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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813731/a-case-of-fulminant-hepatic-failure-secondary-to-congestive-heart-failure-without-evidence-of-acute-cardiac-decompensation
#1
Kalyan Wagle, Oluwaseun A Akinseye, Prakash Shrestha, Madhuri Chandnani, Raiko Munankarmi, Vivian Ripin, Jimmy Yee
There are so far only a few reported cases of acute fulminant hepatic failure resulting from acute cardiomyopathy. This is a rare occurrence, especially in patients that do not exhibit any signs and symptoms of acute cardiac decompensation. We report a case of fulminant liver failure with nondiagnostic work up for the common causes of liver failure. This patient had concurrent history of congestive heart failure, but did not have acute decompensation. Right upper quadrant sonogram revealed hepatomegaly of 15 cm, trace amount of perihepatic ascites, pericholecystic fluid, and also thickened edematous gallbladder wall with no stones, no common bile duct stones, and no portal vein thrombosis...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812203/assessment-of-methodologies-to-calculate-intraventricular-pressure-differences-in-computational-models-and-patients
#2
Francisco J Londono-Hoyos, Abigail Swillens, Joris Van Cauwenberge, Brett Meyers, Maheswara Reddy Koppula, Pavlos Vlachos, Julio A Chirinos, Patrick Segers
Intraventricular pressure differences (IVPDs) govern left ventricular (LV) efficient filling and are a significant determinant of LV diastolic function. Our primary aim is to assess the performance of available methods (color M-mode (CMM) and 1D/2D MRI-based methods) to determine IVPDs from intracardiac flow measurements. Performance of three methods to calculate IVPDs was first investigated via an LV computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. CFD velocity data were derived along a modifiable scan line, mimicking ultrasound/MRI acquisition of 1D (IVPDCMM/IVPD1D MRI) and 2D (IVPD2D MRI) velocity-based IVPD information...
August 16, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807551/the-optimal-cut-off-of-blood-pressure-related-to-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-remodeling-in-asian-diabetic-patients
#3
Ju Young Jung, Sung Keun Park, Jae-Hong Ryoo, Chang-Mo Oh, Jeong Gyu Kang, Kanghee Moon, Keum Ok Lee, Joong-Myung Choi
BACKGROUND: Although a recent randomized trial found no difference between intensive and standard blood pressure (BP) control in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM), the debate over the optimal BP target continues. Thus, the present study investigated the effect of BP on the subclinical left ventricular (LV) function and structural changes in diabetic patients. METHOD: A total of 2649 patients with DM who received echocardiography were enrolled in this study. Study population was stratified by three groups according to BP and presence of hypertension (normal, <130/80mmHg; prehypertension, ≥130/80mmHg without hypertension; hypertension, ≥140/90mmHg or history of hypertension)...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805979/effects-of-mtor-inhibition-on-cardiac-and-adipose-tissue-pathology-and-glucose-metabolism-in-rats-with-metabolic-syndrome
#4
Ayako Uchinaka, Mamoru Yoneda, Yuichiro Yamada, Toyoaki Murohara, Kohzo Nagata
The mammalian target of rapamycin (mTOR) is a regulator of metabolism and is implicated in pathological conditions such as obesity and diabetes. We aimed to investigate the role of mTOR in obesity. A new animal model of metabolic syndrome (MetS), named DahlS.Z-Lepr(fa) /Lepr(fa) (DS/obese) rats was established previously in our laboratory. In this study, we used this model to evaluate the effects of mTOR inhibition on cardiac and adipose tissue pathology and glucose metabolism. DS/obese rats were treated with the mTOR inhibitor, everolimus, (0...
August 2017: Pharmacology Research & Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805026/correlation-of-6-minute-walk-test-with-left-ventricular-function-and-quality-of-life-in-heart-failure-due-to-chagas-disease
#5
Mayara da Costa Chambela, Mauro Felippe Felix Mediano, Roberto Rodrigues Ferreira, André Miguel Japiassú, Mariana Caldas Waghabi, Gilberto Marcelo Sperandio da Silva, Roberto Magalhães Saraiva
OBJECTIVES: To evaluate the correlation of the total distance walked during the six-minute walk test (6-MWT) with left ventricular function and quality of life in patients with Chagas Disease (ChD) complicated by heart failure. METHODS: This cross-sectional study of adult patients with ChD and heart failure diagnosed based on Framingham criteria. 6MWT was performed following international guidelines. New York Heart Association functional class, brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) serum levels, echocardiographic parameters, and quality of life (SF-36 and MLHFQ questionnaires) were determined and their correlation with the distance covered at the 6MWT was tested...
