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Cardiac failure

Elpidio Santillo, Monica Migale, Carlo Massini, Raffaele Antonelli Incalzi
BACKGROUND: Levosimendan is a calcium sensitizer drug causing increased contractility in the myocardium and vasodilation in the vascular system. It is mainly used for the therapy of acute decompensated heart failure. Several studies on animals and humans provided evidence of the cardioprotective properties of levosimendan including preconditioning and anti-apoptotic. In view of these favorable effects, levosimendan has been tested in patients undergoing cardiac surgery for the prevention or treatment of low cardiac output syndrome...
March 21, 2018: Current Cardiology Reviews
J J Brugts, G C M Linssen, A W Hoes, H P Brunner-La Rocca
AIMS: Data from patient registries give insight into the management of patients with heart failure (HF), but actual data from unselected real-world HF patients are scarce. Therefore, we performed a cross sectional study of current HF care in the period 2013-2016 among more than 10,000 unselected HF patients at HF outpatient clinics in the Netherlands. METHODS: In 34 participating centres, all 10,910 patients with chronic HF treated at cardiology centres were included in the CHECK-HF registry...
March 21, 2018: Netherlands Heart Journal
Stefan Rupp, Christian Jux
While in adults major advances in heart failure therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were documented in the last two decades, research on the mechanism and therapies of heart failure in children with left ventricular dilated cardiomyopathy has lagged behind. Despite the lack of sufficient randomized prospective studies, ACE inhibitors are first line and ß-receptor antagonists are second-line strategies in children. Following the adult guidelines, without having data concerning the pediatric population, mineral corticoids are also accepted in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, while diuretics should only be used to achieve a euvolemic status...
March 22, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Zhen-Guo Ma, Jia Dai, Yu-Pei Yuan, Zhou-Yan Bian, Si-Chi Xu, Ya-Ge Jin, Xin Zhang, Qi-Zhu Tang
Previous studies have suggested the involvement of CD4 + T lymphocytes in cardiac remodelling. T-bet can direct Th1 lineage commitment. This study aimed to investigate the functional significance of T-bet in cardiac remodelling induced by pressure overload using T-bet global knockout rats. Increased T-bet levels were observed in rodent and human hypertrophied hearts. T-bet deficiency resulted in a less severe hypertrophic phenotype in rats. CD4 + T-lymphocyte reconstitution in T-bet-/- rats resulted in aggravated cardiac remodelling...
March 21, 2018: Basic Research in Cardiology
Hala S Hamza, Wessam A Raouf, Asmaa Z Zaher, Hala M Agha
Background: Echocardiographic features of acute Kawasaki disease (KD) have not been well characterized in Egyptian children. This study aimed to provide insight into the pattern of cardiac involvement in Egyptian children with Kawasaki disease, focusing on echocardiographic coronary abnormalities and their associated risk predictors. Methods and Results: Medical records of 64 KD patients from 2012 to 2016 were retrospectively analyzed with recalculation of coronary artery z-scores during the first eight weeks after fever onset...
October 31, 2017: Global Cardiology Science & Practice
Hong Zhou, HaiXin Qian
Objective: To investigate enteral nutrition's effect on serum inflammatory factors and the cardiac function of malnourished elderly patients with heart failure. Patients and methods: A total of 105 elderly patients with heart failure were randomly divided into 3 groups: Treatment Group A, Treatment Group B, and the Control Group (Group C), each group having 35 patients and being administered conventional heart failure treatment. Group A was treated with 500 mL·d-1 of enteral nutrition for 1 month...
2018: Clinical Interventions in Aging
Takeo Fujino, Shujiro Inoue, Shunsuke Katsuki, Taiki Higo, Tomomi Ide, Yoshinao Oda, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
A 31-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with atrial tachycardia and cardiogenic shock. He had been diagnosed with hereditary spherocytosis (HS) during childhood, but he never received any red blood cell transfusions. Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy revealed multiple myocardial hemosiderin deposits, and he was diagnosed with cardiac hemochromatosis. In addition to the iron deposition in the heart, the loss of myocyte and severe interstitial fibrosis were present. His cardiac function did not improve even after the cardioversion for atrial tachycardia, and he suffered from recurrent heart failure...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Shengbing Wang, Vidya Venkatraman, Erin L Crowgey, Ting Liu, Zongming Fu, Ronald J Holewinski, Mark J J Ranek, David A Kass, Brian O'Rourke, Jennifer E Van Eyk
<u>Rationale:</u> Glycogen synthase kinase 3β (GSK3β) is a multifunctional and constitutively active kinase known to regulate a myriad of cellular processes. The primary mechanism to regulate its function is through phosphorylation-dependent inhibition at serine-9 residue. Emerging evidence indicates that there may be alternative mechanisms that control GSK3β for certain functions. <u>Objective:</u> Here we sought to understand the role of protein S-nitrosylation (SNO) on the function of GSK3β...
