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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28340285/the-six-minute-walk-test-in-patients-with-al-amyloidosis-a-single-centre-case-series
#1
Vina Pulido, Gheorghe Doros, John L Berk, Vaishali Sanchorawala
The six-minute walk test (6MWT) has been widely used as an objective evaluation of functional exercise capacity and response to medical intervention in cardiopulmonary diseases. However, little is known about the 6MWT in evaluating patients with AL amyloidosis. We performed a retrospective study of 120 adults with systemic AL amyloidosis (60 with cardiac involvement and 60 without cardiac involvement) who had their initial evaluation at the Amyloidosis Center between 2013 and 2015 and had undergone 6MWT as a measure of functional exercise capacity...
March 24, 2017: British Journal of Haematology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339564/emerging-molecular-therapies-targeting-myocardial-infarction-related-arrhythmias
#2
Helen E Driessen, Toon A B van Veen, Gerard J J Boink
Cardiac disease is the leading cause of death in the developed world. Ventricular arrhythmias associated with myocardial ischaemia and/or infarction are a major contributor to cardiovascular mortality, and require improved prevention and treatment. Drugs, devices, and radiofrequency catheter ablation have made important inroads, but have significant limitations ranging from incomplete success to undesired toxicities and major side effects. These limitations derive from the nature of the intervention. Drugs are frequently ineffective, target the entire heart, and often do not deal with the specific arrhythmia trigger or substrate...
October 6, 2016: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334427/capnography-versus-standard-monitoring-for-emergency-department-procedural-sedation-and-analgesia
#3
REVIEW
Brian F Wall, Kirk Magee, Samuel G Campbell, Peter J Zed
BACKGROUND: Procedural sedation and analgesia (PSA) is used frequently in the emergency department (ED) to facilitate painful procedures and interventions. Capnography, a monitoring modality widely used in operating room and endoscopy suite settings, is being used more frequently in the ED setting with the goal of reducing cardiopulmonary adverse events. As opposed to settings outside the ED, there is currently no consensus on whether the addition of capnography to standard monitoring modalities reduces adverse events in the ED setting...
March 23, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333397/cardiac-device-implantations-in-obese-patients-success-rates-and-complications
#4
Philipp Attanasio, Philipp Lacour, Andrea Ernert, Burkert Pieske, Wilhelm Haverkamp, Florian Blaschke, Francesco Dalle Vedove, Martin Huemer
BACKGROUND: Obesity is associated with increased complications and potentially worse outcomes for various cardiac interventions. This study analyzed the success rate and complication rates associated with implantation of cardiac implantable electronic devices (CIEDs) in obese patients. HYPOTHESIS: Success rates are lower and complication rates higher in obese patients. METHODS: Consecutive patients undergoing CIED implantation between 2011 and 2015 in our hospital were included...
March 23, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28332218/changes-in-myocardial-deformation-after-transcatheter-and-surgical-aortic-valve-replacement
#5
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/28331759/persistent-left-superior-vena-cava-incidentally-recognized-postoperatively-after-venous-port-placement
#6
Dauren Sarsenov, Levent Onat, Vahit Özmen
Persistent left superior vena cava is the most common congenital venous anomaly of the thoracic venous system, occurring in 0.3% to 0.5% of individuals in the general population. It may remain asymptomatic throughout life and be incidentally found in healthy individuals undergoing vascular procedures such as venous access device placements and endovascular cardiac interventions. Here we present a case of persistent left superior vena cava incidentally realized during chemoport insertion in a patient with breast cancer...
October 2016: J Breast Health (2013)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330738/graft-infection-after-a-bentall-procedure-a-case-series-and-systematic-review-of-the-literature
#7
I Machelart, C Greib, G Wirth, F Camou, N Issa, J F Viallard, J L Pellegrin, E Lazaro
INTRODUCTION: The Bentall procedure is a cardiac surgery involving graft replacement of the aortic valve, aortic root and ascending aorta. Graft infection after Bentall's procedure (BGI) is infrequent but severe, and often difficult to diagnose and treat. PATIENTS AND METHODS: A retrospective cohort study was performed using the Bordeaux endocarditis database of adult patients admitted to the Bordeaux University Medical Hospital for BGI between 2008 and 2014. Published case reports were identified in the literature...
