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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29353438/examination-of-pituitary-adenylate-cyclase-activating-polypeptide-pacap-as-a-potential-biomarker-in-heart-failure-patients
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Zsolt Sarszegi, Dora Szabo, Balazs Gaszner, Attila Konyi, Dora Reglodi, Jozsef Nemeth, Beata Lelesz, Beata Polgar, Adel Jungling, Andrea Tamas
Pituitary adenylate cyclase-activating polypeptide (PACAP) is a pleiotropic and multifunctional neuropeptide having neurotrophic, neuroprotective, and general cytoprotective actions in a variety of tissues based on its anti-apoptotic, anti-inflammatory, and antioxidant effects. Several studies have demonstrated its cardioprotective effects in vitro and in various animal models. However, few data are available on the presence of PACAP in human cardiac tissues and its role in the pathomechanism and progression of different cardiac disorders, particularly heart failure...
January 20, 2018: Journal of Molecular Neuroscience: MN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29352007/outcomes-in-anticoagulated-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-with-mitral-or-aortic-valve-disease
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Dragos Vinereanu, Alice Wang, Hillary Mulder, Renato D Lopes, Petr Jansky, Basil S Lewis, Bernard J Gersh, Alvaro Avezum, Michael Hanna, Claes Held, Lars Wallentin, Christopher B Granger, John H Alexander
OBJECTIVE: To assess stroke/systemic embolism, major bleeding and other outcomes, and treatment effect of apixaban versus warfarin, in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and different types of valvular heart disease (VHD), using data from the Apixaban for Reduction in Stroke and Other Thromboembolic Events in Atrial Fibrillation trial. METHODS: There were 14 793 patients with known VHD status, categorised as having moderate or severe mitral regurgitation (MR) (n=3382), aortic regurgitation (AR) (n=842) or aortic stenosis (AS) (n=324); patients with moderate or severe mitral stenosis were excluded from the trial...
January 19, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350390/dual-antiplatelet-therapy-is-safe-and-efficient-after-left-atrial-appendage-closure
#3
Jakub Maksym, Tomasz Mazurek, Janusz Kochman, Marek Grygier, Agnieszka Kapłon-Cieślicka, Michał Marchel, Piotr Lodziński, Radosław Piątkowski, Radosław Wilimski, Paweł Czub, Anna Fojt, Natalia Karolczak, Piotr Hendzel, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: Despite of PROTECT AF trial results many patients undergoing left atrial appendage closure (LAAC) have unconditional contraindications to warfarin. AIM: We sought to investigate whether double antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) is safe in patients after LAAC. METHODS: 44 (22 males, mean age 74±7.8) consecutive patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF) underwent LAAC procedure using Watchman device followed by DAPT (75 mg Aspirin and 75 mg Clopidogrel)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29350386/comparison-of-clinical-characteristics-of-real-life-atrial-fibrillation-patients-treated-with-vitamin-k-antagonists-dabigatran-and-rivaroxaban-results-from-the-craft-study
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Paweł Balsam, Krzysztof Ozierański, Agata Tymińska, Katarzyna Żukowska, Martyna Zaleska, Katarzyna Szepietowska, Kacper Maciejewski, Michał Peller, Marcin Grabowski, Piotr Lodziński, Anna Praska-Ogińska, Inna Zaboyska, Łukasz Kołtowski, Anna Kowalczuk, Janusz Bednarski, Krzysztof J Filipiak, Grzegorz Opolski
BACKGROUND: The first line drugs for treatment of non-valvular atrial fibrillation (AF) are non-vitamin K oral anticoagulants (NOACs), which are preferred over vitamin K antagonists (VKAs). There is some evidence that an everyday clinical practice is distant from the guidelines. AIM: The study aimed to compare characteristics of patients on VKAs, dabigatran and rivaroxaban met in everyday practice (i.e. baseline characteristics, drugs' doses, risk factors of bleeding and thromboembolic events)...
