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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28528161/functional-implication-of-mitral-annular-disjunction-in-mitral-valve-prolapse-a-quantitative-dynamic-3d-echocardiographic%C3%A2-study
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Alex Pui-Wai Lee, Chun-Na Jin, Yiting Fan, Randolph H L Wong, Malcolm J Underwood, Song Wan
OBJECTIVES: This study aimed to assess the hypothesis that mitral annular disjunction (MAD) is associated with abnormal annular dynamics due to decoupling of annular-ventricular function. BACKGROUND: MAD, defined as a separation between the atrial wall-mitral valve (MV) junction and left ventricular (LV) attachment, is a structural abnormality occurring in MV prolapse (MVP). Few data exist on the 3-dimensional (3D) geometry of MAD and its functional implication...
May 11, 2017: JACC. Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28527865/mechanism-of-atrial-functional-mitral-regurgitation-in-patients-with-atrial-fibrillation-a-study-using-three-dimensional-transesophageal-echocardiography
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Kazato Ito, Yukio Abe, Yosuke Takahashi, Yoshihisa Shimada, Hitoshi Fukumoto, Yoshiki Matsumura, Takahiko Naruko, Toshihiko Shibata, Minoru Yoshiyama, Junichi Yoshikawa
BACKGROUND: Functional mitral regurgitation (MR) can occur in patients with atrial fibrillation (AF) despite having preserved left ventricular (LV) systolic function. This MR is known as atrial functional MR. The aim of this study was to clarify the mechanism of atrial functional MR using real-time three-dimensional transesophageal echocardiography (3DTEE). METHODS: Sixty patients underwent transthoracic echocardiography and 3DTEE: 16 patients with AF and significant non-organic MR and preserved LV ejection fraction (>50%) constituted the AF-MR group, 20 patients with AF and no significant MR formed the AF-NSMR group, and 24 normal subjects comprised the control group...
May 17, 2017: Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526950/the-effect-of-post-mortem-computed-tomography-angiography-pmcta-using-water-soluble-iodine-based-radiographic-contrast-on-histological-analysis-of-the-liver-kidneys-and-left-ventricle-of-the-heart
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Samantha Higgins, Sarah Parsons, Noel Woodford, Matthew Lynch, Christopher Briggs, Chris O'Donnell
The purpose of this study was to investigate the impact of post-mortem computed-tomography angiography (PMCTA) on the histology of the liver, kidneys and heart. Multiple tissue cores were collected from the liver, left and right kidneys and left ventricle utilizing CT-guided biopsy. Subsequent whole body PMCTA was performed using a solution of polyethylene glycol and iodinated radiographic contrast, and an embalming pump. Corresponding biopsy cores were collected at autopsy, and blinded histology analysis assessing for PMCTA-induced histology artefact was performed...
May 20, 2017: Forensic Science, Medicine, and Pathology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28526544/interleukin-18-gene-deletion-protects-against-sepsis-induced-cardiac-dysfunction-by-inhibiting-pp2a-activity
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Yoshitaka Okuhara, Shunichi Yokoe, Toshihiro Iwasaku, Akiyo Eguchi, Koichi Nishimura, Wen Li, Makiko Oboshi, Yoshiro Naito, Toshiaki Mano, Michio Asahi, Haruki Okamura, Tohru Masuyama, Shinichi Hirotani
BACKGROUND: Interleukin-18 (IL-18) neutralization protects against lipopolysaccharide (LPS)-induced injuries, including myocardial dysfunction. However, the mechanism is yet to be fully elucidated. The aim of the present study was to determine whether IL-18 gene deletion prevents sepsis-induced cardiac dysfunction and to elucidate the potential mechanisms underlying IL-18-mediated cardiotoxicity by LPS. METHODS AND RESULTS: Ten-week-old male wild-type (WT) and IL-18 knockout (IL-18 KO) mice were intraperitoneally administered LPS...
