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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914161/streptococcus-agalactiae-native-valve-endocarditis-uncommon-presentation-of-multiple-myeloma
#1
Ana Pinho Oliveira, Anne Delgado, Cláudia Martins, Pedro Gama
Adults with chronic immunosuppressive conditions are at an increased risk for Streptococcus agalactiae endocarditis, which is typically characterized by acute onset, presence of large vegetations, rapid valvular destruction and frequent complications. We report a rare case of a 74 years old man presenting with fever, renal infarction, ischemic stroke and uveitis. Infective endocarditis was diagnosed and Streptococcus agalactiae was isolated in blood cultures. A multiple myeloma Ig G-K was also diagnosed. The infective endocarditis was successfully treated with a course of benzylpenicillin and gentamicin...
August 2016: Acta Médica Portuguesa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903575/early-severe-coronary-artery-disease-and-aortic-coarctation-in-a-child-with-familial-hypercholesterolaemia
#2
Dina Labib, Haytham Soliman, Kareem Said, Khaled Sorour
An 11-year-old boy presented with easy fatigability, multiple xanthomas, and absent pedal pulsations. Laboratory workup showed severe hypercholesterolaemia and non-invasive imaging revealed 'normally functioning' bicuspid aortic valve and tight aortic coarctation. Coronary angiography showed severe right coronary artery (RCA) stenosis. Medical treatment resulted in significant improvement of dyslipidaemia. We successfully performed balloon dilation and stenting of his coarctation, as well as percutaneous coronary intervention for RCA lesion...
November 30, 2016: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898500/patterns-and-trends-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation-in-italy-insights-from-rispeva
#3
Arturo Giordano, Nicola Corcione, Giuseppe Biondi-Zoccai, Sergio Berti, Anna Sonia Petronio, Carlo Pierli, Patrizia Presbitero, Pietro Giudice, Gennaro Sardella, Antonio L Bartorelli, Roberto Bonmassari, Ciro Indolfi, Alfredo Marchese, Elvis Brscic, Alberto Cremonesi, Luca Testa, Nedy Brambilla, Francesco Bedogni
AIMS: Clinical trials have shown that transcatheter aortic valve implantation for aortic stenosis compares favorably to surgical replacement in high-risk patients and is superior to medical therapy in those at prohibitive risk. There is uncertainty however on patterns and trends in transcatheter aortic valve implantation, especially focusing on Italy. METHODS: The RISPEVA study is a prospective Italian registry including 21 institutions. Patients have been enrolled since late 2012, and data collection includes several baseline, procedural, in-hospital, and follow-up details...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884484/ross-hybrid-arch-and-frozen-elephant-trunk-reconstruction-for-late-complications-of-bicuspid-aortic-valve-and-aortopathy
#4
Matthew Valdis, Gaetano DeRose, Linrui Guo, Michael W A Chu
Young patients with bicuspid aortic valve disease and aortopathy remain a clinical challenge, with many requiring multiple corrective operations throughout their lifetimes. Innovative surgical approaches are often required to address complex aortic pathologic conditions but leave patients at risk for reintervention, lifelong anticoagulation, and suboptimal hemodynamics. We describe an active 44-year-old female triathlete with recurrent bicuspid aortic stenosis, a small aortic root, a hypoplastic aortic arch and complex distal arch, and a descending aortic aneurysm, who underwent a single-stage reconstruction with a combined Ross procedure, hybrid arch, and frozen elephant trunk reconstruction...
December 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27876829/integrated-microrna-and-messenger-rna-analysis-in-aortic-stenosis
#5
Sean Coffey, Michael J A Williams, L Vicky Phillips, Ivor F Galvin, Richard W Bunton, Gregory T Jones
Aortic valve stenosis (AS) is a major cause of morbidity and mortality, with no effective medical therapies. Investigation into the underlying biology of AS in humans is limited by difficulties in obtaining healthy valvular tissue for use as a control group. However, micro-ribonucleic acids (miRNAs) are stable in post-mortem tissue. We compared valve specimens from patients undergoing aortic valve replacement for AS to non-diseased cadaveric valves. We found 106 differentially expressed miRNAs (p < 0...
