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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148628/clinical-significance-of-st-depression-at-exercise-stress-testing-in-competitive-athletes-usefulness-of-coronary-ct-during-screening
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Fabio Sperandii, Emanuele Guerra, Eliana Tranchita, Carlo Minganti, Chiara Lanzillo, Antonia Nigro, Federico Quaranta, Attilio Parisi, Mauro DI Roma, Luciano Maresca, Federica Fagnani, Leonardo Calò
BACKGROUND: Congenital coronary anomalies (CCAs) and coronary artery disease (CAD) arouse intense scientific and clinical interest in sports medicine and sports cardiology medical communities because of their potential to trigger sudden cardiac death (SCD) in athletes. Exercise stress testing represent the first instrumental assessment to evaluate electrocardiographic changes during effort. Coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) is an advanced accurate noninvasive imaging modality for excluding CAD and abnormalities of origin and course of coronary vessels...
November 17, 2017: Journal of Sports Medicine and Physical Fitness
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29148548/acrylate-based-materials-for-heart-valve-scaffold-engineering
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Rosaria Santoro, Seshasailam Venkateswaran, Francesco Amadeo, Rong Zhang, Maura Brioschi, Anthony Callanan, Marco Agrifoglio, Cristina Banfi, Mark Bradley, Maurizio Pesce
Calcific aortic valve disease (CAVD) is the most frequent cardiac valve pathology. Its standard treatment consists of surgical replacement either with mechanical (metal made) or biological (animal tissue made) valve prostheses, both of which have glaring deficiencies. In the search for novel materials to manufacture artificial valve tissue, we have conducted a high-throughput screening with subsequent up-scaling to identify non-degradable polymer substrates that promote valve interstitial cells (VICs) adherence/growth and, at the same time, prevent their evolution toward a pro-calcific phenotype...
November 17, 2017: Biomaterials Science
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146733/effects-of-chronically-increased-vegf-a-on-the-aging-heart
#3
Alexander G Marneros
Whether approaches to chronically increase VEGF-A in the heart may have beneficial effects and prevent the development of heart failure, in part by improving cardiac perfusion, or whether this increase could have detrimental effects on cardiac performance in the aging heart, has not been tested yet. In this study, a genetic mouse model with a chronic increase in VEGF-A in the heart is shown to have increased cardiac angiogenesis and develop cardiac hypertrophy with enhanced basal cardiac performance with age progression...
November 16, 2017: FASEB Journal: Official Publication of the Federation of American Societies for Experimental Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29146117/implications-of-disturbances-in-circadian-rhythms-for-cardiovascular-health-a-new-frontier-in-free-radical-biology
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Neelam Khaper, Craig D C Bailey, Nilesh R Ghugre, Cristine Reitz, Zikra Awosanmi, Ryan Waines, Tami A Martino
Cell autonomous circadian "clock" mechanisms are present in virtually every organ, and generate daily rhythms that are important for normal physiology. This is especially relevant to the cardiovascular system, for example the circadian mechanism orchestrates rhythms in heart rate, blood pressure, cardiac contractility, metabolism, gene and protein abundance over the 24-hour day and night cycles. Conversely, disturbing circadian rhythms (e.g. via shift work, sleep disorders) increases cardiovascular disease risk, and exacerbates cardiac remodelling and worsens outcome...
November 13, 2017: Free Radical Biology & Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145790/innate-immunity-in-cardiac-myxomas-and-its-pathological-and-clinical-correlations
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Anna Di Vito, Gianluca Santise, Chiara Mignogna, Eusebio Chiefari, Gabriella Cardillo, Ivan Presta, Franco Arturi, Natalia Malara, Francesco Brunetti, Annalidia Donato, Domenico Maisano, Stefania Leonetti, Daniele Maselli, Tullio Barni, Giuseppe Donato
Cardiac myxomas are the most common benign cardiac tumor. We investigated the immunohistochemical properties of 11 surgically excised cardiac myxomas, in order to analyze the correlation between macrophages and mast cell populations and clinical parameters. CD68(+)/CD163(-)/iNOS(-) (M0) cells represent the most abundant macrophage phenotype; however, CD68(+)/CD163(+) cells (M2) were also frequent. CD68(+)/iNOS(+) (M1) elements were rare. Mast cells, defined as a population of c-kit (CD117)(+) and/or tryptase(+) cells were also detected...
