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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910996/speckle-tracking-echocardiography-predicts-early-subclinical-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-breast-cancer
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Qi Tang, Yan Jiang, Yali Xu, Hongmei Xia
PURPOSE: This study aimed to assess the early changes of left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) mechanics associated with anthracycline treatment for breast cancer and to determine whether two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (2D-STE) analysis could predict chemotherapy-induced cardiotoxicity. BACKGROUND: Anthracycline generates progressive LV dysfunction associated with a poor prognosis. Early detection of minor change of myocardial mechanics is thus important...
December 2, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27910084/levosimendan-accelerates-recovery-in-patients-with-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Mehmet Yaman, Ugur Arslan, Ahmet Kaya, Aytac Akyol, Fatih Ozturk, Yunus Emre Okudan, Adil Bayramoglu, Osman Bektas
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the efficacy and safety of levosimendan in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC). METHODS: The study was conducted in a retrospective design and 42 consecutive patients were enrolled in 6 cardiovascular centers in Turkey. The records of TC patients having left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤ 35% were examined at admission, discharge and recovery period including their clinical and echocardiographic data were recorded...
December 2, 2016: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909770/the-natural-history-of-takotsubo-syndrome-a-two-year-follow-up-study-with-myocardial-sympathetic-and-perfusion-g-spect-imaging
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Stelvio Sestini, Francesco Pestelli, Mario Leoncini, Francesco Bellandi, Christian Mazzeo, Luigi Mansi, Ignasi Carrio, Antonio Castagnoli
PURPOSE: To investigate changes in sympathetic activity, perfusion, and left ventricular (LV) functionality in takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TTC) patients from onset (T0) to post-onset conditions at 1 month (T1), 1-2 years (T2, T3). METHODS: Twenty-two patients (70 ± 11 years) underwent serial gated single photon emission tomography (G-SPECT) studies with (123)I-mIBG and (99m)Tc-Sestamibi. Statistics were performed using ANOVA/Sheffé post-hoc, correlation test, and receiver operating characteristic (ROC) curve analysis (p < 0...
December 1, 2016: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909478/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-non-ischemic-cardiomyopathy
#4
REVIEW
Miriam Shanks Md PhD, Victoria Delgado Md PhD, Jeroen J Bax Md PhD
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established therapy for heart failure patients who remain symptomatic despite optimal medical therapy, have reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (<35%) and wide QRS duration (>120 ms), preferably with left bundle branch block morphology. The response to CRT depends on the cardiac substrate: presence of correctable left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony, presence of myocardial fibrosis (scar) and position of the left ventricular pacing lead. Patients with non-ischemic cardiomyopathy have shown higher response rates to CRT compared with patients with ischemic cardiomyopathy...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908351/pim1-kinase-overexpression-enhances-ckit-cardiac-stem-cell-cardiac-repair-following-myocardial-infarction-in-swine
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Shathiyah Kulandavelu, Vasileios Karantalis, Julia Fritsch, Konstantinos E Hatzistergos, Viky Y Loescher, Frederic McCall, Bo Wang, Luiza Bagno, Samuel Golpanian, Ariel Wolf, Justin Grenet, Adam Williams, Aaron Kupin, Aaron Rosenfeld, Sadia Mohsin, Mark A Sussman, Azorides Morales, Wayne Balkan, Joshua M Hare
BACKGROUND: Pim1 kinase plays an important role in cell division, survival, and commitment of precursor cells towards a myocardial lineage, and overexpression of Pim1 in ckit(+) cardiac stem cells (CSCs) enhances their cardioreparative properties. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to validate the effect of Pim1-modified CSCs in a translationally relevant large animal preclinical model of myocardial infarction (MI). METHODS: Human cardiac stem cells (hCSCs, n = 10), hckit(+) CSCs overexpressing Pim1 (Pim1(+); n = 9), or placebo (n = 10) were delivered by intramyocardial injection to immunosuppressed Yorkshire swine (n = 29) 2 weeks after MI...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908347/prognostic-implications-of-changes-in-n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Michael R Zile, Brian L Claggett, Margaret F Prescott, John J V McMurray, Milton Packer, Jean L Rouleau, Karl Swedberg, Akshay S Desai, Jianjian Gong, Victor C Shi, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: Natriuretic peptides (NP) have prognostic value in heart failure (HF), although the clinical importance of changes in NP from baseline is unclear. OBJECTIVES: The authors assessed whether a reduction in N-terminal pro-B-type NP (NT-proBNP) was associated with a decrease in HF hospitalization and cardiovascular mortality (primary endpoint) in patients with HF and reduced ejection fraction, whether treatment with sacubitril/valsartan reduced NT-proBNP below specific partition values more than enalapril, and whether the relationship between changes in NT-proBNP and changes in the primary endpoint were dependent on assigned treatment...
