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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912199/right-ventricular-dyssynchrony-predicts-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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Mitsushige Murata, Toshimitsu Tsugu, Takashi Kawakami, Masaharu Kataoka, Yugo Minakata, Jin Endo, Hikaru Tsuruta, Yuji Itabashi, Yuichiro Maekawa, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: RV dyssynchrony has been described in patients with pulmonary hypertension (PH) and is an independent predictor of clinical worsening; however, the optimal method for measuring RV dyssynchrony has not been fully established. This study aimed to investigate whether RV dyssynchrony is correlated with hemodynamics and prognosis in PH patients and to identify the best parameter for evaluating RV dyssynchrony. METHODS: This study assessed 100 PH patients, measuring mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP), pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR), and cardiac index (CI) by right heart catheterization (RHC)...
November 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912070/cardiac-complications-associated-with-the-influenza-viruses-a-subtype-h7n9-or-pandemic-h1n1-in-critically-ill-patients-under-intensive-care
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Jiajia Wang, Hua Xu, Xinjing Yang, Daguo Zhao, Shenlang Liu, Xue Sun, Jian-An Huang, Qiang Guo
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: The clinical presentations and disease courses of patients hospitalized with either influenza A virus subtype H7N9 (H7N9) or 2009 pandemic H1N1 influenza virus (pH1N1) were compared in a recent report, but associated cardiac complications remain unclear. The present retrospective study investigated whether cardiac complications in critically ill patients with H7N9 infections differed from those infected with the pH1N1 strain. METHODS: Suspect cases were confirmed by reverse transcription polymerase chain reaction assays with specific confirmation of the pandemic H1N1 strain at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention...
November 29, 2016: Brazilian Journal of Infectious Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27908661/uniform-low-level-dystrophin-expression-in-the-heart-partially-preserved-cardiac-function-in-an-aged-mouse-model-of-duchenne-cardiomyopathy
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Nalinda B Wasala, Yongping Yue, Jenna Vance, Dongsheng Duan
Dystrophin deficiency results in Duchenne cardiomyopathy, a primary cause of death in Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). Gene therapy has shown great promise in ameliorating the cardiac phenotype in mouse models of DMD. However, it is not completely clear how much dystrophin is required to treat dystrophic heart disease. We and others have shown that mosaic dystrophin expression at the wild-type level, depending on the percentage of dystrophin positive cardiomyocytes, can either delay the onset of or fully prevent cardiomyopathy in dystrophin-null mdx mice...
November 28, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903545/illuminating-the-path-forward-in-cardiac-regeneration-using-strain-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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EDITORIAL
Frederick H Epstein, Moriel Vandsburger
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27903535/magnetic-resonance-imaging-of-cardiac-strain-pattern-following-transplantation-of-human-tissue-engineered-heart-muscles
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Xulei Qin, Johannes Riegler, Malte Tiburcy, Xin Zhao, Tony Chour, Babacar Ndoye, Michael Nguyen, Jackson Adams, Mohamed Ameen, Thomas S Denney, Phillip C Yang, Patricia Nguyen, Wolfram H Zimmermann, Joseph C Wu
BACKGROUND: The use of tissue engineering approaches in combination with exogenously produced cardiomyocytes offers the potential to restore contractile function after myocardial injury. However, current techniques assessing changes in global cardiac performance after such treatments are plagued by relatively low detection ability. Since the treatment is locally performed, this detection could be improved by myocardial strain imaging that measures regional contractility. METHODS AND RESULTS: Tissue engineered heart muscles (EHMs) were generated by casting human embryonic stem cell-derived cardiomyocytes with collagen in preformed molds...
November 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902393/frequency-of-mycobacterium-chimaera-among-belgian-patients-2015
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Karine Soetaert, Christelle Vluggen, Emmanuel André, Raymond Vanhoof, Brigitte Vanfleteren, Vanessa Mathys
Mycobacterium chimaera arouses an increasing public health concern, as this non-tuberculous mycobacterium (NTM) has recently been associated with life-threatening cardiac infections. M. chimaera and Mycobacteriumintracellulare are genetically very close but recently appeared to present different epidemiological and clinical significance. Therefore, it has become important for laboratories to use adequate techniques allowing precise species identification. To date, most commercially available laboratory assays cannot distinguish them and erroneously identify M...
