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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28231509/a-single-injection-of-protein-loaded-coacervate-gel-significantly-improves-cardiac-function-post-infarction
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H K Awada, D W Long, Z Wang, M P Hwang, K Kim, Y Wang
After myocardial infarction (MI), the heart undergoes fibrotic pathological remodeling instead of repair and regeneration. With multiple pathologies developing after MI, treatment using several proteins is expected to address this range of pathologies more effectively than a single-agent therapy. A factorial design of experiments study guided us to combine three complementary factors in one injection: tissue inhibitor of metalloproteinases-3 (TIMP-3) was embedded in a fibrin gel for signaling in the initial phase of the treatment, while basic fibroblast growth factor (FGF-2) and stromal cell-derived factor 1-alpha (SDF-1α) were embedded in heparin-based coacervates for sustained release and distributed within the same fibrin gel to exert their effects over a longer period...
February 17, 2017: Biomaterials
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28226918/gyrocardiography-a-new-non-invasive-approach-in-the-study-of-mechanical-motions-of-the-heart-concept-method-and-initial-observations
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Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Eero Lehtonen, Mikko Pankaala, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mika Teras, Tero Koivisto, Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Eero Lehtonen, Mikko Pankaala, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mika Teras, Tero Koivisto, Eero Lehtonen, Mojtaba Jafari Tadi, Mika Teras, Antti Saraste, Tuija Vasankari, Mikko Pankaala, Tero Koivisto
The pumping action of the heart is performed by contraction of the myocardium fibers. We present a non-invasive technique named gyrocardiography (GCG) that comprises a sensor of angular motion, gyroscope, configured to obtain three-dimensional angular velocity signals. A tri-axial micro electromechanical (MEMS) gyroscope sensor was attached to the surface of the chest to obtain gyrocardiogram. Color-coded Doppler tissue imaging (DTI) was recorded simultaneously and synchronized with the GCG in an off-line analysis...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222894/the-relationship-between-left-ventricular-deformation-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-two-and-three-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Marijana Tadic, Maja Zlatanovic, Cesare Cuspidi, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov, Vesna Kocijancic, Vera Celic
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate left ventricular (LV) function and deformation, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: The study included 49 SSc patients and 38 age-matched healthy subjects. All patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, 24-h Holter monitoring, and comprehensive two- and three-dimensional echocardiography (2DE and 3DE). RESULTS: 2DE and 3DE LV global longitudinal and circumferential strain, as well as 3DE area strains are significantly reduced in SSc patients comparing with controls...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222221/elastase-2-an-angiotensin-ii-generating-enzyme-contributes-to-increased-ang-ii-in-resistance-arteries-of-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
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Christiane Becari, Marcondes A B Silva, Marina T Durand, Cibele M Prado, Eduardo B Oliveira, Mauricio S Ribeiro, Helio C Salgado, Maria Cristina O Salgado, Rita C Tostes
Angiotensin II (Ang II), whose generation largely depends on angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, mediates most of the renin-angiotensin-system effects. Elastase-2 (ELA-2), a chymotrypsin-serine protease elastase family member 2A, alternatively generates Ang II in rat arteries. Myocardial infarction (MI) leads to intense RAS activation, but mechanisms involved on Ang II-generation in resistance arteries are unknown. We hypothesized that ELA-2 contributes to vascular Ang II generation and to cardiac damage in mice submitted to MI...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219811/stress-echocardiography-in-patients-who-experienced-mechanical-ventilation-weaning-failure
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Manuel Ruiz-Bailén, Jesús Cobo-Molinos, Ana Castillo-Rivera, María Dolores Pola-Gallego-de-Guzmán, Antonio Cárdenas-Cruz, Antonio Martínez-Amat, María Sevilla-Martínez, Clara Hernández-Caballero
INTRODUCTION: Critically ill patients may suffer varying degrees of temporary myocardial dysfunction during respiratory weaning that could play an important role in weaning failure. OBJECTIVES: In this study, we tried to assess the existence of temporary diastolic dysfunction during respiratory weaning. METHODS: Inclusion period is from 2006 to 2015. In this study, we included 181 ventilated patients with cardiogenic shock that were being weaned from mechanical ventilation...
January 18, 2017: Journal of Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219442/eplerenone-for-early-cardiomyopathy-in-duchenne-muscular-dystrophy-results-of-a-two-year-open-label-extension-trial
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Subha V Raman, Kan N Hor, Wojciech Mazur, Xin He, John T Kissel, Suzanne Smart, Beth McCarthy, Sharon L Roble, Linda H Cripe
BACKGROUND: Cardiomyopathy is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in boys with Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD). We recently showed in a 12-month double-blind randomized controlled trial that adding eplerenone to background medical therapy was cardioprotective in this population. The objective of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of longer-term eplerenone therapy in boys with DMD. RESULTS: Eleven subjects (phase 1 baseline median [range] age: 13 [7 - 25] years) from the original 12-month trial at a single participating center were enrolled...
