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Valvular pathology

Sang-Chol Lee
Chronic hypertension can result in deleterious effects on various vascular organs including the heart and vessels. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has the unique advantage of the ability to assess ventricular volumes and function, valvular abnormalities, vascular pathology, myocardial perfusion and tissue characterization with high accuracy and reproducibility and also avoid the risk of radiation. As this is the case, CMR seems to be an ideal method for comprehensive assessment of patients with systemic hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Ngoc Thien Lam, Timothy J Muldoon, Kyle P Quinn, Narasimhan Rajaram, Kartik Balachandran
The role of valvular interstitial cell (VIC) architecture in regulating cardiac valve function and pathology is not well understood. VICs are known to be more elongated in a hypertensive environment compared to those in a normotensive environment. We have previously reported that valve tissues cultured under hypertensive conditions are prone to acute pathological alterations in cell phenotype and contractility. We therefore aimed to rigorously study the relationship between VIC shape, contractile output and other functional indicators of VIC pathology...
October 10, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Michael B Stokes, Nitesh Nerlekar, Stuart Moir, Karen S Teo
BACKGROUND: Imaging of the heart is important in the diagnosis and follow-up of a broad range of cardiac pathology. The authors discuss the growing role of cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) in cardiology practice and its relevance to primary healthcare. OBJECTIVE: In this article we discuss the advantages of CMR over other imaging modalities, and give a brief description of the common CMR techniques and cardiac pathologies where CMR is especially useful. DISCUSSION: CMR provides specific advantages over other cardiac imaging modalities when evaluating pathology in congenital heart disease, cardiac masses, cardiomyopathies, and in some aspects of ischaemic and valvular heart diseases...
October 2016: Australian Family Physician
Eric T Rush, Ling Li, Jennifer L Goodwin, Rose M Kreikemeier, Mary Craft, David A Danford, Shelby Kutty
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Our purpose was to investigate cardiovascular abnormalities in children with osteogenesis imperfecta (OI). METHODS: Two hundred children (100 OI, 100 matched volunteers) were prospectively studied. Aortic and left ventricular (LV) measurements were performed using transthoracic echocardiography. Patients were typed according to modified phenotypical Sillence classification as published in the Nosology and Classification of Genetic Skeletal disorders: 2015 Revision...
September 19, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Sang-Chol Lee
Chronic hypertension can result in deleterious effects on various vascular organs including the heart and vessels. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) has the unique advantage of the ability to assess ventricular volumes and function, valvular abnormalities, vascular pathology, myocardial perfusion and tissue characterization with high accuracy and reproducibility and also avoid the risk of radiation. As this is the case, CMR seems to be an ideal method for comprehensive assessment of patients with systemic hypertension...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Masaki Ikeda, Yoshitake Murata, Ryoko Ohnishi, Tatsuo Kato, Akira Hara, Takuji Fujinaga
Congenital esophagobronchial fistula (EBF) is rarely seen in adults. We report a case of EBF detected in adulthood with a destroyed lung. A 67-year-old man experienced repeated pneumonia during his childhood. Since the age of 38, he had often suffered from bloody phlegm and always had a cough and sputum during oral intake. Before cardiac surgery for atrial fibrillation and valvular disease, computed tomography (CT) detected bronchiectasis, which could cause pulmonary bleeding during heart surgery, and the patient was introduced to our hospital for lung resection...
December 2016: Surgical Case Reports
Riccardo Vismara, Guido Gelpi, Santosh Prabhu, Paolo Romitelli, Lauren G Troxler, Andrea Mangini, Claudia Romagnoni, Monica Contino, Dylan T Van Hoven, Federico Lucherini, Michal Jaworek, Alberto Redaelli, Gianfranco B Fiore, Carlo Antona
BACKGROUND: Although associated with left heart pathologies, functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is often left untreated during left heart surgery. Hence, owing to its degenerative character, reoperation is often needed, encompassing an impressive (25% to 35%) mortality rate. Thus transcatheter approaches to FTR are raising great interest. OBJECTIVES: The authors evaluated the post-treatment effectiveness of the edge-to-edge technique using the percutaneous mitral valve repair device in an ex vivo pulsatile model of FTR...
September 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Ertan Yetkin, Hakan Atalay, Mehmet Ileri
BACKGROUND: Atrial septal aneurysm is a localized deformity of interatrial septum, generally at the level of fossa ovalis which protrudes into right or left atrium or both. The purpose of this study was to assess the frequency and covariates of atrial septal aneurysm in adult patients undergoing transthoracic echocardiography in our outpatient clinic. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From December 2011 to May 2016, 16,570 patients were included in the study. Records of patients were retrospectively analyzed from our previously established database...
