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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28726262/double-aortic-arch-anomalies-in-children-a-systematic-20-year-single-center-study
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M Kaldararova, I Simkova, I Varga, P Tittel, M Kardos, M Ondriska, V Vrsanska, J Masura
INTRODUCTION: Aortic arch anomalies underlie numerous congenital disorders. Effectively diagnosing and treating them requires close understanding of cardiovascular embryology. As our Center serves the entire pediatric population of our country, we performed a comprehensive retrospective analysis of all aortic arch anomalies diagnosed at our Center over the past 20 years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We analyzed 40 children with aortic arch anomalies, distinguishing two defect types: Group 1 displayed ring-forming anomalies, and Group 2 other types of aortic arch anomalies that did not form a vascular ring...
July 20, 2017: Clinical Anatomy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725938/declining-radiation-dose-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-german-cardiac-ct-registry-experience-2009-2014
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Axel Schmermund, Mohamed Marwan, Jörg Hausleiter, Sebastian Barth, Oliver Bruder, Sebastian Kerber, Grigorius Korosoglou, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Stephen Schröder, Steffen Schneider, Jochen Senges, Stephan Achenbach
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as a test to rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a low to intermediate pre-test probability of the disease. We used the database of the German CT registry, collected between 2009 and 2014 in a broad patient population, to analyze contemporary radiation dose associated with coronary CTA in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The prospective observational registry included a total of 7061 patients ≥18 years, referred to 12 participating centers for a clinically indicated cardiac CT examination...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724650/dynamic-relation-of-changes-in-weight-and-indices-of-fat-distribution-with-cardiac-structure-and-function-the-dallas-heart-study
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Bryan Wilner, Sonia Garg, Colby R Ayers, Christopher D Maroules, Roderick McColl, Susan A Matulevicius, James A de Lemos, Mark H Drazner, Ronald Peshock, Ian J Neeland
BACKGROUND: Obesity may increase heart failure risk through cardiac remodeling. Cross-sectional associations between adiposity and cardiac structure and function have been elucidated, but the impact of longitudinal changes in adiposity on cardiac remodeling is less well understood. METHODS AND RESULTS: Participants in the Dallas Heart Study without cardiovascular disease or left ventricular dysfunction underwent assessment of body weight, anthropometrics, and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging at baseline and 7 years later...
July 19, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28724418/improved-recovery-of-regional-left-ventricular-function-after-pci-of-chronic-total-occlusion-in-stemi-patients-a-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-study-of-the-randomized-controlled-explore-trial
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Joëlle Elias, Ivo M van Dongen, Loes P Hoebers, Dagmar M Ouweneel, Bimmer E P M Claessen, Truls Råmunddal, Peep Laanmets, Erlend Eriksen, René J van der Schaaf, Dan Ioanes, Robin Nijveldt, Jan G Tijssen, Alexander Hirsch, José P S Henriques
BACKGROUND: The Evaluating Xience and left ventricular function in PCI on occlusiOns afteR STEMI (EXPLORE) trial did not show a significant benefit of percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) of the concurrent chronic total occlusion (CTO) in ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients on global left ventricular (LV) systolic function. However a possible treatment effect will be most pronounced in the CTO territory. Therefore, we aimed to study the effect of CTO PCI compared to no-CTO PCI on the recovery of regional LV function, particularly in the CTO territory...
