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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27928262/non-hodgkin-s-lymphoma-presenting-as-constrictive-pericarditis-a-rare-case-report
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Maryam Nabati, Keyvan Yosofnezhad, Morteza Taghavi, Ali Abbasi, Ali Ghaemian
Constrictive pericarditis (CP) is an uncommon post inflammatory disorder. It is described as pericardial thickening, myocardial constriction, and impaired diastolic filling. The most common etiologies are idiopathy, mediastinal radiotherapy, and prior cardiac surgery. Less common etiologies include viral infections, collagen vascular disorders, renal failure, sarcoidosis, tuberculosis, and blunt chest trauma. CP can less commonly be caused by malignancy. We report a very rare case of non-Hodgkin's lymphoma (NHL) presenting twice with attacks of decompensated heart failure...
April 13, 2016: Journal of Tehran Heart Center
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925367/transient-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-transplantation-of-an-extremely-oversized-donor-heart-in-a-child-does-size-matter-a-case-report
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J Birnbaum, S M Ulrich, R Schramm, C Hagl, A Lehner, M Fischer, N A Haas, B Heineking
In pediatric heart transplantation, the size of the donor organ is an important criterion for organ allocation. Oversized donor hearts are often accepted with good results, but some complications in relation to a high donor-recipient ratio have been described. Our patient was transplanted for progressive heart failure in dilated cardiomyopathy. The donor-to-recipient weight ratio was 3 (donor weight 65 kg, recipient weight 22 kg). The intra-operative echocardiography before chest closure showed excellent cardiac function, no tricuspid valve regurgitation, and a normal central venous pressure...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925364/discriminatory-ability-of-right-atrial-volumes-with-two-and-three-dimensional-echocardiography-to-detect-elevated-right-atrial-pressure-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#3
Ellen Ostenfeld, Anna Werther-Evaldsson, Henrik Engblom, Annika Ingvarsson, Anders Roijer, Carl Meurling, Johan Holm, Göran Rådegran, Marcus Carlsson
AIMS: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) patients have high mortality due to right ventricular failure. Predictors of poor prognostic outcome are increased right atrial volume (RAV) and elevated mean right atrial pressure (mRAP). Our aim was to determine whether RAV measured with 2D echocardiography (2DE) and 3D echocardiography (3DE) can detect elevated mRAP in patients evaluated for PH. METHODS: Of 85 patients prospectively evaluated for PH, 44 patients (63 ± 15 years, 57% female) had 2DE, 3DE and right heart catheterization within 48 h and were in sinus rhythm...
December 7, 2016: Clinical Physiology and Functional Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921080/echo-and-bnp-serial-assessment-in-ambulatory-heart-failure-care-data-on-loop-diuretic-use-and-renal-function
#4
Frank Lloyd Dini, Anca Simioniuc, Erberto Carluccio, Stefano Ghio, Andrea Rossi, Paolo Biagioli, Gianpaolo Reboldi, Gian Giacomo Galeotti, Fei Lu, Cornelia Zara, Gillian Whalley, Pier Luigi Temporelli
We compared the follow-up data on loop diuretic use and renal function, as assessed by serum creatinine levels, and the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR), of two groups of consecutive ambulatory HF patients: 1) the clinically-guided group, in which management was clinically driven based on the institutional protocol of the HF Unit of the Cardiovascular and Thoracic Department of Pisa (standard of care) and 2) the echo and B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) guided group (patients conforming to the protocol of the Network Labs Ultrasound (NEBULA) in HF Study Group: Pisa, Perugia, Pavia; Verona, Auckland, and Veruno), in which therapy was delivered according to the serial assessment of BNP and echocardiography...
December 2016: Data in Brief
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920215/plasma-nt-probnp-mirrors-the-deleterious-cardiovascular-and-renal-continuum-in-hypertension
#5
Pierre-Yves Courand, Brahim Harbaoui, Clément Bècle, Carine Mouly-Bertin, Pierre Lantelme
BACKGROUND: The aims of this study were (a) to test the ability of N-terminal pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) to detect subclinical target organ damage (TOD) denoted by left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), aortic stiffness or renal damage and (b) to test its reproducibility in two different conditions in an ancillary study. METHODS: The study included 837 patients (50.9% men) with hypertension aged 50 ± 24 years with a median 24-h ambulatory blood pressure (BP) of 148/90 mmHg...
