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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136777/anti-hypertensive-and-vasodilatory-effects-of-amended-banxia-baizhu-tianma-tang
#1
Chu Shan Tan, Yean Chun Loh, Chiew Hoong Ng, Yung Sing Ch'ng, Mohd Zaini Asmawi, Mariam Ahmad, Mun Fei Yam
Although Banxia Baizhu Tianma Tang (BBT) has been long administered for hypertensive treatment in Traditional Chinese Medicine (TCM), the ratio of the herbal components that makes up the formulation has not been optimized with respect to the anti-hypertensive effect that it inherently possesses. A newly amended BBT (ABBT) formulation was developed using the evidence-based approach of orthogonal stimulus-response compatibility model. The ABBT showed enhanced therapeutic effect while maintaining its traditional theoretical approach rooted in TCM...
November 7, 2017: Biomedicine & Pharmacotherapy, Biomédecine & Pharmacothérapie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29132539/the-diabetic-heart-utilizes-ketone-bodies-as-an-energy-source
#2
Yuji Mizuno, Eisaku Harada, Hitoshi Nakagawa, Yoshinobu Morikawa, Makoto Shono, Fumihito Kugimiya, Michihiro Yoshimura, Hirofumi Yasue
BACKGROUND: Diabetic heart is characterized by failure of insulin to increase glucose uptake and increasingly relies on free fatty acids (FFAs) as a source of fuel in animal models. However, it is not well known how cardiac energy metabolism is altered in diabetic hearts in humans. We examined cardiac fuel metabolism in the diabetics as compared to non-diabetics who underwent cardiac catheterization for heart diseases. MATERIAL AND METHODS: The study subjects comprised 81 patients (male 55, female 26, average age 63...
December 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29129394/angiotensin-ii-receptor-blockers-suppress-the-release-of-stromal-cell-derived-factor-1%C3%AE-from-infarcted-myocardium-in-patients-with-acute-myocardial-infarction
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Toru Yoshizaki, Manabu Uematsu, Jun-Ei Obata, Takamitsu Nakamura, Daisuke Fujioka, Kazuhiro Watanabe, Kazuto Nakamura, Kiyotaka Kugiyama
BACKGROUND: Although angiotensin II receptor blockers (ARBs) have been shown to have anti-inflammatory effects on infarcted myocardium in experimental models, little is known in humans. Stromal cell-derived factor-1α (SDF-1α), a pro-inflammatory chemokine, is released from infarcted tissue in patients with acute myocardial infarction (AMI). This study examined whether ARBs suppress SDF-1α production in the infarcted lesion in patients with AMI. METHODS: SDF-1α levels were measured by enzyme-linked immunosorbent assays in plasma obtained from the aortic root (AO) and the anterior interventricular vein (AIV) in 50 patients with an anterior AMI...
November 9, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128482/aortic-valve-cusp-coaptation-surface-area-using-3-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography-correlates-with-severity-of-aortic-valve-insufficiency
#4
Benjamin Sohmer, Reza Jafar, Prakash Patel, Marie-Ève Chamberland, Michel R Labrosse, Munir Boodhwani
OBJECTIVE: The aim of this study was to test both in humans and using finite element (FE) aortic valve (AV) models whether the coaptation surface area (CoapSA) correlates with aortic insufficiency (AI) severity due to dilated aortic roots to determine the validity and utility of 3-dimensional transesophageal echocardiographic-measured CoapSA. DESIGN: Two-pronged, clinical and computational approach. SETTING: Single university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 10 patients with known AI and 98 FE simulations of increasingly dilated human aortic roots...
August 30, 2017: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29128090/crocus-sativus-l-aqueous-extract-reduces-atherogenesis-increases-atherosclerotic-plaque-stability-and-improves-glucose-control-in-diabetic-atherosclerotic-animals
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Ei Christodoulou, N P E Kadoglou, M Stasinopoulou, O A Konstandi, C Kenoutis, Z I Kakazanis, A Rizakou, N Kostomitsopoulos, G Valsami
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: We aimed to evaluate a possible atheroprotective effect of saffron aqueous extract (SFE), and its potential anti-inflammatory mechanisms, in apoE knockout (ApoE(-/-)) mice. METHODS: Fifty male, ApoE(-/-) mice, fed a high-fat diet (HFD) for 12 weeks, were randomized into 5 groups: (1) baseline group, euthanatized, without intervention, (2) three saffron groups, receiving HFD and 30,60,90 mg/kg/day of SFE, respectively, for four weeks, per os through gavage, after reconstitution in water for injection (WFI), (3) control group (COG), receiving daily HFD and the same volume of WFI (four weeks)...
