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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345491/a-comparison-of-toxicities-in-acute-myeloid-leukemia-patients-with-and-without-renal-impairment-treated-with-decitabine
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Lauren B Levine, Julianna Vf Roddy, Miryoung Kim, Junan Li, Gary Phillips, Alison R Walker
Purpose There are limited data regarding the clinical use of decitabine for the treatment of acute myeloid leukemia in patients with a serum creatinine of 2 mg/dL or greater. Methods We retrospectively evaluated 111 patients with acute myeloid leukemia who had been treated with decitabine and compared the development of toxicities during cycle 1 in those with normal renal function (creatinine clearance greater than or equal to 60 mL/min) to those with renal dysfunction (creatinine clearance less than 60 mL/min)...
January 1, 2017: Journal of Oncology Pharmacy Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345365/atrioventricular-nodal-ablation-in-patients-with-resynchronization-therapy-and-atrial-fibrillation-long-term-results
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Arleen Aune, Svein Færestrand, Per Ivar Hoff, Peter Schuster
OBJECTIVES: Atrioventricular nodal ablation (AVNA) is recommended for patients (pts) with cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) having atrial fibrillation (AF) and incomplete ventricular capture (Class IIa, level B). AVNA reduces mortality and improves the New York Heart Association (NYHA) functional class during intermediate term follow-up. The objectives were to study the long-term outcome regarding quality of life (QoL) and survival of our CRT pts after AVNA. DESIGN: 37 CRT-pts undergoing AVNA due to inadequate biventricular pacing were included in the study...
March 27, 2017: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28345131/effect-of-botulinum-toxin-on-inducibility-and-maintenance-of-atrial-fibrillation-in-ovine-myocardial-tissue
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Alireza Nazeri, Anand V Ganapathy, Ali Massumi, Mehran Massumi, Egemen Tuzun, Raymond Stainback, Ana-Maria Segura, Macarthur A Elayda, Mehdi Razavi
BACKGROUND: Aberrant vagal stimulation may promote the generation and propagation of atrial fibrillation (AF). Researchers have suggested that botulinum toxin (BTX), a neurotoxin that decreases neural vagal stimulation, may decrease the incidence of postoperative AF. The exact electrophysiologic mechanism underlying the observations and histopathologic alterations associated with BTX are unclear. OBJECTIVE: To investigate the electrophysiologic, functional, and histopathologic effects of BTX on fibrillation induction in ovine atria...
March 27, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343849/oral-anticoagulant-therapy-for-older-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-review-of-current-evidence
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REVIEW
Mario Bo, Enrica Grisoglio, Enrico Brunetti, Yolanda Falcone, Niccolò Marchionni
Atrial fibrillation is more frequent in older patients, who have a higher risk of cardioembolic stroke and thromboembolism. Oral anticoagulant therapy is the standard of treatment for stroke prevention; however, under-prescription is still very common in older patients. The reasons underlying this phenomenon have not been systematically investigated, and true contraindications only partially account for it. An intimate skepticism on the real benefit-risk balance of oral anticoagulant therapy in the oldest patients seems to derive from the fact that most studies supporting it were conducted decades ago and included younger patients, with overall better functional and clinical status...
March 24, 2017: European Journal of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342858/aqueous-extract-from-leaf-of-artocarpus-altilis-provides-cardio-protection-from-isoproterenol-induced-myocardial-damage-in-rats-negative-chronotropic-and-inotropic-effects
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Chukwuemeka Nwokocha, Javier Palacios, Mario J Simirgiotis, Jemesha Thomas, Magdalene Nwokocha, Lauriann Young, Rory Thompson, Fredi Cifuentes, Adrian Paredes, Rupika Delgoda
ETHNOPHARMACOLOGICAL RELEVANCE: The leaves of Artocarpus altilis (Parkinson ex F.A.Zorn, Fosberg) (Moraceae) are used in the management of hypertension; this study assessed the cardio-protective effects of the leaf extract on isoproterenol (ISO) induced myocardial damage in rats. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Twenty (20) adult male Sprague-Dawley rats (175-230g) were divided into 5 groups. Group 1 (Control), 2 (AA) received 50mg/Kg Artocarpus altilis (AA) only; 3 (ISO) received 85mg/Kg ISO only; 4 (ISO+AA/50) and 5 (ISO+AA/100) received 50 and 100mg/Kg AA respectively for 6 days, after induced with ISO twice (85mg/Kg) at a 24-hour period...
