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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429125/low-plasma-homoarginine-concentration-is-associated-with-high-rates-of-all-cause-mortality-in-renal-transplant-recipients
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Arslan Arinc Kayacelebi, Isidor Minović, Erik Hanff, Anne-Roos S Frenay, Martin H de Borst, Martin Feelisch, Harry van Goor, Stephan J L Bakker, Dimitrios Tsikas
In renal transplant recipients (RTR), we recently found that low urinary excretion of homoarginine (hArg) is associated with mortality and graft failure. However, it is not known whether such prospective associations also hold true for plasma concentrations of hArg. In the present study, we therefore determined plasma concentrations of hArg in the same cohort, i.e. in 687 RTR (functioning graft ≥1 year), and in 140 healthy donors, before and after kidney donation. Plasma hArg concentrations were significantly lower in RTR compared to healthy controls [1...
April 20, 2017: Amino Acids
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28425226/a-review-of-pediatric-pulmonary-hypertension-with-new-guidelines
#2
Serdar Kula, Ayhan Pektaş
This study aims to review pediatric pulmonary hypertension (PH) by comparing the guidelines of the European Society of Cardiology (ESC)/European Respiratory Society (ERS), the American Heart Association (AHA)/American Thoracic Society (ATS), and the European Pediatric Pulmonary Vascular Disease Network (EPPVDN). All three sets of guidelines define PH as having a mean pulmonary artery pressure of ≥25 mmHg and accept the validity of the World Health Organization (WHO) classification system. Every child with a high index of suspicion for PH should undergo an initial work-up of chest X-rays, electrocardiography, and echocardiography...
April 18, 2017: Turkish Journal of Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28417288/troponin-t-elevation-after-permanent-pacemaker-implantation
#3
Xueying Chen, Ziqing Yu, Jin Bai, Shulan Hu, Wei Wang, Shengmei Qin, Jingfeng Wang, Zhe Sun, Yangang Su, Junbo Ge
PURPOSE: The objective of the study is to study the incidence, significance, and factors associated with cardiac troponin T (CTNT) elevation after pacemaker implantation. METHODS: Three hundred seventy-four patients (104 single-chamber pacemakers or ICD, 243 dual-chamber pacemakers, and 27 cardiac resynchronization therapy/cardiac resynchronization therapy defibrillator) who had normal levels of CTNT at baseline and underwent implantation of a permanent pacemaker system were included in this study...
April 18, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395286/heart-failure-with-preserved-and-reduced-ejection-fraction-in-hemodialysis-patients-prevalence-disease-prediction-and-prognosis
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Marlies Antlanger, Stefan Aschauer, Chantal Kopecky, Manfred Hecking, Johannes J Kovarik, Johannes Werzowa, Julia Mascherbauer, Bernd Genser, Marcus D Säemann, Diana Bonderman
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Heart failure (HF) is a main cause of mortality of hemodialysis (HD) patients. While HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is known to only affect a minority of patients, little is known about the prevalence, associations with clinical characteristics and prognosis of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). METHODS: We included 105 maintenance HD patients from the Medical University of Vienna into this prospective single-center cohort study and determined the prevalence of HFpEF (per the 2013 criteria of the European Society of Cardiology) and HFrEF (EF <45%), using standardized post-HD transthoracic echocardiography...
April 11, 2017: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394002/supplementation-with-omega-3-acids-after-myocardial-infarction-and-modification-of-inflammatory-markers-in-light-of-the-patients-diet-a-preliminary-study
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Magdalena Makarewicz-Wujec, Gabriela Parol, Andrzej Parzonko, Małgorzata Kozłowska-Wojciechowska
BACKGROUND: Neuroendocrine activation, activation of proinflammatory cytokines and platelets, and endothelial dysfunction play a significant role in development of heart failure. AIM: The aim of the work was to assess the effect of supplementation with EPA and DHA in adaily dose of 1g on selected inflammatory markers and platelet activation in patients with heart failure after recent myocardial infarction in light of their diet. M ETHODS: This preliminary study was arandomised, double-blind trial involving 30patients with post-infarction heart failure...
April 10, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28387919/the-assessment-of-the-long-term-effects-of-elective-crt-d-of-coronary-heart-disease-after-pci
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K Liu, B-T Hua, T Guo, L-J Pu
OBJECTIVE: The present study was planned to evaluate the long-term effects of elective cardiac resynchronization therapy devices (CRT-D) of coronary heart disease after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We continuously selected 124 patients with chronic stable heart failure to undergo PCI, and were randomly divided into two groups viz. control group with 72 cases and observation group with 52 cases. The control group was given intensive drugs, while the observation group was treated with a combination of intensive drugs with CRT-D...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28370416/right-ventricular-function-and-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-levels-in-adult-patients-with-simple-dextro-transposition-of-the-great-arteries
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Efrén Martínez-Quintana, Natalia Marrero-Negrín, Silvia Gopar-Gopar, Fayna Rodríguez-González
INTRODUCTION: Dextro-transposition of the great arteries (d-TGA) patients is at high risk of developing right ventricular dysfunction and tricuspid regurgitation in adulthood. Determining the relation between echocardiographic parameters, N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) levels and the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class may help determining the best time to operate them. METHODS: Patients with simple d-TGA operated in infancy with an atrial switch procedure (Mustard or Senning operation) were followed up in our Adult Congenital Heart Disease Unit...
