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https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28444478/the-association-between-geometry-and-wall-stress-in-emergently-repaired-abdominal-aortic-aneurysms
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Sathyajeeth S Chauhan, Carlos A Gutierrez, Mirunalini Thirugnanasambandam, Victor De Oliveira, Satish C Muluk, Mark K Eskandari, Ender A Finol
Abdominal aortic aneurysm (AAA) is a prevalent cardiovascular disease characterized by the focal dilation of the aorta, which supplies blood to all the organs and tissues in the systemic circulation. With the AAA increasing in diameter over time, the risk of aneurysm rupture is generally associated with the size of the aneurysm. If diagnosed on time, intervention is recommended to prevent AAA rupture. The criterion to decide on surgical intervention is determined by measuring the maximum diameter of the aneurysm relative to the critical value of 5...
April 25, 2017: Annals of Biomedical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28436119/maternal-hypertrophy-and-diastolic-disfunction-and-brain-natriuretic-peptide-concentration-in-early-and-late-pre-eclampsia
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V T M Borges, S G Zanati, M T S PeraÇoli, J R Poiati, M Romão-Veiga, J C PeraÇoli, B Thilaganathan
OBJECTIVE: Pre-eclampsia is associated with maternal cardiac remodelling and diastolic dysfunction. The aim of this study was to assess and compare maternal left ventricular structure and diastolic function and Brain Natriuretic Peptide (BNP) levels in women with early-onset pre-eclampsia (<34 weeks of gestation) and late-onset pre-eclampsia (≥34weeks of gestation). METHODS: A prospective, cross-sectional observational study was performed in 30 women with early-onset pre-eclampsia, 32 with late-onset pre-eclampsia and 23 normotensive controls...
April 23, 2017: Ultrasound in Obstetrics & Gynecology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28435855/first-clinical-experiences-with-a-novel-endoscopic-over-the-scope-clip-system
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Marco Dinelli, Barbara Omazzi, Paolo Andreozzi, Nicola Zucchini, Alessandro Redaelli, Gianpiero Manes
We describe our experience with a new over-the-scope clip (OTSC) system (Padlock Clip?) in the treatment of 14 patients. Eight of the 14 patients were treated for closure of gastrointestinal fistulas (n?=?4), iatrogenic gastrointestinal perforations (n?=?2), or hemostasis of post-polypectomy bleeding (n?=?2). The site of clipping was the lower gastrointestinal tract in five patients and the upper gastrointestinal tract in three patients. The clip was successfully delivered in seven out of the eight patients and clinical success was achieved in all patients...
March 2017: Endoscopy International Open
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28434910/the-composition-and-biomechanical-properties-of-human-cryopreserved-aortas-pulmonary-trunks-and-aortic-and-pulmonary-cusps
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Tereza Kubíková, Petra Kochová, Jan Brázdil, Jaroslav Špatenka, Jan Burkert, Milena Králíčková, Zbyněk Tonar
Human cryopreserved allografts of pulmonary and aortic heart valves, aortas and pulmonary trunks are used for valve replacement. However, it is unknown how the composition of these allografts relate to their mechanical properties. Our aims were to correlate the histological compositions and passive mechanical properties of aortic and pulmonary valves and to observe the microcracks of aortas and pulmonary trunks. The following parameters were quantified: ultimate stress; ultimate strain; Young's modulus of elasticity; valve cusp wall thickness; pulmonary and aortic intima-media thickness; area fraction of elastin, collagen and calcification; and length density of elastic fibres...
April 20, 2017: Annals of Anatomy, Anatomischer Anzeiger: Official Organ of the Anatomische Gesellschaft
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28428025/adipokines-as-atherothrombotic-risk-factors-in-obese-subjects-associations-with-haemostatic-markers-and-common-carotid-wall%C3%A2-thickness
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É Csongrádi, M Káplár, B Nagy, C A Koch, A Juhász, L Bajnok, Z Varga, I Seres, Z Karányi, M T Magyar, L Oláh, A Facskó, J Kappelmayer, G Paragh
BACKGROUND AND AIMS: Some crucial associations between obesity-related altered adipokine levels and the main factors of atherosclerotic, atherothrombotic processes are not fully known. We analysed the relationships of classic adipokines, namely leptin, resistin, adiponectin, tumour necrosis factor-alpha (TNF-α), interleukin 6 (IL-6) with the markers of platelet activation, including mean platelet volume (MPV), platelet surface/soluble P-selectin, platelet-derived microparticles (PMPs), the parameters of coagulation abnormalities and common carotid intima-media thickness (IMT) in obese patients with or without atherosclerotic comorbidities in comparison to age- and sex-matched controls...
