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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29777821/regional-cardiac-function-analysis-from-tagged-mri-images-comparison-of-techniques-harmonic-phase-harp-versus-sinusoidal-modeling-sinmod-analysis
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El-Sayed H Ibrahim, Jadranka Stojanovska, Azza Hassanein, Claire Duvernoy, Pierre Croisille, Rodica Pop-Busui, Scott D Swanson
Cardiac MRI tagging is a valuable technique for evaluating regional heart function. Currently, there are a number of different techniques for analyzing the tagged images. Specifically, k-space-based analysis techniques showed to be much faster than image-based techniques, where harmonic-phase (HARP) and sine-wave modeling (SinMod) stand as two famous techniques of the former group, which are frequently used in clinical studies. In this study, we compared HARP and SinMod and studied inter-observer variability between the two techniques for evaluating myocardial strain and apical-to-base torsion in numerical phantom, nine healthy controls, and thirty diabetic patients...
May 16, 2018: Magnetic Resonance Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776992/cardiomyopathy-mutation-f88l-in-troponin-t-abolishes-length-dependency-of-myofilament-ca-2-sensitivity
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Sherif M Reda, Murali Chandra
Recent clinical studies have revealed a new hypertrophic cardiomyopathy-associated mutation (F87L) in the central region of human cardiac troponin T (TnT). However, despite its implication in several incidences of sudden cardiac death in young and old adults, whether F87L is associated with cardiac contractile dysfunction is unknown. Because the central region of TnT is important for modulating the muscle length-mediated recruitment of new force-bearing cross-bridges (XBs), we hypothesize that the F87L mutation causes molecular changes that are linked to the length-dependent activation of cardiac myofilaments...
May 18, 2018: Journal of General Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29775428/the-involvement-of-human-monogenic-cardiomyopathy-genes-in-experimental-polygenic-cardiac-hypertrophy
#3
Priscilla R Prestes, Francine Z Marques, Guillermo Lopez-Campos, Paul Lewandowski, Lea M D Delbridge, Fadi J Charchar, Stephen B Harrap
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy thickens heart muscles reducing functionality and increasing risk of cardiac disease and morbidity. Genetic factors are involved, but their contribution is poorly understood. We used the hypertrophic heart rat (HHR), a unique normotensive polygenic model of cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure to investigate the role of genes associated with monogenic human cardiomyopathy. We selected 42 genes involved in monogenic human cardiomyopathies to study: 1) DNA variants, by sequencing the whole-genome of 13-week old HHR and age-matched normal heart rat (NHR), its genetic control strain; 2) mRNA expression, by targeted RNA-sequencing in left ventricles of HHR and NHR at five ages (2-days old, 4-, 13-, 33- and 50-weeks old) compared to human idiopathic dilated data; and 3) microRNA expression, with rat microRNA microarrays in left ventricles of 2-days old HHR and age-matched NHR...
May 18, 2018: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29774440/in-vivo-estimation-of-elastic-heterogeneity-in-an-infarcted-human-heart
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Gabriel Balaban, Henrik Finsberg, Simon Funke, Trine F Håland, Einar Hopp, Joakim Sundnes, Samuel Wall, Marie E Rognes
In myocardial infarction, muscle tissue of the heart is damaged as a result of ceased or severely impaired blood flow. Survivors have an increased risk of further complications, possibly leading to heart failure. Material properties play an important role in determining post-infarction outcome. Due to spatial variation in scarring, material properties can be expected to vary throughout the tissue of a heart after an infarction. In this study we propose a data assimilation technique that can efficiently estimate heterogeneous elastic material properties in a personalized model of cardiac mechanics...
May 17, 2018: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29770745/2706-km-cycling-in-two-weeks-effects-on-cardiac-function-in-six-elderly-male-athletes
#5
Thomas Morville, Mads Rosenkilde, Nick Mattsson, Flemming Dela, Jørn W Helge, Hanne K Rasmusen
INTRODUCTION: Physiological effects of exercise on trained and untrained individuals have been studied extensively. Typically, young or middle-aged individuals are examined before and after short periods of vigorous exertion. METHODS: We studied six elderly male athletes (61±8 years (mean ± SD); baseline VO2 max 48±5 ml·kg-1 · min-1 ) with focus on cardiac function and biomarkers following 14 consecutive days of moderate intensity exercise. Cardiac dimensions, function, biomarkers, and other measures of cardiovascular health were examined at baseline and 2 and 28 h after the last day of cycling a total of 2706 km...
