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Risk factor rheumatic heart disease

V Hoerr, M Franz, M W Pletz, M Diab, S Niemann, C Faber, T Doenst, P C Schulze, S Deinhardt-Emmer, B Löffler
Infective endocarditis (IE) is a life-threatening disease, caused by septic vegetations and inflammatory foci on the surface of the endothelium and the valves. Due to its complex and often indecisive presentation the mortality rate is still about 30%. Most frequently bacterial microorganisms entering the bloodstream are the underlying origin of the intracardiac infection. While the disease was primarily restricted to younger patients suffering from rheumatic heart streptococci infections, new at risk categories for Staphylococcus (S...
February 21, 2018: International Journal of Medical Microbiology: IJMM
Wei Hu, Yujia Ye, Yirui Yin, Peng Sang, Linhua Li, Jing Wang, Wen Wan, Rui Li, Xiangfeng Bai, Yuehui Xie, Zhaohui Meng
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an autoimmune disease triggered by acute rheumatic fever (ARF). Matrix metalloproteinases (MMPs) play an important role in the modulation of immune responses. The purpose of this study was to evaluate the association of MMP1, 3, and 12 promoter polymorphisms with RHD in a Han population in Southern China since the 3 genes are localized on the same chromosome and have a combined effect. METHODS: DNA samples were obtained from 90 adult patients with RHD and 90 control subjects...
February 20, 2018: BMC Medical Genetics
Maria Carmo Pereira Nunes, Milton Henriques Guimarães-Júnior, Pedro Henrique Oliveira Murta Pinto, Rodrigo Matos Pinto Coelho, Thais Lins Souza Barros, Nicole de Paula Aarão Faleiro Maia, Dayane Amaral Madureira, Rodrigo Citton Padilha Reis, Paulo Henrique Nogueira Costa, Renato Bráulio, Cláudio Léo Gelape, Teresa Cristina Abreu Ferrari
BACKGROUND: Early identification of patients at risk of IE complications using parameters obtained routinely is essential for clinical decision making guidance. This study aimed to identify a parameter at hospital admission that predicts outcome, adding value to other well-known factors of poor prognosis in IE. METHODS: Two hundred and three patients with IE were included. Clinical evaluation, echocardiography, blood cultures, and routine laboratory tests were performed at hospital admission...
January 27, 2018: International Journal of Infectious Diseases: IJID
Kwang Seob Lee, Andreas Kronbichler, Michael Eisenhut, Keum Hwa Lee, Jae Il Shin
Systemic autoimmune diseases can affect various kinds of organs including the kidney, the skin, soft tissue and the bone. Among others, cardiovascular involvement in rheumatic diseases has been shown to affect myocardium, pericardium, cardiac vessels, conduction system and valves, eventually leading to mortality. In general, underlying chronic inflammation lead to premature atherosclerosis, but also other manifestations such as arrhythmia and heart failure may have a 'silent' progress. Traditional cardiovascular risk factors play a secondary role, while disease-specific factors (i...
January 15, 2018: Autoimmunity Reviews
Pietro Enea Lazzerini, Iacopo Bertolozzi, Maurizio Acampa, Rosella Fulceri, Franco Laghi-Pasini, Pier Leopoldo Capecchi
Polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR) represents the most common inflammatory rheumatic disease of the elderly. It is characterized by synovitis of proximal joints and extra-articular synovial structures, along with chronic high-grade systemic inflammation. PMR is closely related to giant cell arteritis (GCA), a large-vessel vasculitis that involves the major branches of the aorta, particularly the extracranial branches of carotid artery including temporal arteries. It is currently believed that PMR and GCA may represent different manifestations of the same disease process...
January 10, 2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
Mansi Bhatt, Surendra Kumar, Mohammad Haris Siddiqui, Naveen Garg, Balraj Mittal
RHD is an inflammatory disease resulting from interactive immune, genetic, and environmental factors. Various, epidemiological studies have shown the association of genetic variants of cytokine genes with a predisposition to RHD. However, the results from different populations are inconsistent. Therefore, we carried out a meta- analysis of twenty-three published case-control studies and the results indicated that TGF-β1 +869 T/C (T vs. C: OR = 7.68, 95% CI = 1.62-36.50; TT + CT vs. CC OR = 1...
January 6, 2018: Immunology Letters
Stefan Heinze-Milne, Volodko Bakowsky, Nicholas Giacomantonio, Scott A Grandy
INTRODUCTION: Patients with systemic inflammatory diseases such as rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have an increased risk of cardiovascular disease (CVD) above the baseline risk attributable to traditional CVD risk factors seen in the general population. Exercise in cardiac rehabilitation (CR) is designed specifically for high-risk primary prevention and those with established CVD. Even though the European League Against Rheumatism guidelines state that exercise is safe for individuals with RA and exercise can reduce CVD risk, patients with RA rarely participate in CR...
