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Cardiac strain

Alessandro Satriano, Edward J Vigmond, David S Schwartzman, Elena S Di Martino
Mechanical stretch plays a major role in modulating atrial function, being responsible for beat-by-beat responses to changes in chamber preload, enabling a prompt regulation of cardiac function. Mechano-electric coupling (MEC) operates through many mechanisms and has many targets, making it experimentally difficult to isolate causes and effects especially under sinus conditions where effects are more transient and subtle. Therefore, modelling is a powerful tool to help understand the role of MEC with respect to the atrial electromechanical interaction...
February 21, 2018: Computers in Biology and Medicine
Gabriel Altit, Shazia Bhombal, Krisa Van Meurs, Theresa A Tacy
INTRODUCTION: Newborns with congenital diaphragmatic hernia (CDH) have varying degrees of pulmonary hypoplasia and pulmonary hypertension (PH), and there is limited evidence that cardiac dysfunction is present. We sought to study early neonatal biventricular function and performance in these patients by reviewing early post-natal echocardiography (ECHO) measurements and comparing them to normal term newborns. METHODS: Retrospective case-control study reviewing clinical and ECHO data on term newborns with CDH and normal controls born between 2009 and 2016...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
John Whitaker, Cory M Tschabrunn, Jihye Jang, Eran Leshem, Mark O'Neill, Warren J Manning, Elad Anter, Reza Nezafat
BACKGROUND: Myocardial infarction (MI) survivors are at risk of complications including heart failure and malignant arrhythmias. PURPOSE: We undertook serial imaging of swine following MI with the aim of characterizing the longitudinal left ventricular (LV) remodeling in a translational model of ischemia-reperfusion-mediated MI. ANIMAL MODEL: Eight Yorkshire swine underwent mid left anterior descending coronary artery balloon occlusion to create an ischemia-reperfusion experimental model of MI...
March 9, 2018: Journal of Magnetic Resonance Imaging: JMRI
Henrik Finsberg, Ce Xi, Ju Le Tan, Liang Zhong, Martin Genet, Joakim Sundnes, Lik Chuan Lee, Samuel T Wall
Individually personalized computational models of heart mechanics can be used to estimate important physiological and clinically-relevant quantities that are difficult, if not impossible, to directly measure in the beating heart. Here we present a novel and efficient framework for creating patient-specific biventricular models using a gradient-based data assimilation method for evaluating regional myocardial contractility and estimating myofiber stress. These simulations can be performed on a regular laptop in less than two hours and produce excellent fit between measured and simulated volume and strain data through the entire cardiac cycle...
March 9, 2018: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
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
Philip Brainin, Sofie Reumert Biering-Sørensen, Rasmus Møgelvang, Peter Søgaard, Jan Skov Jensen, Tor Biering-Sørensen
BACKGROUND: Postsystolic shortening (PSS) has been proposed as a novel marker of contractile dysfunction in the myocardium. Our objective was to assess the prognostic potential of PSS on cardiovascular events and death in the general population. METHODS AND RESULTS: The study design consisted of a prospective cohort study of 1296 low-risk participants from the general population, who were examined by speckle tracking echocardiography. The primary end point was the composite of heart failure, myocardial infarction, and cardiovascular death, defined as major adverse cardiovascular events (MACEs)...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Heart Association
Shaolei Ma, Yujie Wang, Xiangrong Zuo, Jing Yao, Quan Cao
OBJECTIVE: To explore the effect of acute respiratory distress syndrome (ARDS) induced by endotoxin on the right ventricular function in rats. METHODS: Sixty male Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were randomly divided into normal saline (NS) control group and lipopolysaccharide (LPS) model group with 30 rats in each group. The rat model of ARDS was reproduced by intratracheal instillation of LPS 10 mg/kg after tracheotomy, and the rats in NS control group was intratracheally given the same volume of NS instead of LPS...
