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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28227331/assessing-the-development-of-fetal-myocardial-function-by-a-novel-doppler-myocardial-performance-index
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Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, F Marzbanrad, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, M Palaniswami, Ahsan H Khandoker, Y Kimura, Saeed Al Nuaimi, F Marzbanrad, M Palaniswami
Doppler-derived myocardial performance index are used to assess aspects of systolic and diastolic function in adult as well as fetal heart. The Tei Index (TI) is a useful and non-invasive tool. The aim of this study was to determine normal values of fetal left ventricular (LV) TI in early (16-32 weeks) and late trimester (35-41 weeks) fetuses and to develop a new myocardial performance index (K-index; KI) which focuses on fetal diastolic interval when oxygenated blood from the placenta filled in the LV. Simultaneous recordings of Doppler Ultrasound Signal (DUS) of the LV outflow tracts and fetal electrocardiogram signals were obtained in 55 early- and late-trimester fetuses...
August 2016: Conference Proceedings: Annual International Conference of the IEEE Engineering in Medicine and Biology Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225183/protective-effects-of-araloside-c-against-myocardial-ischaemia-reperfusion-injury-potential-involvement-of-heat-shock-protein-90
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Min Wang, Yu Tian, Yu-Yang Du, Gui-Bo Sun, Xu-Dong Xu, Hai Jiang, Hui-Bo Xu, Xiang-Bao Meng, Jing-Yi Zhang, Shi-Lan Ding, Miao-di Zhang, Ming-Hua Yang, Xiao-Bo Sun
The present study was designed to investigate whether Araloside C, one of the major triterpenoid compounds isolated from Aralia elata known to be cardioprotective, can improve heart function following ischaemia/reperfusion (I/R) injury and elucidate its underlying mechanisms. We observed that Araloside C concentration-dependently improved cardiac function and depressed oxidative stress induced by I/R. Similar protection was confirmed in isolated cardiomyocytes characterized by maintaining Ca(2+) transients and cell shortening against I/R...
February 22, 2017: Journal of Cellular and Molecular Medicine
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225086/uvrag-deficiency-exacerbates-doxorubicin-induced-cardiotoxicity
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Lin An, Xiao-Wen Hu, Shasha Zhang, Xiaowen Hu, Zongpei Song, Amber Naz, Zhenguo Zi, Jian Wu, Can Li, Yunzeng Zou, Lin He, Hongxin Zhu
Doxorubicin (DOX) is an effective chemotherapeutic drug in the treatment of various types of cancers. However, its clinical application has been largely limited by potential development of cardiotoxicity. Previously we have shown that ultra-violet radiation resistance-associated gene (UVRAG), an autophagy-related protein, is essential for the maintenance of autophagic flux in the heart under physiological conditions. Here, we sought to determine the role of UVRAG-mediated autophagy in DOX-induced cardiotoxicity...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28225063/targeted-inhibition-of-focal-adhesion-kinase-attenuates-cardiac-fibrosis-and-preserves-heart-function-in-adverse-cardiac-remodeling
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Jie Zhang, Guangpu Fan, Hui Zhao, Zhiwei Wang, Fei Li, Peide Zhang, Jing Zhang, Xu Wang, Wei Wang
Cardiac fibrosis in post-myocardial infarction (MI), seen in both infarcted and non-infarcted myocardium, is beneficial to the recovery of heart function. But progressively pathological fibrosis impairs ventricular function and leads to poor prognosis. FAK has recently received attention as a potential mediator of fibrosis, our previous study reported that pharmacological inhibition of FAK can attenuate cardiac fibrosis in post MI models. However, the long-term effects on cardiac function and adverse cardiac remodelling were not clearly investigated...
February 22, 2017: Scientific Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224928/impact-of-right-ventricular-function-on-outcome-of-severe-aortic-stenosis-patients-undergoing-transcatheter-aortic-valve-replacement
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Edward Koifman, Romain Didier, Nirav Patel, Zack Jerusalem, Sarkis Kiramijyan, Itsik Ben-Dor, Smita I Negi, Zuyue Wang, Steven A Goldstein, Michael J Lipinski, Rebecca Torguson, Jiaxiang Gai, Augusto D Pichard, Lowell F Satler, Ron Waksman, Federico M Asch
BACKGROUND: Right ventricular (RV) dysfunction was shown to be associated with adverse outcomes in a variety of cardiac patients and is considered a risk factor for adverse outcome according to the updated Valve Academic Research Consortium criteria. OBJECTIVE: Our goal was to assess the impact of RV function at baseline on 1-year mortality among patients with severe aortic stenosis (AS) undergoing transcatheter aortic valve replacement (TAVR). METHODS: All patients with severe AS treated with TAVR from May 2007 to March 2015 at our center were included in the present study, and baseline and procedural characteristics were recorded for each patient...