May 4, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28523642/autosomal-recessive-nonsyndromic-arrhythmogenic-right-ventricular-cardiomyopathy-without-cutaneous-involvements-a-novel-mutation
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Mahdieh Soveizi, Bahareh Rabbani, Yousef Rezaei, Sedigheh Saedi, Nasim Najafi, Majid Maleki, Nejat Mahdieh
The arrhythmogenic right ventricular dysplasia/cardiomyopathy (ARVD/C) is a genetic disease frequently associated with desmosomal mutations, mainly attributed to dominant mutations in the Plakophilin-2 (PKP2) gene. Naxos and Carvajal are the syndromic forms of ARVD/C due to recessive mutations. Herein, we report an autosomal recessive form of nonsyndromic ARVD/C caused by a mutation in the PKP2 gene. After examination and implementation of diagnostic modalities, the definite diagnosis of ARVD/C was confirmed by detection of ventricular tachycardia with a left bundle branch configuration and a superior axis, T-wave inversion in right precordial leads (i...
May 19, 2017: Annals of Human Genetics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28521343/tarlov-cyst-causing-sacral-insufficiency-fracture
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Ross C Puffer, Marcus J Gates, William Copeland, William E Krauss, Jeremy Fogelson
BACKGROUND AND IMPORTANCE: Tarlov cysts, also known as perineural cysts, have been described as meningeal dilations of the spinal nerve root sheath between the peri- and endoneurium at the dorsal root ganglion. Most often they are found in the sacrum involving the nerve roots. Normally asymptomatic, they have been reported to present with radiculopathy, paresthesias, and even urinary or bowel dysfunction. Sacral insufficiency has not been a well-documented presentation. CLINICAL PRESENTATION: The patient is a 38-year-old female who started to develop left low back pain and buttock pain that rapidly progressed into severe pain with some radiation down the posterior aspect of her left leg...
June 1, 2017: Operative Neurosurgery (Hagerstown, Md.)
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28520951/non-selective-his-bundle-pacing-with-a-biphasic-waveform-enhancing-septal-resynchronization
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Daniel F Ortega, Luis D Barja, Emilio Logarzo, Nicolas Mangani, Analia Paolucci, Maria P Bonomini
Aims: His bundle pacing has shown to prevent detrimental effects from right ventricular apical pacing (RVA) and proved to resynchronize many conduction disturbances cases. However, the extent of His bundle pacing resynchronization is limited. An optimized stimulation waveform could expand this limit when implemented in His bundle pacing sets. In this work, we temporarily implemented RVA and Non-selective His bundle pacing with a biphasic anodal-first waveform (AF-nHB) and compared their effects against sinus rhythm (SR)...
May 17, 2017: Europace: European Pacing, Arrhythmias, and Cardiac Electrophysiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28516314/harmonic-subtraction-for-evaluating-right-ventricle-ejection-fraction-from-planar-equilibrium-radionuclide-angiography
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Dacian V Bonta, John N Aarsvold, Sandra F Grant, Naomi P Alazraki
We report an initial investigation of a subtraction-based method to estimate right ventricle ejection fraction (RVEF) from ECG-gated planar equilibrium radionuclide angiography (ERNA) data. Twenty-six consecutive patients referred for scintigraphic evaluation of cardiac function prior to chemotherapy had ECG-gated first-pass (FP) imaging and ERNA imaging performed following the same radiotracer injection. RVEF was computed from FP images (RVEFFP) and separately from ERNA images (RVEFERNA). Standard methods for computing ejection fractions were used to obtain RVEFFP values...
May 17, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515825/late-presentation-of-aortic-aneurysm-and-dissection-following-cardiac-catheterization
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Abimbola Shofu, G Mustafa Awan, Bassam Omar, Ghazanfar Qureshi
We report a 63-year-old female with hypertension, hyperlipidemia, and prior pacemaker insertion for atrial fibrillation with symptomatic bradycardia, who was admitted with substernal chest pressure and diaphoresis. Her electrocardiogram revealed atrial fibrillation with demand ventricular pacing and her cardiac biomarkers were negative for acute coronary syndrome. Echocardiogram revealed normal left ventricular systolic function and normal aortic root diameter. Coronary angiography revealed 60-70% obtuse marginal lesion, otherwise mild disease...
April 2017: Cardiology Research
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28515592/inguinoscrotal-hernia-in-infants-three-case-reports-in-ultrasound-diagnosis
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Dharmraj Meena, Richa Jhuria, Sangeeta Saxena, Umesh Saini
An inguinal hernia occurs when an intestinal loop or part of the omentum or genital organs passes into the scrotal cavity or labia through an incompletely obliterated processus vaginalis. Inguinal hernias are most common in preterm neonates, especially at 32-weeks gestation. Content of hernia is mostly bowel and ovary/testicles. Presence of uterus in herniated sac is rare, and only few cases are reported in literature. Hernia is more frequently located on the right side because the right processus vaginalis closes later than the left...
