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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813731/a-case-of-fulminant-hepatic-failure-secondary-to-congestive-heart-failure-without-evidence-of-acute-cardiac-decompensation
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Kalyan Wagle, Oluwaseun A Akinseye, Prakash Shrestha, Madhuri Chandnani, Raiko Munankarmi, Vivian Ripin, Jimmy Yee
There are so far only a few reported cases of acute fulminant hepatic failure resulting from acute cardiomyopathy. This is a rare occurrence, especially in patients that do not exhibit any signs and symptoms of acute cardiac decompensation. We report a case of fulminant liver failure with nondiagnostic work up for the common causes of liver failure. This patient had concurrent history of congestive heart failure, but did not have acute decompensation. Right upper quadrant sonogram revealed hepatomegaly of 15 cm, trace amount of perihepatic ascites, pericholecystic fluid, and also thickened edematous gallbladder wall with no stones, no common bile duct stones, and no portal vein thrombosis...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813232/understanding-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
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Zoltan Arany
Peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM) is the unexplained loss of maternal cardiac systolic function in the period surrounding parturition. PPCM affects women worldwide and is a leading cause of maternal mortality. The cause of PPCM has remained elusive until recently. We review here the epidemiology of PPCM, recent findings that strongly indicate hormonal and genetic contributions to the development of PPCM, and implications for the management of women with PPCM. Expected final online publication date for the Annual Review of Medicine Volume 69 is January 29, 2018...
August 16, 2017: Annual Review of Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812967/tanshinone-induced-ers-suppresses-igfii-activation-to-alleviate-ang-ii-mediated-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Ya-Fang Chen, Nien-Hung Lee, Pei-Ying Pai, Li-Chin Chung, Chia-Yao Shen, Peramaiyan Rajendran, Yu-Feng Chen, Ray-Jade Chen, Vijaya Padma Viswanadha, Wei-Wen Kuo, Chih-Yang Huang
Cardiomyopathy involves changes in myocardial ultrastructure and cardiac hypertrophy. Angiotensin II (AngII) has previously been shown to stimulate the expression of IGF-2 and IGF-2R in H9c2 cardiomyoblasts and increase of blood pressure, and cardiac hypertrophy. Estrogen receptors (ERs) exert protective effects, such as anti-hypertrophy in cadiomyocytes. Tanshinone IIA (TSN), a main active ingredient from a Chinese medical herb, Salvia miltiorrhiza Bunge (Danshen), was shown to protect cardiomyocytes hypertrophy by different stress signals...
October 2017: Journal of Receptor and Signal Transduction Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812383/evaluation-of-relationship-between-coronary-artery-status-evaluated-by-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-and-development-of-cardiomyopathy-in-carbon-monoxide-poisoned-patients-with-myocardial-injury-a-prospective-observational-study
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Yong Sung Cha, Hyun Kim, Yoonsuk Lee, Woocheol Kwon, Jung-Woo Son, Hyun Youk, Hyung Il Kim, Oh Hyun Kim, Kyung Hye Park, Kyoung-Chul Cha, Kang Hyun Lee, Sung Oh Hwang
OBJECTIVES: Whether coronary artery changes are a main mechanism in the development of carbon monoxide (CO)-induced cardiomyopathy remains unknown. We investigated the effects of coronary artery stenosis on the presence or patterns of cardiomyopathy in CO-poisoned patients with myocardial injury defined as elevation of troponin I. MATERIALS AND METHODS: This prospective observational study collected data from consecutive patients who were diagnosed with CO poisoning and myocardial injury during the 24-month study period...
August 16, 2017: Clinical Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812126/myocardial-iodine-concentration-measurement-using-dual-energy-computed-tomography-for-the-diagnosis-of-cardiac-amyloidosis-a-pilot-study
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Virgile Chevance, Thibaud Damy, Vania Tacher, François Legou, Fourat Ridouani, Alain Luciani, Hicham Kobeiter, Alain Rahmouni, Jean-François Deux
OBJECTIVE: To measure myocardium iodine concentration (MIC) in patients with cardiac amyloidosis (CA) using dual-energy computed tomography (DECT). METHODS: Twenty-two patients with CA, 13 with non-amyloid hypertrophic cardiomyopathies (CH) and 10 control patients were explored with pre-contrast, arterial and 5-minute DECT acquisition (Iomeprol; 1.5 mL/kg). Inter-ventricular septum (IVS) thickness, blood pool iodine concentration (BPIC), MIC (mg/mL), iodine ratio and extra-cellular volume (ECV) were calculated...
