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C Le Roy, G Larios, D Springmüller, C Clavería
INTRODUCTION: Children with congenital heart disease (CHD) present a high percentage of undern utrition and the interpretation of their nutritional assessment is difficult. OBJECTIVE: To describe the nutritional status of infants with CHD using two anthropometric classifications and compare them. PATIENTS AND METHOD: Non-concurrent cohort study. We studied children under 12 months under going cardiac surgery. We excluded preterm infants, small for gestational age, carriers of genetic syndrome or other disease with nutritional compromise...
December 2017: Revista Chilena de Pediatría
Leili Pourafkari, Samad Ghaffari, Mojan Ahmadi, Rezvaniye Salehi, Sarvin Mazani, Raziyeh Parizad, Nader D Nader
OBJECTIVE: Aortic dissection is an uncommon and potentially fatal complication of pregnancy; however, the association of the number of pregnancies with the indexed and absolute size of ascending aorta in patients without aortic aneurysm or connective tissue disorders is not well elucidated. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: In this prospective observational study, women aged 18-80 years old undergoing transesophageal echocardiography in a university-affiliated echocardiography laboratory between January 1st 2015 and September 1st 2015 were enrolled...
March 16, 2018: Current Medical Research and Opinion
Arthur Bob Karnuah, Gregory Dunga, Arthur Wennah, Walter T Wiles, Edmond Greaves, Roland Varkpeh, Richard Osei-Amponsah, Paul Boettcher
Phenotypic characterization of animal genetic resources (AnGR) involves identification of distinct breed populations, describing their external and production characteristics in a given environment and management, and taking into account the social and economic factors that affect them. A survey involving 346 livestock farmers was conducted in the 15 counties of Liberia to collect data on production practices and phenotypic characteristics of beef cattle. A pre-tested structured questionnaire, focus group discussions, and in-depth interviews were utilized in data collection...
March 15, 2018: Tropical Animal Health and Production
Jacob Y Cao, Seung Yeon Lee, Kevin Phan, Julian Ayer, David S Celermajer, David S Winlaw
The hybrid strategy is an alternative to the traditional Norwood procedure for initial palliation of infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS) who are deemed to be at high surgical risk. Numerous single-center studies have compared the two procedures, showing similar early outcomes, although the cohort sizes are likely insufficiently powered to detect significant differences. The current meta-analysis aims to explore the early morbidity and mortality associated with the hybrid compared to the Norwood procedure...
March 2018: World Journal for Pediatric & Congenital Heart Surgery
Jessica N R Peoples, Timmi Maxmillian, Quynh Le, Sergiy M Nadtochiy, Paul S Brookes, George A Porter, Victor L Davidson, Steven N Ebert
Cardiac energy demands during early embryonic periods are sufficiently met through glycolysis, but as development proceeds, oxidative phosphorylation in mitochondria becomes increasingly vital. Adrenergic hormones are known to stimulate metabolism in adult mammals and are essential for embryonic development, but relatively little is known about their effects on metabolism in the embryonic heart.  Here, we show that embryos lacking adrenergic stimulation have approximately 10-fold less cardiac ATP compared to littermate controls...
March 14, 2018: Journal of Biological Chemistry
Hein Heidbuchel, Nikolaos Dagres, Matthias Antz, Karl-Heinz Kuck, Patrice Lazure, Suzanne Murray, Céline Carrera, Gerhard Hindricks, Alec Vahanian
Aims: Guideline-adherent treatment is associated with improved prognosis in atrial fibrillation (AF) patients but is insufficiently implemented in clinical practice. The European Society of Cardiology (ESC) performed a multinational educational needs assessment study among cardiologists, general practitioners/family physicians (GPs/FPs), and neurologists in order to evaluate knowledge and skills of physicians and system factors related to AF care delivery. Methods and results: A total of 561 physicians (294 cardiologists, 131 neurologists, and 136 GPs/FPs) from six European countries participated...
March 12, 2018: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
Christina Feldmann, Anamika Chatterjee, Axel Haverich, Jan D Schmitto
Cardiovascular diseases are the leading cause of mortality rates throughout the world. Next to an insufficient number of healthy donors, this has led to increasing numbers of patients on heart transplant waiting lists with prolonged waiting times. Innovative technological advancements have led to the production of ventricular assist devices that play an increasingly important role in end stage heart failure therapy. This review is intended to provide an overview of current implantable left ventricular assist devices, different design concepts and implantation techniques...
