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Cardiac perfusion

Attila Kiss, Huaqing Shu, Ouafa Hamza, David Santer, Eva Verena Tretter, Shanglong Yao, Klaus Markstaller, Seth Hallström, Bruno K Podesser, Klaus Ulrich Klein
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies demonstrated that preconditioning with argon gas provided a marked reduction in inflammation and apoptosis and increased myocardial contractility in the setting of acute myocardial ischaemia-reperfusion (IR). There is substantial evidence that myocardial IR injury following cardioplegic arrest is associated with the enhancement of apoptosis and inflammation, which is considered to play a role in cardiac functional impairment. Therefore, the present study was designed to clarify whether preconditioning with argon gas enhances recovery of cardiac function following cardioplegic arrest...
March 13, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Nourdine Chakouri, Cyril Reboul, Doria Boulghobra, Adrien Kleindienst, Stéphane Nottin, Sandrine Gayrard, François Roubille, Stefan Matecki, Alain Lacampagne, Olivier Cazorla
BACKGROUND: The interplay between oxidative stress and other signaling pathways in the contractile machinery regulation during cardiac stress and its consequences on cardiac function remains poorly understood. We evaluated the effect of the crosstalk between β-adrenergic and redox signaling on post-translational modifications of sarcomeric regulatory proteins, Myosin Binding Protein-C (MyBP-C) and Troponin I (TnI). METHODS AND RESULTS: We mimicked in vitro high level of physiological cardiac stress by forcing rat hearts to produce high levels of oxidized glutathione...
May 1, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Morten Schmidt, Michael Maeng, Morten Madsen, Henrik Toft Sørensen, Lisette Okkels Jensen, Carl-Johan Jakobsen
The WDHR (Western Denmark Heart Registry) is a seminational, multicenter-based registry with longitudinal registration of detailed patient and procedure data since 1999. The registry includes as of January 1, 2017 approximately 240,000 coronary angiographies, 90,000 percutaneous coronary interventions, 60,000 cardiac computed tomographies, 40,000 cardiac operations, and 2,000 transcatheter aortic valve replacements. Positron emission tomography/computed tomography, single-photon emission computed tomography, and magnetic resonance imaging are soon to be added...
March 20, 2018: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
David Haro Alonso, Miles N Wernick, Yongyi Yang, Guido Germano, Daniel S Berman, Piotr Slomka
BACKGROUND: We developed machine-learning (ML) models to estimate a patient's risk of cardiac death based on adenosine myocardial perfusion SPECT (MPS) and associated clinical data, and compared their performance to baseline logistic regression (LR). We demonstrated an approach to visually convey the reasoning behind a patient's risk to provide insight to clinicians beyond that of a "black box." METHODS: We trained multiple models using 122 potential clinical predictors (features) for 8321 patients, including 551 cases of subsequent cardiac death...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Apostolos Kiaos, Ioannis Tziatzios, Stavros Hadjimiltiades, Charalambos Karvounis, Theodoros D Karamitsos
Stress perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) has been proposed as an important gatekeeper for invasive coronary angiography (ICA) and percutaneous coronary interventions (PCI) in patients evaluated for possible coronary artery disease (CAD) (Fihn et al., 2012; Montalescot et al., 2013) [1], [2]. Several meta-analyses have evaluated the accuracy of stress perfusion CMR to diagnose CAD at the vessel level (Danad et al., 2017; Dai et al., 2016; Jiang et al., 2016; Takx et al., 2015; Li et al., 2015; Desai and Jha, 2013; Jaarsma et al...
February 2018: Data in Brief
Krzysztof Kucharz, Martin Lauritzen
Cortical spreading depolarization waves, the cause underlying migraine aura, are also the markers and mechanism of pathology in the acutely injured human brain. Propagation of spreading depolarization wave uniquely depends on the interaction between presynaptic and postsynaptic glutamate N-methyl-d-aspartate receptors (NMDARs). In the normally perfused brain, even a single wave causes a massive depolarization of neurons and glia, which results in transient loss of neuronal function and depression of the ongoing electrocorticographic activity...
March 12, 2018: Brain: a Journal of Neurology
Ze-Wei Tao, Mohamed Mohamed, Jeffrey G Jacot, Ravi K Birla
Bioengineering cardiac tissue constructs with adult cardiomyocytes may help treat adult heart defects and injury. In this study, we fabricated cardiac tissue constructs by seeding adult rat cardiomyocytes on a fibrin gel matrix and analyzed the electromechanical properties of the formed cardiac tissue constructs. Adult rat cardiomyocytes were isolated with a collagenase type II buffer using an optimized Langendorff perfusion system. Cardiac tissue constructs were fabricated using either indirect plating with cardiomyocytes that were cultured for 1 week and dedifferentiated or with freshly isolated cardiomyocytes...
