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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28325025/comparison-between-users-of-a-new-methodology-for-heart-sound-auscultation
#1
Ana Castro, Pedro Gomes, Sandra S Mattos, Miguel T Coimbra
Auscultation is a routine exam and the first line of screening in heart pathologies. The objective of this study was to assess if using a new data collection system, the DigiScope Collector, with a guided and automatic annotation of heart auscultation, different levels of expertise/experience users could collect similar digital auscultations. Data were collected within the Heart Caravan Initiative (Paraíba, Brasil). Patients were divided into two study groups: Group 1 evaluated by a third year medical student (User 1), and an experienced nurse (User 2); Group 2 evaluated by User 2 and an Information Technology professional (User 3)...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28324943/overcoming-spatio-temporal-limitations-using-dynamically-scaled-in-vitro-pc-mri-a-flow-field-comparison-to-true-scale-computer-simulations-of-idealized-stented-and-patient-specific-left-main-bifurcations
#2
Susann Beier, John Ormiston, Mark Webster, John Cater, Stuart Norris, Pau Medrano-Gracia, Alistair Young, Kathleen Gilbert, Brett Cowan
The majority of patients with angina or heart failure have coronary artery disease. Left main bifurcations are particularly susceptible to pathological narrowing. Flow is a major factor of atheroma development, but limitations in imaging technology such as spatio-temporal resolution, signal-to-noise ratio (SNRv), and imaging artefacts prevent in vivo investigations. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modelling is a common numerical approach to study flow, but it requires a cautious and rigorous application for meaningful results...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28319545/systemic-lupus-erythematosus-is-associated-with-increased-adverse-postoperative-renal-outcomes-and-mortality-a-historical-cohort-study-using-administrative-health-data
#3
Rovnat Babazade, Huseyin Oguz Yilmaz, Steve M Leung, Nicole M Zimmerman, Alparslan Turan
BACKGROUND: Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) is a common autoimmune connective tissue disease that mainly harms kidneys, heart, lungs, and nervous system. Effects of surgical stimulus and anesthesia combined with SLE-related pathologies may increase morbidity and mortality. Therefore, we aimed to evaluate the association between SLE (versus none) and postoperative renal, cardiac, and in-hospital mortality complications among patients undergoing major surgeries. METHODS: We obtained censuses of 2009 to 2011 inpatient hospital discharges across 7 states and conducted a retrospective cohort study by using International Classification of Diseases and Injuries, Version 9, diagnosis codes, procedure codes, and present-on-admission indicators...
April 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28317480/novel-insights-into-complex-cardiovascular-pathologies-using-4d-flow-analysis-by-cardiovascular-magnetic-resonance-imaging
#4
Adam James Lewandowski, Betty Raman, Rajarshi Banerjee, Matteo Milanesi
BACKGROUND: It is essential that we are able to assess variations in blood flow in order to fully understand cardiovascular function in disease pathologies and for identification of individuals at long-term risk of cardiovascular disease development. Qualitative and quantitative assessments of blood flow by imaging modalities have been limited, and much of the accurate quantification has relied on invasive measures. METHODS: This review discusses how four-dimensional velocity cardiovascular magnetic resonance (4D flow CMR) offers increasing potential for the non-invasive assessment of blood flow in the heart and major blood vessels such as the aorta...
March 17, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Design
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316327/obstructive-primary-cardiac-t-cell-lymphoma-a-case-report-from-senegal
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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
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316101/n-terminal-pro-b-type-natriuretic-peptide-and-phonocardiography-in-differentiating-innocent-cardiac-murmurs-from-congenital-cardiac-anomalies-in-asymptomatic-puppies
#6
S M Marinus, H van Engelen, V Szatmári
BACKGROUND: Differentiating innocent cardiac murmurs from murmurs caused by congenital cardiac anomalies can be challenging with auscultation alone in asymptomatic puppies. HYPOTHESIS: Plasma N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (NT-proBNP) concentrations and phonocardiograms recorded by an electronic stethoscope can differentiate innocent from pathologic cardiac murmurs. ANIMALS: A total of 186 client-owned asymptomatic dogs: 135 Cairn Terriers (age: 45-124 days), 20 adult Cairn Terriers (age: 7...
