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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932963/echocardiographic-screening-of-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-american-samoa
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Jennifer H Huang, Michael Favazza, Arthur Legg, Kathryn W Holmes, Laurie Armsby, Ipuniuesea Eliapo-Unutoa, Thomas Pilgrim, Erin J Madriago
While rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a treatable disease nearly eradicated in the United States, it remains the most common form of acquired heart disease in the developing world. This study used echocardiographic screening to determine the prevalence of RHD in children in American Samoa. Screening took place at a subset of local schools. Private schools were recruited and public schools underwent cluster randomization based on population density. We collected survey information and performed a limited physical examination and echocardiogram using the World Heart Federation protocol for consented school children aged 5-18 years old...
September 20, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930591/lipoprotein-a-and-cardiovascular-disease-current-state-and-future-directions-for-an-enigmatic-lipoprotein
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Anum Saeed, Salim S Virani
Lipoprotein (a) (Lp (a)) is a complex polymorphic lipoprotein. Although structurally similar to low-density lipoprotein, Lp(a) has a glycoprotein, apolipoprotein(a) (apo(a)), attached to the apolipoprotein B-100 component. Several unique properties of Lp(a) can be attributed to the presence of apo(a). Several decades of research has improved our understanding of the structure, biochemistry, and pathophysiology of Lp(a) associated diseases. Genetic, epidemiological, and translational data indicate that elevated Lp(a) levels are likely in the causal pathway for atherosclerotic cardiovascular diseases as well as calcification of the aortic valves...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Landmark Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930524/hypertension-and-cardiometabolic-disease
#3
Ivan Tasic, Dragan Lovic
Hypertension has  a central role in cardiometabolic disease and is usually associated with  metabolic disorders, such as insulin resistance, obesity, and dyslipidemia. Hyperinsulinemia may increase cardiovascular (CV) risk through its promotion of hypertension, which is possibly a result of chronic enhancement of sympathetic nervous system activity, stimulation of the renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system leading to increased renal tubular sodium reabsorption, modulating cation transport, or inducing vascular smooth muscle cell hypertrophy...
January 1, 2018: Frontiers in Bioscience (Scholar Edition)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28930184/use-of-wavelet-transform-to-detect-compensated-and-decompensated-stages-in-the-congestive-heart-failure-patient
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Pratibha Sharma, Kimberly Newman, Carlin S Long, A J Gasiewski, Frank Barnes
This research work is aimed at improving health care, reducing cost, and the occurrence of emergency hospitalization in patients with Congestive Heart Failure (CHF) by analyzing heart and lung sounds to distinguish between the compensated and decompensated states. Compensated state defines stable state of the patient but with lack of retention of fluids in lungs, whereas decompensated state leads to unstable state of the patient with lots of fluid retention in the lungs, where the patient needs medication. Acoustic signals from the heart and the lung were analyzed using wavelet transforms to measure changes in the CHF patient's status from the decompensated to compensated and vice versa...
September 20, 2017: Biosensors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28929446/new-imaging-tools-in-cardiovascular-medicine-computational-fluid-dynamics-and-4d-flow-mri
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Keiichi Itatani, Shohei Miyazaki, Tokoki Furusawa, Satoshi Numata, Sachiko Yamazaki, Kazuki Morimoto, Rina Makino, Hiroko Morichi, Teruyasu Nishino, Hitoshi Yaku
Blood flow imaging is a novel technology in cardiovascular medicine and surgery. Today, two types of blood flow imaging tools are available: measurement-based flow visualization including 4D flow MRI (or 3D cine phase-contrast magnetic resonance imaging), or echocardiography flow visualization software, and computer flow simulation modeling based on computational fluid dynamics (CFD). MRI and echocardiography flow visualization provide measured blood flow but have limitations in temporal and spatial resolution, whereas CFD flow calculates the flow according to assumptions instead of flow measurement, and it has sufficiently fine resolution up to the computer memory limit, and it enables even virtual surgery when combined with computer graphics...
September 19, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28921420/causes-of-an-increased-pressure-gradient-through-the-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-a-west-coast-experience
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Sayuki Kobayashi, Yoshihiko Sakai, Isao Taguchi, Hiroto Utsunomiya, Takahiro Shiota
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO) occurs from not only obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy but also other conditions such as sigmoid septum or post mitral valve repair. However, the changes of the LVOT pressure gradient (LVOT PG) in LVOTO with various conditions remain unclear. METHODS: The clinical characteristics and echocardiographic parameters of 73 patients with LVOT PG ≥50 mmHg at rest on Doppler ultrasound were retrospectively investigated...
September 18, 2017: Journal of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28919627/ebstein-s-anomaly-associated-with-atrial-septal-defect-and-wolff-parkinson-white-wpw-syndrome
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M N Hasan, K Ahmed, S M Ahmed, M M Rahman
Ebstein's anomaly is a rare congenital heart disorder, accounting for <1% of all cases of congenital heart disease. It is a congenital malformation of the heart that is characterized by apical displacement of the septal and posterior tricuspid valve leaflets, leading to atrialization of the right ventricle with a variable degree of malformation and displacement of the anterior leaflet. We report the case of a 25 years old female with Ebstein's anomaly which was associated with Ostium Secundum type of atrial septal defect and WPW syndrome, who presented with dyspnea, palpitations, cyanosis, clubbing and cardiomegaly...
