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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813234/cardiac-mr-strain-a-noninvasive-biomarker-of-fibrofatty-remodeling-of-the-left-atrial-myocardium
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Adrian T Huber, Jérôme Lamy, Amer Rahhal, Morgane Evin, Fabrice Atassi, Carine Defrance, Guillaume Lebreton, Karine Clément, Myriam Berthet, Richard Isnard, Pascal Leprince, Philippe Cluzel, Stéphane N Hatem, Nadjia Kachenoura, Alban Redheuil
Purpose To determine whether left atrial (LA) strain quantification with cardiac magnetic resonance (MR) imaging feature tracking is associated with the severity of LA fibrofatty myocardial remodeling at histologic analysis. Materials and Methods This prospective case-control study was approved by the institutional review board. LA strain was evaluated with cardiac MR feature tracking between January 2014 and March 2015 in 13 consecutive patients (mean age, 61 years ± 19; nine male) with mitral regurgitation in the 24 hours before mitral valve surgery and 13 age- and sex-matched healthy control subjects...
August 16, 2017: Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812435/transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-compared-with-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-in-patients-with-anaemia
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Paola D'Errigo, Fausto Biancari, Stefano Rosato, Corrado Tamburino, Marco Ranucci, Gennaro Santoro, Marco Barbanti, Martina Ventura, Danilo Fusco, Fulvia Seccareccia
OBJECTIVES: We compared the outcome of anaemic patients undergoing transcatheter (TAVI) and surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) for severe aortic valve stenosis. METHODS: Anaemic patients (haemoglobin <13.0 g/dL in men and <12.0 g/dL in women) undergoing TAVI and SAVR from the OBSERVANT study were the subjects of this analysis. RESULTS: Preoperative anaemia was an independent predictor of 3-year mortality after either TAVI (HR 1...
August 16, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812215/proteomic-alterations-associated-with-biomechanical-dysfunction-are-early-processes-in-the-emilin1-deficient-mouse-model-of-aortic-valve-disease
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P M Angel, D A Narmoneva, M K Sewell-Loftin, C Munjal, L Dupuis, B J Landis, A Jegga, C B Kern, W D Merryman, H S Baldwin, G M Bressan, Robert B Hinton
Aortic valve (AV) disease involves stiffening of the AV cusp with progression characterized by inflammation, fibrosis, and calcification. Here, we examine the relationship between biomechanical valve function and proteomic changes before and after the development of AV pathology in the Emilin1-/- mouse model of latent AV disease. Biomechanical studies were performed to quantify tissue stiffness at the macro (micropipette) and micro (atomic force microscopy (AFM)) levels. Micropipette studies showed that the Emilin1-/- AV annulus and cusp regions demonstrated increased stiffness only after the onset of AV disease...
August 15, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812017/valve-calcification-in-aortic-stenosis-etiology-and-diagnostic-imaging-techniques
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María Manuela Izquierdo-Gómez, Iván Hernández-Betancor, Javier García-Niebla, Belén Marí-López, Ignacio Laynez-Cerdeña, Juan Lacalzada-Almeida
Aortic stenosis is the most common valvulopathy in the Western world. Its prevalence has increased significantly in recent years due to population aging; hence, up to 8% of westerners above the age of 84 now have severe aortic stenosis (Lindroos et al., 1993). This causes increased morbidity and mortality and therein lies the importance of adequate diagnosis and stratification of the degree of severity which allows planning the best therapeutic option in each case. Long understood as a passive age-related degenerative process, it is now considered a rather more complex entity involving mechanisms and factors similar to those of atherosclerosis (Stewart et al...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811941/seizure-associated-takotsubo-syndrome-a-rare-combination
