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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651292/acute-onset-neurological-disorders-during-pregnancy-a-literature-review
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Zita Ferraz, Joana Parra, Ana Luísa Areia, Elsa Vasco, Paulo Moura
Objectives To characterize the most common peripheral and central neurological disorders during pregnancy. Methods Original research and review of the literature on neurological complications during pregnancy. We searched for keywords related to the topic on different databases. Results Pregnancy involves physiological changes that can trigger peripheral neurological and/or central nervous system pathologies, which can sometimes be associated with hypertensive disorders. A definitive diagnosis of neurological disorders can be made according to the trimester of pregnancy and the clinical findings...
June 26, 2017: Revista Brasileira de Ginecologia e Obstetrícia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651038/elevated-adipsin-levels-are-associated-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-in-systemic-sclerosis
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Benjamin D Korman, Roberta Goncalves Marangoni, Monique Hinchcliff, Sanjiv J Shah, Mary Carns, Aileen Hoffmann, Rosalind Ramsey-Goldman, John Varga
INTRODUCTION: Adipose tissues secrete adipokines, peptides with potent effects modulating fibrosis, inflammation, and vascular homeostasis. Dysregulated adipose tissue biology and adipokine balance have been recently implicated in systemic sclerosis (SSc). We sought to determine if altered circulating adipokine levels correlate with SSc disease subsets or clinical manifestations. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Multiplex assays were used to measure circulating adipokine levels in 198 patients with SSc and 33 healthy controls...
June 26, 2017: Arthritis & Rheumatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650919/a-sudden-death-risk-score-specifically-for-hypertension-based-on-25%C3%A2-648-individual-patient-data-from-six-randomized-controlled-trials
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Hai-Ha Le, Fabien Subtil, Marc Cerou, Ivanny Marchant, Muaamar Al-Gobari, Mor Fall, Yanis Mimouni, Behrouz Kassaï, Lars Lindholm, Lutgarde Thijs, François Gueyffier
OBJECTIVE: To construct a sudden death risk score specifically for hypertension (HYSUD) patients with or without cardiovascular history. METHODS: Data were collected from six randomized controlled trials of antihypertensive treatments with 8044 women and 17 604 men differing in age ranges and blood pressure eligibility criteria. In total, 345 sudden deaths (1.35%) occurred during a mean follow-up of 5.16 years. Risk factors of sudden death were examined using a multivariable Cox proportional hazards model adjusted on trials...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650277/attenuated-post-exercise-heart-rate-recovery-in-patients-with-systemic-lupus-erythematosus-the-role-of-disease-severity-and-beta-blocker-treatment
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P Bienias, M Ciurzyński, A Chrzanowska, I Dudzik-Niewiadomska, K Irzyk, K Oleszek, A Kalińska-Bienias, B Kisiel, W Tłustochowicz, P Pruszczyk
Objective Sinus tachycardia is frequently reported in systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE), while there are limited data on post-exercise ability to slow heart rate (i.e. heart rate recovery, HRR) in this group of patients. Methods We studied consecutive 70 patients with SLE and 30 healthy controls. All examined individuals underwent detailed clinical examination, echocardiography, Holter monitoring with heart rate variability and treadmill stress test using Bruce's protocol. HRR values were calculated as the difference between maximum HR during exercise and HR at the first (HRR1) and third (HRR3) minute of rest...
January 1, 2017: Lupus
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28650098/disparities-in-eurotransplant-liver-transplantation-waitlist-outcome-between-patients-with-and-without-exceptional-meld
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Andreas Umgelter, Alexander Hapfelmeier, Wouter Kopp, Marieke van Rosmalen, Xavier Rogiers, Markus Guba
BACKGROUND: The sickest-first principle in donor-liver allocation can be implemented by allocating organs to cirrhotic patients with the highest Model of End-stage Liver Disease (MELD) scores. For patients with other risk factors, standard (SE) and non-standard exceptions (NSE) have been developed. We investigated whether this system of matched MELD scores achieves similar outcome on the liver transplant waiting-list for various diagnostic groups in Eurotransplant (ET) countries with MELD-based individual allocation (Belgium, The Netherlands and Germany)...