November 2016: Journal of Medical Microbiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893992/prediction-of-myocardial-infarction-by-assessing-regional-cardiac-wall-in-cmr-images-through-active-mesh-modeling
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Hossein Yousefi-Banaem, Saeed Kermani, Sasan Asiaei, Hamid Sanei
Myocardial infarction is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. In this study, using Cine MRI images, the infarct region was precisely determined by examining the local migration path length of critical points on myocardium borders and the fractional thickening effects. First, MRI Cine images of Epi/Endocardium were processed in 3D for all slices, and then incorporated in all frames to build a dynamic model. Epi/Endocardium images were segmented using Heiberg algorithm, and then by a robust restricted block matching algorithm, the sparse points were tracked...
November 14, 2016: Computers in Biology and Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893420/prognostic-value-of-three-dimensional-echocardiographic-right-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Mitsushige Murata, Toshimitsu Tsugu, Takashi Kawakami, Masaharu Kataoka, Yugo Minakata, Jin Endo, Hikaru Tsuruta, Yuji Itabashi, Yuichiro Maekawa, Mitsuru Murata, Keiichi Fukuda
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) function is an independent predictor of clinical outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, it remains controversial which RV parameter should be measured as an appropriate index for the treatment of PAH. The aim of this study was to identify the most useful parameter that correlates with hemodynamics and predicts clinical outcomes in PAH. RESULTS: Most of the clinical and echocardiographic RV parameters were significantly correlated with pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR) as well as mean pulmonary arterial pressure (mPAP)...
November 22, 2016: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27891719/myocardial-strain-to-detect-subtle-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction
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REVIEW
Laurens F Tops, Victoria Delgado, Nina Ajmone Marsan, Jeroen J Bax
In daily clinical practice, LV systolic function is routinely assessed with the use of two-dimensional echocardiography. Using biplane LV end-diastolic and end-systolic volumes, LVEF is calculated. The introduction of real-time three-dimensional echocardiography has improved the accuracy of echocardiographic assessment of LVEF. However, calculated LVEF may not truly represent LV systolic function in specific cardiac diseases or when subtle LV dysfunction is present. Two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography enables assessment of myocardial strain, thereby providing detailed information on global and regional LV deformation...
November 27, 2016: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890871/chagas-disease-in-mexico-report-of-14-cases-of-chagasic-cardiomyopathy-in-children
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Paz María Salazar-Schettino, Margarita Cabrera-Bravo, Clara Vazquez-Antona, Edgar Zenteno, Mariana De Alba-Alvarado, Elia Torres Gutierrez, Yolanda Guevara Gomez, María Gabriela Perera-Salazar, Guadalupe Garcia de la Torre, Martha Irene Bucio-Torres
Chagas disease is a parasitic infection mainly found in Latin America; it is transmitted by a triatomine, also known as assassin bug or kissing bug. In humans, the parasite causes mostly cardiac disorders. Two-thirds of the Mexican territory are regarded as risk areas for vector transmission of Trypanosoma cruzi, the causal agent. The parasite can be found as a blood-borne trypomastigote or as an intracellular amastigote. The progression and severity of lesions could be due to frequent reinfections or to infection by highly virulent strains...
2016: Tohoku Journal of Experimental Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890037/grouped-cases-of-pulmonary-pneumocystosis-after-solid-organ-transplantation-advantages-of-coordination-by-an-infectious-diseases-unit-for-overall-management-and-epidemiological-monitoring
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Claire Wintenberger, Daniele Maubon, Elena Charpentier, John Rendu, Patricia Pavese, Caroline Augier, Paolo Malvezzi, Boubou Camara, Marie-Reine Mallaret, Laurence Bouillet, Olivier Epaulard
OBJECTIVE To determine the origin of grouped cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia in solid-organ transplant recipients at our institution. DESIGN A case series with clinical examinations, genotyping, and an epidemiological survey. SETTING A university hospital in France. PATIENTS We report 12 solid-organ transplant recipients with successive cases of Pneumocystis pneumonia that occurred over 3 years; 10 of these cases occurred in a single year. METHODS We used molecular typing of P. jirovecii strains by multilocus sequence typing and clinical epidemiological survey to determine potential dates and places of transmission...