March 29, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28352338/evaluation-of-safety-and-efficacy-of-elective-pci-in-patients-with-cardiac-insufficiency
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Jiang-Xin Jing, Xiao-Lan Zhong, Sheng-Guo Chen
We analyzed the safety and the efficacy of the treatment with elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with coronary heart disease complicated with cardiac insufficiency. We enrolled 217 patients diagnosed with chronic ischemic heart disease complicated with cardiac failure. According to the type of treatment they received, patients were divided into 3 groups: i) The conservative treatment group with 60 patients (they received standard medication); ii) the early PCI group with 82 cases (their condition was stabilized, surgical risk was assessed and PCI was taken as early as possible); and iii) the advanced PCI group with 75 cases (ischemic myocardium was corrected and then elective PCI was applied and for aggravated myocardial ischemia cases, PCI was applied after assessing the risk of surgery)...
February 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341776/an-nppb-promoter-polymorphism-associated-with-elevated-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-lower-blood-pressure-hypertension-and-mortality
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Sara B Seidelmann, Orly Vardeny, Brian Claggett, Bing Yu, Amil M Shah, Christie M Ballantyne, Elizabeth Selvin, Calum A MacRae, Eric Boerwinkle, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Elevated B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are associated with heart failure and increased mortality in the general population. We investigated rs198389, a functional variant in the promoter region of the BNP gene (NPPB), in patients from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities Study to investigate associations with N-terminal pro-BNP (NT-proBNP) levels and outcomes. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 11 361 black and white patients with rs198389 genotyping attended visit 1 (aged 45-64 years; 1987-1989), with follow-up visits occurring every 3 years (visit 2-visit 4, 1990-1999), followed by visit 5 (2011-2013)...
March 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338189/research-progress-about-effects-of-myocardial-enzyme-and-troponin-on-uremia-with-acute-left-ventricular-failure
#10
Z Li, Y Zheng, R-C Zhao, J Yu, Z Lian, X-F Cao, Z Hui
OBJECTIVE: We studied the diagnostic value of CK-MB and troponin (cTnI) in uremia with acute left ventricular failure patients. PATIENTS AND METHODS: We enrolled 130 uremia patients with maintenance hemodialysis (MHD) and divided them into two groups: (i) the observation group with patients suffering from acute left ventricular failure (n=30) and (ii) the control group which contained cases without acute left ventricular failure (n=100). We verified CK-MB, cTnI, serum creatinine, blood urea nitrogen, pro-BNP and LVEF levels at 6 h, 12 h, 24 h, 48 h, 72 h, 7 d and 14 d after the attack and carried out 1-year follow-up to compare total mortality and cardiogenic mortality...
March 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336204/n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-related-with-coronary-flow-velocity-reserve-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-asymmetric-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Milorad Tesic, Jelena Seferovic, Danijela Trifunovic, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Vojislav Giga, Ivana Jovanovic, Olga Petrovic, Jelena Marinkovic, Sanja Stankovic, Jelena Stepanovic, Arsen Ristic, Milan Petrovic, Nebojsa Mujovic, Bosiljka Vujisic-Tesic, Branko Beleslin, Vladan Vukcevic, Goran Stankovic, Petar Seferovic
BACKGROUND: The relations of elevated N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) and cardiac ischemia in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) patients is uncertain. Therefore we designed the study with the following aims: (1) to analyze plasma concentrations of NT-pro-BNP in various subsets of HCM patients; (2) to reveal the correlations of NT-pro-BNP, myocardial ischemia, and diastolic dysfunction; (3) to assess predictors of the elevated plasma levels of NT-pro-BNP. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 61 patients (mean age 48...
March 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
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Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329122/prognostic-implications-of-left-ventricular-asymmetry-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Per Ejlstrup Sigvardsen, Linnea Hornbech Larsen, Helle Gervig Carstensen, Mathias Sørgaard, Louise Hindsø, Christian Hassager, Lars Køber, Rasmus Møgelvang, Klaus Fuglsang Kofoed
Aims: Left ventricular (LV) regional hypertrophy in the form of LV asymmetry is a common finding in patients with aortic valve stenosis. The aim of this study was to test the hypothesis that LV asymmetry predicts future symptomatic status and indication for aortic valve replacement (AVR) in patients with asymptomatic aortic valve stenosis. Methods and results: In total, 114 patients with asymptomatic aortic valve stenosis (peak velocity > 2.5 m/s assessed by echocardiographic screening and LV ejection fraction > 50%) were enrolled in the study...
