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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28100834/soft-robotic-sleeve-supports-heart-function
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Ellen T Roche, Markus A Horvath, Isaac Wamala, Ali Alazmani, Sang-Eun Song, William Whyte, Zurab Machaidze, Christopher J Payne, James C Weaver, Gregory Fishbein, Joseph Kuebler, Nikolay V Vasilyev, David J Mooney, Frank A Pigula, Conor J Walsh
There is much interest in form-fitting, low-modulus, implantable devices or soft robots that can mimic or assist in complex biological functions such as the contraction of heart muscle. We present a soft robotic sleeve that is implanted around the heart and actively compresses and twists to act as a cardiac ventricular assist device. The sleeve does not contact blood, obviating the need for anticoagulation therapy or blood thinners, and reduces complications with current ventricular assist devices, such as clotting and infection...
January 18, 2017: Science Translational Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28092289/the-impact-of-obesity-on-heart-failure
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Alexander B Zhai, Haissam Haddad
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Obesity, a growing global health problem, contributes to the development of heart failure. However, increased BMI seems protective for those with established disease, a phenomenon known as the 'obesity paradox'. In this review, we outline the mechanism through which obesity can contribute to the development of heart failure, explore the concept of obesity paradox, and highlight the challenges that obesity presents for advanced heart failure therapy. RECENT FINDINGS: Although the mechanism underlying the obesity paradox is complex, meta-analysis shows that intentional weight loss through bariatric surgery can indeed improve cardiac structure and function...
January 13, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28070248/childhood-cardiomyopathies-a-study-in-tertiary-care-hospital-in-upper-egypt
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Mohamed Abd Elaal Bakeet, Montaser Mohamed Mohamed, Ahmed Ahmed Allam, Rania Gamal
INTRODUCTION: Cardiomyopathy (CMP) is defined by the World Health Organization (WHO) as a disease of the myocardium associated with cardiac dysfunction. An understanding of CMP is very important, as it is a common cause of heart failure in children, and the most common indication for heart transplantation in children older than one year, but data on CMP in Egypt are scarce. The aim of this study was to determine the number, risk factors, clinical presentation, complications and outcome of different types of childhood cardiomyopathies in Sohag University Hospital...
November 2016: Electronic Physician
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28054207/mortality-after-hematopoietic-stem-cell-transplantation-for-severe-mucopolysaccharidosis-type-i-the-30-year-university-of-minnesota-experience
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Nathan J Rodgers, Alexander M Kaizer, Weston P Miller, Kyle D Rudser, Paul J Orchard, Elizabeth A Braunlin
BACKGROUND AND AIM: Mucopolysaccharidosis IH (MPS IH, Hurler syndrome) naturally leads to death within the first decade of life, primarily from cardiac and pulmonary causes. To determine how hematopoietic stem cell transplantation (HSCT) has altered mortality, we analyzed our institution's 30-year experience of patients with MPS IH undergoing HSCT. METHODS: Using chart review and the National Death Index, we determined survival status of 134 patients (males = 69) with MPS IH transplanted between 9/16/1983 and 7/25/2013 on 12/31/2013...
January 4, 2017: Journal of Inherited Metabolic Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28052583/pulmonary-hypertension-in-advanced-lung-diseases-echocardiography-as-an-important-part-of-patient-evaluation-for-lung-transplantation
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Jolanta Nowak, Bartosz Hudzik, Dariusz Jastrze Bski, Jacek T Niedziela, Piotr Rozentryt, Jacek Wojarski, Marek Ochman, Wojciech Karolak, Sławomir Żegleń, Marek Gierlotka, Mariusz Gąsior
INTRODUCTION: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is common complication in advanced lung disease. Echocardiography provides additional information and may be useful to assess PH probability. OBJECTIVES: The usefulness of combination of well-known echocardiographic parameters in detecting PH in patients with advanced lung disease referred for lung transplantation was evaluated. METHODS: The study population consisted of 37 consecutive patients with idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis (IPF), 20 patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), and 8 patients with other interstitial lung diseases...