December 22, 2017: BMJ Open
Andreas Martinsson, Xinjun Li, Bengt Zöller, Pontus Andell, Charlotte Andersson, Kristina Sundquist, J Gustav Smith
BACKGROUND: Aortic valvular stenosis (AS) is the most common cause of cardiac valvular replacement surgery. During the last century, the pathogenesis of AS has undergone transitions in developed countries, from rheumatic heart disease to a degenerative calcific pathogenesis. Although a familial component has been described for a subset of cases with a bicuspid valve, data are limited on the overall familial aggregation of this disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Contemporary information on 6 117 263 Swedish siblings, of which 13 442 had a clinical diagnosis of AS, was collected from the nationwide Swedish Multi-Generation Register and the National Patient Register...
December 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
Judith M Katzenellenbogen, Anna P Ralph, Rosemary Wyber, Jonathan R Carapetis
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a chronic cardiac condition with an infectious aetiology, causing high disease burden in low-income settings. Affected individuals are young and associated morbidity is high. However, RHD is relatively neglected due to the populations involved and its lower incidence relative to other heart diseases. METHODS AND RESULTS: In this narrative review, we describe how RHD care can be informed by and integrated with models of care developed for priority non-communicable diseases (coronary heart disease), and high-burden communicable diseases (tuberculosis)...
November 29, 2017: BMC Health Services Research
Jiayun Shen, Steven H Lam, Qing Shang, Chun-Kwok Wong, Edmund K Li, Priscilla Wong, Emily W Kun, Isaac T Cheng, Martin Li, Tena K Li, Tracy Y Zhu, Jack Jock-Wai Lee, Mimi Chang, Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Lai-Shan Tam
OBJECTIVE: To test the performances of established cardiovascular (CV) risk scores in discriminating subclinical atherosclerosis (SCA) in patients with psoriatic arthritis. METHODS: These scores were calculated: Framingham risk score (FRS), QRISK2, Systematic COronary Risk Evaluation (SCORE), 10-year atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease risk algorithm (ASCVD) from the American College of Cardiology and the American Heart Association, and the European League Against Rheumatism (EULAR)-recommended modified versions (by 1...
November 15, 2017: Journal of Rheumatology
Zhi Fang, Er-Yong Zhang
OBJECTIVE: To determine risk factors associated with the outcomes of heart valve replacement,especially in the patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD). METHODS: Data were extracted from 2 696 patients who received valve replacement from August 2012 to January 2015. Spearman correlation analyses were performed to identify potential risk factors. Logistic regression models were established to determine risk factors associated with deaths and complications. RESULTS: Duration of cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) [standard partial regression coefficient ( B')=0...
September 2017: Sichuan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Sichuan University. Medical Science Edition
Gil Gutvirtz, Tamar Wainstock, Eyal Sheiner, Daniella Landau, Asnat Walfisch
OBJECTIVE: To determine whether early term delivery (at 370/7 -386/7 weeks of gestation) is associated with long-term pediatric cardiovascular morbidity of the offspring. STUDY DESIGN: A population-based cohort analysis was performed including all term deliveries occurring between 1991 and 2014 at a single tertiary medical center. Gestational age at delivery was subdivided into early term (370/7 -386/7 ), full term (390/7 -406/7 ), late term (410/7 -416/7 ) and post term (≥420/7 ) delivery...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Pediatrics
Gregory Y H Lip, Jean Philippe Collet, Raffaele de Caterina, Laurent Fauchier, Deirdre A Lane, Torben B Larsen, Francisco Marin, Joao Morais, Calambur Narasimhan, Brian Olshansky, Luc Pierard, Tatjana Potpara, Nizal Sarrafzadegan, Karen Sliwa, Gonzalo Varela, Gemma Vilahur, Thomas Weiss, Giuseppe Boriani, Bianca Rocca
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major worldwide public health problem, and AF in association with valvular heart disease (VHD) is also common. However, management strategies for this group of patients have been less informed by randomized trials, which have largely focused on 'non-valvular AF' patients. Thrombo-embolic risk also varies according to valve lesion and may also be associated with CHA2DS2VASc score risk factor components, rather than only the valve disease being causal. Given marked heterogeneity in the definition of valvular and non-valvular AF and variable management strategies, including non-vitamin K antagonist oral anticoagulants (NOACs) in patients with VHD other than prosthetic heart valves or haemodynamically significant mitral valve disease, there is a need to provide expert recommendations for professionals participating in the care of patients presenting with AF and associated VHD...
November 1, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Helen V Udachkina, Diana S Novikova, Tatiana V Popkova, Irina G Kirillova, Evgenia I Markelova, Elena L Luchikhina, Galina V Lukina, Valentin E Sinitsyn, Dmitry E Karateev, Eugeniy L Nasonov
Accelerated coronary atherosclerosis is common in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). To examine coronary artery calcification (CAC) frequency and severity, its correlation with traditional risk factors (TRF) of cardiovascular diseases (CVD) and inflammatory markers in patients with early RA prior to anti-rheumatic therapy. RA adult patients (ACR/EULAR criteria, 2010, duration ≤ 12 months, without prior administration of disease-modifying anti-rheumatic drugs, glucocorticoids) underwent 32-row scanning for CAC scoring...