January 1, 2017: Innate Immunity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29145274/diagnosis-of-fetal-megacystis-with-chromosomal-abnormality-by-2d-prenatal-ultrasound-a-case-report
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Fuman She, Shengwen Dong, Bibo Yuan, Xiaoli Gao
RATIONALE: The pathogenesis of fetal megacystis is divided into obstructive and nonobstructive. Megacystis combined with chromosomal abnormalities is rare and most of the cases are nonobstructive. PATIENT CONCERNS: The fetus showed posterior urethral obstructive megacystis with features of bladder enlargement, "keyhole" feature, and thick bladder wall. DIAGNOSES: Here, we present a case of fetal megacystis diagnosed by ultrasound at pregnancy week 15+2 and with multisystem abnormalities...
November 2017: Medicine (Baltimore)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29143657/clinical-benefits-of-incorporating-doxycycline-into-a-canine-heartworm-treatment-protocol
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C Thomas Nelson, Elizabeth S Myrick, Thomas A Nelson
BACKGROUND: The objective of heartworm treatment is to improve the clinical condition of the patient and to eliminate pre-cardiac, juvenile, and adult worm stages with minimal complications. Pulmonary thromboembolisms are an inevitable consequence of worm death and can result in severe pulmonary reactions and even death of the patient. To minimize these reactions, various treatment protocols involving melarsomine, the only adulticidal drug approved by the US Food and Drug Administrations (FDA), in conjunction with macrocyclic lactone heartworm preventives and glucocorticosteroids have been advocated...
November 9, 2017: Parasites & Vectors
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142818/shortness-of-breath-on-exertion-a-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-picture-is-worth-a-thousand-words
#8
Chrysanthos Grigoratos, Andrea Barison, Giancarlo Todiere, Giovanni Donato Aquaro
This is the case of a 78-year-old male patient that underwent a cardiac magnetic resonance (CMR) due to shortness of breath. An unanticipated diagnosis of a giant pseudoaneurysm with a "guitar-like" appearance was made and patient was sent for urgent ventriculoplasty. CMR offered striking illustrative images allowing for previously unsuspected diagnosis to be made and patient's therapeutic management modified. Moreover, in this case, we emphasize the paramount importance of differentiating between true aneurysms, pseudoaneurysms, clefts, and diverticuli since each pathology has completely different management and prognosis that vary from benign to potentially fatal if not immediately treated...
October 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Echography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29142490/postoperative-elevated-resistive-indices-do-not-predict-hepatic-artery-thrombosis-in-extended-criteria-donor-livers
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Eric J Siskind, Fauzia Vandermeer, Tamar R Siskind, David A Bruno, Samuel Sultan, Josue Alvarez-Casas, Arielle Stafford, Barton Lane, John C Lamattina, Rolf N Barth, Steven I Hanish
Postoperative transplant liver ultrasounds were analyzed in standard criteria donor (SCD), extended criteria donor (ECD), and donation after cardiac death (DCD) liver allografts to determine if elevated resistive indices (RIs) are consistently present and if they are pathological. Postoperative transplant liver ultrasounds were reviewed from 115 consecutive patients. Hepatic arterial RIs were stratified based on the type of donor: DCD, macrosteatosis (>30%), or standard criteria. In all patients with elevated RI, subsequent ultrasounds were reviewed to demonstrate RI normalization...
December 2017: International Journal of Angiology: Official Publication of the International College of Angiology, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141899/atypical-g-protein-%C3%AE-5-promotes-cardiac-oxidative-stress-apoptosis-and-fibrotic-remodeling-in-response-to-multiple-cancer-chemotherapeutics
#10
Biswanath Maity, Sreemoyee Chakraborti, Arnab Pramanick, Sudipta Saha, Somnath Singha Roy, Arnab Ray Chaudhuri, Madhusudan Das, Sujoy Ghosh, Adele Stewart
The clinical use of multiple classes of cancer chemotherapeutics is limited by irreversible, dose-dependent, and sometimes life-threatening cardiotoxicity. We report here that, though distinct in their mechanisms of action, doxorubicin, paclitaxel, and 5-FU all induce rapid and robust upregulation of atypical G protein Gβ5 in the myocardium, correlating with oxidative stress, myocyte apoptosis, and the accumulation of pro-inflammatory and pro-fibrotic cytokines. In ventricular cardiac myocytes (VCM), Gβ5 deficiency provided substantial protection against the cytotoxic actions of chemotherapeutics, including reductions in oxidative stress and simultaneous attenuation of ROS-dependent activation of the ATM and CaMKII pro-apoptotic signaling cascades...
