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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29790034/left-atrial-myocardial-dysfunction-after-chronic-abuse-of-anabolic-androgenic-steroids-a-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-analysis
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Antonello D'Andrea, Juri Radmilovic, Stefano Caselli, Andreina Carbone, Raffaella Scarafile, Simona Sperlongano, Gianpaolo Tocci, Tiziana Formisano, Francesca Martone, Biagio Liccardo, Michele D'Alto, Eduardo Bossone, Maurizio Galderisi, Paolo Golino
Anabolic-androgenic steroids (AAS) are used by power athletes to improve performance. However, the real effects of the chronic consumption of AAS on cardiovascular structures are subjects of intense debate. To detect by speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) underlying left atrial (LA) dysfunction in athletes abusing AAS and assess possible correlation between LA myocardial function and exercise capacity during cardiopulmonary stress test. 65 top-level competitive bodybuilders were selected (45 males), including 35 athletes misusing AAS for at least 5 years (users), 30 anabolic-free bodybuilders (non-users), compared to 40 age- and sex-matched healthy sedentary controls...
May 22, 2018: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789792/remote-ischemic-postconditioning-protects-against-myocardial-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-by-inhibition-of-the-rage-hmgb1-pathway
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Xiangming Wang, Junhong Wang, Tiantian Tu, Zakaria Iyan, Deeraj Mungun, Zhijian Yang, Yan Guo
Background: The aim of the present study was to observe the effect of RAGE-HMGB1 signal pathway on remote ischemic postconditioning in mice with myocardial ischemia reperfusion injury. Methods: Mice model of MIRI was established and randomly divided into three groups: control group, ischemia reperfusion group, and remote ischemic postconditioning group. Infarction size was detected by Evans blue and TTC staining. Cardiac function was detected by echocardiography measurement...
2018: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29789302/fractional-flow-reserve-and-instantaneous-wave-free-ratio-as-predictors-of-the-placebo-controlled-response-to-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-stable-single-vessel-coronary-artery-disease-physiology-stratified-analysis-of-orbita
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Rasha Al-Lamee, James P Howard, Matthew J Shun-Shin, David Thompson, Hakim-Moulay Dehbi, Sayan Sen, Sukhjinder Nijjer, Ricardo Petraco, John Davies, Thomas Keeble, Kare Tang, Iqbal S Malik, Christopher Cook, Yousif Ahmad, Andrew S P Sharp, Robert Gerber, Christopher Baker, Raffi Kaprielian, Suneel Talwar, Ravi Assomull, Graham Cole, Niall G Keenan, Gajen Kanaganayagam, Joban Sehmi, Roland Wensel, Frank E Harrell, Jamil Mayet, Simon A Thom, Justin E Davies, Darrel P Francis
BACKGROUND : There are no data on how fractional flow reserve (FFR) and instantaneous wave-free ratio (iFR) are associated with the placebo-controlled efficacy of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in stable single-vessel coronary artery disease. METHODS : We report the association between prerandomization invasive physiology within ORBITA (Objective Randomised Blinded Investigation With Optimal Medical Therapy of Angioplasty in Stable Angina), a placebo-controlled trial of patients who have stable angina with angiographically severe single-vessel coronary disease clinically eligible for PCI...
May 22, 2018: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29785166/takotsubo-syndrome-induced-by-malignant-pheochromocytoma-in-a-patient-with-type-2-papillary-renal-cell-carcinoma-a-case-report
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Anca Diana Demea, Dan-Grigore Dunca, Roxana Adina Radu, Lucia Agoşton-Coldea
The clinical presentation of the Takotsubo syndrome mimics an acute coronary syndrome with chest pain, ischemia-like ECG changes, mild to moderate myocardial enzyme elevation, and apical ballooning on echocardiography and ventriculography. On coronary angiography, epicardial coronary arteries are either normal or exhibit minimal atherosclerotic changes. Primary Takotsubo syndrome usually occurs in postmenopausal women in whom symptoms are triggered by emotional or physical stress, associated with catecholamine surges...