March 7, 2017: Diagnostic Microbiology and Infectious Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330670/layered-fibrotic-plaques-are-the-predominant-component-in-cardiac-allograft-vasculopathy-systematic-findings-and-risk-stratification-by-oct
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Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Hans Eiskjær, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Evald Høj Christiansen, Jouke Dijkstra, Trine Ørhøj Barkholt, Christian Juhl Terkelsen, Michael Maeng, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen
OBJECTIVES: The aims of this study were to characterize cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) phenotypes using optical coherence tomography (OCT) and to evaluate the prognostic significance of OCT-determined CAV severity. BACKGROUND: Intravascular OCT enables in vivo characterization of CAV microstructure after heart transplantation. METHODS: Sixty-two patients undergoing heart transplantation were enrolled at routine angiography from September 2013 through October 2015 and prospectively followed until censoring on May 27, 2016...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330661/association-between-high-sensitivity-cardiac-troponin-levels-and-myocardial-ischemia-during-mental-stress-and-conventional-stress
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Muhammad Hammadah, Ibhar Al Mheid, Kobina Wilmot, Ronnie Ramadan, Ayman Alkhoder, Malik Obideen, Naser Abdelhadi, Shuyang Fang, Ijeoma Ibeanu, Pratik Pimple, Heval Mohamed Kelli, Amit J Shah, Brad Pearce, Yan Sun, Ernest V Garcia, Michael Kutner, Qi Long, Laura Ward, J Douglas Bremner, Fabio Esteves, Paolo Raggi, David Sheps, Viola Vaccarino, Arshed A Quyyumi
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to investigate whether patients with mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia will have high resting and post-mental stress high-sensitivity cardiac troponin I (hs-cTnI). BACKGROUND: Hs-cTnI is a marker of myocardial necrosis, and its elevated levels are associated with adverse outcomes. Hs-cTnI levels may increase with exercise in patients with coronary artery disease. Mental stress-induced myocardial ischemia is also linked to adverse outcomes...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330641/incidence-patterns-and-associations-between-dual-antiplatelet-therapy-cessation-and-risk%C3%A2-for-adverse-events%C3%A2-among-patients-with-and-without%C3%A2-diabetes-mellitus-receiving-drug-eluting-stents-results-from-the-paris-registry
#10
Michela Faggioni, Usman Baber, Samantha Sartori, Gennaro Giustino, David J Cohen, Timothy D Henry, Serdar Farhan, Cono Ariti, George Dangas, Michael Gibson, Daniele Giacoppo, Mitchell W Krucoff, Melissa Aquino, Jaya Chandrasekhar, David J Moliterno, Antonio Colombo, Birgit Vogel, Alaide Chieffo, Annapoorna S Kini, Bernhard Witzenbichler, Giora Weisz, Philippe Gabriel Steg, Stuart Pocock, Roxana Mehran
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to examine the frequency and clinical impact of different cessation patterns of dual-antiplatelet therapy (DAPT) after percutaneous coronary intervention with drug-eluting stents among patients with and those without diabetes mellitus (DM). BACKGROUND: Early DAPT suspension after percutaneous coronary intervention increases the risk for major adverse cardiac events. However, temporal variability in risk and relation to DAPT cessation patterns among patients with DM remain unclear...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330445/cardiac-amyloidosis-mimicking-severe-aortic-valve-stenosis-a-case-report-demonstrating-diagnostic-pitfalls-and-role-of-dobutamine-stress-echocardiography
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Tim Salinger, Kai Hu, Dan Liu, Sebastian Herrmann, Kristina Lorenz, Georg Ertl, Peter Nordbeck
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve stenosis is a common finding diagnosed with high sensitivity in transthoracic echocardiography, but the examiner often finds himself confronted with uncertain results in patients with moderate pressure gradients and concomitant systolic heart failure. While patients with true-severe low-gradient aortic valve stenosis with either reduced or preserved left ventricular systolic function are primarily candidates for valve replacement, there is a relevant proportion of patients with pseudo-severe aortic valve stenosis anticipated not to benefit but actually rather deteriorate by interventional therapy or surgery...
