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Acute myocardic infarct

Peter Moritz Becher, Svenja Hinrichs, Nina Fluschnik, Jan K Hennigs, Karin Klingel, Stefan Blankenberg, Dirk Westermann, Diana Lindner
Heart failure (HF) is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality in the western world. Although optimal medical care and treatment is widely available, the prognosis of patients with HF is still poor. Toll-like receptors (TLRs) are important compartments of the innate immunity. Current studies have identified TLRs as critical mediators in cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, we investigated the involvement of TLRs and interferon (IFN) regulatory factors (IRFs) in different experimental HF models including viral myocarditis, myocardial ischemia, diabetes mellitus, and cardiac hypertrophy...
2018: PloS One
Tae Soo Kang, Byung Soo Ko, Stavros G Drakos, Josef Stehlik, Steven I Bott, Antigone Koliopoulou, Joseph E Tonna, Megan E Bowen, Kathleen Stoddard, Craig H Selzman, Stephen H McKellar
BACKGROUND: Acute mechanical circulatory support (aMCS) can be a lifesaving therapy for patients with refractory cardiogenic shock. As device safety and technology improve, so will the ability to extend aMCS to patients at remote hospitals. The Intermountain West is unique because of the large geographical area, making transport of critically ill patients a logistical challenge. METHODS: We reviewed our experience of transporting patients in cardiogenic shock over long distances who had already been placed on aMCS: Impella and extracorporeal membrane oxygenator devices...
April 2018: Journal of Surgical Research
Yi-Fan Huang, Po-Shun Hsu, Chien-Sung Tsai, Yi-Ting Tsai, Chih-Yuan Lin, Hong-Yan Ke, Yi-Chang Lin, Hsiang-Yu Yang
We report on the case of a 27-year-old male who presented to our emergency room with chest tightness, dyspnoea and cold sweats. The 12-lead electrocardiogram showed diffuse ventricular tachycardia with wide QRS complexes. Troponin-I level was elevated to 100 ng/ml. The coronary angiogram showed good patency of all three coronary vessels, and acute fulminant myocarditis was suspected. The patient underwent cardiopulmonary resuscitation in the catheter room and high-dose inotropic support was initiated to stabilise his haemodynamic status...
February 7, 2018: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
Yun-Tao Zhao, Hang Zhou, Yumin Cui
Bidirectional ventricular tachycardia (BVT) is a rare ventricular tachyarrhythmia. It is usually regular, demonstrating a beat-to-beat alternation in the QRS frontal axis that varies between -20° to -30° and +110°. The tachycardia rate is typically between 140 and 180 beats/min and the QRS is relatively narrow, with a duration of 120 to 150 ms. The etiology of published BVT cases is most commonly digitalis toxicity and, rarely, herbal aconitine poisoning, hypokalemic periodic paralysis, catecholaminergic polymorphic ventricular tachycardia (CPVT), myocarditis, and Andersen-Tawil syndrome...
January 8, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Eusebio García-Izquierdo, Carolina Parra-Esteban, Jesús G Mirelis, Ignacio Fernández-Lozano
A 26-year-old man presented to the emergency department with chest pain and electrocardiogram (ECG) changes compatible with the de Winter pattern. Emergent coronary angiography was used to rule out the presence of significant stenosis. Cardiac magnetic resonance imaging confirmed the diagnosis of myocarditis. This case underlines the lack of data regarding the positive predictive value of this ECG pattern for the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction. Until further prospective studies are available, we believe that the de Winter ECG pattern should be considered as an "ST-elevation equivalent" when myocardial ischemia is suspected...
February 2018: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
Tanuka Datta, Allen J Solomon
Approved in 1989 for the management of treatment-resistant schizophrenia, Clozapine is a last-line atypical antipsychotic drug used with increasing frequency. In addition to its well-known side effect of agranulocytosis, this drug also carries with it rare but serious adverse cardiovascular risk of myocarditis. We present a patient on Clozapine who was admitted to the cardiology service with chest pain, ST segment elevations and elevated troponin concerning for acute myocardial infarction. Evaluation with imaging revealed decreased left ventricular function, however, no coronary artery disease was present on catheterization; findings consistent with a diagnosis of myocarditis...
January 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Caitlin E O'Brien, John D Coulson, Priya Sekar, Jon R Resar, Kristen Nelson McMillan
An adolescent male with a recent history of streptococcal pharyngitis presented with severe substernal chest pain, troponin leak, and ST-segment elevation, which are suggestive of acute inferolateral myocardial infarction. The coronary angiogram was normal. The patient was subsequently diagnosed with non-rheumatic streptococcal myocarditis. He was treated with amoxicillin and had excellent recovery. Non-rheumatic streptococcal myocarditis is an important mimic of acute myocardial infarction in young adults.