November 15, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Shi-Min Yuan, Song-Li Yan
Mitral valve prolapse is a benign condition. Mitral regurgitation is only complicated in patients with severe mitral valve prolapse. Women with mitral valve prolapse in the absence of other cardiovascular disorders tolerate pregnancy well and do not develop remarkable cardiac complications. Nevertheless, serious complications of mitral valve prolapse, including arrhythmia, infective endocarditis and cerebral ischemic events, can be present in pregnancy. Debates remain with regard to the use of prophylactic antibiotics and β-blockers in the pregnant women with mitral valve prolapse...
April 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
Uwe Pfeil, Subhashini Bharathala, Ghulam Murtaza, Petra Mermer, Tamara Papadakis, Andreas Boening, Wolfgang Kummer
Heart valves are highly organized structures determining the direction of blood flow through the heart. Smooth muscle cells within the valve are thought to play an active role during the heart cycle, rather than being just passive flaps. The mature heart valve is composed of extracellular matrix (ECM), various differentiations of valvular interstitial cells (VIC), smooth muscle cells and overlying endothelium. VIC are important for maintaining the structural integrity of the valve, thereby affecting valve function and ECM remodelling...
August 23, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Taliha Oner, Rahmi Ozdemir, Dildar Bahar Genc, Mehmet Kucuk, Cem Karadeniz, Savas Demirpence, Murat Muhtar Yilmazer, Timur Mese, Vedide Tavli, Ferah Genel
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study is to define the predictors of chronic carditis in patients with acute rheumatic carditis (ARC). METHODS: Patients diagnosed with ARC between May 2010 and May 2011 were included in the study. Echocardiography, electrocardiography, lymphocyte subset analysis, acute phase reactants, plasma albumin levels, and antistreptolysin-O (ASO) tests were performed at initial presentation. The echocardiographic assessments were repeated at the sixth month of follow-up...
August 20, 2016: Jornal de Pediatria
Jason K Lempel, Michael A Bolen, Rahul D Renapurkar, Joseph T Azok, Charles S White
Valvular heart disease is a group of complex entities with varying etiologies and clinical presentations. There are a number of imaging tools available to supplement clinical evaluation of suspected valvular heart disease, with echocardiography being the most common and clinically established, and more recent emergence of computed tomography and magnetic resonance imaging as additional supportive techniques. Yet even with these newer and more sophisticated modalities, chest radiography remains one of the earliest and most common diagnostic examinations performed during the triage of patients with suspected cardiac dysfunction...
September 2016: Journal of Thoracic Imaging
Stefania Scarsoglio, Andrea Saglietto, Fiorenzo Gaita, Luca Ridolfi, Matteo Anselmino
BACKGROUND: Although atrial fibrillation (AF), a common arrhythmia, frequently presents in patients with underlying valvular disease, its hemodynamic contributions are not fully understood. The present work aimed to computationally study how physical conditions imposed by pathologic valvular anatomy act on AF hemodynamics. METHODS: We simulated AF with different severity grades of left-sided valvular diseases and compared the cardiovascular effects that they exert during AF, compared to lone AF...
2016: PeerJ
Frederick J Schoen
The clinical and pathological features of the most frequent intrinsic structural diseases that affect the heart valves are well established, but heart valve disease mechanisms are poorly understood, and effective treatment options are evolving. Major advances in the understanding of the structure, function and biology of native valves and the pathobiology, biomaterials and biomedical engineering, and the clinical management of valvular heart disease have occurred over the past several decades. This communication reviews contemporary considerations relative to the pathology of valvular heart disease, including (1) clinical significance and epidemiology of valvular heart disease; (2) functional and dynamic valvular macro-, micro- and ultrastructure; (3) causes, morphology and mechanisms of human valvular heart disease; and (4) pathologic considerations in valve replacement, repair and, potentially, regeneration of the heart valves...