November 23, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27873227/the-relationship-between-aortic-root-size-and-hypertension-an-unsolved-conundrum
#6
Giuseppe Mulè, Emilio Nardi, Massimiliano Morreale, Antonella Castiglia, Giulio Geraci, Dario Altieri, Valentina Cacciatore, Margherita Schillaci, Francesco Vaccaro, Santina Cottone
Thoracic aortic aneurysms rupture and dissection are among the most devastating vascular diseases, being characterized by elevated mortality, despite improvements in diagnostic imaging and surgical techniques.An increased aortic root diameter (ARD) represents the main risk factor for thoracic aortic dissection and rupture and for aortic valve regurgitation.Even though arterial hypertension is commonly regarded as a predisposing condition for the development of thoracic aorta aneurysms, the role of blood pressure (BP) as determinant of aortic root enlargement is still controversial...
November 22, 2016: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869890/-anmco-sic-sici-gise-sicch-consensus-document-risk-stratification-in-elderly-patients-undergoing-cardiac-surgery-and-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#7
Giovanni Pulignano, Michele Massimo Gulizia, Samuele Baldasseroni, Francesco Bedogni, Giovanni Cioffi, Ciro Indolfi, Francesco Romeo, Adriano Murrone, Francesco Musumeci, Alessandro Parolari, Leonardo Patanè, Paolo Giuseppe Pino, Annalisa Mongiardo, Carmen Spaccarotella, Roberto Di Bartolomeo, Giuseppe Musumeci
Aortic stenosis is one the most frequent valvular diseases in developed countries, and its impact on public healthcare resources and assistance is increasing. A substantial proportion of elderly patients with severe aortic stenosis is frequently not eligible for surgery because of advanced age, frailty and multiple comorbidities. Transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) enables the treatment of very elderly patients at high or prohibitive surgical risk considered ineligible for surgery and with an acceptable life expectancy...
September 2016: Giornale Italiano di Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869105/an-open-access-database-for-the-evaluation-of-heart-sound-algorithms
#8
Chengyu Liu, David Springer, Qiao Li, Benjamin Moody, Ricardo Abad Juan, Francisco J Chorro, Francisco Castells, José Millet Roig, Ikaro Silva, Alistair E W Johnson, Zeeshan Syed, Samuel E Schmidt, Chrysa D Papadaniil, Leontios Hadjileontiadis, Hosein Naseri, Ali Moukadem, Alain Dieterlen, Christian Brandt, Hong Tang, Maryam Samieinasab, Mohammad Reza Samieinasab, Reza Sameni, Roger G Mark, Gari D Clifford
In the past few decades, analysis of heart sound signals (i.e. the phonocardiogram or PCG), especially for automated heart sound segmentation and classification, has been widely studied and has been reported to have the potential value to detect pathology accurately in clinical applications. However, comparative analyses of algorithms in the literature have been hindered by the lack of high-quality, rigorously validated, and standardized open databases of heart sound recordings. This paper describes a public heart sound database, assembled for an international competition, the PhysioNet/Computing in Cardiology (CinC) Challenge 2016...
November 21, 2016: Physiological Measurement
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27867460/percutaneous-dual-valve-intervention-in-a-high-risk-patient-with-severe-aortic-and-mitral-stenosis
#9
Blaz Mrevlje, Mohamad Aboukura, Christoph A Nienaber
Aortic stenosis is the most frequent and mitral stenosis is the least frequent native single-sided valve disease in Europe. Patients with the combination of severe symptomatic degenerative aortic and mitral stenosis are very rare. Guidelines for the treatment of heart valve diseases are clear for single-valve situations. However, there is no common agreement or recommendation for the best treatment strategy in patients with multiple valve disease and severe concomitant comorbidities. A 76-year-old female patient with the combination of severe degenerative symptomatic aortic and mitral stenosis and several comorbidities including severe obesity, who was found unsuitable surgical candidate by the heart team and unsuitable for two-time general anesthesia in the case of two-step single-valve percutaneous approach by anesthesiologists, underwent successful percutaneous dual-valve single-intervention (transcatheter aortic valve implantation and percutaneous mitral balloon commissurotomy)...
