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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934837/bromocriptine-for-the-treatment-of-peripartum-cardiomyopathy-a-multicentre-randomized-study
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Denise Hilfiker-Kleiner, Arash Haghikia, Dominik Berliner, Jens Vogel-Claussen, Johannes Schwab, Annegret Franke, Marziel Schwarzkopf, Philipp Ehlermann, Roman Pfister, Guido Michels, Ralf Westenfeld, Verena Stangl, Ingrid Kindermann, Uwe Kühl, Christiane E Angermann, Axel Schlitt, Dieter Fischer, Edith Podewski, Michael Böhm, Karen Sliwa, Johann Bauersachs
Aims: An anti-angiogenic cleaved prolactin fragment is considered causal for peripartum cardiomyopathy (PPCM). Experimental and first clinical observations suggested beneficial effects of the prolactin release inhibitor bromocriptine in PPCM. Methods and results: In this multicentre trial, 63 PPCM patients with left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35% were randomly assigned to short-term (1W: bromocriptine, 2.5 mg, 7 days) or long-term bromocriptine treatment (8W: 5 mg for 2 weeks followed by 2...
September 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934836/pregnancy-in-women-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy-data-from-the-european-society-of-cardiology-initiated-registry-of-pregnancy-and-cardiac-disease-ropac
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S Goland, I M van Hagen, G Elbaz-Greener, U Elkayam, A Shotan, W M Merz, S C Enar, I R Gaisin, P G Pieper, M R Johnson, R Hall, A Blatt, J W Roos-Hesselink
Aims: We report the maternal and foetal outcomes at birth and after 6 months in a cohort of pregnant women with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM). Although most women with HCM tolerate pregnancy well, there is an increased risk of obstetric and cardiovascular complications. Methods and results: All pregnant women with HCM entered into the prospective worldwide Registry of Pregnancy and Cardiac disease (ROPAC) were included in this analysis. The primary endpoint was a major adverse cardiovascular event (MACE), which included death, heart failure (HF), thrombo-embolic event, and arrhythmia...
September 14, 2017: European Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934669/transforming-growth-factor-beta-tgf-%C3%AE-mediates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-induces-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Yiyang Yue, Ke Meng, Yuejie Pu, Xiaoming Zhang
Cardiovascular diseases account for the major cause of morbidity and mortality among individuals with diabetes. The diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a type of diabetic cardiovascular disease, which further directs to the heart failure. The researchers found that diabetes induced cardiac fibrosis plays a vital role in several of the pathological changes that associated with DCM, causing left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH), diastolic dysfunction and systolic dysfunction. However, the mechanisms involved in the pathogenesis of DCM are still elusive...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934668/diabetes-mellitus-increased-all-cause-mortality-rate-among-newly-diagnosed-tuberculosis-patients-in-an-asian-population-a-nationwide-population-based-study
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Po-Yen Ko, Shi-Dou Lin, Ming-Chia Hsieh, Yu-Cheng Chen
AIMS: To investigate the effect of diabetes mellitus (DM) on all-cause mortality among patients with newly-diagnosed tuberculosis (TB) in an Asian population. We also identified risk factors for mortality in these patients. METHODS: The data were obtained from the National Health Insurance Research Database and included 9831 newly-diagnosed TB individuals and 1627 TB mortality cases in the period of 2000-2010. The mortality data were divided into a DM group and a non-DM group...
September 1, 2017: Diabetes Research and Clinical Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934596/features-and-outcomes-of-methamphetamine-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
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Roham T Zamanian, Haley Hedlin, Paul Greuenwald, David M Wilson, Joshua I Segal, Michelle Jorden, Kristina Kudelko, Juliana Liu, Andrew Hsi, Allyson Rupp, Andrew J Sweatt, Rubin Tuder, Gerald J Berry, Marlene Rabinovitch, Ramona L Doyle, Vinicio De Jesus Perez, Steven M Kawut
RATIONALE: While amphetamines are recognized as "likely" agents to cause drugs and toxins associated pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), (meth)amphetamine associated PAH (Meth-APAH) has not been well described. OBJECTIVES: To prospectively characterize the clinical presentation, histopathology, and outcomes of Meth-APAH compared to those of idiopathic PAH (iPAH). METHODS AND MEASUREMENTS: We performed a prospective cohort study of Meth-APAH and iPAH patients presenting to the Stanford University Pulmonary Hypertension Program between 2003-2015...
