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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28722184/appropriateness-of-antiplatelet-therapy-for-primary-and-secondary-cardio-and-cerebrovascular-prevention-in-acutely-hospitalized-older-people
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I Ardoino, R Rossio, D Di Blanca, A Nobili, L Pasina, P M Mannucci, F Peyvandi, C Franchi
BACKGROUND: Antiplatelet therapy is recommended for the secondary prevention of cardio- and cerebrovascular disease, but for primary prevention it is advised only in patients at very high risk. With this background, this study aims to assess the appropriateness of antiplatelet therapy in acutely hospitalized older people according to their risk profile. METHODS: Data were obtained from the REPOSI register held in Italian and Spanish internal medicine and geriatric wards in 2012 and 2014...
July 19, 2017: British Journal of Clinical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721322/etiology-and-age-distribution-of-syncope-in-a-predominantly-african-american-population
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Ahmad Awan, Hasan Iftikhar, Fasil Tiruneh, Shahabuddin Soherwardi, Daniel Larbi
BACKGROUND: Syncope, the sudden transient loss of consciousness due to multiple etiologies, usually has worse outcomes in African Americans compared with other races because of other comorbidities. This study aims to identify a correlation between the etiologies of syncope and age in a predominantly African-American sample population to facilitate future investigations with potentially improved specificity to address this condition. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 155 patients who presented with syncope concerns to the emergency department at our university hospital...
June 14, 2017: Curēus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721163/additive-effects-of-atorvastatin-combined-with-sitagliptin-on-rats-with-myocardial-infarction-a-pilot-study
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Xiao Ke, Bin Ke, Xing Wang, Shaoyun Wu, Rongfeng Yang, Chengheng Hu
INTRODUCTION: Atorvastatin and sitagliptin are able to exert cardio-protective effects. However, whether atorvastatin plus sitagliptin could confer additive benefits for rats with myocardial infarction (MI) is unknown. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Forty rats with MI were produced and 37 surviving rats were randomly divided into atorvastatin (10 mg/kg daily, n = 9), sitagliptin (10 mg/kg daily, n = 9), combined (10 mg/kg daily atorvastatin plus 10 mg/kg daily sitagliptin, n = 9), and control groups (3 ml normal saline daily, n = 10)...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720078/characteristics-of-cardio-cerebrovascular-modulation-in-patients-with-generalized-anxiety-disorder-an-observational-study
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Zhen-Ni Guo, Liangshu Feng, Xiuli Yan, Le Yang, Shuo Huang, Yingqi Xing, Yi Yang
BACKGROUND: Generalized anxiety disorder (GAD) has been shown in previous studies to display abnormal cerebral blood flow velocity (CBFV); however, the characteristics of cardio-cerebrovascular modulation are unknown. We aimed to analyze cardio-cerebrovascular modulation using parameters from a supine-to-standing test. METHODS: There are 2 parts to this study; in Part 1, 125 participants with Hamilton Anxiety scale scores ≥14 were enrolled, and 33 age- and sex-matched medically and psychiatrically healthy volunteers were recruited as control participants...
July 18, 2017: BMC Psychiatry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28718812/therapeutic-efficacy-of-the-novel-stimuli-sensitive-nano-ferritins-containing-doxorubicin-in-a-head-and-neck-cancer-model
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Verena Damiani, Elisabetta Falvo, Giulio Fracasso, Luca Federici, Martina Pitea, Vincenzo De Laurenzi, Gianluca Sala, Pierpaolo Ceci
Doxorubicin is employed alone or in combination for the treatment of several hematological and solid malignancies; despite its efficacy, there are associated cardiotoxicity limits both in its application in patients with heart disease risk factors and also in its long-term use. HFt-MP-PAS40 is a genetically engineered human ferritin heavy chain (HFt)-based construct able to efficiently entrap and deliver doxorubicin to cancer cells. HF-MP-PAS contains a short motif sequence (defined as MP) responsive to proteolytic cleavage by tumor matrix metalloproteases (MMPs), located between each HFt subunit and a masking polypeptide sequence rich in proline (P), alanine (A), and serine (S) residues (PAS)...
