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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28090637/diltiazem-prevents-stress-induced-contractile-deficits-in-cardiomyocytes-but-does-not-reverse-the-cardiomyopathy-phenotype-in-mybpc3-knock-in-mice
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Frederik Flenner, Birgit Geertz, Silke Reischmann-Düsener, Florian Weinberger, Thomas Eschenhagen, Lucie Carrier, Felix W Friedrich
Left ventricular hypertrophy, diastolic dysfunction and fibrosis are main features of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Guidelines recommend β-adrenoceptor or Ca(2+) channel antagonists as pharmacological treatment. The Ca(2+) channel blocker diltiazem recently showed promising beneficial effects in pre-clinical HCM, particularly in patients carrying MYBPC3 mutations. In the present study we evaluated whether diltiazem could ameliorate or reverse the disease phenotype in cells and in vivo in Mybpc3-targeted knock-in (KI) mouse model of HCM...
January 15, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087308/myocardial-inotropic-reserve-an-old-twist-that-constitutes-a-reliable-index-in-the-modern-era-of-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Fragkiskos Parthenakis, Spyridon Maragkoudakis, Maria Marketou, Alexandros Patrianakos, Evaggelos Zacharis, Panos Vardas
Current national and international guidelines, including those of the European Society of Cardiology, recognize that the assessment of prognosis should be a part of the standard management for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However, these same guidelines recognize the inherent difficulty of this process. A variety of factors contribute to this difficulty, including the varying etiology, frequent co-morbidity and, perhaps most importantly, huge inter-individual variability in the disease progression and outcome...
November 22, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062620/application-of-cardiac-troponin-in-cardiovascular-diseases-other-than-acute-coronary-syndrome
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REVIEW
Kai M Eggers, Bertil Lindahl
BACKGROUND: Increased cardiac troponin concentrations in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) identify patients with ongoing cardiomyocyte necrosis who are at increased risk. However, with the use of more precise assays, cardiac troponin increases are commonly noted in other cardiovascular conditions as well. This has generated interest in the use of cardiac troponin for prognostic assessment and clinical management of these patients. In this review, we have summarized the data from studies investigating the implications of cardiac troponin concentrations in various acute and chronic conditions beyond ACS, i...
January 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28034375/primary-prevention-of-sudden-arrhythmic-death-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy-current-guidelines-and-risk-stratification
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EDITORIAL
Eloisa Arbustini, Marcello Disertori, Jagat Narula
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025268/hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-with-aortic-dilation-a-novel-observation
#5
Rayan Yousefzai, Anushree Agarwal, M Fuad Jan, Chi Cho, Michael Anigbogu, Kambiz Shetabi, Maharaj Singh, Michelle Bush, Shannon Treiber, Steven Port, Khawaja Afzal Ammar, Timothy E Paterick, Renuka Jain, Bijoy K Khandheria, A Jamil Tajik
AIMS: Our goal was to identify the prevalence of aortic dilation in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), the most prevalent (0.2%) heritable, genetic cardiovascular disease. Aortic dilation also represents a spectrum of familial inheritance. However, data regarding the prevalence of aortic dilation in HCM patients is lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is an observational retrospective study of all patients referred to our HCM centre. Aortic dilation was defined based on recent American Society of Echocardiography and European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging published guidelines...
December 26, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27993908/implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-for-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy-an-updated-meta-analysis
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Harsh Golwala, Navkaranbir Singh Bajaj, Garima Arora, Pankaj Arora
Use of Implantable cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have been a major advancement in patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) with reduced ejection fraction <35%.(1) While the data supporting the use of ICDs are robust in patients with ICM, limited randomized controlled clinical trial (RCT) data exist for similar benefit in patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy (NICM).(2) A prior meta-analysis that included both primary and secondary prevention ICD trials in 2004 by Desai et al. demonstrated a 31% reduction in all-cause mortality with ICD use in patients with NICM...
December 19, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27966803/yield-of-screening-echocardiograms-during-pediatric-follow-up-in-survivors-treated-with-anthracyclines-and-cardiotoxic-radiation
#7
Michael B Spewak, Rebecca S Williamson, Ann C Mertens, William L Border, Lillian R Meacham, Karen J Wasilewski-Masker
BACKGROUND: Guidelines published by the Children's Oncology Group recommend screening echocardiograms for childhood cancer survivors exposed to anthracyclines and/or cardiotoxic radiation. This study aims to assess risk factors for cardiac late effects while evaluating the overall yield of screening echocardiograms. PROCEDURE: Demographics, exposures, and echocardiogram results were abstracted from the medical records of survivors diagnosed at ≤ 21 years old and ≥ 2 years off therapy who were exposed to anthracyclines and/or potentially cardiotoxic radiotherapy...
