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Tahereh Sabaghian, Bahareh Hajibaratali, Shiva Samavat
AIM: Bio-impedance analysis (BIA) is a preferred method for estimating the volume status. However, it cannot be utilized in daily practice. Since the assessment of the volume status is important and challenging for hemodialysis (HD) patients, the aim of study was to determine the volume status in chronic HD patients using echocardiographic parameters and assess its correlation with BIA. METHODS: In this cross-sectional analysis, echocardiography and BIA were performed on 30 chronic HD patients 30 min before and 30 min after dialysis...
October 20, 2016: Renal Failure
Jiahong Wang, Lan Zhao, Jiarui Wei, Shaoheng Zhang, Nannan Chen, Dongxing Ding, Qunlin Gong, Feng Su, Jian Yan, Pengxiang Zheng
BACKGROUND: Various therapies have been used to improve the symptoms and prognosis of patients with coronary artery disease. However, comparative studies showing more suitable choices for patients with ischaemic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) and who smoke cigarettes are lacking. METHODS: A total of 338 patients were divided into four groups according to whether they received complete revascularisation (CR), and/or underwent smoking cessation (SC). They were followed prospectively for 12 months...
September 26, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Emily O'Halloran, Amit Shah, Lawrence Dembo, Livia Hool, Helena Viola, Christine Grey, James Boyd, Tomas O'Neill, Fiona Wood, Janine Duke, Mark Fear
Severe burn injury significantly affects cardiovascular function for up to 3 years. However, whether this leads to long-term pathology is unknown. The impact of non-severe burn injury, which accounts for over 80% of admissions in developed countries, has not been investigated. Using a rodent model of non-severe burn injury with subsequent echocardiography we showed significantly increased left ventricular end systolic diameter (LVESD) and ventricular wall thickness at up to 3 months post-injury. Use of propranolol abrogated the changes in cardiac measures observed...
October 3, 2016: Scientific Reports
Aroditis Konstantinos, Pikilidou Maria, Vourvouri Eleni, Hadjistavri Lina, Zebekakis Pantelis, Yovos John, Efthimiadis George, Karvounis Haralambos
Overproduction of thyroid hormones leads to structural as well as functional cardiac changes. Conventional echocardiography but also recently developed sophisticated two-dimensional echocardiography speckle (2D-STE) tracking allow elaborate evaluation of these changes. Our purpose was to investigate the effects of thyroid hormones overproduction on the heart in patients with Graves' disease and changes that occur after 6 months thyrostatic therapy. We conducted a prospective, case-control study of 6 months duration...
September 28, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Yuzhou Li, Chunrong Li, Hongrui Jin, Wenqi Huang
The aim of the study was to investigate the cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in interventional therapy of patients with acute myocardial infarction prior to and after treatment. Fifty-six cases of AMI patients with elective treatment by percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) were continuously selected. Patients with an incidence of 7-10 days were treated with CMR and echocardiography to evaluate the quality of myocardial infarction, visual score method (VSM), wall motion score abnormality, left ventricular end-diastolic diameter (LVEDD), left ventricular end-systolic diameter (LVESD) and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
September 2016: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
Cao Xiaojing, Li Yanfang, Guo Yanqing, Cao Fangfang
OBJECTIVE: Recent studies have shown that activation of the immune system, inflammatory cell infiltration, and activation of inflammatory mediators play an important role in the development of heart failure. The purpose of this study was to investigate whether cardiac function can be improved by regulating the balance of lymphocyte subsets and cytokines. METHODS: Ninety-six patients with chronic heart failure (CHF) who were older than 60 years were randomly divided into two groups: CHF testing group (CHFT) received regular therapy and thymopentin (2 mg thymopentin per day, 15th as a course, three courses in total)...
August 23, 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Erminia Donnarumma, Shashi Bhushan, Jessica M Bradley, Hiroyuki Otsuka, Erinn L Donnelly, David J Lefer, Kazi N Islam
BACKGROUND: Bioavailability of nitric oxide (NO) and hydrogen sulfide (H2S) is reduced in heart failure (HF). Recent studies suggest cross-talk between NO and H2S signaling. We previously reported that sodium nitrite (NaNO2) ameliorates myocardial ischemia-reperfusion injury and HF. Nuclear factor-erythroid-2-related factor 2 (Nrf2) regulates the antioxidant proteins expression and is upregulated by H2S. We examined the NaNO2 effects on endogenous H2S bioavailability and Nrf2 activation in mice subjected to ischemia-induced chronic heart failure (CHF)...
