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Cardiac emergencies

Joanne Philp, Brian G Lawhorn, Alan P Graves, Lisa Shewchuk, Katrina L Rivera, Larry J Jolivette, Dennis A Holt, Gregory J Gatto, Lara S Kallander
Structure-guided progression of a purine-derived series of TNNI3K inhibitors directed design efforts that produced a novel series of 4,6-diaminopyrimidine inhibitors, an emerging kinase binding motif. Herein, we report a detailed understanding of the intrinsic conformational preferences of the scaffold, which impart high specificity for TNNI3K. Further manipulation of the template based on the conformational analysis and additional structure-activity relationship studies provided enhancements in kinase selectivity and pharmacokinetics that furnished an advanced series of potent inhibitors...
March 21, 2018: Journal of Medicinal Chemistry
Panagiota Anyfanti, Areti Triantafyllou, Eugenia Gkaliagkousi, Nikolaos Koletsos, Spyros Aslanidis, Stella Douma
OBJECTIVES: Arterial stiffness has emerged as a surrogate marker of cardiovascular disease. We investigated the role of myocardial performance and hemodynamic parameters in arterial stiffness in patients with rheumatoid arthritis (RA), which is accompanied by excess cardiovascular risk. DESIGN: Arterial stiffness was evaluated with pulse wave velocity (PWV) in RA patients and controls. Cardiac and hemodynamic characterization was based on impedance cardiography...
March 21, 2018: Scandinavian Cardiovascular Journal: SCJ
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
Sidra Khalid, Murtaza Sundhu, Alinda Sarma, Bicky Thapa, Praful Maroo
Apical hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a rare variant of HCM. We present the case of a 26-years-old female who was diagnosed with apical HCM. Her electrocardiogram showed the characteristic T-wave inversions in V2-V5 and her echocardiogram portrayed apical left ventricular hypertrophy. The diagnosis was confirmed with a cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) scan. She was treated with beta blockers. Our case emphasizes that apical HCM is a relatively benign disease. However, due to the emerging evidence of sudden cardiac deaths in these patients, the risk for sudden death needs to be evaluated...
January 16, 2018: Curēus
Susann J Jarhult, Melissa L Howell, Isabelle Barnaure-Nachbar, Yuchiao Chang, Benjamin A White, Mary Amatangelo, David F Brown, Aneesh B Singhal, Lee H Schwamm, Scott B Silverman, Joshua N Goldstein
Introduction: Our goal was to assess whether use of a standardized clinical protocol improves efficiency for patients who present to the emergency department (ED) with symptoms of transient ischemic attack (TIA). Methods: We performed a structured, retrospective, cohort study at a large, urban, tertiary care academic center. In July 2012 this hospital implemented a standardized protocol for patients with suspected TIA. The protocol selected high-risk patients for admission and low/intermediate-risk patients to an ED observation unit for workup...
March 2018: Western Journal of Emergency Medicine
Francesca Susini, Emilio Assanelli, Elisabetta Doria, Marco Morpurgo, Denise Brusoni, Alice Bonomi, Simone Barbieri, Angelo Cabiati, Laura Salvini, Roberta Chiodelli, Monica Loguercio, Alessandro Galli, Piergiuseppe Agostoni
BACKGROUND: According to guidelines, single determination of B-type Natriuretic peptide (BNP) should be used for distinguishing between cardiac and non-cardiac acute dyspnea at the emergency room. BNP measurement is also recommended before hospital discharge in patients hospitalized for heart failure to assess prognosis and to evaluate treatment efficacy. In acute cardiogenic pulmonary edema, BNP is measured using a single BNP determination, but the temporal behavior of BNP during pulmonary edema recovery is unknown...
March 17, 2018: European Journal of Internal Medicine
Mosab Al Shakaki, Angelo M Dell'Aquila, Andreas Rukosujew
Typical symptoms of cardiac tamponade are jugular venous distension, pulsus paradoxus, hypotension, and rest dyspnea. However, these clinical symptoms can be masked in patients with ventricular assist device and even more in patients supported with a biventricular-HeartWare ventricular assist device. Hereby, we report the case of a 30-year-old man supported with a biventricular-HeartWare ventricular assist device, who underwent a computed tomography scan due to suspect of ventricular assist device thrombosis...
