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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343178/fetal-cardiac-tumors-clinical-features-management-and-prognosis
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Shi-Min Yuan
Fetal cardiac tumors are rare and usually benign. While echocardiography is a reliable technique for diagnosing fetal cardiac tumors, their definitive diagnosis relies on pathological examination. The strategies used to manage fetal cardiac tumors are challenging. A good clinical result is their complete regression during pregnancy or shortly after birth, as often occurs with cardiac rhabdomyomas. Moreover, the fetal prognosis depends on the nature of the tumors, namely, their location, size, number and associated complications...
March 27, 2017: Journal of Perinatal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342806/molecular-regulation-of-mitochondrial-dynamics-in-cardiac-disease
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REVIEW
Jinliang Nan, Wei Zhu, M S Rahman, Mingfei Liu, Dan Li, Shengan Su, Na Zhang, Xinyang Hu, Hong Yu, Mahesh P Gupta, Jian''an Wang
Mitochondrial homeostasis is critical for keeping functional heart in response to metabolic or environmental stresses. Mitochondrial fission and fusion (mitochondrial dynamics) play essential roles in maintaining mitochondrial homeostasis, defects in mitochondrial dynamics lead to cardiac diseases such as ischemia-reperfusion injury (IRI), heart failure and diabetic cardiomyopathy. Mitochondrial dynamics is determined by mitochondrial fission and fusion proteins, including OPA1, mitofusins and Drp1. These proteins are tightly regulated by a series of signaling pathways through different aspects such as transcription, post translation modifications (PTMs) and proteasome-dependent protein degradation...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342542/determinants-of-late-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-aortic-mitral-double-valve-replacement
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Dong Seop Jeong, Pyo Won Park, Kiick Sung, Wook Sung Kim, Young Tak Lee
The aims of this study are to evaluate the long-term outcomes of double valve replacement (aortic and mitral valves) and to investigate the determinants of late tricuspid regurgitation (TR). A total of 239 consecutive patients who underwent double valve replacement were enrolled. Valve pathology was rheumatic in 86.6% (207/239) and degenerative in 13.4% (32/239) of patients. Among these patients, 116 patients underwent concomitant tricuspid annuloplasty, and follow-up was completed for all 239 patients (mean = 7...
March 1, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339908/obesity-associated-cardiac-pathogenesis-in-broiler-breeder-hens-pathological-adaption-of-cardiac-hypertrophy1-2
#4
C Y Chen, H Y Lin, Y W Chen, Y J Ko, Y J Liu, Y H Chen, R L Walzem, S E Chen
Broiler hens consuming feed to appetite (ad libitum; AL) show increased mortality. Feed restriction (R) typically improves reproductive performance and livability of hens. Rapidly growing broilers can exhibit increased mortality due to cardiac insufficiency but it is unknown whether the increased mortality of non-R broiler hens is also due to cardiac compromise. To assess cardiac growth and physiology in fully mature birds, 45-week-old hens were either continued on R rations or assigned to AL feeding for 7 or 21 days...
March 1, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339731/obesity-associated-cardiac-pathogenesis-in-broiler-breeder-hens-development-of-metabolic-cardiomyopathy2-3
#5
C Y Chen, Y F Huang, Y J Ko, Y J Liu, Y H Chen, R L Walzem, S E Chen
Feed intake is typically restricted (R) in broiler hens to avoid obesity and improve egg production and livability. To determine whether improved heart health contributes to improved livability, fully adult 45-week-old R hens were allowed to consume feed to appetite (ad libitum; AL) up to 10 wk (70 d). Mortality, contractile functions, and morphology at 70 d, and measurements of cardiac hypertrophic remodeling at 7 d and 21 d were made and compared between R and AL hens. Outcomes for cardiac electrophysiology and mortality, reported separately, found increased mortality in AL hens in association with cardiac pathological hypertrophy and contractile dysfunction...
