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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28339476/transgenic-mice-overexpressing-desmocollin-2-dsc2-develop-cardiomyopathy-associated-with-myocardial-inflammation-and-fibrotic-remodeling
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Andreas Brodehl, Darrell D Belke, Lauren Garnett, Kristina Martens, Nelly Abdelfatah, Marcela Rodriguez, Catherine Diao, Yong-Xiang Chen, Paul M K Gordon, Anders Nygren, Brenda Gerull
BACKGROUND: Arrhythmogenic cardiomyopathy is an inherited heart muscle disorder leading to ventricular arrhythmias and heart failure, mainly as a result of mutations in cardiac desmosomal genes. Desmosomes are cell-cell junctions mediating adhesion of cardiomyocytes; however, the molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying the disease remain widely unknown. Desmocollin-2 is a desmosomal cadherin serving as an anchor molecule required to reconstitute homeostatic intercellular adhesion with desmoglein-2...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28334029/prognostic-power-of-global-2d-strain-according-to-left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Myung-Jin Cha, Hyun-Sook Kim, Seong Hwan Kim, Jae-Hyeong Park, Goo-Yeong Cho
BACKGROUNDS: We aimed to evaluate the predictive power of longitudinal and circumferential fibers according to left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) in successfully reperfused acute ST elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) patients. METHODS: Total 691 patients (age 59±13, 20% female) underwent clinical evaluation and conventional and strain echocardiography (Global longitudinal strain (GLS), global circumferential strain (GCS)). The clinical outcome was defined as the composite of death, hospitalization for heart failure, non-fatal myocardial infarction, and ventricular arrhythmia...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28330653/complementary-role-of-cmr-to-conventional-screening-in-the-diagnosis-and-prognosis-of-cardiac-sarcoidosis
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Vasileios Kouranos, George E Tzelepis, Aggeliki Rapti, Sofia Mavrogeni, Konstantina Aggeli, Marousa Douskou, Sanjay Prasad, Nikolaos Koulouris, Petros Sfikakis, Athol Wells, Elias Gialafos
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess the independent and collective diagnostic value of various modalities in cardiac sarcoidosis, delineate the role of cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR), and identify patients at risk. BACKGROUND: Cardiac sarcoidosis is associated with increased morbidity and mortality. CMR is a key modality in the evaluation of patients with cardiac symptoms, but the complementary role of CMR to conventional tests for the diagnosis of cardiac sarcoidosis is not fully defined...
March 10, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
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/28329385/importance-of-combined-left-atrial-size-and-estimated-pulmonary-pressure-for-clinical-outcome-in-patients-presenting-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Erwan Donal, Lars H Lund, Emmanuel Oger, Christian Bosseau, Amélie Reynaud, Camilla Hage, Elodie Drouet, J-Claude Daubert, Cecila Linde
Aims: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a complex syndrome with various phenotypes and outcomes. The prognostic relevance of echocardiography and the E/e' ratio has previously been reported. We sought to study in addition, the value of estimated pulmonary pressure and left atrial size for diagnosing and determining a prognosis for HFpEF-patients in a prospective multi-centric cohort. Methods and results: Patients with an acute-HF event accompanied with NT-proBNP >300 pg/mL (BNP >100 pg/mL) and LVEF >45% were included (n = 237) and clinically reassessed using echo-Doppler after 4-8 weeks of HF treatment as part of the prospective KaRen HFpEF study...