July 19, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721212/recent-advances-in-the-management-of-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias
#5
REVIEW
Syeda Atiqa Batul, Brian Olshansky, John D Fisher, Rakesh Gopinathannair
Ventricular arrhythmias are an important cause of cardiovascular morbidity and mortality, particularly in those with structural heart disease, inherited cardiomyopathies, and channelopathies. The goals of ventricular arrhythmia management include symptom relief, improving quality of life, reducing implantable cardioverter defibrillator shocks, preventing deterioration of left ventricular function, reducing risk of arrhythmic death, and potentially improving overall survival. Guideline-directed medical therapy and implantable cardioverter defibrillator implantation remain the mainstay of therapy to prevent sudden cardiac death in patients with ventricular arrhythmias in the setting of structural heart disease...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721155/clinical-importance-of-epicardial-adipose-tissue
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Eszter Nagy, Adam L Jermendy, Bela Merkely, Pal Maurovich-Horvat
Different visceral fat compartments have several systemic effects and may play a role in the development of both insulin resistance and cardiovascular diseases. In the last couple of years special attention has been paid to the epicardial adipose tissue (EAT), which can be quantified by non-invasive cardiac imaging techniques. The epicardial fat is a unique fat compartment between the myocardium and the visceral pericardium sharing a common embryologic origin with the visceral fat depot. Epicardial adipose tissue has several specific roles, and its local effects on cardiac function are incorporated in the complex pathomechanism of coronary artery disease...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720123/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-in-an-adult-human-population-serial-observations-from-the-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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REVIEW
Kihei Yoneyama, Bharath A Venkatesh, David A Bluemke, Robyn L McClelland, João A C Lima
The Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) is the first large-scale multi-ethnic population study in the U.S. to use advanced cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) imaging. MESA participants were free of cardiovascular disease at baseline between 2000 and 2002, and were followed up between 2009 and 2011 with repeated CMR examinations as part of MESA. CMR allows the clinician to visualize and accurately quantify volume and dimensions of all four cardiac chambers; measure systolic and diastolic ventricular function; assess myocardial fibrosis; assess vessel lumen size, vessel wall morphology, and vessel stiffness...
July 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716007/silent-myocarditis-in-systemic-sclerosis-detected-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-using-lake-louise-criteria
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Sophie Mavrogeni, Loukia Koutsogeorgopoulou, Georgia Karabela, Efthymios Stavropoulos, Gikas Katsifis, John Raftakis, Sotiris Plastiras, Michel Noutsias, George Markousis-Mavrogenis, Genovefa Kolovou
BACKGROUND: Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by microvascular abnormalities, inflammation and fibrosis. We hypothesized that myocarditis may be diagnosed in asymptomatic SSc, undergoing routine cardio-vascular magnetic resonance (CMR) for fibrosis assessment, using the Lake Louise criteria: T2 ratio, early (EGE) and late gadolinium enhanced (LGE) images. METHODS: Eighty-two asymptomatic SSc, diagnosed according to American College of Rheumatology criteria, aged 43 ± 5 yrs...
July 17, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715124/chemical-imaging-of-fresh-vascular-smooth-muscle-cell-response-by-epi-detected-stimulated-raman-scattering
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Delong Zhang, Wei Chen, Huan Chen, Han-Qing Yu, Ghassan Kassab, Ji-Xin Cheng
An understanding of deformation of cardiovascular tissue under hemodynamic load is crucial for understanding the health and disease of blood vessels. In the present work, an epi-detected stimulated Raman scattering (epi-SRS) imaging platform was designed for in situ functional imaging of vascular smooth muscle cells (VMSCs) in fresh coronary arteries. For the first time, the pressure-induced morphological deformation of fresh VSMCs was imaged with no fixation and in a label free manner. The relation between the loading pressure and the morphological parameters, including angle and length of the VSMCs, were apparent...
July 17, 2017: Journal of Biophotonics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28715063/peripehral-artery-atherosclerotic-disease-and-sleep-disordered-breathing-paradise-trial-protocol-for-an-observational-cohort-study
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Filip M Szymański, Zbigniew Gałązka, Anna E Płatek, Dariusz Górko, Tomasz Ostrowski, Karolina Adamkiewicz, Paweł Łęgosz, Anna Ryś, Karolina Semczuk, Krzysztof Celejewski, Krzysztof J Filipiak
BACKGROUND: Peripheral arterial disease (PAD) is in fact a group of disease entities with different symptoms and course but a common underlying cause that is atherosclerosis. Atherosclerosis is known to be aggravated by several cardiovascular risk factors, including obstructive sleep apnea (OSA). AIM: Following paper is a protocol for Peripehral ARtery Atherosclerotic DIsease and SlEep disordered breathing (PARADISE) trial, which aims to describe the prevalence of OSA in PAD patients scheduled for revascularization and to determine the effect of OSA on the procedure outcomes...