March 21, 2018: Circulation Research
Yongjuan Luo, Yujie Liu, Xin Guan, Ying Zhang, Jing Li
BACKGROUND: Percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) is the recommended treatment for high risk patients with non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI). OBJECTIVE: To investigate the application of three dimensional-speckle tracking imaging (3D-STI) on patients diagnosed with NSTEMI undergoing PCI. METHODS: Forty-four NSTEMI patients and 20 healthy subjects that received basic clinical and laboratory examinations were included in our study...
March 15, 2018: Journal of X-ray Science and Technology
W H Wu, L J Huang, J Z Pu, X Y Huang, X Pu, Y Ning, X Wang
Objective: To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter closure of anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery using Amplatzer Vascular Plug Ⅲ (AVP Ⅲ). Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 5 patients with anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery, who underwent transcatheter closure in our hospital from January to June 2017 using AVP Ⅲ. Surgeries were performed in 3 cases of Standford type A dissection, 1 case of ascending aortic aneurysm and 1 case of persistent truncus.There were 3 males,and age was (43...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
R J Wang, M L Wen, Q Zhou, X W Wei, H Li, Y B Zhao, Y F Qi, J Luan, X F Zhou
Objective: To elucidate the association between large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa ) in the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) and sympathetic outflow in rats with chronic heart failure (CHF) . Methods: Male Wistar rats (6-7 weeks old) were randomized to sham operated group and CHF group (coronary artery ligation) . Two weeks after operation, BKCa inhibitor Iberiotoxin (IBTX) was infused into PVN by osmotic minipumps, rats were divided into following groups: sham+aCSF, CHF+aCSF, sham+low dose IBTX (0...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Rupen Shah, Kristopher Attwood, Shipra Arya, Daniel E Hall, Jason M Johanning, Emmanuel Gabriel, Anthony Visioni, Steven Nurkin, Moshim Kukar, Steven Hochwald, Nader N Massarweh
Importance: Failure to rescue (FTR), or death after a potentially preventable complication, is a nationally endorsed, publicly reported quality measure. However, little is known about the impact of frailty on FTR, in particular after low-risk surgical procedures. Objective: To assess the association of frailty with FTR in patients undergoing inpatient surgery. Design, Setting, and Participants: This study assessed a cohort of 984 550 patients undergoing inpatient general, vascular, thoracic, cardiac, and orthopedic surgery in the National Surgical Quality Improvement Program between January 1, 2005, and December 31, 2012...
March 21, 2018: JAMA Surgery
Fernando Garagoli, Ezequiel Guzzetti, Ezequiel Lillo, Luciano Lucas, César Belziti
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Sabri Soussi, Marina Taccori, Christian De Tymowski, François Depret, Maïté Chaussard, Alexandre Fratani, Marion Jully, Alexandru Cupaciu, Axelle Ferry, Mourad Benyamina, Kevin Serror, David Boccara, Marc Chaouat, Maurice Mimoun, Pierre Cattan, Anne-Marie Zagdanski, James Anstey, Alexandre Mebazaa, Matthieu Legrand
OBJECTIVES: Burn-induced shock can lead to tissue hypoperfusion, including the gut. We performed this study to describe burn patients at risk of acute mesenteric ischemia (AMI) with the aim to identify potential modifiable risk factors. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study including adult severely burned patients between August 2012 and March 2017. Patients who developed AMI were matched to severely burned patients without AMI at a ratio of 1:3 (same year of admission, Abbreviated Burn Severity Index (ABSI) and Simplified Acute Physiology Score II (SAPSII))...
