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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214734/developmental-toxicity-and-molecular-responses-of-marine-medaka-oryzias-melastigma-embryos-to-ciguatoxin-p-ctx-1-exposure
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Meng Yan, Priscilla T Y Leung, Jack C H Ip, Jin-Ping Cheng, Jia-Jun Wu, Jia-Rui Gu, Paul K S Lam
Ciguatoxins are produced by toxic benthic dinoflagellates and cause ciguatera fish poisoning worldwide, but the toxic effects on developing marine fish have not been well investigated. The Pacific ciguatoxin (P-CTX-1), is a potent sodium channel agonist, which is one of the most toxic members among all CTXs. This study evaluated the toxic effects of microinjecting purified Pacific ciguatoxin-1 (P-CTX-1) on embryonic development of marine medaka Oryzias melastigma. A lower 96h-LD50 value was estimated for eleuthero-embryos (1...
February 10, 2017: Aquatic Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212401/preload-based-starling-like-control-of-rotary-blood-pumps-an-in-vitro-evaluation
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Mahdi Mansouri, Shaun D Gregory, Robert F Salamonsen, Nigel H Lovell, Michael C Stevens, Jo P Pauls, Rini Akmeliawati, Einly Lim
Due to a shortage of donor hearts, rotary left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) are used to provide mechanical circulatory support. To address the preload insensitivity of the constant speed controller (CSC) used in conventional LVADs, we developed a preload-based Starling-like controller (SLC). The SLC emulates the Starling law of the heart to maintain mean pump flow ([Formula: see text]) with respect to mean left ventricular end diastolic pressure (PLVEDm) as the feedback signal. The SLC and CSC were compared using a mock circulation loop to assess their capacity to increase cardiac output during mild exercise while avoiding ventricular suction (marked by a negative PLVEDm) and maintaining circulatory stability during blood loss and severe reductions in left ventricular contractility (LVC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209484/successful-provision-of-inter-hospital-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-for-acute-post-partum-pulmonary-embolism
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C McDonald, J Laurie, S Janssens, C Zazulak, P Kotze, K Shekar
Mortality during pregnancy in a well-resourced setting is rare, but acute pulmonary embolism is one of the leading causes. We present the successful use of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (eCPR) in a 22-year old woman who experienced cardiopulmonary collapse following urgent caesarean section in the setting of a sub-massive pulmonary embolus. Resources and personnel to perform eCPR were not available at the maternity hospital and were recruited from an adjacent pediatric hospital. Initial care used low blood flow extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) with pediatric ECMO circuitry, which was optimized when the team from a nearby adult cardiac hospital arrived...
January 9, 2017: International Journal of Obstetric Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209402/chemokine-receptor-patterns-and-right-heart-failure-in-mechanical-circulatory-support
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Aditi Nayak, Colin Neill, Robert L Kormos, Luigi Lagazzi, Indrani Halder, Charles McTiernan, Jennifer Larsen, Ana Inashvili, Jeffrey Teuteberg, Timothy N Bachman, Karen Hanley-Yanez, Dennis M McNamara, Marc A Simon
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular failure (RVF) complicates 9% to 44% of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implants post-operatively. Current prediction scores perform only modestly in validation studies, and do not include immune markers. Chemokines are inflammatory signaling molecules with a fundamental role in cardiac physiology and stress adaptation. In this study we investigated chemokine receptor regulation in LVAD recipients who develop RVF. METHODS: Expression of chemokine receptor (CCR) genes 3 to 8 were examined in the peripheral blood of 111 LVAD patients, collected 24 hours before implant...
