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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29903680/-non-infective-endocarditis
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A Le Bot, P Jégo, E Donal, E Flécher, M Revest, P Tattevin
Non-infective endocarditis, also referred to as non-bacterial thrombotic endocarditis, represent a wide range of rare pathologies, often severe. This review gathered the data available in the literature, to decipher the major information collected on the pathophysiology, the diagnosis and the treatment of these heterogeneous diseases, often misdiagnosed. Characteristics of non-infective endocarditis are similar to infective endocarditis in terms of valvular lesions (mostly left-sided, with regurgitations and vegetations), and their complications (embolism)...
June 11, 2018: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29869800/high-prevalence-of-occult-heart-disease-in-normotensive-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Giovanni Cioffi, Federica Ognibeni, Andrea Dalbeni, Alessandro Giollo, Giovanni Orsolini, Davide Gatti, Maurizio Rossini, Ombretta Viapiana
BACKGROUND: Due to chronic inflammatory status, rheumatoid arthritis (RA) patients are exposed to changes in left ventricular (LV) geometry and function. We assessed prevalence, factors associated with, and prognostic role of concentric LV geometry and systolic dysfunction (LVSD) detected by echocardiography in a large cohort of patients with RA and normal blood pressure. HYPOTHESIS: Changes in LV geometry and function are widely detectable in normotensive patients with RA analyzed in primary prevention...
June 5, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774373/cardiovascular-system-changes-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-with-continued-low-disease-activity
#3
Małgorzata Biskup, Wojciech Biskup, Maria Majdan, Bożena Targońska-Stępniak
Systemic inflammation and disease activity seem to contribute to excessive prevalence of cardiovascular (CV) diseases (CVDs) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). The objective of the study was to assess chosen CV parameters in RA patients who have continuous low disease activity. The study group consisted of 70 RA patients without known CVD and 33 healthy controls, of a comparable age. All RA patients had continued low disease activity (DAS28 ≤ 3.2) from 2 to 7 years. The groups were assessed for: blood pressure, serum amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), carotid intima media thickness (cIMT), electrocardiography (ECG), ejection fraction (EJ) and diastolic dysfunction (E/A ratio) in echocardiography...
May 17, 2018: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29622995/increased-arterial-stiffness-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-and-its-relation-to-disease-activity-a-cross-sectional-study
#4
Ghada Youssef, Nashwa Taher Allam, Wafaa Gaber, Angie Afifi, Dina Hesham
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is associated with elevated plasma level of inflammatory markers. Chronic inflammation is known to predispose to endothelial dysfunction and increased arterial stiffness, which is an important marker of subclinical atherosclerosis and increased cardiovascular risk. Objective: The aim is to test for the relationship between disease activity and arterial stiffness in RA patients. Methods: The study included 90 RA patients, at different grades of disease activity and 45 healthy subjects, as a control group...
March 2018: The Egyptian heart journal: (EHJ): official bulletin of the Egyptian Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29524864/subclinical-impairment-of-myocardial-and-endothelial-functionality-in-very-early-psoriatic-and-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-association-with-vitamin-d-and-inflammation
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Alberto Lo Gullo, Javier Rodríguez-Carrio, Caterina Oriana Aragona, Giuseppe Dattilo, Concetta Zito, Ana Suárez, Saverio Loddo, Marco Atteritano, Antonino Saitta, Giuseppe Mandraffino
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Cardiovascular (CV) morbidity is increased in inflammatory joint diseases (IJD), as rheumatoid (RA) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA). Whereas increased prevalence of subclinical atherosclerosis has been reported in these conditions, whether an early myocardial functionality is also impaired remains unknown. The aim of this study was to evaluate the myocardial functionality by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) in recent onset RA and PsA patients and its potential associations with the levels of circulating CD34 +  cells, vitamin D, and with disease activity...
April 2018: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29417020/prevalence-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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A S Renjith, Vishal Marwaha, N Aggarwal, Varghese Koshy, V K Singal, K V S Hari Kumar
Background: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a polyarticular disorder with many extra-articular features. Cardiovascular disorders, including heart failure (HF), are the leading causes of mortality in RA patients. We studied the prevalence of left ventricular dysfunction (LVD) in patients with RA. Materials and Methods: In this cross-sectional study, we evaluated 100 consecutive patients with RA (aged >18 years and duration >1 year) for the presence of LVD. We excluded patients with known cardiac and systemic disorders that may contribute to LVD...
July 2017: Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29359662/inflammatory-arthritis-and-heart-disease
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Santos Castaneda, Carlos Gonzalez-Juanatey, Miguel A Gonzalez-Gay
BACKGROUND: The term inflammatory joint disease (IJD) includes a group of chronic conditions, particularly rheumatoid arthritis (RA), ankylosing spondylitis (AS) and psoriatic arthritis (PsA), with predominant joint involvement and increased risk of cardiovascular (CV) complications and premature mortality. OBJECTIVE: The study aims to review of the most relevant CV manifestations from clinical point of view associated with IJD. METHODS: To update the current knowledge on CV manifestations in patients with IJD, we review the most relevant literature studies published in English (PubMed database) from January 2007 to February 2017...
