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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28336386/the-whf-roadmap-for-reducing-cv-morbidity-and-mortality-through-prevention-and-control-of-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Benjamin Palafox, Ana Olga Mocumbi, R Krishna Kumar, Sulafa K M Ali, Elizabeth Kennedy, Abraham Haileamlak, David Watkins, Kadia Petricca, Rosemary Wyber, Patrick Timeon, Jeremiah Mwangi
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is a preventable non-communicable condition that disproportionately affects the world's poorest and most vulnerable. The World Heart Federation Roadmap for improved RHD control is a resource designed to help a variety of stakeholders raise the profile of RHD nationally and globally, and provide a framework to guide and support the strengthening of national, regional and global RHD control efforts. The Roadmap identifies the barriers that limit access to and uptake of proven interventions for the prevention and control of RHD...
March 20, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323847/role-of-the-mapks-tgf-%C3%AE-1-traf6-signaling-pathway-in-postoperative-atrial-fibrillation
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Daoliang Zhang, Xiaoqing Chen, Qian Wang, Shaohui Wu, Yue Zheng, Xu Liu
OBJECTIVES: To explore the relationship between the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway and atrial fibrosis in patients with rheumatic heart disease (RHD) and its role in atrial fibrillation (AF) after cardiac surgery on the basis of our previous animal study of the MAPKs/TGF-β1/TRAF6 signaling pathway in atrial fibrosis. METHODS: A total of 57 patients with RHD without a history of AF consented to left atrial biopsy. Histopathology quantified the percentage of fibrosis, and real-time PCR and western blot assessed the mRNA and protein expression of TGF-β1, TRAF6, and connective tissue growth factor (CTGF), respectively...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28318768/clinical-development-strategy-for-a-candidate-group-a-streptococcal-vaccine
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REVIEW
Florian Schödel, Nicole J Moreland, Janet T Wittes, Kim Mulholland, Ian Frazer, Andrew C Steer, John D Fraser, Jonathan Carapetis
GroupA streptococci (GAS) cause a wide spectrum of diseases ranging from benign pharyngitis and skin infections to severe invasive disease and the immune sequelae rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease. Pharyngitis, one of the most frequent diseases caused by GAS, is highly prevalent in school-age children in temperate climates and a major cause of antibiotic use. An efficacious vaccine would reduce disease burden associated with pharyngitis and the need of care for sick children. Importantly, GAS pharyngitis is recognised as the main precursor for acute rheumatic fever so a vaccine that is efficacious against GAS pharyngitis should also prevent acute rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease...
March 16, 2017: Vaccine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302546/rheumatic-heart-disease-epidemiology-and-health-systems-barriers-and-facilitators-a-systematic-review-of-studies-from-uganda-and-tanzania
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Annesinah H Moloi, Sumaya Mall, Mark E Engel, Renae Stafford, Zhang Wan Zhu, Liesl J Zuhlke, David A Watkins
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an important and preventable cause of cardiovascular disease. OBJECTIVES: As part of a recent RHD initiative in Uganda and Tanzania, we systematically reviewed group A streptococcal disease (GAS), acute rheumatic fever (ARF), and RHD in these countries. METHODS: Using a systematic review and meta-analysis/meta-synthesis, we searched PubMed, Embase, and grey literature for quantitative and qualitative studies conducted in Uganda and Tanzania that included individuals affected by GAS, ARF, and RHD...
March 14, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296135/assessment-of-trans-aortic-pressure-gradient-using-a-coronary-pressure-wire-in-patients-with-mechanical-aortic-and-mitral-valve-prostheses
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Nisharahmed Kherada, Juan Carlos Brenes, Annapoorna S Kini, George D Dangas
Accurate evaluation of trans-aortic valvular pressure gradients is challenging in cases where dual mechanical aortic and mitral valve prostheses are present. Non-invasive Doppler echocardiographic imaging has its limitations due to multiple geometric assumptions. Invasive measurement of trans-valvular gradients with cardiac catheterization can provide further information in patients with two mechanical valves, where simultaneous pressure measurements in the left ventricle and ascending aorta must be obtained...
March 15, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294063/cerebral-microbleeds-do-not-predict-hemorrhagic-transformation-in-acute-ischemic-stroke-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-or-rheumatic-heart-disease
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Junfeng Liu, Deren Wang, Jie Li, Jing Lin, Yao Xiong, Bian Liu, Chenchen Wei, Bo Wu, Zhenxing Ma, Shihong Zhang, Ming Liu
Background and Purpose Cerebral microbleeds (CMBs) are known to be potential risk factors for intracerebral hemorrhage (ICH), but there is controversy on the relationship between CMBs and hemorrhagic transformation (HT) after ischemic stroke. Besides, the question regarding whether the relationship between CMBs and HT can be affected by antithrombotic drugs in acute stage of ischemic stroke has not yet reached a consensus. Methods 174 acute ischemic stroke patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) and/or rheumatic heart disease (RHD) were prospectively and consecutively enrolled in the study, of which 160 patients (mean 68...
