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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27936430/collagen-tissue-treated-with-chitosan-solution-in-h2o-co2-mixtures-influence-of-clathrates-hydrates-on-the-structure-and-mechanical-properties
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Ivan S Chaschin, Natalia P Bakuleva, Timofei E Grigoriev, Sergey V Krasheninnikov, Lev N Nikitin
A mixture of water/carbon dioxide is a "green" perspective solvent from the viewpoint of biomedical applications. Clathrate hydrates are formed this solvent under certain conditions and a very interesting question is the impact of clathrates hydrates on the structure and properties of bovine pericardium, which is used in biomedicine, in particular as a main part of biological heart valve prostheses. The aim of the present work is to investigate the influence of clathrates on the structure and mechanical properties of the collagen tissue treated with chitosan in H2O/CO2 mixtures under pressure 3...
November 30, 2016: Journal of the Mechanical Behavior of Biomedical Materials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935958/synchronization-and-random-triggering-of-lymphatic-vessel-contractions
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James W Baish, Christian Kunert, Timothy P Padera, Lance L Munn
The lymphatic system is responsible for transporting interstitial fluid back to the bloodstream, but unlike the cardiovascular system, lacks a centralized pump-the heart-to drive flow. Instead, each collecting lymphatic vessel can individually contract and dilate producing unidirectional flow enforced by intraluminal check valves. Due to the large number and spatial distribution of such pumps, high-level coordination would be unwieldy. This leads to the question of how each segment of lymphatic vessel responds to local signals that can contribute to the coordination of pumping on a network basis...
December 2016: PLoS Computational Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935893/-results-of-using-various-methods-of-autovenous-femoropopliteal-bypass-grafting-below-the-knee-joint-fissure
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B S Sukovatykh, L N Belikov, M B Sukovatykh, D V Sidorov, M A Inarkhov, E B Inokhodova
The objective of the study was to improve therapeutic outcomes in patients presenting with lower limb critical ischaemia by means of optimizing the technique of femoropopliteal bypass grafting. The authors analysed the results of comprehensive examination and treatment of a total of 90 patients presenting with critical lower limb ischaemia on the background of atherosclerotic lesions of arteries of the femoropopliteal and crural segments. Depending on the technology of performing femoropopliteal bypass grafting, the patients were subdivided into three groups each consisting of 30 subjects...
2016: Angiologii︠a︡ i Sosudistai︠a︡ Khirurgii︠a︡, Angiology and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27935265/modelling-mitral-valvular-dynamics-current-trend-and-future-directions
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Hao Gao, Nan Qi, Liuyang Feng, Xingshuang Ma, Mark Danton, Colin Berry, Xiaoyu Luo
Dysfunction of mitral valve causes morbidity and premature mortality and remains a leading medical problem worldwide. Computational modelling aims to understand the biomechanics of human mitral valve and could lead to the development of new treatment, prevention and diagnosis of mitral valve diseases. Compared with the aortic valve, the mitral valve has been much less studied owing to its highly complex structure and strong interaction with the blood flow and the ventricles. However, the interest in mitral valve modelling is growing, and the sophistication level is increasing with the advanced development of computational technology and imaging tools...
December 9, 2016: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934805/comparison-of-clinical-effects-of-beclomethasone-dipropionate-budesonide-in-treatment-of-children-with-mild-persistent-asthma-a-double-blind-randomized-controlled-study
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Anju Singh, Devki Nandan, Vivek Dewan, Jhuma Sankar
BACKGROUND & OBJECTIVES: Various inhaled corticosteroids (ICSs) are available to control the symptoms of asthma. Although beclomethasone dipropionate (BDP) and budesonide (BUD) are one of the oldest ICSs, their wide availability and low cost make them attractive options in developing countries. Due to lack of consensus on which of the two drugs is better for controlling mild persistent asthma, we undertook this study to compare the efficacy of these two drugs by measuring the change in percentage predicted forced expiratory volume in one second (FEV 1 ) from baseline in children with mild persistent asthma...
