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Pulmonary hypertension AND exercise

Wook-Jin Chung
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening disorder with a poor prognosis and causes pulmonary vascular remodeling accompanied with increased pulmonary arterial medial wall thickness and fibrosis, which leads to vascular and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Despite treatment with prostacyclin, endothelin antagonist, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors the 1-year mortality rate of PAH still remains high. Recent registries, clinical trials, and basic researches have been increasing the knowledge of PAH and it would contribute to potential therapeutic strategies and better clinical outcome...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
Mina Akizuki, Naoki Serizawa, Atsuko Ueno, Taku Adachi, Nobuhisa Hagiwara
RATIONALE: Balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) in chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH) improves hemodynamics and exercise capacity. However, its effect on respiratory function is unclear. OBJECTIVES: To investigate the effect of BPA on respiratory function. METHODS: We enrolled inoperable CTEPH who underwent BPA primarily in lower lobe arteries (first series) and upper and middle lobe arteries (second series). We compared changes in hemodynamics and respiratory function between different BPA fields...
October 13, 2016: Chest
Ahmed M Selim, Nitasha Sarswat, Iosif Kelesidis, Muhammad Iqbal, Ramesh Chandra, Ronald Zolty
BACKGROUND: The relationship between heart failure (HF) and the serotonergic system has been established in animal studies. However, data on human plasma serotonin level in HF and its significance over the course of the disease is lacking. METHODS: Serotonin levels were measured in 173 patients (108 males, 65 females), 116 were stable HF and 40 were acute decompensated HF patients. The normal control group included 17 healthy volunteers with no known medical or psychiatric conditions...
September 17, 2016: Heart, Lung & Circulation
Masaru Obokata, Yasufumi Nagata, Yuichiro Kado, Masahiko Kurabayashi, Yutaka Otsuji, Masaaki Takeuchi
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) may develop even at low workloads in heart failure (HF) patients. Ventricular-arterial stiffening plays an important role in the pathophysiology of HF with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF). This study aimed to compare the response of ventricular-arterial coupling and PH during low-level exercise between HFpEF and HF with reduced EF (HFrEF). METHODS AND RESULTS: Echocardiography was performed at rest and during 10 W of bicycle exercise in HFpEF (n=37) and HFrEF (n=43)...
October 10, 2016: Journal of Cardiac Failure
Bharti Chogtu, Sanitha Kuriachan, Rahul Magazine, K Ranjan Shetty, Asha Kamath, Manu Mathew George, Amruta Tripathy, D Mahesh Kumar
OBJECTIVES: Statins by their anti-inflammatory and endothelial stabilizing effect can be beneficial in patients with chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) and pulmonary hypertension (PH). The present study was done to evaluate the effect of rosuvastatin on pulmonary functions and quality of life (QOL) in patients with concomitant COPD and PH. MATERIALS AND METHODS: It was a prospective, randomized, double-blind, placebo-controlled, study conducted in patients with COPD and PH...
September 2016: Indian Journal of Pharmacology
Denise C Joffe, Thomas K Jones, Mark Reisman, Elizabeth Perpetua, Yuk Law, Andreas Schuler, G Burkhard Mackensen
We present the primary report of a paediatric patient who had placement of the MitraClip device for severe functional mitral regurgitation. The patient was a 14-year-old boy with symptomatic end-stage non-compaction type cardiomyopathy secondary to a mitochondrial cytopathy. He had severe mitral regurgitation, tricuspid valve regurgitation, a severely dilated LV with apical non-compaction, severe LV dysfunction and severe pulmonary hypertension. Despite optimal medical therapy he developed progressive symptoms of congestive heart failure and he was not a candidate for an assist device or cardiac transplantation...
October 10, 2016: EuroIntervention
Rosalinda Madonna, Raffaele De Caterina, Yong-Jian Geng
Characterized by progressive elevation of mean pulmonary artery pressure and pulmonary vascular resistance, pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is an important health problem that contributes to right heart failure. Pulmonary arterial remodeling and constriction are two prominent features of PAH. It is a traditional view that increasing pulmonary blood flow and pressure, aerobic exercise does more harm than good to the pulmonary vasculature in PAH. However, recent studies have documented a potential benefit of low-intensity aerobic exercise for PAH patients...