January 4, 2017: Clinical Respiratory Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28031550/bug-smash-bug-splash-a-case-report-of-an-unusual-transmission-of-american-trypanosomiasis-with-a-brief-review-of-the-literature
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Rafael Hernán Navarrete-Sandoval, Maximiliano Servín-Rojas
BACKGROUND Chagas disease is a chronic parasitosis transmitted by the inoculation of infected triatomine feces into wounds or conjunctival sac, transfusion, congenitally, organ transplantation, and ingestion of contaminated food. The disease is classified into an acute and chronic phase; the latter is a life-long infection that can be asymptomatic or progress to cardiac or digestive complications. CASE REPORT We report a case of acute-phase Chagas disease, transmitted by the splash of gut content from an infected triatomine into the conjunctival mucosa...
December 29, 2016: American Journal of Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28025714/bone-marrow-mesenchymal-stem-cell-transplantation-improves-radiation-induced-heart-injury-through-dna-damage-repair-in-rat-model
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Song Gao, Zhiying Zhao, Rong Wu, Yuecan Zeng, Zhenyong Zhang, Jianing Miao, Zhengwei Yuan
Radiotherapy is an effective form of therapy for most thoracic malignant tumors. However, myocardial injury resulting from the high doses of radiation is a severe complication. Here we aimed to study the possibility of reducing radiation-induced myocardial injury with mesenchymal stem cell (MSC) transplantation. We used MSCs extracted from bone marrow (BMSCs) to transplant via the tail vein into a radiation-induced heart injury (RIHI) rat model. The rats were divided into six groups: a Sham group, an IRR (irradiation) group, and four IRR + BMSCs transplantation groups obtained at different time points...
December 26, 2016: Radiation and Environmental Biophysics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28024941/orthostatic-hypotension-after-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation-in-a-patient-with-longstanding-diabetes-mellitus
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Derek S Chew, Brett H Shaw, Debra L Isaac, Jonathan G Howlett, Satish R Raj
A continuous-flow left ventricular assist device (CF-LVAD) benefits patients with advanced heart failure as a bridge to cardiac transplantation. However, unanticipated complications may occur. We report a patient with end-stage heart failure and longstanding diabetes who experienced functionally debilitating orthostatic hypotension from autonomic insufficiency after CF-LVAD implantation. This case demonstrates a role for comprehensive autonomic function testing in the workup of orthostatic hypotension after LVAD implantation...
October 28, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28009715/impact-of-lvad-implantation-site-on-ventricular-blood-stagnation
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Anthony R Prisco, Alberto Aliseda, Jennifer A Beckman, Nahush A Mokadam, Claudius Mahr, Guilherme J M Garcia
Treatment of end-stage heart failure includes cardiac transplantation or ventricular assist device (VAD) therapy. While increasingly prevalent, current VAD therapy has inherent complications, including thrombosis. Studies have demonstrated that VAD implantation alters intra-cardiac blood flow, creating areas of stagnation that predispose to thrombus formation. Two potential surgical configurations exist for VAD implantation: through the apical or diaphragmatic surfaces of the heart. We hypothesized that diaphragmatic implantation causes more stagnation than apical implantation...
December 20, 2016: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988989/single-center-outcomes-of-combined-heart-and-liver-transplantation-in-the-failing-fontan
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B A D'Souza, S Fuller, L P Gleason, N Hornsby, J Wald, K Krok, A Shaked, L R Goldberg, A Pochettino, K M Olthoff, Y Y Kim
Long-term outcomes of the Fontan operation include Fontan failure and liver disease. Combined heart-liver transplantation (CHLT) is an option for select patients although limited data exist on this strategy. A retrospective review of Fontan patients 18 years or older referred for cardiac transplant evaluation between 2000 and 2013 at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania was performed. All patients were considered for potential CHLT. Clinical variables such as demographics, perioperative factors, and short-term outcomes were reviewed...