August 8, 2016: Cardiovascular Engineering and Technology
Patrick Mathieu, Yohan Bossé, Gordon S Huggins, Alessandro Della Corte, Philippe Pibarot, Hector I Michelena, Giuseppe Limongelli, Marie-Chloé Boulanger, Arturo Evangelista, Elisabeth Bédard, Rodolfo Citro, Simon C Body, Mona Nemer, Frederick J Schoen
Bicuspid aortic valve is the most prevalent cardiac valvular malformation. It is associated with a high rate of long-term morbidity including development of calcific aortic valve disease, aortic regurgitation and concomitant thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection. Recently, basic and translational studies have identified some key processes involved in the development of bicuspid aortic valve and its morbidity. The development of aortic valve disease and thoracic aortic aneurysm and dissection is the result of complex interactions between genotypes, environmental risk factors and specific haemodynamic conditions created by bicuspid aortic valve anatomy...
October 2015: Journal of Pathology. Clinical Research
Timothy J Stear, David Shersher, George J Kim, Douglas R Smego
Endocarditis is a rare presentation for cytomegalovirus (CMV) infection. We present the case of a 49-year-old man who underwent mitral and tricuspid valve replacement for valvular CMV endocarditis. The patient's past medical history was significant for human immunodeficiency virus, intravenous drug abuse, and chronic hepatitis B. During his clinical course, he was found to have tricuspid and mitral valve vegetations. After progressive valvular destruction despite antibiotic therapy, he underwent successful mitral and tricuspid valve replacement...
August 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Pierre-Vladimir Ennezat, Patrick Bruneval, Daniel Czitrom, Jean-Pierre Gueffet, Nicolas Piriou, Jean Noël Trochu, Odile Patra, Bénédicte Blanchard-Lemoine, Xavier Halna du Fretay, Pierre Nazeyrollas, Bernard Assoun, Yannick Jobic, Eric Brochet, Emmanuel Bogino, Raymond Roudaut, Caroline Augier, Lorraine Greffe, Hélène Petit-Eisenmann, Camille Dambrin, Olivier Chavanon, Louis Guillou, Dominique Grisoli, Pierre Morera, Carlo Banfi, Jean Paul Remadi, Olivier Fabre, André Vincentelli, Sylvie Lantuejoul, Jean-Fortuné Ikoli, Marie-Christine Copin, Marie-Christine Malergue, Sylvestre Maréchaux, Christophe Tribouilloy
BACKGROUND: We have been intrigued by the observation that aortic stenosis (AS) may be associated with characteristic features of mitral drug-induced valvular heart disease (DI-VHD) in patients exposed to valvulopathic drugs, thus suggesting that beyond restrictive heart valve regurgitation, valvulopathic drugs may be involved in the pathogenesis of AS. METHODS: Herein are reported echocardiographic features, and pathological findings encountered in a series of patients suffering from both AS (mean gradient >15mmHg) and mitral DI-VHD after valvulopathic drugs exposure...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Christophe Martinez, Anne Bernard, Raluca Dulgheru, Pierluigi Incarnato, Cécile Oury, Patrizio Lancellotti
Valvular heart disease is a common cause of increased mean pulmonary artery pressure (PAP). Aortic stenosis and mitral regurgitation are frequently accompanied by pulmonary hypertension (PH), especially when they are severe and symptomatic. In asymptomatic patients, PH is rare, though the exact prevalence is unknown and mainly stems from the severity of the valvular heart disease and the presence of diastolic dysfunction. Exercise echocardiography has recently gained interest in depicting PH. In these asymptomatic patients, exercise PH is observed in about >40%...
July 2016: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
Josephin Mosch, Christian A Gleissner, Simon Body, Elena Aikawa
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most common valvular heart disease and likely evolves from inflammatory pre-conditions in the valve. Type II diabetes mellitus (DMII) has been associated with pathogenesis of CAVD, however, the mechanism initiating CAVD in DMII is not well understood and the human valve pathology in DMII has not been described. We therefore performed quantitative histological analyses of aortic valves of CAVD patients with and without DMII. METHODS: CAVD human aortic valves (n=45) obtained after surgical valve replacement were examined macroscopically with gross measurements of calcified areas...
June 29, 2016: Histology and Histopathology
Shailaja Chhetri, Nikesh Raj Shrestha, Thomas Pilgrim
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the prevalence, characteristics and maternal and perinatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated by heart disease. DESIGN: Prospective single-centre registry. SETTING: Tertiary care teaching hospital in eastern Nepal. PATIENTS: Pregnant women presenting to the antenatal clinic and/or labour room between 1 March 2012 and 31 March 2013. MAIN OUTCOME MEASURES: Prevalence, characteristics, and maternal and perinatal outcomes of pregnancies complicated by heart disease...
2014: Heart Asia
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