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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28634593/carcinoid-heart-disease-starting-from-heart-failure
#1
Nicole Bertin, Serena Favretto, Francesco Pelizzo, Lucio Mos, Franco Pertoldi, Olga Vriz
Carcinoid syndrome is the constellation of symptoms mediated by humoral factors produced by some carcinoid tumors. It consists primarily of vasomotor symptoms, gastrointestinal hypermotility, hypotension, and bronchospasm, due to the production and release of vasoactive substances. Carcinoid heart disease occurs in more than 50% of patients with carcinoid syndrome; in some cases, it represents the initial manifestation of the disease. We report the case of a 75-year-old woman with a metastatic neuroendocrine tumor admitted to the emergency room for fatigue and heart failure...
April 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine High Impact Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28633398/a-novel-system-for-the-treatment-of-aortic-annular-dilation-an-ex-vivo-investigation
#2
Pallav Shah, Claudia Romagnoni, Michal Jaworek, Federico Lucherini, Monica Contino, Alan Menkis, Guido Gelpi, Gianfranco B Fiore, Carlo Antona, Riccardo Vismara
OBJECTIVES: The main reason for aortic repair failures is recurrent annular dilatation. The fibrous portion of left ventricular outflow tract dilates. A novel device was designed to tackle this problem. METHODS: The device consists of an internal ring applied at the aortic annulus plus an external flexible band at the level of the aortic root. The internal ring has a semi-rigid portion (40%, placed at ventriculo-arterial junction) and a flexible portion to allow it to conform along the curves of the non-coronary/right coronary leaflet and right coronary/left coronary leaflet commissures...
June 15, 2017: European Journal of Cardio-thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627670/intermedin-improves-cardiac-function-and-sympathetic-neural-remodeling-in-a-rat-model-of-post-myocardial-infarction-heart-failure
#3
Bin Xu, Hao Xu, Heng Cao, Xiaoxiao Liu, Chunhuan Qin, Yanzhou Zhao, Xiaolin Han, Hongli Li
Emerging evidence has suggested that intermedin (IMD), a novel member of the calcitonin gene‑related peptide (CGRP) family, has a wide range of cardioprotective effects. The present study investigated the effects of long‑term administration of IMD on cardiac function and sympathetic neural remodeling in heart failure (HF) rats, and studied potential underlying mechanism. HF was induced in rats by myocardial infarction (MI). Male Sprague Dawley rats were randomly assigned to either saline or IMD (0.6 µg/kg/h) treatment groups for 4 weeks post‑MI...
June 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28627046/donor-specific-antibodies-are-associated-with-micro-and-macrovascular-coronary-disease-restrictive-myocardial-damage-and-poor-outcome-in-heart-transplanted-patients
#4
Tor Skibsted Clemmensen, Pernille Koefoed-Nielsen, Lis-Ann Jensen, Steen Hvitfeldt Poulsen, Niels Ramsing Holm, Brian Bridal Løgstrup, Evald Høj Christiansen, Jouke Dijkstra, Kamilla Pernille Bjerre Valen, Hans Eiskjaer
AIMS: We examined the relationship between donor-specific HLA antibody (DSA) presence and graft function, hemodynamics, cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV), and major adverse cardiac events (MACE) in stable long-term heart-transplanted (HTx) patients. METHODS: Sera from 79 patients (median 7.5 years after HTx) were analyzed for DSA presence. Graft function was evaluated by echocardiography and right heart catheterization. CAV-burden was determined by coronary angiography, optical coherence tomography (OCT), and coronary flow velocity reserve (CFVR)...
June 19, 2017: Clinical Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626146/mitral-valve-structure-in-addition-to-myocardial-viability-determines-the-outcome-of-functional-mitral-regurgitation-after-coronary-artery-bypass-grafting
#5
Shohei Yoshida, Satsuki Fukushima, Shigeru Miyagawa, Teruya Nakamura, Yasushi Yoshikawa, Hiroki Hata, Shunsuke Saito, Daisuke Yoshioka, Keitaro Domae, Noriyuki Kashiyama, Kouji Yamamoto, Ayumi Shintani, Satoshi Nakatani, Koichi Toda, Yoshiki Sawa
BACKGROUND: Coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) reduces functional mitral regurgitation (MR) associated with ischemic heart disease, although the predictive factors or mechanisms of reversibility of functional MR after CABG are not fully understood.We investigated whether mitral valve structure is associated with the outcome of functional MR after CABG.Methods and Results:From a consecutive series of 98 patients with mild-moderate functional MR preoperatively who underwent isolated CABG, we enrolled 66 patients who were followed up for >1 year postoperatively using echocardiography...