March 22, 2017: Journal of Ethnopharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28342809/identity-and-function-of-a-cardiac-mitochondrial-small-conductance-ca-2-activated-k-channel-splice-variant
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Meiying Yang, Amadou K S Camara, Mohammed Aldakkak, Wai-Meng Kwok, David F Stowe
We provide evidence for location and function of a small conductance, Ca(2+)-activated K(+) (SKCa) channel isoform 3 (SK3) in mitochondria (m) of guinea pig, rat and human ventricular myocytes. SKCa agonists protected isolated hearts and mitochondria against ischemia/reperfusion (IR) injury; SKCa antagonists worsened IR injury. Intravenous infusion of a SKCa channel agonist/antagonist, respectively, in intact rats was effective in reducing/enhancing regional infarct size induced by coronary artery occlusion...
March 22, 2017: Biochimica et Biophysica Acta
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341544/echocardiographic-assessment-of-right-ventricular-function-in-routine-practice-which-parameters-are-useful-to-predict-one-year-outcome-in-advanced-heart-failure-patients-with-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Takayuki Kawata, Masao Daimon, Koichi Kimura, Tomoko Nakao, Seitetsu L Lee, Megumi Hirokawa, Tomoko S Kato, Masafumi Watanabe, Yutaka Yatomi, Issei Komuro
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) function has recently gained attention as a prognostic predictor of outcome even in patients who have left-sided heart failure. Since several conventional echocardiographic parameters of RV systolic function have been proposed, our aim was to determine if any of these parameters (tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion: TAPSE, tissue Doppler derived systolic tricuspid annular motion velocity: S', fractional area change: FAC) are associated with outcome in advanced heart failure patients with dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM)...
March 21, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341074/long-term-prognosis-in-ischemic-stroke-patients-treated-with-intravenous-thrombolytic-therapy
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Maja Stefanovic Budimkic, Tatjana Pekmezovic, Ljiljana Beslac-Bumbasirevic, Marko Ercegovac, Ivana Berisavac, Predrag Stanarcevic, Visnja Padjen, Dejana R Jovanović
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: It remains unclear if intravenous thrombolysis (IVT) with recombinant tissue plasminogen activator has an impact on the survival and maintenance of a favorable effect on functional recovery over a long follow-up period. The aim of this study was to assess whether or not IVT treatment has a favorable effect on functional recovery and survival less than 1 year after a stroke. METHODS: This matched cohort study included 259 patients with acute ischemic stroke (IS) who were treated with IVT and standard care and 259 patients treated with standard care alone in the stroke unit between February 2006 and January 2013...
January 2017: Journal of Stroke and Cerebrovascular Diseases: the Official Journal of National Stroke Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341033/stress-echocardiographic-evaluation-for-d-transposition-of-the-great-arteries-after-atrial-redirection-unmasking-early-signs-of-myocardial-dysfunction-and-baffle-stenosis
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Merav Dvir-Orgad, Meera Anand, Astrid M De Souza, Mary T Zadorsky, Marla C Kiess, James E Potts, George G S Sandor
BACKGROUND: The authors used semisupine cycle ergometry stress echocardiography to assess cardiac function and unmask baffle stenosis in patients with d-transposition of the great arteries after atrial redirection surgery. METHODS: This was a retrospective review of semisupine cycle ergometry stress echocardiography performed in 53 patients (64% male; mean age, 24.0 years; 90% Mustard procedure) and 56 healthy control subjects. Incremental exercise to volitional fatigue was performed...
January 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28341032/normal-ranges-of-left-atrial-strain-by-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Faraz Pathan, Nicholas D'Elia, Mark T Nolan, Thomas H Marwick, Kazuaki Negishi
BACKGROUND: Recent advances in the assessment of myocardial function have facilitated the direct measurement of atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography. Currently, normal reference ranges for atrial function using speckle-tracking echocardiography are based on a few initial studies, with variations among modestly sized (n = 100-350) studies. METHODS: The authors searched the PubMed, Embase, and Scopus databases for the key terms "left atrial/atrial/atrium" and "strain/function/deformation/stiffness" and "speckle tracking/Velocity Vector Imaging/edge tracking...
