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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29242100/takotsubo-is-not-a-cardiomyopathy
#1
Francesco Pelliccia, Gianfranco Sinagra, Perry Elliott, Guido Parodi, Cristina Basso, Paolo G Camici
Unraveling the mechanisms underlying Takotsubo (TTS) leads to question the current inclusion of the condition within the spectrum of cardiomyopathies. Indeed, the clinical presentation and pathophysiology of TTS clearly differ from cardiomyopathies, i.e. diseases of heart muscle unexplained by abnormal loading conditions or coronary artery disease, which cannot recover spontaneously and may cause sudden death often in minimally symptomatic individuals or result in a gradual deterioration in ventricular function and end-stage heart failure...
December 9, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29241711/l-carnitine-and-heart-disease
#2
REVIEW
Zhong-Yu Wang, Ying-Yi Liu, Guo-Hui Liu, Hai-Bin Lu, Cui-Ying Mao
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a key cause of deaths worldwide, comprising 15-17% of healthcare expenditure in developed countries. Current records estimate an annual global average of 30 million cardiac dysfunction cases, with a predicted escalation by two-three folds for the next 20-30years. Although β-blockers and angiotensin-converting-enzymes are commonly prescribed to control CVD risk, hepatotoxicity and hematological changes are frequent adverse events associated with these drugs. Search for alternatives identified endogenous cofactor l-carnitine, which is capable of promoting mitochondrial β-oxidation towards a balanced cardiac energy metabolism...
December 11, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29239349/influences-of-ivabradine-treatment-on-serum-levels-of-cardiac-biomarkers-sst2-gdf-15-supar-and-h-fabp-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Peter Jirak, Dzeneta Fejzic, Vera Paar, Bernhard Wernly, Rudin Pistulli, Ilonka Rohm, Christian Jung, Uta C Hoppe, P Christian Schulze, Michael Lichtenauer, Atilla Yilmaz, Daniel Kretzschmar
Chronic heart failure (CHF) represents a major cause of hospitalization and death. Recent evidence shows that novel biomarkers such as soluble suppression of tumorigenicity (sST2), growth-differentiation factor-15 (GDF-15), soluble urokinase plasminogen activator receptor (suPAR) and heart-type fatty acid binding protein (H-FABP) are correlated with inflammatory and ischemic responses in CHF patients. In this study we examined the effects of Ivabradine that inhibited the hyperpolarization-activated cyclic nucleotide-gated channel (HCN channel, also called funny current If), thereby leading to selective heart rate reduction and improved myocardial oxygen supply on the cardiac biomarkers sST2, GDF-15, suPAR and H-FABP in 50 CHF patients at the University Hospital of Jena...
December 14, 2017: Acta Pharmacologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29238484/pattern-and-factors-associated-with-cardiovascular-diseases-among-patients-attending-the-cardiac-center-in-arar-city-northern-saudi-arabia
#4
Fatimah Fahad Altaleb, Othman Mashfi Alshammari, Hala Mohammed Alanazi, Dina Anwar Aljaber, Arwa Bader Alanazi, Nagah Mohamed Abo El-Fetoh, Nesreen Ali Mohammed, Hadil Anwar Aljaber
Background: Cardiovascular diseases (CVD) are among the main causes of premature death and hospital admission worldwide, constituting a great economic burden on health care systems. Additionally, thyroid diseases may exert a deleterious effect on the outcomes of CVD patients. Aim: This study was conducted to identify the pattern and factors associated with CVD distribution and the relation with thyroid dysfunction in the study population. Methods: This cross sectional study was conducted on 181 participants in the cardiac center in Arar, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA), from September 2016 to March 2017...
October 2017: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236988/diagnostic-and-prognostic-value-of-myocardial-blood-flow-quantification-as-non-invasive-indicator-of-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy
#5
Paco E Bravo, Brian A Bergmark, Tomas Vita, Viviany R Taqueti, Ankur Gupta, Sara Seidelmann, Thomas E Christensen, Michael T Osborne, Nishant R Shah, Nina Ghosh, Jon Hainer, Courtney F Bibbo, Meagan Harrington, Fred Costantino, Mandeep R Mehra, Sharmila Dorbala, Ron Blankstein, Akshay Desai, Lynne Stevenson, Michael M Givertz, Marcelo F Di Carli
Aims: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a leading cause of death in orthotopic heart transplant (OHT) survivors. Effective non-invasive screening methods are needed. Our aim was to investigate the added diagnostic and prognostic value of myocardial blood flow (MBF) to standard myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with positron emission tomography (PET) for CAV detection. Methods and results: We studied 94 OHT recipients (prognostic cohort), including 66 who underwent invasive coronary angiography and PET within 1 year (diagnostic cohort)...