June 16, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28626112/experience-with-long-term-administration-of-tolvaptan-to-patients-with-acute-decompensated-heart-failure
#6
Shunsuke Kiuchi, Takahiro Fujii, Shinji Hisatake, Takayuki Kabuki, Oka Takashi, Shintaro Dobashi, Takanori Ikeda
Tolvaptan (TLV) is an oral selective vasopressin type 2 receptor antagonist. Long-term use of TLV is not recommended in patients with heart failure (HF) if fluid retention disappears and/or body weight is within the target range. However, some patients require long-term use of TLV. The current study investigated the efficacy and safety of long-term use of TLV. Subjects were 258 consecutive patients with HF who received TLV during hospitalization from January 2011 to March 2015. The rate of continuing administration of TLV was evaluated...
June 19, 2017: Drug Discoveries & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28625318/prognostic-value-of-different-allelic-polymorphism-of-aldosterone-synthase-receptor-in-a-congestive-heart-failure-european-continental-ancestry-population
#7
Mauro Feola, Martino Monteverde, Daniela Vivenza, Marzia Testa, Laura Leto, Valentina Astesana, Francesco Mussapi, Antonello Vado, Marco Merlano, Cristiana Lo Nigro
Aldosterone synthase (CYP11B2) is as an 9-exon gene on chromosome 8q22 and exists as a common single nucleotide polymorphism C-T transition for position -344. The aim of this study was to assess the -344T/C polymorphism of the aldosterone synthase promoter in a European continental ancestry congestive heart failure (CHF) population. METHODS: Patients discharged after an acute decompensation were enrolled and underwent echocardiography, determination of BNP, evaluation of non-invasive cardiac outputs and determination of -344 T/C SNP in the aldosterone synthase gene...
February 2017: Archives of Medical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28624390/nkx2-5-enhances-the-efficacy-of-mesenchymal-stem-cells-transplantation-in-treatment-heart-failure-in-rats
#8
Bo Deng, Jin Xin Wang, Xing Xing Hu, Peng Duan, Lin Wang, Yang Li, Qing Lei Zhu
AIMS: The aim of this study is to determine whether Nkx2.5 transfection of transplanted bone marrow mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) improves the efficacy of treatment of adriamycin-induced heart failure in a rat model. MAIN METHODS: Nkx2.5 was transfected in MSCs by lentiviral vector transduction. The expressions of Nkx2.5 and cardiac specific genes in MSCs and Nkx2.5 transfected mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs-Nkx2.5) were analyzed with quantitative real-time PCR and Western blot in vitro...
June 14, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28622359/aerobic-exercise-protects-against-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-and-hypertrophy-via-%C3%AE-3-ar-nnos-no-activation
#9
Bin Wang, Ming Xu, Wenju Li, Xiaoli Li, Qiangsun Zheng, Xiaolin Niu
Aerobic exercise confers sustainable protection against cardiac hypertrophy and heart failure (HF). Nitric oxide synthase (NOS) and nitric oxide (NO) are known to play an important role in exercise-mediated cardioprotection, but the mechanism of NOS/NO stimulation during exercise remains unclear. The aim of this study is to determine the role of β3-adrenergic receptors (β3-ARs), NOS activation, and NO metabolites (nitrite and nitrosothiols) in the sustained cardioprotective effects of aerobic exercise. An HF model was constructed by transverse aortic constriction (TAC)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28616536/nt-probnp-and-diastolic-left-ventricular-function-in-patients-with-marfan-syndrome
#10
Petra Gehle, Peter N Robinson, Frank Heinzel, Frank Edelmann, Mustafa Yigitbasi, Felix Berger, Volkmar Falk, Burkert Pieske, Ernst Wellnhofer
AIMS: Subclinical diastolic dysfuntion in patients with preclinical heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) has been demonstrated in patients with Marfan syndrome (MFS). We investigated the relationship between diastolic dysfunction and NT-proBNP levels in patients with MFS. METHODS AND RESULTS: NT-proBNP, C-reactive protein (CRP) and diastolic function were assessed in 217 patients with MFS (31 ± 16 y, 110 f. and in 339 patients referred for suspected MFS in whom the diagnosis was ruled out according to the Ghent nosology (30 ± 15 y, 154 f)...