January 19, 2018: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29349977/-therapeutic-effects-of-internal-drainage-by-expanding-arthroscopic-gastrocnemius-semimembranosus-bursa-and-cyst-wall-resection-for-the-treatment-of-41-patients-with-popliteal-cysts
#5
Li-Chuang Wu, Hai-Bo Zhou, Chao Zhang, Lei Chen, Cai-Long Liu
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the clinical curative effects of internal drainage by expanding arthroscopic gastrocnemius-semimembranosus bursa(GSB) and cyst wall resection for the treatment of popliteal cysts. METHODS: A retrospective analysis of patients from May 2011 to December 2015. Arthroscopic treatment for 41 patients with popliteal fossa cysts, 18 males and 23 females, aged from 34 to 67 years old, averaged 42.6 years old. All the patients had preoperative magnetic resonance imagings to confirm the diagnosis and identify the valvular opening(Gastrocnemius-Semimembranosus bursa, GSB), as well as the associated intra-articular pathology...
April 25, 2017: Zhongguo Gu Shang, China Journal of Orthopaedics and Traumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29348482/egfr-activation-triggers-cellular-hypertrophy-and-lysosomal-disease-in-naglu-depleted-cardiomyoblasts-mimicking-the-hallmarks-of-mucopolysaccharidosis-iiib
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Valeria De Pasquale, Antonio Pezone, Patrizia Sarogni, Alfonso Tramontano, Gabriele Giacomo Schiattarella, Vittorio Enrico Avvedimento, Simona Paladino, Luigi Michele Pavone
Mucopolysaccharidosis (MPS) IIIB is an inherited lysosomal storage disease caused by the deficiency of the enzyme α-N-acetylglucosaminidase (NAGLU) required for heparan sulfate (HS) degradation. The defective lysosomal clearance of undigested HS results in dysfunction of multiple tissues and organs. We recently demonstrated that the murine model of MPS IIIB develops cardiac disease, valvular abnormalities, and ultimately heart failure. To address the molecular mechanisms governing cardiac dysfunctions in MPS IIIB, we generated a model of the disease by silencing NAGLU gene expression in H9C2 rat cardiomyoblasts...
January 18, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346535/tricuspid-regurgitation-in-acute-heart-failure-is-there-any-incremental-risk
#7
Diab Mutlak, Jonathan Lessick, Shehrban Khalil, Sergey Yalonetsky, Yoram Agmon, Doron Aronson
Aim: Significant tricuspid regurgitation (TR) is common in heart failure (HF) and portends poor prognosis. We sought to determine whether the poor outcome results from the TR itself, or whether the TR is a surrogate marker of advanced left-sided myocardial or valvular heart disease. Methods and results: We studied 639 patients admitted for acute HF. The relationship between TR severity and the endpoint of readmission for HF or mortality was assessed after adjustment for multiple clinical and echocardiographic parameters...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29346529/echocardiographic-criteria-to-detect-unicuspid-aortic-valve-morphology
#8
Sebastian Ewen, Irem Karliova, Petra Weber, Stephan H Schirmer, Hashim Abdul-Khaliq, Jakob Schöpe, Felix Mahfoud, Hans-Joachim Schäfers
Aims: Unicuspid aortic valve (UAV) is a rare congenital malformation associated with severe aortic stenosis or regurgitation. This study aimed to systematically determine echocardiographic criteria to identify UAV. Methods and results: All patients underwent a preoperative baseline examination, including echocardiography. A total of 69 patients with intraoperatively confirmed UAV underwent an aortic valve repair procedure between August 2001 and May 2011. To compare the findings of UAV cases with those of other valve morphologies, we examined 99 consecutive patients with a bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) and 103 consecutive patients with a tricuspid aortic valve (TAV) undergoing isolated aortic valve surgery before May 2016...
January 15, 2018: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29345099/aortic-versus-carotid-intima-media-thickness-and-impact-of-aortic-valve-disease
#9
Johan Petrini, Margareta Ring, Anders Franco-Cereceda, Kenneth Caidahl, Maria J Eriksson
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Intima-media thickness is a marker for atherosclerosis but is also influenced by shear stress and flow. We evaluated the relation between intima-media thickness of the descending aorta (AoIMT) and the common carotid artery (CIMT) in patients with and without severe aortic valve disease (sAVD). METHODS: A total of 310 patients (233 with sAVD, 77 without) were examined with regard to AoIMT and CIMT using transesophageal echocardiography and carotid ultrasound, respectively, before valvular and/or aortic surgery...