February 18, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256328/additive-prognostic-values-of-nt-probnp-and-exercise-stress-echocardiography-in-asymptomatic-patients-with-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-and-preserved-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Sung-Ji Park, Eun Jeong Cho, Joonghyun Ahn, Keumhee Carriere, Eun Kyoung Kim, Ga Yeon Lee, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) can be used to identify left ventricular (LV) dysfunction in asymptomatic chronic MR. NT-proBNP is the best marker for monitoring LV dysfunction. OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to estimate the complementary prognostic value of ESE and NT-proBNP in asymptomatic degenerative MR with preserved LV ejection fraction (EF). METHODS: Symptom-limited treadmill ESE was performed in 114 asymptomatic with significant degenerative MR (ERO >20mm, RV >30ml), LV end-systolic diameter <40mm and preserved LV function (EF >60%)...
February 24, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28253598/-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-clinical-characteristics-and-risk-factors
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X Wu, H Cui, J J Wang, M H Xiao, J Lu, X X Zheng, Y Guo, S Y Wang, X H Huang
Objective: To evaluate the clinical characteristics and risk factors for atrial fibrillation(AF)in patients with obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy(OHCM). Methods: Patients with OHCM hospitalized in Fuwai Hospital from March 2011 to January 2016 were enrolled in the present study. Each patient underwent examinations including transthoracic echocardiography, body surface electrocardiograph or dynamic electrocardiogram (Holter). Cardiac troponin I (cTNI) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP)levels were tested and clinical profiles were collected...
March 1, 2017: Zhonghua Nei Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Internal Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222017/evaluation-of-biotin-interference-on-immunoassays-new-data-for-troponin-i-digoxin-nt-pro-bnp-and-progesterone
#16
Théo Willeman, Olivier Casez, Patrice Faure, Anne Sophie Gauchez
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February 21, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216549/role-of-right-ventricular-dysfunction-and-diabetes-mellitus-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-response-of-patients-with-severe-mitral-regurgitation-and-heart-failure-after-mitraclip
#17
Hidehiro Kaneko, Michael Neuss, Jens Weissenborn, Christian Butter
MitraClip (MC) is an alternative therapeutic option for patients with severe mitral regurgitation (MR) who are at high surgical risk. Most candidates for MC have severe heart failure (HF) with increased N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro BNP) levels. We sought to clarify the response of NT-pro BNP after MC and to identify the determinants of NT-pro BNP nonresponders. Among 136 consecutive patients successfully treated with MC, we excluded 20 patients due to low baseline NT-pro BNP levels and therefore examined 116 patients...
February 20, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28123475/clinical-effect-of-preoperative-high-dose-atorvastatin-against-no-reflow-after-pci
#18
Wenbo Liu, Zhipeng Zou, Haipeng Jiang, Qiang Li, Fangming Guo, Zhen Wang, Hongguang Zhu
The aim of the present study was to evaluate the use of preoperative high-dose atorvastatin to prevent the no-reflow phenomenon after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). A total of 138 patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction, admitted from March 2014 to January 2015, were enrolled and randomly divided into 3 groups of 46 individuals each. The groups included a control group in which patients were not treated with atorvastatin before PCI; a conventional-dose atorvastatin treatment group in which patients received a single dose of 20 mg at bedtime one day prior to PCI; and a high-dose atorvastatin treatment group in which patients were treated with 40 mg divided in two doses the day before PCI...
January 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28103203/the-change-in-nt-pro-bnp-and-post-ptmc-echocardiography-parameters-in-patients-with-mitral-stenosis-a-pilot-study
#19
Morteza Safi, Fariba Bayat, Zahra Ahmadi, Masood Shekarchizadeh, Isa Khaheshi, Mohammadreza Naderian
BACKGROUND: The change in the level of NT-Pro-BNP (N-terminal Pro-Brain Natriuretic Peptide) is now considered as a reflection of the hemodynamic alterations and its circulatory reductions reported early after successful PTMC (percutaneous transvenous mitral commissurotomy). The present study aims to assess the change in the level of NT-Pro BNP following PTMC in patients with mitral stenosis and also to determine the association between circulatory NT-Pro BNP reduction and post-PTMC echocardiography parameters...
January 18, 2017: Romanian Journal of Internal Medicine, Revue Roumaine de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101033/maximizing-the-benefit-cost-ratio-of-anthracyclines-in-metastatic-breast-cancer-case-report-of-a-patient-with-a-complete-response-to-high-dose-doxorubicin
#20
Kevin Shee, Alan T Kono, Susan P D'Anna, Mark A Seltzer, Xiaoying Lu, Todd W Miller, Mary D Chamberlin
Despite the clinical efficacy of anthracycline agents such as doxorubicin, dose-limiting cardiac toxicities significantly limit their long-term use. Here, we present the case of a 33-year-old female patient with extensive metastatic ER+/PR+/HER2- mucinous adenocarcinoma of the breast, who was started on doxorubicin/cyclophosphamide therapy after progressing on paclitaxel and ovarian suppressor goserelin with aromatase inhibitor exemestane. The patient was comanaged by cardiology, who carefully monitored measures of cardiac function, including EKGs, serial echocardiograms, and profiling of lipids, troponin, and pro-BNP every 2 months...
September 2016: Case Reports in Oncology
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