December 5, 2016: European Journal of Preventive Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917392/the-probability-of-inconstancy-in-assessment-of-cardiac-function-post-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
#6
Jiqiu Chen, Nadjib Hammoudi, Ludovic Benard, Delaine K Ceholski, Shihong Zhang, Djamel Lebeche, Roger J Hajjar
In the present study, we explore the inherent variability that leads to overlaps in cardiac functional parameters between control and post-myocardial infarction (MI) mice. Heart failure was induced by Left Coronary Artery (LCA) ligation in mice. Average Ejection Fraction (EF) measured by echocardiography was lower in MI mice compared to control, but exhibited higher Standard Deviation (SD) and Standard Error (SEM), notably in 2D mode. Fractional Shortening (FS) showed a higher degree of overlap between MI and control mice even though the mean values were significantly different...
2016: Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914503/rationale-and-design-of-the-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement-to-unload-the-left-ventricle-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-tavr-unload-trial
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Ernest Spitzer, Nicolas M Van Mieghem, Philippe Pibarot, Rebecca T Hahn, Susheel Kodali, Mathew S Maurer, Tamim M Nazif, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Jean-Michel Paradis, Arie-Pieter Kappetein, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gerrit-Anne van Es, Faouzi Kallel, William N Anderson, Jan Tijssen, Martin B Leon
BACKGROUND: Coexistence of moderate aortic stenosis (AS) in patients with heart failure (HF) with reduced ejection fraction is not uncommon. Moderate AS increases afterload, whereas pharmacologic reduction of afterload is a pillar of contemporary HF management. HYPOTHESIS: Unloading the left ventricle by reducing the transaortic gradient with transfemoral transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR) may improve clinical outcomes in patients with moderate AS and HF with reduced ejection fraction...
December 2016: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912902/evolution-of-the-clinical-profile-of-patients-with-acute-heart-failure-treated-in-spanish-emergency-departments
#8
R Escoda, Ò Miró, F J Martín-Sánchez, J Jacob, P Herrero, V Gil, J M Garrido, M J Pérez-Durá, M Fuentes, P Llorens
OBJECTIVE: To analyse the changes in epidemiology, outpatient and emergency department clinical care, and outcomes of patients treated for acute heart failure (AHF) in Spanish hospital emergency departments (HEDs) between 2007 and 2014. METHOD: A multicentre cohort study was conducted that consecutively included patients with AHF diagnosed in 9HEDs during 4 periods (2007, 2009, 2011 and 2014). The study analysed the changes observed in 20 variables corresponding to baseline data, outpatient care and emergency care data and outcome data...
November 29, 2016: Revista Clínica Española
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909891/canola-oil-rich-in-oleic-acid-improves-diastolic-heart-function-in-diet-induced-obese-rats
#9
Sijo Joseph Thandapilly, Pema Raj, Xavier Lieben Louis, Danielle Perera, Prasanga Yamanagedara, Peter Zahradka, Carla G Taylor, Thomas Netticadan
Obesity is a leading cause of cardiovascular disease. It directly affects heart structure and function and contributes to heart failure. Diet is a major factor involved in the development of obesity along with genetic factors. We examined the effects of monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fatty acid-rich oils on cardiac structure and function in the diet-induced rodent model of obesity (DIO). Obese prone (OP) rats were fed a high-fat diet (HF; 55% of kcal) for 12 weeks; Sprague-Dawley rats fed commercial chow served as control...
December 1, 2016: Journal of Physiological Sciences: JPS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27909481/ice-guided-crt-is-there-evidence-of-reverse-remodeling
#10
REVIEW
Antonio Rossillo Md, Angelo B Ramondo Md
Cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is an accepted treatment for patients with heart failure (HF), impaired left ventricular (LV) function, and a wide QRS complex. However, more than 30% of eligible patients fail to benefit from CRT. It is clearly necessary to define the characteristics of the best candidates for this therapy. To this end, surface ECG and echocardiography have been tested. Unfortunately, however, neither of these examinations has proved sufficiently able to identify the best patients. A tailored approach based on the evaluation of both electrical and mechanical delay to guide LV lead placement seems to be the most reasonable strategy in order to increase the efficacy of CRT therapy...
