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Hui-Ling Deng, Yu-Feng Zhang, Ya-Ping Li, Yu Zhang, Yan Xie, Jun Wang, Xiao-Yan Wang, Shuang-Suo Dang
BACKGROUND: Severe hand, foot, and mouth disease (HFMD) is sometimes associated with serious complications such as acute heart failure that can cause substantial child mortality. N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a sensitive and specific biomarker of congestive heart failure. The aim of this study was to use plasma NT-proBNP levels to establish the severity of childhood HFMD. METHODS: A retrospective study was performed in 128 Chinese patients with severe HFMD and 88 patients with mild HFMD treated between January 2014 and October 2015...
October 19, 2016: BMC Infectious Diseases
Davyd Yakhontov
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk factors (RF) prevalence and compliance in hypertension (Ht) associated with coronary artery diseases (CAD) pts - West Siberia residents. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 151 pts with Ht grade 1-3 and stable angina 54,8 ± 0,7 years old divided in 3 groups. The 1 group included 43 Ht pts with uncomplicated angina and intact coronary arteries, the 2 group - 47 Ht pts with angina and percutaneous coronary intervention last 1-3 years, the 3 group - 61 Ht pts with myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke last 1-3 years...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Shriram Agrawal
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 2016: Journal of the Association of Physicians of India
Raktim Kumar Ghosh, Kinjal Banerjee, Ramyashree Tummala, Somedeb Ball, Keyvan Ravakhah, Anjan Gupta
Heart failure continues to be a widely prevalent disease across the world, affecting millions of Americans annually. Acute heart failure (AHF) has a substantial effect on rising health care costs and one of the major causes of morbidity and mortality. The search for new drugs for symptom relief and to improve long term outcomes in heart failure has led to development of serelaxin, a recombinant human relaxin-2 hormone. Relaxin was discovered in pregnancy but eventually found to have a number of other physiological actions, not only in pregnancy, but also in non-pregnant women and men...
October 11, 2016: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
Jae-Hwan Lee, Hyun-Sook Kim, Jae-Hyeong Park, Min Su Kim, Byung Joo Sun, Seung Ryu, Song Soo Kim, Seon Ah Jin, Jun Hyung Kim, Si Wan Choi, Jin-Ok Jeong, In-Sun Kwon, In-Whan Seong
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Carbon monoxide (CO) poisoning can cause tissue hypoxia and left ventricular systolic dysfunction (LVSD) requiring intensive medical management. Our objectives were to find incidence and clinical course of LVSD CO intoxicated patients and make a clinical scoring to predict LVSD. SUBJECTS AND METHODS: We included all consecutive patients with CO exposure in the emergency room. LVSD was defined by LVEF <50% assessed by echocardiography...
September 2016: Korean Circulation Journal
E Glöckner, M Christ, F Geier, P Otte, U Thiem, S Neubauer, V Kohfeldt, K Singler
AIM: The objective of this pilot study was to determine the accuracy of point-of-care B-line lung ultrasound in comparison to NT Pro-BNP for screening acute heart failure. MATERIALS AND METHODS: An 8-zone lung ultrasound was performed by experienced sonographers in patients presenting with acute dyspnea in the ED. AHF was determined as the final diagnosis by 2 independent reviewers. RESULTS: Contrary to prior studies, B-line ultrasound in our study was highly specific, but moderately sensitive for identifying patients with AHF...
September 2016: Ultrasound Int Open
Wouter C Meijers, A Rogier van der Velde, Rudolf A de Boer
ST2 and galectin-3 are emerging biomarkers in the field of heart failure and have been extensively studied, and that whether they provide additional prognostic value on top of the clinical models and the gold standard in HF, (NT-pro)BNP. Our aim was to provide a comprehensive review of these emerging HF-related biomarkers in chronic, acute and incident heart failure. Regardless of the type of heart failure, both biomarkers seem to have an additional effect on top of the clinical model including natriuretic peptides...
