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Jessica Schultz, Ranjit John, Cindy Martin, Forum Kamdar, Thenappan Thenappan, Rebecca Cogswell
Myocardial fibrosis identified by apical core pathology at the time of left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation may add information regarding myocardial recovery potential. In this analysis, we report the prevalence of myocardial fibrosis by cardiomyopathy type and its association with other known markers of left ventricular recovery. Left ventricular assist device core pathology was reviewed on 332 patients who underwent LVAD implantation at a single institution between 2005 and 2016. Baseline clinical and echocardiographic characteristics were compared among patients with and without myocardial fibrosis by cardiomyopathy type...
March 10, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
S Muthukumar, K Ravikumar, S Dhalapathy, T Gomathy, S Umadevi, D Maruthupandian
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular dysfunction (CVD) is a well-recognized complication in patients with hyperthyroidism and is the major cause of mortality. Very few studies have compared the outcome of CVD following different treatment modalities. In this study we intended to compare treatment modalities (antithyroid drugs vs surgery) for reversal of CVD. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Patients with newly detected hyperthyroidism were grouped into, Group I [n = 123, age <60 years, undergoing total thyroidectomy], Group II [n = 42, age <60 years, treated with antithyroid medications] were evaluated with 2D echocardiography, serum N terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) at the time of diagnosis (Point A), after achieving euthyroidism (Point B) with antithyroid drugs and 6 months after surgery/continuation of antithyroid medications (Point C)...
March 12, 2018: World Journal of Surgery
Sara Abolahrari-Shirazi, Javad Kojuri, Zahra Bagheri, Zahra Rojhani-Shirazi
Background: This study aimed to compare the effects of combined endurance-resistance training (CT) versus endurance training (ET) on some cardiovascular markers in patients with heart failure after percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Materials and Methods: The study applied a randomized, controlled design in which 75 patients with heart failure who had undergone PCI were randomly assigned to one of three groups: ET, CT, and control. The ET group performed ET for 45 min, three times a week for 7 weeks...
2018: Journal of Research in Medical Sciences: the Official Journal of Isfahan University of Medical Sciences
Dan Li, Qing-Ling Li, Qiang Ma, Na-Na Liu, Jia-Hui Yang, Yong-Lei Zeng, Ling He, Hui Tan, Xue-Zhao Jia, Jing Wang
OBJECTIVE: To observe the effect of moxibustion on cardiac function and the expression of B-cell lymphoma-2 (Bcl-2), Bcl-2 associated X (Bax), Fas, Fas ligand (FasL) in cardiomyocytes of chronic heart failure (CHF) rats, so as to explore its underlying mechanisms in preventing and treating CHF. METHODS: SD rats were randomly divided into normal control, model, moxibustion, Captopril and moxibustion + Captopril (M+C) groups ( n =12 rats/group). The CHF model was established by intraperitoneal injection of Adriamycin (ADR, from 1 to 4 mg/kg, once every other day for 15 days)...
February 25, 2018: Zhen Ci Yan Jiu, Acupuncture Research
Li Yu, Qichang Zhou, Qinghai Peng, Zurong Yang
PURPOSE: To investigate whether acute and transient pressure overload in patients with pregnancy-induced hypertension (PIH) affects left ventricular (LV) systolic function. METHODS: From pregnancy to 3 months after delivery, 82 patients were analyzed: 27, 25, and 30 with gestational hypertension, preeclampsia, and the healthy control group, respectively. Conventional echocardiography and velocity vector imaging (VVI) were performed, and blood levels of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) were analyzed...
February 11, 2018: Echocardiography
José Luis Morales-Rull, Silvia Bielsa, Alicia Conde-Martel, Oscar Aramburu-Bodas, Pau Llàcer, Miguel Angel Quesada, Iván Suárez-Pedreira, Luis Manzano, Manuel Montero-Pérez Barquero, José M Porcel
BACKGROUND: The incidence of pleural effusions (PEs) in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) is not well established. We aimed to determine their prevalence, clinical characteristics and prognostic implications. METHODS: Retrospective review of 3245 consecutive patients with ADHF from the Spanish RICA Registry. The clinical characteristics of those with or without PEs on chest radiographs were compared and a predictive PE model was generated. RESULTS: Patient's median age was 80 years and 60% had a left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) >50%...
February 7, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Kasper Glerup Lauridsen, Anders Sjørslev Schmidt, Kasper Adelborg, Leif Bach, Nete Hornung, Simon Munkesø Jepsen, Charles D Deakin, Hans Rickers, Bo Løfgren
Oxygen has long been assumed beneficial for all ill and injured patients. However, hyperoxia may be harmful and aggravate myocardial injury such as that caused by myocardial infarction. We aimed to investigate if hyperoxia increases myocardial injury following direct current cardioversion compared with room air. METHODS: Patients undergoing elective biphasic cardioversion for atrial fibrillation or atrial flutter were randomized to receive room air or oxygen (10-15 L/min) during the procedure...