December 14, 2016: Pediatric Blood & Cancer
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956002/comparison-of-maximal-wall-thickness-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-differs-between-magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-transthoracic-echocardiography
#8
John P Bois, Jeffrey B Geske, Thomas A Foley, Steve R Ommen, Patricia A Pellikka
Left ventricular (LV) wall thickness is a prognostic marker in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HC). LV wall thickness ≥30 mm (massive hypertrophy) is independently associated with sudden cardiac death. Presence of massive hypertrophy is used to guide decision making for cardiac defibrillator implantation. We sought to determine whether measurements of maximal LV wall thickness differ between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and transthoracic echocardiography (TTE). Consecutive patients were studied who had HC without previous septal ablation or myectomy and underwent both cardiac MRI and TTE at a single tertiary referral center...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955682/health-effectiveness-and-cost-effectiveness-of-telehealthcare-for-heart-failure-study-protocol-for-a-randomized-controlled-trial
#9
Simon Lebech Cichosz, Lars Holger Ehlers, Ole Hejlesen
BACKGROUND: Several heart failure studies have shown promising results for implementing telehealthcare. These studies have led to clinical and political interest in telehealthcare as a way to improve heart failure outcomes and lower costs. However, there is a need for large-scale clinical trials with cost-effectiveness assessments. METHODS/DESIGN: The present study is known as the TeleCare North Heart Failure Trial in Denmark. We are studying the health effectiveness and cost-effectiveness of a telehealth (Telekit) solution compared with usual care for patients with heart failure...
December 12, 2016: Trials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931027/anthracycline-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-young-cancer-patients-the-role-of-carnitine
#10
Saro H Armenian
While the increased rates of survival in childhood cancers have increased progressively in recent decades, many childhood cancer survivors will have at least one chronic health condition within 40 years of age. In this regard, cardiovascular complications have emerged as a leading cause of long-term morbidity and mortality in long-term survivors of childhood cancer, likely due to exposure to anthracycline chemotherapy, and outcomes in patients with anthracycline-related cardiomyopathy remain poor. Some progress has been made in understanding the mechanisms at the basis of anthracycline-related cardiomyopathy, which appear to involve generation of reactive oxygen species, leading to mitochondrial dysfunction, followed by myocyte apoptosis and maladaptive left ventricular remodeling...
2016: Annals of Nutrition & Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930701/natural-and-undetermined-sudden-death-value-of-post-mortem-genetic-investigation
#11
Olallo Sanchez, Oscar Campuzano, Anna Fernández-Falgueras, Georgia Sarquella-Brugada, Sergi Cesar, Irene Mademont, Jesus Mates, Alexandra Pérez-Serra, Monica Coll, Ferran Pico, Anna Iglesias, Coloma Tirón, Catarina Allegue, Esther Carro, María Ángeles Gallego, Carles Ferrer-Costa, Anna Hospital, Narcís Bardalet, Juan Carlos Borondo, Albert Vingut, Elena Arbelo, Josep Brugada, Josep Castellà, Jordi Medallo, Ramon Brugada
BACKGROUND: Sudden unexplained death may be the first manifestation of an unknown inherited cardiac disease. Current genetic technologies may enable the unraveling of an etiology and the identification of relatives at risk. The aim of our study was to define the etiology of natural deaths, younger than 50 years of age, and to investigate whether genetic defects associated with cardiac diseases could provide a potential etiology for the unexplained cases. METHODS AND FINDINGS: Our cohort included a total of 789 consecutive cases (77...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919765/late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-brugada-syndrome-a-marker-for-subtle-underlying-cardiomyopathy
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Rachel Bastiaenen, Andrew T Cox, Silvia Castelletti, Yanushi D Wijeyeratne, Nicholas Colbeck, Nadia Pakroo, Hammad Ahmed, Nick Bunce, Lisa Anderson, James C Moon, Sanjay Prasad, Sanjay Sharma, Elijah R Behr
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that the Brugada ECG pattern is a marker of subtle structural heart disease. OBJECTIVE: We characterised Brugada syndrome (BrS) patients using cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) with late gadolinium enhancement (LGE). METHODS: BrS was diagnosed according to international guidelines. 26% BrS patients carried SCN5A mutations. CMR data from 78 BrS patients were compared with 78 healthy controls (44±15 vs 42±14 years; p=0...
December 2, 2016: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910085/sprint-fidelis-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillators-lead-patient-management-and-survival-single-center-study
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Marcin Grabowski, Jakub Kosma Rokicki, Sylwia Gajda, Łukasz Januszkiewicz, Andrzej Cacko, Przemysław Stolarz, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Over the last several years significant rises in the use of implanted cardioverter-defibrillators (ICD) have also resulted in a number of associated complications. This number includes lead failure. Sprint Fidelis ICD lead (SF) is regarded as a lead with elevated failure risk. Every center acting in accordance with the guidelines should observe patients more thoroughly especially with recalled leads and run a registry of their follow-up. The aim of the present research was to observe patients with SF leads (types 6948, 6949) from a single implantation center...
