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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212578/interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-predict-long-term-mortality-and-need-for-heart-transplantation-in-ambulatory-patients-affected-by-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Aneta Aleksova, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Pierluigi Lesizza, Martina Perrieri-Montanino, Miriam Isola, Piero Gentile, Elisabetta Salvioni, Tarcisio Not, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Gianfranco Sinagra
AIMS: The prognostic stratification of patients with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (iDCM) is a difficult task. Here, we assessed the additive value of the evaluation of biomarkers of inflammasome activation and systemic inflammation for the long-term risk stratification of iDCM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 156 ambulatory iDCM patients (mean age 58 years, 77% men, 79% in NYHA class 1-2, median Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) 35%, mean sodium 139 mEq/L, median BNP 189 pg/mL, median IL-1 beta (IL-1β) 1...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212137/long-term-prognosis-after-acute-heart-failure-a-differential-impact-of-age-in-different-age-strata
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Paulo Bettencourt, Pedro Rodrigues, Helena Moreira, Pedro Marques, Patricia Lourenco
BACKGROUND: Increasing age predicts ominous prognosis in heart failure. Age influences the success of therapeutic approaches and interacts with other prognostic predictors. We aimed to study the impact of age in long-term survival in different age strata. METHODS: Patients were prospectively included in an acute heart failure registry; those with acute coronary syndromes and those with primary valvular disease were excluded. Outcome studied was all-cause mortality...
February 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210939/deep-phenotyping-of-systemic-arterial-hemodynamics-in-hfpef-part-1-physiologic-and-technical-considerations
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REVIEW
Julio A Chirinos
A better understanding of the pathophysiology of heart failure with a preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (HFpEF) is important. Detailed phenotyping of pulsatile hemodynamics has provided important insights into the pathophysiology of left ventricular remodeling and fibrosis, diastolic dysfunction, microvascular disease, and impaired oxygen delivery to peripheral skeletal muscle, all of which contribute to exercise intolerance, the cardinal feature of HFpEF. Furthermore, arterial pulsatile hemodynamic mechanisms likely contribute to the frequent presence of comorbidities, such as renal failure and dementia, in this population...
February 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Translational Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210871/repeated-doses-of-cardiac-mesenchymal-cells-are-therapeutically-superior-to-a-single-dose-in-mice-with-old-myocardial-infarction
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Yiru Guo, Marcin Wysoczynski, Yibing Nong, Alex Tomlin, Xiaoping Zhu, Anna M Gumpert, Marjan Nasr, Senthikumar Muthusamy, Hong Li, Michael Book, Abdur Khan, Kyung U Hong, Qianhong Li, Roberto Bolli
We have recently demonstrated that repeated administrations of c-kit(POS) cardiac progenitor cells (CPCs) have cumulative beneficial effects in rats with old myocardial infarction (MI), resulting in markedly greater improvement in left ventricular (LV) function compared with a single administration. To determine whether this paradigm applies to other species and cell types, mice with a 3-week-old MI received one or three doses of cardiac mesenchymal cells (CMCs), a novel cell type that we have recently described...
March 2017: Basic Research in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210509/recurrence-of-postoperative-stress-induced-cardiomyopathy-resulting-from-status-epilepticus
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Grant A Miller, Yousef M Ahmed, Nicki S Tarant
Introduction. Classically, stress-induced cardiomyopathy (SIC), also known as takotsubo cardiomyopathy, displays the pathognomonic feature of reversible left ventricular apical ballooning without coronary artery stenosis following stressful event(s). Temporary reduction in ejection fraction (EF) resolves spontaneously. Variants of SIC exhibiting mid-ventricular regional wall motion abnormalities have been identified. Recent case series present SIC as a finding in association with sudden unexplained death in epilepsy (SUDEP)...
2017: Case Reports in Critical Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210325/hot-topics-from-the-assemblies
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Cowie et al. present the results of the international, multicentre, randomised, parallel-group SERVE-HF (Treatment of sleep-disordered breathing with predominant central sleep apnea by adaptive servo ventilation in patients with heart failure) trial, which investigated the effects of adding adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) to guideline based medical management on survival and cardiovascular outcomes in patients with heart failure defined as reduced ejection fraction (<45%) and predominant central sleep apnoea (CSA)...
