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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29156835/indonesian-herbal-medicine-prevents-hypertension-induced-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-by-diminishing-nadph-oxidase-dependent-oxidative-stress
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Erna Sulistyowati, Jong-Hau Hsu, Yuan-Bin Cheng, Fang-Rong Chang, Ying-Fu Chen, Jwu-Lai Yeh
Indonesian herbal medicine Centella asiatica, Justicia gendarussa and Imperata cylindrica decoction (CJID) are known to be efficacious for hypertension. Oxidative stress plays an important role in hypertension-induced left ventricular hypertrophy (H-LVH). This study evaluated whether CJID inhibit cardiac remodeling in spontaneously hypertensive rats (SHRs) through mechanism of oxidative stress-related cardiac-NADPH oxidase (NOXs) pathway: NOX1, NOX2 and NOX4. Forty-weeks-old SHRs and normotensive-WKY rats, were both randomly divided into 2 groups: CJID and control...
October 17, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29152929/the-role-of-echocardiography-in-kawasaki-disease
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Brian W McCrindle, Barbara Cifra
Kawasaki disease (KD) is an acute, self-limited vasculitis affecting young children. It can result in coronary artery abnormalities in a significant proportion of patients, especially if the diagnosis is missed or treatment gets delayed. Echocardiography is the imaging modality of choice for detection of coronary artery abnormalities and assessment of myocardial function. It is also useful for characterization and risk stratification of patients with KD. Echocardiography should be performed at the time of diagnosis and then again at 1-2 weeks and 4-6 weeks after treatment, for uncomplicated cases who do not have significant coronary artery involvement...
November 19, 2017: International Journal of Rheumatic Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29151002/management-of-arrhythmia-in-sepsis-and-septic-shock
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Martin Balik, Vojtech Matousek, Michal Maly, Tomas Brozek
The occurrence of supraventricular arrhythmias is associated with an unfavourable prognosis in septic shock. Available trials are difficult to apply in sepsis and septic shock patients due to included cohorts, control groups and because "one size does not fit all". The priorities in the critically ill are maintenance of a sinus rhythm and diastolic ventricular filling. The rate control modality should be reserved for chronic AF and in situations when a sinus rhythm is difficult to maintain due to extreme stress conditions resulting from a high dosage of vasoactive agents...
November 18, 2017: Anaesthesiology Intensive Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146296/anomalous-origin-of-coronary-arteries-from-the-wrong-sinus-in-athletes-diagnosis-and-management-strategies
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Vincenzo Palmieri, Salvatore Gervasi, Massimiliano Bianco, Roberta Cogliani, Barbara Poscolieri, Francesco Cuccaro, Riccardo Marano, Mario Mazzari, Cristina Basso, Paolo Zeppilli
AIMS: Although anomalous origin of left (AOLCA) and right coronary artery (AORCA) from the wrong sinus may cause sudden death (SD) in athletes, early diagnosis and management of these anomalies are still challenging. We analysed clinical/instrumental profiles of athletes identified with AOLCA/AORCA focusing our attention on diagnosis, management and follow-up. METHODS AND RESULTS: We report 23 athletes (17 males, mean age 27±17yrs.), 6 with AOLCA and 17 with AORCA...
November 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142764/determining-nt-probnp-levels-with-diastolic-dysfunction-in-thalassemia-major-patients
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Mable Misha Singh, Ravindra Kumar, Satyendra Tewari, Sarita Agarwal
Beta thalassemia is an autosomal, recessive disorder, characterized by ineffective erythropoiesis. Chronic transfusions and inability of body to eliminate iron lead to an iron overload, thereby causing damage to heart. Natriuretic peptides (NPs) are produced within the heart, which are then released into the circulation in response to ventricular wall stress. We, therefore, aimed to study the relation between ventricular dysfunction and N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptides (NT-proBNPs). We enrolled 105 patients with increased serum ferritin levels and echocardiography was performed...