December 6, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906703/left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-and-mortality-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction-and-bundle-branch-block
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M Yldau van der Ende, Minke H T Hartman, Tom Hendriks, Hindrik W van der Werf, Erik Lipsic, Pim van der Harst
BACKGROUND: The aim of our study is to assess the effect of bundle branch block (BBB) on mortality and left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients treated in the current era of percutaneous reperfusion therapy. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In this retrospective cohort study, a total of 1123 STEMI patients treated in the University Medical Center Groningen from January 2011 until May 2013 were included. The follow-up duration was 2-4 years...
November 30, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906091/impact-of-prophylactic-administration-of-levosimendan-on-short-term-and-long-term-outcome-in-high-risk-patients-with-severely-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-a-retrospective-analysis
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Philippe Grieshaber, Stella Lipp, Andreas Arnold, Gerold Görlach, Matthias Wollbrück, Peter Roth, Bernd Niemann, Jochen Wilhelm, Andreas Böning
BACKGROUND: Patients with severely reduced left-ventricular ejection fraction carry a high risk of morbidity and mortality after cardiac surgery. Levosimendan can be used prophylactically in these patients having shown positive effects on short-term outcome. However, effects on long-term outcome and patient subgroups benefiting the most are unknown. We aim to address these topics with real-life data from our clinical practice. METHODS: Two hundred eigthy eight patients with preoperative LVEF ≤ 35% underwent cardiac surgery with cardiopulmonary bypass between 2009 and 2013...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905877/mineralocorticoid-receptor-antagonists-for-heart-failure-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Nicolas M Berbenetz, Marko Mrkobrada
BACKGROUND: Mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRAs) have been associated with improved patient outcomes in patients with heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) but not preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). We conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis of selective and nonselective MRAs in HFrEF and HFpEF. METHODS: We searched Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials, MEDLINE and EMBASE. We included randomized controlled trials (RCT) of MRAs in adults with HFpEF or HFrEF if they reported data on major adverse cardiac events or drug safety...
December 1, 2016: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27905543/rapid-functional-cardiac-imaging-after-gadolinium-injection-evaluation-of-a-highly-accelerated-sequence-with-sparse-data-sampling-and-iterative-reconstruction
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Johannes Budjan, Holger Haubenreisser, Thomas Henzler, Sonja Sudarski, Michaela Schmidt, Christina Doesch, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe, Nadja M Meßner, Stefan O Schoenberg, Ulrike I Attenberger, Theano Papavassiliu
To generate a patient-friendly, time-efficient cardiac MRI examination protocol, a highly accelerated real-time CINE MR sequence (SSIR) was acquired in the idle time in between contrast injection and late gadolinium enhancement phase. 20 consecutive patients underwent a cardiac MRI examination including a multi-breath-hold sequence as gold standard (Ref) as well as SSIR sequences with (SSIR-BH) and without breath-hold (SSIR-nonBH). SSIR sequences were acquired 4 minutes after gadolinium injection. Right- (RV) and left-ventricular (LV) volumetric functional parameters were evaluated and compared between Ref and SSIR sequences...