February 20, 2017: Orphanet Journal of Rare Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219158/-experimental-observation-on-the-histopathological-and-ultrastructural-pathology-of-great-gerbils-rhombomys-opimus-in-the-junggar-basin-by-subcutaneous-injecting-of-yersinia-pestis
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B Li, Rehemu Azhati, W W Meng, T Luo, B Li, Maituohuti Abulimiti, X H Wang, X Dai, Y J Zhang
Objective: To understand the histopathological and ultrastructural pathology changes of great gerbils in the Junggar Basin to Yersinia pestis infection. Methods: Forty captured great gerbils from the Junggar Basin that tested negative for anti-F1 antibodies were infected. The Y. pestis strain 2504, isolated from a live great gerbil in the natural plague foci of the Junggar Basin in 2005 with a median lethal dose (LD(50)) of <10 CFU/ml, was used in this study. Forty great gerbils were divided into seven infection groups and were subcutaneously infected with 7...
February 6, 2017: Zhonghua Yu Fang Yi Xue za Zhi [Chinese Journal of Preventive Medicine]
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28216496/-clinical-value-of-the-evolution-of-left-ventricular-global-strain-in-anterior-myocardial-infarction-patients-treated-with-emergency-percutaneous-coronary-intervention
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Zurong Yang, Qichang Zhou, Zhenfei Fang, Danming Cao, Jiawei Zhou, Xiankui Tan
To investigate the evolution of left ventricular global strain in anterior myocardial infarction patients treated with emergency percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI).
 Methods: A total of 54 patients with PCI were enrolled as a PCI group. Forty healthy subjects were enrolled as a control group. Dynamic cardiac images were collected. All of these images were analyzed off-line by velocity vector imaging (VVI) software. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) was measured with an electrochemiluminescence immunoassay through the Elecsys 1010/2010 system...
January 28, 2017: Zhong Nan da Xue Xue Bao. Yi Xue Ban, Journal of Central South University. Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214964/speckle-tracking-in-alcapa-patients-after-surgical-repair-as-predictor-of-residual-coronary-disease
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Biagio Castaldi, Vladimiro Vida, Elena Reffo, Massimo Padalino, Queenette Daniels, Giovanni Stellin, Ornella Milanesi
Surgical re-implantation of the left coronary artery (LCA) is the treatment of choice in anomalous origin of left coronary artery from pulmonary artery (ALCAPA). Despite normalization of left ventricular function after surgery, residual coronary lesions or myocardial fibrosis may be found. The aim of this study was to detect regional left ventricular dysfunction predictive of coronary lesions or residual myocardial fibrosis using speckle tracking. We enrolled ten patients treated with surgical re-implantation of LCA for ALCAPA...
February 18, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214482/catheter-directed-ultrasound-assisted-thrombolysis-is-a-safe-and-effective-treatment-for-pulmonary-embolism-even-in-high-risk-patients
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Kristen A Lee, Andrew Cha, Mark H Kumar, Combiz Rezayat, Clifford M Sales
OBJECTIVE: We sought to assess the early success and safety of catheter-directed, ultrasound-assisted (CDUA) thrombolysis for acute pulmonary embolism (PE) in patients deemed to be "high risk" for thrombolytic therapy. METHODS: A retrospective evaluation of patients who underwent CDUA pulmonary thrombolysis in our practice during 39 months is reported. There were 91 patients considered, all of whom presented with acute PE as diagnosed by computed tomography angiography...
March 2017: Journal of Vascular Surgery. Venous and Lymphatic Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210715/feasibility-and-reproducibility-of-two-dimensional-wall-motion-tracking-wmt-in-fetal-echocardiography
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Christian Enzensberger, Friederike Achterberg, Jan Degenhardt, Aline Wolter, Oliver Graupner, Johannes Herrmann, Roland Axt-Fliedner
Objective The primary objective of this study was to determine the feasibility and reproducibility of 2-dimensional speckle tracking imaging based on the wall motion tracking (WMT) technique in fetal echocardiography. The secondary objective was to compare left and right ventricular global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values. Methods A prospective cross-sectional study was performed. Global and segmental longitudinal peak strain values of the left ventricle (LV) and right ventricle (RV) were assessed prospectively...
