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Tongliang Ma, Decai Zhu, Duoxue Chen, Qiaoyun Zhang, Huifang Dong, Wenwu Wu, Huihe Lu, Guangfu Wu
BACKGROUND The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of sulforaphane (SFN), a natural isothiocyanate compound, in a rabbit ascending aortic cerclage model of chronic heart failure (CHF). MATERIAL AND METHODS Thirty New Zealand White rabbits were divided into the sham operation group (n=10), the CHF group (n=10), and the CHF + SFN group (n=10) treated with subcutaneous SFN (0.5 mg/kg) for five days per week for 12 weeks. After 12 weeks, echocardiography and biometric analysis were performed, followed by the examination of the rabbit hearts...
March 12, 2018: Medical Science Monitor: International Medical Journal of Experimental and Clinical Research
Clothilde Philouze, Philippe Obert, Stéphane Nottin, Asma Benamor, Olivier Barthez, Falah Aboukhoudir
BACKGROUND: Discrepancies are present in the literature on resting myocardial mechanics in patients with uncomplicated type 2 diabetes mellitus (T2DM). Data are noticeably sparse regarding circumferential function and torsional mechanics. Resting deformation imaging may not be sensitive enough to detect subtle dysfunctions. The aim of this study was thus to comprehensively evaluate myocardial mechanics in patients with T2DM at rest and to investigate whether dobutamine stress echocardiography could unmask functional alterations that would remain otherwise subtle at rest...
March 8, 2018: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
Samuel Wittekind, Wayne Mays, Yvette Gerdes, Sandra Knecht, John Hambrook, William Border, John Lynn Jefferies
Patients with a Fontan circulation have impaired exercise capacity. Cardiac rehabilitation (CR) has shown promise in enhancing peak exercise parameters in this population, but an improvement in submaximal exercise has not been consistently demonstrated. We assessed the hypothesis that participation in CR will be associated with more efficient oxygen extraction and ventilation during submaximal exercise. In this prospective study, pediatric Fontans completed two 60 min CR sessions per week for 12 weeks. Cardiopulmonary exercise testing and stress echocardiography were performed at baseline and last CR session, and then compared with a paired sample t test...
March 9, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Yuka Matsunaga, Masataka Ishimura, Hazumu Nagata, Kiyoshi Uike, Tadamune Kinjo, Masayuki Ochiai, Kenichiro Yamamura, Hidetoshi Takada, Yoshihisa Tanoue, Masaki Hayakawa, Masanori Matsumoto, Toshiro Hara, Shouichi Ohga
BACKGROUND: Thrombotic microangiopathies (TMA) are microvascular occlusive disorders characterized by systemic or intrarenal platelet aggregation, thrombocytopenia, and red cell fragmentation. Post-operative TMA mostly occurs in adult patients with cardiovascular surgery, with the distinct pathophysiology from classical thrombotic thrombocytopenic purpura (TTP) although the exact pathophysiology remains unclear. CASE PRESENTATION: A one-month-old infant developed TMA after the initial surgery of double outlet right ventricle...
February 7, 2018: Pediatrics and Neonatology
Bo Xu, Paul Cremer, Wael Jaber, Stuart Moir, Serge C Harb, L Leonardo Rodriguez
Exercise stress electrocardiography is unreliable as a test for obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD) if the patient has left bundle branch block. The authors provide an algorithm for using alternative tests: exercise stress echocardiography, dobutamine echocardiography, computed tomographic (CT) angiography, and nuclear myocardial perfusion imaging.
March 2018: Cleveland Clinic Journal of Medicine
Szu-Ying Tsai, Shan-Ying Wang, Yu-Chien Shiau, Yen-Wen Wu
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is an often under-diagnosed cause of left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH). It affects 1/500 of the population, is the most commonly inherited cardiovascular disorder, and can present in apical, concentric, or septal forms. Although most patients are asymptomatic, sudden cardiac death can be the initial presentation of HCM. By retrospectively enrolling patients suspected of having three different types of HCM in the absence of epicardial coronary stenosis, we aimed to examine systolic and diastolic dysfunction and perfusion abnormalities using both Doppler echocardiography and state-of-the-art gated single-photon emission computerized tomography (SPECT) myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) with a cadmium-zinc-telluride camera and thallium-201...
March 8, 2018: Scientific Reports
Rosemarijn Jansen, Kim Urgel, Maarten J Cramer, Egidius E H L van Aarnhem, Peter P M Zwetsloot, Pieter A Doevendans, Jolanda Kluin, Steven A J Chamuleau
Background: Clinical decision-making in symptomatic patients after mitral valve (MV) repair remains challenging as echocardiographic reference values are lacking. In native MV disease intervention is recommended for mean transmitral pressure gradient (TPG) >15 mmHg or systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) >60 mmHg at peak exercise. Insight into standard stress echo parameters after MV repair may therefore aid to clinical decision-making during follow-up. Hypothesis: Stress echocardiography derived parameters in asymptomatic patients after successful MV repair differ from current guidelines for native valves...