March 20, 2018: Shock
Joanne Philp, Brian G Lawhorn, Alan P Graves, Lisa Shewchuk, Katrina L Rivera, Larry J Jolivette, Dennis A Holt, Gregory J Gatto, Lara S Kallander
Structure-guided progression of a purine-derived series of TNNI3K inhibitors directed design efforts that produced a novel series of 4,6-diaminopyrimidine inhibitors, an emerging kinase binding motif. Herein, we report a detailed understanding of the intrinsic conformational preferences of the scaffold, which impart high specificity for TNNI3K. Further manipulation of the template based on the conformational analysis and additional structure-activity relationship studies provided enhancements in kinase selectivity and pharmacokinetics that furnished an advanced series of potent inhibitors...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Satoshi Nozaki, Aya Mawatari, Yuka Nakatani, Emi Hayashinaka, Yasuhiro Wada, Yukihiro Nomura, Takahito Kitayoshi, Kouji Akimoto, Shinji Ninomiya, Hisashi Doi, Yasuyoshi Watanabe
PURPOSE: Thiamine is an essential component of glucose metabolism and energy production. The disulfide derivative, thiamine tetrahydrofurfuryl disulfide (TTFD), is better absorbed than readily-available water-soluble thiamine salts because it does not require the rate-limiting transport system required for thiamine absorption. However, the detailed pharmacokinetics of thiamine and TTFD under normal and pathological conditions have not yet been clarified. C-11-labeled thiamine and TTFD were recently synthesized by our group...
March 20, 2018: Molecular Imaging and Biology: MIB: the Official Publication of the Academy of Molecular Imaging
Keisuke Inui, Kuniya Asai, Masaki Tachi, Aya Yoshinaga, Yuki Izumi, Yoshiaki Kubota, Koji Murai, Yayoi Tetsuou Tsukada, Yasuo Amano, Shinichiro Kumita, Wataru Shimizu
T1 mapping using cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) is useful for myocardial assessment. However, its prognostic value is not well defined. The aim of this study was to determine whether T1 mapping with CMR can predict reverse cardiac remodeling in patients with non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (NIDCM). We also investigated the predictive prognostic value of T1 mapping with CMR in these patients. We included 33 patients with NIDCM admitted to Nippon Medical School Hospital between February 2012 and October 2015...
March 20, 2018: Heart and Vessels
Amber Kempton, Matt Cefalu, Cody Justice, Tesla Baich, Mohamed Derbala, Benjamin Canan, Paul M L Janssen, Peter J Mohler, Sakima A Smith
Background: Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have revolutionized and improved the care of the sickest heart failure (HF) patients, and it is imperative that they receive appropriate ventricular unloading. Assessing this critical parameter with current methodologies (labs, imaging) is usually suboptimal in this patient population. Hence it is imperative to elucidate the molecular underpinnings involved in ventricular unloading. We have previously identified the cytoskeletal protein βII spectrin as an essential nodal protein involved in post-translational targeting and βII spectrin protein levels are significantly altered in multiple forms of human and animal HF...
January 2018: Heliyon
Julian A Marin-Acevedo, Catalina Sanchez-Alvarez, Ali A Alsaad, Ricardo J Pagán
Infiltrative cardiomyopathies include a variety of disorders that lead to myocardial thickening resulting in a constellation of clinical manifestations and eventually heart failure that could be the first clue to reach the diagnosis. Among the more described infiltrative diseases of the heart is amyloid cardiomyopathy. The disease usually presents with subtle, nonspecific symptoms. Herein, we illustrate a case of recurrent syncope as the initial presenting symptom for systemic amyloid with polyneuropathy and cardiomyopathy as a cause of syncope...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Leandra Linhares-Lacerda, Alessandra Granato, João Francisco Gomes-Neto, Luciana Conde, Leonardo Freire-de-Lima, Elisangela O de Freitas, Celio G Freire-de-Lima, Shana P Coutinho Barroso, Rodrigo Jorge de Alcântara Guerra, Roberto C Pedrosa, Wilson Savino, Alexandre Morrot
Chagas cardiomyopathy is the most severe clinical manifestation of chronic Chagas disease. The disease affects most of the Latin American countries, being considered one of the leading causes of morbidity and death in the continent. The pathogenesis of Chagas cardiomyopathy is very complex, with mechanisms involving parasite-dependent cytopathy, immune-mediated myocardial damage and neurogenic disturbances. These pathological changes eventually result in cardiac myocyte hypertrophy, arrhythmias, congestive heart failure and stroke during chronic infection phase...
2018: Frontiers in Microbiology
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