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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433216/implications-of-alternative-hepatorenal-prognostic-scoring-systems-in-acute-heart-failure-from-dose-ahf-and-rose-ahf
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Justin L Grodin, Dianne Gallup, Kevin J Anstrom, G Michael Felker, Horng H Chen, W H Wilson Tang
Because hepatic dysfunction is common in patients with heart failure (HF), the Model for End-Stage Liver Disease (MELD) may be attractive for risk stratification. Although alternative scores such as the MELD-XI or MELD-Na may be more appropriate in HF populations, the short-term clinical implications of these in patients with acute heart failure (AHF) are unknown. The MELD-XI and MELD-Na were calculated at baseline in 453 patients with AHF in the DOSE-AHF and ROSE-AHF trials. The correlations and associations for each score with cardiorenal biomarkers, short-term end points at 72 hours including worsening renal function and clinical events to 60 days were determined...
March 29, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414673/purulent-pericarditis-due-to-an-infected-pacemaker-lead
#2
Teresa Backes
INTRODUCTION: Intravenous drug users have a substantially increased risk of infective endocarditis, especially in the setting of implanted cardiac devices. Purulent pericarditis is a rare occurrence that can occur iatrogenically or through direct or hematogenous spread. CASE DESCRIPTION: A 75 year old man with a past medical history significant for hepatitis C, IV drug abuse, and sick sinus syndrome status post pacemaker was brought in by EMS with a chief complaint of diaphoresis and chest pain...
March 2017: Journal of the Louisiana State Medical Society: Official Organ of the Louisiana State Medical Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28412198/potential-role-of-lycopene-in-targeting-proprotein-convertase-subtilisin-kexin-type-9-to-combat-hypercholesterolemia
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Sahir Sultan Alvi, Irfan A Ansari, Imran Khan, Johar Iqbal, M Salman Khan
Proprotein convertase subtilisin/kexin type 9 (PCSK-9) is a serine protease of the proprotien convertase (PC) family that has profound effects on plasma low density lipoprotein cholesterol (LDL-C) levels, the major risk factor for coronary heart disease (CHD), through its ability to mediate LDL receptor (LDL-R) protein degradation and reduced recycling to the surface of hepatocytes. Thus, the current study was premeditated not only to evaluate the role of lycopene in targeting the inhibition of PCSK-9 via modulation of genes involved in cholesterol homeostasis in HFD rats but also to examine a correlation between HFD induced inflammatory cascades and subsequent regulation of PCSK-9 expression...
April 12, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381383/serum-soluble-st2-is-a-promising-prognostic-biomarker-in-hbv-related-acute-on-chronic-liver-failure
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Shao-Wen Jiang, Peng Wang, Xiao-Gang Xiang, Rui-Dong Mo, Lan-Yi Lin, Shi-San Bao, Jie Lu, Qing Xie
BACKGROUND: The IL-33/ST2 axis is involved in the pathogenesis of many diseases such as autoimmune diseases, cancer, and heart failure. However, studies of the IL-33/ST2 pathway in HBV-related acute-on-chronic liver failure (HBV-ACLF) are lacking. The present study aimed to determine the prognostic role of serum IL-33/soluble ST2 (sST2) in HBV-ACLF. METHODS: Serum levels of IL-33 and sST2 in healthy controls (HC, n=18), chronic hepatitis B (CHB, n=27) and HBV-ACLF (n=51) patients at the 1st and 4th week after enrollment were detected using ELISA, and clinical data were collected...
April 2017: Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic Diseases International: HBPD INT
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28378088/central-activation-of-the-a1-adenosine-receptor-in-fed-mice-recapitulates-only-some-of-the-attributes-of-daily-torpor
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Maria A Vicent, Ethan D Borre, Steven J Swoap
Mice enter bouts of daily torpor, drastically reducing metabolic rate, core body temperature (T b), and heart rate (HR), in response to reduced caloric intake. Because central adenosine activation has been shown to induce a torpor-like state in the arctic ground squirrel, and blocking the adenosine-1 (A1) receptor prevents daily torpor, we hypothesized that central activation of the A1 adenosine receptors would induce a bout of natural torpor in mice. To test the hypothesis, mice were subjected to four different hypothermia bouts: natural torpor, forced hypothermia (FH), isoflurane-anesthesia, and an intracerebroventricular injection of the selective A1 receptor agonist N(6-)cyclohexyladenosine (CHA)...