February 2017: Ultrasound International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209981/fibulin-6-regulates-pro-fibrotic-tgf-%C3%AE-responses-in-neonatal-mouse-ventricular-cardiac-fibroblasts
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Arpita Chowdhury, Lisa Hasselbach, Frank Echtermeyer, Nidhi Jyotsana, Gregor Theilmeier, Christine Herzog
Fibulin-6, an essential component of extracellular matrix determines the architecture of cellular junctions in tissues undergoing strain. Increased expression and deposition of fibulin-6 facilitates fibroblast migration in response to TGF-β, following myocardial infarction in mouse heart. The underlying mechanism still remains elusive. In conjunction with our previous study, we have now demonstrated that in fibulin-6 knockdown (KD) fibroblasts, not only TGF-β dependent migration, but also stress fiber formation, cellular networking and subsequently fibroblast wound contraction is almost abrogated...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209163/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-myocardial-feature-tracking-using-a-non-rigid-elastic-image-registration-algorithm-assessment-of-variability-in-a-real-life-clinical-setting
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Pedro Morais, Alberto Marchi, Julie A Bogaert, Tom Dresselaers, Brecht Heyde, Jan D'hooge, Jan Bogaert
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular magnetic resonance myocardial feature tracking (CMR-FT) is a promising technique for quantification of myocardial strain from steady-state free precession (SSFP) cine images. We sought to determine the variability of CMR-FT using a non-rigid elastic registration algorithm recently available in a commercial software package (Segment, Medviso) in a real-life clinical setting. METHODS: Firstly, we studied the variability in a healthy volunteer who underwent 10 CMR studies over five consecutive days...
February 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Magnetic Resonance
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28204860/left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-during-septic-shock-the-role-of-loading-conditions
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Florence Boissier, Keyvan Razazi, Aurélien Seemann, Alexandre Bedet, Arnaud W Thille, Nicolas de Prost, Pascal Lim, Christian Brun-Buisson, Armand Mekontso Dessap
PURPOSE: The clinical significance of septic myocardial dysfunction is controversial, a fact that may be explained by the influence of loading conditions. Many indices may be useful to characterize cardiac function during septic shock, but their feasibility and physiological coherence in the clinical setting are unknown. METHODS: Hemodynamic and echocardiographic data with tissue Doppler and speckle tracking were prospectively recorded on the first 3 days of human septic shock...
February 15, 2017: Intensive Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198938/left-atrial-deformation-analysis-in-patients-with-corrected-tetralogy-of-fallot-by-3d-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-from-the-magyar-path-study
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Kálmán Havasi, Péter Domsik, Anita Kalapos, Jackie S McGhie, Jolien W Roos-Hesselink, Tamás Forster, Attila Nemes
Background: Three-dimensional (3D) echocardiography coupled with speckle-tracking echocardiographic (STE) capability is a novel methodology which has been demontrated to be useful for the assessment of left atrial (LA) volumes and functional properties. There is increased scientific interest on myocardial deformation analysis in adult patients with corrected tetralogy of Fallot (cTOF). Objectives: To compare LA volumes, volume-based functional properties and strain parameters between cTOF patients and age- and gender-matched healthy controls...
February 13, 2017: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28195519/troponin-t-release-is-associated-with-silent-myocardial-ischaemia-in-black-men-the-sabpa-study
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Madelein E Griffiths, Leoné Malan, Rhena Delport, Marike Cockeran, Manja Reimann
Background High sensitivity cardiac troponin T (hs-cTnT) is a validated marker of myocardial damage and may reflect the degree of silent myocardial ischaemia (SMI) and ventricular strain. Our aim was to compare hs-cTnT levels in black and white South Africans taking SMI into consideration. We further explored the capability of hs-cTnT to predict the presence of compensatory systolic hypertension in this South African cohort. Methods A bi-ethnic sex cohort ( n = 404) with similar socioeconomic status (198 black participants and 206 white participants, aged 20-65 years) participated in this target population study where 24 h ambulatory blood pressure, electrocardiogram and overnight fasting cardiometabolic variables were measured...
January 1, 2017: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191665/apical-left-ventricular-myocardial-dysfunction-is-an-early-feature-of-cardiac-involvement-in-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
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Rodrigue Garcia, Quentin Labarre, Bruno Degand, Pierre Ingrand, François Le Gal, Benjamin Bonnet, Anne Delaubier, Claire Guillou, Barnabas Gellen, Damien Coisne, Claire Bouleti, Luc Christiaens
INTRODUCTION: Left ventricular (LV) dysfunction is a major prognostic determinant in myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1). Therefore, markers of early-stage LV impairment may be useful. The aim of this study was to evaluate 2D echocardiographic LV strain in a cohort of DM1 patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and to compare the results with matched controls. METHODS: This prospective single-center study included 33 consecutive DM1 patients between February 2014 and February 2015...
February 13, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191526/decreased-regional-left-ventricular-myocardial-strain-in-type-1-diabetic-children-a-first-sign-of-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Amir Hodzic, Virginie Ribault, Pascale Maragnes, Paul Milliez, Eric Saloux, Fabien Labombarda
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Type 1 diabetes is a major cardiovascular risk factor associated with an excess of mortality in young adults due to premature cardiovascular events, which includes heart failure. The relation between type 1 diabetes and cardiac structure and function in children was poorly documented. Our study investigates (1) whether type 1 diabetic children have echocardiographic signs of subclinical cardiac dysfunction assessed by tissue Doppler strain and (2) whether state of metabolic control and diabetes duration have any influence on the cardiac event...
June 1, 2016: Journal of Translational Internal Medicine
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