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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
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José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212149/new-developments-for-the-detection-and-treatment-of-cardiac-vasculopathy
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Kevin J Clerkin, Ziad A Ali, Donna M Mancini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major limitation to long-term survival after heart transplantation. Innovative new techniques to diagnose CAV have been applied to detect disease. This review will examine the current diagnostic and treatment options available to clinicians for CAV. RECENT FINDINGS: Diagnostic modalities addressing the pathophysiology underlying CAV (arterial wall thickening and decreased coronary blood flow) improve diagnostic sensitivity when compared to traditional (angiography and dobutamine stress echocardiography) techniques...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208930/precautionary-measures-for-successful-open-heart-surgery-in-g6pd-deficient-patient-a-case-report
#4
Rupesh Kumar
Glucose-6-Phosphate Dehydrogenase (G6PD) deficiency is among the most common enzymatic disorders of red blood cells. Cardiac surgeries on this group of individuals are associated with an additional risk in terms of impaired oxygenation, prolonged ventilation and increased risk of haemolysis. These patients have a very low threshold for haemolysis due to oxidative stress. Many commonly used drugs also predispose the individual for haemolysis when they are subjected to surgery. Here we present a known case of G6PD deficient patient with symptoms of breathlessness for the last nine years who was taken for surgery with pre-planned precautionary measures to avoid unnecessary haemolysis...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198075/exercise-induced-b-lines-identify-worse-functional-and-prognostic-stage-in-heart-failure-patients-with-depressed-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction
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Maria Chiara Scali, Lauro Cortigiani, Anca Simionuc, Dario Gregori, Mario Marzilli, Eugenio Picano
AIMS: Exercise stress echocardiography (ESE) is recommended by the European Society of Cardiology guidelines for the evaluation of heart failure (HF) patients. Recently, lung ultrasound (LUS) has been proposed for the assessment of extravascular lung water through B-lines. The aim of this study was to assess B-lines during ESE in HF. METHODS AND RESULTS: Standard transthoracic and LUS evaluation was performed during semi-supine ESE in 103 NYHA class I-III HF patients (76 male; mean age 64 ± 12 years) with depressed LVEF (35 ± 8%)...
February 15, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197279/a-sudden-change-of-heart-a-case-of-rapidly-reversed-stress-cardiomyopathy-in-a-critically-ill-patient
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Michael I Brener, Ali R Keramati, Marek A Mirski, Oscar H Cingolani
We report the case of a 79-year-old woman who presented to our hospital for elective removal of an infratentorial meningioma and suffered a periprocedural cardiac arrest. Shortly after uncomplicated induction of anesthesia prior to the surgery, the patient became hypotensive and bradycardic, culminating ultimately in a cardiac arrest with pulseless electrical activity. Return of spontaneous circulation occurred within 90 seconds of arrest, but the patient remained dependent on maximal doses of epinephrine and dopamine for hemodynamic support...
June 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196927/healthcare-utilization-and-expenditures-associated-with-appropriate-and-inappropriate-implantable-defibrillator-shocks
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Mintu P Turakhia, Steven Zweibel, Andrea L Swain, Sarah A Mollenkopf, Matthew R Reynolds
BACKGROUND: In patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators, healthcare utilization (HCU) and expenditures related to shocks have not been quantified. METHODS AND RESULTS: We performed a retrospective cohort study of patients with implantable cardioverter-defibrillators identified from commercial and Medicare supplemental claims databases linked to adjudicated shock events from remote monitoring data. A shock event was defined as ≥1 spontaneous shocks delivered by an implanted device...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Quality and Outcomes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28196874/prospective-evaluation-of-sunitinib-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-metastatic-renal-cell-carcinoma
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Vivek Narayan, Stephen M Keefe, Naomi Haas, Le Wang, Igor Puzanov, Mary E Putt, Anna Catino, James Fang, Neeraj Agarwal, David Hyman, Amanda M Smith, Brian S Finkelman, Hari K Narayan, Steven Ewer, Chantal ElAmm, Daniel J Lenihan, Bonnie Ky
PURPOSE: To prospectively evaluate cardiotoxicity risk with sunitinib in metastatic renal cell carcinoma (mRCC) routine clinical practice using comprehensive echocardiography and biomarker phenotyping. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In a multi-center prospective study of 90 mRCC patients, echocardiography and biomarkers of cardiovascular injury and stress were quantified at baseline, 3.5, 15, and 33 weeks following sunitinib initiation. These "on-drug" visits corresponded to cycles 1, 3, and 6, respectively...
