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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734628/adrenergic-receptor-genotypes-influence-postoperative-outcomes-in-infants-in-the-single-ventricle-reconstruction-trial
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Ronand Ramroop, George Manase, Danny Lu, Dorin Manase, Shan Chen, Richard Kim, Teresa Lee, William T Mahle, Kimberly McHugh, Mike Mitchell, Martin Tristani-Firouzi, Stephanie B Wechsler, Nicole S Wilder, Victor Zak, Myriam Lafreniere-Roula, Jane W Newburger, J William Gaynor, Mark W Russell, Seema Mital
OBJECTIVES: Adrenergic receptor (ADR) genotypes have been associated with adverse outcomes in heart failure. Our objective was to evaluate the association of ADR genotypes with post-Norwood outcomes in infants with hypoplastic left heart syndrome (HLHS). METHODS: Infants with HLHS participating in the Pediatric Heart Network Single-Ventricle Reconstruction Trial underwent genotyping for 4 single-nucleotide polymorphisms in 3 ADR genes: ADRB1_231A/G, ADRB1_1165G/C, ADRB2_5318C/G, and ADRA2A_2790C/T...
June 24, 2017: Journal of Thoracic and Cardiovascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28734021/effect-of-fixed-value-positive-end-expiratory-pressure-valves-on-canine-thoracic-volume-and-atelectasis
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A Allison, X Huizing, C Jolliffe, I Schaafsma
OBJECTIVES: The objective of this study was to investigate whether a fixed 10 cm H2 O positive end-expiratory pressure valve would increase the aeration of, and reduce atelectasis formation in, the lungs after induction of anaesthesia in dogs undergoing thoracic CT. MATERIALS AND METHODS: 28 dogs were paired based on breed, bodyweight and body condition score and then randomly allocated to either Group Z (0 cm H2 O) or Group P (10 cm H2 O positive end-expiratory pressure valve) immediately after the induction of anaesthesia...
July 22, 2017: Journal of Small Animal Practice
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28725938/declining-radiation-dose-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-german-cardiac-ct-registry-experience-2009-2014
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Axel Schmermund, Mohamed Marwan, Jörg Hausleiter, Sebastian Barth, Oliver Bruder, Sebastian Kerber, Grigorius Korosoglou, Alexander Leber, Werner Moshage, Stephen Schröder, Steffen Schneider, Jochen Senges, Stephan Achenbach
BACKGROUND: Coronary computed tomography angiography (CTA) is increasingly used as a test to rule out coronary artery disease (CAD) in patients with a low to intermediate pre-test probability of the disease. We used the database of the German CT registry, collected between 2009 and 2014 in a broad patient population, to analyze contemporary radiation dose associated with coronary CTA in clinical practice. PATIENTS AND METHODS: The prospective observational registry included a total of 7061 patients ≥18 years, referred to 12 participating centers for a clinically indicated cardiac CT examination...
July 19, 2017: Clinical Research in Cardiology: Official Journal of the German Cardiac Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28711515/longitudinal-changes-in-visceral-and-subcutaneous-adipose-tissue-and-metabolic-syndrome-results-from-the-multicultural-community-health-assessment-trial-m-chat
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Andrew W Tu, Karin H Humphries, Scott A Lear
AIM: Few studies have examined whether longitudinal changes in visceral adipose tissue (VAT) and subcutaneous adipose tissue (SAT), independent of each other, are associated with the risk of developing metabolic syndrome (MetS). The objective of this study was to examine the longitudinal effects of VAT and SAT on MetS and metabolic risk factors in a multi-ethnic sample of Canadians followed for 5-years. MATERIALS AND METHODS: In total, 598 adults of the Multicultural Community Health Assessment Trial (M-CHAT) were included in this study...
July 8, 2017: Diabetes & Metabolic Syndrome
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705554/atrial-function-atrial-volume-and-cardiovascular-clinical-outcomes-in-patients-with-end-stage-renal-disease-a-study-of-cardiac-computed-tomography
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Laust Dupont, Simon Winther, Hanne Skou Jørgensen, Peter Bomholt, Hans Erik Bøtker, Morten Bøttcher, Per Ivarsen, My Svensson
BACKGROUND: Patients with chronic kidney disease (CKD) have an increased risk of cardiovascular events. Previous studies using 2-dimensional echocardiography show that left atrial end-diastolic volume (LAEDV) predicts cardiovascular outcomes and mortality in patients with CKD. However, contrast-enhanced cardiac CT may offers a more precise measure of atrial dimensions and function than 2-dimensional echocardiography and may provide improved predictionof patient outcome. AIM: The aim of the present study was to examine the association of LAEDV and left atrial ejection fraction (LAEF) assessed by CT with left ventricle end-diastolic volume (LVEDV), left ventricular mass, left ventricular ejection fraction and N-terminal plasma-pro-brain natriuretic peptide (NT-PRO-BNP)...