November 1, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29127746/-surgical-treatment-of-aortic-root-aneurysm-comparison-of-bentall-procedure-and-david-reimplantation-of-aortic-valve
#6
Jiří Ničovský, Jiří Ondrášek, Jan Černý, Daniela Žáková, Petr Němec
INTRODUCTION: The aortic root aneurysm is associated with a more frequent occurrence of aortic dissection and development of aortic regurgitation. The aim of this study was to compare outcomes of composite graft replacement and valve sparing root replacement in treating aortic root aneurysms. METHODS: From January 2006 to December 2015 a total of 137 patients (mean age 46.3 ± 14.5, range 16-65) underwent elective surgery for aortic root aneurysm without valvular structural defects...
2017: Vnitr̆ní Lékar̆ství
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29126605/a-novel-patterned-magnetic-micropillar-array-substrate-for-analysis-of-cellular-mechanical-responses
#7
Kazuaki Nagayama, Takuya Inoue, Yasuhiro Hamada, Takeo Matsumoto
Traction forces generated at cellular focal adhesions (FAs) play an essential role in regulating various cellular functions. These forces (1-100 nN) can be measured by observing the local displacement of a flexible substrate upon which cells have been plated. Approaches employing this method include using microfabricated arrays of poly(dimethylsiloxane) (PDMS) micropillars that bend by cellular traction forces. A tool capable of applying a force to FAs independently, by actively moving the micropillars, should become a powerful tool to delineate the cellular mechanotransduction mechanisms...
October 25, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29121837/triple-outlet-right-ventricle-with-duplication-of-the-aortic-root-and-intrapericardial-ascending-aorta
#8
Ashish Katewa, Balswaroop Sahu, Vishal Jain, Robert H Anderson
We present a case of a highly unusual congenital cardiac malformation, namely, triple outlet right ventricle with duplication of the aortic root and the intrapericardial component of the ascending aorta. A girl, aged five, presented with complaints of cyanosis and effort intolerance and was diagnosed with double-outlet right ventricle and subpulmonary infundibular stenosis. Intraoperatively, we noted that the aortic root was guarded by two separate aortic valves, oriented anteroposteriorly relative to each other, and separated within the right ventricle by a muscle bar...
January 1, 2017: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29119728/a-framework-for-designing-patient-specific-bioprosthetic-heart-valves-using-immersogeometric-fluid-structure-interaction-analysis
#9
Fei Xu, Simone Morganti, Rana Zakerzadeh, David Kamensky, Ferdinando Auricchio, Alessandro Reali, Thomas J R Hughes, Michael S Sacks, Ming-Chen Hsu
Numerous studies have suggested that medical image derived computational mechanics models could be developed to reduce mortality and morbidity due to cardiovascular diseases by allowing for patient-specific surgical planning and customized medical device design. In this work, we present a novel framework for designing prosthetic heart valves using a parametric design platform and immersogeometric fluid-structure interaction (FSI) analysis. We parameterize the leaflet geometry using several key design parameters...
November 9, 2017: International Journal for Numerical Methods in Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114921/association-of-early-left-ventricular-dysfunction-with-advanced-magnetic-resonance-white-matter-and-gray-matter-brain-measures-the-cardia-study
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Anderson C Armstrong, Majon Muller, Bharath Ambale-Ventakesh, Michael Halstead, Satoru Kishi, Nick Bryan, Stephen Sidney, Luís C L Correia, Samuel S Gidding, Lenore J Launer, João A C Lima
INTRODUCTION: Relations between heart failure and clinically manifested stroke are well known, but the associations between heart and brain early abnormalities are not totally clear. AIMS: We explore relations of subclinical brain abnormalities with early cardiac dysfunction in a large healthy middle-aged biracial cohort. METHODS: The CARDIA study enrolled 5115 young adults aged 18-30 years at baseline (1985-1986). We assessed 719 Caucasian and African American participants of the CARDIA study, with echocardiograms and brain MRI at follow-up year 25 (2010-2011)...