March 13, 2018: Advances in Experimental Medicine and Biology
Kasper Kyhl, Per Lav Madsen
Patients with heart valve disease are evaluated with non-invasive imaging techniques notably echocardiography. Cardiovascular MRI (CMR) is increasingly applied, not only in case of a poor echocardiographic window, but also as a consequence of CMR's possibilities of precise determination of regurgitation volumes in insufficiency and precise determination of the impact of valve disease on corres-ponding heart chambers including chamber volumes, myocardial masse and fibrosis. In this paper, the emerging role of CMR in evaluation of patients with heart valve disease is reviewed...
March 12, 2018: Ugeskrift for Laeger
Bo Wen, Lei Xu, Junfu Liang, Zhanming Fan, Zhonghua Sun
OBJECTIVE: The purpose of this study was to evaluate the image quality and radiation dose of computed tomography (CT) coronary angiography using a 256-row detector CT scanner in a single cardiac cycle in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF). METHODS: Seventy consecutive patients (41 men and 29 women; age range was from 37 to 84 years, mean age was 61.7 ± 10.2 years; body mass index range was from 15.08 to 36.45 kg/m, mean body mass index was 25.9 ± 3.5 kg/m) with persistent or paroxysmal AF during acquisition, who were not receiving any medications for heart rate (HR) regulation, were imaged with a 256-row detector CT scanner (Revolution CT, GE healthcare)...
March 2018: Journal of Computer Assisted Tomography
Shannon N Nees, Jonathan N Flyer, Anjali Chelliah, Jeffrey D Dayton, Lorraine Touchette, David Kalfa, Paul J Chai, Emile A Bacha, Brett R Anderson
OBJECTIVES: Anomalous aortic origin of a coronary artery (AAOCA) from the opposite sinus of Valsalva is a rare cardiac anomaly associated with sudden cardiac death (SCD). Single-center studies describe surgical repair as safe, although medium- and long-term effects on symptoms and risk of SCD remain unknown. We sought to describe outcomes of surgical repair of AAOCA. METHODS: We reviewed institutional records for patients who underwent AAOCA repair, from 2001 to 2016, at 2 affiliated institutions...
February 8, 2018: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
Carole P Kaufmann, Dominik Stämpfli, Nadine Mory, Kurt E Hersberger, Markus L Lampert
INTRODUCTION: Identifying patients with a high risk for drug-related problems (DRPs) might optimise the allocation of targeted pharmaceutical care during the hospital stay and on discharge. OBJECTIVE: To develop a self-assessment screening tool to identify patients at risk for DRPs and validate the tool regarding feasibility, acceptability and the reliability of the patients' answers. DESIGN: Prospective validation study. SETTING: Two mid-sized hospitals (300-400 beds)...
March 9, 2018: BMJ Open
Douglas W Jones, Philip P Goodney, Jens Eldrup-Jorgensen, Marc L Schermerhorn, Jeffrey J Siracuse, Jeanwan Kang, Jesse A Columbo, Bjoern D Suckow, David H Stone
OBJECTIVE: Performing lower extremity bypass (LEB) in actively smoking claudicants remains controversial. Whereas some surgeons advocate a strict nonoperative approach to active smokers, citing perceived inferior outcomes, others will proceed with surgical bypass if the patient is anatomically suited and medical management has failed. The purpose of this study was to determine the impact of active smoking on LEB outcomes among claudicants. METHODS: All patients undergoing infrainguinal LEB for claudication in the Vascular Study Group of New England from 2003 to 2016 were analyzed...
March 6, 2018: Journal of Vascular Surgery
Chien-Chia Chen, Alice Koenig, Carole Saison, Suzan Dahdal, Guillaume Rigault, Thomas Barba, Morgan Taillardet, Dimitri Chartoire, Michel Ovize, Emmanuel Morelon, Thierry Defrance, Olivier Thaunat
Antibody-mediated rejection is currently the leading cause of transplant failure. Prevailing dogma predicts that B cells differentiate into anti-donor-specific antibody (DSA)-producing plasma cells only with the help of CD4+ T cells. Yet, previous studies have shown that dependence on helper T cells decreases when high amounts of protein antigen are recruited to the spleen, two conditions potentially met by organ transplantation. This could explain why a significant proportion of transplant recipients develop DSA despite therapeutic immunosuppression...