July 4, 2017: Journal of Cardiovascular Computed Tomography
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28705240/a-rule-based-electronic-phenotyping-algorithm-for-detecting-clinically-relevant-cardiovascular-disease-cases
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Santiago Esteban, Manuel Rodríguez Tablado, Ricardo Ignacio Ricci, Sergio Terrasa, Karin Kopitowski
BACKGROUND: The implementation of electronic medical records (EMR) is becoming increasingly common. Error and data loss reduction, patient-care efficiency increase, decision-making assistance and facilitation of event surveillance, are some of the many processes that EMRs help improve. In addition, they show a lot of promise in terms of data collection to facilitate observational epidemiological studies and their use for this purpose has increased significantly over the recent years...
July 14, 2017: BMC Research Notes
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28699986/diagnosis-and-management-of-primary-aldosteronism
#7
Leticia A P Vilela, Madson Q Almeida
Primary aldosteronism (PA) is the most common form of secondary hypertension (HTN), with an estimated prevalence of 4% of hypertensive patients in primary care and around 10% of referred patients. Patients with PA have higher cardiovascular morbidity and mortality than age- and sex-matched patients with essential HTN and the same degree of blood pressure elevation. PA is characterized by an autonomous aldosterone production causing sodium retention, plasma renin supression, HTN, cardiovascular damage, and increased potassium excretion, leading to variable degrees of hypokalemia...
May 2017: Archives of Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28695478/the-prognostic-impact-of-additional-intrathoracic-findings-in-patients-with-cancer-related-pulmonary-embolism
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P Jiménez-Fonseca, A Carmona-Bayonas, C Font, J Plasencia-Martínez, D Calvo-Temprano, R Otero, C Beato, M Biosca, M Sánchez, M Benegas, D Varona, L Faez, M Antonio, I de la Haba, O Madridano, M P Solis, A Ramchandani, E Castañón, P J Marchena, M Martín, F Ayala de la Peña, V Vicente
AIM: To assess the prevalence and prognostic significance of additional intrathoracic findings (AIFs) in patients with cancer and pulmonary embolism (PE). AIFs were considered alterations other than the characteristic ones intrinsic to PE or changes in cardiovascular morphology. METHODS: Subjects have been taken from a Spanish national multidisciplinary and multicenter study of PE and cancer who were treated between 2004 and 2015. The endpoint was the appearance of serious complications or death within 15 days...
July 10, 2017: Clinical & Translational Oncology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28694860/postpartum-aortic-bifurcation-thrombosis-on-the-background-of-thrombophilic-disorder
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Roxana Elena Bohîltea, Natalia Turcan, Horia Muresian, Silvia Condu, Elvira Bratila, Monica Mihaela Cîrstoiu
Two main causes of arterial thrombosis are known: fi rst - atherosclerosis, extensively studied, and the second - atrial fi brillation. The lack of any risk factors and the occurrence at young age of a thrombotic event requires us to investigate possible other conditions, including inherited thrombophilia that is represented by a series of genetic disorders that increase the risk of thromboembolic disease. The role of thrombophilia in the occurrence of arterial thrombosis is inconsequential; this disorder is characterized by the tendency of developing venous thrombosis...
September 2016: Mædica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28685506/update-on-modern-management-of-pheochromocytoma-and-paraganglioma
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Jacques W M Lenders, Graeme Eisenhofer
Despite all technical progress in modern diagnostic methods and treatment modalities of pheochromocytoma/paraganglioma, early consideration of the presence of these tumors remains the pivotal link towards the best possible outcome for patients. A timely diagnosis and proper treatment can prevent the wide variety of potentially catastrophic cardiovascular complications. Modern biochemical testing should include tests that offer the best available diagnostic performance, measurements of metanephrines and 3-methoxytyramine in plasma or urine...