August 10, 2017: European Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811941/seizure-associated-takotsubo-syndrome-a-rare-combination
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Htay Htay Kyi, Nour Aljariri Alhesan, Sunil Upadhaya, Samer Al Hadidi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is increasingly recognized in neurocritical care population especially in postmenopausal females. We are presenting a 61-year-old African American female with past medical history of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and hypertension who presented with multiple episodes of seizures due to noncompliance with antiepileptic medications. She was on telemetry which showed ST alarm. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was ordered and showed ST elevation in anterolateral leads and troponins were positive...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811092/direct-oral-anticoagulants-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-and-atrial-fibrillation
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Fernando Dominguez, Vicente Climent, Esther Zorio, Tomás Ripoll-Vera, Joel Salazar-Mendiguchía, Jose Manuel García-Pinilla, Jose Angel Urbano-Moral, Xusto Fernández-Fernández, David Lopez-Cuenca, Raquel Ajo-Ferrer, Jorge Sanz-Sanchez, Yolanda Gomez-Perez, Miguel A López-Garrido, Roberto Barriales-Villa, Juan Ramón Gimeno, Pablo Garcia-Pavia
BACKGROUND: Chronic anticoagulation with vitamin K antagonists (VKAs) is recommended in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and atrial fibrillation (AF). Direct oral anticoagulants (NOACs) are an alternative to VKAs but there are limited data to support their use in HCM. We sought to describe the pattern of use, thromboembolic events, bleeding and quality of life in patients with HCM and AF treated with NOACs. METHODS: Data from patients treated with NOACs (n=99) and VKA (n=433) at 9 inherited cardiac diseases units were retrospectively collected...
August 7, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810874/sudden-cardiac-death-focus-on-the-genetics-of-channelopathies-and-cardiomyopathies
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REVIEW
Simona Magi, Vincenzo Lariccia, Marta Maiolino, Salvatore Amoroso, Santo Gratteri
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) describes a natural and unexpected death from cardiac causes occurring within a short period of time (generally within 1 h of symptom onset) in the absence of any other potentially lethal condition. Most SCD-related diseases have a genetic basis; in particular congenital cardiac channelopathies and cardiomyopathies have been described as leading causes of SCD. Congenital cardiac channelopathies are primary electric disorders caused by mutations affecting genes encoding cardiac ion channels or associated proteins, whereas cardiomyopathies are related to mutations in genes encoding several categories of proteins, including those of sarcomeres, desmosomes, the cytoskeleton, and the nuclear envelope...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Biomedical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808947/the-sydney-heart-bank-improving-translational-research-while-eliminating-or-reducing-the-use-of-animal-models-of-human-heart-disease
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REVIEW
C G Dos Remedios, S P Lal, A Li, J McNamara, A Keogh, P S Macdonald, R Cooke, E Ehler, R Knöll, S B Marston, J Stelzer, H Granzier, C Bezzina, S van Dijk, F De Man, G J M Stienen, J Odeberg, F Pontén, W Linke, J van der Velden
The Sydney Heart Bank (SHB) is one of the largest human heart tissue banks in existence. Its mission is to provide high-quality human heart tissue for research into the molecular basis of human heart failure by working collaboratively with experts in this field. We argue that, by comparing tissues from failing human hearts with age-matched non-failing healthy donor hearts, the results will be more relevant than research using animal models, particularly if their physiology is very different from humans. Tissue from heart surgery must generally be used soon after collection or it significantly deteriorates...