August 2016: Indian Journal of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934625/ultrasonographic-findings-in-two-sheep-with-enzootic-calcinosis
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U Braun, K Mitchell, S Schramm, S Nogler, J Hatt, A Malbon
This report describes 2 sheep with enzootic calcinosis characterized by abnormal cardiovascular and respiratory findings and ascites causing abdominal distension. Both sheep were anorexic and listless and had increased heart and respiratory rates. Auscultation of the heart revealed a gallop rhythm in sheep 1 and a loud systolic heart murmur in sheep 2. The activities of liver enzymes were severely increased in both sheep. Abdominal ultrasonography showed severe ascites and congestion of the liver and caudal vena cava...
December 2016: Schweizer Archiv Für Tierheilkunde
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934611/a-multicentre-european-registry-to-evaluate-the-direct-flow-medical-transcatheter-aortic-valve-system-for-the-treatment-of-patients-with-severe-aortic-stenosis
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Christoph K Naber, Stylianos A Pyxaras, Hüseyin Ince, Peter Frambach, Antonio Colombo, Christian Butter, Fernando Gatto, Ulrich Hink, Georg Nickenig, Giuseppe Bruschi, Guus Brueren, Didier Tchétché, Peter Den Heijer, Wolfgang Schillinger, Smita Scholtz, Jan Van der Heyden, Thierry Lefèvre, Martine Gilard, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Joachim Schofer, Dimitar Divchev, Helmut Baumgartner, Federico Asch, Daniel Wagner, Azeem Latib, Federico De Marco, Stephan Kische
AIMS: Our aim was to assess the clinical outcomes of the Direct Flow Medical Transcatheter Aortic Valve System (DFM-TAVS), when used in routine clinical practice. METHODS AND RESULTS: This is a prospective, open-label, multicentre, post-market registry of patients treated with DFM-TAVS according to approved commercial indications. Echocardiographic and angiographic data were evaluated by an independent core laboratory and adverse events were adjudicated and classified according to VARC-2 criteria by an independent clinical events committee...
December 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27934103/simultaneous-identification-and-antimicrobial-susceptibility-testing-of-multiple-uropathogens-on-a-microfluidic-chip-with-paper-supported-cell-culture-arrays
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Banglao Xu, Yan Du, Jinqiong Lin, Mingyue Qi, Bowen Shu, Xiaoxia Wen, Guangtie Liang, Bin Chen, Dayu Liu
A microfluidic chip was developed for one-step identification and antimicrobial susceptibility testing (AST) of multiple uropathogens. The polydimethylsiloxane (PDMS) microchip used had features of cell culture chamber arrays connected through a sample introduction channel. At the bottom of each chamber, a paper substrate preloaded with chromogenic media and antimicrobial agents was embedded. By integrating a hydrophobic membrane valve on the microchip, the urine sample can be equally distributed into and confined in individual chambers...
December 6, 2016: Analytical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933590/three-dimensional-rotational-angiography-for-assessment-of-coronary-arteries-during-melody-valve-implantation-introducing-a%C3%A2-technique-that-may-improve-outcomes
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C R Pockett, J W Moore, H G El-Said
BACKGROUND: Adverse events from Melody valve implantation may be catastrophic. To date a role for three dimensional rotational angiography of the aortic root (3DRAA) during Melody valve implantation has not been established. OBJECTIVES: To describe the role of 3DRAA in the assessment of Melody valve candidacy and to demonstrate that it may improve outcomes. METHODS: All patients who underwent cardiac catheterisation for Melody valve implantation and 3DRAA between August 2013 and February 2015 were reviewed...
December 8, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933588/mitraclip-step-by-step-how-to-simplify-the-procedure
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M A Sherif, L Paranskaya, S Yuecel, S Kische, O Thiele, G D'Ancona, A Neuhausen-Abramkina, J Ortak, H Ince, A Öner
The MitraClip system is a device for percutaneous edge-to-edge reconstruction of the mitral valve in patients with severe mitral regurgitation who are deemed at high risk for surgery. Studies have underlined the therapeutic benefit of the MitraClip system for patients at extreme and high risk for mitral valve surgery, suffering from either degenerative or functional mitral regurgitation. The MitraClip procedure shows low peri-procedural complication rates, and a significant reduction in mitral regurgitation, as well as an improvement in functional capacity and most importantly quality of life...
