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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220141/adhesive-peptide-sequences-regulate-valve-interstitial-cell-adhesion-phenotype-and-extracellular-matrix-deposition
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Yan Wu, K Jane Grande-Allen, Jennifer L West
Knowledge of how extracellular matrix (ECM) binding impacts valve interstitial cells (VICs) is critical not only to better understanding the etiology of valvular diseases but also to constructing living valve substitutes that can grow and remodel. Use of ECM-mimicking adhesive peptides with specific affinity to different receptors provides insights into adhesion-mediated cell signaling and downstream outcomes. Expression of adhesion receptors by VICs was assessed by flow cytometry and used to guide the choice of peptides studied...
December 2016: Cellular and Molecular Bioengineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195551/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-echocardiography-reflect-volume-changes-during-pregnancy
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Janet M Burlingame, Kelly Yamasato, Hyeong Jun Ahn, Todd Seto, W H Wilson Tang
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) and cardiac structure and function in normal women through pregnancy and the postpartum. METHODS: In this prospective observational study, we obtained serial transthoracic echocardiograms, BNP, and NT-proBNP at seven intervals from 6 weeks' gestation through 12 months postpartum. Women with hypertension or cardiac disease were excluded. Using 6-12 months postpartum as reference for non-pregnant levels, echocardiogram measurements and BNP/NT-proBNP were compared over time using linear mixed models with Tukey-Kramer adjustment for multiple comparisons...
February 14, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183437/cardiac-3d-printing-and-its-future-directions
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Marija Vukicevic, Bobak Mosadegh, James K Min, Stephen H Little
Three-dimensional (3D) printing is at the crossroads of printer and materials engineering, noninvasive diagnostic imaging, computer-aided design, and structural heart intervention. Cardiovascular applications of this technology development include the use of patient-specific 3D models for medical teaching, exploration of valve and vessel function, surgical and catheter-based procedural planning, and early work in designing and refining the latest innovations in percutaneous structural devices. In this review, we discuss the methods and materials being used for 3D printing today...
February 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28179019/infective-endocarditis-following-tumor-necrosis-factor-%C3%AE-antagonist-therapy-for-management-of-psoriatic-erythroderma-a-case-report
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Takuro Mizuno, Jun Kiyosawa, Akihiro Fukuda, Seiji Watanabe, Nozomu Kurose, Takayuki Nojima, Tsugiyasu Kanda
BACKGROUND: The introduction of biological agents, such as infliximab, which act against tumor necrosis factor-α was a major advance for the treatment of an increasing number of chronic diseases. Tumor necrosis factor-α antagonists represent a major therapeutic advance for the management of chronic inflammatory diseases, such as psoriasis. Previous studies have reported that the use of tumor necrosis factor-α antagonists increased the risk of opportunistic infections and reactivation of latent bacterial infections...
February 9, 2017: Journal of Medical Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28151530/-quality-of-life-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-a-comprehensive-literature-review-and-critical-appraisal
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Susy Ferrari, Cristina Ciuca, Enrica Grisoglio, Tiziana Claudia Aranzulla, Davide Gabbieri, Lavinia Vecchio Verderame, Flavia Dispensa, Cinzia Caruso, Alda Carmela Di Mauro, Omar Di Gregorio, Claudia Pandolfi, Silvia Rongoni, Giovanni Ottoboni, Carolina Moretti, Rossana De Palma, Antonio Marzocchi, Rabih Chattat, Francesco Saia
BACKGROUND: Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) is a very effective treatment option for patients with severe aortic stenosis who are either not suitable candidates or at high risk for surgical aortic valve replacement (AVR). Patients undergoing TAVI are often very elderly and their clinical status is burdened with multiple comorbidities, therefore evaluation of quality of life (QoL) might be challenging. We sought to provide an overview of available data on QoL changes after TAVI and critical insights on the instruments used to detect these changes...