February 2017: American Heart Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28224816/protective-effect-of-curcumin-against-myocardium-injury-in-ischemia-reperfusion-rats
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HuaJin Liu, ChangHua Wang, Zengyong Qiao, Yawei Xu
CONTEXT: Curcumin has long been used as a condiment and a traditional medicine worldwide. OBJECTIVE: The current study investigates the possible protective effect of curcumin on heart function in myocardium ischemia-reperfusion (MIR) rats. MATERIALS AND METHODS: We fed Sprague-Dawley (SD) rats (10 in each group) either curcumin (10, 20 or 30 mg/kg/d) or saline. Twenty days later, the rats were subjected to myocardial injuries by ligating the left anterior descending coronary artery (60 min), and subsequently, the heart (3 h) reperfused by releasing the ligation...
December 2017: Pharmaceutical Biology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223727/remote-ischemic-perconditioning-prevents-liver-transplantation-induced-ischemia-reperfusion-injury-in-rats-role-of-ros-rns-and-enos
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Ning He, Jun-Jun Jia, Jian-Hui Li, Yan-Fei Zhou, Bing-Yi Lin, Yi-Fan Peng, Jun-Jie Chen, Tian-Chi Chen, Rong-Liang Tong, Li Jiang, Hai-Yang Xie, Lin Zhou, Shu-Sen Zheng
AIM: To investigate the underlying mechanisms of the protective role of remote ischemic perconditioning (RIPerC) in rat liver transplantation. METHODS: Sprague-Dawley rats were subjected to sham, orthotopic liver transplantation (OLT), ischemic postconditioning (IPostC) or RIPerC. After 3 h reperfusion, blood samples were taken for measurement of alanine aminotransferase, aspartate aminotransferase, creatinine (Cr) and creatinine kinase-myocardial band (CK-MB). The liver lobes were harvested for the following measurements: reactive oxygen species (ROS), H2O2, mitochondrial membrane potential (ΔΨm) and total nitric oxide (NO)...
February 7, 2017: World Journal of Gastroenterology: WJG
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28223475/reduced-first-phase-ejection-fraction-and-sustained-myocardial-wall-stress-in-hypertensive-patients-with-diastolic-dysfunction-a-manifestation-of-impaired-shortening-deactivation-that-links-systolic-to-diastolic-dysfunction-and-preserves-systolic-ejection-fraction
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Haotian Gu, Ye Li, Henry Fok, John Simpson, Jonathan C Kentish, Ajay M Shah, Philip J Chowienczyk
Impaired shortening deactivation of cardiac myocytes could sustain myocardial contraction, preserving ejection fraction at the expense of diastolic dysfunction. We examined the relationship between first-phase ejection fraction (EF1), the fraction of left ventricular volume ejected from the start of systole to the time of the first peak in left ventricular pressure (corresponding to the time of maximal ventricular shortening) to the duration of myocardial contraction and diastolic function in patients with hypertension (n=163), and varying degrees of diastolic dysfunction...
February 21, 2017: Hypertension
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222921/relationships-between-left-ventricular-structure-and-function-according-to-cardiac-mri-and-cardiac-biomarkers-in-end-stage-renal-disease
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Bryan A Ross, Ron Wald, Marc B Goldstein, Darren A Yuen, Jonathon Leipsic, Mercedeh Kiaii, Andrea Rathe, Djeven P Deva, Anish Kirpalani, Olugbenga O Bello, John J Graham, Howard Leong-Poi, Kim A Connelly, Andrew T Yan
BACKGROUND: We sought to assess the relationships between left ventricular (LV) remodelling and the mechanical and uremic stressors in hemodialysis patients. METHODS: In this prospective 2-centre cohort study, 67 prevalent hemodialysis patients were followed for 1 year. Data on routine bloodwork and predialysis blood pressure (BP) measurements were collected over a 12-week period. LV end-diastolic volume (LVEDV) and LV mass (LVM) were measured using cardiac magnetic resonance imaging and indexed...