July 2016: Heart Views: the Official Journal of the Gulf Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866077/the-concept-of-double-inlet-double-outlet-right-ventricle-a-distinct-congenital-heart-disease
#10
Veronica Spadotto, Carla Frescura, Siew Yen Ho, Gaetano Thiene
The aim of this study was to estimate the incidence and to analyze the anatomy of double inlet-double outlet right ventricle complex and its associated cardiac anomalies in our autopsy series. Among the 1640 hearts with congenital heart disease of our Anatomical Collection, we reviewed the specimens with double inlet-double outlet right ventricle, according to the sequential-segmental analysis, identifying associated cardiac anomalies and examining lung histology to assess the presence of pulmonary vascular disease...
September 25, 2016: Cardiovascular Pathology: the Official Journal of the Society for Cardiovascular Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27854045/development-of-the-maze-procedure-and-the-contribution-of-japanese-surgeons
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REVIEW
Shinya Takahashi, Taijiro Sueda
OBJECTIVE: The Cox-Maze procedure is the most popular surgical procedure in the world for eliminating atrial fibrillation (AF). Japanese surgeons performed and modified its procedure. This review describes the concept of the Maze procedure, modifications of the Maze procedure and findings related to the Maze procedure obtained by Japanese surgeons. METHODS: Original Cox-Maze procedures and modified Maze procedures developed by Japanese surgeons were reviewed chronologically...
November 16, 2016: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27818810/familial-adenomatous-polyposis-manifesting-as-lactococcus-endocarditis-a-case-report-and-review-of-the-association-of-lactococcus-with-underlying-gastrointestinal-disease
#12
Taylor C Bazemore, Stacey A Maskarinec, Kahli Zietlow, Edward F Hendershot, John R Perfect
A 45-year-old male with a prosthetic aortic valve presented to the hospital with several months of generalized malaise. On admission, he was noted to have anemia of unclear etiology and subsequently became febrile with multiple blood cultures growing Lactococcus garvieae. Inpatient workup was concerning for infectious endocarditis (IE) secondary to Lactococcus. The patient was discharged home with appropriate antimicrobial therapy; however, he was readmitted for persistent, symptomatic anemia and underwent colonoscopy, which revealed innumerable colonic polyps consistent with Familial Adenomatous Polyposis (FAP) that was later confirmed with genetic testing...
2016: Case Reports in Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27806176/abrupt-onset-of-refractory-heart-failure-associated-with-light-chain-amyloidosis-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#13
Benedetta Tomberli, Francesco Cappelli, Federico Perfetto, Iacopo Olivotto
Importance: The natural history of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is complex and may include progressive heart failure and severe left ventricular dysfunction. When disease progression is abrupt, however, other coexisting diseases should be ruled out. This may be difficult in the case of amyloidosis, which classically mimics HCM. Results: We present an example of severe clinical deterioration in a patient with HCM due to superimposed amyloid light-chain amyloidosis...
November 2, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27788187/genetic-variants-in-isolated-ebstein-anomaly-implicated-in-myocardial-development-pathways
#14
Robert J Sicko, Marilyn L Browne, Shannon L Rigler, Charlotte M Druschel, Gang Liu, Ruzong Fan, Paul A Romitti, Michele Caggana, Denise M Kay, Lawrence C Brody, James L Mills
Ebstein anomaly (EA) is a rare heart defect in which the tricuspid valve is malformed and displaced. The tricuspid valve abnormalities can lead to backflow of blood from the right ventricle to the right atrium, preventing proper circulation of blood to the lungs. Although the etiology of EA is largely unresolved, increased prevalence of EA in those with a family history of congenital heart disease suggests EA has a genetic component. Copy number variants (CNVs) are a major source of genetic variation and have been implicated in a range of congenital heart defect phenotypes...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27772640/intensive-hemodialysis-mineral-and-bone-disorder-and-phosphate-binder-use
#15
Michael Copland, Paul Komenda, Eric D Weinhandl, Peter A McCullough, Jose A Morfin
Mineral and bone disorder is a common complication of end-stage renal disease. Notably, hyperphosphatemia likely promotes calcification of the myocardium, valves, and arteries. Hyperphosphatemia is associated with higher risk for cardiovascular mortality and morbidity along a gradient beginning at 5.0mg/dL. Among contemporary hemodialysis (HD) patients, mean serum phosphorus level is 5.2mg/dL, although 25% of patients have serum phosphorus levels of 5.5 to 6.9mg/dL; and 13%, >7.0mg/dL. Treatment of hyperphosphatemia is burdensome...
