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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926465/freestyle-stentless-bioprosthesis-for-aortic-valve-therapy-17-year-clinical-results
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Juergen Ennker, Markus Meilwes, Joern Pons-Kuehnemann, Bernd Niemann, Philippe Grieshaber, Ina C Ennker, Andreas Boening
BACKGROUND: Aortic valve replacement with stentless bioprostheses has been shown to produce lower aortic gradients than stented bioprostheses, thus facilitating left ventricular mass regression and preventing heart failure. We sought to determine the long-term results of stentless biological aortic valve replacement over a 17-year follow-up. METHODS: Between 1996 and 2012, 2551 patients underwent isolated aortic valve replacement with a stentless prosthesis (Medtronic Freestyle) at a single center...
November 2016: Asian Cardiovascular & Thoracic Annals
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925367/transient-severe-tricuspid-regurgitation-after-transplantation-of-an-extremely-oversized-donor-heart-in-a-child-does-size-matter-a-case-report
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J Birnbaum, S M Ulrich, R Schramm, C Hagl, A Lehner, M Fischer, N A Haas, B Heineking
In pediatric heart transplantation, the size of the donor organ is an important criterion for organ allocation. Oversized donor hearts are often accepted with good results, but some complications in relation to a high donor-recipient ratio have been described. Our patient was transplanted for progressive heart failure in dilated cardiomyopathy. The donor-to-recipient weight ratio was 3 (donor weight 65 kg, recipient weight 22 kg). The intra-operative echocardiography before chest closure showed excellent cardiac function, no tricuspid valve regurgitation, and a normal central venous pressure...
December 7, 2016: Pediatric Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920984/staphylococcus-lugdunensis-endocarditis-with-destruction-of-the-ventricular-septum-and-multiple-native-valves
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Celestine Ishiekwene, Monica Ghitan, Margaret Kuhn-Basti, Edward Chapnick, Yu Shia Lin
Staphylococcus lugdunensis (S. lugdunensis) is a coagulase negative staphylococcus (CoNS) that can cause destructive infective endocarditis. S. lugdunensis, unlike other CoNS, should be considered to be a pathogen. We report the first case of S. lugdunensis endocarditis causing ventricular septal defect and destruction of the aortic and mitral valves. A 53-year-old male with morbid obesity and COPD presented with intermittent fever and progressive shortness of breath for 2 weeks. Chest examination showed bilateral basal crepitations, and a grade 2 systolic murmur along the right sternal border...
2017: IDCases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920725/controlled-reperfusion-strategies-improve-cardiac-hemodynamic-recovery-after-warm-global-ischemia-in-an-isolated-working-rat-heart-model-of-donation-after-circulatory-death-dcd
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Emilie Farine, Petra Niederberger, Rahel K Wyss, Natalia Méndez-Carmona, Brigitta Gahl, Georg M Fiedler, Thierry P Carrel, Hendrik T Tevaearai Stahel, Sarah L Longnus
Aims: Donation after circulatory death (DCD) could improve cardiac graft availability, which is currently insufficient to meet transplant demand. However, DCD organs undergo an inevitable period of warm ischemia and most cardioprotective approaches can only be applied at reperfusion (procurement) for ethical reasons. We investigated whether modifying physical conditions at reperfusion, using four different strategies, effectively improves hemodynamic recovery after warm ischemia. Methods and Results: Isolated hearts of male Wistar rats were perfused in working-mode for 20 min, subjected to 27 min global ischemia (37°C), and 60 min reperfusion (n = 43)...
2016: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27920092/definition-discrimination-diagnosis-and-treatment-of-central-breathing-disturbances-during-sleep
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Winfried Randerath, Johan Verbraecken, Stefan Andreas, Michael Arzt, Konrad E Bloch, Thomas Brack, Bertien Buyse, Wilfried De Backer, Danny Joel Eckert, Ludger Grote, Lars Hagmeyer, Jan Hedner, Poul Jennum, Maria Teresa La Rovere, Carla Miltz, Walter T McNicholas, Josep Montserrat, Matthew Naughton, Jean-Louis Pepin, Dirk Pevernagie, Bernd Sanner, Dries Testelmans, Thomy Tonia, Bart Vrijsen, Peter Wijkstra, Patrick Levy
The complexity of central breathing disturbances during sleep has become increasingly obvious. They present as central sleep apnoeas (CSAs) and hypopnoeas, periodic breathing with apnoeas, or irregular breathing in patients with cardiovascular, other internal or neurological disorders, and can emerge under positive airway pressure treatment or opioid use, or at high altitude. As yet, there is insufficient knowledge on the clinical features, pathophysiological background and consecutive algorithms for stepped-care treatment...