July 18, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716730/interaction-of-small-g-protein-signaling-modulator-3-with-connexin-43-contributes-to-myocardial-infarction-in-rat-hearts
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Chang Youn Lee, Jung-Won Choi, Sunhye Shin, Jiyun Lee, Hyang-Hee Seo, Soyeon Lim, Seahyoung Lee, Hyun-Chul Joo, Sang Woo Kim, Ki-Chul Hwang
Connexin 43 (Cx43), a ubiquitous connexin expressed in the heart and skin, is associated with a variety of hereditary conditions. Therefore, the characterization of Cx43-interacting proteins and their dynamics is important to understand not only the molecular mechanisms underlying pathological malfunction of gap junction-mediated intercellular communication but also to identify novel and unanticipated biological functions of Cx43. In the present study, we observed potential targets of Cx43 to determine new molecular functions in cardio-protection...
July 14, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716007/silent-myocarditis-in-systemic-sclerosis-detected-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-using-lake-louise-criteria
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, John Raftakis, Sotiris Plastiras, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by microvascular abnormalities, inflammation and fibrosis. We hypothesized that myocarditis may be diagnosed in asymptomatic SSc, undergoing routine cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) for fibrosis assessment, using the Lake Louise criteria: T2 ratio, early (EGE) and late gadolinium enhanced (LGE) images. METHODS: Eighty-two asymptomatic SSc, diagnosed according to American College of Rheumatology criteria, aged 43 ± 5 yrs...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715448/effect-of-synergistic-interaction-between-abnormal-adiposity-related-metabolism-and-prediabetes-on-microalbuminuria-in-the-general-population
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Jong Wook Choi, Il Hwan Oh, Chang Hwa Lee, Joon-Sung Park
Central obesity and related metabolic components are important risks for microalbuminuria. To describe the effects of interactions between central obesity and related metabolic components on microalbuminuria, we conducted a nation-wide, population-based interaction analysis using cardio-metabolic index (CMI) as a candidate indicator of central obesity and related abnormal lipid metabolism. We recruited native Koreans aged 20 years or older with no medical illness. A total of 5398 participants were divided into quintiles according to CMI with sex as a covariate factor...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715069/impact-of-diabetes-on-association-between-epicardial-fat-thickness-and-extent-and-complexity-of-coronary-artery-disease-in-patients-with-non-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Taner Seker, Caner Turkoglu, Hazar Harbalıoglu, Mustafa Gur
BACKGROUND: Epicardial fat thickness (EFT) is associated with increased cardio metabolic risk. Recent studies have suggested that there is a strong relationship between diabetes and EFT. Although the relationship between EFT and coronary artery disease (CAD) is well known, the possible impact of diabetes on the relationship between EFT and extent and complexity of CAD was not fully investigated. AIM: We aimed to investigate the relationship between EFT and extent and complexity of CAD in patients with non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) with and without diabetes...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714076/the-target-value-of-oxygen-saturation-during-the-first-10-minutes-after-birth
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Yosuke Taguchi, Shigeharu Hosono, Kazunori Kayama, Ryota Kato, Kotaro Hine, Nobuhiko Nagano, Kayo Yoshikawa, Shigeru Takahashi, Shori Takahashi
BACKGROUND: During the neonatal resuscitation, careful oxygenation is needed. The use of pulse oximetry is recommended to evaluate the need for oxygenation, but it is not clear whether adequate peripheral perfusion is established to allow the evaluation of arterial oxygen saturation (SpO2). Additionally, there is no study of the changes in SpO2 immediately after birth in Japan, despite the indispensable need for definitive oxygenation criteria. METHODS: A prospective observational study was performed in neonates with gestational ages of 35-41 weeks...