October 5, 2016: Vascular Pharmacology
Michele D'Alto, Adriana Pavelescu, Paola Argiento, Emanuele Romeo, Anna Correra, Giovanni Maria Di Marco, Antonello D'Andrea, Berardo Sarubbi, Maria Giovanna Russo, Robert Naeije
BACKGROUND: Exercise-induced increase in pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) as a possible measure of right ventricular (RV) contractile reserve has been shown to predict survival in severe pulmonary hypertension. However, RV contractile reserve can also be measured by changes in stroke volume (SV), tricuspid annular plane systolic excursion (TAPSE), or tricuspid annular systolic velocity (S'). The limits of normal values and the functional significance of these changes in healthy subjects are not well known...
October 2, 2016: Echocardiography
Mathew J Wong, Crystal Kantores, Julijana Ivanovska, Amish Jain, Robert P Jankov
Chronic neonatal pulmonary hypertension (PHT) frequently results in early death. Systemically administered Rho-kinase (ROCK) inhibitors prevent and reverse chronic PHT in neonatal rats, but at the cost of severe adverse effects, including systemic hypotension and growth restriction. Simvastatin has pleiotropic inhibitory effects on isoprenoid intermediates that may limit activity of RhoA, which signals upstream of ROCK. We therefore hypothesized that statin treatment would safely limit pulmonary vascular RhoA activity and prevent and reverse experimental chronic neonatal PHT via downstream inhibitory effects on pathological ROCK activity...
September 30, 2016: American Journal of Physiology. Lung Cellular and Molecular Physiology
Enas A Hamed, Mostafa M El-Saied, Khaled Saad, Hazem Abu-Zeid Yousef, Amany O Mohamed, Dina Sabry
OBJECTIVE: This study aimed to evaluate fibrosis and elastin destruction in childhood interstitial lung disease (chILD) patients. METHODS: Sixty patients and twenty healthy children were recruited. On admission, evaluation of chILD severity was made using Fan chILD score. Participants provided urine and blood samples. Plasma levels of transforming growth factor (TGF)-β1, connective tissue growth factor (CCN2), soluble factor related apoptosis (sFas) and long non-coding RNAs and urinary levels of desmosine/urinary creatinine (UDes/UCr) were measured...
September 21, 2016: Pathophysiology: the Official Journal of the International Society for Pathophysiology
A Young Lim, Chunghun Kim, Sung-Ji Park, Jin-Oh Choi, Sang-Chol Lee, Seung Woo Park
AIMS: Recent studies have shown that exercise-induced pulmonary hypertension (EIPH) is not rare in patients with preserved left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF). However, the determinants and clinical implication of EIPH in these patients are unclear. METHODS AND RESULTS: This study included 1383 patients who were referred for exercise echocardiography to evaluate unexplained exertional dyspnoea or chest discomfort. Pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) was estimated from the maximal velocity of the tricuspid regurgitant jet added to a right atrial pressure of 10 mmHg...
September 27, 2016: European Heart Journal Cardiovascular Imaging
Yuzo Yamasaki, Michinobu Nagao, Kohtaro Abe, Kazuya Hosokawa, Satoshi Kawanami, Takeshi Kamitani, Torahiko Yamanouchi, Koshin Horimoto, Hidetake Yabuuchi, Hiroshi Honda
To use cardiac magnetic resonance imaging (MRI) to investigate the effect of balloon pulmonary angioplasty (BPA) on interventricular dyssynchrony and its associations with ventricular interaction, which impairs LV function in patients with inoperable chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension (CTEPH). This prospective observational study was approved by our institutional review board. Cardiac MRI and right heart catheterization were conducted before BPA sessions and at the follow up after BPA in 20 patients with CTEPH...
September 26, 2016: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
Stacy A Mandras, Hector O Ventura, Paul A Corris
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare and fatal disease. While many treatment options have been shown to improve quality of life, exercise tolerance, and hemodynamics in PAH, survival remains poor, in part due to the advanced stage at which patients present to PAH specialists. METHODS: This perspective paper explores challenges related to the timing of referral, diagnosis, and initiation of therapy. RESULTS: Multiple factors account for the delay in referral, including fallacies in physician education, commercial influence resulting in inappropriate prescribing practices, and barriers in access to care...
