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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521795/ex-vivo-recruitment-and-x-ray-assessment-of-donor-lungs-in-a-challenging-retrieval-from-a-donor-supported-by-lvad-using-the-portable-normothermic-perfusion-system-a-case-report
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Marco Schiavon, Francesca Calabrese, Guido Di Gregorio, Monica Loy, Giuseppe Marulli, Alessandro Rebusso, Fiorella Calabrese, Federico Rea
BACKGROUND: Lung transplantation (LTx) is limited by the shortage of suitable donors. To overcome this problem, many programs have begun to use donors with extended criteria (marginal donors). However, brain-dead patients with implanted mechanical circulatory support system have rarely been considered as potential lung donors. This case demonstrates the feasibility of lung transplantations from organ donors supported by a mechanical circulatory support system despite the possible difficulties of lung retrieval...
May 18, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28481454/severe-acute-valproic-acid-intoxication-successfully-treated-with-liver-support-therapy
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Yongchun Ge, Bin Xu, Chuan Li, Qunpeng He, Tingting Zhu, Rong Fan, Dehua Gong
Valproic acid (VPA) is widely used for treatment of epilepsy. However, its overdose can cause intoxication and could be life-threatening. Due to lack of specific antidote and poorness of endogenous clearance, extracorporeal treatment for severe intoxication cases is indicated. Here, we report a case of severe intoxication of VPA which was successfully treated with liver support therapy. A previously healthy woman was admitted due to coma and hypotension after intentional ingestion of 20 g of sodium valproate...
May 8, 2017: Basic & Clinical Pharmacology & Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28472317/surgical-embolectomy-for-high-risk-acute-pulmonary-embolism-is-standard-therapy
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Daisuke Shiomi, Hiroshi Kiyama, Masatsugu Shimizu, Muneaki Yamada, Naohiro Shimada, Aya Takahashi, Nobuaki Kaki
OBJECTIVES: Acute massive pulmonary embolism (AMPE) is a life-threatening condition that often induces rapid haemodynamic deterioration. The mortality of surgical embolectomy is still poor in patients with preoperative cardiopulmonary arrest (CPA). We analysed the outcome of surgical pulmonary embolectomy for haemodynamically unstable patients. METHODS: Thirty-one patients underwent surgical embolectomy for haemodynamically unstable AMPE. The indications for surgical embolectomy were (i) <7 days from onset, (ii) haemodynamically unstable, (iii) massive clots in bilateral pulmonary arteries or unilateral pulmonary artery occlusion with a floating clot in the main pulmonary artery or right atrium and (iv) right ventricular dilatation in transthoracic echocardiography...
May 2, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28470920/a-rationale-for-early-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-in-patients-with-postinfarction-ventricular-septal-rupture-complicated-by-cardiogenic-shock
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Daniel Rob, Rudolf Špunda, Jaroslav Lindner, Vilém Rohn, Jan Kunstýř, Martin Balík, Jan Rulíšek, Petr Kopecký, Michal Lipš, Ondřej Šmíd, Tomáš Kovárník, František Mlejnský, Aleš Linhart, Jan Bělohlávek
AIMS: Ventricular septal rupture (VSR) became a rare mechanical complication of myocardial infarction in the era of percutaneous coronary interventions but is associated with extreme mortality in patients who present with cardiogenic shock (CS). Promising outcomes have been reported with the use of circulatory support allowing haemodynamic stabilization, followed by delayed repair. Therefore, we analysed our experience with an early use of Veno-Arterial Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (V-A ECMO) for postinfarction VSR...
May 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28468676/blood-pressure-deficits-in-acute-kidney-injury-not-all-about-the-mean-arterial-pressure
#5
Lui G Forni, Michael Joannidis
Acute kidney injury (AKI) is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. Although there are many causes of AKI, it is known that patients undergoing high-risk surgery are known to be at significant risk. Although much effort has centred on the minimum arterial pressure needed to maintain renal perfusion, this tends to be based on relatively crude measures such as the mean arterial pressure (MAP), which is widely used as an index for the optimal blood pressure. The rationale behind maintaining MAP is to provide adequate organ perfusion, although this is difficult to assess other than by applying crude end-points...