December 17, 2016: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27988794/teriparatide-treatment-in-a-heart-transplant-patient-with-a-chronic-kidney-disease-and-a-low-turnover-bone-disease-a-case-report
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A Fahrleitner-Pammer, D Wagner, P Krisper, K Amrein, H Dimai
Low-turnover bone disease is a complication of chronic kidney disease and a long-term steroid therapy. Currently, the only bone anabolic treatment available is teriparatide (TPTD). So far, no data exist in heart transplant patients, and only one single case with histomorphometric analysis of a dialysis patient with a low-turnover bone disease has been published. The current report shows the effect of a 1-year TPTD therapy in a cardiac transplant patient with 10 vertebral and 3 peripheral fractures who had developed a chronic kidney failure while receiving triple immunosuppressive therapy...
December 17, 2016: Osteoporosis International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27959314/balloon-pumps-inserted-via-the-subclavian-artery-bridging-the-way-to-heart-transplant
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Catherine Murks, Colleen Juricek
Intra-aortic balloon pumps have traditionally been inserted via the femoral artery, limiting patients' activity and exposing patients to complications of immobility. For patients awaiting cardiac transplant, these complications may threaten a successful outcome, or at the least, complicate recuperation after transplant. A novel approach to insertion of balloon pumps via the subclavian artery is presented here, including routine nursing care, complications and related nursing actions, and experience with and advantages of this method...
July 2016: AACN Advanced Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27956040/shone-complex-an-under-recognized-congenital-heart-disease-with-substantial-morbidity-in-adulthood
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Sajid Aslam, Paul Khairy, Azadeh Shohoudi, Lise-Andrée Mercier, Annie Dore, François Marcotte, Joaquim Miró, Pablo Avila-Alonso, Réda Ibrahim, Anita Asgar, Nancy Poirier, François-Pierre Mongeon
BACKGROUND: Shone complex consists of a constellation of left-sided, usually obstructive, cardiac lesions, including supravalvar mitral ring, parachute mitral valve, subaortic stenosis, and aortic coarctation. Incomplete Shone complex consists of a mitral valve anomaly associated with lesions involving the subaortic region, aortic valve, or thoracic aorta. There is a paucity of data regarding long-term outcomes in adults with Shone complex. METHODS: We reviewed records of adults with complete or incomplete Shone complex followed at the Montreal Heart Institute between 1982 and 2014...
September 29, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27955912/are-biventricular-assist-devices-underused-as-a-bridge-to-heart-transplantation-in-patients-with-a-high-risk-of-postimplant-right-ventricular-failure
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Sven-Erik Bartfay, Göran Dellgren, Hans Lidén, Mikael Holmberg, Jakob Gäbel, Bengt Redfors, Odd Bech-Hanssen, Kristjan Karason
OBJECTIVE: Right ventricular failure in patients treated using left ventricular assist devices is associated with poor outcomes. We assessed the strategy of preplanned biventricular assist device implantation in patients with a high risk for right ventricular failure. METHODS: Between 2010 and 2014, we assigned 20 patients to preplanned biventricular assist device and 21 patients to left ventricular assist device as a bridge to heart transplantation on the basis of the estimated risk of postimplant right ventricular failure...
November 15, 2016: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27940453/perioperative-management-of-the-bleeding-patient
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K Ghadimi, J H Levy, I J Welsby
Perioperative bleeding remains a major complication during and after surgery, resulting in increased morbidity and mortality. The principal causes of non-vascular sources of haemostatic perioperative bleeding are a preexisting undetected bleeding disorder, the nature of the operation itself, or acquired coagulation abnormalities secondary to haemorrhage, haemodilution, or haemostatic factor consumption. In the bleeding patient, standard therapeutic approaches include allogeneic blood product administration, concomitant pharmacologic agents, and increasing application of purified and recombinant haemostatic factors...