June 26, 2017: Liver Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648830/purinergic-p2y-receptors-molecular-diversity-and-implications-for-treatment-of-cardiovascular-diseases
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REVIEW
Akiyuki Nishimura, Caroline Sunggip, Sayaka Oda, Takuro Numaga-Tomita, Makoto Tsuda, Motohiro Nishida
Purinergic signaling, mediated mainly by G protein-coupled P2Y receptors (P2YRs), is now attracting attention as a new therapeutic target for preventing or treating cardiovascular diseases. Observations using mice with genetically modified P2YRs and/or treated with a pharmacological P2YR inhibitor have helped us understand the physiological and pathological significance of P2YRs in the cardiovascular system. P2YR-mediated biological functions are predominantly activated by mononucleotides released from non-adrenergic, non-cholinergic nerve endings or non-secretory tissues in response to physical stress or cell injury, though recent studies have suggested the occurrence of ligand-independent P2YR function through receptor-receptor interactions (oligomerization) in several biological processes...
June 22, 2017: Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648026/-serum-uric-acid-is-associated-with-disease-severity-and-an-important-predictor-for-clinical-outcome-in-patients-with-pulmonary-hypertension
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D L Luo, C J Zhang, Y G Huang, T Huang, H Z Li
Objective: The growing body of literature showed a link between uric acid and pulmonary hypertension (PH), but the impact of hyperuremia on outcome of patients with PH has not been well defined. Therefore, the present study was performed to analyze the impact of uric acid on outcome of PH patients. Methods: One hundred seventy-three PH patients (112 females, mean age 38 years old), who were hospitalized in our department between January 2010 and December 2015, were included in our study, the PH diagnosis was made based on right heart catheterization examination result (mean pulmonary artery pressure≥25 mmHg(1 mmHg=0...
June 24, 2017: Zhonghua Xin Xue Guan Bing za Zhi
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28647302/variable-validity-of-computer-extracted-problem-lists-for-complications-of-diabetes-mellitus-within-the-va-greater-los-angeles-health-system
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Stephan Chiu, John Davis, JoAnn Giaconi, Aaron Lee, Greg Orshansky, Leonard Kleinman, Irena Tsui
PURPOSE: Electronic health data in the form of International Classification of Disease, Ninth Revision (ICD-9) codes is routinely used for clinical research, yet the accuracy of specific diagnoses is largely unknown. The purpose of this study is to assess the validity of computer extracted problem lists for diabetic retinopathy (DR) and other complications of diabetes mellitus (DM) within the VA Greater Los Angeles Health Administration (VHAGLA). METHODS: The study population consisted of patients at the VHAGLA with an ICD-9 diagnosis of DM between Jan 1st 1999 and March 22nd 2016 with visits to the eye clinic...
June 21, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646507/influences-of-placental-growth-factor-on-mouse-retinal-vascular-development
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Vanessa R Kay, Chandrakant Tayade, Peter Carmeliet, B Anne Croy
BACKGROUND: Placental Growth Factor (PGF) is important for wound-healing and vascular collaterogenesis. PGF deficiency is associated with preeclampsia, a hypertensive disease of human pregnancy. Offspring born to preeclamptic mothers display cognitive impairments and brain vascular and neurostructural deviations. Low PGF production during development may contribute to alterations in offspring cerebrovascular beds. Retina is a readily accessible part of the central nervous system with a well-described pattern of vascular development in mice...
June 24, 2017: Developmental Dynamics: An Official Publication of the American Association of Anatomists
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646260/salt-appetite-and-the-influence-of-opioids
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Craig M Smith, Andrew J Lawrence
Due to the biological importance of sodium and its relative scarcity within many natural environments, 'salt appetite' has evolved whereby dietary salt is highly sought after and palatable when tasted. In addition to peripheral responses, salt depletion is detected within the brain via circumventricular organs and 11β-hydroxysteroid dehydrogenase type 2 (HSD2) neurons to increase salt appetite. Salt appetite is comprised of two main components. One component is the incentive salience or motivation for salt (i...