November 15, 2017: Cancer Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141184/unrecognized-venous-injuries-after-cardiac-implantable-electronic-device-transvenous-lead-extraction
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Khaldoun G Tarakji, Walid Saliba, Danny Markabawi, E Rene Rodriguez, Yoaav Krauthammer, Michael P Brunner, Ayman A Hussein, Bryan Baranowski, Daniel J Cantillon, Mohamed Kanj, Mark Niebauer, Jack Rickard, Thomas Callahan, Mingyuan Shao, David O Martin, Oussama M Wazni, Bruce L Wilkoff, Carmela D Tan
BACKGROUND: Major complication rate of transvenous lead extraction (TLE) is estimated around 1-2.0%. Laceration of the central veins can be fatal. OBJECTIVES: to define the incidence and extent of venous injuries on a microscopic level after TLE and compare it with the incidence of clinically documented events of venous laceration. METHODS: We studied all patients who underwent TLE at our tertiary center within 30 months via a variety of techniques...
November 7, 2017: Heart Rhythm: the Official Journal of the Heart Rhythm Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29141071/usefulness-of-total-12-lead-qrs-voltage-as-a-clue-to-diagnosis-of-patients-with-cardiac-sarcoidosis-severe-enough-to-warrant-orthotopic-heart-transplant
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William C Roberts, Tiffany M Becker, Shelley A Hall
Importance: Severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis is difficult to diagnosis without biopsy. Objective: To assess whether total electrocardiographic 12-lead QRS voltage may be a clue to diagnosis. Design, Setting, Participants: Case-series study with cases collected at Baylor University Medical Center at Dallas, Dallas, Texas, from January 13, 2005, to January 24, 2017. The clinical records of 16 patients with severe heart failure caused by cardiac sarcoidosis were studied...
November 15, 2017: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138928/mechanisms-of-drug-binding-to-voltage-gated-sodium-channels
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M E O'Leary, M Chahine
Voltage-gated sodium (Na(+)) channels are expressed in virtually all electrically excitable tissues and are essential for muscle contraction and the conduction of impulses within the peripheral and central nervous systems. Genetic disorders that disrupt the function of these channels produce an array of Na(+) channelopathies resulting in neuronal impairment, chronic pain, neuromuscular pathologies, and cardiac arrhythmias. Because of their importance to the conduction of electrical signals, Na(+) channels are the target of a wide variety of local anesthetic, antiarrhythmic, anticonvulsant, and antidepressant drugs...
November 15, 2017: Handbook of Experimental Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138820/matrine-suppresses-cardiac-fibrosis-by-inhibiting-the-tgf%C3%A2-%C3%AE-smad-pathway-in-experimental-diabetic-cardiomyopathy
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Yong Zhang, Lei Cui, Gongchang Guan, Junkui Wang, Chuan Qiu, Tielin Yang, Yan Guo, Zhongwei Liu
Cardiac fibrosis is one of the pathological characteristics of diabetic cardiomyopathy (DbCM). Matrine treatment has proven to be effective in cases of organ fibrosis and cardiovascular diseases. In the present study, the anti-fibrosis-associated cardioprotective effects of matrine on DbCM were investigated. Rats with experimental DbCM were administered matrine orally. Cardiac functions were evaluated using invasive hemodynamic examinations. Cardiac compliance was assessed in isolated hearts. Using Sirius Red and fluorescence staining, the collagen in diabetic hearts was visualized...
November 14, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138760/cardiac-surgery-after-heart-transplantation-elective-operation-or-last-exit-strategy
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Johannes Goekler, Andreas Zuckermann, Emilio Osorio, Faris F Brkic, Keziban Uyanik-Uenal, Guenther Laufer, Arezu Aliabadi-Zuckermann
Background: Because of improved long-term survival after heart transplantation (HTx), late graft pathologies such as valvular disease or cardiac allograft vasculopathy (CAV) might need surgical intervention to enhance longer survival and ensure quality of life. To this date, there exist no guidelines for indication of cardiac surgery other than retransplantation after HTx. Methods: In this retrospective, single-center study, we evaluated patients who underwent cardiac surgery after HTx at our institution...