December 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29236198/sdf-1-induces-tnf-mediated-apoptosis-in-cardiac-myocytes
#6
Andrew A Jarrah, Martina Schwarskopf, Edward R Wang, Thomas LaRocca, Ashwini Dhume, Shihong Zhang, Lahouria Hadri, Roger J Hajjar, Alison D Schecter, Sima T Tarzami
Chemokines are small secreted proteins with chemoattractant properties that play a key role in inflammation. One such chemokine, Stromal cell-derived factor-1 (SDF-1) also known as CXCL12, and its receptor, CXCR4, are expressed and functional in cardiac myocytes. SDF-1 both stimulates and enhances the cellular signal which attracts potentially beneficial stem cells for tissue repair within the ischemic heart. Paradoxically however, this chemokine is known to act in concert with the inflammatory cytokines of the innate immune response which contributes to cellular injury through the recruitment of inflammatory cells during ischemia...
December 13, 2017: Apoptosis: An International Journal on Programmed Cell Death
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29234372/hawthorn-leaf-flavonoids-protect-against-diabetes-induced-cardiomyopathy-in-rats-via-pkc-%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
#7
Qing Min, Yuting Bai, Yuchen Zhang, Wei Yu, Minli Zhang, Dongyang Liu, Tingting Diao, Wei Lv
Objectives: DCM has become one of the main reasons of death in diabetic patients. In this study, we aimed to explore the hawthorn leaf flavonoids (HLF) protective effect against diabetes-induced cardiac injury and the underlying mechanisms in experimental rats. Methods: Experimental diabetic model was induced by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin (STZ, 40 mg/kg) in rats after feeding with high-fat diet for 8 weeks. The diabetic rats received a 16-week treatment of different doses of HLF (50, 100, and 200)...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233845/physiologic-mitochondrial-fragmentation-is-a-normal-cardiac-adaptation-to-increased-energy-demand
#8
Michael Coronado, Giovanni Fajardo, Kim Nguyen, Mingming Zhao, Kristina B Kooiker, Gwanghyun Jung, Dong-Qing Hu, Sushma Reddy, Erik Sandoval, Aleksandr Stotland, Roberta A Gottlieb, Daniel Bernstein
Rationale: Mitochondria play a dual role in the heart, responsible for meeting energetic demands and regulating cell death. Paradigms have held that mitochondrial fission and fragmentation are the result of pathologic stresses such as ischemia, are an indicator of poor mitochondrial health, and lead to mitophagy and cell death. However, recent studies demonstrate that inhibiting fission also results in decreased mitochondrial function and cardiac impairment, suggesting that fission is important for maintaining cardiac and mitochondrial bioenergetic homeostasis...
December 12, 2017: Circulation Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233827/stress-echocardiography-positivity-predicts-cancer-death
#9
Clara Carpeggiani, Patrizia Landi, Claudio Michelassi, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Rosa Sicari, Eugenio Picano
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) predicts cardiac death, but an increasing share of cardiac patients eventually die of cancer. The aim of the study was to assess whether SE positivity predicts cancer death. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a retrospective analysis of prospectively acquired single-center, observational data, we evaluated 4673 consecutive patients who underwent SE from 1983 to 2009. All patients were cancer-free at index SE and were followed up for a median of 131 months (interquartile range 134)...
December 12, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29233143/relative-hyperglycemia-is-associated-with-complications-following-an-acute-myocardial-infarction-a-post-hoc-analysis-of-hi-5-data
#10
Tien F Lee, Morton G Burt, Leonie K Heilbronn, Arduino A Mangoni, Vincent W Wong, Mark McLean, N Wah Cheung
BACKGROUND: Hyperglycemia is associated with increased morbidity and mortality in patients with an acute myocardial infarction (AMI). We evaluated whether complications after AMI are associated with absolute or relative glycemia. METHODS: A total of 192 patients with AMI were randomized to intensive or conventional insulin therapy. Absolute glycemia was defined as mean blood glucose level (BGL) during the first 24 h following randomization. Relative glycemia was defined by the stress hyperglycaemia ratio (SHR), calculated as mean BGL divided by average glucose concentration over the prior 3 months estimated from glycosylated haemoglobin...