December 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28117248/characteristics-aetiological-spectrum-and-management-of-valvular-heart-disease-in-a-tunisian-cardiovascular-centre
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Faten Triki, Jihen Jdidi, Dorra Abid, Nada Tabbabi, Selma Charfeddine, Sahar Ben Kahla, Mourad Hentati, Leila Abid, Samir Kammoun
BACKGROUND: Valvular heart diseases occur frequently in Tunisia, but no precise statistics are available. AIM: To analyse the characteristics of patients with abnormal valvular structure and function, and to identify the aetiological spectrum, treatment and outcomes of valvular heart disease in a single cardiovascular centre in Tunisia. METHODS: This retrospective study included patients with abnormal valvular structure and function, who were screened by transthoracic echocardiography at a single cardiology department between January 2010 and December 2013...
January 20, 2017: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28109383/portico-sheathless-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-via-distal-axillary-artery
#7
Giuseppe Bruschi, Paola Colombo, Luca Botta, Stefano Nava, Bruno Merlanti, Oriana Belli, Francesco Musca, Francesco Soriano, Claudio F Russo, Fabrizio Oliva
Transcatheter aortic valve implantation has been designed to treat older patients affected by severe aortic stenosis who are considered high-risk surgical candidates because of multiple comorbidities. The least invasive approach for transcatheter aortic valves implantation should be considered the transfemoral retrograde route, because it is minimally invasive and is feasible with local anesthesia and mild sedation. Despite significant technical improvements in recent years, the transfemoral approach is contraindicated in cases of severe peripheral artery disease...
February 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28096616/intravenous-administration-of-puppy-deciduous-teeth-stem-cells-in-degenerative-valve-disease
#8
Soontaree Petchdee, Sarunya Sompeewong
AIM: The objective of this study is to investigate the improvement of heart function in dogs with chronic valvular heart disease after puppy deciduous teeth stem cells (pDSCs) administration. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 20 client-owned dogs with degenerative valvular heart disease underwent multiple intravenous injections of allogeneic pDSCs. Dogs were randomly assigned to two groups: (i) Control group (n=10) with standard treatment for heart failure and (ii) group with standard treatment and multiple administrations of pDSCs (n=10)...
December 2016: Veterinary World
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078376/ipsilateral-dual-site-same-sitting-percutaneous-lung-biopsy-a-feasibility-study
#9
Joseph Barnett, Aniket N Tavare, Sajid Khan, Ashish Saini, Dean D Creer, Samanjit S Hare
PURPOSE: Patients with thoracic malignancies often have more than one site of pulmonary, nodal or pleural disease within one hemithorax. In addition, large heterogeneous lesions may comprise distinct, mixed pathological entities. Histological analysis of these lesions can alter tumour staging and treatment options. We investigated the feasibility, safety and benefit of performing image-guided percutaneous lung biopsy (PLB) of two lesions in the same hemithorax at a single sitting. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Ten consecutive outpatients with two or more potential disease foci within the same hemithorax were analysed over a 15-month period...
January 11, 2017: Cardiovascular and Interventional Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28078124/advanced-biliary-tract-cancer-clinical-outcomes-with-abc-02-regimen-and-analysis-of-prognostic-factors-in-a-tertiary-care-center-in-the-united-states
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Rishi Agarwal, Arun Sendilnathan, Nabeela Iffat Siddiqi, Shuchi Gulati, Abhimanyu Ghose, Changchun Xie, Olugbenga Olanrele Olowokure
BACKGROUND: Gemcitabine plus cisplatin (GC) is currently the standard regimen for advanced biliary tract cancers (BTC) based on the outcomes in ABC-02 trial. Multiple factors can affect outcomes in these patients. This retrospective review evaluates the University of Cincinnati experience with GC in advanced intrahepatic (IHC)/extrahepatic cholangiocarcinoma (EHC) and gall bladder carcinoma (GBC). METHODS: In this study approved by University of Cincinnati IRB, retrospective analysis of advanced BTC patients seen between 01/2008 and 01/2015 was done...