March 4, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329319/phenotyping-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-by-echocardiography-a-light-in-the-tunnel
#6
Ignatios Ikonomidis, Dimitrios Vlastos, John Parissis
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
March 5, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329299/rational-and-design-of-eurocrt-an-international-observational-study-on-multi-modality-imaging-and-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Erwan Donal, Victoria Delgado, Julien Magne, Chiara Bucciarelli-Ducci, Christophe Leclercq, Bernard Cosyns, Marta Sitges, Thor Edvardsen, Elif Sade, Ivan Stankovic, Eustachio Agricola, Maurizio Galderisi, Patrizio Lancellotti, Alfredo Hernandez, Sven Plein, Denisa Muraru, Ehud Schwammenthal, Gerhard Hindricks, Bogdan A Popescu, Gilbert Habib
Aims: Assessment of left ventricular (LV) volumes and ejection fraction (LVEF) with cardiac imaging is important in the selection of patients for cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). Several observational studies have explored the role of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters to predict the response to CRT, but have yielded inconsistent results, precluding the inclusion of imaging-derived LV dyssynchrony parameters in current guidelines for selection of patients for CRT. METHODS: The EuroCRT is a large European multicentre prospective observational study led by the European Association of Cardiovascular Imaging...
February 27, 2017: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28329100/long-term-cardiovascular-changes-following-creation-of-arteriovenous-fistula-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease
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Yogesh N V Reddy, Masaru Obokata, Patrick G Dean, Vojtech Melenovsky, Karl A Nath, Barry A Borlaug
Aims: Short-term studies have reported left ventricular (LV) dilatation following surgical creation of arteriovenous fistulas (AVF) or arteriovenous grafts (AVGs), but chronic cardiac structural and functional changes have not been examined or related to clinical outcomes following AVF/AVG. We sought to characterize the long-term changes in cardiac structure and function in patients undergoing shunt creation for haemodialysis. Methods and results: A retrospective analysis was performed of patients undergoing echocardiography before and after surgical AVF/AVG creation for the initiation of haemodialysis...
March 6, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28328570/concomitant-valve-in-valve-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-and-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
#9
Takashi Murashita, David L Joyce, Alberto Pochettino, John M Stulak, Lyle D Joyce
Redo aortic valve replacement (AVR) performed simultaneously with left ventricular assist device (LVAD) implantation carries potential for increased mortality rates. Although transcatheter AVR has been used for patients with previous LVAD placement, no literature reports concomitant valve-in-valve transcatheter AVR and LVAD implantation. Our patient had severe aortic prosthetic valve deterioration and advanced heart failure. Given the risks associated with reoperative aortic valve surgery, we chose transcatheter AVR at the time of LVAD implantation...
March 22, 2017: Innovations: Technology and Techniques in Cardiothoracic and Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28327144/computational-medical-imaging-and-hemodynamics-framework-for-functional-analysis-and-assessment-of-cardiovascular-structures
#10
REVIEW
Kelvin K L Wong, Defeng Wang, Jacky K L Ko, Jagannath Mazumdar, Thu-Thao Le, Dhanjoo Ghista
Cardiac dysfunction constitutes common cardiovascular health issues in the society, and has been an investigation topic of strong focus by researchers in the medical imaging community. Diagnostic modalities based on echocardiography, magnetic resonance imaging, chest radiography and computed tomography are common techniques that provide cardiovascular structural information to diagnose heart defects. However, functional information of cardiovascular flow, which can in fact be used to support the diagnosis of many cardiovascular diseases with a myriad of hemodynamics performance indicators, remains unexplored to its full potential...
March 21, 2017: Biomedical Engineering Online
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325106/impact-of-age-on-left-ventricular-geometry-and-diastolic-function-in-elderly-patients-with-treated-hypertension
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Ayumi Toba, Taro Kariya, Rie Aoyama, Taizo Ishiyama, Yusuke Tsuboko, Kazuhiro Takeda, Hajime Fujimoto, Kentaro Shimokado, Kazumasa Harada
PURPOSE: Left ventricular (LV) remodelling is observed in numerous patients with hypertension and is a principal cause of heart failure in elderly patients. The aim of this study was to determine the relationships between age and structural/functional LV remodelling observed in elderly hypertensive patients. METHODS: A total of 557 elderly hypertensive patients (mean age: 74.0 ± 8.6 years) with preserved LV systolic function underwent echocardiography and 24-hour blood pressure (BP) measurement...
