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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28214000/comparison-of-results-of-tricuspid-valve-repair-versus-replacement-for-severe-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation
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Jeong Yoon Jang, Ran Heo, Sahmin Lee, Joon Bum Kim, Dae-Hee Kim, Sung-Cheol Yun, Jong-Min Song, Jae-Kwan Song, Jae-Won Lee, Duk-Hyun Kang
The optimal decision regarding whether to repair or replace the tricuspid valve (TV) remains controversial in patients with very severe functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR). We sought to compare clinical outcomes of TV repair versus replacement for very severe TR associated with severe TV tethering. We included 96 consecutive patients (20 men, 58 ± 11 years of age) who had both severe tethering of TV and very severe functional TR and consequently underwent TV surgery during left-sided valve surgery. TV repair was performed on 79 patients (repair group), whereas 17 patients underwent TV replacement (replacement group)...
January 30, 2017: American Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28213819/conditional-knockout-of-activin-like-kinase-1-alk-1-leads-to-heart-failure-without-maladaptive-remodeling
#2
Kevin J Morine, Xiaoying Qiao, Vikram Paruchuri, Mark J Aronovitz, Emily E Mackey, Lyanne Buiten, Jonathan Levine, Keshan Ughreja, Prerna Nepali, Robert M Blanton, Richard H Karas, S Paul Oh, Navin K Kapur
Activin like kinase-1 (AlK-1) mediates signaling via the transforming growth factor beta (TGFβ) family of ligands. AlK-1 activity promotes endothelial proliferation and migration. Reduced AlK-1 activity is associated with arteriovenous malformations. No studies have examined the effect of global AlK-1 deletion on indices of cardiac remodeling. We hypothesized that reduced levels of AlK-1 promote maladaptive cardiac remodeling. To test this hypothesis, we employed AlK-1 conditional knockout mice (cKO) harboring the ROSA26-CreER knock-in allele, whereby a single dose of intraperitoneal tamoxifen triggered ubiquitous Cre recombinase-mediated excision of floxed AlK-1 alleles...
February 17, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212578/interleukin-1%C3%AE-levels-predict-long-term-mortality-and-need-for-heart-transplantation-in-ambulatory-patients-affected-by-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Aneta Aleksova, Antonio Paolo Beltrami, Cosimo Carriere, Giulia Barbati, Pierluigi Lesizza, Martina Perrieri-Montanino, Miriam Isola, Piero Gentile, Elisabetta Salvioni, Tarcisio Not, Piergiuseppe Agostoni, Gianfranco Sinagra
AIMS: The prognostic stratification of patients with Idiopathic Dilated Cardiomyopathy (iDCM) is a difficult task. Here, we assessed the additive value of the evaluation of biomarkers of inflammasome activation and systemic inflammation for the long-term risk stratification of iDCM patients. METHODS AND RESULTS: We studied 156 ambulatory iDCM patients (mean age 58 years, 77% men, 79% in NYHA class 1-2, median Left Ventricular Ejection Fraction (LVEF) 35%, mean sodium 139 mEq/L, median BNP 189 pg/mL, median IL-1 beta (IL-1β) 1...
February 15, 2017: Oncotarget
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212480/-reintervention-with-percutaneous-balloon-angioplasty-in-patients-with-congenital-heart-disease-with-left-sided-obstructions
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Horacio Márquez-González, Diana López-Gallegos, Nataly Alejandra Pérez-Velázquez, Lucelli Yáñez-Gutiérrez
BACKGROUND: Left-sided cardiac obstructions represent 15% of congenital heart disease (CHD). The treatment in adults is surgical; however, balloon dilation by interventional catheterization can alleviate the symptoms in pediatric patients to allow them to reach the target height. The aim was to determine the survival and the factors associated with reintervention in patients with CHD with left-sided obstruction treated with balloon angioplasty. METHODS: A cohort study was conducted in patients aged 4 to 17 years with left-sided heart obstruction (valvular stenosis [VS], supravalvular aortic stenosis [SAS], coarctation of the aorta [CA]) successfully treated with balloon angioplasty...
2017: Revista Médica del Instituto Mexicano del Seguro Social
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28212414/decline-in-infection-related-morbidities-following-drug-mediated-reductions-in-the-intensity-of-schistosoma-infection-a-systematic-review-and-meta-analysis
#5
Gisele Andrade, David J Bertsch, Andrea Gazzinelli, Charles H King
BACKGROUND: Since 1984, WHO has endorsed drug treatment to reduce Schistosoma infection and its consequent morbidity. Cross-sectional studies suggest pre-treatment correlation between infection intensity and risk for Schistosoma-related pathology. However, evidence also suggests that post-treatment reduction in intensity may not reverse morbidity because some morbidities occur at all levels of infection, and some reflect permanent tissue damage. The aim of this project was to systematically review evidence on drug-based control of schistosomiasis and to develop a quantitative estimate of the impact of post-treatment reductions in infection intensity on prevalence of infection-associated morbidity...