May 4, 2017: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28467647/prediction-of-optimal-cardiac-resynchronization-by-vectors-extracted-from-electrograms-in-dyssynchronous-canine-hearts
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Elien B Engels, Marc Strik, Lars B van Middendorp, Marion Kuiper, Kevin Vernooy, Frits W Prinzen
INTRODUCTION: Proper optimization of atrioventricular (AV) and interventricular (VV) intervals can improve the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). It has been demonstrated that the area of the QRS complex (QRSarea) extracted from the vectorcardiogram can be used as a predictor of optimal CRT-device settings. We explored the possibility of extracting vectors from the electrograms (EGMs) obtained from pacing electrodes and of using these EGM-based vectors (EGMVs) to individually optimize acute haemodynamic CRT response...
May 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28448528/minimally-invasive-estimation-of-ventricular-dead-space-volume-through-use-of-frank-starling-curves
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Shaun Davidson, Chris Pretty, Antoine Pironet, Thomas Desaive, Nathalie Janssen, Bernard Lambermont, Philippe Morimont, J Geoffrey Chase
This paper develops a means of more easily and less invasively estimating ventricular dead space volume (Vd), an important, but difficult to measure physiological parameter. Vd represents a subject and condition dependent portion of measured ventricular volume that is not actively participating in ventricular function. It is employed in models based on the time varying elastance concept, which see widespread use in haemodynamic studies, and may have direct diagnostic use. The proposed method involves linear extrapolation of a Frank-Starling curve (stroke volume vs end-diastolic volume) and its end-systolic equivalent (stroke volume vs end-systolic volume), developed across normal clinical procedures such as recruitment manoeuvres, to their point of intersection with the y-axis (where stroke volume is 0) to determine Vd...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28440792/an-extra-uterine-system-to-physiologically-support-the-extreme-premature-lamb
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Emily A Partridge, Marcus G Davey, Matthew A Hornick, Patrick E McGovern, Ali Y Mejaddam, Jesse D Vrecenak, Carmen Mesas-Burgos, Aliza Olive, Robert C Caskey, Theodore R Weiland, Jiancheng Han, Alexander J Schupper, James T Connelly, Kevin C Dysart, Jack Rychik, Holly L Hedrick, William H Peranteau, Alan W Flake
In the developed world, extreme prematurity is the leading cause of neonatal mortality and morbidity due to a combination of organ immaturity and iatrogenic injury. Until now, efforts to extend gestation using extracorporeal systems have achieved limited success. Here we report the development of a system that incorporates a pumpless oxygenator circuit connected to the fetus of a lamb via an umbilical cord interface that is maintained within a closed 'amniotic fluid' circuit that closely reproduces the environment of the womb...
April 25, 2017: Nature Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434235/recirculation-zone-length-in-renal-artery-is-affected-by-flow-spirality-and-renal-to-aorta-flow-ratio
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Ashkan Javadzadegan, David Fulker, Tracie Barber
Haemodynamic perturbations such as flow recirculation zones play a key role in progression and development of renal artery stenosis, which typically originate at the aorta-renal bifurcation. The spiral nature of aortic blood flow, division of aortic blood flow in renal artery as well as the exercise conditions have been shown to alter the haemodynamics in both positive and negative ways. This study focuses on the combinative effects of spiral component of blood flow, renal-to-aorta flow ratio and the exercise conditions on the size and distribution of recirculation zones in renal branches using computational fluid dynamics technique...
April 24, 2017: Computer Methods in Biomechanics and Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28419552/feasibility-and-utility-of-portable-ultrasound-during-retrieval-of-sick-preterm-infants
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Kathryn Browning Carmo, Tracey Lutz, Mark Greenhalgh, Andrew Berry, Martin Kluckow, Nick Evans
AIM: Document the incidence of haemodynamic pathology in critically ill preterm newborns requiring transport. METHOD: A transport neonatologist performed cardiac and cerebral ultrasound before and after transportation of infants born ≤ 30 weeks gestation. RESULTS: 44 newborns were studied 2008 - 2015, 21 transported by road, 19 by helicopter and 4 by fixed wing. Median birth weight 1130g (680-1960g), median gestation 27 weeks (23-30) and 30/44 were male...