December 8, 2016: Netherlands Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933393/prevalence-and-prognostic-impact-of-left-sided-valve-thickening-in-systemic-light-chain-amyloidosis
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Dania Mohty, Sarah Pradel, Julien Magne, Bahaa Fadel, Cyrille Boulogne, Vincent Petitalot, Safaa Raboukhi, Nicole Darodes, Thibaud Damy, Victor Aboyans, Arnaud Jaccard
BACKGROUND: Left heart valve thickening (LVT) was described in patients with light-chain amyloidosis (AL). This phenomenon reflects likely infiltration of the valve by amyloid proteins. However, the prevalence of LVT and its prognostic value have not been investigated in patients with AL. METHODS AND RESULTS: Comprehensive transthoracic echocardiography was performed at baseline in 150 patients [median age 68 (33-87) years; 59% male] with confirmed AL. The presence of abnormal mitral and/or aortic valve thickening (>3 mm) was assessed in all included patients...
December 8, 2016: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27933106/screening-detected-rheumatic-heart-disease-can-progress-to-severe-disease
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Daniel Engelman, Gavin R Wheaton, Reapi L Mataika, Joseph H Kado, Samantha M Colquhoun, Bo Remenyi, Andrew C Steer
OBJECTIVES: Echocardiography is a sensitive test for rheumatic heart disease (RHD) screening; however the natural history of RHD detected on screening has not been established. We aimed to evaluate the progression of screening-detected RHD in Fiji. METHODS: All young people previously diagnosed with RHD through screening, with echocardiograms available for review, were eligible. All baseline echocardiograms were reported again. Participants underwent follow-up echocardiography...
2016: Heart Asia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932432/fungal-mobile-mass-on-echocardiogram-native-mitral-valve-aspergillus-fumigatus-endocarditis
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Rymon Rofaiel, Yosra Turkistani, David McCarty, Seyed M Hosseini-Moghaddam
The most common type of infective endocarditis is bacterial endocarditis. However, fungal infections have been seen more frequently, mostly in the immunocompromised population. We report a case of invasive Aspergillus fumigatus native mitral valve endocarditis. The patient received appropriate empiric antifungal treatment with a combination of liposomal amphotericin B and flucytosine, associated with surgical debridement, valve replacement and chordae tendineae repair. Despite receiving the standard treatment of Aspergillus endocarditis, and susceptibility of the microorganism to the antifungal regimen, the patient, unexpectedly, developed early-onset septic emboli...
December 8, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932350/role-of-noncanonical-wnts-signaling-pathway-in-human-aortic-valve-calcification
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Isabella Albanese, Bin Yu, Hamood Al-Kindi, Bianca Barratt, Leah Ott, Mohammad Al-Refai, Benoit de Varennes, Dominique Shum-Tim, Marta Cerruti, Ophélie Gourgas, Eric Rhéaume, Jean-Claude Tardif, Adel Schwertani
OBJECTIVE: The mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of aortic valve calcification remain unclear. With accumulating evidence demonstrating that valve calcification recapitulates bone development, the crucial roles of noncanonical Wnt ligands WNT5a, WNT5b, and WNT11 in osteogenesis make them critical targets in the study of aortic valve calcification. APPROACH AND RESULTS: Using immunohistochemistry, RT-PCR, Western blotting, and tissue culture, we examined the tissue distribution of WNT5a, WNT5b, and WNT11 in noncalcified and calcified aortic valves and their effects on human aortic valve interstitial cells (HAVICs)...
December 8, 2016: Arteriosclerosis, Thrombosis, and Vascular Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932181/use-of-terlipressin-in-an-elderly-patient-with-moderate-aortic-valve-stenosis-accompanied-by-episodic-atrial-fibrillation-during-liver-transplantation-a-case-report
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Y J Won, B G Lim, D Chung, E Park, H Kim, I O Lee, M H Kong
Anesthesia for patients with moderate aortic stenosis accompanied by atrial fibrillation during high-risk surgery such as liver transplantation remains a challenge in maintaining control of heart rate and maintenance of cardiac output. The action of terlipressin on vasopressin receptors (mainly V1 receptors) leads to splanchnic vasoconstriction and is the key mechanism responsible for increasing systemic vascular resistance and reducing heart rate. We report successful anesthetic management using low-dose terlipressin infusion in an elderly patient who had moderate aortic stenosis with atrial fibrillation during urgent deceased-donor liver transplantation...