December 23, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193718/h-ras-isoform-mediates-protection-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-in-part-through-activation-of-akt
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Takahisa Matsuda, Jae Im Jeong, Shohei Ikeda, Takanobu Yamamoto, Shumin Gao, Gopal J Babu, Peiyong Zhai, Dominic P Del Re
BACKGROUND: In general, Ras proteins are thought to promote cardiac hypertrophy, an important risk factor for cardiovascular disease and heart failure. However, the contribution of different Ras isoforms has not been investigated. The objective of this study was to define the role of H- and K-Ras in modulating stress-induced myocardial hypertrophy and failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used H- and K-Ras gene knockout mice and subjected them to pressure overload to induce cardiac hypertrophy and dysfunction...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28185610/hydrogen-sulfide-reduces-recruitment-of-cd11b-gr-1-cells-in-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
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Ting Wu, Hua Li, Bing Wu, Lei Zhang, San-Wu Wu, Jia-Ning Wang, You-En Zhang
The present study aimed to elucidate the mechanisms by which hydrogen sulfide (H<sub>2</sub>S) attenuates left ventricular remodeling after MI. Myocardial infarction was created in mice by left coronary artery ligation. One group of mice received injections of the H<sub>2</sub>S donor sodium hydrosulfide (NaSH) immediately before and one hour after ligation, while the control group received saline alone. During both the subacute and chronic stages (1 and 4 weeks post-infarction, respectively), NaHS-treated mice demonstrated attenuation of cardiac dilation in the infarcted myocardium...
February 9, 2017: Cell Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181487/a-role-for-photobiomodulation-in-the-prevention-of-myocardial-ischemic-reperfusion-injury-a-systematic-review-and-potential-molecular-mechanisms
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Ann Liebert, Andrew Krause, Neil Goonetilleke, Brian Bicknell, Hosen Kiat
Myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury is a negative pathophysiological event that may result in cardiac cell apoptosis and is a result of coronary revascularization and cardiac intervention procedures. The resulting loss of cardiomyocyte cells and the formation of scar tissue, leads to impaired heart function, a major prognostic determinant of long-term cardiac outcomes. Photobiomodulation is a novel cardiac intervention that has displayed therapeutic effects in reducing myocardial ischemia reperfusion related myocardial injury in animal models...
February 9, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179009/benefits-of-ultra-fast-track-anesthesia-in-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-a-retrospective-propensity-score-matched-cohort-study-of-a-four-year-single-center-experience
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Rashad Zayat, Ares K Menon, Andreas Goetzenich, Gereon Schaelte, Ruediger Autschbach, Christian Stoppe, Tim-Philipp Simon, Lachmandath Tewarie, Ajay Moza
BACKGROUND: The use of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) has gained significant importance for treatment of end-stage heart failure. Fast-track procedures are well established in cardiac surgery, whereas knowledge of their benefits after LVAD implantation is sparse. We hypothesized that ultra-fast-track anesthesia (UFTA) with in-theater extubation or at a maximum of 4 h. after surgery is feasible in Interagency Registry for Mechanically Assisted Circulatory Support (INTERMACS) level 3 and 4 patients and might prevent postoperative complications...
February 8, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28177057/salivary-cortisol-and-%C3%AE-amylase-subclinical-indicators-of-stress-as-cardiometabolic-risk
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S Cozma, L C Dima-Cozma, C M Ghiciuc, V Pasquali, A Saponaro, F R Patacchioli
Currently, the potential for cardiovascular (CV) stress-induced risk is primarily based on the theoretical (obvious) side effects of stress on the CV system. Salivary cortisol and α-amylase, produced respectively by the hypothalamus-pituitary-adrenal (HPA) axis and the sympathetic-adrenomedullary (SAM) system during stress response, are still not included in the routine evaluation of CV risk and require additional and definitive validation. Therefore, this article overviews studies published between 2010 and 2015, in which salivary cortisol and α-amylase were measured as stress biomarkers to examine their associations with CV/CMR (cardiometabolic risk) clinical and subclinical indicators...
