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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447974/3d-whole-heart-myocardial-tissue-analysis
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Hans Thijs Van den Broek, Leon De Jong, Pieter A Doevendans, Steven A J Chamuleau, Frebus J Van Slochteren, René Van Es
Cardiac regenerative therapies aim to protect and repair the injured heart in patients with ischemic heart disease. By injecting stem cells or other biologicals that enhance angio- or vasculogenesis into the infarct border zone (IBZ), tissue perfusion is improved, and the myocardium can be protected from further damage. For maximum therapeutic effect, it is hypothesized that the regenerative substance is best delivered to the IBZ. This requires accurate injections and has led to the development of new injection techniques...
April 12, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28447290/regulation-of-cardiomyocyte-t-tubular-structure-opportunities-for-therapy
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REVIEW
Ornella Manfra, Michael Frisk, William E Louch
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Membrane invaginations called t-tubules play an integral role in triggering cardiomyocyte contraction, and their disruption during diseases such as heart failure critically impairs cardiac performance. In this review, we outline the growing understanding of the malleability of t-tubule structure and function, and highlight emerging t-tubule regulators which may be exploited for novel therapies. RECENT FINDINGS: New technologies are revealing the nanometer scale organization of t-tubules, and their functional junctions with the sarcoplasmic reticulum called dyads, which generate Ca(2+) sparks...
April 26, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446489/revisiting-propafenone-toxicity
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Ali A Alsaad, Yahaira Ortiz Gonzalez, Christopher O Austin, Fred Kusumoto
Propafenone is a Vaughan Williams class 1c antiarrhythmic medication widely used for treatment of arrhythmias. Although the long-term safety of propafenone use has not been established, it is commonly used for treatment of atrial fibrillation in patients with no structural heart disease. Propafenone is well known as pill-in-the-pocket treatment for its effect in terminating paroxysmal episodes of atrial fibrillation. Herein, we discuss an unusual adverse reaction to propafenone in a patient who presented with symptomatic bradycardia and hypotension...
April 26, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444168/mechanical-versus-bioprosthetic-aortic-valve-replacement
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Stuart J Head, Mevlüt Çelik, A Pieter Kappetein
Mechanical valves used for aortic valve replacement (AVR) continue to be associated with bleeding risks because of anticoagulation therapy, while bioprosthetic valves are at risk of structural valve deterioration requiring reoperation. This risk/benefit ratio of mechanical and bioprosthetic valves has led American and European guidelines on valvular heart disease to be consistent in recommending the use of mechanical prostheses in patients younger than 60 years of age. Despite these recommendations, the use of bioprosthetic valves has significantly increased over the last decades in all age groups...
April 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28442430/design-and-purification-of-active-truncated-phosphoinositide-3-kinase-gamma-protein-constructs-for-structural-studies
#5
A Vujičić Žagar, L Scapozza, O Vadas
Phosphoinositide 3-kinase gamma (PI3Kγ) is a lipid kinase that plays a crucial role in cell migration, chemotaxis, oxidative burst and myocardial contractility. It is activated downstream of G protein-coupled receptors (GPCRs) and small GTPases of Ras superfamily. PI3Kγ is a heterodimer composed of a catalytic and a regulatory subunit that is expressed mostly in hematopoietic cells and in the heart. Although it has attracted a lot of attention because of its link with tumor inflammation and heart diseases, its regulation is still not fully understood...
April 22, 2017: Protein Expression and Purification
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28441822/-clinical-features-and-outcomes-of-radiofrequency-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-flutter-in-children
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H Jiang, X M Li, Y Zhang, H J Liu, M T Li, H Y Ge
Objective: To explore the clinical features of atrial flutter (AFL) and evaluate the efficacy of radiofrequency catheter ablation (RFCA) for AFL in children. Method: Data were collected and analyzed on 50 consecutive pediatric AFL patients (male 37/female 13) who underwent electrophysiology study and RFCA from February 2009 to November 2016 in a case observational study. The average age was (6.2±3.5) years and body weight was (23.7±13.5) kg. Heart structure was normal in 26 patients. Twenty-four patients had congenital heart disease (CHD) and among them 22 patients underwent repaired surgery before...