March 18, 2017: Journal of Veterinary Internal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28316060/hotair-functions-as-a-competing-endogenous-rna-to-regulate-pten-expression-by-inhibiting-mir-19-in-cardiac-hypertrophy
#7
Yanjun Lai, Shuai He, Liming Ma, Hong Lin, Biyun Ren, Jing Ma, Xinyu Zhu, Shifang Zhuang
Sustained cardiac hypertrophy (CH) is related to a variety of physiological as well as pathological stimuli and eventually increases the risk of heart failure. HOTAIR has been identified as a competing endogenous RNA in multiple human biological processes. Whether lncRNA-HOTAIR is involved in the progress of CH and how it works still remain unknown. Herein, we found that HOTAIR was down-regulated, while miR-19 was up-regulated in both heart tissues from TAC-operated mice in vivo and cultural cardiomyocytes treated with Ang-II in vitro by real-time PCR...
March 18, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28314892/abnormal-kynurenine-pathway-of-tryptophan-catabolism-in-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Ping Song, Tharmarajan Ramprasath, Huan Wang, Ming-Hui Zou
Kynurenine pathway (KP) is the primary path of tryptophan (Trp) catabolism in most mammalian cells. The KP generates several bioactive catabolites, such as kynurenine (Kyn), kynurenic acid (KA), 3-hydroxykynurenine (3-HK), xanthurenic acid (XA), and 3-hydroxyanthranilic acid (3-HAA). Increased catabolite concentrations in serum are associated with several cardiovascular diseases (CVD), including heart disease, atherosclerosis, and endothelial dysfunction, as well as their risk factors, including hypertension, diabetes, obesity, and aging...
March 17, 2017: Cellular and Molecular Life Sciences: CMLS
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306695/lung-ultrasonography-a-practical-guide-for-cardiologists
#9
Francesco Bianco, Valentina Bucciarelli, Fabrizio Ricci, Raffaele De Caterina, Sabina Gallina
Lung ultrasonography is a well established, user-friendly and easy-to-use technique that can be used in the evaluation of several pathological conditions affecting the lung. Adding lung ultrasonography to traditional echocardiography provides an integrated cardiopulmonary ultrasound analysis. The simultaneous collection of information about the heart and the lungs can help physicians to investigate acute and chronic cardio-pulmonary conditions within a noninvasive, single-probe and all-in-one examination, not exposing the patient to the danger of ionizing radiation...
March 16, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28306174/the-cardiac-l-type-calcium-channel-alpha-subunit-is-a-target-for-direct-redox-modification-during-oxidative-stress-the-role-of-cysteine-residues-in-the-alpha-interacting-domain
#10
Padmapriya Muralidharan, Henrietta Cserne Szappanos, Evan Ingley, Livia C Hool
Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death in the Western world. The incidence of cardiovascular disease is predicted to further rise with the increase in obesity and diabetes and with the ageing population. Even though the survival rate from ischemic heart disease has improved over the past 30 years, many patients progress to a chronic pathological condition, known as cardiac hypertrophy that is associated with an increase in morbidity and mortality. Reactive oxygen species (ROS) and calcium play an essential role in mediating cardiac hypertrophy...