March 13, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Jan-Michael Abicht, Riccardo Sfriso, Bruno Reichart, Matthias Längin, Katja Gahle, Gisella L Puga Yung, Jörg D Seebach, Robert Rieben, David Ayares, Eckhard Wolf, Nikolai Klymiuk, Andrea Baehr, Alexander Kind, Tanja Mayr, Andreas Bauer
BACKGROUND: In pig-to-human xenotransplantation, early cellular rejection reactions are mediated by natural killer cells (NK cells). Human NK cells are inhibited by HLA-E via CD94/NKG2A receptors. To protect porcine grafts against human NK cell responses, transgenic GTKO pigs expressing hCD46 and HLA-E have been generated. The aim of this study was to test the effect of this genetic modification on xenogeneic, and in particular human NK cell response, using an ex vivo perfusion model of pig hearts with human blood...
March 14, 2018: Xenotransplantation
Linde Woudstra, Lynda J M Juffermans, Albert C van Rossum, Hans W M Niessen, Paul A J Krijnen
Infectious myocarditis is the result of an immune response to a microbial infection of the heart. The blood vessels of the heart, both the intramyocardial microvasculature and the large epicardial coronary arteries, play an important role in the pathogenesis of infectious myocarditis. First of all, in addition to cardiomyocytes, endothelial cells of the cardiac (micro)vasculature are direct targets for infection. Moreover, through the expression of adhesion molecules and antigen presenting Major Histocompatibility Complex molecules, the blood vessels assist in shaping the cellular immune response in infectious myocarditis...
March 14, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Jonathan James Weldrick, Mohammad Abdul-Ghani, Lynn A Megeney, Patrick G Burgon
The capacity to isolate and study single cardiomyocytes has dramatically enhanced our understanding of the fundamental mechanisms of the heart. Currently, two primary methods for the isolation of cardiomyocytes are employed; i) The neonatal isolation protocol and, ii) the Langendorff isolation method. A major limiting feature of both procedures is the inability to isolate cardiomyocytes between 3 days and 3 weeks post-birth. Herein we report the establishment and validation of a new method for the rapid and efficient isolation of mouse cardiomyocytes, regardless of age...
March 13, 2018: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
Heesun Lee, Yeonyee E Yoon, Wonjae Lee, Hong-Mi Choi, Jun-Bean Park, Hack-Lyoung Kim, Hyo Eun Park, Seung-Pyo Lee, Hyung-Kwan Kim, Su-Yeon Choi, Yong-Jin Kim, Goo-Yeong Cho, Joo-Hee Zo, Dae-Won Sohn
BACKGROUND: While coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) provides comprehensive anatomic evaluation of coronary artery disease (CAD) with prognostic implications, clinically, the focus is usually placed on presence or absence of functionally significant CAD. Herein, we aimed to suggest a new risk stratification strategy using CCTA in patients with anatomic CAD but without myocardial ischemia on single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT). METHODS: Consecutive patients (n=798) with CAD on CCTA who underwent SPECT for evaluation of myocardial ischemia were retrospectively evaluated...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Cardiology
Sourabh Aggarwal, Feng Xie, Robin High, Gregory Pavlides, Thomas R Porter
BACKGROUND: Although microvascular flow abnormalities have been observed following epicardial recanalization in acute ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI), the prevalence and severity of these abnormalities in the current era of rapid percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) has not been evaluated. The objective of this study was to assess microvascular perfusion (MVP) following successful primary PCI in patients with STEMI and how it affects clinical outcome. METHODS: In this single-center, retrospective study, 170 patients who successfully underwent emergent PCI for STEMI were assessed using real-time myocardial contrast echocardiography using a continuous infusion of intravenous commercial microbubbles (3% Definity)...
March 7, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Patrick Krumm, Stefanie Mangold, Sergios Gatidis, Konstantin Nikolaou, Felix Nensa, Fabian Bamberg, Christian la Fougère
Combined PET/MRI is a novel imaging method integrating the advances of functional and morphological MR imaging with PET applications that include assessment of myocardial viability, perfusion, metabolism of inflammatory tissue and tumors, as well as amyloid deposition imaging. As such, PET/MRI is a promising tool to detect and characterize ischemic and non-ischemic cardiomyopathies. To date, the greatest benefit may be expected for diagnostic evaluation of systemic diseases and cardiac masses that remain unclear in cardiac MRI, as well as for clinical and scientific studies in the setting of ischemic cardiomyopathies...