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Htay Htay Kyi, Nour Aljariri Alhesan, Sunil Upadhaya, Samer Al Hadidi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is increasingly recognized in neurocritical care population especially in postmenopausal females. We are presenting a 61-year-old African American female with past medical history of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and hypertension who presented with multiple episodes of seizures due to noncompliance with antiepileptic medications. She was on telemetry which showed ST alarm. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was ordered and showed ST elevation in anterolateral leads and troponins were positive...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811765/regression-of-right-ventricular-systolic-pressure-after-successful-percutaneous-mitral-commissurotomy-in-patients-with-isolated-severe-mitral-stenosis
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Shah Zeb, Tariq Ashraf, Muhammad Hashim, Syed Nadeem Hassan Rizvi
OBJECTIVE: To know the regression of right ventricular pressure after successful percutaneous transluminalmitral commissurotomy (PTMC) in patients with severe isolated mitral stenosis. METHODS: This descriptive study was performed in inpatient and outpatient department of National Institute of Cardiovascular Disease from 1(st) February 2016 to 31(st) August 2016. Echocardiography of all patients with successful PTMC were recorded 24 hours and 06 months following PTMC to see for Regression of right ventricular pressure along with other baseline echocardiographic parameters...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811470/bias-induced-up-to-100-spin-injection-and-detection-polarizations-in-ferromagnet-bilayer-hbn-graphene-hbn-heterostructures
#7
M Gurram, S Omar, B J van Wees
We study spin transport in a fully hBN encapsulated monolayer-graphene van der Waals heterostructure at room temperature. A top-layer of bilayer-hBN is used as a tunnel barrier for spin-injection and detection in graphene with ferromagnetic cobalt electrodes. We report surprisingly large and bias-induced (differential) spin-injection (detection) polarizations up to 50% (135%) at a positive voltage bias of + 0.6 V, as well as sign inverted polarizations up to -70% (-60%) at a reverse bias of -0.4 V. This demonstrates the potential of bilayer-hBN tunnel barriers for practical graphene spintronics applications...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811463/a-light-regulated-host-guest-based-nanochannel-system-inspired-by-channelrhodopsins-protein
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Yue Sun, Junkai Ma, Fan Zhang, Fei Zhu, Yuxiao Mei, Lu Liu, Demei Tian, Haibing Li
The light-controlled gating of ion transport across membranes is central to nature (e.g., in protein channels). Herein, inspired by channelrhodopsins, we introduce a facile non-covalent approach towards light-responsive biomimetic channelrhodopsin nanochannels using host-guest interactions between a negative pillararene host and a positive azobenzene guest. By switching between threading and dethreading states with alternating visible and UV light irradiation, the functional channels can be flexible to regulate the inner surface charge of the channels, which in turn was exploited to achieve different forms of ion transport, for instance, cation-selective transport and anion-selective transport...
August 15, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811093/risk-factors-for-infective-endocarditis-in-children-with-congenital-heart-diseases-a-nationwide-population-based-case-control-study
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Li-Chuan Sun, Chih-Cheng Lai, Cheng-Yi Wang, Ya-Hui Wang, Jen-Yu Wang, Yo-Ling Hsu, Yin-Lan Hu, En-Ting Wu, Ming-Tai Lin, Leticia B Sy, Likwang Chen
BACKGROUND: Infective endocarditis (IE) is uncommon in childhood. Its associated epidemiological characteristics in patients with congenital heart disease (CHD) remain unclear. METHODS: The study population included children born in Taiwan during the years 1997 to 2005 who were diagnosed as having CHD before 3years of age. All children were followed up until the end year of 2010, the diagnosis of infective endocarditis, or death. The demographic characteristics of patients with and without IE, the invasive procedures performed during 6months before the index date, the prophylactic antibiotics related to dental procedures, and in-hospital mortality were collected...