September 2016: IJC Heart & Vasculature
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28612913/the-usefulness-of-soluble-st2-and-galectin-3-as-novel-biomarkers-for-better-risk-stratification-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#11
Monika Gawor, Mateusz Śpiewak, Jadwiga Janas, Katarzyna Kożuch, Aleksandra Wróbel, Łukasz Mazurkiewicz, Rafał Baranowski, Magdalena Marczak, Jacek Grzybowski
BACKGROUND: Estimation of sudden cardiac death (SCD) risk is an integral part of clinical management of patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Identification of novel biomarkers of this disease can provide additional criteria for SCD risk stratification. Soluble suppression of tumorigenicity (sST2) and galectin-3 (Gal-3) are useful biomarkers for prognosis of heart failure (HF). Both of them appear to mediate cardiac fibrosis - an important pathogenetic process in HCM. Data about sST2 and Gal-3 usefulness in patients with HCM are limited...
June 14, 2017: Kardiologia Polska
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28610944/bilateral-leg-oedema-after-bariatric-surgery-a-selenium-deficient-cardiomyopathy
#12
Pierre-Laurent Massoure, Olivier Camus, Laurent Fourcade, Fabrice Simon
This report describes a case of selenium-deficient cardiomyopathy secondary to bariatric surgery (Roux-en-Y gastric bypass surgery). A 40 year-old woman presented with bilateral leg oedema nine months after the surgical procedure. Timely diagnosis of selenium-deficient cardiomyopathy was due to the recognition of symptoms of heart failure, increased NT pro-BNP level, detection of myocardial diastolic dysfunction and impaired left ventricular global longitudinal strain by echocardiography, and early identification of selenium deficiency...
June 10, 2017: Obesity Research & Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28607569/huge-mass-in-right-side-of-the-heart-a-rare-case-report
#13
Reza Ghasemi, Fahimeh Ghanei-Motlagh, Susan Nazari, Mohsen Yaghubi
BACKGROUND: The presence of primary intracardiac tumors are scarce, and most of them are myxomas. We reported, in this paper, a case with huge mass in the right side of the heart. CASE REPORT: A 45-year-old man, with a complaint of bilateral lower limbs edema and exertional dyspnea, was admitted to intensive cardiac care unit. Cardiac auscultation revealed soft grade systolic murmur without any evidence of "tumor plop." Echocardiography showed a huge mobile mass in right side of the heart that suggested myxoma...
November 2016: ARYA Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28603000/validation-of-a-defibrillation-lead-ventricular-volume-measurement-compared-to-3d-echocardiography
#14
David E Haines, Wilson Wong, Robert Canby, Coty Jewell, Mahmoud Houmsse, David Pederson, Lissa Sugeng, John Porterfield, Anil Kottam, John Pearce, Jon Valvano, Joel Michalek, Aron Trevino, Sandeep Sagar, Marc D Feldman
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence that using frequent invasive measures of pressure in heart failure patients results in improved outcomes compared to traditional measures. Admittance, a measure of volume derived from pre-existing defibrillation leads is proposed as a new technique to monitor cardiac hemodynamics in patients with implantable defibrillators. OBJECTIVES: The goal of this work was to evaluate the accuracy of a new ventricular volume sensor (VVS, CardioVol), compared with 3D Echocardiography (echo) in patients with implantable defibrillators...
June 8, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28602365/role-of-echocardiography-in-the-diagnostic-assessment-and-etiology-of-heart-failure-in-older-adults-opacify-quantify-and-rectify
#15
REVIEW
Vedant A Gupta, Navin C Nanda, Vincent L Sorrell
Echocardiography allows the assessment of systolic and diastolic function and identifies many of the common causes of heart failure (HF). Patients with minimally symptomatic or unsuspected left ventricular systolic dysfunction may be identified and receive the benefits of angiotensin-converting enzyme inhibitor therapy. Echocardiography is also for assessing prognosis and can be used serially to evaluate treatment. Ventricular filling pressures, pulmonary artery pressures, and cardiac output can be sequentially determined...