June 24, 2017: Neurochemical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28646245/six-minute-walk-test-as-a-predictor-of-diagnosis-disease-severity-and-clinical-outcomes-in-scleroderma-associated-pulmonary-hypertension-the-dibosa-study
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Abhishek Gadre, Christian Ghattas, Xiaozhen Han, Xiaofeng Wang, Omar Minai, Kristin B Highland
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) is a common complication of scleroderma (SSc) and is a leading cause of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To explore the utility of the 6MWT in the prediction of SSc-PH and to assess its prognostic implications. METHODS: A retrospective review of SSc patients from 2003 to 2013, with 6MWT and echocardiogram (n = 286), was conducted. Presence of PH was defined by right heart catheterization. Patients were randomized into development and validation cohorts...
June 23, 2017: Lung
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644975/a-neural-blood-pressure-marker-for-bioelectronic-medicines-for-treatment-of-hypertension
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Cristian Sevcencu, Thomas N Nielsen, Johannes J Struijk
A novel therapeutic approach for treating resistant hypertension could be the use of bioelectronic medicines to achieve blood pressure (BP) control in implanted patients by closed-loop stimulation of the left vagus nerve (LVN). However, such a technology would require an implantable BP marker, which is not available yet. As it is known that the LVN conducts afferent BP-related signals, this study aimed to investigate if such signals could be recorded with implantable means and used to derive BP markers. The present experiments were performed in anesthetized pigs subjected to a transient or stable BP increase induced by adrenaline administration...
June 17, 2017: Biosensors & Bioelectronics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644253/spectrum-of-autonomic-nervous-system-impairment-in-sj%C3%A3-gren-syndrome
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Brent P Goodman, Amy Crepeau, Priya S Dhawan, Julie A Khoury, Lucinda A Harris
OBJECTIVE: To describe the spectrum of autonomic dysfunction in a uniformly evaluated cohort of patients with Sjögren syndrome. METHODS: A series of 13 patients underwent a comprehensive evaluation for suspected autonomic impairment, including a neurological examination, autonomic testing, and laboratory studies. A diagnosis of Sjögren syndrome was established as the cause of autonomic dysfunction in all. Clinical features, findings on autonomic testing, and laboratory results are described...
July 2017: Neurologist
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28644212/worsening-atrioventricular-conduction-after-hospital-discharge-in-patients-with-st-segment-elevation-myocardial-infarction-undergoing-primary-percutaneous-coronary-intervention-the-horizons-ami-trial
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Ioanna Kosmidou, Björn Redfors, Thomas McAndrew, Monica Embacher, Roxana Mehran, José M Dizon, Ori Ben-Yehuda, Gary S Mintz, Gregg W Stone
BACKGROUND: The chronic effects of ST-segment elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI) on the atrioventricular conduction (AVC) system have not been elucidated. This study aimed to evaluate the incidence, predictors, and outcomes of worsened AVC post-STEMI in patients treated with a primary percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). PATIENTS AND METHODS: The current analysis included patients from the HORIZONS-AMI trial who underwent primary PCI and had available ECGs...
June 21, 2017: Coronary Artery Disease
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28643721/surgical-treatment-of-metarhizium-anisopliae-sclerokeratitis-and-endophthalmitis
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Dan Derhy, Arnaud Sauer, Marcela Sabou, Jonathan Letsch, Ermanno Candolfi, Valérie Letscher-Bru, Tristan Bourcier
A 55-year-old nurse was referred with a 5-month history of right eye corneal abscess. The initial injury occurred when doing lawn work. The infection worsened despite multiple antibiotic, antiviral, and steroid treatments. Visual acuity was limited to hand motion. On examination, there was keratitis, ocular hypertension, and a secondary cataract. Corneal scrapings grew a filamentous fungus, identified as Metarhizium anisopliae (MA). Despite intensive antifungal treatment with topical, intravitreous, and systemic voriconazole, purulent corneal melting and scleritis with endophthalmitis rapidly appeared...