August 14, 2017: Tropical Medicine & International Health: TM & IH
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804855/human-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-versus-feline-cardiomyopathy-what-can-we-learn-from-both-veterinary-and-human-medicine
#6
REVIEW
Valentine Prat, Bertrand Rozec, Chantal Gauthier, Benjamin Lauzier
Cardiovascular affections are a growing health burden in human populations. Recent advances in cardiology have improved treatments and outcomes for myocardial infarction and arrhythmias, but other conditions still remain poorly understood. To date, the classical approach to study cardiovascular diseases involves rodent models, despite their strong differences with human cardiac physiology. In this context, this review will focus on the common traits between human and feline cardiac diseases, namely heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and feline cardiomyopathies, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803400/novel-biomarkers-for-the-risk-stratification-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#7
REVIEW
Jeremy Cypen, Tariq Ahmad, Jeffrey M Testani, Adam D DeVore
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The use of biomarkers in heart failure (HF) is a rapidly changing field. The purpose of this review is to assess the current evidence of the use of biomarkers for risk stratification in patients with HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). RECENT FINDINGS: Despite differences in pathophysiology between HF with reduced ejection fraction and HFpEF, traditional HF biomarkers such as brain natriuretic peptide and troponin retain prognostic value in most HFpEF-specific populations...
August 12, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801532/activation-of-nkx2-5-calr-p53-signaling-pathway-by-hyperglycemia-induces-cardiac-remodeling-and-dysfunction-in-adult-zebrafish
#8
Sun Yanyi, Wang Qiuyun, Fang Yuehua, Wu Chunfang, Lu Guoping, Chen Zhenyue
Hyperglycemia is an independent risk factor for diabetic cardiomyopathy in humans; however, the underlying mechanisms have not been thoroughly elucidated. Zebrafish (Danio rerio) was used in this study as a novel vertebrate model to explore the signaling pathways of human adult cardiomyopathy. Hyperglycemia was induced by alternately immersing adult zebrafish in a glucose solution or water. The hyperglycemic fish gradually exhibited some hallmarks of cardiomyopathy such as myocardial hypertrophy and apoptosis, myofibril loss, fetal gene reactivation, and severe arrhythmia...
August 11, 2017: Disease Models & Mechanisms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798797/the-effects-of-guizhi-gancao-decoction-on-pressure-overload-induced-heart-failure-and-posttranslational-modifications-of-tubulin-in-mice
#9
Hui-Hua Chen, Pei Zhao, Jing Tian, Wei Guo, Ming Xu, Chen Zhang, Rong Lu
Guizhi Gancao Decoction (GGD), a traditional Chinese medical recipe, has been widely used in the treatment of cardiovascular diseases in China for centuries. The present study was carried out to determine whether GGD exerts direct protective effects against pressure overload-induced heart failure. Moreover, we investigated whether GGD affects tubulin expression and posttranslational modifications. We demonstrated that GGD ameliorated TAC caused cardiac hypertrophy by gravimetric and echocardiography analysis in C57BL/6 mice...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28798077/cardiovascular-susceptibility-to-in-vivo-ischemic-myocardial-injury-in-male-and-female-rat-offspring-exposed-to-prenatal-hypoxia
#10
Amin Shah, Nobutoshi Matsumura, Anita Quon, Jude S Morton, Jason R B Dyck, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) following prenatal hypoxia exposure leads to a higher risk of developing cardiovascular disease (CVD) in later life. Our aim was to evaluate cardiac susceptibility and its pathophysiological mechanisms following acute myocardial infarction (MI) in adult rat offspring exposed to prenatal hypoxia. Male and female rat offspring, which experienced normoxia (21% O2) or hypoxia (11% O2) in utero underwent sham or MI surgery at 12 weeks of age. Echocardiographic data revealed that both sexes had systolic dysfunction following MI surgery, independent of prenatal hypoxia...
