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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28454480/immobilization-of-ph-sensitive-cdte-quantum-dots-in-a-poly-acrylate-hydrogel-for-microfluidic-applications
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M Franke, S Leubner, A Dubavik, A George, T Savchenko, C Pini, P Frank, D Melnikau, Y Rakovich, N Gaponik, A Eychmüller, A Richter
Microfluidic devices present the basis of modern life sciences and chemical information processing. To control the flow and to allow optical readout, a reliable sensor material that can be easily utilized for microfluidic systems is in demand. Here, we present a new optical readout system for pH sensing based on pH sensitive, photoluminescent glutathione capped cadmium telluride quantum dots that are covalently immobilized in a poly(acrylate) hydrogel. For an applicable pH sensing the generated hybrid material is integrated in a microfluidic sensor chip setup...
December 2017: Nanoscale Research Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453968/association-of-altered-collagen-content-and-lysyl-oxidase-expression-in-degenerative-mitral-valve-disease
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K-Raman Purushothaman, Meerarani Purushothaman, Irene C Turnbull, David H Adams, Anelechi Anyanwu, Prakash Krishnan, Annapoorna Kini, Samin K Sharma, William N O'Connor, Pedro R Moreno
BACKGROUND: Collagen cross-linking is mediated by lysyl oxidase (LOX) enzyme in the extracellular matrix (ECM) of mitral valve leaflets. Alterations in collagen content and LOX protein expression in the ECM of degenerative mitral valve may enhance leaflet expansion and disease severity. METHODS: Twenty posterior degenerative mitral valve leaflets from patients with severe mitral regurgitation were obtained at surgery. Five normal posterior mitral valve leaflets procured during autopsy served as controls...
April 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453880/predicting-postnatal-renal-function-of-prenatally-detected-posterior-urethral-valves-using-fetal-diffusion-weighted-magnetic-resonance-imaging-with-apparent-diffusion-coefficient-determination
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Alice Faure, Nicoleta Panait, Michel Panuel, Pierre Alessandrini, Claude D'Ercole, Kathia Chaumoitre, Thierry Merrot
METHODS: Between 2003 and 2014, 11 MRI were performed on fetuses (between 28-32 weeks) in whom second trimester sonography suggested severe bilateral urinary tract anomalies, suspected of PUV. RESULTS: The ADC of the 11 fetuses ranged from 1.3 to 2.86 mm2 s - 1 (median = 1.79 mm2s - 1, normal range for fetal kidney: 1.1-1.8). Two pregnancies with ADC > 2.6 mm2s - 1 were interrupted; the autopsy confirmed PUV and Potter syndrome. For the remaining nine babies, the follow-up was 5...
April 28, 2017: Prenatal Diagnosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453816/the-incidence-predictive-factors-and-prognosis-of-acute-pulmonary-complications-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Tetsuro Shimura, Masanori Yamamoto, Ai Kagase, Atsuko Kodama, Seiji Kano, Yutaka Koyama, Norio Tada, Kensuke Takagi, Motoharu Araki, Futoshi Yamanaka, Shinichi Shirai, Yusuke Watanabe, Kentaro Hayashida
OBJECTIVES: Although acute pulmonary complications (APCs), such as the exacerbation of pulmonary disease (PD) or a newly developed pulmonary event, are thought to be catastrophic after invasive therapy, little is known about the occurrence of APCs after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This study aims to clarify the incidence, predictive factors and impact of APCs on prognosis after TAVI. METHODS: We identified 749 patients who underwent TAVI, using data from the Optimized CathEter vAlvular iNtervention (OCEAN-TAVI) Japanese multicentre registry...