August 2016: EJIFCC
Ruey-Hsing Chou, Po-Hsun Huang, Chien-Yi Hsu, Chun-Chin Chang, Hsin-Bang Leu, Chin-Chou Huang, Jaw-Wen Chen, Shing-Jong Lin
Fibroblast growth factor 21 (FGF21), a polypeptide ligand promoted glucose homeostasis and lipids metabolism, was recently reported to attenuate cardiac hypertrophy. The aim of this study was to investigate the impact of FGF21 in diastolic heart failure. Subjects admitted for coronary angiogram were screened for heart failure, and those with left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction < 45% were excluded. Diastolic dysfunction was defined as functional abnormalities that exist during LV relaxation and filling by echocardiographic criteria...
2016: Scientific Reports
Davyd Yakhontov
OBJECTIVE: To study the risk factors (RF) prevalence and compliance in hypertension (Ht) associated with coronary artery diseases (CAD) pts - West Siberia residents. MATERIAL AND METHOD: 151 pts with Ht grade 1-3 and stable angina 54,8 ± 0,7 years old divided in 3 groups. The 1 group included 43 Ht pts with uncomplicated angina and intact coronary arteries, the 2 group - 47 Ht pts with angina and percutaneous coronary intervention last 1-3 years, the 3 group - 61 Ht pts with myocardial infarction (MI) or stroke last 1-3 years...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Jiří Špác
Acute dyspnea is one of the most common emergency department symptoms. But early diagnosis and treatment could be e challenging because of multiple potential causes. The gold standard biomarkers in cardiac dyspnea are B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and N-terminal pro-B-type (natriuretic peptide NT-pro BNP), which play an important role in the diagnosis, prognosis, and management of acute decompensated heart failure. The purpose of this review is to analyze diagnostic potential of BNP and NT-pro BNP biomarkers use in patients with acute dyspnea...
2016: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
Ya-Ting Huang, Yuan-Teng Tseng, Tung-Wei Chu, John Chen, Min-Yu Lai, Woung-Ru Tang, Chih-Chung Shiao
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
2016: Scientific Reports
Yossra Mahran, Robert Schueler, Marcel Weber, Carmen Pizarro, Georg Nickenig, Dirk Skowasch, Christoph Hammerstingl
AIM: To find parameters from transthorathic echocardiography (TTE) including speckle-tracking (ST) analysis of the right ventricle (RV) to identify precapillary pulmonary hypertension (PH). METHODS: Forty-four patients with suspected PH undergoing right heart catheterization (RHC) were consecutively included (mean age 63.1 ± 14 years, 61% male gender). All patients underwent standardized TTE including ST analysis of the RV. Based on the subsequent TTE-derived measurements, the presence of PH was assessed: Left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) was calculated by Simpsons rule from 4Ch...
August 26, 2016: World Journal of Cardiology
Hala Mahmoud Koura, Neamat M Abdalla, Mona Hamed Ibrahim, Maha M A Abo Hashish, Sherif Mohamed Zaki
BACKGROUND: B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) levels are elevated in children with congenital heart disease involving a left-to-right shunt (LRS) and are also raised in dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). As far as we know, there are few reports in the literature comparing the change of the NT-proBNP in LRS and DCM especially in the pediatric age group. OBJECTIVES: The aim of the study was to compare the changes of the NT-proBNP in pediatric patients with LRS and DCM. Correlation between the levels of NT-proBNP and the echocardiographic parameters in both groups was determined...
June 2016: Iranian Journal of Pediatrics
Jorge Andrés Carvajal, Fernando Andrés Ferrer, Francisca Isabel Araya, Ana María Delpiano
INTRODUCTION: Brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) is synthesized by human fetal membranes, both the amnion and chorion. This locally produced BNP inhibits the contraction of the human myometrium, contributing to the maintenance of myometrial quiescence during pregnancy. Reference values for NT-proBNP concentrations in amniotic fluid at different gestational ages have not been completely defined. We aimed to investigate the range of fetal NT-proBNP values in amniotic fluid in normal pregnancy between 17 and 41weeks of gestation...