February 14, 2017: Clinical Cancer Research: An Official Journal of the American Association for Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28194115/low-level-laser-application-in-the-early-myocardial-infarction-stage-has-no-beneficial-role-in-heart-failure
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Martha T Manchini, Ednei L Antônio, José Antônio Silva Junior, Paulo de Tarso C de Carvalho, Regiane Albertini, Fernando C Pereira, Regiane Feliciano, Jairo Montemor, Stella S Vieira, Vanessa Grandinetti, Amanda Yoshizaki, Marcio Chaves, Móises P da Silva, Rafael do Nascimento de Lima, Danilo S Bocalini, Bruno L de Melo, Paulo J F Tucci, Andrey J Serra
Low-level laser therapy (LLLT) has been targeted as a promising approach that can mitigate post-infarction cardiac remodeling. There is some interesting evidence showing that the beneficial role of the LLLT could persist long-term even after the end of the application, but it remains to be systematically evaluated. Therefore, the present study aimed to test the hypothesis that LLLT beneficial effects in the early post-infarction cardiac remodeling could remain in overt heart failure even with the disruption of irradiations...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28188951/the-influence-of-adrenergic-stimulation-on-sex-differences-in-left-ventricular-twist-mechanics
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Alexandra M Williams, Rob E Shave, William S Cheyne, Neil D Eves
BACKGROUND: Sex differences in LV mechanics exist at rest and during acute physiological stress. Differences in cardiac autonomic and adrenergic control may contribute to sex differences in LV mechanics and LV hemodynamics. Accordingly, this study aimed to investigate sex differences in LV mechanics with altered adrenergic stimulation achieved through post handgrip exercise ischemia (PEI) and β1 -adrenergic receptor (AR) blockade. METHODS AND RESULTS: 20 males (23 ± 5 yr) and 20 females (22 ± 3 yr) were specifically matched for LV length (males: 8...
February 11, 2017: Journal of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28183438/cardiac-imaging-for-assessing-low-gradient-severe-aortic-stenosis
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REVIEW
Marie-Annick Clavel, Ian G Burwash, Philippe Pibarot
Up to 40% of patients with aortic stenosis (AS) harbor discordant Doppler-echocardiographic findings, the most common of which is the presence of a small aortic valve area (≤1.0 cm(2)) suggesting severe AS, but a low gradient (<40 mm Hg) suggesting nonsevere AS. The purpose of this paper is to present the role of multimodality imaging in the diagnostic and therapeutic management of this challenging entity referred to as low-gradient AS. Doppler-echocardiography is critical to determine the subtype of low-gradient AS: that is, classical low-flow, paradoxical low-flow, or normal-flow...
February 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28181133/effects-of-aerobic-exercise-training-on-metabolism-of-nitric-oxide-and-endothelin-1-in-lung-parenchyma-of-rats-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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A Zimmer, R B Teixeira, J H P Bonetto, R Siqueira, C C Carraro, L M Donatti, A Hickmann, I E Litvin, A E G Godoy, A S Araujo, R Colombo, Adriane Belló-Klein
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is characterized by vasoconstriction and proliferative obstruction of pulmonary vessels, which promotes a progressive increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The effect of exercise training on oxidative stress, metabolism, and markers of nitric oxide (NO) and endothelin-1 (ET-1) was analyzed in the lung tissue of rats with PAH induced by monocrotaline (MCT).Twenty-four Wistar rats were divided into four groups (5-7 animals): sedentary control (SC), sedentary MCT (SM), trained control (TC), and trained MCT (TM)...
February 8, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28165159/assessment-of-myocardial-ischemia-by-strain-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-and-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-perfusion-imaging-before-and-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
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Assami Rösner, Henrik Schirmer, Amjid Iqbal, Bart Bijnens, Derk Avenarius, Siri Malm
BACKGROUND: Following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG), testing for myocardial ischemia by noninvasive imaging is often hampered by false-positive results. The aim of this study was to find test parameters with the best potential to identify myocardial ischemia in post-CABG patients. METHODS: Fifty-two consecutive patients scheduled for CABG, underwent both dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) and cardiac magnetic resonance first-pass perfusion imaging (CMR-FPPI) with adenosine vasodilation, before and 8-10 months after the surgical revascularization...
February 6, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164802/the-clinical-use-of-stress-echocardiography-in-non-ischaemic-heart-disease-recommendations-from-the-european-association-of-cardiovascular-imaging-and-the-american-society-of-echocardiography
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Patrizio Lancellotti, Patricia A Pellikka, Werner Budts, Farooq A Chaudhry, Erwan Donal, Raluca Dulgheru, Thor Edvardsen, Madalina Garbi, Jong Won Ha, Garvan C Kane, Joe Kreeger, Luc Mertens, Philippe Pibarot, Eugenio Picano, Thomas Ryan, Jeane M Tsutsui, Albert Varga
A unique and highly versatile technique, stress echocardiography (SE) is increasingly recognized for its utility in the evaluation of non-ischaemic heart disease. SE allows for simultaneous assessment of myocardial function and haemodynamics under physiological or pharmacological conditions. Due to its diagnostic and prognostic value, SE has become widely implemented to assess various conditions other than ischaemic heart disease. It has thus become essential to establish guidance for its applications and performance in the area of non-ischaemic heart disease...