September 1, 2017: Clinical Science (1979-)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28796027/heart-fat-in-hiv-marker-or-mediator-of-risk
#11
Jonathan Buggey, Chris T Longenecker
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The review aims to summarize the literature describing the clinical impact of cardiac fat depots in patients with HIV infection. RECENT FINDINGS: People living with HIV (PLHIV) have accelerated rates of cardiovascular disease, and are prone to the development of ectopic fat deposition. Specifically, PLHIV have higher volumes of epicardial and intracardiac fat quantified by noninvasive imaging. Higher volumes of epicardial fat may be related to antiretroviral therapy duration and chronic inflammation, independently of other measures of body adiposity such as BMI...
August 8, 2017: Current Opinion in HIV and AIDS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28795590/obesity-body-composition-and-cardiorespiratory-fitness-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#12
Salvatore Carbone, Dejana Popovic, Carl J Lavie, Ross Arena
Obesity is defined as an excess body fat that impairs health and is associated with increased risk of heart failure (HF), particularly HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), evolving into a 'HFpEF obesity phenotype'. The interplay between obesity and cardiorespiratory fitness, primary clinical parameters in HF, requires further exploration. The contribution of body composition compartments in the development and progress of HF has been the object of numerous studies. Here we focus on how fat mass and lean tissues affect cardiorespiratory fitness, with emphasis on their effects on peak oxygen consumption...
August 10, 2017: Future Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794111/clinical-characteristics-and-long-term-outcome-of-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-in-individuals-with-a-mybpc3-myosin-binding-protein-c-founder-mutation
#13
Hannah G van Velzen, Arend F L Schinkel, Rogier A Oldenburg, Marjon A van Slegtenhorst, Ingrid M E Frohn-Mulder, Jolanda van der Velden, Michelle Michels
BACKGROUND: MYBPC3 (Myosin-binding protein C) founder mutations account for 35% of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) cases in the Netherlands. We compared clinical characteristics and outcome of MYBPC3 founder mutation (FG+) HCM with nonfounder genotype-positive (G+) and genotype-negative (G-) HCM. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study included 680 subjects: 271 FG+ carriers, 132 G+ probands with HCM, and 277 G- probands with HCM. FG+ carriers included 134 FG+ probands with HCM, 54 FG+ relatives diagnosed with HCM after family screening, 74 FG+/phenotype-negative relatives, and 9 with noncompaction or dilated cardiomyopathy...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28794105/left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-women-with-non-obstructive-ischemic-heart-disease-insights-from-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-spectroscopy
#14
Michael D Nelson
Ischemic Heart Disease, in the absence of obstructive coronary artery disease, is prevalent in women, and constitutes a major risk factor for developing major adverse cardiovascular events, including myocardial infarction, stroke, and heart failure. For decades, diagnosis was considered benign and often minimized; however, it is now known that this etiology caries much risk and is a significant burden to the health care system. This review summarizes the current state-of-knowledge on non-obstructive ischemic heart disease (NOIHD), the association between NOIHD and left ventricular diastolic dysfunction, potential links between NOIHD and the development of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), and therapeutic options and knowledge gaps for patients living with NOIHD...
August 9, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Regulatory, Integrative and Comparative Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793051/resistance-training-attenuates-salt-overload-induced-cardiac-remodeling-and-diastolic-dysfunction-in-normotensive-rats
#15
D L M Barretti, S F S Melo, E M Oliveira, V G Barauna
Elevated salt intake induces changes in the extracellular matrix collagen, leading to myocardial stiffness and impaired relaxation. Resistance training (RT) has been used as a remarkably successful strategy in the treatment of heart disease. Therefore, the aim of this study was to investigate the effects of RT on preventing pathological adaptation of the left ventricle (LV) induced by salt overload. Male Wistar rats (10 weeks old) were distributed into four groups (n=8/group): control (CO), control+1% salt (CO+SALT), RT and RT+1% salt (RT+SALT)...
