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Ioakim Spyridopoulos, Helen M Arthur
This issue of Microcirculation focusses on the special topic of "microvessels of the heart" and contains five state-of-the-art reviews and one expert article that reflect current efforts to address the major gaps in our understanding of these key microvessels. In the adult heart, most attention until recently (especially among the clinical cardiology community) has been given to the main coronary arteries, which are the culprit vessels in patients with coronary artery disease, including its most serious manifestation, acute myocardial infarction (MI)...
December 7, 2016: Microcirculation: the Official Journal of the Microcirculatory Society, Inc
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926769/myocardial-fibrosis-progression-in-duchenne-and-becker-muscular-dystrophy-a-randomized-clinical-trial
#2
Marly Conceição Silva, Tiago Augusto Magalhães, Zilda Maria Alves Meira, Carlos Henrique Reis Esselin Rassi, Amanda Cristina de Souza Andrade, Paulo Sampaio Gutierrez, Clerio Francisco Azevedo, Juliana Gurgel-Giannetti, Mariz Vainzof, Mayana Zatz, Roberto Kalil-Filho, Carlos Eduardo Rochitte
Importance: In Duchenne muscular dystrophy (DMD) and Becker muscular dystrophy (BMD), interventions reducing the progression of myocardial disease could affect survival. Objective: To assess the effect of early angiotensin-converting enzyme (ACE) inhibitor therapy in patients with normal left ventricular function on the progression of myocardial fibrosis (MF) identified on cardiovascular magnetic resonance (CMR). Design, Setting, and Participants: A randomized clinical trial conducted in 2 centers included 76 male patients with DMD or BMD undergoing 2 CMR studies with a 2-year interval for ventricular function and MF assessment...
December 7, 2016: JAMA Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27926579/the-influence-of-coronary-plaque-morphology-assessed-by-optical-coherence-tomography-on-final-microvascular-function-after-stenting-in-patients-with-st-elevation-myocardial-infarction
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Giovanni L De Maria, Niket Patel, Mathias Wolfrum, Gregor Fahrni, George Kassimis, Italo Porto, Sam Dawkins, Robin P Choudhury, John C Forfar, Bernard D Prendergast, Keith M Channon, Rajesh K Kharbanda, Hector M Garcia-Garcia, Adrian P Banning
OBJECTIVES: The index of microcirculatory resistance (IMR) provides a reproducible assessment of the status of coronary microvasculature in patients with ST-elevation myocardial infarction (STEMI). Frequency-domain optical coherence tomography (FD-OCT) enables detailed assessment of the morphology of coronary plaque.We sought to determine the influence of the initial culprit coronary plaque anatomy within the infarct-related artery on IMR after stenting in STEMI. PATIENTS AND METHODS: In 25 STEMI patients IMR was measured immediately before and after stent implantation...
December 6, 2016: Coronary Artery Disease
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/27925053/risk-factor-paradox-in-the-occurrence-of-cardiac-arrest-in-acute-coronary-syndrome-patients
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Silvia Aguiar Rosa, Ana Teresa Timóteo, Marta Afonso Nogueira, Adriana Belo, Rui Cruz Ferreira
Objective: To compare patients without previously diagnosed cardiovascular risk factors) and patients with one or more risk factors admitted with acute coronary syndrome. Methods: This was a retrospective analysis of patients admitted with first episode of acute coronary syndrome without previous heart disease, who were included in a national acute coronary syndrome registry. The patients were divided according to the number of risk factors, as follows: 0 risk factor (G0), 1 or 2 risk factors (G1 - 2) and 3 or more risk factors (G ≥ 3)...
December 1, 2016: Revista Brasileira de Terapia Intensiva
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27925013/myocardial-dysfunction-in-children-with-intrauterine-growth-restriction-an-echocardiographic-study
#6
Katarzyna Niewiadomska-Jarosik, Justyna Zamojska, Agata Zamecznik, Agnieszka Wosiak, Piotr Jarosik, Jerzy Stańczyk
INTRODUCTION: The prevalence of intrauterine growth restriction (IUGR) is about 3-10% of live-born newborns and can be as high as 20% in developing countries. It may result in the occurrence of cardiovascular diseases later in life. METHODS: The aim of this study was echocardiographic evaluation, with the use of conventional and tissue Doppler parameters, of cardiac function in children born with IUGR, and comparison with healthy peers born as normally grown foetuses...