2018: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28868101/chest-pain-due-to-pericardial-effusion-as-initial-presenting-feature-of-rheumatoid-arthritis-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#8
Malahat Movahedian, Wais Afzal, Tannaz Shoja, Kelly Cervellione, Jebun Nahar, Katerina Teller
Pericardial effusions are not uncommon in rheumatoid arthritis (RA); however, they are rarely the presenting symptom of the disease. We describe a 55-year-old female who presented to the emergency department with complaints of chest pain and dyspnea on exertion. Initial workup revealed a medium-sized pericardial effusion. The wide spectrum of etiologies, including infectious and non-infectious disease, was explored. Eventually, after ruling out an array of disease states, rheumatologic workup was positive for RA...
August 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828748/relationship-between-matrix-metalloproteinase-3-serum-level-and-pulmonary-artery-systolic-pressure-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Tetsuro Sugiura, Mikio Kamioka, Shigeo Yamanaka, Taisuke Hisahara, Yoko Hirakawa, Yoshihisa Matsumura
Activity of rheumatoid arthritis (RA) has been evaluated by various biomarkers including matrix metalloproteinase (MMP)-3, but the relationship between the levels of biomarkers and elevation of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PAs) has not been evaluated in detail. We sought to determine the utility of MMP-3 with other biomarkers for the prediction of PAs in patients with RA. Blood samples for biomarkers and echocardiography were obtained in 100 consecutive patients with RA. PAs was measured by continuous-wave Doppler echocardiography and was correlated with laboratory findings...
February 2018: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28828042/the-assessment-of-subclinical-cardiovascular-dysfunction-in-treated-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Stefania L Magda, Raluca I Mincu, Maria Florescu, Andrea O Ciobanu, Gabriela F Udrea, Mircea Cinteza, Dragos Vinereanu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) causes frequently cardiovascular complications, probably determined by early atherosclerosis in connection to chronic systemic inflammation. Purpose of our study was to assess subclinical cardiac and vascular dysfunction, and to evaluate the mechanisms of ventriculo-arterial interaction, in patients with correctly treated RA vs. normal subjects. METHODS: We evaluated 46 subjects (55±10 years, 2 men): 29 patients with seropositive treated RA (mean duration of 11±9 years), without documented cardiovascular or pulmonary disease, and 17 control subjects, matched for age, sex, and distribution of conventional major risk factors...
December 2016: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28655345/methotrexate-induced-hypersensitivity-pneumonitis-appearing-after-30-years-of-use-a-case-report
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Mashal Salehi, Robertha Miller, Myint Khaing
BACKGROUND: Methotrexate has been implicated in a variety of lung complications, one of which is hypersensitivity pneumonitis. Hypersensitivity pneumonitis most often occurs within the first year of starting low-dose orally administered methotrexate. We present a case of methotrexate-induced hypersensitivity pneumonitis after 30 years of methotrexate use, which is the first case to be reported so far. CASE PRESENTATION: A 77-year-old African American woman with a history of rheumatoid arthritis presented with progressively worsening shortness of breath and nonproductive cough...
June 28, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502137/angiopoietin-2-as-a-biomarker-for-echocardiographic-abnormalities-and-carotid-atherosclerosis-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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Hanan Omar, Ahmed Tageldien Abdellah, Housseini Abdalla, Samah Ismail Nasef, Hamdy Omar
Atherosclerosis and cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are increasingly recognised complications of rheumatoid arthritis (RA). Angiopoietin 2 (Ang-2) levels have been associated with clinically overt CVD in general population; we assessed serum Ang-2 levels and its correlation with Echocardiographic abnormalities and carotid intima-media thickness in RA patients. 44 RA patients without clinically overt CVD and 44 healthy controls were assessed by questionnaire and clinical examination. Disease activity score (DAS-28) was calculated...
June 2016: Egyptian Journal of Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427850/five-year-changes-in-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-patients-with-rheumatoid-arthritis-compared-with-the-general-population
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John M Davis, Grace Lin, Jae K Oh, Cynthia S Crowson, Sara J Achenbach, Terry M Therneau, Eric L Matteson, Richard J Rodeheffer, Sherine E Gabriel
BACKGROUND: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have increased risk of heart failure with preserved ejection fraction. The development and progression of left ventricular dysfunction before onset of clinical heart failure are unknown. The objective of this study was to evaluate longitudinal changes in cardiac structure and function of patients with RA compared with persons in the general population. METHODS: A prospective longitudinal study of a population-based cohort of 160 patients with RA and a population-based cohort of 1391 persons without RA (non-RA cohort) was performed...