July 17, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28713255/the-impact-of-aerobic-exercise-on-fronto-parietal-network-connectivity-and-its-relation-to-mobility-an-exploratory-analysis-of-a-6-month-randomized-controlled-trial
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Chun L Hsu, John R Best, Shirley Wang, Michelle W Voss, Robin G Y Hsiung, Michelle Munkacsy, Winnie Cheung, Todd C Handy, Teresa Liu-Ambrose
Impaired mobility is a major concern for older adults and has significant consequences. While the widely accepted belief is that improved physical function underlies the effectiveness of targeted exercise training in improving mobility and reducing falls, recent evidence suggests cognitive and neural benefits gained through exercise may also play an important role in promoting mobility. However, the underlying neural mechanisms of this relationship are currently unclear. Thus, we hypothesize that 6 months of progressive aerobic exercise training would alter frontoparietal network (FPN) connectivity during a motor task among older adults with mild subcortical ischemic vascular cognitive impairment (SIVCI)-and exercise-induced changes in FPN connectivity would correlate with changes in mobility...
2017: Frontiers in Human Neuroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709739/structured-lifestyle-intervention-in-patients-with-the-metabolic-syndrome-mitigates-oxidative-stress-but-fails-to-improve-measures-of-cardiovascular-autonomic-neuropathy
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Subramaniam Pennathur, Mamta Jaiswal, Elizabeth A White, Lynn Ang, David M Raffel, Melvyn Rubenfire, Rodica Pop-Busui
AIMS: To assess the role of oxidative stress in mediating adverse outcomes in metabolic syndrome (MetS) and resultant cardiovascular autonomic neuropathy (CAN), and to evaluate the effects of lifestyle interventions on measures of oxidative stress and CAN in subjects with MetS. METHODS: Pilot study in 25 non-diabetic subjects with MetS (age 49±10years, 76% females) participating in a 24-week lifestyle intervention (supervised aerobic exercise/Mediterranean diet), and 25 age-matched healthy controls...
May 2, 2017: Journal of Diabetes and its Complications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706270/comprehensive-multi-dimensional-mri-for-the-simultaneous-assessment-of-cardiopulmonary-anatomy-and-physiology
#13
Joseph Y Cheng, Tao Zhang, Marcus T Alley, Martin Uecker, Michael Lustig, John M Pauly, Shreyas S Vasanawala
Diagnostic testing often assesses the cardiovascular or respiratory systems in isolation, ignoring the major pathophysiologic interactions between the systems in many diseases. When both systems are assessed currently, multiple modalities are utilized in costly fashion with burdensome logistics and decreased accessibility. Thus, we have developed a new acquisition and reconstruction paradigm using the flexibility of MRI to enable a comprehensive exam from a single 5-15 min scan. We constructed a compressive-sensing approach to pseudo-randomly acquire highly subsampled, multi-dimensionally-encoded and time-stamped data from which we reconstruct volumetric cardiac and respiratory motion phases, contrast-agent dynamics, and blood flow velocity fields...
July 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705824/carotid-plaque-morphology-and-ischemic-vascular-brain-disease-on-mri
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Q J A van den Bouwhuijsen, M W Vernooij, B F J Verhaaren, H A Vrooman, W J Niessen, G P Krestin, M A Ikram, O H Franco, A van der Lugt
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Vulnerable carotid plaque components are reported to increase the risk of cerebrovascular events. Yet, the relation between plaque composition and subclinical ischemic brain disease is not known. We studied, in the general population, the association between carotid atherosclerotic plaque characteristics and ischemic brain disease on MR imaging. MATERIALS AND METHODS: From the population-based Rotterdam Study, 951 participants underwent both carotid MR imaging and brain MR imaging...
July 13, 2017: AJNR. American Journal of Neuroradiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705612/cardiac-mitochondrial-dynamics-mir-mediated-regulation-during-cardiac-injury
#15
Anusha Sivakumar, Ramasamy Subbiah, Rekha Balakrishnan, Jeyaprakash Rajendhran
Mitochondrial integrity is indispensable for cardiac health. With the advent of modern imaging technologies, mitochondrial motility and dynamics within the cell are extensively studied. Terminally differentiated and well-structured cardiomyocytes depict little mitochondrial division and fusion, questioning the contribution of mitochondrial fusion proteins (Mitofusin 1/2 and Optic Atrophy 1 protein) and fission factors (Dynamin-like protein 1 and mitochondrial fission 1 protein) in cardiomyocyte homeostasis...
