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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28101763/mir-126-affects-brain-heart-interaction-after-cerebral-ischemic-stroke
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Jieli Chen, Chengcheng Cui, Xiaoping Yang, Jiang Xu, Poornima Venkat, Alex Zacharek, Peng Yu, Michael Chopp
Cardiovascular diseases are approximately three times higher in patients with neurological deficits than in patients without neurological deficits. MicroRNA-126 (MiR-126) facilitates vascular remodeling and decreases fibrosis and is emerging as an important factor in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular diseases and cerebral stroke. In this study, we tested the hypothesis that decreased miR-126 after ischemic stroke may play an important role in regulating cardiac function. Wild-type (WT), specific conditional-knockout endothelial cell miR-126 (miR-126(EC-/-)), and miR-126 knockout control (miR-126(fl/fl)) mice were subjected to distal middle cerebral artery occlusion (dMCAo) (n = 10/group)...
January 19, 2017: Translational Stroke Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100875/the-role-of-thiol-disulphide-homeostasis-in-anthracycline-associated-cardiac-toxicity
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Mustafa Topuz, Omer Şen, Mehmet Kaplan, Oguz Akkus, Ozcan Erel, Mustafa Gur
The aim of the present study was to evaluate whether the baseline thiol/disulfide state can predict the occurrence of anthracycline induced cardiac toxicity. A total of 186 cancer patients receiving anthracycline (doxorubicin)-based chemotherapy were enrolled. All patients underwent 2-dimensional (2D) speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) to determine their left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and blood samples for measuring thiol forms were obtained before treatment and 4 weeks after completion of the chemotherapy...
January 17, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100277/stress-echo-2020-the-international-stress-echo-study-in-ischemic-and-non-ischemic-heart-disease
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Eugenio Picano, Quirino Ciampi, Rodolfo Citro, Antonello D'Andrea, Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Iacopo Olivotto, Fabio Mori, Maurizio Galderisi, Marco Fabio Costantino, Lorenza Pratali, Giovanni Di Salvo, Eduardo Bossone, Francesco Ferrara, Luna Gargani, Fausto Rigo, Nicola Gaibazzi, Giuseppe Limongelli, Giuseppe Pacileo, Maria Grazia Andreassi, Bruno Pinamonti, Laura Massa, Marco A R Torres, Marcelo H Miglioranza, Clarissa Borguezan Daros, José Luis de Castro E Silva Pretto, Branko Beleslin, Ana Djordjevic-Dikic, Albert Varga, Attila Palinkas, Gergely Agoston, Dario Gregori, Paolo Trambaiolo, Sergio Severino, Ayana Arystan, Marco Paterni, Clara Carpeggiani, Paolo Colonna
BACKGROUND: Stress echocardiography (SE) has an established role in evidence-based guidelines, but recently its breadth and variety of applications have extended well beyond coronary artery disease (CAD). We lack a prospective research study of SE applications, in and beyond CAD, also considering a variety of signs in addition to regional wall motion abnormalities. METHODS: In a prospective, multicenter, international, observational study design, > 100 certified high-volume SE labs (initially from Italy, Brazil, Hungary, and Serbia) will be networked with an organized system of clinical, laboratory and imaging data collection at the time of physical or pharmacological SE, with structured follow-up information...
January 18, 2017: Cardiovascular Ultrasound
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28099588/dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-safety-in-chagas-disease-patients
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Daniela do Carmo Rassi, Marcelo Luiz Campos Vieira, Rogerio Gomes Furtado, Fabio de Paula Turco, Luciano Henrique Melato, Viviane Tiemi Hotta, Colandy Godoy de Oliveira Nunes, Luiz Rassi, Salvador Rassi
Background: A few decades ago, patients with Chagas disease were predominantly rural workers, with a low risk profile for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD). As urbanization has increased, they became exposed to the same risk factors for CAD of uninfected individuals. Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) has proven to be an important tool in CAD diagnosis. Despite being a potentially arrhythmogenic method, it is safe for coronary patients without Chagas disease. For Chagas disease patients, however, the indication of DSE in clinical practice is uncertain, because of the arrhythmogenic potential of that heart disease...