August 12, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811002/in-debakey-type-i-aortic-dissection-bovine-aortic-arch-is-associated-with-arch-tears-and-stroke
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Julia Dumfarth, Sven Peterss, Markus Kofler, Michaela Plaikner, Bulat A Ziganshin, Thomas Schachner, Maryann Tranquilli, Michael Grimm, John A Elefteriades
BACKGROUND: The study sought to evaluate if a bovine aortic arch (BAA) influences the location of the entry site in acute aortic dissection type A (AADA) and to identify the impact of BAA on postoperative outcome, especially stroke. METHODS: A total of 315 patients underwent surgery due to AADA DeBakey type I (72.1% men, mean age 59.5 ± 13.4 years) between 2002 and 2015. Imaging studies and operative reports were screened for presence of BAA and location of the entry site...
August 12, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810644/feasibility-of-a-novel-low-volume-and-sodium-phosphate-free-bowel-preparation-regimen-for-colon-capsule-endoscopy
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Jieqiong Zhou, Xiaowei Tang, Jing Wang, Zhenyu Chen, Xinying Wang, Bo Jiang
Bowel preparation regimens for colon capsule endoscopy are not yet standardized since they are not well optimized. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the feasibility of a novel low-volume and sodium phosphate-free bowel preparation regimen for colon capsule endoscopy. A total of 31 patients were prospectively enrolled. In the novel regimen, on the day prior to examination, a low-fiber diet was permitted, 5 mg mosapride citrate was administered twice (1 h prior to lunch and supper) and 1 l polyethylene glycol was administered in the evening...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810469/psychological-factors-and-self-rated-health-an-observative-study-on-cardiological-patients
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Claudia Chiavarino, Chiara Poggio, Franco Rusconi, Anna Angela Rachele Beretta, Stefano Aglieri
This study investigated the association of illness representations, awareness of bodily states and health complaints to self-rated health in N = 150 consecutive patients with heart disease (ischaemic disease, heart failure and heart valve disease) and explored differences between 'health optimist' and 'health pessimist' patients. After controlling for medical variables, health complaints accounted for 14.2 per cent of patients' self-rated health, and illness representations contributed for another 16...
June 1, 2017: Journal of Health Psychology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810106/a-case-of-silent-q-fever-endocarditis
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Kashif Shaikh, Henry Travers, Amornpol Anuwatworn, Kalyan Potu, Brandy Pownell, Maria Stys, Adam Stys, Anoop Kumar
Q fever endocarditis is a rare, culture negative endocarditis caused by Coxiella burnetii, a spore-forming gram negative coccobacillus. Presenting symptoms can be very non-specific; thus, diagnosis may be delayed. We present a case of a 65-year-old male patient with history of aortic aneurysm who complained of chronic fatigue. He was found to have aortic valve vegetation on routine echocardiography. Q fever endocarditis was diagnosed based on elevated Q fever serology; there was absence of fever. This case illustrated a rare, under-recognized and atypical manifestation of Q fever endocarditis...
December 2016: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28809064/electrical-textile-valves-for-paper-microfluidics
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Alar Ainla, Mahiar M Hamedi, Firat Güder, George M Whitesides
This paper describes electrically-activated fluidic valves that operate based on electrowetting through textiles. The valves are fabricated from electrically conductive, insulated, hydrophobic textiles, but the concept can be extended to other porous materials. When the valve is closed, the liquid cannot pass through the hydrophobic textile. Upon application of a potential (in the range of 100-1000 V) between the textile and the liquid, the valve opens and the liquid penetrates the textile. These valves actuate in less than 1 s, require low energy (≈27 µJ per actuation), and work with a variety of aqueous solutions, including those with low surface tension and those containing bioanalytes...
August 15, 2017: Advanced Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808772/longitudinal-strain-assessed-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-correlates-to-hemodynamic-findings-in-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-predicts-positive-remodeling-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Dominik Buckert, Maciej Cieslik, Raid Tibi, Michael Radermacher, Volker Rasche, Peter Bernhardt, Vinzenz Hombach, Wolfgang Rottbauer, Jochen Wöhrle
AIMS: To assess left-ventricular strain parameters before and after transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) by feature tracking cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (FT CMR) and to correlate the findings to hemodynamic state and left-ventricular remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Patients with symptomatic AS underwent FT CMR before and after TAVR. Patients were carefully evaluated by a comprehensive work-up including CMR, echocardiography and left and right heart catheterization...