November 28, 2016: Infection Control and Hospital Epidemiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27889869/left-ventricular-speckle-tracking-derived-cardiac-strain-and-cardiac-twist-mechanics-in-athletes-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-controlled-studies
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REVIEW
Alexander Beaumont, Fergal Grace, Joanna Richards, John Hough, David Oxborough, Nicholas Sculthorpe
BACKGROUND: The athlete's heart is associated with physiological remodeling as a consequence of repetitive cardiac loading. The effect of exercise training on left ventricular (LV) cardiac strain and twist mechanics are equivocal, and no meta-analysis has been conducted to date. OBJECTIVE: The objective of this systematic review and meta-analysis was to review the literature pertaining to the effect of different forms of athletic training on cardiac strain and twist mechanics and determine the influence of traditional and contemporary sporting classifications on cardiac strain and twist mechanics...
November 26, 2016: Sports Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27888320/cardiac-mechanics-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-the-association-that-we-should-not-miss
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Maja Zlatanovic, Marijana Tadic, Vera Celic, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov
We aimed to determine left ventricular (LV) and right ventricular (RV) structure, function and mechanics, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). The study included 41 SSc patients and 30 age-matched healthy volunteers. All the patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, pulmonary function testing, 24-h Holter monitoring and complete two-dimensional echocardiography including strain analysis. The parameters of LV structure (interventricular septum thickness and LV mass index) and RV structure (RV wall thickness) were significantly higher in SSc patients...
November 25, 2016: Rheumatology International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27885998/bi-ventricular-finite-element-model-of-right-ventricle-overload-in-the-healthy-rat-heart
#14
Fulufhelo Masithulela
BACKGROUND: The recognition of RV overpressure is critical to human life, as this may signify morbidity and mortality. Right ventricle (RV) dysfunction is understood to have an impact on the performance of the left ventricle (LV), but the mechanisms remain poorly understood. It is understood that ventricular compliance has the ability to affect cardiac performance. In this study, a bi-ventricular model of the rat heart was used in preference to other, single-ventricle models. Finite element analysis (FEA) of the bi-ventricular model provides important information on the function of the healthy heart...
November 25, 2016: Bio-medical Materials and Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884956/regional-effects-of-streptozotocin-induced-diabetes-on-shortening-and-calcium-transport-in-epicardial-and-endocardial-myocytes-from-rat-left-ventricle
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Manal M A Smail, Muhammad A Qureshi, Anatoliy Shmygol, Murat Oz, Jaipaul Singh, Vadym Sydorenko, Alya Arabi, Frank C Howarth, Lina Al Kury
In the heart, the left ventricle pumps blood at higher pressure than the right ventricle. Within the left ventricle, the electromechanical properties of ventricular cardiac myocytes vary transmurally and this may be related to the gradients of stress and strain experienced in vivo across the ventricular wall. Diabetes is also associated with alterations in hemodynamic function. The aim of this study was to investigate shortening and Ca(2+) transport in epicardial (EPI) and endocardial (ENDO) left ventricular myocytes in the streptozotocin (STZ)-induced diabetic rat...
November 2016: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884663/early-impairment-in-left-ventricular-longitudinal-systolic-function-is-associated-with-an-increased-risk-of-incident-atrial-fibrillation-in-patients-with-type-2-diabetes
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Stefano Bonapace, Filippo Valbusa, Lorenzo Bertolini, Luciano Zenari, Guido Canali, Giulio Molon, Laura Lanzoni, Antonella Cecchetto, Andrea Rossi, Alessandro Mantovani, Giacomo Zoppini, Enrico Barbieri, Giovanni Targher
AIMS: It is known that type 2 diabetic patients are at high risk of atrial fibrillation (AF). However, the early echocardiographic determinants of AF vulnerability in this patient population remain poorly known. METHODS: We followed-up for 2years a sample of 180 consecutive outpatients with type 2 diabetes, who were free from AF and ischemic heart disease at baseline. All patients underwent a baseline echocardiographic-Doppler evaluation with tissue Doppler and 2-D strain analysis...