February 22, 2017: Poultry Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339577/cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-for-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis
#6
Akinori Sairaku, Yukihiko Yoshida, Yukiko Nakano, Haruo Hirayama, Mayuho Maeda, Haruki Hashimoto, Yasuki Kihara
Aims: Sarcoidosis with cardiac involvement is a rare pathological condition, and therefore cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) for patients with cardiac sarcoidosis is even further rare. We aimed to clarify the clinical features of patients with cardiac sarcoidosis who received CRT. Methods and results: We retrospectively reviewed the clinical data on CRT at three cardiovascular centres to detect cardiac sarcoidosis patients. We identified 18 (8.9%) patients with cardiac sarcoidosis who met the inclusion criteria out of 202 with systolic heart failure who received CRT based on the guidelines...
January 25, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28338005/the-association-between-diffuse-myocardial-fibrosis-on-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-t1-mapping-and-myocardial-dysfunction-in-diabetic-rabbits
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Mu Zeng, Yingyan Qiao, Zhaoying Wen, Jun Liu, Enhua Xiao, Changlian Tan, Yibin Xie, Jing An, Zishu Zhang, Zhanming Fan, Debiao Li
The objective of this study was to assess the relationship between imaging surrogates for diffuse fibrosis and myocardial dysfunction. Thirty-six New Zealand white rabbits were classified into two groups: a control group (n = 18) and an alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus (DM) group (n = 18). For all rabbits, conventional ultrasonography, two-dimensional speckle tracking, and cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) T1 mapping were performed; all of the rabbits were then sacrificed for Masson's staining. The extracellular volume (ECV) was calculated from pre- and post-contrast T1 values and compared with myocardial function measured by echocardiography using Pearson's correlation...
March 24, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28337429/investigating-cardiac-motion-patterns-using-synthetic-high-resolution-3d-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-images-and-statistical-shape-analysis
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Benedetta Biffi, Jan L Bruse, Maria A Zuluaga, Hopewell N Ntsinjana, Andrew M Taylor, Silvia Schievano
Diagnosis of ventricular dysfunction in congenital heart disease is more and more based on medical imaging, which allows investigation of abnormal cardiac morphology and correlated abnormal function. Although analysis of 2D images represents the clinical standard, novel tools performing automatic processing of 3D images are becoming available, providing more detailed and comprehensive information than simple 2D morphometry. Among these, statistical shape analysis (SSA) allows a consistent and quantitative description of a population of complex shapes, as a way to detect novel biomarkers, ultimately improving diagnosis and pathology understanding...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336529/toe-imaging-of-a-large-aortic-mass-an-unusual-cause-of-systemic-embolization-in-a-septic-patient
#10
Sarah R Blake, Jamal Khan, Adrian Chenzbraun
A 72-year-old woman presented with sepsis and lower limb ischaemia. Transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE) for suspected endocarditis revealed no cardiac pathology or source of emboli but a large thrombus-like mass was noted in a normal size descending aorta (Fig. 1A, Video 1). Repeat TOE after two weeks of anticoagulation showed two new masses and no change in the size of the original one (Fig. 1B). The patient died following bilateral leg amputation. There was no PM to provide pathology confirmation but the most likely diagnosis was of a thrombus, possibly infected...
March 23, 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28335471/mobile-phonocardiogram-diagnosis-in-newborns-using-support-vector-machine
#11
Amir Mohammad Amiri, Mohammadreza Abtahi, Nick Constant, Kunal Mankodiya
Phonocardiogram (PCG) monitoring on newborns is one of the most important and challenging tasks in the heart assessment in the early ages of life. In this paper, we present a novel approach for cardiac monitoring applied in PCG data. This basic system coupled with denoising, segmentation, cardiac cycle selection and classification of heart sound can be used widely for a large number of the data. This paper describes the problems and additional advantages of the PCG method including the possibility of recording heart sound at home, removing unwanted noises and data reduction on a mobile device, and an intelligent system to diagnose heart diseases on the cloud server...
