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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926760/epidermal-nerve-fiber-quantification-in-patients-with-erythromelalgia
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William G Mantyh, P James B Dyck, Peter J Dyck, Janean K Engelstad, William J Litchy, Paola Sandroni, Mark D P Davis
Importance: Erythromelalgia is a clinical diagnosis based on intermittent warmth, erythema, and pain in the distal extremities. One problem facing physicians is how to objectively test for this disease. Given that other painful conditions of the distal extremities (ie, neuropathy related to human immunodeficiency virus, diabetes, or Fabry disease) can be evaluated with a skin biopsy to visualize pathologically decreased densities of the small nerve fibers that innervate the epidermis, one hypothesis is that erythromelalgia could similarly be associated with a loss of epidermal nerve fiber density (ENFD)...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Dermatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926465/freestyle-stentless-bioprosthesis-for-aortic-valve-therapy-17-year-clinical-results
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Juergen Ennker, Markus Meilwes, Joern Pons-Kuehnemann, Bernd Niemann, Philippe Grieshaber, Ina C Ennker, Andreas Boening
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve replacement with stentless bioprostheses has been shown to produce lower aortic gradients than stented bioprostheses, thus facilitating left ventricular mass regression and preventing heart failure. We sought to determine the long-term results of stentless biological aortic valve replacement over a 17-year follow-up. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2012, 2551 patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a stentless prosthesis (Medtronic Freestyle) at a single center...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925652/inclusion-of-a-rest-period-in-diaphragmatic-breathing-increases-high-frequency-heart-rate-variability-implications-for-behavioral-therapy
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Matthew E B Russell, April B Scott, Ian A Boggero, Charles R Carlson
Heart rate variability (HRV) is associated with positive physiological and psychological effects. HRV is affected by breathing parameters, yet debate remains regarding the best breathing interventions for strengthening HRV. The objective of the current study was to test whether the inclusion of a postexhalation rest period was effective at increasing HRV, while controlling for breathing rate. A within-subject crossover design was used with 40 participants who were assigned randomly to a breathing pattern including a postexhalation rest period or a breathing pattern that omitted the postexhalation rest period...
December 7, 2016: Psychophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925647/left-ventricular-function-assessed-by-one-point-carotid-wave-intensity-in-newly-diagnosed-untreated-hypertensive-patients
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Olga Vriz, Serena Favretto, Joanna Jaroch, Rychard Wojciech, Eduardo Bossone, Caterina Driussi, Francesco Antonini-Canterin, Paolo Palatini, Krystyna Loboz-Grudzien
OBJECTIVES: To investigate whether newly diagnosed untreated hypertensive patients show higher left ventricular (LV) contractility, as assessed by traditional echocardiographic indices and carotid wave intensity (WI) parameters, including amplitude of the peak during early (W1 ) and late systole (W2 ). METHODS: A total of 145 untreated hypertensive patients were compared with 145 age- and sex-matched normotensive subjects. They underwent comprehensive echocardiography and WI analysis...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Ultrasound in Medicine: Official Journal of the American Institute of Ultrasound in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925238/danshen-enhanced-cardioprotective-effect-of-cardioplegia-on-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-a-human-induced-pluripotent-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocytes-model
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Wei Wei, Yiwei Liu, Qiang Zhang, Yangming Wang, Xiaoling Zhang, Hao Zhang
Myocardial ischemia-reperfusion (I/R) injury is unavoidable during cardioplegic arrest and open-heart surgery. Danshen is one of the most popular traditional herbal medicines in China, which has entered the Food and Drug Administration-approved phase III clinical trial. This study was aimed to develop a human-induced pluripotent stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes (hiPSC-CMs) model to mimic I/R injury and evaluate the cardioprotective effect of regular cardioplegic solution with Danshen. hiPSC-CMs were cultured with the crystalloid cardioplegic solution (Thomas group) and Thomas solution with 2 or 10 µg/mL Danshen (Thomas plus Danshen groups)...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925233/quantification-and-analysis-of-leaflet-flutter-on-biological-prosthetic-cardiac-valves
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Artur H de F Avelar, Jean A Canestri, Camila Bim, Maíra G M Silva, Rudolf Huebner, Marcos Pinotti
The use of porcine or bovine pericardium biological cardiac valves has as its main disadvantage a relatively short lifespan, with failures due to calcification and fatigue. Increasing these valves' durability constitutes a great challenge. An understudied phenomenon is the effect of flutter, an oscillation of the leaflets that can cause regurgitation and accelerate calcification and fatigue. As a starting point to study how to reduce or prevent these oscillations, a method was developed to quantify the flutter frequencies occurring at the point of the valve's full opening...
