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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28817484/levosimendan-in-acute-and-advanced-heart-failure-an-appraisal-of-the-clinical-database-and-evaluation-of-its-therapeutic-applications
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J Altenberger, F Gustafsson, V-P Harjola, K Karason, D Kindgen-Milles, M Kivikko, G Malfatto, Z Papp, J Parissis, P Pollesello, G Pölzl, C Tschöpe
The use of inotropes for correcting haemodynamic dysfunction in patients with congestive heart failure has been described over many decades. However, negative or insufficient data have been collected regarding the effects of cardiac glycosides, catecholamines and phosphodiesterase inhibitors on quality of life and survival. More recently, the calcium sensitizer and potassium channel-opener levosimendan has been proposed as a safer inodilator than traditional agents in some heart failure settings, such as Advanced Heart Failure...
August 15, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808858/vitamin-d-and-heart-failure
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REVIEW
D Marshall Brinkley, Omair M Ali, Sandip K Zalawadiya, Thomas J Wang
PURPOSE: Vitamin D is principally known for its role in calcium homeostasis, but preclinical studies implicate multiple pathways through which vitamin D may affect cardiovascular function and influence risk for heart failure. Many adults with cardiovascular disease have low vitamin D status, making it a potential therapeutic target. We review the rationale and potential role of vitamin D supplementation in the prevention and treatment of chronic heart failure. RECENT FINDINGS: Substantial observational evidence has associated low vitamin D status with the risk of heart failure, ventricular remodeling, and clinical outcomes in heart failure, including mortality...
August 14, 2017: Current Heart Failure Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28808595/a-case-of-superficial-femoral-arteriovenous-fistula-and-severe-venous-stasis-ulceration-managed-with-an-iliac-extender-prosthesis
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Nicole Ilonzo, Selena Goss, Chun Yang, Michael Dudkiewicz
Most femoral artery arteriovenous fistulas occur as a result of percutaneous interventions. However, arteriovenous fistulas can occur in the setting of trauma, with resultant consequences such as heart failure, steal syndrome, or venous insufficiency. Indications for endovascular repair in this setting are limited to patients who are at too high risk for anesthesia, have a hostile groin, or would not survive significant bleeding. We report the case of a traumatic femoral arteriovenous fistula, causing severe venous insufficiency and arteriomegaly, in a 58-year-old male, with history of traumatic gunshot wound complicated by popliteal DVT...
2017: Case Reports in Vascular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28807220/health-characteristics-of-heart-transplant-recipients-surviving-into-their-80s
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Deborah R Tabachnick, Megan E Bowen, Josef Stehlik, Abdallah G Kfoury, William T Caine, Craig H Selzman, Stephen H McKellar
BACKGROUND: Heart transplantation (HTx) is the preferred treatment for patients with end-stage heart failure and has been successful for >30 y. The clinical course of recipients at the extreme of age is unknown. We reviewed our experience to determine the overall health and prevalence of Tx-related medical problems for recipients in their ninth decade. METHODS: We reviewed the UCTP experience from 1985 to present to identify patients who survived into their 80s and matched (1:1) with other recipients for gender and age at HTx, but did not survive to ≥80 y...
August 2017: Journal of Surgical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28805027/acute-and-midterm-results-following-perventricular-device-closure-of-muscular-ventricular-septal-defects-a-multicenter-pices-investigation
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Robert G Gray, Shaji C Menon, Joyce T Johnson, Aimee K Armstrong, Michael A Bingler, John P Breinholt, Damien Kenny, John Lozier, Joshua J Murphy, Shyam K Sathanandam, Nathaniel W Taggart, Sara M Trucco, Bryan H Goldstein, Brent M Gordon
OBJECTIVES: To describe acute and mid-term results of hybrid perventricular device closure of muscular ventricular septal defects (mVSDs). BACKGROUND: Perventricular device closure of mVSDs can mitigate technical limitations of percutaneous closure and need for cardiopulmonary bypass or ventriculotomy with a surgical approach. METHODS: This is a multicenter retrospective cohort study of patients undergoing hybrid perventricular mVSD device closure from 1/2004 to 1/2014...