June 2017: Endocrinology and Metabolism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28684043/correlates-of-pericardial-adipose-tissue-volume-using-multidetector-ct-scanning-in-cardiac-patients-in-china
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Ting Ting Yang, Anne F Fish, Wei Min Kong, Xin Gao, De Jian Huang, Ji Tao Feng, Jun Ya Zhu, Tao Chen, Qing Qing Lou
BACKGROUND: Pericardial adipose tissue (PAT) is an emerging cardiovascular risk factor, yet much less is understood about PAT volume in Chinese adults, especially in relation to physical activity. The study explores associations between demographic and clinical variables and PAT volume, using multidetector computed tomography (MDCT) scanning in China. We also examined the relationship between PAT volume and coronary artery disease (CAD). METHODS: An observational, correlational study design was used...
June 30, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28673246/effects-of-ampd1-gene-c34t-polymorphism-on-cardiac-index-blood-pressure-and-prognosis-in-patients-with-cardiovascular-diseases-a-meta-analysis
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Ai-Fang Feng, Zhong-Hui Liu, Shu-Long Zhou, Shi-Yuan Zhao, Yan-Xin Zhu, Huai-Xin Wang
BACKGROUND: The meta-analysis was aimed to evaluate the effects of AMPD1 gene C34T polymorphism on cardiac function indexes, blood pressure and prognosis in patients with cardiovascular diseases (CVD). METHODS: Eligible studies were retrieved through a comprehensive search of electronic databases and manual search. Then the high-quality studies met the rigorous inclusion and exclusion criteria, as well as related to the subject was selected for the study. Comprehensive data analyses were conducted using STATA software 12...
July 3, 2017: BMC Cardiovascular Disorders
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28671660/acute-and-chronic-models-of-hyperglycemia-in-zebrafish-a-method-to-assess-the-impact-of-hyperglycemia-on-neurogenesis-and-the-biodistribution-of-radiolabeled-molecules
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Anne-Claire Dorsemans, Christian Lefebvre d'Hellencourt, Imade Ait-Arsa, Emmanuelle Jestin, Olivier Meilhac, Nicolas Diotel
Hyperglycemia is a major health issue that leads to cardiovascular and cerebral dysfunction. For instance, it is associated with increased neurological problems after stroke and is shown to impair neurogenic processes. Interestingly, the adult zebrafish has recently emerged as a relevant and useful model to mimic hyperglycemia/diabetes and to investigate constitutive and regenerative neurogenesis. This work provides methods to develop zebrafish models of hyperglycemia to explore the impact of hyperglycemia on brain cell proliferation under homeostatic and brain repair conditions...
June 26, 2017: Journal of Visualized Experiments: JoVE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28668412/impact-on-mortality-of-coronary-and-non-coronary-cardiovascular-findings-in-non-gated-thoracic-ct-by-malignancy-status
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Gastón A Rodriguez-Granillo, Exequiel Reynoso, Carlos Capunay, Héctor M Garcia-Garcia, Patricia Carrascosa
PURPOSE: The prognostic value of coronary artery calcification (CAC) assessed on non-gated thoracic CT scans has only been explored in population-based studies. We explored the impact of the presence and extension of CAC, as well as of non-coronary atherosclerosis cardiovascular findings (NCACVF) in survival of patients with and without malignancies undergoing clinically indicated non-gated thoracic computed tomography (CT) scans. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Between August and December 2012, a total of 1...
