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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646567/severe-menses-associated-hypertension-successfully-treated-with-gonadotropin-releasing-hormone-agonist
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Luke J Laffin, Munnam S Jafar, George L Bakris
A case of a 32-year-old nulliparous white woman referred for a 5-year history of severe hypertension, hypokalemia, and resultant systolic dysfunction is presented. She additionally had a left ventricular ejection fraction of 30% including left ventricular dilation and normal left ventricular mass index, as measured by cardiac magnetic resonance imaging when she initially presented to us. Her history revealed that her severe hypertension episodes were monthly and would occur around the catamenial (menses-associated) time...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Clinical Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646466/effects-of-catheter-based-renal-denervation-on-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#2
REVIEW
Hidekatsu Fukuta, Toshihiko Goto, Kazuaki Wakami, Nobuyuki Ohte
Despite the recent advances in the management of heart failure, the mortality of heart failure patients remains high. It is of urgent need to develop new therapy for heart failure. Heart failure is characterized by increased sympathetic activity, and chronic sympathetic activation is involved in the maintenance of the pathological state. Catheter-based renal denervation (RDN) has emerged as an invasive but safe approach that can reduce sympathetic activation. Studies have reported inconsistent results regarding the effect of RDN in heart failure patients due to limited power with small sample sizes...
June 24, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646015/determination-of-the-heart-to-mediastinum-ratio-of-123-i-mibg-uptake-using-dual-isotope-123-i-mibg-99m-tc-tetrofosmin-multi-pinhole-czt-spect-in-patients-with-heart-failure
#3
Tanguy Blaire, Alban Bailliez, Fayçal Ben Bouallègue, Dimitri Bellevre, Denis Agostini, Alain Manrique
The aim of this retrospective study was to determine the heart-to-mediastinum ratio (HMR) of (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine (MIBG) uptake obtained using a multi-pinhole cadmium-zinc-telluride (CZT)-based camera (Discovery NM 530c, DNM-530c, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA) in comparison with that obtained using conventional planar imaging (Infinia, GE Healthcare, Milwaukee, WI, USA). Methods: Forty consecutive heart failure patients underwent planar acquisition 4 h after (123)I-MIBG injection (191±41 MBq)...
June 23, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Medicine: Official Publication, Society of Nuclear Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645802/comparative-effects-of-long-and-short-acting-loop-diuretics-on-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
#4
Shu Kasama, Takuji Toyama, Masahiko Kurabayashi
BACKGROUND: We previously reported that the long-acting loop diuretic azosemide improves cardiac sympathetic nerve activity (CSNA) in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF), compared with short-acting furosemide. However, its influence on mortality has not been determined. METHODS: The present study was a further analysis of our previously published study in which azosemide showed improved (123)I-metaiodobenzylguanidine scintigraphic findings compared with furosemide in CHF patients with reduced left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF)...
June 15, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645798/left-atrial-mechanics-and-integrated-calibrated-backscatter-in-anthracycline-treated-long-term-survivors-of-childhood-cancers
#5
Vivian Wing-Yi Li, Clare Tik-Man Lai, Anthony Pak-Yin Liu, Daniel Ka-Leung Cheuk, Yiu-Fai Cheung
We tested the hypothesis that left atrial (LA) mechanics and myocardial calibrated integrated backscatter (cIB) are altered in anthracycline-treated long-term survivors of childhood cancers. Forty-nine survivors and 25 controls were studied. Survivors had significantly smaller maximal (p = 0.009) and minimal (p = 0.017) LA volumes and lower peak negative LA strains (p = 0.011). For left ventricular (LV) indices, survivors had significantly lower shortening fraction (p < 0.001), ejection fraction (p < 0...
June 20, 2017: Ultrasound in Medicine & Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645757/sympathetic-response-and-outcomes-following-renal-denervation-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-12-month-outcomes-from-the-symplicity-hf-feasibility-study
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Ingrid Hopper, Edoardo Gronda, Uta C Hoppe, Bengt Rundqvist, Thomas H Marwick, Sharad Shetty, Christopher Hayward, Thomas Lambert, Dagmara Hering, Murray Esler, Markus Schlaich, Antony Walton, Flavio Airoldi, Mathias-Christoph Brandt, Sidney A Cohen, Pascalle Reiters, Henry Krum
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) is associated with chronic sympathetic activation. Renal denervation (RDN) aims to reduce sympathetic activity by ablating the renal sympathetic nerves. We investigated the effect of RDN in patients with chronic HF and concurrent renal dysfunction, in a prospective, multicenter, single-arm feasibility study. METHODS AND RESULTS: Thirty-nine patients with chronic systolic HF (left ventricular ejection fraction [LVEF] <40%, New York Heart Association class II-III,) and renal impairment (estimated glomerular filtration rate [eGFR; assessed with Modification of Diet in Renal Disease equation] <75 mL/min/1...
