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Cardiac strain

Enrico Agabiti Rosei
Current Hypertension Guidelines emphasize the importance of assessing the presence of preclinical organ damage. In fact, an extensive evaluation of organ damage may increase the number of patients classified at high CV risk and therefore strongly influence the clinical management of patients. Hypertensive heart disease remains to date the form of organ damage for which there is the greatest amount of evidence of a strong independent prognostic significance. In the presence of a chronic pressure overload, a parallel addition of sarcomers takes place with an increase in myocyte width, which in turn increases left ventricular wall thickness; myocyte hypertrophy is also associated with apoptosis, collagen deposition and ventricular fibrosis with an impairment of coronary hemodynamics as well, thus profoundly influencing functional properties of the left (and right) ventricle...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Chang Wei-Ting, Chen Zhih-Cherng, Cheng Juei-Tang
OBJECTIVE: Despite the threatening risks of diabetes-induced cardiac fibrosis, less is known to whether diabetes causes an altered cardiac phenotype independent of coronary atherosclerosis. Peroxisome proliferator-activated receptor δ (PPARδ) emerges as a versatile regulator of metabolic and inflammatory homeostasis. Potentially PPARδ may be a therapeutic target for diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis. In the present study, we investigated the effectiveness of Telmisartan, a unique angiotensin receptor blocker (ARB) that increased the expression of PPARδ, in the improvement of left ventricular remodeling in both diabetic human and rats...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
A Bayramoğlu, O Bektaş, M Yaman
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to evaluate the relationship between the SYNTAX (Synergy Between PCI With Taxus and Cardiac Surgery) score and left ventricular end-diastolic pressure (LVEDP) measured with an invasive method and with speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE). METHODS: The study included 124 patients who underwent cardiac catheterization. LVEDP values and coronary images were obtained for all patients. SYNTAX scores were calculated and separated into three tertiles (SYNTAX = 0, SYNTAX < 22, and SYNTAX > 22)...
October 17, 2016: Herz
Christopher M Celano, Eleanor E Beale, Scott R Beach, Arianna M Belcher, Laura Suarez, Shweta R Motiwala, Parul U Gandhi, Hanna Gaggin, James L Januzzi, Brian C Healy, Jeff C Huffman
OBJECTIVE: Psychological constructs are associated with cardiovascular health, but the biological mechanisms mediating these relationships are unknown. We examined relationships between psychological constructs and markers of inflammation, endothelial function, and myocardial strain in a cohort of post-acute coronary syndrome (ACS) patients. METHODS: Participants (N = 164) attended study visits 2 weeks and 6 months after ACS. During these visits, they completed self-report measures of depressive symptoms, anxiety, optimism, and gratitude; and blood samples were collected for measurement of biomarkers reflecting inflammation, endothelial function, and myocardial strain...
September 30, 2016: Psychosomatic Medicine
Daniel Pelaez, Zenith Acosta Torres, Tsz Kin Ng, Kwong Wai Choy, Chi Pui Pang, Herman S Cheung
Cellular therapies for the treatment of myocardial infarction have proven to be an invaluable tool in recent years and provide encouraging evidence for the possibility to restore normal heart function. However, questions still remain as to the optimal cell source, pre-conditioning methods and delivery techniques for such an application. This study explores the use of a population of stem cells arising from the neural crest and isolated from adult human periodontal ligament along with short-term mechanical strain as an inducer of cardiomyogenesis and possibly pre-conditioning stimulus for cellular cardiomyoplasty...
October 17, 2016: Cell and Tissue Research
Sabha Bhatti, Srikanth Vallurupalli, Stephanie Ambach, Adam Magier, Evan Watts, Vien Truong, Abdul Hakeem, Wojciech Mazur
Cardiac MRI is frequently used in the diagnosis of cardiac amyloidosis. Feature tracking is a novel method of analyzing myocardial strain at the myocardial borders. We investigated myocardial deformation mechanics of both the right and left ventricles in patients with multiple myeloma with suspected cardiac amyloidosis. Comprehensive strain analysis was performed in 43 patients with multiple myeloma and suspected cardiac amyloidosis. MRI strain by feature tracking was measured using 2D cardiac performance analysis MR software (Tomtec, Germany)...
October 14, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Praveen Hariharan, David M Dudzinski, Rachel Rosovsky, Farris Haddad, Peter MacMahon, Blair Parry, Yuchiao Chang, Christopher Kabrhel
Computed tomography pulmonary angiogram (CTPA) provides a volumetric assessment of clot burden in acute pulmonary embolism (PE). However, it is unclear if clot burden is associated with right-sided heart strain (RHS) or adverse clinical events (ACE). We prospectively enrolled Emergency Department patients with PE (in CTPA) from 2008 to 2011. We assigned 1 to 9 points as clot burden score, based on whether emboli were saddle, central, lobar, segmental, and subsegmental. We evaluated a novel score (the "CT-PASS") based on the sum (in millimeters) of the largest filling defects in the right and left pulmonary vasculature...