May 17, 2018: Physician and Sportsmedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767683/large-outbreak-of-hepatitis-c-virus-associated-with-drug-diversion-by-a-healthcare-technician
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Sharon Alroy-Preis, Elizabeth R Daly, Christine Adamski, Jodie Dionne-Odom, Elizabeth A Talbot, Fengxiang Gao, Steffany J Cavallo, Katrina Hansen, Jennifer C Mahoney, Erin Metcalf, Carol Loring, Christine Bean, Jan Drobeniuc, Guo-Liang Xia, Saleem Kamili, José T Montero
Background: In May 2012, the New Hampshire (NH) Division of Public Health Services (DPHS) was notified of 4 persons with newly diagnosed hepatitis C virus (HCV) infection at hospital X. Initial investigation suggested a common link to the hospital cardiac catheterization laboratory (CCL) because the infected persons included 3 CCL patients and a CCL technician. NH DPHS initiated an investigation to determine the source and control the outbreak. Methods: NH DPHS conducted site visits, case patient and employee interviews, medical record and medication use review, and employee and patient HCV testing using enzyme immunoassay for anti-HCV, reverse-transcription polymerase chain reaction for HCV RNA, nonstructural 5B (NS5B) and hypervariable region 1 (HVR1) sequencing, and quasispecies analysis...
May 14, 2018: Clinical Infectious Diseases: An Official Publication of the Infectious Diseases Society of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29766272/blood-pressure-is-normal-but-is-the-heart
#7
Serkan Fazlı Çelik, Cemşit Karakurt, Yılmaz Tabel, Taner Elmas, Saim Yoloğlu
BACKGROUND: There is no detailed strain analysis of cardiac functions in treated hypertensive pediatric patients. The aim of this study was to evaluate the cardio-protective effects of different drug classes in treated pediatric hypertensive patients. METHODS: Sixty non-obese-treated hypertensive patients with preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function and 45 age-, sex-, and body mass index-matched healthy subjects underwent clinical evaluation, including 24-h ambulatory blood pressure monitoring, standard echocardiographic examination, tissue Doppler imaging, and two-dimensional Speckle Tracking Echocardiography...
May 15, 2018: Pediatric Nephrology: Journal of the International Pediatric Nephrology Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764969/cardiovascular-phenotype-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-heart-failure-induced-by-cancer-therapy
#8
Wilson Nadruz, Erin West, Morten Sengeløv, Gabriela L Grove, Mário Santos, John D Groarke, Daniel E Forman, Brian Claggett, Hicham Skali, Anju Nohria, Amil M Shah
OBJECTIVE: This study compared the clinical features, cardiac structure and function evaluated by echocardiography, cardiopulmonary response to exercise and long-term clinical outcomes between patients with heart failure (HF) induced by cancer therapy (CTHF) and heart failure not induced by cancer therapy (NCTHF). METHODS: We evaluated 75 patients with CTHF and 894 with NCTHF who underwent clinically indicated cardiopulmonary exercise testing, and followed these individuals for a median of 4...
May 15, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761785/discovery-and-characterization-of-a-prevalent-human-gut-bacterial-enzyme-sufficient-for-the-inactivation-of-a-family-of-plant-toxins
#9
Nitzan Koppel, Jordan E Bisanz, Maria-Eirini Pandelia, Peter J Turnbaugh, Emily P Balskus
Although the human gut microbiome plays a prominent role in xenobiotic transformation, most of the genes and enzymes responsible for this metabolism are unknown. Recently, we linked the two-gene 'cardiac glycoside reductase' ( cgr ) operon encoded by the gut Actinobacterium Eggerthella lenta to inactivation of the cardiac medication and plant natural product digoxin. Here, we compared the genomes of 25 E. lenta strains and close relatives, revealing an expanded 8-gene cgr -associated gene cluster present in all digoxin metabolizers and absent in non-metabolizers...
