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Zöe Powis, Kelly D Farwell Hagman, Virginia Speare, Taylor Cain, Kirsten Blanco, Layla S Mowlavi, Emily M Mayerhofer, David Tilstra, Timothy Vedder, Jesse M Hunter, Marilyn Tsang, Lina Gonzalez, Gerald Vockley, Sha Tang
PurposeNeonatal patients are particularly appropriate for utilization of diagnostic exome sequencing (DES), as many Mendelian diseases are known to present in this period of life but often with complex, heterogeneous features. We attempted to determine the diagnostic rates and features of neonatal patients undergoing DES.MethodsThe clinical histories and results of 66 neonatal patients undergoing DES were retrospectively reviewed.ResultsClinical DES identified potentially relevant findings in 25 patients (37...
March 22, 2018: Genetics in Medicine: Official Journal of the American College of Medical Genetics
Carla Vicinanza, Iolanda Aquila, Eleonora Cianflone, Mariangela Scalise, Fabiola Marino, Teresa Mancuso, Francesca Fumagalli, Emilia Dora Giovannone, Francesca Cristiano, Enrico Iaccino, Pina Marotta, Annalaura Torella, Roberto Latini, Valter Agosti, Pierangelo Veltri, Konrad Urbanek, Andrea M Isidori, Dieter Saur, Ciro Indolfi, Bernardo Nadal-Ginard, Daniele Torella
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March 21, 2018: Nature
Bjarke Jensen, Bastiaan Jd Boukens, Dane A Crossley, Justin Conner, Rajiv Ahmet Mohan, Karel van Duijvenboden, Alex V Postma, Christopher R Gloschat, Ruth M Elsey, David Sedmera, Igor R Efimov, Vincent M Christoffels
Mammals and birds have a specialized cardiac atrioventricular conduction system enabling rapid activation of both ventricles. This system may have evolved together with high heart rates to support their endothermic state (warm-bloodedness), and is seemingly lacking in ectothermic vertebrates from which first mammals then birds independently evolved. Here, we studied the conduction system in crocodiles ( Alligator mississippiensis ), the only ectothermic vertebrates with a full ventricular septum. We identified homologues of mammalian conduction system markers ( Tbx3-Tbx5, Scn5a, Gja5, Nppa-Nppb ) and show the presence of a functional atrioventricular bundle...
March 22, 2018: ELife
Gordon B Parker, Erin Cvejic, Ute Vollmer-Conna, Stacey McCraw, Isabelle Granville Smith, Warren F Walsh
OBJECTIVE: Lifetime depression and depression around the time of an acute coronary syndrome event have been associated with poor cardiac outcomes. Our study sought to examine the persistence of this association, especially given modern cardiac medicine's successes. METHODS: For 332 patients admitted for an acute coronary syndrome, a baseline interview assessed major depression status, and psychological measures were administered. At 1 and 12 months post-acute coronary syndrome event, telephone interviews collected rates of hospital readmission and/or death and major depression status, while biomarker information was examined using medical records...
March 1, 2018: Australian and New Zealand Journal of Psychiatry
Seyed Mohsen Dehghani, Hazhir Javaherizadeh, Masoomeh Heidary, Naser Honar, Maryam Ataollahi, Homa Ilkanipour, Hossein Moravej
INTRODUCTION AND AIM: The aim of this study was to evaluate nutritional status in children without prior hospital admission or evidence of chronic disease. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: The current study is a cross-sectional and observational study which was conducted for assessing the nutritional status of children. In this study, consecutive sampling was used, with a sample size about 400 children aged 6 months to 18 years at first hospital admission. All subjects were hospitalized consecutively in the Pediatric Emergency Department of the Nemazee Teaching Hospital of Shiraz University of Medical Sciences (Shiraz, Islamic Republic of Iran)...