December 3, 2016: Canadian Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222894/the-relationship-between-left-ventricular-deformation-and-heart-rate-variability-in-patients-with-systemic-sclerosis-two-and-three-dimensional-strain-analysis
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Marijana Tadic, Maja Zlatanovic, Cesare Cuspidi, Branislava Ivanovic, Ana Stevanovic, Nemanja Damjanov, Vesna Kocijancic, Vera Celic
OBJECTIVE: We sought to investigate left ventricular (LV) function and deformation, as well as heart rate variability (HRV), and their relationship, in patients with systemic sclerosis (SSc). METHODS: The study included 49 SSc patients and 38 age-matched healthy subjects. All patients underwent clinical examination, serological tests, 24-h Holter monitoring, and comprehensive two- and three-dimensional echocardiography (2DE and 3DE). RESULTS: 2DE and 3DE LV global longitudinal and circumferential strain, as well as 3DE area strains are significantly reduced in SSc patients comparing with controls...
February 14, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28222221/elastase-2-an-angiotensin-ii-generating-enzyme-contributes-to-increased-ang-ii-in-resistance-arteries-of-mice-with-myocardial-infarction
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Christiane Becari, Marcondes A B Silva, Marina T Durand, Cibele M Prado, Eduardo B Oliveira, Mauricio S Ribeiro, Helio C Salgado, Maria Cristina O Salgado, Rita C Tostes
Angiotensin II (Ang II), whose generation largely depends on angiotensin-converting enzyme activity, mediates most of the renin-angiotensin-system effects. Elastase-2 (ELA-2), a chymotrypsin-serine protease elastase family member 2A, alternatively generates Ang II in rat arteries. Myocardial infarction (MI) leads to intense RAS activation, but mechanisms involved on Ang II-generation in resistance arteries are unknown. We hypothesized that ELA-2 contributes to vascular Ang II generation and to cardiac damage in mice submitted to MI...
February 21, 2017: British Journal of Pharmacology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220768/arterial-structure-and-function-in-subjects-with-acute-coronary-syndrome-after-one-year-of-treatment
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Agata Schneider, Joanna Gawęcka, Andrzej Minczykowski, Tomasz Krauze, Przemysław Guzik, Jarosław Piskorski, James Heathers, Andrzej Wykrętowicz
INTRODUCTION    It is controversial whether the modification of arterial stiffness and intima-media thickness (IMT) is plausible in patients with clinically significant atherosclerosis.  OBJECTIVES    We evaluated the effects of the one-year pharmacological therapy on the arterial stiffness and IMT in survivors of non-ST elevation myocardial infarction (NSTEMI) who were treated according to the clinical guidelines.  PATIENTS AND METHODS    For this study 298 NSTEMI patients (median age 64 years; 85 females) were enrolled...
February 15, 2017: Polskie Archiwum Medycyny Wewnętrznej
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220472/renal-denervation-for-resistant-hypertension
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Giuseppe Coppolino, Anna Pisano, Laura Rivoli, Davide Bolignano
BACKGROUND: Resistant hypertension is highly prevalent among the general hypertensive population and the clinical management of this condition remains problematic. Different approaches, including a more intensified antihypertensive therapy, lifestyle modifications, or both, have largely failed to improve patients' outcomes and to reduce cardiovascular and renal risk. As renal sympathetic hyperactivity is a major driver of resistant hypertension, renal sympathetic ablation (renal denervation) has been recently proposed as a possible therapeutic alternative to treat this condition...
February 21, 2017: Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220351/two-dimensional-speckle-tracking-echocardiography-demonstrates-no-effect-of-active-acromegaly-on-left-ventricular-strain
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I C M Volschan, L Kasuki, C M S Silva, M L Alcantara, R M Saraiva, S S Xavier, M R Gadelha
BACKGROUND: Speckle tracking echocardiography (STE) allows for the study of myocardial strain (ε), a marker of early and subclinical ventricular systolic dysfunction. Cardiac disease may be present in patients with acromegaly; however, STE has never been used to evaluate these patients. OBJECTIVE: To evaluate left ventricular (LV) global longitudinal strain in patients with active acromegaly with normal LV systolic function. DESIGN: Cross-sectional clinical study...