January 17, 2018: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29343412/implementing-genome-driven-personalized-cardiology-in-clinical-practice
#10
REVIEW
Ares Pasipoularides
Genomics designates the coordinated investigation of a large number of genes in the context of a biological process or disease. It may be long before we attain comprehensive understanding of the genomics of common complex cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) such as inherited cardiomyopathies, valvular diseases, primary arrhythmogenic conditions, congenital heart syndromes, hypercholesterolemia and atherosclerotic heart disease, hypertensive syndromes, and heart failure with preserved/reduced ejection fraction. Nonetheless, as genomics is evolving rapidly, it is constructive to survey now pertinent concepts and breakthroughs...
January 14, 2018: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29342329/when-the-gold-standard-is-not-always-golden-the-value-of-invasive-hemodynamic-assessment-to-overcome-the-pitfalls-of-echocardiography-in-challenging-cases-of-mitral-stenosis
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Yenal Harper, Salem A Salem, Shadwan Alsafwah, Santhosh Koshy, Nadish Garg
Mitral stenosis is a uncommon valvular lesion in the developed countries. Noninvasive evaluation is the first-line modality for assessment of mitral stenosis, however the noninvasive methods may have limitations in certain cases. Invasive hemodynamics can be used as adjunct tool for assessment of mitral stenosis in such difficult cases. Mitral valve using three-dimensional planimetry is a promising technique for assessment of mitral stenosis.
January 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29340729/pulmonary-valve-morphology-in-patients-with-bicuspid-aortic-valves
#12
Wilke M C Koenraadt, Margot M Bartelings, Adriana C Gittenberger-de Groot, Regina Bökenkamp, Marco C DeRuiter, Martin J Schalij, Monique R M Jongbloed
The aortic and pulmonary valve share a common developmental origin from the embryonic arterial trunk. Bicuspid aortic valve is the most common congenital anomaly and can occur isolated as well as in association with other congenital heart disease (CHD). Data on pulmonary valve morphology in these cases are scarce. In this study, we aimed to determine pulmonary valve morphology in hearts with BAV associated with CHD. In 83 post-mortem heart specimens with BAV and associated CHD, pulmonary valve morphology was studied and related to BAV morphology...
January 16, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29339167/comparison-of-anticoagulant-therapy-for-atrial-fibrillation-novel-oral-anticoagulants-versus-vitamin-k-antagonists
#13
REVIEW
Sean T Chen, Manesh R Patel
In patients with non-valvular atrial fibrillation (NVAF), oral anticoagulation is important for prevention of stroke and systemic embolism (SE). While Vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) have historically been the standard of care, these medications are limited by numerous food and drug interactions with onerous requirements for frequent monitoring and dose adjustments. Over the past decade, several novel oral anticoagulants (NOACs) have been developed to directly inhibit factor IIa/thrombin (dabigatran) or activated factor X (apixaban, rivaroxaban, edoxaban)...
January 12, 2018: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338587/antiphosphatidylserine-prothrombin-aps-pt-antibodies-are-associated-with-raynaud-phenomenon-and-migraine-in-primary-thrombotic-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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M Kopytek, J Natorska, A Undas
Objectives Antibodies to phosphatidylserine/prothrombin complex (aPS/PT) detectable in sera of some patients with antiphospholipid syndrome (APS) have been shown to correlate with thrombosis. However, associations of aPS/PT antibodies with APS related disorders remain unclear. Aim To evaluate whether there are any associations between aPS/PT antibodies and Raynaud phenomenon, migraine and/or valvular lesions in primary thrombotic APS (PAPS). Methods We enrolled 67 consecutive patients (56 women) with thrombotic PAPS (VTE in 80...
January 1, 2018: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29338582/a-human-pericardium-biopolymeric-scaffold-for-autologous-heart-valve-tissue-engineering-cellular-and-extracellular-matrix-structure-and-biomechanical-properties-in-comparison-with-a-normal-aortic-heart-valve
#15
Frantisek Straka, David Schornik, Jaroslav Masin, Elena Filova, Tomas Mirejovsky, Zuzana Burdikova, Zdenek Svindrych, Hynek Chlup, Lukas Horny, Matej Daniel, Jiri Machac, Jelena Skibová, Jan Pirk, Lucie Bacakova
The objective of our study was to compare the cellular and extracellular matrix (ECM) structure and the biomechanical properties of human pericardium (HP) with the normal human aortic heart valve (NAV). HP tissues (from 12 patients) and NAV samples (from 5 patients) were harvested during heart surgery. The main cells in HP were pericardial interstitial cells (PICs), which are fibroblast-like cells of mesenchymal origin similar to the valvular interstitial cells (VICs) in NAV tissue. The extracellular matrix (ECM) of HP had a statistically significantly (p ≤ 0...
