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T Zhang, C Zhang, R-X Chen, B Shao, G-A Liu
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to investigate the relationship of obstructive sleep apnea hypopnea syndrome (OSAHS) with coronary artery lesion quantitative score Syntax Score (SX score) and risk factors for coronary heart disease (CHD). PATIENTS AND METHODS: A total of 115 patients with OSAHS admitted to the Department of Cardiology in our hospital from January 2011 to June 2015 were selected. Philips Respironics Alice 5 Polysomnography was used for sleep monitoring...
March 2018: European Review for Medical and Pharmacological Sciences
Kelly Olds, Karen Heath, John Miliauskas, Roger W Byard
A 56-year-old man with no previous medical history collapsed and was not able to be resuscitated. The major findings at autopsy were enlargement of the heart (weight = 527 g) which contained an infiltrating firm, homogeneous tumor in an epicardial location adjacent to the left anterior descending and right coronary arteries, with further extension into the right ventricular outflow tract, the interventricular septum and left ventricular free wall. Sections showed sheets of small lymphoid cells with scattered large lymphocytes amounting to a low-grade follicular non-Hodgkin lymphoma, as tumor cells were CD20, CD10, Bcl 2 and LMO 2 positive...
March 22, 2018: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
Stefan Rupp, Christian Jux
While in adults major advances in heart failure therapy in patients with dilated cardiomyopathy were documented in the last two decades, research on the mechanism and therapies of heart failure in children with left ventricular dilated cardiomyopathy has lagged behind. Despite the lack of sufficient randomized prospective studies, ACE inhibitors are first line and ß-receptor antagonists are second-line strategies in children. Following the adult guidelines, without having data concerning the pediatric population, mineral corticoids are also accepted in the treatment of pediatric heart failure, while diuretics should only be used to achieve a euvolemic status...
March 22, 2018: Heart Failure Reviews
Lei Shen, Jian Liu, Jin-Kang Li, Meng Xu, Lang Yuan, Guo-Qin Zhang, Jian-Yi Wang, Yu-Juan Huang
The purpose of this study was to test the hypothesis that the incidence of crochetage on the R wave in inferior limb leads can be used for the diagnosis of pediatric secundum atrial septal defect (ASD). Two hundred fifty-six children with secundum ASD (case cohort) and 256 age- and gender-matched children without heart disease (control cohort) were included in the study. Statistical analyses were performed to test the relationship between the ASD and the crochetage on the R wave with a single lead and three leads, respectively...
March 22, 2018: Pediatric Cardiology
Chang-Ihll Kim, Tae-Yeem Lee, Sung-Taek Park, Hong-Bae Kim, Sung-Ho Park
Ectopic pregnancy is an extrauterine pregnancy, and 98% of which occur in the fallopian tube. The incidence of twin tubal pregnancy is rare but is increasing due to assisted reproductive technology. Spontaneous unilateral twin tubal pregnancy is extremely rare, and only a small number of case reports have been made. We herein report a rare case of spontaneous unilateral twin tubal pregnancy with both fetuses presenting with heart activities and a literature review. Right salpingectomy was performed in this case...
March 2018: Obstetrics & Gynecology Science
Takeo Fujino, Shujiro Inoue, Shunsuke Katsuki, Taiki Higo, Tomomi Ide, Yoshinao Oda, Hiroyuki Tsutsui
A 31-year-old man was admitted to our hospital with atrial tachycardia and cardiogenic shock. He had been diagnosed with hereditary spherocytosis (HS) during childhood, but he never received any red blood cell transfusions. Right ventricular endomyocardial biopsy revealed multiple myocardial hemosiderin deposits, and he was diagnosed with cardiac hemochromatosis. In addition to the iron deposition in the heart, the loss of myocyte and severe interstitial fibrosis were present. His cardiac function did not improve even after the cardioversion for atrial tachycardia, and he suffered from recurrent heart failure...
March 20, 2018: International Heart Journal
Nicolas Coquoz, Daniel Weilenmann, Daiana Stolz, Vladimir Popov, Andrea Azzola, Jean-Marc Fellrath, Hans Stricker, Alberto Pagnamenta, Sebastian Ott, Silvia Ulrich, Sandor Györik, Jérôme Pasquier, John-David Aubert
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) is a severe complication of pulmonary embolism (PE). Its incidence following PE is debated. An active screening for CTEPH in patients with acute PE is yet to be recommended.This prospective, multicentre, observational study (INPUT on PE; ISRCTN61417303) included patients with acute PE from 11 centres in Switzerland from March 2009 to November 2016. Screening for possible CTEPH was performed at 6, 12 and 24 months using a step-wise algorithm that included a dyspnoea phone-based survey, transthoracic echocardiography, right heart catheterisation and radiologic confirmation of CTEPH...