March 17, 2017: Clinical and Experimental Pharmacology & Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28304151/cardiac-cell-proliferation-is-not-necessary-for-exercise-induced-cardiac-growth-but-required-for-its-protection-against-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury
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Yihua Bei, Siyi Fu, Xiangming Chen, Mei Chen, Qiulian Zhou, Pujiao Yu, Jianhua Yao, Hongbao Wang, Lin Che, Jiahong Xu, Junjie Xiao
The adult heart retains a limited ability to regenerate in response to injury. Although exercise can reduce cardiac ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury, the relative contribution of cardiac cell proliferation including newly formed cardiomyocytes remains unclear. A 4-week swimming murine model was utilized to induce cardiac physiological growth. Simultaneously, the antineoplastic agent 5-fluorouracil (5-FU), which acts during the S phase of the cell cycle, was given to mice via intraperitoneal injections. Using EdU and Ki-67 immunolabelling, we showed that exercise-induced cardiac cell proliferation was blunted by 5-FU...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28303275/modeling-pathological-hemodynamic-responses-to-the-valsalva-maneuver
#12
Leszek Pstras, Karl Thomaseth, Jacek Waniewski, Italo Balzani, Federico Bellavere
The Valsalva maneuver consisting in a forced expiration against closed airways is one of the most popular clinical tests of the autonomic nervous system function. When properly performed by a healthy subject, it features four characteristic phases of arterial blood pressure and heart rate variations, based on the magnitude of which the autonomic function may be assessed qualitatively and quantitatively. In patients with some disorders or in healthy patients subject to specific conditions, the pattern of blood pressure and heart rate changes during the execution of the Valsalva maneuver may, however, differ from the typical sinusoidal-like pattern...
March 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28302753/erythropoietin-receptor-mediated-molecular-crosstalk-promotes-t-cell-immunoregulation-and-transplant-survival
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Carolina Purroy, Robert L Fairchild, Toshiaki Tanaka, William M Baldwin, Joaquin Manrique, Joren C Madsen, Robert B Colvin, Alessandro Alessandrini, Bruce R Blazar, Miguel Fribourg, Chiara Donadei, Umberto Maggiore, Peter S Heeger, Paolo Cravedi
Although spontaneous kidney transplant acceptance/tolerance occurs in mice and occasionally in humans, mechanisms remain unclear. Herein we test the hypothesis that EPO, a hormone predominantly produced by the adult kidney, has immunomodulating properties that are required for spontaneous kidney graft acceptance. In vitro, in a manner dependent on the EPO receptor and CD131 on antigen-presenting cells, EPO induced the secretion of active TGFβ by antigen-presenting cells, which in turn converted naïve CD4(+) T cells into functional Foxp3(+) regulatory T cells (Treg)...
March 16, 2017: Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: JASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301565/parallel-comparison-of-risk-factors-between-progression-of-organic-stenosis-in-the-coronary-arteries-and-onset-of-acute-coronary-syndrome-by-covariance-structure-analysis
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Kazuo Ogawa, Kosuke Minai, Makoto Kawai, Toshikazu Tanaka, Tomohisa Nagoshi, Takayuki Ogawa, Michihiro Yoshimura
BACKGROUND: It is widely accepted that progression of organic stenosis in the coronary arteries and onset of acute coronary syndrome (ACS) are similar in the development of atherosclerosis. However, the extent of the association of each risk factor with the respective pathological conditions has not been fully elucidated. OBJECTIVES: We investigated the differences in risk factors between these conditions using a statistical procedure. METHODS: The study population consisted of 1,029 patients with ischemic heart disease (IHD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28301387/antibody-mediated-rejection-in-heart-transplantation-new-developments-and-old-uncertainties
#15
Valentina Manfredini, Ornella Leone, Valentina Agostini, Luciano Potena
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Antibody-mediated rejection (AMR) currently represents one of the main problems for clinical management of heart transplant because of its diagnostic complexity and poor evidences supporting treatments. RECENT FINDINGS: Disorder-based diagnosis is a cornerstone in defining AMR. The limitations of the current classification have been partially overcome by novel studies improving the description of the immune-pathological graft abnormalities, and by new molecular approaches allowing a better understanding of the mechanisms behind AMR and of its relationship with cellular rejection and chronic vasculopathy...