March 22, 2017: Blood Pressure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28322009/prognostic-importance-of-left-ventricular-mechanical-dyssynchrony-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Tor Biering-Sørensen, Sanjiv J Shah, Inder Anand, Nancy Sweitzer, Brian Claggett, Li Liu, Bertram Pitt, Marc A Pfeffer, Scott D Solomon, Amil M Shah
AIMS: Left ventricular mechanical dyssynchrony has been described in heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF), but its prognostic significance is not known. METHODS AND RESULTS: Of 3445 patients with HFpEF enrolled in the Treatment of Preserved Cardiac Function Heart Failure with an Aldosterone Antagonist (TOPCAT) trial, dyssynchrony analysis was performed on 424 patients (12%) by multiple speckle tracking echocardiography strain-based criteria. The primary dyssynchrony analysis was the standard deviation of the time to peak longitudinal strain (SD T2P LS)...
March 21, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28321239/xinfuli-improves-cardiac-function-histopathological-changes-and-attenuate-cardiomyocyte-apoptosis-in-rats-with-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Pei-Pei Lu, Jie Ma, Xiao-Peng Liang, Cai-Xia Guo, Yan-Kun Yang, Kun-Qi Yang, Qi-Ming Shen, Li-Hong Ma, Xian-Liang Zhou
BACKGROUND: Xinfuli Granule (XG), a compound Chinese herbal medicine, has been effectively used in China for the treatment of heart failure for more than fifty years. This study aimed to investigate the effects and the underlying mechanisms of Xinfuli in rats with doxorubicin-induced cardiotoxicity. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were treated with intraperitoneal injection of Doxorubicin (DOX, 2.5 mg/kg per week) for six weeks, and then randomly divided into four groups which received intragastrically administration of normal saline (control group) or different dosage of XG (0...
December 2016: Journal of Geriatric Cardiology: JGC
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320997/prognostic-impact-of-diastolic-wall-strain-in-patients-at-risk-for-heart-failure
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Masatoshi Minamisawa, Takashi Miura, Hirohiko Motoki, Yasushi Ueki, Kunihiko Shimizu, Wataru Shoin, Mikiko Harada, Tomoaki Mochidome, Koji Yoshie, Yasutaka Oguchi, Naoto Hashizume, Hitoshi Nishimura, Naoyuki Abe, Soichiro Ebisawa, Atsushi Izawa, Jun Koyama, Uichi Ikeda
Diastolic wall strain (DWS) is based on the linear elastic theory, according to which decreased wall thinning during diastole reflects reduced left ventricular compliance and thus increased diastolic stiffness. Increased diastolic stiffness as assessed by DWS is associated with a worse prognosis in patients who have heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction. However, there are no data about the prognostic value of DWS derived by M-mode echocardiography in patients at risk for HF. We retrospectively enrolled 1829 consecutive patients without prior HF who were hospitalized for cardiovascular (CV) diseases in our hospital between 2005 and 2012...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320996/feasibility-of-extracorporeal-shock-wave-myocardial-revascularization-therapy-for-post-acute-myocardial-infarction-patients-and-refractory-angina-pectoris-patients
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Masahiro Myojo, Jiro Ando, Masae Uehara, Masao Daimon, Masafumi Watanabe, Issei Komuro
Extracorporeal shockwave myocardial revascularization (ESMR) is one of the new treatment options for refractory angina pectoris (RAP), and some studies have indicated its effectiveness. A single-arm prospective trial to assess the feasibility of ESMR using Cardiospec for patients with post-acute myocardial infarction (AMI) and RAP was designed and performed. The patients were treated with 9 sessions of ESMR to the ischemic areas for 9 weeks. The feasibility measures included echocardiography; cardiac magnetic resonance imaging; troponin T, creatine kinase-MB (CK-MB), and brain natriuretic peptide testing; and a Seattle Angina Questionnaire (SAQ) survey...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320992/right-ventricular-enlargement-and-renal-function-are-associated-with-smooth-introduction-of-adaptive-servo-ventilation-therapy-in-chronic-heart-failure-patients
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Toshihiro Iwasaku, Yoshitaka Okuhara, Akiyo Eguchi, Tomotaka Ando, Yoshiro Naito, Tohru Masuyama, Shinichi Hirotani
Although adaptive servo-ventilation (ASV) therapy has beneficial effects on chronic heart failure (CHF), a relatively large number of CHF patients cannot undergo ASV therapy due to general discomfort from the mask and/or positive airway pressure. The present study aimed to clarify baseline patient characteristics which are associated with the smooth introduction of ASV treatment in stable CHF inpatients.Thirty-two consecutive heart failure (HF) inpatients were enrolled (left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) < 45%, estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) > 10 mL/minute/1...