March 21, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Gerry Coghlan, Matthias Wolf, Oliver Distler, Christopher P Denton, Martin Doelberg, Satenik Harutyunova, Alberto M Marra, Nicola Benjamin, Christine Fischer, Ekkehard Grünig
Objective: The objective of this study was to evaluate the incidence of pulmonary hypertension (PH) and determining factors in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc) and a DLCO < 60% predicted. Methods: In this bicentric, prospective cohort study, patients with SSc were assessed at baseline and after 3 years clinically including right heart catheterization (RHC). Analysis of determining factors for development of PH was performed using univariate and multivariate analysis. Results: Ninety-six patients with mean pulmonary artery pressure (mPAP) <25 mmHg at baseline were followed 2...
March 21, 2018: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
Zeyad Sako, Sindhu Reddy Avula, Elissa Gaies, Rebecca Daniel
Inferior vena cava (IVC) filters are increasingly used in patients with recurrent venous thromboembolism in whom anticoagulation is contraindicated or intolerable. Migration of fragments is a known complication of IVC filter use. We present a case of a 32-year-old man, who presented with right-sided chest pain believed to be caused by a migrated IVC fragment to the right ventricle. The filter was removed by an endovascular cook forceps with the assistance of intracardiac echocardiography. This case serves as an addition to the existing reports of successful removal of intracardiac fragments via minimally invasive endovascular approach, amid a larger number of intracardiac fragments that have been removed by an open-heart approach...
March 21, 2018: BMJ Case Reports
W H Wu, L J Huang, J Z Pu, X Y Huang, X Pu, Y Ning, X Wang
Objective: To investigate the feasibility and efficacy of transcatheter closure of anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery using Amplatzer Vascular Plug Ⅲ (AVP Ⅲ). Methods: A retrospective analysis was performed in 5 patients with anastomotic leakage after aortic surgery, who underwent transcatheter closure in our hospital from January to June 2017 using AVP Ⅲ. Surgeries were performed in 3 cases of Standford type A dissection, 1 case of ascending aortic aneurysm and 1 case of persistent truncus.There were 3 males,and age was (43...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
R J Wang, M L Wen, Q Zhou, X W Wei, H Li, Y B Zhao, Y F Qi, J Luan, X F Zhou
Objective: To elucidate the association between large conductance calcium-activated potassium channels (BKCa ) in the paraventricular hypothalamic nucleus (PVN) and sympathetic outflow in rats with chronic heart failure (CHF) . Methods: Male Wistar rats (6-7 weeks old) were randomized to sham operated group and CHF group (coronary artery ligation) . Two weeks after operation, BKCa inhibitor Iberiotoxin (IBTX) was infused into PVN by osmotic minipumps, rats were divided into following groups: sham+aCSF, CHF+aCSF, sham+low dose IBTX (0...
March 24, 2018: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
Desiderio Favarato, Luiz Alberto Benvenuti
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February 2018: Arquivos Brasileiros de Cardiologia
Ivan Wen Wen Lau, Dongting Liu, Lei Xu, Zhanming Fan, Zhonghua Sun
OBJECTIVE: Current diagnostic assessment tools remain suboptimal in demonstrating complex morphology of congenital heart disease (CHD). This limitation has posed several challenges in preoperative planning, communication in medical practice, and medical education. This study aims to investigate the dimensional accuracy and the clinical value of 3D printed model of CHD in the above three areas. METHODS: Using cardiac computed tomography angiography (CCTA) data, a patient-specific 3D model of a 20-month-old boy with double outlet right ventricle was printed in Tango Plus material...
2018: PloS One
Deng Xiang, Jiannan He, Zimeng Fan, Fangfang Xiong, Gang Liu, Sufen Chen, Wu Wen, Jianfeng Li, Junhua Ai, Renhua Wan, Gongxian Wang, Jun Shi
RATIONALE: Situs inversus totalis (SIT) is a rare anatomical variation of the internal organs, and solid pseudopapillary tumor of the pancreas (SPTP) is a rare tissue type of pancreatic tumors, classified as benign or low-grade malignancy. However, to our knowledge, a patient with SIT and SPTP is extremely rare and has never been reported. PATIENT CONCERNS: We retrospectively analyzed a case of SIT with SPTP in a 45-year-old woman. The main complaints were abdominal pain and sensation of heaviness for 2 weeks...