March 13, 2017: Current Neurovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28290168/early-results-of-rheumatic-mitral-valve-repair
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Giuseppe Petrone, Panagiotis Theodoropoulos, Prakash P Punjabi
BACKGROUND: Mitral valve repair (MVr) in rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains challenging. The present authors' surgical experience of MVr in 56 patients with RHD operated in between January 2011 and September 2014 is reported. METHODS: Among the patients (mean age 32 ± 11 years), 11 were in NYHA functional class II, 32 in class III, and seven in class IV. An adequate or oversized autologous pericardial patch was sutured to extend the coaptating edge of both the anterior leaflet (in 18 patients) and the posterior leaflet (in 30 patients)...
November 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28285457/group-a-streptococcus-acute-rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-epidemiology-and-clinical-considerations
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REVIEW
Liesl J Zühlke, Andrea Beaton, Mark E Engel, Christopher T Hugo-Hamman, Ganesan Karthikeyan, Judith M Katzenellenbogen, Ntobeko Ntusi, Anna P Ralph, Anita Saxena, Pierre R Smeesters, David Watkins, Peter Zilla, Jonathan Carapetis
Early recognition of group A streptococcal pharyngitis and appropriate management with benzathine penicillin using local clinical prediction rules together with validated rapi-strep testing when available should be incorporated in primary health care. A directed approach to the differential diagnosis of acute rheumatic fever now includes the concept of low-risk versus medium-to-high risk populations. Initiation of secondary prophylaxis and the establishment of early medium to long-term care plans is a key aspect of the management of ARF...
February 2017: Current Treatment Options in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283766/autoantibodies-to-types-i-and-iv-collagen-and-heart-valve-disease-in-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-antiphospholipid-syndrome
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José Pardos-Gea, Josefina Cortés-Hernández, Jesus Castro-Marrero, Eva Balada, José Ordi-Ros
Introduction/objectives autoantibodies to types I and IV collagen have been described in rheumatic fever and infective endocarditis. We tried to elucidate if an autoimmune response against collagens I and IV exists, associated with heart valve disease in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) and antiphospholipid syndrome (APS). A cohort of 172 patients with SLE (n = 79), primary APS (PAPS, n = 83), and secondary APS (n = 10) were assessed for valvulopathy by transthoracic echocardiograms. Autoantibodies to types I and IV collagen were assessed in patients and 50 controls, setting autoantibody positivity at two standard deviations above the mean antibody level of controls...
March 10, 2017: Clinical Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28283470/rheumatic-fever-with-severe-carditis-still-prevalent-in-the-south-west-pacific
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Taran Kaur Nandra, Nigel J Wilson, John Artrip, Bruno Pagis
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) has a worldwide prevalence of 33 million cases and 270 000 deaths annually, making it the most common acquired heart disease in the world. There is a disparate global burden in developing countries. This case report aims to address the minimal RHD coverage by the international medical community. A Tahitian boy aged 10 years was diagnosed with advanced heart failure secondary to RHD at a local clinic. Previous, subtle symptoms of changes in handwriting and months of fever had gone unrecognised...
March 10, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28268511/tracking-of-the-anterior-mitral-leaflet-in-echocardiographic-sequences-using-active-contours
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Malik Saad Sultan, Nelson Martins, Diana Veiga, Manuel Joao Ferreira, Miguel Tavares Coimbra
Echocardiography assessment of cardiac valves plays a vital role in the diagnosis of rheumatic heart disease. In the vast majority of cases, the mitral valve gets affected, leading to the thickening of its leaflets that may result in the fusion of their tips. This changes the appearance and reduces the mobility of the leaflets, which also reduce the heart efficiency. Quantifying such parameters provides diagnostic insight. To achieve that, the first step is to identify and then track fast moving leaflets. This work is focused on Anterior Mitral Leaflet (AML) tracking...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28257989/nanotherapeutics-relieve-rheumatoid-arthritis
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REVIEW
Modi Yang, Xiangru Feng, Jianxun Ding, Fei Chang, Xuesi Chen
Rheumatoid arthritis (RA) is a chronic autoimmune inflammatory disease associated with persistent multiarticular synovitis, cartilage destruction, and even loss of joint function. Although remarkable progress has been made in the clinical treatment of RA, long-term administration of anti-rheumatic drugs still suffers quite a few drawbacks, including high dose and high frequency of drug use, as well as dysfunction of the heart, liver, kidney, and so forth. For the above problems, nanotherapeutic agents are developed to avert non-specific binding and upregulate the efficacy by improving the accumulation of drugs in lesion tissues...