2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
Hong Yao, Li Jiang, Xi Lin, Zhao-Guang Liang
The aim of this study was to observe the clinical efficacy of fluvastatin combined with benazepril in the treatment of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). A total of 92 patients with AF were randomly assigned to the case group (n=46), in which the patients were treated with fluvastatin (80mg) plus benazepril (10mg), or to the control group (n=46), in which the patients were treated with fluvastatin (80mg). The conversion rate of sinus rhythm was higher in the case group than in the control group (P<0...
July 28, 2016: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
Yonghong Lei, Xue Li, Fang Yuan, Lu Liu, Juan Zhang, Yanping Yang, Jieqiong Zhao, Yan Han, Jun Ren, Xiaobing Fu
Paraquat is a nitrogen herbicide imposing severe organ toxicity in human leading to acute lung injury and heart failure. The present study was designed to examine the impact of ablation of the innate proinflammatory mediator toll-like receptor 4 (TLR4) in paraquat-induced cardiac contractile dysfunction and the underlying mechanisms involved with a focus on endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress and apoptosis. Adult male wild-type (WT) and TLR4 knockout (TLR4(-/-) ) mice were challenged with paraquat (45 mg/kg, i...
July 21, 2016: Environmental Toxicology
Chuan Qin, Li Zhang, Zi-Ming Zhang, Bin Wang, Zhou Ye, Yong Wang, Navin C Nanda, Ming-Xing Xie
The present study investigated the application of echocardiography to evaluation of cardiac dyssynchrony in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). A total of 348 consecutive CHF patients who were admitted for cardiac resynchronization (CRT) and presented with low ejection fraction (EF) and wide QRS duration were enrolled in this study, along with 388 healthy individuals. Dyssynchrony was assessed based on filling time ratio (FT/RR), left ventricular pre-ejection delay (PED), interventricular mechanical delay (IVMD), longitudinal opposing wall delay (LOWD) and radial septal to posterior wall delay (RSPWD)...
June 2016: Journal of Huazhong University of Science and Technology. Medical Sciences
Amgad Mentias, Krishna Patel, Harsh Patel, A Marc Gillinov, Joseph F Sabik, Tomislav Mihaljevic, Rakesh M Suri, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Lars G Svensson, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: Primary mitral regurgitation (MR) is a growing health problem due to the aging population. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of this study was to assess the impact of baseline pulmonary hypertension on long-term outcomes in patients with significant primary MR and preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). METHODS: We studied 1,318 patients with ≥3+ primary MR and LVEF ≥60% using echocardiography at rest; they were evaluated at our center from 2005 to 2008...
June 28, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Z Wei, G Yang, R Xu, C Zhu, F He, Q Dou, J Tang
We aimed to assess the protein 4.1R (4.1R) expression of the membrane skeleton in cardiomyocytes and to determine the potential role of 4.1R in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF). Forty-two male mice were randomly divided into two groups: an HF group (N = 22) and control group (N = 20). The HF model was established by abdominal subcutaneous injection of 5 mg⋅kg(-1)⋅day(-1) isopropyl adrenaline to the mice for 14 days. Electrocardiography was carried out and cardiac function was assessed by ultrasonic cardiogram...
2016: Genetics and Molecular Research: GMR
L W Chen, L L Zhu, Q Ji, H Zhu, Y Z Ren, Z G Fan, X B Li, X F Gao, Y J Zhang, N L Tian
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential role and mechanism of microRNA(miR)-30a in myocardial fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Rats were randomly divided into 1 week MI group (n=11), 2 weeks MI group (n=13) and 4 weeks MI group (n=15) by applying random number table after left anterior descending coronary artery ligation. Rats in Sham group were examined at respective time points (n=16). Heart function was monitored by echocardiography. Myocardial collagen volume fraction (CVF) was determined on Masson stained sections...
May 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Anoop K Singh, Ross M Ungerleider, Yuk M Law
There are scant data in pediatrics on the optimal timing for aortic valve repair (AVR). This study assesses the midterm response to AVR and possible predictors of poor outcome. From 2001 to 2006, 41 patients had greater than 3-month follow-up after AVR for aortic insufficiency, aortic stenosis, or both. Pre-, peri-, and post-operative data were collected, including demographics and clinical symptoms. Two reviewers measured echocardiographic parameters from the pre-operative and latest follow-up echocardiograms...
