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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730869/impact-of-iron-deficiency-on-exercise-capacity-and-outcome-in-heart-failure-with-reduced-mid-range-and-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Pieter Martens, Petra Nijst, Frederik H Verbrugge, Kevin Smeets, Matthias Dupont, Wilfried Mullens
BACKGROUND: Little information is available about the prevalence and impact on exercise capacity and outcome of iron deficiency in heart failure with mid-range (HFmrEF) and preserved (HFpEF) ejection fraction in comparison to heart failure with reduced ejection-fraction (HFrEF). Furthermore, no data is available about the progression of ID in patients without baseline anaemia. METHODS: We evaluated baseline iron and haemoglobin-status in a single-centre, prospective heart failure database...
July 21, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28728260/-clinical-analysis-of-pacing-therapy-and-treatment-of-complications-during-follow-up-in-children
#2
P J Zhao, Y W Chen, F Li, Y Li, J P Yang, J J Wu
Objective: To analyze characteristics of permanent pacemaker implantation in children as well as treatment and prognosis of complications. Method: Clinical data of children who underwent endocardial or epicardial permanent pacemaker implantation between April 2000 and June 2016 in Shanghai Xinhua Hospital and Shanghai Children's Medical Center were analyzed retrospectively. These patients were discharged 5 days after implantation. Electrocardiogram, chest X ray, echocardiography and pacemaker programming were performed during follow-up...
July 2, 2017: Zhonghua Er Ke za Zhi. Chinese Journal of Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28727607/new-onset-heart-failure-and-mortality-in-hospital-survivors-of-sepsis-related-left-ventricular-dysfunction
#3
Saraschandra Vallabhajosyula, Jacob C Jentzer, Jeffrey B Geske, Mukesh Kumar, Ankit Sakhuja, Akhil Singhal, Joseph T Poterucha, Kianoush Kashani, Joseph G Murphy, Ognjen Gajic, Rahul Kashyap
BACKGROUND: The association between new-onset left ventricular (LV) dysfunction during sepsis with long-term heart failure outcomes is lesser understood. METHODS: Retrospective cohort study of all adult patients with severe sepsis and septic shock between 2007 and 2014 that underwent echocardiography within 72 hours admitted to the intensive care unit. Patients with prior heart failure, LV dysfunction, and structural heart disease were excluded. LV systolic dysfunction was defined as LV ejection fraction <50% and LV diastolic dysfunction as ≥grade II...
July 19, 2017: Shock
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28721147/the-importance-of-two-metabolic-syndrome-diagnostic-criteria-and-body-fat-distribution-in-predicting-clinical-severity-and-prognosis-of-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Marko Mornar Jelavic, Zdravko Babic, Hrvoje Pintaric
INTRODUCTION: The interrelation between metabolic syndrome (MetS) (the revised National Cholesterol Education Program-Adult Treatment Panel III (NCEP-ATP III) and International Diabetes Federation (IDF)) and obesity indices in predicting clinical severity and prognosis of acute ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) is insufficiently known. MATERIAL AND METHODS: This prospective study included 250 acute STEMI patients treated with primary percutaneous coronary intervention...
June 2017: Archives of Medical Science: AMS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28720600/is-the-mechanism-of-re-expansion-pulmonary-oedema-in-a-heart-lung-interaction
#5
Candy Masego Mokotedi, Martin Balik
The mechanism of re-expansion pulmonary oedema (Re-PE) is unclear. There are multiple variables in play when evaluating the response to evacuation of pleural fluid. We present an educational case of a critically ill patient admitted for respiratory failure who was fully dependent on ventricular pacing set at a constant rate throughout the episode of Re-PE. The transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) showed an ejection fraction of 38%, moderate mitral regurgitation (MR), mildly dilated right ventricle and moderate pulmonary hypertension...
