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Heart failure, cardiac transplant,

Narjeet S Khurmi, Yu-Hui Chang, D Eric Steidley, Andrew L Singer, Winston R Hewitt, Kunam S Reddy, Adyr A Moss, Amit K Mathur
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease (CVD) is a leading cause of post-liver transplant death, and variable care patterns may affect outcomes. We aimed to describe epidemiology and outcomes of inpatient CVD care across U.S. hospitals. METHODS: Using a merged dataset from the 2002-2011 Nationwide Inpatient Sample and the American Hospital Association Annual Survey, we evaluated liver transplant patients admitted primarily with myocardial infarction (MI), stroke (CVA), congestive heart failure (CHF), dysrhythmias, cardiac arrest (CA), or malignant hypertension...
March 15, 2018: Liver Transplantation
Mark N Belkin, Nir Uriel
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Advancements in highly active antiretroviral therapy (HAART) for human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) has led to increased survival, approaching that of the general population. These patients are at an increased risk for heart disease, specifically HIV-associated cardiomyopathy. RECENT FINDINGS: Initially, HIV-associated cardiomyopathy was predominantly noted as systolic dysfunction, but diastolic dysfunction has become more common with increased use of HAART...
March 14, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Heidi J Reich, Lawrence S C Czer, Danny Ramzy, Francisco Arabia, Jaime Moriguchi, Deborah D Ascheim, Timothy D Henry
The use of stem cell therapy in combination with a left ventricular assist device (LVAD) for patients with advanced heart failure (HF) is an attractive concept with the potential to alter the natural history of HF. Cell therapy trials for HF have demonstrated excellent safety and encouraging results, but current rates of myocardial recovery after LVAD implantation are limited. Early trials combining these 2 therapies to increase the likelihood of recovery and to potentially obviate the need for subsequent transplantation appear promising...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Giacomo Veronese, Enrico Ammirati, Manlio Cipriani, Maria Frigerio
Myocarditis is an inflammatory disease of the myocardium with a broad spectrum of clinical presentations, ranging from mild symptoms to severe heart failure. The course of patients with myocarditis is heterogeneous, varying from partial or full clinical recovery in few days to advanced low cardiac output syndrome requiring mechanical circulatory support or heart transplantation. Fulminant myocarditis (FM) is a peculiar clinical condition and is an acute form of myocarditis, whose main characteristic is a rapidly progressive clinical course with the need for hemodynamic support...
March 13, 2018: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
Kay Lash, Rachelle Oppel, Jeanette Hasse
Technology advances have made it possible to prolong life for patients with heart failure who are not transplant candidates or while awaiting transplant. Many different cardiac devices are available that can be used as a bridge to transplant (temporary support) or as a destination therapy (permanent support). Placement of these devices can cause complications that, if not addressed, could negatively impact the nutrition status of patients. Placement of nasointestinal feeding tubes using an electromagnetic sensor-guided enteral access system (EMS-EAS) has been difficult in patients with implantable devices because of the potential for interference with the EMS-EAS and the left ventricular assist device (LVAD)...
March 12, 2018: Nutrition in Clinical Practice
Jonathan Buggey, Chantal A ElAmm
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: The aim of this study is to summarize the literature describing the pathogenesis, diagnosis and management of cardiomyopathy related to myocarditis. RECENT FINDINGS: Myocarditis has a variety of causes and a heterogeneous clinical presentation with potentially life-threatening complications. About one-third of patients will develop a dilated cardiomyopathy and the pathogenesis is a multiphase, mutlicompartment process that involves immune activation, including innate immune system triggered proinflammatory cytokines and autoantibodies...
March 9, 2018: Current Opinion in Cardiology
Orçun Çiftci, Kerem Can Yılmaz, Atilla Sezgin, Mehmet Bülent Özin, İbrahim Haldun Müderrisoğlu, Mehmet Haberal
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac implantable electrical devices are widely used for patients with advanced heart failure and are usually explanted during orthotopic heart transplant. However, lead fragments and the pulse generator are sometimes left after the procedure. Given the concerns of infectious and thromboembolic complications, their removal is recommended. Herein, we report our experience with cardiac implantable electrical device explantation after orthotopic heart transplant. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We included recipients of heart transplants performed at Başkent University Faculty of Medicine, Department of Cardiovascular Surgery, who underwent lead and pulse generator explantation by manual traction between January 2012 and June 2017...