July 10, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705342/unruptured-multiple-intracranial-aneurysms-associated-with-beh%C3%A3-et-s-disease
#16
N Belfeki, K Argillos, R Dahmani, A Fkihi, N Velmans
Behçet's disease is a systemic inflammatory disorder with a wide variety of cardiovascular complications. Intracranial aneurysm is extremely rare. Herein, we are presenting a 41-year-old male with Behçet's disease and a headache. A cranial computed tomography scan angiography showed unruptured right supra cavernus internal carotid aneurysm and right sylvian artery aneurysm. Treatment consisted of prednisone and azathioprine. Control imaging showed no aneurysm.
July 2017: J Med Vasc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705247/detecting-impaired-myocardial-relaxation-in-sepsis-with-a-novel-tissue-doppler-parameter-septal-e-s
#17
David J Clancy, Michel Slama, Stephen Huang, Timothy Scully, Anthony S McLean, Sam R Orde
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular diastolic dysfunction is associated with mortality outcomes in severe sepsis and septic shock. There are ongoing issues with diagnosing diastolic dysfunction in this cohort, partly owing to the poor applicability of traditional parameters in the hyperdynamic circulation. In this feasibility study, we sought to assess the utility of a novel parameter (septal e'/s') to identify diastolic dysfunction in patients with severe sepsis and septic shock who had normal systolic function against the 2016 American Society Echocardiography and European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging (ASE/EACI) guidelines on diastolic dysfunction...
July 14, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705053/cardiac-amyloidosis-pathogenesis-clinical-context-diagnosis-and-management-options
#18
Hassan Alkhawam, Darshan Patel, James Nguyen, Saumya Mariam Easaw, Mohammed Al-Sadawi, Umer Syed, Feras Zaiem, Maher Homsi, Timothy J Vittorio
Amyloidosis covers a group of disorders that can manifest in virtually any organ system in the body and is thought to be secondary to misfolding of extracellular proteins with subsequent deposition in tissues. The precursor protein that is produced in excess defines the specific amyloid type. This requires histopathological confirmation using Congo-red dye with its characteristic demonstration of green birefringence under cross-polarized light. There are three main types of amyloidosis associated with cardiac involvement: light-chain (AL), familial or senile (ATTR), and secondary (AA) amyloidosis...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28704916/three-dimensional-echocardiography-in-adult-congenital-heart-disease
#19
REVIEW
Hyun Suk Yang
Congenital heart disease (CHD) is now more common in adults than in children due to improvements in fetal echo, neonatal and pediatric care, and surgical techniques leading to dramatically increased survivability into adulthood. Adult patients with CHD, regardless of prior cardiac surgery, experience further cardiac problems or therapeutic challenges; therefore, a non-invasive, easily accessible echocardiographic examination is an essential follow-up tool. Among echocardiographic modalities, three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography provides better delineation of spatial relationships in complex cardiac geometries and more accurate volumetric information without geometric assumptions...
July 2017: Korean Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28703790/a-fluorescence-based-imaging-method-to-measure-in-vitro-and-in-vivo-mitophagy-using-mt-keima
#20
Nuo Sun, Daniela Malide, Jie Liu, Ilsa I Rovira, Christian A Combs, Toren Finkel
Mitophagy is a cellular process that selectively removes damaged, old or dysfunctional mitochondria. Defective mitophagy is thought to contribute to normal aging and to various neurodegenerative and cardiovascular diseases. Previous methods used to detect mitophagy in vivo were cumbersome, insensitive and difficult to quantify. We created a transgenic mouse model that expresses the pH-dependent fluorescent protein mt-Keima in order to more readily assess mitophagy. Keima is a pH-sensitive, dual-excitation ratiometric fluorescent protein that also exhibits resistance to lysosomal proteases...
August 2017: Nature Protocols
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