August 2017: European Journal of Radiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663663/design-optimization-for-accurate-flow-simulations-in-3d-printed-vascular-phantoms-derived-from-computed-tomography-angiography
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Kelsey Sommer, Richard L Izzo, Lauren Shepard, Alexander R Podgorsak, Stephen Rudin, Adnan H Siddiqui, Michael F Wilson, Erin Angel, Zaid Said, Michael Springer, Ciprian N Ionita
3D printing has been used to create complex arterial phantoms to advance device testing and physiological condition evaluation. Stereolithographic (STL) files of patient-specific cardiovascular anatomy are acquired to build cardiac vasculature through advanced mesh-manipulation techniques. Management of distal branches in the arterial tree is important to make such phantoms practicable. We investigated methods to manage the distal arterial flow resistance and pressure thus creating physiologically and geometrically accurate phantoms that can be used for simulations of image-guided interventional procedures with new devices...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28663384/ct-angiography-images-of-coronary-artery-stenosis-provide-a-better-prediction-of-risk-than-traditional-risk-factors-in-asymptomatic-individuals-with-type-2-diabetes-a-long-term-study-of-clinical-outcomes
#16
Kwan Yong Lee, Byung-Hee Hwang, Tae-Hoon Kim, Chan Jun Kim, Jin-Jin Kim, Eun-Ho Choo, Ik Jun Choi, Young Choi, Ha-Wook Park, Yoon-Seok Koh, Pum-Joon Kim, Jong Min Lee, Mi-Jeong Kim, Doo Soo Jeon, Jae-Hyoung Cho, Jung Im Jung, Ki-Bae Seung, Kiyuk Chang
OBJECTIVE: We investigated the efficacy of coronary computed tomography angiography (CCTA) in predicting the long-term risks in asymptomatic patients with type 2 diabetes and compared it with traditional risk factors. RESEARCH DESIGN AND METHODS: We analyzed 933 patients with asymptomatic type 2 diabetes who underwent CCTA. Stenosis was considered obstructive (≥50%) in each coronary artery segment using CCTA. The extent and severity scores for coronary artery disease (CAD) were evaluated...
June 29, 2017: Diabetes Care
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28657444/bridging-the-gap-for-lipid-lowering-therapy-plaque-regression-coronary-computed-tomographic-angiography-and-imaging-guided-personalized-medicine
#17
Alan C Kwan, Konstantinos N Aronis, Veit Sandfort, Roger S Blumenthal, David A Bluemke
Lipid-lowering therapy effectively decreases cardiovascular risk on a population level, but it remains difficult to identify an individual patient's personal risk reduction while following guideline directed medical therapy, leading to overtreatment in some patients and cardiovascular events in others. Recent improvements in cardiac CT technology provide the ability to directly assess an individual's atherosclerotic disease burden, which has the potential to personalize risk assessment for lipid-lowering therapy...
July 6, 2017: Expert Review of Cardiovascular Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28651187/association-of-ectopic-fat-with-abdominal-aorto-illiac-and-coronary-artery-calcification-in-african-ancestry-men
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Allison L Kuipers, Joseph M Zmuda, J Jeffrey Carr, James G Terry, Sangeeta Nair, Ryan Cvejkus, Clareann H Bunker, Alan L Patrick, Christina L Wassel, Iva Miljkovic
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: There is strong evidence that fat accumulating in non-adipose sites, "ectopic fat", is associated with cardiovascular disease (CVD), including vascular calcification. Most previous studies of this association have assessed only a single ectopic fat depot. Therefore, our aim was to assess the association of total, regional, and ectopic fat with abdominal aorto-illiac calcification (AAC) and coronary artery calcification (CAC) in 798 African ancestry men. METHODS: Participants (mean age 62) were from the Tobago Bone Health Study cohort...
June 16, 2017: Atherosclerosis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28649159/initial-simulated-ffr-investigation-using-flow-measurements-in-patient-specific-3d-printed-coronary-phantoms
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Lauren Shepard, Kelsey Sommer, Richard Izzo, Alexander Podgorsak, Michael Wilson, Zaid Said, Frank J Rybicki, Dimitrios Mitsouras, Stephen Rudin, Erin Angel, Ciprian N Ionita
PURPOSE: Accurate patient-specific phantoms for device testing or endovascular treatment planning can be 3D printed. We expand the applicability of this approach for cardiovascular disease, in particular, for CT-geometry derived benchtop measurements of Fractional Flow Reserve, the reference standard for determination of significant individual coronary artery atherosclerotic lesions. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Coronary CT Angiography (CTA) images during a single heartbeat were acquired with a 320×0...
February 11, 2017: Proceedings of SPIE
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28648435/current-concepts-of-diagnosis-and-management-of-pericardial-cysts
#20
REVIEW
Sandeep Kumar Kar, Tanmoy Ganguly
Pericardial cysts are rare with an incidence of about 1 in every 100,000 persons and one in 10 pericardial cysts may actually be a pericardial diverticulum. Pericardial cysts and diverticula share similar developmental origin and may appear as an incidental finding in chest roentgenogram in an asymptomatic patient. CT scan is considered as best modality for diagnosis and delineation of the surrounding anatomy. Cardiac MRI is recommended in the evaluation of the compressive effects caused by the pericardial cysts...
May 2017: Indian Heart Journal
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