December 2016: British Journal of Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27938315/epilepsy-after-heart-transplant-a-single-center-experience
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Ruhsen Öcal, Taner Sezer, Seda Kibaroğlu, Eda Derle, Sibel Benli, Atilla Sezgin, Sait Aşlamacı
OBJECTIVES: Cardiac transplant is the best treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure. Neurologic complications occur at a rate of 30% to 80% in patients undergoing cardiac transplant. Seizures occur at a rate of 2% to 20%. The main causative factors include immunosuppressant drug toxicity, infections, brain lesions, and metabolic disorders. Here, our aim was to determine seizure types and associated conditions in patients undergoing cardiac transplant and to report our treatment experience at our institution...
December 12, 2016: Experimental and Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27930543/left-branch-of-portal-vein-thrombosis-in-a-liver-transplant-recipient-with-donation-after-cardiac-death-donor-a-case-report
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Maogen Chen, Weiqiang Ju, Xiaohong Lin, Qiang Zhao, Dongping Wang, Xiaoshun He
INTRODUCTION: Portal vein thrombosis (PVT) is one of the most severe complications after liver transplantation, which usually causes graft loss and recipient mortality. The founding of the embolic branch of portal system and its result are not well described in the literature. CLINICAL FINDINGS AND DIAGNOSES: We report here an unusual case of complete right branch thrombosis of portal vein after orthotopic liver transplantation from a donation after cardiac death donor, without obvious malaise...
December 2016: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925367/transient-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-transplantation-of-an-extremely-oversized-donor-heart-in-a-child-does-size-matter-a-case-report
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J Birnbaum, S M Ulrich, R Schramm, C Hagl, A Lehner, M Fischer, N A Haas, B Heineking
In pediatric heart transplantation, the size of the donor organ is an important criterion for organ allocation. Oversized donor hearts are often accepted with good results, but some complications in relation to a high donor-recipient ratio have been described. Our patient was transplanted for progressive heart failure in dilated cardiomyopathy. The donor-to-recipient weight ratio was 3 (donor weight 65 kg, recipient weight 22 kg). The intra-operative echocardiography before chest closure showed excellent cardiac function, no tricuspid valve regurgitation, and a normal central venous pressure...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917264/systemic-to-pulmonary-artery-pressure-ratio-as-a-predictor-of-patient-outcome-following-liver-transplantation
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Annette Rebel, Dung Nguyen, Brooke Bauer, Paul A Sloan, Amy DiLorenzo, Zaki-Udin Hassan
AIM: To assess the value of the mean systemic-to-pulmonary artery pressure (MAP/mPAP) ratio for predicting outcomes following orthotopic liver transplant (OLT). METHODS: A retrospective data analysis was performed and data (mean arterial blood pressure, mean pulmonary artery pressure and Cardiac Index) were collected at several points during OLT. Outcomes evaluated were duration of postoperative endotracheal intubation [ET; minutes after intensive care unit (ICU) arrival], length of ICU stay, total hospitalization and frequency of immediate postoperative complications...
November 18, 2016: World Journal of Hepatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27916030/-short-term-outcomes-of-lung-transplant-recipients-using-organs-from-brain-death-donors
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W X He, C Jiang, X G Liu, W Huang, C Chen, L Jiang, B Yang, K Wu, Q K Chen, Y Yang, Y M Yu, G N Jiang
Objective: To assess short-term outcomes after lung transplantation with organs procured following brain death. Methods: Between April 2015 and July 2016, all 17 recipients after lung transplantation using organs from brain death donors (DBD) at Department of Thoracic Surgery, Shanghai Pulmonary Hospital, Tongji University School of Medicine were enrolled in this study. All patients were male, aging (60±7) years, including 11 chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, 5 idiopathic pulmonary fibrosis, 1 silicosis...
December 1, 2016: Zhonghua Wai Ke za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Surgery]
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