January 16, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28095492/growth-hormone-deficiency-is-associated-with-worse-cardiac-function-physical-performance-and-outcome-in-chronic-heart-failure-insights-from-the-t-o-s-ca-ghd-study
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Michele Arcopinto, Andrea Salzano, Francesco Giallauria, Eduardo Bossone, Jörgen Isgaard, Alberto M Marra, Emanuele Bobbio, Olga Vriz, David N Åberg, Daniele Masarone, Amato De Paulis, Lavinia Saldamarco, Carlo Vigorito, Pietro Formisano, Massimo Niola, Francesco Perticone, Domenico Bonaduce, Luigi Saccà, Annamaria Colao, Antonio Cittadini
BACKGROUND: Although mounting evidence supports the concept that growth hormone (GH) deficiency (GHD) affects cardiovascular function, no study has systematically investigated its prevalence and role in a large cohort of chronic heart failure (CHF) patients. Aim of this study is to assess the prevalence of GHD in mild-to-moderate CHF and to explore clinical and functional correlates of GHD. METHODS: One-hundred thirty CHF patients underwent GH provocative test with GHRH+arginine and accordingly categorized into GH-deficiency (GHD, n = 88, age = 61...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28091873/prediction-of-left-ventricular-contractile-recovery-using-tissue-doppler-strain-and-strain-rate-measurements-at-rest-in-patients-undergoing-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Ihab M Abdelgawwad, Ahmed A Al Hawary, Hanan M Kamal, Layla M Al Maghawry
The aim of the study was to assess the ability of tissue Doppler (TD) deformation analysis at rest to predict left ventricular contractile recovery in patients undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). This prospective cohort enrolled 67 patients with segmental wall motion abnormality. Assessment of each segment was performed at rest and during low dose Dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) using a 4 point scoring system, TD peak systolic strain (PSS) and peak systolic strain rate (PSSR). The study followed up the patients for contractile improvement after 6 months of successful PCI by echocardiography...
January 13, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087518/cardiovascular-function-in-male-and-female-jcr-la-cp-rats-effect-of-high-fat-high-sucrose-diet
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Ian Hunter, Amanda Soler, Gregory Joseph, Brenda Hutcheson, Chastity Bradford, Frank Zhang, Barry J Potter, Spencer D Proctor, Petra Rocic
30% of the world population is diagnosed with metabolic syndrome. High fat/high sucrose diet (HF/HS, Western diet) correlates with metabolic syndrome prevalence. We characterized effects of the HF/HS diet on vascular (arterial stiffness, vasoreactivity, coronary collateral development) and cardiac (echocardiography) function, oxidative stress and inflammation in a rat model of metabolic syndrome (JCR). Furthermore, we determined whether male vs. female animals were affected differentially by the Western diet...
January 13, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28087308/myocardial-inotropic-reserve-an-old-twist-that-constitutes-a-reliable-index-in-the-modern-era-of-heart-failure
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Fragkiskos Parthenakis, Spyridon Maragkoudakis, Maria Marketou, Alexandros Patrianakos, Evaggelos Zacharis, Panos Vardas
Current national and international guidelines, including those of the European Society of Cardiology, recognize that the assessment of prognosis should be a part of the standard management for patients with chronic heart failure (CHF). However, these same guidelines recognize the inherent difficulty of this process. A variety of factors contribute to this difficulty, including the varying etiology, frequent co-morbidity and, perhaps most importantly, huge inter-individual variability in the disease progression and outcome...
November 22, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28071674/predictors-of-exercise-induced-pulmonary-hypertension-in-patients-with-asymptomatic-degenerative-mitral-regurgitation-mechanistic-insights-from-2d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Ryo Kamijima, Kengo Suzuki, Masaki Izumo, Shingo Kuwata, Kei Mizukoshi, Manabu Takai, Seisyou Kou, Akio Hayashi, Keisuke Kida, Tomoo Harada, Yoshihiro J Akashi
Presence of exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) in asymptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation (DMR) determines prognosis. This study aimed to elucidate the mechanism and predictors of EIPH in asymptomatic DMR. Ninety-one consecutive asymptomatic patients with DMR who underwent exercise stress echocardiography were prospectively included. We obtained various conventional echocardiographic parameters at rest and during peak exercise, as well as left atrial (LA) function at rest using 2-dimensional speckle-tracking analysis...