August 24, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
Johannes T Kowallick, Miguel Silva Vieira, Shelby Kutty, Joachim Lotz, Gerd Hasenfu, Amedeo Chiribiri, Andreas Schuster
OBJECTIVES: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is associated with left atrial (LA) functional abnormalities. The determinants and the degree of LA dysfunction in the course of HCM are not fully understood. We aimed to characterize LA mechanics in HCM, according to the extent of left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy and fibrosis. METHODS AND RESULTS: Seventy-three HCM patients and 23 age- and sex-matched controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging including late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)...
October 12, 2016: Investigative Radiology
Suma P Goudar, G Hamilton Baker, Shahryar M Chowdhury, Kimberly J Reid, Girish Shirali, Mark A Scheurer
BACKGROUND: Adult studies demonstrate that echocardiographic measurements of cardiac function using speckle tracking correlate with invasive measurements, but such data in the pediatric population are sparse. Our aim was to compare speckle-derived measures of cardiac function to measurements routinely obtained by cardiac catheterization in children. METHODS: Echocardiograms were performed on the day of cardiac catheterization. Using Tomtec 2D Cardiac Performance Analysis, longitudinal strain (LS), longitudinal strain rate (LSR), early diastolic LSR, and ejection fraction (EF) for the right and left ventricle (RV and LV) were calculated via speckle tracking...
October 14, 2016: Echocardiography
Dorota Sikorska, Krzysztof Pawlaczyk, Anna Olewicz-Gawlik, Natasza Czepulis, Bartlomiej Posnik, Ewa Baum, Maria Wanic-Kossowska, Bengt Lindholm, Andrzej Oko
BACKGROUND: Peritoneal dialysis (PD) patients with preserved residual diuresis have a lower risk of death and complications. Here we analyzed associations between residual diuresis and presence of fluid overload and biomarkers of cardiac strain and nutrition in PD patients. METHODS: Among 44 PD patients placed into three subgroups, depending on volume of residual diuresis (group A ≤ 500; group B 600-1900; and group C ≥ 2000 mL/day), we examined: overhydration (OH) assessed by bioimpedance analysis (BIA; yielding OH index OHBIA) and by clinical criteria (edema and hypertension); nutritional status (by subjective global assessment, SGA); metabolic status (electrolytes, serum lipid profile, CRP, and albumin); biomarkers of fluid overload and cardiac strain (N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide, NT-proBNP, and troponin T, TnT); and, echocardiography and chest X-ray...
October 12, 2016: International Urology and Nephrology
Wilson Nadruz, Dalane Kitzman, Beverly Gwen Windham, Anna Kucharska-Newton, Kenneth Butler, Priya Palta, Michael E Griswold, Lynne E Wagenknecht, Gerardo Heiss, Scott D Solomon, Hicham Skali, Amil M Shah
BACKGROUND: The contribution of cardiovascular dysfunction to frailty in older adults is uncertain. This study aimed to define the relationship between frailty and cardiovascular structure and function, and determine whether these associations are independent of coexisting abnormalities in other organ systems. METHODS: We studied 3,991 older adults (mean age 75.6±5.0 years; 59% female) from the Atherosclerosis Risk in Communities (ARIC) Study in whom the following six organ systems were uniformly assessed: cardiac (by echocardiography), vascular (by ankle-brachial-index and pulse-wave-velocity), pulmonary (by spirometry), renal (by estimated glomerular filtration rate), hematologic (by hemoglobin), and adipose (by body mass index and bioimpedance)...
October 12, 2016: Journals of Gerontology. Series A, Biological Sciences and Medical Sciences
Constantin von Deuster, Eva Sammut, Liya Asner, David Nordsletten, Pablo Lamata, Christian T Stoeck, Sebastian Kozerke, Reza Razavi
BACKGROUND: The objective of this study is to assess the dynamic alterations of myocardial microstructure and strain between diastole and systole in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy relative to healthy controls using the magnetic resonance diffusion tensor imaging, myocardial tagging, and biomechanical modeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Dual heart-phase diffusion tensor imaging was successfully performed in 9 patients and 9 controls. Tagging data were acquired for the diffusion tensor strain correction and cardiac motion analysis...
October 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
Arianna Mauretti, Noortje A M Bax, Mieke H van Marion, Marie José Goumans, Cecilia Sahlgren, Carlijn V C Bouten
For emerging cardiac regeneration strategies, it is essential to know if and how cardiac stem cells sense and respond to the mechanical stimuli provided by their environment in the beating heart. Here, we study the response to cyclic strain of undifferentiated and predifferentiated human cardiomyocyte progenitor cells (CMPCs), as well as the formation and activation of the cellular structures involved in mechanosensing, that we termed 'mechanosome'. Once verified that the applied uniaxial cyclic strain (10%, 0...