March 2018: Zhonghua Wei Zhong Bing Ji Jiu Yi Xue
Lukas Streese, Arne Deiseroth, Juliane Schäfer, Arno Schmidt-Trucksäss, Henner Hanssen
Background: Age is a key determinant for the development of cardiovascular disease and higher age coincides with an increased prevalence of obesity and physical inactivity. The study examines the influence of physical activity on aging processes of physiological systems focusing on the mechanisms of vascular aging. Methods/Design: The study consists of two parts. The cross-sectional approach aims at examining the association of physical fitness and cardiovascular risk with large and small artery function in healthy older active (HOA, n = 40) and sedentary (HOS, n = 40) persons as well as older sedentary individuals with increased cardiovascular risk (OSR, n = 80) aged 50-80 years...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
Ana Beatriz Bortolozo de Oliveira, Kaio Cesar Chaboli Alevi, Carlos Henrique Lima Imperador, Fernanda Fernandez Madeira, Maria Tercília Vilela de Azeredo-Oliveira
Trypanosoma cruzi is a protozoan of great importance to public health: it has infected millions of people in the world and is the etiologic agent of Chagas disease, which can cause cardiac and gastrointestinal disorders in patients and may even lead to death. The main vector of transmission of this parasite is triatomine bugs, which have a habit of defecating while feeding on blood and passing the parasite to their own hosts through their feces. Although it has been argued that T. cruzi is not pathogenic for this vector, other studies indicate that the success of the infection depends on several molecules and factors, including the insect's intestinal microbiota, which may experience changes as a result of infection that include decreased fitness...
March 2018: American Journal of Tropical Medicine and Hygiene
Mare Mechelinck, Marc Hein, Sven Bellen, Rolf Rossaint, Anna B Roehl
The extent of right ventricular compensation compared to the left ventricle is restricted and varies among individuals, which makes it difficult to define. While establishing a model of acute pulmonary hypertension in pigs we observed two different kinds of compensation in our animals. Looking deeper into the hemodynamic data we tried to delineate why some animals could compensate and others could not. Pulmonary hypertension (mean pressure 45 mmHg) was induced gradually by infusion of a stable thromboxane A2 analogue U46619 in a porcine model (n = 22)...
March 2018: Physiological Reports
Eve Piekarski, Renata Chequer, Vincent Algalarrondo, Ludivine Eliahou, Besma Mahida, Jonathan Vigne, David Adams, Michel S Slama, Dominique Le Guludec, Francois Rouzet
PURPOSE: Cardiac involvement in familial transthyretin (TTR) amyloidosis is of major prognostic value, and the development of early-diagnostic tools that could trigger the use of new disease-modifying treatments is crucial. The aim of our study was to compare the respective contributions of99m Tc-diphosphonate scintigraphy (DPD, detecting amyloid deposits) and123 I-MIBG (MIBG, assessing cardiac sympathetic denervation) in patients with genetically proven TTR mutation referred for the assessment of cardiac involvement...
March 6, 2018: European Journal of Nuclear Medicine and Molecular Imaging
Alessio Polacchini, Damiano Girardi, Alessandra Falco, Nunzia Zanotta, Manola Comar, Nicola Alberto De Carlo, Enrico Tongiorgi
Chronic psychosocial stress at workplace is an important factor in the development of physical and mental illness. Objective biological measures of chronic stress are still lacking, but inflammatory response and growth factors are increasingly considered as potential stress biomarkers. Therefore, we investigated the relationship between psychophysical strain and serum levels of 48 chemokines, cytokines and growth factors measured using a multiplex immunoassay, and serum brain-derived neurotrophic factor (BDNF) measured by ELISA...
February 2018: Neurobiology of Stress
Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Krzysztof Świerkocki, Dariusz Wróblewski, Andrzej Bolewski, Magdalena Janus
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
February 28, 2018: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
Biagio Castaldi, Giulia Bordin, Valentina Favero, Daniel Nardo, Francesca Previati, Sabrina Salvadori, Eugenio Baraldi, Ornella Milanesi
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Preterm newborns undergo hemodynamic challenges in the postnatal period. The aim of this study was to investigate myocardial mechanics changes in the postnatal period in preterm infants using speckle tracking echocardiography (STE). MATERIAL AND METHODS: Thirty-nine preterm infants ≤34 weeks' gestation underwent cardiac ultrasound evaluation during the first 96 hours of life. A repeated echocardiogram at 3 weeks of age was performed. Echocardiographic assessment involved left ventricular ejection fraction, mitral E/A ratio, S' and E' velocities, E/E' ratio, tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), left atrium-to-aorta ratio, ductal diameter and ductal shunt pattern...