December 7, 2016: Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925145/the-oldest-old-in-the-emergency-department-impact-of-renal-function
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T Brünnler, M Drey, G Dirrigl, C Weingart, F Rockmann, C Sieber, U Hoffmann
OBJECTIVES: The ageing population implicates an increasing numbers of older adults attending Emergency Departments (ED). We assessed the effect of estimated glomerular filtration rate as a predictor of clinical outcomes in oldest-old patients ≥ 85 years attending the ED in an university teaching hospital. DESIGN: Within three years, 81831 patient contacts were made in our ED. 7799 (9.5%) were older than 85 years, in whom we analyzed the impact of renal function on various outcome parameters...
2016: Journal of Nutrition, Health & Aging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924959/effects-of-ramadan-fasting-on-body-composition-and-arterial-stiffness
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Yusuf Sezen, Ibrahim Halil Altiparmak, Muslihittin Emre Erkus, Aydemir Kocarslan, Zekeriya Kaya, Ozgur Gunebakmaz, Recep Demirbag
OBJECTIVE: To examine the effects of Ramadan fasting on body composition, arterial stiffness and resting heart rate. METHODS: This prospective study was conducted at the Department of Cardiology, Harran University, Sanliurfa, Turkey, during Ramadan 2015, and comprised overweight and obese males. Body composition, arterial stiffness and echocardiography were assessed before and after Ramadan. Body composition was assessed by bioelectrical impedance analysis using segmental body composition analyser...
December 2016: JPMA. the Journal of the Pakistan Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924759/sudden-cardiac-death-in-south-india-incidence-risk-factors-and-pathology
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Uma N Srivatsa, K Swaminathan, K Sithy Athiya Munavarah, Ezra Amsterdam, K Shantaraman
BACKGROUND: Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major cause of mortality secondary to coronary artery disease (CAD) in the industrialized societies. Although South Asians have a high prevalence of CAD, the frequency and underlying pathology of SCD among this population are unknown. METHODS: Medical records of consecutive patients presenting with unexplained sudden death (USD) in a tertiary care center were reviewed. Patients with trauma, violent deaths, positive toxicology and non-cardiac pathology were excluded to determine sudden cardiac death (SCD)...
July 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924757/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-prevents-progression-of-renal-failure-in-heart-failure-patients
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Vinodh Jeevanantham, Mohit Turagam, David Shanberg, Madhu Reddy, Moustapha Atoui, James P Daubert, Buddhadeb Dawn, Dhanunjaya Lakkireddy
BACKGROUND: The goal of this study is to assess the effect of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) over time on renal function and its impact on mortality. The effect of CRT on renal function in patients with heart failure is not well understood. METHODS: All patients who underwent CRT implantation at University of Kansas between year 2000 and 2009 were reviewed and patients who had pre and post CRT renal function studied were included in our study. Stages of chronic kidney disease (CKD) were defined based on Kidney Disease Outcome Quality Initiative (KDOQI) guidelines...
