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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817542/safety-of-transesophageal-echocardiography%C3%A2-guided-electrical-cardioversion-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-and-inadequate-anticoagulation
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Joanna Zaprutko, Artur Baszko, Michał Michalak, Karol Kochman, Radosław Szymański, Jan Kłopocki, Anna Nowicka, Rafał Dankowski, Marek Michalski, Piotr Kałmucki, Andrzej Szyszka
INTRODUCTION    Restoring sinus rhythm in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF)/atrial flutter (AFl) requires adequate oral anticoagulation prior to direct current cardioversion (DCC). Some patients eligible for DCC are not properly anticoagulated. OBJECTIVES    The aim of the study was to assess risk factors for thrombus and spontaneous echo contrast (SEC) in the left atrium (LA) as well as the safety profile of transesophageal echocardiography (TEE)-guided DCC in patients with inadequate anticoagulation...
August 9, 2017: Polish Archives of Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816745/restoration-of-normal-sympathetic-neural-function-in-heart-failure-following-baroreflex-activation-therapy-final-43-month-study-report
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Raffaella Dell'Oro, Edoardo Gronda, Gino Seravalle, Giuseppe Costantino, Luca Alberti, Barbara Baronio, Tiziana Staine, Emilio Vanoli, Giuseppe Mancia, Guido Grassi
BACKGROUND: Baroreflex activation therapy (BAT) exerts in severe heart failure sympathoinhibitory effects, improving clinical variables and reducing hospitalization rate. The current follow-up study was aimed at determining the long-term effects of BAT, assessing whether BAT in heart failure allows to restore physiological levels of sympathetic function. METHODS: Seven patients out of the 11 heart failure patients aged 66.5 ± 3 years (mean ± SEM) in New York Heart Association Class III with left ventricular ejection fraction 40% or less and impaired functional capacity recruited in the study survived at the final follow-up (43...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28816580/cardioprotective-effects-of-a-phlorotannin-extract-against-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity-in-a-rat-model
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Hyo-Suk Ahn, Dong-Hyeon Lee, Tae-Jung Kim, Hyeon-Cheol Shin, Hui-Kyung Jeon
Long-term therapy with doxorubicin (DOX) is associated with high incidence of cumulative and irreversible dilated cardiomyopathy. The goal of this study was to evaluate the cardioprotective effects and safety of a phlorotannin extract from a brown algae Ecklonia cava (Seapolynol™, SPN) against DOX-induced cardiotoxicity in a rat model. A total of 42 rats were divided into six groups: control, low-dose SPN (LDS), high-dose SPN (HDS), DOX, DOX with low-dose SPN (DOX+LDS), and DOX with high-dose SPN (DOX+HDS)...
August 17, 2017: Journal of Medicinal Food
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815812/association-of-left-ventricular-systolic-dysfunction-with-mortality-in-incident-peritoneal-dialysis-patients
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Yating Wang, Liping Xiong, Qingdong Xu, Wei Li, Xuan Peng, Jiani Shen, Yagui Qiu, Xueqing Yu, Haiping Mao
AIM: Cardiovascular disease is associated with morbidity and mortality in peritoneal dialysis patients but the relationship between left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) and outcomes is unclear. This study aimed to explore the association between LVEF and mortality in incident continuous ambulatory peritoneal dialysis (CAPD) patients. METHODS: The patients were divided into three groups according to LVEF levels (>0.6, 0.5 to 0.6, and <0.5). Kaplan-Meier analysis and the Cox proportional hazards models were used to evaluate association of LVEF with mortality...
August 16, 2017: Nephrology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28815734/long-term-mortality-in-patients-with-stemi-transported-primary-or-secondary-to-the-cardiac-center-and-treated-by-primary-pci
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Abdulwasya Almawiri, Vojacek Jan, Albahri Ziad, Jakl Martin, Stasek Josef
BACKGROUND: The purpose of this study was to compare long-term outcomes of primary transport (PT) and secondary transport (ST) in patients with STEMI. METHOD: We assigned consecutive 869 patients referred for STEMI during a 2-year period (2008-2009). The primary endpoint was to compare long-term outcomes and mortality of PT to a catheterization laboratory and ST from regional hospitals to a catheterization laboratory. Six hundred seventy-seven patients (77.9%) were enrolled for the final evaluation, 192 (22...