April 4, 2017: Journal of Comparative Physiology. B, Biochemical, Systemic, and Environmental Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330662/pericardial-but-not-hepatic-fat-by-ct-is-associated-with-cv-outcomes-and%C3%A2-structure-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Ravi V Shah, Amanda Anderson, Jingzhong Ding, Matthew Budoff, Oliver Rider, Steffen E Petersen, Majken Karoline Jensen, Manja Koch, Matthew Allison, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, Jessica Wisocky, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Kenneth Mukamal, Joao A C Lima, Venkatesh L Murthy
OBJECTIVES: The study sought to determine the associations between local (pericardial) fat and incident cardiovascular disease (CVD) events and cardiac remodeling independent of markers of overall adiposity. BACKGROUND: The impact of pericardial fat-a local fat depot encasing the heart-on myocardial function and long-term CV prognosis independent of systemic consequences of adiposity or hepatic fat is an area of active debate. METHODS: We studied 4,234 participants enrolled in the MESA (Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) study with concomitant cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and computed tomography (CT) measurements for pericardial fat volume and hepatic attenuation (a measure of liver fat)...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28291783/oesophageal-heat-exchangers-with-a-diameter-of-11mm-or-14-7mm-are-equally-effective-and-safe-for-targeted-temperature-management
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Daniel C Schroeder, Maria Guschlbauer, Alexandra C Maul, Daniel A Cremer, Ingrid Becker, David de la Puente Bethencourt, Peter Paal, Stephan A Padosch, Wolfgang A Wetsch, Thorsten Annecke, Bernd W Böttiger, Anja Sterner-Kock, Holger Herff
BACKGROUND: Targeted temperature management (TTM) is widely used in critical care settings for conditions including hepatic encephalopathy, hypoxic ischemic encephalopathy, meningitis, myocardial infarction, paediatric cardiac arrest, spinal cord injury, traumatic brain injury, ischemic stroke and sepsis. Furthermore, TTM is a key treatment for patients after out-of-hospital cardiac-arrest (OHCA). However, the optimal cooling method, which is quick, safe and cost-effective still remains controversial...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28289523/pcsk9-inhibitors-a-new-era-of-lipid-lowering-therapy
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REVIEW
Rahul Chaudhary, Jalaj Garg, Neeraj Shah, Andrew Sumner
Hyperlipidemia is a well-established risk factor for developing cardiovascular disease (CVD). The recent American College of Cardiology and American Heart Association guidelines on lipid management emphasize treatment of individuals at increased risk for developing CVD events with 3-hydroxy-3-methylglutaryl coenzyme A reductase inhibitors (statins) at doses proven to reduce CVD events. However, there are limited options for patients who are either intolerant to statin therapy, develop CVD despite being on maximally tolerated statin therapy, or have severe hypercholesterolemia...
February 26, 2017: World Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285069/sacubitril-valsartan-the-newest-addition-to-the-toolbox-for-guideline-directed-medical-therapy-of-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Jo E Rodgers
Sacubitril/valsartan combines a neprilysin inhibitor with an angiotensin receptor blocker. As an inhibitor of neprilysin, an enzyme that degrades biologically active natriuretic peptides, this first-in-class therapy increases levels of circulating natriuretic peptides, resulting in natriuretic, diuretic, and vasodilatory effects. In patients with chronic New York Heart Association class II-IV heart failure with reduced ejection fraction, the PARADIGM-HF trial demonstrated that sacubitril/valsartan significantly reduced the primary endpoint of cardiovascular mortality and heart failure hospitalization, compared with enalapril...
March 9, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28273386/performance-of-the-pooled-cohort-atherosclerotic-cardiovascular-disease-risk-score-in-hepatitis-c-virus-infected-persons
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K W Chew, D Bhattacharya, T B Horwich, P Yan, K A McGinnis, C Tseng, M S Freiberg, J S Currier, A A Butt
Chronic hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection has been associated with an increased risk for cardiovascular disease (CVD). The recommended Pooled Cohort atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease (ASCVD) risk equation for estimation of 10-year CVD risk has not been validated in HCV-infected populations. We examined the performance of the ASCVD risk score in HCV-infected persons, using the national Electronically Retrieved Cohort of HCV Infected Veterans to derive a cohort of HCV-infected and uninfected subjects without baseline ASCVD, hepatitis B, or HIV infection, and with low-density lipoprotein cholesterol level<190 mg/dL...