February 2018: Rheumatology International
Piero Ruscitti, Domenico Paolo Emanuele Margiotta, Federica Macaluso, Daniela Iacono, Francesca D'Onofrio, Giacomo Emmi, Fabiola Atzeni, Marcella Prete, Federico Perosa, Piercarlo Sarzi-Puttini, Lorenzo Emmi, Francesco Paolo Cantatore, Giovanni Triolo, Antonella Afeltra, Roberto Giacomelli, Gabriele Valentini
Several studies have pointed out a significant association between rheumatoid arthritis (RA) and accelerated atherosclerosis. At the best of our knowledge, no such study has been carried out in a large Italian series and, in this study, we aimed to investigate the prevalence of both subclinical atherosclerosis and history of cardiovascular events (CVEs), in patients consecutively admitted from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 to Rheumatology Units throughout the whole Italy.Centers members of GIRRCS (Gruppo Italiano di Ricerca in Reumatologia Clinica e Sperimentale) were invited to enrol patients consecutively admitted from January 1, 2015 to December 31, 2015 and satisfying American College of Rheumatology/ European League Against Rheumatism criteria for RA and to investigate each of them for: traditional cardiovascular risk factors: sex, age, smoking habit, total cholesterol, triglycerides, glycaemia, high blood pressure, metabolic syndrome (MS), type 2 diabetes (T2D); RA features: disease duration as assessed from the first symptom, disease activity as evaluated by DAS28, radiographic damage as assessed by hands and feet x-ray, and previous joint surgery; prevalence of both subclinical atherosclerosis and history of CVEs...
October 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
Lesley-Ann Gray, Heather A D'Antoine, Steven Y C Tong, Melita McKinnon, Dawn Bessarab, Ngiare Brown, Bo Reményi, Andrew Steer, Genevieve Syn, Jenefer M Blackwell, Michael Inouye, Jonathan R Carapetis
Background: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) after group A streptococcus (GAS) infections is heritable and prevalent in Indigenous populations. Molecular mimicry between human and GAS proteins triggers proinflammatory cardiac valve-reactive T cells. Methods: Genome-wide genetic analysis was undertaken in 1263 Aboriginal Australians (398 RHD cases; 865 controls). Single-nucleotide polymorphisms were genotyped using Illumina HumanCoreExome BeadChips. Direct typing and imputation was used to fine-map the human leukocyte antigen (HLA) region...
December 12, 2017: Journal of Infectious Diseases
Vanessa Bianconi, Francesca Fallarino, Massimo Raffaele Mannarino, Francesco Bagaglia, Meisam Naeimi Kararoudi, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Rita Romani, Matteo Pirro
Autologous cell therapy represents a novel treatment option for vascular regeneration in different disease conditions. Both experimental and clinical studies indicate a therapeutic potential for different proangiogenic cells (PCs), including endothelial progenitor cells (EPCs) in the treatment of peripheral artery disease. A significant improvement of ischemic symptoms has been reported in different trials evaluating PCs for the treatment of critical limb ischemia. However, contrasting results from different meta-analyses question the efficacy of PC-based approaches on long-term outcomes, including amputation and survival...
October 12, 2017: Current Medicinal Chemistry
Dilek Yeşilbursa
Valvular disease continues to be an important cause of morbidity and mortality across the globe with an increasing number of elderly patients affected by degenerative valvular diseases. Mitral valve disease is the most common of the valvular heart disorders, particularly in ageing populations, with a prevalence of more than 10% in people aged older than 75 years. Mitral regurgitation (MR) is divided into either primary (or organic) or secondary (or functional) MR. It is necessary to distinguish primary from secondary MR because these diseases differ not only by their cause, but also by their prognosis and management...
September 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
Andrea Beaton, Twalib Aliku, Alyssa Dewyer, Marni Jacobs, Jiji Jiang, Chris T Longenecker, Sulaiman Lubega, Robert McCarter, Mariana Mirabel, Grace Mirembe, Judith Namuyonga, Emmy Okello, Amy Scheel, Emmanuel Tenywa, Craig Sable, Peter Lwabi
BACKGROUND: Screening echocardiography has emerged as a potentially powerful tool for early diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease (RHD). The utility of screening echocardiography hinges on the rate of RHD progression and the ability of penicillin prophylaxis to improve outcome. We report the longitudinal outcomes of a cohort of children with latent RHD and identify risk factors for unfavorable outcomes. METHODS: This was a prospective natural history study conducted under the Ugandan RHD registry...
December 5, 2017: Circulation
Qian He, Cheng Wu, Wei Guo, Zhi-Yong Wang, Yan-Fang Zhao, Jian Lu, Ying-Yi Qin, Yi-Bin Guo, Yu-Chen Qin, Chuan-Di Pan, Jia He
BACKGROUND: Stroke causes death and disability throughout the world and recurrent stroke events are more likely to be disabling or fatal. We conducted a hospital-based study to investigate the frequency and influence factors of stroke recurrence in China. METHODS: Data from patients hospitalized with stroke between January 2007 and December 2010 of 109 tertiary hospitals in China were used. Stroke recurrence and associated factors were ascertained. The zero-inflated model was used to evaluate the factors of recurrence...
November 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
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