2018: Clujul Medical (1957)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29784576/normal-values-and-growth-related-changes-of-left-ventricular-volumes-stress-and-strain-in-healthy-children-measured-by-3-dimensional-echocardiography
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Joseph D Kuebler, Sunil Ghelani, David M Williams, Meena Nathan, Gerald Marx, Steven D Colan, David M Harrild
Normal pediatric values of three-dimensional (3D) left ventricular (LV) volumes and strain are not well established; moreover, no reports exist of the stress-strain relation and the heart rate-corrected velocity of circumferential fiber shortening (VCFc) based upon 3D imaging in children. Three-dimensional LV datasets were obtained in pediatric patients (≤18 years of age) with structurally normal hearts. Ventricular volumes and strain components (longitudinal, GLS; circumferential, GCS; and 3D strain, 3DS) were analyzed using a commercial 3D speckle-tracking analysis package...
April 24, 2018: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29782639/sudden-cardiac-death-in-athletes-and-the-value-of-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance
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REVIEW
Sophie I Mavrogeni, Flora Bacopoulou, Despoina Apostolaki, George P Chrousos
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is the non-traumatic death, due to loss of heart function that occurs suddenly and unexpectedly within 6 hours of a previously normal state of health. It is related to intense competitive sports promoting ventricular tachycardia (VT)/ventricular fibrillation (VF) in the presence of underlying abnormal substrate. A serial evaluation of cardiac physiologic changes taking place during training will allow the better understanding of athlete's heart and will facilitate its discrimination from other gray-zone cardiomyopathies...
May 21, 2018: European Journal of Clinical Investigation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29781184/pre-operative-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography-in-patients-undergoing-orthotopic-liver-transplantation
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Krishna K Patel, Laura Young, William Carey, Kathryn A Kohn, Richard A Grimm, L Leonardo Rodriguez, Brian P Griffin, Milind Y Desai
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery disease (CAD) is associated with increased mortality in patients that undergo orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT). Due to chronic vasodilatory state and poor exercise tolerance in patients with end stage liver disease, dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) is preferred for preoperative evaluation of CAD prior to OLT. We sought to a) study the incidence of positive DSE results and b) test whether there is an association between DSE results and perioperative and longer-term events...
May 20, 2018: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29778808/maternal-treatment-with-a-placental-targeted-antioxidant-mitoq-impacts-offspring-cardiovascular-function-in-a-rat-model-of-prenatal-hypoxia
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Mais M Aljunaidy, Jude S Morton, Raven Kirschenman, Tom Phillips, C Patrick Case, Christy-Lynn M Cooke, Sandra T Davidge
Intrauterine growth restriction, a common consequence of prenatal hypoxia, is a leading cause of fetal morbidity and mortality with a significant impact on population health. Hypoxia may increase placental oxidative stress and lead to an abnormal release of placental-derived factors, which are emerging as potential contributors to developmental programming. Nanoparticle-linked drugs are emerging as a novel method to deliver therapeutics targeted to the placenta and avoid risking direct exposure to the fetus...
May 17, 2018: Pharmacological Research: the Official Journal of the Italian Pharmacological Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29776421/evidence-for-a-hyper-reductive-redox-in-a-sub-set-of-heart-failure-patients
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Thiagarajan Sairam, Amit N Patel, Meenu Subrahmanian, Rajendiran Gopalan, Steven M Pogwizd, Sudha Ramalingam, Ramalingam Sankaran, Namakkal Soorapan Rajasekaran
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress has been linked to heart failure (HF) in humans. Antioxidant-based treatments are often ineffective. Therefore, we hypothesize that some of the HF patients might have a reductive stress (RS) condition. Investigating RS-related mechanisms will aid in personalized optimization of redox homeostasis for better outcomes among HF patients. METHODS: Blood samples were collected from HF patients (n = 54) and healthy controls (n = 42) and serum was immediately preserved in - 80 °C for redox analysis...
May 18, 2018: Journal of Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29771705/the-causality-nexus-between-the-tako-tsubo-syndrome-and-an-assault-a-forensic-case-report
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Malek Zribi, Syrine Azza Manoubi, Narjes Karray, Salma Charfeddine, Wiem Benamar, Zouhir Hammami, Samir Kammoun, Samir Maatoug
"Tako-tsubo" cardiomyopathy, also known as "broken heart syndrome," is one of the rarest types of stress-induced cardiomyopathy. It frequently mimics acute coronary syndrome, characterized by transient left ventricular dysfunction, electrocardiographic changes, and release of myocardial enzymes. After treatment, the patients are cured in most cases without sequelae. Tako-tsubo syndrome is rarely considered as a reason for consultation in the forensic department.Herein, we report a case of a 68-year-old woman who was assaulted by her police officer neighbor...