April 17, 2017: Acta Paediatrica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28371221/prediction-of-right-ventricular-failure-after-ventricular-assist-device-implant-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis-of-observational-studies
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REVIEW
Diego Bellavia, Attilio Iacovoni, Cesare Scardulla, Lorenzo Moja, Michele Pilato, Sudhir S Kushwaha, Michele Senni, Francesco Clemenza, Valentina Agnese, Calogero Falletta, Giuseppe Romano, Joseph Maalouf, Michael Dandel
Right ventricular failure (RVF) after left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation is associated with increased morbidity and mortality, but the identification of LVAD candidates at risk for RVF remains challenging. We undertook a systematic review and meta-analysis of observational studies of risk factors associated with RVF after LVAD implant. Thirty-six studies published between 1 January 1995 and 30 April 2015, comprising 995 RVF patients out of a pooled final population of 4428 patients, were identified...
March 31, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28369578/sutureless-aortic-bioprosthesis
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José Martínez-Comendador, Mario Castaño, Javier Gualis, Elio Martín, Pasquale Maiorano, Javier Otero
Aortic valve replacement (AVR) is the treatment of choice for aortic valve disease, with excellent results reported in the short- and long-term follow-up. Due to the increasing number of patient comorbidities and older age, various technical alternatives have been developed such as transcatheter aortic valve implantation and, more recently, sutureless valve bioprostheses. For patients with very high surgical risk, transcatheter implantation is becoming the top therapeutic option. However, the percutaneous technique still has major disadvantages including those related to implantation without excision of the diseased native valve without direct view of the annulus, which increases the probability of developing perivalvular leaks and a high percentage of atrioventricular block...
March 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28365206/prevalence-and-incidence-density-of-unavoidable-pressure-ulcers-in-elderly-patients-admitted-to-medical-units
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Alvisa Palese, Barbara Trevisani, Annamaria Guarnier, Paolo Barelli, Paola Zambiasi, Elisabetta Allegrini, Letizia Bazoli, Paola Casson, Meri Marin, Marisa Padovan, Michele Picogna, Patrizia Taddia, Daniele Salmaso, Paolo Chiari, Oliva Marognolli, Canzan Federica, Luisa Saiani, Elisa Ambrosi
To describe the prevalence and incidence density of hospital-acquired unavoidable pressure sores among patients aged ≥65 years admitted to acute medical units. A secondary analysis of longitudinal study data collected in 2012 and 2013 from 12 acute medical units located in 12 Italian hospitals was performed. Unavoidable pressure ulcers were defined as those that occurred in haemodynamically unstable patients, suffering from cachexia and/or terminally ill and were acquired after hospital admission. Data at patient and at pressure ulcer levels were collected on a daily basis at the bedside by trained researchers...
March 23, 2017: Journal of Tissue Viability
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28361751/glutamine-dipeptide-supplemented-parenteral-nutrition-improves-the-clinical-outcomes-of-critically-ill-patients-a-systematic-evaluation-of-randomised-controlled-trials
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Peter Stehle, Björn Ellger, Dubravka Kojic, Astrid Feuersenger, Christina Schneid, John Stover, Daniela Scheiner, Martin Westphal
BACKGROUND & AIMS: Early randomised controlled trials (RCTs) testing whether parenteral nutrition regimens that include glutamine dipeptides improves the outcomes of critically ill patients demonstrated convincingly that this regimen associates with reduced mortality, infections, and hospital stays. However, several new RCTs on the same question challenged this. To resolve this controversy, the present meta-analysis was performed. Stringent eligibility criteria were used to select only those RCTs that tested the outcomes of critically ill adult patients without hepatic and/or renal failure who were haemodynamically and metabolically stabilised and who were administered glutamine dipeptide strictly according to current clinical guidelines (via the parenteral route at 0...
February 2017: Clinical Nutrition ESPEN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28356404/medical-management-of-chronic-thromboembolic-pulmonary-hypertension
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REVIEW
Joanna Pepke-Zaba, Hossein-Ardeschir Ghofrani, Marius M Hoeper
Chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) results from incomplete resolution of acute pulmonary emboli, organised into fibrotic material that obstructs large pulmonary arteries, and distal small-vessel arteriopathy. Pulmonary endarterectomy (PEA) is the treatment of choice for eligible patients with CTEPH; in expert centres, PEA has low in-hospital mortality rates and excellent long-term survival. Supportive medical therapy consists of lifelong anticoagulation plus diuretics and oxygen, as needed...