January 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332221/right-ventricular-free-wall-longitudinal-speckle-tracking-strain-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-under-specific-treatment
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Hatice S Kemal, Meral Kayikcioglu, Hakan Kultursay, Ozcan Vuran, Sanem Nalbantgil, Nesrin Mogulkoc, Levent Can
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is a major determinant of outcomes in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), although the optimal measure of RV function is poorly defined. We evaluated the utility of RV free-wall speckle tracking strain as an assessment tool for RV function in patients with PAH who are already under specific treatment compared with conventional echocardiographic parameters and investigated the relationship of RV free-wall strain with clinical hemodynamic parameters of RV performance...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332218/changes-in-myocardial-deformation-after-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
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REVIEW
Vinisha Garg, Jonathan K Ho, Gabriel Vorobiof
Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) has emerged as a novel angle-independent modality in assessing myocardial velocity, deformation, and strain. Its role in assessing change before and after aortic valve replacement in patients with aortic stenosis (AS) has recently generated interest. This review summarizes the practical utility and clinical implications of myocardial deformation by STE after surgical or transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). Overall, atrial strain and ventricular strain as measured by STE improve after surgical and transcatheter aortic intervention in short- and long-term follow-up with evidence of a more pronounced acute improvement in patients who undergo TAVR...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332215/effects-of-increased-left-ventricular-wall-thickness-on-the-myocardium-in-severe-aortic-stenosis-with-normal-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-two-and-three-dimensional-multilayer-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
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Eun Jeong Cho, Sung-Ji Park, Eun Kyoung Kim, Ga Yeon Lee, Sung-A Chang, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
BACKGROUND: The aim of this study was to determine the capability of real time three-dimensional echocardiography (RT3DE) and two-dimensional (2D) multilayer speckle tracking echocardiography (MSTE) for evaluation of early myocardial dysfunction triggered by increased left ventricular (LV) wall thickness in severe aortic stenosis (AS) with normal LV ejection fraction (EF≥55%). METHODS: Conventional, RT3D STE and 2D MSTE were performed in 45 patients (mean 68.9±9...
March 23, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332089/surgery-for-total-anomalous-pulmonary-venous-connection-primary-sutureless-repair-vs-conventional-repair
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REVIEW
Naoki Yoshimura, Kazuaki Fukahara, Akio Yamashita, Toshio Doi, Katsunori Takeuchi, Shigeyuki Yamashita, Takahiro Homma, Shigeki Yokoyama, Masaya Aoki, Yuki Ikeno
Despite recent advances in surgical technique and perioperative care, the surgical correction of total anomalous pulmonary venous connection (TAPVC) remains a challenge. The major complication and the main cause of reoperation in TAPVC surgery are the occurrence of pulmonary venous obstruction (PVO). In the 1990s, sutureless repair was introduced as a technique to relieve PVO after TAPVC repair. Following the favorable outcomes for postoperative PVO, the indications for sutureless repair as a primary operation have been expanded to include infants who have preoperative PVO or those at risk of developing PVO after the repair of TAPVC...
March 22, 2017: General Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28331157/the-usefulness-of-combined-assessment-of-e-e-ratio-and-transmitral-flow-pattern-to-interpret-cardiac-condition
#15
Masayoshi Oikawa, Atsushi Kobayashi, Takamasa Sato, Satoshi Suzuki, Yoshihisa Akiomi, Kazuhiko Nakazato, Hitoshi Suzuki, Shu-Ichi Saitoh, Yasuchika Takeishi
High mitral inflow early (E) velocity to tissue Doppler E' ratio (E/E') and an E to late diastolic filling velocity ratio (E/A) are used to evaluate left ventricular (LV) diastolic function and filling pressure, but the usefulness of combined assessment of E/E' and E/A is not fully understood. Methods: We retrospectively analyzed 1,266 patients who underwent echocardiography to assess cardiac function. Patients were grouped based on the values of E/E' (low E/E'<15, high E/E'≥15) and E/A (low E/A≤0...