August 1, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28804659/fatal-systemic-vasoconstriction-in-a-case-of-metastatic-small-intestinal-net
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Stenzel Jochen, Noe Sebastian, Holzapfel Konstantin, Erlmeier Franziska, Eyer Florian
An increased release of serotonin secreted by ileal NETs is thought to be the major factor causing the carcinoid syndrome. However, in acutely arising carcinoid crisis also other vasoactive factors may lead to hazardous fluctuations in blood pressure and bronchial constriction. In rare cases, systemic vasoconstriction can be observed, probably caused by catecholamines or similar acting substances. Here, we report a fatal case of fulminant systemic vasoconstriction possibly caused by catecholamines in a patient with metastasized ileal NET...
2017: Case Reports in Gastrointestinal Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28803167/igg4-related-disease-a-new-etiology-underlying-diffuse-intracranial-dilating-vasculopathy
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Evan S Marlin, Davis Dornbos, Daniel S Ikeda, Norman L Lehman, Ciarán J Powers
BACKGROUND: Diffuse intracranial aneurysmal vasculopathy is a rare condition, previously described in patients with human immunodeficiency virus (HIV) infection. IgG4 related disease (IgG4-RD) is a recognized inflammatory disease of systemic organs, leading to fibrosis of connective tissues. It has also been linked to inflammatory dilating aortic aneurysms, coronary vascular disease, hypophysitis, orbital pseudotumor and pachymeningitis. It has not yet been described as a cause of diffuse intracranial dilating vasculopathy...
August 9, 2017: World Neurosurgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28801688/-tricuspid-valve-regurgitation-indications-and-operative-techniques
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R Lange, N Piazza, T Günther
Functional tricuspid valve (TV) regurgitation secondary to left heart disease (e.g. mitral insufficiency and stenosis) is observed in 75% of the patients with TV regurgitation and is thus the most common etiology; therefore, the majority of patients who require TV surgery, undergo concomitant mitral and/or aortic valve surgery. Uncorrected moderate and severe TV regurgitation may persist or even worsen after mitral valve surgery, leading to progressive heart failure and death. Patients with moderate to severe TV regurgitation show a 3-year survival rate of 40%...
August 11, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28793999/association-of-qt-prolonging-medication-use-in-ckd-with-electrocardiographic-manifestations
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Soren Snitker, Rebecca M Doerfler, Elsayed Z Soliman, Rajat Deo, Wendy L St Peter, Susan Kramlik, Michael J Fischer, Sankar Navaneethan, Patrice Delafontaine, Bernard G Jaar, Akinlolu Ojo, Gail K Makos, Anne Slaven, Matthew R Weir, Min Zhan, Jeffrey C Fink
BACKGROUND AND OBJECTIVES: Several drugs used in CKD can prolong electrocardiographic conduction. We examined the use of electrocardiogram QT-prolonging medications in predialysis CKD and their association with QT duration. DESIGN, SETTING, PARTICIPANTS, & MEASUREMENTS: In total, 3252 Chronic Renal Insufficiency Cohort participants with at least one study electrocardiogram between 2003 and 2011 were included. QT-prolonging medications used in 100 or more visits (n=16,451 visits) along with diuretics and proton pump inhibitors, given their potential for electrolyte disturbances, were examined for QT interval prolongation...
August 9, 2017: Clinical Journal of the American Society of Nephrology: CJASN
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28792711/differential-expression-of-micrornas-in-calcific-aortic-stenosis
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Hai-Xia Xu, Yan Wang, Dong-Dong Zheng, Teng Wang, Min Pan, Jia-Hai Shi, Jian-Hua Zhu, Xiao-Fei Li
BACKGROUND: Calcific aortic stenosis (CAS) is the most common heart valve disorder. To explore the underlying mechanisms, we investigated whether key microRNAs in calcified aortic valves are differentially expressed compared to those in the non-calcified valves. METHODS: Calcified aortic valves from patients with aortic stenosis and non-calcified aortic valves (control) from patients with aortic insufficiency (n = 8 per group) were obtained during cardiac valve replacement surgery...