June 2017: Indian Journal of Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28642014/acute-hemodynamic-effects-of-intravenous-adenosine-in-patients-with-associated-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-comparison-with-intravenous-epoprostenol
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Rosario Rossi, Francesca Coppi, Fabio Sgura, Daniel Monopoli, Giuseppe Boriani
Exogenous intravenous (IV) adenosine and epoprostenol are effective vasodilator agents, causing a substantial reduction in pulmonary vascular resistance in patients affected by idiopathic pulmonary arteriolar hypertension (PAH). Their action, in patients with PAH associated with other pathological conditions, is not well defined. In the present paper the authors retrospectively analyzed the acute hemodynamic effects of intravenous adenosine and epoprostenol in 30 consecutive patients (mean age: 58 ± 15 years; 21 females, and 9 males) affected by PAH associated with other pathological conditions, as determined by changes from baseline in systemic and pulmonary hemodynamic parameters...
June 19, 2017: Pulmonary Pharmacology & Therapeutics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641753/cardiac-dysfunction-in-congenital-diaphragmatic-hernia-pathophysiology-clinical-assessment-and-management
#17
Neil Patel, Florian Kipfmueller
Cardiac dysfunction is an important consequence of pulmonary hypertension in congenital diaphragmatic hernia and a determinant of disease severity. Increased afterload leads to right ventricular dilatation and diastolic dysfunction. Septal displacement and dysfunction impair left ventricular function, which may also be compromised by fetal hypoplasia. Biventricular failure contributes to systemic hypotension and hypoperfusion. Early and regular echocardiographic assessment of cardiac function and pulmonary artery pressure can guide therapeutic decision-making, including choice and timing of pulmonary vasodilators, cardiotropes, ECMO, and surgery...
June 2017: Seminars in Pediatric Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641720/fenofibrate-attenuates-hypertension-in-goldblatt-hypertensive-rats-role-of-20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic-acid-in-the-nonclipped-kidney
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Alexandra Sporková, Věra Čertíková Chábová, Šárka Doleželová, Šárka Jíchová, Libor Kopkan, Zdeňka Vaňourková, Elzbieta Kompanowska-Jezierska, Janusz Sadowski, Hana Maxová, Luděk Červenka
BACKGROUND: There is vast evidence that the renin-angiotensin system is not the sole determinant of blood pressure (BP) elevation in human renovascular hypertension or the relevant experimental models. This study tested the hypothesis that kidney deficiency of 20-hydroxyeicosatetraenoic acid (20-HETE), a product of cytochrome P450 (CYP)-dependent ω-hydroxylase pathway of arachidonic acid metabolism, is important in the pathophysiology of the maintenance phase of 2-kidney, 1-clip (2K1C) Goldblatt hypertension...
June 2017: American Journal of the Medical Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641568/an-expanding-role-of-biomarkers-in-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#19
Mustafa Yildiz, Alparslan Sahin, Michael Behnes, İbrahim Akin
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH), is a chronic disease which may cause or result from mulitple cardiopulmonary disorders. The disease has complex pathophysiological mechanisms and involves many systematic, cellular and molecular changes. Therefore, it is crutial to find out underlying mechanisms and detect biomarkers to achieve early and proper diagnosis, evaluate of disease severity, for follow-up and monitor response to treatment. Many biomarker for PAH have been investigated but yet no such biomarker has been found specific and easily accessible to use for the patients...
June 14, 2017: Current Pharmaceutical Biotechnology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28641368/glomerular-hyperfiltration-in-obese-african-american-hypertensive-patients-is-associated-with-elevated-urinary-mitochondrial-dna-copy-number
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Alfonso Eirin, Ahmed Saad, John R Woollard, Luis A Juncos, David A Calhoun, Hui Tang, Amir Lerman, Stephen C Textor, Lilach O Lerman
BACKGROUND: Glomerular hyperfiltration may contribute to the high incidence of renal disease in Obese African Americans essential hypertensive (ObAAEH) patients, but the precise mechanisms responsible for renal injury have not been elucidated. Mitochondria are important determinants of renal injury in hypertension, and increased levels of mitochondrial DNA (mtDNA) in the urine may indicate renal mitochondrial injury. We hypothesized that urine mtDNA copy numbers would be higher in ObAAEH compared to Caucasian essential hypertensive (CEH) patients...
June 14, 2017: American Journal of Hypertension
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