March 22, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329459/nineteen-years-of-adult-congenital-heart-surgery-in-a-single-center
#12
Madurra Perinpanayagam, Signe H Larsen, Kristian Emmertsen, Marianne B Møller, Vibeke E Hjortdal
BACKGROUND: Adults with congenital heart disease are a growing population. We describe surgical interventions, short- and long-term mortality and morbidity, and risk factors for adverse events in a population-based cohort. METHODS: Patients over or equal to 18 years with congenital heart disease who underwent cardiac surgery at Aarhus University Hospital, Denmark, from 1994 to 2012 were included in the study. Diagnoses, surgical procedures, postoperative complications, and survival were identified in hospital databases, medical records, and the Danish Civil Registration System...
March 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329392/evaluation-of-splenic-switch-off-in-a-tertiary-imaging-centre-validation-and-assessment-of-utility
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Alice Hosking, Marinos Koulouroudias, Filip Zemrak, James C Moon, Alexia Rossi, Aaron Lee, Michael R Barnes, Redha Boubertakh, Francesca Pugliese, Charlotte Manisty, Steffen E Petersen
Aims: Adenosine can induce splenic vasoconstriction (splenic switch-off, SSO). In this study, we aim to evaluate the utility of identifying a lack of SSO for detecting false-negative adenosine stress perfusion cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) scans. Methods and results: We visually analysed 492 adenosine stress perfusion CMR scans reported as negative in a cohort of patients with no previous history of coronary artery disease. A lack of SSO was identified in 11%...
October 6, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329361/sex-hormones-affect-outcome-in-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-dysplasia-from-a-stem-cell-derived-cardiomyocyte-based-model-to-clinical-biomarkers-of-disease-outcome
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Deniz Akdis, Ardan M Saguner, Khooshbu Shah, Chuanyu Wei, Argelia Medeiros-Domingo, Arnold von Eckardstein, Thomas F Lüscher, Corinna Brunckhorst, H S Vincent Chen, Firat Duru
Aims: Arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathy/dysplasia (ARVC/D) is characterized by fibrofatty infiltration of the myocardium and ventricular arrhythmias that may lead to sudden cardiac death. It has been observed that male patients develop the disease earlier and present with more severe phenotypes as compared to females. Thus, we hypothesized that serum levels of sex hormones may contribute to major arrhythmic cardiovascular events (MACE) in patients with ARVC/D. Methods and results: The serum levels of five sex hormones, sex hormone-binding globulin, high sensitivity troponin T, pro-brain natriuretic peptide, cholesterol, triglycerides, insulin, and glucose were measured in 54 ARVC/D patients (72% male)...
February 18, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329292/surgical-septal-myectomy-or-alcohol-septal-ablation-which-approach-offers-better-outcomes-for-patients-with-hypertrophic-obstructive-cardiomyopathy
#15
Shi Sum Poon, Mark Field, Dhiraj Gupta, Duke Cameron
A best evidence topic in cardiac surgery was written according to a structured protocol. The question addressed was whether surgical septal myectomy (SM) is more beneficial than alcohol septal ablation (ASA) in patients with hypertrophic obstructive cardiomyopathy. Altogether 218 articles were found using the reported search, of which 15 studies represented the best evidence to answer the clinical question. There were 14 observational studies and 1 meta-analysis study. The authors, journal, date and country of publication, patient group studied, study type, relevant outcomes and results of these articles are tabulated...