January 8, 2018: Cardiology in the Young
L Santoro, G De Matteis, M Fuorlo, B Giupponi, A M Martone, F Landi, R Landolfi, A Santoliquido
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this review is to explore the evidence about the association among celiac disease (CD), atherosclerosis (AS) and cardiovascular (CV) diseases, and the role of inflammation in this connection. MATERIALS AND METHODS: A systematic literature search was conducted using PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane Library for the association among CD, AS and CV diseases. RESULTS: Several studies reported the association of CD with accelerated AS, as evidenced by the alterations of a number of parameters indicative of subclinical AS, as increased carotid artery intima-media thickness, endothelial dysfunction and increased arterial stiffness...
December 2017: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
A Schlitt, M Guha, M Noutsias, H H Klein, H U Klein
Assessment of a permanent risk of life-threatening ventricular arrhythmia in patients with severely reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF <35%), e. g. after myocarditis, dilated cardiomyopathy, acute myocardial infarction, in patients with postpartum cardiomyopathy or implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) and cardiac resynchronization treatment plus defibrillator (CRT-D) infection with temporary explantation of the system is a medical challenge. This is time-consuming and unsafe because life-threatening ventricular arrhythmias may occur during the time of risk assessment...
December 12, 2017: Herz
Henrik Nørlund, Ann Bovin
The troponin I (TnI) level is essential in the diagnosis of acute myocardial infarction, but may be elevated by other cardial and non-cardial causes. We report a 32-year-old pregnant woman admitted to hospital because of chest pain and dyspnoea. TnI levels were significantly elevated, although there was no suspicion of acute coronary syndrome or myocarditis, and supplementary diagnostics excluded pulmonary embolism. The TnI level was found to be falsely elevated due to immunoassay interference. We stress the need to be aware of the possibility of false positive TnI, especially during pregnancy...
December 4, 2017: Ugeskrift for Laeger
P Stefan Biesbroek, Alexander Hirsch, Alwin Zweerink, Peter M van de Ven, Aernout M Beek, Maarten Groenink, Fons Windhausen, R Nils Planken, Albert C van Rossum, Robin Nijveldt
Aims: To determine the diagnostic yield of tissue characterization by cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) in a large clinical population of patients with suspected acute myocarditis (AM) and to establish its diagnostic value within the 2013 European Society of Cardiology position statement criteria (ESC-PSC) for clinically suspected myocarditis. Methods and results: In this retrospective study, CMR examinations of 303 hospitalized patients referred for work-up of suspected AM in two tertiary referral centres were analysed...
November 24, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Hiroyuki Takei, Rie Sano, Yoichiro Takahashi, Keiko Takahashi, Yoshihiko Kominato, Hiroyuki Tokue, Takehiro Shimada, Sachiko Awata, Satoshi Hirasawa, Naoya Ohta
Coronary postmortem computed tomography angiography (coronary PMCTA) has been introduced as a routine examination procedure for autopsy at our department. Here, we reviewed eight autopsy cases in which apparent histopathological changes including acute myocardial infarction (AMI), anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA), hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy (HOCM) and acute myocarditis were involved in the cause of death. For investigation of the coronary artery and shape of the heart, coronary PMCTA was valuable in detecting narrowing or obstruction of coronary artery in AMI, indicating an anomalous aortic origin of the left coronary artery in AAOCA, and demonstrating septal hypertrophy and intracavitary obstruction in HOCM...
January 2018: Legal Medicine
Candace Wu, Avinainder Singh, Bradley Collins, Amber Fatima, Arman Qamar, Ankur Gupta, Jon Hainer, Josh Klein, Petr Jarolim, Marcelo Di Carli, Khurram Nasir, Deepak L Bhatt, Ron Blankstein
BACKGROUND: While increased serum troponin levels are often due to myocardial infarction, increased levels may also be found in a variety of other clinical scenarios. Although these causes of troponin elevation have been characterized in several studies in older adults, they have not been well characterized in younger individuals. METHODS: We conducted a retrospective review of patients 50 years of age or younger who presented to two large tertiary care centers between January 2000 and April 2016 with elevated serum troponin levels...
October 26, 2017: American Journal of Medicine
Sudeep Kuchibhotla, Michele L Esposito, Catalina Breton, Robert Pedicini, Andrew Mullin, Ryan O'Kelly, Mark Anderson, Dennis L Morris, George Batsides, Danny Ramzy, Mark Grise, Duc Thinh Pham, Navin K Kapur
BACKGROUND: Biventricular failure is associated with high in-hospital mortality. Limited data regarding the efficacy of biventricular Impella axial flow catheters (BiPella) support for biventricular failure exist. The aim of this study was to explore the clinical utility of percutaneously delivered BiPella as a novel acute mechanical support strategy for patients with cardiogenic shock complicated by biventricular failure. METHODS AND RESULTS: We retrospectively analyzed data from 20 patients receiving BiPella for biventricular failure from 5 tertiary-care hospitals in the United States...