February 6, 2017: Brazilian Journal of Medical and Biological Research, Revista Brasileira de Pesquisas Médicas e Biológicas
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168185/optimal-chest-compression-rate-and-compression-to-ventilation-ratio-in-delivery-room-resuscitation-evidence-from-newborn-piglets-and-neonatal-manikins
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REVIEW
Anne Lee Solevåg, Georg M Schmölzer
Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) duration until return of spontaneous circulation (ROSC) influences survival and neurologic outcomes after delivery room (DR) CPR. High quality chest compressions (CC) improve cerebral and myocardial perfusion. Improved myocardial perfusion increases the likelihood of a faster ROSC. Thus, optimizing CC quality may improve outcomes both by preserving cerebral blood flow during CPR and by reducing the recovery time. CC quality is determined by rate, CC to ventilation (C:V) ratio, and applied force, which are influenced by the CC provider...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28168038/echocardiography-for-patients-undergoing-extracorporeal-cardiopulmonary-resuscitation-a-primer-for-intensive-care-physicians
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REVIEW
Zhongheng Zhang
Echocardiography is an invaluable tool in the management of patients with extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation (ECPR) and subsequent extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) support and weaning. At the very beginning, echocardiography can identify the etiology of cardiac arrest, such as massive pulmonary embolism and cardiac tamponade. Eliminating these culprits saves life and may avoid the initiation of extracorporeal cardiopulmonary resuscitation. If the underlying causes are not identified or intrinsic to the heart (e...
2017: Journal of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28167762/phosphorylation-of-cardiac-myosin-binding-protein-c-releases-myosin-heads-from-the-surface-of-cardiac-thick-filaments
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Robert W Kensler, Roger Craig, Richard L Moss
Cardiac myosin binding protein C (cMyBP-C) has a key regulatory role in cardiac contraction, but the mechanism by which changes in phosphorylation of cMyBP-C accelerate cross-bridge kinetics remains unknown. In this study, we isolated thick filaments from the hearts of mice in which the three serine residues (Ser273, Ser282, and Ser302) that are phosphorylated by protein kinase A in the m-domain of cMyBP-C were replaced by either alanine or aspartic acid, mimicking the fully nonphosphorylated and the fully phosphorylated state of cMyBP-C, respectively...
February 6, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163696/vasoinhibin-an-n-terminal-prolactin-fragment-directly-inhibits-cardiac-angiogenesis-in-three-dimensional-heart-culture
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Ryojun Nakajima, Eri Nakamura, Toshio Harigaya
Vasoinhibins (Vi) are fragments of the growth hormone/prolactin (PRL) family and have antiangiogenic functions in many species. It is considered that Vi derived from PRL are involved in the pathogenesis of peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). However, the pathogenic mechanism of PPCM, as well as heart angiogenesis, is not yet clear. Therefore, the aim of the present study is to clarify whether Vi act directly on angiogenesis inhibition in heart blood vessels. Endothelial cell viability was decreased by Vi treatment in a culture experiment...
2017: Frontiers in Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163432/early-primary-graft-failure-after-a-pediatric-heart-transplant-and-successful-rescue-with-plasmapheresis-immunoglobulins-and-alemtuzumab
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Shashi Raj, Phillip Ruiz, Paolo Rusconi
Early primary graft failure after pediatric orthotopic heart transplantation (OHT) has a high mortality rate and can occur due to several causes including but not limited to prolonged graft ischemia time, suboptimal preimplant myocardial preservation, hyperacute rejection, and maladaptation of the graft to the host's hemodynamic status. Mechanical circulatory support with either extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) or ventricular assist device has been used for the rescue of primary graft failure in pediatric patients after heart transplant...
