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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214153/arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-dysplasia-atypical-clinical-presentation
#1
José Marçalo, Luiz Menezes Falcão
A 67-year-old man was admitted to our hospital after episodes of syncope preceded by malaise and diffuse neck and chest discomfort. No family history of cardiac disease was reported. Laboratory workup was within normal limits, including D-dimers, serum troponin I and arterial blood gases. The electrocardiogram showed sinus rhythm with T-wave inversion in leads V1 to V3. Computed tomography angiography to investigate pulmonary embolism showed no abnormal findings. Transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) displayed massive enlargement of the right ventricle with intact interatrial septum and no pulmonary hypertension...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214152/clinical-and-genetic-diagnosis-of-familial-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-results-in-pediatric-cardiology
#2
Bárbara Cardoso, Inês Gomes, Petra Loureiro, Conceição Trigo, Fátima Ferreira Pinto
INTRODUCTION: Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is most often of autosomal dominant inheritance with incomplete penetrance and variable expression. The main purpose of family screening is to identify relatives with unrecognized HCM and to monitor those at risk for disease, in order to minimize complications and to assess risk of sudden cardiac death. The ESC and ACCF/AHA guidelines on the diagnosis and management of HCM recommend the screening of child relatives from the age of 10-12 years...
February 14, 2017: Portuguese Journal of Cardiology: An Official Journal of the Portuguese Society of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214110/pediatric-echocardiographic-nomograms-what-has-been-done-and-what-still-needs-to-be-done
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REVIEW
Massimiliano Cantinotti, Shelby Kutty, Eliana Franchi, Marco Paterni, Marco Scalese, Giorgio Iervasi, Martin Koestenberger
Nomograms are essential tools for quantification in pediatric echocardiography. In the last few years, multiple sources highlight that nomograms employed for decades presented significant numerical and methodological limitations. As a result, widely different ranges of normality were generated, thus creating confusion in estimation of several cardiac diseases. New nomograms have recently been generated, overcoming some of the gaps of previous research: wider sample sizes (including neonates/infants), solid statistical/methodological plan, and availability of new data (chamber dimensions, many functional parameters)...
January 19, 2017: Trends in Cardiovascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214081/fev1-and-fvc-predict-all-cause-mortality-independent-of-cardiac-function-results-from-the-population-based-gutenberg-health-study
#4
Christina Magnussen, Francisco M Ojeda, Nargiz Rzayeva, Tanja Zeller, Christoph R Sinning, Norbert Pfeiffer, Manfred Beutel, Maria Blettner, Karl J Lackner, Stefan Blankenberg, Thomas Münzel, Klaus F Rabe, Philipp S Wild, Renate B Schnabel
BACKGROUND: Lung function has previously been related to increased mortality. Whether pulmonary impairment is associated with an increased mortality independent of cardiac dysfunction remains unclear. METHODS: In 15010 individuals from the general population (age range 35-74years, 51% men) in the Gutenberg Health Study we performed spirometry and transthoracic echocardiography. N-terminal pro-B-type natriuretic peptide (Nt-proBNP) and high-sensitive troponin I (hsTnI) were measured in all individuals...
February 3, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213888/transfusion-in-critical-care-a-uk-regional-audit-of-current-practice
#5
J O M Plumb, M G Taylor, E Clissold, M P W Grocott, R Gill
A consistent message within critical care publications has been that a restrictive transfusion strategy is non-inferior, and possibly superior, to a liberal strategy for stable, non-bleeding critically ill patients. Translation into clinical practice has, however, been slow. Here, we describe the degree of adherence to UK best practice guidelines in a regional network of nine intensive care units within Wessex. All transfusions given during a 2-month period were included (n = 444). Those given for active bleeding or within 24 h of major surgery, trauma or gastrointestinal bleeding were excluded (n = 148)...