June 20, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28645469/transcatheter-mitral-valve-repair-with-mitraclip-for-symptomatic-functional-mitral-valve-regurgitation
#7
REVIEW
Rodrigo Mendirichaga, Vikas Singh, Vanessa Blumer, Manuel Rivera, Alex P Rodriguez, Mauricio G Cohen, William W O'Neill, Sammy Elmariah
Transcatheter edge-to-edge mitral valve repair (TMVr) with MitraClip has proved to be safe and effective for high-risk surgical patients with severe symptomatic degenerative mitral regurgitation. There is paucity of data regarding its use in functional mitral regurgitation (FMR). The objective of this study was to evaluate the use of MitraClip in patients with symptomatic moderate or severe FMR and a high surgical risk. Medical libraries were systematically searched for studies assessing the use of MitraClip for patients with symptomatic moderate or severe FMR and a high surgical risk...
May 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644146/association-between-fibrinogen-level-and-the-severity-of-coronary-stenosis-in-418-male-patients-with-myocardial-infarction-younger-than-35-years-old
#8
Xiong-Yi Gao, Bing-Yang Zhou, Min-Zhou Zhang, Xi Zhao, Ping Qing, Cheng-Gang Zhu, Na-Qiong Wu, Yuan-Lin Guo, Ying Gao, Xiao-Lin Li, Yao Wang, Geng Liu, Qian Dong, Li-Heng Guo, Jian-Jun Li
Fibrinogen (Fib) is a useful marker for predicting the severity of coronary artery disease (CAD) in adult population. However, whether Fib can be a predictor for the presence and severity of CAD in very young MI patients (≤35 years old) remains to be determined. A total of 418 males from 61,863 patients with MI who were under 35 years old were sequentially recruited in our study. The patients were divided into two main groups and three subgroups according to coronary angiograph and Gensini score (GS) system: no coronary artery stenosis (group A), the results of the coronary artery stenosis (group B); low GS, intermediate GS and high GS...
June 20, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643114/synergistic-cardioprotective-effects-of-raav9-cyclina2-combined-with-fibrin-glue-in-rats-after-myocardial-infarction
#9
Wen Cao, Ya-Fei Chang, Ai-Chao Zhao, Bang-Dang Chen, Fen Liu, Yi-Tong Ma, Xiang Ma
The present study aimed to investigate the protective effects of rAAV9-CyclinA2 combined with fibrin glue (FG) in vivo in rats after myocardial infarction (MI). Ninety male Sprague-Dawley rats were randomized into 6 groups (15 in each group): sham, MI, rAAV9-green fluorescent protein (GFP) + MI, rAAV9-CyclinA2 + MI, FG + MI, and rAAV9-CyclinA2 + FG + MI. Packed virus (5 × 10(11)vg/ml) in 150 µl of normal saline or FG was injected into the infarcted myocardium at five locations in rAAV9-GFP + MI, rAAV9-CyclinA2 + MI, and rAAV9-CyclinA2 + FG + MI groups...