July 2016: Indian Pacing and Electrophysiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924619/racial-disparities-in-heart-disease-mortality-in-the-50-largest-u-s-cities
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Maureen R Benjamins, Jana L Hirschtick, Bijou R Hunt, Michelle M Hughes, Brittany Hunter
Heart disease is not only the leading cause of death in the U.S. but also the main contributor to racial disparities in life expectancy. Despite this, heart disease mortality rates and racial disparities in these rates are not readily available at the city level where they can be the most quickly and effectively addressed. We calculated age-adjusted heart disease mortality rates and corresponding racial rate ratios (RRs) and rate differences (RDs) for the non-Hispanic Black (Black) and non-Hispanic White (White) populations for the years 1990-1994 and 2005-2009 for the U...
December 6, 2016: Journal of Racial and Ethnic Health Disparities
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924461/life-satisfaction-and-hemodynamic-reactivity-to-mental-stress
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Andreas Schwerdtfeger, Kerstin Gaisbachgrabner, Claudia Traunmüller
BACKGROUND: Satisfaction with life has been considered a health-protective variable, which could impact cardiovascular morbidity and mortality. However, few studies have examined the physiological pathways involved in the potentially salutary effect of life satisfaction. It was hypothesized that life satisfaction should be associated with a cardiovascular response profile that signals challenge (i.e., higher cardiac output, lower peripheral resistance), rather than threat during a mental stress task...
December 6, 2016: Annals of Behavioral Medicine: a Publication of the Society of Behavioral Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924218/sex-related-differences-in-the-associations-between-plasma-free-fatty-acid-levels-and-clinical-features-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Chengzhi Yang, Changlin Zhang, Jiansong Yuan, Jingang Cui, Shengwen Liu, Fenghuan Hu, Weixian Yang, Xuanye Bi, Shubin Qiao
BACKGROUND: Previous studies have indicated that inefficient energy utilization may play a pivotal role in hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). However, whether plasma free fatty acid (FFA), a main energy substrate of heart, has an effect on HCM remains unclear. Besides, several studies have suggested sex-related differences in HCM features and FFA metabolism. Here, we aimed to explore the association between plasma FFA levels and HCM and potential effects of sex on this relation. METHODS: A total of 412 patients (age 47...
2016: Biology of Sex Differences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924215/influence-diagram-of-physiological-and-environmental-factors-affecting-heart-rate-variability-an-extended-literature-overview
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REVIEW
Julien Fatisson, Victor Oswald, François Lalonde
Heart rate variability (HRV) corresponds to the adaptation of the heart to any stimulus. In fact, among the pathologies affecting HRV the most, there are the cardiovascular diseases and depressive disorders, which are associated with high medical cost in Western societies. Consequently, HRV is now widely used as an index of health. In order to better understand how this adaptation takes place, it is necessary to examine which factors directly influence HRV, whether they have a physiological or environmental origin...
January 2016: Heart International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924198/comparison-of-effect-of-electroacupuncture-and-nefopam-for-prevention-of-postanesthetic-shivering-in-patients-undergoing-urologic-operation-under-spinal-anesthesia
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Jun-Ho Hong, Su-Jin Kim, Min-Sub Hwang
BACKGROUND: Shivering during spinal anesthesia is a frequent complication and is induced by the core-to-peripheral redistribution of heat. Nefopam has minimal side effects and prevents shivering by reducing the shivering threshold. Electroacupuncture is known to prevent shivering by preserving the core body temperature. We compared the efficacies of electroacupuncture and nefopam for the prevention of shivering during spinal anesthesia. METHODS: Ninety patients scheduled for elective urological surgery under spinal anesthesia were enrolled in the study...