February 18, 2017: Anaesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213737/associations-among-left-ventricular-systolic-function-tachycardia-and-cardiac-preload-in-septic-patients
#6
Michael J Lanspa, Sajid Shahul, Andrew Hersh, Emily L Wilson, Troy D Olsen, Eliotte L Hirshberg, Colin K Grissom, Samuel M Brown
BACKGROUND: In sepsis, tachycardia may indicate low preload, adrenergic stimulation, or both. Adrenergic overstimulation is associated with septic cardiomyopathy. We sought to determine whether tachycardia was associated with left ventricular longitudinal strain, a measure of cardiac dysfunction. We hypothesized an association would primarily exist in patients with high preload. METHODS: We prospectively observed septic patients admitted to three study ICUs, who underwent early transthoracic echocardiography...
December 2017: Annals of Intensive Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213668/effect-of-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-on-survival-in-patients-with-stable-ischemic-heart-disease
#7
REVIEW
Francisco Ujueta, Ephraim N Weiss, Binita Shah, Steven P Sedlis
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: This study aims to determine if percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) does improve survival in stable ischemic heart disease (SIHD). RECENT FINDINGS: The International Study of Comparative Health Effectiveness with Medical and Invasive Approaches (ISCHEMIA) trial will evaluate patients with moderate to severe ischemia and will be the largest randomized trial of an initial management strategy of coronary revascularization (percutaneous or surgical) versus optimal medical therapy alone for SIHD...
February 2017: Current Cardiology Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213568/estimated-glomerular-filtration-rate-and-albuminuria-are-associated-with-biomarkers-of-cardiac-injury-in-a-population-based-cohort-study-the-maastricht-study
#8
Remy J H Martens, Dorien M Kimenai, Jeroen P Kooman, Coen D A Stehouwer, Frans E S Tan, Otto Bekers, Pieter C Dagnelie, Carla J H van der Kallen, Abraham A Kroon, Karel M L Leunissen, Frank M van der Sande, Nicolaas C Schaper, Simone J S Sep, Miranda T Schram, Jeroen D van Suijlen, Marja P van Dieijen-Visser, Steven J R Meex, Ronald M A Henry
BACKGROUND: Chronic kidney disease (CKD) is associated with an increased cardiovascular disease mortality risk. It is, however, less clear at what point in the course from normal kidney function to CKD the association with cardiovascular disease appears. Studying the associations of estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) and albuminuria with biomarkers of (subclinical) cardiac injury in a population without substantial CKD may clarify this issue. METHODS: We examined the cross-sectional associations of eGFR and urinary albumin excretion (UAE) with high-sensitivity cardiac troponin (hs-cTn) T, hs-cTnI, and N-terminal probrain natriuretic-peptide (NT-proBNP) in 3103 individuals from a population-based diabetes-enriched cohort study...
February 17, 2017: Clinical Chemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213377/interventional-treatment-of-pulmonary-embolism
#9
David M Dudzinski, Jay Giri, Kenneth Rosenfield
Pulmonary embolism (PE) is a serious and prevalent cause of vascular disease. Nevertheless, optimal treatment for many phenotypes of PE remains uncertain. Treating PE requires appropriate risk stratification as a first step. For the highest-risk PE, presenting as shock or arrest, emergent systemic thrombolysis or embolectomy is reasonable, while for low-risk PE, anticoagulation alone is often chosen. Normotensive patients with PE but with indicia of right heart dysfunction (by biomarkers or imaging) constitute an intermediate-risk group for whom there is controversy on therapeutic strategy...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213360/circulating-endothelial-microparticles-and-mir-92a-in-acute-myocardial-infarction
#10
Yuchen Zhang, Junjun Cheng, Fang Chen, Changyan Wu, Junmeng Zhang, Xuejun Ren, Yu Pan, Bin Nie, Quan Li, Yu Li
Background : Microparticles (MPs) and microRNAs (miRNAs) have been shown to play important roles in coronary artery disease (CAD) by monitoring endothelial dysfunction. This study aims to investigate the diagnostic value of endothelial microparticles (EMPs) and miRNAs (miR-92a or miR-23a) as biomarkers in distinguishing patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI) from those with CAD. Methods : Plasma samples from 37 patients with AMI, 42 patients with stable coronary artery disease (SCAD) and 35 healthy adults were collected for investigation in this study...