December 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Journal of Africa
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924974/mir-155-regulates-high-glucose-induced-cardiac-fibrosis-via-the-tgf-%C3%AE-signaling-pathway
#7
Dong Zhang, Yongchun Cui, Bin Li, Xiaokang Luo, Bo Li, Yue Tang
Cardiac fibrosis, as a pathological process, plays an important role in various cardiac diseases. microRNA-155 (miR-155) is one of the most important miRNAs, and previous studies have shown that it is a regulatory factor in various fibrotic diseases. However, the mechanism by which miR-155 affects myocardial fibrosis remains unclear. In this study, we aim to establish the biological function of miR-155 in myocardial fibrosis induced by diabetes in mice. We used normal C57BL/6 wild type (WT) and miR-155 knockout (KO) mice to establish the diabetic model by intraperitoneal injection of streptozotocin, and we utilized echocardiography to evaluate the cardiac function at 30 and 60 days post-modeling...
December 7, 2016: Molecular BioSystems
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924873/cardiac-specific-overexpression-of-mitochondrial-omi-htra2-induces-myocardial-apoptosis-and-cardiac-dysfunction
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Ke Wang, Yuexing Yuan, Xin Liu, Wayne Bond Lau, Lin Zuo, Xiaoliang Wang, Lu Ma, Kun Jiao, Jianyu Shang, Wen Wang, Xinliang Ma, Huirong Liu
Myocardial apoptosis is a significant problem underlying ischemic heart disease. We previously reported significantly elevated expression of cytoplasmic Omi/HtrA2, triggers cardiomyocytes apoptosis. However, whether increased Omi/HtrA2 within mitochondria itself influences myocardial survival in vivo is unknown. We aim to observe the effects of mitochondria-specific, not cytoplasmic, Omi/HtrA2 on myocardial apoptosis and cardiac function. Transgenic mice overexpressing cardiac-specific mitochondrial Omi/HtrA2 were generated and they had increased myocardial apoptosis, decreased systolic and diastolic function, and decreased left ventricular remodeling...
December 7, 2016: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924429/cyp2c19-lof-and-gof-guided-antiplatelet-therapy-in-patients-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-a-cost-effectiveness-analysis
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Minghuan Jiang, Joyce H S You
PURPOSE: This study aimed to examine the cost-effectiveness of CYP2C19 loss-of-function and gain-of-function allele guided (LOF/GOF-guided) antiplatelet therapy in patients with acute coronary syndrome (ACS) undergoing percutaneous coronary intervention (PCI). METHODS: A life-long decision-analytic model was designed to simulate outcomes of three strategies: universal clopidogrel (75 mg daily), universal alternative P2Y12 inhibitor (prasugrel 10 mg daily or ticagrelor 90 mg twice daily), and LOF/GOF-guided therapy (LOF/GOF allele carriers receiving alternative P2Y12 inhibitor, wild-type patients receiving clopidogrel)...
December 7, 2016: Cardiovascular Drugs and Therapy
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27924174/feasibility-study-of-computational-fluid-dynamics-simulation-of-coronary-computed-tomography-angiography-based-on-dual-source-computed-tomography
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Jing Lu, Jie Yu, Heshui Shi
BACKGROUND: Adding functional features to morphological features offers a new method for non-invasive assessment of myocardial perfusion. This study aimed to explore technical routes of assessing the left coronary artery pressure gradient, wall shear stress distribution and blood flow velocity distribution, combining three-dimensional coronary model which was based on high resolution dual-source computed tomography (CT) with computational fluid dynamics (CFD) simulation. METHODS: Three cases of no obvious stenosis, mild stenosis and severe stenosis in left anterior descending (LAD) were enrolled...
January 2017: Journal of Clinical Medicine Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923806/pedal-edema-as-an-indicator-of-early-heart-failure-in-the-community-prevalence-and-associations-with-cardiac-structure-function-and-natriuretic-peptides-mesa-multiethnic-study-of-atherosclerosis
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Joseph Yeboah, Alain Bertoni, Waqas Qureshi, Shivani Aggarwal, Joao A C Lima, Nadine Kawel-Boehm, David A Bluemke, Sanjiv J Shah
BACKGROUND: The prevalence of pedal edema (PE) and its associations with abnormal cardiac structure/function, natriuretic peptides, and incident heart failure (HF) is unknown, especially in community-dwelling adults without a history of cardiovascular disease. METHODS AND RESULTS: Out of 5004 MESA (Multiethnic Study of Atherosclerosis) participants who had cardiac magnetic resonance imaging, 4196 had complete data and were included in this analysis (3501 for the right ventricle analysis)...