August 16, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814490/clinical-features-and-prognosis-of-patients-with-isolated-severe-aortic-stenosis-and-valve-area-less-than-1-0-cm-2
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Praveen Mehrotra, Katrijn Jansen, Timothy C Tan, Aidan Flynn, Judy W Hung
OBJECTIVE: Current guidelines define severe aortic stenosis (AS) as an aortic valve area (AVA)≤1.0 cm(2), but some authors have suggested that the AVA cut-off be decreased to 0.8 cm(2). The aim of this study was, therefore, to better describe the clinical features and prognosis of patients with an AVA of 0.8-0.99 cm(2). METHODS: Patients with isolated, severe AS and ejection fraction ≥55% with an AVA of 0.8-0.99 cm(2) (n=105) were compared with those with an AVA<0...
August 16, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28814264/left-ventricular-contractile-reserve-by-stress-echocardiography-as-a-predictor-of-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy-in-heart-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Quirino Ciampi, Clara Carpeggiani, Claudio Michelassi, Bruno Villari, Eugenio Picano
BACKGROUND: The presence of left ventricular contractile reserve (LVCR) during stress echo (SE) may provide favorable response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) in heart failure patients. The aim of the study was to perform a meta-analysis of available SE data in this set of patients. METHODS: From a Pubmed and Advance Google Scholar database web based search scan up to December 2016, we initially identified 5906 records. From this initial set, we removed that did not include SE and duplicate studies...
August 16, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28813731/a-case-of-fulminant-hepatic-failure-secondary-to-congestive-heart-failure-without-evidence-of-acute-cardiac-decompensation
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Kalyan Wagle, Oluwaseun A Akinseye, Prakash Shrestha, Madhuri Chandnani, Raiko Munankarmi, Vivian Ripin, Jimmy Yee
There are so far only a few reported cases of acute fulminant hepatic failure resulting from acute cardiomyopathy. This is a rare occurrence, especially in patients that do not exhibit any signs and symptoms of acute cardiac decompensation. We report a case of fulminant liver failure with nondiagnostic work up for the common causes of liver failure. This patient had concurrent history of congestive heart failure, but did not have acute decompensation. Right upper quadrant sonogram revealed hepatomegaly of 15 cm, trace amount of perihepatic ascites, pericholecystic fluid, and also thickened edematous gallbladder wall with no stones, no common bile duct stones, and no portal vein thrombosis...
April 2017: South Dakota Medicine: the Journal of the South Dakota State Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812321/prognostic-impact-of-intensive-statin-therapy-on-n-terminal-pro-bnp-level-in-non-st-segment-elevation-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients
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Mohamed Shehata, Ayman Samir, May Dardiri
OBJECTIVE: This study explored the impact of intensive daily dosing of atorvastatin on in-hospital N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide level, left ventricular systolic function and incidence of major adverse cardiac events in non-ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction patients. BACKGROUND: Several studies showed that early initiation of statin therapy in acute coronary syndrome patients has a favorable prognostic impact. METHODS: Hundred statin naive patients were prospectively enrolled...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Interventional Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28812203/assessment-of-methodologies-to-calculate-intraventricular-pressure-differences-in-computational-models-and-patients
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Francisco J Londono-Hoyos, Abigail Swillens, Joris Van Cauwenberge, Brett Meyers, Maheswara Reddy Koppula, Pavlos Vlachos, Julio A Chirinos, Patrick Segers
Intraventricular pressure differences (IVPDs) govern left ventricular (LV) efficient filling and are a significant determinant of LV diastolic function. Our primary aim is to assess the performance of available methods (color M-mode (CMM) and 1D/2D MRI-based methods) to determine IVPDs from intracardiac flow measurements. Performance of three methods to calculate IVPDs was first investigated via an LV computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model. CFD velocity data were derived along a modifiable scan line, mimicking ultrasound/MRI acquisition of 1D (IVPDCMM/IVPD1D MRI) and 2D (IVPD2D MRI) velocity-based IVPD information...