February 17, 2017: Bioscience Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213270/myocardial-leptin-transcription-in-feline-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#11
Sonja Fonfara, Sarah Kitz, Udo Hetzel, Anja Kipar
Leptin is an adipokine, which is in humans with cardiac disease suspected to be involved in myocardial remodeling and thrombus formation. In cats, however, it is not known whether leptin plays a role in cardiac disease, i.e. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) and the presence of an atrial thrombus (AT). The objective of the study was therefore to establish whether leptin is transcribed in the feline myocardium and to compare myocardial leptin mRNA concentrations in cats with HCM with and without AT, and in cats without cardiac diseases...
February 13, 2017: Research in Veterinary Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212871/percutaneous-coronary-intervention-vs-cardiac-surgery-in-diabetic-patients-where-are-we-now-and-where-should-we-be-going
#12
REVIEW
George Kassimis, Christos V Bourantas, Raina Tushar, Gianluigi de Maria, Periklis Davlouros, George Hahalis, Dimitrios Alexopoulos, Adrian P Banning
Patients with diabetes mellitus are at an increased risk of developing coronary artery disease (CAD) and have an increased incidence of recurrent events following revascularisation. Choosing the most appropriate strategy to revascularize these high-risk patients is crucial to improve clinical outcomes. Several studies, randomised trials and meta-analysis, have compared the short and long-term outcomes following coronary artery bypass grafting (CABG) and percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI) in diabetic patients suffering from CAD...
February 14, 2017: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212480/-reintervention-with-percutaneous-balloon-angioplasty-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-with-left-sided-obstructions
#13
Horacio Márquez-González, Diana López-Gallegos, Nataly Alejandra Pérez-Velázquez, Lucelli Yáñez-Gutiérrez
BACKGROUND: Left-sided cardiac obstructions represent 15% of congenital heart disease (CHD). The treatment in adults is surgical; however, balloon dilation by interventional catheterization can alleviate the symptoms in pediatric patients to allow them to reach the target height. The aim was to determine the survival and the factors associated with reintervention in patients with CHD with left-sided obstruction treated with balloon angioplasty. METHODS: A cohort study was conducted in patients aged 4 to 17 years with left-sided heart obstruction (valvular stenosis [VS], supravalvular aortic stenosis [SAS], coarctation of the aorta [CA]) successfully treated with balloon angioplasty...
2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212445/long-term-effects-of-fetal-undernutrition-on-rat-heart-role-of-hypertension-and-oxidative-stress
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Pilar Rodríguez-Rodríguez, Angel L López de Pablo, Concha F García-Prieto, Beatriz Somoza, Begoña Quintana-Villamandos, José J Gómez de Diego, Perla Y Gutierrez-Arzapalo, David Ramiro-Cortijo, M Carmen González, Silvia M Arribas
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Fetal undernutrition is a risk factor for heart disease in both genders, despite the protection of women against hypertension development. Using a rat model of maternal undernutrition (MUN) we aimed to assess possible sex differences in the development of cardiac alterations and the implication of hypertension and cardiac oxidative stress. METHODS: Male and female offspring from rats fed ad libitum (control) or with 50% of the normal daily intake during the second half of gestation (MUN) were used...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212182/what-s-new-in-obstetric-anesthesia-the-2016-gerard-w-ostheimer-lecture
#15
Philip E Hess
This special article presents potentially important trends and issues affecting the field of obstetric anesthesia drawn from publications in 2015. Both maternal mortality and morbidity in the United States have increased in recent years because, in part, of the changing demographics of the childbearing population. Pregnant women are older and have more pre-existing conditions and complex medical histories. Cardiovascular and noncardiovascular medical diseases now account for half of maternal deaths in the United States...
