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G-X Hu, J Zhang, Y-G Tian, Y-H Li, L Mou, L-J Qiao
OBJECTIVE: We discussed the diagnostic value of joint detection of homocysteine (HCY) and red blood cell volume distribution width variable coefficient on acute myocardial infarction (AMI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: We collected 300 coronary heart disease cases, among which there were 121 cases of stenocardia, 65 cases of ischemic heart failure, and 114 cases of AMI at the Department of Cardiology of our hospital during the period from January 2012 to June 2013. At the same time, we took 100 normal physical examinees as the control group, used the full-automatic cell-analyzer and the immunization to measure HCY and red blood cell distribution width (RDW) CV respectively and analyze their value in diagnosing AMI...
October 2016: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Eiichiro Yamamoto, Yoshihiro Hirata, Takanori Tokitsu, Hiroaki Kusaka, Noriaki Tabata, Kenichi Tsujita, Megumi Yamamuro, Koichi Kaikita, Hiroshi Watanabe, Seiji Hokimoto, Toru Maruyama, Hisao Ogawa
AIMS: Although inflammation plays an important role in the pathogenesis of heart failure (HF), the precise pathophysiological role of inflammation in HF with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) still remains unclear. Hence, we examined the clinical significance of plasma neopterin, an inflammatory biomarker, in HFpEF patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: In the present study, we recruited consecutive HFpEF patients hospitalized in Kumamoto University Hospital, and further measured plasma neopterin by high-performance liquid chromatography and serum derivatives of reactive oxidative metabolites (DROM), a new biomarker of reactive oxygen species...
March 2016: ESC Heart Failure
S Harikrishnan, G Sanjay, M Ashishkumar, Jaideep Menon, G Rajesh, R Krishna Kumar
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a disease associated with a high morbidity and mortality. There is paucity of data regarding PH from the developing countries including India. Idiopathic pulmonary arterial hypertension is the most important etiological factor in the western world, but PH secondary to rheumatic heart disease, chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and untreated congenital heart disease could well be the predominant causes in developing countries like India. The main objective of the PROKERALA study - Pulmonary hypertension Registry Of Kerala is to collect data regarding the etiology, practice patterns and one-year outcomes of patients diagnosed to have PH...
September 2016: Indian Heart Journal
Robert Kramer, Reed Quinn, Agneta Odera, Robert Groom, Nancy Boulanger, Eric Gunnoe, Russell White
Cardiac surgeons traveling to East Africa on humanitarian surgical missions treat a large number of people of all ages with rheumatic heart disease. A patient with severe mitral stenosis with pulmonary edema in the second trimester of pregnancy was treated successfully with closed mitral commissurotomy in a hospital in rural Kenya. An operation from the late 1940s may regain prominence more than 70 years later in areas of the world with a high incidence of rheumatic heart disease and limited cardiology and cardiac surgery resources...
November 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Guilielmus H J M Ellenbroek, Gerardus P J van Hout, Leo Timmers, Pieter A Doevendans, Gerard Pasterkamp, Imo E Hoefer
Mortality after acute myocardial infarction remains substantial and is associated with significant morbidity, like heart failure. Novel therapeutics are therefore required to confine cardiac damage, promote survival and reduce the disease burden of heart failure. Large animal experiments are an essential part in the translational process from experimental to clinical therapies. To optimize clinical translation, robust and representative outcome measures are mandatory. The present manuscript aims to address this need by describing the assessment of three clinically relevant outcome modalities in a pig acute myocardial infarction (AMI) model: infarct size in relation to area at risk (IS/AAR) staining, 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (TEE) and admittance-based pressure-volume (PV) loops...
October 14, 2016: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
Wojciech Kosmala, Aleksandra Rojek, Monika Przewlocka-Kosmala, Leah Wright, Andrzej Mysiak, Thomas H Marwick
BACKGROUND: Impaired functional capacity is a hallmark of patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). Despite the association of HFpEF with reduced myocardial compliance attributed to fibrosis, spironolactone has not been shown to alter outcomes-perhaps reflecting the heterogeneity of underlying pathological mechanisms. OBJECTIVES: The authors sought to identify improvement in exercise capacity with spironolactone in the subset of patients with HFpEF with exercise-induced increase in ratio between early mitral inflow velocity and mitral annular early diastolic velocity (E/e') reflecting elevation of left ventricular (LV) filling pressure...