February 28, 2017: Journal of Controlled Release: Official Journal of the Controlled Release Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28256442/a-comprehensive-needs-assessment-tool-for-planning-rheumatic-heart-disease-control-programs-in-limited-resource-settings
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Liesl J Zühlke, David A Watkins, Susan Perkins, Rosemary Wyber, Jeremiah Mwangi, Joanna Markbreiter, Hlengiwe S Moloi, Mark E Engel, Thembikile Shato, Tayla Hermanus, Jantina DeVries, Clancy Read
Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) is an important cause of disability and death in low- and middle-income countries. However, evidence-based interventions have not been implemented systematically in many countries. We present a RHD Needs Assessment Tool (NAT) that can be used at country or regional levels to systematically develop and plan comprehensive RHD control programs and to provide baseline data for program monitoring and evaluation. The RHD NAT follows a mixed-methods approach using quantitative and qualitative data collection instruments...
February 27, 2017: Global Heart
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255081/clinical-impact-and-costs-of-echocardiographic-screening-for-rheumatic-heart-disease
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EDITORIAL
James N Kirkpatrick, Catherine M Otto
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March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255077/echocardiographic-screening-for-rheumatic-heart-disease-in-indigenous-australian-children-a-cost-utility-analysis
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Kathryn Roberts, Jeffrey Cannon, David Atkinson, Alex Brown, Graeme Maguire, Bo Remenyi, Gavin Wheaton, Elizabeth Geelhoed, Jonathan R Carapetis
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a leading cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality in children and young adults in disadvantaged populations. The emergence of echocardiographic screening provides the opportunity for early disease detection and intervention. Using our own multistate model of RHD progression derived from Australian RHD register data, we performed a cost-utility analysis of echocardiographic screening in indigenous Australian children, with the dual aims of informing policy decisions in Australia and providing a model that could be adapted in other countries...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28255075/rheumatic-heart-disease-severity-progression-and-outcomes-a-multi-state-model
#16
Jeffrey Cannon, Kathryn Roberts, Catherine Milne, Jonathan R Carapetis
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic heart disease (RHD) remains a disease of international importance, yet little has been published about disease progression in a contemporary patient cohort. Multi-state models provide a well-established method of estimating rates of transition between disease states, and can be used to evaluate the cost-effectiveness of potential interventions. We aimed to create a multi-state model for RHD progression using serial clinical data from a cohort of Australian patients...
March 2, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28252675/prevalence-of-rheumatic-valvular-heart-disease-in-rwandan-school-children-echocardiographic-evaluation-using-the-world-heart-federation-criteria
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J Mucumbitsi, B Bulwer, L Mutesa, V Ndahindwa, M Semakula, E Rusingiza, P Arya, S Breakey, C Patton-Bolman, E L Kaplan
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic fever (RF) and rheumatic valvular heart disease (RHD) remain important medical, surgical and public health concerns in many parts of the world, especially in sub-Saharan Africa. However, there are no published data from Rwanda. We performed a RHD prevalence study in a randomly selected sample of Rwandan school children using the 2012 World Heart Federation (WHF) criteria. METHODS: Echocardiographic assessment of 2 501 Rwandan school children from 10 schools in the Gasabo district near Kigali was carried out...
March 1, 2017: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28242246/the-value-of-the-score-for-the-targeting-of-atrial-fibrillation-staf-screening-in-acute-stroke-patients
#18
Xiao-Yan Liu, Yong-Xin Li, Yao-Gao Fu, Ye-Yan Cai, Yu-Sheng Zhang, Jiang-Yong Min, An-Ding Xu
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Recently, the score for the targeting of atrial fibrillation (STAF) was introduced to identify the risk of atrial fibrillation (AF) in stroke patients. In this study, we aim to evaluate the usefulness of the STAF score for AF screening in acute stroke patients. METHODS: Patients with acute ischemic stroke who were admitted to our stroke unit were prospectively enrolled from March 2011 to March 2013. Baseline National Institutes of Health Stroke Scale (NIHSS), left atrial dilatation, and vascular etiology were assessed to calculate the STAF score...
February 24, 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28239760/incidence-and-outcome-of-acute-cardiorenal-syndrome-in-hospitalized-children
#19
Vivek Athwani, Maneesha Bhargava, Rahul Chanchlani, Amar Jeet Mehta
OBJECTIVES: To determine the incidence, etiology and outcome of Cardiorenal syndrome (CRS) in hospitalized children. METHODS: A prospective cohort study was carried out in 242 children between 6 mo to 18 y of age hospitalized with primary cardiac, renal or any systemic disorder at a tertiary care center in India. The primary outcome was the development of CRS. Univariate and multivariate logistic regression analysis were performed to determine the risk of mortality secondary to CRS...
February 27, 2017: Indian Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28238245/rheumatic-fever-and-rheumatic-heart-disease-collaboration-patterns-and-research-core-topics
#20
Alejandro Salinas, Gregorio González, Jose Manuel Ramos
BACKGROUND: Rheumatic fever and rheumatic heart disease (RHD) are important health problems in developing countries. The study aim was to provide a review and content analysis of the scientific literature on rheumatic fever and RHD over a 70-year period. METHODS: Medline was employed via the online PubMed service of the US National Library of Medicine, to search for all documents containing the MeSH terms 'rheumatic fever' or 'rheumatic heart disease' between January 1945 and December 2013...
September 2016: Journal of Heart Valve Disease
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