August 2016: Pediatric Cardiology
Bahareh Sheikhsaraf, Nikbakht Hojat Allah, Azarbayjani Mohammad Ali
In healthy nonathletic populations, some left ventricle (LV) parameters such as LV mass (LVM) and LV end diastolic dimension (LVEDD) can be predicted by some of body size parameters such as body surface area (BSA), fat-free mass (FFM), and height (H). These body size parameters use to remove covariate influence of body size from cardiac dimension variables and allow comparisons to be made between individuals and groups of different body size. Endurance exercise has been associated with changes in LV size and body composition of athletes...
2010: International Journal of Exercise Science
Chun-Li Song, Bin Liu, Hong-Ying Diao, Yong-Feng Shi, Ji-Chang Zhang, Yang-Xue Li, Ning Liu, Yun-Peng Yu, Guan Wang, Jin-Peng Wang, Qian Li
Insulin-like growth factor-1 (IGF-1) is an important regulator of cardiomyocyte homeostasis and cardiac structure, and the prosurvival and antiapoptotic effects of IGF-1 have been investigated. However, the effect of microRNA-320 (miR-320) in ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) by targeting IGF-1 is rarely discussed. We investigated the role of miR-320 in I/R injury. A total of 192 healthy female Wistar rats were divided into eight groups (n = 24). Rat heart I/R model was established. Hemodynamics, infarct size weight (ISW), heart function, and rat cardiomyocyte apoptosis were measured...
May 9, 2016: Oncotarget
Li Wu, Xiemuziya Maimaitirexiati, Yun Jiang, Liang Liu
BACKGROUND To study the role of Parkin in the regulation of mitochondrial autophagy in the heart by assessing mitochondrial autophagy and changes in Parkin protein expression in rat myocardium after myocardial infarction (MI). MATERIAL AND METHODS Rats were randomly assigned to three groups: control, sham, and MI. Four weeks after induction of MI, ultrasonic examination of the rats was performed to measure left ventricular end systolic diameter (LVESD), left ventricular end diastolic diameter (LVEDD), left ventricular ejection fraction (EF), left ventricular fractional shortening (FS), and left ventricular diastolic/systolic volume...
2016: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Mohammad M Al-Daydamony, Mohammad El-Tahlawi
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) is an independent risk factor for cardiovascular events. There is a strong association between metabolic syndrome (MetS) and LVH in hypertensive patients. However, the relation between LVH and MetS in the absence of hypertension has not been studied. AIM OF THE WORK: To study the impact of MetS on LV mass in patients without hypertension. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: Fifty MetS patients without hypertension and 50 healthy control subjects were enrolled...
September 2016: Echocardiography
Guangzhong Liu, Yongwu Liu, Renjun Wang, Tingting Hou, Chaoyi Chen, Sijia Zheng, Zengxiang Dong
INTRODUCTION: In this study, we examined whether spironolactone (SP) could inhibit doxorubicin (DOX)-induced cardiotoxicity in the rat heart. METHODS: Rats were randomized into four groups (n = 6): (1) the control group; (2) the SP group; (3) the DOX group; and (4) the SP + DOX group. The rats were evaluated for electrocardiography and cardiac function. The cardiac collagen, cardiomyocyte apoptosis, and the remodeling-related proteins were determined. RESULTS: Rats treated with DOX showed prolongation of QTc and decreased left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) and fractional shortening (FS) (P < 0...
August 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Yang Liu, Shaomin Zhang, Chunli Sun, Jinhui Wu
This study demonstrates that nerve growth factor (NGF) plays a protective role in myocardial infarction and early reperfusion by reducing the myocardial cell apoptosis and by improving ventricular remodeling and seeks to assess the effects and mechanisms of NGF on late reperfusion after myocardial infarction. The models of late reperfusion were established by ligating the left main coronary artery and then cutting the suture 2 hours after coronary artery ligation. The rats in NGF treatment group were injected 10 µL Ad-NGF (by constructing the adenovirus vector Ad-NGF containing NGF gene) at four locations around infarction...
December 2015: Sheng Wu Yi Xue Gong Cheng Xue za Zhi, Journal of Biomedical Engineering, Shengwu Yixue Gongchengxue Zazhi
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