September 21, 2017: American Journal of Respiratory and Critical Care Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934587/aging-in-the-cardiovascular-system-lessons-from-hutchinson-gilford-progeria-syndrome
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Magda R Hamczyk, Lara Del Campo, Vicente Andrés
Aging, the main risk factor for cardiovascular disease (CVD), is becoming progressively more prevalent in our societies. A better understanding of how aging promotes CVD is therefore urgently needed to develop new strategies to reduce disease burden. Atherosclerosis and heart failure contribute significantly to age-associated CVD-related morbimortality. CVD and aging are both accelerated in patients suffering from Hutchinson-Gilford progeria syndrome (HGPS), a rare genetic disorder caused by the prelamin A mutant progerin...
September 20, 2017: Annual Review of Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934404/organizational-and-managerial-factors-associated-with-clinical-practice-guideline-adherence-a-simulation-based-study-in-36-french-hospital-wards
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Florence Saillour-Glénisson, Marion Kret, Sandrine Domecq, Matthieu Sibé, Valentin Daucourt, Virginie Migeot, David Veillard, Philippe Michel
Objectives: To identify managerial and organizational characteristics of multi-specialty medicine wards and individual characteristics of health professionals that are most strongly associated with clinical practice guidelines (CPG) adherence. Design: Cross-sectional stratified cluster sample design. Setting: Data were gathered from 36 randomly selected multi-specialty medicine wards. Participants: The study population included all health professionals involved in patient care working in the participating wards...
August 1, 2017: International Journal for Quality in Health Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934312/clinical-characteristics-and-12-month-outcomes-of-patients-with-valvular-and-non-valvular-atrial-fibrillation-in-kenya
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Tecla M Temu, Kathleen A Lane, Changyu Shen, Loise Ng'ang'a, Constantine O Akwanalo, Peng-Sheng Chen, Wilfred Emonyi, Susan R Heckbert, Myra M Koech, Imran Manji, Matteo Vatta, Eric J Velazquez, Jennifer Wessel, Sylvester Kimaiyo, Thomas S Inui, Gerald S Bloomfield
BACKGROUND: Atrial fibrillation (AF) is a major contributor to the global cardiovascular disease burden. The clinical profile and outcomes of AF patients with valvular heart diseases in sub-Saharan Africa (SSA) have not been adequately described. We assessed clinical features and 12-month outcomes of patients with valvular AF (vAF) in comparison to AF patients without valvular heart disease (nvAF) in western Kenya. METHODS: We performed a cohort study with retrospective data gathering to characterize risk factors and prospective data collection to characterize their hospitalization, stroke and mortality rates...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934226/pathological-alterations-in-liver-injury-following-congestive-heart-failure-induced-by-volume-overload-in-rats
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Mohammed Shaqura, Doaa M Mohamed, Noureddin B Aboryag, Lama Bedewi, Lukas Dehe, Sascha Treskatsch, Mehdi Shakibaei, Michael Schäfer, Shaaban A Mousa
Heart failure has emerged as a disease with significant public health implications. Following progression of heart failure, heart and liver dysfunction are frequently combined in hospitalized patients leading to increased morbidity and mortality. Here, we investigated the underlying pathological alterations in liver injury following heart failure. Heart failure was induced using a modified infrarenal aortocaval fistula (ACF) in male Wistar rats. Sham operated and ACF rats were compared for their morphometric and hemodynamic data, for histopathological and ultrastructural changes in the liver as well as differences in the expression of apoptotic factors...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28934189/cystatin-c-as-a-predictor-of-cardiovascular-outcomes-in-a-hypertensive-population
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R Garcia-Carretero, L Vigil-Medina, O Barquero-Perez, R Goya-Esteban, I Mora-Jimenez, C Soguero-Ruiz, J Ramos-Lopez
Calculating the estimated glomerular filtration rate (eGFR) using creatinine-based equations may underestimate cardiovascular risk. Cystatin C-based eGFR may be a stronger prognostic biomarker than creatinine-based eGFR when assessing cardiovascular outcomes and mortality. Our aim was to determine whether levels of serum cystatin C, as an estimator of GFR, had a higher predictive value than creatinine-based eGFR for incident cardiovascular disease among hypertensive patients. We retrospectively analyzed the records of 2016 hypertensive patients from the Hypertension Unit at Mostoles University Hospital between 2006 and 2016...