March 31, 2017: European Respiratory Review: An Official Journal of the European Respiratory Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28343949/lactate-and-echocardiography-before-veno-venous-extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support
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Chiara Lazzeri, Manuela Bonizzoli, Giovanni Cianchi, Stefano Batacchi, Paolo Terenzi, Morena Cozzolino, Pasquale Bernardo, Adriano Peris
BACKGROUND: Lactate has been recognised as a prognostic factor in several critical conditions. Veno-Venous Extracorporeal Membrane Oxygenation (VV-ECMO) is a well-established therapy in patients with Acute Respiratory Disease Syndrome (ARDS) unresponsive to conventional therapy and echocardiography pre ECMO initiation has been recently reported to help in risk stratifying these patients. METHODS: We assessed whether the detection of hyperlactataemia could be associated with the presence of left ventricle (LV) or right ventricle (RV) dysfunction in 121 consecutive patients with refractory ARDS...
March 14, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28333321/preconception-and-early-pregnancy-maternal-haemodynamic-changes-in-healthy-women-in-relation-to-pregnancy-viability
#17
F L Foo, A Collins, C M McEniery, P R Bennett, I B Wilkinson, C C Lees
STUDY QUESTION: Are there differences in preconception cardiovascular function between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage? SUMMARY ANSWER: Preconception cardiovascular function of central haemodynamics and arterial function are similar between women who have a viable pregnancy and those who have a first trimester miscarriage. WHAT IS KNOWN ALREADY: Miscarriages have been associated with increased long-term cardiovascular disease risk, and arterial and cardiovascular dysfunction has been hypothesised as the common link...
May 1, 2017: Human Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329164/large-animal-model-of-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-in-pacing-induced-end-stage-heart-failure
#18
Marcin Malinowski, Alistair G Proudfoot, David Langholz, Lenora Eberhart, Michael Brown, Hans Schubert, Jeremy Wodarek, Tomasz A Timek
OBJECTIVES: Functional tricuspid regurgitation (FTR) is common in patients with advanced heart failure and frequently complicates left ventricular assist device implantation yet remains poorly understood. We set out to establish large animal model of FTR that could serve as a research platform to investigate the pathogenesis of FTR associated with end-stage heart failure. METHODS: : Through right thoracotomy, ten adult sheep underwent implantation of pacemaker with epicardial LV lead, five sonomicrometry crystals on the right ventricle, and left and right ventricular telemetry pressure sensors during a beating heart off-pump procedure...
February 21, 2017: Interactive Cardiovascular and Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28323164/mapping-the-pharmacological-modulation-of-brain-oxygen-metabolism-the-effects-of-caffeine-on-absolute-cmro2-measured-using-dual-calibrated-fmri
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Alberto Merola, Michael A Germuska, Esther Ah Warnert, Lewys Richmond, Daniel Helme, Sharmila Khot, Kevin Murphy, Peter J Rogers, Judith E Hall, Richard G Wise
This study aims to map the acute effects of caffeine ingestion on grey matter oxygen metabolism and haemodynamics with a novel MRI method. Sixteen healthy caffeine consumers (8 males, age=24.7±5.1) were recruited to this randomised, double-blind, placebo-controlled study. Each participant was scanned on two days before and after the delivery of an oral caffeine (250mg) or placebo capsule. Our measurements were obtained with a newly proposed estimation approach applied to data from a dual calibration fMRI experiment that uses hypercapnia and hyperoxia to modulate brain blood flow and oxygenation...
March 18, 2017: NeuroImage
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314671/a-case-of-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-fistulas-between-multiple-systemic-arteries-and-the-right-pulmonary-artery-in-an-adult-discovered-for-occulted-dyspnoea
#20
Ji-Feng Li, Zhen-Guo Zhai, Tu-Guang Kuang, Min Liu, Zhan-Hong Ma, Yi-Dan Li, Yuan-Hua Yang
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) can be caused by a fistula between the systemic and pulmonary arteries. Here, we report a case of PH due to multiple fistulas between systemic arteries and the right pulmonary artery where the ventilation/perfusion scan showed no perfusion in the right lung. METHODS: A 32-year-old male patient was hospitalised for community-acquired pneumonia. After treatment with antibiotics, the pneumonia was alleviated but dyspnoea persisted...
February 22, 2017: Heart, Lung & Circulation
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