December 2016: Journal of Gastrointestinal Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071146/cardiac-rehabilitation-programme-after-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-versus-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Gustavo S Ribeiro, Rosangela D Melo, Luís F Deresz, Pedro Dal Lago, Mauro Rn Pontes, Marlus Karsten
Background Aortic stenosis is a valvular heart disease characterised by fixed obstruction of the left ventricular outflow. It can be managed by surgical aortic valve replacement (sAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). This review aimed to describe the evidence supporting a cardiac rehabilitation programme on functional capacity and quality of life in aortic stenosis patients after sAVR or TAVI. Methods The search was conducted on multiple databases from January to March 2016. All studies were eligible that evaluated the effects of a post-interventional cardiac rehabilitation programme in aortic stenosis patients...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28068928/newly-recognized-cerebral-infarctions-on-postmortem-imaging-a-report-of-three-cases-with-systemic-infectious-disease
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Sakon Noriki, Kazuyuki Kinoshita, Kunihiro Inai, Toyohiko Sakai, Hirohiko Kimura, Takahiro Yamauchi, Masayuki Iwano, Hironobu Naiki
BACKGROUND: Postmortem imaging (PMI) refers to the imaging of cadavers by computed tomography (CT) and/or magnetic resonance imaging (MRI). Three cases of cerebral infarctions that were not found during life but were newly recognized on PMI and were associated with severe systemic infections are presented. CASE PRESENTATIONS: An 81-year-old woman with a pacemaker and slightly impaired liver function presented with fever. Imaging suggested interstitial pneumonia and an iliopsoas abscess, and blood tests showed liver dysfunction and disseminated intravascular coagulation (DIC)...
January 10, 2017: BMC Medical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065906/incidence-risk-factors-and-predictors-of-infective-endocarditis-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease-focus-on-the-use-of-prosthetic-material
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Joey M Kuijpers, Dave R Koolbergen, Maarten Groenink, Kathinka C H Peels, Constant L A Reichert, Marco C Post, Hans A Bosker, Elly M C J Wajon, Aeilko H Zwinderman, Barbara J M Mulder, Berto J Bouma
AIMS: Adult congenital heart disease (ACHD) predisposes to infective endocarditis (IE). Surgical advancements have changed the ACHD population, whereas associated prosthetic material may constitute additional IE targets. We aimed to prospectively determine contemporary incidence, risk factors, and predictors of IE in a nationwide ACHD cohort, focusing on the presence of prosthetics. METHODS AND RESULTS: We identified 14 224 patients prospectively followed in the CONCOR ACHD registry (50...
January 8, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28062138/determinants-and-prognostic-value-of-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-patients-with-aortic-valve-stenosis
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Virginia Nguyen, Claire Cimadevilla, Dimitri Arangalage, Monique Dehoux, Isabelle Codogno, Xavier Duval, Sarah Tubiana, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
BACKGROUND: The prognostic value of N-terminal fragment of pro B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) in aortic stenosis (AS) is still being debated. We sought to evaluate the determinants of Nt-proBNP in AS and its prognostic value in asymptomatic patients. METHODS: Patients with pure isolated at least mild degenerative AS enrolled in our prospective cohort (2006-2013) constituted our population. Clinical and biological measurements as well as echocardiographic evaluations were performed at study entry for all patients...
March 1, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052863/double-stranded-rna-up-regulates-the-expression-of-inflammatory-mediators-in-human-aortic-valve-cells-through-the-tlr3-trif-non-canonical-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
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Qiong Zhan, Rui Song, Fei Li, Lihua Ao, Qingchun Zeng, Dingli Xu, David A Fullerton, Xianzhong Meng
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is a chronic inflammatory condition and the inflammatory responses of aortic valve interstitial cells (AVICs) play a critical role in the disease progression. Double-stranded RNA (dsRNA) released from damaged or stressed cells is pro-inflammatory and may contribute to the mechanism of chronic inflammation observed in diseased aortic valves. The objective of this study is to determine the effect of dsRNA on AVIC inflammatory responses and the underlying mechanism...