December 1, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904018/impact-of-plasma-kynurenine-level-on-functional-capacity-and-outcome-in-heart-failure%C3%A3-results-from-studies-investigating-co-morbidities-aggravating-heart-failure-sica-hf
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Masaaki Konishi, Nicole Ebner, Jochen Springer, Joerg C Schefold, Wolfram Doehner, Thomas Bernd Dschietzig, Stefan D Anker, Stephan von Haehling
BACKGROUND: Kynurenine is a circulating metabolite from the essential amino acid tryptophan. Accelerated degradation of kynurenine in skeletal muscle has been reported to provide an anti-inflammatory effect. The aim of this study was to investigate the association between blood kynurenine and muscle mass/function in patients with heart failure (HF), in whom diseased muscle mass/function plays a pathophysiological role.Methods and Results:Plasma kynurenine was assessed in 249 patients with HF (67±11 years, 21% women) and in 45 controls from the SICA-HF study...
November 30, 2016: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903371/-impact-of-reduced-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-on-all-cause-mortality-of-75-years-old-and-over-patients-with-moderate-to-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Z Li, Y Q Ye, M Y Wang, H Y Xu, S Y Teng, J Qian, W Wang, X Wang, Y J Wu
Objective: To evaluate the impact of left ventricular systolic dysfunction on all-cause mortality of 75 years old and over patients with moderate to severe aortic stenosis. Methods: Clinical data of 301 consecutive aged (≥75 years old) patients with a diagnosis of non-rheumatic moderate to severe aortic stenosis by echocardiography between January 1, 2008 and January 1, 2015 in our hospital were retrospectively analyzed. According to the LVEF, patients were divided into normal LVEF subjects and low LVEF subjects, and the low LVEF level was set at below 60%(≤60%(n=171)vs...
October 24, 2016: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27901470/sinomenine-prevents-the-development-of-cardiomyopathy-in-diabetic-rats-by-inhibiting-inflammatory-responses-and-blocking-activation-of-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb
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Cheng Jiang, Yun-Long Tong, Dan Zhang, Li-Zhi Liu, Ju-Fei Wang
Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a severe complication of diabetes mellitus (DM). The goal of current work was to study the effects of sinomenine on streptozotocin-induced cardiomyopathy in rats. DM in rats was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin. Cardiac function was evaluated by measuring left ventricle end-diastolic diameter, left ventricle end-systolic diameter and ejection fraction. Cardiac inflammation was evaluated by the degree of infiltration of T lymphocytes and the levels of pro-inflammatory cytokines...
November 30, 2016: General Physiology and Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900617/new-and-evolving-concepts-regarding-the-prognosis-and-treatment-of-cardiac-amyloidosis
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Stefano Perlini, Roberta Mussinelli, Francesco Salinaro
Systemic amyloidoses are rare and proteiform diseases, caused by extracellular accumulation of insoluble misfolded fibrillar proteins. Prognosis is dictated by cardiac involvement, which is especially frequent in light chain (AL) and in transthyretin variants (ATTR, both mutated, (ATTRm), and wild-type, (ATTRwt)). Recently, ATTRwt has emerged as a potentially relevant cause of a heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Cardiac amyloidosis is an archetypal example of restrictive cardiomyopathy, with signs and symptoms of global heart failure and diastolic dysfunction...
November 29, 2016: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27900610/novel-sgc-stimulators-and-sgc-activators-for-the-treatment-of-heart-failure
#15
Stefanie Breitenstein, Lothar Roessig, Peter Sandner, Kelly S Lewis
The burden of heart failure (HF) increases worldwide with an aging population, and there is a high unmet medical need in both, heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). The nitric oxide (NO) pathway is a key regulator in the cardiovascular system and modulates vascular tone and myocardial performance. Disruption of the NO-cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP) signaling axis and impaired cGMP formation by endothelial dysfunction could lead to vasotone dysregulation, vascular and ventricular stiffening, fibrosis, and hypertrophy resulting in a decline of heart as well as kidney function...