April 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440124/perspectives-on-advance-care-planning-among-patients-recently-requiring-non-invasive-ventilation-for-acute-respiratory-failure-a-qualitative-study-using-thematic-analysis
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Tracy A Smith, Rebecca T Disler, Christine R Jenkins, Jane M Ingham, Patricia M Davidson
BACKGROUND: Patients requiring non-invasive ventilation for acute-on-chronic respiratory failure due to chronic obstructive pulmonary disease or heart failure exacerbations may have a poor prognosis underscoring the importance of advance care planning. AIM: We aimed to describe attitudes to, and experiences of, discussing the future among patients recently treated with non-invasive ventilation. DESIGN: Qualitative research using thematic analysis...
June 2017: Palliative Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28438737/association-of-tenofovir-use-with-risk-of-incident-heart-failure-in-hiv-infected-patients
#8
Ruijun Chen, Rebecca Scherzer, Priscilla Y Hsue, Vasantha Jotwani, Michelle M Estrella, Michael A Horberg, Carl Grunfeld, Michael G Shlipak
BACKGROUND: The antiretroviral medication, tenofovir disoproxil fumarate (TDF), is used by most human immunodeficiency virus-infected persons in the United States despite higher risks of chronic kidney disease. Although chronic kidney disease is a strong risk factor for heart failure (HF), the association of TDF with incident HF is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 21 435 human immunodeficiency virus-infected patients in the United States Veterans Health Administration actively using antiretrovirals between 2002 and 2011...
April 24, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435658/sex-differences-in-insular-cortex-gyri-responses-to-a-brief-static-handgrip-challenge
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Paul M Macey, Nicholas S Rieken, Jennifer A Ogren, Katherine E Macey, Rajesh Kumar, Ronald M Harper
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease varies between sexes, suggesting male-female autonomic control differences. Insular gyri help coordinate autonomic regulation and show a sex-dependent response to a sympathetic challenge. METHODS: We examined sex-related insular gyral responses to a short static handgrip exercise challenge eliciting parasympathetic withdrawal with functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) during four 16-s challenges (80% maximum strength) in 23 healthy females (age; mean ± std 50 ± 8 years) and 40 males (46 ± 9 years)...
2017: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435280/high-adherence-to-therapy-and-low-cardiac-mortality-and-morbidity-in-patients-after-acute-coronary-syndrome-systematically-managed-by-office-based-cardiologists-in-germany-1-year-outcomes-of-the-proacor-study
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Franz Goss, Johannes Brachmann, Christian W Hamm, Winfried Haerer, Nicolaus Reifart, Benny Levenson
We aimed to assess patient acceptance and effectiveness of a 12-month structured management program in patients after an acute coronary syndrome (ACS) event who were treated in a special setting of office-based cardiologists. The program comprised patient documentation with a specific tool (Bundesverband Niedergelassener Kardiologen [German Federation of Office-Based Cardiologists] cardiac pass with visit scheduling) shared by the hospital physician and the office-based cardiologist, the definition of individual treatment targets, and the systematic information of patients in order to optimize adherence to therapy...
2017: Vascular Health and Risk Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434997/multi-photon-microscopy-in-cardiovascular-research
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REVIEW
Zhuojun Wu, Timo Rademakers, Fabian Kiessling, Michael Vogt, Erik Westein, Christian Weber, Remco Ta Megens, Marc van Zandvoort
Multiphoton laser scanning microscopy has proven profound value for ex vivo 3D histology and in vivo imaging of motionless tissue. The development of triggering systems and fast imaging methods, combined with advanced preparation procedures solved the challenging task of intravital imaging of the fast pulsating heart and major arteries in animals and further increased the popularity of intravital multiphoton imaging in cardiovascular research. This review article will highlight the potential of multiphoton microscopy for the visualization and characterization of dynamical and structural processes involved in cardiac and vascular diseases, both in an ex vivo and an intravital animal setting...