August 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28396860/aortic-valve-replacement-for-moderate-aortic-stenosis-with-severe-calcification-and-left-ventricualr-dysfunction-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
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Nikhil Narang, Roberto M Lang, Vladimir M Liarski, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Marion A Hofmann Bowman
A 55-year-old man with a history of erosive, seropositive rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and interstitial lung disease presented with shortness of breath. Echocardiography showed new-onset severe left ventricular (LV) dysfunction with an ejection fraction (EF) of 15% and moderately increased mean aortic valve gradient of 20 mmHg in a trileaflet aortic valve with severe sclero-calcific degeneration. Coronary angiography revealed no significant obstructive coronary disease. Invasive hemodynamic studies and dobutamine stress echocardiography were consistent with moderate aortic stenosis...
2017: Frontiers in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391000/prognostic-role-of-subclinical-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-evaluated-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-rheumatoid-arthritis
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Giovanni Cioffi, Ombretta Viapiana, Federica Ognibeni, Andrea Dalbeni, Alessandro Giollo, Davide Gatti, Luca Idolazzi, Giorgio Faganello, Andrea Di Lenarda, Maurizio Rossini
BACKGROUND: Speckle-tracking echocardiography allows early detection of subclinical left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA). In this prospective study, we assessed the prevalence and the prognostic role of subclinical LVSD detected by speckle-tracking echocardiography in RA patients. METHODS: Two-dimensional global longitudinal strain (GLS) and global circumferential strain (GCS) were measured in 209 RA patients without overt cardiac disease...
June 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28344422/impaired-left-ventricular-diastolic-functions-and-thickened-epicardial-adipose-tissue-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients-is-correlated-with-das-28-score
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Sertac Alpaydın, Zafer Buyukterzi, Halil Ekrem Akkurt, Halim Yılmaz
BACKGROUND: Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic inflammatory disease that is known to be associated with high cardiovascular (CV) morbidity and mortality. In this study, we aimed to demonstrate whether RA disease activity reflected with disease activity score-28 (DAS-28) had an impact on left ventricular diastolic functions and epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) thickness in RA patients with no traditional CV risk factors. METHODS: In this retrospective study, 41 patients newly diagnosed with RA were included...
March 2017: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28275536/rheumatoid-arthritis-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-clinical-challenges-reflecting-the-diversity-of-pathophysiology
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Evangelia Panagiotidou, Evdokia Sourla, Serafim Xrisovalantis Kotoulas, Sofia Akritidou, Vasileios Bikos, Vasileios Bagalas, Ioannis Stanopoulos, Georgia Pitsiou
The present article reports three clinical cases in order to elucidate the diversity of the pathophysiological mechanisms that underlie rheumatoid arthritis associated pulmonary hypertension. The condition's three major causes are: interstitial lung disease, vasculitis, and chronic thromboembolic disease, but it should be noted that the multiple pulmonary manifestations of rheumatoid arthritis, can all contribute to chronic lung disease or hypoxia. The first patient in this report suffered from moderate restriction due to fibrosis and was diagnosed with pulmonary hypertension during an episode of life threatening hypoxia...
2017: Respiratory Medicine Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185705/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-pattern-at-the-time-of-diagnosis-of-treatment-na%C3%A3-ve-patients-with-connective-tissue-diseases
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Sophie Mavrogeni, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Theodoros Dimitroulas, Konstantinos Bratis, George D Kitas, Petros Sfikakis, Maria Tektonidou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, Kyriaki A Boki, Anastasia Kitsiou, Vasiliki Filaditaki, Elias Gialafos, Sotiris Plastiras, Vasiliki Vartela, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND-AIM: Cardiac involvement at diagnosis of connective tissue disease (CTD) has been described by echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) detects occult lesions at CTD diagnosis. PATIENTS-METHODS: CMR was performed early after diagnosis in 78 treatment-naïve CTDs (aged 43±11, 59F/19M) without cardiac involvement [5 Takayasu arteritis (TA), 4 Churg Strauss syndrome (CSS), 5 Wegener granulomatosis (WG), 16 systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), 12 rheumatoid arthritis (RA), 8 mixed connective tissue diseases (MCTD), 12 ankylosing spondylitis (AS), 3 polymyalgia rheumatica (PMR), 8 systemic sclerosis (SSc) and 5 dermatomyositis (DM)]...
June 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28127980/speckle-tracking-can-detect-subclinical-myocardial-dysfunction-in-rheumatoid-arthritis-patients
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O Benacka, J Benacka, P Blazicek, M Belansky, J Payer, Z Killinger, J Lietava
INTRODUCTION: Patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA) have shorter life expectancy and their risk of cardiovascular death is more than 50 % higher than the rest of the population. Early myocardial dysfunction in RA patients may be detectable sooner using speckle‑tracking echocardiography. METHOD: Cross-sectional study enrolled 55 patients with RA (mean age 44.1 years) without known cardiovascular disease and 31 healthy controls. All subjects underwent a standard echocardiographic examination: indexed left ventricular mass, left ventricle ejection fraction, isovolumic contraction and relaxation times (IVCT and IVRT), mitral valve inflow curve (E/A), septal mitral annular motion (e'), and E/e' ratio as well as the speckle tracking assessment of left ventricle longitudinal, radial and circular strain and strain rate...
2017: Bratislavské Lekárske Listy
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