July 18, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28716801/diabetes-mellitus-microalbuminuria-and-subclinical-cardiac-disease-identification-and-monitoring-of-individuals-at-risk-of-heart-failure
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Peter P Swoboda, Adam K McDiarmid, Bara Erhayiem, David P Ripley, Laura E Dobson, Pankaj Garg, Tarique A Musa, Klaus K Witte, Mark T Kearney, Julian H Barth, Ramzi Ajjan, John P Greenwood, Sven Plein
BACKGROUND: Patients with type 2 diabetes mellitus and elevated urinary albumin:creatinine ratio (ACR) have increased risk of heart failure. We hypothesized this was because of cardiac tissue changes rather than silent coronary artery disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: In a case-controlled observational study 130 subjects including 50 ACR+ve diabetes mellitus patients with persistent microalbuminuria (ACR >2.5 mg/mol in males and >3.5 mg/mol in females, ≥2 measurements, no previous renin-angiotensin-aldosterone therapy, 50 ACR-ve diabetes mellitus patients and 30 controls underwent cardiovascular magnetic resonance for investigation of myocardial fibrosis, ischemia and infarction, and echocardiography...
July 17, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714523/echocardiographic-parameters-versus-cha2ds2-vasc-score-in-prediction-of-overall-cardiac-events-heart-failure-and-stroke-in-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation
#7
Li-Tan Yang, Wei-Chuan Tsai, Ho-Ming Su
BACKGROUND: Apart from stroke, atrial fibrillation (AF) is associated with higher mortality and heart failure (HF), in which risk stratification scheme is lacking. Therefore this investigation examined the prognostic value of echocardiographic predictors against CHA₂DS₂-VASc score in permanent non-valvular AF (NVAF). METHOD: In 252 asymptomatic or mildly symptomatic consecutive patients with NVAF, comprehensive echocardiography was performed. Left atrial deformation parameters were also obtained by two-dimensional speckle tracking echocardiography...
July 17, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28714039/current-role-of-echocardiography-in-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
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Donato Mele, Matteo Bertini, Michele Malagù, Marianna Nardozza, Roberto Ferrari
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an established treatment for patients with heart failure and left ventricular systolic dysfunction. Patients are usually assessed by echocardiography, which provides a number of anatomical and functional information used for cardiac dyssynchrony assessment, prognostic stratification, identification of the optimal site of pacing in the left ventricle, optimization of the CRT device, and patient follow-up. Compared to other cardiac imaging techniques, echocardiography has the advantage to be non-invasive, repeatable, and safe, without exposure to ionizing radiation or nefrotoxic contrast...
July 17, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28712539/chronic-treatment-with-angiotensin-converting-enzyme-inhibitor-increases-cardiac-fibrosis-in-young-rats-submitted-to-early-ovarian-failure
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Sabrina Graziani Veloso Dutra, Ana Carolina Sanches Felix, Ada Clarice Gastaldi, Tábata De Paula Facioli, Suenimeire Vieira, Hugo Celso Dutra De Souza
BACKGROUND: We investigated whether the treatment with enalapril maleate, combined with aerobic physical training, promotes positive effects on the autonomic balance, the morphology and the cardiac function in female rats submitted to early ovarian failure. METHODS: Thirty-five female Wistar rats, ovariectomized at 10weeks of age, were assigned into Ovariectomized rats (OVX) and Ovariectomized rats treated with enalapril maleate (OVX-EM, 10mg(-1)·kg(-1)·d(-1)) Each group was subdivided into sedentary and trained (aerobic swimming training for 10weeks)...
July 10, 2017: Autonomic Neuroscience: Basic & Clinical
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711449/intrarenal-flow-alterations-during-transition-from-euvolemia-to-intravascular-volume-expansion-in-heart-failure-patients
#10
Petra Nijst, Pieter Martens, Matthias Dupont, W H Wilson Tang, Wilfried Mullens
OBJECTIVES: The goal of this study was to assess: 1) the intrarenal flow in heart failure (HF) patients during the transition from euvolemia to intravascular volume overload; and 2) the relationship between intrarenal flow and diuretic efficiency. BACKGROUND: Intrarenal blood flow alterations may help to better understand impaired volume handling in HF. METHODS: Resistance index (RI) and venous impedance index (VII) were assessed in 6 healthy subjects, 40 euvolemic HF patients with reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) and 10 HF patients with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF)...