December 2016: Breathe
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210012/echocardiographic-parameters-as-life-quality-predictors-in-patients-after-myocardial-infarction-treated-with-different-methods
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Alen Dzubur, Mevludin Mekic, Senad Pesto, Naser Nabil
INTRODUCTION: Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of death in most countries. The aim was to examine the quality of life and to determine the differences in the quality of life in patients one year after myocardial infarction and the relationship between quality of life and echocardiographic parameters in these patients. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The research was a prospective, clinical, epidemiological study and was conducted at the Clinic of Cardiology, University Clinical Center Sarajevo (UCCS)...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28210011/relationship-of-plasma-adiponectin-and-waist-hip-ratio-with-coronary-artery-disease
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Premtim Rashiti, Shpend Elezi, Ibrahim Behluli, Sefedin Mucaj
BACKGROUND: This study aimed to investigate correlation between adiponectin and waist-hip-ratio with severity of coronary artery disease (CAD). There is uncertainty about the association between circulating concentrations of adiponectin and CAD. METHODS: We enrolled eighty-two consecutive patients undergoing non-urgent coronary angiography for CAD survey. According to the angiography results, the patients were divided into two groups in 1:1 ratio patients admitted with a diagnosis of CAD and non-CAD...
December 2016: Medical Archives
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209765/renin-angiotensin-system-inhibition-worsening-renal-function-and-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-with-reduced-and-preserved-ejection-fraction-a-meta-analysis-of-published-study-data
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Iris E Beldhuis, Koen W Streng, Jozine M Ter Maaten, Adriaan A Voors, Peter van der Meer, Patrick Rossignol, John J V McMurray, Kevin Damman
BACKGROUND: Renin-angiotensin aldosterone system (RAAS) inhibitors significantly improve outcome in heart failure (HF) patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFREF), irrespective of the occurrence of worsening renal function (WRF). However, in HF patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFPEF), RAAS inhibitors have not been shown to improve outcome but are still frequently prescribed. METHODS AND RESULTS: Random effect meta-analysis was performed to investigate the relationship between RAAS inhibitor therapy, WRF in both HF phenotypes, and mortality...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209386/dietary-therapy-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-or-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
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REVIEW
Helene von Bibra, Alexander Ströhle, Martin St John Sutton, Nicolai Worm
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is an ongoing epidemic of left ventricular (LV) dilatation and/or dysfunction due to the increasing prevalence of predisposing risk factors such as age, physical inactivity, (abdominal) obesity, and type-2-diabetes. Approximately half of these patients have diastolic heart failure (HFpEF). The prognosis of HFpEF is comparable to that of systolic heart failure, but without any known effective treatment. DIASTOLIC DYSFUNCTION: A biomathematically corrected diagnostic approach is presented that quantifies diastolic dysfunction via the predominant age dependency of LV diastolic function and unmasks (metabolic) risk factors, that are independent of age and, therefore, potential targets for therapy...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209155/intranasal-oxytocin-reduces-provoked-symptoms-in-female-patients-with-posttraumatic-stress-disorder-despite-exerting-sympathomimetic-and-positive-chronotropic-effects-in-a-randomized-controlled-trial
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M Sack, D Spieler, L Wizelman, G Epple, J Stich, M Zaba, U Schmidt
BACKGROUND: Posttraumatic stress disorder (PTSD) is a severe psychiatric disease accompanied by neuroendocrine changes such as adrenergic overdrive and hence an elevated cardiovascular morbidity. Current pharmacotherapeutic options for PTSD are less than suboptimal, necessitating the development of PTSD-specific drugs. Although the neuropeptide oxytocin has been repeatedly suggested to be effective in PTSD treatment, there are, to our knowledge, only three studies that have assessed its efficacy on the intensity of PTSD symptoms in PTSD patients - among them one symptom provocation study in male veterans...
February 17, 2017: BMC Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209075/investigation-of-optimum-n-terminal-probrain-natriuretic-peptide-level-in-patients-on-maintained-hemodialysis
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Lan Chen, Ying-Ying Chen, Yi-Sheng Ling, Chun-Hua Lin, Jin-Xuan He, Tian-Jun Guan
BACKGROUND: Serum N-terminal probrain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) level is known to be strongly associated with fluid overload, and serves as a guide for fluid management in patients on hemodialysis (HD). This study aimed at investigating the relationship between NT-proBNP level and blood pressure (BP), ultrafiltration/dry weight ratio as well as hemoglobin, and to explore the optimal cutoff point of NT-proBNP level in Chinese patients on HD. METHODS: A total of 2306 patients on maintained HD for stage 5 chronic kidney disease (CKD) were included in this prospective study...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28208902/study-of-aortic-valve-sclerosis-as-a-marker-of-atherosclerosis-in-acute-coronary-syndromes
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Preeti Jane Picardo, Peter Daniel S Khariong, Ranendra Hajong, Debobratta Hajong, Narang Naku, Madhur Anand, Girish Sharma, K Lenish Singh
INTRODUCTION: Aortic valve sclerosis has been shown to be associated with increased incidence, chances of developing myocardial infarction and even death. The epidemiological risk factors causing calcification of aortic valves have also been found to cause atherosclerosis. AIM: To analyse the epidemiological risk factors causing aortic valve sclerosis which have been studied in details and analysed to see whether they cause any significant increase in the incidence of cardiovascular events...