January 2017: Indian Journal of Radiology & Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28511718/simultaneous-development-of-kawasaki-disease-following-acute-human-adenovirus-infection-in-monozygotic-twins-a-case-report
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Sayaka Fukuda, Shuichi Ito, Maya Fujiwara, Jun Abe, Nozomu Hanaoka, Tsuguto Fujimoto, Hiroshi Katsumori
BACKGROUND: The etiology of Kawasaki disease (KD) remains unknown. However, many studies have suggested that specific genetic factors and/or some infectious agents underlie the onset of KD. Previous studies have suggested that human adenovirus (HAdV) is one of the triggering pathogens of KD. Here, we report monozygotic twin boys who sequentially developed KD in conjunction with acute HAdV type 3 (HAdV-3) infection. CASE PRESENTATION: The patients were four-year-old monozygotic twin boys...
May 16, 2017: Pediatric Rheumatology Online Journal
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510120/obscurin-variants-and-inherited-cardiomyopathies
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REVIEW
Steven Marston
The inherited cardiomyopathies, hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM), dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM) and left ventricular non-compaction (LVNC), have been frequently associated with mutations in sarcomeric proteins. In recent years, advances in DNA sequencing technology has allowed the study of the giant proteins of the sarcomere, such as titin and nebulin. Obscurin has been somewhat neglected in these studies, largely because its functional role is far from clear, although there was an isolated report in 2007 of obscurin mutations associated with HCM...
May 5, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28510119/genetic-epidemiology-of-titin-truncating-variants-in-the-etiology-of-dilated-cardiomyopathy
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REVIEW
Ali M Tabish, Valerio Azzimato, Aris Alexiadis, Byambajav Buyandelger, Ralph Knöll
Heart failure (HF) is a complex clinical syndrome defined by the inability of the heart to pump enough blood to meet the body's metabolic demands. Major causes of HF are cardiomyopathies (diseases of the myocardium associated with mechanical and/or electrical dysfunction), among which the most common form is dilated cardiomyopathy (DCM). DCM is defined by ventricular chamber enlargement and systolic dysfunction with normal left ventricular wall thickness, which leads to progressive HF. Over 60 genes are linked to the etiology of DCM...
May 5, 2017: Biophysical Reviews
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28507060/alogliptin-a-dipeptidyl-peptidase-4-inhibitor-alleviates-atrial-remodeling-and-improves-mitochondrial-function-and-biogenesis-in-diabetic-rabbits
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Xiaowei Zhang, Zhiwei Zhang, Yungang Zhao, Ning Jiang, Jiuchun Qiu, Yajuan Yang, Jian Li, Xue Liang, Xinghua Wang, Gary Tse, Guangping Li, Tong Liu
BACKGROUND: There is increasing evidence implicating atrial mitochondrial dysfunction in the pathogenesis of atrial fibrillation. In this study, we explored whether alogliptin, a dipeptidyl peptidase-4 inhibitor, can prevent mitochondrial dysfunction and atrial remodeling in a diabetic rabbit model. METHODS AND RESULTS: A total of 90 rabbits were randomized into 3 groups as follows: control group (n=30), alloxan-induced diabetes mellitus group (n=30), and alogliptin-treated (12...
May 15, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28502640/a-cohort-study-reveals-myocarditis-to-be-a-rare-and-life-threatening-presentation-of-large-vessel-vasculitis
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Katie Bechman, Deepa Gopalan, Petros Nihoyannopoulos, Justin C Mason
BACKGROUND: The predominant forms of adult large vessel vasculitis (LVV) are giant cell arteritis (GCA) and Takayasu arteritis (TA). Cardiac involvement in LVV is a cause of morbidity and mortality, particularly in TA. Cardiac failure is most commonly secondary to uncontrolled arterial hypertension or myocardial ischaemia. Pulmonary hypertension and aortic valve incompetence following ascending aortic dilatation represent other serious cardiovascular complications. However, cardiac failure as a consequence of myocarditis is rarely reported, principally in single case reports or in autopsy studies...