April 26, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453794/blood-flow-competition-after-aortic-valve-bypass-an-evaluation-using-computational-fluid-dynamics
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Koji Kawahito, Naoyuki Kimura, Kenji Komiya, Masanori Nakamura, Yoshio Misawa
OBJECTIVES: Aortic valve bypass (AVB) (apico-aortic conduit) remains an effective surgical alternative for patients in whom surgical aortic valve replacement or transcatheter aortic valve implantation is not feasible. However, specific complications include thrombus formation, possibly caused by stagnation arising from flow competition between the antegrade and retrograde flow, but this has not been fully investigated. The aim of this study was to analyse flow characteristics after AVB and to elucidate mechanisms of intra-aortic thrombus using computational fluid dynamics (CFD)...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453792/triple-valve-surgery-through-a-less-invasive-approach-early-and-mid-term-results
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Petar Risteski, Nadejda Monsefi, Aleksandra Miskovic, Tanja Josic, Sherife Bala, Razan Salem, Andreas Zierer, Anton Moritz
OBJECTIVES: A partial upper sternotomy has become established as a less invasive approach mainly for single and double valve surgery. This report evaluates the clinical outcomes of triple valve surgery performed through a partial upper sternotomy. METHODS: We reviewed the medical records of 37 consecutive patients (28 men, 76%) who underwent triple valve surgery through a partial upper sternotomy between 2005 and 2015. The patients' mean age was 67 ± 17 years; 27 (73%) were in New York Heart Association Class III or IV...
May 1, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453629/long-term-outcomes-of-a-rapid-deployment-aortic-valve-data-up-to-5-years%C3%A2
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Günther Laufer, Axel Haverich, Martin Andreas, Friedrich W Mohr, Thomas Walther, Malakh Shrestha, Parwis Rahmanian, David Holzhey, Matthias Roth, Christoph Schmitz, René Schramm, Christophe Giot, Thorsten C W Wahlers
OBJECTIVES: Rapid deployment aortic valve replacement (AVR) has been developed to facilitate minimally invasive approaches for cardiac surgery and shorten procedural times. TRITON is a prospectively designed study to assess safety and efficacy of rapid deployment AVR with Edwards INTUITY valve system. This report presents the 5-year outcomes of the TRITON trial. METHODS: A total of 295 patients with aortic valve stenosis were enrolled in the TRITON trial and 287 patients received the study valve...
April 26, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28453437/umbilical-cord-as-human-cell-source-for-mitral-valve-tissue-engineering-venous-vs-arterial-cells
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Axel Malischewski, Ricardo Moreira, Luis Hurtado, Valentine Gesché, Thomas Schmitz-Rode, Stefan Jockenhoevel, Petra Mela
Around 2% of the population in developed nations are affected by mitral valve disease and available valvular replacements are not designed for the atrioventricular position. Recently our group developed the first tissue-engineered heart valve (TEHV) specifically designed for the mitral position - the TexMi valve. The valve recapitulates the main components of the native valve, i.e. annulus, asymmetric leaflets and the crucial chordae tendineae. In the present study, we evaluated the human umbilical cord as a clinically applicable cell source for the TexMi valve...
April 28, 2017: Biomedizinische Technik. Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449514/left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-due-to-a-left-ventricular-myxoma-that-was-misidentified-as-an-accessory-mitral-valve-tissue
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Seung-Hoon Baek, Hee Young Kim, Hyae Jin Kim, Sang Wook Shin, Hye Jin Kim, Yun Mi Choi, Eun Ji Choi, Eunjung Chang, Hong-Sik Son
We report obstruction of the left ventricle outflow tract (LVOT) caused by cardiac myxoma that was misidentified as an accessory mitral valve tissue preoperatively. A 65-year-old woman presented with chest discomfort that persisted for 7 days. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) revealed a mobile, low-echogenic, balloon-shaped mass attached to the anterior mitral valve leaflet and papillary muscle, which was suspected to be an accessory mitral valve tissue. Because the mass caused LVOT obstruction and it could result in hemodynamic instability, emergency operation was performed...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449506/surgical-resection-of-right-ventricular-rhabdomyoma-under-the-guidance-of-transesophageal-echocardiography-on-a-beating-heart
#10
Xueguang Han, Haibo Song, Li Zhou, Chunling Jiang