December 2016: Journal of Clinical and Diagnostic Research: JCDR
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206674/effects-of-spinal-cord-stimulation-on-cardiac-sympathetic-nerve-activity-in-patients-with-heart-failure
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Jan Naar, Deborah Jaye, Cecilia Linde, Petr Neužil, Petr Doškář, Filip Málek, Frieder Braunschweig, Lars H Lund, Lars Mortensen, Bengt Linderoth, Göran Lind, Dianna Bone, Arthur J Scholte, Fred Kueffer, Jodi Koehler, Kambiz Shahgaldi, Otto Lang, Marcus Ståhlberg
BACKGROUND: Spinal cord stimulation (SCS) reduces sympathetic activity in animal models of heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HF) but limited data exist of SCS in patients with HF. The aim of the present study was to test the primary hypothesis that SCS reduces cardiac sympathetic nerve activity in HF patients. Secondary hypotheses were that SCS improves left ventricular function and dimension, exercise capacity and clinical variables relevant to HF. METHODS: HF patients with a SCS device previously participating in the DEFEAT-HF trial were included in this crossover study with 6-week intervention periods (SCS-ON and SCS-OFF)...
February 16, 2017: Pacing and Clinical Electrophysiology: PACE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205629/mechanisms-of-chinese-medicine-xinmailong-s-protection-against-heart-failure-in-pressure-overloaded-mice-and-cultured-cardiomyocytes
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Jianyong Qi, Juan Yu, Yafang Tan, Renshan Chen, Wen Xu, Yanfen Chen, Jun Lu, Qin Liu, Jiashin Wu, Weiwang Gu, Minzhou Zhang
Patients with heart failure (HF) have high mortality and mobility. Xinmailong (XML) injection, a Chinese Medicine, is clinically effective in treating HF. However, the mechanism of XML's effectiveness on HF was unclear, and thus, was the target of the present study. We created a mouse model of pressure-overload-induced HF with transverse aortic constriction (TAC) surgery and compared among 4 study groups: SHAM (n = 10), TAC (n = 12), MET (metoprolol, positive drug treatment, n = 7) and XML (XML treatment, n = 14)...
February 16, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205298/automatic-segmentation-of-the-right-ventricle-from-cardiac-mri-using-a-learning-based-approach
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Michael R Avendi, Arash Kheradvar, Hamid Jafarkhani
PURPOSE: This study aims to accurately segment the right ventricle (RV) from cardiac MRI using a fully automatic learning-based method. METHODS: The proposed method uses deep learning algorithms, i.e., convolutional neural networks and stacked autoencoders, for automatic detection and initial segmentation of the RV chamber. The initial segmentation is then combined with the deformable models to improve the accuracy and robustness of the process. We trained our algorithm using 16 cardiac MRI datasets of the MICCAI 2012 RV Segmentation Challenge database and validated our technique using the rest of the dataset (32 subjects)...
February 16, 2017: Magnetic Resonance in Medicine: Official Journal of the Society of Magnetic Resonance in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205040/clinical-phenotyping-of-heart-failure-with-biomarkers-current-and-future-perspectives
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REVIEW
Vichai Senthong, Jennifer L Kirsop, W H Wilson Tang
INTRODUCTION: Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome with diverse risk factors and etiologies, differing underlying pathophysiology, and large phenotypic heterogeneity. RECENT FINDINGS: Advances in imaging techniques coupled with clinical trials that targeted only in those with impaired left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) have largely shaped the current management strategy for HF that focuses predominantly in patients with systolic HF. In contrast, there are no effective treatments for HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)...
February 15, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205000/aortic-knob-width-reflects-left-ventricular-diastolic-function-assessed-by-gated-myocardial-perfusion-single-photon-emission-computed-tomography-in-patients-with-normal-myocardial-perfusion
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Satoshi Kurisu, Tadanao Higaki, Yoji Sumimoto, Hiroki Ikenaga, Noriaki Watanabe, Ken Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Dohi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yasuki Kihara
BACKGROUND: Aortic knob width on chest radiography represents the extent of aortic dialation and tortuosity of the aortic arch. We tested the hypothesis that aortic knob width reflected left ventricular (LV) diastolic function assessed by gated myocardial perfusion single photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) in patients with normal myocardial perfusion. METHODS: One hundred and thirty patients with preserved LV ejection fraction and normal myocardial perfusion were enrolled in this study...
February 15, 2017: Annals of Nuclear Medicine
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