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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735255/ascending-aortic-diameter-and-metabolic-syndrome-in-korean-men
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Hyejin Chun
This study aimed to evaluate the association of ascending aortic diameter (AAD) measured by low-dose chest CT (LDCT) and metabolic syndrome (MS) in Korean men. AAD was measured with LDCT in 1046 healthy Korean men (mean age 50.7±9.7 years, range 28 to 69 years) participating in medical health check-up in a university health promotion center. AAD was defined as the longest length measured from the left main coronary ostium to the level of the right pulmonary artery in the axial plane in LDCT. The association between AAD and MS was examined using logistic regression...
July 21, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28735030/effect-of-bosentan-therapy-in-persistent-pulmonary-hypertension-of-the-newborn
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Gunlawadee Maneenil, Anucha Thatrimontrichai, Waricha Janjindamai, Supaporn Dissaneevate
BACKGROUND: Persistent pulmonary hypertension of the newborn (PPHN) contributes to neonatal hypoxemia and is associated with a high mortality. Some PPHN patients are unresponsive to inhaled nitric oxide (iNO). Bosentan, an oral endothelin-1 receptor antagonist, reduces pulmonary vascular resistance and hence may play a role in the treatment of PPHN. METHODS: A retrospective medical records review was performed in newborns who received oral bosentan as an adjunctive therapy for treatment of PPHN between January 2013 and February 2016 at the neonatal intensive care unit of Songklanagarind Hospital...
July 11, 2017: Pediatrics and Neonatology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734918/rv-myocardial-strain-during-pre-load-augmentation-is-associated-with-exercise-capacity-in-patients-with-chronic-hf
#3
Kenya Kusunose, Hirotsugu Yamada, Susumu Nishio, Ayumi Ishii, Yukina Hirata, Hiromitsu Seno, Yoshihito Saijo, Takayuki Ise, Koji Yamaguchi, Shusuke Yagi, Takeshi Soeki, Tetsuzo Wakatsuki, Masataka Sata
OBJECTIVES: The aim of this study was to assess the relationship between right ventricular (RV) function during pre-load augmentation and exercise tolerance. BACKGROUND: Peak oxygen uptake (VO2) is a strong predictor of mortality in chronic heart failure. Cardiac function during pre-load augmentation is an important part of the phenomenon in the evaluation of exercise capacity. METHODS: We prospectively performed echocardiographic studies in 68 chronic heart failure patients with cardiopulmonary exercise testing (mean age 60 ± 12 years; 69% male)...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734909/prognostic-value-of-exercise-stress-echocardiography-in-asymptomatic-patients-with-aortic-valve-stenosis
#4
Coppelia Goublaire, Maria Melissopoulou, David Lobo, Naozumi Kubota, Constance Verdonk, Claire Cimadevilla, Isabelle Codogno, Eric Brochet, Alec Vahanian, David Messika-Zeitoun
OBJECTIVES: This study sought to evaluate the prognostic value of mean pressure gradient (MPG) increase and peak systolic pulmonary artery pressure (SPAP) measured during exercise stress echocardiography in asymptomatic patients with aortic stenosis (AS). BACKGROUND: Exercise testing is recommended in asymptomatic AS patients, but the additional value of exercise-stress echocardiography, especially the prognostic value of MPG increase and peak SPAP, is still debated...
July 13, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734448/alternative-strategy-for-biventricular-assist-device-in-an-infant-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
#5
John C Dykes, Olaf Reinhartz, Christopher S Almond, Vamsi Yarlagadda, Jenna Murray, David N Rosenthal, Katsuhide Maeda
We report an infant with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy who underwent biventricular assist device placement with two 15-mL Berlin Heart EXCOR pediatric ventricular assist devices using an alternative atrial cannulation strategy. The systemic circulation was supported by left atrium (LA) to aorta cannulation. The LA was accessed through the right atrium by extending a 6-mm EXCOR cannula with a Gore-Tex graft connected to an atrial septal defect. The pulmonary circulation was supported with cannulation of the right atrium to pulmonary artery...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734444/systemic-artery-to-pulmonary-vein-fistula-after-right-upper-lobectomy-demonstrated-by-4-dimensional-flow-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Antoine Legras, Arshid Azarine, Bastien Poitier, Emmanuel Messas, Françoise Le Pimpec-Barthes
Postoperative systemic artery to pulmonary vein fistula is very rare. In this report, we describe an exceptional condition of both intrapulmonary arteriovenous fistula and systemic artery to pulmonary vein fistula, involving all right hemithoracic systemic arteries, inducing left-to-left shunt. This condition was responsible for heart failure, 24 years after a right upper lobectomy for inflammatory tumor. Investigations included computed tomographic angiography, arteriography, and four-dimensional flow magnetic resonance imaging...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734443/lung-abscess-as-delayed-manifestation-of-pulmonary-arterial-narrowing-after-sleeve-resection
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Frederik S Frenzen, Thomas Lesser, Ivan Platzek, Frank-Thomas Riede, Martin Kolditz
A patient who had undergone right upper bilobectomy because of a carcinoid experienced lung abscesses 17 months after operation. After recurrences, despite different antibiotic agents, dual-energy computed tomography showed subtotal stenosis of the right lower lobe pulmonary artery with marked pulmonary perfusion-reduction. Rare causes of lung-abscesses should be considered.
