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Marija Glisic, Lyda Z Rojas, Eralda Asllanaj, Kris G Vargas, Maryam Kavousi, M Arfan Ikram, Bart C J M Fauser, Joop S E Laven, Taulant Muka, Oscar H Franco
BACKGROUND: Amino-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) has a well-documented prognostic value for cardiovascular disease and sex-hormones are suggested to modulate NT-proBNP levels. OBJECTIVE: To examine whether endogenous sex-hormones and sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) are associated with NT-proBNP levels in postmenopausal women free of clinical cardiovascular diseases. METHODS: Total estradiol (E2 ), total testosterone (TT), androstenedione (AD), dehydroepiandrosterone (DHEA), dehydroepiandrosterone sulfate (DHEAS), sex hormone-binding globulin (SHBG) and NT-proBNP were assessed in 4112 postmenopausal women free of cardiovascular diseases from the prospective population-based Rotterdam Study...
March 6, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Ana Martinez-Naharro, Tushar Kotecha, Karl Norrington, Michele Boldrini, Tamer Rezk, Candida Quarta, Thomas A Treibel, Carol J Whelan, Daniel S Knight, Peter Kellman, Frederick L Ruberg, Julian D Gillmore, James C Moon, Philip N Hawkins, Marianna Fontana
OBJECTIVES: This study evaluated the prognostic potential of native myocardial T1 in cardiac transthyretin amyloidosis (ATTR) and compared native T1 with extracellular volume (ECV) in terms of diagnostic accuracy and prognosis. BACKGROUND: ATTR is an increasingly recognized cause of heart failure that has an overlapping clinical phenotype with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Native T1 mapping by cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is useful for diagnosis in cardiac amyloidosis but its prognostic potential has never been assessed...
March 12, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Ines Potočnjak, Bojana Radulović, Vesna Degoricija, Matias Trbušić, Gudrun Pregartner, Andrea Berghold, Andreas Meinitzer, Saša Frank
BACKGROUND: Serum concentrations of asymmetric (ADMA) and symmetric (SDMA) dimethylarginine are established predictors of total and cardiovascular mortality. However, the predictive capacity of ADMA and SDMA for hospital and 3-months mortality of patients with acute heart failure (AHF) is unknown. METHODS & RESULTS: Out of 152 included AHF patients, 79 (52%) were female, and the mean patient age was 75.2 ± 10.3 years. Hospital and three-month mortality rates were 14...
March 11, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Marc G J Feuilloley
By its size and diversity, the cutaneous microbial flora is the second of the human body and there is a growing body of research showing its key role in cutaneous homeostasis. However, skin is also the first neuroendocrine organ and it is now demonstrated that bacteria can sense a multitude of human hormones and neurotransmitters. Then, besides of the intrinsic effect of their virulence factors on cutaneous neurogenic activity, recent data demonstrate that the virulence, invasion potential, and biofilm formation activity of some of the principal species of the cutaneous bacteria flora are directly controlled by neuropeptides released by sensory nerve endings including substance P and calcitonin gene-related peptide...
March 16, 2018: Seminars in Immunopathology
Paulo Bettencourt, Patrícia Lourenço
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March 16, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Sander van Doorn, Geert-Jan Geersing, Rogier F Kievit, Yvonne van Mourik, Loes C Bertens, Evelien E S van Riet, Leandra J Booman-de Winter, Karel G M Moons, Arno W Hoes, Frans H Rutten
OBJECTIVE: Heart failure (HF) often coexists in atrial fibrillation (AF) but is frequently unrecognised due to overlapping symptomatology. Furthermore, AF can cause elevated natriuretic peptide levels, impairing its diagnostic value for HF detection. We aimed to assess the prevalence of previously unknown HF in community-dwelling patients with AF, and to determine the diagnostic value of the amino-terminal pro B-type natriuretic peptide (NTproBNP) for HF screening in patients with AF...
March 16, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
Jeness Campodonico, Massimo Mapelli, Emanuele Spadafora, Stefania Ghilardi, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Cristina Banfi, Susanna Sciomer
Alveolar-capillary membrane evaluated by carbon monoxide diffusion (DLCO) plays an important role in heart failure (HF). Surfactant Proteins (SPs) have also been suggested as a worthwhile marker. In HF, Levosimendan improves pulmonary hemodynamics and reduces lung fluids but associated SPs and DLCO changes are unknown. Sixty-five advanced HF patients underwent spirometry, cardiopulmonary exercise test (CPET) and SPs determination before and after Levosimendan. Levosimendan caused natriuretic peptide-B (BNP) reduction, peakVO2 increase and VE/VCO2 slope reduction...