2016: Ochsner Journal
Sheila Ramjug, Nehal Hussain, Judith Hurdman, Charlie A Elliot, Ian Sabroe, Iain J Armstrong, Catherine Billings, Neil Hamilton, David G Kiely, Robin Condliffe
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVE: There are few published data on the efficacy of i.v. iloprost in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). We present long-term outcomes in PAH patients receiving i.v. iloprost in a large UK referral centre. METHODS: Eighty patients with idiopathic PAH (iPAH, n = 46) or PAH associated with connective tissue disease (CTD-PAH, n = 34) were identified as receiving domiciliary i.v. iloprost between January 1999 and April 2015. Baseline characteristics, doses achieved, functional class at follow-up and survival data were retrieved from hospital databases...
September 20, 2016: Respirology: Official Journal of the Asian Pacific Society of Respirology
Wook-Jin Chung
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a life-threatening disorder with a poor prognosis and causes pulmonary vascular remodeling accompanied with increased pulmonary arterial medial wall thickness and fibrosis, which leads to vascular and right ventricular (RV) dysfunction. Despite treatment with prostacyclin, endothelin antagonist, and phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors the 1-year mortality rate of PAH still remains high. Recent registries, clinical trials, and basic researches have been increasing the knowledge of PAH and it would contribute to potential therapeutic strategies and better clinical outcome...
September 2016: Journal of Hypertension
T Pincez, L Calamy, Z Germont, A Lemoine, A-A Lopes, A Massiot, J Tencer, C Thivent, A Hadchouel
Acute and chronic pulmonary complications are frequent in sickle cell disease (SCD), with different spectrum and characteristics in children and adults. Chronic hypoxia is frequent and plays a role in several respiratory complications in SCD. Furthermore, hypoxia has been associated with a higher risk of cerebral ischemia. Despite differing oxygen affinity between hemoglobin A and S, standard pulse oximetry was shown to be accurate in diagnosing hypoxia in SCD patients. Whereas acute hypoxia management is similar to non-SCD patients, chronic hypoxia treatment is mainly based on a transfusion program rather than long-term oxygen therapy...
October 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
David L Prior, Heath Adams, Trevor J Williams
Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) is a rare disease with a poor prognosis if not treated. Pharmacological treatment options for PAH have increased significantly over the past 10 years, with availability of intravenous, oral and inhaled drugs targeting the nitric oxide, endothelin and prostacyclin pathways. Treatment with these therapies in specialised pulmonary hypertension centres has resulted in reductions in patient symptoms, disease progression and mortality, and improved exercise capacity. Recognition of chronic thromboembolic pulmonary hypertension is important, as this cause of pulmonary hypertension may be amenable to surgical treatment...
September 19, 2016: Medical Journal of Australia
Hyungseop Kim, Jin Bae Lee, Jae-Hyeong Park, Byung-Su Yoo, Jang-Won Son, Dong Heon Yang, Bong-Ryeol Lee
PURPOSE: Bosentan reduces pulmonary arterial pressure and improves exercise capacity in patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, there are limited data regarding the extent to which the changes in echocardiographic variables reflect improvements in exercise capacity. We aimed to assess the improvement of echocardiographic variables and exercise capacity after 6 months of bosentan treatment for PAH. METHODS: We performed a prospective study from June 2012 to June 2015 in seven participating medical centers...
September 13, 2016: Journal of Clinical Ultrasound: JCU
Michael R Pinsky
The primary role of the right ventricle (RV) is to deliver all the blood it receives per beat into the pulmonary circulation without causing right atrial pressure to rise. To the extent that it also does not impede left ventricular (LV) filling, cardiac output responsiveness to increased metabolic demand is optimized. Since cardiac output is a function of metabolic demand of the body, during stress and exercise states the flow to the RV can vary widely. Also, instantaneous venous return varies widely for a constant cardiac output as ventilatory efforts alter the dynamic pressure gradient for venous return...
September 10, 2016: Critical Care: the Official Journal of the Critical Care Forum
Amitava Acharyya, M D Shahjahan, Fahmida Binte Mesbah, Subir Kumar Dey, Liaquat Ali
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD) is thought to have increased association with metabolic syndrome (MS) which represents a cluster of factors that increase the risk of cardiovascular diseases and diabetes mellitus. However, the extent of association of COPD with MS and its individual components are still an unsettled issue, and it is likely to vary from population to population. Under the above context, this study was undertaken to investigate the association of MS and its components with COPD...
July 2016: Lung India: Official Organ of Indian Chest Society
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