February 20, 2017: Pituitary
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220330/synchronous-cardiocerebral-infarction-in-the-era-of-endovascular-therapy-which-to-treat-first
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Leonard L L Yeo, Tommy Andersson, Kong Wan Yee, Benjamin Y Q Tan, Prakash Paliwal, Anil Gopinathan, Mahendran Nadarajah, Eric Ting, Hock L Teoh, Robin Cherian, Erik Lundström, Edgar L W Tay, Vijay K Sharma
A cardiocerebral ischemic attack (CCI) or a concurrent acute ischemic stroke (AIS) and myocardial infarction (AMI) is a severe event with no clear recommendations for ideal management because of the rarity of the scenario. The narrow time window for treatment and complexity of the treatment decision puts immense pressure on the treating physician. We evaluated this challenging situation at our tertiary center. Using our prospective stroke database out of a total of 555 patients with acute ischemic stroke between 2009 and 2014, we identified five consecutive cases with CCI (incidence 0...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Thrombosis and Thrombolysis
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220266/interpretation-of-cardiac-wall-motion-from-cine-mri-combined-with-parametric-imaging-based-on-the-hilbert-transform
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Narjes Benameur, Enrico Gianluca Caiani, Younes Arous, Nejmeddine Ben Abdallah, Tarek Kraiem
OBJECT: The aim of this study was to test and validate the clinical impact of parametric amplitude images obtained using the Hilbert transform on the regional interpretation of cardiac wall motion abnormalities from cine-MR images by non-expert radiologists compared with expert consensus. MATERIALS AND METHODS: Cine-MRI short-axis images obtained in 20 patients (10 with myocardial infarction, 5 with myocarditis and 5 with normal function) were processed to compute a parametric amplitude image for each using the Hilbert transform...
February 20, 2017: Magma
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28220144/results-of-late-gadolinium-enhancement-in-children-affected-by-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Giuseppe Muscogiuri, Paolo Ciliberti, Domenico Mastrodicasa, Marcello Chinali, Gabriele Rinelli, Teresa Pia Santangelo, Carmela Napolitano, Benedetta Leonardi, Aurelio Secinaro
BACKGROUND: Little is known about the clinical value of late gadolinium enhancement (LGE), in children affected by dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). MATERIALS AND METHODS: We retrospectively evaluated 15 patients (8 ± 6 years, 6 males) with diagnosis of DCM who underwent cardiac magnetic resonance since 2014. All scans were performed with a 1.5 T system (Aera, Siemens). Study protocol included cine steady-state free precession sequences, followed by administration of 0...
2017: Frontiers in Pediatrics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219936/cardioprotection-of-ischemic-preconditioning-in-rats-involves-upregulating-adiponectin
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Hui Wang, Wenjing Wu, Jun Duan, Ming Ma, Wei Kong, Yuannan Ke, Gang Li, Jingang Zheng
It has been reported that ischemic preconditioning (IPC) and adiponectin (APN) are cardioprotective in many cardiovascular disorders. However, whether APN mediates the effect of IPC on myocardial injury has not been elucidated. This study was conducted to investigate whether IPC affects myocardial ischemic injury by increasing APN expression. Male adult rats with cardiac knockdowns of APN and its receptors via intramyocardial small-interfering RNA injection were subjected to IPC and then myocardial infarction (MI) at 24 h post-IPC...
February 20, 2017: Journal of Molecular Endocrinology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219921/predictive-value-of-dobutamine-stress-perfusion-echocardiography-in-contemporary-end-stage-liver-disease
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Bipul Baibhav, Chetaj A Mahabir, Feng Xie, Valerie K Shostrom, Timothy M McCashland, Thomas R Porter
BACKGROUND: The assessment of cardiac risk in contemporary liver transplantation (LT) has required more sensitive testing for the detection of occult coronary artery disease as well as microvascular and functional cardiac abnormalities. Because dobutamine stress perfusion echocardiography provides an assessment of both regional systolic and diastolic function as well as microvascular perfusion (MVP), we sought to examine its incremental value in this setting. METHODS AND RESULTS: We evaluated the predictive value of dobutamine stress perfusion echocardiography in 296 adult patients with end-stage liver disease and preserved systolic function who underwent LT between 2008 and 2014...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28219917/isosorbide-dinitrate-with-or-without-hydralazine-does-not-reduce-wave-reflections-left-ventricular-hypertrophy-or-myocardial-fibrosis-in-patients-with-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction
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Payman Zamani, Scott Akers, Haideliza Soto-Calderon, Melissa Beraun, Maheswara R Koppula, Swapna Varakantam, Deepa Rawat, Prithvi Shiva-Kumar, Philip G Haines, Jesse Chittams, Raymond R Townsend, Walter R Witschey, Patrick Segers, Julio A Chirinos
BACKGROUND: Wave reflections, which are increased in patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction, impair diastolic function and promote pathologic myocardial remodeling. Organic nitrates reduce wave reflections acutely, but whether this is sustained chronically or affected by hydralazine coadministration is unknown. METHODS AND RESULTS: We randomized 44 patients with heart failure with preserved ejection fraction in a double-blinded fashion to isosorbide dinitrate (ISDN; n=13), ISDN+hydralazine (ISDN+hydral; n=15), or placebo (n=16) for 6 months...
February 20, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
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