June 22, 2017: Journal of Molecular Histology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642994/cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging-to-assess-myocardial-fibrosis-in-valvular-heart-disease
#10
Tomaz Podlesnikar, Victoria Delgado, Jeroen J Bax
The left ventricular (LV) remodeling process associated with significant valvular heart disease (VHD) is characterized by an increase of myocardial interstitial space with deposition of collagen and loss of myofibers. These changes occur before LV systolic function deteriorates or the patient develops symptoms. Cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR) permits assessment of reactive fibrosis, with the use of T1 mapping techniques, and replacement fibrosis, with the use of late gadolinium contrast enhancement...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642993/impact-of-left-ventricular-longitudinal-functional-mechanics-on-the-progression-of-diastolic-function-in-diabetes-mellitus
#11
Yasuhide Mochizuki, Hidekazu Tanaka, Kensuke Matsumoto, Hiroyuki Sano, Hiroyuki Shimoura, Junichi Ooka, Takuma Sawa, Yoshiki Motoji, Keiko Ryo-Koriyama, Yushi Hirota, Wataru Ogawa, Ken-Ichi Hirata
Left ventricular (LV) diastolic dysfunction and longitudinal systolic dysfunction were identified in patients with diabetes mellitus (DM). This study's aim was to investigate the impact of LV longitudinal systolic function on LV diastolic function in DM patients with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF). We studied 177 DM patients with preserved LVEF (all ≥50%), and 82 age-, gender- and LVEF-matched healthy volunteers as control. Global longitudinal strain (GLS) was defined as the average peak strain of 18 segments from standard apical views, GLS <18% as subclinical LV systolic dysfunction (LVSD), and LV dispersion as the standard deviation of time-to-peak strain from the same views...
June 22, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642832/internal-jugular-venous-pseudoaneurysm-in-a-patient-with-heart-failure-and-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation
#12
Sujoy Phookan, Patrick T Strickland, Bishoy Hanna, Gregory R Hartlage, Ankit Parikh, Stephen D Clements
The differential diagnosis of a lateral neck mass includes a number of possible etiologies. While jugular venous aneurysms and pseudoaneurysms are rare entities, they should be considered in the differential diagnosis of a pulsatile lateral neck mass. We present a case of an idiopathic jugular venous pseudoaneurysm and its association with worsening tricuspid regurgitation in a patient with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction.
2017: Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641796/cardiac-sympathetic-denervation-for-refractory-ventricular-arrhythmias
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Marmar Vaseghi, Parag Barwad, Federico J Malavassi Corrales, Harikrishna Tandri, Nilesh Mathuria, Rushil Shah, Julie M Sorg, Jean Gima, Kaushik Mandal, Luis C Sàenz Morales, Yash Lokhandwala, Kalyanam Shivkumar
BACKGROUND: Cardiac sympathetic denervation (CSD) has been shown to reduce the burden of implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) shocks in small series of patients with structural heart disease (SHD) and recurrent ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VT). OBJECTIVES: This study assessed the value of CSD and the characteristics associated with outcomes in this population. METHODS: Patients with SHD who underwent CSD for refractory VT or VT storm at 5 international centers were analyzed by the International Cardiac Sympathetic Denervation Collaborative Group...
June 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641792/hospitalization-for-recently-diagnosed-versus-worsening-chronic-heart-failure-from-the-ascend-hf-trial
#14
Stephen J Greene, Adrian F Hernandez, Allison Dunning, Andrew P Ambrosy, Paul W Armstrong, Javed Butler, Lukasz P Cerbin, Adrian Coles, Justin A Ezekowitz, Marco Metra, Randall C Starling, John R Teerlink, Adriaan A Voors, Christopher M O'Connor, Robert J Mentz
BACKGROUND: It is unclear how patients hospitalized for acute heart failure (HF) who are long-term chronic HF survivors differ from those with more recent HF diagnoses. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to evaluate the influence of HF chronicity on acute HF patient profiles and outcomes. METHODS: The ASCEND-HF (Acute Study of Clinical Effectiveness of Nesiritide in Decompensated Heart Failure) trial randomized 7,141 hospitalized patients with acute HF with reduced or preserved ejection fraction (EF) to receive nesiritide or placebo in addition to standard care...
June 27, 2017: Journal of the American College of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641397/myocardial-scar-location-as-detected-by-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-is-associated-with-the-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-undergoing-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction
#15
Serenella Castelvecchio, Giulia Careri, Federico Ambrogi, Antonia Camporeale, Lorenzo Menicanti, Francesco Secchi, Massimo Lombardi
OBJECTIVES: Post-infarction myocardial scar causes adverse left ventricular remodelling and negatively affects the prognosis. We sought to investigate whether scar extent and location obtained by cardiac magnetic resonance may affect the reverse remodelling and survival of heart failure patients undergoing surgical ventricular reconstruction. METHODS: From January 2011 to December 2015, 151 consecutive patients with previous myocardial infarction and left ventricular remodelling underwent surgical ventricular reconstruction at our Institution, of which 88 (58%) patients had a preoperative protocol-standardized late gadolinium enhancement (LGE)-cardiac magnetic resonance examination during the week before surgery...