December 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29229534/a-novel-compound-dt-010-protects-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-zebrafish-and-h9c2-cells-by-inhibiting-reactive-oxygen-species-mediated-apoptotic-and-autophagic-pathways
#11
Fan Tang, Xinhua Zhou, Liang Wang, Luchen Shan, Chuwen Li, Hefeng Zhou, Simon Ming-Yuen Lee, Maggie Pui-Man Hoi
Doxorubicin (Dox) is an effective anti-cancer agent but limited by its cardiotoxicity, thus the search for pharmacological agents for enhancing anti-cancer activities and protecting against cardiotoxicity has been a subject of great interest. We have previously reported the synergistic anti-cancer effects of a novel compound DT-010. In the present study, we further investigated the cardioprotective effects of DT-010 in zebrafish embryos in vivo and the molecular underlying mechanisms in H9c2 cardiomyocytes in vitro...
December 8, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29226892/evaluation-of-increase-in-intraventricular-gradient-and-dynamic-obstruction-during-exercise-stress-test-in-competitive-runners
#12
Kadir Uğur Mert, Ferhat Radi, Ayda Sadati, Gurbet Özge Mert, Muhammet Dural
OBJECTIVE: Sudden cardiac death in athletes is one of the most tragic health events seen both in our country and all over the world. In some of those athletes, there is no obvious structural abnormality. Dynamic changes in intracardiac hemodynamics during exercise may be a cause for sudden death in these athletes, the impact of exercise on intracardiac gradient and cardiac hemodynamic parameters in athletes was compared with healthy controls. METHODS: A total of 21 professional male athletes and 21 healthy male controls were included in the study...
December 2017: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneği Arşivi: Türk Kardiyoloji Derneğinin Yayın Organıdır
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29218644/cardiovascular-complications-of-marijuana-and-related-substances-a-review
#13
REVIEW
Amitoj Singh, Sajeev Saluja, Akshat Kumar, Sahil Agrawal, Munveer Thind, Sudip Nanda, Jamshid Shirani
The recreational use of cannabis has sharply increased in recent years in parallel with its legalization and decriminalization in several countries. Commonly, the traditional cannabis has been replaced by potent synthetic cannabinoids and cannabimimetics in various forms. Despite overwhelming public perception of the safety of these substances, an increasing number of serious cardiovascular adverse events have been reported in temporal relation to recreational cannabis use. These have included sudden cardiac death, vascular (coronary, cerebral and peripheral) events, arrhythmias and stress cardiomyopathy among others...
December 7, 2017: Cardiology and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29215716/simple-kinetic-model-of-mitochondrial-swelling-in-cardiac-cells
#14
Xavier Chapa-Dubocq, Vladimir Makarov, Sabzali Javadov
Mitochondria play an important role in both cell survival and cell death. In response to oxidative stress, they undergo opening of non-selective permeability transition pores (PTP) in the inner mitochondrial membrane. Sustained PTP opening triggers mitochondrial swelling due to increased colloidal osmotic pressure in the matrix accompanied by mitochondrial membrane depolarization and ATP hydrolysis. Mitochondrial swelling is the major factor leading to mitochondria-mediated cell death through both apoptosis and necrosis...
December 7, 2017: Journal of Cellular Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29214611/coronary-risk-equivalence-of-diabetes-assessed-by-spect-mpi
#15
Donna Chelle V Morales, Sanjeev P Bhavnani, Alan W Ahlberg, Raja C Pullatt, Deborah M Katten, Donna M Polk, Gary V Heller
BACKGROUND: Several publications and guidelines designate diabetes mellitus (DM) as a coronary artery disease (CAD) risk equivalent. The aim of this investigation was to examine DM cardiac risk equivalence from the perspective of stress SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI). METHODS AND RESULTS: We examined cardiovascular outcomes (cardiac death or nonfatal MI) of 17,499 patients referred for stress SPECT-MPI. Patients were stratified into four categories: non-DM without CAD, non-DM with CAD, DM without CAD, and DM with CAD, and normal or abnormal perfusion...