July 17, 2017: Pediatrics International: Official Journal of the Japan Pediatric Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713868/21st-century-cardio-oncology-identifying-cardiac-safety-signals-in-the-era-of-personalized-medicine
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Calvin Chen Sheng, Laleh Amiri-Kordestani, Todd Palmby, Thomas Force, Charles C Hong, Joseph C Wu, Kevin Croce, Geoffrey Kim, Javid Moslehi
Cardiotoxicity is a well-established complication of oncology therapies. Cardiomyopathy resulting from anthracyclines is a classic example. In the past decade, an explosion of novel cancer therapies, often targeted and more specific than traditional therapies, has revolutionized oncology therapy and dramatically changed cancer prognosis. However, some of these therapies have introduced an assortment of cardiovascular (CV) complications. At times, these devastating outcomes have only become apparent after drug approval and have limited the use of potent therapies...
August 2016: JACC. Basic to Translational Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713160/pathogenic-roles-of-microvesicles-in-diabetic-retinopathy
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Wei Zhang, Song Chen, Ming-Lin Liu
Diabetic retinopathy (DR) is a common complication of diabetes and has been recognized as the leading cause of blindness in adults. Several interrelated molecular pathways are involved in the development of DR. Microvesicles (MVs) are cell membrane vesicles, which carry many biologic molecules, such as mRNAs, microRNAs, transcription factors, membrane lipids, membrane receptors, and other proteins. They may be involved in intercellular communication that can promote inflammation, angiogenesis, and coagulation...
July 17, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712476/comparative-assessment-of-the-heart-s-functioning-by-using-the-akabane-test-and-classical-methods-of-instrumental-examination
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Valery Muzhikov, Elena Vershinina, Vadim Belenky, Ruslan Muzhikov
Acupuncture physicians have studied the application of reflexotherapy to cardiology. However, no one has investigated the connection of ancient Chinese diagnostic methods with modern tools. A total of 102 patients (54 men and 48 women) with heart pathology, namely, sick-sinus syndrome, Wolff-Parkinson-White syndrome, and atrioventricular blockade, were studied using the usual instrumental methods (transesophageal electrophysiological study of the heart, echocardiography), after which they underwent Akabane thermopuncture testing as in traditional Chinese medicine...
June 2017: Journal of Acupuncture and Meridian Studies
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712418/the-cross-sectional-relation-between-medically-unexplained-physical-symptoms-mups-and-the-cortisol-awakening-response
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Nikki Claassen-van Dessel, Johannes C van der Wouden, Joost Dekker, Judith G M Rosmalen, Henriëtte E van der Horst
OBJECTIVES: We aimed to assess the cross-sectional relation between levels of cortisol and specific symptom clusters, symptom severity and duration of symptoms in patients with medically unexplained physical symptoms (MUPS). METHODS: Baseline data of a cohort of MUPS patients were used. We chose the Cortisol Awakening Response (CAR) as a cortisol parameter, using saliva samples. We used confirmatory factor analysis for the identification of 4 specific symptom clusters: (1) gastro-intestinal symptoms; (2) pain; (3) cardio-pulmonary symptoms; and (4) fatigue...
August 2017: Journal of Psychosomatic Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710069/vitamin-c-mitigates-oxidative-nitrosative-stress-and-inflammation-in-doxorubicin-induced-cardiomyopathy
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Gauri Akolkar, Danielle da Silva Dias, Prathapan Ayyappan, Ashim K Bagchi, Davinder S Jassal, Vera Mc Salemi, Maria Claudia Irigoyen, Katia De Angelis, Pawan K Singal
Increase in oxidative/nitrosative stress is one of the mechanisms associated with the development of cardiotoxicity due to Doxorubicin (Dox), a potent chemotherapy drug. Previously, we reported mitigation of Dox-induced oxidative/nitrosative stress and apoptosis by Vitamin C (Vit C) in isolated cardiomyocytes. In the present in vivo study in rats, we investigated the effect of prophylactic treatment with Vit C on Dox-induced apoptosis, inflammation, oxidative/nitrosative stress, cardiac dysfunction and Vit C transporter proteins...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710067/a-comparison-of-passive-hind-limb-cycling-and-active-upper-limb-exercise-provides-new-insights-into-systolic-dysfunction-following-spinal-cord-injury
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Kathryn M DeVeau, Kathryn A Harman, Jordan W Squair, Andrei V Krassioukov, David Magnuson, Christopher R West
BACKGROUND: Active upper-limb and passive lower-limb exercise are two interventions used in the spinal cord injury (SCI) population. While the global cardiac responses have been previously studied, it is unclear how either exercise influences contractile cardiac function. Here, the cardiac contractile and volumetric responses to upper-limb (swim) and passive lower-limb exercise are investigated in rodents with a severe high-thoracic SCI. METHODS: Animals were divided into a control (CON), SCI no exercise (NO-EX), SCI passive hind-limb cycling (PHLC) or SCI swim (SWIM) group...