February 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28164013/stenotic-flow-reserve-derived-from-quantitative-coronary-angiography-has-modest-but-incremental-value-in-predicting-functionally-significant-coronary-stenosis-as-evaluated-by-fractional-flow-reserve
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Elizabeth L Potter, Colin Machado, Yuvaraj Malaiapan, Om Narayan, Brian S H Ko, Peter J Psaltis, Kiran Munnur, James D Cameron, Ian T Meredith, Dennis Thiam Leong Wong
BACKGROUND: Stenotic flow reserve (SFR) derived from quantitative coronary angiography (QCA) has been correlated with myocardial ischaemia as determined by pharmacological stress echocardiography. However, the diagnostic accuracy of SFR in predicting functionally significant coronary stenosis as assessed by the gold standard, fractional flow reserve (FFR), has not been previously characterised. METHODS: Patients who underwent coronary angiography and FFR assessment between January 2010 and February 2012 in a single tertiary centre were retrospectively assessed...
February 2017: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28163023/a-novel-urotensin-ii-receptor-antagonist-kr-36996-improved-cardiac-function-and-attenuated-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-experimental-heart-failure
#17
Kwang-Seok Oh, Jeong Hyun Lee, Kyu Yang Yi, Chae Jo Lim, Byung Kil Park, Ho Won Seo, Byung Ho Lee
Urotensin II and its receptor are thought to be involved in various cardiovascular diseases such as heart failure, pulmonary hypertension and atherosclerosis. Since the regulation of the urotensin II/urotensin II receptor offers a great potential for therapeutic strategies related to the treatment of cardiovascular diseases, the study of selective and potent antagonists for urotensin II receptor is more fascinating. This study was designed to determine the potential therapeutic effects of a newly developed novel urotensin II receptor antagonist, N-(1-(3-bromo-4-(piperidin-4-yloxy)benzyl)piperidin-4-yl)benzo[b]thiophene-3-carboxamide (KR-36996), in experimental models of heart failure...
February 3, 2017: European Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28160033/contrast-echocardiography-in-daily-clinical-practice
#18
M Eskandari, M Monaghan
Ultrasound contrast agents have unique acoustic properties that enable them to enhance the cardiac blood flow and thus are used broadly in modern echocardiography laboratories for salvage of nondiagnostic studies, improving accuracy and reducing variability even in the presence of adequate image quality. Contrast echocardiography is also used as an adjunctive technique when unenhanced echocardiography falls short in the differentiation of cardiac structural abnormalities such as cardiac masses. Ultrasound contrast agents are pure intravascular tracers...
February 3, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28159361/enhanced-autophagy-by-exenatide-mitigates-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
#19
Kyung Hye Lee, Haneul Cho, Sora Lee, Jong Shin Woo, Byung Hyun Cho, Jung Hee Kang, Yun-Mi Jeong, Xian Wu Cheng, Weon Kim
OBJECTIVES: Exenatide is a glucagon-like peptide-1 analogue that mitigates myocardial injury caused by ischemia-reperfusion injury via the survival signaling pathway. We hypothesized that exenatide would provide a protective effect in doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS: H9c2 cardiomyocytes were pre-treated with exenatide followed by doxorubicin (DOX), and cell viability and intracellular reactive oxygen species (ROS) were subsequently measured. In order to determine the role of autophagy, we performed western blot as well as TUNEL and autophagosome staining...
January 27, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28153346/usefulness-for-predicting-cardiac-events-after-orthotopic-liver-transplantation-of-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-and-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-preoperatively
#20
David Snipelisky, Jordan Ray, Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Gautam Matcha, Samuel Squier, Jacob Lewis, Rex Holliday, Niti Aggarwal, J Wells Askew, Brian Shapiro, Nandan Anavekar
Patients undergoing orthotopic liver transplantation have high rates of cardiac morbidity and mortality. Although guidelines recommend noninvasive stress testing as part of the preoperative evaluation, little data have evaluated clinical outcomes following orthotopic liver transplantation. A retrospective study at 2 high-volume liver transplantation centers was performed. All patients undergoing noninvasive stress testing (myocardial perfusion imaging [MPI] or dobutamine stress echocardiography [DSE]) over a 5-year period were included...
January 6, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
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