July 2017: Mymensingh Medical Journal: MMJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918896/role-of-circulating-endothelial-progenitor-cells-in-the-reparative-mechanisms-of-stable-ischemic-myocardium
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D Morrone, F Felice, C Scatena, A De Martino, M L E Picoi, N Mancini, S Blasi, M Menicagli, R Di Stefano, U Bortolotti, A G Naccarato, A Balbarini
BACKGROUND: Mobilization of endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) into circulation from bone marrow in patients with acute myocardial infarction has strong scientific evidence; less is known about EPC mobilization in patients with stable coronary artery disease (CAD). The aim of this study was to investigate the association of stable ischemic heart disease with EPC levels in tissue and blood. METHODS: Fifty-five consecutive patients admitted to a single treatment center for valve or coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) surgeries were included in the study...
September 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28918204/serum-glial-cell-line-derived-neurotrophic-factor-levels-and-postoperative-cognitive-dysfunction-after-surgery-for-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Xiaoxia Duan, Tao Zhu, Chan Chen, Guanpeng Zhang, Junhui Zhang, Lin Wang, Luye Zhang, Maohua Wang, Xiaobin Wang
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative cognitive dysfunction is an important complication of cardiac surgery with poor outcomes. Serum glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels are decreased in patients with Alzheimer's disease, but the association between glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels and postoperative cognitive dysfunction is poorly understood. The present study aimed to investigate the prognostic value of postoperative serum glial cell line-derived neurotrophic factor levels to predict postoperative cognitive dysfunction in patients with rheumatic heart disease undergoing heart valve replacement...
August 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28917688/a-randomized-trial-of-pocket-echocardiography-integrated-mobile-health-device-assessments-in-modern-structural-heart-disease-clinics
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Sanjeev P Bhavnani, Srikanth Sola, David Adams, Ashwin Venkateshvaran, P K Dash, Partho P Sengupta
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to determine whether mobile health (mHealth) device assessments used as clinical decision support tools at the point-of-care can reduce the time to treatment and improve long-term outcomes among patients with rheumatic and structural heart diseases (SHD). BACKGROUND: Newly developed smartphone-connected mHealth devices represent promising methods to diagnose common diseases in resource-limited areas; however, the impact of technology-based care on long-term outcomes has not been rigorously evaluated...
September 9, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912416/a-case-of-tranexamic-acid-as-adjunctive-treatment-for-chronic-subdural-hematoma-with-multiple-recurrences
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Ronni Mikkelsen, Thorkil Anker-Møller, Anne-Mette Hvas, Niels Sunde
BACKGROUND Chronic subdural hematoma (CSDH) is a common neurosurgical condition that is treated using a cranial burr hole evacuation procedure, but recurrence is common. The use of anticoagulant therapy can increase the risk of developing a recurrent subdural hematoma. We present a challenging case of a patient on long-term anticoagulant therapy following previous aortic and aortic valve surgery who had CSDH with multiple recurrences and was ultimately treated with tranexamic acid as an adjunct to surgery. CASE REPORT A male patient in his mid-sixties presented with a headache and bilateral CSDH...
September 15, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28912039/acquired-heart-disease-superimposed-on-congenital-heart-disease
#12
D Luke Glancy
A 50-year-old man with a murmur since birth developed systemic arterial hypertension as an adult. He came to the hospital because of dyspnea. He had a pulmonic valve ejection click and a murmur of pulmonic stenosis. His echocardiogram showed biventricular hypertrophy, a flat ventricular septum, a D-shaped left ventricle, systolic doming of the pulmonic valve, and Doppler evidence of a 70 mm Hg peak systolic pressure gradient across the pulmonic valve and a peak right ventricular systolic pressure of 100 mm Hg...
August 12, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28911943/heterozygous-deletion-of-akt1-rescues-cardiac-contractility-but-not-hypertrophy-in-a-mouse-model-of-noonan-syndrome-with-multiple-lentigines
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Rajika Roy, Maike Krenz
Noonan Syndrome with Multiple Lentigines (NSML) is associated with congenital heart disease in form of pulmonary valve stenosis and hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Genetically, NSML is primarily caused by mutations in the non-receptor protein tyrosine phosphatase SHP2. Importantly, certain SHP2 mutations such as Q510E can cause a particularly severe form of HCM with heart failure in infancy. Due to lack of insight into the underlying pathomechanisms, an effective custom-tailored therapy to prevent heart failure in these patients has not yet been found...