September 12, 2016: Integrative Biology: Quantitative Biosciences From Nano to Macro
Andrew Kohut, Nishi Patel, Harpreet Singh
BACKGROUND: Non-invasive high-resolution echocardiography to evaluate cardiovascular function of small animals is increasingly being used due to availability of genetically engineered murine models. Even though guidelines and standard values for humans were revised by the American Society of Echocardiography, evaluations on murine models are not performed according to any standard protocols. These limitations are preventing translation of preclinical evaluations to clinical meaningful conclusions...
September 2016: Journal of Cardiovascular Ultrasound
Bernd Hewing, Anna Maria Dehn, Oliver Staeck, Fabian Knebel, Sebastian Spethmann, Karl Stangl, Gert Baumann, Henryk Dreger, Klemens Budde, Fabian Halleck
BACKGROUND/AIMS: Cardiac changes observed in chronic kidney disease patients are of multifactorial origin including chronic uremia, hemodynamics or inflammation. Restoration of renal function by kidney transplantation (KTX) may reverse cardiac changes. Novel echocardiographic methods such as speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allow early and sensitive detection of subtle changes of cardiac parameters. We evaluated changes of cardiac structure and function after KTX by advanced echocardiographic modalities...
October 10, 2016: Kidney & Blood Pressure Research
Arnold C T Ng, Shi Yi Goo, Nicole Roche, Rob J van der Geest, William Y S Wang
BACKGROUND: Although epicardial adipose tissue (EAT) volume is associated with increased incidence of coronary artery disease (CAD), its role in myocardial systolic dysfunction is unclear. The present study aimed to identify independent determinants of EAT volume in patients without obstructive CAD, and to evaluate the association between EAT volume (vs other measures of obesity) and myocardial systolic strain analysis. METHODS: We prospectively recruited 130 patients without obstructive CAD on contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography imaging and normal left ventricular ejection fraction on 3-dimensional (3D) echocardiography...
June 23, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Joe Luis Pantoja, Ashley E Morgan, Eugene A Grossi, Morten O Jensen, Jonathan W Weinsaft, Robert A Levine, Liang Ge, Mark B Ratcliffe
BACKGROUND: Recurrence of mitral regurgitation (MR) after undersized mitral annuloplasty (MA) for ischemic MR is as high as 60%, with the recurrence rate likely due to continued dilation of the left ventricle (LV). To better understand the causes of recurrent MR, we studied the effect of undersized MA on strain in the LV wall. We hypothesize that the acute change in ventricular shape induced by MA will cause increased strain in regions nearest the mitral valve. METHODS: Finite element models were previously reported, based on cardiac magnetic resonance images of 5 sheep with mild to moderate ischemic MR...
October 5, 2016: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Wei-Ting Chang, Jhih-Yuan Shih, Yin-Hsun Feng, Chun-Yen Chiang, Yu Hsuan Kuo, Wei-Yu Chen, Hong-Chang Wu, Juei-Tang Cheng, Jhi-Joung Wang, Zhih-Cherng Chen
BACKGROUND: As cancer therapies have improved, patient life spans have been extended but quality of life has been threatened by chemotherapy induced cardiotoxicity. Most cardiac complications remain unobserved until specific symptoms develop. Speckle-tracking echocardiography is a sensitive imaging modality in detecting early occult myocardial dysfunction. METHODS: A total number of 35 patients newly diagnosed with breast cancer and preparing for epirubicin therapy were prospectively recruited...
September 2016: Acta Cardiol Sin
Carmen Rueda-Martínez, M Carmen Fernández, María Teresa Soto-Navarrete, Manuel Jiménez-Navarro, Ana Carmen Durán, Borja Fernández
Bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is the most frequent congenital cardiac malformation in humans, and appears frequently associated with dilatation of the ascending aorta. This association is likely the result of a common aetiology. Currently, a Syrian hamster strain with a relatively high (∼40%) incidence of BAV constitutes the only spontaneous animal model of BAV disease. The characterization of molecular alterations in the aorta of hamsters with BAV may serve to identify pathophysiological mechanisms and molecular markers of disease in humans...
2016: PloS One
U Haque, C Stiver, B K Rivera, B Richards, N Ma, C L Cua, C V Smith, C H Backes
OBJECTIVE: Right ventricular (RV) performance among infants with bronchopulmonary dysplasia (BPD) remains poorly understood. We tested the hypothesis that myocardial deformation imaging (MDI) strain and strain rate would allow for differentiation between infants with severe and milder forms of BPD, independent of tissue Doppler imaging (TDI) and superior to conventional echocardiographic measurements. STUDY DESIGN: Infants with various severities of BPD (11 with none or mild, 13 with moderate and 10 with severe) underwent conventional echocardiography, TDI and MDI assessments at >36 weeks of corrected gestational age...
October 6, 2016: Journal of Perinatology: Official Journal of the California Perinatal Association
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