August 7, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793004/abnormal-diastolic-function-underlies-the-different-beneficial-effects-of-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-on-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#16
Qi Wang, Kang-Yu Chen, Fei Yu, Hao Su, Chun-Sheng An, Yang Hu, Dong-Mei Yang, Jian Xu, Ji Yan
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the association between diastolic function and the different beneficial effects of cardiac resynchronization therapy in patients with heart failure due to different causes. METHODS: The 104 enrolled patients were divided into an ischemic cardiomyopathy group (n=27) and a non-ischemic cardiomyopathy group (n=77) according to the cause of heart failure. Before implantation, left ventricular diastolic function was evaluated in all patients using echocardiography...
July 2017: Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791849/echocardiographic-assessment-and-n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-hypertensives-with-metabolic-syndrome
#17
Paweł Krzesiński, Beata Uziebło-Życzkowska, Grzegorz Gielerak, Adam Stańczyk, Katarzyna Piotrowicz, Wiesław Piechota, Paweł Smurzyński, Andrzej Skrobowski
BACKGROUND: N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) release is associated with left ventricular expansion and pressure overload. Elevation of serum levels of natriuretic peptides is observed in patients with impaired as well as preserved left ventricular systolic function. High NT-proBNP has been shown to be related not only to preload but also to increased afterload, especially blood pressure and arterial stiffness. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to evaluate the association of NT-proBNP and echocardiographic parameters in hypertensives with metabolic syndrome...
March 2017: Advances in Clinical and Experimental Medicine: Official Organ Wroclaw Medical University
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791311/assessment-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-t1-mapping-correlation-with-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-and-diabetic-duration
#18
Yongning Shang, Xiaochun Zhang, Weilling Leng, Liu Chen, Xiaotian Lei, Tianjing Zhang, Andreas Greiser, Ziwen Liang, Jian Wang
PURPOSE: To quantify extracellular matrix expansion with the cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping technique and the derived extracellular volume fraction (ECV) in diabetic cardiomyopathy (DbCM) patients and to detect the relationship among ECV, duration of diabetes, and diastolic function. MATERIALS: Thirty-eight patients with diabetic cardiomyopathy (20 males, age 54.6 ± 8.6 years) and thirty-two matched normal controls (15 males, age 51.4 ± 13...
2017: Journal of Diabetes Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28789938/azilsartan-ameliorates-diabetic-cardiomyopathy-in-young-db-db-mice-through-the-modulation-of-ace-2-ang-1-7-mas-receptor-cascade
#19
Vijayakumar Sukumaran, Hirotsugu Tsuchimochi, Eisuke Tatsumi, Mikiyasu Shirai, James T Pearson
Hyperglycemia up-regulates intracellular angiotensin II (ANG-II) production in cardiac myocytes. This study investigated the hemodynamic and metabolic effects of azilsartan (AZL) treatment in a mouse model of diabetic cardiomyopathy and whether the cardioprotective effects of AZL are mediated by the angiotensin converting enzyme (ACE)-2/ANG 1-7/Mas receptor (R) cascade. Control db/+ and db/db mice (n=5 per group) were treated with vehicle or AZL (1 or 3 mg/kg/d oral gavage) from the age of 8 to 16 weeks. Echocardiography was then performed and myocardial protein levels of ACE-2, Mas R, AT1R, AT2R, osteopontin, connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) and nitrotyrosine were measured by Western blotting...
August 5, 2017: Biochemical Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28782491/the-impact-of-cardiovascular-diseases-on-the-cardiovascular-regulation-during-exercise-in-humans-studies-on-the-metaboreflex-elicited-by-the-post-exercise-muscle-ischemia-method
#20
Antonio Crisafulli
Hemodynamics during dynamic exercise is finely regulated by some neural mechanisms. One of these mechanisms is the metabolic part of the exercise pressor reflex, i.e. the muscle metaboreflex. Hemodynamic response during the metaboreflex is characterised by the recruitment of the reserves in cardiac inotropism, pre-load, after-load and chronotropism. If one of these reserves is exhausted, then the cardiovascular response is achieved by recruiting one of the other reserves, thereby indicating a remarkable plasticity of the control of circulation...
August 4, 2017: Current Cardiology Reviews
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