October 2017: Transplantation Direct
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138674/exercise-training-restores-cardiac-microrna-1-and-microrna-29c-to-nonpathological-levels-in-obese-rats
#16
André C Silveira, Tiago Fernandes, Úrsula P R Soci, João L P Gomes, Diego L Barretti, Glória G F Mota, Carlos Eduardo Negrão, Edilamar M Oliveira
We previously reported that aerobic exercise training (AET) consisted of 10 weeks of 60-min swimming sessions, and 5 days/week AET counteracts CH in obesity. Here, we evaluated the role of microRNAs and their target genes that are involved in heart collagen deposition and calcium signaling, as well as the cardiac remodeling induced by AET in obese Zucker rats. Among the four experimental Zucker groups: control lean rats (LZR), control obese rats (OZR), trained lean rats (LZR + TR), and trained obese rats (OZR + TR), heart weight was greater in the OZR than in the LZR group due to increased cardiac intramuscular fat and collagen...
2017: Oxidative Medicine and Cellular Longevity
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29138023/oleanonic-acid-ameliorates-pressure-overload-induced-cardiac-hypertrophy-in-rats-the-role-of-pkc%C3%AE-nf-%C3%AE%C2%BAb-pathway
#17
Hui Gao, Hui Liu, Tiexin Tang, Xiaofei Huang, Dongxiu Wang, Yan Li, Pan Huang, Yingfu Peng
It has been reported that inflammation is closely related with cardiac hypertrophy. Some inflammatory cytokines such as tumor necrosis factor-α, interleukin-1β, and interleukin-6 directly induce cardiac hypertrophy, which is associated with the activation of nuclear factorkappa B (NF-κB). Thus, NF-κB is an attractive target for cardiac hypertrophy. In the present study, oleanonic acid inhibited the elevation of transcriptional activity of NF-κB and reduced the mRNA expressions of hypertrophic genes such as atrial natriuretic factor (ANF) and brain natriuretic peptide (BNP) in a concentration-dependent manner in phenylephrine (PE)-treated cardiomyocytes...
November 11, 2017: Molecular and Cellular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29137144/impact-of-labile-zinc-on-heart-function-from-physiology-to-pathophysiology
#18
REVIEW
Belma Turan, Erkan Tuncay
Zinc plays an important role in biological systems as bound and histochemically reactive labile Zn(2+). Although Zn(2+) concentration is in the nM range in cardiomyocytes at rest and increases dramatically under stimulation, very little is known about precise mechanisms controlling the intracellular distribution of Zn(2+) and its variations during cardiac function. Recent studies are focused on molecular and cellular aspects of labile Zn(2+) and its homeostasis in mammalian cells and growing evidence clarified the molecular mechanisms underlying Zn(2+)-diverse functions in the heart, leading to the discovery of novel physiological functions of labile Zn(2+) in parallel to the discovery of subcellular localization of Zn(2+)-transporters in cardiomyocytes...
November 12, 2017: International Journal of Molecular Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29136112/local-production-of-tenascin-c-acts-as-a-trigger-for-monocyte-macrophage-recruitment-that-provokes-cardiac-dysfunction
#19
Dounia Abbadi, Fanny Laroumanie, Mathilde Bizou, Joffrey Pozzo, Danièle Daviaud, Christine Delage, Denis Calise, Fréderique Gaits-Iacovoni, Marianne Dutaur, Florence Tortosa, Edith Renaud-Gabardos, Victorine Douin-Echinard, Anne-Catherine Prats, Jerome Roncalli, Angelo Parini, Nathalie Pizzinat
Aims: Tenascin-C (TNC) is an endogenous danger signal molecule strongly associated with inflammatory diseases and with poor outcome in patients with cardiomyopathies. Its function within pathological cardiac tissue during pressure overload remains poorly understood. Methods and results: We showed that TNC accumulates after 1 week of transverse aortic constriction (TAC) in the heart of 12-week-old male mice. By cross bone marrow transplantation experiments, we determined that TNC deposition relied on cardiac cells and not on haematopoietic cells...
November 10, 2017: Cardiovascular Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/29133921/metabolomics-identifies-metabolite-biomarkers-associated-with-acute-rejection-after-heart-transplantation-in-rats
#20
Feng Lin, Yi Ou, Chuan-Zhong Huang, Sheng-Zhe Lin, Yun-Bin Ye
The aim of this study was to identify metabolite biomarkers associated with acute rejection after heart transplantation in rats using a LC-MS-based metabolomics approach. A model of heterotopic cardiac xenotransplantation was established in rats, with Wistar rats as donors and SD rats as recipients. Blood and cardiac samples were collected from blank control rats (Group A), rats 5 (Group B) and 7 days (Group C) after heart transplantation, and pretreated rats 5 (Group D) and 7 days (Group E) post-transplantation for pathological and metabolomics analyses...
November 13, 2017: Scientific Reports
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