June 21, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28640140/aldosterone-and-renin-in-cardiac-patients-referred-for-catheterization
#16
Paul Erne, Andrea Müller, Gian Paolo Rossi, Burkhardt Seifert, Fabrice Stehlin, Maurice Redondo, Peter T Bauer, Richard Kobza, Therese J Resink, Dragana Radovanovic
Little is known regarding alterations of the renin-angiotensin system in patients referred for cardiac catheterization. Here, we measured plasma levels of active renin and aldosterone in patients referred for cardiac catheterization in order to determine the prevalence of elevated renin, aldosterone, and the aldosterone-renin ratio.A chemiluminescence assay was used to measure plasma aldosterone concentration (PAC) and active renin levels in 833 consecutive patients, after an overnight fasting and without any medication for least 12 hours...
June 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639972/imaging-in-repaired-tetralogy-of-fallot-with-a-focus-on-recent-advances-in-echocardiography
#17
Guillermo Larios, Mark K Friedberg
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Imaging is essential for the management of adults with repaired tetralogy of Fallot (rToF). Echocardiography and cardiac magnetic resonance imaging are the central modalities to assess rToF. Here we review recent literature on imaging rToF, focusing on echocardiography and advances in assessment of cardiac mechanics. RECENT FINDINGS: Several two-dimensional, three-dimensional, and Doppler echo parameters have been proposed to assess pulmonary regurgitation, right ventricular volumes and ejection fraction, but most of them still have important limitations in their feasibility and reliability compared to cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR)...
July 20, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28639946/assessment-of-left-ventricular-systolic-function-in-patients-with-iron-deficiency-anemia-by-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography
#18
Qiao Zhou, Jiaqi Shen, Yue Liu, Runlan Luo, Bijun Tan, Guangsen Li
OBJECTIVE: The present study aimed to evaluate left ventricular (LV) systolic function in patients with iron deficiency anemia (IDA) by 3 dimensional speckle-tracking echocardiography (3DSTE). METHODS: Participants were grouped by hemoglobin (Hb) levels in order to study the effect of anemia on cardiac function. Group A included 40 healthy volunteers. Eighty-three patients who were diagnosed with IDA were divided into 2 groups according to the Hb level. Group B (Hb 9 g/dL) included 44 patients, while group C (Hb 6-9 g/dL) included 39 patients...
June 22, 2017: Anatolian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638961/evaluation-of-systolic-and-diastolic-properties-of-hypertensive-heart-failure-using-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-with-high-volume-rates
#19
Shingo Minatoguchi, Masanori Kawasaki, Ryuhei Tanaka, Takashi Yoshizane, Koji Ono, Maki Saeki, Maki Nagaya, Hidemaro Sato, Kazuhiko Nishigaki, Toshiyuki Noda, Michael R Zile, Shinya Minatoguchi
Left ventricular (LV) properties in hypertension (HTN) could be deteriorated by pressure overload, especially in endocardium, resulting in hypertensive heart failure (HHF). We sought to noninvasively examine LV systolic and diastolic functions at three myocardial layers in HTN and elucidate features of HHF by speckle-tracking echocardiography (STE) with high volume rates. We examined normotensive controls (n = 54), HTN patients without LV hypertrophy (LVH) (n = 50), and HTN patients with LVH (n = 40) and HHF patients (n = 45)...
June 21, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28638571/prevalence-of-qt-prolongation-and-associated-lvef-changes-in-diabetic-patients-over-a-four-year-retrospective-time-period
#20
Zhongju Lu, Lloyd Lense, Mohit Sharma, Ankit Shah, Ying Luu, Lucien Cardinal, Joan Faro, Alan Kaell
Aim: To evaluate the prevalence and longitudinal changes of prolonged QTc in DM patients admitted to our community hospital, and to determine, if any, its correlation with changes of left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). Methods: A retrospective chart review of patients with Type 1 (T1DM) and Type 2 (T2DM) with at least two admissions during a four-year period was performed to identify QTc interval, and LVEF, as measured on transthoracic echocardiogram. Changes in QTc and LVEF between patient hospital admissions were compared...
March 2017: Journal of Community Hospital Internal Medicine Perspectives
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