March 8, 2017: Journal of Viral Hepatitis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28261549/bioengineering-hearts-simple-yet-complex
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REVIEW
Doris A Taylor, Rohan B Parikh, Luiz C Sampaio
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: In this review, we focus on the multiple advancements in the field of cardiovascular regenerative medicine and the state-of-the art of building a heart. An organ is comprised of cells, but cells alone do not comprise an organ. We summarize the components needed, the hurdles, and likely translational steps defining the opportunities for discovery. RECENT FINDINGS: The therapies being developed in regenerative medicine aim not only to repair, but also to regenerate or replace ailing tissues and organs...
2017: Current Stem Cell Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28236021/high-incidence-of-cardiac-dysfunction-and-response-to-antiviral-treatment-in-patients-with-chronic-hepatitis-c-virus-infection
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Wolfgang Poller, Ziya Kaya, Marion Muche, Mario Kasner, Carsten Skurk, Kai Kappert, Rudolf Tauber, Felicitas Escher, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Hans-Jörg Epple, Ulf Landmesser
AIMS: Hepatitis C virus (HCV) has been associated with cardiomyopathies. Former anti-HCV therapies employing interferon could have serious side effects in patients with advanced heart failure since interferon may adversely impact upon cardiac function. We, therefore, examined whether the novel, interferon-free and highly virus-selective anti-HCV combination therapy might be applicable even in advanced or end-stage heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a retrospective series of HCV-positive patients admitted to our institution with suspected cardiac disease, coronary, valvular or hypertensive heart disease was diagnosed in 70/146 (47...
February 24, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220713/the-influence-of-targeted-temperature-management-on-the-pharmacokinetics-of-drugs-administered-during-and-after-cardiac-arrest-a-systematic-review
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Tessa Crombez, Said Hachimi-Idrissi
OBJECTIVE: Pharmacokinetic parameters of drugs are widely investigated under normothermic conditions and normal hemodynamic parameters. The European Resuscitation Council recommends the use of targeted temperature management (TTM) with a target temperature of 34 °C in cardiac arrest (CA) patients. The aim of this literature review is to investigate the influence of CA combined with TTM on the pharmacokinetics of drugs. Results of preclinical and clinical studies are compared with each other...
April 2017: Acta Clinica Belgica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212936/antihyperlipidemic-and-hepatoprotective-properties-of-selenium-modified-polysaccharide-from-lachnum-sp
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Maheen Mahwish Surhio, Yufen Wang, Ping Xu, Faisal Shah, Jinglei Li, Ming Ye
Hyperlipidemia is one of the major health problem people suffering throughout the world, which is also a major risk factor for chronic heart disease that can lead to death. The current study was designed to investigate antihyperlipidemic and hepatoprotective effects of selenium modified exopolysaccharide of Lachnum sp. (SeLEP-1b) on high-fat induced mice model. Nitric acid-sodium selenite (HNO3-Na2SeO3) method was used to selenize pure LEP-1b. FT-IR and (13)C NMR results confirmed the modification of LEP-1b into SeLEP-1b...
June 2017: International Journal of Biological Macromolecules
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203425/false-positive-hepatitis-c-antibody-test-results-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-recipients-increased-risk-with-age-and-transfusions
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Grace Y Minamoto, Doreen Lee, Adriana Colovai, Dana Levy, Ljiljana Vasovic, Keith W Roach, Jonathan Shuter, Daniel Goldstein, David D'Alessandro, Ulrich P Jorde, Victoria A Muggia
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have been successfully used in patients with heart failure. However, LVADs may trigger immune activation, leading to higher frequencies of autoantibodies. We describe the clinical, epidemiological, and laboratory characteristics of LVAD recipients with false positive hepatitis C (FPHC) serology among 39 consecutive adult LVAD recipients who bridged to heart transplantation from January 2007 to January 2013 at Montefiore Medical Center. FPHC patients were identified as those with post-LVAD positive hepatitis C ELISA antibody tests and negative confirmatory testing with hepatitis C RNA PCR and/or radioimmunoblot assay...