February 2018: American Heart Journal
Xin-Yi Liu, Ya-Ting Huang, Min-Yu Lai, John Chen, Tung-Wei Chu, Pei-Kwei Tsay, Chih-Chung Shiao
BACKGROUND: Cardiogenic pulmonary edema (CPE) is a life-threatening emergency necessitating aggressive management. We conducted this study to test the hypothesis that a combination of N-terminal pro-b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) and some relevant clinical factors may provide better predictability for CPE in heart failure (HF) patients. METHODS: This retrospective study enrolled adult HF patients hospitalized during January 2011 to December 2013. After determining the independent predictors for the occurrence of CPE, a novel NT-pro BNP-based diagnostic score for predicting CPE was established...
February 20, 2018: Clinica Chimica Acta; International Journal of Clinical Chemistry
Seung Mi Lee, Dong Hoon Suh, So Yeon Kim, Min Kyoung Kim, Sohee Oh, Sang Hoon Song, Hyun-Young Kim, Chan-Wook Park, Joong Shin Park, Jong Kwan Jun
OBJECTIVES: In sacrococcygeal teratoma, the presence of high-output cardiac failure resulting from arteriovenous shunting through the large tumor has been associated with an adverse outcome. The objective of this study was to determine whether the tumor size and cardiac biomarkers in cord blood can predict neonatal survival in sacrococcygeal teratoma. METHODS: The study population consisted of 25 neonates with sacrococcygeal teratoma. Tumor size was calculated by the ellipsoid formula using dimensions measured by antenatal ultrasound ([length × width × depth in cm] × 0...
February 5, 2018: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
Theodore Pipikos, Alkistis Kapelouzou, Diamantis I Tsilimigras, Yannis Fostinis, Marina Pipikou, Athanassios Theodorakos, Antonis N Pavlidis, Christos Kontogiannis, Dennis V Cokkinos, Maria Koutelou
BACKGROUND: Acute myocardial infarction (AMI) is considered a major cause of death and disability. Myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS) as a non-invasive diagnostic imaging procedure and certain biomarkers associated with myocardial ischemia (ISCH), such as ischemia-modified albumin (IMA), neuropeptide Y (NPY), N-terminal pro b-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP), and high-sensitivity troponin T (hsTnT) could probably aid in the detection of myocardial infarction. METHODS: Between December 2011 and June 2012, we prospectively analyzed patients who underwent a MPS study with the clinical question of myocardial ISCH...
January 29, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Chris Defilippi, Janet Lo, Robert Christenson, Ida Grundberg, Lauren Stone, Markella V Zanni, Hang Lee, Steven Grinspoon
OBJECTIVE: HIV patients have increased atherosclerotic coronary vascular disease (ASCVD), thought to be mediated through inflammatory mechanisms. We hypothesized that among asymptomatic HIV+ patients with subclinical coronary plaque, statin therapy would modulate unique inflammatory and cardiovascular proteins in relation to change in subclinical coronary plaque volume. We tested this hypothesis using a novel proteomics approach. DESIGN: 40 HIV+ participants were randomized to atorvastatin (40 mg/day) vs...
January 23, 2018: AIDS
Shyam Chaudhary, Apurva, Kamal Kumar Sawlani, D Himanshu Reddy, Sharad Chandra Yadav, Munna Lal Patel, Anil Kumar Tripathi, Arvind Kumar Vaish
Introduction: Cardiovascular illness is common in patients with HIV infection, particularly in the later course of disease. Cardiovascular abnormalities in people living with HIV disease (PLHIV) often go unrecognized or untreated resulting in increased cardiovascular related morbidity and mortality and reduced quality of life. The prevalence of cardiac involvement in PLHIV has been reported to range between 28 to 73%. However, the incidence of symptomatic heart failure in HIV positive patients is 8-10%...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Deep Chandh Raja, Sanjay Mehrotra, Avinash Agrawal, Abhishek Singh, Kamlesh Kumar Sawlani
Objectives: Cardiac biomarkers have been studied in sepsis in the past and various mechanisms for their rise have been elucidated. However their association with severity of sepsis, mortality and myocardial dysfunction warrants further studies. We have studied three different cardiac biomarkers- troponin T (trop T), creatine phosphokinase MB isoform (CPK MB) and NT pro brain natriuretic peptide (NT Pro BNP) in patients with septicemia. We have attempted to observe the levels of these biomarkers in sepsis, their individual abilities to predict the severity of sepsis, mortality and association with myocardial dysfunction noted in echocardiography...