March 2018: Medicine (Baltimore)
Caitlin S Brown, Wesley R Zemrak, Kaitlin J Dyer, Stephen Rolfe
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become an important advancement for patients with end-stage heart failure. Left ventricular assist devices come with the risk of stroke and pump thrombosis, and to mitigate these risks, anticoagulation is given to these patients. With anticoagulation comes increased bleeding risk, and urgent reversal may be necessary. Reports have shown that the risk of thrombosis with prothrombin complex concentrate (PCC) does exist, especially in patients with baseline risk factors for thrombosis...
March 20, 2018: ASAIO Journal: a Peer-reviewed Journal of the American Society for Artificial Internal Organs
Lidia Capotosto, Francesco Massoni, Simone De Sio, Serafino Ricci, Antonio Vitarelli
Cardiovascular disease (CVD) still remains the main cause of morbidity and mortality and consequently early diagnosis is of paramount importance. Working conditions can be regarded as an additional risk factor for CVD. Since different aspects of the job may affect vascular health differently, it is important to consider occupation from multiple perspectives to better assess occupational impacts on health. Standard echocardiography has several targets in the cardiac population, as the assessment of myocardial performance, valvular and/or congenital heart disease, and hemodynamics...
2018: BioMed Research International
Aria Mahtabfar, Hamoon Eshraghi, Melroy D'Souza, William Berrigan, Kathleen Casey
Background: Infectious endocarditis (IE) typically occurs in the setting of intravenous drug use, prosthetic heart valves, or rheumatic heart disease. However, there are a few reports of IE occurring in the setting of immunosuppression secondary to cancer and/or chemotherapy. Here, we present a case of a cancer patient who developed anterior spinal artery (ASA) syndrome secondary to a septic embolus from IE. Case Presentation: A 78-year-old male with a history of gastroesophageal cancer treated with chemotherapy and radiation presented to the hospital after a fall at home...
2018: Case Reports in Medicine
Michele D'Alto, Yoshiki Motoji, Emanuele Romeo, Paola Argiento, Giovanni Maria Di Marco, Agostino Mattera Iacono, Antonello D'Andrea, Gaetano Rea, Paolo Golino, Robert Naeije
AIM: A fluid challenge with rapid saline infusion during right heart catheterization has been shown to be useful for the differential diagnosis between pre- and post-capillary pulmonary hypertension. The aim of this study was to evaluate the prognostic relevance of fluid challenge-induced changes in pulmonary hemodynamics in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). METHODS: Overall, 118 PAH patients (mean age 57 ± 15 years, 80 female) underwent hemodynamic measurements before and after rapid saline infusion (7 mL/kg in 10 min) and were followed up for 19 ± 4 months...
March 7, 2018: International Journal of Cardiology
Dominique De Clercq, Barbara Broux, Lisse Vera, Annelies Decloedt, Gunther van Loon
BACKGROUND: In human and veterinary medicine, monophasic action potential (MAP) analysis and determination of local refractory periods by contact electrode technique gives valuable information about local cardiac electrophysiological properties. It is used to investigate dysrhythmias and the impact of drugs on the myocardium. Precise measurement of total MAP duration is difficult, therefore the MAP duration is usually determined at a repolarization level of 90% (APD90). Until now, no studies are published about the feasibility of this technique in the standing non-sedated horse...
March 20, 2018: BMC Veterinary Research
Ali Hassan Sodhro, Arun Kumar Sangaiah, Gul Hassan Sodhro, Sonia Lohano, Sandeep Pirbhulal
Rapid progress and emerging trends in miniaturized medical devices have enabled the un-obtrusive monitoring of physiological signals and daily activities of everyone's life in a prominent and pervasive manner. Due to the power-constrained nature of conventional wearable sensor devices during ubiquitous sensing (US), energy-efficiency has become one of the highly demanding and debatable issues in healthcare. This paper develops a single chip-based wearable wireless electrocardiogram (ECG) monitoring system by adopting analog front end (AFE) chip model ADS1292R from Texas Instruments...
March 20, 2018: Sensors
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