December 6, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29209950/spect-myocardial-ischemia-in-the-absence-of-obstructive-cad-contribution-of-the-invasive-assessment-of-microvascular-dysfunction
#16
Loïc Djaïleb, Laurent Riou, Nicolas Piliero, Adrien Carabelli, Estelle Vautrin, Alexis Broisat, Julien Leenhardt, Jacques Machecourt, Daniel Fagret, Gerald Vanzetto, Gilles Barone-Rochette, Catherine Ghezzi
Coronary microvascular dysfunction has recently emerged as a major independent prognostic factor and can be invasively assessed by coronary flow reserve (CFR) and the index of microvascular resistance (IMR). The incremental prognostic value of myocardial ischemia from SPECT myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) over clinical characteristics, cardiac risk factors, and stress test data for the prediction of hard cardiac events (myocardial infarction and cardiac death) has been well demonstrated over the last two decades regardless of the absence or presence of epicardial CAD...
December 5, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29198687/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-resulting-in-cardiac-arrest-in-a-patient-undergoing-liver-transplantation
#17
M Güner Can, A Özer, M İyigün, B Vural Gökay, R Emiroğlu
Cardiac complications during and after liver transplantation are a common cause of death. Although considered to be uncommon, takotsubo cardiomyopathy, which is characterized by reversible left ventricular akinesis without coronary artery obstruction, is becoming increasingly reported. Herein we have presented a case of reversible stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy resulting in cardiac arrest in a patient undergoing liver transplantation.
December 2017: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29187535/transient-receptor-potential-channel-6-regulates-abnormal-cardiac-s-nitrosylation-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy
#18
Heaseung Sophia Chung, Grace E Kim, Ronald J Holewinski, Vidya Venkatraman, Guangshuo Zhu, Djahida Bedja, David A Kass, Jennifer E Van Eyk
Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) is an X-linked disorder with dystrophin loss that results in skeletal and cardiac muscle weakening and early death. Loss of the dystrophin-sarcoglycan complex delocalizes nitric oxide synthase (NOS) to alter its signaling, and augments mechanosensitive intracellular Ca2+ influx. The latter has been coupled to hyperactivation of the nonselective cation channel, transient receptor potential canonical channel 6 (Trpc6), in isolated myocytes. As Ca2+ also activates NOS, we hypothesized that Trpc6 would help to mediate nitric oxide (NO) dysregulation and that this would be manifest in increased myocardial S-nitrosylation, a posttranslational modification increasingly implicated in neurodegenerative, inflammatory, and muscle disease...
December 12, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29181122/oxidative-stress-and-cellular-response-to-doxorubicin-a-common-factor-in-the-complex-milieu-of-anthracycline-cardiotoxicity
#19
REVIEW
Donato Cappetta, Antonella De Angelis, Luigi Sapio, Lucia Prezioso, Michela Illiano, Federico Quaini, Francesco Rossi, Liberato Berrino, Silvio Naviglio, Konrad Urbanek
The production of reactive species is a core of the redox cycling profile of anthracyclines. However, these molecular characteristics can be viewed as a double-edged sword acting not only on neoplastic cells but also on multiple cellular targets throughout the body. This phenomenon translates into anthracycline cardiotoxicity that is a serious problem in the growing population of paediatric and adult cancer survivors. Therefore, better understanding of cellular processes that operate within but also go beyond cardiomyocytes is a necessary step to develop more effective tools for the prevention and treatment of progressive and often severe cardiomyopathy experienced by otherwise successfully treated oncologic patients...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29177706/prognostic-value-of-vasodilator-response-using-rubidium-82-positron-emission-tomography-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease
#20
Punitha Arasaratnam, Masoud Sadreddini, Yeung Yam, Vinay Kansal, Sharmila Dorbala, Marcelo F Di Carli, Rob S Beanlands, Michael E Merhige, Brent A Williams, Emir Veledar, James K Min, Li Chen, Terrence D Ruddy, Guido Germano, Daniel S Berman, Leslee J Shaw, Benjamin J W Chow
BACKGROUND: Prognostic value of positron emission tomography (PET) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) is well established. There is paucity of data on how the prognostic value of PET relates to the hemodynamic response to vasodilator stress. We hypothesize that inadequate hemodynamic response will affect the prognostic value of PET MPI. METHODS AND RESULTS: Using a multicenter rubidium (Rb)-82 PET registry, 3406 patients who underwent a clinically indicated rest/stress PET MPI with a vasodilator agent were analyzed...
November 27, 2017: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
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