December 2, 2016: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903390/-current-status-of-antiarrhythmic-drug-use-and-safety-assessment-in-chinese-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#14
R He, X Du, S W Liu, L J Sun, Y Li, H Zeng, Y Y Li, C Sun, Y Zhang, C S Ma, W Gao
Objective: To investigate the current status of antiarrhythmic drugs (AADs) use in Chinese patients with atrial fibrillation(AF) and assess the safety of AADs in this patient cohort. Methods: From January 2011 to December 2013, a total of 4 008 AF patients treated with AADs was enrolled in this study and patients were followed up for 24 months. Detailed information of prescribed drug, the causes of drug discontinuation and side effects were recorded. Results: Amiodarone was prescribed to 64.3%(2 579 cases) and propafenone to 31...
November 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903028/-cardiovascular-morbidity-and-mortality-in-patients-with-kidney-disease
#15
Ivo Quack, Ralf Westenfeld
Patients with kidney disease have a significantly increased cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. Especially diabetics have an increased risk to develop renal insufficiency and cardiovascular events. Two recent studies show that the SGLT2 inhibitor Empagliflozin and the GLP1 agonist Liraglutid are able to lower the cardiovascular risk of type2 diabetics with renal insufficiency. Recent observations suggest that bradycardia and asystole are main triggers for sudden cardiac death in patients with chronic kidney disease...
November 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901040/follow-up-care-by-a-genetic-counsellor-for-relatives-at-risk-for-cardiomyopathies-is-cost-saving-and-well-appreciated-a-randomised-comparison
#16
Karin Nieuwhof, Erwin Birnie, Maarten P van den Berg, Rudolf A de Boer, Paul L van Haelst, J Peter van Tintelen, Irene M van Langen
Increasing numbers of patient relatives at risk of developing dilated or hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (DCM/HCM) are being identified and followed up by cardiologists according to the ACC/ESC guidelines. However, given limited healthcare resources, good-quality low-cost alternative approaches are needed. Therefore, we have compared conventional follow-up by a cardiologist with that provided at a cardiogenetic clinic (CGC) led by a genetic counsellor. Phenotype-negative first-degree relatives at risk for DCM/HCM were randomly assigned to see either a cardiologist or to attend a CGC...
November 30, 2016: European Journal of Human Genetics: EJHG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898434/the-continuing-challenge-of-evaluating-diastolic-function-by-echocardiography-in-children-developing-concepts-and-newer-modalities
#17
Wadi Mawad, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Assessment of diastolic function by echocardiography is challenging but important. Left ventricular filling has been more extensively studied than the right ventricle, and predominantly in adult populations. Although multiple parameters exist to assess diastolic function, they all have limitations, including load and heart rate dependency, which make assessment of diastolic function particularly challenging. The purpose of this article is to review evolving concepts and modalities for echo assessment of diastolic function in children...
January 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881700/veno-venous-ecmo-as-a-safe-bridge-to-recovery-in-a-patient-with-severe-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-learning-from-errors
#18
Christopher Ull, Thomas Armin Schildhauer, Justus T Strauch, Andreas Mügge, Justyna Swol
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is a rare disorder of unknown etiology and pathogenesis. The most important tool for diagnostic confirmation is transthoracic echocardiography. The recommended management of PPCM in pregnancy is summarized by the European Society of Cardiology Heart Failure Guidelines. Few data exist on the treatment of patients with fulminant PPCM and the need for extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) in this context. We report on a young multiparous woman with cardiogenic shock caused by severe PPCM who was successfully, but atypically, supported with veno-venous ECMO as a bridge to recovery immediately after the birth of her third child...
November 23, 2016: Perfusion
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27860152/n-terminal-pro-brain-natriuretic-peptide-is-a-useful-marker-to-identify-latent-heart-failure-patients-in-older-adults-in-a-rural-outpatient-clinic
#19
Kosuke Hamagawa, Toru Kubo, Kotaro Nishimura, Yuichi Baba, Takayoshi Hirota, Naohito Yamasaki, Hiroaki Kitaoka
AIM: Although measurement of natriuretic peptides including N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has been recommended for identifying heart failure (HF) patients, the prevalence of elderly patients with latent HF who are attending an outpatient clinic is unknown. METHODS: We measured NT-proBNP levels in 393 patients (aged 75 ± 9 years) in a rural outpatient clinic. Patients with a diagnosis of heart disease were excluded. The patients were divided into two groups by the values of NT-proBNP: high NT-proBNP group (>400 pg/mL) and low NT-proBNP group (≤400 pg/mL) according to Japanese guidelines...
November 17, 2016: Geriatrics & Gerontology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27858465/established-and-novel-treatment-options-in-acute-myocarditis-with-or-without-heart-failure
#20
George Lazaros, Evangelos Oikonomou, Dimitris Tousoulis
Acute myocarditis is a disorder characterized by an unpredictable clinical course which ranges from asymptomatic, incidentally discovered forms, to cases with fulminant course and adverse outcome. The most challenging issues in the context of acute myocarditis are the appearance of difficult to treat heart failure in the acute phase and the potential progression in the long-term to dilated cardiomyopathy. Areas covered: With respect to available treatment options in acute myocarditis, in the absence of specific guidelines, management is supportive and overall empirical, especially for the oligo- or asymptomatic patients with preserved ejection fraction...
January 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
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