March 13, 2018: Respiratory Physiology & Neurobiology
Dustin P Joubert, Jorge Z Granados, Jonathan M Oliver, Bethany L Noack, Peter W Grandjean, Christopher R Woodman, Steven E Riechman, Stephen F Crouse
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of the study was to compare acute bouts of aquatic treadmill (ATM) and land treadmill (LTM) exercise on flow-mediated dilation (FMD), post-exercise blood pressure (BP), plasma nitrate/nitrite (PN), and atrial natriuretic peptide (ANP) in untrained, pre-hypertensive men. DESIGN: In a counterbalanced, crossover design, 19 untrained, pre-hypertensive men completed bouts of ATM and LTM on separate days. FMD was measured pre-exercise and 1-hour post-exercise...
March 15, 2018: American Journal of Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
D Valenzuela, F Moya, M Luco, J L Tapia
50 years ago, Northway described Broncopulmonary Dysplasia (BPD) in preterm infants exposed to mechanical ventilation. Since then, their survival has increased, nevertheless a "new BPD" has appeared and its incidence has not diminished. One of the characteristics of this pathology is the the abnormal vascular remodeling, which in its most severe expression is known as Pulmonary Hyper tension (PH); with an incidence of 17% in patients with BPD, which is proportional to the severity of the disease (33% in severe BPD), and as mortality factor (up to 48% 2-year mortality in PH-BPD)...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Minako Shimizu, Shigehiro Doi, Ayumu Nakashima, Takayuki Naito, Takao Masaki
PURPOSE: This study examined the clinical significance of N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide level as a cardiac marker in Japanese hemodialysis patients. METHODS: This was a multicenter cross-sectional study involving 1428 Japanese hemodialysis patients. Ultrasonic cardiography data at post-hemodialysis were obtained from 395 patients. We examined whether serum N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide levels were associated with cardiac parameters and assessed cut-off values and investigated factors associated with a reduced ratio of N-terminal pro brain natriuretic peptide levels pre- and post-hemodialysis...
March 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Sven Persoon, Michael Paulus, Stephan Hirt, Carsten Jungbauer, Alexander Dietl, Andreas Luchner, Christof Schmid, Lars S Maier, Christoph Birner
Implantation of left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) as bridge to transplant in end-stage heart failure allows for analyzing reverse remodeling processes of the supported heart. Whether this therapy influences the cGMP-PKG signaling pathway, which is currently under thorough investigation for developing new heart failure therapeutics, is unknown. In fourteen end-stage heart failure patients (8 with dilated cardiomyopathy, DCM; 6 with ischemic cardiomyopathy, ICM) tissue specimens of left ventricles were collected at LVAD implantation and afterwards at receiver heart explantation, respectively...
March 15, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Andrew R Kompa, Jiayu Lu, Thomas J Weller, Darren J Kelly, Henry Krum, Thomas G von Lueder, Bing H Wang
BACKGROUND: Angiotensin receptor neprilysin inhibitor (ARNi) enhances beneficial natriuretic peptides by inhibiting their breakdown through neprilysin. Although the first-in-class ARNi sacubitril/valsartan (LCZ696) reduced mortality and morbidity in heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction (EF) compared to angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEi), mechanistic data on ARNi are scarce. ARNi may be superior to ACEi in attenuating adverse cardiac remodeling and dysfunction post-myocardial infarction (MI)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Jorge Rubio-Gracia, Biniyam G Demissei, Jozine M Ter Maaten, John G Cleland, Christopher M O'Connor, Marco Metra, Piotr Ponikowski, John R Teerlink, Gad Cotter, Beth A Davison, Michael M Givertz, Daniel M Bloomfield, Howard Dittrich, Kevin Damman, Juan I Pérez-Calvo, Adriaan A Voors
BACKGROUND: Congestion is the main reason for hospital admission for acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). A better understanding of the clinical course of congestion and factors associated with decongestion are therefore important. We studied the clinical course, predictors and prognostic value of congestion in a cohort of patients admitted for ADHF by including different indirect markers of congestion (residual clinical congestion, brain natriuretic peptides (BNP) trajectories, hemoconcentration or diuretic response)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Hiroyuki Takahama, Seiji Takashio, Toshio Nishikimi, Tomohiro Hayashi, Chiaki Nagai-Okatani, Yasuaki Nakagawa, Makoto Amaki, Takahiro Ohara, Takuya Hasegawa, Yasuo Sugano, Hideaki Kanzaki, Satoshi Yasuda, Kenji Kangawa, Naoto Minamino, Toshihisa Anzai