July 2017: Heart Failure Clinics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601914/left-ventricular-ejection-fraction-as-therapeutic-target-is-it-the-ideal-marker
#16
REVIEW
V Katsi, G Georgiopoulos, A Laina, E Koutli, J Parissis, C Tsioufis, P Nihoyannopoulos, D Tousoulis
Heart failure (HF) consists the fastest growing clinical cardiac disease. HF patients are categorized on the basis of underlying left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) into HF with preserved EF (HFpEF), reduced LVEF (HFrEF), and mid-range LVEF (HFmrEF). While LVEF is the most commonly used surrogate marker of left ventricular (LV) systolic function, the implementation of two-dimensional echocardiography in estimating this parameter imposes certain caveats on current HF classification. Most importantly, LVEF could fluctuate in repeated measurements or even recover after treatment, thus blunting the borders between proposed categories of HF and enabling upward classification of patients...
June 10, 2017: Heart Failure Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28601625/routine-echocardiography-in-patients-with-myotonic-dystrophy-type-1
#17
Teodora Paunic, Stojan Peric, Edita Cvitan, Srdjan Raspopovic, Marina Peric, Gorana Mandic Stojmenovic, Vidosava Rakocevic Stojanovic
BACKGROUND: Myotonic dystrophy type 1 (DM1) is an autosomal-dominant disease. One third of DM1 patients die suddenly, most of them due to the heart conduction abnormalities and arrhythmias. The aim of this study was to analyze echocardiographic findings in a large cohort of DM1 patients. METHODS: This retrospective study comprised 111 patients and 71 healthy controls (HCs) matched for gender and age. RESULTS: Mitral valve (MV) prolapse was observed in 23% of our DM1 patients vs...
June 7, 2017: Journal of the Chinese Medical Association: JCMA
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28599827/late-detection-of-left-ventricular-dysfunction-using-two-dimensional-and-three-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-in-patients-with-history-of-nonsevere-acute-myocarditis
#18
Thibault Caspar, Marie Fichot, Mickaël Ohana, Soraya El Ghannudi, Olivier Morel, Patrick Ohlmann
BACKGROUND: Acute myocarditis (AM) often involves the left ventricular (LV) subepicardium that might be displayed by cardiac magnetic resonance even late after the acute phase. In the absence of global or regional LV dysfunction, conventional transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) does not accurately identify tissue sequelae of AM. We sought to evaluate the diagnostic value of two-dimensional (2D) and three-dimensional (3D) speckle-tracking echocardiography to identify patients with a history of AM with preserved LV ejection fraction (LVEF)...
June 6, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597765/poor-survival-in-patients-with-scleroderma-and-pulmonary-hypertension-due-to-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
#19
Khalil I Bourji, Benjamin W Kelemen, Stephen C Mathai, Rachel L Damico, Todd M Kolb, Valentina Mercurio, Franco Cozzi, Ryan J Tedford, Paul M Hassoun
Pulmonary hypertension due to heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (PH-HFpEF) has been poorly studied in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). We sought to compare clinical characteristics and survival of SSc patients with PH-HFpEF (SSc-PH-HFpEF) versus pulmonary arterial hypertension (SSc-PAH). We hypothesized that patients with SSc-PH-HFpEF have a similar poor overall prognosis compared with patients with SSc-PAH when matched for total right ventricular load. The analysis included 117 patients with SSc-PH (93 with SSc-PAH versus 24 with SSc-PH-HFpEF) enrolled prospectively in the Johns Hopkins PH Registry...
April 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28597497/right-ventricular-dysfunction-in-left-sided-heart-failure-with-preserved-versus-reduced-ejection-fraction
#20
Lena Bosch, Carolyn S P Lam, Lingli Gong, Siew Pang Chan, David Sim, Daniel Yeo, Fazlur Jaufeerally, Kui Toh Gerard Leong, Hean Yee Ong, Tze Pin Ng, Arthur Mark Richards, Fatih Arslan, Lieng H Ling
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction is recognized as a major prognostic factor in left-sided heart failure (HF). However, the relative contribution of RV dysfunction in HF with preserved (HFpEF) vs. reduced ejection fraction (HFrEF) is unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: Right ventricular longitudinal strain (RVLS), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE) and pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) were determined by echocardiography in 657 age- and gender-matched groups of patients with HFpEF [left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≥50%; n=219] and HFrEF (LVEF <50%; n=219) and in controls without HF (n=219) from an Asian population-based cohort study...
June 8, 2017: European Journal of Heart Failure
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