August 14, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808575/reduced-ventilation-perfusion-v-q-mismatch-following-endobronchial-valve-insertion-demonstrated-by-gallium-68-v-q-photon-emission-tomography-computed-tomography
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Paul Leong, Pierre-Yves Le Roux, Jason Callahan, Shankar Siva, Michael S Hofman, Daniel P Steinfort
Endobronchial valves (EBVs) are increasingly deployed in the management of severe emphysema. Initial studies focussed on volume reduction as the mechanism, with subsequent improvement in forced expiratory volume in 1 s (FEV1). More recent studies have emphasized importance of perfusion on predicting outcomes, though findings have been inconsistent. Gallium-68 ventilation-perfusion (V/Q) photon emission tomography (PET)/computed tomography (CT) is a novel imaging modality with advantages in spatial resolution, quantitation, and speed over conventional V/Q scintigraphy...
September 2017: Respirology Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808511/large-endocardial-rheumatoid-nodules-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-literature
#17
Allen Vantrease, Christopher Trabue, James Atkinson, Paul McNabb
Rheumatoid nodules occur frequently in patients with rheumatoid arthritis and are the most common cutaneous manifestation of the disease. Although uncommon, rheumatoid nodules may also occur on cardiac valves, where they may be large and clinically significant. They may embolize and cause stroke. They may cause regurgitant murmurs, or they may result in valvular destruction. Echocardiographically, they may mimic an atrial myxoma or appear as a vegetation. We present a patient with seronegative rheumatoid arthritis who developed an acute embolic stroke; he had peripheral stigmata of infective endocarditis on physical examination and echocardiography revealed a mitral valve vegetation...
July 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807801/impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-clinical-outcomes-and-quality-of-life-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-for-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Tomasz Tokarek, Artur Dziewierz, Agata Wiktorowicz, Maciej Bagienski, Lukasz Rzeszutko, Danuta Sorysz, Pawel Kleczynski, Dariusz Dudek
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus (DM) has been considered as a marker of poor prognosis after cardiac surgery. We sought to investigate the impact of DM on clinical outcomes and quality of life (QoL) after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). METHODS: A total of 148 consecutive patients with symptomatic, severe aortic stenosis who underwent TAVI were included. Baseline characteristics, procedural and long-term clinical outcomes as well as the results of frailty and QoL assessment with EQ-5D-3L questionnaire were compared between patients with and without DM...
August 11, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807552/assessment-of-deformation-of-the-mitral-valve-complex-during-off-pump-coronary-artery-bypass-surgery-using-three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-a-porcine-model
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Takashi Igarashi, Masumi Iwai-Takano, Hiroki Wakamatsu, Mineyuki Haruta, Sadao Omata, Hitoshi Yokoyama
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to assess the deformation of the mitral valve complex during the displacement of the beating heart by using three-dimensional echocardiography in a porcine off-pump coronary artery bypass grafting (OPCAB) model. METHODS: In nine healthy swine, we positioned the beating heart as an OPCAB model, i.e. control, left anterior descending artery (LAD), right coronary artery (RCA), and left circumflex artery (LCX) positions. In each position, three-dimensional echocardiography was performed to assess the mitral valve complex with hemodynamic parameters...
August 11, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807477/echocardiographic-features-and-clinical-outcomes-of-flail-mitral-leaflet-without-severe-mitral-regurgitation
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Devin W Kehl, Florian Rader, Robert J Siegel
BACKGROUND: Flail mitral leaflet is a common complication of degenerative mitral regurgitation (MR) and is generally equated with severe MR. However, a flail mitral leaflet is not always associated with severe MR. The hemodynamic and clinical significance of a flail leaflet in the absence of severe MR has not been characterized. The authors identified cases of flail mitral leaflet associated with only mild or moderate MR and evaluated their echocardiographic features and clinical outcomes...
August 11, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
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