February 2016: Journal of Atrial Fibrillation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27906841/annexin-a5-in-treated-hypertensive-patients-and-its-association-with-target-organ-damage
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Alessandro Maloberti, Paolo Meani, Paola Vallerio, Marisa Varrenti, Francesca Casadei, Francesco Musca, Rita Facchetti, Anna M Di Blasio, Susanna Ravassa, Giuseppe Mancia, Cristina Giannattasio
OBJECTIVE: Annexin A5 (AnxA5) has been previously linked to the presence of carotid and cardiac target organ damage (TOD) in the context of heart failure and rheumatologic patients. However, information is scant in the context of hypertension. Aim of our study was to evaluate AnxA5 in treated hypertension patients compared with normotensive controls and to determine whether it is associated with vascular and heart TOD evaluated as arterial stiffness, carotid plaque and left ventricular hypertrophy...
January 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27904846/complete-congenital-heart-block-in-a-neonate-with-a-complex-congenital-heart-defect-in-africa
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Clovis Nkoke, Edvine Yonta Wawo, Liliane Kuate Mfeukeu, Larissa Makamte, Sandrine Dikosso Edie, Flore Esiene Balana
Congenital heart block (CHB) is rare disorder that has a higher mortality when associated with structural congenital heart defects. Very few cases have been reported in Sub-Saharan Africa (SSA). We present a case of complete CHB associated with a complex congenital heart defect in a neonate in Cameroon. A 1-month-old neonate in Cameroon was referred for the evaluation of bradycardia. The obstetrical ultrasound done during pregnancy revealed fetal bradycardia without further evaluation. Clinical examination showed well a developed neonate with bradycardia at 62 beats/minute, and mild cyanosis with oxygen saturation at 93% at room air...
October 2016: Cardiovascular Diagnosis and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899867/a-very-rare-case-of-co-existence-of-cor-triatriatum-sinister-and-left-pulmonary-vein-atresia
#13
Mustafa Aparci, Murat Yalcin, Zafer Isilak, Mehmet Dogan, Ejder Kardesoglu
Cor triatriatum sinister (CTS) is a rare congenital abnormality. Clinical presentation of patients with CTS mainly depends on the anatomic features of membrane and may vary from mild or moderate symptoms mimicking mitral stenosis to more severe and complicated cardioembolic stroke or a new onset heart failure. We herein have reported on a young male who presented with the signs and symptoms of mitral stenosis and was diagnosed as CTS with gradient on the orifice of the membrane after transthrocacic echocardiography...
November 2016: Acta Cardiologica Sinica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27898735/cognitive-dysfunction-and-malnutrition-are-independent-predictor-of-dysphagia-in-patients-with-acute-exacerbation-of-congestive-heart-failure
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Junichi Yokota, Yoshiko Ogawa, Shinsuke Yamanaka, Yoshimi Takahashi, Hiroshi Fujita, Nobuhiro Yamaguchi, Noriko Onoue, Takeshi Ishizuka, Tsuyoshi Shinozaki, Masahiro Kohzuki
Early detection and intervention for dysphagia is important in patients with congestive heart failure (CHF). However, previous studies have focused on how many patients with dysphagia develop CHF. Studies focusing on the comorbidity of dysphagia in patients with CHF are rare. Additionally, risk factors for dysphagia in patients with CHF are unclear. Thus, the aim of this study was to clarify risk factors for dysphagia in patients with acute exacerbation of CHF. A total of 105 patients, who were admitted with acute exacerbation of CHF, were enrolled...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893819/salvianolic-acid-b-alleviates-heart-failure-by-inactivating-erk1-2-gata4-signaling-pathway-after-pressure-overload-in-mice
#15
Juan Yu, Renshan Chen, Yafang Tan, Jiashin Wu, Jianyong Qi, Minzhou Zhang, Weiwang Gu
BACKGROUND: Heart failure(HF) is a dangerous disease that affects millions of patients. Radix Salvia is widely used in Chinese clinics to treat heart diseases. Salvianolic acid B(SalB) is the major active component of Radix Salvia. This study investigated the mechanisms of action and effects of SalB on HF in an experimental mouse model of HF. METHODS: We created a mouse model of HF by inducing pressure overload with transverse aortic constriction(TAC) surgery for 2 weeks and compared among 4 study groups: SHAM group (n = 10), TAC group (n = 9), TAC+MET group (metprolol, positive drug treatment, n = 9) and TAC+SalB group (SalB, 240 mg•kg-1•day-1, n = 9)...