July 14, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709774/the-association-between-cardio-respiratory-fitness-and-cognition-in-schizophrenia
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Tom Langerud Holmen, Jens Egeland, Eivind Andersen, Therese Torgersen Bigseth, John Abel Engh
OBJECTIVE: Schizophrenia is associated with reduced cardio-respiratory fitness (CRF), and impaired cognition is a core feature of the disorder. Despite their particular significance to schizophrenia disparately, the relationship between these two variables has not yet been thoroughly assessed. In this study we aimed to investigate naturally occurring associations between CRF and all cognitive domains within this patient population. METHOD: Eighty outpatients with schizophrenia spectrum disorders participated in the study...
July 11, 2017: Schizophrenia Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709155/variable-accuracy-of-wearable-heart-rate-monitors-during-aerobic-exercise
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Stephen Gillinov, Muhammad Etiwy, Robert Wang, Gordon Blackburn, Dermot Phelan, A Marc Gillinov, Penny Houghtaling, Hoda Javadikasgari, Milind Y Desai
PURPOSE: Athletes and members of the public increasingly rely on wearable HR monitors to guide physical activity and training. The accuracy of newer, optically based monitors is unconfirmed. We sought to assess the accuracy of five optically based HR monitors during various types of aerobic exercise. METHODS: Fifty healthy adult volunteers (mean ± SD age = 38 ± 12 yr, 54% female) completed exercise protocols on a treadmill, a stationary bicycle, and an elliptical trainer (±arm movement)...
August 2017: Medicine and Science in Sports and Exercise
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708096/characterization-of-non-nutritive-sweetener-intake-in-rural-southwest-virginian-adults-living-in-a-health-disparate-region
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Valisa E Hedrick, Erin M Passaro, Brenda M Davy, Wen You, Jamie M Zoellner
Few data assessing non-nutritive sweetener (NNS) intake are available, especially within rural, health-disparate populations, where obesity and related co-morbidities are prevalent. The objective of this study is to characterize NNS intake for this population and examine the variance in demographics, cardio-metabolic outcomes, and dietary intake between NNS consumers and non-consumers. A cross-sectional sample (n = 301) of Virginian adults from a randomized controlled trial (data collected from 2012 to 2014) targeting sugar-sweetened beverage (SSB) intake completed three 24-h dietary recalls, and demographics and cardio-metabolic measures were assessed...
July 14, 2017: Nutrients
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28707876/fluorescence-light-up-biosensor-for-microrna-based-on-the-distance-dependent-photoinduced-electron-transfer
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Shasha Lu, Shuang Wang, Jiahui Zhao, Jian Sun, Xiurong Yang
It is demonstrated that miRNAs exhibit significant regulatory roles in a series of biological processes and associated with diverse human diseases. Herein, we report a convenient fluorescent biosensor for the quantitative determination of miR-21, a key miRNA related to the cardio-cerebrovascular diseases. Our proposal involves not only the rational design of single stranded DNA as the probe, successively including a C-rich sequence as the synthetic template of DNA/Ag nanoclusters (DNA/AgNCs), a complementary (Com) sequence to hybridize with the miR-21 and a G-rich sequence to form complex of G-quadruplex/hemin, but also the distance-dependent property of photoinduced electron transfer (PET) between the preformed DNA/AgNCs (electron donor) and G-quadruplex/hemin complex (electron acceptor)...
July 14, 2017: Analytical Chemistry
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