May 4, 2018: American Journal of Forensic Medicine and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29768319/contrast-enhanced-stress-echocardiography-and-myocardial-perfusion-imaging-in-patients-hospitalized-with-chest-pain-a-randomized-study
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Gerald Salame, Whitney E Juselius, Marisha Burden, Carlin S Long, Tiffany Bendelow, Brenda Beaty, Frederick A Masoudi, Mori J Krantz
Ultrasound contrast-enhanced stress echocardiography improves endocardial visualization, but diagnostic test rates versus stress myocardial perfusion imaging (MPI) have not been studied. A prospective randomized trial was performed between April 2012 and October 2014 at a single-center, safety net hospital. Hospitalized patients referred for noninvasive stress imaging were randomized 1:1 to stress echocardiography or stress MPI. The primary outcome was diagnostic test rate defined as interpretable images and achievement of >85% of age-predicted maximal heart rate (for dobutamine and exercise)...
June 2018: Critical Pathways in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29767239/time%C3%A2-dependent-and-independent-effects-of-thyroid-hormone-administration-following-myocardial-infarction-in-rats
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Ioanna Iliopoulou, Iordanis Mourouzis, George I Lambrou, Dimitra Iliopoulou, Dimitrios-Dionysios Koutsouris, Constantinos Pantos
Cardiac function is reduced following myocardial infarction (MI) due to myocardial injury and alterations in the viable non‑ischemic myocardium, a process known as cardiac remodeling. The current treatments available for patients with acute MI (AMI) reduce infarct size, preserve left ventricular (LV) function and improve survival; however, these treatments do not prevent remodeling, which can lead to heart failure. The aim of the present study was to investigate the effects of thyroid hormone (TH) treatment following MI in an in vivo rat model...
May 11, 2018: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29764968/how-to-prevent-and-manage-radiation-induced-coronary-artery-disease
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REVIEW
Jason R Cuomo, Sean P Javaheri, Gyanendra K Sharma, Deepak Kapoor, Adam E Berman, Neal L Weintraub
Radiation-induced coronary heart disease (RICHD) is the second most common cause of morbidity and mortality in patients treated with radiotherapy for breast cancer, Hodgkin's lymphoma and other prevalent mediastinal malignancies. The risk of RICHD increases with radiation dose. Exposed patients may present decades after treatment with manifestations ranging from asymptomatic myocardial perfusion defects to ostial, triple-vessel disease and sudden cardiac death. RICHD is insidious, with a long latency and a tendency to remain silent late into the disease course...
May 15, 2018: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761889/a-novel-human-s10f-hsp20-mutation-induces-lethal-peripartum-cardiomyopathy
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Guan-Sheng Liu, George Gardner, George Adly, Min Jiang, Wen-Feng Cai, Chi Keung Lam, Fawzi Alogaili, Nathan Robbins, Jack Rubinstein, Evangelia G Kranias
Heat shock protein 20 (Hsp20) has been shown to be a critical regulator of cardiomyocyte survival upon cardiac stress. In this study, we investigated the functional significance of a novel human Hsp20 mutation (S10F) in peripartum cardiomyopathy. Previous findings showed that cardiac-specific overexpression of this mutant were associated with reduced autophagy, left ventricular dysfunction and early death in male mice. However, this study indicates that females have normal function with no alterations in autophagy but died within a week after 1-4 pregnancies...
May 15, 2018: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29761247/beneficial-effects-of-fenofibrate-in-pulmonary-hypertension-in-rats
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Palak Galhotra, Pankaj Prabhakar, Himanshu Meghwani, Soheb A Mohammed, Sanjay Kumar Banerjee, Sandeep Seth, Milind P Hote, K H Reeta, Ruma Ray, Subir Kumar Maulik
Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a morbid complication of cardiopulmonary as well as several systemic diseases in humans. It is rapidly progressive and fatal if left untreated. In the present study, we investigated the effect of PPARα agonist fenofibrate (FF) on monocrotaline (MCT)-induced PH in rats. FF, because of its pleiotropic property, could be helpful in reducing inflammation, oxidative stress, and reactive oxygen species. On day 1, MCT (50 mg/kg, s.c.) was given to all the rats in MCT, sildenafil, and FF group except normal control rats...