March 8, 2017: Nutrition, Metabolism, and Cardiovascular Diseases: NMCD
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28424305/numerical-simulation-of-haemodynamics-and-low-density-lipoprotein-transport-in-the-rabbit-aorta-and-their-correlation-with-atherosclerotic-plaque-thickness
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Xiaoyin Li, Xiao Liu, Peng Zhang, Chenglong Feng, Anqiang Sun, Hongyan Kang, Xiaoyan Deng, Yubo Fan
Two mechanisms of shear stress and mass transport have been recognized to play an important role in the development of localized atherosclerosis. However, their relationship and roles in atherogenesis are still obscure. It is necessary to investigate quantitatively the correlation among low-density lipoproteins (LDL) transport, haemodynamic parameters and plaque thickness. We simulated blood flow and LDL transport in rabbit aorta using computational fluid dynamics and evaluated plaque thickness in the aorta of a high-fat-diet rabbit...
April 2017: Journal of the Royal Society, Interface
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28418458/right-ventricular-fiber-structure-as-a-compensatory-mechanism-in-experimental-pressure-overload-a-computational-study
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Arnold D Gomez, Huashan Zou, Megan E Bowen, Xiaoqing Liu, Edward W Hsu, Stephen H McKellar
Right ventricular failure (RVF) is a lethal condition in diverse pathologies. Pressure overload is the most common etiology of RVF, but our understanding of the tissue structure remodeling and other biomechanical factors involved in RVF is limited. Some remodeling patterns are interpreted as compensatory mechanisms including myocyte hypertrophy, extracellular fibrosis, and changes in fiber orientation. However, the specific implications of these changes, especially in relation to clinically observable measurements, are difficult to investigate experimentally...
April 17, 2017: Journal of Biomechanical Engineering
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28414603/cardiovascular-findings-in-ponies-with-equine-metabolic-syndrome
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Natalie Heliczer, Vinzenz Gerber, Rupert Bruckmaier, Johannes H van der Kolk, Cristobal Navas de Solis
OBJECTIVE To determine whether hypertension, high sympathetic tone, resting and exercising arrhythmias, and echocardiographic changes consistent with hypertensive cardiomyopathy were associated with equine metabolic syndrome (EMS) in ponies. DESIGN Prospective case-control study. ANIMALS 19 privately owned ponies with a diagnosis of EMS (history of laminitis, body condition score ≥ 7/9, cresty neck score ≥ 3/5, and abnormal oral sugar test result; cases) and 20 healthy control ponies. PROCEDURES Heart rate (HR), noninvasively measured arterial blood pressure (BP), markers of autonomic tone (splenic volume and HR variability), 24-hour and exercising ECGs, and echocardiograms were compared between cases and controls...
May 1, 2017: Journal of the American Veterinary Medical Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28409155/preservation-of-myocardial-perfusion-and-function-by-keeping-hypertrophied-heart-empty-and-beating-for-valve-surgery-an-in-vivo-mr-study-of-pig-hearts
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Jian Wang, Bo Xiang, Jixian Deng, Hung-Yu Lin, Darren H Freed, Rakesh C Arora, Ganghong Tian
Objectives. Normothermic hyperkalemic cardioplegia arrest (NHCA) may not effectively preserve hypertrophied myocardium during open-heart surgery. Normothermic normokalemic beating perfusion (NNBP), keeping hearts empty-beating, was utilized as an alternative to evaluate its cardioprotective role. Materials and Methods. Twelve hypertrophied pig hearts at 58.6 ± 7.2 days after ascending aorta banding underwent NNBP and NHCA, respectively. Near infrared myocardial perfusion imaging with indocyanine green (ICG) was conducted to assess myocardial perfusion...
2017: BioMed Research International
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28400366/abnormal-remodeling-of-subcutaneous-small-arteries-is-associated-with-early-diastolic-impairment-in-metabolic-syndrome
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Kaivan Khavandi, Reza Aghamohammadzadeh, Matthew Luckie, Jack Brownrigg, Uazman Alam, Rajdeep Khattar, Rayaz A Malik, Anthony M Heagerty, Adam S Greenstein
BACKGROUND: Small artery pathophysiology is frequently invoked as a cause of obesity-related diastolic heart failure. However, evidence to support this hypothesis is scant, particularly in humans. METHODS AND RESULTS: To address this, we studied human small artery structure and function in obesity and looked for correlations between vascular parameters and diastolic function. Seventeen obese patients with metabolic syndrome and 5 control participants underwent echocardiography and subcutaneous gluteal fat biopsy...