March 2018: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
Mandeep R Mehra, Daniel J Goldstein, Nir Uriel, Joseph C Cleveland, Melana Yuzefpolskaya, Christopher Salerno, Mary N Walsh, Carmelo A Milano, Chetan B Patel, Gregory A Ewald, Akinobu Itoh, David Dean, Arun Krishnamoorthy, William G Cotts, Antone J Tatooles, Ulrich P Jorde, Brian A Bruckner, Jerry D Estep, Valluvan Jeevanandam, Gabriel Sayer, Douglas Horstmanshof, James W Long, Sanjeev Gulati, Eric R Skipper, John B O'Connell, Gerald Heatley, Poornima Sood, Yoshifumi Naka
Background In an early analysis of this trial, use of a magnetically levitated centrifugal continuous-flow circulatory pump was found to improve clinical outcomes, as compared with a mechanical-bearing axial continuous-flow pump, at 6 months in patients with advanced heart failure. Methods In a randomized noninferiority and superiority trial, we compared the centrifugal-flow pump with the axial-flow pump in patients with advanced heart failure, irrespective of the intended goal of support (bridge to transplantation or destination therapy)...
March 11, 2018: New England Journal of Medicine
Cole S Bailey, Luke T Wooster, Mary Buswell, Sarvagna Patel, Paul P Pappagianopoulos, Kristian Bakken, Casey White, Melissa Tanguay, Jasmine B Blodgett, Aaron L Baggish, Rajeev Malhotra, Gregory D Lewis
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to characterize the functional and prognostic significance of oxygen uptake (VO2 ) kinetics following peak exercise in individuals with heart failure (HF). BACKGROUND: It is unknown to what extent patterns of VO2 recovery following exercise reflect circulatory response during exercise in HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) and HF with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF). METHODS: We investigated patients (30 HFpEF, 20 HFrEF, and 22 control subjects) who underwent cardiopulmonary exercise testing with invasive hemodynamic monitoring and a second distinct HF cohort (n = 106) who underwent noninvasive cardiopulmonary exercise testing with assessment of long-term outcomes...
March 1, 2018: JACC. Heart Failure
Suparna C Clasen, Joyce W Wald
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: We aim to summarize the effect of cancer therapy-related cardiotoxicity on the development of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. RECENT FINDINGS: We discuss commonly used cancer therapeutics that have the potential for both acute and delayed cardiotoxicity. LV dysfunction from cancer therapies may be found by routine cardiac imaging prior to clinical manifestations of heart failure (HF) and we discuss the current multi-modality approaches for early detection of toxicity with the use of advanced echocardiographic parameters including strain techniques...
March 8, 2018: Current Cardiology Reports
Tiago Pereira-da-Silva, Rui M Soares, Ana Luísa Papoila, Iola Pinto, Joana Feliciano, Luís Almeida-Morais, Ana Abreu, Rui Cruz Ferreira
INTRODUCTION AND AIMS: Selecting patients for heart transplantation is challenging. We aimed to identify the most important risk predictors in heart failure and an approach to optimize the selection of candidates for heart transplantation. METHODS: Ambulatory patients followed in our center with symptomatic heart failure and left ventricular ejection fraction ≤40% prospectively underwent a comprehensive baseline assessment including clinical, laboratory, electrocardiographic, echocardiographic, and cardiopulmonary exercise testing parameters...
March 5, 2018: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
Lei Wang, Yun-Long Zhang, Qiu-Yue Lin, Yu Liu, Xu-Min Guan, Xiao-Lei Ma, Hua-Jun Cao, Ying Liu, Jie Bai, Yun-Long Xia, Jie Du, Hui-Hua Li
Aims: Chemokine-mediated monocyte infiltration into the damaged heart represents an initial step in inflammation during cardiac remodelling. Our recent study demonstrates a central role for chemokine receptor CXCR2 in monocyte recruitment and hypertension; however, the role of chemokine CXCL1 and its receptor CXCR2 in angiotensin II (Ang II)-induced cardiac remodelling remain unknown. Methods and results: Angiotensin II (1000 ng kg-1 min-1) was administrated to wild-type (WT) mice treated with CXCL1 neutralizing antibody or CXCR2 inhibitor SB265610, knockout (CXCR2 KO) or bone marrow (BM) reconstituted chimeric mice for 14 days...