January 10, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065839/cardiovascular-function-in-long-term-hematopoietic-cell-transplantation-survivors
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Saro H Armenian, David Horak, Jessica M Scott, George Mills, Aida Siyahian, Jennifer Berano Teh, Pamela S Douglas, Stephen J Forman, Smita Bhatia, Lee W Jones
Peak oxygen consumption (VO2peak), as measured by cardiopulmonary exercise testing (CPET), is a powerful independent predictor of cardiovascular disease (CVD) and all-cause mortality in a broad range of populations. We assessed the safety and feasibility of CPET in aging long-term HCT survivors, a population at high risk for premature-onset of CVD. Next we examined how organ-specific impairments (e.g. cardiac, pulmonary, hematologic) impact VO2peak after HCT. Twenty consecutive HCT survivors underwent a comprehensive assessment of cardiopulmonary health that included CPET, echocardiography with strain, pulmonary function testing, six-minute walk test, and timed-up and go...
January 5, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065654/challenging-cardiac-function-post-spinal-cord-injury-with-dobutamine
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Kathryn M DeVeau, Emily K Martin, Nicholas T King, Alice Shum-Siu, Bradley B Keller, Christopher R West, David S K Magnuson
There is general consensus that spinal cord injuries (SCI) above T6 result in altered sympathetic control of the heart, which negatively influences cardiac structure and function. To by-pass disrupted circuitry and investigate cardiac responses under enhanced sympathetic activity we utilized dobutamine (DOB) stress echocardiography. Animals were divided into a T2, 25g-cm contusive SCI (SCI) or an uninjured control (CON) group. Echocardiography was performed pre-SCI and at 1, 2 and 6weeks post-SCI. Increasing doses of DOB (5, 10 & 20μg/min/kg) were infused intravenously pre-SCI and at 1 and 6weeks post-SCI...
December 23, 2016: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28065583/left-ventricular-contraction-pattern-in-chronic-aortic-regurgitation-and-preserved-ejection-fraction-simultaneous-stress-strain-analysis-by-three-dimensional-echocardiography
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Kaspar Broch, Stefano F de Marchi, Richard Massey, Jonny Hisdal, Svend Aakhus, Lars Gullestad, Stig Urheim
BACKGROUND: The role of speckle-tracking echocardiography in the assessment of chronic aortic regurgitation (AR) is not established. Load dependency may encumber the interpretation of strain measurements in the chronically overloaded left ventricle. The aim of this study was to investigate the mechanisms of left ventricular (LV) contraction patterns in asymptomatic patients with moderate to severe AR and preserved ejection fractions. METHODS: In this prospective, cross-sectional study, 31 patients with moderate to severe AR, 15 elite endurance athletes, and 17 healthy control subjects were examined using three-dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography...
January 5, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28055270/takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-known-unknown-foe-of-asthma
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Ourania S Kotsiou, Alexandros Douras, Demosthenes Makris, Nikoleta Mpaka, Konstantinos I Gourgoulianis
INTRODUCTION: Patients with uncontrolled asthma are at a greater risk of asthma attacks requiring emergency room visits or hospital admissions. Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is potentially a significant complication in a course of status asthmaticus. CASE STUDY: We present a 43-year-old female patient who presented with status asthmaticus further complicated with takotsubo cardiomyopathy. RESULTS: Recognizing apical ballooning syndrome is challenging in patients with a history of respiratory disease because the symptoms of the last entity may complicate the diagnostic approach...
January 5, 2017: Journal of Asthma: Official Journal of the Association for the Care of Asthma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28049598/prognostic-value-of-myocardial-perfusion-analysis-in-patients-with-coronary-artery-disease-a-meta-analysis
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Jiancheng Xiu, Kai Cui, Yuegang Wang, Hua Zheng, Gangbin Chen, Qian Feng, Jianping Bin, Juefei Wu, Thomas R Porter
BACKGROUND: Myocardial perfusion (MP) imaging during stress myocardial contrast echocardiography (MCE) improves the detection of coronary artery disease (CAD). However, its prognostic value to predict cardiac events in patients with known or suspected CAD is still undefined. METHODS: A search was conducted for single- or multicenter prospective studies that evaluated the prognostic value of stress MCE in patients with known or suspected CAD. A database search was performed through June 2015...
December 31, 2016: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28045070/carbon-monoxide-pollution-aggravates-ischemic-heart-failure-through-oxidative-stress-pathway
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Cyril Reboul, Julien Boissière, Lucas André, Gregory Meyer, Patrice Bideaux, Gilles Fouret, Christine Feillet-Coudray, Philippe Obert, Alain Lacampagne, Jérôme Thireau, Olivier Cazorla, Sylvain Richard
Risk of hospital readmission and cardiac mortality increases with atmospheric pollution for patients with heart failure. The underlying mechanisms are unclear. Carbon monoxide (CO) a ubiquitous environmental pollutant could be involved. We explored the effect of daily exposure of CO relevant to urban pollution on post-myocardial infarcted animals. Rats with ischemic heart failure were exposed 4 weeks to daily peaks of CO mimicking urban exposure or to standard filtered air. CO exposure worsened cardiac contractile dysfunction evaluated by echocardiography and at the cardiomyocyte level...