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734439/coronary-sinus-orifice-atresia-after-the-fontan-completion-unique-repair-technique
#8
Shinya Yokoyama, Takeo Yonekura, Noboru Nishiwaki, Shigeki Taniguchi
We report a successful unroofing of the coronary sinus via a unique technique. Our patient was diagnosed with single ventricle morphology. Pulmonary artery banding and bidirectional cavopulmonary shunt were performed at 1 and 6 months old, respectively. Ordinary univentricular repair strategy was performed; extracardiac total cavopulmonary connection was achieved at 18 months old. Catheterization performed 1 year after the Fontan procedure revealed the coronary sinus orifice atresia, diffuse coronary artery stenosis, and sinusoid formation of the coronary system...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734437/two-pumps-for-single-ventricle-mechanical-support-for-establishment-of-biventricular-circulation
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Stanislav Ovroutski, Oliver Miera, Thomas Krabatsch, Felix Berger, Joachim Photiadis, Evgenii Potapov
A 31-year-old patient with a univentricular heart and double-inlet left ventricle, moderate pulmonary stenosis, and severe mitral valve regurgitation experienced irreversible heart failure after mitral valve replacement. "Biventricular" mechanical circulatory support was initiated. The systemic circulation was supported using the HeartWare ventricular assist device (HVAD) (HeartWare, Framingham, MA) pump in the usual manner. The second pump was inserted into the right atrium and connected to the pulmonary artery after closure of the pulmonary valve and atrial separation...
August 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734084/thrombolysis-for-pulmonary-embolism-using-the-superficial-veins-of-the-upper-extremity
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Joseph Kusick, Judd Salamat, Kintur Sanghvi
This report describes a novel approach of accessing the superficial veins of the upper extremity for the treatment of pulmonary emboli (PE) with an ultrasound enhanced thrombolytic infusion catheter. In a patient suffering from saddle PE and impending right heart failure, separate basilic and cephalic venous access sites in the right arm were utilized to insert EKOS EndoWave Infusion Catheter (EKOS Corporation, Bothell, WA) insertion in each pulmonary artery (PA). This technique could be advantageous, particularly for patients at high risk for access site complications and those unable to lie supine for prolonged duration of infusion therapy...
July 22, 2017: Catheterization and Cardiovascular Interventions
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733923/cardiovascular-mechanics-in-the-early-stages-of-pulmonary-hypertension-a-computational-study
#11
Sebastián Acosta, Charles Puelz, Béatrice Rivière, Daniel J Penny, Ken M Brady, Craig G Rusin
We formulate and study a new mathematical model of pulmonary hypertension. Based on principles of fluid and elastic dynamics, we introduce a model that quantifies the stiffening of pulmonary vasculature (arteries and arterioles) to reproduce the hemodynamics of the pulmonary system, including physiologically consistent dependence between compliance and resistance. This pulmonary model is embedded in a closed-loop network of the major vessels in the body, approximated as one-dimensional elastic tubes, and zero-dimensional models for the heart and other organs...
July 21, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733583/activation-of-lxr%C3%AE-improves-cardiac-remodeling-induced-by-pulmonary-artery-hypertension-in-rats
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Yibo Gong, Yifeng Yang, Qin Wu, Ge Gao, Yin Liu, Yaoyao Xiong, Can Huang, Sijie Wu
Inflammatory factors regulated by NF-κB play a significant role in PAH and myocardial hypertrophy. LXR activation may inhibit myocardial hypertrophy via suppressing inflammatory pathways; it is unknown whether LXR is also involved in PAH-induced myocardial hypertrophy or remodeling. To further explore the protective effect of LXR in PAH-induced cardiac hypertrophy and remodeling, a PAH model was developed, and T0901317, an agonist of LXR, was used to examine the effect of LXR activation. PAH rats demonstrated obvious cardiac hypertrophy and remodeling in the right ventricle, but significant improvement of cardiac hypertrophy and remodeling was observed in PAH rats treated with T0901317...
July 21, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733432/should-bilateral-internal-thoracic-artery-grafting-be-used-in-patients-after-recent-myocardial-infarction
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Dan Loberman, Dmitry Pevni, Rephael Mohr, Yosef Paz, Nahum Nesher, Mohamad Khaled Midlij, Yanai Ben-Gal
BACKGROUND: Bilateral internal thoracic artery grafting (BITA) is associated with improved survival. However, surgeons do not commonly use BITA in patients after myocardial infarction (MI) because survival is good with single internal thoracic artery grafting (SITA). We aimed to compare the outcomes of BITA with those of SITA and other approaches in patients with multivessel disease after recent MI. METHODS AND RESULTS: In total, 938 patients with recent MI (<3 months) who underwent BITA between 1996 and 2011 were compared with 682 who underwent SITA...