April 4, 2017: Seminars in Arthritis and Rheumatism
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28501825/maternal-bradycardia-occurring-prior-to-onset-of-hellp-syndrome-in-a-woman-with-pre-eclampsia
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Ami Hosokawa, Takeshi Umazume, Takahiro Yamada, Hisanori Minakami
A 36-year-old nulliparous woman developed pre-eclampsia at gestational week (GW) 28(-6/7) Cardiac status was checked regularly. Heart rate of 93 beats per minute (bpm) with left atrial diameter (LAD) of 35 mm, left ventricular hypertrophy and inferior vena cava diameter (IVCD) of 8 mm at GW 32(-0/7) decreased to 48 bpm with an expanded IVCD to 25 mm, dilated left atrium (LAD to 39 mm), increased pulmonary arterial pressure, increased systemic vascular resistance (approximate 3000  dyn s/cm(5)) and biphasic intrarenal venous flow pattern 3...
May 13, 2017: BMJ Case Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28500252/transcriptome-profiling-reveals-novel-bmi-and-sex-specific-gene-expression-signature-for-human-cardiac-hypertrophy
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Mackenzie S Newman, Tina Nguyen, Michael J Watson, Robert Hull, Han-Gang Yu
BACKGROUND: How obesity or sex may affect the gene expression profiles of human cardiac hypertrophy is unknown. We hypothesized that body-mass index (BMI) and sex can affect gene expression profiles of cardiac hypertrophy. RESULTS: Human heart tissues were grouped according to sex (male, female), BMI (lean<25 kg/m(2), obese>30 kg/m(2)), or left ventricular hypertrophy (LVH) and non-LVH non-failed controls (NF). We identified 24 DE genes comparing female to male samples...
May 12, 2017: Physiological Genomics
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499671/tricuspid-annuloplasty-versus-a-conservative-approach-in-patients-with-functional-tricuspid-regurgitation-undergoing-left-sided-heart-valve-surgery-a-study-level-meta-analysis
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Matteo Pagnesi, Claudio Montalto, Antonio Mangieri, Eustachio Agricola, Rishi Puri, Mauro Chiarito, Marco B Ancona, Damiano Regazzoli, Luca Testa, Michele De Bonis, Neil E Moat, Josep Rodés-Cabau, Antonio Colombo, Azeem Latib
BACKGROUND: Tricuspid valve (TV) repair at the time of left-sided valve surgery is indicated in patients with either severe functional tricuspid regurgitation (TR) or mild-to-moderate TR with coexistent tricuspid annular dilation or right heart failure. We assessed the benefits of a concomitant TV repair strategy during left-sided surgical valve interventions, focusing on mortality and echocardiographic TR-related outcomes. METHODS: A meta-analysis was performed of studies reporting outcomes of patients who underwent left-sided (mitral and/or aortic) valve surgery with or without concomitant TV repair...
May 5, 2017: International Journal of Cardiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499653/customized-hinged-covered-metallic-stents%C3%A2-for-the-treatment-of-benign-main-bronchial-stenosis
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Xinwei Han, Quazi Al-Tariq, Yanle Zhao, Lei Li, Zhe Cheng, Huaqi Wang, Chao Liu, Dechao Jiao, Gang Wu
BACKGROUND: To address the limitations of silicone stents, we designed a hinged self-expandable covered metallic stent. The aim of this study was to evaluate the safety and efficacy of the customized stents in clinical applications. METHODS: This was a retrospective analysis. Under conscious sedation and local anesthesia, the stents were implanted or removed by interventional radiologists, with fluoroscopic guidance. RESULTS: Of 24 patients with benign main bronchial stenosis, stents were successfully placed in 21 (87...
May 9, 2017: Annals of Thoracic Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28499385/target-organ-damage-and-incident-type-2-diabetes-mellitus-the-strong-heart-study
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Giovanni de Simone, Wenyu Wang, Lyle G Best, Fawn Yeh, Raffaele Izzo, Costantino Mancusi, Mary J Roman, Elisa T Lee, Barbara V Howard, Richard B Devereux
BACKGROUND: Recent analyses in a registry of hypertensive patients suggested that preceding left ventricular (LV) hypertrophy (LVH) and/or carotid atherosclerosis are associated with incident type 2 diabetes, independent of confounders. We assess the relation between prevalent cardio-renal target organ damage (TOD) and subsequent incident type 2 diabetes in a population-based study with high prevalence of obesity. METHODS: We selected 2887 non-diabetic participants from two cohorts of the Strong Heart Study (SHS)...
May 12, 2017: Cardiovascular Diabetology
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