March 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Organ Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299636/asymptomatic-heart-valve-dysfunction-in-healthy-middle-aged-companion-dogs-and-its-implications-for-cardiac-aging
#16
Silvan R Urfer, Tammi L Kaeberlein, Susan Mailheau, Philip J Bergman, Kate E Creevy, Daniel E L Promislow, Matt Kaeberlein
Heart disease is the leading cause of death in the USA, accounting for about one in every four deaths. Age is the greatest risk factor for heart disease in both people and dogs; however, heart disease is generally not considered as a major cause of morbidity or mortality in dogs. As part of the preliminary selection process for a veterinary clinical trial, 40 companion dogs with no history of cardiac pathology that were at least 6 years old and weighed at least 18 kg underwent a cardiac screening using Doppler echocardiography...
February 2017: Geroscience
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28299198/non-small-cell-lung-cancer-the-new-t1-categories
#17
REVIEW
Paul E Van Schil
Recently, major changes have occurred in the staging, diagnosis, and treatment of early stage lung cancer. By screening high-risk populations, we are now able to detect lung cancers at an early stage, but the false-positive rate is high. A new pathological classification was published in 2011 and fully incorporated in the 2015 World Health Organisation (WHO) Classification of Tumours of the Lung, Pleura, Thymus, and Heart. The new eighth edition of the tumour-node-metastasis (TNM) staging system has been fully published and will be in use from January 2017...
2017: F1000Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28296232/inhibitors-of-soluble-epoxide-hydrolase-minimize-ischemia-reperfusion-induced-cardiac-damage-in-normal-hypertensive-and-diabetic-rats
#18
Oliul Islam, Prashanth Patil, Sumanta K Goswami, Rema Razdan, Mohammed N Inamdar, Mohammed Rizwan, Jubin Mathew, Bora Inceoglu, Kin S Stephen Lee, Sung H Hwang, Bruce D Hammock
AIM: We designed a study to evaluate the cardioprotective effect of two soluble epoxide hydrolase (sEH) inhibitors, 1-(1-propanoylpiperidin-4-yl)-3-(4-trifluoromethoxy)phenyl)urea (TPPU) and trans-4-{4-[3-(4-trifluoromethoxyphenyl)-ureido]cyclohexyloxy}benzoic acid (t-TUCB), in ischemia-reperfusion (IR) model. METHODS: Cardioprotective effects of the sEH inhibitors were evaluated against IR-induced myocardial damage in hearts from normal, hypertensive and diabetic rats using Langendorff's apparatus...
March 15, 2017: Cardiovascular Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28294270/ultra-weak-photon-emission-in-healthy-subjects-and-patients-with-type-2-diabetes-evidence-for-a-non-invasive-diagnostic-tool
#19
Meina Yang, Wenyu Ding, Yanli Liu, Hua Fan, Rajendra P Bajpai, Jialei Fu, Jingxiang Pang, Xiaolei Zhao, Jinxiang Han
BACKGROUND: Spontaneous ultra-weak photon emission (UPE) is a common phenomenon in biological systems and has been linked to pathological states. Researchers have always considered ultra-weak photon emission a potential non-invasive diagnostic tool, but its application in the medical field is stagnant due to the lack of relevant data for pathological states. METHODS: Ultra-weak photon signals from five body sites (forehead, neck, heart, stomach, and navel) in fifty patients with type 2 diabetes and sixty age-matched healthy subjects were measured using a moveable whole-body biophoton detection system...
March 15, 2017: Photochemical & Photobiological Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28292746/robust-generation-of-quiescent-porcine-valvular-interstitial-cell-cultures
#20
Ana M Porras, Nicole C A van Engeland, Evelyn Marchbanks, Ann McCormack, Carlijn V C Bouten, Magdi H Yacoub, Najma Latif, Kristyn S Masters
BACKGROUND: Valvular interstitial cells (VICs) in the healthy aortic valve leaflet exhibit a quiescent phenotype, with <5% of VICs exhibiting an activated phenotype. Yet, in vitro culture of VICs on tissue culture polystyrene surfaces in standard growth medium results in rapid transformation to an activated phenotype in >90% of cells. The inability to preserve a healthy VIC phenotype during in vitro studies has hampered the elucidation of mechanisms involved in calcific aortic valve disease...
March 14, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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