December 2017: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Yasunori Suematsu, Wanghui Jing, Ane Nunes, Moti L Kashyap, Mahyar Khazaeli, Nosratola D Vaziri, Hamid Moradi
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with cardiac hypertrophy, fibrosis and increased risk of cardiovascular mortality. LCZ696 (Sacubitril/valsartan) is a promising agent which has shown significant potential in treatment of heart failure. We hypothesized that LCZ696 is more effective than valsartan alone in treatment of cardiovascular abnormalities associated with experimental CKD. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male Sprague Dawley rats underwent 5/6 nephrectomy and were subsequently randomized to no treatment (CKD), 30 mg/kg valsartan (VAL), or 60 mg/kg LCZ696 (LCZ)...
January 8, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Thai Truong, Thuong Vu Le, David L Smith, Stephen P Kantrow, Van Ngoc Tran
We report a case of bilateral pulmonary infiltrates and haemoptysis following low-voltage electricity exposure in an agricultural worker. A 58-year-old man standing in water reached for an electric watering machine and sustained an exposure to 220 V circuit for an uncertain duration. The electricity was turned off by another worker, and the patient was asymptomatic for the next 10 h until he developed haemoptysis. A chest radiograph demonstrated bilateral infiltrates, and chest computed tomography (CT) revealed ground-glass opacities with interstitial thickening...
February 2018: Respirology Case Reports
Qian Jia, Yu-Rong Wang, Ping He, Xue-Liang Huang, Wei Yan, Yang Mu, Kun-Lun He, Ya-Ping Tian
Objectives: The aim of this study was to develop a clinical risk model that is predictive of in-hospital mortality in elderly patients hospitalized with acute heart failure (AHF). Methods: 2486 patients who were 60 years and older from intensive care units of Cardiology Department in the hospital were analyzed. Independent risk factors for in-hospital mortality were obtained by binary logistic regression and then used to establish the risk prediction score system (RPSS)...
November 2017: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
Jinyang Wang, Lijun Duan, Yanbin Gao, Shuhong Zhou, Yongming Liu, Suhong Wei, Siqin An, Jing Liu, Liming Tian, Shaocheng Wang
Cardiac fibrosis with diabetic nephropathy (DN) is one of major diabetic complications. miR-21 and MMP-9 were closely associated with fibrosis diseases. Angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARB) have cardioprotective effects. However, it remains unclear whether miR-21 was involved in the mechanism of cardiac fibrosis with DN by target MMP-9 and ARB ameliorates cardiac fibrosis partly by inhibiting miR-21 expression. In this study, In Situ Hybridization(ISH), RT-PCR, cell transfection, western blotting and laser confocal telescope were used, respectively...
December 9, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
Elias Tsougos, George Angelidis, Elias Gialafos, Chara Tzavara, Vaios Tzifos, Ioannis Tsougos, Panagiotis Georgoulias
BACKGROUND: Conventional echocardiographic parameters, such as rest ejection fraction, perform poorly in the prediction of exercise tolerance in heart failure. The aim of the present study was to evaluate the contribution of hemodynamic instability in the observed lower functional capacity and investigate the role of left ventricular strain for the prediction of stress test duration in obese hypertensive patients with reduced ejection fraction. METHODS: Sixty-one patients with reduced ejection fraction underwent treadmill exercise echocardiography...
January 2, 2018: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
Crystel M Gijsberts, Hester M den Ruijter, Dominique P V de Kleijn, Albert Huisman, Maarten Ten Berg, Mark de Groot, Richard H A van Wijk, Folkert W Asselbergs, Michiel Voskuil, Gerard Pasterkamp, Wouter W van Solinge, Imo E Hoefer
High-sensitivity troponin I (hsTnI) and N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) are predictors of coronary artery disease. Recently, routine hematological parameters emerged as mortality predictors. We examined the predictive value of hematological parameters (from the Utrecht Patient Oriented Database) and hsTnI and NT-pro-BNP for mortality in a coronary angiography population (Utrecht Coronary Biobank n = 1913). Using Cox regression, receiver operating characteristics, integrated discrimination improvement (IDI), and continuous net reclassification improvement (cNRI) analysis, we compared the predictive properties of hematological parameters with hsTnI and NT-pro-BNP for mortality...
January 1, 2017: Angiology
Ya-Shu Chang, Brendon J Yee, Camilla M Hoyos, Keith K Wong, David R Sullivan, Ronald R Grunstein, Craig L Phillips
INTRODUCTION: Untreated obstructive sleep apnoea (OSA) is associated with increased risk of coronary artery disease (CAD) and heart failure. High-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs Trop-T) and B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-pro-BNP) are sensitive biomarkers for myocardial injury and heart failure respectively. No randomised controlled trials have examined the treatment effect of continuous positive airway pressure (CPAP) in patients with OSA on these biomarkers. METHOD: Patients >21 years old with apnoea-hypopnoea index (AHI) ≥25/h by overnight polysomnography were recruited...
November 2017: Sleep Medicine
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