March 2017: Anesthesia and Analgesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212149/new-developments-for-the-detection-and-treatment-of-cardiac-vasculopathy
#16
Kevin J Clerkin, Ziad A Ali, Donna M Mancini
PURPOSE OF REVIEW: Cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) is a major limitation to long-term survival after heart transplantation. Innovative new techniques to diagnose CAV have been applied to detect disease. This review will examine the current diagnostic and treatment options available to clinicians for CAV. RECENT FINDINGS: Diagnostic modalities addressing the pathophysiology underlying CAV (arterial wall thickening and decreased coronary blood flow) improve diagnostic sensitivity when compared to traditional (angiography and dobutamine stress echocardiography) techniques...
February 15, 2017: Current Opinion in Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212053/transthoracic-echocardiography-pitfalls-and-limitations-as-delineated-at-cardiac-ct-and-mr-imaging
#17
Sachin B Malik, Natalie Chen, Rex A Parker, Joe Y Hsu
Transthoracic echocardiography ( TTE transthoracic echocardiography ) is a critical tool in the field of clinical cardiology. It often serves as one of the first-line imaging modalities in the evaluation of cardiac disease owing to its low cost, portability, widespread availability, lack of ionizing radiation, and ability to evaluate both anatomy and function of the heart. Consequently, a large majority of patients undergoing a cardiac computed tomography (CT) or magnetic resonance (MR) imaging examination will have a TTE transthoracic echocardiography available for review...
February 17, 2017: Radiographics: a Review Publication of the Radiological Society of North America, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211974/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-1-base-pair-novel-deletion-in-bcl2-associated-athanogene-3-bag3-gene-associated-with-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm-requiring-heart-transplant-in-multiple-family-members
#18
Muhammad Arshad Rafiq, Ayeshah Chaudhry, Melanie Care, Danna A Spears, Chantal F Morel, Robert M Hamilton
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by dilation and impaired contraction of the left ventricle or both ventricles. Among hereditary DCM, the genetic causes are heterogeneous, and include mutations encoding cytoskeletal, nucleoskeletal, mitochondrial, and calcium-handling proteins. We report three severely affected males, in a four-generation pedigree, with DCM phenotype who underwent cardiac transplant. Cardiomegaly with marked biventricular dilation and fibrosis were noticeable histopathological findings...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211486/motor-phenotype-is-not-associated-with-vascular-dysfunction-in-symptomatic-huntington-s-disease-transgenic-r6-2-160-cag-mice
#19
A Di Pardo, A Carrizzo, A Damato, S Castaldo, E Amico, L Capocci, M Ambrosio, F Pompeo, C De Sanctis, C C Spinelli, A A Puca, P Remondelli, V Maglione, C Vecchione
Whereas Huntington's disease (HD) is unequivocally a neurological disorder, a critical mass of emerging studies highlights the occurrence of peripheral pathology like cardiovascular defects in both animal models and humans. The overt impairment in cardiac function is normally expected to be associated with peripheral vascular dysfunction, however whether this assumption is reasonable or not in HD is still unknown. In this study we functionally characterized the vascular system in R6/2 mouse model (line 160 CAG), which recapitulates several features of human pathology including cardiac disease...
February 17, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211263/increased-regurgitant-flow-causes-endocardial-cushion-defects-in-an-avian-embryonic-model-of-congenital-heart-disease
#20
Stephanie M Ford, Matthew T McPheeters, Yves T Wang, Pei Ma, Shi Gu, James Strainic, Christopher Snyder, Andrew M Rollins, Michiko Watanabe, Michael W Jenkins
BACKGROUND: The relationship between changes in endocardial cushion and resultant congenital heart diseases (CHD) has yet to be established. It has been shown that increased regurgitant flow early in embryonic heart development leads to endocardial cushion defects, but it remains unclear how abnormal endocardial cushions during the looping stages might affect the fully septated heart. The goal of this study was to reproducibly alter blood flow in vivo and then quantify the resultant effects on morphology of endocardial cushions in the looping heart and on CHDs in the septated heart...
February 17, 2017: Congenital Heart Disease
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