BACKGROUND: A recent study showed that both glycosylation of pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) and the proBNP/total BNP ratio are decreased in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF). However, the following points regarding the proBNP/total BNP ratio have not been determined in patients with ADHF: 1) the relationship with the severity of ADHF, 2) the changes in the ratio during treatment, and 3) the relationship with cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP)-generating activity. METHODS: Plasma proBNP and total BNP (proBNP+mature BNP) were measured in patients with ADHF (n=154)...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Clara Barneo-Caragol, Eduardo Martínez-Morillo, Susana Rodríguez-González, Paloma Lequerica-Fernández, Ignacio Vega-Naredo, Francisco V Álvarez Menéndez
BACKGROUND: Preeclampsia (PE) is considered a specific vascular disease in which endothelial dysfunction may be the crucial factor of its pathogenesis. It has been suggested that strontium (Sr) may play a role in the pathophysiology of PE. Our group established in a previous study the serum levels of Sr in healthy pregnancies, and the main aim of the present study was to evaluate Sr concentrations and oxidative status in preeclamptic women. METHODS: The study population included women with early-onset PE (E-PE, n = 39), late-onset PE (L-PE, n = 67) and serial samples from a subset of preeclamptic women (PE-ss, n = 20)...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Philipp Stieger, Obaida R Rana, Erol Saygili, Haschmatulla Zazai, Thomas Rauwolf, Conrad Genz, Rajen Bali, Ruediger C Braun-Dullaeus, Samir M Said
BACKGROUND: Implantable cardioverter/defibrillator (ICD) shocks can cause myocardial injury, contributing to the progression of the underlying heart disease. The aim was to evaluate whether internal electrical cardioversion (int-CV) via the ICD or conventional external CV (ext-CV) of persistent atrial fibrillation (AF) in heart failure (HF) patients induces myocardial injury and initiates inflammation. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 115 HF patients with an ejection fraction between 20% and 45% were prospectively enrolled...
March 12, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
James L Januzzi, Annabel A Chen-Tournoux, Robert H Christenson, Gheorghe Doros, Judd E Hollander, Phillip D Levy, John T Nagurney, Richard M Nowak, Peter S Pang, Darshita Patel, W Franklin Peacock, E Joy Rivers, Elizabeth L Walters, Hanna K Gaggin
BACKGROUND: Contemporary reconsideration of diagnostic N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) cutoffs for diagnosis of heart failure (HF) is needed. OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the diagnostic performance of NT-proBNP for acute HF in patients with dyspnea in the emergency department (ED) setting. METHODS: Dyspneic patients presenting to 19 EDs in North America were enrolled and had blood drawn for subsequent NT-proBNP measurement...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
Alain N'guessan Yao, Mamadou Kamagaté, Augustin Kouao Amonkan, Philippe Chabert, Fidèle Kpahé, Camille Koffi, Mathieu N'goran Kouamé, Cyril Auger, Séraphin Kati-Coulibaly, Valérie Schini-Kerth, Henri Die-Kakou
BACKGROUND: Phyllanthus amarus (Schum & Thonn), a plant belonging to the family of Euphorbiaceae is used in Ivorian traditional medicine to treat cardiovascular disorders such as hypertension. However, although this plant has been described as a diuretic agent, the underlying mechanism remains unclear. Therefore, the aim of the present study was to investigate the mechanism action of diuretic effects of an ethanolic fraction of Phyllanthus amarus (EFPA) in rats. METHODS: Effects of EFPA on urinary excretion were carried out for doses ranging from 5 to 80 mg/kg given by intraperitoneal injection (i...
March 15, 2018: BMC Complementary and Alternative Medicine
Kotaro Nochioka, Yasuhiko Sakata, Hiroaki Shimokawa
Renin-angiotensin-aldosterone system (RAAS) and sympathetic nervous system play crucial roles in heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). Clinical trials provide strong evidence of prognostic benefits for combination therapy with angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor (ACEI) and β-blocker in the treatment of HFrEF. Angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) is not superior to ACEI in improving mortality and an alternative for patients who are intolerant to ACEI. Prognostic evidence for triple therapy which combined angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) and ACEI in addition to β-blocker therapy, is still controversial in HFrEF...
March 15, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
M P De Cesaro, J T Dos Santos, J G Ferst, J E Nóbrega, Pra Rosa, M T Rovani, G F Ilha, R C Bohrer, R Ferreira, B G Gasperin, V Bordignon, Pbd Gonçalves
Natriuretic peptides (NPs) are known to regulate reproductive events in polyovulatory species, but their function and regulation in monovulatory species remain to be fully characterized. Using a well-established in vivo model, we found that bovine granulosa cells from follicles near the deviation stage express mRNA for the three NP receptors (NPR1, NPR2 and NPR3), but not for NP precursors (NPPA, NPPB and NPPC). The abundance of NPR3 mRNA was higher in dominant compared to subordinate follicles at the expected time of follicular deviation...
March 14, 2018: Reproduction in Domestic Animals, Zuchthygiene
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