November 2016: American Journal of Kidney Diseases: the Official Journal of the National Kidney Foundation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27761301/occult-primary-neuroendocrine-tumor-metastasis-to-the-breast-detected-on-screening-mammogram
#16
Fabiana Policeni, Brittany Pakalniskis, Limin Yang
Metastatic tumors are rare in the breast. Well-differentiated neuroendocrine tumors (WDNETs) are slow-growing neoplasms that arise from neuroendocrine cells, particularly in the gastrointestinal tract and bronchial tree. Metastatic WDNET to the breast is a rare entity. We present a case report of ileal WDNET metastatic to the breast which was initially identified as a small mass in the patient's left breast on screening mammography. Targeted ultrasound identified a suspicious mass, and ultrasound-guided percutaneous core biopsy was performed...
2016: Journal of Clinical Imaging Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27747929/red-blood-cell-distribution-width-hematology-and-serum-biochemistry-in-dogs-with-echocardiographically-estimated-precapillary-and-postcapillary-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#17
E Mazzotta, C Guglielmini, G Menciotti, B Contiero, M BaronToaldo, M Berlanda, H Poser
BACKGROUND: Red blood cell distribution width (RDW) is a quantitative measurement of anisocytosis. RDW has prognostic value in humans with different cardiovascular and systemic disorders, but few studies have investigated this biomarker in dogs. OBJECTIVES: To compare the RDW in dogs with precapillary and postcapillary pulmonary hypertension (PH) and a control population of dogs and to correlate RDW with demographic, echocardiographic, and laboratory variables. ANIMALS: One hundred and twenty-seven client-owned dogs including 19 healthy dogs, 82 dogs with myxomatous mitral valve disease (50 dogs without PH and 32 dogs with postcapillary PH), and 26 dogs with precapillary PH...
November 2016: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27733994/clinical-effect-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-in-patients-with-mitral-stenosis-after-mitral-valve-replacement
#18
Kwon Jae Park, Jong Soo Woo, Jong Yoon Park, Jae Hwa Jung
BACKGROUND: Mitral stenosis (MS) remains one of the important heart diseases. There are many factors that influence the clinical outcomes, and little is known about how left ventricular (LV) dysfunction clinically affects the prognosis of the patient with MS after mitral valve replacement (MVR). We reviewed our clinical experiences of MVR in patients with MS who had LV dysfunction. METHODS: Between January 1991 and January 2013, 110 patients with MS who underwent MVR were analyzed and divided into two groups according to ejection fraction (EF)...
October 2016: Korean Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27716555/long-term-outcomes-of-catheter-ablation-of-atrial-fibrillation-post-cardiac-valve-replacement
#19
Liang Zhao, Kai Xu, Weifeng Jiang, Li Zhou, Yuanlong Wang, Xiaodong Zhang, Shaohui Wu, Daoliang Zhang, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVE: The long-term outcomes of catheter ablation of atrial fibrillation (AF) developing post-cardiac valve replacement (VR) remain undefined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Eighty-nine post-VR patients with AF (44% longstanding persistent AF, LSP-AF) were enrolled. Cumulative success rate of circumferential pulmonary vein ablation (CPVA for paroxysmal AF) and bidirectional block of lines and disappearance of complex fractionated atrial electrograms (CFAEs for persistent and LSP-AF) as index and repeat procedural endpoints reached 57% (mean, 1...
October 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27713859/chronic-q-fever-a-missed-prosthetic-valve-endocarditis-possibly-for-years
#20
Rita Veiga Ferraz, Marta Andrade, Filipa Silva, Paulo Andrade, Cláudia Carvalho, José Pinheiro Torres, Jorge Almeida, António Sarmento, Lurdes Santos
Chronic Coxiella burnetii endocarditis usually develops in people with underlying heart disease and accounts for 60-70% of chronic Q fever. Onset is generally insidious and manifestations are atypical. The authors report a case of Coxiella burnetii prosthetic valve endocarditis in a 53 years- old patient with recurrent mechanical valve dehiscence on mitral position. He lived in a rural area with sheep and goats on the surroundings. During a 9 year- period, he was submitted to three cardiac mitral valve surgeries two of which with no Q fever diagnosis suspicion...
2016: IDCases
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