April 18, 2017: Methods: a Companion to Methods in Enzymology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434446/revisiting-pulmonary-vein-isolation-alone-for-persistent-atrial-fibrillation-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Aleksandr Voskoboinik, Jeremy T Moskovitch, Nadav Harel, Prashanthan Sanders, Peter M Kistler, Jonathan M Kalman
BACKGROUND: Early studies demonstrated relatively low success rates for pulmonary vein isolation (PVI) alone in patients with persistent atrial fibrillation (PeAF). However, the advent of new technologies and the observation that additional substrate ablation does not improve outcomes have created a new focus on PVI alone for treatment of PeAF. OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to systematically review the recent medical literature to determine current medium-term outcomes when a PVI-only approach is used for PeAF...
May 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433665/advancing-the-science-of-myocardial-recovery-with-mechanical-circulatory-support-a-working-group-of-the-national-heart-lung-and-blood-institute
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Stavros G Drakos, Francis D Pagani, Martha S Lundberg, J Timothy Baldwin
The medical burden of heart failure (HF) has spurred interest in clinicians and scientists to develop therapies to restore the function of a failing heart. To advance this agenda, the National Heart Lung Blood Institute (NHLBI) convened a Working Group of experts on June 2-3, 2016 in Bethesda Maryland to develop recommendations for the NHLBI aimed at advancing the science of cardiac recovery in the setting of mechanical circulatory support (MCS). MSC devices effectively reduce volume and pressure overload that drives the cycle of progressive myocardial dysfunction, thereby triggering structural and functional reverse remodeling...
April 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28433554/catheter-ablation-to-prevent-sudden-cardiac-death
#14
Josef Kautzner, Petr Peichl
Since ventricular arrhythmias are a common cause of sudden cardiac death (SCD), treatment for ventricular arrhythmias is the target area of interest in research field. Among different means to prevent ventricular arrhythmias, catheter ablation (CA) has emerged as an effective therapeutic method. CA can decrease the likelihood of SCD in the following arrhythmia categories: 1) idiopathic ventricular fibrillation (VF) that is usually triggered by premature ventricular beats originating in the Purkinje fibres; 2) VF in subjects with structural heart disease, especially after myocardial infarction, that is triggered by premature ventricular beats from surviving Purkinje fibres; 3) Brugada syndrome in which modification of an epicardial substrate in the right ventricular outflow tract might be the most promising strategy; 4) recurrent monomorphic ventricular tachycardias in the setting of structural heart disease; 5) ventricular preexcitation in which CA appears to be a method of choice in high risk patients, regardless of the presence or absence of symptoms...
April 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430919/non-coding-rnas-in-cardiovascular-diseases-diagnostic-and-therapeutic-perspectives
#15
Wolfgang Poller, Stefanie Dimmeler, Stephane Heymans, Tanja Zeller, Jan Haas, Mahir Karakas, David-Manuel Leistner, Philipp Jakob, Shinichi Nakagawa, Stefan Blankenberg, Stefan Engelhardt, Thomas Thum, Christian Weber, Benjamin Meder, Roger Hajjar, Ulf Landmesser
Recent research has demonstrated that the non-coding genome plays a key role in genetic programming and gene regulation during development as well as in health and cardiovascular disease. About 99% of the human genome do not encode proteins, but are transcriptionally active representing a broad spectrum of non-coding RNAs (ncRNAs) with important regulatory and structural functions. Non-coding RNAs have been identified as critical novel regulators of cardiovascular risk factors and cell functions and are thus important candidates to improve diagnostics and prognosis assessment...