March 22, 2017: Fukushima Journal of Medical Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329380/subclinical-thyroid-dysfunction-and-cardiovascular-diseases-2016-update
#16
Carmen Floriani, Baris Gencer, Tinh-Hai Collet, Nicolas Rodondi
Subclinical thyroid dysfunction comprises subclinical hypothyroidism (SHypo), defined as elevated thyroid-stimulating hormone (TSH) by normal free thyroxine (FT4), and subclinical hyperthyroidism (SHyper) with decreased or undetectable TSH and normal FT4. Up to 10% of the elderly have SHypo, which is usually asymptomatic. Individual participant data (IPD) analyses of prospective cohort studies from the international Thyroid Studies Collaboration show that SHypo is associated with increased coronary heart disease (CHD) mortality [hazard ratio (HR) 1,58 for TSH ≥ 10 mIU/L, 95% CI 1...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329333/pre-and-postoperative-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-patients-with-severe-symptomatic-aortic-stenosis-importance-of-pre-operative-tricuspid-annulus-diameter
#17
Claire Dumont, Elena Galli, Emmanuel Oger, Maxime Fournet, Erwan Flecher, Christophe Leclercq, Jean-Philippe Verhoye, Erwan Donal
Aims: Secondary tricuspid regurgitation (STR) is commonly found in patients with aortic stenosis and is associated with increased morbidity. The study sought to evaluate the prevalence of pre-operative STR and its progression after surgical aortic valve replacement (SAVR) or transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI). Also, it sought to analyse the predictors of post-operative changes in STR. Methods and results: We prospectively evaluated 116 patients (aged 75...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329137/association-of-left-atrial-structure-and-function-and-incident-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-with-diabetes-mellitus-results-from-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis-mesa
#18
Timothy M Markman, Mohammadali Habibi, Bharath Ambale Venketash, Mytra Zareian, Colin Wu, Susan R Heckbert, David A Bluemke, Joao A C Lima
Aims: Diabetes mellitus (DM) is associated with the development of cardiovascular disease (CVD). Morphological changes in the left atrium (LA) may appear before symptoms. We aimed to investigate the association between cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (CMR) measured LA structure and function and incident CVD in asymptomatic individuals with DM. Methods and results: Tissue tracking CMR was used to measure LA size and phasic function (emptying fractions and strain) on all 536 Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) participants with DM and available CMR at baseline in 2000-2002...
February 28, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329042/longitudinal-cardiovascular-outcomes-of-sleep-disordered-breathing-in-children-a-meta-analysis-and-systematic-review
#19
Zarmina Ehsan, Stacey L Ishman, Thomas R Kimball, Nanhua Zhang, Yuanshu Zou, Raouf S Amin
Objectives: The presence of sleep disordered breathing (SDB) is known to impact long-term cardiovascular morbidity in adults; however, the long-term effects in children are poorly understood. We aimed to systematically review and synthesize studies published to date on the long-term effects of SDB in children. Study Design: Meta-analysis and systematic review using PubMed, CINAHL,Embase and Scopus (all indexed years). Methods: We searched for English-language articles containing original human data from prospective studies, with ≥7 participants, in children ≤18 years of age...
January 28, 2017: Sleep
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328523/real-life-dabigatran-and-metabolite-concentrations-focused-on-inter-patient-variability-and-assay-differences-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation
#20
Kristel Boonen, Ellen Schmitz, Fleur Rozestraten, Dennis van den Heuvel, Luc Brunsveld, Pepijn van der Voort, Daan van de Kerkhof
BACKGROUND: Dabigatran is prescribed to increasing numbers of patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). Although routine monitoring is not considered to be useful, measuring drug concentrations can be clinically relevant in specific situations. The aim of this study was the comparison of different functional and non-functional assays for determination of dabigatran concentrations at different timepoints in a real-life patient population with AF. We focused on the differences between assays in identifying patients with low drug concentrations...
March 22, 2017: Clinical Chemistry and Laboratory Medicine: CCLM
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