April 11, 2017: Journal of the American Heart Association
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28397931/the-hydrodynamics-of-segmented-two-phase-flow-in-a-circular-tube-with-rapidly-dissolving-drops
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Thomas F Leary, Arun Ramachandran
This article discusses boundary integral simulations of dissolving drops flowing through a cylindrical tube for large aspect ratio drops. The dynamics of drop dissolution is determined by three dimensionless parameters: λ, the viscosity of the drop fluid relative to the suspending fluid; Ca, the capillary number defining the ratio of the hydrodynamic force to the interfacial tension force; and k, a dissolution constant based on the velocity of dissolution. For a single dissolving drop, the velocity in the upstream region is greater than the downstream region, and for sufficiently large k, the downstream velocity can be completely reversed, particularly at low Ca...
April 11, 2017: Soft Matter
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28395337/effects-of-vaginal-conjugated-equine-estrogens-and-ospemifene-on-the-rat-vaginal-wall-and-lower-urinary-tract
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P Antonio Maldonado, T Ignacio Montoya, Jesus F Acevedo, Patrick W Keller, R Ann Word
Although the positive effects of vaginal estrogens and the selective estrogen receptor modulator, ospemifene (OS), on the vaginal epithelium are well recognized, less is known regarding the effects of these therapies on the lower urinary tract or vaginal muscularis. Clinical evidence suggests that vaginally administered estrogen may improve overactive bladder-related symptoms. The objective of this study was to compare the effects of OS, vaginal conjugated equine estrogens (CEE), or both on the vaginal wall and lower urinary tract in a rat model of menopause...
January 1, 2017: Biology of Reproduction
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28394496/change-of-ultrasound-estimated-bladder-weight-and-bladder-wall-thickness-after-treatment-of-bladder-outlet-obstruction-with-dutasteride
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Ha Na Lee, Young-Suk Lee, Deok Hyun Han, Kyu-Sung Lee
OBJECTIVES: To investigate the change of bladder wall hypertrophy to relieve bladder outlet obstruction (BOO) by treatment with 5α-reductase inhibitor. METHODS: Men who have BOO confirmed by urodynamic study (BOO index ≥40) were treated with dutasteride 0.5 mg once a day for 6 months. We measured ultrasound estimated bladder weight (UEBW), UEBW divided by body surface area (UEBW/BSA), and bladder wall thickness (BWT) before and after treatment. Changes in LUTS parameters were assessed by using the International Prostate Symptom Score, uroflowmetry, residual urine volume, prostate volume, serum prostate-specific antigen (PSA), and LUTS outcome scores (LOS)...
May 2017: Lower Urinary Tract Symptoms
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28393273/age-dependent-development-of-left-ventricular-wall-thickness-in-type-2-diabetic-db-db-mice-is-associated-with-elevated-low-density-lipoprotein-and-triglyceride-serum-levels
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Phiwayinkosi V Dludla, M Faadiel Essop, Kwazi B Gabuza, Christo J F Muller, Johan Louw, Rabia Johnson
Diabetic cardiomyopathy (DCM) is a disease of heart muscle that remains one of the leading causes of death in diabetic individuals. Shifts in substrate preference resulting in aberrant serum lipid content and enlarged left ventricular wall thickness are well-established characteristics associated with the development of DCM. As underlying mechanisms driving the onset of the DCM remain relatively unclear, this study sought to characterize age-dependent development of left ventricular (LV) wall thickness in diabetic (db/db) mice...
April 9, 2017: Heart and Vessels
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28391581/contribution-of-mitral-valve-leaflet-length-and-septal-wall-thickness-to-outflow-tract-obstruction-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Kareem Morant, Yoko Mikami, Immaculate Nevis, David McCarty, John Stirrat, David Scholl, Martin Rajchl, Peter Giannoccaro, Louis Kolman, Bobby Heydari, Carmen Lydell, Andrew Howarth, Andrew Grant, James A White
We sought to examine whether elongation of the mitral valve leaflets in patients with hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is synergistic to septal wall thickness (SWT) in the development of left ventricular outflow tract obstruction (LVOTO). HCM is a common genetic cardiac disease characterized by asymmetric septal hypertrophy and predisposition towards LVOTO. It has been reported that elongation of the mitral valve leaflets may be a primary phenotypic feature and contribute to LVOTO. However, the relative contribution of this finding versus SWT has not been studied...