October 25, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Abraham Speedie, Cinosh Mathew, Ramgopal S Shahi, Rajneesh Calton
INTRODUCTION: The development of implantable technology for cardiac rhythm management remains one of the seminal achievements of the second half of the 20th century. The development of artificial pacemakers for the electrical control of the cardiac rhythm has greatly enhanced the physician's ability to treat cardiac dysrhythmias. An ageing population and the extension of indications will in all probability result in an increasing number of cardiac device implantations. OBJECTIVE OF STUDY: To study mortality and morbidity in patients with permanent pacemaker implantation at a tertiary care hospital in North India...
September 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
H Kaemmerer, C Apitz, K Brockmeier, A Eicken, M Gorenflo, A Hager, F deHaan, M Huntgeburth, R Kozlik-Feldmann, O Miera, G P Diller
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. The guidelines contain detailed recommendations for different forms of PH, and specifically address PH associated with congenital heart disease (CHD). However, the practical implementation of the European Guidelines in Germany requires the consideration of several country-specific issues and already existing novel data. This requires a detailed commentary to the guidelines, and in some aspects an update already appears necessary...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
S Rosenkranz, I M Lang, R Blindt, D Bonderman, L Bruch, G P Diller, R Felgendreher, C Gerges, W Hohenforst-Schmidt, S Holt, C Jung, I Kindermann, T Kramer, W M Kübler, V Mitrovic, A Riedel, A Rieth, A Schmeisser, R Wachter, J Weil, C Opitz
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. While the guidelines contain detailed recommendations regarding pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), they contain only a relatively short paragraph on other, much more common forms of PH such as PH due to left heart disease. Despite the lack of data, targeted PAH treatments are increasingly being used for PH associated with left heart disease. This development is of concern because of limited ressources and the need to base treatments on scientific evidence...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
K M Olsson, M Halank, B Egenlauf, D Fistera, H Gall, C Kaehler, K Kortmann, T Kramm, M Lichtblau, A Marra, C Nagel, A Sablotzki, H-J Seyfarth, D Schranz, S Ulrich, M M Hoeper, T J Lange
The 2015 European Guidelines on Diagnosis and Treatment of Pulmonary Hypertension are also valid for Germany. The guidelines contain detailed recommendations for the targeted treatment of pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the practical implementation of the European Guidelines in Germany requires the consideration of several country-specific issues and already existing novel data. This requires a detailed commentary to the guidelines, and in some aspects an update already appears necessary. In June 2016, a Consensus Conference organized by the PH working groups of the German Society of Cardiology (DGK), the German Society of Respiratory Medicine (DGP) and the German Society of Pediatric Cardiology (DGPK) was held in Cologne, Germany...
October 2016: Deutsche Medizinische Wochenschrift
Jorge Mejia, Ana Claudia Camargo Miranda, Ana Claudia Ranucci Durante, Larissa Rolim de Oliveira, Marycel Rosa Felisa Figols de Barboza, Katerin Taboada Rosell, Daniele Pereira Jardim, Alexandre Holthausen Campos, Marilia Alves Dos Reis, Marcela Forli Catanoso, Orfa Yineth Galvis-Alonso, Francisco Romero Cabral
Objective: To present the result of upgrading a clinical gamma-camera to be used to obtain in vivo tomographic images of small animal organs, and its application to register cardiac, renal and neurological images. Methods: An updated version of the miniSPECT upgrading device was built, which is composed of mechanical, electronic and software subsystems. The device was attached to a Discovery VH (General Electric Healthcare) gamma-camera, which was retired from the clinical service and installed at the Centro de Imagem Pré-Clínica of the Hospital Israelita Albert Einstein...
July 2016: Einstein
Jose F Condado, Vasilis Babaliaros, Travis S Henry, Brian Kaebnick, Dennis Kim, Gerald W Staton
BACKGROUND: The best treatment of patients with external pulmonary vascular compression due to advanced sarcoidosis is unknown. OBJECTIVES: To report a single-center experience of percutaneous treatment for pulmonary vascular stenosis caused by external compression due to advanced sarcoidosis. METHODS: We report a case series of 5 patients with biopsy confirmed advanced sarcoidosis, seen at our academic institution with worsening dyspnea despite increase of immunosuppressive therapy...