November 8, 2017: Echocardiography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29114001/impaired-central-pulsatile-hemodynamics-in-children-and-adolescents-with-marfan-syndrome
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Andrea Grillo, Paolo Salvi, Susan Marelli, Lan Gao, Lucia Salvi, Andrea Faini, Giuliana Trifirò, Renzo Carretta, Alessandro Pini, Gianfranco Parati
BACKGROUND: Marfan syndrome is characterized by aortic root dilation, beginning in childhood. Data about aortic pulsatile hemodynamics and stiffness in pediatric age are currently lacking. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 51 young patients with Marfan syndrome (12.0±3.3 years), carotid tonometry was performed for the measurement of central pulse pressure, pulse pressure amplification, and aortic stiffness (carotid-femoral pulse wave velocity). Patients underwent an echocardiogram at baseline and at 1 year follow-up and a genetic evaluation...
November 7, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29110304/beta-blockers-for-preventing-aortic-dissection-in-marfan-syndrome
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REVIEW
Hyun-Kyoung Koo, Kendra Ak Lawrence, Vijaya M Musini
BACKGROUND: Marfan syndrome is a hereditary disorder affecting the connective tissue and is caused by a mutation of the fibrillin-1 (FBN1) gene. It affects multiple systems of the body, most notably the cardiovascular, ocular, skeletal, dural and pulmonary systems. Aortic root dilatation is the most frequent cardiovascular manifestation and its complications, including aortic regurgitation, dissection and rupture are the main cause of morbidity and mortality. OBJECTIVES: To assess the long-term efficacy and safety of beta-blocker therapy as compared to placebo, no treatment or surveillance only in people with Marfan syndrome...
November 7, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107826/inhibition-of-vascular-smooth-muscle-cells-premature-senescence-with-rutin-attenuates-and-stabilizes-diabetic-atherosclerosis
#13
Yihui Li, Ranran Qin, Hongdan Yan, Feng Wang, Shanying Huang, Yun Zhang, Ming Zhong, Wei Zhang, Zhihao Wang
Atherosclerosis is an age-associated disease; however, diabetic atherosclerosis has higher severity beyond age range for accumulative premature senescent cells in diabetes. Recent findings suggest that rutin, a flavonoid, has potential benefits for diabetic individuals. This study was designed to evaluate the effects of rutin on premature senescence and atherosclerosis. Apolipoprotein E knockout mice exhibiting insulin resistance after 6 weeks of high-fat diet were administered with a low dose of streptozotocin (STZ) to induce diabetes...
September 28, 2017: Journal of Nutritional Biochemistry
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29107690/effects-of-oral-and-subcutaneous-administration-of-hsp60-on-myeloid-derived-suppressor-cells-and-atherosclerosis-in-apoe-mice
#14
Yingying Hu, Zhuyue Chen, Lili Jiang, Feng Chen, Runming Jin, Longxian Cheng
HSP60 has been proved to be closely related to atherosclerosis due to its antigenicity. To determine this antigenicity effect, the ApoE-/- mice were fed with western-type diet and HSP60 was administrated orally or subcutaneously (SC) for potential vaccine against atherosclerosis. Here, we observed the ApoE-/- mice with oral HSP60 administration group showed a significant reduction in plaque size at the aortic root; accompanied by increased MSDCs (CD11b(+)Gr1(+)) in peripheral blood and spleen which was mostly composed of M-MDSCs (CD11b(+)LY6G(-)LY6C(high)), and increased plasma IL-10 and splenic Foxp3, Arg1, iNOS mRNA as well as decreased plasma IFN-γ and splenic T-bet mRNA compared to control group...
October 28, 2017: Biochemical and Biophysical Research Communications
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29103584/selective-aortic-arch-and-root-replacement-in-repair-of-acute-type-a-aortic-dissection
#15
Fernando Fleischman, Ramsey S Elsayed, Robbin G Cohen, James M Tatum, S Ram Kumar, Kayvan Kazerouni, Wendy J Mack, Mark L Barr, Mark J Cunningham, Amy E Hackmann, Craig J Baker, Vaughn A Starnes, Michael E Bowdish
BACKGROUND: Controversy exists regarding the optimal extent of repair for type A aortic dissection. Our approach is to replace the ascending aorta, and only replace the aortic root or arch when intimal tears are present in those areas. We examined intermediate outcomes with this approach to acute type A aortic dissection repair. METHODS: Between March 2005 and October 2016, 195 patients underwent repair of acute type A aortic dissection. Repair was categorized by site of proximal and distal anastomosis and extent of repair...