August 16, 2017: Medical & Biological Engineering & Computing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811941/seizure-associated-takotsubo-syndrome-a-rare-combination
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Htay Htay Kyi, Nour Aljariri Alhesan, Sunil Upadhaya, Samer Al Hadidi
Takotsubo cardiomyopathy (TC) is increasingly recognized in neurocritical care population especially in postmenopausal females. We are presenting a 61-year-old African American female with past medical history of epilepsy, bipolar disorder, and hypertension who presented with multiple episodes of seizures due to noncompliance with antiepileptic medications. She was on telemetry which showed ST alarm. Electrocardiogram (ECG) was ordered and showed ST elevation in anterolateral leads and troponins were positive...
2017: Case Reports in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28811767/effectiveness-and-safety-of-recombinant-human-brain-natriuretic-peptide-in-the-treatment-of-acute-myocardial-infarction-in-elderly-in-combination-with-cardiac-failure
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Hong Xu, Bosong Wang, Qingmei Meng, Jinlong Li, Weidong Sun, Li Xin, Liping Chen
OBJECTIVE: To investigate the effects and safety of recombinant human brain natriuretic peptide (rhBNP) in the treatment of elderly acute myocardial infarction induced cardiac failure. METHODS: One hundred and forty-six patients who were diagnosed as elderly acute myocardial infarction induced cardiac failure in the hospital from July 2014 to July 2015 were selected. They were divided into a test group and a control group, 73 each. Patients in both groups were given conventional treatment such as stabilization of atherosclerotic plaques, anti-platelet and remodeling and reversion of myocardium...
May 2017: Pakistan Journal of Medical Sciences Quarterly
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28810550/2d-sti-combined-with-gated-99-tc-m-mibi-mpi-for-the-diagnosis-of-myocardial-ischemia-in-hypercholesterolemia-patients
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Yi Song, Rui-Fang Zhang, Yu Liu
This study aimed to investigate the reliability of ultrasound two-dimensional speckle tracking imaging (2D-STI) for the evaluation of myocardial ischemia in familial hypercholesterolemia (FH) patients. We recruited 28 patients clinically diagnosed with homozygous familial hypercholesterolemia (HoFH) and subjected them to 2D-STI, gated transthoracic Doppler echocardiography (TTDE), and (99)Tc(m)-methoxyisobutylisonitrile myocardial perfusion imaging ((99)Tc(m)-MIBI MPI). The sensitivity, specificity and diagnostic accordance rate of TTDE and 2D-STI for myocardial ischemia in HoFH patients were compared with the (99)Tc(m)-MIBI scores...
August 2017: Experimental and Therapeutic Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808939/comparison-of-left-ventricular-shape-by-gated-spect-imaging-in-diabetic-and-nondiabetic-patients-with-normal-myocardial-perfusion-a-propensity-score-analysis
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Carmela Nappi, Valeria Gaudieri, Wanda Acampa, Roberta Assante, Emilia Zampella, Ciro Gabriele Mainolfi, Mario Petretta, Guido Germano, Alberto Cuocolo
BACKGROUND: Diabetes mellitus induces structural and functional cardiac alterations that can result in heart failure. Left ventricular (LV) shape is a dynamic component of cardiac geometry influencing its contractile function. However, few data are available comparing LV shape index in diabetic and nondiabetic patients without overt coronary artery disease after balancing for coronary risk factors. METHODS: We studied 1168 patients with normal myocardial perfusion and normal LV ejection fraction on stress gated single-photon emission computed tomography (SPECT) imaging...
August 14, 2017: Journal of Nuclear Cardiology: Official Publication of the American Society of Nuclear Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808841/prognostic-significance-of-myocardial-energy-expenditure-and-myocardial-efficiency-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-reduced-ejection-fraction
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Mehmet S Cetin, Elif H Ozcan Cetin, Ugur Canpolat, Hatice Sasmaz, Ahmet Temizhan, Sinan Aydogdu
In heart failure with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) patients, myocardial blood flow (MBF), myocardial energy expenditure (MEE), myocardial efficiency has been poorly evaluated because of the necessity of invasive procedures in the determination of these parameters. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) can provide reliable data for MEE, MBF (via coronary sinus (CS) flows). Also, myocardial efficiency can be evaluated by the MEE to MBF ratio. We aim to assess MBF, MEE and energy efficiency and the prognostic value of these parameters in HFrEF...