March 18, 2017: Healthcare (Basel, Switzerland)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333383/calcium-transport-and-signaling-in-mitochondria
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Roberto Bravo-Sagua, Valentina Parra, Camila López-Crisosto, Paula Díaz, Andrew F G Quest, Sergio Lavandero
Calcium (Ca2+) is a key player in the regulation of many cell functions. Just like Ca2+, mitochondria are ubiquitous, versatile, and dynamic players in determining both cell survival and death decisions. Given their ubiquitous nature, the regulation of both is deeply intertwined, whereby Ca2+ regulates mitochondrial functions, while mitochondria shape Ca2+ dynamics. Deregulation of either Ca2+ or mitochondrial signaling leads to abnormal function, cell damage or even cell death, thereby contributing to muscle dysfunction or cardiac pathologies...
March 16, 2017: Comprehensive Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331735/metaplastic-breast-carcinoma-analysis-of-clinical-and-pathologic-characteristics-a-case-series
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Semra Salimoğlu, İsmail Sert, Mustafa Emiroğlu, Cem Karaali, Dilek Kuzukıran, Yasemin Akyüz Kırmızı, Gülden Diniz, Cengiz Aydın
OBJECTIVE: Metaplastic breast cancer (MBC) is a rare type of breast cancer that is considered to be clinically aggressive. The clinical significance and prognostic risk factors of MBC are limited. This study comprises a retrospective analysis of the clinical and pathologic findings of a series of patients treated for MBC. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The files of 657 patients who underwent surgery because of breast cancer at our clinic were examined and the data found on 11 patients who were diagnosed as having MBC were analyzed...
April 2016: J Breast Health (2013)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331574/microrna-and-thyroid-hormone-signaling-in-cardiac-and-skeletal-muscle
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REVIEW
Duo Zhang, Yan Li, Shengnan Liu, Yu-Cheng Wang, Feifan Guo, Qiwei Zhai, Jingjing Jiang, Hao Ying
Thyroid hormone (TH) signaling plays critical roles in the differentiation, growth, metabolism, and physiological function of all organs or tissues, including heart and skeletal muscle. Due to the significant progress in our understanding of the molecular mechanisms that underlie TH action, it's widely accepted that TH signaling is regulated at multiple levels. A growing number of discoveries suggest that microRNAs (miRNAs) act as fine-tune regulators of gene expression and adds sophisticated regulatory tiers to signaling pathways...
2017: Cell & Bioscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331134/significance-and-value-of-endomyocardial-biopsy-based-on-our-own-experience
#15
Hatsue Ishibashi-Ueda, Taka-Aki Matsuyama, Keiko Ohta-Ogo, Yoshihiko Ikeda
Endomyocardial biopsy (EMB) has been established in parallel with the development of percutaneous catheter technology for the diagnosis of cardiac diseases. It was developed in the early 1960 s in Japan by Drs. Konno, Sakakibara and Sekiguchi of Tokyo Women's Medical University. EMB is a valuable and useful, but invasive, modality for making a definite diagnosis in diseases such as myocarditis and secondary cardiomyopathies, which are often difficult to diagnose by imaging modality alone. In the field of heart transplantation, the histology of EMB helps monitor rejection to allografts...
March 22, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330809/piperine-attenuates-pathological-cardiac-fibrosis-via-ppar-%C3%AE-akt-pathways
#16
Zhen-Guo Ma, Yu-Pei Yuan, Xin Zhang, Si-Chi Xu, Sha-Sha Wang, Qi-Zhu Tang
Mitogen-activated protein kinases (MAPKs) and AMP-activated protein kinase α (AMPKα) play critical roles in the process of cardiac hypertrophy. Previous studies have demonstrated that piperine activates AMPKα and reduces the phosphorylation of extracellular signal-regulated kinase (ERK). However, the effect of piperine on cardiac hypertrophy remains completely unknown. Here, we show that piperine-treated mice had similar hypertrophic responses as mice treated with vehicle but exhibited significantly attenuated cardiac fibrosis after pressure overload or isoprenaline (ISO) injection...