November 3, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101266/a-59-year-old-woman-with-visible-precordial-pulsations
#16
Alastair J Moss, Renzo Pessotto, Andrew D Flapan
CLINICAL INTRODUCTION: A retired 59-year-old woman presented to the cardiology clinic concerned with cardiac pulsations that were visible on her chest wall. These were not associated with dyspnoea, syncope or chest discomfort.Of note, 8 years previously, she complained of recurrent nocturnal diaphoresis and 5 kg weight loss. Blood sampling at that time revealed a microcytic anaemia, reactive thrombocytosis and raised inflammatory markers (erythrocyte sedimentation rate 99 mm/hour, C-reactive protein 161 mg/L)...
November 3, 2017: Heart: Official Journal of the British Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29101108/transthoracic-echocardiography-is-adequate-for-intraprocedural-guidance-of-transcatheter-aortic-valve-implantation
#17
Renuka Jain, Daniel P O'Hair, Tanvir K Bajwa, Denise Ignatowski, Daniel Harland, Amanda M Kirby, Tracy Hammonds, Suhail Q Allaqaband, Jonathan Kay, Bijoy K Khandheria
BACKGROUND: While transcatheter aortic valve implantation (TAVI) has traditionally been supported intraprocedurally by transoesophageal echocardiography (TOE), transthoracic echocardiography (TTE) is increasingly being used. We evaluated echocardiographic imaging characteristics and clinical outcomes in patients who underwent TTE during TAVI (TTE-TAVI). METHODS AND RESULTS: A select team of dedicated sonographers and interventional echocardiographers performed TTE-TAVI in 278 patients, all of whom underwent TAVI through transfemoral access...
December 2017: Echo Research and Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29100062/thoracic-extra-coronary-calcification-for-the-prediction-of-stroke-the%C3%A2-multi-ethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
#18
Sina Kianoush, Mahmoud Al Rifai, Miguel Cainzos-Achirica, Mouaz H Al-Mallah, Geoffrey H Tison, Joseph Yeboah, Michael D Miedema, Matthew A Allison, Nathan D Wong, Andrew P DeFilippis, William Longstreth, Khurram Nasir, Matthew J Budoff, Kunihiro Matsushita, Michael J Blaha
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Atherosclerosis is a systemic disease. We examined whether the cumulative burden of thoracic extra-coronary calcification (ECC) improves prediction of stroke, transient ischemic attack (TIA), and stroke mortality beyond traditional risk factors and coronary artery calcium (CAC). METHODS: We followed a total of 6805 participants (mean age 62.1 ± 10.2 years, 47.2% male) from the Multi-Ethnic Study of Atherosclerosis (MESA) over a median of 12...
October 7, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29098719/aortic-root-replacement-in-a-patient-following-congenital-aortico-left-ventricular-tunnel-repair-in-childhood
#19
Jaclyn N Portelli Tremont, Amit Kalra, Christine Savarese, Leonard Y Lee
Congenital aortico-left ventricular tunnel requires surgical repair during childhood. Long-term surveillance is essential in these patients given the risk for aortic aneurysm development in adulthood. We describe an aortic root replacement for an aortic aneurysm five decades following the closure of an aortic-left ventricular tunnel.
November 3, 2017: Journal of Cardiac Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29093270/notch1-haploinsufficiency-causes-ascending-aortic-aneurysms-in-mice
#20
Sara N Koenig, Stephanie LaHaye, James D Feller, Patrick Rowland, Kan N Hor, Aaron J Trask, Paul Ml Janssen, Freddy Radtke, Brenda Lilly, Vidu Garg
An ascending aortic aneurysm (AscAA) is a life-threatening disease whose molecular basis is poorly understood. Mutations in NOTCH1 have been linked to bicuspid aortic valve (BAV), which is associated with AscAA. Here, we describe a potentially novel role for Notch1 in AscAA. We found that Notch1 haploinsufficiency exacerbated the aneurysmal aortic root dilation seen in the Marfan syndrome mouse model and that heterozygous deletion of Notch1 in the second heart field (SHF) lineage recapitulated this exacerbated phenotype...
November 2, 2017: JCI Insight
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