2018: Frontiers in Immunology
Thomas S Zajonz, Michael Sander, Winfried Padberg, Andreas Hecker, Ruediger Hörbelt, Christian Koch, Emmanuel Schneck
Background: Hyperthermic intraperitoneal chemotherapy (HIPEC) poses a widely used and accepted treatment option for patients with peritoneal carcinomatosis of gastrointestinal tumors. In contrast to the well-described risks and complications of intravenous cytostatic drugs, literature offers only scarce information of serious complications following HIPEC. To our knowledge no other description of rapid progressive pulmonary hypertension (PH) and consecutive respiratory failure following HIPEC have been described in current literature...
March 2018: Annals of Medicine and Surgery
Steven W Bailey, June E Ayling
Despite efforts to increase folic acid (FA) intake, even within countries mandating FA fortification, there remain pregnant women with folate levels inadequate to minimize congenital disorders (e.g., of the neural tube, heart, and lip/palate). The pharmacokinetics of FA and [6S]-5-methyltetrahydrofolate (5-MTHF) were examined to find a reliable and minimal dose for rapidly rescuing folate status prior to critical periods of embryonic development. Serum total folate increased much more rapidly over the first four days in insufficient women given 7...
March 6, 2018: Scientific Reports
Maria Faurholt-Jepsen
Major reasons for the insufficient effects of current treatment options in bipolar disorder include delayed intervention for prodromal depressive and manic symptoms and decreased adherence to psychopharmacological treatment. The reliance on subjective information and clinical evaluations when diagnosing and assessing the severity of depressive and manic symptoms calls for less biased and more objective markers. By using electronic devices, fine-grained data on complex psychopathological aspects of bipolar disorder can be evaluated unobtrusively over the long term...
March 2018: Danish Medical Journal
Dallas Duncan, Ashwin Sankar, W Scott Beattie, Duminda N Wijeysundera
BACKGROUND: The surgical stress response plays an important role on the pathogenesis of perioperative cardiac complications. Alpha-2 adrenergic agonists attenuate this response and may help prevent postoperative cardiac complications. OBJECTIVES: To determine the efficacy and safety of α-2 adrenergic agonists for reducing mortality and cardiac complications in adults undergoing cardiac surgery and non-cardiac surgery. SEARCH METHODS: We searched CENTRAL (2017, Issue 4), MEDLINE (1950 to April Week 4, 2017), Embase (1980 to May 2017), the Science Citation Index, clinical trial registries, and reference lists of included articles...
March 6, 2018: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
Gian Manuel Jiménez-Rodríguez, Sergio Criales-Vera, Mario Adrian Juárez-Peñaloza, Luis Alonso González-Tapia, Mariana Chaire-Hernández
We present the case of a 72-year-old woman diagnosed with rheumatic fever at the age of 6. In 1972, she was diagnosed with mitral valve insufficiency and mitral valve stenosis, then in 1974, a decision was made to perform mitral valve replacement surgery with a 32-mm Braunwald-Cutter ball cage prosthesis. An echocardiogram performed in 2014 revealed normal biventricular systolic function, mechanical prosthesis in mitral position with maximum speed of 1.9 m/s, maximum gradient of 15 mmHg, mean gradient of 6 mmHg, severe tricuspid valve insufficiency, inferior vena cava measuring 15 mm with more than 50% collapse and pulmonary artery systolic pressure of 40 mmHg...
February 2018: Oxford Medical Case Reports
Shilpa Vijayakumar, Muthiah Vaduganathan, Javed Butler
Diabetes mellitus independently increases the risk of and mortality from heart failure in a manner that is well established but inadequately understood. Glycemic optimization does not eliminate this risk, and measures of glycemic control are insufficient markers of cardiovascular risk. In response to a regulatory guidance from the US Food and Drug Administration, glucose-lowering agents are now routinely evaluated in large cardiovascular outcome trials. These recent trial experiences of novel and established glucose-lowering therapies have shown variable risks and benefits with respect to heart failure...
March 6, 2018: Circulation
Lory Trevisan, Jennifer Cautela, Noemie Resseguier, Florian Baptiste, Johan Pinto, Marion Escudier, Marc Laine, Antoine Roch, Michael Peyrol, Jeremie Barraud, Franck Paganelli, Laurent Bonello, Franck Thuny
BACKGROUND: An optimal maximum time of 60minutes has been recommended in recent guidelines for the first evaluation and treatment of patients with acute heart failure (AHF); however, this has not been tested prospectively. AIM: To analyze the impact of a time-to-treatment (TTT) strategy of <60minutes on the in-hospital outcome of patients with AHF. METHODS: During a single 1-month period, we consecutively enrolled all patients hospitalized with AHF in a prospective cohort...
February 27, 2018: Archives of Cardiovascular Diseases
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