May 15, 2018: ELife
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759782/regional-left-ventricular-electrical-activation-and-peak-contraction-are-closely-related-in-candidates-for-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#10
Masih Mafi-Rad, Jetske Van't Sant, Yuri Blaauw, Pieter A Doevendans, Maarten J Cramer, Harry J Crijns, Frits W Prinzen, Mathias Meine, Kevin Vernooy
OBJECTIVES: This study determined the relationship between the timing of left ventricular (LV) electrical activation and peak contraction at potential LV pacing locations in candidates for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). BACKGROUND: Targeting the LV lead to the region of latest electrical activation or the segment of latest peak contraction has both been shown to improve CRT response. Whether these regions correspond within CRT patients is uncertain. METHODS: Twenty-eight consecutive CRT candidates underwent intraprocedural coronary venous electroanatomic mapping using EnSite NavX...
August 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29759615/enhancing-response-in-the-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-patient-the-3b-perspective-bench-bits-and-bedside
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REVIEW
Angelo Auricchio, Frits W Prinzen
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established nonpharmacological treatment for patients with heart failure (HF), reduced left ventricular (LV) ejection fraction, and a wide QRS complex. Although the therapy was developed 30 years ago and approved by the Food and Drug Administration in 2001, attempts to improve it have never stopped. Such improvements have been facilitated by combining knowledge from bench (basic science), bits (computer modeling), and bedside (clinical studies); these issues are addressed in the present review...
November 2017: JACC. Clinical Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756656/pathophysiology-and-treatment-of-achalasia-in-a-muscle-mechanical-perspective
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REVIEW
Hans Gregersen, Kar Man Lo
This review provides a biomechanical perspective on the pathophysiology and treatment of achalasia. The esophagus is efficient in transporting ingested material to the stomach in healthy subjects. A fine balance exists between the peristaltic forces generated in the esophageal body (which herein is defined as the preload) and the resistance in the outlet, the esophago-gastric junction (which is defined as the afterload). Achalasia is a rare esophageal disease that progressively over many years challenges esophageal efficacy...
May 14, 2018: Annals of the New York Academy of Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29756381/myocardial-multilayer-strain-does-not-provide-additional-value-for-detection-of-myocardial-viability-assessed-by-spect-imaging-over-and-beyond-standard-strain
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Elisabeth Orloff, Pauline Fournier, Frédéric Bouisset, Thomas Moine, Maxime Cournot, Meyer Elbaz, Didier Carrié, Michel Galinier, Olivier Lairez, Thomas Cognet
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the value of multilayer strain analysis to the assessment of myocardial viability (MV) through the comparison of both speckle tracking echocardiography and single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging. We also intended to determine which segmental longitudinal strain (LS) cutoff value would be optimal to discriminate viable myocardium. METHODS: We included 47 patients (average age: 61 ± 11 years) referred to our cardiac imaging center for MV evaluation...
May 14, 2018: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29755471/extracellular-vesicles-shed-by-trypanosoma-cruzi-potentiate-infection-and-elicit-lipid-body-formation-and-pge-2-production-in-murine-macrophages
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Maria Isabel Lovo-Martins, Aparecida Donizette Malvezi, Nágela Ghabdan Zanluqui, Bruno Fernando Cruz Lucchetti, Vera Lúcia Hideko Tatakihara, Patricia Alves Mörking, Admilton Gonçalves de Oliveira, Samuel Goldenberg, Pryscilla Fanini Wowk, Phileno Pinge-Filho
During the onset of Trypanosoma cruzi infection, an effective immune response is necessary to control parasite replication and ensure host survival. Macrophages have a central role in innate immunity, acting as an important trypanocidal cell and triggering the adaptive immune response through antigen presentation and cytokine production. However, T. cruzi displays immune evasion mechanisms that allow infection and replication in macrophages, favoring its chronic persistence. One potential mechanism is the release of T...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29754460/prognostic-evaluation-of-the-elastic-properties-of-the-ascending-aorta-in-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#15
Edoardo Sciatti, Enrico Vizzardi, Ivano Bonadei, Davide Fabbricatore, Francesco Prati, Mattia Pagnoni, Marco Metra
BACKGROUND: Nowadays there is an increased interest in the role of aortic stiffness in the pathophysiology of heart failure (HF), since it is a major determinant of left ventricular (LV) performance. We aimed at assessing the predictive value of the aortic stiffness parameters, measured by echocardiography, in patients affected by non-ischemic dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) regarding three end-points: death, HF rehospitalization, combined death or HF rehospitalization in a long-term follow-up...