March 5, 2018: European Heart Journal
Michal Hulman, Panagiotis Artemiou, Matej Ondrusek, Vladan Hudec, Ivo Gasparovic, Martin Bena, Ivan Glonek
OBJECTIVES: Primary graft dysfunction (PGD) is a devastating complication and the most common cause of early death following a heart transplant. The goal of this study was to report our experience of using mechanical circulatory support to manage severe PGD. METHODS: Following 208 heart transplants performed between January 2007 and May 2017, 14 (6.7%) patients presented with severe PGD. We provided haemodynamic support using the following approaches: a venoarterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation device, left ventricular assist device, right ventricular assist device and biventricular assist device...
March 5, 2018: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
Randall Faull, Nitesh Rao, Matthew Worthley
An effectively functioning arteriovenous fistula is the life line for patients on long-term hemodialysis, and for most an upper limb, native vessel fistula has significant short- and long-term advantages. There are, however, situations where a fistula has deleterious effects, including the relatively uncommon problem of severe heart failure exacerbated in particular by high-flow fistulas. There is also increasing evidence that a fistula can add to the already high burden of cardiovascular risk in patients with advanced kidney disease, including by promoting water and salt retention, and by inducing or worsening left ventricular hypertrophy...
March 7, 2018: Seminars in Dialysis
Marianne Yardley, Lars Gullestad, Kari Nytrøen
One of the most important prognostic factors in heart failure patients is physical capacity. Patients with very poor physical performance and otherwise eligible, may be listed as candidates for heart transplantation (HTx). After such surgery, life-long immunosuppression therapy is needed to prevent rejection of the new heart. The dark side of immunosuppression is the increased risk of infections, kidney failure, cancer and advanced atherosclerosis (cardiac allograft vasculopathy), with the two latter conditions as the main causes of later mortality...
February 24, 2018: World Journal of Transplantation
Zulfiqar Qutrio Baloch, Muhammad Hussain, Shabber Agha Abbas, Jorge L Perez, Muhammad Ayyaz
The development of methamphetamine-associated cardiomyopathy (MACM) represents a severe complication of chronic methamphetamine abuse. MACM-induced irreversible structural and functional changes in the heart can eventually lead to decompensated heart failure, ultimately requiring heart transplantation. In this case report we present a 47-year old male with a previous history of chronic amphetamine abuse who presented to the emergency room with severe dyspnea at rest associated with mild substernal non-radiating chest pain...
2018: Emergency (Tehran, Iran)
Louise A Kenny, Fabrizio DeRita, Mohamed Nassar, John Dark, Louise Coats, Asif Hasan
The single ventricle patient population comprises the most complex cohort presenting to the cardiac transplant team, in terms of demographics, anatomic substrate, and unique physiology. It is also the most rapidly growing diagnostic group presenting for heart transplantation. In this manuscript, we aim to describe the changing landscape of transplantation in single ventricle conditions through reflection on our own institution's practice and experience, alongside contemporary literature review. Single ventricle patients are heterogeneous in terms of age, anatomic diagnosis and physiology according to surgical stage of repair...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Roosevelt Bryant, David Morales
Transplantation for adult patients with congenital heart disease (ACHD) is a growing clinical endeavor in the transplant community. Understanding the results and defining potential high-risk patient subsets will allow optimization of patient outcomes. This review summarizes the scope of ACHD transplantation, the mechanisms of late ventricular dysfunction, the ACHD population at risk of developing heart failure, the indications and potential contraindications for transplant, surgical considerations, and post-transplant outcomes...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Kevin Koomalsingh, Jon A Kobashigawa
The first human-to-human heart transplant was performed 50 years ago in 1967. Heart transplantation has now entered an era of tremendous growth and innovation. The future of heart transplantation is bright with the advent of newer immunosuppressive medications and strategies that may even result in tolerance. Much of this progress in heart transplant medicine is predicated on a better understanding of acute and chronic rejection pathways through basic science studies. The future will also include personalized medicine where genomics and molecular science will dictate customized treatment for optimal outcomes...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
Roland Hetzer, Mariano Francisco Del Maria Javier, Eva Maria Delmo Walter
Background: While heart transplantation has gained recognition as the gold standard therapy for advanced heart failure, the scarcity of donor organs has become an important concern. The evolution of surgical alternatives such as ventricular assist devices (VADs), allow for recovery of the myocardium and ensure patient survival until heart transplantation becomes possible. This report elaborates the role of VADs as a bridge to heart transplantation in infants and children (≤18 years old) with end-stage heart failure...
January 2018: Annals of Cardiothoracic Surgery
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