November 3, 2016: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884380/association-of-endothelial-dysfunction-and-cytotoxin-associated-gene-a-positive-helicobacter-pylori-in-patients-with-cardiac-syndrome-x
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COMMENT
Yousef Rasmi, Hadi Rouhrazi, Ebrahim Khayati-Shal, Alireza Shirpoor, Ehsan Saboory
BACKGROUND: Existence of coronary endothelial dysfunction has been demonstrated in patients with cardiac syndrome X (CSX). In addition, Helicobacter pylorus (H. pylori) has been associated with CSX. We aimed to assess the possible association of endothelial dysfunction and cytotoxin-associated gene A-positive H. pylori (CagA+) infection in CSX patients. METHODS: Fifty-six patients with CSX (23 male/33 female; age: 51.25 ± 8.86 years) who were anti-H. pylori IgG-positive [H...
October 2016: Biomedical Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884247/machine-learning-algorithms-to-automate-morphological-and-functional-assessments-in-2d-echocardiography
#18
Sukrit Narula, Khader Shameer, Alaa Mabrouk Salem Omar, Joel T Dudley, Partho P Sengupta
BACKGROUND: Machine-learning models may aid cardiac phenotypic recognition by using features of cardiac tissue deformation. OBJECTIVES: This study investigated the diagnostic value of a machine-learning framework that incorporates speckle-tracking echocardiographic data for automated discrimination of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) from physiological hypertrophy seen in athletes (ATH). METHODS: Expert-annotated speckle-tracking echocardiographic datasets obtained from 77 ATH and 62 HCM patients were used for developing an automated system...
November 29, 2016: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27881564/heart-failure-stages-among-older-adults-in-the-community-the-atherosclerosis-risk-in-communities-study
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Amil M Shah, Brian Claggett, Laura R Loehr, Patricia P Chang, Kunihiro Matsushita, Dalane Kitzman, Suma H Konety, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Carla A Sueta, Thomas H Mosley, Jacqueline D Wright, Josef Coresh, Gerardo Heiss, Aaron R Folsom, Scott D Solomon
BACKGROUND: -Although HF disproportionately affects older adults, little data exist regarding the prevalence of American College of Cardiology/American Heart Association heart failure (HF) stages among older individuals in the community. Additionally, the role of contemporary measures of longitudinal strain (LS) and diastolic dysfunction in defining HF stages is unclear. METHODS: -HF stages were classified in 6,118 participants in the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities study (age 67 - 91 years) at the fifth study visit as follows: stage A (asymptomatic with HF risk factors but no cardiac structural or functional abnormalities), B (asymptomatic with structural abnormalities, defined as left ventricular hypertrophy, dilation or dysfunction, or significant valvular disease), C1 (clinical HF without prior hospitalization), and C2 (clinical HF with prior hospitalization)...
November 23, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27880739/estimation-of-cardiac-motion-in-cine-mri-sequences-by-correlation-transform-optical-flow-of-monogenic-features-distance
#20
Bin Gao, Wanyu Liu, Liang Wang, Zhengjun Liu, Pierre Croisille, Philippe Delachartre, Patrick Clarysse
Cine-MRI is widely used for the analysis of cardiac function in clinical routine, because of its high soft tissue contrast and relatively short acquisition time in comparison with other cardiac MRI techniques. The gray level distribution in cardiac cine-MRI is relatively homogenous within the myocardium, and can therefore make motion quantification difficult. To ensure that the motion estimation problem is well posed, more image features have to be considered. This work is inspired by a method previously developed for color image processing...
December 21, 2016: Physics in Medicine and Biology
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