May 14, 2018: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29753818/routine-papillary-muscle-realignment-and-septal-myectomy-for-obstructive-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Howard K Song, Jason Turner, Rebekah Macfie, Suwen Kumar, Meghan J Mannello, Danielle Smith, Castigliano Bhamidipati, Jaishankar Raman, Frederick Tibayan, Stephen B Heitner
BACKGROUND: Septal myectomy has been the mainstay of the surgical treatment of obstructive hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), however recently there is growing appreciation for associated mitral valve abnormalities that contribute to left ventricular outflow tract (LVOT) obstruction. In this study, we describe our experience with combined papillary muscle realignment (PMR) and septal myectomy for the treatment of obstructive HCM. METHODS: We identified 44 patients undergoing surgery for obstructive HCM whose anatomy was amenable to combined PMR and septal myectomy at our institution over a 20-month period...
May 10, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29752433/palmitic-acid-but-not-high-glucose-induced-myocardial-apoptosis-is-alleviated-by-n%C3%A2-acetylcysteine-due-to-attenuated-mitochondrial-derived-ros-accumulation-induced-endoplasmic-reticulum-stress
#17
Yang He, Lingyun Zhou, Zhiqiang Fan, Shikun Liu, Weijin Fang
Pharmacological inhibition of reactive oxygen species (ROS) is a potential strategy to prevent diabetes-induced cardiac dysfunction. This study was designed to investigate precise effects of antioxidant N‑acetylcysteine (NAC) in alleviating diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM). Echocardiography and histologic studies were performed 12 weeks after streptozocin injection. Protein levels involved in endoplasmic reticulum stress (ERS) and apoptosis were analyzed by western blotting in diabetic hearts or high-glucose (HG, 30 mM)- and palmitic acid (PA, 300 μM)-cultured neonatal rat cardiomyocytes (NRCMs)...
May 11, 2018: Cell Death & Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29748195/does-high-intensity-endurance-training-increase-the-risk-of-atrial-fibrillation-a-longitudinal-study-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function
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Mildred A Opondo, Norman Aiad, Matthew A Cain, Satyam Sarma, Erin Howden, Douglas A Stoller, Jason Ng, Pieter van Rijckevorsel, Michinari Hieda, Takashi Tarumi, M Dean Palmer, Benjamin D Levine
BACKGROUND: Exercise mitigates many cardiovascular risk factors associated with atrial fibrillation. Endurance training has been associated with atrial structural changes which can increase the risk for atrial fibrillation. The dose of exercise training required for these changes is uncertain. We sought to evaluate the impact of exercise on left atrial (LA) mechanical and electrical function in healthy, sedentary, middle-aged adults. METHODS: Sixty-one adults (52±5 years) were randomized to either 10 months of high-intensity exercise training or yoga...
May 2018: Circulation. Arrhythmia and Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29745795/diastolic-stress-testing-similarities-and-differences-between-isometric-handgrip-and-cycle-echocardiography
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Thomas Jake Samuel, Rhys Beaudry, Mark J Haykowsky, Satyam Sarma, Michael D Nelson
BACKGROUND: Cycle echocardiography (CE) is recommended for non-invasive diagnosis of diastolic dysfunction, but can be limited by respiratory and movement artifact. Isometric handgrip echocardiography (IHE) is also a robust diastolic discriminator, while avoiding the limitations associated with dynamic exercise. This study sought to compare these two diastolic stress testing approaches. METHODS: Twelve elderly individuals were recruited from the community (age: 71 + 6 years)...
May 10, 2018: Journal of Applied Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29740325/extract-enriched-in-flavan-3-ols-and-mainly-procyanidin-dimers-improves-metabolic-alterations-in-a-mouse-model-of-obesity-related-disorders-partially-via-estrogen-receptor-alpha
#20
Daniela Leonetti, Raffaella Soleti, Nicolas Clere, Luisa Vergori, Caroline Jacques, Lucie Duluc, Catherine Dourguia, Maria C Martínez, Ramaroson Andriantsitohaina
Red wine polyphenol extracts improve cardiovascular and metabolic disorders linked to obesity. Their vascular protection is mediated by the activation of the alpha isoform of the estrogen receptor (ERα). In the present study, we explored the effects of a grape seed extract (GSE) enriched in the flavan-3-ols procyanidin dimers on obesity-related cardiovascular and metabolic disorders; with a particular interest in the role/contribution of ERα. Ovariectomized wild type or ERα knockout (KO) mice were fed with standard or western diet, supplemented or not with GSE, for 12 weeks...
2018: Frontiers in Pharmacology
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