Cardiac rhabdomyoma, a type of benign myocardial tumor, is regarded as the most common fetal cardiac tumor. Rhabdomyomas are usually found before birth or during the first year of life. It is widely accepted that rhabdomyomas are strongly associated with tuberous sclerosis, and tend to regress spontaneously without surgical excision. However, if the tumor has caused significant obstruction or refractory arrhythmias, the surgery should be advocated. Most of the surgeries for pediatric cardiac tumors are performed under cardiopulmonary bypass (CPB) with cardioplegia...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449479/early-results-of-the-sorin-%C3%A2-perceval-s-sutureless-valve-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Karan Sian, Sheila Li, Daneish Selvakumar, Ross Mejia
BACKGROUND: Minimally invasive aortic valve replacement (MAVR) has demonstrated a benefit with respect to increased patient satisfaction due to minimised pain and earlier recovery. Sutureless valves may benefit MAVR and conventional aortic valve replacement (AVR) by reducing operative times and blood transfusion requirements. The Perceval valve (Sorin, Salluggia, Italy) is a self-expanding prosthesis made from bovine pericardium mounted in a nitinol stent, designed to simplify the implantation of an aortic valve...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449360/biologic-variability-of-cardiac-troponin-i-in-healthy-dogs-and-dogs-with-different-stages-of-myxomatous-mitral-valve-disease-using-standard-and-high-sensitivity-immunoassays
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Randolph L Winter, Ashley B Saunders, Sonya G Gordon, Matthew W Miller, Geoffrey T Fosgate, Jan S Suchodolski, Jörg M Steiner
BACKGROUND: Biologic variability (BV) is one aspect of interpreting changes in biomarker concentrations known to be clinically important in people with cardiac disease, but it has not been adequately addressed in dogs so far. OBJECTIVES: The purpose of the study was to determine BV of cardiac troponin I (cTnI) in healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of myxomatous mitral valve disease (MMVD). METHODS: Healthy dogs and dogs with 3 stages of MMVD were prospectively assigned to groups based on comprehensive clinical evaluation using current guidelines...
April 27, 2017: Veterinary Clinical Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28449316/does-my-high-blood-pressure-improve-your-survival-overall-and-subgroup-learning-curves-in-health
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Raf Van Gestel, Tobias Müller, Johan Bosmans
Learning curves in health are of interest for a wide range of medical disciplines, healthcare providers, and policy makers. In this paper, we distinguish between three types of learning when identifying overall learning curves: economies of scale, learning from cumulative experience, and human capital depreciation. In addition, we approach the question of how treating more patients with specific characteristics predicts provider performance. To soften collinearity problems, we explore the use of least absolute shrinkage and selection operator regression as a variable selection method and Theil-Goldberger mixed estimation to augment the available information...
April 27, 2017: Health Economics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448974/the-feasibility-and-safety-of-interventional-occlusion-treatment-of-intracristal-ventricular-septal-defects-clinical-report-of-56-cases
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Ting Cui, Wanfeng Sun, Yanhong He, Guopei Zhang, Dajie Wang, Yudong Xia, Feng Wang, Mingxing Zhu
BACKGROUND: To investigate the feasibility and safety of the O eccentric shape occluder in the interventional occlusion treatment of intracristal ventricular septal defect (IVSD). METHODS: A retrospective analysis of the clinical data of 56 IVSD patients treated by interventional occlusion at our center, as well as recording of their intraoperative and postoperative status, was performed. RESULTS: Of the 56 patients, a total of 48 patients underwent successful occlusion during the first surgical attempt...
April 28, 2017: Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448124/bioinspired-engineering-of-poly-ethylene-glycol-hydrogels-and-natural-protein-fibers-for-layered-heart-valve-constructs
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Qian Li, Yun Bai, Tao Jin, Shuo Wang, Wei Cui, Ilinca Stanciulescu, Rui Yang, Hemin Nie, Linshan Wang, Xing Zhang
Layered constructs from poly(ethylene glycol) (PEG) hydrogels and chicken eggshell membranes (ESMs) are fabricated, which can be further crosslinked by glutaraldehyde (GA) to form GA-PEG-ESM composites. Our results indicate that ESMs composed of protein fibrous networks show elastic moduli ~3.3-5.0 MPa and elongation percentages ~47-56%, close to human heart valve leaflets. Finite element simulations reveal obvious stress concentration on a partial number of fibers in the GA-crosslinked ESM (GA-ESM) samples, which can be alleviated by efficient stress distribution among multiple layers of ESMs embedded in PEG hydrogels...