March 14, 2017: EBioMedicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329458/type-iv-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection
#17
James D St Louis, Elizabeth M Turk, Jeffrey P Jacobs, James E O'Brien
BACKGROUND: Mortality associated with correction of type IV total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) is generally reported in combination with other anatomic types. The objective of this study is to review surgical outcomes associated with the repair of type IV TAPVC by analyzing a multi-institutional cohort specific for this group. We also analyze patient-specific variables that may contribute to poor operative outcomes. METHODS: A retrospective review of the Pediatric Cardiac Care Consortium (PCCC) registry identified patients who underwent repair of type IV TAPVC between 1982 and 2007...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329361/sex-hormones-affect-outcome-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-dysplasia-from-a-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocyte-based-model-to-clinical-biomarkers-of-disease-outcome
#18
Deniz Akdis, Ardan M Saguner, Khooshbu Shah, Chuanyu Wei, Argelia Medeiros-Domingo, Arnold von Eckardstein, Thomas F Lüscher, Corinna Brunckhorst, H S Vincent Chen, Firat Duru
Aims: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is characterized by fibrofatty infiltration of the myocardium and ventricular arrhythmias that may lead to sudden cardiac death. It has been observed that male patients develop the disease earlier and present with more severe phenotypes as compared to females. Thus, we hypothesized that serum levels of sex hormones may contribute to major arrhythmic cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with ARVC/D. Methods and results: The serum levels of five sex hormones, sex hormone-binding globulin, high sensitivity troponin T, pro-brain natriuretic peptide, cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and glucose were measured in 54 ARVC/D patients (72% male)...
February 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329355/international-recommendations-for-electrocardiographic-interpretation-in-athletes
#19
Sanjay Sharma, Jonathan A Drezner, Aaron Baggish, Michael Papadakis, Mathew G Wilson, Jordan M Prutkin, Andre La Gerche, Michael J Ackerman, Mats Borjesson, Jack C Salerno, Irfan M Asif, David S Owens, Eugene H Chung, Michael S Emery, Victor F Froelicher, Hein Heidbuchel, Carmen Adamuz, Chad A Asplund, Gordon Cohen, Kimberly G Harmon, Joseph C Marek, Silvana Molossi, Josef Niebauer, Hank F Pelto, Marco V Perez, Nathan R Riding, Tess Saarel, Christian M Schmied, David M Shipon, Ricardo Stein, Victoria L Vetter, Antonio Pelliccia, Domenico Corrado
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the leading cause of mortality in athletes during sport. A variety of mostly hereditary, structural, or electrical cardiac disorders are associated with SCD in young athletes, the majority of which can be identified or suggested by abnormalities on a resting 12-lead electrocardiogram (ECG). Whether used for diagnostic or screening purposes, physicians responsible for the cardiovascular care of athletes should be knowledgeable and competent in ECG interpretation in athletes. However, in most countries a shortage of physician expertise limits wider application of the ECG in the care of the athlete...
February 20, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329138/small-intestinal-submucosa-tricuspid-valve-tube-graft-shows-growth-potential-remodelling-and-physiological-valve-function-in-a-porcine-model%C3%A2
#20
Diana M Ropcke, Christine Ilkjaer, Marcell J Tjornild, Soren N Skov, Steffen Ringgaard, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Sten L Nielsen
OBJECTIVES: Tricuspid valve reconstruction using small intestinal submucosal extracellular matrix (ECM) designed as a tube graft is possible in severe valve pathology. Using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) and digital photograph imaging, valves were evaluated after 6 months in a porcine model. METHODS: Ten 60 kg pigs received a tricuspid valve tube graft. A baseline MRI was performed after 2 weeks ( n  = 8). A follow-up MRI was performed in three of five 6 months' survivors to assess function and haemodynamics of the tricuspid tube graft...
February 27, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
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