March 10, 2018: Japanese Journal of Radiology
Elliot Long, Trevor Duke, Ed Oakley, Adam O'Brien, Bennett Sheridan, Franz E Babl
OBJECTIVE: The intent of fluid bolus therapy (FBT) is to increase cardiac output and tissue perfusion, yet only 50% of septic children are fluid responsive. We evaluated respiratory variation of inferior vena cava (IVC) diameter as a predictor of fluid responsiveness. METHODS: A prospective observational study in the ED of The Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia. Patients were spontaneously ventilating children treated with FBT for sepsis-induced acute circulatory failure...
March 8, 2018: Emergency Medicine Australasia: EMA
Matthieu Pelletier-Galarneau, Vincent Finnerty, Stephanie Tan, Sebastien Authier, Jean Gregoire, Francois Harel
BACKGROUND: IQ-SPECT has been shown to significantly reduce acquisition time and administered dose while preserving image quality in myocardial perfusion imaging. Whether IQ-SPECT provides accurate left ventricular ejection fractions (LVEF) with gated blood pool SPECT (GBPS) remains unknown. METHODS: Sixty patients underwent IQ-SPECT GBPS and planar imaging. Among those patients, 11 underwent both cMRI and GBPS. GBPS LVEF, LVEDV, and LVESV were calculated using 2 validated software; QBS (Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Los Angeles, USA) and MHI (Montreal Heart Institute, Montreal, Canada)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Szu-Ying Tsai, Shan-Ying Wang, Yu-Chien Shiau, Yen-Wen Wu
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an often under-diagnosed cause of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). It affects 1/500 of the population, is the most commonly inherited cardiovascular disorder, and can present in apical, concentric, or septal forms. Although most patients are asymptomatic, sudden cardiac death can be the initial presentation of HCM. By retrospectively enrolling patients suspected of having three different types of HCM in the absence of epicardial coronary stenosis, we aimed to examine systolic and diastolic dysfunction and perfusion abnormalities using both Doppler echocardiography and state-of-the-art gated single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with a cadmium-zinc-telluride camera and thallium-201...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Satyanarayan T Shanbhag, Bernard Choong, Maxim Petrov, Brett Delahunt, John A Windsor, Anthony R J Phillips
BACKGROUND: Critical illness including severe acute pancreatitis is associated with the multiple organ dysfunction syndrome. The "gut-lymph" hypothesis states that multiple organ dysfunction syndrome is due to release of toxic factors from the intestine into the mesenteric lymph. The aims of this study were to determine the effect of normotensive acute pancreatitis conditioned mesenteric lymph on cardiac function and whether external drainage of mesenteric lymph would protect the heart...
March 5, 2018: Surgery
Dirk W Donker, Daniel Brodie, José P S Henriques, Michael Broomé
Veno-arterial extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (VA ECMO) is widely used in cardiogenic shock. It provides systemic perfusion, but left ventricular (LV) unloading is suboptimal. Using a closed-loop, real-time computer model of the human cardiovascular system, cardiogenic shock supported by peripheral VA ECMO was simulated and effects of various adjunct LV unloading interventions were quantified. After VA ECMO initiation (4 L/min) in cardiogenic shock (baseline), hemodynamics improved (mean arterial pressure (MAP) increased to 85 mmHg), while LV overload occurred (10% increase in end-diastolic volume (EDV), and 5 mmHg increase in pulmonary capillary wedge pressure (PCWP))...
March 6, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Li Wang, Min-Jie Lu, Lei Feng, Juan Wang, Wei Fang, Zuo-Xiang He, Ke-Fei Dou, Shi-Hua Zhao, Min-Fu Yang
BACKGROUND: The relationship between myocardial viability and angiographic collateral flow is not fully elucidated in ischemic cardiomyopathy (ICM) with coronary artery chronic total occlusion (CTO). We aimed to clarify the relationship between myocardial hibernation, myocardial scar, and angiographic collateral flow in these patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-one consecutive ICM patients with 122 CTOs and 652 dysfunctional segments within CTO territories were retrospectively analyzed...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
Adrian Mendez, Alex Hopkins, Vincent L Biron, Hadi Seikaly, Lin Fu Zhu, David W J Côté
BACKGROUND: Recent studies have examined the effects of brief electrical stimulation (BES) on nerve regeneration, with some suggesting that BES accelerates facial nerve recovery. However, the facial nerve outcome measurement in these studies has not been precise or accurate. Furthermore, no previous studies have been able to demonstrate the effect of BES on synkinesis. The objective of this study is to examine the effect of brief electrical stimulation (BES) on facial nerve function and synkinesis in a rat model...
March 7, 2018: Journal of Otolaryngology—Head & Neck Surgery
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