July 6, 2017: JACC. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28710503/rac1-mediated-cardiac-damage-causes-diastolic-dysfunction-in-a-mouse-model-of-subacute-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Jan Ohlig, Christian Henninger, Simone Zander, Marc Merx, Malte Kelm, Gerhard Fritz
The anticancer efficacy of anthracyclines is limited by congestive heart failure. Clinically established markers of early onset of cardiotoxicity following anthracycline treatment and preventive measures are missing. Although statins are reported to alleviate anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in vivo, the molecular mechanisms involved remain elusive. In vitro data point to Rac1 as major target of the cytoprotective statin effects. Here we investigated whether specific inhibition of Rac1 by NSC23766 is as effective as lovastatin in preventing subacute cardiotoxicity following doxorubicin treatment...
July 14, 2017: Archives of Toxicology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709930/particle-image-velocimetry-study-of-the-celiac-trunk-hemodynamic-induced-by-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device
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Francesco Scardulla, Diego Bellavia, Leonardo D'Acquisto, Giuseppe M Raffa, Salvatore Pasta
Whereas left ventricular assist device (LVAD) is the gold-standard therapy for patients with heart failure, gastrointestinal bleeding is one of the most common complications. LVAD implantation may remarkably impact aortic hemodynamics so that experimental and computational flow analyses can be used to study the disease mechanisms. Here we present an experimentally-calibrated computational model of the celiac trunk hemodynamic of a LVAD-supported patient who experienced bleeding after device implantation. Specifically, both particle image velocimetry (PIV) and echocardiography were used to measure and compare flow distributions in each branch of a phantom model of the patient abdominal aorta...
July 12, 2017: Medical Engineering & Physics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709768/plasma-sphingosine-1-phosphate-concentrations-are-associated-with-systolic-heart-failure-in-patients-with-ischemic-heart-disease
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Amin Polzin, Kerstin Piayda, Petra Keul, Lisa Dannenberg, Annemarie Mohring, Markus Gräler, Tobias Zeus, Malte Kelm, Bodo Levkau
OBJECTIVE: Sphingosine-1-Phosphate (S1P) is a bioactive sphingolipid with important functions in immunity, inflammation and cardiovascular biology. S1P is associated with prevalence and severity of coronary artery disease and myocardial infarction. However, its relevance in ischemic cardiomyopathy is unknown. We aimed to investigate associations of plasma S1P and other sphingolipids with the extent of heart failure in patients with ischemic heart disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: 74 patients with ischemic heart disease were investigated in this observational study...
July 12, 2017: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28709699/strategy-to-identify-subjects-with-diabetes-mellitus-more-suitable-for-selective-echocardiographic-screening-the-david-berg-study
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Mauro Gori, Paolo Canova, Alice Calabrese, Giovanni Cioffi, Roberto Trevisan, Renata De Maria, Aurelia Grosu, Attilio Iacovoni, Alessandra Fontana, Paola Ferrari, Stephen J Greene, Mihai Gheorghiade, Gianfranco Parati, Antonello Gavazzi, Michele Senni
BACKGROUND: Despite the burden of pre-clinical heart failure (HF) among diabetes mellitus (DM) patients, routine screening echocardiography is not currently recommended. We prospectively assessed risk prediction for HF/death of a screening strategy combining clinical data, electrocardiogram, NTproBNP, and echocardiogram, aiming to identify DM patients more suitable for selective echocardiography. METHODS: Among 4047 screened subjects aged≥55/≤80years, the DAVID-Berg Study prospectively enrolled 623 outpatients with DM, or hypertension, or known cardiovascular disease but with no HF history/symptoms...
June 28, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708228/clinical-and-subclinical-cardiac-late-effects-in-pediatric-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-survivors
#15
Carlo Materazzo, Maura Massimino, Elisabetta Schiavello, Marta Podda, Lorenza Gandola, Graziella Cefalo, Serena Catania, Cristina Meazza, Ivan Moschetti, Monica Terenziani
PURPOSE: Cardiac late effects are responsible for a significant burden of mortality and morbidity among pediatric Hodgkin's lymphoma (HL) survivors (HLS). The aim of our study was to assess clinical and subclinical cardiac sequelae in a cohort of childhood HLS treated in the 1980s with doxorubicin, bleomycin, vinblastine, and dacarbazine (the ABVD regimen) and limited-field radiotherapy (RT). METHODS: We retrospectively examined a series of HLS treated from 1979 to 1989...