December 5, 2016: European Respiratory Journal: Official Journal of the European Society for Clinical Respiratory Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27917392/the-probability-of-inconstancy-in-assessment-of-cardiac-function-post-myocardial-infarction-in-mice
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Jiqiu Chen, Nadjib Hammoudi, Ludovic Benard, Delaine K Ceholski, Shihong Zhang, Djamel Lebeche, Roger J Hajjar
In the present study, we explore the inherent variability that leads to overlaps in cardiac functional parameters between control and post-myocardial infarction (MI) mice. Heart failure was induced by Left Coronary Artery (LCA) ligation in mice. Average Ejection Fraction (EF) measured by echocardiography was lower in MI mice compared to control, but exhibited higher Standard Deviation (SD) and Standard Error (SEM), notably in 2D mode. Fractional Shortening (FS) showed a higher degree of overlap between MI and control mice even though the mean values were significantly different...
2016: Cardiovascular Pharmacology: Open Access
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27914836/perioperative-retinal-artery-occlusion-risk-factors-in-cardiac-surgery-from-the-united-states-national-inpatient-sample-1998-2013
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Tyler Calway, Daniel S Rubin, Heather E Moss, Charlotte E Joslin, Katharina Beckmann, Steven Roth
PURPOSE: To study the incidence and risk factors for retinal artery occlusion (RAO) in cardiac surgery. DESIGN: Retrospective study using the National Inpatient Sample (NIS). METHODS: The NIS was searched for cardiac surgery. Retinal artery occlusion was identified by International Classification of Diseases, Ninth Revision, Clinical Modification (ICD-9-CM) codes. Postulated risk factors based on literature review were included in multivariate logistic models...
November 30, 2016: Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27913284/cardiac-proteasome-functional-insufficiency-plays-a-pathogenic-role-in-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Jie Li, Wenxia Ma, Guihua Yue, Yaoliang Tang, Il-Man Kim, Neal L Weintraub, Xuejun Wang, Huabo Su
BACKGROUND: Diabetic cardiomyopathy is a major risk factor in diabetic patients but its pathogenesis remains poorly understood. The ubiquitin-proteasome system (UPS) facilitates protein quality control by degrading unnecessary and damaged proteins in eukaryotic cells, and dysfunction of UPS is implicated in various cardiac diseases. However, the overall functional status of the UPS and its pathophysiological role in diabetic cardiomyopathy have not been determined. METHODS AND RESULTS: Type I diabetes was induced in wild-type and transgenic mice expressing a UPS functional reporter (GFPdgn) by injections of streptozotocin (STZ)...
November 29, 2016: Journal of Molecular and Cellular Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27912945/efficacy-and-safety-of-chinese-herbal-medicine-wenxin-keli-for-ventricular-premature-be-ats-a-systematic-review
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Mei He, Zhan Lv, Zheng-Wei Yang, Jiu-Ling Huang, Fu Liu
BACKGROUND: To evaluate the efficacy and safety of the Chinese herbal extract Wenxin Keli, alone or in combination with Western medicine, for ventricular premature beats. METHODS: This systematic review was registered at PROSPERO (registration number CRD42013003200). A systematic literature search of 8 core electronic databases and 3 clinical trial registries in Chinese and English, yielded 10 trials whose randomness verified by contacting the authors. The included trials were assessed by the Cochrane risk of bias tool...
December 2016: Complementary Therapies in Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27902575/veterans-voice-through-the-lens-of-their-medical-records-what-it-reveals-about-congestive-heart-failure-readmissions
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Carl W Stevenson, Kattie Payne
PURPOSE OF STUDY: The medical record is a sea of information that can reveal what patients are trying to tell us about their health condition. It can reveal hints and trends as to why veterans with congestive heart failure (CHF) are being readmitted within 30 days after hospital discharge. These hints and trends lead caregivers to key contributing variables to veterans' readmission. Furthermore, these variables can be used to predict patient outcomes such as readmission and even prognosis...