April 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430816/possible-increase-in-insulin-resistance-and-concealed-glucose-coupled-potassium-lowering-mechanisms-during-acute-coronary-syndrome-documented-by-covariance-structure-analysis
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Satoshi Ito, Tomohisa Nagoshi, Kosuke Minai, Yusuke Kashiwagi, Hiroshi Sekiyama, Akira Yoshii, Haruka Kimura, Yasunori Inoue, Kazuo Ogawa, Toshikazu D Tanaka, Takayuki Ogawa, Makoto Kawai, Michihiro Yoshimura
OBJECTIVE: Although glucose-insulin-potassium (GIK) therapy ought to be beneficial for ischemic heart disease in general, variable outcomes in many clinical trials of GIK in acute coronary syndrome (ACS) had a controversial impact. This study was designed to examine whether "insulin resistance" is involved in ACS and to clarify other potential intrinsic compensatory mechanisms for GIK tolerance through highly statistical procedure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We compared the degree of insulin resistance during ACS attack and remission phase after treatment in individual patients (n = 104)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28430115/a-systematic-review-of-3-d-printing-in-cardiovascular-and-cerebrovascular-diseases
#17
Zhonghua Sun, Shen Yuan Lee
OBJECTIVE: The application of 3-D printing has been increasingly used in medicine, with research showing many applications in cardiovascular disease. This systematic review analyzes those studies published about the applications of 3-D printed, patient-specific models in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases. METHODS: A search of PubMed/Medline and Scopus databases was performed to identify studies investigating the 3-D printing in cardiovascular and cerebrovascular diseases...
April 10, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28429690/-our-experience-in-the-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-postural-orthostatic-tachycardia-syndrome-vasovagal-syncope-and-inappropriate-sinus-tachycardia-in-children
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Sezen Ugan Atik, Reyhan Dedeoğlu, Aida Koka, Funda Öztunç
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to share our experience in the diagnosis and treatment of patients who presented at our clinic with syncope, pre-syncope, dizziness, and palpitations. STUDY DESIGN: Patients who were treated at pediatric cardiology clinic for complaints of syncope, dizziness, and palpitations between 2014 and 2016 were enrolled in the study. Detailed history of the patients, physical examination findings, laboratory and electrocardiogram results were recorded...
April 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428202/precision-physiology-and-rescue-of-brain-ion-channel-disorders
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REVIEW
Jeffrey Noebels
Ion channel genes, originally implicated in inherited excitability disorders of muscle and heart, have captured a major role in the molecular diagnosis of central nervous system disease. Their arrival is heralded by neurologists confounded by a broad phenotypic spectrum of early-onset epilepsy, autism, and cognitive impairment with few effective treatments. As detection of rare structural variants in channel subunit proteins becomes routine, it is apparent that primary sequence alone cannot reliably predict clinical severity or pinpoint a therapeutic solution...
April 20, 2017: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28427903/atrial-fibrillation-is-associated-with-hypermethylation-in-human-left-atrium-and-treatment-with-decitabine-reduces-atrial-tachyarrhythmias-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
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R Doñate Puertas, E Meugnier, C Romestaing, C Rey, E Morel, J Lachuer, N Gadot, A Scridon, C Julien, F Tronc, B Chapuis, C Valla, A Janin, L Pirola, A Méjat, S Rome, P Chevalier
Atrial fibrillation (AF) is the most common cardiac arrhythmia. As the molecular mechanisms underlying the pathology are largely unknown, this cardiac arrhythmia remains difficult to treat. To identify specific molecular actors involved in AF, we have performed a transcriptomic analysis on left atrium (LA) from patients with valvular heart disease with or without AF. We showed that 1627 genes had altered basal expression level in LA tissue of AF patients compared with the control group. The significantly enriched gene ontology biological process "anatomical structure morphogenesis" contained the highest number of genes in line with changes in structure that occur when the human heart remodels following AF development (ie, LA dilatation and interstitial fibrosis)...
March 30, 2017: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
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