July 8, 2017: Tumori
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28708197/risk-stratification-personalised-model-for-prediction-of-life-threatening-ventricular-tachyarrhythmias-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure
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Alexander Vladimirovich Frolov, Tatjana Gennadjevna Vaikhanskaya, Olga Petrovna Melnikova, Anatoly Pavlovich Vorobiev, Ludmila Michajlovna Guel
BACKGROUND: The development of prognostic factors of life-threatening ventricular tachyarrhythmias (VTA) and sudden cardiac death (SCD) continues to maintain its priority and relevance in cardiology. The development of a method of personalised prognosis based on multifactorial analysis of the risk factors associated with life-threatening heart rhythm disturbances is considered a key research and clinical task. AIM: To design a prognostic and mathematical model to define personalised risk for life-threatening VTA in patients with chronic heart failure (CHF)...
2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28706558/qiliqiangxin-enhances-cardiac-glucose-metabolism-and-improves-diastolic-function-in-spontaneously-hypertensive-rats
#17
Jingfeng Wang, Zhiming Li, Yanyan Wang, Jingjing Zhang, Weipeng Zhao, Mingqiang Fu, Xueting Han, Jingmin Zhou, Junbo Ge
Cardiac diastolic dysfunction has emerged as a growing type of heart failure. The present study aims to explore whether Qiliqiangxin (QL) can benefit cardiac diastolic function in spontaneously hypertensive rat (SHR) through enhancement of cardiac glucose metabolism. Fifteen 12-month-old male SHRs were randomly divided into QL-treated, olmesartan-treated, and saline-treated groups. Age-matched WKY rats served as normal controls. Echocardiography and histological analysis were performed. Myocardial glucose uptake was determined by (18)F-FDG using small-animal PET imaging...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705053/cardiac-amyloidosis-pathogenesis-clinical-context-diagnosis-and-management-options
#18
Hassan Alkhawam, Darshan Patel, James Nguyen, Saumya Mariam Easaw, Mohammed Al-Sadawi, Umer Syed, Feras Zaiem, Maher Homsi, Timothy J Vittorio
Amyloidosis covers a group of disorders that can manifest in virtually any organ system in the body and is thought to be secondary to misfolding of extracellular proteins with subsequent deposition in tissues. The precursor protein that is produced in excess defines the specific amyloid type. This requires histopathological confirmation using Congo-red dye with its characteristic demonstration of green birefringence under cross-polarized light. There are three main types of amyloidosis associated with cardiac involvement: light-chain (AL), familial or senile (ATTR), and secondary (AA) amyloidosis...
July 14, 2017: Acta Cardiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28701672/the-shortest-qrs-duration-of-an-electrocardiogram-might-be-an-optimal-electrocardiographic-predictor-for-response-to-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#19
Jan-Yow Chen, Kuo-Hung Lin, Kuan-Cheng Chang, Che-Yi Chou
QRS duration has been associated with the response to cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT). However, the methods for defining QRS duration to predict the outcome of CRT have discrepancies in previous reports. The aim of this study was to determine an optimal measurement of QRS duration to predict the response to CRT.Sixty-one patients who received CRT were analyzed. All patients had class III-IV heart failure, left ventricular ejection fraction not more than 35%, and complete left bundle branch block. The shortest, longest, and average QRS durations from the 12 leads of each electrocardiogram (ECG) were measured...
July 13, 2017: International Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28698735/cardioprotection-against-heart-failure-by-shenfu-injection-via-tgf-%C3%AE-smads-signaling-pathway
#20
Jingyu Ni, Yang Shi, Lan Li, Jingrui Chen, Lingyan Li, Min Li, Jinqiang Zhu, Yan Zhu, Guanwei Fan
OBJECTIVE: To explore the potential cardioprotective mechanism of Shenfu injection (SFI) against heart failure (HF) by attenuating myocardial fibrosis and cardiac remodeling. METHODS AND RESULTS: Four weeks after myocardial infarction (MI), adult male Sprague Dawley rats were randomized for 4-week treatment with Valsartan, SFI, or vehicle. Echocardiography and hemodynamics were applied to evaluate cardiac functions. Myocardia of coronary artery ligated (CAD) rats were observed to investigate changes in cardiac structure and function...
2017: Evidence-based Complementary and Alternative Medicine: ECAM
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