March 1, 2018: International Journal of Artificial Organs
Dimos Karangelis, Apostolos Roubelakis, Dimitris Mikroulis, Matthew Panagiotou
Aortic arch pathologies such as acute aortic dissection and aneurysmal disease represent surgical challenges. Various emerging techniques and surgical prostheses have expanded the therapeutic armamentarium over the last years with one principal objective; to simplify the operation and reduce the surgical time. Besides the classic elephant trunk which has been regarded as an evolutionary leap in the treatment of extensive thoracic disease, other novel surgical approaches such as the frozen elephant trunk, the thoracic endovascular aortic repair (TEVAR) and the hybrid open branched stent grafts have been introduced...
March 20, 2018: Journal of Investigative Surgery: the Official Journal of the Academy of Surgical Research
Yuequan Zhu, Raja Anand, Xiaokun Geng, Yuchuan Ding
Vascular diseases refer to medical conditions that narrow blood vessels. Narrowed cardiac or cerebral arteries can lead to myocardial infarction or ischemic stroke. Risk factors including atherosclerosis, hypertension, and diabetes may induce either cardiovascular or cerebral complications. Based on current research, garlic favorably affects atherosclerosis, hypertension and diabetes, and helps decrease the risk of myocardial infarction and ischemic stroke. Garlic has been utilized for hundreds of years as a natural health remedy...
March 20, 2018: Neurological Research
Stephen Boone, Dick Kuo
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Early lowering of blood pressure is advised for patients with severe hypertension associated with signs of impending or progressive organ damage, whereas aggressive treatment is not recommended in patients with asymptomatic severe hypertension. As treatment goals for asymptomatic hypertension and true hypertensive emergency drastically differ, it is essential to identify patients with evidence of impending or progressive organ damage. Biomarkers may assist providers in identifying high-risk patients who would benefit from early blood pressure reduction...
March 19, 2018: Current Hypertension Reports
Morgan L Cox, Brian C Gulack, Dylan P Thibault, Xia He, Matthew L Williams, Vinod H Thourani, Jeffery P Jacobs, J Matthew Brennan, Mani A Daneshmand, Deepak Acharya
OBJECTIVES: Previous studies have demonstrated a 20% mortality rate among patients undergoing isolated coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) for cardiogenic shock. However, outcomes following CABG for cardiogenic shock in patients who are neurologically unresponsive preoperatively are unknown. METHODS: Utilizing the Society of Thoracic Surgeons Adult Cardiac Surgery Database between July 2011 and December 2013, patients undergoing urgent or emergent CABG within 7 days of an acute myocardial infarction complicated by cardiogenic shock were identified...
March 14, 2018: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
Israel Ugalde, Ibrar Anjum, Saberio Lo Presti, Alfonso Tolentino
Acute coronary syndrome usually presents with retrosternal chest pain, nausea, vomiting, sweating, and jaw and arm pain. Some patients only present with neck, epigastric, or ear discomfort. A 47-year-old male with a history of hypertension and coronary artery disease presented to the emergency department complaining of bilateral otalgia. He never felt chest pain, jaw pain, nausea, diaphoresis, or shortness of breath. He had a history of 2 acute coronary events and had a stress test 2 months prior to admission, which was unremarkable...
January 2018: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
Douglas A Salguero, Pamela A Barletta, Willaim Sierraalta
BACKGROUND: Multiple myeloma is a hematologic disease with high mortality rates all over the world. The diagnosis has always been challenging since the first case was reported in 1844. For that reason the diagnostic criteria have evolved over years to include the features of the disease more comprehensively. Unusual presentations are infrequent and a diagnostic challenge. For this reason we report this rare case in which diarrhea and abdominal pain were the initial presenting symptoms of multiple myeloma with a plasmacytoma...
March 18, 2018: Journal of Medical Case Reports
John M Trahanas, Benjamin S Van Boxtel, Steven E Miller, Christopher Irobunda, Susheel K Kodali, Isaac George
There are few case reports in the literature of transcatheter aortic valve replacement used as emergent therapy for aortic insufficiency. We present a case in which transcatheter aortic valve replacement was implemented successfully as a salvage therapy in a hemodynamically unstable patient experiencing aortic insufficiency as a result of a torn bio-prosthetic leaflet during an unrelated abdominal operation. The successful use of this technique in a non-cardiac operating room allowed the patient to be placed on extracorporeal support and ultimately to be discharged home...