February 17, 2017: PLoS Neglected Tropical Diseases
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28211974/whole-exome-sequencing-identified-1-base-pair-novel-deletion-in-bcl2-associated-athanogene-3-bag3-gene-associated-with-severe-dilated-cardiomyopathy-dcm-requiring-heart-transplant-in-multiple-family-members
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Muhammad Arshad Rafiq, Ayeshah Chaudhry, Melanie Care, Danna A Spears, Chantal F Morel, Robert M Hamilton
Dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) is characterized by dilation and impaired contraction of the left ventricle or both ventricles. Among hereditary DCM, the genetic causes are heterogeneous, and include mutations encoding cytoskeletal, nucleoskeletal, mitochondrial, and calcium-handling proteins. We report three severely affected males, in a four-generation pedigree, with DCM phenotype who underwent cardiac transplant. Cardiomegaly with marked biventricular dilation and fibrosis were noticeable histopathological findings...
March 2017: American Journal of Medical Genetics. Part A
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209386/dietary-therapy-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction-and-or-left-ventricular-diastolic-dysfunction-in-patients-with-metabolic-syndrome
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Helene von Bibra, Alexander Ströhle, Martin St John Sutton, Nicolai Worm
BACKGROUND: Heart failure is an ongoing epidemic of left ventricular (LV) dilatation and/or dysfunction due to the increasing prevalence of predisposing risk factors such as age, physical inactivity, (abdominal) obesity, and type-2-diabetes. Approximately half of these patients have diastolic heart failure (HFpEF). The prognosis of HFpEF is comparable to that of systolic heart failure, but without any known effective treatment. DIASTOLIC DYSFUNCTION: A biomathematically corrected diagnostic approach is presented that quantifies diastolic dysfunction via the predominant age dependency of LV diastolic function and unmasks (metabolic) risk factors, that are independent of age and, therefore, potential targets for therapy...
January 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28209087/the-effect-of-hypericum-perforatum-on-kidney-ischemia-reperfusion-damage
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Murat Cakir, Halil Duzova, Işil Baysal, Cemile Ceren Gül, Gülbahar Kuşcu, Fatma Kutluk, Hilal Çakin, Şifanur Şeker, Esranur İlbeği, Seda Uslu, Umut Avci, Samet Demir, Cihan Akinci, Sercan Atli
It has been revealed in recent studies that Hypericum Perforatum (HP) is influential on cancer, inflammatory diseases, bacterial and viral diseases, and has neuroprotective and antioxidant properties. In this study, we investigated the effect of HP, which is known to have antioxidant and anti-inflammatory effects, on kidney I/R damage. Male Sprague-Dawley rats were divided into three groups, and each of the groups had eight rats: The Control Group; the Ischemia/Reperfusion (I/R) Group; and the IR + HP Group which was treated with 50 mg/kg of HP...
November 2017: Renal Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207997/chronically-elevated-bilirubin-protects-from-cardiac-reperfusion-injury-in-the-male-gunn-rat
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Bhavisha Bakrania, Eugene F Du Toit, Kevin J Ashton, Karl-Heinz Wagner, John P Headrick, Andrew C Bulmer
AIMS: Bilirubin is associated with reduced risk of cardiovascular disease, as evidenced in conditions of mild hyperbilirubinaemia (Gilbert's Syndrome). Little is known regarding myocardial stress-resistance in hyperbilirubinemic conditions or whether life-long exposure modifies cardiac function, which might contribute to protection from cardiovascular disease. METHODS: Hyperbilirubinemic rats and littermate controls underwent echocardiography at 3, 6 and 12 mo of age, with hearts subsequently assessed for resistance to 30 min of ischaemia...
February 16, 2017: Acta Physiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28207868/acetylcholine-versus-cold-pressor-testing-for-evaluation-of-coronary-endothelial-function
#10
Ahmed AlBadri, Janet Wei, Puja K Mehta, Sofy Landes, John W Petersen, R David Anderson, Bruce Samuels, Babak Azarbal, Eileen M Handberg, Quanlin Li, Margo Minissian, Chrisandra Shufelt, Carl J Pepine, C Noel Bairey Merz
BACKGROUND: Assessment of coronary endothelial function with intracoronary acetylcholine (IC-Ach) provides diagnostic and prognostic data in patients with suspected coronary microvascular dysfunction (CMD), but is often not feasible due in part to the time and expertise needed for pharmacologic mixing. Cold pressor testing (CPT) is a simple and safe stimulus useful for either invasive or non-invasive endothelial function testing and myocardial perfusion imaging but has not been specifically evaluated among symptomatic women with signs of ischemic heart disease (IHD) who have no obstructive coronary artery disease (CAD)...