December 2016: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923796/characterization-of-the-changes-in-cardiac-structure-and-function-in-mice-treated-with-anthracyclines-using-serial-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-imaging
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Hoshang Farhad, Pedro V Staziaki, Daniel Addison, Otavio R Coelho-Filho, Ravi V Shah, Richard N Mitchell, Balint Szilveszter, Siddique A Abbasi, Raymond Y Kwong, Marielle Scherrer-Crosbie, Udo Hoffmann, Michael Jerosch-Herold, Tomas G Neilan
BACKGROUND: Anthracyclines are cardiotoxic; however, there are limited data characterizing the serial changes in cardiac structure and function after anthracyclines. The aim of this study was to use cardiac magnetic resonance to characterize anthracycline-induced cardiotoxicity in mice. METHODS AND RESULTS: This was a longitudinal cardiac magnetic resonance and histological study of 45 wild-type male mice randomized to doxorubicin (n=30, 5 mg/kg of doxorubicin/week for 5 weeks) or placebo (n=15)...
December 2016: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923685/a-combined-cellular-and-surgical-ventricular-reconstruction-therapeutic-approach-produces-attenuation-of-remodeling-in-infarcted-rats
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Michael J Bonios, Maria Anastasiou-Nana, Despina N Perrea, Konstantinos Malliaras
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular reconstruction (LVR) has been shown to provide transient benefits in LV structure and function of infarcted hearts; however long-term results have been disappointing, as LVR-induced benefits are typically not sustained. We hypothesized that administration of cardiosphere-derived cells (CDCs), which promote myocardial repair and regeneration, may result in long-term preservation of the beneficial effects of LVR in ischemic cardiomyopathy. METHODS: Wistar Kyoto rats underwent myocardial infarction (MI) and two weeks later were randomized into 3 groups: in Group 1 (n=9) LVR was performed by plication of the infarcted apex and CDCs were injected in the infarct border zone (IBZ); group 2 animals (n=9) underwent LVR and received vehicle solution in the IBZ...
December 3, 2016: Hellenic Journal of Cardiology: HJC, Hellēnikē Kardiologikē Epitheōrēsē
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27923445/daily-exercise-prevents-diastolic-dysfunction-and-oxidative-stress-in-a-female-mouse-model-of-western-diet-induced-obesity-by-maintaining-cardiac-heme-oxygenase-1-levels
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Brian Bostick, Annayya R Aroor, Javad Habibi, William Durante, Lixin Ma, Vincent G DeMarco, Mona Garro, Melvin R Hayden, Frank W Booth, James R Sowers
OBJECTIVE: Obesity is a global epidemic with profound cardiovascular disease (CVD) complications. Obese women are particularly vulnerable to CVD, suffering higher rates of CVD compared to non-obese females. Diastolic dysfunction is the earliest manifestation of CVD in obese women but remains poorly understood with no evidence-based therapies. We have shown early diastolic dysfunction in obesity is associated with oxidative stress and myocardial fibrosis. Recent evidence suggests exercise may increase levels of the antioxidant heme oxygenase-1 (HO-1)...
January 2017: Metabolism: Clinical and Experimental
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27922176/dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-sitagliptin-reduces-inflammation-fibrosis-and-preserves-diastolic-function-in-a-rat-model-of-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Grazia Esposito, Donato Cappetta, Rosa Russo, Alessia Rivellino, Loreta Pia Ciuffreda, Fiorentina Roviezzo, Elena Piegari, L Liberato Berrino, Francesco Rossi, Antonella De Angelis, Konrad Urbanek
BACKGROUND AND PURPOSE: Heart failure with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is a systemic syndrome driven by co-morbidities and its pathophysiology is poorly understood. Several studies suggesting that dipeptidyl peptidase 4 (DPP4) might be involved in the pathophysiology of heart failure prompted experimental and clinical investigations of DPP4 inhibitors on cardiovascular system. The aim of our study was to determine whether DPP4 inhibitor sitagliptin (SITA) affects the progression of HFpEF independently from the effects on glycaemia...
December 6, 2016: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27921402/developing-a-rat-model-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy-with-improved-survival
#16
Li-Juan Shen, Shu Lu, Yong-Hua Zhou, Lan Li, Qing-Min Xing, Yong-Liang Xu
To compare the continuous infusion and intermittent bolus injection administration protocols of doxorubicin (Dox) under the same cumulative dose (12 mg/kg), and establish a rat dilated cardiomyopathy model with improved survival, a total of 150 Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats were divided into three groups: a control group, administered with normal saline; a Dox 1 group, administration twice a week at 1 mg/kg; a Dox 2, administration once a week at 2 mg/kg. Mortality rates in the Dox 1 and Dox 2 groups were 22% and 48%, respectively (P<0...