November 30, 2016: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899891/cardiac-stat3-deficiency-impairs-contractility-and-metabolic-homeostasis-in-hypertension
#16
Raffaele Altara, Romain Harmancey, Sean P Didion, George W Booz, Fouad A Zouein
Signal transducer and activator of transcription 3 (STAT3) protects the heart from acute ischemic stress. However, the importance of STAT3 to the heart in chronic stress, such as hypertension, is not known. To study this, we used cardiomyocyte-targeted STAT3 knockout (KO) mice and Angiotensin II (ANG II) infusion by osmotic minipumps. After 4 weeks, ANG II induced similar cardiac hypertrophy in wild type (WT) and cardiac Cre-expressing control (CTRL) mice with no impairment of cardiac function. In contrast, STAT3 KO mice exhibited reduced contractile function but similar hypertrophy to CTRL mice...
2016: Frontiers in Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899857/worse-prognosis-in-heart-failure-patients-with-30-day-readmission
#17
Ying-Chang Tung, Shing-Hsien Chou, Kuan-Liang Liu, I-Chang Hsieh, Lung-Sheng Wu, Chia-Pin Lin, Ming-Shien Wen, Pao-Hsien Chu
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) readmission results in substantial expenditure on HF management. This study aimed to evaluate the readmission rate, outcome, and predictors of HF readmission. METHODS: Patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF < 40%) who were admitted for acute decompensation of de novo HF were enrolled to analyze readmission rate, mortality and predictors of readmission. RESULTS: A total of 433 de novo HF patients with LVEF < 40% were enrolled during the period August 2013 to December 2014...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899856/effect-of-spironolactone-on-plasma-apelin-12-levels-in-patients-with-chronic-systolic-heart-failure
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Mustafa Topuz, Mehmet Cosgun, Oğuz Akkuş, Atilla Bulut, Omer Sen, Ayşe Nur Topuz, Murat Caylı
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine whether spironolactone therapy has an effect on serum apelin-12 levels in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients. METHODS: Eighty outpatients previously diagnosed with HFrEF were enrolled in the current study. Included patients were taking only standard heart failure therapy (ST) (angiotensin converting enzyme or angiotensin receptor blocker, beta-blockers, loop diuretics and anticoagulant or antiagregan agents) without a mineralocorticoid receptor antagonists (MRA) because of its side effects, and were designated the non-MRA group; those patients taking 25 mg/daily spironolactone in addition to the ST were deemed the MRA group...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27896626/cheyne-stokes-respiration-during-wakefulness-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#19
Wolfram Grimm, Karl Kesper, Werner Cassel, Nina Timmesfeld, Olaf Hildebrandt, Ulrich Koehler
PURPOSE: Cheyne-Stokes respiration (CSR) during sleep has been studied extensively in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). Prevalence and prognostic significance of CSR during wakefulness in CHF, however, are largely unknown. METHODS: CSR during wakefulness with an apnea-hypopnea cut-off ≥5/h and moderate to severe CSR with an apnea-hypopnea cutoff ≥15/h were analyzed using polysomnographic recordings in 267 patients with stable CHF with reduced left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction at our institution...
November 28, 2016: Sleep & Breathing, Schlaf & Atmung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27895488/advances-in-the-management-of-heart-failure-the-role-of-ivabradine
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REVIEW
Ursula Müller-Werdan, Georg Stöckl, Karl Werdan
A high resting heart rate (≥70-75 b.p.m.) is a risk factor for patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF), probably in the sense of accelerated atherosclerosis, with an increased morbidity and mortality. Beta-blockers not only reduce heart rate but also have negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effects, and therefore, in many patients, they cannot be given in the recommended dose. Ivabradine specifically inhibits the pacemaker current (funny current, If) of the sinoatrial node cells, resulting in therapeutic heart rate lowering without any negative inotropic and blood pressure-lowering effect...
2016: Vascular Health and Risk Management
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