May 13, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753686/pharmacological-inhibition-of-the-mitochondrial-nadph-oxidase-4-pkc%C3%AE-gal-3-pathway-reduces-left-ventricular-fibrosis-following-myocardial-infarction
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Maria Del Carmen Asensio-Lopez, Antonio Lax Perez, Maria Josefa Fernandez Del Palacio, Yassine Sassi, Roger J Hajjar, Domingo A Pascual-Figal
Although the initial reparative fibrosis after myocardial infarction (MI) is crucial for preventing rupture of the ventricular wall, an exaggerated fibrotic response and reactive fibrosis outside the injured area are detrimental. Although metformin prevents adverse cardiac remodeling, as well as provides glycemic control, the underlying mechanisms remain poorly documented. This study describes the effect of mitochondrial NADPH oxidase 4 (mitoNox) and protein kinase C-alpha (PKCα) on the cardiac fibrosis and galectin 3 (Gal-3) expression...
April 23, 2018: Translational Research: the Journal of Laboratory and Clinical Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753023/reduced-left-ventricular-mechanical-dispersion-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-cardiac-resynchronisation-therapy-is-associated-with-superior-long-term-outcome
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Pieter van der Bijl, Mand Jh Khidir, Melissa Leung, Dilek Yilmaz, Bart Mertens, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
BACKGROUND: In heart failure (HF) patients, left ventricular mechanical dispersion (LVMD) reflects heterogeneous mechanical activation of the left ventricle. In HF patients, LVMD can be reduced after CRT. Whether lesser LVMD is associated with improved outcome is unknown. OBJECTIVE: To relate LVMD to long-term prognosis in a large cohort of HF patients after 6 months of cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). METHODS: Clinical, echocardiographic and ventricular arrhythmia (VA) data were analyzed from an ongoing registry of HF recipients of CRT...
May 9, 2018: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752393/cardiac-structural-remodeling-longitudinal-systolic-strain-and-torsional-mechanics-in-lean-and-nonlean-dysglycemic-chinese-adults
#18
Jiun-Lu Lin, Kuo-Tzu Sung, Cheng-Huang Su, Tzu-Hsun Chou, Chi-In Lo, Jui-Peng Tsai, Shun-Chuan Chang, Yau-Huei Lai, Kuang-Chun Hu, Chia-Yuan Liu, Chun-Ho Yun, Chung-Lieh Hung, Hung-I Yeh, Carolyn S P Lam
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus and pre-diabetes mellitus are associated with lower body mass indices and increased risk of cardiovascular events (including heart failure) at lower glucose thresholds in Chinese compared with Western cohorts. However, the extent of cardiac remodeling and regulation on cardiac mechanics in lean and nonlean dysglycemic Chinese adults is understudied. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 3950 asymptomatic Chinese (aged 49.7±10.7 years; 65% male; body mass index: 24...
May 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752392/independent-prognostic-value-of-stroke-volume-index-in-patients-with-immunoglobulin-light-chain-amyloidosis
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BACKGROUND: Heart involvement is the most important prognostic determinant in AL amyloidosis patients. Echocardiography is a cornerstone for the diagnosis and provides important prognostic information. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 754 patients with AL amyloidosis who underwent echocardiographic assessment at the Mayo Clinic, including a Doppler-derived measurement of stroke volume (SV) within 30 days of their diagnosis to explore the prognostic role of echocardiographic variables in the context of a well-established soluble cardiac biomarker staging system...
May 2018: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752226/optimization-of-transmit-parameters-in-cardiac-strain-imaging-with-full-and-partial-aperture-coherent-compounding
#20
Vincent Sayseng, Julien Grondin, Elisa E Konofagou
Coherent compounding methods using the full or partial transmit aperture have been investigated as a possible means of increasing strain measurement accuracy in cardiac strain imaging; however, the optimal transmit parameters in either compounding approach have yet to be determined. The relationship between strain estimation accuracy and transmit parameters-specifically the subaperture, angular aperture, tilt angle, number of virtual sources, and frame rate-in partial aperture (subaperture compounding) and full aperture (steered compounding) fundamental mode cardiac imaging was thus investigated and compared...
May 2018: IEEE Transactions on Ultrasonics, Ferroelectrics, and Frequency Control
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