November 2016: Transplantation Proceedings
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27932024/postoperative-myocardial-infarction-in-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection-a-report-from-the-international-registry-of-acute-aortic-dissection
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Stephen D Waterford, Marco Di Eusanio, Marek P Ehrlich, T Brett Reece, Nimesh D Desai, Thoralf M Sundt, Truls Myrmel, Thomas G Gleason, Alberto Forteza, Carlo de Vincentiis, Anthony W DiScipio, Daniel G Montgomery, Kim A Eagle, Eric M Isselbacher, Anja Muehle, Aamir Shah, Daisy Chou, Christoph A Nienaber, Ali Khoynezhad
OBJECTIVE: Postoperative myocardial infarction remains a serious complication in cardiac surgery. The incidence and impact of this condition in acute type A aortic dissection are poorly understood. METHODS: A total of 1445 patients with acute type A aortic dissection who underwent surgery were enrolled in the International Registry of Acute Aortic Dissection from 1996 to 2013. Individuals with preoperative myocardial infarction at hospital presentation and a history of myocardial infarction were excluded...
November 14, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931726/meta-analysis-of-impact-of-diabetes-mellitus-on-outcomes-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
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Yinghao Sun, Xianbao Liu, Yuxin He, Mengyao Tang, Qifeng Zhu, Xiaobin Xu, Dongyu Guo, Keda Shi, Po Hu, Lihan Wang, Huijia Kong, Jubo Jiang, Xiaoping Lin, Qiyuan Xu, Feng Gao, Jian'an Wang
To date, the impact of diabetes mellitus (DM) on prognosis after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is still contradictory and thus merits further investigation. The purpose of this meta-analysis was to evaluate the impact of DM on outcomes after TAVI. A systematic search of the PubMed database was performed. Primary end points were 30-day and 1-year all-cause mortality after TAVI. Risk ratios (RRs) and 95% CIs were calculated using the random-effect or fixed-effect model, depending on heterogeneity between studies, and p values <0...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931723/psoas-muscle-area-as-a-predictor-of-outcomes-in-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#18
Lohit Garg, Sahil Agrawal, Timothy Pew, George S Hanzel, Amr E Abbas, Michael J Gallagher, Francis L Shannon, Ivan D Hanson
Frailty is a powerful predictor of outcomes after transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Sarcopenia as assessed by psoas muscle area (PMA) is a validated tool to assess frailty before surgical procedures. We evaluated PMA as a predictor of outcomes after TAVI in 152 consecutive patients who underwent this procedure at our institution from 2011 to 2014. Preoperative computed tomography scans were used to measure PMA, which then was indexed to body surface area. Outcomes evaluated included (1) early poor outcome (30 days mortality, stroke, dialysis, and prolonged ventilation), (2) 1-year mortality, and (3) high-resource utilization (length of stay >7 days, discharge to rehabilitation, or readmission within 30 days)...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931592/the-rationale-for-performance-of-coronary%C3%A2-angiography-and-stenting-before-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-from-the-interventional-section-leadership-council-of-the-american-college-of-cardiology
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REVIEW
Stephen Ramee, Saif Anwaruddin, Gautam Kumar, Robert N Piana, Vasilis Babaliaros, Tanveer Rab, Lloyd W Klein
Transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) is an effective, nonsurgical treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis. The optimal treatment strategy for treating concomitant coronary artery disease (CAD) has not been tested prospectively in a randomized clinical trial. Nevertheless, it is standard practice in the United States to perform coronary angiography and percutaneous coronary intervention for significant CAD at least 1 month before TAVR. All existing clinical trials were designed using this strategy...
December 12, 2016: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27931555/risk-factor-profile-of-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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I Sathyamurthy, Shaji Alex, K Kirubakaran, G Sengottuvelu, K N Srinivasan
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis and coronary artery disease share common risk factors. In some of the previous studies statins have been used to retard the progression of aortic stenosis, but the results were inconsistent. METHODS: One hundred and ten patients of CAS above the age of 40 years have undergone clinical, biochemical and echocardiographic evaluation. Coronary angiograms were done in 66% of them. RESULTS: Male to female ratio was 2:1...
November 2016: Indian Heart Journal
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