January 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191032/safety-of-new-daas-for-chronic-hcv-infection-in-a-real-life-experience-role-of-a-surveillance-network-based-on-clinician-and-hospital-pharmacist
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A Nappi, A Perrella, P Bellopede, A Lanza, A Izzi, M Spatarella, C Sbreglia
BACKGROUND: Direct Antiviral Agents (DAAs) for HCV therapy represents a step ahead in the cure of chronic hepatitis C. Notwithstanding the promising results in several clinical trials, few data are available on adverse effects in real life settings. METHODS: We have evaluated 170 patients with persistent infection and on those eligible to treatment we have followed up them through a network managed by clinician and hospital pharmacist. RESULTS: According to our data we have found that 41% (32 out of 78) of enrolled patients experienced adverse reactions, of these 40% were in those under 65 years while 60% was in patients older than 65 years, SVR was achieved in 88% of the patients (including drop-out)...
2017: Infectious Agents and Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179001/caryocar-brasiliense-oil-improves-cardiac-function-by-increasing-serca2a-plb-ratio-despite-no-significant-changes-in-cardiovascular-risk-factors-in-rats
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Lidiane Guedes Oliveira, Lauane Gomes Moreno, Dirceu Sousa Melo, Liliane Vanessa Costa-Pereira, Mayara Medeiros de Freitas Carvalho, Paulo Henrique Evangelista Silva, Ana Maria Alves, Flávio de Castro Magalhães, Marco Fabrício Dias-Peixoto, Elizabethe Adriana Esteves
BACKGROUND: Caryocar brasiliense (pequi) oil is high in monounsaturated fat acids (MUFA), especially oleic, and in carotenoids, which have been associated with protection against cardiovascular disease. However, this food is poorly studied in this context, especially in the cardiac function. Therefore, we investigated the effects of a long-term intake of pequi oil in systemic cardiovascular risk factors and in the ex vivo cardiac function of rats. METHODS: Previously, we determined fatty acids and carotenoids in pequi oil...
February 8, 2017: Lipids in Health and Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168962/changes-in-end-organ-function-in-patients-with-prolonged-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-support
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Daisuke Yoshioka, Hiroo Takayama, Paolo C Colombo, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Arthur R Garan, Veli K Topkara, Jiho Han, Paul Kurlansky, Yoshifumi Naka, Koji Takeda
BACKGROUND: Few studies have evaluated the long-term effects of continuous blood flow with reduced pulsatility on end-organ function. METHODS: Between May 2004 and December 2015, 469 patients underwent continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation at our center. Our study included 59 (13%) patients who were supported with an LVAD for a minimum of 3 years. We evaluated postoperative renal function and hepatic function at 1 and 6 months, and 1, 2, and 3 years after implantation in those 59 patients...
March 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167864/ezetimibe-reduces-cholesterol-content-and-nf-kappab-activation-in-liver-but-not-in-intestinal-tissue-in-guinea-pigs
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Peter Fraunberger, Elisabeth Gröne, Hermann-Josef Gröne, Heinz Drexel, Autar K Walli
BACKGROUND: Statins (HMG CoA reductase inhibitors), in addition to reducing circulating cholesterol and incidence of coronary heart disease, also have pleiotropic, anti-inflammatory effects. Patients with chronic liver diseases, non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD) or hepatitis C are often excluded from statin therapy because of adverse effects in a small cohort of patients despite increased cardiovascular risk cholesterol. Ezetimibe, which inhibits cholesterol absorption by inhibition of Niemann-Pick C1 like 1 (NPC1L1) protein in the brush border of intestinal cells, has been suggested as a new therapeutic option in these patients...
2017: Journal of Inflammation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167322/nlrp3-inflammasome-blockade-reduces-liver-inflammation-and-fibrosis-in-experimental-nash-in-mice
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Auvro R Mridha, Alexander Wree, Avril A B Robertson, Matthew M Yeh, Casey D Johnson, Derrick M Van Rooyen, Fahrettin Haczeyni, Narci C-H Teoh, Christopher Savard, George N Ioannou, Seth L Masters, Kate Schroder, Matthew A Cooper, Ariel E Feldstein, Geoffrey C Farrell
BACKGROUND & AIMS: NOD-like receptor protein 3 (NLRP3) inflammasome activation occurs in Non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We used the first small molecule NLRP3 inhibitor, MCC950, to test whether inflammasome blockade alters inflammatory recruitment and liver fibrosis in two murine models of steatohepatitis. METHODS: We fed foz/foz and wild-type mice an atherogenic diet for 16weeks, gavaged MCC950 or vehicle until 24weeks, then determined NAFLD phenotype...
February 3, 2017: Journal of Hepatology
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