January 17, 2018: Journal of Biomaterials Science. Polymer Edition
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29337618/vegetative-valvular-endocarditis-and-hepatitis-associated-with-helcococcus-ovis-in-a-7-year-old-white-leghorn-rooster
#16
Manuela Crispo, Simone Stoute, Thaiza Savaris, Arthur Bickford, Tiffany Santoro, C Gabriel Sentíes-Cué
Helcococcus ovis is a slow-growing, pyridoxal-dependent, Gram-positive coccus belonging to the Peptostreptococcaceae family. Bacteria belonging to the genus Helcococcus are considered normal inhabitants of keratinized epithelium in humans; however, several reports support their role as pathogens in humans and several animal species. This case report describes the identification of H. ovis in a white leghorn rooster with valvular vegetative endocarditis and hepatitis. In February 2017 one dead, 7-yr-old, white leghorn rooster was submitted to the California Animal Health and Food Safety Turlock laboratory for diagnostic testing...
December 2017: Avian Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29336404/role-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-during-left-atrial-appendage-occlusion-device-closure-in-a-patient-with-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-and-angiodysplasia-of-the-colon
#17
Dinesh Kumar, Sunil Kumar, Nagraj Desai
Atrial fibrillation is the most common arrhythmia associated with significant mortality and morbidity secondary to thrombo-embolism. To prevent this thrombo-embolism oral anticoagulation therapy is the recommended treatment. In patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulation therapy, percutaneous left atrial appendage occlusion device is indicated. TEE is essential to guide in all the stages of LAA device deployment. Right from pre-procedure screening, to guiding during deployment, to rule out any complications and post-procedure surveillance and monitoring long term outcomes...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiac Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29335863/integrative-medicine-on-optimizing-clopidogrel-and-aspirin-therapy
#18
REVIEW
Hui Chen
This article reviews the available published data on optimizing clopidogrel and aspirin therapy using translational and integrative medicine. Translational and evidence-based medical studies show that the CYP2C19 gene mutation (CYP2C19*2 and CYP2C19*3) could affect > 50% of the Chinese population, and that this mutation is closely associated with clopidogrel resistance and an increased risk of major adverse cardiovascular events, particularly stent thrombosis in patients following percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI)...
January 15, 2018: Chinese Journal of Integrative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334746/-the-current-role-of-warfarin
#19
Jana Michalcová, Alena Buliková, Jiřina Zavřelová, Marie Prudková, Miroslav Penka
Well-managed warfarin therapy remains an important method of anticoagulation in the 21st century, despite the introduction of new antithrombotics into the clinical practice. The main advantages of warfarin are decades of treatment experience, the possibility to monitor its anticoagulant effect using the INR and the last, but not least, the low cost. Currently, approximately 75 % of anticoagulated patients in the Czech Republic are treated with warfarin and warfarin remains the only option for oral anticoagulant therapy in certain clinical conditions (particularly in patients with valvular atrial fibrillation or mechanical heart valves)...
2018: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29334594/thoracic-aortic-aneurysm-in-patients-with-loss-of-function-filamin-a-mutations-clinical-characterization-genetics-and-recommendations
#20
Ming Hui Chen, Sangita Choudhury, Mami Hirata, Siri Khalsa, Bernard Chang, Christopher A Walsh
The frequency and gender distribution of thoracic aortic aneurysm as a cardiovascular manifestation of loss-of-function (LOF) X-linked FilaminA (FLNA) mutations are not known. Furthermore, there is very limited cardiovascular morbidity or mortality data in children and adults. We analyzed cardiac data on the largest series of 114 patients with LOF FLNA mutations, both children and adults, with periventricular nodular heterotopia (PVNH), including 48 study patients and 66 literature patients, median age of 22...
February 2018: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
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