April 27, 2017: ACS Applied Materials & Interfaces
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446973/bronchoscopic-valves-for-prolonged-air-leak-current-status-and-technique
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REVIEW
Amit K Mahajan, Sandeep J Khandhar
Unidirectional airway valves are devices used for the treatment of persistent air leaks (PALs) secondary to alveolar-pleural fistulas (APF) or bronchopleural fistulas (BPFs). These valves were originally developed as a non-surgical alternative to lung volume reduction surgery (LVRS) for patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD). Randomized trials investigating the use of valves for bronchoscopic LVRS did not lead to the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) approval, but stemming from these studies a Humanitarian Device Exemption (HDE) was granted to Spiration intrabronchial valves (IBVs) for the treatment of PALs...
March 2017: Journal of Thoracic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446857/hemolytic-anemia-caused-by-kinking-of-dacron-grafts-implanted-in-repair-of-after-aortic-dissection
#17
Feridoun Sabzi, Fahimeh Ghasemi, Atefeh Asadmobini
BACKGROUND: Hemolytic anemia caused by a kinked Dacron graft is a rare complication after repair of acute aortic dissection. We present a case of hemolytic anemia due to kinking of previously implanted Dacron graft for ascending aorta dissection treated by surgery and replaced with new Dacron. CASE DETAILS: We report a case of postoperative hemolytic anemia with kinking of the graft at the outer graft layer and intra luminal bulging of the inner graft. Postoperative computed tomography showed Dacron graft kinking at the mid part of the graft...
September 2016: Ethiopian Journal of Health Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28446492/hepatic-fibrosis-is-universal-following-fontan-operation-and-severity-is-associated-with-time-from-surgery-a-liver-biopsy-and-hemodynamic-study
#18
David J Goldberg, Lea F Surrey, Andrew C Glatz, Kathryn Dodds, Michael L O'Byrne, Henry C Lin, Mark Fogel, Jonathan J Rome, Elizabeth B Rand, Pierre Russo, Jack Rychik
BACKGROUND: Congestive hepatopathy is a recognized complication of Fontan physiology. Data regarding the incidence of hepatopathy and risk factors are lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: Liver biopsies and cardiac catherizations were performed as part of an evaluation offered to all patients ≥10 years after Fontan. Quantitative determination of hepatic fibrosis was performed using Sirius red staining with automated calculation of collagen deposition per slide (%CD)...
April 26, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445803/jetvalve-rapid-manufacturing-of-biohybrid-scaffolds-for-biomimetic-heart-valve-replacement
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Andrew K Capulli, Maximillian Y Emmert, Francesco S Pasqualini, Debora Kehl, Etem Caliskan, Johan U Lind, Sean P Sheehy, Sung Jin Park, Seungkuk Ahn, Benedikt Weber, Josue A Goss, Simon P Hoerstrup, Kevin Kit Parker
Tissue engineered scaffolds have emerged as a promising solution for heart valve replacement because of their potential for regeneration. However, traditional heart valve tissue engineering has relied on resource-intensive, cell-based manufacturing, which increases cost and hinders clinical translation. To overcome these limitations, in situ tissue engineering approaches aim to develop scaffold materials and manufacturing processes that elicit endogenous tissue remodeling and repair. Yet despite recent advances in synthetic materials manufacturing, there remains a lack of cell-free, automated approaches for rapidly producing biomimetic heart valve scaffolds...
April 18, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28445597/taller-height-as-a-risk-factor-for-venous-thromboembolism-a-mendelian-randomization-meta-analysis
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N S Roetker, S M Armasu, J S Pankow, P L Lutsey, W Tang, M A Rosenberg, T M Palmer, R F MacLehose, S R Heckbert, M Cushman, M de Andrade, A R Folsom
BACKGROUND: Taller height is associated with greater risk of venous thromboembolism (VTE). OBJECTIVES: We used instrumental variable (IV) techniques (Mendelian randomization) to further explore this relationship METHODS: Participants of European ancestry were included from two cohort studies [Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) study and Cardiovascular Health Study (CHS)] and one case-control study [Mayo Clinic VTE Study (Mayo)]. We created two weighted genetic risk scores (GRS) for height; the full GRS included 668 single nucleotide polymorphisms (SNPs) from a previously published meta-analysis and the restricted GRS included a subset of 362 SNPs not associated with weight independently of height...
April 26, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Haemostasis: JTH
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