March 13, 2018: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
Samantha Noll, Heidi Alvey, Namita Jayaprakash, Aniruddha Paranjpe, Joseph Miller, Michele L Moyer, Richard Nowak
INTRODUCTION: Current AHA/ACC guidelines on the management of ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) suggest that an ECG is indicated within 10minutes of arrival for patients arriving to the Emergency Department (ED) with symptoms concerning for STEMI. In response, there has been a creep towards performing ECGs more frequently in triage. The objectives of this study were to quantify the number of triage ECGs performed at our institution, assess the proportion of ECGs performed within current hospital guidelines, and evaluate the rate of STEMI detection in triage ECGs...
February 3, 2018: American Journal of Emergency Medicine
Puneet Kapur, Melanie Baimel, Jordan Chenkin
Left ventricular outflow tract pseudoaneurysms are a rare but life-threatening disorder, often caused by complications of cardiac surgery or myocardial infarction. We present a case report of a patient with no prior risk factors who presented with a six-month history of progressive exertional dyspnea, bilateral leg swelling and cough. Point-of-care ultrasound revealed an unexpected outpouching of the left ventricle. He was diagnosed with a left ventricular outflow tract pseudoaneurysm and subsequently went into cardiogenic shock secondary to extension of pseudoaneurysm causing extrinsic compression of the coronary arteries...
March 16, 2018: CJEM
Jung-Heun Ha, Caglar Doguer, Shireen R L Flores, Tao Wang, James F Collins
Background: Consumption of a high-iron diet causes copper deficiency in weanling rodents; however, the minimum amount of dietary iron that disrupts copper homeostasis has not been established. Objective: We tested the hypothesis that dietary iron at only several-fold above physiologic requirements would cause copper depletion. Methods: Weanling male Sprague-Dawley rats (n = 6/group) were fed AIN-93G-based diets with adequate (88 µg Fe/g = 1×), or excessive (4×, 9...
March 1, 2018: Journal of Nutrition
Swetha Sangomla, Mohd Aslam Saifi, Amit Khurana, Chandraiah Godugu
Doxorubicin (DOX) is one of the most commonly used anticancer drugs but its use has been limited due to constraints of cardiotoxic side effects. The precise mechanism underlying cardiotoxicity is not yet fully understood but oxidative stress has been found to be a primary mechanism behind this. In addition, DOX induced cardiotoxicity also shows involvement of proinflammatory cytokines such as IL-6 and TNF-α. Since oxidative stress plays major role in DOX induced cardiotoxicity, different antioxidants have been tried to prevent cardiotoxicity of DOX...
May 2018: Journal of Trace Elements in Medicine and Biology
Susanne Röger, Stefanie L Rosenkaimer, Anna Hohneck, Siegfried Lang, Ibrahim El-Battrawy, Boris Rudic, Erol Tülümen, Ksenija Stach, Jürgen Kuschyk, Ibrahim Akin, Martin Borggrefe
BACKGROUND: The wearable cardioverter-defibrillator (WCD) has emerged as a valuable tool to temporarily protect patients at risk for sudden cardiac death (SCD). The aim of this study was to determine the value of the WCD for therapy optimization of heart failure patients. METHODS: One hundred five consecutive patients that received WCD between 4/2012 and 9/2016 were included in the study. All patients were followed for clinical outcome and echocardiographic parameters during WCD therapy and had continued follow-up after WCD therapy, irrespective of subsequent implantable cardioverter-defibrillator (ICD) implantation...
March 15, 2018: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
Basmah Safdar, Gail D'Onofrio, James Dziura, Raymond R Russell, Caitlin Johnson, Albert J Sinusas
AIMS: Coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD) is common in patients with non-obstructive coronary arteries but has not been described in low-risk symptomatic patients. We therefore assessed the prevalence and characteristics of CMD in low to moderate risk patients with chest pain in an emergency department. METHODS AND RESULTS: We used three-dimensional Rb82 cardiac positron emission tomography/computed tomography to diagnose coronary artery disease (known or new regional defect, any coronary calcification) and CMD (low coronary flow reserve without coronary artery disease) in chest pain patients after being ruled out for acute myocardial infarction...
March 1, 2018: European Heart Journal. Acute Cardiovascular Care
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