2017: PloS One
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28206727/results-of-tricuspid-valve-surgery-for-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-acute-and-long-term-outcomes-and-predictors-of-failure
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Alberto Pozzoli, Nicola Buzzatti, Luca Vicentini, Michele De Bonis, Ottavio Alfieri
The assessment and management of tricuspid valve disease evolved significantly in the last decade. Tricuspid regurgitation is a frequent heart valve disease and it is most often secondary, due to annular dilatation and leaflet tethering from right ventricular remodelling. The indications for tricuspid valve surgery are several and mainly related to the underlying disease, to the severity of the regurgitation and to the right ventricular function. Moreover, surgical tricuspid repair has been avoided for years, because of the erroneous concept that tricuspid regurgitation should disappear once the primary pathology on the left heart has been resolved...
February 15, 2017: Minerva Cardioangiologica
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28205111/risk-factors-for-bile-duct-injury-after-percutaneous-thermal-ablation-of-malignant-liver-tumors-a-retrospective-case-control-study
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Man-Xia Lin, Jie-Yi Ye, Wen-Shuo Tian, Ming Xu, Bo-Wen Zhuang, Ming-De Lu, Xiao-Yan Xie, Ming Kuang
BACKGROUND: Bile duct injury after ablation of malignant liver tumors (MLTs) was not unusual and should be avoided. However, few studies have focused on evaluating the risk factors for intrahepatic bile duct injury. AIM: To evaluate the risk factors for intrahepatic bile duct injury after ablation of MLTs and to evaluate the minimum safe distance for ablating tumors abutting bile ducts. METHODS: Sixty-five patients with intrahepatic bile duct injury after ablation of MLTs, and 65 controls were recruited...
February 15, 2017: Digestive Diseases and Sciences
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28203207/morphotype-dependent-flow-characteristics-in-bicuspid-aortic-valve-ascending-aortas-a-benchtop-particle-image-velocimetry-study
#13
Andrew McNally, Ashish Madan, Philippe Sucosky
The bicuspid aortic valve (BAV) is a major risk factor for secondary aortopathy such as aortic dilation. The heterogeneous BAV morphotypes [left-right-coronary cusp fusion (LR), right-non-coronary cusp fusion (RN), and left-non-coronary cusp fusion (LN)] are associated with different dilation patterns, suggesting a role for hemodynamics in BAV aortopathogenesis. However, assessment of this theory is still hampered by the limited knowledge of the hemodynamic abnormalities generated by the distinct BAV morphotypes...
2017: Frontiers in Physiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28202256/transseptal-puncture-review-of-anatomy-techniques-complications-and-challenges
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REVIEW
Barry O'Brien, Haroon Zafar, Simon De Freitas, Faisal Sharif
In recent years, the transseptal puncture approach has enabled passage of increasingly large and complex devices into the left atrium. Traditional tools remain effective in creating and dilating the initial puncture, with an acceptable safety profile. Even for skilled operators, the procedure is technically demanding and requires sound understanding of atrial anatomy. Intracardiac echocardiography is useful in cases of previous septal repair, poorly defined fossa ovalis anatomy or when considering patent foramen ovale portal crossing...
February 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28198522/cardiovascular-drug-utilization-post-implant-is-related-to-clinical-outcome-in-heart-failure-patients-receiving-cardiac-resynchronization-therapy
#15
Zoltan Bakos, Christian Reitan, Anna Werther-Evaldsson, Anders Roijer, Pyotr PLatonov, Rasmus Borgquist
BACKGROUND: In select patients with heart failure, cardiac resynchronization therapy (CRT) is the most common complementary treatment besides medical treatment. We aimed to assess the association between post CRT-implant changes in cardiovascular medication and cardiovascular mortality and heart failure hospitalization. METHODS: 211 patients on optimal medical therapy eligible for CRT were retrospectively included in this study (72 ± 7 years, 80% male, 66% left bundle branch block [LBBB], 48% dilated cardiomyopathy [DCMP]) and investigated at baseline and after 6 months ...