January 10, 2018: Nutrición Hospitalaria: Organo Oficial de la Sociedad Española de Nutrición Parenteral y Enteral
Ahmed S Bayoumi, Tatsuya Aonuma, Jian-Peng Teoh, Yao-Liang Tang, Il-Man Kim
Recent advancements in genome-wide analyses and RNA-sequencing technologies led to the discovery of small noncoding RNAs, such as microRNAs (miRs), as well as both linear long noncoding RNAs (lncRNAs) and circular long noncoding RNAs (circRNAs). The importance of miRs and lncRNAs in the treatment, prognosis and diagnosis of cardiovascular diseases (CVDs) has been extensively reported. We also previously reviewed their implications in therapies and as biomarkers for CVDs. More recently, circRNAs have also emerged as important regulators in CVDs...
March 22, 2018: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
Alexandra Le Bras
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March 22, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Gregory B Lim
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March 22, 2018: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
Elpidio Santillo, Monica Migale, Carlo Massini, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
BACKGROUND: Levosimendan is a calcium sensitizer drug causing increased contractility in the myocardium and vasodilation in the vascular system. It is mainly used for the therapy of acute decompensated heart failure. Several studies on animals and humans provided evidence of the cardioprotective properties of levosimendan including preconditioning and anti-apoptotic. In view of these favorable effects, levosimendan has been tested in patients undergoing cardiac surgery for the prevention or treatment of low cardiac output syndrome...
March 21, 2018: Current Cardiology Reviews
Tim Jallow, Patrik Wennberg, Ann-Sofie Forslund
OBJECTIVE: Temporal variations in the occurrence of out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA) have been shown. Most previous studies have in common that they include individuals whom have received cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) and thus excluding a great number of all the actual cases of OHCA when conducting a study. Therefore the aim of this study was to describe temporal variations of OHCA, regardless of whether CPR was performed or not. DESIGN: All individuals aged 25-74 years in northern Sweden, 1989-2009, who suffered an out-of-hospital cardiac arrest with validated myocardial infarction aetiology (OHCA-V), regardless of whether CPR was performed or not, were included in this study, which resulted in 3357 individuals...
March 22, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
Abdalla Ahmed, Paul Delgado-Olguin
Isolation of highly purified populations of embryonic cardiomyocytes enables the study of congenital cardiac phenotypes at the cellular level. Fluorescent-activated cell sorting (FACS) is normally used to isolate fluorescently tagged cells. Here we describe the isolation of differentiating mouse embryonic cardiac progenitors and cardiomyocytes at embryonic day (E) 9.5 and E13.5, respectively by FACS. Over 50,000 differentiating cardiac progenitors and 200,000 cardiomyocytes can be obtained in a single prep using the methods described...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Alejandra Garate-Carrillo, Israel Ramirez
Mouse cardiac fibroblasts have been widely used as an in vitro model for studying fundamental biological processes and mechanisms underlying cardiac pathologies, as well as identifying potential therapeutic targets. Cardiac FBs are relatively easy to culture in a dish and can be manipulated using molecular and pharmacological tools. Because FBs rapidly decrease cell cycle division and proliferative rate after birth, they are prone to phenotypic changes and senescence in cell culture soon after a few passages...
2018: Methods in Molecular Biology
Teresa S Henriques, Madalena D Costa, Pooja Mathur, Priyam Mathur, Roger B Davis, Murray A Mittleman, Kamal R Khabbaz, Ary L Goldberger, Balachundhar Subramaniam
Complexity measures are intended to assess the cardiovascular system's capacity to respond to stressors. We sought to determine if decreased BP complexity is associated with increased estimated risk as obtained from two standard instruments: the Society of Thoracic Surgeons' (STS) Risk of Mortality and Morbidity Index and the European System for Cardiac Operative Risk Evaluation Score (EuroSCORE II). In this observational cohort study, preoperative systolic, diastolic, mean (MAP) and pulse pressure (PP) time series were derived in 147 patients undergoing cardiac surgery...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Clinical Monitoring and Computing
Kelly Olds, Karen Heath, John Miliauskas, Roger W Byard
A 56-year-old man with no previous medical history collapsed and was not able to be resuscitated. The major findings at autopsy were enlargement of the heart (weight = 527 g) which contained an infiltrating firm, homogeneous tumor in an epicardial location adjacent to the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, with further extension into the right ventricular outflow tract, the interventricular septum and left ventricular free wall. Sections showed sheets of small lymphoid cells with scattered large lymphocytes amounting to a low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as tumor cells were CD20, CD10, Bcl 2 and LMO 2 positive...