December 2017: Journal of Pediatric Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138357/tadalafil-a-long-acting-phosphodiesterase-inhibitor-promotes-bone-marrow-stem-cell-survival-and-their-homing-into-ischemic-myocardium-for-cardiac-repair
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Ibrahim Elmadbouh, Muhammad Ashraf
The aim was to evaluate the tadalafil-mediated effects at molecular level on bone marrow-derived mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) survival and their homing into the infarcted hearts to promote cardiac repair and improve function. MSCs were pretreated in vitro with inhibitors of PKG, MAPK, FasL, nitric oxide synthase (NOS) (L-NAME), CXCR4 (AMD3100), or miR-21 inhibitors (+/-luciferase construction +/-Fas) prior to tadalafil treatment for 2 h. These MSCs were then subjected to H2O2 stress to assess their injury...
November 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29131462/outcomes-of-liver-transplantation-in-pediatric-recipients-with-cardiovascular-disease
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Márcio Miranda Brito, Joao Seda Neto, Eduardo A Fonseca, Renata Pugliese, Vera B Danesi, Helry L Candido, Adriana Porta, Cristian V B Borges, Gilda Porta, Paulo Chapchap, Irene Kazue Miura
LT exerts considerable stress on the heart perioperatively. Limited data exist on impact of cardiovascular diseases on LT children. This study evaluated the outcomes of children with CVD who underwent LT and compared with pretransplant findings. From 518 LT recipients, 82 (15.8%) had CVD. Sixty patients were classified as low-risk adjustment for congenital heart surgery 1 (RACHS 1 and 2). Five patients were classified as RACHS ≥3. The most common echocardiographic finding in the CVD patients (25/82) was ASD...
November 12, 2017: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128863/persistent-long-term-structural-functional-and-metabolic-changes-after-stress-induced-takotsubo-cardiomyopathy
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Caroline Scally, Amelia Rudd, Alice Mezincescu, Heather Wilson, Janaki Srinivasan, Graham Horgan, Paul Broadhurst, David E Newby, Anke Henning, Dana K Dawson
BACKGROUND : Takotsubo cardiomyopathy is an increasingly recognized acute heart failure syndrome precipitated by intense emotional stress. Although there is an apparent rapid and spontaneous recovery of left ventricular ejection fraction, the long-term clinical and functional consequences of takotsubo cardiomyopathy are ill-defined. METHODS : In an observational case-control study, we recruited 37 patients with prior (>12-month) takotsubo cardiomyopathy, and 37 age-, sex-, and comorbidity-matched control subjects...
November 11, 2017: Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128571/exercise-testing-in-mitral-regurgitation
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REVIEW
Raluca Dulgheru, Stella Marchetta, Tadafumi Sugimoto, Yun Yun Go, Alexandra Girbea, Oury Cécile, Patrizio Lancellotti
Mitral regurgitation (MR) is the second most common valvular heart disease referred for corrective surgery. Diagnostic and management dilemmas are not uncommon when dealing with MR patients. Exercise testing plays an important role in sorting out some of these clinical challenges. In primary asymptomatic MR, exercise testing allows symptom assessment, confident link of symptoms to valve disease severity, safe deferral of surgery for the next 1-year in patients with preserved exercise capacity, insights into the mechanism of exercise-induced dyspnea and helps in individual risk stratification...
November 8, 2017: Progress in Cardiovascular Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127877/breast-arterial-calcification-on-screening-mammography-can-predict-significant-coronary-artery-disease-in-women
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Brendan S Kelly, Emer ScanlON, Helen Heneghan, Ciaran E Redmond, Gerard M Healy, Enda Mc Dermott, Eric J Heffernan, Ruth Prichard, Sorcha Mc Nally
INTRODUCTION: Breast Arterial Calcification (BAC) on digital mammography has been associated with an increased risk of Coronary Artery Disease (CAD). We aimed to investigate the association of BAC with findings on Coronary Computed Tomography Angiography (CCTA) within a cohort of women from the national breast screening program. METHODS: Symptomatic women (chest pain) aged between 50 and 65 who underwent a CCTA and who also had a screening mammography between 2014 and 2015 were recorded...
November 3, 2017: Clinical Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127185/advances-in-computational-modelling-for-personalised-medicine-after-myocardial-infarction
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REVIEW
Kenneth Mangion, Hao Gao, Dirk Husmeier, Xiaoyu Luo, Colin Berry
Myocardial infarction (MI) is a leading cause of premature morbidity and mortality worldwide. Determining which patients will experience heart failure and sudden cardiac death after an acute MI is notoriously difficult for clinicians. The extent of heart damage after an acute MI is informed by cardiac imaging, typically using echocardiography or sometimes, cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR). These scans provide complex data sets that are only partially exploited by clinicians in daily practice, implying potential for improved risk assessment...