January 2017: Professional Case Management
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27899284/defective-lymphatic-valve-development-and-chylothorax-in-mice-with-a-lymphatic-specific-deletion-of-connexin43
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Stephanie J Munger, Michael J Davis, Alexander M Simon
Lymphatic valves (LVs) are cusped luminal structures that permit the movement of lymph in only one direction and are therefore critical for proper lymphatic vessel function. Congenital valve aplasia or agenesis can, in some cases, be a direct cause of lymphatic disease. Knowledge about the molecular mechanisms operating during the development and maintenance of LVs may thus aid in the establishment of novel therapeutic approaches to treat lymphatic disorders. In this study, we examined the role of Connexin43 (Cx43), a gap junction protein expressed in lymphatic endothelial cells (LECs), during valve development...
November 27, 2016: Developmental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27887774/rationale-and-study-design-of-respite-an-open-label-phase-3b-study-of-riociguat-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-who-demonstrate-an-insufficient-response-to-treatment-with-phosphodiesterase-5-inhibitors
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Marius M Hoeper, James R Klinger, Raymond L Benza, Gerald Simonneau, David Langleben, Robert Naeije, Paul A Corris
Patients with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) who do not have an adequate response to therapy with phosphodiesterase-5 inhibitors (PDE-5i) may have insufficient synthesis of cyclic guanosine monophosphate (cGMP). These patients may respond to a direct soluble guanylate cyclase (sGC) stimulator such as riociguat. RESPITE (NCT02007629) was an open-label, multicenter, uncontrolled, single-arm phase 3b study of riociguat in patients with PAH who demonstrated an insufficient response to treatment with PDE-5i...
November 5, 2016: Respiratory Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884536/-chest-x-ray-and-acute-bronchiolitis-are-these-indications-decreasing
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V Arnoux, A Carsin, E Bosdure, K Retornaz, B Chabrol, G Gorincour, J Mancini, A Dabadie, J-C Dubus
OBJECTIVE: A management protocol for infants hospitalized for acute bronchiolitis, established after the study conducted in our unit in 2012, recommends a chest X-ray when the clinical course is unusual or if a differential diagnosis is suspected. The goal of this study was to evaluate professional practices after the introduction of this new management protocol. STUDY DESIGN: Retrospective descriptive study in two pediatric units from October 2013 to March 2015, including infants (0-23 months) hospitalized for their first episode of acute bronchiolitis without any underlying chronic condition...
November 21, 2016: Archives de Pédiatrie: Organe Officiel de la Sociéte Française de Pédiatrie
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27884455/-acid-sphingomyelinase-deficiency-niemann-pick-disease-type-b-in-adulthood-a-retrospective-multicentric-study-of-28%C3%A2-adult-cases
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O Lidove, N Belmatoug, R Froissart, C Lavigne, I Durieu, K Mazodier, C Serratrice, C Douillard, C Goizet, P Cathebras, G Besson, Z Amoura, A Tazi, M Gatfossé, S Rivière, T Sené, M T Vanier, J-M Ziza
INTRODUCTION: Acid sphingomyelinase deficiency (ASMD) is an autosomal recessive disease with a clinical spectrum ranging from a neurovisceral infantile form (Niemann-Pick disease type A) to a chronic visceral form also encountered in adults (Niemann-Pick disease type B, NP-B). METHODS: Retrospective multicentric analysis of French adult patients with ASMD over the period 1985-March 2015. Clinical, biological, and imaging data were analyzed. RESULTS: Twenty-eight patients (19 males, 9 females) were analyzed...
November 22, 2016: La Revue de Médecine Interne
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27875062/role-of-risk-stratification-and-genetics-in-sudden-cardiac-death
#15
Vikrant Rai, Devendra K Agrawal
Sudden cardiac death (SCD) is a major public health issue due to its increasing incidence in the general population and the difficulty in identifying high-risk individuals. Nearly 300 000 - 350 000 patients in the United States and 4-5 million patients in the world die annually from SCD. Coronary artery disease and advanced heart failure are the main etiology for SCD. Ischemia of any cause precipitates lethal arrhythmias, and ventricular tachycardia and ventricular fibrillation are the most common lethal arrhythmias precipitating SCD...