2016: Journal of Zhejiang University. Science. B
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919929/interleukin-37-and-dendritic-cells-treated-with-interleukin-37-plus-troponin-i-ameliorate-cardiac-remodeling-after-myocardial-infarction
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Ruirui Zhu, Haitao Sun, Kunwu Yu, Yucheng Zhong, Huairui Shi, Yuzhen Wei, Xin Su, Wenbin Xu, Quan Luo, Fangyuan Zhang, Zhengfeng Zhu, Kai Meng, Xiaoqi Zhao, Yuzhou Liu, Yi Mao, Peng Cheng, Xiaobo Mao, Qiutang Zeng
BACKGROUND: Excessive immune-mediated inflammatory reactions play a deleterious role in postinfarction ventricular remodeling. Interleukin-37 (IL-37) emerges as an inhibitor of both innate and adaptive immunity. However, the exact role of IL-37 and IL-37 plus troponin I (TnI)-treated dendritic cells (DCs) in ventricular remodeling after myocardial infarction (MI) remains elusive. METHODS AND RESULTS: MI was induced by permanent ligation of the left anterior descending artery...
December 5, 2016: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919716/postoperative-cardiac-ischemia-detection-by-continuous-12-lead-electrocardiographic-monitoring-in-vascular-surgery-patients-a-prospective-observational-study
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Aino Ollila, Juha Virolainen, Joonas Vanhatalo, Pirkka Vikatmaa, Ilkka Tikkanen, Maarit Venermo, Markku Salmenperä, Ville Pettilä, Leena Vikatmaa
OBJECTIVES: Elderly patients undergoing vascular surgery are at major risk for perioperative cardiac complications. The authors investigated continuous electrocardiographic Holter monitoring in a postoperative setting to determine the degree of postoperative ischemic load and its possible associations with perioperative myocardial infarction. DESIGN: A prospective, observational study. SETTING: One university hospital. PARTICIPANTS: The study comprised 51 patients aged 65 years or older undergoing peripheral arterial surgery...
September 28, 2016: Journal of Cardiothoracic and Vascular Anesthesia
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27919348/hdl-function-is-impaired-in-acute-myocardial-infarction-independent-of-plasma-hdl-cholesterol-levels
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Wijtske Annema, Hendrik M Willemsen, Jan Freark de Boer, Arne Dikkers, Markus van der Giet, Wybe Nieuwland, Anneke C Muller Kobold, L Joost van Pelt, Riemer H J A Slart, Iwan C C van der Horst, Robin P F Dullaart, René A Tio, Uwe J F Tietge
BACKGROUND: High-density lipoproteins (HDLs) protect against the development of atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease. HDL function represents an emerging concept in cardiovascular research. OBJECTIVE: This study investigated the association between HDL functionality and acute myocardial infarction (MI) independent of HDL-cholesterol plasma levels. METHODS: Participants (non-ST-segment elevation MI, non-STEMI, n = 41; STEMI, n = 37; non-MI patients, n = 33) from a prospective follow-up study enrolling patients with acute chest pain were matched for age and plasma HDL cholesterol...
November 2016: Journal of Clinical Lipidology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/27918308/cardiac-myofibroblast-engulfment-of-dead-cells-facilitates-recovery-after-myocardial-infarction
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Michio Nakaya, Kenji Watari, Mitsuru Tajima, Takeo Nakaya, Shoichi Matsuda, Hiroki Ohara, Hiroaki Nishihara, Hiroshi Yamaguchi, Akiko Hashimoto, Mitsuho Nishida, Akiomi Nagasaka, Yuma Horii, Hiroki Ono, Gentaro Iribe, Ryuji Inoue, Makoto Tsuda, Kazuhide Inoue, Akira Tanaka, Masahiko Kuroda, Shigekazu Nagata, Hitoshi Kurose
Myocardial infarction (MI) results in the generation of dead cells in the infarcted area. These cells are swiftly removed by phagocytes to minimize inflammation and limit expansion of the damaged area. However, the types of cells and molecules responsible for the engulfment of dead cells in the infarcted area remain largely unknown. In this study, we demonstrated that cardiac myofibroblasts, which execute tissue fibrosis by producing extracellular matrix proteins, efficiently engulf dead cells. Furthermore, we identified a population of cardiac myofibroblasts that appears in the heart after MI in humans and mice...
December 5, 2016: Journal of Clinical Investigation
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