August 14, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808933/cardiovascular-disease-in-clozapine-treated-patients-evidence-mechanisms-and-management
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REVIEW
Kathlyn J Ronaldson
Myocarditis occurs in about 3% of those initiated on clozapine but monitoring reduces the risk of serious outcome. Cardiomyopathy may develop after myocarditis, or from prolonged tachycardia. Monitoring using echocardiography is not deemed cost effective. Tachycardia, orthostatic hypotension and reduced heart rate variability are a group of clozapine-related adverse effects associated with autonomic dysfunction and may have serious consequences in the long term. Elevated heart rate and poor heart rate variability can be treated with a β-blocker or a non-dihydropyridine calcium channel blocker, while orthostatic hypotension can be alleviated by increased fluid intake and abdominal binding, but may require pharmacological intervention...
August 14, 2017: CNS Drugs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808788/shocks-after-implantable-cardioverter-defibrillator-implantation-in-idiopathic-cardiomyopathy-patients-a-myocardial-biopsy-study
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Erdal Safak, Giuseppe D Ancona, Heinz-Peter Schultheiss, Uwe Kühl, Stephan Kische, Hilmi Kaplan, Hüseyin Ince, Jasmin Ortak
Prediction of follow-up shock is crucial to stratify patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) requiring implantable cardioverter defibrillator (ICD). The objective of the article is to assess the predictive value of endo-myocardial biopsy (EMB) towards ICD shock and follow-up mortality. A series of patients with DCM scheduled for ICD implantation underwent EMB to further determine the genesis of DCM. Presence of fibrosis and inflammation was documented and related to outcomes. A total of 240 patients were referred for ICD as primary (56%) and secondary (44%) prophylaxis...
August 14, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808498/functional-cellular-and-molecular-remodeling-of-the-heart-under-influence-of-oxidative-cigarette-tobacco-smoke
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REVIEW
Abdullah Kaplan, Emna Abidi, Rana Ghali, George W Booz, Firas Kobeissy, Fouad A Zouein
Passive and active chronic cigarette smoking (CS) remains an international epidemic and a key risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD) development. CS-induced cardiac damage is divided into two major and interchangeable mechanisms: (1) direct adverse effects on the myocardium causing smoking cardiomyopathy and (2) indirect effects on the myocardium by fueling comorbidities such as atherosclerotic syndromes and hypertension that eventually damage and remodel the heart. To date, our understanding of cardiac remodeling following acute and chronic smoking exposure is not well elucidated...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808052/a-small-molecule-modulator-of-cardiac-myosin-acts-on-multiple-stages-of-the-myosin-chemomechanical-cycle
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Raja F Kawas, Robert L Anderson, Sadie R Bartholomew Ingle, Yonghong Song, Arvinder S Sran, Hector M Rodriguez
MYK-461 is a recently discovered novel small-molecule modulator of cardiac myosin that targets the underlying sarcomere hypercontractility of hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), one of the most prevalent heritable cardiovascular disorders. Studies on isolated cells and muscle fibers, as well as intact animals, have shown that MYK-461 inhibits sarcomere force production, thereby reducing cardiac function. Initial mechanistic studies have suggested that MYK-461 primarily reduces the steady-state ATPase activity by inhibiting the rate of phosphate release of β-cardiac myosin-S1, but the molecular mechanism of action of MYK-461 has not been described...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Biological Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807990/investigating-the-genetic-causes-of-sudden-unexpected-death-in-children-through-targeted-next-generation-sequencing-analysis
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Laura J Dewar, Miguel Alcaide, Daniel Fornika, Luisa D'Amato, Sanam Shafaatalab, Charles M Stevens, Thambirajah Balachandra, Susan M Phillips, Shubhayan Sanatani, Ryan D Morin, Glen F Tibbits
BACKGROUND: Inherited arrhythmia syndromes are responsible for a significant portion of autopsy-negative sudden unexpected death (SUD) cases, but molecular autopsy used to identify potentially causal variants is not routinely included in SUD investigations. We collaborated with a medical examiner's office to assist in finding a diagnosis for their autopsy-negative child SUD cases. METHODS AND RESULTS: 191 child SUD cases (<5 years of age) were selected for analyses...