December 2016: Korean Journal of Anesthesiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924061/the-relationship-between-serum-fibrosis-markers-and-restrictive-ventricular-filling-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-technetium-99m-radionuclide-ventriculography-study
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Yen-Tin Lin, Yen-Hung Lin, Xue-Ming Wu, Chi-Lun Ko, Ruoh-Fang Yen, Ying-Hsein Chen, Ron-Bin Hsu, Chi-Ming Lee, Shoei-Shen Wang, Ming-Fong Chen, Yen-Wen Wu
Myocardial fibrosis leads to a restrictive diastolic filling pattern of the left ventricle which is associated with a poor prognosis in patients with heart failure. We investigated the relationship between cardiac fibrosis and restrictive filling pattern of the left ventricle measured by Tc99m left ventriculography in patients with chronic symptomatic heart failure. Serum cardiac extracellular matrix markers including type I and III aminoterminal propeptide of procollagen (PINP and PIIINP), matrix metalloproteinase-2,9 (MMP-2,9), and tissue inhibitor of MMP-1 (TIMP-1) were analyzed...
December 4, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923809/role-of-autonomic-nervous-system-in-chronic-cns-mediated-antidiabetic-action-of-leptin
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Alexandre A da Silva, John E Hall, Sydney P Moak, Jackson Browning, Haley J Houghton, Giovana C Micheloni, Jussara M do Carmo
This study tested whether chronic ganglionic blockade or hepatic vagotomy attenuates the chronic CNS-mediated antidiabetic and cardiovascular effects of leptin. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were instrumented with telemetry probes and arterial and venous catheters for determination of blood pressure (BP), heart rate (HR), blood sampling and intravenous (IV) infusions. An intracerebroventricular (ICV) cannula was placed into the brain lateral ventricle for infusion of leptin or vehicle. After control measurements, streptozotocin (STZ) was injected IV (50 mg/kg) to induce diabetes and 5 days later leptin (n=6) or saline vehicle (n=5) was infused ICV for 12 days via osmotic pumps...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923789/influence-of-sympathetic-nerve-activity-on-aortic-hemodynamics-and-pulse-wave-velocity-in-women
#18
Ronee E Harvey, Jill N Barnes, Emma C J Hart, Wayne T Nicholson, Michael J Joyner, Darren P Casey
Central (aortic) blood pressure, arterial stiffness, and sympathetic nerve activity increase with age in women. However, it is unknown if the age-related increase in sympathetic activity influences aortic hemodynamics and carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity (cfPWV), an index of central aortic stiffness. The goal of this study was to determine if aortic hemodynamics and cfPWV are directly influenced by sympathetic nerve activity by measuring aortic hemodynamics, cfPWV, and muscle sympathetic nerve activity (MSNA) in women before and during autonomic ganglionic blockade with trimethaphan camsylate...
December 6, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923462/prognostic-implications-of-newly-developed-t-wave-inversion-after-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial%C3%A2-infarction
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Man-Jong Lee, Ji-Hoon Jang, Myung-Dong Lee, Sung Woo Kwon, Sung-Hee Shin, Sang-Don Park, Seong-Ill Woo, Dae-Hyeok Kim, Jun Kwan, Keum-Soo Park
We investigated the prognostic value of newly developed T-wave inversion after primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in patients with ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction. New T-wave inversion was defined as new onset of T-wave inversion after the primary PCI, without negative T waves on the presenting electrocardiogram. The primary end point was the occurrence of major adverse cardiac events (MACE), which consisted of cardiovascular mortality, nonfatal myocardial infarction, and rehospitalization for heart failure...
November 16, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923445/daily-exercise-prevents-diastolic-dysfunction-and-oxidative-stress-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-western-diet-induced-obesity-by-maintaining-cardiac-heme-oxygenase-1-levels
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Brian Bostick, Annayya R Aroor, Javad Habibi, William Durante, Lixin Ma, Vincent G DeMarco, Mona Garro, Melvin R Hayden, Frank W Booth, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a global epidemic with profound cardiovascular disease (CVD) complications. Obese women are particularly vulnerable to CVD, suffering higher rates of CVD compared to non-obese females. Diastolic dysfunction is the earliest manifestation of CVD in obese women but remains poorly understood with no evidence-based therapies. We have shown early diastolic dysfunction in obesity is associated with oxidative stress and myocardial fibrosis. Recent evidence suggests exercise may increase levels of the antioxidant heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)...
January 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
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