July 1, 2017: Clinical Laboratory
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28791435/-mitraclip%C3%A2-for-treatment-of-tricuspid-valve-insufficiency
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R Pfister, S Baldus
Tricuspid valve regurgitation is frequently found as a result of right ventricular remodeling due to advanced left heart diseases. Drug treatment is limited to diuretics and the cardiac or pulmonary comorbidities. Due to the high risk only a small percentage of patients are amenable to surgical treatment of tricuspid regurgitation in those who undergo left-sided surgery for other reasons. Catheter-based procedures are an attractive treatment alternative, particularly since the strong prognostic impact of tricuspid regurgitation suggests an unmet need of treatment, independent of the underlying heart disease...
August 8, 2017: Herz
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28790802/the-signs-of-ocular-surface-disorders-after-switching-from-latanoprost-to-tafluprost-timolol-fixed-combination-a-prospective-study
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Hideaki Okumichi, Yoshiaki Kiuchi, Tetsuya Baba, Takashi Kanamoto, Tomoko Naito, Shunsuke Nakakura, Hitoshi Tabuchi, Hiroki Nii, Chie Sueoka, Yosuke Sugimoto
PURPOSE: To evaluate the ocular-surface safety of a 0.001% benzalkonium chloride-containing tafluprost/timolol fixed combination (TTFC) in patients with primary open-angle glaucoma (POAG) or ocular hypertension who have inadequate intraocular pressure (IOP) control with latanoprost monotherapy. METHODS: This study is a multicenter, prospective, single-arm, open-label clinical study. Patients with POAG or ocular hypertension who have inadequate IOP control with latanoprost monotherapy were considered eligible...
2017: Clinical Ophthalmology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28772053/heart-failure-awareness-survey-in-germany-general-knowledge-on-heart-failure-remains-poor
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Christine Zelenak, Sara Radenovic, Lindy Musial-Bright, Elvis Tahirovic, Mesud Sacirovic, Chong-Bin Lee, Diana Jahandar-Lashki, Simone Inkrot, Tobias Daniel Trippel, Andreas Busjahn, Djawid Hashemi, Rolf Wachter, Sabine Pankuweit, Stefan Störk, Burkert Pieske, Frank Edelmann, Hans-Dirk Düngen
AIMS: Previous studies demonstrated poor public awareness of heart failure (HF) compared with myocardial infarction and stroke. With respect to several activities to improve HF awareness in recent years, we present data on the development of HF awareness and information sources in Germany over 8 years. METHODS AND RESULTS: In 2007, 2012, and 2015, respectively, 2531, 359, and 171 respondents answered questions about causes, presentation, prognosis, and treatment of HF from a survey developed by the German Competence Network HF...
August 2017: ESC Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28770972/prophylactic-levosimendan-for-the-prevention-of-low-cardiac-output-syndrome-and-mortality-in-paediatric-patients-undergoing-surgery-for-congenital-heart-disease
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REVIEW
Johanna Hummel, Gerta Rücker, Brigitte Stiller
BACKGROUND: Low cardiac output syndrome remains a serious complication, and accounts for substantial morbidity and mortality in the postoperative course of paediatric patients undergoing surgery for congenital heart disease. Standard prophylactic and therapeutic strategies for low cardiac output syndrome are based mainly on catecholamines, which are effective drugs, but have considerable side effects. Levosimendan, a calcium sensitiser, enhances the myocardial function by generating more energy-efficient myocardial contractility than achieved via adrenergic stimulation with catecholamines...
August 2, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28762900/-the-problem-of-minimally-changed-coronary-arteries-at-elective-coronary-angiography
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A N Sumin, E V Korok, M A Sinkov, O A Nagirnyak, L S Barbarash
AIM: to study rates and possible causes of detecting "clean" coronary arteries at elective coronary angiography. MATERIAL AND METHODS: Medical records of 711 patients who had undergone elective coronary angiography (ECAG) between 01/04 and 31/05 2014 were retrospectively reviewed. Four groups were distinguished: group 1 - patients with normal coronary arteries (n=234), group 2 - patients with coronary artery stenoses (CAS) <60% (n=94), group 3 - patients with 60-69% CAS (n=22), group 4 - patients with CAS more or equal 70% (n=361)...