September 11, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906536/endomyocardial-fibrosis-in-sudan-clinical-and-echocardiographic-features
#14
Siddiq Ibrahim Khalil, Suha Khalil, Salma El Tigani, Hanan A Saad
OBJECTIVE: Endomyocardial fibrosis (EMF) is a rare disease and is often an underdiagnosed and forgotten cardiomyopathy. The objective of this study was to document the current frequency of EMF in Sudan by defining and selecting cases from patients attending the echocardiography laboratory. Additionally we aimed to create an EMF registry for Sudan. METHODS: The study started in January 2007 and is on-going. All the patients attending our echocardiography clinics in four different hospitals in Khartoum, Sudan, were included...
July 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28906136/redo-quadruple-valve-repair-after-ross-procedure-a-viable-option
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V Rao Parachuri, Srilakshmi M Adhyapak, Devi Prasad Shetty
Quadruple-valve repair or replacement is associated with significant morbidity and mortality because the clinical situation of severe disease of all 4 valves implies incipient myocardial damage. We report a case of redo quadruple-valve repair in a patient with rheumatic heart disease who had undergone the Ross procedure 14 years earlier. He presented with heart failure. Cardiac evaluation revealed severe disease of all 4 valves, necessitating surgery. Because he was in advanced heart failure and all 4 valves were suitable for repair, a quadruple-valve repair was performed...
January 1, 2017: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904928/prenatal-sonographic-diagnosis-of-hypoplastic-left-heart-syndrome
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Raghu Teja Sadineni, B Santh Kumar, N B Chander, Durga Mahita Boppana
Hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) represents a variety of cardiac malformations that may result from errors in the early stages of cardiac development. HLHS includes a wide spectrum of cardiac malformations including hypoplasia of the left ventricle, ascending aorta, hypoplasia, or atresia of the aortic and mitral valves. Over the recent years, the improved resolution of advanced equipment with awareness and increased performance of second-trimester ultrasound examinations for the assessment of fetal anomalies have helped in understanding the spectrum and have expanded our knowledge of HLHS...
July 2017: International Journal of Applied and Basic Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904734/a-17-year-old-male-with-a-small-bowel-neuroendocrine-tumor-flushing-differential-diagnosis
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Maria Alejandra Forero Molina, Elizabeth Garcia, Deyanira Gonzalez-Devia, Rafael García-Duperly, Alonso Vera
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine tumors (NETs) are heterogeneous neoplasms that originate from cells with a secretory function. Small bowel NETs (SB-NETs) are related to serotonin hypersecretion which causes: flushing, diarrhea, abdominal pain, bronchoconstriction and heart involvement, also known as carcinoid syndrome (CS). CS can be confused with an allergic reaction and thus should be considered as a differential diagnosis in the allergy consult. We present the case of a pediatric patient initially referred under the suspicion of food allergies...
2017: World Allergy Organization Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28904058/evaluation-of-lipoprotein-a-electrophoretic-and-immunoassay-methods-in-discriminating-risk-of-calcific-aortic-valve-disease-and-incident-coronary-heart-disease-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#18
Jing Cao, Brian T Steffen, Weihua Guan, Matthew Budoff, Erin D Michos, Jorge R Kizer, Wendy S Post, Michael Y Tsai
BACKGROUND: A number of lipoprotein(a) [Lp(a)] analytical techniques are available that quantify distinct particle components, yet their clinical efficacy has not been comprehensively evaluated. This study determined whether Lp(a) mass [Lp(a)-M], Lp(a) cholesterol content [Lp(a)-C], and particle concentration [Lp(a)-P] differentially discriminated risk of calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) or incident coronary heart disease (CHD) among 4679 participants of the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA)...
September 13, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28901226/isolated-right-juxtaposition-of-the-atrial-appendages-in-adult-with-bicuspid-aortic-valve-stenosis
#19
Alaae Boutayeb, Fayçal Kenassi, Adil Bensouda, Lahcen Marmade
We report the case of a 30-year-old male who had symptomatic bicuspid aortic valve stenosis. Operative findings unexpectedly revealed right juxtaposition of the atrial appendages. This is a rare association, as juxtaposition of atrial appendages is generally associated with more complex forms of congenital heart disease. The patient underwent successful surgery with uneventful postoperative course.
September 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28899955/natural-history-and-clinical-predictors-of-atrial-tachycardia-in-adults-with-congenital-heart-disease
#20
Pablo Ávila, José María Oliver, Pastora Gallego, Ana González-García, María José Rodríguez-Puras, Esther Cambronero, José Ruiz-Cantador, Ana Campos, Rafael Peinado, Raquel Prieto, Fernando Sarnago, Raquel Yotti, Francisco Fernández-Avilés
BACKGROUND: Atrial tachycardias (ATs) are a significant source of morbidity in adults with congenital heart disease (CHD). This study evaluates the incidence and clinical predictors of AT in a cohort of patients with CHD. METHODS AND RESULTS: We included 3311 adults (median age at entry 22.6 years, 50.6% males) with CHD (49% simple, 39% moderate, and 12% complex) prospectively followed up in a tertiary center for 37 607 person-years. Predictors of AT were identified by multivariable Cox regression analysis accounting for left truncation...
September 2017: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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