January 2017: Annals of Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161770/posterior-ventricular-restoration-treatment-for-heart-failure-a-review-past-present-and-future-aspects
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REVIEW
Tadashi Isomura, Yasuhisa Fukada, Takuya Miyazaki, Minoru Yoshida, Akimasa Morisaki, Masahiro Endo
Congestive heart failure (CHF) is one of the major causes of death and occurs in more than 15,000,000 patients worldwide. The incidence is expected to increase in parallel with the aging population. Most current therapies for CHF are medications, and biventricular pacing implantation as appropriated by cardiologists, or surgical interventions. The heart transplantation for indicated patients is still gold standard surgery although the 10-year survival rate is approximately 60% based on the worldwide data. However, the cardiac transplantation remains epidemiologically insignificant because of donor pool limitations...
February 4, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28161113/-myocarditis
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G Hékimian, A Combes
Acute myocarditis must be considered in patients with recent onset of cardiac failure or arrhythmia. Fulminant myocarditis is a distinct entity characterized by sudden onset of severe congestive heart failure or cardiogenic shock, usually following a flu-like illness, parvovirus B19, human herpesvirus 6, coxsackie virus and adenovirus being the most frequently viruses responsible for the disease. In this setting, early recognition of patients rapidly progressing to refractory cardiac failure and their immediate transfer to a medical-surgical center experienced in mechanical circulatory support is warranted...
February 1, 2017: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28157747/cardioembolic-stroke
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Cumara B O'Carroll, Kevin M Barrett
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardioembolic stroke is common and disproportionately more disabling than nonembolic mechanisms of stroke. Its incidence is expected to rise because of the age-related incidence of atrial fibrillation and an aging population. This article summarizes the different causes of cardioembolism and outlines current management guidelines. RECENT FINDINGS: Since cardioembolic stroke is not a single disease entity, its diagnosis requires initial clinical suspicion and a comprehensive evaluation, including ECG, echocardiography, brain imaging, and cardiac monitoring...
February 2017: Continuum: Lifelong Learning in Neurology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28154601/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-device-implantation-in-a-patient-with-cardiogenic-shock-under-percutaneous-mechanical-circulatory-support
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Kyunghee Lim, Jin-Oh Choi, Jeong Hoon Yang, Seung-Jung Park, Sun Hwa Kim, Jiseok Kang, Hyun Sung Joh, Sun Hye Shin
65-year-old woman was admitted to our hospital with acute decompensated heart failure with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction and severe mitral regurgitation. Electrocardiography revealed a typical left bundle branch block and atrial fibrillation. Her condition deteriorated despite administering high-doses of inotropes and vasopressors. Pending a decision to therapy, venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) was performed when the patient underwent a cardiogenic shock. Although the hemodynamic status stabilized with ECMO support, weaning the patient from ECMO was not possible...
January 2017: Korean Circulation Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149418/the-role-of-adrenomedullin-in-cardiovascular-response-to-exercise-a-review
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Krzysztof Krzeminski
Adrenomedullin (ADM), the product of the vascular endothelial and smooth muscle cells, and cardiomyocytes, is considered to be a local factor controlling vascular tone, cardiac contractility and renal sodium excretion. The aim of this article was to review the existing data on the effect of different types of exercise on plasma ADM concentration in healthy men. The results of studies on the effect of dynamic exercise on the plasma ADM are contradictory. Some authors reported an increase in plasma ADM, while others showed a slight decrease or did not observe any changes...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Human Kinetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28149031/thoughts-on-the-current-management-of-acute-aluminum-phosphide-toxicity-and-proposals-for-therapy-an-evidence-based-review
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REVIEW
Maryam Vasheghani Farahani, Davood Soroosh, Sayed Mahdi Marashi
The majority of aluminum phosphide (ALP) toxicity cases are suicidal attempts. Despite advances in critical care medicine, the mortality rate of ALP remains very high. Unfortunately, knowledge on the toxicokinetics of ALP is very low. An obsolete idea was proposed that inhibition of complex IV of cytochrome C oxidase is responsible for multiorgan dysfunction. However, based on human studies, this effect might be insignificant. Thus, a novel idea proposes that the main mechanism might be vascular wall integrity disruption...
December 2016: Indian Journal of Critical Care Medicine
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