January 3, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28039229/the-role-of-diastolic-stress-testing-in-the-evaluation-for-hfpef-a-simultaneous-invasive-echocardiographic-study
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Masaru Obokata, Garvan C Kane, Yogesh N V Reddy, Thomas P Olson, Vojtech Melenovsky, Barry A Borlaug
BACKGROUND: -Diagnosis of heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is challenging and relies largely on demonstration of elevated cardiac filling pressures (pulmonary capillary wedge pressure, PCWP). Current guidelines recommend use of natriuretic peptides (NT-proBNP) and rest/exercise echocardiography (E/e' ratio) to make this determination. Data to support this practice is conflicting. METHODS: -Simultaneous echocardiographic-catheterization studies were prospectively conducted at rest and during exercise in subjects with invasively-proven HFpEF (n=50) and participants with dyspnea but no identifiable cardiac pathology (n=24)...
December 30, 2016: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28036108/cardiac-dysfunction-in-cancer-survivors-unmasked-during-exercise
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Maria Kearney, Eve Gallop-Evans, John Cockcroft, Eric J Stöhr, Eveline Lee, Karianne Backx, Mark Haykowsky, Zaheer Yousef, Rob Shave
INTRODUCTION: The cardiac dysfunction associated with anthracycline-based chemotherapy cancer treatment can exist sub-clinically for decades before overt presentation. Stress echocardiography, the measurement of left ventricular (LV) deformation and arterial haemodynamic evaluation have separately been used to identify sub-clinical cardiovascular (CV) dysfunction in several patient groups including those with hypertension and diabetes. The purpose of the present cross-sectional study was to determine whether the combination of these techniques could be used to improve the characterisation of sub-clinical CV dysfunction in long-term cancer survivors previously treated with anthracyclines...
December 30, 2016: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031682/diagnosing-left-coronary-ostial-atresia-sometimes-the-old-ways-are-best
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Steven Karayiannis, Brian Anthony McCrossan, Andrew Sands
A 12-year-old boy with intermittent syncope associated with exercise. Exercise stress testing suggested myocardial ischemia and 2D echocardiography failed to confirm antegrade flow in the left main stem. Advanced imaging techniques including cardiac-gated computed tomography angiography and stress cardiac magnetic resonance imaging were falsely reassuring. Cardiac catheterization demonstrated left coronary artery ostial atresia with a good caliber left coronary system supplied by generous collaterals from the right coronary artery...
December 2016: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024939/rage-deficiency-alleviates-aortic-valve-calcification-in-apoe-mice-via-the-inhibition-of-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
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Bo Wang, Zhejun Cai, Baoqing Liu, Zongtao Liu, Xianming Zhou, Nianguo Dong, Fei Li
Receptor for advanced glycation end products (RAGE) and endoplasmic reticulum (ER) stress have been shown to be involved in calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD). However, the association between RAGE and ER stress remains unknown in the pathogenesis of CAVD. The current study aims to test the hypothesis that RAGE deficiency alleviates aortic valve calcification via the inhibition of ER stress. Up-regulation of RAGE and ER stress markers in calcified human aortic valves were confirmed by immunoblotting. Aortic valve calcification was evaluated in atherosclerotic prone ApoE(-/-) mice or in mice with dual deficiencies of ApoE and RAGE (ApoE(-/-)RAGE(-/-)) fed with high cholesterol diet for 24weeks...
December 24, 2016: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024132/isolated-right-ventricular-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy-a-case-report-and-literature-review
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Waldemar Elikowski, Małgorzata Małek-Elikowska, Paulina Różańska, Natalia Fertała, Magdalena Zawodna
In about one quarter of patients with stress-induced takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) concomitant involvement of right ventricle (RV) can be observed. Opposite to this biventricular form of TC, isolated right ventricular takotsubo cardiomyopathy (RVTC) was described only in a few cases and so far has not been listed as a specific type of TC. The authors present a case of a 87-year-old demented female admitted with pneumonia in whom echocardiography revealed RV apical ballooning while the left ventricle function was quite normal...
December 22, 2016: Polski Merkuriusz Lekarski: Organ Polskiego Towarzystwa Lekarskiego
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