October 7, 2016: Sarcoidosis, Vasculitis, and Diffuse Lung Diseases: Official Journal of WASOG
Nicola Maurea, Paolo Spallarossa, Christian Cadeddu, Rosalinda Madonna, Donato Mele, Ines Monte, Giuseppina Novo, Pasquale Pagliaro, Alessia Pepe, Carlo G Tocchetti, Concetta Zito, Giuseppe Mercuro
The US National Cancer Institute estimates that cardiotoxicity (CTX) from target therapy refers mostly to four groups of drugs: epidermal growth factor receptor 2 inhibitors, angiogenic inhibitors, directed Abelson murine leukemia viral oncogene homolog inhibitors, and proteasome inhibitors. The main cardiotoxic side-effects related to antiepidermal growth factor receptor 2 therapy are left ventricular systolic dysfunction and heart failure. Angiogenesis inhibitors are associated with hypertension, left ventricular dysfunction/heart failure, myocardial ischemia, QT prolongation, and thrombosis...
May 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Barbara S Wiggins, Joseph J Saseen, Robert L Page, Brent N Reed, Kevin Sneed, John B Kostis, David Lanfear, Salim Virani, Pamela B Morris
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
October 17, 2016: Circulation
Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Franz Messerli
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate the outcomes with use of renin angiotensin system (RAS) blockers compared with other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes. DESIGN: Meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES AND STUDY SELECTION: PubMed, Embase, and the Cochrane central register of controlled trials databases for randomized trials of RAS blockers versus other antihypertensive agents in people with diabetes mellitus. Outcomes were death, cardiovascular death, myocardial infarction, angina, stroke, heart failure, revascularization, and end stage renal disease...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Fabio de Araujo Motta, Libera Maria Dalla-Costa, Marisol Dominguez Muro, Andrea Lenzi, Gledson Luiz Picharski, Marion Burger
BACKGROUND: Candida species are the primary cause of invasive fungal infection in hospitalized children. There are few data on risk factors for postoperative candidemia in pediatric patients with congenital heart defects. This study aimed to identify risk factors for candidemia in patients with congenital heart defects who underwent cardiac surgery. METHODS: This was a case-control study conducted in patients admitted to a pediatric cardiology intensive care unit from January 2006 to December 2013...
November 2016: Pediatric Infectious Disease Journal
Glenn N Levine, Eric R Bates, John A Bittl, Ralph G Brindis, Stephan D Fihn, Lee A Fleisher, Christopher B Granger, Richard A Lange, Michael J Mack, Laura Mauri, Roxana Mehran, Debabrata Mukherjee, L Kristin Newby, Patrick T O'Gara, Marc S Sabatine, Peter K Smith, Sidney C Smith, Jonathan L Halperin, Glenn N Levine, Sana M Al-Khatib, Kim K Birtcher, Biykem Bozkurt, Ralph G Brindis, Joaquin E Cigarroa, Lesley H Curtis, Lee A Fleisher, Federico Gentile, Samuel Gidding, Mark A Hlatky, John S Ikonomidis, José A Joglar, Susan J Pressler, Duminda N Wijeysundera
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Ana L Neves, Tiago Henriques-Coelho, Adelino Leite-Moreira, José C Areias
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this article is to evaluate the clinical utility of brain natriuretic peptide in pediatric patients, examining the diagnostic value, management, and prognostic relevance, by critical assessment of the literature. DATA SOURCES: In December 2015, a literature search was performed (PubMed access to MEDLINE citations; and included these Medical Subject Headings and text terms for the key words: "brain natriuretic peptide," "amino-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide," "children," "neonate/s," "newborn/s," "infant/s," and "echocardiography...
September 30, 2016: Pediatric Critical Care Medicine
W Kelly Wu, Maame Yaa A B Yiadom, Sean P Collins, Wesley H Self, Ken Monahan
INTRODUCTION: A triage cardiology program, in which cardiologists provide consultation to the Emergency Department (ED), may safely reduce admissions. For patients with chest pain, the HEART Pathway may obviate the need for cardiology involvement, unless there is a difference between ED and cardiology assessments. Therefore, in a cohort concurrently evaluated by both specialties, we analyzed discordance between ED and cardiology HEART scores. METHODS: We performed a single-center, cross-sectional, retrospective study of adults presenting to the ED with chest pain who had a documented bedside evaluation by a triage cardiologist...
September 28, 2016: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
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