August 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808651/evaluation-of-acute-aortic-dissection-type-a-factors-and-comparison-the-postoperative-clinical-outcomes-between-two-surgical-methods
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Hasan Shemirani, Amir Mirmohamadsadeghi, Behzad Mahaki, Sadaf Farhadi, Reza Mohseni Badalabadi, Peyman Bidram, Mehdi Mohseni Badalabadi
BACKGROUND: Although aortic dissection is a rare disease, it causes high level of mortality. If ascending aorta gets involved in this disease, it is known as type A. According to small number of studies about this disease in Iran, this study conducted to detect the factors related to acute aortic dissection type A, its surgery consequences and the factors affecting them. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In this historical cohort study, all patients having acute aortic dissection type A referring to Chamran Hospital from 2006 to 2012 were studied...
2017: Advanced Biomedical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807523/multidisciplinary-heart-failure-clinics-are-associated-with-lower-heart-failure-hospitalization-and-mortality-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
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Sumeet Gandhi, Wassim Mosleh, Umesh C Sharma, Catherine Demers, Michael E Farkouh, Jon-David Schwalm
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) clinics (HFCs) are an integral aspect of the strategy for community HF care. METHODS: A systematic search was conducted to retrieve studies. We searched for candidate articles in the PubMed, EMBASE, and Cochrane databases from 1990 to January 2017. RESULTS: We included 16 randomized controlled trials in the meta-analysis with 3999 patients. The HFC group had a lower incidence of the primary composite end point of HF hospitalization and all-cause mortality (odds ratio [OR], 0...
May 24, 2017: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807403/prevalence-of-hyperuricemia-in-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-with-either-reduced-or-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Alberto Palazzuoli, Gaetano Ruocco, Oreste De Vivo, Ranuccio Nuti, Peter A McCullough
The relation between uric acid (UA) and heart failure has been described; however, there is little detail concerning acute heart failure (AHF) in patients with reduced versus preserved ejection fraction heart failure (HFrEF, HFpEF). We studied 324 consecutive AHF patients screened from interventional Diur-HF Trial (NCT01441245) from January 2011 to February 2016, and divided into HFrEF (EF <50%) and HFpEF (EF ≥50%). We defined hyperuricemia as serum UA ≥7.0 mg/dL in men and ≥6 mg/dL in women. Patients were followed up for 6 months after discharge...
July 17, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807220/health-characteristics-of-heart-transplant-recipients-surviving-into-their-80s
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Deborah R Tabachnick, Megan E Bowen, Josef Stehlik, Abdallah G Kfoury, William T Caine, Craig H Selzman, Stephen H McKellar
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation (HTx) is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure and has been successful for >30 y. The clinical course of recipients at the extreme of age is unknown. We reviewed our experience to determine the overall health and prevalence of Tx-related medical problems for recipients in their ninth decade. METHODS: We reviewed the UCTP experience from 1985 to present to identify patients who survived into their 80s and matched (1:1) with other recipients for gender and age at HTx, but did not survive to ≥80 y...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28806783/the-utilization-of-critical-care-ultrasound-to-assess-hemodynamics-and-lung-pathology-on-icu-admission-and-the-potential-for-predicting-outcome
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Wanhong Yin, Yi Li, Xueying Zeng, Yao Qin, Dong Wang, Tongjuan Zou, Ling Su, Yan Kang
AIM: Critical care ultrasound (CCUS) has been used by many Intensive Care Units(ICUs) worldwide, so as to guiding the diagnosis and the treatment. However, none of the publications currently systematically describe the utilization of CCUS to analyze the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology upon the new admission to ICU and its potential role in patients' prognosis prediction. In this retrospective clinical study, we have demonstrated and analyzed the characteristics of hemodynamics and lung pathology assessed by CCUS and investigated its potential to predict patient outcome...
2017: PloS One
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