March 6, 2018: Echocardiography
Baharak Abd Emami, Elena Mahmoudi, Mohammad Ali Shokrgozar, Mohammad Mehdi Dehghan, Saeed Farzad Mohajeri, Nooshin Haghighipour, Seyyed Hossein Marjanmehr, Mohammad Molazem, Susan Amin, Hossein Gholami
Myocardial infarction is one of the leading causes of death all over the world. Mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) transplantation has shown a promising potential to recovery of ischemic heart disease due to their capability in differentiating into cardiac cells. However, various investigations have been performed to optimize the efficacy of cardiac cell therapy in recent years. Here, we sought to interrogate the effect of autologous transplantation of undifferentiated and predifferentiated adipose and bone marrow-derived MSCs in a rabbit model of myocardial infarction and also to investigate whether cardiac function could be improved by mechanically induced MSCs via equiaxial cyclic strain...
March 6, 2018: Artificial Organs
Marc Santolini, Milagros C Romay, Clara L Yukhtman, Christoph D Rau, Shuxun Ren, Jeffrey J Saucerman, Jessica J Wang, James N Weiss, Yibin Wang, Aldons J Lusis, Alain Karma
A traditional approach to investigate the genetic basis of complex diseases is to identify genes with a global change in expression between diseased and healthy individuals. However, population heterogeneity may undermine the effort to uncover genes with significant but individual contribution to the spectrum of disease phenotypes within a population. Here we investigate individual changes of gene expression when inducing hypertrophy and heart failure in 100 + strains of genetically distinct mice from the Hybrid Mouse Diversity Panel (HMDP)...
2018: NPJ Systems Biology and Applications
Caroline M Van De Heyning, Catherine De Maeyer, Nele Pattyn, Paul J Beckers, Véronique A Cornelissen, Kaatje Goetschalckx, Nadine Possemiers, Emeline M Van Craenenbroeck, Jens-Uwe Voigt, Luc Vanhees, Bharati Shivalkar
BACKGROUND: Increase of exercise capacity (peak VO2 ) after cardiac rehabilitation improves outcome in patients with coronary artery disease (CAD). Systolic and diastolic function have been associated with peak VO2 , but their role towards improvement of exercise capacity remains unclear. It is unknown which exercise intensity has the most beneficial impact on left ventricular (LV) geometry and function in CAD patients without heart failure. METHODS: 200 stable CAD patients without heart failure were randomized to 3months of aerobic interval training (AIT) or aerobic continuous training (ACT)...
April 15, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Martino Alessandrini, Bidisha Chakraborty, Brecht Heyde, Olivier Bernard, Mathieu De Craene, Maxime Sermesant, Jan D'Hooge
Two-dimensional (2-D) echocardiography is the modality of choice in the clinic for the diagnosis of cardiac disease. Hereto, speckle tracking (ST) packages complement visual assessment by the cardiologist by providing quantitative diagnostic markers of global and regional cardiac function (e.g., displacement, strain, and strain-rate). Yet, the reported high vendor-dependence between the outputs of different ST packages raises clinical concern and hampers the widespread dissemination of the ST technology. In part, this is due to the lack of a solid commonly accepted quality assurance pipeline for ST packages...
March 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
Kenneth Mangion, Kirsty McDowell, Patrick B Mark, Elaine Rutherford
Purpose of Review: The aim of the review was to identify and describe recent advances (over the last 3 years) in cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging in patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD). We conducted a literature review in line with current guidelines. Recent Findings: The authors identified 22 studies. Patients with CKD had left ventricular global and regional dysfunction and adverse remodeling. Stress testing with CMR revealed a reduced stress-response in CKD patients...
2018: Current Cardiovascular Imaging Reports
Tor Biering-Sørensen, Muammar Kabir, Jonathan W Waks, Jason Thomas, Wendy S Post, Elsayed Z Soliman, Alfred E Buxton, Amil M Shah, Scott D Solomon, Larisa G Tereshchenko
BACKGROUND: Electric excitation initiates myocardial mechanical contraction and coordinates myocardial pumping. We hypothesized that ECG global electric heterogeneity (GEH) and its longitudinal changes are associated with cardiac structure and function. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants from the ARIC study (Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities) (N=5114; 58% female; 22% blacks) with resting 12-lead ECGs (visits 1-5) and echocardiographic assessment of left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction, LV global longitudinal strain, LV mass index, LV end-diastolic volume index, and LV end-systolic volume index at visit 5 were included...
March 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
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