April 8, 2017: International Journal of Cardiovascular Imaging
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28386685/a-machine-learning-approach-to-investigate-the-relationship-between-shape-features-and-numerically-predicted-risk-of-ascending-aortic-aneurysm
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Liang Liang, Minliang Liu, Caitlin Martin, John A Elefteriades, Wei Sun
Geometric features of the aorta are linked to patient risk of rupture in the clinical decision to electively repair an ascending aortic aneurysm (AsAA). Previous approaches have focused on relationship between intuitive geometric features (e.g., diameter and curvature) and wall stress. This work investigates the feasibility of a machine learning approach to establish the linkages between shape features and FEA-predicted AsAA rupture risk, and it may serve as a faster surrogate for FEA associated with long simulation time and numerical convergence issues...
April 6, 2017: Biomechanics and Modeling in Mechanobiology
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28383466/relative-device-stability-of-anterior-vs-axillary-needle-decompression-for-tension-pneumothorax-during-casualty-movement-preliminary-analysis-of-a-human-cadaver-model
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Matthew L Leatherman, Jenny M Held, Laura M Fluke, Christian S McEvoy, Kenji Inaba, Daniel Grabo, Matthew J Martin, Angela S Earley, Robert L Ricca, Travis M Polk
BACKGROUND: Tension pneumothorax (tPTX) remains a significant cause of potentially preventable death in military and civilian settings. The current pre-hospital standard of care for tPTX is immediate decompression with a 14 gauge 8cm angiocatheter (14G AC); however, failure rates may be as high as 17-60%. Alternative devices, such as 10G AC, modified Veress needle (mVN) and laparoscopic trocar (LT), have shown to be potentially more effective in animal models; however, little is known about the relative insertional safety or mechanical stability during casualty movement...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Trauma and Acute Care Surgery
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381705/b-type-natriuretic-peptide-in-heart-failure-with-preserved-ejection-fraction%C3%A3-relevance-to-age-related-left-ventricular-modeling-in-japanese
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Eisaku Harada, Yuji Mizuno, Fumihito Kugimiya, Makoto Shono, Hiroyuki Maeda, Naotsugu Yano, Koichiro Kuwahara, Hirofumi Yasue
BACKGROUND: Heart failure (HF) with preserved ejection fraction (HFpEF) is increasing with aging of the population. Plasma levels of B-type natriuretic peptide (BNP) increase in proportion to the severity of left ventricular (LV) dysfunction. The object of this study was to examine the plasma levels of BNP in HFpEF to better understand the pathogenesis of HFpEF as compared with HF with reduced EF (HFrEF).Methods and Results:The study subjects comprised 468 HFpEF patients (158 men, 310 women, mean age 81...
April 4, 2017: Circulation Journal: Official Journal of the Japanese Circulation Society
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381447/acute-cardiac-functional-and-mechanical-responses-to-isometric-exercise-in-prehypertensive-males
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Jamie M O'Driscoll, Katrina A Taylor, Jonathan D Wiles, Damian A Coleman, Rajan Sharma
Isometric exercise (IE) training has been shown to reduce resting arterial blood pressure (ABP) in hypertensive, prehypertensive, and normotensive populations. However, the acute hemodynamic response of the heart to such exercise remains unclear. We therefore performed a comprehensive assessment of cardiac structure, function, and mechanics at rest and immediately post a single IE session in 26 male (age 44.8 ± 8.4 years) prehypertensive participants. Conventional echocardiography recorded standard and tissue Doppler measures of left ventricular (LV) structure and function...
April 2017: Physiological Reports
https://www.readbyqxmd.com/read/28381408/rare-genetic-variants-in-gata-transcription-factors-in-patients-with-hypertrophic-cardiomyopathy
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Cristina Alonso-Montes, Julián Rodríguez-Reguero, María Martín, Juan Gómez, Eliecer Coto, Manuel Naves-Díaz, César Morís, Jorge B Cannata-Andía, Isabel Rodríguez
Hypertrophic cardiomyopathy (HCM) is a very heterogeneous disease. Although primarily caused by mutations in genes encoding sarcomeric proteins, other genes might explain that heterogeneity. Potential candidate genes are GATA transcription factors that regulate the expression of proteins associated with HCM. Exons of GATA2, GATA4, and GATA6 genes were sequenced in 212 patients with unrelated HCM previously analyzed for genes encoding the most frequently mutated sarcomeric proteins. Functional effects of variants were predicted by in silico analyses...
April 5, 2017: Journal of Investigative Medicine: the Official Publication of the American Federation for Clinical Research
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