on infectious diseases...
November 8, 2016: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27836311/sex-based-differences-in-prevalence-and-clinical-presentation-among-pericarditis-and-myopericarditis-patients
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Michal Laufer-Perl, Ofer Havakuk, Yacov Shacham, Arie Steinvil, Sivan Letourneau-Shesaf, Ehud Chorin, Gad Keren, Yaron Arbel
BACKGROUND: Sex differences in heart diseases, including acute coronary syndrome, congestive heart failure, and atrial fibrillation, have been studied extensively. However, data are lacking regarding sex differences in pericarditis and myopericarditis patients. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to evaluate whether there are sex differences in pericarditis and myopericarditis patients as well. METHODS: We performed a retrospective, single-center observational study that included 200 consecutive patients hospitalized with idiopathic pericarditis or myopericarditis from January 2012 to April 2014...
October 18, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27830273/-summary-of-the-esc-position-paper-on-cancer-treatment-and-cardiovascular-toxicity
#20
J Hoog, S Achenbach
The numbers of survivors of cancer have increased as a consequence of advances in chemotherapy; however, the side effects of cancer treatment have become increasingly more important. The most frequent side effects include cardiovascular complications, which can lead to acute and delayed morbidity and mortality, often many years later. The discipline of cardio-oncology deals with the prevention, diagnostics and treatment of cardiovascular diseases caused by cancer therapy. The most important cardiovascular side effects of cytostatic therapy are heart failure due to myocardial dysfunction (cardiotoxicity), coronary artery disease, valvular disease and ventricular arrhythmia as a result of QT extension...
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