July 21, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733311/regional-septal-hinge-point-injury-contributes-to-adverse-biventricular-interactions-in-pulmonary-hypertension
#14
Eva Amalie Nielsen, Kenichi Okumura, Mei Sun, Vibeke E Hjortdal, Andrew N Redington, Mark K Friedberg
Death and morbidity in pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH) are often due to right ventricular (RV) failure and associated left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. We investigated regional myocardial remodeling and function as the basis for adverse ventricular-ventricular interactions in experimental chronic RV pressure overload. Two distinct animal models were studied: A rabbit model of increased RV pressure-load through progressive pulmonary artery banding A rat model of monocrotaline (MCT)-induced pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH)...
July 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733146/resveratrol-efficiently-improves-pulmonary-function-via-stabilizing-mast-cells-in-a-rat-intestinal-injury-model
#15
Xiaolei Huang, Weicheng Zhao, Dan Hu, Xue Han, Hanbin Wang, Jianyu Yang, Yang Xu, Yuantao Li, Weifeng Yao, Chaojin Chen
BACKGROUND: Intestinal ischemia/reperfusion (IIR) leads to acute lung injury (ALI) distally by aggravating pulmonary oxidative stress. Resveratrol is effective in attenuating ALI through its antioxidant capacity. This study aimed to determine the effects of resveratrol on IIR-induced ALI and to explore the role of mast cells (MCs) activation in a rat model of IIR. METHODS: Adult Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to IIR by occluding the superior mesenteric artery for 60min followed by 4-hour reperfusion...
July 18, 2017: Life Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28733069/pulmonary-hypertension-and-clinical-correlates-in-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Maria Beatrice Musumeci, Vittoria Mastromarino, Matteo Casenghi, Giacomo Tini, Pietro Francia, Antonello Maruotti, Antonella Romaniello, Damiano Magrì, Rosa Lillo, Carmen Adduci, Massimo Volpe, Camillo Autore
BACKGROUND: Pulmonary hypertension (PH) in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) has been investigated in a small number of studies. Purpose of this study was to assess the prevalence and its association with outcome in a population of consecutive HCM outpatients. METHODS: We retrospectively analyzed data of 361 consecutive HCM outpatients in whom echocardiographic measurements of pulmonary artery systolic pressure (PASP) were available at initial and most recent evaluation...
July 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28732271/a-rare-anomaly-of-the-right-superior-pulmonary-vein-report-of-a-case
#17
Yoshinobu Ichiki, Kesei Kakizoe, Takayuki Hamatsu, Taketoshi Suehiro, Makiko Koike, Fumihiro Tanaka, Keizo Sugimachi
INTRODUCTION: Although there are a lot of variations of pulmonary veins (PVs) including dangerous type that could cause serous complications during the surgery, limited information has been reported about these variations. We have experienced an extremely rare anomaly of the right superior PV. PRESENTATION OF CASE: A 74-year-old man patient with right lung cancer visited our hospital. Chest computed tomography (CT) revealed a pulmonary nodule in the right lower lobe...
July 6, 2017: International Journal of Surgery Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28731195/inhibition-of-arc-promoting-the-apoptosis-of-rat-pulmonary-arterial-smooth-muscle-cells-after-serum-deprivation-in%C3%A2-vitro
#18
Jie Zhang, Zeyu Wu, Ming Guan, Hongyan Lu, Xuming Mo
Apoptosis has important pathophysiological consequences contributing to pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). However, the mechanism underlying apoptosis in PAH remains unknown. Apoptosis repressor with caspase recruitment domain (ARC) is an essential factor in cell apoptosis, and regulates intrinsic and extrinsic apoptosis signaling pathways. It is hypothesized that ARC may be involved in the apoptotic responses of pulmonary arterial smooth muscle cells (PASMCs) following mild chronic injury. In the present study, serum deprivation (SD) was used to induce apoptosis of PASMCs...
July 21, 2017: Molecular Medicine Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730927/express-pathways-to-experiencing-mental-problems-and-need-for-mental-support-in-patients-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension
#19
Anna Dt Muntingh, Sylvia Gerritsen, Neeltje M Batelaan, Harm Jan Bogaard
No abstract text is available yet for this article.
January 1, 2017: Pulmonary Circulation
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28730919/an-update-on-biomarker-discovery-and-use-in-systemic-sclerosis
#20
Takashi Matsushita, Kazuhiko Takehara
Systemic sclerosis (SSc) is an autoimmune disease characterized by excessive extracellular matrix deposition in the skin and internal organs. Three major abnormalities, autoimmunity, vasculopathy, and fibrosis, are considered to play important roles in the pathophysiology of SSc. SSc is a heterogeneous disease with clinical features, disease progress, therapeutic response, and prognosis. Therefore, identification of biomarkers, which can predict the course of the disease, is required for the progress of clinical practice...
July 21, 2017: Expert Review of Molecular Diagnostics
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