March 21, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28320395/vasoproliferative-process-resembling-pulmonary-capillary-hemangiomatosis-in-a-cat
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J A Jaffey, K J Williams, I Masseau, M Krueger, C Reinero
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is a rare, vascular obstructive disorder that uniformly causes pulmonary arterial hypertension. Clinically, pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is indistinguishable from primary pulmonary arterial hypertension and histology is required for definitive diagnosis. The distinctive histologic feature of pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis is non-malignant extensive proliferation of capillaries in the alveolar septae. Vasodilator treatment of humans with primary arterial hypertension due to pulmonary capillary hemangiomatosis can result in fatal acute pulmonary edema...
March 20, 2017: BMC Veterinary Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319168/targeting-chronic-cardiac-remodeling-with-cardiac-progenitor-cells-in-a-murine-model-of-ischemia-reperfusion-injury
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Janine C Deddens, Dries A Feyen, Peter-Paul Zwetsloot, Maike A Brans, Sailay Siddiqi, Linda W van Laake, Pieter A Doevendans, Joost P Sluijter
BACKGROUND: Translational failure for cardiovascular disease is a substantial problem involving both high research costs and an ongoing lack of novel treatment modalities. Despite the progress already made, cell therapy for chronic heart failure in the clinical setting is still hampered by poor translation. We used a murine model of chronic ischemia/reperfusion injury to examine the effect of minimally invasive application of cardiac progenitor cells (CPC) in cardiac remodeling and to improve clinical translation...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317170/added-clinical-value-of-applying-myocardial-deformation-imaging-to-assess-right-ventricular-function
#19
REVIEW
Vladislavs Sokalskis, Diletta Peluso, Annika Jagodzinski, Christoph Sinning
Right heart dysfunction has been found to be a strong prognostic factor predicting adverse outcome in various cardiopulmonary diseases. Conventional echocardiographic measurements can be limited by geometrical assumptions and impaired reproducibility. Speckle tracking-derived strain provides a robust quantification of right ventricular function. It explicitly evaluates myocardial deformation, as opposed to tissue Doppler-derived strain, which is computed from tissue velocity gradients. Right ventricular longitudinal strain provides a sensitive tool for detecting right ventricular dysfunction, even at subclinical levels...
March 19, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
#20
Simon Antoine Sarr, Abdou Majib Gaye, Fatou Aw, Jean de Dieu Nzambaza, Malick Bodian, Kana Babaka, Mouhamadou Bamba Ndiaye, Adama Kane, Maboury Diao, Serigne Abdou Ba
BACKGROUND Cardiac lymphoma is a rare entity, defined by the non-extra cardiac location at diagnosis. CASE REPORT Our patient was a 32-year-old female with no particular medical history, who presented with right heart failure with recurrent ascites and pleural effusion. There was a progressive worsening exertional dyspnea. On admission, examination revealed an irregular tachycardia at 170 beats per minute (bpm) and congestive heart failure. The electrocardiogram scored full tachyarrhythmia by atrial fibrillation with an average ventricular rate of 179 cycles per minute...
March 20, 2017: American Journal of Case Reports
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