August 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807353/incidence-rates-correlates-and-prognosis-of-electrocardiographic-p-wave-abnormalities-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Arttu O Lehtonen, Ville L Langén, Pauli J Puukka, Mika Kähönen, Markku S Nieminen, Antti M Jula, Teemu J Niiranen
BACKGROUND: Scant data exist on incidence rates, correlates, and prognosis of electrocardiographic P-wave abnormalities in the general population. METHODS: We recorded ECG and measured conventional cardiovascular risk factors in 5667 Finns who were followed up for incident atrial fibrillation (AF). We obtained repeat ECGs from 3089 individuals 11years later. RESULTS: The incidence rates of prolonged P-wave duration, abnormal P terminal force (PTF), left P-wave axis deviation, and right P-wave axis deviation were 16...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Electrocardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807220/health-characteristics-of-heart-transplant-recipients-surviving-into-their-80s
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Deborah R Tabachnick, Megan E Bowen, Josef Stehlik, Abdallah G Kfoury, William T Caine, Craig H Selzman, Stephen H McKellar
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation (HTx) is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure and has been successful for >30 y. The clinical course of recipients at the extreme of age is unknown. We reviewed our experience to determine the overall health and prevalence of Tx-related medical problems for recipients in their ninth decade. METHODS: We reviewed the UCTP experience from 1985 to present to identify patients who survived into their 80s and matched (1:1) with other recipients for gender and age at HTx, but did not survive to ≥80 y...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805231/the-histone-methyltransferase-mixed-lineage-leukemia-mll-3-may-play-a-potential-role-on-clinical-dilated-cardiomyopathy
#17
Ding-Sheng Jiang, Xin Yi, Rui Li, Yun-Shu Su, Jing Wang, Min-Lai Chen, Li-Gang Liu, Min Hu, Cai Cheng, Ping Zheng, Xue-Hai Zhu, Xiang Wei
Histone modifications play a critical role in the pathological processes of dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). While the role and expression pattern of histone methyltransferases (HMTs), especially mixed lineage leukemia (MLL) families on DCM are unclear. To this end, twelve normal and fifteen DCM heart samples were included in the present study. A murine cardiac remodelling model was induced by transverse aortic constriction (TAC). Real-time PCR was performed to detect the expression levels of MLL families in the mouse and human left ventricles...
August 9, 2017: Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805198/severe-reversible-hypocalcemic-cardiomyopathy-diagnosed-36-years-after-subtotal-thyroidectomy-a-case-report
#18
Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Patrycja Lachowska-Kotowska
Chronic hypocalcemia, irrespectively of its etiology, can lead to severe impairment of the left ventricular (LV) contractility manifesting as dilated cardiomyopathy, usually defined as hypocalcemic cardiomyopathy (hypocaCM). This rarely diagnosed type of heart failure (HF), can be completely reversible, when treated properly with calcium and vitamin D supplementation or, in some subjects, with human recombinant parathormone. A CASE REPORT: The authors present a case of a 60-year-old male admitted with advanced pulmonary congestion, recurrent pulmonary edema and pleural effusion...
July 21, 2017: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804855/human-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-versus-feline-cardiomyopathy-what-can-we-learn-from-both-veterinary-and-human-medicine
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REVIEW
Valentine Prat, Bertrand Rozec, Chantal Gauthier, Benjamin Lauzier
Cardiovascular affections are a growing health burden in human populations. Recent advances in cardiology have improved treatments and outcomes for myocardial infarction and arrhythmias, but other conditions still remain poorly understood. To date, the classical approach to study cardiovascular diseases involves rodent models, despite their strong differences with human cardiac physiology. In this context, this review will focus on the common traits between human and feline cardiac diseases, namely heart failure with preserved ejection fraction and feline cardiomyopathies, respectively...
August 14, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804588/first-reported-case-of-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-in-oman
#20
Hatim Al Lawati, Humoud Al Dhuhli
Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy (ARVC) is a rare genetic disorder characterized by fatty degeneration of the right ventricular myocardium with variable involvement of the left ventricle. The condition is associated with exercise-mediated ventricular tachycardia and is one of the recognized causes of sudden cardiac death in the young and in athletes. Here, we report the first confirmed case of ARVC in Oman and present its electrocardiographic, echocardiographic features, and radiological findings on gated, contrast-enhanced cardiac computed tomography...
July 2017: Oman Medical Journal
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