2016: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27893646/acute-right-heart-failure-after-hemorrhagic-shock-and-trauma-pneumonectomy-a-management-approach-a-blinded-randomized-controlled-animal-trial-using-inhaled-nitric-oxide
#16
Andrea L Lubitz, Lars O Sjoholm, Amy Goldberg, Abhijit Pathak, Thomas Santora, Thomas E Sharp, Markus Wallner, Remus M Berretta, Lauren A Poole, Jichuan Wu, Marla R Wolfson
BACKGROUND: Hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy causes an acute increase in pulmonary vascular resistance (PVR). The increase in PVR and right ventricular (RV) afterload leads to acute RV failure, thus reducing left ventricular (LV) preload and output. iNO lowers PVR by relaxing pulmonary arterial smooth muscle without remarkable systemic vascular effects. We hypothesized that with hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy, iNO can be used to decrease PVR and mitigate right heart failure. METHODS: A hemorrhagic shock and pneumonectomy model was developed using sheep...
November 23, 2016: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27890771/echocardiographic-determinants-of-one-year-all-cause-mortality-in-patients-with-chronic-heart-failure-complicated-by-significant-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
#17
Kai Hu, Dan Liu, Stefan Störk, Sebastian Herrmann, Daniel Oder, Georg Ertl, Wolfram Voelker, Frank Weidemann, Peter Nordbeck
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction plays an important role in chronic heart failure (CHF). We evaluated the echocardiographic determinants of one-year all-cause mortality in CHF patients with clinically relevant functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR). METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 101 consecutive CHF patients (mean age 74±10 years; 53% male) with moderate/severe functional TR were enrolled. Each patient underwent at least two echocardiography examinations in an interval >6 months...
November 24, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887692/mechanisms-of-effort-intolerance-in-patients-with-heart-failure-and-borderline-ejection-fraction
#18
Yan Topilsky, Zach Rozenbaum, Shafik Khoury, Gregg S Pressman, Yaniv Gura, Jack Sherez, Avi Man, Jason Shimiaie, Sanford Edwards, Joshua Berookhim, Thierry Le Tourneau, Amir Halkin, Simon Biner, Gad Keren, Galit Aviram
Combining echocardiography and cardiopulmonary stress testing allows noninvasive assessment of hemodynamics, and oxygen extraction (A-VO2 difference). We evaluated mechanisms of effort intolerance in patients with heart failure with borderline (40% to 49%) left ventricular ejection fraction (EF) (HF and Borderline Ejection fraction). We included 89 consecutive patients with HF and Borderline Ejection fraction (n = 25; 63.6 ± 14 years, 64% men), control subjects (n = 22), patients with HF with preserved EF (n = 26; EF ≥50%), and patients with HF with reduced EF (n = 16; <40%)...
November 1, 2016: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886160/left-ventricular-end-diastolic-volume-as-an-early-indicator-of-trastuzumab-related-cardiotoxicity-in-patients-with-her2-positive-breast-cancer-results-from-a-single-center-retrospective-study
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Corinna Bergamini, Flavia Torelli, Luca Ghiselli, Andrea Rossi, Laura Trevisani, Giulia Vinco, Stella Truong, Giovanni Benfari, Francesca LA Russa, Giorgio Golia, Annamaria Molino, Corrado Vassanelli
BACKGROUND: Adjuvant Trastuzumab therapy increases survival rates in patients with early HER2 positive breast cancer, although it can be potentially cardiotoxic. Aim of the study was to evaluate the prevalence of left ventricular (LV) systolic dysfunction; and the relationship between the presence of cardiovascular risk factors, cardiac therapy and/or echocardiographic parameters of systolic function at baseline and the development of cardiotoxicity in such patients. METHODS: 227 patients were retrospectively reviewed...
November 25, 2016: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27886143/neonatal-diesel-exhaust-particulate-exposure-does-not-predispose-mice-to-adult-cardiac-hypertrophy-or-heart-failure
#20
Yonggang Liu, Chad S Weldy, Michael T Chin
Background: We have previously reported that in utero and early life exposure to diesel exhaust particulates predisposes mice to adult heart failure, and that in utero exposure alone is sufficient to confer this predisposition. This follow up study addresses whether neonatal exposure alone can also confer this predisposition. Methods: Newborn male C57BL/6 mice were exposed to diesel exhaust (DE) particulates immediately after birth until weaning at 21 days of age, whereupon they were transferred to filtered air (FA) conditions...
November 24, 2016: International Journal of Environmental Research and Public Health
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