2018: Frontiers in Surgery
Thomas Moller, Harald Lindberg, May Brit Lund, Henrik Holmstrom, Gaute Dohlen, Erik Thaulow
We previously demonstrated an abnormally high right ventricular systolic pressure response to exercise in 50% of adolescents operated on for isolated ventricular septal defect. The present study investigated the prevalence of abnormal right ventricular systolic pressure response in 20 adult (age 30-45 years) patients who underwent surgery for early ventricular septal defect closure and its association with impaired ventricular function, pulmonary function, or exercise capacity. The patients underwent cardiopulmonary tests, including exercise stress echocardiography...
March 6, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
Günther Neumayr, Peter Lechleitner
OBJECTIVE: A vacation is considered essential to achieve recovery from the stress of work. Knowledge about the potential health effects of holidays is scarce. The East Tyrolean Health Tourism Study is an open comparative study to investigate the cardiovascular effects of a one- week vacation with different activities on healthy vacationers. METHODS: Fifty-two healthy vacationers spending one week in East Tyrol participated in two types of vacation activities (golf vs...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
Javed Butler, Andreas P Kalogeropoulos, Kevin J Anstrom, Priscilla Y Hsue, Raymond J Kim, Rebecca Scherzer, Sanjiv J Shah, Svati H Shah, Eric J Velazquez, Adrian F Hernandez, Patrice Desvigne-Nickens, Eugene Braunwald
Antiretroviral therapy (ART) has been associated with a shift in the epidemiology of HIV-associated cardiomyopathy from a phenotype of primarily left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction to LV diastolic dysfunction (DD). Patients with HIV receiving ART have higher rates of DD when compared to age-matched controls and develop DD at a younger age. However, little is known about the natural history and pathogenesis of DD in virally suppressed HIV-infected patients. Current evidence suggests that immune processes modulate the risk for cardiac involvement in HIV-infected persons...
February 23, 2018: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Yu Zhao, Yunfei Li, Ling Tong, Xinying Liang, Han Zhang, Lan Li, Guanwei Fan, Yi Wang
Background: Yiqifumai Injection (YQFM) is clinically used to treat various cardiovascular diseases including chronic heart failure (CHF). The efficacy of YQFM for treating heart failure has been suggested, but the mechanism of action for pharmacological effects of YQFM is unclear. Methods: Echocardiography detection, left ventricular intubation evaluation, histopathology and immunohistochemical examination were performed in CHF rats to evaluate the cardioprotective effect of YQFM. Rat miRNA microarray and bioinformatics analysis were employed to investigate the differentially expressed microRNAs...
2018: Frontiers in Physiology
George Cm Siontis, Dimitris Mavridis, John P Greenwood, Bernadette Coles, Adriani Nikolakopoulou, Peter Jüni, Georgia Salanti, Stephan Windecker
OBJECTIVE: To evaluate differences in downstream testing, coronary revascularisation, and clinical outcomes following non-invasive diagnostic modalities used to detect coronary artery disease. DESIGN: Systematic review and network meta-analysis. DATA SOURCES: Medline, Medline in process, Embase, Cochrane Library for clinical trials, PubMed, Web of Science, SCOPUS, WHO International Clinical Trials Registry Platform, and
February 21, 2018: BMJ: British Medical Journal
Sabrina Bressieux-Degueldre, Damien Schaffner, Michaël Hofer, Nicole Sekarski, Federica Vanoni
The cause of Kawasaki disease (KD) is still unknown, but an infectious origin and genetic susceptibility have been suggested. The American Heart Association has changed the guidelines for diagnosis and treatment of KD in 2017. One goal is to better identify patients most at risk, particularly young children with « incomplete » KD. In case of intravenous immunoglobulin resistance, alternative treatments to the traditional use of corticosteroids, such as TNF-alpha inhibitors have been proposed. For all patients with coronary aneurisms, regular assessment of myocardial perfusion is recommended, either with stress echocardiography, MRI, scintigraphy or PET-scan...