March 22, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Ander Regueiro, Ignacio Cruz-Gonzalez, Armando Bethencourt, Luis Nombela-Franco, Jean Champagne, Luis Asmarats, Pilar Jiménez-Quevedo, Tania Rodriguez-Gabella, Juan Carlos Rama-Merchan, Rishi Puri, Gilles O'Hara, Josep Rodés-Cabau
PURPOSE: We aimed to evaluate the late clinical outcomes of percutaneous LAA closure in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and contraindication to oral anticoagulation. METHODS: Consecutive AF patients with contraindications to oral anticoagulation who underwent successful LAA closure between December 2008 and March 2013 at four centers were included. RESULTS: A total of 101 patients (median age 76 [IQR 69-80] years, 48% women, mean CHA2 DS2 -VASc 5 ± 2; HAS-BLED 4 ± 1) were included...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Interventional Cardiac Electrophysiology: An International Journal of Arrhythmias and Pacing
J J Brugts, G C M Linssen, A W Hoes, H P Brunner-La Rocca
AIMS: Data from patient registries give insight into the management of patients with heart failure (HF), but actual data from unselected real-world HF patients are scarce. Therefore, we performed a cross sectional study of current HF care in the period 2013-2016 among more than 10,000 unselected HF patients at HF outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. METHODS: In 34 participating centres, all 10,910 patients with chronic HF treated at cardiology centres were included in the CHECK-HF registry...
March 21, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Stefan Rupp, Christian Jux
While in adults major advances in heart failure therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were documented in the last two decades, research on the mechanism and therapies of heart failure in children with left ventricular dilated cardiomyopathy has lagged behind. Despite the lack of sufficient randomized prospective studies, ACE inhibitors are first line and ß-receptor antagonists are second-line strategies in children. Following the adult guidelines, without having data concerning the pediatric population, mineral corticoids are also accepted in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, while diuretics should only be used to achieve a euvolemic status...
March 22, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Hyun Jung Koo, Joon-Won Kang, Jeong A Kim, Joon Bum Kim, Sung-Ho Jung, Suk Jung Choo, Cheol Hyun Chung, Jae Won Lee, Tae-Hwan Lim, Dong Hyun Yang
In patients with aortic regurgitation (AR), a precise preoperative assessment of aortic valve (AV) pathology is important if AV repair or sparing operation is an alternative option. The aim of this study was to assess the diagnostic accuracy of computed tomography (CT) for evaluating the AR mechanism compared with surgical inspection. 59 patients with AR who underwent AV surgery and preoperative cardiac CT were evaluated. AR mechanism was classified into type 1 (aortic dilatation or cusp perforation), type 2 (prolapsed cusp) and type 3 (cusp retraction)...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Xiaohua Yin, Rong Xu, Yingchun Wang, Tao Cheng, Hui Zhou
Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) can provide abundant information about the anatomy of the coronary artery. However, this modality is limited in evaluation of myocardial function. Four-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography (4DSTE) is a novel and sensitive technique for quantitative evaluation of myocardial deformation. We estimated the value of these imaging modalities to predict the risk of MACE in 209 patients with suspected coronary artery disease(CAD) after a median follow-up of 727 days...
March 21, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Zhen-Guo Ma, Jia Dai, Yu-Pei Yuan, Zhou-Yan Bian, Si-Chi Xu, Ya-Ge Jin, Xin Zhang, Qi-Zhu Tang
Previous studies have suggested the involvement of CD4 + T lymphocytes in cardiac remodelling. T-bet can direct Th1 lineage commitment. This study aimed to investigate the functional significance of T-bet in cardiac remodelling induced by pressure overload using T-bet global knockout rats. Increased T-bet levels were observed in rodent and human hypertrophied hearts. T-bet deficiency resulted in a less severe hypertrophic phenotype in rats. CD4 + T-lymphocyte reconstitution in T-bet-/- rats resulted in aggravated cardiac remodelling...
March 21, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
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