November 10, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29122139/role-of-exercise-testing-in-hypertrophic%C3%A2-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Ethan J Rowin, Barry J Maron, Iacopo Olivotto, Martin S Maron
Over the last 25 years, patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) have been studied with a variety of methods employing physiological exercise that have made major contributions to disease management and are performed without increased risk. Previously under-utilized in HCM, exercise (stress) echocardiography has become incorporated into the standard clinical assessment and diagnostic armamentarium of HCM using upright or supine symptom-limited treadmill or bicycle modalities. In patients without outflow gradients at rest, exercise echocardiography is the most appropriate method for provoking obstruction, with the capability of predicting future development of progressive heart failure symptoms, and differentiating patients with provocable obstruction from those without obstruction, with major implications for dictating treatment options, that is, surgical myectomy (alternatively, alcohol septal ablation) versus heart transplant...
November 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29120671/erythropoietin-reduces-collagen-deposition-after-myocardial-infarction-but-does-not-improve-cardiac-function
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Fernanda G Pessoa, Charles Mady, Keila C B Fonseca, Adriana M Oliveira-Fonoff, Vera M C Salemi, Mauricio R Jordao, Fabio Fernandes, Felix J A Ramires
Myocardial remodeling includes inappropriate collagen deposition in the interstitium. Erythropoietin (EPO) may have cardioprotective effects. We aimed to assess the role of EPO on myocardial remodeling during the chronic phase. We studied 60 Wistar rats divided into Control (CT), Control+EPO (CT+EPO), Infarcted+EPO (MI+EPO), and Infarcted (MI). The interstitial collagen volume fraction (ICVF) was quantified. Echocardiography was performed. We quantified ADMA and glutathione by ELISA, and RT-PCR to assess apoptosis and inflammation...
November 9, 2017: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107826/inhibition-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-premature-senescence-with-rutin-attenuates-and-stabilizes-diabetic-atherosclerosis
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Yihui Li, Ranran Qin, Hongdan Yan, Feng Wang, Shanying Huang, Yun Zhang, Ming Zhong, Wei Zhang, Zhihao Wang
Atherosclerosis is an age-associated disease; however, diabetic atherosclerosis has higher severity beyond age range for accumulative premature senescent cells in diabetes. Recent findings suggest that rutin, a flavonoid, has potential benefits for diabetic individuals. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of rutin on premature senescence and atherosclerosis. Apolipoprotein E knockout mice exhibiting insulin resistance after 6 weeks of high-fat diet were administered with a low dose of streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103656/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-in-stable-angina-orbita-a-double-blind-randomised-controlled-trial
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Rasha Al-Lamee, David Thompson, Hakim-Moulay Dehbi, Sayan Sen, Kare Tang, John Davies, Thomas Keeble, Michael Mielewczik, Raffi Kaprielian, Iqbal S Malik, Sukhjinder S Nijjer, Ricardo Petraco, Christopher Cook, Yousif Ahmad, James Howard, Christopher Baker, Andrew Sharp, Robert Gerber, Suneel Talwar, Ravi Assomull, Jamil Mayet, Roland Wensel, David Collier, Matthew Shun-Shin, Simon A Thom, Justin E Davies, Darrel P Francis
BACKGROUND: Symptomatic relief is the primary goal of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in stable angina and is commonly observed clinically. However, there is no evidence from blinded, placebo-controlled randomised trials to show its efficacy. METHODS: ORBITA is a blinded, multicentre randomised trial of PCI versus a placebo procedure for angina relief that was done at five study sites in the UK. We enrolled patients with severe (≥70%) single-vessel stenoses...
November 1, 2017: Lancet
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101177/a-novel-mitochondrial-dna-repair-enzyme-attenuates-maladaptive-remodeling-and-preserves-cardiac-function-in-heart-failure
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Jessica M Bradley, Zhen Li, Chelsea L Organ, David J Polhemus, Hiroyuki Otsuka, Shashi Bhushan, Olena M Gorodnya, Mykhaylo Ruchko, Mark N Gillespie, Glenn L Wilson, David J Lefer
BACKGROUND: Oxidative stress results in mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) damage and contributes to myocardial cell death. mtDNA repair enzymes are crucial for mtDNA repair and cell survival. We investigated a novel, mitochondrial-targeted fusion protein (Exscien1-III) containing endonuclease III in myocardial ischemia/reperfusion (MI/Rep) injury and transverse aortic constriction (TAC) induced heart failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: Male C57/BL6J mice (10-12 wks) were subjected to 45 min...