October 16, 2016: Canadian Journal of Physiology and Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27869423/-progressive-moderate-mitral-regurgitation-in-a-children-with-axenfeld-rieger-syndrome-the-importance-of-cardiologic-follow-up
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Francisco Sánchez Ferrer, María D Grima Murcia
Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome is a congenital disease with an estimated prevalence of one in 200,000 individuals. This is an ophthalmic disorder related to anterior segment dysgenesis, which may be present from the neonatal period. It is associated with extraocular affectations such as cranial dimorphism, maxillofacial or dental anomalies. Cardiological or pituitary manifestations are less common. The congenital heart disease in Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome has been described in very few cases in the literature. We report a 7-year-old patient with Axenfeld-Rieger syndrome and mild mitral insufficiency since the age of 3 years, which is progressing to moderate mitral regurgitation at the present time...
December 1, 2016: Archivos Argentinos de Pediatría
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866925/extracorporeal-membrane-oxygenation-support-and-post-heart-transplant-outcomes-among-united-states-adults
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Sandip Zalawadiya, Marat Fudim, Geetha Bhat, William Cotts, JoAnn Lindenfeld
BACKGROUND: Patients supported with extracorporeal membrane oxygenation (ECMO) are given priority listing status for heart transplant (HT). Data on post-HT outcomes for adults with ECMO support at the time of HT are limited. METHODS: We analyzed data from the United Network for Organ Registry (UNOS) registry for 157 ECMO-supported adults (age ≥ 18 years) undergoing HT after January 1, 2000. Data at the time of HT were examined for their association with post-transplant mortality using multivariable Cox proportional hazard analyses...
October 15, 2016: Journal of Heart and Lung Transplantation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866581/thrombosis-hypercoagulable-states-and-anticoagulants
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Marie A Hollenhorst, Elisabeth M Battinelli
Patients with derangements of secondary hemostasis resulting from inherited or acquired thrombophilias are at increased risk of venous thromboemboli (VTE). Evaluation of a patient with suspected VTE proceeds via evidence-based algorithms that involve computing a pretest probability based on the history and physical examination; this guides subsequent work-up, which can include D dimer and/or imaging. Testing for hypercoagulable disorders should be pursued only in patients with VTE with an increased risk for an underlying thrombophilia...
December 2016: Primary Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27866020/clinical-manifestation-and-surgical-treatment-analysis-of-five-cases-with-biatrial-myxoma
#19
Dong Liu, Ran Dong
BACKGROUND: Cardiac myxomas (CMs) are a major primary heart tumor which often causes unexpected symptoms or sudden death. Among CMs, biatrial myxomas are even rare. This study was designed to investigate the clinical characteristics and surgical treatment of 5 cases with biatrial myxoma, to summarize the treatment experience and the effect of short-to-mid-term prognosis. METHODS: Five patients with biatrial myxoma were included in this study. The patients' relative literature, chest X-ray, body-surface electrocardiogram, and ultrasonic cardiogram (UCG) were used to investigate the clinical characteristics...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27863352/ultrafiltration-for-acute-decompensated-cardiac-failure-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#20
Chun Shing Kwok, Chun Wai Wong, Claire A Rushton, Fozia Ahmed, Colin Cunnington, Simon J Davies, Ashish Patwala, Mamas A Mamas, Duwarakan Satchithananda
BACKGROUND: Ultrafiltration is a method used to achieve diuresis in acute decompensated heart failure (ADHF) when there is diuretic resistance, but its efficacy in other settings is unclear. We therefore conducted a systematic review and meta-analysis to evaluate the use of ultrafiltration in ADHF. METHODS: We searched MEDLINE and EMBASE for studies that evaluated outcomes following filtration compared to diuretic therapy in ADHF. The outcomes of interest were body weight change, change in renal function, length of stay, frequency of rehospitalization, mortality and dependence on dialysis...
November 9, 2016: International Journal of Cardiology
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