January 4, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Cell Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28043075/an-integrated-rotary-microfluidic-system-with-dna-extraction-loop-mediated-isothermal-amplification-and-lateral-flow-strip-based-detection-for-point-of-care-pathogen-diagnostics
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Byung Hyun Park, Seung Jun Oh, Jae Hwan Jung, Goro Choi, Ji Hyun Seo, Do Hyun Kim, Eun Yeol Lee, Tae Seok Seo
Point-of-care (POC) molecular diagnostics plays a pivotal role for the prevention and treatment of infectious diseases. In spite of recent advancement in microfluidic based POC devices, there are still rooms for development to realize rapid, automatic and cost-effective sample-to-result genetic analysis. In this study, we propose an integrated rotary microfluidic system that is capable of performing glass microbead based DNA extraction, loop mediated isothermal amplification (LAMP), and colorimetric lateral flow strip based detection in a sequential manner with an optimized microfluidic design and a rotational speed control...
May 15, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27994895/surgical-management-of-multiple-valve-endocarditis-associated-with-dialysis-catheter
#17
R Zea-Vera, M Sanchez, E Castañeda, L Soto-Arquiñigo
Endocarditis associated with dialysis catheter is a disease that must be suspected in every patient with hemodialysis who develops fever. Multiple valve disease is a severe complication of endocarditis that needs to be managed in a different way. There is very limited data for treatment and every case must be considered individually. We present a patient with this complication and describe the medical treatment and surgical management. We report the case of a 15-year-old patient with acute renal failure that develops trivalvular endocarditis after the hemodialysis catheter was placed, with multiple positive blood culture for Staphylococcus aureus...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27982350/valvular-disorders-in-carcinoid-heart-disease
#18
Shi-Min Yuan
Carcinoid heart disease is a rare but important cause of intrinsic right heart valve disorders leading to right heart failure. Occasionally, left-sided heart valves may also be involved. The characteristic cardiac pathological findings of carcinoid heart disease are endocardial thickening as a result of fibrous deposits on the endocardium. Echocardiographic examination and right heart catheterization are very useful for the diagnosis of the lesion. If more cardiac valves are affected, multiple valve replacement should be considered...
September 2016: Brazilian Journal of Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27973580/a-small-molecule-inhibitor-of-sarcomere-contractility-acutely-relieves-left-ventricular-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-feline-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#19
Joshua A Stern, Svetlana Markova, Yu Ueda, Jae B Kim, Peter J Pascoe, Marc J Evanchik, Eric M Green, Samantha P Harris
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an inherited disease of the heart muscle characterized by otherwise unexplained thickening of the left ventricle. Left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction is present in approximately two-thirds of patients and substantially increases the risk of disease complications. Invasive treatment with septal myectomy or alcohol septal ablation can improve symptoms and functional status, but currently available drugs for reducing obstruction have pleiotropic effects and variable therapeutic responses...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27942694/atrial-myxoma-a-rare-cause-of-hemiplegia-in-children
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Uchenna Onubogu, Boma West, Boma Orupabo-Oyan
BACKGROUND: Atrial myxoma is an uncommon cause of hemiplegia in children. However hemiplegia is the commonest manifestation of atrial myxoma in the paediatric age group. CASE REPORT: An 11-year-old girl presented with left hemiplegia and palpitations. Three months later she had a deepvein thrombosis of the right common iliac vein. MRI of the brain showed a subacute right thalamic infarct, and an ECG showed left atrial and left ventricular hypertrophy. Transthoracic echocardiography revealed a left atrial myxoma impinging on the mitral valve...
December 12, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
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