February 14, 2018: Revue Médicale Suisse
Raluca Ileana Mincu, Stefania Lucia Magda, Sorina Mihaila, Maria Florescu, Diana Janina Mihalcea, Andreea Velcea, Adela Chiru, Cristina Tiu, Bogdan Ovidiu Popescu, Mircea Cinteza, Dragos Vinereanu
Multiple sclerosis (MS), neurologic disease affecting young population, may cause cardiovascular dysfunction, due to autonomous nervous dysfunction, physical invalidity, increased oxidative stress, and systemic inflammatory status. However, cardiovascular function is rarely evaluated in these patients. We assessed left and right ventricular (LV and RV) function by 2D, 3D, tissue Doppler, and speckle tracking echocardiography, and vascular function by remodeling, stiffness, and endothelial dysfunction parameters in patients with MS, compared to control subjects...
February 19, 2018: Scientific Reports
Piotr Lipiec, Janusz Bąk, Wojciech Braksator, Marcin Fijałkowski, Andrzej Gackowski, Zbigniew Gąsior, Jarosław D Kasprzak, Anna Klisiewicz, Mirosław Kowalski, Tomasz Kukulski, Katarzyna Mizia-Stec, Edyta Płońska-Gościniak, Piotr Pruszczyk, Bożena Sobkowicz, Piotr Szymański, Andrzej Szyszka, Olga Trojnarska, Andrzej Wysokiński, Piotr Hoffman
This document presents current Polish guidelines on the clinical use of transthoracic echocardiography, including stress examinations, in adult patients. The examinations with pocket-size imaging devices are also discussed. The authors present recommendations regarding indications and contraindications, staff and equipment requirements, patient preparation and information, examination protocol, reporting and reimbursement.
2018: Kardiologia Polska
Wojciech Kosmala, Monika Przewlocka-Kosmala, Aleksandra Rojek, Thomas H Marwick
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to establish the diagnostic and prognostic value of a strategy for prediction of abnormal diastolic response to exercise (AbnDR) using clinical, biochemical, and resting echocardiographic markers in dyspneic patients with mild diastolic dysfunction. BACKGROUND: An AbnDR (increase in left ventricular filling pressure) may indicate heart failure with preserved ejection fraction as the cause of symptoms in dyspneic patients, despite a nonelevated noncardiac at rest...
February 9, 2018: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
Stacey J Howell, Jonathan Bui, Balasingam Thevakumar, Ezra A Amsterdam
There are few data on the utility of physician selection of cardiac tests, including no-test, in a chest pain unit (CPU) to rule out acute coronary syndrome in low-risk patients without a history of coronary artery disease. We analyzed consecutive low-risk patients admitted to our CPU between 2012 and 2014 and determined the proportion of patients selected for testing, the type of initial cardiac test selected, and the incidence of major adverse cardiac events (MACEs) at 30 days and 6 months. The study group comprised 619 patients: mean age 57 years (27 to 92), 332 women (54%), and 360 (58%) with multiple cardiac risk factors...
January 10, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
Peifang Cong, Yunen Liu, Nannan Liu, Yubiao Zhang, Changci Tong, Lin Shi, Xuelei Liu, Xiuyun Shi, Ying Liu, Zhou Tong, Mingxiao Hou
BACKGROUND: Exposure to cold weather is associated with infaust cardiovascular responses, including myocardial infarction and arrhythmias. However, the exact mechanisms of these adverse changes in the myocardium under cold stress are unknown. This study was designed to investigate the mechanisms of cardiac injury induced by cold stress in mice. METHODS: The mice were randomly divided into three groups, normal control (no handling), 1-week cold stress and 2-week cold stress...
February 15, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
David C Levin, Laurence Parker, Ethan J Halpern, Vijay M Rao
OBJECTIVE: Previously published reports have shown that coronary CT angiography (CCTA) is a more efficient method of diagnosis than myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) and stress echocardiography for patients presenting to emergency departments (EDs) with acute chest pain. In light of this evidence, the objective of this study was to examine recent trends in the use of these techniques in EDs. MATERIALS AND METHODS: The nationwide Medicare Part B databases for 2006-2015 were the data source...
February 15, 2018: AJR. American Journal of Roentgenology
Jonathan Soldera, Fábio Camazzola, Santiago Rodríguez, Ajacio Brandão
The impact of coronary artery disease on the clinical course of patients enrolled for liver transplantation (LT) has changed over the years as these patients become older and sicker. The purpose of this systematic review and meta-analysis is to investigate the value of dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE), myocardial perfusion scintigraphy (MPS), and invasive coronary angiography (ICA) in predicting cardiac events post-LT in cirrhotic patients. A literature search was conducted using Scopus, Web of Science, EMBASE, MEDLINE (via PubMed), BIREME (regional medical library of the Pan American Health Organization), LILACS (Latin American and Caribbean Health Sciences Literature), Cochrane Library for Systematic Reviews, and OpenGrey Repository (www...
February 12, 2018: Clinical Transplantation
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