September 21, 2017: Journal of Human Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933783/reverse-remodelling-and-myocardial-recovery-in-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Gene H Kim, Nir Uriel, Daniel Burkhoff
Advances in medical and device therapies have demonstrated the capacity of the heart to reverse the failing phenotype. The development of normative changes to ventricular size and function led to the concept of reverse remodelling. Among heart failure therapies, durable mechanical circulatory support is most consistently associated with the largest degree of reverse remodelling. Accordingly, research to analyse human tissue after a period of mechanical circulatory support continues to yield a wealth of information...
September 21, 2017: Nature Reviews. Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933414/association-between-low-serum-bicarbonate-concentrations-and-cardiovascular-disease-in-patients-in-the-end-stage-of-renal-disease
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Vaia D Raikou, Despina Kyriaki
BACKGROUND: Metabolic acidosis, a common condition particularly in the end-stage of renal disease patients, results in malnutrition, inflammation and oxidative stress. In this study, we focused on the association between low serum bicarbonate and cardiovascular disease in patients on intermittent dialysis. METHODS: We studied 52 on-line-pre-dilution hemodiafiltration (on-l HDF) patients, 32 males and 20 females, with a mean age of 58.01 ± 15.4 years old. Metabolic acidosis was determined by serum bicarbonate concentrations less than 22 mmol/L...
November 15, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933413/the-role-of-the-nrf2-are-antioxidant-system-in-preventing-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Robert E Smith, Kevin Tran, Cynthia C Smith, Miranda McDonald, Pushkar Shejwalkar, Kenji Hara
It is widely believed that consuming foods and beverages that have high concentrations of antioxidants can prevent cardiovascular diseases and many types of cancer. As a result, many articles have been published that give the total antioxidant capacities of foods in vitro. However, many antioxidants behave quite differently in vivo. Some of them, such as resveratrol (in red wine) and epigallocatechin gallate or EGCG (in green tea) can activate the nuclear erythroid-2 like factor-2 (Nrf2) transcription factor...
November 11, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933367/targeting-metabolic-modulation-and-mitochondrial-dysfunction-in-the-treatment-of-heart-failure
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REVIEW
Abbey Steggall, Ify R Mordi, Chim C Lang
Despite significant improvements in morbidity and mortality with current evidence-based pharmaceutical-based treatment of heart failure (HF) over the previous decades, the burden of HF remains high. An alternative approach is currently being developed, which targets myocardial energy efficiency and the dysfunction of the cardiac mitochondria. Emerging evidence suggests that the insufficient availability of ATP to the failing myocardium can be attributed to abnormalities in the myocardial utilisation of its substrates rather than an overall lack of substrate availability...
May 10, 2017: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933354/mitochondrial-dynamics-in-mitochondrial-diseases
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REVIEW
Juan M Suárez-Rivero, Marina Villanueva-Paz, Patricia de la Cruz-Ojeda, Mario de la Mata, David Cotán, Manuel Oropesa-Ávila, Isabel de Lavera, Mónica Álvarez-Córdoba, Raquel Luzón-Hidalgo, José A Sánchez-Alcázar
Mitochondria are very versatile organelles in continuous fusion and fission processes in response to various cellular signals. Mitochondrial dynamics, including mitochondrial fission/fusion, movements and turnover, are essential for the mitochondrial network quality control. Alterations in mitochondrial dynamics can cause neuropathies such as Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease in which mitochondrial fusion and transport are impaired, or dominant optic atrophy which is caused by a reduced mitochondrial fusion. On the other hand, mitochondrial dysfunction in primary mitochondrial diseases promotes reactive oxygen species production that impairs its own function and dynamics, causing a continuous vicious cycle that aggravates the pathological phenotype...