September 7, 2016: Clinical Biochemistry
Lars Lind, Johan Sundström, Markus Stenemo, Emil Hagström, Johan Ärnlöv
BACKGROUND: Apart from several established clinical risk factors for atrial fibrillation (AF), a number of biomarkers have also been identified as potential risk factors for AF. None of these have so far been adopted in clinical practice. OBJECTIVE: To use a novel custom-made proteomics chip to discover new prognostic biomarkers for AF risk. METHODS: In two independent community-based cohorts (Prospective Investigation of the Vasculature in Uppsala Seniors (PIVUS) study (978 participants without AF, mean age 70...
September 8, 2016: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Animesh Ray, Vivek Nangia, R S Chatterji, Navin Dalal
We describe a middle aged previoulsy healthy female patient who presented with clinical features suggestive of acute heart failure. Investigations revealed very high NT pro-BNP, right heart enlargement, bilateral pulmonary alveolar edema and bilateral pleural effusion. In view of falling platelet counts and exudative pleural effusion inflammatory/infective causes were considered. Her Weil Felix test was strongly positive and IgM for scrub typhus also returned positive. She was started on doxycycline to which there was dramatic improvement...
July 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
Mary Cushman, Peter W Callas, Leslie A McClure, Frederick W Unverzagt, Virginia J Howard, Sarah R Gillett, Evan L Thacker, Virginia G Wadley
BACKGROUND: Improved understanding of the etiology of cognitive impairment is needed to develop effective preventive interventions. Higher amino-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) is a biomarker of cardiac dysfunction associated with risk of cardiovascular diseases and stroke in apparently healthy people. OBJECTIVE: To study the association of NT-proBNP with risk of incident cognitive impairment. METHODS: The Reasons for Geographic and Racial Differences in Stroke is a national cohort study of 30,239 black and white Americans age 45 and older at baseline, enrolled in 2003-7...
September 6, 2016: Journal of Alzheimer's Disease: JAD
Anne-Roos S Frenay, Martin H de Borst, Matthias Bachtler, Nadine Tschopp, Charlotte A Keyzer, Else van den Berg, Stephan J L Bakker, Martin Feelisch, Andreas Pasch, Harry van Goor
Oxidative stress contributes significantly to graft failure, morbidity and mortality in renal transplant recipients (RTR). In cells, free sulfhydryl groups (reduced thiols, R-SH) are the transducers of redox-regulated events; their oxidation status is modulated by interaction with reactive oxygen and nitrogen oxide species and thought to be in equilibrium with the circulating pool. We hypothesized that high levels of serum free thiols are a reflection of a favorable redox status and therefore positively associated with cardiovascular risk parameters, patient and graft survival in RTR...
August 20, 2016: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
Hojung Lee, Tae-Hun Kim, Jungtae Leem
BACKGROUND: Acupuncture has been used for treating heart failure mainly in combination with conventional treatments, but evidence for its effectiveness and safety has not been well established. Our aim was to review randomized controlled trials (RCTs) on acupuncture for heart failure and assess the clinical evidence. METHODS: Electronic databases such as Medline, EMBASE, Cochrane Central Register of Controlled Trials (CENTRAL) and certain Chinese & Korean databases were searched until October 2015...
November 1, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
Barbara Bellmann, Bogdan G Muntean, Tina Lin, Christopher Gemein, Kathrin Schmitz, Patrick Schauerte
OBJECTIVES: Right ventricular (RV) pacing induces a left bundle branch block pattern on ECG and may promote heart failure. Patients with dual chamber pacemakers (DCPs) who present with progressive reduction in left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) secondary to RV pacing are candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). This study analyzes whether upgrading DCP to CRT with the additional implantation of a left ventricular (LV) lead improves LV function in patients with reduced LVEF following DCP implantation...
September 2016: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
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