February 28, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329291/coronary-artery-bypass-graft-surgery-versus-drug-eluting-stent-implantation-for-high-surgical-risk-patients-with-left-main-or-multivessel-coronary-artery-disease
#16
Mineok Chang, Cheol Whan Lee, Jung-Min Ahn, Rafael Cavalcante, Yohei Sotomi, Yoshinobu Onuma, Duk-Woo Park, Soo-Jin Kang, Seung-Whan Lee, Young-Hak Kim, Seong-Wook Park, Patrick W Serruys, Seung-Jung Park
OBJECTIVES: There are limited data comparing long-term outcomes of coronary artery bypass graft surgery (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) with drug-eluting stents (DES) in patients with high surgical risk. We evaluated 5-year outcomes following CABG versus PCI with DES in 598 patients with left main or multivessel coronary artery disease (CAD) and a high surgical risk [EuroSCORE (European system for cardiac operative risk evaluation) ≥ 6]. METHODS: Databases were merged from the BEST, PRECOMBAT and SYNTAX trials...
December 20, 2016: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329105/medical-three-dimensional-printing-opens-up-new-opportunities-in-cardiology-and-cardiac-surgery
#17
Thomas Bartel, Andrew Rivard, Alejandro Jimenez, Carlos A Mestres, Silvana Müller
Advanced percutaneous and surgical procedures in structural and congenital heart disease require precise pre-procedural planning and continuous quality control. Although current imaging modalities and post-processing software assists with peri-procedural guidance, their capabilities for spatial conceptualization remain limited in two- and three-dimensional representations. In contrast, 3D printing offers not only improved visualization for procedural planning, but provides substantial information on the accuracy of surgical reconstruction and device implantations...
February 16, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329083/impact-of-a-public-awareness-campaign-on-out-of-hospital-cardiac-arrest-incidence-and-mortality-rates
#18
Ziad Nehme, Emily Andrew, Stephen Bernard, Harry Patsamanis, Peter Cameron, Janet E Bray, Ian T Meredith, Karen Smith
Aims: Increased public awareness of the warning signs of a heart attack and the importance of early medical intervention may help to prevent premature deaths from out-of-hospital cardiac arrest (OHCA). We sought to investigate the impact of the Heart Foundation's public awareness campaigns on the monthly incidence of, and deaths from, OHCA in Melbourne, Australia. Methods and results: Between July 2005 and June 2015, we included registry data for 25 060 OHCA of presumed cardiac aetiology...
November 2, 2016: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329036/predictive-value-of-plaque-morphology-assessed-by-frequency-domain-optical-coherence-tomography-for-impaired-microvascular-perfusion-after-elective-stent-implantation-the-intracoronary-electrocardiogram-study
#19
Hiroki Ikenaga, Satoshi Kurisu, Tsukasa Nakao, Shingo Kono, Yoji Sumimoto, Noriaki Watanabe, Takashi Shimonaga, Tadanao Higaki, Toshitaka Iwasaki, Naoya Mitsuba, Ken Ishibashi, Yoshihiro Dohi, Yukihiro Fukuda, Yasuki Kihara
Aims: This study was undertaken to assess the association between plaque features at culprit lesions assessed by frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) and impaired microvascular perfusion estimated by intracoronary electrocardiogram (IcECG) after elective percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). Furthermore, we investigated whether IcECG could predict future cardiac events. Methods and results: This study consisted of 84 patients who underwent both FD-OCT and IcECG during PCI...
March 7, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327605/ginsenoside-rb1-protects-against-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-myocardial-injury-via-energy-metabolism-regulation-mediated-by-rhoa-signaling-pathway
#20
Yuan-Chen Cui, Chun-Shui Pan, Li Yan, Lin Li, Bai-He Hu, Xin Chang, Yu-Ying Liu, Jing-Yu Fan, Kai Sun, Quan -Li, Jing-Yan Han
Cardiac ischemia and reperfusion (I/R) injury remains a challenge for clinicians. Ginsenoside Rb1 (Rb1) has been reported to have the ability to attenuate I/R injury, but its effect on energy metabolism during cardiac I/R and the underlying mechanism remain unknown. In this study, we detected the effect of Rb1 on rat myocardial blood flow, myocardial infarct size, cardiac function, velocity of venule red blood cell, myocardial structure and apoptosis, energy metabolism and change in RhoA signaling pathway during cardiac I/R injury...
March 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
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