October 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
Maria Martinez-Villar, Ferran Gran, Anna Sabaté-Rotés, Antonio Tello-Montoliu, Amparo Castellote, Marc Figueras-Coll, Queralt Ferrer, Ferran Roses-Noguer
Chest pain is a typical symptom of acute myocarditis in adolescents. It may be indistinguishable from myocardial ischemia so it is called "infarct-like pattern." Cardiovascular magnetic resonance has an important role as a non-invasive diagnostic tool. The aim of our study is to provide a description of an acute myocarditis series with infarct-like pattern and to evaluate the cardiovascular magnetic resonance role in a pediatric population. We included all pediatric patients (0-16 years) admitted to our hospital (May 2007-May 2016) with clinical diagnosis of acute myocarditis and infarct-like presentation (chest pain, EKG alterations, and released cardiac biomarkers)...
October 6, 2017: Pediatric Cardiology
S Mavrogeni, L Koutsogeorgopoulou, G Markousis-Mavrogenis, A Bounas, M Tektonidou, S-N C Lliossis, D Daoussis, S Plastiras, G Karabela, E Stavropoulos, G Katsifis, V Vartela, G Kolovou
Background Accurate diagnosis of cardiovascular involvement in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) remains challenging, due to limitations of echocardiography. We hypothesized that cardiovascular magnetic resonance can detect cardiac lesions missed by echocardiography in SLE patients with atypical symptoms. Aim To use cardiovascular magnetic resonance in SLE patients with atypical symptoms and investigate the possibility of silent heart disease, missed by echocardiography. Patients/methods From 2005 to 2015, 80 SLE patients with atypical cardiac symptoms/signs (fatigue, mild shortness of breath, early repolarization and sinus tachycardia) aged 37 ± 6 years (72 women/8 men), with normal echocardiography, were evaluated using a 1...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
Lena Lange, Barbara Zedler, Marcel A Verhoff, Markus Parzeller
BACKGROUND: Although sexual activity can cause moderate stress, it can cause natural death in individuals with pre-existing illness. The aim of this study was to identify additional pre-existing health problems, sexual practices, and potential circumstances that may trigger fatal events. METHODS: This medicolegal postmortem, retrospective, and prospective study is based on data of autopsies performed at the Institute of Legal Medicine of the University hospital, Goethe-University, Frankfurt/Main, Germany...
October 2017: Journal of Sexual Medicine
Gianluca Di Bella, Giovanni Camastra, Lorenzo Monti, Santo Dellegrottaglie, Paolo Piaggi, Claudio Moro, Alessia Pepe, Chiara Lanzillo, Gianluca Pontone, Martina Perazzolo Marra, Mauro Di Roma, Alessandra Scatteia, Giovanni D Aquaro
AIMS: Poor data exist about cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) findings in a large sample of acute myocarditis with different clinical presentations (heart failure, arrhythmias, and infarct-like presentation). METHODS: Five hundred and forty-three in-patients with a clinical suspected of acute myocarditis confirmed by CMR were enrolled. The clinical indications to perform CMR were chest pain and/or dyspnea and/or palpitations, or effort intolerance/malaise in the last month; elevated troponin and/or new ventricular dysfunction, and/or new ECG abnormalities; and suspected inflammatory cause...
November 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
Michael Spartalis, Eleni Tzatzaki, Eleftherios Spartalis, Christos Damaskos, Sophie Mavrogeni, Vassilis Voudris
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the myocardium. Clinical presentation ranges from non-specific systematic symptoms to fulminant collapse and sudden death. Sudden death occurs at rates of 8.6-12% and cardiomyopathy at 9%. In active myocarditis, there is inflammatory cellular infiltrate with myocardial necrosis. The disease is distinguished by clinical presentation in fulminant and non-fulminant myocarditis. We present a rare case of a parvovirus B19-induced fulminant viral myocarditis in a young female. The patient presented with acute onset heart failure mimicking a myocardial infarction, followed by non-specific symptoms that had been misdiagnosed as urinary tract infection...
August 2017: Cardiology Research
Sophie Mavrogeni, Dimitris Apostolou, Panayiotis Argyriou, Stella Velitsista, Lilika Papa, Stelios Efentakis, Evangelos Vernardos, Mikela Kanoupaki, George Kanoupakis, Athanassios Manginas
The increasing use of cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) is based on its capability to perform biventricular function assessment and tissue characterization without radiation and with high reproducibility. The use of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE) gave the potential of non-invasive biopsy for fibrosis quantification. However, LGE is unable to detect diffuse myocardial disease. Native T1 mapping and extracellular volume fraction (ECV) provide knowledge about pathologies affecting both the myocardium and interstitium that is otherwise difficult to identify...
August 17, 2017: Cardiology
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