November 3, 2017: American Journal of Physiology. Heart and Circulatory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29097107/echocardiographic-imaging-options-in-ovine-research-subjects
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M Colpitts, M Malinowski, R Phillion, R Coleman, L Mitchell, A Malone, L Eberhart, R Sanders, D Langholz
OBJECTIVES: To determine the feasibility of acquiring quality transesophageal (TEE), epicardial (EE), and intracardiac (ICE) echocardiographic images in ovine subjects and to discuss the merits of each technique with a focus on ICE image acquisition. ANIMALS: Eleven male castrated Dorset adult sheep. METHODS: Transesophageal echocardiography was performed under general anesthesia. Epicardial echocardiography was performed as part of an open chest (thoracotomy or sternotomy) experiment...
October 30, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Cardiology: the Official Journal of the European Society of Veterinary Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29096829/ldl-apheresis-improves-coronary-flow-reserve-on-the-left-anterior-descending-artery-in-patients-with-familial-hypercholesterolemia-and-chronic-ischemic-heart-disease
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Tiziana Sampietro, Francesco Sbrana, Emilio Maria Pasanisi, Federico Bigazzi, Christina Petersen, Michele Coceani, Beatrice Dal Pino, Andrea Ripoli, Mascia Pianelli, Roberta Luciani
BACKGROUND: LDL apheresis (LA) influences the microcirculation, endothelial function and cardiovascular homeostasis. The aim of our study was to analyze temporal variations of coronary flow reserve (CFR) on the left anterior descending artery, obtained during dipyridamole stress echocardiography (DSE), in patients with severe familial hypercholesterolemia on LA (LA group) or not (not LA group) and ischemic heart disease (IHD). METHODS: The LA group consisted in 10 patients (mean age 65 ± 7 years, male 70%) with Familial Hypercholesterolemia and chronic IHD on maximally tolerated lipid lowering therapy and chronic LA treatment (median 7 years, interquartile range 6-14 years)...
November 2017: Atherosclerosis. Supplements
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29071795/hemodynamic-assessment-of-perceval-sutureless-bioprosthesis-by-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography
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Antonino S Rubino, Fausto Biancari, Vincenzo Caruso, Vincenzo Lavanco, Fiorella Privitera, Ivana Rinaldi, Maria Sanfilippo, Giovanni Millan, Lucia V D'Urso, Sergio Castorina, Carmelo Mignosa
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to evaluate the hemodynamic performance of a sutureless bioprosthesis under high workload at mid-term follow-up. METHODS: Thirty-two patients who underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a Perceval sutureless bioprosthesis with a minimum follow-up of 1 year were enrolled in this study. S size prosthesis was deployed in 10 patients (31.3%), M size in 9 (28.1%), L size in 8 (25%) and XL size in 5 (15.6%). Effective orifice area (EOA), EOA index (EOAi), and transvalvular gradients were assessed at rest and during dobutamine stress echocardiography (DSE) a median of 19...
October 26, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29067771/arterial-stiffness-sex-and-age-difference-on-hypertensive-response-to-supine-bicycle-exercise
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Hyemoon Chung, Jong-Youn Kim, Byoung Kwon Lee, Pil-Ki Min, Young Won Yoon, Bum-Kee Hong, Se-Joong Rim, Hyuck Moon Kwon, Eui-Young Choi
Contributors to a hypertensive response to exercise (HTR) according to sex and age have not been fully evaluated. The authors analyzed a database of supine bicycle exercise stress echocardiography findings. HTR was defined as peak systolic blood pressure ≥210 mmHg for men and ≥190 mmHg for women during exercise. A total of 797 patients (306 [38%] women) were analyzed, with a mean age of 64 ± 10 years. Female sex, hypertension; higher left ventricular ejection fraction, effective arterial elastance, and pulse wave velocity; and lower total arterial compliance were significantly related to HTR...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
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