April 2017: Kardiologiia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28760970/habitual-sleep-as-a-contributor-to-racial-differences-in-cardiometabolic-risk
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David S Curtis, Thomas E Fuller-Rowell, Mona El-Sheikh, Mercedes R Carnethon, Carol D Ryff
Insufficient and disrupted sleep is linked with cardiovascular and metabolic dysregulation and morbidity. The current study examines the degree to which differences in sleep between black/African American (AA) and white/European American (EA) adults explain racial differences in cardiometabolic (CMB) disease risk. Total sleep time and sleep efficiency (percent of time in bed asleep) were assessed via seven nights of wrist actigraphy among 426 participants in the Midlife in the United States Study (31% AA; 69% EA; 61% female; mean age = 56...
August 15, 2017: Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28759179/neonatal-marfan-syndrome-report-of-two-cases
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Tomas Jurko, Alexander Jurko, Milan Minarik, Vladimir Micieta, Ingrid Tonhajzerova, Hana Kolarovszka, Mirko Zibolen
Marfan syndrome is rarely diagnosed in the neonatal period because of variable expression and age-dependent appearance of clinical signs. The prognosis is usually poor due to high probability of congestive heart failure, mitral and tricuspid regurgitations with suboptimal response to medical therapy and difficulties in surgical management. The authors have studied two cases of Marfan syndrome in the newborn period. Two cases of neonatal Marfan syndrome, one male and one female, were diagnosed by characteristic physical appearance...
July 2, 2017: Neuro Endocrinology Letters
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28756695/cardiometabolic-risks-lifestyle-health-behaviors-and-heart-disease-in-filipino-americans
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Maria Lg Bayog, Catherine M Waters
BACKGROUND: Cardiovascular disease is the leading cause of death among all racial and ethnic populations in the USA. Cardiovascular risks and cardioprotective factors have been disparately estimated among Asian American subpopulations. AIMS: The study's purpose was to describe the cardiometabolic risks and lifestyle health behaviors associated with cardiovascular disease, considering age and gender, in Filipinos, the second largest Asian American population. METHODS: Secondary analysis was conducted of behavioral (smoking, walking, body mass index and soda, fast food and fruit/vegetable consumption), cardiometabolic (hypertension and diabetes) and heart disease variables in the 2011-2012 California Health Interview Survey...
August 2017: European Journal of Cardiovascular Nursing
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28755814/biomechanical-assessment-of-the-aortic-root-using-novel-force-transducers
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T Bechsgaard, J L Hønge, H Nygaard, S L Nielsen, P Johansen
In recent years the use of valve sparing techniques has become more common in selected patients with aortic valve insufficiency. However, limited experimental research has been performed to document the biomechanical effect of these techniques. One experimental platform is to evaluate how the normal physiological aortic root forces are altered or re-established after the surgical intervention. Hence, the aim of this project was to develop new implantable force transducers for a biomechanical description of various aortic root repair techniques...
July 11, 2017: Journal of Biomechanics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28754546/comparison-of-different-stem-cell-mobilization-regimen-in-al-amyloidosis-patients
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Katharina Lisenko, Patrick Wuchter, Marion Hansberg, Anja Mangatter, Axel Benner, Anthony D Ho, Hartmut Goldschmidt, Ute Hegenbart, Stefan Schönland
High-dose melphalan (HDM) and autologous blood stem cell transplantation (ABSCT) is an effective treatment for transplant-eligible patients with systemic light chain (AL) amyloidosis. Whereas most centers use granulocyte colony-stimulating factor (G-CSF) alone for mobilization of peripheral blood stem cells (PBSC), the application of mobilization chemotherapy might offer specific advantages. We retrospectively analyzed 110 patients with AL amyloidosis who underwent PBSC collection. Major eligibility criteria included age <70 years and cardiac insufficiency NYHA ≤III°...
July 25, 2017: Biology of Blood and Marrow Transplantation
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