February 15, 2017: Cardiology Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28197282/fragmented-qrs-as-a-marker-of-electrical-dyssynchrony-to-predict-inter-ventricular-conduction-defect-by-subsequent-echocardiographic-assessment-in-symptomatic-patients-of-non-ischemic-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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Santosh Kumar Sinha, Kush Bhagat, Mohammad Asif, Karandeep Singh, Mohit Sachan, Vikas Mishra, Nasar Afdaali, Mukesh Jitendra Jha, Ashutosh Kumar, Shravan Singh, Rupesh Sinha, Dibbendhu Khanra, Ramesh Thakur, Chandra Mohan Varma, Vinay Krishna, Umeshwar Pandey
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular (LV) dyssynchrony frequently occurs in patients with heart failure (HF). QRS ≥ 120 ms is a surrogate marker of electrical dyssynchrony, which occurs in only 30% of HF patients. In contrary, in those with normal QRS (nQRS) duration, LV dyssynchrony has been reported in 20-50%. This study was carried out to investigate the role of fragmented QRS (fQRS) on the surface electrocardiography (ECG) as a marker of electrical dyssynchrony to predict the presence of significant intraventricular dyssynchrony (IVD) by subsequent echocardiographic assessment...
August 2016: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193717/differences-in-presentation-and-outcomes-between-children-with-familial-dilated-cardiomyopathy-and-children-with-idiopathic-dilated-cardiomyopathy-a-report-from-the-pediatric-cardiomyopathy-registry-study-group
#17
Paolo Rusconi, James D Wilkinson, Lynn A Sleeper, Minmin Lu, Gerald F Cox, Jeffrey A Towbin, Steven D Colan, Steven A Webber, Charles E Canter, Stephanie M Ware, Daphne T Hsu, Wendy K Chung, John L Jefferies, Christina Cordero, Steven E Lipshultz
BACKGROUND: Research comparing the survival of children with familial dilated cardiomyopathy (FDCM) to that of children with idiopathic dilated cardiomyopathy (IDCM) has produced conflicting results. METHODS AND RESULTS: We analyzed data from children with FDCM or IDCM using the National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute-funded Pediatric Cardiomyopathy Registry. Compared to children with IDCM (n=647), children with FDCM (n=223) were older (mean 6.2 versus 4.5 years, P<0...
February 2017: Circulation. Heart Failure
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28193613/apparent-aortic-stiffness-in-children-with-pulmonary-arterial-hypertension-existence-of-vascular-interdependency
#18
Michal Schäfer, D Dunbar Ivy, Steven H Abman, Alex J Barker, Lorna P Browne, Brian Fonseca, Vitaly Kheyfets, Kendall S Hunter, Uyen Truong
BACKGROUND: Left ventricular dysfunction, mediated by ventricular interdependence, has been associated with negative outcomes in children with pulmonary arterial hypertension (PAH). Considering the dilation of the pulmonary arteries as a paramount sign of PAH, we hypothesized that the ascending aorta will present signs of apparent stiffness in children with PAH and that this effect may be because of mechanical interaction with the dilated main pulmonary artery (MPA). METHODS AND RESULTS: Forty-two children with PAH and 26 age- and size-matched controls underwent comprehensive cardiac magnetic resonance evaluation...
February 2017: Circulation. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28192160/external-jugular-vein-spontaneous-aneurysm-diagnosis-and-treatment-with-video
#19
Pierleone Lucatelli, Giulio Tommasino, Giulia Guaccio, Antonio Benvenuti, Carmelo Ricci
True and false aneurysms of veins are very rare conditions and only few cases have been described in literature. We present a case of 56-year-old female with personal history of primary arterial hypertension and connective tissue disease. Ultrasound of the neck showed saccular, compressible, hypoechoic structure that appeared to have a direct communication with left external jugular vein lumen. The venous aneurysm was removed and the histopathology of the mass showed a grossly dilated vein, with continuous aspects of the entire three layer of the venous wall, classifying it as a venous aneurysm...
February 9, 2017: Annals of Vascular Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28191909/the-influence-of-chemotherapy-on-the-right-ventricle-did-we-forget-something
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REVIEW
Marijana Tadic, Cesare Cuspidi, Dagmara Hering, Lucia Venneri, Oleksandr Danylenko
BACKGROUND: A large number of chemotherapy-induced cardiovascular complications were discovered in studies over the last several decades. The focus of the majority of these studies was left ventricular (LV) remodeling. The aim of this article was to provide a comprehensive overview of potential mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced right ventricular (RV) remodeling and summarize clinical studies on this topic. HYPOTHESIS: Chemotherapy induces RV structural, functional, and mechanical changes...
February 13, 2017: Clinical Cardiology
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