December 23, 2016: Diseases (Basel)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933308/polymorphism-gln27glu-of-%C3%AE-2-adrenergic-receptors-in-patients-with-ischaemic-cardiomyopathy
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Sofia Metaxa, Constantinos Missouris, Depy Mavrogianni, Antigoni Miliou, Evangelos Oikonomou, Antonios Vlismas, Eirini Toli, Lambrini Kormali, Peter Drakakis, Dimitris Tousoulis
BACKGROUND: Polymorphisms of the adrenergic receptors (ARs) might affect the development and progression of heart failure (HF) and the response to treatment with β-blockade therapy. OBJECTIVE: To examine the role of the Gln27Glu polymorphism of β2-AR in HF development and to assess the hypothesis that Gln27Glu is associated with coronary artery disease in patients with ischaemic HF. METHODS: In this case control study we enrolled 155 consecutive patients with symptomatic HF of ischaemic aetiology with impaired left ventricular ejection fraction (LVEF) ≤35%...
September 19, 2017: Current Vascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933181/-heart-transplantation-and-infection
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Eva Ozábalová, Jan Krejčí, Petr Hude, Julius Godava, Tomáš Honek, Lenka Špinarová, Petr Pavlík, Helena Bedáňová, Petr Němec
Heart transplantation (HTx) is a method of treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure with severe symptoms despite complex therapy. Post-transplant difficulties include acute rejection and infectious complications, which are the most common reason of morbidity and mortality in the first year after heart transplant. It requires the patient to remain on immunosuppressive medication to avoid the possibility of graft rejection. Therefore the range of infection is much larger. The diagnosis and treatment of viral, bacterial and fungal infections is often difficult...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28933176/-myocarditis-and-inflammatory-cardiomyopathy
#18
Dalibor Mlejnek, Jan Krejčí
Myocarditis is an inflammation of the heart muscle. The most common cause of myocarditis is viral infection in industrialized countries. Myocarditis with left ventricular dysfunction is called inflammatory cardiomyopathy and is the major cause of dilated cardiomyopathy. The clinical picture is very diverse, most often the patient present with signs of heart failure, arrhythmic symptoms and chest pains. Despite significant advances in non-invasive diagnostics, particularly magnetic resonance imaging, endomyocardial biopsy remains the gold standard of myocarditis diagnosis...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932915/outcomes-in-patients-with-advanced-heart-failure-and-small-body-size-undergoing-continuous-flow-left-ventricular-assist-device-implantation
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Nastasya Volkovicher, Chitaru Kurihara, Andre Critsinelis, Masashi Kawabori, Tadahisa Sugiura, Marcos Manon, Andrew B Civitello, Jeffrey A Morgan
Left ventricular assist devices (LVADs) have become a preferred treatment option for patients with end-stage heart failure when used as a bridge to transplant or as a destination therapy. However, the association between small body size and postoperative outcomes for continuous-flow (CF) LVAD recipients is still being studied. We sought to determine whether body surface area (BSA) is associated with patient outcomes after CF-LVAD implantation. The study cohort of our single-center, retrospective review consisted of all patients (n = 526) who underwent CF-LVAD implantation (n = 403 HeartMate II, n = 123 HeartWare) between November 2003 and March 2016 regardless of indication...
September 20, 2017: Journal of Artificial Organs: the Official Journal of the Japanese Society for Artificial Organs
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28932601/the-role-of-sodium-bicarbonate-in-the-management-of-some-toxic-ingestions
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REVIEW
Aibek E Mirrakhimov, Taha Ayach, Aram Barbaryan, Goutham Talari, Romil Chadha, Adam Gray
Adverse reactions to commonly prescribed medications and to substances of abuse may result in severe toxicity associated with increased morbidity and mortality. According to the Center for Disease Control, in 2013, at least 2113 human fatalities attributed to poisonings occurred in the United States of America. In this article, we review the data regarding the impact of systemic sodium bicarbonate administration in the management of certain poisonings including sodium channel blocker toxicities, salicylate overdose, and ingestion of some toxic alcohols and in various pharmacological toxicities...
2017: International Journal of Nephrology
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